‘It is southern Europe’s problem’: Reinfeldt
Sweden

‘It is southern Europe’s problem’: Reinfeldt

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said on Monday that Sweden is relatively safe from the Spanish crisis as the country mainly trades with countries like Germany, Britain and Norway.

Committee lowers Nobel Prize by 2 million kronor
Sweden

Committee lowers Nobel Prize by 2 million kronor

The Nobel Committee has chosen to lower this year's Nobel prize winnings by two million kronor ($283,030) due to turbulence in the current economic climate.

Germany will fight to keep total GM food ban
Germany

Germany will fight to keep total GM food ban

Germany’s consumer minister has vowed to fight European moves to relax its current zero-tolerance stance towards genetically modified food.

Gunman’s dad: my son was murdered
France

Gunman’s dad: my son was murdered

The father of Al-Qaeda-inspired gunman Mohamed Merah, who was shot dead by French police in March after going on a killing spree, has filed a murder suit in Paris, his lawyers said Monday.

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Switzerland

Swiss quiz suspect in French scandal

A key suspect in the French illegal political funding scandal known as the "Karachi Affair" has been located and questioned by investigators in Switzerland, legal sources said on Monday.

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France

Swiss quiz suspect in French scandal

A key suspect in the French illegal political funding scandal known as the "Karachi Affair" has been located and questioned by investigators in Switzerland, legal sources said on Monday.

Blotto binman drove at ten times booze limit
Germany

Blotto binman drove at ten times booze limit

A blotto binman managed to do half his round while nearly ten times the driving alcohol limit – before parking up and collapsing on his rubbish truck’s steering wheel, German police confirmed on Monday.

Talk with Breivik  ‘like meeting Hannibal’
Norway

Talk with Breivik ‘like meeting Hannibal’

Interviewing right-wing mass killer Anders Behring Breivik in jail was like meeting Hannibal Lecter, the cannibal in the horror film "Silence of the Lambs", a psychologist said at his trial on Monday.

Introducing… ‘Doctor’ Åsa Vilbäck
Sweden

Introducing… ‘Doctor’ Åsa Vilbäck

Introducing... is The Local's guide to the Swedish celebrity. In this installment Oliver Gee finds out more about Åsa Vilbäck - the doctor turned celebrity turned unwilling sex-symbol whose boyfriend is on trial for allegedly burning down his own mansion…

Global infamy motivated Breivik: psychiatrist
Norway

Global infamy motivated Breivik: psychiatrist

A desire to hit the front pages of the world’s newspaper served as a central driving force behind Anders Behring Breivik’s terrorist attacks, according to a psychiatrist called to testify at the confessed killer’s trial on Monday.

Swedish fans brave stark conditions for Euro 2012
Sweden

Swedish fans brave stark conditions for Euro 2012

The Swedish team may not be the biggest draw for the neutral football fan wishing to watch a match at Euro 2012 but their fans are prepared to live in near-primitive conditions here so as to get a chance of seeing them in action.

Swede ‘secret agent’ for three countries: report
Sweden

Swede ‘secret agent’ for three countries: report

Newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN) on Monday revealed the existence of a triple-agent in Sweden, a man who goes under the name “Joseph” and who has allegedly been carrying out intelligence gathering for Sweden, Britain and Libya at the same time.

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France

Nadal clinches record seventh French Open win

Rafael Nadal clinched a record seventh French Open title on Monday, defeating world number one Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 and shattering the Serb's dream of Grand Slam history.

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France

Man ‘killed sons then hanged himself after row’

A man and his two children were found dead in a home in the small town of Fouesnant, Brittany, on Sunday.

Fiat falls into the river Seine
France

Fiat falls into the river Seine

Potentially overwhelmed by the beauty of gothic cathedral Notre Dame in the French capital, a driver forgot to put their handbrake on after parking on Sunday – and lost their car to the river Seine.

Swedes want Norway to clear up plane crash site
Norway

Swedes want Norway to clear up plane crash site

Sweden’s National Property Board is demanding that the Swedish government ask Norway to clear up the mess caused by the crash of a Norwegian Hercules plane on Kebnekaise mountain in March.

Hells Angel under police guard after attack
Germany

Hells Angel under police guard after attack

The head of a Berlin Hells Angels gang is in an artificial coma in hospital - under 24-hour armed police guard after being shot six times on Sunday morning.

The Spanish bailout: fire fighting or faith-healing?
Germany

The Spanish bailout: fire fighting or faith-healing?

The Spanish government agreed a €100 billion eurozone bank bailout over the weekend. The Local’s media roundup looks at how newspapers interpreted the move - and its possible consequences for German taxpayers.

