Swiss cake plot squashes Joschka Fischer speech
Switzerland

Swiss cake plot squashes Joschka Fischer speech

Former German foreign minister and one-time street fighter Joschka Fischer has cancelled a speech about improving the world after Swiss left wingers threatened to show up and throw shoes and cake at him. 

Leftie cakes too much for Joschka Fischer
Germany

Leftie cakes too much for Joschka Fischer

Former German Foreign Minister and one-time street fighter Joschka Fischer has cancelled a speech about improving the world – after left wingers threatened to show up and throw shoes and cake at him.

Learn Norwegian to keep dementia at bay: study
Norway

Learn Norwegian to keep dementia at bay: study

Ex-pats in Norway who are putting off language lessons have just been handed another reason to dive in and learn Norwegian - speaking a second language keeps dementia symptoms at bay, scientists say.

Moving made easy: Top tips for your international move
Norway

Moving made easy: Top tips for your international move

Moving from one country to another is hard work and stressful. Hiring a good removal company is your first step. Here are a few more tips for making the move as easy as possible.

Scandal made Tolgfors’s position ‘untenable’
Sweden

Scandal made Tolgfors’s position ‘untenable’

While it's too early to say exactly why Swedish defence minister Sten Tolgfors resigned on Thursday, experts say there is little doubt his departure amid mounting revelations about Sweden's secret arms' deal with Saudi Arabia has delivered a serious blow to the government.

Police track phone to find child abuse suspect
Germany

Police track phone to find child abuse suspect

German police hunting a man who sexually abused an eight-year-old girl in the toilet of her Berlin school have arrested a man with the help of high-tech tracking technology. His home was raided by a commando team of armed police.

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Switzerland

Key German-Swiss tax deal falters in Germany

A double-taxation deal aiming to end a long-standing dispute between Germany and Switzerland has been rejected in its current form by several German states, the German finance ministry said on
Friday.

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Switzerland

Bus and car buried in Swiss landslide

One person was killed when a bus and a car were buried by a landslide in eastern Switzerland's Graubünden, at a location close to the Austrian and Italian border, police said on Friday.

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Sweden

Learning Swedish delays dementia: study

Ex-pats in Sweden who are putting off language lessons have just been handed another reason to dive in and learn Swedish - speaking a second language keeps dementia symptoms at bay, scientists say.

Moving made easy: Top tips for your international move
Switzerland

Moving made easy: Top tips for your international move

Moving from one country to another is hard work and stressful. Hiring a good removal company is your first step. Here are a few more tips for making the move as easy as possible.

Moving made easy: Top tips for your international move
France

Moving made easy: Top tips for your international move

Moving from one country to another is hard work and stressful. Hiring a good removal company is your first step. Here are a few more tips for making the move as easy as possible.

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Germany

Moving made easy: Top tips for your international move

Moving from one country to another is hard work and stressful. Hiring a good removal company is your first step. Here are a few more tips for making the move as easy as possible.

French cat hitches ride to Munich
Germany

French cat hitches ride to Munich

Curiosity did not kill Quincy the cat, but it did leave him mightily confused after he hopped into a van to explore it near his home in Paris, and found himself driven to Munich 850 kilometres away.

Thieving teenage intern caught ‘blue-handed’
Sweden

Thieving teenage intern caught ‘blue-handed’

After thousands of kronor kept disappearing from the petty cash supply at a company in south central Sweden, police laid a trap to catch the thief "blue-handed".

Moving made easy: Top tips for your international move
Sweden

Moving made easy: Top tips for your international move

Moving from one country to another is hard work and stressful. Hiring a good removal company is your first step. Here are a few more tips for making the move as easy as possible.

Abu Dhabi closes German think tank
Germany

Abu Dhabi closes German think tank

Germany said Friday it was trying to work with the United Arab Emirates to resolve a dispute over the closing of a think tank with close ties to Chancellor Angela Merkel's party, in Abu Dhabi.

Reepalu’s future ‘hangs in the balance’
Sweden

Reepalu’s future ‘hangs in the balance’

Social Democrats in Malmö say Ilmar Reepalu is an "embarrassment" to the party and that his future as the city's mayor may be in jeopardy following recent comments labelled as "anti-Semitic" by Sweden's Jewish community, The Local's Patrick Reilly discovers.

Models don choc frocks for tasty Zurich fashion show
Switzerland

Models don choc frocks for tasty Zurich fashion show

For the opening soirée of the first Salon du Chocolat in Zurich, renowned chocolatiers and pastry chefs applied their skills to fabric in a new twist on haute couture, writes Meritxell Mir.

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Norway

Norway’s oil fund to cut exposure in Europe

Norway's massive state pension fund will significantly reduce its exposure to crisis-hit European economies and will instead invest more in emerging economies, the Norwegian government said on Friday.

Pot growers plead not guilty for ‘organic’ weed
Sweden

Pot growers plead not guilty for ‘organic’ weed

Cannabis growers claiming they're innocent as their product is "organic", men biting through prison beds, and nazi t-shirts - here are some amusing tidbits from the past week in Sweden.

Sweden looks to make subletting flats easier
Sweden

Sweden looks to make subletting flats easier

Sweden is looking at loosening current restrictions facing flat owners who want to sublet their apartments in an effort to help ease the current housing crunch in large cities.

