Reinfeldt pans proposed eurozone ‘government’
Sweden

Reinfeldt pans proposed eurozone ‘government’

Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt took a doubtful stance to the "true economic governance" within the eurozone called for by French president Nicolas Sarkozy and German chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday.

Prisoner on crutches flees from police
Switzerland

Prisoner on crutches flees from police

A 25-year old Algerian man escaped from the clutches of his police minders on Tuesday as he ditched his crutches and took to his heels after a court appointment in Nyon in western Switzerland.   

‘It’s about time’: royal expert
Sweden

‘It’s about time’: royal expert

The news of Crown Princess Victoria's pregnancy couldn't come at a better time for a Swedish Royal Family looking to turn the page on a tumultuous year, according to one royal expert.

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France

DNA links Argentine tour guide to French murders

DNA evidence has linked a 24-year-old Argentinian tour guide to the murder of two French women in a nature reserve in northwestern Argentina, authorities said on Tuesday.

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Switzerland

Swiss widen sanctions against Syrian regime

Switzerland widened sanctions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime on Wednesday, adding 12 individuals to a list of key players under financial embargo and travel restriction.

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Switzerland

Swiss double aid to Horn of Africa

Switzerland said on Wednesday that it would double its aid and give 20 million francs ($25 million) more to help drought-hit victims in the Horn of Africa.

Antimatter spotted on the edge of the world
Germany

Antimatter spotted on the edge of the world

Earth is wearing a belt of antimatter – a twin of ordinary matter that could one day be used to create fuel for interstellar space travel – according to a breakthrough study by German and Italian scientists.

Sarkozy gets mixed reviews after summit
France

Sarkozy gets mixed reviews after summit

Politicians and commentators took to the web, airwaves and newspapers on Wednesday with contrasting views on the proposals announced by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday evening.

Victoria pregnant
Sweden

Victoria pregnant

Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel Westling are expecting their first child, the Swedish Royal Court announced on Wednesday.

Monster trucks may ply autobahn for field trial
Germany

Monster trucks may ply autobahn for field trial

Monster trucks could soon be coming to a German autobahn near you. A controversial programme aims to test the 25-metre-long "gigaliners" on the country's roads.

Two Swiss cities in cost of living top three
Switzerland

Two Swiss cities in cost of living top three

Swiss cities Zürich and Geneva remain second and third in a UBS global cost of living ranking, while Oslo in Norway is the most expensive city in which to live.

 

Finance industry blasts proposed tax
Germany

Finance industry blasts proposed tax

Financial sector players wasted no time on Wednesday in slamming a mooted financial transactions tax, saying it would push business to rival global centres and be hard to enforce.

Swedish house sold with skeleton in closet
Sweden

Swedish house sold with skeleton in closet

House hunters with a penchant for the macabre may be interested in a new listing on the Baltic island of Gotland, which includes a bony medieval tenant at no extra charge.

Media roundup: Plotting the euro’s future in Paris
Germany

Media roundup: Plotting the euro’s future in Paris

With the eurozone debt crisis still simmering, Germany and France have proposed an economic government for Europe’s currency union. But newspapers in The Local’s media roundup aren’t so sure it will be enough to save the euro.

SAS shares jump as airline returns to profit
Sweden

SAS shares jump as airline returns to profit

Scandinavian airline SAS on Wednesday said it returned to profit in the second quarter as its passenger numbers increased, and maintained its outlook of full-year growth despite higher fuel prices.

Summing up Stockholm Fashion Week 2011
Sweden

Summing up Stockholm Fashion Week 2011

As fashionistas in the Swedish capital settle down after a frenetic Stockholm Fashion Week, The Local's Caroline Bursell takes a look back at some of the event's highlights.

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Sweden

Firebombing teens target Gothenburg cops

Several police came under attack in the Gothenburg district of Angered overnight as teenagers hurled Molotov cocktails at police vehicles.

