Landowner calls for Roma camp evacuation
Norway

Landowner calls for Roma camp evacuation

A group of Roma people camping on a desolate site on the outskirts of Oslo must evacuate the area or face eviction, according to one of the owners of the land.

Swedes slam Belarus over teddy bear arrests
Sweden

Swedes slam Belarus over teddy bear arrests

The founder of the Swedish PR firm which dropped hundreds of pro-free speech teddy bears over Belarus has mocked president Alexander Lukashenko as an "armed clown" following the arrest of people suspected of aiding in the pro-democracy stunt.

Germany approves €100 billion Spanish bailout
Germany

Germany approves €100 billion Spanish bailout

Germany's parliament approved by a large majority on Thursday, a European aid package for crisis-wracked Spanish banks that aims to prevent Spain's whole economy being dragged deeper into the mire.

Norway imports butter to avert new dairy disaster
Norway

Norway imports butter to avert new dairy disaster

Dairy giant Tine has imported 200 tonnes of butter as it seeks to avoid a repeat of last year’s shortage, when cake bakers saw their Christmas plans derailed amid an international chuckle-fest at Norway’s expense.

Minister tells banks: cut overdraft interest rates
Germany

Minister tells banks: cut overdraft interest rates

Bank customers are being charged too much interest on overdrafts, according to a Consumer Ministry study published on Thursday. Now some are calling for a legal limit to be introduced.

‘You’re a clown’: Swedish PR firm to Belarusian leader Lukashenko
Sweden

‘You’re a clown’: Swedish PR firm to Belarusian leader Lukashenko

In an unedited open letter to Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko, founder of Swedish PR firm Studio Total Per Cromwell protests the arrest of a Belarusian journalist and takes aim at the leader's "laughable" legacy.

Man answers door – finds newborn baby
Germany

Man answers door – finds newborn baby

A young man hears his doorbell late at night and finds a newborn baby on his doorstep – this not the start of a third-rate Hollywood comedy, it happened in Germany on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Berry pickers targeted in rock-throwing attack

Berry pickers at a makeshift camp in eastern Sweden were forced to call police on Wednesday night after unknown assailants threw rocks at them in the latest round of escalating tensions between locals and the migrant workers.

Stalker fined for sending genital pic to high jumper
Germany

Stalker fined for sending genital pic to high jumper

A German man who sent a photo of his genitals to German high jumper Ariane Friedrich was fined on Thursday. She was flung into the media spotlight when refusing to be intimidated, she posted his name and address online.

French socialists slam Zlatan’s ‘indecent’ wages
Sweden

French socialists slam Zlatan’s ‘indecent’ wages

The 30-year-old Swedish striker's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from AC Milan was hailed by fans with hundreds chanting "Ibra! Ibra!" as he was presented to them on Wednesday at a ceremony in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Socialists slam ‘indecent’ Ibrahimovic wages
France

Socialists slam ‘indecent’ Ibrahimovic wages

Football superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic's record-breaking salary at his new Paris club has sparked a fierce backlash from French politicians denouncing it as "indecent" at a time of financial hardship.

Ikea uncaps new beer: no assembly required
Sweden

Ikea uncaps new beer: no assembly required

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has released a new addition to its global product range - light and dark own-brand beer - though shoppers in Sweden will have to wait before they can have a taste due to the country's liquor laws.

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Switzerland

Swiss angry as Italy charges Chinese tourists

Italian customs officers imposing extra charges on coach-loads of Chinese visitors after tax-free shopping trips in Switzerland could hurt the tourist sector, a Swiss official said on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: July 19 – 25
Germany

What’s on in Germany: July 19 – 25

This week’s highlights: A look back at Allied sports in the German capital, western African music in Frankfurt and a triathalon in Hamburg.

Neckermann bankrupt, 2,400 jobs at risk
Germany

Neckermann bankrupt, 2,400 jobs at risk

Germany's original mail-order clothing firm Neckermann filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday after its investor refused to finance its restructuring, putting 2,400 jobs at risk. It adds to the dismal retail industry news in the country.

Stockholm’s eight most stunning skyline views
Sweden

Stockholm’s eight most stunning skyline views

If you enjoy a great view, have one day to spare, and - perhaps most importantly - aren't afraid of heights, then The Local's Bird's-eye View Challenge is for you, where the capital's eight best views can all be seen in just one day.

