Neuchâtel voters block billion-franc rail scheme
Switzerland

Neuchâtel voters block billion-franc rail scheme

Canton of Neuchâtel voters on Sunday narrowly rejected a proposed regional rail line and related improvements with a price tag of almost a billion francs.

Schumi spends a penny as F1 mourns doctor
Germany

Schumi spends a penny as F1 mourns doctor

As Formula 1 remembered long-serving on-track doctor Sid Watkins with a minute’s silence, racing legend Michael Schumacher missed it because he was in the toilet – but said he was thinking of his old friend nonetheless.

Swedish real estate tycoon found dead
Sweden

Swedish real estate tycoon found dead

Swedish financier Maths O Sundqvist, whose risky deals led to the 2008 demise of the Carnegie investment bank, was found dead near an all-terrain vehicle in northern Sweden on Sunday morning.

Discord overshadows Franco-German harmony
Germany

Discord overshadows Franco-German harmony

While Germany and France celebrated decades of harmony since their post-war

Swedes hit streets in fight for right to dance
Sweden

Swedes hit streets in fight for right to dance

Over 1,000 dance enthusiasts took to the streets of Stockholm on Saturday in protest against Sweden's dance license laws.

German climber dies in Nepalese avalanche
Germany

German climber dies in Nepalese avalanche

A German mountaineer was among nine people killed in Nepal when they were buried by an avalanche on one of the world's most deadly mountains.

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Sweden

Organized crime spreads to small Swedish towns

While efforts to clamp down on criminal networks in Sweden's larger cities have been successful, gangs are re-forming in smaller towns.

Neo-Nazi pepper sprays Polish WWII survivors
Germany

Neo-Nazi pepper sprays Polish WWII survivors

A neo-Nazi attacked former Third Reich forced labourers and other guests at the inauguration of a memorial near Hamburg on Friday, covering them with pepper spray before being overpowered and arrested.

Sweden vows to push for Dawit Isaak’s release
Sweden

Sweden vows to push for Dawit Isaak’s release

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt has said that the government is working to free the Swedish-Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak, who was imprisoned without trial in Eritrea 11 years ago today.

Interior minister rules out blasphemy law
Germany

Interior minister rules out blasphemy law

Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich has said he is against demands to tighten blasphemy laws in the wake of the video that ignited protests – violent and peaceful - across the world.

Anger mounts over two-year-old’s deportation
Sweden

Anger mounts over two-year-old’s deportation

A petition against the deportation of a two-year-old girl from Sweden to France has received 30,000 signatures. The case has led to renewed calls to incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Swedish law.

Apple glitch wipes Gothenburg off the map
Sweden

Apple glitch wipes Gothenburg off the map

Several Swedish towns and islands are missing from Apple maps - the service that has replaced Google maps in Apple's new operating system, iOS 6.

Germany’s poor count cost of recession
Germany

Germany’s poor count cost of recession

A survey into Germany's rich and poor shows that while Germany as a whole may have escaped the worst of Europe's debt crisis, many of its citizens have not.