Sarkozy to Obama: we’ll win, you and me
France

Sarkozy to Obama: we’ll win, you and me

French President Nicolas Sarkozy took a break from his re-election campaign Thursday to take a friendly videophone call from US President Barack Obama – in the presence of reporters.

Rewe pulls ‘deceptive’ bio-bags from shops
Germany

Rewe pulls ‘deceptive’ bio-bags from shops

Supermarket giant Rewe has pulled its "100% biodegradable" bags from shops after an environment organisation called them a "particularly cheeky case of consumer deception."

Broken lifts frustrate Eiffel Tower visitors
France

Broken lifts frustrate Eiffel Tower visitors

Eiffel Tower visitors face longer queues than usual to ride to the top, as two of its three public elevators are out of order during the busy spring season, the tower's operating company said.

Austria signs Swiss tax deal
Switzerland

Austria signs Swiss tax deal

Austria will on Friday sign a much-needed treaty with Switzerland to tax Austrian money in Swiss bank accounts, Economy Minister Maria Fekter said Thursday.

Woman wants ‘too much sex’ – man calls cops
Germany

Woman wants ‘too much sex’ – man calls cops

A desperate man in Munich fled onto a balcony and called police for protection after his insatiable companion on a one-night stand refused to let him leave her flat, police said on Thursday.

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Switzerland

Gadget geeks descend on Geneva

An ultra-quick sock drier and a device to repel pesky bugs are among about 1,000 inventions being showcased at the 40th International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva next week.

Stolen Zurich Cezanne painting found in Serbia
Switzerland

Stolen Zurich Cezanne painting found in Serbia

Serbian police have uncovered a painting by French Post-Impressionist Paul Cezanne stolen from Switzerland in 2008 and arrested three suspects, local media said Thursday.

US comedian tells tales from the Mosque
Germany

US comedian tells tales from the Mosque

An American comedian who spent 30 days visiting Mosques across the US is bringing his stand-up show about the trip to Germany. Aman Ali spoke to The Local.

What’s on in Germany:  April 12 – 18
Germany

What’s on in Germany: April 12 – 18

This Week's Highlights: Short films in Dresden, art in Cologne, Middle Eastern culture in Hamburg, and a festival of light in Frankfurt.

Germany caught in Eurovision crossfire
Germany

Germany caught in Eurovision crossfire

The Eurovision Song Contest has been engulfed in a row between this year’s host Azerbaijan and Germany. Stung by criticism of its human rights, Azerbaijan has portrayed Frankfurt as a seedy city rife with homelessness, drug-use and prostitution.

Couple sues Ikea to expose spying ‘cover-up’
Sweden

Couple sues Ikea to expose spying ‘cover-up’

A Swedish couple who believes Ikea spied on them and is outraged by the company's perceived stonewalling is suing the Swedish furniture giant in an effort to expose the truth.

Government says yes to making subletting easier
Sweden

Government says yes to making subletting easier

The Swedish government has proposed to loosen current restrictions facing flat owners who want to sublet their apartments in an effort to help ease the current housing crunch in large cities.

Uni vows to ‘do more’ to inform foreign students
Sweden

Uni vows to ‘do more’ to inform foreign students

An Uppsala University official has promised to bolster efforts to give foreign students accurate information to help avoid misunderstandings like the one that has left one graduate student without her degree.

Blood, sweat and no fear: the UFC hits Stockholm
Sweden

Blood, sweat and no fear: the UFC hits Stockholm

The Ultimate Fighting Championship's ultra-violence is coming to Stockholm on Saturday, with Sweden’s own Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson set to grab the hometown spotlight for the first time, contributor Jimmy Lazenby explains.

Woman wrongly jailed for murder faces €32,000 bill
Germany

Woman wrongly jailed for murder faces €32,000 bill

A woman who was wrongly convicted of murdering her father and jailed for life has been told by a court she must pay €32,000 towards the cost of finding the evidence which proved her innocence.

‘We didn’t abduct wealthy Swede’: accused couple
Sweden

‘We didn’t abduct wealthy Swede’: accused couple

When the trial against the trio suspected of abducting a 25-year old son of a millionaire businessman came under way on Thursday, one of the suspects admitted his involvement while two denied all charges.

Jail for incest man justified – court
Germany

Jail for incest man justified – court

A man jailed for incest after fathering four children with his sister has been told the German court ruling was justified – following the rejection of his appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.

