Federer advances as Wawrinka falls in Paris
Switzerland

Federer advances as Wawrinka falls in Paris

Roger Federer advanced at the Paris Masters tennis tournament on Thursday after beating Frenchman Lucas Pouille in two sets.

Turkey: Norway embassy sent suspect packages
Norway

Turkey: Norway embassy sent suspect packages

The Norwegian embassy in Ankara and the Turkish foreign ministry on Thursday received suspicious packages, officials said, the latest in a string of such incidents in the country.

Geneva doctors dress for battle with Ebola virus
Switzerland

Geneva doctors dress for battle with Ebola virus

Sweating behind fogged-up goggles, Thanh Dang meticulously follows each instruction as she peals away layers of protective clothing, stopping repeatedly to wash her double-gloved hands in chlorine disinfectant.

Far-right mag’s racial slur on minister nets fine
France

Far-right mag’s racial slur on minister nets fine

A far-right publication that compared France's justice minister, who is black, to a monkey was hit on Thursday with a €10,000 fine for making racist statements.

This professor is Putin’s favourite German
Germany

This professor is Putin’s favourite German

If you read reports from Russian media, you might be forgiven for thinking that Professor Professor Lorenz Haag from Chemnitz (so well-qualified he gets the title twice) is a titan of academia.

Ten shocking corruption cases hurting Spain
Spain

Ten shocking corruption cases hurting Spain

In a week which has seen yet another major corruption scandal bust wide open in Spain, The Local casts an eye over some of the major cases still causing headaches for the country's judges. You've been warned.

Novo Nordisk profits rise from insulin sales
Denmark

Novo Nordisk profits rise from insulin sales

The world's top insulin maker, Denmark's Novo Nordisk, reported on Thursday a slight profit increase in the third quarter as sales rose.

Facing panic, French town bans ‘evil’ clowns
France

Facing panic, French town bans ‘evil’ clowns

A French village has banned teenagers from dressing up as clowns for Halloween after people kitted out as the colourful pranksters have sown terror and violence in several parts of the country.

Rip-off Rome taxi driver robs tourists’ luggage
Italy

Rip-off Rome taxi driver robs tourists’ luggage

A Rome taxi driver charged a German woman and her daughter €100 for a ride from the airport and then sped off with one of their bags, containing possessions worth €10,000, Italian media reported on Thursday.

Swedish women in two-year sex pill study
Sweden

Swedish women in two-year sex pill study

Three hundred women from across Sweden are taking part in a study designed to demonstrate that modern contraceptive pills don't lead to decreased libido or mood swings.

Woman sees herself dead in funeral home
France

Woman sees herself dead in funeral home

A Franco-American journalist was stunned when she spotted a grave marker hologram with her face on it - inscribed with a fake name, date of birth and death - in the window of a funeral parlour. Here's how it happened.

Jihadist caught on German shopping trip
Germany

Jihadist caught on German shopping trip

An alleged jihadist will go on trial in Stuttgart next week after being caught on a shopping trip to pick up goods for Islamic fighters in Syria.

Births in Southern Italy at lowest rate since 1861
Italy

Births in Southern Italy at lowest rate since 1861

The birth rate in southern Italy hit a historic low last year, the lowest registered figure since 1861, figures from a new report show.

Cross-dressing singer to perform for UN head
Austria

Cross-dressing singer to perform for UN head

The Austrian winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest will perform live at the Vienna International Centre in the presence of the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, during the Secretary-General's visit to the United Nations in Vienna.

OK to fire employee for using Facebook: court
Denmark

OK to fire employee for using Facebook: court

Wind turbine company Vestas was within its rights to fire a 15-year employee who went online during a night shift, the Western High Court ruled.

Spain approves hotly disputed ‘Google tax’
Spain

Spain approves hotly disputed ‘Google tax’

Technology giant Google says it is "disappointed" after Thursday's decision by the Spanish parliament to approve the introduction of charges for aggregating news stories in search engine results.

