Swiss Post renegs on wide-screen TV bargain
Switzerland

Swiss Post renegs on wide-screen TV bargain

Swiss Post, the national post office, offered a steal of a Christmas deal on a wide-screen 3D TV, promoted online at just 259 francs, more than 2,700 francs less than the regular price — thanks to a clerical error.

Austria slips in climate change rankings
Austria

Austria slips in climate change rankings

Austria has slipped by five places in a new report on global climate protection, released today in Lima, Peru as part of the United Nations Climate Conference on Monday.

Porn film spices up fare at McDonald’s restaurant
Switzerland

Porn film spices up fare at McDonald’s restaurant

McDonald’s is normally considered a safe place to bring children, so customers at one of the hamburger chain’s outlets in Switzerland were surprised over the weekend to see a porn film shown to diners on a large video screen.

Sika and Saint-Gobain shares dip over takeover
Switzerland

Sika and Saint-Gobain shares dip over takeover

(UPDATE) A plan by French building materials giant Saint-Gobain to take over Swiss rival Sika on the cheap caused shares in both companies to plunge on Monday.

Mum sues France after teen son leaves for jihad
France

Mum sues France after teen son leaves for jihad

A French mother is suing the French state, who she blames for the fact her teenage son was able to breeze through border patrol with a simple ID card and go unchallenged about his final destination - the front lines in Syria.

France to hand top medal to mentally disabled man
France

France to hand top medal to mentally disabled man

Since it was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 the Légion d'honneur medal has never been awarded to a mentally disabled person. That will all change on Monday night.

State hits back at bullies with stiff sentences
Germany

State hits back at bullies with stiff sentences

As footage of violent attacks on children by their peers increasingly finds its way onto the internet, a court in Lower Saxony on Monday handed three-year sentences to perpetrators of a May assault on a 14-year-old girl.

Sweden braced for stormy Nobel season
Sweden

Sweden braced for stormy Nobel season

Sweden's Nobel Prize ceremony week could be set for a windy start after meteorologists forecast that a storm is on its way to the country.

Pastor Bell wants to silence the bells
Austria

Pastor Bell wants to silence the bells

The bells of St Martins may soon fall silent if Pastor Reinhard Bell in Mühlkreis (Upper Austria) has his way, according to a report in Austria's largest circulation news daily, Kronen Zeitung.

Christmas strike feared after SAS buys Cimber
Denmark

Christmas strike feared after SAS buys Cimber

The purchase of Danish airline Cimber by SAS could trigger a Christmas strike by airline personnel, an industry analyst has warned.

France plans crackdown on rogue cyclists
France

France plans crackdown on rogue cyclists

Rogue cyclists in France should beware, the country's National Council for Road Safety wants to crack down on bad biking habits by bringing in a new system of fines.

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Sweden

Dec. 11: Research Lunch with Martin Bech at Ideon Science Park (Lund)

Germany to lead UN Human Rights Council
Germany

Germany to lead UN Human Rights Council

German Ambassador to the United Nations Joachim Rücker will take over the presidency of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in 2015 in a first for the country.

Miss France Farmer: The real French beauty queen
France

Miss France Farmer: The real French beauty queen

When this year’s Miss France was crowned on Saturday night, members of the country’s agricultural community were getting excited about a whole different kind of pageant. The very first Miss France Farmer took place promising to show "what real French beauty looks like".

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Sweden

Dec. 10: An alumnus story: Working for the European Union (Jönköping)

Falcons to go jet set with Lufthansa
Germany

Falcons to go jet set with Lufthansa

They won't get lunch trays with mice and small birds, but falcons - the raptor beloved by rich Middle Eastern enthusiasts - are soon to be allowed in the cabin on Lufthansa flights, the national carrier said on Monday.

CSU retracts foot from mouth over immigrants
Germany

CSU retracts foot from mouth over immigrants

The Christian Social Union (CSU) has backpedalled on a document calling for immigrants to be obliged to speak German at home after stirring anger and mockery worldwide over the weekend.

Water break reveals cannabis plantation
Austria

Water break reveals cannabis plantation

Police and firefighters were called out to a routine water leak in a residential building in Schönbrunnerstraße, Vienna, on Sunday night and got more than they bargained for when they discovered a giant cannabis farm.

Armed ‘robber’ causes Berlin station chaos
Germany

Armed ‘robber’ causes Berlin station chaos

The would-be thief failed to impress staff in two hold-ups at stalls on Monday before he was apprehended by police.

New train line threatens vintage French wines
France

New train line threatens vintage French wines

Makers of the world famous Sauternes wines in south-western France are up in arms over plans to build a high-speed TGV train line through the region. They say it would be a "death sentence" for some of the vintages that have been around for centuries.

Denmark to speed up internet connections
Denmark

Denmark to speed up internet connections

The Danish government has announced a new plan meant to improve mobile and broadband connections nationwide, particularly in outlying areas.

