How a far-right party came to dominate Swiss politics
Switzerland

How a far-right party came to dominate Swiss politics

It has become the biggest party in Swiss politics and one of the most talked-about far-right parties in Europe. Meritxell Mir looks at how the SVP became so successful.

Rösler tells Greeks stability crucial to calm debt turbulence
Germany

Rösler tells Greeks stability crucial to calm debt turbulence

German Economy Minister Philipp Rösler called for more stability in the eurozone to deal with debt turbulence as Greece pledged to fully repay its bailout loans on Friday.

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Norway

One in three Norwegians on benefits

One in three work-aged adults, the most in the world, is on some sort of sick leave or disability pension in Norway, according to numbers that ended up in the national budget announced this week.

Melting ice spawns record cod catch
Norway

Melting ice spawns record cod catch

Helped by global warming, Norway’s near monopoly on the stuff of fish’n'chips is about to grow.

Three women share Nobel Peace Prize
Norway

Three women share Nobel Peace Prize

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, her compatriot and "peace warrior" Leymah Gbowee and Yemen's Arab Spring activist Tawakkul Karman won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a nod to women's empowerment.

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France

France and Germany split on bailout fund: report

Splits have emerged between the eurozone's top two economies on how best to use the beefed-up bailout fund to tackle the debt crisis, German business daily Handelsblatt reported on Friday.

Frugal Germans consider cost first at the supermarket
Germany

Frugal Germans consider cost first at the supermarket

It may seem that low cost supermarkets are ubiquitous in Germany – and there are 16,000 of them scattered around the country – but shoppers here are generally confident of the quality of their groceries.

Juholt to SVT: don’t have Åkesson stand so close to me
Sweden

Juholt to SVT: don’t have Åkesson stand so close to me

The leaders of the Social Democrats and the Left Party on Friday declined to participate in an upcoming debate to avoid having to stand next to Sweden Democrat party leader Jimmie Åkesson.

Red-faced Flyer scores own-goal for ex-team
Switzerland

Red-faced Flyer scores own-goal for ex-team

Swiss hockey player Sven Berger has become a European sensation for all the wrong reasons after the Kloten Flyers blueliner scored an embarrassing own-goal in a game against his former team.

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Switzerland

Swiss hockey legend found dead in Italy

The body of former Swiss national team player Peter Jaks was found on railway tracks near Santo Spirito on the southwest cost of Italy early on Wednesday morning.

Merkel praises Nobel Peace Prize choice
Germany

Merkel praises Nobel Peace Prize choice

Chancellor Angela Merkel praised the decision by the Nobel Prize Committee to pick three women to win this year’s Peace Prize, deeming it a “wise decision” in a statement.

Swedish girl’s message in a bottle answered after 22 years
Sweden

Swedish girl’s message in a bottle answered after 22 years

A bottle containing a note thrown into the Baltic Sea by a child in the 1980s was recently found by a woman on the east coast of Sweden who was surprised to realise she knew the sender.

Why it really is OK to stray in France
France

Why it really is OK to stray in France

The French are famed for their relaxed approach to extra-marital affairs, but is the country's love of a bit on the side really just a bit of a myth? Or is adultery really a very French affair? Matthew Warren investigates.

This food may not be local, but it sure is good
Sweden

This food may not be local, but it sure is good

Looking to break out of the meat+potato+brown sauce rut of typical Swedish cuisine? Contributor Gwen Ramsey offers some tips on where to authentic ethnic cuisine in the Swedish capital.

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France

Ministry seeks ban on police watchdog site

A website set up by a group claiming to want to expose violent and racist police officers has been threatened with closure.

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France

Dead dolphins found tied to concrete block

Two divers made a bizarre and macabre discovery when they came across three dead dolphins in the water that had been tied by their tails to a concrete block.

Swedish feminists praise Peace Prize winners
Sweden

Swedish feminists praise Peace Prize winners

Swedish women's rights activists and peace groups hailed the awarding of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize to three women who have been instrumental in promoting women's role in peace-building activities in Africa and the Middle East.

Dementia shop and advice centre comes to Freiburg
Germany

Dementia shop and advice centre comes to Freiburg

A shop and advice centre for people suffering dementia – and those caring for them – is set to open in southern Germany soon – claiming to be the first of its kind in the country, where more than a million people have the condition.

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Switzerland

Geneva speed demon clocks 325 km/h

A 28-year-old driver is facing a hefty fine after speeding at 325 km/h in his Bentley Continental on a highway in southern Switzerland while recording his high-octane exploits on his mobile phone.

Malmö mayor: time to try ‘temporary’ citizenship
Sweden

Malmö mayor: time to try ‘temporary’ citizenship

Social Democrat Malmö mayor Ilmar Reepalu's proposal to combat criminality by deporting new Swedish citizens who commit serious crimes has been slammed by party colleagues as "pure racism".

