Pegging franc to euro ‘risky’, say analysts
Switzerland

Pegging franc to euro ‘risky’, say analysts

Switzerland sprang a surprise on Tuesday, pegging the franc down against the euro, but analysts said this was a risky defence against the eurozone crisis.

Commerzbank chief predicts more market turbulence
Germany

Commerzbank chief predicts more market turbulence

The head of Germany’s Commerzbank predicted continued instability in European financial markets for years to come in an interview on Tuesday.

Swedes enjoy four decades of prosperity
Sweden

Swedes enjoy four decades of prosperity

While Swedish households have seen their wealth grow in the past four decades, many Swedes have seen their debts increase as well, according to new figures.

Stockholm Pride unable to pay its bills
Sweden

Stockholm Pride unable to pay its bills

The organisers of the annual Stockholm Pride festival is facing an economic crisis due to cost overruns and a new business model.

Family outrage over 90-year-old’s deportation
Sweden

Family outrage over 90-year-old’s deportation

90-year-old Ganna Chyzhevska, suffering from dementia and heart disease, will be sent back to Ukraine, even though the relatives who want to care for her are living in Sweden.

Last Bundeswehr goat gets his marching orders
Germany

Last Bundeswehr goat gets his marching orders

Josef the goat, the last animal mascot of the German army is being put out to pasture, as he and his ilk are no longer considered suitable for a modern fighting force.

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France

Streaming site defeats Universal Music France

Deezer won a legal victory on Monday when a French court threw out a complaint by Universal Music France seeking to block the music streaming site from using its catalogue of songs.

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Switzerland

Swiss politicians back move to stabilize franc

Political parties in Switzerland reacted positively to news of the measures taken by the Swiss National Bank (SNB) on Tuesday to peg the Swiss franc to the euro.

Arms dealer tied to CDU scandal gets retrial
Germany

Arms dealer tied to CDU scandal gets retrial

A Tuesday German court ruling ordered the partial re-trial of Karlheinz Schreiber, a Canadian-German arms dealer who was a key player in a party funding scandal that helped propel Chancellor Angela Merkel to power.

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Sweden

Italian politico on trial in Sweden for slapping son

An Italian politician faced a Stockholm court on Tuesday for allegedly hitting his son on the streets of the Swedish capital.

‘Leffe the moose man’ promises elk intimacy
Sweden

‘Leffe the moose man’ promises elk intimacy

Sweden’s wildlife can be hard to find at the best of times, but luckily, if it's an elk you want to see, a safari park near Stockholm promises to get you so close you might even get a smooch, Oliver Gee discovers.

France will hold on to triple-A rating: bank chief
France

France will hold on to triple-A rating: bank chief

The French government is "fully committed" to preserving its triple-A sovereign debt rating and the French economy is strong, the head of banking giant Societe Generale said on Tuesday.

Prof likens Afghanistan snipers to July killer
Norway

Prof likens Afghanistan snipers to July killer

Norway’s role in Afghanistan is comparable to the slaughter of innocents on July 22nd at the hands of Anders Behring Breivik, a peace researcher being honoured in Norway has said.

Sex offender dies after self-immolation in front of court
Germany

Sex offender dies after self-immolation in front of court

A 71-year-old convicted sex offender has died from serious burn injuries after he set himself on fire in front of a state court in the western German city of Koblenz.

Billions to stop Sweden’s maths skills slide
Sweden

Billions to stop Sweden’s maths skills slide

After a nearly decade-long slide in Swedish students' maths skills, the government has decided to invest 2.6 billion kronor ($404.9 million) to raise results in Swedish schools.

Woman gored by hormonal bull elk
Norway

Woman gored by hormonal bull elk

A Norwegian woman running a forest race has been attacked and gored in the leg by a male elk agitated by normal autumnal hormone changes.

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Norway

Norway freezes Afghan aid over corruption

Norway has frozen 280 million kroner ($36 million) in aid to Afghanistan until Kabul clears up a corruption scandal surrounding Kabul Bank, the Norwegian deputy foreign minister said on Tuesday.

ETH Zürich stays in global top 20
Switzerland

ETH Zürich stays in global top 20

The ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) remains the best university in continental Europe, according to a ranking of the world’s top 300 universities.

Neo-Nazis gain foothold in rural villages
Germany

Neo-Nazis gain foothold in rural villages

Parts of East Germany are struggling with right-wing extremism, with a number of villages appearing to be dominated by large swathes of supporters of the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD).

