For sale: Vienna’s tallest building
Austria

For sale: Vienna’s tallest building

A major landmark on Vienna's skyline is now for sale, as the tallest building in the city joins other important real-estate objects in a major property divestiture by the Real Estate Holding GmbH of the Bank Austria on Monday.

Teen ‘brides’ released by judge after Syria bid
Austria

Teen ‘brides’ released by judge after Syria bid

According to a report from Reuters, two teenage girls from Chechnya and Bosnia who are permanent residents of Austria were released by a judge, after being arrested by Austrian authorities for attempting to travel to Syria to marry Isis jihadists.

Geneva talks bring Libya factions together
Switzerland

Geneva talks bring Libya factions together

The United Nations will host talks between Libya's warring factions from Wednesday in Geneva, amid warnings that they could be the last chance for peace in the battle-scarred nation.

Retiree ‘not responsible’ for strangling wife
Switzerland

Retiree ‘not responsible’ for strangling wife

A retired Zurich man with dementia was acquitted by a court on Tuesday of criminal responsibility for killing his 65-year-old wife at her request.

The Interview set for Swiss cinema release
Switzerland

The Interview set for Swiss cinema release

The controversial American film The Interview, a political satire film about North Korea, is set for release in Swiss cinemas on January 28th, producer Sony Pictures has confirmed.

‘Lost’ World Cup base set for Zurich display
Switzerland

‘Lost’ World Cup base set for Zurich display

Zurich-based Fifa, the world governing body for football, has found a long lost piece of the original World Cup which will become one of the major exhibits at its new museum to open in the Swiss city next year.

French Muslims react to Charlie Hebdo cover
France

French Muslims react to Charlie Hebdo cover

The latest controversial cover of French satire mag Charlie Hebdo will feature the Prophet Muhammad in tears, holding a sign that says "I am Charlie". The Local looks at how members of Muslim community in Paris and beyond have reacted.

‘EU must change economic gear’: Renzi
Italy

‘EU must change economic gear’: Renzi

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said the European Union needs to “change gears” on the economy as he marked the end of Italy’s six-month rotating presidency of the economic bloc.

Town to house refugees in concentration camp
Germany

Town to house refugees in concentration camp

The small town of Schwerte is considering making a home for their refugees out of the barracks of a former concentration camp.

Not your usual job website
Germany

Not your usual job website

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 Robin Eric Haak, founder and COO of Berlin-based Jobspotting.

Charlie Hebdo gunmen ‘lacked sense of humour’
France

Charlie Hebdo gunmen ‘lacked sense of humour’

One of the surviving cartoonists from the Charlie Hebdo magazine told a news conference on Tuesday that they had no doubts about whether to put a cartoon of Muhammad on the front cover. He also said the gunman who carried out the attacks simply "lacked a sense of humour".

‘France’s far right can gain from Paris terror’
France

‘France’s far right can gain from Paris terror’

After France was hit by a series of terror attacks carried out by homegrown Muslim extremists, The Local examines whether or not Marine Le Pen's National Front party will see a boost in support in the coming months.

German axe killer kept body for three months

German axe killer kept body for three months

On Tuesday evening police arrested a 52-year-old German man in Vienna for the apparent axe murder of his room mate.

Spain tops world organ donation rankings
Spain

Spain tops world organ donation rankings

Spanish surgeons beat their own organ donation record in 2014 despite serious cuts to the country's health system in recent years.

Mystery as hikers find naked body of dead man
Spain

Mystery as hikers find naked body of dead man

The dead body of a middle-aged man was discovered near a remote Asturian hamlet on Sunday. He was missing a foot, and police believe he may have been held captive before his death.

Unemployment dips in Sweden across ages
Sweden

Unemployment dips in Sweden across ages

Unemployment is continuing to fall in Sweden, according to new statistics from Sweden's Employment Service.

Charlie Hebdo coming to Denmark
Denmark

Charlie Hebdo coming to Denmark

300 copies of the magazine's 'survivor's edition', which features a new caricature of the prophet Muhammad will be released in Denmark.

Roche to buy ‘molecule’ to boost antiobiotics
Switzerland

Roche to buy ‘molecule’ to boost antiobiotics

Basel-based pharmaceutical giant Roche says it will pay up to $750 million for rights to a new molecule which boosts the capacity of antibiotics to fight increasingly resistant superbugs.

