Defending Swiss Indoors champion Del Potro wins
Switzerland

Defending Swiss Indoors champion Del Potro wins

Top seeded Juan Martin Del Potro moved closer to a successful defence of his title at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament on Thursday by beating Marcos Baghdatis for a third time this season.

Swiss fruit growers defy dodgy spring weather
Switzerland

Swiss fruit growers defy dodgy spring weather

Despite capricious weather Swiss fruit growers benefits from a better than average overall summer harvest, Schweizer Obsterband, the Swiss fruit association said on Thursday.

Hunter misses elk and hits man on the toilet
Norway

Hunter misses elk and hits man on the toilet

A 70-year-man has been seriously injured in Norway after a stray bullet from an elk hunt whizzed straight through the wooden wall of his country cabin and into his abdomen.

‘I got into politics after I had an illegal abortion’
Italy

‘I got into politics after I had an illegal abortion’

Italian foreign minister Emma Bonino is one of 100 women chosen by the BBC as someone who has "campaigned for her causes and striven for a better world". As the politician known for her independent streak attends a BBC debate in London on Friday, The Local looks back over her 37 years in politics.

Swiss support rises for reduced executive pay
Switzerland

Swiss support rises for reduced executive pay

Supporters of a drive to rein in executive pay in Switzerland stepped up their campaign on Thursday after polls put them neck and neck with opponents a month before a referendum.

Swiss watchmakers not ‘smart’: industry pioneer
Switzerland

Swiss watchmakers not ‘smart’: industry pioneer

One of the pioneers behind the rise of the world's biggest watchmaking group Swatch criticized the luxury-focused industry in Switzerland on Thursday, charging it had missed the "smartwatch" train.

Shipwreck passenger identified by remains
Italy

Shipwreck passenger identified by remains

Human remains found at the wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia belong to a female Italian passenger, one of two victims still missing after the 2012 tragedy, the prosecutor investigating the disaster said on Thursday.

Swiss fighter jet crash crew found dead
Switzerland

Swiss fighter jet crash crew found dead

UPDATED: Fire fighters on Thursday recovered the bodies of two crew members who died when a Swiss army fighter jet crashed a day earlier in the canton of Obwalden.

Lampedusa mayor says EU snubs migrants
Italy

Lampedusa mayor says EU snubs migrants

The mayor of Lampedusa on Thursday warned European leaders arriving for a Brussels summit that they must rethink their refugee policy and accused Europe of "looking away" from the suffering of migrants.

Phantom airline scam grounds 67 passengers
Spain

Phantom airline scam grounds 67 passengers

A Madrid man has been arrested for setting up a fake airline which cheated 67 people out of a total of €50,000.

Merkel: Spying among allies ‘not on’
Germany

Merkel: Spying among allies ‘not on’

UPDATE: Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday it was "really not on" for allies to spy on each other as the fall-out over allegations that the US National Security Agency tapped her mobile phone continues.

Naked killer shocks town with grisly murder
Spain

Naked killer shocks town with grisly murder

A Spanish man has stunned the residents of the small town where he lived by killing his girlfriend and then dismembering her in an attempt to hide the evidence.

IN IMAGES: Paris becomes open-air gallery
France

IN IMAGES: Paris becomes open-air gallery

When you think "contemporary art", you might imagine a stuffy, hip gallery somewhere. But this year's FIAC has once again turned Paris into one big, bright art gallery packed with breathtaking sculptures and installations placed in some of the city's most popular tourist attractions. Take a look around with this gallery of images...

Politicians exposed for toilet trips and cheese
Italy

Politicians exposed for toilet trips and cheese

The multi-party regional council of Emilia-Romagna, in central Italy, is under investigation for embezzlement after allegedly expensing everything from cheese to a trip to the toilet.

Berlin mulls ban on new hotels and hostels
Germany

Berlin mulls ban on new hotels and hostels

A ban on new hotels and hostels may soon come into effect in some of Berlin's hippest areas after locals complained about the noise and mess caused by swelling tourist numbers.

Wolves attack horses at French ski station
France

Wolves attack horses at French ski station

The row over how to deal with France's burgeoning population of wolves is set to flare up again after a pack of the wild animals attacked a stable of horses, slaying one and badly injuring another. There have been calls to bring in American hunters to cull the number of wolves.

How big are Berlusconi’s legal woes?
Italy

How big are Berlusconi’s legal woes?

Silvio Berlusconi may well have the busiest legal team in Italy. Already this week they have fought a divorce settlement appeal and turned their attention to bribery allegations. The Local takes a look at the former prime minister's many legal battles.

