Europe’s best drinking trips
Germany

Europe’s best drinking trips

Oktoberfest might be just around the corner, but if you’re looking for a trip with a tipple attached, there are plenty of other places you can head.

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Norway

Norway votes for first time since July attacks

Norwegians voted on Monday in local elections for the first time since Anders Behring Breivik's deadly rampage in July, in polls seen as a test of their commitment to the democratic system he detested.

Stockholm University: making an enemy of cancer
Sweden

Stockholm University: making an enemy of cancer

The work of Stockholm University's Professor Thomas Helleday has been described as 'potentially the biggest breakthrough in cancer research for decades'. The Swedish way of working has been key to his success, he says.

Less Arctic ice than ever
Germany

Less Arctic ice than ever

German scientists say the Arctic ice cap is smaller today than ever previously measured, providing further evidence of global warming and the need to cut carbon dioxide emissions.

Lending scandal rocks Handelsbanken
Sweden

Lending scandal rocks Handelsbanken

A high-ranking manager at Swedish bank Handelsbanken has been arrested on suspicion of having lent out millions of kronor without requiring the be secured by any collateral.

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France

French nuclear incident ‘is over’: safety agency

An incident caused by a blast at a nuclear site in the south of France Monday in which one person died "is over", its regulator the national Nuclear Safety Authority said.  

Sweden braces for wrath of ‘tropical hurricane’
Sweden

Sweden braces for wrath of ‘tropical hurricane’

The remnants of Hurricane Katia is set to reach Sweden's west coast on Monday evening carrying heavy rain and strong winds.

Eight-year-old Banksy work uncovered in Berlin
Germany

Eight-year-old Banksy work uncovered in Berlin

The Bethanien arts centre has unveiled a large work painted onto one of its walls by British street artist Banksy eight years ago.

Gun ownership shooting up in Switzerland: study
Switzerland

Gun ownership shooting up in Switzerland: study

More than a quarter of Swiss households have access to a gun, according to a study carried out by the Institute of Criminology at the University of Zurich.

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Switzerland

Swiss widen sanctions against Syria

Switzerland on Monday widened sanctions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, adding 19 individuals and eight institutions to the list of key players under financial and travel embargo.

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Sweden

Minister open to talks on foster care abuse cash

The Swedish minister who at the weekend said that no money would be coming to victims who suffered abuse while in foster care has opened to further talks on the issue following pressure from the opposition.

Hollywood director Emmerich says mum won’t let him vote Green
Germany

Hollywood director Emmerich says mum won’t let him vote Green

German film director Roland Emmerich has revealed in an interview that it's not easy being Green when his mother is around. She stopped sending him his postal vote forms to Hollywood when she learned of his environmentalist political leanings.

Live blog: France nuclear blast
France

Live blog: France nuclear blast

The Local is updating live after a blast at a nuclear plant in southern France left one person dead and four injured on Monday.

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Switzerland

Tax deal ‘could yield Italy a lot of money’

Italy is edging closer to a tax deal with Switzerland that would yield Rome “a lot of money quickly“, according to Alfredo Gysi, head of the Association of Foreign Banks in Switzerland.

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Norway

Norway couch potatoes voting from home

One third of all voters in local elections in Norway has changed loyalties and will vote for another party after taking an online test of their views versus those of party candidates.

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Norway

Surge in Norwegian sex assaults

Four violent sexual assaults on Norwegian women southeast of Oslo and another this weekend in the capital itself have many in southern Norway wondering what’s next.

Berlin tries to calm markets riled by Greece
Germany

Berlin tries to calm markets riled by Greece

German officials rushed on Monday to calm highly stressed markets, insisting Greece should stay in the eurozone, amid rising alarm that Germany is losing patience with being the bailout paymaster.

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France

One dead in French nuclear blast

The French government sought to play down fears of a radioactive leak after the explosion Monday at a nuclear site in the south of France in which at least one person died.

Unions file bankruptcy petition against Saab
Sweden

Unions file bankruptcy petition against Saab

Two Swedish labour unions have filed a request to force troubled automaker Saab into bankruptcy, the Unionen labour group said in a statement on Monday, according to the TT news agency.

Swedish kid’s TV host fined for cocaine use
Sweden

Swedish kid’s TV host fined for cocaine use

Swedish children's television star and magazine editor Ola Lindholm was convicted and fined 1,500 kronor ($227) on Monday for cocaine use in a case which has left him out of job and in the media spotlight.

Sweden to slash restaurant sales tax
Sweden

Sweden to slash restaurant sales tax

Patrons at Swedish restaurants will see the value-added tax (VAT) added to their bills cut by more than half staring January 1st, 2012 as part of a government spending package designed to boost employment among young people.

Train wrecked after hitting deer
Germany

Train wrecked after hitting deer

An Intercity train hit a deer at 160 kph (100 mph) travelling from Berlin to Hamburg on Sunday evening. The train was so seriously damaged it could not continue its journey.

Sweden terror suspects tied to Islamists: report
Sweden

Sweden terror suspects tied to Islamists: report

The four terrorist suspects held in Gothenburg on Sunday have ties to the Somali Islamist movement al-Shabaab and were plotting an attack using bombs and firearms, according to a Swedish media report.

‘Immigrants in Sweden are treated as a homogenous, deviant group’
Sweden

‘Immigrants in Sweden are treated as a homogenous, deviant group’

All deviant behavior which does not fit into dominant Swedish social norms is lumped together and attributed to immigrants, writes Salam Zandi, drawing parallels with concepts developed by thinkers such as Edward Saïd.

