Swiss adventurer crosses Alps in wing-suit
Switzerland

Swiss adventurer crosses Alps in wing-suit

Swiss daredevil Remo Läng flew 26 kilometres over the Alps in a wing-suit on Saturday, completing his vertiginous journey in just seven minutes.

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Sweden

First conviction in Gothenburg bribery trial

The fourth case in the ongoing Gothenburg bribery trial has led to a conviction, as a district manager at the municipally run housing company Poseidon was sentenced to a probationary sentence and a fine equalling 80 days’ pay on Monday.

More than half of parents hit their kids – sons most
Germany

More than half of parents hit their kids – sons most

More than half German parents still hit their children, and a new survey shows that boys are hit twice as often as girls, although most parents feel terrible afterwards.

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Switzerland

Swatch rejects Tiffany lawsuit

Swatch, a leading watchmaker, said on Monday that a lawsuit by US jeweller Tiffany had no legal basis and that it would contest the action in a battle between the luxury product groups.

Norway MP stars in ‘big girl’ music video
Norway

Norway MP stars in ‘big girl’ music video

Norwegian Labour Party politician Jette F. Christensen has broadened her career portfolio by starring as a dancer in a music video for the song ‘Big girl (in all the right places)’.

Anxious Germans skip lunch to stay at work
Germany

Anxious Germans skip lunch to stay at work

More and more Germans are grabbing a fifteen-minute falafel at their desks for lunch – rather than taking an hour for a proper plate of schnitzel and chips, like in the good old days - a new survey says.

Twitter ‘unknown’ to 75 percent of Swedes
Sweden

Twitter ‘unknown’ to 75 percent of Swedes

Three out of four Swedes say they don't know Twitter, a new survey has found, but many nevertheless believe the social media channel has a lot of influence in Swedish society.

Swedish Plopp lovers report ‘joyless’ chocolate
Sweden

Swedish Plopp lovers report ‘joyless’ chocolate

Love-hungry Swedish consumers have reported Scandinavian chocolate giant Cloetta to the Swedish Consumer Agency (Konsumentverket) after the company's false promises of finding love and joy in a bag of candy left them broken hearted.

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Sweden

District court ‘forgot’ child porn crime case

A 34-year-old man under suspicion of aggravated child porn offences after police confiscated 13,000 child porn images from his computer was never called to trial, as the court in southern Sweden forgot about him.

‘Scared’ German tourists ‘avoiding Greece’
Germany

‘Scared’ German tourists ‘avoiding Greece’

German tourists are "afraid" to come to Greece due to widespread anger at EU-mandated austerity cuts that have left the country in a deep recession, the Greek culture minister said on Monday.

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France

Time to tackle water crisis, global forum told

A global meeting on water opened in France on Monday with demands to provide billions of poor people with clean water and decent sanitation and address the spiralling demands of the future.

Swiss central bank in new trading controversy
Switzerland

Swiss central bank in new trading controversy

The Swiss central bank is in the spotlight for the second time in three months over alleged currency trading by a key official during sensitive times for policy over the Swiss franc.

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Sweden

US ambassador: change Swedish VAT rules

The US ambassador to Sweden, Mark Brzezinski, recently wrote a letter to the Swedish minister for finance Anders Borg, advising him that Sweden would do better following Austria’s example on value added tax (VAT) reimbursements for diplomats.

Commuter leaves 13-kilometre oil leak
Germany

Commuter leaves 13-kilometre oil leak

Commuters driving into Berlin on Monday morning were hindered not only by the usual road works, but a 13-kilometre oil leak which fire fighters rushed to cover to prevent an accident.

Germany’s eleven sexiest women
Germany

Germany’s eleven sexiest women

Germany’s women are in the spotlight this week - having recently dealt with the sexy men, this edition of The Local List features a selection of the country’s most delectable ladies.

Scientists stunned by Oslo meteorite find
Norway

Scientists stunned by Oslo meteorite find

Space watchers in Norway expressed major excitement on Monday after a meteorite ripped through the roof of a hut in an Oslo allotment garden.

