World Chess Champs: Ninth game, eighth draw
Norway

World Chess Champs: Ninth game, eighth draw

Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand drew the ninth match of the World Chess Championship on Thursday, in a match pundits described as "boring".

Wealthy Asian donor helps UN news agency
Switzerland

Wealthy Asian donor helps UN news agency

The UN news agency IRIN said on Thursday that it was leaving the world body to become an independent non-profit organization thanks to a cash injection from a foundation backed by an Asian billionaire.

First Ebola virus patient to be treated in Geneva
Switzerland

First Ebola virus patient to be treated in Geneva

A Cuban doctor was set on Friday to become the first patient suffering from the Ebola virus to receive treatment in Switzerland.

‘Disabled staff member won’t lose job’: Nestlé
Switzerland

‘Disabled staff member won’t lose job’: Nestlé

Nestlé said on Thursday that a disabled staff member in Italy, who was initially sacked for publicly criticizing company managers over Facebook, will no longer lose her job.

Study finds ‘banker’s oath’ could spur honesty
Switzerland

Study finds ‘banker’s oath’ could spur honesty

Banks could change a business culture that “favours dishonest behaviour" by requiring their employees to take a professional oath of honesty and training programs in ethics, researchers from the University of Zurich say.

Italy’s PM upset over Swiss mogul’s acquittal
Switzerland

Italy’s PM upset over Swiss mogul’s acquittal

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi vowed on Thursday to change Italy's "nightmare" statute of limitation rules after the conviction of a Swiss billionaire related to nearly 3,000 asbestos deaths was overturned.

‘Disabled staff member won’t lose job’: Nestlé
Italy

‘Disabled staff member won’t lose job’: Nestlé

Nestlé Italy said on Thursday that a disabled staff member, who was initially sacked for publicly criticizing company managers over Facebook, will no longer lose her job.

Swiss firm bids to be British shale gas giant
Switzerland

Swiss firm bids to be British shale gas giant

Swiss-based chemicals firm Ineos launched plans Thursday to become the biggest player in Britain's fracking sector with a $1-billion investment in the nation's shale gas industry.

IN IMAGES: Winter is coming to French Alps
France

IN IMAGES: Winter is coming to French Alps

In recent weeks snow has been steadily falling over the French Alps. For those who can't wait to get on the slopes, here's a gallery of images to show that winter is well and truly on its way to the mountains.

Church can sack workers who remarry: court
Germany

Church can sack workers who remarry: court

The Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled that the Catholic Church has the right to dismiss employees who remarry after divorcing.

The Duchess of Alba: eight amazing facts
Spain

The Duchess of Alba: eight amazing facts

She met movies stars like Marilyn Monroe, was married three times and widowed twice, and even took part in a bullfight. Read on to find out all about the amazing life of Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, Spain's Duchess of Alba who died on Thursday aged 88.

Illegal overtime ‘costs Spain 273,000 jobs’
Spain

Illegal overtime ‘costs Spain 273,000 jobs’

Spaniards are working over 10 million hours a week in illegal overtime a week, the equivalent of over 270,000 full-time jobs, says Spain's opposition Socialist party who are now hoping to change the situation.

Medical expert calls for three Ebola centres
Austria

Medical expert calls for three Ebola centres

An Austrian infectious diseases expert has said that Austria needs three specialised centres to deal with suspected cases of Ebola virus.

1.6 million Swedes are reeled in by fishing
Sweden

1.6 million Swedes are reeled in by fishing

Fishing is one of Sweden's most popular hobbies in 2014, according to 'surprise' new figures released by Statistics Sweden.

French remain fearful of taking public transport
France

French remain fearful of taking public transport

Tourists heading to Paris are often warned about the perils of the capital’s Metro and train systems. And they not the only ones to be fearful because half of French passengers also say they feel unsafe when using public transport.

Venice tourists risk €500 fine for ‘loud luggage’
Italy

Venice tourists risk €500 fine for ‘loud luggage’

Tourists to Venice could face a €500 fine if they dare wheel noisy suitcases around the watery city, under new proposals outlined on Thursday.

