GM halts sale of Saab to Chinese firms
Sweden

GM halts sale of Saab to Chinese firms

US automaker General Motors (GM) has put the brakes on the planned purchase of Sweden's Saab by two Chinese carmakers over concerns about technology licensing.

France panda loan foiled by Greek crisis
France

France panda loan foiled by Greek crisis

China has had to delay the loan of two pandas to France because the Greek debt crisis dominated the G20 summit when they hoped to finalise details, French Ecology Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet said on Monday.

More Swedish parents track kids with GPS
Sweden

More Swedish parents track kids with GPS

Thousands of Swedish parents choose to keep track of their children by help of their mobile phones, despite warnings from experts that this kind of surveillance could be an infringement on the children's privacy.

Girl fighting for life after measles complications
Germany

Girl fighting for life after measles complications

A six-year-old girl who caught measles at seven months has developed a chronic and incurable brain inflammation, it was reported Monday. German doctors are warning that not enough parents are inoculating their children.

Economy spluttering as industrial output slumps
Germany

Economy spluttering as industrial output slumps

The German economy, Europe's biggest, looks set to slow dramatically later this year as the eurozone debt crisis increasingly takes its toll, slumping industrial output data showed Monday.

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Switzerland

Swiss man shoots girlfriend in face

A 23-year-old man known for his passion for weapons shot and killed his girlfriend with an assault rifle in Saint-Leonard, in the south of Switzerland, on Friday night.

Germany to pressure Iran over nuclear programme
Germany

Germany to pressure Iran over nuclear programme

Germany said Monday it would call for fresh "pressure" on Iran to comply with international commitments on its nuclear programme if a key report this week reveals further defiance.

Project pictures the plight of immigrants
Germany

Project pictures the plight of immigrants

Berlin-based artist collective “Migrantas” has been exploring the effects of immigration since 2004. For their latest project, they invited multilingual children to think about what the different cultures in their lives mean to them. Jessica Ware reports.

Steep hike in number of Alpine accidents
Switzerland

Steep hike in number of Alpine accidents

The first six months of 2011 saw the number of mountain accidents climb by over 50 percent compared to the same period last year.

Embattled France unveils budget cuts and tax hikes
France

Embattled France unveils budget cuts and tax hikes

France unveiled a €7 billion austerity package and plans to balance its budget by 2016 on Monday as President Nicolas Sarkozy seeks to protect the country's credit rating ahead of a tough election fight.

Faulty AC could cost spy headquarters €9.7 mln
Germany

Faulty AC could cost spy headquarters €9.7 mln

Authorities have discovered serious defects in the air conditioning system of the new headquarters being built to house Germany’s BND foreign intelligence service, potentially costing nearly €10 million to fix.

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France

Three dead in French floods

Heavy rain and flooding hit southern France at the weekend, seeing hundreds of people evacuated, three killed in flood-related accidents, and 12 regions still on alert on Sunday.

Anti-capitalist protestors camp out in Paris
France

Anti-capitalist protestors camp out in Paris

Up to 100 people have spent their third night camped outside in Paris' premier business district, La Défense, according to protestors.

Warrants issued for ‘brutal’ farm murders
Sweden

Warrants issued for ‘brutal’ farm murders

Arrest warrants have been issued for two men suspected of the brutal murder of a couple on their dairy farm outside of Alingsås in western Sweden, although prosecutors believe both suspects have likely left the country.

Burning magpie causes major Swedish blackout
Sweden

Burning magpie causes major Swedish blackout

A major power outage struck parts of south eastern Sweden on Sunday evening after a rogue magpie had flown into a relay plant and caught on fire.

Love is in the air at 2011 Stockholm Film Festival
Sweden

Love is in the air at 2011 Stockholm Film Festival

As the 22nd edition of the Stockholm International Film Festival opens this week, The Local's Peter Vinthagen Simpson delves into the twin themes of love and director Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Western states likely to miss day-care targets
Germany

Western states likely to miss day-care targets

Latest statistics suggest that western German states will fall well short of a 2007 target of ensuring that one in three children would have a day care spot by 2013.

Ericsson predicts ten-fold jump in mobile data traffic by 2016
Sweden

Ericsson predicts ten-fold jump in mobile data traffic by 2016

As smart phones increasingly take over, mobile data traffic is surging, a study by Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson showed on Monday.

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Sweden

Paedophile site probed for privacy violations

A new website set up by a Swede with ties to neo-Nazi groups and featuring the names and contact information of dozens of convicted child sex offenders has been reported for data privacy violations.

Apple faces ban on iPhone and iPad sales
Germany

Apple faces ban on iPhone and iPad sales

A German court has issued an injunction that temporarily bans Apple Inc. from selling or marketing its mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads in Germany. But it’s unclear whether it will have an immediate effect on the company.

