Swiss travel agents and retailers cut prices
Switzerland

Swiss travel agents and retailers cut prices

After the sharp rise in the value of the franc, Swiss travel companies have already begun to cut the price of their holiday packages.

German buried by St. Moritz avalanche dies
Switzerland

German buried by St. Moritz avalanche dies

A 51-year-old German man who was dug out from an avalanche near Saint Moritz at the weekend died from his injuries on Monday morning in the Graubünden cantonal hospital in Chur, police said.

Danish central bank cuts rate as euro weakens
Denmark

Danish central bank cuts rate as euro weakens

Denmark's central bank cut its deposit rate further into negative territory Monday as market players speculated the country could follow Switzerland's example and remove its currency peg against the euro.

Pegida movement hits the streets of Denmark
Denmark

Pegida movement hits the streets of Denmark

LIVE BLOG: We were at the first major demonstration of the anti-Islamist Pegida movement in Denmark. Check out the live blog for photos, videos and reactions from the demonstrations in Copenhagen and Aarhus.

Franc rise clouds Geneva watch trade show
Switzerland

Franc rise clouds Geneva watch trade show

Geneva's luxury watch show where shop owners search out such brands as Cartier and Piaget opened Monday under a cloud as the franc surged after the Swiss central bank abandoned its bid to hold down its value.

Ethical Coffee sues Nespresso over patent
Switzerland

Ethical Coffee sues Nespresso over patent

Swiss firm Ethical Coffee Company said on Monday that it had lodged a complaint in a Paris court against Nestlé for patent infringement with its Nespresso coffee machines.

France’s artificial heart man is ‘alive and well’
France

France’s artificial heart man is ‘alive and well’

Doctors monitoring France's second patient to get a permanent artifical heart announced on Monday that he had returned home and was in good health, suggesting that artificial heart transplant patients can lead normal lives.

Green warriors put bounty on wolf hunters
Norway

Green warriors put bounty on wolf hunters

Norwegian conservationists are offering a 100,000 kroner ($13,000) reward to anyone who can help them track down whoever is responsible for the disappearance of a rare wolf.

France’s new ‘national unity’ starts to fracture
France

France’s new ‘national unity’ starts to fracture

A French flag was burned on the island of Corsica on Monday as cracks appeared to be widening in the new found unity created in the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris.

Danes falling victim to online ‘sextortion’
Denmark

Danes falling victim to online ‘sextortion’

At least 20 Danes had intimate photos or videos used against them last year, but the national police say that the real number may be much higher.

On trial: cathedral thief who hid codex in garage
Spain

On trial: cathedral thief who hid codex in garage

An electrician at the famous cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is in court charged with stealing a priceless 12th century Codex Calixtinus, the first guidebook for pilgrims undertaking the famous religious pilgrimage to the northern Spanish city.

Calls for France to bring back military service
France

Calls for France to bring back military service

In the wake of the country's biggest terror attack in modern history, several French politicians have called for the re-introduction of compulsory national military service.

Eta kingpin arrested over 1987 terror attack
Spain

Eta kingpin arrested over 1987 terror attack

Spanish police on Monday arrested a former head of the armed Basque separatist group ETA who was behind its deadliest attack, just weeks after his early release from jail angered victims.

Bauhaus villa scammer gets probation for plot
Germany

Bauhaus villa scammer gets probation for plot

A woman who posed as a millionaire's heiress to live in a luxury villa for six days was sentenced on Monday to 14 months for the stunt.

Sweden Democrat leader breaks sick leave silence
Sweden

Sweden Democrat leader breaks sick leave silence

The leader of the Sweden Democrats - who has been on sick leave since last year - has broken his silence on rumours that there is an ongoing power struggle within the nationalist group.

Alleged Russian mobster nabbed at Vienna railway station
Austria

Alleged Russian mobster nabbed at Vienna railway station

Austrian police commandos have arrested the alleged head of an "extremely brutal" Russian organised crime gang wanted for a string of killings in the north Caucasus, authorities said Monday.

Sweden backs stronger EU terror cooperation
Sweden

Sweden backs stronger EU terror cooperation

Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström is among the EU foreign ministers meeting for talks in Brussels to discuss tactics for dealing with terrorists in the wake of recent attacks in France and Belgium.

Ship of Syrians stopped en route to Italy
Italy

Ship of Syrians stopped en route to Italy

The Turkish coastguard intercepted in Mediterranean waters a ship carrying 333 mainly Syrian migrants bound for Europe, thought to be headed to Italy, the official Anatolia news agency said on Monday.

