Swiss campaign battles Facebook bullying
Switzerland

Swiss campaign battles Facebook bullying

With cyber-bullying now widespread among young people in Switzerland, a children’s rights group has launched a campaign to combat the problem.

Anna, 100, ‘too healthy’ for nursing home spot
Sweden

Anna, 100, ‘too healthy’ for nursing home spot

Swede Anna Lundvall, who turns 101 on Saturday, is incredulous that the municipality in northern Sweden where she has lived for more than a century has told her she is "too healthy" to live in a nursing home.

Zlatan short-listed for prestigious literary prize
Sweden

Zlatan short-listed for prestigious literary prize

The best-selling autobiography of Swedish captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been short-listed for a prestigious literary award in his native country, the jury said on Monday.

Slain Swede’s ‘hitman’ claims abuse by police
Sweden

Slain Swede’s ‘hitman’ claims abuse by police

A South African man on trial for gunning down Swedish honeymooner Anni Dewani accused police on Monday of abusing him to force a confession to being present during her murder.

President: we need a culture of togetherness
Germany

President: we need a culture of togetherness

President Joachim Gauck called for greater public spirit and a culture of togetherness as he spoke in Berlin, not far from where a man was beaten to death a week ago.

Sweden scraps income-based ‘TV tax’ scheme
Sweden

Sweden scraps income-based ‘TV tax’ scheme

Sweden's plan to replace licence fees with an income-based tax to fund public broadcasters has been put on ice, according to the ministry of culture, which says that a more thorough analysis into the scheme needs to be carried out.

Schumacher: I’ll leave Switzerland over taxes
Germany

Schumacher: I’ll leave Switzerland over taxes

Formula 1 legend and tax exile Michael Schumacher says he is prepared to move out of Switzerland if tax breaks granted to foreigners are abolished.

Greek PM set to visit Bavaria over bail-out
Germany

Greek PM set to visit Bavaria over bail-out

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras wants to travel to Bavaria to meet the head of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU).

Säpo probes embassy’s toxic powder scare
Sweden

Säpo probes embassy’s toxic powder scare

Sweden’s Security Service (Säpo) has taken over the investigation into the toxic white powder that was sent to the US embassy in Stockholm on Wednesday, causing an evacuation and police intervention.

Germany: Irish bank debt ‘special circumstance’
Germany

Germany: Irish bank debt ‘special circumstance’

Germany and Ireland are seeking ways to help Dublin manage its debt burden, a German government spokesman said on Monday, saying that the problems of Irish banks constituted "special circumstances".

Stockholm – where the past and the future combine
Sweden

Stockholm – where the past and the future combine

With three institutions in the top 100 of the Academic Ranking of World Universities and as home to the likes of Ericsson, Ikea, Electrolux, Spotify, Volvo and many more global corporations, Sweden is already an attractive proposition for the next generation of academics, researchers, engineers and entrepreneurs.

World cycling body backs Armstrong ban

World cycling body backs Armstrong ban

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong's fate was sealed in Geneva on Monday, as the sport's under-fire world governing body decided to back a life ban for doping and strip him of his record seven Tour de France titles.

Swedish parents fear after-school bullying
Sweden

Swedish parents fear after-school bullying

Many Swedish parents have concerns about leaving their children in after-school programmes, a new survey has found, with fears about kids being bullied or ignored by staff chief among parents' worries.

New French anti-Semitic posts on Twitter
France

New French anti-Semitic posts on Twitter

France's Union of Jewish Students (UEJF), which last week forced Twitter to remove anti-Semitic posts under threat of legal action, said on Monday it wanted the micro-blogging site to take off a new volley of hate messages.

Court annuls toddler deportation order
Sweden

Court annuls toddler deportation order

The Swedish Migration Court of Appeals on Monday decided to revoke the decision to deport 2-year-old Haddile, abandoned in Sweden shortly after birth by her Algerian mother.

‘Slow suicide’ of murder suspect prevents trial
Germany

‘Slow suicide’ of murder suspect prevents trial

A man charged with shooting dead a prosecutor in a German courtroom is refusing treatment for diabetic septicaemia in what his lawyer describes as “slow suicide” - preventing his trial, it was reported on Monday.

