No news from Saab as worker discontent mounts
Sweden

No news from Saab as worker discontent mounts

Five days after Saab employees learned they wouldn't receive their salaries for July, the troubled Swedish automaker has yet to update workers about the situation as union members take steps to force the company into bankruptcy.

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Switzerland

Swiss central bank should curb franc’s rise: Swatch chief

The head of watchmaker Swatch on Sunday urged Switzerland's central bank to take measures to curb the appreciation of the Swiss franc, now at record heights against the euro and dollar.

Swiss and Germans ‘to sign tax evasion deal’
Switzerland

Swiss and Germans ‘to sign tax evasion deal’

The Swiss and German governments are to sign an agreement early next month putting an end to a long-running dispute over tax evasion by Germans who keep secret Swiss bank accounts, a report said on Sunday.

Convict connection: US pen pals found in jail
Germany

Convict connection: US pen pals found in jail

A growing number of Germans are becoming pen pals with inmates serving time in US prisons. The Local's Moises Mendoza explores what's behind these unusual transatlantic relationships.

Greens sue government over Saudi tank deal
Germany

Greens sue government over Saudi tank deal

Germany's opposition Green party is taking the government to court over a reported secret deal to sell hundreds of tanks to Saudi Arabia, a party spokeswoman said Monday.

‘Ass attack’ downs Swedish model’s blog
Sweden

‘Ass attack’ downs Swedish model’s blog

Hackers used a graphic photograph of a man's naked buttocks to attack a popular website about Stockholm's nightlife, singling out some of the site's popular female bloggers in the cyber attack.

The Local’s Quick Guide to Stockholm Pride 2011
Sweden

The Local’s Quick Guide to Stockholm Pride 2011

As Scandinavia’s biggest pride festival begins on Monday in Stockholm, contributor Katherine Dunn provides a look at some highlights of the week-long celebration.

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Switzerland

Swiss man killed in Munich McDonald’s

A man from the northern Swiss town of Brugg has died after being beaten up by a young Austrian in a McDonald's in the tourist heart of Munich, Germany.

Gloomy summer provides extra sunshine for tanning salons
Germany

Gloomy summer provides extra sunshine for tanning salons

Germany's rainy summer has provided unexpected boon to the nation's tanning salons, as people shun soggy parks and beaches in favour of businesses offering artificial sunshine.

‘Pregnant man’ to open Stockholm Pride
Sweden

‘Pregnant man’ to open Stockholm Pride

American Thomas Beatie, better known as the "pregnant man" after he gave birth to three children, is set to hold the opening speech of this year’s Stockholm Pride festival on Monday.

Boden sorry for calling Frenchwomen ‘stroppy’
France

Boden sorry for calling Frenchwomen ‘stroppy’

Popular British clothing brand, Boden, is about to launch in France but its boss may have committed a PR own-goal by labelling French women as ‘stroppy’.

‘Naked’ body scanners a failure, police union says
Germany

‘Naked’ body scanners a failure, police union says

One of Germany’s police unions is calling for the controversial “naked scanners” at airports to be abandoned after a trial at Hamburg showed an unacceptably high rate of false alarms.

Swedish summer poses Muslim fasting test
Sweden

Swedish summer poses Muslim fasting test

Sweden's long summer days pose problems for Muslims fasting for Ramadan, which starts on Monday, with rules over the hours of the fast under discussion across Europe.

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Sweden

Man raped child 75 times, avoids prison

A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to psychiatric care after having been convicted for raping three young children, filming the attacks and publishing the material on the internet.

Sweden supports churches with anti-gay views: report
Sweden

Sweden supports churches with anti-gay views: report

A number of Sweden's faith communities that refuse to accept homosexuals as members continue to receive state support despite requirements that they uphold the country's “social values”.

Couple killed in home explosion hours before eviction
Germany

Couple killed in home explosion hours before eviction

A middle-aged couple were believed killed late on Sunday night in an apparent gas explosion at their home in Bavaria just hours before they were due to be evicted.

Sweden holds firm on EU snus fight
Sweden

Sweden holds firm on EU snus fight

Sweden's government has pledged to continue to fight for the lifting of the EU-wide ban against moist snuff or 'snus', in the face of what it calls European "ignorance" of the smokeless tobacco product.

Franco-German alliance for warships mooted
Germany

Franco-German alliance for warships mooted

Germany and France are reportedly considering a military ship-building alliance, an "EADS of the Seas," that could resemble their current arrangement for military aircraft.

Swiss spies keep tabs on Breivik sympathizers
Switzerland

Swiss spies keep tabs on Breivik sympathizers

Switzerland's intelligence service has said that it has identified and is observing a number of "conspicuous people" who expressed support for Anders Behring Breivik, the murderer of at least 77 people in recent terrorist attacks in Norway.

