Special Olympics deliver pure gold in Munich
Germany

Special Olympics deliver pure gold in Munich

Germany's annual Special Olympics drew to a close on Friday, after 5,000 athletes with learning disabilities gathered in Munich to compete for medals over the five-day-long competition.

‘Homeless billionaire’ to rescue drugstore chain
Germany

‘Homeless billionaire’ to rescue drugstore chain

US-German billionaire Nicolas Berggruen confirmed his interest in buying the remains of bankrupt German drugstore chain Schlecker on Friday.

Kebab seller gets 3,333 years to pay off tax bill
Germany

Kebab seller gets 3,333 years to pay off tax bill

A German court has given a man who cooked his kebab shop bills more than 3,000 years to pay off a huge tax bill, because he now lives on unemployment benefit.

‘Retard doll’ shocks Swedish shoppers
Sweden

‘Retard doll’ shocks Swedish shoppers

A doll billed as a "real retard" found its way into stores in Gothenburg in western Sweden on Thursday, prompting strong reactions about a campaign meant to draw attention to the treatment of people with disabilities.

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Sweden

Woman jailed for fatal love-triangle stabbing

A jealous Swedish woman who murdered her ex-boyfriend’s new partner in September has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

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Germany

Lloyds TSB International increases Euro fixed-term savings rate

In the latest of a series of rate increases for international savers, Lloyds TSB International has raised the interest rates on its one-year Euro fixed-term deposit (FTD) account by more than 1.7 per cent to 2.65 per cent.

Police hunt for missing man in concrete floor
Germany

Police hunt for missing man in concrete floor

German police began scanning the floor of a Hells Angels warehouse for a missing man on Friday, fearing his body was cemented into it by gang members. Large-scale raids on the bikers led officers to the depot.

UK wildlife park animals catch ‘Euphoria’ fever
Sweden

UK wildlife park animals catch ‘Euphoria’ fever

The Paradise Wildlife Park in the UK has pledged their allegiance to Sweden in the Eurovision song contest by making their own film version of Loreen’s “Euphoria” – complete with dancing animals.

Germany develops plan for eurozone growth
Germany

Germany develops plan for eurozone growth

Germany is developing a six-point plan to boost growth in Europe, a magazine reported on Friday, amid a heated debate among EU leaders on how to best help indebted eurozone states.

New organ donor law will ask everyone
Germany

New organ donor law will ask everyone

Everyone living in Germany will be asked this year, and then at regular intervals, whether they want to donate organs after their death. Parliament voted on Friday in favour of a new law designed to encourage people to consider donation.

The Swedish media and the ‘Tooth Fairy State’
Sweden

The Swedish media and the ‘Tooth Fairy State’

A recent report admonishing Swedes about their dental hygiene prompts Swedish journalist and columnist Ola Tedin to reflect on how a sometimes uncritical media appears to serve the interests of the Swedish state.

Toddler found in baking car while parents swam
Norway

Toddler found in baking car while parents swam

A three-year-old girl was found 'drenched in sweat' inside a parked car by a popular swimming spot in central Norway on Thursday, with her parents now facing criminal charges after having gone to the beach for a swim.

Saab CEO ‘spied upon’ during Swiss Gripen talks
Sweden

Saab CEO ‘spied upon’ during Swiss Gripen talks

The head of Swedish defence group Saab alleged on Friday that his cell phone had been bugged repeatedly during negotiations with Switzerland over Saab's sale of 22 Gripen fighter jets.

Swedish school reported over ‘holy’ yoga lessons
Sweden

Swedish school reported over ‘holy’ yoga lessons

The "om" chant featured in yoga lessons at a Stockholm school has prompted a complaint calling for the lessons to be banned because of the term's ties to the Hindu religion.

Merkel’s coalition partner back in business
Germany

Merkel’s coalition partner back in business

Angela Merkel's coalition partner the Free Democratic Party (FDP) is back above the crucial five percent mark in a major opinion poll – but that would still not be enough to provide the German chancellor with another government.

Whitsun weekend offers sunshine and traffic jams
Germany

Whitsun weekend offers sunshine and traffic jams

The Whitsun (Pfingsten) long weekend should be glorious, with clear skies and temperatures of 20 to 27 degrees Celsius predicted for most of Germany, national weather service the DWD reported on Friday.

