Somalia terror suspects released pending verdict
Sweden

Somalia terror suspects released pending verdict

The two Swedish men convicted of planning terrorist crimes in Somalia have been released by the appeals court in Gothenburg pending a verdict on their case.

Deutsche Börse in merger talks with NYSE
Germany

Deutsche Börse in merger talks with NYSE

Deutsche Börse and NYSE Euronext said on Wednesday they are in "advanced discussions" to merge and create the world's largest stock exchange operator by revenues and profits.

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Sweden

Swedish post rescinds fee for late postcard

Posten, the Swedish postal service, has announced that a man in eastern Sweden who has finally received a postcard originally posted more than 16 years ago will not have to pay a 16 kronor ($2.50) fee that it had previously demanded after all.

Ex-Wikileaks spokesman blasts Assange
Germany

Ex-Wikileaks spokesman blasts Assange

The former spokesman of Wikileaks, German programmer Daniel Domscheit-Berg, has written a tell-all book about the inner workings of the secretive online whistleblower organisation and its controversial leader Julian Assange.

Lone wolf attacks 15 sheep overnight
Germany

Lone wolf attacks 15 sheep overnight

Authorities urged farmers in the northern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania to secure their fences on Tuesday after determining that a lone wolf likely killed and severely injured a total of 15 sheep in a single field overnight.

TV4 reported after ‘Swedish Mafia’ suicide
Sweden

TV4 reported after ‘Swedish Mafia’ suicide

A man has reported Swedish television network TV4 after his 21-year-old foster son took his life following the airing of a programme on criminal gangs in which the young man took part.

Merkel’s coalition closes poll gap with opposition
Germany

Merkel’s coalition closes poll gap with opposition

Trailing heavily in opinion polls a few months ago, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling centre-right coalition has clawed back support just one percentage point behind Germany’s left-wing opposition parties.

Brigitte Bardot slams Swedish wolf hunt
Sweden

Brigitte Bardot slams Swedish wolf hunt

French movie star and animals right campaigner Brigitte Bardot has written to the Swedish government to register her protest against the ongoing wolf hunt.

Weber reportedly out of running for ECB job
Germany

Weber reportedly out of running for ECB job

Germany's central bank chief Axel Weber is out of the running to be the next head of the European Central Bank as he is leaving to join Deutsche Bank, according to media reports on Wednesday.

Spike in calls to Swedish kids help hotline
Sweden

Spike in calls to Swedish kids help hotline

Swedish charity Children's Rights in Society (Barnens rätt i samhället - Bris) received a record number of calls to children's help hotline, new figures show.

Mubarak rejects medical trip to Germany
Germany

Mubarak rejects medical trip to Germany

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has said he will not come to Germany for a medical check-up. US officials had allegedly put forward such plans as a way to get the leader out of Egypt and several German politicians had signed on to the idea.

SAS disappoints as losses mount
Sweden

SAS disappoints as losses mount

Scandinavian airline SAS on Wednesday posted larger than expected losses for the final quarter 2010, although said that it hopes to return to profit in 2011 as the market recovers.

Aachen jailbreak convicts imprisoned for life
Germany

Aachen jailbreak convicts imprisoned for life

The two men who escaped from an Aachen prison in 2009 sparking a desperate police manhunt have been sentenced to long prison terms. They will likely spend the rest of their lives behind bars.

Exports grow at record pace in 2010
Germany

Exports grow at record pace in 2010

Germany's trade surplus grew by 11.2 percent in 2010 as exports leapt by a record 18.5 percent, but Europe's biggest economy also bought more from neighbours as it bounced back from a historic recession, data showed Wednesday.

Germany desperate to break Italian curse
Germany

Germany desperate to break Italian curse

Captain Philipp Lahm insists Germany must beat Italy in Wednesday night's friendly to break the Italian curse on his team and end 16-years of defeat at the hands of the Azzurri.

Assange case triggers rape debate in Sweden
Sweden

Assange case triggers rape debate in Sweden

The case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is fighting extradition to Sweden over rape allegations, has prompted a growing debate on the "grey zones" of the country's sexual assault legislation.

Rally champ Loeb set for icy Swedish opener
Sweden

Rally champ Loeb set for icy Swedish opener

The World Rally Championship 2011 season starts in Karlstad in central Sweden on Thursday and defending champion Sébastien Loeb is taking nothing for granted in the wintry conditions.

Swedish bar lets patrons pay via mobile phone
Sweden

Swedish bar lets patrons pay via mobile phone

A bar in Uppsala in eastern Sweden recently launched a new service that lets mobile phone-toting bar patrons leave their wallets at home. But not everyone is toasting this new taproom technology, contributor Oliver Gee discovers.

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Sweden

Doctor told patient to ‘go back to Africa’

A woman from Borås in western Sweden has filed a discrimination complaint against a health clinic after she was told to go back to Africa and get help from a medicine man for pain in her legs.

The Local’s best bets for the Berlinale
Germany

The Local’s best bets for the Berlinale

With almost 400 films and countless other events accompanying this year’s Berlinale, choosing what to see can be a daunting task. Fortunately, The Local has sifted out a sampling of the festival’s most interesting offerings.

Khodorkovsky film premiering in Berlin shadowed by controversy
Germany

Khodorkovsky film premiering in Berlin shadowed by controversy

The dramatic theft of material from a critical new documentary on jailed Russian former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has touched off a storm of suspicion days before its world premiere in Berlin.

Stasi law change could lead to more probes
Germany

Stasi law change could lead to more probes

An amendment to the law relating to East German secret police files on Wednesday will likely lead to more investigations into the pasts of people working in the public sector, a spokesman for the file archive said.

The Local’s guide to the Berlinale
Germany

The Local’s guide to the Berlinale

The 61st annual Berlin International Film Festival runs from February 10-20 and boasts almost 400 films. Don’t get lost in the frenzy – check out The Local’s tips, event picks, and ongoing coverage to make the most of this year's Berlinale.

Navigating the Berlinale with The Local
Germany

Navigating the Berlinale with The Local

The Berlinale, while offering a bounty of great films, can be logistically challenging. But fear not, The Local has a few tips on keeping any funny business from blocking your escape into show business.

Assange ‘offered to come to Sweden’: lawyer
Sweden

Assange ‘offered to come to Sweden’: lawyer

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange repeatedly offered to be interviewed in Sweden last year over allegations of rape and molestation, his Swedish lawyer told a British court on Tuesday.

Death penalty ‘unlikely’ for Assange: experts
Sweden

Death penalty ‘unlikely’ for Assange: experts

Julian Assange's attorneys warn he could be put to death or be sent to the feared Guantanamo Bay prison camp if he were extradited to the United States, but experts dismiss the claim as "impossible."

New round of Hartz IV reform talks fails
Germany

New round of Hartz IV reform talks fails

The German government and the opposition have failed once again to reach a deal on reforms to Hartz IV welfare benefits, negotiators announced early Wednesday. At issue is the amount paid to the long-term unemployed.

Swine flu shots linked to narcolepsy in Sweden
Sweden

Swine flu shots linked to narcolepsy in Sweden

The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced on Tuesday that Sweden is one of twelve countries that has reported cases of narcolepsy after the swine flu vaccine was administered.