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Switzerland

Swiss return Nazi-looted goblet

Switzerland announced on Thursday the return of a 17th century silver goblet to the estate of its Jewish owner, 75 years after its purchase at auction in Nazi-era Berlin.

Thirst for coffee kills animals worldwide
Germany

Thirst for coffee kills animals worldwide

Germany's appetite for coffee, cocoa and other consumer goods is responsible for the threat to 395 species of animals and plants around the world, according to a new survey that connects international trade to biodiversity.

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Sweden

Teen girl ‘pushed’ from balcony – dies

Police are suspecting foul play in an investigation into an accident where a young woman was found lifeless below a balcony in the Stockholm suburb of Hässelby in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Man’s ‘devil’ number plate banned in Sweden
Sweden

Man’s ‘devil’ number plate banned in Sweden

Authorities have told a motorcyclist in southern Sweden to change his number plate after the current “666” registration was deemed to be too offensive.

Merkel and Cameron – fiscal pact not enough
Germany

Merkel and Cameron – fiscal pact not enough

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron agreed on Thursday that the EU's fiscal pact was not enough in itself to resolve the crippling eurozone debt crisis.

Prison builds one-man hospital for Breivik
Norway

Prison builds one-man hospital for Breivik

Norwegian authorities are converting a high-security prison wing into a psychiatric unit to house Norwegian gunman Anders Behring Breivik in case he is found insane, a report said on Thursday.

Iranian refugees sew up mouths in protest
Germany

Iranian refugees sew up mouths in protest

Four Iranian men seeking asylum in Germany have sewn up their mouths and gone on hunger strike in Bavaria in protest at their treatment by the state. The move has sparked criticism from the federal refugee office.

Lusty Norwegian teens too much for US pastor
Norway

Lusty Norwegian teens too much for US pastor

An Alabama pastor has succeeded in his attempts to block the planned screening of a coming-of-age Norwegian drama film due to what he perceived as its inappropriate content.

North Sea island is jewel in German house market
Germany

North Sea island is jewel in German house market

The most expensive property in Germany is not in one of the bustling big cities, but on the windy North Sea island of Sylt, where houses can cost up to €35,000 per square metre, a high-end estate agent revealed on Wednesday.

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France

Energy drinks blamed for heart deaths

Two recent deaths in France have been linked to the consumption of energy drinks in France, causing health authorities to launch an investigation.

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France

French morgue ‘left corpses mutilated’

Two medical examiners went on trial on Thursday in the town of Lens in the north of France. Several families accuse the officials of mutulating and not sewing up the corpses of their loved ones. 

Eight iconic German Euro moments
Germany

Eight iconic German Euro moments

The 14th European Football Championship kicks off on Friday, and to get you in the mood, this week’s Local List takes a look back at Germany’s fortunes at the tournament over the years.

‘Every global citizen should work in Sweden’
Sweden

‘Every global citizen should work in Sweden’

Sweden's efforts to liberalize rules governing labour migration are meant to ensure that working in Sweden becomes an obvious choice for every global citizen, argues migration minister Tobias Billström.

Half of Norwegians don’t want more immigrants
Norway

Half of Norwegians don’t want more immigrants

Attitudes towards immigrants have softened slightly in the last two years, a new study shows, but almost half of Norwegians still see major room for improvement in the integration process.

Sweden’s Euro 2012 chances: the lowdown
Sweden

Sweden’s Euro 2012 chances: the lowdown

As Sweden prepares to go into battle at the European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine, The Local's Joe Lynskey asks some of the country's top football writers what fans can expect from its national side.

Swedish yes to ‘flexible’ mechanism for banks
Sweden

Swedish yes to ‘flexible’ mechanism for banks

Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg said Thursday he was in favour of using more flexible EU mechanisms to help Spanish banks recapitalise, a day after Germany said it opposed such an idea.

Stockholm hotel lets guests ‘pay’ with art
Sweden

Stockholm hotel lets guests ‘pay’ with art

The Clarion Hotel in southern Stockholm is offering guests the chance to stay a night for free - provided they donate a piece of self-made art.

German centre-left joins forces with French
Germany

German centre-left joins forces with French

Germany's centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) is hoping to capitalize on Europe's recent leftward swing by strengthening its entente cordiale with the triumphant French Socialists, a prominent SPD politician said.

Most Germans expect euro crisis to get worse
Germany

Most Germans expect euro crisis to get worse

Nearly four out of five Germans expect the eurozone debt crisis to get much worse before it gets better but a majority still believes the single currency will survive, a poll indicated on Thursday.

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Switzerland

Swiss unemployment fell to 3 percent in May

Swiss unemployment fell by a monthly 0.1 percent in May to 3.0 percent of the workforce, official data released on Thursday showed.

