‘Give foreign PhDs a clear path to residency in Sweden’
Sweden

‘Give foreign PhDs a clear path to residency in Sweden’

Sweden needs to change rules that strip foreign doctoral candidates of the same rights as other tax-paying migrant workers seeking permanent residency in Sweden, argue a group of doctoral candidates from the Royal Institute for Technology (KTH).

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Sweden

Two held for shooting imam in northern Sweden

Two men have been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of an imam who remains in a coma nearly three months after being shot in the head in northern Sweden.

Utøya survivor ‘hid under friends’ dead bodies’
Norway

Utøya survivor ‘hid under friends’ dead bodies’

A young survivor of self-confessed killer Anders Behring Breivik's massacre on a Norwegian island told his trial Wednesday how she stayed alive by hiding behind the dead bodies of her friends.

Ina, 22: ‘I’m going to die now’
Norway

Ina, 22: ‘I’m going to die now’

After she was shot several times at the café on Utøya island, 22-year-old Ina Rangønes Libak told the Oslo district court on Wednesday how she was sure she was going to die.

Comedian Al Pitcher in the Local Lockdown
Sweden

Comedian Al Pitcher in the Local Lockdown

With Sweden’s comedian of the year Al Pitcher releasing his first book this week, The Local catches up with him to find out more, and we preview our first ever “Local Lockdown” video segment.

Supreme Court mulls manga child porn appeal
Sweden

Supreme Court mulls manga child porn appeal

The highly publicized last appeal of Simon Lundström, a Swedish translator of Japanese manga comics convicted of child pornography crimes, was brought up in Sweden’s Supreme Court (Högsta Domstolen) on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Swedes’ pension hopes tied to Facebook IPO

Close to 3 million Swedes will be watching the upcoming stock market debut of Facebook with added interest after news emerged on Thursday that a major Swedish pension fund planned to invest in the social networking site's initial public offering.

Merkel fires minister after election disaster
Germany

Merkel fires minister after election disaster

Chancellor Angela Merkel fired her environment minister on Wednesday afternoon, kicking out Norbert Röttgen who led her conservative party to a historic loss in the country’s most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia on Sunday.

Holiday weather offers little to celebrate
Germany

Holiday weather offers little to celebrate

Some parts of Germany will be better suited for cross country skis than swim suits over the Thursday bank holiday and long weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Wednesday.

Swedish MP convicted of drugs offences
Sweden

Swedish MP convicted of drugs offences

William Petzäll, an independent Swedish MP who quit the Sweden Democrats last year amidst a battle with substance abuse, was convicted on Wednesday of drugs crimes.

Merkel gives self and ministers pay rise
Germany

Merkel gives self and ministers pay rise

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will soon have an extra €930 in her pocket each month, after the country's cabinet decided on Wednesday to award themselves their first pay rise for over a decade.

Man zapped in freak fat-burning foul-up
Sweden

Man zapped in freak fat-burning foul-up

A man who went to a Stockholm beauty clinic to have fat reducing treatment has reported the salon to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) after 25 minutes of electrical shocks and agony in what he described as a “catastrophic” experience.

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Switzerland

Asian luxury market boosts Richemont profits

Swiss luxury goods group Richemont posted a steep rise in annual net profit on Wednesday as Asian demand for watches and jewellery showed no signs of abating.

Swiss bank Wegelin fights US summons
Switzerland

Swiss bank Wegelin fights US summons

Swiss bank Wegelin, accused by US authorities of conspiring to help clients escape tax payments, has once again refused to appear before a US court claiming on Wednesday the summons was "invalid."

Greeks and Spanish flee to Germany in job hunt
Germany

Greeks and Spanish flee to Germany in job hunt

Fleeing rising unemployment, people from Greece and Spain poured into Germany last year, fuelling the highest rise in immigration for 16 years, data released by the Federal Statistics Office on Wednesday showed.

Ryanair threatens to pull out of Norway
Norway

Ryanair threatens to pull out of Norway

Low-cost airline Ryanair has threatened to ditch its operations in Norway amid a tax row over pilots’ fees.

VW Sweden hit by Fiat Google photo bomb
Sweden

VW Sweden hit by Fiat Google photo bomb

A Fiat 500 frozen in time by Google Maps in front of Volkswagen's headquarters in Sweden has been hailed as a public relations coup for the Italian automaker, despite an alternate explanation for the pic from its German rival.

Rhine swimmer cuts short ‘impossible’ quest
Switzerland

Rhine swimmer cuts short ‘impossible’ quest

Ernst Bromeis, the Swiss swimmer who set out to swim the length of the Rhine, has given up his quest after about 400 kilometres due to health concerns.

‘Blockupy’ protests paralyse Frankfurt
Germany

‘Blockupy’ protests paralyse Frankfurt

Germany’s financial centre was in lock-down on Wednesday, with Frankfurt police advising those bankers insisting on turning up to work early not to wear suits – as police moved in to clear a protest camp in the centre of the city.

Teenager ‘wore horror mask to kill pensioner’
Germany

Teenager ‘wore horror mask to kill pensioner’

A teenager who killed an old woman by stabbing her 40 times with a knife was wearing a terrifying horror-film style rubber mask during the attack – and then hid it before calling the emergency services, German police say.

