UK targets 6,000 HSBC accounts in Switzerland
Switzerland

UK targets 6,000 HSBC accounts in Switzerland

British tax authorities are targeting some 6,000 British-based holders of HSBC bank accounts in Switzerland in a clampdown on customers who may have failed to report all their income and gains.

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Switzerland

Excrement and urine shower Zurich tunnel workers

Construction workers at the main railway station in Zurich have issued an ultimatum to rail operator SBB, threatening to stop working if excrement continues to fall from the ceiling of an alleyway they are building.

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France

Prime Minister sets sights on Paris job

Prime Minister François Fillon took a step closer towards his ambition of becoming mayor of Paris when he confirmed his intention to run for a parliamentary seat in Paris in the 2012 elections. 

French prosecutors drop DSK rape attempt probe
France

French prosecutors drop DSK rape attempt probe

French prosecutors dropped an investigation into former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Thursday, saying they had prima facie evidence of sexual assault but the case was too old to prosecute.

Loophole may make speeding legal in Sweden
Sweden

Loophole may make speeding legal in Sweden

Lead-footed motorists are escaping fines despite breaking the speed limits on Swedish roads due to a recently discovered bureaucratic oversight which has legal experts wondering whether current laws apply.

East Germany’s iconic traffic man turns 50
Germany

East Germany’s iconic traffic man turns 50

East Germany’s most enduring public figure is celebrating his 50th birthday this Thursday: The colourful little traffic light man has watched over millions of pedestrians and become an international design icon.

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Sweden

Eatery forced Chinese chef into ‘slave labour’

A Chinese chef who collapsed from exhaustion on the streets of Gothenburg after being forced to work under 'slave-like' conditions has received a large indemnity following his ordeal.

French Socialist rivals turn up heat after debate
France

French Socialist rivals turn up heat after debate

The two remaining candidates for the French Socialist Party's presidential nomination turned up the heat on Thursday after a tense but inconclusive final televised debate.

Merkel signs export deal with Mongolia
Germany

Merkel signs export deal with Mongolia

Germany and Mongolia signed a deal on Thursday aimed at developing exports of coal, copper and other natural resources, as the vast Asian country opens its huge reserves to foreign investors.

Google adds Swedish timetable service
Sweden

Google adds Swedish timetable service

Google Sweden has announced the launch of its Google Transit service in the country, offering a nationwide timetable service integrated into its Google Maps navigation tool.

Officials urge calm as more firebombs found
Germany

Officials urge calm as more firebombs found

As further makeshift incendiary devices were found on Berlin’s rail network on Thursday, German officials disagreed on whether they represented a new dimension of violence by leftist extremists.

Bomb scare empties government offices
Sweden

Bomb scare empties government offices

Parts of Sweden's government offices at Rosenbad in Stockholm were evacuated on Thursday morning following the discovery of two suspicious packages, one of which was reportedly a gift from Uruguay's visiting president.

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Norway

Breivik to leave solitary confinement: police

Norwegian extremist Anders Behring Breivik, who has confessed to twin attacks in July that killed 77 people, will be allowed out of solitary confinement as he awaits trial, police said on Thursday.

Dresden’s Military History Museum gets Libeskind revamp
Germany

Dresden’s Military History Museum gets Libeskind revamp

The Military History Museum in Dresden reopens this week after being completely revamped by star US architect Daniel Libeskind. Erin Huggins assesses the exhibition after the building’s stark transformation.

Oslo schools shut due to faulty fire extinguishers
Norway

Oslo schools shut due to faulty fire extinguishers

All Oslo schools were evacuated on Thursday, after fire and safety officials determined some 500 fire-extinguishers containing carbon-dioxide gas posed a serious explosion risk if disturbed.

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France

Teacher sets herself on fire in school playground

A depressed French maths teacher set herself on fire in a high school playground on Thursday, officials said, but she is expected to survive after pupils and fellow teachers rushed to her aid.

Recapitalisation ‘counterproductive’ says Deutsche Bank
Germany

Recapitalisation ‘counterproductive’ says Deutsche Bank

Recapitalising Europe's banks will not solve the eurozone's current debt crisis, the only way is to restore confidence in the solidity of countries' public finances, Germany's top banker said on Thursday.

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Switzerland

US sues Transocean for blocking oil spill probe

The US government sued offshore drilling group Transocean on Wednesday for blocking an investigation into the cause of the giant 2010 oil disaster off the coast of Louisiana.

First ‘hoverboard’ unveiled in Paris
France

First ‘hoverboard’ unveiled in Paris

It may not be quite as slick as the hoverboard from the Back to the Future movies in the 1980s, but visitors to the Paris science fair have been floating at a height of 2 centimetres on the first levitating skateboard.

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Norway

Norwegian teachers less brainy than before: study

Norwegian teachers are 10 percent “less intelligent” than they were 10 years ago according to a study by professors at the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen, or NHH.

