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Norway

Norway eyes ‘lex Breivik’ to hike asylum security

Norway on Friday proposed tightening security in mental wards with a measure dubbed "lex Breivik" after the man who killed 77 people last year and whose sanity is at the heart of his ongoing trial.

Umbrella stab victim dies of mercury poisoning
Germany

Umbrella stab victim dies of mercury poisoning

A German man has died after being stabbed in the backside by a stranger wielding a poison umbrella which injected him with mercury, fatally poisoning him.

City slammed for ‘special treatment’ of Muslim kids
Sweden

City slammed for ‘special treatment’ of Muslim kids

A Swedish school district has sparked outrage for striking a deal with local Muslim groups ensuring Muslim students can skip out on overnight class trips and Muslim girls don't have to be naked when showering at school.

Opposition blocks €6.1 billion tax cut
Germany

Opposition blocks €6.1 billion tax cut

The German government was left reeling on Friday when the opposition parties blocked a €6.1 billion tax cut for low-income earners in the upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat.

Swimmer wee ‘killing off fish’ in popular lake
Germany

Swimmer wee ‘killing off fish’ in popular lake

The mass death of fish in a lake near Hamburg has been blamed on swimmers' urine causing an algal bloom that has poisoned the water.

France: UK jet change ‘threatens carrier deal’
France

France: UK jet change ‘threatens carrier deal’

France said Friday it regretted Britain's decision to reverse its choice of fighter jets for future aircraft carriers, with the result that French warplanes will no longer be able to use the ships.

Has Stockholm become too expensive?
Sweden

Has Stockholm become too expensive?

Tourist season is coming, and The Local took to the streets to quiz people in Stockholm about what 100 kronor ($14) can get you. It begged the further question: has this city become just too expensive?

Solbakken named as new Wolves manager
Norway

Solbakken named as new Wolves manager

Ståle Solbakken has been appointed as manager of newly relegated Wolverhampton Wanderers, the club announced on Friday.

Sweden extends police eavesdropping powers
Sweden

Sweden extends police eavesdropping powers

Sweden's parliament on Thursday passed a law making it easier for police to force internet service providers to reveal the identities of individual computer users in their continued hunt for suspected file sharers.

Political violence hit record levels last year
Germany

Political violence hit record levels last year

Political violence hit a record high in Germany last year with authorities registering more than 30,000 politically motivated crimes, according to figures released on Friday.

Viktor Blom Wins Two Big Online Titles in Two Days
Sweden

Viktor Blom Wins Two Big Online Titles in Two Days

PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) got underway this weekend, and Swedish superstar Viktor “Isildur1” Blom has already clinched two titles and a total of $407,200 in prize money.

The WSOP 2012 – Pius Heinz and the November Nine
Germany

The WSOP 2012 – Pius Heinz and the November Nine

The World Series of Poker is the epitome of poker. For two months, the whole poker world casts their eyes on Las Vegas. At the end, we will have the new November Nine.

PEAB founder freed in arena bribery scandal
Sweden

PEAB founder freed in arena bribery scandal

A former city manager in Solna was convicted at taking bribes in connection with the building of new national sporting arena near Stockholm while the founder of Swedish construction firm PEAB was acquitted.

Introducing… Michelle Hunziker
Switzerland

Introducing… Michelle Hunziker

Introducing... is The Local's new column giving the lowdown on a top Swiss personality. This week Lyssandra Sears looks at the woman whose bottom was once voted best in Italy and whose bosoms feature regularly in the Swiss media.

‘Are Swedes really more polite in English?’
Sweden

‘Are Swedes really more polite in English?’

After a curious claim by a bartender about Swedes' manners, The Local's Oliver Gee looks deeper into the question of whether a whole nation may be more polite when using English instead of Swedish.

Prosecutors probe Swedish beaver hunters
Sweden

Prosecutors probe Swedish beaver hunters

Four men who were arrested while out hunting beaver in central Sweden at the weekend are being held in custody as prosecutors continue their hunting crimes investigation related to suspected illegal hunting of wolves.

Berlin airport boss is PhD in ‘building efficiency’
Germany

Berlin airport boss is PhD in ‘building efficiency’

Fresh outrage has been sparked in Berlin by revelations that the man responsible for disastrous delays on the German capital's new airport wrote a PhD while on the job - on "optimizing complex construction projects."

Eurotunnel offers to buy SeaFrance
France

Eurotunnel offers to buy SeaFrance

Eurotunnel, the operator of the Channel tunnel between Britain and France, is offering to buy all assets of liquidated ferry company SeaFrance for €65 million, a lawyer said on Thursday.

Historic ‘Beau Sancy’ gem for sale in Geneva
Switzerland

Historic ‘Beau Sancy’ gem for sale in Geneva

Glittering atop a succession of royal crowns, the 35-carat "Beau Sancy" diamond has been witness to 400 years of European history.

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France

Hollande-Merkel meeting: no decisions expected

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold talks on the eurozone crisis with French President Francois Hollande in Berlin on Tuesday after his inauguration, her spokesman said.

