Art lovers descend on Basel
Switzerland

Art lovers descend on Basel

The world's largest contemporary arts fair, which opens in Basel Wednesday, is set to receive some 60,000 art lovers to enjoy works by more than 2,500 artists.

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Switzerland

Better outlook for Swiss banks

Ratings agency Moody's raised its appraisal of Swiss banks to stable from negative on Tuesday, citing improved earnings and a swift recovery of the Swiss economy.

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Switzerland

‘Titanic subs’ to gauge Lake Geneva pollution

Two mini-submarines that have filmed the wreckage of the doomed luxury cruise liner Titanic will dive into Lake Geneva to gauge its pollution levels, Swiss researchers said Tuesday.

More Swedes buying homes in Spain
Sweden

More Swedes buying homes in Spain

An increasing number of Swedes are snapping up vacation homes in Spain, with real estate purchases by Swedes up 105 percent last year, according to Spanish housing authorities.

Naked baby grad sign reported for child porn
Sweden

Naked baby grad sign reported for child porn

A sign featuring a naked baby picture of a graduating student in southern Sweden so offended a bystander that it was reported to authorities for violating Sweden's laws prohibiting child pornography.

Karlstad University: a keen eye for business
Sweden

Karlstad University: a keen eye for business

At Karlstad University students are not only encouraged to excel in their academic studies, but also to realize their dreams through starting their own businesses.

Nuclear fuel transports prompt fury in Rostock
Germany

Nuclear fuel transports prompt fury in Rostock

Nuclear material and dangerous chemicals for the nuclear power industry are reportedly being shipped through the Baltic port city of Rostock without anyone being informed.

Police union says Facebook party posters should have to pay up
Germany

Police union says Facebook party posters should have to pay up

A major German police union says Facebook users who put their party invitations online and then have to call the police to deal with the ensuing chaos, could be landed with a bill to pay for the law and order.

‘Dad told me to grab the knife’: convicted son
Sweden

‘Dad told me to grab the knife’: convicted son

The re-trial of the so-called Högsby 'honour killing' continued on Tuesday with testimony from the 23-year-old son who claims his parents made him take the blame for murdering his sister's boyfriend.

Ericsson scoops up US software firm Telcordia
Sweden

Ericsson scoops up US software firm Telcordia

Sweden's Ericsson, the world's biggest mobile network equipment maker, said Wednesday it would pay $1.15 billion in cash for US communications software developer Telcordia.

Abba star helps bring new landmark to seaside town
Sweden

Abba star helps bring new landmark to seaside town

Västervik on Sweden’s East coast may remain one of Sweden’s best kept secrets to tourists outside the country, but if ABBA legend Björn Ulvaeus has his way, that could well be set to change.

Swedish ‘Snabba cash’ actor finds more Hollywood success
Sweden

Swedish ‘Snabba cash’ actor finds more Hollywood success

Swedish heartthrob Joel Kinnaman has snagged yet another lead in an American feature film, according to Hollywood reports.

Stuttgart 21 project resumes despite protests
Germany

Stuttgart 21 project resumes despite protests

Deutsche Bahn restarted work on the controversial Stuttgart 21 rail project Tuesday after police broke up a group of protestors trying to halt construction.

Westerwelle warns of Mideast peace problems
Germany

Westerwelle warns of Mideast peace problems

Berlin believes unilateral moves – such as declaring Palestinian independence – would be "very counterproductive" to the Middle East peace process, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle warned on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Swedish kids invited to neo-Nazi summer camp

A Swedish neo-Nazi political party is offering children free admission to a camp scheduled to be held in a secret location in southern Sweden this summer. But not everyone is welcome to attend.

Police doctor acquitted over forced vomiting death
Germany

Police doctor acquitted over forced vomiting death

A police doctor has been acquitted in Germany for the second time for his involvement in force-feeding a small-time drug dealer with litres of water and an emetic to make him throw up, after which he died.

Ambulance call denied: woman ‘was still talking’
Sweden

Ambulance call denied: woman ‘was still talking’

A woman from northern Sweden died after four calls placed over a four day period requesting to have an ambulance sent to her home in Timrå were ignored.

Berlin hopes show will boost contemporary art scene
Germany

Berlin hopes show will boost contemporary art scene

The new art exhibition 'Based in Berlin' highlights 80 emerging artists working in the German capital. But as Amrit Naresh reports, some have criticised the city's failure to provide a permanent space for its contemporary arts scene.

Teenage smoking on the rise
Switzerland

Teenage smoking on the rise

The number of young people who light up regularly is on the rise despite a general decrease in the number of smokers in Switzerland and a recent smoking ban in the country.

Speed camera flash wakes speeding driver
Switzerland

Speed camera flash wakes speeding driver

A 27-year-old woman driving on a Swiss highway has admitted to police that the flash of a speed camera woke her up as she zoomed at 210 km/h.

Schlecker drugstore to close hundreds of shops, revamp image
Germany

Schlecker drugstore to close hundreds of shops, revamp image

Germany's biggest drugstore chain Schlecker is closing up to a tenth of its stores across the country in a bid to draw a line under the last three years of financial losses.

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Sweden

Parental leave ‘traps’ immigrants at home

Less parental leave for those who have just arrived in Sweden with kids will help getting immigrant women out on the labour market, according to two Swedish experts.

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Switzerland

Strong franc causes cut in growth forecast

 

The Swiss government on Tuesday cut its growth forecast for 2012, saying the strengthening Swiss franc has brought new risks.

 

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France

Five year old abducted in eastern France

 

A five-year old girl abducted for several hours on Sunday was "sexually assaulted and raped".

 

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France

Pupils’ show axed after nude shock

570 pupils in Brittany got more than they expected at the annual show to mark the end of the school year last week.

 

Chirac snubs Sarkozy – vows to vote for Socialist
France

Chirac snubs Sarkozy – vows to vote for Socialist

Jacques Chirac caused shock at the weekend by claiming he will vote for Socialist François Hollande in next year's elections.

 

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France

Sarkozy’s ex-wife tells of President’s ‘groupies’

Cécilia Attias told a US news programme that her husband had been openly pursued by other women when they were married.

 

Let city cyclists run red lights: politicians
Sweden

Let city cyclists run red lights: politicians

Stockholm politicians are arguing that the city’s cyclists be allowed to run red lights and cycle against one-way traffic in order to avoid congestion and improve the situation for those who chose to travel by bicycle.

Dentist costs could rise 20 percent amid billing system reforms
Germany

Dentist costs could rise 20 percent amid billing system reforms

Dentist bills could become up to 20 percent more expensive, according to a warning from the association of private health insurers (PKV) – as billing changes hit privately as well as statutorily insured patients in Germany.

Two-year-old boy dies from E. coli
Germany

Two-year-old boy dies from E. coli

The German authorities on Tuesday said a two-year-old boy became the first child to die in an outbreak of a virulent strain of E. coli bacteria, taking the death toll to at least 37.

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Sweden

Embassies prepped to prevent forced marriages

Young Swedes facing being forced into marriage while abroad this summer can expect more help from Swedish embassies and consulates abroad, according to the Swedish foreign ministry.

More self-employed on Hartz IV welfare
Germany

More self-employed on Hartz IV welfare

An increasing number of Germans running their own businesses are claiming basic social benefits as their income falls, according to a report in the Süddeutsche Zeitung on Tuesday.