Pompeii: Canadian gives back relic after 50 years
Italy

Pompeii: Canadian gives back relic after 50 years

A repentent Canadian woman has given back a relic she stole from the ancient ruins of Pompeii in 1964.

What’s On: October 31st – November 7th
Sweden

What’s On: October 31st – November 7th

Halloween fun and an international film festival are the big events hitting Stockholm this week. We cast our eye over the capital and the rest of the country for the best activities to check out this week.

Dog attack policewoman acquitted on appeal
Sweden

Dog attack policewoman acquitted on appeal

A policewoman accused of letting her dog attack a drunk man while she repeatedly hit him with a baton, has had her conviction overturned by a court in Stockholm.

Jihadist sought crowds to boost bomb deaths
Austria

Jihadist sought crowds to boost bomb deaths

Investigators have begun to carefully probe the background of Austria's latest radicalized teenage jihadist, whose pre-detention was extended on Wednesday afternoon after a court hearing in St. Pölten in Lower Austria.

Former Coop Bank CEO faces three-year ban
Switzerland

Former Coop Bank CEO faces three-year ban

The Swiss Financial Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has banned former Coop Bank CEO Andreas Waespi from any managerial role for three years after it was found he manipulated share prices at the bank.

Military drops torture case against soliders
Spain

Military drops torture case against soliders

Five Spanish soldiers charged with war crimes over allegations they tortured prisoners in Iraq have been left off by a military court, with judges using a precedent set by former US president George Bush.

€2m price tag for ‘ghost village’ spooks buyers
Spain

€2m price tag for ‘ghost village’ spooks buyers

Attempts to sell off an abandoned Catalan village next to a reservoir which dates back to the times of former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco have proved a damp squib, with absolutely no bids coming in.

Kidnapped German ‘rescued’ in Nigeria
Germany

Kidnapped German ‘rescued’ in Nigeria

UPDATE: A German national who was kidnapped by gunmen last Friday in southwest Nigeria has been released, police said on Thursday.

Italian oil giant posts profit rise
Italy

Italian oil giant posts profit rise

Italy's oil and gas giant Eni achieved a 2.5-percent rise in net profit in the third quarter, it said on Thursday despite a drop in production and falling oil prices.

Ex-Nato head: Iraq could have been planned better
Denmark

Ex-Nato head: Iraq could have been planned better

Former PM and Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen conceded that not enough thought was given to who would fill the void after Saddam Hussein was toppled in Iraq.

See how Berlin has changed since Wall fell
Germany

See how Berlin has changed since Wall fell

Germany is gearing up to celebrate 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th 1989. The city has changed more than any other in Europe in that time, as these 11 photos of scenes from then and now show.

French inmate shows off drug stash on Facebook
France

French inmate shows off drug stash on Facebook

In a series of videos and photos more reminiscent of a holiday camp than a prison, an inmate in southern France has given a taste of his hedonistic life behind bars – including cannabis and mobile phones.

Court gives Autobahn shooter ten years’ jail
Germany

Court gives Autobahn shooter ten years’ jail

A trucker who fired hundreds of bullets at vehicles and drivers on German motorways for years was sentenced to ten and a half years in prison on Thursday.

Malmö loses out as rare toads move in
Sweden

Malmö loses out as rare toads move in

After a rare species of toad moved into southern Sweden's Malmö, builders have had to tone down massive expansion plans in the area.

Funeral museum rises from the dead
Austria

Funeral museum rises from the dead

Just in time for Halloween on Friday and a weekend devoted to the dead, Vienna's unashamedly morbid Funeral Museum is now closer to the action: the Austrian capital's huge Central Cemetery.

Federal law aims to ease Swiss rent rises
Switzerland

Federal law aims to ease Swiss rent rises

Anyone taking on a new lease on a rental property in Switzerland will have the right to know what rent the landlord charged the previous tenants under new changes to the tenancy law.

