Tamedia snaps up Ricardo e-commerce firm
Switzerland

Tamedia snaps up Ricardo e-commerce firm

Zurich-based media company Tamedia announced on Tuesday that it is acquiring the Ricardo Group from Naspers, a South African firm, for 240 million francs ($260 million).

Swiss jobless rate rises again in January
Switzerland

Swiss jobless rate rises again in January

Unemployment in Switzerland rose in January for the fifth consecutive month, according to official government figures released on Tuesday.

‘Leonardo da Vinci’ art seized from Swiss bank
Switzerland

‘Leonardo da Vinci’ art seized from Swiss bank

A hugely valuable painting believed to be the work of Leonardo da Vinci has been seized from a Swiss bank in the southern canton of Ticino on the orders of Italian police who suspect it was moved out of Italy illegally.

The pick-pocket problem in ‘perfect’ Copenhagen
Denmark

The pick-pocket problem in ‘perfect’ Copenhagen

Columnist Michael Booth is currently promoting his book to the North American market, telling everyone who'll listen about how 'almost nearly perfect' Denmark is. But a funny thing happened on the way to one of those media interviews.

‘Pink Panther’ fences arrested in Austria
Switzerland

‘Pink Panther’ fences arrested in Austria

Three Israelis and a Serbian suspected of belonging to the Pink Panthers gang and linked to a Swiss armed robbery were arrested in Vienna with stolen luxury watches and jewellery worth €500,000, Austrian police said on Tuesday.

Pegida sees ‘complete failure’ in Norway
Norway

Pegida sees ‘complete failure’ in Norway

A leading expert on the far right has branded the anti-Islamic movement Pegida “a complete failure” in Norway after just 25 people showed up to take part in a march in Oslo on Monday.

German ‘Bling Bishop’ lands new Vatican job
Germany

German ‘Bling Bishop’ lands new Vatican job

Reports that the former Bishop of Limburg has received a new job at the Vatican, despite being ousted from his post for a €31-million spending spree, sparked bafflement on Tuesday.

Ex-Ferrari boss to lead Rome 2024 Games bid
Italy

Ex-Ferrari boss to lead Rome 2024 Games bid

Former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has been chosen to spearhead Rome's bid to host the 2024 Summer Games, the Italian Olympic Committee (Coni) announced on Tuesday.

‘Delight’ at Palestinian visit amid peace calls
Sweden

‘Delight’ at Palestinian visit amid peace calls

Sweden's Prime Minister has expressed his 'delight' that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is visiting Stockholm, but called on the middle eastern state to resume peace talks with Israel.

Lost ‘Da Vinci’ painting seized in Switzerland
Italy

Lost ‘Da Vinci’ painting seized in Switzerland

Italian police said on Tuesday that a lost portrait, believed to have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci, has been seized in Switzerland.

Italian parliament shooter jailed for 16 years
Italy

Italian parliament shooter jailed for 16 years

An Italian man who shot at police outside Italian parliament on Tuesday lost his appeal against his 16-year jail sentence, as judges denied he was in need of psychological assessment.

Drunk passenger forces landing over bomb threat
Germany

Drunk passenger forces landing over bomb threat

A drunken man forced a Ryanair Boeing 737 to land in Berlin after making repeated threats to the crew that he had a bomb on board, police reported on Tuesday.

Woman awarded €1,550 for headscarf jibe
Austria

Woman awarded €1,550 for headscarf jibe

A young Muslim woman has been awarded €1,550 in damages after the Upper Austrian Chamber of Labour and the Ombud for Equal Treatment ruled that she had been discriminated against in a job application because she wears a headscarf.

‘Syria’s the biggest threat to Sweden in 70 years’
Sweden

‘Syria’s the biggest threat to Sweden in 70 years’

Organized crime stemming from the conflict in Syria, could pose the greatest threat to Sweden since the Second World War, argues political analyst Karl Lallerstedt in a debate article exclusively written for The Local.

Three months for mum who abandoned baby
Austria

Three months for mum who abandoned baby

A young woman from Vienna received a three month conditional sentence on Tuesday for abandoning her newborn baby in a stairwell.

Paris mayor to push for 24-hour Metro service
France

Paris mayor to push for 24-hour Metro service

Could Paris soon have a 24-hour Metro service? The mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Tuesday that she is in favour of it and is already in talks with the capital's transport chiefs.

Eiffel Tower: World’s most popular selfie spot
France

Eiffel Tower: World’s most popular selfie spot

The Eiffel Tower has been revealed as the most popular spot in the world to take a "selfie"... and it wasn't the only spot in Paris to make the top ten.

AENA sell-off to raise €4 billion as strike called off
Spain

AENA sell-off to raise €4 billion as strike called off

Spain will pocket more than €4 billion when it floats a minority stake in airport operator AENA on Wednesday in Europe's first major stock market listing of the year, while unions call off a 27 strike days planned for between February and August.

