‘Use foreign aid funds for scholarships’: report
Sweden

‘Use foreign aid funds for scholarships’: report

Sweden should use some of its foreign aid budget to pay for scholarships that would cover tuition fees for students from developing countries who want to study at Swedish universities, a new report argues.

German command of Kosovo force renewed
Germany

German command of Kosovo force renewed

German General Volker Halbauer took command of NATO's KFOR troops in Kosovo on Friday as the flaring ethnic tensions in the majority-Serb north remain a challenge for the 5,600-strong force.

Pippi’s missing body found in vet’s freezer
Sweden

Pippi’s missing body found in vet’s freezer

Pippi the cat, who was believed to have been buried in a mass grave in Malmö against her owner's will, turned up on Friday in the freezer of the local vet.

Sweden’s most international education – in Jönköping
Sweden

Sweden’s most international education – in Jönköping

As such there is a growing number of business schools with a wider geographical focus, both in terms of attracting foreign students and also to provide the next generations of fully mobile employees and employers.

Cabin crew union forces Lufthansa to talk
Germany

Cabin crew union forces Lufthansa to talk

Lufthansa and cabin crew union UFO were expected to hold talks on Friday evening to try to find a way to prevent further strikes like the one which forced more than 1,000 flights to be cancelled.

Most military leaders say reforms ‘will not last’
Germany

Most military leaders say reforms ‘will not last’

The vast majority of Germany's military leaders are unhappy with reforms reducing the size of the army and scrapping compulsory military service, a survey shows.

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France

Murder accused strips in front of court

A Frenchman accused of the 2008 murder of a Swedish student on Friday delayed the resumption of his trial by taking off all his clothes.

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Sweden

Man re-arrested for Dalarna murder mystery

A 36-year-old man has been remanded into custody, suspected of murdering a woman who was found dead in a burnt-out apartment in central Sweden in 2006.

Merkel: states must work with ECB on euro
Germany

Merkel: states must work with ECB on euro

Angela Merkel welcomed on Friday the conditions imposed by the European Central Bank under its new bond-buying programme aimed at solving the euro crisis, saying governments also had work to do.

Accused Frenchman gets naked in new trial delay
Sweden

Accused Frenchman gets naked in new trial delay

A Frenchman accused of the 2008 murder of a Swedish student on Friday delayed the resumption of his trial by taking off all his clothes.

Cuckoo clocks: kitsch, colourful and cheerful
Germany

Cuckoo clocks: kitsch, colourful and cheerful

The sandstone cliffs surrounding Triberg should have holes in them from which large wooden birds spring each hour, for the town is the heart of Germany’s cuckoo clock industry. Kate Hairsine investigated.

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Switzerland

Police chief nominated despite Turkish scandal

Controversy is mounting over the canton of Valais’s police chief after he was nominated to stand for election in November to the cantonal government at a stormy meeting of the Liberal Radical party.

Ikea slammed over anti-union bullying in Turkey
Sweden

Ikea slammed over anti-union bullying in Turkey

Swedish unions have blasted furniture giant Ikea following reports that workers at Ikea stores in Turkey have been threatened and harassed over union membership.

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France

Brake lever stuck in boy’s thigh for four months

An 11-year-old boy from Hérault who fell on the handlebars of his bicycle last May learned this week that a brake lever was lodged in his thigh for four months without his being aware of it.

Labour Party to spend millions on Utøya revamp
Norway

Labour Party to spend millions on Utøya revamp

The youth wing of Norway's Labour Party has announced that it intends to resume hosting summer camps on Utøya island, promising to spend 60 million kroner on redesigning the scene of Anders Behring Breivik's killing spree.

Swedish passengers hit by Lufthansa strike
Sweden

Swedish passengers hit by Lufthansa strike

Swedish travellers have found themselves among the estimated 100,000 people affected by the Lufthansa cabin crew strike, with flights canned from Arlanda, Landvetter and Copenhagen's Kastrup airport.

‘No models’ mag drops ban after thinner sales
Germany

‘No models’ mag drops ban after thinner sales

A German women’s magazine which dropped models to use pictures of “real people” in its pages, has reversed the decision and will be returning to the professionals.