Two German ‘child kidnappers’ held in Italy
Germany

Two German ‘child kidnappers’ held in Italy

Two Germans have been arrested in Italy as part of a group said to be organising cross-border kidnappings of children in disputed custody cases, an Italian news agency said Wednesday.

First Swede charged in FTP file sharing case
Sweden

First Swede charged in FTP file sharing case

A 31-year-old man was formally charged on Wednesday for uploading 25 films onto the internet using File Transfer Protocol, making him the first person charged in Sweden for using FTP to share copyrighted works.

Hundreds of Chihuahua pups smuggled into Switzerland
Switzerland

Hundreds of Chihuahua pups smuggled into Switzerland

Swiss police have uncovered an Eastern European smuggling ring found to have brought hundreds of Chihuahua puppies into the country illegally.

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France

Love-sick sprayer goes on citywide graffiti spree

A love-struck vandal has sprayed two kilometres worth of graffiti in the northern town of Caen in a bid to let a girl called Manon know that he or she was desperately in love with her.

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France

Romanian 12-year-old spends two weeks in jail

A Paris court sent a Romanian boy to jail this summer after the authorities failed to realize he was just 12 years old.

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Switzerland

More asylum seekers coming to Switzerland

The number of asylum applications increased by 34 percent in the last quarter, but the number of departures is rising too, new figures show.

MPs taunt dress-wearing French minister
France

MPs taunt dress-wearing French minister

Members of Parliament whistled and jeered at the Housing Minister Cecile Duflot in the National Assembly on Tuesday because she was wearing a dress.

Fury over strawberry vendor’s baseball bat
Sweden

Fury over strawberry vendor’s baseball bat

A strawberry vendor in western Sweden was given a baseball bat as a means of protecting herself, prompting unions to cry foul about sub-standard working conditions for street-side fruit sellers.

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France

French minister attacks Peugeot strategy

France's Minister for Industrial Renewal Arnaud Montebourg attacked PSA Peugeot Citroen's corporate strategy on Wednesday as he prepared to meet the carmaker's chief for talks on 8,000 jobs cuts.

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Switzerland

Ski lift to link Zermatt with Italian resort

In a move bound to thrill ski enthusiasts, a new ski lift may soon be built linking Zermatt-Cervinia with the northern Italian Monterosa resort.

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Norway

Norway ready to mark anniversary of massacre

One year after Anders Behring Breivik's deadly attacks, Norway will on Sunday commemorate his 77 victims with ceremonies set to reassert a national ambition to not let the carnage change its open, democratic values.

East Germans return ‘home’ after moving west
Germany

East Germans return ‘home’ after moving west

Many of the millions of east Germans who flocked to the west of the country to take jobs when the country was reunified are now returning home, a study published on Thursday showed.

Germans evenly split over circumcision law
Germany

Germans evenly split over circumcision law

Germans are almost evenly split over the prospect of a law allowing ritual circumcision of boys, a new poll suggests – as the country’s major parties unite to call for such a law.

Teen girl ‘agreed to be kidnapped’, suspect freed
Sweden

Teen girl ‘agreed to be kidnapped’, suspect freed

A 32-year-old man from southern Sweden suspected of kidnapping a teenage girl he met online was released on Wednesday after two weeks in custody when it emerged the girl had willingly participated in the stunt.

Merkel: Europe needs changes to work well
Germany

Merkel: Europe needs changes to work well

As the German MPs broke their summer holiday on Thursday to vote on waving through a massive financial package for Spanish banks Chancellor Angela Merkel said changes were needed to make the “European project” work.

Most see MPs in grip of lobbyists
Germany

Most see MPs in grip of lobbyists

Most Germans believe lobbyists have too much influence on members of parliament and do not trust politicians to do their jobs, according to a new study.

‘Mysterious gas’ sickens Stockholm metro riders
Sweden

‘Mysterious gas’ sickens Stockholm metro riders

A Stockholm metro station was shut down late Wednesday night after several people were sickened by a mysterious substance thought to be some sort of gas.

Court: speedy student must pay fees
Germany

Court: speedy student must pay fees

A German graduate who finished his Bachelors and Masters degrees “too fast” will have to pay for the seven semesters he was expected to take, a court said on Wednesday, after he was sued by his former university.

Tetra Pak heir’s wife found rotting under bags
Sweden

Tetra Pak heir’s wife found rotting under bags

A member of the Tetra Pak packaging dynasty was bailed Wednesday by a London court on charges of preventing the burial of his wife, whose body was found rotting under bin bags at their mansion.