Court caps Jewish ghetto pension claims
Germany

Court caps Jewish ghetto pension claims

Some 22,000 Jewish people confined to ghettos under the Nazis during World War II are entitled to smaller pension payments than they initially claimed, a German federal court ruled Tuesday.

‘The Office’ breeds with Swedish sitcom in world’s first ‘spin-make’
Sweden

‘The Office’ breeds with Swedish sitcom in world’s first ‘spin-make’

As Swedes get set to watch the premiere of the Swedish version of the hit TV sitcom “The Office”, The Local's Oliver Gee learns how producers took an innovative approach to ensure the show's humour wasn't lost in translation.

Lost ancient artefacts found after 50 years
Germany

Lost ancient artefacts found after 50 years

Nearly 50 ancient artefacts have been returned to the Bode Museum, Berlin, decades after being looted by Soviet soldiers. The find has sparked hope that more objects lost during the war will turn up.

Swiss central bank stays firm on currency cap
Switzerland

Swiss central bank stays firm on currency cap

Switzerland's central bank said Tuesday it would fight any appreciation of the already strong Swiss franc, which has in recent days edged closer to the bank's cap of 1.20 francs per euro.

Frozen kraut jam leaves autobahn drivers sauer
Germany

Frozen kraut jam leaves autobahn drivers sauer

An accident involving two trucks, a car and a large quantity of sauerkraut caused a 10-kilometre traffic jam on the A5 motorway in the German state of Hesse on Tuesday morning after the German delicacy froze solid on the road.

Sex helps ‘keep you young’ in old age
Germany

Sex helps ‘keep you young’ in old age

Staying sexually active in old age keeps your brain ticking, according to a recent study in which 70 percent of those Germans over 75 said they were happy with their antics between the sheets.

Madonna set for July 4th concert in Sweden
Sweden

Madonna set for July 4th concert in Sweden

Madonna will perform in Sweden next summer, promoters confirmed on Tuesday, with the pop diva set to perform in Gothenburg on July 4th, coinciding with American Independence Day.

Malmö mayor in non-violence plea to residents
Sweden

Malmö mayor in non-violence plea to residents

Politicians in Malmö are planning to write open letters to the community in a plea to help curb crime, a tactic which has already proven successful with local police.

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Switzerland

Swiss add more Syrians to travel ban list

Switzerland on Monday added 34 top Syrian military and interior ministry officials as well as pro-regime organisations to a travel ban list, as the United States closed its embassy in Damascus.

Cash ticking in for Swatch as profits soar
Switzerland

Cash ticking in for Swatch as profits soar

The world's biggest watch group Swatch said on Tuesday its net profits jumped 18.1 percent to 1.3 billion francs ($1.4 billion) in 2011 and it expected to sustain growth this year.

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Switzerland

Glencore and Xstrata in blockbuster merger

Raw materials giant Glencore and mining firm Xstrata announced a vast merger on Tuesday, creating a $90 billion group and a new powerhouse in the global commodities industry.

Madonna taking new tour to Oslo in August
Norway

Madonna taking new tour to Oslo in August

Madonna has announced her new tour dates, and confirmed that she will be playing the Telenor Arena in Oslo on August 15th, 2012.

Madonna announces summer Switzerland date
Switzerland

Madonna announces summer Switzerland date

Madonna has announced her new tour dates, and confirmed that she will be playing the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich on August 18th, 2012.

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Switzerland

Pupils march for teacher accused of abuse

One hundred school pupils rose up on Monday in defence of their teacher, protesting his innocence in the freezing cold against allegations of abuse.

Several bids for Saab: administrator
Sweden

Several bids for Saab: administrator

Several companies have placed preliminary bids to buy bankrupt Swedish carmaker Saab, one of the administrators said on Tuesday, refusing to disclose their identities.

Syrian spy suspects arrested in Berlin
Germany

Syrian spy suspects arrested in Berlin

German police arrested two men in Berlin Tuesday accused of spying on opponents of the Syrian regime in raids involving some 70 officers, federal prosecutors said.

Rapper on dole faces benefit cut for lyrics
Germany

Rapper on dole faces benefit cut for lyrics

An unemployed Berlin rapper calling himself Tapete has landed in hot water for rapping about living off the state after his job centre discovered his lyrics online. He now faces losing his welfare benefit.

Norwegian tourist attacked by cheetah
Norway

Norwegian tourist attacked by cheetah

A 22-year-old Norwegian woman is recovering from her injuries after she was attacked by a cheetah on Saturday during a visit to a wildlife park in Namibia.

Hoeneß: Bayern saved Dortmund with €2 mln
Germany

Hoeneß: Bayern saved Dortmund with €2 mln

With Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich battling it out for top spot in the German league title race, Bayern's Uli Hoeneß has revealed they loaned Dortmund €2 million to help save their rivals from bankruptcy.

