Founder of bankrupt Schlecker chain ‘ruined’
Germany

Founder of bankrupt Schlecker chain ‘ruined’

The insolvency of German drugstore chain Schlecker has also ruined its founder Anton Schlecker, who is said to have lost nearly all of his wealth, according to a his daughter.

Stockholm ‘upper-class safari’ under fire
Sweden

Stockholm ‘upper-class safari’ under fire

The so called “upper class safari” that has been recently running in Stockholm has come under extreme criticism from residents of the elite suburb, and has even evoked several protest attacks.

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Sweden

Family acquitted in teen ‘sex slave’ trial

A Serbian mother, a father and their 25-year-old son, charged with trafficking after allegedly having "purchased" a 14-year-old girl in Serbia and bringing her to Sweden to serve as the mentally handicapped son's wife were freed on Monday.

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Norway

Foreigners: 15 percent of Norway’s workforce

After several years of what a leading economist has described as “mass immigration”, foreign nationals made up 15 percent of Norway’s workforce in 2011, official figures show.

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Sweden

Sweden to receive 1,900 quota refugees in 2012

Sweden plans to give priority to refugees from Somalia and Eritrea in its efforts to resettle 1,900 United Nations (UN) refugees in 2012.

China’s Sany to buy Putzmeister
Germany

China’s Sany to buy Putzmeister

Putzmeister, a German family-owned engineering firm, is to being taken over by Chinese construction equipment giant Sany Heavy Industry, the German company said on Monday.

Railway wants free ICE train from Siemens
Germany

Railway wants free ICE train from Siemens

German railway operator Deutsche Bahn is demanding a free ICE train worth €30 million from Siemens to compensate for delays in delivering the next generation its high-speed rolling stock.

‘The knife was still in her back’: neighbour
Sweden

‘The knife was still in her back’: neighbour

The woman found dead from stab wounds over the weekend in the Stockholm area was discovered by her next door neighbour who alerted the police after being called to the scene by the woman's boyfriend.

Buyers back away from luxury apartments
Switzerland

Buyers back away from luxury apartments

Several high-end apartment projects across the Zurich region are either significantly undersubscribed, or have not had enough take-up to warrant the start of construction, real estate figures show. 

 

Two found guilty in Muhammad cartoon case
Norway

Two found guilty in Muhammad cartoon case

An Oslo court on Monday sentenced two men to prison for planning to bomb the Danish newspaper that published cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, in Norway's first ever guilty verdict for "plotting to commit a terrorist act."

Christians slam ‘mystic’ supermarket campaign
Switzerland

Christians slam ‘mystic’ supermarket campaign

Swiss Christians have taken issue with a new campaign by supermarket giant Migros that encourages children to awaken strange powers by collecting 48 different magical stones.

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Sweden

Six charged over ‘honour’ beating with metal rods

Six men in Hallsberg, central Sweden, have been charged with the severe beating of a 19-year-old with metal rods at a gym in central Sweden, in an attack police believe to be honour-related.

Siberian cold puts deep freeze on Germany
Germany

Siberian cold puts deep freeze on Germany

A brutally cold high pressure system from Siberia tightened its icy grip on Germany on Monday, as temperatures were poised to plunge below -20 degrees Celsius later in the week.

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Switzerland

UBS trader pleads not guilty to ‘rogue trading’

A trader at Swiss bank UBS pleaded not guilty on Monday to losing $2.25 billion in fraudulent trades in London, clearing the way for a trial later this year.

Investigations of soldiers deployed abroad surge
Germany

Investigations of soldiers deployed abroad surge

The German military is trying to determine why the number of criminal investigations of soldiers on foreign deployments is rising – the number of cases last year surged to the same amount as the years 2002 and 2006 combined.

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Switzerland

New Zurich law to make naturalization harder

A proposed amendment to the Citizenship Act will make it possible only for foreigners holding residence permit C to apply for naturalization in Zurich, immediately reducing the number of valid applications by about one fifth.

Wheelchair-bound shoplifters flee on foot
Sweden

Wheelchair-bound shoplifters flee on foot

Two apparently disabled would-be shoplifters got up and legged it after being confronted by supermarket staff, leaving a secret compartment in the wheelchair packed with pilfered coffee.

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Sweden

Swedish cannibal finds vampire love behind bars

After meeting at a high security ward and chatting on the internet, “the Skara Cannibal” and the “Vampire Woman”, two infamous Swedish murderers, have found love and are hoping to get married.

