VIDEO: Lynx mum filmed with cubs near Oslo
Norway

VIDEO: Lynx mum filmed with cubs near Oslo

Wildlife cameras hidden in the forests south of Oslo have caught rare footage of a female lynx and her two cubs roaming just 100 metres from a nearby farm.

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Switzerland

WTO sees turnabout in trade deal prospects

The World Trade Organization said on Thursday that negotiators have made a breakthrough in Geneva talks towards a major trade deal, just two days after the agency's chief signaled a stalemate.

Rare Tsar letters set for Geneva auction
Switzerland

Rare Tsar letters set for Geneva auction

More than 230 unpublished letters from Russian Tsars Nicholas I, Alexander II and their families, along with other imperial items, will be auctioned off in Geneva next month, auctioneers said on Thursday.

Train crashes into car driven by ‘lost drunk’
Switzerland

Train crashes into car driven by ‘lost drunk’

A lost and drunken driver was lucky to escape with her life when her Volkswagen car was struck by a train in a railway crossing in the canton of Aargau.

Hollande ‘keeps promise’ as unemployment falls
France

Hollande ‘keeps promise’ as unemployment falls

Finally French President François Hollande had reason to smile on Thursday when the latest unemployment figures revealed, somewhat unexpectedly, that the number of people out of work in France fell in October for the first time in 30 months.

Alitalia is confident it can avoid collapse
Italy

Alitalia is confident it can avoid collapse

Debt-laden Italian flag carrier Alitalia said on Thursday it was confident it would raise enough cash by a December 8th deadline to avoid collapse, despite falling short of the desired-for capital increase.

Paris police hunt for scent of perfume thieves
France

Paris police hunt for scent of perfume thieves

Police in Paris are trying to pick up the scent of a gang of thieves, believed to be behind a spate of roberies targeting deluxe perfumes. The stolen fragrances are expected to reappear on the lucrative pre-christmas black market.

‘Drones could defend Spain’s African borders’
Spain

‘Drones could defend Spain’s African borders’

Spain could use drones to shore up its African borders in Ceuta and Melilla instead of the razor wire deterrent currently being used, the country's opposition socialist PSOE party said on Thursday.

Hollande suffers wobble on key jobless promise
France

Hollande suffers wobble on key jobless promise

French President Francois Hollande has repeatedly promised to stem a rise in unemployment before the end of 2013. But with the latest figures due to out on Thursday, the embattled president appeared to distance himself from his flagship pledge for the first time.

SPD’s Gabriel turns defeat into victory
Germany

SPD’s Gabriel turns defeat into victory

Sigmar Gabriel has turned election defeat into a Realpolitik victory, shouldering his way into a coalition agreement with Chancellor Angela Merkel. The former teacher is now en route to becoming one of Germany's most powerful men.

Bird brains ‘can solve monkey puzzles’
Germany

Bird brains ‘can solve monkey puzzles’

Calling someone a bird brain may no longer work as an insult. German scientists have discovered that crows' brains work in very similar ways to those of primates, even though they are built differently.

Police crack down on Rome’s ‘poor’ students
Italy

Police crack down on Rome’s ‘poor’ students

A crackdown on students in Rome claiming poverty to pay fewer fees and access subsidies found many with lavish bank accounts, hidden revenues and even one whose father owned a Ferrari, police said Thursday.

Swedish mayor in ‘epic’ Van Damme tribute
Sweden

Swedish mayor in ‘epic’ Van Damme tribute

Just when you thought Jean-Claude Van Damme's epic split couldn't be topped, the mayor of a small Swedish coastal town has gone viral with an unlikely interpretation of his own.

Who will be the next US ambassador to France?
France

Who will be the next US ambassador to France?

One person who won’t be celebrating Thanksgiving in France on Thursday is the US ambassador in Paris. That’s because there currently isn’t one. With an announcement due shortly The Local takes a look at some of the likely and perhaps unlikely candidates.

The ultimate Swedish Christmas market guide
Sweden

The ultimate Swedish Christmas market guide

With the days darkening and December just around the corner, The Local offers up a guide to must-visit Christmas markets in Sweden's major cities – and elsewhere.

