Swiss pay for qualified staff tops in Europe
Switzerland

Swiss pay for qualified staff tops in Europe

Swiss salaries for qualified professionals and middle managers remain the highest in Europe, according to an international study done by Towers Watson, a human resource consulting and professional services firm.

Danish mosque doubles down on Isis support
Denmark

Danish mosque doubles down on Isis support

In a newly-aired documentary, leaders of the Grimhøj Mosque said that they want to see Isis win, that a Danish suicide bomber is a hero and that they do not believe in democracy.

Driver survives truck plunge into Swiss river
Switzerland

Driver survives truck plunge into Swiss river

A 42-year-old truck driver in the canton of Schwyz was lucky to escape serious injury after losing control of his vehicle, which plunged into the Muota River from a bridge in icy conditions on Tuesday.

Hollande’s camp furious over Trierweiler movie
France

Hollande’s camp furious over Trierweiler movie

The prospect of a film adaptation of Valérie Trierweiler’s tell-all memoir, Thank You for This Moment, has sparked anger among those close to the French president.

Will anti-Islam protests take off in France?
France

Will anti-Islam protests take off in France?

French anti-Islamists, inspired by the huge turn-outs at the xenophobic “Pegida” demos in Germany, have organised a protest for Paris later this month. While the organiser tells The Local “it’s just a first step”, experts say it could never take off in France.

Swedes ‘slack off’ for two hours each work day
Sweden

Swedes ‘slack off’ for two hours each work day

New research has found that Swedish workers are spending more and more time each day doing something other than working, from surfing the net, to booking holidays, or chatting to friends online.

Record turnout expected for annual Davos meet
Switzerland

Record turnout expected for annual Davos meet

The Geneva-based World Economic Forum says its annual gathering at Davos this month will draw a record number of participants, including more than 300 heads of state and government bigwigs.

France wants to cut the sound of (loud) music
France

France wants to cut the sound of (loud) music

The French government said on Tuesday it wants to put limits on sound levels in headphones and at live concerts in a bid to save the hearing of young people in the country.

War hero who ‘escaped’ for D-day event dies
France

War hero who ‘escaped’ for D-day event dies

A British World War II veteran who secretly slipped out of his care home to join the D-Day commemorations in northern France last year has died aged 90, the home said Tuesday.

Police give up on kangaroo hunt
Germany

Police give up on kangaroo hunt

Brandenburg police have officially given up their search for an escaped kangaroo that proved too wily for them to catch after six weeks of searching.

Denmark jails seven in Christiania drug case
Denmark

Denmark jails seven in Christiania drug case

Seven men were found guilty and sentenced to a total of 32.5 years in prison while more than 70 others await their day in court.

Baby scandal sheds light on Roma plight in France
France

Baby scandal sheds light on Roma plight in France

The tragic case of a dead Roma baby refused burial in a Paris suburb has underscored the plight of the community in France, where supporters say they are a scapegoat for the country's ills.

Is a CV in Danish really necessary?
Denmark

Is a CV in Danish really necessary?

In our first job advice column, NemCV's Franco Soldera tackles one of the most common questions he receives: should jobseekers make their CVs in Danish or English?

No anthrax found in mystery envelope
Sweden

No anthrax found in mystery envelope

UPDATED: Forensic experts have found that the mystery powder sent to a Swedish debt collection agency was not anthrax, after over 20 people were decontaminated.

Inmates’ Facebook page sparks uproar in France
France

Inmates’ Facebook page sparks uproar in France

A probe has been launched in France after inmates at a prison posted selfies on a Facebook page showing them waving bundles of cash around, displaying drugs and playing with mobile phones.

FDP pin revival hopes on…new flag
Germany

FDP pin revival hopes on…new flag

After a drubbing in the polls which has seen them wiped out in the Bundestag, Germany's Free Democratic Party (FDP) are pinning their hopes of a revival on a new... er... flag.

Beijing launches bid for 2022 Winter Olympics
Switzerland

Beijing launches bid for 2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing leaders on Tuesday handed over their official bid to stage the 2022 Winter Olympics to the Swiss-based IOC, heightening their battle with Kazakhstan's Almaty.

The entrepreneur behind Berlin’s latest gin
Germany

The entrepreneur behind Berlin’s latest gin

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, Sparsh Sharma talks to Stanislav Bic, founder of Gentle Gin and BerlinSpiceMan.

