Swiss hospitals replace contaminated soap
Switzerland

Swiss hospitals replace contaminated soap

University hospitals in Geneva and Lausanne were forced to get rid of 16,000 bottles of liquid soap after learning they were contaminated by bacteria that posed a health risk to patients.

Hollande steps in to save Bardot’s elephants
France

Hollande steps in to save Bardot’s elephants

French President Francois Hollande has personally stepped in to prevent two elephants from being put down in the eastern city of Lyon.

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Switzerland

Federer expected to skip Davis Cup next month

Switzerland can count on Stanislas Wawrinka but probably not Roger Federer when it meets the Czech Republic for the first round of the Davis Cup in Geneva next month, the Swiss tennis federation said on Monday.

France ups security over ‘real’ Mali Islamist threats
France

France ups security over ‘real’ Mali Islamist threats

France stepped up security at airports and train stations on Monday as intelligence services confirmed threats made by Mali's Islamists to launch an attack on French soil were 'real'.

Sweden ramps up industrial espionage fight
Sweden

Sweden ramps up industrial espionage fight

Industrial espionage directed against Swedish companies and research institutions is on the rise, according to intelligence officials, prompting new inter-agency intelligence coordination to protect national security.

Germany braces for steady snowfall all week
Germany

Germany braces for steady snowfall all week

Arctic weather has returned to Germany, with the DWD national weather service forecasting steady snowfall for much of the country throughout the week.

‘Sweden can’t count on help from Nato’
Sweden

‘Sweden can’t count on help from Nato’

Nato Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited the annual defence conference in the Swedish mountains on Monday, telling the press "you cannot stand outside Nato but still want everything it offers".

Credit Suisse trader faces US fraud charges
Switzerland

Credit Suisse trader faces US fraud charges

A British court on Monday approved the extradition of a former senior Credit Suisse trader to the United States to face charges over a $540-million fraud.

Murdoch owns majority of German Sky
Germany

Murdoch owns majority of German Sky

Australian-American media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has secured a majority stake in Sky Deutschland, the paid-for television broadcaster which has the rights to the Bundesliga's top-flight German football matches.

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France

Somali rebels post pic of ‘slain French commando’

Somalia's Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab militants on Monday posted a picture on their Twitter account of an alleged French commando chief killed in a botched hostage rescue operation.

Immigration boosts population in 2012
Germany

Immigration boosts population in 2012

Immigration pushed Germany's population higher in 2012, official statistics showed on Monday, the second gain in two years despite the country's rapidly ageing society.

Thieves dig 30-metre tunnel to rob bank
Germany

Thieves dig 30-metre tunnel to rob bank

Berlin fire fighters called on Monday to an underground garage put out a blaze only to find a 30-metre-long tunnel leading to the vaults of a nearby bank - which had been emptied.

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Sweden

Police suspect murder after man shot in head

A man is dead after he was shot in the head on Monday afternoon in eastern Sweden, with police launching a murder investigation.

Östermalm – ‘It invites you to go for a walk’
Sweden

Östermalm – ‘It invites you to go for a walk’

In The Local's new series My Sweden where we profile readers' favourite hangouts, sights, and eateries in their own corners of Sweden, we talk to Lorelee Arias, a Mexican who has spent the past four months in Östermalm, Stockholm.

Serial cow killers baffle French farmers
France

Serial cow killers baffle French farmers

Who is slaughtering all the cows? That is the question being asked in the quaint village of Reignac, in Bordeaux’s famous wine region in the south west of France.

‘Criminalize offensive online comments’
Sweden

‘Criminalize offensive online comments’

Sweden needs stronger legislation to deter internet bullying, the country's data privacy agency has argued, calling for tougher penalties for offensive comments posted online.

Depardieu slams Pussy Riot in latest outburst
France

Depardieu slams Pussy Riot in latest outburst

French actor Gérard Depardieu has once again courted controversy, suggesting that members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot had been let off lightly as well as attacking Russia's opposition for being 'stupid'.

‘The Centre Party is a confused party’: expert
Sweden

‘The Centre Party is a confused party’: expert

The Local speaks with Lund University political scientist Mikael Sundström to find out what's behind the Centre Party's current struggles and what they mean for Swedish politics.

