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Austria

Pegida demo is a damp squib

Germany's Pegida "anti-Islamisation" movement held its first march in Austria on Monday but was dwarfed by a colourful counter-demonstration more than 10 times larger, according to police estimates.

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Switzerland

Swiss Eurovision winner sings English song

The winner of a contest to represent Switzerland in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest has been living in England and her entry is sung in English.

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Switzerland

Skyscrapers proposed for Geneva ‘urban centre’

A jury of experts has selected an architectural design that would see three skyscrapers up to 172 metres high at the heart of a new “urban centre” in Geneva.

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Norway

Norway banishes Islamist to remote village

A court in Oslo on Monday authorised police to banish Iraqi Kurd "hate preacher" Mullah Krekar to a remote Norwegian village.

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Spain

Gib chief to defy Spain with Madrid speech

Gibraltar´s Chief Minister will deliver a speech in Madrid on Tuesday defying a ban from the Spanish government.

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France

Minister ‘receives death threats’ over reforms

France's Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that he had received death threats from "certain officials" furious over his plans to reform parts of the closed-shop economy.

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Sweden

Banking giant probed over ‘hunting trips’

The CEO of Swedish banking giant Nordea is under investigation for taking free hunting trips, weeks after a similar scandal forced the resignation of another leading Swedish businessman.

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France

Strauss-Kahn’s trial for ‘pimping’ begins in Lille

The eagerly awaited trial of the disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who is accused of aggravated pimping, got underway in Lille on Monday. Sordid details of the ex-minister's sex life are set to be revealed over the next three weeks.

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Germany

Merkel calls for Hungary to protect civil rights

Chancellor Angela Merkel used a visit to Budapest on Monday to challenge right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban to end his crackdown on domestic dissenters and join other European nations in facing the Ukraine crisis.

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Italy

How the weak euro is boosting tourism to Italy

The drop in value of the euro is expected to bring more visitors to Italy this year, with the owner of a villa complex reporting his busiest ever start to the year for bookings.

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Spain

Penélope Cruz to pay tabloid over topless pics

Spanish actress Penélope Cruz was ordered to pay the editor of a Danish tabloid 25,000 kroner (€3,350) after she lost a court battle over topless photos.

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Germany

Court decision could prompt migration reform

After a court ruling that Turkish spouses couldn't be forced to take a language test before joining their partners in Germany, community organizations have guarded hopes for a new law.

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Spain

Road deaths in January reach three-year high

Spain's roads are getting more dangerous, new data shows, with the number of road deaths in January up 42 per cent on last year.

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France

Monopoly hides real money for French buyers

The French manufacturers of the popular board game Monopoly have replaced the fake money with thousands of euros for 80 lucky buyers, to celebrate the game's 80th birthday.

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Spain

Spanish minister rejects easing Greek debt rules

Spain's Budget Minister Cristobal Montoro on Monday rejected any notion of the European Union "changing the rules" over Greece's bailout, noting Spain had respected similar austerity imposed by international creditors.

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France

Charlie Hebdo: Iran holds Holocaust denial contest

Despite condemning the Paris terror attacks Iran has responded to Charlie Hebdo’s recent Muhammad depiction on its front page by reportedly launching a cartoon competition on the subject of Holocaust denial.

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Spain

Backlash over ‘not Catalan’ cava salesman

A man has found himself in hot water after his branding strategy – to advertise cava as "not Catalan" so that "people who aren’t fans of Catalan separatists" will buy it – went viral.

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Sweden

Rush hour rail delays expected in west Sweden

Trains in and out of Gothenburg are expected to be delayed for the rest of the day following a track problem at Lerum station just outside the city.

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Germany

Leipzig must pay families denied childcare

The city of Leipzig was penalized by courts on Monday for not having enough childcare spaces available.

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Denmark

Danish crime levels ‘remarkably low’ in 2014

Crime was down nearly seven percent in 2014 helped largely by significant drops in burglaries and pickpocketing. But the year-end numbers show that other crime areas are increasing.

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Sweden

Eight Swedes questioned over ferry ‘gang rape’

UPDATED: Police in Finland have questioned eight Swedish men following claims a woman was gang raped on a Viking Line ferry in Finnish waters over the weekend. Four of the suspects remained in custody on Monday afternoon.

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Austria

Swastikas on mosque as Pegida march looms

Vandals sprayed several swastikas on a Vienna mosque, Austrian police said Monday ahead of the country's first demonstration by the "anti-Islamisation" movement Pegida.

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Germany

Pegida offshoot set to demo next week

Former Pegida spokeswoman Kathrin Oertel has moved on from the anti-Islamization group and started a new conservative movement, it was reported on Monday.

