Remembering the Oktoberfest of yore
Germany

Remembering the Oktoberfest of yore

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest this year, organisers have created a historical tribute to the festivals of yore. Ben Knight slipped on his lederhosen for a tour of the nostalgia zone.

‘The little Asian you’ll never forget’
Germany

‘The little Asian you’ll never forget’

The Local’s series "The New Berliners" explores the lives of immigrants from around the world in Germany’s capital. For the first installment, Julia Lipkins spoke with Dr. Chris Cho from South Korea.

Deadly Lörrach rampage was premeditated
Germany

Deadly Lörrach rampage was premeditated

The killing spree that left four dead and 18 injured in Lörrach last weekend was at least partly planned in advance, investigators said on Friday after finding “extraordinary quantities” of explosive liquids in the murderer's apartment.

HQ board cleared over bank’s collapse: audit
Sweden

HQ board cleared over bank’s collapse: audit

The board of embattled Swedish financial concern HQ, helmed by CEO Mats Qviberg, was cleared on Friday of all liability regarding the company's collapse following an audit.

EU watchdog airs ‘doubts’ about HRE after approving more aid
Germany

EU watchdog airs ‘doubts’ about HRE after approving more aid

Europe's top competition watchdog on Friday expressed "doubts" about the long-term viability of troubled German bank Hypo Real Estate, while granting temporary approval for ongoing state support.

Turkey asks Germany to stop harbouring Kurdish rebels
Germany

Turkey asks Germany to stop harbouring Kurdish rebels

Turkey's Interior Minister Besir Atalay Friday called on Germany to crack down on separatist Kurdish rebels on its territory, handing his German colleague intelligence on activities Ankara wants curbed.

Payment firms slammed for collecting EC card customer data
Germany

Payment firms slammed for collecting EC card customer data

Politicians and data protection experts on Friday lambasted the practice of surreptitiously collecting customer data tied to purchases made with German EC debit cards.

New data highlights economy’s resiliency
Germany

New data highlights economy’s resiliency

German business confidence posted Friday a surprise rise to levels last seen in mid-2007, suggesting Europe's powerhouse economy will remain resilient and not return to recession.

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Sweden

Sick pay claimants reapply for handouts

Every third person who was forced out of the sickness benefit system during the first three months of 2010 has reapplied for benefits, according to a new report.

Court orders retrial in new serial killer case
Sweden

Court orders retrial in new serial killer case

The Swedish appeals court on Friday overturned a decision to convict serial killer Thomas Quick for the murder of nine-year-old Therese Johannessen in Norway in 1988.

‘Millennium’ star set to rival Tom Cruise in MI:4
Sweden

‘Millennium’ star set to rival Tom Cruise in MI:4

Sweden's Michael Nyqvist, who portrays journalist sleuth Michael Blomqvist in the 'Millennium'-trilogy films, is set to star opposite Hollywood hunk Tom Cruise in "Mission Impossible: 4," which is slated for release next year.

Swedish military issues foreign duty ultimatum
Sweden

Swedish military issues foreign duty ultimatum

Sweden's Armed Forces personnel have been presented an ultimatum - accept the requirement of foreign duty or face redundancy.

Böhse Onkelz singer on trial for drugged-up hit-and-run
Germany

Böhse Onkelz singer on trial for drugged-up hit-and-run

Kevin Russell, the former singer of the German hard rock band Böhse Onkelz, faces a Frankfurt court Friday after allegedly taking drugs on New Year’s Eve 2009, seriously injuring two people in a high speed crash and then fleeing the scene.

Merkel welcomes Bruni aid appeal to Bundestag
Germany

Merkel welcomes Bruni aid appeal to Bundestag

Angela Merkel's spokesman has said the chancellor would welcome a personal appeal by France's First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, to the German parliament for more international aid.

KEY Relocation makes a new life in Sweden easier
Sweden

KEY Relocation makes a new life in Sweden easier

Having lived as an expat around the world, Tove Fränkel, global relocation manager at KEY Relocation Center in Stockholm, is more than familiar with her clients' needs.

Ericsson mobile app reconnects refugees
Sweden

Ericsson mobile app reconnects refugees

Swedish telecom firm Ericsson has launched a new mobile phone application which aims to reunite African families that have been torn apart by war or natural disaster.

Sweden’s Edfors posts 61 to outpace Vivendi Cup field
Sweden

Sweden’s Edfors posts 61 to outpace Vivendi Cup field

Swedish golfer Johan Edfors, a former British Masters Champion, sunk 10 birdies at the Vivendi Cup on Thursday, equaling the lowest round of the European Tour this season with a score of 61.

Bavarian mass transit drivers strike
Germany

Bavarian mass transit drivers strike

Mass transit workers in the Bavarian cities of Munich, Nuremberg and Augsburg went on strike early Friday morning in an ongoing wage dispute. Munich will suffer the most, as thousands of tourists are in town for Oktoberfest.

Liberals want to appeal election results
Sweden

Liberals want to appeal election results

The Liberal Party (Folkpartiet), which lost two seats in the Riksdag by a razor thin margin, is looking to appeal the results of Sweden’s 2010 elections.

Beer mug brawling spikes at 200th anniversary Oktoberfest
Germany

Beer mug brawling spikes at 200th anniversary Oktoberfest

This year’s 200th anniversary Oktoberfest has proved to be rowdier than previous years, officials said this week, citing a jump in the use of the festival’s famous large beer mugs as weapons.

New stars hope to shine in Berlin Marathon this weekend
Germany

New stars hope to shine in Berlin Marathon this weekend

Without Haile Gebrselassie chasing the world record this year, the field for Sunday's Berlin Marathon will have a different look as the next crop of stars do battle on the famously fast course.

Paw-print signature puzzles public officials
Sweden

Paw-print signature puzzles public officials

Officials from Värmdö municipality near Stockholm were forced to think twice recently after receiving funding request signed with a paw print.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrat ‘members’ site shut down

The website on which the leaked Sweden Democrat membership list was published has been shut down by the web hosting company where the domain name was registered.