New figures confirm Swiss jobless fears
Switzerland

New figures confirm Swiss jobless fears

Switzerland's unemployment rate rose from 2.8 to 2.9 percent in October, a slight monthly increase that experts believe heralds the beginning of a downward economic trend.

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Norway

Five injured in Stavanger workshop blast

Firefighters were seeking on Monday morning to control a blaze near Stavanger in south-western Norway after an explosion at a mechanical workshop left five people seriously injured and the smell of ammonia gas lingering in the air.

Police hunt snowblower, find moonshine
Sweden

Police hunt snowblower, find moonshine

When police in northern Sweden were busy searching for a stolen snowblower they accidentally stumbled upon 130 litres of illegally distilled alcohol hidden in the same garage.

‘Sweden can’t afford to lose clever immigrants’
Sweden

‘Sweden can’t afford to lose clever immigrants’

Sweden can't afford to keep discriminating against those living in the suburbs and thereby missing out on the payback of years of investment in education and skills, journalist Carlos Rojas argues.

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Norway

Voices emerge to counter rape stigma

Dark-skinned men in Norway are feeling the stigma of a recent wave of “after hours” sexual assaults in which roughly half of the attackers were asylum seekers from war-torn countries.

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France

Loulou de la Falaise, creator for Yves Saint Laurent, dies

Loulou de la Falaise, who created jewellery and hats for fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, died on Saturday at the age of 63, the Yves Saint Laurent-Pierre Bergé Foundation announced.

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France

Carlos the Jackal back in Paris dock

Venezuelan militant Carlos the Jackal goes on trial in a Paris court on Monday charged with four deadly bombings carried out almost 30 years ago as extreme-left wing attacks ravaged Europe.

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France

Man held over murder of eight-year-old

A man was being questioned on Sunday night in connection with the murder of an eight-year old girl who went missing on Saturday in the southern town of Bellegarde.

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Sweden

‘Iran may be spying on exiles in Sweden’: agency

Iran has both the ability and the inclination to keep tabs on political antagonists in Sweden, according to new guidelines issued by the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket).

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Switzerland

Sexual assistants – the stigma of helping disabled Swiss

For several years now, Jacques Arnould has been giving disabled people in Switzerland the right to a little tenderness and sexual attention.

Adidas websites hacked
Germany

Adidas websites hacked

Unknown hackers rendered the German websites of athletic apparel company Adidas inoperable the entire weekend.

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Switzerland

Federer back to winning ways in Basel

Roger Federer returned to winning mode ten months after his last title as the home tennis hero thrashed Japanese wild card Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-3 to win a fifth Swiss Indoors title on Sunday.

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France

Student complains after ‘letters of blood’ hazing

A first-year student at a Paris university has lodged an official complaint after an initiation ceremony left him with letters written in blood on his back.

Swiss franc could be weakened again: bank
Switzerland

Swiss franc could be weakened again: bank

The Swiss central bank warned it is ready to intervene again if necessary to push down the value of the national currency against the euro in order to protect exports to the country's main market.

More French feel the pain as budget cuts loom
France

More French feel the pain as budget cuts loom

Prime minister François Fillon will announce new cost-cutting measures on Monday as a new poll suggests more French people are already feeling the pain of the economic crisis.

Berlin keeps heat on new Greek government
Germany

Berlin keeps heat on new Greek government

Greece’s new unity government, yet to be even sworn in, has already come under pressure from Berlin, after Economics Minister Philipp Rösler warned “our patience will run out at some point.”

Groupon float boosts Kinnevik billions
Sweden

Groupon float boosts Kinnevik billions

Swedish investment firm Kinnevik has reported that its net asset value has increased by some 2.14 billion kronor ($324 million) as a result of the successful initial public offering of discount coupon firm Groupon on the Nasdaq exchange in New York.

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Sweden

Stressed mothers have obese kids: study

Stressed out mothers increase the risk of obesity among their children, a new Swedish study has shown.

Merkel’s coalition agrees tax break plan
Germany

Merkel’s coalition agrees tax break plan

Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed a comprehensive tax cut plan on Sunday evening in an effort to resolve an internal coalition dispute between her Christian Democratic Union (CDU), its Bavarian CSU allies, and the Free Democratic Party (FDP)

Agency slammed for Hitler painting sales
Sweden

Agency slammed for Hitler painting sales

Sweden's debt collection agency's (Kronofogden) plans to sell seven paintings by Adolf Hitler, a move which has drawn criticism from the Jewish association in Stockholm, has been scuppered after the works were deemed to be fakes.

Bayern stay on top with battling win
Germany

Bayern stay on top with battling win

Ten-man Bayern Munich went five points clear again at the top of the German league on Sunday as striker Mario Gomez scored his 20th goal of the season in a 2-1 win at bottom side Augsburg.