Your top stories of 2014
Austria

Your top stories of 2014

Which stories generated the most interest in Austria? The Local takes a look back at the most popular stories in each of the eight months of its brief existence.

EasyJet cancels flights in France over New Year
France

EasyJet cancels flights in France over New Year

Anyone flying out of France with EasyJet on New year's Day may have to rearrange their travel plans after the budget airline was forced to cancel dozens of flights due to industrial action by cabin crew. Here's a list of the 70 affected flights.

Berlin condemns Russian opposition sentences
Germany

Berlin condemns Russian opposition sentences

Germany labelled Russian court sentences against top opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his brother on Tuesday "another blow against outspoken civil society" in the country.

Cyber attack on Swedish Parliament’s website
Sweden

Cyber attack on Swedish Parliament’s website

The official website of the Swedish Parliament was taken down on Tuesday, in what officials labelled "an outside attack".

Kazakh ex-Ambassador charged with murder
Austria

Kazakh ex-Ambassador charged with murder

According to an announcement from the Vienna Prosecutor's Office on Tuesday, the former Kazakh Ambassador to the OSCE in Austria Rakhat Aliyev has now been charged with double murder, reports the Austrian Press Agency (APA).

Police bust Spanish coin forgers
Spain

Police bust Spanish coin forgers

Spanish police arrested three people on Tuesday for allegedly producing up to 12,000 fake €2 coins a month then using them in Madrid's public transport ticket machines.

2014 was warmest year on record: official
Germany

2014 was warmest year on record: official

It may not feel like it as you huddle into your winter wear, but Germany's warmest year in recorded history ends tomorrow – amid extreme snowfall warnings for New Year's Eve in some areas.

Abortion numbers continue to fall in Spain
Spain

Abortion numbers continue to fall in Spain

The number of abortions carried out in Spain fell to its lowest level in seven years in 2013 despite the introduction of more liberal laws in 2010, new figures reveal.

4 dead, 40 injured, in horror coach crash
Germany

4 dead, 40 injured, in horror coach crash

At least four people have been killed, and more than 40 injured, in a coach crash north of Frankfurt on Tuesday, police said.

What changed in France on January 1st?
France

What changed in France on January 1st?

As France has just rung in the new year, The Local offers readers a glimpse of what changes came into force on January 1, 2015, from energy bills and ticket prices to welfare benefits and wages.

Danes less fearful of a terror attack in Denmark
Denmark

Danes less fearful of a terror attack in Denmark

In a decade, the number of Danes who think a terror attack will occur in Denmark has fallen significantly despite warnings from security police and jihadists.

Swedes donate 15,000 weapons in amnesty
Sweden

Swedes donate 15,000 weapons in amnesty

Swedish police have released fresh statistics about the country's latest weapons amnesty - with officers surprised by the sheer volume of firearms and ammunition that were turned in.

The Local’s aspirations for Italy in 2015
Italy

The Local’s aspirations for Italy in 2015

With widespread corruption, soaring unemployment and an economy in tatters, it's been another turbulent year for Italy. But The Local is positive that fortunes can be reversed. Here are our aspirations for the year ahead.

Three Italians among fire-hit ferry dead
Italy

Three Italians among fire-hit ferry dead

Three Italians are among the ten passengers who died after the Norman Atlantic ferry caught fire early on Sunday morning, Italy's Coast Guard said on Tuesday.

Tram derails on ice in wintry Zurich Oerlikon
Switzerland

Tram derails on ice in wintry Zurich Oerlikon

A tram derailed and smashed into a shopping centre in Zurich on Tuesday morning amid snowy conditions in the city.

Named: Spanish word of the year for 2014
Spain

Named: Spanish word of the year for 2014

Spain's Fundéu BBVA language foundation on Tuesday named its word of the year. The winner is a Spanish take on a term allegedly invented by a drunk Australian over a decade ago.

Barcelona to appeal transfer ban
Spain

Barcelona to appeal transfer ban

Barcelona said it "totally disagrees" with the "disproportionate" one year transfer ban ordered by Fifa to a Swiss court and could appeal against the decision.

Top ten photos of Italy by The Local’s readers
Italy

Top ten photos of Italy by The Local’s readers

Since the summer, many of you have kindly contributed your photos of Italy to the "picture of the day" feature on The Local Italy's Facebook page. As 2014 winds down, we've rounded up ten of the best.

Post office accused of Davis Cup stamp snub
Switzerland

Post office accused of Davis Cup stamp snub

Swiss post office Die Post has come under fire for failing to recognize the success of Switzerland’s Davis Cup-winning team with a commemorative stamp.

What’s on in Spain: Top ideas for New Year’s Eve
Spain

What’s on in Spain: Top ideas for New Year’s Eve

Still not sure where to spend New Year's Eve? Then check out The Local's guide to the best places in Spain to usher in 2015 in style.

