Merkel hails eurozone rescue deal for Greece
Germany

Merkel hails eurozone rescue deal for Greece

German Chancellor Angela Merkel hailed a new rescue package for Greece and other heavily indebted eurozone countries late on Thursday, calling it crucial to ensuring Europe’s future.

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Sweden

Swedish citizen jailed in Serbia released

The Swedish citizen remanded into custody in Serbia last week suspected of war crimes has been released, according to information from the foreign ministry.

Stuttgart 21 passes test as opponents baulk
Germany

Stuttgart 21 passes test as opponents baulk

The conflict over the Stuttgart 21 railway project flared up again on Thursday when opponents to the plan said they would not take part in the presentation of a ‘stress test’ report on how it would function, branding it nothing more than a show.

Centre party reveals leadership candidates
Sweden

Centre party reveals leadership candidates

The Centre party on Thursday named Annie Johansson, Anna-Karin Hatt and Anders W Jonsson as the official candidates to succeed outgoing party leader Maud Olofsson.

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Sweden

Nurse used medical records for laundry note

A nurse from Lund, in southern Sweden, is in trouble after using a page from confidential medical records for a scribbled note she stuck up in the laundry room in the house where she lives.

Thais refuse to pay guarantee on prince’s seized jet
Germany

Thais refuse to pay guarantee on prince’s seized jet

Thailand's foreign minister on Thursday ruled out paying a multi-million dollar bank guarantee to secure the release of the Thai crown prince's jet, which has been impounded in Germany.

Porsche mulls update of James Dean’s 550 Spyder
Germany

Porsche mulls update of James Dean’s 550 Spyder

German luxury carmaker Porsche is mulling a reissue of the iconic 550 Spyder model owned by US actor James Dean, boss Matthias Müller told the business daily Handelsblatt on Thursday.

Ships turn to private security to fight pirates
Germany

Ships turn to private security to fight pirates

German ships braving the waters off Somalia will now be able to officially employ private security firms to fight off attacks by pirates, after the government admitted it could not provide the protection itself.

Le Pen: France could expand to include part of Belgium
France

Le Pen: France could expand to include part of Belgium

The leader of the far-right Front National has said that the French-speaking area of Belgium, known as Wallonia, could eventually become part of France.

Getting inked: Sweden’s tattoo trend laid bare
Sweden

Getting inked: Sweden’s tattoo trend laid bare

As more and more Swedes roll up their sleeves and trouser legs to get tattoos, contributor Emy Gelb takes a look at what inspires Swedes to let their bodies become walking works of art.

Woman killed in Hesse house explosion
Germany

Woman killed in Hesse house explosion

Police have found the body of a 62-year-old woman killed in an explosion that tore apart her house in the southern Hessian municipality of Münster, police said on Thursday.

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Sweden

Bachelor party ‘kidnap’ prompts police probe

Police in western Sweden were surprised to find out on Wednesday that the dramatic abduction they were investigating was nothing more than bachelor party prank.

Groundswell grows to name new tunnel for spaghetti western star
Germany

Groundswell grows to name new tunnel for spaghetti western star

Officials in Schwäbisch Gmünd in Baden-Württemberg have been surprised to discover their public search for name for a new tunnel has been hijacked by an online campaign hoping to honour spaghetti western actor Bud Spencer.

Snobby, hip and pretty: Swiss rate their cantons
Switzerland

Snobby, hip and pretty: Swiss rate their cantons

A new survey has mapped out what Swiss residents think of the country’s 26 cantons.

 

Ericsson shares slump despite profits boost
Sweden

Ericsson shares slump despite profits boost

Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson on Thursday reported a 65 percent rise in net profit in the second quarter on the back of strong sales, but its shares dropped by nearly 7 percent as figures fell short of analyst expectations.

Firefighters fear female ‘threat’: study
Sweden

Firefighters fear female ‘threat’: study

Many firefighters fear that letting women into the profession will undermine the camaraderie necessary to do a god job in a work environment full of risk, a new study from the University of Gothenburg shows.

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France

Belgian tourist murdered in front of his children

A Belgian man was shot dead in a deserted lay-by in the east of France while his two young children watched from the family car.

