‘No excuse’ for anti-Semitism: Obama envoy
Sweden

‘No excuse’ for anti-Semitism: Obama envoy

US president Barack Obama’s expert on anti-Semitism, Hannah Rosenthal, said during a press conference in Stockholm on Thursday that the brand of Sweden is at risk if leaders aren’t held accountable for their insensitive actions.

Le Pen taunts Sarkozy for wooing her voters
France

Le Pen taunts Sarkozy for wooing her voters

National Front leader Marine Le Pen on Thursday mocked Nicolas Sarkozy for veering ever further to the right to woo the millions who plumped for her in round one of the French presidential vote.

Swedish men told to take smear tests
Sweden

Swedish men told to take smear tests

The Stockholm county health authority (Hälso- och sjukvårdsförvaltningen) has been forced to send out an apology to 2,056 men in the capital and on the Baltic island of Gotland after erroneously calling them to come in for a gynaecological scan.

France steps up demands for EU border controls
France

France steps up demands for EU border controls

France demanded the right to stop illegal migration by restoring border controls across the visa-free Schengen area as its election campaign erupted at talks Thursday on Europe's open borders.

Funniest mistakes Germans make in English
Germany

Funniest mistakes Germans make in English

For our latest Local List, we're having a gentle chuckle at the amusing mistakes Germans make when they're speaking English. Don't worry, German readers, we mean it in a nice way. But no, we don't have fire.

Business Brief: Mia Angeli Bei – Make-up artist
Sweden

Business Brief: Mia Angeli Bei – Make-up artist

Are you looking for a make-up artist in Stockholm - for a wedding, another special occasion, or maybe just to treat yourself? Mia Angeli Bei is on hand to help.

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Sweden

Second suspect arrested in teen stabbing case

Another person has been arrested in the investigation of the Landskrona killing on Monday in southern Sweden, where a 19-year-old woman was stabbed to death.

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Sweden

Astra Zeneca CEO leaves amid profit slump

Anglo-Swedish pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca said Thursday that its chief executive David Brennan had quit, as the group also unveiled a 44-percent slump in first-quarter net profits.

American tattooist axe killer jailed for ten years
Germany

American tattooist axe killer jailed for ten years

An American tattooist who hacked a man to death with an axe was jailed for more than ten years on Thursday after a German court found him guilty of manslaughter.

Belgian Kitai Wins Germany’s Largest Poker Tournament
Germany

Belgian Kitai Wins Germany’s Largest Poker Tournament

Belgian poker pro Davidi Kitai has won Germany’s largest poker tournament of the year, earning €713.000 after beating Canadian Andrew Chen in the heads-up match to finish it off.

Logitech wields axe as profit plummets
Switzerland

Logitech wields axe as profit plummets

Swiss electronics manufacturer Logitech's profits fell 44 percent last year, the firm said on Thursday, adding that it had cut two executive positions in a bid to reverse the slide.

 

Schlecker offers laid-off workers €500
Germany

Schlecker offers laid-off workers €500

More than 1,500 former Schlecker workers are suing the bankrupt drugstore chain after losing their jobs, amid confusion over a compensation offer of €500 made to two people who lost their jobs when the company collapsed.

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Norway

S&P reaffirms Norway’s top AAA credit rating

International ratings agency Standard and Poor's reaffirmed on Thursday its top AAA rating on Norway's sovereign debt and said the outlook was stable.

Swede wins Google’s grand photo prize
Sweden

Swede wins Google’s grand photo prize

A 24-year-old Swedish student has beaten almost 20,000 competitors to take home the grand prize in the Google Photography competition for 2012.

Norway town to build toilets for beggars
Norway

Norway town to build toilets for beggars

Kristiansand’s town council voted on Wednesday to install toilet and shower facilities that can be used by beggars operating on the streets of the town in southern Norway.

New gun register a decade after massacre
Germany

New gun register a decade after massacre

Ten years after Germany’s worst school shooting, in which a former pupil killed 16 people before committing suicide, politicians are set to lay the foundations for a national gun-owners’ register.

How I got hot and native in a Swiss sauna
Switzerland

How I got hot and native in a Swiss sauna

Swiss saunas can cause etiquette nightmares for immigrants from coyer cultures. But once The Local's Lyssandra Sears got the hang of it, she stopped being a prude in the nude and quickly learned a thing or two about Swiss women's grooming habits.

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Sweden

Swedish safari guide held by police in Africa

The Swedish head of a safari company in the Central African Republic and ten of his staff have been arrested after 13 miners were found murdered in the northeast of the country, local police said Wednesday.

