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Switzerland

Swiss banker on trial over Alstom slush fund

A Swiss banker went on trial in Switzerland's highest criminal court on Monday on charges of running slush funds allegedly used by French engineering giant Alstom to bribe foreign
officials.

Zurich prepares to set winter on fire
Switzerland

Zurich prepares to set winter on fire

The city of Zurich is preparing to ring in the spring with a bang and burning Bööggs, as it celebrates the traditional 'Sechseläuten.'

 

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Switzerland

Police in Zurich plan ‘fine strike’

Zurich cantonal police say they will refuse to issue fines for up to three months, in a protest against working conditions.

 

Swedish hunters slam wolf population proposal
Sweden

Swedish hunters slam wolf population proposal

Swedish hunters have slammed a proposal that the Swedish wolf population needs to more than double in order to be viable, forwarded on Monday by Lars-Erik Liljelund, the head of a government inquiry into the matter.

Housing minister stymied in Stockholm flat hunt
Sweden

Housing minister stymied in Stockholm flat hunt

Sweden's Minister for Public Administration and Housing Stefan Attefall has been left empty handed as he struggles to find an available apartment in Stockholm to meet his budget and needs, according to a report in the Metro newspaper.

Red Robben suspended for two matches
Germany

Red Robben suspended for two matches

Bayern Munich's Dutch star Arjen Robben was Monday handed a two-match Bundesliga ban for being sent off after the final whistle of the 1-1 draw with Nuremberg at the weekend.

Convicted serial killer applies for new retrials
Sweden

Convicted serial killer applies for new retrials

Convicted serial killer Thomas Quick, who recently retracted confessions for eight murders, has formally petitioned the Svea Court of Appeal for a retrial in two further murder cases.

The trial that captured the ‘banality of evil’
Germany

The trial that captured the ‘banality of evil’

Tuesday marks half a century since the trial of Holocaust architect Adolf Eichmann. The Local spoke to the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Efraim Zuroff about the trial’s legacy.

Woman sets herself on fire before Reichstag
Germany

Woman sets herself on fire before Reichstag

A woman has been hospitalized with severe burns after setting herself on fire in front of the Reichstag parliamentary building in Berlin over the weekend.

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Sweden

Sweden deported family to wrong country

A family deported to Uzbekistan after Sweden rejected their application for asylum is set to return to Sweden after Uzbek authorities concluded that they were not from the central Asian country.

Berlin condemns Syria’s ‘shocking’ crackdown
Germany

Berlin condemns Syria’s ‘shocking’ crackdown

The German government on Monday slammed "shocking" deadly crackdowns on peaceful demonstrators in Syria and called on Damascus to stop "grave human rights violations."

Spyker confirms talks to sell Saab real estate
Sweden

Spyker confirms talks to sell Saab real estate

Spyker Cars, the Dutch owner of embattled Swedish carmaker Saab, has confirmed that it is in talks to sell off Saab properties in a bid to address cashflow problems which have left production at a standstill.

Hochtief cuts profit forecast as CEO resigns
Germany

Hochtief cuts profit forecast as CEO resigns

German construction group Hochtief on Monday cut its 2011 forecasts sharply after a profit warning from Australian unit Leighton, and said that its chief executive was stepping down. Shares in Hochtief plunged 9.2 percent in Frankfurt.

Berlin police station firebombed
Germany

Berlin police station firebombed

Masked perpetrators attacked a Berlin police station with Molotov cocktails and stones on Monday, causing property damage and prompting one officer to leap from his office window to chase suspects.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrat MP in racist blog post

A Sweden Democrat member of parliament has escaped censure from the party hierarchy despite linking the crime of group rape to men with foreign backgrounds.

How to give the perfect presentation to Swedes
Sweden

How to give the perfect presentation to Swedes

Being a native English speaker is not always the advantage you would expect when you are giving a presentation in English to an international audience. But there are ways to improve.

Neo-Nazi group banned in Brandenburg
Germany

Neo-Nazi group banned in Brandenburg

The state of Brandenburg on Monday banned a right-wing extremist organization following raids on locations associated with the group.

Government in new bid to fix health insurance
Sweden

Government in new bid to fix health insurance

The Swedish government has proposed a number of changes to its reforms of the country's health insurance system, admitting its current efforts have left some people in a jam.

Extension to parenting payments scrapped
Germany

Extension to parenting payments scrapped

Parents hoping for an extension of Elterngeld parenting payments are set to be disappointed, with Family Minister Kristina Schröder reportedly ditching a plan for the number of “fathers’ months” to be doubled.

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Sweden

‘Abolish Sweden’s monarchy’: Juholt

Newly installed Social Democratic party leader Håkan Juholt thinks Sweden's monarchy should be abolished, he said in an interview on Sunday.

Ramsauer blasts EU diesel tax hike
Germany

Ramsauer blasts EU diesel tax hike

Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer on Monday slapped down a European Union plan to raise the tax on diesel.

Refugees are ‘Italy’s problem,’ minister says
Germany

Refugees are ‘Italy’s problem,’ minister says

Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich stepped up the war of words with Italy over asylum-seekers Monday, telling the Italian government the boatloads of people arriving in Lampedusa were their problem.

New Zlatan red card spoils AC Milan win
Sweden

New Zlatan red card spoils AC Milan win

AC Milan's Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has apologised after getting sent off for a foul-mouthed tirade at a linesman during his side's 2-1 win at Fiorentina.

Arms spending slows: Swedish think tank
Sweden

Arms spending slows: Swedish think tank

Growth in global military spending slowed to its lowest level since 2001 last year as the world economic crisis hit defence budgets, Swedish think-tank SIPRI said Monday.