Last volume of Swiss history lexicon finished
Switzerland

Last volume of Swiss history lexicon finished

The final volume of a massive dictionary of Swiss history is set to be published at the end of the week.

Federer poised for home-town glory in Basel
Switzerland

Federer poised for home-town glory in Basel

Life couldn't be better — or more surprising — for Switzerland's Roger Federer as the 33-year-old takes aim at multiple major goals starting with a sixth title at his home Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Basel.

New parties vie for political breakthrough
Denmark

New parties vie for political breakthrough

Two new political parties are trying to break through to Christiansborg. While one has failed to arouse columnist Michael Booth's interest with its bland talk of sustainability and innovation, the other's attempt to rebrand Danishness and change perceptions of immigrants has captured his interest.

French suicide: ‘Racist’ author taps into malaise
France

French suicide: ‘Racist’ author taps into malaise

A controversial new book by French polemicist Eric Zemmour is flying off the shelves and shows no sign of stopping. The notorious right-wing writer and polemicist appears to have struck a chord with a French public feeling disillusioned and "lost".

Fourth time lucky for free Berlin WiFi?
Germany

Fourth time lucky for free Berlin WiFi?

Berlin's bid to set up a free city-wide wireless network has so far come to nothing. But city bosses are now trying for a fourth time - and hope to have the project running next year.

Chainsaw man destroys house in family feud
Sweden

Chainsaw man destroys house in family feud

A man in central Sweden has gone on a rampage with a chainsaw after a family housing dispute took an unexpected turn.

Spanish nurse with Ebola beats virus
Spain

Spanish nurse with Ebola beats virus

Updated: A Spanish nurse who was the first person to catch Ebola outside Africa is now free of the deadly virus, doctors confirmed on Tuesday, easing fears of it spreading in Europe.

Spain can’t use force to stop migrants: EU
Spain

Spain can’t use force to stop migrants: EU

The EU has warned Spain it can not use violence to stop migrants from trying to enter the country after video footage emerged of a young African being beaten by Spanish border guards recently.

Community service for anti-Semitic posts
Austria

Community service for anti-Semitic posts

A 25-year-old man from Lower Austria has been ordered to do community service after posting hate speech on Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz’s Facebook page.

Immigrant kids to get language lessons
Italy

Immigrant kids to get language lessons

Italian language lessons will be introduced for immigrant children in schools, a “fundamental” move to promote integration, Education Minister Stefania Giannini said on Tuesday.

‘We need to tell migrants the UK is not El Dorado’
France

‘We need to tell migrants the UK is not El Dorado’

The UK Ambassador to France Sir Peter Ricketts has weighed into the ongoing Calais migrants crisis by saying “Migrants need to be told that Britain is not El Dorado."

WHO slammed for ‘slow’ response to Ebola virus
Switzerland

WHO slammed for ‘slow’ response to Ebola virus

The Geneva-based World Health Organization insisted on Tuesday it would probe complaints that it had been slow to wake up to the scale of Ebola, but insisted the focus now must be on battling the epidemic.

Italy’s €20m tourism site boss quits over pay
Italy

Italy’s €20m tourism site boss quits over pay

The director of the tourism promotion website Italia.it has resigned, saying that he has no been paid for months despite the project costing €20 million, Italian media reported on Tuesday.

Gallery: Hits and misses of Antonio Banderas
Spain

Gallery: Hits and misses of Antonio Banderas

The Málaga-born actor who cut his teeth with Pedro Almodóvar before conquering Hollywood is to be awarded the Goya (or Spanish Oscar) of Honour for lifetime achievement by Spain's Film Academy. Here The Local casts an eye over some of the best and worst films he's starred in.

Man frames beggar with stolen tablet computer
Sweden

Man frames beggar with stolen tablet computer

A man in southern Sweden has landed in hot water after he stole a tablet computer, gave it to a beggar, then reported her to the police.

Psychologist accused of sexual assault
Austria

Psychologist accused of sexual assault

A psychologist employed by the Ministry of Justice in Graz-Karlau prison is being investigated for sexual harassment.

Boxing fights for legal status in Norway
Norway

Boxing fights for legal status in Norway

Norway could lift its ban on professional boxing as early as the turn of the New Year, the government announced on Tuesday.

Denmark adds to its Ebola contributions
Denmark

Denmark adds to its Ebola contributions

Denmark will contribute ten million kroner to help Ghana serve as a regional leader in the fight to contain the Ebola outbreak in west Africa.

Do German unions have too much power?
Germany

Do German unions have too much power?

