Westergaard’s Charlie Hebdo piece selling fast
Denmark

Westergaard’s Charlie Hebdo piece selling fast

A drawing done by Kurt Westergaard, the man behind a Jyllands-Posten cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed that outraged Muslims, is bringing in orders from around the world.

Danish Muslim cited for cheering Paris attack
Denmark

Danish Muslim cited for cheering Paris attack

The 23-year-old spokesman for the organization Called to Islam (Kaldet til Islam) has been cited by police for comments made on Facebook in support of Wednesday’s terror attack at French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

German ECB member sceptical on QE
Germany

German ECB member sceptical on QE

ECB board member Sabine Lautenschläger has disputed in a magazine interview that the eurozone is now experiencing deflation and expressed scepticism about the central bank buying up sovereign bonds.

Real Madrid’s poor 2015 down to ‘mental state’
Spain

Real Madrid’s poor 2015 down to ‘mental state’

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti on Friday blamed his side's poor start to 2015 on a problem with their "mental state".

Charlie Hebdo gunmen killed as twin siege ends
France

Charlie Hebdo gunmen killed as twin siege ends

Elite French police stormed a printworks and a Jewish supermarket Friday, killing two brothers wanted for the Charlie Hebdo attack and a gunman linked to them in a dramatic end to twin sieges that rocked France.

The terror threat is not over for France: Hollande
France

The terror threat is not over for France: Hollande

France "faced down" Islamists who were behind the deaths of 17 people in three days of attacks but still remains threatened, the country's president and prime minister said Friday.

French Muslim leaders slam ‘odious’ attacks
France

French Muslim leaders slam ‘odious’ attacks

French imams condemned violence committed in the name of Islam during Friday prayers as the country reeled from the double hostage dramas that followed the massacre at Charlie Hebdo magazine.

Ghanaian-Austrian’s eight year drug sentence
Austria

Ghanaian-Austrian’s eight year drug sentence

Nayele Ametefe was sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison on Tuesday morning, after pleading guilty to attempting to smuggle in 12 kg of the 'purest cocaine ever seen' at Heathrow airport.

Out-of-work foreigners boost Swiss jobless rate
Switzerland

Out-of-work foreigners boost Swiss jobless rate

The Swiss jobless rate increased in December to 3.4 percent from 3.2 percent the previous month as the percentage of foreigners out of work took another big jump, according to a government report issued on Friday.

Italian PM Renzi to join Paris rally on Sunday
Italy

Italian PM Renzi to join Paris rally on Sunday

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said he would go to Paris on Sunday, when a mass rally will be held in the wake of the massacre at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

World stands side by side with France
France

World stands side by side with France

European leaders will make an extraordinary show of support for France by joining a mass rally in Paris this weekend as a wave of global support continued following the bloody end to the Charlie Hebdo attacks' sieges.

RECAP: Gunmen ‘coordinated’ attacks
France

RECAP: Gunmen ‘coordinated’ attacks

Counter-terrorist police in France stormed a printworks and a Jewish supermarket Friday, killing two brothers wanted for the Charlie Hebdo massacre and an accomplice who took hostages at a Jewish supermarket in Paris, in two separate sieges.

Spain PM Rajoy to join Sunday demo in Paris
Spain

Spain PM Rajoy to join Sunday demo in Paris

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will take part in a rally against terrorism on Sunday in the French capital in the wake of an attack on the French satirical newspaper Charile Hebdo which left 12 people dead.

35 percent of Spaniards ‘don’t read books’
Spain

35 percent of Spaniards ‘don’t read books’

Over a third of Spaniards admit to "never" or "hardly ever" reading books, with nearly half of those people putting their lack of reading down to the fact that they are "not interested".

Merkel to attend Paris mass rally on Sunday
Germany

Merkel to attend Paris mass rally on Sunday

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that she would join French President Francois Hollande and other leaders at a Paris mass rally this weekend to show solidarity after the Charlie Hebdo attacks and subsequent bloodshed.

5 things no one tells you about renting in Spain
Spain

5 things no one tells you about renting in Spain

From ancient appliances to dodgy apartment owners, finding a place to live in Spain can be a real nightmare. But before you tear your hair out, guest blogger Cat Gaa is here to lend a helping hand.

