Ex-Novartis chief defends planned payout
Switzerland

Ex-Novartis chief defends planned payout

The former chairman of pharmaceutical group Novartis on Sunday defended his planned 72-million-franc ($77 million) golden handshake that caused an uproar in Switzerland.

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Switzerland

Swiss lawyer uses art for bail in US tax fraud case

A partner in a Swiss law firm who pleaded guilty to helping American clients evade tax offered up a 19th century painting worth $500,000 as bail, local media reported on Sunday.

Dead base jumper was Spanish celeb: report
Switzerland

Dead base jumper was Spanish celeb: report

A base jumper who died on Friday in Lauterbrunnen in the canton of Bern was identified on the weekend as a Spanish adventurer and TV personality who had a relationship with Princess Cristina, the youngest daughter of Spain’s King Juan Carlos.

‘Hijab appeal’ campaign divides Sweden
Sweden

‘Hijab appeal’ campaign divides Sweden

A grassroots movement defending women's right to wear hijab has split the nation, backed by politicians and celebrities while critics say it supports a symbol of female "oppression" reports AFP's Sören Billing.

Greek ‘haircut’ may have ‘domino effect’: Merkel
Germany

Greek ‘haircut’ may have ‘domino effect’: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned a Greek debt write-down could spark a "domino effect of uncertainty" and scare off investors in the eurozone, in an interview released Sunday.

Snack giant chips off Union Jack for Irish flag
Sweden

Snack giant chips off Union Jack for Irish flag

Swedish chip brand Estrella are going to replace the Union Jack with an Irish tricolour following a request from an Irishman based in Sweden to correctly illustrate the history of salt and vinegar flavoured snacks.

Head of job agency fired
Sweden

Head of job agency fired

Sweden's public employment agency (Arbetsförmedlingen) have sacked head Angeles Bermudez-Svankvist describing her position as "untenable" but have said it is not based on reports she racked up a 300,000 kronor ($46,000) mobile phone bill.

Norway daily: Guardian right in Snowden scandal
Norway

Norway daily: Guardian right in Snowden scandal

Norway's Aftenposten has labelled the detention and criminal investigation of the partner of a Guardian journalist as "harassment" in an open letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron as the fallout from whistleblower Edward Snowden revealing security secrets continues

Swedish daily: Guardian right in Snowden scandal
Sweden

Swedish daily: Guardian right in Snowden scandal

Sweden's Dagens Nyheter has labelled the detention and criminal investigation of the partner of a Guardian journalist as "harassment" in an open letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron as the fallout from whistleblower Edward Snowden revealing security secrets continues

My week on Sweden’s official Twitter account
Sweden

My week on Sweden’s official Twitter account

On the final day of her week curating the world's most democratic Twitter account, Stockholmer in Hong Kong Alexandra Hoegberg explains the ups and downs of being @Sweden, and the art of engaging 66,000 people in conversation.

Obama visit to cost 24 million
Sweden

Obama visit to cost 24 million

President Barack Obama's impending trip to Sweden is set to run into millions of kronor with the initial fee for the security bill described as "conservative" for when the US leader arrives next month.

Europe experiments with sex drive-ins
Italy

Europe experiments with sex drive-ins

The Swiss city of Zurich is to open a sex drive-in on Monday approved by voters to help get prostitution off the streets. Similar initiatives exist in Germany and Italy, while Belgium and the Netherlands have come up with a different approach. Here are some examples

European experiments with sex drive ins
Germany

European experiments with sex drive ins

The Swiss city of Zurich is to open a sex drive-in on Monday approved by voters to help get prostitution off the streets. Similar initiatives already exist in Germany.

Zurich divided as sex drive-in opens its doors
Switzerland

Zurich divided as sex drive-in opens its doors

As the Swiss city of Zurich opens the country's first sex drive-in to better regulate prostitution and move the sex trade outside the city centre, residents, politicians and sex workers remain divided over the scheme.

European experiments with sex drive-ins
Switzerland

European experiments with sex drive-ins

The Swiss city of Zurich is to open a sex drive-in on Monday approved by voters to help get prostitution off the streets. Similar initiatives exist in Germany and Italy, while Belgium and the Netherlands have come up with a different approach. Here are some examples.

Spain rescues more than 100 migrants from sea
Spain

Spain rescues more than 100 migrants from sea

Spanish rescue services said they had picked up more than 100 African migrants from boats in the Atlantic and Mediterranean sea on Saturday, incidents that have become increasingly rare.

Ribery, Robben strike as Bayern win again
Germany

Ribery, Robben strike as Bayern win again

Bayern Munich earned their third straight win at the start of the season, beating Nuremberg 2-0 on Saturday, but still found themselves third in the Bundesliga on goal difference.

Bundesliga victory has sting in the tail for Klopp
Germany

Bundesliga victory has sting in the tail for Klopp

Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp admitted he got more than he bargained for when he gave some last-minute instructions to midfielder Sven Bender -- and was promptly stung by a wasp.

Depardieu hosts garden bash in Belgian tax haven
France

Depardieu hosts garden bash in Belgian tax haven

French film star Gerard Depardieu on Saturday hosted a housewarming barbecue at his new home in Nechin, Belgium, just across the border from his native France.

MSF: 3,600 Syrians had ‘neurotoxic symptoms’
France

MSF: 3,600 Syrians had ‘neurotoxic symptoms’

Three Syrian hospitals have received around 3,600 patients displaying "neurotoxic symptoms", 355 of whom have died, Doctors without Borders (MSF) said Saturday.