Two Swiss business schools crack FT top ten
Switzerland

Two Swiss business schools crack FT top ten

Two Swiss business schools ranked among the top ten in the latest Financial Times rankings of European business schools.

Phoney doctor convicted after practising 30 years
Switzerland

Phoney doctor convicted after practising 30 years

A 77-year-old man who practiced as a phoney doctor in Switzerland for 30 years while putting patients at risk was sentenced late on Monday to six months in jail by a court in Lugano in the canton of Ticino.

In defence of Helle Thorning-Schmidt
Denmark

In defence of Helle Thorning-Schmidt

She's been hammered by critics and already seemingly written off in the next election, but political commentator David Trads says Helle Thorning-Schmidt has delivered the goods while in office and deserves another term.

Zlatan ‘snubs’ Swedish king’s Paris banquet
France

Zlatan ‘snubs’ Swedish king’s Paris banquet

Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic has turned down an invitation to dine with Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and France's President Francois Hollande on Tuesday night, according to reports in the French media.

Paris: Brit faces 30 years jail for ‘bathtub murder’
France

Paris: Brit faces 30 years jail for ‘bathtub murder’

British businessman Ian Griffin went on trial on Monday for the 2009 murder of his girlfriend, who was found dead in the bathtub in the room they shared at a five-star Paris hotel.

Can you pass the Spanish citizenship test?
Spain

Can you pass the Spanish citizenship test?

With judges around Spain setting more and more difficult 'citizenship tests', would you be able to answer questions difficult enough to stump even Spaniards? Read on to find out.

Migrants arrested for ‘attack’ on Spanish cops
Spain

Migrants arrested for ‘attack’ on Spanish cops

Police on Monday arrested three African migrants accused of attacking officers who intercepted a boat with 17 people on board, including children and pregnant women, trying to reach Spanish soil.

Expat dilemma: to be or not to be a Swiss citizen
Switzerland

Expat dilemma: to be or not to be a Swiss citizen

They have made their home in Switzerland and don’t plan to leave, but many long-term foreign residents are unable — or unwilling — to acquire a Swiss passport. The Local’s Morven McLean looks at the obstacles to citizenship and speaks to some new Swiss who have overcome them.

Germany second-biggest migrant destination
Germany

Germany second-biggest migrant destination

As politicians and civil society organizations gathered in Berlin to discuss integration policy, new figures show that more people than ever are immigrating to Germany.

Italy HIV cases more than double since 2004
Italy

Italy HIV cases more than double since 2004

In 2013, 3,608 people in Italy were newly diagnosed with HIV, more than double the amount (1,666) in 2004, according to a report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Two French business schools in Europe’s top 5
France

Two French business schools in Europe’s top 5

HEC Paris and INSEAD have made it into the top five spots of the Financial Times's prestigious rankings for Europe's best business schools.

Sarkozy’s return a boost for Hollande and Le Pen
France

Sarkozy’s return a boost for Hollande and Le Pen

Sarkozy officially returned to the ring this weekend when he was elected president of the French opposition UMP party. But his comeback has been greeted as warmly by his most bitter opponents as by his own fans.

French business owners protest red tape and tax
France

French business owners protest red tape and tax

UPDATED: After protests by French pilots, pharmacists, farmers, and teachers in recent months on Monday it was the turn of the country's business owners to take to the streets. But what exactly have they got to complain about?

Berlin balloon makes 850-km journey to Riga
Germany

Berlin balloon makes 850-km journey to Riga

Three weeks after being released as part of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a balloon has been found in the Latvian capital.

Should Snowden get asylum in Sweden?
Sweden

Should Snowden get asylum in Sweden?

As Edward Snowden was officially awarded his alternative Nobel prize on Monday, the world was reacting to calls for him to be given asylum in Sweden, made by a top MP in the country. The Local has rounded-up some of the key and most controversial comments.

Center Parcs: France’s latest eco battleground
France

Center Parcs: France’s latest eco battleground

Violence erupted in a forest in south-eastern France on Sunday after more than 1,000 environmentalists gathered to protest against the construction of a Center Parcs holiday village. It's just the latest battle between authorities and environmentalists in France.

Italian man leaves million euro artwork on TGV
Italy

Italian man leaves million euro artwork on TGV

How could you possibly leave a 13th century work of art worth €1 million on the train? Well that's exactly what happened to an Italian art collector on a Paris to Geneva TGV train.

The numbers which illustrate Austria’s love of beer
Austria

The numbers which illustrate Austria’s love of beer

The latest report from the Austrian Brewer's Union shows that beer continues to be one of the most important beverages in Austrians' lives, sitting just behind coffee.

