Basel’s Champions League hopes kept alive
Switzerland

Basel’s Champions League hopes kept alive

Steven Gerrard scored in vain as Basel ended Liverpool's Champions League campaign while advancing to the knockout stage with a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Tuesday that consigned Gerrard's side to the Europa League.

Another Vienna building close to collapse
Austria

Another Vienna building close to collapse

For the second time in as many days, a residential building in Vienna has been evacuated due to risk of collapse.

Austrian opera star infuriates Ukraine
Austria

Austrian opera star infuriates Ukraine

According to a report from the Associated Press, one of Austria's most famous opera singers Anna Netrebko has infuriated the Austrian government through her support of the separatist movement, as well as handing over 1 million rubles to Donetsk separatists in Ukraine.

US rejects proposed nuclear weapons ban
Austria

US rejects proposed nuclear weapons ban

The US representative at a major conference on nuclear weapons rejected calls Tuesday for a treaty immediately eliminating them, saying Washington prefers a "step-by-step" approach, according to a report from Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Nations in Geneva vow to take 100,000 Syrians
Switzerland

Nations in Geneva vow to take 100,000 Syrians

Countries have more than doubled the number of Syrian refugees they are willing to resettle to over 100,000, the head of the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday.

Swiss public transport smart card set for use
Switzerland

Swiss public transport smart card set for use

Users of public transport in Switzerland will have access to a smart card that serves as an annual pass or a half-price card starting late next summer.

Danish Christmas: Fun, festive and flammable
Denmark

Danish Christmas: Fun, festive and flammable

Brace yourselves, it’s Christmas. And Christmas in Denmark is really quite the production, as columnist Michael Booth explains.

British ‘sex-monster’ on trial for Riviera murder
France

British ‘sex-monster’ on trial for Riviera murder

A retired British widower, who allegedly used his loneliness to lure unsuspecting women to his home on the French Riviera before turning into a sex-crazed “monster”, went on trial this week for murder, attempted murder and rape.

The ten best Christmas markets to visit in France
France

The ten best Christmas markets to visit in France

With Christmas on the way, it’s time to get into the yuletide swing of things. And what better way to get those festive feelings flowing than a visit to a Christmas market. The Local gives you the lowdown on 10 of the best in France.

Police hunt for missing French students
Spain

Police hunt for missing French students

Spanish police are working together with their French counterparts to find two French students who went missing while on their way home from Zaragoza to visit their families.

So where’s the most corrupt region in France?
France

So where’s the most corrupt region in France?

Thought corruption in France was a thing of the past? Not so, Transparency International released a map on Tuesday showing the most corrupt regions of the country based 258 recorded cases. So where's top?

The Local’s guide to the Nobel Prizes 2014
Norway

The Local’s guide to the Nobel Prizes 2014

After being nominated in October, the top scientists, activists, and writers selected by the Nobel Prize committees in Stockholm and Oslo this year, will pick up their prizes on Wednesday. Ahead of the ceremonies, here's a recap of the 13 new Nobel names you need to know about.

Man calls police wanting a spot in prison
Germany

Man calls police wanting a spot in prison

Bavarian police were surprised on Sunday when an anonymous caller rang the emergency number and asked for the quickest way to get into "the slammer".

Italians flock abroad in record numbers
Italy

Italians flock abroad in record numbers

Emigration has hit a ten-year high as Italians abandon their home country for better prospects abroad, with the UK the top destination.

Bored Robbie seeks ‘job-job’ in Germany
Germany

Bored Robbie seeks ‘job-job’ in Germany

Pop star prank, advertising ruse or the real thing? The British former boy-band star says it's time to grow up and get a proper job - in Germany.

‘Italy’s youth jobless rate risks social explosion’
Italy

‘Italy’s youth jobless rate risks social explosion’

UPDATED: Italy's controversial plans to shake-up the labour market have received the endorsement of Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), but she also warned that the country could be heading for a social explosion if it fails to address chronic youth unemployment and a "toxic" economy.

Sweden’s opposition to get new woman leader
Sweden

Sweden’s opposition to get new woman leader

Sweden's Moderate Party has nominated Anna Kinberg Batra to become its new leader in a move that could see her become the country's first ever female Prime Minister.

