Energy transition cheaper than expected
Germany

Energy transition cheaper than expected

Grid operators vastly overestimated the cost of developing Germany's electricity grid to cope with the planned switch from nuclear to renewable energy, it emerged Sunday.

Jorge, 30, missing near Matterhorn
Switzerland

Jorge, 30, missing near Matterhorn

The family of a 30-year-old Costa Rican man who disappeared on July 4th has appealed to anyone who may have seen the missing tourist to contact the police.

Swedish woman kills 14,000 ‘revolting’ slugs
Sweden

Swedish woman kills 14,000 ‘revolting’ slugs

A woman in eastern Sweden has taken matters into her own hands after an army of Spanish "killer" slugs threatened to take over her garden – having personally killed 14,000 of the marauding creatures since May.

Crisis, conservatism, and China: the centre-right jockeys for position
Sweden

Crisis, conservatism, and China: the centre-right jockeys for position

Correspondent and commentator David Linden looks at whether leaders of Sweden's three centre-right political parties – which sometimes struggle in the shadow of the Moderates – managed to put their parties in the Almedalen spotlight.

Swiss nuke watchdog gives plants the all-clear
Switzerland

Swiss nuke watchdog gives plants the all-clear

Switzerland's four nuclear power stations are fit to withstand a major earthquake and pose no threat to the population and the environment, inspectors said on Monday.

Divorce lawyer launches chainsaw massacre ad
Germany

Divorce lawyer launches chainsaw massacre ad

A German divorce lawyer is scaring - and outraging – cinema-goers in Dresden with an advert that features a beautiful woman who has apparently just attacked her husband with a chainsaw.

Match-fixing scandal rocks Norway
Norway

Match-fixing scandal rocks Norway

Norway’s football association (NFF) reported match-fixing allegations to the police on Monday amid suspicions that players have teamed with organized criminals to rig results for betting reasons.

‘Exploding iPhone’ leaves Swedish man in shock
Sweden

‘Exploding iPhone’ leaves Swedish man in shock

An ex-Volvo engineer in Sweden who recently tried to change the battery on his iPhone got a shock and lost a tooth after the popular Apple smartphone exploded and caught fire.

Sweden warns heroin users after anthrax death
Sweden

Sweden warns heroin users after anthrax death

The death of a drug user in Denmark from what is believed to be a batch of heroin contaminated by anthrax has prompted a warning from Swedish health authorities to the country's heroin users.

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Sweden

Police cordon off hospital after mystery powder find

Police cordoned off the entrance to a hospital in Gothenburg after a man arrived with an unknown powder on his body on Monday morning.

World oil prices rise before Norway lockout
Norway

World oil prices rise before Norway lockout

World oil prices advanced on Monday, rebounding from recent losses ahead of a looming lockout of Norwegian production.

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Sweden

Swedish fraud figures double: report

The number fraud cases reported in Sweden has doubled in the past ten years, with people born outside of Sweden among those most often targeted, according to new statistics.

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Norway

Norway and Japan block UN role on whales

Norway, Japan and their allies blocked a bid on Friday to give the United Nations a greater role in protecting whales, as sought by conservationists frustrated by deep polarization over whaling.

Castration only way out of prison for child abuser
Germany

Castration only way out of prison for child abuser

A German judge told a convicted child sex abuser who attacked boys aged between eight months and four years old, he would never be released unless he underwent chemical castration.

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France

French get stressed booking cheap flights

51 percent of French perople say that looking for the cheapest flights online is the most stressful part of their holiday experience.

Fears of violence as Berlin biker war escalates
Germany

Fears of violence as Berlin biker war escalates

Berlin police have warned that biker gangs could use more guns and explosives as they fight for survival after a crackdown by authorities. Police also fear that Scandinavian organised crime networks may get involved.

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Switzerland

Recruit collapses after military training

A 19-year-old army recruit suffered cardiac arrest after completing an eight-kilometre walk.

