Merkel ‘sorry’ Pakistan to boycott Afghan meeting
Germany

Merkel ‘sorry’ Pakistan to boycott Afghan meeting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday she was "very sorry" about Pakistan's announced boycott of a Bonn conference next week on the future of Afghanistan and would try to convince it to attend.

How Stockholm students are at the heart of Nobel week
Sweden

How Stockholm students are at the heart of Nobel week

Studying at Stockholm University gives you the chance to rub shoulders with Nobel laureates on the night they receive their prize - and you might even get the chance to attend the banquet itself.

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France

France and Germany spar over top ECB job

France and Germany are battling for a key post at the European Central Bank amid deepening differences over the role the bank should take in the eurozone debt crisis, sources revealed on Tuesday.

Tokyo tops Paris as world food capital
France

Tokyo tops Paris as world food capital

Tokyo has once again proved its worth at the top table of world food with more Michelin three star restaurants than Paris, according to the latest edition of the gastronomical guide.

Holiday jeer for ‘ugliest’ German Christmas tree
Germany

Holiday jeer for ‘ugliest’ German Christmas tree

Dubbed Germany's “ugliest” Christmas tree, a 12-metre-tall, fire belching metal tannenbaum erected in central Berlin has dismayed many of the capital city's residents.

Falkvinge named in 2011 ‘Global Thinkers’ list
Sweden

Falkvinge named in 2011 ‘Global Thinkers’ list

Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge has been named among the "Top 100 Global Thinkers" by Foreign Policy magazine, alongside a number of Arab revolutionaries and the likes of Barack Obama, Ai WeiWei, and Mark Zuckerberg.

Finding a job in France
France

Finding a job in France

From longer holidays to a better quality of life, the appeal of working in France is clear. Those who want to live the dream will find that the road ahead is steep, but prior planning and a structured approach can work miracles, explains Clea Caulcutt.

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Sweden

Wife jailed for shooting husband in the back

A 44-year-old woman in central Sweden has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for murder, after the district court judged her guilty of shooting her husband from behind with a hunting rifle.

Deutsche Bahn rep ‘stained by dirty toilets’
Germany

Deutsche Bahn rep ‘stained by dirty toilets’

Deutsche Bahn needs to clean its toilets more often, and could easily polish its reputation by doing so - as well as giving out better information on delays, according to a new survey.

New stalking law prompts flood of reports: study
Sweden

New stalking law prompts flood of reports: study

In the two months since Sweden adopted a new law against stalking, as many as 125 cases have been reported to the police.

Exports to crack €1 trillion in 2011
Germany

Exports to crack €1 trillion in 2011

German exports are set to crack the €1-trillion mark for the first time history this year despite turbulence hitting the global economy and the simmering eurozone debt crisis.

Dying rural villages ‘should be abandoned’
Germany

Dying rural villages ‘should be abandoned’

A shrinking population and the flight of young educated people to towns are killing off Germany’s small villages – but rather than fight to keep them alive, politicians should try to make the decline as painless as possible, according to a new demographic survey.

Schools agency: kids taught ‘to take a beating’
Sweden

Schools agency: kids taught ‘to take a beating’

After reviewing the prestigious boarding school Lundsberg in Värmland, the Swedish Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) have given the foundation until the end of February to prove that they can rid the school of bullying.

Doctor ordered 11-year-old girl for sex
Germany

Doctor ordered 11-year-old girl for sex

A German doctor has been jailed for more than 17 years in the United States for trying to buy eight hours of sex with a young girl in Ohio - in a police sting operation.

Norway mass killer may avoid jail: prosecutor
Norway

Norway mass killer may avoid jail: prosecutor

Anders Behring Breivik was criminally insane when he killed 77 people in Norway and is likely to be sent to a psychiatric ward, possibly for the rest of his life, prosecutors said Tuesday on the basis of a forensic examination.

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Switzerland

Porn director: I’ve made filthy flicks on Swiss trains

For seven years, Swiss actor and producer Michael Ryan has been making 30-minute X-rated films in the first class carriages of Swiss trains.

Stockholm’s ‘smallest’ flat for sale at 1.2 million
Sweden

Stockholm’s ‘smallest’ flat for sale at 1.2 million

A flat described as "Stockholm's smallest" is up for sale for 1.2 million kronor ($174,000) and despite its modest 12 square metre size, there is no shortage of interest.

The ten oddest tourist attractions in Sweden
Sweden

The ten oddest tourist attractions in Sweden

Ever wanted to escape the technology muddle for a day and experience a life close to nature and its creations? Or perhaps step into the land of cowboys and try your luck on the back of a horse? The Local tells you where you can.

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Norway

Psychiatrists submit report on Breivik

Psychiatrists submitted a report to the Oslo court Tuesday on the mental state of the gunman who killed 77 people in twin attacks in Norway in July, but their conclusions were not immediately disclosed.

