Top-brand coats ‘contain harmful chemicals’
Germany

Top-brand coats ‘contain harmful chemicals’

Outdoor clothing from top manufacturers is frequently contaminated with chemicals that are harmful to health and the environment, Greenpeace warned on Monday.

President moves ‘ugly’ portraits of predecessors
Germany

President moves ‘ugly’ portraits of predecessors

President Joachim Gauck has moved a new series of portraits of his predecessors to a side room in the Bellevue palace, after a series of complaints from visitors that the paintings were ugly. The artist was unimpressed.

Sweden braces for week of heavy snow
Sweden

Sweden braces for week of heavy snow

Sweden is bracing for a white week as meteorologists predict heavy snowfall throughout the country and have issued a nationwide class 1 warning.

Moving to Sweden: is it the right decision?
Sweden

Moving to Sweden: is it the right decision?

Irishman and newly-minted Malmö resident Patrick Reilly reflects on the ups and downs of deciding to up sticks and follow one's Swedish partner to start a new life in Sweden.

Liberals want grades in school from age 10
Sweden

Liberals want grades in school from age 10

The Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) wants to introduce grades in Swedish schools from year 4, when the children are ten years old, in a bid to encourage students to work harder.

Google boss meets Hollande amid media row
France

Google boss meets Hollande amid media row

Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt was to meet French President François Hollande on Monday amid a revenue row with French, German and Italian media firms who want the Internet giant to pay for content.

Young Germans ‘happy to be bourgeois’
Germany

Young Germans ‘happy to be bourgeois’

Young Germans are happy to save money for the future rather than spend it on frivolous pursuits in the here and now, as concerns about the country’s economy grow.

Swiss insurers brace for hefty hurricane bill
Switzerland

Swiss insurers brace for hefty hurricane bill

Hurricane Sandy, which is set to wreak havoc on the East Coast of the United States, could be costly for Swiss insurers which have covered the highly developed, densely populated area, analysts said on Monday.

Family of four dies in double autobahn crash
Germany

Family of four dies in double autobahn crash

A mother, father and their twin daughters were killed on an autobahn near Baden-Baden on Monday after getting out of their car which had been in a crash. A third car ploughed into the family as they were waiting for help.

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Switzerland

Greek journalist in court over Swiss data leak

A Greek investigative journalist was sent for trial on Monday charged with breach of privacy after publishing names from an alleged list of Swiss bank accounts that the Athens government has been accused of trying to cover up.

Sweden to get 50,000 asylum seekers in 2013
Sweden

Sweden to get 50,000 asylum seekers in 2013

Over 50,000 asylum seekers are expected to come to Sweden next year, according to the latest prognosis from the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket), pushing the country’s capacity past its limits.

Neo-Nazi victims to be paid over €800,000
Germany

Neo-Nazi victims to be paid over €800,000

The German government is paying more than €800,000 to relatives of the victims of a neo-Nazi terrorist gang which is said to have murdered ten people by shooting them, and hurt more with a nail bomb, it emerged on Monday.

Swedish Facebook fury over ‘sexist’ shop ad
Sweden

Swedish Facebook fury over ‘sexist’ shop ad

A Swedish supermarket chain commercial, perceived as sexist by outraged customers, has prompted thousands of comments on the shop’s Facebook page.

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France

Man shot dead at Riviera Halloween party

A man was shot dead after a Halloween party at a nightclub in Saint-Laurent-du-Var, on the French Riviera, on Saturday.

Basel voters re-elect ‘red-green’ government
Switzerland

Basel voters re-elect ‘red-green’ government

Socialists and Greens beat back a campaign by right-of-centre parties in Basel-City to retain control of the seven-person cantonal government executive after Sunday’s elections.

UBS shares leap on rumours of huge job cuts
Switzerland

UBS shares leap on rumours of huge job cuts

Shares in Swiss banking giant UBS rose on Monday, following rumours at the weekend that it will announce thousands of job cuts when it posts its third-quarter results this week.

Mayors vow: we will perform gay marriages
France

Mayors vow: we will perform gay marriages

Mayors in rural areas of France have said they will perform gay marriages if the new law, due to be presented to government next week, is passed.

Hurricane Sandy grounds German-US flights
Germany

Hurricane Sandy grounds German-US flights

Airlines have cancelled flights between Germany and the American east coast due to hurricane Sandy, which is causing havoc along that region.

