Merkel and Sarkozy call for new euro pact
Germany

Merkel and Sarkozy call for new euro pact

France and Germany want a new EU treaty by March with tougher budgetary rules to deal with the eurozone debt crisis, President Nicolas Sarkozy and Chancellor Angela Merkel said after crisis talks Monday.

Sarkozy and Merkel demand tough new pact
France

Sarkozy and Merkel demand tough new pact

France and Germany want a new EU treaty by March with tougher budgetary rules to deal with the eurozone debt crisis, President Nicolas Sarkozy and Chancellor Angela Merkel said after crisis talks on Monday.

Norway troops to leave Afghanistan in 2013
Norway

Norway troops to leave Afghanistan in 2013

Norway will withdraw most of its troops from Afghanistan in 2013, a year before the bulk of NATO's forces, Norwegian Defence Minister Espen Barth Eide announced on Monday.

Snowfall blankets mountains
Germany

Snowfall blankets mountains

The dry November weather in Germany is quickly becoming a distant memory, as the first snowfall of winter settles in the mountains. Elsewhere across the country, considerable rain and strong winds have been forecast.

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Switzerland

Neighbours’ dispute ends in tragedy

A 47-year-old Swiss man shot and killed his 69-year-old neighbour with his hunting rifle on Saturday in Neirivue in central Switzerland.

Slave girl told: ‘We’ll cut off your head if you run’
Germany

Slave girl told: ‘We’ll cut off your head if you run’

A German couple was jailed on Monday for keeping a young woman as a household slave for almost a year, beating her, keeping her prisoner – and threatening to cut off her head if she tried to escape.

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France

Two ‘Miss France’ winners amid battle over contest

A management student from Alsace was voted Miss France, 24 hours before another student from the south of France was elected Miss Prestige National.

Increasing income gap ‘due to poor education’
Germany

Increasing income gap ‘due to poor education’

The gap between rich and poor in Germany is widening dramatically, a new OECD report says, warning that investment in education and training were key to fighting inequality.

Swiss designer wants $11 million for red-and-gold ‘dream’ car
Switzerland

Swiss designer wants $11 million for red-and-gold ‘dream’ car

A gold and ruby-encrusted Mercedes SLR McLaren, the pride and joy of Swiss entrepreneur Ueli Anliker, is soon to be up for grabs for anyone willing to meet the sizzling sale price of 10 million francs ($11 million).

Charges ‘imminent’ for Swedish terror suspects
Sweden

Charges ‘imminent’ for Swedish terror suspects

Danish prosecutor Helene Schröder said on Monday that charges will soon be filed against the four men from Sweden suspected of planning a terrorist attack against Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in Copenhagen in December 2010.

A truly international education at the heart of Berlin
Germany

A truly international education at the heart of Berlin

If you want to study, but dread the bureaucracy and red tape of a traditional academic institution, and fancy a spell in one of Europe’s most dynamic cities at the same time, the ECLA in Berlin could be just the place for you.

‘Queen Silvia shouldn’t be blamed for her father’s Nazi past’
Sweden

‘Queen Silvia shouldn’t be blamed for her father’s Nazi past’

The Swedish media's obsession with investigating the ties Queen Silvia's father had to the Nazis during the Third Reich is misplaced, argues former Royal Court information secretary Juan Navas.

Elderly raided for WWII massacre in France
Germany

Elderly raided for WWII massacre in France

German authorities said on Monday they had raided the homes of six men suspected of taking part in the Nazi massacre of 642 mainly women and children in a French village in 1944.

Eva Joly enraged by ‘racist attack’
France

Eva Joly enraged by ‘racist attack’

Norway-born politician Eva Joly, the French Green movement’s presidential candidate, has slammed as “racist” a column in a prominent magazine that appears to mock her French accent.

Eva Joly enraged by ‘racist attack’
Norway

Eva Joly enraged by ‘racist attack’

Norway-born politician Eva Joly, the French Green movement’s presidential candidate, has slammed as “racist” a column in a prominent magazine that appears to mock her French accent.

Saab juggles Chinese suitors ‘to please GM’
Sweden

Saab juggles Chinese suitors ‘to please GM’

Swedish Automobile, the owners of beleaguered Swedish carmaker Saab have revealed that they are in talks with a new configuration of Chinese partners in what has been descibed as a bid to appease previous owner US General Motors.

Top ten German customs and traditions
Germany

Top ten German customs and traditions

Germany may bear similarities to many other Western countries, but below the surface you’ll find a cornucopia of mad customs. For this edition of The Local List, we count down our favourite national quirks.

Assange cleared to continue extradition fight
Sweden

Assange cleared to continue extradition fight

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been cleared to apply to the UK Supreme Court in an attempt to block his extradition to Sweden over rape allegations, a London court ruled on Monday.

