President Wulff clings on
Germany

President Wulff clings on

Embattled German President Christian Wulff said Wednesday he wanted to stay in office despite a mounting series of scandals that Chancellor Angela Merkel asked him to clear up.

Lawyers reject new review of Breivik’s sanity
Norway

Lawyers reject new review of Breivik’s sanity

Prosecution and defence officials rejected a second opinion on Wednesday on the mental health of Anders Behring Brevik, the gunman behind Norway's twin attacks on July 22nd whom experts have found criminally insane.

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Norway

Doctor under fire after saving woman’s life

A doctor at Sørlandet hospital in southern Norway has come in for heavy criticism after giving a woman a blood transfusion despite her written request not to receive the treatment under any circumstances.

‘We are so happy and relieved’: parents
Sweden

‘We are so happy and relieved’: parents

The 25-year-old man who went missing from his Uppsala flat on December 28th has been found alive in an apartment in Umeå, in the north of Sweden, according to police.

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France

Crédit Agricole pumps cash into Greek subsidiary

Greece's Emporiki Bank on Wednesday said it had received a €2 billion ($2.6-billion) injection from its French parent group Crédit Agricole to "fortify" its position during a state debt writedown.

Top ten German sayings
Germany

Top ten German sayings

This latest instalment of The Local List hopes to shine a little light on some of the charming eccentricities of the German language.

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France

Row after Hollande calls Sarko ‘dirty guy’

Supporters of France's President Nicolas Sarkozy demanded that his main opponent in his re-election battle apologise Wednesday after he reportedly insulted him at a lunch for political journalists.

Strip club owner reports politician for libel
Sweden

Strip club owner reports politician for libel

Strip club owner Dragan Bratic, due to open up a club near the hugely popular Swedish ski resort Åre in the north, is suing the local politician who said his new club would “attract criminal elements” for libel and defamation.

Scientists discover new marine dinosaur
Germany

Scientists discover new marine dinosaur

German scientists in Lower Saxony have identified a new type of dinosaur that roamed the world’s waters in prehistoric times, they announced Wednesday.

Swedish Soundcloud set to expand with new American investment
Sweden

Swedish Soundcloud set to expand with new American investment

The Swedish online audio platform Soundcloud announced on Wednesday that they are teaming up with American investment company Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Buyers to further expand their lucrative business.

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Switzerland

Two Austrian hikers killed in Swiss avalanche

Two Austrian hikers have died in an avalanche in eastern Switzerland, police said on Wednesday.

Germany ravaged by New Year’s storms
Germany

Germany ravaged by New Year’s storms

People in Germany awoke after Tuesday night’s storm to scenes of destruction. The system of low pressure, known as “Ulli,” caused high winds and violent seas across the north of the country.

Swiss bank chief rocked by currency swap claims
Switzerland

Swiss bank chief rocked by currency swap claims

Swiss central bank chief Philipp Hildebrand on Wednesday faced fresh claims about his personal currency transactions in a scandal that has shaken the Swiss banking industry.

Few changes in price after restaurant tax cut
Sweden

Few changes in price after restaurant tax cut

Despite a significant decrease in value added tax, VAT, (moms) for restaurants in Sweden coming into effect at the beginning of the new year, few businesses have lowered their prices accordingly.

Police waive speeding tickets in 120 zones
Sweden

Police waive speeding tickets in 120 zones

Police have stopped reporting speedsters on certain roads in Sweden after a glitch in the law governing maximum speeds suddenly made it impossible to implement, according to a new report in Swedish paper Teknikens Värld (TV).

Swiss retail giants call for weaker franc
Switzerland

Swiss retail giants call for weaker franc

Swiss retailers Coop and Manor have joined forces to ask for a minimum exchange rate of 1.40 francs ($1.50) per euro and longer opening hours.

Germany to ‘escape recession’ in 2012
Germany

Germany to ‘escape recession’ in 2012

Germany will escape recession this year despite the ongoing eurozone debt crisis and return to solid growth in 2013, one of the country's top institutes said Wednesday.

98-year-old woman killed by sex attacker: witness
Norway

98-year-old woman killed by sex attacker: witness

Two witnesses have claimed that 98-year-old murder victim Hilda Feste was sexually abused before being beaten to death in Os, western Norway, on Sunday evening.

President to face TV grilling on loan scandal
Germany

President to face TV grilling on loan scandal

German President Christian Wulff said Wednesday he will submit to a TV interview on the spiralling loan scandal threatening to engulf him. The interview will be aired the same evening.