Chopper firm responds over scandal-hit deal
Italy

Chopper firm responds over scandal-hit deal

AgustaWestland, the Italian-British helicopter-maker, has submitted its response to India's Ministry of Defence in relation to exceptions raised over a scandal-tainted helicopter deal, the company's CEO Daniele Romiti told The Local.

Woman sues father for abandoning her as child
Italy

Woman sues father for abandoning her as child

A woman in the central Italian city of Arezzo has successfully sued her father for abandoning her as a child, thus depriving her of "both moral and material support", Italian media reported.

Euphoric Swedish teens shore up prestigious win
Sweden

Euphoric Swedish teens shore up prestigious win

In capturing the "euphoria and desperation" of Swedish adolescence, photographer and our Swede of the Week Hannah Modigh shot to photographic fame on Tuesday, picking up the TT Big Photograph Prize for her portrayal of modern Sweden.

Italian mafia boss must stay in British custody
Italy

Italian mafia boss must stay in British custody

England's High Court on Thursday overturned a decision to grant bail to an Italian mafia boss who was arrested in London after two decades on the run.

Swedish fighter jets to join Nato response force
Sweden

Swedish fighter jets to join Nato response force

Sweden will contribute a squadron of Jas Gripen fighter jets as well as a mine-sweeping ship to join the Nato Rapid Reaction Force (NRF), the government decided on Thursday.

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Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: Event detail

Find out more about events taking place in Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö.

Spanish PM warns Scots on independence
Spain

Spanish PM warns Scots on independence

Spain's Prime Minister on Wednesday warned that Scotland would not automatically remain in the EU if the country voted to become independent in 2014 — a message that many in the Spanish media believe was actually directed at Catalonia.

Germany’s E.ON pulls the plug on Italy: report
Italy

Germany’s E.ON pulls the plug on Italy: report

Germany's biggest power supplier E.ON has decided to pull the plug on its Italian operations and is looking for a potential buyer, the business daily Handelsblatt reported on Thursday.

Norway drops out of Fifa top 50
Norway

Norway drops out of Fifa top 50

Norway has dropped out of list of the world's top 50 national football teams ranked by Fifa, the international football body, after losses in November against Denmark and Scotland.

British ‘caveman’ crushed to death in Spain
Spain

British ‘caveman’ crushed to death in Spain

A 60-year-old British citizen who lived in a cave in the southern Spanish town of Guadix was found dead in his home on Wednesday.

Task force publishes 100 artworks from Nazi trove
Germany

Task force publishes 100 artworks from Nazi trove

German authorities on Thursday published more than 100 additional works from the likes of Picasso, Cezanne and Degas believed to have been looted by the Nazis.

Spain declares two-year recession officially over
Spain

Spain declares two-year recession officially over

Spain said on Thursday it has technically escaped a two-year recession by posting feeble growth in the third quarter, but with an unemployment rate still towering at 26 percent.

Coffee prices on the rise across Italy
Italy

Coffee prices on the rise across Italy

Having a coffee at the bar is a daily custom for many Italians, but it may soon become more of a luxury, and in many cities a cup now costs over €1 thanks to tax hikes and increasing rents across the country.

VIDEO: See lone robber pull off biggest ever heist
France

VIDEO: See lone robber pull off biggest ever heist

VIDEO: CCTV images were released this week showing how a lone armed robber managed to pull off the biggest diamond heist ever seen in France, when he stole jewels worth €103 million ($140million) from a hotel in Cannes this summer. See for yourself how he did it.

Daily Mail cartoon an ‘insult’ to British expats
Italy

Daily Mail cartoon an ‘insult’ to British expats

A provocative cartoon in the Daily Mail newspaper about winter fuel payments is an "insult" to elderly British expats, says 93-year-old Italy-based Englishman Harry Shindler, who has called for an apology.

Asbestos find delays Chaplin’s World project
Switzerland

Asbestos find delays Chaplin’s World project

A 55-million-franc project to turn the Swiss home of Charlie Chaplin into a museum is being delayed after the discovery of asbestos in the building, according to a media report.

