SVP politician quits to go back on the rails
Switzerland

SVP politician quits to go back on the rails

Millionaire businessman and Swiss People’s Party (SVP) MP Peter Spuhler denies he is quitting parliament because of problems faced by his party.

Hells Angels trial opens after violent party crash
Sweden

Hells Angels trial opens after violent party crash

The trial against 19 members from motorcycle gang Hells Angels, who crashed a biker party in southern Sweden earlier this year, began in Gothenburg on Tuesday.

Ballack ends a career ‘beyond his dreams’
Germany

Ballack ends a career ‘beyond his dreams’

Former Germany captain Michael Ballack has retired from active sport, his lawyer announced on Tuesday afternoon, ending a career which saw him play football for his country 98 times.

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Switzerland

‘Missing’ Swiss tax data found in Greek farce

Greek officials on Tuesday managed to locate a mystery list of Swiss account holders after a claim of ignorance from the country's finance minister prompted a near-farcical search.

‘Millennium Falcon’ divers in old wine find
Sweden

‘Millennium Falcon’ divers in old wine find

Swedish divers famous for finding an object on the Baltic Sea floor resembling a well-known spaceship from the Star Wars films are celebrating the recovery of drinkable wine from a nearly century-old Swedish shipwreck.

Frankfurt airport extends to take super-jumbos
Germany

Frankfurt airport extends to take super-jumbos

Frankfurt Airport, Germany's biggest hub, opened an extension of one of its two terminals on Tuesday as it seeks to boost capacity by six million passengers a year.

Ikea ‘lacks credibility’ on Saudi catalogue uproar
Sweden

Ikea ‘lacks credibility’ on Saudi catalogue uproar

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea made a mistake related to removing women from the version of its catalogue printed in Saudi Arabia, but not the mistake most people think, argues contributor Ruben Brunsveld.

Greenpeace report slams Swedish nuclear plants
Sweden

Greenpeace report slams Swedish nuclear plants

Security risks at Sweden’s nuclear power plants are so high that the facilities should all be taken out of operation, according to a new report from environment organization Greenpeace.

American rescued after icy night on mountain
Norway

American rescued after icy night on mountain

Frozen to the bone but in good spirits, a 23-year-old American was rescued at 10am on Tuesday after spending a bitterly cold night in stormy conditions on a mountainside in southern Norway.

Court: internet users must pay TV fee
Germany

Court: internet users must pay TV fee

Everyone with a computer connected to the internet in Germany must pay television and radio license fees, the Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday - just a few months before the system is changed to one levied per household.

Fleeing teacher agrees to British extradition
France

Fleeing teacher agrees to British extradition

A married British teacher who fled with a 15-year-old schoolgirl to France agreed Tuesday to be extradited, as his lawyer said the arrested fugitive wanted his "full story" to emerge.

MEP Dati files paternity claim against hotel boss
France

MEP Dati files paternity claim against hotel boss

French former justice minister Rachida Dati has sought legal action to get hotel tycoon Dominique Desseigne to acknowledge paternity of her daughter, Desseigne's office said Tuesday.

Statoil halts Barents Sea expansion plans
Norway

Statoil halts Barents Sea expansion plans

Norwegian oil company Statoil said on Tuesday it and its partners Total and GDF Suez have decided to drop plans to expand the Snøhvit natural gas field in the Barents Sea as unjustified given current discoveries.

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France

Frenchman leaps to his death as bailiffs knock

A Frenchman committed suicide by throwing himself out of his third-floor apartment window when a bailiff arrived to tell him he was being evicted for not paying his rent, police said Tuesday.

‘Fake’ food common in Stockholm eateries
Sweden

‘Fake’ food common in Stockholm eateries

One in three Stockholm restaurants serve different products than what is promised on the menu, according to a new study from the city’s environmental administration (Miljöförvaltningen), showing that eateries most often cheat when it comes to feta cheese, Parma ham and Parmesan cheese.

German European equine victory hopes dashed
Germany

German European equine victory hopes dashed

Hopes that German filly Danedream could become the first horse in over 30 years to win Europe's most prestigious race twice in a row were dashed on Tuesday. She is among 300 horses put into quarantine in Cologne.

Total halts gas field expansion in Barents Sea
France

Total halts gas field expansion in Barents Sea

Norwegian oil company Statoil said Tuesday it and its partners Total and GDF Suez have decided to drop plans to expand the Snohvit natural gas field in the Barents Sea as unjustified given current discoveries.

Swedish raid prompts new cyber attack threat
Sweden

Swedish raid prompts new cyber attack threat

Sweden should prepare for further cyber attacks in retaliation for Monday's raid against web hosting company PRQ – previous hosts to The Pirate Bay and whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks – hacktivist network Anonymous has warned.

Strauss-Kahn gang rape probe dropped
France

Strauss-Kahn gang rape probe dropped

French prosecutors said Tuesday they were dropping a probe into accusations that the disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn took part in a gang rape in the United States.

