Find the key to personal success in Germany this month
Germany

Find the key to personal success in Germany this month

Most of us would probably like to become more successful. We dream of making our money work for us by investing it well, or of starting a successful global company. But even if the will is there, it’s often hard to know where to start.

Ban hails Switzerland’s ten years in UN
Switzerland

Ban hails Switzerland’s ten years in UN

UN chief Ban Ki-moon hailed Switzerland as a champion of human rights as he visited Bern on Tuesday to celebrate the country's ten-year anniversary of its membership in the world body.

Painter creates clash of circumstance
Germany

Painter creates clash of circumstance

Berlin Art Week started on Tuesday, cementing the capital’s place in the international art scene. A Swedish artist is showing portraits including a sweatshop worker in a designer T-shirt. Johan Andersson spoke to The Local.

New business supremo riles Norwegian leftists
Norway

New business supremo riles Norwegian leftists

The new head of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO), Kristin Skogen Lund,has already drawn the ire of the Socialist Left party over claims that Norway needs more rich people.

‘Racist’ ads removed for Swedish kids’ film
Sweden

‘Racist’ ads removed for Swedish kids’ film

Advertisement posters for a new children’s film have been pulled down over concerns that one of the pictured characters has stereotypical "racist" undertones.

Court: Transsexuals have right to breasts
Germany

Court: Transsexuals have right to breasts

Male-to-female transsexuals have a legal right to breast enlargement operations when hormone therapy fails to give them a feminine shape, a German federal court ruled Tuesday.

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Sweden

Backlash over income-based ‘TV tax’ plan

Sweden's plan to replace licence fees with an income-based tax to fund public broadcasters has drawn criticism from public radio and television officials.

School: German children cannot learn Turkish
Germany

School: German children cannot learn Turkish

A six-year-old German girl who said she wanted to learn Turkish with her school friends has been told the classes were “only for foreigners”, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

‘Moving to Sweden doesn’t mean winning the romance lottery’
Sweden

‘Moving to Sweden doesn’t mean winning the romance lottery’

Finding the love of your life can be tough and being unable to shake the "outsider" label after moving abroad doesn't make it any easier, explains contributor Elisabeth Carlsson.

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Sweden

Man freed in axe attack victim murder trial

The man charged with the suspected murder of a 51-year-old man in April was acquitted Tuesday due to lack of evidence, despite the court declaring that it was “highly likely” that he was the killer.

Naked monk in woods ‘had eaten bad berries’
Germany

Naked monk in woods ‘had eaten bad berries’

A Bavarian hiker who called the police after coming across a naked man staggering around in the woods, might have saved his life – it turns out he was a monk who had eaten poisonous berries.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrat in teen sex crime castration call

The head of a Sweden Democrat party district and member of the party’s election committee used the party's website to call for the castration of four young boys suspected of sexual crimes.

Workers safe after high-wire fjord rescue
Norway

Workers safe after high-wire fjord rescue

Two electricity workers in Norway were rescued on Tuesday after spending more than 24 hours stuck on a high-tension power line 85 meters above a fjord.

Pirate Bay founder held in new hacking probe
Sweden

Pirate Bay founder held in new hacking probe

Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, who faces a year-long prison sentence for promoting copyright infringement, was detained on new computer hacking suspicions when he landed in Sweden on Tuesday morning.

‘I knew in spring they’d be released’: Bildt
Sweden

‘I knew in spring they’d be released’: Bildt

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt revealed in his personal blog on Tuesday that he knew as early as May that the two Swedish reporters jailed in Ethiopia would be released.

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Norway

Prosecutor: Give women 18 years for axe murder

A prosecutor has called for two young women charged with the axe murder last year of Hans Rickard Strømner to be jailed for 18 years.

Sweden unveils new ‘themed’ coin designs
Sweden

Sweden unveils new ‘themed’ coin designs

The new designs for three Swedish coins, including the introduction of a 2-kronor coin, were unveiled by the Riksbank on Tuesday, with the coins set to hit circulation in 2016.

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Switzerland

Butcher found dead in Bad Ragaz zoo

Murder is suspected in the death of a 46-year-old butcher on the outskirts of the spa town of Bad Ragaz in the canton of Saint Gallen.

Teen skater charged after woman dies from crash
Sweden

Teen skater charged after woman dies from crash

Charges have been filed against a 15-year-old boy for bodily harm following his involvement in a skateboarding accident where he crashed into a woman who later died from the fall.

