Art dealer held for Gold Coast villa murder
Switzerland

Art dealer held for Gold Coast villa murder

The canton of Zurich’s upscale Gold Coast area is buzzing over the arrest of an art dealer’s son for the alleged killing of a 23-year-old man in a villa where the suspect lived in the municipality of Küsnacht.

Trierweiler’s tell-all book to be made into movie
France

Trierweiler’s tell-all book to be made into movie

Valérie Trierweiler’s sizzling memoir is set to be turned into a film after France’s former "First Lady" gave the green light for a fictionalized adaptation of her tell-all bestseller.

Twelve things that will happen in France in 2015
France

Twelve things that will happen in France in 2015

The Local looks into our crystal ball to predict what will happen in the year ahead in France. From warships to the weather, we have everything covered.

Accident could have caused mosque fire
Sweden

Accident could have caused mosque fire

Swedish police cannot rule out the possibility that an accident rather than arson was the cause of a fire at a mosque on Christmas Day - one of three fires at mosques across the country in the space of a week.

Juicy Trierweiler memoir to be made into film
France

Juicy Trierweiler memoir to be made into film

Valérie Trierweiler’s sizzling memoir is set to be turned into a film after France’s former "First Lady" gave the green light for a fictionalized adaptation of her tell-all bestseller.

Fredrik Reinfeldt stays in Sweden but not politics
Sweden

Fredrik Reinfeldt stays in Sweden but not politics

Former Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has insisted he has no plans to make a political comeback or to work abroad after he formally steps down as leader of the Moderate party this week.

New Year’s rave finally calls it a day
Spain

New Year’s rave finally calls it a day

The party, held in the Benagéber aerodome near Valencia, had been going since New Year’s Eve but was finally shut down on Monday after numerous requests by police.

US eyes full-time Spain base for Africa troops
Spain

US eyes full-time Spain base for Africa troops

The United States has said it wants to permanently station an elite squad of marines in Andalusia to deal with crises in Africa but Spanish authorities are concerned about possible consequences.

Smålanders best Swedes at staying together
Sweden

Smålanders best Swedes at staying together

Worried about being single or keeping your marriage alive? Research suggests you're less likely to end up divorced if you live in Småland in southern Sweden than anywhere else in the country.

‘We’ve been riding the waves and are still afloat’
Italy

‘We’ve been riding the waves and are still afloat’

Pamela Sheldon Johns, from the US, has been hosting cooking classes and writing books about Italian food for years. She also runs an agritourism site in Tuscany and makes her own olive oil. She talks to The Local about juggling it all, and weathering several crises, in Italy.

Graz man impersonates cops in his Porsche
Austria

Graz man impersonates cops in his Porsche

A German traveling on the Inntalautobahn in his Porsche Cayenne called the police when he was trailed by another Porsche Cayenne with a blue flashing light.

Police chew on stolen gum packets mystery
Sweden

Police chew on stolen gum packets mystery

Chewing gum worth over 15,000 kronor ($1,886) has been stolen from several supermarkets across Småland in southern Sweden, leaving officers bursting with unanswered questions.

Deadly firework found at Copenhagen daycare
Denmark

Deadly firework found at Copenhagen daycare

Police were forced to close off the area surrounding a daycare after a worker discovered a dangerous and illegal firework.

Popular Italian singer Pino Daniele dies
Italy

Popular Italian singer Pino Daniele dies

Italy's popular singer-songwriter Pino Daniele, one of the country's best-loved entertainers, has died aged 59 after suffering a heart attack in the early hours of Monday morning.

Roma baby buried after French racism row
France

Roma baby buried after French racism row

The dead baby of a Roma family at the centre of a huge racism row in France was finally laid to rest on Monday with just close family present.

German inflation lowest since October 2009
Germany

German inflation lowest since October 2009

Inflation in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, slowed to just 0.2 percent in December, its lowest level in more than five years, and averaged 0.9 percent for the whole of 2014, according to new figures released on Monday.

Snow blower severs man’s leg
Austria

Snow blower severs man’s leg

A 29-year-old man’s lower leg was severed after he collided with a snow blower in the early hours of Monday in Obertauern, Salzburg.

Sweden’s ‘exhausted’ Lykke Li cancels tour
Sweden

Sweden’s ‘exhausted’ Lykke Li cancels tour

Swedish indie pop singer Lykke Li has pulled out of festival dates in New Zealand, Australia and Singapore due to illness.

French film and actress land US critics’ awards
France

French film and actress land US critics’ awards

Jean Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language was the best film of 2014 while Marion Cotillard put in the year’s best performances by an actress, according to the prestigious National Society of Film Critics in the US.

Austrian health agency exports cannabis
Austria

Austrian health agency exports cannabis

Austria exported 142 kilos of cannabis to foreign pharmaceutical companies last year.

