Federer breezes into Melbourne quarter-finals
Switzerland

Federer breezes into Melbourne quarter-finals

Roger Federer and Andy Murray were locked on collision course at the Australian Open tennis tournament on Monday as an unstoppable Serena Williams powered towards her third straight Grand Slam title.

Alleged ‘Pink Panthers’ jailed for watch heist
Switzerland

Alleged ‘Pink Panthers’ jailed for watch heist

Two members of a band of robbers were sentenced by a Geneva court on Monday to four and five years in jail for holding up a Lucerne jewellery store in March 2012 when they made off with 78 watches worth close to 1.3 million francs.

Suspect charged with triple murder of Kurds
France

Suspect charged with triple murder of Kurds

An associate of three female Kurdish activists shot dead in Paris has been charged with their murders, a French prosecutor announced following an indictment hearing on Monday.

France and Germany mark era of reconciliation
France

France and Germany mark era of reconciliation

French President Francois Hollande headed to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday to kick off events marking 50 years since the two countries inked a treaty sealing their post-war reconciliation.

Sarkozy’s next move: Is he off to London?
France

Sarkozy’s next move: Is he off to London?

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has made plans to start a €1 billion investment fund in London, a French news site claimed on Monday. Aides close to the ex-President have denied the report however, calling it "absurd".

‘The language does not have to be a barrier’
France

‘The language does not have to be a barrier’

In The Local's new My French Career series, we ask people to spill the beans on what it's really like working in France. First up: Paris banker Gavin Doughty talks about paperwork, holidays and respecting bosses.

Student loans agency warns of non-payment
Sweden

Student loans agency warns of non-payment

Close to 90,000 Swedes with student loans are endangering their future credit score by late or outstanding payments, prompting the student loans body CSN (Centrala studiestödsnämnden) to place warning calls to those risking a record of non-payment.

Eurostar trains cancelled as cold snap bites
France

Eurostar trains cancelled as cold snap bites

Six Eurostar services were cancelled on Monday as winter weather continued to disrupt transport across northern France.

Study: banks expect bad luck in 2013
Germany

Study: banks expect bad luck in 2013

The majority of German banks expect 2013 to be a difficult year marked by job cuts and a further slowdown in the investment banking market, a ratings agency study released suggested on Monday.

It’s official: Facebook makes you miserable
Germany

It’s official: Facebook makes you miserable

Using Facebook can trigger feelings of jealousy and dissatisfaction, German academics said on Monday after studying how the social network affects emotions.

Sweden enters fray in EU data privacy fight
Sweden

Sweden enters fray in EU data privacy fight

Swedish MEP Anna Maria Corazza Bildt and tech industry experts on Monday warned that draft legislation updating the EU's outdated data privacy protection rules pose a threat to Europe's competitiveness.

Hamrén says politicians ignoring a timebomb
Sweden

Hamrén says politicians ignoring a timebomb

National men's football team manager Erik Hamrén has accused the country's politicians of not taking seriously Swedish children's lack of physical fitness.

Man Utd great Cantona auctions Rolls Royce
France

Man Utd great Cantona auctions Rolls Royce

Luxury car-lovers, fans of Manchester United and graffiti enthusiasts all have their chance to get their hands on a unique piece of memorabilia on Tuesday, when the iconic French footballer turned actor, Eric Cantona puts his customized Rolls Royce up for auction in Paris.

French and Malian forces capture key towns
France

French and Malian forces capture key towns

French and Malian troops have recaptured the Malian towns of Diabaly and Douentza from Islamist fighters France's defence minister said on Monday.

‘Why I fled the Stockholm toddler ghetto for Berlin’
Sweden

‘Why I fled the Stockholm toddler ghetto for Berlin’

Do we still have to define adulthood as wanting to have children, asks freelance writer Tomas Hemstad who fled Stockholm's middle class offspring boom for Berlin where childless adults are treated with respect.

Were French jihadists among hostage-takers?
France

Were French jihadists among hostage-takers?

Suspicions increased on Monday that "at least one" of the terrorists behind the deadly hostage crisis at a gas plant in Algeria was a French national.

Coke staff strike over bottled up frustration
Germany

Coke staff strike over bottled up frustration

Coca Cola employees across Germany walked off the job on Monday to kick off a series of warning strikes which will hit more than 50 company premises across the country over the next days in a conflict over wages and working times.

Skier dies in French Alps avalanche
France

Skier dies in French Alps avalanche

A 32-year-old man died of a heart attack after being buried by an avalanche in the French Alps.

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Sweden

Pole loses discrimination fight against Swedish zoo

A Polish employee who took a Swedish zoo to court for discrimination has lost his case as the district court ruled on Monday that he had reported the alleged crimes too late.

German skier dies in Swiss Alps avalanche
Germany

German skier dies in Swiss Alps avalanche

A 29-year-old German man died in an avalanche while skiing in the Swiss Alps over the weekend.

Precocious Swiss-American teen strikes gold with debut novel
Switzerland

Precocious Swiss-American teen strikes gold with debut novel

Stefan Bachmann is only 19, but his darkly mysterious debut novel set in a parallel world of faeries, goblins and child snatchers has already earned him comparisons to J.K. Rowling, Dickens and Dostoyevsky.

