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Sweden

Sweden refuses to release CIA flight info

When two human rights organizations asked 28 countries for information in order to map out CIAs secret air transports of terror suspects, Sweden was one of three countries refusing to give out any details.

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Norway

Norway prosecutors seek 11 years in bomb plot

Norwegian prosecutors on Monday recommended prison sentences of up to 11 years for three men suspected of plotting an attack against a Danish newspaper that printed controversial Prophet Muhammad cartoons.

All-star jury lined up for Berlin Film Festival
Germany

All-star jury lined up for Berlin Film Festival

The Berlin International Film Festival unveiled its first selections on Monday, including a 9/11 drama with Tom Hanks, and announced an all-star jury to help director Mike Leigh pick Berlinale winners.

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Sweden

Sweden needs ‘tougher controls’ on labour migration: OECD

Sweden needs to implement tighter controls of new rules governing foreign labour migration, according to the OECD, which nevertheless concluded that the 2008 reforms have worked fairly well.

Muller: Saab bankruptcy ‘the darkest day’
Sweden

Muller: Saab bankruptcy ‘the darkest day’

A Swedish court approved Saab Automobile's bankruptcy petition on Monday afternoon after a dejected Victor Muller, CEO of the embattled Swedish automaker, told reporters it was “the darkest day in Saab's history”.

Swiss franc gains against euro
Switzerland

Swiss franc gains against euro

The Swiss franc rose further against the euro on Monday despite last week's decision by the central bank to maintain its cap on the exchange rate.

Butter crisis exposes ‘Soviet conditions’
Norway

Butter crisis exposes ‘Soviet conditions’

Norway’s butter crisis has prompted severe criticism of the country's dairy system, as consumers grapple with shortages that an Oslo management school dean has likened to conditions in the Soviet Union.

Saab hits bankruptcy 60 years after a flying start
Sweden

Saab hits bankruptcy 60 years after a flying start

Saab Automobile's decision to file for bankruptcy on Monday ends two years of efforts to save the loss-making company that began as an aircraft manufacturer and then rolled out cars for 60 years.

Readers flee Basel daily after Blocher takeover
Switzerland

Readers flee Basel daily after Blocher takeover

The Basler Zeitung has lost more than 1,000 subscribers in a single week after it was revealed that the paper is owned by the family of far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) deputy leader Christoph Blocher.

Former Deutsche Bank CEO settles fraud case
Germany

Former Deutsche Bank CEO settles fraud case

Former Deutsche Bank CEO Rolf Breuer has agreed to pay €350,000 to settle criminal charges of attempted fraud in connection with the implosion of the media empire of late magnate Leo Kirch.

Occupy Stockholm: ‘We have no goal’
Sweden

Occupy Stockholm: ‘We have no goal’

It’s a movement without leaders and it kicked off with a bang at 2pm on October 15th, when more than 500 protesters gathered near Stockholm’s Central Station to join hundreds of cities worldwide beginning their own Occupy movements.

Swedish butter hustlers arrested in Norway
Norway

Swedish butter hustlers arrested in Norway

Police in Norway arrested two Swedish men over the weekend as they sought to sell 250 kilos of smuggled butter at 250 kroner ($42) a packet.

Colonic ‘gas blast’ rattles Swedish operating room
Sweden

Colonic ‘gas blast’ rattles Swedish operating room

A Swedish health clinic has been reported after a routine bowel procedure was interrupted by what was described as a “powerful blast” likely caused by a build up of methane gas in the patient's intestines.

Kim’s death ‘chance for change’ in North Korea
Germany

Kim’s death ‘chance for change’ in North Korea

The German government said Monday that the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il offered a chance for positive change in the impoverished, nuclear-armed and deeply isolated nation.

Man acquitted of rape but jailed for incest
Germany

Man acquitted of rape but jailed for incest

Adolf B., who conceived three disabled children with his daughter, has been sentenced to two years and eight months in prison for incest by a Nuremberg court. But he was acquitted of 500 counts of rape.

‘We can bounce back’: Trollhättan politician
Sweden

‘We can bounce back’: Trollhättan politician

Hours after the announcement that Swedish automaker Saab has filed for bankruptcy, following a two years struggle to keep afloat, local politicians and Saab retailers are keeping a brave face.

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Switzerland

US offers Switzerland tax row deal: report

American authorities have said they will lift the threat of criminal proceedings against eleven Swiss banks if they agree to reveal full details about their US offshore businesses, newspaper SonntagsZeitung reports.

Suspected thief made police recruitment poster boy
Germany

Suspected thief made police recruitment poster boy

A €50,000-recruitment campaign recently launched by the Hamburg police took an ironic turn after one of the models hired to pose as an officer turned out to be a suspected thief.

Bird-killer rips heads off homing pigeons
Germany

Bird-killer rips heads off homing pigeons

An unknown perpetrator broke into a bird-breeding station over the weekend in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein and beheaded 17 homing pigeons.

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Norway

Oslo is world’s most expensive city: survey

In a finding that will come as no surprise to anybody who has ever visited or lived in Oslo, the Norwegian capital has emerged as the most expensive shopping city in the world.

