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Switzerland

Drunk driver jailed for fatal wrong-way collision

A 53-year-old Frenchman found responsible for killing another driver while driving without a permit and in the wrong direction on the A-1 motorway in the canton of Vaud escaped on Wednesday with a firm jail sentence of 18 months.

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France

Far-right descends on Paris for May Day

Hundreds of activists marched in Paris on Wednesday behind the leader of the far-right National Front, which is riding high on a wave of discontent over the country's stagnating economy.

Hollande and new Italian PM gang up on austerity
France

Hollande and new Italian PM gang up on austerity

France and Italy presented a united front on Wednesday on the eurozone debt crisis amid deepening divisions over belt-tightening policies in the European Union as some countries reach breaking point.

May Day: ‘Austerity is ruining and killing us’
Spain

May Day: ‘Austerity is ruining and killing us’

Thousands of protesters staged traditional May Day rallies in crisis-wracked Spain on Wednesday.

Spanish court wrong to destroy blood: IOC
Spain

Spanish court wrong to destroy blood: IOC

The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday deplored a ruling by a Spanish court that bags of blood seized in a doping case be destroyed, preventing further probes into what has been described as the world's biggest doping network.

English-language radio station loses FM licence
Switzerland

English-language radio station loses FM licence

World Radio Switzerland (WRS), Switzerland's only national English-language radio station, will cease operating on the FM band as of September.

‘We will erase youth unemployment’: Löfven
Sweden

‘We will erase youth unemployment’: Löfven

On May Day, Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven promised to put all young Swedes to work and to scrap the centre-right coalition government's programme for the long-term unemployed.

Seventh cat killing in seven weeks
Sweden

Seventh cat killing in seven weeks

Another cat has been found dead in Gothenburg, leading police to intensify their hunt for a suspected serial cat killer.

Hoeneß: ‘I had a gambling problem’
Germany

Hoeneß: ‘I had a gambling problem’

FC Bayern President Uli Hoeneß has spoken openly for the first time about his stockmarket gambling addiction and his shame and guilt after admitting dodging millions in taxes earlier this month.

Activist group challenges UBS executive pay
Switzerland

Activist group challenges UBS executive pay

A Swiss shareholder activist group is challenging the pay forked out in 2012 to UBS CEO Sergio Ermotti and other executives at Switzerland’s largest bank in the face of its steep losses last year.

Torn hamstring relegates Götze to the bench
Germany

Torn hamstring relegates Götze to the bench

Borussia Dortmund's Germany star Mario Götze will likely miss Saturday's Bundesliga showdown against Bayern Munich after tearing his left hamstring in Tuesday's semi-final at Real Madrid.

Afghan hunger strikers denied asylum
Sweden

Afghan hunger strikers denied asylum

The Swedish Migration Board has decided not to re-open the asylum application cases of eight hunger-striking Afghan men in Boden, north Sweden.

Visitors flock to Hamburg garden show
Germany

Visitors flock to Hamburg garden show

Thousands of visitors are expected to spend Wednesday's national holiday taking in the exotic plants at the international garden show on Hamburg's Elbe island of Wilhelmsburg.

Walpurgis night partying ends in violence
Sweden

Walpurgis night partying ends in violence

Walpurgis Night (Valborg) celebrations led to drunkenness and violence around Sweden, with a rape of a minor reported in Uppsala and 98 cases of assault and nine fires reported in Stockholm.

Woody Allen recruits Firth for French film
France

Woody Allen recruits Firth for French film

Woody Allen is to make his next movie in the south of France, starring Britain's Oscar-winning Colin Firth and US actress Emma Stone, the project's producers announced Tuesday.

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France

Franco-German motor left sputtering in crisis

A year after François Hollande's election, the French president finds himself trapped in Europe between a powerful but unpopular German Chancellor Angela Merkel and his own weakness at home.

Neuchâtel minister fined for invalid train ticket
Switzerland

Neuchâtel minister fined for invalid train ticket

A Neuchâtel cantonal government cabinet minister is facing embarrassment after being caught travelling on a local train without a valid ticket.

One year on: Hollande’s nightmare first year
France

One year on: Hollande’s nightmare first year

When he swept to power last May on a wave of discontent, François Hollande could hardly have imagined that a year later he would be the most unpopular president in modern French history.

Eight things that make Germans happy
Germany

Eight things that make Germans happy

Being happy is important for everyone. For some it's a ray of sunshine falling on the petals of a spring flower, for others it's a fancy yacht. For this week's The Local list we looked at a recent survey of what puts a smile on German faces.

German graduates crave big name car careers
Germany

German graduates crave big name car careers

German graduates still hanker after jobs with the country's top car makers, according to the results of a new survey, with the most popular dream employers being Audi, BMW and Volkswagen.

Mourinho hints at exit: ‘In England I am loved’
Spain

Mourinho hints at exit: ‘In England I am loved’

José Mourinho has hinted that he could be set for a return to England after seeing his Real Madrid side go out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage for the third consecutive season.

Two-year-old girl gets windpipe made from stem cells
Sweden

Two-year-old girl gets windpipe made from stem cells

A girl born without a windpipe has become the youngest patient in the world to receive a bio-engineered organ after doctors implanted her with a special tube grown from her own stem cells in a surgery led by a Karolinska Institute professor.

Franco-German friendship cools further
Germany

Franco-German friendship cools further

A year after Francois Hollande's election, the French president finds himself trapped in Europe between a powerful but unpopular German Chancellor Angela Merkel and his own weakness at home.

Released Swiss detainee arrives from Egypt
Switzerland

Released Swiss detainee arrives from Egypt

A 29-year-old Swiss teacher arrived back in Switzerland on Tuesday after being detained by authorities in Egypt for more than two weeks because of a name mixup.