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Denmark

Danish hopes dashed at ‘cooking World Cup’

Danish chef Kenneth Hansen, who started Wednesday as one of the favourites to win gold at this year's Bocuse d'Or, the ‘World Cup for chefs’, has ended the competition in disappointment, failing to scoop a single medal.

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Sweden

What’s on: January 31st – February 7th

Gothenburg's Film Festival is underway, the Swedish capital has got its skates on as it hosts the European figure skating championships for the first time in decades, while Jokkmokk in northern Sweden is stepping back in time.

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Switzerland

EU approves Novartis mega deals with GSK

The European Union on Wednesday approved mega deals involving drugmakers Novartis of Switzerland and GlaxoSmithKline of Britain, provided they sell off assets in the vaccines and consumer health businesses.

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Denmark

Meetup for startups

In the latest instalment of our weekly feature series, we speak to Anders Hasselstrøm of Copenhagen-based Startuptravels.

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Switzerland

Leukerbad ski lift operator in dire straits

A ski lift operator at the mountain resort and spa town of Leukerbad in the canton of Valais is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.

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Denmark

Carlsberg freezes hiring against Russia slump

Danish brewer Carlsberg said on Wednesday it had implemented a hiring and salary freeze at the start of the year to gird itself against an economic slowdown in Russia.

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Switzerland

Swiss men’s ski team announced for Worlds

In-form all-rounder Carlo Janka will head up the 12-strong Swiss team for the February 2nd-15th World Ski Championships in Colorado, Switzerland's ski federation announced on Wednesday.

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Switzerland

ILO sees potential in Juncker jobs plan

An ambitious European investment plan could create 2.1 million jobs by 2018 if properly implemented, the Geneva-based International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Wednesday.

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France

Who is slaying France’s rugby roosters?

A distraught farmer has been left scratching her head after over thirty of her famous roosters have been "murdered" in the last month. The farmers' 'coqs' are known for making appearances during French international rugby matches.

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France

Post Paris attacks: How the French are thinking

A mammoth survey has been carried out to try and gauge the mood of the French nation in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. From the public's views towards Islam, Marine Le Pen and extremists the Le Monde/Europe1 poll sheds light on current opinion.

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Spain

UN peacekeeper from Spain killed in Lebanon

Updated: Spain on Wednesday said Israeli fire had killed a Spanish UN peacekeeper serving in south Lebanon, and called on the United Nations to fully investigate the violence.

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Italy

Italy ‘sabotage’ writer compares self to Gandhi

Italian writer Erri de Luca invoked Gandhi on Wednesday as he began his trial defence against charges of inciting criminal damage to a controversial high-speed rail link through the Alps.

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Germany

Russia may declare 1990 reunification illegal

More than 25 years after the Berlin Wall's fall, Russian lawmakers are mulling a proposal to condemn West Germany's 1990 "annexation" of East Germany as Moscow's answer to Western denunciation of its seizure of Crimea.

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France

Fancy a night hanging in an Alps cable car ‘hotel’?

Ever dreamed of spending a night in a cable car high above a ski resort in the French Alps? No neither have we. But those thrill seekers out there who don't suffer from vertigo might want to read on.

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Germany

No room for scooters on the bus: Court

A court in North-Rhine Westphalia found on Wednesday that there is no obligation for buses or trains to make room for mobility scooters - and that it's actually dangerous to bring them aboard.

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Germany

Pegida spokeswoman quits group: report

After the departure of their leader apparent over a photo of him styled as Adolf Hitler, more members of the central core of Germany's anti-Islamisation movement are leaving the flock, including its most recognisable face.

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France

France vs Denmark: How to deal with jihadists?

While Denmark is to plough millions of euros into helping jihadists reintegrate into society, France is taking a tougher stance as the public calls for more repression in the light of the terror attacks.

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Germany

Just where do Germans spend their money?

Polling shows German consumers are increasingly confident, meaning that economists expect them to pull out their wallets and spend money. But where does the average family's disposable income go?

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Austria

Runaway ‘kangaroo’ spotted in garden

"Is someone missing their kangaroo?" asked people in the small community of Innviertler Maria Schmolln (District Braunau) on Tuesday. Update: Gustav has been recaptured!

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Spain

Found in Spain: traces of Hannibal’s troops

Spanish archaeology students have discovered a 2,200-year-old moat in what is now the Catalan town of Valls, filled with objects providing evidence of the presence of troops of the Carthaginian general Hannibal in the area.

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Italy

Man who ‘converted to Islam’ arrested in Sicily

A 43-year-old ex-soldier who reportedly converted to Islam was arrested in the Sicilian capital of Palermo last night as part of Italy’s anti-terror sweep.

