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France

French shipping giant to partner with Italian rival

 

The world's second and third largest container shipping companies, Swiss-Italian MSC and France's CMA CGM, announced a partnership Thursday to share their fleets.

 

Swiss cutting back on nuclear fallout shelters
Switzerland

Swiss cutting back on nuclear fallout shelters

Starting in 2012, only residential buildings with more than 38 apartments will be required to have fallout shelters in their basements, the Swiss government said in a statement.

Welcome needed to attract skilled foreigners
Germany

Welcome needed to attract skilled foreigners

Germany needs to make it easier for skilled workers to move there – and be more friendly to them – to get the professionals needed to keep the country running, a new report says.

Sweden should develop ‘super jets’: MPs
Sweden

Sweden should develop ‘super jets’: MPs

If the Swiss purchase of the fighter Jas Gripen goes through, Sweden should develop ten new advanced E/F model "Super-Jas", according to a proposal by the Riksdag's defense committee.

Thirty screws ‘missing’ from Air France jet
France

Thirty screws ‘missing’ from Air France jet

Air France has suspended the maintenance of its aircraft by Chinese company Taeco after 30 screws were found to be missing from one of its planes, it said on Thursday.

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France

Iconic Yves Saint Laurent dress snapped up

A Mondrian dress by iconic French designer Yves Saint Laurent was snapped up on Thursday, star lot of a vintage sale held half a century after his fashion house was founded.

Shopping for Christmas food in Stockholm
Sweden

Shopping for Christmas food in Stockholm

As the Christmas season approaches in Stockholm, it is very likely that festive food is uppermost in your mind. Luckily, contributor Gwen Ramsey has put together a list of great options for filling your holiday hamper.

Norway sees warmest November in 111 years
Norway

Norway sees warmest November in 111 years

Last month will go down in the record books as the warmest November in Norway since the country's meteorological institute began keeping track of national weather statistics 111 years ago.

Three in ten parents ‘manhandle’ kids: study
Sweden

Three in ten parents ‘manhandle’ kids: study

Thirty percent of Swedish parents state that they occasionally push or shake their children, with stress being the most common underlying reason, according to a new study.

Euro could collapse in ‘three to six months’
Germany

Euro could collapse in ‘three to six months’

The euro will collapse in the next three to six months if nothing dramatic is undertaken to save it, according to a leading German economist, who has called for fast and decisive action.

Triple murderer held after Finnish jailbreak
Sweden

Triple murderer held after Finnish jailbreak

A Finnish man, previously convicted of murdering three people in northern Sweden in 1988, has been arrested in Helsinki following his escape from a prison in Finland last week.

Legless man denied wheelchair
Sweden

Legless man denied wheelchair

A man from Nyköping in eastern Sweden has been denied a power wheelchair despite having had both of his legs amputated as the local health authority remained "uncertain if the impairment was permanent".

Renowned East German author Christa Wolf dies
Germany

Renowned East German author Christa Wolf dies

Christa Wolf, one of the best-known authors from former communist East Germany, died on Thursday aged 82 in Berlin following a long illness, her publisher said.

Swiss teacher fired over ‘funny’ Auschwitz pic
Switzerland

Swiss teacher fired over ‘funny’ Auschwitz pic

Swiss teacher Bernard Junod has been sacked from his job after posing at the gates of the Auschwitz concentration camp with a bag of ‘Nasi Goreng’ fried rice in his hand.

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Sweden

Police officer jailed for raping a child

A 53-year-old police officer in Stockholm has been sentenced to a year in prison after having been convicted of raping and buying sex from a minor.

Elephant death tourist ‘crushed by husband’
Germany

Elephant death tourist ‘crushed by husband’

Thai police are investigating reports that a German woman who died when she fell off an elephant was crushed to death by her "heavy-set" husband.

Police plead for help in neo-Nazi terror hunt
Germany

Police plead for help in neo-Nazi terror hunt

Calling on the German public for help, the authorities hunting supporters of the neo-Nazi terrorist cell on Thursday described the chillingly efficient plans made by the group to murder at least ten people.

Breathalyzers to be compulsory in all cars
France

Breathalyzers to be compulsory in all cars

Every car in France will have to be equipped with a breathalyzer from the spring of 2012. The announcement was made by President Nicolas Sarkozy in a speech on Wednesday.

Norwegian industrial confidence dips
Norway

Norwegian industrial confidence dips

As Europe's debt crisis intensifies, Norwegian industry has admitted its lowest expectations since the dire months after the credit crunch of 2008 spilled into 2009.

