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Switzerland

Brazil’s footballers to play Switzerland in Basel

Brazil will face Switzerland in a friendly game on August 14th in what will be their first match after June's Confederations Cup, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) announced on Wednesday.

Vet office bans Swiss MP’s vole paté feast
Switzerland

Vet office bans Swiss MP’s vole paté feast

The canton of Jura’s veterinary office vetoed a bid by a cantonal parliament to publicly serve vole paté to fellow MPs.

Discarded poodle saved from dumpster death
Switzerland

Discarded poodle saved from dumpster death

East Lausanne Police saved an abandoned poodle that was trapped in a rubbish bag and thrown into a dumpster to die, daily newspaper Le Matin reported this week.

British man charged with French jogger’s murder
France

British man charged with French jogger’s murder

A British man was charged on Wednesday with the aggravated murder of a mother of three who was stabbed to death while out jogging.

France’s iconic Mont-St-Michel hit by mayor row
France

France’s iconic Mont-St-Michel hit by mayor row

The mayor of famous French landmark Mont-Saint-Michel faces conviction and a hefty fine for allegedly redirecting shuttle services so the 2.5 million annual visitors would depart from outside his businesses.

Merkel: Egypt must talk with opposition
Germany

Merkel: Egypt must talk with opposition

Chancellor Angela Merkel urged the visiting Egyptian president Wednesday to ensure dialogue remains an option as his country grapples with a political crisis that has sparked deadly unrest.

Students questioned over Stockholm school blast
Sweden

Students questioned over Stockholm school blast

Police have called several students in for questioning after an apparently home-made explosive device blew up in the hand of a teacher at a Stockholm school, with the blast injuring at least eleven students and two more adults on Wednesday.

Bern pays 500 million francs in UK tax deal
Switzerland

Bern pays 500 million francs in UK tax deal

Switzerland has given Britain a 500-million-franc ($545-million) advance as part of a special deal that took effect on January 1st aimed at taxing British funds stashed in Swiss banks.

E.ON say profits hit by tricky conditions
Germany

E.ON say profits hit by tricky conditions

Germany's biggest power supplier E.ON said Wednesday it was projecting a sharp drop in bottom-line profits this year as a result of the difficult industry environment and divestments.

Stockholm students debut design collections
Sweden

Stockholm students debut design collections

As industry heavyweights send models down the catwalks at Mercedes Benz Stockholm Fashion Week, 14 students rallied for their own show. The Local’s Ann Törnkvist caught up with two of them.

Doctors jailed over cancer radiation scandal
France

Doctors jailed over cancer radiation scandal

A French court on Wednesday sentenced two doctors and a radiophysicist to 18 months in prison for their role in radiation overdoses given to nearly 450 cancer patients.

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Germany

All of The Local’s Germans of the Week.

Here is the archived list of every featured German of the Week.

Most Germans think fat cats get too much cream
Germany

Most Germans think fat cats get too much cream

Most Germans think top managers in the country's big companies are paid too much, a study published on Wednesday showed.

New clients push Nordea profits to new heights
Sweden

New clients push Nordea profits to new heights

The largest Nordic bank, Nordea, posted a 19 percent rise in annual profit on Wednesday after it cut jobs and attracted more customers.

Scania reports net profit loss after demand drop
Sweden

Scania reports net profit loss after demand drop

Swedish truck maker Scania reported on Wednesday a one-third plunge in net profit for 2012 and a cut in current production, but said that orders had risen in the fourth quarter.

Your guide to all things German
Germany

Your guide to all things German

The Local has brought you lists of all shapes and sizes from Germany's richest people to Germans' pet peeves about Brits. Now we have brought them all together in our Local List archive.

Stockholm cop fined over ‘cowboy’ shootout
Sweden

Stockholm cop fined over ‘cowboy’ shootout

A policeman who fired ten rounds at escaping jewel thieves in Stockholm was fined 26,000 kronor ($4,087) on Wednesday for recklessly endangering the lives of others.

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Sweden

Explosion rocks school in suburban Stockholm

An explosion at a school in suburban Stockholm on Wednesday has left at least nine students and two teachers injured, according to police.

Strong winds to blow Germany into February
Germany

Strong winds to blow Germany into February

Germany is melting fast this week and as the snow disappears, national weather service the DWD has predicted 120kph winds to blow the country into February, along with unseasonably warm temperatures.

Criminal Cookie Monster blackmails biscuit firm
Germany

Criminal Cookie Monster blackmails biscuit firm

An extortionist Cookie Monster has struck in Germany, demanding ransom for the stolen golden cookie of the country's most famous biscuit maker.

France halts sale of contraceptive pill
France

France halts sale of contraceptive pill

France has suspended sales of an acne drug whose use as a birth control pill has been linked to the deaths of four women.

