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Switzerland

Refugees get ‘priority over foreigners’ for jobs

The federal government is backing moves by the cantons, municipalities and employers’ groups to give priority to hiring refugees living in Switzerland over workers from outside the country.

‘I’m in Sweden thanks to Sven-Göran Eriksson’
Sweden

‘I’m in Sweden thanks to Sven-Göran Eriksson’

Maddy Savage moved to Stockholm five months ago to become The Local’s Editor, but it was a chance assignment to the Swedish home town of former England football manager Sven-Göran Eriksson in 2006 that set her on an unlikely path towards a career in Sweden.

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Denmark

Five things to look out for at CPH Fashion Week

With exclusive runway shows and free events throughout the city, CPH Fashion Week has something for everyone with a passion for fashion. Scandinavia Standard breaks down the highlights of the January 28th to February 1st fashion takeover.

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Denmark

Wolf spotted on outskirts of Danish city

A wolf has been spotted on the outskirts of Denmark’s fifth largest city just three months after researchers confirmed the predator was definitely back.

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France

Nine French dead after fighter jet crashes

UPDATED: The death of a ninth French national was confirmed late on Tuesday morning, as the the death toll rises to eleven after a Greek fighter jet crashed at a military base in Spain on Monday.

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France

‘Syriza victory is good news for French people’

A French Communist Party senator tells The Local the result of the Greek election can be a wake-up call for the people of France.

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Switzerland

Horseplay triggers A1 motorway vehicle crash

Too much horsepower — literally — was blamed for causing a costly motor vehicle accident on the A1 motorway in the canton of Saint Gallen.

France bans hands-free kits to cut road deaths
France

France bans hands-free kits to cut road deaths

UPDATED: France's interior minister announced a raft of measures on Monday aimed at improving road safety, with a heavy focus on preventing alcohol-related accidents as well the use of mobiles at the wheel.

Vatican foiled over bid to hide Swiss bank data

Vatican foiled over bid to hide Swiss bank data

A top Swiss court on Monday rejected an appeal by the Vatican's bank to keep secret information from one of its Swiss bank accounts suspected of being used for fraud.

Germany remembers horror of Auschwitz
Germany

Germany remembers horror of Auschwitz

Chancellor Angela Merkel joined survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Berlin on Monday to open a series of events dedicated to the end of the Holocaust camp regime 70 years ago.

Isis urges new attacks after Paris shootings
France

Isis urges new attacks after Paris shootings

The Islamic State jihadist group Isis urged Muslims on Monday to carry out new attacks similar to the Paris shooting at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, where 17 people were killed.

UN slams Sweden over increasing hate crimes
Sweden

UN slams Sweden over increasing hate crimes

Sweden faced sharp criticism for the way it is tackling discrimination and violence against minority groups, at a key UN meeting in Geneva on Monday.

French hardline Catholics buy up gay bar
France

French hardline Catholics buy up gay bar

A hardline French Catholic group has bought the gay bar next to its local church, hoping to turn it into a religious meeting place. But the head of the city's gay community tells The Local that the church will need "a whole bunch of exorcists" to turn it around.

Swedish soldier stirs row over help for Isis fighters
Sweden

Swedish soldier stirs row over help for Isis fighters

UPDATED: A Swedish soldier's Facebook post from Afghanistan is causing a stir, after he suggested that he was likely to get less help when he came back to Sweden than returning Isis fighters.

Fifa probe Real Madrid over underage signings
Spain

Fifa probe Real Madrid over underage signings

Real Madrid director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueno has insisted the European champions will collaborate with Fifa over any investigation into their recruiting of players under the age of 18.

Austrians in favour of unifying with South Tyrol
Italy

Austrians in favour of unifying with South Tyrol

A new study shows that 89 percent of Austrians are in favour of South Tyrol holding an independence referendum, and would welcome unification with Italy's German-speaking northern region.

‘Work I love and a rewarding family life’
Germany

‘Work I love and a rewarding family life’

Melanie Fieseler is a British business/career consultant and coach, and founder of Berlin-based WorkSmart. She is on a mission to help ambitious mums like herself successfully combine motherhood with building a fulfilling and rewarding career or business.

Anglo expats mine creativity to earn crust
Switzerland

Anglo expats mine creativity to earn crust

Switzerland’s job market is appealingly lucrative but sometimes anglophones need to be creative to find a job in a country where English is not an official language, as The Local's Emily Mawson finds out.

Concentration camp ‘can’t take more visitors’
Germany

Concentration camp ‘can’t take more visitors’

After the President of the Jewish Council called for compulsory school trips to concentration camp memorials, the Bergen-Belsen site told The Local that they can't take any more groups.

