Tourism drop hits Swiss rail passenger count
Switzerland

Tourism drop hits Swiss rail passenger count

For the first time in years, Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) has recorded a drop in passengers.

Fight forces China-bound plane back to Zurich
Switzerland

Fight forces China-bound plane back to Zurich

A brawl between two Chinese passengers forced a Swiss International Air Lines plane carrying around 200 people to Beijing to return to Zurich on Sunday night.

Investigation continues into death of 13-year-old
Sweden

Investigation continues into death of 13-year-old

The investigation into the death of a 13-year-old girl, who was found murdered Saturday afternoon in Stockholm, continued on Monday, with two brothers remaining the prime suspects.

Intel agency monitored gunman’s sister: report
France

Intel agency monitored gunman’s sister: report

Authorities were monitoring the sister of Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah as “an expert in radical Islam” long before he was on their files, new information from international radio station RTL revealed on Monday.

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France

Post-election blues worse than ever before

A study has revealed that pessimism among the French population is at a record high for this period after a change of government.

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France

Taxi driver on trial for young Swede’s murder

Bruno Cholet, a serial rapist who operated an illegal taxi in central Paris, goes on trial in Paris on Tuesday for the 2008 kidnapping and murder of Swedish student Susanna Zetterberg.

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Sweden

French taxi driver on trial for Swede’s murder

Bruno Cholet, a serial rapist who operated an illegal taxi in central Paris, goes on trial in Paris on Tuesday for the 2008 kidnapping and murder of Swedish student Susanna Zetterberg.

Lowest German exports for three years
Germany

Lowest German exports for three years

The German export industry - one of the main pillars of the country's economy - dropped to its lowest point since 2009 in August, sparking fears that the euro crisis is finally catching up with one of Europe's stronger nations.

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Sweden

Official Swedish websites targeted in cyber attack

A number of official websites in Sweden were rendered inaccessible on Monday, in what some have claimed to be a cyber-attack by supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

US-German relations ailing, says ex-FM
Germany

US-German relations ailing, says ex-FM

A former German foreign minister has voiced concern for German-American relations in the approach to the US presidential election. Re-electing President Barack Obama would be the “better option” for Europe, he said in an interview.

11 injured as smoke fills plane in Cologne
Germany

11 injured as smoke fills plane in Cologne

Eleven people were injured, four seriously, when a passenger plane at Germany's Cologne-Bonn airport filled with smoke shortly after landing on Monday morning, emergency services announced.

Dead businessman ‘could be victim of contract hit’
Germany

Dead businessman ‘could be victim of contract hit’

A German businessman who was found shot dead next to his Mercedes in Bremen’s largest parking garage at the weekend. Police are not ruling out a contract killing.

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Norway

MP faces exit door over cannabis use

A Labour Party MP who once sought to legalize cannabis now risks losing his seat in parliament after he admitted using the drug as recently as three weeks ago.

Police stumped by headless animal finds
Sweden

Police stumped by headless animal finds

Police in southern Sweden are on the lookout for a suspected poacher who they believe decapitates the animals he shoots, taking only their heads, while leaving the headless bodies behind.

Breivik emails published in new book in Norway
Norway

Breivik emails published in new book in Norway

A new book out in Norway on Monday publishes the private emails of Anders Behring Breivik, showing a killer fond of emoticons but largely devoid of emotion and illustrating his attention to detail in planning his attacks.

Unwitting Stockholmers sublet flats to prostitutes
Sweden

Unwitting Stockholmers sublet flats to prostitutes

Prostitutes in Stockholm are using short-term rented apartments to sell sex, which is proving to be a difficult case for police to crack, and a bitter pill to swallow for the holidaying homeowners.

Man dies as playground dare backfires
Germany

Man dies as playground dare backfires

A 20-year-old German was flung from a children's roundabout and died after a dare backfired on Sunday afternoon. His friends, who face involuntary manslaughter charges, taped him to the carousel and used a car to spin it round.

