Gambler wins big in court
Austria

Gambler wins big in court

Jackpot! An Austrian gambling addict gets €440,000 back after a court victory on Thursday.

‘Angel’ sentenced for sex acts film in church
Austria

‘Angel’ sentenced for sex acts film in church

"Believe me, if you see what other people get up to, I'm really an angel," said the young Polish woman under cross-examination in court on Thursday after being charged with making a pornographic video in a church.

Top ten list of unusual locations for sex
Austria

Top ten list of unusual locations for sex

A recent poll of Austrian women conducted by the affairs web portal Victoria Milan has identified the unusual locations where Austrian women fantasize about having a fling.

Single-person Swiss households on the rise
Switzerland

Single-person Swiss households on the rise

Singletons are becoming more commonplace in Switzerland, according to new figures showing that households with just one person are growing faster than any other kind.

WHO downplays Ebola vaccine trial suspension
Switzerland

WHO downplays Ebola vaccine trial suspension

The World Health Organization on Thursday downplayed the suspension of trials in Geneva of an experimental Ebola vaccine over unexpected side-effects.

Waltz nominated for third Golden Globe award
Austria

Waltz nominated for third Golden Globe award

Austrian-German double-Oscar winning actor Christoph Waltz, who is due back in Austria shortly to start work on filming the latest James Bond movie opposite Daniel Craig, has been nominated for a Golden Globe award for the third time.

Riviera murder: British pensioner gets 30 years
France

Riviera murder: British pensioner gets 30 years

British pensioner Robert Dolby, described as a sex-obsessed narcissist with a Jekyll and Hyde personality, is sentenced to 30 years in jail for the murder of a widow at his home on the Riviera, and the rape of his young housemate.

Property ladder now out of reach for many French
France

Property ladder now out of reach for many French

Buying a property in France is a dream for many foreigners and its starting to appear that way for the French themselves. In recent years locals in cities across France have found it more and more difficult to find the money to get on the property ladder.

France ‘loves revolution but rejects change’
France

France ‘loves revolution but rejects change’

The French love the idea of revolution and radical change. But when push comes to shove, they also want to keep their country much the way it is, according to a new survey of opinion.

Google News quits Spain in paid content row
Spain

Google News quits Spain in paid content row

Updated: Spain's government on Thursday defied Google's vow to shut down its Spanish online news service in protest at being made to pay for content, a move that seriously threatens smaller media outlets, one industry insider told The Local.

Italy to offer star rating to well-behaved companies
Italy

Italy to offer star rating to well-behaved companies

Italy's anti-corruption chief Raffaele Cantone on Thursday announced plans to offer companies a star rating for staying clean, the latest effort to fight endemic bribery in business contracts.

Thousands of ‘perfect’ fake Gucci shoes seized
Italy

Thousands of ‘perfect’ fake Gucci shoes seized

Shoppers looking to step out in the perfect Gucci shoes but save on the price tag were thwarted on Thursday by Italian police, who seized over a thousand counterfeit pairs.

Vienna voted Europe’s third best Xmas market
Austria

Vienna voted Europe’s third best Xmas market

European culture organization "Best European Destinations" announced this week the results of voting for Europe's best Christmas market, based on the opinions of its voters, placing Vienna's markets as third best.

King’s proclamation dinner cost €66,000
Spain

King’s proclamation dinner cost €66,000

Dinner for the around 2,000 guests who attended the proclamation of Spain's King Felipe in June cost just under €66,000 ($82,000) newly published data shows.

French school hit by suicide attack in Kabul
France

French school hit by suicide attack in Kabul

France was left outraged on Thursday after a suicide bomber targeted a high school attached to the French cultural centre in Kabul on Thursday, saying it had left several people dead.

Kaiser Wilhelm II faces pan-European war
Germany

Kaiser Wilhelm II faces pan-European war

On December 8th 1912, Kaiser Wilhelm II summoned his senior officers to his palace in Potsdam to discuss how to deal with a war on two fronts against France, Britain and Russia.

Buses to battle trains as France deregulates
France

Buses to battle trains as France deregulates

France may finally get an intercity bus network under government plans to ditch rules that for decades protected the state-run SNCF rail company from competition. But can it rival the lauded but often pricey train service?

1.4 million children in Italy live in poverty
Italy

1.4 million children in Italy live in poverty

More than one million children in Italy live in absolute poverty as the ongoing recession takes its toll, according to a report by Save the Children Italy.

Swedish film nominated for Golden Globe
Sweden

Swedish film nominated for Golden Globe

Swedish hit film "Turist", known as "Force Majeure" abroad, has been nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Foreign Film category.