Anti-Islam march to go ahead in Oslo
Norway

Anti-Islam march to go ahead in Oslo

Anti-Islam protesters are set to go ahead with a planned march on Monday despite death threats made against the Pegida movement's organizers in Germany.

Regretful Reus ready to rescue Dortmund
Germany

Regretful Reus ready to rescue Dortmund

Marco Reus is relishing his return from injury to help pull Borussia Dortmund out of the German league's relegation places.

Charlie Hebdo stands firm as protests spread
France

Charlie Hebdo stands firm as protests spread

As Charlie Hebdo protests spread across the Muslim world, its editor-in-chief has defended his magazine's choice to publish a cartoon of Muhammad on the front page. Many Anglo media outlets have come under fire for deciding not to publish the image.

Federer struggles to advance in Aussie Open
Switzerland

Federer struggles to advance in Aussie Open

Swiss world number two Roger Federer had a tussle before dispatching Taiwan's Lu Yen-Shun in straight sets at the Australian Open on Monday.

Tensions high ahead of Danish Pegida events
Denmark

Tensions high ahead of Danish Pegida events

Police promise a 'very visible' presence at demonstrations for and against Pegida in Copenhagen and Aarhus as death threats from Isis terrorists lead to the cancellation of the weekly Pegida march in Dresden, Germany.

Seven of the best: Spanish one-hit wonders
Spain

Seven of the best: Spanish one-hit wonders

Spain has brought the world musical greats including Placido Domingo and Paco de Lucía. But it has also been home to a whole lot of lesser lights whose moments on the world stage were a little briefer. Here the Local highlights some of Spain's best-one-hit wonders.

Spain to create 1 million jobs in 2 years: PM
Spain

Spain to create 1 million jobs in 2 years: PM

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy revised up his 2014–2015 jobs growth forecast on Sunday as the country heads deeper into election territory.

Hollande’s popularity rating sees record leap
France

Hollande’s popularity rating sees record leap

President François Hollande has seen his popularity ratings leap by a record margin in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks, as the nation salutes him for the way he has handled the crisis. His PM Manuel Valls has also seen a boost in his ratings.

Berlin fashion week opens amidst ‘upheaval’
Germany

Berlin fashion week opens amidst ‘upheaval’

If you're suddenly feeling more unstylish than usual walking the streets of Berlin, it's not just you. Berlin Fashion Week kicks off on Monday, attracting 200,000 fashionable visitors to the German capital.

Glut of twins for small community hospital
Austria

Glut of twins for small community hospital

Twin births doubled in Schwarzach hospital in the province of Salzburg in 2014 - with 29 healthy pairs of twins delivered in the hospital, which serves the community of Pongau.

Swedish H&M owner in British bird squabble
Sweden

Swedish H&M owner in British bird squabble

Sweden's richest man Stefan Persson's plans to build a 'megamansion' on his massive estate in Wiltshire in the UK, are set to move forward despite a neighbour's complaint that the idea could interfere with his pheasant hunting.

‘Lifestyle diseases’ kill 16 million a year: WHO
Switzerland

‘Lifestyle diseases’ kill 16 million a year: WHO

Diseases linked to lifestyle choices, including diabetes and some cancers, kill 16 million people prematurely each year, the World Health Organization said on Monday, urging action to stop the "slow-moving public health disaster".

Pakistani released after easyJet alarm in Rome
Italy

Pakistani released after easyJet alarm in Rome

UPDATED: Italian authorities on Monday released a Pakistani man who was removed from an easyJet flight to Britain minutes before take-off after it was discovered he was travelling on a fake passport.

Teen intent on suing Austria for bullying
Austria

Teen intent on suing Austria for bullying

A hearing has taken place into the case of a teenager from Vorarlberg who intends to sue the Austrian government for €21,000 because he was bullied at school and claims that his teachers failed to put a stop to it.

Networking the world’s expats
Germany

Networking the world’s expats

In our ongoing weekly series, The Local looks into a successful entrepreneur's life - the story behind his successes, major challenges and how being an entrepreneur changed him forever. This week, Sparsh Sharma talks to Malte Zeeck, founder and co-CEO of Munich-based InterNations, a social network for expatriates worldwide.

Spain on alert for freezing conditions
Spain

Spain on alert for freezing conditions

Winter definitely arrived in Spain over the weekend as temperatures plummeted, prompting the national weather agency to issue weather alerts across the country.

