Mother cleared of killing tot with hard drugs
Switzerland

Mother cleared of killing tot with hard drugs

A 25-year-old woman accused of causing the death of her baby girl by injecting cocaine and heroin into a milk bottle was acquitted by a Saint Gallen district court for lack of evidence.

Champion British cyclist joins Swiss team
Switzerland

Champion British cyclist joins Swiss team

Former world champion Emma Pooley has joined Swiss team Bigla Cycling for the 2013 season, the British rider said on Monday.

Index points to Swiss property bubble risk
Switzerland

Index points to Swiss property bubble risk

For the first time since the early 1990s, there is a risk of a real estate bubble in Switzerland, an indicator developed by Swiss banking giant UBS shows.

Nestlé sees huge gains in poor countries
Switzerland

Nestlé sees huge gains in poor countries

The world's biggest food company Nestlé says it expects to generate more than half its sales in emerging markets, including India and China, by the end of the decade.

Russian mafia ‘would win from Cyprus bailout’
Germany

Russian mafia ‘would win from Cyprus bailout’

Wealthy Russians, including mafiosi, would most benefit from an EU bailout to Cyprus, Der Spiegel magazine reported Monday, quoting a German intelligence agency report.

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Sweden

Genocide suspect charged in Stockholm

Swedish prosecutors on Monday filed charges against a Swede of Rwandan origin accused of participating in a 1994 massacre of Tutsis in Rwanda, in what will be Sweden's first genocide trial.

Hamlet one-man-show returns to Stockholm
Sweden

Hamlet one-man-show returns to Stockholm

Stockholm's English-speakers can revel in some home culture as Hamlet returns to the city in November. Performed as a one-man show, The Local spoke to its only actor, Roger Westberg.

Cash and vouchers top German present list
Germany

Cash and vouchers top German present list

People in Germany are planning to spend more on Christmas presents this year than last, despite the financial crisis. Yet the shaky economic situation may be influencing their choices - cash and vouchers are the most popular presents.

Hesse acts to recruit Spanish carers
Germany

Hesse acts to recruit Spanish carers

The central German state of Hesse is making active attempts to recruit unemployed workers from Spain look after the state's elderly people.

2012 US election fever grips Swedish media
Sweden

2012 US election fever grips Swedish media

With the US presidential election a day away, the Swedish media remains in an all-out frenzy of coverage looking at whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney will win, much to the surprise of some US expats.

Peace group brands EU Nobel win ‘unlawful’
Norway

Peace group brands EU Nobel win ‘unlawful’

Giving the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union is "unlawful" since it is not a "champion of peace" as defined by the will of founder Alfred Nobel, the International Peace Bureau said on Monday.

Swiss team gets ready to exhume Arafat
Switzerland

Swiss team gets ready to exhume Arafat

A Swiss laboratory team has arrived in the West Bank city of Ramallah to prepare for the exhumation of former Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, Palestinian sources said on Monday.

Green official stole to fund prostitute affairs
Germany

Green official stole to fund prostitute affairs

The former treasurer of Brandenburg's Greens has admitted stealing well over €250,000 from the party and spending it on love affairs he had with two prostitutes.

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Norway

Norway and China in first talks since Nobel spat

Norway and China met on Monday on the sidelines of an Asia-Europe summit, marking their first official contact since Beijing objected to a Chinese dissident being named the 2010 Nobel peace laureate, Norwegian media reported.

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Sweden

Police fear worst after car sinks in Swedish lake

A car drove off a bridge and sank 15 metres to the bottom of a lake in central Sweden on Monday afternoon, with an emergency diving team currently on the scene to investigate.

Former Volvo CEO to receive generous pay-off
Sweden

Former Volvo CEO to receive generous pay-off

Former Volvo Cars CEO Stefan Jacoby, who left his post after two years due to ill health, will not be leaving empty handed. According to company policy he is entitled to some 8 million kronor ($1.2 million) in severance pay.

Starbucks has ‘never paid German income tax’
Germany

Starbucks has ‘never paid German income tax’

Ubiquitous café chain Starbucks has not paid federal income taxes in Germany since it started operating in the country back in 2002, according a recent report.

Top ten Swedish things to do in London
Sweden

Top ten Swedish things to do in London

The unusual mix of Swedish food, drink, and crime thrillers has thrown this Nordic nation into London's spotlight. Contributor Paul Hughes has gathered the ultimate to-do list for those wanting to catch Scandimania in the British capital.

Holiday shoppers ready to open purses: poll
Switzerland

Holiday shoppers ready to open purses: poll

Swiss Christmas shoppers are set to be more generous this year than last, a poll showed Monday, indicating that consumers in Switzerland remained largely unaffected by the global economic downturn.

