Police lost 16 minutes going to Utøya: report
Norway

Police lost 16 minutes going to Utøya: report

Norwegian police could have arrived at the scene of Anders Behring Breivik's shooting rampage 16 minutes earlier if they had not been plagued by communication and procedural problems, a report said on Friday.

Labour Party looks to slash Oslo immigrant dominance
Norway

Labour Party looks to slash Oslo immigrant dominance

Leading Labour Party politicians in Oslo believe voters have too much influence in the city and are calling for changes to the country's election laws after immigrant candidates snagged eleven of the party’s 20 seats on the City Council.

French ministers step up Brit-bashing
France

French ministers step up Brit-bashing

France fuelled a cross-Channel row on Friday, describing the state of Britain's economy as "very worrying" as the press in London reacted with fury to French calls for British debt to be downgraded.

‘Tattoo’ star Rooney Mara laughs off ‘bush’ wig
Sweden

‘Tattoo’ star Rooney Mara laughs off ‘bush’ wig

Rooney Mara, who portrays hacker heroine Lisbeth Salander in the Hollywood remake of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” has made light of the measures taken to ensure the star's hirsute nether regions were also in character for the film.

Delays at Arlanda airport after blackout
Sweden

Delays at Arlanda airport after blackout

Stockholm's Arlanda airport was shut down to air traffic on Friday afternoon after a the airports runway lights were left darkened by a power outage.

Abba great unwilling to be Stockholm ‘billboard’
Sweden

Abba great unwilling to be Stockholm ‘billboard’

Abba founder Benny Andersson wants Arlanda airport to take down a giant picture of him welcoming visitors to Stockholm after a decision to go ahead with a controversial revamp of a local landmark leaves him unwilling to be associated with the city.

The high price of saving the euro
Germany

The high price of saving the euro

Has Germany saved the euro or doomed the European Union? ZEIT ONLINE’s Matthias Krupa looks at the high political price of the crisis summit in Brussels.

Euro-rebels fail to derail FDP in high-stakes vote
Germany

Euro-rebels fail to derail FDP in high-stakes vote

Rebels in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partner, the Free Democratic Party (FDP), failed Friday to win party backing in opposing the eurozone's permanent bailout fund, much to the relief of leader Philipp Rösler.

Eurozone crisis could destroy export jobs
Germany

Eurozone crisis could destroy export jobs

Europe’s sovereign debt crisis could inflict serious damage on Germany's labour market, since millions of jobs are connected with German exports to European countries, according to a new report.

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Switzerland

Switzerland returns Ben Ali relative’s jet to Tunisia

Swiss authorities have agreed to return to Tunisia a private jet owned by a relative of ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali after it was impounded in January, the foreign ministry said on Friday.

Ex-Credit Suisse worker guilty of data theft
Switzerland

Ex-Credit Suisse worker guilty of data theft

The Swiss Federal Criminal Court sentenced on Thursday a former employee of Credit Suisse to a two-year suspended sentence for breaching bank secrecy laws and money laundering.

UK court grants Assange extradition appeal
Sweden

UK court grants Assange extradition appeal

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been granted permission to appeal against extradition from Britain to Sweden over rape allegations and a hearing will start on February 1, a court said Friday.

Can Hollywood’s ‘Tattoo’ capture Sweden’s dark side?
Sweden

Can Hollywood’s ‘Tattoo’ capture Sweden’s dark side?

As the world awaits the impending release of the Hollywood version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, The Local's Geoff Mortimore looks at whether the capital of the US film industry can accurately portray Sweden's dark underbelly.

Euro hasn’t led to exploding prices
Germany

Euro hasn’t led to exploding prices

Though many Germans believe that prices have risen dramatically since the introduction of the euro a decade ago, statistical reality for most goods and service tells a different story.

Norway should dump EU trade pact: Navarsete
Norway

Norway should dump EU trade pact: Navarsete

Norway needs to seriously consider severing its ties with the European Economic Area (EEA), Centre Party leader Liv Signe Navarsete has said.

‘Stresstest’ is German word of the year
Germany

‘Stresstest’ is German word of the year

The Society for the German Language (GfdS) has decreed that three of the top five most important German words of 2011 are related to the economy, settling on Stresstest as the big winner.

Inmate gets life for fatal prison guard beating
Sweden

Inmate gets life for fatal prison guard beating

The 28-year-old inmate who beat a female prison guard to death at a remand centre south of Stockhlom in October was sentenced to life in prison on Friday.

Basel to face Bayern in Champions League
Switzerland

Basel to face Bayern in Champions League

Champions League surprise team FC Basel have been drawn to face German giants Bayern Munich in the knock-out stages of Europe's premier club competition.

German hero named ‘Norwegian of the year’
Germany

German hero named ‘Norwegian of the year’

A German man has received the honour “Norwegian of the Year 2011” for helping rescue 30 survivors of the Utøya island massacre in July.

€30,000 charge for car parked for 3 years
France

€30,000 charge for car parked for 3 years

A French driver who left his car in a car lot in Luxembourg faces a €30,000 bill if he wants to get his car back.

