Merkel waiting for Greek ‘action’ on bailout
Germany

Merkel waiting for Greek ‘action’ on bailout

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Greece on Thursday that it was "actions that count" following reports it could abandon a referendum on a bailout package.

Muslim man kicked off train for praying
Sweden

Muslim man kicked off train for praying

A devout Muslim was kicked off a train bound for Flen, south of Stockholm, in May, after failing to show his ticket to the conductor as he was deep in prayer.

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Switzerland

Kosovo leader won’t sue Swiss politician over organ trading report

Hashim Thaci will not file a legal claim against Swiss politician Dick Marty who wrote a Council of Europe report linking the Kosovo prime minister to organ trafficking in the 1990s, media reported on Thursday.

Is Norway the best country to live in?
Norway

Is Norway the best country to live in?

Norway has topped the UN's annual ranking for national achievement in health, education and income. But is Norway really the best country in which to live? And have these UN people ever been to Oslo on a damp weekday in November?

Kippenberger artwork worth €800,000 ‘cleaned’ away
Germany

Kippenberger artwork worth €800,000 ‘cleaned’ away

A cleaning woman at a museum in Dortmund who mistook a Martin Kippenberger sculpture for an unsightly mess has destroyed the valuable artwork beyond recognition.

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France

Use ‘overwhelming force’ to fix crisis, US tells EU

The United States urged Europe on Thursday to use "overwhelming force" to fix the sovereign debt crisis threatening to tip the world economy into recession.

Paris versus New York in pictures
France

Paris versus New York in pictures

When Parisian artist Vahram Muratyan moved to New York in September 2010 he had little idea that his illustrations would lead to a hit blog, an exhibition in one of Paris' most fashionable stores and a publishing deal. 

‘Full truth’ in Zlatan’s autobiography
Sweden

‘Full truth’ in Zlatan’s autobiography

Sweden’s arguably biggest football star of all times, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is releasing a biography of his journey from a troubled Swedish suburb, to the very top of world football.

Couple’s drive blocked by 20 tonnes of fish
Sweden

Couple’s drive blocked by 20 tonnes of fish

A family in Munkedal north of Gothenburg was surprised on Wednesday to find the narrow gravel driveway leading up to their house blocked by a massive truck carrying 20 tonnes of fish.

ATM theft on the rise in Switzerland
Switzerland

ATM theft on the rise in Switzerland

Fraudsters have stolen more than 9.2 million francs through doctored ATMs since January, Swiss federal authorities have said. 

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France

Scientology church launches court appeal

The church of Scientology opened its appeal against a 2009 conviction for fraud in a Paris court room on Thursday.

Obama congratulates Sarkozy on birth of daughter
France

Obama congratulates Sarkozy on birth of daughter

US President Barack Obama congratulated France's Nicolas Sarkozy on the birth of his daughter on Thursday amid signs of a thaw between two leaders with a history of tense relations.

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France

ECB in surprise interest rate cut

The European Central Bank on Thursday unexpectedly cut its prime interest rate by a quarter of a point to 1.25 percent, in an apparent attempt to bolster Europe’s economy amid the Greek debt crisis.

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Sweden

ECB cuts a ‘risky’ strategy: Swedish expert

Following the news that the European Central Bank unexpectedly cut its prime interest rate, Swedish experts are questioning the strategy.

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France

Record French bond gap shows eurozone tensions

The gap between German and French sovereign borrowing rates widened to a record on Thursday and the 10-year cost of borrowing for Italy reached a record briefly above 6.402 percent.

ECB cuts rates
Germany

ECB cuts rates

The European Central Bank on Thursday unexpectedly cut its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a point to 1.25 percent, in an apparent attempt to bolster Europe’s economy amid the Greek debt crisis.

Court amends charges against jailed Swedes
Sweden

Court amends charges against jailed Swedes

The charges against the two jailed Swedish journalists in Ethiopia will be changed from participating in terrorism to just supporting terrorism, the Ethiopian court announced on Thursday.

Norway best to live in but worst for trade: UN study
Norway

Norway best to live in but worst for trade: UN study

Norway, Australia and the Netherlands are “the best (three) countries to live in”, according to Thursday’s UN Human Development Index ranking for 2011, but Norway's trade policies fared much worse.

Gabriel demands G20 set new economic course
Germany

Gabriel demands G20 set new economic course

Sigmar Gabriel, head of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD), has joined two other centre-left European leaders, Britain’s Ed Miliband and Sweden’s Hakan Juholt, ahead of the G20 summit to call for a "New Deal" for the world economy.

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Switzerland

New Swiss revelations over Libya hostage row

Foreign Affairs Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey asked Geneva's top official to reprimand policemen involved in the arrest of Muammar Qaddhafi’s son in an attempt to smooth the release of a Swiss hostage in Libya, according to a new interview.

French bonds hit record gap amid crisis
Germany

French bonds hit record gap amid crisis

The gap between German and French sovereign borrowing rates widened to a record on Thursday and the 10-year cost of borrowing for Italy reached a record briefly above 6.402 percent.