Using big data to make a difference
Germany

Using big data to make a difference

In our new feature series, The Local looks into a successful entrepreneur's life - the story behind their successes, major challenges and how being an entrepreneur changed them forever. This week, we meet Berlin resident Marc C. Lange, co-founder and CEO of Crowdflow UG.

Spain’s business schools dominate Europe’s top 10
Spain

Spain’s business schools dominate Europe’s top 10

Despite losing out on the top spot this year, Spain can still boast three of the top ten business schools in Europe, according to the new Financial Times rankings published on Monday.

BVB trainer to stay on despite growing crisis
Germany

BVB trainer to stay on despite growing crisis

Jürgen Klopp insisted Sunday he will not quit as Borussia Dortmund coach despite his team suffering their eighth league defeat of the season to remain bottom of the Bundesliga.

The Local’s Countdown to Christmas
Sweden

The Local’s Countdown to Christmas

It's Christmas time in Sweden! But what does it all mean? Welcome to The Local's Countdown to Christmas, with everything you need to know about traditions, gifts, food, drink, markets and more.

Pantani probe officers threaten to sue
Italy

Pantani probe officers threaten to sue

Police officers involved in investigating the death of top Italian cyclist Marco Pantani have threatened to start defamation proceedings following a spate of new press reports questioning their professionalism, it emerged on Monday.

Half of Danish resident permits go to EU citizens
Denmark

Half of Danish resident permits go to EU citizens

Turks are still the largest group of immigrants in Denmark but Poles and Romanians are the fast-growing groups, according to a new OECD report.

Is Sweden heading for a new election?
Sweden

Is Sweden heading for a new election?

Sweden's parliament is voting on a new budget on Wednesday. But in a land of complicated coalition politics there's a risk it won't get passed and even talk of fresh elections. The Local got the lowdown on a crucial week from political scientist Nicholas Aylott.

Bocconi among Europe’s top ten business schools
Italy

Bocconi among Europe’s top ten business schools

Milan's SDA Bocconi School of Management is the eighth best business school in Europe, according to the Financial Times annual ranking.

Italy examines 13 deaths in Novartis flu jab probe
Switzerland

Italy examines 13 deaths in Novartis flu jab probe

Thirteen people in Italy may have died after taking a flu vaccine made by Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Novartis, according to the latest estimate from Italian authorities.

Chinese eclipse Italian bid for Club Med
Italy

Chinese eclipse Italian bid for Club Med

A Chinese conglomerate, Fosun, has sweetened its bid to win control of French holiday group Club Med, coming in higher than a rival offer from an Italian businessmen, market and corporate sources told AFP on Monday.

Austria launches hotline for extremism
Austria

Austria launches hotline for extremism

Austria’s government has announced a new ‘counselling centre for extremism’ and a deradicalization hotline intended to help young Muslims living in Austria from falling under the influence of jihadist recruiters and extremists.

Zlatan refuses banquet with Sweden’s King
Sweden

Zlatan refuses banquet with Sweden’s King

Sweden footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic has turned down an invitation to dine with Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and France's President Francois Hollande on Tuesday night, according to reports in the French media.

Immigration in France in ten stats that matter
France

Immigration in France in ten stats that matter

What percentage of the French population comes from immigrants and how many immigrants end up becoming French? As a new global report on immigration was released on Monday, The Local looks at the case of France in ten key stats.

Swedish bus driver faces sack for using mobile
Sweden

Swedish bus driver faces sack for using mobile

A Swedish bus driver may lose his job after being caught on camera looking at his mobile phone while he negotiated traffic with a busload of children on board.

Toll promises being broken: Greens
Germany

Toll promises being broken: Greens

UPDATE: The SPD told a paper on Monday that they will not agree to law reforms that entail "backdoor costs" to German motorists when road tolls come into affect on Autobahns.

Swiss media relieved over immigration vote
Switzerland

Swiss media relieved over immigration vote

The surprising lack of popular support for the Ecopop initiative to tightly limit immigration to Switzerland has many Swiss media commentators heaving a sigh of relief while warning that a rocky road lies ahead in mending relations with the European Union (EU).

Twenty-one arrested over death of football fan
Spain

Twenty-one arrested over death of football fan

Updated: a total of 21 people have been arrested in the wake up of a brawl between football fans on Sunday morning which left one man dead.

Tyrol bridge in Guinness Book of Records
Austria

Tyrol bridge in Guinness Book of Records

A 406 metre long bridge in Tyrol has made it into the Guinness Book of Records as the “longest Tibet-style pedestrian suspension bridge” in the world.

What’s inside a Swedish hipster winter market?
Sweden

What’s inside a Swedish hipster winter market?

