Business Brief: PeterZahlt.de
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Business Brief: PeterZahlt.de

If you’re in Germany and make lots of calls abroad, then you can often find yourself saddled with huge bills. PeterZahlt.de is there to help. PeterZahlt.de is a web based telephony service for cheap international calls. It was launched in July 2006 and is a product of 118000 AG.

Biggest German state heads for early election
Germany

Biggest German state heads for early election

The parliament of Germany’s most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia dissolved itself to force a new election on Wednesday afternoon, after the minority government failed to push through a budget.

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Sweden

‘Impotent’ ex-minister caught trying to buy sex

A Swedish ex-minister who was given a hefty fine after being caught trying to buy sex claims that he can’t be guilty as a debilitating disease makes it impossible for him to perform sexually.

Swedish comics set to storm Edinburgh Festival
Sweden

Swedish comics set to storm Edinburgh Festival

Comedians from Sweden will be performing their trade at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and will be practicing their routines in English first in Stockholm.

Oslo mayor welcomes immigrant boom
Norway

Oslo mayor welcomes immigrant boom

Oslo’s mayor Fabian Stang has said he is unconcerned by statistics showing that immigrants will make up half of Oslo’s population three decades from now.

Spring turns more friendly towards weekend
Germany

Spring turns more friendly towards weekend

Patchy sunshine and warm temperatures are in store for Germany in the run up to the weekend, as high pressure ushers along the more friendly side of spring for much of the country, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

Belgium declares day of mourning after crash
Switzerland

Belgium declares day of mourning after crash

Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo on Wednesday declared a national day of mourning in Belgium following the horrific coach crash in Switzerland that killed 28 people, including 22 children.

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Switzerland

Martial artist in court over jewellery murders

A 37-year-old Lithuanian martial artist was in court this week accused of murdering two jewellers and stealing watches worth over 750,000 francs ($809,232).

Norway’s central bank cuts interest rate
Norway

Norway’s central bank cuts interest rate

Norway’s central bank cut its key interest rate by 0.25 points to 1.5 percent on Wednesday, as it reacted to continuing global financial worries and the effects of a strong krone.

Should Germany bring back the royal family?
Germany

Should Germany bring back the royal family?

Germany got rid of its last Kaiser nearly a century ago, but the country remains fascinated by royals. One of the Kaiser’s descendants says royalty would help the country – but should Germany reinstate the monarchy? Have your say.

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Sweden

Court slams sex change forced sterilization clause

Compulsory sterilization for people undergoing gender reassignment surgery is in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights and the rule should therefore no longer apply, an administrative court in Sweden has ruled.

Nine Dutch children were in coach crash: ministry
Switzerland

Nine Dutch children were in coach crash: ministry

Nine Dutch children were in the coach crash in Switzerland that killed 28 passengers, 22 of them children, said a statement Wednesday from the Dutch foreign ministry.

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Switzerland

Agony for parents after Swiss crash tragedy

Faces drawn and carrying overnight bags, parents arrived at dawn at a Belgian primary school, anxious to find out if their children were among the 28 killed in a Swiss coach crash.

Swiss president to visit coach crash site: official
Switzerland

Swiss president to visit coach crash site: official

Swiss President Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf will on Wednesday visit the scene of the coach crash that killed 28 people including 22 children, a spokesman for her office said.

TV talent show sparks anger with kids’ version
Germany

TV talent show sparks anger with kids’ version

Child protection groups have warned parents against letting their kids compete in Germany’s latest talent show – a version of Deutschland sucht den Superstar (“Germany seeks a superstar”) open to children as young as four.

Helmut Schmidt voted ‘best role model’
Germany

Helmut Schmidt voted ‘best role model’

Former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt is Germany’s favourite role model, with nearly 80 percent of those asked in a survey choosing him over other candidates such as TV personality Thomas Gottschalk and football coach Joachim Löw.

Students opt for Swedish companies: survey
Sweden

Students opt for Swedish companies: survey

Swedish students have their eye on home-grown companies when it comes to joining the work force after graduation, according to a recent survey.

Prince: Germany should reinstate monarchy
Germany

Prince: Germany should reinstate monarchy

Germany should reinstate its monarchy to speak to people’s emotions, make them proud of their country and even encourage them to have babies, according to Prince Philip Kiril of Prussia, great-great grandson of the last Kaiser.

France ‘has beaten deficit target’ – finance minister
France

France ‘has beaten deficit target’ – finance minister

French Finance Minister Francois Baroin confirmed on Tuesday that France had beat its public deficit target for last year, which will come in at 5.3 percent of GDP instead of 5.7 percent.

Sarkozy: Merkel won’t campaign for me
France

Sarkozy: Merkel won’t campaign for me

President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Wednesday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel would visit France to "talk about Europe" with him but would not take direct part in the country's election campaign.