Denmark braces for powerful wind storms
Denmark

Denmark braces for powerful wind storms

Batten down the hatches: Meteorologists are warning that the season's most powerful wind storm to date will move in late on Tuesday, followed by another one on Friday.

IN IMAGES: Top 15 new inventions from France
France

IN IMAGES: Top 15 new inventions from France

An exhibition in Paris has given a glimpse into the future by showcasing the newest "Made in France" inventions featuring everything from automatic tattoo machines to office gardens. The Local went along and came back with 15 of the best, (or at least pictures of them).

Why do so many Swedes have tattoos?
Sweden

Why do so many Swedes have tattoos?

Tattoos have become so commonplace in Sweden that Stockholm is now believed to be home to the world's most inked population outside of tribal societies. The Local takes a closer look at the trend.

Arsonist trucker jailed for €3.5m revenge rampage
Germany

Arsonist trucker jailed for €3.5m revenge rampage

A Bavarian court on Tuesday jailed a 60-year-old former driver for ten years and six months after a spectacular arson spree that left a trail of destruction - and DNA traces - behind him until his arrest.

Italy improving on green energy: report
Italy

Italy improving on green energy: report

Italy is among the top 20 countries in the world when it comes to tackling climate change, according to a report published on Monday as the United Nations Climate Conference gets underway in Peru.

Last French hostage held abroad is freed in Mali
France

Last French hostage held abroad is freed in Mali

Serge Lazarevic, who is believed to be the last French national being held hostage around the world has been freed in Mali, the French president announced on Tuesday.

Hollywood interest in ‘ice cream killer’ story
Austria

Hollywood interest in ‘ice cream killer’ story

The story of a former Vienna ice cream parlour owner who shot, dismembered, and then buried her ex-husband and her lover in the cellar of her shop may become a Hollywood film - according to a report in the Heute newspaper.

Mango’s brother dies a day after star’s death
Italy

Mango’s brother dies a day after star’s death

The brother of Mango, an Italian singer-songwriter who died on stage on Sunday, has passed away just a day after the death of his younger sibling.

Drop fraud charges for princess: Prosecutor
Spain

Drop fraud charges for princess: Prosecutor

A prosecutor investigating alleged tax fraud by Spain's Princess Cristina, the sister of Spain's King Felipe, says charges against her should be dropped as they are unfounded and merely based on public pressure.

Ebola worries offset malaria gains: WHO
Switzerland

Ebola worries offset malaria gains: WHO

The number of people dying from malaria has almost halved since 2000, although progress in west Africa risks being reversed by the Ebola outbreak, the Geneva-based World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

Gay ‘kiss-in’ protest staged at Burger King
Spain

Gay ‘kiss-in’ protest staged at Burger King

Around 100 people descended on a Madrid Burger King restaurant recently to protest against reported homophobia at the fast food giant.

Seeking a permanent job in France? Think again
France

Seeking a permanent job in France? Think again

We all knew that finding a permanent job in France was like winning the lottery, and new figures suggest that it's getting harder and harder with companies overwhelmingly preferring to hand out temporary contacts.

Swedish game maker in British politics spat
Sweden

Swedish game maker in British politics spat

The makers of hit Swedish game Candy Crush have been drawn into a row about a British politician who was caught playing the popular app in a House of Commons committee meeting.

Could Norway co-host the summer Olympics?
Norway

Could Norway co-host the summer Olympics?

Changes by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) could result in Norway co-hosting the Olympics with its neighbours.

Historic Danish orchestra silenced forever
Denmark

Historic Danish orchestra silenced forever

The 75-year-old Danish National Chamber Orchestra will lay down its instruments for good after the culture minister and public broadcaster DR come to terms on a new public service agreement.

St. Moritz second most costly for holiday stays
Switzerland

St. Moritz second most costly for holiday stays

The Swiss mountain resort town of Saint Moritz is the second most expensive place in the world for tourist and business accommodation, according to the results of a survey released on Tuesday.

Vienna businesses vote for Sunday shopping
Austria

Vienna businesses vote for Sunday shopping

Viennese business owners have voted in favour of creating special ‘tourist zones’ in the city that allow Sunday opening hours for shops.

Banned doping doctor denies Astana link
Italy

Banned doping doctor denies Astana link

A doctor banned for life for doping offences involving top athletes including Lance Armstrong has hit back at reports of a secret meeting with members of the embattled Astana cycling team.

