Senior fights for life after Zurich bus stop crash
Switzerland

Senior fights for life after Zurich bus stop crash

A 79-year-old man was fighting for his life on Monday after a car ran into him while he was seated on a bench at a bus stop in the canton of Zurich.

UN official slams GOP over US shutdown
Switzerland

UN official slams GOP over US shutdown

The head of a Geneva-based UN watchdog on Monday slammed Republicans over the US government shutdown, after a planned review of the country's rights record became the latest casualty of the budget impasse.

Naked Geneva sculpture covered before Iran talks
Switzerland

Naked Geneva sculpture covered before Iran talks

A relief carving of a naked man at the United Nations' Geneva headquarters was covered up on Monday, apparently to spare the blushes of Iranian diplomats ahead of fresh talks on the country's use of nuclear energy.

Four abducted Red Cross workers freed in Syria
Switzerland

Four abducted Red Cross workers freed in Syria

Efforts continued on Monday to free three aid workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross who were kidnapped in Syria, after four fellow abductees were released.

Merkel and centre-left party set for more talks
Germany

Merkel and centre-left party set for more talks

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Conservatives plan to hold a third round of talks with the Social Democrats (SPD) on Thursday about the possibility of forming a coalition government.

‘We pay too much in taxes’, plead the French
France

‘We pay too much in taxes’, plead the French

As a European commissioner accused France of “crossing a red line” with its high taxes a survey suggested the French public have also had enough of their infamous tax man with seven out of ten believing they are now handing over too much to the state.

Norwegian PM steps down for new gov
Norway

Norwegian PM steps down for new gov

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on Monday handed in the government's resignation following his centre-left coalition's election defeat to right-wing parties last month.

‘School bribes us to take religion’: viral letter
Spain

‘School bribes us to take religion’: viral letter

In a letter that has gone viral across Spain, a 12-year-old Spanish boy has accused his school of "bribing" pupils to take religious studies with paintball trips and other fun excursions.

Fear and giggles: A day as a Jew in Malmö
Sweden

Fear and giggles: A day as a Jew in Malmö

Anti-Semitism and Malmö are words that frequently appear together. Jews are turning their back on the southern city in the wake of several incidents while potential Jewish tourists have expressed concern over the city's safety. The Local's Patrick Reilly donned a kippah for a day to find out what the situation is really like.

Athlete banned for using ‘fake penis’ to cheat test
Italy

Athlete banned for using ‘fake penis’ to cheat test

An Italian athlete who allegedly tried using a fake penis to cheat a doping test has been banned for 30 months. His girlfriend has also been banned from sport for two years for allegedly helping him.

Hobbit star slams Spain’s cinema cuts
Spain

Hobbit star slams Spain’s cinema cuts

US actor Elijah Wood has criticized the Spanish Government's decision to cut state cinema funding, saying the move will destroy years of hard work.

IN PICTURES: Zombies invade the City of Light
France

IN PICTURES: Zombies invade the City of Light

Hordes of zombies roam the streets of Paris, covered in blood and gore. Groaning and hissing, they stare straight at you, and shuffle in your direction. Curious what that might look like? Check out these images (if you dare).

Season’s first snow set to smother Stockholm
Sweden

Season’s first snow set to smother Stockholm

Snow is on the way to the capital region as Sweden braces for the first flakes of the season with temperatures expected to plummet throughout the week.

Slaughterhouse workers blockade French airport
France

Slaughterhouse workers blockade French airport

Angry workers in France’s food processing industry, who are refusing to lie down and accept hundreds of job cuts, blockaded an airport in Western France on Monday, forcing authorities to cancel or re-route several flights.

Seven tips for snagging a job at Sweden’s most attractive companies
Sweden

Seven tips for snagging a job at Sweden’s most attractive companies

When it comes to finding a job at one of Sweden's most attractive companies, you need to be on your game, explains Claes Peyron of employer branding experts Universum. He offers seven tips for beating out the competition.

