Charlie Hebdo killings spark Swiss rallies
Switzerland

Charlie Hebdo killings spark Swiss rallies

Hundreds of people attended solidarity rallies in Geneva, Lausanne and Bern on Wednesday night over the terror attack at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine’s editorial offices in Paris that left 12 people dead.

France on high alert as Muslims fear backlash
France

France on high alert as Muslims fear backlash

France was on high alert on Thursday the day after a terror attack on a satirical magazine left 12 dead. Muslim leaders have condemned the shootings, but fear there may be a backlash.

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Stockholmers join global Paris shooting vigils
Sweden

Stockholmers join global Paris shooting vigils

French expats, Swedes and international journalists gathered outside the French embassy in Stockholm on Wednesday night, in solidarity with the victims of the attack on Paris-based magazine Charlie Hedbo. The Local's Maddy Savage was among them.

Airline offers shortest international flight
Austria

Airline offers shortest international flight

Passengers traveling on a new flight offered by Austrian budget airline Fly Niki from April will hardly have time to sip a coffee between take-off and landing.

Austrian President condemns Paris attacks
Austria

Austrian President condemns Paris attacks

Austrian officials expressed their condolences and condemned the deadly shooting attack in Paris on Wednesday, according to local media reports.

What’s On in Sweden: January 8th – 15th
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: January 8th – 15th

The new year is here and so is the winter chill. But there's still plenty to do in Sweden. Here's a host of new shows, exhibitions, and activities around the country.

France in shock after terror attack kills 12
France

France in shock after terror attack kills 12

UPDATED: Heavily armed men shouting "Allahu akbar" stormed the Paris headquarters of a satirical weekly on Wednesday, killing 12 people in an attack that brought more than 100,000 protesters onto streets across France.

Avalanche kills fourth man in three days
Austria

Avalanche kills fourth man in three days

An avalanche early on Wednesday afternoon saw yet another fatality, when two mountain railway employees carrying out a risk assessment of potential avalanches in the Hochfügen ski resort in the Fügenberg district of Tyrol were buried under several metres of snow.

Thousands rally in France for attack victims
France

Thousands rally in France for attack victims

Tens of thousands of people joined rallies in Paris and other French cities on Wednesday to pay tribute to the victims of a massacre by Islamist gunmen at the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

Who were the victims of the Paris terror attack?
France

Who were the victims of the Paris terror attack?

The "barbaric" terrorist attacks of the past week left 17 people dead. 12 people were killed by the Kouachi brothers at the offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo, one trainee policewoman lost her life in a shooting in Montrouge, and four men were gunned down by Amedy Coulibaly during the hostage drama at a Jewish supermarket. Here's what we know about the victims.

German cars remain most popular with Swiss
Switzerland

German cars remain most popular with Swiss

Swiss residents bought slightly fewer new passenger cars in 2014, according to data released on Wednesday in a report that showed German brands remain the most popular with motorists in Switzerland.

Swede calls for more controversial cartoons
Sweden

Swede calls for more controversial cartoons

Despite Wednesday's deadly attack on a Paris magazine that published controversial pictures of the prophet Mohammed, Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks argues that European media should not censor satirical pictures in the future.

Swede calls for Mohammed cartoon printing

Swede calls for Mohammed cartoon printing

Despite Wednesday's deadly attack on a Paris magazine that published controversial cartoons of the prophet Mohammed, cartoonist Lars Vilks argues European media should not censor satirical pictures in future.

World unites to condemn ‘barbaric’ terror attack
France

World unites to condemn ‘barbaric’ terror attack

World leaders, French politicians and representatives of the country's Muslim community have roundly condemned Wednesday's terrorist attack in Paris at the offices of weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo. Here's what they had to say.

Bern issues condolences over Paris terrorist attack
Switzerland

Bern issues condolences over Paris terrorist attack

The Swiss government on Wednesday afternoon issued a statement of “deepest condolences” to the families of victims of the attack on the editorial board of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris that left 12 people dead and many more injured.