Air France’s Hop! to rival easyJet and Ryanair
France

Air France’s Hop! to rival easyJet and Ryanair

Air France has announced the launch of Hop!, a new low-cost airline it hopes will rival established budget operators like easyJet and Ryanair. The cheapest seats will be available for €55 one-way with 530 daily flights serving airports all over France and Europe.

Germans lose their thirst for beer
Germany

Germans lose their thirst for beer

German beer consumption has hit the lowest point since 1990, according to official figures released on Wednesday.

Investigators visit French site of Nazi massacre
France

Investigators visit French site of Nazi massacre

German investigators on Tuesday gathered in the ruined French hamlet of Oradour-sur-Glane to collect evidence in a re-opened case probing the Nazi massacre that wiped out almost the whole village seven decades ago.

Sweden spanks Belarus with record 28 goals
Sweden

Sweden spanks Belarus with record 28 goals

The Swedish national bandy team scorched Belarus on the ice on Tuesday night, tallying a record 28 goals against the opposition's one in qualifying rounds of the bandy world championships.

Lower Saxony win boosts SPD and Greens
Germany

Lower Saxony win boosts SPD and Greens

Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) and the Greens are enjoying a boost in national support after a state election victory in Lower Saxony, a new poll revealed on Wednesday.

Mountaineering skier dies in Fribourg Alps
Switzerland

Mountaineering skier dies in Fribourg Alps

A 62-year-old mountaineering skier died while touring in the Teysachaux-Moléson region of the Alps in the canton of Fribourg, cantonal police said on Wednesday.

British woman found dead in Alps pool named
France

British woman found dead in Alps pool named

A 19-year-old British woman was found dead in an outdoor swimming pool at a ski resort in the French Alps has been named as Lucy Sallis, from Bognor Regis.

Roche boosts dividend on higher profits
Switzerland

Roche boosts dividend on higher profits

Swiss drug giant Roche said on Wednesday its net profit rose by two percent last year to 9.8 billion francs ($10.6 billion) and said it was increasing its dividend.

Massive expansion dampens H&M profits
Sweden

Massive expansion dampens H&M profits

Swedish clothing retailer H&M said Wednesday that its net profit rose by 6.6 percent to 16.9 billion kronor ($2.7 billion) in 2012 and that it increased its market share despite a difficult operating environment.

Two new arrests over Merah shooting spree
France

Two new arrests over Merah shooting spree

French police have arrested two men in connection with last year's attacks by extremist gunman Mohamed Merah, whose shooting spree in and around the southern city of Toulouse left seven people dead.

Gay marriage: ten most provocative statements
France

Gay marriage: ten most provocative statements

The gay marriage debate in France has proved to be pretty feisty and has pushed some of those involved into making some fairly provocative public statements. The Local has put together a selection of ten of the most controversial.

Police continue to grill Brit over jogger murder
France

Police continue to grill Brit over jogger murder

French police are continuing to question a 32-year-old British man, detained on Tuesday, after finding traces of his DNA at the scene of the murder of a mother of three who was stabbed to death while out jogging.

Punish teen criminals with curfews: Reinfeldt
Sweden

Punish teen criminals with curfews: Reinfeldt

Night and weekend curfews ought to be one of the punishments facing criminal offenders between 15- and 17-years-old, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt suggested on Tuesday.

Fury as speed camera traps 8,000 drivers a day
France

Fury as speed camera traps 8,000 drivers a day

Could one motorway speed camera in France be the world’s most prolific? Either way, hundreds of outraged motorists caught in its glare have started an online petition to have their fines cancelled.

Swedes better than Brits at beating cancer: study
Sweden

Swedes better than Brits at beating cancer: study

Swedes have a better chance of surviving cancer than Britons, according to a new study examining the connection between cancer survival rates and one's willingness to visit a doctor.

Hitler’s rise to power remembered 80 years on
Germany

Hitler’s rise to power remembered 80 years on

Germany on Wednesday marks Adolf Hitler's rise to power 80 years ago, with exhibitions exploring what Chancellor Angela Merkel has called the country's "everlasting responsibility" for crimes committed by the Nazis.

YouTube puts Germany into digital dark ages
Germany

YouTube puts Germany into digital dark ages

YouTube’s dispute with Germany’s music rights authority GEMA has resulted in the country being cut off from more than 60 percent of the website’s most popular videos, according to a new analysis.

‘Make secondary education mandatory’
Sweden

‘Make secondary education mandatory’

Children in Sweden should be required to attend school until they are 18-years-old to ensure they are prepared to enter the labour market, Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven proposed on Wednesday.

Sperm whales adopt kinky dolphin
Germany

Sperm whales adopt kinky dolphin

German scientists have observed a group of sperm whales who seem to have adopted a deformed dolphin in a rare example of cross-species friendship.