IMF boss throws down gauntlet to Merkel
Germany

IMF boss throws down gauntlet to Merkel

IMF head Christine Lagarde set out Monday a raft of proposals to fight the eurozone crisis likely to irk German Chancellor Angel Merkel, including a bigger rescue fund, lower ECB rates and joint eurobonds.

Neglected horse had half-metre-long hooves
Sweden

Neglected horse had half-metre-long hooves

A farm-owner in northern Sweden has been reported to police after a horse was found to have overgrown hooves measuring an "unprecedented" 50 centimetres in length.

Bakers at war over forced one day closure
France

Bakers at war over forced one day closure

A decision by authorities in Lyon to force all bakeries to close for at least one day a week has divided opinion among the city's baguette-makers.

India to Norway: Reunite kids with parents
Norway

India to Norway: Reunite kids with parents

India urged Norway on Monday to act quickly to reunite two Indian children with their parents after Norwegian child welfare services put them into foster care eight months ago.

Young feel brunt of age discrimination
Germany

Young feel brunt of age discrimination

Roughly one in five Germans believes they’ve been discriminated against because of their age – with the nation's youths feeling harder done by than its pensioners.

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Norway

Record interest in Barents Sea oil and gas

Norway's government said on Monday it had seen record interest for new oil and gas prospecting in the Barents Sea, considered an Arctic "promised land" for an industry facing dwindling reserves in the North Sea.

God’s wrath may have sparked attacks: writer
Norway

God’s wrath may have sparked attacks: writer

Christian Democrat leader Knut Arild Hareide has described as “unacceptable” a speech made by a writer at a party event last week suggesting the July 22nd terror attacks may have been God’s punishment for Norway’s poor diplomatic relations with Israel.

‘We’ll have a decision on Friday’: Jämtin
Sweden

‘We’ll have a decision on Friday’: Jämtin

No concrete decision about the future leadership of the Social Democrats will be made until Friday, party secretary Carin Jämtin announced on Monday afternoon, as speculation mounted about who might take over following the resignation on Saturday of Håkan Juholt.

Social Democrats still ‘deeply divided’: expert
Sweden

Social Democrats still ‘deeply divided’: expert

The turbulence within the Social Democrats, which climaxed at the weekend with the resignation of party head Håkan Juholt, is just the latest symptom of a party suffering from deep internal division, according to political scientist Nicholas Aylott at the Södertörn University in Stockholm.

Cathedral usher caught stealing cash donations
Germany

Cathedral usher caught stealing cash donations

An usher in Cologne’s famous Gothic cathedral is under investigation for stealing money from the collection boxes, possibly over several years.

‘Gomorrah’ author wins 2011 Olof Palme Prize
Sweden

‘Gomorrah’ author wins 2011 Olof Palme Prize

Roberto Saviano, author of Italian mafia exposé 'Gomorrah', and Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho, who has exposed high-level corruption in Mexico, were named the 2011 recipients of the Olof Palme memorial prize in Stockholm on Monday.

Ikea puts India expansion plans on ice
Sweden

Ikea puts India expansion plans on ice

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has put off plans to open stores in India due to local sourcing requirements despite a recent loosening of rules about foreign ownership of single brand retailers.

Storm Gisela sweeps over Switzerland
Switzerland

Storm Gisela sweeps over Switzerland

A storm nicknamed “Gisela” gave rise to gale force winds of up to 145 km/hour on the Pilatus and Säntis mountains on Sunday night.

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Norway

Norway’s Höegh picked for Lithuanian terminal

Lithuania announced on Monday it had picked Norwegian company Höegh LNG to build a liquefied natural gas terminal aimed at reducing the Baltic state's dependence on Russian supplies.

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Norway

Statoil to snap up chunk of Greenland block

Scottish explorer Cairn Energy on Monday said it had agreed to sell about a third of its interest in the Pitu oil and gas block off Greenland to Norwegian major Statoil for an undisclosed amount.

Secret files: Communist Honecker cheated on wife
Germany

Secret files: Communist Honecker cheated on wife

East German communist leader Erich Honecker had a difficult marriage with his wife Margot, new intelligence reports reveal, with both partners having affairs.

Staffing firm used ‘fake’ jobs to dupe workers
Sweden

Staffing firm used ‘fake’ jobs to dupe workers

A Swedish staffing firm has come under fire for offering workers temporary job assignments that didn't actually exist.

DSK wife says private life separate from HuffPo editorship
France

DSK wife says private life separate from HuffPo editorship

The editor of the new French version of news website the Huffington Post insisted Monday that her private life as wife of shamed IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will not affect its coverage.

Hard-hitting campaign to cut road deaths
France

Hard-hitting campaign to cut road deaths

A new TV campaign has been launched to get road deaths down from the stubborn 4,000 mark.

Radical Muslim group to launch TV station
Switzerland

Radical Muslim group to launch TV station

The Islamic Central Council of Switzerland (ICCS) has announced plans to set up an internet TV channel, while it is also in talks with various companies to provide its members with a Swiss-Muslim discount card.

