US filmmaker aims to ‘capture the essence of Swedish summer’
Sweden

US filmmaker aims to ‘capture the essence of Swedish summer’

As the mercury begins to slide and Swedes revel in what may be the final balmy days of 2012, The Local catches up with American filmmaker Meng Johnson who recently released a film meant to portray all that is tantalizing about summer in Sweden.

Sweden renews vow to fight EU snus ban
Sweden

Sweden renews vow to fight EU snus ban

Sweden's trade minister on Wednesday promised the government will renew efforts to legalize exports of snus - or moist snuff - following a new EU proposal to ban all smoke-free tobacco products outside of Sweden.

Court: Jeweller shot teen in ‘self-defence’
Germany

Court: Jeweller shot teen in ‘self-defence’

A 67-year-old German jeweller was spared prison on Wednesday despite killing a teenager who held up her shop. A regional court ruled that shooting the intruder in the back of the head was self-defence.

‘King of Screws’ winds up own sales reps
Germany

‘King of Screws’ winds up own sales reps

Germany’s “King of Screws” has outraged trade unions by writing a letter to his own sales representatives, blaming them for the company's poor growth rate and telling them to get up earlier.

Relief across Europe at German ESM decision
Germany

Relief across Europe at German ESM decision

EU leaders and analysts expressed relief, and financial markets lifted, on Wednesday after the German Constitutional Court cleared the way for the launch of a bailout fund and debt brake.

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Switzerland

Bern violated Youssef Nada’s rights: court

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Wednesday that Switzerland violated an elderly Italian-Egyptian man's rights in its application of UN counter-terrorism resolutions.

Cigarette display ban verdict due this Friday
Norway

Cigarette display ban verdict due this Friday

An Oslo court will rule on Friday on the legality of a ban on the display of tobacco products in stores after cigarette maker Philip Morris claimed the two-year-old law violated European competition rules.

Sweden mulls law on kids’ phone spending
Sweden

Sweden mulls law on kids’ phone spending

The Swedish government said Wednesday it was considering introducing a law to prevent children from emptying their parents' bank accounts in just a few clicks when playing with their smartphones.

Man hit by train after robber leaves him to die
Sweden

Man hit by train after robber leaves him to die

Instead of helping a man who had passed out on a subway track in Stockholm, a passer-by chose to rob the unconscious victim before leaving him to be run over by a train.

Gay Bundesliga player fears public outing
Germany

Gay Bundesliga player fears public outing

A Bundesliga footballer has come out as gay – but fearing publicity and even attacks from fans, has remained anonymous.

Sweden boosts support to immigrant students
Sweden

Sweden boosts support to immigrant students

Sweden plans to spend 409 million kronor ($62 million) to improve education for foreign-born children, an increasing number of whom have struggled to make the grade after arriving in Sweden.

Lausanne in city shuffle to calm police storm
Switzerland

Lausanne in city shuffle to calm police storm

The city of Lausanne has named a new politician to oversee the police department in a bid to calm a tempest that has shaken the city.

Data protector ‘cannot check police spyware’
Germany

Data protector ‘cannot check police spyware’

Germany’s top data protection official has complained he cannot test how a spy computer program used by the police works – because the firm that made it will not help him examine it and the police do not have the source code.

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France

School miniskirt ban causes parent outrage

Parents are outraged after a sixth form has been performing daily clothing checks and sending home pupils with mini skirts and low-cut tops.

Norwegians more active on Facebook and Twitter
Norway

Norwegians more active on Facebook and Twitter

More and more Norwegians are finding their way to social networks like Facebook and Twitter, new figures show.

Swiss view Birkenfeld reward as ‘provocation’
Switzerland

Swiss view Birkenfeld reward as ‘provocation’

News of the $104 million reward handed to UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld by American authorities was greeted in Switzerland with a mixture of shock, surprise, indignation and resignation.

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France

Forget Paris: Toulouse France’s best place to study

Paris is not France's best student city, despite its prestigious universities, according to a new report. Toulouse, in the south-west of the country, comes out top in the survey.

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France

Town hunts werewolves after sheep attacks

A spate of attacks on sheep, many of them found with their throats slit, have caused a mysterious beast hunt in a town in western France.

