Explosive hobby goes tragically wrong
Austria

Explosive hobby goes tragically wrong

Update: A father and son with a keen interest in explosives have died in what appears to be a tragic accident after they blew up a building in southern Styria on Monday evening.

Cameras on ski helmets seen as safety risk
Switzerland

Cameras on ski helmets seen as safety risk

As the ski season begins to get under way in Switzerland, the country’s accident prevention bureau (BFU) is renewing its warnings to skiers and snowboarders against using mini-cameras strapped onto helmets.

Seven-tonne boulder hits Swiss mountain highway
Switzerland

Seven-tonne boulder hits Swiss mountain highway

The federal roads office is investigating how a seven-tonne boulder broke away from a hillside and ended up on the A13 highway in the canton of Graubünden.

World Chess Champs: Draw for marathon men
Norway

World Chess Champs: Draw for marathon men

Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen drew their latest match in Sochi on Monday, in what was the second longest game in the history of the world championship.

Top French journo prof ‘ripped off’ other media
France

Top French journo prof ‘ripped off’ other media

A high-profile journalism school in Paris has been left red-faced after its executive dean was accused of plagiarising material from other media and using it in her other job as a columnist – despite the strict anti-plagiarism guidelines the school vigorously enforces on its students.

Politician resigns after ‘Hitler salute’ photo
Austria

Politician resigns after ‘Hitler salute’ photo

The district chairman for the right-wing Freedom Party in Tulln, Lower Austria, has resigned after a photo surfaced of him and two friends appearing to make a Hitler salute.

Paris votes against new ‘Triangle Tower’
France

Paris votes against new ‘Triangle Tower’

Paris City Council has voted against the construction of a controversial triangular tower, however the ballot may be thrown out over concerns that some councillors violated the secret vote.

Dead French tourist was depressed: family

Dead French tourist was depressed: family

UPDATED: The family of a French 19-year-old girl found dead in a Barcelona hotel room on Sunday with knife wounds had reported the young woman missing, telling police she was depressed and displaying suicidal tendencies, Spanish media are reporting.

Italy: Crimean Russians won’t get visas from us
Italy

Italy: Crimean Russians won’t get visas from us

The Italian Embassy in Kiev has denied reports that its consulates in Russia have started issuing Schengen area visas to Crimeans with Russian passports via Moscow.

Pope phones Spanish victim of abusive priests
Spain

Pope phones Spanish victim of abusive priests

The Archbishop of Granada on Monday suspended a number of priests who are among at least twelve people being investigated for suspected sexual abuse. The Pope has personally phoned one of the alleged victims to pledge his support.

Sweden won’t open new Palestine embassy
Sweden

Sweden won’t open new Palestine embassy

Sweden says it will not open an embassy in Ramallah even though it has officially recognised the state of Palestine - the first major EU nation to do so.

Fireworks promised for Spain–Germany friendly
Spain

Fireworks promised for Spain–Germany friendly

Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has demanded his players put on a show as his rejuvenated side prepare to welcome Germany, the team that succeeded them as world champions, in Vigo on Tuesday.

Charity turns neo-Nazi march into fundraiser
Germany

Charity turns neo-Nazi march into fundraiser

Year after year, the town of Wunsiedel was the unwilling host to a march of neo-Nazis who would make their way through the town to the grave of Rudolf Heß. When digging up the body didn't deter the unwanted guests, the town came up with a new plan.

Bundesbank: weak growth to close year
Germany

Bundesbank: weak growth to close year

The German economy, Europe's biggest, will continue to show little sparkle at least until the end of the year, the central bank (Bundesbank) predicted on Monday.

Policeman injured at pagan procession
Austria

Policeman injured at pagan procession

A policeman has been seriously injured after a brawl broke out at a traditional Perchtenlauf procession in Landeskron, near Villach.

‘I want Spain out of Nato’: Podemos leader
Spain

‘I want Spain out of Nato’: Podemos leader

The leader of Spain's radical new Podemos party has said he would like a referendum on whether Spain should leave Nato, although he admitted the move would be "far from simple".

Top mistakes Austrians make in English
Austria

Top mistakes Austrians make in English

A recent report ranked Austrians seventh in the world when it comes to speaking English as a foreign language, but that doesn't mean they don't still make mistakes. Here are The Local's top ten mistakes that Austrians make in English.

