Germans plan holidays despite euro crisis
Germany

Germans plan holidays despite euro crisis

As the school summer holidays kicked in on Wednesday in parts of Germany, it also emerged that the country’s wanderlust has not been squashed by the European financial crisis, with over 60 percent of people planning a holiday.

Convicted killer offers Assange ‘legal advice’
Sweden

Convicted killer offers Assange ‘legal advice’

Christine Schürrer, a German woman who was convicted of murdering two children in 2008, has offered to help Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in his legal battles with Sweden by explaining her own troubles with the Swedish legal system.

Swedes to crack down on bogus billing scams
Sweden

Swedes to crack down on bogus billing scams

The Swedish government want to increase penalties for issuing fake bills and have appointed a committee to look into the growing problem of billing fraud in Sweden.

Woman in wheelchair kicked unconscious
Norway

Woman in wheelchair kicked unconscious

Police in Oslo are searching for two men suspected in connection with the beating unconscious of a 40-year-old woman in a wheelchair two weeks ago.

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Germany

Win a flight with a Dutch celebrity

Competition: Fancy jetting off with a Dutch celebrity? If you can use your sharp social skills to strike up an online rapport with one of them, you could soon be doing just that.

‘Sweden is more complex than a Billy bookshelf’
Sweden

‘Sweden is more complex than a Billy bookshelf’

The Local's Susann Eberlein catches up with Gunnar Herrmann, a Stockholm-based correspondent from Germany, to learn about stereotypes and Germans' undying fascination with Sweden.

Merkel will see Germany take on Greece
Germany

Merkel will see Germany take on Greece

Chancellor Angela Merkel will attend the Euro 2012 quarter final between Germany and Greece on Friday, a spokesman said, a match with plenty of resonance off the field amid a crippling economic crisis.

International school opens children’s eyes
Sweden

International school opens children’s eyes

Studying at Stockholm's oldest international school gives children not only a rigorous academic education, but also a unique understanding of other cultures.

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Norway

Hunger-striking woman ‘can stay in Norway’

Norway’s Immigration Appeals Board has indicated that it will review the case of a hunger-striking 31-year-old Palestinian woman whose family faces expulsion.

Deformed deer found in Swede’s front garden
Sweden

Deformed deer found in Swede’s front garden

When Gothenburg resident Ola Enbågen went out to get his paper from his post box, he was gobsmacked to be facing a deer with a cactus-like growth on his head grazing in his garden.

Competition: Win a flight with a Dutch celebrity
Sweden

Competition: Win a flight with a Dutch celebrity

Competition: Fancy jetting off with a Dutch celebrity? If you can use your sharp social skills to strike up an online rapport with one of them, you could soon be doing just that.

Government report slams own child care plan
Germany

Government report slams own child care plan

A government report has come out against it’s own plans to pay money to parents who keep their toddlers at home instead of sending them to day care. It says the children will ultimately suffer.

German banker: I took $44m Formula 1 bribe
Germany

German banker: I took $44m Formula 1 bribe

A former top German bank manager has admitted taking $44 million from Formula 1 owner Bernie Ecclestone for selling the race business to the “right” bidder. He described his payment as a “giant mountain of money.”

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Switzerland

Tunisian politician sees assets frozen

Swiss prosecutors said on Wednesday they had frozen millions of dollars in assets belonging to a Tunisian politician accused of embezzling money, an announcement he denied.

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Switzerland

One third of Swiss workers in part-time jobs

A third of employees in Switzerland work part-time, a new report from the Federal Office of Statistics has found.

Shell-shocked scientists dig up ancient turtle orgy
Switzerland

Shell-shocked scientists dig up ancient turtle orgy

Swiss and German palaeontologists have dug up fossils of turtles literally caught in the act at a German site – the first time fossilised vertebrates having sex have ever been found.

Sweden ‘amused’ by new Twitter plea from Colbert
Sweden

Sweden ‘amused’ by new Twitter plea from Colbert

US comedian Stephen Colbert has put out a second plea to take over Sweden’s official Twitter account yet has only succeeded in making the Swedish Institute “very amused”.

Assange will be sent to Sweden: accusers’ lawyer
Sweden

Assange will be sent to Sweden: accusers’ lawyer

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's request for asylum in Ecuador will likely be turned down and he will be sent to Sweden to face sex crime allegations, the Swedish lawyer for Assange's alleged victims said Wednesday.

Smoke alarms could be disaster warning system
Germany

Smoke alarms could be disaster warning system

The German government is mulling ways to set up a national central disaster warning system, to replace the Cold War era siren network which is no longer functional. One idea is to turn domestic smoke alarms into a national system.

Fossilised turtle orgy a world first
Germany

Fossilised turtle orgy a world first

Palaeontologists have dug up fossils of turtles literally caught in the act at a German site – the first time fossilised vertebrates having sex have ever been found.

Progress Party to asylum seekers: Act Norwegian
Norway

Progress Party to asylum seekers: Act Norwegian

Norway’s right-wing populist Progress Party wants asylum seekers to show they’re serious about fitting in before they can be granted permanent residency.

