Brits can’t get enough Swedish food: report
Sweden

Brits can’t get enough Swedish food: report

Sales of Swedish foods in the UK have shot up by 30 percent in the last five years with Brits' fascination with meatballs, herring, and crisp bread showing no signs of letting up.

Swedish inmates ‘awash in drugs, guns and porn’
Sweden

Swedish inmates ‘awash in drugs, guns and porn’

Many of Sweden's most dangerous convicts have access to illicit drugs, guns, and child pornography from inside the walls of psychiatric clinics where they are serving their sentences, newly released documents show.

Parliament strongly backs new Greek bailout
Germany

Parliament strongly backs new Greek bailout

German lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Monday to endorse a second multi-billion euro lifeline to avert a Greek bankruptcy which Chancellor Angela Merkel warned would entail incalculable risks.

Siemens to forgive Greek debt amid bribery deal
Germany

Siemens to forgive Greek debt amid bribery deal

German industrial giant Siemens is reportedly working on a deal to forgo millions of euros owed by Greece as compensation for its corrupt business practices in the country.

Football phenom Guidetti set for Sweden debut
Sweden

Football phenom Guidetti set for Sweden debut

Sweden coach Erik Hamren has hinted that teenage hot-shot John Guidetti could be handed a start in Wednesday's friendly with Croatia as he bids to earn a place in the Swedish squad for Euro 2012.

Saab climbs on new list of global arms dealers
Sweden

Saab climbs on new list of global arms dealers

Swedish defence contractor Saab has moved up in a ranking of the world's 100 largest defence companies published Monday by a Stockholm-based think tank.

Red cards let school ‘send off’ troublemakers
Sweden

Red cards let school ‘send off’ troublemakers

As schools in Sweden look for new ways to tackle the problem of unruly students, one school has found success using methods normally employed on the football pitch, The Local's Geoff Mortimore discovers.

Tymoshenko, Manning, Clinton make Nobel list
Norway

Tymoshenko, Manning, Clinton make Nobel list

A total of 231 nominees are up for the Nobel Peace Prize this year, the Nobel Institute said on Monday, with Bill Clinton, Yulia Tymoshenko, Helmut Kohl, the EU and US soldier and WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning known to be on the list.

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Switzerland

Spring thaw triggers avalanche mayhem

An avalanche of rocks and snow blocked a road in the canton Graubünden on Sunday while a thaw led to similar slides elsewhere in the Swiss Alps, disrupting rail traffic.

Swede Tequila raises a glass to ‘new’ name
Sweden

Swede Tequila raises a glass to ‘new’ name

A Swedish teen girl named Tequila is celebrating news that her name had been officially recognized by Swedish tax authorities – 14 years after she was born.

Petition demands more women in top media jobs
Germany

Petition demands more women in top media jobs

Female journalists in Germany have launched a petition demanding the introduction of a 30-percent quota for women in senior editorial positions within the country's media.

Early flowers greet spring
Germany

Early flowers greet spring

Spring has sprung across Germany with early flowers greeting milder temperatures, as some areas are set to top 17 degrees Celsius by the end of the week.

Balaclava-clad child killer jailed for life
Germany

Balaclava-clad child killer jailed for life

A paedophile who snuck into youth camps and boarding schools to sexually abuse dozens of boys – and murdered three of them – was jailed for life by a German court on Monday – 20 years after he first struck.

Roche extends hostile takeover bid for Illumina
Switzerland

Roche extends hostile takeover bid for Illumina

Swiss pharmaceutical group Roche said on Monday it is sticking by its hostile $5.7-billion bid for US gene mapper Illumina and is extending it for a month.

UEFA’s Platini backs Germany to win Euro
Germany

UEFA’s Platini backs Germany to win Euro

UEFA president Michel Platini has said Germany are the best team in Europe at the moment and one of the favourites to win this summer's Euro 2012, ahead of their friendly with France on Wednesday.

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Switzerland

‘Mr. Switzerland’ hopeful averts bus disaster

A 23-year-old Swiss man who wants to become Mr. Switzerland is being hailed as a hero for preventing a bus carrying 11 football supporters from crashing when its driver died behind the wheel.