Ayrault announces plan to combat racism
France

Ayrault announces plan to combat racism

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has announced a “plan of action” to use education to fight racism and antisemitism in the country.

Two men trapped in basket over fjord
Norway

Two men trapped in basket over fjord

Two power workers are awaiting the arrival of an alpine rescue team after spending the night in a basket perched 85 metres above a fjord in western Norway.

One in three have breast row implants removed
France

One in three have breast row implants removed

More than one in three women in France who have had PIP breast implants have undergone surgery to have them removed, French Agency of Health Products (ANSM).

Swiss give UN hives on tenth anniversary
Switzerland

Swiss give UN hives on tenth anniversary

Switzerland celebrated ten years of membership in the United Nations on Monday by presenting the organization with an unusual gift at its Geneva headquarters.

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France

Gay adoption ban to be dropped in France

Plans for new gay marriage laws will allow same-sex couples the same rights to adopt as heterosexual couples, French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira announced to the press today.

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Sweden

Gothenburg shooting leaves one dead

A man who was shot on Monday night in south western Gothenburg died in hospital, with police still unsure of the victim's identity.

Price-fixing steel bosses ‘entertained in brothels’
Germany

Price-fixing steel bosses ‘entertained in brothels’

Steel managers who were fixing prices and dividing up the railway track market took Deutsche Bahn employees to brothels after talking business over dinner, spending more than €71,000 on “entertaining” over five years.

Greece: Germany could still owe us from WWII
Germany

Greece: Germany could still owe us from WWII

Germany could find itself slapped with a bill from Greece for outstanding Nazi war crimes, as the country's finance ministry revealed that it had set up a "working group" to scour historical archives and tally World War II debt.

Dissident asks Swiss to push Beijing on rights
Switzerland

Dissident asks Swiss to push Beijing on rights

Exiled Chinese dissident Harry Wu called on Switzerland on Monday to push Beijing to include a clause on human rights in a free trade deal being negotiated by the two countries.

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Sweden

Cambodia deports Pirate Bay founder to Sweden

Cambodia on Monday deported a co-founder of The Pirate Bay filesharing website, sending him back to Sweden where he faces a one-year prison sentence for promoting copyright infringement.

Arnault: I’ll sue paper over ‘Get lost’ taunt
France

Arnault: I’ll sue paper over ‘Get lost’ taunt

France's richest man, Bernard Arnault, said Monday he would sue a newspaper over a front-page headline – "Get lost, you rich idiot!" – which came after he said he was applying for Belgian nationality.

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France

Police search for killer’s escape route

Police are combing through security camera footage in an attempt to identify the escape route taken after a quadruple murder at a French Alps beauty spot, in an investigation that has thrown up more questions than answers.

‘Internet better than sex’ for many under-35s
Germany

‘Internet better than sex’ for many under-35s

Nearly one in five young Germans would rather go without sex than give up the internet for a year, a poll on the country's online habits indicated Monday.

Soros: Germany should fix euro or leave it
Germany

Soros: Germany should fix euro or leave it

Billionaire financier George Soros said on Monday that the eurozone was edging closer to solving its debt crisis – but reiterated his call for Germany to either lead the bloc or leave it.

Cheap imports put Swiss winemakers over barrel
Switzerland

Cheap imports put Swiss winemakers over barrel

Winemakers from western Switzerland rolled 40 tractors and several wine barrels along the streets of Bern on Monday in a bid to gain political support for their industry.

H&M yanks t-shirt tribute to ‘Robin Hood’ mayor
Sweden

H&M yanks t-shirt tribute to ‘Robin Hood’ mayor

A clothes designer owned by Swedish chain H&M pulled from stores a t-shirt paying homage to a radical Spanish politician who backed Robin Hood-style looting of supermarkets, the company said Monday.

‘It was the biggest mistake of our lives’
Sweden

‘It was the biggest mistake of our lives’

The two Swedish journalists who were pardoned by Ethiopia on Monday have left the east African country after 14 months in prison, calling their ordeal "the biggest mistake" of their lives.

Germany ‘fails to level educational playing field’
Germany

Germany ‘fails to level educational playing field’

German children from well-educated families are six times as likely to go to university as those from low education backgrounds, despite decades of trying to level the playing field.

Beer fans lobby for Oktoberfest price cap
Germany

Beer fans lobby for Oktoberfest price cap

A group of beer-loving Munich citizens have come together to try to put brakes on the escalating price of the golden Bavarian nectar at the annual Oktoberfest.