Outrage over ‘prime-time racism’ against Turks
Germany

Outrage over ‘prime-time racism’ against Turks

A Turkish newspaper and the Foreigners’ Advisory Council in the German state of Hesse have expressed outrage at a televised Karneval monologue that made several jokes at the expense of Turkish Germans.

German wins Empire State Building race – yet again
Germany

German wins Empire State Building race – yet again

German athlete Thomas Dold humiliated the competition once again this week in the race he loves the most – for the seventh year running, he climbed the 86 floors of the Empire State Building in New York City faster than anyone else.

‘Vodka-mobile’ selling booze to Swedish kids
Sweden

‘Vodka-mobile’ selling booze to Swedish kids

Police in Stockholm are looking to beef up efforts to put the brakes on a “vodka-mobile” that delivers hard liquor to school children in the Swedish capital who place their orders via text message.

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Switzerland

Swiss billionaire awaits fate in landmark case

A court in northern Italy will rule on Monday in the unprecedented trial of a Swiss billionaire and a Belgian baron for over 3,000 alleged asbestos-related deaths.

Berlin defies EU over copyright deal
Germany

Berlin defies EU over copyright deal

Germany on Friday defied the European Union by refusing to sign the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), meant to unify copyright law internationally. Massive anti-ACTA protests are planned for Saturday.

Merkel’s French connection
Germany

Merkel’s French connection

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is running for re-election – in France. The Local’s Marc Young takes a closer look at the “Merkozy” phenomenon.

‘Sweden is the most PC country in the world’
Sweden

‘Sweden is the most PC country in the world’

Two days before the premiere of ‘Kontoret’, the Swedish version of The Office, The Local's Oliver Gee chats with the cast about the show, their goals, and whether Sweden needs its own version of a show that's already proved to be a winning concept worldwide.

Saab shares dive despite strong 2011 report
Sweden

Saab shares dive despite strong 2011 report

Swedish defence and aerospace group Saab reported Friday a five-fold increase in its 2011 earnings after clinching several major contracts and said it hoped to increase sales this year.

Women plotted grisly axe murder: prosecutor
Norway

Women plotted grisly axe murder: prosecutor

Two young women charged in connection with the brutal axe murder of 23-year-old Hans Rickard Strømner deliberated for around a week before deciding how to kill him, a prosecutor has said.

Shooter of US airmen in Frankfurt gets life
Germany

Shooter of US airmen in Frankfurt gets life

A German court handed down a life sentence Friday to a man who has confessed to killing two US soldiers at Frankfurt airport in what has been called Germany's first deadly jihadist attack.

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Switzerland

Skier killed in Swiss avalanche

A 38-year-old Swiss skier was killed earlier this week in an avalanche as he descended Mount Pilatus. His companion managed to escape unharmed.

 

Taser use on the rise in Switzerland
Switzerland

Taser use on the rise in Switzerland

Since approval for use of tasers in Switzerland by Swiss cantonal police was granted in 2003, usage has been steadily on the increase.

Mats Sundin in massive kid’s health research gift
Sweden

Mats Sundin in massive kid’s health research gift

Mats Sundin, the ex-Swedish ice hockey great, has donated 2.2 million kronor ($330,000) to researchers at Karolinska University in Stockholm and the University of Toronto, stating the gesture was in thanks of the support he had been given throughout his storied hockey career.

Breivik planned to steal plane and fly to Serbia
Norway

Breivik planned to steal plane and fly to Serbia

Confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik planned to hijack a small plane and fly solo to Serbia in the immediate aftermath of the twin terror attacks that left 77 dead last July.

The Artist star plays spoof Euro villain
France

The Artist star plays spoof Euro villain

Oscar-tipped French actor Jean Dujardin has filmed a spoof audition tape for an American website where he plays a series of villains.

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France

Two dead in food market shooting

Two men were killed and another seriously injured in a shooting at the main food market in the southern city of Nice on Friday morning.

Germans don’t trust Greece to tighten belt
Germany

Germans don’t trust Greece to tighten belt

Two thirds of Germans voiced doubt in a poll published Friday that heavily-indebted Greece is serious in its commitment to pare down its spending in order to receive a bailout and avoid bankruptcy.

Metro push man relives his nightmare
France

Metro push man relives his nightmare

A father of two who was pushed onto the tracks of the Paris metro as a train approached has been reliving his nightmare as the man accused of the attack faces trial.