Lund suspends ten students for cheating
Sweden

Lund suspends ten students for cheating

Ten students were suspended from Lund University in southern Sweden this week after getting caught cheating, as reports of academic dishonesty at the university continue to skyrocket.

‘Psychopaths tortured and killed’ old people
Germany

‘Psychopaths tortured and killed’ old people

A German old people's home has pressed charges against two of its own employees, accusing them of neglect, abuse, stealing drugs, and manslaughter. One of them is said to have operated on a woman in his care.

Agency proposes age limit on beauty patients
Sweden

Agency proposes age limit on beauty patients

The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) is proposing a special medical licence for practitioners wanting to carry out cosmetic surgery and an age limit of 18 for patients.

Swiss chemical process makes eco-friendly jeans
Switzerland

Swiss chemical process makes eco-friendly jeans

It takes lots of water and chemicals to make a pair of jeans, and environmentally conscious clothing makers caught on years ago to the need to make more sustainable versions of these popular pants.

H&M sees profits boom on strong spring sales
Sweden

H&M sees profits boom on strong spring sales

Swedish cheap-and-chic fashion giant H&M on Wednesday posted a net profit up 22.5 percent in the second quarter, easily beating expectations and boosting its share price.

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Switzerland

Germany paying for Switzerland’s doctors

One in three hospital doctors in Switzerland was educated abroad, a fact that has especially irked German healthcare professionals weary of watching their talented colleagues slip over the border.

Police ‘knew in advance’ about nightclub blast
Sweden

Police ‘knew in advance’ about nightclub blast

Police had been warned that a bomb would be detonated in a busy nightclub in central Sweden on Sunday, yet chose not to act in the hope of catching the attacker red-handed, according to a police source.

Teen boozing doesn’t trigger alcoholism: study
Norway

Teen boozing doesn’t trigger alcoholism: study

Getting drunk repeatedly as a teenager doesn't necessarily increase the risk of becoming an alcoholic as an adult, a new study of young Norwegians has found.

Suspect confesses to double police murder
France

Suspect confesses to double police murder

A man is being held in police custody after confessing to the murder of two female police officers at the weekend.

‘Average’ speed cameras hit French roads
France

‘Average’ speed cameras hit French roads

New speed cameras which record the average speed of a car over several kilometres appear on French motorways from Wednesday. 

Police hunt Bernhard the fugitive kangaroo
Germany

Police hunt Bernhard the fugitive kangaroo

German police are hopping mad after they let a runaway kangaroo named Bernhard slip through their fingers, despite having cornered him in a garden. The mutinous marsupial was privately owned.

UNESCO digs Montreux jazz archive
Switzerland

UNESCO digs Montreux jazz archive

Thousands of hours of jazz, blues and rock from the renowned Montreux Jazz Festival dating back 45 years could be awarded UNESCO protected status, organizers said on Tuesday.

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France

Fireman complains of ‘humiliating’ hazing

A 26-year-old fireman has made a formal complaint about a hazing ritual in which he was forced to parade naked and placed in a "humiliating position."

Teen drinking doesn’t lead to alcoholism: study
Sweden

Teen drinking doesn’t lead to alcoholism: study

Getting drunk repeatedly as a teenager doesn't necessarily increase the risk of becoming an alcoholic as an adult, a new Swedish study has found.

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Switzerland

More foreign citizens moving to Switzerland

The number of foreigners resident in Switzerland stands at 22.6 percent, up slightly on 2011, government figures showed on Tuesday.

Book describes Germany without foreigners
Germany

Book describes Germany without foreigners

There are seven million foreigners living in Germany. What if the dreams of xenophobes came true and they all left? A new book examines the vision – as James Gheerbrant discovers, no aspect of life would remain untouched.

German deported home for terrorist links
Germany

German deported home for terrorist links

A German national arrested in Tanzania for allegedly being a member of Al-Qaeda has been deported to Germany and detained, officials said on Tuesday.

Bosses’ leader: business being ‘strangled’
France

Bosses’ leader: business being ‘strangled’

The head of France's MEDEF employers' association, Laurence Parisot, voiced alarm Tuesday over the eurozone debt crisis, warning that the 17-nation bloc faced "a moment of truth."

Hollywood couple Depp, Paradis split ‘amicably’
France

Hollywood couple Depp, Paradis split ‘amicably’

Long-time Hollywood couple Johnny Depp and French singer/actress Vanessa Paradis have agreed to separate "amicably," a publicist for the US star said Tuesday.

Sweden saves face with win over France
Sweden

Sweden saves face with win over France

Sweden ended its disappointing Euro 2012 campaign on a hopeful note, posting a convincing 2-0 victory over France on Tuesday night, giving the team and its supporters something to cheer about.

Assange seeks political asylum in Ecuador
Sweden

Assange seeks political asylum in Ecuador

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday walked into Ecuador's embassy in London and applied for political asylum in a sensational bid to avoid extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes.