Luftwaffe scrambled in ‘stolen’ plane scare
Germany

Luftwaffe scrambled in ‘stolen’ plane scare

Two pilots flying what they thought was a routine trip to Germany to take a private jet for servicing were more than surprised when two Luftwaffe planes appeared at their side and escorted them to the ground.

Journo’s sex video blackmail case returns
Germany

Journo’s sex video blackmail case returns

Germany’s own tabloid newspaper scandal involving a three-in-a-bed sex tape, blackmail and an exclusive interview with a television star looks set to return to court after a Bild journalist’s acquittal was overturned on Tuesday.

How vouchers can save you money on your Swedish shopping
Sweden

How vouchers can save you money on your Swedish shopping

Unease over the economy, technological advances and more clued-up consumers mean that more and more people are discovering the advantages of shopping with online discount vouchers.

Merkel: no rush for EU fiscal pact Czech signing
Germany

Merkel: no rush for EU fiscal pact Czech signing

The Czech Republic is under no pressure to sign the European Union's fiscal discipline pact, which it along with Britain, has refused to join, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday.

German minister tries to calm Swiss tax row
Switzerland

German minister tries to calm Swiss tax row

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble moved on Tuesday to cool a simmering row with Switzerland over a stalled tax deal, saying the country did not deserve to be treated like a "banana republic".

Swedish courts ‘making horny teens criminals’
Sweden

Swedish courts ‘making horny teens criminals’

Swedish courts are wrong in how they've interpreted recently beefed up sex crime laws, needlessly turning consenting, love-struck teens into potential criminals, according Thomas Bodström, the ex-minister who oversaw the 2005 legislation.

Employer sacks woman for office time obesity op
Sweden

Employer sacks woman for office time obesity op

A woman in Österlen in southern Sweden has been sacked for taking time off work to go through with corrective surgery against the wishes of her employer.

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Sweden

Sweden ‘uninterested’ in volunteers: charity head

120 youth volunteers who are due to arrive in Stockholm this month with the "Up with People" charity organization have had their services refused by several Swedish companies, which are simply "not interested" in any help.

Serial car arsonist jailed for seven years
Germany

Serial car arsonist jailed for seven years

A man who set fire to more than 100 luxury cars in Berlin last summer causing millions of euros of damage was jailed for seven years in prison on Tuesday.

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Norway

Cairn Energy snaps up Norwegian group Agora

British oil and gas explorer Cairn Energy has agreed to buy privately-owned Norwegian energy firm Agora for $450 million in shares and cash, it said on Tuesday.

Sweden mulls scrapping mental care as penalty
Sweden

Sweden mulls scrapping mental care as penalty

A recent investigation into psychiatric legislation, presented to minister for social affairs Göran Hägglund on Tuesday, suggests scrapping the possibility for courts to sentence criminals to compulsory institutional care.

Cool cafés in customer download dilemma
Germany

Cool cafés in customer download dilemma

Trendy German cafés offering free internet access are being plagued with cease-and-desist letters from copyright lawyers as customers illegally download media from the internet. Many owners are threatened with heavy fines.

Prostitute numbers rocket in Geneva
Switzerland

Prostitute numbers rocket in Geneva

An explosion in the number of prostitutes across Switzerland has led to fierce competition and dramatic price reductions, with Geneva seeing a 24 percent rise in a single year.

 

Germany tells Bosnia: take EU, NATO plunge
Germany

Germany tells Bosnia: take EU, NATO plunge

Germany and Britain urged Bosnia on Tuesday to take key steps towards EU and NATO membership, as the country marks 20 years since the start of a war that left it deeply divided along ethnic lines.

Carers can help alcoholic buy booze: agency
Sweden

Carers can help alcoholic buy booze: agency

Swedish home-help service workers have recently been instructed to assist a disabled man who suffers from alcohol addiction to purchase drink.

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Switzerland

German Credit Suisse CD deal was illegal: lawyers

Three German tax inspectors broke the law when they paid millions for a stolen Credit Suisse data CD, German lawyers have said, after Switzerland issued warrants for their arrest.

