Greenland forms coalition after close vote
Denmark

Greenland forms coalition after close vote

Greenland's social democratic party leader, Kim Kielsen, will become the territory's prime minister after forming a coalition with two smaller parties following a closely fought election, the parties announced on Thursday.

Putin hits back as Kerry raises Russian ‘isolation’
Switzerland

Putin hits back as Kerry raises Russian ‘isolation’

US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Russia not to isolate itself as efforts to resolve the conflict took centre stage at a meeting of the 57 members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Basel.

Austrian prostitute’s killer jailed for 18 years
Switzerland

Austrian prostitute’s killer jailed for 18 years

A 28-year-old Swiss man who beat, raped and strangled to death an Austrian prostitute in the canton of Bern in early 2012 was sentenced by a court on Thursday to 18 years in jail.

Ice storm triggers more evacuations
Austria

Ice storm triggers more evacuations

Conditions worsened in the on-going ice storm in Lower Austria and Burgenland on Thursday, as authorities resorted to tanks to get supplies into towns cut off by thousands of fallen trees and ice-covered roads.

UEFA bans Crimea teams from Russian leagues
Switzerland

UEFA bans Crimea teams from Russian leagues

Crimean football clubs are banned by UEFA from taking part in Russian championships starting from January 1st, the Swiss-based governing body's secretary general Gianni Infantino announced on Thursday.

The Congress of Vienna revisited
Austria

The Congress of Vienna revisited

Professor Dominique Moisi wonders why the bicentennial of the Congress of Vienna is being all but ignored.

Submarine hunters ‘robbed’ of reward cash
Sweden

Submarine hunters ‘robbed’ of reward cash

Swedish soldiers who volunteered to join the hunt for a foreign vessel in Swedish waters in October are complaining that they lost earnings by taking part in the search in Stockholm's archipelago.

Business in Stockholm: ‘efficiency is money’
Sweden

Business in Stockholm: ‘efficiency is money’

Foreign companies are crucial to Stockholm’s future growth, the city’s deputy mayor emphasized this week, promising the Swedish capital is investing with international businesses in mind.

VIDEO: Discovering Paris through seven movies
France

VIDEO: Discovering Paris through seven movies

They say walking through Paris is often being like on a film set given the amount of movies set there. Here filmmaker Nina Cangdon guides us through seven film locations in the City of Light. How many do you recognize?

Violinist Vanessa Mae appeals skiing ban
Switzerland

Violinist Vanessa Mae appeals skiing ban

Pop violinist Vanessa Mae has appealed a four-year ban from ski competitions to the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after being found guilty of manipulating results in order to qualify for the Olympics.

Sweden prepares for frosty election campaign
Sweden

Sweden prepares for frosty election campaign

Swedens's top politicians were spending Thursday looking ahead to fresh spring elections in March 2015, after the country's Social Democrat Prime Minister Stefan Löfven called a snap vote following a budget defeat.

Madonna returns as face of Versace
Italy

Madonna returns as face of Versace

Madonna, still toned at 56 and riding a wave of acclaim for a recent topless photo shoot, was named on Thursday as the face of Versace's spring/summer 2015 collection.

Spotify reveals Danes’ 2014 music tastes
Denmark

Spotify reveals Danes’ 2014 music tastes

Four domestic artists – led by crooner Rasmus Seebach – were among the ten most popular musicians in Denmark this year according to figures from streaming service Spotify.

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Sweden

Dec. 8: The Nobel lectures (Stockholm)

Berlin ‘too warm to hibernate’ for marmots
Germany

Berlin ‘too warm to hibernate’ for marmots

A warmer-than-usual winter in 2014 means that animals in the Berlin Zoo aren't going into hibernation at the right time, keepers said on Thursday.

Madrid health boss fired over Ebola gaffes
Spain

Madrid health boss fired over Ebola gaffes

Madrid's regional health chief was sacked on Thursday after making one too many controversial comments about a Spanish nursing assistant who contracted Ebola.

Two dead in floods near Rome
Italy

Two dead in floods near Rome

Two people died after becoming trapped in their car in a flooded underpass near Rome, as more heavy downpours hit Italy.

‘Anti-Semitic’ rape and robbery shocks France
France

‘Anti-Semitic’ rape and robbery shocks France

UPDATED: France's president was forced to condemn an "anti-Semitic" attack on a young couple that saw armed assailants storm into their apartment, rape the woman and steal jewellery and bank cards. François Hollande described it as "intolerable violence".

BauMax sale rumoured to be underway
Austria

BauMax sale rumoured to be underway

According to a report from Reuters, the troubled Austrian building supplies chain BauMax may be in the process of being sold via an Italian investment bank.

Merkel speaks out against net neutrality
Germany

Merkel speaks out against net neutrality

Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for preferential services for certain providers on the web at her keynote speech at a conference in Berlin on Thursday.