Mafia use tigers and parrots to wield power
Italy

Mafia use tigers and parrots to wield power

Mafia bosses are using tigers, crocodiles and a host of other exotic animals - including drug-dealing parrots - to cement their grip on power. But international crime-fighters rarely hear about the phenomenon, a Europol spokesman told The Local.

Disabled Nestlé worker fired for Facebook post
Italy

Disabled Nestlé worker fired for Facebook post

UPDATED: Swiss food giant Nestlé fired a disabled member of staff at its Perugina chocolate division after she posted a message on Facebook in which she “undermined the authority” of managers.

Migrants ‘exploited’ in Italian tomato industry
Italy

Migrants ‘exploited’ in Italian tomato industry

An investigative report by a Danish watchdog has revealed that illegal migrants in Italy who are hired to pick tomatoes, which are then exported to Denmark, are “grossly exploited” and work under “harsh conditions”.

Art Nazis hated belongs in a museum, says judge
Germany

Art Nazis hated belongs in a museum, says judge

The head of a German art restitution panel called on Thursday for avant-garde artworks deemed "degenerate" by the Nazis to be handed back to the museums from which they were seized.

Supreme Court sides with tobacco companies
Denmark

Supreme Court sides with tobacco companies

In the first lawsuit of its kind in Denmark, the Supreme Court rules against a long-term smoker's claims that the tobacco industry should be held accountable for his health problems.

Paris: ‘Human zoo’ art show provokes anger
France

Paris: ‘Human zoo’ art show provokes anger

Protesters and rights groups in Paris are calling for the banning of an art show featuring black actors in cages that mimic the "human zoos" of the 19th century. It has already been scrapped in London due to an outcry.

Left aims for the centre in first government
Germany

Left aims for the centre in first government

Left-wing politicians in Thuringia have tried to placate centrist voters in their programme for the first state government led by the Linke (Left) party, the former East German Communist Party.

Disabled Nestlé worker fired for Facebook post
Switzerland

Disabled Nestlé worker fired for Facebook post

Swiss food giant Nestlé fired a disabled member of staff at its Perugina chocolate division in Italy after she posted a message on Facebook that “undermined the authority” of managers, a media report says.

Converts from all corners of France lured into jihad
France

Converts from all corners of France lured into jihad

The French public are becoming increasingly unnerved by the fact youngsters from everyday backgrounds, with names like Maxime, Helene, David and Mikael, are joining the jihad and turning up in brutal Islamic State execution videos.

Wanted for TV doc: UK expats in Nordics
Denmark

Wanted for TV doc: UK expats in Nordics

Have you and your family moved to Scandinavia and set up eco-friendly home? If so, a British film production company would like to hear from you.

Muslim leaders denounce Isis violence
Austria

Muslim leaders denounce Isis violence

Leaders of Christian, Muslim and other religious communities from Iraq, Syria and the larger Middle East region have met at a Saudi-funded centre in Vienna and have denounced all violence in the name of religion.

‘Dream come true’ as Vettel joins Ferrari
Germany

‘Dream come true’ as Vettel joins Ferrari

Ferrari confirmed on Thursday that four-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel will drive for the Italian team next season.

Federer confirmed for Davis Cup tennis finals
Switzerland

Federer confirmed for Davis Cup tennis finals

Roger Federer is set to play for Switzerland in the Davis Cup tennis final against France in Lille, France on Friday despite a back injury that laid him low.

Paris has five of Europe’s priciest shopping streets
France

Paris has five of Europe’s priciest shopping streets

With high-end stores and expensive restaurants wherever you look, the Champs-Elysées has been named the priciest shopping street in Europe. Paris had another four in the top 10.

Wanted for TV doc: UK expats in Nordics
Norway

Wanted for TV doc: UK expats in Nordics

Have you and your family moved to a snowy wildscape in Scandinavia and set up eco-friendly home? If so, a British film production company would like to hear from you.

