Wawrinka wilts against Djokovic in London
Switzerland

Wawrinka wilts against Djokovic in London

Serbian Novak Djokovic moved within touching distance of ending the year as the world number one after crushing Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-0 at the ATP Tour Finals tennis tourney on Wednesday night.

Norway lose 1-0 to Estonia in friendly
Norway

Norway lose 1-0 to Estonia in friendly

Norway slumped to a home defeat to Estonia on Wednesday, losing 1-0 at home and increasing the pressure on boss Per-Mathias Hogmo ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifier against Azerbaijan.

Øyer killer gives gory details of the murder
Norway

Øyer killer gives gory details of the murder

The man charged with this summer's Øyer murder returned to the apartment on Wednesday, where he admitted killing his stepfather.

World Chess Champs: Carlsen draws game 4
Norway

World Chess Champs: Carlsen draws game 4

Magnus Carlsen of Norway drew against Viswanathan Anand in the fourth game of the World Championship, to level the series at two points all, on Wednesday.

Norway slumps in English language skills
Norway

Norway slumps in English language skills

Norway has slipped down the world rankings as a global leader in English language proficiency, said a report released this week.

Switzerland’s ranking for English skills worsens
Switzerland

Switzerland’s ranking for English skills worsens

Switzerland trails behind 17 other countries in what is billed as the world’s largest ranking of English skills in non-Anglophone countries.

Paris sees fall in crime against tourists
France

Paris sees fall in crime against tourists

The French capital has a reputation among many of its 30 million annual tourists for being dangerous, but new figures released on Wednesday show crime against visitors is actually falling.

Vienna priest suspected of child abuse
Austria

Vienna priest suspected of child abuse

A Catholic priest in Vienna is under investigation for sexual abuse of a minor, according to Nina Bussek, spokesperson for the Vienna public prosecutor's office on Wednesday.

Ten Spanish dishes to try before you die
Spain

Ten Spanish dishes to try before you die

If you thought Spanish food was all paella and pinchos then think again. Get ready as The Local takes you on a mouth-watering tour of some of the country's lesser known but equally fabulous culinary highlights.

The French are the ‘worst at English in the EU’
France

The French are the ‘worst at English in the EU’

The French have the lowest level of English proficiency out of all the nationalities in the European Union, a damning new report released on Wednesday has concluded. How can that be?

Fewer Italians getting married than ever before
Italy

Fewer Italians getting married than ever before

Italians are less likely than ever to get married, according to new official figures released on Wednesday which revealed that the number of weddings per year fell below 200,000 for the first time in 2013.

‘Vienna’s public transport is amazing!’
Austria

‘Vienna’s public transport is amazing!’

The Local talks to 24-year-old Lucia Escolano from Spain, who moved to Vienna in January to improve her German and find work.

Sweden’s blogging ‘polyfamily’ goes viral
Sweden

Sweden’s blogging ‘polyfamily’ goes viral

After married couple Linda and Erik Fridland fell in love with the same man, they decided he should move in with them - and their children. The Local caught up with Hampus Engström - their new partner - as the family's blog started to go viral.

Spaniards speak better English than ever: study
Spain

Spaniards speak better English than ever: study

Spain is continuing to see big gains in its English language skills, with the country reaping the rewards of increased investment into language education, a new study shows.

US admits in Geneva to ‘crossing the line’
Switzerland

US admits in Geneva to ‘crossing the line’

An American government official in Geneva on Wednesday said the United States does not condone torture under any circumstances, but acknowledged to a UN anti-torture watchdog that it had "crossed the line" following the September 11th attacks.

France insists ‘still no date’ for warship delivery
France

France insists ‘still no date’ for warship delivery

France insisted on Wednesday that there was no date set for the delivery of two Mistral warships to Russia. It comes amid further reports of Russian troops entering Ukraine.

Loose-lipped Hollande aide ‘won’t be sacked’
France

Loose-lipped Hollande aide ‘won’t be sacked’

French President François Hollande's under-fire chief of staff Jean-Pierre Jouyet won government backing on Wednesday, amid calls for him to step down over a scandal involving former leader Nicolas Sarkozy.