Doctors ‘took out wrong kidney from patient’
Italy

Doctors ‘took out wrong kidney from patient’

An investigation is underway in Rome after doctors removed the wrong kidney from an elderly patient, Italian media reported on Friday.

Top Spanish director to open Berlin Film Festival
Spain

Top Spanish director to open Berlin Film Festival

Catalan director Isabel Coixet is set to open the prestigious Berlinale next month with her new film, Nobody Wants the Night, organizers announced on Friday.

Sweden confirms four ‘Superman’ drug deaths
Sweden

Sweden confirms four ‘Superman’ drug deaths

Two more people have died from using the so-called 'Superman' drug, Swedish police have confirmed to The Local, bringing the total number of deaths from the drug in Sweden to four.

New mosque ban in Padua after Paris attacks
Italy

New mosque ban in Padua after Paris attacks

The mayor of Padua has said that no more permits will be granted for the construction of mosques in the northern Italian city in the wake of the shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine, in Paris on Wednesday.

Spanish director to open Berlin film festival
Germany

Spanish director to open Berlin film festival

Spanish director Isabel Coixet's new movie set in Greenland in 1908 starring French actress Juliette Binoche will open the 65th Berlin film festival next month, organisers said Friday.

Children’s ‘genital song’ goes viral in Sweden
Sweden

Children’s ‘genital song’ goes viral in Sweden

A video about penises and vaginas from a Swedish children's programme has gone viral, causing wildly varying reactions from the Swedish public.

Mass casualty attacks planned on West: top spy
France

Mass casualty attacks planned on West: top spy

Islamist militants in Syria are planning "mass casualty attacks" on Western targets, the head of British spy agency MI5 has warned, saying the deadly shooting in Paris was only a reminder of an ongoing threat.

US approves Roche test for HIV and hepatitus
Switzerland

US approves Roche test for HIV and hepatitus

US authorities have approved a test developed by Swiss pharmaceutical firm Roche that can detect both HIV and hepatitis viruses, the Basel-based company said on Friday.

Upset sends Bacsinszky to Shenzhen Open final
Switzerland

Upset sends Bacsinszky to Shenzhen Open final

Top seed Simona Halep sailed into the WTA Shenzhen Open final on Friday and will face Timea Bacsinszky after the Swiss world number 47 upset double Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova.

Chinese firm takes over Greenland mine project
Denmark

Chinese firm takes over Greenland mine project

The Chinese company General Nice Development has taken over a massive iron ore contract in western Greenland, Nuuk announced on Friday.

CDU accused of bribery to block Linke
Germany

CDU accused of bribery to block Linke

Prosecutors in Thuringia are investigating the state's section of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) after accusations they tried to bribe fellow politicians for their votes in the election for state president.

Few of Italy’s rescued migrants wish to stay
Italy

Few of Italy’s rescued migrants wish to stay

The Italian Navy on Thursday saved hundreds of boat migrants in the Mediterranean, as new UN figures show relatively few arrivals apply for asylum in Italy.

Wild weather whipping up in southern Sweden
Sweden

Wild weather whipping up in southern Sweden

Rain, heavy snow and high winds are expected in the south of Sweden this weekend, with weather warnings issued in several parts of the region.

‘At least two dead’ in second hostage-taking
France

‘At least two dead’ in second hostage-taking

At least two people were shot dead Friday during a hostage-taking drama at a Jewish supermarket in eastern Paris, and five people were being held, official sources told AFP.

Austria leads Big Six US football in Europe
Austria

Austria leads Big Six US football in Europe

The top American-style football clubs in Europe are getting together in 2015 to fight for the European grid-iron championship in July, with Austria taking a leading position.

Sweden court stops hotly contested wolf hunt
Sweden

Sweden court stops hotly contested wolf hunt

A Swedish court has pulled the plug on a wolf hunt due to start on Friday, favouring animal rights activists in one of the country's most hotly disputed environmental issues.

Podemos chief top pick for Spanish PM: poll
Spain

Podemos chief top pick for Spanish PM: poll

Nearly half of all Spaniards think Pablo Iglesias, the leader of Spain’s popular anti-austerity party, Podemos, would make the best prime minister for the country, according to a new poll.

