Norwegians can’t stand in line – Swedish poll
Norway

Norwegians can’t stand in line – Swedish poll

A Swedish newspaper poll has indicated that a majority of Swedes feel that Norwegians are unable to master the art of standing in line nor possess the ability to navigate a roundabout.

Gymnastics medal the first since 1936
Germany

Gymnastics medal the first since 1936

Marcel Nguyen collected the first all-round gymnastics medal for Germany since 1936 when he took silver on Wednesday evening. Two bronze medals followed in judo and table tennis on Thursday.

Swedish woman finds dead python on road
Sweden

Swedish woman finds dead python on road

A dead python snake was found lying on the road in Gothenburg in western Sweden on Thursday, leaving experts baffled as to where it could have come from.

ECB ‘could oppose Germany and buy bonds’
Germany

ECB ‘could oppose Germany and buy bonds’

A highly anticipated meeting of the European Central bank ended in disappointment on Thursday, with ECB head Mario Draghi failing to announce any concrete measures to stop the Eurzozone crisis.

EDL in Stockholm for ‘counter-jihad’ meet
Sweden

EDL in Stockholm for ‘counter-jihad’ meet

The English Defence League (EDL) and a collection of far-right and anti-Islam groups are planning to come to Stockholm to hold an international meeting on Saturday.

Property prices soar but ‘no danger of bubble’
Germany

Property prices soar but ‘no danger of bubble’

Low interest rates and the flight to property in a time of economic uncertainty have led to rocketing German property prices, particularly Berlin and Hamburg – but there seems to be little danger of a market bubble.

Rare monkey born in French zoo
France

Rare monkey born in French zoo

An exceptionally rare Roloway monkey has been born at a zoo in eastern France that is striving to preserve one of the most endangered primate species on the planet.

Paris shuns Carla Bruni ‘working class’ statue
France

Paris shuns Carla Bruni ‘working class’ statue

A controversial statue of Carla Bruni depicted as a worker has been erected in a Paris suburb but fans of France's former first lady will struggle to catch a glimpse of a work that has embarrassed almost everyone connected with it.

Two shot in third night of Eskilstuna violence
Sweden

Two shot in third night of Eskilstuna violence

Two men were shot in Eskilstuna near Stockholm on Wednesday night in what police believe to have been the latest exchanges in three days of gang-related violence.

Bishop calls for blasphemy laws
Germany

Bishop calls for blasphemy laws

A Catholic bishop has called for a blasphemy law in Germany, saying all religions deserved legal protection from attack in order to preserve human dignity.

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Sweden

Swedish couple destroy two cars in head on crash

A man and wife from Degerfors in northern Sweden were recently involved in a head-on collision, resulting in the destruction of both cars, when they crashed into each other on the road to their house.

Germans find evidence of Antarctic rainforest
Germany

Germans find evidence of Antarctic rainforest

The icy Antarctic coast was once a lush green subtropical rainforest, teeming with plants, trees and insects, a German scientist told The Local – after finding pollen from trees in ancient rock samples deep under freezing waters.

German professor held in US ‘to stop bloodbath’
Germany

German professor held in US ‘to stop bloodbath’

Police in California have arrested a German university professor after he wrote about gunning down students at his late son's high school and then killing himself, it was reported on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: Aug 2 – 8
Germany

What’s on in Germany: Aug 2 – 8

This week’s highlights: Bike "hacking" in Berlin, techno festivals near Frankfurt and one of Europe's biggest metalhead events in Schleswig-Holstein.

Malmö murder suspect admits killing wife
Sweden

Malmö murder suspect admits killing wife

The 59-year-old man wanted by police on suspicion of killing his ex-partner in a Malmö apartment brawl on Monday, has turned himself over to the police and admitted he caused the woman's death.

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Sweden

Swede held in Panama for money-laundering

A Swedish man has been arrested in Panama together with a Dutchman on suspicion of laundering some $100 million as part of an international crime syndicate.

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Switzerland

Police search for Swiss gunman victims

Swiss police believe that a man who shot at an 18-year-old girl in the early hours of Sunday may be a repeat offender.

Obama and Hollande pledge growth and stability
France

Obama and Hollande pledge growth and stability

US President Barack Obama and his French counterpart Francois Hollande backed European growth and eurozone stability on Wednesday, ahead of key decisions on resolving the debt crisis.

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Switzerland

Nazi gathering planned for Sunday

An annual Nazi march scheduled to take place on Sunday is expected to attract double the numbers that attended last year.

Naked man breaks into flat, takes nap
Sweden

Naked man breaks into flat, takes nap

A woman in Vänersborg in western Sweden woke up with a start in the early hours of Thursday morning after she discovered a naked strange man asleep in her bed.

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Switzerland

Competition for new national anthem

A competition has been launched for a new Swiss national anthem that better represents the country as it is today.

Stasi spy pastor leaves church in disgrace
Germany

Stasi spy pastor leaves church in disgrace

A pastor admitted in a newspaper interview Wednesday to spying for East Germany's Stasi secret police for 20 years and said he was leaving his ministry with the Lutheran Church of Sweden.

Police shoot ill man after hammer attack
Germany

Police shoot ill man after hammer attack

Two German policemen could be charged with manslaughter after shooting dead a mentally ill man who attacked them with a hammer, a state prosecutor said on Wednesday.

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Norway

Missing man found dead in the sea off Sweden

A 25-year-old man from Fredrikstad in Norway who has been missing for over a month, has been found in the sea off the Swedish west coast.

New witnesses found in helicopter heist case
Sweden

New witnesses found in helicopter heist case

Deputy prosecutor-general Kerstin Skarp has decided to re-open the preliminary investigation into the case of Alexander Eriksson, who was found guilty of piloting the chopper in the 2009 helicopter heist.

Norway claims first ever Olympic fencing medal
Norway

Norway claims first ever Olympic fencing medal

Norwegian Bartosz Piasecki claimed the country's first silver medal of the London 2012 games after he lost his fencing final to Ruben Limardo from Venezuela on Wednesday.

Two men found with 90 kilogrammes of cannabis
Sweden

Two men found with 90 kilogrammes of cannabis

Two men in southern Sweden have been charged with aggravated narcotics crime after police found them in possession of some 90 kilogrammes of cannabis earlier this year.

Assange’s mum meets Ecuadorian president
Sweden

Assange’s mum meets Ecuadorian president

The mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange met with Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on Wednesday to discuss the fate of her son holed up at the country's embassy in Britain.

Most Germans would keep job after lotto win
Germany

Most Germans would keep job after lotto win

Just 15 percent of Germans would walk out of work if they won a fortune and 68 percent said they would work as a volunteer, a recent survey revealed. Most said they would not expect the money to make them happy though.

Beach towel wardens police cruise ships
Germany

Beach towel wardens police cruise ships

The idea of Germans getting up at dawn to claim sun loungers with their towels may be a cliché, but one cruise ship company has appointed wardens to police how long such loungers have been reserved but unused.