French and Malian troops continue to push north
France

French and Malian troops continue to push north

French and Malian troops entered the central frontline town of Diabaly on Monday as they pushed north in their bid to flush out fanatical Al Qaeda-linked rebels who have threatened reprisal attacks.

Volvo Diplomat Sales – unique benefits
Germany

Volvo Diplomat Sales – unique benefits

If you're a diplomat or have tax-free status within an international organisation, a special scheme from Volvo means that you can buy a premium car at very favourable prices - and gain many benefits besides.

William and Alice defend baby name top rank
Sweden

William and Alice defend baby name top rank

For the second year in a row, the most common names given to Swedish babies were William and Alice, while a stack of new names managed to sneak into the ranks of 2012's most popular monikers.

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France

Suspect ‘to face court’ over Kurdish killings

An associate of three female Kurdish activists shot dead in Paris will appear in court Monday for an indictment hearing in connection with the triple murder, judicial sources have told AFP news agency.

Seven key facts about Swedish job insurance
Sweden

Seven key facts about Swedish job insurance

Confused about unemployment insurance in Sweden? As part of JobTalk Sweden, The Local's new series offering tips and insights about working in Sweden, we've put together a few pointers to help you navigate the process.

‘This is Rösler’s chance to resign with dignity’
Germany

‘This is Rösler’s chance to resign with dignity’

After a nail-biting poll in Lower Saxony all eyes are now on September's general election. The Local's media roundup looks at how Germany's newspapers took pointers on the national situation from Sunday night's cliffhanger results.

Rösler safe after wrong-footing FDP rival
Germany

Rösler safe after wrong-footing FDP rival

The Lower Saxony state election on Sunday night was followed by a morning of political poker within Angela Merkel's coalition partner, as FDP leader Philipp Rösler out-manoeuvred his rival, offering to resign in order to keep the top job.

Berlin zoo head cagey over sexism allegations
Germany

Berlin zoo head cagey over sexism allegations

Long-time Berlin Zoo director Bernhard Blaszkiewitz, who referred to women colleagues using the zoo shorthand for a female animal in a memo, fought to keep his job on Monday as the zoo supervisory board met to discuss his future.

Economist calls for higher taxes on expats
Switzerland

Economist calls for higher taxes on expats

Saying immigration is too high, an influential Swiss economist is calling on the federal government to levy higher taxes on foreigners in Switzerland.

Publicist replaces Sabuni as equality minister
Sweden

Publicist replaces Sabuni as equality minister

Following Equality Minister Nyamko Sabuni's quick retreat, the government announced that her top aide, Maria Arnholm, who has a history in PR and marketing, would take over.

Volvo Diplomat Sales – unique benefits
Switzerland

Volvo Diplomat Sales – unique benefits

If you're a diplomat or have tax-free status within an international organisation, a special scheme from Volvo means that you can buy a premium car at very favourable prices - and gain many benefits besides.

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Switzerland

Neo-Nazis attack Sri Lankan in Bernese town

Three drunken neo-Nazis were arrested after storming a Sri Lankan restaurant and injuring the owner in a rural town in the canton of Bern over the weekend.

Mother and baby evicted from 4m² Paris flat
France

Mother and baby evicted from 4m² Paris flat

A mother and her baby have been evicted from a 4-square-metre flat in the middle of winter, a French housing charity reported on Monday, highlighting another case of an unscrupulous Paris landlord.

Latest: Snow causes travel chaos in France
France

Latest: Snow causes travel chaos in France

Heavy snowfall hit large parts of France on Sunday, putting Paris under a picturesque blanket of white stuff but causing major disruptions to air, road and rail transport.

DSK paid hotel maid ‘$1.5 million’ settlement
France

DSK paid hotel maid ‘$1.5 million’ settlement

Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn paid a settlement of $1.5 million (€1.1 million) to the New York hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault, a French newspaper has reported.

Zlatan shines as PSG down Bordeaux
Sweden

Zlatan shines as PSG down Bordeaux

Zlatan Ibrahimovic guided Paris Saint-Germain back to the top of Ligue 1 on Sunday, notching his 19th goal of the campaign to earn the title favourites a hard-fought 1-0 win at Bordeaux.

Winter weather chaos hits air and land travel
Germany

Winter weather chaos hits air and land travel

Wintry weather shut roads and grounded flights in Germany on Monday morning after black ice triggered accidents across the country. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled in and out of Frankfurt and Munich.

Germany still supports foreign nuclear power
Germany

Germany still supports foreign nuclear power

Despite the German government's dedication to ridding the country of nuclear power, it will continue to use public money to guarantee the construction of such power stations in other countries, it was reported at the weekend.

Train cleaner on the road to recovery
Sweden

Train cleaner on the road to recovery

The train cleaner who crashed into a Stockholm house last week has finally managed to communicate with her family, as her union considers filing legal action against the train operator.

Equality Minister Nyamko Sabuni steps down
Sweden

Equality Minister Nyamko Sabuni steps down

Sweden's Equality Minister Nyamko Sabuni announced on Monday morning that she was resigning from her post to allow her successor time to prepare for the 2014 elections.