Police seek ‘red car’ as murder probe continues
Sweden

Police seek ‘red car’ as murder probe continues

Police investigating the killing on Sunday of a 4-year-old boy in Ljungby in central Sweden have said they are interested in learning more about a red car that was seen in the area.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrat wins damages for racist jibes

A Sweden Democrat politician from Malmö who was called a “bloody foreigner” by the chair of her housing association has been awarded 180,000 kronor ($27,000) in damages for racial discrimination.

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Switzerland

Swiss uncover mafia activity dating to 1994

Swiss prosecutors on Friday said that they had uncovered a mafia organisation that has been involved in drug and arms trafficking as well as money laundering dating as far back as 1994.

Anti-gentrification protesters disrupt Berlin luxury property tour
Germany

Anti-gentrification protesters disrupt Berlin luxury property tour

Anti-gentrification activists protesting rising rents in Berlin disrupted a tour of luxury flats organised by a property internet portal on Thursday evening.

Frankfurt Airport expands with new runway
Germany

Frankfurt Airport expands with new runway

Germany’s biggest airport was expanded by a runway on Friday, when Chancellor Angela Merkel ceremonially landed in Frankfurt on it in a government plane.

DSK in new sex scandal
France

DSK in new sex scandal

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been implicated in a police probe into pimping at a French luxury hotel which has uncovered evidence that he attended sex soirees with prostitutes paid for by businessmen.
  

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France

Pool shuts so Jewish pupils can swim alone

A swimming pool in Aix-les-Bains will review its policies after it was criticized for closing its doors to the public so that pupils from a Jewish school could swim uninterrupted.

Doc tried to trade drugs for sex with addicts
Sweden

Doc tried to trade drugs for sex with addicts

A doctor from the north of Sweden was recently found to have offered drugs for sexual favours to women with a history of drug addiction.

Third person arrested for ‘brutal’ farm murders
Sweden

Third person arrested for ‘brutal’ farm murders

Police arrested a 36-year-old man on Friday afternoon for his suspected role in the execution-style murder of a couple on a farm in western Sweden.

Christmas Markets, Celebrations and Events in Europe
France

Christmas Markets, Celebrations and Events in Europe

Christmas Markets are the perfect cheap festive getaway to buy all the presents in one place while having fun yourself.

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Norway

Statoil confirms massive North Sea oil find

Norwegian energy giant Statoil confirmed Friday that a large new oil discovery in the North Sea announced earlier this year is twice as big as previously thought.

Saab CEO rebuffed Chinese purchase bid
Sweden

Saab CEO rebuffed Chinese purchase bid

Funding to save Swedish carmaker Saab from bankruptcy has fallen through as Chinese investors would now rather take the company over, the Saab administrator said Friday, asking a court to halt the reorganisation process.

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Switzerland

Rail staff given shelter from excrement shower

Swiss Federal Railways has agree to put measures in place to protect employees working in an alley below the tracks from faeces and urine dumped by older model train carriages.

Merkel sees bigger Greek debt write down
Germany

Merkel sees bigger Greek debt write down

Chancellor Angela Merkel has told her party there will likely be an increase in the write down of Greek debt, while trying to play down reports of disagreements with France over the European debt crisis.

Munich bans Rammstein on Christian holy day
Germany

Munich bans Rammstein on Christian holy day

Controversial rock band Rammstein has been banned from performing in Munich on a German Christian holy day commemorating the dead – even though other concerts are allowed on November 20.

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Switzerland

SVP probed for anti-Kosovar campaign

Zurich prosecutors are investigating if Swiss far-right party Swiss People's Party (SVP) flouted racial discrimination rules in a campaign ad that details crimes committed by two Kosovars.

‘Tuna poisoning’ reports on the rise in Stockholm
Sweden

‘Tuna poisoning’ reports on the rise in Stockholm

Over the last year, the Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control (Smittskyddsinstitutet, SMI) has seen a rise in reports from people in Stockholm contracting food poisoning from tuna.

Swiss elections – a battle for the centre
Switzerland

Swiss elections – a battle for the centre

Ahead of the Swiss federal election on Sunday October 23rd, The Local's Meritxell Mir speaks to political expert Marc Bühlmann about the rise of the SVP, the battle for the centre ground, and the challenges facing the left. 

Business confidence drops again amid crisis
Germany

Business confidence drops again amid crisis

German business confidence deteriorated for the fourth month in a row in October, data showed on Friday, as Europe's economic powerhouse begins to feel the pain of the region's debt crisis.

