How to lead international teams: drop the stereotypes
Sweden

How to lead international teams: drop the stereotypes

When figuring out how to manage an international team it's easy to fall back on tired stereotypes. But a better strategy is for managers to start closer to home, a new course at Företagsuniversitetet in Stockholm teaches.

Stockholm parking spots pricier than apartments
Sweden

Stockholm parking spots pricier than apartments

A 700,000 kronor ($105,051) asking price didn't stop the sale of a parking spot in Stockholm's trendy Östermalm district where the price for real estate designated for cars can exceed the per square-metre price of nearby apartments.

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France

Two injured after carnival machete attack

A family-friendly town carnival became violent when a man attacked two people with a machete.

Swedish paper ‘hijacked’ by racy Paris Hilton pics
Sweden

Swedish paper ‘hijacked’ by racy Paris Hilton pics

When readers of the southern Sweden daily Sydsvenskan surfed onto the site on Monday, they were greeted not by the latest news from the region but images of a scantily clad Paris Hilton and other less-than-fully-dressed celebrities.

140 new models to debut at Geneva Motor Show
Switzerland

140 new models to debut at Geneva Motor Show

Major carmakers will roll out 140 models making their global debuts at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show, the head of the salon Andre Hefti said on Tuesday.

Cops outfoxed by wily horn thieves
Germany

Cops outfoxed by wily horn thieves

A gang of four has carried out an "unbelievably audacious" theft of rhino horns worth €50,000, German police said Tuesday, the latest in what appears to be a spate of similar robberies.

Runaway krona must be ‘reined in’: experts
Sweden

Runaway krona must be ‘reined in’: experts

The Swedish krona is 25 percent overvalued against the US dollar, according to the OECD, jeopardizing the currency's appeal as a “safe haven” for investors.

Man admits to stabbing 10-year-old girl
Sweden

Man admits to stabbing 10-year-old girl

A 28-year-old man suspected of stabbing a young girl in the throat in a Gothenburg schoolyard at the beginning of February has confessed to the crime, after being apprehended in another European country.

Having older employees ‘better for business’
Germany

Having older employees ‘better for business’

Having employees between the ages of 45 and 67 increases a business' productivity, the German government announced on Tuesday in a report examining age-equality in the workplace.

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Norway

Greek deal doesn’t end EU worries: Norway bank

The European Union is not yet out of the woods despite the adoption of a €237-billion ($310 billion) Greek bailout plan, the head of Norway's central bank warned on Tuesday.

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Switzerland

Swiss swindler deceives Dragons Den

Swiss entrepreneur Jean-Claude Baumgartner, 50, was sentenced last week to two years and eight months in a UK jail for deceiving presenters on the British TV show, Dragon’s Den.

 

SVP in hot water over racist slogans
Switzerland

SVP in hot water over racist slogans

The local Widen branch of the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) has struggled to explain why it published racist slogans on its website that initially came form from a satirical anti-SVP website.

Swedish soldiers held ‘fight club’ in Afghanistan
Sweden

Swedish soldiers held ‘fight club’ in Afghanistan

Swedish military police are investigating a suspected illegal boxing match arranged by a group of Swedish soldiers at the Mazar-i-Sharif base in Afghanistan which reportedly left one soldier in need of medical treatment.

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Switzerland

Dead baby found at landfill site

A newborn baby girl was found dead on Sunday afternoon by a passer-by at a landfill site in Wimmis, central Switzerland. 

Controversial Israeli sub surfaces in Kiel
Germany

Controversial Israeli sub surfaces in Kiel

A controversial submarine soon to be delivered to Israel – the largest produced in Germany since World War II – has made an appearance at the northern port city of Kiel.

Edvard Munch’s ‘Scream’ to go under the hammer
Norway

Edvard Munch’s ‘Scream’ to go under the hammer

A version of "The Scream", one of the world's most famous paintings and an iconic image of despair, will go on sale this May in New York, where it is expected to fetch at least $80 million, Sotheby's auctioneers said on Tuesday.

Royals minted as King Harald turns 75
Norway

Royals minted as King Harald turns 75

Norway is pulling out all the stops to celebrate King Harald’s 75th birthday on Monday, although the unassuming royal has vowed to keep things low-key.

Hamburg’s smoking ban goes up in smoke
Germany

Hamburg’s smoking ban goes up in smoke

Hamburg’s complicated smoking ban was ruled unconstitutional by Germany’s highest court on Tuesday, forcing the city state to devise a new regulation.

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Sweden

‘Most Swedish emigrants ever in 2011’: report

2011 marked the largest exodus from Sweden in history with over 50,000 people leaving the country, with China proving to be an ever more popular destination for Swedes who move abroad.

Singer praised neo-Nazi immigrant murders
Germany

Singer praised neo-Nazi immigrant murders

German prosecutors said Tuesday they had charged the lead singer of a suspected neo-Nazi band who wrote a song about a series of racist murders thought to have been carried out by far-right extremists.

