Former Novartis chief Vasella heads to US
Switzerland

Former Novartis chief Vasella heads to US

The former chairman of Novartis, who faced a storm of protest over a 72-million-franc golden parachute, is leaving Switzerland, a Swiss newspaper says.

IAG backtracks on Iberia job cuts
Spain

IAG backtracks on Iberia job cuts

International Airlines Group, owner of the Spanish airline Iberia, has accepted a plan put forward by a Spanish government-appointed mediator which will see some 700 fewer job losses at the carrier than it originally planned.

Workers stage demos in 60 Spanish cities
Spain

Workers stage demos in 60 Spanish cities

Angry workers staged mass demonstrations in Spanish cities on Sunday, protesting the country's high unemployment rate and demanding political reform.

Sweden’s Princess Lilian dead at 97
Sweden

Sweden’s Princess Lilian dead at 97

Sweden’s British-born Princess Lilian, a former beauty model who married King Carl XVI Gustaf’s uncle in 1976, has died, age 97.

Swiss skier Holdener claims first podium win
Switzerland

Swiss skier Holdener claims first podium win

Swiss skier Wendy Holdener claimed her first World Cup podium win on Sunday when she finished second in the women's slalom race at Ofterschwang, Germany behind overall World Cup winner Tina Maze.

Geneva motor show: where’s the electricity?
Switzerland

Geneva motor show: where’s the electricity?

After being the starring act for several years, the electric car backed into the shadows at this year's Geneva International Motor Show as carmakers grow weary of waiting for sales to take off.

Sweden joins European DNA data-sharing system
Sweden

Sweden joins European DNA data-sharing system

From the summer of 2013, Swedish police will be able to access other European Union nations' DNA databases - a move which is expected to speed up international crime investigations.

Oil spill cleanup after train hits garbage bin
Sweden

Oil spill cleanup after train hits garbage bin

Several hundred litres of oil leaked out of a commuter train in Lerum outside Gothenburg after it drove over a garbage bin that police suspect could have been deliberately placed on the tracks.

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Spain

Messi strikes again as Barcelona exit rut

Barcelona assistant manager Jordi Roura was delighted finally to keep a clean sheet as the Catalans extended their lead at the top of the table to 14 points with a 2-0 win over Deportivo la Coruna on Saturday night.

Swedes prefer streaming to downloading
Sweden

Swedes prefer streaming to downloading

Sweden is home to a vibrant community of file-sharing activists, but it is also at the forefront of a global recovery in music sales driven by streaming music services such as Spotify, AFP's Sören Billing reports.

‘Every night I dream I’m going back to France’
France

‘Every night I dream I’m going back to France’

Ahmed Sohail is bewildered and angry. After eight years studying at the French government's expense, he was deported to Pakistan, one of tens of thousands of Pakistanis ordered to leave the EU last year.

Snow and sunshine, weather splits Germany
Germany

Snow and sunshine, weather splits Germany

The weather in Germany is currently offering a smorgasbord of snow, sun and rain meaning depending on where you are, you could get a tan or frostbite, Stern magazine reported on Sunday.

Big boom in bathroom business
Germany

Big boom in bathroom business

No longer the stepchild of kitchen or living room renovations, bathrooms have become the top focus for many German home owners with sales rising to €21.5 billion last year from €16.3 billion in 2005, it was reported on Sunday.

Politicians push to give public its say
Germany

Politicians push to give public its say

Following the successful referendum in Switzerland over manager salaries, there is growing pressure in Germany from leading politicians to give citizens a direct say on key issues, the Bild am Sonntag reported.

FBI tip-off lands German investor behind bars
Germany

FBI tip-off lands German investor behind bars

A former German hedge fund manager suspected of defrauding US investors of $ 200 million, was arrested in Italy on Friday following a tip from an FBI agent, Die Welt newspaper reported over the weekend.

Health minister criticises alcoholism TV show
Germany

Health minister criticises alcoholism TV show

German Health Minister Daniel Bahr has sharply criticised the first episode of a new RTL programme “The Jenke Experiment” in which the show’s host gets drunk on a daily basis to see how excessive alcoholism affects his life.

Thousands protest immigration controls
Sweden

Thousands protest immigration controls

Over 3,000 people gathered in Swedish cities on Saturday to demonstrate against the clampdown on illegal migrants which has sparked accusations of "racial profiling" practices among the police.

Fire kills seven, including six children
Germany

Fire kills seven, including six children

Fire swept through an apartment building in southwestern Germany on Sunday, killing at least seven people, including six children, police said.

Another avalanche hits Åre ski resort
Sweden

Another avalanche hits Åre ski resort

A snowslide broke out in Åre just a day after a powerful avalanche claimed a young man's life, leading police to appeal to skiers to avoid off-piste areas.