Forex trading – how to make sure your money is secure
Norway

Forex trading – how to make sure your money is secure

When choosing a forex broker it is important to ensure your broker is secure and transparent and that you understand the cost of trading with them.

Forex trading – how to make sure your money is secure
France

Forex trading – how to make sure your money is secure

When choosing a forex broker it is important to ensure your broker is secure and transparent and that you understand the cost of trading with them. 

Kiwi-Bob hits Norway sell-by date jackpot
Norway

Kiwi-Bob hits Norway sell-by date jackpot

A crafty Norwegian who has become famous for demanding cash for goods that have passed their expiration date has managed to rack up a 40,000-kroner ($6,700) profit in the last three weeks alone.

Freelancers fight forced pension plan
Germany

Freelancers fight forced pension plan

Self-employed workers in Germany are mounting an offensive against a proposed law that would force them to pay at least €350 per month into the public pension system.

Forex trading – how to make sure your money is secure
Germany

Forex trading – how to make sure your money is secure

When choosing a forex broker it is important to ensure your broker is secure and transparent and that you understand the cost of trading with them. Below are a few suggestions as to what to look for in a broker in order to be confident that your broker is safe and secure.

Forex trading – how to make sure your money is secure
Sweden

Forex trading – how to make sure your money is secure

When choosing a forex broker it is important to ensure your broker is secure and transparent and that you understand the cost of trading with them. Below are a few suggestions as to what to look for in a broker in order to be confident that your broker is safe and secure.

Mosques’ advice: ‘don’t report abusive husbands’
Sweden

Mosques’ advice: ‘don’t report abusive husbands’

Six out of ten mosques in Sweden gave women advice about how to deal with spousal abuse and polygamy that contradicted Swedish law, a media investigation has revealed.

Suck-outs and failed bluffs
Germany

Suck-outs and failed bluffs

Two German poker players had a really bad week in online poker and lost more than $500,000.

Bikini booster blamed for Swede’s burned boobs
Sweden

Bikini booster blamed for Swede’s burned boobs

A Swedish woman who went on a sun-soaked retreat sporting a newly acquired bikini and came back with serious burns under her breasts is suspecting that the underwiring in her bra caused her bust injury.

All World Series of Poker Final Tables to be Streamed
Sweden

All World Series of Poker Final Tables to be Streamed

Swedish poker fans will be able to follow Viktor Blom’s and other players’ hunt for gold bracelets almost live, as all the final table action from the 2012 WSOP will be streamed online with a five-minute delay.

Historic diamond sells for $9.7 million in Geneva
Switzerland

Historic diamond sells for $9.7 million in Geneva

A centuries-old diamond passed down through generations of European royalty fetched nine million francs ($9.7 million) at auction in Geneva on Tuesday.

Hope for family who want to keep fox as pet
France

Hope for family who want to keep fox as pet

A decision to let an 83-year-old man keep his wild boar at home has given hope to another French family who have been separated from the wild fox they adopted two years ago.

Football hooligans ruin Düsseldorf’s victory
Germany

Football hooligans ruin Düsseldorf’s victory

Düsseldorf football fans invaded their own team’s field on Tuesday evening, disrupting the match which their team was about to win. Their opponents only played to the end on police advice to prevent a blood bath, it emerged later.

Wrong woman cremated in mortuary mix-up
France

Wrong woman cremated in mortuary mix-up

An inquiry has been opened after confusion in a hospital mortuary led to the wrong woman being cremated.

Left-wingers: we torched EU taskmaster’s car
Germany

Left-wingers: we torched EU taskmaster’s car

German left-wing extremists have claimed responsibility for an arson attack against the man they hold responsible for impovershing the Greek people. The attackers burned his wife’s car and threw paint and stones at his house.

Merkel, Hollande: let’s keep eurozone together
Germany

Merkel, Hollande: let’s keep eurozone together

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed their desire to keep the eurozone together on Tuesday evening in key talks just hours after France's new leader was inaugurated.

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Sweden

Lawyer blames Ugandan rebels for slaughter

The lawyer of a Swedish company boss jailed in Central African Republic with 10 others on suspicion of murder on Tuesday said the real killers were rebels of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army.

Strauss-Kahn seeks at least $1 million from maid
France

Strauss-Kahn seeks at least $1 million from maid

Disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is seeking more than $1 million in a countersuit against the New York hotel maid whose accusation of sexual assault last year brought down his glittering political career.

Fake cop arrested after failed pick-up attempt
Sweden

Fake cop arrested after failed pick-up attempt

A man who in April pretended to be a policeman and asked a “cute” Swedish woman for her phone number was arrested by police on Tuesday for impersonating a police officer.

Hollande has turbulent first day
France

Hollande has turbulent first day

Francois Hollande had quite a first day as French president: swearing in, Champs Elysees parade in torrential rain, then a lightning strike to his plane en route to meet the world's most powerful woman.

IMF warns Swedish economy ‘vulnerable’
Sweden

IMF warns Swedish economy ‘vulnerable’

Sweden's economy is structurally sound but vulnerable because of its exposure to strained European economies which could impact its growth, the International Monetary Fund warned on Tuesday.