Young Swiss liberals hail Depardieu’s tax move
Switzerland

Young Swiss liberals hail Depardieu’s tax move

Members of the youth section of the Swiss Liberal Party (PLR) have written to French actor Gérard Depardieu inviting him to Switzerland if things don't work out in Belgium.

UBS tightening controls after Libor scandal
Switzerland

UBS tightening controls after Libor scandal

Swiss banking giant UBS, hit with massive fines for manipulating global interest rates, has learned its lesson and is improving its control mechanisms, its chairman Axel Weber insisted in an interview published on Sunday.

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Switzerland

Swiss train derails due to avalanche

A train derailed in the Swiss Alps early on Sunday when it rammed into mounds of snow from an avalanche blocking the tracks, the BLS rail company said, adding that no one had been injured in the accident.

Austerity-hit southern Europeans flock to Switzerland
Switzerland

Austerity-hit southern Europeans flock to Switzerland

After losing one public sector IT job and then another in austerity-hit Spain, Thierry Perello decided to seek his fortune in one of the few remaining bright spots on the European map: Switzerland.

Athens to crack down on Swiss bank tax evaders
Switzerland

Athens to crack down on Swiss bank tax evaders

Greek prosecutors will investigate some 2,000 holders of HSBC bank accounts in Switzerland for suspected tax evasion, state broadcaster Net said on Saturday.

Municipality buys Mouse Trap strip joint
Sweden

Municipality buys Mouse Trap strip joint

After a long campaign to evict a strip joint from Barnarp in the south of Sweden the local municipality has stepped in, buying the property for 3 million Swedish kronor ($470,000).

Traffic woes as blizzard hits Sweden
Sweden

Traffic woes as blizzard hits Sweden

Heavy snowfall and harsh winds caused trouble in Sweden's Christmas getaway traffic, with meteorology agency SMHI issuing a severe weather warning on Sunday.

Swedish royal wedding date announced
Sweden

Swedish royal wedding date announced

Sweden's Princess Madeleine will marry US banker fiancé Chris O'Neill in Stockholm on June 8th, the Royal Court confirms.

Bierhoff says Germany can win World Cup
Germany

Bierhoff says Germany can win World Cup

Germany can win the 2014 World Cup, team manager Oliver Bierhoff believes, pointing to the presence of three Bundesliga sides in the Champions League last 16 to support his assertion.

Slippery roads cause several accidents
Germany

Slippery roads cause several accidents

Snow and freezing rain resulted in more than 80 car accidents in northern Germany, leaving three people slightly injured people, but causing no fatalities.

Little progress made at Berlin’s new airport
Germany

Little progress made at Berlin’s new airport

A visit from experts from the federal Transportation Ministry to Berlin's delay-plagued new airport showed that next to nothing had been done since their last visit to the construction site in August, according to a report by the Bild am Sonntag.

Gunman at large after Stockholm shooting
Sweden

Gunman at large after Stockholm shooting

Police are searching for the person who shot a 23-year-old man in the throat in central Stockholm on Sunday morning.

Finance minister admits his English isn’t good
Germany

Finance minister admits his English isn’t good

Germany’s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble feels sorry for anyone who has to deal with his English because he has a poor command of the language, according to an interview in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

German websites gain ground at home
Germany

German websites gain ground at home

For the first time in years German – and not American – websites have shown the most dynamic growth in Germany, a study commissioned by the Focus news magazine showed.

Swedes charged with terrorism in US court
Sweden

Swedes charged with terrorism in US court

Two Swedish citizens appeared in a federal court in Brooklyn, New York on Friday on charges that they had trained and fought with al-Shabaab, a Somali group designated as terrorists by the United States.

Berlin bank robber had fake gun and bomb
Germany

Berlin bank robber had fake gun and bomb

The 29-year-old man from Wolfsburg who police said took a Deutsche Bank manager in Berlin hostage on Friday evening did not have a real gun or bomb and reportedly tried to rob the bank because he was in debt, the Berliner Zeitung reported.