Bank fails EU stress test
Germany

Bank fails EU stress test

The only German bank that would have failed a European Union stress test, Helaba, decided it would not accept a disputed method used for the review and published its own results separately on Friday.

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Switzerland

Four climbers killed in Swiss Alps: police

Four mountain climbers were killed on Friday in two separate incidents in the Swiss Alps, falling several hundred metres to their deaths, police said.  

China to review Nestle bid for local sweetmaker
Switzerland

China to review Nestle bid for local sweetmaker

Beijing said on Friday it will review a plan by Swiss food giant Nestle to buy a Chinese sweetmaker, in what could be one of the biggest foreign takeovers of a Chinese company.

Volkswagen sales hit record amid China boom
Germany

Volkswagen sales hit record amid China boom

German auto giant Volkswagen said on Friday that it made record sales of more than four million vehicles in the first half of the year, helped by booming sales to China – and it expected to do better than the market overall in the second half.

Swedish UK TV star warned over phone hacking
Sweden

Swedish UK TV star warned over phone hacking

Ulrika Jonsson, a Swedish UK TV personality, has claimed that she was warned by an executive of the now defunct British tabloid The News of the World to exert caution when leaving voicemail messages.

Air Algerie flights leave Paris after four-day strike
France

Air Algerie flights leave Paris after four-day strike

Air Algerie flights took off from Paris on Friday after a four-day strike which left thousands of holidaymakers stranded.

Union calls for lunchtime naps
Germany

Union calls for lunchtime naps

Germans should take a lunchtime nap at work to help reduce stress and recharge their batteries, a top trade union official say, in what would be a revolution in a country that espouses a strong work ethic.

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France

Air traffic controllers asked not to smoke up during shifts

Directors at French Guiana’s main international airport have sent out a letter to air-traffic controllers there asking them to lay off the pot and other hallucinogenic substances during their shifts.

Gottschalk jumps to ARD after Wetten, dass ..? accident
Germany

Gottschalk jumps to ARD after Wetten, dass ..? accident

In the wake of an on-air accident that left a young man paralysed after a botched stunt, TV presenter Thomas Gottschalk has quit broadcaster ZDF to host a new chat show on rival public network ARD.

Not everyone cheering Lufthansa biofuel test
Germany

Not everyone cheering Lufthansa biofuel test

Lufthansa is testing biosynthetic fuels on Airbus A321 flights between Hamburg and Frankfurt and, if the trial is successful, hopes to expand use of the fuel across its fleet.

More Swedes getting homemade tattoos
Sweden

More Swedes getting homemade tattoos

An increasing number of Swedes reject the professional studios for a friend’s kitchen table when wanting a tattoo, according to a report by Sveriges Radio (SR).

Man sentenced for killing ‘noisy’ neighbour
Sweden

Man sentenced for killing ‘noisy’ neighbour

A 39-year-old man from Karlskrona in southern Sweden who admitted to stabbing his neighbour to death citing incessant noise coming from the victim's flat, was sentenced to psychiatric care by a Blekinge court on Friday.

Europe’s anger grows towards US debt police
Germany

Europe’s anger grows towards US debt police

The German government fears that the big US credit ratings agencies are aggravating the eurozone's debt crisis. But, as The Local's David Wroe reports, the alternatives are not simple.

Sony Ericsson figures hit by Japan disaster fall out
Sweden

Sony Ericsson figures hit by Japan disaster fall out

Swedish-Japanese mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson posted a net loss of €50 million ($70 million) for the second quarter on Friday, saying that its supply chain had been hit by the disasters in Japan.

Swedish bearings firm SKF reports profits jump
Sweden

Swedish bearings firm SKF reports profits jump

Swedish ball-bearings giant SKF on Friday report a hike in second-quarter profit, aided by an improving automotive market.

Stockholm University invests in international students
Sweden

Stockholm University invests in international students

Stockholm University is not only one of the largest universities in Scandinavia, with around 50,000 students, but is also generally ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide. That makes it a great choice for prospective students in search of a vibrant and diverse study environment.

Ban pushy parents from games: survey
Sweden

Ban pushy parents from games: survey

Nine in ten Swedish parents think that pushy “soccer parents” should be barred from their kids’ sporting events if they can’t behave themselves, according to a new study published on Friday.