Politicians appeal for Swiss unity on National Day
Switzerland

Politicians appeal for Swiss unity on National Day

Politicians celebrated the August 1 National Day with speeches urging the Swiss to unite in the face of expected economic hardships. The soaring value of the Swiss franc means there could be trouble ahead for many businesses.

 

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France

French students murdered in Argentina

Two young women murdered in northern Argentina have been confirmed as Cassandre Bouvier, 29, and Houria Moumni, 24, both students in Paris.

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France

French chef brings ‘gastronomic culture’ to Kremlin

The French chef who cooks for President Dmitry Medvedev in the Kremlin said Friday that he "does not have the right to make a mistake," but stayed tight-lipped on the Russian leader's favourite dish.

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France

Tripoli must rise against Qaddafi: French minister

France said Sunday it is committed to striking Libyan ruler Muammar Qaddafi's military assets for as long as needed for him to quit power and called on Libyans in Tripoli to rise against him.

French first lady friends with British bad boy
France

French first lady friends with British bad boy

France's first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, and the lead singer of the Babyshambles and the Libertines, Pete Doherty, are reported to have developed a close relationship.

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France

Strauss-Kahn ex-lover ‘ready to testify’

A Frenchwoman claiming to be an ex-lover of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn said she would testify in the scandal over attempted rape charges against him if asked, in comments published Sunday.

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France

Prosecutor backs down on prison threat

A public prosecutor in Dunkirk who said overcrowding was so bad in the local prison that he wouldn't send anyone there until September has been forced to change his mind.

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France

Murdered French tourists’ families to meet officials

The families of two French tourists shot dead in Argentina were to meet with a French government minister on Sunday while other officials were headed to the place of their murder, the government said.

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France

France: Syria will answer for protest deaths

France condemned Syrian authorities' deadly crackdown on political protests that left scores dead on Sunday and warned that they would answer for the bloodshed.

Le Pen hits back in row over Norway attacks
France

Le Pen hits back in row over Norway attacks

The leader of France's far-right National Front (FN) party hit back Sunday after mainstream parties denounced remarks by the party's founder, her father Jean-Marie Le Pen, on the Norway attacks.

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France

French finance minister welcomes US debt deal

French Finance Minister Francois Baroin welcomed on Monday a deal reached overnight to increase the US debt ceiling and avoid a potentially catastrophic default.

Telekom reportedly mulling massive job cuts
Germany

Telekom reportedly mulling massive job cuts

German communications giant Deutsche Telekom will cut up to 1,600 jobs in its Bonn headquarters as part of an aggressive cost-cutting measure targetting senior management, media reported Monday.

Thai prince to pay €20m bond on seized jet
Germany

Thai prince to pay €20m bond on seized jet

Thailand's crown prince has offered to pay from his own pocket to end an awkward episode between his country and German authorities, who seized his plane in a long-running debt dispute.

Family finds strange man in the shower
Sweden

Family finds strange man in the shower

A family in western Sweden investigating which of them was taking an unusually long shower on Sunday morning was surprised to find to an unexpected guest in the bathroom.

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France

Boden: French women are ‘stroppy’

Popular British clothing brand, Boden, is about to launch in France but its boss may have committed a PR own-goal by labelling French women as ‘stroppy’.

Football hooliganism prompts ‘strike’ threat
Sweden

Football hooliganism prompts ‘strike’ threat

Malmö FF striker Dardan Rexhepi has called for the authorities to act decisively to tackle the growing problem of hooliganism in Swedish football, threatening to strike if nothing happens to curb the trend.

Despite skills shortage, many qualified workers remain jobless
Germany

Despite skills shortage, many qualified workers remain jobless

Despite the serious skills shortage facing the German economy, qualified workers are continuing to lose their jobs, a union study has found.

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France

Ravenous wolves colonise France, terrorise shepherds

A bloody, stinking sheep's carcass greets shepherd Yves Vignon as he walks to check on his flock on the foggy Alpine heights. It's the 17th of his ewes to be savaged in a month.

Helium balloon stops Malmö tunnel train
Sweden

Helium balloon stops Malmö tunnel train

Passengers were left waiting for two hours before being evacuated from a Denmark-bound train on Sunday after a helium balloon caused a power outage in Malmö's city tunnel.

Conservatives rule out legalising gay marriage
Germany

Conservatives rule out legalising gay marriage

Leading German conservatives have ruled out putting same-sex partnerships on the same footing as marriage, dousing an effort by Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger to put gay marriage on the agenda.

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Sweden

Swedish tanker hit by pirate attack

A Swedish tanker vessel fell victim to a pirate attack off the coast of Benin in west Africa.

Germany demands UN meeting on Syria
Germany

Germany demands UN meeting on Syria

Germany has called for the UN Security Council meet urgently on Monday to deal with the Syrian government crackdown on demonstrators that reportedly left 80 people dead on Sunday.