Swiss polluted sites Zug-sized, says report
Switzerland

Swiss polluted sites Zug-sized, says report

A new survey has found 38,000 sites in Switzerland that are polluted, according to the federal environment office.

Elusive Bernese bank robber gives up
Switzerland

Elusive Bernese bank robber gives up

The robber of a bank in the Bernese Jura who eluded police for more than a week made it easy for investigators by turning himself in.

Executive education: Climb the career ladder
Sweden

Executive education: Climb the career ladder

A global classroom, an interactive learning environment and the chance to network with global peers and professionals. Boost your business acumen and professional credentials by joining the 55,000 alumni of the Kellogg Executive MBA program at WHU - Germany’s Otto Beisheim School of Management.

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Switzerland

Kosovar admits shooting brother-in-law

Cooperation between Vaud and Neuchâtel cantonal police forces led to the arrest on Thursday of a Kosovar man suspected of murdering his brother-in-law in a Lausanne suburb earlier this week.

Asylum seekers’ legal reps often underqualified
Sweden

Asylum seekers’ legal reps often underqualified

Sweden's Migration Board (Migrationsverket) has been slammed for "serious deficiencies" in how it assigns public defenders to asylum seekers, thousands of whom are forced to fight deportation battles with representatives who lack law degrees.

Top ten: Sweden’s most expensive addresses
Sweden

Top ten: Sweden’s most expensive addresses

Sweden’s most expensive addresses have been revealed by Swedish real estate agency Fastighetsbyrån, including one where US golfer Tiger Woods has a home.

Marks and Spencer takes on German market
Germany

Marks and Spencer takes on German market

The British retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S) is to launch a fresh assault on the German market, following the 2001 closure of its continental stores due to poor sales figures.

Opel cuts thousands of jobs across Germany
Germany

Opel cuts thousands of jobs across Germany

Thousands of German workers at Opel cars will lose their jobs in another round of cuts announced this week by the car maker's owner General Motors. As many as 2,300 people have already been let go.

Dynamo Dresden face fines after fans riot
Germany

Dynamo Dresden face fines after fans riot

Second division side Dynamo Dresden face tough sanctions from the German Football Federation (DFB) after their fans rioted during a Cup loss at Hanover 96, a year on from similar trouble at Dortmund.

Free licences for drivers over 25: researcher
Sweden

Free licences for drivers over 25: researcher

Swedes who apply for their driver’s licence after turning 25 should get it for free, a researcher has proposed, arguing that the move would reduce traffic deaths by encouraging young people to wait to get their licences.

Plane halts landing to avoid crew overtime
Norway

Plane halts landing to avoid crew overtime

A Norwegian plane carrying 40 passengers turned around and returned to an airport hundreds of kilometres away -- despite having already started its descent -- just so the crew would not have to work overtime.

Greek reporter on trial for stolen Swiss bank data
Switzerland

Greek reporter on trial for stolen Swiss bank data

A Greek investigative journalist went on trial on Thursday for publishing names from an alleged list of Swiss bank accounts that has exposed the debt-plagued government in Athens to charges of a cover-up.

Riders cool to proposed cycling rules overhaul
Sweden

Riders cool to proposed cycling rules overhaul

Allowing children to ride bikes on sidewalks and more cycle-specific traffic lights are among several proposals in an inquiry presented to the government on Wednesday which has been criticized for not doing enough to improve the situation for bicycle riders in Sweden.

Smoke warning for south Stockholm after blaze
Sweden

Smoke warning for south Stockholm after blaze

Emergency services warned residents of southern Stockholm on Thursday afternoon that toxic smoke was spreading across the area, following a violent blaze that torched apartments throughout the morning.

Halloween sweet thefts keep cops busy
Germany

Halloween sweet thefts keep cops busy

Halloween was suitably camp and horrific for German police who were called out across the country to tackle everything from egg-wielding teenagers to sweet-snatching thieves.

Swedes set for ‘record’ holiday shopping spree
Sweden

Swedes set for ‘record’ holiday shopping spree

Swedish retailers can expect another record-setting Christmas shopping season this year, according to a new report, which finds Swedes are ready to spend despite economic uncertainty in the rest of Europe.

German cops bust international drug ring
Germany

German cops bust international drug ring

Police in the coastal town of Lübeck said on Wednesday they had bust an international drug ring bringing several million euros worth of cocaine and cannabis via the Mediterranean on sailing yachts to Germany.

Hollande: Being President is tough
France

Hollande: Being President is tough

French President François Hollande on Thursday admitted facing a "very hard" situation as his popularity ratings dived to a new low amid anger over double-digit joblessness, mass layoffs and shutdowns.