Mother probed for son’s murder in Sicily
Italy

Mother probed for son’s murder in Sicily

A woman in Sicily is being investigated over the murder of her eight-year-old son, whose body was found in a canal last month.

Paris warns Berlin: ‘You’re helping Le Pen’
France

Paris warns Berlin: ‘You’re helping Le Pen’

The constant barrage of criticism towards France’s lifeless economy from across the Rhine has riled the French finance minister, who has accused Berlin of feeding the populist, anti-EU sentiment that the far-right National Front thrives on.

Spain seriously failing on green energy: report
Spain

Spain seriously failing on green energy: report

Spain's "retroactive" policies are damaging the country's renewable energy sector, with the country slipping down the rankings fast, a new study on action against climate change reveals.

Muslim woman attacked at Vienna bank
Austria

Muslim woman attacked at Vienna bank

A 60-year-old Muslim woman was seriously injured after being attacked at a bank in Vienna, in an incident which appears to have been motivated by Islamophobia.

Germany in the dock over climate action
Germany

Germany in the dock over climate action

Climate NGOs reserved special criticism for Germany in an annual report on countries' action against climate change as a UN summit gets underway in Peru.

IN PICS: Naked anti-fur demo hits Barcelona
Spain

IN PICS: Naked anti-fur demo hits Barcelona

Animal rights activists gathered in Barcelona on Sunday to bare their naked, blood-covered bodies in a protest against the killing of mammals to make fur coats.

The Local’s guide to the Nobel Prizes 2014
Sweden

The Local’s guide to the Nobel Prizes 2014

After being nominated in October, the top scientists, activists, writers selected by the Nobel Prize committee in Stockholm this year, will pick up their prizes on Wednesday. Ahead of the ceremony, here's a recap on the 13 new Nobel names you need to know about.

Olympics in Denmark? IOC reforms set stage
Denmark

Olympics in Denmark? IOC reforms set stage

Changes by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) could result in Denmark co-hosting the Olympics with its neighbours.

Seven in hospital after taking synthetic drug
Austria

Seven in hospital after taking synthetic drug

Seven people in Wels, Upper Austria, have been admitted to hospital after taking a form of synthetic cannabis known as bonzai and one person is being treated in intensive care.

Gerontologist braces for his big freeze
Germany

Gerontologist braces for his big freeze

Cryonics, the frozen suspension of bodies for their eventual reanimation, has inspired movies for decades. While still scorned by many scientists, a Bavarian gerontologist has prepared his own frozen preservation after a lifetime of studying aging in humans.

Foreigner jobless rate continues to increase
Switzerland

Foreigner jobless rate continues to increase

The official unemployment rate in Switzerland edged higher for the second consecutive month in November to 3.2 percent from 3.1 percent in October driven again by an increase in jobless foreigners, government figures released on Tuesday show.

Flights resume after Arlanda bomb threat
Sweden

Flights resume after Arlanda bomb threat

Delayed flights are now taking off at Stockholm's Arlanda airport following a bomb threat at terminal five. Police are still investigating what happened.

WWII massacre: Case dropped against German

WWII massacre: Case dropped against German

The case against an 89-year-old man from Germany who was charged in connection with the notorious World War II massacre of hundreds of French villagers, was thrown out on Tuesday.

Dewani family: We only heard half the story
Sweden

Dewani family: We only heard half the story

The family of a murdered Swedish bride whose millionaire husband was cleared of her killing have blasted the decision by a South African judge not to put him on the stand during his sensational trial.

Malala shows blood-stained uniform in Oslo
Norway

Malala shows blood-stained uniform in Oslo

Malala Yousafzai will pick up her Nobel peace prize on Wednesday, but the youngest ever laureate already has an even more startling memento from her young life: the blood-soaked school uniform she wore when shot by the Taliban.

Policeman mauled by lions at Barcelona zoo
Spain

Policeman mauled by lions at Barcelona zoo

A Spanish policeman, well-known for his one-man protests in Barcelona, has been viciously attacked by three lions after jumping into their enclosure at the city's zoo.

Base jumper dies on Italian mountain
Italy

Base jumper dies on Italian mountain

A base jumper died on Monday after leaping from a mountain in northern Italy, the latest tragedy to hit the extreme sport in recent months.

