Irish Setter delivers 18- pup ‘litter of the century’
Germany

Irish Setter delivers 18- pup ‘litter of the century’

An Irish Setter in the northern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has delivered an astonishing litter of 18 puppies that breeders are calling the litter of the century, media reports said Thursday.

Famous Hitler rally picture probably faked
Germany

Famous Hitler rally picture probably faked

A famous 1914 photo showing a young Adolf Hitler in the thick of the crowd at a First World War rally – which the Nazis later used as a propaganda picture – was probably faked, German media said Thursday.

Breaking and entering with Germany’s ‘urban explorers’
Germany

Breaking and entering with Germany’s ‘urban explorers’

A growing number of Germans have taken up a new hobby they call “urban exploration,” by breaking and entering crumbling structures to create photo documentations of the historic spaces. But property owners aren’t amused.

Swedes snatched in global sex-pill sting
Sweden

Swedes snatched in global sex-pill sting

Twelve Swedes have been arrested in a global sting targeting illicit trade in Viagra-like impotence medication.

Anton, 18, to be youngest ever Swedish MP
Sweden

Anton, 18, to be youngest ever Swedish MP

18-year-old Anton Amadé Abele is set to become the youngest ever member of the Swedish parliament after Moderate party colleague Anna König Jerlmyr was named as the new Stockholm deputy mayor.

Berlin’s unwanted Roma
Germany

Berlin’s unwanted Roma

France's expulsions of Roma have caused international outrage, but what's life like in Germany for the people once known as Gypsies? Robert Rigney explored Berlin's Roma community for Exberliner magazine.

Swedish flat prices continue upward climb
Sweden

Swedish flat prices continue upward climb

Apartment prices in Sweden have risen 10 percent overall in the last quarter compared with the same period in 2009, new real estate statistics reveal.

Taxes on companies still high in Sweden: study
Sweden

Taxes on companies still high in Sweden: study

Despite recent cuts to corporate tax rates, Sweden still taxes companies more than many other countries in Europe, a new study shows..

First university Islamic studies courses unveiled
Germany

First university Islamic studies courses unveiled

Education Minister Annette Schavan announced on Thursday that the universities of Tübingen, Münster and Osnabrück would offer Germany’s first Islamic studies courses – part of the government’s effort to curb extremist views.

Fashioning a bright future
Germany

Fashioning a bright future

The Local’s series Made in Germany presents the best the country has to offer, including the Berlin fashion label c.neeon.

Footballer suspended after sponsor ultimatum
Sweden

Footballer suspended after sponsor ultimatum

Dulee Johnson, a footballer player with Swedish top flight club AIK, has been suspended after key sponsors demanded action following the midfield star's arrest on suspicion of rape.

Economy steams towards record growth
Germany

Economy steams towards record growth

Germany's booming economy will expand this year at a rate not seen since reunification, the country's top economic institutes said on Thursday.

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Sweden

Granddad took wrong child from daycare

A grandfather who agreed to pick up his grandchild from a daycare in Örebro in central Sweden on Monday took the wrong child, prompting the school to review its procedures.

Earthworm salad served at Kremlin dinner for President Wulff
Germany

Earthworm salad served at Kremlin dinner for President Wulff

Russian officials have been left red-faced after a salad containing a live earthworm was served at a dinner in honour of German President Christian Wulff, media reported Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: October 14 – 20
Germany

What’s on in Germany: October 14 – 20

This week's highlights: Photography in Berlin, Bollywood in Hamburg, and museums at nighttime in Munich.

US Jewish centre seeks ban on Malmö mayor
Sweden

US Jewish centre seeks ban on Malmö mayor

US Jewish organisation the Simon Wiesenthal Center has called for the disqualification of Malmö mayor Ilmar Reepalu from nominees for the World Mayor 2010 prize, citing his comments in the spring regarding the city's Jewish population.

Millions of bank card customers caught in data scandal
Germany

Millions of bank card customers caught in data scandal

The bank data and shopping behaviour of up to 14 million customers in Germany has been systematically gathered and used to promote loyalty programmes, a media report said on Wednesday night.

Guttenberg ‘the future’ say young conservatives
Germany

Guttenberg ‘the future’ say young conservatives

The head of the Christian Democrats' youth wing has delivered a stinging blow to the leadership of Angela Merkel, slamming the party’s centrist direction and describing Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg as the best hope for conservatism.

CSU hardens stance against immigration
Germany

CSU hardens stance against immigration

The general secretary of the Christian Social Union has declared that “Germany is not an immigration country,” signalling that the Bavarian conservatives were defiantly standing their ground over recent attacks on immigrants.

Remand hearing request for Örebro rape suspect
Sweden

Remand hearing request for Örebro rape suspect

Prosecutors have requested a remand hearing for the 23-year-old man suspected of committing several rapes in Örebro in central Sweden following “certain admissions” to police about a March attack.

Pupil defaces artwork during school field trip
Sweden

Pupil defaces artwork during school field trip

When a class from a Södertälje high school visited Stockholm's Moderna Museet art museum last week, a pupil drew a line on one of the artworks, reported the local Länstidningen Södertälje daily.

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Sweden

Estranged father returns kids to their mother

Two children taken by their estranged father during a supervised visit to a popular Stockholm tourist attraction last Saturday have been reunited with their mother.