VW ‘to make 300,000 fewer cars this year’
Germany

VW ‘to make 300,000 fewer cars this year’

German car maker Volkswagen is expecting to sell 300,000 fewer vehicles this year than initially planned, largely due to European economic difficulties, sources at the firm say.

Anger as US inspectors target Swiss chocolate
Switzerland

Anger as US inspectors target Swiss chocolate

Swiss chocolate makers face inspections from American authorities to ensure their bonbons do not pose a bioterrorism threat in the US, according to a new report.

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Norway

Oslo police monitor anti-Islam meetings: report

Police investigators have for years been participating in meetings of far-right and anti-immigrant groups and individuals, including Anders Behring Breivik, in order assess the potential for violent attacks, according to a media report.

Woman evicted over angry note ‘threats’
Sweden

Woman evicted over angry note ‘threats’

A disgruntled tenant was evicted this week from her apartment building in Stockholm after neighbours complained that the angry notes she had been posting in the stairwell became too rude and threatening.

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Sweden

Swedish safari guide freed from African prison

Swedish safari guide Erik Mararv, charged with the murder of 13 people in the Central African Republic, has been released after all the charges against him were dropped.

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France

Veil-wearer faces penalty for biting policeman

An 18-year-old veil-wearing woman faces a penalty for biting a policeman in Marseille during a "mini-riot" that erupted when she was checked for violating France’s dress code.

‘Sigrid had extensive head injuries’: police
Norway

‘Sigrid had extensive head injuries’: police

The results of a preliminary autopsy report on the body of Norwegian teen Sigrid Giskegjerde Schetne have indicated that she sustained serious head injuries consistent with the theory that she was hit by a vehicle.

Family feud ‘could be behind fatal shooting’
France

Family feud ‘could be behind fatal shooting’

French police are investigating whether a feud between brothers may have been at the heart of a shooting that killed three members of a British-Iraqi family in the French Alps, prosecutors said on Friday.

‘Complex bureaucracy is depriving Sweden of foreign talent’
Sweden

‘Complex bureaucracy is depriving Sweden of foreign talent’

If Sweden wants to remain an attractive destination for students, researchers and skilled workers from other countries, the current tangle of bureaucracy and conflicting rules must be corrected, write representatives of the Swedish Institute.

Family’s ‘parked’ car used as airport shuttle
Germany

Family’s ‘parked’ car used as airport shuttle

A German family returning from holiday were amazed when their own car drew up beside them at the airport doors – and other people got in. The vehicle they had left safely in an airport car park was being used by a shuttle service firm.

Hollande’s tax on rich to be softened: report
France

Hollande’s tax on rich to be softened: report

A tax on the rich proposed by President François Hollande when he campaigned for the presidency may not be quite as draconian as initially feared, according to a new report.

Strike grounds 100,000 Lufthansa passengers
Germany

Strike grounds 100,000 Lufthansa passengers

A 24-hour cabin crew strike grounded at least half of Lufthansa's flights on Friday, a spokesman for the top German carrier said. A list of cancelled flights can be found at the bottom of this story.

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Sweden

More Swedes dependent on welfare payments

An increasing number of people in Sweden are dependent on long-term social welfare benefits in order to survive, according to a new report from the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).

‘It was just a conspiracy theory’: Rausing
Sweden

‘It was just a conspiracy theory’: Rausing

Tetra Pak heir Hans Kristian Rausing has dismissed reports his late wife had knowledge of the unsolved 1986 murder of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme, an author said on Thursday.

Sweden beat China 1-0 in lacklustre friendly
Sweden

Sweden beat China 1-0 in lacklustre friendly

Sweden beat China 1-0 on Thursday in a lacklustre warm-up match that saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic sit out the second half ahead of the hosts' World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan next week.

Euro and politicians top list of German fears
Germany

Euro and politicians top list of German fears

It's no longer fear of terrorism or war that keeps Germans up at night - it's the heft of their wallets. A new study found that fears of the euro crisis and the incompetence of politicians to deal with it have grown bigger than anything else.