Germany's pilots and train drivers are taking it in turns to bring the country to a standstill with strikes that have cost the economy tens of millions of euros in the last two weeks. Are unions abusing their power or standing up for their rights?

Italian police discover €1.7 bn corporate fraud
Italy

Italian police discover €1.7 bn corporate fraud

UPDATED: Italy's financial police on Tuesday said they had broken up a ring of companies they believe used false accounting to defraud the state out of €1.7 billion ($2.2 billion) of tax.

European court slams Italy over boat migrants
Italy

European court slams Italy over boat migrants

Italy put boat migrants at risk by sending them to Greece, from where they could have been returned to their dangerous home countries, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday.

Saalfelden murder ‘was Nazi ritual killing’
Austria

Saalfelden murder ‘was Nazi ritual killing’

The murder of a young woman in Saalfelden, Pinzgau, on October 9th was not a case of domestic violence but a ritual killing - according to a report from broadcaster ORF Salzburg.

Big vocabulary could help fight Alzheimer’s
Spain

Big vocabulary could help fight Alzheimer’s

People with more words at their disposal might be at lower risk of developing Alzheimer's, a surprising new study by Spanish scientists shows.

CEO’s plane crash due to ‘criminal negligence’
France

CEO’s plane crash due to ‘criminal negligence’

The Moscow air crash that killed Total's CEO Christophe de Margerie was caused by "criminal negligence" on the part of senior airport officials, Russian investigators said on Tuesday. Initial reports said the driver of a snow plough that collided with the plane had been drunk.

Older workers can have extra days off, court says
Germany

Older workers can have extra days off, court says

Older workers in Germany are allowed more time off than younger ones, a court ruled on Tuesday, saying the difference was not discriminatory.

France’s Socialist rebels refuse to back budget
France

France’s Socialist rebels refuse to back budget

A group of rebels in France’s ruling Socialist Party flexed their muscles on Tuesday by refusing to back the government’s 2015 budget in a parliamentary vote. It's another sign of a growing split in President François Hollande's party.

Bomb threat reported at Copenhagen City Hall
Denmark

Bomb threat reported at Copenhagen City Hall

UPDATE, 6pm: Police called off their search shortly after 5pm after not finding any signs of explosives.

French docs develop ‘high speed’ Ebola test
France

French docs develop ‘high speed’ Ebola test

As fears over Ebola continue to grow, French researchers announced on Tuesday they have developed a simple test that could detect the deadly disease in 15 minutes.

Sub hunt: ‘There is something out there’
Sweden

Sub hunt: ‘There is something out there’

Stockholm's archipelago is the focus of the biggest military operation in Sweden since the Cold War. The Local is in the region's capital, Vaxholm, to see what residents make of the drama.

Spain swelters in autumn ‘heatwave’
Spain

Spain swelters in autumn ‘heatwave’

Weather warnings have been issued for parts of eastern Spain including Valencia and Alicante on Tuesday with temperatures expected to reach highs nearly ten degrees above average for this time of year.

Danish jihadist approach under US media scrutiny
Denmark

Danish jihadist approach under US media scrutiny

Within a span of three days, both Newsweek and Washington Post have run in-depth stories on Aarhus's strategy to deal with Danes who return from fighting abroad.

Right-wing party saves Grillo’s EU alliance
Italy

Right-wing party saves Grillo’s EU alliance

Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement has joined up with a controversial right-wing Polish party, whose leader has been criticized for his views on the Holocaust, to stop its European Parliament alliance from crumbling.

Madrid museum honours Hepburn’s style guru
Spain

Madrid museum honours Hepburn’s style guru

Madrid's Thyssen Museum opens on Wednesday the first major retrospective of designs by French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, who worked for such famous clients as Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy.

Extremist saves Sweden Democrats’ EU group
Sweden

Extremist saves Sweden Democrats’ EU group

The EU group that bound several Eurosceptic parties including the Sweden Democrats has been saved by an MEP from a far-right Polish group, just a week after it appeared to have crumbled, according to a UK press report.

How France could make learning French easier
France

How France could make learning French easier

Let's imagine for a moment France decided to make learning French easier for Anglos in a bid to get more people speaking their language. What could the language guardians at the Académie Français do to make it simpler for us? Here's ten ideas.

Court: Germany can keep arms deals secret
Germany

Court: Germany can keep arms deals secret

The government can keep arms deals secret and only tell the public about them after contracts have been signed, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.

Meth lab busted near Czech border
Austria

Meth lab busted near Czech border

A pair of early-retirees were caught running a meth production lab in Moorheilbad Harbach, close to the Czech border, according to police.