SCA to slash 1,500 jobs in cost-cutting bid
Sweden

SCA to slash 1,500 jobs in cost-cutting bid

Swedish hygiene and forestry products company SCA (Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget) is cutting 1,500 jobs in a bid to save billions of kronor, the company revealed in Stockholm on Monday.

‘Americans are narrow- minded about politics’
Sweden

‘Americans are narrow- minded about politics’

Most Swedes may not be casting votes for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney in Tuesday's US presidential elections, but that doesn't mean they don't have an opinion. See what some Stockholmers think and chime in with your own views on The Local's Have Your Say.

‘America may not see it but Obama’s a visionary’
Germany

‘America may not see it but Obama’s a visionary’

With most Germans hoping US President Barack Obama will be re-elected, the country is to see what happens on Tuesday. In a special-edition Zeitgeist, The Local asked what Berliners thought.

American expats prepare for election night parties
Switzerland

American expats prepare for election night parties

Election fever has struck Switzerland’s American expat community, with all-night parties planned across the country on Tuesday to celebrate the vote for the US president.

Four-legged Christians bleat over church closure
France

Four-legged Christians bleat over church closure

A church in Paris famous for its monthly animal services could be forced to close after the building was sold by its landlords.

Tom Hanks slates top German TV show
Germany

Tom Hanks slates top German TV show

Tom Hanks slated Germany's favourite TV show, a mix of chat and challenges that baffles foreigners. "If that is not high quality television," he said of one scene when the Wetten, dass...? host hopped around him in a sack.

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France

Sarkozy faces probe over Bettencourt donations

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been called to testify over allegations that his 2007 presidential campaign received illegal donations from L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt.

Coalition strikes election benefits deal
Germany

Coalition strikes election benefits deal

Chancellor Angela Merkel's fractious coalition struck a hard-fought deal Monday over disputed government benefits - and scrapping an unpopular fee everyone has to pay to see a doctor - a year before the general election.

Somalis fare better in the US than Sweden: report
Sweden

Somalis fare better in the US than Sweden: report

Somali immigrants in Sweden have had a harder time finding employment compared to Somalis in the United States and Canada, a new report has found.

Tensions rise in French gay marriage debate
France

Tensions rise in French gay marriage debate

The furore surrounding a proposed gay marriage and adoption law has reached new heights, two days before it is due to be discussed in parliament. UMP deputies have have called for further discussion and a march in opposition is organised.

Hollande tells Asia: Europe still matters
France

Hollande tells Asia: Europe still matters

Top European leaders jetting into Laos for a major summit are on a mission to reassure Asia that their crisis-hit region is "still an economic power", French President François Hollande has said.

Couple caught having sex on Gothenburg bus
Sweden

Couple caught having sex on Gothenburg bus

A bus driver in western Sweden was forced to intervene when a love-sick couple were discovered to be having full intercourse on a Gothenburg bus early on Sunday morning.

TeliaSonera hit with new Uzbek revelations
Sweden

TeliaSonera hit with new Uzbek revelations

Nordic telecom firm TeliaSonera has been hit with new revelations about another business deal with Uzbekistan, which came after a request from the daughter of the country’s president who “needed more money”.

Sweden seeks tougher penalties for burglars
Sweden

Sweden seeks tougher penalties for burglars

Sweden’s Justice Minister Beatrice Ask claimed on Monday to be unsatisfied with the country’s police force, pointing to a drop in effectiveness despite increased funding, and arguing for stricter penalties for burglars.

Bolting cows plunge into Lake Constance
Switzerland

Bolting cows plunge into Lake Constance

Saint Gallen cantonal police were forced to put on their cowboy hats after two Highland cows went astray and jumped into Lake Constance for a swim before being captured on Sunday.

Elfsborg take home Allsvenskan title
Sweden

Elfsborg take home Allsvenskan title

Borås football club Elfsborg drew 1-1 with Åtvidaberg on Sunday afternoon to win the title in Sweden's top football league, the Allsvenskan.

Merkel visits Cameron for EU talks
Germany

Merkel visits Cameron for EU talks

Amid wrangling over the EU's budget, Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to London on Wednesday for talks with Prime Minister David Cameron after first outlining her views on the bloc's future in Brussels.

Leverkusen fourth in Liga after Düsseldorf win
Germany

Leverkusen fourth in Liga after Düsseldorf win

Ten-man Bayer Leverkusen moved up to fourth in the Bundesliga on Sunday with a 3-2 win over Fortuna Düsseldorf while Bayern Munich have opened a seven-point lead at the top of the league.