Antitrust worries as RWE and Gazprom mull partnership
Germany

Antitrust worries as RWE and Gazprom mull partnership

A tie-up between German energy giant RWE and Russian gas company Gazprom could face serious antitrust obstacles, according to the Federal Cartel Office, which regulates business competition in Germany.

Cell your soul: staying young at a Swiss jetset clinic
Switzerland

Cell your soul: staying young at a Swiss jetset clinic

Whether you're a Russian oligarch's wife wanting to lose weight for your wedding or the leader of the world's Catholics looking for a little pick-me-up, there's a little place in Montreux that could be just what you need.

Swedish electronics chain ONOFF bankrupt
Sweden

Swedish electronics chain ONOFF bankrupt

Swedish home electronics chain ONOFF filed for bankruptcy on Monday, citing stiff competition, price pressure, and low profits.

Top ten Swedish foods to remember
Sweden

Top ten Swedish foods to remember

While Sweden is not exactly known around the world as a destination of culinary excellence, there are some juicy Nordic morsels that leave exiles pining for a taste of home, food blogger Maia Brindley Nilsson discovers.

Report: Duisburg shouldn’t have approved ill-fated Love Parade
Germany

Report: Duisburg shouldn’t have approved ill-fated Love Parade

A report by prosecutors investigating the Love Parade tragedy – in which 21 participants were killed in a mass stampede in Duisburg last year – says the event should never have been approved by authorities at all due to poor security arrangements.

Bolt to pocket millions for Stockholm gala sprint
Sweden

Bolt to pocket millions for Stockholm gala sprint

Sprinter superstar Usain Bolt has been confirmed to partake in Swedish athletics competition DN-Galan, which is to be held on July 29th, at Stockholm's classic Olympic arena, Stockholms Stadion.

Holocaust denial verdict against UK bishop upheld
Germany

Holocaust denial verdict against UK bishop upheld

A German appeals court on Monday upheld renegade British bishop Richard Williamson's conviction for Holocaust denial, but reduced the fine ordered by a lower court to €6,500 ($9,262).

Eva Joly likely to head Green ticket in 2012
France

Eva Joly likely to head Green ticket in 2012

Anti-corruption campaigner Eva Joly looks likely to be the Greens' presidential candidate in 2012. The Norwegian-born European parliamentarian appears to have beaten rival candidate Nicolas Hulot.

 

Merkel calls for Italian cuts to steady eurozone
Germany

Merkel calls for Italian cuts to steady eurozone

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Monday on the parliament in Rome to approve government spending cuts so as to end speculation Italy could become the next casualty of the eurozone debt crisis.

Swedish house prices ‘dangerously high’: report
Sweden

Swedish house prices ‘dangerously high’: report

Sweden has one of the most overvalued housing markets in the world, according to a new report, while new figures indicate that the long climb in prices may be grinding to a halt.

Google-funded Berlin internet institute to launch in October
Germany

Google-funded Berlin internet institute to launch in October

A Google-funded institute in Berlin to study the internet's impact on society is starting to take shape, with the US tech giant company announcing on Monday it would invest €4.5 million ($6.3 million) in the project.

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Sweden

Swedish researcher finds resistant gonorrhea

Scientists have for the first time found a strain of gonorrhea bacteria that is resistant to treatment with antibiotics, reported Magnus Unemo, the Swedish scientist who isolated the strain, at a conference about sexually transmitted diseases in Ottawa, Canada.

Girl loses finger in water slide mishap
Sweden

Girl loses finger in water slide mishap

A three year-old girl lost her finger in a water slide at at a camp site in Boden in in northern Sweden on Sunday.

TV car upends Tour de France cyclists
France

TV car upends Tour de France cyclists

Two riders in the ninth stage of the Tour de France suffered spectacular crashes after a collision with a car belonging to French public television. One of the riders, Dutchman Johnny Hoogerland, slammed into a barbed-wire fence.

 

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France

France welcomes new nation of South Sudan

France on Saturday recognised the newly created Republic of South Sudan, President Nicolas Sarkozy said, calling for establishing diplomatic relations.

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France

Two killed in helicopter crash in northern France: police

Two Belgians died on Saturday after their helicopter crashed in northern France, police said.

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France

Unusual legal skirmishes mark Strauss-Kahn case

With the government's case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn foundering, public criticism of the prosecutor by the alleged victim's lawyer underscore problems if a trial takes place, legal experts say.

Smartphones help world’s winemakers foil fraudsters
France

Smartphones help world’s winemakers foil fraudsters

For Charles Pillitteri, the fight against fraudsters began when he discovered fake bottles of his Canadian ice wine in Taiwan in 1998.

Thousands descend on Geneva for Lake Parade street party
Switzerland

Thousands descend on Geneva for Lake Parade street party

Geneva's lakeside streets morphed into a gigantic dance floor over the weekend as an estimated 300,000 music lovers and partygoers gathered for the annual open-air Lake Parade bash.