Gothenburg basks in record February sun
Sweden

Gothenburg basks in record February sun

Sweden's second largest city enjoyed the hottest February temperature ever recorded in the region on Monday, reaching 11.6C. But while sunshine continued to warm up west Sweden's capital on Tuesday, colder weather was forecast for the rest of the week.

HSBC ‘pushed secret accounts in 25 countries’
Switzerland

HSBC ‘pushed secret accounts in 25 countries’

Bankers from HSBC's Swiss division held hundreds of often illegal meetings with wealthy clients in 25 countries as part of their efforts to open undeclared accounts for them, Swiss media reported on Tuesday.

UN urges EU help after migrants freeze to death
Italy

UN urges EU help after migrants freeze to death

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday called on the EU to boost rescue efforts in the Mediterranean, warning of further tragedies after at least 29 boat migrants died of hypothermia.

House sales up for first year since crisis began
Spain

House sales up for first year since crisis began

PHOTO GALLERY House sales in Spain rose for the first time in 2014 since the bottom fell out of the property market four years ago, new data shows.

King Harald visits Antarctic namesake
Norway

King Harald visits Antarctic namesake

Norway’s King Harald on Tuesday stepped foot on Norway’s Antarctic territories for the first time in his 77 years, finally seeing the land of Prince Harald Coast, the rim of 20m high ice cliffs that bears his name.

Did a French couple steal 271 Picasso artworks?
France

Did a French couple steal 271 Picasso artworks?

Did a former electrician and his wife, who kept 271 works of art by Picasso in their garage for close to 40 years, steal the whole hoard? They insist the works were gifts from the painter, but a French court will decide.

Danish prices drop for first time in 60 years
Denmark

Danish prices drop for first time in 60 years

Dropping oil prices cause Denmark to slip into a recession but economists stress that it is "good news for the Danish economy" and not a sign that the nation is "about to be caught in a vicious deflationary spiral".

Intrepid bear cub turns up on snowy doorstep
Spain

Intrepid bear cub turns up on snowy doorstep

An adventurous bear cub has gone viral on social media after being snapped on a snowy doorstep in a small mountain village in Spain.

DB to deter thieves with paint bombs
Germany

DB to deter thieves with paint bombs

With millions caused in damage to station ticket machines annually, Deutsche Bahn is fitting thousands of paint charges to destroy paper money during break-ins or vandalism.

‘Pink Panther’ fences arrested in Vienna
Austria

‘Pink Panther’ fences arrested in Vienna

Police in Vienna have arrested three Israelis and a Serbian suspected of acting as fences for the notorious international Pink Panthers jewel thieves gang.

Italy chef says sorry for amatriciana garlic gaffe
Italy

Italy chef says sorry for amatriciana garlic gaffe

One of Italy’s most celebrated chefs on Tuesday apologized for daring to suggest garlic could be added to the amatriciana‬ recipe, prompting strong criticism from the town which created the Italian pasta dish.

Ukraine conflict boosts Swedish arms sales
Sweden

Ukraine conflict boosts Swedish arms sales

Swedish defence and security group Saab Tuesday reported soaring annual profits in 2014 and forecast stronger arms sales in response to conflicts in Ukraine and the middle east.

Italian told she can use dead husband’s sperm
Italy

Italian told she can use dead husband’s sperm

A 50-year-old woman has won a legal battle to use sperm taken from her dead husband for IVF in a landmark ruling by an Italian court.

Six people in Sweden Democrat ‘tax scam’
Sweden

Six people in Sweden Democrat ‘tax scam’

Police have questioned six people in connection with alleged tax crimes at a media company owned by the nationalist Sweden Democrats, including one of the party's most senior politicians, Martin Kinnunen.

Three masked armed robbers hit Graz jeweller
Austria

Three masked armed robbers hit Graz jeweller

A traditional jewellers shop near Graz's main square was robbed on Tuesday morning by three armed robbers wearing masks.

Life in Austria is ‘great songwriting material’
Austria

Life in Austria is ‘great songwriting material’

Tall William, also known as William Campbell, is a British singer-songwriter who's based in Vienna. By day he works as a press officer and graphic designer, but his experience as a musician inspired him to create a new tool for Vienna's alternative music community, to help locate gig venues and practise spaces.

Pot-smoking bus driver nailed for killing man
Switzerland

Pot-smoking bus driver nailed for killing man

A pot-smoking Geneva trolley bus driver was convicted of negligent homicide for driving into a car in a fit of anger and killing a 46-year-old pedestrian, according to a media report.

HSBC files are ‘just tip of  iceberg’: Whistleblower
France

HSBC files are ‘just tip of iceberg’: Whistleblower

This week's explosive claims that 100,000 people around the world used HSBC Private Bank in Switzerland to evade the eyes of the tax man is just the "tip of the iceberg", the French whistleblower behind the leaks claimed on Tuesday.