Nervous chefs get Michelin report card
France

Nervous chefs get Michelin report card

Early indications of the annual Michelin Guide were released on Monday, rewarding some chefs with the prestigious stars while disappointing others.

New photos of Sweden’s Princess Estelle released
Sweden

New photos of Sweden’s Princess Estelle released

The Swedish Royal Court released new images of a four-day-old Princess Estelle on Monday, taken at her home in Haga Palace outside Stockholm.

Biggest Swiss carnival off to rousing start
Switzerland

Biggest Swiss carnival off to rousing start

Thousands of revellers rose early in Basel on Monday to kick off Switzerland’s biggest carnival.

Indian grandparents in ‘Norway nightmare’ demo
Norway

Indian grandparents in ‘Norway nightmare’ demo

The grandparents of two Indian children taken into protective care by Norwegian social workers staged a protest in New Delhi on Monday to demand the children's immediate return to their parents.

Merkel gets beer shower
Germany

Merkel gets beer shower

An unremarkable party meeting for German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week has turned into an internet sensation after a waiter dropped five glasses of beer down her back – and the whole thing was caught on video.

Father tries to set 23-year-old daughter alight
France

Father tries to set 23-year-old daughter alight

A man was being held by police on Monday after allegedly trying to set fire to his grown-up daughter in central Paris.

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Sweden

Couple guilty of trying to burn parents alive

A 28-year-old man and his 26-year-old girlfriend have been found guilty of trying to burn the woman's parents alive in an inheritance plot which they hoped would lead to a life of luxury in sunny Buenos Aires.

Bildt wants Sweden to be ‘world power’: WikiLeaks
Sweden

Bildt wants Sweden to be ‘world power’: WikiLeaks

Foreign minister Carl Bildt believes Sweden should be a “world power” and once called Russian prime minister Vladmir Putin a “chetnik”, according to internal emails from a US security firm released by WikiLeaks on Monday.

Germany withdraws staff from Afghan ministries
Germany

Germany withdraws staff from Afghan ministries

Germany said Sunday it had withdrawn 40 of its national and international staff from Afghan ministries after US members of NATO forces in Kabul were shot dead at the Afghan interior ministry.

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Norway

Car thief beaten unconscious with spade

A car owner in south-eastern Norway was charged with assault on Sunday evening after attacking a man who tried to steal his car.

Police shoot dead man throwing bottles
Germany

Police shoot dead man throwing bottles

Police have launched an investigation after officers shot dead a man who was throwing bottles out of the window of his flat in a small town near Frankfurt.

South of France shaken by earthquake
France

South of France shaken by earthquake

An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale shook the south of France late on Sunday night.

Oscars go to The Artist, German tech rewarded
Germany

Oscars go to The Artist, German tech rewarded

Major German hopefuls including Wim Wenders left the Oscars empty-handed on Sunday night as the silent favourite “The Artist” cleaned up with five of the big prizes. But Frankfurt techies won the special effects prize.

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Sweden

Family shocked by visit to ‘murdered’ man’s flat

A 24-year-old man was found dead in his Kiruna apartment on Sunday, in what local police have labelled as suspected murder.

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France

Hedi Slimane to return to YSL: industry sources

Designer Hedi Slimane, whose admirers include rock stars and fashion trade peers, will soon become creative director at Yves Saint Laurent (YSL), industry sources told AFP at the weekend.

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Sweden

Family finds drunken man in 3-year-old’s bed

A family in Stenungsund, western Sweden, got a disturbing shock when they found a drunk man asleep in their three-year-old’s bed.

The Artist sweeps the board at Oscars
France

The Artist sweeps the board at Oscars

Jean Dujardin on Sunday capped a record awards season run with an Oscar for his turn as a struggling silent film star in "The Artist," becoming the first Frenchman to win an Academy Award for acting.

Strike grounds one in nine Frankfurt flights
Germany

Strike grounds one in nine Frankfurt flights

At least 148 flights from Frankfurt airport were cancelled on Monday morning due to a strike by tarmac traffic controllers demanding higher wages.

Woman leaps 20 metres from apartment blaze
Sweden

Woman leaps 20 metres from apartment blaze

A woman has survived after jumping for her life from the seventh floor of a burning building just north of Stockholm on Sunday evening.