Danes still happy despite ‘dramatic’ fall
Denmark

Danes still happy despite ‘dramatic’ fall

Two recent reports from Gallup show that Danes are happy and optimistic as they enter 2015 even though the percentage of Danes 'thriving' has fallen significantly.

Spain set for new high-speed rail links in 2015
Spain

Spain set for new high-speed rail links in 2015

Eight provincial Spanish capitals are set to be hooked up to Spain's world-beating high-speed rail system in 2015 as the country rushes towards general elections.

Doctors in France step up strike action
France

Doctors in France step up strike action

GPs in France dug their heels in on Monday as they continued their strike in protest at government health reforms. The head of the main union told The Local why doctors are hardening their stance.

Two US skiers killed in Tyrol avalanche
Austria

Two US skiers killed in Tyrol avalanche

Two American skiers were killed in an avalanche in Sölden, Tyrol on Monday morning. They were junior members of the US ski team: Bryce Astle (19) from Salt Lake City and Ronald Berlack (20) from Franconia, New Hampshire.

Seven hour flight becomes 40 hours of hell
Austria

Seven hour flight becomes 40 hours of hell

Passengers on a flight from Abu Dhabi to Düsseldorf ended up arriving one and a half days late after a series of disasters.

Sicily bridge collapses within days of opening
Italy

Sicily bridge collapses within days of opening

In a further embarrassment to Italy over its public works, a €13 million viaduct in Sicily collapsed within ten days of opening.

‘Sex contract’ brother jailed for incest
Austria

‘Sex contract’ brother jailed for incest

A 17-year-old teenage boy has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison after admitting to the repeated sexual abuse of his then 12-year-old half-sister.

Could France sell off its art to pay the debts?
France

Could France sell off its art to pay the debts?

Art aficionados might be appalled at the idea of France flogging artworks from its museums’ collections, but a recent parliamentary report could open the door for unprecedented auctions.

In pics: crazy costumes at first carnival of 2015
Spain

In pics: crazy costumes at first carnival of 2015

Europe’s first carnival of the year, La Vijanera, kicked off in Spain on the first Sunday of January as thousands of people gathered in the Cantabrian town of Silió to bid farewell to winter.

Queen Elizabeth II to visit Germany in June
Germany

Queen Elizabeth II to visit Germany in June

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will make a state visit to Germany in June, Buckingham Palace announced Monday.

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Germany

Anti-Islam demos spread to Berlin

The anti-Islam demonstrations which have rocked Dresden will spread to Berlin on Monday night, with the first such xenophobic march being held in the capital.

Seven hour flight becomes 40 hours of hell
Germany

Seven hour flight becomes 40 hours of hell

Passengers on a flight from Abu Dhabi to Düsseldorf ended up arriving one and a half days late after a series of disasters.

Photo of Italian with sick gran touches thousands
Italy

Photo of Italian with sick gran touches thousands

A photo of an Italian man holding his grandmother, who suffers from Alzheimer's, has melted the hearts of thousands of people online.

Hollande: ‘Greece must stick to EU commitments’
France

Hollande: ‘Greece must stick to EU commitments’

In a two-hour radio interview on Monday French president François Hollande said Greece should stick to its EU commitments and that sanctions against Russia could be lifted. He said he also takes personal responsibility for France's record unemployment figures.

Finally! Berlin taxis to take plastic
Germany

Finally! Berlin taxis to take plastic

It's the commonest gripe of travellers and tourists to the German capital - nowhere seems take cards, be it restaurants, bars or taxis.

93-year-old woman killed in hit-and-run
Denmark

93-year-old woman killed in hit-and-run

Police are asking the public for help in tracking down the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed an elderly woman in Aarhus.

3,000 WW2 bombs still under Berlin
Germany

3,000 WW2 bombs still under Berlin

City authorities believe there are still some 3,000 unexploded Second World War bombs buried in the earth under Berlin.

US diplomat sparks flap over Swiss ski ‘chaos’
Switzerland

US diplomat sparks flap over Swiss ski ‘chaos’

US Ambassador to Switzerland Suzi LeVine is being accused of violating diplomatic etiquette by posting critical comments about Swiss ski resorts on her Facebook page.

Over 100 people tricked by hoax Swedish jobs
Sweden

Over 100 people tricked by hoax Swedish jobs

Scores of would-be workers in southern Sweden appear to have become victims of a hoax, after they all turned up to their first day of work to find they didn't actually have a job to go to.

Spain: where kings are cooler than Santa
Spain

Spain: where kings are cooler than Santa

Santa Claus has come off second best in a survey of Spanish children's Christmas preferences with a local tradition proving far more popular.

