DAX suffers worst dive since November 2008
Germany

DAX suffers worst dive since November 2008

Germany’s DAX stock index plunged nearly six percent on Thursday, suffering its worst decline since November 2008 amid growing economic concerns on both sides of the Atlantic.

Polishing the pearls of Berghain
Germany

Polishing the pearls of Berghain

A new exhibition at the legendary Berlin club Berghain highlights the artwork of its creative employees. Cinnamon Nippard gets in the door to take a peek.

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France

French stock market plummets

French stocks nosedived on Thursday in line with exchanges across Europe amid fears of a new global recession.

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Switzerland

Swiss stock market plunges 4.15 percent

The Swiss stock market plunged 4.15 percent in Thursday afternoon trade in a broad global sell-off driven by fears the global economic risked falling into recession.

Stockholm stock exchange plummets
Sweden

Stockholm stock exchange plummets

The Stockholm stock exchange was down 6.2 percent on Thursday afternoon when trading closed, making the drop the steepest since November 2008. A broad fall among other European stock markets means fears of a recession are mounting.

American dad defends Swedish mother
Sweden

American dad defends Swedish mother

The American father whose infant son was left unattended outside a restaurant in the United States has defended his Swedish wife's actions, claiming that 'hysterical' passers-by over-reacted.

Germany, France and UK tell Syria’s Assad to go
Germany

Germany, France and UK tell Syria’s Assad to go

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy of France and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday jointly urged Syria's embattled leader Bashar Al-Assad to step down.

Court allows students to offset uni costs from future income taxes
Germany

Court allows students to offset uni costs from future income taxes

Students in Germany should start collecting receipts – a court has ruled their university costs can be offset against income taxes once they start working.

‘Let’s hope everything goes well’: Victoria
Sweden

‘Let’s hope everything goes well’: Victoria

Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria on Thursday expressed her gratitude to those who wished her well following news of her pregnancy, while newspapers across Sweden pondered the significance of the impending royal birth.

Big brother is watching Switzerland
Switzerland

Big brother is watching Switzerland

Swiss cities and national train operator (SBB) are planning a massive extension of public surveillance systems by installing more closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in public areas.

Second teen arrested for pre-school explosion
Sweden

Second teen arrested for pre-school explosion

Police on Thursday arrested another teenager on suspicion of the blast at a pre-school in the Stockholm district of Sköndal last week.

Making the most of the 2011 Malmö Festival
Sweden

Making the most of the 2011 Malmö Festival

As Sweden's southern metropolis of Malmö gears up for this year's Malmö Festivalen, contributor Caroline Bursell previews some of the event's main attractions.

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Switzerland

Switzerland recalls ambassador to Syria

Switzerland has decided to recall its ambassador to Damascus for consultations in protest at Syria's crackdown on protestors, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.

NATO rejects Swedish naval unit offer
Sweden

NATO rejects Swedish naval unit offer

NATO has declined the offer from Sweden to provide a military unit especially trained to board naval vessels, a unit whose deployment was a condition for the Social Democrats to agree to the government's extension of the Swedish Libya mission.

Air Berlin boss resigns after poor results
Germany

Air Berlin boss resigns after poor results

The chairman of Germany’s second biggest airline Air Berlin resigned on Thursday, just a few hours after announcing increased losses and a drastic savings plan. He will be initially replaced by former Deutsche Bahn chairman Hartmut Mehdorn.

Births surge to highest rate since 1990
Germany

Births surge to highest rate since 1990

The birthrate in Germany climbed last year to its highest in more than two decades, but the number of children being born in the country per woman remains one of the lowest in Europe.

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France

Argentina murders involved multiple rapes: police

DNA tests show that one of the two French travelers killed in Argentina last month was raped by several assailants before being fatally shot, a law enforcement source told AFP Wednesday.

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France

Tour de France rider competes against horse

Thomas Voeckler, who captivated the French with his plucky performance in this year's Tour de France, found his two wheels were no match for four legs when he competed against a horse in a race on Wednesday evening.

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France

Beaches closed after second Seychelles shark attack

There were fears that a shark that killed a French man two weeks ago had struck again on Tuesday when a British teacher die after being attacked while swimming off the same Seychelles beach.

Schleswig-Holstein CDU unveils new leadership
Germany

Schleswig-Holstein CDU unveils new leadership

Just nine months before the state election, the Christian Democratic Union in Schleswig-Holstein has decided on a new leadership duo after the party leader and top candidate resigned over a love affair with a teenager.

‘Scathing’ revelations in Lagarde inquiry
France

‘Scathing’ revelations in Lagarde inquiry

Pressure is mounting on IMF boss Christine Lagarde following the publication on Wednesday of a court document desribed as "damning" by investigative website Mediapart.