Tourist finds €7,500 instead of cheesecake
Germany

Tourist finds €7,500 instead of cheesecake

Just how honest would you have to be to return €7,500 that you found in a box supposed to contain your favourite cheesecake?

Sweden ready to use force to surface sub
Sweden

Sweden ready to use force to surface sub

Sweden's military says it has no plans to downsize the search for a possible foreign submarine and is prepared to force any suspect vessel to the surface of the sea, "with armed force if necessary".

Sardinian priest issues skirt guidelines
Italy

Sardinian priest issues skirt guidelines

A priest in Sardinia has become so exasperated by his parishioners' dress sense that he has issued picture guidelines on the lengths of ladies’ skirts.

Movie monster ‘Alien Queen’ moves to France
France

Movie monster ‘Alien Queen’ moves to France

The alien queen at the heart of the American "Alien" film saga was forgotten until being rescued by a Frenchman who restored her to all her terrifying glory. Her faithful followers are now flocking to see her in a museum in Lyon.

Every sixth Dane has stolen a bicycle: report
Denmark

Every sixth Dane has stolen a bicycle: report

A new study revealed that 17 percent of Danish residents have at one point stolen someone else's bike, costing insurance companies 200 million kroner each year.

Family-friendly official ‘sorry’ he sacked mum
Spain

Family-friendly official ‘sorry’ he sacked mum

The mayor of Madrid mayor has ordered a councillor to reinstate a legal official he sacked after complaining she wasn't showing "complete dedication" to her job because she was a mother.

Brazil v. Austria tickets sell out fast
Austria

Brazil v. Austria tickets sell out fast

An upcoming football fixture between former world champion Brazil and minnows Austria sold out all 48,500 tickets within 28 hours of going on sale.

Expat’s family battles for answers four years on
Germany

Expat’s family battles for answers four years on

In 2010 an Irish computer engineer was found dead in his apartment in Baden-Württemberg. Four years on, his family are still pressing the German justice system for answers. They feel badly let down by police who they say have refused to examine evidence of foul play.

Majority back new immigration curbs: poll
Switzerland

Majority back new immigration curbs: poll

A majority of Swiss citizens support a proposal to limit annual net immigration to 0.2 percent of Switzerland’s population, a new survey indicates.

Total’s ‘Big Moustache’: Not your average oil exec
France

Total’s ‘Big Moustache’: Not your average oil exec

Christophe de Margerie, the French CEO of Total, who was killed in a freak plane crash in Moscow on Tuesday, stood out among top executives for his love of a joke, his big bushy moustache and the fact he spent his whole career at one company.

Hungary and Austria reach accord on refugees
Austria

Hungary and Austria reach accord on refugees

With increasing numbers of so-called illegal migrants arriving in Austria as refugees from war-torn places such as Syria, Iraq and North Africa, ministers in European countries are working to improve cooperation on dealing with the challenge.

Calatrava to ‘rebuild’ Ground Zero church
Spain

Calatrava to ‘rebuild’ Ground Zero church

Controversial Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has been given the brief to design a Greek Orthodox Church to be built on the site of New York's World Trade Centre, destroyed in terrorist attacks in 2001.

Timeline: Search for submarine in Stockholm
Sweden

Timeline: Search for submarine in Stockholm

In October 2014 the Swedish military launched an extensive hunt for what was rumoured to be a damaged Russian submarine in the Stockholm archipelago. A month later officials confirmed that a vessel had been present but said they didn't know where it came from.

Morocco oil find shakes up Canary Islands vote
Spain

Morocco oil find shakes up Canary Islands vote

Drillers say have found oil in Moroccan waters just 200 kilometres (125 miles) from Spain's Canary Islands, a possible game changer as Canarians prepare to vote on whether Spanish energy giant Repsol should be allowed to search for oil in the waters off the archipelago.

Bed bugs in Norway make comeback
Norway

Bed bugs in Norway make comeback

Bed bugs that once nearly died out altogether in Norway are back more prevalent than ever, pest experts have warned.

Tanker fills up gas station with wrong fuel
Germany

Tanker fills up gas station with wrong fuel

Around 160 car owners are stuck after a gas station's storage tanks were filled with the wrong fuel, causing an estimated €100,000 in damage.

Carlos Slim increases stake in Telekom Austria
Austria

Carlos Slim increases stake in Telekom Austria

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim has increased his stake in Telekom Austria, from 51 percent to 59.7 percent, he informed the Mexican stock exchange on Monday.

