The man who stole the trove of secret files that sparked a global scandal over banking giant HSBC's alleged assistance to wealthy tax dodgers called on Monday for more protections for whistleblowers.
Searchers recovered the body of a 47-year-old German backcountry skier on Monday a day after he was engulfed by an avalanche in the Staldenried area of the Valais Alps.
A single client associated with Norway had $293.4m parked in a Swiss bank account with the international banking giant HSBC, new ‘Swiss Leaks’ data has revealed, more than all the other Norwegian clients with secret accounts at the bank combined.
The damaging Swiss Leaks revelations are rooted in a massive cache of whistleblower data handed to two overwhelmed French reporters who decided they would need the help of an international collective to decrypt it.
Germans are notorious for baring all at beaches across Europe, but on Sunday, five Norwegians hit back, jogging across Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz wearing nothing but jackets and rucksacks.
UPDATED: Two security guards at Malmö's main train station who were filmed apparently banging a nine-year-old boy’s head into a stone floor are being investigated by police.
Europe's biggest bank HSBC is fighting off claims that it helped rich clients globally dodge taxes through its Swiss arm — the latest in a long line of scandals to hit the group.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo drew criticism in the changing room by partying for his 30th birthday, and being filmed singing karaoke, hours after a 4-0 defeat by rivals Atlético, media reported on Monday.
Sweden should consider reducing the number of refugees it takes in to protect the welfare state, leading members of the opposition Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) say. But the idea has led to a row within the party.
Lawyers defending Costa Concordia skipper Francesco Schettino called on Monday for his acquittal on manslaughter charges, saying their client may have saved many lives in the 2012 disaster.
A French baker has won our latest 'Only in France' award after he fell foul of the law for keeping his boulangerie open seven days a week - one day too many according to the rules.
In his latest video a French freerunner presents a view of Paris you’ve never seen before and probably never want to, when he turns the rooftops of Paris into his own personal obstacle course. He tells The Local he feels safer up high than on the streets below.
A British man has been arrested on suspicion of killing a German man who he caught filming his young daughter in a restaurant in the upmarket resort of Sotogrande.
Before she came to power, Helle Thorning-Schmidt said she would "of course" meet with the Dalai Lama as prime minister. But the Tibetan leader is coming to Copenhagen this week and neither she nor her foreign minister will see him.
Television audiences in France can expect a cheeky surprise in the coming weeks, when a new reality programme featuring contestants dating in the nude, hits the screens. Has reality TV in France hit a new low or will viewers turn on in their droves?
Next week, TEDx Stockholm will be hosting its biggest set of talks yet. For a taster of what’s to come, we caught up with the Stockholm-based American travel writer Doug Lansky, who will be speaking about why tourism is destroying the planet.
A 74-year-old woman from Leoben in Upper Austria has been charged on suspicion of having carried out 33 robberies over the past two years - stealing mainly lingerie and booze.
Armed police surrounded a neighbourhood of Marseille on Monday after police were fired upon by gunmen armed with kalashnikovs. The incident comes as Prime Minister Manuel Valls was due to visit the city, to talk about the improved crime rate.
Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka said on Monday that he is happy to shake up his February schedule as he makes a return to the Rotterdam World Tennis tournament for the first time in a decade.
An all-action bronze sculpture is channelling locally-sourced tweets and reading them aloud at Stockholm Central Station. The Local catches up with artist Tove Kjellmark to find out more.
After outpourings of public support, prosecutors in Munich on Monday have lifted the fine and driving ban an on-call emergency doctor was to get for speeding on his way to an urgent situation.
Germany's economy minister on Monday rejected calls by Greece's new prime minister for Berlin to pay reparations for the Second World War damages by the Nazis, insisting the issue was concluded 25 years ago.
The French chef with more Michelin stars to his name than anyone else in the world has defended his company after an ex-employee said staff members were treated like dogs.
It’s becoming a regular tradition for hordes of Danish teenagers to head to Prague during their week-long winter break. But for a large number of the students, the trip is not about taking in the culture of the Czech capital but rather getting drunk and rowdy.
