Men allege sexual discrimination at Swedish police academy
Sweden

Men allege sexual discrimination at Swedish police academy

Dozens of men have filed sexual discrimination complaints with Sweden's Equality Ombudsman (DO), after being denied admission to Sweden's National Police Academy.

Stuttgart 21 arbitration ends in acrimony
Germany

Stuttgart 21 arbitration ends in acrimony

The saga of attempted conciliation between opponents and supporters of the Stuttgart 21 project has reached an end with no compromise and with opponents insisting that “stress tests” on the massive rail plans were rigged.

BMW unveils electric and hybrid concept cars
Germany

BMW unveils electric and hybrid concept cars

Six weeks before the Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW has unveiled concept vehicles that the company hopes will make it a trend-setter in the electric car business.

Sweden hit by Microsoft phone hacking scam
Sweden

Sweden hit by Microsoft phone hacking scam

Fake, English-speaking tech support specialists claiming to be from US software giant Microsoft are targeting Swedes in a creative scam designed to hack into people's computers.

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Switzerland

Pakistan Taliban say they have Swiss hostages

Pakistan Taliban militants on Friday said they were holding a Swiss couple kidnapped a month ago while on holiday in the remote province of Baluchistan.

Murder-for-hire hockey star headed to Sweden: report
Sweden

Murder-for-hire hockey star headed to Sweden: report

Former National Hockey League (NHL) star Mike Danton, who was jailed for conspiring to murder his agent, used Twitter to announce he'd signed on with a new team in Sweden.

Swedish blogger inspired Norway terrorist: report
Sweden

Swedish blogger inspired Norway terrorist: report

Portions of Anders Behring Breivik’s “manifesto” were previously posted on an anti-Muslim Swedish blog, according to report in the Swedish media.

Miserable weather looms for the weekend
Germany

Miserable weather looms for the weekend

After heavy rains caused havoc in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) in recent days, it was northeastern Germany’s turn for drenching on Friday, with downpours hammering Berlin and coastal areas.

‘Obama cares more about Norway than Reinfeldt’
Sweden

‘Obama cares more about Norway than Reinfeldt’

Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt tried on Friday to respond to criticism that he has been missing-in-action following last week's terror attacks in Norway.

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France

New report cites pilot error in Rio-Paris crash

Air France pilots made a series of errors on the Rio to Paris flight that crashed in 2009 killing 228 people, partly due to a lack of training, investigators said Friday.

Retail sales surge
Germany

Retail sales surge

Retail sales in Germany, the biggest European economy, gained a surprise 6.3 percent in June, provisional figures released Friday showed.

Greens revive calls for gay marriage
Germany

Greens revive calls for gay marriage

The opposition Greens have re-opened the issue of gay marriage in Germany, calling for same-sex partners to have the same rights under the law as heterosexual couples.

Spy agency doubts far-right network exists
Germany

Spy agency doubts far-right network exists

Germany’s foreign intelligence agency has said there is no evidence that a Europe-wide network of right-wing extremists is evolving, casting doubt on claims by Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik.

Cologne food fair foie gras snub angers French officials
Germany

Cologne food fair foie gras snub angers French officials

A dispute over foie gras has reached the highest levels of Franco-German ties after a Cologne food fair said the controversial French delicacy will not be allowed.

Arms exports to Arab nations criticized
Switzerland

Arms exports to Arab nations criticized

Activists have criticized the fact that Switzerland is increasing its arms exports to Arab regimes at a time of unrest in the Middle East.

Half of Swiss men share ‘pharaoh gene’
Switzerland

Half of Swiss men share ‘pharaoh gene’

Every second Swiss male is related to the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun, according to researchers in Zurich.

Minister touts new law on board gender quotas
Sweden

Minister touts new law on board gender quotas

Sweden's minster for gender equality, Nyamko Sabuni, has called for legislation to help boost the number of women who serve on the boards of local government-operated companies.

