‘Millennium’ books keep making millions
Sweden

‘Millennium’ books keep making millions

Revenues stemming from Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy of crime novels continue to pour in, bringing in nearly 100 million kronor ($14.8 million) in the last year.

Stricter rules mean no pony for St Martin
Germany

Stricter rules mean no pony for St Martin

Hundreds of traditional St Martin's day parades had to go without a horse and rider representing St Martin this year, due to stricter health and safety measures introduced following the Love Parade tragedy in 2010.

Changes to custody law spark controversy
Germany

Changes to custody law spark controversy

Offenders held in preventative custody should be given more comfortable conditions and no longer be accommodated alongside ordinary prisoners, the lower house of the German parliament has decided.

SAS owners look to EU for loan approval
Sweden

SAS owners look to EU for loan approval

The three Scandinavian countries, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, have sought EU approval for guaranteeing new loans for SAS airline, the financial daily Dagens Industri (DI) reported on Friday.

Sweden urges tourists to ‘Visit a Swede’
Sweden

Sweden urges tourists to ‘Visit a Swede’

Swedish tourism officials have launched a new initiative to help travellers and expats alike meet “real Swedes”, in what they are billing as an extension of their successful Curators of Sweden account on Twitter.

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France

Germany denies plans to review French economy

Germany's so-called "Five Wise Men" of independent economic advisors dismissed media reports Friday that they have been asked by the government to draw up economic reform proposals for France.

Germany exports ‘more energy than ever’
Germany

Germany exports ‘more energy than ever’

Despite regular apocalyptic warnings of black-outs due to the nuclear power shutdown, a recent boom in renewables means that Germany is exporting more electricity than ever before, new figures show.

Guard shot himself dead at PM’s home: report
Sweden

Guard shot himself dead at PM’s home: report

A security guard shot himself dead at Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt’s official residence in Stockholm on Friday, according to reports.

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France

Bishop warns of ‘Catholic Islamophobia’

In comments that will add to pressure on President François Hollande to respond to demands from France's large Muslim community to speak out on the issue, the Bishop of Angoulême, Claude Dagens, said he was profoundly concerned by recent developments.

Breivik: I can’t keep moisturizer in my cell
Norway

Breivik: I can’t keep moisturizer in my cell

Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik's complaints about prison life range from a lack of moisturizer in his cell to the temperature of his coffee, according to extracts from a 27-page letter published on Friday.

Budget ‘full of tricks’ banned to Greeks
Germany

Budget ‘full of tricks’ banned to Greeks

The German government finalized the 2012 budget on Friday - using what the opposition called "tricks" which they claimed Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble "would never accept in Greece."

Currency effect lifts Richemont profits
Switzerland

Currency effect lifts Richemont profits

The Swiss luxury goods group Richemont, which owns brands such as Cartier and Jaeger-LeCoultre, reports that first-quarter net profit jumped by 52 percent to 1.087 billion euros, in line with expectations.

Zurich rolls out ambitious cycling plan
Switzerland

Zurich rolls out ambitious cycling plan

The city of Zurich is expanding bike paths under a 55-million-franc plan geared to accommodate a rising number of cyclists.

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Sweden

Mum charged for burning kids with red-hot knife

A 31-year-old mother of four has been charged by a Gothenburg court after whipping, tying up and burning her children with a heated knife, according to local police.

Olympic hero in doghouse over shooting
Germany

Olympic hero in doghouse over shooting

German Olympic hero David Storl, who won the shot put silver medal at London 2012, has been denied a state honour from the president because of an unfortunate incident with a dog and an air rifle.

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France

Android app hacker jailed for a year

A man has been sentenced to one year in prison, with six months house arrest, for hacking Android apps. The hacking affected at least 17,000 smart phones and causing €500,000 of damage.

Steinbrück’s money ‘hurts party’s chances’
Germany

Steinbrück’s money ‘hurts party’s chances’

The Social Democrat challenger to Chancellor Angela Merkel has seriously damaged his party's reputation after just a month as its figurehead - because of a row over his highly paid speeches, a leading newspaper suggested on Friday.

