‘Trash baron’ jailed for more than four years
Germany

‘Trash baron’ jailed for more than four years

A former police officer turned businessman has been jailed for more than four years for ditching thousands of tonnes of dangerous garbage in dumps that he was being paid to decommission.

Pantless prisoner walks out of Swedish jail
Sweden

Pantless prisoner walks out of Swedish jail

A bare-legged ex-convict walked out of a Swedish prison without any pants or shoes on Tuesday after being denied extra money to buy new clothes.

Switzerland to get 100 low-cost childcare centres
Switzerland

Switzerland to get 100 low-cost childcare centres

Swiss national councillor Otto Ineichen is planning to build 100 affordable daycare centres that he hopes will enable more mothers to rejoin the labour market.

Green Week: Animal-friendly food costs more
Germany

Green Week: Animal-friendly food costs more

The biggest agriculture show in the world opens in Berlin on Friday, with the dominant message being: Animal-friendly agriculture is possible, but it costs extra.

Police raid president’s ex-advisor’s house
Germany

Police raid president’s ex-advisor’s house

Police have raided the home of President Christian Wulff’s former spokesman Olaf Glaeseker as well as the offices of an event manager who was closely connected to the president when he was state premier of Lower Saxony.

Military drops grenades in northern Sweden
Sweden

Military drops grenades in northern Sweden

Six grenades that fell from a military transport truck in northern Sweden on Wednesday have yet to be recovered despite a wide ranging search to recover the missing munitions.

France shrugs off downgrade with successful bond sale
France

France shrugs off downgrade with successful bond sale

France and Spain successfully raised funds at lower rates on the markets despite a raft of eurozone credit downgrades, while Greece got the prospect of more rescue loans from the IMF.

 

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Norway

Danish Breivik play sparks fury in Norway

A Danish theatre group has come in for vehement criticism in Norway after it announced plans to stage a monologue based on the manifesto of confessed mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik.

‘Mossad set me up’: Swede held in Bangkok
Sweden

‘Mossad set me up’: Swede held in Bangkok

A Lebanese-born Swede arrested in Thailand last week on terror suspicions has professed his innocence, claiming he was set up by Israeli intelligence service Mossad.

Swiss veteran Cuche to retire at season’s end
Switzerland

Swiss veteran Cuche to retire at season’s end

Veteran Swiss alpine ski racer Didier Cuche, the reigning World Cup downhill and Super-G champion, announced on Thursday that he will retire at the end of the season.

‘I feel strong support from the party’: Juholt
Sweden

‘I feel strong support from the party’: Juholt

After the Riksdag’s party leader debate on Wednesday, beleaguered Social Democrat head Håkan Juholt was questioned by the gathered press regarding his future in the party.

UN envoy urges more action on Syria
Germany

UN envoy urges more action on Syria

Germany UN envoy has accused Russia of preventing the UN Security Council from taking decisive action over the deadly crackdown on anti regime protests in Syria.

Foreign applications to Swedish unis rebound
Sweden

Foreign applications to Swedish unis rebound

The number of foreign students applying to masters programmes at Swedish universities is on the rise, according to preliminary figures, following last year's precipitous drop in foreign applicants.

Banks ‘stashing money in fear of meltdown’
Germany

Banks ‘stashing money in fear of meltdown’

Germany’s economy is still in the danger zone, with banks stockpiling money in the European Central Bank (ECB) instead of lending it, Jürgen Fitschen, next in line to lead Deutsche Bank, warned on Thursday.

Average Swede likes sweets, booze, and TV
Sweden

Average Swede likes sweets, booze, and TV

The average Swede is 40+, munches on a weekly bag of sweets, washed down with a glass or three of alcohol, while relaxing in front of the TV, according to the 2012 Statistical Yearbook of Sweden from Statistics Sweden (Statistiska Centralbyrån -SCB).

Millions needed to fix five-year-old rail bridge
Germany

Millions needed to fix five-year-old rail bridge

A bridge leading to Berlin's central train station needs repairs costing at least €10 million because of a cheap construction job done in a rush to get the station finished for the 2006 football World Cup.

