Swiss teen nabbed with stolen skull in suitcase
Switzerland

Swiss teen nabbed with stolen skull in suitcase

Argentina officials have detained a 19-year-old Swiss man after a skull was found in his luggage as he was preparing to board a plane to leave the country, according to media reports.

Fifa’s Blatter pays tribute to French terror victims
Switzerland

Fifa’s Blatter pays tribute to French terror victims

Fifa's Swiss president Sepp Blatter paid tribute to the victims of last week's terror attacks in France, telling Monday's Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in Zurich that "this evening we are all a little bit French".

Ronaldo wins third Ballon d’Or in Zurich
Switzerland

Ronaldo wins third Ballon d’Or in Zurich

Portuguese and Real Madrid great Cristiano Ronaldo won his third Ballon d'Or on Monday at the Fifa ceremony in Zurich to edge within one of his eternal rival, Barcelona's Argentinian magician Lionel Messi.

Three arrested with fake guns at Jyllands-Posten
Denmark

Three arrested with fake guns at Jyllands-Posten

Amid heightened tensions and increased security in the aftermath of last week’s terror attack in Paris, three men were arrested for what appears to be a prank involving fake weapons near the office of Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins third Ballon D’Or
Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo wins third Ballon D’Or

Cristiano Ronaldo shut out Lionel Messi for the second straight year in the battle for the Ballon d'Or and he is showing no sign of giving up his grip as king of world football.

After three days of terror France feels like a nation
France

After three days of terror France feels like a nation

In a matter of days the murderous acts of three terrorists, who were born and raised in France, have helped restore confidence and unity to a country and its people.

Swiss Pegida wing plans anti-Islam protest
Switzerland

Swiss Pegida wing plans anti-Islam protest

An anti-Islamic movement that is growing in Germany has established a Swiss wing and is planning a demonstration at an undisclosed location in Switzerland next month.

Sarkozy mocked on Twitter for rally antics
France

Sarkozy mocked on Twitter for rally antics

After former president Nicolas Sarkozy skillfully made his way to the front row of the Paris rally on Sunday, Twitter has been flooded with photoshopped pictures under the hashtag #JeSuisNico showing him at all sorts of events, from the moon landings to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Children’s ‘genital song’ in new YouTube row
Sweden

Children’s ‘genital song’ in new YouTube row

A music video about penises and vaginas from a Swedish children's programme that went viral last week, was classified by YouTube as 'adult' content over the weekend, sparking a new row about the song.

Fiat to create over 1,000 new jobs at Italy plant
Italy

Fiat to create over 1,000 new jobs at Italy plant

Fiat-Chrysler said on Monday it will add over 1,000 new jobs at its Melfi plant in southern Italy, boosting hopes for the revival of car manufacturers in Europe.

‘Islam belongs to Germany’: Merkel
Germany

‘Islam belongs to Germany’: Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel emphasized her support for the Muslim community in Germany and opposition to Turkey's EU application after meeting with the Turkish prime minister.

France sees dozens of anti-Muslim incidents
France

France sees dozens of anti-Muslim incidents

UPDATED: There have been over 50 anti-Muslim incidents reported in France since Islamic terrorists opened fire on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the Central Council of Muslims in France has revealed.

EU hasn’t moved on Schengen changes: PM
Spain

EU hasn’t moved on Schengen changes: PM

European leaders have yet to decide whether to restore border controls within the Schengen zone, Spain's prime minister said Monday, after Madrid made a push for the visa-free treaty to be modified in the wake of France's terror attacks.

Former Italy FM Bonino has lung cancer
Italy

Former Italy FM Bonino has lung cancer

Former foreign minister Emma Bonino, tipped to become Italy’s new president, announced on Monday she is undergoing treatment for a lung tumour.

Alhambra visitor numbers hit record high
Spain

Alhambra visitor numbers hit record high

Over 2.4 million people visited Granada’s Moorish palace in 2014 making it the most visited tourist site in Spain.

