InterRail: Everyone’s free to explore Europe
Norway

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.

Swede kills bouncer in Norway bar brawl
Sweden

Swede kills bouncer in Norway bar brawl

A 27-year-old Swedish man has been arrested after injuring a female security guard so badly in a Norway bar fight during the weekend that she was pronounced dead on Sunday evening.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrats in bid to ‘help’ immigrants leave

The Sweden Democrats' youth wing wants to entice jobless immigrants to leave the country by offering them "goodie bags" complete with tips on how to facilitate immigrants' departure.

Merkel defends support for Sarkozy
France

Merkel defends support for Sarkozy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman on Monday defended her support for French President Nicolas Sarkozy's re-election, arguing his Socialist rival had also come to Berlin to back the German opposition.

Germany: most unfair society in Europe
Germany

Germany: most unfair society in Europe

German women have to contend with the biggest gender gaps in wages and career opportunities in Europe, according to a new study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Dead Swedes face burial against families’ wishes
Sweden

Dead Swedes face burial against families’ wishes

Twelve dead Swedes who have spent several years in the deep freeze, pending the legalisation of an “environmentally friendly” burial procedure, may be buried against their families’ wishes.

France grudgingly accepts Putin victory
France

France grudgingly accepts Putin victory

France gave a cool reaction Monday to Vladimir Putin's return to the Russian presidency, but accepted that his controversial election victory was not in doubt.

Burton escapes ‘horrible’ UK press for Paris
France

Burton escapes ‘horrible’ UK press for Paris

When time came to bring a travelling exhibit on his life's work to Europe, Tim Burton had no qualms about choosing Paris over his adoptive home city London – and its "horrible" press.

Public health insurers score record profits
Germany

Public health insurers score record profits

Germany’s public health insurance companies made €4 billion in profits last year, bringing their total reserves to more than €10 billion. The news has re-opened a debate on what to do with the extra cash.

Berlin confident of pushing through EU budget pact
Germany

Berlin confident of pushing through EU budget pact

The German government is confident of winning the necessary two-thirds majority in parliament to approve the EU's new pact to control budgets, a spokesman said on Monday.

Watch makers gear up for world’s biggest fair
Switzerland

Watch makers gear up for world’s biggest fair

The world's biggest watch event opens in Basel this week on the back of a bumper year thanks to Asian demand for luxury timepieces.

Berlin tourists warned of rise in theft
Germany

Berlin tourists warned of rise in theft

Tourists are being warned about a rise in pickpocketing in the German capital after the number of reported incidents climbed nearly 20 percent in the first nine months of 2011.

Minister resigns over feminist funding scandal
Norway

Minister resigns over feminist funding scandal

Equality Minister Audun Lysbakken has resigned over revelations that his department granted funding to a feminist self-defence organization attached to his own Socialist Left Party.

Swiss fury over 66-year-old mum of twins
Switzerland

Swiss fury over 66-year-old mum of twins

Commentators have reacted angrily to news that a 66-year-old retired member of the clergy has given birth to twins following in-vitro fertilisation treatment in Ukraine.  

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France

Retiree shoots wife and 103-year-old aunt

A sixty-eight-year-old retired police captain shot his wife and 103-year-old aunt before committing suicide in the small town Biot on the Riviera.

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France

Bonjour, cousin: Sarkozy and Hollande ‘related’

A geneologist claims French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist rival François Hollande descend from the same 17th century peasant.

Sexualized French girls ‘turning into Lolitas’
France

Sexualized French girls ‘turning into Lolitas’

French schoolgirls as young as eight wear padded bras, high heels or take make-up bags to school, it has been claimed. Now an parliamentary report has proposed putting a stop to the sexualization of young girls.

Anger swells over jail term in ‘Lucie’ case
Switzerland

Anger swells over jail term in ‘Lucie’ case

Last week the 28-year-old man known as Daniel H was sentenced to conditional life imprisonment for the murder of 16-year-old au-pair Lucie Trezzini – but many believe the term is not harsh enough.

Fifth of anonymous babies lost forever
Germany

Fifth of anonymous babies lost forever

Childcare services and charities do not know what happens to at least 20 percent of babies that are handed in to them anonymously, a recent study has found.

Boy’s call about fatal fire dismissed as ‘prank’
Sweden

Boy’s call about fatal fire dismissed as ‘prank’

When 12-year-old Oscar rang the emergency services to alert them of a fire which ended up killing a 5-year-old girl, he was told by operators to stop making prank calls.

Licence confirms Swede’s ‘star’ status
Sweden

Licence confirms Swede’s ‘star’ status

A woman from Örebro, in central Sweden, in need of renewing her driver’s licence, got so tired of being told her signature didn’t fit within the allotted space that she drew a star instead – and was approved.

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Norway

More foreigners filling Norway’s jails

A third of all prisoners in Norway are foreign citizens, new figures show.

Ties with Russia ‘more necessary than ever’
Germany

Ties with Russia ‘more necessary than ever’

Germany wants to work with incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin constructively and to extend a strategic partnership, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Monday.

Belarusian leader scorns German FM for being gay
Germany

Belarusian leader scorns German FM for being gay

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that it was “better to be a dictator than gay,” in reference to German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, after his human rights record was questioned.

Drowsy thieves nabbed sleeping in stolen car
Sweden

Drowsy thieves nabbed sleeping in stolen car

When police in southern Sweden went to check up on a car, parked carelessly near a perilous crossing, they found the two car thieves fast asleep in the stolen vehicle.

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Norway

Female bouncer dies after bar fight

A security guard who was taken to hospital at the weekend after a row at a pub in Porsgrunn, south-eastern Norway, was pronounced dead on Sunday evening.

106 conjurers break magic record
Germany

106 conjurers break magic record

The world record for the most magicians in a magic show was broken on Sunday night, when 106 sorcerers appeared in a gala in the southern German town of Tübingen.

Wave of public service strikes begins
Germany

Wave of public service strikes begins

Public service strikes began across western German states on Monday morning, with tens of thousands of staff expected to take part in a protest for higher wages.

One million Swedes suffer Facebook ‘angst’
Sweden

One million Swedes suffer Facebook ‘angst’

Not checking Facebook regularly causes angst and concern for around one million of the 4.5 million Swedes who use the social media site, a new study has found.

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Switzerland

Prince’s heirs sue Swiss bank for fortune

Heirs of a Qatari prince who died in 2000 are taking HSBC Suisse to court to obtain $2.6 billion they say he had on deposit with the bank, the Swiss weekly Le Matin Dimanche reported Sunday.

Major IT fair to highlight new internet wizardry
Germany

Major IT fair to highlight new internet wizardry

Internet players are set to make a big splash at the world's biggest IT fair opening in Germany Tuesday, a development likely to widen the event's appeal from a traditional devotion to pure technology.

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Sweden

Stockholm shaken by three weekend killings

Three people are dead and four people in custody after three suspected murders took place in and around Stockholm at the weekend.

Zlatan on Arsenal ‘snub’:  ‘I don’t do auditions’
Sweden

Zlatan on Arsenal ‘snub’: ‘I don’t do auditions’

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said he snubbed the chance to join Arsenal because Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wanted him to have a trial period.

Pippa hails Vasaloppet finish: ‘It was incredible’
Sweden

Pippa hails Vasaloppet finish: ‘It was incredible’

Pippa Middleton, sister of Duchess of Cambridge Catherine, made it across the finish line Sunday in Sweden's gruelling Vasaloppet cross-country ski race.