US filmmaker aims to ‘capture the essence of Swedish summer’
Sweden

US filmmaker aims to ‘capture the essence of Swedish summer’

As the mercury begins to slide and Swedes revel in what may be the final balmy days of 2012, The Local catches up with American filmmaker Meng Johnson who recently released a film meant to portray all that is tantalizing about summer in Sweden.

Sweden renews vow to fight EU snus ban
Sweden

Sweden renews vow to fight EU snus ban

Sweden's trade minister on Wednesday promised the government will renew efforts to legalize exports of snus - or moist snuff - following a new EU proposal to ban all smoke-free tobacco products outside of Sweden.

Court: Jeweller shot teen in ‘self-defence’
Germany

Court: Jeweller shot teen in ‘self-defence’

A 67-year-old German jeweller was spared prison on Wednesday despite killing a teenager who held up her shop. A regional court ruled that shooting the intruder in the back of the head was self-defence.

‘King of Screws’ winds up own sales reps
Germany

‘King of Screws’ winds up own sales reps

Germany’s “King of Screws” has outraged trade unions by writing a letter to his own sales representatives, blaming them for the company's poor growth rate and telling them to get up earlier.

Relief across Europe at German ESM decision
Germany

Relief across Europe at German ESM decision

EU leaders and analysts expressed relief, and financial markets lifted, on Wednesday after the German Constitutional Court cleared the way for the launch of a bailout fund and debt brake.

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Switzerland

Bern violated Youssef Nada’s rights: court

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Wednesday that Switzerland violated an elderly Italian-Egyptian man's rights in its application of UN counter-terrorism resolutions.

Cigarette display ban verdict due this Friday
Norway

Cigarette display ban verdict due this Friday

An Oslo court will rule on Friday on the legality of a ban on the display of tobacco products in stores after cigarette maker Philip Morris claimed the two-year-old law violated European competition rules.

Sweden mulls law on kids’ phone spending
Sweden

Sweden mulls law on kids’ phone spending

The Swedish government said Wednesday it was considering introducing a law to prevent children from emptying their parents' bank accounts in just a few clicks when playing with their smartphones.

Man hit by train after robber leaves him to die
Sweden

Man hit by train after robber leaves him to die

Instead of helping a man who had passed out on a subway track in Stockholm, a passer-by chose to rob the unconscious victim before leaving him to be run over by a train.

Gay Bundesliga player fears public outing
Germany

Gay Bundesliga player fears public outing

A Bundesliga footballer has come out as gay – but fearing publicity and even attacks from fans, has remained anonymous.

Sweden boosts support to immigrant students
Sweden

Sweden boosts support to immigrant students

Sweden plans to spend 409 million kronor ($62 million) to improve education for foreign-born children, an increasing number of whom have struggled to make the grade after arriving in Sweden.