Glarus voters reject dialect-only kindergarten
Switzerland

Glarus voters reject dialect-only kindergarten

By a traditional show of hands at an outdoor assembly, voters in the central Swiss canton of Glarus on Sunday voted against a proposal to teach Swiss-German dialect only to children in kindergarten.

Move over Madrid: why London is Spain’s new fashion capital
Spain

Move over Madrid: why London is Spain’s new fashion capital

So you think this season’s trends are only to be found in an around Puerta del Sol in Madrid or Barcelona’s Portal de l’Angel perhaps? Not any longer: Marks & Spencer is flying the flag as the home of British fashion in Spain, with their new Look of London collection.

Switzerland’s Wawrinka wins fourth trophy
Switzerland

Switzerland’s Wawrinka wins fourth trophy

Stanislas Wawrinka won his first title since 2011 when he upset top seed David Ferrer 6-1, 6-4 to claim the Portugal Open tennis title in Oeiras on Sunday.

Swiss knock over Canada in world hockey tourney
Switzerland

Swiss knock over Canada in world hockey tourney

Switzerland upset Canada to win their second consecutive game in the men’s world hockey championship in Stockholm on Sunday.

Italy speaker wants new law to protect women
Italy

Italy speaker wants new law to protect women

Italy's speaker of the lower house of parliament Laura Boldrini on Friday denounced threats made against her since her election to the post in March and called for a law to defend Italian women from misogynist and violent acts.

Breakfast TV parody to debut on ARD
Germany

Breakfast TV parody to debut on ARD

A new German breakfast television show will satirize the normal fare of chirpy early-morning hosts and the inconsequential chit chat. The creator hopes the programme will explore the world of TV between 6 and 9am.

Hollande’s first year marked with protests
France

Hollande’s first year marked with protests

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Paris on Sunday to mark Socialist President Francois Hollande's first year in office by accusing him of turning his back on the left.

Opposition parties want inquiry into Nuon deal
Sweden

Opposition parties want inquiry into Nuon deal

The Social Democrats and the Green Party have demanded that an independent commission investigate state-owned Vattenfall's loss-making takeover of Nuon and bring clarity to "the potentially worst deal in Swedish business history".

Anti-Swabian graffiti sparks outrage in Berlin
Germany

Anti-Swabian graffiti sparks outrage in Berlin

Berlin’s mayor on Sunday condemned those behind anti-Swabian graffiti which appeared in the Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin overnight and is reminiscent of slogans used by the Nazis against the Jews.

Mural depicting mayor as Roman soldier unveiled
Sweden

Mural depicting mayor as Roman soldier unveiled

A painting that features a conservative mayor from south Sweden as a Roman legionary was unveiled Saturday amid protests about the high cost of the art work, commissioned by the mayor from his friend.

Lumberjack declared dead after 102 years
Sweden

Lumberjack declared dead after 102 years

A Swedish man who was last heard of in April 1911 has been officially declared dead by Swedish authorities over a century after sending his last letter home from across the Atlantic.

Elite German soldier killed in Afghanistan
Germany

Elite German soldier killed in Afghanistan

A German soldier from the KSK elite military unit was killed and another wounded in an attack by insurgents in northern Afghanistan on Saturday. It's the first time a member of the special forces anti-terror KSK unit has been killed.

Schäuble: Greens’ tax plan is ‘nonsense’
Germany

Schäuble: Greens’ tax plan is ‘nonsense’

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble told Bild newspaper on Sunday that the Green Party’s plan to raise taxes makes a coalition with the ruling Christian Democrats (CDU) impossible.

Care provider ‘exploited immigrants’: report
Sweden

Care provider ‘exploited immigrants’: report

A company within Sweden's home care services (hemtjänst) could have mistreated migrant workers by making false promises about work conditions, according to a report by newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN).

Senior models in demand as population ages
Germany

Senior models in demand as population ages

Germany’s aging population means seniors are taking up a larger market share than before. One in every three euros spent comes from a person over 60. Advertisers are reacting to the trend by hiring seniors to model their products.

Spain’s top restaurateurs look to mother’s cooking
Spain

Spain’s top restaurateurs look to mother’s cooking

Three brothers in Spain's northeastern Catalonia region who snatched the title for the world's best restaurant, the Celler de Can Roca, humbly trace their inspiration to their mum's cooking.

Abba – The Museum expected to be a big hit
Sweden

Abba – The Museum expected to be a big hit

The world's first museum dedicated to Sweden's iconic disco group Abba is set to open in Stockholm on Tuesday, offering visitors a chance to get up close and personal with the 1970s foursome with a little help from modern technology, AFP's Camille Bas-Wohlert reports.

WTO leadership race down to two rivals
Switzerland

WTO leadership race down to two rivals

The World Trade Organisation is close to chosing its next leader in a final round pitting Brazil against Mexico, with the winner facing the tough task of restoring the clout of global commerce's rule-setting body.

Top rivals warm up for Champions League clash
Germany

Top rivals warm up for Champions League clash

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund both rested their stars as the Champions League final dress rehearsal ended in a 1-1 draw, but Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl has said he expects an explosive affair in Wembley.