Germany mulls ways to help France in Mali
Germany

Germany mulls ways to help France in Mali

Germany said on Monday it was considering ways to help France in its mission in Mali such as providing logistical, medical or humanitarian aid.

Christoph Waltz triumphs at Golden Globes
Germany

Christoph Waltz triumphs at Golden Globes

German-Austrian actor Christoph Waltz won a Golden Globe award on Sunday evening, walking away with honour of best supporting actor for his role in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.

Human rights chief slams North Korean ‘abuses’
Switzerland

Human rights chief slams North Korean ‘abuses’

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Monday demanded an international probe into the alarming human rights situation in ultra-authoritarian North Korea, decrying more than a half-century of devastating abuses.

Third body found after Örebro shooting
Sweden

Third body found after Örebro shooting

A shooting on Sunday night has Örebro police investigating the deaths of three people, including one suspected gunman, while a 19-year-old woman has been seriously injured.

Hitler Youth songs found on Christmas carol CD
Germany

Hitler Youth songs found on Christmas carol CD

Some 50,000 CDs of Christmas carols sent to households in Germany by a children's charity actually contained the titles to pro-Nazi songs sung by the Hitler Youth movement, according to public broadcaster NDR.

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France

Snow and ice set to hit northern France

Wintery conditions are expected to hit northern France on Monday with weather warnings in place across 14 regions including the capital Paris.

Swatch acquires US jeweller and watchmaker
Switzerland

Swatch acquires US jeweller and watchmaker

Swatch Group, the world's leading watchmaker, said on Monday it would acquire US jeweller and watchmaker Harry Winston for up to $1 billion.

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France

Mali’s Islamists threaten to strike on French soil

Islamists based in northern Mali, under daily bombardment by France's warplanes, vowed Monday to avenge the assault on French soil as well as in Africa.

French government holds firm on gay marriage
France

French government holds firm on gay marriage

France’s Socialist government vowed to push on with its plans to legalise gay marriage on Monday, a day after hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Paris calling for the bill to be scrapped.

Swedish ball-bearing giant slashes 2,500 jobs
Sweden

Swedish ball-bearing giant slashes 2,500 jobs

Sweden's SKF, the world's biggest maker of industrial bearings, announced on Monday it was cutting 2,500 jobs, a move widely regarded as a tell-tale sign of tougher times ahead for the manufacturing industry.

Majority back ‘fat cat’ pay curbs, poll results show
Switzerland

Majority back ‘fat cat’ pay curbs, poll results show

A majority of Swiss back a proposal to curb abusive salaries for company directors, according to a new survey.

Mali crisis gives Hollande chance to boost image
France

Mali crisis gives Hollande chance to boost image

François Hollande's decision to order French forces into battle in Mali represents a watershed moment for a president derided by his critics as a compulsive ditherer.

Swedes brace the chill in ‘no pants’ subway ride
Sweden

Swedes brace the chill in ‘no pants’ subway ride

Over 100 Stockholmers ignored below-freezing temperatures on Sunday and bared their legs for an afternoon on the city's subway system - all in the name of a bit of cheeky fun.

VW’s record sales cannot overtake Toyota
Germany

VW’s record sales cannot overtake Toyota

Volkswagen posted record-breaking global sales in 2012, up 11 percent at 9.07 million vehicles, but the ambitious German automaker continues to trail Japanese rival Toyota.

Gottschalk ‘cashed in on secret TV advert deals’
Germany

Gottschalk ‘cashed in on secret TV advert deals’

Germany's favourite television show Wetten, dass..? has come under fire for surreptitious product placement which it is said to have earned presenter Thomas Gottschalk and his brother millions of euros.

Eight-year wait for a home in Stockholm
Sweden

Eight-year wait for a home in Stockholm

Would-be Stockholm residents now have longer to wait for an available apartment than ever before, with new statistics showing an average waiting time on the region's housing queue of eight years.

Hunters raise alarm as raccoon invasion spreads
Germany

Hunters raise alarm as raccoon invasion spreads

A hunting association is warning more must be done to slow the growing invasion of raccoons in Germany, which have been hunting the country's native animals since they escaped captivity in the 1930s.

Four remanded after Stockholm bank raid
Sweden

Four remanded after Stockholm bank raid

Four men were ordered held on remand on Sunday, on the suspicion of their involvement in Thursday's armed bank robbery in northern Stockholm.