IN IMAGES: France’s biggest street rallies
France

IN IMAGES: France’s biggest street rallies

An estimated 3.7 million people marched against terrorism across France on Sunday with 1.6 million in Paris alone, according to the interior ministry - the biggest turnout ever recorded in the country's history. Here we list ten of the biggest previous rallies in France.

And in other news in France this week…
France

And in other news in France this week…

As the news from France is awash with stories relating to the terror attacks which shocked the world, The Local takes a step back and finds some of the news not making the headlines, from a ban on polluting cars to stolen artwork found in the loos of the Louvre.

Germans rediscover love affair with beer
Germany

Germans rediscover love affair with beer

After years of a downward trend in beer-drinking, Germany saw a bump in beer consumption in 2014, thanks to the World Cup and a warmer winter.

‘No evidence’ Vatican is on terror hit-list
Italy

‘No evidence’ Vatican is on terror hit-list

Diego Parente, the chief of the Rome unit of the Italian police force's anti-terror team, said on Monday that there was no evidence to confirm reports that the Vatican could be the next target following deadly attacks by Islamist militants in France last week.

Mystery white powder hits northern Sweden
Sweden

Mystery white powder hits northern Sweden

The discovery of a mystery white powder has prompted police in northern Sweden to seal off several buildings, just days after a similar find at government headquarters in Stockholm.

Are Sweden’s royals moving to London?
Sweden

Are Sweden’s royals moving to London?

Speculation is growing that Sweden's Princess Madeleine and her husband are planning to relocate to London, after temporarily moving to Stockholm from New York.

More passengers are travelling with SAS
Denmark

More passengers are travelling with SAS

Scandinavian airline SAS said that nearly two million more people flew with the company in 2014 than the year before.

Can France blame Jews if they seek to leave?
France

Can France blame Jews if they seek to leave?

France's Jewish community is traumatized after four people were shot dead in a Parisian kosher supermarket in Friday's anti-Semitic terror attack. As Israel urges French Jews to move to Israel, many will understandably take up the offer.

Should Italy spy more after the Paris attack?
Italy

Should Italy spy more after the Paris attack?

As Italy seeks to increase online surveillance in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris last week, The Local spoke to two internet experts to find out what the implication of such measures could be.

Netanyahu ‘ignored French plea to stay away’
France

Netanyahu ‘ignored French plea to stay away’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu marched with 1.5 million French people on Sunday, even though French authorities had asked him to stay away, reports in Israeli media claimed on Monday.

Prince Frederik slammed for ‘irresponsible’ trip
Denmark

Prince Frederik slammed for ‘irresponsible’ trip

While other motorists were not allowed to cross the Great Belt Fixed Link for hours, Crown Prince Frederik's vehicle made a return trip that has been blasted as “completely unacceptable” and “completely irresponsible”.

‘Don’t give money to beggars’: Bilbao church
Spain

‘Don’t give money to beggars’: Bilbao church

The diocese of Bilbao has warned its congregation not to give alms to beggars because of their disruptive behaviour around some of the city’s churches.

How to survive in Sweden on a student budget
Sweden

How to survive in Sweden on a student budget

They say that January in Sweden is the "poorest" month of the year, when everybody is pressed for cash. So how do you get by on a student budget in the best of times and the worst of times?

Sweden must ‘share responsibility’ for Iraq
Sweden

Sweden must ‘share responsibility’ for Iraq

After announcing that she wants to send Swedish military staff to Iraq, Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström has told The Local that the move is designed to 'share responsibility' for tackling extremism.

Facebook tattoo gives away Swedish robber
Sweden

Facebook tattoo gives away Swedish robber

A man’s Facebook photos showing him flaunting his tattoo have helped police identify him as the suspect of a gas station robbery in Tomelilla in southern Sweden.

More passengers are travelling with SAS
Sweden

More passengers are travelling with SAS

Scandinavian airline SAS has announced a boost to its passenger numbers, with 7.1 percent more people travelling with the company in December 2014 compared with a year ago.

Plans to boost security in wake of Paris attacks
Austria

Plans to boost security in wake of Paris attacks

Austria’s Interior Ministry is preparing new measures to boost security after last week’s terror attacks in Paris.

