Watchdog seeks higher capital buffer for banks
Switzerland

Watchdog seeks higher capital buffer for banks

The Financial Stability Board, a global banking watchdog, presented on Monday new rules that would push mega-banks to nearly double their financial buffers in order to shield economies and taxpayers if they collapse.

Englishman’s lost wallet retrieved – 18 years later
Switzerland

Englishman’s lost wallet retrieved – 18 years later

Police in Switzerland have retrieved the wallet and identity papers of an Englishman, now living in the United States, who lost them during a trip in the mountain country 18 years ago.

FC Zurich claims crime over ‘vicious’ tackle
Switzerland

FC Zurich claims crime over ‘vicious’ tackle

FC Zurich have launched criminal proceedings after their former Ivory Coast international Gilles Yapi-Yapo suffered serious injury in an horrific tackle in a Swiss Super League football game on Sunday.

Wawrinka beats Berdych to advance in London
Switzerland

Wawrinka beats Berdych to advance in London

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka opened his ATP Tour Finals campaign in scintillating style with a 6-1, 6-1 demolition of Tomas Berdych on Monday.

Danish toy catalogues ‘too white’ for Sweden
Denmark

Danish toy catalogues ‘too white’ for Sweden

The Danish toy company Top-Toy is under fire from a Swedish group that claims that two of the toy stores operated by the company have catalogues that are “too white”.

Top ten: Spain’s weirdest place names
Spain

Top ten: Spain’s weirdest place names

How does a long weekend in the village of Malcocinado (Undercooked) grab you? What about Venta de Pantalones (Trousers Stall)? Welcome to the wonderful world of weird Spanish place names!

Over 2.3 million vote in Catalan self-rule poll
Spain

Over 2.3 million vote in Catalan self-rule poll

More than 2.3 million people voted in Catalonia's symbolic independence vote with 80 percent of them backing secession from Spain, the regional government said on Monday, as parties in the region jostled for position in the post-vote wash-up.

Quake experts cleared in ‘science on trial’ case
Italy

Quake experts cleared in ‘science on trial’ case

UPDATED: Seven Italian scientists who faced prison for failing to predict the deadly L'Aquila earthquake were cleared on Monday after an appeal court overturned manslaughter convictions that had sparked international outrage.

Dead whale on French beach could explode
France

Dead whale on French beach could explode

Officials in France are racking their brains about how to deal with a dead whale washed up on a beach on the south coast of France. The decaying carcass is a ticking time bomb, with the possibility it could explode.

‘I know the Wall through the history of my family’
Germany

‘I know the Wall through the history of my family’

It signalled the end of the Cold War and cleared the way for German reunification, but for a generation of young people born after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, its impact is first and foremost a family affair.

Toy store catalogues ‘too white’ in Sweden
Sweden

Toy store catalogues ‘too white’ in Sweden

Four major toy companies have come under fire for failing to include photos of non-white children in their catalogues in Sweden.

Paris is ‘world’s cheapest city for young people’
France

Paris is ‘world’s cheapest city for young people’

Paris isn’t exactly known for being cheap but a global study has somehow named the French capital the “most affordable” city for young people to live in. The Local takes a closer look at how Paris managed to top the rankings.

Greek fascist party snubs Spanish ‘offshoot’
Spain

Greek fascist party snubs Spanish ‘offshoot’

Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party has denied any links with a Spanish party of the same name (Amanecer Dorado) which was officially registered in Spain in October.

Stop the bus, ADAC wants to get off
Germany

Stop the bus, ADAC wants to get off

Bankruptcies at smaller players and ADAC's decision to throw in the towel show an intercity bus market red in tooth and claw.

Norway faces flight delays this week
Norway

Norway faces flight delays this week

Travellers could face flight delays this Thursday as Norway commences its biggest airspace reorganization ever, it was forewarned on Monday.

Man ‘killed neighbour over unpaid water bill’
Italy

Man ‘killed neighbour over unpaid water bill’

A man in northern Italy allegedly shot his neighbour dead after the pair got into a row over an unpaid water bill.

North Norway set for economic boost
Norway

North Norway set for economic boost

The Norwegian government will invest an extra 150 million kroner ($22 million) in Northern Norway for next year, it was announced on Monday.

Italian nun releases Madonna-inspired album
Italy

Italian nun releases Madonna-inspired album

Cristina Scuccia, the singing nun who won Italy's version of The Voice, on Tuesday releases a first album containing an unlikely cover of Madonna's 1984 hit Like a Virgin.

