Fake fancy phone buyer set for compensation
Germany

Fake fancy phone buyer set for compensation

A man who bought a fake luxury mobile phone via Ebay for €782 stands to get €23,000 in damages after the German Supreme Court ruled that the €1 price was no indication that it was not a real one.

Free chicks for French village people
France

Free chicks for French village people

A village in northwestern France has come up with an innovative way to cut back on local rubbish production – offering each home two free chickens to consume organic waste.

Women push politician to take parental leave
Germany

Women push politician to take parental leave

A top German politician has reacted angrily to an open letter from a group of women asking whether as a new father he will be able to do his job properly, and how soon after the birth of his child he will return to work.

Bigamist Swede prompts jealous wife drama
Sweden

Bigamist Swede prompts jealous wife drama

A woman from southern Sweden has been arrested on suspicion of preparation of murder after being apprehended by officers on the way to her bigamist husband’s first wife, armed with a knife.

‘Getting sexy’ survey: Swedes don’t come first
Sweden

‘Getting sexy’ survey: Swedes don’t come first

While Swedes' supposed penchant for sex is a recurring theme in popular culture, a recent survey calls into question just how eager Swedes may be to get it on when the lights go off.

How foodies felt their way to Swiss blind dining
Switzerland

How foodies felt their way to Swiss blind dining

Total darkness can serve to enhance a top-notch gourmet experience, as Catherine McLean discovered on a recent visit to a trailblazing restaurant where the lights are off and the food's out of sight. 

‘Gay-bashing’ reggae star’s gig put off again
Sweden

‘Gay-bashing’ reggae star’s gig put off again

Jamaican reggae singer Sizzla, who had been given the green light to perform on Wednesday night in Stockholm despite an initial cancellation, has been put off again after show promoters gave in to the backlash from the gay community.

Fuming fans show team where goal is
Germany

Fuming fans show team where goal is

Fans of Magdeburg football club, languishing at the bottom of the fourth tier of Germany's league, came up with an innovative way to try and turn the team's fortunes – big, multi-coloured arrows to help misfiring strikers locate the goal.

Swiss solar plane will try 48-hour flight to Morocco
Switzerland

Swiss solar plane will try 48-hour flight to Morocco

The Swiss sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse will attempt to fly from Switzerland to Morocco in coming weeks, in its longest flight to date, organisers said on Wednesday.

Allsvenskan football 2012: a season preview
Sweden

Allsvenskan football 2012: a season preview

This Saturday the Allsvenskan, Sweden’s premier football league, starts a new season. Contributor Nic Townsend takes a look at each team and their prospects for 2012.

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Sweden

‘Gay-bashing’ reggae star gets his Swedish gig

Jamaican reggae singer Sizzla will perform in Stockholm on Wednesday night despite strong protests against his "anti-gay" lyrics, even though the show had initially been cancelled by promoters.

Irate Norwegian reports Stockholm over ‘capital of Scandinavia’ claim
Norway

Irate Norwegian reports Stockholm over ‘capital of Scandinavia’ claim

A Norwegian man has reported Stockholm to the Swedish consumer ombudsman claiming that the slogan "Stockholm – the Capital of Scandinavia" is "misleading".

Sunbed woman shocked as men crash through ceiling
Norway

Sunbed woman shocked as men crash through ceiling

While catching some rays at a tanning salon in western Norway, a 59-year-old woman was roused from her sunny slumber recently by two unknown intruders who came crashing through the ceiling.

Should cops target black people for ID checks?
Germany

Should cops target black people for ID checks?

A German court ruled this week that police are allowed to use skin colour as a reason for spot-checks when looking for people breaking immigration laws. Is that justified? Have your say.

Victim slams court’s racial spot-check ruling
Germany

Victim slams court’s racial spot-check ruling

The young black German whose refusal to show police his ID led to a court ruling that cops could use skin colour as a criteria for spot-checks, says he will fight the case all the way.

‘Sweden needs laws against politicians’ reckless spending’
Sweden

‘Sweden needs laws against politicians’ reckless spending’

In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Sweden needs to change its constitution to ensure that spendthrift politicians' failure to curb public spending doesn't leave the economy in ruins, argues Jacob Lundberg of the Moderate party's youth wing.

Stockholm ‘no better than Oslo’: Norwegian
Sweden

Stockholm ‘no better than Oslo’: Norwegian

A Norwegian man has reported Stockholm to the Swedish consumer ombudsman (Konsumentombudsmannen – KO) claiming that the slogan "Stockholm – the Capital of Scandinavia" is "misleading".

Judge: ‘I understand why jealous hubby hit wife’
Sweden

Judge: ‘I understand why jealous hubby hit wife’

A Swedish court judge has been slammed for a recent ruling in which he wrote it was "quite understandable" that a man hit his wife after she refused to tell him where she had been.

