Seven cows killed by Swiss passenger train
Switzerland

Seven cows killed by Swiss passenger train

An investigation is under way after seven cows were killed following a collision with a Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) passenger train in the canton of Glaris.

Federer eyes London semis after Murray rout
Switzerland

Federer eyes London semis after Murray rout

Switzerland's Roger Federer sent Andy Murray crashing out of the London ATP Tour Finals in humiliating fashion with a 6-0, 6-1 victory on Thursday that ensured Japan's Kei Nishikori would qualify for the semifinals.

Bergen’s musicians face busker ban
Norway

Bergen’s musicians face busker ban

Bergen officials are considering outlawing street musicians playing in the city's central square, it was reported on Thursday.

Ticino cities brace for more rain — and flooding
Switzerland

Ticino cities brace for more rain — and flooding

The canton of Ticino in southern Switzerland is bracing for further flooding after two weeks of rain with more precipitation forecast in the region for Saturday.

Fifa officials clash over World Cup ethics report
Switzerland

Fifa officials clash over World Cup ethics report

The head of a corruption probe into the awarding of the World Cup to Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022 says a report published on Thursday by the Zurich-based governing body for football Fifa is "materially incomplete and erroneous".

France ‘already has strict rules’ on benefit tourism
France

France ‘already has strict rules’ on benefit tourism

A French minister insisted on Thursday that France already has “strict rules” when it comes to EU migrants accessing welfare benefits, after an EU court ruling this week against so-called “benefit tourism”.

Spain’s R&D spending falls to 2006 levels
Spain

Spain’s R&D spending falls to 2006 levels

The total of funds invested by Spain in research and development in 2013 was equivalent to just 1.24 percent of GDP, or the same level as in 2006, official figures released on Thursday show.

Spain mocks Socialist leader’s ‘cool’ website
Spain

Spain mocks Socialist leader’s ‘cool’ website

What was set to be a key moment for the fresh-faced leader of Spain's main opposition party has turned into a public relations disaster after his new website was mercilessly mocked on social media.

Paris bombing suspect to be extradited
France

Paris bombing suspect to be extradited

A university professor accused of the deadly 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue will be extradited to France, Canada's Supreme Court has ruled on Thursday after refusing to hear his final plea to avoid this fate.

Sweden mulls ‘sexist’ video game labels
Sweden

Sweden mulls ‘sexist’ video game labels

Future video games produced in Sweden could be labelled according to whether or not they promote gender equality, as part of a new project by gaming industry trade organisation Dataspelsbranchen.

Spain allows hunting in national parks
Spain

Spain allows hunting in national parks

Environmentalists have accused Spain's ruling Popular Party (PP) of being in the pocket of big business after the government on Wednesday voted to postpone an end to shooting in areas where wildlife is protected.

Why is France bottom of the class for English?
France

Why is France bottom of the class for English?

A new report this week concluded the French are the worst at English in all of the EU. Given that native English speakers are not really in a position to point the finger at the French, we asked the natives and a local expert to explain the poor showing.

Neo-Nazi to face child sex abuse charges
Germany

Neo-Nazi to face child sex abuse charges

Far-right extremist and former informant for the security services Tino Brandt will face charges of serious sexual abuse of children.

France jails first jihadist returning from Syria
France

France jails first jihadist returning from Syria

The first French jihadist to stand trial after having returned from fighting in Syria has been sentenced to seven years in prison, despite claiming to have spent just 12 days in the war-torn country.

Denmark’s 2015 budget released: See highlights
Denmark

Denmark’s 2015 budget released: See highlights

Denmark’s centre-left government and its two left-wing support parties came to agreement on the nation’s 2015 budget on Thursday.

How to make friends in Austria
Austria

How to make friends in Austria

Trying to make new friends in Austria? Here are 12 things you should know about Austrian manners - that may help you avoid making any enemies.

Fifth person dead in latest Italy storms
Italy

Fifth person dead in latest Italy storms

The death toll from the latest wave of storms to batter northern Italy rose to five Thursday as floods and landslides continued to wreak havoc across the region.

Meth lab busted in Vienna city centre
Austria

Meth lab busted in Vienna city centre

A 51-year-old man suspected of running a crystal meth lab in Vienna’s posh 1st district has been released without charge after being questioned by police.

State sells Warhols as critics mourn ‘black day’
Germany

State sells Warhols as critics mourn ‘black day’

A state-owned company sold two classic Andy Warhol pieces on Wednesday for more than expected, but critics say they should never have left public hands.

