Massive increase in flats for sale
Sweden

Massive increase in flats for sale

The number of tenant-owner occupied apartments in Sweden is over 50 percent higher this year in comparison with last year, according to new figures published on Tuesday.

France and Belgium step in as Dexia totters
France

France and Belgium step in as Dexia totters

France and Belgium stepped in on Tuesday to guarantee the financing of troubled cross-border bank Dexia as its shares plunged spectacularly on reports that it was to be broken up.

Merkel man’s apology fails to quell party unease
Germany

Merkel man’s apology fails to quell party unease

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff Roland Pofalla has publicly apologised to his senior party colleague Wolfgang Bosbach for a verbal attack during the run-up to a crucial vote on the euro bail-out fund, which Bosbach had opposed.

German gets medal for saving dozens during Oslo massacre
Germany

German gets medal for saving dozens during Oslo massacre

A German man who saved at least 30 people during the massacre in Norway has been awarded one of Germany’s highest honours by the President.

Ryanair seeks Sweden expansion
Sweden

Ryanair seeks Sweden expansion

The Irish low cost airline Ryanair is planning to establish more airport hubs in Sweden, in order to expand operations to include domestic travel within the region.

Tapie swoops for control of Full Tilt Poker
France

Tapie swoops for control of Full Tilt Poker

The company of French businessman Bernard Tapie is seeking to take control of online gambling site Full Tilt Poker, shut down under US accusations that it was essentially a Ponzi scheme.

Farm girls calendar shows pick of the crop
Germany

Farm girls calendar shows pick of the crop

The pick of the crop of Germany’s young women farmers have stripped down to their underwear for a calendar to show that working the land does not necessarily require – or result in - hairy arms and red necks.

Sweden warns Syria over dissident harrassment
Sweden

Sweden warns Syria over dissident harrassment

Sweden and France on Tuesday warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime against attacking or intimidating Syrian opposition in exile, amid reports of assaults and threats in several European capitals.

Swiss warn of glacier shedding massive chunk
Switzerland

Swiss warn of glacier shedding massive chunk

A massive part of a glacier the size of 12 football fields in the Swiss Alps could break off, local authorities warned, after the discovery of an enormous crevasse in the glacier.

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France

Mayor in court for slapping troublemaker

The mayor of the northern French town of Cousolre will appear in court on Tuesday for slapping an adolescent who allegedly insulted and even threatened to kill him.

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France

Metro hero’s family hopes for Indian funeral

Friends of a 33-year-old Indian man who died when he tried to protect a woman who was being mugged on a Paris metro train are trying to raise money to send his body back to India for a funeral. 

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France

Race against time for release of Frenchwoman

Kenyan police beefed up security on Tuesday as efforts continued to obtain the release of a disabled
Frenchwoman dependent on regular medication who was snatched by gunmen from her beachfront home.

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Switzerland

Pro-immigration mayor resigns over threats

The mayor of a small town in northern Switzerland has left office after positive comments he made about immigrants were met with insults and threats directed at his family.

Rösler plans for default ahead of Greece visit
Germany

Rösler plans for default ahead of Greece visit

Just days before he is due to travel to Athens, Economy Minister Philipp Rösler laid out a framework for orderly state bankruptcies, calling for it to be included in a contract for the permanent euro crisis management mechanism.

Swedish maternity ward in ‘birth tourism’ push
Sweden

Swedish maternity ward in ‘birth tourism’ push

Sweden's smallest maternity ward, at Sollefteå hospital in the north of the country, is hoping to reverse the trend of contracting numbers by launching a 'birth tourism' initiative to attract expectant couples from far and wide.

Deutsche Bank to miss profit target
Germany

Deutsche Bank to miss profit target

Germany's largest bank - Deutsche Bank - said on Tuesday it would miss its profit target for the current year in face of financial market turbulence.

Joy as Herero skulls arrive in Namibia
Germany

Joy as Herero skulls arrive in Namibia

Thousands of Namibia's ethnic Hereros and Namas gave an heroic welcome Tuesday to 20 skulls of their ancestors returned from Germany, where colonial authorities had taken them a century ago.

Eggshells on the menu in Swiss army ritual row
Switzerland

Eggshells on the menu in Swiss army ritual row

Switzerland's military has pledged to investigate a hazing ritual in Bure in the north west of the country after a rookie soldier alerted the media to his humiliating treatment at the hands of his peers. 

Stockholm hit by bed bug invasion
Sweden

Stockholm hit by bed bug invasion

The number of cases of reported bed bugs in Sweden have increased by over 800 percent in five years, according to new figures from Swedish pest control agency Anticimex.