Stormy Australia weighs on Hochtief results
Germany

Stormy Australia weighs on Hochtief results

The biggest German construction group, Hochtief, posted on Wednesday modest second quarter results owing to problems with its Australian unit Leighton.

French star Depardieu relieves himself in plane cabin
France

French star Depardieu relieves himself in plane cabin

French film actor Gerard Depardieu was caught short on a Paris to Dublin flight and chose not to bother going to the toilet before relieving himself, airline CityJet told AFP on Wednesday.

Migros slashes prices as franc stays strong
Switzerland

Migros slashes prices as franc stays strong

Swiss supermarket retailer Migros announced it is cutting prices by 10 to 20 percent on more than 500 branded products as it takes steps to help mitigate the effects for consumers of a burgeoning Swiss franc.

Teen may not have acted alone: police
Sweden

Teen may not have acted alone: police

The teenager arrested by police on Monday on suspicion of the pre-school explosion, may have had help from one or more accomplices, according to police.

Swine flu vaccine worth €250 mln to be destroyed
Germany

Swine flu vaccine worth €250 mln to be destroyed

German health authorities are making arrangements to burn around 15 tonnes of swine flu vaccine worth around €250 million which people refused to take, and is now past its use-by date.

Berliners enjoy best standard of living in Germany
Germany

Berliners enjoy best standard of living in Germany

Berliners enjoy the best standard of living among Germany’s big-city dwellers while people in Munich have to pay the highest prices, according to a new study by the Swiss bank UBS.

Swedish inmates complain over ‘poor TV’
Sweden

Swedish inmates complain over ‘poor TV’

Inmates at a detention centre in Kalmar, in southern Sweden, have written a letter of complaint to the board about the poor channel selection on the centre TVs.

Swerving pensioner beats drink drive records
France

Swerving pensioner beats drink drive records

A 65-year-old woman who police stopped after her erratic driving caused concern was found to have a blood alcohol level of 5.76 grams per litre.

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France

Woman kidnapped and tortured for ten days

Seven people have been detained by police after a 35-year-old woman was allegedly kidnapped and tortured during an ordeal lasting ten days.

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Switzerland

Insurer Swiss Life net profits jump nearly 50%

Insurer and pensions specialist Swiss Life on Wednesday said its first half net profit jumped 49.8 percent to 403 million francs ($510 million), on the back of a one time tax revenue of 89 million francs.

Coco Chanel ‘spied for the Nazis’
France

Coco Chanel ‘spied for the Nazis’

The iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel worked for the Nazis during the German occupation of France in World War II, according to a new book published on Tuesday.

Sarkozy, Merkel eye ‘true eurozone government’
France

Sarkozy, Merkel eye ‘true eurozone government’

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

Bayern Munich players hit back against legend Kahn’s criticism
Germany

Bayern Munich players hit back against legend Kahn’s criticism

A war of words has broken out between current Bayern Munich stars Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philip Lahm and former goalkeeper Oliver Kahn over leadership of the Bavarian football club.

Swede probed for leaving baby outside US eatery
Sweden

Swede probed for leaving baby outside US eatery

A Swedish mother has been accused of child abuse in the United States for leaving her one-year-old in a pram outside a restaurant.

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Sweden

Swedish researchers in new cancer gene find

Swedish and American researchers have found five gene variants strongly linked to aggressive prostate cancer, a discovery that could lead to new tests and treatments, a study said Tuesday.

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Sweden

Granny helps woman give birth in public park

A grandmother's quick walk with her dog through a park in western Sweden took longer than expected last week after she stopped to help another woman give birth in the grass.

Campaign aims to get foreigners the vote
Germany

Campaign aims to get foreigners the vote

Voting activists have launched a campaign to try to get non-Germans involved in the country's elections, with a shadow poll to be held in Berlin ahead of a state election in the capital in September.

Cars burn in Berlin for second night in a row
Germany

Cars burn in Berlin for second night in a row

Arsonists went on the attack in Berlin again on Tuesday night, burning a series of expensive cars for a second night in a row, this time hitting at least 15.