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Switzerland

Swiss protestors to hold anti-Wall Street demo

Demonstrators are expected to gather on Saturday in the Swiss cities of Zurich, Geneva and Basel for protests modelled after the anti-Wall Street marches against US authorities and the banking industry.

Make the most of your Swiss residence permit: invest in property
Switzerland

Make the most of your Swiss residence permit: invest in property

Your Swiss residence permit doesn’t only give you the right to live in Switzerland - it also gives you the chance to buy investment properties usually unavailable to foreigners. 

Lievremont proud of stunning French recovery
France

Lievremont proud of stunning French recovery

France coach Marc Lievremont finally smiled at the World Cup after his side pulled off one of their storied recoveries to dump their English nemesis out of the tournament on Saturday.

Juholt position ‘difficult’ after fraud probe: expert
Sweden

Juholt position ‘difficult’ after fraud probe: expert

The fraud investigation against Social Democrat leader Håkan Juholt will restrict his freedom of movement politically - and a prosecution will force his departure, political scientist Ulf Bjereld tells The Local.

Unreliable weather rains on Intersport results
Germany

Unreliable weather rains on Intersport results

Unusual weather has created problems for Intersport, Germany’s biggest sports shop chain, taking the blame for a 4-percent-drop in profits over the first nine months of this year compared with last.

‘Le Huffington Post’ to launch in France
France

‘Le Huffington Post’ to launch in France

The Huffington Post said on Monday it will launch a French edition in partnership with newspaper Le Monde, as the influential news and opinion website continues its push to expand outside North America.

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Switzerland

Passive lover cleared over Geneva drowning

A Swiss court has cleared a man of wrongdoing after he failed to jump into the water to save his date from drowning in Lake Geneva.

Aldi dynasty continue to lead German rich list
Germany

Aldi dynasty continue to lead German rich list

The best business to get into in Germany seems to be discount supermarkets - the owners of Aldi, Lidl and Kaufland again top the list of the country’s richest people.

Håkan Juholt subject to criminal investigation
Sweden

Håkan Juholt subject to criminal investigation

Social Democrat leader Håkan Juholt is to be probed on suspicion of fraud in connection with revelations that he has spent years pocketing accommodation reimbursements he wasn't entitled to, the prosecutor has announced.

Swedish female soldiers get belated bra boost
Sweden

Swedish female soldiers get belated bra boost

Swedish military officials have hailed as a “milestone” the fact that new female recruits can now be issued bras in accordance with recommended guidelines.

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Sweden

12-year-old Malmö girl ‘was not raped’: police

Malmö police have confirmed that the 12-year-old girl who was reported to have been attacked in central Malmö last weekend was not subject to a rape and that the case has been closed.

Leftist extremists claim rail arson attacks
Germany

Leftist extremists claim rail arson attacks

Train services between Berlin and Hamburg were severely disrupted on Monday after a sabotage attack on rail lines claimed by leftist extremists. Federal police also said they had foiled an arson attack on the German capital’s main train station.

Meteorite lands on home of Mrs Comette
France

Meteorite lands on home of Mrs Comette

A meteorite chose the roof of a house belonging to a Mrs Comette in the southern suburbs of Paris to make its acquaintance with the planet Earth.

Parents believe their ethnically Turkish children disadvantaged
Germany

Parents believe their ethnically Turkish children disadvantaged

Most parents of ethnically Turkish children in Germany say they are dissatisfied with the way their kids are being educated, according to a survey seen by Der Spiegel magazine.

Scania cuts output amid slowing global growth
Sweden

Scania cuts output amid slowing global growth

Swedish truckmaker Scania on Monday announced a cut in production by up to 15 percent starting next month due to lower demand caused by a global economic slowdown.

Westerwelle praises Poland’s ‘vote for Europe’
Germany

Westerwelle praises Poland’s ‘vote for Europe’

Germany on Monday welcomed the outcome of the Polish general election, calling it a "vote for Europe" after the campaign was marred by an opposition leader's anti-German tirade.

Two Americans share economics Nobel
Sweden

Two Americans share economics Nobel

The 2011 Nobel prize in economics, known officially Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, has been awarded to US-based economists Thomas J. Sargent and Christopher A. Sims for “their empirical research on cause and effect in the macroeconomy”.

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Switzerland

European arrivals swell Swiss population stats

The number of foreigners living in Switzerland rose 2.9 percent in August compared to a year ago, with the rise driven by arrivals from European countries.

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France

Man shot dead over cannabis theft

Motorists on a busy road were shocked to see a dying man staggering along the side of the A54 motorway between the southern towns of Nîmes and Arles on Sunday.

France and Belgium rescue crisis victim Dexia
France

France and Belgium rescue crisis victim Dexia

Belgium, France and Luxembourg rescued Dexia on Monday, splitting up the bank after it became the first lender to succumb to Europe's debt crisis as the eurozone braced to recapitalise its banks.

Live Video: 2011 Economics Nobel
Sweden

Live Video: 2011 Economics Nobel

At 1pm Central European Time on Monday, the winner of the 2011 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel will be announced.

