Swedish alcohol monopoly launches ‘booze camera’ iPhone app
Sweden

Swedish alcohol monopoly launches ‘booze camera’ iPhone app

Drunken Swedes can now record their boozed-up antics with a new iPhone app launched on Monday by a subsidiary of the country's state-owned alcohol monopoly.

World Water Week opens in Stockholm
Sweden

World Water Week opens in Stockholm

World Water Week opened in Stockholm on Monday with calls for greater, more resilient water management in cities to ensure better food and water security in a rapidly urbanising world.

Website of music copyright watchdog GEMA hacked
Germany

Website of music copyright watchdog GEMA hacked

The website of GEMA, Germany’s music copyright watchdog, has been hacked amid an ongoing dispute over royalties with the video portal YouTube.

Swedish dealers to stop selling Saabs
Sweden

Swedish dealers to stop selling Saabs

Several Swedish dealerships have decided to pull Saab cars from their showrooms as debt collectors continue to investigate the troubled Swedish automaker and employees face continued uncertainty about their next paycheck.

Lindsey Tramuta: An American blogger lost in cheeseland
France

Lindsey Tramuta: An American blogger lost in cheeseland

Meet the Francophile behind the fromage: The Local's Martin Untersinger catches up with the American behind the Lost in Cheeseland blog.

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Sweden

Sweden’s Jews, Muslims face web hate rise: study

The number of xenophobic web sites have almost doubled since 2007 and Jews and Muslims wearing apparent religious symbols are subjected to significant discrimination in Sweden today, according to a new report from the Living History Forum (Forum för levande historia).

New fees prompt fears of cuts at Swedish universities
Sweden

New fees prompt fears of cuts at Swedish universities

Despite scholarships designed to attract foreign students following the introduction of tuition fees, some Swedish universities may be forced to cut course offerings in the face of declining foreign student enrollment, The Local's Clara Guibourg discovers.

Sarkozy slams ‘desperate’ Qaddafi
France

Sarkozy slams ‘desperate’ Qaddafi

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday condemned Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi's "criminal and cynical" attempt to cling to power despite the apparent collapse of his regime.

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Switzerland

Swiss stocks jump 3%

The Swiss stock market jumped more than 3.0 percent in Monday afternoon trade, outpacing other firmer European exchanges as investors reacted to news of the imminent defeat of Libya leader Muammar Qaddafi.

Former Wikileaks insider destroyed files
Germany

Former Wikileaks insider destroyed files

Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the former spokesman of WikiLeaks, says he has destroyed thousands of documents that he took for safekeeping before leaving the controversial whistle-blower website.

Switzerland swelters in August heat wave
Switzerland

Switzerland swelters in August heat wave

Switzerland is in the grip of a heat wave. Now that the kids have gone back to school, August is making up for July’s rain as temperatures soar to record levels.

Police ditching the German Shepherd for Belgian breed
Germany

Police ditching the German Shepherd for Belgian breed

Police in Germany are phasing out the use of German Shepherds as police dogs in favour of a sturdier Belgian breed.

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Switzerland

Swiss wire walker sets tightrope world record

Seven world records in seven days is the goal of Swiss extreme artist Freddy Nock. On Sunday, he successfully completed his first tightrope walk on the German Zugspitze mountain in southern Bavaria.

 

SVP accused of hypocrisy over Swiss-Turkish actress
Switzerland

SVP accused of hypocrisy over Swiss-Turkish actress

The Swiss People’s Party (SVP), which campaigns against mass immigration to Switzerland, is facing accusations of employing double standards after it used a female model with an immigrant background in its latest election campaign ad.

Berlin mulls troops for post-Qaddafi Libya
Germany

Berlin mulls troops for post-Qaddafi Libya

As the regime of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi teetered on the brink Monday, German Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière said Bundeswehr troops could soon help secure the peace in the North African nation.

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France

Libyan contact group to meet in Paris

France plans to host a meeting of world powers implicated in the Libyan conflict next week, Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Monday, welcoming the rebel forces' entry into Tripoli.

Reinfeldt ‘open’ to Swedish troops in Libya
Sweden

Reinfeldt ‘open’ to Swedish troops in Libya

Sweden’s prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said in an interview on Monday morning that he is ready to discuss the possibility of sending Swedish troops to Libya to help guarantee the country's security.

Father charged in 7-year-old son’s fatal stabbing
Sweden

Father charged in 7-year-old son’s fatal stabbing

A 53-year-old man suspected of stabbing his 7-year-old son to death in July was formally charged with the boy's murder on Monday in Umeå in northern Sweden.

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France

Fake kidnapping gets stag party in trouble

An apparent violent city centre kidnapping by a group of men on a stag party caused police to be mobilized in the southern Bouches-du-Rhône region at the weekend.