‘Paedophile priests’ acted like sect: report
Spain

‘Paedophile priests’ acted like sect: report

The priests in Granada who are being investigated for sexual abuse after a letter sent to Pope Francis allegedly drew young boys into church activities before ruthlessly convincing them to engage in sexual activities, investigators have learned.

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Sweden

Nov. 26: Gamebonanza (Umeå)

Catalan parliament wants Uber cars impounded
Spain

Catalan parliament wants Uber cars impounded

The Catalan parliament on Wednesday stepped up its war against the taxi app Uber by passing a motion calling for an urgent change to existing laws which would see Uber cars impounded, a move that comes in the middle of a PR crisis for the US firm.

‘Exploited’ migrants behind Danish tomatoes
Denmark

‘Exploited’ migrants behind Danish tomatoes

Danish supermarkets are filled with produce that is picked in Italy by “grossly exploited” illegal migrants working under harsh conditions, a new investigative report revealed.

Court rejects Assange arrest warrant appeal
Sweden

Court rejects Assange arrest warrant appeal

A Stockholm court has upheld an arrest order for Julian Assange who is wanted for questioning over alleged sex crimes in Sweden. His lawyer has told The Local that he now plans to take the case to Sweden's Supreme Court.

Sham healer jailed for harming cancer victim
Norway

Sham healer jailed for harming cancer victim

A 70-year-old self-confessed alternative medicine man has been jailed in Norway after he gave misleading and illegal advice to a terminally cancer patient, it was revealed on Thursday.

Ten ways ‘Paris is not France’ and vice versa
France

Ten ways ‘Paris is not France’ and vice versa

"Paris is not France and France is not Paris" so people keep saying. In her second installment looking at some of the myths and stereotypes around France, recent arrival Lindsey Johnstone looks at a few of the most common ways that observers mix up the capital with the country.

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Switzerland

Ukraine killings near 1,000 since truce: UN

Nearly 1,000 people have been killed in conflict-torn Ukraine since a tattered truce was signed in September while the number of people displaced has nearly doubled, the United Nations said in Geneva on Thursday.

Spain’s Duchess of Alba dies aged 88
Spain

Spain’s Duchess of Alba dies aged 88

Spain's eccentric Duchess of Alba, the world's most titled noble and a nature treasure in her homeland, has died at the age of 88 in Seville.

‘Wild’ expats wanted for Nordic TV series
Sweden

‘Wild’ expats wanted for Nordic TV series

People who have moved from the UK to remote corners of Scandinavia are set to appear in a new television series being filmed in 2015.

‘Horrific’ scene as rampaging cows shot
Germany

‘Horrific’ scene as rampaging cows shot

Local authorities in Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein, brought in hunters to gun down 21 cows after they left a trail of destruction across the countryside.

The detective who ‘saw the dark side of society’
Germany

The detective who ‘saw the dark side of society’

Head of the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) Jörg Ziercke hung up his handcuffs this week after an epic ten-year tenure in one of the toughest jobs in Germany. But he faces one last challenge to his robust record as he leaves office.

Femen urges Spain to end fascist anniversary
Spain

Femen urges Spain to end fascist anniversary

Activists with the radical protest group Femen have protested against what they see as the glorification of Spain's fascist past by painting graffiti on a gigantic cross at site of a Spanish Civil War massacre.

‘Cat porn’ cartoon aims to promote safe sex
Austria

‘Cat porn’ cartoon aims to promote safe sex

Austria’s Aids charity AIDS-Hilfe has produced an explicit cartoon showing two gay cats having unprotected sex, which is meant to raise awareness about European HIV testing week (which takes place from 21st to 28th November). NSFW.

Phone ‘contracts’ cut by Sweden’s Tele2
Sweden

Phone ‘contracts’ cut by Sweden’s Tele2

One of Sweden's biggest mobile companies is scrapping long term call and data contracts for customers as part of what it says is the biggest change in the Swedish telecoms industry for 20 years.

Braunschlag TV show optioned by Fox for US
Austria

Braunschlag TV show optioned by Fox for US

One of Austria's top TV comedies has been picked up for a pilot with the US TV network Fox, starring Daily Show alumni Rob Riggle.

