Melonchon calls on ministers to mutiny
France

Melonchon calls on ministers to mutiny

French far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon called on Monday for a mutiny by Socialist Party ministers disenchanted with the policies of President François Hollande.

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France

Merkel-Hollande meeting ‘won’t take decisions’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman on Monday sought to play down meetings this week with the leaders of France and Greece, saying that no "significant decisions" would be taken.

SeaFrance ferries sail again after buy-out
France

SeaFrance ferries sail again after buy-out

Ferries once owned by bankrupt firm SeaFrance took to the sea again Monday under the name of My Ferry Link after a buy-out by the operator of the tunnel between Britain and France.

New Nazi cases on ‘Demjanjuk principle’
Germany

New Nazi cases on ‘Demjanjuk principle’

An 87-year-old former watchman at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp could face charges of helping to gas to death at least 344,000 people – on the same legal premise as the conviction of former camp guard John Demjanjuk.

Belarus sacks foreign minister after teddy drop
Sweden

Belarus sacks foreign minister after teddy drop

Belarus strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko on Monday fired his foreign minister as part of a sweeping reshuffle that follows a diplomatic crisis in ties with Sweden after a pro-democracy stunt.

Police hunt suspects in Bergen group rape
Norway

Police hunt suspects in Bergen group rape

Police in Bergen are searching for three men in connection with the group rape of a woman in her early twenties in the centre of the city in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Blind man hurt: ‘balcony removed’ sign no help
Germany

Blind man hurt: ‘balcony removed’ sign no help

A Hamburg construction site manager is being sued after he removed the balcony from a blind man's room in a care home - and put up a written warning sign. The man survived the two-storey fall.

Murder slugs and piss ants: Sweden’s top ten most dangerous animals
Sweden

Murder slugs and piss ants: Sweden’s top ten most dangerous animals

After hearing “an outrageous claim” about the potential ferocity of his new country's wildlife, The Local’s Oliver Gee looks deeper into the animals in Sweden most likely to do you harm.

‘Review Thomas Quick’s case’: Social Democrats
Sweden

‘Review Thomas Quick’s case’: Social Democrats

The Social Democrats want the government to appoint an independent commission to review the controversial case of convicted serial killer Thomas Quick, who has since been acquitted of several murders.

Edvard Munch was my grandfather: US nun
Norway

Edvard Munch was my grandfather: US nun

A 72-year-old American nun is likely to get DNA assistance from the Norwegian artist’s heirs as she seeks to prove her sensational claims to be the granddaughter of Edvard Munch.

Annual hunt to cull 300 brown bears in Sweden
Sweden

Annual hunt to cull 300 brown bears in Sweden

Sweden’s annual bear hunt begins Tuesday, with over 300 of Sweden’s brown bears to be killed over the next two months in an effort to control the predator’s population figures.

Elderly Swedes turn to potency pills: report
Sweden

Elderly Swedes turn to potency pills: report

A growing number of elderly men in Sweden are choosing to go on erectile-dysfunction drugs in order to keep up their virility, according to a new report by the Medical Products Agency (Läkemedelsverket).

Germans take dim view of light bulb inspections
Germany

Germans take dim view of light bulb inspections

German state governments say they would have to employ extra staff to police the European ban on filament light bulbs if they are to make the checks called for by the European Commission.

Storms to follow hottest day of the year
Germany

Storms to follow hottest day of the year

Germany sweltered under the hottest weather of 2012 so far this weekend, with temperatures approaching 40 degrees Celsius. The heat will remain this week, but storms are also approaching.

Greek euro exit would be ‘manageable’ says ECB
Germany

Greek euro exit would be ‘manageable’ says ECB

Greek politicians headed for talks in Berlin as a top member of the European Central said a Greek exit from the eurozone would be "manageable", although expensive and result in higher unemployment.

Basel tram project slows to snail’s pace
Switzerland

Basel tram project slows to snail’s pace

Endangered snails are bringing progress on a tram project in Basel to a standstill.

Internet abuse on the rise in Sweden: report
Sweden

Internet abuse on the rise in Sweden: report

Internet abuse cases are steadily increasing in Sweden, according to fresh figures from Sweden's National Council on Crime Prevention (Brottsförebyggande rådet – Brå).