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France

Qaddafi ally ‘kept slaves’ at French country home

A Gaddafi loyalist is going on trial in the French town of Bourg-en-Bresse for allegedly keeping several African employees as modern slaves in her home in France.

Two brothers arrested over Claudia B. murder
Switzerland

Two brothers arrested over Claudia B. murder

A 25-year-old painter and his 23-year-old brick-laying brother have been arrested over the murder of the 44-year-old woman known as Claudia B.

 

Ikea ‘spied’ on angry customers: report
Sweden

Ikea ‘spied’ on angry customers: report

Shortly after allegations that it had been snooping on its staff, Swedish furniture giant Ikea in France is in hot water again, this time accused of spying on dissatisfied customers, prompting a police search at the company's French headquarters.

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Switzerland

Escaped patient kills one, injures seven in Basel

A psychiatric patient, escaped from a clinic in Basel, stole a car and drove wildly through the city, killing one cyclist and injuring seven people on Tuesday evening.

Ad agency sent ‘bloody horse head’ in the post
Sweden

Ad agency sent ‘bloody horse head’ in the post

A Swedish hardware retail giant alerted security after discovering a “blood soaked” horse head in the mail, which a Dalarna advertising company claimed was just a harmless “pop cultural mash-up”.

Rampaging cow tramples visitors in field
France

Rampaging cow tramples visitors in field

A cow takes sudden dislike to owner, charges and wounds three people in a field in the south of France.

Ikea ‘spied’ on angry clients in France
France

Ikea ‘spied’ on angry clients in France

Furniture giant Ikea has been accused of spying on dissatisfied clients in France, following allegations that the Swedish company snooped on its French staff. Police have carried out a search at Ikea's French head office.

One in four earns less than €9.15 an hour
Germany

One in four earns less than €9.15 an hour

The number of badly-paid Germans is rising, with around eight million (23 percent) German workers earning less than €9.15 an hour – 2.3 million more than in 1995, a new study published on Wednesday shows.

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Norway

Oslo restaurant scoops two Michelin stars

New Oslo restaurant Maaemo has become the first ever eatery in the Nordic region to go straight in to the Michelin Guide with a two-star recommendation.

Police launch new probe into the Pirate Bay
Sweden

Police launch new probe into the Pirate Bay

After Swedish file-sharing haven the Pirate Bay in February received the blow that the Supreme Court wouldn’t grant them the right to appeal, their newly registered Swedish domain has prompted a new police investigation.

Norway wants explorer Amundsen’s ship back
Norway

Norway wants explorer Amundsen’s ship back

A hearing on Thursday in Canada could determine the fate of plans to repatriate Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen's three-mast ship Maud from the Arctic.

Prostitute cons john out of €40,000
Germany

Prostitute cons john out of €40,000

A German prostitute and her brother are in the dock after they used the identity of one of her regulars to borrow nearly €40,000 from an online credit service.

‘Words are useless’: Belgian Prime Minister
Switzerland

‘Words are useless’: Belgian Prime Minister

Belgium's premier and scores of parents headed to Switzerland on Wednesday as the entire country mourned the deaths of 22 schoolchildren and their teachers in a horrific coach crash.

Families fly to scene of fatal Swiss bus crash
Switzerland

Families fly to scene of fatal Swiss bus crash

Distraught families of victims of a horrific school bus crash in a Swiss Alpine tunnel that killed 28 people flew to the scene on Wednesday, still unaware if their children were alive or dead.

Heart attack victim dies after ambulance denied
Sweden

Heart attack victim dies after ambulance denied

A 75-year-old Stockholm man suffering from a heart attack was forced to call three times and wait 13 hours before emergency services operator SOS Alarm finally sent an ambulance. He died in hospital the following day.

Basel brushed aside 7-0 by barnstorming Bayern
Germany

Basel brushed aside 7-0 by barnstorming Bayern

Germany striker Mario Gomez scored four goals as Bayern Munich marched into the Champions League quarter-finals by smashing FC Basel 7-0 in the second leg of their last 16 clash on Tuesday.

‘Starting pistol’ sparked wild Stockholm shootout
Sweden

‘Starting pistol’ sparked wild Stockholm shootout

A jewellery store robber armed with nothing more than a starting pistol prompted police to fire at least a dozen gun shots in central Stockholm last week, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Top German execs earning more than ever
Germany

Top German execs earning more than ever

Germany’s top business CEOs earned a cool nine percent more in 2011 than the year before, startling new figures on the super-rich revealed Tuesday.

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Sweden

Sweden sparks row over who owns ‘Nordic Model’

The successful trademark registration of “Nordic Model” by Sweden’s Social Democrats has prompted a sharp reaction from the rest of the Nordic region's political establishment.