Ikea unions form worldwide alliance to promote good standards
Sweden

Ikea unions form worldwide alliance to promote good standards

Ikea affiliated trade unions across the world announced on Thursday the formation of a border-crossing alliance to promote employee welfare and success of the Swedish furniture giant.

Conditions ‘just right’ for northern lights: expert
Sweden

Conditions ‘just right’ for northern lights: expert

With a solar flare providing excellent Northern Lights viewing opportunities in Sweden on Thursday night, a researcher at Lund observatory explained the phenomenon and the five best ways to catch it.

German industry rebounds into 2012
Germany

German industry rebounds into 2012

Industrial activity in Germany rebounded in January after grinding to a halt at the end of last year, official data showed on Thursday.

Wolf prowls through Swedish family’s garden
Sweden

Wolf prowls through Swedish family’s garden

A man in Köping, in eastern Sweden, was shocked to have his morning coffee interrupted by the sight of a wolf strolling around his garden, straight through his children’s play area.

Greens propose €10 mobile phone deposit
Germany

Greens propose €10 mobile phone deposit

Mobile phones should carry a deposit just like bottles, to encourage people to recycle them, a German Green MP has suggested.

Nobel Foundation rejects Peace Prize criticism
Sweden

Nobel Foundation rejects Peace Prize criticism

The Nobel Foundation, which administrates the prestigious prizes in line with the will of Alfred Nobel, on Thursday rejected criticism of recent choices for the Peace Prize.

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Norway

Nobel Foundation rejects Peace Prize criticism

The Nobel Foundation, which administers the prestigious prizes in line with the will of Alfred Nobel, on Thursday rejected criticism of recent choices for the Peace Prize.

Politicians rain on Wulff’s farewell torch parade
Germany

Politicians rain on Wulff’s farewell torch parade

Germany's former president Christian Wulff is set to be honoured at a torchlit military ceremony on Thursday evening, after leaving office early under the cloud of a political favours probe.

‘Brevik’ shop renamed following protests
Germany

‘Brevik’ shop renamed following protests

A shop selling clothes favoured by neo-Nazis has changed its name from “Brevik” after massive protests in Chemnitz, eastern Germany, forced a u-turn just a week after it opened.

Women’s minister rules out top job gender quota
Germany

Women’s minister rules out top job gender quota

German Women’s Minister Kristina Schröder used International Women’s Day to rule out quotas to help women break through managerial glass ceilings – and to praise top fathers.

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Switzerland

Peers behind most teen sex abuse: study

A recent study has shown that while sexual assaults on younger children are most often committed by family members, adolescents are more often abused by their peers.

Severed finger points to cack-handed criminal
Germany

Severed finger points to cack-handed criminal

A severed fingertip found at the scene of a break-in could point to a not-so nimble-fingered would-be thief, after German police sent it for DNA testing.

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Switzerland

Avalanche storms Davos tooth-brusher

A roof avalanche in Davos ripped through the ceiling of an apartment building almost killing one tenant.

Potential first lady furious after becoming her own mag’s cover girl
France

Potential first lady furious after becoming her own mag’s cover girl

The journalist girlfriend of French Socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande tweeted Thursday she was furious to find herself on the front of the glossy Paris Match magazine she works for.

Pot smokers to get off with small fine
Switzerland

Pot smokers to get off with small fine

Cannabis smokers caught with less than 10 grams of the drug will now only be subject to a 200 franc ($219) fine.

‘Dads should talk to sons about rape’ – politician
Norway

‘Dads should talk to sons about rape’ – politician

Socialist Left Party politician Akhtar Chaudhry has called on fathers to talk to their sons about rape, saying that it is not enough to prepare girls on how to defend themselves.

French women lose chore war to men
France

French women lose chore war to men

French men still refuse to pitch in and take on their fair share of work around the home. A recent survey shows that that women do twice as much household work as men.

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France

Footballers ‘should be let off’ 75 percent tax

Presidential hopeful François Hollande says all high earners will have to pay his proposed 75 percent tax - unless they earn their money by kicking a ball. 