Turn Me On, Dammit! gets Tuscaloosa go-ahead
Norway

Turn Me On, Dammit! gets Tuscaloosa go-ahead

The Tuscaloosa Arts Council has backtracked on its decision not to show a Norwegian film about teenagers’ sexuality after members of the public expressed an interest in seeing the movie despite the misgivings of a local pastor.

Push-me-pull-you rescue truck in tunnel service
Germany

Push-me-pull-you rescue truck in tunnel service

Faced with the problem of getting fire rescue trucks into tunnels – and then out again – a German firm has made a special push-me-pull-you vehicle with a cabin at each end.

Agency demands Norway clean-up crash site
Sweden

Agency demands Norway clean-up crash site

Sweden’s National Property Board (Statens Fastighetsverk, SFV) that owns the land on Kebnekaise where the Norwegian Hercules plane went down in March is demanding that the Swedish government asks Norway clear up the mess caused by the crash.

OECD slams government day care payment plan
Germany

OECD slams government day care payment plan

The German scheme to pay money to parents who keep their young children at home rather than sending them to state-subsidised day care has been slammed by the OECD which says it could to more harm than good.

It’s my birthday and I’ll die if I want to
Switzerland

It’s my birthday and I’ll die if I want to

A Swiss study has found that people are almost 14 percent more likely to die on their birthdays than any other day of the year.

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Sweden

Surgery patient vanishes from Swedish ward

A man in his seventies went missing from a hospital in Eksjö, southern Sweden, shortly after having had surgery performed on his head.

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France

Woman dies just after casting her vote

An elderly woman died just after casting her vote for the Parliamentary elections in a voting bureau in Dijon, eastern France, yesterday.

Swiss railway seeks Chinese boulder swap
Switzerland

Swiss railway seeks Chinese boulder swap

Switzerland's Rigi Railways service is seeking to place a ten-ton boulder from China on the Rigi summit in order to attract more Chinese tourists.

Minister could stumble over carpet affair
Germany

Minister could stumble over carpet affair

Development Minister Dirk Niebel is facing calls for his resignation after it emerged that he saved thousands of euros by getting the German foreign intelligence service to fly a carpet home from Afghanistan, avoiding import tax.

Divers defy death at Oslo world championships
Norway

Divers defy death at Oslo world championships

Curling up like shrimp just before they hit the water, the world’s best ”death divers” gathered in Oslo on Sunday for a hair-raising display of high-diving with a twist.

‘I am not a Satanist’: Sweden’s ‘mad’ biker
Sweden

‘I am not a Satanist’: Sweden’s ‘mad’ biker

The man whose “666” number plate was scrapped by Swedish authorities after 20 years has spoken out about the ban, political correctness in Sweden, and life as “The Mad Swede” around the world.

Sweden ‘serious’ about Ukraine game: Hamrén
Sweden

Sweden ‘serious’ about Ukraine game: Hamrén

Sweden coach Erik Hamrén said on Sunday that he and his squad were taking their opening game against Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine seriously despite their openly relaxed approach in training.

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Switzerland

Rwandan genocide suspect on Swiss welfare

An alleged Rwandan war criminal suspected of genocide is living in Luzern on welfare benefits, according to a Swiss media report.

Germany welcomes Spain’s bid for help
Germany

Germany welcomes Spain’s bid for help

German central bank chief Jens Weidmann on Sunday welcomed Spain's decision to seek a eurozone lifeline of up to €100 billion for its stricken banks.

Syrian opposition finds new leader in Sweden
Sweden

Syrian opposition finds new leader in Sweden

A Kurdish-Syrian academic who has lived in exile in Sweden since the 1990s was elected president of the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) at the weekend, and promptly hinted that the group may formally request military assistance.

Socialists on top in parliamentary vote
France

Socialists on top in parliamentary vote

French President Francois Hollande's Socialists and allies came out on top in Sunday's first round parliamentary elections, poised to secure the majority needed to push through tax-and-spend reforms.

Army chief: We need more creches
Germany

Army chief: We need more creches

Germany's army, the Bundeswehr, aims to boost the number of its women soldiers from the current nine percent to 15 percent, its head told a Sunday newspaper.

Match preview: sizing up Sweden versus Ukraine
Sweden

Match preview: sizing up Sweden versus Ukraine

The Local's Joe Lynskey takes a look at what Sweden can expect as they kick off their Euro 2012 Group in Kiev against co-hosts Ukraine on Monday night.

Minister: No transaction tax before election
Germany

Minister: No transaction tax before election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will campaign for a disputed tax on financial markets at a key summit of the eurozone's four major powers later this month, her spokesman said on Monday.

Left Party wants men to pee sitting down
Sweden

Left Party wants men to pee sitting down

Men who work for the Sörmland County Council in central Sweden should sit down rather than stand up when urinating in office toilets, according to a motion put forward by the local Left Party chapter.