Spain scraps plan to declassify military files
Spain

Spain scraps plan to declassify military files

Spain's decision to shelve plans to declassify thousands of documents relating to the country's Civil War and the dictatorship of Francisco Franco is a mistake, a top historian has told The Local.

‘Why does Europe treat us like animals?’
Spain

‘Why does Europe treat us like animals?’

A group of young Africans were left sitting on a Canary Islands beach for five hours recently over fears they might have Ebola. Most were then driven away in a rubbish truck. Now they have spoken up about the experience.

Bangladesh murder mayor ‘hides’ in Sweden
Sweden

Bangladesh murder mayor ‘hides’ in Sweden

A 70-year-old former mayor of Bangladesh who has been sentenced to death for mass killings and torture in the 1970s, is believed to be hiding in Sweden, according to Bangladesh's chief police commissioner.

Italy’s homeless to get showers at the Vatican
Italy

Italy’s homeless to get showers at the Vatican

Pope Francis has given the go-ahead for three showers to be installed within a public restroom under the colonnades of St Peter’s Square for homeless people.

Integration campaign sparks debate
Austria

Integration campaign sparks debate

A new Austrian campaign aimed at promoting integration and encouraging immigrants to feel more connected to their adopted country has been criticized as “alienating” foreigners.

Four sentenced over al-Qaeda bomb plot
Germany

Four sentenced over al-Qaeda bomb plot

A court sentenced four men on Thursday to spend as many as nine years in prison for plotting to detonate home-made bombs in a crowd on the orders of jihadist militant network al-Qaeda.

Andalusia: fire claims three family members
Spain

Andalusia: fire claims three family members

An 11-year-old boy and his two grandparents died in a house fire on Tuesday in the southern Spanish town of Arahal, while the sister of the young boy is in hospital in a serious condition.

What’s On in Sweden: November 13th to 20th
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: November 13th to 20th

Stuck for something to do this week? Never fear - The Local is here to offer you suggestions from all over Sweden - from sipping hot wine at the first Christmas markets to Sami Heritage jazz.

‘Bridge walking’ comes to Denmark
Denmark

‘Bridge walking’ comes to Denmark

Afraid of heights? Then you probably don’t want to read this story about a new attraction coming to Denmark.

Hotel highlights joys of Spain’s cava country
Spain

Hotel highlights joys of Spain’s cava country

In the heart of Catalonia's cava country is one of the country's most amazing hotels — a unique way to get a first-hand look at the culture surrounding Spain's own answer to champagne.

Escaped ‘tiger’ on the loose near Paris
France

Escaped ‘tiger’ on the loose near Paris

UPDATED: Police and firefighters along with helicopter crews were called out to a town near Paris on Thursday after reports that a tiger had been spotted in a supermarket car park. Several other residents spotted the animal on Thursday afternoon.

Bear escape raises alarm at zoo near Lausanne
Switzerland

Bear escape raises alarm at zoo near Lausanne

Operators of a zoo near Lausanne are heaving sighs of relief after a bear weighing almost 300 kilograms was safely corralled after it briefly escaped from his compound.

Anti-terror exercises marred by ‘lack of kit’
Austria

Anti-terror exercises marred by ‘lack of kit’

Soldiers in Vienna have been carrying out anti-terrorism training exercises this week - but a report in the Kurier newspaper says that the majority of them didn’t have proper combat helmets or vehicles, and had problems with their radio equipment.

Support cools for Sweden’s new coalition
Sweden

Support cools for Sweden’s new coalition

Pollsters have found that Swedes are becoming less happy with the new Red-Green coalition government and more keen on the country's centre-right parties, with the gap between the two blocs decreasing.

Fifa ethics report ‘wrong’, investigator says
Germany

Fifa ethics report ‘wrong’, investigator says

Michael Garcia, who conducted the inquiry into wrong-doing in the Russian and Qatari World Cup bids, says a report published on Thursday by Fifa is "materially incomplete and erroneous".

Comet probe Philae ‘perched on steep slope’
France

Comet probe Philae ‘perched on steep slope’

The European probe Philae was "working well" but was likely perched on a steep slope on its host comet, the mission head for France's CNES space agency said on Thursday, a day after the probe made its historic landing.

Ferry passenger goes overboard in Channel
France

Ferry passenger goes overboard in Channel

Rescue workers said on Thursday they had searched extensively for the passenger of a cross-channel ferry who fell overboard overnight off the English coast, to no avail so far.