Swedish police ‘worst’ in Scandinavia
Sweden

Swedish police ‘worst’ in Scandinavia

Swedish police are the worst in the Nordic region when it comes to clearing up home break-ins, a crime which has increased dramatically in Sweden in recent years.

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Switzerland

Priest who runs racist website faces probe

A Reformist priest from a tiny Bernese village is under investigation by church leaders after it emerged that she helped run a fanatical anti-Islamic website.

“Everybody show tram 11 the finger!”
Switzerland

“Everybody show tram 11 the finger!”

A train driver in Zurich encouraged passengers to 'show the finger' to a tram after it blocked his path.

 

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Switzerland

Psychiatrist jailed for Romanian baby kidnap

A 40-year-old psychiatrist has been sentenced to 3 years in prison for kidnapping a baby from Romania.

 

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Norway

Moody’s downgrades Norwegian banks

Moody's Investors Service on Thursday downgraded its long-term ratings on two Norwegian banks which it considers to be at risk if the European financial crisis deepens.

Stockholmers stranded as outage stops trains
Sweden

Stockholmers stranded as outage stops trains

Thousands of Stockholm-area residents had their morning commutes disrupted on Friday after a power outage left trains at a standstill.

Breivik: ‘No reason’ to appeal if I’m found sane
Norway

Breivik: ‘No reason’ to appeal if I’m found sane

Anders Behring Breivik told an Oslo court on Thursday that he would not appeal a guilty verdict if the judges deem him sane enough to be criminally responsible for his actions which left 77 people dead in twin terror attacks last year.

Man kills girlfriend’s Pekingese with cleaver
Germany

Man kills girlfriend’s Pekingese with cleaver

A German man was convicted on Thursday of hacking his girlfriend's 24-centimetre lapdog to death with a meat cleaver in Stuttgart, after the animal began yapping at him in the middle of a domestic row.

‘I’m the hardest working Eurovision contestant’
France

‘I’m the hardest working Eurovision contestant’

France's contestant for the Eurovision song contest has tried to rally her country behind her by reminding French people the contest is huge in Europe and that she's been working hard.

Nice outlaws ‘too festive’ weddings
France

Nice outlaws ‘too festive’ weddings

The southern city of Nice is clamping down on weddings that get overly boisterous.

Hotel owner shocked to find his business up for sale
France

Hotel owner shocked to find his business up for sale

A hotel owner in Brittany had a surprise when he saw an advertisement for his own hotel on the internet.

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Sweden

Fire engines delayed by giant flower pots

Three fire engines trying to get to a fire in central Gothenburg on Wednesday were delayed after large flower pots placed in the street proved to be immovable.

Merkel: Hard work, not eurobonds, will fix euro
Germany

Merkel: Hard work, not eurobonds, will fix euro

Raising fresh funds by issuing more debt in the shape of eurobonds will not solve and only exacerbate the eurozone's problems, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.

Loreen takes Sweden to Eurovision final
Sweden

Loreen takes Sweden to Eurovision final

After Thursday’s second semi final of the glitzy Eurovision song contest in Baku, Azerbaijan, Swedish entrant Loreen secured a place in the final.

Central bank: Germans richer than ever
Germany

Central bank: Germans richer than ever

The Germans are richer than ever before, new figures on private assets released this week show – with more than €4.5 trillion stashed in savings accounts, shares and even cash last year.

Three Swedish banks downgraded by Moody’s
Sweden

Three Swedish banks downgraded by Moody’s

Moody's Investors Service on Thursday downgraded its long-term ratings on three Swedish banks, believed to be at risk if the European financial crisis deepens.

Cannes scraps screening of ‘anti-Semitic’ film
France

Cannes scraps screening of ‘anti-Semitic’ film

The Cannes film festival has scrapped the screening of the film "The Anti-Semite", by controversial French comic Dieudonné, an official said on Thursday.

Air France-KLM admits overstaffing problems
France

Air France-KLM admits overstaffing problems

Air France-KLM, the struggling Franco-Dutch airline group, warned on Thursday it was overstaffed but said it was still seeking ways to avoid forced departures as part of its turnaround plans.

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France

Moody’s affirms France top rating

International ratings agency Moody's affirmed its top AAA rating for France on Thursday but said it would watch closely the policies of new President Francois Hollande who favours growth above austerity.