Working parents to get more options with Plus
Germany

Working parents to get more options with Plus

The federal government has announced a new model of parental leave pay starting in July 2015 called Elterngeld Plus, heralded as a step forward for working mothers by the federal Families Minister - but not all working parents are happy about it.

Denmark’s culture minister snubs Ai Weiwei
Denmark

Denmark’s culture minister snubs Ai Weiwei

Culture Minister Marianne Jelved did not meet with Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei as planned, leading him to say that Denmark "misunderstands China".

Pirate Bay co-founder released from prison
Sweden

Pirate Bay co-founder released from prison

The Swedish founder of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay was freed from prison on Monday, a week after his colleague was arrested in Thailand after years on the run.

Southern Sweden had 201 days of summer
Sweden

Southern Sweden had 201 days of summer

Summer in southern Sweden lasted around 50 days longer than usual according to meteorologists, with some parts of the region still yet to edge into autumn.

French minister pledges to lower motorway tolls
France

French minister pledges to lower motorway tolls

The long trip down to the south of France may get a little cheaper in future after France's Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron promised to "reduce [motorway] tolls where possible".

Toddler scalded by father dies in hospital
Austria

Toddler scalded by father dies in hospital

A two-year-old girl left in an artificial coma and fighting for her life after her father threw her into a scalding hot shower leaving her with severe burns has died in the Austrian capital Vienna.

OK to charge women more for haircut: court
Denmark

OK to charge women more for haircut: court

Danish hair stylists and barbers can continue to charge different prices for men and women after Eastern High Court rules that gender-based pricing is not discriminatory.

Italian artist picked in €1.25m ECB makeover
Italy

Italian artist picked in €1.25m ECB makeover

The European Central Bank said on Monday it has commissioned new works from three leading contemporary artists to adorn its spectacular new headquarters in Frankfurt.

‘Spain is getting taste for foreign food’
Spain

‘Spain is getting taste for foreign food’

After stints in locations as diverse as Caracas and Kazakhstan, this versatile chef has now bitten the bullet by setting up a catering business in Madrid. Meet Belgium's Moustafa Moussaoui, aka Mousse.

Carlsberg profit falls as sanctions hit Russia
Denmark

Carlsberg profit falls as sanctions hit Russia

Carlsberg's third quarter results show that slowdowns in Eastern Europe and Russia are balanced out by strong increases in Asia.

Austrian Railways comes to terms with Nazi past
Austria

Austrian Railways comes to terms with Nazi past

Austria’s national railway company ÖBB has held an exhibition at the European Parliament which looks at a dark chapter in its past - the firm’s complicity in the Holocaust.

Speculation mounts over Napolitano’s departure
Italy

Speculation mounts over Napolitano’s departure

President Giorgio Napolitano has remained tight-lipped over speculation about his imminent resignation, after reports in the Italian media said on Sunday the head of state was ready to step down.

Le Pen revels in new French political scandal
France

Le Pen revels in new French political scandal

Both of France's mainstream political parties have become mired in yet another shady scandal that will once again tarnish the reputation of the country's politicians and almost certainly leave only one winner.

L’Aquila: jailed scientists set to learn fate
Italy

L’Aquila: jailed scientists set to learn fate

Seven Italians who were sentenced to prison for failing to predict the deadly L'Aquila earthquake are set to learn on Monday if they have won their appeal against verdicts that sparked international outrage.

Reinfeldt warns of future European crises
Sweden

Reinfeldt warns of future European crises

Sweden's former Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has warned that Europe needs to be better prepared for future financial crises in a key speech to global business leaders in London.

Thousands march against Left state gov’t
Germany

Thousands march against Left state gov’t

Around 4,000 people demonstrated in Erfurt on Sunday against politicians' plans for a state government led by the Linke (Left) party.

How France gave away independence to Europe
France

How France gave away independence to Europe

With the European Commission recently demanding France hand over extra information on its 2015 budget, author Eric Verhaeghe looks back at how successive governments "hypnotised the French people" as they relinquished economic sovereignty to Brussels.

Danish police, military potential terrorist targets
Denmark

Danish police, military potential terrorist targets

Both the national police and top military brass have warned their rank and file members that they could be targeted by terrorists.

Sweden’s shadow budget revealed by opposition
Sweden

Sweden’s shadow budget revealed by opposition

Sweden's opposition Alliance parties have released the full details of their shadow budget, with a focus on schools, jobs and integration reforms.

