Swiss financier probed for ‘illegal’ art imports
Switzerland

Swiss financier probed for ‘illegal’ art imports

The billionaire owner of Zurich’s luxury Dolder Grand hotel is under investigation for importing works of art without declaring them to customs, an official confirmed on Monday.

Nobel winner will use money for own prize
Norway

Nobel winner will use money for own prize

The world's chemical watchdog said on Monday that it will use the money it gets from this year's Nobel Peace Prize to set up its own award.

Swiss banks urged to hand records to US
Switzerland

Swiss banks urged to hand records to US

Three hundred or so Swiss banks had until the end of Monday to decide whether to hand over records to Washington, in a bid to skirt US legal action for assisting American tax dodgers.

Swiss woman killed in Dominican Republic
Switzerland

Swiss woman killed in Dominican Republic

Two men aged 24 and 25 were arrested following the killing of a Swiss woman in the Dominican Republic, local media reported on Monday.

Renzi leads youthful overhaul of centre-left
Italy

Renzi leads youthful overhaul of centre-left

The new head of Italy's Democratic Party on Monday signalled his determination to push for change as he unveiled his leadership team for the centre-left party, a key force in the coalition government.

Deadly pollution ‘a threat’ to Spanish cities
Spain

Deadly pollution ‘a threat’ to Spanish cities

The health risks of long-term exposure to air pollution are more serious than previously thought, a high-profile new study shows. The Local spoke to one of the researchers to find out what this means for Spain.

IN IMAGES: Lyon’s magic 2013 Festival of Lights
France

IN IMAGES: Lyon’s magic 2013 Festival of Lights

Monday night sees the annual Fête des Lumières in the French city of Lyon draw to a close, after a four-night spectacle which drew four million visitors. Couldn't make it yourself? Don't worry - here are 10 of the most stunning images from Lyon's Festival of Lights.

French court rules e-cigs are tobacco products
France

French court rules e-cigs are tobacco products

A court in France passed a landmark ruling on Monday when it ordered an e-cigarette store to stop selling the devices after deciding that they qualified as tobacco products and should only be sold by tobacconists. The ruling is set to spark uproar among e-cigarette store owners.

Airbus-maker EADS set to cut 1,000 French jobs
France

Airbus-maker EADS set to cut 1,000 French jobs

Some 1,000 jobs are set to be lost in France, after European aerospace giant and the maker of Airbus aircraft, EADS announced on Monday that it would be cutting some 5,800 European posts from its defence and space division.

French language police crack down on ‘sexting’
France

French language police crack down on ‘sexting’

French language police have handed down a brand new list of forbidden English words and phrases – from “sexting” to “happy slapping”. Find out what the Gallic versions are that they want used instead. Is France right to ban Anglicisms?

EU door still open for Ukraine: Swedish MEP
Sweden

EU door still open for Ukraine: Swedish MEP

As protesters take to the streets in Ukraine to demonstrate their desire to move closer to the EU, Swedes and other champions of democracy and citizens' rights can't afford to stand idly by and watch, argues Swedish MEP Cecilia Wikström.

Berlin burglars steal 300 phones in one minute
Germany

Berlin burglars steal 300 phones in one minute

Raiders stole 300 phones in just one minute on Sunday after driving a stolen car into a shopping centre in the middle of Berlin.

Turin residents most at risk of deadly pollution
Italy

Turin residents most at risk of deadly pollution

Residents in the northern Italian city of Turin have the greatest exposure to deadly air pollution compared to other cities within the European Union, according to a study published by The Lancet on Monday.

Swedes in uproar over ‘xenophobic’ book ad
Sweden

Swedes in uproar over ‘xenophobic’ book ad

A decision by a Swedish newspaper to run an advert for a book critical of multiculturalism, immigration policy, and media reporting of the issue has been slammed by critics who argue that the ad is tainted by xenophobia.

Spanish athletes pose for sexy calendar
Spain

Spanish athletes pose for sexy calendar

A group of Spanish athletes is setting hearts racing across the country after deciding to pose for a sexy fundraising photo-shoot.