Staff get eight minutes for toilet breaks: union
Norway

Staff get eight minutes for toilet breaks: union

Norway’s privacy watchdog has reprimanded financial services giant DNB for keeping strict tabs on the time taken by its employees for toilet visits and other private tasks.

German firms expect robust exports in 2012
Germany

German firms expect robust exports in 2012

Germany, the world's number two exporter, expects healthy growth in foreign demand for its goods thanks to booming emerging markets and a nascent US recovery, according to a report on Monday.

Socialist drafts in Obama advisers
France

Socialist drafts in Obama advisers

Presidential candidate François Hollande is reportedly getting advice from some of the experts who helped Barack Obama win the US presidency in 2008.

German-Swiss deal on Zurich airport noise
Switzerland

German-Swiss deal on Zurich airport noise

Switzerland and Germany on Saturday paved the way for an agreement on a long-standing dispute over flight noise from Zurich airport.

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Switzerland

French jet firm makes Swiss new offer: report

French aircraft maker Dassault has made a new offer to Switzerland for its Rafale fighter jets after the government decided in November to buy Sweden's Gripen planes instead, a report said on Sunday.

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Norway

Yemen abductors treated me well: UN worker

A Norwegian UN employee freed after a nearly two-week-long kidnapping in Yemen said on Sunday he had been treated well and that uncertainty had been the worst part of his ordeal.

UBS ‘rogue trader’ due to enter plea
Switzerland

UBS ‘rogue trader’ due to enter plea

A trader accused of a $2.25 billion fraud at Swiss bank UBS is due to enter his plea in a London court on Monday.

Electric cars less climate friendly than thought
Germany

Electric cars less climate friendly than thought

Germany’s plan to put a million electric cars on the road by 2020 is unlikely to do much for the environment without a dramatic increase in renewable energy, the daily Tageszeitung reported on Monday.

Author arrested for ‘fake’ pistol photo shoot
Sweden

Author arrested for ‘fake’ pistol photo shoot

The photo shoot for a Swedish crime writer's new book took an unexpected turn recently when the author was forced to the ground by police who suspected he was holding a real weapon.

More smokers lighting up at work
France

More smokers lighting up at work

Five years after France introduced a smoking ban in public places, a new report says more people are flouting the rules, particularly at work.

Girl strangled by scarf on fairground ride
France

Girl strangled by scarf on fairground ride

An eight-year-old girl was still in a coma on Monday morning after a ride on a fairground carrousel in a Paris park ended in disaster.

Woman collared for tossing dog from balcony
Sweden

Woman collared for tossing dog from balcony

A woman from Gothenburg in western Sweden was reported to police for throwing a small dog from a balcony early Sunday morning.

Germany’s top warm winter getaways
Germany

Germany’s top warm winter getaways

Winter can be a dreary time in Germany when the thrill of new snow wears off and the temperatures continue to sink. For that reason, this week’s Local List will be dedicated to the best warming winter getaways.

Another newspaper bites the dust
France

Another newspaper bites the dust

French business newspaper La Tribune published its last paper edition on Monday with the headline "La Tribune salutes you" ("La Tribune vous salue bien"), making it the second title to stop its print edition in two months.

Art explores discount shopping culture
Germany

Art explores discount shopping culture

A shopping trolley immersed in seven tonnes of white sugar, 2,000 vacuum-packed sausages littering the floor and thousands of slices of bread forming little houses are all part of a modern art display exploring Germany's discount shopping culture.

Merkel backs away from Greek budget control
Germany

Merkel backs away from Greek budget control

Chancellor Angela Merkel sought Monday to placate critics of a German proposal to put Greece under the supervision of an EU budget tsar, saying Europe must help Athens enact economic reforms.

Five buyers ‘seriously interested’ in Saab
Sweden

Five buyers ‘seriously interested’ in Saab

Up to five companies are keen to buy Saab, one of the bankrupt Swedish carmaker's three administrators said Sunday.

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France

‘Random’ fire killed French tourist: minister

A French tourist killed during a hold-up at a money exchange bureau in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh was killed by "random" gunfire, the tourism minister said on Sunday.

Sarkozy hikes taxes in pre-election gamble
France

Sarkozy hikes taxes in pre-election gamble

President Nicolas Sarkozy went on primetime TV Sunday to unveil plans for new taxes he hopes will fix France's ailing economy and boost his credibility ahead of polls he is tipped to lose to a Socialist.