Swedish pensioner charged with ‘Nigeria Letter’ scam
Sweden

Swedish pensioner charged with ‘Nigeria Letter’ scam

Wednesday saw the start of the trial against a 67-year-old Swedish woman who is charged with having swindled 3.4 million kronor ($517,000) from friends with the help of so called "Nigeria Letters".

Kramp-Karrenbauer elected Saarland premier
Germany

Kramp-Karrenbauer elected Saarland premier

The small industrial state of Saarland has a new premier after Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) was elected on Wednesday to lead the unwieldy coalition government.

Bronx jury could side with Strauss-Kahn maid
France

Bronx jury could side with Strauss-Kahn maid

The Bronx is one of New York's toughest neighborhoods, fueling hope for the maid suing Dominique Strauss-Kahn for sexual assault that a jury there will give the wealthy Frenchman a rough reception.

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France

French-Vietnamese blogger jailed in Vietnam

A court in Ho Chi Minh City jailed a French-Vietnamese lecturer and blogger for three years Wednesday for attempted subversion, the latest conviction of a peaceful democracy advocate in Vietnam.

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France

France vows deficit action over AAA threat

President Nicolas Sarkozy promised new measures Wednesday to slash France's public deficit amid fears that France could be the next country after the United States to suffer a top credit-rating downgrade.

Swiss help bring music to Japan quake zone
Switzerland

Swiss help bring music to Japan quake zone

A Swiss-Japanese project said Tuesday that it is building a mobile concert hall which would bring music and performance arts back to earthquake-devastated northern Japan.

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Switzerland

Adecco sees profits jump

The world's biggest temporary staffing group Adecco said Wednesday that its second quarter net profit soared 45 percent to €141 million, thanks to strong demand in the industrial segment.

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Switzerland

Strong franc dampens Nestlé profits

The world's biggest food company Nestle posted Wednesday a 13.7 percent fall in first half net profit to 4.7 billion francs (€4.5 billion), hurt by the strong Swiss franc against most major currencies.

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Switzerland

Swiss banks cough up over German tax dispute

Swiss banks will pay two billion francs (1.91 billion euros, $2.6 billion) to German tax authorities under a deal reached Wednesday between Bern and Berlin to end a long-standing tax evasion and banking secrecy dispute.

Swedish weather ‘hard to predict’: forecaster
Sweden

Swedish weather ‘hard to predict’: forecaster

Rain showers, followed by bouts of sunshine, followed by ominous looking skies – this summer it’s been extra difficult to predict Sweden's weather and thus meet government targets for forecasting accuracy.

Politicians to blame for far right growth: Mankell
Sweden

Politicians to blame for far right growth: Mankell

Swedish bestselling author and human rights activist Henning Mankell said in an interview on UK television on Monday that mainstream politicians shoulder the responsibility for the rise of the far right.

Euro and Swiss franc approach parity
Switzerland

Euro and Swiss franc approach parity

With the euro almost at parity with the Swiss franc, the Swiss National Bank has cut interest rates further this week and will significantly increase the supply of liquidity to the money market.

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Sweden

Religious conflict on the rise in Sweden: study

When American research centre Pew investigated the development of religious conflicts and oppression worldwide between 2006 and 2009, Sweden distinguished itself as a country where hostilities related to religion are increasing the most.

Swiss banks pay €1.9bn to German taxman
Germany

Swiss banks pay €1.9bn to German taxman

Swiss banks will pay nearly €2 billion to German tax authorities under a deal reached Wednesday between Bern and Berlin to end a long-standing tax evasion and banking secrecy dispute.

Judge gives go ahead for Dewani extradition
Sweden

Judge gives go ahead for Dewani extradition

A judge at a London court on Wednesday ruled that a British man can be extradited to South Africa to face trial for the murder of his Swedish bride but he referred the case to the home secretary for a final decision.

Fox attacks 3-year old Swiss girl in bed
Switzerland

Fox attacks 3-year old Swiss girl in bed

A fox is thought to have bitten a small girl from the Zurich area who was sleeping with her bedroom window open.

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Switzerland

Digger crashes into Swiss family home

A 10-tonne digger slipped while working and fell on a house in Biel in Canton Bern yesterday.


