Pegida plans march in Linz on Sunday
Austria

Pegida plans march in Linz on Sunday

After the less-than-stellar showing on Monday in Vienna, with at least five times the number of counter demonstrators, the German anti-Islamization movement is taking to the streets in Linz on Sunday.

Minted! King Felipe is on the money
Spain

Minted! King Felipe is on the money

It´s a face we all know already, but from this week expect to see it a lot more as the new coins bearing his image are brought into circulation. King Felipe VI is our Face of The Week.

Ten ideas Paris should pinch from the world
France

Ten ideas Paris should pinch from the world

As the Paris Town Hall mulls the introduction of outdoor urinals for women, we wonder how else the French capital could learn from the world's innovations. Here are the top ten ways Paris could improve.

Swedish seal culls hit by new EU trading rules
Sweden

Swedish seal culls hit by new EU trading rules

The rules for selling seal products have been tightened. An exemption allowing the trade of products made from seals culled as part of wildlife management has been revoked by the EU, which could affect seal trade in Sweden.

Hollande and Merkel seek deal in Moscow
France

Hollande and Merkel seek deal in Moscow

UPDATED: French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Moscow on Friday in an attempt to "seek a deal" to end the Ukraine crisis.

‘Scared’ Stockholm woman in sexism stir
Sweden

‘Scared’ Stockholm woman in sexism stir

After a woman bolted when she saw Stockholmer John Nylander, 23, as she walked through a dark forest, his subsequent Facebook rant led to a national debate about sexism and patriarchy.

Three pensioners die in Italy snow
Italy

Three pensioners die in Italy snow

Three elderly people died while shovelling snow in northern Italy, as bad weather cuts off one coastal town and causes transport to come to a halt in parts of the country.

Sergio Ramos ruled out for five weeks
Spain

Sergio Ramos ruled out for five weeks

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos will be out of action for five weeks, coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed on Friday.

Action films banned in Paris after terror attacks
France

Action films banned in Paris after terror attacks

High speed car chases, shoot-outs and other stunt scenes from action movies have been barred from being filmed in Paris over fears actors could be targeted by terrorists.

Man loses driving license over passive pot
Germany

Man loses driving license over passive pot

Judges in Gelsenkirchen have decided that police were right to confiscate a man's driving license when he was found driving under the influence of cannabis, even though he claimed he hadn't been smoking himself.

Health insurer wrongly claims woman dead
Germany

Health insurer wrongly claims woman dead

A pensioner got a shock when he found out from his health insurance that his wife was dead, even though she was very much alive when he received the letter.

Finmeccanica plans 3,000 job cuts
Italy

Finmeccanica plans 3,000 job cuts

Italy’s Finmeccanica plans to shed 3,000 jobs over the next two years as it seeks to boost revenues and cut debt.

Calls to France’s anti-jihadist hotline double
France

Calls to France’s anti-jihadist hotline double

An emergency hotline in France for reporting suspected jihadists has seen calls to the number double in January as concerned parents call for advice fearing their children may have been radicalized.

Berlin welcomes baby orang-utan Rieke
Germany

Berlin welcomes baby orang-utan Rieke

Rieke, Berlin's baby orang-utan with three dads met the press on Friday, as her keepers announced she has a new home in England.

Interest rate cuts lead to new Danish ‘super loans’
Denmark

Interest rate cuts lead to new Danish ‘super loans’

As a knock-on effect of the Danish central bank’s repeated interest cuts defending the krone’s link to the euro, Danish homeowners are now being offered historically low mortgage loans.

DSK ‘unaware’ sex orgies involved prostitutes
France

DSK ‘unaware’ sex orgies involved prostitutes

It could be the testimony that absolves Dominique Strauss-Kahn. A local businessman told the court in Lille on Friday the former IMF chief was unaware their orgies involved prostitutes.

Flamenco as you’ve never seen it before
Spain

Flamenco as you’ve never seen it before

The International Flamenco Fashion Show 2015 has brought high fashion to the dresses of Spain's most beloved dance. The Local takes a peek at the changing face of flamenco stlye.

