The big jackpots are coming to town!
Sweden

The big jackpots are coming to town!

Swedish residents finally have access to a real super-jackpot - you know, the kind that will actually allow you to retire after a win. After years of pining for a jackpot worth its salt, everyone in Sweden can play the EuroJackpot lottery from February 1st.

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Switzerland

UEFA confirms Euro 2020 in 13 cities

European football's Swiss-based governing body UEFA on Friday confirmed that the 2020 European Championship will be staged in 13 different cities across the continent.

Is France right to make Twitter ID racist users?
France

Is France right to make Twitter ID racist users?

A French court made a landmark ruling this week, forcing Twitter to hand over data to help authorities identify the authors of racist tweets. Anti-racism campaigner Philippe Schmidt and internet rights activist Rick Falkvinge have given The Local their opposing views on this controversial ruling.

Paris landlord ordered to pay tenant €20,000
France

Paris landlord ordered to pay tenant €20,000

A Parisian landlord has been convicted in court for renting out a 5.78m² apartment for €430 a month. After trying to sue his former tenant for unpaid rent, the businessman was instead ordered to pay her €20,000 in compensation.

Swedish ISP hits back over TV licence fees
Sweden

Swedish ISP hits back over TV licence fees

A Swedish ISP outraged by the prospect of computer and iPad owners being forced to pay TV licence fees is offering clients a "TV Stopper" to block online content from state broadcaster SVT.

Wallenbergs give new life to Södertälje research
Sweden

Wallenbergs give new life to Södertälje research

A year after Anglo-Swedish pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca announced the closure of its research facilities in Södertälje, south of Stockholm, officials are cheering plans to create a new research park financed in part by the powerful Wallenberg family.

Al-Qaeda members jailed
Germany

Al-Qaeda members jailed

Two suspected Al-Qaeda members were on Friday handed lengthy prison sentences by a Berlin court. One had released a video during the 2007 election campaign threatening a holy war on Germany.

‘It’s hard to know how to find a good school’
Sweden

‘It’s hard to know how to find a good school’

With her own young son soon to change schools in Sweden, US-native and parent Rebecca Ahlfeldt investigates the struggles in finding the most suitable option.

Soros: German austerity could spark currency war
Germany

Soros: German austerity could spark currency war

US investor George Soros has warned Germany's push for austerity in Europe could spark a dangerous "currency war" with global economic repercussions.

MP’s ‘dirndl’ quip sparks sexism debate
Germany

MP’s ‘dirndl’ quip sparks sexism debate

Allegations by a female reporter that a senior German official crudely came on to her in a hotel bar touched off a charged debate Friday about sexism in media and the political class.

Swede finds ‘dead’ boyfriend breathing
Sweden

Swede finds ‘dead’ boyfriend breathing

A Swedish man declared dead in hospital was resuscitated after his girlfriend, who came to say her final goodbye, realized he was still breathing.

Zahia Dehar: From call girl to fashion princess
France

Zahia Dehar: From call girl to fashion princess

She was the underage call girl in an explosive sex scandal involving footballer Franck Ribery. Now, aided by Karl Lagerfeld, she's launched her comeback as a lingerie designer and would-be fashion icon. Meet Zahia Dehar, our French Face of the Week.

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France

French minister attacks steel tycoon, again

France's minister for industrial recovery has accused ArcelorMittal boss Lakshmi Mittal of "blackmail" and "lies", after the giant steelmaker said it would close six facilities in neighbouring Belgium.

The scam of the €10 villas in south of France
France

The scam of the €10 villas in south of France

Pay €10 to enter a "miracle" lottery for the chance to win a dream French home. If you don’t win, you get your money back. It seemed too good to be true, and it was. Three people have been charged with fraud. The victims are in shock.

‘Too many foreigners in France’, French say
France

‘Too many foreigners in France’, French say

A survey in France published this week revealed 70 percent of the population believe there are too many foreigners living in the country and 74 percent believe Islam is not compatible with French society.

Euro central banker defends austerity steps
Switzerland

Euro central banker defends austerity steps

The head of the European Central Bank said in Davos on Friday that the embattled euro had been relaunched but that more had to be done to boost the eurozone's recession-wracked economy.

British sub cleared of sinking French boat
France

British sub cleared of sinking French boat

Nine years after five Breton fishermen died when their trawler sank off the English coast, French authorities have finally ruled out the possibility of a British submarine being responsible.

‘We had to make the party look fit to govern’
Sweden

‘We had to make the party look fit to govern’

One year into the job, Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven appears to have kept the party's poll numbers from dropping, but is now facing demands to make the party a dominant force in Swedish politics.