Madrid big winner in new Michelin food guide
Spain

Madrid big winner in new Michelin food guide

Nineteen Spanish restaurants have earned a Michelin star for the first time in the new Michelin restaurant guide for Spain and Portugal with five of those in Madrid but those hoping for a new three-star restaurant in Spain will have to wait.

F1’s former world champ Alonso to leave Ferrari

F1’s former world champ Alonso to leave Ferrari

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso's five-year spell with Ferrari will be over at the end of the season after the Italian 'Scuderia' confirmed the Spaniard's departure on Thursday.

Denmark selects its first national dish
Denmark

Denmark selects its first national dish

The Danes have spoken and their favourite meal is fried pork served with potatoes and parsley sauce. Sound good? Try the enclosed recipe.

Swiss household wealth continues to rise: report
Switzerland

Swiss household wealth continues to rise: report

More evidence emerged on Thursday of how Switzerland is bucking the economic gloom hitting most of Europe with figures released by the country's central bank showing a further “significant” increase in household wealth.

EU budget bill: ‘The UK’s loss is France’s gain’
France

EU budget bill: ‘The UK’s loss is France’s gain’

France’s finance minister Michel Sapin sent a message to British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday saying that the UK would end up weaker if it left the EU. He also pointed out that the €2.1 billion budget bill sent by Brussels to London had benefited France.

Power price drop isn’t all good news
Germany

Power price drop isn’t all good news

Power companies will drop their prices from January 2015 for the first time in over a decade, saving families up to €35 a year – but is it 'too little, too late'?

Police find shed packed with illegal fireworks
Austria

Police find shed packed with illegal fireworks

Police in Styria have found an old chicken shed packed to the rafters with illegal explosives after worried neighbours alerted them, hoping to prevent another tragedy similar to one which killed a father and son on Tuesday.

Oslo: Home to Nordics’ most expensive property
Norway

Oslo: Home to Nordics’ most expensive property

A three-bedroom apartment sold for a cool 40 million kroner price-tag in Norway this week, making it the most expensive property per square metre ever sold among the Nordic nations.

Paternity suits against ex-king ‘lacking proof’
Spain

Paternity suits against ex-king ‘lacking proof’

Public prosecutors in Spain’s Supreme Court want paternity suits against Spain's king Juan Carlos dropped, saying there is not enough proof to push ahead with the cases.

Swedish PM has ‘successful’ Clinton talks
Sweden

Swedish PM has ‘successful’ Clinton talks

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven says he enjoyed a positive meeting with Hillary Clinton in New York on Wednesday, discussing topics including the Ukraine crisis and feminism, on the first day of his debut visit to the US since his election.

‘I want to get Italians into work’: Renzi
Italy

‘I want to get Italians into work’: Renzi

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hit back at unionists on Thursday over a planned general strike, arguing that controversial government reforms would create much-needed jobs after years of "lost opportunity".

Denmark to have second warmest autumn ever
Denmark

Denmark to have second warmest autumn ever

As November nears its end, 2014 is poised to have the second-warmest autumn in recorded history according to meteorology institute DM.

Nazi-era director’s work screened in Vienna
Austria

Nazi-era director’s work screened in Vienna

Austria’s Film Archive is screening a retrospective of the work of a controversial Nazi-era Viennese film director in an attempt to reexamine his life and work

Norway number two at feeling free
Norway

Norway number two at feeling free

Norway has been ranked as the second-best country in the world for their citizens perceiving holding personal freedom, a recent study revealed.

Large nursing shortages in southern Sweden
Sweden

Large nursing shortages in southern Sweden

There are over 130 vacant nursing positions at Skåne University Hospital, leading to a shortage of beds for patients.

Two migrants burn to death in back of truck
France

Two migrants burn to death in back of truck

Two migrants burned to death in northern France on Wednesday evening when the truck they were travelling in went up in flames at a ferry terminal near the city of Dunkirk.

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France

Jihadists urge French Muslims to join the fight

Three French jihadist fighters have called on Muslims in France to join their ranks in Syria, in a video clip released this week, which also sees them burning their French passports.

