Berlin schools ‘racially segregating’ children
Germany

Berlin schools ‘racially segregating’ children

Several primary and secondary schools in Berlin are segregating migrant children into classes with “vastly inferior education,” to attract "ethnic Germans," an NGO has told a United Nations Human Rights session in Geneva.

Tour left winnerless after Armstrong ban
France

Tour left winnerless after Armstrong ban

The 1999-2005 Tour de France races will have no winners attributed to them, embattled world cycling officials announced Friday, ordering doping-tainted icon Lance Armstrong to repay his prize money.

Ayrault’s false start: criticism of PM grows
France

Ayrault’s false start: criticism of PM grows

Amateur, indecisive and gaffe-prone: the accusations are growing ever louder against Socialist Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault as he struggles to steer France through its worst economic crisis in decades.

Teary UBS ‘rogue trader’ gives evidence
Switzerland

Teary UBS ‘rogue trader’ gives evidence

Kweku Adoboli, the UBS trader accused of losing $2.3 billion, broke down in tears on Friday as he took to the witness stand for the first time at his trial in London.

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Sweden

Social Democrats: no ban on welfare sector profits

The Social Democrats said on Friday they would not advocate for an outright ban on profits by companies working in the welfare sector, arguing instead for stronger regulations, increased transparency, and tougher demands on quality.

French confidence at rock bottom
France

French confidence at rock bottom

The French have rarely been as pessimistic about their future, according to data released on Friday, raising concerns they may cut back on consumption, the only remaining prop to economic growth in the country.

Kindergarten worker ‘forced kids to eat vomit’
Germany

Kindergarten worker ‘forced kids to eat vomit’

More details emerged on Friday about a German kindergarten teacher who is thought to have locked children in cupboards and forced them to eat vomit.

Multiple resignations rock Pirate Party ship
Germany

Multiple resignations rock Pirate Party ship

The German Pirate Party plunged into chaos on Friday when two top party members stepped down, one of whom had prevented her book from being freely distributed online, outraging her anti-copyright colleagues.

German FM: Be more like the hard-working Irish
Germany

German FM: Be more like the hard-working Irish

Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore said his country aimed to be the first ailing euro nation to exit a bailout programme as his German counterpart hailed Ireland as "an excellent example" of what "hard work" can achieve.

For your eyes only: Swedish Bond girls
Sweden

For your eyes only: Swedish Bond girls

James Bond's "Skyfall" premieres on Friday, featuring a sexy Swedish actor in a prominent role. But did you know that Swedish actresses have had a long-running love affair with British agent 007? The Local finds out more.

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Norway

Telenor teams up with new India partner

Norwegian telecom group Telenor said on Friday it had found a new local partner thereby saving its embattled expansion into India.

Swedish-Americans set for small screen return
Sweden

Swedish-Americans set for small screen return

With a second season of Swedish reality television show "Allt för Sverige" set to start on Sunday, The Local catches up with two of the Swedish-American contestants who return to Sweden to explore their families' past.

Sweden Dems tout image ‘remake’ amid poll surge
Sweden

Sweden Dems tout image ‘remake’ amid poll surge

The far-right Sweden Democrats want to rid themselves of the image that they are a bunch of "angry young men" as a poll released on Friday ranks them as Sweden's third largest political party.

Swedish bakery to bring Londoners sourdough
Sweden

Swedish bakery to bring Londoners sourdough

Hugely successful Swedish stone-oven bakery Fabrique is setting up shop in the British capital, bringing natural sourdough bread as well as cinnamon buns with a Swedish flair to hungry Londoners, The Local's Rebecca Martin discovers.

Ericsson shares slide as profits nosedive
Sweden

Ericsson shares slide as profits nosedive

Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson reported on Friday a 42-percent drop in net profit in the third quarter as it ran into difficulties in the European and Asian markets.

States refuse to shell out for WWII bomb disposal
Germany

States refuse to shell out for WWII bomb disposal

A new initiative by German states will attempt to make the federal government pay for the disposal of thousands of tonnes of World War II allied bombs and weapons, an expensive and dangerous job currently financed by local authorities.

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France

Police bust Balkan child trafficking ring in Nancy

French police have arrested seven people for running an international child trafficking ring in Nancy, north east France.

Consumer confidence hits five-year high
Germany

Consumer confidence hits five-year high

Consumer confidence in Germany, Europe's top economy, is continuing to defy the crisis and rose to the highest level for five years on the back of rising income expectations, data showed on Friday.

Man steals ambulance with patient in the back
France

Man steals ambulance with patient in the back

An ambulance thief got more than he bargained for on Thursday when the vehicle he stole turned out to have a 63-year-old patient in the back.