Filming Sky’s mafia show in mob villa a ‘mistake’
Italy

Filming Sky’s mafia show in mob villa a ‘mistake’

The decision to film the Sky TV series, Gomorra, in a mobster’s mansion - and paying €30,000 for the privilege - was “a mistake”, the show's producer has admitted.

Faster internet among Italy’s project proposals
Italy

Faster internet among Italy’s project proposals

Speeding up internet connection in Italy is among the 1,000 investment project proposals set to be submitted to the European Union, Italy’s Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said on Thursday.

Roskilde makes fans ‘Happy’ with Pharrell
Denmark

Roskilde makes fans ‘Happy’ with Pharrell

Responsible for some of the biggest hits of the past two decades, Pharrell Williams is the first headline act announced for the 2015 Roskilde Festival.

Dozens arrested after clash over dead protester
France

Dozens arrested after clash over dead protester

A demonstration against the death of a protester killed in a clash with police itself turned violent in Paris on Wednesday, with some hurling bottles and rocks at riot police. At least 33 people were in police custody after the confrontations.

Norway to send troops to Iraq and Afghanistan
Norway

Norway to send troops to Iraq and Afghanistan

The government is set to send Norwegian soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan, it was confirmed on Thursday.

Avalanche update: Mount Mannen more stable
Norway

Avalanche update: Mount Mannen more stable

The movements of rock masses that threaten to create an avalanche on Mount Mannen in south-western Norway have slowed down significantly due to the weather, said geologists on Thursday.

Spain grows by 0.5 percent in third quarter
Spain

Spain grows by 0.5 percent in third quarter

Five straight quarters of growth have seen Spain's unemployment drop to lowest level since 2011, although it still stands at over 23 percent.

Stockholm’s shocking take on Halloween
Sweden

Stockholm’s shocking take on Halloween

American Bill Schacht missed the spooky outfits, family feasts and charity events he associated with Halloween when he moved to Sweden. So he did something about it. The Local meets the founder of the capital's annual Shockholm parade.

Halloween vs All Saints Day: How to celebrate in Sweden
Sweden

Halloween vs All Saints Day: How to celebrate in Sweden

Friday is Halloween - or, according to Swedish tradition, the beginning of the All Saints weekend. How do these traditions differ, and how should you celebrate?

Drones over French nuke sites prompt probe
France

Drones over French nuke sites prompt probe

France's state-run power firm EDF on Wednesday said unidentified drones had flown over seven nuclear plants this month, leading it to file a complaint with the police.

Conservatives agree on foreigner road toll
Germany

Conservatives agree on foreigner road toll

UPDATE: Germany's conservative alliance has finally agreed to charge foreign motorway users a toll and hopes to raise €500 million a year, but critics say their plan isn't roadworthy.

Ten things to never say to a French person
France

Ten things to never say to a French person

Ah, France. The land of lazy workers, surrender and adulterers. Come again? Say that stuff to a French person’s face and chances are you've made them really angry. Here we’ve listed some of the worst things you can say to a French man or woman.

Soldiers get more cash and flexi-time
Germany

Soldiers get more cash and flexi-time

Germany's military hopes to become the most attractive employer in the country with better pay and more part-time work in a series of reforms agreed by ministers on Wednesday.

Pirate Bay Swede found guilty in Denmark
Sweden

Pirate Bay Swede found guilty in Denmark

Sweden's Pirate Bay Founder Gottrid Svartholm Warg was found guilty of hacking crimes in a Danish court on Thursday.

Isis wants to spread Ebola: security chief
Spain

Isis wants to spread Ebola: security chief

The Spanish government is taking seriously discussions in internet chat rooms on how terrorists could use biological weapons including Ebola in its war against the West, a top official said in parliament on Wednesday.

Huge losses for energy giant Vattenfall
Sweden

Huge losses for energy giant Vattenfall

Swedish energy company Vattenfall has reported losses for the third quarter in a row.

