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Switzerland

Toilet camera angers Zürich students

Zürich University has provoked the anger of students after it emerged that it had installed security cameras in one of its men's toilets.

Germany sticking with loathed E10 biofuel
Germany

Germany sticking with loathed E10 biofuel

The German government said after crisis talks Tuesday it was sticking with a newly introduced petrol with a 10-percent biofuel content despite major problems since its introduction last month.

Leading Social Democrat calls party ‘Stalinist’
Sweden

Leading Social Democrat calls party ‘Stalinist’

Former union-boss and prominent Social Democrat Stig Malm said on Tuesday he is "ashamed" to be a member of the party in light of its protracted leader election process.

Spotify hits million paying user milestone
Sweden

Spotify hits million paying user milestone

Swedish music streaming service Spotify said Tuesday it had reached one million paying users, a number that has doubled in under a year but still represents fewer than one out of six Spotify users.

Police swoop on ‘Ndrangheta mafia
Germany

Police swoop on ‘Ndrangheta mafia

Police in Germany and Italy arrested 35 alleged mafia members on Tuesday in what is being called a major blow to the notorious 'Ndrangheta syndicate.

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Switzerland

Missing twins ‘spotted in Geneva’

Two witnesses have told police searching for twin girls abducted by their father that they saw them in Geneva on the day of their disappearance.

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Sweden

Sweden treats first case of deadly Lassa fever

A Swedish woman is being treated at the intensive care unit of Linköping University hospital in eastern Sweden after being diagnosed with the deadly disease Lassa fever.

Bundesbank sees 2.5 percent growth in 2011
Germany

Bundesbank sees 2.5 percent growth in 2011

The German central bank said Tuesday that growth should be around 2.5 percent this year as domestic demand picks up alongside exports, the traditional driver of Europe's largest economy.

Bundestag blackout – MPs without WCs
Germany

Bundestag blackout – MPs without WCs

German parliamentarians in Berlin sent their employees home on Tuesday after an electricity failure at the Bundestag and surrounding government buildings rendered even many toilets inoperable.

Chickens ‘tortured’ during slaughter: report
Sweden

Chickens ‘tortured’ during slaughter: report

The Swedish National Food Administration (Livsmedelsverket) has discovered that a number of chickens which have not been bled and thus suspects that they may have been scalded and plucked alive.

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Switzerland

Xstrata boss hints at Glencore merger

The chief executive of Swiss mining group Xstrata has suggested that an independent listing of both his company and commodities giant Glencore would be unsustainable.

Swiss tourist industry ‘leads the world’ – study
Switzerland

Swiss tourist industry ‘leads the world’ – study

Switzerland has the world's most highly-developed tourist industry, a World Economic Forum study showed on Monday, confirming a rebound after the economic crisis.
 

‘Gender quotas would benefit Sweden’s corporate boards’
Sweden

‘Gender quotas would benefit Sweden’s corporate boards’

Too few women serve on the boards of directors at Swedish companies and introducing quotas may be a necessary step to ensure that companies capture the benefits of diversity, argues leadership coach Margareta Neld.

Audi net profit nearly doubled in 2010
Germany

Audi net profit nearly doubled in 2010

German carmaker Audi posted Tuesday a 2010 net profit that was almost double the previous year's and gave an upbeat outlook for 2011.

Karneval parades claim two lives
Germany

Karneval parades claim two lives

Two people have died this week during Karneval parades and several others were seriously injured. Both of the deaths resulted from head injuries sustained after falls.

Man held in the UK over Stockholm suicide bomb
Sweden

Man held in the UK over Stockholm suicide bomb

Police in Scotland have confirmed that a man has been arrested in connection with the suicide bombing in Stockholm in December.

Swedish bus firm backs on foreign language ban
Sweden

Swedish bus firm backs on foreign language ban

Bus operator Keolis has abandoned plans to enforce a Swedish-only policy on drivers in Jönköping in central Sweden, with the company hierarchy stating that its staff should be free to enjoy their lunch in a language of their choice.

Man faces charges over ‘murder list’
Sweden

Man faces charges over ‘murder list’

A man dubbed the "Bolt pistol man" after allegedly using a livestock anaesthetizing device in an attack in Linköping in eastern Sweden in January is set to be charged with planning 17 murders.

Pope to hold mass at Berlin’s Charlottenburg Palace
Germany

Pope to hold mass at Berlin’s Charlottenburg Palace

Pope Benedict XIV will likely hold an outdoor mass on the grounds of Berlin’s Charlottenburg Palace during a visit in September, newspaper Bild reported on Tuesday. Also under consideration initially were the Olympic Stadium and Gendarmenmarkt.

Minister: housewives threaten EU economy
Sweden

Minister: housewives threaten EU economy

The housewife is becoming a threat to European growth, according to Birgitta Ohlsson, Sweden’s EU Minister.

Facebook becoming popular sacrifice for Lent
Germany

Facebook becoming popular sacrifice for Lent

In addition to guilty pleasures such as chocolate, alcohol and cigarettes, some German Christians are also planning on giving up social networking site Facebook during the traditional fasting period of Lent.

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Sweden

90-year-old man dead following fist fight

A 90-year-old man has died following a run in with his 79-year-old neighbour at a care facility for the elderly in Lund in southern Sweden.

Germany wins global popularity contest
Germany

Germany wins global popularity contest

Germany is the most popular country in the world, according to a poll that asked people to rate the positive and negative influence of 16 major nations.

Malmö schools slammed by inspectorate
Sweden

Malmö schools slammed by inspectorate

Schools in Rosengård in Malmö in southern Sweden have come in for stinging criticism from the Swedish Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen).

Teachers strike in eastern states
Germany

Teachers strike in eastern states

Thousands of teachers in eastern Germany are staying away from their classrooms on Tuesday as limited strikes in the public sector continue.

TeliaSonera executive named Sweden’s top businesswoman
Sweden

TeliaSonera executive named Sweden’s top businesswoman

Malin Frenning, the head of Swedish-Finnish telecom firm TeliaSonera's broadband services unit, has been named Sweden’s most powerful businesswoman by a leading business magazine.

Summit to tackle E10 biofuel debacle held
Germany

Summit to tackle E10 biofuel debacle held

A drive to provide an alternative motor fuel has hit obstacles in environmentally conscious Germany, and a summit is planned on Tuesday to determine why drivers are bypassing the new E10 petrol.

Government to meet with DAX firms over women execs
Germany

Government to meet with DAX firms over women execs

The federal government is planning a meeting with human resources directors from Germany's 30 DAX companies to tackle the issue of an absence of women in top management jobs, according to a newspaper report.