Catalonia praised for ‘calm’ independence poll
Spain

Catalonia praised for ‘calm’ independence poll

International observers have praised the high voter turnout in Catalonia's symbolic vote on independence from Spain on Sunday despite "challenges" faced, while criticizing the low number of polling stations.

Five rules for dating in Sweden
Sweden

Five rules for dating in Sweden

So you've made it to Sweden. You've learned the language basics, you're always on time, and you remember to take off your shoes. So now what? Here it is, what you've all been waiting for - an introduction to dating in Sweden.

Ebola survivor seeks €150,000 for defamation
Spain

Ebola survivor seeks €150,000 for defamation

A Spanish nursing assistant who is the first person known to have caught Ebola outside of Africa has demanded €150,000 ($187,000) compensation from Madrid's health minister for comments he made which she claims "seriously damaged her reputation".

NRW police capture rogue kangaroo
Germany

NRW police capture rogue kangaroo

Police in North Rhine-Westphalia are used to corralling the odd loose sheep, cow or horse, but this weekend's kangaroo was "definitely a first", a spokesperson told The Local on Monday.

Life in Austrian Catholic community ‘was hell’
Austria

Life in Austrian Catholic community ‘was hell’

Defectors from a Catholic community called The Work (Das Werk), which is based in Bregenz in the west of Austria, have spoken out about abuse in the community.

BND to hire hackers to check shopping carts
Germany

BND to hire hackers to check shopping carts

Update: Germany's foreign intelligence agency plans to spend millions to penetrate the secure connection technologies used by social networks, banks and online shops.

Safety vests ordered for kids cycling to school
Switzerland

Safety vests ordered for kids cycling to school

Children cycling to a regional school in the canton of Thurgau in eastern Switzerland are now required to wear fluorescent vests following a spate of fatal accidents.

Danes donate millions to world’s refugees
Denmark

Danes donate millions to world’s refugees

The Danish Refugee Council's annual fundraising campaign had its best result in a decade as Danes coughed up 16 million kroner to support refugees.

Spanish TV crew first to film ‘Fall of Berlin Wall’
Spain

Spanish TV crew first to film ‘Fall of Berlin Wall’

A Spanish TV crew captured exclusive footage of the first people crossing the border from East to West Berlin on the historic night the Berlin Wall came down in November 1989, the 25th anniversary of which was celebrated in Berlin on Sunday.

Three Swedish Isis fighters killed in Syria
Sweden

Three Swedish Isis fighters killed in Syria

Three Swedish men in their twenties who were fighting for the extremist Islamic State (Isis) group have been killed in Syria.

Italian industry feels brunt of recession
Italy

Italian industry feels brunt of recession

The Italian economy suffered a further setback on Monday after it was revealed that industrial output fell 0.9 percent between August and September, down 2.9 percent on a year ago.

Pirate websites to face fines up to €600,000
Spain

Pirate websites to face fines up to €600,000

An amendment to Spain's intellectual property law, due to come into effect in January 2015, will introduce fines of up to €600,000 ($748,000) for websites and intermediary services that facilitate internet piracy but not for people who download copyrighted material.

1.3m jobs up for grabs as firms fail to find talent
Italy

1.3m jobs up for grabs as firms fail to find talent

Hundreds of thousands of jobs in Italy are unfilled as companies fail to find talented staff, despite an unemployment rate of 12.6 percent, a spokesman for a new recruitment agency told The Local.

Red Bull drinks ‘fuelling Syrian Islamists’
Austria

Red Bull drinks ‘fuelling Syrian Islamists’

Truck loads of Austria's popular Red Bull energy drink are being shipped daily by Turkish traders into Syria, and being consumed by fighters in the civil war who are drinking it to help them stay alert during gruelling battles.

Foreign submarine in Sweden was ‘likely’
Sweden

Foreign submarine in Sweden was ‘likely’

A foreign vessel was 'likely' in Swedish waters last month, according to a source close to the Swedish military's investigation. The incident has was ranked as one of the most high risk potential military encounters between Russia and the west in a report released on Monday.

Ski resorts open amid avalanche warnings
Switzerland

Ski resorts open amid avalanche warnings

Several high-altitude ski areas in Switzerland opened for the season at the weekend amid warnings of avalanches in the Alps.

Trial for French mum who killed eight babies
France

Trial for French mum who killed eight babies

A French nurse who confessed to murdering eight of her babies because she “did not want to use contraception” will finally stand trial in France, a court has ruled.