Swedish journo found guilty over ties to FARC
Sweden

Swedish journo found guilty over ties to FARC

A Colombian court has convicted the director of a news website considered close to left-wing FARC rebels of conspiracy to commit terrorist acts, a crime punishable by eight years in prison.

Constitutional Court approves euro rescue
Germany

Constitutional Court approves euro rescue

The eurozone cleared a key hurdle towards resolving its debt crisis Wednesday as Germany's top court approved a new European firewall for ratification, with some minor conditions.

Protests as ‘Israel-hater’ gets philosophy prize
Germany

Protests as ‘Israel-hater’ gets philosophy prize

Both pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian demonstrators appeared in Frankfurt on Tuesday as US philosopher Judith Butler accepted the Theodor Adorno prize. Jewish groups had branded her an "Israel hater" ahead of the ceremony.

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Switzerland

Swiss top group after win over Albania

Xherdan Shaqiri and Gökhan Inler were both on target as Switzerland beat Albania 2-0 to move to the top of World Cup qualifying Group E.

Swedish military readies to protect Reinfeldt
Sweden

Swedish military readies to protect Reinfeldt

The Swedish government has upped security for the government buildings at Rosenbad in Stockholm and soldiers are getting ready to protect the government offices against potential terrorist attacks or war.

Sweden snags 2-0 win over Kazakhstan
Sweden

Sweden snags 2-0 win over Kazakhstan

A thundering first-half volley from Rasmus Elm put Sweden on the path to a 2-0 victory over Kazakhstan on Tuesday night as the team began its campaign to qualify for the 2014 football World Cup.

Norway beat Slovenia with last-gasp penalty
Norway

Norway beat Slovenia with last-gasp penalty

John Arne Riise scored a last-minute penalty as Norway bounced back from their opening-day defeat with a 2-1 win over Slovenia in a World Cup qualifier in Oslo on Tuesday.

‘Bullfighting is a culture we must preserve’: Valls
France

‘Bullfighting is a culture we must preserve’: Valls

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls delivered a passionate defence of bullfighting Tuesday, as the country's constitutional council examined a call to ban the bloody sport.

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France

Ministers in Romania for talks on Roma

Two French ministers were due in Romania Wednesday for talks with the government on its Roma community, after France controversially shut down travellers' camps on its own territory.

Villepin questioned in hotel fraud probe
France

Villepin questioned in hotel fraud probe

French police on Tuesday questioned ex-prime minister Dominique de Villepin over an alleged embezzlement scheme at a luxury hotel chain that was run by a friend of the conservative politician.

Unemployment numbers on the rise in Sweden
Sweden

Unemployment numbers on the rise in Sweden

There were more unemployed people and fewer new available jobs in August this year than the same time last year, according to new figures from Sweden's National Public Employment Agency (Arbetsförmedlingen).

UBS whistleblower gets $104 million from US
Switzerland

UBS whistleblower gets $104 million from US

US authorities have awarded former UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld a $104 million reward for blowing the whistle on the Swiss bank's tax fraud, a whistleblowers group said Tuesday.

British tarmac truck had historical GDR tyres
Germany

British tarmac truck had historical GDR tyres

German police checking a British man’s truck were astounded to see he was driving on tyres bearing the slogan “Made in German Democratic Republic” – the former socialist East which collapsed more than 20 years ago.

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Sweden

Driver tries to run down refugee kids twice

A motorist has tried to run over refugee children on two separate occasions in central Sweden, forcing local authorities to report the incidents to police.

ETH Zurich ranked best uni on continent
Switzerland

ETH Zurich ranked best uni on continent

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich was named among the world’s top universities in an annual report released on Tuesday.

Germany still out of sorts, beat Austria 2-1
Germany

Germany still out of sorts, beat Austria 2-1

Germany beat Austria 2-1 on Tuesday evening to stay top of their World Cup qualifying group, but the team admitted they would have to raise its game to make it to Brazil in 2014.

Germans happiest in north and south
Germany

Germans happiest in north and south

The happiest Germans live in the north of the country, according to a new survey which suggests people in Hamburg and on the North Sea coast are the most content with their lot.

Sweden to give long-term boost to research
Sweden

Sweden to give long-term boost to research

The government has announced that it will put four billion kronor ($605 million) into research and innovation in a long-term effort to secure Sweden’s place among the world's top nations for research.