Bern police track clues on 50 armed robbers
Switzerland

Bern police track clues on 50 armed robbers

Bern police are seeking witnesses after a bizarre robbery involving 50 masked gunmen at an alternative culture centre in the Swiss capital at the weekend.

The girlfriend left behind in Vienna in 1939
Austria

The girlfriend left behind in Vienna in 1939

In ‘Paper Love,’ Sarah Wildman searches for her grandfather’s pre-war love.

Mannen avalanche: A mountain of chaos
Norway

Mannen avalanche: A mountain of chaos

Senior geologists have admitted they are stumped as to when and even if Mount Mannen in South Norway will suffer an avalanche, it was reported on Tuesday evening.

Neuchâtel tech firm unveils white solar panel
Switzerland

Neuchâtel tech firm unveils white solar panel

A non-profit technology company based in Neuchâtel has unveiled what it describes as the first white solar panel in the world.

Teen ‘jihadist’ arrested in train station plot
Austria

Teen ‘jihadist’ arrested in train station plot

A 14-year-old boy was arrested in Lower Austria as a suspected jihadist on Tuesday evening.

Top ten: brilliant Barcelona restaurants
Spain

Top ten: brilliant Barcelona restaurants

With over 6,000 Barcelona restaurants listed on TripAdvisor alone, knowing where to go for a great bite in the city can be just a little daunting — but never fear! The Local has chosen ten places that will have you licking your lips in no time.

What is driving France’s killer clown panic?
France

What is driving France’s killer clown panic?

France's recent bizarre and disturbing spike in clown-related violence and fear has several explanations, though don't expect the phenomenon to go away anytime soon.

Denmark funds research on underground trolls
Denmark

Denmark funds research on underground trolls

The state-funded Danish Council for Independent Research has earmarked 2.5 million kroner to a PhD project that will look into the 'under-earthlings' rumoured to inhabit the island of Bornholm

‘Sorry’: Spanish PM apologizes for corruption
Spain

‘Sorry’: Spanish PM apologizes for corruption

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday begged for forgiveness on behalf of the country's ruling Popular Party a day after police arrested several party members in anti-corruption raids.

Minister sent death threats over refugees
Austria

Minister sent death threats over refugees

Vienna’s public prosecutor is investigating death threats sent to Austria's Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner (ÖVP).

Swiss Ebola vaccine trials cleared to start
Switzerland

Swiss Ebola vaccine trials cleared to start

Ebola vaccine trials are set to start in Switzerland this week after receiving the green light from the country's authorities, the Geneva-based World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

Historic amusement park Tivoli to get major facelift
Denmark

Historic amusement park Tivoli to get major facelift

One of Copenhagen busiest corners will get a new look after city officials approve Tivoli's plan for a modern makeover.

‘Sweden should follow Norway on conscription’
Sweden

‘Sweden should follow Norway on conscription’

As Sweden decides whether to bring back compulsory military service, defence expert Johanne Hildebrandt tells The Local that Sweden would be much better off following Norway's "weak conscription" model.

What’s on in Italy: ten things to do in November
Italy

What’s on in Italy: ten things to do in November

If you're short of ideas for what to do in Italy in November, we've gathered a list of ten events that are well worth checking out, especially if you like art, jazz, olives and truffles.

Mozart’s clavichord returns to Vienna
Austria

Mozart’s clavichord returns to Vienna

The clavichord on which Mozart composed some of his most famous works - including the Magic Flute - will be on display in Vienna for two weeks, for the first time since the 18th century.

Car phone use OK when stopped at lights
Germany

Car phone use OK when stopped at lights

Drivers in Germany can use their mobile phones whenever their vehicle's motor is not running, including when waiting at a red light, a court ruled on Tuesday.

Swedish PM forgets name at Nordic summit
Sweden

Swedish PM forgets name at Nordic summit

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's first press conference as the host of an international political summit made painful viewing as he stumbled over the name of one of his guests.

Vicar wants farting baptism baby ad ban
Norway

Vicar wants farting baptism baby ad ban

A vicar in Norway was outraged and has called for a ban on a cinema commercial trying to promote baptism using a farting, rapping baby.

Foreigners in Italy are happier than Italians
Italy

Foreigners in Italy are happier than Italians

Foreigners in Italy are much happier with their lives than Italians, according to figures published on Tuesday by Istat, the national statistics agency.

Ryanair told to pay €8m over labour law breach
France

Ryanair told to pay €8m over labour law breach

UPDATED: A French court ruled on Tuesday that Irish budget airline Ryanair must pay €8.1 million ($10.3 million) in damages along with €200,000 in fines for breach of French labour law.

Sweden remains fourth best for gender equality
Sweden

Sweden remains fourth best for gender equality

Sweden has come fourth in the world for gender equality for the sixth year in a row, in the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap 2014 report.

