Federer advances to next round at Swiss Indoors
Switzerland

Federer advances to next round at Swiss Indoors

Switzerland's Roger Federer stormed back after a slow start to turn the tables on Denis Istomin for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 second round win at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament on Wednesday.

Credit Suisse launches ‘gay-friendly’ index
Switzerland

Credit Suisse launches ‘gay-friendly’ index

Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse has launched what it says is the first market index and portfolio based on gay-friendly policies.

Swiss government opposes immigration cap
Switzerland

Swiss government opposes immigration cap

The Swiss federal government said on Wednesday that it opposes a proposal to cap immigration to rein in overpopulation and protect the environment.

French carjackers arrested after getting lost
Switzerland

French carjackers arrested after getting lost

A carjacking in Geneva went awry for two young men from Lyon, France arrested by police in the canton of Valais after the duo were unable to find their way back across the Swiss border to their home city.

Two feared dead in Swiss army fighter jet crash
Switzerland

Two feared dead in Swiss army fighter jet crash

The two crew members of a Swiss army fighter jet that crashed in a mountainous area of central Switzerland on Wednesday are feared dead, the defence department said.

Building crane falls onto kids’ garden trampoline
Switzerland

Building crane falls onto kids’ garden trampoline

A construction crane collapsed into a residential garden in the canton of Basel-Country on Wednesday, destroying an enclosed trampoline and damaging a children’s swimming pool, cantonal police said.

Four charged with UK murder of Italian teen
Italy

Four charged with UK murder of Italian teen

Four Lithuanian men have been charged with the murder of a 19-year-old Italian man killed at the weekend in Kent, south-east of London.

Uproar over plan to alter French citizenship laws
France

Uproar over plan to alter French citizenship laws

France’s opposition party kicked off a storm this week by proposing a change in the law, aimed at making France less attractive to immigrants. The UMP wants to revoke the automatic right to French citizenship for children born in France to foreign parents.

‘Roma lists not race related’: Swedish police
Sweden

‘Roma lists not race related’: Swedish police

Police in southern Sweden have defended their use of a Roma registry, claiming on Wednesday that it was assembled to "fight a criminal network" rather than to keep tabs on people of a specific ethnicity, which would be illegal.

Cops marvel at woman’s drunk driving ‘record’
Sweden

Cops marvel at woman’s drunk driving ‘record’

A 25-year-old woman picked up from driving drunk in northern Sweden left law enforcement officials astounded after it was revealed her blood alcohol level had reached heights they'd never seen before.

Police brutality video angers Barcelona
Spain

Police brutality video angers Barcelona

New footage showing Catalan police allegedly beating a man to death in Barcelona's gay quarter has made the case a major talking point in Spain.

Berlusconi faces new trial for bribing senator
Italy

Berlusconi faces new trial for bribing senator

An Italian judge on Wednesday ordered Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial for allegedly bribing a senator to join his party's ranks, in the latest legal woe for the former prime minister, Italian media reported.

Pamela Anderson backs ban of ‘cruel’ bullfights
Spain

Pamela Anderson backs ban of ‘cruel’ bullfights

Spain's powerful bullfighting fraternity may have finally met its match: former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has joined forces with animal rights campaigners who want Spanish politicians to pull the plug on government subsidies for the "cruel pastime".

‘It’s time the French quit bashing British food’
France

‘It’s time the French quit bashing British food’

Are the French developing a secret fondness for British cuisine? And will they ever admit it? Paris-based blogger Naomi Firsht explores this spikey issue in the first of a new series that will see The Local France team up with some of the many talented bloggers in France, as they share their musings on life in our adopted country.

M&S opens new Paris store amid expansion
France

M&S opens new Paris store amid expansion

British supermarket giant Marks and Spencer is set to continue its expansion in France, it seems, with plans top open 10 more stores over the coming years. The first of the new shops, located near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, opened its doors for the first time on Wednesday.

