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France

France-Germany rate gap at eurozone record

The gaps between the German borrowing rate and French and Spanish rates widened sharply to record amounts on Tuesday, in a new sign of acute tension at the heart of the eurozone.

Antibiotics for poultry widespread in NRW
Germany

Antibiotics for poultry widespread in NRW

Almost all chicken farms in the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia feed antibiotics to their birds in order to keep them healthy, something that can cause lasting resistance to medicine in humans, according to a state minister.

French feel-good film storms box-office
France

French feel-good film storms box-office

Crisis-hit France has found escape from its ever grimmer economic reality in a feel-good buddy movie about a quadriplegic aristocrat and his black home-help that has stormed the box office.

LA goes crazy for Berlin Currywurst snack
Germany

LA goes crazy for Berlin Currywurst snack

The residents of Los Angeles and Berlin might not seem to have much in common at first glance, but health-conscious Californian hipsters have discovered a hankering for the German capital’s favourite snack food: the Currywurst. Caitlan Carroll reports.

Norway oil fund poised to spend big
Norway

Norway oil fund poised to spend big

Norway’s 3-trillion-kroner ($521 billion) sovereign oil fund — or Government Pension Fund Global — aims to buy bigger than the one-percent of listed stocks worldwide that it already owns.

Tax agency: ‘Divorce to change name’
Sweden

Tax agency: ‘Divorce to change name’

Swedish name laws have been slammed as ”ridiculous” after a couple in Örebro in central Sweden were told the best way to ensure they all share one family name would be to get divorced.

Pervert-pleasing high-heeled mice stompers convicted of cruelty
Germany

Pervert-pleasing high-heeled mice stompers convicted of cruelty

Two women who stepped on mice while wearing high heels to give a man perverse sexual kicks have been convicted of animal cruelty by a court in central Germany.

Swedes warned of Danish sex jaunt risks
Sweden

Swedes warned of Danish sex jaunt risks

Swedish men travelling to Copenhagen to partake of the Danish capital's plethora of sex clubs, massage parlours and swinger clubs have been warned that they face a heightened risk of being infected with sexually transmitted diseases.

Berlin project promises urban fish and veg ‘Fresh from the Roof’
Germany

Berlin project promises urban fish and veg ‘Fresh from the Roof’

Ambitious plans are being drawn up in Berlin for what will be the world's biggest roof-farm, growing vegetables on top and breeding fish in tanks inside, in a self-watering and fertilising system.

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France

Paris calls in Romanian police to tackle ‘delinquents’

The Paris police chief said on Tuesday the city will be calling in 30 Romanian police officers to carry out joint patrols in a bid to tackle a "delinquency" problem blamed on Romanian nationals.

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Norway

Trio plead not guilty to Muhammad cartoon plot

Three men suspected of planning an attack on the Danish newspaper that printed controversial cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in 2005 pleaded not guilty as their trial opened in Oslo on Tuesday.

Poisoning suspected after second dolphin death at Swiss fun park
Switzerland

Poisoning suspected after second dolphin death at Swiss fun park

Animal welfare groups are pushing the government to ban the import of dolphins and whales after the death of a second dolphin in a single week at the Connyland fun park in eastern Switzerland. 

Immigrant in Sweden: a lifelong label?
Sweden

Immigrant in Sweden: a lifelong label?

Despite being born in Sweden or having lived most of their lives in Sweden, the children of immigrant parents sometimes contend that they will never be viewed as “Swedes”, but will instead always be thought of as immigrants. What do you think?

Healthcare firm denies letting old man die alone
Sweden

Healthcare firm denies letting old man die alone

Healthcare provider Carema, recently ditched by the City of Stockholm after a series of revelations of suspected neglect, has denied reports that staff left a dementia patient to die alone.

Marched down the aisle
Germany

Marched down the aisle

Thousands of forced marriages take place in Germany each year. Many involve German citizens but society continues to look the other way, comments Cigdem Akyol from ZEIT ONLINE.

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Sweden

‘Missing’ Swedish teen was held by police

Swedish mother Marie had to wait five days to find out that the police had arrested her 18-year-old son, by which time she had already reported him as a missing person.

Zurich police evict Occupy protesters
Switzerland

Zurich police evict Occupy protesters

Police made a number of arrests on Tuesday morning as anti-capitalist protesters were evicted from a park in central Zurich.

Angry driver blows up speed camera
France

Angry driver blows up speed camera

An angry driver blew up a speed camera on the A31 motorway between the eastern towns of Metz and Nancy early on Sunday morning. Police are scanning the camera’s records in search of a culprit.

