Geneva clamps down on tourist tricksters
Switzerland

Geneva clamps down on tourist tricksters

Geneva could soon introduce a law banning three card tricks in the canton, following a long battle to rid the city's streets of con-artists luring money from tourists.

Booming Audi to pay workers €6,500 bonus
Germany

Booming Audi to pay workers €6,500 bonus

Luxury German carmaker Audi, a unit of Volkswagen, said Thursday its staff of 42,500 would receive an average bonus of €6,513 ($9,053) as thanks for strong results last year.

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Switzerland

Big profit jump for Glencore

Swiss commodities giant Glencore posted Thursday a 40.7 percent jump in 2010 net profit to $3.8 billion.

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Switzerland

Norway scandal spoils party for Adecco

Swiss multinational staffing agency Adecco on Thursday saw its bumper profits overshadowed by problems at its Norwegian unit, which is accused of breaking labour law.

Islamist shooter radicalized in Germany
Germany

Islamist shooter radicalized in Germany

Arid Uka, the 21-year-old Kosovar who has admitted to killing two US airmen in Frankfurt, was a loner only recently turning to radical Islamist ideology, according to investigators.

Secrecy slows probe of US embassy surveillance
Sweden

Secrecy slows probe of US embassy surveillance

An investigation into the legality of a surveillance programme run by the US embassy in Stockholm has been hampered by a refusal of people involved to answer questions about the operation, a prosecutor said on Thursday.

Dozens injured in tram collision with bus
Germany

Dozens injured in tram collision with bus

Over 40 people were injured in the Ruhr Valley city of Oberhausen on Thursday when a tram collided with a bus on an overpass, police there said.

Military ‘not interested’ in Soviet sub wreck
Sweden

Military ‘not interested’ in Soviet sub wreck

A dispute has broken out over whether or not the wreck of a suspected Soviet-era submarine found near the Baltic island of Gotland deserves further investigation.

Assange appeals Sweden extradition ruling
Sweden

Assange appeals Sweden extradition ruling

Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have lodged an appeal against a British court ruling that he should be extradited to Sweden over rape accusations, the court said Thursday.

Catholics urge ditching celibacy rule for priests
Germany

Catholics urge ditching celibacy rule for priests

Facing a dire shortage of priests, influential voices in Germany have begun questioning some central tenets of the Catholic Church including celibacy for the clergy. Kyle James reports.

Karneval festivities commence in the sunny Rhineland
Germany

Karneval festivities commence in the sunny Rhineland

Germany's Karneval festivities kicked off on Thursday at 11:11 am, as jesters stormed city halls across the Rhineland, marking the official start to the clownish, boozy parades to come.

German ships to return Egyptians fleeing Libya
Germany

German ships to return Egyptians fleeing Libya

Germany will send three ships to return some 4,000 migrants stuck in Tunisia to Egypt, after they fled there to escape the violence in Libya, Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Thursday.

Riksbank head: financial crisis ‘over’ in Sweden
Sweden

Riksbank head: financial crisis ‘over’ in Sweden

The head of Sweden's central bank said on Thursday that the financial crisis is over, but warned about the potential risks associated with an increasingly strong krona.

Half of doctors prescribe placebos, study finds
Germany

Half of doctors prescribe placebos, study finds

Doctors often prescribe placebos to patients, according to a new study from the German Medical Association released this week. But that’s not a bad thing, they said, recommending that placebos be used even more often.

Ericsson tips Volvo head as new board chair
Sweden

Ericsson tips Volvo head as new board chair

Swedish group Ericsson, the world's biggest mobile phone network maker, said Thursday it planned to appoint Volvo chief executive Leif Johansson as chairman of its board.

Arla announces merger with German dairy co-op
Sweden

Arla announces merger with German dairy co-op

Members of Swedish-Danish dairy cooperative Arla and Germany's Hansa-Milch, also a cooperative, have agreed to merge, Arla said Wednesday.

What’s on in Germany: March 3 – 9
Germany

What’s on in Germany: March 3 – 9

This week's highlights: Karneval in Cologne, Japanese fashion in Munich, and an art/dance party in Berlin.

Sweden in ‘historic’ deal on immigration policy
Sweden

Sweden in ‘historic’ deal on immigration policy

Sweden's centre-right Alliance government and the Green Party have reached an agreement on changes to the country's immigration policies specifically designed to diminish the influence of the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats.

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Sweden

Illegal immigrants to get new rights in Sweden

Illegal immigrants in Sweden should in future have the right to government-funded healthcare and education, and be able to start their own companies, the government has agreed.

Sacked diplomat blames anti-German British bias
Germany

Sacked diplomat blames anti-German British bias

A German-born diplomat who was fired from his job in Paris with the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) is suing the British government for racial discrimination, he told The Local.

Public workers’ strikes hit eastern states
Germany

Public workers’ strikes hit eastern states

Limited strikes by German public workers continued on Thursday, this time teachers street crews and bureaucrats in the eastern states taking part.

Swedes to pay more for healthcare
Sweden

Swedes to pay more for healthcare

Swedes may soon be asked to contribute more to the cost of their healthcare. Social Affairs Minister Göran Hägglund wants to raise the maximum amount that individuals pay to 2,200 kronor per year ($347).

Police see no wider terrorist plot in attack
Germany

Police see no wider terrorist plot in attack

German authorities said Thursday a man arrested over the fatal shooting of two US airmen was an Islamic extremist, but played down fears he was part of a terrorist cell.

Politician on trial for nude Muhammad poster
Sweden

Politician on trial for nude Muhammad poster

A Swedish politician facing charges for producing a poster depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad naked together with his nine-year-old wife was found not guilty by a jury in Malmö on Wednesday.

Schalke’s Magath gets revenge as struggling Bayern exit Cup
Germany

Schalke’s Magath gets revenge as struggling Bayern exit Cup

Another piece of silverware slipped from Bayern Munich's grasp on Wednesday as the title holders were dumped out of the German Cup after a 1-0 semi-final home defeat to Schalke 04, who are coached by former Bayern boss Felix Magath.