Court: Red-light hotels must pay full tax rate
Germany

Court: Red-light hotels must pay full tax rate

Rooms rented out for prostitution in Germany do not qualify for a tax break granted to normal hotels, a court decided on Wednesday.

Painting robot sparks ‘what is art?’ debate
Germany

Painting robot sparks ‘what is art?’ debate

German scientists have built an artistic robot which can paint impressionist landscapes, portraits and still-lifes. But are David the robot’s paintings more than the sum of his parts?

‘EU must do more for immigrants’: Spanish PM
Spain

‘EU must do more for immigrants’: Spanish PM

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy urged European leaders on Wednesday to "redouble" efforts to tackle a wave of migration that has left hundreds of Africans dead in boat wrecks off EU shores.

Swedish scientists flesh out ‘zombie cure’
Sweden

Swedish scientists flesh out ‘zombie cure’

Swedish scientists trying to cure "Walking Corpse Syndrome" have confirmed a link between a household medicine and Cotard's syndrome, a rare condition that makes sufferers feel like they are dead.

New psyche review for cleared serial killer
Sweden

New psyche review for cleared serial killer

The mental health of cleared cannibal serial killer Sture Bergwall will be reassessed, following his acquittal of eight gruesome murders.

French call in drones to fight rail thieves
France

French call in drones to fight rail thieves

French rail operators are banking on drones to help save them €30 million a year in stolen cables. SNCF is currently testing the use of the unmanned aircraft as their latest tactic to fight the chronic problem of cable theft.

Ten German complaints to their expat partners
Germany

Ten German complaints to their expat partners

Six weeks ago The Local published a list of the top expat complaints to their German partners. In the interest of fairness we have turned the subject on its head in this week's Local List.

Nordea cost cutting boosts profit
Sweden

Nordea cost cutting boosts profit

Swedish bank Nordea said on Wednesday its net profit grew by 13 percent to $1.068 billion in the third quarter, driven mainly by a drive to cut costs.

Barcelona versus Madrid: Which city is best?
Spain

Barcelona versus Madrid: Which city is best?

With Spain's two biggest football clubs about to battle it out on the pitch, The Local looks beyond the world of sport and asks which city is the better place to live: Madrid or Barcelona?

Pope chat prompts ‘bling bishop’ to take time out
Italy

Pope chat prompts ‘bling bishop’ to take time out

After private meetings with Pope Francis, a bishop who squandered millions on a luxury headquarters has decided to step down - for just three months - the Vatican confirmed on Wednesday.

Germany predicts record number of jobs
Germany

Germany predicts record number of jobs

Germany said on Wednesday its robust economy would fuel record employment this year and next as well as boost consumer spending and industrial investment.

VIDEO: 2014 Tour de France route unveiled
France

VIDEO: 2014 Tour de France route unveiled

The 2014 Tour de France will pass through the scene of some of the worst fighting of World War One next year, organisers revealed on Wednesday, as they unveiled a route, which will start in Yorkshire, northern England, that is likely to challenge champion Chris Froome.

Norway town beams light into central square
Norway

Norway town beams light into central square

A town in Norway will next week begin beaming light down into its central square from giant mirrors placed on a surrounding mountainside, bringing winter sun for the first time in its 100-year history.

Man found hanged at home 8 years after death
France

Man found hanged at home 8 years after death

The new owner of an apartment near Paris made an appalling discovery on moving in to his new home when he found the previous proprietor hanged inside, it was revealed on Wednesday. Even more shocking was the fact that the dead man had lain undisturbed for a whole eight years.

‘Blonde angel’ sparks call for Roma camp sweeps
Italy

‘Blonde angel’ sparks call for Roma camp sweeps

Italy's far-right Northern League party has called for inspections of all Roma communities in the country after a Roma couple was charged with abducting a girl dubbed the "blonde angel" in Greece.

Vatican launches its own cricket club
Italy

Vatican launches its own cricket club

The Vatican has started its own cricket club as part of efforts to strengthen relations with other faiths and bring people from diverse backgrounds together.

