Eric Clapton’s Swiss watch nets $3.6 million
Switzerland

Eric Clapton’s Swiss watch nets $3.6 million

A platinum wristwatch owned by British rock guitarist Eric Clapton sold for 3.4 million francs ($3.6 million) at a Geneva auction on Monday.

Germans pursue UBS clients over tax evasion
Switzerland

Germans pursue UBS clients over tax evasion

German authorities on Monday launched nationwide raids on suspected tax evaders in connection with a probe into several hundred Germany-based clients of Swiss bank giant UBS, a local prosecutor told AFP.

Troubled SAS has ‘less than a year’ left: expert
Sweden

Troubled SAS has ‘less than a year’ left: expert

Aviation experts doubt a massive savings plan announced on Monday by Scandinavian airline SAS can save the company, with one analyst forecasting the airline would cease to exist within 12 months.

Tax men raid hundreds of homes
Germany

Tax men raid hundreds of homes

German authorities launched nationwide raids on suspected tax evaders on Monday, in connection with a probe into several hundred Germany-based clients of Swiss bank giant UBS, a state prosecutor confirmed.

Solskjær guides Molde to second title
Norway

Solskjær guides Molde to second title

Molde coach and former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjær has guided his Norwegian side to their second successive league title.

Council replaces ‘NSU’ terror gang car plates
Germany

Council replaces ‘NSU’ terror gang car plates

Nuremberg council is changing dozens of its vehicle number plates that start with the letters NSU - the name of a murderous neo-Nazi terror gang. Anyone with the unfortunate registration can change theirs free of change.

‘One in six’ east Germans think like neo-Nazis
Germany

‘One in six’ east Germans think like neo-Nazis

The share of east Germans with an extreme right wing political mentality has exploded over the last two years, with nearly one in six now thinking like a neo-Nazi, new figures show.

Portuguese teddy bear makers plead with Merkel
Germany

Portuguese teddy bear makers plead with Merkel

Portuguese teddy bear makers are set to appeal directly to Chancellor Angela Merkel to save their German-owned factory as she visits their crisis-stricken country on Monday.

Julius Bär invests in new Italian bank
Switzerland

Julius Bär invests in new Italian bank

Julius Bär, the Zurich-based private bank, is joining forces with Kairos Investment Management in Italy to establish a new private bank.

Boat in the clouds helps Swede spy on reindeer
Sweden

Boat in the clouds helps Swede spy on reindeer

A man in northern Sweden uses a rubber boat with wings to get a birds-eye view of his reindeer herd. The Local finds out more about his unusual aircraft and his life in the clouds.

Malta foreign minister a ‘dinosaur’: Swedish MEP
Sweden

Malta foreign minister a ‘dinosaur’: Swedish MEP

A Swedish member of the European Parliament was Monday spearheading efforts to thwart the appointment of Malta's European Commissioner designate Tonio Borg because of his conservative views on women's rights.

Swiss to cut Madrid and Athens flights
Switzerland

Swiss to cut Madrid and Athens flights

Switzerland's national airline said on Monday it would cut flights to Athens and Madrid, both hard-hit by the eurozone crisis, and would expand its flights to more lucrative destinations.

Main parties start tug-of-war for Greens
Germany

Main parties start tug-of-war for Greens

The Green Party leadership choice for the election campaign raised talk of a possible shift towards Angela Merkel's conservatives, prompting the Social Democrats to call for a clear statement in favour of a coalition with them.

Car parks ‘too dark, expensive and narrow’
Germany

Car parks ‘too dark, expensive and narrow’

Most German car parks are too expensive, badly lit or are difficult to drive into, motoring association ADAC said on Monday after a carrying out a nationwide survey.

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Sweden

Refugee kids faking mental ills: agency staff

The head of Migration Board (Migrationsverket) operations in southern Sweden has slammed case workers for routinely hinting that refugee children are making false claims about their mental health in order to avoid deportation.

Swiss watchmakers find more time for China
Switzerland

Swiss watchmakers find more time for China

With the Chinese increasingly coveting European luxury goods, Swiss watchmakers are eyeing a huge new market for their wares, but disagree on the best way of capturing it.