Joly wants to end Bastille Day military parade
France

Joly wants to end Bastille Day military parade

Green presidential candidate Eva Joly said she would like to replace the traditional military parade held every July 14 in Paris with a “citizens’ parade.” Her remarks unleashed a storm of criticism, especially on the right.

Fatty liver sets off Franco-German dispute
France

Fatty liver sets off Franco-German dispute

French foie gras producers and the country’s agricultural minister are incensed that goose liver has been banned from a major food trade fair in Germany. While a diplomatic incident could result, animal rights campaigner Brigitte Bardot, for one, is thrilled.

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Switzerland

Mother of missing Swiss twins speaks of ‘despair’

The mother of two girls who went missing during a trip with their father, who committed suicide and claimed to have killed them, has spoken extensively about how her life has turned into a nightmare.

 

Munich university prepares to unveil affordable electric car
Germany

Munich university prepares to unveil affordable electric car

An affordable electric car? Researchers at the Technical University Munich (TUM) believe they’re close to having an answer. Say hello to the Mute. While it can't speak, it can drive pretty darn fast.

Turning on the bright lights
Germany

Turning on the bright lights

The Local’s series Made in Germany presents the best the country has to offer, including high-end lighting designer Ingo Maurer.

Ethnic restaurants in Stockholm: a sampler
Sweden

Ethnic restaurants in Stockholm: a sampler

Looking for some exotic tastes during your trip to the Swedish capital? Contributor Emy Gelb serves up a selection of ethnic restaurants in Stockholm that will be sure to tickle your taste buds.

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Switzerland

Neighbours upset by curb on foreign taxis at Zurich airport

Politicians and industry representatives in Germany and Austria have reacted with dismay to a new transport agreement that only allows taxis from neighbouring countries to drop off and pick up passengers at Zurich airport for 90 days in a given year. 

 

‘World’s oldest’ wreck found in Swedish Baltic
Sweden

‘World’s oldest’ wreck found in Swedish Baltic

What looks very much like a cog, a ship used in the Baltic between the 12th and the 14th centuries, has been discovered in the waters between the islands of Gotland and Öland off the east coast of Sweden.

Qaddafi accuses Sarkozy of being ‘war criminal’
France

Qaddafi accuses Sarkozy of being ‘war criminal’

Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi on Thursday accused French President Nicolas Sarkozy of being a "war criminal" who had stained his country's history.

Spotify aims high after US launch
Sweden

Spotify aims high after US launch

Swedish music streaming service Spotify launched its popular service in the United States on Thursday, its first foray outside Europe, after reaching agreements with the music industry there, the company announced.

US justice opens probe against Credit Suisse
Switzerland

US justice opens probe against Credit Suisse

Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse said Friday that it is being investigated by the US Department of Justice over private banking services provided to US taxpayers.

Thai government fights back over seizure of prince’s jet
Germany

Thai government fights back over seizure of prince’s jet

Thailand's government says it’s girding itself for a high-level diplomatic scrap with Germany for impounding the jet of country's crown prince.

E. coli tainted farm cleared to reopen
Germany

E. coli tainted farm cleared to reopen

A farm in Lower Saxony, which was the origin of the E. coli outbreak in Germany that killed 53 people, has been cleared to reopen.

Swedish aid money pays off third world debts
Sweden

Swedish aid money pays off third world debts

The aid organization Diakonia is criticizing the Swedish government for using aid money to pay off old debts that Congo and Togo – two very poor countries - owe Sweden from earlier.

Swedes gunning for France in bronze game
Sweden

Swedes gunning for France in bronze game

Having lost in the women's World Cup semi-finals, Sweden take on France on Saturday in the third-place play-off with both sides insisting they are going for bronze.

Absent Danish controls greet EU border mission
Sweden

Absent Danish controls greet EU border mission

A mission of European officials visiting Denmark's controversial border controls on Thursday found no sign of the customs officers deployed earlier this month, the Danish Ritzau news agency reported.

Deutsche Bank sued over financial crisis losses
Germany

Deutsche Bank sued over financial crisis losses

French-Belgian bank Dexia is suing Deutsche Bank for more than $1 billion in losses caused by dodgy mortgage backed securities that imploded during the 2008 financial crisis.