Merkel: EU must not dictate ECB action
Germany

Merkel: EU must not dictate ECB action

European Union governments must not be allowed to decide European Central Bank (ECB) action at Wednesday’s summit on the eurozone debt crisis, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday.

Hot guy ‘stalker’ site divides Stockholmers
Sweden

Hot guy ‘stalker’ site divides Stockholmers

A new website featuring attractive Swedish men in the Stockholm metro system allows people to share snapshots of those they think deserve extra attention.

Court tells Google how to avoid liability for blog posts
Germany

Court tells Google how to avoid liability for blog posts

Germany’s highest civil court has set out a process by which web hosts can avoid liability for libellous blog posts, in a decision which Google described as striking a blow for freedom of expression and information in the internet.

Expert: build Nordic union ‘if the euro falls’
Sweden

Expert: build Nordic union ‘if the euro falls’

As the eurozone crisis continues to dominate European political business, Gunnar Wetterberg, an analyst at white collar union Saco, has stated the case for a Nordic Union and currency, to counter the threat of a euro collapse.

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France

No reprisals for Frenchman who burned Koran

An appeals court on Tuesday confirmed the acquittal of a Frenchman accused of inciting racial hatred after posting an internet video of himself burning a Koran and then urinating on it.

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Sweden

Chinese firms stand by Saab bail-out deal

The two Chinese companies pledged to bail out cash-strapped carmaker Saab said on Tuesday that they are still onboard, despite the announcement by owner Swedish Automobile that the deal was off.

Russian spies suspected of stealing car secrets
Germany

Russian spies suspected of stealing car secrets

The two alleged Russian spies arrested last week are suspected of stealing secrets from German car manufacturers, after it emerged one of them worked in the auto industry for the past 20 years.

Fashion legend Lagerfeld relaunches brand with two lines
France

Fashion legend Lagerfeld relaunches brand with two lines

Fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld is to relaunch his own brand after a year-long break, unveiling two new lines and a direct sales website.

Lawyers blast ‘frivolous’ DSK immunity bid
France

Lawyers blast ‘frivolous’ DSK immunity bid

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's claims of immunity from a civil lawsuit are "utterly meritless," lawyers for the hotel maid seeking damages for an alleged sexual assault said on Monday.

Air France strike threat hangs over holiday weekend
France

Air France strike threat hangs over holiday weekend

A planned strike by cabin crew at Air France-KLM over the long holiday weekend is still in place, threatening the plans of thousands of people eager to make the most of a four-day holiday.

Sweden ups cash offer to attract egg donors
Sweden

Sweden ups cash offer to attract egg donors

Swedish couples, waiting for eggs from donors, currently have to wait for several years. To try to entice more donors, several county councils are now planning to pay three times as much as the current rate.

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Switzerland

Divers find Swiss plane 33 years after crash

Two Portuguese divers have found the wreckage of an outbound charter flight from Geneva that sank near Porto Novo on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

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Switzerland

Quadriplegic child case reopened after 7 years

The parents of a 16-year-old boy who became blind and severely disabled during a mysterious attack in February 2002 are continuing to search for the cause of their son's condition in an emotive case being monitored closely by the Swiss media.

Stone Age leftovers show a gradual move from fish to milk diets
Germany

Stone Age leftovers show a gradual move from fish to milk diets

Stone Age cooking pots found in the Baltic Sea show that people only gradually changed their diet as the first farm animals were kept and milk started to become available as well as oils from marine animals.

Football referees protest surging violence
Germany

Football referees protest surging violence

German referees are protesting what they say is an increase in violence and threats directed against them at lower division football matches. The situation has deteriorated to the point that some officials are boycotting specific teams.

Top Sweden Democrats accused of spying
Sweden

Top Sweden Democrats accused of spying

Sweden Democrats' (SD) leader Jimmie Åkesson and party secretary Björn Söder have been accused of hacking into the email accounts of Swedish journalists and political opponents by someone purporting to be former party member William Petzäll.

Deutsche Bank sees drop in profit, not confidence
Germany

Deutsche Bank sees drop in profit, not confidence

Germany's top lender Deutsche Bank announced Tuesday a 37-percent drop in third quarter profits due to the financial downturn but said it was confident it could face the economic crisis without public capital.

Volvo Trucks slashes 450 jobs
Sweden

Volvo Trucks slashes 450 jobs

Volvo, the world's second-largest truck maker, reported Tuesday a lower-than-expected third quarter profit and forecast a shrinking market in Europe next year but growth in North America.

Novartis announces 2,000 job losses
Switzerland

Novartis announces 2,000 job losses

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis announced 2,000 job losses on Tuesday, mostly in Switzerland and the United States, while reporting net profits of $3.53 billion for the third quarter.

