Feminist fightback cash lands minister in trouble
Norway

Feminist fightback cash lands minister in trouble

Norway’s equality minister, Audun Lysbakken, admitted on Monday that his department broke the rules when it granted funding to a feminist self-defence organization attached to his own Socialist Left Party.

Brits in Sweden to forge northern alliance: paper
Sweden

Brits in Sweden to forge northern alliance: paper

Nordic, Baltic and British leaders have been gathering in Stockholm, ostensibly to discuss shared future challenges. But commentators think the meeting has a bigger purpose - as part of a British-led strategy to forge a new 'northern alliance' in Europe.

Tourists flock to Germany in 2011
Germany

Tourists flock to Germany in 2011

Tourists spent a record number of nights in Germany last year, the country's statistics office said Thursday, with visitors from abroad registering a sharp increase despite gloomy economic conditions.

Artist compensated for two lost French fries
Germany

Artist compensated for two lost French fries

A Munich court on Thursday awarded an artist €2,000 in damages because a gallery lost two 22-year-old chips that were the basis of an artwork in which the fries lay across each other in a cross.

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Switzerland

Credit Suisse profits slump in 2011

Credit Suisse on Thursday posted a 62-percent drop in net profits last year to 1.95 billion francs ($2.1 billion) but offered an optimistic outlook for 2012.

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Switzerland

Swiss banker quits paper amid US tax dispute

High-profile Swiss banker Konrad Hummler said Thursday he was stepping aside from his chairmanship of the prominent Neue Zürcher Zeitung newspaper as he battles a tax spat with US authorities.

17-year-old dies after ambulance no-show
Sweden

17-year-old dies after ambulance no-show

Swedish emergency response service SOS Alarm has reported the death of a teenage boy to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen), after the ambulance never turned up and his parents had to drive him to hospital.

‘Jail Birkedal for sex with 15-year-old’: prosecutor
Norway

‘Jail Birkedal for sex with 15-year-old’: prosecutor

A Norwegian prosecutor has called for ex-Progress Party high flyer Trond Birkedal to be given a nine-month jail sentence if convicted of having sex with a 15-year-old boy and filming boys naked in the shower.

Brutal cold triggers reserve power plants
Germany

Brutal cold triggers reserve power plants

After exporting power to France earlier this week, Germany has switched on reserve energy plants amid surging demand for electricity due to the ongoing deep freeze hitting Europe.

Five reasons I can’t stand skiing: an Aussie’s pain
Sweden

Five reasons I can’t stand skiing: an Aussie’s pain

Having just returned from a ‘horror ski trip’, The Local’s resident Aussie and first-time skier Oliver Gee wonders why Swedes find such pleasure in hurling themselves down snowy hills.

St. Moritz gets the finger
Switzerland

St. Moritz gets the finger

For the past couple of weeks, a two-ton aluminium cast woman’s hand has been showing skiers in St. Moritz the finger.

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Sweden

Disgruntled ‘Black Cobra’ threatens hairdresser

A man in southern Sweden has been charged with assault after threatening to ‘bring in his gang’ to a local hairdressing salon after being refused a haircut.

‘Drunkorexia’ on the rise in Sweden: report
Sweden

‘Drunkorexia’ on the rise in Sweden: report

An increasing number of young Swedes are starving themselves by day to be able to binge on calorie-rich alcoholic drinks by night, as a well known phenomenon in the US is becoming more common in Sweden, according to experts.

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Switzerland

Bayern confirm signing of Swiss star Shaqiri

FC Basel's Swiss international midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has signed a four-year deal for Bayern Munich from next July, the Bundesliga club announced on Monday.

Seven Swedish designs that will blow your mind
Sweden

Seven Swedish designs that will blow your mind

From classic Scandinavian functionality to naked men and lambs, Stockholm Design Week has something for everyone. Here's The Local's pick of the weirdest and best designs on display this year.

Movie buzz mounts for woman with cow’s tail
Norway

Movie buzz mounts for woman with cow’s tail

A Norwegian film trailer featuring a mysterious woman with a cow’s tail has sparked massive interest among movie-goers ahead of its cinematic release next week.

Star cyclist Ullrich found guilty of doping
Germany

Star cyclist Ullrich found guilty of doping

Germany’s most famous cyclist Jan Ullrich was found guilty of doping and stripped of his third place in the 2005 Tour de France by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Thursday.

Swedes’ anti-gay flyers not free speech: court
Sweden

Swedes’ anti-gay flyers not free speech: court

Sweden’s Supreme Court (Högsta domstolen) was right to convict four men of hate crimes for distributing homophobic flyers at a school, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled.

