Facebook blocks Swiss paper over explicit pic
Switzerland

Facebook blocks Swiss paper over explicit pic

The Swiss daily Tribune de Geneve said on Friday it had its Facebook account blocked by the social networking giant after publishing an explicit image of a woman's genitals.

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Switzerland

Fresh bid to ban Swiss deal for rich foreigners

A fresh proposal to abolish Switzerland's special tax breaks for rich foreigners was lodged with Swiss federal authorities in Bern on Friday, only a month after the country voted on a similar issue.

Oslo police recover stolen Ghana royal gold
Norway

Oslo police recover stolen Ghana royal gold

Two gold objects belonging to Ghana tribal leader King Otomfuo Osei Tutu II have been found after they were stolen in Oslo last week, Norway's police said on Friday when releasing the names of two suspects.

Zookeeper suspended in dead animal scandal
Sweden

Zookeeper suspended in dead animal scandal

The Parken Zoo animal park in central Sweden has suspended its head zookeeper for misleading statements about the killing of endangered animals at the zoo in a widening scandal that has prompted the Board of Agriculture to intervene.

French spooks cut Merah monitoring: leaks
France

French spooks cut Merah monitoring: leaks

French intelligence services curtailed supervision of Islamist gunman Mohamed Merah a few months before his shooting spree in Toulouse despite his known links to extremists, according to leaked documents.

Lady detective sets honey traps to sniff out Swedish infidelity
Sweden

Lady detective sets honey traps to sniff out Swedish infidelity

Jane Andersson, Sweden’s very first lady detective, talks to The Local’s Rebecca Martin about stakeouts, honey trapping, and the exciting work day of a stealthy private eye.

‘Polite police’ fear Germany a ‘land of yobs’
Germany

‘Polite police’ fear Germany a ‘land of yobs’

Germany's etiquette association said on Friday the country was turning into a land of louts, “partially because of people's anti-authoritarian approach to raising children.” But a leading “respect expert” has – politely – disagreed.

Soc Gen offloads Greek subsidiary
France

Soc Gen offloads Greek subsidiary

French bank Société Générale said on Friday that it had finalised the sale of its Greek Geniki unit to the Bank of Piraeus, also of Greece.

Hamburg court jails ten Somali pirates
Germany

Hamburg court jails ten Somali pirates

The first piracy trial in Germany for hundreds of years finished on Friday with jail sentences handed out to ten Somalis who were involved in hijacking the freighter Taipan off the Somali coast two years ago.

Study linking GM food to cancer a ‘non-event’
France

Study linking GM food to cancer a ‘non-event’

A controversial study that linked genetically modified corn to cancer in lab rats is a "scientific non-event," six French scientific academies said in a joint statement on Friday.

Swedish Match reveals ‘snus bribe’ sum
Sweden

Swedish Match reveals ‘snus bribe’ sum

Tobacco producer Swedish Match claimed on Friday it was offered the opportunity to pay €60 million ($78 million) to thwart new EU tobacco legislation in a scandal that has cost Europe's top health official his job.

Salafist jailed for stabbing police officers
Germany

Salafist jailed for stabbing police officers

A radical Islamist was jailed for six years in prison in Bonn on Friday for stabbing two police officers during a demonstration in May.

‘We want Swedes and foreigners to laugh at their differences’
Sweden

‘We want Swedes and foreigners to laugh at their differences’

A new improv comedy show in Stockholm pokes fun at the cultural differences foreigners often encounter while living in Sweden. The Local catches up with American actor Josh Lenn, one of the show's creators, to find out more.

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Sweden

Italian police catch one of Sweden’s ‘most wanted’

One of Sweden’s most wanted criminals was arrested in Sicily by Italian police for attempted murder and robbery of a bank in central Sweden.

Festival of Lights dazzles until Sunday
Germany

Festival of Lights dazzles until Sunday

Those wanting to see Berlin's most famous buildings lit up in technicolour have until Sunday, when the annual Festival of Lights will draw to a close. So far this year the event has drawn hundreds of thousands to the capital.

Man jailed for setting robbery victim on fire
Sweden

Man jailed for setting robbery victim on fire

A 23-year-old man who assaulted, robbed and set fire to a 19-year-old man south of Stockholm has been jailed for the attack and ordered deported from the country.

