FDP’s Koch-Mehrin stripped of her doctorate
Germany

FDP’s Koch-Mehrin stripped of her doctorate

Silvana Koch-Mehrin, once a leading members of the Free Democrats (FDP), on Wednesday became the latest public figure in Germany to be stripped of her doctorate for plagiarism after the country's defence minister was forced to quit earlier this year.

Swedes’ opposition to euro hits record high
Sweden

Swedes’ opposition to euro hits record high

Nearly two thirds of Swedes say they are against adoption of the euro, the highest figure since polling began, according to a new survey from Statistics Sweden (Statistiska Centralbyrån - SCB).

The unhealthy cult of ageing
Germany

The unhealthy cult of ageing

Are there limits to age and experience? When is it time to call it quits? Roger Boyes, Berlin correspondent for British daily The Times, explores Germany’s unhealthy age fetish.

‘I feared for my own life’: father of convicted son
Sweden

‘I feared for my own life’: father of convicted son

The re-trial of the so-called Högsby 'honour killing' continued on Wednesday with testimonies from the parents who denied claims by their 23-year-old that they made him take the blame for murdering his sister's boyfriend.

Westerwelle attacks plan for Danish border checks
Germany

Westerwelle attacks plan for Danish border checks

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle underlined Wednesday Berlin's objections to Danish plans for permanent customs checks at their internal EU border, after talks with his Danish counterpart.

Bust TelDaFax to keep power flowing as customers fret
Germany

Bust TelDaFax to keep power flowing as customers fret

The insolvency administrator for low-cost power provider TelDaFax is seeking to calm fears from customers that their electricity will be immediately cut off. But prepaid customers may end up losing money.

Networking site Linkedin to open Stockholm office
Sweden

Networking site Linkedin to open Stockholm office

Professional networking site Linkedin revealed on Wednesday plans to open a Stockholm office to further the Scandinavian market and offer better services to their existing members in the Nordic countries.

Swedish Church members ‘don’t believe in Jesus’
Sweden

Swedish Church members ‘don’t believe in Jesus’

Only 15 percent of members of the Church of Sweden say they believe in Jesus, and an equal number claim to be atheists according to the results of a recent survey.

Reinfeldt and Juholt spar in first debate
Sweden

Reinfeldt and Juholt spar in first debate

The leaders of Sweden’s two largest political parties clashed for the first time on Wednesday, with Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt warning that pressure from opposition parties on the right and left were pushing his minority government towards crisis.

Report slams doctors for prescribing habits
Germany

Report slams doctors for prescribing habits

German doctors are prescribing too many addictive sleeping pills to alcoholics, too many strong tranquilizers to dementia patients and too many contraceptive pills with higher risks than others, according to a damning report released on Wednesday.

Court cannot ban woman with fake driving license
Germany

Court cannot ban woman with fake driving license

A woman who admitted she never passed a driving test but bought a fake Filipino driving license has been told by a court she can continue driving on German roads.

Örebro rapist sentenced to 12 years in prison
Sweden

Örebro rapist sentenced to 12 years in prison

A 24-year-old man considered to be Sweden's worst serial rapist was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Wednesday for attacking 13 women in the central Swedish town of Örebro.

‘Worthless’ Russian painting sold for millions at Swedish auction
Sweden

‘Worthless’ Russian painting sold for millions at Swedish auction

A Russian painting considered worthless by its owner and nearly donated to charity fetched a staggering 7.6 million kronor ($1.2 million) at an auction in Uppsala in eastern Sweden on Tuesday.

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Switzerland

Swiss ‘forgers’ face landmark trial

Seven people are going on trial in Lausanne in one of Switzerland's largest ever art theft and forgery cases, involving paintings by artists including Degas and Pissaro.

 

High school proms threatened after party firm collapses
Germany

High school proms threatened after party firm collapses

Berlin police are investigating the apparent collapse of a company organizing high school proms whose managers have disappeared – along with tens of thousands of euros paid up front for graduation balls and holidays.

Beginner drivers to take extra ‘feedback’ test after passing exam
Germany

Beginner drivers to take extra ‘feedback’ test after passing exam

Beginning drivers will have to undertake a "feedback" session with a driving instructor after they get their licenses, according to plans set to be incorporated into a German traffic safety bill, the Saarbrücker Zeitung reported.

Basshunter beats Scottish sex assualt rap
Sweden

Basshunter beats Scottish sex assualt rap

Swedish star DJ Basshunter has been cleared of charges that he sexually assaulted two women following a performance at a Scottish nightclub in December.

Astronomy fans await total lunar eclipse
Germany

Astronomy fans await total lunar eclipse

There will be a total lunar eclipse on Wednesday night, with fabulous views of the Moon reddening, disappearing and then reappearing expected across Germany.

José Bové in court over destruction of GM crops
France

José Bové in court over destruction of GM crops

Veteran farmer, anti-globalization campaigner and Euro MP José Bové has gone on trial in Poitiers for destroying genetically modified maize in 2008. 

Isabelle Adjani accused over boyfriend attack
France

Isabelle Adjani accused over boyfriend attack

Oscar nominated and César winning actress Isabelle Adjani ordered her bodyguard to attack her doctor boyfriend, an anonymous letter has claimed.

 

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France

Cheats on the rise as Bac season starts

 

Thousands of students start the dreaded Baccalauréat high school exams tomorrow amid concern over a rise in cheating.

 

France still not ready for gay marriage
France

France still not ready for gay marriage

A vote in the National Assembly rejected a proposal for same-sex marriage by 293 votes to 222.

Salad growers to get half their losses in aid
Germany

Salad growers to get half their losses in aid

German vegetable growers who have seen their businesses badly hit by the EHEC E.coli outbreak as people avoid cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce, have been told they will get half of what they have lost in governmental aid.

Banks face credit downgrade over Greece
France

Banks face credit downgrade over Greece

Ratings agency Moody's warned Wednesday it may downgrade the rating of French banks Credit Agricole, BNP Paribas and Société Générale because of their exposure to Greek debt.

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Switzerland

Bern drivers bid for special car plates

Road traffic authorities in Bern have launched a promotional YouTube campaign to invite drivers to apply for special car plates, a report says.

 

Yemeni blogger seeks asylum in Sweden
Sweden

Yemeni blogger seeks asylum in Sweden

A Yemeni blogger who has received death threats for criticising President Ali Abdullah Saleh has applied for asylum in Sweden amid mounting political violence in the country.

Bonn to Berlin move still controversial
Germany

Bonn to Berlin move still controversial

Two decades after the German parliament decided to move the government from the Cold War capital of Bonn back to Berlin, some politicians still disagree over whether all functions should be brought from the state of North-Rhine Westphalia.

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Sweden

Former students charged for killing teacher

Swedish prosecutors have charged two former students along with a third accomplice for beating a high school to teacher to death in early April.

Finding quirky camping options for the summer holidays
Germany

Finding quirky camping options for the summer holidays

Urban camping in Berlin, haystack beds in Bavaria and giant tree forts in Saxony – Ruby Russell discovers quirky alternatives for your summer holiday.

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Sweden

Swedish couple forced to give back adopted son

A couple from western Sweden was forced to give up their adopted son when his biological mother changed her mind eight months after giving him up for adoption.