Estelle baptized in ‘historic’ ceremony
Sweden

Estelle baptized in ‘historic’ ceremony

Princess Estelle, the daughter of Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel and second in line to the throne, was baptized Tuesday in Stockholm as royals from across Europe looked on.

Saxony with InterRail: a gateway to central Europe
Norway

Saxony with InterRail: a gateway to central Europe

With a history spanning over 1,000 years, the German state of Saxony has transformed over time from medieval duchy, a state of the Holy Roman Empire, kingdom and republic.

Saxony with InterRail: a gateway to central Europe
France

Saxony with InterRail: a gateway to central Europe

With a history spanning over 1,000 years, the German state of Saxony has transformed over time from medieval duchy, a state of the Holy Roman Empire, kingdom and republic.

Saunter through Saxony with InterRail: a gateway to central Europe
Sweden

Saunter through Saxony with InterRail: a gateway to central Europe

With a history spanning over 1,000 years, the German state of Saxony has transformed over time from medieval duchy, a state of the Holy Roman Empire, kingdom and republic.

Cops chase thief onto Cologne Cathedral
Germany

Cops chase thief onto Cologne Cathedral

A man caught stealing cameras from a shop in the early hours of Tuesday morning tried to escape by climbing scaffolding on Cologne Cathedral with the police hot on his heels. The fire brigade returned the man to earth in handcuffs.

Police hunt armed pupil, school evacuated
Germany

Police hunt armed pupil, school evacuated

A high school in southern Germany has been evacuated after pupils and teachers heard a gun shot on Tuesday. The pupil, who is thought to have two guns, is missing. No-one has been injured.

CIA made Sweden act for Wallenberg: report
Sweden

CIA made Sweden act for Wallenberg: report

The American intelligence service CIA prompted an investigation by Sweden into the Wallenberg case in the 1970s, using false witness statements from a Hungarian couple resident in the US, according to a new book by Swedish author Ingrid Carlberg.

Woman fined for blowing whistle into phone
Germany

Woman fined for blowing whistle into phone

A 61-year-old German woman has been fined €800 for blowing a whistle down the telephone at a call-centre worker and damaging her hearing - after she got fed up with constant cold-calls to her house.

Berlin put on ‘cranky crow alert’
Germany

Berlin put on ‘cranky crow alert’

Aggressive crow attacks are on the rise in the German capital, prompting local authorities to put up warning signs. But Berliners are still being pecked on the head with alarming regularity.

‘Wedded’ couples not married after mayor error
Sweden

‘Wedded’ couples not married after mayor error

Thirty couples who took part in civil marriages in Uppsala are still officially unmarried, as the former mayor who married them turned out to be no longer qualified as a marriage registrar.

Man convicted after stabbing girl in neck
Sweden

Man convicted after stabbing girl in neck

The 28-year-old man charged with the stabbing attack against a young girl at a Gothenburg school ground in February was convicted on Tuesday by the district court to psychiatric care.

Arla looks to milk UK, German dairy mergers
Sweden

Arla looks to milk UK, German dairy mergers

Swedish-Danish dairy cooperative Arla announced Tuesday it was planning two large European mergers, with Germany's Milch-Union Hocheifel (MUH) and Britain's Milk Link, both cooperatives.

Consumers to vote for biggest food ad fib
Germany

Consumers to vote for biggest food ad fib

"Non-alcoholic" beer with a punch, cheap tea repackaged and sold for a fortune, or "low-fat" mince meat fleshed out with wheat and water. A consumer watchdog is sniffing out the cheekiest lies in food advertising.

One in four low-earners works 50-hour week
Germany

One in four low-earners works 50-hour week

Almost a million Germans are working 50 hours a week or more on low wages, a recent study carried out by a major research institute has revealed.

Prince Haakon in Sweden for royal baptism
Norway

Prince Haakon in Sweden for royal baptism

Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon has been named among the godparents of Sweden's Princess Estelle and was in Stockholm on Tuesday to attend the young royal's baptism.