Ebola survivor nurse adopts new puppy
Spain

Ebola survivor nurse adopts new puppy

The Madrid nurse who was devastated after authorities put down her dog as a precautionary measure has rescued a new pet.

French far right’s Le Pen senior hurt in house fire
France

French far right’s Le Pen senior hurt in house fire

The founder and honorary president of France's National Front party, Jean-Marie Le Pen, was slightly injured on Monday in an accidental fire at his house outside Paris.

Sweden Democrats get new party secretary
Sweden

Sweden Democrats get new party secretary

Sweden's nationalist Sweden Democrats have chosen a new party secretary, with Richard Jomshof set to replace Björn Söder, one of the anti-immigration group's most senior and controversial officials.

Zara boss snaps up Madrid landmark
Spain

Zara boss snaps up Madrid landmark

Amancio Ortega, Spain's richest man and the head of the fashion empire Inditex, has bought a massive building in Madrid's iconic Gran Vía, a move which will see him become the landlord of several rival fashion brands.

German kids ‘growing up sitting down’
Germany

German kids ‘growing up sitting down’

Too much sitting is bad for you, as we all know. But health experts warned on Monday that half of German children have firmly adopted the sedentary and damaging habits of their parents.

Business makes confident start to 2015
Germany

Business makes confident start to 2015

German businesses are confident about the outlook for Europe's biggest economy, a new poll showed on Monday, as a weaker euro and falling oil prices are set to boost the country's exporters.

Green light from court on Facebook privacy lawsuit
Austria

Green light from court on Facebook privacy lawsuit

An Austrian court on Monday agreed to consider a class action lawsuit by 25,000 people against Facebook for alleged violations of their privacy.

Push to cut cancer wait times in Sweden
Sweden

Push to cut cancer wait times in Sweden

Sweden's coalition government and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL) have promised to work together to cut waiting times for cancer patients across the country, following reports of wide regional differences.

‘No, you can’t name yourself ‘Superhero”
Denmark

‘No, you can’t name yourself ‘Superhero”

Danish authorities have rejected an application from a 26-year-old toyshop owner to change his name to ‘Superhelten’, meaning ‘Superhero’, arguing that it was "unfit to be used as a first name."

‘Money didn’t bring me to Madrid’: Ødegaard
Norway

‘Money didn’t bring me to Madrid’: Ødegaard

Norwegian football prodigy Martin Ødegaard said on Monday he joined Spanish giants Real Madrid for sporting reasons and not for the money.

Danish left hails Syriza ‘Red Spring’
Denmark

Danish left hails Syriza ‘Red Spring’

Denmark’s far-left Red-Green Alliance has congratulated Greece for voting in the populist leftwing Syriza party, calling the party’s victory “an important day for Greece and also for the rest of Europe.”

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Switzerland

Libya talks struggle to build on unity deal

A new round of peace talks between Libya's warring factions resumed in Geneva on Monday as the country continued to struggle with divisions.

26-year jail term sought for Concordia captain
Italy

26-year jail term sought for Concordia captain

UPDATED: Italian prosecutors called on Monday for Francesco Schettino, the captain of the doomed Costa Concordia, to serve 26 years and three months in jail for the 2012 shipwreck which left 32 people dead.

Suspected jihadist arrested in Graz
Austria

Suspected jihadist arrested in Graz

A suspected radical Islamist was arrested in Graz last week, for the second time, a spokesman for the state prosecutor has confirmed.

Bid to ‘unblock’ economy goes before French MPs
France

Bid to ‘unblock’ economy goes before French MPs

French MPs are set to debate a contentious series of reforms aimed to "unblock" France's struggling economy, including plans to extend Sunday shopping hours from five days a year to twelve.

Swedes get scopes ready for giant asteroid
Sweden

Swedes get scopes ready for giant asteroid

The largest asteroid set to pass earth in the next 12 years will be sweeping past Sweden and much of northern Europe on Monday evening.

Danish police accused of using fake base stations
Denmark

Danish police accused of using fake base stations

Denmark’s police and security services have refused to disclose whether they are using fake mobile base stations to intercept and record phone calls, leading IT security specialists to suspect them of already operating the devices.

Austrians in favour of unifying with South Tyrol
Austria

Austrians in favour of unifying with South Tyrol

A new study shows that 89 percent of Austrians are in favour of South Tyrol holding an independence referendum, and would welcome unification with Italy's German-speaking northern region.

