Neo-Nazi killings, apathy shock German minorities
Germany

Neo-Nazi killings, apathy shock German minorities

Revelations a neo-Nazi gang was able to commit racist murders unhindered for a decade – and Germany’s seeming indifference to the crimes – has shaken the country’s minority communities. Moises Mendoza reports.

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Sweden

Military ‘can’t rule out’ sighting was foreign sub

The Swedish Armed Forces said Thursday that it can't rule out the possibility that a submarine from a foreign power was behind suspicious activity detected in the Gothenburg archipelago in September.

Fashion ‘frenzy’ greets H&M Versace release
Sweden

Fashion ‘frenzy’ greets H&M Versace release

Masses of people were lined up outside Swedish H&M stores at the release of the Versace collection on Thursday, with guards having to intervene when frenzied fashionistas tried to jump the queue.

Survivors demand right to sue over Holocaust ‘death trains’
France

Survivors demand right to sue over Holocaust ‘death trains’

Aged Holocaust survivors made impassioned pleas to the US Congress on Wednesday to allow them to sue France's state-owned SNCF railway over its role in World War II deportations to Nazi death camps.

Amazon under fire for unpaid Christmas helpers
Germany

Amazon under fire for unpaid Christmas helpers

Online retail giant Amazon has come under fire in Germany for using nearly 1,500 people on the most basic social support as unpaid packers in its logistics centres in the run-up to Christmas.

Scientologists try to board Pirate Party
Germany

Scientologists try to board Pirate Party

Scientologists are trying to join Germany’s upstart Pirate Party, it has emerged, just weeks after it was revealed that two regional party figures had previously belonged to the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD).

Girlfriend turns in coke-snorting cop after call to prostitute
Sweden

Girlfriend turns in coke-snorting cop after call to prostitute

A police officer with the narcotics unit of the Gothenburg police department is facing drugs charges after his girlfriend turned him in when she became annoyed that the cocaine-snorting cop tried to phone a prostitute.

EU court comment ‘positive’ for file-sharers
Sweden

EU court comment ‘positive’ for file-sharers

Swedish researchers have described comments by an official from the European Court of Justice on Thursday as being positive for file-sharers, while others have claimed that they give support to intellectual property rights legislation.

Sugar scam turns sour in French wine region
France

Sugar scam turns sour in French wine region

Sweet wine growers in the hills near Bordeaux have been left sour-faced after a village convenience
store was fined in court for selling them tonnes of sugar -- allegedly to make jam.

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Switzerland

Xamax’s Chagaev an ‘illegal immigrant’

Bulat Chagaev, the controversial Chechen owner of Swiss top-flight club Neuchatel Xamax, does not have a valid residence permit to live in Switzerland, the newspaper Le Matin reported on Thursday.

Weekend weather offers mix of fog and sun
Germany

Weekend weather offers mix of fog and sun

The coming weekend weather will see a mix of fog, clouds and intermittent sunshine, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

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France

Eurozone bond markets squeeze France

French and Spanish borrowing costs shot up on Thursday as the spread between their bonds and those of Germany hit a record high despite political leaders' promises to end the eurozone debt crisis.

No mercy for naked Swiss hiker
Switzerland

No mercy for naked Swiss hiker

Switzerland’s Supreme Court dealt a fierce blow to naked hikers on Thursday as it sided with an eastern canton that fined a 47-year-old man for strolling unclothed through the mountains.

Germany’s oddest tourist attractions
Germany

Germany’s oddest tourist attractions

Had your fill of Oktoberfest? Unimpressed by the Reeperbahn? The Local List counts down Germany's oddest tourist attractions.

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Norway

Merkel behind Europe’s woes: Norwegian prof

German Chancellor Angela Merkel “is a big part of Europe’s problem”, a Norwegian economics professor and star guest at an Ernst & Young seminar has told financiers.

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Norway

Female conscript forced to bathe naked with 30-man platoon

A conscript in her first year of a mandatory military service had to bathe in the nude with 30 men after a military exercise near the northern town of Bodø, Norwegian newspapers have reported.

Ljungberg on Zlatan book claims: ‘I pity him’
Sweden

Ljungberg on Zlatan book claims: ‘I pity him’

Former Swedish international and Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg has responded to claims made by Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his recently published autobiography that Ljungberg was a “prima donna”.

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France

Church bells are not noise polluters: Moselle mayor

A couple in an eastern French village is seeking €70,000 ($94,000) in damages over what they describe as chronic nocturnal noise disturbance from the nearby church bells.