Sarko’s palace ‘illegally ripped Ben Stiller film’
France

Sarko’s palace ‘illegally ripped Ben Stiller film’

The French presidential palace is accused of illegally downloading copyrighted material.  A 21-year-old IT student says he has traced IP addresses used to illegally download material all the way back to the Elysée Palace.

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Switzerland

UBS penalized for Japan rate manipulation

Japanese regulators on Friday ordered the local arms of UBS and Citigroup to suspend operations for up to 30 days for allegedly trying to manipulate short-term interest rates for interbank trading.

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Switzerland

One in seven Swiss risk poverty: survey

Nearly 14 percent of people in Switzerland were exposed to the risk of poverty in 2010, according to a survey conducted by the Federal Office of Statistics.

Pirate blackmails colleagues with sex tape
Germany

Pirate blackmails colleagues with sex tape

One member of the Berlin Pirate Party, which spectacularly entered the German political firmament this year, has waged a bizarre sex tape blackmailing campaign against fellow party members.

Swedish kids ask Santa for pets and phones
Sweden

Swedish kids ask Santa for pets and phones

Video games, pets and mobile phones are what Swedish kids want for Christmas this year, according to the Swedish postal service (Posten), which handles the hundreds of thousands of letters adressed to Santa every year.

Violent thunderstorm pummels Switzerland
Switzerland

Violent thunderstorm pummels Switzerland

Swiss authorities are asking citizens to watch out for falling trees, stay away from the woods, and secure loose belongings, especially Christmas lights, as thunderstorm "Joachim" moves in over the country.

South Park takes aim at ‘humourless’ Germans
Germany

South Park takes aim at ‘humourless’ Germans

Germans should brace themselves for some crass jokes at their expense this weekend, when an episode of the US cartoon 'South Park' mocking their sense of humour is broadcast for the first time in Germany.

Norway issues pre-Christmas reindeer slaughter threat
Norway

Norway issues pre-Christmas reindeer slaughter threat

Norway’s agriculture minister has threatened to enforce a mass cull of tens of thousands of reindeer unless the Sami authority tasked with herding the animals steps up its efforts to cut the burgeoning population.

Swedish mosque starts ‘halal’ dating site
Sweden

Swedish mosque starts ‘halal’ dating site

There are not enough places in Sweden for young Muslims to find a partner, according to the Gothenburg Mosque, which has started a net dating site for ”halal” dating.

Paris airport security staff go on strike
France

Paris airport security staff go on strike

Travellers face long queues at the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on Friday as security officers go on strike for 24 hours. Airport authorities however say flights should leave on time.

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France

Baroin joins French Brit-bashing chorus

French Finance Minister François Baroin raised concerns about the state of the British economy on Friday and said France was in better shape.

Winter storm ‘Joachim’ snarls transport
Germany

Winter storm ‘Joachim’ snarls transport

The fierce winter storm dubbed ‘Joachim’ has caused the suspension of rail services and snarled road traffic in the western part of Germany. A severe weather alert has been issued for the southern parts of the country.

Leftists wants police pepper spray ban
Germany

Leftists wants police pepper spray ban

The socialist Left party is trying to ban police in North Rhine-Westphalia from using pepper spray in what could be a precursor to attempts to forbid its use by cops nationwide.

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Sweden

Cabbie charged for rape of Stockholm passenger

A 39-year-old taxi driver has been charged for raping a 28-year-old female passenger in the back seat while taking her home after a night out in the Stockholm nightlife district of Stureplan.

Carlos the Jackal gets life sentence
France

Carlos the Jackal gets life sentence

A French court sentenced the notorious Venezuelan militant known as Carlos the Jackal to life in prison on Thursday, with a minimum of 18 years before parole, for four deadly attacks in France in the 1980s.

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France

UK papers lay into French bank chief

Calls by France's central bank chief and prime minister to have Britain's credit rating downgraded were Friday branded as "outrageous" and "ignorant" by an angry British press.

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France

Grounded tanker leaks oil off Brittany coast

A cargo ship ran aground and spilled oil into the sea off the coast of France's northwestern region of Brittany early on Friday as a storm battered the region, officials said.

King stripper pics likely ‘manipulated’: experts
Sweden

King stripper pics likely ‘manipulated’: experts

The “compromising” photographs that ex-strip club owner and reputed gangster Mille Markovic plans to publish of Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf could be faked, according to expert examiners.

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Sweden

Court convicts man of sex chats with kids

A 40-year-old man from Uppsala, north of Stockholm, was convicted by the district court on Thursday for encouraging young girls to strip on the internet.

Swedes pick country manor over exotic abode
Sweden

Swedes pick country manor over exotic abode

A recent survey from Swedish real estate agency Fastighetsbyrån showed that when Swedes get to choose freely, a flat in New York or a castle in France holds no allure.

Home championship dream dashed for Nowitzki
Germany

Home championship dream dashed for Nowitzki

Germany and three other European countries have pulled their joint application to host the 2015 European basketball championships, citing “irreconcilable differences” with international basketball federation FIBA.

Elderly Nazi killer begins life prison term
Germany

Elderly Nazi killer begins life prison term

As a last drive to arrest elderly Nazi war-criminals heats up, a 90-year-old former SS assassin began his life jail sentence Thursday handed down by a German court for shooting dead three civilians in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.