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Sweden

Arrest over Swedish journalist’s Kabul murder

A suspect has been arrested for the murder of popular Swedish-British national radio journalist Nils Horner last year in Kabul, but in Sweden many questions about the case remain unanswered.

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Sweden

‘Nazi’ question lands broadcaster in hot water

Sweden's public broadcaster SVT was facing a backlash on social media on Wednesday after a reporter asked Crown Princess Victoria about her family's history during her visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.

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Sweden

Huge cuts at Gothenburg ball bearing plant

The world's biggest producer of ball bearings SKF announced massive job cuts on Wednesday even though its net profits soared fivefold in 2014.

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Spain

Priests charged in Granada sex abuse case

A judge in Granada has charged ten Roman Catholic priests and two lay people with sex abuse in a case that came to light after a former altar boy petitioned the Pope.

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France

France urged to charge foreign students fees

Non-EU students should pay the full cost of tuition if they want to study in France, a new report recommends, a move that could earn France €850 million per year.

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Italy

Ten Italian words used differently in English

Many Italian words are now embedded the English language – particularly in the realms of music and food. But not all mean the same thing in both tongues. Here we list ten of the most problematic expressions.

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Austria

Teacher suspended for defending Paris attacks

An Islamic studies teacher from Graz has been suspended by Styria’s State Board of Education after allegedly defending the recent attacks in Paris during a lesson.

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Denmark

Denmark’s Baresso coffee chain up for sale

Danish ‘coffee king’ Kenneth Luciani has put his Baresso chain up for sale, hoping to draw bids in the “hundreds of millions” of Danish kroner, Finans newspaper has reported, citing multiple sources.

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Sweden

Fashion giant H&M to grow as profits soar

Swedish fashion giant H&M has announced that its profits for 2014 rose by almost a fifth and pledged to speed up its global expansion.

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Austria

7000 granted asylum in Austria in 2014

Around 7,000 people were granted asylum in Austria last year, according to figures from the new federal office for asylum seekers (BFA).

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Italy

Italian TV crew trapped in Auschwitz overnight

Italian diplomats were forced to intervene on Wednesday morning after an Italian TV crew and the leader of Rome’s Jewish community, Riccardo Pacifici, became trapped in Auschwitz overnight after filming at the former concentration camp.

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Sweden

Electrolux profits jump after massive cost cuts

Swedish white goods maker Electrolux announced on Wednesday that its profits tripled in 2014, as it looks to North America for growth with the acquisition of General Electrics' appliance division.

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Switzerland

Rights court hears Swiss appeal of ‘genocide’ case

The case of a Turkish politician who declared in Switzerland that the Armenian genocide is an “international lie” is to be reconsidered by Europe’s top human rights court in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

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Spain

Judge names 78 bank execs in fraud probe

A Spanish judge on Wednesday formally named as suspects 78 executives at two major banks accused of using "phantom" credit cards to make personal purchases which were never declared to the tax office.

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Austria

Austria to have new ‘House of History’

Austria is planning to open a new museum which will cast a critical eye on the country’s history and journey to democracy. It will be located on Vienna’s Heldenplatz, in the Hofburg Palace.

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Germany

Government to raise child allowance by €20

The government is planning on giving families a little boost to their pockets by raising child allowance by €20 per child, per month, it was reported on Wednesday.

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France

France launches shock video to ‘stop jihadists’

The French government has released a shock video campaign in the hope of dissuading young French nationals from heading to the Middle East to fight with Islamic jihadists, by telling them "you'll find hell on earth and you'll die alone, far from home".

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Germany

‘No more Middle Eastern immigrants’: AfD

The deputy leader of right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) said on Wednesday that all migration from Arab countries should be stopped.

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Sweden

Ten mistakes Swedes make when speaking English

While Swedes may be some of the world's best non-native English speakers, there are a few common – and often charming – mistakes The Local's team has spotted while chatting to them in their second language.

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Spain

Malaga: street artists spruce up port

When the Spanish city of Malaga wanted to clean up its sleazy port side district, it called in the painters - big international names in the street art movement.

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Austria

Minister calls for fines for ‘integration failure’

Austria’s Foreign and Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) has called for migrant parents to be fined if they do not comply with school summons relating to their children - particularly in matters where children are being encouraged to integrate.

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Italy

15kg woman ‘held captive’ at home dies

UPDATED: A starving woman weighing just over 15 kilos, who was allegedly held captive and forced to live in squalid conditions, died on Tuesday morning.

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Italy

Football boss left red-faced over prank call

AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has been left red-faced after being tricked into revealing the club will not sack embattled coach Filippo Inzaghi during a prank telephone call on Italian radio.

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Germany

Consumer confidence hits 13-year high

Driven by low oil and energy prices, German consumer confidence is at its highest in 13 years, according to new figures released on Wednesday.

