‘Poverty’ afflicts even wealthy Switzerland
Switzerland

‘Poverty’ afflicts even wealthy Switzerland

Living conditions for residents in Switzerland remain among the most favourable in Europe but 13 percent of the population is threatened by poverty, a new report says.

Flood alerts issued for Ticino’s Locarno region
Switzerland

Flood alerts issued for Ticino’s Locarno region

Weather experts have sent out flood warnings for parts of Ticino following continued heavy rain in the southern part of Switzerland.

Dane admitted to hospital for Ebola testing
Denmark

Dane admitted to hospital for Ebola testing

A patient who has recently been in west Africa was being tested for Ebola on Tuesday evening, with test results first expected during the course of the day on Wednesday.

Geneva watch fetches $21 million at auction
Switzerland

Geneva watch fetches $21 million at auction

A gold watch billed as the most expensive —and most complicated — in the world fetched a record US$21.3 million when it went under the hammer in Geneva on Tuesday, the Sotheby's auction house involved said.

World Chess Champs: Carlsen loses first game
Norway

World Chess Champs: Carlsen loses first game

Norway's Magnus Carlsen lost his first game in this year's World Championship series in Russia against chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand on Tuesday.

Federer cruises to two-set victory over Nishikori
Switzerland

Federer cruises to two-set victory over Nishikori

Switzerland's Roger Federer is on the verge of qualifying for the semifinals of the ATP Tour Finals after cruising to a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Japan's Kei Nishikori at London's O2 Arena.

Forgotten mummy found on Madrid university roof
Spain

Forgotten mummy found on Madrid university roof

A routine inspection at Madrid's Complutense University has turned up an unusual find — a mummy and two skeletons. Nobody knows how they got there, or who they belong to.

Can ‘sorry’ ever be enough for the Linke?
Germany

Can ‘sorry’ ever be enough for the Linke?

With roots going back to the Socialist Unity Party (SED) that ruled East Germany, can the Linke (Left) ever distance itself from the GDR regime's crimes?

Sweden’s Spotify CEO defends streaming costs
Sweden

Sweden’s Spotify CEO defends streaming costs

Spotify's CEO Daniel Ek has responded to US star Taylor Swift's decision to remove her albums from the streaming site as complaints continue that the service is not generating enough money for artists.

German-born Soriano awaits dream Italy debut
Italy

German-born Soriano awaits dream Italy debut

German-born Sampdoria midfielder Roberto Soriano confirmed his full allegiance to Italy on Tuesday as he prepares for a possible Azzurri debut against Croatia in a crucial Euro 2016 qualifier.

Italian artist sets out to find needle in haystack
Italy

Italian artist sets out to find needle in haystack

Italian artist Sven Sachsalber is going to try to find a needle in a haystack - quite literally - in a performance at a Paris museum.

Waltzing in the streets marks start of carnival
Austria

Waltzing in the streets marks start of carnival

Thousands of people gathered in Vienna’s 1st district on Tuesday to dance a traditional quadrille to celebrate the start of carnival - or Fasching as it is known in Austria. It marks the beginning of Vienna’s Ball Season with over 450 balls to attend.

‘We have to talk about Sweden’s Isis fighters’
Sweden

‘We have to talk about Sweden’s Isis fighters’

After three young Swedes died fighting for the Islamic State (Isis) over the weekend, Ibrahim Bouraleh, the chairman of the Järva Islamic Association in Stockholm says that Swedish authorities must work harder to prevent other killings in future.

Court: EU migrants can be denied local benefits
Austria

Court: EU migrants can be denied local benefits

Immigrants from other EU nations can be refused unemployment benefits under certain conditions, the Court of Justice of the European Union decided on Tuesday in a case that Austria has welcomed as a "clarification" of the rules.

David Moyes hired as Real Sociedad coach
Spain

David Moyes hired as Real Sociedad coach

David Moyes has returned to football with Spanish strugglers Real Sociedad following his disastrous 10-month spell as Manchester United manager, the Basque club announced late on Monday.

Artist to look for needle in haystack in Paris show
France

Artist to look for needle in haystack in Paris show

Italian artist Sven Sachsalber is going to try to find a needle in a haystack – quite literally – in a performance at a Paris museum.

Price hike for new mortgages in Sweden
Sweden

Price hike for new mortgages in Sweden

If you're planning to get on the property ladder in Sweden, beware that mortgages are about to get more expensive.

