The bridges of a meddlesome canton
Germany

The bridges of a meddlesome canton

A squabble over a historic overpass that turns the phrase, “Building bridges between nations,” on its head was finally resolved Friday.

Weekend weather friendly in the west, rainy in the east
Germany

Weekend weather friendly in the west, rainy in the east

The weekend weather will look very different depending on whether residents are in eastern or western regions. While sunshine and pleasant temperatures are expected in the west, it will be rainy and cooler in the east, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Friday.

Defendant incriminates Deutsche Telekom boss in illegal search
Germany

Defendant incriminates Deutsche Telekom boss in illegal search

The Deutsche Telekom spying trial took a dramatic turn on its opening day Friday when the main accused, Klaus Trzeschan, made a partial admission and incriminated the company’s then boss Kai-Uwe Ricke.

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Sweden

Profits soar for Sweden’s state-owned companies

Sweden’s state owned companies are set to earn record-breaking profits this year, although not every company has had a stellar 2010.

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Sweden

Woman run over and killed by ex-husband

A woman in her fifties died on Friday morning when she was hit by a car driven by her ex-husband in Landskrona in southern Sweden.

Convicted serial killer acquitted of murder
Sweden

Convicted serial killer acquitted of murder

The Falu district court on Friday acquitted serial killer Thomas Quick for the murder of Israeli tourist Yenon Levi in 1988.

Court approves Karstadt deal, saving 25,000 jobs
Germany

Court approves Karstadt deal, saving 25,000 jobs

The future of Germany's Karstadt, Europe's third-largest department store chain, appeared to be secured Friday as a court approved its acquisition by a billionaire investor, safeguarding 25,000 jobs.

Police exonerate elephant for throwing woman across field
Germany

Police exonerate elephant for throwing woman across field

Police on Friday blamed a Jena woman for getting herself thrown across a field by a hungry elephant last week, saying she had come too close to the circus animal.

Two-thirds of Germans disagree with Sarrazin
Germany

Two-thirds of Germans disagree with Sarrazin

Nearly two-thirds of Germans disagree with controversial central banker Thilo Sarrazin’s claim that rampant immigration is making Germany “dumber,” a poll released Friday has found.

Red-Greens in migration policy agreement
Sweden

Red-Greens in migration policy agreement

The Red-Green coalition have presented a new agreement on immigration police, arguing that the Swedish Aliens Act is applied too strictly and calling for a review of the asylum process and rules for family reunification.

Ten more of the Swedes’ quirkiest habits
Sweden

Ten more of the Swedes’ quirkiest habits

Taking inspiration from comments make by readers of The Local, US exile Doug Lansky offers up ten more distinctly Swedish habits which often give expats plenty to talk about.

Police patrol for hooligans ahead of Euro 2012 clash
Germany

Police patrol for hooligans ahead of Euro 2012 clash

With Germany's opening Euro 2012 qualifier against Belgium taking place on Friday night, German police have been searching trains bound for Brussels in a bid to prevent known hooligans from travelling.

HQ Bank under investigation for fraud
Sweden

HQ Bank under investigation for fraud

The Swedish Economic Crime Authority (Ekobrottsmyndigheten, EBM) is launching an investigation into suspected fraud and accounting crimes at HQ Bank.

Lawyer uncertain of Assange’s whereabouts
Sweden

Lawyer uncertain of Assange’s whereabouts

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's lawyer admitted on Friday that he does not know whether his client is still in Sweden.

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Sweden

Africans have ‘child rape gene’: Sweden Democrat

A blog post by a local Sweden Democrat politician, Per T K Wahlberg, in which he claims that black Africans are genetically programmed to rape children, has raised questions about the party's attempts to distance itself from open racism.

Doctor shortage reaching crisis, study warns
Germany

Doctor shortage reaching crisis, study warns

Germany’s worsening doctor shortage means there could be 7,000 fewer general practitioners by 2020 than there are today, two peak medical bodies warned Friday.

New rabbis signal Jewish renaissance in Germany
Germany

New rabbis signal Jewish renaissance in Germany

Judaism is making a comeback in Germany 65 years after the Holocaust, thanks largely to immigration from the former Soviet Union, as shown by this week’s ordination of two rabbis in the eastern city of Leipzig.

Deal to keep Karstadt alive moves closer
Germany

Deal to keep Karstadt alive moves closer

The prospects for 25,000 employees at the beleaguered department store chain Karstadt are looking brighter after it emerged Thursday night that negotiators were close to striking a deal on reduced rent on the chain’s properties.

Söderling joins stars in US Open third round
Sweden

Söderling joins stars in US Open third round

Swedish fifth seed Robin Soderling advanced to the third round of the US Open on Thursday by defeating 72nd-ranked American Taylor Dent 6-2, 6-2, 6-4, setting up a clash with either Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker or Croatia's Ivan Dodig.

Germany faces big expectations in Euro 2012 qualifier
Germany

Germany faces big expectations in Euro 2012 qualifier

Germany faces Belgium on Friday with coach Joachim Löw expecting three points from his team's opening Euro 2012 qualifier as the Germans look to build on their momentum from the World Cup.

Sarrazin sparks calls for new integration debate
Germany

Sarrazin sparks calls for new integration debate

With President Christian Wulff expected to announce soon the dismissal of central banker Thilo Sarrazin over inflammatory race and immigration comments, leading politicians called on Friday for a renewed integration debate.

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Sweden

Poll: Opposition closes gap on Alliance

The gap between the government parties and the opposition has halved in Synovate's latest election poll.

Carnegie takes over HQ Bank
Sweden

Carnegie takes over HQ Bank

Investment bank Carnegie has signed a deal to take over crisis-hit sector colleague HQ Bank, with payment amounting to 268 million kronor ($36.8 million) to settle employee stock options and client obligations.