UPDATE: Representatives of the Swedish Church say they have received threats after a church in Malmö announced plans to hold a service in support of Muslims during a demonstration by the anti-Islam group Pegida.
Antonio Conte, the coach of Italy’s national football team, could face a sporting fraud trial as part of an investigation into match-fixing.
A senior figure in Norway’s anti-immigrant Progress Party has warned that a no-confidence motion against Justice Minister Anders Anundsen over refugee children, if carried out, would “automatically” cause the ruling right-wing coalition to collapse.
Some 4,000 Spaniards, among them the racing driver Fernando Alonso and Emilio Botin, the late president of Banco Santander had swiss bank accounts, the new "Swiss leaks" revelations show.
Hervé Falciani - the Italian-French whistleblower behind Sunday's "breathtaking" revelations that have rocked HSBC and unearthed 100,000 tax cheats - has been compared to Edward Snowden, but the man himself prefers to liken himself to James Bond.
In our ongoing 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 Stéphane-Bertin Hoffmann, co-founder at Berlin-based Sciencebite.
Claims that banking giant HSBC helped rich clients to dodge taxes — including criminals and sponsors of terrorism — through its Swiss private bank started a political firefight in Britain on Monday as the main parties sought to blame each other for not acting.
Ambitious and dedicated students have started eight different local NFGL networks throughout Sweden. SI News spoke with all of the network leaders about their motivation and plans.
Hervé Falciani - the whistleblower behind the latest "breathtaking" revelations that have rocked HSBC and unearthed 100,000 tax cheats - has been compared to Edward Snowden, but the man himself prefers to liken himself to James Bond.
An Austrian man has been sentenced to life imprisonment in Germany for the murder of his 22-year-old step-daughter, whom he sexually abused for years.
Tenerife is swimming in sequins as the annual Santa Cruz carnival comes to town, bringing the spirit of Rio to the Canary Island during six weeks of festivities.
Sweden's Employment Agency was on Monday targeted in a cyber attack for the third consecutive day.
Matteo Salvini's bid to win support for his Northern League party has been met with a volley of eggs in Sicily, where protesters have not forgotten the far-right leader's rhetoric against southern Italy.
Snow and wind are causing delays at Vienna’s Schwechat Airport, with many planes having problems taking off and landing due to a strong crosswind, a spokesman told the Austrian Press Agency on Monday.
An elderly Italian man died after falling over in a cemetery near Treviso while visiting his wife’s grave, Italian media reported.
Inditex has agreed to a permanent ban on angora wool in all its stores worldwide bowing to pressure from animal rights groups.
Denmark has long been fighting a losing battle against urbanization but the numbers of Danes leaving rural areas for the cities has grown significantly in recent years.
Secomd-tier league football team Erzgebirge Aue has apologised to RB Leipzig and the team's founder, Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz, after Aue fans displayed a banner showing the Austrian entrepreneur in Nazi uniform.
International banking giant HSBC helped hundreds of rich Swedes, including a former national football champion, dodge taxes. More than 500 Swedes have become embroiled in a scandal of secret assets amounting to more than 800 billion kronor.
PHOTO GALLERY: Berlinale continued its parade of stars in the German capital as celebrities debuted their new films in fancy suits and dresses over the weekend for the 65th Berlin Film Festival.
A Greek exit from the euro would see the euro collapse like a house of cards, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis warned in comments that triggered a spat with Italy.
Sweden is one of the EU's great powers along with Germany and the United Kingdom. According to a think tank it was one of the most influential countries in the Union in 2014.
Spain’s foreign minister is en route to Kiev to show support for Ukraine as Spain commits to leading a new rapid action Nato force.
"Well informed thieves" in Paris have stolen several possessions once owned by Charlie Chaplin, including a set of pens and his honorary Oscar - which has been valued at €1 million.
Second-division German side Erzgebirge Aue has apologised to RB Leipzig and Red Bull co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz after Aue fans displayed a banner showing the Austrian entrepreneur in Nazi uniform.
An Islamic centre in northern Italy has received a letter warning Muslims they will "burn in the mosques" if they don't leave the country.