School VP bans Muslim class from church trip
Austria

School VP bans Muslim class from church trip

On the last school day before Christmas holidays, a school's vice-principal cancelled a planned school trip to Vienna's St. Stephen's Cathedral, because ten of the 23 students in the class are Muslims - and he was afraid they might cause damage to the church and its crosses.

Bum note haunts Kaiser’s concert hall
Germany

Bum note haunts Kaiser’s concert hall

Patronized by Wilhelm II as a music centre and since graced by Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Springsteen, Frankfurt's Festhalle is stinging at its new epithet of 'Germany's worst venue'.

Greece spooks investors back to German bonds
Germany

Greece spooks investors back to German bonds

French and German borrowing rates reached new all-time lows on Tuesday amid fears over the prospect of Greece leaving the eurozone.

Jordanian prince to run for Fifa presidency
Switzerland

Jordanian prince to run for Fifa presidency

Fifa vice-president Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan said on Tuesday he would stand against Swiss incumbent Sepp Blatter for the presidency of world football's Zurich-based governing body later this year.

Danish wind energy has record year
Denmark

Danish wind energy has record year

With 39 percent of Denmark's electricity use covered by wind power in 2014, the climate minister says the nation is well on its way to hitting its 2020 goals.

Anti-Islam demo flops in Berlin – but not just thugs
Germany

Anti-Islam demo flops in Berlin – but not just thugs

On Monday night, activists tried to bring the so-called "Pegida" movement (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West) to the German capital - and failed miserably.

Police put a spoke in bike thieves’ wheels
Germany

Police put a spoke in bike thieves’ wheels

Police in Hamburg arrested three men in the act of unloading dozens of high-tech bikes worth €300,000 from a shipping container.

Club Med turns further away from French roots
France

Club Med turns further away from French roots

French holiday resort group Club Med plans to pursue its strategy of attracting upmarket clients with its new investor Chinese conglomerate Fosun, turning further away from its working class roots.

Three Kings bring Epiphany to Austria
Austria

Three Kings bring Epiphany to Austria

The Local Austria wishes our readers a happy "Heilige drei Könige" on Tuesday, which is a bank holiday in the country. Watch out for Sternsinger - children traveling around, dressed as the Three Magi and singing Christmas hymns. We also wish our Orthodox readers a Merry Christmas!

Solar Impulse heads to Emirates in pieces
Switzerland

Solar Impulse heads to Emirates in pieces

A Boeing 747-400 transport plane carrying disassembled pieces of the Solar Impulse aircraft took off from Switzerland on Tuesday morning headed for Abu Dhabi, staging ground for the aircraft’s planned flight around the world later this year.

One dead after fire at Stockholm house
Sweden

One dead after fire at Stockholm house

A person was found dead after a fire broke out in a home in Stockholm's south on Tuesday morning.

Shooting injures three in Copenhagen suburb
Denmark

Shooting injures three in Copenhagen suburb

Police are trying to determine if a shooting incident that left three wounded is gang-related but say that the victims are "not particularly communicative".

Tour de France to return to German TV
Germany

Tour de France to return to German TV

German state broadcaster ARD is to begin screening the Tour de France again, after a break of four years due to the sport's recurrent doping disgraces.

Denmark sees sharp rise in criminal tourists
Denmark

Denmark sees sharp rise in criminal tourists

A nearly 50 percent increase in the number of tourists charged with crimes has politicians once again arguing over the need for increased border controls.

PhDs confiscated by Nazis to be restored
Germany

PhDs confiscated by Nazis to be restored

A Polish university said Monday it will restore doctorate degrees to 262 people, most of them Jewish, decades after Nazi Germany annulled them in the run-up to World War II.

Bid launched for new Lake Geneva crossing
Switzerland

Bid launched for new Lake Geneva crossing

Supporters of a new initiative in the canton of Geneva to build a motorway crossing of Lake Geneva say they have gathered enough signatures to put the mega-project to a citizens’ vote.

Anti-semitic attack on U-Bahn
Germany

Anti-semitic attack on U-Bahn

Police are hunting for several men after a young Israeli was attacked and abused in Berlin.

Hollande lays out new idea for green Tobin tax
France

Hollande lays out new idea for green Tobin tax

French President Francois Hollande shifted position this week on implementing a long-sought financial transactions tax in Europe and said the money should go towards projects aimed at mitigating climate change.

China expansion sees Volvo Cars hit sales high
Sweden

China expansion sees Volvo Cars hit sales high

Swedish automaker Volvo Cars has announced it beat its historical sales record in 2014, mainly due to a successful expansion in China.