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Switzerland

Swiss ‘partially’ agree to US bank info request

Switzerland's government has "partially" agreed to a Washington ultimatum that information on US nationals who have money in the country be handed over, local media reported on Saturday.

Nowitzki unable to keep European basketball dream alive
Germany

Nowitzki unable to keep European basketball dream alive

Even the supreme skills of superstar Dirk Nowitzki could not save Germany from defeat at the hands of hosts Lithuania in the European basketball championships on Sunday. The 84:75 loss means Germany are out of next year‘s Olympic Games.

Hunter in hand-to-hoof battle with angry elk
Sweden

Hunter in hand-to-hoof battle with angry elk

An angry elk turned the tables on a hunter in northern Sweden at the weekend, kicking the man down to the ground and prompting a fatal round of man-versus-beast combat.

Swiss bank giants torn on franc peg decision
Switzerland

Swiss bank giants torn on franc peg decision

Switzerland's two biggest banks on Sunday gave divergent opinions on the Swiss National Bank's decision to put a floor on the Swiss franc's exchange rate against the euro, local media reported.

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France

French skipper killed after pirate attack

Pirates who attacked a yacht in the Gulf of Aden killed its French skipper before abandoning it, a source close to the family said on Sunday, the day after the dead man's wife was found unharmed.  

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France

Gangs clash in Mulhouse after mosque wedding

Violence broke out in the eastern town of Mulhouse over the weekend after rival gangs fought street battles, leaving at least six people injured including four police officers.

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France

Women stage noisy protest at DSK home

Any chance of a peaceful Sunday were ruined for Dominique Strauss-Kahn when a group of around 300 people, mostly women, arrived outside his apartment in Paris' chic Place des Vosges to make a noisy protest.

French police interview DSK over alleged assault
France

French police interview DSK over alleged assault

French police were on Monday interviewing ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn as part of their inquiry into the alleged attempted rape of a journalist in a Paris flat in 2003, his lawyers said.

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Switzerland

Thieves stole 84 carrier pigeons in Swiss town

Thieves in the small Swiss town of Weiningen near Zurich stole 84 carrier pigeons worth about 12,000 francs ($13,500), local police reported on Sunday.

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France

Coach Lievremont lashes out at lacklustre French

Coach Marc Lievremont's outburst at some of his players for the way they performed in the win over Japan has unearthed fault lines in his squad that threaten to undermine France's World Cup campaign.

I think we’re alone now: Swatch cuts ties with Tiffany
Switzerland

I think we’re alone now: Swatch cuts ties with Tiffany

The world's biggest watchmaker Swatch said on Monday that it has ended its partnership with Tiffany & Co as it accused the US luxury jeweller of blocking the development of the business.

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France

French diplomat injured by shark

A 30-year-old French diplomat based in Papua New Guinea was airlifted to a hospital in Australia on Monday after being attacked by a shark while kite-surfing.

Suzuki kills partnership with Volkswagen
Germany

Suzuki kills partnership with Volkswagen

Japan's Suzuki said on Monday said it had decided to end its capital and business partnership with German carmaker Volkswagen after a disagreement about ordering engines from a third party.

Lawyer claims Chirac took ‘briefcases of cash’
France

Lawyer claims Chirac took ‘briefcases of cash’

African leaders gave former French president Jacques Chirac and his prime minister Dominique de Villepin briefcases full of cash, notably to finance election campaigns, a former aide alleged on Sunday.

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Switzerland

‘We provided customer data to US’: Credit Suisse

Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse on Sunday said it had provided Washington data about its US customers, local media reported.

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France

French banks face downgrade threat

There are fears that France's three largest banks may have their credit ratings cut this week by ratings agency Moody's, according to reports over the weekend.

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France

Lovers’ tiff leads to torn testicles

A man in the southern town of Perpignan told a court that his girlfriend's violent attack on his manhood left him needing eleven stitches in his testicles to repair the damage.

Heavy storms rage across Germany
Germany

Heavy storms rage across Germany

A storm front swept across Germany on Sunday evening, pummelling several states with rain and, in some areas, ping-pong-ball-sized hailstones. Mud and water was washed across roads and railway tracks causing several accidents.

Former Stasi workers to be banned from archive
Germany

Former Stasi workers to be banned from archive

The German government has taken a step forward in its move to ban former employees of communist East Germany's Ministry for State Security, or Stasi, from working in the authority that administers the archive of Stasi files.

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Sweden

Man jailed after ‘forgetting’ drugs at grocery store

A 58-year-old man has been sentenced to four years imprisonment after forgetting a bag containing almost four kilogrammes of illicit drugs in his local supermarket.

Germany plans to buy Greek solar power
Germany

Germany plans to buy Greek solar power

Greek Prime Minister Georges Papandreou confirmed on Sunday that Germany was keen to import solar-generated electricity from his debt-ridden country.

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Sweden

Social Democrat cleared of Syrian kidnap plot link

A Stockholm Social Democrat has been cleared of assisting in the attempted kidnap of the daughter of a top Syrian diplomat.

Sweden terror suspect denies crimes
Sweden

Sweden terror suspect denies crimes

One of the four people held in Gothenburg on Sunday on suspicion of preparing terrorism offences has denied the accusations through his lawyer.