The daily World Cup roundup
Germany

The daily World Cup roundup

The Local’s World Cup blog offers an outsider’s perspective on German football as Die Mannschaft goes for glory in South Africa. Don’t miss our daily roundup!

Sweden takes Daniel to its heart after speech
Sweden

Sweden takes Daniel to its heart after speech

The newest member of Sweden’s royal family, Prince Daniel, has made a roaring start to royal life. His confident yet emotional speech at the banquet following his wedding to Crown Princess Victoria has delighted Sweden’s media, royal experts and large swathes of the population.

Adidas expecting football sales of €1.5 billion in 2010
Germany

Adidas expecting football sales of €1.5 billion in 2010

German sportswear and equipment group Adidas said Monday that it expected record 2010 football-related sales thanks to the World Cup in South Africa.

Sons confront doctor over UK man’s death
Germany

Sons confront doctor over UK man’s death

The sons of a British man killed by an overdose administered by a German locum doctor in 2008 have been taken into police custody after confronting him at a medical conference, media reports said on Monday.

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Sweden

HIV positive doc gets jail for sex

A male senior physician has been jailed by Stockholm District Court after he had unprotected sex with two men despite knowing that he was HIV positive.

Oil firm war crimes probe could draw in Bildt
Sweden

Oil firm war crimes probe could draw in Bildt

Sweden's international prosecutor has said it will investigate Lundin Oil over whether it had any role in war crimes committed in Sudan. The probe threatens to draw in Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, who was on the board of the company during the period that the alleged war crimes took place.

Nobel laureate Krugman slams Bundesbank’s Weber as risk to euro
Germany

Nobel laureate Krugman slams Bundesbank’s Weber as risk to euro

Nobel Prize-winning US economist Paul Krugman launched a withering attack on Monday on Axel Weber, the head of Germany's central bank and the most likely successor to European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet.

Dresden Albertinum reopens with ‘art ark’ for future flooding
Germany

Dresden Albertinum reopens with ‘art ark’ for future flooding

Dresden’s historic Albertinum fine art museum has reopened following almost six years of renovations after being damaged in the catastrophic flooding of the Elbe River in 2002.

Volvo shareholder keen on Renault stake
Sweden

Volvo shareholder keen on Renault stake

Swedish holding company Industrivärlden, Volvo Group's second largest shareholder, has confirmed its interest in buying some or all of Renault's stake in the Swedish truckmaker.

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Sweden

Swedes get wealthier in 2010

Swedes’ personal wealth increased 2.8 percent to 6,990 billion kronor in the first quarter of 2010, according to SEB bank. The figure means Swedes are richer than ever before.

German satellite blasts off to create new 3-D earth model
Germany

German satellite blasts off to create new 3-D earth model

A Russian rocket has successfully launched a new German earth observation satellite with plans to acquire a 3-D model of the planet, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) announced on Monday.

Summer solstice marks longest day
Sweden

Summer solstice marks longest day

The summer solstice, the point in time at which the sun is at its highest point in the sky, will occur at 1.28pm Swedish time today before the long slide into winter darkness begins on Tuesday.

Niebel renews criticism of Israel
Germany

Niebel renews criticism of Israel

Development Minister Dirk Niebel on Monday renewed his criticism of the Israeli government for being refused entry into the Gaza Strip, but welcomed signs the country's blockade of the Palestinian area could soon be weakened.

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Sweden

Women taking over ‘male’ professions

Women are set to dominate professions that have traditionally been the reserve of men and within 20 years will be the majority among economists, lawyers, architects and doctors, a new forecast shows.

Indian banker touted as potential Deutsche CEO
Germany

Indian banker touted as potential Deutsche CEO

Anshu Jain already captains Deutsche Bank's cricket team, and a boardroom reshuffle last week means that the Indian big-hitter is now seen as a prime candidate to become chief executive too.

Fire kills four at home for addicts
Germany

Fire kills four at home for addicts

Four people at a home for addicts in the state of Lower Saxony died night in fire, authorities there reported on Monday.

Secret Mixa file details alcohol and sexual abuse
Germany

Secret Mixa file details alcohol and sexual abuse

Secret documents contain serious allegations of alcoholism and sexual abuse against controversial former Augsburg bishop Walter Mixa, media reports said on Monday.

Swedes face up to Midsummer berry crisis
Sweden

Swedes face up to Midsummer berry crisis

The hunt for the Swedish strawberry could prove elusive this Midsummer holiday weekend with supplies a reported 14 days late due to the long cool spring.

SVT hits back over news agency wedding boycott
Sweden

SVT hits back over news agency wedding boycott

Sveriges Television (SVT) is to send a strongly-worded letter to news agencies AFP, AP and Reuters who boycotted the royal wedding after an argument over rights, seriously affecting global exposure of the event.

Merkel praises diversity of national football team
Germany

Merkel praises diversity of national football team

Chancellor Angela Merkel has hailed the diverse German national football team as a force for acceptance of immigrants and integration of foreigners in the country.

Eriksson: ‘Brazil can go all the way’
Sweden

Eriksson: ‘Brazil can go all the way’

Ivory Coast coach Sven-Göran Eriksson has said he thinks Brazil have got what it takes to be world champions for the sixth time after his team succumbed 3-1 in their group G match in Johannesburg on Sunday.