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Switzerland

Swiss call for justice over Libya kidnapping

Switzerland wants to prosecute those responsible for the "kidnapping" of two Swiss businessmen in Libya, President of the Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey said on Sunday.

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Switzerland

Police find GPS microchip of missing twins’ father

Italian police on Saturday found the microchip from the satellite navigator used by the father of missing Swiss twins, but said it was not clear whether the information on it could be salvaged.

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Sweden

Sweden slammed for foreign company hurdles

Sweden has been warned by the European Commission that it is putting too many bureaucratic hurdles in the way of foreign companies that want to set up subsidiaries here.

Train drivers back strike
Germany

Train drivers back strike

Train passengers in Germany were told on Monday to prepare for indefinite strikes by train drivers’ union GDL after its members voted overwhelmingly in favour of walking off the job in an ongoing wage dispute.

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Sweden

Reinfeldt: EU must open doors to foreign labour – and new members

The European Union must attract labour from other parts of the world if it is to function in future, according to Sweden's prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. In a policy speech at Europahuset in Stockholm on Monday, Reinfeldt claimed that Sweden has already prepared itself for such a scenario.

Van Gaal to leave Bayern Munich at end of season
Germany

Van Gaal to leave Bayern Munich at end of season

Bayern Munich said Monday that coach Louis van Gaal is to leave at the end of the season, one year early, after three defeats in a row and qualification for the Champions League on a knife-edge.

Hesse promises action after airport attack
Germany

Hesse promises action after airport attack

Hessian Interior Minister Boris Rhein on Monday reacted to the deadly shooting of two American servicemen at the Frankfurt Airport last week, announcing better security for the US military and increased surveillance of terrorist suspects.

More Swedes appeal sickness benefits denials
Sweden

More Swedes appeal sickness benefits denials

An increasing number of Swedes are appealing benefits claims that have been denied by the country's social insurance agency.

Merkel prepared to run for third term
Germany

Merkel prepared to run for third term

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is poised to run for a third term at the helm of Europe's top economy in 2013, one of her close party allies said Monday.

Bank owes up to €320k for lost savings account
Germany

Bank owes up to €320k for lost savings account

A German man has received an unexpected financial windfall after finding a 52-year-old savings account booklet set aside for him by his late father, a media report said Monday. A Frankfurt court ruled the bank must pay out the sum – now worth an estimated €320,000 with interest.

BP head Svanberg defends deep sea drilling
Sweden

BP head Svanberg defends deep sea drilling

Last year's massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill sparked by an explosion on a BP-leased platform is no reason to stop deep sea drilling, the group's chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg said Monday.

Berlin state library displays treasures for 350th anniversary
Germany

Berlin state library displays treasures for 350th anniversary

In celebration of its 350-year anniversary, Berlin's state library has sent some of its most prized pieces – including a Gutenberg Bible from 1456 – to the German Historical Museum (DHM) for a three-month exhibition.

Rape suspect: porn surfing ‘took over my life’
Sweden

Rape suspect: porn surfing ‘took over my life’

Charges were filed on Monday against 24-year-old Niklas Eliasson from Örebro in central Sweden who, if convicted of the crimes to which he has already confessed, would become the worst serial rapist in Swedish criminal history.

Popular children’s cartoon turns 40
Germany

Popular children’s cartoon turns 40

Acclaimed German children’s television programme Die Sendung mit der Maus, or “The Show with the Mouse,” turned 40 on Monday. The secret to its success? The show takes children seriously, its creators say.

Preschool pickup pressure ‘hampers careers’: Swedish union
Sweden

Preschool pickup pressure ‘hampers careers’: Swedish union

Many parents feel pressured to collect their children early from preschool, or dagis, because 'everyone else picks up early', according to a report from the Swedish Municipal Workers’ Union (Kommunal).

Sweden ‘swamped’ by malpractice complaints
Sweden

Sweden ‘swamped’ by malpractice complaints

Swedish health authorities haven't dealt with a single malpractice case since taking over responsibility for managing patient complaints at the start of the year.

Railway blunder leaves 2-year-old alone on train
Germany

Railway blunder leaves 2-year-old alone on train

Normally under fire for not being punctual, Germany's national rail provider Deutsche Bahn has been slammed for separating a mother from her two-year-old daughter when a train left the station too quickly this weekend. The two-year-old ended up travelling alone on a train through Brandenburg.

Swedes pay more for electricity than Nordic neighbours
Sweden

Swedes pay more for electricity than Nordic neighbours

Swedes are paying considerably more for their domestic electricity than their Nordic neighbours, according to research carried out by the Swedish Homeowners Association (Villaägarna).

Text messages to replace stamps in Sweden
Sweden

Text messages to replace stamps in Sweden

The Swedish postal service plans to give customers' tongues a rest by allowing them to pay their postage via mobile phone text message instead of stamps.

Millions expected at Rosenmontag parades in Rhineland
Germany

Millions expected at Rosenmontag parades in Rhineland

The Rhineland’s Rosenmontag parades kicked off on Monday, marking the pinnacle of the region’s Karneval celebrations with boozy processions featuring off-colour floats lampooning the year’s big news events.

NYSE trading platform favoured over Deutsche Börse’s Xetra system
Germany

NYSE trading platform favoured over Deutsche Börse’s Xetra system

The financial market formed by operators Deutsche Börse and NYSE Euronext will probably use the latter's stock trading platform, the head of the German operator said on Monday in a newspaper report.

Russian gas pipeline ‘unstoppable’: report
Sweden

Russian gas pipeline ‘unstoppable’: report

Swedish objections to a controversial pipeline to deliver natural gas from Russia to Germany along the Baltic Sea floor fell on deaf ears in Russia, according to US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.

Green energy surcharges too high, report says
Germany

Green energy surcharges too high, report says

German households are likely to pay some €1.3 billion too much for their electricity in 2011 thanks to inflated green energy surcharges, a media report said Monday.