No Swedes Signed Up for Most Expensive Poker Tournament Ever
Sweden

No Swedes Signed Up for Most Expensive Poker Tournament Ever

A tournament with a massive one million dollar buy-in will be played during this year’s World Series of Poker, but so far no Swedish players have signed up for it.

WSOP – German successes
Germany

WSOP – German successes

Germany is the fourth most successful nation in the history of the Word Series of Poker. These are the players that turned Germany into a country of poker enthusiasts.

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Sweden

‘Remember my face’: murder suspect

A man previously detained for the suspected murder of a 48-year-old man in January has had his remand period extended in Malmö on Thursday resulting in a dramatic court room scene.

Half of killed women are victims of ‘their man’
Germany

Half of killed women are victims of ‘their man’

Nearly half of the women killed in Germany are considered to have been victims of their boyfriend or husband – a far greater figure than the share of men killed by their partners, new police figures show.

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Switzerland

Swiss solar plane takes off for Morocco

The Swiss sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse on Thursday took off for Morocco on its first intercontinental flight attempt without using a drop of fuel.

BMW ‘stopped Swiss buying cars abroad’
Switzerland

BMW ‘stopped Swiss buying cars abroad’

German automaker BMW said on Thursday it would appeal a Swiss fine of 156 million francs ($163 million) imposed after competition authorities said the company prevented the Swiss from buying its cars abroad.

Man found dead in Malmö after ‘noisy brawl’
Sweden

Man found dead in Malmö after ‘noisy brawl’

A man has been found dead in the city of Malmö, in southern Sweden, and local police suspect foul play.

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Switzerland

Wife wakes after husband shoots her in head

A 27-year-old shop manager, Margita P, who was shot in the back of her head and stomach by her 33-year-old Kosovar husband, has survived.

 

Station sex shop celebrates Sunday sales
Germany

Station sex shop celebrates Sunday sales

A sex shop in Munich's main railway station has got special permission to sell condoms, porn DVDs and sexy skin lotion on Sundays after three local judges ruled they were legitimate travel supplies.

Azerbaijan condemns Loreen’s activist meeting
Sweden

Azerbaijan condemns Loreen’s activist meeting

Hosts of the Eurovision song contest, Azerbaijan, has condemned the alleged "politicisation" of the glitzy song contest after Swedish entrant Loreen - hotly tipped as a possible winner - met with human rights activists on Wednesday.

BMW ‘stopped Swiss buying its cars abroad’
Germany

BMW ‘stopped Swiss buying its cars abroad’

German automaker BMW said on Thursday it would appeal a Swiss fine of 156 million francs (€130 million) imposed for not letting Swiss people buy its cars abroad - to take advantage of the strong franc.

German Schadenfreude as Brits get the Hump
Germany

German Schadenfreude as Brits get the Hump

British tabloids were stirred to “fury” on Thursday after ageing crooner Engelbert Humperdinck, the UK's entry in this weekend's Eurovision Song Contest, declared his love for Germany and posed for a photo wrapped in a German flag.

Rats rampant in Hamelin, break fountain
Germany

Rats rampant in Hamelin, break fountain

Of all the cables powering all the fancy fountains in all the towns in all the world, rats have chosen to gnaw through those in Hamelin, the German city famed for its rat catcher legend.

Swedish rapper reported for Twitter death threat
Sweden

Swedish rapper reported for Twitter death threat

Sweden Democrat party leader Jimmie Åkesson received a death threat from a Swedish rapper through Twitter, prompting to the political party leader to report the matter to police.

Germans ‘fail to balance work and home life’
Germany

Germans ‘fail to balance work and home life’

When it comes to finding a happy balance between work and home life, Germans seem to find it more difficult than other countries, coming in way below the international average, a recent study revealed.

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Sweden

One dead in foreign worker car crash

One person was killed and several injured in a serious traffic accident outside of Idre, in the Dalarna region of central Sweden, some 460 kilometres from Stockholm, when an overcrowded minivan carrying Ukrainian forestry workers was overturned.

Norway public sector workers go on strike
Norway

Norway public sector workers go on strike

Norway public sector workers were called out on strike on Thursday after salary negotiations broke down, affecting schools, day care centres and prisons.

