Unions call more public sector staff to strike
Germany

Unions call more public sector staff to strike

Over 7,000 public service workers took part in a second day of strikes in Germany on Tuesday. The sector is embroiled in a fight for higher wages.

German anger over ‘Brevik’ clothes shop
Norway

German anger over ‘Brevik’ clothes shop

Clothing brand Thor Steinar, notoriously worn by neo-Nazis, has opened a shop in eastern Germany called Brevik - a name just one letter removed from that of the far-right terrorist who killed 77 people in Norway last year.

Americans in Sweden suffer US tax crackdown
Sweden

Americans in Sweden suffer US tax crackdown

US citizens living in Sweden, as well as Swedish financial institutions, are grappling with the effects of a recent crackdown by US tax authorities that has left many US expats facing massive penalties, contributor Judi Lembke discovers.

Volvo unveils first car with ‘pedestrian’ airbags
Sweden

Volvo unveils first car with ‘pedestrian’ airbags

A new Volvo V40 hatchback, equipped with the latest in safety features including the first ever “external“ airbag system, was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday.

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Switzerland

Swiss edge closer to tax hike for rich foreigners

Switzerland took a step towards higher taxes on 5,000 wealthy foreign residents, with the upper chamber of parliament approving a bill for a higher tax rate on Tuesday.

Neo-Nazi clothes brand opens ‘Brevik’ shop
Germany

Neo-Nazi clothes brand opens ‘Brevik’ shop

Clothing brand Thor Steinar, notoriously worn by neo-Nazis, has opened a shop in eastern Germany called Brevik - a name just one letter removed from that of the far-right terrorist who killed 77 people in Norway last year.

Scientists unveil incredible shrinking car
Germany

Scientists unveil incredible shrinking car

Scientists at the world's biggest IT fair unveiled on Tuesday what they hope is the car of the future that can shrink to fit tight parking spaces and pick you up at the touch of a button.

Violent cake attacker creams Calmy-Rey
Switzerland

Violent cake attacker creams Calmy-Rey

Micheline Calmy-Rey, Switzerland’s former president, fell victim to a full-facial cake attack in Geneva on Monday evening.  

Sweden’s Kinnaman snags new RoboCop lead
Sweden

Sweden’s Kinnaman snags new RoboCop lead

Swedish dreamboat Joel Kinnaman has nabbed yet another lead in a potential Hollywood blockbuster, agreeing to play RoboCop in the MGM remake of the classic action movie.

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France

France closes Syria embassy after crackdown

France is to close its Damascus embassy on Tuesday, the foreign ministry said, after President Nicolas Sarkozy announced the move to protest the Syrian regime's bloody crackdown on demonstrators.

Football fans coordinate brutal bus attack
Germany

Football fans coordinate brutal bus attack

German police are investigating an extraordinary coordinated attack by a set of Cologne football fans on a bus full of Mönchengladbach fans on Sunday night. Several cars forced the coach off the motorway into a service station.

Porsche managers charged with credit fraud
Germany

Porsche managers charged with credit fraud

Several members of the finance department at high-end car-maker Porsche are being charged with credit fraud, Stuttgart state prosecutors announced on Tuesday.

Rihanna to headline new Oslo festival
Norway

Rihanna to headline new Oslo festival

Pop superstar Rihanna is set to be the main attraction at the new Kollen festival in Oslo this summer.

Man ‘severed love rival’s penis with razorblade’
France

Man ‘severed love rival’s penis with razorblade’

A Frenchman goes on trial Thursday for cutting his girlfriend's lover's penis off and flushing it down the toilet.

Weather leaves Eurostar passengers stranded
France

Weather leaves Eurostar passengers stranded

Around 200 rail passengers stranded by harsh weather sweeping northern France were forced to spend the night in trains at Paris's Gare du Nord station, sleeping in heated carriages.

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France

French children, 10, read slave rape scenes

A Paris teacher has come under fire for reading a book on slavery and sexual abuse to ten-year-old pupils. Parents say they are consdering legal action.

Honeymooning hubby realises wife is prostitute
France

Honeymooning hubby realises wife is prostitute

Three weeks after tying the knot, a 57-year-old man discovered his wife is a prostitute on the internet. A court in the southern town of Nimes has annuled the marriage after a long legal battle.

