Nokia and Siemens keep NSN joint venture
Germany

Nokia and Siemens keep NSN joint venture

German industrial giant Siemens and Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia will continue with their Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) venture after failing to find buyers for part of it, NSN said on Wednesday.

Sweden slams Assange team over appeal
Sweden

Sweden slams Assange team over appeal

Lawyers representing Swedish prosecutors accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's representatives of having a "19th century" attitude to sexual consent as they opposed the Australian's bid to have an extradition order overturned.

Germany to fund new coal plants with climate change cash
Germany

Germany to fund new coal plants with climate change cash

The German government wants to encourage the construction of new coal and gas power plants with millions of euros from a fund for promoting clean energy and combating climate change.

Heidi ad shot in New Zealand angers Swiss
Switzerland

Heidi ad shot in New Zealand angers Swiss

A TV commercial advertising a Swiss milk brand called “Heidi” was shot in New Zealand, a move that has angered Swiss tourism officials in the real Heidiland. 

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Sweden

Pro-life group recruits Swedish children: report

Anti-abortionists from the youth movement "Älska livet"(literally “Love life”), the youth branch of pro-life organisation "Ja till livet" ("Yes to Life"), are recruiting children by asking them to sign a petition to get a glass of juice, according to details in a report in Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter (DN).

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France

Five French soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Five French soldiers were killed on Wednesday in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan's northeastern province of Kapisa, NATO's alliance force and a local police chief said.

Thai crown prince’s plane seized at Munich airport in debt dispute
Germany

Thai crown prince’s plane seized at Munich airport in debt dispute

German authorities have seized a Boeing 737 aeroplane controlled by Thailand's crown prince at Munich airport, saying the Thai government owes money to a now insolvent German construction company.

Why coming to work in Sweden has never been easier
Sweden

Why coming to work in Sweden has never been easier

Whether you’re an architect, a cook or a nurse, there could well be a job in Sweden for you. If you want to come and work in Sweden, here is a guide to what to do.

Doctor fined for killing UK patient keeps licence
Germany

Doctor fined for killing UK patient keeps licence

A German doctor who killed an English patient with an accidental morphine overdose has been fined €7,000, but frustrated medical authorities say they do not have the power to strip him of his licence to practice.

Passenger hits driver in ‘burqa ban’ bust-up
France

Passenger hits driver in ‘burqa ban’ bust-up

A bus driver in Marseilles has gone on sick leave after being assaulted by a passenger on Monday evening for refusing to allow a veiled woman to board his bus unless she agreed to show her face.

Sweden’s top sights named for tourism prize
Sweden

Sweden’s top sights named for tourism prize

Astrid Lindgren's World, Junibacken, Fotografiska, Stockholm Adventures and Kungsleden are among those nominated for this year's TRIP Global Award for the "best experience in Sweden".

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei accepts position at Berlin university
Germany

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei accepts position at Berlin university

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has accepted a guest professorship at Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), it said Wednesday, although it was unclear when he will be able to take up the post.

Fresh questions raised over Saab finances
Sweden

Fresh questions raised over Saab finances

The future of cash-strapped Swedish automaker Saab remains uncertain after doubts emerged over the finances of potential investor Vladimir Antonov and the revelation that the company has substantial tax debts.

Germany rejects need for eurozone crisis summit
Germany

Germany rejects need for eurozone crisis summit

Germany on Wednesday played down the need for a crisis summit of eurozone leaders in response to eurozone debt debt contagion, saying finance ministers were already working on a rescue plan.

Priests no more likely to commit sex abuse than other men, researcher says
Germany

Priests no more likely to commit sex abuse than other men, researcher says

Catholic priests, despite the community suspicion fuelled by widespread child sex abuse revelations, are no more likely to be paedophiles than other men, a top criminologist investigating Church abuse in Germany has said.

Swedish language skills no prerequisite for a job
Sweden

Swedish language skills no prerequisite for a job

While Swedish classes for immigrants are all well and good, the best way to acquire Swedish fluency and boost integration is to encourage immigrants to enter the labour market as soon as possible, argues linguist Sandra Ljung.

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Sweden

Assange lawyers pursue ‘low-key’ approach

Lawyers representing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his battle to overturn a decision to extradite him from the UK to Sweden to face rape allegations, are following a "quieter" approach to their client's defence.