UN warns Spain over migrant deportations
Spain

UN warns Spain over migrant deportations

The United Nations on Tuesday warned Spain over planned changes to legislation allowing the country to instantly deport migrants who clamber border fences into its north African territories, saying Madrid could fall foul of international law.

Hooligans want to march in Berlin and Hamburg
Germany

Hooligans want to march in Berlin and Hamburg

UPDATE: Further far-right protests, of the kind seen in Cologne on Sunday, are being planned in Berlin and Hamburg, leading to fears of violence spreading to other cities.

Top ten: When French translations go wrong
France

Top ten: When French translations go wrong

It's kind when the French translate menus and signs into English for the benefit of us Anglos, but the result is sometimes horribly wrong or inappropriate. Here are photos of the ten worst French translations.

Saudi-funded NGO under scrutiny in Austria
Austria

Saudi-funded NGO under scrutiny in Austria

The Austrian government has said it will be observing the activities of a Saudi-funded centre in Vienna, which is supposed to foster inter-religious dialogue, before extending its contract next year.

Thief distracts staff by squirting her breast milk
Germany

Thief distracts staff by squirting her breast milk

A mother in central Germany came up with an unusual tactic to allegedly steal from a pharmacy on Monday.

Marine Le Pen pelted with rocks while driving
France

Marine Le Pen pelted with rocks while driving

The head of France's anti-immigrant, anti-EU National Front party was pelted with rocks as she drove in the Paris suburbs by a group of young men. Witnesses told police she was "targeted," according to media reports.

Man kills ex-girlfriend, mother and himself
Germany

Man kills ex-girlfriend, mother and himself

UPDATE: A jilted lover stabbed his ex-girlfriend and his mother to death before killing himself, police said on Tuesday.

Hollande calls for calm after eco protester death
France

Hollande calls for calm after eco protester death

France's president scrambled on Tuesday to contain the fall-out from the death of an eco-protester as authorities prepared to release forensic results that will determine whether riot police were responsible.

1,749 apply for 30 jobs at McDonald’s in Venice
Italy

1,749 apply for 30 jobs at McDonald’s in Venice

1,749 people have so far applied for 30 jobs at a fourth McDonald's fastfood outlet set to open in the Venice suburb of Mestre.

New products push up Novartis Q3 earnings
Switzerland

New products push up Novartis Q3 earnings

Basel-based pharmaceuticals giant Novartis on Tuesday said that strong sales of new products had helped push its net profit up 45 percent in the third quarter from the same period a year earlier, despite competition from copycat generic drugs.

Parisian bars that serve drinkers free meals
France

Parisian bars that serve drinkers free meals

Hitting the bars in Paris can be a pricey affair, but as part of a unique custom many serve full meals for free to people who buy a drink. The Local has collected its 10 favorite bars that'll feed you for free.

Denmark cracks the top five for gender equality
Denmark

Denmark cracks the top five for gender equality

A new report from the influential World Economic Forum sees Denmark join its four Nordic neighbours as a global leader in gender equality.

Who’s studying the most (and least) in Germany?
Germany

Who’s studying the most (and least) in Germany?

The average German student works 32.5 hours a week, according to research published on Tuesday, but there are big differences between different subjects. Which students study the most and least?

Mr Biceps: Spanish cop heats up Instagram
Spain

Mr Biceps: Spanish cop heats up Instagram

A photograph of a handsome Spanish anti-riot policeman on the force's Instagram page has proved a winner with visitors, the latest success story for the innovative social media team at Spanish Police.

Eight Halloween events not to miss in Paris
France

Eight Halloween events not to miss in Paris

Who said Halloween was an American festival? Paris is positively abuzz with Halloween fever this week. From pumpkin-carving to a real haunted house, we've listed eight events not to miss.

Aging Spain: population to fall 5 million by 2064
Spain

Aging Spain: population to fall 5 million by 2064

Spain's population will shrink by 5.6 million in the next 50 years with much of the population aged over 65 and living alone, new official forecasts released on Tuesday warn.

Italy one of world’s worst for wage equality
Italy

Italy one of world’s worst for wage equality

Italy is one of the world’s worst countries for wage equality, with women earning significantly less than men for similar work, a new report by the World Economic Forum shows.

Die Partei promises to ‘ruin’ Austria
Austria

Die Partei promises to ‘ruin’ Austria

The German spoof political party Die Partei has set up an offshoot in Austria, in what it described as a "spectacularly easy" process.

Mount Mannen avalanche set to tumble on Tuesday
Norway

Mount Mannen avalanche set to tumble on Tuesday

Experts studying the imminent avalanche on Mount Mannen in South Norway said it is "fairly probable" it will occur some time on Tuesday.

Timeline: The key points in the Julian Assange case
Sweden

Timeline: The key points in the Julian Assange case

The Local looks at the key points in the case of Julian Assange.