Avon’s face cream ladies get German proposal
Germany

Avon’s face cream ladies get German proposal

Avon ladies calling round to sell face cream could soon become Avon Damen, if a billionaire German family which owns a perfume company has its way and buys up the struggling American cosmetics giant.

Swiss take fall as US and UK ‘havens’  thrive: report
Switzerland

Swiss take fall as US and UK ‘havens’ thrive: report

Despite the recurrent finger-pointing aimed at Switzerland for providing a haven to tax dodgers, the Tax Justice Network has found that the US and the UK hold over 50 percent of the global offshore market.

Teens’ savage attack ‘may have been filmed’
Sweden

Teens’ savage attack ‘may have been filmed’

Video footage may be available of the brutal beating in Gothenburg where a gang of teenage boys are suspected of having beaten a 61-year-old into a coma as bystanders looked on.

Pensioner points pistol at pregnant peeing woman
Sweden

Pensioner points pistol at pregnant peeing woman

A man and a woman in their sixties were charged by Umeå District Court in northern Sweden after threatening a pregnant woman with gun and physical violence when she tried to pee in their yard.

Tow truck driver makes amazing escape
Norway

Tow truck driver makes amazing escape

A Lithuanian truck driver broke several bones while a tow truck driver made a last-ditch escape as both vehicles veered over the side of a cliff in northern Norway on Sunday.

Speeding biker filmed his exploits
France

Speeding biker filmed his exploits

A motorcyclist speeding around Paris at 230 kilometres per hour (143 mph) was discovered with a camera attached to his bike.

Drunk woman unplugs partner’s life support
France

Drunk woman unplugs partner’s life support

A woman has been arrested after she attempted to unplug her partner's breathing apparatus, almost killing him.

Torture instrument sale suspended after protests
France

Torture instrument sale suspended after protests

A planned sale of torture instruments in Paris which belonged to one of France's last executioners has been cancelled, for now at least.

20 parrots massacred: ‘It was no ferret’
Sweden

20 parrots massacred: ‘It was no ferret’

The shocking sight of 20 parrots dead in their cages has left a devastated Swedish breeder wondering how so many of his valuable birds ended up beaten – and apparently bitten – to death.

Islamists and far right on Breivik witness list
Norway

Islamists and far right on Breivik witness list

The lawyer for Norwegian confessed killer Anders Behring Breivik said on Monday he would call right-wing extremists and Islamists, including a radical jailed mullah, as witnesses in support of his client at this month's trial.

Janitor steals 25 tonnes of stationery
Germany

Janitor steals 25 tonnes of stationery

In a case that promises to be a bureaucratic nightmare for police, a kleptomanic caretaker in the southern German city of Stuttgart has admitted stealing around 25 tonnes of office supplies over several decades, and keeping them in his flat.

New internal probe for Swedish ‘sex pastor’
Sweden

New internal probe for Swedish ‘sex pastor’

A Stockholm-area pastor on probation for having sex with a teen girl in his congregation is to be investigated anew following new accusations that he sexually abused other girls and sent them sexually explicit emails.

Firm books out luxury island hotel till 2023
Germany

Firm books out luxury island hotel till 2023

Tourists looking for luxury accommodation on the German island of Helgoland will be disappointed, as a wind-power company has booked every room in the island’s only high-end hotel - for the next ten years.

Chemical blast claims second victim
Germany

Chemical blast claims second victim

An explosion at a German chemical plant claimed a second victim Monday when an employee succumbed to his injuries, operators of the industrial park and police said.

France expels five Islamist radicals
France

France expels five Islamist radicals

France has expelled two Islamic radicals and plans to deport three more as part of its crackdown following last month's attacks by an Islamist who shot dead seven people, interior minister Claude Guéant announced on Monday.

Huge fire rages in central Gothenburg
Sweden

Huge fire rages in central Gothenburg

A massive fire in an apartment building in central Gothenburg continued to rage early Tuesday morning as more than 50 firefighters battled the blaze in the city's Nordstan neighbourhood.