Sweden: ‘We must not let the dark forces win’
Sweden

Sweden: ‘We must not let the dark forces win’

As France prepares to mark one week since the terror attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, The Local quizzes Sweden's Home Affairs Minister Anders Ygeman about rising extremism both at home and abroad.

Pair get lighter term for Tottenham fans attack
Italy

Pair get lighter term for Tottenham fans attack

Two Italians who led an attack against ten football fans of the British Premiership club Tottenham have had their sentences reduced by one year by Rome’s Court of Appeal, Italian media reported.

Danish Jews ask for police protection
Denmark

Danish Jews ask for police protection

In light of last week's killing of four Jews in a kosher supermarket in Paris and an August incident in which a Jewish school in Copenhagen was vandalised, Jewish targets see themselves as "high priority" targets.

Gothenburg City Airport stops commercial flights
Sweden

Gothenburg City Airport stops commercial flights

Gothenburg City Airport, closed for extensive repair work in November, will not reopen for commercial traffic, airport operator Swedavia has announced.

Row erupts over Totti’s ‘inappropriate selfie’
Italy

Row erupts over Totti’s ‘inappropriate selfie’

The president of Serie A side Roma, James Pallotta, has hit back at Lazio counterpart Claudio Lotito in a row over a 'selfie' picture taken by Francesco Totti during the sides' 2-2 derby draw on Sunday.

Smoking ban for restaurants ‘by summer’
Austria

Smoking ban for restaurants ‘by summer’

Austria’s Health Minister Sabine Oberhauser (SPÖ) has said that she wants a decision on implementing a full scale ban on smoking in public places made in parliament before summer. She said that the relevant bill is currently being worked through “step by step”.

Dane avoids death penalty in Indonesia
Denmark

Dane avoids death penalty in Indonesia

A 56-year-old Danish man who faced the death penalty for drug smuggling in Indonesia said he was “relieved” to only be given a 13-year prison sentence.

France moves to crack down on terror speech
France

France moves to crack down on terror speech

UPDATED: French courts have started handing out prison sentences to outspoken supporters of the recent terror attacks in Paris, with a girl as young as 15 apprehended by police for referring to the Kouachis as “my brothers”.

Pegida favorite ‘lying press’ is ‘Un-word 2014’
Germany

Pegida favorite ‘lying press’ is ‘Un-word 2014’

'Lügenpresse' - roughly translated to mean 'lying press' and often shouted during Pegida rallies - was 'honoured' on Tuesday as the worst coinage of the year.

New Volvo cars to reach United States from China
Sweden

New Volvo cars to reach United States from China

China's first-ever car export to the United States is going to be the originally Swedish brand Volvo, with the cars made at a new factory in Chengdu.

Will Spotify go public after users rocket?
Sweden

Will Spotify go public after users rocket?

UPDATED: Sweden's most famous start-up, music streaming site Spotify, says it now has 15 million paying subscribers, amid an ongoing debate about its revolutionary yet controversial model and whether or not it will go public on the stock market.

Austria can’t close Saudi-funded IGO
Austria

Austria can’t close Saudi-funded IGO

Austria will be unable to close a controversial Saudi-funded centre in Vienna without the consent of co-founders Saudi Arabia and Spain - although it could block any decision on its budget this year.

Why today is the last day of Christmas in Sweden
Sweden

Why today is the last day of Christmas in Sweden

On the 20th day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Wait, what? Yes Sweden's festive calendar is slightly different and Christmas lasts for another week. The Local's Paul O'Mahony explains why.

Spain to scrap ‘big brother’ wiretap plans
Spain

Spain to scrap ‘big brother’ wiretap plans

The Spanish government said on Tuesday it wouldn't push ahead with controversial legislation that would give top officials more power to bypass judges and authorize wiretaps or other surveillance.

Hollande honours police killed in Paris attacks
France

Hollande honours police killed in Paris attacks

French president François Hollande led a moving ceremony on Tuesday to pay tribute to the three police officers who were killed in the shootings last week. "They died so we could continue to live freely," Hollande said.

Slain French Jews buried at cemetery in Israel
France

Slain French Jews buried at cemetery in Israel

UPDATED: The four French Jews gunned down at a kosher supermarket in the east of Paris have been buried in Jerusalem.

