Merkel: EU conservatives ready to defend euro
Germany

Merkel: EU conservatives ready to defend euro

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday said that the European Union's conservative leaders were committed to hashing out a proposal they hope will strengthen the euro.

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Sweden

Sweden completes new spectrum auction

Sweden has completed the auction of its 800 MHz bandwidth, paving the way for three telecom firms to expand their mobile broadband services.

Interior Minister Friedrich reignites Islam debate
Germany

Interior Minister Friedrich reignites Islam debate

Germany’s new Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich reignited a bitter debate over Islam this week after he said the religion did not “belong” in the country, prompting a call on Friday for him to give up charge of the government's Islam conference.

Foreign-born rule the ranks of Sweden’s bakers
Sweden

Foreign-born rule the ranks of Sweden’s bakers

Sweden's bakers and confectioners make up the profession with the highest proportion of workers born outside of the EU and the Nordic countries, new statistics show.

Munich Olympic bid ‘strong’ says IOC delegation boss
Germany

Munich Olympic bid ‘strong’ says IOC delegation boss

Candidate city Munich has presented a 'strong' bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) evaluation committee said Friday.

Sweden offers aid for Libya refugee effort
Sweden

Sweden offers aid for Libya refugee effort

Sweden said Friday it was contributing a C-130 Hercules military plane and 33 million kronor ($5.2 million) to the United Nations' efforts to evacuate refugees from Libya.

German media roundup: Frankfurt’s lone terrorist
Germany

German media roundup: Frankfurt’s lone terrorist

What caused a young man in Frankfurt to turn to radical Islam and kill two US airmen? Newspapers in The Local’s media roundup on Friday try to make sense of a senseless act.

Berlin’s Kreuzberg decries tourist swarms
Germany

Berlin’s Kreuzberg decries tourist swarms

Berlin ranks just behind Paris and London when it comes to the number of overnight visitors. But not everyone in the German capital is happy about it, especially in the Kreuzberg district, traditionally the city’s haven for alternative lifestyles.

Man facing prison for catching 13,000 birds
Sweden

Man facing prison for catching 13,000 birds

A Swedish man has been charged for catching and holding thousands of birds in Hälsingland in eastern Sweden.

Mother arrested for filming her kids in the tub
Sweden

Mother arrested for filming her kids in the tub

A Swedish woman was arrested on child pornography suspicions after she filmed her two young children taking a bath in an effort to prove they had been sexually abused by their father.

Irish theatre group’s new show tries to make Stockholmers smile
Sweden

Irish theatre group’s new show tries to make Stockholmers smile

A budding Stockholm-based amateur theatre group with Irish roots is set to provide English-speaking theatre-goers with a tongue-in-cheek look at the perils of suspected infidelity, contributor Anita Badejo explains.

Shooting was ‘revenge’ for Afghanistan war
Germany

Shooting was ‘revenge’ for Afghanistan war

German prosecutors said Friday that an alleged Islamic radical accused of shooting dead two US airmen at Frankfurt airport did so in revenge for Afghanistan but had no links to international extremists.

New E10 biofuel debacle sparks blame game
Germany

New E10 biofuel debacle sparks blame game

German politicians and the fuel industry bickered on Friday over who was responsible for the botched introduction of a new E10 gasoline-ethanol mix after confusion over its safety for cars created a rush on traditional super grade petrol.

Swiss admit million dollar Qaddafi payout
Switzerland

Swiss admit million dollar Qaddafi payout

Switzerland released a compensation payment worth over a million dollars to one of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's sons last summer, Swiss authorities revealed on Thursday.

Swedish comedian dead after collapsing on stage
Sweden

Swedish comedian dead after collapsing on stage

Well-known Swedish comedian and actor Lasse Eriksson, 61, collapsed on stage Thursday night in Uppsala.

Dead body ‘missing’ from Swedish funeral home
Sweden

Dead body ‘missing’ from Swedish funeral home

The funeral of Stockholm-area man had to be cancelled after the coffin carrying the dead man's body went missing.

Suspect in triple murder found dead
Germany

Suspect in triple murder found dead

Three people have been found dead at a shooting range in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, police said on Friday. They later found the body of a 28-year-old man suspected of involvement in their deaths.

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Sweden

Swedish court: okay to get high in Denmark

A Swedish court has acquitted a woman of minor drugs offences after she claimed she had ingested the amphetamines in Denmark, where doing so is not a crime.

Train drivers strike again as wage battle wears on
Germany

Train drivers strike again as wage battle wears on

Commuters were warned of massive delays and cancellations across Germany on Friday morning, as train drivers walked off their jobs in a bid to pressure employers in an ongoing wage dispute.

Sweden boosts economic growth forecast
Sweden

Sweden boosts economic growth forecast

The Swedish government on Thursday raised its economic growth forecast for this year and said unemployment would shrink significantly, following the recent publication of strong statistics.

US military identifies airmen killed at airport
Germany

US military identifies airmen killed at airport

The US Air Force late on Thursday identified the two US airmen shot dead on a bus at Frankfurt airport by a suspected Islamist.

‘Maximilian’ and ‘Sophie’ most popular baby names of 2010
Germany

‘Maximilian’ and ‘Sophie’ most popular baby names of 2010

Maximilian and Sophie were Germany’s most popular baby names in 2010, according to an annual list published by the Association for German Language (GfdS) this week, which also revealed unusual names that were rejected by officials.

Swedes evacuated to Malta from Libya
Sweden

Swedes evacuated to Malta from Libya

A number of Swedes were successfully evacuated from Libya on Thursday after a Swedish plane was able to land in Tripoli following days of delays.