Hungarian sex workers flooding to Zurich
Switzerland

Hungarian sex workers flooding to Zurich

Prostitutes from Hungary are increasingly being sent to work in the red light district on Sihlquai in the centre of Zurich, but they don’t see themselves as victims of trafficking, according to a Swiss researcher.

Fury as Munich keeps kids’ fee from Passion Play performances
Germany

Fury as Munich keeps kids’ fee from Passion Play performances

Youth workers are appealing to Munich’s mayor to intervene after it emerged that city authorities were keeping most of the money paid to kids from a children’s home for their performances in a religious play in the Bavarian village Oberammergau.

Mother denies killing two young sons
Sweden

Mother denies killing two young sons

A mother held on suspicion of killing her two young sons, whose lifeless bodies were recovered from a lake in Sigtuna north of Stockholm on Monday, has denied committing the crime.

Around 50 injured in train crash in Saxony
Germany

Around 50 injured in train crash in Saxony

More than 50 people were injured, nine seriously, on Tuesday when a train derailed after colliding with a car in the eastern German state of Saxony, police said.

Tropics project promises Bavarian bananas
Germany

Tropics project promises Bavarian bananas

Very soon, palm trees and exotic fruit will grow and flourish in a remote part of Bavaria known for its long winters. Christine Madden reports on the Klein-Eden project.

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Switzerland

Swiss decide not to ban Nazi symbols

A ban on the public display of Nazi symbols such as the swastika was rejected by the Swiss Council of States on Tuesday after an eight-year fight by politicians and associations to introduce a legal change.

Eastern business owners fear for future as young people leave
Germany

Eastern business owners fear for future as young people leave

As young people in Germany have literally 'gone west', small business owners in Eastern states face a quandary: Who will they pass their life’s work on to?

Budget ‘too optimistic’: Social Democrats
Sweden

Budget ‘too optimistic’: Social Democrats

Swedish finance minister Anders Borg on Tuesday defended the government's autumn budget proposal on against charges that it was overly optimistic in a spirited debate with his Social Democratic counterpart on the the floor of the Riksdag.

Stockholm man found shot dead in crashed car
Sweden

Stockholm man found shot dead in crashed car

A man shot dead was discovered by police on Tuesday in the southern Stockholm district of Östberga, after a local passer-by reported his car careening into several parked vehicles.

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France

Frenchwoman gets €13 tax bill 60 years after death

A Frenchwoman found proof of the maxim that nothing in life is certain except death and taxes when she received a bill in the name of a grandfather who died in 1949.

Far-right party wants to ‘save Swiss gold’
Switzerland

Far-right party wants to ‘save Swiss gold’

Switzerland's biggest political party SVP is seeking to stop the central bank from selling the country's gold reserves through a citizen's initiative launched on Tuesday.

Happiest Germans live in Hamburg
Germany

Happiest Germans live in Hamburg

Happy in Hamburg: People living in the northern port city are the most content Germans, according to a study published on Tuesday. While the eastern state of Thuringia has the grumpiest residents, overall the country is the happiest it's been in a decade.

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Switzerland

UBS halts adverts after rogue trading incident

Swiss banking giant UBS said on Monday it had suspended all its advertising campaigns after the discovery of rogue trading that cost it $2.3 billion.

Siemens said to move French bank cash to ECB
Germany

Siemens said to move French bank cash to ECB

German industrial giant Siemens refused on Tuesday to comment on a newspaper report that it had withdrawn about half a billion euros in cash from a French bank and parked it at the European Central Bank.

Switzerland sees record September snowfall
Switzerland

Switzerland sees record September snowfall

Snow fell in the Swiss Alps overnight on Sunday to levels unseen for the month of September, Swiss weather agency Meteosuisse reported on Monday.

Swedish woman finds toad in pre-packed salad
Sweden

Swedish woman finds toad in pre-packed salad

A woman in central Sweden was shocked to discover a living toad at the bottom of a bag of pre-packaged salad that had been in her fridge for almost a week.

H&M buckles after Greenpeace ‘detox’ dressdown
Sweden

H&M buckles after Greenpeace ‘detox’ dressdown

Swedish fashion giant H&M has committed to phasing out the use of all hazardous chemicals in making their clothes following a Greenpeace campaign urging them to "detox" their production.

Pirate Party dreams of Bundestag booty
Germany

Pirate Party dreams of Bundestag booty

After their stunning success in Berlin’s recent state vote, Germany’s Pirate Party says it has a new ambitious goal: Entering the Bundestag after the 2013 federal election.

New delay in Swedish bride murder trial
Sweden

New delay in Swedish bride murder trial

The trial of the alleged killers of newlywed honeymooner Anni Dewani was moved Tuesday to South Africa's high court in Cape Town where proceedings will start in February, a South African magistrate ruled.

Leeches save woman’s face after dog attack
Sweden

Leeches save woman’s face after dog attack

Doctors in southern Sweden used hundreds of leeches to help save a woman's face after a massive chunk had been bitten off by her own dog.

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Switzerland

Some Swiss banks refusing cash withdrawals by Germans

Some Swiss banks are not allowing their German customers to make cash withdrawals until a double taxation treaty between Bern and Berlin comes into force, the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA) said on Monday.

