Top Swedish unis slide in new global ranking
Sweden

Top Swedish unis slide in new global ranking

Three Swedish universities have reputations among the top 100 in the world, but each institution has seen its position fall since last year according to a new ranking published on Monday.

ETH Zurich is ‘top uni’ in continental Europe
Switzerland

ETH Zurich is ‘top uni’ in continental Europe

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich has the best reputation of all universities in continental Europe, according to a new world ranking.

French universities lag behind ‘world’s best’
France

French universities lag behind ‘world’s best’

A league table of the world’s best reputed universities published on Monday will provoke concern in France with none of the country's higher education institutions ranked inside the top 50.

‘Spanish bureaucracy moves very slowly’
Spain

‘Spanish bureaucracy moves very slowly’

Some years back, Liverpudlian Simon Grant felt like an adventure and was all set to leave Europe. Instead he and his business partner Tony Bruno ended up running a successful language school in a small town near Seville.

Alcohol report lays bare France’s drink problem
France

Alcohol report lays bare France’s drink problem

The reputation of the French for drinking in moderation appears slightly misleading after a worrying report released on Monday revealed alcohol is responsible for around 49,000 deaths in France each year - around 134 each day.

Ten-year-old skier dies on slopes of Morzine
France

Ten-year-old skier dies on slopes of Morzine

A ten-year-old girl was killed on Monday after hitting a crash barrier on a slope in the popular Alpine ski resort of Morzine.

Stockholm cafe’s kid ban has parents frothing
Sweden

Stockholm cafe’s kid ban has parents frothing

A Stockholm coffee shop has banned children from its premises and sparked an uproar among the capital's caffeine-loving parents.

‘I will never cut corners romantically, ever’
Sweden

‘I will never cut corners romantically, ever’

In the first of a five-part series of love and dating columns, Edinburgh native and single girl Emilia Millicent tells us about the conundrums of finding a suitable boy in Sweden.

CeBIT tech fair targets Asia and social media
Germany

CeBIT tech fair targets Asia and social media

The world's biggest high-tech fair, the CeBIT, kicks off on Tuesday, pinning its hopes on growing tech regions Asia and Africa and the hot topic of social media to beat competition from other high-profile fairs.

Swedish supplier finds source of Ikea horsemeat
Sweden

Swedish supplier finds source of Ikea horsemeat

Ikea's main Swedish meatball supplier announced on Monday that it had traced horse-tainted meat to another Sweden-based supplier with links to slaughterhouses in Poland.

Metalworkers’ union pushes for pay rise
Germany

Metalworkers’ union pushes for pay rise

IG Metall, Germany's most powerful union, said on Monday that it has urged regional branches to call for a 5.5 percent pay rise for metalworkers in their upcoming pay rounds.

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France

Fashion giant Mango sorry for ‘slave’ necklace

Fashion retailer Mango on Monday apologised on Twitter for a necklace advertised on its French website as "slave style", blaming a translation error.

Pepe: ‘We have hit our best form’
Spain

Pepe: ‘We have hit our best form’

Real Madrid defender Pepe has said the team is perfectly prepared for the Champions League clash with Manchester United on Tuesday after notching up a second win over Barcelona in less than five days on Saturday.

Mango sorry for ‘slave’ translation gaffe
Spain

Mango sorry for ‘slave’ translation gaffe

Top Spanish fashion retailer Mango on Monday apologized after it accidentally advertised a necklace on its website as "slave style".

French PM wants limits on ‘fat cat’ pay
France

French PM wants limits on ‘fat cat’ pay

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Monday praised Swiss voters for backing moves to curb executive pay and said France should take inspiration from their lead.

Arabic newspaper lures fresh Malmö advertisers
Sweden

Arabic newspaper lures fresh Malmö advertisers

A media consortium in southern Sweden has baited a new shole of advertisers by starting an Arabic-language newspaper in Malmö.

Parisians urged to be ‘accountable’ for dog poo
France

Parisians urged to be ‘accountable’ for dog poo

Another year, another campaign. Authorities in Paris have renewed their efforts this week to try to tackle the age-old problem of dog poo, the long-time scourge of the capital's streets. But will they ever succeed?

Mastering Germany’s foreign credential maze
Germany

Mastering Germany’s foreign credential maze

New rules aim to fast-track non-EU workers with in-demand vocational skills through Germany's immigration system. But many working in the trades must still have their training officially recognized before starting a job – The Local found out how.

Plane crashes by Swiss border killing two
Switzerland

Plane crashes by Swiss border killing two

Two people including the pilot were killed and a teenage girl was injured on Monday when a private plane crashed near the Swiss border in the French Alps, emergency officials and police said.

Germany: Europe’s favourite holiday spot
Germany

Germany: Europe’s favourite holiday spot

Germany has been named Europe's most popular holiday destination for the fifth year in a row, tourism experts at the annual ITB tourism fair revealed on Monday as the event kicked off in Berlin.

Violent storms batter Canary Islands
Spain

Violent storms batter Canary Islands

Many of Spain's Canary Islands were on red alert on Monday as the region braced for fierce winds.

Norway frets over flood of job-seeking Swedes
Sweden

Norway frets over flood of job-seeking Swedes

Swedish labour migration to Norway is threatening to nab jobs from the country's own job seekers, warned a Norwegian business association that also accused Sweden of political negligence.

Madrid fights Catalan independence vote
Spain

Madrid fights Catalan independence vote

The Spanish government said on Friday it planned to challenge a bid by the Catalonia region to hold a referendum on breaking away from Spain.

