Stuttgart 21 rail project construction to restart
Germany

Stuttgart 21 rail project construction to restart

Construction work on the controversial Stuttgart 21 rail project is to restart next week after a two-month pause to assess the future of the project following a state election in Baden-Württemberg.

Playboy shoot reveals feminine side of German football squad
Germany

Playboy shoot reveals feminine side of German football squad

Just weeks before the kickoff of the Women's World Cup, five players on Germany's national team have participated in an erotic photo shoot for Playboy to prove football really is the beautiful game.

Warming climate causes honeybees to oversleep flower bloom
Germany

Warming climate causes honeybees to oversleep flower bloom

As the climate grows warmer, flowers are blooming earlier in the spring and this year many German honeybees awoke to find many blossoms already gone. Researchers are working to find out why.

Gotland & Öland – Singular beauty at sea
Sweden

Gotland & Öland – Singular beauty at sea

Ancient walled cities, storm-tossed islands and a dose of Bergmanesque atmospherics. Gotland and Öland make for a spectacular summer visit.

Nowitzki’s drive for NBA glory inspires German basketball dreams
Germany

Nowitzki’s drive for NBA glory inspires German basketball dreams

As German basketball superstar Dirk Nowitzki nears the pinnacle of his sport – winning an NBA title – thousands of fans over the Atlantic are glued to their TV screens and cheering him on. Moises Mendoza explores Nowitzki's impact on the game in Germany.

16 years for Gothenburg woman’s ‘ruthless’ killing
Sweden

16 years for Gothenburg woman’s ‘ruthless’ killing

A 23-year-old man accused of raping and murdering Elin Krantz near a Gothenburg tram stop in September last year has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for the crime.

Bundesbank boosts 2011 growth forecast
Germany

Bundesbank boosts 2011 growth forecast

The German Bundesbank on Friday raised its growth forecast for this year to 3.1 percent for Europe's biggest economy, up from a previous expectation of 2.5 percent.

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France

Wife of Strauss-Kahn flies home

Anne Sinclair, the wife of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has been spotted back in Paris after the birth of her new grandson.

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Sweden

KTH students charged for money laundering

Two students enrolled at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) were among several Stockholm residents charged on Thursday for their role in a massive swindling operation involving 100 million kronor ($16 million) in laundered money.

RWE boss warns of industrial decline from nuclear phaseout
Germany

RWE boss warns of industrial decline from nuclear phaseout

A quick phaseout of nuclear power could lead to blackouts and threaten Germany's key industrial sector, the head of energy giant RWE said on Friday.

Stockholm congestion fee ‘too low’: politicians
Sweden

Stockholm congestion fee ‘too low’: politicians

Several Swedish politicians are calling for a steep rise in Stockholm's congestion charge following reports of increasing traffic problems around the Swedish capital.

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Switzerland

US and Switzerland close to tax evasion deal

 

US authorities are reportedly about to close a deal with Swiss banks over American tax dodgers – in exchange for billions of dollars in penalties, the US will stop investigations into the banks.

 

Warnings ahead of new wave of violent storms
Sweden

Warnings ahead of new wave of violent storms

A new line of thunderstorms is expected to bring more heavy rain to southern and central Sweden on Friday as the region struggles to cope with power outages and flooding from a previous batch of storms.

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Switzerland

Footballers fear losing luxury cars

Sixty top-of-the-range cars were impounded from a luxury car dealership earlier this week after the company went bankrupt. Now the dealership's customers, including several top footballers, fear their cars could be confiscated too.

 

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Sweden

Riksdag hands government labour policy setback

The government faces the threat of an embarrassing climbdown in its employment policy following a vote to halt a controversial programme for the long-term unemployed.

MEP ‘bloodied’ sneaking into Bilderberg hotel
Switzerland

MEP ‘bloodied’ sneaking into Bilderberg hotel

Italian MEP Mario Borghezio was reportedly given a bloody nose on Thursday as he attempted to sneak into the secretive Bilderberg conference in St. Moritz.