 

Lars Ohly: Seven years at the helm of Sweden’s Left Party
Sweden

Lars Ohly: Seven years at the helm of Sweden’s Left Party

Lars Ohly announced on Tuesday that he is to step down as leader of Sweden's Left Party. While widely respected as a person and as a skilful debater, his tenure will be remembered more for his stance on Communism and electoral decline.

Commerzbank profit hit by Greek holdings
Germany

Commerzbank profit hit by Greek holdings

Germany's second biggest bank, Commerzbank, warned Wednesday that its prospects this year and next depend on the eurozone debt crisis, which savaged its earnings and has rocked markets.

Jenny, 30, feared kidnapped in Malmö
Sweden

Jenny, 30, feared kidnapped in Malmö

30-year-old Jenny Persson from Malmö, in southern Sweden, has been missing without a trace since she left her flat on August 1st without her credit cards, mobile phone or passport.

Germany also at risk of riots, police union warns
Germany

Germany also at risk of riots, police union warns

A police union has warned that riots of the kind that have gripped Britain for the past four nights could happen in Germany. Senior politicians, however, have denied Germany is at risk of such unrest.

Germany frees Thai prince’s plane
Germany

Germany frees Thai prince’s plane

Germany has released a plane belonging to Thailand's crown prince which was seized at Munich airport as surety for an outstanding Thai government debt, a court official said Wednesday.

Neo-nazis bamboozled by tricky T-shirts
Germany

Neo-nazis bamboozled by tricky T-shirts

Germans who brought T-shirts bearing a skull and right-wing flags back from a recent rock festival will soon find that the print has given way to a message urging them to mend their ways.

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France

10-year old model closes Facebook page

The mother of a child model, whose provocative pictures in Paris Vogue have caused controversy in the US, has closed down her Facebook page to “protect” her daughter.

Reality show contestant commits suicide
France

Reality show contestant commits suicide

A flamboyant contestant in France's version of the Big Brother reality show, 'Secret Story', has been killed in a road accident.

Woman finds human tooth in hamburger
France

Woman finds human tooth in hamburger

When Nathalie Dahyot was invited to lunch with a friend, she didn’t expect it to end up in the national media.

English riots fill French media
France

English riots fill French media

 

There has been wide coverage of the outbreak of riots in London and other English cities in the French media.

 

EON confirms up to 11,000 jobs will go
Germany

EON confirms up to 11,000 jobs will go

Germany's biggest energy group, EON, confirmed on Wednesday it would cut up to 11,000 jobs as it reported its first ever quarterly loss.

Tenant fined for painting room ‘abnormally’ green
Sweden

Tenant fined for painting room ‘abnormally’ green

A tenant in Gothenburg has been fined over 30,000 kronor ($4,660) for carrying out shoddy and unfinished painting work and for choosing the wrong shade of green for his bedroom.

Saab unions demand answers from CEO
Sweden

Saab unions demand answers from CEO

Saab CEO and sole director, Victor Muller, will meet Wednesday with representatives of the four unions at its factory in Trollhättan in western Sweden, who are seeking answers as to how the company will ensure that wages are paid.

Tarantula startles Berlin train station staff
Germany

Tarantula startles Berlin train station staff

Workers at Berlin’s Ostbahnhof train station got a fright on Tuesday afternoon when a tarantula hopped out of a backpack that had been taken to the lost and found office.

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Sweden

Boy watched as granddad dragged out to sea

A man in his seventies has been reported missing after having fallen overboard on a fishing trip near Varberg in western Sweden. The man's 11-year-old grandson tried to save him but was unable to hold on.

‘I don’t think people expected the Wall would last 30 years’
Germany

‘I don’t think people expected the Wall would last 30 years’

As Germany prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall, Erin Huggins spoke with Russell Swenson, who witnessed the birth of the Iron Curtain while stationed in the city with the US Army in 1961.

FDP calls for benefits cuts for older jobseekers
Germany

FDP calls for benefits cuts for older jobseekers

In the face of a booming jobs market, unemployment benefits for older workers who lose their jobs should be curtailed to stave off “forced early retirement,” the pro-business Free Democrats have said.

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Sweden

64-year-old charged over birthday wishes

A 64-year-old man has been charged with harassment after posting an advert in a local newspaper to wish happy birthday to a boy to whom he claims to be the father.