New millions to troubled Swedish suburbs
Sweden

New millions to troubled Swedish suburbs

The government has decided to award to 200 million kronor ($30 million) in performance based subsidies to boost fifteen of Sweden’s suburbs grappling with social exclusion.

Greens call for €200 ‘cash for clunker fridges’
Germany

Greens call for €200 ‘cash for clunker fridges’

One of Germany’s largest environmental organizations and the Greens are calling for consumers to get an extra €200 when they turn in old household appliances to buy the most energy-efficient models.

Saab logo left out as new model announced
Sweden

Saab logo left out as new model announced

The new owners of bankrupt Swedish automaker Saab plan to launch their first model in 2014, they announced on Monday, and while the cars can be called Saabs, they will lack the brand's famed griffin logo.

Minister: former East Germany needs a trillion
Germany

Minister: former East Germany needs a trillion

Eastern Germany needs €1,000 billion in investment to bring it in line with the economic power of the west by 2030, the Thuringia state economy minister said on Monday.

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France

French unemployment hits three million mark

French Labour Minister Michel Sapin said on Sunday that the country's unemployment had passed the symbolic number of three million registered job seekers and would keep rising.

Rihanna rages at pushy French fans
France

Rihanna rages at pushy French fans

Pop star Rihanna let rip in a series of foul-mouthed Twitter posts, saying she had to fight her way out of a Paris train station after a crowd of French fans gathered to greet her.

Richie Ramsay on a high after Swiss Alps win
Switzerland

Richie Ramsay on a high after Swiss Alps win

Scotland's Richie Ramsay claimed the biggest win of his career on Sunday at the European Masters in the Swiss Alps, a final-round 66 handing him victory by a four-shot margin.

Sweden ‘helped US bomb Iraq in 2003’: report
Sweden

Sweden ‘helped US bomb Iraq in 2003’: report

Swedish military intelligence provided the United States with information about potential bombing targets in Bagdad ahead a 2003 attack on the Iraqi capital, despite the Swedish government's opposition to the US invasion, US military documents reveal.

German minister wants to ban sale of Swiss data
Switzerland

German minister wants to ban sale of Swiss data

The sale and purchase of CDs listing the details of Germans suspected of stashing assets in Swiss banks to avoid taxes should be made illegal, Germany's justice minister told a newspaper on Saturday.

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Switzerland

Rhine boat crash claims two lives

An investigation is under way into the collision of two boats on the Rhine River in Basel that left two men dead.

Lufthansa crews call new strike for Tuesday
Germany

Lufthansa crews call new strike for Tuesday

Cabin staff at German airline Lufthansa will hold a fresh strike which is expected to have a bigger impact than recent walkouts, their union said Sunday.

German MP visits Assange in embassy
Germany

German MP visits Assange in embassy

German far-left MP Sevim Dagdelen on Sunday visited Julian Asange, who has been holed up at Ecuador's embassy in London since June, and afterwards expressed her solidarity with the Wikileaks founder.

Embattled Blatter vows to see out FIFA term
Switzerland

Embattled Blatter vows to see out FIFA term

FIFA's Swiss chief Sepp Blatter is adamant he will complete his fourth term as head of world football's governing body despite growing disquiet in some quarters over his stewardship.

Berliners protest after rabbi beating
Germany

Berliners protest after rabbi beating

About 1,500 people rallied in Berlin Sunday in support of a rabbi who was brutally beaten in front of his young daughter, allegedly by a group of Arab youths.

Swedish footballer dies after mid-match collapse
Sweden

Swedish footballer dies after mid-match collapse

A 29-year-old Swedish footballer died on Sunday night after collapsing mid-match just minutes after scoring a goal, leaving his club and the Swedish footballing world in shock.

Zlatan doubles up to give PSG season’s first win
Sweden

Zlatan doubles up to give PSG season’s first win

Paris Saint-Germain registered their first win of the new Ligue 1 season on Sunday night as a first-half double from Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped the capital club to a 2-1 triumph at Lille.