Ciao! Italians kick Germany out of Euros
Germany

Ciao! Italians kick Germany out of Euros

Italy kicked Germany out of the Euro 2012 tournament on Thursday night with a 2-1 victory over Joachim Löw's suddenly unimpressive team. Italy will now take on Spain in the final on Sunday.

Germans Pick Up Pace at 2012 World Series of Poker
Germany

Germans Pick Up Pace at 2012 World Series of Poker

After a slow start to the 2012 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, German poker players have picked up the pace in the last week with several good results.

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Sweden

120,000 young Swedes not working or studying

Some 120,000 people in Sweden between the ages of 16 and 25 were neither working nor studying in 2010, according to a new report published Thursday by the National Board of Youth Affairs (Ungdomsstyrelsen).

Eating pigeon to get pregnant in Sweden
Sweden

Eating pigeon to get pregnant in Sweden

While fertility treatment in Sweden did eventually help her get pregnant, Stockholm-based Australian writer Louise Ling explains that her journey to motherhood wasn't without a few unexpected bumps – and birds – along the way.

Norwegian fans get naked for Robyn
Norway

Norwegian fans get naked for Robyn

Some 70 naked Norwegians joined Swedish pop star Robyn last summer for a long-delayed music video that has finally seen the light of day.

Sweden did not want to ‘sell out’ to Colbert
Sweden

Sweden did not want to ‘sell out’ to Colbert

The rejection of Stephen Colbert's bid to tweet in the name of Sweden was due in part to the TV host’s “one-way” Twitter habits, according to Swedish officials, who added that new rules may yet open the account to non-Swedes.

German cities wary of WWII bombers memorial
Germany

German cities wary of WWII bombers memorial

Representatives of German cities destroyed in World War II bomb raids seemed circumspect on Thursday as Queen Elizabeth dedicated a memorial to the bomber pilots – with only an afterthought mention of the tens of thousands of civilian victims.

Time to give the king his notice: Socialist Left
Norway

Time to give the king his notice: Socialist Left

Representatives of Norway’s Socialist Left Party have proposed abolishing the monarchy, while also offering to smooth the transition by giving the king a notice period.

Tap water ‘better than bottled brands’
Germany

Tap water ‘better than bottled brands’

Buying expensive bottled water rather than getting it out of a tap could not only be a waste of money, but have much fewer health benefits than advertisers would like consumers to believe, a German watchdog said on Thursday.

Assange given ‘surrender notice’ by UK police
Sweden

Assange given ‘surrender notice’ by UK police

British police served an extradition notice on Thursday on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has taken refuge in Ecuador's embassy in London requesting aslyum.

Organist fired for ‘living in sin’ wins payout
Germany

Organist fired for ‘living in sin’ wins payout

A German organist and choirmaster who was fired for “living in sin” will be paid €40,000 in compensation, after he took his case all the way to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) which ruled he had a right to a private life.

Snoop Dogg caught with drugs in Norway
Norway

Snoop Dogg caught with drugs in Norway

American hip hop star Snoop Dogg has been fined after being caught in possession of marijuana and bundles of cash upon his arrival in Norway on Thursday morning.

FreddeGredde’s killer version of ‘Killer Queen’
Sweden

FreddeGredde’s killer version of ‘Killer Queen’

In The Local’s first installment of “Swedish YouTube Celebrities”, we chat with FreddeGredde – the musician who’s drawn in tens of millions of viewers (and some unusual fan mail) from around the world with his quirky and inventive talents.

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Sweden

Sweden to give illegal immigrants healthcare

The Swedish government, together with the Green Party, on Thursday presented a framework agreement that will allow undocumented immigrants in Sweden to access state subsidized healthcare.

Nine-year-old boy with gun steals electric car
Sweden

Nine-year-old boy with gun steals electric car

A gun toting nine-year-old took aim at shocked bystanders before stealing an electric car and embarking on a 30 km/h joyride that ended with him crashing at a roundabout in western Sweden.

Heat-seeking drone saves fawns’ lives
Switzerland

Heat-seeking drone saves fawns’ lives

Swiss researchers are working on creating drones that use thermal imaging to detect fawns nestled in fields that are due to be mown by farmers.

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France

Runaway children cross France to see granny

Three children aged 8, 10 and 14 years-old ran away from their parents and travelled 1,000 km to see their grandmother last Saturday. 

Mid-sized firms plan to invest – with own cash
Germany

Mid-sized firms plan to invest – with own cash

Some 85 percent of medium-sized German companies are planning to invest this year, but relatively few will run to the bank to borrow money, a study released on Thursday by the Deutsche Bank showed.