Vatican suspends ‘bling bishop’ after Pope meet
Germany

Vatican suspends ‘bling bishop’ after Pope meet

The Vatican on Wednesday suspended indefinitely a German Catholic cleric dubbed the "bling bishop" for his luxury lifestyle, despite multiple calls in Germany for him to be dismissed.

Kerry meets Italian PM amid furore over spying
Italy

Kerry meets Italian PM amid furore over spying

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday met Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta ahead of talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss Iran, Syria and Palestinian negotiations.

Beatles fever hits small Swedish town
Sweden

Beatles fever hits small Swedish town

A small Swedish town set the stage for the Beatles' first ever gig outside the UK, a fact celebrated half a century later, despite local press at the time dubbing it an "amateur jig".

Spain’s famous military coup hat ‘a fake’
Spain

Spain’s famous military coup hat ‘a fake’

The bizarrely shaped three-cornered hat was allegedly worn by Colonel Tejero, the Spanish Civil Guard who led a failed military coup against the Spanish government in 1981.

British Airways considers Alitalia legal action
Italy

British Airways considers Alitalia legal action

International Airlines Group (IAG), the owner of British Airways, is considering taking legal action against Alitalia for receiving "state help" as part of a recent bailout of Italy's troubled flagship carrier.

Wolf terrorizes residents in Liguria
Italy

Wolf terrorizes residents in Liguria

A wolf, described as having "no fear of man", is continuing to terrorize people living in the Aveto valley, in the northern region of Liguria.

Cleaning lady murder shakes Geneva suburb
Switzerland

Cleaning lady murder shakes Geneva suburb

The municipality of Veyrier in the canton of Geneva has advanced 10,000 francs ($11,100) to defray costs of shipping the body of a cleaning lady murdered earlier this month to her relatives in Paraguay.

Mayor hit by topless protest over refugees
Germany

Mayor hit by topless protest over refugees

Half-naked women stormed the stage during a speech by the Mayor of Hamburg on Tuesday night to protest over the treatment of illegal migrants in the city.

Moderate MP accused of sexual harassment
Sweden

Moderate MP accused of sexual harassment

A prominent Moderate Party MP has rejected accusations that surfaced on Tuesday that he sexually harassed a teenage member of the party's youth wing.

Spain says goodbye to two-year recession
Spain

Spain says goodbye to two-year recession

Spain escaped from its two-year recession in the third quarter of this year with timid growth as job destruction eased, the country's central bank said on Wednesday.

Graveyard cremates wrong body in mix-up
Germany

Graveyard cremates wrong body in mix-up

A graveyard in Cologne cremated a woman who was supposed to be buried after it mixed up two bodies, city authorities admitted on Wednesday. The family of the deceased went to the police after the woman's coffin disappeared.

VIDEO: Ylvis’s Fox follow-up Massachusetts
Norway

VIDEO: Ylvis’s Fox follow-up Massachusetts

The Ylvis brothers' first attempt to follow their viral mega-hit The Fox has run into immediate problems after it was mysteriously pulled from YouTube only hours after being posted on Tuesday night, only coming back online at 8pm Norway time.

Spain third ‘naughtiest’ country in Europe
Spain

Spain third ‘naughtiest’ country in Europe

The European Union has just released information which shows Spain has the third worst record in Europe for complying with EU law.

I’m having Owen Wilson’s baby: Hollywood Swede
Sweden

I’m having Owen Wilson’s baby: Hollywood Swede

Swedish fitness trainer Caroline Lindqvist has been a staple in the celebrity press recently amid reports she was pregnant with the child of US actor Owen Wilson. This week, she finally spoke out, making the mother-to-be our choice for Swede of the Week.

Messi goal rescues Barça at the San Siro
Spain

Messi goal rescues Barça at the San Siro

Barcelona remained top of Group H after their draw at the San Siro against AC Milan kept the Spanish champions just ahead of the Italians with a total of seven points.