Fire brigade hoses red panda out of tree
Germany

Fire brigade hoses red panda out of tree

Dresden’s fire brigade was called upon to rescue not a cat from a tree but a red panda that had wandered out of his enclosure at the zoo. But rather than pluck him carefully out of the foliage, they just used a hose to knock him off.

Swedish women more prone to lose libido over flatulence fears
Sweden

Swedish women more prone to lose libido over flatulence fears

One in three Swedish women say no to sex due to the fear of farting during the act, according to a new report, while men are only half as likely to forego sex over concerns about breaking wind.

Hollande’s wealth: less bling than Sarkozy
France

Hollande’s wealth: less bling than Sarkozy

President-elect Francois Hollande does not own a car or shares, but is still far from the breadline, according to his new wealth declaration.

Women feel sexy after <i>Sekt</i>, beer bad for blokes
Germany

Women feel sexy after Sekt, beer bad for blokes

German women are more relaxed in the sack after a drink or two, while most men avoid a beer before bonking to prevent an embarrassing droop, according to a new study.

Victim’s brother hurls shoe at Breivik
Norway

Victim’s brother hurls shoe at Breivik

Dramatic scenes unfolded at Oslo district court on Friday morning as the brother of one of Anders Behring Breivik's 69 Utøya shooting victims threw a shoe at him, shouting at the right-wing extremist in English to “go to hell”.

Germany: Europe’s fiscal deal ‘still stands’
France

Germany: Europe’s fiscal deal ‘still stands’

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Friday warned that new elections did not invalidate European Union's deal on tighter fiscal policy.

Germany: Europe’s fiscal deal ‘still stands’
France

Germany: Europe’s fiscal deal ‘still stands’

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Friday warned that new elections did not invalidate European Union's deal on tighter fiscal policy.

‘Spiderman’ climbs France’s tallest building
France

‘Spiderman’ climbs France’s tallest building

Video: A climber dubbed the French Spiderman has successfully scaled the tallest skyscrapper in France. 

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Norway

‘High school girls selling sex to boys’: principal

Girls at a secondary school in south-eastern Norway are selling sex to boys during school hours, shocked parents learned in a letter sent to them by the school principal.

School supervisor, 50, fired for jacuzzi rap video
France

School supervisor, 50, fired for jacuzzi rap video

A 50-year-old school supervisor who was dismissed after she took part in a rap video clip about older women who date younger men. The woman is taking her employer, a Catholic school near Cannes, to court. 

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France

Thirteen firemen detained in gang rape inquiry

Thirteen firefighters have been detained after a younger recruit alleges he was raped by colleagues in a packed bus. 

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Sweden

76-year-old and three teens held for child rape

Three teenage boys and a 76-year-old man are suspected for involvement in the rape of a 14-year-old boy in an elderly man's home in northern Sweden.

Clash of the titans in domestic cup final
Germany

Clash of the titans in domestic cup final

Bayern Munich is hoping to break its losing streak against champions Borussia Dortmund in Saturday's German cup final. The domestic prize comes before the club's Champions League showdown with Chelsea.

Bildt in surprise meeting with jailed journos
Sweden

Bildt in surprise meeting with jailed journos

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt has met with two Swedish journalists imprisoned in Ethiopia a day after bringing up their case with Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi.

Ex-White House hopeful in Swiss passport U-turn
Switzerland

Ex-White House hopeful in Swiss passport U-turn

Former White House hopeful Michele Bachmann said on Thursday she has decided to withdraw from having Swiss nationality as well as a US passport, because, she proclaimed: "I am a proud American citizen."

German celebs fire at Pirates over copyright
Germany

German celebs fire at Pirates over copyright

Over 1,400 German celebrities and artists have signed an open letter protesting a new political culture that they believe sanctions the "theft of intellectual property" on the internet.

Man crashes car, jumps in river with victim
Sweden

Man crashes car, jumps in river with victim

A 30-year-old man from Gothenburg in western Sweden was picked up by police when recuperating in hospital after crashing his car twice and then jumping in a river.

Hollande to see Merkel within hours of oath
Germany

Hollande to see Merkel within hours of oath

France's new leader Francois Hollande will fly to Berlin within hours of his swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel expected to focus on the eurozone crisis.

Scientologists push anti-drug classes in schools
Sweden

Scientologists push anti-drug classes in schools

The anti-drug organization Drogfritt, which has ties to Scientology, has been selling lectures and information on drug abuse to Swedish schools, information that includes significant factual errors, according to an investigation carried out by newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).

One in ten Swedish teen girls ‘forced’ into sex
Sweden

One in ten Swedish teen girls ‘forced’ into sex

One in ten female high school students in Sweden has been forced to take part in some sort of sexual act, according to a new study from Linköping University. And in about half of the cases, the perpetrator was the same age as the victim.

Cops set up kebab shop to hunt killers
Germany

Cops set up kebab shop to hunt killers

Police hunting a gang of neo-Nazis who shot dead nine immigrant shop-owners set up a kebab shop in a Bavarian city to try to find the foreign organised crime gangs they assumed were behind the murders.