Colbert dares Sweden: ‘Take a chance on me!’
Sweden

Colbert dares Sweden: ‘Take a chance on me!’

US comedian Stephen Colbert invoked Swedish super-group Abba on Thursday as he ratcheted up the pressure in his ongoing bid to take over Sweden's official Twitter account.

Germany beat Greece 4-2 with ‘class performance’
Germany

Germany beat Greece 4-2 with ‘class performance’

Germany booked their place in the last four of Euro 2012 as Joachim Löw's side hammered Greece 4-2 on Friday after dominating their quarter-final.

Ikea to invest €1.5 billion in India stores
Sweden

Ikea to invest €1.5 billion in India stores

Swedish furniture giant Ikea plans to invest a total of €1.5 billion ($1.9 billion) in building a chain of 25 retail outlets in India, according to an Indian government statement.

Man who went berserk with machete ‘not insane’
Sweden

Man who went berserk with machete ‘not insane’

A 33-year-old man who went on a wild machete-wielding rampage in Sundsvall in northern Sweden in March was not insane at the time, forensic psychiatrists have determined.

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France

France calls on Syrian army to desert

The French foreign ministry called on Friday for the Syrian military to desert en masse the day after a Syrian air force colonel defected after landing his MiG fighter in Jordan.

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Switzerland

Glencore fumes over Bolivian mine grab

Swiss-based commodities giant Glencore protested on Friday against the Bolivian government's nationalisation of the Colquiri tin and zinc mine.

Walkout at Oslo trial as Breivik speaks
Norway

Walkout at Oslo trial as Breivik speaks

Survivors and relatives of the 77 people Anders Behring Breivik killed in Norway last July walked out of the courtroom on Friday as he began making final remarks on the last day of his trial.

Killer defends ‘preventive attacks’ as trial ends
Norway

Killer defends ‘preventive attacks’ as trial ends

The trial of Anders Behring Breivik ended on Friday, exactly 11 months after he massacred 77 people in Norway, with the confessed killer demanding acquittal and the court setting the verdict date for August 24th.

Cow sees reflection rival, jumps into kitchen
Germany

Cow sees reflection rival, jumps into kitchen

German police called to a break-in had to deal with a runaway cow rather than robbers, after the bolshie bovine jumped through a window and landed in an old woman’s kitchen.

One in five German teens can’t read well enough
Germany

One in five German teens can’t read well enough

As many as one in five young people leave school in Germany without basic literacy skills, according to a report commissioned by the government.

Merkel’s bailout fund hits ‘stumbling block’
Germany

Merkel’s bailout fund hits ‘stumbling block’

Germany's President said on Thursday he would delay signing the EU fiscal pact and new bailout fund until the top court has examined a legal challenge. The Local’s media roundup looks at how newspapers interpreted the move.

Sexist ads create turbulence for Lufthansa
Germany

Sexist ads create turbulence for Lufthansa

German airline Lufthansa caused a storm of outrage this week with an ad campaign - "letters" sent to male frequent flyers from their "girlfriends" begging to be bought a partner credit card.

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Switzerland

Moody’s downgrades Credit Suisse and UBS

Moody’s credit rating agency on Thursday downgraded Swiss banks UBS and Credit Suisse as part of a major global review.

Greeks happy as David to Germany’s Goliath
Germany

Greeks happy as David to Germany’s Goliath

Greece coach Fernando Santos has said he is happy for his team to play the role of David in Friday's Euro 2012 quarter-final - providing the Greeks topple European Goliaths Germany.

Swiss weatherman’s German stalker sectioned
Switzerland

Swiss weatherman’s German stalker sectioned

A 51-year-old German woman was committed to a psychiatric hospital this week after a court heard how she had stalked a famous weatherman for years.

‘I’m not racist, my friend is blacker than an Arab’
France

‘I’m not racist, my friend is blacker than an Arab’

Former Secretary of State for Family under Nicolas Sarkozy, Nadine Morano, has been criticised after defending herself against claims she is racist on French television last night.

Rip up prostitution law, says top Oslo politician
Norway

Rip up prostitution law, says top Oslo politician

Norway should rip up a law that criminalizes sex buyers, Oslo’s social affairs chief believes, as a new report shows a marked rise in violence against prostitutes working in the city.

German businesses ‘finally get crisis feeling’
Germany

German businesses ‘finally get crisis feeling’

Eurozone gloom deepened on Friday with data showing that the debt crisis has pushed business confidence in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, to the lowest level for more than two years.

Woman stuck upside down in car for two days
Germany

Woman stuck upside down in car for two days

An elderly woman who crashed her car was stuck upside down, hanging in her seatbelt inside the wreck for two days before being discovered by a woodsman in Germany’s Black Forest.

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Switzerland

Jihadis using Switzerland as a base: police

The Swiss Federal Police are worried that Islamic terrorists are using Switzerland as a base.

Air France to shed over 5,000 jobs by 2014
France

Air France to shed over 5,000 jobs by 2014

Air France said on Thursday it is to slash over 5,000 jobs or around 10 percent of its workforce in voluntary departures by 2014 as part of a vast plan to make the struggling French airline profitable.

Roche probed over faulty drug-safety reporting
Switzerland

Roche probed over faulty drug-safety reporting

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche is under investigation over a failure to properly report adverse drug side-effects, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said on Thursday.

Swiss solar plane pilot in successful desert flight
Switzerland

Swiss solar plane pilot in successful desert flight

A solar-powered plane early Friday completed a flight over the Moroccan desert to showcase renewable energy, as a key summit in Rio discussed "greening" the world economy.

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Norway

Breivik defence urges ‘mildest possible penalty’

Defence lawyers on Friday asked that Anders Behring Breivik be acquitted or be found sane and sent to prison as the trial of the man who killed 77 people in Norway last year wrapped up.

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Sweden

Convicted paedophile faces new charges

A 35-year-old Swedish man who is currently serving prison time for sexual offences against children has been charged with new offences

President Gauck delays EU bailout approval
Germany

President Gauck delays EU bailout approval

German President Joachim Gauck will delay approving German participation in the EU fiscal pact and new bailout fund, his office said on Thursday after the top court said it would need more time to examine a likely legal challenge.

Assange slams Sweden after asylum bid
Sweden

Assange slams Sweden after asylum bid

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange launched a verbal attack at Australia and Sweden on Friday, speaking for the first time since he turned up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London to file a request for political asylum.

Study: Arctic went through ice-free stages
Germany

Study: Arctic went through ice-free stages

An German-led team of scientists said on Thursday that the Arctic went through ice-free periods of extreme warmth over the past 2.8 million years, based on a new analysis of deep sediment in Russia.

EU slams Sweden over family migration rights
Sweden

EU slams Sweden over family migration rights

The European Commission has criticized Sweden for failing to comply with EU regulations on the free movement of EU citizens and their family members, giving the country two months to fall into line.

TV better than sex for German women
Germany

TV better than sex for German women

Whatever German women are watching on television is apparently so fascinating that more than half say they would go without sex for a year rather than turn off the box for that long.