Hollywood breathes life into Spain’s Canaries
Spain

Hollywood breathes life into Spain’s Canaries

Hollywood filmmakers have become unexpected saviours in Spain's Canary Islands with two new mega-productions bringing jobs to local communities and providing much needed relief into a struggling local cinema sector.

Cash-strapped police disband display team
Germany

Cash-strapped police disband display team

Berlin's record-breaking police motorbike display team has disbanded, a lack of cash forcing them to hang up their green leathers for the last time this week.

Spain backtracks on €600,000 protest fines
Spain

Spain backtracks on €600,000 protest fines

Spain has bowed to public pressure by downscaling proposed tough new security laws which would have seen unauthorized protests outside the country's parliament hit with fines of up to €600,000 ($814,000).

Oslo sees warmest November day since 1899
Norway

Oslo sees warmest November day since 1899

Oslo on Wednesday enjoyed the warmest November day since 1899, with temperatures at midday hitting a high of 14.4 degrees in the suburb of Bærum.

Paris shooting suspect ‘beat girlfriend’ in London
France

Paris shooting suspect ‘beat girlfriend’ in London

Suspected Paris gunman Abdelhakim Dekhar was convicted of domestic violence and ordered to stay away from his ex-partner and their two children, while living in London earlier this year, French daily Libération claimed on Thursday.

Cops ‘scared’ by Swedish teens’ sex crimes views
Sweden

Cops ‘scared’ by Swedish teens’ sex crimes views

Swedish police are concerned that young people's attitudes towards sex crimes are too lax, with officers in Stockholm receiving a significant rise in reported rapes in recent years.

Italy marks end of an era after Berlusconi ouster
Italy

Italy marks end of an era after Berlusconi ouster

Italy entered a period of political transformation on Thursday after Silvio Berlusconi's historic ouster from parliament, with the billionaire tycoon humiliated and assailed by legal woes but now a force in opposition.

Britain and Norway to lobby for Congo inmate
Norway

Britain and Norway to lobby for Congo inmate

Britain and Norway are to combine their lobbying efforts to secure the release of Joshua French, the British and Norwegian dual citizen serving a life sentence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Norway's new foreign minister Børge Brende said on Wednesday.

Woman issues ‘raunchy’ photo plea to buy scooter
Italy

Woman issues ‘raunchy’ photo plea to buy scooter

A woman in Naples has put out a plea for students to send in revealing photographs of themselves to be sold on to customers, so that she can buy a new scooter.

Foreign births on the rise in Italy: report
Italy

Foreign births on the rise in Italy: report

More children are being born to foreign parents in Italy while the number of Italian births continues to drop, according to a report by statistics agency Istat. The figures also revealed the country's most popular baby names.

German chain imports ‘Black Friday’ to Sweden
Sweden

German chain imports ‘Black Friday’ to Sweden

Home electronics chain Media Markt is bringing American shopping "chaos" to Sweden by staging a "Black Friday" sale inspired by American post-Thanksgiving Day sales. The German firm has been criticized for earlier marketing ploys.

Top cop keeps job despite rape conviction
Germany

Top cop keeps job despite rape conviction

A senior policeman has won a fight to keep his job despite being convicted of rape and assault - his employers in Bavaria tried to sack him but a court said he could stay.

Mother saves drunk son from freezing to death
Germany

Mother saves drunk son from freezing to death

A worried mother in Bavaria rescued her drunk teenage son from freezing to death on Tuesday night after he fell asleep in a snow-covered ditch in temperatures of minus 10 degrees.

Paris to Barcelona high speed service on sale
France

Paris to Barcelona high speed service on sale

It's official: Spain and France's leaders announced on Wednesday the launch of a direct fast-train service between Barcelona and Paris on December 15th. Tickets went on sale on Thursday with prices for a one-way ticket ranging from €59 to €170.

Coalition’s €23 billion plans ‘not affordable’
Germany

Coalition’s €23 billion plans ‘not affordable’

One of Germany's top economists says the country will not be able to afford the new coalition's spending plans - and that within four years taxes will have to be raised or debt increased.