‘Blessing’ not to be in EU: Swiss poll
Switzerland

‘Blessing’ not to be in EU: Swiss poll

A survey has found that the Swiss are even less in favour of joining the EU than they were last year.

 

Drinkers forget what they’ve drunk – study
Switzerland

Drinkers forget what they’ve drunk – study

Young people's impressions of the amount of alcohol they have drunk are significantly lower the morning after compared to during the evening of a drinking session, a new Swiss study shows - casting doubt on the accuracy of alcohol consumption figures.

Police suspect theft after surprise cash ‘windfall’
Sweden

Police suspect theft after surprise cash ‘windfall’

A woman is suspected of theft after she dropped a stash of 1,000 kronor ($140) banknotes in southern Sweden and then fled the scene, while local residents rushed in to gather the loot that was blowing in the wind.

Street drama after armed man kills himself
France

Street drama after armed man kills himself

A Paris suburb was the setting for dramatic scenes on Wednesday when a man armed with a gun started firing.

Utøya survivor: ‘he took the bullets meant for me’
Norway

Utøya survivor: ‘he took the bullets meant for me’

A teenager who survived Anders Behring Breivik's massacre on a Norwegian island last July told his trial on Wednesday how she saw him methodically execute 14 people including a friend who sacrificed himself to save her.

Honk-happy man charged for overusing car horn
Sweden

Honk-happy man charged for overusing car horn

A 68-year-old man from Eslöv in southern Sweden took offence at a plain clothes police officer’s double parking and honked his horn continuously until the officer stopped dealing with an on-going robbery and proved his identity.

KFC sued over ice cube attack
France

KFC sued over ice cube attack

An argument at a branch of the fried chicken restaurant KFC became ugly when a member of staff allegedly threw a cup of ice cubes over a customer.

Norway targets Baltic-bound bootleg diapers
Norway

Norway targets Baltic-bound bootleg diapers

Norwegian customs are working to stop a gang of Lithuanian smugglers from ferrying cheap nappies bought at a discount in Norway for resale at a mark up in eastern Europe.

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France

No charges against woman over plane scare

A Frenchwoman who caused a security scare on a US-bound flight after she claimed to have been fitted with some kind of device will be sent home without charge, US officials said Wednesday.

What’s on in Germany:  May 24 – 30
Germany

What’s on in Germany: May 24 – 30

This Week's Highlights: Carnival of Cultures in Berlin, the St. Georg City Fest in Hamburg, and an exhibition of New York photographs opens in Munich.

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Sweden

Sweden moves to outlaw forced marriages

Anyone in Sweden who forces someone else to get married against their will can be sent to prison, according to proposed legislation presented Thursday which aims to criminalize forced marriages.

Tenants must fund energy saving renovation
Germany

Tenants must fund energy saving renovation

A new law restricts the right of tenants to block renovation work on their homes by refusing to pay a share – if that work is designed to reduce energy consumption.

‘Okay for teachers to hit students’: Swedish court
Sweden

‘Okay for teachers to hit students’: Swedish court

Teachers should be able to tolerate violence inflicted on them by students, but at the same time have scope for using force against unruly pupils, according to two recent Swedish court rulings.

Hollande steps up eurobonds push
France

Hollande steps up eurobonds push

President Francois Hollande stepped up his push Thursday for the launch of eurobonds after a summit of EU leaders in Brussels exposed divisions on the issue.

Man must sell antique coins to repay benefits
Germany

Man must sell antique coins to repay benefits

A man who lived on state benefits for just over six months must sell his antique coin collection worth €20,000 to repay the money he received, a German court told him.

Cheap Norway nappies smuggled via Sweden
Sweden

Cheap Norway nappies smuggled via Sweden

A gang of Lithuanian diaper smugglers is using Sweden as a transit country to ferry cheap nappies bought in Norway for resale at a stiff markup in eastern Europe.

Merkel resists pressure to relax austerity
Germany

Merkel resists pressure to relax austerity

Germany and France crossed swords Wednesday over how to spur growth in the debt-stricken eurozone at an EU summit overshadowed by plunging markets and the euro hitting a near two-year low.