 

Swedes to print South African cash
Sweden

Swedes to print South African cash

The banknote printing company Crane & Co has been contracted to print 8 billion kronor ($1.25 billion) worth of bills for South Africa's Reserve Bank to replace a prior faulty batch.

Aubry hits back over gay, alcoholism rumours
France

Aubry hits back over gay, alcoholism rumours

Socialist party presidential candidate Martine Aubry has dismissed recent claims circulating on the internet and in the media that she is an alcoholic, a lesbian and has a brain tumour.

 

BND intelligence agency loses HQ blueprints
Germany

BND intelligence agency loses HQ blueprints

Secret building plans for the new headquarters of Germany's BND Intelligence agency have disappeared and a high-ranking employee is suspected of downloading porn to his work computer, according to media reports.

Dangerous stowaway spider likely dead
Germany

Dangerous stowaway spider likely dead

A potentially deadly spider that stowed away in a box of Colombian bananas is assumed to have been killed after a supermarket in the western German state of Saarland was fumigated with pesticide.

Storms cause mudslides in eastern Switzerland
Switzerland

Storms cause mudslides in eastern Switzerland

Heavy storms on Sunday afternoon have caused mudslides and floods across eastern Switzerland, reports said.

 

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France

Syria calls in French, US envoys over Hama visit

The Syrian foreign ministry called in the French and US ambassadors on Sunday to deliver a "strong protest" over their visit to the flashpoint central city of Hama last week, state media said.

French choreographer Roland Petit dies aged 87
France

French choreographer Roland Petit dies aged 87

French choreographer and dancer Roland Petit, who helped set up Les Ballets des Champs-Elysees and formed several more dance companies, died Sunday in Geneva at the age of 87, the Paris Opera Ballet said.

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France

DSK was ‘excellent’ IMF head: Lagarde

Dominique Strauss-Kahn was an "excellent" IMF director, his new successor Christine Lagarde said Sunday, but added that the international institution will need time to heal from the recent scandal that forced his resignation.

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France

France backs ‘political solutions’ in Libya: Juppé

France vowed Sunday it would work with the African Union to find "political solutions" to the Libya crisis, but insisted that the ouster of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi was a "key point".

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France

Paris summons Syrian ambassador

The French foreign ministry on Sunday summoned Syria's ambassador to France over damage done to the French embassy and a consulate in Syria.

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Switzerland

Nestle to buy 60% of sweetmaker Hsu Fu Chi

Swiss food giant Nestle said Monday it has agreed to take a majority stake in Chinese sweetmaker Hsu Fu Chi for 1.4 billion francs (€1.2 billion).

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Switzerland

Swiss group Lonza to buy Arch Chemicals

Swiss biochemicals group Lonza said Monday it is offering to pay $1.4 billion to acquire US group Arch Chemicals, a move which it said would strengthen its position in the market of microbe control.

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France

Pressure builds to prosecute DSK case

A New York state senator and a coalition of women's rights groups and community leaders gathered Sunday to defend the alleged victim of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and demand the prosecution continue the sexual assault case.

Swiss president blasts EU negotiators: report
Switzerland

Swiss president blasts EU negotiators: report

Switzerland's president on Sunday blasted European Union officials for adopting an unhelpful attitude in bilateral negotiations and focusing entirely on money.

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Sweden

Father arrested for stabbing 7-year-old to death

A 7-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Umeå in northern Sweden on Sunday.

Indian exec touted as next Deutsche Bank boss
Germany

Indian exec touted as next Deutsche Bank boss

Anshu Jain, the 48-year-old Indian head of Deutsche Bank investment banking, is tipped to be named co-chief executive of the German bank, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported Monday.

Two Swedes die in India train crash
Sweden

Two Swedes die in India train crash

Two Swedish men have been named by Indian officials among the dead after a train crash in northern India on Sunday.

World Cup defeat costs Germany place at 2012 Olympics
Germany

World Cup defeat costs Germany place at 2012 Olympics

Germany's shock defeat to Japan in the quarter-finals of the Women's World Cup has also cost them a place at the 2012 Olympic Games in London as they miss out behind Sweden and France.

Heavy storms hit Bavaria
Germany

Heavy storms hit Bavaria

Heavy storms with torrential rain swept across Bavaria overnight, causing flooding and property damage.

Video released of Swedes jailed in Ethiopia
Sweden

Video released of Swedes jailed in Ethiopia

An Ethiopian state-controlled website has published a half-hour long video of the two jailed Swedish journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson.

Assange prepares for Sweden extradition fight
Sweden

Assange prepares for Sweden extradition fight

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will on Tuesday begin his appeal against a UK court ruling to extradite him to Sweden to face rape and sexual assault allegations.

‘This is all about Assange consolidating his power’
Germany

‘This is all about Assange consolidating his power’

Daniel Domscheit-Berg recently spoke with Exberliner magazine’s Dana Kikic about his intense three years at WikiLeaks, Julian Assange’s power-tripping personality and his new whistleblower platform OpenLeaks.