Germany expels four Syrian diplomats
Germany

Germany expels four Syrian diplomats

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Thursday Germany was expelling four diplomats from the Syrian embassy in Berlin after the arrest of two men suspected of spying on regime opponents.

‘Dapper’ Stockholm axe man attacks 71-year-old
Sweden

‘Dapper’ Stockholm axe man attacks 71-year-old

A 71-year-old was attacked in central Stockholm at the end of January by a “well-dressed” man, threatening to kill him while splitting his skull in two with an axe.

Daimler books record €6-billion profit
Germany

Daimler books record €6-billion profit

German auto and truck giant Daimler, who own Mercedes-Benz, said on Thursday they achieved record sales and profits in 2011, but warned that earnings may be flat this year.

Plans revived for world’s deepest train station
Switzerland

Plans revived for world’s deepest train station

Private investors are stepping in to save what could be a landmark project in Switzerland.

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Switzerland

Murderer jailed for strangling girlfriend

Luzern’s criminal court sentenced a 52-year-old man to eight and a half years on Wednesday for premeditated murder.

 

Three seriously injured after crane snaps
Norway

Three seriously injured after crane snaps

Three oil services industry supervisors suffered serious injuries on Wednesday after falling 35 metres to the ground when the crane they were working on snapped.

Stockholm train in violent crash with truck
Sweden

Stockholm train in violent crash with truck

Several passengers on a commuter train were taken to hospital and the train driver had to be cut loose by emergency services after a train and a truck collided in Stockholm on Thursday morning.

‘Negro’ remark lands parfumier in court
France

‘Negro’ remark lands parfumier in court

Jean-Paul Guerlain will appear in a Paris courtroom on Thursday to answer for remarks he made in a television interview that provoked controversy in France and abroad.

Berlinale opens with revolutionary drama
Germany

Berlinale opens with revolutionary drama

Diane Kruger stars as Marie Antoinette in "Farewell My Queen," a lush costume drama set on the eve of the French Revolution that will open the 62nd Berlin film festival on Thursday.

UBS gives data on rivals in US tax probe
Switzerland

UBS gives data on rivals in US tax probe

Swiss banking giant UBS has handed over to US tax authorities data indicating which of the bank's rivals took on its American clients following a probe, it was reported on Thursday.

H&M under fire over Cambodia mass faintings
Sweden

H&M under fire over Cambodia mass faintings

H&M has been criticized along with several other major clothing makers for how they treat workers in Cambodia, where hundreds of employees at a plant run by the Swedish fashion giant mysteriously passed out in August.

Gay wedding ceremony aims to push law change
France

Gay wedding ceremony aims to push law change

The mayor of the southern Paris suburb of Villejuif will officiate at a marriage between two men on Saturday, although the union will get no legal recognition.

Friendly words before battle begins
France

Friendly words before battle begins

A surprise meeting between President Sarkozy and the Socialist candidate who wants to take his job in May was a picture of courtesy and warmth on Wednesday evening.

Rent-jumping family caught by police
Germany

Rent-jumping family caught by police

An eight-person family that avoided paying rent for years by moving house every two to three weeks has finally been caught in the northern German town of Schneverdingen.

What’s on in Germany:  February 9 – 15
Germany

What’s on in Germany: February 9 – 15

This Week's Highlights: The star-studded Berlinale film festival kicks off in Berlin, Munch goes on view in Frankfurt, and a ukelele orchestra sets up in Munich.

Sick pups found in van
Germany

Sick pups found in van

German police this week rescued 92 puppies from a van, after the dogs had spent 13 hours being transported across Europe without food or water.

Two Swedes arrested for sex crimes in New York
Sweden

Two Swedes arrested for sex crimes in New York

Two high-ranking Swedish executives with an e-commerce start-up have been charged with sexually assaulting a teenager in a New York hotel room at the weekend.

Spain fails to see funny side of Nadal skit
France

Spain fails to see funny side of Nadal skit

Spain's tennis federation said on Wednesday it will sue French TV broadcaster Canal+ over a sketch which implied that Rafael Nadal and other Spanish athletes use performance-enhancing drugs.

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France

MPs approve public sector quotas for women

France's lower house National Assembly on Wednesday approved a government plan to introduce quotas for the hiring of women to top public sector posts that will hit 40 percent by 2018.

SAS earnings hit by Spanair bankruptcy
Sweden

SAS earnings hit by Spanair bankruptcy

Scandinavian airline SAS said Wednesday it improved its operating profit last year but that it was dragged into loss as its former subsidiary Spanair filed for bankruptcy.

Sarkozy ally charged with influence peddling
France

Sarkozy ally charged with influence peddling

A probe on Wednesday charged a former minister close to President Nicolas Sarkozy with influence peddling but did not immediately uphold more potentially damaging charges of illegal campaign financing.