Police back to square one in child murder case
Germany

Police back to square one in child murder case

German police have released their only suspect for the murder of 11-year-old Lena, whose body was found in a multi-storey car park last Sunday morning. Despite a conflicting alibi, other evidence has now ruled the 17-year-old out.

Study: Deutsch delays dementia
Germany

Study: Deutsch delays dementia

Ex-pats in Germany who are putting off language lessons have just been handed another reason to dive in and learn Deutsch - speaking a second language keeps dementia symptoms at bay, scientists say.

Dolphins form groups like humans: Swiss study
Switzerland

Dolphins form groups like humans: Swiss study

A study carried out by the University of Zurich in Shark Bay, Australia found that male dolphins bond with one another in ways that are almost as complex as humans.

UK court halts murder suspect extradition
Sweden

UK court halts murder suspect extradition

Britain's High Court on Friday temporarily halted the extradition of businessman Shrien Dewani to South Africa, where he is wanted in connection with the murder of his Swedish wife on their honeymoon in 2010.

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Switzerland

Swiss police snare chat room paedophile

Posing as a 13-year-old girl, Zug police have caught a paedophile at work in an internet chat room.

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France

One in six French people lives in poverty

Over 11 million people in France - or more than one in six of the population, live in poverty and social exclusion, a report published on Friday claims. Poverty has increased sharply since 2004 and even some people in work earn so little that they are classed as poor.

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France

French shop staff kidnap boss for seven hours

Employees of French music and film store chain Fnac held one of their bosses hostage for seven hours on Thursday. They say talks over increasing pay and improving work conditions were going nowhere.

Swedish boys’ new hero: pram-pushing Spiderman
Sweden

Swedish boys’ new hero: pram-pushing Spiderman

A new Swedish toy catalogue has reversed the traditional gender roles by showing Spiderman pushing a pram, and a young girl riding a toy racecar.

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Norway

Norway to hand over Indian children to uncle

Norwegian social workers, embroiled in an international row after removing two Indian children from their parents, said on Friday they had decided to place the children with their uncle in India.

Government tackles holiday petrol price hikes
Germany

Government tackles holiday petrol price hikes

Higher petrol prices just as school holidays start could be a thing of the past, with the German government taking steps to stop fuel firms taking advantage of people’s travel plans.

‘No’ to help for Schlecker staff turns political
Germany

‘No’ to help for Schlecker staff turns political

As around 10,000 workers at drugstore chain Schlecker found dismissal letters in their post boxes on Friday, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition was riven by the refusal of her partner party to support a programme to help staff.

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Switzerland

Fury as Swiss website targets foreign criminals

Lawyers in Zurich are filing a complaint against the owner of a Swiss website for public incitement to crime and violence against suspected criminals of foreign origin.

French lefties love ‘backdoor sex’ – study
France

French lefties love ‘backdoor sex’ – study

Rightwing voters have a "more stable" and "less intense" sex life than leftwing voters, with lefties more likely to have indulged in practices such as anal sex. That’s according to a recent poll on politics and sex in France. 

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France

French police swoop on ‘Islamic extremists’

French police arrested about 20 suspected Islamists in dawn raids on Friday, most of them in the hometown of an extremist who was shot dead by police last week after a killing spree.

France attacks ‘a little’ like 9/11: Sarkozy
France

France attacks ‘a little’ like 9/11: Sarkozy

President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Friday that France was shaken by an Islamist gunman's shootings in and around Toulouse, likening the trauma from the murders to that of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

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France

France beats deficit target

France beat its public deficit target for 2011, which came in at 5.2 percent of GDP, official statistics institute INSEE said Friday, instead of the 5.7 percent forecast in the budget.

Switzerland’s six-legged calf goes global
Switzerland

Switzerland’s six-legged calf goes global

Lilli the six-legged calf has become a global sensation since her first major photo shoot in a Swiss newspaper this week.

‘It makes me sad’: Princess Madeleine
Sweden

‘It makes me sad’: Princess Madeleine

Sweden’s Princess Madeleine said in an interview on Thursday that it saddens her to be erroneously accused of living a life of luxury in New York at the expense of Swedish taxpayers.

‘Llama-man’ jailed after nutmeg induced frenzy
Sweden

‘Llama-man’ jailed after nutmeg induced frenzy

A 28-year-old man from Gävle in eastern Sweden, previously in trouble for his “llama-like” spitting in strangers’ faces, went amok while in hospital last summer, injuring staff in an alleged nutmeg induced rage.

Chunnel charges hit Frankfurt-London link
Germany

Chunnel charges hit Frankfurt-London link

Plans to run fast German trains from Frankfurt to London, long dogged by delay and difficulty, have been hit with another problem – it will cost so much to send the trains through the Channel Tunnel, the entire project could be unprofitable.

Germany’s April Fools’ Day Gold
Germany

Germany’s April Fools’ Day Gold

As April Fools' Day approaches, this week’s Local List runs through some of the better jokes cooked up in Germany for the traditional day of jokes.

Swedish retail giant H&M confirms new ‘secret’ line
Sweden

Swedish retail giant H&M confirms new ‘secret’ line

Swedish high street fashion giant on Friday confirmed that new “luxury” line called “& other stories” will be launched in Europe in 2013.