Utility EON to sue over fuel rod tax
Germany

Utility EON to sue over fuel rod tax

Germany's largest energy company, EON, said Tuesday it would sue the government over plans to maintain a tax on spent fuel rods despite plans to do away with nuclear plants by 2022.

US chopper flights whip Bavarians into fury
Germany

US chopper flights whip Bavarians into fury

Residents around the US Army base at Katterbach in Bavaria are locked in an escalating feud with the American military over late-night helicopter flights and so-called “Rambo attitudes” of the soldiers, media reported on Tuesday.

Activists agitate against rising Berlin rents and gentrification
Germany

Activists agitate against rising Berlin rents and gentrification

Activists angry over Berlin’s rising rents came out in force this week, occupying an apartment building and storming a press conference. Other groups in the German capital are attempting to co-opt tourist into making protesting gentrification part of their holiday.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Sweden

16 years for man who killed girl ‘by mistake’

The 37-year-old man from the Växjö area who claimed he accidentally killed a 17-year-old girl, called “Johanna” in the Swedish press, from southern Sweden during a sex act "that went too far” was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Tuesday.

Swedish women warned over Danish sperm
Sweden

Swedish women warned over Danish sperm

The head of a Danish sperm bank has warned that Swedish women are "most likely" to be among those inseminated with defective sperm donated by a man with a rare genetic disease.

Adidas speaks out in FIFA controversy
Germany

Adidas speaks out in FIFA controversy

Amid growing calls for the sleaze-tainted presidential election at football’s global body FIFA to be postponed, Germany-based Adidas said on Tuesday it feared for the image of the sport.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Switzerland

Swiss economy grows in first quarter

The Swiss economy expanded 0.3 percent in the first quarter of 2011, slowing from the previous quarter when growth reached 0.8 percent, the economy ministry said Tuesday.

Shaving guide for young girls pulled after criticism
Sweden

Shaving guide for young girls pulled after criticism

A self-help guide published by Gillette to help mums discuss the issue of shaving body hair with their pubescent female offspring, has prompted critical reactions from Swedish parents.

Jobless figure sinks below three million
Germany

Jobless figure sinks below three million

Fewer than 3 million Germans are now unemployed, official figures revealed Tuesday, breaking a key psychological barrier as Europe’s largest economy continues to forge ahead.

Viking treasure looters found guilty
Sweden

Viking treasure looters found guilty

Tuesday saw the conclusion of a groundbreaking trial against five men charged with aggravated crime against relics following the looting of Viking age coins and artefacts on the Baltic island of Gotland.

Swedish woman dies in EHEC case
Sweden

Swedish woman dies in EHEC case

A Swedish woman has died after being infected with the virulent enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) bacteria stemming from an E. coli outbreak which originated in northern Germany.

Swedish press reacts to royal denials
Sweden

Swedish press reacts to royal denials

The Swedish press has reacted critically to King Carl XVI Gustaf's denials of strip-club visits and had indirect contact with organised crime, arguing that he acted too late to quell the growing scandal.

Swedish inventor’s patent case retried in US
Sweden

Swedish inventor’s patent case retried in US

After over ten years of legal battles and 30 million kronor ($4.9 million) in legal fees, Swedish inventor Håkan Lans is hopeful that his patent claim may receive the backing of a US court.

Germany in 2011: Economic giant, political dwarf
Germany

Germany in 2011: Economic giant, political dwarf

Consigned to minor role at last week’s G8 summit, the economic power Germany is in danger of being sidelined politically, argues Gerd Appenzeller from Der Tagesspiegel.

Expectant mothers face midwife shortage
Germany

Expectant mothers face midwife shortage

Low wages, long hours and rising insurance premiums are driving midwives out of the baby-delivering business and making it difficult for expectant mothers to find the help they need, a Tuesday media report said.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Sweden

The King’s turbulent year: a timeline

Following King Carl XVI Gustaf's denials that he visited strip clubs or had contacts with the criminal underworld, The Local takes a look at some of the events that marked the Swedish monarch's tumultuous last twelve months.

Sexist French politicians take a beating after Strauss-Kahn affair
France

Sexist French politicians take a beating after Strauss-Kahn affair

The arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn on attempted rape charges has been followed by the resignation of one of Sarkozy's ministers amid similar allegations. Will the macho, sexist world of French politics ever be the same again, asks Rory Mulholland

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
France

Yemen troops search for French aid workers

Yemeni security forces were searching on Monday for three French aid workers missing in the southeastern province of Hadramawt, a provincial official told AFP without confirming they had been kidnapped.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
France

Father drugged family before shooting

The four children of a man from Nantes suspected of murdering his entire family were likely drugged with sleeping pills before they were shot dead, a prosecutor said Monday.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
France

Lagarde woos Brazil in IMF bid

French finance minister Christine Lagarde sought on Monday to rally support for her bid to lead the International Monetary Fund, promising on a visit to Brazil to "deepen" reforms at the institution.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Switzerland

Swiss mayor votes twice for himself

A mayor in the Geneva area has been caught voting for himself twice during local elections, casting ballots for his absent daughter before slipping his own vote in the box.

 

Weatherman Kachelmann acquitted of rape
Germany

Weatherman Kachelmann acquitted of rape

After a 14-month legal drama in which lawyers were sacked, the impartiality of judges challenged and the accuser’s story changed, German TV weatherman Jörg Kachelmann was cleared on Tuesday of charges of raping his former girlfriend.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Switzerland

Swiss consider electronic tags for violent husbands

The Swiss parliament is considering forcing violent husbands to wear an electronic tag, allowing authorities to check they don’t go too close to their wives.

 

Green light for Swedish ‘hooligan-register’
Sweden

Green light for Swedish ‘hooligan-register’

Stockholm club Djurgården Football has received the approval needed from the Data Inspection Board (Datainspektionen) to start up a register of blacklisted supporters to keep them out of sports events.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
France

Bomb attack at Lille Ikea store

Small explosives concealed in alarm clocks have detonated at an Ikea furniture store in Lille, in an attack apparently coordinated with similar incidents in Belgium and the Netherlands, Belgian authorities said on Tuesday.

Spanish cucumbers not behind E. coli outbreak
Germany

Spanish cucumbers not behind E. coli outbreak

German health authorities were forced to restart their search for the cause of a deadly E. coli outbreak, after researchers Tuesday declared Spanish cucumbers were not infected with the same lethal bacteria.

Iran sparks row by delaying Merkel flight
Germany

Iran sparks row by delaying Merkel flight

The government of Iran temporarily denied Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plane the right to fly over its territory on her way to India, creating a minor diplomatic incident and angering the German leader.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Sweden

Söderling sets up French Open clash with old foe Nadal

Sweden's Robin Söderling set up a quarter-final clash with old rival Rafael Nadal after easing past Gilles Simon in the French Open on Monday.

Ikea stores hit in bomb attacks
Sweden

Ikea stores hit in bomb attacks

Three Ikea stores in the Netherlands, Belgium and France were evacuated on Monday following explosions, with police suspecting a connection between the suspected bomb attacks.

Mixed signals from European allies on nuclear issue
Germany

Mixed signals from European allies on nuclear issue

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany could serve as a global trailblazer with its decision Monday to phase out nuclear power by 2022 but France, Europe's biggest producer, said it will not follow suit.