German economy heads for ‘stagnation’
Germany

German economy heads for ‘stagnation’

Germany may not be on the brink of a severe recession, but the country long seen as the financial powerhouse of Europe appears to be headed for economic stagnation.

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France

US high court turns down WWII French rail case

The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up an appeal against French railways firm SNCF over its role in deporting Jews during World War II, blocking descendants of deportees from suing in US courts.

Investigators chase hundreds of Nazis anew
Germany

Investigators chase hundreds of Nazis anew

German investigators are pursuing hundreds of former Nazi death camp guards around the globe – after the conviction of John Demjanjuk set two important legal precedents.

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France

French dad’s 30-year hunt ends in murder trial for doctor

A French father's 30-year quest for justice for a murdered daughter came a step closer to an end on Tuesday when a German doctor he had had kidnapped went on trial in France.

Kidnappers used victim as a slave to clean flats
Germany

Kidnappers used victim as a slave to clean flats

Police have arrested three people after a 19-year-old man was kidnapped and used as a slave to clean two filthy flats - fearing for his life after being beaten up and even dangled head-first off a bridge.

Former Beluga manager accused of stealing orphan school donations
Germany

Former Beluga manager accused of stealing orphan school donations

Former owner of the bankrupt Beluga shipping firm Niels Stolberg has been accused of funnelling money donated to rebuild a school in Thailand after the 2004 tsunami in Asia into his company’s coffers as he battled to keep it afloat.

Swedish cops march in low-wage protest
Sweden

Swedish cops march in low-wage protest

Hundreds of Swedish police officers marched into unemployment offices on Wednesday and started looking for other jobs in Sweden's major cities in a demonstration against the profession's low wages.

Deportees: CIA behind torture interrogations
Sweden

Deportees: CIA behind torture interrogations

Two Egyptians who were forcibly deported to Egypt from Sweden by CIA agents in 2001 have blamed the US spy agency for the torture they received in their home country.

Norwegian students among Europe’s oldest
Norway

Norwegian students among Europe’s oldest

Norwegian students are among the oldest in Europe and are on average 28 years old, although the age of students everywhere is rising, a study has learned.

Driver found dead after tanker truck inferno
Sweden

Driver found dead after tanker truck inferno

Investigators confirmed that the driver of a tanker truck that crashed and exploded on the E6 motorway north of Gothenburg on Wednesday morning died in the fiery wreck.

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Norway

Single-oar getaway has thieves rowing in circles

Two burglars making a getaway in a row boat were caught by waiting police after paddling for their lives with just one oar.

Utøya: an island with a broken heart
Norway

Utøya: an island with a broken heart

The countless cartridges have been cleared away, most shattered windows have been replaced and a poster still proudly states "Utøya. Welcome to the island, the Nordic paradise."

Norway leads global hunt for ‘black gold’
Norway

Norway leads global hunt for ‘black gold’

Norway has found more oil than Iraq, Iran, Brazil the US or Russia so far this year and can expect to spend an extra 25 billion kroner ($4.2 billion) from the annual budget as a result, Norwegian media reported on Tuesday.

Norwegian town faces data cloud ban
Norway

Norwegian town faces data cloud ban

Norway’s information technology overseer, the Datatilsynet, is considering a “Danish style” ban on cloud computing for government agencies, saying subscriptions to remote data storage, software and retrieval could put citizens' private data at risk.

Dexia account-holders pull €300m from bank
France

Dexia account-holders pull €300m from bank

Account-holders in the troubled Franco-Belgian Dexia bank on Tuesday withdrew €300 million, Belgian economic daily De Tijd said on Wednesday.

Soggy weather replaces Indian summer
Germany

Soggy weather replaces Indian summer

Germany's flirtation with sunny weather is fizzling out as a large low pressure system travels down from Scandinavia. With it will come rain showers, gusty winds and cloudy skies.

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France

Raucous mayor forces villagers to join his anniversary celebrations

1,000 villagers were unwitting participants in their mayor's celebrations of his 40th wedding anniversary when he woke them up by letting off fireworks and sounding the village church bells at midnight.

SPD and Greens drop Berlin government talks
Germany

SPD and Greens drop Berlin government talks

Talks between the Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens on forming a coalition to govern Berlin collapsed on Wednesday – over disagreement over a three-kilometre stretch of motorway.

One in five fathers rejects parental leave: study
Sweden

One in five fathers rejects parental leave: study

Almost 20 percent of Swedish fathers don't take one single day of parental leave during the first four years of their children's life, according to fresh figures from Sweden's social insurance agency Försäkringskassan.