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Norway

Woman escapes sinking car in high heels

After her car plunged 20 metres into an icy fjord, Ellen Annette Gutubakken cheated death by slinking out of the plunging vehicle, swimming ashore, and trudging through a snow storm in high heels.

Gauck candidacy splits Merkel’s coalition
Germany

Gauck candidacy splits Merkel’s coalition

Joachim Gauck’s nomination for the German presidency nearly brought down Angela Merkel's coalition government, with her Christian Democratic Union accusing their junior partners the Free Democrats of blackmail.

Strauss-Kahn held for questioning over sex ring
France

Strauss-Kahn held for questioning over sex ring

French police detained former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn for questioning on Tuesday over allegations he took part in orgies in Paris and Washington paid for by a pair of businessmen.

Frozen falling faeces flummox Germans
Germany

Frozen falling faeces flummox Germans

Residents across Germany are complaining that they’re receiving unwanted gifts falling from the heavens: Giant chunks of frozen faeces and urine that plummet to the ground after leaking out of passing aeroplanes.

Pastor left own sex pics on work computer
Sweden

Pastor left own sex pics on work computer

A pastor from central Sweden who uploaded “pornographic” pictures of himself and his girlfriend to an office computer will not be sacked over the incident.

Schäuble certain of majority for Greek bailout
Germany

Schäuble certain of majority for Greek bailout

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Tuesday he was "totally confident" Germany's parliament would approve a Greek bailout deal without the governing coalition having to rely on opposition support.

Murdered girl’s mother to sue Swedish state
Sweden

Murdered girl’s mother to sue Swedish state

Carina Höglund, mother to 2008’s 10-year-old murder victim Engla, is suing the government for its inability to protect her daughter in what she claimed was a preventable attack.

Paris hotels post record year for reservations
France

Paris hotels post record year for reservations

The number of nights spent in Paris hotels hit a record in 2011, the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau said on Monday, with a big jump in visits from China.

Swedish gyno takes heat for stimulating ‘demo’
Sweden

Swedish gyno takes heat for stimulating ‘demo’

A gynaecologist in Gothenburg has been charged with two cases of sexual abuse after allegedly sexually molesting two patients during their examinations.

SVP slams asylum seeker ‘explosion’
Switzerland

SVP slams asylum seeker ‘explosion’

The far-right Swiss People's Party, the country's largest, on Monday accused the government of inaction and abuses in dealing with a surge of asylum seekers.

11 November adopted as remembrance day for all war dead
France

11 November adopted as remembrance day for all war dead

The French parliament approved a move on Monday for November 11th to become a day to remember all French war dead and not only those who died during the First World War.

Mentally-ill man ‘starved to death’ by family
Germany

Mentally-ill man ‘starved to death’ by family

A mentally-disturbed man has apparently been starved to death by his family in their home in the central German town of Salzgitter.

‘He said he was living in the woods’: shopkeeper
Sweden

‘He said he was living in the woods’: shopkeeper

A Swede pulled from a snowed-in car claiming he had not eaten for two months had lived in the vehicle since mid-2011, media reported, as experts said the "miraculous survival" was theoretically possible.

Swiss ski coach sacked for off-piste activity
Switzerland

Swiss ski coach sacked for off-piste activity

The Swiss women's alpine ski coach Stefan Abplanalp was sacked by the national federation on Monday because of his misbehaviour off the piste.

Le Pen’s halal meat claims attacked
France

Le Pen’s halal meat claims attacked

On a visit to Paris' main meat market on Tuesday morning, President Sarkozy rejected the claims of far-right Front National leader Marine Le Pen that all meat consumed in the Ile-de-France region is halal, without consumers being aware.

Frankfurt airport strike extended to Friday
Germany

Frankfurt airport strike extended to Friday

Striking workers at Frankfurt airport are extending their stoppage until Friday evening in a bid to further turn up pressure in their pay dispute, unions said Tuesday.

Racism returns to football terraces: police
France

Racism returns to football terraces: police

France's top two football divisions have witnessed an unwelcome upsurge in racist abuse from the terraces in the 2011-12 season to date, a police report released on Monday revealed.

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France

Coach driver charged with manslaughter

The driver of a British coach that crashed in northern France as it was taking schoolchildren home from a skiing trip was indicted on Monday for manslaughter, a prosecutor said.

Sarkozy campaign music recorded in Bulgaria
France

Sarkozy campaign music recorded in Bulgaria

A Bulgarian orchestra recorded the campaign anthem for French President Nicolas Sarkozy's re-election quest but musicians did not know whom they were working for, their manager said Monday.

Babies aware of environment earlier than thought
Germany

Babies aware of environment earlier than thought

German scientists have used a special “eye-tracker” to prove that babies are aware of their environment and are able to do things intentionally earlier than was previously believed.