Saab secures short term funding, pays wages
Sweden

Saab secures short term funding, pays wages

Saab's owner Swedish Automobile announced Wednesday it had secured more short-term funding with a 25-million-euro ($36-million) loan and that it has started paying out staff's salaries for June.

Anti-terror laws extended for four years
Germany

Anti-terror laws extended for four years

The German authorities will be able to more easily obtain information on bank account transfers and airline passengers, but will have other powers curtailed under an overhaul of anti-terrorism laws announced on Wednesday.

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Germany

Policewoman jailed for killing her baby

A former police officer in Lower Saxony was sentenced Wednesday to four-and-a-half years in prison for killing her newborn baby last year and burying it in order to avoid shocking her new boyfriend.

Merkel tells bankers to help bailout Greece
Germany

Merkel tells bankers to help bailout Greece

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Wednesday called on bankers to help bailout Greece, saying they "should lend a hand" to eurozone governments trying to hammer out a new rescue package for the debt-ridden country.

‘Have an affair’ ad cleared by industry watchdog
Sweden

‘Have an affair’ ad cleared by industry watchdog

An ad campaign by a Swedish dating site urging people to cheat on their spouses and which shattered the record for consumer complaints, has been cleared by Sweden's advertising watchdog.

Israel rejects Gaza ship claims as ‘Bond-esque’
Sweden

Israel rejects Gaza ship claims as ‘Bond-esque’

Israeli authorities have rejected claims of the Swedish Ship to Gaza movement that "foreign agents" were behind the damage to their boat, which was reported sabotaged on Monday.

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Switzerland

Stricter rules for euthanasia rejected

The Swiss government on Wednesday rejected proposals to tighten rules on assisted suicide, saying that they could inadvertently legitimise organisations offering assisted suicide. 

Greens’ campaign manager fired after drink-driving arrest
Germany

Greens’ campaign manager fired after drink-driving arrest

The Green party campaign manager for Berlin's upcoming state election in September has been fired after a newspaper reported that he had been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and assaulting police.

Media roundup: Berlin’s dance with the dragon
Germany

Media roundup: Berlin’s dance with the dragon

A by-the-numbers exchange on human rights. Mutual praise and admiration. New deals worth billions. The Chinese juggernaut has passed through Berlin, leaving German commentators pondering the implications in The Local's media roundup on Wednesday.

Agency ‘lacks tools’ to assess exorcist killer
Sweden

Agency ‘lacks tools’ to assess exorcist killer

Sweden's National Board of Forensic Medicine (Rättsmedicinalverket) has admitted that it lacks the tools to fully assess the risk of relapse for the 52-year-old man convicted of killing his seven-year-old stepdaughter during an "exorcism".

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France

French TV viewers shun X Factor final

As the singing contest reached its climax on Tuesday night, French audiences gave a Gallic shrug to the X Factor reality television programme.

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Sweden

Swedish police backtrack on ‘ethnic’ profiling

Police in Stockholm have been forced to apologize after singling out three nationalities in a letter to a local neighbourhood watch group warning them against organised crime, according to Swedish media reports.

‘Swedish shipments to Nazis may have been ransom for captured Swedes’
Sweden

‘Swedish shipments to Nazis may have been ransom for captured Swedes’

Historical documents related to the capture of seven Swedes by the Gestapo in Poland in 1942 puts Sweden's subsequent ball bearing deliveries to Nazi Germany in a new light, argue historians Susanne Berger and Ingela Magner.

Lisicki hailed as new Steffi Graf
Germany

Lisicki hailed as new Steffi Graf

German newspapers on Wednesday hailed homegrown tennis star Sabine Lisicki after she made it into the Wimbledon semifinals, wondering if the country at last has a new Steffi Graf.

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Switzerland

Plan for foreign criminal expulsions hits impasse

A controversial plan to deport foreign criminals from Switzerland hit an impasse this week after a governmental working group indicated it cannot agree on how to implement the measure.

