Juholt backed ‘temporary citizenship’: report
Sweden

Juholt backed ‘temporary citizenship’: report

Aides to Håkan Juholt initially indicated the Social Democrat leader supported a controversial proposal from Malmö mayor Ilmar Reepalu calling for “temporary citizenship” to combat criminality, according to one of the party's MPs.

Catch up with the neighbours: The Local launches in Norway
Sweden

Catch up with the neighbours: The Local launches in Norway

The Local is taking another step out into the world, with the launch of thelocal.no, Norway’s news in English. There’s no better place to find out what’s going on in Sweden’s back yard, says editor Paul O’Mahony.

Former partner Royal backs Hollande
France

Former partner Royal backs Hollande

The frontrunner in the race to lead France's Socialists against President Nicolas Sarkozy in next year's presidential vote won a key endorsement on Wednesday ahead of a last and crucial primary debate.

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Switzerland

Switzerland clamps down on mercenary services

Switzerland's Federal Council wants to pass a law banning Swiss-based private armies offering military services to war zones.

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Norway

Poland detains customers of firm linked to Norway attacks

Polish police have arrested a dozen customers of a firm that sold explosive fuses to Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in a bomb attack and shooting spree in Norway in July, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Ministers tout ‘Swedish model’ to solve European debt crisis

A European solution to the debt crisis should follow Sweden's model of in the early 1990s, Finance Minister Anders Borg and Foreign Minister Carl Bildt wrote Wednesday in the Financial Times.

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Switzerland

Dog lover loved dog far too much: court

A young man who had sex with his dog for several years has been ordered to undergo regular psychiatric treatment if he is to avoid spending eight months behind bars, a Swiss court ruled on Monday.

Snoop agency to target smartphone apps
Sweden

Snoop agency to target smartphone apps

Sweden's main signals intelligence agency is set to receive additional funding to improve its ability to monitor traffic generated by smartphone and tablet computer apps as it struggles to keep up with fast moving technological developments.

Paris plans to give Eiffel Tower a face lift
France

Paris plans to give Eiffel Tower a face lift

City authorities in Paris announced a €25 million ($34.4 million) plan to cheer up the first floor of the Paris landmark on Tuesday, including a 300-seater auditorium, shops, a museum and a glass floor for visitors to walk on.

Merkel predicts bailout ratification
Germany

Merkel predicts bailout ratification

German Chancellor Angela Merkel predicted Wednesday a eurozone bailout fund would be ratified this month despite rejection by Slovakia, and said all of Europe must help fight the crisis.

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Germany

Top one percent earners pay 25 percent of income tax

Germany’s top earners cover a quarter of the country’s income tax, the German statistics office revealed Wednesday, but millions of Germans only earn a fraction of their income.

What should Norway ban next?
Norway

What should Norway ban next?

Tuesday saw a double whammy of bans brewing on the Norwegian horizon. If officials have their way, outdoor smoking at cafes and diesel cars in the city will soon be a thing of the past. What do you think should be next on the lawmakers' blacklist?

Virulent ‘crocodile’ drug hits the streets
Germany

Virulent ‘crocodile’ drug hits the streets

A virulently addictive drug that rapidly kills its users and is ravaging parts of Russia has begun appearing in Germany, authorities have said.

More incendiary devices found in Berlin
Germany

More incendiary devices found in Berlin

Berlin police discovered more incendiary devices on the German capital’s rail network on Wednesday, including one that had apparently exploded earlier. The remains of the device were found in Staaken station in the west of the city.

Virgin Atlantic tests Swedish ‘green’ fuel
Sweden

Virgin Atlantic tests Swedish ‘green’ fuel

Virgin Atlantic airlines has initiated a cooperation with technology company Swedish Biofuels to start using more environmentally friendly aviation fuel.

Fishing enthusiast makes monster catch
Germany

Fishing enthusiast makes monster catch

A German fishing enthusiast has snagged a massive 29-kilogramme salmon in a northern Sweden stream, four years after first casting his line in Swedish waters.

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Norway

Gunman’s father admits Breivik was abandoned

The 76-year-old father of Norway’s confessed mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has said psychiatrists had recommended his four-year-old son be taken from the home he shared with his mother for his own benefit.

Euro crisis a threat to Swedish banks: Borg
Sweden

Euro crisis a threat to Swedish banks: Borg

Sweden may have some of the strongest public finances in Europe but its banks are more vulnerable than most in the current euro debt crisis, Finance Minister Anders Borg said in an interview published Wednesday.

Norway-England ferry ‘could make a comeback’
Norway

Norway-England ferry ‘could make a comeback’

Passengers might soon be able to travel by ferry between Norway and England for the first time in three years, if reported plans by a group of 'shipping heavyweights' come to fruition.

Sweden’s Vasa: the world’s ‘oldest test lab’
Sweden

Sweden’s Vasa: the world’s ‘oldest test lab’

It's no secret that Stockholm's Vasa Museum is among the most popular tourist attractions in Sweden.