Switzerland set to get tough on hooligans
Switzerland

Switzerland set to get tough on hooligans

Swiss authorities are preparing to implement tough measures to prevent violence among hooligans from rival football teams.

Norwegian ghost-busters see business boom
Norway

Norwegian ghost-busters see business boom

Clairvoyants in Norway say business is up 100 percent over last year, with TV reality shows making it “more socially acceptable” to have homes purified of spirits by psychics.

Ikea helps Chemnitz renovate iconic Karl Marx statue
Germany

Ikea helps Chemnitz renovate iconic Karl Marx statue

As Germany's most famous statue of socialist theorist Karl Marx marks its 40th anniversary, Chemnitz is spending nearly €100,000 on cosmetic renovations for the landmark with help from furniture store Ikea.

Swiss banks urged to beef up ahead of crisis
Switzerland

Swiss banks urged to beef up ahead of crisis

Swiss financial authorities have urged bank giants UBS and Credit Suisse to quickly improve the quality of their equity capital as fears mount that the Greek debt crisis will spread across the banking sector.

Swedish work permit rules ‘misused’: minister
Sweden

Swedish work permit rules ‘misused’: minister

The Swedish law on labour migration is being used as a means to access other EU labour markets with hundreds of migrants recently travelling onwards within the Schengen area without even passing customs at Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

Merkel visits Vietnam, Mongolia to talk trade
Germany

Merkel visits Vietnam, Mongolia to talk trade

Fresh from a euro crisis meeting with France, German Chancellor Angela Merkel embarks Monday on a visit to Vietnam and Mongolia, hoping to clinch deals on trade and precious raw materials.

Microsoft’s Streetside better accepted than Google’s Street View
Germany

Microsoft’s Streetside better accepted than Google’s Street View

Microsoft’s Streetside service, which allows users to see virtual views of streets and houses, in a similar way to Google’s Street View is only generating a fraction of the opposition.

What does it mean to be a dual citizen?
Sweden

What does it mean to be a dual citizen?

After Malmö mayor Ilmar Reepalu ruffled feathers last week by suggesting ‘temporary’ citizenship as a way to combat crime, contributor Ruben Brunsveld reflects on the meaning of passports and citizenship.

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Norway

Jellyfish put coastal ferry in jetty jam

A Norwegian coastal ferry had to halt operations for hours on Sunday night when it ran into giant schools of marauding jellyfish.

Private health insurance in Sweden: a clash of cultures
Sweden

Private health insurance in Sweden: a clash of cultures

As growing numbers of Swedes choose private healthcare, The Local's Clara Guibourg explores what's behind the trend and what it could mean for the quality of Sweden's public healthcare system.

Swedish corruption rise ‘a myth’: expert
Sweden

Swedish corruption rise ‘a myth’: expert

A leading expert has refuted claims that corruption is becoming more widespread in Sweden, arguing there is no evidence to back up the claims.

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France

Jilted policewoman shot lover, then herself

A policewoman allegedly shot her boyfriend and then herself after he told her their relationship was over.

Stolen art works ‘crushed by rubbish truck’
France

Stolen art works ‘crushed by rubbish truck’

Five paintings worth €100 million ($135 million) including works by Picasso, Matisse and Modigliano, could have been tossed into a rubbish bin and crushed according to one of the suspects.

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Norway

Norway puts out fire on Russian research ship

Norwegian emergency services have brought under control a fire that broke out overnight on board a Russian research ship with 39 crew, Oslo authorities said on Monday.

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Switzerland

Swiss girls’ mum to set up missing child group

A Swiss woman whose twin daughters went missing in January and remain untraced, plans to launch a foundation for missing children, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

Big turnout as French left picks its candidate
France

Big turnout as French left picks its candidate

France's opposition Socialists boasted on Sunday that a strong turnout in their primary was an early victory in the battle to oust Nicolas Sarkozy, but failed to choose a clear winner of their own.

Swedish motorists caught out by icy roads
Sweden

Swedish motorists caught out by icy roads

With the balmy days of the recent "Indian summer" consigned to memory, the first freeze of the season has rendered roads icy and treacherous in northern areas of Sweden.

Swedish journalists denied Ethiopia entry
Sweden

Swedish journalists denied Ethiopia entry

Swedish journalists have been denied visas to Ethiopia to cover the trial of Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson who are charged with terrorism and face the prospect of long prison sentences.

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Sweden

Stockholm hosts rally against Syrian regime

Some 200 people held a rally against the Syrian regime near Sweden's parliament Sunday, calling on Stockholm and the European Union "to support the revolution in Syria".

Schröder offers plan to save Europe
Germany

Schröder offers plan to save Europe

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has called for radical moves to be made to save Europe from its growing financial crisis in what he calls his “Agenda 2012.”

Satellite set to crash to earth in coming weeks
Germany

Satellite set to crash to earth in coming weeks

A German research satellite has left its orbit and is heading for earth, with scientists saying pieces could hit the earth when it re-enters the atmosphere in the next few weeks.

Police nab alleged con-man in Dominican Republic
Germany

Police nab alleged con-man in Dominican Republic

Police in the Dominican Republic have captured a German man on the run from authorities after he allegedly stole €47 million from clients in a massive case of investment fraud.