British school in Berlin gives students a head start
Germany

British school in Berlin gives students a head start

Providing international qualifications, tuition in English, a multicultural environment and lots of extra-curricular activities, a British school in Berlin prepares students for an international life.

Merkel: banks need cash
Germany

Merkel: banks need cash

As Chancellor Angela Merkel prepared to meet leading European finance figures in Berlin on Thursday evening, she stressed the need for a secure currency system to ensure economic growth.

Britain and Switzerland sign tax agreement
Switzerland

Britain and Switzerland sign tax agreement

Britain and Switzerland signed an agreement on Thursday which will allow the taxing of previously hidden funds held by Britons in Swiss bank accounts.

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France

Kenya arrests 7 over Frenchwoman kidnap

Kenyan police said on Thursday they had arrested seven people over the kidnapping of a disabled Frenchwoman seized from her beachfront home at a prized resort island and taken to neighbouring Somalia.

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Sweden

Dad cleared over baby daughter’s death

The young Swedish father who was remanded into custody in September on suspicion of beating his two-month-old daughter to death, was released on Thursday, after the autopsy revealed she died from the results of a viral infection.

French suburbs turn away from state and towards Islam
France

French suburbs turn away from state and towards Islam

Local communities in France's immigrant suburbs increasingly organise themselves on Islamic lines rather than following the values of the secular republic, according to a major new sociological study.

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Sweden

The poetry of Tomas Tranströmer

Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, who was on Thursday named the 2011 Nobel Literature Prize laureate, has published a relatively small body of work, often addressing themes of death, history and nature.

Lars von Trier quizzed by police for Hitler remarks
France

Lars von Trier quizzed by police for Hitler remarks

Danish director Lars von Trier said on Wednesday Danish police had questioned him on French charges relating to his controversial remarks at the Cannes Film Festival about Adolf Hitler.

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France

L’Oreal heiress accuses daughter of wanting to lock her up

Billionaire L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt said on Wednesday that her daughter wanted to lock her up, the latest volley in the duo's tortuous war of words and lawsuits.

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Sweden

Publisher hails Swedish poet’s Nobel

The head of literature at Swedish publishing house Bonniers, which has published the bulk of Tomas Tranströmer's work, compared news of the newly-named Nobel laureate's win to becoming a parent.

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Switzerland

Pear-shaped 110-carat diamond to go under hammer

One of the world's largest diamonds, a pear-shaped 110.3-carat yellow rock, will go under the hammer in Geneva in November expecting to fetch about $15 million, an auction house said Thursday.

German taxis rank well for service but poorly on price
Germany

German taxis rank well for service but poorly on price

Taxi customers in Munich, Cologne and Berlin get some of the best service in Europe – but pay for the privilege with some of the highest prices, according to test results published on Thursday by motorists’ organisation ADAC.

Özil wants to sit out Turkey football clash
Germany

Özil wants to sit out Turkey football clash

One of Germany’s high-profile ethnic Turkish footballers, Mesut Özil, has asked to sit out Friday’s match against Turkey to avoid angry Turkish fans – but has been told he has to play.

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Norway

Dane shoots Norway’s best-known albino elk

The shooting of an albino elk by a Danish hunter in south-east Norway has brought death threats for the hunting trip operator Norwegian hunters who had long agreed to let the white mammal live.

Germans remember Steve Jobs with flowers at Apple shops
Germany

Germans remember Steve Jobs with flowers at Apple shops

People laid flowers outside Apple shops in Germany in memory of the computer company’s dead founder Steve Jobs, who died aged 56 on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Swedes propose EU debt crisis solution: report

Swedish politicians are reported to be behind a proposal to allow the European investment bank (EIB) to play a key role in the rescue of troubled European banks, according to the German Financial Times on Thursday.

Secluded Swedish castle reveals hidden Nazi past
Sweden

Secluded Swedish castle reveals hidden Nazi past

A chance encounter with the granddaughter of a Swedish count gave contributor Roger Choate an inside peek at the mysteries of Rockelstad Castle, once a frequent destination for a notorious Nazi leader.

Petrol station slammed for Roma discrimination
Sweden

Petrol station slammed for Roma discrimination

The owner of a Swedish petrol station has been order to compensate a Roma woman after an employee told her to pay for petrol in advance, saying they had had "problems with the Roma in the past".

Strong franc prompts unemployment fears
Switzerland

Strong franc prompts unemployment fears

A leading Swiss official has expressed fears that companies will begin massive lay-offs and relocate production to more competitive countries unless the country's soaring currency can be reeled back in.

Swedish poet awarded 2011 Literature Nobel
Sweden

Swedish poet awarded 2011 Literature Nobel

Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer has been awarded the 2011 Nobel prize in Literature.

Sarkozy pays tribute to Steve Jobs
France

Sarkozy pays tribute to Steve Jobs

French president Nicolas Sarkozy paid tribute to Steve Jobs on Thursday after the 56-year-old Apple founder, chairman and chief executive died on Wednesday.

