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Germany

German beach bums: naked, wet and friendly

It’s enough to make some choke on their choc ice – a new survey shows that not only are plenty of Germans happy to go naked on the beach, a worryingly high proportion may even try to strike up conversation with other holidaymakers.

First singer of Britten’s ‘War Requiem’ dies
Germany

First singer of Britten’s ‘War Requiem’ dies

German baritone singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, hailed as one of the greatest lyrical vocalists of the last century, has died at the age of 86, a close associate said on Friday.

Sweden readies for Princess Estelle baptism
Sweden

Sweden readies for Princess Estelle baptism

With Sweden's Princess Estelle's christening just days away, the Royal Court on Friday released new images of the infant princess and her proud parents, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel.

Women’s football misses major viewing goals
Germany

Women’s football misses major viewing goals

The European Champions League final was decided in Munich on Thursday, with a German team losing 2-0 to a French team. But even though it was broadcast live on television most people missed it – because it was women’s football.

‘Wanted: easily trained Swedish woman’
Sweden

‘Wanted: easily trained Swedish woman’

A job ad for a personal assistant for a 35-year-old disabled man in western Sweden who specified he wanted a "disciplined" and "easily trained" woman has been pulled due to a flood of applications from women eager to fill the position, according to the recruitment agency which posted the ad.

Ikea bosses sacked over France spying scandal
Sweden

Ikea bosses sacked over France spying scandal

Swedish furniture giant Ikea said Friday it was sacking four current and former managers at its French subsidiary over allegations that they used illegal police files to spy on staff and customers.

Merkel’s flash of steel excites and dismays
Germany

Merkel’s flash of steel excites and dismays

German Chancellor Angela Merkel left her conservative party somewhat shell-shocked with her merciless sacking of a minister for a terrible regional election result that weakened her domestically as she fights the euro crisis.

Swedish bride slaying trial to start in July
Sweden

Swedish bride slaying trial to start in July

Two alleged South African hitmen will go on trial on July 30th in the killing of honeymooner Anni Dewani, even if her British husband has not yet been extradited to stand trial with them, a judge said Friday.

Ferry evacuated in Stockholm harbour
Sweden

Ferry evacuated in Stockholm harbour

A ferry moored at Stockholm's Frihamnen harbour received a bomb threat around midday on Friday, prompting a swift evacuation of the vessel.

Three die in fireball car crash
Germany

Three die in fireball car crash

Three people were burned to death in central Germany when their car hit a bridge, flipped over and caught fire on Thursday evening.

Problem of profiting ex-politicos not simply money, money, money
Sweden

Problem of profiting ex-politicos not simply money, money, money

Abba's famous refrain fails to capture the true cause for concern when Swedish politicians leave government to fatten their wallets in the private sector, argues commentator and historian David Linden.

4-year-old racks up €23,000 motoring fines
France

4-year-old racks up €23,000 motoring fines

A couple in the southern town of Cannes have been able to escape a string of parking fines by registering a car in the name of their four-year-old son.

Boob burns not bikini-related: Swedish retailer
Sweden

Boob burns not bikini-related: Swedish retailer

The manufacturer of the bikini suspected of having caused severe bust-line burns on a Swedish woman claims that test results reveal the beach garment is not responsible for the woman's scorched skin.

Swedish tabloid editor guilty of weapons crimes
Sweden

Swedish tabloid editor guilty of weapons crimes

The editor-in-chief of Swedish tabloid Expressen and two other journalists with the paper have been convicted of weapons crimes related to a report about how easy it is to buy guns in Malmö in southern Sweden.

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Norway

Man shot in Oslo

A man was rushed to hospital in the early hours of Friday morning after being shot by "one or more assailants" in Oslo.

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Switzerland

Swiss study tips ‘autism gene’

Researchers in Lausanne have identified a gene thought to be involved in autism and schizophrenia.

 

Ten greatest German Hollywood villains
Germany

Ten greatest German Hollywood villains

Ah, there you are Mr Local Reader, how nice of you to... drop in. This week’s Local List turns the spotlight – sorry, the megawatt interrogation lamp – on Germany’s cold-blooded coterie of Hollywood film villains.

