Independent lists EU’s top six ski hotels
Austria

Independent lists EU’s top six ski hotels

A recent article in Britain's Independent newspaper lists its picks for Europe's top six ski hotels - and two of them are in Austria.

Night trains to pause for an hour Sunday morning
Austria

Night trains to pause for an hour Sunday morning

With the end of daylight saving time for the year this weekend, railway clocks will be paused for one hour, starting at 3am.

Five arrested after stabbings at Kurd protest
Austria

Five arrested after stabbings at Kurd protest

Police announced today that they have arrested five people in connection with the stabbing injuries of two teenaged participants in a demonstration by Kurds on October 11 in the western Austrian town of Bregenz.

Expats reveal another side of Berlin Wall
Germany

Expats reveal another side of Berlin Wall

Two expats who walked the Mauerweg - the 160-kilometre trail that runs the length of the former Berlin Wall - have written a book about forgotten aspects of its past and present.

Italy backs Nazi victim claims against Germany
Italy

Italy backs Nazi victim claims against Germany

Italy's constitutional court has ruled that victims of Nazi-era war crimes can sue Germany in Italian courts, rejecting a UN ruling and provoking a strong reaction from Berlin on Friday.

Take The Local’s Spanish history quiz
Spain

Take The Local’s Spanish history quiz

Spain is full of famous places, faces and names. But how well do you know the history of this amazing country? Find in The Local's latest quiz!

Le Pen: France needs to take control of borders
France

Le Pen: France needs to take control of borders

National Front leader Marine Le Pen visited the northern port city of Calais on Friday where tensions are high as authorities under increasing pressure to control the influx of illegal migrants trying to get to Britain.

Armed police thwart hotel robbery plans
Austria

Armed police thwart hotel robbery plans

A serious armed robbery on a hotel in the Vienna Woods community of Gablitz was thwarted by police on Wednesday, according to the National Police Directorate of the northeast region.

Italian town plans separate bus for Roma
Italy

Italian town plans separate bus for Roma

A mayor in north-west Italy has backed a controversial plan to create a bus route only for Roma people, a move which has been likened to the segregation policies of Apartheid South Africa, Italian media reported on Friday.

Burglar in the buff snared by French police
France

Burglar in the buff snared by French police

French police were called out to a bizarre incident this week when they received calls from scared residents in villages in central France alerting them to the presence of a burglar who was targeting homes in the buff.

American sales squeeze Ericsson profits
Sweden

American sales squeeze Ericsson profits

Swedish telecoms equipment maker Ericsson reported a decline in net profit in the third quarter despite an increase in sales, boosted by business in emerging markets.

US and Japan fuel surge for Volvo trucks
Sweden

US and Japan fuel surge for Volvo trucks

Sweden's Volvo, the world's second-largest maker of trucks, said Friday it saw a spike in profits in the third quarter, boosted by thriving sales in the US and Japanese markets.

Inspectors attacked at rogue doc’s surgery
Sweden

Inspectors attacked at rogue doc’s surgery

Inspectors who were sent to shut down a doctor’s surgery in Gothenburg were physically attacked and fled the premises to get help from the police.

Ten of the best students bars in Rome
Italy

Ten of the best students bars in Rome

Rome has a huge and varied number of drinking holes to cater to the constant influx of students to the city. The Local takes you on a crawl of ten of the best.

France to bring in Ebola checks ‘on all transport’
France

France to bring in Ebola checks ‘on all transport’

French president François Hollande said on Friday that measures to counter the risk of Ebola reaching France will be increased with tests to be carried out on people arriving in France on “all forms of transport”, meaning boats as well as planes.

10 best places to visit in North Norway this winter
Norway

10 best places to visit in North Norway this winter

Northern Norway this month made the Lonely Planet's Top 5 list for best regions for travellers to go to in 2015. The Local takes a tour of one of Europe's most scenic destinations and reveals some of the coolest places to see and things to do in the Arctic Circle and beyond.

