DAX tanks as investors fear global rout
Germany

DAX tanks as investors fear global rout

Germany’s DAX stock index hit its lowest level in two years on Monday amid growing investor fears of a renewed global recession.

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France

Banking federation admits dollar shortfall

French banks face difficulties in raising short-term cash in dollars, the head of France's banking federation said on Monday confirming a recent study by Moody's Investors Service.

Sweden Democrat MP in bouncer ‘beating’ uproar
Sweden

Sweden Democrat MP in bouncer ‘beating’ uproar

Sweden Democrat member of parliament Erik Almqvist was reported to police and arrested at the weekend following a confrontation with bouncers at an exclusive Stockholm nightclub.

Deutsche CEO attacks IMF over recapitalisation
Germany

Deutsche CEO attacks IMF over recapitalisation

The CEO of Germany's leading bank, Deutsche Bank's Josef Ackermann, on Monday attacked the head of the IMF for suggesting banks should boost their capital to offset dangers relating to the eurozone debt crisis.

Novartis patent case threatens cheap drug supply: MSF
Switzerland

Novartis patent case threatens cheap drug supply: MSF

Supply of cheap, copycat drugs for the developing world could be badly threatened if Swiss firm Novartis wins a challenge to India's patent law, medical charity MSF said on Monday.

Switzerland gets tourism magazine in Chinese
Switzerland

Switzerland gets tourism magazine in Chinese

Publisher Axel Springer-Geneve announced on Monday the launch of a Swiss tourism and timepiece magazine in Chinese, which will appear every three months.

‘Something is deeply wrong when the NPD is more successful than the FDP’
Germany

‘Something is deeply wrong when the NPD is more successful than the FDP’

Is Chancellor Merkel’s centre-right alliance heading towards political oblivion? Commentators in The Local’s media roundup examine the impact of the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania vote.

World’s slowest concert crawls to 10th anniversary
Germany

World’s slowest concert crawls to 10th anniversary

A quirky music project to play the longest song in the history of the world on Monday crawled to its 10th anniversary – but there are still 629 years to go.

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Switzerland

Rival party leader calls SVP a ‘sect of morons’

Christophe Darbellay, leader of the Christian Democratic People’s Party (CVP), has come under fire after describing the far-right Swiss People’s Party (SVP) as “a sect of morons”.

 

Nature snapper admits to pasting in lynx
Sweden

Nature snapper admits to pasting in lynx

Photographer Terje Hellesö, recipient of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency's Nature Photographer of the Year award, has been reported to police after admitting that he manipulated a number of his pictures of predatory animals.

Union slammed for ‘Nobel-like’ birthday party
Sweden

Union slammed for ‘Nobel-like’ birthday party

A Swedish labour union has come in for criticism after 4 million kronor ($622,000) on a lavish on a 75th anniversary party.

Friedrich: 1,000 potential terrorists in Germany
Germany

Friedrich: 1,000 potential terrorists in Germany

Around 1,000 potential Islamist terrorists live in Germany, 128 of whom could be classed as capable of carrying out attacks, Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said Monday.

Handicapped Swede sets Alcatraz swim record
Sweden

Handicapped Swede sets Alcatraz swim record

Swedish handicapped swimmer Anders Olsson shocked a field of experienced open-water swimmers by winning a race from prison island Alcatraz to the California mainland in record time on Sunday.

Aid to Syria continues despite sanctions
Germany

Aid to Syria continues despite sanctions

Despite far-reaching sanctions against the Syrian government for its brutal crackdown against a civilian uprising, Germany is still offering development aid to the Middle East country. The Green party has expressed reservations.

Blanc annoyed by criticism of France’s play
France

Blanc annoyed by criticism of France’s play

France coach Laurent Blanc on Saturday expressed exasperation over criticism of his side's play following their 2-1 defeat of Albania in Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier.

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Switzerland

‘No’: Foreigners denied right to vote in Vaud

Canton Vaud residents in western Switzerland voted on Sunday against an initiative to give registered foreigners the right to vote on cantonal issues.

New millions for Swedish synagogue security
Sweden

New millions for Swedish synagogue security

The Swedish government has promised new funds to help boost security around the country's synagogues following accusations that Sweden hasn't done enough to protect it's Jewish population.