Half of young Swedes are in temporary jobs
Sweden

Half of young Swedes are in temporary jobs

Under 25s in Sweden are increasingly being given fixed term contracts rather than permanent roles, according to new figures seen by Sweden's Trade Union Confederation, LO.

‘Danish startups lack persistence’
Denmark

‘Danish startups lack persistence’

Our feature series on Denmark's entrepreneurs continues this week with an interview with Thorvald Stigsen, the founder of the run-away success Momondo.

Pope to raffle off gifts to help the homeless
Italy

Pope to raffle off gifts to help the homeless

Pope Francis is raffling off unwanted gifts including a Fiat Panda, tandem bike and coffee machine to raise money for the homeless.

New wave robots strut stuff at Madrid expo
Spain

New wave robots strut stuff at Madrid expo

Hundreds of robotics experts and their whirring, flashing robot creations gathered in Madrid on Wednesday for a top world congress on humanoid technology.

Swiss tycoon acquitted over asbestos deaths
Switzerland

Swiss tycoon acquitted over asbestos deaths

Italy's supreme court has overturned an 18-year prison sentence handed to Swiss billionaire Stephan Schmidheiny for causing 3,000 deaths linked to the use of asbestos in his factories.

Bill rising for early pension payout scheme
Germany

Bill rising for early pension payout scheme

Many more people than expected have applied for an early pension at 63 under new rules meaning they won't see a cut in payments.

Wine-lovers get taste of 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau
France

Wine-lovers get taste of 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau

Thousands of wine lovers braved the cold to get the first sip of this year's Beaujolais Nouveau in its home town in France as part of a time-honoured tradition to celebrate the arrival of the young French wine.

What’s on in Sweden: November 20th to 27th
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: November 20th to 27th

Another weekend on the way and the temperature is fast plummeting. Here's our pick of the best things to do around Sweden as you wrap up this weekend - from the arrival of Sami winter to the largest photo fair in the Nordics.

French nuclear giant Areva on the ropes
France

French nuclear giant Areva on the ropes

French nuclear giant Areva was in dire straits this week after its share price plunged following an announcement it had abandoned its financial targets for the next two years.

Donors pledge €7 billion to UN climate fund
Germany

Donors pledge €7 billion to UN climate fund

UPDATE: A meeting of donors in Berlin for a new global climate fund on Thursday neared its $10-billion target of pledges to help poor countries cut emissions and prepare for global warming.

Man fined after filming kids in bathroom
Sweden

Man fined after filming kids in bathroom

A 47-year-old Swedish man who set up a camera in his own bathroom to film children using the toilet has been hit with a suspended sentence and a fine of over 20,000 kronor.

Italy takes first step to rail privatization
Italy

Italy takes first step to rail privatization

Italy on Wednesday took the first concrete step towards privatizing its railway system and listing it on the stock exchange as part of efforts to cut the country's gargantuan public debt.

Burger King axes 89 franchises over scandals
Germany

Burger King axes 89 franchises over scandals

Following earlier reports of poor hygiene, the fast food giant announced Wednesday that it was terminating contracts for 89 franchised outlets because of continued poor treatment of staff.

Renzi vows law change after asbestos case
Italy

Renzi vows law change after asbestos case

UPDATED: Prime Minister Matteo Renzi vowed on Thursday to change Italy's "nightmare" statute of limitation rules after the conviction of a Swiss billionaire related to nearly 3,000 asbestos deaths was overturned.

Sweden suspend NBA star over assault charge
Sweden

Sweden suspend NBA star over assault charge

The Swedish Basketball Federation has slapped a one-year ban on suspended Sweden basketball player Jeffery Taylor who holds dual US-Swedish citizenship and is at the centre of a probe into a domestic assault charge in Michigan.

Norway fells its London Christmas tree gift
Norway

Norway fells its London Christmas tree gift

The 67-year tradition of Norway cutting down a fir tree to give to England in time for Christmas, took place on Wednesday, watched by a very special Royal guest.