Salesmen’s sex orgies find home in museum
Germany

Salesmen’s sex orgies find home in museum

Leipzig's Haus der Geschichte has included evidence from a case in which insurance salesmen were rewarded with an all-expenses paid sex trip to Budapest in an exhibition on changing sexual morals.

Mexican fined for protest at Nobel ceremony
Norway

Mexican fined for protest at Nobel ceremony

A man who disrupted the Nobel prize ceremony in Oslo by waving a Mexican flag streaked with red in front of the peace prize laureates has been fined, Norwegian police said Thursday.

Isis ‘supporters’ arrested for shooting Dane
Denmark

Isis ‘supporters’ arrested for shooting Dane

A Saudi government official has said that thee citizens have been arrested for the "vile attack" on a Danish man in Riyadh last month.

Sweden calls in reserves over Russian unrest
Sweden

Sweden calls in reserves over Russian unrest

The Swedish government has announced plans to re-train Swedes who were previously conscripted into the Swedish army, in an effort to increase the country's war capabilities after recent Russian unrest.

AC Milan outline new ‘Emirates’ stadium plans
Italy

AC Milan outline new ‘Emirates’ stadium plans

AC Milan have outlined plans for a new all-seater venue that could be named the Emirates and be partly funded by the Serie A club's sponsors of the same name, reports said on Thursday.

Malala sees herself as premier in 20 years
Norway

Malala sees herself as premier in 20 years

Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai said on Thursday at an Oslo press conference that she could see herself becoming prime minister of her country in about 20 years.

IN IMAGES: French universities ‘are in ruin’
France

IN IMAGES: French universities ‘are in ruin’

Academics and students were set to take to the streets across France on Thursday to protest against a lack of funding that has left their “universities in ruin”. In recent weeks protesters have been posting photographic evidence of the crumbling institutions online.

Father fined after three-year-old crashes his car
Sweden

Father fined after three-year-old crashes his car

A father in eastern Sweden has been told to cough up 8,000 kronor after his three-year-old son managed to hijack his car and drive directly into a bus shelter.

One in two Spaniards want legal marijuana
Spain

One in two Spaniards want legal marijuana

More than half of all Spaniards are in favour of the legalization of the sale and use of marijuana for adults despite a general toughening on people's stance towards drugs, a new study shows.

Two PSG football fans stabbed in Barcelona

Two PSG football fans stabbed in Barcelona

Two Paris Saint-Germain supporters were stabbed in two separate incidents near Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium on Wednesday following a Champions League match between the two sides, Spanish police said.

Denmark cuts growth forecast as demand falls
Denmark

Denmark cuts growth forecast as demand falls

The Danish government on Thursday slashed its growth outlook for this year and the next, citing weak eurozone demand for exports and stagnant household spending.

Rapeseed spill causes oil slick on A8
Germany

Rapeseed spill causes oil slick on A8

A truck lost its load after a fire broke out on board on Thursday morning, dumping 25 tonnes of rapeseed on the A8 motorway and causing in a 15-kilometre traffic jam.

Economists predict stronger growth in 2015
Germany

Economists predict stronger growth in 2015

Economists at the Ifo Institute boosted their growth forecasts for 2015 in an opinion published on Thursday.

Ferrari could move fiscal base away from Italy
Italy

Ferrari could move fiscal base away from Italy

Luxury car manufacturer, Ferrari, is mulling shifting its fiscal base outside of Italy as it seeks to avoid high corporate taxes, Bloomberg reported.

Senators urge France to recognise Palestine
France

Senators urge France to recognise Palestine

The French Senate followed in the footsteps of the lower house on Thursday when it urged the French government to recognize the state of Palestine.

Sweden slammed for ‘sexist’ street signs
Sweden

Sweden slammed for ‘sexist’ street signs

Thousands of streets in Sweden are named after people, but new figures suggest only 14 percent refer to women, despite the country's reputation for gender equality.

Author and Holocaust survivor dies aged 91
Germany

Author and Holocaust survivor dies aged 91

Best-selling German author and Holocaust survivor Ralph Giordano, whose writing offered a moral compass for the nation in the post-war period, died Wednesday aged 91, his publisher said.

‘And that’s a good thing’: goodbye Wowereit!
Germany

‘And that’s a good thing’: goodbye Wowereit!

A chapter in Berlin's political history has closed as long-time mayor Klaus Wowereit has stepped down and the city senate has elected Michael Müller to be the capital's new helmsman on Thursday.

