Germans lose if tax deal rejected, says banker
Switzerland

Germans lose if tax deal rejected, says banker

A top Swiss banking official says that Germany would lose out if Berlin voted against a deal to end long-running tax evasion tensions with Switzerland.

Swiss banks aim to boost Chinese yuan biz
Switzerland

Swiss banks aim to boost Chinese yuan biz

Swiss banks want to become important traders of financial products and services based on the Chinese yuan, a sector association leader said Wednesday.

Injury throws Swiss ski star out for season
Switzerland

Injury throws Swiss ski star out for season

Swiss ski star Beat Feuz will miss the rest of the 2012/2013 season as he is not fully recovered from a knee operation last spring, the Swiss Ski Federation says.

Sweden Democrats fire youth head from Riksdag
Sweden

Sweden Democrats fire youth head from Riksdag

The Sweden Democrats have relieved youth group leader Gustav Kasselstrand from his duties as political secretary for the party in the Riksdag, after he went against party line, saying that a senior colleague, implicated in the widely-publicized racial slur incident, should not have to leave office.

Boy, 11, disappears after stealing parents’ van
Germany

Boy, 11, disappears after stealing parents’ van

An 11-year-old German boy disappeared on Tuesday after stealing his foster parents' minivan and driving nearly 100 kilometres to Hamburg, it was reported on Wednesday after police found the vehicle.

Headmaster fined for playing golf on duty
Germany

Headmaster fined for playing golf on duty

A headmaster who took part in a charity golf tournament raising money for children with cancer has been fined €2,000 for his trouble after it emerged that he skipped school to play.

Fillon: I demand a recount
France

Fillon: I demand a recount

France's ex-prime minister Francois Fillon's supporters on Wednesday demanded a recount after a venomous leadership battle for the conservative main opposition UMP party, saying he was the rightful winner.

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France

Fifty shades of fake: spin-offs irk French publisher

Copy us at your own risk. That is the message sent by the French publisher of "Fifty Shades of Grey" which is cracking the whip at spin-offs of the erotic romance.

School kids ‘suffer from stress too early’
Germany

School kids ‘suffer from stress too early’

German children get too much homework, have to take too many tests, and are under pressure from parents, a new study into the stress suffered by children between seven and nine suggests.

New European rocket to be Ariane 5 upgrade
Germany

New European rocket to be Ariane 5 upgrade

The new European space rocket will be an adaptation of the current Ariane 5, as suggested by Germany, rather than a new version, as the French had argued, it was agreed on Wednesday.

Video streaming boosts Swedish mobile traffic
Sweden

Video streaming boosts Swedish mobile traffic

The amount of data used by mobile devices doubled over the past year, boosted by growth in video streaming services, according to a study released on Wednesday by Swedish telecom group Ericsson.

Merkel: Greek bailout deal possible on Monday
Germany

Merkel: Greek bailout deal possible on Monday

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday a deal to release funds for Greece could be clinched next week, as her election rival launched a blistering attack on her policies to stem the eurozone crisis.

Work visas may prevent foreign student exodus
Sweden

Work visas may prevent foreign student exodus

Sweden could become more attractive to non-EU foreign students if it granted them the right to stay in Sweden to look for work after graduation, the Migration Board (Migrationsverket) has suggested in a new report.

Top court upholds hooligan’s jail sentence
Switzerland

Top court upholds hooligan’s jail sentence

Switzerland’s supreme court has upheld a four-year jail sentence against a football hooligan who injured a fellow supporter, now disabled as a result.

‘Ireland could learn a hell of a lot from Sweden’
Sweden

‘Ireland could learn a hell of a lot from Sweden’

After a woman in Ireland died from a miscarriage after authorities refusal to allow an abortion, Irish native David Duff reflects on the how Sweden differs from his homeland in gender equality.

Ekeroth makes ‘time out’ permanent
Sweden

Ekeroth makes ‘time out’ permanent

Sweden Democrat Kent Ekeroth, who last week said he was taking a "time out" from his role as the party’s justice policy spokesman, announced on Wednesday he would step down permanently, but would keep his seat in the Riksdag.

Court stifles hunt for donors with ‘risky’ blood
Sweden

Court stifles hunt for donors with ‘risky’ blood

A Swedish court has banned medical researchers from speaking with donors whose blood may have triggered a potentially fatal lung condition.