‘Scary clown’ craze hits Spanish city
Spain

‘Scary clown’ craze hits Spanish city

A 'scary clown' craze that has caused panic across France in recent weeks has arrived in the northern Spanish city of Gijón, local media are reporting.

Pirate Bay founder guilty in historic hacker case
Denmark

Pirate Bay founder guilty in historic hacker case

UPDATED: Gottrid Svartholm Warg and his 21-year-old Danish co-defendant were found guilty on Thursday morning, with the Dane released on time served and Warg to be sentenced on Friday.

Weapons stockpile found in home near Interlaken
Switzerland

Weapons stockpile found in home near Interlaken

Police have seized a stash of around 2,000 weapons and ammunition hoarded by a 68-year-old man in his Unterseen home, near Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland.

French staff sergeant killed in Mali clash
France

French staff sergeant killed in Mali clash

A French staff sergeant was killed in northern Mali early on Wednesday in an operation by French forces against "an armed terrorist group", President Francois Hollande's office said.

Life as an elite Vatican Swiss Guard
Italy

Life as an elite Vatican Swiss Guard

Despite being better known today for their colourful uniforms than their reputation as fearless warriors, the Swiss Guards have been a powerful symbol of the Vatican for centuries. The Local speaks to David Geisser, one of the latest recruits, about a career protecting popes.

Russia not to get warship just yet: French minister
France

Russia not to get warship just yet: French minister

The conditions are not yet in place for France to deliver a controversial warship to Russia, the French finance minister said on Thursday, after Moscow said the handover would take place next month.

Strikes cost Lufthansa €170 million
Germany

Strikes cost Lufthansa €170 million

Lufthansa, Europe's biggest airline, cut its profit forecast for 2015 on Thursday and said a series of pilot strikes in Germany this year had cost it €170 million.

Warmest October for eight years
Austria

Warmest October for eight years

Given how cold it has felt in parts of Austria over the past week it may come as a surprise that it has been the warmest October for eight years.

Five hurt in Rome jobs protest clashes
Italy

Five hurt in Rome jobs protest clashes

Skirmishes broke out between Italian police and metal workers protesting job cuts in Rome on Wednesday, fuelling tensions between Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government and trade unions.

‘Little Berlin’ remembers fall of its wall
Germany

‘Little Berlin’ remembers fall of its wall

Germany, November 1989: Snow falls as an excited crowd breaks through the Wall and people tearfully embrace loved ones after decades of living apart. But this is Mödlareuth - population 50 - not Berlin.

Top drug lord ‘hid cocaine inside bananas’
Spain

Top drug lord ‘hid cocaine inside bananas’

Spanish police said on Wednesday they had arrested nine people, including one of the country's biggest drug smugglers, after finding cocaine hidden among a shipment of bananas from Colombia.

Denmark looks to ban coal in ten years
Denmark

Denmark looks to ban coal in ten years

Denmark has already committed to phasing out coal as an energy source by 2030 but Climate Minister Rasmus Helveg Petersen said he wants to get it done sooner.

Palestine recognized as state by Sweden
Sweden

Palestine recognized as state by Sweden

The Swedish government has officially decided to recognize Palestine, with the move announced in a speech by the country's new Foreign Minister Margot Wallström.

Light shines brightly on Italy’s prized artworks
Italy

Light shines brightly on Italy’s prized artworks

High above the altar in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, the halo around Jesus Christ's head in Michelangelo's famous frescoes shines with a brighter glow, thanks to a revolutionary new lighting system.

Cape Town ‘fixer’ phoned Dewani before killing
Sweden

Cape Town ‘fixer’ phoned Dewani before killing

A man jailed for killing British businessman Shrien Dewani's wife during their Cape Town honeymoon said on Wednesday they spoke shortly before the murder to discuss payment.

Police in manslaughter trial over woman’s death
Germany

Police in manslaughter trial over woman’s death

Two policemen in western Germany are on trial for manslaughter for allegedly standing by as a woman was gunned down by her husband.