A Rabbi helps Italians find their Jewish roots
Italy

A Rabbi helps Italians find their Jewish roots

Barbara Aeillo is Italy's first and only female rabbi. The daughter of a German death camp liberator, she speaks to The Local about rediscovering her own Calabrian roots as well as her mission of helping Italians who have lost their Jewish heritage to embrace theirs.

Sardinian ‘rebels’ redraw island map
Italy

Sardinian ‘rebels’ redraw island map

Sardinians have launched a campaign to banish the Italian language from their island, by changing place names on Google Maps to the local language.

Berlin blogger records entire life online
Germany

Berlin blogger records entire life online

A German blogger is revealing every detail of his life online as part of a so-called “post-privacy” experiment. The 28-year-old believes all information should be made public, but critics accuse him of being naive.

Air Berlin offers pet owner €100 for dog death
Germany

Air Berlin offers pet owner €100 for dog death

A grieving dog owner is suing German airline Air Berlin after he was offered a €100 voucher as compensation for the death of his pet during a flight.

Police investigate nut attack on schoolgirl
Sweden

Police investigate nut attack on schoolgirl

A Swedish schoolgirl with a nut allergy was left fighting for her life after being rushed to hospital when it emerged that another pupil had placed a peanut in her drink, in a case that is now involving the police.

Swiss confirm polonium on Arafat’s clothes
Switzerland

Swiss confirm polonium on Arafat’s clothes

Radiation experts in Lausanne have confirmed they found traces of polonium on clothing used by Yasser Arafat which "support the possibility" the veteran Palestinian leader was poisoned.

Spain’s wealth divide widest in Europe: Charity
Spain

Spain’s wealth divide widest in Europe: Charity

The gap between Spain's richest and poorest is now the widest in Europe with some three million people living in extreme poverty, a new study reveals.

Paris Autolib’ electric cars go up in smoke
France

Paris Autolib’ electric cars go up in smoke

Two vehicles from Paris’s flagship fleet of electric cars were reduced to ashes in the middle of the street on Monday after one exploded as it was charging. Luckily no one was in the cars at the time. The dramatic explosion was caught on camera.

‘Air Berlin offered me €100 for killing my dog’
Spain

‘Air Berlin offered me €100 for killing my dog’

A grieving Spanish dog owner is suing German airline Air Berlin after he was offered a €100 ($135) flight voucher as compensation for the death of his pet during a flight.

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Switzerland

China firm denies corruption in Swiss deal

A Chinese tycoon has denied allegations the daughter of a former leader brokered an illegal deal for Swiss giant Zurich Insurance to buy into one of his companies, state media reported on Monday.

€1 coins land Chinese tourists in Paris jail cell
France

€1 coins land Chinese tourists in Paris jail cell

Two Chinese tourists in Paris found themselves in hot water recently with anti-fraud authorities. After paying their €70 hotel bill in €1 coins, police found €3,700 in change in their possession, and arrested them on suspicion of forgery.

‘Disbelief’: US trio wins Nobel economics prize
Sweden

‘Disbelief’: US trio wins Nobel economics prize

Three economists from the United States were awarded the Nobel Prize in economics in Stockholm on Monday for their research in predicting asset price movements.

Spanish banks see debt levels hit 18-month low
Spain

Spanish banks see debt levels hit 18-month low

The net debt owed by Spanish banks to the European Central Bank fell in September to the lowest level for 18 months, data from the Bank of Spain showed on Monday.

‘Lavish’ bishop flies Ryanair for Pope talks
Germany

‘Lavish’ bishop flies Ryanair for Pope talks

A German bishop who is under fire for spending €31 million on his new headquarters, including €15,000 on a bath tub, was summoned to Rome on Sunday – and flew with budget airline Ryanair.

Italian MPs among highest paid in Europe
Italy

Italian MPs among highest paid in Europe

Italian MPs are paid €11,703 a month and receive €4,003 in overnight expenses, far higher than many of their European counterparts, research has found.