Politician arrested after sex with disabled woman
Sweden

Politician arrested after sex with disabled woman

A local politician in northern Sweden, working as a disabled transportation driver, has been arrested after he was caught by police while molesting a disabled woman in his vehicle.

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Sweden

Troops deployed in Skanska hostage drama

Peru has deployed 1,500 troops to cordon off a remote area where 36 gas transportation workers have been taken hostage, allegedly by the Shining Path rebel group, the defense ministry said.

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Switzerland

Police draw guns on playing boys

Three boys narrowly avoided being fired on by police on Easter Sunday after messing around with air rifles.

 

Hollande vows to ‘dominate finance’
France

Hollande vows to ‘dominate finance’

French Socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande vowed on Thursday to "dominate finance", following warnings from the right that a left-wing victory would trigger attacks on the euro.

Football club pays wrong team for player
France

Football club pays wrong team for player

Toulouse football club almost lost close to a million euros after it paid the wrong club for a new player.

Germans find jobs, set up fewer new firms
Germany

Germans find jobs, set up fewer new firms

Germans are increasingly taking on jobs rather than deciding to become their own bosses, with the number of new start-up businesses this year expected to be the lowest since reunification.

Children abandoned at airport for five days
France

Children abandoned at airport for five days

The mother and father of two children aged 6 and 9 faced judges in Strasbourg this week after leaving their children at an airport for almost a week.

Prof who offered cannabis sent to jail
France

Prof who offered cannabis sent to jail

A teacher who grew cannabis and then offered a joint to a pupil has been jailed for six months.

Give everyone a state income: proposal
Switzerland

Give everyone a state income: proposal

A philanthropic movement wants to create a Swiss Utopia by ensuring that every citizen receives an “unconditional base income” of 2,500 francs ($2,729).

Teen boob job wannabes ‘will have to wait’
Germany

Teen boob job wannabes ‘will have to wait’

German teenagers wanting a boob job, a nose job or liposuction will have to wait until they turn 18, even if their parents will sign off on the surgery, under new government plans.

Men horny in autumn, women in spring: study
Norway

Men horny in autumn, women in spring: study

A team of Norwegian researchers has concluded that women and men function differently when it comes to wanting sex, with women at their most active in the spring and men in the autumn.

Breivik: ‘I know of at least ten who want to kill me’
Norway

Breivik: ‘I know of at least ten who want to kill me’

Anders Behring Breivik has told his new psychiatrist that he has received two direct death threats and that he knows of at least ten people who would like to see him dead.

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Sweden

Several injured in Malmö gang brawl

Several people with connections to Malmö’s underworld were hospitalized late Wednesday night after knife-wielding thugs kicked off a fight in the city.

’68 radical joins college where protests began
France

’68 radical joins college where protests began

One of the ringleaders of the May 68 student revolt in Paris, politician Daniel Cohn-Bendit, has returned to the university where it all began, this time as a member of its governing body.

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France

Tiny team stuns league to reach Cup final

Amateurs Quevilly shocked Ligue 1 outfit Rennes 2-1 on Wednesday to reach the French Cup final for the second time in their history but first since 1927

Merkel, Obama: more UN action needed in Syria
Germany

Merkel, Obama: more UN action needed in Syria

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama agreed in a telephone call on Wednesday that "more resolute" UN Security Council action was needed in Syria, the White House said.

British PM urged to act over jailed Norwegians
Norway

British PM urged to act over jailed Norwegians

The mother of Joshua French, the Norwegian-British man facing execution in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has called for UK PM David Cameron's help in seeking a pardon for her son.

‘Women and children first’ a myth: study
Sweden

‘Women and children first’ a myth: study

Scientists at Uppsala University have found that the widespread belief that women and children are saved first in maritime disasters is a myth, unless the men are threatened with physical violence like on the Titanic.

Dortmund stay cool after 1-0 victory over Bayern
Germany

Dortmund stay cool after 1-0 victory over Bayern

Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp has insisted his team have won nothing yet, even though their 1-0 win over Bayern Munich has left them six points clear at the top of the German league.

Swede in Maldives trial for UK tourists’ deaths
Sweden

Swede in Maldives trial for UK tourists’ deaths

A 23-year-old Swede stands charged with manslaughter in the Maldives, after the quad bike he was driving crashed into a tree, killing two British honeymooners.