New social network links ex-terrorists and victims
Germany

New social network links ex-terrorists and victims

Google launched a new online social network on Wednesday to link former German neo-Nazis with former radical Islamists in Indonesia - and their victims - to find ways to combat extremism.

What’s on in Germany:  April 26 – May 2
Germany

What’s on in Germany: April 26 – May 2

This Week's Highlights: A long night of music in Munich, an art party for kids in Frankfurt, and it's Gallery Weekend in Berlin!

Ten great reasons to travel this summer
Norway

Ten great reasons to travel this summer

2012 is gearing up to be a fantastic year to travel. With all the exciting festivals, and celebrations planned, what better reason to cross another wish off your 'must visit' list? 

‘Careless driver’ gets 7 years for US toe squash
Norway

‘Careless driver’ gets 7 years for US toe squash

In a case described by Norway's consul as ”shameful for the United States”, a Norwegian man who injured a woman’s toes after driving the wrong way down a one-way street was sentenced on Tuesday to seven and a half years in jail.

Ten great reasons to travel this summer
Switzerland

Ten great reasons to travel this summer

2012 is gearing up to be a fantastic year to travel. With all the exciting festivals, and celebrations planned, what better reason to cross another wish off your 'must visit' list? 

Ten great reasons to travel this summer
France

Ten great reasons to travel this summer

2012 is gearing up to be a fantastic year to travel. With all the exciting festivals, and celebrations planned, what better reason to cross another wish off your 'must visit' list? 

Merkel: eurozone needs growth as well as cuts
Germany

Merkel: eurozone needs growth as well as cuts

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated on Wednesday that the eurozone needed economic growth as well as deficit-cutting measures. Germany continued to register slight growth, while the UK slipped into recession.

Ten great reasons to travel this summer
Germany

Ten great reasons to travel this summer

2012 is gearing up to be a fantastic year to travel. With all the exciting festivals, and celebrations planned, what better reason to cross another wish off your 'must visit' list? 

How would children run your family?
Germany

How would children run your family?

Given the chance, children would surely play video games all day and embark on a strict diet of M&Ms. Preventing this is what parents are for. One couple put their kids in charge for a month. What’s the worst that could happen? Have your say.

Reepalu ‘pleased’ with Obama envoy talks
Sweden

Reepalu ‘pleased’ with Obama envoy talks

Controversial Malmö mayor Ilmar Reepalu said he was ”pleased” with the meeting with US president Barack Obama’s expert on anti-Semitism, Hannah Rosenthal which took place during her visit to the city on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Ten great reasons to travel this summer

2012 is gearing up to be a fantastic year to travel. With all the exciting festivals, and celebrations planned, what better reason to cross another wish off your 'must visit' list? 

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Switzerland

Swiss set new limits for East European workers

Switzerland said on Wednesday it will grant just 2,180 long-term work permits this year to citizens of eight Eastern European countries under a reinstated quota system.

Stockholm tourists stung in taxi-fare battle
Sweden

Stockholm tourists stung in taxi-fare battle

Tourists visiting Stockholm face a greater chance of being ripped off by taxi drivers than almost every other major city in the world, The Local's Geoff Mortimore discovers.

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Sweden

Electrolux reports rise in first quarter figures

The Swedish appliance maker Electrolux said Wednesday that its first quarter net profit jumped by 23 percent from the same period a year earlier owing to solid demand from emerging markets.

Swiss woman starved after ‘eating’ only light
Switzerland

Swiss woman starved after ‘eating’ only light

A woman living in the east of Switzerland who believed she could survive on light alone was found starved to death, it has emerged.

Singing your way to the campest, jolliest night around
Sweden

Singing your way to the campest, jolliest night around

The Singalong Sound of Music has returned to Stockholm - and there really is no kitscher way to enjoy a trip to the cinema, discovers The Local's James Savage.

Weapons check gives German ship all-clear
Germany

Weapons check gives German ship all-clear

A German ship which was stopped and searched in the Mediterranean on suspicion of smuggling arms to Syria has been given the all-clear by Turkish authorities which found no weapons on board.

Radio host axed for likening Serbs to Breivik
Norway

Radio host axed for likening Serbs to Breivik

A well-known Swedish radio personality who called Serbians “stupid” and compared them to Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, has been suspended from work indefinitely.

Internet users must pay radio fees: Swiss court
Switzerland

Internet users must pay radio fees: Swiss court

A Federal Court in Lausanne ruled on Tuesday that people with computers will be liable to pay radio licence fees.

Phishing victims’ losses are own fault – court
Germany

Phishing victims’ losses are own fault – court

Bank customers who give over their account details to "phishers" despite bank warnings against online scams are liable for their own losses, a top German court ruled on Tuesday.

Politician invites 5,000 to Facebook party
Germany

Politician invites 5,000 to Facebook party

Bavaria’s state premier could face a huge bar bill if everyone he invited to a party via Facebook shows up – the politician offered entry to a famous Munich nightclub and a free drink to everyone on his social network page.

Old age care homes tying up thousands illegally
Germany

Old age care homes tying up thousands illegally

More than 10,000 people in German old age care homes are being locked up or tied to their beds or wheelchairs illegally, it emerged on Wednesday.

