Ikea chairman denies family financial feud
Sweden

Ikea chairman denies family financial feud

The chairman of the Swedish furniture giant has said reports of a bitter family row over money are "extremely distressing" amid reports that founder Ingvar Kamprad is at loggerheads with his sons over the flat pack brand's fortune.

The week’s news from Sweden in ten pictures
Sweden

The week’s news from Sweden in ten pictures

Beaver butts, drunken elk, racism and rain. Have you missed any of this week's big stories from The Local? No worries, we've compiled a gallery of the most important and most interesting stories from the week.

Swede held for urinating on supermarket fruit
Sweden

Swede held for urinating on supermarket fruit

A man in western Sweden has been arrested on a charge of vandalism after urinating on fruit worth 700 kronor ($110) in a Gothenburg supermarket.

Stenson on course for $10 million golf prize
Sweden

Stenson on course for $10 million golf prize

Sweden's Henrik Stenson birdied three of the first four holes and stretched his lead to four shots on Friday at the season-ending US PGA Tour Championship which carries a winning purse of up to $10 million for the triumphant golfer on Sunday.

Versace keen to find €250 million investor
Italy

Versace keen to find €250 million investor

Denim, leathers and chains were the look at Versace's Milan Fashion Week show on Friday, as the family-owned brand looks for a possible investor to buy a stake.

France dethrone Spain in overtime Euro thriller

France dethrone Spain in overtime Euro thriller

Two years after Spain broke their hearts in the final, France dethroned the two-time European champions on Friday and will meet Lithuania in the 2013 EuroBasket final.

Etro brings hippy chic to Milan catwalks
Italy

Etro brings hippy chic to Milan catwalks

Etro fashion house offered an array of loose-fitting hippy chic clothes with new variants of its signature paisley prints at Milan Fashion Week on Friday.

French imams to meet Pope
France

French imams to meet Pope

A group of 10 French imams will meet Pope Francis on Wednesday in the latest sign of rapprochement between the Vatican and the Muslim world.

France moots taxing data taken out of EU
France

France moots taxing data taken out of EU

France has proposed the European Union study taxing companies for transferring personal data outside of the bloc, for example in call centres abroad.

Swedish crocodile smuggler charged
Sweden

Swedish crocodile smuggler charged

A man in western Sweden, has been charged after attempting to smuggle in a crocodile in his luggage at Gothenburg airport. The 30-year-old barber had bought the creature whilst on holiday and claimed he thought it was a lizard.

Merkel in personal pitch as election nears
Germany

Merkel in personal pitch as election nears

As fresh polls showed a tightening of Germany's election race Friday, Chancellor Angela Merkel promised voters they will be in safe hands if she stays leader of Europe's economic giant.

EU approves Vodafone Kabel Deutschland buy
Germany

EU approves Vodafone Kabel Deutschland buy

The European Commission on Friday approved the €7.7 billion ($10 billion) takeover of German cable operator Kabel Deutschland by British telecom giant Vodafone.