Every fifth German has a drinking problem
Germany

Every fifth German has a drinking problem

One in five Germans has an alcohol problem, a leading health expert has estimated at the launch of a “dramatic” new report into addiction on Tuesday.

After glorious sunny holiday weekend, rain returns
Germany

After glorious sunny holiday weekend, rain returns

Germans flocked outdoors to enjoy a foretaste of summer over the Easter holiday weekend, but the country can expect cooler weather and showers in the coming days.

British royal wedding set for mass exposure
Germany

British royal wedding set for mass exposure

With the nuptials of Britain’s Prince William and his betrothed, Kate Middleton, set for Friday, royal family fanatics have a wealth of options to watch the ceremony in Germany – including a wedding-themed vacation in the North Sea.

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Sweden

US held Swedish terror suspect ‘for information’

Swedish citizen Mehdi Ghezali was kept at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp for two years to provide the US government with information of the ‘recruitment’ of foreign Muslims in Saudi Arabia, according to documents made public by whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

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Switzerland

Libya bomb suspects lose detention appeal

The pre-trial detention of two Swiss engineers suspected of helping Libya build a nuclear bomb did not violate their human rights laws, a court ruled on Tuesday.

 

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Sweden

Ministers flout Riksdag housing rules

Several Swedish government ministers continue to violate Riksdag housing rules by refusing to give up temporary accommodations normally reserved for MPs, according to an investigation carried out by Swedish newspaper Metro

Gwyneth Paltrow says her German granny was ‘mean as hell’
Germany

Gwyneth Paltrow says her German granny was ‘mean as hell’

Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow has shocked her fans by attacking her late German grandmother for being “mean as hell” and full of hate.

Swedes head to the UK for William and Kate protest
Sweden

Swedes head to the UK for William and Kate protest

Swedish anti-monarchy advocates are heading to London this week to join their UK counterparts in a 'not the royal wedding' celebration similar to events which took place at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria in 2010.

Industry blasts Merkel’s ‘disorientated’ coalition
Germany

Industry blasts Merkel’s ‘disorientated’ coalition

Germany's top industry body launched an unusually frank attack on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government on Tuesday, openly calling it directionless and demanding it pick up the ball on much-needed changes such as tax reform.

Carmakers slam Greens’ Kretschmann
Germany

Carmakers slam Greens’ Kretschmann

The auto industry hit back on Tuesday at the Greens premier-designate in Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, over his weekend suggestion that the German industry needed to shrink in the interests of the environment.

Police hunt teen gang after school stabbing
Sweden

Police hunt teen gang after school stabbing

Swedish police are hunting a gang of teenage boys after a fight at a school in northern Stockholm on Tuesday left a further teenage boy in hospital nursing stab wounds.

Sweden’s jobless face prospect of bright future
Sweden

Sweden’s jobless face prospect of bright future

Sweden's jobs market is continuing its recovery, new official data shows, with employment rates increasing steadily and the promise of more vacancies in the offing.

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Switzerland

Banker not guilty of running slush fund

Switzerland's highest criminal court on Thursday acquitted a private banker of charges of running slush funds allegedly used by French engineering giant Alstom to bribe foreign officials.

 

Taxes hit UBS profits
Switzerland

Taxes hit UBS profits

Swiss banking giant UBS said Tuesday that its net profit fell 18 percent to 1.8 billion francs ($2 billion) in the first quarter, hurt by a tax charge and higher personnel costs.

Swedish king rules out retirement
Sweden

Swedish king rules out retirement

Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf has stated that he has no plans to retire, despite the occasion of his 65th birthday on Saturday.

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Switzerland

Fire warnings issued across Switzerland

Fire warnings have been issued across Switzerland as the country's record-breaking drought has continued.

Hundreds march against nuclear power
Switzerland

Hundreds march against nuclear power

Protesters have taken to the streets across Switzerland to protest against nuclear power and call for greater use of renewable energy.

All in the (royal) family
Germany

All in the (royal) family

With William and Kate wedding mania reaching fever pitch, Roger Boyes, Berlin correspondent for British daily The Times, looks at Germany’s bad case of royal envy.

Petrol station charges €9.99 a litre for gas
Germany

Petrol station charges €9.99 a litre for gas

Police were called after a petrol station near Stuttgart began charging €9.99 per litre ($40 per gallon) of super gasoline amid dwindling supplies on Easter Monday.

Swedish soldiers wilt under load of heavy packs
Sweden

Swedish soldiers wilt under load of heavy packs

Swedish soldiers are carrying an ever increasing equipment burden, with many soldiers suffering from back pain as a result, a new report on Tuesday showed.

Caution urged over fires as Sweden heats up
Sweden

Caution urged over fires as Sweden heats up

With forecasts indicating a continued bout of warm, dry weather in much of Sweden, authorities have urged caution following reports of a number of grass fires over the Easter weekend.

Swedish ‘underwater kite’ looks to make clean energy waves
Sweden

Swedish ‘underwater kite’ looks to make clean energy waves

A Swedish company believes a device modeled on a children's toy will make harnessing energy from the world's oceans as easy as flying a kite, The Local's Geoff Mortimore discovers.

Low-paid ‘mini-jobs’ on the rise
Germany

Low-paid ‘mini-jobs’ on the rise

A soaring number of Germans are working in so-called “mini-jobs,” according to official figures that show another side to the booming economy, media reported Tuesday.

Sarrazin pardon sparks fierce SPD backlash
Germany

Sarrazin pardon sparks fierce SPD backlash

There was mounting resentment Tuesday among centre-left Social Democrats against the party’s decision not to expel Thilo Sarrazin over his incendiary statements on immigration.

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Sweden

Swede deported over Colombia FARC links

A 54-year-old Swedish man has been deported from Venezuela to Colombia on suspicion of being the head of the FARC in Europe, according to a Reuters news agency report.

Antonov to Sweden for Saab crisis talks
Sweden

Antonov to Sweden for Saab crisis talks

Russian financier Vladimir Antonov is to arrive in Sweden on Tuesday to meet state representatives to discuss the future of crisis-hit Swedish carmaker Saab.

Ryanair forced to make Stockholm security stop
Sweden

Ryanair forced to make Stockholm security stop

A Ryanair flight from Sweden to Paris with 173 people on board was forced to make a "security landing" at the Skavsta airport south of Stockholm on Monday after its instruments failed, the airport said.

Tougher crime laws to follow U-Bahn bashing
Germany

Tougher crime laws to follow U-Bahn bashing

Members of Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union will pursue tougher sentencing laws for violent crime in the wake of Saturday’s brutal bashing at a Berlin U-Bahn station.