Woman may be ‘grounded’ after copious coffee theft
Germany

Woman may be ‘grounded’ after copious coffee theft

A German woman is being accused of stealing thousands of jars of coffee by stuffing them in leggings under her skirt.

Pro-wolf politician attacked in his home
Sweden

Pro-wolf politician attacked in his home

A local politician in northern Sweden, openly opposed to excessive wolf hunting, was hospitalized on Tuesday night after being knocked out by a rock thrown through his bedroom window.

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Norway

Statoil embezzlers handed stiff jail terms

Three men have been found guilty of embezzling millions of kroner from the largely state-owned oil company Statoil.

What’s on in Germany:  November 3 – 9
Germany

What’s on in Germany: November 3 – 9

This Week's Highlights: Japanese culture in Frankfurt, contemporary theatre in Leipzig, and music days in Berlin.

Apologetic thief nabbed by police mid-robbery
Sweden

Apologetic thief nabbed by police mid-robbery

A man from southern Sweden was apprehended by police after trying to rob a Seven Eleven store with a knife and a handwritten note, apologizing in advance for any inconvenience.

Three premature babies die in Bremen
Germany

Three premature babies die in Bremen

Three premature babies have died in a Bremen clinic in northern Germany, after being infected with bacteria resistant to antibiotics.

Transport minister plays Mozart for harried drivers
Germany

Transport minister plays Mozart for harried drivers

German Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer is releasing a CD of himself playing Mozart on the piano in the hope that it will calm angry drivers on Germany’s motorways.

Japanese clothes giant to rival H&M in Sweden
Sweden

Japanese clothes giant to rival H&M in Sweden

The Japanese retail giant Uniqlo might be taking on Swedish cheap n´chic brand H&M on its own territory as the company is said to be looking for premises in the heart of Stockholm's shopping district.

Strauss-Kahn ancestor ‘ran a whorehouse’
France

Strauss-Kahn ancestor ‘ran a whorehouse’

A book published on Wednesday has delved into the family trees of some of France's leading politicians to reveal some surprising facts about their ancestors and family ties.

Data protection official accuses Facebook of new privacy breach
Germany

Data protection official accuses Facebook of new privacy breach

Data protection officials in Hamburg are accusing Facebook of a new breach of German privacy laws by using so-called "cookies" to track users even after they’ve cancelled their accounts.

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Switzerland

Swiss Transocean posts $71 million loss

Swiss offshore drilling group Transocean on Wednesday posted a $71 million loss in the third quarter.

Rusty Federer fights past ‘great’ Nieminen
Switzerland

Rusty Federer fights past ‘great’ Nieminen

Roger Federer needed ten aces and a fighting finish in a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win over Finland's Jarkko Nieminen which secured his place in the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors on Wednesday.

Oldest Paris metro line gets driverless trains
France

Oldest Paris metro line gets driverless trains

The first metro line to be built in Paris, and still its busiest, takes delivery of eight new driverless trains on Thursday.

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France

Marine Le Pen defends US visit

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said on Wednesday her trip to the United States remained a success despite scoring meetings with only a small handful of political figures.

Firebombed paper reacts from temporary home
France

Firebombed paper reacts from temporary home

Cartoonists from a French satirical weekly which was firebombed as it published an edition featuring the Prophet Muhammad as "guest editor" on the cover hit back in another newspaper on Thursday.

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Sweden

Boy, 17, charged for sex with 13-year-old girl

A 17-year-old boy from southern Sweden has been charged with child rape after having sex with a 13-year-old girl who consented to the act but later regretted her decision to sleep with the boy.

Assange ‘won’t get a fair trial’ in Sweden: lawyer
Sweden

Assange ‘won’t get a fair trial’ in Sweden: lawyer

Lawyers and the mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday ramped up pressure on the Australian government to intervene over his extradition to Sweden, saying he will not get a fair trial.

Rihanna ‘too ill’ to perform in Stockholm
Sweden

Rihanna ‘too ill’ to perform in Stockholm

Rihanna failed to take the stage in Sweden for the second time in three nights as exhaustion forced the international pop star to cancel Wednesday night's concert in Stockholm.

The ins and outs of income tax
Germany

The ins and outs of income tax

Filing taxes is never fun, but in a foreign country it can be downright daunting. Joe Morgan sifts through the German tax code so you don’t have to.

Schweinsteiger hurt in Bayern win over Napoli
Germany

Schweinsteiger hurt in Bayern win over Napoli

Bayern Munich suffered a second-half scare before sealing a 3-2 win over Napoli in the Champions League to stay top of Group A on Wednesday as both teams finished with 10 men.

Vattenfall suing Germany over nuke phaseout
Sweden

Vattenfall suing Germany over nuke phaseout

Sweden's state-owned energy giant Vattenfall is planning to take the German government to the Washington-based International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes over the closure of its nuclear power plants.

European leaders give Greece a final ultimatum
Germany

European leaders give Greece a final ultimatum

Germany and France have warned Greece it will not get “one more cent” from the European Union or International Monetary Fund unless Athens abides by the terms of a rescue deal agreed upon last week.