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France

Iranian women stone French embassy

A small group of protesters, most of them women, on Tuesday destroyed a Iranian police post protecting the French embassy in Tehran and threw stones at visitors to the mission before being arrested, a diplomat inside told AFP.

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France

Arrests in Grenoble double murder case

French police arrested 10 suspects in dawn raids Tuesday in a hunt for the killers of two students lynched by a mob armed with hammers, baseball bats and knives.

Swiss airline slammed for using free pilots
Switzerland

Swiss airline slammed for using free pilots

In a sign of the cost-cutting in the airline business, Basel-based charter carrier Hello is employing pilots who work for free in order to gain flying experience.

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France

Taekwondo champs held over prostitute ring

Police arrested 16 people, two of whom are national Taekwondo champions, in relation to an underage prostitution ring in the Rhône-Alpes and Savoie region yesterday.

Thieves steal mummified liar’s hand from church
Germany

Thieves steal mummified liar’s hand from church

Police are hunting thieves who stole a mummified hand from a church in western Germany, leaving the small congregation heartbroken over the loss of their popular relic which had been in a box for more than a century.

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France

Boy stabbed teacher to avenge detention

A high school pupil has been sentenced to five years in prison after stabbing is teacher in retaliation for being given a detention in a suburb of Toulouse.

‘The UK makes things too, it’s not just finance’
Germany

‘The UK makes things too, it’s not just finance’

The Olympics and the jubilee made it a fun year to be Britain's ambassador to Germany. But Simon McDonald told The Local in an exclusive interview he also dealt with euro-suspicion at home and German aspersions about UK industry.

Swedish glassmaker to close Orrefors facility
Sweden

Swedish glassmaker to close Orrefors facility

Financial woes have forced famed Swedish glassmaker Orrefors Kosta Boda to shutter two factories in southern Sweden and lay off 130 employees.

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France

France hikes beer tax while French spurn beer

French government has proposed a controversial tax hike on beer in supermarkets and restaurants, while a study has revealed France is one of the smallest consumers of beer in Europe.

Swedish police raid Stockholm web host
Sweden

Swedish police raid Stockholm web host

Swedish police on Monday raided Stockholm-based web hosting company PRQ – previous hosts to The Pirate Bay and whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks.

Lausanne museum faces stiff opposition
Switzerland

Lausanne museum faces stiff opposition

The latest project to find a new home for the Vaud cantonal museum of fine art in Lausanne has hit a roadblock.

Hollande demands strict rules on EU bank union
France

Hollande demands strict rules on EU bank union

French President Francois Hollande said on Monday that a European banking union should be governed by "very precise rules" after meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

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France

French sex abusers get ‘lenient’ punishment

A Cambodian court on Tuesday handed two Frenchmen partially suspended two-year prison sentences for sexually abusing teenage boys, a punishment criticised as too lenient by the victims' lawyer.

Steinbrück drops jobs but won’t publish income
Germany

Steinbrück drops jobs but won’t publish income

Opposition chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück will give up his well-paid speech making business and his seat on the supervisory board of steel giant ThyssenKrupp – but has rejected calls to publish his tax returns.

Commerzbank boss sees wages soar despite debts
Germany

Commerzbank boss sees wages soar despite debts

The chief executive of Germany's second biggest bank, Commerzbank, which is still a quarter state-owned after a bail-out, admitted to a parliamentary committee he has more than doubled his salary despite the continuing debt.

Factory worker sacked for rolling up his pants
Sweden

Factory worker sacked for rolling up his pants

A 59-year-old man who worked for more than 30 years at a packaging plant in southern Sweden has been fired for rolling his pants up while on the job.

‘Ex-Stasi agent’ heads aluminium giant Rusal
Germany

‘Ex-Stasi agent’ heads aluminium giant Rusal

Alledged former member of East Germany's Stasi security service and old KGB friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Matthias Warnig, was on Monday appointed chairman of the world's largest aluminium producer, Rusal.

Reinfeldt uses Paris meet to pan EU banking union
Sweden

Reinfeldt uses Paris meet to pan EU banking union

In talks with French President Francois Hollande on Monday, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt remained firm in expressing his government's disapproval of a proposed EU banking union.

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Norway

Colombia talks to start on October 15th: FARC

Talks in Oslo between Colombia's government and the leftist FARC rebels - aimed at ending one of Latin America's oldest conflicts - are set to begin on October 15th, the group said on Monday.

Man drowned lover and child to hide affair
Germany

Man drowned lover and child to hide affair

A man who murdered his lover and their child to hide the affair from his partner will spend the rest of his life in prison, a German court ruled on Monday.

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Switzerland

Fribourg fire forces evacuation of 25

An investigation is continuing into a fire that forced the evacuation of 25 people from an apartment building in Fribourg on Monday.

Swedish police link cyber attacks to Assange case
Sweden

Swedish police link cyber attacks to Assange case

Police in Sweden say there is clear connection between a recent spate of cyber attacks targeting Swedish websites and the ongoing dispute over the deportation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.