Girl to friend: ‘I think I’ve got a knife in my throat’
Sweden

Girl to friend: ‘I think I’ve got a knife in my throat’

Police continue to hunt for the man suspected in the stabbing a 10-year-old girl outside of her school in Gothenburg on Monday. As the girl recovers in hospital, local residents remain on edge following the attack.

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Norway

Teacher to pupil: ‘I’ll crush your face’

A substitute teacher in Lofoten, northern Norway, has been sacked after threatening a 13-year-year pupil with extreme violence over comments made in a Facebook comment thread.

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Switzerland

Swiss banks to police clients’ overseas taxation

In future, Swiss banks may require their overseas customers to provide proof that any funds held in Swiss accounts have been taxed correctly in the client’s country of tax domicile.

US ISPs block hacker probes: Swedish police
Sweden

US ISPs block hacker probes: Swedish police

The Swedish National Police Board (Rikspolisstyrelsen) has called for new international laws to catch hackers on the internet, after US internet service providers refused to divulge information on the weekend's attack on government websites.

Avalanche kills man at Swedish ski resort
Sweden

Avalanche kills man at Swedish ski resort

A ski patroller has died after being injured in an avalanche at the Funäsfjällen ski resort near Härjedalen in northern Sweden on Monday.

Investment arm pushes down UBS profits
Switzerland

Investment arm pushes down UBS profits

Swiss banking giant UBS on Tuesday posted a net profit of 4.2 billion francs ($4.57 billion) for 2011, down 44 percent on the previous year, and forecast a tough first quarter due to the
economic crisis.

French encouraged to improve English skills
France

French encouraged to improve English skills

A new website will be launched on Tuesday that gives French people of all ages and all language levels the chance to improve their English.

Survivors laugh at self-styled hero Breivik
Norway

Survivors laugh at self-styled hero Breivik

The Norway gunman who killed 77 people in twin attacks in July asked an Oslo court Monday to immediately free him and demanded the country's highest military award, sparking derision from survivors.

Turkish minister probed over Armenia remarks
Switzerland

Turkish minister probed over Armenia remarks

Swiss prosecutors have launched a probe into alleged remarks by Turkey's EU affairs minister denying the Armenian genocide, a crime under Swiss anti-racism laws, ATS news agency said on Monday.

Virus lays low thousands of farm animals
Germany

Virus lays low thousands of farm animals

Thousands of cows, sheep and goats have been infected with a flu-like virus across Germany, with the number of infected herds increasing sharply over the weekend.

Trade deficit hits record high in 2011
France

Trade deficit hits record high in 2011

France's trade deficit with the rest of the world hit a record €69.6 billion ($91.3 billion) last year according to figures given by a minister in a newspaper interview.

Germans jailed in UK for owning terrorist material
Germany

Germans jailed in UK for owning terrorist material

Two German men were jailed in Britain on Monday after pleading guilty to possessing articles from an al-Qaida magazine.

Swedish mother gave 3-year-old cigs and beer
Sweden

Swedish mother gave 3-year-old cigs and beer

A mother in Sweden has been charged with abuse and breach of alcohol laws after coaxing her 3-year-old to have beer and cigarettes.

Landlord puts all tenant’s belongings in the street
France

Landlord puts all tenant’s belongings in the street

A landlord took extreme measures when he changed the locks on his property and put all his tenant's belongings in the street, while the tenant was away travelling.

Zlatan admits slapping opponent ‘an error’
Sweden

Zlatan admits slapping opponent ‘an error’

AC Milan's Swedish international striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss the top of the table clash with Serie A leaders Juventus on February 25th after he was suspended for three matches.

Swedes should work until they’re 75: Reinfeldt
Sweden

Swedes should work until they’re 75: Reinfeldt

Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt thinks that Swedes need to be prepared to work a lot longer than they do today in order to keep the same living standard as when they were working.

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France

France inaugurates first official Muslim cemetery

France inaugurated its first municipal Muslim cemetery in the city of Strasbourg on Monday, a move hailed by Islamic leaders as a step in recognising one of the country's largest minority groups.

Merkel backs Sarkozy in tough re-election battle
France

Merkel backs Sarkozy in tough re-election battle

German Chancellor Angela Merkel threw her weight behind French President Nicolas Sarkozy in his tough re-election battle on Monday, saying the two right-wingers were from the same "political family".

Wulff case ‘a chance to open up German politics’
Germany

Wulff case ‘a chance to open up German politics’

As President Christian Wulff remains mired in allegations of impropriety, anti-corruption group Transparency International (TI) has called for politicians to use the case as a chance to open up German politics.