Schumi mulls speedy Swiss exit over taxes
Switzerland

Schumi mulls speedy Swiss exit over taxes

Michael Schumacher, the champion Formula One driver, says he is prepared to leave Switzerland if tax breaks given to foreigners in the country are abolished.

Siemens lets the sun go down on solar power
Germany

Siemens lets the sun go down on solar power

German engineering giant Siemens is abandoning its solar energy business in favour of wind and hydropower, the company announced in a statement Monday.

Hometown hero Federer set to defend Basel title
Switzerland

Hometown hero Federer set to defend Basel title

Roger Federer will claim the bulk of the spotlight when the Swiss Indoors tournament begins on Monday with his opening showcase match.

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France

‘Bullied’ chef stabs three waitresses

A cook who stabbed three waitresses, killing one of them, has told police he did it because his colleagues were calling him names.

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France

Lille man found dead in bed after 15 years

Authorities in the town of Lille have found the body of a man who had been dead for 15 years in his home.

Bankrupt Hello airline grounds flights
Switzerland

Bankrupt Hello airline grounds flights

Basel-based charter airline Hello ceased operating on Sunday night after declaring bankruptcy in the wake of “financial errors” and a “dwindling tourism business”.

Tell-all book on Swedish King ‘based on lies’
Sweden

Tell-all book on Swedish King ‘based on lies’

An unauthorized 2010 biography about Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf is based on "manipulated" evidence, according to the authors of a forthcoming book examining claims on which the controversial tell-all book was based.

Armstrong’s Swiss drug test was ‘suspicious’
Switzerland

Armstrong’s Swiss drug test was ‘suspicious’

Lance Armstrong's contentious 2001 Tour of Switzerland drug test was suspicious, but wasn't proof of EPO doping, even by today's stringent standards, the laboratory chief who oversaw the procedure has told AFP.

‘Catastrophic’ year for Swedish wineries
Sweden

‘Catastrophic’ year for Swedish wineries

Sweden’s winegrowers have reported a bad year for Swedish wine, with a late flowering and heavy rains leading to massive harvest losses.

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France

Far-right activists occupy French mosque site

About 70 far-right activists occupied a building site in the central French city of Poitiers where a mosque is under construction for several hours on Saturday, provoking angry criticism from political and religious leaders.

Allianz chief warns of real estate bubble
Germany

Allianz chief warns of real estate bubble

Germany faces a possible real estate bubble the new chief financial officer of the financial services company Allianz has warned.

Berlin’s English Theatre fights closure threat
Germany

Berlin’s English Theatre fights closure threat

A furore caused when two German theatres painted white actors black is being taken apart by Berlin’s English Theatre in a series of plays on multiculturalism. But a funding cut is threatening it with closure, staff told The Local.

Stuttgart elects Green Party mayor
Germany

Stuttgart elects Green Party mayor

Stuttgart elected a Green Party mayor on Sunday – the first time a German state capital has done so. The victory of Fritz Kuhn would seem to seal the party’s hold over Baden-Württemberg, where it leads the state government.

Missing man found dead, locked inside car boot
Sweden

Missing man found dead, locked inside car boot

A man who went missing on Thursday was found dead in the trunk of a vehicle by a volunteer search team in western Sweden on Sunday.

Merkel to unveil Roma memorial this week
Germany

Merkel to unveil Roma memorial this week

Chancellor Angela Merkel will inaugurate a memorial to Roma and Sinti people murdered the Nazis on Wednesday, as Europe's largest minority grapples with ongoing discrimination.

‘Britain acted like an empire’: Ecuador envoy
Sweden

‘Britain acted like an empire’: Ecuador envoy

Britain behaved like it was still an empire in its threat to raid Ecuador's embassy and arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the Ecuadorian ambassador to London said in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

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Sweden

Swedish millionaire left dead for six weeks

The neighbours of a deceased Swedish man, who lay dead for six weeks before being found, were surprised to learn the 74-year-old recluse and hoarder was a millionaire.