Court rejects Swiss bank employee’s privacy suit
Switzerland

Court rejects Swiss bank employee’s privacy suit

A Swiss court on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit against Bern for allowing the names of 1,100 employees and former employees of the HSBC bank to be handed over to US tax authorities, the ATS news agency reported.

World Wide Web celebrates 20th birthday
Switzerland

World Wide Web celebrates 20th birthday

The world's first web page will be dragged out of cyberspace and restored for today's internet browsers as part of a project to celebrate 20 years of free access to the World Wide Web, organizers said in Geneva on Tuesday.

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Switzerland

FIFA’s honorary prez resigns over bribe claims

Joao Havelange has resigned as honorary FIFA president over claims that he had accepted bribes, world football's governing body announced on Tuesday.

‘Voyeur’ filmed women in bar toilets across Paris
France

‘Voyeur’ filmed women in bar toilets across Paris

Women who frequent bars in Paris might be advised to think twice next time they see a discarded cigarette packet on the toilet floor - it might just contain a hidden camera.

Teacher works for years with fake qualifications
Germany

Teacher works for years with fake qualifications

A state teacher who worked for four years at a school in a north German town of Mölln faked her qualifications, a regional newspaper revealed Tuesday.

Parents pulling kids out of nurseries over costs
Spain

Parents pulling kids out of nurseries over costs

The soaring costs of nursery school provision in Madrid have resulted in thousands of families turning down coveted places at kindergartens over the last few months in favour of keeping their toddlers at home, new figures revealed on Tuesday.

Dog medicine doc lands year’s jail time
Spain

Dog medicine doc lands year’s jail time

A Spanish doctor who reportedly gave drugs for dogs, cattle and horses to a team of cyclists was sentenced to a year behind bars by a Madrid court on Tuesday.

‘Women give the Catholic church a future’
Germany

‘Women give the Catholic church a future’

Catholic women are determined to achieve equality in the lay section of the church - and say the move made by Germany's top bishop this week when he said the idea of women deacons was no longer taboo, was not enough.

Watchdog: 500 products cost more for less
Germany

Watchdog: 500 products cost more for less

A German consumer watchdog has put together a “blacklist” of 500 products on sale, the contents of which have been systematically reduced while their prices have not, it was reported on Tuesday.

Swedish frozen-berry hepatitis outbreak widens
Sweden

Swedish frozen-berry hepatitis outbreak widens

Health authorities say as many as 12 additional cases of hepatitis discovered in Sweden can likely be traced back to the same virus strain that epidemiologists have linked to frozen berries first discovered in Denmark.

Tourists award brand Barcelona record score
Spain

Tourists award brand Barcelona record score

Barcelona has received the highest score ever in a survey on tourist satisfaction carried out by the city’s Tourism Bureau and City Council published on Monday.

Networking record set at Montreux media festival
Switzerland

Networking record set at Montreux media festival

The Festival of Media Global in Montreux has set a new world record for the most business cards collected in 24 hours.

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Sweden

Swedish woman stabbed to death in Oslo

A Swedish woman was found dead in her Oslo home together with a seriously injured man in the early hours of Tuesday, with Norwegian police arresting two men and on the hunt for more suspects.

Knox ‘mulls return to Italy for murder retrial’
Italy

Knox ‘mulls return to Italy for murder retrial’

Amanda Knox has refused to rule out returning to Italy for her murder retrial in the grisly 2007 slaying of her British house-mate, USA Today reported on its website on Tuesday.

Unique baroque feather room opens for visitors
Germany

Unique baroque feather room opens for visitors

Historians have put the finishing touches to one of Germany's more unusual curiosities – a Baroque castle room with wallpaper made from feathers. Visitors will be able to look, but not touch, from Wednesday.

Ex-banker convicted on sex charge in Singapore
Switzerland

Ex-banker convicted on sex charge in Singapore

A Swiss former banker was found guilty on Tuesday of having sex with an underage Singaporean prostitute.