From TV detective to German MP
Germany

From TV detective to German MP

Charles M. Huber entered Germany's parliament on Tuesday. An actor who made his name in hit crime series, Der Alte he has now turned his attention to politics. He is The Local's German of the Week.

Man builds Ikea wares to find friends in Sweden
Sweden

Man builds Ikea wares to find friends in Sweden

As much as Swedes love tea time and tarts, making friends with them is no piece of coffee cake. In his hopes of befriending bashful Swedes, one man decided to take things into his own hands - literally - by starting a "furniture fellowship".

Britain and US also spied on Italy: report
Italy

Britain and US also spied on Italy: report

Britain and the United States spied on Italy too, including on the government but with the consent of secret services, the Italian weekly L'Espresso reported in its edition due out on Friday.

Voters narrowly back immigration quotas: poll
Switzerland

Voters narrowly back immigration quotas: poll

A plan to reimpose immigration quotas in Switzerland and give existing residents an advantage in the job market could pass in a plebiscite next February, an opinion poll shows.

Daimler profits increase by half in a year
Germany

Daimler profits increase by half in a year

Germany's Daimler, maker of Mercedes-Benz, said on Thursday its net profit rose in the third quarter, helped by higher car and truck sales as well as efficiency gains.

TeliaSonera funds Uzbek first daughter’s party
Sweden

TeliaSonera funds Uzbek first daughter’s party

Heads rolled at Nordic telecom giant TeliaSonera after accusations of foul-play on the Uzbek market, yet its local subsidiary has sponsored a much-criticized cultural event arranged by the despot's daughter.

‘Cheap’ corpses used as crash test dummies
Spain

‘Cheap’ corpses used as crash test dummies

Engineers at a research centre in northern Spain have admitted using human bodies for their accident simulations because they can't afford the €150,000 ($207,000) a crash test dummy costs.

Fury over Italian ham ad with naked woman
Italy

Fury over Italian ham ad with naked woman

An advertisement featuring a slice of Parma ham on the bottom of a naked woman is causing a stir on the luxury Italian island of Capri.

Santander notches up billion euro profit
Spain

Santander notches up billion euro profit

The boss of Spanish banking giant Santander was the bearer of good tidings on Thursday when he announced the institution had experienced a leap in third-quarter profits of €1.055 billion ($1.46 billion).

French football clubs to strike over 75 percent tax
France

French football clubs to strike over 75 percent tax

French football clubs are to strike over the government's proposed 75 percent tax rate, it was announced on Thursday. Clubs in Ligue 1 and 2 will refuse to take part in fixtures over the weekend of November 29th to December 1st in what has been described as "historic protest".

Sweden to help rid Syria of weapons
Sweden

Sweden to help rid Syria of weapons

The Swedish government decided on Thursday to contribute aircraft and personnel to the effort to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons.

Italy to lead G20 anti-corruption efforts
Italy

Italy to lead G20 anti-corruption efforts

On the same day Italy's former prime minister was indicted for bribery, the world's largest economies decided to entrust the country with leading its anti-corruption efforts.

Education strike protests ‘brutal’ spending cuts
Spain

Education strike protests ‘brutal’ spending cuts

Students and teachers across Spain have gone out on strike on Thursday to protest cuts to the country's education sector.

Morgue staff cut pacemakers from bodies
Italy

Morgue staff cut pacemakers from bodies

A group of mortuary workers in the central Italian region of Marche region have been arrested for allegedly removing pacemakers from corpses, Italian media has reported.

Stock exchange probes UBS over reporting
Switzerland

Stock exchange probes UBS over reporting

The operator of the Swiss stock exchange says it has opened an investigation into Switzerland's largest bank, UBS, which is suspected of violating financial reporting rules.

Brains, bands, and Alexander Bard at TEDx
Sweden

Brains, bands, and Alexander Bard at TEDx

The Local's Josh Liew offers up a review of the most recent TEDx event in Stockholm, which featured a world-class swimmer with one leg as well as a one-of-a-kind celebrity Swede who's not afraid to say what he thinks.

Ericsson sales slow amid ‘currency headwind’
Sweden

Ericsson sales slow amid ‘currency headwind’

Swedish telecom-equipment maker Ericsson reported a drop in third-quarter sales on Thursday, as activity in North America and Japan weakened and the company suffered from the strength of the local currency.

Support grows for foreigner road charge
Germany

Support grows for foreigner road charge

Two-thirds of Germans support a charge on foreign drivers, despite it contradicting European Union law. The toll will be discussed in coalition negotiations with one report suggesting there is a way around EU rules.

Scandal-hit royal spends €150,000 on furniture
Spain

Scandal-hit royal spends €150,000 on furniture

Princess Cristina of Spain, the youngest daughter of King Juan Carlos, racked up a bill of nearly €150,000 ($207,000) on furniture and curtains to redecorate her villa — money allegedly taken from the public purse, Spanish press reported on Thursday.

