Police crack down on Lausanne drug dealers
Switzerland

Police crack down on Lausanne drug dealers

Lausanne and Vaud cantonal police are redoubling efforts to combat drug dealers in the centre of the city.

Swiss launch talks with Greece on tax deal
Switzerland

Swiss launch talks with Greece on tax deal

Switzerland is to begin official negotiations with Greece over a tax accord on undeclared assets hidden in Swiss banks by Greek nationals, the Swiss government said on Wednesday.

Foreigners’ identities stolen in housing scam
Sweden

Foreigners’ identities stolen in housing scam

Fraudsters are finding new ways to trick house-hunters in Sweden, stealing the identities of real people in other countries to convince desperate would-be tenants to part with their money.

Court: okay to sweep neo-Nazi from public job
Germany

Court: okay to sweep neo-Nazi from public job

A neo-Nazi chimney sweep heard on Wednesday that the state had the right to sack him because of his extreme political views, and association with a still-legal far-right political party.

EADS offices raided in corruption probe
Germany

EADS offices raided in corruption probe

Authorities raided offices and homes across Germany associated with European aerospace giant EADS, on Tuesday, as a decade-long investigation into bribery and corruption within the company reached a new high.

Germany wins record number of Michelin stars
Germany

Germany wins record number of Michelin stars

Germany has increased its tally of top-ranked restaurants in next year's prestigious Michelin guide, unveiled on Wednesday, and has a record number of eateries with star status.

Iconic clothing brand sold to Manor owners
Switzerland

Iconic clothing brand sold to Manor owners

Lacoste is to pass into Swiss hands after its chairman, the last member of the founding family to hold shares in the green crocodile brand of clothing, agreed on Wednesday to sell them to the Maus Frères textile and retail group.

Belgian Ford workers storm Cologne factory
Germany

Belgian Ford workers storm Cologne factory

Hundreds of Belgian Ford employees targeted a German factory on Wednesday in a border-hopping protest at the closure of their factory and looming unemployment. Some stormed the building but were later persuaded to leave.

Teen locked up for killing 11-year-old girl
Germany

Teen locked up for killing 11-year-old girl

A teenager who strangled an 11-year-old girl to death was sent for at least a decade to a psychiatric unit, as his personality disorder meant he posed a danger to the public, the judge in north-west Germany said on Wednesday.

Swiss gay ski week: never a drag
Switzerland

Swiss gay ski week: never a drag

A Graubünden ski resort is taking gay pride to new heights.

Sweden mulls banning babies in formula ads
Sweden

Sweden mulls banning babies in formula ads

Using photos of babies to market baby formula could soon be banned in Sweden, as the government bids to discourage mothers from choosing powdered milk over breastfeeding.

‘A new law is not the right formula’
Sweden

‘A new law is not the right formula’

Sweden’s severe ‘breast is best’ mindset only serves to push newborns away from the bosoms of mothers who fail at feeding time, argues The Local’s Christine Demsteader.

More Swedes choose to attend cremations
Sweden

More Swedes choose to attend cremations

It is becoming more common for relatives of deceased Swedes to want to be present at the cremation of their loved ones, but many are unaware that they have the right due to a lack of information.

All the US wants from Germany – fix the euro
Germany

All the US wants from Germany – fix the euro

At the US ambassador's post-election breakfast in Berlin on Wednesday it was agreed that the major - if not only - expectation for Germany from Barack Obama's new presidency would be that it sort out the euro crisis.

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France

Runaways found on barge near home

A massive search for two runaway boys has been called after they were found safe on a barge close to their foster home.

Emerging markets bolster Holcim results
Switzerland

Emerging markets bolster Holcim results

Swiss cement group Holcim is reporting a 10.3-percent rise in net profits to 1.1 billion francs ($1.2 billion) for the first nine months of the year, attributing this to growth in emerging markets.

US author talks trolls at Stockholm bookshop
Sweden

US author talks trolls at Stockholm bookshop

Award winning US-based author Michael Dahl will head to a Stockholm bookshop on Wednesday afternoon for a reading of his latest children's fantasy series.

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France

Fight fat with palm oil tax hike: senator

In a bid to tackle obesity, a French senator has proposed a 300-percent tax hike on products that use palm oil.