Animal park welcomes ‘terror bird’ cousin hatchling
Germany

Animal park welcomes ‘terror bird’ cousin hatchling

An animal park near Germany’s northern border with Denmark is hoping a freakish-looking hatchling related to ancient “terror birds” will become a new star attraction.

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France

France supplying arms to Libya rebels: report

France has begun parachuting arms shipments to Berber rebels fighting Libyan leader Moamar Qaddafi's forces in the highlands south of Tripoli, the French daily Le Figaro reported on Wednesday.

Female caregiver suspected of selling sex to elderly patient
Sweden

Female caregiver suspected of selling sex to elderly patient

A female caregiver is suspected of having sold sex to an 85-year-old man, who was known to the authorities for having shown a large appetite for sex, according to a report in the local Borås Tidning (BT) daily.

Strauss Kahn’s wife: disgraced IMF head ‘a good man’
France

Strauss Kahn’s wife: disgraced IMF head ‘a good man’

Anne Sinclair, the wife of Dominique Strauss Kahn, defended her husband in an interview on the eve of the publication of a book about the former IMF boss in her firsrt public comments since his arrest on sexual assault accusations.

Sweden tops Scandinavia tourism ranking
Sweden

Sweden tops Scandinavia tourism ranking

While visitor numbers to Sweden continue to climb and the country is the most visited among the Nordic nations, Swedes elect to retreat to their country cottages for their holidays, new figures from two tourist organisations show.

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France

France’s jobless figure rises in May

For the first time this year, the unemployment rate in France edged up in May, according to new statistics.

Nuclear plant shuts down for extra safety checks
Switzerland

Nuclear plant shuts down for extra safety checks

The Mühleberg nuclear power station near Bern will shut down five weeks before a scheduled annual inspection to allow for extra safety measures.

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France

‘Bad maths’ behind French minister’s faulty immigrant claims

The Interior Minister, Claude Guéant, has been corrected on an assertion he made that 66 percent of the children of immigrant families leave school without qualifications.

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Switzerland

Truck blocks motorway after losing a tonne of cherries

A truck dropped one tonne of cherries on a Swiss motorway near Basel, spreading a sticky fruit film over a kilometre and disrupting traffic for hours, a report on Wednesday said.

Lagarde named as first female IMF chief
France

Lagarde named as first female IMF chief

France's Christine Lagarde was named Tuesday the first-ever female chief of the IMF, faced with an immediate crisis as violent Greek protests rocked the stability of the eurozone.

Former Merkel advisor’s tax plan unfair, CSU says
Germany

Former Merkel advisor’s tax plan unfair, CSU says

A radical tax reform plan by a former advisor of Chancellor Angela Merkel has been dismissed as unfair by her conservative coalition partners the Christian Social Union.

Sweden in sprouts recall after new EHEC scare
Sweden

Sweden in sprouts recall after new EHEC scare

Swedish grocers stepped up a nationwide recall of raw sprouts after new reports that a Swedish man had been infected with the same deadly E. coli bacteria strain that has claimed dozens of lives across Europe.

Sweden coach defends squad’s ‘bully girl’ tactics
Sweden

Sweden coach defends squad’s ‘bully girl’ tactics

Sweden coach Thomas Dennerby on Tuesday defended his team amid gibes of bully girl tactics in their 1-0 Group C opener against newcomers Colombia at the Women's World Cup.

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Sweden

Three injured in ‘gang-related’ shootout

Three people were seriously injured in what police suspect may have been a gang-related shooting in Norrköping in eastern Sweden on Tuesday night.

North Korean players struck by lightning, coach claims
Germany

North Korean players struck by lightning, coach claims

North Korea's women's football coach has claimed several players played in the opening 2-0 World Cup loss to the United States on Tuesday suffering from the effects of being struck by lightning at a training camp.

Chinese cyber attacks target German ministers
Germany

Chinese cyber attacks target German ministers

Chinese cyber attacks on German computers rose sharply in number last year and included attempted penetrations of government ministers’ PCs, according to a Wednesday media report.