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Switzerland

Grounds for asylum under attack

The Council of States wants to change the law so that people cannot claim political asylum because they have deserted their country’s army. The aim is to make it harder for Eritreans to seek asylum in Switzerland.

Some sex abusers ‘should work in church’
Germany

Some sex abusers ‘should work in church’

Some sex abusers should continue to work for the Catholic church, a bishop said on Thursday, while a cardinal argued for some homosexual relationships to be treated like heterosexual ones.

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Switzerland

Italy expo presence to polish Swiss image

Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter wants to have a presence at the 2015 World Expo in order to improve Switzerland’s image in Italy.

 

 

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Norway

Man Utd icon Solskjær linked to Aston Villa post

Former Manchester United striker Ole-Gunnar Solskjær is the subject of interest from Aston Villa regarding the vacant manager's job, his Norwegian club Molde have confirmed.

What’s on in Germany:  May 17 – 23
Germany

What’s on in Germany: May 17 – 23

This Week's Highlights: Open-air cinema in Berlin, a museum festival in Cologne, and a festival of Irish culture in Hallbergmoos.

Police bashed for ‘racist’ Facebook comments
Sweden

Police bashed for ‘racist’ Facebook comments

Racist comments on the Stockholm police's Facebook page beneath a plea for tips which also featured links to surveillance camera footage have prompted a backlash from the Swedish Bar Association (Advokatsamfundet) over how police use social media.

Merkel ally: ‘Eurozone could handle Greek exit’
Germany

Merkel ally: ‘Eurozone could handle Greek exit’

The eurozone could absorb a Greek exit from the bloc, although it would prove extremely costly, a top member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's junior coalition partners said on Friday.

Russia dumps Norway out of hockey worlds
Norway

Russia dumps Norway out of hockey worlds

Norway's ice hockey world championship dreams came to an end on the country's national day on Thursday, falling victim to an ultimately commanding display by Russia who ran out 5-2 winners.

Woman drugged neighbours’ coffee
France

Woman drugged neighbours’ coffee

A woman in her fifties is being questioned by police after admitting she put sleeping tablets and tranquillisers in drinks she made for her neighbours.

‘You can’t bring that axe on a plane’ politician told
Germany

‘You can’t bring that axe on a plane’ politician told

A German politician not only had the embarrassment of being stopped trying to board a plane carrying an axe – he then had to admit it was for a live role-playing game, but insisted it was for a friend.

Flying bag thief preyed on fellow passengers
France

Flying bag thief preyed on fellow passengers

A man who took two flights a month to Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport just to steal the bags of other passengers has been caught by police.

‘Crazy Horse’ dancers back in saddle after strike
France

‘Crazy Horse’ dancers back in saddle after strike

Patrons at Paris's "Crazy Horse" breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday as topless dancers got back on stage following the first-ever strike over pay at the famed cabaret.

New government hands itself 30% pay cut
France

New government hands itself 30% pay cut

French leader Francois Hollande's new Socialist government got down to work on Thursday with the first order of business a symbolic 30 percent pay cut for the president and ministers.

Gold treasure behind Wallenberg arrest: report
Sweden

Gold treasure behind Wallenberg arrest: report

Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg had at least 15 kilogrammes of gold and jewellery in his car when the Red Army arrested him in 1945, according to a new book by Swedish author Bengt Jangfeldt.

EU agrees on growth and austerity mix ahead of G8
Germany

EU agrees on growth and austerity mix ahead of G8

The leaders of Germany, France, Britain, Italy and senior EU officials agreed Thursday that both budget consolidation and growth are necessary to tackle the eurozone crisis, Berlin said.

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Sweden

Prison for Swede who ‘kidnapped himself’

A 29-year-old man from northern Sweden, who staged his own kidnapping to blackmail his parents into giving him money, has been convicted and sentenced to ten months in prison.

Czechs down Swedes in world hockey quarters
Sweden

Czechs down Swedes in world hockey quarters

Sweden's hopes of returning to the finals of the ice hockey world championships were dashed in bitter fashion on Thursday by a late goal which gave the Czech Republic a dramatic 4-3 victory.