Merkel condemns ‘despicable’ Paris attack
Germany

Merkel condemns ‘despicable’ Paris attack

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday condemned the "despicable" attack on a French satirical weekly that left at least 12 people dead.

Patients warned to ‘be careful’ of gay dentist
Italy

Patients warned to ‘be careful’ of gay dentist

Patients at a dental clinic in a town in Tuscany were shocked after turning up to their appointments and finding a notice warning them to “be careful” of a gay dentist working there.

Italy calls anti-terrorism meeting after Paris attack
Italy

Italy calls anti-terrorism meeting after Paris attack

Italy called a meeting of its "anti-terrorism" committee on Wednesday to examine possible threats following an attack on the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 people.

Jyllands-Posten ups security after Paris attack
Denmark

Jyllands-Posten ups security after Paris attack

Newspaper's offices in Copenhagen and Viby have implemented extra security measures in light of the attack on the French magazine that reprinted Jyllands-Posten's notorious Muhammad drawings.

Bomb scares at media outlets ‘false alarms’
Spain

Bomb scares at media outlets ‘false alarms’

The offices of two Spanish media groups were evacuated after the receipt of suspicious packages on Wednesday with police later saying the bomb threats were false alarms.

Pro-Russian hackers: We took down Merkel’s site
Germany

Pro-Russian hackers: We took down Merkel’s site

Pro-Russian hackers in Ukraine have claimed responsibility for an attack that crashed the website of Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday.

Blackface king at FDP summit angers activists
Germany

Blackface king at FDP summit angers activists

The appearance of blacked-up charity collectors on national television on Tuesday revealed lingering racist undertones in German culture, an anti-racism group told The Local.

Homeless man died in lift from alcohol poisoning
Austria

Homeless man died in lift from alcohol poisoning

After an autopsy, a 58-year-old homeless man who died of an apparent heart attack after laying for five hours in an elevator in a busy subway station in Vienna was found to have succumbed to alcohol poisoning.

Manslaughter probe into Italian singer’s death
Italy

Manslaughter probe into Italian singer’s death

Prosecutors in Rome have opened a manslaughter investigation into the death of the popular singer-songwriter, Pino Daniele.

‘Let’s condemn occupation and aggression, by anyone, anywhere’
Sweden

‘Let’s condemn occupation and aggression, by anyone, anywhere’

IN MY VOICE: The world stands behind Ukraine now as sanctions against Russia are put in place. NFGL student Adventino Banjwa says Russia must be held accountable for its actions - but what about the transgressions of other nations, nations such as the US?

PM condemns ‘brutal’ attack on French mag
Denmark

PM condemns ‘brutal’ attack on French mag

Helle Thorning-Schmidt said that France has Denmark's full support and that both countries must strive to protect their values.

Sweden’s PM condemns fatal Paris shootings
Sweden

Sweden’s PM condemns fatal Paris shootings

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefen Löfven has condemned the killing of twelve people at a French satirical magazine in Paris on Wednesday, describing it as "disgusting".

‘Horror and dismay’ over Paris shooting: Renzi
Italy

‘Horror and dismay’ over Paris shooting: Renzi

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Wednesday expressed his "horror and dismay" after a shooting spree at the office of a Paris magazine left at least 12 people dead.

Central bank dramatically boosts currency reserves
Switzerland

Central bank dramatically boosts currency reserves

Switzerland's central bank dramatically increased its foreign currency reserves last month as it moves to keep the heated franc from getting too strong, figures released on Wednesday showed.

Charlie Hebdo stood by Danish newspaper
Denmark

Charlie Hebdo stood by Danish newspaper

The attack on Charlie Hebdo reverberated throughout the Danish media community due to the connections between the French satire magazine and the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

Mum faces jail over late payment of €1,400 fine
Spain

Mum faces jail over late payment of €1,400 fine

A 29-year-old mother of two young children has been told she will have to go to prison for six months after she was late in paying a €1,400 ($1,650) fine related to a crime she committed five years ago.