Hydro shares leap on return to profit
Norway

Hydro shares leap on return to profit

Shares in Norwegian aluminium producer Norsk Hydro leapt more than five percent on Wednesday morning, after it swung back into a profit by slashing its costs and generating more hydroelectric power.

Violence fears ahead of PSG Anderlecht clash
France

Violence fears ahead of PSG Anderlecht clash

UPDATED: Paris Saint Germain face Belgian side Anderlecht in Brussels in the Champions League on Wednesday with the build up to the match dominated by fears that the clash will be marred by violence between the two set of supporters. Police have made 76 arrests so far.

Italy is the ‘naughtiest’ in Europe
Italy

Italy is the ‘naughtiest’ in Europe

For the ninth year running, Italy has topped the list in Europe for failing to apply rules against tax evasion and a myriad of other EU requirements.

Barroso warns Germany against less austerity
Germany

Barroso warns Germany against less austerity

The President of the European Commission has advised Germany to maintain the austerity programme in Europe as negotiations between Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats begin in earnest.

Winds bring tropical warmth to Swiss regions
Switzerland

Winds bring tropical warmth to Swiss regions

Parts of Switzerland experienced tropical temperatures on Tuesday night with mercury readings exceeding 26 degrees, thanks to a warm Föhn wind.

Spain’s Ferrovial trims stake in Heathrow airport
Spain

Spain’s Ferrovial trims stake in Heathrow airport

Spanish construction group Ferrovial said on Tuesday it is selling an 8.65-percent stake in London's Heathrow airport to a British pensions fund for 463 million euros ($638 million).

Number of tax payers quitting France rockets
France

Number of tax payers quitting France rockets

The number of French tax payers leaving France for a new life abroad has rocketed according to data released by the Finance Ministry this week. Most of those who are quitting France are heading to the UK.

Police find dead baby in compost bin
Germany

Police find dead baby in compost bin

Police arrested a woman on Tuesday afternoon after a dead baby was found in a compost bin on land outside Berlin.

Honours even in England Germany clashes
Germany

Honours even in England Germany clashes

Germany and England’s top clubs faced each other in the group stages of the Champions League on Tuesday night with Chelsea easily overcoming Schalke and Borussia Dortmund beating Arsenal.

Man dies after electric wheelchair catches fire
Norway

Man dies after electric wheelchair catches fire

An 85-year-old man has died in hospital in western Norway after his electric wheelchair caught fire.

Le Monde spy claims ‘not accurate’: US intel chief
France

Le Monde spy claims ‘not accurate’: US intel chief

The US intelligence chief said on Tuesday that articles published by the French newspaper Le Monde about America's espionage activities abroad "contain inaccurate and misleading information."

‘She is willing to die’: father of teen jihadists
Norway

‘She is willing to die’: father of teen jihadists

The two Norwegian-Somali teenagers who left last week to fight in Syria have told their father that they are ready to die in the struggle.

Tourists are a threat to Florence: Medici heir
Italy

Tourists are a threat to Florence: Medici heir

A descendant of Florence's famous Medici family said on Tuesday that mass tourism was a "threat" to his native city and called for it to be put on a Unesco list of endangered areas.

Swedish magnates fund infamous ‘hate site’
Sweden

Swedish magnates fund infamous ‘hate site’

Top Swedish businessmen are on a name-and-shame list of donors to the news site Avpixlat, which in its 'the truth is out there about immigration' drive is widely considered xenophobic.

Somali-Swedes to fight Russia with clubs
Sweden

Somali-Swedes to fight Russia with clubs

A famous Swedish bandy coach and Somali refugees are out on thin ice, and aiming for Siberia and the bandy world championship. With little time to practice, they are hoping for at least some goals.

Newspapers purge one in four reporters
Sweden

Newspapers purge one in four reporters

A quarter of journalists in southern Sweden have been made redundant in the past three years, with observers warning the workload and stress could take its toll on newspapers' quality.