Merkel makes Moscow trip ‘to defend peace’
Germany

Merkel makes Moscow trip ‘to defend peace’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that she and French President Francois Hollande's initiative for conflict-wracked Ukraine was aimed at defending European peace".

Large WW2 bomb being defused in Vienna
Austria

Large WW2 bomb being defused in Vienna

According to a report from the Austrian Press Agency, a 250 kg bomb dating back to World War II was found around 8:30 am on Friday morning during construction on the site of a gas station on the refinery road in the Lobau region of Vienna.

‘Not racist’ to call black person orangutan
Italy

‘Not racist’ to call black person orangutan

Italy's deputy Senate president describing a black minister as an "orangutan" does not amount to racism, senators have decided.

UN slams jailing of radio boss over nuns’ murder
Italy

UN slams jailing of radio boss over nuns’ murder

The United Nations on Friday harshly criticised Burundi's arrest of a radio station boss who has been accused of complicity in the murder of three Italian nuns.

Statoil slashes $2bn in spending as oil slumps
Norway

Statoil slashes $2bn in spending as oil slumps

Norwegian national oil company Statoil has pledged to slash $2bn from this year’s planned investments and dramatically step up cost-cutting as it prepares for a sustained period of low oil prices.

Aussie seeks record at Swiss cycling venue
Switzerland

Aussie seeks record at Swiss cycling venue

Australian cyclist Rohan Dennis will make an assault on the world one hour record at the Granges velodrome in the canton of Fribourg on Sunday.

‘Julian Assange’s case could go on indefinitely’
Sweden

‘Julian Assange’s case could go on indefinitely’

As the row over the costs of Julian Assange's police protection simmers in the UK, the Wikileaks founder's Swedish lawyer Per Samuelson has told The Local that the case is facing long-term 'deadlock' if it does not get accepted by Sweden's Supreme Court.

Pope’s ‘smack’ approval draws ire in Germany
Germany

Pope’s ‘smack’ approval draws ire in Germany

The German Children Protection Society (DKSB) has condemned remarks by Pope Francis after the Catholic leader said it was okay to hit children as long as their dignity remained intact.

PP youth leaders quit over Nazi salute photo
Spain

PP youth leaders quit over Nazi salute photo

Regional leaders of Nuevas Generaciones (New Generations), the youth wing of Spain’s ruling Popular Party (PP) have resigned after a photograph was made public showing them holding up a Francoist flag and making Nazi salutes.

Podemos number 3 admits tax dodge
Spain

Podemos number 3 admits tax dodge

A leader of Podemos has decided to "voluntarily update" his tax situation and pay income tax on a payment he received from the Venezuelan government two years ago.

Norway couple find love on word game app
Norway

Norway couple find love on word game app

Norwegians are a shy bunch when it comes to romance, so online dating is a godsend. But what to do when even Sukker.no and Tinder let you down? Maria Jernslett, 22, and Erlend Finboe Svendsen, 25, found love competing for high scores on the word game app Ruzzle.

Siemens to slash 7,800 jobs in restructure
Austria

Siemens to slash 7,800 jobs in restructure

Siemens AG, Europe's engineering giant, announced Friday it would be cutting 7,800 jobs globally, with 3,300 of layoffs happening in Germany.

Italian policeman ‘raped Couchsurfing guests’
Italy

Italian policeman ‘raped Couchsurfing guests’

An Italian policeman has been arrested after numerous foreign women accused him of rape, allegedly by drugging them when hosting the tourists through the Couchsurfing travellers' community.

First anti-Islam Pegida rally set for Sweden
Sweden

First anti-Islam Pegida rally set for Sweden

As anti-Islam movement Pegida that has made headways in Germany prepares to hold its first public meeting in Sweden, a Malmö vicar has told The Local why he believes it is important to stand up for a multi-religious society.

Norwegian Somali held in Kenya for twin attacks
Norway

Norwegian Somali held in Kenya for twin attacks

A Norwegian-Somali man has been arrested in Kenya in connection with two bloody massacres carried out by the terrorist group al-Shabaab last year, according to Kenya's Standard newspaper.

