Spying on computer use illegal, top court says
Switzerland

Spying on computer use illegal, top court says

Employers cannot use spy software to collect information about the computer activities of employees, Switzerland’s supreme court has ruled.

Paedophile bus driver jailed for new sex crimes
Switzerland

Paedophile bus driver jailed for new sex crimes

Questions are being raised in Ticino about how a convicted paedophile, sentenced on Thursday to five years in jail for re-offending with new sex crimes against small girls, managed to get hired as the driver of a bus carrying young children.

France deports ‘Islamist extremist’ to Morocco
France

France deports ‘Islamist extremist’ to Morocco

France said on Thursday it had expelled a Moroccan citizen linked with an Islamist extremist group from French territory. The move comes days after Interior Minister Manuel Valls vowed to deport several radical Islamist preachers.

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Sweden

Poll highlights Swedes’ immigration concerns

Immigration is growing in importance to Swedish voters, according to a new study that revealed most voters think the far-right Sweden Democrats are the party with the best immigration policies.

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Norway

Fifth Norwegian dead in Algeria: Statoil

The last Norwegian citizen still missing after the attack on Algerian gas plant In Amenas has been identified among those killed, Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil said on Thursday.

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France

Beckham to PSG: The view from France

To say David Beckham's move to French club Paris Saint-Germain has caused a little bit of a stir in France, would certainly be an understatement. With the story dominating most news channels and websites on Thursday The Local takes a look at the reaction.

Neo-Nazi faces 10 murder accomplice charges
Germany

Neo-Nazi faces 10 murder accomplice charges

Suspected neo-Nazi terror gang member Beate Zschäpe apparently faces charges of being an accomplice to ten murders, a German news magazine reported on Thursday after gaining internal information.

‘Peeping Tom mural romanticizes harassment’
Sweden

‘Peeping Tom mural romanticizes harassment’

A 14-year-old student in northern Sweden who complained that her school’s restroom art "romanticized peeping" and was sexist has won a partial victory as the principal agreed to remove it. Astrid Johansson is The Local’s Swede of the Week.

The Lowdown: Sweden’s new subletting law
Sweden

The Lowdown: Sweden’s new subletting law

Wondering what changes to Sweden's subletting law might mean for you and what you pay in rent? The Local gets the lowdown from one of Sweden's largest housing organizations.

Ikea bananas sprout in Swede’s living room
Sweden

Ikea bananas sprout in Swede’s living room

A 61-year-old man from southern Sweden doesn't head to the supermarket for a banana - he simply pops into his living room where his Ikea banana plant has just bloomed for the first time in years.

Most French believe France is ‘bankrupt’
France

Most French believe France is ‘bankrupt’

More than six out of ten French people believe their country has gone bust, a survey revealed this week, suggesting the public have little faith their country's ailing economy can get back track any time soon.

More Germans than ever take early retirement
Germany

More Germans than ever take early retirement

More Germans than ever before are taking early retirement, according to new figures released on Thursday. A record number put their feet up early in 2011, opting to take a reduced pension in order to enjoy more free-time.

Sweden hailed as EU foreign policy bigshot
Sweden

Sweden hailed as EU foreign policy bigshot

Sweden is the one of the most influential countries in the European Union when it comes to European foreign policy, according to a new ranking, exerting clout nearly on par with heavyweights Germany, France, and the UK.

Profit dip for Swedish drugmakers AstraZeneca
Sweden

Profit dip for Swedish drugmakers AstraZeneca

Anglo-Swedish pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca said Thursday that net profits sank 37 percent last year, hit by the expiry of drug patents and "tough" markets, and warned revenues would fall further in 2013.

Job market remains resilient despite crisis
Germany

Job market remains resilient despite crisis

The German labour market remains surprisingly resilient to the eurozone debt crisis, with unemployment in Europe's top economy falling to a four-month low adjusted for seasonal effects, data showed on Thursday.

Swiss economy to grow one percent, UBS says
Switzerland

Swiss economy to grow one percent, UBS says

The Swiss economy should grow by one percent this year, UBS economists say in a forecast issued on Thursday hedged by concerns about global uncertainty.

Paris St-Germain lure Beckham to France
France

Paris St-Germain lure Beckham to France

David Beckham sealed a move to French club Paris St-Germain, on Thursday in a venture that has taken France by surprise. The Paris club held a press conference at 5pm when the former Real Madrid star was officially unveiled.

French PM slammed over votes for foreigners
France

French PM slammed over votes for foreigners

Members of the French opposition have attacked Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault after his announcement this week that he intends to push ahead with plans to extend certain voting rights to all foreigners.

‘Bank customers need to toughen up’: minister
Sweden

‘Bank customers need to toughen up’: minister

Following better-than-expected results from several Swedish banks, leading politicians had mixed reactions about the enormous pay-outs awaiting shareholders.