Charlie Hebdo: a timeline of controversy
France

Charlie Hebdo: a timeline of controversy

The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, whose offices were attacked in a terrorist shooting on Wednesday, has a long history of poking fun at religion - particularly Islam.

Major parties all guilty of financial crime: report
Spain

Major parties all guilty of financial crime: report

All of Spain's major political parties as well as many smaller groupings committed financial crimes in 2012, a new report by the Court of Accounts alleges.

Tourist group tries to fix Eurovision mess
Denmark

Tourist group tries to fix Eurovision mess

Wonderful Copenhagen's CEO for the past 20 years was fired as the tourist organization attempts to restore the public's confidence following its Eurovision spending scandal.

Man saves mother-in-law from burning house
Austria

Man saves mother-in-law from burning house

A 46-year-old Styrian man saved his mother-in-law from her burning house on Tuesday after she left several candles burning and forgot about them.

Germany tops asylum application table: UN
Germany

Germany tops asylum application table: UN

There are more refugees worldwide than at any time since the Second World War, while Germany is receiving more asylum applications than any other country.

German jobless rate lowest since unification
Germany

German jobless rate lowest since unification

The German labour market continued to shine in December, shrugging off current economic weakness, with unemployment now at its lowest level since unification, official data showed on Wednesday.

Migrant ships ‘trade like second-hand cars’
Italy

Migrant ships ‘trade like second-hand cars’

On the murky edges of the global shipping industry, decades-old, rusting ships such as those used to smuggle hundreds of people into Italy last week are traded almost as easily as second-hand cars.

Swedish terror suspect freed from US prison
Sweden

Swedish terror suspect freed from US prison

A former Swedish nightclub owner has been released after four years in a US prison, where he was being held on suspicion of supplying weapons to Colombian guerrillas in exchange for cocaine.

Berlin plans for possible Greek euro exit: report
Germany

Berlin plans for possible Greek euro exit: report

Germany has made preparations for the possibility of Greece leaving the eurozone, including any run on Greek banks, a German newspaper reported on Wednesday without giving its sources.

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Sweden

Jan. 22: Crosstalks – an international academic talkshow (Stockholm)

Top travel highlights in Spain for 2015
Spain

Top travel highlights in Spain for 2015

Looking for a Spain holiday with a difference in 2015? Then look no further. The Local has rounded up some of the most interesting travel options the country has to offer in 2015, no matter what kind of traveller you are.

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Sweden

Jan. 21: Pub Crawl (Stockholm)

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Sweden

Jan. 18: Create new out of old (Umeå)

Danish filmmaker to direct True Detective
Denmark

Danish filmmaker to direct True Detective

When HBO’s wildly popular series True Detective returns, it will not only have new actors in the main roles, it will also have a very Danish touch. For one episode, anyway.

Vienna Christmas tree given new life
Austria

Vienna Christmas tree given new life

Ever wondered what happens to Vienna’s most famous Christmas tree on the Rathausplatz once the festive season is over? This year the 28 metre high spruce will be recycled and made into new signs for hiking trails in the Vienna Woods.

Swedish foreign minister postpones Israel trip
Sweden

Swedish foreign minister postpones Israel trip

Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström has indefinitely postponed a planned trip to Israel in an apparent cooling of relations between the two countries since Sweden recognized Palestine.

Swedish ‘Ebola’ nurse back in Skåne hospital
Sweden

Swedish ‘Ebola’ nurse back in Skåne hospital

A Swedish nurse declared healthy after an Ebola scare earlier this week is back in hospital.

Madonna leaves her mark on Swiss holiday
Switzerland

Madonna leaves her mark on Swiss holiday

Pop star Madonna made her mark in more ways than one during her recent holiday stay in the Swiss Alps.

Germany must do better: schools report
Germany

Germany must do better: schools report

Germany will fail to meet several of the goals it set six years ago to improve education levels for children and young adults by the end of 2015, a new study shows.