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Italy

Wild boar attacks man outside Umbria nursery

A man is recovering in hospital after being attacked by a wild boar outside a nursery in Umbria.

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Spain

Spanish ice cream seller ‘turns to jihad’

One of the alleged terrorists arrested in the north-African Spanish enclave of Ceuta on Saturday worked in a local ice-cream parlour for seven years, never raising suspicions among his colleagues.

What’s on in France: Ten things to do in February
France

What’s on in France: Ten things to do in February

Despite the cold, there's simply too much going on in France to stay locked up inside. Here are ten events worth checking out - from France's biggest carnival to a major film festival and Chinese New Year celebrations.

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Austria

Ukrainian chemist lands in court for cancer ‘cure’

Vasyl Novytskyi, a 77-year-old chemist from Ukraine, appeared in court in Vienna on Tuesday for allegedly selling an unauthorized and untested 'cure' for cancer.

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Italy

Italy hails ‘turning point’ in battle against mafia

UPDATED: Italian police on Wednesday arrested more than 160 alleged members of the 'Ndrangheta mafia in what was hailed as a historic setback for the group behind much of Europe's cocaine trade.

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France

Paris mayor vows to ban coaches and trucks

The mayor of Paris has called for a total ban on the most polluting of coaches and trucks in the French capital from July 1st, as she announced her plan to crack down on the city's notoriously dirty air.

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Spain

33% of young people say it’s OK to control partner

The vast majority of young Spaniards believe domestic violence is off limits, yet still have some unusual attitudes towards acceptable relationship behaviour, a new survey shows.

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Denmark

‘Fastest archer alive’ wins YouTube fame

Danish archery geek Lars Andersen has garnered 20m hits on YouTube for a video of near-impossible Hollywood-style stunts, including “the ultimate trick” of splitting an arrow fired directly at him.

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Germany

Deceased farmer’s family sue animal rights group

The widow of a farmer killed by one of his bulls earlier this month is suing an animal rights group that used an image of her deceased husband for slandering the memory of the dead, it was reported on Wednesday.

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Switzerland

Restructuring costs reduce Roche profits

Global restructuring costs ate into profits as Swiss drugs giant Roche on Wednesday recorded a 16 percent drop in net income to 9.5 billion francs ($10.5 billion) for 2014.

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Austria

Butcher and electrician imprisoned for meth lab

A blocked toilet led to the convictions this week of a small town butcher and an electrician on charges of producing illegal narcotics in what's been called Austria's largest meth lab.

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Spain

Investigators probe deadly F-16 crash

Investigators were on Tuesday looking into how a fighter jet crashed during elite NATO training exercises at an air force base in Spain, killing 11 military personnel and leaving others with serious burns.

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Germany

Gates calls world to prepare for next Ebola

Visiting Berlin on Tuesday, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said the world must use the lessons from battling Ebola to prepare for any future "war" against a global killer disease with the help of new technology.

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Italy

Italy’s Senate green-lights new electoral law

Italy's Senate on Tuesday definitively adopted Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's new electoral law, which must now go before the lower house of parliament.

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Denmark

‘We imams are part of the solution’

The imam of one of Copenhagen’s biggest mosques has attacked Tuesday’s decision to cut Islamic leaders out of Denmark’s anti-radicalisation plan, arguing that they alone can give a theological argument against extremism.

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Switzerland

Nishikori win sends Wawrinka to semifinals

Defending champion Stan Wawrinka wasted five match points before sealing a straight sets win over Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori to reach the semifinals at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

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France

It’s another new record for France’s jobless total

There was more bad news on the job front for France on Tuesday as the latest official statistics showed that the jobless total continues to creep ever higher, setting new records in the process.

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France

Prayer rug artwork pulled due to Muslim concerns

An art installation showing high heels on Islamic prayer rugs was pulled from an exhibition near Paris after a Muslim group complained the work could provoke "uncontrollable" reactions, the artist said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Swedish drug users ‘need’ syringe exchanges

Needle and syringe exchange programmes should be introduced across the country, to reduce the growing risk of hepatitis C, Sweden’s Public Health Agency (Folkhälsomyndigheten) writes in a new report.

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Germany

Germany calls on Greece to show ‘fairness’

Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel urged Greece to be "fair" to other EU member states, after the Bundesbank warned that ending the country's bailout programme would have "fatal consequences".

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Sweden

‘We must never forget the Holocaust’

Sweden marked the sombre 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz extermination camp on Tuesday at several locations, with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven noting that hate is still a sore reality in Sweden.

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Sweden

Stieg Larsson sequel set for 35 country release

A sequel to the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium crime trilogy will go on sale in at least 35 countries from August, the book's publishers have announced.