Norwegians bidding for black market butter
Norway

Norwegians bidding for black market butter

As Norway’s butter shortage takes on ever more absurd proportions, one man in Lillehammer claims to have been offered 3,000 kroner ($515) for half a kilo of “almost unused” butter.

Gambler: state should stop me playing poker
France

Gambler: state should stop me playing poker

A French gambling addict is suing the government for €100,000 because it failed to prevent him from accessing online poker sites, his lawyer said on Monday.

Neo-Nazi link to rabbi death in Zurich probed
Germany

Neo-Nazi link to rabbi death in Zurich probed

Investigators suspect that a neo-Nazi terror group responsible for a series of murders in Germany may also have been behind the unexplained killing of a 70-year-old Israeli rabbi in Zurich a decade ago.

Svanberg proposed to head Volvo board
Sweden

Svanberg proposed to head Volvo board

Truck maker Volvo has officially proposed BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg to be appointed head of its board at the annual general meeting in April, the Swedish company announced on Monday.

Bed-ridden man killed after Facebook post
Sweden

Bed-ridden man killed after Facebook post

A 55-year-old Swede was found murdered in his home in the country's far north on Saturday, days after having posted on Facebook that he was ill and had lost mobility in his legs.

Berlin minister resigns after 11 days in office
Germany

Berlin minister resigns after 11 days in office

Berlin’s newly sworn-in Justice and Consumer Affairs Minister Michael Braun has been forced to step down following revelations about bad property deals during his previous job as notary.

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France

Brits ‘won’t be forced out of single market’

French President Nicolas Sarkozy admitted on Monday that the European Union was now a two-speed alliance but insisted that Britain would not be forced out of the bloc's single market.

‘Panic chaos’ and other signs that Christmas is coming to Sweden
Sweden

‘Panic chaos’ and other signs that Christmas is coming to Sweden

Contributor Lola Akinmade-Åkerström offers up five tell-tale signs that Swedes have truly been gripped by the holiday spirit.

Sarkozy plays down effect of AAA loss
France

Sarkozy plays down effect of AAA loss

President Nicolas Sarkozy appeared on Monday to accept that France is facing a downgrade of its triple-A credit rating, when he declared that he would overcome this challenge to his policy.

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France

Brit faces third French trial over wife’s death

A Briton jailed for killing his wife and dumping her body in a lake in France insisted he was innocent on Monday as his third trial in the case opened.

Neo-Nazi terrorists linked to Zurich rabbi murder
Switzerland

Neo-Nazi terrorists linked to Zurich rabbi murder

Investigators suspect that a neo-Nazi terrorist cell responsible for a series of murders in Germany may also have been behind the unexplained killing in Zurich a decade ago of the 70-year-old Israeli rabbi Abraham Grünbaum.

‘Joseph of Nazareth’ takes Nativity to Twitter
Germany

‘Joseph of Nazareth’ takes Nativity to Twitter

An anonymous German man has taken the online message service Twitter by storm by impersonating Joseph from the Bible in order to put his own modern spin on the story of Christmas.

Abba great hints at reunification gig
Sweden

Abba great hints at reunification gig

Ever since 1983, people across the globe has been dreaming of the possibility that Swedish super group Abba would reunite.

ThyssenKrupp sells shipyards business
Germany

ThyssenKrupp sells shipyards business

German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp said on Monday it had agreed to sell its non-military shipbuilding activities Blohm + Voss to British investment fund Star Capital Partners.

Saab to file for bankruptcy: report
Sweden

Saab to file for bankruptcy: report

Beleaguered Swedish automaker Saab is expected to file for bankruptcy on Monday, according to reports in the Swedish media.

Consumers to lose out to energy-guzzlers
Germany

Consumers to lose out to energy-guzzlers

Dozens of German energy-guzzling companies have applied for special exemption from grid charges, meaning that private consumers will end up paying more for their electricity.

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France

Girl hurt as women’s football match turns to brawl

A 17-year-old football player was beaten up during a football match in Paris on Saturday. Her coach has said he now plans to quit because of violence in the game.

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France

Farmer sues Monsanto after inhaling weedkiller

Farmer Paul François is suing US biotech giant Monsanto after he inhaled weedkiller Lasso at work. The trial opens in the French city of Lyon on Monday.

Stoltenberg at South Pole for 100th anniversary of Amundsen trek
Norway

Stoltenberg at South Pole for 100th anniversary of Amundsen trek

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg arrived at the South Pole on Monday to celebrate with a group of adventurers the 100th anniversary of countryman Roald Amundsen's expedition to the frozen continent.

Charges filed after mass food poisoning
Sweden

Charges filed after mass food poisoning

A café owner from Dalarna in central Sweden is facing criminal charges after 86 people were taken ill with food poisoning after eaten food prepared on her premises just a few days after inspectors had told her to close her shop.