The Local’s top Swedish songs of the month
Sweden

The Local’s top Swedish songs of the month

The Local's resident music guru Paul Connolly is back with a selection of his favourite Swedish tracks to see you through February and into the early days of spring.

Rich Russian stumps up Capello’s wages
Italy

Rich Russian stumps up Capello’s wages

A Russian oligarch has reportedly paid €5.24 million towards the salary owed to Fabio Capello, the Italian head coach of Russia’s national football team.

Austria’s health minister confirms she has cancer
Austria

Austria’s health minister confirms she has cancer

Austria’s Health Minister, Sabine Oberhauser (SPÖ), has been diagnosed with abdominal cancer. In a press release she announced that she will start chemotherapy on Friday and that her doctors have said she has a good chance of making a full recovery.

Sunrise launches shares on Swiss exchange
Switzerland

Sunrise launches shares on Swiss exchange

Sunrise, Switzerland’s second biggest telecommunications firm, entered the Swiss stock exchange on Friday after raising 1.99 billion francs ($2.16 billion) in an initial public offering (IPO) of 29.3 million shares, the company said.

Cocaine, rape and leaks: Scandal hits ‘French FBI’
France

Cocaine, rape and leaks: Scandal hits ‘French FBI’

Paris’s powerful criminal investigation force, France’s answer to the FBI, is once again embroiled in scandal. After the missing cocaine and the alleged rape of a tourist, the force's chief has been deposed after being charged with leaking secret info.

Cold snap is causing chaos across Spain
Spain

Cold snap is causing chaos across Spain

Spain is currently in the grip of a cold snap that is causing chaos throughout the country.

Chechen shot dead in Salzburg market town
Austria

Chechen shot dead in Salzburg market town

A 53-year-old Chechen man was shot dead in the market town of Strasswalchen in the Flachau region of Salzburg on Thursday afternoon. Shortly afterwards police arrested a 54-year-old suspect - also from Chechnya - who was armed with a gun.

States fear drug drones flying into jails
Germany

States fear drug drones flying into jails

Twice authorities have intercepted drones being used to deliver contraband into prisons, leaving German states are planning new ways of keeping criminal activity away from criminals. But is the law behind the curve on this new technology?

Siemens axe 7,800 jobs as part of €1-billion plan
Germany

Siemens axe 7,800 jobs as part of €1-billion plan

Siemens AG, Europe's engingeering giant, announced Friday it would be cutting 7,800 jobs globally, with 3,300 of layoffs happening in Germany.

Swiss cut funds for North Korean officer training
Switzerland

Swiss cut funds for North Korean officer training

Bern has halted a controversial programme offering grants to allow North Korean officers to undergo training in Switzerland.

VIDEO: Copenhagen’s moving circle bridge
Denmark

VIDEO: Copenhagen’s moving circle bridge

It should have already been here in 2013, but in a case of better late than never, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson’s futuristic-looking Cirkelbroen (the Circle Bridge) is finally on its way to Copenhagen.

Assange ‘frustrating’ for UK and Sweden officials
Sweden

Assange ‘frustrating’ for UK and Sweden officials

Julian Assange's residence in London's Ecuadorian embassy is 'frustrating', the UK's Deputy Prime Minister has said, after figures emerged that the Wikileaks founder's security has cost around 125 million kronor ($15 million) as he fights extradition to Sweden.

Man told to see shrink for giving couple €100,000
Italy

Man told to see shrink for giving couple €100,000

An Italian man has been ordered to take a psychiatric test after gifting a Roma woman and her husband €100,000.

Bern police warn of ‘sextortion’ blackmailers
Switzerland

Bern police warn of ‘sextortion’ blackmailers

Bern cantonal police are warning against “sextortion blackmail” on the internet after logging reports of 50 individuals targeted by criminals who threatened to post naked pictures of their victims online in the past seven months.

Police arrest Vienna bomb hoax caller
Austria

Police arrest Vienna bomb hoax caller

Police have arrested a 26-year-old man suspected of making up to ten hoax bomb threat calls in Vienna.

