Pirates’ lawyers end trial with ‘Facebook defence’
Sweden

Pirates’ lawyers end trial with ‘Facebook defence’

Defence lawyers for the three founders and a financier of Swedish file sharing site The Pirate Bay warned on Friday of the consequences for popular websites like Facebook and Twitter if their clients’ guilty verdict isn’t overturned.

Two Swedes charged for Somali terror crime plots
Sweden

Two Swedes charged for Somali terror crime plots

Two Swedish citizens of Somali origin tied to an al-Qaeda-linked extremist group were charged in Gothenburg on Friday with "planning terrorist crimes" in Somalia.

Guttenberg calls for ‘honesty’ about Afghanistan mission at memorial
Germany

Guttenberg calls for ‘honesty’ about Afghanistan mission at memorial

During a service to honour a fallen Bundeswehr soldier on Friday Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg called for a more honest discussion about the dangers of Germany’s military deployment in Afghanistan.

Deficit will meet EU limits in 2011, Germany says
Germany

Deficit will meet EU limits in 2011, Germany says

Germany said on Friday it was "confident" of cutting the deficit on its public finances to within EU limits in 2011, the first major eurozone economy to do so since the global recession.

Swedes working in China doubles in five years
Sweden

Swedes working in China doubles in five years

The number of Swedish employees working in China has doubled in the last five years, according to a comprehensive report issued by an engineering industry group in Sweden surveying the current industrial landscape between the two countries.

Google Street View opt-out deadline is nigh
Germany

Google Street View opt-out deadline is nigh

Time is almost up for German residents to opt out of having their homes or businesses shown on Google's controversial Street View navigation service. The deadline is midnight on Friday for people living in the 20 cities set to go online later this year.

The new anti-Semitism
Germany

The new anti-Semitism

Having seen the disastrous consequences of virulent anti-Semitism firsthand, Germany must lead the fight against Europe’s rising intolerance towards Muslims, writes The Local’s Marc Young.

‘Svennis’ slams Capello following England draw
Sweden

‘Svennis’ slams Capello following England draw

Former England manager Sven-Gorän Eriksson of Sweden has lashed out at current manager Fabio Capello of Italy for not treating his players like adults.

Swedish professor rejoices over laptop thief’s memory stick miracle
Sweden

Swedish professor rejoices over laptop thief’s memory stick miracle

A professor at Umeå University in northern Sweden was stunned after a thief who stole his laptop copied and returned the contents of the computer to him - on a USB memory stick.

Örebro rape suspect confesses to one attack
Sweden

Örebro rape suspect confesses to one attack

A 23-year-old serial rape suspect in central Sweden's Örebro has confessed to a rape committed in March, but has denied the other three crimes for which he faces charges.

Iran claims Germans admit wrongdoing
Germany

Iran claims Germans admit wrongdoing

Two Germans arrested in Iran this week for interviewing the son of a woman facing execution by stoning have confessed to committing an offence, the public prosecutor said in reports on Friday.

ZDF game show scandal gives new meaning to ‘captive audience’
Germany

ZDF game show scandal gives new meaning to ‘captive audience’

A TV studio audience thought they were in for a good time at the filming of a new German game show this week, but instead they were forced to spend over seven hours with no bathroom breaks or water while producers held them captive.

‘The first time we were arrested I was eight years old’
Germany

‘The first time we were arrested I was eight years old’

The Local’s series The New Berliners explores the lives of immigrants from around the world in Germany’s capital. For the fourth installment, Julia Lipkins spoke with the Bosnian boxer Marco Huck.

Swedish authority lifts ban on condom brand
Sweden

Swedish authority lifts ban on condom brand

The Medical Products Agency (Läkemedelsverket) has rescinded its sales ban on the PutOn condoms brand after originally ruling that it failed to meet Swedish safety requirements.

Sony Ericsson third quarter sales disappoint
Sweden

Sony Ericsson third quarter sales disappoint

Mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson reported a third consecutive quarter of net profits on Friday following dramatic restructuring, but its sales fell far below expectations.

Green energy surcharges to spike next year
Germany

Green energy surcharges to spike next year

The development of Germany’s renewable energy sources will mean record green electricity surcharges for consumers in 2011, increasing power bills by up to €112 per year, according to industry experts.

Artists’ take on Sweden at the Moderna Museet
Sweden

Artists’ take on Sweden at the Moderna Museet

Every four years, Stockholm’s Moderna Museet presents a sampling of what's new in Swedish contemporary art. Contributor Jennifer Lindblad takes a look at this year's exhibit, which opened October 2nd.

Mediator announces first Stuttgart 21 talks
Germany

Mediator announces first Stuttgart 21 talks

Mediated talks over the controversial Stuttgart 21 rail project will begin on Friday in the southern German city. The two sides agreed on the first official meeting on Thursday night.

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Sweden

Sweden tops global rule of law ranking

Rule of law and government effectiveness in Sweden are among the best in the world, according to the World Justice Project’s 2010 Rule of Law Index.

Colonial German church celebrates 100 years in Namibia
Germany

Colonial German church celebrates 100 years in Namibia

This weekend a colonial German church celebrates its 100th anniversary in Namibia. The Lutheran church was finished in 1910 after a tumultuous period of construction that mirrored the upheaval of Imperial Germany's African conquest.

Germany moves from cars to lifestyle in China
Germany

Germany moves from cars to lifestyle in China

Piggybacking on the reputation for the quality of their country’s cars and machines, German consumer goods brands are feverishly wooing Chinese customers as they try to catch up with their French and Italian rivals in a fast-growing market.

Bodström chooses family over Riksdag
Sweden

Bodström chooses family over Riksdag

Former Social Democratic justice minister Thomas Bodström is leaving politics and giving up his seat in the Riksdag to remain with his family in the United States.

Sweden’s Karlsson and Edfors shoot their way to the top in Portugal
Sweden

Sweden’s Karlsson and Edfors shoot their way to the top in Portugal

Swedish golfers Robert Karlsson and Johan Edfors stood at the top of the leader board after the opening round of the Portugal Masters on Thursday.