Breivik demands last word at trial
Norway

Breivik demands last word at trial

Confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has requested a full hour in which to present his closing remarks at his trial this Friday.

Court: Catholic church can fire lesbian
Germany

Court: Catholic church can fire lesbian

The German Catholic Church can fire the head of a kindergarten for being a lesbian – but not until she has finished her maternity leave, a court ruled on Tuesday.

Activists offer cash for info on tank makers
Germany

Activists offer cash for info on tank makers

A group of activists has offered a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the German arms manufacturers reportedly planning to deliver up to 800 tanks to Saudi Arabia - and sent one of the company's owners a bullet by post.

Mangs said he ‘shot the monkey’: witness
Sweden

Mangs said he ‘shot the monkey’: witness

Peter Mangs, on trial suspected of killing three people and attempting to kill another 12, on Tuesday explained his personality to the court and the details of his shootings.

‘Swedish men just don’t want to use condoms’
Sweden

‘Swedish men just don’t want to use condoms’

"No glove, no love" may ring true in most cosmopolitan cities, but when it comes to Stockholm, contributor Elisabeth Carlsson reflects on how hard it is to find a Swedish man willing to wear one.

Swedish employer gives millions to staff
Sweden

Swedish employer gives millions to staff

Family-run firm Nominit in Värnamo, southern Sweden, will be paying out 114 million kronor ($16.3 million) to their current and former employees in a gesture of goodwill.

White House parking mix up leaves Rösler on foot
Germany

White House parking mix up leaves Rösler on foot

German Vice Chancellor Philipp Rösler was forced to walk through Washington D.C. on Tuesday after his driver had his license confiscated by traffic police – for parking in front of the White House.

Harsher sentences for three Viking looters
Sweden

Harsher sentences for three Viking looters

Tuesday saw the conclusion in the appeals court of the trial against three men charged with aggravated crime against relics following the looting of Viking age coins and artefacts on the Baltic island of Gotland.

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Switzerland

Julius Bär in talks on Merrill Lynch assets

Swiss bank Julius Bär said on Tuesday that it is in negotiations with Bank of America (BofA) to take on Merrill Lynch's global private banking arm with assets of $90 billion.

Sex app launched for ‘unsafe’ Swedish youth
Sweden

Sex app launched for ‘unsafe’ Swedish youth

A new safe-sex initiative has seen the launch of Provligget (‘The Test Bonk’), a Facebook application which allows young Swedes the chance to virtually trial sex with their friends and aims to raise condom awareness.

Lucerne approves Hindu death rites in river
Switzerland

Lucerne approves Hindu death rites in river

Hindus have welcomed a decision by the city of Lucerne that officially allows them to perform death rites in the Reuss River.

German authorities to sue ‘lying Dutchman’
Germany

German authorities to sue ‘lying Dutchman’

Berlin's youth welfare office is planning to sue Robin van Helsum, the Dutch 20-year-old who threw himself at their mercy ten months ago, spinning a tale of living rough in the forest with his father.

Investor confidence hit by Spain’s struggles
Germany

Investor confidence hit by Spain’s struggles

Funds which invest in Germany are taking fright that the eurozone crisis is hitting the economy, the powerhouse on which eurozone debt rescues largely depend, a survey showed on Tuesday.

Sugary kids’ drink gets misleading ad award
Germany

Sugary kids’ drink gets misleading ad award

German food campaigners handed out this year's "Golden Windbag" award for misleading advertising on Tuesday - a "healthy" fruit tea aimed at infants and packed with sugar.

Suspected grenade found in Stockholm office
Sweden

Suspected grenade found in Stockholm office

Stockholm police cordoned off an area of the central city after what was believed to be a hand grenade was discovered just inside the door of a city office.

Swiss army ‘loses track’ of 10,000 firearms
Switzerland

Swiss army ‘loses track’ of 10,000 firearms

The Swiss department of defence says it no longer knows the whereabouts of up to 10,000 military firearms issued to Swiss soldiers who have completed their service.