Merck to Portugal: pay bills or lose investment
Germany

Merck to Portugal: pay bills or lose investment

German pharma giant Merck is threatening to withdraw millions of euros of investment from Portugal – because the state-run hospitals are on average more than 500 days behind in paying their bills.

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France

Ten injured in nightclub shooting

Ten people were wounded when a man opened fire on clients inside a nightclub in the town of Bertry in the north of France. 

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Switzerland

Warhol thief gets 18 months

A 29-year-old heating engineer is set to spend 18 months in prison after stealing ten original Andy Warhol paintings from a residence in Thalwil, canton Zurich.

New flood warnings: ‘it’s going to get worse’
Sweden

New flood warnings: ‘it’s going to get worse’

Heavy rains caused flooding in parts of south central Sweden, prompting the country's weather agency to issue warnings Sunday night that a number of rivers may burst their banks.

Pregnant bride has baby at wedding
France

Pregnant bride has baby at wedding

In a first for the village's startled mayor, an expectant bride surpassed all expectations by giving birth on Saturday just moments after getting hitched in Jallais, western France.

Far-right party seeks to limit development aid
Switzerland

Far-right party seeks to limit development aid

The far-right Swiss People's Party wants to launch an initiative to limit the amount of development aid paid out to poorer countries.

 

Young teens in party ban to fight binge-drinking
Germany

Young teens in party ban to fight binge-drinking

Young German teenagers could be banned from public events where alcohol is sold – even though they cannot legally buy it – after 8pm if not with a parent, according to new plans to stop teen binge drinking.

Gun club open day leaves two injured
Germany

Gun club open day leaves two injured

Organisers of a public relations event at a German gun club were left red-faced on Sunday, after a woman accidentally shot a man in the foot. Both had to be treated for injuries.

Fans divided as Malmö to host Eurovision 2013
Sweden

Fans divided as Malmö to host Eurovision 2013

The 2013 Eurovision Song Contest will take place in the southern Swedish city of Malmö organizers confirmed Sunday, with the news angering some fans who were set for a Stockholm final.

Test Arafat for poisoning: Abbas to Swiss experts
Switzerland

Test Arafat for poisoning: Abbas to Swiss experts

The Palestinian president will call on Swiss experts who probed Yasser Arafat's death to take
samples from his body for further tests, a Palestinian official said on Sunday.

Government disowns new info-selling law
Germany

Government disowns new info-selling law

The German government has disowned a law passed by its own parties in parliament in less than a minute which enables local authorities to sell people’s personal information even without their permission.

Deschamps named new France coach
France

Deschamps named new France coach

France's World Cup and Euro winning captain Didier Deschamps was named coach of the national side on Sunday, the French Football Federation (FFF) announced on its website.

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Norway

Oil lockout looms large as strike talks fail

A costly shutdown in oil output in Norway, Western Europe's top producer, looks set to go ahead next week after talks between striking workers and employers failed, the employers' group OLF said on Sunday.

Diabetes numbers rise among young Swedes
Sweden

Diabetes numbers rise among young Swedes

As obesity numbers in Sweden expand, more and more Swedes are suffering from diabetes and at least half of them don’t even know it, according to new statistics.

Brokeback rider heads for Olympic bike sprints
Germany

Brokeback rider heads for Olympic bike sprints

Three years after surviving an horrific accident, German cyclist Kristina Vogel will arrive at the Olympics as the world team sprint champion and record holder.

Merkel: Europe more than a currency
Germany

Merkel: Europe more than a currency

France and Germany marked 50 years of reconciliation on Sunday, their leaders stressing the ties that unite the two countries and condemning news of the desecration of dozens of German war graves.

Man survives after car plunges into ravine
Sweden

Man survives after car plunges into ravine

A 65-year-old man who failed to return from a shopping errand late on Sunday night was found stuck inside his car which had plunged headfirst into a six-metre ravine and had stuck fast.

Teary air hostess causes panic on Swedish flight
Sweden

Teary air hostess causes panic on Swedish flight

After smoke started to billow from the cockpit of a Malmö Aviation plane bound for Spain, a crash landing warning from a teary air hostess caused mass hysteria among passengers.