Hammarskjöld’s plane ‘shot down’: report
Sweden

Hammarskjöld’s plane ‘shot down’: report

New evidence has emerged to suggest that the plane of Swedish UN secretary general Dag Hammarskjöld was shot down in 1961 and the incident then covered up by British colonial authorities.

Sweden halts licensed wolf hunt
Sweden

Sweden halts licensed wolf hunt

There won’t be a licensed hunt on wolves in Sweden this winter following a government decision on Wednesday to scrap the controversial policy, while at the same time expanding the option to cull nuisance wolves.

New campaign to combat ATM fraud launched
Germany

New campaign to combat ATM fraud launched

The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) is launching a new campaign to stop ATM fraud following reports that more than 100 Sparkasse customers’ accounts were recently compromised in apparent skimming attacks.

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Switzerland

Cement giant Holcim sees profits drop on strong franc

Swiss cement giant Holcim said on Thursday its 2011 first half net profit fell by 4.2 percent to 586 million francs ($735.3 million), due to the franc's strength.

French multi-millionaires offer to pay more taxes
France

French multi-millionaires offer to pay more taxes

After the world's third wealthiest man, Warren Buffet, launched a call for higher taxes on the super-rich, some prominent French multi-millionaires have followed suit.

Depardieu ‘was trying to pee into bottle’ on delayed flight
France

Depardieu ‘was trying to pee into bottle’ on delayed flight

France's best-known film star Gerard Depardieu insisted on Wednesday he had been trying to urinate discreetly into a bottle when he splashed a plane's carpet and caused a flight delay, friends said.

What’s on in Germany: August 18 – 24
Germany

What’s on in Germany: August 18 – 24

This Week's Highlights: A virtual wall in Berlin, Italian art in Cologne, and Frankfurt celebrates African culture.

Swiss to spend 2 billion to counter strong franc
Switzerland

Swiss to spend 2 billion to counter strong franc

The Swiss government said on Wednesday it would spend two billion francs ($2.5 billion) to counter the impact of the strong franc on the domestic economy.

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France

Education minister seeks lessons in Finland

French Education Minister Luc Chatel said Wednesday he believed France had a lot to learn from the Finnish school system, which for years has outperformed other European nations in international rankings.

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France

Google pays tribute to ‘Fermat’s Last Theorem’

Google paid tribute on Wednesday to 17th century French mathematician Pierre de Fermat, transforming its celebrated homepage logo into a blackboard featuring "Fermat's Last Theorem."

S&P says France will maintain top rating
France

S&P says France will maintain top rating

Standard & Poor's is confident France will maintain its top AAA credit rating, the agency's European chief said Thursday, amid rumours of a possible downgrade amid intensifying eurozone debt strains.

Canine detectives show promise in sniffing out lung cancer
Germany

Canine detectives show promise in sniffing out lung cancer

Rather than the chill of a stethoscope or a cold hand, patients undergoing cancer screening could be steeling themselves for an encounter with a wet nose after German scientists published results of testing showing dogs can detect lung cancer.

Police officers riled by new ID requirement
Germany

Police officers riled by new ID requirement

Berlin police must now wear personal identification on their uniforms, but many German officers say the requirement puts their lives at risk. Moises Mendoza reports.

Finding happiness without money
Germany

Finding happiness without money

Sixty-nine-year-old German Heidemarie Schwermer never thought she could go so long without money, but what begun as a 12-month experiment became a unique lifestyle 15 years ago. AFP's Estelle Peard reports.

Medical ‘marijuana’ coming to Sweden
Sweden

Medical ‘marijuana’ coming to Sweden

Doctors in Sweden may soon be writing prescriptions for cannabis, as the Swedish Medical Products agency (Läkemedelsverket) is close to approving a new cannabis-based mouth spray aimed at patients suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS).

Car arson continues unabated in Berlin
Germany

Car arson continues unabated in Berlin

Cars burned in Berlin’s streets for the third consecutive night, as the authorities appeared unable to stop suspected anarchist arsonists. Vehicles were also set on fire in Brandenburg.

Sloppy Bayern cruise to victory over Zurich
Germany

Sloppy Bayern cruise to victory over Zurich

Bayern Munich have one foot in the Champions League's group stages after an easy 2-0 home win over FC Zurich in Wednesday night's qualification match.

Board raised pay while Saab stood still: report
Sweden

Board raised pay while Saab stood still: report

In May, while Saab’s production lines stood still and clouds were gathering over the factory in Trollhättan, mother company Swedish Automobile treated themselves to a raise, according to a report on Swedish TV 4 News on Wednesday.

Jailed Swedes to stay in Ethiopian custody
Sweden

Jailed Swedes to stay in Ethiopian custody

Two Swedish reporters who have been jailed in Ethiopia will remain in custody for another 28 days pending further police investigation, the Swedish foreign ministry confirmed on Wednesday.