Italian woman among Isis fighters
Italy

Italian woman among Isis fighters

A woman is among the four Italians to have joined the ranks of the Isis militant group, according to Italian media reports.

Eleven reflections that mean I am not Charlie
Sweden

Eleven reflections that mean I am not Charlie

As the world continues to debate freedom of expression in the wake of the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last week, Swedish sociologist Jan Oberg explains why he feels Swedes - and others - are not Charlie.

World’s biggest ship docks in Hamburg
Germany

World’s biggest ship docks in Hamburg

Chinese container ship 'The Globe' docked at the port of Hamburg on Tuesday as part of its maiden voyage.

Police fear copycat attacks in Germany
Germany

Police fear copycat attacks in Germany

A document seen by Die Welt shows that federal investigators (BKA) fear that Muslim fundamentalists in Germany might copy last week's attacks in Paris.

Bern fireman admits to setting 15 fires
Switzerland

Bern fireman admits to setting 15 fires

The prosecution is seeking a jail sentence of eight and a half years for a 27-year-old fireman in the canton of Bern who admitted to deliberately setting 15 buildings and vehicles on fire.

‘Podemos to ban Semana Santa’ rumour goes viral
Spain

‘Podemos to ban Semana Santa’ rumour goes viral

The head of Spain's new Podemos party in Seville landed herself in hot water on Monday after she appeared to suggest the city's iconic Semana Santa festival could become a thing of the past.

Italy FM slams Le Pen view on border controls
Italy

Italy FM slams Le Pen view on border controls

Italy's Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni has criticized the suggestion made by French far-right leader Marine Le Pen to suspend free movement between Europe’s borders, saying such a move would be an "enormous gift" to terrorists.

Spain set to raise age of consent from 13 to 15
Spain

Spain set to raise age of consent from 13 to 15

The Spanish government is considering raising the age of sexual consent from 13 to 15 in a reform of the country’s penal code, in a bid to limit child sexual abuse.

Schäuble gets his balanced budget early
Germany

Schäuble gets his balanced budget early

The government managed to balance its books for the first time since 1969 in 2014, a year ahead of target, the Finance Ministry said Tuesday.

Man linked to Paris attacks held in Bulgaria
France

Man linked to Paris attacks held in Bulgaria

UPDATED: Prosecutors have revealed that a Frenchman being held in Bulgaria had recently contacted one of the brothers who carried out the terror attack in Paris last week.

‘I only had seconds to hide from the Kouachis’
France

‘I only had seconds to hide from the Kouachis’

Hidden in a canteen closet for over eight hours while the Kouachi brothers besieged the Paris printing business where he works, Lilian Lepere overcame his fear and texted vital information to police. This is his story of survival.

Dane dies while skiing in Austria
Denmark

Dane dies while skiing in Austria

A Dane who was skiing with three of his friends collapsed and died on the slopes in Austria, police said.

Austria’s thriving Bitcoin community
Austria

Austria’s thriving Bitcoin community

Inside Bitcoins correspondent Ian Jackson profiles the state of the digital currency in Austria.

Inside Dresden’s 25,000-strong Pegida march
Germany

Inside Dresden’s 25,000-strong Pegida march

Despite efforts by counter demonstrators on Monday night, Pegida completed its 12th march around Dresden, attracting its largest crowd to date in the wake of last week's Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.

Italian President to resign ‘within hours’: PM
Italy

Italian President to resign ‘within hours’: PM

UPDATED: Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano will resign "within hours" premier Matteo Renzi said on Tuesday, beginning the political battle to elect his successor.

Danish mosque reports threats to police
Denmark

Danish mosque reports threats to police

Police say that the Paris attacks and a recent documentary that went inside the controversial Grimhøj Mosque in Aarhus are likely behind the threats. Meanwhile, there is a renewed political push to close down the mosque.

Multiple Swiss sites finally rid of tons of TNT
Switzerland

Multiple Swiss sites finally rid of tons of TNT

The Cold War finally came to an end in Switzerland late last year, without a bang.

‘Podemos demo will mark new political era’
Spain

‘Podemos demo will mark new political era’

Spain's upstart left-wing protest party Podemos, which tops the polls ahead of a year-end general election, said on Monday it plans to hold a massive demonstration in Madrid on January 31st to press for political change.