Swedes host festive meals for ‘lonely’ guests
Sweden

Swedes host festive meals for ‘lonely’ guests

A Swedish woman's plan to embrace the spirit of Christmas by inviting a stranger around for a festive feast has caused a social media stir, as reports emerge of similar initiatives across the country.

Nordic mining firm files for bankruptcy
Sweden

Nordic mining firm files for bankruptcy

Northland Resources, which employs over 800 people at its Swedish mine, have said that it will file for bankrupty citing a "dramatic fall" in iron ore prices.

The Swedish Christmas market with a twist
Sweden

The Swedish Christmas market with a twist

Each year when Christmas comes to town, shoppers fill the streets as markets pop up throughout Sweden. The Local heads to Linköping to get a taste of what makes its annual Christmas market unique.

No ho ho for Norway Christmas tree exports
Norway

No ho ho for Norway Christmas tree exports

Europe has almost completely lost interest in Norwegian Christmas trees, with sales dwindling almost to nothing in recent years.

Row clouds Saint-Gobain’s Sika takeover
Switzerland

Row clouds Saint-Gobain’s Sika takeover

A bitter row over a plan by French building materials giant Saint-Gobain to take over Sika of Switzerland, which produces chemicals used in construction, caused shares in both groups to plunge on Monday.

Danes reject refugee plea from former Swedish PM
Sweden

Danes reject refugee plea from former Swedish PM

The declaration by Sweden’s former prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt that "there is plenty of space for more refugees" in the Nordic countries has been slammed by Danish leaders.

21 injured in Oslo bus crash
Norway

21 injured in Oslo bus crash

Twenty-one people were injured, four of them seriously, when two Oslo city buses collided on Monday morning.

Miss France: Why 8.5 million French tuned in
France

Miss France: Why 8.5 million French tuned in

The annual Miss France contest took place on Saturday in front of millions of French TV viewers. As Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais was crowned France's beauty queen The Local looks at why the pageant is such headline news in a country where égalité is a fundamental principle.

British man cleared of killing Swedish wife
Sweden

British man cleared of killing Swedish wife

A South African judge has acquitted millionaire British businessman Shrien Dewani of murdering his Swedish bride on their honeymoon in 2010.

Danes reject refugee plea from former Swedish PM
Denmark

Danes reject refugee plea from former Swedish PM

The declaration by Sweden’s former prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt that "there is plenty of space for more refugees" in the Nordic countries was rejected out of hand by Danish leaders.

Swiss sets ‘record’ for ripping fat phone book
Switzerland

Swiss sets ‘record’ for ripping fat phone book

A Zurich man is credited with setting a world record for tearing in two the Munich phone book — a 1,551-page directory — in 9.3 seconds.

‘Plug-ugly’ Honecker yacht fetches €130,000
Germany

‘Plug-ugly’ Honecker yacht fetches €130,000

A businessman snapped up the former German Democratic Republic leader's dock-bound motor launch at an auction on Sunday.

Koudelka defies weather for Lillehammer win
Norway

Koudelka defies weather for Lillehammer win

Roman Koudelka of the Czech Republic clinched his second World Cup win of the season when he triumphed at Lillehammer where the competition was cut short due to high winds.

Greasing the wheels for Berlin’s expats
Germany

Greasing the wheels for Berlin’s expats

In our ongoing 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, Sparsh Sharma talks to Mario Paladini, founder of Club GLOBALS, a 'community marketplace' for expats.

Swedish court evacuated after new bomb threat
Sweden

Swedish court evacuated after new bomb threat

A court in central Sweden has been evacuated following a bomb threat, the latest in a series of attacks on justice centres across the country.

Hotels are booked — but where’s the snow?
Switzerland

Hotels are booked — but where’s the snow?

With hotels and chalets fully booked you will be hard pressed to secure a reservation at top ski resorts in Switzerland for the Christmas holidays. But there’s one thing missing that could lead to cancellations — snow.

Germany asks for €89 bn of investment cash
Germany

Germany asks for €89 bn of investment cash

Germany hopes to see an influx of money into 58 separate investment projects under plans from new European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

IN IMAGES: Lyon lights up for Fête des Lumières
France

IN IMAGES: Lyon lights up for Fête des Lumières

Lyon is serving up a spectacular light and candle show for its annual Fête des Lumières. Here's a selection of the best images from a festival that was born out of coincidence and dates as far back as 1852.

Messi scores third hat-trick in four games
Spain

Messi scores third hat-trick in four games

A third Lionel Messi hat-trick in four games helped Barcelona keep the pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid as they recorded a 5-1 victory over local rivals Espanyol on Sunday.

Disastrous olive oil harvests drive up prices
Italy

Disastrous olive oil harvests drive up prices

New research from Harvard University suggests it could put years on your life. But a Mediterranean diet rich in pungent olive oil does not come cheap, and it is just about to get a lot more expensive.

France wants to open for more Sunday shopping
France

France wants to open for more Sunday shopping

Shops in France, which are currently subject to tight restrictions on opening hours, will soon be able to swing their doors open more freely on Sundays as the government unveils this week a new reform amid fierce opposition.

