Carl Bildt: ‘We are all Norwegians’
Sweden

Carl Bildt: ‘We are all Norwegians’

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt has promised "Nordic solidarity" with neighbouring Norway, which was hit by two deadly attacks on Friday afternoon.

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Switzerland

Eco-activists found guilty of planning IBM attack

Switzerland's top criminal court on Friday sentenced three green activists to more than three years in jail each for a foiled bomb attack on an IBM research centre near Zurich.

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Sweden

Stockholm police on alert after Oslo blast

Police in Stockholm have increased their presence at key government buildings in the capital following the dramatic explosion in Oslo on Friday afternoon.

Swiss court rejects Delon’s fake licence plate appeal
Switzerland

Swiss court rejects Delon’s fake licence plate appeal

Switzerland's top court confirmed Friday that it has thrown out an appeal by French veteran film star Alain Delon against a fine imposed on him for using a fake licence plate.

Swiss court rejects Delon’s fake licence plate appeal
France

Swiss court rejects Delon’s fake licence plate appeal

Switzerland's top court confirmed Friday that it has thrown out an appeal by French veteran film star Alain Delon against a fine imposed on him for using a fake licence plate.

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France

French girl’s kidnapping was ‘Chechen wedding tradition’

A teenage girl whose forceful bundling into a BMW in the south of France sparked a nationwide appeal for witnesses was the victim of a traditional Chechen pre-marriage kidnapping, it emerged on Friday.

Swiss gays and heteros share love hopes
Switzerland

Swiss gays and heteros share love hopes

 

Homosexuals and heterosexuals in Switzerland share almost identical hopes and expectations for their romantic relationships, a new study has found. 

 

Volvo profits up, cautious on outlook
Sweden

Volvo profits up, cautious on outlook

Sweden's Volvo Group, the world's second-largest truck maker, reported strong second quarter earnings Friday but kept its forecasts unchanged on caution at the global economic outlook.

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Sweden

Swedish neo-Nazi site charged with hate speech

Charges have been filed against the publisher of a website affiliated with a Swedish neo-Nazi movement for allowing a reader comment containing racial slurs to remain on the site.

Growth expected to match 2010 boom
Germany

Growth expected to match 2010 boom

Chancellor Angela Merkel offered an upbeat forecast for the German economy on Friday, with growth expected to reach a similar level this year to the rate in 2010, when it hit 3.6 percent.

Car ploughs into crowd injuring 11 people
Germany

Car ploughs into crowd injuring 11 people

Eleven people including three children who were waiting at a tram stop in Essen were injured – some of them seriously – when a car ploughed into them on Friday.

Saab subsidiary avoids bankruptcy
Sweden

Saab subsidiary avoids bankruptcy

Saab subsidiary Saab Automobile Tools has avoided collapse after reaching an agreement with a supplier which had earlier on Friday applied for the firm to be declared bankrupt.

Swedes’ app choices reveal where they live
Sweden

Swedes’ app choices reveal where they live

One in three Swedes use apps in their mobile phones this summer, but the favourites differ depending on where you are in the country, according to a survey carried out by market research company Sifo for telecommunications firm Tele2.

French and German mice refuse to play nice
Germany

French and German mice refuse to play nice

German and French mice prefer to stick to their own kind when it comes down to sex, according to evolution scientists who are trying to work out whether it is a language thing or different tastes in perfume.

Wilderness, shopping and blondes shape Sweden’s image abroad
Sweden

Wilderness, shopping and blondes shape Sweden’s image abroad

When foreigners are prompted to share what they think of Sweden their thoughts wander to the great outdoors, shopping, snow and beautiful women, according to a new survey from VisitSweden.

Spotify service fails on music quality: report
Sweden

Spotify service fails on music quality: report

Music streaming service Spotify may be in breach of Swedish marketing laws, according to claims in a report published on Friday, with many finding that the quality of the music does not match company promises.

Merkel’s euro moment
Germany

Merkel’s euro moment

After facing months of criticism over her lack of leadership during Europe’s debt crisis, Chancellor Merkel has decided defending the eurozone is in Germany’s best interest. The Local’s Marc Young analyses the implications.

Germans ‘reluctant’ to help Africa as famine worsens
Germany

Germans ‘reluctant’ to help Africa as famine worsens

Germans seem less prepared to donate money for aid operations in Africa then elsewhere, according to the aid group federation Aktion Deutschland Hilft, referring to the latest famine in eastern Africa.

