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Sweden

Högsby daughter: ‘they called me a whore’

The drama in which family members are telling wildly different stories about the honour killing of 20-year-old Abbas Rezai in Högsby in 2005 continued on Friday in the court of appeals.

Family man admits five murders in stunning ‘cold case’ revelation
Germany

Family man admits five murders in stunning ‘cold case’ revelation

Police investigating a classic ‘cold case’ have arrested a family man at his north German home for the murder of a teenager more than 20 years ago – only to have him admit to being a serial killer with five young women on his conscience.

‘Milch-Schnitte’ snack gets award for deceptive advertising
Germany

‘Milch-Schnitte’ snack gets award for deceptive advertising

A group of nutrition campaigners have given confectioner Ferrero's Milch-Schnitte a dubious award: The “Golden Windbag” prize for most misleading advertising.

Malmö FF fined for fan’s attack on football player
Sweden

Malmö FF fined for fan’s attack on football player

The Swedish Football Federation (SvFF) have reached their verdict about the calamitous derby match between Malmö FF and Helsingborg, having decided to award Helsingborg a 3-0 victory, whilst fining Malmö 150,000 kronor ($23,000).

Turning the Baltic Sea into a swimming Poel
Germany

Turning the Baltic Sea into a swimming Poel

Hoping to get lost for a weekend, Jeff Kavanagh heads to the island of Poel and discovers a tiny – and flat – Baltic refuge.

Swedish projectile vomiting TV ad cited for being ‘distasteful’
Sweden

Swedish projectile vomiting TV ad cited for being ‘distasteful’

A television commercial for a Swedish travel website featuring a graphic depiction of its "sickeningly low prices" tagline has drawn scorn from the Sweden's advertising watchdog.

Högsby retrial brings ‘honour’ killings back into focus
Sweden

Högsby retrial brings ‘honour’ killings back into focus

With the topic of 'honour' killings back in the headlines in conjunction with the new trial for the 2005 murder of Abbas Rezai in Högsby, contributor Lina Sennevall takes a look at the phenomenon in Sweden.

Police probe Ikea bombing blackmail
Germany

Police probe Ikea bombing blackmail

As Ikea increases security at its stores across Europe following an explosion in its Dresden branch, police in Germany are examining a letter claiming responsibility and threatening further attacks if a substantial amount of money is not paid.

Berlin and Paris call for urgent Greece bailout
Germany

Berlin and Paris call for urgent Greece bailout

The leaders of France and Germany called Friday for a new Greece rescue package to be worked out quickly, as Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday veered away from a collision course with the European Central Bank.

Greens mull supporting Merkel on nuclear exit
Germany

Greens mull supporting Merkel on nuclear exit

The Green party is set for a major internal battle next week when its leadership asks parliamentarians to support the German government's nuclear power exit strategy even if it's less ambitious than they would like.

SAS to close several non-Nordic routes
Sweden

SAS to close several non-Nordic routes

Airline company SAS is planning to shut down several routes outside the Nordic countries.

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Switzerland

Conservatives slam school sex ed plan

Plans from the federal government to introduce mandatory sex education classes in schools and kindergartens throughout the country is stirring a controversy among conservative politicians, who are now planning to file a petition.

 

Olofsson to resign as Centre Party head
Sweden

Olofsson to resign as Centre Party head

Enterprise minister Maud Olofsson plans to resign from her position as leader of the Centre Party, Sveriges Television (SVT) reports.

Trust in politicians plummets to new low
Germany

Trust in politicians plummets to new low

Germans’ trust in their politicians has plunged to a new low following a series of plagiarism scandals reaching the top echelons of German politics, according to a survey released on Friday.

‘At least 15 countries’ spying on Sweden: report
Sweden

‘At least 15 countries’ spying on Sweden: report

Over fifteen countries are systematically conducting intelligence operations against Sweden, in Sweden or against Swedish interests overseas, according to security service Säpo.

Bern bears to move to Romania
Switzerland

Bern bears to move to Romania

Ursina and Berna, the two young brown bears considered one of the Swiss capital’s main attractions, will move to a Romanian enclosure, a report says.