French parliament adopts ‘Red Bull tax’… again
France

French parliament adopts ‘Red Bull tax’… again

France is determined, it seems, to make energy drinks pay for their popularity. On Thursday the French parliament voted in favour of a new levy on energy drinks, dubbed the “Red Bull tax”, a year after a similar proposal was rejected by the country's highest legal body.

French hero Asterix returns in Scottish antics
France

French hero Asterix returns in Scottish antics

Iconic French comic book hero Asterix made his long-awaited return on Thursday with "Asterix and the Picts", the first new volume in eight years. The 35th installment of the series started in 1959 takes Asterix and Obelix on an adventure in ancient Scotland, of all places.

France’s ‘Robin Hood banker’ barred for 5 years
France

France’s ‘Robin Hood banker’ barred for 5 years

A Frenchman, dubbed the "Robin Hood banker" was barred this week from practicing his profession after he was caught diverting money from certain clients in order to give it to those who had been refused loans. He said he did not want to be seen as "the nasty banker".

‘Priest’ attacks family of Spain’s ‘most hated man’
Spain

‘Priest’ attacks family of Spain’s ‘most hated man’

A man disguised as a prison chaplain broke into the family home of Spain's disgraced ex-treasurer Luis Bárcenas and held his family hostage for over an hour, demanding they hand over a flash drive that had the power to "bring down Spain's government".

Arrows frozen for 1,000 years found in Sweden
Sweden

Arrows frozen for 1,000 years found in Sweden

Perfectly preserved arrows that were frozen in ice for 1,000 years have been found in the mountains of northern Sweden, with experts claiming that they were likely used to hunt reindeer by the native Sami people.

ABB reports higher earnings and sales
Switzerland

ABB reports higher earnings and sales

Swiss-Swedish engineering giant ABB on Thursday posted better than expected profits of $835 million for the third quarter of 2013, up 10 percent from the same period a year earlier.

10,000 leave homes as WWII bomb shuts city
Germany

10,000 leave homes as WWII bomb shuts city

A US World War Two bomb has shut down the centre of Magdeburg and forced 10,000 people to leave their homes after being discovered near the city’s train station on Wednesday.

Norwegian profits fall on Dreamliner problems
Norway

Norwegian profits fall on Dreamliner problems

Norwegian Air Shuttle had to spend over 100 million kroner ($17m) after its two new Boeing Dreamliner aircraft were grounded due to technical faults, the company reported as it released results on Friday.

Gallery: The Local’s Property of the Week
Sweden

Gallery: The Local’s Property of the Week

Do you thrive on the Sofo vibe, but like a little luxury to call home? The Local's property of the week, a newly renovated attic apartment with unbeatable views, might be the thing for you.

Riksbank keeps rates stable amid slow growth
Sweden

Riksbank keeps rates stable amid slow growth

Sweden's central bank said on Thursday it's leaving the benchmark interest rate, the repo rate, unchanged at one percent, but did adjust its interest rate forecast downward.

And the ‘happiest’ place to live in France is…?
France

And the ‘happiest’ place to live in France is…?

Many would say it's the Dordogne, others would insist it's Provence, some might even argue it's Paris but which region of France really is the happiest place to live? And what about the unhappiest? Thanks to a new, detailed 'happiness index' The Local can reveal all.

Credit Suisse profits lower than expected
Switzerland

Credit Suisse profits lower than expected

Credit Suisse on Thursday reported a net profit of 454 million francs ($509 million) for the third quarter of 2013, up 79 percent from the same period a year earlier but less than many financial analysts expected.

Spanish DJ’s murder linked to hashish theft
Switzerland

Spanish DJ’s murder linked to hashish theft

Police have arrested four suspects in connection with the murder of a 37-year-old man found dead in Saint Maurice in the canton of Valais early this year, a news media report says.

Hollywood fights for Down’s detective rights
Norway

Hollywood fights for Down’s detective rights

Two Hollywood-companies are fighting to secure the rights to produce an American version of Detective Downs, the Norwegian Down's syndrome comedy which launches in Oslo cinemas on Friday. There's a YouTube trailer posted at the bottom of the article.

‘Life was better when I lived under Qaddafi’
Italy

‘Life was better when I lived under Qaddafi’

A towering squat on the outskirts of Rome with an ever swelling population of hundreds of refugees has become the squalid emblem of a failing system that is haunting this week's EU summit.

Violent storms hit south-eastern France
France

Violent storms hit south-eastern France

Homes were evacuated, electricity cut off and roads blocked in parts of south-eastern France on Wednesday as violent storms caused flooding in the department of Drôme.