Deutsche Bank bleeds hefty losses
Germany

Deutsche Bank bleeds hefty losses

Deutsche Bank, Germany's biggest bank, said on Thursday that one-off effects pushed it into the red in the fourth quarter of last year and led to a multi-billion drop in full-year profits.

Marseille: ‘A city with a unique soul’
France

Marseille: ‘A city with a unique soul’

To tell us more about the beguiling Mediterranean port of Marseille, the 2013 European Capital of Culture, The Local caught up with Susan Fitoussi - an artist and operational assistant who has lived in the city for almost 20 years.

‘Tailor Swedish classes to newcomers’ needs’
Sweden

‘Tailor Swedish classes to newcomers’ needs’

With one in four Swedish language students dropping out of the state-run classes, three Liberal Party ministers argued on Thursday that the system is not helping newcomers integrate and needs a work-focused overhaul.

Police bust fraudster family faking car crashes
Germany

Police bust fraudster family faking car crashes

German police have arrested 15 members of the same family after it emerged they had been intentionally causing car accidents to cash in on insurance, making around €150,000 over several years.

Farm inferno kills herd of 86 camels
Germany

Farm inferno kills herd of 86 camels

Eighty-six camels were killed on Thursday morning, when flames engulfed a building at a family-run animal farm in the southwestern German state of Baden-Wüttermberg. The blaze also caused €1 million worth of damage, said police.

Goodyear to close plant in northern France
France

Goodyear to close plant in northern France

Executives at a Goodyear tyre plant in Amiens, northern France, presented on Thursday a plan to close the site, which employs 1,173 workers.

How much is this beret worth to a Frenchman?
France

How much is this beret worth to a Frenchman?

A Basque jeweller is asking an astonishing €8,900 for that most classic of French fashion accessories – a beret.

The Local’s My German Career archive
Germany

The Local’s My German Career archive

Starting a career in Germany can seem daunting, which is why we've sat down with the experts - people who have been there and done it. Our My German Career series profiles foreigners working in the country who tell it like it is.

Victorinox cuts Wenger Swiss Army knife brand
Switzerland

Victorinox cuts Wenger Swiss Army knife brand

Wenger Swiss Army knives, made since 1893, will no longer be produced under that name as of 2014, says Victorinox, the company that owns the iconic brand.

TeliaSonera cuts Sweden staff despite profits
Sweden

TeliaSonera cuts Sweden staff despite profits

The Finnish-Swedish telecommunications operator TeliaSonera posted on Thursday an 8 percent rise in 2012 net profit, slightly better than expected by analysts.

France calls for peace talks in Mali
France

France calls for peace talks in Mali

France called for peace talks between Mali's government and "legitimate representatives" from the north, after French troops took up positions at Kidal, the last city held by Islamist forces.

This Week’s Highlights: January 31 – February 6
Germany

This Week’s Highlights: January 31 – February 6

This Week's Highlights: Classic cars in Bremen, documentary films in Berlin, and a Super Bowl party in Munich.

France’s civil servants stage mass walk-out
France

France’s civil servants stage mass walk-out

France’s Socialist government faced its first mass show of dissent from public servants on Thursday as members of three unions went on strike.

Berlin to refuel French jets for Mali mission
Germany

Berlin to refuel French jets for Mali mission

Germany is considering expanding its support of France’s military campaign against Islamists in Mail to include airborne refueling of jets carrying out airstrikes.

Germany aims to protect consumer bank deposits
Germany

Germany aims to protect consumer bank deposits

Germany aims to introduce legislation on banking separation in order to protect customers' deposits from riskier areas of business, according to a draft law seen by news agency AFP.

‘A CV will get thrown out if not in German style’
Germany

‘A CV will get thrown out if not in German style’

The Local's new series JobTalk offers tips for working in Germany. For the first instalment, we explore the unique aspects of the German résumé.

Swedish court convicts man for Hitler salute
Sweden

Swedish court convicts man for Hitler salute

A man who performed a Nazi salute in a park in southern Sweden has been convicted of racial agitation by a Malmö court, the first time in three years a local resident has been convicted of a hate crime.

‘Swedish foreign ministry not transparent enough’
Sweden

‘Swedish foreign ministry not transparent enough’

Sweden's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been criticized for not respecting freedom of information laws in a new overview by the parliamentary committee on constitutional affairs (Konstitutionsutskottet, KU).

Ericsson losses less dire than expected
Sweden

Ericsson losses less dire than expected

Telecom equipment provider Ericsson reported on Thursday that net profit plunged by half last year, hit by a charge for joint venture ST-Ericsson, but posted higher than expected sales in the fourth quarter.

Eight wriggly white lions and tigers greet world
Germany

Eight wriggly white lions and tigers greet world

Zookeepers at a German wildlife park had their hands full when they decided to measure, weigh and vaccinate four baby white tigers and four baby white lions that had been born in the autumn.

New in cinemas this week: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’
Germany

New in cinemas this week: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Find movies playing in English in Germany with The Local's cinema guide.