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France

Parisian metro users to get free wifi

Free wifi is to be made available to all passengers on the Parisian metro from next week, thanks to a Spanish communications company.

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Switzerland

Dynamite blast clears way for Gotthard line

The Gotthard rail line is expected to reopen on July 2nd after a crew on Monday dynamited rock from a cliff where a lethal landslide covered the tracks earlier this month.

Man with fire extinguisher attacks Hollande HQ
France

Man with fire extinguisher attacks Hollande HQ

A man has been arrested after throwing a fire extinguisher at new president Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party headquarters in Paris, after a dispute with his local council.

Expert slams zoo after new wolf attack details
Sweden

Expert slams zoo after new wolf attack details

A wolf expert has lashed out against the Kolmården zoo after new revelations about the death of the woman who was attacked by a pack of wolves on Sunday.

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France

Euro crisis sours Danone outlook

French food industry group Danone said Tuesday that the eurozone crisis had led to a drop in consumption in southern European countries and warned its operating margin would be squeezed.

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France

Minister: ‘patriotic’ French bosses will stay

France's Socialist government said Tuesday it was confident that patriotic business leaders would not flee the country over tax hikes, after Britain's prime minister offered to "roll out the red carpet".

German MPs get more say in EU decisions
Germany

German MPs get more say in EU decisions

Germany's top court on Tuesday boosted the parliament's role in future talks on European treaties but analysts said it would not affect Chancellor Angela Merkel's chances of ratifying an EU bailout fund.

Six reasons to hate Midsummer in Sweden
Sweden

Six reasons to hate Midsummer in Sweden

While most Swedes are bursting with excitement ahead of their traditional Midsummer celebrations, contributor Anderson Harris explains why he thinks this über-Swedish tradition leaves something to be desired.

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Norway

Hospital will let woman starve to death

Doctors at a Norwegian hospital have decided not to intervene to prevent a hunger-striking 31-year-old Palestinian woman from starving herself to death.

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Norway

Breivik ‘not psychotic’: experts

Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway last July, should be considered legally responsible for his crimes, psychiatric experts said on Monday, contradicting findings by two colleagues.

Cameron: UK will roll out red carpet for French rich
France

Cameron: UK will roll out red carpet for French rich

British Prime Minister David Cameron cheekily declared on Monday that Britain would open its door wide to France's rich if they flee abroad from steep tax hikes proposed by the new French government.

Swedish shops ‘re-label and sell’ old food: report
Sweden

Swedish shops ‘re-label and sell’ old food: report

Swedish supermarkets regularly re-label old food and put it back on store shelves, fooling their unsuspecting customers, with sometimes serious consequences, according to a report by newspaper Aftonbladet.

‘Panicked callers’ get better emergency help: Swedish study
Sweden

‘Panicked callers’ get better emergency help: Swedish study

The degree of panic in the voices of those who call Swedish emergency service operator SOS Alarm plays an important role in how operators assess callers' need for help, a new study has found.

Merkel’s plan for euro ‘encourages’ Obama
Germany

Merkel’s plan for euro ‘encourages’ Obama

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has left US President Barack Obama feeling "encouraged" by Europe's plans to move out of its economic crisis after talks on Monday, the White House said.

Match preview: Sweden to give France a fight
Sweden

Match preview: Sweden to give France a fight

Sweden may have no chance of qualifying for the Euro 2012 quarter-finals having lost both their games thus far but if France are expecting an easy ride into the last eight they are in for a shock on Tuesday.

‘Canadian Psycho’ extradited from Germany
Germany

‘Canadian Psycho’ extradited from Germany

Porn actor Luka Rocco Magnotta, accused of killing a student, dismembering his body and posting parts of it to politicians, was extradited from Germany to Canada on Monday in a case that sent shock waves across the globe.

Airport wasted millions on soundproofing
Germany

Airport wasted millions on soundproofing

The German capital's farcical attempts to build a new airport took another disastrous turn on Monday when it emerged that 2,000 flats had been poorly soundproofed and would have to be re-done - at three times the price.