Sweden’s press leaps to the defence of the ‘open society’
Sweden

Sweden’s press leaps to the defence of the ‘open society’

As Norway comes to terms with Friday's bloody attacks, the Swedish press has been quick to leap to the defence of pan-Scandinavian values of openness, tolerance and democracy, The Local's Peter Vinthagen Simpson discovers.

Preserving our open society after Oslo
Germany

Preserving our open society after Oslo

Norway’s mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik wanted the opposite of freedom. That's why open societies including Germany must resist xenophobia and isolationism in the face of terror. A commentary by Der Tagesspiegel’s Gerd Appenzeller.

Munich Airport expansion approved despite opposition
Germany

Munich Airport expansion approved despite opposition

Proponents of a bigger Munich Airport have cleared a major hurdle: Bavarian officials have approved the construction of a third runway to increase the capacity of Germany's second largest air hub.

Consumer sentiment falls amid Greece crisis
Germany

Consumer sentiment falls amid Greece crisis

German consumer sentiment has been hit by the Greek debt crisis, and a widely watched index fell to a forecast 5.4 points for August from 5.5 points in July, the GfK research institute said Tuesday.

Deadly disease threatens Swedish bees
Sweden

Deadly disease threatens Swedish bees

The discovery of a deadly bee disease among several broods in western Sweden have prompted a warning from agriculture officials concerned about containing the contagious illness.

Norway killer bought bomb parts in Sweden
Sweden

Norway killer bought bomb parts in Sweden

A core ingredient for the bomb which ripped through the government buildings in Oslo, Norway last Friday was bought in Sweden, while the government has proposed a review of the sale of fertilizer, another ingredient in the bomb.

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Sweden

Nato gives high marks to Swedish military

Sweden's defence capabilities would allow it to independently defend itself against all but the most severe attacks, according to an analysis by Nato, which also found that Sweden's Armed Forces served as a strong deterrent against potential attacks.

German Muslims worried after Norway massacre
Germany

German Muslims worried after Norway massacre

Top Muslim leaders in Germany are calling on the federal government to take immediate action to stamp out growing anti-Islamic sentiment in the wake of the Norway massacre.

Saab staff set to receive no pay
Sweden

Saab staff set to receive no pay

White-collar staff at cash-strapped Swedish carmaker Saab Automobile will not receive their salaries due on Wednesday, the firm has confirmed in a statement.

Elderly more likely to fall in the dark: Swedish study
Sweden

Elderly more likely to fall in the dark: Swedish study

The likelihood of older people suffering from accidental falls in their own homes may be tied to the level of daylight, Swedish researchers have discovered.

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France

Strauss-Kahn maid’s interviews fuel legal fires

The surprise emergence from hiding of the maid who accuses Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape has raised the stakes again in the torrid case a week ahead of the next court hearing.

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France

Burundi court jails Frenchman 25 years for rape

A court in Burundi on Monday found a Frenchman guilty of raping five teenagers, giving him a 25-year jail sentence and a fine of €14,000 ($20,000).

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Switzerland

Racist motive suspected in weekend attack

A 31-year-old Eritrean man was stabbed by two white men at the Aarau train station over the weekend in an attack that many fear could be racially motivated.

 

Polar bear Knut’s body on ice four months later
Germany

Polar bear Knut’s body on ice four months later

More than four months after his untimely death, the corpse of Berlin’s beloved polar bear Knut is still on ice, media reported this week.

Swede ‘sets sail’ for US via German autobahn
Sweden

Swede ‘sets sail’ for US via German autobahn

A Swedish sailor in his seventies began a long-planned solo journey to the United States on Monday by hitching his boat to a trailer and driving through Germany.

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France

A7 deaths: crash driver was over the limit

A 25-year old woman who died when she drove the wrong way on the A7 motorway and collided with another car had 2.3 grams of alcohol in her blood. The legal limit in France is 0.5 grams.

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France

Probe to reveal ‘exact circumstances’ of Rio-Paris crash

Investigators said they will unveil new findings on Friday revealing the "exact circumstances" of the deadly crash of an Air France jet in the Atlantic in 2009.