Eritrean refugees find shelter at Swiss abbey
Switzerland

Eritrean refugees find shelter at Swiss abbey

After a harrowing flight from autocratic Eritrea, the last place Nuguse Teklestion expected to call home was the pastoral grounds of a Swiss monastery housing a mysterious black Madonna.

Singing nun picks Like a Virgin for debut album
Italy

Singing nun picks Like a Virgin for debut album

Sister Cristina Scuccia, the singing nun who became a pop sensation after appearing on The Voice Italy which she won earlier this year, has released a cover of Madonna’s Like a Virgin, which will feature on her upcoming album.

Can the world learn from the horrific Ebola scenes in West Africa?
Sweden

Can the world learn from the horrific Ebola scenes in West Africa?

The developed world is quickly becoming paralyzed by fear of the unexpected Ebola virus - but was it really so unexpected, given the poverty and history of Africa? NFGL member Banjwa Adventino, studying Development Studies at Lund University, examines these issues.

Komplett set to downsize in Norway over VAT hike
Norway

Komplett set to downsize in Norway over VAT hike

Internet retailer Komplett.no is set to move most of their business operations from Norway to Sweden if the Norwegian government's proposal of raising the VAT limit on ecommerce transactions goes ahead.

Denmark’s central bank to stop producing money
Denmark

Denmark’s central bank to stop producing money

With more and more people paying with credit cards and their smartphones, Denmark’s central bank Nationalbanken says it no longer pays to print banknotes or mint coins.

Italy gives €50 million to fight Ebola disease
Italy

Italy gives €50 million to fight Ebola disease

The Italian government will contribute €50 million to an EU fund set up to fight Ebola, following an outbreak which has so far claimed over 4,500 lives, Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini said on Monday.

Norwegian Ebola victim free of virus
Norway

Norwegian Ebola victim free of virus

A Norwegian woman who contracted the Ebola virus while working for Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leoneis now free of the virus and was released from an isolation unit on Monday.

France and Germany to draw up growth plan
France

France and Germany to draw up growth plan

Although France didn't persuade Germany to invest €50 billion in the eurozone's flagging economy Paris and Berlin did agree to draw up an action plan for exactly what was needed to boost growth.

Spain vows to crush ‘still alive’ terror group Eta
Spain

Spain vows to crush ‘still alive’ terror group Eta

Spain's government vowed on Monday that it would smash the Basque separatist group Eta after claiming that it was still "alive" three years after it ended its violence.

Burglar caught sipping bubbly during break-in
France

Burglar caught sipping bubbly during break-in

A burglar in France was so happy after breaking into a house in France he decided to crack open the bubbly and turn on the TV. But then the owners returned home.

Lufthansa strike hits 1,500 flights
Germany

Lufthansa strike hits 1,500 flights

UPDATE: In the second day of their strike, Lufthansa pilots have, as promised, extended their industrial action to include long-haul international flights until the end of Tuesday.

Celebrated Swiss portrait photographer dies
Switzerland

Celebrated Swiss portrait photographer dies

Swiss photographer René Burri, celebrated for his portraits of Che Guevara and Pablo Picasso, died Monday in Zurich aged 81, the Magnum agency said.

Profit leap for Swedbank
Sweden

Profit leap for Swedbank

Swedbank has seen its profits rise higher than expected.

Total’s French CEO killed in Moscow plane crash
France

Total’s French CEO killed in Moscow plane crash

The CEO of French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport after his private jet struck a snow plough on takeoff. Russian investigators said the driver of the snow plough was drunk.

Merkel tells allies to pay Ukraine’s gas debts
Germany

Merkel tells allies to pay Ukraine’s gas debts

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called on Ukraine's allies to help the war-scarred nation pay off its gas debts to Russia, amid concern over gas supplies this winter.

‘Monstrous’ child molester jailed 15 years
Switzerland

‘Monstrous’ child molester jailed 15 years

A 35-year-old man who sexually abused five girls of primary school age a total of more than 900 times was sentenced to a 15-year prison term by a court in the canton of Ticino on Monday.

Sick pay U-turn from Sweden’s new coalition
Sweden

Sick pay U-turn from Sweden’s new coalition

Small businesses won't face rising sick pay costs, following a policy reversal from Sweden's new coalition government.

Copenhagen is ‘the gay-friendliest place on Earth’
Denmark

Copenhagen is ‘the gay-friendliest place on Earth’

Lonely Planet crowns the Danish capital as the absolute best destination for homosexual travellers, pointing to its historic role as a forerunner for gay rights and its modern-day vibrant gay scene.