How ordinary people smashed the Stasi
Germany

How ordinary people smashed the Stasi

25 years ago today, just weeks after the fall of the Berlin Wall, hundreds of ordinary people stormed into Stasi offices in Erfurt to stop the repressive secret police destroying the records it kept on East Germans.

French homeless forced to wear ‘yellow triangles’
France

French homeless forced to wear ‘yellow triangles’

The city of Marseille has been blasted for using Nazi-era tactics to identify its homeless population by issuing them with ID cards, adorned with a yellow triangle. The cards detail their health issues and will be worn visibly.

‘Dangerous’ USB charger recalled in Sweden
Sweden

‘Dangerous’ USB charger recalled in Sweden

The Local has learned that a brandless imported USB charger for mobile phones has been recalled in Sweden, after official tests indicated that the product could catch fire.

Christoph Waltz is Bond nemesis in ‘Spectre’
Austria

Christoph Waltz is Bond nemesis in ‘Spectre’

Austrian-German actor Christoph Waltz has been officially confirmed to play James Bond's evil opponent Ernst Blofeld in the movie, slated for November 2015.

It’s time to revamp constitution: Socialists
Spain

It’s time to revamp constitution: Socialists

Spain's main opposition party, the Socialists, on Thursday stepped up their calls for constitutional reform, describing Spain as a house in serious need of renovation.

Putin ‘snuck into Spain via Gibraltar’
Spain

Putin ‘snuck into Spain via Gibraltar’

Russian President Vladmir Putin illegally entered Spain by boat on numerous occasions in the 1990s, avoiding passport controls by coming in via Gibraltar to meet Russian oligarchs, a new book claims.

Runaway horse in nine police car chase
Austria

Runaway horse in nine police car chase

A runaway horse sparked mayhem in evening rush hour traffic in Vienna, galloping along a busy road pursued by nine police cars and the animal's distraught owner, police said Thursday.

‘Al-Qaeda’s PR man’ convicted of terror again
Denmark

‘Al-Qaeda’s PR man’ convicted of terror again

For the second time in seven years, Sam Mansour has been convicted of inciting terror. Described by prosecutors as 'al-Qaeda's PR man', judges jailed him for four years, but let him keep his Danish citizenship.

Who does Christmas better? French vs Anglos
France

Who does Christmas better? French vs Anglos

Agonising over whether to go home for Christmas this year? To make it easier for you we've put together this festive face-off to decide once and for all who does Christmas better, the French or the Anglos.

Greenpeace go on trial for Spain nuclear protest
Spain

Greenpeace go on trial for Spain nuclear protest

Environmental group Greenpeace faces one of its toughest ever trials in Spain on Thursday with 16 members plus a photographer risking jail sentences of nearly three years over a protest at a nuclear plant.

Shooting rocks southern Sweden’s Malmö
Sweden

Shooting rocks southern Sweden’s Malmö

A man was rushed to hospital on Thursday after being shot at after thieves tried to rob a currency exchange, in the latest of a string of shootings to take place in the southern city of Malmö.

University locks down after shooting false alarm
Switzerland

University locks down after shooting false alarm

About 5,000 students and teachers at a Zurich university were told to lock themselves in their classrooms during a security alert on Thursday prompted by a false alarm of a shooting on campus.

French jihadists moan about life on the front
France

French jihadists moan about life on the front

A series of letters from French jihadists has revealed the struggles of life on the front lines in Syria and Iraq, with some complaining about the cold, boredom and a lack of home comforts. One said he wanted to come back because his iPod was broken.

Tourism industry sees ‘remarkable’ growth
Germany

Tourism industry sees ‘remarkable’ growth

Germans are keen travellers and new statistics released on Thursday confirmed that despite strikes, financial crisis and global conflicts, more Germans than ever are taking off.

Christoph Waltz is Bond nemesis in ‘Spectre’
Germany

Christoph Waltz is Bond nemesis in ‘Spectre’

German-Austrian actor Christoph Waltz has been officially confirmed to play James Bond's evil opponent in the movie, slated for November 2015.

UK soldier suspected of child abuse in Tyrol
Austria

UK soldier suspected of child abuse in Tyrol

A British soldier has been arrested in Austria on suspicion of having sexually abused a six-year-old girl in Tyrol.

French pair jailed for Israel hit-and-run death
France

French pair jailed for Israel hit-and-run death

A Frenchman who killed a young Israeli woman in a hit-and-run accident in Tel Aviv and immediately fled the country, sparking huge outrage, has been sentenced to five years in jail.