Skilled immigrants opt for Britain over Germany
Germany

Skilled immigrants opt for Britain over Germany

Germany could lack as many as three and a half million skilled workers by 2025, because skilled immigrants are going to the UK rather than here, according to the Federal Employment Agency.

Swedes use WiFi names to vent neighbourly rage
Sweden

Swedes use WiFi names to vent neighbourly rage

Swedes are embracing the worldwide trend of changing the names on their network routers to send angry messages to their neighbours, anonymously airing their complaints about noisy sex, internet "thieves" and loud music.

Berlin airport debacle in committee spotlight
Germany

Berlin airport debacle in committee spotlight

A committee on Friday opened its investigation into the mistakes and errors surrounding the new Berlin international airport - which is going to be very late and way over budget when it eventually opens.

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France

Chipie the missing dog found after road trip

A dog that went missing for two weeks has come back home after hitchhiking around France with a truck driver.

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France

Man in court over anti-white racism charges

A man has appeared in court charged with making anti-white racist remarks to a neighbour in a suburb west of Paris.

Twitter under fire in anti-Semitism scandal
France

Twitter under fire in anti-Semitism scandal

A Jewish organization will attempt to get a legal judgment against social network Twitter later on Friday, to block and reveal the identities of users who sent anti-Semitic tweets under the hashtag #UnBonJuif - A Good Jew.

Online shop Zalando bags record investment
Germany

Online shop Zalando bags record investment

Berlin-based online shoe shop Zalando bagged this week the biggest ever investment to be put into a German start-up. A Swedish investor said on Friday that it had spent nearly €300 million on shares in the company.

Will Ferrell in Stockholm beer ad mystery
Sweden

Will Ferrell in Stockholm beer ad mystery

Commercials featuring US comedian Will Ferrell in Stockholm have surfaced on YouTube, in what some have labelled a guerrilla marketing campaign for a classic American beer brand previously promoted by the Swedish Bikini Team.

Brothel brawl leaves man in critical state
Switzerland

Brothel brawl leaves man in critical state

One man is fighting for life in hospital and another is in jail following a brawl at a brothel in Thun in the canton of Bern.

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France

Google: we’ll ban French media if new law is passed

Google has threatened to exclude French media sites from its search results if France implements a proposed law forcing search engines to pay for content, according to a letter obtained by AFP.

One in two students complain of ‘noisy’ class
Sweden

One in two students complain of ‘noisy’ class

Swedish classrooms continue to get more rowdy despite warnings from school inspectors, a new study carried out across the country has found.

Motors seized from Lake Biel boat fleet
Switzerland

Motors seized from Lake Biel boat fleet

Bern cantonal police have issued an appeal to the public for information after 16 motors were stolen from boats moored on Lake Biel.

Negative outlook remains for German banks
Germany

Negative outlook remains for German banks

International credit rating agency Moody's said Friday that the outlook for Germany's banking system remains negative owing to intense competition, low interest rates and a weaker environment.

Former MAN chairman named new Volvo CEO
Sweden

Former MAN chairman named new Volvo CEO

Volvo Cars board member Håkan Samuelsson, who previously served as chairman of German truckmaker MAN, has been named the new Volvo CEO, taking over from current head Stefan Jacoby who suffered a stroke in September.

Bayern’s Boateng eager to brush off Sweden draw
Germany

Bayern’s Boateng eager to brush off Sweden draw

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has said the Bavarians' Germany stars are eager to get back to Bundesliga business on Saturday to erase the memories of Germany's shock 4-4 draw with Sweden.

Threats against ministers reason for upped security
Sweden

Threats against ministers reason for upped security

Threats received by a man in his thirties against several ministers are believed to be behind the heightened security at the government offices, according to media reports.

Scientists decry insurer’s extreme weather claims
Germany

Scientists decry insurer’s extreme weather claims

German insurance companies stand accused of putting the wind up American policy holders and profiteering from climate change scare stories based on their own quasi-scientific reports Der Spiegel reported on Thursday.

Lucie’s murderer ‘untreatable’, court rules
Switzerland

Lucie’s murderer ‘untreatable’, court rules

The parents of brutally murdered 16-year-old au pair, Sophie Trezzini, expressed relief on Thursday over a sentence of mandatory life imprisonment handed the killer by Aargau’s supreme court.