Particle collider cranks up to new world record
Switzerland

Particle collider cranks up to new world record

The world's largest particle collider notched up a new record on Thursday as it escalated its quest to find fundamental matter and explore the origins of the Universe, CERN said.

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Switzerland

Euro drops below 1.20 Swiss franc floor

The euro on Thursday dipped briefly below the 1.20 Swiss franc floor imposed by Switzerland's central bank to curb the soaring local currency.

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Switzerland

Burglar swoops on Swiss funeral-goers’ homes

A 50-year-old man from Neuchatel has been arrested for a spate of burglaries committed while the victims attended the funerals of loved ones.

 

Schröder calls for Agenda 2030 reforms
Germany

Schröder calls for Agenda 2030 reforms

Former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder says Germany needs an Agenda 2030 – a set of laws building on the controversial Agenda 2010 social security reforms he introduced.

The ten best railway stations in Europe
Sweden

The ten best railway stations in Europe

Travelling in Europe by train? Before you embark on exploring your chosen city, take a moment to savour its first port of call.

Merkel’s motor up for grabs on Ebay
Germany

Merkel’s motor up for grabs on Ebay

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s old VW Golf is for sale on Ebay, with the seller hoping to get at least €10,000 for it – even though it is 22 years old and already has 190,000 kilometres on the clock.

Catholic priest gives Swiss sex lessons
Switzerland

Catholic priest gives Swiss sex lessons

A Jesuit priest and a Catholic theologian are urging couples to expand their sexual horizons "beyond the usual quarter of an hour" at a series of sex courses in rural Switzerland.

Church cock victory joy: ‘it’s huge and majestic’
Sweden

Church cock victory joy: ‘it’s huge and majestic’

Residents of Hisingen in Gothenburg will be celebrating more than just Easter this year, after the cock atop their local church took home Sweden's annual Church Cock of the Year award.

Trio charged in wealthy Swede’s abduction
Sweden

Trio charged in wealthy Swede’s abduction

Three people were charged on Thursday with drugging and kidnapping a 25-year-old student from a wealthy Swedish family and holding him prisoner for more than a week in what one of the suspects said was a "prank".

Berlin gunman kills one, leaves two injured
Germany

Berlin gunman kills one, leaves two injured

Berlin police are hunting a gunman who walked up to a group of young people on Wednesday night, and opened fire killing a 22-year-old and seriously wounding two others, before fleeing on foot.

Tax dodgers will face higher charges
Germany

Tax dodgers will face higher charges

Germans who are caught evading taxes and hiding their money in Switzerland will have to pay more than originally planned, after a new tax agreement was signed by the two governments on Thursday.

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Switzerland

Bern and Berlin clamp down on tax cheats

Switzerland and Germany on Thursday signed a revised tax accord toughening up penalties on tax cheats after several German states rejected the original deal.

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Sweden

More suicides among cancer patients: study

Suicide and fatal heart attack rates are distinctly higher among people who have been diagnosed with cancer, according to a new Swedish study.

‘I played Warcraft with Norway killer’: survivor
Norway

‘I played Warcraft with Norway killer’: survivor

A 17-year-old Norwegian boy who hid from Anders Behring Breivik during his island killing spree last summer has revealed that he once played World of Warcraft with the confessed mass killer.

Parents get road rage as holiday jams loom
Germany

Parents get road rage as holiday jams loom

Mums and dads like to shout, snipe, and squabble in front of their kids when they're at the wheel, a new survey among German children has revealed.

Man tweets cops to nab speeders – gets caught
Sweden

Man tweets cops to nab speeders – gets caught

A Swedish man who used Twitter to alert police of speeding drivers on a road near his house got a response – which came in the form of a hefty speeding fine the next day.

Rainy, cold Easter ahead
Germany

Rainy, cold Easter ahead

An Easter egg hunt in the sunshine may be a distant fantasy for most this year, as polar winds arrive for the long weekend bringing rain and snow across the country, the German Weather service (DWD) reported on Thursday.

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Norway

Man beaten and shoved into car boot in Oslo

A number of witnesses have reported seeing a man being beaten up and bundled into the boot of a car in Oslo’s Grønland district on Thursday morning.

Sweden ‘shuns’ older workers: study
Sweden

Sweden ‘shuns’ older workers: study

Despite a large share of Sweden’s senior work force en route for retirement in the next few years, Swedish companies are among the worst in the world at recruiting and keeping people over fifty in employment.

Romanian gang targeting elderly women: police
Norway

Romanian gang targeting elderly women: police

A gang of Romanian women is targeting elderly women across Norway in a series of often brutal jewellery robberies, with 20 such crimes reported in Oslo alone over the last two week, police have said.

