Woman gives birth at metro after taxi snub
Switzerland

Woman gives birth at metro after taxi snub

A woman gave birth on Tuesday to a baby boy outside a Lausanne metro station after a taxi driver refused to take her and her husband to hospital for fear of messing up the interior of his car, according to a report.

Tag Heuer chief changes tune on smartwatches
Switzerland

Tag Heuer chief changes tune on smartwatches

Barely a few months after dismissing Apple's smartwatch, the new chief executive of luxury Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer conceded Tuesday that such a hi-tech gadget might after all have a place in his firm's line-up.

Introducing The Local’s job advice column
Denmark

Introducing The Local’s job advice column

We're teaming up with the co-founder of customized CV service NemCV to bring you tips and tricks for finding that perfect job in Denmark.

Rwandan man guilty of genocide: Norway court
Norway

Rwandan man guilty of genocide: Norway court

A Norwegian court has convicted a Rwandan man of involvement in the killings of 2,000 people during the 1994 genocide in the central African country.

Speed camera stolen as Italian traffic cops slept
Italy

Speed camera stolen as Italian traffic cops slept

Two Rome traffic police officers, who dozed off while on duty and woke up to find their pricey speed camera had been stolen, are facing suspension.

Repsol deal to lift energy giant into big league
Spain

Repsol deal to lift energy giant into big league

Spanish oil firm Repsol said on Tuesday it has agreed to buy its struggling Canadian rival Talisman for $8.3 billion (€6.6 billion), a deal that extends its global reach two years after it was forced out of Argentina.

What the web tells us about the French in 2014
France

What the web tells us about the French in 2014

From Facebook to Twitter and YouTube to Google, the web can teach us a lot about a multitude of things. The Local has searched the internet habits of the French and drawn a few conclusions about our Gallic cousins in the year of 2014.

Hofer rolling out new low-cost phone service
Austria

Hofer rolling out new low-cost phone service

According to a report from Reuters, the German discounter Aldi which trades in Austria as Hofer has announced on Tuesday it plans to roll out a new telecommunications service called HOT that will offer the best value in the Austrian market.

Back of the net for Neuer’s dream villa
Germany

Back of the net for Neuer’s dream villa

It's classy and very glassy, and took some getting past the defence of the local building committee. But Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer can now build his dream home on an exclusive Bavarian lakeside - albeit without the woman who designed it with him.

Bird flu suspected in Scandinavian seal deaths
Sweden

Bird flu suspected in Scandinavian seal deaths

An outbreak of bird flu has likely killed about 3,000 seals off the coast of Sweden and Denmark this year, Swedish authorities have announced, raising the alarm a month after Germany.

Bird flu feared in mass deaths of Danish seals
Denmark

Bird flu feared in mass deaths of Danish seals

An outbreak of bird flu has likely killed about 3,000 seals off the coast of Sweden and Denmark this year, Swedish authorities announced Tuesday, raising the alarm a month after Germany.

Chinese activist wins Swedish rights prize
Sweden

Chinese activist wins Swedish rights prize

Chinese pro-democracy activist Xu Youyu, who was among key signatories of a 2008 manifesto seeking sweeping political reforms in China, has won Sweden's Olof Palme human rights prize.

Snow shortage worries Alpine ski resorts
Switzerland

Snow shortage worries Alpine ski resorts

With a little over a week until Christmas the continued lack of snow at top Swiss and other European ski resorts has caused a flurry of worries ahead of the key holiday season.

Sweden launches site to fight child sex tourism
Sweden

Sweden launches site to fight child sex tourism

Swedish police have launched an internet site to help crack down on Swedes travelling abroad for sex with minors.

Inside Sweden’s first ‘light therapy’ school
Sweden

Inside Sweden’s first ‘light therapy’ school

Umeå in northern Sweden has just a few hours of light a day during December and a high school in the city has become the first in the country to use solar power to give students light therapy during lessons. The Local’s Maddy Savage went to take a look.

Autopsy on MP who criticized Russia
Germany

Autopsy on MP who criticized Russia

A court has ordered a postmortem on the body of politician Andreas Schockenhoff, a sharp critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin, to squash rumours of foul play after his death on Saturday night.

Only 40 of France’s 200 ski stations are open
France

Only 40 of France’s 200 ski stations are open

With Christmas just around the corner both skiers and resort managers in France are beset with festive fears over the lack of snow in the French Alps.

