FC Basel bags footballer from German league
Switzerland

FC Basel bags footballer from German league

Ivory Coast forward Giovanni Sio is joining Swiss champions FC Basel from Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg for an undisclosed fee, the German club says.

Bern urges voters to back military service
Switzerland

Bern urges voters to back military service

The Swiss government is urging voters to maintain the country's compulsory military service when they head to the polls next month for a referendum on the issue.

The news from Sweden by the numbers
Sweden

The news from Sweden by the numbers

We've put a new twist on our weekly look back at the news from Sweden. So whether you fancy yourself a fan of figures or simply need to catch up on the week's news, have a look at our week in review, this time by the numbers.

GALLERY: What will France be like in 2025?
France

GALLERY: What will France be like in 2025?

French President François Hollande set his cabinet homework recently to predict what France will be like in 2025. People often say change occurs in France at the pace of escargots but here The Local peers into our crystal ball to look at ten ways the country may have evolved by 2025. Let us know your predictions.

Merkel warns of far-right extremism in Europe
Germany

Merkel warns of far-right extremism in Europe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for vigilance against far-right extremism in Europe on Saturday, ahead of a visit to a former Nazi concentration camp.

Reinfeldt moots new income tax cuts
Sweden

Reinfeldt moots new income tax cuts

The Moderates will push for the introduction of a fifth round of earned income tax credits, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said Saturday ahead of budget negotiations with Alliance coalition partners.

Fake police ring nabbed in western Switzerland
Switzerland

Fake police ring nabbed in western Switzerland

Swiss police have arrested a gang of fake officers who stole tens of thousands of dollars from tourists in the Lake Geneva area this summer.

Jobless Spanish line up for ‘Exodus’ slave wage
Spain

Jobless Spanish line up for ‘Exodus’ slave wage

Thousands of Spaniards in the depressed southern region of Andalusia are queueing up to play the role of slaves in film-maker Ridley Scott's Biblical epic "Exodus", hoping for a way out of unemployment.

Cameron calls for EU check at Gibraltar border
Spain

Cameron calls for EU check at Gibraltar border

British Prime Minister David Cameron called on European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso on Friday to send monitors to observe "politically motivated" checks at Spain's border with Gibraltar as soon as possible.

Arsenal target Gustavo signs for Wolfsburg
Germany

Arsenal target Gustavo signs for Wolfsburg

Brazilian international midfielder Luiz Gustavo has completed his transfer from European champions Bayern Munich to Bundesliga rivals Wolfsburg, thwarting London club Arsenal in their hunt for the 26-year-old.

France mulls Egypt tourist evacuation
France

France mulls Egypt tourist evacuation

Egypt's tourism industry was facing meltdown on Friday as France, Britain, Italy and a slew of other governments advised visitors to stay in their hotels and tour operators began cancelling trips to the crisis-hit country.

Ryanair ‘erased black box’ on Sweden landing
Sweden

Ryanair ‘erased black box’ on Sweden landing

Irish low cost airline Ryanair deleted the data from the black box of an aircraft involved in an emergency landing at Skavsta Airport near Stockholm in 2011, according to an official report into the incident.

Fashion retailer H&M plans Ethiopia expansion
Sweden

Fashion retailer H&M plans Ethiopia expansion

Swedish fashion retailer Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) said Friday it would expand its network of suppliers to Ethiopia, after concentrating 80 percent of its production in Asian countries.