App gives Apple users aerial view of France
France

App gives Apple users aerial view of France

Fotopedia and National Geographic Traveler magazine on Tuesday launched a software application that gives Apple gadget users an aerial tour of France.

Rare owls breed again after good ‘lemming-year’
Sweden

Rare owls breed again after good ‘lemming-year’

Snowy owls have bred in the county of Jämtland in northern Sweden for the first time in 60 years, as a result of the excess of food available in what experts describe as a great "lemming-year".

Few recruits sign up for new voluntary civic service
Germany

Few recruits sign up for new voluntary civic service

Charities and non-profit groups are battling to cope with a dramatic fall in the number of young recruits since civilian conscription was scrapped and replaced with a voluntary scheme, media reported Wednesday.

Eva Joly is French green candidate for presidency
France

Eva Joly is French green candidate for presidency

Eva Joly, a Norwegian-French magistrate who once led a probe into one of France's biggest corruption scandals, was on Tuesday elected the French green party's candidate for next year's presidential vote.

Berlin mayor wants to make Olympics bid
Germany

Berlin mayor wants to make Olympics bid

Less than a week after Munich’s Winter Olympics bid was defeated, Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit said he wants the German capital to host the Summer Games.

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France

French NATO jet sent on Latvian intercept mission

A French NATO jet was scrambled Tuesday to intercept three unidentified aircraft over Latvian airspace, the Baltic state's defence minister said, as news reports said the planes were German.

Swiss cities pricey for foreign professionals
Switzerland

Swiss cities pricey for foreign professionals

Geneva, Zurich and Bern all come high on the list in a survey aimed at ranking the most expensive cities worldwide for expatriates.

 

Swedish airport reports record heroin bust
Sweden

Swedish airport reports record heroin bust

Swedish customs officer at Skavsta airport, south of Stockholm, have made the airport’s largest bust of heroin to date when more than a kilo of the drug was found in a bag belonging to a passenger on Friday.

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Switzerland

Raging storms hit Switzerland

Raging thunderstorms hit many parts of Switzerland on Tuesday night, causing roads to rapidly flood while city streets emptied as frightened pedestrians fled for cover.

 

Measles jab urged as scouts gather in Sweden
Sweden

Measles jab urged as scouts gather in Sweden

38,000 scouts from 150 countries are set to descend on Kristianstad in southern Sweden for an annual jamboree as an outbreak of measles in Europe has organisers urging vaccination to prevent infection.

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France

France eyes diplomatic opening in Libyan crisis

French and Libyan officials talked up Tuesday the chances of negotiating Muammar Qaddafi's withdrawal from power and an end to the conflict wracking his country, after months of military stalemate.

Germany opposes EU plan to soften asylum regulations
Germany

Germany opposes EU plan to soften asylum regulations

Amid a sharp rise in the number of asylum-seekers arriving in Europe, the German government has rejected a move by the European Union to relax immigration laws.

Muslims call for imams in the German military
Germany

Muslims call for imams in the German military

Muslim leaders have slammed the lack of an Islamic spiritual counsellor in the German armed forces in spite of the fact that an estimated 1,200 Muslims serve in the Bundeswehr.

Contraceptive coil miss causes 25 years of pain
Sweden

Contraceptive coil miss causes 25 years of pain

Chronic pain, bleeding and a miscarriage – these were all ailments that befell a woman from Östersund, in the the north of Sweden, caused by a forgotten contraceptive coil lodged in the woman’s body for a quarter of a century.

CDU in teen-style Facebook party blunder
Germany

CDU in teen-style Facebook party blunder

A regional branch of the conservative Christian Democratic Union has cancelled its summer party after making the same blunder as excitable teenagers: it posted an invitation on Facebook and forgot to click “private.”

Seven in ten emails sent in Sweden are spam
Sweden

Seven in ten emails sent in Sweden are spam

Despite fresh figures showing that more than 70 percent of all emails sent in Sweden in June were spam, experts say that this is the lowest level circulated worldwide since 2008.

‘Leggy’ Swedes have no advantage: coach
Sweden

‘Leggy’ Swedes have no advantage: coach

Sweden coach Thomas Dennerby is playing down suggestions that the Japanese will be at a height disadvantage when playing the "long-legged" Swedes for Wednesday's semi-final in the women's World Cup.