Saxony leads education vanguard
Germany

Saxony leads education vanguard

Germany’s education system from kindergarten to university is making noticeable progress with the state of Saxony leading the way, according to an annual education survey.

How to integrate successfully in Germany
Germany

How to integrate successfully in Germany

You are thinking about moving to Germany and want to give yourself every opportunity to fit in rapidly and successfully? Here are a few tips for you.

Mouse stops US-bound SAS flight in Stockholm
Sweden

Mouse stops US-bound SAS flight in Stockholm

A wayward mouse forced the grounding of a US-bound SAS flight on Tuesday, leaving 250 travellers stranded at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport as crews tried in vain to capture the rogue rodent.

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Sweden

Sweden to bolster banks against European debt crisis

Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg said Tuesday the Scandinavian country was putting in place measures to protect its finance and banking sectors from being sucked into the European debt crisis.

Sarkozy and Merkel plan eurozone government
Germany

Sarkozy and Merkel plan eurozone government

France's Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany's Angela Merkel vowed to give the eurozone bloc a "true economic government" Tuesday, but experts said their pledges were not enough to defuse the debt crisis.

Discover Switzerland your way with ESL
Switzerland

Discover Switzerland your way with ESL

If you want to learn German or French, there's no better way than total immersion. And there's no better place to get immersed than at an ESL language course in Switzerland.

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Switzerland

Swiss UBP to buy ABN AMRO Switzerland for undisclosed amount

Swiss private bank Union Bancaire Privee said on Tuesday it will purchase ABN AMRO Bank Switzerland for an undisclosed amount, increasing its assets under management by around 20 percent.

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France

Judges begin probe into IMF chief Lagarde

French magistrates on Tuesday formally began an embezzlement investigation into new International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, opening the way for possible criminal charges.

Moderates push back promised tax cut plans
Sweden

Moderates push back promised tax cut plans

Prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt announced on Tuesday his Moderate Party was delaying plans to implement several tax reductions, citing increasing concerns about the state of the global economy.

Ingrid, 65, finds 3 metre boa on her balcony
Sweden

Ingrid, 65, finds 3 metre boa on her balcony

An elderly Swedish woman was given quite a scare on Monday morning when she discovered a 3-metre-long boa constrictor lying on her second-floor balcony.

Eurobonds could stop the downward spiral
Germany

Eurobonds could stop the downward spiral

The German government doesn't think eurobonds will help Europe out of its debt crisis, but it's high time Chancellor Merkel gave up her stubborn resistance to them. A commentary by Marcus Gatzke from ZEIT ONLINE.

Shit hits the fans at Bundesliga match
Germany

Shit hits the fans at Bundesliga match

Bundesliga matches took bizarre and unappetising turns at the weekend, with a Hoffenheim employee blasting Borussia supporters with a high-pitched siren – and Cologne fans showering their Schalke rivals with faeces and urine.

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Switzerland

Swiss banks to sign tax evasion deal with UK

Just days after signing an anti-tax evasion agreement with Germany, Switzerland is now planning to strike a similar deal with the UK, according to Patrick Odier, head of the Swiss Bankers Association.

 

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France

Support grows for assisted suicide doctor

Colleagues of the doctor accused of terminating the lives of a number of hospital patients plan to hold a meeting to support him on Tuesday.

Swedish housing market continues to slide
Sweden

Swedish housing market continues to slide

Flat prices fell by 6 percent in Sweden and house prices by 2 percent in July compared to the previous month, according to fresh figures from Sweden’s real estate statistics website Mäklarstatistik.

Another suspected bomb found near playground
Sweden

Another suspected bomb found near playground

A woman, resident in the area, made the most recent discovery on Tuesday morning when taking her two small children to the playground.

Social Democrats warn leftists after Wall praise
Germany

Social Democrats warn leftists after Wall praise

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats have warned members of the hard-line socialist Left party they would be rejected as state coalition partners unless they condemn the building of the Berlin Wall.

