‘There’s no reason to fear another attack’
Sweden

‘There’s no reason to fear another attack’

It's been one year since the attack by a suicide bomber on a Stockholm street that left Sweden reeling. The Local's Rebecca Martin examines what, if anything, has changed.

Women are leaders, not victims: Nobel laureates
Norway

Women are leaders, not victims: Nobel laureates

The three winners of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday dedicated their award to women and their struggle to leave behind the role of victims and instead help lead the world towards democracy and peace.

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Sweden

Cop charged for getting naked in front of cleaners

A police officer in western Sweden has been charged for sexually molesting several women after he allegedly exposed himself to them and touched their breasts on several occasions at a police station in Malmö.

Plot thickens in Swedish king’s grave mystery
Sweden

Plot thickens in Swedish king’s grave mystery

Scientists carrying out tests on bodies exhumed from the tomb believed to contain King Magnus Ladulås, who reigned as Swedish king from 1275 until 1290, were surprised to find that the bodies were at least 200 years too young to be the fabled king and his family.

Crowd-funded ‘porno’ premieres in Berlin
Germany

Crowd-funded ‘porno’ premieres in Berlin

Erotic flick “Hotel Desire” is the first German film to be funded entirely by voluntary public donations. The so-called “porNEOgraphic” piece celebrated its official premiere this week in Berlin.

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France

French nuclear plants to beef up security

France will beef up security at its nuclear plants after Greenpeace activists broke into two facilities, the head of energy firm EDF said on Friday, denouncing the stunt as "stupid".

‘Net sex’ allows women to ‘take the lead’: study
Sweden

‘Net sex’ allows women to ‘take the lead’: study

Sexual encounters on the internet are more than just porn surfing and those who frequent the sites aren't just passive victims or lonely loons, according to a new Swedish-American study.

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Switzerland

Switzerland adds Syrians to travel ban list

Switzerland added 18 senior Syrian military and interior ministry officials to a travel ban list Friday, as activists said security forces killed at least 14 anti-regime protesters.

UN researcher slams ‘racist’ Oslo police
Norway

UN researcher slams ‘racist’ Oslo police

A Ugandan UN climate researcher has ”reluctantly” accepted an apology from Oslo police after he was searched on suspicion of drug dealing.

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France

Bardot protests New Jersey bear hunt ‘carnage’

French actress turned animal rights campaigner Brigitte Bardot on Friday urged authorities in New Jersey to halt what she called the "scandalous carnage" of an annual bear hunt.

Juppé: attack on peacekeepers was ‘vile’
France

Juppé: attack on peacekeepers was ‘vile’

Foreign Minister Alain Juppé condemned Friday's bomb attack on a UN peacekeeping patrol in Lebanon in which five French troops were wounded, saying France would not be intimidated by such "vile acts".

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France

French budget deficit falls by a quarter

France's state budget deficit fell by a quarter in October on a 12-month basis, to €99.4 billion from €133.1 billion a year earlier, the budget ministry said on Friday.

Christmas market visitors poisoned
Germany

Christmas market visitors poisoned

Police are hunting a man who visited two Christmas markets in Berlin Thursday evening and offered visitors a swig of a poisonous beverage that so sickened them that they had to be hospitalised.

Sweden’s best Christmas beers: a selection
Sweden

Sweden’s best Christmas beers: a selection

For many Swedes, Christmas celebrations just aren't complete without a tasty glass of Christmas beer. Beer blogger Darren Packman offers some tips on some of the best Christmas beers available in Sweden this season.

States agree on plan to ban neo-Nazi party
Germany

States agree on plan to ban neo-Nazi party

The interior ministers of Germany’s 16 federal states agreed Friday to launch a new attempt to ban the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD).

Geneva coalition fights city’s begging ban
Switzerland

Geneva coalition fights city’s begging ban

A coalition of NGOs and left-wing parties are hoping to gather enough support to change a law allowing police officers in Geneva to fine people who beg for money on the street.

Bundesbank sees sharp economic slowdown
Germany

Bundesbank sees sharp economic slowdown

Growth of the German economy will slow sharply next year as the crippling debt crisis puts the brakes on activity in Europe's economic powerhouse, the Bundesbank, said Friday.

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Switzerland

Avalanche victim’s parents to sue ski resort

The father of a six-year-old Spanish boy who died on Wednesday in the Swiss Alps is claiming his son's death was caused by serious negligence.