Nobel economist urges France to follow Sweden
France

Nobel economist urges France to follow Sweden

Jean Tirole, the French economist who won this year's Nobel Economics Prize, became the latest to urge his country to carry out reforms to kick-start the economy. It came after German Chancellor Angela Merkel chided France for not doing enough to reduce its deficit.

Islamic group’s Sharia rally met with protests
Denmark

Islamic group’s Sharia rally met with protests

The Islamic organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir’s pro-Sharia rally in Copenahgen’s Nørrebro district on Sunday was greeted by protestors who feel that Islamic law has no place in Denmark.

Amazon workers strike for better pay
Germany

Amazon workers strike for better pay

Workers at an Amazon distribution centre went on strike on Monday in a continuing battle with the online retailer for better pay and conditions.

Protesters clash with police outside La Scala
Italy

Protesters clash with police outside La Scala

The glamourous season opener at Milan's Scala opera house was marred on Sunday by clashes between riot police and protesters which left two wounded.

Italian arrested in Venezuela murder probe
Italy

Italian arrested in Venezuela murder probe

Italian police have arrested a fugitive wanted in the 2012 killing of a Frenchman in Venezuela, whose dismembered body was thrown out to sea in a suitcase, media reports said on Sunday.

Parliament bores ordinary people: study
Germany

Parliament bores ordinary people: study

Most citizens don't pay attention to what's going on in the Bundestag, with just one in four able to name a recent debate, a study published on Monday shows.

Nobel economist tells France to follow Sweden
Sweden

Nobel economist tells France to follow Sweden

Jean Tirole, the French Nobel Economics laureate for 2014 has urged his home country to follow similar economic reforms to Sweden, as he prepares to pick up his award in Stockholm later this week.

Rome’s mayor defies mobster threats
Italy

Rome’s mayor defies mobster threats

The mayor of Rome on Sunday said he refused to be intimidated by threats from the criminal underworld and defied calls for him to resign over a scandal which has rocked the Italian capital.

Marseille win to keep slender lead over PSG
France

Marseille win to keep slender lead over PSG

Marseille maintained their one point lead over rivals PSG at the top of Ligue 1 after the weekend's action in Ligue 1, which saw both teams scrape wins at home.

Nuclear weapons meet starts in Vienna
Austria

Nuclear weapons meet starts in Vienna

Monday sees the start of a major two-day conference on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons at Vienna's Hofburg palace.

Top ten gifts for a British Christmas abroad
Spain

Top ten gifts for a British Christmas abroad

Christmas exposes the expat's emotions like no other time of year. But here are ten yuletide products to give your festivities a very British feel, wherever you are.

Politicians accused of interfering in terror case
Denmark

Politicians accused of interfering in terror case

Six prominent politicians who publicly and repeatedly spoke out about the terror trail of Sam Mansour have been reported to the police for attempting to affect the outcome of the court proceedings.

Paris: New plan to hand centre to pedestrians
France

Paris: New plan to hand centre to pedestrians

The mayor of Paris said on Sunday she wanted the city's historic centre to become "semi pedestrianized" as she laid out a plan to tackle traffic and pollution in the French capital, including a ban on diesel vehicles.

Germany still dependent on Russian energy
Germany

Germany still dependent on Russian energy

New figures released on Monday showed that Germany continues to be heavily dependent on Russia for its fossil fuel supplies as tensions remain high over Ukraine.

Judge to rule on Dewani honeymoon trial future
Sweden

Judge to rule on Dewani honeymoon trial future

A South African judge will rule on whether charges that millionaire British businessman Shrien Dewani murdered his bride on their honeymoon should be thrown out of court on Monday.

Fighting anti-Semitism in France a ‘national cause’
France

Fighting anti-Semitism in France a ‘national cause’

France's interior minister vowed on Sunday to make the fight against anti-Semitism a "national cause" after a couple was attacked apparently because the man was Jewish

Support for nationalists swells in Sweden
Sweden

Support for nationalists swells in Sweden

The number of Swedes intending to vote for the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats has shot up according to a new poll by YouGov released on Monday.

Top ten gifts for a British Christmas abroad
Germany

Top ten gifts for a British Christmas abroad

Christmas exposes the expat's emotions like no other time of year. But here are ten yuletide products to give your festivities a very British feel, wherever you are.

Top ten gifts for a British Christmas abroad
France

Top ten gifts for a British Christmas abroad

Christmas exposes the expat's emotions like no other time of year. But here are ten yuletide products to give your festivities a very British feel, wherever you are.

‘I’m one of 300 people in the world with my job’
Sweden

‘I’m one of 300 people in the world with my job’

For this week’s My Swedish Career, The Local's Mimmi Nilsson chats to Robin Allen, a British flight inspector who recently touched down in Norrköping. With a happy-go-lucky attitude, he says he's 'winging it' in Sweden, but seems to have made a safe landing so far.