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Switzerland

Glencore accused of Zambia exploitation

Copper-rich Zambia is a victim of Swiss-based commodity companies who rake in profits by exploiting developing countries, a new book out on Monday claimed.

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Norway

Norway: Abbas ‘knows the outcome’ of UN vote

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas "knows what's in store" when he attempts this week to force a vote at the United Nations on the establishment of a state largely within Israel, Norway's most-senior diplomat has warned.

Embattled UBS chief to seek vote of confidence
Switzerland

Embattled UBS chief to seek vote of confidence

Banking giant UBS is to hold a board meeting on Wednesday in Singapore, when it will decide whether to maintain support for its chief executive Oswald Gruebel after a rogue trading case, Swiss press said on Tuesday.

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France

False bomb threat at Israeli consulate

Israel's consulate in the southern French port city of Marseille was temporarily evacuated on Tuesday when a bomb disposal squad found a mock device placed in a van parked outside.

President leaves pregnant wife in Paris
France

President leaves pregnant wife in Paris

President Nicolas Sarkozy starts a series of meetings in New York on Tuesday but his pregnant wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, has stayed behind in Paris.

French arts world at war over new museum
France

French arts world at war over new museum

Former French president Valéry Giscard d'Estaing tried to settle the future of one of Paris' most prestigious buildings on Monday in a saga that has pitted the arts establishment against a group of famous actors, designers and celebrities.

Aubry fights back over ‘default candidate’ charge
France

Aubry fights back over ‘default candidate’ charge

Martine Aubry was on the defensive on Monday after Sunday night's interview with Dominique Strauss-Kahn brought to light a "pact" the two had made that suggested only one would stand for the presidential nomination.

Norwegian army admits losing 1,200 rifles
Norway

Norwegian army admits losing 1,200 rifles

Every 10 days, an assault rifle goes missing from the tally of assault rifles in the Norwegian Armed Forces, and some end up in the hands of criminals, a military spokesman has admitted.

Holding the hate at bay – defending free speech in the internet age
Sweden

Holding the hate at bay – defending free speech in the internet age

As Swedish news outlets reassess their policies regarding online comments amid an ongoing debate about "internet hate", The Local's Peter Vinthagen Simpson argues that free speech is too important to be left to fend for itself in an online Wild West.

Writer fights back in Strauss-Kahn rape case
France

Writer fights back in Strauss-Kahn rape case

The French writer who says Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her in 2003 fought back on Monday, vowing to bring a civil case against the former IMF chief if there was no criminal prosecution.

Merkel and Obama talk eurozone, Mideast
Germany

Merkel and Obama talk eurozone, Mideast

US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by phone Monday to discuss the need for action on the eurozone crisis and the Middle East, the White House said.

Swiss exports fall on franc’s strength
Switzerland

Swiss exports fall on franc’s strength

Swiss exports fell 4.1 percent in August compared to 2010, hit by the strength of the franc, customs authorities said on Tuesday.

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France

DSK accuser’s lawyer calls interview ‘a joke’

The lawyer for the New York hotel maid who accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of rape called Monday the primetime interview he conducted in France "a joke," and said the full story would come out with an upcoming deposition.

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Switzerland

Swiss cut 2012 growth forecast to 0.9%

The Swiss government on Tuesday cut its growth forecast for 2012 to 0.9 percent, citing a worsening world economic environment and the strength of the franc.

Shark kills French bodyboarding champion
France

Shark kills French bodyboarding champion

An experienced surfer and bodyboard champion, Mathieu Schiller, was killed by a shark on Monday off the French island of La Réunion, reported local news site ipreunion.com.

Candy giant bows to ‘China racism’ complaint
Sweden

Candy giant bows to ‘China racism’ complaint

Confectionery giant Fazer has announced that its "Kinapuffar" product is to be re-designed after complaints that the current portrait was "racist".

Swedish budget focuses on labour market
Sweden

Swedish budget focuses on labour market

Sweden's government has forecast that growth in Sweden's GDP will fall sharply, from 4.1 percent in 2011 to 1.3 percent in 2012, warning that the fall could be even worse in its budget statement presented on Tuesday.

Rommel’s family complains about film profile plans
Germany

Rommel’s family complains about film profile plans

The family of German World War II General Erwin Rommel is complaining that a planned film by public broadcaster Südwestrundfunk (SWR) doesn’t do enough to portray Rommel as an opponent of Hitler.

Ship nearly sinks in Hamburg port
Germany

Ship nearly sinks in Hamburg port

A large container ship nearly sunk in Hamburg’s port late on Monday after a crash into another ship that left emergency officials scrambling to contain the damage.

Football fans stage silent derby protest
Sweden

Football fans stage silent derby protest

The Stockholm derby match between Djurgården and AIK began in deathly silence on Monday evening as fans from both sides staged a protest at all they consider to have gone wrong with game.

Google buys German bargain website
Germany

Google buys German bargain website

Google has bought German local bargain website DailyDeal as the internet titan seeks to expand its own local deals programme to users outside the United States.

The Best of Berlin in September
Germany

The Best of Berlin in September

Exberliner, Berlin’s leading English-language magazine, in September samples exquisite American coffee, tries out a new social network for artists, nibbles on Swedish candy and tours the city in style with a re-designed Rickshaw.