Three Swiss cities ranked in global top ten
Switzerland

Three Swiss cities ranked in global top ten

Three Swiss cities have scored top ten placings in the 2011 Worldwide Quality of Living Survey, with financial centre Zurich claiming second spot. 

Half of Swedes ‘unsure’ if they have driven drunk
Sweden

Half of Swedes ‘unsure’ if they have driven drunk

Some 46 percent of Swedes are uncertain whether they have drunk too much when they get behind the wheel, according to a new survey carried out by a major insurance company.

Ex-NPD official arrested in neo-Nazi probe
Germany

Ex-NPD official arrested in neo-Nazi probe

German police on Tuesday arrested a former official of the far-right NPD party for allegedly supporting a neo-Nazi terrorist cell suspected of murdering at least 10 people.

Switzerland to consider humanitarian corridors in Syria
Switzerland

Switzerland to consider humanitarian corridors in Syria

Switzerland will examine the idea of creating humanitarian corridors to help civilians in Syria, President Micheline Calmy-Rey was quoted as saying on Monday.

Swedish TV slammed for Srebrenica ‘denial’
Sweden

Swedish TV slammed for Srebrenica ‘denial’

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has strongly criticised Sveriges Television (SVT) for a documentary covering the massacre in Srebrenica.

Unused swine flu vaccine goes up in smoke
Germany

Unused swine flu vaccine goes up in smoke

Around €250 million worth of swine flu vaccine was due to go up in smoke on Tuesday – as Germany disposed of 16 million doses that people refused to take during last year’s outbreak of the potentially deadly virus.

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Norway

Storm sends model wind turbine crashing into sea

The hurricane-like storm Berit, which brought destruction and tragedy to Norway at the weekend, has blown away a wind turbine.

Hodler painting fetches $7.64 million in Zurich
Switzerland

Hodler painting fetches $7.64 million in Zurich

A painting by Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler of a view of Lake Geneva sold at auction in Switzerland on Monday for 7.13 million francs ($7.64 million), auction house Sotheby's announced.

Tobacco workers top Swiss wage poll
Switzerland

Tobacco workers top Swiss wage poll

The average Swiss earned a gross monthly wage of 5,979 francs ($6,490) last year, official figures published on Monday showed.

Let’s ditch internal emails: French boss
France

Let’s ditch internal emails: French boss

The head of one of France's largest IT firms, Atos, has said he would like emails between employees to be a thing of the past by 2013.

Violent men can look like everyone else: campaign
France

Violent men can look like everyone else: campaign

A new campaign attacks the idea that men who physically abuse their partners can be easily identified by showing a series of ordinary-looking men who manage to hide their violent tendencies.

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France

Unemployment highest for twelve years

The number of job seekers in France rose again in October, taking figures to a 12-year high.

France selects 2012 Eurovision entry
France

France selects 2012 Eurovision entry

Indonesian-born singer Anggun Cipta Sasmi, known as Anggun, will represent France in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, to be held on May 26th in the Azerbaijan capital Baku.

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France

French court annuls ban on Monsanto GM crops

France's top administrative court on Monday overturned a government order banning French farmers from planting genetically modified crops from the US agriculture giant Monsanto.

‘Human Zoos’ go on show in Paris
France

‘Human Zoos’ go on show in Paris

The story of men, women and children plucked from their homes in the West's colonies and exhibited like zoo animals is the focus of a major show that opened on Monday at Paris' tribal arts museum.

Paris and Berlin fight over key ECB job
Germany

Paris and Berlin fight over key ECB job

France and Germany are battling for a key post at the European Central Bank amid deepening differences over the role the bank should take in the eurozone debt crisis, sources revealed on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Thief caught with loot down his underwear

A 26-year-old tourist to Malmö, southern Sweden, was recently arrested after being caught with 16 stolen mobile phones stuffed down his thermal underwear.

Fredrik Reinfeldt criticized in new book
Sweden

Fredrik Reinfeldt criticized in new book

The Moderate party culture is built on “silence and obedience”, according to a former MP who has written a book about her experiences representing the party in the Swedish Riksdag.

Facebook holds Merck page over name fight
Germany

Facebook holds Merck page over name fight

Facebook will sideline a Merck page at the social network until the German and American companies which share the name work out which one gets the online address.

Nuke waste convoy leaves hundreds hurt
Germany

Nuke waste convoy leaves hundreds hurt

The nuclear waste convoy which has spent the last few days making its way from France to Germany reached its destination on Monday night, leaving around 100 police officers and more than 350 protesters injured.

Bildt: budget rules ‘must be obeyed’
Sweden

Bildt: budget rules ‘must be obeyed’

Foreign Minister Carl Bildt on Monday defended a European single market but said that stricter budget supervision and regulation by Brussels will only work if already existing rules are adhered to.

German identity – cemented in the euro
Germany

German identity – cemented in the euro

As Europe's sovereign debt crisis continues to simmer, Germans are wondering if they can afford to save the euro – or not to. NPR’s Berlin correspondent Eric Westervelt reports.