Tales of Couchsurfing in Vienna
Austria

Tales of Couchsurfing in Vienna

Francois Badenhorst writes about his experience of finding a place to stay in Vienna using Couchsurfing - a hospitality exchange network for young globetrotters.

Spain’s ‘ghost airport’ set for first flights
Spain

Spain’s ‘ghost airport’ set for first flights

Spain's infamous ghost airport Castellón airport is set to open nearly four years after its official inauguration with football club Villareal FC being touted as first customers, Spanish media are reporting.

More Danish men have a hard time getting it up
Denmark

More Danish men have a hard time getting it up

Between 1999 and 2013, the number of Danish men aged 20-39 who take potency pills nearly tripled and more Danish men of all ages are receiving treatment for impotency than ever before.

Frenchwoman guilty of sex attacks on plumbers
France

Frenchwoman guilty of sex attacks on plumbers

A court in France this week handed out a 12-month suspended prison sentence to a woman who sexually assaulted two plumbers, who came to repair the central heating in her house.

Out of control Ferrari lands in pond
Austria

Out of control Ferrari lands in pond

A 36-year-old man who lost control of his Ferrari F430 Spider ended up driving it into a pond in the Carinthian village of Wernberg on Wednesday night.

Italy’s singing nun gives debut album to Pope
Italy

Italy’s singing nun gives debut album to Pope

Cristina Scuccia, a nun who this year became Italy's latest pop sensation, met Pope Francis on Thursday and gave him a copy of her Madonna-inspired debut album.

Discovering Gruyère’s ‘most beautiful’ village
Switzerland

Discovering Gruyère’s ‘most beautiful’ village

Apart from its world famous cheese, the Gruyère district can also boast of being home to a village voted this year the most beautiful in French-speaking Switzerland. The Local’s Morven McLean pays a visit to the village of Gruyères to find out what makes it so special.

Nobel Week Dialogue: science meets society (with fictional fun)
Sweden

Nobel Week Dialogue: science meets society (with fictional fun)

Stockholm City Conference Centre opened its doors for the Nobel Week Dialogue on December 9th. NFGL member Diana Imamgaiazova has summarized her impressions of the Nobel Dialogue - in a fun, easy-to-understand way.

Germans love EU but question free movement
Germany

Germans love EU but question free movement

A poll from YouGov released on Thursday showed that while Germans still believe in the European project, they share other nations' worries about free movement of workers.

The new €70 Paris travel pass  – a ‘poisoned gift’?
France

The new €70 Paris travel pass – a ‘poisoned gift’?

Commuters living in the Paris suburbs were given an early Christmas present this week when authorities adopted a law that will fix the cost of a monthly transport pass at €70, no matter how far out they live. Critics, however, say it is a "poisoned gift".

Austria passes anti-terrorism law
Austria

Austria passes anti-terrorism law

Austria's parliament has passed an anti-terrorism law which bans the symbols of the Islamic State group (Isis) and al-Qaeda, as well as creating the possibility of issuing travel bans on minors suspected of seeking to join Islamic radicals in the Middle East.

Russian and Chechen wanted for Linz murder
Austria

Russian and Chechen wanted for Linz murder

Police are searching for a young Russian and a Chechen man in connection with the murder of a 45-year-old Albanian man in Linz in mid-October.

Flights scrapped ahead of Italy general strike
Italy

Flights scrapped ahead of Italy general strike

Ryanair and easyJet are among the airlines to have cancelled hundreds of flights to and from Italy ahead of a national strike on Friday against labour reforms.

Basel police conduct vision tests of motorists
Switzerland

Basel police conduct vision tests of motorists

Motorists who haven’t checked their eyesight recently or who have forgotten their specs better watch out if they are driving in Basel, where police are conducting random vision tests.

Exit: Spain sees new surge in emigration
Spain

Exit: Spain sees new surge in emigration

The number of Spaniards leaving the country climbed 15.5 percent in the first half of 2014 compared to the second half of 2013 to hit the highest level since the beginning of 2011.

Hacking attack hits Sweden internet giant
Sweden

Hacking attack hits Sweden internet giant

Thousands of people across Sweden have been struggling to get online over the past 24 hours after telecommunications giant Telia was affected by a hacking attack. The company says it has solved the problem and is working to help keep customers logged on.

Spanish aid worker cleared over Ebola fears
Spain

Spanish aid worker cleared over Ebola fears

A Spanish health worker repatriated from Mali over fears she may have contracted Ebola has completed a mandatory quarantine period without displaying any symptoms of the disease.

