Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle ruled out even talking about German military involvement in Syria on Friday, saying it would be “counterproductive,” during a meeting of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
Another thrilling week in Swedish media, but did you hear the one about the Swedish chef, the biting thief, and the vibrating package that closed down a post office? If not, The Local's News in Brief has all the answers.
Eurozone finance ministers unblocked €35.5 billion ($46.8 billion) in bailout funds relating to the partial write-down of Greek debt on Friday, while the rest will follow next week, Germany's finance minister said.
Sweden's first grocery store without cashiers has opened. At Green Matmarknad in Malmö, all customers pay for their weekly shop though automatic self-checkout systems.
Pole-dancing robots, eye-controlled video games, and ... er ... waterproof tablet computers demonstrated personally by Angela Merkel were some of the many innovations at the CeBIT 2012 tech fair this week. Check out our special picture gallery!
A Swede, a Russian, and your resident Aussie walked into a bar. Sounds like the beginning of a joke, I know, but the Swede wasn’t joking and the Russian wasn’t laughing.
Women sleep worse than men and often wake up several times nightly, a new study from Karolinska Institute and Stockholm University shows.
Sweden's prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt approved plans to build an arms factory in Saudi Arabia, revealed Sveriges Radio (SR) on Friday.
Eight men who were detained on gang rape allegations in December have been charged on Friday for the brutal rape of a woman in a Migration board (Migrationsverket) flat last year.
Sweden's industrial output rose by 3.6 percent in January from the December level, pulled by the pharmaceutical and textile industries, Statistics Sweden (Statistiska Centralbyrån, SCB) said on Friday, also revising its 2011 numbers due to a calculation error.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton visited a Norwegian archipelago near the North Pole on Thursday to lay the groundwork for a common EU policy on the resource-rich Arctic.
A UN independent expert on Friday slammed a proposal to tighten laws on demonstrations in the Swiss city of Geneva, saying that it would "unduly restrict" the rights to free expression.
German tabloid Bild said on Friday that topless page-one girls were to be moved off the front page. After decades of dividing opinion, is nudity in the press part of a free media, or objectification in the hunt for sales? Have your say.
A Swedish police officer has received a warning for repeatedly using the term "neger" (Negro) to a female witness while on duty.
French-Dutch airline group Air France-KLM is considering teaming up with Air Berlin, a move that would open two new competition fronts against Germany’s biggest airline Lufthansa, a newspaper report says.
Famed perfumer Jean-Paul Guerlain has been accused of making racist comments and calling France a 'shit country' after being refused entry to the Eurostar, only weeks after he appeared in court on racism charges.
Residents of the Swiss city of Zurich will vote Sunday on whether to build dedicated garages where prostitutes can ply their trade, in a proposal aimed at moving streetwalkers away from residential zones.
French energy company ErDF is considering firing a technician because he refused to cut the power in poor households.
Researchers at Walter Zoo in Gossau have found that chimpanzees will mediate disputes amongst peers in an effort to keep harmony in the group.
A Frenchman says he cut his girlfriend’s lover’s penis off and flushed it down the toilet because he was "driven by madness".
Germany’s daily dose of naked flesh - the Bild newspaper’s Page 1 girl - has been moved inside the paper, following years of complaints from women that front-page breasts were inappropriate.
Hotels who want to ban extremist guests can do so – but only if their booking has not been confirmed, the German Supreme Court (BGH) said on Friday.
Norway's roads authority is considering spending several hundred million kroner on fencing for many of the country's bridges in a bid to cut suicide, while researchers warn that jumpers may simply choose another bridge.
Defense Minister Sten Tolgfors admitted on Friday that he was informed two years ago about plans to build an arms factory in Saudi Arabia, despite denying these claims throughout the week.
Researchers will publish a report on Monday confirming that snowfall in Switzerland has decreased in the past 30 years by up to 60 percent.
People from Mediterranean states have been cut off from basic German state benefits, in a move seen as an attempt to prevent immigration from struggling EU economies.
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.
A team of Norwegian researchers has established that the psychedelic drug LSD is an effective medicine for the treatment of alcoholism, arguing that it should be used more widely.
The Swiss central bank posted on Thursday full year profits of 13.5 billion francs ($17.8 billion), with both its foreign currency stocks and gold reserves contributing to the result.
Swiss trading group DKSH said on Thursday that it would float about a third of its shares on March 21st, in a move expected to value the company at up to 3.0 billion francs ($3.3 billion).
The father of right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik has spent 13 hours being questioned by French and Norwegian police near his home in southern France.
Pakistan's top court on Thursday told the prime minister to ask Switzerland to reopen corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, demanding a compliance report be submitted by March 21st.
The Canadian owner of the Geneva-Servette Hockey Club, Hugh Quennec, is set to take over the cash-stricken Servette Football Club (SFC) which has filed for bankruptcy, the two clubs said on
The Basque separatist group ETA urged France to open direct talks on a definitive end to its conflict with the French and Spanish states, in a statement released to AFP on Friday.
Children as young as 11 have been apprehended following a series of house burglaries in Uppsala, in eastern Sweden, which led the flabbergasted police to a youth gang using very young members to commit crimes.
American director Wes Anderson's new film "Moonrise Kingdom" will open the 65th Cannes Film Festival on May 16, the organisers announced Friday.
A German court has banned a British publisher from printing extracts of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler's book "Mein Kampf," upholding a ruling that doing so would break copyright laws.
Vuvuzela-wielding protestors kept up a constant barrage of noise at a torchlit military ceremony on Thursday for Germany's former President Christian Wulff who left office under a cloud.
A nursery home in eastern Sweden has come under fire after it came to light that one of their patients developed infected bedsores after only a few days at the home.
Drunk cyclists weaving their way around the university town of Münster should be prepared to pay heavily for paralytic pedalling – the town council is banning them from their bikes, with a €500 fine for repeat offenders.
The new Apple Ipad, unveiled on Wednesday, will not be compatible with the Swedish 4G network as it is adapted for North American 4G, which operates at different frequencies to the Swedish network
A strong explosion triggered several automatic alarms in a row of shops in central Gothenburg early on Friday morning. Police are still not clear on what has caused the blast.