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France

France moves to bring back border checks

France and Germany have begun moves to reclaim powers to close their borders for up to 30 days in a simmering battle over immigration pressures on Europe's passport-free Schengen travel zone.

Sarkozy in last minute dash to woo voters
France

Sarkozy in last minute dash to woo voters

Nicolas Sarkozy made a last-gasp bid to woo voters Friday, the last campaign day before the crucial first-round French presidential vote that Socialist rival Francois Hollande is tipped to win.

Breivik gives chilling account of massacre
Norway

Breivik gives chilling account of massacre

Anders Behring Breivik gave a chilling account on Friday of his shooting massacre on the Norwegian island of Utøya last year, explaining in detail how he calmly executed terrified teens.

Cop convicted for taking lunch salad bribe
Sweden

Cop convicted for taking lunch salad bribe

A police officer from western Sweden who agreed to let a beltless motorist off the hook in exchange for a salad has learned the hard way there's no such thing as a free lunch.

East Germany world’s most Godless area
Germany

East Germany world’s most Godless area

The former East Germany is officially one of least religious places on the planet, with more than half of people living there saying they do not believe in God.

Court: YouTube liable for copyright breaches
Germany

Court: YouTube liable for copyright breaches

A German court ruled on Friday that Google's video sharing service YouTube is responsible when users post copyrighted music clips without permission. The decision could cost YouTube millions in royalties.

Mute and mutilated: black women and the cutting of the ‘racist’ cake
Sweden

Mute and mutilated: black women and the cutting of the ‘racist’ cake

The criticism surrounding the 'racist' cake controversy has so far failed to adequately explore the impact of the installation on the attitudes and predicament of black women, argue three researchers working in Sweden on issues of gender and race.

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Sweden

Two arrested for asylum home male gang rape

Police on Wednesday arrested two men in connection to a suspected gang rape of a 20-year-old man, carried out by three other men, in a home for asylum seekers in northern Sweden.

Polar bears: lying about their age
Germany

Polar bears: lying about their age

Polar bears are much older than previously thought - a new German report has revealed Knut's cousins actually appeared on the planet 600,000 years ago.

Sex toys found on Swiss trains for sale
Switzerland

Sex toys found on Swiss trains for sale

A vast array of weird and wonderful items from the Swiss rail network's lost-and-found department is now on sale, including butt plugs, dildos and worn underwear.

Sluts, sex and farts – welcome to Swedish
Sweden

Sluts, sex and farts – welcome to Swedish

Words in the Swedish language can sure look funny, especially to the untrained eye. Here's a list of Swedish words where a straight translation might leave you scratching your head. And whatever happens, DO NOT eat the mother cake…

Arkelsten replaced as Moderate Party secretary
Sweden

Arkelsten replaced as Moderate Party secretary

The Moderates have named a local politician from Örebro to take over as party secretary from Sofia Arkelsten, who had only been on the post since October 2010.

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France

Hollande: ECB must cut rates to boost economy

The frontrunner in the race for the French presidency, Socialist candidate Francois Hollande, urged the European Central Bank on Friday to lower its interest rate to support growth.

French restaurant pegs meal price to election result
France

French restaurant pegs meal price to election result

A restaurant in the south-west of France says it is indexing its meal prices to the percentage of the vote that will go to far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

 

Papers argue over Hollande and Sarkozy’s economic policies as election nears
France

Papers argue over Hollande and Sarkozy’s economic policies as election nears

Saving the economy is the top concern of editorialists in France as presidential candidates enter the last day of campaigning.

Missing finger, roadside birth and bad breath
Sweden

Missing finger, roadside birth and bad breath

This week in Sweden's News in Brief, we take a look at a missing finger, a woman giving birth on the roadside, and severe consequences for a halitosis sufferer.

Ministry caught in Muslim study leak lie
Germany

Ministry caught in Muslim study leak lie

Germany’s Interior Minister was forced to admit on Friday that his ministry had leaked a controversial study on young Muslims in the country to populist Bild newspaper – despite initial denials.

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Switzerland

Swiss freed in Singapore callgirl scandal

A Swiss expatriate accused of having paid sex with a woman under the age of 18 was freed on bail on Friday and plans to plead not guilty, his lawyer said.