Why do Germans seem rude? Blame history
Germany

Why do Germans seem rude? Blame history

Germany's leading cultural organization, the Goethe Institute, has released a video to explain why Germans appear rude, blaming history for the country’s tendency to get straight to the point.

Comms giant pushes anti-spy network
Germany

Comms giant pushes anti-spy network

Germany’s biggest communications company, Deutsche Telekom, has put forward plans for the country to use German only connections in a bid to combat the threat of foreign spy agencies and hackers.

easyJet creates over 400 new jobs in Italy
Italy

easyJet creates over 400 new jobs in Italy

Low-cost airline easyJet will create over 400 new jobs as its makes Naples' Capodichino airport its third largest base in Italy after Rome and Milan.

French far-right in ‘final warning’ to main parties
France

French far-right in ‘final warning’ to main parties

France’s political establishment has been coming to terms with the shock by-election victory of the far-right National Front. Some on the Left and Right have already begun the blame game, while others are making dire predictions for next year's elections. Here's a round-up of reactions in France.

Paris twice as pricey as Berlin for students
France

Paris twice as pricey as Berlin for students

A new league table of the most expensive capital cities in Europe for student accommodation saw Paris finish on the podium, just behind London but well ahead of Berlin. The results may make future gap year students think again.

Germans ‘have score to settle’ with Sweden
Sweden

Germans ‘have score to settle’ with Sweden

Germany arrive in Stockholm eager for revenge against the hosts following last year's dramatic 4-4 draw in Berlin when Sweden battled back from four goals down but the home side won't be able to call on the services of Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is suspended.

Swiss tackle growing child obesity problem
Switzerland

Swiss tackle growing child obesity problem

Swiss children are consuming too much fast food and soft drinks and getting too little exercise, says a parenting expert who notes that one in five kids in Switzerland are overweight.

‘Nazi criminal remains should go to Germany’
Germany

‘Nazi criminal remains should go to Germany’

The body of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke, who died last week in Italy aged 100, should be sent to Germany and incinerated, the head of Jewish human rights organization the Simon Wiesenthal Centre said.

‘Nazi should be burnt’ – Jewish group
Italy

‘Nazi should be burnt’ – Jewish group

The body of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke, who died last week in Italy aged 100, should be sent to Germany and incinerated, the head of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre said in an interview.

Northern lights best in a decade this December
Norway

Northern lights best in a decade this December

Norway's official travel guide is expecting a surge of tourists rushing to see the Northern Lights this winter after NASA scientists predicted a new December peak in solar maximum activity.

VIDEO: Gliding in the Romsdal mountains
Norway

VIDEO: Gliding in the Romsdal mountains

A Norwegian glider has shot some incredible footage of him soaring and swooping around the peaks of Romsdal in Norway this September.

Ingrid, 75, kills thieving fox with her bare hands
Sweden

Ingrid, 75, kills thieving fox with her bare hands

A Swedish pensioner took matters into her own hands when a fox tried to attack her chickens and ended up battering the animal to death.

‘Lavish’ bishop flies Ryanair for Pope talks
Italy

‘Lavish’ bishop flies Ryanair for Pope talks

A German bishop who is under fire for spending €31 million on his new headquarters, including €15,000 on a bath tub, was summoned to Rome on Sunday – and flew with budget airline Ryanair.

Photo of the Day: A new French delicacy?
France

Photo of the Day: A new French delicacy?

Eating insects and worms might be common in Asia but in France, crickets and beetles have not yet managed to push foie gras and escargots snails) off the list of traditional national delicacies. But as the photo suggests, things could soon change.

Roche announces global plan to create 500 jobs
Switzerland

Roche announces global plan to create 500 jobs

Swiss drugs company Roche announced on Monday plans to invest 800 million francs ($879 million) to boost production of “biologic medicines” over the next five years at various sites, including Basel.

Italy plans refugee sea operation
Italy

Italy plans refugee sea operation

Italy on Monday planned a large-scale deployment of forces in the Mediterranean to manage the influx of asylum seekers as the latest boatload carrying 137 migrants arrived on its shores.