Armed trio on the run after botched robbery
Sweden

Armed trio on the run after botched robbery

UPDATED: At least three masked people are on the run after they tried to break into a currency exchange office in western Sweden using a tractor.

Russians line up to buy Italy’s fairytale castles
Italy

Russians line up to buy Italy’s fairytale castles

The owners of dozens of castles across Italy have been forced to put their properties up for sale as they struggle under the weight of mounting maintenance costs and high taxes, with the majority of interest so far coming from Russian buyers.

France vows to ban new cannabis ‘e-joint’
France

France vows to ban new cannabis ‘e-joint’

France will seek to outlaw a new electronic cigarette containing cannabis, a minister announced on Tuesday, on the very day the product was launched. The so-called e-joint claims it provides all of the relaxation but none of the mind-altering effects of marijuana.

Harry Potter exhibition is heading to France
France

Harry Potter exhibition is heading to France

There was some great news for Harry Potter fans in France this week. The universe of the famous Hogwart's wizzard is coming to Paris. And you'll have to be quick off the mark to get tickets.

Google trends of 2014: Football and Conchita
Austria

Google trends of 2014: Football and Conchita

Austrians were seized with football fever during the World Cup in Brazil, despite their team failing to qualify, and a certain bearded lady was the next best thing according to Google’s publication of the top trending search terms in Austria throughout 2014.

Aarhus to get Danish version of High Line Park
Denmark

Aarhus to get Danish version of High Line Park

An unused remnant of Aarhus's industrial past will be transformed into an elevated green space to connect the city's harbour and downtown.

Named and shamed: The French who bash France
France

Named and shamed: The French who bash France

Finance Minister Michel Sapin recently told The Local that what hurts the most is French-bashing by the French themselves. So we've identified some of the main Gallic culprits of French-bashing that will be on Sapin's watch list.

Spaniards go online in search of ‘swag’
Spain

Spaniards go online in search of ‘swag’

How to vote, how to make bracelets and how to be 'swag': a new Google list reveals what advice Spaniards have been searching for online in 2014 and provides a fascinating insight into the country’s obsessions over the last 12 months.

Investors confident thanks to oil price plunge
Germany

Investors confident thanks to oil price plunge

Investment sentiment in Germany rose sharply in December after a rebound the previous month, driven by a weak euro and plunging oil prices, a survey found on Tuesday.

Swedes ask Google most about floss and selfies
Sweden

Swedes ask Google most about floss and selfies

Google has revealed what Swedish people searched for the most during 2014, with everything from mosquito bites, dental floss, and selfies taking top places.

Clubs offer €1 for bust Berlin shopping mall
Germany

Clubs offer €1 for bust Berlin shopping mall

The Berlin Club Commission have made a semi-serious offer to buy the brand-new Mall of Berlin from its bankrupt owners for €1.

Romanian in court for brutal robberies
Austria

Romanian in court for brutal robberies

A young Romanian man accused of a string of brutal robberies and attacks on women in Vienna last Spring is appearing in court on Tuesday.

Germans keenest on Euro elections: Google
Germany

Germans keenest on Euro elections: Google

Call it testament to their abiding Europhilia - or just proof of their earnestness - but the European elections made it into the top 10 Google news search terms of 2014 in Germany, figures on Tuesday showed.

Facing up to death over coffee and cake
Austria

Facing up to death over coffee and cake

Vienna seems to have cafes for everything these days - Internet, cats, breakfast and writers - but earlier this year saw the opening of the first Death Cafe. Freelance journalist Maddy French went along to check it out.

Eritrean migrant gives birth on Italian Navy ship
Italy

Eritrean migrant gives birth on Italian Navy ship

A baby boy was born on board an Italian Navy ship on Tuesday to an Eritrean mother, one of 430 boat migrants saved this morning off the coast of Sicily.

Sampdoria football chief sanctioned for racist slur
Italy

Sampdoria football chief sanctioned for racist slur

Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has been handed a three-month ban and given fines totalling €45,000 for racist slurs aimed at Inter president Erick Thohir, the Italian football federation (FIGC) announced.

Two arrested over death of football fan
Spain

Two arrested over death of football fan

Thirty people were arrested in police raids on Tuesday morning including two men thought to have been directly responsible for the attack which led to the death of a Spanish football fan on November 30th.

Adiós Spain: Google News goes offline
Spain

Adiós Spain: Google News goes offline

Google News left Spain early on Tuesday morning despite a top newspaper association making a last minute call for authorities to find a way to halt the closure.

