Higher educated workers more insecure: study
Sweden

Higher educated workers more insecure: study

One in three Swedish employees have felt worried that they will be exposed as a “fraud” at work, a new survey from recruitment agency Manpower shows.

Facebook ‘like’ button declared illegal
Germany

Facebook ‘like’ button declared illegal

Facebook’s ubiquitous ‘like’ button found on countless websites in Germany was declared in violation of the country’s strict privacy laws by a state data protection official on Friday.

Skin cream possibly gave Egyptian queen cancer 3,500 years ago
Germany

Skin cream possibly gave Egyptian queen cancer 3,500 years ago

An Egyptian queen who died 3,500 years ago might have poisoned herself accidentally by using a carcinogenic balm to treat a skin complaint, German university researchers said on Friday.

Swedish elk ‘too small’: disgruntled Danes
Sweden

Swedish elk ‘too small’: disgruntled Danes

A family of Danish tourists has demanded compensation after a disappointing visit to Tingsryd municipality wildlife park “Mooseland” in southern Sweden.

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France

Maid sought to settle Strauss-Kahn case: reports

US prosecutors are looking into claims that the lawyer for a hotel maid accusing former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault offered to hinder criminal proceedings in return for a
pay-off, reports said on Friday.

Mouse that grounded SAS jet ‘still at large’
Sweden

Mouse that grounded SAS jet ‘still at large’

The mischievous mouse that grounded a Chicago-bound SAS flight at Stockholm Arlanda airport on Tuesday lives to see another day, if it even existed at all.

Rösler says financial transaction tax must apply to all EU members
Germany

Rösler says financial transaction tax must apply to all EU members

German Economy Minister Philipp Rösler has shown the government’s hand on the subject of a financial transactions tax, saying he would only support one applied to all European Union countries, not just the eurozone.

Nestle offers ice-cream treat for lactose-intolerant dogs
Switzerland

Nestle offers ice-cream treat for lactose-intolerant dogs

Swiss food giant Nestle said Friday that it has a treat in store for dogs keen for an ice-cream to cool down in the summer heat.

Husband of post-war journalism legend charged with her murder
Germany

Husband of post-war journalism legend charged with her murder

The fantasist husband of a grande dame of German journalism, Viola Drath, has been charged with her murder after the 91-year-old was found battered and strangled in the bath of her Washington, DC home.

Delors: ‘Europe and euro on brink of abyss’
France

Delors: ‘Europe and euro on brink of abyss’

Former European Commission president Jacques Delors warned on Thursday that too little was being done to stop Europe and the euro sliding towards disaster.

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Switzerland

Swiss railway police to carry guns

All Swiss railway police will carry guns from October 1st after the Swiss Federal Railway (SBB) said it wants to take preventative action against an alleged increase in the willingness of passengers to use violence.

Coop cuts prices as supermarket war rages
Switzerland

Coop cuts prices as supermarket war rages

Competition among Switzerland's largest retailers is heating up, with Coop following the lead of Migros in announcing price cuts on 700 international branded products as part of its bid to pass on euro currency exchange gains to customers.

Germans doubt Merkel can avert financial crisis
Germany

Germans doubt Merkel can avert financial crisis

Three out of four Germans doubt Chancellor Angela Merkel can prevent the eurozone debt crisis turning into an outright economic and financial crisis, according to an opinion poll released Friday.

‘New Vasa’ shipwreck found on Baltic seabed
Sweden

‘New Vasa’ shipwreck found on Baltic seabed

Swedish divers have uncovered what they believe to be the legendary Swedish warship Mars, lost in a sea battle with the Danish-Lübeckian navy in 1564, near the coast of the Baltic island of Öland.

Deadly weather system hits Sweden
Sweden

Deadly weather system hits Sweden

A low-pressure system which unleashed deadly storms in Belgium on Thursday swept into Sweden on Friday, prompting warnings for heavy rains and possible flooding.

Greens MP says involvement in NATO Libya mission illegal
Germany

Greens MP says involvement in NATO Libya mission illegal

Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière has dismissed criticism from the opposition Green party that the indirect participation of German soldiers in NATO attacks on Libya needed parliamentary approval.

