Nationalist acquitted over anti-minaret stunt
Switzerland

Nationalist acquitted over anti-minaret stunt

The president of the extreme right-wing Swiss Nationalist Party (PNOS) has been acquitted of defamation and racial discrimination charges stemming from an anti-minaret rally.

Germany probes UBS over tax evasion
Switzerland

Germany probes UBS over tax evasion

Authorities in south-western Germany are investigating the German branch of Swiss banking giant UBS over suspicion of aiding tax evasion.

Netanyahu ‘hijacked memorial service’
France

Netanyahu ‘hijacked memorial service’

French President François Hollande has criticized Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu for transforming a memorial service for Jews slain by an Islamist gunman in southwestern France this year into a campaign meeting.

No quick fix for Greece, warns Schäuble
Germany

No quick fix for Greece, warns Schäuble

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Thursday he did not expect any quick deal on aid to help debt-mired Greece, from its international creditors.

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Switzerland

Educated foreigners face job hurdles: report

Immigrants with advanced education face discrimination when looking for work in Switzerland and are three times more likely than Swiss nationals to be unemployed, according to a study released on Thursday.

Cheap New York flights prompt Swedish frenzy
Sweden

Cheap New York flights prompt Swedish frenzy

Budget carrier Norwegian announced flights between Stockholm and New York City for under 1,000 kronor ($150) on Thursday, prompting a massive spike in demand which proved too much for the airline's website.

‘Third Nazi terrorist’ charged; trial in spring
Germany

‘Third Nazi terrorist’ charged; trial in spring

A year after she reportedly set fire to the Nazi terror gang's headquarters and gave herself up to police, the surviving National Socialist Underground member Beate Zschäpe has been charged by German state prosecutors.

Frankfurt cops in focus after ‘racist attack’
Germany

Frankfurt cops in focus after ‘racist attack’

Growing public outrage in Frankfurt over an alleged attack by four police officers which left a black man unconscious and suffering concussion has prompted a debate in the state parliament over claims of racism in the police force.

Breivik complains about prison restrictions
Norway

Breivik complains about prison restrictions

Mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, convicted of killing 77 people last year, has complained that prison conditions are violating his human rights, one of his lawyers said on Thursday.

Champs Elysées gets old-style lights back
France

Champs Elysées gets old-style lights back

The Champs Elysées are to get their traditional Christmas lights back, after a one-year avant-garde experiment was grumpily received by Parisians, the avenue's traders association said on Thursday.

Sweden Democrat calls for ‘Swedish reserve’
Sweden

Sweden Democrat calls for ‘Swedish reserve’

A Sweden Democrat politician has called on Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt to work towards the establishment of a "reserve" for Swedish culture and traditions, suggesting her northerly home county of Jämtland as a suitable location.

Italy foils Swiss-based gold smugglers
Switzerland

Italy foils Swiss-based gold smugglers

Italian police on Thursday seized €163 million ($207 million) worth of assets from a criminal association headquartered in Switzerland, as well as a luxury villa used as a safehouse for stashing gold.

Holocaust animal rights campaign ban upheld
Germany

Holocaust animal rights campaign ban upheld

A German ban of an animal cruelty campaign which set images of abused animals next to photographs of people in Holocaust death camps, has been upheld unanimously by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

Man freed after attack on PM’s bodyguard
Sweden

Man freed after attack on PM’s bodyguard

The Brazilian tourist who attacked a bodyguard outside the offices of Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt in August has been released and deported after passing a psychiatric evaluation in Sweden.

Boys fall further behind girls in school: report
Sweden

Boys fall further behind girls in school: report

There is an increasing difference between the performance of girls and boys in Swedish schools, with girls pulling away from their male counterparts, according to new statistics published by the National Agency for Education (Skolverket).

German giants post feeble figures
Germany

German giants post feeble figures

Major German companies Siemens, Deutsche Telekom, and Commerzbank all reported poor third quarter figures on Thursday, confounding reports that the country's economy was weathering the global storm.

Swedish press highlights Obama challenges
Sweden

Swedish press highlights Obama challenges

Following the significant coverage of the US elections in the Swedish media, the opinion pages of the four main newspapers have moved focus to the challenges which lie ahead for the re-elected American president and the impact these will have on the country as well as the rest of the world.

Plea bargains ‘could warp German justice’
Germany

Plea bargains ‘could warp German justice’

Bargains struck in court between judges and lawyers to swap confessions for a significantly shorter sentence could be warping Germany's justice system, the Constitutional Court says.

Discover Switzerland your way with ESL
Switzerland

Discover Switzerland your way with ESL

If you want to learn German or French, you need to totally immerse yourself in your language of choice. And there's no better place to do this than an ESL language course in Switzerland.