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Switzerland

Woman killed by driverless car

A woman was killed in Lausanne on Thursday after she was struck by a car that rolled down a hill without a driver. 

 

Jailed Swedes ‘hopeful’ of swift release
Sweden

Jailed Swedes ‘hopeful’ of swift release

The two Swedish reporters jailed in Ethiopia are hopeful they will be released soon, according to the Swedish embassy in Addis Ababa.

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France

Sandal-wearing Danish hikers rescued on Corsican mountain

A group of twelve sandal-wearing Danish tourists found themselves ill-prepared for a mountain expedition when they were trapped in freezing temperatures.

Open water swimmer Lurz takes fifth world title
Germany

Open water swimmer Lurz takes fifth world title

Germany's Thomas Lurz was hailed as one of the all-time swimming greats on Friday as he sealed his fifth world championships open water title in a dramatic 5km race in Shanghai.

Rösler plans special investment for Greece
Germany

Rösler plans special investment for Greece

German Economy Minister Philipp Rösler is reportedly working on a 16-point plan to encourage German companies to invest in Greece, including the idea of setting up special economic zones.

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France

France, Germany push euro governance revamp

France and Germany will push in the coming weeks to overhaul economic governance in the eurozone in the wake of the Greek debt crisis, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Thursday.

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France

Air France splits order between Airbus, Boeing

Air France-KLM has decided to split a landmark order for 100 long-haul carriers between Europe's Airbus and US rival Boeing, a press report said.

Supplier applies for Saab subsidiary bankruptcy
Sweden

Supplier applies for Saab subsidiary bankruptcy

A supplier to Saab subsidiary Saab Automobile Tools has applied for the firm to be declared banktupt, according to a Reuters report.

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France

88-year old man trapped in car for two days

An 88-year-old man in southern France was rescued by a group of teenagers last week after an accident left him trapped in his upturned car for two days.  

 

No charges despite new child porn law
Sweden

No charges despite new child porn law

A year after the introduction of a new law banning the viewing of child porn, not a single charge has been filed with police admitting that they can't actively look for transgressors, according to a report in daily Dagens Nyheter (DN).

French mogul flaunts sexy girlfriend in video
France

French mogul flaunts sexy girlfriend in video

An astonishing video featuring billionaire media boss Arnaud Lagardère is causing some raised eyebrows in France's corporate world and beyond.

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Switzerland

Woman run over by train near Zurich

A 41-year-old woman was killed by a speeding train on Thursday afternoon as she tried to cross a double track railway, local reports said.

 

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France

Billionaire Bettencourt unaware of fortune: report

The transcript of a conversation between billionaire Liliane Bettencourt and a judge has revealed the 88-year old has little awareness of recent investments or even the scale of her fortune.

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Switzerland

Ex-Credit Suisse workers indicted in US

The US Justice Department on Thursday charged three former Credit Suisse bankers and a Swiss trust company founder with helping wealthy Americans evade US taxes by keeping money in secret Swiss bank accounts.  

Bundeswehr recruits quitting voluntary service
Germany

Bundeswehr recruits quitting voluntary service

The Bundeswehr has a new problem after moving from conscription to voluntary service: New recruits are quitting after just a few days military training.

Swedish man’s thong use prompts police probe
Sweden

Swedish man’s thong use prompts police probe

On Thursday visitors to a beach on lake Falkträsket, in northern Sweden, witnessed uniformed police turn up and make their way through the sea of towels to question a man in his thirties about his choice of swimwear.

Sweden struck by massive thunderstorm
Sweden

Sweden struck by massive thunderstorm

Swedish skies were lit up by close to 40,000 lightning strikes and parts of the country suffered major power outages when a massive thunderstorm traveled across the country between Thursday and Friday.

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Sweden

Robert Karlsson namesake sets Scandinavian Masters pace

Robert Karlsson, an amateur golfer sharing the name and nationality of the more famous Ryder Cup player and European number one, claimed a share of the lead as the Scandinavian Masters opened on Thursday.

Cities press to expand bottle deposit scheme
Germany

Cities press to expand bottle deposit scheme

An association representing German cities wants to expand the deposit scheme for bottles and other disposable consumer items in an effort to reduce litter across the country.

Cultivating the king of grapes
Germany

Cultivating the king of grapes

German winemaking has long outgrown the horrors of the 1970s Blue Nun and Black Tower – these days Riesling is coveted around the globe. But, as Hannah Cleaver discovers, don’t expect to find a good bottle at your supermarket.