Confessed killer Breivik feels no remorse: lawyer
Norway

Confessed killer Breivik feels no remorse: lawyer

Norwegian right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in twin attacks in July, still shows no sign of remorse, his lawyer said on Monday.

Sex ed harms ‘natural sense of shame’: bishop
Switzerland

Sex ed harms ‘natural sense of shame’: bishop

Two Swiss Catholic bishops have traded verbal blows after the bishop of Chur, Vitus Huonder, argued that parents should have the right to exempt their children from sex education classes at school.

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France

French PM outed as secret tweeter

Prime Minister François Fillon was secretly tweeting under the pseudonym fdebeauce. He is suspected of having opened an account to spy on other politicians.

Massive fire ravages Gothenburg boat yard
Sweden

Massive fire ravages Gothenburg boat yard

A fire erupted in a boating yard in Gothenburg on Monday morning, causing black smoke to billow forth, buildings to be evacuated and traffic in the nearby area redirected by police.

Life expectancy sinks for poorer Germans
Germany

Life expectancy sinks for poorer Germans

Though the German population is steadily getting older, it is leaving its low income earners behind. A new report says their life expectancy has gone down two whole years since 2001.

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Norway

Flights cancelled as ice hits Oslo

Oslo Airport was closed for all incoming and outbound flights early on Monday morning as overnight rain froze to ice. The airport reopened for limited traffic at 10am.

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Sweden

Sports presenter: ‘time for women’s naked relay’

A Swedish family of biathlon-enthusiasts from Motala in central Sweden, were shocked when tuning in to their TV4 premium service coverage of a recent biathlon competition in Hochfilzen, Austria, after the Swedish broadcaster welcomed them to quite a different sporting event than the one they had planned to see.

Ukrainian minister driving stolen Mercedes
Germany

Ukrainian minister driving stolen Mercedes

A Mercedes reported as stolen in Germany and apparently smuggled to Ukraine has become the official auto of Ukraine’s justice minister after being confiscated by the authorities, according to media reports.

Swedbank hit by ‘Twitter- generated’ Latvia panic
Sweden

Swedbank hit by ‘Twitter- generated’ Latvia panic

More than 100 cash machines in the Baltic state of Latvia had run out of money Monday morning following a banking panic apparently caused by rumours on the Twitter social media network.

Catalysts for peace: three women get Nobel Prize
Norway

Catalysts for peace: three women get Nobel Prize

A Liberian rights campaigner, the country's president and a Yemeni activist received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Saturday for their work for peace and women's rights.

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Switzerland

UBS accused of rate manipulation in Japan

Japan's securities watchdog has urged that the Japanese arms of Citigroup and Swiss banking giant UBS be penalised for trying to manipulate the short-term interest rates for interbank trading.

Switzerland may tip into recession: economist
Switzerland

Switzerland may tip into recession: economist

The Swiss economy could tip into recession this winter, a noted economist warned in a newspaper interview published on Saturday.

Hollande: I’ll tear up EU fiscal pact
France

Hollande: I’ll tear up EU fiscal pact

French Socialist flag-bearer Francois Hollande, the opposition candidate seen as favourite to unseat President Nicolas Sarkozy in May, said Monday he would renegotiate last week's EU fiscal pact.

‘Women to blame if they suffer abuse’: study
Sweden

‘Women to blame if they suffer abuse’: study

A third of the staff working in Sweden's largest hospital emergency room believe it's the woman's fault if she is physically abused, according to a new Swedish study.

50 trains damaged in Munich’s ‘farewell drink’
Germany

50 trains damaged in Munich’s ‘farewell drink’

Munich’s public transport authorities reported that more than 50 of their trains had to be taken to the workshop on Sunday after around 2,000 people gathered to make merry Saturday night before an alcohol ban came into effect.

Outrage over hand grenade Christmas balls
Sweden

Outrage over hand grenade Christmas balls

A decision by the Swedish Army Museum (Armémuseum) to raise money for charity by selling hand grenade-shaped Christmas tree ornaments has sparked a storm of criticism from disgusted visitors.

130 informants hinder neo-Nazi NPD party ban
Germany

130 informants hinder neo-Nazi NPD party ban

The German intelligence agency has more than 130 active informants in the National Democratic Party (NPD), making a ban on the neo-Nazi party potentially difficult, it was reported on Sunday.

Bayern bounce back to take top spot
Germany

Bayern bounce back to take top spot

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes said Sunday he was pleased with his team's 2-1 win at Stuttgart after they came from behind to claim victory and are set to finish 2011 top of the German league.

Police swamped by ‘impossible’ deportations
Sweden

Police swamped by ‘impossible’ deportations

Sweden's law enforcement agencies are struggling to deal with a record-high number of pending deportation orders, with nearly 18,000 cases still waiting to be carried out.