Bland Spain one point away from Brazil spot
Spain

Bland Spain one point away from Brazil spot

Despite an unconvincing 2-1 win against Belarus on Friday, world champions Spain can seal their place in next year's World Cup in Brazil with just a point when they host Georgia in Albacete on Tuesday.

Pope praises Spain’s 522 ‘pro-Franco’ martyrs
Spain

Pope praises Spain’s 522 ‘pro-Franco’ martyrs

Spain's Catholic Church beatified 522 "martyrs" on Sunday, mostly clerics killed during the Spanish Civil War, prompting fury from Franco-era victims' groups who say the honour "legitimized" his dictatorship.

Kercher’s DNA was not on alleged murder knife
Italy

Kercher’s DNA was not on alleged murder knife

DNA tests have revealed there were "no traces" of British student Meredith Kercher's blood on the kitchen knife she was thought to have been killed with.

Mosque probed over exorcism death claim
Norway

Mosque probed over exorcism death claim

Oslo police are investigating whether a 21-year-old women who died while visiting a mosque this May was subjected to an illegal exorcism.

‘The work-life balance is fantastic’
Germany

‘The work-life balance is fantastic’

In this week's My German Career Graham Polley from Ireland looks back on his six years in Frankfurt and explains how he managed to land a job without a word of German.

‘Silent majority’ rallies for Spanish Catalonia
Spain

‘Silent majority’ rallies for Spanish Catalonia

Tens of thousands of demonstrators massed in Catalonia on Saturday seeking to drown out calls for independence with a show of Spanish unity on the country's national day.

Madeleine McCann trail leads to Germany
Germany

Madeleine McCann trail leads to Germany

British police believe that Madeleine McCann's suspected kidnappers are German-speakers. On Monday they released two photofit images in the hope of solving the case some six years after her disappearance.

British teen killed quad biking in Italy
Italy

British teen killed quad biking in Italy

A 19-year-old Scottish man was killed on Sunday while competing in the European Quad of Nations championships, held in the Marche region of central Italy.

Hollande on security mission in South Africa
France

Hollande on security mission in South Africa

French President François Hollande arrived in South Africa on Monday, along with a 20-strong delegation og business leaders from France,for a two-day state visit in which he is set to push for greater cooperation on African crises with the continental powerhouse.

Pojken the pet dog eats Swedish man’s toes
Sweden

Pojken the pet dog eats Swedish man’s toes

A Swedish man who is paralysed from the waist down woke up one morning to find his pet dog Pojken ("The Boy") had eaten his toes off, prompting doctors to amputate the man's leg below the knee.

France’s National Front in shock by-election win
France

France’s National Front in shock by-election win

France's far-right National Front party fired a warning shot to mainstream political parties by winning a local by-election in the southeastern town of Brignoles on Sunday. The shock result is seen as a sign of the growing popularity of the party across France.

Poor pensions frighten half of Germans
Germany

Poor pensions frighten half of Germans

Nearly half of Germans are scared to retire, a study published on Monday revealed. Their main fear is that their pension will not be enough.

Munch show hits half a million record
Norway

Munch show hits half a million record

Nearly half a million people, both tourists and locals, came to see the giant exhibition of paintings by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch which ended on Sunday, making it the most viewed exhibition in the country's history.

Swedish kids test better in English than Swedish
Sweden

Swedish kids test better in English than Swedish

Swedish ninth graders get better marks in English than in Swedish, with experts explaining that English is increasingly accessible for the students, who find the subject more applicable than ever before.

Voter trust in Reinfeldt at three-year low
Sweden

Voter trust in Reinfeldt at three-year low

Twenty-six percent of Swedes would vote for Fredrik Reinfeldt if the elections were to be held today, a three-year low for the prime minister, while Opposition Leader Stefan Löfven's Social Democrats party pulled in 33.7 percent of the votes.