Unions find 170,000 empty public sector jobs
Germany

Unions find 170,000 empty public sector jobs

Public sector unions' federation DBB reports that 170,000 government posts are currently unfilled, saying the quality of public services is at risk.

Sri Lanka president knew of cash to rebels: envoy
Norway

Sri Lanka president knew of cash to rebels: envoy

A peacebroker accused of helping to fund Sri Lanka's separatist war acknowledged Monday that Tamil rebels had been induced to engage in the peace process but said payments were made with the government's blessing.

2014 sees jump in refugee home attacks
Germany

2014 sees jump in refugee home attacks

Federal investigators said on Sunday that attacks against refugee housing had increased dramatically in 2014, but refugee organizations warned against panic.

Masked men rob Swedish jewellery store
Sweden

Masked men rob Swedish jewellery store

Several masked and heavily armed men drove into a jewellery shop near Gothenburg on Tuesday lunchtime, stealing treasures on sale in the store.

Immigrants boost Denmark’s rural towns
Denmark

Immigrants boost Denmark’s rural towns

More than one fourth of Denmark’s municipalities saw their populations grow over the past six years due to immigrants and refugees, according to an analysis from online journal Ugebrevet A4.

Mads Gilbert: Israel denies lifelong ban
Norway

Mads Gilbert: Israel denies lifelong ban

Israel has blocked Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert from entering the country and thereby accessing the Gaza Strip, but denied on Monday it had imposed a lifelong ban on the outspoken medic.

Dewani lawyers want murder charge dropped
Sweden

Dewani lawyers want murder charge dropped

Lawyers for Shrien Dewani, the British millionaire accused of organising the murder of his Swedish bride during their honeymoon in South Africa, have called for the charges to be dropped.

Isis sleeper cells suspected in Sweden
Sweden

Isis sleeper cells suspected in Sweden

A defector from the rebel group Isis has told a Scandinavian broadcaster that his former organization has terrorist sleeper cells in Sweden awaiting orders.

French youths among Europe’s poorest: study
France

French youths among Europe’s poorest: study

A whopping 40 percent of French youths feel that they don’t have enough money to lead a dignified life, a study showed on Monday, with as many as 29 percent saying they were considering moving to another country in order to escape France’s bleak financial situation.

Angry French taxi drivers ‘attack’ Uber user
France

Angry French taxi drivers ‘attack’ Uber user

A student returning home after celebrating her birthday claims she was attacked by a mob of angry taxi drivers after choosing the rival private chauffeured car service Uber over their services, French media reported Monday.

Spanish duchess on the mend: hospital doctor
Spain

Spanish duchess on the mend: hospital doctor

Spain's Duchess of Alba, the eccentric 88-year-old with more titles than any other aristocrat in the world, is showing signs of recovery after being hospitalized on Sunday with pneumonia.

Abused wife faces jail for not letting dad visit child
Spain

Abused wife faces jail for not letting dad visit child

A Spanish woman has been ordered to serve a six-month prison sentence after she refused to allow her former husband, who was jailed for 21 months for domestic abuse, to visit their daughter.

Belgium charges HSBC Swiss branch with fraud
Switzerland

Belgium charges HSBC Swiss branch with fraud

Belgian prosecutors charged a Swiss subsidiary of British bank HSBC on Monday with fraud and money-laundering worth hundreds of millions of euros, mainly for diamond dealers in the industry's international hub of Antwerp.

Ingolstadt hostage taker gets eight years
Germany

Ingolstadt hostage taker gets eight years

A man who took four people hostage in a day-long standoff at Ingolstadt city hall was sentenced to more than eight years in prison on Monday.

Majority of Italian women unhappy with sex life
Italy

Majority of Italian women unhappy with sex life

The majority of Italian women are unsatisfied with their sex lives, often due to inadequate and sporadic relationships, a new survey has found.

Vienna airport fastest for boarding
Austria

Vienna airport fastest for boarding

Vienna's Schwechat airport has been found to be the fastest in the world for boarding passengers, according to a study from popular travel site Kayak.com released over the weekend.

Third of Austrians struggle to pay bills
Austria

Third of Austrians struggle to pay bills

Around a third of Austrians have struggled to pay their bills in the last six months and are having a hard time making ends meet, according to a poll carried out by credit management service Intrum Justitia.

Danish Muslim group on international terror list
Denmark

Danish Muslim group on international terror list

The Islamic Association in Denmark says it has been wrongly included in a list of groups labelled as terrorist organizations by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over the weekend.

