Wall to wall Swiss
Switzerland

Wall to wall Swiss

From London's Tate Modern to Beijing's Bird's Nest, contributor Robert La Bua explains how Swiss architects have drawn up blueprints for a worldwide legacy.

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France

Europe needs clear rules on border checks: France

Europe needs to set down clear rules on reimposing border checks in its passport-free Schengen zone, France said on Monday, amid a raging dispute over a unilateral move by Denmark.

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France

75-year old grandfather mounts mini crime wave

A former butcher with no previous criminal record has shocked locals with a series of hold-ups near the small town of Roquemaure in southern France.

France sale boosts Metro earnings
Sweden

France sale boosts Metro earnings

The pending sale of its loss-making French division has boosted the profits at Metro International, the Swedish publisher of free newspapers, the firm reported on Monday.

Afghan war disinterest benefits military: expert
Sweden

Afghan war disinterest benefits military: expert

The Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten) benefit from the relatively low political interest in the war in Afghanistan.

EU warns Denmark on Sweden border controls
Sweden

EU warns Denmark on Sweden border controls

The European Commission on Monday warned Denmark that it has failed to justify a controversial decision to increase controls at its borders with Sweden and Germany.

Hackers threaten more attacks on official computers after arrest
Germany

Hackers threaten more attacks on official computers after arrest

Police have arrested a man suspected of helping hack into German customs authority computer systems as part of a scheme to post sensitive data online earlier this month, prompting threats of further computer security attacks.

New show jumping queen crowned
Germany

New show jumping queen crowned

The world of international show jumping saw the queen of the sport unseated at the weekend, and a new German champion crowned.

Russian envoy slams retraction of Putin’s prize
Germany

Russian envoy slams retraction of Putin’s prize

Russia's ambassador to Berlin on Monday blasted the decision to cancel plans to award a private democracy prize to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin after a storm of protest in Germany.

Merkel defends handling of eurozone crisis
Germany

Merkel defends handling of eurozone crisis

Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended her handling of the eurozone debt crisis, saying Germany was working to shore up the European currency and bring stability to Greece.

Raunchy pillow to boost Swedish book sales
Sweden

Raunchy pillow to boost Swedish book sales

Two Swedish books reaching bookstores on Wednesday are being launched with a somewhat unorthodox promotional campaign, dubbed "The Fuck Pillow" (Knullkudden).

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Sweden

Copper thieves target Sweden’s churches

Tourists and church-goers are not the only ones to be drawn to Sweden's many attractive copper-roofed churches.

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Switzerland

Five climbers killed on ‘deadly day’ in Swiss Alps

Five mountain climbers were killed in three separate incidents in the Swiss Alps, plunging up to hundreds of metres to their death, police said, dubbing Friday a "deadly day".

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France

Ex-FM says Libya behind 1989 airline attack

Libya is responsible for a deadly 1989 attack on a French airliner, Libyan former foreign minister Abdel Rahman Shalgam told Al-Hayat newspaper in an interview published on Monday.

‘Crazy’ Egyptian magnate revives Swiss village
Switzerland

‘Crazy’ Egyptian magnate revives Swiss village

In a country where rolling meadows and snow-capped peaks are a common sight, Andermatt, with its massive concrete military compound, is hardly a popular tourist destination.

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France

Soldiers’ bodies to return from Afghanistan

The bodies of seven French soldiers killed in Afghanistan in the space of four days were to leave Kabul to return home on Sunday, the French army said.

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France

Politicians attack critic of Bastille Day parade

French politicians on the right have turned on the green candidate for next year's presidential vote after she suggested scrapping the traditional July 14th military parade.

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France

Four top French banks all pass stress test

All four top French banks scrutinised by EU stress tests passed the examination, the French regulator said on Friday.

France seeks to wow tourists with new logo
France

France seeks to wow tourists with new logo

French tourism minister Frédéric Lefebvre has unveiled a new national logo as part of the country's push to boost tourism and attract more business visitors.

Expat-run studio marries cinema, painting and video in Berlin
Germany

Expat-run studio marries cinema, painting and video in Berlin

A film studio has opened its doors in an abandoned school gymnasium in Berlin, bridging the gap between the huge facilities in nearby Babelsberg, and the tiny do-it-yourself set-ups scattered the city. Melanie Sevcenko reports.

