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Switzerland

Chef shot village band ‘to stop the noise’

A Swiss chef has admitted shooting plastic bullets at a band playing in a village square, after he became fed up with the late-night noise.

Universities bracing for flood of students
Germany

Universities bracing for flood of students

An end to military conscription and growing interest in higher education mean German universities are about to be flooded with an unprecedented number of new students. Moises Mendoza reports on what it means for the country’s creaky uni system.

Hackers gather around the computer campfire
Germany

Hackers gather around the computer campfire

Thousands of hackers and computer enthusiasts are flocking this week to a camp outside Berlin hosted by the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) for five days of discussion and IT exploits.

Merkel, Sarkozy to hold debt crisis meeting
Germany

Merkel, Sarkozy to hold debt crisis meeting

Chancellor Angela Merkel is to hold crisis talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy next week in a bid to solve the eurozone debt crisis amid continuing turmoil in financial markets.

Absent-minded Dane loses car in Malmö
Sweden

Absent-minded Dane loses car in Malmö

Police are asking for help from the general public in aiding an elderly Dane who parked his car in central Malmö in July and can't remember where he left it.

China buying strongly into Munich Re
Germany

China buying strongly into Munich Re

China is buying into the indefatigable German reinsurance giant Munich Re, raising its stake to 3 percent and prompting speculation about its future aims.

Mystery shrouds missing Swede
Sweden

Mystery shrouds missing Swede

Malmö police have issued an international missings persons for 30-year-old Jenny Persson who was last seen on August 1st.

‘Drop racism from Swiss elections’ demand
Switzerland

‘Drop racism from Swiss elections’ demand

Swiss human rights groups have called on political parties to avoid racist campaigning during the upcoming October elections.

 

Neo-Nazis slammed for ‘gas’ campaign poster
Germany

Neo-Nazis slammed for ‘gas’ campaign poster

The neo-Nazi National Democratic Party is being accused of deliberately invoking the Holocaust in a Berlin election poster that shows leader Udo Voigt on a motorcycle with the slogan “Gas geben!”

Media roundup: Diagnosing Britain’s riot sickness
Germany

Media roundup: Diagnosing Britain’s riot sickness

Could Germany see riots like those hitting the UK this week? Many commentators in The Local’s media roundup don't think so. But they seem to agree with British Prime Minister David Cameron assessment that parts of UK society are “sick.”

Borg: growth forecast under revision
Sweden

Borg: growth forecast under revision

Sweden's finance minister Anders Borg on Thursday warned that the government will need to revise down its strong economic growth expectations for 2012 due to the global financial market turbulence.

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Switzerland

Swisscom profits jump 10 percent

Telecoms giant Swisscom reported Thursday a 10.1 percent jump in first half profits to 962 million Swiss francs (€926 million).

Ex-Vogue editor turns model for Barneys
France

Ex-Vogue editor turns model for Barneys

Carine Roitfeld, who edited French Vogue for ten years, is the face of a new advertising campaign for luxury New York department store, Barneys.

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Switzerland

Top police officer: public sex ‘sometimes OK’

 

Having sex in public is permissible if you are discreet, a top police officer has said ahead of the Streetparade techno festival. Just don't run naked through the streets.

 

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France

Louboutin loses shoe case against YSL

French footwear king Christian Louboutin has lost a bid in a US court to block rival Yves Saint Laurent from selling shoes with red soles he says too closely resemble his own, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Le Pen: ‘markets are mad with greed’
France

Le Pen: ‘markets are mad with greed’

Marine Le Pen put her summer break on hold today to tell France's leaders to "get a grip" on the economy, accusing them of "giving the keys of the truck to people who don't even have a driving license."

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Sweden

Fast food freebie features swastika tattoo

When 8-year-old Eddie and his family recently ate at a fast food outlet in Umeå in northern Sweden, they were surprised to find that the gift inside the box featured a swastika tattoo.

Police storm occupied Libyan embassy
Sweden

Police storm occupied Libyan embassy

Police stormed the Libyan embassy in Stockholm on Thursday afternoon after the building was occupied by demonstrators earlier in the day.

Reinfeldt: eurozone crisis ‘of your own making’
Sweden

Reinfeldt: eurozone crisis ‘of your own making’

After the latest downturn in the global economy Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt commented on the situation in Europe for the first time.

Village remembers Iron Curtain coming down
Germany

Village remembers Iron Curtain coming down

When the Berlin Wall went up overnight 50 years ago, the trapped East German enclave of Klein Glienicke became one of the most tightly guarded communities on the planet. AFP's Deborah Cole reports.

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Sweden

Swedish inflation climbs in July

Sweden's inflation rate rose at a higher clip in July than in the previous month, partly due to rising mortgage interest costs, although consumer prices remained flat.

‘The Busking Project’ stops by Stockholm
Sweden

‘The Busking Project’ stops by Stockholm

Aiming to become the first to explore busking on a global scale, one American and two Englishmen set off to travel around the world to document street performers. Contributor Lina Sennevall meets them in Stockholm.

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France

Socialists line up for battle of the books

In other countries, politicians wanting to get noticed may launch an advertising campaign, do a big TV interview or get photographed with an adoring and photogenic family. In France, the best way to get noticed is to bring out a book. 

Convict caught after taunting police on video
France

Convict caught after taunting police on video

A 24-year-old offender who made a getaway from police at a court hearing and then taunted them online was finally caught on Wednesday.

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France

Witness in politician sex case burgled

A woman who is a key witness in the sexual assault case against former civil service minister, Georges Tron, claims to have had her home burgled at the weekend.

What’s on in Germany: August 11 – 17
Germany

What’s on in Germany: August 11 – 17

This Week's Highlights: Public art in Frankfurt, tall ships in Rostock, and Berlin marks the 50th anniversary of the building of the Wall.

Police union wants more online ‘cybercops’
Germany

Police union wants more online ‘cybercops’

A German police union is calling for a special force of “cybercops” to patrol the internet, much like regular officers walk their beats on a daily basis.

Masturbating man reported for ‘moaning louder than an animal’
Sweden

Masturbating man reported for ‘moaning louder than an animal’

A man has been reported to the authorities by his neighbours in Malmö after they tired of his noisy masturbation habits, which they report can disturb the peace at any time of the day or night.

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Sweden

CIA terror deportee released from Cairo jail

Ahmed Agiza, one of the two Egyptians whose 2001 deportation from Sweden to Egypt caused a political scandal and who has been jailed since then, has now been released from a Cairo prison, according to media reports.

Group calls for workplace kissing ban
Germany

Group calls for workplace kissing ban

A German etiquette watchdog is calling for kissing to be completely banned in workplaces across the country.

Stockholm stocks down on France concerns
Sweden

Stockholm stocks down on France concerns

The Stockholm stock exchange plunged on Wednesday as global markets tumbled on fears of Greek debt and the risk of a downgrading of France's credit rating.

Footballers power past team Brazil
Germany

Footballers power past team Brazil

Germany's young guns proved they are fast becoming a force to be reckoned with as they turned on the style to beat Brazil 3-2 here on Wednesday with rising star Mario Götze in dazzling form.