 

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Switzerland

‘No bank exodus’ after attacks on secrecy

The Association of Foreign Banks in Switzerland said Wednesday that there has not been an exodus of banks, despite attacks on the country's banking secrecy rules.

Stockholm braces for drop-in wedding deluge
Sweden

Stockholm braces for drop-in wedding deluge

Las Vegas it isn’t, and chances are Elvis won't be anywhere in sight, but this weekend's mass 'drop-in' wedding at Stockholm's Skansen wildlife park is expected to draw hundreds ready to say "I do", The Local's Geoff Mortimore discovers.

Swedish man convicted of sex with sheep
Sweden

Swedish man convicted of sex with sheep

A man who forcibly had sex with a sheep has been convicted of violating Sweden's animal cruelty laws.

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France

Lagarde favourite as IMF race nears finish

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde is the odds-on favorite to become the next IMF chief as nominations close Friday, with her main rival short of any endorsements from major economies.

The Doors threaten to sue Paris theme bar
France

The Doors threaten to sue Paris theme bar

Lawyers for US rock group The Doors have threatened legal action against a Paris bar devoted to the band, saying it did not want to be associated with a drinking establishment.

Deadly E. coli found on bean sprouts
Germany

Deadly E. coli found on bean sprouts

German officials on Friday said they had found the first direct evidence of deadly E. coli bacteria on vegetable sprouts thought to have killed 33 people and left over 3,000 ill.

Swedish fraudster jailed in Ethiopia
Sweden

Swedish fraudster jailed in Ethiopia

A Swedish woman who has been on the run since 2007 has received a 25-year prison sentence in Ethiopia on charges of fraud and human trafficking, Sweden's TV4 news reports.

France in trouble over rare rodent
France

France in trouble over rare rodent

The European Court in Luxembourg warned France on Thursday over its failure to protect the threatened Great Hamster of Alsace, the last wild hamster species in Europe.

Chirac turned away from Deauville casino
France

Chirac turned away from Deauville casino

The former President is not used to having doors closed in his face, but that's what happened recently at a casino in Deauville.

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France

Sexist views block man’s bid to be French

An Algerian man was refused French nationality on the grounds that he held degrading views about women.

‘Bad airplane food’ sends 17 Swedish tourists to hospital
Sweden

‘Bad airplane food’ sends 17 Swedish tourists to hospital

A group of tourists from northern Sweden had an unpleasant start to their holiday in Turkey after a suspected case of food poisoning sent 17 to the hospital.

Germany slams Danish border control plan
Germany

Germany slams Danish border control plan

As Denmark prepares to vote on re-introducing border controls, a diplomatic war of words has heated up between the German and Danish officials.

Study sees no power price hikes as Merkel touts nuclear phaseout
Germany

Study sees no power price hikes as Merkel touts nuclear phaseout

As Chancellor Angela Merkel touts Germany’s planned exit from nuclear power, a new study has dismissed fears that electricity prices and greenhouse gas emissions will rise.

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Sweden

Disabled ‘trafficked’ to Sweden in benefits fraud

Disabled people are being lured to Sweden by false promises of generous benefits in a sophisticated fraud scheme that officials liken to human trafficking, according to Swedish media reports.

Swedish bar association raps Assange lawyer
Sweden

Swedish bar association raps Assange lawyer

The Swedish Bar Association (Advokatsamfundet) has issued a warning to the Swedish lawyer of WikiLeaks frontman Julian Assange, its head said Thursday.

Cross-eyed opossum gets new enclosure, prepares for big debut
Germany

Cross-eyed opossum gets new enclosure, prepares for big debut

Germany's latest animal sensation, Heidi the cross-eyed opossum, has made her media debut three weeks before her new tropical enclosure at Leipzig Zoo is revealed to the public.