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Sweden

Swedish ‘pooper’ gets prison after shop dump

A 46-year-old man from eastern Sweden has been sentenced to two months in prison and a hefty fine after pooping on the floor in a sports shop in central Gävle.

‘Sweden is not gender equal’: minister
Sweden

‘Sweden is not gender equal’: minister

Sweden’s equality minister has spoken out about the lack of gender equality in Sweden, after a recent poll showed that the majority of Swedes believe the country is not gender equal.

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France

Jobless stage sit-in at posh Sarkozy restaurant

Dozens of campaigners on the dole and trade unionists staged a sit-in at  Fouquet’s, a glitzy Paris restaurant where President Nicholas Sarkozy famously celebrated his 2007 election victory.

What’s on in Germany:  March 8 – 14
Germany

What’s on in Germany: March 8 – 14

This Week's Highlights: English theatre in Frankfurt and Munich, an architecture tour in Cologne, and an art auction in Berlin.

Northern lights threaten radio comms – expert
Norway

Northern lights threaten radio comms – expert

A Norwegian scientist has warned that recent powerful eruptions on the sun could trigger powerful northern lights in southern Norway on Thursday, causing interference to radio communications.

Six Norwegians make Forbes rich list
Norway

Six Norwegians make Forbes rich list

Six Norwegians have made it onto the Forbes billionaires list for 2012, with John Fredriksen ranking highest at number 75 among those considered to be the world's wealthiest.

Tech fair hitches a lift in face of transport strike
Germany

Tech fair hitches a lift in face of transport strike

Organisers of the world’s biggest information technology fair CeBIT in Hannover are appealing to residents of the city to give delegates a lift, as the public transport system was paralysed by a strike.

Podolski ‘signs with Arsenal for €13 million’
Germany

Podolski ‘signs with Arsenal for €13 million’

Germany forward Lukas Podolski is leaving FC Cologne at the end of the season to join Arsenal for €13 million, the daily paper Bild said on Thursday.

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Switzerland

Zurich keeps things even with male affairs rep

Women already have representatives championing their cause, but now the Swiss canton of Zurich wants to balance it out by appointing someone to deal specifically with male affairs.

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France

Frenchwoman’s release ordered in Mexico

A justice at Mexico's Supreme Court has proposed the immediate release of Frenchwoman Florence Cassez, sentenced to 60 years for kidnapping, in a motion to be voted on by five judges.

What crisis? Swiss watch makers eye record 2012
Switzerland

What crisis? Swiss watch makers eye record 2012

The world's biggest watch fair is set to open in an optimistic mood, with Swiss watchmakers -- the industry's barometer -- expecting 2012 demand to beat 2011's, when exports hit a record.

Eleven Swedes make Forbes billionaires list
Sweden

Eleven Swedes make Forbes billionaires list

Eleven Swedes have made it onto the Forbes billionaires list for 2012, with H&M owner Stefan Persson placing highest among the Swedes considered to be the world's wealthiest.

Postman prime suspect in parcel pilfering plot
Germany

Postman prime suspect in parcel pilfering plot

A 19-year-old Cologne postman, plus his mother, and stepfather, who worked as sub-contractors for the German postal service, are suspected of stealing over 1,000 parcels.

Scientists voyage to tsunami epicentre
Germany

Scientists voyage to tsunami epicentre

German scientists on Thursday joined a mission to the seabed off Japan where a massive quake triggered last year's devastating tsunami, to get their first proper look at the buckled ocean floor.

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Sweden

Sword-wielding Swedish teen attacks couple in car

A 19-year-old man in Finspång, in southeastern Sweden, went on a rampage with a sword on Wednesday night, shattering the windscreen of a flabbergasted young couple’s car.

‘Zlatan will never be the best’: football great
Sweden

‘Zlatan will never be the best’: football great

Despite that fact that Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been ranked current third best footballer in the world according to an internet sport site, there are voices saying he can never be number one.

Riksdag parties informed of arms deal: report
Sweden

Riksdag parties informed of arms deal: report

The Swedish export control council was informed of the secret plans to help the Saudis build an arms factory as early as May 2010, according to new revelations from Sveriges Radio (SR).