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Sweden

Parents in massive brawl at kids’ hockey game

Things got out of hand at a hockey game for 11-year-olds in western Sweden after heckling of a boy by two members of the audience triggered a massive brawl among parents at a match between youth teams from Hovås and Frölunda hockey clubs.

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France

Couple on trial for stabbing child to death

The trial of a couple accused of torturing and killing a ten-year-old has begun in l’Ain in the east of France. The victim Valentin Crémault was found in 2008 with 44 knife wounds in his body.

Fillon tells Socialists to halt anti-German jibes
France

Fillon tells Socialists to halt anti-German jibes

French Prime Minister François Fillon told the Socialists on Sunday to end their anti-German comments and called on left-wing candidate François Hollande to bring his party under control.

German football seeks new president
Germany

German football seeks new president

German football has launched a bad-tempered search for a new boss after the shock resignation of the DFB football association president with a meeting to discuss the options set for this week.

Neo-Nazi killers sold fascist ‘Monopoly’
Germany

Neo-Nazi killers sold fascist ‘Monopoly’

The members of the extreme-right terrorist cell suspected of slaying at least 10 people in Germany between 2000 and 2010 sold a neo-Nazi version of the board game 'Monopoly' in order to finance their murderous activities, authorities said.

Qaddafi wanted to buy Malmö FF: report
Sweden

Qaddafi wanted to buy Malmö FF: report

Former Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi wanted to pump some of the country's oil billions into Swedish football team Malmö FF, according to details in a new book.

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Sweden

Police warn of slippery roads across Sweden

Slippery roads in several locations across Sweden disrupted motorists during the morning rush hour on Monday, with police issuing warnings to exercise caution after a spate of accidents.

Swedes become gaming sector’s shooting stars
Sweden

Swedes become gaming sector’s shooting stars

Blockbuster sales of the Swedish-developed computer war game Battlefield 3 have made it one of the fastest-selling games ever and helped solidify Sweden's reputation as a hotbed for game developers, The Local's Geoff Mortimore discovers.

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Norway

Breivik disputes ‘insane’ diagnosis: lawyer

The confessed killer behind the July massacre in Norway disputes an expert conclusion that he is criminally insane, a newspaper reported on Saturday, quoting one of his lawyers.

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Switzerland

First snow fails to secure Swiss ski season

The Swiss Alps were dusted with some long-awaited snow overnight on Friday, forecasters said, but it is unlikely to be enough to kick-start the struggling ski season.

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Switzerland

Swiss prisoner caught after leap to freedom

A prisoner at a Swiss jail had a brief taste of freedom on Saturday after hoisting himself on to the prison roof and leaping on to a surrounding wall several metres away.

Norway’s PM says deadly attacks changed him
Norway

Norway’s PM says deadly attacks changed him

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview published on Sunday that the July killing spree by a right-wing extremist that left 77 people dead had changed him profoundly.

Nuclear plant invaded by Greenpeace activists
France

Nuclear plant invaded by Greenpeace activists

Greenpeace activists sneaked into a French nuclear power plant on Monday, the environmental group announced, an "intrusion" which police confirmed.

Swiss socialists want vote on fighter jet deal
Switzerland

Swiss socialists want vote on fighter jet deal

Swiss socialists want to hold a referendum on the government's 3.1 billion franc ($3.4 billion) purchase of a new fighter jet fleet if the deal affects spending elsewhere, it was reported on Saturday.

Mulled wine sales collapse in warm weather
Germany

Mulled wine sales collapse in warm weather

Germans are drinking less mulled wine than usual, with unseasonably warm weather this autumn cutting consumption by nearly 20 percent – enough to fill a 25-metre swimming pool.

Evidence in Ethiopia trial ‘faked’: lawyer
Sweden

Evidence in Ethiopia trial ‘faked’: lawyer

More evidence presented against the two Swedish journalists on trial in Ethiopia has been faked, according to their defense lawyer, who said that his two clients didn’t know the guerrilla soldiers charged alongside them.

SPD puts off picking chancellor candidate
Germany

SPD puts off picking chancellor candidate

The Social Democratic Party (SPD) has sentenced itself to another year of unofficial wrangling for the top job of challenging Chancellor Angela Merkel in the 2013 election.

Afghan conference starts in Bonn without Pakistan
Germany

Afghan conference starts in Bonn without Pakistan

The Bonn conference on Afghanistan to seek a way forward after the withdrawal of NATO combat troops in 2014 brought around 100 national delegations and aid organisations together on Monday.

Unknown man took photos of bomber’s body
Sweden

Unknown man took photos of bomber’s body

A so far unidentified man allegedly took photos of Taimour Abdulwahab’s wounded body minutes after he had detonated a bomb near a central Stockholm shopping district last December, according to new eye witness reports.

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Sweden

Court acquits man over secret beach pics

A man caught taking pictures of bikini-clad women and children at a beach near Stockholm has been acquitted, as the court ruled the victims were unaware of the pictures being taken until after the secret-snapper was exposed.