Ukraine ‘favourites’ for opening win: Hamrén
Sweden

Ukraine ‘favourites’ for opening win: Hamrén

Sweden coach Erik Hamrén on Thursday said that their first Euro 2012 opponents Ukraine are favourites to win, given their home advantage.

New citizens offered lessons in being Swiss
Switzerland

New citizens offered lessons in being Swiss

A local councillor in Geneva has decided to offer courses to newly naturalized citizens to teach them what it means to be a good Swiss.

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Switzerland

Canadian ice hockey star electrocuted

A rising ice hockey star from Canada has died in the Bernese Oberland after touching an electric cable.

 

What’s on in Germany:  June 7 – 13
Germany

What’s on in Germany: June 7 – 13

This Week's Highlights: Wittenberg celebrates Martin Luther's wedding, Frankfurt fetes the rose, and Berlin designers open their studios to the public.

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Switzerland

Landslide risk delays Gotthard rescue

Continuing danger of rock fall at Gotthard may mean the body of a man buried under the debris will have to be dug out by a robot.

Police raid more than 70 biker gang addresses
Germany

Police raid more than 70 biker gang addresses

German police carried out another massive raid against biker gangs on Thursday morning, sending around 1,000 police officers to more than 70 addresses in and around Berlin – and special forces to one clubhouse.

Federer ready for fresh joust with Djokovic
Switzerland

Federer ready for fresh joust with Djokovic

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will go head to head for the 26th time in the French Open semi-finals on Friday and both agreed the outcome lay in the lap of the gods.

‘Lookalike’ killed Olof Palme: historian
Sweden

‘Lookalike’ killed Olof Palme: historian

Former Prime Minister Olof Palme was shot by a "lookalike" of Christer Petterson, for years the prime suspect in the investigation, according to a new book by Danish historian, Paul Smith.

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France

Hollande caught speeding on motorway

A car carrying President François Hollande was caught travelling at 160 km/h on the motorway from Paris to the northern town of Caen.

Saab Automobile deal ‘complete’: report
Sweden

Saab Automobile deal ‘complete’: report

The sale of assets of bankrupt Swedish automaker Saab is complete, according to Swedish media reports, with a Swedish electric car consortium rumoured to be the main buyer.

Javelin star Thorkildsen aims to wow home crowd
Norway

Javelin star Thorkildsen aims to wow home crowd

Norway's Andreas Thorkildsen has already entered into track and field folklore for his exploits in the men's javelin.

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Norway

‘World of Warcraft’ scrutinized at Breivik trial

The trial of Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway last year, dealt Wednesday with role-playing game "World of Warcraft", which he played intensively before the massacre but refused to discuss at length in court.

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France

Bahrain envoy hits back over maid sex claims

Bahrain's ambassador to France on Wednesday denied "unfounded allegations" he had groped a former domestic worker in his exclusive Paris residence.

Pot farming ‘booming’ as moonshining declines
Sweden

Pot farming ‘booming’ as moonshining declines

A continuing boom in home-grown marijuana has made Sweden nearly "self-sufficient" in terms of the country's cannabis supply, while the popularity of home-brewed booze has declined sharply.

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France

Woman arrested over Axl Rose jewel theft

French police on Wednesday arrested a woman in connection with the theft of gold necklaces and diamonds worth around $200,000 (€160,000) from Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose at a concert in Paris.

Merkel: EU political union first and foremost
Germany

Merkel: EU political union first and foremost

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that she would work towards a European political union even if that meant a two-speed approach. She spoke just hours before British Prime Minister David Cameron was due in Berlin.

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Switzerland

Europe’s billionaires ‘at home in Switzerland’

Switzerland is the destination of choice for Europe's wealthiest industrialists, the country's Bilan magazine reported on Wednesday.

Credit bureau to trawl Facebook for information
Germany

Credit bureau to trawl Facebook for information

Germany’s biggest credit bureau Schufa plans to tap social networks such as Facebook and Google Street View in a huge data trawl for personal information to use in deciding whether a person is credit-worthy.

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Sweden

Doc refused to aid dying man: ‘I don’t know why’

A doctor who told the wife of an 87-year-old man who had no pulse to "go home and call emergency services" has no explanation for why he refused to help, despite his clinic being a mere 50 metres from the home of the man, who subsequently died.

Sweden facing need to import garbage
Sweden

Sweden facing need to import garbage

Sweden may be forced to start importing garbage from other countries in order to keep the country's ever-expanding supply of waste-to-energy incinerators in operation.

Court: winning Big Brother is taxable work
Germany

Court: winning Big Brother is taxable work

Watching the Big Brother television “reality” series may feel like a chore – now a German court has ruled that being in it is work not play, and that the winner must pay tax on his prize money.