Scientists warn blackbird virus could return
Germany

Scientists warn blackbird virus could return

Germany’s blackbirds are at risk from a new outbreak of a deadly virus this summer, experts have warned, after finding it in mosquitoes that have survived the winter.

EU states slam Swiss for immigrant worker caps
Switzerland

EU states slam Swiss for immigrant worker caps

Many of the eight EU countries whose citizens have been singled out by Switzerland for immigration restrictions have reacted with fury to the move.

Obama honours Raoul Wallenberg’s legacy
Sweden

Obama honours Raoul Wallenberg’s legacy

US president Barack Obama praised the "selfless acts" of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg in a special video message released Thursday to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day.

German economy retains confidence in crisis
Germany

German economy retains confidence in crisis

Business confidence in Germany beat expectations to rise again in April, underlining the resilience of Europe's biggest economy to the long-running debt crisis, data showed on Friday.

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Norway

‘I am a very likeable person’: Breivik

The gunman behind Norway's massacres told a court Friday he is a nice person and not a psychiatric case but had trained himself to shut out emotions before killing 77 people.

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Switzerland

Child abuser led anti-sex ed campaign: report

One of the leaders campaigning against sex education in primary schools resigned on Thursday as details of his alleged involvement in child abuse came to light.

Long school days ‘hinder new sports stars’
Germany

Long school days ‘hinder new sports stars’

Germany's future Steffi Grafs and Dirk Nowitzkis may not have the same chance to become world-class athletes as longer school hours cut into afternoon sports, officials worry.

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Sweden

Two dead following mystery Stockholm blast

An explosion killed two people in a Stockholm-area apartment on Friday morning, with emergency services still unsure as to what caused the blast.

French gentlemen prefer blonde waitresses: study
France

French gentlemen prefer blonde waitresses: study

Male restaurant guests in France give larger tips to blonde waitresses than to brunettes and women with other hair colours, a new survey claims to show.

Hairy Swedish dad tells Norway: I’m not a woman
Norway

Hairy Swedish dad tells Norway: I’m not a woman

Swedish father-of-two Daniel Pohjantähti recently found himself in a spot of bother when Norwegian officials refused to believe he was a man, despite his hirsute face and masculine features.

Nestle posts strong first quarter growth
Switzerland

Nestle posts strong first quarter growth

The world's biggest food company Nestle on Friday posted 2012 first quarter sales growth of 7.2 percent owing to strong demand in emerging markets.

Swedish man to prove to Norway he’s not female
Sweden

Swedish man to prove to Norway he’s not female

Swedish father-of-two Daniel Pohjantähti recently found himself in a spot of bother when Norwegian officials refused to believe he was a man, despite his hirsute face and masculine features.

Kurdish protesters take over another boat
Germany

Kurdish protesters take over another boat

Supporters of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) took control of a pleasure boat in Hamburg on Thursday, in the second such incident in Germany in the last week.

Winter winds return to batter Sweden
Sweden

Winter winds return to batter Sweden

Swedish forecasters are warning that winter is making another appearance in Sweden over the next few days, and have issued warnings for slippery roads and harsh winds.

Swedish police raid flat, free abducted puppy
Sweden

Swedish police raid flat, free abducted puppy

Police officers in southeastern Sweden raided a Norrköping flat, freeing a Chihuahua puppy, which had been kidnapped by potential buyers last week.

Doctors must pay for ‘stolen sperm’ babies
Germany

Doctors must pay for ‘stolen sperm’ babies

Two German gynaecologists will have to pay child support for twins they created via artificial insemination – because the biological father did not know anything about it.

Germany, France begin fight to close borders
Germany

Germany, France begin fight to close borders

Germany and France began moves this week to reclaim the power to close their borders for up to 30 days, in a simmering battle over immigration in Europe's passport-free Schengen travel zone.

Brynäs captures Swedish hockey gold
Sweden

Brynäs captures Swedish hockey gold

Brynäs IF were crowned champions of Sweden's top professional hockey league after defeating Skellefteå 2-0 in front of a jubilant home crowd in Gävle, eastern Sweden, on Thursday night.