Danish firm buys up Norway’s TV 2
Norway

Danish firm buys up Norway’s TV 2

Danish media giant Egmont on Monday announced it had acquired full ownership of TV 2, Norway’s biggest commercial television station, in a deal that was broadly welcomed by politicians and industry insiders.

Saab unions unhappy with bankruptcy receivers
Sweden

Saab unions unhappy with bankruptcy receivers

Cash-strapped carmaker Saab’s four main unions are unhappy with the appointed bankruptcy receivers but said on Monday that having them changed "would not help the situation".

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Sweden

84-year-old killed for ‘not lending grandson her car’

Murder charges have been filed against a 22-year-old Swede suspected of killing his 84-year-old grandmother after she refused to let him borrow her car.

Central bank vows to defend euro-franc floor
Switzerland

Central bank vows to defend euro-franc floor

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) said on Monday it will continue to defend "with the utmost determination" the exchange rate floor of 1.20 francs a euro following the surprise resignation of the central bank's chairman.

Swiss want six holiday weeks: survey
Switzerland

Swiss want six holiday weeks: survey

Swiss voters are likely to give themselves two weeks of extra holidays when they go to the polls for a referendum this March, a new survey shows.

Jihadist killer deserves life say prosecutors
Germany

Jihadist killer deserves life say prosecutors

A man who shot dead two American soldiers in Germany last March should go to jail for life, prosecutors demanded on Monday as a court heard closing arguments in his trial.

Prosecutor to probe case of 10-year-old left outside
Sweden

Prosecutor to probe case of 10-year-old left outside

The case with the 10-year-old boy left out in the cold by his father after ”failing to perform” in a sports event has been referred to the prosecutor's office for further investigation, Uppsala police announced on Monday.

Merkel sticks by embattled president
Germany

Merkel sticks by embattled president

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she was not considering who might replace embattled President Christian Wulff, despite public offers from opposition politicians to work together to find a non-partisan successor.

Merkel, Sarkozy vow to solve eurozone crisis
Germany

Merkel, Sarkozy vow to solve eurozone crisis

The leaders of Germany and France put aside their differences on a controversial tax of financial market transactions and promised to speed up various measures to ease the eurozone crisis, as the euro flirted with new market lows Monday.

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Switzerland

Swiss unemployment rises in December

Switzerland's unemployment rate rose to 3.3 percent in December, an increase of 0.2 percentage points from the month before, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Seco) said on Monday.

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Norway

‘Immigrants behind most rapes in Stavanger’

An overwhelming majority of men convicted of rape in Stavanger in the last three years come from first and second-generation immigrant communities, a review of the city’s court rulings has shown.

Swiss central bank head resigns after scandal
Switzerland

Swiss central bank head resigns after scandal

The embattled head of the Swiss central bank, Philipp Hildebrand, announced his resignation on Monday with immediate effect after being caught up in a scandal over foreign exchange trades by his wife.

Economists: Germany in a recession now
Germany

Economists: Germany in a recession now

As European leaders struggle to stave off a looming recession this year, Germany – the continent’s biggest and healthiest economy – is probably already in one, according to economists surveyed by Die Welt newspaper.

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Sweden

Swede tells of friend’s Africa bungee terror

A Swedish woman who filmed a terrifying video of her Australian friend's bungee-jump gone wrong in Africa was certain that she was witnessing her friend's death.

Three children die of injuries each day
Germany

Three children die of injuries each day

Three children die each day in Germany from accidents, violence and suicide, according to new figures released Monday which show that the dangers increase as adulthood approaches.

Swedish sex hashtag takes Twitter by storm
Sweden

Swedish sex hashtag takes Twitter by storm

When Swedish radio host Gurgîn Bakircioglu created a hash tag in Swedish, asking people to describe their sex lives with a film title, he had no idea that the topic would trend and become the second most tweeted topic on Twitter.

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Norway

Indians in Norway aborting girls: study

Norwegian-Indian woman give birth to abnormally high numbers of boys, a study has shown, sparking fears that families are deliberately aborting female foetuses.

Jobs agency slammed over ‘cheap’ interpreters
Sweden

Jobs agency slammed over ‘cheap’ interpreters

When the Swedish National Employment Office (Arbetsförmedlingen) recently contracted an interpreting agency it chose one with prices significantly below the market prices, according to a new report from Sveriges Radio (SR).

‘Something rotten in Switzerland’: Blocher
Switzerland

‘Something rotten in Switzerland’: Blocher

Swiss People’s Party figurehead Christoph Blocher has accused the government of covering up the “crap” left behind by central bank president Philipp Hildebrand.