Six arrests after suspected drug deal goes wrong
Germany

Six arrests after suspected drug deal goes wrong

One person was shot, four injured and six arrested in a Berlin fight over an apparent drug deal gone wrong Tuesday. All those involved have refused to talk about the deal that appears to have sparked the fight.

Gun laws may be tightened: minister
Sweden

Gun laws may be tightened: minister

Sweden's minister for justice, Beatrice Ask, says Swedish weapons laws will be looked over, after recent events in Malmö where five people have been shot within the space of a month.

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Switzerland

Student’s body ‘forgotten’ in Manila morgue

The body of a 24-year-old student languished in a Manila morgue for more than three months before the family of the deceased was notified.

Sweden’s hockey juniors beat Finland in semi-final
Sweden

Sweden’s hockey juniors beat Finland in semi-final

The Swedish juniors reached the ice hockey world cup finals after a gut wrenching turn against sister nation Finland.

Champs-Elysées fails to shine in global survey
France

Champs-Elysées fails to shine in global survey

A ranking of the top 30 shopping streets in the world has placed Paris' Avenue des Champs-Elysées in 16th place, blaming unfriendly sales assistants for the disappointing position.

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Switzerland

Swiss league docks 4 more points from Xamax

The Swiss Football League (SFL) said on Tuesday it had deducted a further four points from Neuchatel Xamax football club for breaches of licensing rules.

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Switzerland

Swiss bankers hid $1.2 billion: US indictment

Three Swiss bankers were indicted in the United States Tuesday, accused of hiding $1.2 billion in assets of US clients seeking to avoid declaring their full wealth to tax authorities.

Political foundation office re-opens in Cairo
Germany

Political foundation office re-opens in Cairo

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation office in Cairo, the German political party foundation branch raided by Egyptian authorities at the end of December, has been allowed to re-open, the organization announced Tuesday.

McDonald’s forced to make €250,000 overtime payment
France

McDonald’s forced to make €250,000 overtime payment

A French employment tribunal has awarded a former employee of fast food chain McDonald's a quarter of a million euros ($326,000) in overtime and holiday payments.

‘Lilyhammer’ set for Netflix release
Norway

‘Lilyhammer’ set for Netflix release

Online film and television show titan Netflix will make its original programming debut in February with "Lilyhammer," a "fish-out-of-water story" about a New York mobster starting anew in Norway.

Faeces-filled flat cleared by authorities
Germany

Faeces-filled flat cleared by authorities

A German court ruled Tuesday that the police were within their rights to clear out a man’s home whose floor was covered with animal faeces and food remains. The man lived with 150 free-roaming rabbits.

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France

Nuclear watchdog urges safety boost

A French watchdog on Tuesday called for the country's nuclear plants to beef up safety following the Fukushima disaster under a programme it estimated would cost tens of billions of euros.

Germany and France end tussle over key ECB job
Germany

Germany and France end tussle over key ECB job

The European Central Bank put an end Tuesday to a bitter battle between France and Germany over a key post within the bank by naming a Belgian to the highly coveted position of chief economist.

Bursting implants widely unreported in Sweden
Sweden

Bursting implants widely unreported in Sweden

The Swedish Medical Products Agency (Läkemedelsverket) does not know how many of the French PIP breast implants used by an estimated 4,000 Swedish women have burst. Despite legislative demands, beauty clinics often fail in reporting potential side effects.

Gastric bypass surgery cuts risk of death: study
Sweden

Gastric bypass surgery cuts risk of death: study

Obese people who undergo gastric bypass surgery are less likely to die from heart attack and stroke than people who receive more conventional treatment for their weight condition, a Swedish study showed on Tuesday.

Beckham decides against Paris move
France

Beckham decides against Paris move

The long-running soap opera over whether footballer David Beckham will play for Paris' PSG team has ended with the former England captain rejecting a move to the French capital.

Storm ‘Emil’ barrels north over Sweden
Sweden

Storm ‘Emil’ barrels north over Sweden

The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, SMHI, issued a Class 2 warning for western and southern Sweden on Tuesday evening, as the new storm approached.

Greenpeace accuses nuclear group of spying
France

Greenpeace accuses nuclear group of spying

Greenpeace on Tuesday said it had filed a criminal complaint against French nuclear giant Areva which it suspects of having spied on the environmental group.

 

Cinema attendance hits 45 year record
France

Cinema attendance hits 45 year record

Boosted by a string of homegrown hits, the French box office scored its best attendance numbers in 45 years in 2011 with 215.6 million entries, the CNC national cinema body said on Tuesday.