Officials investigate more football violence
Germany

Officials investigate more football violence

The German Football Association (DFB) said Wednesday it will investigate Bundesliga strugglers Nuremberg following the violent incidents which followed a 1-0 German Cup defeat at home to Greuther Fürth.

Swiss Mr. Christmas: ‘I dress trees, not women’
Switzerland

Swiss Mr. Christmas: ‘I dress trees, not women’

Internationally renowned for his Christmas decorations, Johann Wanner has excelled as a designer, researcher and successful businessman. But most of all, he's still a child at heart, The Local's Meritxell Mir discovers.

Sweden’s elk trump reindeer in new Christmas book
Sweden

Sweden’s elk trump reindeer in new Christmas book

Some face time with Sweden's mighty elk led best selling children’s book author Jan Brett to choose the 'King of the Forest' rather than sleigh-pulling reindeer to star alongside a family of trolls in her latest Christmas-themed book, The Local's Joel Linde discovers.

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France

French breast implant scare: women told ‘don’t panic’

European authorities sought to head off panic Wednesday over hundreds of thousands of French-made breast implants at the centre of a health scare, saying there was no proof of a link to cancer.

Sweden to tourists: frolic in our forests
Sweden

Sweden to tourists: frolic in our forests

Hot on the heels efforts to turn Sweden into the world's culinary capital, the government is set to announce a new initiative meant to make Sweden's vast forests one of the country's primary tourist attractions.

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France

Furious Turks lobby France over genocide law

Turkey is increasing pressure on France on all fronts as French lawmakers prepare to debate a draft law making it a criminal offence to deny the Armenian genocide on Thursday.

How to apply to Stockholm University – the easy guide
Sweden

How to apply to Stockholm University – the easy guide

Ever thought of applying to Stockholm University, but didn't know where to start? Here's a step-by-step guide on how to turn the dream into reality.

Should the Nazi flag have a place in Sweden’s Christmas traditions?
Sweden

Should the Nazi flag have a place in Sweden’s Christmas traditions?

One of Swedes' most cherished animated Christmas television programmes includes scenes where the Nazi's swastika-emblazoned flag is seen flapping in the wind.

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Sweden

Record sentence for Stockholm puppy torturer

A 22-year-old man from southern Stockholm was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Wednesday for ”sadistically” torturing a puppy to death.

Teens jailed for brutal Berlin metro attack
Germany

Teens jailed for brutal Berlin metro attack

A judge has handed down prison sentences of between four and six years to four young men charged with attempting to kill a man at a Berlin metro station earlier this year.

Germany funds Afghan TV cop show
Germany

Germany funds Afghan TV cop show

The German government is bankrolling a new TV cop show in Afghanistan in the hope of helping improve the image of the country's much-maligned police force.

Popularity for FDP plummets further
Germany

Popularity for FDP plummets further

Support for the Free Democratic Party (FDP) has slumped to two percent, according to a recent poll.

Germany to borrow €250 billion to service debt
Germany

Germany to borrow €250 billion to service debt

Germany intends to borrow up to €250 billion ($329 billion) from the markets in 2012, less than this year's level, the government's financing agency said Wednesday.

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Switzerland

Swim world rocked by child abuse scandal

Switzerland's swimming communmity is in a state of shock after the president of the Bellinzona swimming club partially admitted to allegations of child abuse spanning more than 30 years.

Sweden’s ‘youngest’ file sharer, 16, found guilty
Sweden

Sweden’s ‘youngest’ file sharer, 16, found guilty

A now 16-year-old boy who had been turned in by his school for downloading films was convicted of violating Sweden's copyright laws by a appeals court on Wednesday, overturning a lower court's acquittal.

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Norway

My son is worst terrorist since WWII: Jens Breivik

The father of Norwegian right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in twin attacks in July, says his son is the "worst terrorist" since World War II, in an interview released on Wednesday.

Christmas star found in baby’s throat
Norway

Christmas star found in baby’s throat

A Norwegian couple breathed a Yuletide sigh of relief this month when doctors removed a tiny plastic Christmas star from the throat of their 7-month-old baby boy.

Sweden boasts world’s ‘most democratic’ Twitter account
Sweden

Sweden boasts world’s ‘most democratic’ Twitter account

By handing its official Twitter account over to regular citizens, including a priest, a teacher and a ”coffee-drinking bull-dyke", Sweden defends its reputation as one of the world's most democratic nations, The Local's Rebecca Martin discovers.

Swedish journalists ‘must be freed’: Reinfeldt
Sweden

Swedish journalists ‘must be freed’: Reinfeldt

Two Swedish journalists found guilty by an Ethiopian court Wednesday of supporting a terrorist group are innocent and must be set free, Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said in a statement.