Man arrested over 2003 death of UK tourist
Spain

Man arrested over 2003 death of UK tourist

Spanish police have arrested a man they suspect of being involved in a hit-and-run incident in southern Spain in 2003 in which a British tourist died.

‘Outstanding’ climate ranking for Sweden
Sweden

‘Outstanding’ climate ranking for Sweden

Sweden has scored second in the world in an international report looking at how well countries are tackling climate change, released as part of the United Nations Climate Conference which is taking place in Peru this week.

Uber eyes appeal against Spain ban
Spain

Uber eyes appeal against Spain ban

Updated: A judge in Madrid on Tuesday ordered the taxi app company Uber to immediately stop all operations in Spain, a decision the company has said it could appeal.

Merkel draws battle lines for 2017 election
Germany

Merkel draws battle lines for 2017 election

UPDATE: Chancellor Merkel used her speech at the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) conference to set out her stall for the 2017 election battle, with particularly harsh words for junior coalition partners the Social Democratic Party (SPD).

Norway nears five billion text messages in 2014
Norway

Norway nears five billion text messages in 2014

Fleet-fingered Norwegians are closing in on a record year for text messaging.

Minister wants to ditch Paris ban on log fires
France

Minister wants to ditch Paris ban on log fires

Log fires in Paris apartments are set to be outlawed from January 1st next year. That was until France’s Ecology Minister suggested the prohibition was "ridiculous" and that she will overturn it.

Grounded Danish ocean racers vow ‘we’ll be back’
Denmark

Grounded Danish ocean racers vow ‘we’ll be back’

The Danish team in the Volvo Ocean Race had to leave their boat stranded on a reef in the middle of the Indian Ocean and now plans to build a new vessel in order to complete the nine-month race.

US sues Deutsche Bank over tax scam
Germany

US sues Deutsche Bank over tax scam

The US government sued Deutsche Bank on Monday for creating shell companies that allowed it to avoid paying tens of millions of dollars in taxes.

Minister condemns Dresden anti-Islam demo
Germany

Minister condemns Dresden anti-Islam demo

UPDATE: "There are still limits in the political battle of ideas", Justice Minister Heiko Mass said on Tuesday after a march by anti-Islam group Pegida in Dresden on Monday night.

Paris of the future: Clean air and open all hours
France

Paris of the future: Clean air and open all hours

Pedestrianised, diesel-free and open all hours: Paris is cleaning up its act as the City of Light seeks to cement its position as one of the world's most visited cities.

Denmark has world’s best climate policy
Denmark

Denmark has world’s best climate policy

Denmark has once again topped an international report on global climate protection, released in Lima, Peru as part of the United Nations Climate Conference.

Roma focused on beating Manchester City
Italy

Roma focused on beating Manchester City

Roma coach Rudi Garcia believes his side will cope with the pressure of having their Champions League destiny in their hands on Wednesday when a win at home over Manchester City would ensure they reach the last 16 for the first time since the 2010/11 campaign.

‘Immigration has to become a political issue’
Sweden

‘Immigration has to become a political issue’

Sweden's politicians will fuel further segregation and the rise of the nationalist Sweden Democrats if they refuse to develop a new language on immigration, argues Mohammed Amin Kharraki, a teacher and spokesperson for Sweden's Islamic Association.

Italian held in Morocco for alleged sexual assault
Italy

Italian held in Morocco for alleged sexual assault

An Italian man has been arrested in Morocco on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy, local media reported on Monday.

Swedish school suffers vomiting bug outbreak
Sweden

Swedish school suffers vomiting bug outbreak

A quarter of all pupils at a school in southern Sweden have have been struck down with a winter vomiting bug. 150 children are sick, in addition to a host of teaching staff.

Introducing… Education in Stockholm
Sweden

Introducing… Education in Stockholm

They say you can never be too educated - and there's more to life than meatballs and cinnamon buns. So where do you start after relocating to Stockholm?

Swedish thief locks himself in store after raid
Sweden

Swedish thief locks himself in store after raid

A hapless thief in central Sweden has been arrested after he locked himself inside an electronics store during an attempted robbery.

Inquiry launched into fatal Sweden bus crash
Sweden

Inquiry launched into fatal Sweden bus crash

The Swedish Accident Investigation Authority has opened an inquiry into the fatal bus accident which left two people dead and scores injured in western Sweden.