Who is really out of place when a religious service opens parliament?
Sweden

Who is really out of place when a religious service opens parliament?

Sweden Democrat leader Jimmy Åkesson's complaint that an imam 'politicised' the religious service that opened the Riksdag last week, raises an interesting point about the place of religion and in Swedish politics, argues contributor Ruben Brunsveld.

Police to ask public about mystery forest boy
Germany

Police to ask public about mystery forest boy

German police are still trying to identify an English-speaking boy who walked out of the forest near Berlin. Apparently living wild with his father for five years, the authorities are preparing to launch a public appeal in their bid to find out who the teen is.

Bulgaria sacks Matthäus for Euro 2012 failure
Germany

Bulgaria sacks Matthäus for Euro 2012 failure

German football icon Lothar Matthäus was sacked as coach of Bulgaria on Monday following the national team's failure to qualify for Euro 2012.

Norway attacks suspect to stay in solitary: court
Norway

Norway attacks suspect to stay in solitary: court

An Oslo court ruled on Monday that Anders Behring Breivik, who has admitted twin attacks that killed 77 people, should stay in custody for another two months and solitary confinement for four weeks.

Rookie Pirate politicians dazzled by success
Germany

Rookie Pirate politicians dazzled by success

The upstart Pirate Party scored a big win in Berlin's state elections on Sunday, gaining 15 seats in the state parliament. As Moises Mendoza found, its young members are both enthusiastic about and dazzled by their success.

Nuclear phaseout to cost Germany €250 billion
Germany

Nuclear phaseout to cost Germany €250 billion

Germany's decision to switch from nuclear to renewable sources of energy will require investment of €250 billion ($340 billion) over the next decade, a new study found Monday.

Mother held for killing sons, 4 and 8
Sweden

Mother held for killing sons, 4 and 8

The mother of two boys, aged four and eight-years-old, who were found dead on Monday in a lake near Sigtuna north of Stockholm after going missing on Sunday night, is being held by police on suspicion of murder.

The Austrian resort that made me learn to love skiing
Sweden

The Austrian resort that made me learn to love skiing

With an eight months ski season, incredible facilities and spectacular shows, Sölden – a popular skiing resort in eastern Austria – has something for everyone, as travel writer and ski-beginner Malin Nyberg discovers.

Nearly three years jail for brutal metro attacker
Germany

Nearly three years jail for brutal metro attacker

A teenager was sentenced to nearly three years in prison on Monday for attempted manslaughter after his vicious attack on a man in a Berlin metro station last spring.

Capturing the beauty of Stockholm
Sweden

Capturing the beauty of Stockholm

Stockholm is one of Europe's most stunning capitals. Ylva Bengtsson's company Motiv Stockholm captures the delights of the city in its selection of high-quality prints.

‘The failure of the FDP is a further weakening of Merkel’s coalition’
Germany

‘The failure of the FDP is a further weakening of Merkel’s coalition’

Germany's Free Democrats are unrepentant after taking an electoral battering in the Berlin state poll on Sunday. The Local’s media roundup explores the implications for Chancellor Angela Merkel's fractious coalition.

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France

France skewers DSK for ‘public relations’ apology

Opponents of shamed former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Monday denounced a supposedly revelatory primetime interview about his aborted New York rape trial as a scripted public relations exercise.

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France

Poker game with Monopoly money ends in death

A man goes on trial on Monday in the southern town of Pau accused of murder after a poker game took a very bad turn.

‘Bildt hushed talk of Darfur genocide’
Sweden

‘Bildt hushed talk of Darfur genocide’

Former minister and Liberal Party leader Per Ahlmark has slammed current Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt in a new book arguing that he has a "passive" attitude towards genocide, is ignorant about Isael and holds "reactionary views".

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Switzerland

6-year-old boy in Swiss truck joyride

Police in Basel returned a six-year-old joyrider to his unsuspecting mum after the boy stole a delivery truck and drove his two young cousins to a nearby village outside Basel.  

 

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Norway

Opera buys app-store developer Handster

Norwegian browser and mobile services outfit Opera has bought up specialist US-based programming house Handster Inc. for an undisclosed sum.

Sweden struggles to come to grips with high school hazing
Sweden

Sweden struggles to come to grips with high school hazing

Reports of young Swedish teens being subjected to humiliating, sometimes sex-themed games, have once again put the subject of high school hazing back into the spotlight in Sweden, The Local's Joel Linde explains.

Computerised car drives itself around Berlin
Germany

Computerised car drives itself around Berlin

A high-tech concept car has been driving itself around Berlin and nearby autobahns since the summer, gaining accident-free experience in traffic before being introduced to the public by its creators.

Appeals court to review Saab reconstruction
Sweden

Appeals court to review Saab reconstruction

The Swedish court of appeals has agreed to review the application from beleaugered Saab Automobile to undergo reconstruction, an application which was previously rejected by a lower court.

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Switzerland

Union calls for Swiss ban on euro salaries

Trade union Unia has called for Swiss companies to be banned from paying employees’ salaries in euros after the central bank placed a cap on the franc's exchange rate against the European currency. 

 

Can eurobonds solve Europe’s debt crisis?
Germany

Can eurobonds solve Europe’s debt crisis?

As Europe continues to grapple with its sovereign debt crisis, one possible solution being mooted is jointly underwritten eurobonds for the 17 eurozone countries. NPR’s Berlin correspondent Eric Westervelt explains what they are and why Germany doesn’t much like them.

