Austrians shocked to discover Oscar-winner Waltz is German
Germany

Austrians shocked to discover Oscar-winner Waltz is German

Austria's media was horrified on Thursday to reveal Christoph Waltz, Oscar-winner and star of "Inglourious Basterds" by Quentin Tarantino, is not Austrian after all.

Oddball cabaret set to wow Swedish audiences
Sweden

Oddball cabaret set to wow Swedish audiences

La Clique, performing in Stockholm this week, is a brilliant mix of raw sex appeal, humor, and unbelievable physical ability, writes Emy Gelb.

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Sweden

Unemployment falls in July

Official unemployment in Sweden fell to 406,000 people in July, or 8.1 percent of the workforce. The figures include those registered as unemployed and those in labour market programmes run by the Swedish state labour exchange, Arbetsförmedlingen.

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Sweden

Union blames ministers for berry pickers’ plight

Sweden’s largest trade union group, LO, has slammed the government over the plight of foreign berry pickers in northern Sweden, many of whom claim that charges from employers for travel and lodgings are leaving them in debt.

Police reportedly ordered to secure Love Parade
Germany

Police reportedly ordered to secure Love Parade

North Rhine-Westphalian officials have insisted that Love Parade organisers alone were responsible for keeping the event's security, but an internal document released Thursday reportedly shows police had orders to ensure public safety.

‘I wasn’t the pilot – I was high on drugs’
Sweden

‘I wasn’t the pilot – I was high on drugs’

A TV producer has denied being the pilot of a helicopter used in a spectacular robbery at a Stockholm cash depot - telling the court he was high on drugs on the night in question.

Soggy east braces for heavy rain after floods
Germany

Soggy east braces for heavy rain after floods

Floods in the eastern states of Saxony and Brandenburg continue to recede, but with heavy rains in the forecast for the region, authorities said Thursday they must remain vigilant.

Mating mayflies pose Bavarian traffic hazard
Germany

Mating mayflies pose Bavarian traffic hazard

Every summer it’s the same messy mating ritual: Millions of mayflies hatch, have sex and die in the Bavarian county of Schwandorf, endangering motorists with their slippery corpses left on roads.

Analysts expecting booming German growth
Germany

Analysts expecting booming German growth

The German economy is showing massive improvement after the country's worst post-war recession last year, and with latest growth figures due on Friday, analysts are expecting rosy results.

Archaeologists expect Roman weapons, find live WWII grenades
Germany

Archaeologists expect Roman weapons, find live WWII grenades

Archaeologists made a startling discovery while recently excavating an ancient Roman battlefield in Lower Saxony: Instead of spears and arrowheads, they uncovered live explosives left over from the Second World War.

‘Nazi-era’ names cause climber consternation
Sweden

‘Nazi-era’ names cause climber consternation

A popular climbing spot in Järfälla in Stockholm has prompted controversy after the crag's climbing routes were given names from Hitler's Germany such as "Kristallnacht" and "The Crematorium".

Social Democrats focus on jobless youths
Sweden

Social Democrats focus on jobless youths

The Social Democrats are to focus on youth unemployment in a series of campaign posters ahead of next month’s election.

Scientists find evidence of earlier Stone Age use of tools
Germany

Scientists find evidence of earlier Stone Age use of tools

Ancient animal bones bearing cut marks have revealed that hominims were using stone tools to butcher meat some 800,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to new findings published this week by German and American scientists.

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Sweden

Swedish inflation rises to 1.1 percent in July

Inflation climbed slightly to 1.1 percent in Sweden in July, up from 0.9 percent in June, new figures showed on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: August 12 – 18
Germany

What’s on in Germany: August 12 – 18

This Week's Highlights: Horse racing in the Rhineland, classical music at the Hamburg zoo and fireworks over the Bodensee.

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Sweden

Man demands sex refund from no-show teen’s dad

A Stockholm man approached the father of a 13-year-old girl who did not show up to an arranged sex meet, demanding the refund of an advance payment deposited in the girl's bank account, according to a report in the Metro daily.

Surge in mental illness highlights psychotherapist dearth
Germany

Surge in mental illness highlights psychotherapist dearth

There has been an alarming spike in psychological illnesses in Germany, but the country does not have enough therapists to handle the mounting problems, the BPtK national psychotherapists board warned on Thursday.

Politicians plan Google Street View privacy law
Germany

Politicians plan Google Street View privacy law

As a growing number of German politicians said they would forbid Google from showing their homes on the US internet giant's “Street View” service, the government on Thursday announced plans for a law to protect citizens' privacy on the web.

Sexual harassment less common in Sweden
Sweden

Sexual harassment less common in Sweden

While a series of high profile cases have recently brought attention to the issue of sexual harassment, a new survey of 24 countries shows that the risk of falling victim is significantly lower in Sweden than elsewhere.

Germany can be sued over Hitler-era bonds, US court says
Germany

Germany can be sued over Hitler-era bonds, US court says

A US court of appeals Wednesday said Germany can be sued by Florida investors seeking reimbursement for post World War I reconstruction bonds that Adolf Hitler stopped paying in the 1930s, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said.

Danes force a draw in friendly match with Germany
Germany

Danes force a draw in friendly match with Germany

Danish substitute Mads Junker inspired Denmark to come from 2-0 down to force a 2-2 draw against World Cup semi-finalists Germany during a friendly match on Wednesday.

Satanic reg plate banned from Sweden’s roads
Sweden

Satanic reg plate banned from Sweden’s roads

The Swedish Transport Agency on Wednesday balked at the idea of the devil incarnate riding the country's roads and elected to reject a request from a car owner to adorn her vehicle with a "Luzifer" number plate.

Ibrahimovic on target as Sweden beat Scotland
Sweden

Ibrahimovic on target as Sweden beat Scotland

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored on his return from a ten month international hiatus as Sweden beat Scotland 3-0 in their friendly in Stockholm on Wednesday evening.