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France

French MPs refuse to cut own pay

French lawmakers rejected a proposal on Monday to cut their own pay by 10 percent. They have however agreed to reduce the National Assembly's budget by three percent.

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Norway

Half of all employers ignore labour law: survey

Half of Norwegian employers are breaking legally binding rules agreed over time with trade unions when it comes to temporary unemployment, although some in an autumn survey said they “didn’t know the law”.

Deutsche Bahn spends to avoid winter chaos
Germany

Deutsche Bahn spends to avoid winter chaos

Deutsche Bahn is investing €70 million in winter services this year in a bid to avoid a repeat of last winter when it was slammed for services failing when the cold set in.

Ermotti takes the reins at scandal-hit UBS
Switzerland

Ermotti takes the reins at scandal-hit UBS

Swiss banking giant UBS looked to draw a line under a troubled period on Tuesday with the appointment of a new chief executive and plans for a new path to be announced on Thursday.

Peugeot Citroen to cut 4,000 French jobs
France

Peugeot Citroen to cut 4,000 French jobs

French auto giant PSA Peugeot Citroen will cut at least 4,000 jobs in France next year as part of a wide-ranging cost-cutting plan, union sources said on Tuesday.

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France

France ‘not worth its AAA rating’: report

France shouldn't enjoy AAA status given its low growth prospects and dire public accounts, says a report published by think tank The Lisbon Council and German bank Berenberg Bank.

Northern Sweden hails Russian ‘invasion’
Sweden

Northern Sweden hails Russian ‘invasion’

Sorsele municipality, in northern Sweden, are overjoyed in the continued interest in the area, after receiving over 900 applications from enthusiastic Russian families keen to move there.

Consumers bolster solid Q3 growth
Germany

Consumers bolster solid Q3 growth

Germany appeared to return to form as the eurozone's economic powerhouse in the third quarter, clocking up solid growth of 0.5 percent, official data showed on Tuesday.

‘Bag of groceries’ named Christmas gift of 2011
Sweden

‘Bag of groceries’ named Christmas gift of 2011

When Santa's sleigh departs after having completed its Christmas rounds of Swedish households this year he will have deposited bags of groceries complete with recipes, according to a prediction from the HUI Research (formerly the Swedish Retail Institute).

Sarkozy plays up friendship in letter to Israel PM
France

Sarkozy plays up friendship in letter to Israel PM

The French president has sent a letter of condolences to Israel's premier and played up their friendship, after having reportedly called him a "liar," a senior Israeli official said on Monday.

Network of helpers for neo-Nazi terror probed
Germany

Network of helpers for neo-Nazi terror probed

As the German authorities feverishly investigated whether a neo-Nazi terror group responsible for several murders had a nationwide network of accomplices, criticism of the country’s domestic intelligence services continued to grow on Tuesday.

Deutsche Bank pays $145 mln to settle US suit
Germany

Deutsche Bank pays $145 mln to settle US suit

German banking giant Deutsche Bank has agreed to pay US regulators $145 million (€106 million) to settle charges that they misled credit unions about the risks of mortgage-backed securities that later collapsed.

James Bond watch sells for $198,000
Switzerland

James Bond watch sells for $198,000

A Rolex watch worn by Roger Moore in the James Bond film "Live and Let Die" -- complete with rotating saw and bullet deflector -- fetched 180,000 Swiss francs ($198,000) at auction on Monday.

France will meet deficit reduction targets: PM
France

France will meet deficit reduction targets: PM

Prime Minister Francois Fillon insisted on Monday that France will meet its pledges to bring its public deficit back within EU limits.

‘Extraditing dual-citizen Swedes should be easier’
Sweden

‘Extraditing dual-citizen Swedes should be easier’

It should be easier for Swedish citizens who are also citizens of other countries to be extradited to states outside the European Union, a government inquiry charged with reviewing Sweden's extradition law has concluded.

Germany tackles Holland with confidence
Germany

Germany tackles Holland with confidence

Germany coach Joachim Löw has insisted his side have nothing to fear ahead of Tuesday's friendly in Hamburg against World Cup finalists the Netherlands, as Die Mannschaft looks to finish 2011 in style.

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Sweden

Teen girl raped in central Stockholm park

A 16-year-old girl was attacked and raped by two unknown men in a public park in central Stockholm on Monday evening.

Sweden to play England to open Swedbank Arena
Sweden

Sweden to play England to open Swedbank Arena

England will take on Sweden in a friendly next year to mark the opening of a new national stadium in Stockholm.