Celebrities in Swedish: YouTube’s finest
Sweden

Celebrities in Swedish: YouTube’s finest

Any student of the Swedish language can tell you that it's not the world’s easiest to pronounce.

Gun-wielding threats no grounds for eviction
Sweden

Gun-wielding threats no grounds for eviction

A Swedish man who responded to his neighbours’ requests that he turn his music down by pointing a gun at them has been allowed to stay in the building, despite the potential exodus of the other residents.

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Norway

Student charged over fatal Norway stabbing

A 23-year-old Romanian student has been charged in connection with the death of a 54-year-old man in a double stabbing incident at a hotel in eastern Norway on Monday night.

Man, woman, dog shot dead on Swedish farm
Sweden

Man, woman, dog shot dead on Swedish farm

A man and a woman were found shot dead on a farm in Dalarna in central Sweden on Tuesday morning following reports of gunfire in the area. A dog was also found dead from shot wounds.

Switzerland sees surge in cross-border commuters
Switzerland

Switzerland sees surge in cross-border commuters

More than quarter of a million cross-border foreign commuters were working in Switzerland in the last quarter of 2011, new statistics show.

Fillon: scrap halal and kosher slaughter
France

Fillon: scrap halal and kosher slaughter

French Prime Minister François Fillon has called on French Jews and Muslims to change their eating habits and scrap halal and kosher slaughter rules.

Thorkildsen to be named equality minister: report
Norway

Thorkildsen to be named equality minister: report

Inga Marte Thorkildsen is in line to become Norway’s next equality minister after her Socialist Left Party (SV) colleague Audun Lysbakken resigned over a funding scandal on Monday, according to newspaper Dagens Næringsliv.

Nuke shutdown costs energy giant €1 billion
Germany

Nuke shutdown costs energy giant €1 billion

RWE, Germany's second biggest-power supplier, said Tuesday earnings last year were hit by a one-billion-euro ($1.3-billion) charge related to the shutdown of some of its nuclear power plants.

Kidnapped German tourists could be free
Germany

Kidnapped German tourists could be free

Ethiopian rebels have announced the release of two German tourists who they have held hostage for six weeks in the remote Afar desert region. The German Foreign Ministry is yet to confirm the release.

Government party loses another PhD
Germany

Government party loses another PhD

Another parliamentarian from the Free Democratic Party (FDP), junior partners in Germany’s government coalition, has been stripped of his PhD following plagiarism charges.

German children killed in WWII remembered
Germany

German children killed in WWII remembered

Poles and Germans on Monday held a joint memorial service for 76 German children who perished when the plane evacuating them was shot down by the Soviets in the final weeks of World War II.

Pensioner opens fire at local doctor’s practice
Germany

Pensioner opens fire at local doctor’s practice

A pensioner shot dead two doctors in their western German practice on Monday evening, before shooting himself.

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Switzerland

Swiss agree deal to help US find tax cheats

Swiss lawmakers on Monday approved a revised tax accord with the United States that eases banking secrecy rules, allowing Washington to obtain details of tax cheats from Swiss banks with greater ease.

Sweden to help build Saudi arms plant: report
Sweden

Sweden to help build Saudi arms plant: report

The Swedish Defence Research Agency (Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut, FOI) has been involved in a project to help build an advanced arms factory in Saudi Arabia, according to secret documents that have recently been made public.

Indian automaker places bid for Saab: report
Sweden

Indian automaker places bid for Saab: report

India's Tata Motors has placed a $350 million bid to buy bankrupt Swedish car maker Saab Automobile, a newspaper report said Tuesday, citing people it said were close to the deal.

Ikea owner richest in Europe: report
Sweden

Ikea owner richest in Europe: report

Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad was ranked as Europe’s wealthiest man in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index on Monday, and the fifth richest man in the world.

Man found dead in Gothenburg eatery
Sweden

Man found dead in Gothenburg eatery

A man was found dead inside a Gothenburg café on Monday night, yet police, who have launched a murder investigation, are still unaware of the victim's identity.