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France

‘Let people give holidays to workmates’: MP

New rules could make it possible for people to help out colleagues who are caring for sick children by offering them holiday they earn for working overtime.

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France

Lagerfeld: an ugly daughter would be ‘difficult’

Chanel head designer Karl Lagerfeld and former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld have been sharing their thoughts on work, family and life in the fashion fast lane in September's Interview magazine.

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France

Higher prices for heavy internet users

Internet providers could be about to put an end to packages that offer unlimited access to everyone for the same fee, according to a leaked report.

Germany cuts deficit faster than expected
Germany

Germany cuts deficit faster than expected

Germany, Europe's powerhouse economy, will balance its public finances sooner than expected, slashing this year's projected budget deficit to 1.5 percent from 2.5 percent, the Finance Ministry announced Monday.

Homeless World Cup kicks off in Paris
France

Homeless World Cup kicks off in Paris

The ninth Homeless World Cup, which involves around 500 homeless male and female football players, kicked off Sunday with a game between France and Portugal near the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Student housing crisis ‘untenable’: report
Sweden

Student housing crisis ‘untenable’: report

Only four campus housing agencies in the whole of Sweden will be able to achieve their goal of finding students a place to live within 30 days for the 2011 autumn term, according to a report by Sweden's National Union of Students (Sveriges förenade studentkårer, SFS), presented on Monday.

High court considers fees to scare off frivolous appeals
Germany

High court considers fees to scare off frivolous appeals

Germany's highest court is so overloaded with cases it is considering introducing special fees of up to €5,000 to keep people from submitting appeals deemed frivolous and unlikely to succeed.

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Switzerland

Two climbers killed in Swiss Alps: police

An Austrian and a German climber were killed in two separate incidents in the Swiss Alps, police from the south-west canton of Valais said on Saturday.

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Switzerland

East European borrowers suffer as Swiss franc rises

A soaring Swiss franc is a threat to Eastern European economies as households struggle to repay the now much costlier loans they took out in the currency in better times, analysts warn.

Swiss want central bank to fight franc’s rise: poll
Switzerland

Swiss want central bank to fight franc’s rise: poll

Two out of three Swiss want the country's central bank to stem the franc's rise and over a quarter are calling for an exchange rate ceiling against the euro, according to a poll published on Sunday.

Merkel emphasizes ‘no’ to eurobonds, for now
Germany

Merkel emphasizes ‘no’ to eurobonds, for now

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated late on Sunday that she opposes eurobonds, which would pool the 17 eurozone nations' debt, but left the door open to a change in policy at a later date.

DSK accuser in key talks with prosecutors
France

DSK accuser in key talks with prosecutors

The hotel maid who has accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her will meet with New York prosecutors on Monday for key talks that could lead to a dismissal of the case.

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Switzerland

Swiss torn on presence of foreigners: poll

Nearly one in two Swiss believes there are too many foreigners in the country, but 80 percent say Switzerland would not be as economically successful without them, according to a poll published on Sunday.

Ryanair pokes fun at peeing actor Depardieu
France

Ryanair pokes fun at peeing actor Depardieu

Low cost airline Ryanair has used Gérard Depardieu's recent incident on an Air France flight to advertise its budget prices in a cheeky advertisement.

More pensioners working low-paid jobs to get by
Germany

More pensioners working low-paid jobs to get by

An increasing number of German pensioners are being forced to work low-paid mini-jobs or apply for special supplemental aid from the government in order to make ends meet, statistics show.

Citizen patrols mooted to stop car arsons
Germany

Citizen patrols mooted to stop car arsons

As night-time car arsons in Berlin continue unabated, some citizens are calling for neighbourhood groups to prowl the streets looking for culprits, an idea that appears to be gaining ground.

Clueless drivers boost roadkill suffering: report
Sweden

Clueless drivers boost roadkill suffering: report

Many wild animals are believed to suffer in vain in Sweden after being drivers who have run them over fail to mark out the place of the accident, according to a report on Svergies Radio (SR).

Suspected bomb was pen and green tape
Sweden

Suspected bomb was pen and green tape

The object which was found on Sunday in Sköndal in southern Stockholm turned out not to contain any explosive matter. After cordoning off the area, bomb technicians removed the object, which turned out to be a pen taped over with layers of green tape.

Restaurant turns down Swedish royalty
Germany

Restaurant turns down Swedish royalty

A red-faced restaurant owner in southern Germany admitted she had turned away Sweden's king and queen when they asked for a table after failing to recognise them.

Victoria and Reinfeldt honour Norway victims
Sweden

Victoria and Reinfeldt honour Norway victims

Crown princess Victoria and prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt represented Sweden at a ceremony in Oslo on Sunday to honour the victims of the tragedy in Norway in July.