Germany’s Eon sells off Italy energy assets
Italy

Germany’s Eon sells off Italy energy assets

German power giant Eon said Monday it has agreed to sell its Italian coal and gas plants to Czech energy company Energeticky a Prumyslovy Holding (EPH) for an undisclosed sum.

Germans strip off for ‘No Pants Subway Ride’
Germany

Germans strip off for ‘No Pants Subway Ride’

U-Bahn travelers from Munich to Berlin dropped trou on Sunday and joined in on a global pantless subway ride.

Federer beats Hewitt in ‘fast format’ tennis duel
Switzerland

Federer beats Hewitt in ‘fast format’ tennis duel

Switzerland's Roger Federer fought his way to a tough win over old rival Lleyton Hewitt in the Fast4 tennis exhibition in Sydney on Monday.

‘Snowboarding drew me to work in chilly Sweden’
Sweden

‘Snowboarding drew me to work in chilly Sweden’

Vasja Petkovska left sunny Skopje in Macedonia to work in Stockholm a year ago. For this week's My Swedish Career, the snow-loving IT consultant tells The Local how she's warming up to the idea of living here for good.

Creepy ‘plait thief’ strikes again in Styria
Austria

Creepy ‘plait thief’ strikes again in Styria

Police are appealing for witnesses after a strange man cut off a seven-year-old’s long plaited hair as she was on her way to school in eastern Styria last week.

Protest vote pushes Podemos to top of poll
Spain

Protest vote pushes Podemos to top of poll

Spain's left-wing Podemos party has once again topped a major poll of voter intentions but almost half of the people who said they would cast their ballot for the group don't actually support their policies.

‘The crisis hasn’t put Spaniards off weddings’
Spain

‘The crisis hasn’t put Spaniards off weddings’

In the latest instalment of My Spanish Career, The Local chats to Andreas Fischer, originally from Venezuela, now at home in Tenerife where he helps couples tie the knot as a wedding celebrant.

‘Jailed radicals must be in solitary confinement’
France

‘Jailed radicals must be in solitary confinement’

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls argued on Monday that there must be a "general measure" to place imprisoned radical Islamists in solitary confinement to avoid the spread of extremist views within the walls of French prisons.

Danish actor gets major House of Cards role
Denmark

Danish actor gets major House of Cards role

See the newly-released trailer for the third season of the successful Netflix series, which features Lars Mikkelsen kissing the fictional First Lady.

Israelis and Palestinians both love Germany
Germany

Israelis and Palestinians both love Germany

A study released on Monday shows that most Israelis and half of Palestinians have a positive view of Germany, while Palestinians wanted a closer relationship with Germans.

Jailed ex-interior minister granted day release
Austria

Jailed ex-interior minister granted day release

Austria’s former interior minister Ernst Strasser, who is serving a prison sentence for accepting bribes, has landed a consultancy job and been granted day release after serving just eight weeks of a three year sentence.

Pope slams ‘deviant forms of religion’
Italy

Pope slams ‘deviant forms of religion’

UPDATED: Pope Francis on Monday slammed "deviant forms of religion" following deadly attacks by Islamist militants in France last week which left 17 people dead.

Should Obama have been marching in Paris?
France

Should Obama have been marching in Paris?

While western leaders linked arms in Paris to march in the name of freedom and solidarity and to denounce terrorism, there was one notable absence that has angered and embarrassed some Americans.

Roche invests in US cancer specialist firm
Switzerland

Roche invests in US cancer specialist firm

Basel-based pharmaceuticals giant Roche says it is acquiring a majority stake in US firm Foundation Medicine Inc. (FMI), a high-tech specialist in molecular information about cancer, for more than a billion dollars.

‘No Pants Subway Ride’ hits Madrid Metro
Spain

‘No Pants Subway Ride’ hits Madrid Metro

Nearly 100 people took to Madrid's metro on Sunday without one vital item of clothing: their trousers.

