Westerly winds bringing more ash to Sweden
Sweden

Westerly winds bringing more ash to Sweden

Malmö Sturup Airport reopened on Thursday morning, only to close again in the afternoon as volcanic ash continues to hinder air traffic in Sweden.

Guttenberg defends his Kunduz mistakes
Germany

Guttenberg defends his Kunduz mistakes

Facing a parliamentary inquiry into the Kunduz air strike on Thursday, Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg admitted he made mistakes in the aftermath but insisted he was let down by advisors.

BMW to roll out electric cars by 2013 – two years early
Germany

BMW to roll out electric cars by 2013 – two years early

The world's leading luxury car maker, BMW, said Thursday it intends to launch its first all-electric urban vehicle in 2013, two years earlier than planned.

City invasion of ‘wallpeckers’ a boon for tradesmen
Germany

City invasion of ‘wallpeckers’ a boon for tradesmen

Berlin is suffering a rash of damage to housing walls, though not from the usual grafitti artists but from a handsome, and protected, bird – the woodpecker.

The downfall of the ‘Downfall’ mash-ups
Germany

The downfall of the ‘Downfall’ mash-ups

Over the last few years mash-up parodies of a scene from the Oscar-nominated film "Downfall" have been enduringly popular, but now the film’s German production company has demanded an end to the fun, media reports said this week.

Kidnapped Germans still missing in Nigeria, officials say
Germany

Kidnapped Germans still missing in Nigeria, officials say

Nigerian security agents are still searching for two Germans kidnapped at the weekend in the southeastern state of Abia, a police spokesman said on Thursday.

Sweden offers carriers airport charge deferment
Sweden

Sweden offers carriers airport charge deferment

Sweden has agreed to offer airlines a three-month respite from paying airport fees, enterprise minister Maud Olofsson has revealed, as a cloud of volcanic ash continues to add to carriers' costs.

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Sweden

Swedish liquor stores shuttered by PC update

A large number of Sweden's alcohol retail monopoly Systembolaget stores have been kept closed on Thursday as a result of problems with an anti-virus update that is causing mayhem worldwide.

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Sweden

Extreme-right paper granted press subsidies

A newspaper run by Sweden's right-wing extremist National Democrat party has been granted 2.3 million kronor ($319,000) in state press subsidies.

Volcano forces early end to Swedish rail monopoly
Sweden

Volcano forces early end to Swedish rail monopoly

Travel disruption caused by the volcanic eruption in southern Iceland has prompted the Swedish government to announce that it will lift the monopoly on key routes run by national rail operator SJ.

Ex-police chief sex trade case widens
Sweden

Ex-police chief sex trade case widens

Allegations directed at a former Swedish police chief suspected of rape continued to mount on Friday with a further woman accusing the retired officer of pimping.

Stranded in Europe – readers’ tales
Sweden

Stranded in Europe – readers’ tales

The week-long air travel chaos brought about by the eruption of a volcano in southern Iceland has led to thousands of travellers stranded across Europe. The Local has asked a few of them how they have coped.

New Afghan plan poses more danger to troops
Germany

New Afghan plan poses more danger to troops

The head of the international forces in Afghanistan, US General Stanley McChrystal, has flagged continuing danger for German troops in the war-torn country, warning 2010 was shaping up as a “critical year.”

What’s on in Germany: April 22 – 28
Germany

What’s on in Germany: April 22 – 28

This week's highlights: A music festival in Cologne, a theatre festival in Frankfurt, a spring fair in Stuttgart, and Munich celebrates ballet.

Deutsche Bahn buys British transport operator Arriva
Germany

Deutsche Bahn buys British transport operator Arriva

Germany's national rail company Deutsche Bahn on Thursday said it had agreed to buy British transport operator Arriva for 1.585 billion pounds (€1.827 billion) in cash.

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Sweden

SAS reports billion kronor loss

Scandinavian airline SAS has reported a loss of 972 million kronor ($135 million) for the first quarter 2010, slightly lower than the 979 million kronor the troubled firm posted in the corresponding period of 2009.

Government defends lengthy flight ban
Germany

Government defends lengthy flight ban

Government leaders in Germany scrambled on Thursday to defend the decisions taken over the past week to clear the skies because of the threat of volcanic ash, as airlines continued to resume their normal flight schedules.

Bayern wins 1-0 in Champs League semi
Germany

Bayern wins 1-0 in Champs League semi

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal praised his side for their 1-0 win over Lyon in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final, first-leg, as both sides finished with ten-men.

Bishop Mixa resigns
Germany

Bishop Mixa resigns

Embattled Bishop Walter Mixa tendered his resignation Wednesday in a letter to Pope Benedict, bowing to pressure over accusations that he beat children at a Catholic orphanage in the 1970s and 1980s.

What’s On in Sweden: April 23rd – 29th
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: April 23rd – 29th

What’s on in Sweden: ANZAC horse racing and Gaelic football in Stockholm, cars and beers in Gothenburg, and Femi Kuti (pictured) in Malmö.

Sami district rejects wind power compensation
Sweden

Sami district rejects wind power compensation

The Sami district of Östra Kikkejaure in the far north of Sweden has rejected an offer of compensation for wind turbines planned in the area, arguing that they disturb their reindeer.

Helicopter heist netted 39 million kronor: report
Sweden

Helicopter heist netted 39 million kronor: report

The spectacular helicopter heist in Västberga in southern Stockholm last autumn netted some 39 million kronor ($5.4 million), according to a police source.