Egypt court says Germans stole artifacts
Germany

Egypt court says Germans stole artifacts

An Egyptian court has convicted three Germans of stealing samples from the Great Pyramid of Giza in a ruling that could affect a trial back home.

Austria improves in English language skills
Austria

Austria improves in English language skills

Austria has increased its position in the world rankings as a global leader in English language proficiency, according to a report released this week.

Danes world’s best non-native English speakers
Denmark

Danes world’s best non-native English speakers

Danes are the best in the world at speaking English as a second language, a major report released this week concluded.

Russia ‘too broke’ to pay football coach Capello
Italy

Russia ‘too broke’ to pay football coach Capello

Russia can't afford to pay Fabio Capello his €9 million salary to coach the national team, an executive from the country’s football association confessed on Wednesday.

‘There’s no risk of Ebola spreading in Europe’
Sweden

‘There’s no risk of Ebola spreading in Europe’

Stockholm is home to the EU's agency focused on fighting Ebola, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The Local stopped by to find out how officials in the Swedish capital are working to solve a global problem.

Michael Schumacher’s website to be reactivated
Switzerland

Michael Schumacher’s website to be reactivated

Michael Schumacher's official website will be reactivated on Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary of his first Formula One title, his Swiss-based manager said, as he recovers from a skiing accident that almost ended his life.

Skier who died ‘decades ago’ found in cave
Austria

Skier who died ‘decades ago’ found in cave

Austrian rescue workers have recovered from a cave the skeleton of a skier who is thought to have fallen to his death in the Alps decades ago, police said on Wednesday.

‘We’re at war with the ECB, not Isis’: Grillo
Italy

‘We’re at war with the ECB, not Isis’: Grillo

Beppe Grillo, the leader of Italy’s Five Star Movement, said on Wednesday that the European Central Bank was a bigger enemy than either the Islamic militant group, Isis, or Russia.

Greens say sorry for past paedophilia ties
Germany

Greens say sorry for past paedophilia ties

The Green Party on Wednesday apologized to victims of sexual abuse for its support of paedophilic groups in the 1980s.

‘Hire the right people and foster the right culture’
Denmark

‘Hire the right people and foster the right culture’

In our ongoing feature series on Denmark’s entrepreneurs, The Local speaks with Mark Thorsen, whose company helps its clients make educated decisions when taking out loans, finding the right green energy sources and purchasing a long line of other services.

Ten German TV shows to spend the night with
Germany

Ten German TV shows to spend the night with

The dark months are coming, but fear not! The glow of German television promises to keep us warm, if not entertained.

Catalan referendum is ‘impossible’: Spanish PM
Spain

Catalan referendum is ‘impossible’: Spanish PM

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday warned that he would not consider the option of a definitive independence referendum in Catalonia during his first public appearance since the region held an unofficial poll on self-rule on Sunday.

Owner pays up on €10K dog rescue bill
Germany

Owner pays up on €10K dog rescue bill

Almut B. took the Berlin fire service to court after they asked her for €13,000 for rescuing her terrier Skipper.

Hand grenade murder trial starts in Vienna
Austria

Hand grenade murder trial starts in Vienna

The trial of three people accused of killing two men with a hand grenade and a revolver in January has started in Vienna.

Minister slams families seeking winter sun
Sweden

Minister slams families seeking winter sun

Sweden's Education Minister Gustav Fridolin has criticized parents and schools that allow children to go on holiday during term time, but said he was not planning to introduce tougher rules to limit the practice.

Chinese tourism giant in French budget hotel deal
France

Chinese tourism giant in French budget hotel deal

Chinese tourism giant Jin Jiang has signed a deal with US investment group Starwood to buy a string of French budget hotels, the two companies said on Wednesday.

UBS slapped with huge fines for FX ‘rigging’
Switzerland

UBS slapped with huge fines for FX ‘rigging’

Financial authorities in Switzerland, the US and the UK on Wednesday announced they had slapped Swiss banking giant UBS with penalties totalling 774 million francs ($802 million) to settle allegations of foreign exchange rigging.