US ski jumper injures spine in Austria
Austria

US ski jumper injures spine in Austria

A member of the US Ski Jumping team sustained a serious spinal injury requiring emergency surgery after a heavy fall while ski jumping in Austria on Tuesday.

Bid to keep marine in Italy after heart op
Italy

Bid to keep marine in Italy after heart op

Lawyers for an Italian marine accused of killing two Indian fishermen have asked India's Supreme Court that he be allowed to stay in Italy for health reasons.

Ukrainian children given Austrian ski trip
Austria

Ukrainian children given Austrian ski trip

Two hundred Ukrainian children will arrive in Austria on Thursday for a ten day skiing holiday. The children are from the rebel-held Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine, which have been at the centre of the conflict with Russia.

Man arrested after 130 fake Swedish jobs offers
Sweden

Man arrested after 130 fake Swedish jobs offers

Police in Småland in southern Sweden say they have arrested a 43-year-old man suspected of being behind a scam that led to 130 people being offered fake jobs at a transport firm.

Italy’s jobless rate hits all-time high
Italy

Italy’s jobless rate hits all-time high

The unemployment rate in Italy hit an all-time high of 13.4 percent in November, according to figures released on Wednesday by Istat, the national statistics agency.

Politician slammed for fake pic of dead PM
Spain

Politician slammed for fake pic of dead PM

A politician with Spain's Socialist opposition party has come under fire for a Christmas Facebook message featuring a faked image of the Spanish prime minister in a coffin.

Warning from mother of ‘Superman’ drug victim
Sweden

Warning from mother of ‘Superman’ drug victim

The mother of a young Swedish man who died after taking the same 'Superman' ecstasy pill that has been linked to four deaths in the UK, has been speaking to The Local about the drug's dangers.

Lufthansa can’t cut it, says Ryanair boss
Germany

Lufthansa can’t cut it, says Ryanair boss

Michael O'Leary, CEO of Irish low-cost airline Ryanair, hopes to quintuple his market share in Germany at the expense of the national airline Lufthansa.

UK leapfrogs France in world wealth rankings
France

UK leapfrogs France in world wealth rankings

In what will be a bitter blow to French morale and the government, reports in France on Wednesday claim the country has been overtaken by the UK as the world’s fifth economic power.

Tougher penalties sought for animal cruelty
Austria

Tougher penalties sought for animal cruelty

Austrian animal rights activists and politicians are calling for tougher sentences for animal cruelty - saying that the current penalty of up to one year in prison is not a strong enough deterrent.

The Local’s top Swedish songs of the month
Sweden

The Local’s top Swedish songs of the month

The Local's resident music guru Paul Connolly is back with a selection of his favourite Swedish tracks to see you through the dark, post-festive days of January.

Two-year old trapped in ice-cold car
Austria

Two-year old trapped in ice-cold car

A two-year-old boy locked himself in a car in sub-zero temperatures for more than an hour on Sunday night.

Norway prodigy close to Real Madrid deal: report
Spain

Norway prodigy close to Real Madrid deal: report

Football prodigy Martin Ødegaard, one of the most hunted players in Europe's winter transfer market, is set for a move to Real Madrid, according to a Norwegian press report.

‘Islamophobic’ novel hits the shelves in France
France

‘Islamophobic’ novel hits the shelves in France

A new book imagining a future France under Islamic rule hit the shelves on Wednesday. The novel by author and polemicist Michel Houellebecq will no doubt fuel French angst about the role of Islam in the country.

Italy banks on a future with foreign investors
Italy

Italy banks on a future with foreign investors

Italy's sluggish economy and burdensome bureaucracy have done little to attract foreign investors. But now the country's north-west is carving out a future built on international business ties.

Daniel Craig brings Bond fever to Altaussee
Austria

Daniel Craig brings Bond fever to Altaussee

With filming of the 24th Bond film Spectre well under way in the Styrian lakeside village of Altaussee, actor Daniel Craig delighted fans after a long day of filming by posing for photos and signing autographs.