India and Pakistan PMs to snub Nobel ceremony
Norway

India and Pakistan PMs to snub Nobel ceremony

The work towards brokering peace between India and Pakistan that earned Malala Yousafzai a Nobel Peace Prize this year, faces belittlement after both nations' prime ministers refused to attend the Nobel Awards ceremony held in Norway next month.

‘€1 million’ paid to free Italian hostage in Libya
Italy

‘€1 million’ paid to free Italian hostage in Libya

An Italian construction engineer abducted in Libya four months ago has been freed and is on his way home, allegedly after kidnappers were paid a €1 million ransom.

Norway bans Danish sex ‘Monster’
Norway

Norway bans Danish sex ‘Monster’

A Danish man who contacted young women in Norway, pretending to be both a doctor and a representative for the energy drink company Monster in an effort to molest them, has been banned from entering the country, it was ruled on Thursday.

Court rejects Hanover ban on hooligan march
Germany

Court rejects Hanover ban on hooligan march

The Administrative Court of Hanover said on Thursday it will allow a hooligan group to move forward with a planned demonstration against fundamentalist Islam on Saturday.

Italians speak better English than the French
Italy

Italians speak better English than the French

Italians are getting better at speaking English, even pipping the French with their language skills, according to a study ranking English proficiency in 63 countries.

Migrants in Vienna stuck in low-paid work
Austria

Migrants in Vienna stuck in low-paid work

Almost half the population of Vienna - 49 percent - has an immigrant background and suffers discrimination in the work market according to Vienna’s Integration and Diversity Monitoring group.

Danish sex ‘Monster’ barred from Norway
Denmark

Danish sex ‘Monster’ barred from Norway

A 25-year-old sex offender from Aarhus has been expelled from Norway and told never to return to the country.

Schumi family ‘confident’ as website relaunches
Germany

Schumi family ‘confident’ as website relaunches

In a statement on the Formula One star's re-opened website, Michael Schumacher's family said they were “confident and hoping for the best“ for him.

Truck driver convicted over Aargau tot’s death
Switzerland

Truck driver convicted over Aargau tot’s death

A truck driver who ran over and killed a five-year-old boy last year was convicted on Thursday of negligent homicide by justice authorities in the canton of Aargau.

Italy set for new vote law after Berlusconi deal
Italy

Italy set for new vote law after Berlusconi deal

Italy has taken a major step towards adopting a new electoral law aimed at ending the country's chronic political instability, commentators said on Thursday after a deal between Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Silvio Berlusconi.

Flight delays across Norway
Norway

Flight delays across Norway

Travellers can expect flight delays across Norwegian flight paths on Thursday, with airports in Middle and West Norway hardest hit.

Hoax website warns against health care cuts
Spain

Hoax website warns against health care cuts

A Spanish medical organization has launched a website offering fake health 'bargains' like two-for-one lung surgery to boost awareness of the importance of healthcare spending and the future of the public system.

Man stages coffin protest against noisy neighbours
Spain

Man stages coffin protest against noisy neighbours

A Frenchman in the Spanish coastal town of Denía has found a novel way to complain about noise from a neighbouring restaurant — he has suspended a coffin on scaffolding outside his window.

French towns rebel over second home tax hike
France

French towns rebel over second home tax hike

Local authorities in several towns in France have said that they will refuse to implement new government plans which could see tax on second homes increase by as much as 20 percent.

Italian man tortured and killed in Colombia
Italy

Italian man tortured and killed in Colombia

An Italian man and his Colombian wife have been tortured and killed in Colombia, with their bodies abandoned by a roadside in what is thought to have been a gang robbery.

Austrian murder suspect extradited from US
Austria

Austrian murder suspect extradited from US

A 22-year-old Austrian man suspected of murdering his mother has been extradited from the US back to Vienna.

Memory and cigarettes in difficult ‘New Age’
Denmark

Memory and cigarettes in difficult ‘New Age’

Keren Cytter’s ‘New Age’ is one of the more memorable films you’re likely to see at CPH:DOX, but perhaps not for the best of reasons. It’s elusive and inaccessible at parts, so much so that it’s possible to exit the theatre with no real understanding of what you’ve just watched.

Swedes no longer ‘world’s best’ at English
Sweden

Swedes no longer ‘world’s best’ at English

Swedish people are the third best in the world at speaking English as a second language, a major fall from grace after two years in top spot, a major report released this week concluded.

Sweden celebrates 20 years in European Union
Sweden

Sweden celebrates 20 years in European Union

Most Swedes believe their country did the right thing when it joined the EU, according to a new poll commissioned exactly twenty years since a narrow referendum in the Nordic nation.