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Italy

Berlusconi wins early exit from care home duty

Silvio Berlusconi, the disgraced former Italian prime minister, will not have to serve the final 45 days of a one-year community service order he received for tax fraud, a judge ruled on Monday.

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France

Ten things to know about ‘Dodo The Pimp’

The man at the centre of the DSK pimping trial in Lille is "Dodo Le Saumure", or in English "Dodo the pimp". From his white teeth to his views on prostitution, here are ten things to know about a man you'll be seeing a lot more of in the coming weeks.

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Switzerland

UN agency declares 2014 hottest year on record

The year 2014 was the hottest on record, part of a "warming trend" that appeared set to continue, the United Nations' Geneva-based weather agency said on Monday.

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Germany

Police shoot dead naked man with a knife

Police in Lower Saxony had to respond with deadly force when an officer was attacked by a naked man with a knife.

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Denmark

Penélope Cruz to pay tabloid over topless pics

Spanish actress Penélope Cruz was ordered to pay the editor of a Danish tabloid 25,000 kroner after she lost a court battle over topless photos.

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Norway

14-year-old Norwegian found fighting in Iraq

A 14-year-old boy from Norway has been discovered fighting in Iraq against the militant Islamic group Isis, Norway’s TV2 reported on Monday.

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Italy

Italy’s public sector puts a stop to sickies

Public sector workers across Italy are showing up to work more often, with absences down across the country, new government figures show.

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France

Michelin reveals 2015 restaurant list for France

UPDATED: The famous Michelin oracle of gastronomy revealed its new guide on Monday, which included three-stars for an eatery in Paris with a new chef and another in eastern France.

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France

More severe weather set for south-west France

UPDATED: France has issued a severe weather warning for motorists in southwestern France with more heavy snow forecast. Check out some of the best pictures of the "snowpocalypse".

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Denmark

Denmark’s oldest woman dies at 110

Denmark’s oldest woman died on Friday at the age of 110 after a life filled with hard work and abstention from vices.

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Spain

Young and old, rich and poor join left-wing march

Not just young radicals: Spaniards of all ages and backgrounds came out in their thousands to support a left-wing political party currently making waves in Spain. The Local caught up with some of them to find out why they are such big fans of Podemos.

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Germany

Germany hits export surplus record in 2014

Economics think tank Ifo said on Monday that their projections show Germany's exports exceeding imports by €220 billion in 2014, pushing the country to a new world record.

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Italy

Italy sends mixed signals on Greek debt

Italy on Monday issued mixed signals over whether it would back Greece in its fight for a renegotiation of its huge debts to international lenders.

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Sweden

Facebook ‘torture’ video leads to Sweden arrest

UPDATED: A 28-year-old Syrian living in Sweden is facing war-crime charges over a vicious assault, after a video of the attack was posted on Facebook. It is the first case of its kind in Sweden.

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Sweden

Millennium actress slams Swedish ‘Jante’ tradition

Currently back in her native Sweden at the Gothenburg Film Festival, Stieg Larsson star and London resident Noomi Rapace says she finds the Swedish attitude to success "oppressive".

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Austria

Austrian-born ‘father of the pill’ dies

Carl Djerassi, the Austrian-born chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died aged 91.

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Austria

Vandals daub swastikas at Mauthausen memorial

One or more unknown suspects have defaced walls at the Mauthausen concentration camp in Upper Austria with swastikas over the weekend.

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Switzerland

Three candidates challenge Fifa president

Zurich-based Fifa, football's world governing body, announced on Monday that four candidates are bidding to become its president, including long-time Swiss incumbent Sepp Blatter.

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Sweden

Icy Stockholm sees 43 accidents in six hours

Dozens of accidents were reported in the Stockholm area alone overnight as snow continued to fall across Sweden on Monday.

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Germany

Changing how you move, one box at a time

In our weekly feature 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 Gerrit Jan Reinders, founder of Box at Work.

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Austria

Women used ‘rape drug’ to rob men

Two female robbers who knocked their victims out with a date rape drug have been sentenced to five and four years in prison by Vienna’s Criminal Court.

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Spain

‘Make every venture reach its full potential’

The Local talks to Max Dodinet, a manager at My Major Company, one of the top crowdfunding platforms in Spain, about choosing projects that have the potential to triumph.

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Switzerland

Geneva group’s contest gives ‘lift’ to startups

A Geneva-based group that provides seed money for startups is this week showcasing the winners of a global competition for entrepreneurs from emerging and fast-growing markets.

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Germany

Knights assemble to do battle in Bernau

Five-man teams of heavily-armoured knights gathered near Berlin on Saturday to compete for the European Medieval Combat title.