Couple told they can’t call their child ‘Nutella’
Italy

Couple told they can’t call their child ‘Nutella’

A court in northern France has barred a couple from calling their baby Nutella, after the famous Italian chocolate spread, because "it isn't in the child's best interest".

Avoid the costs of wild Swiss currency swings
Switzerland

Avoid the costs of wild Swiss currency swings

Want to avoid getting stung by currency fluctuations like those unleashed when the Swiss National Bank scrapped the Swiss franc’s peg to the euro? Join other expats in Switzerland who averted bank fees and market turmoil by sending money internationally with CurrencyFair.

Spain could grow 2.5% in 2015: Economy minister
Spain

Spain could grow 2.5% in 2015: Economy minister

Spain's recovering economy could grow as much as 2.5 percent this year if oil prices and the euro stay low, the economy minister said in an interview published on Monday.

Paris Fashion Week: Penises and androgyny
France

Paris Fashion Week: Penises and androgyny

IN PICTURES: The five days of Paris men's fashion are over. Here's a wrap up of what we can expect for this coming autumn and winter.

Sweden’s Left backs European ‘Red Spring’
Sweden

Sweden’s Left backs European ‘Red Spring’

The leader of Sweden's Left party, Jonas Sjöstedt, has told The Local he is "delighted" with the dramatic election win of Greece's anti-austerity party Syriza over the weekend, while Sweden's Finance Minister has raised concerns about how the victory will affect Europe.

Vienna snowboarder injured in avalanche
Austria

Vienna snowboarder injured in avalanche

A 27-year-old snowboarder has been seriously injured after being caught in an avalanche in Mitterbach, Lower Austria, on Sunday afternoon.

Galicia: homesick horse causes traffic chaos
Spain

Galicia: homesick horse causes traffic chaos

A horse caused havoc along the roads of the Galician town of Carballo at the weekend, when the mare decided to escape its current home and make the dangerous journey back to its original owner.

IN PICS: Galicia’s flour bombing fest
Spain

IN PICS: Galicia’s flour bombing fest

Crowds gathered in the Galician town of Xinzo de Limia over the weekend to celebrate 'Floury Sunday', an annual festival that marks the beginning of a month of festivals in the northern Spanish province.

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Sweden

Feb. 2: Start of Språkstudion’s language activities (Stockholm)

‘I want to be known as a gonzo chef’
Spain

‘I want to be known as a gonzo chef’

Chef, entrepreneur, Pilates instructor: meet Barcelona-based New Zealander Joel Serra — a man with many pots on the stove.

Italian couple’s love note sparks bomb scare
Italy

Italian couple’s love note sparks bomb scare

A piazza in central Padua went into lockdown on Saturday over a suspected bomb, which turned out to be a romantic gesture marking the spot a couple had their first kiss.

2.3m in Italy are in the rich ‘one percent’ club
Italy

2.3m in Italy are in the rich ‘one percent’ club

Italy has the fourth largest share in Europe of the world’s richest 47 million people, according to a report from the British charity Oxfam.

Bettencourt trial rocked by attempted suicide
France

Bettencourt trial rocked by attempted suicide

The trial of ten people accused of exploiting France's richest woman Liliane Bettencourt was rocked on Monday after the court was told that one of the accused, her former nurse, attempted to commit suicide on the eve of the trial.

Syriza win to help Italy’s push for EU flexibility
Italy

Syriza win to help Italy’s push for EU flexibility

The Greek election win for anti-austerity party Syriza could help Italy's push for greater flexibility in the EU's approach to budget and broader economic issues, Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Monday.

Syrian refugees hand out free coffee to commuters
Denmark

Syrian refugees hand out free coffee to commuters

A group of Syrian refugees in Denmark has started handing out free coffee to morning commuters to thank the country for the warm welcome they’ve received since escaping the ongoing civil war in their homeland.

Avoiding harmful patterns in relationships
Austria

Avoiding harmful patterns in relationships

Vienna-based Marriage and Family Therapist Helen Rudinsky looks at how to avoid invalidating others, even if you don't realize you're doing it.

Give refugees holiday homes: Berlin official
Germany

Give refugees holiday homes: Berlin official

Amid rising tensions around the Pegida movement, a Berlin official stirred alarm on Monday with a proposal to commandeer private holiday apartments to house asylum seekers.

More work for same pay: firms tackle high franc
Switzerland

More work for same pay: firms tackle high franc

Responding to the surge in the value of the Swiss franc, certain companies in Switzerland are asking their employees to work longer hours without any extra pay.