Two burglaries every hour in Austria
Austria

Two burglaries every hour in Austria

At a press conference on Friday, the Austrian Road Safety Board (KVB) and the Austrian Insurance Association (VVÖ) explained that many Austrians underestimate the risks of burglary, and outlined some simple measures to be taken to avoid getting ripped off.

Karstadt closes six stores to stay afloat
Germany

Karstadt closes six stores to stay afloat

Germany's biggest department store chain Karstadt will close at least six stores, putting around 2,000 jobs at risk, in a drastic bid by its new boss to return it to profit.

Bailed-out Bankia sees profits soar
Spain

Bailed-out Bankia sees profits soar

Scandal-hit Bankia on Friday announced improved earnings on the back of reduced bad debt ratios, news that comes in the midst of allegations top executives at the institution used 'secret' cards to make lavish personal purposes.

‘Too many concerts feel the same’
Sweden

‘Too many concerts feel the same’

Kattis Bjork founded Stockholm's secret gig scene - Sofar - a year ago. The Local caught up with her as she prepared to celebrate the project's anniversary this weekend and revealed the concept will spread to other Swedish cities in 2015.

Police turn Swede’s vodka into water
Sweden

Police turn Swede’s vodka into water

Swedish police say they will pay a man 16,000 kronor ($2,200) in damages after much of the alcohol they confiscated from him was stolen, while many of the bottles they returned were filled with water.

How well do you know Germany?
Germany

How well do you know Germany?

Do you know your Saxony facts from your Saxony-Anhalt ones? Test your knowledge of Germany's federal states in The Local's quiz.

Vatican probes Italy’s ‘playboy priests’
Italy

Vatican probes Italy’s ‘playboy priests’

The Vatican has launched an investigation into a diocese in north-west Italy following a series of scandals by “playboy priests”, including one being convicted for sexual abuse and another posting naked photos of himself on Facebook.

Deserters’ monument unveiled Friday
Austria

Deserters’ monument unveiled Friday

Austria unveiled Friday its first national monument to the estimated 1,500 people executed by the Nazis for deserting or refusing to fight in World War II, 69 years after the conflict ended.

Climate chief hails Bonn greenhouse gas deal
Germany

Climate chief hails Bonn greenhouse gas deal

The UN's climate chief hailed a European agreement in Bonn on greenhouse gases on Friday as providing "valuable momentum" for a world pact to be inked in Paris next year.

Austrian Fokker made emergency landing
Austria

Austrian Fokker made emergency landing

A narrow-body twin-engined Fokker 70 belonging to Austrian Airlines (AUA) was forced to make an emergency landing back at Vienna's international airport on Wednesday due to an on-board computer failure.

Guggenheim guru gives critics finger in Spain
Spain

Guggenheim guru gives critics finger in Spain

Architect Frank Gehry, the designer of Bilbao's iconic Guggenheim Museum, stuck up a middle finger to his critics and used expletives to slam modern building design before receiving a prestigious prize from the king of Spain on Friday.

Norway’s terror alert bill to get more cash aid
Norway

Norway’s terror alert bill to get more cash aid

The Norwegian government on Friday said it wants to earmark an extra 74.6 million kroner ($11 million) to cover the costs from handling the terror threat against Norway this summer.

French military chief: ‘It’s safe to say we hurt Isis’
France

French military chief: ‘It’s safe to say we hurt Isis’

The leader of France's armed forces said his country's military "hurt" Isis forces in a recent raid led by the international coalition battling the extremists in Iraq.

Spain’s public holidays in 2015: Official list
Spain

Spain’s public holidays in 2015: Official list

Spain will have a total of eight fully national public holidays in 2015 with one of these falling on a Saturday. For the full list and more information on regional holidays read on.

Major drugs bust in Rohrbach
Austria

Major drugs bust in Rohrbach

Police from Upper Austria announced on Friday the successful completion of an operation to disrupt the import and trafficking in illegal drugs from the Czech Republic, including crystal meth.