Top ten: One-hit wonders from Italy
Italy

Top ten: One-hit wonders from Italy

Italy brought the world musical greats such as Pavarotti and Mina. But others (if you’re old enough to remember them) are probably best forgotten. Here, The Local lists ten of Italy's greatest one-hit wonders - mostly from the 1980s and 90s.

New museum for children who fled Nazis
Austria

New museum for children who fled Nazis

A new museum dedicated to those who helped 10,000 mostly Jewish children in Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland to escape from the Nazis is opening in Vienna.

Pantani death ‘self-destruction’ not murder
Italy

Pantani death ‘self-destruction’ not murder

Marco Pantani may have accidentally committed suicide after voluntarily ingesting a "mixture of medicinal drugs and cocaine", a leading forensic scientist commissioned to reinvestigate the legendary Italian cyclist's death has claimed.

Tanks come to aid of ice storm victims
Austria

Tanks come to aid of ice storm victims

Army recovery vehicles and tanks have been assisting 80 people in Austria’s eastern state of Burgenland who are trapped in their homes because of dangerous and icy weather conditions.

Sheriff stops steamy sauna shenanigans
Austria

Sheriff stops steamy sauna shenanigans

Things have been heating up a little too much in Austria's Linz Parkbad sauna during the past few weeks, with several complaints of frisky naked couples getting intimate in the steam room.

Mum kills two babies ‘possessed by spirits’
Spain

Mum kills two babies ‘possessed by spirits’

A 27-year-old woman in Zaragoza has been detained after allegedly killing two of her children, after becoming convinced they were possessed by an evil spirits.

Masturbation scene in TV ad draws complaints
Switzerland

Masturbation scene in TV ad draws complaints

Electronics chain Media Markt is facing complaints over an advert on Swiss TV that shows a teenager masturbating in front of a television showing a crude computer-generated image of a couple having sex.

Spain’s plans for Canary Ebola hub ‘a joke’
Spain

Spain’s plans for Canary Ebola hub ‘a joke’

Spain is making it almost impossible for the United Nations to use Canary Islands airports as a hub for humanitarian flights to and from Ebola-hit areas of West Africa, diplomatic sources have said.

40 hurt in Sweden as Denmark-bound bus flips
Denmark

40 hurt in Sweden as Denmark-bound bus flips

A tour bus bound for Copenhagen has flipped over on a motorway in west Sweden, leaving one dead and forty others taken to the hospital.

Man dead after stabbing at Bavarian Jobcenter
Germany

Man dead after stabbing at Bavarian Jobcenter

The picturesque tourist town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Franconia is in shock after a 61-year-old civil servant working at the local Jobcenter was murdered on Wednesday.

French hospital doctors to join Christmas strike
France

French hospital doctors to join Christmas strike

French emergency ward doctors announced on Thursday an unlimited protest set to start on December 22 to protest unreasonable work schedules and other working conditions. GPs and specialists have already announced plans to for a Christmas walk-out.

Italian Ebola patient’s health improves
Italy

Italian Ebola patient’s health improves

The health of an Italian doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone has "improved slightly" after he was treated with a new experimental drug.

Decision due on battle over Klimt Frieze
Austria

Decision due on battle over Klimt Frieze

A decision is due later today on the fate of a prominent Austrian work of art that was seized from a Jewish collector by the Nazis.

Swedish schoolboy in female saint role row
Sweden

Swedish schoolboy in female saint role row

A schoolboy in southern Sweden has generated a media storm after he was selected to play a female saint in a school procession, a role usually set aside for a girl.

Faithful Labrador saves owner’s life
Austria

Faithful Labrador saves owner’s life

A dog's frantic barking triggered a call to police in Salzburg district on Wednesday night, that most likely saved the life of a 35-year-old Flachgauer man.

Norway MPs claim they have endured assaults
Norway

Norway MPs claim they have endured assaults

At least 16 politicians in the Norwegian government have claimed they have been victim of physical assault or that someone has tried to attack them, an investigation revealed on Thursday.

France to hand poor families Christmas bonus
France

France to hand poor families Christmas bonus

The French government said on Thursday it will continue its tradition of handing out a solidarity bonus to the country’s poorer families as a seasonal gesture of good will. But this year a staggering 1.83 million households will receive the bonus.

VIDEO: US Ambassador shows off Danish ‘skills’
Denmark

VIDEO: US Ambassador shows off Danish ‘skills’

The US ambassador to Denmark, Rufus Gifford, has been winning over the Danes with a star turn in a nationally-broadcast miniseries.

Trondheim fires: Man is repeat arson offender
Norway

Trondheim fires: Man is repeat arson offender

The man arrested in Trondheim on Wednesday for intentionally setting a house block and a school on fire, had previously been charged for eight arson attacks, it was revealed on Thursday.

Spain set for wet and windy long weekend
Spain

Spain set for wet and windy long weekend

Cold, wind, ice and rain are forecast for the upcoming long weekend, according to Spain’s national meteorological agency.

