The EPT in Germany – a story of raids and sensations
Germany

The EPT in Germany – a story of raids and sensations

In April, the European Poker Tour will come to Berlin for its German leg of the season. The stops in Germany have never been short of extraordinary stories.

WSOP Europe Ready for 1,000 Players in Main Event
Sweden

WSOP Europe Ready for 1,000 Players in Main Event

The 2012 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) schedule has been released and organizers are expecting the event to be bigger and better than ever.

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Sweden

Romanian sex trafficking trial opens in Gothenburg

On Wednesday the trial opened against six men suspected of operating a comprehensive human trafficking operation, bringing young women from Romania to Sweden to sell sex under deplorable conditions.

Book success for angel whisperer princess
Norway

Book success for angel whisperer princess

Norwegian Princess Märtha Louise has scored a fresh hit with her second book about angels, advising readers on how to talk to them.

Bremen baby unit closed after further deaths
Germany

Bremen baby unit closed after further deaths

An intensive care unit for premature babies in Bremen was closed on Wednesday and its manager suspended indefinitely after two babies died of blood poisoning following a string of fatalities from hygiene problems.

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Sweden

Swedish man paid cash to have money cleaned

A man from northern Sweden has been fooled into paying large sums of cash to have money "laundered" after a trickster convinced him that having the stained notes cleaned would earn him millions

Greek uptake of German help ‘discouraging’
Germany

Greek uptake of German help ‘discouraging’

Germany's economics ministry has described the uptake of its offers so far to help the Greek as "discouraging", according to an document seen by the media on Wednesday.

Schlecker drugstore to close half its shops
Germany

Schlecker drugstore to close half its shops

Bankrupt drugstore chain Schlecker will close down half of its 6,000 shops across Germany, with at least 16,000 people working there are expected to lose their jobs.

Pastor ‘tortured’ in Congo after Sweden deportation
Sweden

Pastor ‘tortured’ in Congo after Sweden deportation

A Congolese pastor who was deported from Sweden last week after losing a long-running fight for asylum was reportedly beaten upon returning to his home country, just as his Swedish supporters had feared.

‘We need to talk about porn’: Norway Christians
Norway

‘We need to talk about porn’: Norway Christians

Untold numbers of Christians are addicted to pornography but are too ashamed to admit it to their families and friends, according to a travelling Norwegian preacher who is urging people hooked on porn to speak out.

Court says sex shop too close to school
France

Court says sex shop too close to school

A court on Wednesday found the manager of a sex toy shop guilty of violating child protection laws for selling his products within 200 metres of a school.

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Sweden

Swede with broken neck sent home on painkillers

A man from northern Sweden was sent home from his local clinic with a handful of painkillers, after falling down the stairs of his house and smashing his head through a door in December last year.

Bavarian police union prints racist calendar
Germany

Bavarian police union prints racist calendar

Bavarian police chiefs are ordering thousands of racist and tasteless calendars printed by the police union be taken down from the walls of cop shops across the state – a full two months after the German media pointed out its faults.

Top Socialist attacked by far-right thugs
France

Top Socialist attacked by far-right thugs

A top figure in the Socialist party and his journalist partner were attacked by a crowd shouting anti-Jewish slogans and chanting support for the far-right National Front, they said on Wednesday.

East German propaganda art gathers dust
Germany

East German propaganda art gathers dust

Piled-up, forgotten and gathering dust, 23,000 artworks from the former East Germany fill a vast warehouse 90 kilometres (56 miles) from Berlin, testimony to an oppressive past. AFP's Yannick Pasquet reports.

InterRail: Everyone’s free to explore Europe
Switzerland

InterRail: Everyone’s free to explore Europe

You don’t have to be a gap-year graduate to jump on board and enjoy the InterRail experience today. Travelling around Europe by train can be appreciated by everyone – whatever your age.

InterRail: Everyone’s free to explore Europe
France

InterRail: Everyone’s free to explore Europe

You don’t have to be a gap-year graduate to jump on board and enjoy the InterRail experience today. Travelling around Europe by train can be appreciated by everyone – whatever your age.

Swedish economy hit by eurozone troubles
Sweden

Swedish economy hit by eurozone troubles

Sweden's economy contracted in the last quarter of 2011, shrinking by 1.1 percent compared to the previous quarter and showing the export-dependent economy's vulnerability to the eurozone crisis.

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Switzerland

Swiss police continue neo-Nazi hunt

A probe continues after a Bern man suspected of aiding a neo-Nazi terror group in Germany was released from detention.

German economy ‘scrapes past recession’
Germany

German economy ‘scrapes past recession’

The German labour market continued to shrug off the eurozone debt crisis during February, with unemployment holding steady at low levels, while a stable first quarter should enable the economy to just scrape past a dip into recession.

