Tensions high as Vilks finishes disputed lecture
Sweden

Tensions high as Vilks finishes disputed lecture

Four people were refused entry to a lecture given by controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks at Uppsala University on Thursday after going through a security check.

Blinded Stuttgart protestor threw objects at police, video reveals
Germany

Blinded Stuttgart protestor threw objects at police, video reveals

A new video shows a pensioner blinded by a police water cannon in last week’s violent protests in Stuttgart was throwing objects at officers, raising questions about whether they were provoked or guilty of excessive force.

Hockey wasn’t always Sweden’s pride on ice
Sweden

Hockey wasn’t always Sweden’s pride on ice

Sweden’s passion for ice hockey will be on display this weekend when teams from the National Hockey League (NHL) square off in Stockholm, but the fast-moving sport wasn’t always near and dear to Swedes’ hearts, The Local’s David Landes discovered.

Saab in talks with Volvo on production: report
Sweden

Saab in talks with Volvo on production: report

Saab Automobile and Volvo Cars are in talks for production collaboration, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing a spokesman from Saab owner Spyker Cars.

Swedish aircraft technicians go on strike
Sweden

Swedish aircraft technicians go on strike

Air traffic officials warned travelers in Sweden on Thursday of possible delays and cancelations after Swedish aircraft technicians went on strike on Thursday in a wage-related action expected to last through the weekend.

Bundeswehr soldier killed in Afghanistan
Germany

Bundeswehr soldier killed in Afghanistan

A German soldier has been killed and six others wounded in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan, Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg announced on Thursday.

Two Germans die in Hanoi fireworks blast
Germany

Two Germans die in Hanoi fireworks blast

Two Germans were among four people killed when fireworks being prepared for Hanoi's millennium celebrations exploded, the Foreign Ministry in Berlin said on Thursday.

Peruvian author wins Nobel literature prize
Sweden

Peruvian author wins Nobel literature prize

The Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa has been awarded the Nobel prize in Literature 2010, it was confirmed on Thursday.

Complaint filed over ‘Tattoo’ traffic snarl
Sweden

Complaint filed over ‘Tattoo’ traffic snarl

With actor Daniel Craig in Sweden for the filming of the Hollywood remake of Stieg Larsson's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", a Stockholm resident has lodged a complaint due to restricted access on her street.

Fear of an Islamic Fatherland
Germany

Fear of an Islamic Fatherland

The current debate about Islam’s place in German society is often skewed by a perverse interpretation of the religion that most average Muslim citizens do not recognize, writes Thomas Seibert from Der Tagesspiegel.

Helmut Kohl a favourite for Nobel Peace Prize
Germany

Helmut Kohl a favourite for Nobel Peace Prize

Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl was named by Norwegian media on Thursday as a favourite to win the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in Germany’s reunification and the creation of the European Union.

Guilty verdicts for helicopter heist suspects
Sweden

Guilty verdicts for helicopter heist suspects

Several suspects involved in last year’s Hollywood-style helicopter heist of a cash depot south of Stockholm were found guilty on Thursday.

Munich woman vanishes after Oktoberfest
Germany

Munich woman vanishes after Oktoberfest

A 24-year-old Munich woman told friends she planned to take a taxi home after visiting Oktoberfest last Friday, but she never made it home. Sabine P. has vanished without a trace, police in the Bavarian capital said this week.

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Sweden

Social insurance agency blamed for man’s suicide

A man who had been suffering from depression took his own life just two weeks after being told by the National Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) that he should seek full-time work, the man's relatives have told a welfare board inquiry.

Siemens to supply new Eurostar trains
Germany

Siemens to supply new Eurostar trains

German firm Siemens has scored a victory over a French rival with European railway operator Eurostar announcing Thursday it had ordered 10 high-speed Siemens trains.

Brüderle backs big pay rises as economy booms
Germany

Brüderle backs big pay rises as economy booms

Workers hungry to share in the spoils of Germany's booming economy through higher wages have been given encouragement from a surprising place: the country's pro-business Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle.

What’s on in Germany: October 7 – 13
Germany

What’s on in Germany: October 7 – 13

This Week's Highlights: Urban art in Berlin, books take centre stage in Frankfurt, and a Marc Chagall exhibition opens in Hamburg.

Merkel no longer world’s most powerful woman
Germany

Merkel no longer world’s most powerful woman

Chancellor Angela Merkel has been stripped of her status as the world’s most powerful woman, with the new Forbes list putting US first lady Michelle Obama at the summit of female influence.

More attacks on Swedish troops in Afghanistan
Sweden

More attacks on Swedish troops in Afghanistan

Swedish troops in Afghanistan have been involved in over 30 firefights and 15 bomb attacks since May, according to a media report.

SPD, Greens demand equality for Islam
Germany

SPD, Greens demand equality for Islam

Leading members of the opposition Social Democrats and Greens called on Thursday for Islam to be recognised by the state as a religious community, similar to Christianity and Judaism.

Man held over Malmö Art Museum theft
Sweden

Man held over Malmö Art Museum theft

A man has been arrested in connection with the theft of art worth millions of kronor from the Malmö Art Museum which was only discovered when police unearthed a work by Edvard Munch during a raid on a flat in Landskrona.

Brazil election delays Gripen fighter decision
Sweden

Brazil election delays Gripen fighter decision

Brazil is to wait until after the completion of the presidential elections at the end of October before deciding on a multi-billion-dollar fighter jet purchase, defence minister Nelson Jobim said on Wednesday.

Secret Bundesbank bunker opens to public
Germany

Secret Bundesbank bunker opens to public

It was a state secret throughout the Cold War, a Mosel-region bunker full of a substitute currency in case of an emergency. But this month the vault door will open, giving visitors a taste just how much fear infused that era.