100,000 march against Pegida’s record turnout
Germany

100,000 march against Pegida’s record turnout

Around 100,000 people took to German streets in counter-demonstrations against Pegida on Monday evening, after the anti-Islam movement were accused of trying to exploit last week's terror attacks in Paris to boost support.

Spain vows action on new hepatitis C drugs
Spain

Spain vows action on new hepatitis C drugs

The Spanish government on Monday promised new measures to fight hepatitis C, following protests by patients who complained authorities were denying them the latest drugs to treat the deadly liver disease.

Ultra-modern concert hall to open in Paris
France

Ultra-modern concert hall to open in Paris

Paris is known for its many Belle Epoque cultural landmarks - ornate museums, gilded theatres, the stately Eiffel Tower. But its brand-new concert hall opening on Wednesday undoubtedly comes from a different era.

Double tragedy sees two Nordic skiers dead
Austria

Double tragedy sees two Nordic skiers dead

Two skiers from Nordic countries have died in separate incidents in the past few days as a result of skiing accidents in Austria.

Argentina blocks transfer of HSBC bank funds
Switzerland

Argentina blocks transfer of HSBC bank funds

British bank HSBC, charged in connection with its Swiss branch with helping more than 4,000 Argentines commit tax evasion, will not be able to transfer Argentine funds abroad for 30 days, under a decision announced on Monday.

Survey shows when Germans lie most
Germany

Survey shows when Germans lie most

A new survey shows that 34 percent of Germans have lied during phone conversations, but slightly more than half said they could not remember telling a lie.

Muhammad is ‘Charlie’ in new Hebdo front page
France

Muhammad is ‘Charlie’ in new Hebdo front page

The front page of the 'survivor's' issue of Charlie Hebdo features a cartoon of Muhammad carrying a sign that reads "Je suis Charlie" under the words "All is Forgiven". Three million copies of the magazine are to be printed.

Survivor recalls horror of Paris hostage drama
France

Survivor recalls horror of Paris hostage drama

A woman who survived the attack on a Jewish supermarket in Paris recalled on Monday the horror of the four-hour ordeal in which she saw a fellow hostage shot dead by jihadist Amedy Coulibaly.

Man arrested as police search for missing wife
Switzerland

Man arrested as police search for missing wife

Police in the canton of Neuchâtel issued a call for help from the public on Monday after the “disturbing” disappearance of a 24-year-old recently married woman who separated from her husband following marital difficulties.

Talks fail to set Ukraine peace summit date
Germany

Talks fail to set Ukraine peace summit date

The foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France ended a meeting Monday without being able to set a date for a hoped-for peace summit on ending the Ukrainian conflict.

Chinese managers found guilty over Prato fire
Italy

Chinese managers found guilty over Prato fire

Three Chinese managers were found guilty of multiple manslaughter by an Italian court on Monday, a year after a deadly fire in a garment factory in Tuscany which left seven people dead.

Italian held over poison sent to Czech ministers
Italy

Italian held over poison sent to Czech ministers

Slovenian police detained a 24-year-old Italian suspected of having sent envelopes containing poison to a Czech minister in November, private Pop TV reported on Monday.

Missing man and girl rescued from mountain

Missing man and girl rescued from mountain

A father and his eleven-year-old daughter who went missing in temperatures of -19C in west Sweden, on the border with Norway, have been rescued.

Ferry victims ‘may have been attacked by sharks’
Italy

Ferry victims ‘may have been attacked by sharks’

Some of the victims of a deadly fire on the Norman Atlantic ferry may have been attacked by sharks after jumping into the sea to escape the flames, according to Italian media reports.

Man arrested after woman’s body identified
Denmark

Man arrested after woman’s body identified

The woman found dead in a plastic sack over the weekend was in Denmark on a tourist visa from a north African country, police said after arresting a 32-year-old Funen resident for her murder.

Muslim group in pig’s head and graffiti attack
Sweden

Muslim group in pig’s head and graffiti attack

A building used by an Islamic association in Borås in southern Sweden has been attacked.

Two more Swedes die fighting for Isis in Iraq
Sweden

Two more Swedes die fighting for Isis in Iraq

After fighting alongside Islamist extremists in northern Iraq, two Swedish citizens were killed over the weekend, it has emerged.