Struggling Spain to get EU ‘Christmas present’
Spain

Struggling Spain to get EU ‘Christmas present’

Crisis-hit Spain is to be handed a €168.9 million ($213.7 million) rebate from the European Commission on the back of poorer than expected growth since 1995, according to leaked documents which show some countries will have to stump up plenty of extra cash.

Glacier 3000 opens new mountaintop bridge
Switzerland

Glacier 3000 opens new mountaintop bridge

The new ‘Peak Walk’ at Glacier 3000, the world’s first suspension bridge to connect two mountain peaks, was inaugurated in the canton of Vaud on Friday.

What’s on in France: 11 things to do in November
France

What’s on in France: 11 things to do in November

If you're short of ideas for what to do in France in November, we've gathered together a list of 11 events that are well worth checking out, especially if you're into art, wine, music or just can't wait to get in the Christmas spirit.

Denmark handed major Euro 2016 boost
Denmark

Denmark handed major Euro 2016 boost

Serbia and Albania's Euro 2016 qualifying match was cancelled after tumultuous scenes on and off the pitch, and now Uefa has ruled that neither of them will get any points from the game, boosting Denmark's chances to qualify.

Bomb alert closed Schwarzenbergplatz
Austria

Bomb alert closed Schwarzenbergplatz

A bomb alert was triggered on Friday morning at Vienna's Schwarzenbergplaz because of a suspicious package.

Paris: Saudi robbed of €15k cash while dining
France

Paris: Saudi robbed of €15k cash while dining

A man working for the Saudi Arabian embassy in Paris had a whopping €15,000 in cash stolen while dining out in the city on Tuesday afternoon. He’s just the latest Saudi national to be targeted by thieves in France.

Neo-Nazis cleared of knife attack on Nigerian
Sweden

Neo-Nazis cleared of knife attack on Nigerian

A Stockholm court has cleared three neo-Nazis of stabbing a Nigerian man in an unprovoked attack. But two of the men will face jail after they were convicted of racial agitation at a riot.

Snake smugglers caught by Swiss border guards
Switzerland

Snake smugglers caught by Swiss border guards

Swiss border guards discovered four snakes during the course of two separate controls this week, federal customs authorities said on Friday.

Fee slashes numbers at Barcelona’s Park Güell
Spain

Fee slashes numbers at Barcelona’s Park Güell

The introduction of an €8 ($10) charge at Barcelona's Park Güell for people who don't live in Barcelona has had the desired effect with visitors numbers well down: all part of plans by the city to protect Gaudí masterpiece from overcrowding.

Report: Switzerland ideal for Mars simulator
Switzerland

Report: Switzerland ideal for Mars simulator

Switzerland could play a vital part in the mission to Mars, according to a report by the University of Lausanne (UNIL) which concludes that the French-speaking part of the country is the perfect place to test conditions faced by humans in a journey to the red planet.

Italy hit with €340m EU bill as France cashes in
Italy

Italy hit with €340m EU bill as France cashes in

Italy will have to pay the EU an estimated €340 million on December 1st, according to a leaked document which shows France is due to receive a €1 billion rebate.

Budget row: EU asks France for more details
France

Budget row: EU asks France for more details

French President Francois Hollande said his country had received an EU Commission letter asking for clarifications over its 2015 budget, which forecasts that France will miss the deficit targets laid by Brussels by a wide margin.

Norway’s seriously ill to get their own doctor
Norway

Norway’s seriously ill to get their own doctor

The Norwegian government will give seriously ill patients in Norway their own dedicated doctor, it was announced on Friday.

Two Copenhagen men arrested with explosives
Denmark

Two Copenhagen men arrested with explosives

One of the arrestees is reportedly a lance corporal in the Danish army, but police are remaining tight-lipped on details and a possible motive.

Germany gets €780m EU rebate for poor growth
Germany

Germany gets €780m EU rebate for poor growth

Germany will get an early Christmas present of around €779 million from the EU, thanks to weaker than expected GDP growth.

