Hollande: Europe must compromise on budget
France

Hollande: Europe must compromise on budget

French President François Hollande arrived Thursday in Brussels for tough talks on the European Union's next budget saying he sought compromise, not an ultimatum.

Reinfeldt cedes to EU budget demands
Sweden

Reinfeldt cedes to EU budget demands

Sweden’s prime minister has accepted a hike in the Swedish EU contribution, but intends to fight Swedes having to pay more than other well-to-do members.

The legal woes of Nicolas Sarkozy
France

The legal woes of Nicolas Sarkozy

Nicolas Sarkozy appears in front of a judge on Thursday over charges that his 2007 electoral campaign was illegally financed by France's richest woman. But the Bettencourt hearing is just one of a number of legal problems facing France's ex-president.

Swallowing anger really does make you ill
Germany

Swallowing anger really does make you ill

Oedipus complex, penis envy, hysteria: while many Freudian theories have fallen out of fashion, it seems that the great man was right about at least one thing - repressing feelings really can make you ill.

Initiative seeks end to wealthy expat privileges
Switzerland

Initiative seeks end to wealthy expat privileges

Foreigners who get a special tax break in Switzerland risk seeing their advantage abolished after the government said on Thursday that a national referendum would be held on the divisive issue.

‘Skeleton lover’ ex has bone to pick with case
Sweden

‘Skeleton lover’ ex has bone to pick with case

The ex-boyfriend of a Swedish woman accused of using skeletons for sexual acts has called the investigation a “miscarriage of justice” and told the police he will not help them.

Major integration reform slow to yield results
Sweden

Major integration reform slow to yield results

Newly-arrived immigrants are still struggling to find work two years after a labour market reform to help them get established in Sweden, a new study has shown, but officials argue the programme will work as long as immigrants stick to it.

Merkel, Hollande to meet before EU summit
Germany

Merkel, Hollande to meet before EU summit

German and French leaders will hold talks before an EU summit later Thursday over the bloc's seven-year budget, both capitals said, with Berlin adding it would be "no drama" if no deal was done.

Lip-eating husband appeals his sentence
Sweden

Lip-eating husband appeals his sentence

The professor who sliced off and devoured his young wife’s bottom lip so "she could never kiss someone again" has appealed his five-year prison sentence for aggravated assault.

Ant-man ruins house with poison bombs
Germany

Ant-man ruins house with poison bombs

A German couple who called a pest exterminator to kill ants in their new house are looking for somewhere new to live after the man used too many poison bombs and contaminated their home so badly it has been torn down.

Comedian Soran Ismail: ‘Someone’s gotta laugh’
Sweden

Comedian Soran Ismail: ‘Someone’s gotta laugh’

In the first of a new series profiling Swedish newsmakers, The Local gets the lowdown on Kurdish-Swedish comedian Soran Ismail, who has been in the news recently for his starring role in the Sweden Democrat racist video scandal.

Rain, fog but no ice in sight
Germany

Rain, fog but no ice in sight

Temperatures remain unusually mild just a week before the official start of winter, with the German Weather Service DWD even predicting snatches of late autumnal sun among the rain and fog - but don't blink or you'll miss them.

New fears, same desires: refugees then and now
Germany

New fears, same desires: refugees then and now

A Berlin refugee camp built for exiles from East Germany has opened an exhibition on the lives of today's residents who fled other countries. The Local's Jessica Ware went to see what has changed - and how much is the same.

Hollande and Merkel plan EU budget stance
France

Hollande and Merkel plan EU budget stance

French and German leaders will hold talks before an EU summit later on Thursday over the bloc's seven-year budget, both capitals said, with Berlin adding it would be "no drama" if no deal was done.

‘Sweden Democrat thugs only voice what many Swedes think’
Sweden

‘Sweden Democrat thugs only voice what many Swedes think’

The real scandal isn't what drunken Sweden Democrats said when they are out on the town, but that the racism they expressed is so common among Swedes, argues Mariam Osman Sherifay, chairwoman of the Centre Against Racism (Centrum mot rasism).

EC attaches conditions to Swiss mega merger
Switzerland

EC attaches conditions to Swiss mega merger

The European Commission on Thursday gave a conditional green light to the massive tie-up between Swiss mining giant Xstrata and commodities trader Glencore that would create a global leader.

‘Islam is like Nazism’: top Sweden Democrat
Sweden

‘Islam is like Nazism’: top Sweden Democrat

The Sweden Democrats' new justice policy spokesman, unveiled on Thursday as part of a reshuffle in the wake of a racist video scandal, has already made headlines for his comparison of Islamism to Nazism.