Search on for ‘bullied’ BER chief’s successor
Germany

Search on for ‘bullied’ BER chief’s successor

Managing Berlin's grounded BER airport project carries a high-flying annual salary, reportedly around €600,000 plus a hefty bonus. But who will land in the hot seat vacated by Hartmut Mehdorn, who resigned on Monday after he said he was 'bullied'?

Zero percent interest rate extended in Sweden
Sweden

Zero percent interest rate extended in Sweden

Sweden’s Riksbank is keeping its record low key interest rate at zero until at least the second half of 2016, it has announced.

Why it’s time to celebrate Sweden’s diverse identity
Sweden

Why it’s time to celebrate Sweden’s diverse identity

Sweden will never eliminate cultural differences by trying to deny they exist or avoiding discussing them. Now, more than ever, Swedes must embrace them instead, argues Norhan Elhakeem, a Stockholm-based Canadian journalist with Egyptian blood.

Amazon workers strike in Germany
Austria

Amazon workers strike in Germany

Workers at Amazon distribution depots in Germany are striking in a dispute over pay and conditions - just in time for the final pre-Christmas rush.

Schumacher tops Swiss internet search list
Switzerland

Schumacher tops Swiss internet search list

The rehabilitation of former Formula One driving ace Michael Schumacher, severely disabled from a skiing accident a year ago, and the suicide of American comedian Robin Williams sparked the most internet searches in Switzerland for individuals in 2014, search engine Google said on Tuesday.

The Swedish town with the most 100-year-olds
Sweden

The Swedish town with the most 100-year-olds

Experts have been left scratching their heads as to why a town in southern Sweden has an unusually high number of centenarians - over 40 times more than the country's national average per capita.

Turin hotel boss secretly filmed guests
Italy

Turin hotel boss secretly filmed guests

The owner of a B&B in Turin has been arrested for building secret rooms from which to spy on his clients, Italian police have said.

Little chance of white Christmas in Germany
Germany

Little chance of white Christmas in Germany

Chances are slim that there will be snow on the ground on Christmas Day across most of Germany, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Monday.

Future Norway envoy withdraws candidacy
Norway

Future Norway envoy withdraws candidacy

A much-maligned businessman nominated by US President Barack Obama to be ambassador to Norway has withdrawn his candidacy, saying: "It is over."

30 prisoners pardoned for Christmas
Austria

30 prisoners pardoned for Christmas

Austria’s President Heinz Fischer has granted 30 prisoners their freedom as part of a traditional Christmas amnesty. They will be allowed to spend the holiday at home and can leave prison on Wednesday.

Immigration in France: Hollande slams alarmists
France

Immigration in France: Hollande slams alarmists

In his first major speech on the subject of immigration, French President François Hollande blasted the scaremongers "who dream of a smaller, more spiteful France". He also insisted Europe would go backwards if countries closed their borders.

Norwegian farmed salmon is safe: report
Norway

Norwegian farmed salmon is safe: report

Farmed Norwegian salmon - repeatedly criticized for its supposed effects on health - can be safely eaten even by pregnant women, a new report by experts said on Monday.

41 named in Spain match-fixing probe
Spain

41 named in Spain match-fixing probe

Spanish prosecutors filed match-fixing allegations against 41 people including Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera on Monday, accusing them of rigging a decisive 2011 league match.

Bayern blackmailer gets stiff jail term
Germany

Bayern blackmailer gets stiff jail term

UPDATE: A man who admitted to trying to blackmail jailed football legend Uli Hoeneß, former boss of Bayern Munich, for hundreds of thousands of euros was sentenced to three years nine months in prison on Tuesday.

Police arrest seven for recruiting women for Isis
Spain

Police arrest seven for recruiting women for Isis

Updated: Spanish police have arrested four woman and three men in Spain and Morocco who were part of a network recruiting women to send over to Isis, Spain's interior ministry said on Tuesday.

Spanish police raid anarchist terrorist cell
Spain

Spanish police raid anarchist terrorist cell

Updated: Police in Barcelona and Madrid on Tuesday morning arrested at least 14 people in a series of raids against a anarchist terrorist cell they believe are behind numerous bomb attacks, Spanish media are reporting.

