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Sweden

Long-term unemployed tapped for Swedish cultural preservation bid

The government has proposed utlising thousands of Swedes with diminished work capacity due to illness or disability in a new effort to help preserve Sweden's cultural heritage.

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Switzerland

UEFA reject Sion appeal

UEFA have rejected Swiss club FC Sion's appeal against their expulsion from the Europa League, allowing Celtic to remain in the competition, European football's governing body confirmed on
Tuesday.

‘Berlin is change, Berlin is the place to be’
Germany

‘Berlin is change, Berlin is the place to be’

As Berliners prepare to go to the polls this Sunday, The Local spoke with Mayor Klaus Wowereit about his re-election campaign and his priorities for the German capital.

‘Tropical hurricane’ Katia batters Sweden
Sweden

‘Tropical hurricane’ Katia batters Sweden

Parts of Sweden were left reeling on Tuesday in the wake of torrential rains and gusty winds accompanying the remnants of hurricane Katia as it made its way across the country.

Motor show hopes to dispel global gloom
Germany

Motor show hopes to dispel global gloom

Car makers at the world's biggest motor show, the IAA, sought on Tuesday to rise above the gathering global economic gloom, saying they were better positioned than in the last crisis three years ago.

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France

Samsung files patent complaint against Apple in France

South Korea's Samsung Electronics said on Monday it had filed a complaint in France against its US rival Apple for infringement of three mobile phone technology patents in its iPhone and iPad tablet
computers.

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France

Dacia gears up to sell cars online

Automaker Dacia, a unit of French giant Renault, is to start testing sales of its cars online later this week, initially in Italy, but later in other European countries.

OECD says Germany not producing enough skilled workers
Germany

OECD says Germany not producing enough skilled workers

Germany is falling behind in its production of skilled young workers, according to a report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, which shows stagnation of the number of people attending higher education.

Zurich guild votes ‘no’ to women in spring parade
Switzerland

Zurich guild votes ‘no’ to women in spring parade

A traditional men's guild in Zurich has rekindled a 22-year-old battle after it voted against female participation in the city's traditional spring parade.

 

Man charged for playing Dylan song for his ex
Sweden

Man charged for playing Dylan song for his ex

A 50-year-old Swedish man has been charged with harassment after he played a Bob Dylan song for his ex-girlfriend hoping to reignite an abandoned love.

The morality of pope bashing
Germany

The morality of pope bashing

Members of The Left party are boycotting the pope's speech to the German parliament during an official visit to Berlin later this month. For Der Tagesspiegel’s Malte Lehming, leftist attitudes toward Catholicism are no different from right-wing populist bigotry against Islam.

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Switzerland

Swiss court orders UEFA to reinstate Sion

A Swiss regional court on Tuesday ordered European football governing body UEFA to reinstate FC Sion into the Europa League, the Swiss club said in a statement.

Swiss girl wins traditional boys’ shooting competition
Switzerland

Swiss girl wins traditional boys’ shooting competition

Fifteen-year-old Leonie Schärer has become only the third girl ever to win Knabenschiessen, a traditionally male shooting competition held annually in Zurich.

Foraging for Sweden’s autumn delights
Sweden

Foraging for Sweden’s autumn delights

As the chill of autumn starts to sweep across Sweden, food blogger Maia Brindley Nilsson offers some tips about how to find some of the culinary treasures hidden in Sweden's forests.

GM wants Opel to challenge VW
Germany

GM wants Opel to challenge VW

General Motors believes its European Opel brand can easily compete with the likes of rival Volkswagen and wants to steer it upmarket, GM Europe chief Nick Reilly said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Italian politico convicted for pulling son’s hair

An Italian politician was convicted by a Swedish court on Tuesday for assaulting his son while on holiday in Stockholm in a case that has sparked heated debate in both Italy and Sweden.

Baby ‘euthanasia’ trial opens in Stockholm
Sweden

Baby ‘euthanasia’ trial opens in Stockholm

The trial against a Swedish doctor accused of infant euthanasia came underway on Tuesday, a case causing concern among the country's medical profession.

Cop orders pizza, gets cocaine
Switzerland

Cop orders pizza, gets cocaine

A pizzeria owner once jailed for his part in Switzerland's "heist of the century" is facing a new brush with justice after he delivered cocaine in a pizza box to an undercover policeman.

Journalists ‘probing Lundin Oil’: report
Sweden

Journalists ‘probing Lundin Oil’: report

The two Swedish reporters jailed in Ethiopia were in the country investigating Lundin Petroleum, a Swedish oil and mining company, at the time of their arrest, according to reports in the Swedish media.

