Car breathalyzers to be compulsory from July
France

Car breathalyzers to be compulsory from July

France is battling drink-driving by forcing every car driver, including visitors to the country, to carry a single-use breathalyzer kit from July.

‘Stallion’ caught with pants down at Norway racetrack
Norway

‘Stallion’ caught with pants down at Norway racetrack

An 18-year-old harness racing enthusiast was caught on camera in Norway last week enthusiastically dry-humping a friend from behind as his horses won their races and the money rolled in.

Robust Germany faces rising ‘burnout’ problem
Germany

Robust Germany faces rising ‘burnout’ problem

Germany, holding up better than its eurozone partners in the current economic crisis, is battling the increasingly widespread phenomenon of "burnout" which is supposedly costing its economy billions of euros each year. AFP's Aurelia End reports.

A YouTube salute to Sami National Day
Sweden

A YouTube salute to Sami National Day

As Sweden's indigenous Sami celebrate their National Day on February 6th, The Local offers up a few video clips highlighting their unique vocal traditions.

School rapped over bullying victim’s suicide
Sweden

School rapped over bullying victim’s suicide

A 15-year-old girl from southern Sweden took her own life after several years of bullying during which her school's idea of combatting the problem had been to make her go tell the other students that their taunts upset her.

Industrial orders rise amid eurozone gloom
Germany

Industrial orders rise amid eurozone gloom

Germany, the eurozone's biggest economy, saw the release of further favourable economic data on Monday with industrial orders in December partly reversing steep falls seen the previous month.

How to choose the best health insurance for you
Germany

How to choose the best health insurance for you

When choosing health insurance, many of us focus too much on cost, and not enough on what we're buying. Here's your guide to seeing past the glossy brochures.

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Switzerland

Philippines searches swamps for kidnapped Europeans

Philippine troops were scouring mangroves on remote southern islands on Monday as the search for two kidnapped Europeans intensified, security officials said.

Snow to follow record deep freeze
Germany

Snow to follow record deep freeze

Germany shivered through record low temperatures of -29 degrees Celsius overnight, but the German Weather Service has forecast an even deeper freeze ahead of snow showers midweek.

George Clooney clip bags Norwegian ad award
Norway

George Clooney clip bags Norwegian ad award

A commercial featuring Hollywood superstar George Clooney has won the annual audience award for the best ad shown on Norwegian TV in 2011.

Car thieves discover dead baby
Germany

Car thieves discover dead baby

Four young car thieves in the western German state of Saarland notified the police on Sunday night after they stumbled on the corpse of a small baby in the boot of a car they were breaking into.

Police teacher warned after ‘monkey’ comments
Sweden

Police teacher warned after ‘monkey’ comments

An instructor within the Swedish police force has been accused of hate crimes for referring to a trainee officer with a foreign background as a "monkey".

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Switzerland

Asylum seekers sanding off fingertips: report

Many Eritrean and Somalian refugees are taking extreme measures to destroy their fingerprints to avoid being identified and returned to the first country they entered in Europe.

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Switzerland

Profits drop at Swiss bank Julius Bär

Swiss private bank Julius Bär posted a 26.8-percent fall in full year profits on Monday despite healthy cash inflows from emerging markets.

Cheese board chuffed with rise in exports
Switzerland

Cheese board chuffed with rise in exports

Swiss cheese exports held firm in 2011 with smaller, speciality brands driving demand despite the strong franc, figures out on Monday showed.

Norway’s Telenor ‘not dead yet’ in India market
Norway

Norway’s Telenor ‘not dead yet’ in India market

Norwegian phone giant Telenor said on Monday it was examining all legal means to keep operating in India following a court order cancelling its mobile licences, declaring "we're not dead yet".

Breivik asks court for ‘immediate release’
Norway

Breivik asks court for ‘immediate release’

The Norway gunman who killed 77 people in twin attacks in July asked an Oslo court on Monday to release him immediately, saying his massacre was a "preventive attack against state traitors."

Le Pen attacks all sides over ‘pathetic’ poll
France

Le Pen attacks all sides over ‘pathetic’ poll

Far-right Front National leader Marine Le Pen slammed a poll in a Sunday newspaper that asked people how they would vote if she was not on the ballot paper.

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Norway

Groom attacks best man over sex with bride-to-be

A Norwegian couple have called off their wedding after the bridegroom brutally assaulted his best man on finding him in bed with his future wife.

Children sit in front row at bloody sex opera
Germany

Children sit in front row at bloody sex opera

One of Germany’s most famous opera houses, Dresden’s Semperoper, gave teenagers front row seats to the premiere of its new production of Alban Berg’s “Lulu” – which centres on a murderous prostitute.

