Jobless rate continues sharply higher
France

Jobless rate continues sharply higher

French unemployment rose in October for the 18th consecutive month, according to government figures released on Tuesday.

Hollande threatens to nationalize Mittal plant
France

Hollande threatens to nationalize Mittal plant

French President François Hollande is threatening to nationalize a plant owned by steelmaker ArcelorMittal in an increasingly heated dispute in which a minister has said the multinational is no longer welcome in the country.

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France

UMP mulls referendum on new leadership vote

France's right-wing opposition UMP took its first steps toward ending a damaging internal battle on Tuesday with tentative plans for a referendum on whether to re-run a contested leadership vote.

Zug firm inks historic Bombardier jet deal
Switzerland

Zug firm inks historic Bombardier jet deal

A Swiss company has rocketed to the forefront of the business aviation world after making the biggest single order of Bombardier aircraft in history.

Judo champ defenceless against medal theft
France

Judo champ defenceless against medal theft

France's Olympic judo champion Lucie Décosse's three world gold medals have been stolen in a burglary at her home outside Paris, police confirmed on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Foster child rapist jailed for eight years

A 61-year-old man was sentenced to eight years in prison by the Attunda District Court on Tuesday for raping two young children who were in his care, one of whom was just four years old.

MEPs acted against Swedish interests: PM
Sweden

MEPs acted against Swedish interests: PM

Sweden’s Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt is unhappy with Swedish members of the European parliament who supported an EU budget increase despite his centre-right coalition trying to keep down the costs.

Climate change imperils French truffles
France

Climate change imperils French truffles

Scientists said on Tuesday they had proof that climate change was hitting the Périgord black truffle, a delight of gourmets around the world.

Swedish children need to study more: minister
Sweden

Swedish children need to study more: minister

Sweden failed to make an appearance in a list of the top 20 countries worldwide ranked by education quality, a review which coincided with the Finance Minister claiming that Swedish kids need to study more.

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France

Kidnapped doctor appeals murder rap

A German doctor who was convicted of killing his step-daughter after being kidnapped and forcibly brought back to France began an appeal Tuesday that will hinge on whether French law can tolerate vigilante action.

Düsseldorf mayor launches ‘friendly’ logo
Germany

Düsseldorf mayor launches ‘friendly’ logo

The mayor of Düsseldorf admits his city is “respected but not liked” and launched a campaign to try to get outsiders to change their minds – taking the :D grinning emoticon symbol as new logo.

Barracks and boats eyed for student housing
Germany

Barracks and boats eyed for student housing

German students could soon be living in army barracks and even on floating hotels – as experts scramble to find ways to fill a housing gap affecting tens of thousands of people.

London mayor makes hay over Arcelor-Mittal
France

London mayor makes hay over Arcelor-Mittal

London Mayor Boris Johnson joked Tuesday that left-wing revolutionaries had taken control of France and were driving investors away, adding that the British capital was happy to welcome fleeing businessmen.

Gas leak blamed for deadly Black Forest blaze
Germany

Gas leak blamed for deadly Black Forest blaze

The fire which killed 14 people at a workshop for the disabled in the Black Forest on Monday was probably caused by a gas leak, officials said on Tuesday evening.

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France

Survey shows consumer pessimism tailing off

French consumers showed less pessimism about their personal finances in November, after seven months of ever deeper gloom, official data showed on Tuesday.

Fear of power grid collapse grows
Germany

Fear of power grid collapse grows

A growing number of incidents threatening the stability of the German power grid has sparked concern of a widespread collapse, according to newspaper report on Tuesday.

Renault seeks support for Chinese car plant
France

Renault seeks support for Chinese car plant

French car maker Renault is planning to build a 200,000-vehicle a year plant in China, but needs political support to go ahead, a source with knowledge of the scheme said Tuesday.

What can other far-right parties tell us about the Sweden Democrats?
Sweden

What can other far-right parties tell us about the Sweden Democrats?

With the Sweden Democrats reeling from a racist video scandal, two political scientists look at whether other far-right parties in Europe can tell us if the party's much-touted makeover is more cosmetic than ideological.

Germans set to confirm Greek aid Thursday
Germany

Germans set to confirm Greek aid Thursday

German parliament is set to vote on Thursday to clear an aid package agreed for Greece, a senior deputy from Chancellor Angela Merkel's party said, as the main opposition party pledged its support.

France’s biggest group of squatters ejected
France

France’s biggest group of squatters ejected

Law enforcement officials on Tuesday expelled close to 200 squatting immigrants from a former retirement home near Rennes, the capital of the Brittany region.

Muslim Swedes told to join Syrian war effort
Sweden

Muslim Swedes told to join Syrian war effort

Swedish security service Säpo has expressed concerns that Swedes fighting in Syria may commit war crimes after a militant group's recent YouTube recruitment video called on Swedes to join the war effort in Syria.

UMP heads for split as rivals dig in heels
France

UMP heads for split as rivals dig in heels

France's right-wing opposition UMP Tuesday appeared headed for a split after a poisonous leadership battle as the twice declared winner Jean-Francois Copé rejected demands for a fresh vote.