One of the key figures singled out by the investigation into the data leak of HSBC’s Swiss unit was a man described as a “colossus of the finance world” who helped establish the Geneva-based private bank that enabled wealthy people from around the world to evade taxes.
Three cross country skiers from Vienna had to be rescued from the Dachstein mountain in Upper Austria on Sunday, after getting lost in a blizzard. The skiers made a snow cave to shelter in until the rescue team arrived.
Security personnel's “warning strike” over pay at three German airports has led to travel chaos, with tens of thousands of passengers hit by cancelled flights and police barracading doors at Hamburg Airport.
A new survey on how Islam is viewed in Austria suggests that anti-Muslim sentiment has risen sharply in the wake of the Paris shootings, with 69 percent of those polled saying they did not believe that Islam belongs in Austria.
Two foreigners, including a British and a Dutch man, and two Italians died in avalanches in northern Italy over the weekend, after days of heavy snowfall, national media reported.
International banking giant HSBC helped around 6,000 rich French lawyers, artists, businessmen and even a World Cup winner dodge taxes, new explosive reports claim. HSBC's private bank has already been charged in France in connection to a major tax fraud probe.
Pegida offshoot Direct Democracy for Europe (DDfE) failed to take off on Sunday when only 500 people showed up to a Dresden demonstration instead of the 5,000 it had planned for. Meanwhile, the original movement prepares for its first meeting in two weeks.
The international banking giant HSBC helped hundreds of wealthy Danes dodge taxes and the Danish tax authority did nothing about it, new ‘Swiss Leaks’ revelations show.
Update: Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras flew into Vienna on Monday for a brief meeting with Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann, of the Social Democrats.
Can you fall in love with a country without ever having been there? The Local has spoken to six of our readers who are obsessed with Sweden and all things Swedish...but have never stepped foot in the Nordic nation.
In the latest installment of My Spanish Career The Local chats to South Korean fashion designer, Angela Bang. Based in Barcelona, Bang has shown her collections at Madrid and Barcelona fashion week and is one of Spain’s most exciting young designers.
Gibraltar´s Chief Minister has accused Ed Miliband of being "unfair" after the Labour leader branded the Rock a "tax haven".
The Swiss arm of British bank HSBC may have helped over 7,000 Italians, including the ex-Formula One team boss Flavio Briatore, hide their wealth from the authorities.
Driving schools in France staged a nationwide protest on Monday, causing traffic chaos in and around several French cities including Paris. There was also disruption on roads in Paris prompted by the latest taxi drivers' protest and one by motorbike riders.
A majority of residents supports the implementation of permanent border controls and the Danish People's Party has vowed to give the people want they want – even if it means violating the Schengen Agreement.
Trade with the United Kingdom and other EU partners played a big role in Germany's record exports, which totalled €1.134 trillion in 2014, the Federal Statistics Agency (Destatis) said on Monday.
Berlin has said it is ready to put up €2.5 million in its bid to host the 2024 or 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in hopes that the German Olympic Committee (DOSB) chooses the capital over Hamburg.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic rescued a point for Paris Saint-Germain in their top-of-the-tableclash with league leaders Lyon on Sunday night after scoring a controversial penalty.
Sweden enjoyed Grammy success in Los Angeles, with three Swedes picking up awards at the prestigious ceremony on Sunday night, including producer Max Martin who is behind some of the biggest hits in pop music.
None of the six Norwegian acts nominated for a Grammy this year came out victorious, although only one of the them — R&B artist Jarle Bernhoft — even bothered to attend the ceremony.
France's ruling Socialists on Sunday narrowly won a key by-election, beating the far-right National Front candidate in what was President Francois Hollande's first major ballot test since the Paris attacks.
Artist Stuart Mayes, 46, left London for Sweden three and a half years ago and is not planning to move back. Despite the death of his half-Swedish partner, Stuart’s love affair with Sweden remains solid, as he tells Odessa Fardipour for this week's My Swedish Career.
Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to meet with her French, Russian and Ukrainian counterparts on Wednesday in a frantic bid to halt escalating bloodshed in Eastern Ukraine.
Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia stunned the world's top doubles pairing to give France a shock Fed Cup win over Italy in Genoa on Sunday.