Family accused of enslaving woman
Germany

Family accused of enslaving woman

A German family of three has been arrested on charges of keeping a 20-year-old woman as a slave for nearly a year in their home until her escape last weekend, prosecutors said Thursday.

Marcus Allbäck named in bribery probe
Sweden

Marcus Allbäck named in bribery probe

Criminal suspicions have surfaced involving Marcus Allbäck, a former striker for Sweden's national team and current assistant trainer, in connection with the Gothenburg construction corruption scandal.

Berlin open to Libyan peacekeeping role
Germany

Berlin open to Libyan peacekeeping role

Germany has so far refused pressure from its NATO allies to join the militarily mission against Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, but Berlin said Thursday it might send troops to the North African country after he's been deposed.

‘Bullying’ claim prompts probe of Chinese IT firm
Sweden

‘Bullying’ claim prompts probe of Chinese IT firm

The Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) plans to investigate Chinese company Huawei following claims from Swedish trade union Unionen that the company is not adhering to Swedish employment law.

Typist of Schindler’s list dies
Germany

Typist of Schindler’s list dies

The man who typed up Oskar Schindler's list that helped save 1,200 Jews from the Nazis, Mietek Pemper, has died in Germany aged 91, the Bavarian city where he lived said Thursday.

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Germany

Car salesman accused of killing customer to hide cash theft

A 29-year-old car salesman in North Rhine-Westphalia has confessed to stealing a customer’s money and then killing the man to hide his crime, the police said on Thursday.

Couple to take burqa ban to Euro court
France

Couple to take burqa ban to Euro court

 

A French Muslim husband and wife living in Britain are to challenge France's ban on full-face coverings at the European Court of Human Rights, their lawyer said on Thursday.

 

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France

Sudden slowdown in French growth

The French economy has suddenly slowed down but is still creating jobs, official data indicates, but analysts warn that the country has a deep trade problem of weak competitiveness.

Thales must pay Taiwan 500 million – court
France

Thales must pay Taiwan 500 million – court

A French court ordered defence giant Thales to pay the Taiwanese navy more than 500 million dollars on Thursday, rejecting the group's appeal against a 2010 abritration ruling.

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France

Drought hit farmers to cost a billion

France will have to pay a billion euros in aid to farmers hit by a drought in parts of the country, Prime Minister Francois Fillon said on Thursday.

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France

France ‘failed to probe African corruption’

African leaders accused of spending embezzled millions in France continued to do so even after a probe was launched and prosecutors have refused to investigate, a lawyer said Thursday.

GM reportedly considering selling Opel
Germany

GM reportedly considering selling Opel

US carmaker General Motors is once again considering selling it’s troubled German unit Opel, according to the media on Thursday. Opel dismissed the reports as "speculation."

Lace ’em up: Sweden’s five best hiking trails
Sweden

Lace ’em up: Sweden’s five best hiking trails

As the warm summer weather beckons, contributor Alec Forss offers up a list of some of Sweden's best hiking trails.

Scandal-hit insurer overcharged retirement savers
Germany

Scandal-hit insurer overcharged retirement savers

Already grappling with a now notorious sex-party scandal, the Hamburg-Mannheimer subsidiary of German insurance company Ergo reportedly overcharged 70,000 customers some €160 million (€234 million) for state-subsidized pension saving schemes.

Klose signs with Lazio
Germany

Klose signs with Lazio

Germany striker Miroslav Klose has signed a two-year deal with Italian side Lazio after failing to agree on a contract extension with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

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Sweden

Pricey school trips ‘break the law’: agency

A number of Swedish schools are violating the law by charging students high fees for expensive class trips, according to the country's schools inspectorate.

Swedish women prone to workplace injuries: study
Sweden

Swedish women prone to workplace injuries: study

The number of Swedish women who fall victim to work-related injuries is growing, according to a new study from Swedish insurance company AFA.