Sweden Democrat wins anti-Semitism ‘award’
Sweden

Sweden Democrat wins anti-Semitism ‘award’

Comments by Sweden Democrat politician Björn Söder were offensive enough to be ranked among the ten most anti-Semitic remarks of 2014 by a leading US human rights group.

Reyes tragedy: ‘king’ dies in parade accident
Spain

Reyes tragedy: ‘king’ dies in parade accident

A 20-year-old man playing King Balthazar in a Three Kings parade in southern Spain has died after being knocked from the float and hitting his head.

Norway prodigy closes in on Madrid deal: report
Norway

Norway prodigy closes in on Madrid deal: report

Football prodigy Martin Ødegaard, one of the most hunted players in Europe's winter transfer market, is set for a move to Real Madrid, according to a Norwegian press report.

Police kill man after knife attack on woman
Sweden

Police kill man after knife attack on woman

A man who attacked a woman with a knife in southern Sweden has died after police shot him.

Kraftwerk kick off shows at Berlin landmark
Germany

Kraftwerk kick off shows at Berlin landmark

German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk kicked off eight nights of concerts at an iconic Berlin museum Tuesday with a multimedia performance of their classic album "Autobahn".

Fatal accident affects trains to airport, Sweden
Denmark

Fatal accident affects trains to airport, Sweden

Rail traffic between Copenhagen Central Station and Malmö was halted temporarily on Wednesday morning after two people were struck by a train.

Geneva committee backs legalizing marijuana
Switzerland

Geneva committee backs legalizing marijuana

It's enough to set cuckoo clocks bonging . . . Growing and selling marijuana may soon become legal in once staid Geneva, a year after Switzerland decriminalized possessing the drug.

Passer-by wounded in biker shootout
Germany

Passer-by wounded in biker shootout

A street battle between the Hells Angels and Bandidos biker gangs in Düsseldorf on New Year's Eve left a passer-by gravely wounded by a bullet in the chest.

Second deadly avalanche claims life of Italian skier

Second deadly avalanche claims life of Italian skier

A 48-year-old Italian skier was reported missing on Monday after failing to return from a solo skiing expedition in the Gargellen ski resort in Vorarlberg near the Swiss border.

Hope turns to despair for ‘ghost’ ship migrants
Italy

Hope turns to despair for ‘ghost’ ship migrants

Cold, cramped, sick and miserable, aboard an old cargo ship left drifting towards the Italian coast - this was the "journey of death" some 768 desperate Syrian migrants had embarked on in the hopes of a better life in Europe.

Hackers hit website of French defence ministry
France

Hackers hit website of French defence ministry

Internet activists launched an attack on the website of the French defence ministry on Tuesday to protest the death of a young environmentalist during clashes with police last year.

Paris’s Louvre is world’s most visited museum
France

Paris’s Louvre is world’s most visited museum

The Louvre art gallery in Paris, home to the likes of the Mona Lisa painting, is the world's most visited museum, new figures have revealed.

Cameron’s high hopes for Merkel London visit
Germany

Cameron’s high hopes for Merkel London visit

Chancellor Angela Merkel is in London Wednesday for face-to-face talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron before he goes into an election promising renegotiation of the UK's EU membership - followed by a referendum.

Denmark: EU should stay the course on Russia
Denmark

Denmark: EU should stay the course on Russia

Following French President Francois Hollande's suggestion that the West lift its sanctions on Russia, the Danish foreign minister said that now is not the time for the EU to let up.

Swedes find rare wall sculptures in Egypt
Sweden

Swedes find rare wall sculptures in Egypt

A team of Swedish archaeologists has discovered a rare 2,500-year-old wall relief depicting two pharaonic deities south of Cairo, Egyptian officials said on Tuesday.

Ten Swedes who made a lasting impact on the US
Sweden

Ten Swedes who made a lasting impact on the US

Did you know a Swede was behind the iconic curvy Coca-Cola bottle? The Local looks at how Alexander Samuelsson and nine other Swedes have made a lasting impression on the US.