Sweden has a reputation for traditional Christmas markets packed with reindeer furs and ginger bread. But the Konstfack fair in Stockholm hosts far quirkier gifts made by the city's art students and draws huge crowds every year. The Local took a tour of the stalls on show for 2014.

Collector leaves million euro artwork on TGV

Collector leaves million euro artwork on TGV

How could you possibly leave a 13th century work of art worth €1 million on the train? Well that's exactly what happened to an Italian art collector on a Paris to Geneva TGV train.

Sweden mulls FM radio switch off date
Sweden

Sweden mulls FM radio switch off date

Sweden's FM signal should be turned off by 2022, according to a government-funded report looking at Sweden's digital switchover strategy.

Lufthansa strike cancels 30 Danish flights
Denmark

Lufthansa strike cancels 30 Danish flights

Flights in and out of both Copenhagen and Billund have been cancelled over the next two days as Lufthansa pilots stage another walkout.

Majority of migrants to Austria from EU
Austria

Majority of migrants to Austria from EU

Four out of five immigrants in Austria come from within the European Union, according to a new OECD report - which also shows that for the first time in more than a decade the EU has fallen behind the US as a destination for immigrants.

Migrants turn away from struggling Spain: OECD
Spain

Migrants turn away from struggling Spain: OECD

Crisis-hit Spain is continuing to see a fall in the number of permanent migrants entering the country despite a slight overall rise across the OECD, a new report published on Monday shows.

Helge Lund, BG’s new CEO, gets pay cut
Norway

Helge Lund, BG’s new CEO, gets pay cut

Former Statoil chief Helge Lund is set for a revamped and reduced rewards package when he starts his new job as head of BG Group in London, it was said on Monday.

Eight-year-old boy ‘raped and killed’ in Sicily
Italy

Eight-year-old boy ‘raped and killed’ in Sicily

An eight-year-old boy found dead in Sicily is thought to have been abducted from school and raped before being murdered, national media reported.

Cross-border raids net people traffickers
Germany

Cross-border raids net people traffickers

Five people were arrested on Sunday after police raided brothels in Germany as well as Austria, Bosnia and Romania.

Italy examines 13 deaths in Novartis flu jab probe
Italy

Italy examines 13 deaths in Novartis flu jab probe

Thirteen people in Italy may have died after taking a flu vaccine made by Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Novartis.

Swedish girls ‘forced’ abroad to join Isis
Sweden

Swedish girls ‘forced’ abroad to join Isis

Sweden's Security Service has expressed concerns about a rapid rise in the number of Swedes heading to Iraq and Syria to fight for Isis, as Sweden's official coordinator against violent extremism suggests some girls are being forced to make the journey.

A golden theme for Life Ball 2015
Austria

A golden theme for Life Ball 2015

The theme for next year’s Life Ball in Vienna - an annual event dedicated to spreading awareness of HIV and AIDS - will be Ver Sacrum (Sacred Spring).

Thugs wreck rare church stained-glass window
Norway

Thugs wreck rare church stained-glass window

One of Stavanger Cathedral's famous stained-glass windows was seriously damaged at the weekend after vandals threw huge stones through the artwork, it was reported on Monday.

France’s Platini denies Picasso gift from Russia
France

France’s Platini denies Picasso gift from Russia

Uefa president Michel Platini told AFP that rumours he was given a Picasso painting in return for voting for Russia to host the 2018 World Cup were "totally fictitious".

Italian breaks world record for cycling globe
Italy

Italian breaks world record for cycling globe

Paola Gianotti on Sunday became the world's fastest female cyclist to tour the globe, a feat achieved as a response to the financial crisis.

Rare ice storm hits Waldviertel
Austria

Rare ice storm hits Waldviertel

The fire service was called out more than 200 times over the weekend in the district of Zwettl (Lower Austria) as a rare ice storm hit the region, bringing chaos with layers of frozen ice in trees.

Chirpy robots to sell Nescafé to Japanese
Switzerland

Chirpy robots to sell Nescafé to Japanese

Nestlé has hired George Clooney to promote its Nespresso coffee but the Swiss-based food giant is employing a fleet of chirpy robots to sell its Nescafé products in Japanese stores.

Female doctor may lose job for sexting patient
Norway

Female doctor may lose job for sexting patient

A female doctor from southern Norway faces losing her job after she was caught sending explicit text messages to the phone of a male patient, it was revealed on Monday.

Danish report on Eritrea faces heavy criticism
Denmark

Danish report on Eritrea faces heavy criticism

The Danish Immigration Service’s fact-finding report on Eritrea has come under heavy fire in both Denmark and Eritrea and a key source in the report now says he was “misused” and quoted out of context.