Swedes in Norwegian butter smuggling bust
Sweden

Swedes in Norwegian butter smuggling bust

Police in Norway apprehended two Swedish men over the weekend with more than 250 kilogrammes of butter after they reportedly had been trying to sell contraband spread at 250 kroner ($42) a packet.

Libya wants to buy German ankle monitors
Germany

Libya wants to buy German ankle monitors

The interim Libyan government is interested in buying German electronic monitoring devices for criminals, it was reported Monday.

‘It often feels like Christmas in Sweden is only about presents’
Sweden

‘It often feels like Christmas in Sweden is only about presents’

Rampant holiday consumerism is hard to avoid, writes US-native and parent Rebecca Ahlfeldt, as she struggles to reconcile competing Swedish and American Christmas traditions in finding gifts for her children.

DSK’s loyal wife is Frenchwoman of the year
France

DSK’s loyal wife is Frenchwoman of the year

The wife of former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been named Woman of the Year in a poll for a French women's magazine - a result Green presidential candidate Eva Joly said was 'objectionable'.

Nowitzki, Neuner named top German athletes
Germany

Nowitzki, Neuner named top German athletes

Basketball superstar Dirk Nowitzki and biathlon powerhouse Magdalena Neuner have been named Germany’s “Athletes of the Year,” the country’s top sporting honour.

Alitalia hopes to merge with Air France: report
France

Alitalia hopes to merge with Air France: report

An Italian newspaper reported at the weekend that national carrier Alitalia is in merger talks with Air France-KLM.

FIFA threaten Switzerland ban if Sion unpunished
Switzerland

FIFA threaten Switzerland ban if Sion unpunished

Football's world ruling body FIFA has threatened to ban the Swiss Football Association if it fails to impose a transfer ban on the club by January 13th.

Saab files for bankruptcy
Sweden

Saab files for bankruptcy

Swedish carmaker Saab Automobile on Monday filed for bankruptcy protection, ending two years of efforts to save the iconic Swedish brand.

Arab airline throws lifeline to Air Berlin
Germany

Arab airline throws lifeline to Air Berlin

Germany's second-largest airline Air Berlin said Monday that United Arab Emirates carrier Etihad Airways had become its largest shareholder with a 29.21 percent stake.

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Switzerland

Switzerland to unfreeze Libyan bank assets

Switzerland will release the assets of the Central Bank of Libya and its subsidiary, the Libyan Foreign Bank "as soon as possible", a government spokeswoman said on Saturday.

Olympic champs Norway win handball world title
Norway

Olympic champs Norway win handball world title

Olympic and European champions Norway defeated France 32-24 on Sunday to win their second world women's handball title.

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France

Airport strike moves into fourth day

A strike by security officers stretched into its fourth day on Monday, with warnings that action could spread to other airports.

Kim Jong Il’s death demands ‘vigilance’: Bildt
Sweden

Kim Jong Il’s death demands ‘vigilance’: Bildt

The fact that the death of Kim Jong Il wasn't announced until two days after the North Korean dictator had died is a sign of the “uncertainty” in the region, Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt said on Monday.

Intel agency sabotaged police in neo-Nazi case
Germany

Intel agency sabotaged police in neo-Nazi case

Thuringia's secret service actively sabotaged the police investigation into the trio of neo-Nazi terrorists from the eastern German town of Zwickau, a newspaper reported Monday. The agency even tried to pay the trio 2,000 Deutsche marks (€1,000) at one point.

‘Fake’ Michael Jackson record sold in Swedish charity auction
Sweden

‘Fake’ Michael Jackson record sold in Swedish charity auction

A platinum copy of the record “Thriller”, supposedly once owned by pop icon Michael Jackson, was auctioned off for charity by Sweden's state broadcasters at the weekend, despite lingering questions about the record's authenticity.

Babbel booted out of Hertha Berlin
Germany

Babbel booted out of Hertha Berlin

Hertha Berlin sacked coach Markus Babbel on Sunday amidst a war of words, while Borussia Mönchengladbach remain fourth after their 1-0 win over Mainz on the last German league weekend of 2011.

Paris estate agents battle to lure Beckhams
France

Paris estate agents battle to lure Beckhams

Estate agents in the more affluent quarters of the French capital are battling to unearth a property gem in a bid to lure football superstar David Beckham and his fashion-savvy wife Victoria, according to industry insiders.

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France

Turkey business leaders warn France over genocide bill

Turkish business leaders warned France on Sunday that its adoption of a law criminalizing denial of the Armenian genocide would have devastating consequences for trade ties.

Strauss-Kahn returns to public life
France

Strauss-Kahn returns to public life

Former International Monetary Fund boss and one-time presidential hopeful, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, made his first step back into public life with a speech in China on Monday.

 

Germany’s favourite food
Germany

Germany’s favourite food

Wintertime may be cold and grey in Germany, but the it's the perfect season to enjoy some of the country’s notoriously hearty food. The Local has compiled a list of some our favourite German culinary delights.

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Sweden

New ‘mythbuster’ website to fight racism in Sweden

The Swedish government has launched a new website to combat the proliferation of inaccurate and racist myths about minorities and immigrants in Sweden.