Germany defeat Dutch, head for Euro quarters
Germany

Germany defeat Dutch, head for Euro quarters

Germany are almost within reach of the Euro 2012 quarter-finals after dispatching the Netherlands 2-1 on Wednesday night. Mario Gomez scored twice as the disappointing Dutch edged closer to a first-round exit.

Germans working more hours than for 20 years
Germany

Germans working more hours than for 20 years

German employees are working harder than they have for the last two decades – with more than 15 billion work hours in the first quarter of this year, new figures show.

‘Cars will be built in Trollhättan’: Saab buyers
Sweden

‘Cars will be built in Trollhättan’: Saab buyers

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), the new buyers of Saab, said on Wednesday that they want to continue to build cars in Trollhättan and that they will be recruiting a number of engineers to be able to establish themselves as one of the leading manufacturers of electric cars.

Sweden footballers in ‘naked’ training outrage
Sweden

Sweden footballers in ‘naked’ training outrage

Sweden's national football club has sparked controversy, including biting comments from Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, after a player was forced to bare his behind during a training session on Tuesday.

Microsoft blasted for sexist Norway show
Norway

Microsoft blasted for sexist Norway show

The keynote speaker at a Microsoft conference in Norway last week has slammed the company over a lewd dance performance featuring women in hot pants and lyrics about developers' penises being neither micro nor soft.

Charges for couple who held German girl as slave
Germany

Charges for couple who held German girl as slave

A Bosnian couple who held a young German woman captive for more than six years have been charged with her imprisonment, a spokesman confirmed on Wednesday.

‘Be patient’ says Sweden to Colbert’s Twitter plea
Sweden

‘Be patient’ says Sweden to Colbert’s Twitter plea

The Swedish Institute has responded “not yet” to US comedian Stephen Colbert, who put out a public plea to take over the official Twitter account of Sweden, after the current curator's controversial tweets about Jews.

Stockholm media Master’s helps Brazilian student get PhD place
Sweden

Stockholm media Master’s helps Brazilian student get PhD place

Brazilian student Laura Aguir has used her Master’s in Media and Communications from Stockholm University to earn a position studying for a PhD in Belfast.

Germans take on the desperate Dutch
Germany

Germans take on the desperate Dutch

Germany take on the Netherlands in the pick of Wednesday's ties in Euro 2012, with the Dutch knowing that defeat could consign them to an early exit from the tournament.

Saab bought by electric car consortium
Sweden

Saab bought by electric car consortium

Saab bankruptcy administrators on Wednesday confirmed the purchase of Saab by National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs) during a press conference at Saab headquarters in Trollhättan, southern Sweden.

Baltic beaches declared no smoking zones
Germany

Baltic beaches declared no smoking zones

Germany may take a more relaxed attitude to smoking than other European countries, but one northern state is on the way to stubbing this out after declaring two of its beaches non-smoking last week.

Berlin Wall park entrance fee mulled for rubbish
Germany

Berlin Wall park entrance fee mulled for rubbish

People visiting one of Germany’s most popular parks, built on the site of the Berlin Wall, could soon be asked to pay a euro entry – to help pay for the enormous clear-up of litter needed each week to stop it turning into a rubbish tip.

Ban ritual circumcision of boys: Centre Party
Norway

Ban ritual circumcision of boys: Centre Party

The practice of ritually circumcising infant boys is outdated, dangerous, and should be banned, according to Centre Party justice policy spokeswoman Jenny Klinge.

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France

French houses priciest in Europe – but debts low

France is the most expensive place in Europe for new housing, according to a study released this week, but the country's inhabitants' are only half as indebted as their neighbours in the UK.

Man beats breastfeeding wife for being ‘lazy’
Sweden

Man beats breastfeeding wife for being ‘lazy’

A 26-year-old man from Helsingborg, in southern Sweden, has been sentenced to prison after severely whipping his wife with electrical cables when she chose to nurse their daughter instead of preparing him a snack.

Cocaine surge on Geneva streets
Switzerland

Cocaine surge on Geneva streets

Faced with an increasing cocaine problem, Geneva city police still do not have the power to intervene in street deals.

Germans disappointed by Obama over attacks
Germany

Germans disappointed by Obama over attacks

Germans are feeling less positive towards the United States and disappointed with their erstwhile hero, President Barack Obama, with significant opposition to the US use of drones to target and kill terrorists.