Catch a London cab to a ski holiday in Austria
Austria

Catch a London cab to a ski holiday in Austria

Austrian tourism bosses have been busy promoting skiing holidays by offering a quiz in the back of a London taxi.

Basel private bank raided in German tax probe
Switzerland

Basel private bank raided in German tax probe

Police in Switzerland have raided the offices of the private bank Safra Sarasin as part of a probe by German authorities into alleged tax fraud, Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger reported on Friday.

Norway set to axe Saturday postal service
Norway

Norway set to axe Saturday postal service

Posten Norge, the national postal service, may stop Saturday mail delivery after the government allowed the move this week in Parliament.

NFGL Global Swede Profile: Soukaina Lamrani
Sweden

NFGL Global Swede Profile: Soukaina Lamrani

Soukaina Lamrani, one of the few winners of the Global Swede award last year, came to Sweden to learn entrepreneurship. But she also learned to listen. Soukaina tells SI News about her experiences and her advice for other NFGL students.

Denmark to get huge EU payout as others pay up
Denmark

Denmark to get huge EU payout as others pay up

Leaked documents reveal that Denmark is due a large pay-out from Brussels thanks to changes in the way the EU calculates nation's GDPs.

German helicopter fleet ‘not fit for Nato’
Germany

German helicopter fleet ‘not fit for Nato’

Germany's fleet of NH90 helicopters is undergoing engineering checks after one of them suffered a serious engine failure, in the latest blow to the country's military capabilities.

Swiss banker arrested over Hoeness tax fraud
Switzerland

Swiss banker arrested over Hoeness tax fraud

Polish authorities said Thursday they had arrested a Swiss banker wanted by Germany on suspicion of tax fraud that a report said may involve the jailed former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness.

Excited about new words? You’re not alone
Spain

Excited about new words? You’re not alone

Learning new vocabulary stimulates the same pleasure centre of the brain which responds to activities like having sex or eating chocolate, a new study by Barcelona researchers shows.

Grand Rapids hollers back to Kapfenberg
Austria

Grand Rapids hollers back to Kapfenberg

A US town which inspired an Austrian town to emulate its success with a music video which is going viral has acknowledged the tribute.

Federer reaches quarters in hometown event
Switzerland

Federer reaches quarters in hometown event

Roger Federer shrugged off dropping the first set against journeyman Denis Istomin on Thursday before hitting back to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and reach the Swiss Indoors quarterfinals.

French football fans cause mayhem in Milan
Italy

French football fans cause mayhem in Milan

Around 400 French football fans caused mayhem in Milan on Thursday evening, setting off firecrackers and damaging the city’s metro ahead of a Europa League tie between St Etienne and Inter Milan.

Drug mule left to die in airport over Ebola fears
Spain

Drug mule left to die in airport over Ebola fears

A Nigerian drug smuggler at Madrid's international airport who started shivering after the cocaine bags he was carrying inside his body burst was left to die after airport authorities activated an emergency Ebola alert

Vigilantes held as clown panic spreads in France
France

Vigilantes held as clown panic spreads in France

Police arrested five armed youths in a town in eastern France this week who were hunting for “aggressive clowns” who were reportedly threatening locals. It’s just the latest incident in France where reports of armed clowns has spread panic.

Bale absence may boost Real’s Clásico hopes
Spain

Bale absence may boost Real’s Clásico hopes

An injury to Real Madrid's Welsh star Gareth Bale means coach Carlo Ancelotti can play a four-man midfield in a bid to dispute Barcelona’s dominance of possession in Saturday’s star-studded clash between Spain's two richest teams.

Hitler coffee cream pot company faces closure
Switzerland

Hitler coffee cream pot company faces closure

The company that designed the coffee cream pot lids featuring images of Hitler and Mussolini is facing bankruptcy after Swiss supermarket chain Migros said it planned to terminate its contract with the Bern-based outfit.

Ex-boss of Berlin Airport farce gets €1.2m
Germany

Ex-boss of Berlin Airport farce gets €1.2m

The man who was blamed for Berlin's miserable attempt to build a new airport must be paid more than €1 million - after being fired.