Sweden financier Peter Wallenberg dies in sleep
Sweden

Sweden financier Peter Wallenberg dies in sleep

UPDATED: One of Sweden's most powerful financiers, Peter Wallenberg, has died at the age of 88, with the country's King Carl XVI Gustaf saying he had lost "a close and loyal friend".

French truck drivers’ strike causes road chaos
France

French truck drivers’ strike causes road chaos

UPDATED: Truck drivers are currently on strike around France, with roads blocked across the country since Sunday night.

Ticino villagers make stink over rotten smells
Switzerland

Ticino villagers make stink over rotten smells

The picturesque village of Gordola in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino is earning a reputation — not for its beauty but its bad smells.

‘Francogeddon’ sends city debts soaring
Germany

‘Francogeddon’ sends city debts soaring

Following the shock move last week do unpeg the Swiss Franc (CHF) from the Euro, estimates suggest that debt in German municipalities has gone up by €2 billion, it was reported on Monday.

Major Barcelona roads set for ‘car-free’ Sundays
Spain

Major Barcelona roads set for ‘car-free’ Sundays

Sections of two of Barcelona's most important thoroughfares — La Diagonal and the Passeig de Gràcia — are set to become car-free on Sundays as part of new pedestrian-friendly plans for the city.

Police union doesn’t have time for petty crime
Germany

Police union doesn’t have time for petty crime

The German Police Union (DpolG) said on Monday that officers overworked with serious cases and terrorism should no longer be asked to investigate minor crimes.

Top ten: The best Italian inventions
Italy

Top ten: The best Italian inventions

Jeans, newspapers, telephones... All familiar components of everyday life; all invented by Italians. Here, The Local lists ten Italian inventions you may not have known about.

Deputy Senate chief in Syria hostage sex row
Italy

Deputy Senate chief in Syria hostage sex row

Maurizio Gasparri, the deputy president of the Italian Senate, has come under fire for suggesting that two young women taken hostage in Syria had sex with their captors.

Danish police raise alert level for ‘first time ever’
Denmark

Danish police raise alert level for ‘first time ever’

As Denmark raises its police preparedness to level two on a five-point scale, the chairman of the national police union says politicians need to "wake up" and look at properly staffing police forces.

‘Beer drinkers’ spark terror alert in Vienna
Austria

‘Beer drinkers’ spark terror alert in Vienna

A large-scale police operation was launched on Sunday afternoon in Vienna’s Döbling district after two suspicious men were reported to have entered an empty Austrian Press Agency building in Gunoldstraße.

Holy smoke: Cannabis fest hits Canaries
Spain

Holy smoke: Cannabis fest hits Canaries

People on the Spanish Canary island of Fuerteventura lit up over the weekend to celebrate Saint Canuto's day; the patron saint of Denmark who also lends his name to the Spanish word for joint.

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Sweden

Jan. 23: Gamer Mode – Identifying and managing unwanted behaviour in wargaming (KTH)

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Sweden

Jan. 23 – 25: Umeå Global Game Jam (Umeå)

Fox News sorry for claim of ‘totally Muslim’ zones
France

Fox News sorry for claim of ‘totally Muslim’ zones

Under-fire US television network Fox News has apologized several times for claiming there are "totally Muslim" no-go zones in Europe, comments that aired on the station following deadly attacks in France.

Deputy head of Saudi interfaith centre resigns
Austria

Deputy head of Saudi interfaith centre resigns

Former Justice Minister Claudia Bandion-Ortner, the deputy head of a Saudi-sponsored religious dialogue centre in Vienna, has resigned amidst a controversy over Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and the centre’s role in Austria.

Firefighters build record truck with beer crates
Germany

Firefighters build record truck with beer crates

Volunteer firefighters in a small town set their sights high when they hoped to break the Guinness World Record for the largest fire engine built out of beer crates.

Paris attacks challenge ‘lone wolf’ theories
France

Paris attacks challenge ‘lone wolf’ theories

The attacks in Paris and the radical Islamist cell dismantled in Brussels have challenged the idea of the "lone wolf" terrorist who works alone, without the help of a jihadist organisation, analysts said.

Serie A fans’ tribute to cycling great Pantani
Italy

Serie A fans’ tribute to cycling great Pantani

Cesena fans put aside their Seria A club's struggles to pay tribute to Marco Pantani on Sunday with banners wishing the Italian cycling great a posthumous happy birthday.

