Germany tries to block Palestine UNESCO bid
Germany

Germany tries to block Palestine UNESCO bid

Germany joined the United States and Israel on Monday in protesting Palestine’s acceptance as full member of the United Nations cultural organization UNESCO, sparking a foreign policy rift within the European Union.

FC Sion take UEFA row to European Commission
Switzerland

FC Sion take UEFA row to European Commission

Swiss club FC Sion said on Monday they have filed a suit against UEFA at the European Commission over the disqualification of their players that led to the club's exclusion from the Europa League.

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Sweden

Swedish rally driver in roadside birth pit stop

Swedish rally driver Per-Gunnar Andersson had to put his limits to the test in his private car this weekend, when his wife went into labour in the middle of the night.

No recession cuts in Swedes’ ‘vanity’ budget
Sweden

No recession cuts in Swedes’ ‘vanity’ budget

Despite the turbulent financial climate, Swedes aren't cropping their beauty budget, according to recent figures from Statistics Sweden (Statistiska centralbyrån, SCB).

Alice model sacked for Qaddafi praise
Germany

Alice model sacked for Qaddafi praise

The long-time face of the Germany's Alice phone company, Vanessa Hessler, has been sacked after she defended the family of late Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi and his son Mutassim, her former lover.

DSK scandal to be made into porn film
France

DSK scandal to be made into porn film

The scandal surrounding the former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to be turned into a porn film, with the producers asking members of the public to help fund the project.

Munich named Germany’s fastest city
Germany

Munich named Germany’s fastest city

Munich’s motorists have the quickest commutes, a new survey revealed Monday. Düsseldorf, meanwhile, was deemed to have Germany's slowest transport network.

Brussels group slams ‘slave auction’ ruling
Sweden

Brussels group slams ‘slave auction’ ruling

A Brussels human rights group has "strongly condemned" a ruling by the Swedish prosecution authorities who deemed a "slave auction" held by a Lund student group in April to be a "costume party" meaning no charges will be filed.

Coach Solskjaer wins Norwegian title
Norway

Coach Solskjaer wins Norwegian title

Former Manchester United favourite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrated winning the Norwegian league title at the weekend with Molde in only his first season as a coach.

Masked men threaten footballer at home
Germany

Masked men threaten footballer at home

Five masked men broke into the home of Magdeburg footballer Daniel Bauer on Friday night and threatened him and his girlfriend if he didn’t improve his performance in Sunday’s regional league match against Halle.

Strong franc sends Swiss tourism downhill
Switzerland

Strong franc sends Swiss tourism downhill

The strength of the franc and the unsettled global economy have seen economists predict a bleak 2012 for Switzerland's tourism industry.

 

Robbers jailed after pooping at crime scene
Sweden

Robbers jailed after pooping at crime scene

Two men suspected of robbing a strawberry farmer earlier this year and arrested after forensics discovered their faeces near the getaway car, have been sentenced to prison, a Swedish court ruled on Monday.

Busted by police, drunken ‘Yoda’ is
Germany

Busted by police, drunken ‘Yoda’ is

German police called to a traffic incident were astonished to find themselves face-to-face with Jedi master Yoda from Star Wars, much the worse for wear after Halloween celebrations.

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Switzerland

Scientology goes on the offensive in Switzerland

The Church of Scientology is planning to build a temple in Basel as part of a worldwide expansion plan, according to a Swiss newspaper report.

Teenagers saved after shopping cart high jinks
Sweden

Teenagers saved after shopping cart high jinks

The emergency services in Ed in western Sweden received a somewhat unusual call on Saturday, after two teenager girls asked for help in freeing themselves from a shopping cart in which they found themselves stuck.

‘If the CDU loses in 2013, it will lose its identity’
Germany

‘If the CDU loses in 2013, it will lose its identity’

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives performed a dramatic U-turn this weekend by proposing a universal minimum wage in Germany. The Local’s media roundup explores the cause and implications of her party's leftward swerve.

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Norway

No slowdown in Oslo rape surge

Two teenage girls emerging from downtown Oslo’s train station were attacked on Saturday evening by five young men in yet another escalation of the capital’s burgeoning rape problem.

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Sweden

Shoppers driven out of town in ‘hooligan’ mix up

Four guys out shoe shopping on a Sunday afternoon suddenly found themselves detained and whisked to the edge of town by police, mistaking them for a gang of criminal football hooligans.

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France

Frenchwomen flee to cave to escape wi-fi rays

Two women claiming to suffer from electro-hypersensitivity have resorted to living in a cave in the French Alps. They say they have been made ill by wireless internet and mobile phones.

Artist Anselm Kiefer to buy defunct power plant
Germany

Artist Anselm Kiefer to buy defunct power plant

German contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer is planning to snap up a mothballed atomic power plant in the belief that Germany's nuclear history should be preserved for future generations.

