Five German climbers die in Alpine accident
Switzerland

Five German climbers die in Alpine accident

Five German climbers plunged to their deaths on Tuesday while hiking in the Swiss Alps, police said.

Sarkozy flat raided over campaign money claims
France

Sarkozy flat raided over campaign money claims

French police searched Nicolas Sarkozy's offices and home on Tuesday as part of their probe into claims the former president was involved in illegal political campaign financing, his lawyer said.

‘No fair trial for Assange in Sweden’: lawyer
Sweden

‘No fair trial for Assange in Sweden’: lawyer

Julian Assange's Swedish lawyer on Monday reiterated fears that the WikiLeaks founder would not receive a fair trial in Sweden, where he stands accused of sex crimes allegedly committed against two women.

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Switzerland

Glacier gives up bodies of lost 1920s climbers

Human remains found at the foot of a Swiss glacier could belong to three members of a climbing party who disappeared in 1926, a report said on Tuesday.

Merkel ally: I’ll destroy government over EU
Germany

Merkel ally: I’ll destroy government over EU

Angela Merkel’s coalition partner has threatened to bring down her government if she continues to make concessions to Europe and accept financial burdens for Germany.

Business degree prepares Chinese student for globalized job market
Sweden

Business degree prepares Chinese student for globalized job market

The globalization of the professional jobs market means that there is more pressure than ever on students to think strategically when choosing courses. For Wenwei Li from China, a Stockholm University MSc in banking and finance has helped secure a job as a financial analyst in Shanghai.

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France

Online card fraud mushrooms in France

Over 60 percent of all bank card fraud in France happens online, despite internet transactions making up just 8 percent of the national total.

Conman convicted for cunning cattle caper
Sweden

Conman convicted for cunning cattle caper

A 23-year-old man from southern Sweden has been convicted for defrauding two farmers after failing to deliver on a promise to deliver 90 head of cattle.

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Sweden

Sweden world’s second ‘most innovative’ country

Sweden has been ranked as the second most innovative country in the world, and the first in the European Union, according to the 2012 Global Innovation Index.

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Switzerland

Switzerland leads world in innovation: UN agency

Switzerland was on Tuesday named the world leader in innovation by a UN agency report that also warned of a two-speed Europe linked to the global economic crisis.

‘Sensational’ world map found after two centuries
Germany

‘Sensational’ world map found after two centuries

Munich university librarians have found a missing 500-year-old map by German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller. It is thought to be a smaller version of the 1507 Waldseemüller map that named the newly discovered continent "America."

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Sweden

Teen ‘partially confesses’ to raping five kids

A 19-year-old man has been detained for the suspected rape of at least five children between the ages of five and seven in central Sweden, crimes the man has partially confessed to, prosectors revealed on Tuesday.

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Norway

Oil workers’ strike costs ‘$33 million a day’

A 10-day strike by more than 700 North Sea oil workers in Norway over pensions has led to production losses worth tens of millions of dollars per day, the employers' organisation OLF said on Tuesday.

Bad bank lost €10 billion last year, more to come
Germany

Bad bank lost €10 billion last year, more to come

German tax payers will face a bill of nearly €10 billion for the state-owned HRE “bad bank” to cover last year’s losses alone, while further billion-euro losses are expected this year.

Scholarships help students realise Swedish university dreams
Sweden

Scholarships help students realise Swedish university dreams

If you want to study at a Swedish university as an international student, a scholarship could help you secure funding to cover the cost. Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg offers a range of scholarships sponsored by foundations, the Swedish state and business.

Health minister says no to circumcision ban
Norway

Health minister says no to circumcision ban

Despite calls for an end to the practice after the recent death in Oslo of a baby boy, Health Minister Anne Grete Strøm-Erichsen has said male circumcision will not be banned in Norway.

‘This is your lip, now I’m going to eat it’: husband
Sweden

‘This is your lip, now I’m going to eat it’: husband

The trial of a Stockholm-area professor who cut off his wife’s lip and ate it began on Tuesday, with prosecutors predicting a severe punishment for the gruesome attack.

The Sweden Democrats: a ‘normal’ political party?
Sweden

The Sweden Democrats: a ‘normal’ political party?

Jimmie Åkesson and the Sweden Democrats took centre stage on the opening day of Almedalen. Correspondent David Linden reflects at how, if at all, the party has changed.

Police search for missing boy on island
Germany

Police search for missing boy on island

Police have mobilized helicopters, boats and tracker dogs in their search for a young boy who has gone missing on a tiny island in the North Sea.

