Keep teens away from fireworks, experts warn
Sweden

Keep teens away from fireworks, experts warn

Several incidents of youths firing rockets in public spaces were reported in Stockholm ahead of New Year's after experts warned of firework risks.

placeholder image
France

Hollande’s 75 percent tax ‘illegal’ – court

France's top constitutional body on Saturday struck down a 75-percent upper income tax rate, dealing a major blow to Socialist President François Hollande, who had made it his centrepiece tax measure.

placeholder image
France

Depardieu: court tax ruling ‘changes nothing’

French film celebrity Gérard Depardieu said a decision by France's highest court to strike down a 75% tax rate on millionaires would change nothing in his highly publicised decision to relocate to Belgium.

Swedish ski resort hit by avalanche
Sweden

Swedish ski resort hit by avalanche

An avalanche broke out Monday in Åre just a day after alert levels were raised in the area, but according to the police nobody was trapped or injured.

‘Super cop’ takes on Palme murder probe
Sweden

‘Super cop’ takes on Palme murder probe

A detective who has solved several high-profile murder cases in Sweden will take over the investigation into the assassination of former PM, Olof Palme.

Language trouble behind many medical mishaps
Germany

Language trouble behind many medical mishaps

Chief medical officers can only communicate with one-third of their staff in German and more patients are complaining about many physicians' poor command of the German language, the head of the Berlin Medical Association said on Monday.

‘Transparency level is adequate’: King
Sweden

‘Transparency level is adequate’: King

Commenting for the first time on the demand for increased transparency into the royals' finances, Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf said his money is adequately accounted for.

Thierse laments Swabian invasion of Berlin
Germany

Thierse laments Swabian invasion of Berlin

Long-time Berlin resident and former Bundestag President Wolfgang Thierse is fed up with how Swabians from Germany's southwest act when they move to the German capital, the Berliner Morgenpost reported on Monday.

‘You won’t get rid of me’: Almqvist
Sweden

‘You won’t get rid of me’: Almqvist

Erik Almqvist has quit parliament and given up his Sweden Democrat party membership, but now the party plans to hire him as a consultant for its new multi-media project.

Löw hopes team will learn from 2012 mistakes
Germany

Löw hopes team will learn from 2012 mistakes

The past year was a mixed one for Germany’s national football team coach Joachim Löw, as the man known as “Super Jogi” was wide praised in the first half of 2012 but blamed for many mishaps after that.

Merkel warns of tougher times ahead
Germany

Merkel warns of tougher times ahead

Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Germans that the economy, Europe's biggest, would experience a harder time next year than in 2012 and cautioned that the eurozone debt crisis was far from over.

Record crowds awaited at Brandenburg Gate
Germany

Record crowds awaited at Brandenburg Gate

Berlin tourism officials are gearing up for what may be the world’s biggest New Year’s Eve party on Monday, the daily Berliner Zeitung reported on Sunday.

Two arrested in Rhineland acid attack
Germany

Two arrested in Rhineland acid attack

Two suspects were arrested after a German woman of Turkish origin suffered serious burns in an acid attack in western Germany, police said in a statement late on Sunday.