Geneva MP links porn site to Facebook page
Switzerland

Geneva MP links porn site to Facebook page

A Geneva MP has made headlines for a link on his Facebook page to a hardcore porn site registered in his name that features his girlfriend.

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Switzerland

Qatar fund backs Swiss mega-mining merger

Qatar's sovereign wealth fund said on Thursday that it will vote in favour of commodities giant Glencore's bid to merge with Swiss mining group Xstrata, giving a major boost to the deal.

Xstrata seeks shake-up at troubled Lonmin
Switzerland

Xstrata seeks shake-up at troubled Lonmin

Swiss commodities giant Xstrata called Thursday for a management shake-up at Lonmin, in which it is a major shareholder, citing serious financial problems at the platinum mining group.

Age of austerity bypasses Swiss auctions
Switzerland

Age of austerity bypasses Swiss auctions

From a flawless diamond that fetched nearly $21.5 million to another gem that went under the hammer for $10.9 million, Geneva's November jewellery auctions smashed several records this year.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrats ‘may fall apart’: experts

As the far-right Sweden Democrats react to an unfolding scandal stemming from a video clip displaying bad behaviour by leading party members, experts claim the episode may cause a simmering rift to finally break open.

Scandal reveals signs of Sweden Democrat rift
Sweden

Scandal reveals signs of Sweden Democrat rift

Sweden Democrat MP Kent Ekeroth said he is "ashamed" of how he behaved in a racist video clip published this week, while party leader Jimmie Åkesson called the situation "really bad".

More Greeks, Spanish moving to Germany
Germany

More Greeks, Spanish moving to Germany

Immigration to Germany rose by 15 percent in the first half of the year, thanks to an influx of people from European countries hit hard by the eurozone crisis, official figures showed on Thursday.

Electricity bills to take record hike in January
Germany

Electricity bills to take record hike in January

Millions of German householders will see their energy bills rise from January, with electricity firms publishing revised price plans this week - Vattenfall said its prices would increase by 13 percent.

Anna, 105, offered spot in Swedish preschool
Sweden

Anna, 105, offered spot in Swedish preschool

A 105-year-old Swedish woman was surprised recently when she received a letter explaining she had been offered a spot at a local preschool class.

Sweden looks to beef up child sex abuse laws
Sweden

Sweden looks to beef up child sex abuse laws

Sweden should extend the statute of limitations for child sex abuse crimes and make it easier to require criminal background checks on people who work with children, according to an inquiry submitted to the justice minister on Thursday.

Top Swiss football scorer set to retire
Switzerland

Top Swiss football scorer set to retire

Alexander Frei, Switzerland's all-time top goalscorer, is hanging up his boots at the end of the season, his club, FC Basel, announced on Thursday.

Swedish press: scandal shows ‘true face’ of Sweden Democrats
Sweden

Swedish press: scandal shows ‘true face’ of Sweden Democrats

Amid a still unfolding scandal for the Sweden Democrats, where three prominent party members are seen on film harassing drunks, doling out racist slurs, and disrespecting women, Swedish editorial writers agree that the party has lost its painstakingly crafted non-racist front once and for all.

‘Cuddle hormone’ could keep men faithful
Germany

‘Cuddle hormone’ could keep men faithful

A sniff of a "cuddle hormone" can encourage married men to literally keep their distance from other women, German scientists have shown - but paranoid wives should not put in orders for monogamy spray quite yet.

SAS staff face ‘worst pay’ in Sweden: report
Sweden

SAS staff face ‘worst pay’ in Sweden: report

A last ditch savings plan to save SAS would make cabin personnel among the lowest paid in the Swedish job market, it emerged on Thursday, amid reports that the airline is closer to bankruptcy than previously thought.

Senate approves ‘Nutella’ tax on palm oil
France

Senate approves ‘Nutella’ tax on palm oil

Nutella and other similar spreads look set to become more expensive after a decision by the Senate this week.

Greeks throw coffee and eggs at German consul
Germany

Greeks throw coffee and eggs at German consul

Greek protesters threw coffee and eggs at Germany's consul to Thessaloniki when he was talking about trade between the countries, officials said on Thursday.

Fribourg police charge pair with 39 break-ins
Switzerland

Fribourg police charge pair with 39 break-ins

After a lengthy investigation, Fribourg cantonal police have charged two men with 39 break-and-enter offences.