Train kills reindeer ‘like meat grinder’: farmer
Sweden

Train kills reindeer ‘like meat grinder’: farmer

A new high-speed railway in northern Sweden has already claimed the lives of 200 reindeer since it opened three months ago, forcing the farm owner to move to safer pastures.

German schools ‘either unfair or no good’
Germany

German schools ‘either unfair or no good’

German schools are only good in areas where they are unfair – and where they are fair, they are generally no good, according to a damning report published on Monday by the Bertelsmann Foundation.

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Switzerland

Cantons vote to hike taxes for rich foreigners

The canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden decided on Sunday to abolish lump-sum tax arrangements for wealthy foreigners.

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Switzerland

Swiss canton to record nationality of offenders

Voters in Solothurn, north-western Switzerland, voted on Sunday for an amendment to the law requiring police and judicial officers to record the nationalities of offenders and suspects.

Speed trap turned into bird house
Germany

Speed trap turned into bird house

Officials in southern Germany whose speed trap was smashed into by a car turned it into a bird house – and say it is now home to a family of great tits.

Swiss to place cap on second homes
Switzerland

Swiss to place cap on second homes

In future, only 20 percent of residences in any one community in Switzerland can be used as second homes, voters decided on Sunday.

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Sweden

Three in four Rosengård children ‘live in poverty’

In the Malmö district of Rosengård over 70 percent of children are living in relative poverty, according to fresh figures from Statistics Sweden (Statistiska centralbyran, SCB), which measures the growing economic divides across the country.

Schoolgirls launch skirt-wearing campaign
France

Schoolgirls launch skirt-wearing campaign

A group of schoolgirls decided to show their own support for International Women's Day by showing up to lessons wearing skirts, flouting the school's rules.

Lysbakken gets Socialist Left nod despite scandal
Norway

Lysbakken gets Socialist Left nod despite scandal

The Socialist Left (SV) party on Saturday selected Audun Lysbakken as its new leader just a week after he resigned as equality minister over the misuse by his department of public funds.

French tourists among world’s worst: survey
France

French tourists among world’s worst: survey

An international survey asking people to rank the world's worst tourists has placed the French just behind Americans and Chinese.

Daimler ‘altering own Wikipedia page’
Germany

Daimler ‘altering own Wikipedia page’

Daimler’s Wikipedia page has been altered – removing criticism of the firm’s lobbying work - from an IP address belonging to the company, it was reported on Monday.

Swedish military ‘sold’ arms to Saudi Arabia
Sweden

Swedish military ‘sold’ arms to Saudi Arabia

Much of the Swedish weaponry sold to Saudi Arabia in recent years actually came from the Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten), according to a new report.

Police nab suspected rhino horn robbers
Germany

Police nab suspected rhino horn robbers

Munich police have made three arrests in their hunt for an international rhino horn robbery ring which has been stealing from museums, auction houses and zoos across Europe.

Swedish skier Anja Pärson calls it quits
Sweden

Swedish skier Anja Pärson calls it quits

Swedish alpine skier Anja Pärson, who amassed six Olympic medals in her 14 year career, announced on Monday that she would retire from competitive skiing this week.

Merkel questions Afghan pull-out timetable
Germany

Merkel questions Afghan pull-out timetable

Chancellor Angela Merkel called into question Germany's planned pullout from Afghanistan as she made a surprise trip to the war-torn country on Monday, a day after a US soldier massacred 16 civilians.

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Sweden

Social Democrats return to top of Swedish politics

The Social Democrats have regained their position as Sweden's largest political party, according to a new poll, helping Sweden's three centre-left opposition parties amass more combined support than the centre-right Alliance government.

Sarko junior pelts police woman with tomatoes
France

Sarko junior pelts police woman with tomatoes

The 15-year-old son of President Sarkozy was in trouble after throwing tomatoes and other pellets at a policewoman guarding the Elysée Palace where the president lives.

Sarkozy threatens to quit Schengen zone
France

Sarkozy threatens to quit Schengen zone

President Nicolas Sarkozy threatened in a key election rally on Sunday to pull France out of Europe's 26-nation visa free zone unless the European Union does more to keep out illegal immigrants.