German military unveils super drone
Germany

German military unveils super drone

The German military on Wednesday unveiled the new “Euro Hawk” super drone, whose size and range is set to revolutionize the Bundeswehr’s intelligence-gathering capabilities.

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France

France saved by half-time wake-up call: Blanc

Laurent Blanc said a half-time reality check was the key to the second-half resurgence that saw France rescue a 1-1 draw at home to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday that secured their ticket to Euro 2012.

Swedish study links names to criminality
Sweden

Swedish study links names to criminality

Swedish men given names ending in y - such as Ronny or Conny - are more likely to fall into a life of crime than their peers, a new Swedish study has shown.

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France

France to immigrants: you must learn French

France said on Wednesday it was tightening immigration rules to require would-be citizens to provide written proof that they speak enough French to manage their daily lives.

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Switzerland

Swiss private bank aids US in tax probe

Swiss private bank Julius Bär said on Wednesday it was cooperating with a US tax evasion probe, alongside several other groups, after a US indictment of two men for consipiracy to hide $600 million
from US authorities.

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Switzerland

Swiss move to toughen up penalty regime

The Swiss government moved on Wednesday to toughen its penalty regime, saying that it wanted to end conditional fines for minor crimes and reintroduce detention terms instead.

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France

Plot thickens over metro death

New evidence has cast doubt on the story of a 33-year-old Indian man who died after going to the aid of a woman being mugged on a metro train.

Banon publishes novel about ‘pig’ DSK
France

Banon publishes novel about ‘pig’ DSK

Tristane Banon, who has accused former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape, is launching a book on Thursday which sets out her version of events.

Talks with EU won’t be easy – Calmy-Rey
Switzerland

Talks with EU won’t be easy – Calmy-Rey

Switzerland's President and Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey on Monday defended Swiss interests when she became the first ever Swiss cabinet minister to attend a foreign policy committee hearing in Brussels.

Two Pirates exposed as former NPD members
Germany

Two Pirates exposed as former NPD members

Germany’s upstart Pirate Party is fighting off accusations that right-wing extremists may have infiltrated its ranks, following reports that at least two prominent members once belonged to the far-right National Democratic Party.

‘Record’ salmon pulled from Swedish stream
Sweden

‘Record’ salmon pulled from Swedish stream

A German fishing enthusiast has snagged a massive 29-kilogramme salmon in a stream in northern Sweden, four years after first casting his line in Swedish waters.

Politicians condemn police spyware
Germany

Politicians condemn police spyware

The Pirate Party and the Free Democratic Party declared on Wednesday that the use of spyware to track criminals was unconstitutional, but the government said the trojans are always adapted to remain within the law.

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Sweden

Woman jailed for brutally raping another woman

A Swedish woman has been convicted of beating and raping a female neighbour in western Sweden following a laundry room dispute.

Ryanair pays us less than pensioners: Norway staff
Norway

Ryanair pays us less than pensioners: Norway staff

Ryanair staff in Norway are paid less than a Norwegian pensioner’s most basic government allowance, judging by pay slips revealed by staff at Rygge Airport south of Oslo.

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France

Language police go online to fight English invasion

The body charged with protecting the French language has introduced a new section to its website to help it fight the ever-increasing encroachment of English.

CDU wants stop to EU talks with Ukraine
Germany

CDU wants stop to EU talks with Ukraine

Ruprecht Polenz, chairman of the German parliament’s foreign policy committee, has demanded a temporary halt in negotiations between Ukraine and the European Union after the conviction of former Prime Minister Julia Tymoshenko.

Pang Da: Saab comment ‘a misunderstanding’
Sweden

Pang Da: Saab comment ‘a misunderstanding’

Chinese firm Pang Da and Sweden's Saab have issued a joint statement to clarify that the contract between the firms is valid, stating that prior comments to the contrary were due to a "misunderstanding".

Stieg Larsson books to become comics
Sweden

Stieg Larsson books to become comics

Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium thrillers are to be turned into graphic novels, US comic-book powerhouse DC Entertainment said Tuesday after announcing that it had secured "worldwide rights" to adapt the trilogy.

Germany complete perfect campaign
Germany

Germany complete perfect campaign

Germany beat Belgium 3-1 Tuesday to complete their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign with a perfect ten wins from ten games and end the visitors hopes of reaching next year's finals.

Sweden secures Euro 2012 spot
Sweden

Sweden secures Euro 2012 spot

Sweden overcame the Netherlands 3-2 in Stockholm on Tuesday night to book their spot at the Euro 2012 football championships in Poland and Ukraine.

Frankfurt Book Fair to debate impact of multimedia on publishing
Germany

Frankfurt Book Fair to debate impact of multimedia on publishing

The Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's biggest trade show of its kind, opens on Wednesday. Organizers say the impact of multimedia content on the publishing industry will be a key theme this year.