2010 Porsche Cayenne: Leaner, meaner and greener
Germany

2010 Porsche Cayenne: Leaner, meaner and greener

For the first installment of The Local’s new series “Abgefahren,” we test out the completely new Porsche Cayenne. This time around, the Stuttgart-based luxury carmaker is even offering its sporty SUV as a hybrid.

Neo-Nazi clothing label Thor Steinar sues satirical copycat
Germany

Neo-Nazi clothing label Thor Steinar sues satirical copycat

German clothing brand Thor Steinar – a known favourite among neo-Nazis – is suing satirical copycat label “Storch Heinar” for libel and violating trademark laws.

Founding Germany’s new digital republic
Germany

Founding Germany’s new digital republic

As hoards of bloggers descended on Berlin for the re:publica digital social networking conference this week, Sabine Devins explored what the event’s success says about Germany's online presence.

Rogue British bishop fined for Holocaust denial
Sweden

Rogue British bishop fined for Holocaust denial

A rebel British bishop was fined €10,000 ($13,534) by a German court on Friday for denying the Holocaust in an interview with a Swedish television channel.

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Sweden

Volvo in top gear as Saab stuck in reverse

Sweden's two major car manufacturers, Volvo and Saab, are experiencing starkly contrasting fortunes in European markets, new sales statistics from the European sector organisation Acea show.

Single Swedes finding love on the internet
Sweden

Single Swedes finding love on the internet

Swedes are increasingly using electricity to fuel their chemistry as 23 percent of respondents in a survey report finding love online.

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Sweden

Apartment prices hit record high

Apartment prices in the greater Stockholm and greater Gothenburg areas hit record highs in the first quarter, according to new statistics from Mäklarstatistik.

Lufthansa not insured against volcano impact
Germany

Lufthansa not insured against volcano impact

Europe’s largest airline Lufthansa is not insured against the financial fallout of the volcanic ash cutting off air traffic to much of northern Europe, the company said on Friday.

Holocaust-denying bishop Williamson sentenced to fine
Germany

Holocaust-denying bishop Williamson sentenced to fine

Renegade British Catholic bishop Richard Williamson was fined €10,000 by a German court Friday for Holocaust denial in a case that has deeply embarrassed the Vatican.

Ash cloud forces Merkel to overnight in Lisbon
Germany

Ash cloud forces Merkel to overnight in Lisbon

The giant cloud of volcanic ash disrupting air traffic across Europe has prevented German Chancellor Angela Merkel from getting home on time Friday from her US tour, a government spokesperson said. She will now spend the night in Lisbon.

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Sweden

Courtroom chaos as rabbit torture trial opens

Police were forced to eject several people from Södertörn district court on Thursday as four men faced trial on animal cruelty charges after setting light to several rabbits.

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Sweden

Health experts warn of volcano ash fallout

Swedish and Norwegian health authorities and experts have urged caution after volcanic ash blew across the region from Iceland, although the grounding of helicopter ambulance services caused more concern than air quality.

Munich closure to ground German air travel
Germany

Munich closure to ground German air travel

Munich was the final major German airport to close on Friday evening, after volcanic ash from Iceland halted air traffic across the country. Lufthansa announced it was grounding all flights until noon Saturday.

Bayern’s Demichelis relishing title race with Schalke
Germany

Bayern’s Demichelis relishing title race with Schalke

Bayern Munich defender Martin Demichelis says he is relishing the league leaders' title race with Bundesliga rivals Schalke 04 chasing their first league crown since 1958.

Sunny spring weather expected for the weekend
Germany

Sunny spring weather expected for the weekend

Following the chilly weather of the last week, high pressure system “Micha” will create sunny springtime conditions across much of Germany this weekend, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

Merkel firm on Afghan mission despite deaths
Germany

Merkel firm on Afghan mission despite deaths

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed her understanding for those who doubt her country’s involvement in NATO's Afghanistan mission following the death of four soldiers on Thursday, but said she stands behind the deployment.

Sweden offers cut price fighters to Romania
Sweden

Sweden offers cut price fighters to Romania

Sweden has offered Romania 24 new Gripen fighter aircraft at a cut price to match that demanded by the United States for second-hand F-16s, officials confirmed on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Thinner girls at greater risk of cancer: study

The risk of contracting cancer after the menopause is greater for girls who are considered thin at the age of seven than their chubbier counterparts, a new Swedish study published on Wednesday claims.

Arlanda airport to remain closed until Saturday
Sweden

Arlanda airport to remain closed until Saturday

Swedish authorities have begun reopening airspace in the north of the country although widespread disruption persists with Stockholm's main Arlanda airport unlikely to open until Saturday morning at the earliest.