Hopes shine for Olympic gold in London
Germany

Hopes shine for Olympic gold in London

With the Summer Olympic Games just 200 days away, Germany’s top athletes are putting their all into training, hoping to strike gold in London.

Chicken infected with antibiotic-resistant germs
Germany

Chicken infected with antibiotic-resistant germs

Chicken sold in German supermarkets is often contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to a spot test carried out by environmentalists who said the over-use of antibiotics in farming posed a danger to human health.

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Switzerland

Suter stars as Vonn has rare off day

Swiss skier Fabienne Suter won the women's super-G World Cup raceat Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria on Sunday as American superstar Lindsey Vonn recorded her worst result in over three years.

Man spends nine hours stuck in sewer
France

Man spends nine hours stuck in sewer

An unlucky man in the south-east town of Montmélian spent Saturday night with his head trapped in a sewer.

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Sweden

Shooting range death ‘a suicide’: police

The shooting incident that killed a man in his twenties in Malmö, in southern Sweden, on Sunday afternoon has been confirmed by police to be a suicide.

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Norway

Cops cut fine for ‘poor’ Swedish truck driver

A truck driver fined for having sub-standard brakes was given a hefty discount by Norwegian police who reckoned the fact he was Swedish meant he probably earned much less money than his colleagues.

Rival catalogue uses nude man in ad
France

Rival catalogue uses nude man in ad

Days after mail order company La Redoute apologised for an errant nude man in the background of one of its catalogue pages, competitor 3 Suisses has used the same man to promote its own products.

Abductee ‘had a crush’ on female suspect
Sweden

Abductee ‘had a crush’ on female suspect

The 25-year-old man who was abducted and held in an abandoned school in northern Sweden was in love with the 23-year-old woman suspected of kidnapping him, according to the suspect's father.

Statoil makes major oil discovery in Barents Sea
Norway

Statoil makes major oil discovery in Barents Sea

Norwegian oil group Statoil announced on Monday a major oil discovery in the Barents Sea that could contain up to 300 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalent.

Police hacked after top cop rows with daughter
Germany

Police hacked after top cop rows with daughter

A hacker attack which infiltrated Germany’s federal police computer system using Trojan programs and a system of routes via Russia last summer was due to a row about internet usage between a top cop and his daughter.

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Switzerland

Tipster in bank scandal attempts suicide: report

A bank employee who allegedly stole details of a currency transaction that would lead to a scandal enveloping Swiss central bank chief Philipp Hildebrand has attempted suicide, the SonntagsZeitung
newspaper reported on Sunday.

Ex-Chancellor Schröder’s wife enters politics
Germany

Ex-Chancellor Schröder’s wife enters politics

The wife of former Chancellor Gehard Schröder will enter politics in her own right, it was reported on Monday – she intends to run for a seat in the Lower Saxony state parliament in the 2013 state election.

Protesters say police used excessive force
Germany

Protesters say police used excessive force

Organisers of a rally to remember an asylum seeker who died in police custody have complained after two people were injured during their demonstration in Dessau – including one man who was carried unconscious from the scene.

Eurotunnel steps in to help SeaFrance
France

Eurotunnel steps in to help SeaFrance

Channel tunnel operator Eurotunnel has said it is ready to help save troubled ferry company SeaFrance as it struggles to survive.

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Sweden

Swede dead after failed electric fence rescue

A 47-year-old Swedish man, in Thailand to honour his recently deceased Thai wife, was killed when attempting to rescue a friend who was trying to free a dog stuck in an electrified fence.

Left Party caps MP pay with new ‘party tax’
Sweden

Left Party caps MP pay with new ‘party tax’

Sweden's Left Party decided on Sunday to implement a mandatory “party tax” that would cap take-home pay of the party's elected officials at 27,500 kronor ($3,950) per month, requiring them to donate the remainder to the party.

250 riot police on alert in Clermont-Ferrand
France

250 riot police on alert in Clermont-Ferrand

Around 30 cars were set on fire on Saturday night in Clermont Ferrand after tension over the arrest of a man on New Year's Eve continued to have repercussions around the city.

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France

Sarkozy closes gap on rival as French poll nears

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has closed the gap in voting intentions on his opposition Socialist rival Francois Hollande just four months before their election face-off, a new poll showed on Sunday.

Sarkozy and Merkel meet to heal rift in euro unity
France

Sarkozy and Merkel meet to heal rift in euro unity

The leaders of France and Germany hold the first major meeting of the year on the euro on Monday, as cracks emerge in the strategy to tackle the crisis and markets keep up the pressure on the debt-wracked zone.