French yachtsman wins transatlantic race
France

French yachtsman wins transatlantic race

French yachting great Loick Peyron on Monday won the transatlantic Route du Rhum yacht race, setting a record time in the process as he crossed the line off the Guadeloupe Caribbean island group.

Norway deports record number of immigrants
Norway

Norway deports record number of immigrants

A record number of people were deported by Norwegian authorities in October, said government sources.

Reunited but still battling a sinister hangover
Germany

Reunited but still battling a sinister hangover

Germany’s 40-year division did not end cleanly for everyone with the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall or with reunification the next year. Many people still carry the pain of traumatic events while others lament the end of the Socialist state.

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Sweden

Nov. 19: Working in Sweden – what everyone should know (Linköping)

How Turin is defying Italian austerity
Italy

How Turin is defying Italian austerity

With Italy still steeped in debt, there is little government cash to fund community projects. But the country's former capital, Turin, is once again reinventing itself. The Local finds out how.

High speed chase causes €10,000 in damages
Germany

High speed chase causes €10,000 in damages

A man under the influence of drugs led police near Münster on a 40-kilometre chase that ended just before the Dutch border.

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Sweden

Nov. 18: ‘Feel better’ workshop (Stockholm)

Danes more trusting than most Europeans
Denmark

Danes more trusting than most Europeans

A newly-released study comparing opinions across 23 different countries shows that the Danes "are safe and secure people who by and large do not fear violence or other crime".

Rare Swiss watches fetch record prices
Switzerland

Rare Swiss watches fetch record prices

Records tumbled at a special auction in Geneva to mark 175 years of Patek Philippe watches, with a rare pink gold item going for $2.71 million, auctioneers Christie's said.

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Sweden

Nov 17: Use LinkedIn in your job search (Lund)

Rail strikes not over yet: local GDL boss
Germany

Rail strikes not over yet: local GDL boss

Passenger trains have resumed normal service, but freight is still backed up after the latest strike by train drivers' union GDL, Deutsche Bahn reported on Monday. One GDL boss also warned that as long as there is no agreement, there will be more strikes.

World War One soldier’s bedroom left untouched
France

World War One soldier’s bedroom left untouched

The bedroom of a French soldier who died in World War One remains exactly how it was 100 years after he left for war, after his grieving parents stipulated it must remain untouched for 500 years.

Balotelli back in Italy squad for Euro qualifier
Italy

Balotelli back in Italy squad for Euro qualifier

Misfiring Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been recalled to Italy's squad for this week's Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia in Milan alongside Alessio Cerci of Atletico Madrid.

German astronaut Gerst back down to Earth
Germany

German astronaut Gerst back down to Earth

After 165 days in zero gravity, Alexander Gerst, who wowed the world with his photos from space, flashed a broad grin as he landed on Earth safely with two of his crew members.

Zlatan returns from heel injury in PSG win
Sweden

Zlatan returns from heel injury in PSG win

Paris Saint-Germain defeated arch rivals Marseille 2-0 at the Parc des Princes on Sunday, with Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic playing his first minutes since September.

PSG beat rivals Marseille to close gap at top
France

PSG beat rivals Marseille to close gap at top

Paris Saint-Germain defeated arch rivals Marseille 2-0 at the Parc des Princes on Sunday to blow the Ligue 1 title race wide open. Here's a round-up of the weekend's action from Ligue 1, which also saw another win for Lyon.

Copenhagen Police nab ‘serial flasher’
Denmark

Copenhagen Police nab ‘serial flasher’

A man who repeatedly exposed himself over the course of the past week and who was seen on various occasions masturbating in public was apprehend by Copenhagen Police on Sunday.

Six injured after bus and car collide
Sweden

Six injured after bus and car collide

A car crashed into a bus in southern Sweden on Monday morning, sending six people to hospital.

80 percent vote ‘yes’ to independent Catalonia
Spain

80 percent vote ‘yes’ to independent Catalonia

Catalonia's nationalist government vowed to step up its secession drive after over two million people, or around one third of eligible voters, cast ballots on Sunday in a symbolic independence referendum which Spain's central government dismissed as a day of political propaganda.

Young Serbian shouts for students in Sweden
Sweden

Young Serbian shouts for students in Sweden

For this week’s My Swedish Career we meet Dejan Bojanic, an international youth coordinator working for Save the Children in Stockholm. With a beating heart for education, he’s moved from Serbia to Sweden to create a global youth network.