Foreign firms clash with Socialists in Geneva
Switzerland

Foreign firms clash with Socialists in Geneva

Global corporations have entered the political fray in Geneva as they launch a counter-attack againt the Socialist Party’s plans to jettison tax breaks for the canton's 931 foreign firms.

Supernova scientists share 2011 physics Nobel
Sweden

Supernova scientists share 2011 physics Nobel

Three US researchers have been jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe through observations of distant supernovae".

Volvo Diplomat Sales – more than just selling a car
Germany

Volvo Diplomat Sales – more than just selling a car

If you're a diplomat or have tax-free status at an international organization, a special scheme from Volvo means that you can buy a premium car at favourable prices - and gain many benefits besides.

Volvo Diplomat Sales – more than just selling a car
Sweden

Volvo Diplomat Sales – more than just selling a car

If you're a diplomat or have tax-free status at an international organization, a special scheme from Volvo means that you can buy a premium car at favourable prices - and gain many benefits besides.

Volvo Diplomat Sales – more than just selling a car
France

Volvo Diplomat Sales – more than just selling a car

If you're a diplomat or have tax-free status at an international organization, a special scheme from Volvo means that you can buy a premium car at favourable prices - and gain many benefits besides.

Germans like globalisation, but worry about income gap
Germany

Germans like globalisation, but worry about income gap

A new survey shows most Germans support the process of globalisation, although they’re worried about that the gap between rich and poor people could grow.

Borg: Greek budget plan could ‘fall off the rails’
Sweden

Borg: Greek budget plan could ‘fall off the rails’

Sweden's finance minister Anders Borg warned on Tuesday that Greece is at risk of missing budget targets demanded by international lenders in return for bailout funds.

French holds on to 2nd place in Europe’s schools
France

French holds on to 2nd place in Europe’s schools

French is still the second most widely studied language in Europe until the age of about 15, although it loses out to German with older pupils.

Erdogan claims German charities helping PKK
Germany

Erdogan claims German charities helping PKK

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has attacked German charities working in his country, saying they are funnelling money to the PKK terrorist group – the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

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FC Sion drop dispute against Swiss league

Swiss side Sion announced on Monday they have withdrawn their appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the Swiss Football League in a dispute over the eligibity of new players.

France and Belgium ready to rescue Dexia
France

France and Belgium ready to rescue Dexia

The French and Belgian governments will "step in if necessary" to bail out French-Belgian bank Dexia, Belgium's finance minister Didier Reynders said Tuesday, amid rumours of a break-up after
emergency boardroom talks.

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France

French want their banks to move with the times

Customers are frustrated with banks that have inconvenient opening hours and long queues, according to a new survey.

Sarkozy attacker has his punishment cut
France

Sarkozy attacker has his punishment cut

A civil servant who attacked Nicolas Sarkozy while the president was on a walkabout in June has been punished with a three-month suspension from his job.

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Sweden

Man convicted for attack on driver of riding mower

A 60-year-old man has been sentenced for assaulting the driver of a riding lawnmower the man claimed was making horses in a nearby field in northern Sweden “hysterical”.

UBS to post ‘modest’ profit despite rogue trade
Switzerland

UBS to post ‘modest’ profit despite rogue trade

Swiss banking giant UBS said Tuesday that it expected to post a slight profit for the third quarter, despite rogue trading which lost the bank $2.3 billion.

King slammed over award to Saudi monarch
Sweden

King slammed over award to Saudi monarch

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf has kicked up a storm of controversy after giving a medal to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah during a recent visit to the country.

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Sweden

Wrong of guards to stop inmate’s sex act

Staff at a Swedish prison had no right to interrupt an inmate and his girlfriend while they were having sex during an authorised visit simply because the couple's five-month-old daughter was also in the room, Sweden's Parliamentary Ombudsman (Justitieombudsmannen – JO) has ruled.

Erhard sought to pay billions for East German freedom
Germany

Erhard sought to pay billions for East German freedom

West German Chancellor and father of the country's post-war 'economic miracle' Ludwig Erhard pleaded with the Americans to effectively buy East Germany from the Soviets in the early 1960s according to newly released documents.

Around 500 animals dead in Bavarian farm fire
Germany

Around 500 animals dead in Bavarian farm fire

Around 500 farm animals perished in a massive fire at a Bavarian farm in the early hours of Monday, police said.

Westerwelle praises Danish border re-opening
Germany

Westerwelle praises Danish border re-opening

The German government has praised Denmark’s decision to scrap controversial new border control measures that had left its neighbours in uproar.