Spot on Ron sees Real Madrid past Juventus
Spain

Spot on Ron sees Real Madrid past Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid all but secured their place in the Champions League last 16 with a 2-1 win over Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Spain’s jobless rate falls by smallest of margins
Spain

Spain’s jobless rate falls by smallest of margins

Spain's jobless rate eased slightly to 25.98 percent in the third quarter of 2013, official data showed on Thursday, a day after the country's central bank signalled the technical end of a long recession.

Eta prisoners call for liberty after key EU ruling
Spain

Eta prisoners call for liberty after key EU ruling

Dozens of imprisoned members of armed Basque separatist group ETA have demanded their freedom after Europe's top rights court ruled that Spain had wrongly extended jail terms, a legal source said on Wednesday.

Cops slam critics in secret Facebook group
Sweden

Cops slam critics in secret Facebook group

A quarter of the Swedish police corps belong to a closed Facebook group in which members freely mock and hurl insults about high profile critics.

Man gets 18 months in jail for khat smuggling
Norway

Man gets 18 months in jail for khat smuggling

A 52-year-old man caught smuggling the stimulant chewing leaf khat from the UK to Norway, has been sentenced to a one and a half years in prison, after the judge ruled that he had used his 13 and 14 year old daughters as couriers.

Sophia Loren ends 39-year tax feud
Italy

Sophia Loren ends 39-year tax feud

A court ruling in Italy this week has put an end to a 39-year legal dispute between Oscar-winning film star Sophia Loren and Italian tax authorities, Italian media reported on Thursday.

Zombies lead revival of French TV industry
France

Zombies lead revival of French TV industry

The times they are a-changing it seems. In France, a country where cinema has always taken priority, series like The Returned (Les Revenants) and Spiral (Engrenages) are leading a revival of the French TV industry, that has taken inspiration from America.

Sparks (not planes) fly over Berlin’s airport
Germany

Sparks (not planes) fly over Berlin’s airport

The technical director of Berlin’s embarrassingly delayed airport is to leave his position in favour of a more modest role heading an energy and water supply company, it emerged on Wednesday.

World’s biggest toy fair opens in Essen
Germany

World’s biggest toy fair opens in Essen

Hundreds of toy-makers from around the world are showcasing their new games in the hope of making it onto children's Christmas wish-lists at the world’s biggest toy fair in Essen.

Fatal workplace mishaps claim two lives
Sweden

Fatal workplace mishaps claim two lives

Two workers died on the job in Sweden on Wednesday in two separate accidents involving cranes, less than a week after two workers died after drowning in coal tar at a coke plant.

VIDEO: Ibrahimovic bags four in Anderlecht rout
France

VIDEO: Ibrahimovic bags four in Anderlecht rout

It was all about the Ibrahimovic show on Wednesday night as the Sweden striker scored four goals including a wonder strike to help his PSG side ease past Anderlecht 5-0 in the Champions League. Watch his four goals here.

Norse parliament found under Scottish car park
Norway

Norse parliament found under Scottish car park

An 11th century Norse Viking parliament has been found beneath a car park in a small town in the Scottish highlands, the second time a 'thing' has ever been discovered in the UK.

Rebels without a cause: why Italy is angry
Italy

Rebels without a cause: why Italy is angry

Italians pay some of the highest taxes in Europe, yet they get little in return. This was just one of the myriad of reasons thousands took to the streets of Rome last weekend.

Germany believes US tapped Merkel’s phone
Germany

Germany believes US tapped Merkel’s phone

Chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken to President Barack Obama to complain about allegations her mobile phone was targeted by the US National Security Agency.

Norway tried to stop Kenya mall attacker
Norway

Norway tried to stop Kenya mall attacker

Norway's intelligence agency tried to stop Hassan Abdi Dhuhulow, the Norwegian citizen linked to Kenya's Westgate mall attack, as he was planning to leave the country to join the Somali militant group Al-Shabaab, its chief has told AP.

Zlatan dazzles with four goals in ‘perfect game’
Sweden

Zlatan dazzles with four goals in ‘perfect game’

A sensational performance by Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped Paris Saint-Germain continue their perfect start in Champions League Group C with a 5-0 win at Anderlecht on Wednesday.

Court: Gay couples same right to child benefits
Germany

Court: Gay couples same right to child benefits

A German court ruled on Wednesday that same-sex couples in civil unions were entitled to the same state child benefits as married spouses, further bolstering gay rights in Europe's most populous nation.

Norway weighing Syria chemical weapons task
Norway

Norway weighing Syria chemical weapons task

Norway is considering a US request to destroy part of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal on Norwegian soil, Foreign Minister Børge Brende said Wednesday.