‘Serbs are like Breivik’: Swedish radio host
Sweden

‘Serbs are like Breivik’: Swedish radio host

A well-known Swedish radio profile that recently called Serbians “stupid” and compared them to Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik, has been suspended from work indefinitely.

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Sweden

Swedish ‘Deep Throat’ comes clean over leak

The whistleblower in one of India's biggest corruption scandals in the 1980s which tarnished then-prime minister Rajiv Gandhi broke cover Wednesday to explain why he leaked crucial documents to the media.

Hollande: I’ll give foreigners the vote
France

Hollande: I’ll give foreigners the vote

Socialist presidential candidate François Hollande said Wednesday that if elected he will next year give foreigners from outside the EU living in France the right to vote in local elections.

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France

Australians gather in France for ANZAC Day

Thousands of Australians gathered in northern France on Wednesday to mark the ANZAC Day commemoration of their far-off country's World War I dead.

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France

Angry travellers create ‘ghost train’

Angry customers of French state railway SNCF are planning to create a “ghost train” to protest against a frequent delays and an increase in ticket prices.

Breivik slams experts for insanity ‘fabrications’
Norway

Breivik slams experts for insanity ‘fabrications’

Anders Behring Breivik insisted on Wednesday he was of sound mind and accused a team of psychiatric experts of making things up to prove him insane.

Random woman attends Swedish ministerial meal
Sweden

Random woman attends Swedish ministerial meal

A 67-year-old Swedish woman with the same name as a former government minister caused a stir recently when the unknown retiree turned up as an invited guest at a formal government dinner.

Johnny Hallyday faces €9 million French tax bill
France

Johnny Hallyday faces €9 million French tax bill

French icon Johnny Hallyday has found himself in trouble with the country's tax office - the singer owes them €9 million.

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France

French police make big cannabis hauls

More than nine tonnes of cannabis have been seized by authorities in France so far this year, due to more international coorperation according to specialists.

Mind-controlled robot unveiled in Switzerland
Switzerland

Mind-controlled robot unveiled in Switzerland

A professor at a Swiss university on Tuesday unveiled a robot that can be controlled by the brainwaves of a paraplegic person wearing an electrode-fitted cap, news agency ATS reported.

Ericsson profits double on sale of Sony stake
Sweden

Ericsson profits double on sale of Sony stake

The Swedish telecommunications equipment maker Ericsson posted Wednesday a first quarter net profit that was more than double the level recorded a year earlier, owing to a major one-off divestment.

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France

Don’t demonize National Front: Sarkozy

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Wednesday he would not do a deal with the far-right, but insisted those who vote for Marine Le Pen's National Front should not be demonised.

Stolen Cezanne back in Switzerland
Switzerland

Stolen Cezanne back in Switzerland

Paul Cezanne's "The Boy in the Red Vest" is back in Switzerland after being stolen four years ago in Zurich, ATS news agency reported on Tuesday.

Credit Suisse reports plunging profits
Switzerland

Credit Suisse reports plunging profits

Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse said on Wednesday its first quarter profits plunged to just 44 million francs ($48.3 million) from 1.1 billion francs a year ago amid debt losses.

ABB posts rising profits amid US recovery
Switzerland

ABB posts rising profits amid US recovery

Swedish-Swiss engineering group ABB said Wednesday its first quarter net profits were up five percent at $685 million, with North America leading growth in revenues and orders for the period.

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Switzerland

Swiss hostage in high spirits after Mali release

Special forces from Burkina Faso swept into rebel-held northern Mali on Tuesday aboard a helicopter and whisked a Swiss hostage to safety in a pre-arranged handover by Islamist rebels.

China and Sweden sign deals during Wen visit
Sweden

China and Sweden sign deals during Wen visit

China and Sweden signed a slew of trade deals on Tuesday during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to Sweden, including agreements with China-owned Swedish brand Volvo Cars and telecom giant Ericsson.

71-year-old: I shot wolf of the century
Germany

71-year-old: I shot wolf of the century

A 71-year-old German hunter turned himself in to police on Tuesday and confessed he shot the first wolf in the Rhineland for 123 years. He said he thought the animal was a stray dog.

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Sweden

Boy, 16, suspected of stabbing sister to death

A 19-year-old woman was found stabbed to death in her apartment in southern Sweden on Monday night and police have since arrested her younger brother on suspicion of murder.

Jews welcome first post-war ‘Mein Kampf’
Germany

Jews welcome first post-war ‘Mein Kampf’

Germany's Jewish community on Wednesday welcomed a landmark decision to republish Adolf Hitler's manifesto "Mein Kampf" for the first time since World War II, in an annotated edition.

Trust in Swedish royals at all-time low: report
Sweden

Trust in Swedish royals at all-time low: report

New figures show that Swedes have less confidence in the royal family than ever before, despite the recent wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel and the birth of Princess Estelle.

5-year-old ‘sold’ drugs in major Swedish drug bust
Sweden

5-year-old ‘sold’ drugs in major Swedish drug bust

Dozens of people in northern Sweden have been charged after police busted a drug ring in which a 5-year-old girl had allegedly handed out hashish and taken payment.