Police protect killer from victim’s parents
Austria

Police protect killer from victim’s parents

A police crime scene reconstruction of the brutal ritual murder of a young woman in Saalfelden in Salzburg province descended into chaos on Monday after the victim’s parents tried to attack the suspect and police had to fight them off with pepper spray.

Scandi toy firm defends ‘too white’ catalogues
Sweden

Scandi toy firm defends ‘too white’ catalogues

After equality campaigners in Sweden slammed several toy companies for not offering diverse enough catalogues, Scandinavian firm Top-Toy has defended its decision to The Local.

What would Napolitano quitting mean for Italy?
Italy

What would Napolitano quitting mean for Italy?

As speculation mounts that President Giorgio Napolitano could resign at the end of the year, The Local talks to Mattia Guidi, from Rome's Luiss University, about the impact the head of state’s departure could have on Italy.

Higher retail forecast amid Christmas cheer
Germany

Higher retail forecast amid Christmas cheer

German retailers upgraded on Tuesday their forecast for 2014, saying the robust labour market is filling consumers with festive cheer ahead of the crucial Christmas season.

Danish toy firm answers ‘too white’ criticism
Denmark

Danish toy firm answers ‘too white’ criticism

After a Swedish advocacy group accuses Top-Toy's catalogues of not being diverse enough, a company spokeswoman tells The Local that its customers should be able to identify with its catalogues.

Concern raised over Legionnaire’s in Portugal
Switzerland

Concern raised over Legionnaire’s in Portugal

An outbreak of Legionnaire's disease in Portugal that has killed five people in less than a week constitutes a "major public health emergency", the World Health Organization warned on Tuesday.

Teen terror suspect released from custody
Austria

Teen terror suspect released from custody

A 14-year-old terrorist suspect who was arrested two weeks ago in St Pölten, Lower Austria, has been released from custody.

New NGO job for Sweden’s Carl Bildt
Sweden

New NGO job for Sweden’s Carl Bildt

Sweden's former Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has got a new post on the board of Crisis Group, a not-for-profit international organization that works to prevent violent conflict.

Prosecutor won’t ‘rush’ suit against Catalan boss
Spain

Prosecutor won’t ‘rush’ suit against Catalan boss

Updated: Spain's public prosecutor on Tuesday denied that his counterpart in Catalonia would shortly launch legal action against the Catalan government over Sunday's symbolic vote on independence, saying the process would take place "without haste".

Workers sacked by SMS win €120,000 payout
Spain

Workers sacked by SMS win €120,000 payout

Two drivers with the government of Spain's Castilla-La Mancha region who were told by SMS that they no longer had a job have been awarded €120,000 ($150,000) in unfair dismissal compensation.

Priest quits church after affair with chorist’s wife
Italy

Priest quits church after affair with chorist’s wife

A priest has abandoned his parish in a small town on the outskirts of the northern Italian province of Rovigo following revelations of an affair with a parishioner.

Gerst is in ‘tip top shape’ as he waits to go home
Germany

Gerst is in ‘tip top shape’ as he waits to go home

While astronaut Alexander Gerst dazzled the world with his photos from space, German doctors tending to the returned geophysicist are astounded by his phenomenal health on Tuesday.

Maersk profit boosted by higher freight rates
Denmark

Maersk profit boosted by higher freight rates

Danish shipping and oil conglomerate AP Moeller-Maersk on Tuesday reported a rise in third quarter net profit, buoyed by higher freight rates and container volumes.

Badminton champ fails Norway drug test
Norway

Badminton champ fails Norway drug test

The world's number one badminton player, Lee Chong-wei, has been banned from the sport for failing a drug test in Norway last week.

Rats paralyze Italian justice system
Italy

Rats paralyze Italian justice system

A rat infestation has been discovered at Rome’s Court of Appeal, polluting the water and prompting a number of hearings to be brought to a halt.

Jail for Swede accused of fifty stab wounds
Sweden

Jail for Swede accused of fifty stab wounds

A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for stabbing a man in his 60s more than fifty times in an attack in west Sweden.

The female priest on the wrong side of the Vatican
Austria

The female priest on the wrong side of the Vatican

Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger is a 58-year-old Austrian ex-nun, who made headlines when she was excommunicated by Rome in 2002. She spoke to The Local about her life and faith.

