Foreigners could get right to vote in Vaud
Switzerland

Foreigners could get right to vote in Vaud

Voters in Canton Vaud in western Switzerland will decide next week whether or not foreigners can vote on a cantonal level and if they can be elected to political office. If the result is a ’Yes’, it will be a first for Switzerland.

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Sweden

Sweden wrestles with legality of underage sex

Young Swedish teens who engage in consensual sex may find themselves dragged into court due to lingering uncertainties about how to interpret Sweden's child sex laws.

Cooler days mark end to wet and grey summer
Germany

Cooler days mark end to wet and grey summer

Cold air will stream in from the North Sea this week, keeping northern Germany damp, while high pressure will clear out the clouds over the central and southern parts of the country.

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France

‘Golden’ budget rule too complicated: economists

French President Nicolas Sarkozy wants to push through a balanced budget amendment, dubbed the "golden rule", to reassure rattled markets, but economists complain the measure is too complicated.

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France

The Local takes news in English across Europe

Press Release: Launch of The Local in France first step of rapid expansion plan.

Berlin resets Libya policy
Germany

Berlin resets Libya policy

Germany sought to turn a new leaf on Monday by stressing its readiness to help with reconstruction and aid in Libya after failing to provide military assistance to the campaign against Muammar Qaddafi.

Work less and eat more chocolate, say heart experts
France

Work less and eat more chocolate, say heart experts

Eat dark chocolate, watch funny movies, avoid stressful jobs, and pedal hard when biking are all ingredients in the recipe for a healthy heart, according to experts meeting in Paris this week.

Porsche wants piece of Ferrari market
Germany

Porsche wants piece of Ferrari market

Porsche boss Matthias Müller has announced a new plan for the elite sports car brand to muscle in on the segment of the luxury market traditionally dominated by Italian rival Ferrari.

Immigrant language-learning bonus flops
Sweden

Immigrant language-learning bonus flops

The government’s offer of performance-based bonuses to immigrants who learn Swedish in under a year has failed to produce results, according to a new report.

Top Socialist provokes storm with far-right taunt
France

Top Socialist provokes storm with far-right taunt

The interim leader of the Socialist party, Harlem Désir, has sparked outrage by comparing the interior minister, Claude Guéant, to one of the far-right Front National's most well-known elected officials, Bruno Gollnisch.

Merkel wants old East German plane back
Germany

Merkel wants old East German plane back

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is reportedly unhappy with her new Airbus A340, which is used for official visits around the world. She now wants an older plane, which the government inherited from communist East Germany, to be given a new lease of life.

Nordea cuts 2,000 jobs
Sweden

Nordea cuts 2,000 jobs

Nordea, the biggest Nordic bank which today employs around 34,000 people, said Monday it planned to cut some 2,000 jobs across the region by the end of 2012 to counter the effects of rising costs.

The Local launches France’s news in English
Germany

The Local launches France’s news in English

The Local, a leading source of English-language news in Germany, Sweden, and Switzerland, announced on Monday it has now established a news website in France.

Swedes’ perceived rudeness ‘isn’t racially motivated’
Sweden

Swedes’ perceived rudeness ‘isn’t racially motivated’

UK native Suhail Din sparked a heated debate among The Local's readers with his reflections on why Swedes refused to talk to him and his family during a recent visit to Stockholm. Contributor Ruben Brunsveld examines why.

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France

French embassy in Tripoli reopens

France reopened its embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Monday after it had been closed for the last six months, a foreign ministry spokesman said.  

Bosses’ leader blames US for euro problems
France

Bosses’ leader blames US for euro problems

Laurence Parisot, the head of the influential bosses' organization, Medef, has hit out at what she sees as deliberate attempts by the US to shift their own economic woes to Europe.

Sweden fails to close cardiac care gender gap
Sweden

Sweden fails to close cardiac care gender gap

Female heart attack patients still receive inferior treatment than men, according to a new study.

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France

Shark spotted in English Channel

Swimmers in the northern resort of Wissant had a shock when they were ordered out of the water after a shark sighting.

Frankfurt dubbed Germany’s crime capital
Germany

Frankfurt dubbed Germany’s crime capital

Frankfurt has been declared the most dangerous city in Germany according to still unreleased crime statistics for 2010, which apparently show the city had the largest number of murder and manslaughter cases per 100,000 residents.

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Switzerland

10,000 Swiss bank jobs at risk: expert

The 900 job cuts recently announced at UBS and Credit Suisse could be just the beginning as Switzerland’s banks face massive belt-tightening across the board, a prominent Swiss banker says.

