Auto sales plunge but exports surge
Germany

Auto sales plunge but exports surge

German car sales plunged by 27 percent in March on a 12-month comparison but exports climbed owing to a rebound of global markets, figures from the VDA auto federation showed on Tuesday.

Sharing the steering wheel
Germany

Sharing the steering wheel

Germany might be a car-crazy country, but it can also be a prohibitively expensive place to have your own ride. Rhea Wessel reports on the growing interest in car-sharing services.

Politician moots dog-poop patrol for welfare recipients
Germany

Politician moots dog-poop patrol for welfare recipients

Berlin residents receiving Germany’s Hartz IV welfare benefits should be made to enforce dog poop rules, Green party city parliamentarian Claudia Hämmerling said on Tuesday.

Boy convicted of rape reports TV show
Sweden

Boy convicted of rape reports TV show

A 15-year-old boy convicted of two rapes in the village of Bjästa has reported SVT's investigative programme Uppdrag Granskning to the broadcasting watchdog, claiming the show had made it too easy to identify him and had ruined his brother's life.

Women arrested in UK for trying to get corpse on flight to Berlin
Germany

Women arrested in UK for trying to get corpse on flight to Berlin

Two women have been arrested at Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport on suspicion of trying to smuggle their dead German relative onto a flight to Berlin, Greater Manchester police confirmed to The Local on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Borg pares back municipal billions

As the economic recovery continues, Sweden's government has said local councils can expect 12 billion kronor ($867 million) less in state funding next year following a temporary 17 billion kronor cash injection for 2010.

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Sweden

Petrol price reaches 2010 high

The major petrol retailers in Sweden have hiked prices by a further 0.10 kronor to 13.37 kronor ($1.85) - a record high for 2010.

Germany’s humour crisis
Germany

Germany’s humour crisis

Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent for the British newspaper The Times, laments the lack of laughs on German television.

Daimler and Renault set to partner on small cars
Germany

Daimler and Renault set to partner on small cars

French carmaker Renault was expected Tuesday to approve a new partnership with Germany's Daimler to exchange capital and to share know-how in building smaller cars.

Hamburg police search for car arsonists after fiery weekend
Germany

Hamburg police search for car arsonists after fiery weekend

Hamburg police on Tuesday were searching for suspected left-wing arsonists who destroyed 10 parked vehicles early in the morning, as part of a continuing car-burning spree in the northern German port city.

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Sweden

Six convicted over schoolgirl photo galleries

Six young men have been found guilty of aggravated defamation by a court in western Sweden after posting compromising picture galleries of local schoolgirls to the internet.

Swedish artist connected to Belgian child killer
Sweden

Swedish artist connected to Belgian child killer

A Swedish singer and artist has grabbed the news headlines in Belgium over the weekend after reports linking her as an "admirer" of the convicted triple murderer Kim De Gelder.

Bloodshed sparks row over Afghan strategy
Germany

Bloodshed sparks row over Afghan strategy

German politicians argued on Tuesday over military policy in Afghanistan and whether the Bundeswehr is being properly outfitted and trained following a deadly weekend of fighting for troops in the Kunduz region.

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Sweden

Medicine prices unchanged since end of monopoly

Despite the end of the Swedish pharmacy monopoly, prices for non-prescription medications have remained high.

Sky-high rents await royal wedding tourists
Sweden

Sky-high rents await royal wedding tourists

A large number of Stockholm residents are hoping to take the opportunity to boost their incomes by renting out their apartments during the week of the royal wedding in June.

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Sweden

Government slammed for ‘weakening’ nature preservation

Swedish government policies weaken the protection of the Swedish countryside, according to representatives for the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC).

Four German hikers found alive after three days in snow
Germany

Four German hikers found alive after three days in snow

Four German hikers have been found alive in the Austrian mountains after getting lost for three days at high altitude, police in the Tyrol region reported on Tuesday morning.

Warm spring weather expected as short work week begins
Germany

Warm spring weather expected as short work week begins

Just as the long Easter weekend is over, sunshine and warm temperatures are expected across much of the country, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Tuesday.

Dutch rescue German ship from pirates
Germany

Dutch rescue German ship from pirates

The Dutch navy has freed a German cargo ship hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia and arrested 10 of the attackers, the Dutch defence ministry announced late on Monday.

Double murder suspect remanded in custody
Sweden

Double murder suspect remanded in custody

Screams were heard from a courtroom in Växjö in southern Sweden on Tuesday as a 34-year-old woman was remanded in custody in connection with the Easter weekend murders of two men in Växjö in southern Sweden.

Residents gather to protest car park killing
Sweden

Residents gather to protest car park killing

More that 1,000 people assembled in the southern Swedish town of Landskrona on Monday in an anti-violence protest after a 78-year-old woman was killed in a car park assault last week.