Swiss ecologists seek to curb immigration
Switzerland

Swiss ecologists seek to curb immigration

A group of Swiss environmentalists on Friday submitted a bill to the government aimed at reining in immigration in the name of curbing population growth and protecting the environment.

Hotline offers help to Sweden’s sex addicts
Sweden

Hotline offers help to Sweden’s sex addicts

Swedes who are unable to control their sexual urges have flooded a new hotline which experts say has likely enabled a number of paedophiles get help with their conditions.

Supermarkets put up milk prices by 20 pc
Germany

Supermarkets put up milk prices by 20 pc

German consumers will soon have to pay up to 20 percent more for milk at supermarkets, after one of the major retailers announced a significant price rise on Friday.

‘Disabled’ fraudster nabbed in massive scam
Sweden

‘Disabled’ fraudster nabbed in massive scam

A suspected fraudster in northern Sweden is under investigation for allegedly swindling the state out of 20 million kronor ($3 million) by claiming to be disabled, in what is being described as one of the biggest scams of its kind in recent years.

Sweden’s nerds seek dictionary revenge
Sweden

Sweden’s nerds seek dictionary revenge

The nerds of Sweden have united to fight against what they see as an unsatisfactory definition of the word “nerd” by the Swedish Academy, launching a petition to get the meaning changed to something more positive.

Greek case renews Swiss secrecy issues
Switzerland

Greek case renews Swiss secrecy issues

The acquittal by an Athens court of a journalist for publishing the names of 2,059 Greeks on a list of Swiss account holders puts in doubt a planned new tax treaty between Greece and Switzerland.

Military releases ‘secret’ foreign fighter jet pics
Sweden

Military releases ‘secret’ foreign fighter jet pics

The Swedish Armed Forces on Friday published previously classified pictures of foreign aircraft taken close to Swedish airspace for the first time since the end of the Cold War.

ThyssenKrupp wins billion-euro factory deal
Germany

ThyssenKrupp wins billion-euro factory deal

German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp said on Friday it had won a contract worth more than a billion euros ($1.3 billion) to build a number of fertiliser plants in the United States.

Domestic abuse fight takes shape online
Germany

Domestic abuse fight takes shape online

Women facing domestic abuse - and those keen to try help to those affected, or campaign to stop it - will from this weekend be able to find a range of contacts and information on one consolidated website - its founder spoke with The Local.

November kicks off with wind and rain
Germany

November kicks off with wind and rain

The brief Indian summer enjoyed across Germany towards the end of October is well and truly over with November set to get off to a wet and blustery start over the weekend, the German weather service DWD says.

Iconic Paris bar aims to pick between Obama and Romney
France

Iconic Paris bar aims to pick between Obama and Romney

President Barack Obama is leading against challenger Mitt Romney in a straw poll at Harry's Bar, an iconic Paris watering hole which has held a vote ahead of US elections since 1924 and only got the results wrong twice.

‘Laser Man’ denied bid for early release
Sweden

‘Laser Man’ denied bid for early release

John Ausonius, better known as the ‘Laser Man’, will not be granted an early release from his lifetime prison sentence for a series of brutal attacks on immigrants, the Örebro District Court ruled on Friday.

Ballack fires ‘I’m too poor for fine’ lawyer
Germany

Ballack fires ‘I’m too poor for fine’ lawyer

Former national football team captain Michael Ballack has fired his lawyer for an embarrassing plea that the soccer star should be let off a Spanish speeding fine - or at least pay a drastically reduced amount because he has no job.

Indian schools introduce German lessons
Germany

Indian schools introduce German lessons

Hundreds of schools in India are being signed up to teach their children German, in a concerted effort involving some of Germany's top technical universities and the Goethe language Institute.

Sex party charges hit insurance managers
Germany

Sex party charges hit insurance managers

Two former managers at a German insurance firm have been charged with criminal breach of trust - for organising a sex party and trying to hide the costs of prostitutes hired for their colleagues.

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France

Couple freeze to death in mountain suicide pact

A couple in their in their 50s have been found dead in the snow at a ski resort in the Savoie region, where they are presumed to have committed suicide,

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France

Young women ‘strangled and robbed’ old people

Two women have been arrested for robbing the elderly after breaking into their homes in the Paris region and strangling them until they lost consciousness.

Youths use air gun to fire on Liberal members
Switzerland

Youths use air gun to fire on Liberal members

Police have issued a warning about the illegal use of replica guns after a teenager used one to shoot plastic bullets at members of the Liberal party in the canton of Valais.

Swede caught scaling Sydney Opera House
Sweden

Swede caught scaling Sydney Opera House

A Swedish man has been convicted of trespassing after climbing to the top of the Sydney Opera House in Australia following a night of partying.

Car sales plummet – French brands worst hit
France

Car sales plummet – French brands worst hit

French new car sales plunged by 7.8 percent in October on a monthly basis and by 13.3 percent in the first 10 months of the year, data from the French automobile manufacturers association CCFA showed on Friday.

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Sweden

Säpo probes suspected Syrian spies in Sweden

Swedish security service Säpo has launched at least one intelligence probe into suspicions that Syrian intelligence agents are spying on Syrian nationals in Sweden.

Former minister admits ‘flaws’ in Merah case
France

Former minister admits ‘flaws’ in Merah case

Former interior minister Claude Guéant has admitted to “flaws” in the way the authorities dealt with Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah.

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France

Dismay as Basque activist handed to Spain

A French Basque separatist was handed over to Spain Thursday after detaining her on a European arrest warrant from Madrid over her alleged participation in a terrorist organisation, police said.

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France

Alcatel losses ‘worse than expected’

French telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent said on Friday that it had suffered a worse-than-expected net loss in the third quarter of the year owing partly to an exceptional charge related to the cost of buying Lucent in 2006.

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France

British boy’s body found off Mediterranean island

A 12-year-old British boy who disappeared while riding his bike in gale-force winds on a French island was found dead underwater on Thursday, local prosecutors said.

UN: immigrant women need better protection
Germany

UN: immigrant women need better protection

Germany must do more to protect immigrant women within its borders from domestic violence, and to promote the hiring of more female managers in business, the United Nations says.

Refugee kids denied free lunch by Swedish school
Sweden

Refugee kids denied free lunch by Swedish school

Some 200 children of asylum seekers on the Baltic island of Öland are not being given a free school lunch, as local authorities think the families are already getting a food grant from the state.

Woman successful in banana attack appeal
Sweden

Woman successful in banana attack appeal

A 46-year-old Malmö woman, sentenced by a district court in southern Sweden to pay damages to a bus driver whom she had allegedly attacked with a banana in April last year, has managed to get her fine reduced by the appeals court.

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Sweden

Two injured in Karlskoga weapons factory blast

Two men were taken to hospital on Thursday afternoon after an explosion in a Saab Dynamics facility, manufacturing military materiel in Karlskoga, in central Sweden.

German Taliban ‘put off by dirt and violence’
Germany

German Taliban ‘put off by dirt and violence’

A German man who ran away to join the Taliban told a court this week how he had a horrible time in the Pakistani borderlands and was happy to be back home – even though he now faces a prison term.

FM: Mali’s stability important to Europe
Germany

FM: Mali’s stability important to Europe

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Thursday that the stability of Mali was "important for Europe's security" during a visit to the divided west African country under Islamist control in the north.