DSK tried to claim diplomatic immunity
France

DSK tried to claim diplomatic immunity

Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn initially tried to claim diplomatic immunity when he was arrested over the attempted rape of a hotel maid, police transcripts revealed Thursday.

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Sweden

Swedish free school head convicted for tax fraud

The principal of a Stockholm-area free school who "used the school as her personal bank account" has been convicted for falsifying invoices to avoid paying taxes.

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France

Casino takings stolen as employees look on

 

A man dressed as a security guard helped himself to a Lyon casino's safe on Tuesday.

 

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France

New TGV line will slash Bordeaux journey time

Agreement has been reached to build a new TGV line between Paris and Bordeaux, cutting the journey time to two hours.

Sweden Democrats fourth largest party: poll
Sweden

Sweden Democrats fourth largest party: poll

The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats are now Sweden's fourth largest political party, while the Social Democrats continue to gain on the Moderates, according to a new poll.

From wedding bliss to royal crisis: the state of Sweden’s monarchy
Sweden

From wedding bliss to royal crisis: the state of Sweden’s monarchy

One year after the royal wedding of Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria, the Royal Family finds itself mired in crisis following reports bad behaviour by King Carl XVI Gustaf. The Local's Clara Guibourg examines why the wedding glow faded so fast and what it means for the monarchy's future.

Swedish music fans brace for summer festival frenzy
Sweden

Swedish music fans brace for summer festival frenzy

With Sweden's summer musical festival season hitting high gear, The Local's Geoff Mortimore highlights some of the hottest events taking place around the country this summer.

US allows suit against drug-maker Bayer to go forward
Germany

US allows suit against drug-maker Bayer to go forward

The US Supreme Court has allowed the continuation of a class-action suit by alleged victims of the anti-cholesterol drug Baycol (known as Lipobay outside the US), which was taken off the market worldwide in 2001 by German pharmaceuticals giant Bayer.

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France

“Is art less important than science?”: Bac season has started

 

Thousands of French teenagers plunged into exam season on Thursday, as they sat their first Baccalauréat test. As always, the dreaded philosophy exam kicked off the season.

 

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France

Final words of missing murder suspect

 

Missing Nantes murder suspect Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès left a voicemail message for his sister, Christine, shortly before his disappearance, it has been revealed.

 

E. Coli outbreak prompts public health reforms
Germany

E. Coli outbreak prompts public health reforms

As Germany’s deadly E. coli outbreak slowly peters out, Health Minister Daniel Bahr says he’s concentrating on streamlining how healthcare providers report and track diseases to be better prepared for the future.

Ikea beefs up store security following blasts
Sweden

Ikea beefs up store security following blasts

Swedish furniture giant Ikea said Friday it had raised its security level across Europe to make its customers feel safer after booby-trapped products at several of its stores have caused small explosions in recent weeks.

EU steps up legal threats over Sweden’s wolf hunt
Sweden

EU steps up legal threats over Sweden’s wolf hunt

The European Commission on Thursday renewed its cricism of Sweden's wolf policy, giving the country two months to take steps to "protect endangered wolves" of face a hearing at the European Court of Justice.

New threats keep terror alert ‘elevated’: Säpo
Sweden

New threats keep terror alert ‘elevated’: Säpo

New threats to Sweden have resulted in security service Säpo deciding to maintain the country's terror alert level at "elevated", the agency's head said in an interview on Thursday.

The Local’s guide to Berlin’s Pride Week
Germany

The Local’s guide to Berlin’s Pride Week

Nearly a million people are expected to participate in Berlin’s Pride Week, which is one of Europe’s biggest gay and lesbian events. The Local brings you the highlights including the Stadtfest festival and the Christopher Street Day parade.

Sticky start for women’s World Cup album
Germany

Sticky start for women’s World Cup album

Sport sticker album company Panini says it has been beset with a number of embarrassing teething problems with its first-ever edition for the women's World Cup, but insists it is a success.