Louvre’s Da Vinci restoration ignites art world row
France

Louvre’s Da Vinci restoration ignites art world row

Delicate work to restore a Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece, to be unveiled in March, has turned into a headache for the Louvre, after experts accused the Paris museum of putting the precious oil work at risk.

German ‘spies’ detained in Pakistan
Germany

German ‘spies’ detained in Pakistan

Three alleged German spies have been detained in Pakistan by police and released to German diplomats, according to media reports.

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Switzerland

Axpo to axe 140 staff as profits slump

Top Swiss energy company Axpo Group has reported a significant decline in profits in the last financial year, resulting in a dramatic need to restructure.

Could neckties be cool again?
France

Could neckties be cool again?

Now that older men have ditched it to look cool, the stylish young are reclaiming the necktie as their own, with the once-derided accessory making a stealthy comeback on the menswear runways.

Police ignored orders to drive past Utøya
Norway

Police ignored orders to drive past Utøya

Two police units from Southern Buskerud ignored orders from their superiors in a neighbouring district last July 22nd not to make their way straight to Utøya, the island where 69 mostly young people were shot dead by a right-wing extremist.

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France

Afghan soldier ‘killed French troops over US abuse video’

An Afghan soldier who shot dead four French troops has said he did it because of a recent video showing US Marines urinating on the dead bodies of Taliban insurgents, security sources told AFP.

French Huffington Post goes online
France

French Huffington Post goes online

The French version of US millionaire Arianna Huffington's news website, the Huffington Post, went online Monday, edited by the journalist wife of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Swedish ‘egg snatcher’ sought by Interpol
Sweden

Swedish ‘egg snatcher’ sought by Interpol

Police in Sundsvall, in northern Sweden, recently received a tip-off from Interpol in the UK about a Swedish resident suspected of snatching rare bird’s eggs and nests to sell to collectors worldwide.

‘God only knows’ what could have been: Juholt
Sweden

‘God only knows’ what could have been: Juholt

Recently departed Social Democrat head Håkan Juholt said his inability to quickly put together a solid staff was one of his three biggest regrets from his ten-month tenure as head of the party.

12 cop cars burnt out
Germany

12 cop cars burnt out

Twelve police cars were set on fire in the eastern German town of Magdeburg early Monday morning. While investigators suspect arson, the exact circumstances of the fire remain unclear.

Zlatan’s two goals help shoot Milan to victory
Sweden

Zlatan’s two goals help shoot Milan to victory

Strike pair Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho scored the goals as AC Milan emerged with a 3-0 victory from their trip to Novara on Sunday and remain hot on the heels of league leaders Juventus.

Megaupload founder had ‘lavish’ lifestyle
Germany

Megaupload founder had ‘lavish’ lifestyle

Megaupload.com's German detained founder Monday denied wrongdoing after US authorities shut down his file-sharing website, as new details emerged of a rock-star life featuring "fast cars" and "hot girls."

Davos elites want reform of ‘outdated’ capitalism
Switzerland

Davos elites want reform of ‘outdated’ capitalism

Economic and political elites meeting this week at the Swiss resort of Davos will be asked to urgently find ways to reform a capitalist system that has been described as "outdated and crumbling."

Klum and Seal split
Germany

Klum and Seal split

German supermodel Heidi Klum has separated from British singer Seal after seven years of marriage, the couple confirmed Sunday.

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Sweden

Swedish consumers ‘less happy’ in 2011

Swedish consumers were less satisfied in their relation to companies, organizations and government agencies in 2011 than in 2010, according to a new report from the quality measurement organization Svenskt Kvalitetsindex (SKI), thereby breaking an increasing “happiness-trend” which had been going strong since the 1990s.

German takes over Blackberry makers
Germany

German takes over Blackberry makers

German businessman Thorsten Heins became the surprise choice on Sunday to replace previous heads of the Canadian-based Research in Motion (RIM), struggling makers of the Blackberry smartphone.

Wife of education minister commits suicide
France

Wife of education minister commits suicide

The wife of education minister Luc Chatel committed suicide at her home in a Paris suburb on Sunday, police and political sources said.

‘We will have an answer on Monday’: Jämtin
Sweden

‘We will have an answer on Monday’: Jämtin

When the Social Democrats' crisis meeting broke up for the evening just before midnight on Sunday night, the executive committee had not yet decided whether to choose an acting party leader to take over the party until their congress next year, or to call an extraordinary general meeting and choose a new leader straight away.

Minister: Markets trust eurozone again
Germany

Minister: Markets trust eurozone again

Financial markets are gradually regaining confidence in the eurozone, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Sunday.

Socialist contender promises ‘change’ at rally
France

Socialist contender promises ‘change’ at rally

Three months ahead of France's presidential election, Socialist frontrunner François Hollande has attacked the "faceless" world of finance at his first campaign rally.

Hip fat indicates lower health risk: study
Sweden

Hip fat indicates lower health risk: study

An international group of scientists, led by cardiology specialist Stefan Söderberg of Umeå University, in northern Sweden, show that health risks for people with broad hips and narrow waist are significantly lower than for those with narrow hips and broad waist