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France

France arrests three over death of British youth

French police have arrested three young French men suspected of stabbing a British teenager to death in a Spanish seaside resort in July, judicial officials said Friday.

Off the road: Swiss play host to amphibious vehicles
Switzerland

Off the road: Swiss play host to amphibious vehicles

This week, owners of more 50 amphibious vehicles brought their World War 2-era military transporters, jeeps and vintage-style cars to Switzerlands St Blaise for their annual European gathering.

Jerry Seinfeld to bring one man show to Paris
France

Jerry Seinfeld to bring one man show to Paris

Fans of popular American comedian Jerry Seinfeld in France will get the chance to see the comedy king in person when he performs a one-man show in Paris in the autumn.

Stock market continues downward slide
Sweden

Stock market continues downward slide

The Stockholm stock market continued to fall on Friday, with the OMXS-index dropping nearly 4 percent within 30 minutes of opening and finishing the week down nearly 11 percent.

Baby’s crying forces family to move
Sweden

Baby’s crying forces family to move

A family in Hofors, in eastern Sweden, have found themselves with no other choice than to move from their flat after repeated complaints from neighbours about their crying baby has made their landlord see red, according to a report in local paper

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France

Porno past returns to haunt bus drivers

Two bus drivers in the south-west city of Toulouse have become unwilling celebrities after a colleague recognized them in an X-rated movie and shared it with other employees.

Priests hit out at bikini-wearing visitors
France

Priests hit out at bikini-wearing visitors

Churches across France have become overrun by tourists in skimpy beachwear, showing off bare stomachs and wearing baseball caps, according to priests who have spoken out about the drop in standards.

Storms chaos hits North Rhine-Westphalia
Germany

Storms chaos hits North Rhine-Westphalia

Violent storms felled trees and flooded roads and basements throughout North Rhine-Westphalia, leaving emergency responders struggling to make it to all the calls for service.

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Switzerland

Swiss stocks plunge over 4%

Swiss stocks accelerated their fall in morning trade, with the index plunging over four percent to below 5,000 points.

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France

Olympic pole-vault champ commits suicide

Olympic gold medallist, Pierre Quinon, has killed himself, the French Athletics Federation announced on Thursday.

Fourth night of car arson prompts terror debate
Germany

Fourth night of car arson prompts terror debate

Arsonists set fire to cars in Berlin for a fourth straight night, destroying at least 11 vehicles in the early hours of Friday morning.

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France

Societe Generale rebounds after trade suspended

Trading in French bank Societe Generale, after being briefly suspended at the market opening Thursday, rebounded with the share price rising 8.9 percent to 24.16 euros.

Crayfish: the messiest party of the year
Sweden

Crayfish: the messiest party of the year

Gobbling crayfish is a 500 year old tradition in Sweden but the annual August crayfish parties can be a minefield for a first-timer. Contributor Elizabeth Dacey-Fondelius advises on how to slurp like a native.

Swede picks lotto winner twice in 3 days
Sweden

Swede picks lotto winner twice in 3 days

Rolant Christensen from Högsby in the south of Sweden recently bought a Triss scratch-off lottery ticket and found that he had won a chance to win 5 million kronor ($774,000) in a draw on Sweden's TV4.

Insurers say hospitals overcharge €1.5 billion
Germany

Insurers say hospitals overcharge €1.5 billion

Wrong medical bills from clinics and hospitals are costing up to €1.5 billion a year, according to Germany’s statutory health insurers.

Many Swedish teens fear start of new school year
Sweden

Many Swedish teens fear start of new school year

One in three Swedish youngsters are worried about the start of the school year, a new survey shows.

Royals rejoice over pregnant princess
Sweden

Royals rejoice over pregnant princess

After Wednesday's news of Crown princess Victoria’s pregnancy, congratulations from King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia were published on the Royal Court website on Thursday.

Mousetrap display traces history of rodent catching technology
Germany

Mousetrap display traces history of rodent catching technology

Tell-tale holes in cereal packets, mysteriously crumb-free kitchens and little brown calling cards in cupboards – where there are people, there are mice. And – as a new exhibition shows – mousetraps.