Hollande talks with Monti as focus shifts to Italy
France

Hollande talks with Monti as focus shifts to Italy

 

As Italy struggles to allay market fears that it may be next in the debt-crisis firing line, France's Francois Hollande will travel to Rome Thursday for preliminary talks ahead of a key four-way summit.

 

‘No margin for error’ in England clash: Källström
Sweden

‘No margin for error’ in England clash: Källström

Swedish midfielder Kim Källström warned that Sweden must come away with at least a draw against England in their Euro 2012 clash in Kiev on Friday if the squad is to have any hope of advancing from Group D.

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Switzerland

More nursing homes allow assisted suicide

Zurich is leading the way in making assisted suicide available in retirement and nursing homes.

 

Melodifestivalen: an expat parent’s gateway to Swedish culture
Sweden

Melodifestivalen: an expat parent’s gateway to Swedish culture

As Eurovision 'Euphoria' gives way to Euro 2012 football fever, US-native and parent Rebecca Ahlfeldt reflects on how embracing Melodifestivalen is like walking through Sweden's secret cultural door.

First lady in Twitter swipe at her man’s ex
France

First lady in Twitter swipe at her man’s ex

With a single tweet, France's first lady managed on Tuesday to take a swipe at her man's ex, put herself publicly at odds with the president, and throw a spanner in the works of his Socialist party.

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Switzerland

Swiss mull tough benefit cuts for asylum seekers

The Swiss parliament will decide this week on whether to dramatically cut the amount of financial support received by asylum seekers.

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France

Missing python found behind stereo

A slippery character had made quite a stir in the town of Vimoutiers, Normandy over the past three weeks, but all, it seems, for nothing.

19-year-old rotten meat sold in Swedish shops
Sweden

19-year-old rotten meat sold in Swedish shops

Canned meat from 1993 has been relabelled and resold in Swedish shops despite being rotten and severely lacking in nutritional value, according to a report in newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Six jailed for Lithuanian sex trafficking ring

Six men on trial for trafficking Lithuanian women to Sweden and selling them for sex were sentenced to prison on Tuesday for running an elaborate trafficking and pimping operation estimated to have generated one million kronor ($141,000) in only ten months.

Energy firms want billions for nuke exit
Germany

Energy firms want billions for nuke exit

German power suppliers are suing the government for €15 billion in damages over the decision to abandon nuclear power, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Swiss solar-powered plane to fly to desert
Switzerland

Swiss solar-powered plane to fly to desert

The Swiss sun-powered plane Solar Impulse took off on Wednesday morning from Rabat for a journey to southern Morocco's desert region in its first, and potentially dangerous, flight in a hot and arid climate.

World swim champ Dale Oen died of heart attack
Norway

World swim champ Dale Oen died of heart attack

Norwegian world champion swimmer Alexander Dale Oen died of heart failure as the result of a blood clot in one of his coronary arteries, according to autopsy results published on Tuesday.

Upmarket hotel plans for Nazi beach resort
Germany

Upmarket hotel plans for Nazi beach resort

It is one of the biggest relics left behind by the Nazis, perched on one of Germany's most spectacular beaches, and after years of neglect it is getting a new lease of life.

91-year-old ‘deportee’ gets Swedish residency
Sweden

91-year-old ‘deportee’ gets Swedish residency

A 91-year-old woman from Ukraine who was facing deportation from Sweden has received her permanent Swedish residency, after authorities claimed new information suggested she was "too sick to fly".

‘I wanted to show support to Yulia’: Swedish host
Sweden

‘I wanted to show support to Yulia’: Swedish host

A Swedish TV-host caused a stir during Sweden's first game of the Euro 2012 football tournament when she sported the same hairstyle as Ukraine's jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, in what she later labelled as an act of support.

Go-ahead for €1.6 billion particle accelerator
Germany

Go-ahead for €1.6 billion particle accelerator

Plans to build a €1.6 billion particle accelerator in Germany cleared the first main hurdle on Tuesday when authorities gave the go-ahead for construction to begin.

Merkel losing domestic political oxygen
Germany

Merkel losing domestic political oxygen

Chancellor Angela Merkel saw her domestic political oxygen further restricted on Tuesday as two regional governments took shape – without her party having a look in.