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Switzerland

Credit Suisse wins case against Lehman Brothers victim

A former Credit Suisse client, Hugo Rey, has lost his case in the Supreme Court against the Swiss banking giant despite the late discovery of evidence that appeared to support his cause.

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Sweden

Fire brigade slammed for ‘renting out’ rooms

Emergency services in Gothenburg have come under fire recently after it came to light that a fire station had been renting out rooms to visiting colleagues.

Agency to cancer victim: ‘go to social services’
Sweden

Agency to cancer victim: ‘go to social services’

A young Swedish mother, recently diagnosed and treated for breast cancer, was told by National Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan), that she was not eligible for sickness benefits.

Swiss temperature plunges to -35.1 degrees
Switzerland

Swiss temperature plunges to -35.1 degrees

Swiss temperatures plunged to minus 35.1 degrees Celsius in the eastern Graubünden canton on Sunday night, weather agency MeteoSwiss said, the lowest figure recorded so far this year.

10-year-old girl stabbed in the throat at school
Sweden

10-year-old girl stabbed in the throat at school

A 10-year-old girl had her throat slashed with a knife outside a school in Gothenburg in western Sweden on Monday morning, according to police.

Former spy boss moves to Deutsche Bank
Germany

Former spy boss moves to Deutsche Bank

Ernst Uhrlau, former head of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency the BND, has been on the payroll of Germany’s biggest bank since the start of February, just two months after his retirement.

Breivik planned to publish own magazine
Norway

Breivik planned to publish own magazine

Long before last July’s dual terrorist attacks, confessed killer Anders Behring Breivik planned to publish a monthly magazine promoting what he described as cultural conservative views.

Sarkozy looks to Merkel for re-election help
Germany

Sarkozy looks to Merkel for re-election help

Chancellor Angela Merkel and the bulk of the German cabinet descended on Paris Monday on a mission to rescue her French ally President Nicolas Sarkozy's struggling re-election campaign.

One dead, 70 homeless after Gothenburg blaze
Sweden

One dead, 70 homeless after Gothenburg blaze

A fire in a Gothenburg apartment building has claimed the life of one and made some 70 people homeless as the re-igniting fire has left the entire building unstable, according to emergency services.

Depardieu to star as Strauss-Kahn in film
France

Depardieu to star as Strauss-Kahn in film

After months of rumours about a possible film covering the fall from grace of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, an American director has confirmed he plans to make a movie with Gérard Depardieu in the leading role.

Man rescued from canoe on frozen river
Germany

Man rescued from canoe on frozen river

A man had to be rescued from the frozen River Elbe in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein on Sunday after his canoeing trip in sub-zero temperatures turned out not to be such a good idea.

Kinnevik in bid to buy up publisher Metro
Sweden

Kinnevik in bid to buy up publisher Metro

Swedish investment firm Kinnevik has made an offer to buy up Metro International, a global publisher of free newspapers.

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Switzerland

Media blame banks for caving in to US pressure

Swiss banks came under fire in Sunday newspapers for giving in to US demands on banking secrecy.

Leftist crime on the rise
Germany

Leftist crime on the rise

New figures on politically-motivated crime show a sharp increase in leftist crime in Germany last year, along with a slight fall in far-right crime, it was revealed Monday.

89-year-old convicted for shopping cart assault
Sweden

89-year-old convicted for shopping cart assault

An 89-year-old man from southern Sweden has been convicted of assault after ramming his shopping cart into that of another shopper.

Death toll rises to five as chill continues
France

Death toll rises to five as chill continues

A 12-year-old boy, two elderly people and two homeless men have all died as a result of the cold weather covering France.

China offers Merkel some comfort for Europe
Germany

China offers Merkel some comfort for Europe

China's Premier Wen Jiabao said a stable Europe was key to stability at home, in comments published Sunday, at the end of a week that saw Germany's chancellor visit Beijing.

Half of Air France flights hit on 2nd day of strike
France

Half of Air France flights hit on 2nd day of strike

A strike by aviation workers was set to intensify on Tuesday with Air France saying it might fly only half of its long-haul flights.

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Sweden

Attackers carve ‘whore’ into woman’s arm

A 20-year-old woman had the word “whore” carved into her arm in connection with a knife attack in Landskrona in southern Sweden.

Minister under fire for ‘civilisations’ remarks
France

Minister under fire for ‘civilisations’ remarks

French Interior Minister Claude Guéant said on Sunday he stood by remarks that not all civilisations are equal, as critics denounced his comments as dangerous and xenophobic.

Outage leaves Swedish town without any heat
Sweden

Outage leaves Swedish town without any heat

A power outage at a district heating plant in northern Sweden cut off heat to nearly all of Sollefteå's 8,000 residents on Sunday night as temperatures dropped below minus 25 degrees Celsius.