Replace Muller as Saab CEO: local politician
Sweden

Replace Muller as Saab CEO: local politician

Victor Muller should be replaced as CEO of Saab, a local Swedish politician has argued followed the latest twist in the ongoing cashflow crisis at the beleaguered Swedish car firm.

School grades are linked to diet: study
Sweden

School grades are linked to diet: study

Young people whose diet is high in folate (the natural alternative to folic acid) are more successful in school, according to a Swedish study published in the journal Pediatrics.

Aachen employs smart phones to bust illegal parkers
Germany

Aachen employs smart phones to bust illegal parkers

Authorities in the North Rhine-Westphalian city of Aachen are clamping down on illegal parking by using cameras on smart phones to make it almost impossible to challenge a citation.

‘Multiculturalism not to blame’: Jimmie Åkesson
Sweden

‘Multiculturalism not to blame’: Jimmie Åkesson

The head of the Sweden Democrats, who earlier condemned the attacks in Norway, on Wednesday rejected the comments of a local politician that they were a result of multiculturalism.

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Sweden

Boy convicted for sex with 13-year-old girlfriend

A 15-year-old Swedish boy has been convicted of child sex crimes for having sex with his 13-year-old girlfriend.

Caffeine powder for energy drinks probed
Germany

Caffeine powder for energy drinks probed

Berlin authorities are investigating a caffeine powder meant to be mixed into drinks, amid allegations that it could be dangerous and confused with drugs like cocaine.

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Switzerland

Breivik proposed terrorist attack on Switzerland

Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik described Switzerland in his manifeso as one of the most important targets in his campaign to wipe out European Muslims.

 

Swedish tourist group targets US gays
Sweden

Swedish tourist group targets US gays

Travel and tourism group VisitSweden has launched a promotional drive focused on the US to attract more LGBT travellers to Sweden in a campaign entitled "Stockholm in full glory".

Elysée cuts costs but told to do more
France

Elysée cuts costs but told to do more

The Elysée Palace got a mixed report card for its budget management this week from financial watchdog the Cour des comptes.

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France

DSK court hearing delayed to late August

A possibly crucial court hearing due next Monday in the sex crime case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been postponed for three weeks, lawyers said on Tuesday.

C as in cocked-up campaign poster
Germany

C as in cocked-up campaign poster

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats are being ridiculed in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania for a nonsensical campaign poster with the slogan: “C as in Future.”

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France

France and Britain seek exit from Libya

With their Libya bombing campaign dragging on unresolved, France and Britain have been forced to accept ruler Muammar Qaddafi may stay there if he quits power, despite calls for international justice.

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France

French UN soldiers hurt in Lebanon blast

Three French UN peacekeepers in Lebanon were wounded in a roadside bombing in the southern city of Sidon, and another three suffered hearing problems, French military officials said.

Farmers call for E. coli compensation
Switzerland

Farmers call for E. coli compensation

An association of Swiss vegetable farmers is demanding 6.6 million francs ($8.2 million) of compensation from the government for losses incurred during the recent E. coli epidemic in Germany.

 

Persbrandt leaves nature drugs firm after cocaine scandal
Sweden

Persbrandt leaves nature drugs firm after cocaine scandal

In the wake of recent cocaine scandals, Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt has left the board of a Swedish natural remedies and herbal supplements company.

Train driver sues parents of suicide victim
Germany

Train driver sues parents of suicide victim

A train driver who ran over a young man presumed to have committed suicide by throwing himself onto the tracks, is demanding compensation from the dead man’s parents, media reported Wednesday.

Swiss weapons being used in Libya
Switzerland

Swiss weapons being used in Libya

Swiss government-owned weapons company Ruag is under pressure after reports emerged that ammunition exports to Qatar are being used by Libyan rebels, violating Swiss law.

 

FDP wallows at record low despite shakeup
Germany

FDP wallows at record low despite shakeup

Philipp Rösler's leadership of the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) has failed to lift the party's fortunes, with a new poll showing support sinking back to a record low of 3 percent.

White wine sold for world record price
France

White wine sold for world record price

A 200-year old bottle of Château d’Yquem was bought on Tuesday for £75,000 (€85,000), making it the most expensive white wine ever sold.

Swedish Nazis hold town fair recruitment drive
Sweden

Swedish Nazis hold town fair recruitment drive

A Swedish neo-Nazi movement conducted a recruitment drive at Kivik's annual fair in southern Sweden last week. "Unacceptable" according to the organizers, who have promised to tighten security for next year.

Daimler posts record Q2 results, sees strong 2011
Germany

Daimler posts record Q2 results, sees strong 2011

German automaker Daimler boasted record results for the second quarter of 2011, and forecast Wednesday that full-year sales would come to more than €100 billion ($145 million).

Legions of little Citroëns descend on small town
France

Legions of little Citroëns descend on small town

Thousands of Citroën 2CV cars from around the world converged on the small town of Salbris in central France on Tuesday for the 19th meeting of the Amis de la 2CV.

 

Swedish museum hit by rhino horn heist
Sweden

Swedish museum hit by rhino horn heist

The rhino horn's reputed potency powers are believed to be the motive for the recent theft at a Gothenburg museum which left the museum's stuffed rhinoceros a shadow of its former self.

One killed, 15 injured in Bavarian bus crash
Germany

One killed, 15 injured in Bavarian bus crash

One person was killed and 15 others injured, some seriously, when a Czech tourist bus crashed in Bavaria overnight.

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France

France ‘could learn from US’ on ethnic minorities

A group of regionally elected officials is calling for the country to change the rules on how it collects data on ethnic minorities.

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France

Politician suspended over Norway remarks

A member of the far-right Front National (FN) has been suspended after apparently writing in praise of Anders Behring Breivik, the 32-year-old Norwegian who has admitted to carrying out last week's twin terror attacks in Norway.

Friedrich warns of hidden far-right threat
Germany

Friedrich warns of hidden far-right threat

In the wake of the Norwegian massacre, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich has warned that Germany is also endangered by right-wing extremists who go undetected.

German workers retiring later in life
Germany

German workers retiring later in life

Workers in Germany are retiring later, new figures reveal, providing welcome news amid fears that Europe’s largest economy will suffer in years to come because of its ageing population.

Outbreak prompts probe of old anthrax cases
Sweden

Outbreak prompts probe of old anthrax cases

An outbreak of anthrax at a farm in central Sweden has prompted veterinary officials to launch an investigation into where cows that died from the disease have been buried in Sweden going back to 1916.

States, union call for more immigrant police
Germany

States, union call for more immigrant police

State governments and the police union are pushing for more police officers to be recruited from immigrant communities to help combat extremism in all forms.

Malmö score Champions League upset win
Sweden

Malmö score Champions League upset win

Rangers' hopes of making the Champions League group stages hang by a thread after Malmö claimed a deserved 1-0 win at Ibrox in the first leg of their third qualifying round match on Tuesday.