Hundreds rescued from listing Norway oil rig
Norway

Hundreds rescued from listing Norway oil rig

Norway's state-owned energy giant Statoil on Wednesday evacuated around 330 non-essential staff from a North Sea platform off the coast of Norway after it began listing.

Obama could be ‘one of the great presidents’
Germany

Obama could be ‘one of the great presidents’

The effects of Barack Obama's re-election will particularly felt in global powerhouse Germany. The Local's media round-up turns to the country's press to see how it took the news.

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Switzerland

Zurich appoints new ‘male issues’ official

The canton of Zurich has named a new head of “masculine issues” after the former head of the department, the first of its kind in Switzerland, quit in July just a month after being appointed.

Woolly mammoth ‘Helmut’ found near Paris
France

Woolly mammoth ‘Helmut’ found near Paris

Archaeologists have uncovered a 100,000-year-old mammoth skeleton in the Paris region, in what experts are calling an “exceptional” discovery.

Ericsson to slash 1,500 jobs in Sweden
Sweden

Ericsson to slash 1,500 jobs in Sweden

Swedish telecom giant Ericsson announced on Wednesday that it would be cutting 1,550 jobs nationwide over a range of sectors, in an effort to reduce costs.

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Sweden

Group demands payout for forced sterilizations

Swedish rights organization RFSL is demanding Sweden pay damages to sex change candidates forced by law to undergo sterilization in order to qualify for gender corrective surgery.

Learning Swedish the easy way
Sweden

Learning Swedish the easy way

Whether you are already an expatriate or considering the move to Sweden, learning the language is one of the biggest issues to deal with. Since most Swedes have mastered English, it's all too easy rest on your language laurels. But sticking to English can prove risky.

Obama win has Swedish politicians smiling
Sweden

Obama win has Swedish politicians smiling

Leading politicians in Sweden of all political stripes rejoiced early Wednesday morning over the re-election of US president Barack Obama, but cautioned he has a tough road ahead.

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France

Obama win a choice for open US: Hollande

French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday hailed US President Barack Obama's re-election, and said it meant the United States would be totally committed on the world stage.

High profits for insurer despite Sandy claims
Germany

High profits for insurer despite Sandy claims

Munich Re, the world's biggest re-insurer, said it was raising its full-year profit forecast, despite the expected claims losses from superstorm Sandy that battered the United States last week.

Merkel, German MPs congratulate Obama
Germany

Merkel, German MPs congratulate Obama

Angela Merkel and other top German politicians congratulated newly re-elected US President Barack Obama on Wednesday morning in the hours after his victory. Many are now calling for tighter US-European relations.

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France

Aubry probed over asbestos deaths

Former French socialist party leader Martine Aubry said Tuesday she had come under investigation for "involuntary manslaughter and causing bodily harm by negligence" in an asbestos scandal.

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France

Gay marriage bill launched despite protests

France's Socialist government on Wednesday outlines a draft bill to authorise gay marriage and adoption amid strong opposition from the Roman Catholic Church and the opposition right.

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France

Americans in Paris backed Obama

Americans at Harry's Bar, an iconic watering hole in the French capital, fervently backed Barack Obama for the US presidency Tuesday, leaving little doubt about their feelings for Republican rival Mitt Romney.

Zlatan serves up four assists in PSG win
Sweden

Zlatan serves up four assists in PSG win

Paris Saint-Germain moved to the cusp of qualification for the last 16 in the Champions League as they defeated Dinamo Zagreb 4-0 at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday.

Swedish study: exercise helps people live longer
Sweden

Swedish study: exercise helps people live longer

Regular moderate exercise can raise life expectancy -- even among people who are overweight, a study said Tuesday.

Sweden’s gender wage gap persists: study
Sweden

Sweden’s gender wage gap persists: study

The wage gap between men and women persists in Sweden despite efforts to eradicate it in a country that prides itself on promoting gender equality, according to a report released on Tuesday.

Schalke strike back to draw with Arsenal
Germany

Schalke strike back to draw with Arsenal

Hosts Schalke 04 came back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw with Premier League giants Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday, leaving the Royal Blues top of Group B.

Obama’s win ends long election party night
Switzerland

Obama’s win ends long election party night

It was quite a wait.