Stockholm pub ‘tipping scam’ widens
Sweden

Stockholm pub ‘tipping scam’ widens

Several Stockholm restaurants are under scrutiny after revelations about more cases of eateries tricking their customers into thinking they are required to leave tips.

Last minute reprieve for 90-year-old deportee
Sweden

Last minute reprieve for 90-year-old deportee

90-year-old Ganna Chyzhevska's imminent deportation to the Ukraine was stopped last minute by the European Court of Human Rights, pending a new review of the nonagenarian’s case.

Prosecutor downplays cannibalism in German’s Polynesia death
Germany

Prosecutor downplays cannibalism in German’s Polynesia death

The chief prosecutor in French Polynesia has denied reports that a cannibal ate a German tourist believed to have been murdered while visiting the island chain.

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France

France pipped by Japan on three star restaurants

France has been overtaken by Japan when it comes to the number of restaurants with three Michelin stars, according to the latest guide to the nation's western cities to be released on Friday.

Polynesians outraged by cannibal claims
France

Polynesians outraged by cannibal claims

Fears that a missing German tourist may have been killed and eaten by his tour guide after the remnants of skin, teeth and bones were found in a fire have angered locals in French Polynesia.

Should I move to Norway?
Norway

Should I move to Norway?

I have an opportunity to move to Norway from the US to set up a new office for my company. My impression of the country is very positive but foreigners living there seem to find a lot to complain about. Should I stay or should I go? Please have your say.

Town reeling as police search continues
Sweden

Town reeling as police search continues

As police continue their search of the area where the 4-year-old boy was found dead on Sunday evening by scouring the location and going from door to door in the neighbourhood near the scene of the crime, the local community is trying to get to grips with what has happened.

Details emerge of BND spy who aided Shalit deal
Germany

Details emerge of BND spy who aided Shalit deal

The head of German intelligence service Ernst Uhrlau last week indicated that his agents helped secure the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for over 1,000 Palestinians. One spy’s role was particularly crucial.

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Switzerland

Swiss food pioneer dies at 95

Ueli Prager, the founder of the Swiss hotel and restaurant group Mövenpick, died on Saturday at the age of 95, according to his family.

Broken tsunami warning system wastes millions
Germany

Broken tsunami warning system wastes millions

Germany has invested €45 million in a network of buoys that are supposed to warn Asians of an impending tsunami. But they don't work and even if they did they might be useless, according to news reports.

Reinfeldt sends lost teddy bear ‘home’ to Belgium
Sweden

Reinfeldt sends lost teddy bear ‘home’ to Belgium

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt brought a new dimension to Swedish foreign policy recently when he sent a stray teddy bear back to its young owner in Belgium.

Investor confidence slides as debt crisis bites
Germany

Investor confidence slides as debt crisis bites

Evidence that the eurozone debt crisis is beginning to hurt the German economy sent investor confidence in Europe's largest economy to a three-year low, data showed on Tuesday.

Run on Steve Jobs’ German designer jumper
Germany

Run on Steve Jobs’ German designer jumper

In his last public appearance, Steve Jobs wore a sweater by exclusive Berlin label Von Rosen. Since his death earlier this month, the company has seen a huge rush in sales of the €420-cashmere turtleneck.

Time runs out for 90-year-old deportee
Sweden

Time runs out for 90-year-old deportee

90-year-old Ganna Chyzhevska, suffering from dementia and heart disease, is scheduled to be deported to Ukraine on Tuesday afternoon, after all efforts by her family to keep her with them in Sweden have failed.

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Sweden

23 Swedish women guilty in child porn case

All 23 women on trial for possessing and distributing child pornography were convicted by a Swedish court on Tuesday, along with a 43-year-old man believed to be the mastermind behind the network.

Bergen rejects ‘German’ wharf name change
Norway

Bergen rejects ‘German’ wharf name change

The town council in Norway’s vibrant old Hansa trading port, Bergen, showed they were appalled by a proposal to re-name part of their harbour “The German Wharf” in tribute to its history.

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Sweden

Swedes’ terror trial in Ethiopia delayed

The trial of two Swedish journalists arrested in Ethiopia on suspicions of terror crimes will be delayed until Thursday.

Swiss Railways offers bonus to fill staff void
Switzerland

Swiss Railways offers bonus to fill staff void

Swiss Federal Railways has offered to pay 2,500 francs ($2,800) to staff members who recommend their friends and acquaintances for job interviews in a move aimed at tackling a shortage of qualified staff.