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Switzerland

No US visas required for Swiss travellers

Bern has reached an agreement on data exchange with the United States, allowing Switzerland to remain in the Visa Waiver Program.

‘Go home and lie’, court tells lesbian Iranian
Germany

‘Go home and lie’, court tells lesbian Iranian

A German court told a lesbian who had fled persecution in Iran, to go back and simply live discreetly and hide her sexuality. Iranian courts sentence lesbians to whippings and, in a fourth instance, death.

Tyra gets a new teddy from Swedish police
Sweden

Tyra gets a new teddy from Swedish police

After failing in their efforts to help locate a toddler's missing teddy bear, Swedish police officers on Wednesday offered the distraught little girl a new bear as a consolation gift.

Intel ‘destroyed as Nazi terror group exposed’
Germany

Intel ‘destroyed as Nazi terror group exposed’

Germany’s domestic intelligence service destroyed files on neo-Nazis linked to the terror gang which claimed the murders of ten people - on the day the killings were traced to them, it has emerged. The interior minister has demanded an explanation.

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France

Man ‘happy’ as beer fight leads to mum-in-law ban

A man from the south of France has declared himself satisfied after a court banned him from seeing his mother-in-law. The two fell out due to a fight over a can of beer. 

Immigrants ‘doing better at school and work’
Germany

Immigrants ‘doing better at school and work’

Immigrants to Germany are facing less job discrimination and their children are doing better in school, but some problems remain, various reports released this week showed.

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Switzerland

EU calls on Swiss to lift immigration quotas

The EU has demanded that Switzerland lift restrictions on immigration from eight Central and Eastern European countries.

Tunisian party: chuck out holidaying Le Pen
France

Tunisian party: chuck out holidaying Le Pen

The Tunisian party Al-Majd wants to deport far right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen who is on holiday in the seaside resort of Hammamet. 

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Norway

American skydiver dies in Norway crash

A 43-year-old American skydiver died on Wednesday after crashing into the side of a mountain at an extreme sports gathering in Eidfjord, western Norway.

Shots fired in brawl at Gothenburg hospital
Sweden

Shots fired in brawl at Gothenburg hospital

Gunfire erupted in connection with a brawl that broke out at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg on Wednesday night, the second night in a row violence has flared up at the hospital.

Merkel and Hollande talk ahead of crunch summit
France

Merkel and Hollande talk ahead of crunch summit

Germany's Angela Merkel held last-minute talks with French President François Hollande on Wednesday before a crucial EU summit but warned she would not budge in her opposition to pooling eurozone debt.

Black market in Wagner festival tickets booms
Germany

Black market in Wagner festival tickets booms

The number of people buying and selling black market tickets to the legendary Bayreuth festival is higher than ever before, a financial newspaper reported on Thursday.

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France

Soldiers killed ‘by illegal miners’ in French Guiana

Two soldiers were killed and two paramilitary gendarmes wounded Wednesday in an ambush blamed on illegal gold miners in French Guiana, officials in the overseas region said.

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France

Foie gras makers protest against California ban

France's foie gras industry says legislation due to come into force in California on July 1 banning the sale of duck or goose liver pate over animal rights concerns contravenes international trade law.

What’s on in Germany:  June 28 – July 4
Germany

What’s on in Germany: June 28 – July 4

This Week's Highlights: Japanese films in Cologne, an American play in Frankfurt, and a mediaeval festival in Bretten.

Schweinsteiger: golden generation needs title
Germany

Schweinsteiger: golden generation needs title

As Germany prepares for Thursday's Euro 2012 semi-final clash against Italy, midfield star Bastian Schweinsteiger has said Germany need a title to crown the rise of their current golden generation.

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Sweden

Police cars smashed in Tensta ‘guerrilla’ riot

Some 100 people in their early twenties rioted in the Stockholm suburb of Tensta just after midnight on Wednesday night, smashing up police cars and throwing stones at officers.

Swedish prince in steamy waterside sauna battle
Sweden

Swedish prince in steamy waterside sauna battle

Despite a no from local authorities, Swedish prince Carl Philip is adamant he wants a waterside sauna and his appealing the decision that the project would be in violation of Sweden’s environmental laws.

US collector returns historic atlas to Sweden
Sweden

US collector returns historic atlas to Sweden

The 415-year-old Cornelius van Wytfliet atlas, stolen from Sweden's National Library (Kungliga Biblioteket, KB) more than a decade ago has been returned to the country after being recovered in the United States last year, officials announced on Wednesday.

Astronaut – we need to clean up space
Germany

Astronaut – we need to clean up space

German astronaut Thomas Reiter has warned that a space clear-up is needed to protect the satellites upon which many aspects of modern life depend.