ABB and Hitachi join forces in Japanese deal
Switzerland

ABB and Hitachi join forces in Japanese deal

Japan's Hitachi and Swiss engineering giant ABB said Tuesday they will set up a joint venture to market power transmission equipment in Japan, as Tokyo deregulates the heavily protected sector.

Italy’s Pirlo wins player of the year treble
Italy

Italy’s Pirlo wins player of the year treble

Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo claimed Serie A's player of the year award for the third consecutive year during a gala event on Monday organized by the Association of Italian Footballers.

Cops fear clashes as anti-Islam demos grow
Germany

Cops fear clashes as anti-Islam demos grow

Federal Security Service chief Hans-Georg Maaßen has warned Germany could see confrontations between Salafists and people drawn to right-wing, xenophobic politics.

Bomb threat disrupts Zurich airport flights
Switzerland

Bomb threat disrupts Zurich airport flights

A bomb threat caused flight delays and the partial shut-down of Switzerland's main airport in Zurich on Monday before security forces gave the all-clear, reports and officials said.

French auction angers Native Americans
France

French auction angers Native Americans

Some 250 sacred Native American, Eskimo and pre-Colombian artefacts went under the hammer in France on Monday despite strong opposition from the Navajo and Hopi tribes who travelled to Paris to try to halt the sale.

Lindt ‘devastated’ by Sydney café siege deaths
Switzerland

Lindt ‘devastated’ by Sydney café siege deaths

Swiss chocolate-maker Lindt, the owner of the Sydney cafe at the centre of a day-long siege Monday that ended in the deaths of the gunman and two of his hostages, said it was "devastated" by the outcome of the standoff.

PM steps back from ‘crisis is over’ comments
Spain

PM steps back from ‘crisis is over’ comments

Spain's prime minister admitted on Monday that jobless people and their families are still suffering the consequences of the economic crisis even though the country is gradually recovering from recession.

Paris: Traffic chaos as flood closes peripherique
France

Paris: Traffic chaos as flood closes peripherique

Access by car to Paris city centre has been considerably hampered by a flood affecting the capital’s most important and busiest road, the peripherique.

Indian court refuses to extend marine’s leave
Italy

Indian court refuses to extend marine’s leave

India's top court ruled Tuesday that an Italian marine detained for the 2012 killing of two fishermen must return in January after he was allowed to go home for medical treatment.

Electric minibuses to ply Geneva’s historic centre
Switzerland

Electric minibuses to ply Geneva’s historic centre

The City of Geneva and TPG, the cantonal transit authority, on Monday showed off two new electric minibuses to be used on route 36 through the city’s Old Town.

Thousands of women in secret Swedish abuse file
Sweden

Thousands of women in secret Swedish abuse file

Police in Stockholm have been keeping sensitive information about thousands of women who claimed they were being abused or threatened in a secret database for over a decade, it has emerged.

Italy Olympic bid: Vatican could host archery
Italy

Italy Olympic bid: Vatican could host archery

A top cardinal has suggested the Vatican could host Olympic archery if Italy wins its newly-unveiled bid to host the 2024 Games.

France’s Thierry Henry to retire from football
France

France’s Thierry Henry to retire from football

The former France international striker and Premier League star Thierry Henry announced on Tuesday he is hanging up his boots after 20 years as a footballer. He is set to launch a new career as a TV pundit.

Sweden asks UN to reopen dead diplomat file
Sweden

Sweden asks UN to reopen dead diplomat file

Sweden has asked the United Nations to reopen an inquiry into the death of Swedish diplomat Dag Hammarskjöld, who died in a mysterious plane crash more than 50 years ago.

93-year-old ‘Auschwitz guard’ to stand trial
Germany

93-year-old ‘Auschwitz guard’ to stand trial

A 93-year-old man is to stand trial in Lüneburg over crimes committed in the infamous extermination camp at Auschwitz in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Asylum seekers arrive in Malmö by private jet
Sweden

Asylum seekers arrive in Malmö by private jet

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking after a private plane from Beirut landed at Malmö-Sturup Airport, with ten people on board.

Study sheds light on how humans tamed horses
Denmark

Study sheds light on how humans tamed horses

The University of Copenhagen's Centre for GeoGenetics is behind new research that shows that the domestication of horses goes back thousands of years.

Danish Christmas trees outgrow the competition
Denmark

Danish Christmas trees outgrow the competition

Maybe money really does grow on trees. Danish Christmas trees bring in well over a billion kroner each year. We take a look inside this thriving industry.