SVP seeks women’s votes with muscle man
Switzerland

SVP seeks women’s votes with muscle man

The fight for votes is making Swiss political parties more creative in their campaigns. The Swiss People’s Party (SVP) is now courting women – with a sexy muscle man.

Brigitte Bardot appeals to save attack dog’s life
France

Brigitte Bardot appeals to save attack dog’s life

Sixties actress and animal rights activist Birgitte Bardot has pleaded for the life of a bull terrier that attacked and disfigured a young girl’s face.

France’s favourite personalities revealed
France

France’s favourite personalities revealed

Yannick Noah, the former tennis player turned singer and humanitarian, has again clinched top spot in an annual poll to find France's favourite personality.

Power cut leaves 117,000 chickens to suffocate in factory farm
Germany

Power cut leaves 117,000 chickens to suffocate in factory farm

Police have launched an investigation after around 117,000 chickens suffocated in an eastern German factory farm when the power cut out.

France slips in university rankings
France

France slips in university rankings

France has slipped from 6th to 8th place in the annual Shanghai ranking of the world’s universities.

Deutsche Bahn staff grumpy and demotivated
Germany

Deutsche Bahn staff grumpy and demotivated

Nearly 70 percent of people who work for Germany's national railway operator Deutsche Bahn are de-motivated and frustrated with their jobs, the Financial Times Deutschland reported on Tuesday.

Anti-discrimination chief calls for tougher sanctions
Germany

Anti-discrimination chief calls for tougher sanctions

The head of Germany’s federal anti-discrimination agency says tougher penalties need to be enacted to crack down on people being unfairly disadvantaged.

Ex-minister pens his way to holiday travel fame
Sweden

Ex-minister pens his way to holiday travel fame

The name of Sweden's disgraced former labour minister, Sven-Otto Littorin, is back in the spotlight after Littorin won a travel agency's essay contest with his poetic description of a “dream holiday” to the Middle East.

Swiss officials ‘worried’ over safety in Geneva
Switzerland

Swiss officials ‘worried’ over safety in Geneva

The Swiss government on Monday said it was "preoccupied" by the security situation in Geneva, a city more famed for its chocolate and banking than for high levels of criminality.

Integration of foreigners top Swiss youth concern
Switzerland

Integration of foreigners top Swiss youth concern

The integration of foreigners is the top political issue for Swiss youth, overriding concerns about unemployment or climate change, a study released on Monday showed.

Growth grinds to a halt
Germany

Growth grinds to a halt

The German economy grew by a meagre 0.1 percent in the second quarter of the year, while expansion in the first quarter was slower than originally reported, according to official data published on Tuesday.

Climate change prompts search for exotic trees
Germany

Climate change prompts search for exotic trees

Tests are underway to find out what species would be best as the next generation of Germany’s street trees. As every year urban trees are subject to pollution, poor water conditions and limited root growth area many become sick.

Eleven cars set on fire in Berlin
Germany

Eleven cars set on fire in Berlin

Eleven cars were set on fire in Berlin on Monday night, prompting a police investigation into a possible political motive behind the arson attacks.

Sweden ‘indebted’ to the Baltic states: Reinfeldt
Sweden

Sweden ‘indebted’ to the Baltic states: Reinfeldt

Sweden owes its Baltic neighbours a "debt of honour" for turning a blind eye to post-war Soviet occupation, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt told his Baltic counterparts on Monday.

Halland police harshest on public peeing
Sweden

Halland police harshest on public peeing

New figures show that police in the county of Halland have been the most fastidious in fining those that feel the need to take a leak in public.

Extreme weather on the rise in Sweden: SMHI
Sweden

Extreme weather on the rise in Sweden: SMHI

Heavy rains and extreme weather are becoming more common in Sweden, according to a study by forecasters at the Swedish meteorological and Hydrological Institute, SMHI.

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Swiss climber missing in Pakistan

Three climbers -- a Swiss, an Austrian and a Pakistani -- have gone missing during an expedition to the high