Sweden’s alcohol-free drink label ‘misleading’
Sweden

Sweden’s alcohol-free drink label ‘misleading’

Most of the alcohol-free drinks sold in Sweden’s state-run liquor store monopoly Systembolaget actually contain alcohol, with experts calling the label “misleading” and a threat to recovering alcoholics.

Memorial for beating victim after first arrest
Germany

Memorial for beating victim after first arrest

Hundreds of Berliners took part in a memorial service on Sunday for Jonny K., the 20-year-old man beaten to death in the centre of the city two weeks ago.

‘Geneva hit by tsunami’ — 1,500 years ago
Switzerland

‘Geneva hit by tsunami’ — 1,500 years ago

Nearly 1,500 years ago a tsunami triggered by a rockfall swept Lake Geneva, engulfing its shores with a wall of water up to 13 metres high, Swiss scientists reported on Sunday.

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France

French police swoop on top ETA leader

French police have arrested a top leader of the Basque separatist group ETA in eastern France, the Spanish interior ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

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Switzerland

Greek journo held over Swiss data leak: police

A Greek journalist was arrested on Sunday after publishing names from a list of Greeks with Swiss bank accounts and is scheduled to be taken to the public prosecutor, a police source said.

Wintry weather wreaks transport chaos
Switzerland

Wintry weather wreaks transport chaos

The early arrival of winter in Switzerland over the weekend led to chaotic conditions on highways, with hundreds of accidents snarling transport across the country.

Hollande talks debt and growth with global chiefs
France

Hollande talks debt and growth with global chiefs

French President François Hollande holds talks on Monday with the heads of the World Bank and other top economic bodies to discuss the eurozone debt crisis and ways to kickstart growth.

Agency to probe small-time cheats
Sweden

Agency to probe small-time cheats

The Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) will be launching a probe into small-time benefits cheats in Sweden, offences that the agency claims have not been given the priority they deserve by police and prosecutors.

10,000 jobs at risk in UBS split: report
Switzerland

10,000 jobs at risk in UBS split: report

Swiss banking giant UBS is planning to split its ailing investment bank, triggering the loss of up to 10,000 jobs, Britain's Financial Times reported on Friday.

Bertelsmann opens new chapter for Penguin
Germany

Bertelsmann opens new chapter for Penguin

German media giant Bertelsmann said on Monday that it was going to merge its English-language division Random House with Penguin books, owned by British publisher Pearson. Bertelsmann is to be the main share-holder.

Cherie’s Chirac tirade ‘helped UK win Games’
France

Cherie’s Chirac tirade ‘helped UK win Games’

A blistering tirade by Cherie Blair, the wife of ex-British premier Tony Blair, against French president Jacques Chirac played a key role in winning the Olympics for London, organizer Sebastian Coe has claimed.

Stuntman left ablaze as fire extinguishers fail
Germany

Stuntman left ablaze as fire extinguishers fail

A stuntman who worked with Tom Cruise on the Mission Impossible films has told how he nearly burned to death while tied down at a show in Germany – as assistants fought the flames with fire extinguishers that did not work.

Swedes stranded in US as hurricane nears
Sweden

Swedes stranded in US as hurricane nears

Flights between Sweden and the east coast of the US have been cancelled with the threat of Hurricane Sandy looming in New York and Washington on Monday.

Leverkusen end jinx to snap Bayern streak
Germany

Leverkusen end jinx to snap Bayern streak

Bayer Leverkusen earned a shock 2-1 win at Bayern Munich on Sunday to claim their first win in Munich for 23 years, as the Bundesliga leaders' record winning streak came to an abrupt end.

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Sweden

Two dead after violent crash with police car

Two people in their twenties are dead after a head-on car crash with a police car in eastern Sweden on Sunday night, with rescue services pointing to icy roads as the likely cause of the crash.

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Sweden

Man held after wife found dead in burnt out flat

A man has been arrested on the suspicion of murder after a woman was found burnt to death in her home in far northern Sweden early on Sunday morning.

Most Swiss back Winter Games bid: poll
Switzerland

Most Swiss back Winter Games bid: poll

A majority of Swiss support a proposed bid by the canton of Graubünden to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, according to a new poll.

Beaten in Basel, Federer skips Paris
Switzerland

Beaten in Basel, Federer skips Paris

Roger Federer on Sunday withdrew from next week's Paris Masters after suffering a 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/3) final loss to Juan Martin del Potro at the Swiss Indoors in Basel.