News anchor quizzed in Strauss-Kahn case
France

News anchor quizzed in Strauss-Kahn case

French detectives interviewed a celebrity former news anchor Monday in connection with allegations of attempted rape against former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, sources said.

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France

France, Italy violated ‘spirit’ of border-free Europe: EU

Moves by France and Italy to curb the flow of Arab Spring migrants this year violated the spirit, but not the rules, of Europe's border-free Schengen area, the European Commission said on Monday.

Doggy bags – a good deed for the environment
Sweden

Doggy bags – a good deed for the environment

While a common feature of restaurants in America, the humble doggy bag remains a rarity in Sweden, something an eco-conscious consumer group wants to see change, Lina Sennevall discovers.

Police probe neo-Nazi link to Roma arson attack
Germany

Police probe neo-Nazi link to Roma arson attack

Police investigating an arson attack on an apartment housing Roma and Sinti families in Leverkusen were continuing Tuesday morning to probe the possibility that neo-Nazis may have been behind the attack.

Former Swedish minister joins Goldman Sachs
Sweden

Former Swedish minister joins Goldman Sachs

Former Swedish finance minister Eric Åsbrink has been given a new position as an advisor at the United States' largest investment bank Goldman Sachs.

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Switzerland

Father stabbed to death by daughter

A 52-year-old man was stabbed to death by his own daughter on Tuesday morning, shortly before the young woman turned against her mother.

 

Clairvoyant finds peeing soldier’s smart stick
Switzerland

Clairvoyant finds peeing soldier’s smart stick

A Swiss clairvoyant helped spare the blushes of a Swiss Army officer last week when she correctly ascertained that he had lost a small electronic device while urinating.

 

Saxony-Anhalt premier under fire for comparing police IDs to Jewish stars
Germany

Saxony-Anhalt premier under fire for comparing police IDs to Jewish stars

Reiner Haseloff, the conservative state premier of Saxony-Anhalt, is facing fierce criticism after allegedly comparing forcing German police to wear name tags to how Jews had to display the Star of David under the Nazis.

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France

Crackdown on jobs for foreigners

France needs fewer immigrants to work in construction and IT, according to a new set of government proposals.

Rise in wolf attacks alarms farmers
France

Rise in wolf attacks alarms farmers

An increase in the number of wolf attacks this year has led to calls for tough action to cut numbers.

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France

Marcelle, 113, is France’s new ‘doyenne’

The 'doyenne', the name given to the oldest known living woman in the country, has passed to 113-year old Marcelle Narbonne, a former typist who still enjoys a glass of champagne.

Suspect’s father ‘will never return to Norway’
France

Suspect’s father ‘will never return to Norway’

The father of Norwegian mass killing suspect Anders Behring Breivik has spoken of his shame at his son's actions.

Sweden Democrats reject Norway attacks blame
Sweden

Sweden Democrats reject Norway attacks blame

Sweden Democrat Erik Hellsborn has written on his blog that the twin attacks in Norway are the fault of "mass immigration" and "Islamisation", denying that he feels any shame for sharing the same views as the perpetrator.

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Switzerland

UBS profits plunge 49 percent

Swiss banking giant UBS said Tuesday that its second quarter profits plunged 49 percent compared to a year ago as a strong Swiss franc bit into earnings and revenues slumped on economic uncertainty.

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Sweden

Train disruption to continue until Friday

Delays in train services continue to affect travellers on key routes across Sweden, with disruption expected to last until Friday.

Six found dead in gas poisoning tragedy
Germany

Six found dead in gas poisoning tragedy

A family of six found dead in their Berlin apartment appear to have been killed by accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, state prosecutors announced on Tuesday.

Norway killings spark debate on surveillance
Germany

Norway killings spark debate on surveillance

A major German police union has called on internet users to help law enforcement prevent tragedies such as the Norway massacre by reporting violent extremist views expressed on blogs and web forums.

Swedish MPs seek gun law review
Sweden

Swedish MPs seek gun law review

Several political parties want to see a review of Sweden's gun laws in the wake of the twin terror attacks in Norway.

Deutsche Bank unveils leadership duo
Germany

Deutsche Bank unveils leadership duo

Deutsche Bank on Monday named a canny Indian investment banker and a German veteran of the old school to run the biggest German bank in tandem from May 2012.