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Norway

Pakistan wants answers on Norwegian agents

Norway's ambassador in Islamabad has been summoned to a meeting with Pakistani authorities after outgoing domestic security chief Janne Kristiansen said Norway has intelligence agents posted in Pakistan.

Sony Ericsson ends 2011 with massive loss
Sweden

Sony Ericsson ends 2011 with massive loss

Mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson said Thursday that intense competition hit fourth quarter sales hard and forced the company to post a loss of €247 million ($318 million) for the year.

Music site ends German business on a sour note
Germany

Music site ends German business on a sour note

A free online music streaming service, Grooveshark, has closed its German operations, saying the music industry is charging too much for access to songs.

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Switzerland

Hamas chief meets Swiss envoy in Cairo

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal met the Swiss Middle East envoy in Cairo late on Wednesday as part of efforts to normalise relations with European governments, sources in the Islamist movement told AFP.

Swiss housing market in ‘dangerous trend’: UBS
Switzerland

Swiss housing market in ‘dangerous trend’: UBS

The price of housing has increased by an average of 35 percent in the last five years, a UBS annual report says.

‘Your baby looks like Saddam Hussein’
Sweden

‘Your baby looks like Saddam Hussein’

An administrator at the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) is facing disciplinary action after telling a family of Iraqi asylum seekers that their newborn baby looked like Saddam Hussein.

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Switzerland

Pakistan’s president ‘immune’ to Swiss probe

Pakistan's prime minister on Thursday told the country's top court that the president enjoys immunity, defending himself against contempt charges for refusing to ask the Swiss to re-open graft cases.

What’s on in Germany: January 19 – 25
Germany

What’s on in Germany: January 19 – 25

This Week's Highlights: An open-air ball in Dresden, music and movies at the Berlin Cathedral and lots of interesting new art in Frankfurt.

Intelligence chief resigns over secrecy blunder
Norway

Intelligence chief resigns over secrecy blunder

Janne Kristiansen, the head of Norway’s domestic intelligence service, has resigned over an alleged breach of confidentiality after she told parliament that Norway had agents operating in Pakistan.

TV chef breaks silence after children’s deaths
France

TV chef breaks silence after children’s deaths

Anne Alassane, who won popular TV cooking show MasterChef in 2010, has spoken for the first time about the fire that took the lives of two of her children.

Man can keep €84,600 after tax office error
Germany

Man can keep €84,600 after tax office error

A man who kept quiet for eight years about a €84,600 overpayment from the German tax office has been told by a court he can keep the money.

Campaign shows ‘blind’ politicians with rivals
France

Campaign shows ‘blind’ politicians with rivals

A new campaign from France's leading organisation for the visually-impaired uses well-known politicians being guided by their equally well-known rivals.

Shorter stays in hospital after childbirth
France

Shorter stays in hospital after childbirth

A combination of budget cuts and demands from mothers could see the time women spend in maternity wards cut in France.

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France

Suspect in murder waits for Ireland decision

A British man wanted in France over the murder of the wife of a French filmmaker in Ireland will have to wait to learn if he faces extradition after his appeal hearing ended on Wednesday.

North Korea claims ‘natural wonder’ in Berlin
Germany

North Korea claims ‘natural wonder’ in Berlin

The official North Korean news agency says a little bird and a flowering plant at the country’s embassy in Berlin were signs of Mother Nature’s grief for the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il – rather than the mild winter.

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Sweden

Swedish village seeks mystery lotto winner

After Sweden's Wednesday night lotto draw, one lucky winner took home the grand slam of 134 million kronor ($19.6 million). Despite the ticket being bought in a small town, the owner is still unidentified.

Job summit ends with €429 spending plans
France

Job summit ends with €429 spending plans

A four-hour crisis jobs summit chaired by President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday ended with a series of measures as well as plenty of criticism.

Disappointed robber kicks over stroller
Sweden

Disappointed robber kicks over stroller

A mother of three, walking her 9-month-old baby in southern Malmö, suddenly found herself surrounded by three men, threatening to rob her.

Looking at food ‘prompts appetite hormone’
Germany

Looking at food ‘prompts appetite hormone’

The feelings of hunger that suddenly appear when looking at pictures of food are not all in the head – German researchers have shown they are in the blood too.