75-year-old woman dies in toboggan accident
Austria

75-year-old woman dies in toboggan accident

A 75-year-old German woman was killed in an accident while sledding in Maria Waldrast in Tyrol on Wednesday, when she lost control and ran into a wooden fence.

W. Sahara activist fears torture if deported
Spain

W. Sahara activist fears torture if deported

Campaigners on Thursday demanded that Spain halt the deportation to Morocco of a man who fears being tortured there after being sentenced over unrest in the disputed territory of Western Sahara.

Germans love Grand Coalition government
Germany

Germans love Grand Coalition government

New poll numbers released Friday show that the majority of Germans think the CDU-SPD government is doing well despite balancing a number of challenges.

France secretly fights jihadism on Facebook
France

France secretly fights jihadism on Facebook

For the past year the French army has been secretly fighting jihadism online through the infiltration of social networks, French media has revealed.

Sarkozy under fire for Middle East conference
France

Sarkozy under fire for Middle East conference

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has come in for criticism for his decision to attend a paid conference in the Middle East while his party is in turmoil over whether it should unite against the National Front in a by-election on Sunday.

Le Pen’s Oxford Union talk draws angry protest
France

Le Pen’s Oxford Union talk draws angry protest

Protesters turned out in force on Thursday to picket an appearance by French far-right leader Marine Le Pen at Britain's prestigious Oxford Union. She told the audience that "our freedoms are under threat".

Row rumbles over Cordoba´s Mezquita
Spain

Row rumbles over Cordoba´s Mezquita

The Spanish city of Cordoba boasts that different faiths have long co-existed there, but locals are now squabbling over its star tourist attraction: a cathedral that was once a mosque.

DSK trial: ‘Dodo the Pimp’ denies he’s a pimp
France

DSK trial: ‘Dodo the Pimp’ denies he’s a pimp

The man nicknamed 'Dodo the Pimp', who is at the centre of the DSK pimping trial in Lille, insisted he's not a pimp when he gave evidence before the court this week.

Princess couple set to stay in Sweden
Sweden

Princess couple set to stay in Sweden

Princess Madeleine of Sweden is set to give birth to her second child in Sweden, the Royal Court has confirmed – opening the door for a permanent move back to her native country.

Denmark to target anti-radicalization at kids
Denmark

Denmark to target anti-radicalization at kids

Children as young as nine years old will be taught about extremism and radicalization under a local plan in Aarhus, while the government says a similar national plan is also on its way.

Critics made ‘a parody’ of begging law: Norway PM
Norway

Critics made ‘a parody’ of begging law: Norway PM

Critics of Norway's aborted anti-begging law made a “parody” out of the legislation, Norway’s Prime Minister has claimed as she defended her government's dramatic decision to drop the bill.

Heads roll as teams battle relegation
Germany

Heads roll as teams battle relegation

Hertha Berlin sacked their coach as they struggle to climb out of the bottom while the man behind this year's biggest disaster has ruled out resigning as his organisation stands behind him.

Merkel-Hollande visit ‘gives hope for peace’
Germany

Merkel-Hollande visit ‘gives hope for peace’

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said a new peace plan proposed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French leader Francois Hollande, which will be presented to Moscow on Friday, has raised hopes for an end to the fighting with Kiev's pro-Russian rebels.

Snow to leave Denmark – for now at least
Denmark

Snow to leave Denmark – for now at least

Warmer weekend temperatures are likely to melt away the nation's white coat of snow and return Denmark to its typically drab February conditions.

Ten common mistakes Italians make in English
Italy

Ten common mistakes Italians make in English

Despite an increasing number of Italians speaking excellent English, common mix-ups continue. The Local takes a look at the top ten linguistic mistakes.

Police probe Malmö Roma arson attack
Sweden

Police probe Malmö Roma arson attack

Police are investigating an arson attack against a property used by a Roma association in Malmö in southern Sweden.

Haimona and Gori lead Italy against Ireland
Italy

Haimona and Gori lead Italy against Ireland

New Zealand-born Kelly Haimona and Edoardo Gori will form Italy's half-back partnership when the Azzurri kick off their 2015 Six Nations on Saturday against defending champions Ireland.