Swedish mobility service recruits Senegalese help
Sweden

Swedish mobility service recruits Senegalese help

Swedes looking to order transportation services may from 2012 find their calls re-directed to an operator in Dakar, Senegal.

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Switzerland

Police fire rubber bullets at Swiss ravers

Police officers used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse partygoers in Zurich and Lucerne at the weekend, reports say.

 

Hollywood pirate ship docks in Stockholm
Sweden

Hollywood pirate ship docks in Stockholm

While no Captain Sparrow or men with swords were in sight, another celebrity from the popular "Pirates of the Caribbean" films has been in Stockholm over the weekend - the good ship Bounty.

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France

French boat expected to reach Gaza on Tuesday

A French yacht carrying pro-Palestinian activists which set sail from a Greek island at the weekend, is expected to reach the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, organisers said.

Carla Bruni: life as first lady ‘less tiring than modelling’
France

Carla Bruni: life as first lady ‘less tiring than modelling’

Carla Bruni, the ex-model wife of President Nicolas Sarkozy, has claimed in an interview that being first lady is less strenuous than modelling. France's first lady also revealed the country's worst-kept secret by confirming that she is pregnant.

‘Missing snake’ strikes fear into quiet Swiss town
Switzerland

‘Missing snake’ strikes fear into quiet Swiss town

A flyer warning citizens to steer clear of "Jürg", a dangerous mamba gone missing, has thrown a quiet village in northern Switzerland into turmoil.

 

Daimler and Telekom face billion-euro loss on road toll fiasco
Germany

Daimler and Telekom face billion-euro loss on road toll fiasco

Daimler and Deutsche Telekom may have to strike a billion-euro compensation deal with the government over the disastrous introduction of a truck road toll in Germany more than six years ago.

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Germany

Girls leap from burning house onto trampoline

Two young girls escaped from a fire in their home by jumping out of the window – and safely onto a trampoline placed there by quick-thinking neighbours, police in Bavaria said over the weekend.

DSK followers seek primary date extension
France

DSK followers seek primary date extension

Supporters of Dominique Strauss-Kahn called on the Socialist Party on Sunday to make an exception for their preferred candidate, if he is able to return to the political fray in France.

‘Allow Systembolaget home delivery: politician
Sweden

‘Allow Systembolaget home delivery: politician

Sweden's state-run alcohol retail monopoly Systembolaget should be authorised to expand their current e-commerce, to include a home delivery service, suggests MP Carl B Hamilton of the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet), in an opinion piece published in newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

Hooligans to be banned from Swiss trains
Switzerland

Hooligans to be banned from Swiss trains

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) is planning to ban football hooligans from boarding Swiss trains. 

Rösler welcomes mooted Gazprom expansion
Germany

Rösler welcomes mooted Gazprom expansion

German Economy Minister Philipp Rösler would welcome increased investment by controversial Russian gas giant Gazprom - a topic for Chancellor Angela Merkel's meeting with Russian president Dmitry Medvedev this week

Stolen intelligence HQ plans threaten position of top spook
Germany

Stolen intelligence HQ plans threaten position of top spook

The leaked building plans for Germany’s BND intelligence service headquarters in Berlin were more sensitive than initially admitted, it has emerged, while political trust in the service’s president seems to be diminishing.

Ship to Gaza hit by cyber attack
Sweden

Ship to Gaza hit by cyber attack

The website of Swedish Ship to Gaza has been subjected to a cyber attack, in the latest setback to befall the aid and protest convoy the Freedom Flotilla II.

Germany looks to Spain and Greece for workers
Germany

Germany looks to Spain and Greece for workers

German authorities desperate to fill empty jobs needed to keep the economic upswing going are targeting professionals in crisis-hit countries like Spain, Greece and Portugal.

Robin Söderling claims Swedish Open title
Sweden

Robin Söderling claims Swedish Open title

Sweden's Robin Söderling made light work of dispatching Spain's David Ferrer to win the Swedish Open final in Båstad on Sunday, closing out the gain 6-2, 6-2.

Sundhage stoic as Japan claim World Cup glory
Sweden

Sundhage stoic as Japan claim World Cup glory

Pia Sundhage, the Swedish coach of defeated World Cup finalists the United States, was gracious after her team's loss to Japan, blaming "a couple of mistakes" and underling that the margin between success and failure was slight.