Wu-Tang Clan to form like Voltron at NorthSide
Denmark

Wu-Tang Clan to form like Voltron at NorthSide

For one evening in June, Aarhus will transform into Shaolin with the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. The hip-hop group is one of three new acts added to the NorthSide Festival.

Gallery: NFGL students take part in Nobel week
Sweden

Gallery: NFGL students take part in Nobel week

The annual Nobel week festivities have once again begun in Stockholm - and NFGL students have been thrilled for the opportunity to participate in Nobel dialogues and other events.

Monaco: Gambling, glitz and 700 years of royals
France

Monaco: Gambling, glitz and 700 years of royals

The tiny principality of Monaco, which has just welcomed the arrival of royal twins, is a byword for wealth and glamour. We took a closer look at the playground for the rich,the famous and the shady.

Monaco’s royals celebrate birth of twins
France

Monaco’s royals celebrate birth of twins

Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene welcomed their twin babies Gabriella and Jacques into the world, with Jacques automatically becoming the heir to the centuries-old Grimaldi dynasty that rules the wealthy principality.

Police sorry for ‘security breach’ at Nobel awards
Norway

Police sorry for ‘security breach’ at Nobel awards

Police apologized for failing to prevent a man from disrupting the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo Wednesday after he brandished a Mexican flag near laureates and the Norwegian royal family.

Germany wants to escalate Isis fight aid
Germany

Germany wants to escalate Isis fight aid

The German parliament wants to up the ante in its mandate on Iraq in the fight against the terrorist political group Islamic Stata (Isis) and send armed members of the German national army (Bundeswehr) into the war zone, various media outlets reported on Thursday.

Connecting the world through food and drink
Denmark

Connecting the world through food and drink

In our weekly 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, The Local talks to Inger Gislesen, co-founder of Cook With A Local, an interesting startup that's trying to make cooking a social event.

What’s On in Sweden: December 12th to 19th
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: December 12th to 19th

If you're stuck for a plan in Sweden this week you've come to the right place. Wrap up warm as the festive season gets into full swing across the country, as Umeå prepares to mark the end of its year as a European Capital of Culture.

PSG downed by Barcelona’s magic trio
France

PSG downed by Barcelona’s magic trio

PSG missed out on top spot in Group F on Wednesday after going down 3-1 to Spanish giants Barcelona. It means the French Champions could face a tough draw in the next round.

Weak demand for loans threatens ECB grief
Germany

Weak demand for loans threatens ECB grief

The European Central Bank will again offer banks a chance to get cheap long-term loans on Thursday, but disappointing uptake could put it under pressure to find other ways of kickstarting the Eurozone's moribund economy.

Manchester City see off Roma to reach last 16
Italy

Manchester City see off Roma to reach last 16

Manuel Pellegrini hailed his depleted Manchester City side's resolve after a 2-0 win over Roma secured the English champions' an unlikely ticket for the knockout phase of the Champions League on Wednesday.

Two Italian parties call for exit from euro
Italy

Two Italian parties call for exit from euro

A pair of eurosceptic parties announced on Wednesday they have plans to get Italy out of the euro currency, echoing popular anger against the 28-nation bloc.

Sweden’s Zlatan scores but Paris club loses out
Sweden

Sweden’s Zlatan scores but Paris club loses out

Barcelona came from behind to beat Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s PSG 3-1 on Wednesday in their Champions League Group F decider. But the Swedish striker scored for the first time against his former Spanish club.

French jet crashes into home for disabled
France

French jet crashes into home for disabled

One person was killed and five were injured in central France Wednesday after a military training jet crashed into a home for the disabled, authorities said.

Snowden in rare talks with Swedish television
Sweden

Snowden in rare talks with Swedish television

US whistleblower Edward Snowden has given his first major interview in six months to a freelance Swedish reporter, ten days after he picked up the Swedish Right Livelihood award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize.

To Santa, care of Himmelpfort post office
Germany

To Santa, care of Himmelpfort post office

It's last call for seasonal letters to Saint Nick's official German post office if you want to get a reply before you see what's under the tree this year.

John Kerry to meet Israeli leader in Rome
Italy

John Kerry to meet Israeli leader in Rome

US Secretary of State John Kerry will head to Rome on Sunday for a surprise meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his spokeswoman said.

Nobel winners feast at Stockholm dinner
Sweden

Nobel winners feast at Stockholm dinner

After picking up their awards in the Swedish capital on Wednesday afternoon, the Nobel Prize winners for 2014 joined Sweden's royal family for an evening dinner followed by dancing.