Vonn claims a record 63rd World Cup victory
Italy

Vonn claims a record 63rd World Cup victory

UPDATED: American superstar Lindsey Vonn claimed a record 63rd World Cup success with victory in the women's super-G at Cortina d'Ampezzo on Monday.

Boost for Swedish fashion industry abroad
Sweden

Boost for Swedish fashion industry abroad

Swedish fashion remains on trend abroad, with exports rising by nearly seven percent last year according to a new report.

Davos meet to focus on terrorism and conflicts
Switzerland

Davos meet to focus on terrorism and conflicts

The deadly Islamist attacks in France and conflicts in Iraq and Ukraine are set to dominate discussions at this week's gathering of the world's political and economic elite in the Swiss ski resort of Davos.

Hooligans stopped at NSU bomb vigil
Germany

Hooligans stopped at NSU bomb vigil

Police in Cologne on Sunday had to stop around 30 armed hooligans from joining a memorial that was marking the 14th anniversary of the first bombing there by a neo-nazi terror group.

Snoop Dogg in Milan Fashion Week cage fight
Italy

Snoop Dogg in Milan Fashion Week cage fight

From Prada to Versace, Milan Fashion Week is renowned for sleek catwalk shows oozing opulence - but that was before German designer Philipp Plein pinned his show around a cage fight set to the live beat of Snoop Dogg.

‘We want to lead Spanish opposition’: Podemos
Spain

‘We want to lead Spanish opposition’: Podemos

The head of Spain's ascendant anti-austerity party Podemos said in an interview published on Sunday he believes his movement can replace the Socialists as the country's main opposition group.

Le Pen: ‘Muslims must help fight Islamist terror’
France

Le Pen: ‘Muslims must help fight Islamist terror’

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right National Front party says Muslims themselves must help France fight Islamist terrorism and has called for more immigration restrictions and for jihadists to be stripped of their French citizenship.

Italy’s housewives ditch Renzi for the right: poll
Italy

Italy’s housewives ditch Renzi for the right: poll

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is losing the support of the country's housewives to his rival, the head of an anti-immigration party, according to a poll published on Sunday.

The Local’s top Swedish music acts for 2015
Sweden

The Local’s top Swedish music acts for 2015

Sweden has a global reputation for exporting music for the masses, from DJ Avicii to folk group First Aid Kit. But who are the next acts showing international potential? We asked The Local's music guru Paul Connolly.

Cigarette sales drop to lowest numbers yet
Germany

Cigarette sales drop to lowest numbers yet

Cigarette sales in Germany are at their lowest level ever though taxes are not taking the hit, new figures released on Monday by the Federal Statistics Bureau showed.

Italy expels nine would-be jihadists: Alfano
Italy

Italy expels nine would-be jihadists: Alfano

Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Sunday that nine foreigners had been deported since December as part of efforts to prevent jihadist attacks, with more expulsions to follow.

What you should know before a snowmobile trip
Sweden

What you should know before a snowmobile trip

Enjoying Sweden's snowy weather? Mountain safety experts are warning that Swedish tourists and expats are making weekend trips on snowmobiles without learning how to use them, or trusting guides without enough experience.

Ex Danish MP freed after 12 years in US prison
Denmark

Ex Danish MP freed after 12 years in US prison

Uwe Jensen was imprisoned in 2006 for his plans to send weapons to the Colombian paramilitary group AUC in exchange for $25 million of cocaine.

Paris attacks: Internet fuels conspiracy theories
France

Paris attacks: Internet fuels conspiracy theories

Was the Charlie Hebdo attack orchestrated by the French secret service? Or perhaps Israel's Mossad? Almost two weeks after the bloody shooting, conspiracy theories are still rebounding around the web. We take a look at some of them.

Submarine witness speaks of second spot
Sweden

Submarine witness speaks of second spot

A man who says he saw a suspicious submarine in Swedish waters, a week after another rogue foreign vessel made global headlines, has been speaking for the first time.

‘I met my Swedish man in Tokyo’s first Ikea store’
Sweden

‘I met my Swedish man in Tokyo’s first Ikea store’

Ai Hiroshima Hjelm, 32, met her future husband after a chance encounter in Asia's first Ikea store and now lives with him in Stockholm, where she runs her own yoga and dance business.

Thorning to visit Ebola workers in Sierra Leone
Denmark

Thorning to visit Ebola workers in Sierra Leone

Danish PM's trip to "show support and solidarity" will mark the first time a Western leader has travelled to Sierra Leone since the outbreak of Ebola.