Chinese firms reveal Saab profit ambitions
Sweden

Chinese firms reveal Saab profit ambitions

Chinese automakers Pang Da and Youngman, the new owners of Sweden's Saab, have stated that the firm will turn a profit no later than 2014, according to an ambitious plan laid out on Monday.

Three honoured with top environmental prize
Germany

Three honoured with top environmental prize

A father and son team which invented a low-emission combustion technology and the founder of a environmentally friendly office supplies firm are sharing Europe’s most lucrative prize for environmental innovation.

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Sweden

Disabled man promised jobs for sex massage

A 29-year-old disabled man in Sweden has been sentenced to pay damages to his personal caregivers after forcing them to perform sexual acts in order to secure permanent jobs and get their salaries paid out.

Norwegian ghost town appears on top ten list
Norway

Norwegian ghost town appears on top ten list

The Arctic archipelago of Svalbard is home to one of the world's foremost ghost town destinations, according to a report in National Geographic.

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France

Wildfire threatens Reunion Island national park

French authorities sent reinforcements on Monday to battle a wildfire raging through the national park of Reunion Island, a unique ecosystem designated a World Heritage Site.

Stockholm set for first ever Halloween parade
Sweden

Stockholm set for first ever Halloween parade

It's close to winter, and something evil's lurking in the dark, after a call to all monsters, ghosts, and resurrected rock stars to haunt the streets of Stockholm as Sweden hosts its first ever Halloween parade, The Local's Joel Linde explains.

Credit Suisse to cut 1,000 jobs: report
Switzerland

Credit Suisse to cut 1,000 jobs: report

Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse is expected to announce 1,000 job cuts when it publishes its third-quarter earnings results on Tuesday, newspaper Tages Anzeiger reported on Monday.

G20 to meet in Cannes as recession threat looms
France

G20 to meet in Cannes as recession threat looms

Leaders of the world's biggest economies meet in Cannes this week as Europe tries to convince markets and US critics that its debt bail-out package is serious and urges China to fund it.

Air France faces third day of strike action
France

Air France faces third day of strike action

Air France is facing a third consecutive day of strikes by cabin crew during a busy holiday period. While the airline is running most flights, some can only take 100 passengers on board.

Mugabe threatens Swiss properties in Zimbabwe
Switzerland

Mugabe threatens Swiss properties in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has warned Switzerland he would "reciprocate" after his wife and top officials were denied visas to attend a UN meeting in the country, state media said on Monday.

Central bank posts gains on high gold prices
Switzerland

Central bank posts gains on high gold prices

The Swiss central bank said on Monday that high gold prices helped to lift its nine-month profits to 5.8 billion francs ($6.7 billion) despite massive losses on some of its foreign currency positions.

Corruption probe takes in ThyssenKrupp subsidiary
Germany

Corruption probe takes in ThyssenKrupp subsidiary

An investigation into corporate corruption allegations in Asia appears to have widened and now includes a subsidiary of German steel concern ThyssenKrupp.

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Switzerland

UBS chief wants job confirmed: report

UBS interim chief executive Sergio Ermotti wants to know by December 15th if he will get the post on a permanent basis or will otherwise leave the company, Swiss newspaper Der Sonntag said Sunday.

Pakistan spied on Germans in Afghanistan
Germany

Pakistan spied on Germans in Afghanistan

Pakistan’s intelligence agency reportedly spied on German police officers working in Afghanistan, raising questions whether Pakistan is passing information on to the insurgent Taliban about security forces’ operations.

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France

Police fire tear gas as Turks and Kurds clash

French police fired tear gas to break up clashes that erupted between Turkish protesters and supports of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in central Paris on Sunday.

Milan coach pays tribute to ‘amazing’ Ibrahimovic
Sweden

Milan coach pays tribute to ‘amazing’ Ibrahimovic

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic came in for warm praise from AC Milan coach after his brace of headed goals helped the champions to a 3-2 win at Roma on Saturday.

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Sweden

More kids abducted from Sweden: report

Over 100 children have been abducted and taken overseas by one of their parents in each of the past two years, reflecting a significant rise on on 2006, according to a report by Sveriges Radio's Ekot news programme.

Chinese firms to invest ‘billions’ in Saab
Sweden

Chinese firms to invest ‘billions’ in Saab

Chinese automakers Pang Da and Youngman, the new owners of Sweden's Saab, plan to pump some 7.5 billion kronor ($1.16 billion) into the firm, according to a report on Sveriges Television (SVT).

Schäuble calls for financial transaction tax
Germany

Schäuble calls for financial transaction tax

Eurozone members could introduce a financial transaction tax even if other EU countries were opposed, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble told the Financial Times in an interview published Monday.