VIDEO: World’s most dangerous road
Norway

VIDEO: World’s most dangerous road

A road in Norway has been deemed the world's most treacherous track of tarmac.

French plane spotted in Swedish airspace

French plane spotted in Swedish airspace

Following unconfirmed reports that a Russian plane entered Swedish airspace on Saturday, the Swedish military has told The Local that the aircraft actually came from France.

‘You need to learn to manage emotions’
Germany

‘You need to learn to manage emotions’

In a new feature, The Local will look into a successful entrepreneur's life each week - the story behind their successes, major challenges and how being an entrepreneur changed their life forever. Kicking things off from Berlin this week AUPEO! co-founder and CEO Holger Weiss.

Swedish Muslim group rejects ‘terror’ label
Sweden

Swedish Muslim group rejects ‘terror’ label

The Islamic Association of Sweden says it was "shocked" to be included in a list of groups labelled as terrorist organizations by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over the weekend.

UN wants Denmark to drop refugee restrictions
Denmark

UN wants Denmark to drop refugee restrictions

Criticism from the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and a long line of human rights organisations has led Denmark to change the wording – but not the underlying content – in its proposal to restrict family reunification for refugees.

Isis sleeper cells in Europe: defector
Norway

Isis sleeper cells in Europe: defector

A defector from the rebel group Isis has told Norwegian broadcaster NRK that his former organization has terrorist sleeper cells in Europe awaiting orders.

Fire at asylum seekers centre leaves one dead
Switzerland

Fire at asylum seekers centre leaves one dead

At least one man died and 40 others were injured in a fire at a centre for asylum seekers in the canton of Geneva at around midnight on Sunday.

Frenchman confirmed in Isis killer video
France

Frenchman confirmed in Isis killer video

French prosecutors on Monday confirmed that a French national can be seen among the Isis militants who beheaded at least 18 Syrian soldiers in a gruesome video that appeared online at the weekend and which also claimed the killing of US aid worker Peter Kassig.

Second train union threatens strike action
Germany

Second train union threatens strike action

The union representing train service staff (EVG) is threatening to break its long silence over the strikes by train drivers' union GDL against rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB).

Massive fire wipes out Spanish food factory
Spain

Massive fire wipes out Spanish food factory

Investigators say a short circuit could be responsible for a huge fire which destroyed a meat products factory belonging to Spanish food giant Campofrío in Burgos on Sunday.

Emirates put Norwegian Islamic group on terror list
Norway

Emirates put Norwegian Islamic group on terror list

The UAE government has listed the names of dozens of groups it considers terror organizations, including one in Norway. But terrorism experts scoffed at the move.

Geneva public transport strike set for Wednesday
Switzerland

Geneva public transport strike set for Wednesday

Public transport workers in Geneva have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a one-day strike on Wednesday to protest over budget cuts and the elimination of 100 jobs.

Zara rations sales in Venezuelan stores
Spain

Zara rations sales in Venezuelan stores

Spanish clothing giant Inditex, which owns Zara, has restricted customer purchases to five items per month in its stores in Venezuela as it struggles with a massive upswing in demand.

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Sweden

Nov. 24: Career fair (Jönköping)

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Sweden

Nov. 21: International Food Fair (Stockholm)

Five die in French storms over black weekend
France

Five die in French storms over black weekend

At least five people were killed as storms lashed southern France between Friday and Saturday, including a mother and her two young sons after their car was swept away in severe floods. Killer storms were also reported in Italy and Switzerland.

Austrian banks up card security for foreign travel
Austria

Austrian banks up card security for foreign travel

If you have an Austrian ATM card and plan to withdraw cash whilst travelling outside of Europe and the US you will soon be asked to authorise your card before travelling, in an effort by banks to prevent card fraud.

Wild bears spark fear in Italy’s north
Italy

Wild bears spark fear in Italy’s north

If Italians go down to the woods today they might be in for a big surprise: bears. And in a country no longer used to big predators, it's no picnic.

‘Spanish firms have to take ethics seriously’
Spain

‘Spanish firms have to take ethics seriously’

What do you do when personal circumstances bring you to corruption-hit Spain? Set up a business ethics consultancy of course. At least that’s what this Madrid-based Brit decided to do.

Western Sahara protest draws thousands
Spain

Western Sahara protest draws thousands

Several thousand people demonstrated in Madrid on Sunday in support of independence for the disputed territory of Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony in northwestern Africa.