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Sweden

Swedish economy continues to grow

Sweden's economy expanded by one percent in the second quarter, while year-on-year growth slowed to 5.3 percent, data released Friday by the central statistics office (SCB) showed.

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France

Famous tree-lined canal under threat

Thousands of the famous plane trees that line the 240 kilometre Canal du Midi in the south of France will be chopped down after being attacked by an incurable killer fungus.

Drunken prank has spooky end in Paris catacombs
France

Drunken prank has spooky end in Paris catacombs

Three young people spent an unnerving 48-hours roaming in the dark among the millions of skeletons buried under Paris this week.

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France

‘Gainsbourg’ and ‘Hallyday’ come to blows

Events took a surreal turn at the weekend when celebrity look-alikes of iconic French singers Serge Gainsbourg and Johnny Hallyday got into a fight, ending with one of them in hospital.

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France

‘Black Saturday’ looms for travellers

French holiday makers are gearing up for the busiest travel weekend of the summer as millions return from July holidays while many more set off for their August break.

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France

Military-style camps for juvenile delinquents

Proposals to put young offenders in correction centres run by former military personnel are being drawn up by the French government.

National day to be celebrated with with new apple
Switzerland

National day to be celebrated with with new apple

Switzerland will celebrate its founding this year with its own new apple species, the Galmac, adding a new twist to William Tell's mythical apple-shot which indirectly led to Swiss independence.

Surging franc pushes SNB into the red
Switzerland

Surging franc pushes SNB into the red

The Swiss National Bank has announced a consolidated loss of Sfr.10.8 billion for the first half of 2011 largely as a result of the surging value of the Swiss franc.

EADS profits nosedive for first half of 2011
France

EADS profits nosedive for first half of 2011

European defence group EADS saw its profits tumble 41 percent in the first half of 2011 to 109 million euros ($156 million) but maintained its positive outlook on surging orders, it said Friday.

Ex-tenants face charges over gas leak deaths
Germany

Ex-tenants face charges over gas leak deaths

Police said Friday there were considering laying negligent homicide charges against two former tenants of a Berlin apartment where a six-person family died from carbon monoxide poisoning earlier this week.

Housing a hedgehog is a crime: Swedish police
Sweden

Housing a hedgehog is a crime: Swedish police

Police raided the apartment of a woman in Gävle in eastern Sweden after being tipped off that she was caring for a wild hedgehog in violation of the country's hunting laws.

eBay blocks online retailers’ Cuba products
Germany

eBay blocks online retailers’ Cuba products

Online auction site eBay and its subsidiary PayPal are prohibiting German merchants from doing Cuba-related transactions, prompting accusations the company is violating European law

Swedish barbeque: sausages, shellfish and disposable grills
Sweden

Swedish barbeque: sausages, shellfish and disposable grills

Summer in Sweden is synonymous with grilling, prompting The Local’s Karen Holst to get to the bottom of Swedes' flaming frenzy and learn more about what makes the ultimate Swedish ‘grillfest.’

Two women stabbed in Stockholm suburb
Sweden

Two women stabbed in Stockholm suburb

Police have detained a 28-year-old man on suspicion of having stabbed two 20-year-old women Thursday night in the north Stockholm suburb of Hässelby.

Antonov can’t be an owner in Saab: EIB
Sweden

Antonov can’t be an owner in Saab: EIB

The European Investment Bank on Thursday confirmed a loan to Swedish carmaker Saab was approved on condition Russian businessman Vladimir Antonov did not take over, a report said.

Weekend drivers face massive traffic jams
Germany

Weekend drivers face massive traffic jams

With summer vacation starting for schools in Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden Württemberg, some of Germany’s most populous regions are bracing for massive traffic jams this weekend.

Sphinx returned to Turkey after controversy
Germany

Sphinx returned to Turkey after controversy

Germany has returned a 3,500-year-old sphinx to Turkey after a war of words and the treasured sculpture is set to be reinstated at its original location, media reports said Thursday.