German bunny-based phrases for Easter
Germany

German bunny-based phrases for Easter

With Easter just around the corner, we’ve taken the opportunity to connect two of our favourite things – the German language and bunnies - This week’s Local List hops through a brace of rabbit-based sayings.

Swedish TV in Eurovision ‘coloured person’ outrage
Sweden

Swedish TV in Eurovision ‘coloured person’ outrage

Comments hinting that a dancer should be replaced due to his skin colour in order to boost Sweden’s chances of winning the Eurovision Song Contest recently sparked outrage and left Swedish state broadcaster SVT in crisis.

Volunteering for English speakers hits Sweden
Sweden

Volunteering for English speakers hits Sweden

Volunteering in Sweden has never been easy for non-Swedish speaking foreigners, but the founders of a new project in Stockholm are hoping to change that by creating a volunteer hub for expats who speak English, The Local's Oliver Gee discovers.

Presidential hopefuls reveal love of wine
France

Presidential hopefuls reveal love of wine

A respected wine magazine has asked France's presidential candidates their preferences when it comes to the country's most famous export.

An insider’s guide to becoming a Swedish football fan
Sweden

An insider’s guide to becoming a Swedish football fan

Are you new to Sweden, love football, but unsure about which Swedish club to support? The Local's Joel Linde offers up some tips on figuring out which Allsvenskan club is right for you.

Medical staff questioned after hospital trashing
France

Medical staff questioned after hospital trashing

A group of doctors and interns have been accused of trashing a wing of a hospital in a "wild night" of partying.

Miner killed in poisonous gas leak
Germany

Miner killed in poisonous gas leak

A miner has been killed and 26 injured after a gas leak in a potash mine in the German state of Lower Saxony. The workers drilled into a pocket of highly toxic hydrogen sulphide at a depth of 1,200 metres.

Let judges expel foreign criminals: Sommaruga
Switzerland

Let judges expel foreign criminals: Sommaruga

Justice Minister Simonetta Sommargua has proposed tough amendments to the penal code in an effort to deter criminals.

Expats would vote Sarkozy back in
France

Expats would vote Sarkozy back in

A new poll shows that French expats are more likely to support President Sarkozy than his Socialist rival, François Hollande.

Should Germany have a Veterans’ Day?
Germany

Should Germany have a Veterans’ Day?

Germany is introducing a US-style Veterans’ Day to honour the sacrifices made by its military. But many remain deeply uneasy about Germany's military history and are divided by the idea. What do you think? Have your say.

What’s on in Germany:  April 4 – 11
Germany

What’s on in Germany: April 4 – 11

This Week's Highlights: British film in Berlin, a tattoo party in Hamburg, and Marcel Duchamp in Munich

Cocaine, candy, and angry Abba members
Sweden

Cocaine, candy, and angry Abba members

The Local presents another News in Brief - tidbits from the week's news that are worth a mention.

‘Phone box kidnapper’ sent to mental hospital
Germany

‘Phone box kidnapper’ sent to mental hospital

A man who turned his Hamburg flat into a prison, complete with a sound-proofed telephone box and more than a tonne of food, and then kidnapped a woman to keep her there and have babies with, has been sent to a mental institution.

Presidential chef ponders post-vote menu
France

Presidential chef ponders post-vote menu

Since President Nicolas Sarkozy embarked on his re-election campaign, the kitchens of the Elysée Palace have been quiet.

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Switzerland

One hurt as Swiss bus bursts into flames

One person was injured when a coach carrying 73 passengers burst into flames Wednesday close to southern Switzerland's Gotthard tunnel, the tour bus firm said.

Sword-swinging feline fan in cat custody coup
Sweden

Sword-swinging feline fan in cat custody coup

A cat-sitter in Sweden was recently arrested by police after threatening the ex-con owner with a samurai sword when he wanted to retrieve his pets.

Two teens held after nine-year-old shot dead
France

Two teens held after nine-year-old shot dead

Police in southern France on Wednesday detained two teenagers after a nine year-old boy was shot dead, prosecutor Samuel Finielz told AFP.

Austerity tax could ‘kill off’ French bookstores
France

Austerity tax could ‘kill off’ French bookstores

France's small bookstores have survived the rise of big chains, Amazon and digital books, but many fear a sales tax rise, part of the debt-saddled government's austerity plans, could push them out of business.

Footballers score high as trouble-shooters: study
Sweden

Footballers score high as trouble-shooters: study

Football players are better at solving problems than others, and those that score the most are the absolute best, according to a new Swedish study from the Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Stockholm.

‘My monkey was my best friend’: Queen Silvia
Sweden

‘My monkey was my best friend’: Queen Silvia

Swedish Queen Silvia recently confessed to a children's magazine that when she was a child her best friend was the family’s pet monkey, Mickey.