Ambulance call outrage: ‘Are you black or white?’
Sweden

Ambulance call outrage: ‘Are you black or white?’

Swedish emergency operators quizzed a pregnant English-speaking immigrant about her race and ethnicity when she unexpectedly went into labour at the weekend and was forced to wait more than two hours for an ambulance.

Popeye was right: Swedish study confirms spinach makes us stronger
Sweden

Popeye was right: Swedish study confirms spinach makes us stronger

Famous cartoon character Popeye is right to down a can of spinach when he wants his biceps to bulge, according to a Swedish study presented Monday showing why the leafy vegetable makes us stronger.

Swiss central bank in swap deal with Poland
Switzerland

Swiss central bank in swap deal with Poland

Switzerland's national bank agreed on Monday to a deal with its Polish counterpart to cover any cash shortages in Poland as borrowers face repaying loans in expensive Swiss francs.

No referendum for Germany on EU
Germany

No referendum for Germany on EU

A referendum in Germany on transferring more sovereignty to the European level will not happen anytime soon it was announced on Monday, after being raised in an interview with the country's finance minister.

Norway: Europe’s second most expensive country
Norway

Norway: Europe’s second most expensive country

Switzerland and Norway are the most expensive countries in Europe, according to new figures from statistics office Eurostat.

Switzerland is Europe’s most expensive country
Switzerland

Switzerland is Europe’s most expensive country

Switzerland and Norway are the most expensive countries in Europe, according to new figures from statistics office Eurostat.

New national spy HQ to open a year late
Germany

New national spy HQ to open a year late

Germany’s new spy headquarters currently being built in Berlin will be finished a year late – and at considerably greater cost than initially planned, it was announced on Monday.

Tribe claims ‘sacred’ Berlin peace project rock
Germany

Tribe claims ‘sacred’ Berlin peace project rock

A German sculptor whose collection of rocks from around the world was meant to be a world peace project has found himself at the centre of a campaign by Venezuelan indigenous people to get their boulder back.

Woman dies from crash with teen skateboarder
Sweden

Woman dies from crash with teen skateboarder

A 15-year-old boy from central Sweden may face criminal charges after a woman he ran into while riding his skateboard died from her injuries.

Germany to face Italy in semi-final
Germany

Germany to face Italy in semi-final

Germany and defending champions Spain remain the favourites to fight out a repeat of their Euro 2008 final meeting as the present edition heads into the semi-final stage.

Sweden’s ‘priciest’ country manor for sale
Sweden

Sweden’s ‘priciest’ country manor for sale

Well-heeled buyers with 150 million kronor ($21.3 million) to spare can own an exclusive slice of real estate on the Baltic island of Gotland as Sweden's most expensive country estate was recently put up for sale.

Bavarian firms: tax check once in 250 years
Germany

Bavarian firms: tax check once in 250 years

Small businesses in Bavaria have little to fear when it comes to having the tax collectors paying them a visit – they are likely to be checked only once in 250 years.

Sex buyer ban ‘hasn’t had desired effect’
Norway

Sex buyer ban ‘hasn’t had desired effect’

More and more prostitutes are plying their trade in Norway despite a 2009 law banning the purchase of sex, new figures show.

Sweden ‘can’t offer Assange guarantees’
Sweden

Sweden ‘can’t offer Assange guarantees’

Sweden would not be able to offer Julian Assange a diplomatic guarantee against being extradited to the United States should the WikiLeaks founder end up back in Sweden to face sex crime accusations, according to a justice ministry official.

Jittery Germans splurge on pricey Swiss homes
Switzerland

Jittery Germans splurge on pricey Swiss homes

Wealthy Germans are being pushed into panic-buying property at sky-high prices in Switzerland as fears grow for the safety of their euro assets, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

‘Zlatan Ibrahimovic’ born to ‘Franz Beckenbauer’
Sweden

‘Zlatan Ibrahimovic’ born to ‘Franz Beckenbauer’

Sweden and AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has served as the inspiration for the name of the newborn son of a Brazilian man whose own father named him after German footballing legend Franz Beckenbauer.