Sweden to cut dropout rate by shortening school
Sweden

Sweden to cut dropout rate by shortening school

The government's new plan to shorten high school by introducing a short vocational programme for those ”lacking the prerequisites” to finish a full three-year programme, has met with staunch critique from opposition politicians.

Court delays Swedish bride murder trial
Sweden

Court delays Swedish bride murder trial

A South African high court on Friday postponed the murder case of two men accused of killing honeymooner Anni Dewani, as prosecutors await the extradition of her British husband.

Made in France? Political parties off-message
France

Made in France? Political parties off-message

While politicians encourage French people to buy products that are "made in France", an investigation by a daily newspaper suggests they may not be practising what they preach.

Teen smoking plunges
Germany

Teen smoking plunges

The number of teenage smokers in Germany has been halved in the past decade, with less than 12 percent of 12 to 17-year-olds lit up regularly in 2011 according to governmental research published on Friday.

Small village in Ticino says no to Italian traffic
Switzerland

Small village in Ticino says no to Italian traffic

A small village in the Ticino is fighting back against the large volume of Italian commuters using it as a short-cut.

Reinfeldt ‘hopeful’ of Ethiopia pardon
Sweden

Reinfeldt ‘hopeful’ of Ethiopia pardon

Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt harbours hope that the two Swedish reporters jailed for terror crimes in Ethiopia will be pardoned by the regime.

Transsexual child could be sent to mental ward
Germany

Transsexual child could be sent to mental ward

Transgender rights activists have taken up the cause of an 11-year-old transsexual child who wants hormone treatment to grow up as a girl but faces being sent to a psychiatric institution by Berlin authorities.

Happy hunting on massacre island: teacher
Norway

Happy hunting on massacre island: teacher

A primary school teacher in a town in eastern Norway has outraged parents after posting Facebook messages in support of confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik.

Four arrested for Malmö gang slaying
Sweden

Four arrested for Malmö gang slaying

Four men have been arrested for the “execution style” killing of a 19-year-old man in Malmö in August 2011 in what police believe was a settling of scores among criminal gangs.

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Switzerland

UBS ‘ordered’ to give out data in US tax probe

Swiss banking giant UBS on Thursday denied it had directly handed files to US authorities detailing which of its rivals had taken on its American clients following a tax evasion probe.

Family dies off Egyptian coast in boat wreck
Germany

Family dies off Egyptian coast in boat wreck

A German couple and their nine-year-old son drowned off the Red Sea coast of Egyptian holiday resort Hurghada on Thursday, after their glass-bottomed boat hit a coral reef and splintered.

Rape accusations stun Swedish high school
Sweden

Rape accusations stun Swedish high school

An employee at a high school near Uppsala, in eastern Sweden, has been detained by police on suspicion of rape and the sexual harassment of some of his students.

Germany backs new UN mission to Syria
Germany

Germany backs new UN mission to Syria

Germany has backed a proposed joint Arab League-UN mission to monitor the Syrian government's deadly crackdown on protests, but other major powers were more cautious.

Agency to probe doc who broke baby’s collarbone
Sweden

Agency to probe doc who broke baby’s collarbone

A doctor in central Sweden, who broke the collarbone of an infant during a 55 hour long delivery after using the ventouse nine times, is being investigated by the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).

Germany’s best actors
Germany

Germany’s best actors

As the Berlin gears up for the glittering Berlinale film festival, The Local List this week is dedicated to the best actors and actresses Germany has had to offer.

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Sweden

One presumed dead in snowmobile drowning

Two men on snowmobileswent through the ice on a lake near Östersund in northern Sweden on Thursday, in what is believed to have been a fatal accident for one.

Culture-jammer or neo-dandy, meet post-metrosexual man
France

Culture-jammer or neo-dandy, meet post-metrosexual man

A Paris-based trends consultancy has been defining what tomorrow's man will look like, from culture-jamming youths wired into a networked world, to neo-dandies or take-it-slow types.

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France

Weight loss drug killed at least 1,300: study

Mediator, a drug licensed for use by diabetics that became widely prescribed in France as a slimming aid, "probably" caused at least 1,300 deaths before it was withdrawn, a study published on Thursday said.

Sarkozy lines up right-wing election promises
France

Sarkozy lines up right-wing election promises

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy set the stage on Thursday for a re election campaign marked by a conservative social agenda, vowing to oppose gay marriage and euthanasia and restrict immigration.