Swiss resident among Greek ferry victims
Switzerland

Swiss resident among Greek ferry victims

Greek media has named the first fatality of the ferry disaster in Greece as Giorgos Doulis, a Greek man who had lived in Switzerland for 40 years.

Italian ferry tragedy turns to murder mystery
Italy

Italian ferry tragedy turns to murder mystery

UPDATED: Ten passengers and two seamen are dead, dozens are unaccounted for, and no-one is able to say with any certainty how many people were on board the Norman Atlantic when it burst into flames.

Five homeless men die as France freezes
France

Five homeless men die as France freezes

Five homeless men have died in France, authorities said on Tuesday, as temperatures plummeted well below freezing.

Where to celebrate Silvester 2014
Germany

Where to celebrate Silvester 2014

New Year's Eve is upon us and 2014 is a year that was certainly worth giving a proper send off to for Germany (remember the time we won the World Cup?). Here are some options for a big Silvester, as the evening is known in Germany, night out in your city.

New shelter to open for Stockholm beggars
Sweden

New shelter to open for Stockholm beggars

A new shelter for homeless people struggling in Sweden's cold climate is being launched by Stockholm City Council, but The Local has learned that charities and churches are offering temporary relief because it won't be ready in time for the New Year.

Iraq suicide bomber was treated in Spain
Spain

Iraq suicide bomber was treated in Spain

A Libyan suicide bomber who carried out an attack in the name of Isis in October in Iraq received medical treatment in Spain, prompting fears that others who were radicalized after being treated in the country could carry out attacks on Spanish soil.

Danes will have fewer public holidays in 2015
Denmark

Danes will have fewer public holidays in 2015

Even though many workers in Denmark are extending their Christmas holiday through the New Year, it’s never too early to look ahead to the next day off.

Ten ways to spice up your Spanish life in 2015
Spain

Ten ways to spice up your Spanish life in 2015

Stuck in a Spain-sized rut? Need to add some sparkle to your life in 2015? Here The Local offers you ten easy-to-achieve resolutions that will make the coming year in Spain one to remember.

France’s top 13 barely believable stories of 2014
France

France’s top 13 barely believable stories of 2014

Here are our 13 barely believable must-read stories from France over the last 12 months, featuring rose-scented flatulence pills, noses made to look like the Eiffel Tower and a mind-boggling blunder by French rail chiefs.

Brazilian suspected of murdering Italian friend
Italy

Brazilian suspected of murdering Italian friend

A Brazilian woman has been named a suspect in the murder of her Italian friend, whose body was found on a beach in Brazil on Christmas Day.

Weird Austrian New Year traditions
Austria

Weird Austrian New Year traditions

Austrians love to party, but some of their traditions seem a little weird to expats. The Local takes a look at how this small Central European country brings in the new year.

HoGeSa demo planned for Essen
Germany

HoGeSa demo planned for Essen

The violent "Hooligans Against Salafists" (HoGeSa) movement have announced plans for a major rally in Essen in January - just two months after a similar rally saw 44 police injured.

Polite Porsche driver wreaks collision havoc
Germany

Polite Porsche driver wreaks collision havoc

Consideration for other road users has its downside, as a Munich driver found when she yielded to oncoming traffic – and took out five parked cars and a building site.

France sees worrying rise in road deaths
France

France sees worrying rise in road deaths

France's roads are becoming more dangerous with new figures from the interior ministry revealing the number of people dying in accidents has risen by five percent in 2014. The rise is a blow to the government, which had vowed to cut the number of deaths.

‘Ben’ and ‘Emma’ top baby names for 2014
Germany

‘Ben’ and ‘Emma’ top baby names for 2014

"Emma" has dethroned the reigning "Mia" as the favourite baby girl name in Germany, it was announced on Tuesday, as a list of top baby names of 2014 was published. Mia had held the top spot for five years, in an increasingly internationalised-sounding list.

‘Madrid nightlife has lost a bit of its magic’
Spain

‘Madrid nightlife has lost a bit of its magic’

Madrid is world famous for its wild nightlife but locals say the recession, unemployment and higher sales tax are all acting as serious party poopers.

Zlatan joins Sweden’s growing billionaire list
Sweden

Zlatan joins Sweden’s growing billionaire list

There are more Swedish billionaires than ever before, an annual list has found, with 147 Swedes able to put at least nine zeros on the end of their bank account balance.

New listeria discovery in Danish supermarkets
Denmark

New listeria discovery in Danish supermarkets

As a year that has been plagued by food scandals comes to an end, a new batch of listeria-infected deli meat has been detected and recalled from supermarkets.

Rome fireworks seized in New Year blitz
Italy

Rome fireworks seized in New Year blitz

Police in Rome have seized 900kg of fireworks in a blitz ahead of New Year's Eve, as authorities aim to limit the number of injuries at the city’s annual celebration.