Zurich downpours cause transport chaos
Switzerland

Zurich downpours cause transport chaos

A record amount of rain fell on Zurich on Monday night, causing major disruption to the transport system.

Swiss and Germans seal Zurich airport noise deal
Switzerland

Swiss and Germans seal Zurich airport noise deal

Switzerland and Germany have finally reached an agreement aimed at restricting noise pollution from flights to Zurich airport.

Teens hit Frankfurt for language Olympics
Germany

Teens hit Frankfurt for language Olympics

More than 100 teenagers from across the globe gathered in Frankfurt this week to compete in the German Language Olympics, singling out their favourite words and aiming to learn new ones.

Minaret ban mastermind rejects Nazi comparison
Switzerland

Minaret ban mastermind rejects Nazi comparison

Swiss People’s Party politician Barbara Steinemann has shot back at critics of her plan to launch an initiative calling for social welfare statistics to reflect whether a Swiss is native or naturalized.

Spectacular Zlatan goal voted ‘best of Euro 2012’
Sweden

Spectacular Zlatan goal voted ‘best of Euro 2012’

A stunning goal scored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Sweden's Euro 2012 match against France has been voted the best goal of the football tournament.

Driver’s legs sawn off from under crashed car
Germany

Driver’s legs sawn off from under crashed car

Three people, including the vice-president of a local chapter of the Bandidos gang, were killed in a high-speed road accident in northern Germany last weekend. The driver only survived after his legs were amputated at the scene.

Swedish women more likely to bare all online
Sweden

Swedish women more likely to bare all online

The arrival of summer often means more cases of indecent exposure for Swedish police, yet researchers have found that in a field often thought to be male dominated, more Swedish women are also taking part – often online.

Fear of childbirth leads to longer labour: study
Norway

Fear of childbirth leads to longer labour: study

Pregnant women with a fear of childbirth need about an hour and a half more to bring their babies into the world than mums who take a more relaxed approach, a new Norwegian study has found.

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France

Frenchman: I’ve got 18 kids by 16 mums

A man was charged with fraud in Paris on Monday after telling the authorities he was the father of 18 children to 16 mothers, despite not being biologically related to any of them.

Vattenfall: households will pay for green power
Germany

Vattenfall: households will pay for green power

Private households in Germany will see their electricity prices soar to pay for the switch to renewable energy, while wholesale prices for big consumers would be unchanged, power group Vattenfall said on Tuesday.

University sues student who ‘studied too fast’
Germany

University sues student who ‘studied too fast’

A private German economics and business university is suing one of its students for lost income after he finished his Bachelors and Masters degrees in about a quarter of the normal time.

Madonna’s kit blocks traffic in Sweden
Sweden

Madonna’s kit blocks traffic in Sweden

A truck carrying the sound system for pop-diva Madonna, who is set to perform in Gothenburg on Wednesday, flipped on its side on Tuesday morning, snarling traffic on a motorway outside the western Swedish city.

High winds ground Swiss solar plane’s flight
Switzerland

High winds ground Swiss solar plane’s flight

An experimental solar-powered aircraft that had been scheduled to depart Morocco for Spain on Tuesday for its return journey to Switzerland has been grounded by strong winds, organizers said.

DSK and Sinclair ‘split a month ago’: source
France

DSK and Sinclair ‘split a month ago’: source

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and wife Anne Sinclair have been separated for about a month, a source close to the one-time French presidential hopeful confirmed Monday.

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Sweden

Newborn dropped on the floor at Swedish hospital

A prematurely born baby boy was dropped on the floor by staff at the Skåne University Hospital in Malmö on Monday, in a neonatal unit which was understaffed at the time.

Sweden asylum seeker figures jump 30 percent
Sweden

Sweden asylum seeker figures jump 30 percent

The number of people seeking asylum in Sweden increased by 30 percent during the first half of 2012 compared with the same period last year, new statistics show.

Pope’s German friend to guard Vatican orthodoxy
Germany

Pope’s German friend to guard Vatican orthodoxy

Pope Benedict XVI on Monday appointed German archbishop Ludwig Müller, a conservative theologian with liberal leanings, to head up the Vatican's powerful orthodoxy watchdog.

Bavarian Alps losing ‘almost all glaciers’
Germany

Bavarian Alps losing ‘almost all glaciers’

Global warming will soon leave the Bavarian Alps with just one shrinking glacier, regional authorities warned in their first glacier report on Monday.