Duisburg mayor faces corruption probe
Germany

Duisburg mayor faces corruption probe

Adolf Sauerland, mayor of the Rhineland city of Duisburg, already under pressure for his alleged responsibility for the Love Parade tragedy, has been accused of knowing that a party donation "was meant to influence him in some way."

Museum scared to open ancient Roman wine
Germany

Museum scared to open ancient Roman wine

Scientists want to study samples of the world’s oldest wine, currently on display at the Historical Museum of the Palatinate in the western German city of Speyer. There’s just one problem: everyone’s afraid to open the bottle.

Should people be fined for giving money to beggars?
Norway

Should people be fined for giving money to beggars?

Politicians in Kristiansand want the town to start fining people who give money to beggars. Do you think this is an acceptable tactic for towns that want to reduce the number of beggars on their streets?

Sweden presents plan to combat extremism
Sweden

Sweden presents plan to combat extremism

The day before a massive right wing demonstration is set to take place in Sweden and two days before the anniversary of the Stockholm suicide bombing, the Swedish government on Friday presented their new plan to combat extremism.

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France

Marseille police get pump shotguns to fight crime

French President Nicolas Sarkozy told police working in the south of France they would be allowed to use pump shotguns to tackle the city's a crime spike. In November, a policeman was shot while trying to intercept suspected burglars on the run.

Green candidate Eva Joly fined for slander
France

Green candidate Eva Joly fined for slander

A French court has fined presidential candidate Eva Joly €1,000 for slander. In 2009, the judge-turned-politician accused Sports Minister David Douillet of holding accounts in a tax haven.

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France

Probe into Disneyland Paris after boy paralysed

A 12-year-old Argentinian child has been left paralysed from the neck downwards after taking several rides at Disneyland Paris. Prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether the boy’s spinal cord was damaged at the amusement park.

Sweden ‘won’t block’ pact to save euro
Sweden

Sweden ‘won’t block’ pact to save euro

Sweden was one of four European Union member states to scupper hopes of a 27-country agreement to help strengthen the euro, but nevertheless plans to participate in the creation of a European bailout fund.

China says ‘difficulties’ with Norway persist
Norway

China says ‘difficulties’ with Norway persist

China said on Friday its relations with Norway remained "difficult", a year after it downgraded relations with Oslo in response to the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo.

Four Swiss cities among world’s top ten most expensive
Switzerland

Four Swiss cities among world’s top ten most expensive

Geneva, Zurich, Bern and Basel are all best avoided by the budget conscious, an international survey has shown.

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Sweden

Black market in Swedish work permits ‘booming’

Non-Europeans hoping to come to Sweden to work often pay ten thousands of kronor to come to the country, in what is believed to be a widespread illegal trade with work permits.

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Norway

Panic at Oslo club after shots fired on dance floor

Panic broke out among club-goers in Oslo on Thursday night after a man began firing what turned out to be blanks on a dance floor at the Fugazi nightclub in the city centre.

Cops search for more anarchist letter bombs
Germany

Cops search for more anarchist letter bombs

Police on Friday were still searching for explosive packages after an Italian far-left group claimed responsibility for a letter bomb sent to Deutsche Bank's CEO and said that others were in the post.

Accidents aplenty as snow hits Sweden
Sweden

Accidents aplenty as snow hits Sweden

Icy roads and harsh weather conditions have caused several accidents over night and the Swedish Transport Agency (Trafikverket) is urging drivers to take precautions of severe road conditions countrywide.

Deutsche Bahn set to rake in record profits
Germany

Deutsche Bahn set to rake in record profits

Germany's rail operator Deutsche Bahn is expecting to record its biggest-ever profits in the coming year, despite the threat of an economic downturn hanging over the country, a leaked report shows.

Western Nazi network aided terror trio
Germany

Western Nazi network aided terror trio

The neo-Nazi terrorist trio based in the eastern German town of Zwickau were aided by western counterparts in choosing their locations for murders, one far-right extremist has told investigators.

Woman loses flat ‘because she was Roma’
Sweden

Woman loses flat ‘because she was Roma’

A woman from Sweden claims to have lost her rental property after the contract was already signed and keys had been exchanged, following pressure from the other tenants to not let a member of the Roma people live in the building.

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Sweden

Parents reeling after attempted kidnapping

Parents in Falun, in central Sweden, are keeping closer tabs on their children after a man tried to drag a 13-year-old boy into a car on Thursday.

Exhausted Merkel hails ‘very important result’
Germany

Exhausted Merkel hails ‘very important result’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Friday that 23 members of the European Union would form a new fiscal union with tighter state budget controls, after negotiations ended at 5 am.