Fury as top Pirate calls for end to child porn ban
Sweden

Fury as top Pirate calls for end to child porn ban

Rick Falkvinge, the founder Sweden's Pirate Party, has found himself in hot water after publishing a lengthy polemic calling for the legalization of child pornography.

German Pirates reject founder’s child porn call
Germany

German Pirates reject founder’s child porn call

The German Pirate Party has distanced itself from Rick Falkvinge, the Swede credited with founding Europe's Pirate movement, over his call for owning child pornography to be legalized.

Breivik lawyers exposed to death threats
Norway

Breivik lawyers exposed to death threats

Vibeke Hein Bæra, a lawyer for Anders Behring Breivik, has revealed that she received a number of death threats for representing the convicted mass killer.

Ethiopia pardons jailed Swedish journalists
Sweden

Ethiopia pardons jailed Swedish journalists

The Ethiopian authorities have released two Swedish journalists detained for the past 14 months for "supporting terrorism", the Ethiopian foreign ministry spokesman said Monday.

More are working for low wages
Germany

More are working for low wages

The proportion of people working for low wages in Germany is on the increase in what appears to be a long-term trend, data published by the national statistics office Destatis on Monday showed.

Lack of cheap flats risks creating ‘luxury ghetto’
Germany

Lack of cheap flats risks creating ‘luxury ghetto’

Düsseldorf risks becoming a “luxury ghetto”, as it does not bother to use its social housing budget, leaving the city centre to developers, a housing official warned.

‘Free markets to thank for Swedish model success’
Sweden

‘Free markets to thank for Swedish model success’

While Sweden is often held up as a shining example of the benefits of a generous welfare state, a new paper argues that free markets, rather than a large state sector, are the real key to Sweden's economic success.

‘Mission accomplished’ in Afghanistan: Sunde
Norway

‘Mission accomplished’ in Afghanistan: Sunde

As Norway prepares to pull troops out of Afghanistan, army chief Harald Sunde says he’s confident the Taliban will never return to power.

DSK sues mags over ‘girlfriend’ pics
France

DSK sues mags over ‘girlfriend’ pics

Disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a woman named as his new girlfriend are suing three French glossies for publishing "stolen photographs" of them together, their lawyers said Monday.

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Sweden

Swedish millions to fund nighttime childcare

The government has put aside 108 million kronor ($16.3 million) to support having childcare facilities open during nights and weekends, a scheme that will come into effect in 2013 and last for three years.

‘Finger-biting train station stripper’ nabbed
Germany

‘Finger-biting train station stripper’ nabbed

A man was arrested on Sunday night for exhibitionism and biting a policeman's finger so hard it broke, after he allegedly stripped at Braunschweig's main railway station and violently resisted arrest.

Swede offers naming rights for cancer ‘cure’
Sweden

Swede offers naming rights for cancer ‘cure’

A Swedish professor at Uppsala University has designed a virus touted as a potential cure for the cancer that killed Apple-founder Steve Jobs. He talks to The Local about the virus, how it works, and the prospect of making "medical and fundraising history”.

Celebrity lawyer beats family to inheritance
Norway

Celebrity lawyer beats family to inheritance

High-profile lawyer Mona Høiness will get to keep a 100-million kroner ($17 million) inheritance after winning her case against the family of a wealthy couple she befriended in the 1980s.

‘Bonksville’ opens ‘path of love’ for frisky walkers
Germany

‘Bonksville’ opens ‘path of love’ for frisky walkers

The council of Poppenhausen needs no lessons in cashing in on its name, which translates as something like "Bonksville." The picturesque Hessian village now boasts its own unique "path of love" for frisky ramblers.

German Paralympians bag 66 medals in London
Germany

German Paralympians bag 66 medals in London

The 2012 Paralympics drew finished on Sunday with German athletes having won 66 medals, a total that put them in eight place. First was taken by China, second by Russia and third went to competition hosts, the UK.

Norway face crunch tie after Iceland disaster
Norway

Norway face crunch tie after Iceland disaster

Coach Egil “Drillo” Olsen knows his players need to bounce back quickly from Friday’s shock defeat to Iceland if Norway are to have any chance of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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Sweden

Swedish journos’ families wary of pardon claims

Two Swedish journalists jailed in Ethiopia after being convicted of supporting terrorism will be pardoned, according to media agency reports.

Swedish town to dig up, sort 40-year-old rubbish
Sweden

Swedish town to dig up, sort 40-year-old rubbish

Due to the construction of a new heating plant in central Sweden, a 40-year-old rubbish tip must be unearthed – with authorities intending to duly sort the trash out before building begins.