Mother has four limbs removed after abortion
France

Mother has four limbs removed after abortion

A woman who had an abortion in Bordeaux is suing the medical team that performed the procedure after she ended up having to have partial amputations to both arms and legs.

Denmark shifts focus in Afghanistan
Denmark

Denmark shifts focus in Afghanistan

The Danish government has released an Afghanistan strategy for the next three years that prioritizes civilian efforts over military contributions.

Madonna in sisterhood pledge with singing nun
Italy

Madonna in sisterhood pledge with singing nun

Pop star Madonna has pledged lifelong sisterhood with an Italian nun who released a remake of her provocative 1984 hit, Like A Virgin, earlier this week.

US to get first female ambassador in Sweden
Sweden

US to get first female ambassador in Sweden

The United States Embassy in Stockholm is set to get its first female ambassador after the White House announced it was nominating the Iranian-American ex-investment banker Azita Raji to take over from Mark Brzezinski.

Steinmeier challenges UN over Isis gas reports
Germany

Steinmeier challenges UN over Isis gas reports

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier pressed UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon to bring possible poison gas use by Isis in Iraq before the Security Council.

France to get €1b EU rebate as UK to pay more
France

France to get €1b EU rebate as UK to pay more

Struggling France is owed a €1billion rebate from Brussels, it was revealed this week. It hasn’t gone down well on the other side of the English Channel where the UK has been told to hand over an extra €2.1billion.

Low-cost airline offers new routes to the US
Denmark

Low-cost airline offers new routes to the US

Beginning in 2015, Wow Air will offer tickets for as little as 699 kroner from Copenhagen to the US – with a catch, of course.

Angry students blast education funding cuts
Spain

Angry students blast education funding cuts

Thousands of chanting students, teachers and parents took to the streets across Spain on Thursday to protest against government spending cuts, higher university tuition fees and other reforms to the education system.

Stay inside after blast, Ludwigshafen told
Germany

Stay inside after blast, Ludwigshafen told

It will take several days to find out what caused a massive explosion on Thursday which rocked a town on the Rhine, killing a builder and injuring 26 others.

Ten hit songs you didn’t know were from Sweden
Sweden

Ten hit songs you didn’t know were from Sweden

You'd be surprised by how many international hit songs are sung by Swedes. In fact, we wager that there are many songs that you know and love that you didn't even realize were from Sweden. Here are our favourite ten.

Silvio Berlusconi backs gay union proposal
Italy

Silvio Berlusconi backs gay union proposal

Italy’s ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, who was once better known for his anti-gay gaffes, has backed a proposal for same-sex unions in Italy.

France to regain crown as top wine producer
France

France to regain crown as top wine producer

With a bumper harvest predicted, France looks set to regain its crown as the world's biggest wine producer, according to estimates by an international wine body this week.

Spring back in German consumers’ step?
Germany

Spring back in German consumers’ step?

Update: Consumer confidence in Germany has stopped falling, as households appear to be no longer fazed by concerns about the economic fallout from geopolitical crises, a new poll found on Friday.

Sweden calls off suspect submarine search
Sweden

Sweden calls off suspect submarine search

The core search for a suspected foreign vessel in Swedish waters has been called off. The armed forces said they remained convinced foreign underwater activity had taken place but had not identified an intruder.

Sweden to get EU ‘Christmas present’
Sweden

Sweden to get EU ‘Christmas present’

Sweden is set to get 1.2 billion kronor ($168 million) back from the EU on December 1st, according to leaked EU documents which suggest that other European countries will have to make large top-up payments this year.

Renzi vows to publish cost of EU ‘palaces’
Italy

Renzi vows to publish cost of EU ‘palaces’

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday announced his intention to make public the cost of the European institutions, as a row exploded over his country's budget plans.

Italy under fire from EU in budget battle
Italy

Italy under fire from EU in budget battle

European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso sharply criticised Italy on Thursday for publishing a letter from the EU requesting clarifications on Rome's rule-breaking budget.