Microsoft offers opt-out for ‘Streetside’ online map service
Germany

Microsoft offers opt-out for ‘Streetside’ online map service

US tech giant Microsoft has decided to offer Germans the ability to opt out of its online map service “Streetside” after pressure from privacy advocates.

Bribery scandal rocks Stockholm arena
Sweden

Bribery scandal rocks Stockholm arena

A local politician and a construction magnate are among six people charged with corruption in conjunction with the building of a new national sporting arena in Stockholm.

What’s on in Germany: June 9 – 15
Germany

What’s on in Germany: June 9 – 15

This Week's Highlights: Greek theatre in Dresden, baroque opera in Frankfurt, and Carnival of Cultures in Berlin.

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France

French convent refuses to shelter Dutroux’s ex

A French convent has refused to shelter the ex-wife and accomplice of notorious Belgian paedophile killer Marc Dutroux who recently won early release.

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France

Morocco probes minister child abuse claims

The Moroccan government said Wednesday it had ordered a probe into claims that a French ex-minister had sexually molested boys in Morocco.

Dairy giant Arla in merger talks with Milko
Sweden

Dairy giant Arla in merger talks with Milko

Swedish dairy firms Arla and Milko have announced that they are in discussions over the terms of a merger in a move taken as a result of Milko's parlous finances.

Government faces new health insurance setback
Sweden

Government faces new health insurance setback

The government is expected to face a new defeat in the Riksdag on Thursday after the far-right Sweden Democrats said they will side with the centre-left opposition's proposed reforms to Sweden's public health insurance system.

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France

Letter shows murder suspect’s torment

An email from the missing husband and father from Nantes has revealed more about his debts and depression.

Greek ad makes fun of Strauss Kahn affair
France

Greek ad makes fun of Strauss Kahn affair

A commercial for potato chips is the first to make light of the incident involving Dominique Strauss Kahn and a hotel maid (VIDEO).

Swiss keep nuke shelters after Japan quake
Switzerland

Swiss keep nuke shelters after Japan quake

The Council of States has ruled that Swiss private home-owners must continue to build fallout shelters, in the wake of Japan’s nuclear disaster.

Months after letter bomb scare, air cargo security still lacking
Germany

Months after letter bomb scare, air cargo security still lacking

Months after terrorists sneaked a letter bomb past German airport cargo checks all the way into the Chancellery mail room, logistics security reportedly remains lacking as inspection jobs remain unfilled.

Mikael Persbrandt in new cocaine bust
Sweden

Mikael Persbrandt in new cocaine bust

Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt, star of the Oscar-winning film "In a Better World" and who will feature in "The Hobbit", has been fined for cocaine use only a few months after a previous bust.

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France

Bettencourt family at war again

After a brief period of peace, hostilities have broken out again in the family of the richest woman in France.

E. coli death toll hits 30
Germany

E. coli death toll hits 30

The death toll from an outbreak of killer bacteria centred on Germany jumped to at least 30 on Thursday, as EU and Russian leaders got ready to cross swords over Moscow's ban on EU vegetables.

Radio porn aims to get the Swiss grinding
Switzerland

Radio porn aims to get the Swiss grinding

A programme on a local Zurich radio airs what it calls “acoustic porn,” hoping to inspire people to make love, a report say.

 

Sweden tourism heads for new record year
Sweden

Sweden tourism heads for new record year

The number of foreign tourists visiting Sweden climbed 3 percent during the first four months of 2011, new statistics from the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) show, prompting hopes of a new record year.

Saab production grinds to a new halt
Sweden

Saab production grinds to a new halt

Cash-strapped Swedish carmaker Saab stopped production on Wednesday due to a lack of spare parts, only two weeks after restarting production lines.

Discovering Germany’s oldest hiking trail in Thuringia
Germany

Discovering Germany’s oldest hiking trail in Thuringia

Virtually unknown to foreigners, Germany’s oldest hiking trail, the Rennsteig, winds deep into the country’s “green heart” in Thuringia. Gentle panoramic views, a host of outdoor activities and cosy hospitality make for a restorative getaway.