Lesbians thrown out of Vienna cafe for kissing
Austria

Lesbians thrown out of Vienna cafe for kissing

Campaign groups are organising a “kissing protest” outside Vienna’s Cafe Prückel after a lesbian couple were thrown out of the traditional 1950s-design cafe on Stubenring for kissing.

Minister wants to get tough on terrorists
Germany

Minister wants to get tough on terrorists

Justice Minister Heiko Maas said he will introduce a plan this month to take "tougher action" against terrorists, while civil rights activists warned against a knee-jerk response to the Paris attacks.

Three dead in Italian mountain accidents
Italy

Three dead in Italian mountain accidents

Three people died over the weekend in the mountains of northern Italy, with an avalanche claiming one life and two hikers falling to their deaths.

Eta trail delayed after lawyers arrested
Spain

Eta trail delayed after lawyers arrested

Updated: The trial in Spain of 35 members of Batasuna, the banned political wing of the armed Basque separatist group ETA, was suspended on Monday after three of their six lawyers were arrested.

Italy moves to widen smoking ban
Italy

Italy moves to widen smoking ban

Italy is making moves to ban smoking in parks, beaches and stadiums, while actors could be stopped from lighting up on film and television sets.

Iraqi Kurds may get more German weapons
Germany

Iraqi Kurds may get more German weapons

Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday that Germany may send more weapons to Kurds fighting Isis in Iraq during a visit to the country.

Spanish protests honour Paris terror victims
Spain

Spanish protests honour Paris terror victims

People across Spain gathered on Sunday to honour the 12 victims of a terror attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

France to deploy 5,000 police to Jewish schools
France

France to deploy 5,000 police to Jewish schools

France will deploy nearly 5,000 security forces and police to protect the 700 Jewish schools in the country, its interior minister said on Monday, after last week's attacks, one of which targeted a kosher supermarket. Ten thousand troops will also be deployed to bolster security in the country’s 'sensitive' sites.

Police follow leads after finding woman’s body
Denmark

Police follow leads after finding woman’s body

Police in Jutland were still working on Monday to identify the woman whose body was found in plastic sacks at a lay-by in the mid-Jutland town of Langå.

France seeks security answers to Paris attacks
France

France seeks security answers to Paris attacks

France turned its attention on Monday to plugging security holes blamed for failing to prevent the deadliest terrorist attack on the country in half a century. Prime Minister Manuel Valls also announced that the Kosher supermarket killer "undoubtedly" had an accomplice who's still on the run.

Organ donor found not quite brain dead
Germany

Organ donor found not quite brain dead

The German Medical Association is investigating an incident where surgeons began to operate on a north German man who was not completely brain dead.

Thorning: France is not alone in free speech fight
Denmark

Thorning: France is not alone in free speech fight

After walking arm-in-arm with other world leaders on the front line of the massive unity march in Paris, Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt said that “solidarity is stronger than fear”.

Totti celebrates derby double with ‘selfie’
Italy

Totti celebrates derby double with ‘selfie’

Roma captain Francesco Totti celebrated scoring his first brace of goals this season by taking a 'selfie' with a mobile phone after he levelled for the Serie A title challengers in the city derby against Lazio on Sunday.

French caricaturists target Pegida marchers

French caricaturists target Pegida marchers

French cartoonists distributed a flyer in Dresden on Sunday criticizing anti-Islam demonstrators' use of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris to try and boost their support.

West Sweden faces rush hour chaos after storm
Sweden

West Sweden faces rush hour chaos after storm

Several train routes in west Sweden were facing severe delays on Monday after a heavy storm - known as Egon - hit the region over the weekend, while thousands remained without power.

Threat against Denmark and Norway reported

Threat against Denmark and Norway reported

In the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris, a French website reportedly carried a warning that Denmark and Norway would be next.

Sweden’s Turist misses Golden Globe award
Sweden

Sweden’s Turist misses Golden Globe award

Swedish hit film Turist, known as Force Majeure abroad, lost out in the Best Foreign Film category at the Golden Globes, to a Russian drama.