Bank shares tumble after BNP Paribas downgrade
France

Bank shares tumble after BNP Paribas downgrade

French banking shares fell sharply on Friday, a day after ratings agency Standard and Poor's downgraded giant BNP Paribas.

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Norway

Statoil lowers production outlook for 2013

Norwegian oil group Statoil on Friday lowered its 2013 outlook for oil and gas production as it reported unexpectedly strong net profit in the third quarter.

African leader caught smuggling monkey meat
France

African leader caught smuggling monkey meat

French customs officials on Thursday fined former Central African prime minister Martin Ziguele after he was found carrying 11.8 kilograms of bushmeat, mainly monkey, on his arrival at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport.

Heavy snow to hit Alps this weekend
Switzerland

Heavy snow to hit Alps this weekend

Swiss residents are bracing for a blast of winter this weekend, coming just a week after a spell of warm Indian summer conditions.

‘Nuclear leak’ at French plant
France

‘Nuclear leak’ at French plant

French nuclear power plant Flamanville, in the north west of the country, experienced a leak of radioactive material inside one of its reactors undergoing maintenance late on Wednesday night.

Scandal as MP sparks up joint on TV
Germany

Scandal as MP sparks up joint on TV

A government politician who sparked a scandal by calmly smoking cannabis on a German TV chat show has been accused of a PR stunt - and prompted a debate among his colleagues about the legality of soft drugs.

Swedes ‘best in the world’ at English
Sweden

Swedes ‘best in the world’ at English

Swedes have the highest proficiency in English as a second language in the world, according to a new study which tested nearly 2 million people in 54 countries.

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Switzerland

Prostitutes caught red-handed in Ticino

In the latest of a series of raids, Ticino cantonal police have shut down a bordello operating with illegal prostitutes from Romania, aided by law enforcement officials from that country.

French banks hit by credit downgrade
France

French banks hit by credit downgrade

Ratings agency Standard and Poor's downgraded three French banks on Thursday, including giant BNP Paribas, and placed 10 others on negative outlook including Crédit Agricole and Société Générale.

Gay adoption splits France – but marriage opponents are left trailing
France

Gay adoption splits France – but marriage opponents are left trailing

Despite shrill protests from Catholics and some conservatives, France seems ready to accept gay marriage. But gay adoption is proving to be the real sticking point, writes Isabelle Tourne.

Beating victim’s mum: I didn’t get justice
Germany

Beating victim’s mum: I didn’t get justice

The mother of a British man beaten to death outside a Frankfurt nightclub says she is now trying to put the pieces of her life back together after taking more than 90 flights between the UK and Germany to attend the trial of his killers.

Fake bomb threat shuts part of Geneva airport
Switzerland

Fake bomb threat shuts part of Geneva airport

Geneva international airport was partly shut down for about an hour late on Thursday after a man claimed he had parked a car full of explosives in front of the airport, Swiss media reported.

Swiss expel French New Black Panther activist

Swiss expel French New Black Panther activist

A radical French activist who heads the French branch of the New Black Panther Party was on Thursday expelled from Switzerland for fear he would incite violence, Geneva authorities said.

Peeping sweep appears in court in fake beard
Germany

Peeping sweep appears in court in fake beard

A 58-year-old German chimney sweep sat through his court case in a wig and false beard on Thursday, charged with secretly filming at least seven female co-workers in the company showers.

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Sweden

Swede in surprising museum sea snake find

Scandinavian scientists have discovered a new species of snake in a Copenhagen museum, which they have called the Mosaic sea snake, a Swedish university said on Thursday.

Icy roads after season’s first snow hits Stockholm
Sweden

Icy roads after season’s first snow hits Stockholm

The first snow of the season started falling over Stockholm on Thursday evening, causing icy roads, snarling traffic and prompting warnings from forecasters of more to come.

Germany bans Swiss-made flu vaccine
Germany

Germany bans Swiss-made flu vaccine

Germany became the fourth country Thursday to ban sales of flu vaccines made by Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis, following embargoes by Italy, Switzerland and Austria.

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Sweden

Robber shoots 74-year-old man and his dog

A 74-year-old man and his dog were injured in a robbery attempt in Uppsala, north of Stockholm, early on Friday morning.

Beetle beats heat with manure: Swedish study
Sweden

Beetle beats heat with manure: Swedish study

Dung beetles wearing tiny silicon boots have let scientists in on a long-guarded secret -- they use the balls of manure they collect as mobile air conditioning units, a Swedish study said Thursday.

Swiss housing costs remain high: report
Switzerland

Swiss housing costs remain high: report

Despite a strong expansion in the supply of new housing, rents and prices for homes in Switzerland remain robust, although markets are overheated in some areas, a consultant’s report shows.