Burglary victim held as thieves swipe her pot
France

Burglary victim held as thieves swipe her pot

A woman has been arrested for growing cannabis after police found some in the pockets of thieves who had just burgled her house.

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France

Firemen save boy: parents sue for damages

The parents of a toddler rescued from their swimming pool are suing the fire service for the damage they caused.

Glencore warns of gloomy outlook
Switzerland

Glencore warns of gloomy outlook

Swiss commodities giant Glencore says its performance in the third quarter was good, but cautioned that there is no sign that global conditions for its business would improve soon.

Swisscom restructuring cuts 400 jobs
Switzerland

Swisscom restructuring cuts 400 jobs

Switzerland’s dominant telecoms operator Swisscom says it will cut 400 jobs next year while creating 300 new positions in "growth areas."

Office staff must get expert to open windows
Germany

Office staff must get expert to open windows

Office staff in Wiesbaden have been told to get an expert to open the window whenever they want fresh air after a colleague was hit by a pane of glass that fell from the building – just months after all the windows were checked.

Organ donor law starts as interest flatlines
Germany

Organ donor law starts as interest flatlines

New rules to encourage people to donate their organs take effect on Thursday, yet interest has been stagnant since the start of the year – and two scandals surrounding the corrupt allocation of donated organs will not have helped.

Fire ravages historic village church
Switzerland

Fire ravages historic village church

A fire has gutted a historic church in the mountain village of Valens in the canton of Saint Gallen.

Ballack: I’m too poor to pay speeding fine
Germany

Ballack: I’m too poor to pay speeding fine

Former German national team football captain Michael Ballack has pleaded poverty when faced with a sizeable fine for speeding in Spain. His lawyer said he could only pay €1,080 because he is unemployed.

Hollande and Netanyahu to honour Merah victims
France

Hollande and Netanyahu to honour Merah victims

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and French President François Hollande will attend a memorial on Thursday for three children and a teacher killed by an Islamist gunman at a Jewish school.

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France

Police convicted over deaths that sparked riots

France's top appeals court on Wednesday overturned a ruling clearing two police officers of involvement in the deaths of two teenagers in a Paris suburb, the spark for weeks of rioting that drew worldwide attention in 2005.

Migration Board offices hit by ‘activist’ attacks
Sweden

Migration Board offices hit by ‘activist’ attacks

Two Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) offices in opposite parts of the country were damaged late Wednesday night in what police believe were organized attacks.

What’s on in Germany:  November 1 – 7
Germany

What’s on in Germany: November 1 – 7

This Week's Highlights: A new music festival in Berlin, a long night of museums in Cologne, and rare silent films in Leipzig.

Police crack Thai prostitution ring
Switzerland

Police crack Thai prostitution ring

Swiss police say they have dismantled a network that imported Thai women and men and forced them to work as prostitutes in several Swiss cities.

Drunk but alert: students brew caffeine beer
Germany

Drunk but alert: students brew caffeine beer

A group of German students has caused a stir in the normally separate worlds of beer brewing and molecular biotechnology. On Sunday they will present their caffeinated, lemon, and sweet beers to a panel of experts in the US.

Scientists induce temporary Tourette’s
Germany

Scientists induce temporary Tourette’s

German brain researchers have successfully induced Tourette's syndrome symptoms in healthy people for the first time, using powerful magnetic pulses. They hope it could lead to a non-drug treatment.

Gothenburg police arrest three in hospital brawl
Sweden

Gothenburg police arrest three in hospital brawl

Police arrested three suspects after a fight erupted outside of the emergency ward at the Gothenburg Sahlgrenska University hospital in western Sweden late on Wednesday night.

Former owners claim Monet in Swiss museum
Switzerland

Former owners claim Monet in Swiss museum

The grandson of a wealthy Jewish businessman is demanding that a Swiss foundation return a Monet masterpiece that the family was forced to sell for a fraction of its value as they fled Europe during the Second World War, a Swiss newspaper says.

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Sweden

Hairdresser jailed for defrauding 80-year-old

A 29-year-old hairdresser from the Jönköping area in southern Sweden has been sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay damages to an elderly client, after bamboozling her out of large sums of money.

Swedish firefighters in fireplace video mix-up
Sweden

Swedish firefighters in fireplace video mix-up

Worried staff at an elderly care home in Jönköping in southern Sweden alerted the emergency services on Wednesday evening after seeing what they thought was fire flickering through a window in the adjacent building.