Sex toy survey: Germans come first
Germany

Sex toy survey: Germans come first

Germans top the unofficial kinky league table, a new survey on between-the-sheets behaviour revealed Tuesday. It demonstrated that nearly half of Germans like "tools and gadgets" - more than any other country.

Catastrophes cost $370 billion in 2011: Swiss Re
Switzerland

Catastrophes cost $370 billion in 2011: Swiss Re

Catastrophes and man-made disasters cost the world economy a record $370 billion in 2011, reinsurer giant Swiss Re said on Wednesday, raising an estimate it issued in December.

French reveal loathing for ‘violent’ suburban youth
France

French reveal loathing for ‘violent’ suburban youth

Nearly 60 percent of the French say they distrust youth from the 'banlieues', France's impoverished, immigrant-dominated suburbs, according to a new survey that has laid bare the country's divisions.

Proof of Saudi meeting ‘lost’ to protect minister
Sweden

Proof of Saudi meeting ‘lost’ to protect minister

An official with Sweden's Defence Research Agency (Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut, FOI) requested that documents related at a secret Swedish-Saudi weapons deal not be recorded in order to “protect” defence minister Sten Tolgfors, according to a new report.

Sex abuse dentist jailed for 15 months
Switzerland

Sex abuse dentist jailed for 15 months

A dentist accused of indecent exposure and performing sexual acts on patients has been sentenced to 15 months in prison with no parole and a hefty fine.

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France

France ‘to blame for euro woes’

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti on Wednesday said the root of Europe's debt woes lay partly in the irresponsible parenting of Germany and France during the bloc's infancy.

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France

DSK courtroom carousel moves back to US

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, mired in legal trouble in his native France, faces new courtroom worries across the Atlantic on Wednesday, with the first hearing in a US civil suit.

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Switzerland

Most young sex criminals don’t re-offend: study

The majority of young sex offenders do not go on to re-offend after sentencing, according to a study published in the Swiss Journal of Criminology.

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France

Court to rule on Guerlain ‘negro’ comment

A Paris court was to decide Thursday whether Jean-Paul Guerlain, for decades the "nose" behind the world-famous perfume brand, was being racist when he said that he "worked like a negro."

Italian PM: Germany to blame for EU debt
Germany

Italian PM: Germany to blame for EU debt

The Italian Prime Minister has blamed Germany for Europe's debt woes which, he told reporters on Wednesday, lie in irresponsible parenting from stronger member countries during the eurozone’s infancy.

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Norway

Krekar back in court after ‘dream’ arrest

The arrest of Mullah Krekar could represent a dream scenario for the Kurdish Islamist convicted this week for issuing death threats, said terrorism researcher Magnus Ranstorp.

Mobile operators seek to ‘block’ Skype in Sweden
Sweden

Mobile operators seek to ‘block’ Skype in Sweden

Swedish telecom operators want to implement technologies that will block mobile phone users in Sweden from making free calls using services like Skype and Viber.

Police make arrest in child car park murder
Germany

Police make arrest in child car park murder

Police have arrested a suspect in the murder of an 11-year-old girl whose body was found in a car park in north-western Germany, after CCTV footage from the scene was released to the public.

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Switzerland

300 Swiss died by assisted suicide in 2009

Three hundred Swiss residents died in 2009 by assisted suicide, according to the first such official data published by the Swiss Federal Statistics Office on Tuesday.

Millions of women face poverty in old age
Germany

Millions of women face poverty in old age

Millions of German woman may face poverty in old age, a government report revealed on Wednesday. Many of the country's part-time workers, most of whom are women, must live on a pension of €200 a month.

Zlatan ‘among world’s best footballers’: Barcelona star
Sweden

Zlatan ‘among world’s best footballers’: Barcelona star

Centre-back Gerard Pique admitted his Barcelona team-mates will have to be wary of AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic when the teams clash in the Champions League quarter-final first leg in Milan on Wednesday.

Extradition ruling set in Swedish bride slaying
Sweden

Extradition ruling set in Swedish bride slaying

Britain's High Court will on Friday announce its decision on British businessman Shrien Dewani's appeal to avoid extradition to South Africa over the murder of his Swedish bride, it said Tuesday.

German footballers to visit Auschwitz
Germany

German footballers to visit Auschwitz

A German delegation will visit the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz before the Euro 2012 tournament, the head of the country's football federation (DFB) Wolfgang Niersbach has told a Jewish newspaper.

Ikea says no to hiring cronies of Italian politico
Sweden

Ikea says no to hiring cronies of Italian politico

Swedish furniture chain Ikea said Tuesday it had told a local Italian politician it would not be following up on his bid to get four cronies to work at a new branch opening up in the Abruzzo region.