‘The future is bright for debt collectors’
Italy

‘The future is bright for debt collectors’

Tom Dollard moved to Europe from the US in the mid-1980s and now runs an export business from Italy. He speaks to The Local about the "sink or swim" nature of doing business in Italy and the prospects it offers entrepreneurs.

Swedes’ support for nationalization high as school choice debate rages
Sweden

Swedes’ support for nationalization high as school choice debate rages

Over 60 percent of Swedes think schools should once again be controlled by the state amid a debate about school choice following Sweden's poor showing in the OECD's Pisa rankings.

Bunny butchered in cut-throat figure skating feud
Sweden

Bunny butchered in cut-throat figure skating feud

A spat between rival figure-skating clubs in southern Sweden left children receiving death threats, a pet rabbit slaughtered, and police and club members alike in a frenzied search for clues that has so far proven fruitless.

‘Potential terrorists could be among migrants’
Italy

‘Potential terrorists could be among migrants’

The exodus of refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria represents a security threat to the European Union, Italy's foreign minister said on Monday, warning that potential terrorists could be among the displaced.

Princess may face court call-up: Judge
Spain

Princess may face court call-up: Judge

A judge will rule within weeks whether to summon Spanish King Juan Carlos's daughter as a fraud suspect, a court said today, fuelling a grave crisis for Spain's royals.

Police clash with anti-tax protesters in Turin
Italy

Police clash with anti-tax protesters in Turin

Stone-throwing protesters clashed with police in the northern Italian city of Turin on Monday, in one of dozens of rallies called to demand tax cuts for small businesses, media reported.

Leipzig’s €1-billion train tunnel to finally open
Germany

Leipzig’s €1-billion train tunnel to finally open

Leipzig's late and over-budget train tunnel will finally open next weekend, much to the delight of those who have been waiting since 2005 for the digging to be over.

Deutsche Post completes first drone flight
Germany

Deutsche Post completes first drone flight

Deutsche Post used a drone to deliver a package for the first time on Monday, flying a box from a pharmacy across the Rhine just a week after Amazon carried off a similar stunt.

China drives increase in patent filings: WIPO
Switzerland

China drives increase in patent filings: WIPO

Global patent filings grew at their fastest pace in almost two decades in 2012, with China the driving force, the UN's Geneva-based intellectual property agency said on Monday.

France’s Ribéry makes Ballon d’Or shortlist
France

France’s Ribéry makes Ballon d’Or shortlist

France international forward Franck Ribéry has been shortlisted for this year's Ballon d'Or, along with Argentinian and Portugese superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Is this airport Spain’s best Christmas present?
Spain

Is this airport Spain’s best Christmas present?

One of Spain's infamous ghost airports goes up for sale on Monday with the opening bid set at €100 million ($137 million), or a tenth of original construction costs.

‘Advancing science means more than a prize’
Sweden

‘Advancing science means more than a prize’

As Peter Higgs and François Englert prepare to accept the 2013 Nobel physics prize in Stockholm on Tuesday, The Local talks to Professor Dave Charlton, head of the Atlas experiments at Cern about the Higgs particle and whether the lab should win a Nobel Prize of its own.

Italian gunman wanted to be a ‘heroic avenger’
Italy

Italian gunman wanted to be a ‘heroic avenger’

A man who went on a shooting spree outside the Italian government headquarters in April, as Prime Minister Enrico Letta's new cabinet was being sworn in, was not mentally ill and is fit for trial, a psychiatrist has said.

Smoking cannabis farm gives game away to cops
Germany

Smoking cannabis farm gives game away to cops

A cannabis farmer was caught out by his own cack-handedness when a cable he set up to power a growing system in his Berlin flat started smoking, setting off alarms. Firefighters called the police who took away 150 plants.

‘Falling wages are saving Spanish jobs’
Spain

‘Falling wages are saving Spanish jobs’

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Sunday that falling wages had allowed Spain, which is grappling with an unemployment rate of nearly 26 percent, to save jobs.

Syria weapons removal late says watchdog
Norway

Syria weapons removal late says watchdog

The leader of the world's chemical watchdog has said that the transportation of Syria's chemical arsenal out of the country could be delayed by a few days, as he arrives in Oslo to collect the Nobel Peace Prize.