Nearly 50 US paratroopers hurt in Bavarian training exercise
Germany

Nearly 50 US paratroopers hurt in Bavarian training exercise

Nearly 50 American army paratroopers were injured – some seriously – during a mass parachute training exercise in southern Germany this week.

Honecker’s plane gets new lease of life as luxury hotel
Germany

Honecker’s plane gets new lease of life as luxury hotel

A plane used by East German leaders – including, it is rumoured, Erich Honecker - has been transformed into a luxury hotel complete with Jacuzzi, sauna, bar and flat-screen television.

German bank reclaims 50 trains from Bulgaria over payment row
Germany

German bank reclaims 50 trains from Bulgaria over payment row

Germany's state development bank KfW has claimed back 50 Siemens trains leased to Bulgaria's state railways company BDZ over delayed payments and an insurance row, a press report said on Friday.

Daycare sends infant girl alone in taxi
Sweden

Daycare sends infant girl alone in taxi

A daycare centre in Jönköping, southern Sweden, sent an unaccompanied 15-month-old girl by taxi when she needed to be transported between care facilities.

Buoyant French left set to select its champion
France

Buoyant French left set to select its champion

With poll after poll suggesting they are within touching distance of ousting President Nicolas Sarkozy, France's left-wing opposition will vote to choose a champion on Sunday in determined mood.

Snow storm slams northern Sweden
Sweden

Snow storm slams northern Sweden

The season's first winter storm walloped northern Sweden on Thursday night, dumping more than 10 centimetres of thick, wet snow, snarling traffic, and prompting warnings from police.

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Norway

Peace Nobel to Liberia, Arab Spring, or EU?

Africa's first democratically elected woman president, cyber activists who helped bring about the Arab Spring uprising or maybe the European Union? Speculation ahead of Friday's Nobel Peace Prize announcement is rife.

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Norway

‘World will rally around Peace Prize pick’

The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize will be seen as a unifying choice and will be less controversial than last year's award, the head of the prize committee said Thursday, a day before the announcement.

German terrorist ‘killed by drone’
Germany

German terrorist ‘killed by drone’

A German terrorist who helped found a group dedicated to attacking Germans and Americans has been killed by an US drone in Pakistan, according to media reports.

Ericsson to sell stake in Sony Ericsson: report
Sweden

Ericsson to sell stake in Sony Ericsson: report

In a push to enhance its smartphone business, Japan's Sony is nearing a deal to buy out Swedish telecom firm Ericsson's stake in their mobile phone joint venture, according to the Wall Street Journal.

NBA star takes wage cut to play in France
France

NBA star takes wage cut to play in France

French basketball player Tony Parker will swap the glamour of the American NBA for a more down-to-earth existence in his temporary spell playing for French team Villeurbanne, even claiming he will "take the bus, like everyone else."

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France

‘I acted in self-defence’: metro death suspect

The man arrested on suspicion of being responsible for the death of an Indian man on the Paris metro has been giving his version of events.

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Switzerland

Two injured in Swiss passenger train collision

A Swiss train collided into another Thursday in the country's north with two people injured and many carriages derailed, police said.

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France

French ticket collectors strike after attack

French railway ticket collectors went on a wildcat strike on Thursday, severely disrupting services and stranding thousands of travellers after a colleague was stabbed by a passenger.

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Sweden

Man denies buying sex: ‘I couldn’t get it up’

A 71-year-old Swede caught paying for sex has claimed he is innocent as his erectile dysfunction made it impossible to go through with the act.

Violence still simmers months after Berlin squat eviction
Germany

Violence still simmers months after Berlin squat eviction

Police say they are still dealing with violent reprisals even months after they forced the eviction of residents from a controversial leftist squat house in Berlin.

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Sweden

Reinfeldt: intensify ‘peer pressure’ to boost EU growth

Three European leaders Thursday called for an ambitious growth agenda to get the continent back on track, including tight fiscal discipline by member states as the euro debt crisis deepens.

First narcolepsy cases receive compensation
Sweden

First narcolepsy cases receive compensation

The first children in Sweden who fell ill with the sleeping disorder narcolepsy after being given the swine flu vaccination Pandemrix, have been awarded 50,000 kronor ($7,340) in compensation.

Bildt rejects mounting Ethiopia criticism
Sweden

Bildt rejects mounting Ethiopia criticism

Foreign minister Carl Bildt on Thursday repudiated the mounting criticism regarding how he has been handling the case with the two Swedish reporters jailed in Ethiopia.

Outrage after researcher denied entry to Russia
Germany

Outrage after researcher denied entry to Russia

Germany's foreign ministry summoned the Russian deputy ambassador to Berlin on Thursday over a German political scientist who was refused entry to the country at a Moscow airport.