Terror suspects involved in ‘murder plot’
Sweden

Terror suspects involved in ‘murder plot’

Four men arrested in Gothenburg at the weekend on suspicion of planning terror crimes will face a remand hearing on Wednesday, but for planning to commit murder, rather than terror acts.

Running rescues mice from diabetes: study
Norway

Running rescues mice from diabetes: study

Our hearts don’t mind living in overweight bodies and will keep us alive as long as we work out, Norwegian research now suggests.

Father accused of raping daughter over 34 years
Germany

Father accused of raping daughter over 34 years

A 69-year-old German man has been charged with nearly 500 counts of rape after it emerged he fathered three children with his own daughter over a period of 34 years at the family's home in Bavaria.

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Switzerland

Franc peg prompts Hungary currency action

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban proposed on Monday a plan to fix foreign exchange rates to help Hungarians with foreign-denominated loans hit by a soaring Swiss franc.

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France

Road deaths hit lowest ever August level

French roads were safer in the busy holiday month of August than in any other August since records were first collected in 1956, according to data released on Monday by the national highway agency, Sécurité Routière.

Oslo buoyed by weakening krone
Norway

Oslo buoyed by weakening krone

The Norwegian krone has weakened by over two percent against the euro in just 24 hours, as investors react to news China is in talks to buy up Italian state debt still weighing down the continent’s currency.

Danny Glover receives French arts award
France

Danny Glover receives French arts award

American actor Danny Glover was honoured with one of France's highest honours, the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, in a ceremony on Monday evening.

Labour, Conservatives big winners in Norway
Norway

Labour, Conservatives big winners in Norway

Norway's Conservative and Labour parties came out on top in local elections that saw the populist anti-immigration party lose ground in the aftermath of the July attacks, near-definitive results showed on Tuesday.

Classy glass from the past
Germany

Classy glass from the past

The Local’s series Made in Germany presents the best the country has to offer, including the transparently superior products from Jenaer Glas.

African dirty cash scandal rocks France
France

African dirty cash scandal rocks France

African leaders gave French former president Jacques Chirac and possible presidential candidate Dominique de Villepin $20 million in cash, including to finance elections, a lawyer said Monday.

Debate flares on protecting remains of Hitler’s mountain retreat
Germany

Debate flares on protecting remains of Hitler’s mountain retreat

A debate has flared up about whether to protect what remains of Adolf Hitler's mountain retreat, known as the "Berghof", his favourite residence for more than 10 years until his suicide in a Berlin bunker in 1945.

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Switzerland

Tiffany hits back at Swatch over lawsuit

US luxury jeweller Tiffany & Co. denied on Monday that it had violated an agreement with Swatch, and accused the Swiss watchmaker of provoking the breakdown of their partnership.

Aubry attacks blogger over rumours
France

Aubry attacks blogger over rumours

A blogger from Strasbourg appeared in court on Monday to face charges from former Socialist chief Martine Aubry that he had defamed her by publishing rumours about her sexual and private life and about her husband's activities as a lawyer.

‘It’s changed my view of humanity’: prosecutor
Sweden

‘It’s changed my view of humanity’: prosecutor

On Tuesday the trial against 24 people for possessing and distributing child pornography opened in Sweden, in a case that has drawn widespread attention as all but one of the defendants are women.

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France

Bank seeks damages from Mail on Sunday

As French bank Société Générale lost another 10 percent of its stock market value on Monday, reports emerged the bank was planning to sue British newspaper The Mail on Sunday over an article it published in August.


 

Human-Neanderthal mating was rare: study
Switzerland

Human-Neanderthal mating was rare: study

Scientists have shown that modern humans have some traces of genes from Neanderthals, but a study out on Monday suggests that any breeding between the two was most likely a rare event.

Obama calls for action to solve euro crisis
Germany

Obama calls for action to solve euro crisis

US President Barack Obama increased the pressure on leading European nations including Germany to end the euro crisis, with a speech calling for decisive action to help the global economy.

Munich firm develops synthetic spider silk
Germany

Munich firm develops synthetic spider silk

Munich start-up company Amsilk claims it is the first to mass-produce synthetic spider silk, a challenge that has defeated several major corporations.

MPs to boycott Pope’s Bundestag speech
Germany

MPs to boycott Pope’s Bundestag speech

As preparations are finalised for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Germany at the end of the month, a number of MPs have declared they will boycott his speech to parliament.

Nature snapper stripped of photo award
Sweden

Nature snapper stripped of photo award

Photographer Terje Hellesö, has been stripped of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency's Nature Photographer of the Year award after admitting that he manipulated a number of his pictures of predatory animals.

Zlatan ruled out of Barça clash
Sweden

Zlatan ruled out of Barça clash

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out of Tuesday's Champions League clash between his old club Barcelona and AC Milan at the Camp Nou due to a long-standing groin problem.