Hooligans should report to the police: Riksdag
Sweden

Hooligans should report to the police: Riksdag

On Wednesday the Riksdag voted in favour of the Social Democrats’ proposal that known hooligans should report to authorities prior to major sporting events.

Carl Bildt voted ‘funniest’ Swedish politician
Sweden

Carl Bildt voted ‘funniest’ Swedish politician

Swedes find foreign minister Carl Bildt to be the funniest politician and minister for enterprise and energy Maud Olofsson to be the most boring, according to a survey carried out by TV channel Comedy Central.

Merkel disappoints elites, but not average Germans
Germany

Merkel disappoints elites, but not average Germans

German elites are unhappy with Chancellor Angela Merkel and her centre-right government, although she appears to be finding more favour with the population as a whole, two new polls indicate.

Storm front expected to sweep across the nation
Germany

Storm front expected to sweep across the nation

As towns in the Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge) region of Saxony cleared up on Wednesday after a tornado ripped off roofs and pushed over trees, weather forecasters warned of wild weather in other parts of the country for the evening.

German cities among Europe’s greenest
Germany

German cities among Europe’s greenest

German cities are among the greenest in Europe, according to a new survey ranking urban centres around the world depending upon their environmental footprint.

Going buggy for insect delicacies
Germany

Going buggy for insect delicacies

A man in Berlin is trying to get his fellow Germans to eat fresh bugs and other creepy-crawly creatures. Moises Mendoza puts the vitamin and protein-rich insect treats to the taste test.

Swedish feminists push for Midsummer ‘mayhole’ revolution
Sweden

Swedish feminists push for Midsummer ‘mayhole’ revolution

While most Swedes look forward to dancing around a traditional maypole this Midsummer, one group of gender-conscious revellers is pushing Swedes to celebrate the holiday by gathering around a vagina instead, contributor Lina Sennevall discovers.

Beer cans, not butts targeted by new litter law
Sweden

Beer cans, not butts targeted by new litter law

Being caught throwing a beer can anywhere else than in the trash is set to become a costly affair in Sweden after a new law to combat litterbugs comes into effect in July.

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Sweden

Slower growth ahead for Swedish economy: report

Sweden's economic growth is expected to slow further in 2011 following record strong growth in 2010, according to a new forecast from the Sweden's National Institute of Economic Research (NIER).

Swedish activist gets life sentence in Bahrain
Sweden

Swedish activist gets life sentence in Bahrain

A Swedish citizen and democracy activist was sentenced to life imprisonment in Bahrain on Wednesday after being convicted of "terrorist activity", according to the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR).

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France

Missing student: burnt body discovered

A body has been discovered close to the home of the 17-year old girl who went missing on Saturday.

New stars boost French music
France

New stars boost French music

Long seen as a bit of an also-ran in the world of pop, French music is enjoying a resurgence.

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France

Government told to do more about benefit fraud

Politicians have demanded action after a new report estimated that benefit fraud in France costs taxpayers €20 billion euros a year.

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France

Frenchwomen start campaign for the clitoris

A country-wide campaign by feminist group ‘Osez le feminisme’, says the clitoris is too often forgotten.

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Switzerland

Few immigrant kids go to college – study

Migrant children born in Switzerland are much less likely to go to university than Swiss children, mainly due to unfavorable conditions at home and language barriers, a study found.

Foreign professionals the economy needs ‘not attracted’ to Germany
Germany

Foreign professionals the economy needs ‘not attracted’ to Germany

While German industry continues to try to fill jobs remaining empty as the economy grows, politicians are split on how and even whether to attract foreign professionals, while others say Germany is simply not attractive enough to them.

After violence, fearful Wuppertal tries to ban Facebook shindig
Germany

After violence, fearful Wuppertal tries to ban Facebook shindig

A week after a similar party turned chaotic, authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia state are desperately trying to ban a July 1 bash organized on Facebook that they fear could become unsafe.

Merkel reportedly promises FDP tax cuts
Germany

Merkel reportedly promises FDP tax cuts

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reportedly promised her junior coalition partners the Free Democrats tax cuts for the middle class ahead of the next general election in 2013.

Sweden fails to warn users of ‘tainted’ cocaine
Sweden

Sweden fails to warn users of ‘tainted’ cocaine

Swedish health officials have neglected to issue warnings about contaminated cocaine circulating in the country, despite evidence suggesting that around two-thirds of cocaine in Sweden may contain an antibacterial agent primarily used to rid animals of parasites.

H&M profits down amid ‘challenging’ conditions
Sweden

H&M profits down amid ‘challenging’ conditions

Swedish cheap-and-chic fashion giant H&M on Wednesday posted a net profit down 18 percent from a year ago and said it was facing challenging conditions in both its sourcing and sale markets.

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Switzerland

Longest day brings soaring heat across Switzerland

 

The year’s longest day that marks the beginning of summer has brought soaring temperatures across Switzerland, and some thunderstorms.

 

 

Women playing bigger role among far-right extremists
Germany

Women playing bigger role among far-right extremists

What does a Neo-Nazi look like? One’s typical stereotype might be of a jackbooted skinhead. But increasing numbers of active right-wing extremists in Germany are actually women, experts say.

Swedish teen denied spot in school due to piercing
Sweden

Swedish teen denied spot in school due to piercing

A 13-year-old girl with a pierced nose has been told she's not welcome at a Swedish school, prompting her mother to file a complaint with the country's education authorities.

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Sweden

Norwegian man jailed for kidnapping rich Swedes

A 45-year-old Norwegian man on trial for kidnapping, robbing and extorting several million kronor from wealthy Swedes was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday.

Foreign students grapple with new fingerprint rule
Sweden

Foreign students grapple with new fingerprint rule

New rules requiring biometric information from non-Europeans wishing to study in Sweden is causing problems for would-be foreign students, according to Swedish universities.

Wandering around Saxony’s answer to Switzerland
Germany

Wandering around Saxony’s answer to Switzerland

Famous for its dramatic gorges, sandstone rock formations and spas, Siobhan Dowling visits Saxony’s very own Switzerland.

US files charges in airport shooting
Germany

US files charges in airport shooting

US prosecutors have filed murder charges against a Kosovo Albanian man accused of shooting dead two US airmen on a bus at Frankfurt airport in Germany.