Child taken from couple who paid surrogate
Italy

Child taken from couple who paid surrogate

Italy's supreme court has ruled that a baby born to a surrogate mother in Ukraine cannot be kept by the Italian couple who paid for it and must be put up for adoption, Italian media reports said Wednesday.

Six ways to boost your career in Skåne
Sweden

Six ways to boost your career in Skåne

Skåne boasts unique history and diversity, and a spirit of innovation that makes for an exciting array of career opportunities. Six international locals offer up the secrets to a successful career in Sweden’s far south.

‘Broke’ Spanish streaker vows to strike again
Spain

‘Broke’ Spanish streaker vows to strike again

'Jimmy Jump', the Spanish pitch invader who famously tried to place a traditional Catalan hat on the football World Cup trophy in 2010, has sworn to return to action despite being bankrupt after years of paying fines.

Property Face-off: France profonde vs the south
France

Property Face-off: France profonde vs the south

How would you like to spend your days in a cozy cottage in the central French region of Centre-Val de Loire? Or perhaps a charming stone house down south in Languedoc-Roussillon is more up your street? Check out these two very different properties that are on the market.

Odegaard to star in soccer computer game
Norway

Odegaard to star in soccer computer game

Teen soccer sensation Martin Ødegaard is to feature in a computer game after his father gave parental consent, it was announced on wednesday.

Sapphire sets world record at Geneva auction
Switzerland

Sapphire sets world record at Geneva auction

A sapphire known as the Blue Belle of Asia set a new world record after selling for more than $17 million at a rare jewellery auction in Geneva, Christie's said.

Top economists take aim at Merkel government
Germany

Top economists take aim at Merkel government

Germany's "economic wise men" had harsh words for the coalition government led by Chancellor Angela Merkel in their annual report.

From precursor to roadblock: Economic growth and climate change
Sweden

From precursor to roadblock: Economic growth and climate change

IN MY VOICE: Ongoing calls for disinvestment and global campaigns against traditional industrial expansion represent a great degree of departure from the previous norm. Adventino Banjwa discusses this development and its causes.

VIDEO: Immigration centre attacked in Rome
Italy

VIDEO: Immigration centre attacked in Rome

An immigration centre in Rome has for two consecutive nights come under attack, with people throwing homemade bombs at riot police and setting cars ablaze.

€40k brothel bill ‘work-related’: copyright boss
Spain

€40k brothel bill ‘work-related’: copyright boss

A former executive with Spain's main copyright organization has been sentenced to prison for spending €40,000 ($50,000) in brothels using a corporate credit card, with a judge describing as "nonsense" the man's claims that the visits were work-related.

Italy’s ‘cocaine priest’ set for fast-track trial
Italy

Italy’s ‘cocaine priest’ set for fast-track trial

An Italian priest arrested at a drug-fuelled party in Milan, for allegedly dealing cocaine, is facing a fast-track trial.

Halloween shooter unmasked as politician
Austria

Halloween shooter unmasked as politician

The man who shot a 13-year-old girl in the pelvis on Halloween in Burgenland has been identified as the deputy chairman of a local branch of the right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ).

7,000 attend anti-fur demos across Norway
Norway

7,000 attend anti-fur demos across Norway

Around 7,000 people across 15 cities in Norway turned out to protest against fur last weekend in Europe's largest anti-fur event.

Israel critics chase Gysi into bathroom stall
Germany

Israel critics chase Gysi into bathroom stall

The Left (Die Linke) party chief Gregor Gysi took refuge in a toilet after two activist journalists chased him down alleging that he called them anti-Semitic.

France to vote on recognition of Palestine
France

France to vote on recognition of Palestine

UPDATED: French lawmakers will vote later this month on a proposal urging the government to recognise Palestine as a state, a parliamentary source said Wednesday, as diplomatic tension continues to rise between Europe and Israel.

Sweden ranked world’s tenth favourite country
Sweden

Sweden ranked world’s tenth favourite country

Sweden has been ranked tenth in a world study of different countries' global images.

Supermarket chain Ica to buy Apotek pharmacies
Sweden

Supermarket chain Ica to buy Apotek pharmacies

Swedish grocery store chain Ica is buying pharmacy group Apotek Hjärtat, in a 5.7 billion kronor ($770 million) deal.