Spotify launches its services Down Under
Sweden

Spotify launches its services Down Under

Swedish music streaming service Spotify launched its popular service in Australia and New Zealand on Monday, offering the same services as in Europe and the US.

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France

Greek exit must be averted ‘at all cost’

Greece's exit from the eurozone risks causing an "unpredictable" spread of the debt crisis, a scenario which France will work to avoid at all cost, French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said Tuesday.

Live Blog: the baptism of Princess Estelle
Sweden

Live Blog: the baptism of Princess Estelle

Sweden's newest princess, Princess Estelle, is to be baptized in the Royal Chapel on Tuesday. The Local brings you all the latest news, reactions, and details surrounding the baptism of Sweden's future head of state.

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France

Inmate escapes jail while justice minister watches

An inmate used at a Paris jail escaped during a basketball game organized by prison authorities - while new Justice Minister Christiane Taubira looked on.

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Switzerland

Expat women ‘often depressed’

Depression among expat women in Switzerland is a growing problem, psychologists say, with women accompanying working husbans particularly vulnerable.

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Switzerland

Swiss row over ‘paintballing with real guns’

Security concerns are growing for a company offering SWAT training to civilians as a twist on the successful practice of paintballing.

 

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France

Police attacked for stopping teen Facebook party

Police were met with insults and stone-throwing after being called to a teenager's birthday party in Paris that had spiralled out of control. The youngster had issued invitations to the party on Facebook.

Doctors cash-in on patient referrals
Germany

Doctors cash-in on patient referrals

Doctors are increasingly corrupt, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. A new study shows 1 in 4 German doctors receive cash or other incentives for referring their patients to certain clinics.

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France

Korean snapper buys entire village for €520,000

A Korean photographer has bought a deserted village in south-western France for just €520,000. The artist says he wants to set up an artistic and environmental project in the village. 

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Sweden

Swedish man apologized for rape on Facebook

A 20-year-old man allegedly forced a woman to sex at a party in the Stockholm archipelago last summer only to apologize to her via Facebook the day after.

Experts approve report declaring Breivik sane
Norway

Experts approve report declaring Breivik sane

A second psychiatric evaluation which found that Anders Behring Breivik is sane and accountable for killing 77 people in Norway's twin attacks last year, was approved by a panel of experts on Monday.

Aung San Suu Kyi to hold Oslo Nobel speech
Norway

Aung San Suu Kyi to hold Oslo Nobel speech

The Nobel Committee has announced that Aung San Suu Kyi will deliver a speech when she visits Oslo in June to accept the Nobel Peace Prize she was awarded in 1991.

Schweini apologises to president for snub
Germany

Schweini apologises to president for snub

Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has apologised to German President Joachim Gauck for failing to shake his hand after his penalty miss meant that Bayern lost Saturday's Champions League final to Chelsea.

Hertha appeal against relegation ruling
Germany

Hertha appeal against relegation ruling

Hertha Berlin are to appeal the German Football Association's (DFB) decision to uphold the result of the controversial match that left them relegated to the second division.

Probation officer caught in gangster love affair
Sweden

Probation officer caught in gangster love affair

A female probation officer from central Sweden is in danger of losing her job after it was revealed her live-in boyfriend was a one of the area's most feared criminals.

Germans open monster telescope on Tenerife
Germany

Germans open monster telescope on Tenerife

A powerful solar telescope billed as the largest in Europe opened Monday on Spain's Canary Islands which scientists say will allow them to study the sun in unprecedented detail. Its main backer was a German institute.

Söderling says no to London Olympics
Sweden

Söderling says no to London Olympics

Sweden's Robin Söderling, who has not played since last July with mononucleosis, on Monday ruled out competing at the 2012 Olympics.

Swedish airline Skyways files for bankruptcy
Sweden

Swedish airline Skyways files for bankruptcy

Swedish budget airline Skyways Express has cancelled all flights after it and its City Airline subsidiary filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday morning.