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Norway

Bolivia ‘fugitive’ safe in Norway

A Norwegian girl on the run from Bolivian justice for smuggling 22.4 kilograms of cocaine is back in Norway and reunited with her family.

Drivers in Grenoble welcome latest strike
France

Drivers in Grenoble welcome latest strike

A strike by traffic wardens in Grenoble has been welcomed by drivers who can park without restriction in the south west city.

Headscarf ban ruled out for school mums
France

Headscarf ban ruled out for school mums

After months of discussion, the government has opted to give "guidelines" rather than implement a full ban on the wearing of headscarves by Muslim mothers when they are on school property.

Teaching the ‘wild man’ of Swedish rock how to speak English
Sweden

Teaching the ‘wild man’ of Swedish rock how to speak English

When Irishman Morty McCarthy came to Sweden for love a decade ago, he had no idea he'd end up teaching English to folically flamboyant Swedish rock n'roller Magnus Uggla live on national radio, The Local's Geoff Mortimore explains.

Sarkozy attacks British and angers Italians
France

Sarkozy attacks British and angers Italians

President Sarkozy let rip at the British prime minister, David Cameron, in an argument at the EU summit to solve the euro crisis, according to reports.

Anger in Tromsø  as Oslo takes up Olympic torch
Norway

Anger in Tromsø as Oslo takes up Olympic torch

There was bitterness in Tromsø on Tuesday after rival Oslo's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics was endorsed by the country's sports federations.

Sweden to pensioners: ‘prove you’re alive’
Sweden

Sweden to pensioners: ‘prove you’re alive’

Swedish pensioners living abroad will soon be receiving a letter from the Swedish Pensions Agency (Pensionsmyndigheten) asking them to fill in a form and report in to the nearest embassy. The reason – to prove they're alive.

Smart posters offer speedy shopping while waiting for a train
Germany

Smart posters offer speedy shopping while waiting for a train

German commuters are being confronted with the first smart-poster shops in Europe – which have a scan-and-go procedure for smartphones allowing purchases to be made while waiting for a train.

UBS rallies after rogue trade losses
Switzerland

UBS rallies after rogue trade losses

Swiss banking giant UBS said Tuesday that its third-quarter net profit reached 1.018 billion francs ($1.16 billion) even though it had to take a 1.849 billion franc charge due to a rogue trading scandal.

Calls grow for national design museum
Germany

Calls grow for national design museum

Despite the worldwide acclaim German-designed products receive, there's no national museum for design. But that could soon change.

US airman: I saw hate in Frankfurt shooter’s eyes
Germany

US airman: I saw hate in Frankfurt shooter’s eyes

A US airman told a court he saw “hatred” in the eyes of Arid Uka as the 21-year-old tried to shoot him in the face after killing two American military personnel during a rampage at Frankfurt Airport.

Norway’s homes worth more than ‘Oil Fund’
Norway

Norway’s homes worth more than ‘Oil Fund’

The value of all homes in Norway is 3.6 trillion kroner ($651 billion), according to new numbers that also show home sellers are getting more than they asked for.

Half of young Swedish mums want to be housewives: study
Sweden

Half of young Swedish mums want to be housewives: study

Nearly every other Swedish mother wants to be a housewife, according to a new survey, a finding that doesn't surprise some gender researchers.

New tick-borne disease discovered in Sweden
Sweden

New tick-borne disease discovered in Sweden

Swedish researchers have discovered a new tick-borne illness that can cause blood clots in the legs and lungs, with three cases having been reported in Sweden.

Corruption probe into Rolls Royce and Daimler’s newest subsidiary
Germany

Corruption probe into Rolls Royce and Daimler’s newest subsidiary

Prosecutors are investigating corruption allegations at Daimler and Rolls Royce's newest subsidiary, German specialist engine manufacturer Tognum.

‘Svennis’ sacked by Leicester City
Sweden

‘Svennis’ sacked by Leicester City

Former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson has left his position as Leicester City manager by "mutual agreement", the Championship club confirmed in a statement on their website on Monday.

Casino to return famed painting stolen by Nazis
Germany

Casino to return famed painting stolen by Nazis

A German casino on Tuesday will return a 300-year-old Dutch painting stolen by the Nazis from German-Jewish art dealer Max Stern's estate, one of his beneficiaries announced.

Football star arrested for attempted murder
France

Football star arrested for attempted murder

Former France international footballer Tony Vairelles has been arrested, along with three others, on suspicion of attempted murder following a shooting in a nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning, police sources said on Monday.

Insomnia linked to higher heart attack risk
Norway

Insomnia linked to higher heart attack risk

As if you didn't have enough to worry about during those sleepless nights, a Norwegian study out on Monday suggests that people with insomnia face a 27 to 45 percent higher risk of heart attack.