French towns trapped by Swiss franc rise
Switzerland

French towns trapped by Swiss franc rise

Hundreds of towns, local authorities and public bodies around France are struggling to pay back loans that were indexed against the euro-franc exchange rate as a result of the rise in value of the Swiss currency.

French towns trapped by Swiss franc rise
France

French towns trapped by Swiss franc rise

Hundreds of towns, local authorities and public bodies around France are struggling to pay back loans that were indexed against the euro-franc exchange rate as a result of the rise in value of the Swiss currency.

Elderly face growing risk of poverty, warns OECD
Germany

Elderly face growing risk of poverty, warns OECD

Germans face a growing risk of living out their old age in poverty as low-earners fail to set aside enough for their retirement, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has warned.

Obama ‘very pleased’ with German role in Libya
Germany

Obama ‘very pleased’ with German role in Libya

After several months of strife between the United States and Germany over its Libya policies, an advisor to US President Barack Obama said Germany had been more involved in the NATO air campaign than widely thought.

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France

Workers’ morale plunges to lowest level ever

An index that measures morale among white-collar professionals in France has shown a dramatic drop in their confidence, falling 30 points in August to its lowest ever score of -55.

Swiss stocks jump on currency peg news
Switzerland

Swiss stocks jump on currency peg news

Swiss stocks surged over three percent in early trading on Tuesday after the Swiss National Bank announced a currency peg of 1.20 francs per euro.

Charlize Theron makes quick change in new Dior ad
France

Charlize Theron makes quick change in new Dior ad

South African actress Charlize Theron is seen running through the Palace of Versailles on her way to model in a fashion show in a lavish new commercial for Christian Dior's J'adore perfume.

Bad interpreters a ‘threat’ to rule of law in Sweden
Sweden

Bad interpreters a ‘threat’ to rule of law in Sweden

Half of Sweden's courtroom interpreters are so poor that they represent a threat to the functioning of the country's legal system, researchers have warned.

Police probe suspicious mower death
Sweden

Police probe suspicious mower death

Police in Piteå, in northern Sweden, have opened up an investigation into the death of a man who suffocated when he fell under a rogue lawn mower last year.

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France

Sex scandal ‘king’ denies allegations

A senior union official at Parisian transport authority, RATP, who allegedly called himself 'the king' and demanded sexual favours from women in return for career advancement has hit back in an interview with French daily Le Parisien.

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Switzerland

Swiss to supply bank information to US: report

Swiss authorities will meet some of Washington's demands to transmit information on accounts held by US citizens in the country, local media reported on Tuesday.

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Switzerland

Swiss bankers call for deal with US on tax dodgers

Swiss bankers on Monday called for a solution to ongoing tax disputes with the United States, following a Washington ultimatum to release information on alleged tax dodgers.

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France

Judge excuses ailing Chirac from graft trial

A French court ruled on Monday that Jacques Chirac's embezzlement trial go ahead in his absence after a medical report said the 78-year-old former president was too unwell and suffered memory loss.

Dentist interupts op due to ‘personal problems’
Sweden

Dentist interupts op due to ‘personal problems’

A dentist in Halmstad in western Sweden called off an operation to remove a patient's wisdom tooth citing personal problems, despite having already made an incision in the woman's gum.

Second Hannover goalie battling depression
Germany

Second Hannover goalie battling depression

Bundesliga side Hannover 96's second-choice goalkeeper Markus Miller has announced he is mentally exhausted and will check himself into hospital for treatment, just two years after the suicide of the club's keeper Robert Enke.

Merkel lacks majority for euro bailout fund
Germany

Merkel lacks majority for euro bailout fund

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition failed to find a majority for the eurozone rescue fund in a test vote on Monday evening.

Islamic terrorism is key threat: Swedish police
Sweden

Islamic terrorism is key threat: Swedish police

Islamic terrorism remains the greatest threat to Sweden, according to Anders Danielsson, head of Sweden's Security Service (Säpo).

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Sweden

Woman severs tongue of would-be rapist

A man who is suspected of trying to rape a 21-year-old woman in an apartment in Malmö over the weekend was left nursing a partially severed tongue as his would-be victim fought back.

Sustainable sushi: Looking for another fish in the sea
Germany

Sustainable sushi: Looking for another fish in the sea

Sushi might be a tasty treat, but it’s also an environmental disaster on your plate. Cinnamon Nippard reports on a German art project trying to make it from sustainable and regional sources.