Hollande unveils giant new WWI memorial
France

Hollande unveils giant new WWI memorial

UPDATED: President François Hollande opened a huge, elliptical memorial on Tuesday carrying the names of nearly 600,000 fallen soldiers of all nationalities in an emotional ceremony in northern France marking the end of the devastating First World War.

Doping athletes face up to three years in jail
Germany

Doping athletes face up to three years in jail

Athletes caught doping could face up to three years in jail if a draft anti-doping law to be introduced on Wednesday is passed.

Death threat phoned in to Danish school
Denmark

Death threat phoned in to Danish school

An unknown person threatened to “kill students” at a school just outside of Aalborg on Tuesday morning.

Pension payments policy failing: expert
Germany

Pension payments policy failing: expert

As the government tinkers with the amount of pension contributions and payouts, the leader of the Parity Association said on Tuesday that the current system has already failed.

Catalonia votes: the strangest ballot papers
Spain

Catalonia votes: the strangest ballot papers

Some of those who voted on Sunday in Catalonia's symbolic poll on independence from Spain weren't satisfied with the three official options and took the opportunity to add a personal touch to their ballot papers.

Court: EU migrants can be denied local benefits
Denmark

Court: EU migrants can be denied local benefits

Immigrants from other EU nations can be refused unemployment benefits under certain conditions, the Court of Justice of the European Union decided on Tuesday in a case that Denmark has said will impact "the interpretation of free movement".

Train drivers won’t budge on central demand
Germany

Train drivers won’t budge on central demand

Train drivers’ union GDL will not move in its demand to negotiate salaries for all on-board personnel, not just the train drivers.

Church porn woman to appear in court
Austria

Church porn woman to appear in court

A young woman who made two porn films in a church in her village in Upper Austria will appear before Linz’s Regional Court on December 11th.

Balotelli return to Italy fray gets mixed reviews
Italy

Balotelli return to Italy fray gets mixed reviews

Mario Balotelli's return to the Italy fray was met with mixed reviews as the misfiring Liverpool striker prepares to end his enforced exile with a potential appearance against Euro 2016 opponents Croatia next week.

Silver surfing and tablet use boom in Sweden
Sweden

Silver surfing and tablet use boom in Sweden

Internet use is on the rise in Sweden thanks to more people staying online when they retire and more than half of all households having access to at least one tablet computer.

Breivik recovery fund: Millions lies untouched
Norway

Breivik recovery fund: Millions lies untouched

A government fund worth tens of millions of kroner set up for Norwegian municipalities suffering in the aftermath of the Anders Behring Breivik terror attack in 2011 has layed almost untouched, it was revealed on Tuesday.

Alleged sex abuser: God made me do it
Denmark

Alleged sex abuser: God made me do it

In the trial of a Funen man accused of abusing two young girls, prosecutors read passages from the suspect's diary in which he wrote that "God told [him] to do these things" and that he planned to make a "Fritzl-basement" in emulation of the notorious Austrian rapist.

Top ten: great late autumn escapes in Italy
Italy

Top ten: great late autumn escapes in Italy

From hiking in Campania to capturing the canal city of Venice at its most serene, autumn is a magical time to explore Italy. With the help of Lonely Planet, The Local has come up with ten great travel ideas for the season.

Bus-truck crash in Aargau leaves two dead
Switzerland

Bus-truck crash in Aargau leaves two dead

A 24-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman died and five people were injured on Tuesday when a truck collided with a Swiss Post bus and a car in the canton of Aargau, police said.

Court: EU migrants can be denied local benefits
Germany

Court: EU migrants can be denied local benefits

Update: Immigrants from other EU nations can be refused unemployment benefits under certain conditions, the Court of Justice of the European Union decided on Tuesday.

VIDEO: Two pensioners missing in Italy storms
Italy

VIDEO: Two pensioners missing in Italy storms

Two pensioners were still missing on Tuesday morning after a landslide engulfed their home in Liguria, prompted by the latest storm to hit north-west Italy.

Slow start for Spain’s golden visa scheme
Spain

Slow start for Spain’s golden visa scheme

Updated: Interest in Spain's controversial 'golden visa' scheme which grants Spanish residency to people who spend at least €500,000 ($620,000) on property in the country is still below expectations, real estate experts have told The Local.

Missing Austrian teens are ‘near Syria’
Austria

Missing Austrian teens are ‘near Syria’

The mother of two teenage girls who recently left their home in Austria and may have headed to Syria to join Islamic State extremists says she has received a phone call from her daughters, who claim to be in Turkey.