Crisis to slow economy sharply next year
Germany

Crisis to slow economy sharply next year

The eurozone debt crisis will have a major impact on Germany next year, the country's leading economic institutes said on Thursday, with Europe's top economy likely to only narrowly escape recession.

Swedish castles with sizzle: a sampler
Sweden

Swedish castles with sizzle: a sampler

Sweden is home to hundreds of castles featuring tales of bloodthirsty royals, quirky millionaires, adult-rated films, and other untold secrets.

How did the Social Democrats end up in such chaos?
Sweden

How did the Social Democrats end up in such chaos?

The Social Democrats’ malaise goes far deeper than the expenses scandal engulfing leader Håkan Juholt, political scientist Nicholas Aylott writes, arguing that the party needs to decide its ideological path and to pick its leader accordingly.

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Switzerland

SVP surges into huge poll lead

The far-right Swiss People’s Party (SVP) could claim almost 30 percent of the votes in the October 23rd federal elections, a milestone that no other party has ever reached in the history of modern Switzerland, a new opinion poll has shown.

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France

MPs vote to ban use of Bisphenol A

Parliamentarians voted on Wednesday to ban the use of bisphenol A in all food packaging from 2014, with an earlier ban on its use in packaging aimed at children from 2013.

FC Basel lose coach Fink to Hamburg
Switzerland

FC Basel lose coach Fink to Hamburg

Struggling German top flight side Hamburg have landed the coach of Swiss outfit Basel, Thorsten Fink, Blick newspaper reported on its website Thursday.

Town to fine anyone caught rummaging through trash
France

Town to fine anyone caught rummaging through trash

A wealthy suburb of Paris has decided to take tough action against people who go through other people's rubbish, causing split bags to spill their contents on the street.

Kalmar mall gutted in suspected arson case
Sweden

Kalmar mall gutted in suspected arson case

A major shopping centre in Kalmar in southern Sweden was ravaged by fire on Wednesday night in a blaze police believe was intentionally set.

Borg: EU debt crisis not just a eurozone issue
Sweden

Borg: EU debt crisis not just a eurozone issue

The current debt crisis is a concern for all of Europe, not just to eurozone countries, Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg tells AFP's Nina Larsson, highlighting the vulnerability of banks and exports in Sweden as an example.

What’s on in Germany: October 13 – 19
Germany

What’s on in Germany: October 13 – 19

This Week's Highlights: Lights in Berlin, "Dance" in Hamburg, and Kraftwerk's 3D installation opens in Munich.

Rain gives way to cool but sunny weekend
Germany

Rain gives way to cool but sunny weekend

Blue skies will open up across most of Germany over the weekend. And while it will remain cool, the rain will hold back long enough for few golden autumn days, according to the German Weather Service (DWD)

Jesse Jackson: Swedes are better than this
Sweden

Jesse Jackson: Swedes are better than this

Reverend Jesse Jackson called for global unity in a speech in Lund on Wednesday night, telling students “it is in your interest to fight for multiculturalism,” in a visit prompted by the slave auction controversy in April.

US lawmaker Ron Paul to meet Marine Le Pen
France

US lawmaker Ron Paul to meet Marine Le Pen

Republican Representative and presidential hopeful Ron Paul aims to meet with the head of France's far-right National Front party, Marine Le Pen, during her upcoming US visit, his office said on Wednesday.

Nordic royals plan get-together in New York
Norway

Nordic royals plan get-together in New York

Kings and queens from across Scandinavia, along with the presidents of Iceland and Finland, will join in a royal get-together in New York next week.

Germany ready to impose financial transaction tax
Germany

Germany ready to impose financial transaction tax

Germany is prepared to introduce a tax on financial market transactions on its own if it is unable to bring its European partners on board, according to Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble.

Swiss exchange probes Credit Suisse
Switzerland

Swiss exchange probes Credit Suisse

The Swiss Bourse has opened an investigation into banking giant Credit Suisse over possible trading violations, it announced on its website on Thursday.

Never Mind the Genitals, Here’s Lilla Lovis
Sweden

Never Mind the Genitals, Here’s Lilla Lovis

With lyrics detailing oral sex and female rape, candy-haired Swedish singer Lilla Lovis leaves few listeners unperturbed, and offers no excuses for it, contributor Katherine Dunn reports.

Nordic royals plan New York get-together
Sweden

Nordic royals plan New York get-together

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia plan to join other Nordic royals in New York next week for a glittering ball and exhibition of Scandinavian art.

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Sweden

Swedes to face Ethiopia court next week

The trial of two Swedish journalists facing terrorism charges in Ethiopia will begin next week, a government spokesman said Wednesday.

Experts crack widely used smartcard
Germany

Experts crack widely used smartcard

A team of German researchers has cracked a common smartcard used in transportation and security systems around the world with equipment that costs just a few thousand euros.

Ringing for Rock ‘n’ Roll room service
Germany

Ringing for Rock ‘n’ Roll room service

A hotel in Berlin is attracting attention for its loud décor and even louder room service perks: free guitars and keyboards for music-loving guests. Moises Mendoza checks in for the night.