Jews, Muslims protest for right to circumcise
Germany

Jews, Muslims protest for right to circumcise

Several hundred demonstrators gathered in Berlin on Sunday to protest for a law safeguarding those practicing religious male circumcision. German lawmakers have promised to meet their demands, but doctors have expressed warnings.

Condom maker fined for ‘Made in Condom’ claim
France

Condom maker fined for ‘Made in Condom’ claim

A court has ordered a condom company to pay €10,000 in false advertising fines after claiming their product was made in the town of Condom, near Bordeaux.

Man punches pal, pees on pizzas in drunken rage
Sweden

Man punches pal, pees on pizzas in drunken rage

A truck driver's visit to a pizzeria in eastern Sweden spiralled out of control, leaving him bloodied and in his underwear, another man's dentures crushed, and fellow diners aghast at having their food drenched with an unwanted topping.

Great St. Bernard Tunnel reopens after slide
Switzerland

Great St. Bernard Tunnel reopens after slide

The Great Saint Bernard Tunnel reopened on Monday following a landslide on Sunday night that briefly blocked the tunnel’s entrance.

City struggles to fire teacher for ‘racial abuse’
Germany

City struggles to fire teacher for ‘racial abuse’

A German teacher being investigated for calling a student a nigger has been shifted around from school to school for at least 12 years because his racism upsets parents – but authorities are struggling to fire him.

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France

German teen electrocuted in freak handstand accident

A German tourist was electrocuted and died in an “improbable and surprising” accident, doing handstands near a street lamp on a school trip in Corsica.

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Sweden

Lack of hospital staff cited in patient deaths

Overcrowding at Swedish hospitals has been cited as the possible cause for five patient deaths this year, with a lack of temporary staff to blame, according to a new study.

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France

French economy set to shrink: bank

France's economy is set to contract by 0.1 percent in the third quarter, the central bank confirmed Monday, in a forecast of further trouble for the eurozone's second-biggest economy.

Most French are ‘unhappy’ with Hollande
France

Most French are ‘unhappy’ with Hollande

President François Hollande is rating at an all time low compared to previous presidents at this stage of their time in office, according to popularity polls released the same day Hollande pledged €30 billion in new taxes to fund a two-year financial turnaround.

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France

Shooting victim was girls’ gran: police

The oldest victim of the French Alps shooting was the maternal grandmother of the two girls who survived the attack, Annecy prosecutor Eric Maillaud confirmed on Monday.

Parking stalls too small for XL Swiss cars
Switzerland

Parking stalls too small for XL Swiss cars

Swiss motorists are driving increasingly large cars but the size of parking places for vehicles hasn’t kept pace with the change.

Scientists use ‘nano-velcro’ to detect mercury
Switzerland

Scientists use ‘nano-velcro’ to detect mercury

Scientists in Switzerland and the United States on Sunday said they had created a "nano-velcro" textile that offers a swift, sensitive and low-cost way of detecting mercury, a toxic and accumulative pollutant, in water and fish.

Mum slams minister over Swedish MP’s drug death
Sweden

Mum slams minister over Swedish MP’s drug death

The mother of late Swedish MP William Petzäll, who died last week after a long battle with drug addiction, blasted what she saw as government foot-dragging on efforts to better Sweden's drug addiction treatment policies.

UBS ‘rogue trader’ on trial in London
Switzerland

UBS ‘rogue trader’ on trial in London

A trader accused of losing $2.3 billion at the Swiss bank UBS in what is alleged to be Britain's biggest banking fraud appeared in court on Monday for the start of his trial.

Three dead, ten injured in airfield accidents
Germany

Three dead, ten injured in airfield accidents

Three people include a 15-year-old girl died and ten were injured in two separate airfield accidents in southern Germany on Sunday. One involved a helicopter, the other a light aircraft.

Sweden’s Hanson wins KLM Open despite son’s hospitalization
Sweden

Sweden’s Hanson wins KLM Open despite son’s hospitalization

Swedish golfer Peter Hanson didn't buckle upon hearing his infant son was in hospital, deciding at his wife's urging to keep playing the European Tour's KLM Open, which he won with an improbable 18th-hole putt.

Valais mountain accidents claim four lives
Switzerland

Valais mountain accidents claim four lives

In the latest of a string of mountain accidents in the canton of Valais that has left four people dead in as many days, a 46-year-old German climber died on Sunday while climbing near Zermatt.

Daytime shootings on the rise in Sweden: report
Sweden

Daytime shootings on the rise in Sweden: report

Criminals in Sweden are becoming more prone to firing gunshots in broad daylight, according to a new study, increasingly putting innocent passersby in harm's way.

FM: Nuclear-armed Iran ‘not an option’
Germany

FM: Nuclear-armed Iran ‘not an option’

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Sunday that a nuclear-armed Iran was "not an option" as he called on Tehran to hold "substantial negotiations" over its controversial atomic programme.