Tax evaders become pariahs for Credit Suisse
Switzerland

Tax evaders become pariahs for Credit Suisse

Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse wants to clean house and remove all tax evaders from its clientele, bank chairman Urs Rohner said in an interview published on Wednesday.

Financial Times Deutschland to fold
Germany

Financial Times Deutschland to fold

The Financial Times Deutschland newspaper is on the verge of filing for bankruptcy, endangering around 350 jobs, the paper announced on its homepage on Wednesday.

Show lets Swedes eat their way through history
Sweden

Show lets Swedes eat their way through history

Moonshine, baked frogs and perfumed swans. A new Swedish television serves up the best culinary experiences of generations past. The Local catches up with host Lotta Lundgren to find out more.

Franco-Swiss feud splits Chinese painter’s family

Franco-Swiss feud splits Chinese painter’s family

Zao Wou-ki, the abstract painter and Swiss resident who has been described as China's greatest living artist, is at the centre of a bitter legal feud between his third wife and his son from a previous marriage.

Weak teens more likely to die young: study
Sweden

Weak teens more likely to die young: study

Teens with weak muscles run the risk of dying younger than their stronger peers, a new Swedish study found.

New York state sues Credit Suisse for fraud
Switzerland

New York state sues Credit Suisse for fraud

The state of New York sued Credit Suisse for fraud Tuesday over the sale of questionable mortgage securities that dealt buyers $11.2 billion in losses in the US housing meltdown.

Army probes sexual attack on recruit
Switzerland

Army probes sexual attack on recruit

The Swiss Army has launched an investigation following reports that a soldier attempted to rape another recruit at the Thun training base in the canton of Bern.

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Sweden

Kids with foreign parents less healthy: study

Children with one or both parents born outside of Sweden have an increased risk of ill health than their peers with Swedish parents, according to a new study from the Mid Sweden University (Mittuniversitetet).

Sweden needs to ‘get tougher’ on free schools
Sweden

Sweden needs to ‘get tougher’ on free schools

Sweden is currently too hands-off when new privately-managed free schools want to start up with public funding, according to a new report.

Catholic group to sue naked feminist protesters
France

Catholic group to sue naked feminist protesters

The Catholic institute behind last weekend’s anti-gay marriage demonstrations is to sue a feminist group for a counter-demonstration in which participants dressed as naked nuns.

Snapper’s slander bags million for homeless man
France

Snapper’s slander bags million for homeless man

A former homeless man has won €1 million in court after suing legendary society photographer and one-time Liliane Bettencourt heir François Marie Banier, who accused him of homophobia.

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France

Sarkozy to appear before graft inquiry

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy will appear before investigating magistrates on Thursday and could be indicted in a probe into illegal campaign financing, judicial sources said Tuesday.

Government ‘hid’ sensitive Saudi email
Sweden

Government ‘hid’ sensitive Saudi email

An email with sensitive information about plans by a Swedish military agency to help build an arms plant in Saudi Arabia was removed from the government office's registry, according to a report in the Swedish media.

Bayern get just enough from Valencia draw
Germany

Bayern get just enough from Valencia draw

Bayern Munich needed a late Thomas Müller goal to come from behind and seal a 1-1 draw against ten-man Valencia on Tuesday which put both teams in the Champions League's knock-out phase.

Headphones named hot Christmas gift of 2012
Sweden

Headphones named hot Christmas gift of 2012

The hottest Christmas gift set to keep Swedes humming during the 2012 holiday season is a set of headphones, according to a Swedish retail research group's annual "Christmas Gift of the Year" predictions.

Court: church employees can strike – mostly
Germany

Court: church employees can strike – mostly

People working for religious institutions have the right to go on strike - but only under certain conditions, the German federal labour court said on Tuesday, in a ruling that affects nearly 1.3 million people.

Östermalm deaths likely murder-suicide: police
Sweden

Östermalm deaths likely murder-suicide: police

A Stockholm school is mourning and family friends are searching for answers in the wake of an apparent murder-suicide that has shocked the upscale district of Östermalm.

Police offer reward for motorway shooter
Germany

Police offer reward for motorway shooter

German police have put up a €100,000 reward in their fight to find a mystery shooter who has been firing at car transporters and trucks on motorways for four years - hitting one woman driver in the throat.

Germans build more homes in shadow of euro
Germany

Germans build more homes in shadow of euro

The housing boom in Germany is continuing despite the eurozone debt crisis, with more individuals and investors applying for building permits this year than last.