Billionaire has debts of €65 million
Austria

Billionaire has debts of €65 million

Austrian entrepreneur and society figure Richard Lugner, who made billions from the construction industry, has admitted to being €65 million in debt, and says he is struggling to find an heir to take over his business.

France bars parents from naming baby ‘Nutella’
France

France bars parents from naming baby ‘Nutella’

Parents in northern France have been refused permission to name their baby Nutella, while another couple was similarly denied the chance to name their daughter "fraise" (strawberry), because "it wasn't in the child's best interests".

Meet the man snapping Stockholm’s subway
Sweden

Meet the man snapping Stockholm’s subway

What's an American photographer doing snapping photos of people in Stockholm's subway? For this week's My Swedish Career, The Local spoke to Evian Pantiel, the man behind the camera exploring Stockholm's colourful subway lines.

Parties welcome Gabriel’s Pegida meeting
Germany

Parties welcome Gabriel’s Pegida meeting

Politicians welcomed Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel's controversial decision to meet members of anti-Islam movement Pegida on Friday.

Wawrinka wins tiebreak thriller to make quarters
Switzerland

Wawrinka wins tiebreak thriller to make quarters

Defending champion Stan Wawrinka won a thrilling fourth set tiebreaker on Monday to down Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and book a place in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

King pays respects to late Saudi monarch
Spain

King pays respects to late Saudi monarch

King Felipe travelled to Saudi Arabia at the weekend to pay tribute to the country's late king, Abdullah, who died on Friday. The Spanish king also met with Saudi Arabia's new monarch, Abdullah's brother, Salman.

Gothenburg recovers after mystery oil spill
Sweden

Gothenburg recovers after mystery oil spill

A major oil spill occurred overnight in Gothenburg, with officals still unclear of the source on Monday morning.

Italian priest abandons church for love
Italy

Italian priest abandons church for love

A priest in northern Italy on Sunday told parishioners he was leaving the church to start a new life with a woman, with whom he is reportedly expecting a child.

British hiker found dead after Alps fall
France

British hiker found dead after Alps fall

The body of a woman from the UK was found on Sunday in the French Alps, after suffering a fatal fall when out hiking.

Self-driving cars to hit German Autobahn
Germany

Self-driving cars to hit German Autobahn

A section of the A9 Autobahn in Bavaria will be converted into a test route for self-driving cars, Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said on Monday.

Flashy apartment block dazzles angry residents
Sweden

Flashy apartment block dazzles angry residents

The balconies on a new apartment block in Sundbyberg in Stockholm are reflecting light in a way that is dazzling neighbours and forcing them to wear sunglasses.

Ten on trial over fortune of L’Oreal heiress
France

Ten on trial over fortune of L’Oreal heiress

Ten people close to France's richest woman Liliane Bettencourt go on trial on Monday charged with exploiting the frail L'Oreal heiress in an explosive drama that began with a family feud and put a president in the court's crosshairs.

Podemos hails Syriza victory in Greece
Spain

Podemos hails Syriza victory in Greece

Spain's anti-austerity party hailed on Sunday its Greek radical left-wing ally Syriza which appeared on course for a stunning election victory.

‘Stick to the plan’: Germany to Greece
Germany

‘Stick to the plan’: Germany to Greece

UPDATE:German Chancellor Angela Merkel expects the new Greek government to uphold its commitments to international creditors, her spokesman said Monday after the electoral triumph of Greece's anti-austerity leftists Syriza.

How to lose all your Italian friends in ten days
Italy

How to lose all your Italian friends in ten days

Whether you want to use the list to irritate your significant (Italian) other or just annoy Italians at the coffee bar – here's The Local's guide on how to go about it.

Calls for goal-line technology in Serie A
Italy

Calls for goal-line technology in Serie A

Sampdoria coach Sinisa Mihajlovic called for the introduction of goal-line technology after seeing his side hang on to a 1-1 Serie A draw with Palermo on Sunday.

French left and far right herald Syriza victory
France

French left and far right herald Syriza victory

Both the far left and the far right in France proclaimed the victory of Alexis Tsipras and anti-austerity radical left party Syriza in the Greek elections on Sunday.

FBI funding Sweden ‘terror’ research
Sweden

FBI funding Sweden ‘terror’ research

Research grants to fund the study of controversial interrogation methods at the University of Gothenburg have come from America's Federal Bureau of Investigation, it has emerged.

Greek election upset ripples reach Vienna
Austria

Greek election upset ripples reach Vienna

The Greek elections over the weekend saw the emergence of a new force in Greek politics, the Syriza party. The Local's correspondent Faye Karavasili analyzed the results, and looks at the views of some of the young Greek diaspora living in Vienna.