Finding blue swords and ‘white gold’ in Meissen
Germany

Finding blue swords and ‘white gold’ in Meissen

Three centuries ago, Saxony became one of the world's most important centres for porcelain production. Andrew Curry uncovers the origins of the “white gold” that made Meissen famous.

Princess Madeleine takes time out after split
Sweden

Princess Madeleine takes time out after split

Princess Madeleine has decided to take a time out from official engagements in order to give her time to deal with her aborted engagement to lawyer Jonas Bergström, the Royal Court in Stockholm has announced.

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Sweden

SAS counts cost of volcano ash chaos

Scandinavian airline SAS has estimated that the disruption caused by the Icelandic volcanic eruption has cost the airline between 650 million and 700 million kronor ($91 million) to date.

Industrial output soars
Germany

Industrial output soars

Industrial output in Germany shot up 4.0 percent in March, the Economy Ministry said Friday, one day after announcing a surprise spike in industrial orders.

Police launch Q&A game to solve ethical dilemmas
Sweden

Police launch Q&A game to solve ethical dilemmas

The Swedish Police Union (Polisförbundet) has turned to a card game in order to help officers to address both professional ethics and personal conduct on and off the job.

Spring snow to give way to (slightly) warmer weekend
Germany

Spring snow to give way to (slightly) warmer weekend

Seven weeks after the official start to spring, snow fell on parts of Germany overnight as the country shivered under an uncompromising return of wintry conditions.

Sweden ‘fully prepared’ for Greek fallout : Borg
Sweden

Sweden ‘fully prepared’ for Greek fallout : Borg

Sweden's Finance Minister Anders Borg has declared that Sweden is fully prepared for any emergency resulting from the debt crisis in the euro zone, as the Stockholm stock market continued its slide on Friday.

Smart aims to electrify the future of urban mobility
Germany

Smart aims to electrify the future of urban mobility

The Local's series “Abgefahren” drives into the future with Smart's new electric two-seater, which carmaker Daimler hopes will help reshape urban mobility.

Bishop Mixa investigated for sex abuse
Germany

Bishop Mixa investigated for sex abuse

Controversial Catholic Bishop Walter Mixa, who resigned last month amid claims he had beaten children and misused Church funds, is being investigated now for sexual abuse, prosecutors announced Friday.

Parliament backs unpopular Greek bailout
Germany

Parliament backs unpopular Greek bailout

Both houses of the German parliament on Friday approved emergency aid to Greece despite strong popular opposition two days before a state election that could seriously weaken Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition.

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Sweden

Man arrested after school massacre threat

A 24-year-old man has been arrested in connection with threatened massacre which forced the evacuation of Tullängsskolan in Örebro in southern Sweden has been evacuated in Friday morning.

Gory ‘death metal’ teacher too gruesome for school
Germany

Gory ‘death metal’ teacher too gruesome for school

A trainee high school teacher in Stuttgart who moonlights in a gory death metal band that includes naked, blood-smeared women in its live act, is being threatened with dismissal unless he gives up his music career.

Swede concern over uncertain UK election
Sweden

Swede concern over uncertain UK election

Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and opposition leader Mona Sahlin have said that the inconclusive outcome of the UK election, in which no party has gained a majority, leaves Britons with a tough challenge.

Humans bred with Neanderthals: study
Sweden

Humans bred with Neanderthals: study

A Swedish-led team of scientists has drafted a genome sequence for the Neanderthal and believes its results show that the extinct 'great apes' interbred with humans.

Butt beaming after surprise selection
Germany

Butt beaming after surprise selection

Veteran goalkeeper Hans-Jörg Butt admitted late on Thursday he felt ten years younger after his surprise call-up for Germany's provisional World Cup squad.

Merkel gets pay rise of €4,000 a year
Germany

Merkel gets pay rise of €4,000 a year

Chancellor Angela Merkel will be paid an extra €334 per month - or just over €4,000 a year - after the federal government approved its own pay rise, sparking anger from taxpayers, German media reported Friday.

Skanska profits boom in upbeat report
Sweden

Skanska profits boom in upbeat report

Swedish construction firm Skanska has reported a profit after financial items of 936 million kronor ($120 million) for the first quarter 2010, an improvement of 108 percent on 449 million kronor posted in the period last year.

Millions of swine flu shots wasted
Germany

Millions of swine flu shots wasted

Germany is stuck with €250 million worth of swine flu vaccine ordered during the height of the flu panic last winter but never used because the mass immunisation campaign was a failure, according to a Friday media report.

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Sweden

Stockholm suburb tops school rankings: report

The Stockholm suburb of Danderyd comes out top in a new report from the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (Sveriges kommuner och landsting - SKL) ranking Sweden's schools.

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Sweden

Teachers keep summer hols in new pay deal

Swedish teachers breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday evening after a new pay deal affording them a 3.5 percent pay rise over 25 months and securing their long summer holidays.