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Sweden

Two arrested in Sweden in weapons deal sting

Swedish police have arrested two men at the behest of the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for attempting to sell an AK-47 and a grenade launcher to an undercover agent from the Danish security service.

Berlin sticks to guns ahead of G20
Germany

Berlin sticks to guns ahead of G20

Berlin will not bow to pressure to boost growth with more borrowing and will "maintain that line" at this month's G20 summit, a German government source said Tuesday.

Breivik posed ‘to lighten the mood’ after massacre
Norway

Breivik posed ‘to lighten the mood’ after massacre

Anders Behring Breivik told an Oslo court Tuesday he had posed jokingly for the police cameras to "lighten the mood" after his arrest following his massacre on a Norwegian island last year.

Mystery ‘forest boy’ shows face 10 months on
Germany

Mystery ‘forest boy’ shows face 10 months on

Berlin police have released a photograph of the English-speaking boy known as Ray, nearly a year after he showed up claiming to have no idea who he was and that he had been living in the German woods for five years.

‘File sharers to blame for expensive festivals’
Norway

‘File sharers to blame for expensive festivals’

Music fans in Norway will have to shell out more than ever before for festival tickets this summer, with one organizer blaming file sharing for the hefty price hike.

Storm over ‘official’ Jew tweets from Sweden
Sweden

Storm over ‘official’ Jew tweets from Sweden

A 27-year-old woman who has taken over the Sweden’s official Twitter account has caused a stir after her apparently offhand comments about Jews, Nazis and penises.

Assange moves to reopen extradition appeal
Sweden

Assange moves to reopen extradition appeal

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange has asked Britain's Supreme Court to re-open his appeal against extradition to Sweden, a court spokesman said on Tuesday.

Son jailed for three years for ‘mercy-killing’ mum
Germany

Son jailed for three years for ‘mercy-killing’ mum

A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to three years in prison for killing his mother several years after a riding accident left her in a vegetative state.

‘Swedishness can’t only be about herring and potatoes’
Sweden

‘Swedishness can’t only be about herring and potatoes’

Without a concept of "Swedishness" that can be shared by all, integration won't succeed in Sweden nor will it be a country that has a place for immigrants, argues argues Bosian war refugee Jasenko Selimovic of the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet).

Seasonal workers have rights to family support
Germany

Seasonal workers have rights to family support

Foreign seasonal workers have the right to child support money paid by the German government while they are in the country, the European Court of Human Rights decided on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Swedish gyno convicted for sex ‘climax’ demo

A gynaecologist in Gothenburg has been convicted after sexually molesting two patients during their examinations.

Zlatan vents anger during Euro 2012 defeat
Sweden

Zlatan vents anger during Euro 2012 defeat

Swedish star footballer Zlatan was at the centre of a series of fracas in the Swedish dressing room on a turbulent night for Erik Hamren's side during its Euro 2012 opener in Kiev on Monday night.

Sarkozy to be guarded by ten police officers
France

Sarkozy to be guarded by ten police officers

French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy has been allocated 10 police officers to provide security for him and his family at an annual cost of €700,000 ($880,000), a report said on Tuesday.

Court likely to find Breivik sane: lawyer
Norway

Court likely to find Breivik sane: lawyer

Confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik will likely be sentenced to jail rather than closed psychiatric care, a noted Norwegian lawyer believes.

Peeing Swede filmed in shock bear encounter
Sweden

Peeing Swede filmed in shock bear encounter

A half-naked 61-year-old Swedish man who was relieving himself in the woods got quite a start when a rampaging bear chasing an elk knocked him down – all as his wife recorded the unlikely chain of events with an iPad.

Power firm ‘spent €200m on Russian favours’
Germany

Power firm ‘spent €200m on Russian favours’

A lobbyist has accused German electricity company EnBW of systematically spending €200 million on sham contracts – distributing the money to churches, chess schools and other “politically useful causes” in Russia.

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France

Pregnant woman pushed from car on motorway

Two people were injured, one seriously, and a pregnant woman was pushed out of a car after a violent fight broke out in the 12th arrondissement of Paris last night.

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Switzerland

Zurich hosts global dignity in death debate

Groups supporting the right to hasten dying will meet in Zurich this week for a global conference on assisted suicide, reigniting the debate on dignified death.

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France

Angry voters dump parking fines in ballot boxes

Voters on the island of Corsica found a novel way to protest the recent introduction of new parking fees this weekend - by using parking tickets as voting slips.

‘Link learning Swedish to citizenship’: Liberals
Sweden

‘Link learning Swedish to citizenship’: Liberals

Immigrants should be required to learn Swedish before being granted citizenship and do more before receiving certain types of benefits, the Liberal Party has argued in a new integration policy programme unveiled on Tuesday.

Zurich colleges offer free botox to volunteers
Switzerland

Zurich colleges offer free botox to volunteers

Zurich University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) are offering free botox to volunteers in the city who agree to participate in a study on its effects.

MPs cannot read ‘badly translated’ EU papers
Germany

MPs cannot read ‘badly translated’ EU papers

The lower house of the German parliament, the Bundestag, sending dozens of European Union documents back to Brussels, slowing down crucial political work, because MPs can't make any sense of the translations.

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France

France comes from behind to net England draw

France came from behind to force a 1-1 draw with England on Monday as a cagey Euro 2012 opener between the Group D rivals ended in a stalemate.

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Switzerland

Neuropolis: new super-centre for brain research

A new super-centre for brain research called Neuropolis is to be set-up in Geneva and Lausanne.

Swiss cities among most expensive for expats
Switzerland

Swiss cities among most expensive for expats

Geneva and Zurich are the world's fifth and sixth most expensive cities for expatriates, the latest Mercer Worldwide Cost of Living Survey has found.

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Norway

China denies visa to former Norwegian PM

China refused to issue a visa this week to former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik, who had been scheduled to chair a meeting at a World Council of Churches conference in Nanjing on Monday.

H&M links up with French ‘cult’ fashion label
Sweden

H&M links up with French ‘cult’ fashion label

Swedish clothing retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) revealed Tuesday that it would be joining forces with French fashion label Maison Martin Margiela for this year’s winter catalogue.

Windy palm tree peril kills holidaymaker
Germany

Windy palm tree peril kills holidaymaker

A German holidaymaker was killed lying in a hammock when he was hit by a piece of palm tree dislodged by a sudden rogue wind - his friend was also badly injured.

Thirty percent of Swedes drop out of high school
Sweden

Thirty percent of Swedes drop out of high school

Nearly one in three Swedish high school students fail to finish their secondary education programmes on time, new statistics reveal.

Al-Qaeda: Germans caused engineer death
Germany

Al-Qaeda: Germans caused engineer death

Al-Qaeda's north African branch has blamed the German government for the recent death of a hostage in a botched rescue raid in Nigeria, and warned Berlin to improve its treatment of Muslims.

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Sweden

Man beats rape charges on ‘sexsomnia’ defence

A 28-year-old man from northern Sweden suspected of raping a woman in her sleep has been acquitted of all charges after a court agreed with the man's claims he too was asleep at the time.

Half of new German televisions are online
Germany

Half of new German televisions are online

Almost half of all televisions sold in Germany are now internet-compatible, according to an estimate by electronics industry association Bitkom.

Sweden loses to Ukraine in Euro 2012 opener
Sweden

Sweden loses to Ukraine in Euro 2012 opener

Sweden went from elation to misery in the space of ten second half minutes in their opening Group D match of Euro 2012, as their hopes of progressing in the tournament were dealt a major blow by co-hosts Ukraine.