Letta will attend Mandela memorial service
Italy

Letta will attend Mandela memorial service

Italian prime minister Enrico Letta will attend a memorial service for the late Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

‘Paris is becoming like the Bronx’: ex-top cop
France

‘Paris is becoming like the Bronx’: ex-top cop

Just months before mayoral elections in Paris, focus has turned to the city’s crime rate, after a former French police chief-turned-election candidate caused a stir by comparing the French capital to the notorious New York borough of the Bronx.

PM and royals to miss Nobel festivities
Sweden

PM and royals to miss Nobel festivities

Notable guests including Sweden's prime minister, Princess Madeleine, and Crown Princess Victoria, have pulled out at the last minute from the Nobel banquet, forcing organizers to rearrange the seating schedule.

Noise looms as problem for one in five Swiss
Switzerland

Noise looms as problem for one in five Swiss

Almost one fifth of the Swiss population are bothered in their homes by noise from neighbours or the street, according to a report released on Monday.

Six top tips for interns in Germany
Germany

Six top tips for interns in Germany

Around 600,000 internships are undertaken in Germany every year and it has become a popular destination for English-speaking interns. In this week's JobTalk, The Local looks at how to make the most of your experience.

Mandela’s spirit lost on Hollande and Sarkozy
France

Mandela’s spirit lost on Hollande and Sarkozy

It appears Nelson Mandela's spirit of forgiveness has been lost somewhat on François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy. The former president has reportedly snubbed an invitation to travel to Mandela's memorial service with Hollande, and will instead take a separate plane.

‘Black Count’ in Rome ninja star attack
Italy

‘Black Count’ in Rome ninja star attack

An Italian - nicknamed the 'Black Count' due to his violent past - attacked a pensioner in Rome on Sunday night with a ninja star, a multi-pronged Japanese weapon.

Record German exports exceed €99 billion
Germany

Record German exports exceed €99 billion

Germany exported more than €99 billion worth of goods in October, a record high - but its trade surplus shrank as imports rose faster than exports.

Cold War treaty confirms Sweden was not neutral
Sweden

Cold War treaty confirms Sweden was not neutral

Sweden signed a top secret intelligence treaty with the US and other countries in 1954, forecast the 2008 Georgian war, and now routinely spies on Russia civil targets, leaked documents from US whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal.

VIDEO: Circus tiger mauls tamer mid-act
Spain

VIDEO: Circus tiger mauls tamer mid-act

A tamer was viciously attacked by the tiger he was performing with during a circus act in Madrid on Sunday.

Revolting youth wings slam coalition pact
Germany

Revolting youth wings slam coalition pact

Forming a new German government could prove trickier than party leaders expected as their agreement is being heavily criticized from all sides, just days before Social Democrat members vote on it.

Italians stuck in Congo amid adoption setback
Italy

Italians stuck in Congo amid adoption setback

Twenty-four couples from the southern Italian region of Puglia, who between them have adopted 32 children from the Democratic Republic of Congo, are stranded in the African nation after authorities suspended the issuance of exit permits for children adopted by foreign parents.

Norway skier pledges to ‘destroy’ Russia at Sochi
Norway

Norway skier pledges to ‘destroy’ Russia at Sochi

Norwegian cross country ski star Petter Northug has threatened to "destroy the life" of his Russian counterpart Maxim Vylegzhanin when the two teams meet at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next year.

Expats continue hardest hit as jobless rate grows
Switzerland

Expats continue hardest hit as jobless rate grows

Non-Swiss residents continue to suffer most from growing unemployment in Switzerland, government figures show.

Guilty man returns books he stole 25 years ago
Spain

Guilty man returns books he stole 25 years ago

A guilt-stricken Spanish man who stole three books when studying English in the UK 25 years ago recently returned to the scene of the crime in a bit to return them to their owner.

New Bouygues offer heats up 4G price war
France

New Bouygues offer heats up 4G price war

There was good news for consumers in France on Monday when French telecoms giant Bouygues announced it would be offering 4G wireless internet at no additional cost to its existing and future 3G customers, after budget provider Free last week did likewise.