What’s on in Germany: December 1 – 7
Germany

What’s on in Germany: December 1 – 7

This Week's Highlights: Electronic music festivals in Cologne and a Berlin, Shakespeare in Frankfurt, and a US Army chorus in Stuttgart.

The Lowdown: Swedish Advent
Sweden

The Lowdown: Swedish Advent

If the darkness of winter's already starting to get you down, the light and merriment –not to mention the calories and alcohol – of a Swedish Advent should help pick you up.

Britain and Germany urge EU to isolate Iran
Germany

Britain and Germany urge EU to isolate Iran

Britain and Germany called for sanctions to financially isolate Iran as EU foreign ministers gathered to consider tough new measures against Tehran due to fresh concerns over its nuclear programme.

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Sweden

Bound woman ‘faked the incident’: police

The woman found tied up and gagged next to a Swedish motorway on Tuesday is not the victim of any crime, having staged the incident herself, according to police reports.

Iran ‘planning attacks on US bases in Germany’
Germany

Iran ‘planning attacks on US bases in Germany’

Tehran may be planning attacks on US bases in Germany in the event of an American military strike against targets in Iran, German investigators have reportedly said.

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Switzerland

Export dip prompts Swiss slowdown

Swiss economic growth slowed in the third quarter after a fall in exports due to the strong Swiss franc, official figures showed on Thursday.

Actress ‘banned Muslim handymen’ over chihuahua worries
France

Actress ‘banned Muslim handymen’ over chihuahua worries

One of France's most well-known singers and actresses, Marie Laforêt, will today appear in a Paris courtroom to defend herself against charges that a job advertisement she placed discriminated against Muslims.

Sweden braces for ‘real’ winter weather
Sweden

Sweden braces for ‘real’ winter weather

After a record warm November, forecasters are now warning that chillier and more seasonal weather is en route for Sweden with sub-zero temperatures and snowfalls across the country.

Discovering Munich’s past in a mediaeval loo
Germany

Discovering Munich’s past in a mediaeval loo

Construction on an underground train line in the centre of Munich has uncovered mediaeval latrines full of artefacts offering insights into the Bavarian capital’s past. Christine Madden reports.

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Norway

Norwegians split on Breivik’s likely fate

A day after the man who killed 77 people in July was declared insane, Norwegians were split on Wednesday on whether his likely sentence of psychiatric care was too easy or if it might be enough to quash his ideology.

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France

France moves to ban prostitution

French lawmakers will next week test France's long history of liberal attitudes toward sex by introducing a bill outlawing prostitution.

No Mayan apocalypse expected next year
Germany

No Mayan apocalypse expected next year

The world won’t actually end next year despite widespread fears that Mayans long-ago predicted humanity’s demise in 2012, according to a German expert.

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France

Sarkozy to give euro crisis speech

President Nicolas Sarkozy will try to reassure anxious voters, markets and European allies that he is on top of the financial crisis on Thursday in a keenly awaited landmark speech.

Elvis’ Swedish ‘daughter’ sues Presley estate
Sweden

Elvis’ Swedish ‘daughter’ sues Presley estate

A Swedish woman who has long claimed that she is the rightful daughter of deceased US crooner Elvis Presley has sued the singer's estate for $130 million.

French silent film wows critics
France

French silent film wows critics

A silent film is the surprise dark horse in the looming race for the Oscars after it won the best film and best director prizes from the highly-regarded New York Film Critics Circle.

Merkel ‘acting like Bismarck’ – socialists
France

Merkel ‘acting like Bismarck’ – socialists

Two senior Socialists attacked Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, with one complaining about her "Bismarck-style policies."

How do Swedes survive?: director David Fincher
Sweden

How do Swedes survive?: director David Fincher

After spending last winter in rural Sweden recording the Hollywood version of "The girl with the dragon tattoo", director David Fincher was left baffled as to how Swedes survive the cold, dark months.

Spotify launches app platform
Sweden

Spotify launches app platform

Online music service Spotify on Wednesday announced that it planned to open up to outside developers to create applications, unveiling partnerships with Rolling Stone, SongKick, TuneWiki and others.

Pope escapes German seat belt fine
Germany

Pope escapes German seat belt fine

Pope Benedict XVI will not face charges for not wearing a seat belt in his popemobile during a visit to Germany, after officials confirmed normal traffic rules had been suspended for him.

Jewish community state funding doubled
Germany

Jewish community state funding doubled

Germany's Jewish community has signed a new treaty with the government to double its annual state funding, reflecting its growing size and prominence more than 65 years after the Holocaust.