AirAsia jet’s French co-pilot ‘dreamed’ of flying
France

AirAsia jet’s French co-pilot ‘dreamed’ of flying

The sister of Remi Plesel, the French co-pilot of the AirAsia jet believed to have crashed into the sea with 162 people on board, paid tribute on Monday to an "excellent" pilot who had dreamed of flying as a boy.

Indian maestro seeks harmony in Vienna
Austria

Indian maestro seeks harmony in Vienna

Indian maestro Zubin Mehta will seek to inject what he says is some much-needed harmony into the world when he conducts the illustrious Vienna New Year's Concert on January 1.

Lausanne scientists step up search for alien life
Switzerland

Lausanne scientists step up search for alien life

Swiss and Belgian researchers say they have devised the first tiny motion detector that could help find microscopic life forms on distant planets.

Hollande to meet Putin and Merkel in January
France

Hollande to meet Putin and Merkel in January

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Monday he would meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and the leaders of Germany and France on January 15 to discuss ongoing peace efforts with Moscow-backed rebels.

Sales of Italy’s fizzy wine surge abroad
Italy

Sales of Italy’s fizzy wine surge abroad

Revellers around the world will likely be toasting the New Year in with Italian spumante after demand for the sparkling wine from aboard surged this year, Coldiretti farmers association has said.

Paris: Ban on log fires goes up in smoke
France

Paris: Ban on log fires goes up in smoke

A law that was set to ban log fires in homes in and around Paris has been scrapped just days before it was due to come into force, according to reports on Tuesday.

Tugce’s parents to found institute in her name
Germany

Tugce’s parents to found institute in her name

The parents of good samaritan Tugce Albayrak are to found an institute name after their daughter, who died after intervening to stop a fight in a McDonald's restaurant.

Racing ace faces second year of rehabilitation
Switzerland

Racing ace faces second year of rehabilitation

Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has entered a second year battling back from a horrific ski accident that has left him a recluse in his Swiss home, his condition a closely guarded secret.

US pharmacy chain buys out Swiss-based rival
Switzerland

US pharmacy chain buys out Swiss-based rival

Shareholder of US pharmacy chain Walgreens has approved a $16 billion takeover of Swiss-based rival Alliance Boots that creates a global leader in the drug store business.

Austrian hiker’s body found in Sierra Nevada
Spain

Austrian hiker’s body found in Sierra Nevada

Rescuers in Spain on Monday found the body of an Austrian woman who went missing while hiking in the Sierra Nevada mountains, police said.

‘Smartphones stop Swedes from talking’
Sweden

‘Smartphones stop Swedes from talking’

Swedes aren't known for being the chattiest group in the world, but they're among the most obsessed with social media and smartphones. With one in three people now using photo sharing app Instagram, writer Matilda Lignell argues we must all learn to switch off.

Four in ten Swedes want New Year firework limit
Sweden

Four in ten Swedes want New Year firework limit

Swedes love to set off fireworks as they see in the New Year but new research suggests increasing numbers want the practice banned or limited to improve safety.

Speaking German – 8 celebs you didn’t know were fluent
Germany

Speaking German – 8 celebs you didn’t know were fluent

German is a tricky language, but keep trying and you could be making small talk with these Hollywood stars and world leaders who also secretly speak a bit (or a lot) of German.

The Local’s top ten Swedish songs of 2014
Sweden

The Local’s top ten Swedish songs of 2014

The Local's music guru Paul Connolly hand picks his top ten Swedish songs of 2014. Put on your headphones, sit comfortably, and enjoy the best sounds Sweden has had to offer this year.

Why 2014 was Sweden’s hottest year in history
Sweden

Why 2014 was Sweden’s hottest year in history

2014 has been the warmest year Sweden has ever experienced, according to meteorologists.

Swedes begging to fund Australia backpacking
Sweden

Swedes begging to fund Australia backpacking

As hundreds of thousands of Swedes head for sunshine over the winter holidays, police in Australia have reported a rise in young Scandinavians posing as bogus beggars.

Hundreds stranded on faulty ICE train
Germany

Hundreds stranded on faulty ICE train

More than 500 train passengers were stuck on the rails for hours on Monday afternoon in Saxony-Anhalt, causing knock-on delays across the region.

Italy’s top ten news stories in 2014
Italy

Italy’s top ten news stories in 2014

From mayors getting arrested and an unelected prime minister to a singing nun and a star-studded marriage, it's been another belter of a year for Italy. Here's our countdown of the ten biggest stories from Italy that made world headlines in 2014.

Ten dead and 40 missing from blaze-hit ferry
Italy

Ten dead and 40 missing from blaze-hit ferry

UPDATED: The death toll from a ferry fire in the Adriatic rose to ten on Monday as the search for survivors went on into the night in seas off Albania.

Austrian hiker’s body found in Spain
Austria

Austrian hiker’s body found in Spain

Rescuers in Spain on Monday found the body of an Austrian woman who went missing while hiking in the Sierra Nevada mountains, police said.