Norwegians warned to cut cinnamon intake
Norway

Norwegians warned to cut cinnamon intake

Norway's Food Standards Authority has issued a stern warning for people to limit their consumption of cinnamon over the Christmas period.

Spain’s Prince and PM to fly to Mandela funeral
Spain

Spain’s Prince and PM to fly to Mandela funeral

Prince Felipe and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will be Spain's two representatives at Nelson Mandela’s funeral on Tuesday in Johannesburg.

Snowplough in Norway saves buried cyclist
Norway

Snowplough in Norway saves buried cyclist

A man clearing snow from a bike path in the early hours of Sunday morning was amazing to uncover a cyclist lying unconscious but alive beneath the snow.

Drunk arrested for driving in closed tunnel
Switzerland

Drunk arrested for driving in closed tunnel

Police in the canton of Basel Country arrested a drunk driver after he was caught on Sunday motoring through a tunnel not yet open to the public.

Rescue workers save ninety African migrants
Spain

Rescue workers save ninety African migrants

Spanish rescue services on the weekend rescued 90 African migrants who were making a desperate attempt to reach Europe in makeshift boats, according to officials.

VIDEO: Trucks almost crush car in storm
Norway

VIDEO: Trucks almost crush car in storm

This dashboard video shows a car repeatedly close to being crushed by passing trucks, which are being tipped over by powerful winds during last week's storm.

Man burns to death in attempt to steal copper
Italy

Man burns to death in attempt to steal copper

A man has died while trying to steal copper - one of the fastest growing crimes in Italy - from a factory in the southern Italian region of Benevento.

Monaco scrape 1-0 win to close the gap on PSG
France

Monaco scrape 1-0 win to close the gap on PSG

Monaco's Emmanuel Riviere, pictured above, scored the winner against Ajaccio on Sunday to lift his team into second place. Here's a round-up of the weekend's action including a resounding victory for PSG and a defeat for Marseille that prompted the sacking of their coach.

Munch show draws double expected visitors
Norway

Munch show draws double expected visitors

The exhibition held to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch drew in more than twice as many visitors as expected and raised over 7m kroner ($1.1m) in revenue, the organizers have said.

Ex-president’s aide on trial for corruption
Germany

Ex-president’s aide on trial for corruption

The spokesman of former president Christian Wulff will go on trial in Hannover on Monday for corruption, four weeks after his ex-boss went on trial for accepting favours.

New Miss France proud of ‘mixed’ country
France

New Miss France proud of ‘mixed’ country

After the 2013 Miss France competition sparked a racism row over the "white as snow" contestants, the 2014 winner, a Franco-Beninese student, claimed her victory at the weekend was proof of France's acceptance of "mixed backgrounds" and cultures.

Teen locked up after pre-robbery selfie
Sweden

Teen locked up after pre-robbery selfie

A teenage girl who took pictures of herself with a knife before using it to rob a local restaurant has been sent to juvenile detention after officers used the offending picture as evidence to tie her to the crime.

Three men die in sauna after Christmas party
Germany

Three men die in sauna after Christmas party

Three friends were found dead in a sauna in west Germany on Sunday afternoon with police describing the deaths as a "tragic accident".

President boycotts Russia Winter Olympics
Germany

President boycotts Russia Winter Olympics

German President Joachim Gauck has been showered with praise and criticism after reportedly telling Russia he would boycott the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February.

Police on the hunt for buttock gunman
Sweden

Police on the hunt for buttock gunman

Police in eastern Sweden are on the lookout for someone who fired two bullets at a man who was rushed to hospital with a bullet in each of his buttocks.

Follow-up storm lashes southern Sweden
Sweden

Follow-up storm lashes southern Sweden

A snow storm that hit southern Sweden on Sunday has left many Swedes without electricity, right after they had finally reconnected following storm Sven that raced across the country last week.

Italian left’s new leader ‘inspired by Tony Blair’
Italy

Italian left’s new leader ‘inspired by Tony Blair’

Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi won a resounding victory on Sunday in the race to lead Italy's centre-left Democratic Party, part of the coalition government.