Germany tops USA as world’s favourite country
Germany

Germany tops USA as world’s favourite country

Market researchers GfK found that Germany has knocked the USA off the top spot for global image for the first time since 2009.

Spain’s ‘ghost prisons’ hit by funding shortfall
Spain

Spain’s ‘ghost prisons’ hit by funding shortfall

A lack of funds for staff has left Spain with five new prisons, built at a cost of over €1.1 billion ($1.4 billion) standing empty, including the world's largest vacant prison near Malaga which features a solar heating plant and a football pitch.

Man’s 18-year wait for asylum finally over
Austria

Man’s 18-year wait for asylum finally over

An asylum seeker from Bangladesh who has been waiting 18 years for Austrian residence has finally had it granted this week, according to a report on Austrian national broadcaster ORF.

Arrested: Parents of dead baby ‘in suitcase’
Spain

Arrested: Parents of dead baby ‘in suitcase’

The parents of a baby found dead next to an empty suitcase in Spain's Asturias province have been arrested in the city of León.

Austria could block Czech nuclear waste site
Austria

Austria could block Czech nuclear waste site

The Czech Republic has agreed to provide Austria with all the available information on its planned construction of a nuclear waste repository - which may end up located close to the Austrian border.

What to do on a dreary day in Copenhagen
Denmark

What to do on a dreary day in Copenhagen

As the daylight hours shrink and temperatures drop, it can be tempting to just hibernate until the end of winter. But rather than do that, take a look at what our friends at Scandinavia Standard suggest as the best activities for those dark and dreary days.

Italy’s top court to rule on gay adoption
Italy

Italy’s top court to rule on gay adoption

Italy's Constitutional Court will make a landmark ruling on gay adoption, prompted by the case of an American-Italian lesbian couple and their two children.

France allows toilets in kitchens for first time
France

France allows toilets in kitchens for first time

Ever wished your toilet was just that little bit closer to the cooker? How about right by the sofa? Thanks to a new law passed in France, the dream can become a reality.

Oslo to host light parade protest to beat bullies
Norway

Oslo to host light parade protest to beat bullies

A 14-year-old Norwegian girl has organized a torchlight procession through the centre of Oslo to raise awareness to the suffering of victims of bullying, it was reported on Wednesday.

Swiss authorities ‘shut down jihadist website’
Switzerland

Swiss authorities ‘shut down jihadist website’

A website considered by terrorism experts to be one of the major francophone platforms for recruiting jihadists was recently closed by Swiss authorities, French-language national TV broadcaster RTS reports.

Norwegian poker ace wins big in Vegas
Norway

Norwegian poker ace wins big in Vegas

Norwegian Felix Stephenson lost out in the final match at the World Series of Poker Championship in Las Vegas, but it was enough for him to secure second place and prize-money of 35 million kroner on Wednesday.

Politicians arrested in Spain’s latest graft probe
Spain

Politicians arrested in Spain’s latest graft probe

Updated: Thirty-two people including politicians and public officials were arrested in anti-corruption raids in Spain on Tuesday as another graft scandal rocked the country.

Baby in French town swallows dad’s cannabis
France

Baby in French town swallows dad’s cannabis

A ten-month-old baby was rushed to hospital on Monday after ingesting a lump of cannabis belonging to her father, in the south-eastern French town of Vienne.

Cops seize 600kg of cocaine in sailboat raid
Spain

Cops seize 600kg of cocaine in sailboat raid

Spanish police on Tuesday said they had seized nearly 600 kilos (1323 pounds) of cocaine from a Czech-registered sailboat sailing in the Atlantic.

One in three Swedish teachers plans to quit
Sweden

One in three Swedish teachers plans to quit

Sweden's teaching crisis will continue unless local authorities do more to encourage young people to stay in the profession, according to a new survey for Sweden's teaching union, Lärarförbundet.

BBVA bank to shut half its Portugal branches
Spain

BBVA bank to shut half its Portugal branches

BBVA, Spain's second-largest bank by market value, will close half of its branches in Portugal and lay off a quarter of its staff in the country, a source familiar with the plan said on Tuesday.