‘Tattoo’ marketing angers Larsson’s partner
Sweden

‘Tattoo’ marketing angers Larsson’s partner

The late Swedish crime writer Stieg Larsson's former partner has slammed the commercialization of the author's best-selling novel, “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” in connection with the release of Hollywood's adaption of the book.

2011: Switzerland’s hottest year on record
Switzerland

2011: Switzerland’s hottest year on record

2011 has been the hottest year since 1864, when Switzerland first began to measure and record temperatures, said MeteoSwiss on Tuesday.

Sandra Bullock smuggles sausage for Christmas
Germany

Sandra Bullock smuggles sausage for Christmas

Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock has admitted to smuggling delectable sausage from Germany into the United States for Christmastime.

Tree-snatchers exposed by tracks in the snow
Sweden

Tree-snatchers exposed by tracks in the snow

Police in Uppsala, north of Stockholm, caught two thieves stealing Christmas trees after following the tracks in the snow where they had dragged the loot from the scene of the crime.

Norway offers IMF €7 billion to help eurozone
Norway

Norway offers IMF €7 billion to help eurozone

Norway on Wednesday offered the International Monetary Fund (IMF) about €7 billion ($9.2 billion) to help bolster the European economy, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said.

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Norway

Son arrested over mother’s death

A 34-year-old man was arrested in Larvik on Tuesday night on suspicion of killing a 64-year-old woman he claims was his mother.

Top chef trains up women from disadvantaged suburb
France

Top chef trains up women from disadvantaged suburb

Twelve women from the Paris suburb of Sarcelles have been awarded cooking qualifications in a scheme sponsored by Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse.

Energy firm EnBW sells Polish assets
Germany

Energy firm EnBW sells Polish assets

German energy supplier EnBW said on Wednesday it had agreed to sell its shareholdings in two Polish power plants to French giant EdF for €301 million ($395 million).

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Sweden

Swedes convicted of terror crimes in Ethiopia

Swedish journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson were found guilty of terror crimes by an Ethiopian court on Wednesday.

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Switzerland

UBS ‘rogue trader’ remanded in custody

A trader accused of a $2.25 billion fraud at Swiss bank UBS was remanded in custody by a London court on Tuesday as his case was adjourned until January 30th, when he must enter a plea.

‘Miracle’ if France keeps AAA: regulator
France

‘Miracle’ if France keeps AAA: regulator

It would be a miracle for France to retain its triple-A credit rating, threatened by the eurozone debt crisis, the head of its main market regulator said on Tuesday.

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France

Baby found dead in family freezer

A 35-year old woman has been arrested after the discovery of a two month old baby in a freezer.

Beauty ‘as good as a uni degree’ for career
Germany

Beauty ‘as good as a uni degree’ for career

Being good-looking can be as useful as a university degree when it comes to wages and promotions, with a person's attractiveness directly affecting pay-packets and careers, according to a new study.

Italian fizz overtakes champagne
France

Italian fizz overtakes champagne

Italian makers of sparkling spumante have claimed victory over their French champagne rivals in a battle of the bubblies.

Expert: Saab’s independent streak ‘the beginning of the end’
Sweden

Expert: Saab’s independent streak ‘the beginning of the end’

Decisions by former Saab owner General Motors weren't the cause of the Swedish automaker's bankruptcy, according to a new study, which also found that former Saab management is partly to blame.

Beckham to PSG: reports denied
France

Beckham to PSG: reports denied

A report that former England captain David Beckham had agreed to sign for French Ligue 1 giants Paris-Saint Germain is not true, a spokesperson for the football star told AFP on Tuesday.

Plan to deploy police at strike-hit airports
France

Plan to deploy police at strike-hit airports

The government threatened to deploy police officers at airports in place of striking security workers, during the busy holiday season, as their action continued for a fifth day.

Celebrating a German Christmas down under
Germany

Celebrating a German Christmas down under

Germany is transformed into a winter wonderland during the holidays, but what happens when a German family has to celebrate the Yuletide during summer down under? Jeff Kavanagh reports on a very kiwi Christmas.

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Sweden

Agencies list Sweden’s safest places

The safest municipality in Sweden is Habo, north of Jönköping in central Sweden, where the risk of having an accident or being subjected to a crime is the smallest in the country, according to a new report.

Man shot dead in Malmö
Sweden

Man shot dead in Malmö

A 55-year-old man was shot in the head while renovating a café in central Malmö on Tuesday afternoon.

The Local’s guide to skiing in Germany
Germany

The Local’s guide to skiing in Germany

There’s more to skiing in Germany than the northernmost bits of the Alps. As the new season begins, The Local introduces some alternative slopes that just might be closer than you think.