What’s on in Sweden: December 4th – 11th
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: December 4th – 11th

More Christmas markets are springing up around Sweden this weekend, Umeå's orchestra is performing a winter finale and in Malmö it's your last chance to hop on board the bus that celebrates Scandinavian crime drama The Bridge.

Carbon monoxide kills US tourist in Rome hotel
Italy

Carbon monoxide kills US tourist in Rome hotel

An American tourist has died after reportedly suffering carbon monoxide poisoning at a Rome B&B, Italian media reported on Thursday.

Spain health cuts among Europe’s largest
Spain

Spain health cuts among Europe’s largest

Cuts to health care spending in Spain were three times higher than the European average from 2009 to 2012, with waiting lists to see specialists an area of particular concern for the country, a new OECD report shows.

Dreaming of a White Christmas in Denmark?
Denmark

Dreaming of a White Christmas in Denmark?

This year's Christmas days will hopefully still be merry and bright, but the weather will be wet, drab and grey.

German doc alleges state doping in Russia
Germany

German doc alleges state doping in Russia

A German documentary has presented evidence to back-up serious allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russian athletics.

Second public transit strike averted in Geneva
Switzerland

Second public transit strike averted in Geneva

A transit strike in Geneva planned for Thursday was called off at the last minute after the unions representing employees of the canton's public transport authority reached a deal with management on Wednesday.

Bodies of Italian ‘traitors’ unearthed in Poland
Italy

Bodies of Italian ‘traitors’ unearthed in Poland

The bodies of around 3,000 Second World War prisoners have been unearthed in mass graves in Poland, where Italian soldiers were treated as "traitors" after switching sides from the fascist camp.

Experts urge Norway oil fund to consider climate
Norway

Experts urge Norway oil fund to consider climate

An expert panel recommended on Wednesday that Norway's sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, give more consideration to climate change in its investments but stopped short of calling for it to spurn fossil fuels as demanded by environmentalists.

PSG blow chance to take top spot at Lille
France

PSG blow chance to take top spot at Lille

Champions PSG blew their chance to take top spot in Ligue 1 on Wednesday night when they let a one-goal lead slip at Lille thanks to an own goal from their goalkeeper. Marseille remain one point clear at the summit.

Telenor and TeliaSonera to merge in Denmark
Norway

Telenor and TeliaSonera to merge in Denmark

Norwegian telecom operator Telenor and Swedish-Finnish rival TeliaSonera on Wednesday said they would merge their operations in Denmark, which last week was deemed the world's most connected country.

Cockpit pilots flex their muscles again
Germany

Cockpit pilots flex their muscles again

A little more than a day after ending the last strike, Lufthansa pilots walked off the job again on Thursday in the 11th industrial action since their labour dispute began.

Anti-mafia probe shakes Italian capital
Italy

Anti-mafia probe shakes Italian capital

An anti-mafia investigation which has shaken Rome widened on Wednesday, as fresh details emerged about a network run by an art-loving mobster who swapped the drug trade for the more lucrative "immigration business".

Watchdog clears Novartis in flu jab scare
Switzerland

Watchdog clears Novartis in flu jab scare

Europe's drugs watchdog says it has found no evidence to link the Novartis flu vaccine Fluad to a scare in Italy, where 19 people are reported to have died after being given the jab.

Drugs agency clears flu jab in Italy scare
Italy

Drugs agency clears flu jab in Italy scare

Europe's drugs watchdog on Wednesday said it found no evidence to link the Novartis flu vaccine Fluad to a scare in Italy, where 19 people are reported to have died after being given the jab.

Tourist killed and dozens hurt in Sweden bus crash
Sweden

Tourist killed and dozens hurt in Sweden bus crash

A tour bus bound for Copenhagen has flipped over on a motorway in west Sweden. One person has died and forty others have been taken to hospital after several got trapped inside the vehicle.

Denmark ups ESA funds ahead of first astronaut
Denmark

Denmark ups ESA funds ahead of first astronaut

As Denmark prepares to launch its first ever astronaut next year, the nation increases its investments into the European Space Agency.

Italy’s Senate backs job market overhaul
Italy

Italy’s Senate backs job market overhaul

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi won a confidence vote in parliament on Wednesday, giving him the go-ahead to press on with a shake-up of the country's labour market.

‘Carrot and stick’ law toughens asylum rules
Germany

‘Carrot and stick’ law toughens asylum rules

A new law proposed by Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière aims to clear up grey areas in German immigration and asylum rules.

Majority of Swedes back snap election in 2015
Sweden

Majority of Swedes back snap election in 2015

More than two thirds of Swedes have backed Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's decision to call a fresh election next March according to a new poll, while Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson has been tipped to make a comeback for the vote.