Disappearing Black Forest lake returns
Germany

Disappearing Black Forest lake returns

A lake in Germany's Black Forest that disappears and reappears at irregular intervals also happens to be home to some of the world’s oldest and rarest shrimp.

InterRail: Everyone’s free to explore Europe
Germany

InterRail: Everyone’s free to explore Europe

You don’t have to be a gap-year graduate to jump on board and enjoy the InterRail experience today. Travelling around Europe by train can be appreciated by everyone – whatever your age.

Life sentence sought for ‘Lucie’ murder
Switzerland

Life sentence sought for ‘Lucie’ murder

The prosecution is seeking life imprisonment for a 28-year-old unemployed chef accused of brutally murdering Lucie Trezzini, a 16-year-old au pair, in his apartment in Rieden (Aargau) three years ago.

 

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Sweden

Swedish ‘sex pastor’ faces new probe

A Swedish pastor on probation for having sex with a teen girl in his congregation has come in for new scrutiny following additional reports of sexual relations with young girls and alleged plans to publish his escapades in a book.

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Norway

Norwegian held over Thai ‘body parts’ find

A 50-year-old Norwegian man whose girlfriend disappeared without trace in 2009 was arrested in Thailand on Tuesday after police found a firearm and what they believed to be human remains during a massive raid on his home.

Ikea ‘stole secret French police reports’ – claim
France

Ikea ‘stole secret French police reports’ – claim

Swedish furniture giant IKEA has responded to accusations it illegally accessed secret police files in France as part of its security operation.

Historic diamond to fetch millions in Geneva
Switzerland

Historic diamond to fetch millions in Geneva

The 35-carat pear-shaped diamond Marie de Medici wore at her coronation in 1610, one of the world's most famous gems, is to be auctioned in Geneva on May 15th, Sotheby's announced on Tuesday.

Ikea used secret French police files: report
Sweden

Ikea used secret French police files: report

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has been accused of illegally accessing secret police files in France as part of its efforts to screen potential employees.

Anne Frank possessions head ‘home’ to Frankfurt
Germany

Anne Frank possessions head ‘home’ to Frankfurt

A collection of Anne Frank’s possessions is being sent to Frankfurt, where she was born and from where her family fled the Nazis. The city's Jewish Museum will even be expanded to include a special wing to contain the items.

Stockholm jail sends wrong man to stand trial
Sweden

Stockholm jail sends wrong man to stand trial

A trial in Stockholm was interrupted last week when it emerged that the defendant facing the judge was in fact the wrong man.

Thieving postman caught by sequin trap
France

Thieving postman caught by sequin trap

A light-fingered postman in Paris regularly helped himself to the contents of parcels and packages, until a simple but ingenious trap caught him out.

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Sweden

‘CEOs earn in a year what workers earn in a lifetime’: union

CEOs in Sweden earn on average in one year what manufacturing workers stand to earn in their entire lifetimes, according to a report from Sweden's main trade union group.

Court ends Frankfurt Airport strike
Germany

Court ends Frankfurt Airport strike

Striking workers at Frankfurt Airport must return to work after a court Wednesday slapped a temporary injunction on walkouts that have grounded flights at Europe's third-busiest hub for two weeks.

Princess Estelle goes for her ‘first walk’
Sweden

Princess Estelle goes for her ‘first walk’

Sweden's Royal Court has released a new picture of Princess Estelle out for a walk with her parents on the grounds of Haga Palace in a Brio-brand pram, much to the delight of the Swedish company's CEO.

Rare newspaper makes ninth appearance
France

Rare newspaper makes ninth appearance

Fans of a newspaper that only appears once every four years will get the chance to read it on Wednesday.

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France

France raps Google’s new privacy policy

France on Tuesday demanded that internet giant Google postpone rolling out its new privacy policy two days before it comes into effect as it appears to break European Union data protection rules.

Journalist still in Syria says Le Figaro
France

Journalist still in Syria says Le Figaro

The employer of wounded French journalist Edith Bouvier said on Tuesday she was still in Syria, after President Nicolas Sarkozy retracted his confirmation that she had been evacuated to Lebanon.

Court strikes down Armenian genocide law
France

Court strikes down Armenian genocide law

France's top court ruled on Tuesday that a law backed by President Nicolas Sarkozy to punish denial of the Armenian genocide was unconstitutional as it infringed on freedom of expression.

Two-thirds of Germans believe in true love
Germany

Two-thirds of Germans believe in true love

Germans are more romantic than their reputation for being cool and logical might suggest, with two thirds of those asked in a recent survey saying they believed in love that can last for life.