Anna’s kidnapper remanded into custody
Sweden

Anna’s kidnapper remanded into custody

The 24-year-old man who admitted to abducting a 9-year-old girl in Gothenburg last week was remanded into custody on Monday. According to his defence lawyer, his mental condition must now be examined.

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Switzerland

Geneva police probe death of elderly couple

A murder investigation is under way into the deaths of a married man and woman in their 60s who were found dead in a Geneva apartment over the weekend.

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France

Surgeons launch strike over fee accord

Surgeons from clinics and medical interns at public hospitals launched a strike on Monday, risking the closure of hundreds of operating rooms around the country.

Apple pays Swiss rail millions to end clock row: report
Switzerland

Apple pays Swiss rail millions to end clock row: report

US tech giant Apple has forked out 20 million francs ($21 million) to compensate Swiss national rail operator SBB for using its famous clock without permission, a Swiss daily reported on Saturday.

‘Hitler connection’ stops Bavarian music award
Germany

‘Hitler connection’ stops Bavarian music award

A Bavarian music award has been suspended after it was reported that its founders and patrons had been friends with Hitler, and had supported the Nazis from the days of the failed 1923 beerhall putsch.

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Switzerland

Guards find Georgian prisoner dead in cell

A 24-year-old Georgian man was found dead in his prison cell in Geneva on Saturday, the local authorities said, adding that he appeared to have hanged himself.

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Switzerland

India probes Swiss ‘black money’ charges

India's finance ministry said on Saturday it is probing allegations by anti-graft activists that some of India's top businessmen illegally stashed large sums of money abroad.

Credit Suisse will not abandon investment bank: chairman
Switzerland

Credit Suisse will not abandon investment bank: chairman

Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse will stick with its investment bank and does not plan a major overhaul similar to the one recently announced by UBS, the bank's chairman said in an interview published on Saturday.

Swedes optimistic about housing market
Sweden

Swedes optimistic about housing market

An increasing number of Swedes believe in an improving housing market, according to the latest figures from Swedish bank SEB’s house price indicator.

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France

Corsican teen on trial for killing family

The trial of Andy, a teenager accused of murdering his parents and twin 10-year-old brothers in Corsica three years ago, begins on Monday.

Minister: civilian Afghan flight is ‘progress’
Germany

Minister: civilian Afghan flight is ‘progress’

German Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière arrived in Afghanistan for a surprise visit on Monday - travelling for the first time on a direct flight without military protection, in what he said was a sign of progress.

Sweden ‘self-sufficient’ on marijuana: police
Sweden

Sweden ‘self-sufficient’ on marijuana: police

Reports of home-grown marijuana in Sweden have quadrupled in the last decade, according to police, who claim there is now enough domestically-grown weed to supply the needs of Sweden's pot-smokers.

Public funds ’17 cars’ for three ex-chancellors
Germany

Public funds ’17 cars’ for three ex-chancellors

Gerhard Schröder has seven publicly funded, chauffeur-driven vehicles at his disposal, despite his highly-paid private work.

SAS unveils massive cost-cutting bid
Sweden

SAS unveils massive cost-cutting bid

Scandinavian airline SAS announced plans on Monday to slash 3 billion kronor ($445 million) in costs, with at least 800 jobs to be cut in what the company's CEO has labelled "the final call" for the troubled airline.

Holland loom large as Germany shed stars
Germany

Holland loom large as Germany shed stars

Germany take on neighbours Holland in an international friendly on Wednesday with head coach Joachim Löw facing an injury and sickness headache after losing six of his stars over the weekend.

Sweden Democrats hit all-time high in new poll
Sweden

Sweden Democrats hit all-time high in new poll

The far-right Sweden Democrats have recorded their highest voter-support poll results ever, shooting up to 11.2 percent, with party leader Jimmie Åkesson stating the party is on "the road to success".

Federer win sets up showdown with Djokovic
Switzerland

Federer win sets up showdown with Djokovic

Roger Federer remains on course for a seventh ATP Tour Finals title after the defending champion defeated third seed Andy Murray 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 on Sunday to set up a final showdown with Novak Djokovic.

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Sweden

Missing People find two bodies in Stockholm

The organization Missing People found two bodies in the Swedish capital over the weekend, one of whom had been missing since early October.