France to press ahead with soda tax
France

France to press ahead with soda tax

Sugary drinks like Orangina and Coca-Cola will cost a bit extra from January 1st after budget minister Valérie Pécresse confirmed that a tax of 2 euro cents (2.7 US cents) will be slapped on every 33 centilitre can.

The Local’s guide to German castles
Germany

The Local’s guide to German castles

Kicking off a month focusing on Germany’s castles, palaces and crumbling ruins, The Local introduces 12 of the best – and one of the spookiest – royal locales.

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Switzerland

Court win for woman paid 40% less than colleague

Switzerland's Supreme Court has ruled in favour of a woman who sued her company for gender discrimination after she found she was earning 40 percent less than the male co-worker she was supervising.

Jobs ‘our time’s Da Vinci’: Spotify CEO
Sweden

Jobs ‘our time’s Da Vinci’: Spotify CEO

Swedish IT notables are among those joining in the chorus of praise for the life of Steve Jobs, the charismatic co-founder of Apple who died on Wednesday aged 56.

Book publisher challenges Amazon by launching a €40 e-reader
Germany

Book publisher challenges Amazon by launching a €40 e-reader

A German book publisher is challenging Amazon and other electronic book makers by releasing a no-frills e-reader which undercuts the Kindle by nearly €40 euros.

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Norway

Norway wakes up to biggest ever budget

Norwegians awoke on Thursday to news of the largest national budget in the century-old state’s history, as early morning budget leaks to the press heralded a 1.006 trillion kroner ($172.04 billion) spending spree for 2012.

Border cop convicted after sex bribe attempt
Sweden

Border cop convicted after sex bribe attempt

An officer with the Swedish border police in Västra Götaland was convicted Wednesday for offering a female asylum seeker to ”forget about her case” in return for sex and drugs.

Swiss court raps UEFA over Sion expulsion
Switzerland

Swiss court raps UEFA over Sion expulsion

A Swiss regional court on Wednesday ordered UEFA to reinstate FC Sion to the Europa League or be fined 1,000 francs ($1,084)) for each day it refuses to implement the ruling, the Swiss football club said.

Anger at Polish plans for nuke plants near Berlin
Germany

Anger at Polish plans for nuke plants near Berlin

Authorities in the north east of Germany are preparing for uproar at Polish plans to build a nuclear power station near the border.

Fifth shark attack in La Réunion
France

Fifth shark attack in La Réunion

A French man had a terrifying ten minute wait in the water after a shark attacked him in his kayak and left him shouting out for help.

What’s on in Germany: October 6 – 12
Germany

What’s on in Germany: October 6 – 12

This Week's Highlights: Max Liebermann in Hamburg, Samuel Beckett in Munich, and an ancient metropolis comes to life in Berlin.

Two more UBS officials resign over rogue trading
Switzerland

Two more UBS officials resign over rogue trading

UBS, Switzerland's top bank, said on Wednesday that two more officials have resigned following a $2.3 billion rogue trading scandal which cost chief executive Oswald Grübel his job.

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France

Police seek mugging victim in metro case

Police are still looking for a woman who was attacked by a mugger on a Paris metro train a week ago as part of their inquiry into the death of a 33-year-old Indian man. 

Volvo’s Chinese owner interested in Saab: report
Sweden

Volvo’s Chinese owner interested in Saab: report

China's Geely, owner of Volvo Cars, has indicated an interest in acquiring a stake in troubled Swedish automaker Saab Automobile, according to media reports.

Outrage over handcuffing of 12-year-old boy
Sweden

Outrage over handcuffing of 12-year-old boy

A YouTube video showing a 12-year-old boy being handcuffed and wrestled to the ground by two security guards in a Stockholm metro station has prompted strong reactions from family members, but police claim the guards did nothing wrong.

Consumer group warns of dangerous supplements
Germany

Consumer group warns of dangerous supplements

Nearly one in three food supplements Germans can buy online from other countries contain dangerous or illegal substances, a consumer group has warned.

Speeding Swede made to pay massive Swiss fine
Sweden

Speeding Swede made to pay massive Swiss fine

A Swede who was fined 27,000 Swiss francs ($30,000) after being clocked driving his luxury Mercedes at 290 km/h in Switzerland last year has lost his appeal to have the fine reduced.

Government doubles civil servants’ Christmas bonuses
Germany

Government doubles civil servants’ Christmas bonuses

The German government will double civil servants’ Christmas money next year, in a turnaround of austerity measures introduced in 2006.

Namibian skulls’ return prompt new demands
Germany

Namibian skulls’ return prompt new demands

A national commemoration on Wednesday for 20 Namibian skulls seized by Imperial Germany a century ago provoked emotional calls for reparations for colonial-era abuses.