Live Blog: post-election developments
Sweden

Live Blog: post-election developments

The Local's journalists bring you the latest updates as Sweden copes with the uncertainty following Sunday's elections and the parties plot their strategies in creating a new government.

Germany lauds economic ‘miracle’ of reunification
Germany

Germany lauds economic ‘miracle’ of reunification

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Wednesday the country should be proud of what it had achieved since reunification 20 years ago, dubbing the progress of the former communist east an "economic miracle."

Another €2.08 billion pumped into HRE bank
Germany

Another €2.08 billion pumped into HRE bank

Germany will pump another €2.08 billion ($2.79 billion) into the troubled bank Hypo Real Estate, the financial market stabilisation fund SoFFin said Wednesday in a statement.

Healthcare reforms approved by cabinet
Germany

Healthcare reforms approved by cabinet

Germany's 50 million members of statutory health insurance schemes will pay more for their health coverage after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet approved sweeping changes to the system on Wednesday.

Alliance takes one step towards majority
Sweden

Alliance takes one step towards majority

Sweden's governing Alliance coalition has preliminarily increased its number of seats in the Riksdag to 173, two short of an overall majority, as the recount of advance and overseas ballots continued on Wednesday afternoon.

German tourist rescued from self-dug hole on Spanish beach
Germany

German tourist rescued from self-dug hole on Spanish beach

Spanish firefighters saved a 23-year-old German tourist from being buried alive on a Tenerife beach on Wednesday after a tunnel he built in the sand collapsed.

Faulty transmitter behind bear death
Sweden

Faulty transmitter behind bear death

A faulty tracking transmitter operated into a she-bear found dead in Älvdalen in central Sweden, has been confirmed as the cause of death - the first known case of its kind, according to preservationists.

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Sweden’s GDP continues growth in second quarter

Sweden's GDP continued its strong development in many areas in the second quarter, rising 4.6 percent in seasonally adjusted figures compared to the same quarter last year, Statistics Sweden (SCB) reported on Wednesday.

Tokio Hotel twins moving to LA
Germany

Tokio Hotel twins moving to LA

Bill and Tom Kaulitz, the 21-year-old twin brothers who lead German rock band Tokio Hotel, are moving to America, a media report said on Wednesday.

Baltic ships slammed over sewage dumping
Sweden

Baltic ships slammed over sewage dumping

The shipping industry has been slammed in a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report which showed that more than half of the cruises ships sailing in the Baltic dump their sewage directly into the sea.

Riksdag revamp could limit far-right: reports
Sweden

Riksdag revamp could limit far-right: reports

Members of several Swedish political parties are calling for a restructuring of the Riksdag to minimize the influence of the far-right Sweden Democrats.

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Sweden Democrats tip scales in 30 councils

The Sweden Democrats hold the balance of power in 30 of Sweden's 290 municipal councils, the anti-racist magazine Expo revealed on Wednesday in a compilation of election results.

Sweden’s strongest beer brewed at 18.5 percent
Sweden

Sweden’s strongest beer brewed at 18.5 percent

Microbrewery Sigtuna Brygghus near Arlanda airport has brewed Sweden's strongest beer ever with 18.5 percent alcohol content.

Social Democrats face identity crisis in wake of election disaster
Sweden

Social Democrats face identity crisis in wake of election disaster

Limping forward after their worst election result since World War I, Sweden’s Social Democrats find themselves forced to look for a new identify, writes the AFPs Marc Preel.

Deutsche Bank shares tank after profit warning
Germany

Deutsche Bank shares tank after profit warning

Shares in Germany's biggest bank, Deutsche Bank, plunged in early trade on Wednesday after it issued a profit warning.

Double murder suspect found hanged in shed
Germany

Double murder suspect found hanged in shed

The man who allegedly hanged his three-year-old son and beat the mother to death last month has been found dead, police in the Bavarian city of Rosenheim said on Wednesday.

Turkish scholar warns of racist ’19th century’ views
Germany

Turkish scholar warns of racist ’19th century’ views

A leading Turkish scholar has likened elements of the latest German debate on integration to racist 19th century notions of “primitive” immigrants who breed uncontrollably.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrat calls for opponents to be ‘shot’

Local Sweden Democrat candidate Marie-Louise Enderleit has called for the execution of the party's opponents by firing squad.

Siemens protects 128,000 jobs in Germany
Germany

Siemens protects 128,000 jobs in Germany

German engineering giant Siemens has agreed to protect the jobs of 128,000 domestic employees indefinitely, a media report said on Wednesday.

Schools use dogs to boost pupils’ grades
Germany

Schools use dogs to boost pupils’ grades

Dogs have long been used to rescue people lost in the wilderness and as guides for blind, but now man's best friend is also helping boost the performance of pupils in German classrooms.

Election results could turn on 298 votes
Sweden

Election results could turn on 298 votes

Fewer than 300 votes separate the centre-right Alliance from an outright majority in the Riksdag as electoral officials feverishly tally advance and overseas ballots.

Scrap EU farm subsidies to help poor, Niebel demands
Germany

Scrap EU farm subsidies to help poor, Niebel demands

Development Minister Dirk Niebel has demanded that Europe ditch its hefty agriculture subsidies and open its markets to the world’s poorest farmers in an effort to boost the fortunes of developing nations.

Refugee boom leads to campground shelters
Sweden

Refugee boom leads to campground shelters

A recent spike in the number of asylum seekers coming to Sweden has forced the Migration Board (Migrationsverket) to convert a campground on Sweden’s west coast into temporary housing for would-be refugees.

Bayern’s Ribery sidelined for a month with ankle injury
Germany

Bayern’s Ribery sidelined for a month with ankle injury

French midfielder Franck Ribery is expected to be out for at least four weeks with an ankle injury and to miss Bayern Munich's next two Champions League games, it was revealed on Wednesday.

Greens hit major league with record support
Germany

Greens hit major league with record support

In a tectonic shift in Germany’s political landscape, the environmentalist Greens have equalled the main opposition party, the Social Democrats, with an approval rating of 24 percent in the latest major opinion poll.

Tummy height tells of heart disease risk: study
Sweden

Tummy height tells of heart disease risk: study

Swedish researchers have discovered a simple way for people to determine if they are at risk for cardiovascular disease, claiming it’s more reliable than BMI (Body Mass Index).