Dismay after Victoria asks to be given away
Sweden

Dismay after Victoria asks to be given away

A split has opened up between the Church of Sweden and the royal family over Crown Princess Victoria’s wish to be ‘given away’ by her father, King Carl Gustaf, at her marriage to Daniel Westling next month.

4G phone auction raises ‘only’ €4.4 billion
Germany

4G phone auction raises ‘only’ €4.4 billion

Europe's first auction of "fourth generation" frequencies, which promise to revolutionise what mobile phones can do, raised €4.4 billion ($5.4 billion), German authorities said Thursday.

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Sweden

Carnegie demands 8.4 billion kronor from state

The former owners of Carnegie Investment Bank are suing the Swedish state for 8.4 billion kronor ($1.1 billion) over the enforced takeover of the bank during the financial crisis in 2008.

Living the wildlife in Berlin
Germany

Living the wildlife in Berlin

Berlin might be Germany’s biggest city, but its network of parks, woodlands, waterways and undeveloped spaces make it popular with wildlife as well as people. Hannah Cleaver went to see what happens when their interests collide.

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Sweden

Gunnar, 83, breaks bowling record

An 83-year-old bowling fanatic has become a national celebrity after becoming the oldest person in Sweden ever to score a perfect series - 12 strikes in a row adding up to 300 points.

Too soon for exit dates from Afghanistan: Bildt
Sweden

Too soon for exit dates from Afghanistan: Bildt

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said on Thursday that it was too early to speak of exit dates for Swedish and international troops from Afghanistan, telling reporters they were "wrong" and "dangerous."

Westerwelle stresses privacy concerns to Google founder Page
Germany

Westerwelle stresses privacy concerns to Google founder Page

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle met Google co-founder Larry Page Thursday, amid tensions over its controversial Street View service and Berlin's concerns about data privacy.

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Sweden

Swedish embassy in Pakistan stays closed

Sweden's embassy in Islamabad has been closed for more than two weeks due to the security situation in Pakistan, a foreign ministry spokesman told AFP on Thursday.

Student loan body hunts for cheats
Sweden

Student loan body hunts for cheats

Sweden's student loan authority (Centrala studiestödsnämnden, CSN) has expanded its search for those who cheat the system, after an investigation showed that a large number of people had been lent money to which they were not entitled.

University graduates pick Audi as best place to work
Germany

University graduates pick Audi as best place to work

Germany’s most attractive employer among this year's crop of university graduates is Ingolstadt-based luxury carmaker Audi, a survey showed this week.

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Sweden

Sweden rules out ban on naked short-selling

Swedish financial markets minister Mats Odell and finance minster Anders Borg have ruled out following a German decision to ban so-called naked short-selling, a decision which has sent stock markets tumbling across Europe this week.

Portnoy’s Podcast: Amok Mama and a female Fatherland
Germany

Portnoy’s Podcast: Amok Mama and a female Fatherland

The Local is proud to present the fourth podcast of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, our regular column about life in Germany.

‘Class and gender impact youth internet use’
Sweden

‘Class and gender impact youth internet use’

Socioeconomic factors and gender play a significant role in how young Swedes use the internet, many of whom are as young as four, a new report on internet use among young Swedes shows.

Facebook group launches ‘virtual protest’ against neo-Nazis
Germany

Facebook group launches ‘virtual protest’ against neo-Nazis

A rapidly growing new German Facebook group is protesting neo-Nazi content by creating a “virtual candle-lit demonstration” on the social networking website.

Merkel pushes for new global financial rules
Germany

Merkel pushes for new global financial rules

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday took up her campaign for greater financial market regulation and stricter EU budgetary rules at a meeting in Berlin with top officials from around the world.

Foundation seeks funds for Bergman centre
Sweden

Foundation seeks funds for Bergman centre

The Bergman foundation on the Baltic Sea island of Fårö has applied to the Swedish government for 500,000 kronor ($65,700) to establish a resource centre in honour of the Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman.

Afghan mission costing triple ministry estimates
Germany

Afghan mission costing triple ministry estimates

Germany’s military contribution to NATO operations in Afghanistan costs three times as much as Defence Ministry figures report, according to the DIW economics institute on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: May 20 – 26
Germany

What’s on in Germany: May 20 – 26

This Week's Highlights: The Carnival of Cultures in Berlin, the Electronic Beats Festival in Cologne, and a night for dirndls and lederhosen in Munich.

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Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: May 21st – 27th

What’s on in Sweden: Flight Of The Conchords in Stockholm, a half marathon in Gothenburg and The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club play Malmö.

Court slams laundry room surveillance
Sweden

Court slams laundry room surveillance

The appeals court has ruled that a municipal housing firm may not conduct computer surveillance of communal laundry rooms in order to identify tenants that had neglected to tidy up after them.

No new clues on kidnapped banker’s wife
Germany

No new clues on kidnapped banker’s wife

The Heidenheim family of kidnapped banker’s wife Maria Bögerl appeared on German television Wednesday night in an appeal for clues to her disappearance. But police said they still have no solid leads on her whereabouts.

Ninjas save German student from alley robbery in Sydney
Germany

Ninjas save German student from alley robbery in Sydney

Australian ninjas have rescued a German medical student being robbed in an alleyway in Sydney, media reports said on Wednesday.

Sweden proposes immigrant orientation
Sweden

Sweden proposes immigrant orientation

All newly arrived immigrants should undergo courses in core societal values and be taught about how Swedish society works with municipalities obliged to offer 60 hours of teaching, a government inquiry has proposed.

ECB lays cornerstone for new Frankfurt headquarters
Germany

ECB lays cornerstone for new Frankfurt headquarters

As a financial storm battered Europe and rain beat down on Frankfurt, the European Central Bank laid the cornerstone on Wednesday for its glittering new twin-towered headquarters.

Police target Hells Angels in Gothenburg
Sweden

Police target Hells Angels in Gothenburg

Police in Västra Götaland in western Sweden raided a Hells Angels club in Gothenburg on Wednesday evening as part of national drive to tackle organized crime.