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Norway

Homebuyers revolt over down payment hike

Property buyers have asked Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg to snub a recommendation from financial oversight officials to hike the minimum down payment on a property by five percent to 15 percent of the purchase price.

Right wing group tricks state into selling manor
Germany

Right wing group tricks state into selling manor

A person suspected of being associated with an alleged neo-Nazi group has bought a manor from the state of Thuringia, apparently breaking rules on selling state property to extremists.

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Switzerland

SVP claims support for anti-migrant vote

The far-right Swiss People’s Party (SVP) has claimed to have gathered enough support to push for a referendum aimed at "stopping mass immigration", which could have implications for the country's bilateral deal with the EU.

Giant python fossil found in Bavaria
Germany

Giant python fossil found in Bavaria

The fossil of a python dating from about 15 million years ago has been discovered in Bavaria, first time proof that the reptile lived so far north, according to German palaeontologists.

Night shift work boosts MS risk: Swedish study
Sweden

Night shift work boosts MS risk: Swedish study

Young people who work night shifts end up with a significantly higher risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm have found.

Sneaking a peak at Sweden’s burgeoning wine industry
Sweden

Sneaking a peak at Sweden’s burgeoning wine industry

While perhaps best known as the home of Absolut vodka, Sweden also boasts a growing selection of wineries, food blogger Maia Brindley Nilsson discovers.

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Switzerland

Mubarak sons have Swiss bank millions

The two sons of deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak have $340 million in Swiss bank accounts, Egypt's deputy justice minister said on Monday.

China rejects Norway Nobel peace overtures
Norway

China rejects Norway Nobel peace overtures

China on Monday rejected the Norwegian foreign minister's call to restore the political dialogue put on ice by Beijing after the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo in 2010.

US medic training on live pigs faces opposition
Germany

US medic training on live pigs faces opposition

A US company that trains military medics in field operations using live pigs is trying to bring its courses to Germany. Animal rights group PETA believes the company is using US Army protection to bypass German animal protection laws.

Botswana crash victims were Swiss, not Swedish: travel agency
Sweden

Botswana crash victims were Swiss, not Swedish: travel agency

Initial reports that three Swedes had been killed in a plane crash in Botswana proved to be false after a travel agency confirmed that the victims were actually from Switzerland.

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France

Moody’s warns France on ‘negative outlook’

France's Finance Minister Francois Baroin said Tuesday that the government would do everything in its power to maintain its triple-A rating after Moody's warned it may place the country on negative outlook.

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France

Secret service head held in growing spy scandal

The head of France's secret service has been held for questioning over alleged spying on a journalist at Le Monde newspaper in an affair that is reaching ever higher into the upper echelons of the French state.

Paris marks 50 years after Algerian ‘massacre’
France

Paris marks 50 years after Algerian ‘massacre’

A number of events were held on Monday to remember the violent deaths of up to several hundred anti-war demonstrators in Paris 50 years ago.

Marine Le Pen slams union leader
France

Marine Le Pen slams union leader

A war of words has broken out between the leader of the far-right Front National, Marine Le Pen, and the equally forthright head of the Medef employers' group, Laurence Parisot.

Swedish shoplifters prefer meat: study
Sweden

Swedish shoplifters prefer meat: study

Swedes are the worst shoplifting offenders in the Nordic region, costing every resident 779 kronor ($117) per year in higher retail prices, a new study has found.

Deutsche Bank betting $4.9 billion in Las Vegas
Germany

Deutsche Bank betting $4.9 billion in Las Vegas

Deutsche Bank has invested almost $5 billion in casinos in Las Vegas, almost as much as its exposure to Greece, Italy, Ireland, Spain and Portugal put together, a British newspaper report said.

Advert slammed for portraying women as ‘pure sex objects’
Sweden

Advert slammed for portraying women as ‘pure sex objects’

The Jack & Jones clothing retailer has been rapped by Sweden's advertising watchdog for a “sexist” ad campaign which utilised scantily clad women to market a line of men's clothing.

Jazzed up in Stuttgart
Germany

Jazzed up in Stuttgart

Buttoned-down Stuttgart might appear to be an unlikely jazz mecca, but the venerable music genre is making a comeback in the southwestern German city after being popularized by American GIs after the war. Tracy Moran reports.

Duisburg mayor faces recall election
Germany

Duisburg mayor faces recall election

Nearly 80,000 signatures have been collected to force a special election to recall Duisburg Mayor Adolf Sauerland, who has clung to office since the deadly Love Parade disaster in 2010.