Swiss cantons bid farewell to mushroom inspector
Switzerland

Swiss cantons bid farewell to mushroom inspector

A long-standing tradition has come to an end in two Swiss cantons whose citizens have previously been able to turn to a fungus expert to avoiding eating poisonous mushrooms. 

Coop caught selling old meat as new
Switzerland

Coop caught selling old meat as new

Former employees of supermarket chain Coop have said that they were occasionally ordered to take old packaged meat off the shelves, repackage it and put it for sale again as fresh meat, even after the expiration date. 

Germany disappointed as UN fails to censure Syria
Germany

Germany disappointed as UN fails to censure Syria

Germany on Wednesday lamented the failure of the United Nations Security Council to agree a resolution on a bloody crackdown in Syria that has left 2,700 dead, saying it had undermined the body's authority.

Switzerland tops global tax haven ranking
Switzerland

Switzerland tops global tax haven ranking

A new study on financial secrecy has found Switzerland to have the world's most opaque bank system, despite recent fiscal agreements with Germany, the UK and the US.

Israeli scientist awarded 2011 chemistry Nobel
Sweden

Israeli scientist awarded 2011 chemistry Nobel

Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman has been awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for the discovery of quasicrystals" which "fundamentally" altered how chemists conceive of solid matter, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Actor blackmailed over masturbation film

A 26-year-old man has been charged with blackmail after threatening to make public a film of a famous Swedish actor masturbating, unless paid a substantial amount of money.

Swedish stage braces for naked Englishmen
Sweden

Swedish stage braces for naked Englishmen

English-speakers in Stockholm and Uppsala looking for a slice of home language culture should leave a day or two free in October for some skillful, crazy fun - and some nudity - when two celebrated performance groups take to the stage.

Fatal beating an ‘execution’: prosecutor
Sweden

Fatal beating an ‘execution’: prosecutor

The female prison guard who was beaten to death by an inmate on Monday was alone with the 28-year-old offender at the time, in violation of a previous decision that the inmate should be accompanied by two guards when being moved.

France says Dexia bailout won’t hurt credit rating
France

France says Dexia bailout won’t hurt credit rating

French officials scrambled on Wednesday to defend their plan to save struggling Franco-Belgian bank Dexia, insisting it is a one-off action and poses no threat to the state's own credit rating.

Anger over probe into girlfriend of top Socialist
France

Anger over probe into girlfriend of top Socialist

The glamorous journalist girlfriend of top Socialist François Hollande was the subject of a Paris police investigation into her background and network, according to a report in L'Express.

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France

Life expectancy up but class gap remains

French men and women can expect to live longer now than ever before but professional workers have longer life expectancy than their blue collar colleagues.

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Sweden

Tanker blows after Gothenburg collision

A massive explosion, followed by an “inferno” has been reported from the E6 highway north of Gothenburg on Wednesday morning, in what police believe to be a collision between a truck and a tanker.

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France

Metro death suspect held by Paris police

Police have caught up with the leading suspect in the case of a 33-year-old Indian man who died when he ended up on the tracks of a metro line.

Linke split by rumours of a Lafontaine return
Germany

Linke split by rumours of a Lafontaine return

The socialist Left party (Linke) is being wracked by speculation that former leader and one-time Finance Minister Oskar Lafontaine could return to the top ranks of the party.

Swedish tourism suffers summer decline
Sweden

Swedish tourism suffers summer decline

Fewer tourists visited Sweden in the summer 2011, breaking a six year upward trend, according to new figures from the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket).

FDP rebels force party member vote on euro rescue plans
Germany

FDP rebels force party member vote on euro rescue plans

Angela Merkel’s junior coalition party, the Free Democrats (FDP), is being forced by its members to take an internal referendum on whether to oppose Germany’s involvement in measures to rescue the euro.

Laureate thought Nobel call was ‘a student joke’
Sweden

Laureate thought Nobel call was ‘a student joke’

Australia's newest Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt assumed it was an elaborate undergraduate joke when he heard a Swedish voice on the line informing him that he had a "very important call" on Tuesday night.

Polish opposition leader attacks Merkel
Germany

Polish opposition leader attacks Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants Poland to "submit" to the will of its powerful neighbour, Polish opposition leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski claims in a new book.

Blood donors targeted in social media push
Sweden

Blood donors targeted in social media push

Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg in western Sweden has launch a massive social media campaign to encourage blood donors to help meet a shortage.