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Switzerland

Swiss defender Ziegler loaned to Fenerbahce

Swiss international defender Reto Ziegler was loaned out to disgraced Turkish club Fenerbahce on Saturday from Serie A side Juventus for one season.

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Switzerland

Backroom tensions flare as Neuchatel sack coach

Neuchatel Xamax coach Joaquin Caparros has been sacked after just five games at the helm, newspaper L'Express reported on Friday.

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Switzerland

Sion kicked out of Europa League

Sion has been kicked out of the Europa League after UEFA upheld a complaint from Celtic that the Swiss side fielded ineligible players in their play-off matches.

Bruni: ‘I will never show a photo of my child’
France

Bruni: ‘I will never show a photo of my child’

The wife of President Sarkozy, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, told a French news programme on Sunday evening that she does not plan to expose the child she is expecting to the glare of publicity.

Taxi driver locks woman in boot after fare dispute
Germany

Taxi driver locks woman in boot after fare dispute

A taxi driver in Hamburg became so enraged during a fare dispute with a passenger that he beat the woman and then locked her in the car boot for five hours before she was freed, the police reported on Monday.

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France

Hubby to pay damages to undersexed wife

A couple from Nice have been granted a divorce after 21 years of marriage on the grounds of an "absence of sexual relations for several years" which was judged to be "solely the fault of the husband."

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Sweden

Malmö police to learn ‘polite’ Arabic

Police who patrol Malmö's Rosengård district are being offered a special Arabic language class to help them better understand and communicate with local residents in the predominantly immigrant area.

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France

Retired couple found bound and murdered

A retired married couple aged 72 and 77 were discovered murdered in their home, having been stabbed to death and bound with wire.

Depardieu takes video aim at pee incident
France

Depardieu takes video aim at pee incident

Actor Gérard Depardieu has tried to laugh off his recent lack of bladder control on a flight from Paris to Dublin by recording a video mocking the incident.

Swedish artist plunges to his death in Germany
Sweden

Swedish artist plunges to his death in Germany

A Swedish musician plummeted 20 metres to his death at the weekend during a performance at a street festival in Leipzig, Germany.

DSK back in France after New York sex scandal
France

DSK back in France after New York sex scandal

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, his hopes for the French presidency scuppered by a sensational New York sex scandal, returned to Paris on Sunday to a media frenzy and an uneasy welcome from his Socialist allies.

Performer plunges to death at Leipzig festival
Germany

Performer plunges to death at Leipzig festival

A Swedish musician fell 20 metres to his death during a performance at a Leipzig street festival over the weekend.

US presses Swiss banks for tax evasion data
Switzerland

US presses Swiss banks for tax evasion data

US authorities have given Switzerland until Tuesday to transmit data from tax evaders in the United States who have stashed assets away in Swiss banks, the SonntagsZeitung reported on Sunday.

Trial opens for ‘medically unfit’ Chirac
France

Trial opens for ‘medically unfit’ Chirac

Jacques Chirac's embezzlement trial opens on Monday with his lawyers arguing that the French former president is too unwell to attend but insisting that the case must still go ahead.

Air Berlin mulls in-flight dialect announcements after web sensation
Germany

Air Berlin mulls in-flight dialect announcements after web sensation

Air Berlin is considering asking its flight attendants to make some announcements in regional German dialects after a YouTube video of one of its attendants speaking Swabian became a web sensation.

Farmers seek to shoot potato-munching cranes
Sweden

Farmers seek to shoot potato-munching cranes

Exasperated farmers in Jämtland in northern Sweden have grown so tired of their crops being destroyed by cranes that they have sought permission to shoot the endangered birds.

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Sweden

Two die as train hits car

Two young people died when their car hit a train in Horndal in Dalarna in central Sweden on Sunday evening.

Swedish pensioners promised tax cut
Sweden

Swedish pensioners promised tax cut

Sweden's Alliance government has promised pensioners reduced taxes in 2013 or 2014 - if the public finances allow, with reforms to help the poorest pensioners to come into force already next year.

Samsung withdraws tablet from fair after Apple complaints
Germany

Samsung withdraws tablet from fair after Apple complaints

South Korea's Samsung Electronics said Monday it has withdrawn its new tablet computer from a major electronics fair in Berlin after a German court accepted a complaint from US rival Apple.