French PM to ministers: Stop using English
France

French PM to ministers: Stop using English

France’s Prime Minister has ordered his cabinet to stop using English terms and stick to French, after one minister called a new economic initiative the “Silver Economy.” It's the latest controversy in France over the use of English.

Why I finally decided to seek Swedish citizenship
Sweden

Why I finally decided to seek Swedish citizenship

With three years in Sweden under her belt, US-native and parent Rebecca Ahlfeldt debates the pros and cons of taking Swedish citizenship.

Switzerland increasingly targeted by spies: report
Switzerland

Switzerland increasingly targeted by spies: report

Cyber attacks and abductions of Swiss abroad were two of the main security challenges faced by Switzerland last year, according to a government report.

French Socialists told to stop blaming Merkel
France

French Socialists told to stop blaming Merkel

Opponents of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel stuck up for the country's leader on Tuesday as a cross-border row with members of France's Socialist party rumbled on. Members of France's ruling group were told to stop 'German-bashing'.

Teen gatecrashers trash plane at Madrid airport
Spain

Teen gatecrashers trash plane at Madrid airport

Two young men have caused €30,000 worth of damage to an airplane parked at Barajas airport in Madrid in what they told police was just as a bit of “weekend mischief”.

Revealed: The six ‘best’ restaurants in France
France

Revealed: The six ‘best’ restaurants in France

The results of the World's 50 Best Restaurant awards are in. Although the winner of the prestigious title of world's best eatery went to a Spanish restaurant France had six venues in the top 50. Find out where they are.

Tougher smoking ban worries bar owners
Germany

Tougher smoking ban worries bar owners

Tough new anti-smoking laws come into force in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) on Wednesday. It is a coup for the state's government which took over last year – but publicans say the rules are too strict.

‘Swedish lobbyists have a culture of transparency’
Sweden

‘Swedish lobbyists have a culture of transparency’

Following revelations that one-in-three Swedish politicians or top political aides go on to consult for Swedish lobbyists, The Local speaks with industry spokeswoman Anna-Karin Hedlund about how the Swedish landscape differs from other countries.

More foreign workers in Sweden’s public sector
Sweden

More foreign workers in Sweden’s public sector

One in four workers employed in Sweden's public sector last year was foreign-born, according to new statistics published on Tuesday, a figure experts claim reflect Sweden's own diversifying society.

‘Insane’ euro departure ‘would cost 200,000 jobs’
Germany

‘Insane’ euro departure ‘would cost 200,000 jobs’

Ditching the euro would cost Germany at least 200,000 jobs and half a percentage point in growth, according to a new study which concluded that Europe's biggest economy benefited from being within the eurozone.

Enough! ‘It’s time to stop sport of French-bashing’
France

Enough! ‘It’s time to stop sport of French-bashing’

The French must put an end to the culture of self-denigration and French expats need to stop "bashing" their home country, a government minister demanded on Tuesday as she called for a change of mentality to boost the economy.

Homophobia is ‘the norm’ among French footballers
France

Homophobia is ‘the norm’ among French footballers

Homophobia is “the norm” among France’s top footballers, according to a new survey which found that almost half of professional players are “hostile to homosexuality,” and one in two young players would be afraid to shower with a gay teammate.

Climber Steck admits he was afraid for his life
Switzerland

Climber Steck admits he was afraid for his life

Swiss climber Ueli Steck, who with two team mates came under attack by a group of sherpas on Mount Everest, says he was afraid he would die.

Germany gets HuffPo and new Spiegel editor
Germany

Germany gets HuffPo and new Spiegel editor

Two new faces on the media landscape were unveiled this week, with Der Spiegel news magazine appointing a new editor-in-chief and US-export Huffington Post announcing the launch of a German site.

Spain’s economy shrinks in first quarter
Spain

Spain’s economy shrinks in first quarter

Spain's economy shrank 0.5 percent in the first quarter of 2013, official data showed on Tuesday, as a job-destroying recession gripped the struggling nation.

Stiff competition keeps lid on Spanish inflation
Spain

Stiff competition keeps lid on Spanish inflation

Spain reported on Monday a fall in annual inflation in April as energy costs tumbled and demand dried up in the recession-hit economy.