Putin slams talk of Spain vineyard as ‘joke’
Spain

Putin slams talk of Spain vineyard as ‘joke’

President Vladimir Putin's spokesman on Friday dismissed media reports that the Russian leader owns a luxury Spanish villa where he is planting a vineyard.

French salesman ‘shook hands’ with suspect
France

French salesman ‘shook hands’ with suspect

For Didier the salesman, a humdrum meeting with a client at a printing business outside of Paris on Friday turned into a run-in with France's most wanted men as he "shook hands" with one of the magazine massacre suspects.

Denmark’s economy ‘on right track’ for 2015
Denmark

Denmark’s economy ‘on right track’ for 2015

While the Danish economy is "slowly moving in the right direction”, Danske Bank’s Nordic outlook warns that Sweden and Norway's economies are under threat.

Mikl-Leitner to attend Paris anti-terror meet
Austria

Mikl-Leitner to attend Paris anti-terror meet

Austria’s Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner will be attending an anti-terrorism meeting with US and EU officials on Sunday, hosted by France in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo gun massacre.

Three police cadets injured in shooting prank
Austria

Three police cadets injured in shooting prank

Three police cadets have been injured in a shooting incident in St Pölten, during a training session on Thursday.

Skier missing 86 years reunited with family
Austria

Skier missing 86 years reunited with family

Human remains found in a cave in the Austrian Alps have been identified as those of a 21-year-old skier who went missing 86 years ago, police said Friday.

Valls: France at ‘war’ with terrorism not religion
France

Valls: France at ‘war’ with terrorism not religion

France is at "war" with terrorism, but not religion, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Friday as police cornered two suspected Islamist gunmen near Paris.

Right-wing MP calls for ban on Muslim refugees
Switzerland

Right-wing MP calls for ban on Muslim refugees

The politician behind the successful campaign to prohibit the construction of new minarets in Switzerland is now calling for a ban on certain Muslim refugees in the country following the Charlie Hebdo massacre in France.

Gang attacks Leipzig police station
Germany

Gang attacks Leipzig police station

A group of 50 hooded people attacked a neighbourhood police station in Leipzig and set fire to a patrol car in what appears to have been a politically motivated attack.

Basque party snubs vote condemning Paris attack
Spain

Basque party snubs vote condemning Paris attack

The regional parliament of Spain's Basque Country on Thursday failed to pass a motion condemning Wednesday’s terrorist attack in France after the region’s EH BIldu party objected to its wording.

Charlie Hebdo writer was son of Spanish parents
Spain

Charlie Hebdo writer was son of Spanish parents

Bernard Maris, who was murdered in the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, was the son of Republican parents who emigrated to France after the Spanish Civil War

One of Charlie Hebdo suspects ‘known to Italy’
France

One of Charlie Hebdo suspects ‘known to Italy’

One of the suspects accused of killing 12 people at the Paris office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was known to Italian authorities, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Friday.

Danish nurse put in isolation over Ebola fears
Denmark

Danish nurse put in isolation over Ebola fears

A Danish woman who was helping Ebola patients in Sierra Leone was exposed to the virus when her protective glove ripped.

Suspect confesses to killing mother
Austria

Suspect confesses to killing mother

A 22-year-old Austrian man who was extradited from the US in November on suspicion of having murdered his mother has finally confessed to the killing.

Paris attack suspect known to Italy: Alfano
Italy

Paris attack suspect known to Italy: Alfano

One of the suspects accused of killing 12 people at the Paris office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was known to Italian authorities, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Friday.

Gay couple’s son to get Italian birth certificate
Italy

Gay couple’s son to get Italian birth certificate

Authorities in Turin have agreed to transcribe the birth certificate of a child born to a lesbian couple following an appeals court ruling, setting a precedent in Italy.

Vienna mosque defaced by graffiti
Austria

Vienna mosque defaced by graffiti

In the wake of the Islamist-inspired terror attack in Paris, a mosque in a building used by the Vienna Islamic Centre was defaced by Islamophobic graffiti on Thursday.