Shakira asks press to leave her son alone
Spain

Shakira asks press to leave her son alone

Colombian pop star Shakira wants the press to leave her nearly two-year-old son with Spanish footballer Gerard Piqué alone, she said in an interview published on Sunday.

IN IMAGES: Fatal floods hit south of France
France

IN IMAGES: Fatal floods hit south of France

As southern France recovers from the worst flooding it's seen in years, The Local takes a look at some of the most shocking images of the damage done by the forces of nature.

E.ON creates spin-off in green energy revamp
Germany

E.ON creates spin-off in green energy revamp

E.ON, Germany's largest power supplier, on Sunday announced the creation of a spin-off company as part of a major restructure that will allow it to focus more on renewable energy.

Deaths spur call for safer Swiss zebra crossings
Switzerland

Deaths spur call for safer Swiss zebra crossings

Touring Club Schweiz (TCS), the motorists’ support group, is calling on municipalities across Switzerland to boost measures to improve safety at marked pedestrian crossings in the wake of ongoing accidents in such areas.

Business leaders and pols network over coffee
Denmark

Business leaders and pols network over coffee

Do you know about an interesting upcoming event? Or have you attended one recently? Send us highlights of the event in about 250 words along with a couple of photos and your event can be featured on The Local.

Two girls saved by Tugce A. come forward
Germany

Two girls saved by Tugce A. come forward

UPDATE: Police have found the two most important witnesses to the incident that led to Tugce A.'s deadly attack. The teenagers, aged 13 and 16, came forward on Monday. Tugce A. died on her 23rd birthday, two weeks after she stepped in to their aid, resulting in a deadly attack by their harassers.

Le Pen accuses rivals over French jihadists
France

Le Pen accuses rivals over French jihadists

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Sunday accused her centre-right and socialist rivals of "messing up" by failing to prevent youths from joining jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq.

Troubled steel plant may be nationalized
Italy

Troubled steel plant may be nationalized

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Sunday floated the idea of nationalising during "two or three years" the country's loss-making Ilva steel plant, one of Europe's most polluting.

Five dead as French flood disaster continues
France

Five dead as French flood disaster continues

The worst flooding in years in southern France has claimed five lives and forced more than 3,000 people to evacuate their homes, officials said Sunday.

VIDEO: ‘Danish school of happiness’ hits the water
Denmark

VIDEO: ‘Danish school of happiness’ hits the water

The folks at Pine Tribe are attempting to decipher why Danes consistently top international rankings. Their latest attempt to decipher the elusive Danish happiness focuses on life on the water.

Deutsche Bahn sues airlines for ‘price fixing’
Germany

Deutsche Bahn sues airlines for ‘price fixing’

National rail operator Deutsche Bahn said Sunday it was taking legal action against Lufthansa and other airlines over claims of fixing air cargo prices.

Saint Etienne win to end 20-year Lyon hoodoo
France

Saint Etienne win to end 20-year Lyon hoodoo

The action in Ligue 1 this weekend saw wins for league leaders Marseille an second-placed PSG as well as Saint Etienne, who beat their bitter rivals for the first time at home in 20 years.

Ten tips for landing an internship in Sweden
Sweden

Ten tips for landing an internship in Sweden

You've been studying for a while and want a true challenge, a way to break onto the labour market. But where to begin? Here are our top ten tips for finding and getting an internship in Sweden.

No arrests after bomb blast in Sweden’s Malmö
Sweden

No arrests after bomb blast in Sweden’s Malmö

Police have yet to make any arrests after a justice centre in Malmö was bombed late on Sunday night. The explosion resulted in substantial damage in what was the second attack on the building this year.

Snowden thanks Sweden and has no regrets
Sweden

Snowden thanks Sweden and has no regrets

Whistleblower Edward Snowden has said he has no regrets about revealing American intelligence secrets after receiving a Swedish Right Livelihood award, while his father said he hopes his son will be able to come to Sweden soon.

Thief pinches 156 packs of Swedish coffee
Sweden

Thief pinches 156 packs of Swedish coffee

A caffeine loving robber stole a huge amount of coffee in a brazen theft carried out in southern Sweden which involved an accomplice and a getaway car.

Foreign students scrub their way to success
Sweden

Foreign students scrub their way to success

Four international students who share a passion for sustainable development have filled a gap in the Swedish market for eco-friendly cleaning. For this week's My Swedish Career, we meet the founders of a new green business designed to make a lasting difference.

Norway’s Johaug wins 10km cross-country
Norway

Norway’s Johaug wins 10km cross-country

Norway's 'golden girl' of the ski slopes took the gold in the 10km cross-country event at the FIS Cross-Country World Cup in Ruka, Finland on Sunday.