Paris police protest over officer’s arrest
France

Paris police protest over officer’s arrest

Hundreds of angry policemen demonstrated on the Champs-Elysées in Paris late Wednesday to protest charges laid against a colleague who had shot dead a serial offender in the capital's suburbs.

Telekom: 100,000 WLAN connections unsafe
Germany

Telekom: 100,000 WLAN connections unsafe

More than 100,000 Deutsche Telekom customers have been told to turn off their wireless internet routers after the company admitted their connections were wide open to being used by others.

Bayern reach Champions League final on penalties
Germany

Bayern reach Champions League final on penalties

Strapping blond goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was Bayern Munich’s hero on Wednesday night, stopping Real Madrid in a penalty shoot-out after a thrilling Champions League semi-final ended even at 3-3.

Gay Swedish footballer bares all for charity
Sweden

Gay Swedish footballer bares all for charity

The bare buttocks of Anton Hysén, who last year came out as the first openly gay Swedish male footballer, have been put up for auction to raise money for a gay rights group in Russia.

Germany pressures Ukraine on Tymoshenko
Germany

Germany pressures Ukraine on Tymoshenko

German President Joachim Gauck has cancelled a visit to Ukraine planned for next month in protest at the violent treatment of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko in prison.

iPads for kids? Experts warn of risks
France

iPads for kids? Experts warn of risks

Is it OK for children as young as one or two to start using iPad apps, or might they put toddlers' development at risk?

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France

Driver mistakes Paris metro for parking entrance

A driver looking for a parking lot drove down a staircase into a Paris metro stop. Fortunately, nobody was hurt. 

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France

Woman stabs boyfriend in row over ‘The Voice’

An argument between a French couple slipped into violence when the woman stabbed her boyfriend over a TV reality song contest. 

French Mosques accused of backing Hollande
France

French Mosques accused of backing Hollande

The rightwing UMP party has accused Socialists of courting the Muslim vote and alleges that mosques are calling for the faithful to vote for leftwing candidate Francois Hollande.

40,000 join in Oslo anti-Breivik singalong
Norway

40,000 join in Oslo anti-Breivik singalong

Tens of thousands of rose-waving Norwegians gathered in central Oslo Thursday to deride mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik by singing a song he hates, viewing it as Marxist indoctrination.

Cute Swede pulled over by ‘policeman’ for a date
Sweden

Cute Swede pulled over by ‘policeman’ for a date

A Swedish woman who was pulled over for driving too fast but managed to walk away without a ticket, was shocked to find this was not the last she would hear from the amorous “policeman” that night.

‘Germans are stealing our jobs’: Swiss MP
Switzerland

‘Germans are stealing our jobs’: Swiss MP

A far-right Swiss politician left her audience gobsmacked when she denounced German immigrants who were coming to Switzerland and “stealing our jobs”.

Three dead babies found in cooler boxes
Germany

Three dead babies found in cooler boxes

Police are questioning a woman after the bodies of three babies were found in cooler boxes stored in the cellar and a garage at her home in western Germany.

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Sweden

‘Foreign ministry refused to abandon Saudi deal’

The former head of the Swedish Fortifications Agency (Fortifikationsverket), Jane Cederqvist, wanted to stop the cooperation with the Saudi regime as early as 2000, but was told no by the Swedish foreign ministry, according to a new report in daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).

Rare fighter plane wreck lifted from seabed
Germany

Rare fighter plane wreck lifted from seabed

The remains of a rare World War II German fighter plane, of which only one intact example exists, have been fished from the sea off northern Denmark, a nearby military museum announced on Wednesday.

Drunk man charged with hijacking brewery truck
Sweden

Drunk man charged with hijacking brewery truck

An inebriated man from southeastern Sweden has been charged with hijacking a brewery truck loaded full of empty bottles outside one of Sweden’s state run alcohol retailers, spreading broken glass in his wake.

Germans ‘stealing our jobs’: Swiss politician
Germany

Germans ‘stealing our jobs’: Swiss politician

A right-wing Swiss politician left her audience gobsmacked when she denounced German immigrants who were coming to Switzerland and “stealing our jobs”.

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Sweden

Malmö resident finds snuff in new jar of mayo

A Swedish man from Malmö, in southern Sweden, who was planning to enjoy a nice big dollop of mayonnaise with his meal, was recently shocked to find a small bag of snus, or so-called moist snuff, in the brand new jar.