Swedish uni sacks man over pro-Breivik blog
Sweden

Swedish uni sacks man over pro-Breivik blog

A 45-year-old trainee at the Mid Sweden University (Mittuniversitetet) has been sacked after his employers found out he was writing a racist blog during working hours.

Merkel urges Monti to pass ‘crucial’ reforms
Germany

Merkel urges Monti to pass ‘crucial’ reforms

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday urged new Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti to move fast to implement "crucial" reforms, as he prepared to unveil an economic crisis plan.

France giving foreign grads the cold shoulder
France

France giving foreign grads the cold shoulder

Foreign students have started to feel the effects of stricter work visa policies in France.

Prosecutor removed from dolphin death case
Switzerland

Prosecutor removed from dolphin death case

A prosecutor appointed to investigate the deaths of two dolphins at a fun park in eastern Switzerland has been removed from the case due to a conflict of interest.

Two arrested in Poland for ‘brutal’ farm killings
Sweden

Two arrested in Poland for ‘brutal’ farm killings

Two people wanted for the brutal slaying of an elderly farming couple outside of Alingsås in western Sweden have been arrested in Poland.

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Switzerland

German region to pay for tax dodger data in Switzerland

Tax authorities in a western region in Germany are planning to buy data on German clients suspected of tax evasion in a Swiss bank, a report by the Financial Times Deutschland to be published on Thursday said.

What’s on in Germany:  November 17 – 23
Germany

What’s on in Germany: November 17 – 23

This Week's Highlights: African film in Berlin, computer art in Dresden, and Al Di Meola plays Stuttgart.

Swedish soldiers to be trained in climbing trees
Sweden

Swedish soldiers to be trained in climbing trees

A Swedish airborne unit has decided to let soldiers take part in a course in advanced tree climbing, saying that the need to salvage unmanned drones from treetops requires them to be skilled climbers.

Air France appoints new CEO
France

Air France appoints new CEO

Alexandre de Juniac was officially named chief executive officer of Air France on Wednesday during a board of directors meeting, the company said in a statement.

Cops evict students from university lecture hall
Germany

Cops evict students from university lecture hall

More than 100 police officers forcibly cleared a lecture hall occupied by protesting students at Berlin’s Free University overnight ahead of nationwide rallies on Thursday.

Swiss museum clinic tries to cure information junkies
Switzerland

Swiss museum clinic tries to cure information junkies

The Libyan war, the Greek debt crisis and the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal have all been rich fodder this year for news junkies -- but is today's information overload healthy?

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France

Marks & Spencer aiming for five Paris shops

British food and fashion store Marks & Spencer, which shut its French branches a decade ago, said on Wednesday it will have a shop open on the Champs-Elysees before Christmas and plans four other
Paris shops.

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Switzerland

UBS to unveil new investment bank strategy

Switzerland's biggest bank UBS will on Thursday announce a long-awaited shake-up of its investment bank division at an investors' day event taking place in New York.

Police brace for huge nuclear waste protests
Germany

Police brace for huge nuclear waste protests

The police will deploy 19,000 officers to secure a shipment of German atomic waste from France to Lower Saxony next week amid expectations of huge anti-nuclear protests.

Abdulwahab ‘called Iraq’ before Stockholm bomb
Sweden

Abdulwahab ‘called Iraq’ before Stockholm bomb

Taimour Abdulwahab called a mobile telephone in Iraq the same day that he blew himself up in Stockholm, and received 60,000 kronor ($8,800) from backers in Scotland, according to British prosecutors.

Eight arrested in Gothenburg casino raid
Sweden

Eight arrested in Gothenburg casino raid

Eight people were arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of embezzlement at Casino Cosmopol in Gothenburg. Seven of the group are employed at the state-owned casino.

Samsung alters tablet design for Germany
Germany

Samsung alters tablet design for Germany

Samsung Electronics said on Thursday it had modified the design of its newest tablet PC to bypass a sales ban in Germany, and would start selling it there as early as this week.

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Sweden

Female students have more sex partners: study

Female university students in Sweden have twice as many sex partners than they did ten years ago, according to a new survey by the student health service at Uppsala University, while condom use is on the decline.

Criticism for return of radio host in ‘Holocaust denial’ row
Germany

Criticism for return of radio host in ‘Holocaust denial’ row

Berlin’s Jewish community has criticised the reinstatement of a radio host who sent an email to a listener which appeared to deny the Holocaust.