Wolfsburg sack McClaren
Germany

Wolfsburg sack McClaren

Ex-England coach Steve McClaren was sacked on Monday by Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg after just seven months in charge with the club just one point away from the relegation zone.

Ferry traffic hit by stormy Swedish weather
Sweden

Ferry traffic hit by stormy Swedish weather

Another onslaught of stormy weather has prompted warnings for southern Sweden and disrupted Baltic ferry service.

Love stunt ends in tragedy
Germany

Love stunt ends in tragedy

A romantic gesture went tragically wrong in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Monday, when a man fell to his death trying to affix a sign on a motorway bridge to mark the 10th anniversary of his relationship.

Autopsy delays threaten Swedish crime probes
Sweden

Autopsy delays threaten Swedish crime probes

Delays in the completion of autopsies in criminal investigations in Gothenburg in western Sweden could result in murderers going free.

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Sweden

Swedish employers want good-looking staff: study

Swedish employers look for staff who are good-looking and not overweight, according to a new survey.

Luxury clinic tipped for Mubarak exit
Germany

Luxury clinic tipped for Mubarak exit

Rumoured plans to bring embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to Germany for medical treatment in order to facilitate a transition of power are reportedly more concrete than previously thought.

The best of Berlin in February
Germany

The best of Berlin in February

Exberliner, Berlin’s leading English-language magazine, in February finds feline luck, tests a new French watering hole in Mitte, and gives an automatic prayer booth a try.

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Sweden

Swede charged for sex crimes against 13 girls

A 34-year-old man was charged on Monday for aggravated sexual crimes against 13 young girls between the ages of eight and 11.

Tanker acid pumped into Rhine River
Germany

Tanker acid pumped into Rhine River

Acid from a capsized tanker was being pumped into the Rhine River on Monday to ensure the ship does not break into pieces. Officials said there was no danger to the environment.

Deutsche Bank boss slammed for women quota gaffe
Germany

Deutsche Bank boss slammed for women quota gaffe

The head of Germany's largest bank, Deutsche Bank, has drawn ire by saying that appointing more women to its executive board would make it "prettier and more colourful," a press report said Monday.

Assange lawyers: Swedish courts ‘unfair’
Sweden

Assange lawyers: Swedish courts ‘unfair’

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would be tried behind closed doors in a "flagrant denial of justice" if extradited to Sweden over sex crime allegations, his lawyer told a British court Monday.

Swedish CEO salaries ‘unacceptable’: union
Sweden

Swedish CEO salaries ‘unacceptable’: union

The CEOs of Sweden's 50 largest companies earn on average 40 times more than an industrial worker, a finding that a union organisation head believes is "totally unacceptable" and requires a "popular uprising" to remedy.

WikiLeaks’ conspiracy theories laid bare
Sweden

WikiLeaks’ conspiracy theories laid bare

As WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange enters the next round of his legal battle stemming from sex crime allegations in Sweden, The Local’s Karen Holst takes a look at some of the conspiracy theories surrounding Assange and his secret-divulging website.

It’s a girl!
Germany

It’s a girl!

Giving birth while living abroad can be a daunting prospect. The eighth installment of The Local's series Motherhood in the Fatherland follows new mum Sabine Devins as she handles the cultural quirks of having a baby in Germany.

‘Timeout’ for Sweden Democrat MP following drunken outburst
Sweden

‘Timeout’ for Sweden Democrat MP following drunken outburst

Sweden Democrat MP William Petzäll is taking a timeout from his political duties after police found him early Sunday morning stumbling drunk in the stairwell outside an apartment he shared with his ex-girlfriend.

Volkswagen to create 35,000 jobs in China
Germany

Volkswagen to create 35,000 jobs in China

Germany's Volkswagen, Europe's biggest automaker, is reportedly planning to boost its workforce from 250,000 to 290,000 by 2018, with most of the new jobs to be created in China.

Swedish football star attacked by girl gang
Sweden

Swedish football star attacked by girl gang

A Swedish football striker was attacked by a gang of women following a dispute over a food order at a Gothenburg café early on Sunday morning, according to a media report on Monday.

Defence Ministry to keep Bonn presence
Germany

Defence Ministry to keep Bonn presence

The Defence Ministry will not be completely moved from Bonn to Berlin, assured Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg on Monday. Some officials in the region had feared the Rhineland city would suffer financially from such a move.

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Sweden

Gothenburg murder suspect found in Canada

A man detained in absentia for 14 years for a murder in Gothenburg has been arrested in Canada, according to a media report on Monday.

Hartz IV reform talks end without results
Germany

Hartz IV reform talks end without results

Government and opposition officials failed to agree on changes to Germany’s Hartz IV welfare benefits after nearly 10 hours of negotiations overnight, shrinking chances that the upper house of parliament will vote on the reforms this week.

Bavaria hopes ski championships boost Olympic chances
Germany

Bavaria hopes ski championships boost Olympic chances

Organisers of the Alpine World Ski Championships are hoping to put on a top-class event to help boost Munich's chances of hosting the Winter Olympics in Bavaria in 2018.

Swedish star Forsberg returns to NHL club
Sweden

Swedish star Forsberg returns to NHL club

Swedish centre Peter Forsberg, a former NHL Most Valuable Player pursuing a comeback after a three-year break from the North American league, formally inked a deal on Sunday to return to the Colorado Avalanche.