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France

Bungling ex sees revenge plan go up in smoke

A man in Nantes who set out to take revenge on his ex-wife ended up in even more trouble when he set fire to the car of a neighbour.

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France

Pre-accord key to ending euro crisis: France

An agreement reached between France and Germany on the eve of Thursday's summit on a new bailout for Greece was a prerequisite to ending the eurozone debt crisis, the French government said.

Germany, France reach pre-euro summit deal
France

Germany, France reach pre-euro summit deal

Germany and France broke their deadlock over a new bailout for Greece ahead of an emergency eurozone summit on Thursday aimed at saving the euro from the worst crisis in its 12-year history.

UN initiative declares global warming a threat to world peace
Germany

UN initiative declares global warming a threat to world peace

The United Nations Security Council has declared that global warming is a threat to world peace and stability, in what has been greeted as a diplomatic triumph by the current council chair Germany.

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Switzerland

Jail eco-terrorists for 3 years: prosecutors

Prosecutors have recommended a minimum of three years in prison for three environmental activists on trial for plotting a bomb attack against an IBM research centre.

 

 

Mountain snowfalls quell Swiss summer
Switzerland

Mountain snowfalls quell Swiss summer

A cold front bringing low temperatures and snowfalls in the Alps has interrupted summer in Switzerland. 

AstraZeneca heart drug given US approval
Sweden

AstraZeneca heart drug given US approval

Anglo-Swedish pharmaceuticals firm AstraZeneca announced on Thursday that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its Brilinta heart drug for use on patients in the United States.

What’s on in Germany: July 21 – July 27
Germany

What’s on in Germany: July 21 – July 27

This Week's Highlights: Pyrotechnics in Munich, silent film in Hamburg, and sound art in Berlin.

Germany ‘missed its chance’ to attract skilled eastern Europeans
Germany

Germany ‘missed its chance’ to attract skilled eastern Europeans

Germany is not attracting enough immigrants, despite lifting work restrictions in May, latest figures show, leading to criticism of a chance wasted in 2004 when other European countries opened their borders to eastern neighbours.

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Switzerland

Roche blames strong Swiss franc for profit dip

Swiss pharma giant Roche on Thursday blamed the strong Swiss currency for a 5.0-percent drop in its first half net profit to 5.259 billion francs ($6.410 billion).  

Nazi Heß exhumed, ashes to be scattered at sea
Germany

Nazi Heß exhumed, ashes to be scattered at sea

The body of Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Heß has been exhumed from the Bavarian cemetery where it was buried in the 1980s, in an effort to deprive neo-Nazis of a pilgrimage site.

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Switzerland

ABB profits surge 43 percent

Swiss engineering group ABB on Thursday posted a 43 percent increase in second-quarter year-on-year net profits to $893 million (625.7 million euros), meeting investors' expectations.

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France

Homeless families seek refuge in hospitals

An increasing number of homeless families are turning to hospitals to house them in the absence of any other provision, according to a report from the public health body of the Ile-de-France region.

Germany, France break euro bailout deadlock
Germany

Germany, France break euro bailout deadlock

Germany and France broke their deadlock over a new bailout for Greece ahead of an emergency eurozone summit on Thursday aimed at saving the euro from the worst crisis in its 12-year history.

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Sweden

Man arrested for murdering mother

A 38-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his 73-year-old mother in a summer house on an island in Lake Mälaren in eastern Sweden late on Wednesday night.

Swedish church wants to recycle cremation waste
Sweden

Swedish church wants to recycle cremation waste

The Church of Sweden wants to be able to recycle the metallic waste left after human cremations and which is currently buried each year in cemeteries across the country, according to a report by Sveriges Television (SVT).

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Sweden

Man dies after high-speed police chase

A 22-year-old man died when he crashed his motorcycle in Stockholm late Wednesday following a police chase at speeds of up to 250 kilometres/hour.

Seeking a salty soaking
Germany

Seeking a salty soaking

Summer in Germany is lovely, except for when it isn’t. Never fear: if you’ve hit a grey and rainy patch, a trip to the spa is sure to warm you up. Sally McGrane checks out the WerratalTherme in Hesse.