Updated: Private plane crashes in French Alps
France

Updated: Private plane crashes in French Alps

Two people including the pilot were killed and a teenage girl left injured on Monday when a private plane crashed near the Swiss border in the French Alps, emergency officials and police said.

Ten tips on French business etiquette
France

Ten tips on French business etiquette

Have you ever faced an awkward moment while working in France? As part of The Local's JobTalk series professional etiquette expert Kara Ronin gives us ten points of business protocol to help you avoid giving the wrong impression.

Deutsche Bahn in new fight with Bombardier
Germany

Deutsche Bahn in new fight with Bombardier

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn said Monday it was suing Canadian train maker Bombardier over "serious defects" in trains used on the suburban S-Bahn rail network in Berlin.

‘If you have a good job, life in Spain is great’
Spain

‘If you have a good job, life in Spain is great’

In The Local's second instalment of My Spanish Career, we talk to French online marketing expert Benoit Folinais about landing a job without speaking the lingo and whether Spanish workers really are as lazy as some claim.

Spanish jobless rate hits record high
Spain

Spanish jobless rate hits record high

Registered unemployment in Spain topped five million people in February, employment ministry data released on Monday showed.

Family doubts Menznau gunman killed himself
Switzerland

Family doubts Menznau gunman killed himself

The 42-year-old man who opened fire on his co-workers in the canton of Lucerne last week may not have killed himself, as first appeared to be the case.

Foreigner quota to fix ‘too German’ Daimler
Germany

Foreigner quota to fix ‘too German’ Daimler

Daimler, the German auto-giant behind luxury car brand Mercedes, has decided that its management personnel is just too German. The firm has vowed to fill half of its top jobs with international applicants.

Artist calls for genital close-ups via Facebook
Germany

Artist calls for genital close-ups via Facebook

A Munich artist determined to document the diversity of genitalia is calling Facebook users to send her close-up photos of their privates. But by Monday, just three penises had landed in her inbox.

French hostage families urge talks with Al-Qaeda
France

French hostage families urge talks with Al-Qaeda

The families of four hostages being held by Al-Qaeda's north African branch on Monday urged the French government to show a "willingness to negotiate" with the militant group.

Sweden snags six medals in Gothenburg
Sweden

Sweden snags six medals in Gothenburg

Sweden took home an unexpected tally of six medals at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Gothenburg at the weekend, including a spectacular gold by runner Abeba Aregawi.

Six of the best: Brilliant blogs about Spain
Spain

Six of the best: Brilliant blogs about Spain

Need some quality bedside reading? These six English-language blogs about Spain are just the thing. You'll find everything from a Canadian guerilla gardener in Tarifa to an English actor who fights bulls on the side. And that's just for starters.

EU classifies 1 percent of Swedes as ‘poor’
Sweden

EU classifies 1 percent of Swedes as ‘poor’

One percent of Swedes live in material poverty, according to a new annual Eurostat review that lists Sweden as having the lowest poverty level in the EU.

Minder ‘hit a nerve’: Economiesuisse
Switzerland

Minder ‘hit a nerve’: Economiesuisse

The Swiss business federation, Economiesuisse, is digesting the result of Sunday’s historic ballot on an initiative to rein in executive pay, which voters approved overwhelmingly.

Penniless French nursery seeks Beckham’s wages
France

Penniless French nursery seeks Beckham’s wages

A nursery in France facing the prospect of closure has called on footballer David Beckham to come to its aid, hoping Paris St-Germain's new signing will stick to the promise he made to hand over his entire salary to good causes.

German politicians call for fat cat cap
Germany

German politicians call for fat cat cap

A Swiss vote on Sunday in favour of giving small shareholders the right to cap executives' pay has prompted German politicians to call for a similar law in this country.

Top politicians to get ‘high security’ phones
Germany

Top politicians to get ‘high security’ phones

Chancellor Angela Merkel and other German political leaders with access to state secrets are to be issued state-of-the-art, high security mobile phones later this year.

France orders police officers to be more polite
France

France orders police officers to be more polite

French police officers are to be given a new code of conduct next April forcing them to be more polite when dealing with members of the public.

Thousands protest to save Berlin Wall
Germany

Thousands protest to save Berlin Wall

Up to 6,000 people thronged part of the longest surviving stretch of the Berlin Wall on Sunday in a growing protest against plans to knock down a section to make way for luxury homes. Work has now been stopped until March 18.

Flame snuffed out for Swiss Olympic bid
Switzerland

Flame snuffed out for Swiss Olympic bid

Switzerland will not be hosting the Winter Olympics in 2022 after almost 53 percent of residents of St Moritz voted against a candidacy.

Carer blows pensioner’s savings on internet porn
Sweden

Carer blows pensioner’s savings on internet porn

A man working in elderly care in southern Sweden risks up to two years in prison after he spent almost all of an 82-year-old woman's savings on porn, alcohol, and a home cinema.

Most Swedish truck drivers ‘too fast’: report
Sweden

Most Swedish truck drivers ‘too fast’: report

The majority of truck drivers in Sweden are speeding, according to a new investigation, with police planning to crack down on the lawbreakers and increase roadside surveillance.

Smartphone owners hit with TV-licence fee
Sweden

Smartphone owners hit with TV-licence fee

Swedish TV-licence fee collectors have started asking Swedes if they have smartphones, in a drive to round up anyone who may be streaming content online but not paying the annual television fee.