Danes’ Christmas spending likely to stall
Denmark

Danes’ Christmas spending likely to stall

Despite elaborate holiday displays and the import of the American shopping phenomenon Black Friday, Danes aren't expected to spend any more on Christmas in 2014 than they have the past two years.

Frankfurt opens chambers to pot talks
Germany

Frankfurt opens chambers to pot talks

Politicians in Frankfurt city hall are opening up the debate to legalising cannabis in the city on Monday. Will other cities soon follow suit?

Eriksson set for new China club contract
Sweden

Eriksson set for new China club contract

Former England and IFK Gothenburg manager Sven-Göran Eriksson is poised to land his second big-money contract in the Chinese Super League (CSL) after leaving Guangzhou R&F following just one full season, according to reports.

Flare-throwing disrupts Italy-Croatia match
Italy

Flare-throwing disrupts Italy-Croatia match

Ugly flare-throwing incidents at Milan's storied San Siro stadium deflected the glare from under-par Italy on Sunday as they scraped a precious Euro 2016 qualifying point at home to impressive Group H leaders Croatia.

‘An American in Paris’ to debut in French capital
France

‘An American in Paris’ to debut in French capital

The stage version of cult 1951 musical 'An American in Paris' will this week make its world premiere in the City of Love where it is set, before hitting Broadway next year.

Italy under pressure over Roma camps squalor
Italy

Italy under pressure over Roma camps squalor

As beetles scurry across the cracked and worn floor in the "Best House Rom", it is not hard to see why Italy has got into trouble with the EU over its treatment of ethnic Roma.

Interest in Swedish Lucia on the wane
Sweden

Interest in Swedish Lucia on the wane

Several municipalities across Sweden have had to scrap their annual Lucia celebrations as they are struggling to find candidates, with experts saying the tradition is increasingly becoming a thing of the past.

Nobel summit moved to Rome after visa row
Italy

Nobel summit moved to Rome after visa row

A summit of Nobel peace laureates scheduled to be held in Cape Town has been moved to Rome after the South African government failed to issue a visa to the Dalai Lama, organizers said on Sunday.

Frenchman arrested for scaling Brooklyn Bridge
France

Frenchman arrested for scaling Brooklyn Bridge

A French tourist was arrested Sunday for scaling the Brooklyn Bridge, apparently to take photos, police said, in the latest such incident at the iconic New York landmark.

Russia ‘will not prevail’ in Ukraine: Merkel
Germany

Russia ‘will not prevail’ in Ukraine: Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called on the West not to lose hope in what may be a long struggle with Russia over Ukraine, but vowed that the Kremlin "will not prevail".

Father blows himself up in car after family row
Germany

Father blows himself up in car after family row

A father blew himself up in a car following a domestic dispute, police in Homberg, Hesse, said on Sunday.

Italy boat migrants top 2,500 in one weekend
Italy

Italy boat migrants top 2,500 in one weekend

The Italian navy and merchant ships picked up more than 2,500 migrants from the Mediterranean over the weekend as the flow of refugees seeking to reach Europe rose again.

Second Italian freed in Libya
Italy

Second Italian freed in Libya

An Italian engineer kidnapped in Libya in March has been freed and flew home overnight, the foreign ministry announced on Sunday.

Snowden doc lives up to the hype
Denmark

Snowden doc lives up to the hype

'Citizenfour' was easily the most talked-about film at this year's Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival and our reviewer says it offers a fascinating look behind one of the most important stories of our time.

Violent elk put down after attack on woman
Sweden

Violent elk put down after attack on woman

An elk which kicked and trampled on a woman in northern Sweden has been shot dead after the attack by the animal left her in hospital with numerous injuries.

Swedish King marks Palestine national day
Sweden

Swedish King marks Palestine national day

King Carl Gustaf sent a letter of congratulations to the Palestinian Authority on its national day, barely a month after Sweden agreed to recognize the state of Palestine.

Zlatan to miss Sweden’s friendly with France
Sweden

Zlatan to miss Sweden’s friendly with France

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss Sweden's friendly match against France in Marseille on Tuesday, the Swedish Football Association has announced.

French foodie bakes new Sweden pastry trend
Sweden

French foodie bakes new Sweden pastry trend

Forget traditional Swedish cinnamon buns or last year's trend for US-style cupcakes. For this week's My Swedish career we meet Sophie Maillard, a French entrepreneur who is cooking up a market for the French pastry canelé in Stockholm.