French court orders jail to serve halal meals
France

French court orders jail to serve halal meals

A French court has made legal history by ordering a prison to offer halal meals to its Muslim inmates, saying that France’s traditional secularism “guarantees the free exercise of religion,” it was reported this week.

Ten-man Real stroll past hapless Galatasary
Spain

Ten-man Real stroll past hapless Galatasary

Gareth Bale scored a marvellous free-kick as 10-man Real Madrid eased into the last 16 of the Champions League with a 4-1 win over Galatasaray on Wednesday.

‘Vertical cemetery’ wins praise for originality
Norway

‘Vertical cemetery’ wins praise for originality

A "vertical cemetery", in which the dead are buried in a modular high-rise tower, has been commended as "a highly original contribution" at an Oslo conference for Nordic cemeteries and graveyards.

French town becomes first to ban e-cigarettes
France

French town becomes first to ban e-cigarettes

A town in Normandy northern France has become the first in the country to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public buildings. Although the French government intends to introduce a similar nationwide ban, the mayor of Saint-Lo decided he could not wait.

Barcelona–Paris fast train tickets go on sale
Spain

Barcelona–Paris fast train tickets go on sale

It's official: Spain and France's leaders announced on Wednesday the launch of a direct fast-train service between Barcelona and Paris on December 15th. Tickets go on sale on Thursday with prices for a one-way ticket ranging from €59 ($80) to €170.

Rights group seeks probe into fish farm deaths
Switzerland

Rights group seeks probe into fish farm deaths

An animal rights group has filed a complaint against a fish farm in Frutigen in the canton of Bern after 20,000 young sturgeon died earlier this month.

Berlusconi’s children react to Senate exit
Italy

Berlusconi’s children react to Senate exit

Silvio Berlusconi's children rallied around their father after he was expelled from the Italian Senate in a humiliating coda to his 20-year parliamentary career.

French CEO gives up €21m pension amid fury
France

French CEO gives up €21m pension amid fury

The CEO of French car giant PSA Peugeot Citroen announced he was giving up his €21 million pension plan, just hours after news of the eye-watering golden parachute had caused uproar among unions on Wednesday. The French president said it was a "wise" decision.

Chess star arrives home to a hero’s welcome
Norway

Chess star arrives home to a hero’s welcome

Victorious world chess champion Magnus Carlsen arrived back in his homeland of Norway on Wednesday evening to a hero's welcome, with Oslo's Gardermoen airport greeting the plane with a victory parade of water cannons.

Blanc plays down hopes as PSG cruise into last 16
France

Blanc plays down hopes as PSG cruise into last 16

French league leaders PSG cruised into the last 16 of the Champions League with a 2-1 win over Olympiakos on Wednesday. The question now is exactly how far can Laurent Blanc's side go in the competiton?

H&M says no to angora after rabbit torture video
Sweden

H&M says no to angora after rabbit torture video

Swedish clothing giant H&M announced that it was scrapping angora products after a Chinese video surfaced showing workers plucking hair from rabbits while they were still alive.

German Turks: dual nationality deal a shame
Germany

German Turks: dual nationality deal a shame

Representatives of German Turks said on Wednesday they were disappointed by an accord clinched by top political parties to partially lift a ban on dual nationality under the "grand coalition" deal.

United walk all over Bayer Leverkusen 5-0
Germany

United walk all over Bayer Leverkusen 5-0

Bayer Leverkusen were overwhelmed by Manchester United on Wednesday night as the English side confirmed their place in the Champions League's knock-out phase with an emphatic 5-0 win.

The Scorpions make acoustic debut
Germany

The Scorpions make acoustic debut

They are Germany's most successful musical export, inspiring other big hair bands such as Bon Jovi- and this Friday releasing their first acoustic recording. Power balladeers The Scorpions are this week's Germans of the Week.

‘I’m thankful to be US ambassador to Sweden’
Sweden

‘I’m thankful to be US ambassador to Sweden’

As Americans in Sweden and around the world celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, US Ambassador to Sweden Mark Brzezinski explains why he's thankful for the United States' "special relationship" with Sweden.