Stockholm gallery makes art of al fresco dining
Sweden

Stockholm gallery makes art of al fresco dining

After mustering the courage to venture out of Stockholm's inner city, Emy Gelb found Färgfabriken's new eco-inspired artsy outside space, complete with super plant-infused drinks, well worth the trip.

Gothenburg courted by low-cost air carriers
Sweden

Gothenburg courted by low-cost air carriers

Gothenburg's airports have become the new hotspots for budget flights, with EasyJet and Ryanair both increasing service to the city in the autumn.

Amnesty says Germany not probing police abuse
Germany

Amnesty says Germany not probing police abuse

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International accused Germany Thursday of failing to probe claims of police abuse and excessive force sufficiently.

German luxury car market shows strong sales
Germany

German luxury car market shows strong sales

German premium auto manufacturers Audi, BMW and Mercedes are on a roll and expect sales to remain on track for the rest of the year, they said on Thursday, but the outlook in some key markets is cloudy.

Traditions like smoking are not worth defending
Germany

Traditions like smoking are not worth defending

The opponents of Bavaria’s strict smoking ban have lost, just like most people whose arguments are based on tradition rather than reason, argues Malte Lehming from Der Tagesspiegel.

Reinfeldt plays down Littorin ‘crime’ rumours
Sweden

Reinfeldt plays down Littorin ‘crime’ rumours

Swedish daily Aftonbladet claimed on Wednesday that Sven Otto Littorin was presented with information linking him to a crime the day before he resigned as employment minister. Fredrik Reinfeldt has said only that he gave "several reasons" for his departure.

Alliance pledges 9.2 billion kronor for future
Sweden

Alliance pledges 9.2 billion kronor for future

The government has pledged to invest 9.2 billion kronor ($1.22 billion) in jobs, welfare and future investments in what it called "the young Sweden," the ruling Alliansen coalition announced on Thursday.

One-quarter of Germans avoiding the internet
Germany

One-quarter of Germans avoiding the internet

More than one-quarter of Germans older than 14 do not use the internet, according to a new study presented on Thursday by the federal government agencies and businesses.

Ambassador gracious in Spanish defeat
Sweden

Ambassador gracious in Spanish defeat

Germany's Ambassador to Sweden, Joachim Rucker, said after watching "Die Mannschaft" exit the World Cup at the Goethe-Institut in Stockholm with his countrymen - and a sole exalted Spanish family.

Poland asks Sweden to probe Auschwitz theft
Sweden

Poland asks Sweden to probe Auschwitz theft

Poland has asked Sweden to question three suspects about the theft of the "Arbeit macht frei" sign at the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, Polish prosecutors said on Thursday.

Interior minister’s car stolen in Dresden
Germany

Interior minister’s car stolen in Dresden

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière’s private car has been stolen in the eastern city of Dresden, police confirmed on Thursday.

Municipality takes fight to defecating gulls
Sweden

Municipality takes fight to defecating gulls

Karlstad municipality in central Sweden has built a dedicated lavatory jetty to tempt the gulls to perform their avian excretions away from the marina, and the exasperated local yachting set.

German Media Roundup: We’ll be back
Germany

German Media Roundup: We’ll be back

Following Germany's disappointing World Cup semi-final defeat to Spain, the newspapers in The Local's media roundup on Thursday praised the country’s young team and vowed they would bounce back.

What’s On in Sweden: July 9th – July 15th
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: July 9th – July 15th

What’s on in Sweden: Street performance in Stockholm, Sailing in Gothenburg and Juliette Lewis comes to Malmö.

Geely expects third quarter Volvo deal
Sweden

Geely expects third quarter Volvo deal

China's Zhejiang Geely Holding expects to complete the purchase of Sweden's Volvo Cars in the third quarter, the firm said Thursday after the European Commission cleared the takeover earlier this week.

Deutsche Bahn sacks employees in foreign bribery scandal
Germany

Deutsche Bahn sacks employees in foreign bribery scandal

German national rail provider Deutsche Bahn has begun firing employees at their subsidiary DB International following an international corruption scandal, the company said on Thursday.

Sharp rise in complaints to schools authority
Sweden

Sharp rise in complaints to schools authority

Complaints to the Office of the Children and School Pupils Ombudsman (Barn- och elevombudet, BEO) have increased sharply, the Swedish Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) reported on Thursday.

Swedish Afghanistan force can use lethal fire
Sweden

Swedish Afghanistan force can use lethal fire

The Swedish mission in Afghanistan has received new rules of operation, SVT's Rapport reported on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: July 8 – 14
Germany

What’s on in Germany: July 8 – 14

This Week's Highlights: An underground catwalk in Berlin, free theatre in Munich's English Garden, and Regensburg jazzes it up.

Married father of four ordained as Catholic priest
Germany

Married father of four ordained as Catholic priest

A married man was ordained as a Catholic priest in the southern German city of Regensburg this week in a rare exception to the church’s rules of celibacy for men of the cloth, the diocese reported.

Sultry weather to keep everyone sweating
Germany

Sultry weather to keep everyone sweating

A new heat wave bringing temperatures up to 37 degrees Celsius and steamy “tropical nights” is set to hit Germany on Thursday and last until early next week, the German Weather Service (DWD) warned.

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Sweden

Triple murder suspect sentenced to care

The 21-year-old man suspected of killing his two younger half-siblings and their father was as expected sentenced to psychiatric care when his trial opened in Härnösand in northern Sweden on Thursday.

‘Psychic’ octopus Paul maintains perfect match prediction record
Germany

‘Psychic’ octopus Paul maintains perfect match prediction record

It won't come as much of a consolation to heartbroken German fans, but at least Paul, Germany's now world-famous "Octopus oracle," has maintained his perfect record predicting World Cup matches this summer.