Malmö: Cheaper than Stockholm and warmer than Gothenburg
Sweden

Malmö: Cheaper than Stockholm and warmer than Gothenburg

In The Local's My Sweden series, where we profile readers' favourite hangouts, sights, and eateries in their own corners of Sweden, we talk to French native Alexis Magnaval who has called Malmö home for the past six months.

Sarkozy slips into Geneva for charity gala

Sarkozy slips into Geneva for charity gala

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy paid a discreet visit to Geneva on Thursday night to attend an annual fund-raising gala for Keren Hayesod, the United Israel Appeal charity.

Expert: Neo-Nazi terror gang had more members
Germany

Expert: Neo-Nazi terror gang had more members

There is "clear evidence" that there were more than three members of the German neo-Nazi terror gang known as the National Socialist Underground, a leading expert on far-right extremism said on Friday.

Business confidence at seven-month high
Germany

Business confidence at seven-month high

Germany, Europe's top economy, appears to have put the worst of the region's debt crisis behind it, data showed Friday, with business confidence rising to its highest level in seven months.

Court rules internet access a basic right
Germany

Court rules internet access a basic right

A top German court ruled this week that people can sue their internet providers for damages if their connection fails. Access to the internet had become a basic right, the country's justice minister said.

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Switzerland

Shell inks Ukraine gas deal at Davos

Ukraine and the global oil giant Royal Dutch Shell signed Thursday a $10 billion shale gas production sharing agreement aimed at helping the ex-Soviet nation ease its dependence on Russia.

Museum delighted to show returned Matisse
Sweden

Museum delighted to show returned Matisse

Stockholm's Museum of Modern Art is preparing to show the Matisse painting "Le Jardin" that was returned this week after it was stolen 25 years ago.

Zurich resident Tina Turner becomes Swiss
Switzerland

Zurich resident Tina Turner becomes Swiss

American rock singer Tina Turner has become a Swiss citizen.

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Norway

Algeria hostage drama ‘likely an inside job’

Islamist commandos behind the spectacular hostage-taking at an Algerian gas field probably had help from someone inside the plant, Norway's foreign minister said in a newspaper interview published on Thursday.

Airport strikes shut down Cologne and Düsseldorf
Germany

Airport strikes shut down Cologne and Düsseldorf

Striking security personnel at the Düsseldorf and Cologne/Bonn airports continued on Friday, leaving passengers faced with flight cancellations and delays for the second day running.

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Sweden

University reeling after French student’s death

Two days after a 23-year-old French exchange student was found dead in southern Sweden, university officials have expressed their shock at the loss, and are holding a memorial service in his honour.

Germany to buy first armed drones
Germany

Germany to buy first armed drones

The German government has for the first time declared its intention to buy armed drones, it was reported Friday. Up until now, the German military has only used unmanned aircraft for reconnaissance and spying.

Government mulls tax deductions for IT help
Sweden

Government mulls tax deductions for IT help

Sweden's finance ministry is looking into extending a much-debated tax deduction scheme for services to include reduced employers' fees for IT services.

Hollande’s Mali honeymoon period over
France

Hollande’s Mali honeymoon period over

France may have achieved some success on the battlefields in Mali but it appears on home soil French President Françoise Hollande has gained little.

Germans urgently warned to leave Benghazi
Germany

Germans urgently warned to leave Benghazi

Germany urged its citizens to immediately leave Benghazi on Thursday, after the British government warned of a "specific and imminent threat" in the Libyan city where a US ambassador was killed in an attack.

DSK encounters escort girl, in court
France

DSK encounters escort girl, in court

Disgraced former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn came face-to-face with a call girl on Thursday in the latest stage of a probe into charges that he procured prostitutes for sex parties.

Sweden receives sham marriage combat manual
Sweden

Sweden receives sham marriage combat manual

Sweden's Ministry of Justice has received a draft EU document on how to tackle "marriages of convenience" as part of a union-wide effort to clamp down on liaisons entered into solely for residency rights.

Polls, pets, plagiarism, and prejudiced prefixes
Germany

Polls, pets, plagiarism, and prejudiced prefixes

The Local's Ben Knight has devised a handy podcast for all your weekly news needs. This week, we've got Merkel's election blues, the education minister's plagiarism misery, French longevity, and a zoo director accused of chauvinism.

Security probe into ‘one-week defence’ claim
Sweden

Security probe into ‘one-week defence’ claim

Swedish security service Säpo is looking into whether the Armed Forces commander-in-chief endangered national security with his comment that Sweden could only defend itself for one week if it came under direct attack.