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France

Edgy France eye All Blacks challenge

France coach Marc Lievremont has scoffed at suggestions he would prefer to lose to New Zealand next Saturday and settle for a second place pool finish to obtain a favourbale draw in the quarter-finals.

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Sweden

‘Missing’ toddler fools Swedish police

A 2-year-old girl was found safe and well in her bed in a happy end to a massive police search in response to fears that she has disappeared from her home in Sjöbo in southern Sweden on Saturday.

Dig reveals human skulls mounted on stakes
Sweden

Dig reveals human skulls mounted on stakes

Several human skulls found mounted on wooden stakes have been uncovered from a Stone Age lake bed in central Sweden in what is believed to be the first discovery of its kind anywhere in the world.

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Norway

Norwegian workforce Europe’s ‘most content’

Just one in ten Norwegians feel a pressing need to change careers — the highest job satisfaction rating in Europe — according to pollsters at recruitment company Randstad.

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Switzerland

Chechen-owned Swiss club Xamax owes $3.6m

Swiss club Neuchatel Xamax owes 3.2 million francs ($3.6 million) in unpaid debt, with most of the bills dating back to after the club was taken over by Chechen Bulat Chagaev, Le Matin en Dimanche reported on Sunday.

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Switzerland

Liechtenstein votes not to legalise abortion

Switzerland's tiny neighbour Liechtenstein voted on Sunday against legalising abortion, in line with the wishes of the principality's hereditary ruler Alois von und zu Liechtenstein.

UBS revises rogue trading loss upwards
Switzerland

UBS revises rogue trading loss upwards

Swiss banking giant UBS on Sunday revised losses due to rogue trading upwards to $2.3 billion but the bank's chief executive insisted he would not resign, saying he bore no guilt.

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Switzerland

Roche halts drug supply to Greek hospitals over unpaid bills

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche has stopped delivering its medicines to some Greek hospitals as they have failed to pay their bills, a spokesman confirmed on Sunday.

Swedish Pirates salute German success
Sweden

Swedish Pirates salute German success

Sweden's Pirate Party has lauded the electoral success of its German sister party in the Berlin state parliament, calling it as a "major step forward" and a boost for the movement across the world.

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Switzerland

Police arrest 90 in Zurich weekend violence

Some 90 people were arrested in the Swiss financial city of Zurich during the weekend after violent clashes between youth gangs and security forces, police said on Sunday.

Porn mag gets firemen’s hoses in a twist
France

Porn mag gets firemen’s hoses in a twist

A porn magazine that ran a feature on the sexual appetites of firemen, illustrated with a series of raunchy pictures, has had to explain itself in court.

France’s Oscar pick: ‘Declaration of War’
France

France’s Oscar pick: ‘Declaration of War’

France's entry for the 2012 Academy Awards will be the recently-released film "La Guerre est Declarée" (Declaration of War).

Credit Suisse ends tax probe with €150 mln
Germany

Credit Suisse ends tax probe with €150 mln

Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse said on Monday that it has reached a deal with German authorities to end a tax evasion probe, and that it would pay €150 million ($205 million) to settle the case.

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France

Police seek couple after ‘kidnapped’ girls found

Two sisters aged 10 and 12 who went missing on Saturday evening were found unharmed late on Sunday afternoon after a huge police hunt was launched.

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Switzerland

Swiss beat Aussies to reach Davis Cup top tier

Switzerland will return to the elite Davis Cup World Group next year after Stanislas Wawrinka sealed a 3-2 victory over Australia on Monday by wrapping up a five-set defeat of Lleyton Hewitt.

DSK regrets ‘moral failing’ in sex with maid
France

DSK regrets ‘moral failing’ in sex with maid

Dominique Strauss-Kahn's assertion that his encounter with a New York hotel maid was "a moral failing" rather than attempted rape has not persuaded her lawyers to drop civil action against the former IMF chief.

Credit Suisse to pay to end German tax probe
Switzerland

Credit Suisse to pay to end German tax probe

Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse said om Monday that it has reached a deal with German authorities to end a tax evasion probe, and that it would pay €150 million ($205 million) to settle the case.

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Sweden

Mother of three found dead in a ditch

A man has been detained on suspicion of murdering a 36-year-old woman with whom he had a previous relationship. The woman was found dead on Sunday morning.

Police officer forgets gun at Ikea toilet
Sweden

Police officer forgets gun at Ikea toilet

An absent-minded police officer stopped for lunch at a branch of Ikea in Stockholm only to discover a couple of hours later that she had forgotten her gun in the toilet.

Systembolaget mulls home delivery
Sweden

Systembolaget mulls home delivery

Sweden's state-run alcohol retail monopoly Systembolaget is considering plans to expand its current e-commerce to include a home delivery service.

Pirates shake up German political landscape
Germany

Pirates shake up German political landscape

Free wireless internet and public transport; voting rights for over-14s: just some of the policies of the Pirate Party, which Sunday spectacularly won its first seats in a German state parliament.

Doctors worry about rising exotic diseases
Germany

Doctors worry about rising exotic diseases

Globe-trotting German tourists are bringing more tropical diseases back home than ever before, prompting concern from doctors who monitor exotic ailments.

More than 30 hurt in Hessian motorway pileup
Germany

More than 30 hurt in Hessian motorway pileup

A massive pileup and secondary accidents on a Hesse motorway caused traffic to be backed up for hours and injured more than 30 people Sunday afternoon, some severely.