Crisis sparks rise in child poverty in rich countries
Switzerland

Crisis sparks rise in child poverty in rich countries

At least 2.6 million children have fallen below the poverty line in the world's richest nations since the economic crisis struck in 2008, Unicef said in a hard-hitting report on Tuesday.

Freedom Party demands special asylum session
Austria

Freedom Party demands special asylum session

Austria's right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ) is calling for a special parliamentary session on the current chaos associated with floods of asylum seekers entering the country, as well as concerns over Islamization.

World Cup ski race on ‘fake’ Stockholm slope
Sweden

World Cup ski race on ‘fake’ Stockholm slope

Sweden's capital will host the Alpine World Cup slalom race for the first time in 2016, with the competition taking place on the city's Hammarbybacken man-made ski slope.

Nav IT chief quits amid government inquiry
Norway

Nav IT chief quits amid government inquiry

The IT director of Nav (Norwegian benefits system), Nina Aulie, quit her job abruptly on Monday prompting a government investigation as to why.

Hollande’s Australia visit will be a first for France
France

Hollande’s Australia visit will be a first for France

François Hollande will become the first French president to visit Australia next month, his office announced Tuesday, as he makes a two-day trip to bolster ties between the two countries.

Denmark pressures Swaziland on free rights
Denmark

Denmark pressures Swaziland on free rights

Denmark has raised the questions of political freedom, human rights, and the trial of political activists Mario Masuku and Maxwell Dlamini with Swaziland’s government and absolute monarch King Mswati III.

UBS posts higher net profits for third quarter
Switzerland

UBS posts higher net profits for third quarter

A tax bonus helped Swiss banking giant UBS offset the costs of legal action over tax penalties, the bank said on Tuesday, announcing a 32-percent net profit rise in the third quarter over the same period a year earlier.

Backward step: Spain’s gender gap grows
Spain

Backward step: Spain’s gender gap grows

The new report from the influential World Economic Forum has named Spain and Greece as the two European countries with the greatest rise in gender inequality since 2006 in terms of political power, economic participation, education and health.

Italy head of state to testify at mafia trial
Italy

Italy head of state to testify at mafia trial

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano was set to give evidence Tuesday at a landmark trial in which state officials are accused of making a secret deal with the mafia in the 1990s.

Missing teen found at German train station
Austria

Missing teen found at German train station

A 15-year-old Belgian girl who went missing in Tyrol has been found by police at a train station in the German city of Mainz early on Tuesday morning, the Tiroler Tageszeitung newspaper reports.

Sweden could see return to military service
Sweden

Sweden could see return to military service

A return to compulsory military service is being considered by Sweden's new Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist, four years after the policy was scrapped.

Sweden’s key interest rate drops to zero
Sweden

Sweden’s key interest rate drops to zero

Sweden's Riksbank has announced that it is dropping its benchmark interest rate from 0.25 percent to zero, a record low for the country.

Jobseekers in Italy are the least satisfied
Italy

Jobseekers in Italy are the least satisfied

Over three-quarters of jobseekers in Italy are dissatisfied with the process used by employers to hire people, according to a new survey by staffing company Kelly Services.

‘We can’t allow a proxy war on German streets’
Germany

‘We can’t allow a proxy war on German streets’

Pundits, politicians and police chiefs have all been sticking their oar into the debate over how to deal with the unholy alliance of drunken thugs and far-right politics which came to a head in Cologne on Sunday.

Italy citizenship reform to affect 400,000 children
Italy

Italy citizenship reform to affect 400,000 children

More than 400,000 school children will be eligible for Italian citizenship under planned reforms, based on new government figures.

Students’ Union wants fraternity costume ban
Austria

Students’ Union wants fraternity costume ban

The Austrian Students’ Union at the University of Vienna has called for a ban on members of right-wing student fraternities (Burschenschaften) wearing their traditional hats and chest bands on university grounds and at university events.

N. Korea bans Spanish man over Ebola fears
Spain

N. Korea bans Spanish man over Ebola fears

North Korea has refused a Spanish cameraman entry using for a rare press visit due to Ebola fears, the trip's Dutch organizer said on Monday.

Assange’s lawyers mull prosecutor’s response
Sweden

Assange’s lawyers mull prosecutor’s response

Lawyers acting for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange have been given fresh documents by the chief prosecutor considering his appeal against a European Arrest Warrant, and have until November 3rd to respond.

‘Racist’ Swedish art opens to protests in CPH
Denmark

‘Racist’ Swedish art opens to protests in CPH

The display of artwork by Swedish provocateur Dan Park has been under heavy discussion for nearly a month. On Monday, nine of Park's banned works were shown in a basement in Østerbro despite protests.

Switzerland slips in gender equality rankings
Switzerland

Switzerland slips in gender equality rankings

Switzerland has slipped in the 2014 global rankings for gender equality to 11th place from ninth last year in an annual report from the Geneva-based World Economic Forum.