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Spain

Two dead as storms batter Spain

Two people have died and many have been injured as Spain battled a weekend of stormy weather, and the worst might not be over as parts of the country remain on high alert for avalanches and snow.

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Italy

Italian mum charged with killing baby in London

An Italian woman has been charged with murdering her newborn baby boy in London, two days after she reported him missing to police.

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Denmark

Censored video portrays Danish queen as Nazi

A fake movie trailer showing Queen Margrethe standing under Nazi flags and leading foreign invasions has been censored despite its creators saying it is merely "an absurd fiction created solely for the sake of entertainment." See it here.

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Sweden

Is this the toughest gym class in the world?

The Local watched in awe as pupils at a school in Stockholm plunged into the icy waters of a local lake as part of their gym class. Does this make them the toughest kids in the world?

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Switzerland

Down Under tourney one for Federer to forget

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams lived up to their billing as the world's best players at the Australian Open, but it was a tournament to forget for Swiss maestro Roger Federer.

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Sweden

Car blast rocks Malmö after violent weekend

Malmö residents were awoken on Sunday night by a powerful blast as a car bomb exploded in the city centre, bringing to an end a violent weekend that left one person dead.

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Austria

1,200 police for Vienna Pegida spinoff rally

The Vienna branch of the German anti-Islam movement Pegida is holding a demonstration in the Austrian capital on Monday afternoon, just three days after the city centre was shut down as thousands protested against a ball organised by far-right groups and politicians.

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France

PSG and Marseille close the gap on leaders Lyon

Both PSG and Marseille were able to close the gap on Lyon at the top of Ligue 1 at the weekend after the leaders only managed a draw at Monaco. Only three points now separate the top three clubs. Here's a round-up of the action.

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France

French feel proud of their country after attacks

The French have renewed reason to feel proud of their country in the wake of the terrorist attacks and the mass unity rallies around the country, a new survey has revealed.

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Sweden

Lund NFGL network visits Danish Parliament

Local NFGL networks have been formed - and they're already busy. The Lund NFGL Network took a trip to Danish Parliament, learning about a somewhat remarkable history of Danish democracy.

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Spain

Rise of hard-left party shows divided Spain

Less than a week after the victory of its hard-left ally Syriza in Greece, Spain's Podemos party launched an election-heavy year by assembling more than 100,000 supporters for a rally in Madrid.

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France

DSK – The man who should be the French president

On the eve of his trial over pimping charges an opinion poll revealed the French still think DSK would have been a fine president. Here's a look at how the man who was deemed a shoe-in for the Elysée Palace, rose to almost the top, before his dramatic, disgraceful fall.

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Germany

Power outage leaves TV programme in the dark

A power outage in south-central Berlin left more than a 1,000 Berlin households in the dark and was also responsible for the delay of television programming.

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Spain

Snack goes gourmet in tapas revolution

Long taken for granted as a mere bar snack, Spain's humble tapas has graduated from the neighbourhood cafe to the realm of haute cuisine.

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Italy

Statues may be last left by Michelangelo

Two sculptures that languished in obscurity for more than a century may be the only surviving bronze works by Michelangelo, researchers announced in Britain on Monday.

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Denmark

Copenhagen to roll out new smart traffic system

The Danish capital is investing millions of kroner into new data-driven traffic systems that will speed things up for the city's cyclists and bus passengers.

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France

DSK’s legal woes- New York maid to ‘Dodo the pimp’

Here is a breakdown of the legal woes which led to the downfall of former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

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Germany

AfD founder wins bid for leadership change

Germany's anti-euro Alternative for Germany (AfD) voted to streamline its leadership at its weekend conference, in a bid to heal the fractures within the fledgling party.

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Italy

Irate Inter fans throw shirt back at Icardi

Argentinian striker Mauro Icardi suffered an embarrassing personal slight as Inter Milan dropped further out of Champions League contention after a humiliating 3-1 defeat to Sassuolo on Sunday.

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Germany

Düsseldorf-born Patriot hoists Lombardi trophy

For the first time ever, a Super Bowl ring will find its home on a German finger after Sebastian Vollmer of the New England Patriots helped his team to victory against the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday's game.

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Italy

Piano virtuoso Aldo Ciccolini dies aged 89

Italian-born French piano virtuoso Aldo Ciccolini died overnight at his home in the Paris area after a long illness, his manager said on Sunday. He was 89.

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Sweden

House and villa prices jump across Sweden

The price of villas, town houses and semi-detached properties increased by six percent in 2014, according to new figures released by Sweden’s National Land Survey.