 

Urban gardening takes off at Berlin’s fabled airport Tempelhof
Germany

Urban gardening takes off at Berlin’s fabled airport Tempelhof

It's sunflowers instead of planes and kale instead of kerosene at the German capital's legendary Tempelhof Airport, site of the Berlin Airlift and now home to one of Europe's biggest and most unusual urban gardens. AFP’s Deborah Cole reports.

Starbucks to open new Swedish stores
Sweden

Starbucks to open new Swedish stores

Starbucks, the Seattle-based chain of coffee houses, has announced the opening of its first stores in Sweden open to the general public.

Small plane makes emergency road landing
Germany

Small plane makes emergency road landing

An amateur pilot’s quick-thinking saved the lives of himself and his wife on Sunday, when technical difficulties forced him to land his hired sports plane on a road in the small Bavarian town of Stockstadt.

The Local launches France’s news in English
Sweden

The Local launches France’s news in English

The Local, a leading source of English-language news in Sweden, Germany, and Switzerland, announced on Monday it has now established a news website in France.

Live Blog: Launch time for TheLocal.fr
France

Live Blog: Launch time for TheLocal.fr

After seven years in the online news saddle, The Local’s congenial canter across Europe has finally taken us to one of the continent’s most thrilling destinations. Keep checking in during the day for all the latest on The Local’s launch in France. 

Sweden looks to halt maths education slide
Sweden

Sweden looks to halt maths education slide

Education authorities want the government to spend billions on promoting 'collegial learning' to improve maths education in Sweden so students once again find themselves ranked among the top in Europe.

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Switzerland

‘Speed up asylum procedures’: Minister

Switzerland's asylum procedure, which can take years, should be "drastically" speeded up, Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga said in an interview published on Saturday.

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Switzerland

Weather breaks Swiss tightrope walker’s record streak

A Swiss tightrope walker who had set out to beat seven world records in a week was forced to turn around Sunday half-way over a lake due to bad weather.

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France

Strauss-Kahn mistress should testify: lawyer

The economist who had an affair with Dominique Strauss-Kahn in 2008 should testify in the case of a French writer who has accused the former IMF chief of rape, the writer's lawyer told Le Parisien on Sunday.

Biggest Swiss party takes aim at immigration, EU
Switzerland

Biggest Swiss party takes aim at immigration, EU

Election candidates for the far-right Swiss People's Party, Switzerland's biggest, signed a "contract with the people" on Sunday promising to deport foreign criminals and halt "mass immigration".

Wine growers call in help from satellites
France

Wine growers call in help from satellites

As grape-picking season gets started in some areas for this year's wine harvest, more French wine-growers are using satellite technology to improve the quality and profitability of their wine.

Drunk shrimp boat skipper parks on island
Sweden

Drunk shrimp boat skipper parks on island

The captain of Räkbåten Tor, a vessel completing one of the last shrimp cruises of the summer season, is suspected of being drunk at the helm after guiding the ship onto an island in Lake Mälaren on Saturday.

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Sweden

Swedish teen dies in motocross crash

A 15-year-old boy was killed in during a motocross competition in Sweden on Sunday afternoon in Västerås in central Sweden.

The Economist slams Socialist ‘dinosaurs’
France

The Economist slams Socialist ‘dinosaurs’

Influential British news magazine The Economist has published a damning analysis of the French Socialist party in its latest issue, describing it as "Europe's most unreconstructed" left-wing party.

Swedes injured in Turkey tourist explosion
Sweden

Swedes injured in Turkey tourist explosion

Four Swedes were among those injured in an explosion in the resort of Kemer in Turkey on Sunday morning.

Google apologizes to Hamburg police for bad link
Germany

Google apologizes to Hamburg police for bad link

US internet giant Google has apologized to state prosecutors in Hamburg for accidentally including a link to a website critical of the authority in its online maps entry.

Tax cuts will be moderate, says Merkel
Germany

Tax cuts will be moderate, says Merkel

Tax relief promised for 2013 will be moderate, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview on Sunday offering an early glimpse of a policy held dear by her pro-business coalition partners.

Neo-Nazi cartoon stork irritates far-right
Germany

Neo-Nazi cartoon stork irritates far-right

He's a stork with a small moustache and a side-parting. Meet Storch Heinar. The cartoon parodying the far-right has been annoying the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD) in the state election campaign in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.