Audi prototype drives itself to Las Vegas
Germany

Audi prototype drives itself to Las Vegas

Car-maker Audi hopes to wow the world with a 900-kilometre tour for its self-driving prototype, from California's Silicon Valley to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Danish convert killed by West in Syria: reports
Denmark

Danish convert killed by West in Syria: reports

An 18-year-old Dane who had converted to Islam and supported the terrorist group Isis died in Syria over the Christmas holiday, several media outlets have reported.

Unemployment falls by 253,000 in 2014
Spain

Unemployment falls by 253,000 in 2014

Spain's jobless queues shrank by 253,627 from December 2013 to December 2014, new figures released on Monday show.

Boy, 14, dies in skiing accident in northern Italy
Italy

Boy, 14, dies in skiing accident in northern Italy

A fourteen year old boy died while skiing with his family at a resort in northern Italy.

Ex-IRA members busted in smuggling sting
Spain

Ex-IRA members busted in smuggling sting

Seven people, including two former members of the Irish terrorist group the IRA, have been arrested by Spanish police over their alleged involvement in a massive tobacco smuggling ring.

Suspected bomb thrown into Stockholmer’s home
Sweden

Suspected bomb thrown into Stockholmer’s home

A man in southern Stockholm yelled to his neighbours to leave his apartment block after an unknown assailant threw a suspected bomb through a window and into his flat.

Coach carrying Brits crashes in French Alps
France

Coach carrying Brits crashes in French Alps

A coach carrying 34 British holidaymakers from a skiing holiday in the French Alps crashed on Sunday, injuring seven and sparking long motorway tailbacks, firefighters said.

Germany tells Greece ‘we can’t be blackmailed’
Germany

Germany tells Greece ‘we can’t be blackmailed’

Vice-Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday that the government would expect a new Greek leadership to hold to the country's promises on the economy.

150 migrants rescued in waters off Spain
Spain

150 migrants rescued in waters off Spain

Almost 150 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean in makeshift boats have been rescued off the coast of Spain in less than a week, officials said on Sunday.

Minnows Grenoble knock Marseille out of cup
France

Minnows Grenoble knock Marseille out of cup

Ligue 1 leaders Marseille were sensationally knocked out of the French Cup on Sunday as fourth-tier Grenoble prevailed in a penalty shoot-out after the sides finished 3-3 after extra-time.

Avalanches claim weekend victims in Alps
Switzerland

Avalanches claim weekend victims in Alps

Avalanches in Switzerland's Alps claimed the life of an 18-year-old Swiss skier and injured two German backcountry skiers on Sunday.

Wolf decapitator hunted by police
Germany

Wolf decapitator hunted by police

Police in eastern Germany are hunting a sadist who had killed and beheaded a wolf - and drawing a link with a similar outrage last year.

France to probe scandal of Roma baby burial
France

France to probe scandal of Roma baby burial

The French human rights ombudsman launched an investigation Sunday into an uproar over a mayor's alleged refusal - which he later emphatically denied - to allow burial of a Roma migrant's baby.

Syrian migrant became ‘captain’ of ‘ghost ship’
Italy

Syrian migrant became ‘captain’ of ‘ghost ship’

The man who piloted nearly 770 illegal Syrian migrants aboard the Blue Sky M cargo ship towards Italy has described how he became the "captain" of the human trafficking vessel, according to Italian media.

Pope Francis names 20 new cardinals
Italy

Pope Francis names 20 new cardinals

Pope Francis on Sunday named 20 new cardinals, a majority of them from Africa, Asia and Latin America, increasingly key areas as the Roman Catholic Church's support shifts from its traditional European stronghold.

Swedish nurse leaves hospital after Ebola scare
Sweden

Swedish nurse leaves hospital after Ebola scare

A nurse in southern Sweden has been given the all clear, after she was feared to have contracted Ebola during her time in Sierra Leone.

Syrian asylum seeker hosts Swedish start-ups
Sweden

Syrian asylum seeker hosts Swedish start-ups

Two years after being granted asylum in Sweden, Rabi Hanna, 32, is a Chief Technology Officer at a Stockholm-based web domain company and speaks to The Local for this week's My Swedish Career.

Secret Nobel notes explain Sartre mix-up
Sweden

Secret Nobel notes explain Sartre mix-up

Archived material from Sweden's Nobel Committee has been revealed, showing that a letter from French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre in 1964 came too late to avert one of the biggest debacles in the history of the prizes.

‘Ebola watchlist man’ sent back to Austria
Austria

‘Ebola watchlist man’ sent back to Austria

A 35-year-old Israeli businessman has told The Local he is extremely angry after Cypriot authorities prevented him from leaving a plane in Larnaca and sent him back to Vienna because he had travelled to Liberia in early December - which is one of the centres of the Ebola outbreak.