French company bosses to go on strike
France

French company bosses to go on strike

After train drivers, pilots, pharmacists and farmers, and with doctors too set to strike over Christmas, now it's the turn of bosses in France to take to the streets in protest.

Craze of RER train surfing worries French
France

Craze of RER train surfing worries French

French authorities are trying to stamp out the craze of train surfing after two men filmed themselves clinging on to the outside of an RER train in Paris. Their video has since been viewed half a million times.

German-Czech police smash crystal meth ring
Germany

German-Czech police smash crystal meth ring

Police have arrested 15 in raids and confiscated 2.9 tonnes of the main chemical ingredient used to manufacture crystal meth , it was announced on Thursday.

Swedish royal necklace nets fortune at auction
Sweden

Swedish royal necklace nets fortune at auction

A pearl necklace that belonged to Josephine de Beauharnais, a 19th-century queen of Sweden, has been sold for $3.42 million at an auction in Switzerland.

Historic Danish orchestra might survive after all
Denmark

Historic Danish orchestra might survive after all

A majority of parliament is against the decision to eliminate the Danish National Chamber Orchestra but interfering with DR's internal decisions goes against the spirit of the public broadcaster's deal with the state.

Swedish queen’s pearls in $95-million auction
Switzerland

Swedish queen’s pearls in $95-million auction

A pearl necklace that belonged to Josephine de Beauharnais, a 19th-century queen of Sweden, sold at auction in Geneva on Wednesday for $3.42 million — more than twice its appraised value.

Spain won’t arrest former fascist ministers
Spain

Spain won’t arrest former fascist ministers

Updated: One of the officials wanted by Argentina in a human rights investigation says he is willing to face Buenos Aires judge over his role in a massacre of protesting workers, but Spain is unlikely to honour a request from Interpol to arrest 20 Spanish nationals.

The Italian saving boat migrants
Italy

The Italian saving boat migrants

The way she tells it, Regina Catrambone is just a regular Italian Catholic.

Murder in Paris: The profile of a crime
France

Murder in Paris: The profile of a crime

Murders in the French capital are thankfully rare but naturally do occur. A new study released this week has revealed who is the typical Parisian murderer, who are their victims and when do the crimes take place.

Study: Rent prices jumped after cap law
Germany

Study: Rent prices jumped after cap law

Rent caps will be introduced in German cities in the first half of 2015, but their arrival is having the opposite effect: A study has found that rents have been going up at an increased rate since the legislation was announced.

Copenhagen flooded with cigarette butts
Denmark

Copenhagen flooded with cigarette butts

The Danish capital has a serious cigarette butt problem and city officials are now working on solutions to stub out all that litter.

Ukraine rebels ready for violent fight: Steinmeier
Germany

Ukraine rebels ready for violent fight: Steinmeier

Foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Wednesday warned there are signs that pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine are readying for major military clashes with troops of the Western-leaning government.

Unions call general strike against labour plans
Italy

Unions call general strike against labour plans

Italy's biggest trade union confederation on Wednesday called a general strike against the economic and social policies of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Swede’s big poker win may ‘trigger’ gamblers
Sweden

Swede’s big poker win may ‘trigger’ gamblers

The success of Swedish poker ace Martin Jacobson, who pocketed $10 million at the World Series, could encourage gamblers to bet even more money, say addiction experts issuing warnings in Sweden.

Ryder Cup boost for Italy as course is named
Italy

Ryder Cup boost for Italy as course is named

Italy's bid to host the 2022 Ryder Cup was given a boost on Wednesday when Turkey pulled out as candidate for the biennial golf showpiece between Europe and the United States.

Court backs right for schoolgirl to wear scarf
Switzerland

Court backs right for schoolgirl to wear scarf

A court in the canton of Saint Gallen has overturned a ban issued by a school on the right of a 13-year-old girl to wear an Islamic headscarf in the classroom.

Pork containing MRSA found in Swedish stores
Sweden

Pork containing MRSA found in Swedish stores

A random sampling of Danish and German pork sold in Stockholm supermarkets has revealed the presence of the resistant MRSA bacteria.

Swedish bus driver axed for turning away ‘blacks’
Sweden

Swedish bus driver axed for turning away ‘blacks’

A bus driver in northern Sweden has been sacked for forcing black people off her bus, following a string of incidents in which foreign passengers were turned away.

How to make your own Swedish pea soup
Sweden

How to make your own Swedish pea soup

Swedish pea soup is great comfort food for cold days, and the perfect budget option when you're short of cash after the holidays. Food writer John Duxbury shares his favourite recipe with The Local.