Man attacks ex-girlfriend with headrest bomb
Spain

Man attacks ex-girlfriend with headrest bomb

Spanish police in Elche have arrested the 36-year-old ex-partner of a woman who was hospitalized on Monday when a homemade bomb detonated in the headrest of her car seat.

Millions to trade hands in Geneva autumn auctions
Switzerland

Millions to trade hands in Geneva autumn auctions

A brooch commissioned by a French empress, or perhaps an iconic watch considered the most complicated ever made entirely by hand?

Two detained after Italian police find Isis flag
Italy

Two detained after Italian police find Isis flag

Two people have been detained and an investigation has been launched after police found the flag of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) jihadist group and a map of Rome in an apartment.

Catherine of Aragon’s letter to sell at auction
France

Catherine of Aragon’s letter to sell at auction

More than 1,500 letters and writings from queens, actresses and singers – including one from Henry VIII's first wife Catherine of Aragon which records a defining moment in British history – will go under the hammer in Paris on 18th and 19th November.

Couple awake to flaming lorry in the house
Germany

Couple awake to flaming lorry in the house

The driver of a lorry is dead after the truck he was driving crashed into a house near Bielefeld and burst into flames early Tuesday morning.

Radical Islam in Austria is active and growing
Austria

Radical Islam in Austria is active and growing

Has Austria become a growing regional centre for Islamic religious extremism? In this analysis, Benjamin Weinthal, who reports on European affairs for The Jerusalem Post, sees three different Jihadist movements working actively in Austria.

What does it mean to be famous in Denmark?
Denmark

What does it mean to be famous in Denmark?

Columnist Michael Booth says that in a country as small as Denmark, everyone seems to have a connection to a 'famous' person but very few Danish 'celebrities' have any pull (or earning power) beyond our small borders.

Zlatan wins record ninth ‘Golden Ball’ award
Sweden

Zlatan wins record ninth ‘Golden Ball’ award

Zlatan Ibrahimovic won the annual Golden Ball award at Sweden's biggest football gala on Monday evening, with Lotta Schelin claiming a Diamond Ball for women's football.

Minister: shutting down coal plants ‘unrealistic’
Germany

Minister: shutting down coal plants ‘unrealistic’

Vice-Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel declared that getting rid of coal is unrealistic in the short term in a position paper released on Tuesday.

Cocaine seizures up 29 percent in 2013
Spain

Cocaine seizures up 29 percent in 2013

Police seizures of cocaine in Spain, the main country of entry for drug-smuggling into Europe, surged by more than a quarter in 2013 to 27 tonnes, the government said on Monday.

Elderly woman lay dead in flat for two years
Sweden

Elderly woman lay dead in flat for two years

A woman who was found dead in her southern Sweden apartment is believed to have been dead for at least two years.

Sampdoria president faces racism probe
Italy

Sampdoria president faces racism probe

Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero faces disciplinary action after the Italian football federation (FISC) confirmed on Monday they are probing an alleged racist comment he made about Inter Milan's Indonesian owner.

Sweden seeks ban on ‘Spice’ drug after deaths
Sweden

Sweden seeks ban on ‘Spice’ drug after deaths

Sweden has asked the European Union for the right to speed up a ban on substances contained in a synthetic marijuana called Spice after two apparent fatal overdoses.

Airbnb ‘takes homes off Geneva market for locals’
Switzerland

Airbnb ‘takes homes off Geneva market for locals’

Owners of multiple properties in the Geneva area — in one case as many as 120 apartments — are renting them on a permanent basis to visitors through the Airbnb website, according to a report.

Germany’s largest ever health study kicks off
Germany

Germany’s largest ever health study kicks off

The largest health study ever conducted in Germany called the National Cohort started on Monday, with researchers hoping the 28-year long investigation will shed new light into the risk factors of humanity's most prevalent diseases.

Norway FA backs Sepp’s Qatar claims as false
Norway

Norway FA backs Sepp’s Qatar claims as false

The head of Norway's football association has denied claims that Sepp Blatter stated plans were in place to move the 2022 World Cup from Qatar, it was reported on Monday.

Screaming chess nerd makes chump of police
Norway

Screaming chess nerd makes chump of police

Police in Oslo who responded to an emergency call after hearing screams from an apartment were shocked to find the howls belonged to a lone chess player displeased with his performance during a game.