Robot probe Philae lands safely on comet
Germany

Robot probe Philae lands safely on comet

Update: robot probe Philae, controlled from Cologne, landed on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at 5:03 pm on Wednesday, the European Space Agency said.

Cyberattack: Catalonia ‘hit during self-rule vote’
Spain

Cyberattack: Catalonia ‘hit during self-rule vote’

Catalan authorities suffered a massive cyberattack while the region was voting in an independence ballot outlawed by Madrid, the region's president said on Tuesday during a press conference outlining his future strategy on Catlan independence.

Anarchists storm AFP over Frenchman’s death
France

Anarchists storm AFP over Frenchman’s death

The death of an eco-activist in France prompted Greek anarchists to storm AFP offices on Tuesday in a bid to publish a message relating to the Frenchman's death, which initial reports suggested was linked to a police concussion grenade.

Swede wins Poker World Series in Las Vegas
Sweden

Swede wins Poker World Series in Las Vegas

Poker ace Martin Jacobson pocketed a cool $10 million on Tuesday after winning the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

Three pensioners killed in Italy landslides
Italy

Three pensioners killed in Italy landslides

UPDATED: A man was killed by a landslide outside his home in Crevacuore, a town in Piedmont, amid torrential rain in northern Italy on Wednesday morning. The bodies of two pensioners were also found on Tuesday night after a landslide engulfed their home in Liguria.

Overnight raids net eight jihad supporters
Germany

Overnight raids net eight jihad supporters

Eight men have been arrested after investigations against them turned up evidence that they supported terrorist organisations, including Islamic State (Isis), Cologne state prosecutors announced on Wednesday.

Italian outbids Chinese for France’s Club Med
France

Italian outbids Chinese for France’s Club Med

A long battle to control French holiday firm Club Med took another turn on Tuesday after the French stock market authority announced Italian businessman Andrea Bonomi had made an improved offer.

Denmark ‘very satisfied’ with EU migrant ruling
Denmark

Denmark ‘very satisfied’ with EU migrant ruling

The employment minister and Danish MEPs praise the European Court of Justice's ruling that immigrants from other EU nations can be refused unemployment benefits.

Italy’s Bonomi trumps Chinese bid for Club Med
Italy

Italy’s Bonomi trumps Chinese bid for Club Med

A long battle to control French holiday firm Club Med took another turn Tuesday after the French stock market authority announced Italian businessman Andrea Bonomi had made an improved offer.

Two men charged after sex shop tantrum
Germany

Two men charged after sex shop tantrum

Two men in Hagen have been charged with destruction of property after their rampage in a sex shop left the store owner with broken, unsellable vibrators.

First university TEDx coming to Denmark
Denmark

First university TEDx coming to Denmark

The Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA) will host the first university TEDx to ever be held in Denmark.

Danish TV worker tests negative for Ebola
Denmark

Danish TV worker tests negative for Ebola

Initial results were negative for an employee of TV2 who had reported a fever after returning from west Africa but Hvidore Hospital says additional testing may be needed.

Court hears Dewani wife’s desperate emails
Sweden

Court hears Dewani wife’s desperate emails

The murdered wife of bisexual British millionaire businessman Shrien Dewani sent him desperate emails just days after their marriage questioning his "feelings" for her, a South African court heard on Tuesday.

Ten things you should never say to a Swede
Sweden

Ten things you should never say to a Swede

Making new friends in Sweden? Here are ten things you should never say to a Swede if you want to remain mates with them. This list from The Local's archives features everything from drinks and drugs to one very irritating Swedish chef.

Ten Swedish start-ups investors couldn’t resist
Sweden

Ten Swedish start-ups investors couldn’t resist

Sweden’s tech scene is one of the most-exciting on the planet right now. Take a peek at five recently-funded tech companies that are emerging, as selected by digital analysts, Strategy Eye.

Russian super-jets seen flying near Norway
Norway

Russian super-jets seen flying near Norway

Photo evidence of a new Russian fighter jet caught flying just outside Finnmark in North Norway were released by Norwegian security forces on Tuesday.