Depressed Swedes get bus stop light therapy
Sweden

Depressed Swedes get bus stop light therapy

An energy company in Umeå, northern Sweden, has installed phototherapy lights in the city’s bus stops to combat the short days, lack of sunlight, and residents’ depression.

Google searches for web copyright bill opponents
Germany

Google searches for web copyright bill opponents

US internet giant Google is campaigning against a proposed German law that would force it and similar companies to pay publishers for displaying even snippets of their content.

Zurich ‘sex boxes’ to open next year
Switzerland

Zurich ‘sex boxes’ to open next year

Drive-in sex boxes will be opening in an industrial area of Zurich next summer as city officials attempt to put a lid on prostitution in downtown red-light districts.

Arafat’s remains dug up for poison tests
Switzerland

Arafat’s remains dug up for poison tests

Eight years after the death of iconic Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, his remains were exhumed on Tuesday, with Swiss experts among those set to test them for signs that the late president was poisoned.

Swedish banks face ‘heavy hand’: Borg
Sweden

Swedish banks face ‘heavy hand’: Borg

Sweden’s Finance Minister Anders Borg told Swedish banks on Tuesday that they will face tougher regulations year-by-year for the foreseeable future, as he addressed the Nordic Bank Summit in Stockholm.

Santa’s helpers await Christmas wish lists
Germany

Santa’s helpers await Christmas wish lists

Christmas may still be a way off, but German children are already getting in the spirit, sending letters to Baby Jesus and regional versions of Father Christmas - and his helpers are busy replying - often in English.

Technical hitch triggers nuclear shutdown
France

Technical hitch triggers nuclear shutdown

A reactor in one of France’s largest nuclear power plants shut down on Monday, triggered by a problem with an emergency circuit for the water supply to steam generators.

Hungry boys panic, jump through store window
Germany

Hungry boys panic, jump through store window

A pair of hungry German teens found themselves in hospital on Sunday, after an early morning trip to McDonald's ended in running from the police and jumping through the display window of a car dealership.

Arafat’s remains dug up for poison tests
France

Arafat’s remains dug up for poison tests

Eight years after the death of iconic Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, his remains were exhumed on Tuesday, with French experts among those set to test them for signs that the late president was poisoned.

Ericsson sues Samsung for patent infringement
Sweden

Ericsson sues Samsung for patent infringement

Swedish telecommunications equipment maker Ericsson said Tuesday that it was suing South Korean rival Samsung in a US court for violating patents.

Daycare centre spuds spiked with detergent
France

Daycare centre spuds spiked with detergent

The odour of grapefruit in the mashed potatoes turned out to be drain-cleaning detergent.

Swedish skeleton lover ‘wants her bones back’
Sweden

Swedish skeleton lover ‘wants her bones back’

A Swedish woman facing criminal charges for using human bones as sex toys appeared in court on Tuesday, and is claiming her innocence amid speculation that she wanted to start a pornographic website for necrophiliacs.

Algerian couple shown to be Haddile’s parents
Sweden

Algerian couple shown to be Haddile’s parents

A DNA test has shown that an Algerian couple are indeed the birth parents of Haddile, a two-year-old who faced deportation after being abandoned in Sweden and assaulted by her step-father, a lawyer for the couple has said.

Sarkozy seeks new UMP vote to end impasse
France

Sarkozy seeks new UMP vote to end impasse

Ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy called Monday for a fresh vote to resolve the bitter leadership battle that has left France's main right-wing opposition party, the UMP, on the verge of collapse, party officials said.

Doctor appeals French teen killing over kidnap
Germany

Doctor appeals French teen killing over kidnap

A German doctor convicted of killing his step-daughter after being kidnapped and forcibly brought to France, begins an appeal on Tuesday that will hinge on if French law can tolerate the vigilante action which led to his trial.

‘It can’t be wrong to sing O Holy Night’: minister
Sweden

‘It can’t be wrong to sing O Holy Night’: minister

Two government ministers said on Monday they are ready to change Sweden's school laws after an agency ruled schools could not include religious elements in Advent services.

Hard work is pointless, young poor reckon
Germany

Hard work is pointless, young poor reckon

A third of poorer Germans do not think hard work will get them anywhere, while over half of the younger poor said they would never be able to climb the social ladder, a new survey shows.

Woman ordered to learn German after 30 years
Germany

Woman ordered to learn German after 30 years

A Turkish mother of six who speaks no German has been ordered by a court in Karlsruhe to take an integration course 30 years after her arrival in Germany.

Drinking soda raises risk of prostate cancer: study
Sweden

Drinking soda raises risk of prostate cancer: study

Men who drink one normal-sized soft drink per day are at greater risk of getting more aggressive forms of prostate cancer, according to a Swedish study released Monday.

Conny-Land head says workers killed dolphins
Switzerland

Conny-Land head says workers killed dolphins

The director of Conny-Land in the canton of Thurgau now believes that two former employees killed two dolphins at the Lipperswil zoo and amusement park in a bid to shut down the marine attraction.