A Swiss international school education – wherever you are
Switzerland

A Swiss international school education – wherever you are

Being educated at an international school gives students huge advantages. Now students can be educated online by the International School of Berne, Switzerland from anywhere in the world.

What would Dawit Isaak have done?
Sweden

What would Dawit Isaak have done?

While the frustration expressed recently by the children of imprisoned Swedish-Eritrian journalist Dawit Isaak is understandable, it's important to consider how Isaak would handle a case such as his, argues historian Susanne Berger.

Facebook to give German state privacy exemption
Germany

Facebook to give German state privacy exemption

Facebook has offered a special exemption from its data handling practices to Schleswig-Holstein after the northern German state's data protection commissioner complained about the online social network's popular "like" button.

Doc acquitted of having caused baby’s death
Sweden

Doc acquitted of having caused baby’s death

A paediatrician charged for having caused the death of a newborn baby at Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital in 2008 has been acquitted by the Solna District Court in a case closely monitored by the Swedish medical community.

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Norway

Tax agency publishes annual ‘rich lists’

The earnings of Norwegian ship magnates, heirs to tobacco fortunes, the prime minister and a couple of comedians were all laid bare on Friday, when the tax agency published its annual tax lists.

Insurer covered terrorist wanted internationally
Germany

Insurer covered terrorist wanted internationally

German insurer Victoria ignored warnings from intelligence services and insured an internationally wanted terrorist for more than two years – with policies worth up to €2 million – according to internal papers seen by the Handelsblatt newspaper.

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France

Hopes rise for Calais-Kent commuter link

There is growing momentum for a cross-Channel "metro" link from the French port of Calais to the English county of Kent, after a meeting on Thursday between business leaders and politicians.

One in six teachers are ‘burnt-out’: report
France

One in six teachers are ‘burnt-out’: report

A report published by Le Monde claims that 17 percent, or one in six, of teachers in French high schools are suffering from burn-out, characterized by physical, mental and emotional exhaustion.

Snapping pics of sleeping woman’s breasts ‘not a crime’: Swedish court
Sweden

Snapping pics of sleeping woman’s breasts ‘not a crime’: Swedish court

Two young men who bared and took pictures of the breasts of a passed-out 18-year-old woman are not guilty of sexual molestation because the girl wasn't aware that she was being molested at the time, a Swedish court has ruled.

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France

Christian Dior sales up despite Galliano outburst

Fears that John Galliano's anti-semitic outburst in February in a Paris bar might harm the Christian Dior fashion house he once headed proved unfounded when the group announced a 17.6 percent increase in sales.

Bike revolution sparks clash with motorists
Germany

Bike revolution sparks clash with motorists

Germany might still be known for its high-speed autobahns, but in cities, bicycles are now so popular that a war of words has broken out between drivers and cyclists over who rules the road.

States aim to crack down on gambling halls
Germany

States aim to crack down on gambling halls

The German states are hoping to strongly regulate the country’s numerous gambling halls, which they say are a haven for addicts and crime.

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France

Sarkozy urges Libyans to pursue democracy

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called on the new Libyan regime to pursue democratic reforms, after the death of Muammar Qaddafi in a final assault on his hometown Sirte.

Some A-list alternatives for your next After Work
Sweden

Some A-list alternatives for your next After Work

Looking for someplace new to grab a drink in Stockholm after a long day at the office? Contributor Gwen Ramsey has some suggestions that will help you get out of your After Work rut.

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Sweden

Bildt avoids Sudan war crimes probe

Foreign minister Carl Bildt is not among the initial 40 people called to answer questions about oil company Lundin Petroleum’s activities in the Sudan, as prosecutors in Sweden continued an investigation into the company's activities.

Berlin welcomes departure of Qaddafi
Germany

Berlin welcomes departure of Qaddafi

The death of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi and the accompanying hope that the country could now begin a new era, has been welcomed by German politicians – although many regretted the fact that he will never now face justice.

Ericsson purchase ‘speculation’: Sony
Sweden

Ericsson purchase ‘speculation’: Sony

Japanese electronics giant Sony hopes to work more closely with Swedish joint venture partner Ericsson on smart phone products, senior executive Kazuo Hirai said on Friday, describing rumours of Sony buying the Ericsson stake as "speculation".

Obama in eurozone crisis talks with Merkel, others
Germany

Obama in eurozone crisis talks with Merkel, others

US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron weighed in on the eurozone crisis with the French and German leaders Thursday, ahead of a crucial weekend EU summit, the White House said.