Expellee Federation admits Nazi past
Germany

Expellee Federation admits Nazi past

The Nazi past of a post-war lobbying body for Germans driven from Eastern Europe after 1945 has finally been acknowledged by its current leadership, after a revised historical study spelled it out in no uncertain terms.

Hospital sex abuse claim ‘just the latest’
Germany

Hospital sex abuse claim ‘just the latest’

A German hospital worker has been suspended after allegedly sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl in his care - and it has emerged that despite earlier similar allegations, he had been working in the children's department since 2008.

Swedish politicians fear legalized pot in Denmark
Sweden

Swedish politicians fear legalized pot in Denmark

Politicians in southern Sweden are smoking mad over plans by the mayor of Copenhagen to legalize the sale of cannabis in the Danish capital.

Switzerland to escape recession: SNB chief
Switzerland

Switzerland to escape recession: SNB chief

Switzerland will avoid falling into recession despite the crisis in the euro zone, the head of the country’s central bank says.

Cops: ‘Mafia-style killing’ was complex suicide
Germany

Cops: ‘Mafia-style killing’ was complex suicide

Police in Hamburg investigating the death of a man who was found shot in the head in a tied-up sack floating in a river, suspect that rather than having been the victim of a Mafia hit, he killed himself.

Defect triggers Beznau nuclear shutdown
Switzerland

Defect triggers Beznau nuclear shutdown

A reactor at a Swiss nuclear plant shut down automatically Wednesday due to a defect, the operator said, stressing that the procedure had been completely safe.

Stockholm hosts world’s largest book club
Sweden

Stockholm hosts world’s largest book club

Stockholm is hosting the world’s largest book club on Thursday - Storytellers of Sweden - where the nation's authors will be broadcast live to the world as they discuss Swedish literature.

Critics pounce on women’s retirement plan
Switzerland

Critics pounce on women’s retirement plan

A new proposal by the home affairs minister, Alain Berset, to raise the retirement age for women in Switzerland as part of an overhaul of the country’s social security system (AVS) is already meeting resistance.

ADHD meds can help cut crime: Swedish study
Sweden

ADHD meds can help cut crime: Swedish study

Criminals who take drugs to treat their attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) reduce their risk of re-offending by more than 30 percent, a new Swedish study shows.

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France

Shop sues over gambler suicide licence loss

A newsagent and tobacconist has taken the group that runs the French lottery to court after it withdrew the newsagent’s licence following the suicide of one its clients - a gambling addict.

What’s on in Germany: November 22 – 28
Germany

What’s on in Germany: November 22 – 28

This Week's Highlights: Rufus Wainwright plays in Hamburg, Vietnamese circus artists perform in Munich, and a new exhibition about an old classic, the little black jacket opens in Berlin.

Liechtenstein signs new tax data agreements
Switzerland

Liechtenstein signs new tax data agreements

Liechtenstein says it has signed new tax deals with South Africa and Bahrain, bringing the tiny Alpine country closer to conformity with international banking standards requiring greater transparency.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrats send members anti-Islam mag

Some 6,000 members of the Sweden Democrats will be receiving an anti-Islam newspaper at the end of the month, courtesy of the party.

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France

Hollande makes double gay marriage U-turn

President François Hollande has backtracked on a promise made on Tuesday to give local mayors “freedom of conscience” to opt out of performing gay marriages.

Former minister gets double-wage package
Sweden

Former minister gets double-wage package

Moderate Party MP and former minister for defence, Sten Tolgfors, has been paid 115,000 kronor ($17,140) per month since the spring, despite not taking active part in any parliamentary activity, according to a report in daily Dagens Nyheter (DN).

Minister seeks go-ahead for Turkey missiles
Germany

Minister seeks go-ahead for Turkey missiles

German Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière said on Wednesday that he would seek parliamentary approval for a military operation in Turkey by mid-December, after Ankara requested NATO help.

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Sweden

Woman found dead in south Stockholm

A woman in her thirties was found dead near a waste container in Kungens Kurva, in south Stockholm, early on Thursday morning in what police have determined was an accident.

Fuchs strike fires Schalke into next round
Germany

Fuchs strike fires Schalke into next round

Schalke 04 booked their place in the Champions League's last 16 on Wednesday as a late strike from defender Christian Fuchs sealed their 1-0 home win over Olympiakos.

Siemens cuts woman who broke glass ceiling
Germany

Siemens cuts woman who broke glass ceiling

The first woman to reach the executive board at German engineering giant Siemens, shattering the firm's glass ceiling, will not have her contract renewed, it was reported on Wednesday.