Police raid Russian gang at refugee camp
Sweden

Police raid Russian gang at refugee camp

Police raided a refugee housing facility in western Sweden on Thursday, hauling in seven people suspected of having ties to a Russian criminal network.

What’s on in Germany: November 15 – 21
Germany

What’s on in Germany: November 15 – 21

This Week's Highlights: African films screen in Berlin, dancers take the stage in Karlsruhe, and Diwali celebrations in Hamburg.

Praise aplenty for Zlatan after ‘best goal ever’
Sweden

Praise aplenty for Zlatan after ‘best goal ever’

Sweden captain and star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic drew praise after Sweden's 4-2 friendly win on Wednesday, with England's Steven Gerrard calling the Swede's jaw-dropping long-range bicycle kick (featured below) "the best goal he had ever seen".

Matignon grapples with new Corsican murder
France

Matignon grapples with new Corsican murder

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has asked two cabinet ministers to pay urgent visits to Corsica in the wake of another high-profile assassination on the island.

Mother ‘kills three children before car crash’
Germany

Mother ‘kills three children before car crash’

A desperate mother of four suffocated three of her children, loaded them into her car and then crashed deliberately on an autobahn in an attempt to kill herself, Bavarian police said on Thursday.

Missing People: a new tool for Swedish police
Sweden

Missing People: a new tool for Swedish police

The Local finds out more about Missing People, a Swedish non-profit organization making headlines after finding three people who had been reported missing, and somehow managing to succeed where police have failed.

Teacher-student sex ban to be tightened
Germany

Teacher-student sex ban to be tightened

Teachers who have sexual relationships with students but escape punishment because their lover is not in their class could find themselves in trouble - state justice ministers want to tighten the rules.

Safety campaign clamps down on speeders
Switzerland

Safety campaign clamps down on speeders

The Swiss government is clamping down on bad drivers with a road safety campaign that will toughen penalties against speeders starting in January.

Royal bracelet sells for ‘double price’ in Geneva
Switzerland

Royal bracelet sells for ‘double price’ in Geneva

A conch pearl and diamond bracelet that once belonged to Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain fetched 3.2 million francs ($3.4 million) at auction in Geneva on Wednesday, more than doubling reserve estimates.

GM ‘scraps Opel – Peugeot Citroen merger’
Germany

GM ‘scraps Opel – Peugeot Citroen merger’

General Motors has scrapped plans to merge its troubled German unit Opel with PSA Peugeot Citroen because of the French carmaker's financial woes, a news report said Wednesday.

Munich blackout hits 450,000 people
Germany

Munich blackout hits 450,000 people

The worst power cut to hit Munich in 20 years threw the Bavarian capital into early morning chaos on Thursday. Thousands of commuters were left stranded as public transport ground to a halt and traffic lights went out.

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Sweden

Ex-Scania managers charged over Iraq deal

Two former managers of truck maker Scania were on Wednesday indicted on charges of violating the UN sanctions against Saddam Husseins's regime in Iraq, the Swedish Ministry for Justice said Wednesday.

Ekeroth takes ‘break’ after new revelations
Sweden

Ekeroth takes ‘break’ after new revelations

The Sweden Democrats on Thursday announced that justice policy spokesman Kent Ekeroth will be taking a break from his responsibilities after a Swedish newspaper published more secret footage of a 2010 scuffle.

Bosses can demand sick note from day one
Germany

Bosses can demand sick note from day one

Employers in Germany can demand that sick employees provide a doctor's note from the first day they call in sick, a state labour court ruled on Wednesday. Critics voiced concern that bosses could abuse the new power.

Germany hold the Dutch to goalless draw
Germany

Germany hold the Dutch to goalless draw

Germany held neighbours the Netherlands to a goalless draw in Wednesday's international friendly, with both injury-hit teams fielding make-shift sides after a raft of withdrawals.

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France

Father jailed for killing baby son

A 22-year-old man was sentenced on Wednesday by a criminal court in Evry to 12 years in prison for savagely beating his five-month-old baby boy to death.

Zlatan nets four as Sweden claim victory
Sweden

Zlatan nets four as Sweden claim victory

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored all four goals as Sweden celebrated the opening of their new national stadium by coming from behind to beat England 4-2 in a friendly on Wednesday.