Police act to help find Swedish girl’s lost teddy
Sweden

Police act to help find Swedish girl’s lost teddy

Police in Stockholm are taking up the case of a young girl who lost her teddy bear by posting a “missing teddy” picture on the official Facebook site of the Södermalm police, prompting some to question police priorities.

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Norway

700 North Sea oil workers strike

More than 700 oil workers went on strike in Norway on Sunday after pension negotiations broke down, prompting production closures which could cost tens of millions of dollars per day, the employers' organisation said.

I stripped for Spencer – making art in Munich
Germany

I stripped for Spencer – making art in Munich

Photographic artist Spencer Tunick created his latest mass nude shoot at Munich’s Nationaltheater at the weekend. Christine Madden stripped off along with 1,699 others to become art.

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Switzerland

Swiss protest against tightening of asylum law

More than 1,000 people took to the streets of the Swiss capital Bern on Saturday in a protest against restrictions in the country's asylum law.

Germany ‘owes half its foreign aid pledges’
Germany

Germany ‘owes half its foreign aid pledges’

Germany is billions of euros behind in its pledged foreign aid payments, according to a new report issued on Monday which says only about half of what the country is pledging is actually paid.

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France

French bowls stop New York traffic

An amateur tournament of the traditional French sport pétanque in New York Sunday was so popular that some people were turned away, one organizer said.

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France

France ‘needs 10 billion to tackle deficit’

France must find up to €10 billion to cut its public deficit to 4.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said on Monday.

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France

Man jumps off Eiffel Tower

A man committed suicide by jumping off the Eiffel Tower after climbing up part of the monument.

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Switzerland

Swiss girls reaching puberty earlier and earlier

Swiss doctors have confirmed the trend recorded in the USA that the onset of puberty is starting earlier for girls.

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France

Bent French customs officers ‘caught with drug money’

Seven customs officers have been arrested for allegedly taking money from drug traffickers at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. They have been indicted for theft, handling stolen goods and corruption. 

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France

Junior minister wants to abolish prostitution

Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem wants to end prostitution in France and supports legislation that shifts the blame from prostitutes to clients. 

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France

Three arrested after kidnapping in Marseilles

A man and two accomplices were arrested on Monday following the kidnapping of a man from a block of flats in Marseilles.

Stockholm newspaper carrier guilty of rape
Sweden

Stockholm newspaper carrier guilty of rape

A newspaper delivery man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl he met while out on his morning rounds in Stockholm has been convicted of rape by a court of appeal.

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Sweden

Police warn residents after beggars turn to theft

Police have made a public appeal to Gothenburg residents about a group of 30-40 beggars believed to be committing repeated thefts in the metropolitan area in western Sweden.

BMW expands green venture with Toyota
Germany

BMW expands green venture with Toyota

Germany's BMW is expanding a tie-up with Toyota Motor on hybrid and fuel-cell vehicle technology as the global automakers push further into the "green" market, a report said Monday.

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Sweden

Assange seeks guarantee against US extradition

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Monday called for diplomatic guarantees he will not be pursued by the United States for publishing secret documents if he goes to Sweden to face criminal allegations.

Berlin baby born on back seat of police car
Germany

Berlin baby born on back seat of police car

A Berlin woman gave birth in the back of a police car on Saturday afternoon, after her husband was stuck behind a gay pride parade and could not make it home to take her to hospital.

Swedish holiday traffic death toll ‘unusually low’
Sweden

Swedish holiday traffic death toll ‘unusually low’

Despite two deaths on Swedish roads over the long weekend, this year’s Midsummer holiday resulted in fewer fatal accidents than usual, with the bad weather a possible explanation for the quieter roads.

Grandmother suspected of killing toddler
Germany

Grandmother suspected of killing toddler

German police arrested a 55-year-old woman on Saturday evening on suspicion of killing her two-year-old granddaughter by cutting her throat, after the girl’s parents left her with her grandparents.