France heading for recession: Bank
France

France heading for recession: Bank

The French economy is heading for a slight recession at the end of the year, the Bank of France forecast on Friday.

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France

Halal toothpaste to be produced in central France

A factory in the centre of France has been given the green light from Brussels to start producing Europe’s first halal toothpaste, due to be available in shops later this month.

Not much blue sky on the horizon for Germany
Germany

Not much blue sky on the horizon for Germany

With a dull and dreary weekend forecast by the German weather service DWD, it appears that autumn gloom has well and truly descended.

Charges sought in hit-and-run road death
Switzerland

Charges sought in hit-and-run road death

No fewer than 17 drivers drove their vehicles over a motorist who died after exiting his car following a night-time collision on the A13 highway, Saint Gallen cantonal police said on Thursday.

Eastern Germans ‘still shut out from elite’
Germany

Eastern Germans ‘still shut out from elite’

As Germany marks the 23rd anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germans from the former east are being held back by their own glass ceiling, a leading politician claimed on Friday.

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France

Girls beaten by teen gang over ‘love rivalry’

Two sisters of eight and twelve were beaten up by a gang of eight teenagers while out to buy bread in Cholet, west France, on Tuesday evening.

Bildt bashes new Sweden Democrat poll rise
Sweden

Bildt bashes new Sweden Democrat poll rise

Yet another poll has found the far-right Sweden Democrats are the country's third-largest political party, prompting claims by Foreign Minister Carl Bildt of the Moderate Party that the far-right party "damages Sweden".

Police arrest man found with missing girl
Sweden

Police arrest man found with missing girl

Police in Gothenburg have formally arrested the 24-year-old man found in the company of a 9-year-old girl who was found early Friday morning after having been missing for 20 hours, suspecting the man may have kidnapped the girl.

Sex by the train tracks causes passenger delays
Sweden

Sex by the train tracks causes passenger delays

A train driver in southern Sweden who worried that a car parked near the tracks might contain someone contemplating suicide was surprised to find an impassioned young couple unable to control their amorous desires.

Federer eyes seventh ATP Tour title
Switzerland

Federer eyes seventh ATP Tour title

Roger Federer has set his sights on more indoor glory after the Swiss great booked his place in the semi-finals of the ATP Tour Finals at London's O2 Arena.

Hollande and Obama vow fresh start to relationship
France

Hollande and Obama vow fresh start to relationship

France and the United States have agreed to try and give their often fraught bilateral relationship fresh impetus following Barack Obama's return to the White House.

Tibetan statue fetches top bids at Swiss auction
Switzerland

Tibetan statue fetches top bids at Swiss auction

A golden figurine of a Buddhist deity dating back as many as 700 years has sold for more than 3.24 million francs ($3.4 million) at auction in Zurich, far surpassing its estimate.

Reinfeldt to meet with Burmese opposition
Sweden

Reinfeldt to meet with Burmese opposition

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt will meet with Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi when he visits the country next week, his office said on Thursday.

Sweden plans phaseout from Afghanistan
Sweden

Sweden plans phaseout from Afghanistan

The Swedish military presence in Afghanistan will be reduced by 100 people next year and phased out completely by summer 2014, according to the government.

Goalie’s suicide ‘helped to change attitudes’
Germany

Goalie’s suicide ‘helped to change attitudes’

Saturday marks the third anniversary of Germany goalkeeper Robert Enke's suicide after battling depression for years and his widow has launched a hotline for athletes suffering from similar problems.

Nearly one in ten Germans cannot pay bills
Germany

Nearly one in ten Germans cannot pay bills

The number of people in Germany who are heavily in debt rose dramatically this year, with nearly one in ten unable to pay their bills, according to figures released on Thursday.

Missing Gothenburg girl found after 20 hours
Sweden

Missing Gothenburg girl found after 20 hours

Some 600 volunteers helped police in the search of a 9-year-old girl who had been missing in western Sweden since Thursday morning. She was found in the early hours of Friday morning some 400 metres from her home.