Hostess plummets from Ryanair plane in Sweden
Sweden

Hostess plummets from Ryanair plane in Sweden

An air hostess fell out of an aircraft exit at the Gothenburg City Airport on Tuesday and was brought to hospital, bleeding from the head.

Fugitive neo-Nazi arrested after shooting
Germany

Fugitive neo-Nazi arrested after shooting

A 24-year-old Swiss neo-Nazi, wanted for shooting a man on Saturday night, was arrested in a dramatic police operation in the northern German port city of Hamburg on Monday.

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France

Hollande and Sarkozy unite to honour war dead

President-elect Francois Hollande and ousted rival Nicolas Sarkozy laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris Tuesday as France marked the anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe.

Sixt takes aim at new transport trends
Germany

Sixt takes aim at new transport trends

Car rental firm Sixt says it is branching out into new businesses in order to keep up with the increasingly creative ways Germans are organising their travel.

Merkel to Hollande: ‘The eurozone looks to us’
Germany

Merkel to Hollande: ‘The eurozone looks to us’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wrote to French president-elect Francois Hollande on Tuesday saying that the eurozone was looking to them to take the "necessary decisions" to resolve the debt crisis.

Hollande under pressure to maintain austerity
France

Hollande under pressure to maintain austerity

Pressure built on president-elect Francois Hollande to stand by France's austerity vows Tuesday, with Germany's Angela Merkel saying Europe was counting on them to resolve the bloc's debt crisis.

Bank tells customer: We don’t take cash anymore
Norway

Bank tells customer: We don’t take cash anymore

A returning Norwegian traveller wanting to pay cash into his account thought bank staff were pulling his leg when they told him they no longer accept bank notes.

Tunick tells Munich: ‘Get your kit off!’
Germany

Tunick tells Munich: ‘Get your kit off!’

US artist Spencer Tunick, famed for his mass nude photoshoots, is calling for Bavarians to take their clothes off for him – happily over what should be a warm weekend in June.

Man grabbed woman ‘for leather skirt, not body’
Germany

Man grabbed woman ‘for leather skirt, not body’

A German man arrested for grabbing a woman told police he only wanted her "leather skirt, not her body." His story was backed up by a stash of leather gear found in his flat later.

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Norway

Telenor treasure chest dented by India retreat

Norwegian telecoms operator Telenor reported on Tuesday a plunge in quarterly net profit owing to a big write-down in India where the group has lost its licences for mobile services.

Zoo backs heroin theory in dead dolphins case
Switzerland

Zoo backs heroin theory in dead dolphins case

The head of the Connyland wildlife park has confirmed a newspaper report suggesting that two dolphins who died after a rave near the zoo last November may have been given a heroin substitute by party-goers.

‘Chinese Saabs’ soon to hit showrooms: report
Sweden

‘Chinese Saabs’ soon to hit showrooms: report

The Chinese version of the old Swedish Saab 9-5 has come far enough in development that manufacturers are saying it will make the cardealerships' floors at the end of the year.

Fury as new Berlin airport opening delayed
Germany

Fury as new Berlin airport opening delayed

Berlin‘s new international airport will not open as planned on June 3, leaving politicians fuming with anger and embarrassment. The delay was confirmed on Tuesday in an excruciating press conference – and no new date in sight.

‘Immigrant kids need more schooling’: Sweden
Sweden

‘Immigrant kids need more schooling’: Sweden

The Swedish government has revealed a new directive aimed at improving immigrant students’ education and integration into Sweden, revolving around longer compulsory schooling and a shift in lesson priorities.

Cat trapped in bathroom wall for four days
Germany

Cat trapped in bathroom wall for four days

A black cat was rescued from a Gothic horror death at the weekend – but only after its German owners realized that the eerie meows giving them nightmares were coming from the bathroom wall, not a phantom feline.

Black panther on the prowl in Switzerland
Switzerland

Black panther on the prowl in Switzerland

An animal thought to be a black panther has been spotted in the woods between Solothurn and Bern.

Swedish porn king: ‘I am terrified of women’
Sweden

Swedish porn king: ‘I am terrified of women’

Swedish porn mogul Berth Milton revealed on a show which airs on Swedish national TV on Tuesday evening how, despite having built up an international porn empire, the only thing he truly fears is women.

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Norway

Statoil rolls out more barrels amid solid profits

Norwegian state oil group Statoil reported surprisingly strong quarterly profits on Tuesday on robust production figures even though net profit fell slightly.

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Switzerland

Swiss neo-Nazi arrested in Hamburg

A 24-year-old Swiss neo-Nazi, wanted for shooting a man in Zurich on Saturday night, has been arrested in Hamburg.

Paul Simon, Yo-Yo Ma reel in Polar Music Prize
Sweden

Paul Simon, Yo-Yo Ma reel in Polar Music Prize

US musician Paul Simon has taken home the 2012 Polar Music Prize, along with US cellist Yo-Yo Ma, organizers announced in Stockholm on Monday.

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Switzerland

Swiss group Adecco posts profit rise

The world's biggest temporary staffing group Adecco said on Tuesday its first-quarter net profit rose 12 percent to €112 million ($146 million).

Norway best in the world for mums: report
Norway

Norway best in the world for mums: report

For the third year running, Norway has been named the best country in the world to be a mother.

Ex-boyfriend admits to shooting Malmö woman
Sweden

Ex-boyfriend admits to shooting Malmö woman

A 44-year-old man has confessed to police that he shot and killed the 39-year-old woman who was found dead in a car in central Malmö on Sunday night.

Docs let 15-year-old student cut into patient
Sweden

Docs let 15-year-old student cut into patient

A 15-year-old student was allowed to slice into woman's belly without her knowledge during a caesarian section operation at a hospital in Malmö in southern Sweden.

Captain ‘in wrong gear’ before ship crash
Germany

Captain ‘in wrong gear’ before ship crash

The captain of the "Nils Holgersson" cruise liner is facing serious charges after the coast guard ruled out a technical defect in last week's accident in the northern German port of Travemünde.

‘Police shamed me’: angry ‘bear’ attack victim
Sweden

‘Police shamed me’: angry ‘bear’ attack victim

The 38-year-old father of two, Marcus Morf, who claims to have been mauled by a bear while taking a walk in the woods near Gävle, in eastern Sweden, over the weekend, has said that the attack was nothing compared to the embarrassment caused by the police saying he was lying.

First German minister boycotts Euro 2012
Germany

First German minister boycotts Euro 2012

Germany's development minister became the country's first member of government to announce a boycott of the Euro 2012 championships in Ukraine over human rights concerns, in an interview Monday.

One man’s mission to swim length of Rhine
Germany

One man’s mission to swim length of Rhine

Extreme athlete Ernst Bromeis has set out to be the first person to swim the entire length of the Rhine, navigating 1,230 kilometres from its source in the Alps to the North Sea. He spoke to The Local's Meritxell Mir about the challenge.

Swedes thrash Danes for third world hockey win
Sweden

Swedes thrash Danes for third world hockey win

Co-hosts Sweden extended their winning streak at the world ice hockey championships by beating Denmark 6-4 in Stockholm Monday to claim three wins from as many matches.

Zlatan’s lament: ‘I’m not used to winning nothing’
Sweden

Zlatan’s lament: ‘I’m not used to winning nothing’

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has spoken of his disappointment after missing out on the feeling of winning a league title for the first time since 2003.