Zidane ‘not qualified’ to be Real Madrid coach
France

Zidane ‘not qualified’ to be Real Madrid coach

France legend Zinedine Zidane was on Monday sanctioned as Real Madrid's reserve team coach for failing to have the required coaching badge, the Spanish champions announced.

Ruling party kicks out scandal-hit ex-IMF boss
Spain

Ruling party kicks out scandal-hit ex-IMF boss

Spain's ruling conservative Popular Party went into damage limitation mode on Monday, saying it had expelled ex-IMF head Rodrigo Rato and all other party members under investigation for allegedly misusing credit cards for personal spending while working at a bailed-out finance group.

Sweden’s Zlatan tipped for Golden Ball prize
Sweden

Sweden’s Zlatan tipped for Golden Ball prize

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has again been nominated for one of the most prestigious awards in football, FIFA's Ballon d'Or or Golden Ball prize.

Real Madrid to appeal Zidane coaching ban
Spain

Real Madrid to appeal Zidane coaching ban

French football legend Zinedine Zidane and his club Real Madrid were embroiled in an embarrassing dispute on Monday with the Spanish Football Federation who according to influential Madrid-based sports paper Marca handed him a three-month coaching ban.

Another arrested as clown fear grips France
France

Another arrested as clown fear grips France

A 14-year-old dressed as a clown was arrested Monday near Paris for attempting to attack a woman, as a strange phenomenon of fake, evil clowns terrorizing passers-by spreads in France.

French dam protester was killed by ‘explosion’
France

French dam protester was killed by ‘explosion’

A protester who died during a clash with police at the site of a contested French dam project was wounded by "an explosion" that left behind traces of the TNT used in police grenades. The young man's family have already blamed police.

World Cup winners lead Ballon d’Or race
Germany

World Cup winners lead Ballon d’Or race

Six German footballers have been nominated for world footballer of the year - Ballon d'Or - following the country's World Cup success in Brazil this summer.

Family escapes after car flips into river
Sweden

Family escapes after car flips into river

A woman and two children made a lucky escape after the car they were in flipped upside-down and landed in a river.

Madrid aims to block new poll on Catalan self-rule
Spain

Madrid aims to block new poll on Catalan self-rule

The Spanish central government on Monday said it will challenge in court plans by Catalonia to hold a symbolic vote next month on whether the wealthy region should be independent from Spain.

Germany will use less energy this year
Germany

Germany will use less energy this year

Germany's energy use has fallen by almost seven percent in 2014 so far compared with the previous year, taking it to lows not seen since 1990.

High-flying Green caught with magic mushrooms
Sweden

High-flying Green caught with magic mushrooms

Sweden's Green Party employed a top political civil servant after the September elections despite knowing he had imported magic mushrooms from the Netherlands.

Danes more welcoming of refugees than depicted
Denmark

Danes more welcoming of refugees than depicted

The asylum debate – indeed the entire discussion of immigration – has seemingly been dominated by fear mongers and naysayers, but columnist Michael Booth argues that the tide is starting to turn thanks to the acceptance and tolerance of good-hearted Danes.

US troops isolated in Italy over Ebola fears
Italy

US troops isolated in Italy over Ebola fears

UPDATED: US troops returning from West Africa are being quarantined at a base in Italy as a precaution to prevent the potential spread of the Ebola virus, the Pentagon said on Monday.

What will Berlin do for Syria’s refugees?
Germany

What will Berlin do for Syria’s refugees?

UPDATE: The United Nations issued a clarion call in Berlin on Tuesday for more funding to help countries such as Lebanon and Jordan host millions of Syrian refugees, warning it posed the world's "most dramatic humanitarian crisis".

‘Car bomb’ shakes central Malmö
Sweden

‘Car bomb’ shakes central Malmö

A suspected car bomb went off in the central streets of Malmö on Monday night.

Italy mulls end to boat migrant rescue mission
Italy

Italy mulls end to boat migrant rescue mission

The EU will launch a patrol mission in the Mediterranean on Saturday amid warnings the number of boat migrant deaths could rise with Italy mulling pulling the plug on its own rescue mission.

Average Swiss household income rises
Switzerland

Average Swiss household income rises

The average monthly disposable income of Swiss households exceeds 7,000 francs and annual savings amount to more than twice that amount, according to latest government figures released on Monday.

Berlin airport tech chief guilty of corruption
Germany

Berlin airport tech chief guilty of corruption

The former technical director of Berlin's failed international airport was convicted of corruption and fraud on Monday.

Norway to spend millions on US-style Halloween
Norway

Norway to spend millions on US-style Halloween

Norwegians will this year spend around 260 million kroner ($40 million) on Halloween celebrations, according to one of Norway's top business organizations.