‘Inexperience won’t cost Dortmund’: Klopp
Spain

‘Inexperience won’t cost Dortmund’: Klopp

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted his side won't freeze in the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid on Tuesday despite their relative inexperience.

Fiat sales fall short of analysts’ expectations
Italy

Fiat sales fall short of analysts’ expectations

Italian auto giant Fiat on Monday reported a €31 million ($23 million) net profit in the first quarter, 88.16 percent lower than in the same period in 2012 and short of analysts' expectations, while confirming its objectives for the year as a whole.

Spanish restaurant seizes ‘world’s best’ award
Spain

Spanish restaurant seizes ‘world’s best’ award

Spain's El Celler de Can Roca, in the Catalonian town of Girona, won the title of the world's best restaurant from Denmark's Noma on Monday, one month after dozens of people came down with food poisoning after eating at the Copenhagen eatery.

Most Swedes doubt Sweden can defend itself
Sweden

Most Swedes doubt Sweden can defend itself

A new Novus opinion poll showed that 83 percent of survey respondents doubted whether Sweden could defend itself. Ten percent said they did not know, leaving a slim sliver of six percent who trusted Sweden's defence.

Spanish police bust child pornography ring
Spain

Spanish police bust child pornography ring

Spanish police detained 25 suspects and charged another 16 for possessing and distributing videos over the internet that showed young children and infants being sexually abused which were likely filmed in countries with a thriving sex tourism, police said on Monday.

France to woo foreigners with ‘entrepreneur visas’
France

France to woo foreigners with ‘entrepreneur visas’

France's president moved to woo entrepreneurs and small business owners on Monday by announcing a raft of proposals to win back their confidence. Among the new measures will be an "entrepreneurs visa" for foreign investors.

Top ten tips for Swedish business etiquette
Sweden

Top ten tips for Swedish business etiquette

What are the unwritten rules that foreigners should keep in mind while doing business in Sweden? Our latest JobTalk gives you the top ten tips for showing your colleagues you're on the ball when it comes to Swedish business etiquette.

UBS surprises with high first quarter profit
Switzerland

UBS surprises with high first quarter profit

Swiss big bank UBS has reported a net profit of 988 million francs in the first three months of the year, far more than analysts had expected.

Cop under fire over trigger-happy stag party
Sweden

Cop under fire over trigger-happy stag party

A Swedish police officer risks disciplinary action after letting a soon-to-be groom fire 30 shots with his service weapon at a bachelor party held at the indoor shooting range of a police station in western Sweden.

Alps murders: Police appeal in hunt for 4×4
France

Alps murders: Police appeal in hunt for 4×4

French and British police have appealed for help in tracking down the driver of a right hand drive 4x4 vehicle who they believe may hold the key to unlocking the mystery of the brutal murder of a British-Iraqi family in the French Alps last year.

Rogue dentist barred after 20-tooth incident
Germany

Rogue dentist barred after 20-tooth incident

A German dentist who pulled out 20 teeth from a patient without good reason - and without permission - has lost his fight to keep his licence.

Sixth French soldier killed in Mali conflict
France

Sixth French soldier killed in Mali conflict

President François Hollande commended the courage of the French forces fighting in Mali after it was announced that another soldier had been killed in the conflict. Six French soldiers have now died since the operation began in January.

Germany warns US: no ‘red lines’ in Syria
Germany

Germany warns US: no ‘red lines’ in Syria

German Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière on Monday cautioned against game-changing "red lines" in Syria's civil war, amid growing evidence that regime forces have used chemical weapons.

Three Swedish eateries among world’s top 100
Sweden

Three Swedish eateries among world’s top 100

Three Swedish restaurants are among the top 100 in the world, according to a new ranking published in the UK on Monday.

Bundeswehr soldiers ‘for hire as mercenaries’
Germany

Bundeswehr soldiers ‘for hire as mercenaries’

German soldiers are moonlighting illegally at private security firms while off-duty, a newspaper revealed on Monday. Working as heavily armed guards on freighters or in war-zones, some do it for the cash and others for the adrenaline kick.