New Snowden doc on Germany cyber war
Germany

New Snowden doc on Germany cyber war

A documentary to be broadcast on Monday based on documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden shows that Germany is caught up in an inescapable digital arms race.

Pegida plans to hold anti-Islam demo in Vienna
Austria

Pegida plans to hold anti-Islam demo in Vienna

The Vienna branch of the German anti-Islam movement Pegida has announced that it plans to hold a demonstration in the Austrian capital on February 2nd, at 6.30pm. Numerous left-wing counter demonstrations are also planned.

Smog alert issued for Barcelona
Spain

Smog alert issued for Barcelona

The Catalan regional government has issued a pollution alert for Barcelona that is set to last for the entire weekend, with people encouraged to take public transport and to reduce their speed on motorways.

Muhammad cartoonist draws Paris response
Denmark

Muhammad cartoonist draws Paris response

Kurt Westergaard, the Danish cartoonist behind the most infamous of Jyllands-Posten’s Muhammad caricatures, has picked up his pen in support of the victims of Wednesday’s terror attack at the offices of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Swiss National Bank to post $37-billion profit
Switzerland

Swiss National Bank to post $37-billion profit

The Swiss federal government and the country’s 26 cantons stand to benefit from a jackpot after the Swiss National Bank announced on Friday that it expects to report a record net profit of 38 billion francs ($37.3 billion) for 2014.

As Merkel offers condolences, Pegida to don black armbands
Germany

As Merkel offers condolences, Pegida to don black armbands

Chancellor Angela Merkel has signed a book of condolences for victims of the Paris shooting - as the anti-Islam Pegida movement announced it would wear black armbands at its next march on Monday.

More Swedes show support for Nato
Sweden

More Swedes show support for Nato

The proportion of Swedes supporting Nato membership has leapt up five percentage points, a new survey has revealed.

Denmark braces for ‘double storm’
Denmark

Denmark braces for ‘double storm’

A storm named Dagmar will hit Denmark on Friday followed by little brother Egon on Saturday.

Did French police take their eyes off jihadists?
France

Did French police take their eyes off jihadists?

Having known ties to jihadist groups is no guarantee a person will be under constant surveillance, experts say, a clue as to how brothers suspected of carrying out the Charlie Hebdo magazine massacre slipped through the cracks.

Strong Nordic economies face threat in 2015

Strong Nordic economies face threat in 2015

Sweden and Norway's economies may have outperformed the rest of Europe since the financial crisis, but a leading bank in the region has warned that they are under threat.

Sweden Democrats defend Islam comment
Sweden

Sweden Democrats defend Islam comment

UPDATED: A spokesman for the Sweden Democrats has told The Local that "it is not a serious matter" that a senior party member wrote "the religion of peace shows its face" on his Facebook page directly after the fatal Paris shootings.

Inter Milan snares Bayern Munich’s Shaqiri
Italy

Inter Milan snares Bayern Munich’s Shaqiri

Inter have snared their second biggest name of the winter transfer market after agreeing terms with Bayern Munich for forward Xherdan Shaqiri, the club said in a brief statement on Thursday.

Stasi documents trove released online
Germany

Stasi documents trove released online

The Stasi Records Office has made selected records from the infamous East German secret police force available online.

Over a million fake €50 notes seized in Italy
Italy

Over a million fake €50 notes seized in Italy

Italy's financial police said Thursday they had seized over one million fake €50 banknotes which were almost ready to be put into circulation, and arrested five people.

Bumper year for eating out in Swedish cafes
Sweden

Bumper year for eating out in Swedish cafes

Fresh figures have shown that Swedes had healthy appetites in 2014, marking a 4 percent increase in income for the restaurant industry.

‘It’s called Gothenburg, not Göteborg’
Sweden

‘It’s called Gothenburg, not Göteborg’

The Local's Oliver Gee is vexed about the only Swedish city with a name in both English and Swedish. And he wants you to say it correctly, please.

Merkel rigid on easing Russia sanctions
Germany

Merkel rigid on easing Russia sanctions

Chancellor Angela Merkel has set strict terms for easing EU sanctions on Russia as the 28-nation bloc unlocked new aid to help Ukraine overcome its devastating Kremlin-backed revolt.