Swedish students in billion kronor debt
Sweden

Swedish students in billion kronor debt

Over 90,000 people who studied in Sweden are now in debt to the Swedish Enforcement Authority (Kronofogdemyndigheten), owing over 1 billion kronor ($150 million)in total, yet experts maintain that student loans remain a helpful alternative.

Syrian rebels plan ‘The Day After’ in Berlin
Germany

Syrian rebels plan ‘The Day After’ in Berlin

Members of the Syrian opposition have been working on plans for a post-Assad regime for the past six months in Berlin, it was revealed on Monday.

Fabius seeks Air France answers on Syria detour
France

Fabius seeks Air France answers on Syria detour

France's foreign minister Laurent Fabius has requested clarification from Air France over the decision to divert an aircraft from Beirut to Damascus last Wednesday.

German tax revenues up 9 percent on a year ago
Germany

German tax revenues up 9 percent on a year ago

Germany's state coffers are still bursting, despite the ongoing euro crisis, with tax revenues increasing by 8.6 percent over the past year, figures released on Monday show.

Mystery fire razes industrial buildings
Switzerland

Mystery fire razes industrial buildings

A fire on Sunday destroyed historic industrial buildings and left four people injured in Arbon, a town near Lake Constance in the canton of Thurgau.

UMP voters back Sarkozy for 2017 return
France

UMP voters back Sarkozy for 2017 return

Some 53 percent of UMP voters would like to see former French head of state Nicolas Sarkozy to be the party's candidate in the 2017 presidential elections, according to a new poll.

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Sweden

Murdered couple’s safe may have been found

Police have found a discarded safe in southern Sweden in what may prove to be the vital clue and motive behind the brutal double murder of an elderly farming couple in south western Sweden last year.

Seven drown as Swiss heatwave continues
Switzerland

Seven drown as Swiss heatwave continues

At least seven people have drowned in Switzerland since Thursday as residents thronged to beaches and swimming pools to cool off from a heatwave.

France basks in record August highs
France

France basks in record August highs

France's meteorological office maintained orange alerts in 34 departments as temperatures climbed to record highs in some areas on Sunday, beating previous highs set in the deadly heatwave of 2003.

Stock market prediction fraudster faces court
Germany

Stock market prediction fraudster faces court

A German accused of embezzling around €500 million by telling investors he had a secret stock market prediction computer programme, was arraigned in Frankfurt at the weekend after being arrested in the US.

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France

French amputee swims from US to Russia

Frenchman Philippe Croizon, whose limbs were amputated after an electrical accident in 1994, swam across the Bering Strait linking North America and Asia on Friday to complete his quest to link all the world's continents.

Breivik verdict due on Friday
Norway

Breivik verdict due on Friday

An Oslo court is to hand down its verdict Friday against Anders Behring Breivik for his twin attacks last year that left 77 people dead, bringing to a close one of the most spectacular trials in Norway's history.

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Switzerland

German region to buy more Swiss tax data

The German region of North Rhine-Westphalia will continue to buy data on people suspected of stashing assets in Swiss banks to avoid taxes, the state premier was quoted as saying on Sunday.

Pussy Riot copycats sing in Cologne Cathedral
Germany

Pussy Riot copycats sing in Cologne Cathedral

Three people dressed as Pussy Riot, one female and two male, staged a protest during a service in Germany's most famous cathedral on Sunday, calling on the punk band imprisoned in Russia to be set free.

Government parties lose ground in polls
Sweden

Government parties lose ground in polls

The gap between the two political blocks in Sweden is widening, according to a new poll showing that the centre-right government alliance parties are losing ground.

State premier: Buying tax cheat CDs is legal
Germany

State premier: Buying tax cheat CDs is legal

The German state of North Rhine-Westphalia will continue to buy data on people suspected of stashing assets in Swiss banks to avoid taxes, the state premier was quoted as saying on Sunday.

UNASUR backs Ecuador on Assange choice
Sweden

UNASUR backs Ecuador on Assange choice

South American nations on Sunday backed Ecuador's decision to grant asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, urging dialogue to end the crisis pitting Quito against London.

Belarusian journalist released on bail
Sweden

Belarusian journalist released on bail

Belarus on Friday freed on bail two men accused of helping Swedish rights activists who illegally flew into Belarusian territory to release teddy bears carrying protest messages.