Successful integration through language learning
France

Successful integration through language learning

Are you planning a move to France in order to settle or work there? Have you been sent by your employer on a multi-month mission? Once there you will need to adapt to local culture, customs and politics. If you wish to fit in rapidly, having a good command of the local language is key.

Fake policeman fooled exes out of money
France

Fake policeman fooled exes out of money

A security guard from northwestern France has been given a four month suspended sentence and a fine after conning an ex-girlfriend out of money by claiming he was a chief police officer.

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Sweden

Skanska blames profit drop on eurozone

Swedish builder Skanska posted on Thursday a 23-percent fall in third-quarter net profit as economic uncertainty in Europe weighed on results, but said demand in the US market was picking up.

Minister backtracks on tripling restaurant VAT
France

Minister backtracks on tripling restaurant VAT

French food lovers and the nation's restaurant owners breathed a collective sigh of relief on Wednesday after Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici backtracked on threats to almost triple the tax on eating out.

Insurer Swiss Re’s profits spike higher
Switzerland

Insurer Swiss Re’s profits spike higher

Reinsurance giant Swiss Re posted a third-quarter net profit of $2.2 billion (2.08 billion francs) on Thursday, up sharply from $1.3 billion for the same period last year.

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France

Film transforms French disability attitudes

French blockbuster ‘The Intouchables’ has done more to raise awareness of disabilities in France than either the Paralympics or government funded campaigns, a new report says.

Czechs down Swedes in ice hockey opener
Sweden

Czechs down Swedes in ice hockey opener

Sweden’s ice hockey team began the four-nation Karjala Cup on Wednesday with a loss to the Czech Republic, the same team that knocked the Swedes out of the world championships in May.

Fire destroys mill in Aargau village
Switzerland

Fire destroys mill in Aargau village

A spectacular fire that burned until early Thursday destroyed a flour mill in Beinwil, a rural village in the canton of Aargau.

What’s on in Germany: November 8 – 14
Germany

What’s on in Germany: November 8 – 14

This Week's Highlights: Puppet theatre in Munich, Madama Butterfly in Hamburg, and photos of GDR punks in Berlin.

Hollande mocked for bad English in Obama letter
France

Hollande mocked for bad English in Obama letter

A letter from President François Hollande congratulating newly re-elected President Barack Obama has been mocked on the web due to an unfortunate English faux-pas.

‘Same-sex marriage will make us all gay’
France

‘Same-sex marriage will make us all gay’

French industrialist and media magnate Serge Dassault weighed into France's bitter debate over gay marriage Wednesday with a warning that if it is allowed, the French will have died out within a decade.

Eurostar and Thalys trains stranded by faults
France

Eurostar and Thalys trains stranded by faults

Tens of thousands of commuters and travellers on international trains were stranded for hours in Paris Wednesday after a series of incidents disrupted rail traffic from the capital's Gare du Nord station.

Banana skin slip stops steak knife stabbing
Germany

Banana skin slip stops steak knife stabbing

A banana skin saved a woman from serious injury when her estranged husband slipped on it while trying to stab her with a steak knife, a German court heard this week.

Is Germany returning to service dark ages?
Germany

Is Germany returning to service dark ages?

After years of steady progress, a new study shows German customer service seems to be sliding back into its old surly ways. Have you noticed a decline - or do you think it's so bad it couldn't possibly get any worse? Have your say.

SAS postpones third quarter financial report
Sweden

SAS postpones third quarter financial report

Scandinavian Airlines, SAS, is postponing its third quarter report due to ongoing negotiations regarding its revolving credit facility, the company announced on Thursday.

Bayern bash lowly Lille
Germany

Bayern bash lowly Lille

Holland star Arjen Robben has said Bayern Munich remain under pressure to prove themselves in the Champions League despite their 6-1 drubbing of Lille in Wednesday's group-stage clash.

‘It was me or the bear’: Swedish hunter
Sweden

‘It was me or the bear’: Swedish hunter

An elk hunter in central Sweden got the shock of his life on Sunday when a wild bear sprung out of the ground just metres away, prompting the Swede to instinctively shoot it dead.

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Sweden

Morocco gives boot to four Swedish ‘reporters’

Morocco said on Wednesday it had ordered a group of foreign journalists to leave Laayoune, the main city of Western Sahara, claiming they had gone there under false pretexts.

Zlatan faces two-game ban for red card
Sweden

Zlatan faces two-game ban for red card

Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint Germain will be without star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for their next two league games after the fiery Swedish international was handed a two-game ban on Wednesday.

Teen horror mask killer to serve ten years
Germany

Teen horror mask killer to serve ten years

A teenager who stabbed an elderly woman to death while wearing a "Justin the Serial Killer" latex horror mask started a ten-year prison term in Germany on Wednesday.