Immigration in Denmark at an all-time high
Denmark

Immigration in Denmark at an all-time high

2014 was a record year for immigration in Denmark thanks in large part to Syrians and a rapidly-growing number of Western immigrants.

Woman bitten by rattlesnake at reptile zoo
Austria

Woman bitten by rattlesnake at reptile zoo

A 53-year-old woman who was feeding the snakes at a private reptile zoo in Carinthia was bitten by a rattlesnake and taken to hospital in Klagenfurt on Monday.

Missing Malaga three-year-old found dead
Spain

Missing Malaga three-year-old found dead

A three-year-old child who went missing on Monday afternoon has been found drowned near Malaga, while his stepfather has been arrested.

DSK: ‘I only had sex orgies a few times a year’
France

DSK: ‘I only had sex orgies a few times a year’

Former prostitutes shared sordid sex stories at the trial of disgraced ex-IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who took the stand for the first time on Tuesday as he admitted to judges he had orgies a few times a year, but had no idea they involved sex workers.

Milan red light district wins political support
Italy

Milan red light district wins political support

A number of Milan politicians have come out in support of opening a red light district in Italy's financial capital, just days after plans for a prostitution zone were unveiled in Rome.

OECD: Austria should lower wage tax
Austria

OECD: Austria should lower wage tax

Unemployment may be low in Austria but a new report from the OECD says the alpine republic needs to take a range of measures to ensure long-term growth - particularly by reducing the labour tax burden.

French girls switched at birth: Court awards €2m
France

French girls switched at birth: Court awards €2m

The families of two babies mistakenly exchanged at birth 20 years ago by maternity hospital workers in Cannes were awarded nearly €2 million in damages by a French court on Tuesday.

One masterpiece, 10 days, and 98,000 Legos
Germany

One masterpiece, 10 days, and 98,000 Legos

Duisburg student Mehdi Ghiassi builds phenomenal works of art at a frantic pace in his shuttered home. That's the only way he is assured a supplier's refund on the thousands of Lego bricks he uses.

HSBC revelations ‘tip of iceberg’: whistleblower
Switzerland

HSBC revelations ‘tip of iceberg’: whistleblower

The former HSBC employee in Switzerland who leaked sensational secret documents alleging the bank helped wealthy customers dodge millions of dollars in taxes warned on Tuesday that the revelations are just the "tip of the iceberg".

US adds German former rapper to terror list
Germany

US adds German former rapper to terror list

The US State Department said on Monday that it had added Denis Cuspert, a former Berlin rapper who left Germany to join Isis in Syria, to its official terror list.

Wealth management boosts UBS 2014 profits
Switzerland

Wealth management boosts UBS 2014 profits

Switzerland’s largest bank UBS on Tuesday reported a profit of 3.57 billion francs ($3.9 billion) for 2014, a 13 percent increase from the previous year.

Neo-Nazis arrested as Pegida peters out
Germany

Neo-Nazis arrested as Pegida peters out

The anti-Islam movement Pegida appears weakened by the loss of its former leader Lutz Bachmann, but in some places has lurched sharply to the right.

Mirren premieres Nazi loot film in Berlin
Austria

Mirren premieres Nazi loot film in Berlin

Oscar winner Helen Mirren presented her new movie about Nazi-looted art in Berlin on Monday, saying Germany and Austria should not rest until all the works are returned.

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Sweden

Feb. 19: Short course in digital mindmapping (Umeå)

Topless protesters jump on Strauss-Kahn’s car
France

Topless protesters jump on Strauss-Kahn’s car

Topless "sextremists" from Femen jumped on the car of Dominique Strauss-Kahn as the former IMF chief arrived to testify on Tuesday at his trial for "aggravated pimping" in Lille.

China group buys Swiss sports marketing firm
Switzerland

China group buys Swiss sports marketing firm

China's Wanda Group has officially agreed to buy Infront — the Swiss sports marketing group headed by Fifa president Sepp Blatter's nephew and which holds some broadcasting rights to the World Cup — for €1.05 billion ($1.2 billion), the two firms said on Tuesday.

Danish MP blames hit and run on ‘bad day’
Denmark

Danish MP blames hit and run on ‘bad day’

A parliamentarian said he made “one of the few mistakes [he's] made in [his] life” when he damaged another vehicle and then fled the scene because he was having "a thoroughly bad day".

Arrested: The graffiti gang who stopped trains
Spain

Arrested: The graffiti gang who stopped trains

A graffiti gang who forced trains to stop so they could paint them has been busted by Spanish police

Over 1000 Germans face HSBC tax prosecutions
Germany

Over 1000 Germans face HSBC tax prosecutions

Tax investigators are working their way through the files of 2,106 people with links to Germany revealed to have had secretive accounts with the Swiss branch of HSBC by leaks on Monday.

French public call for 2024 Paris Olympics bid
France

French public call for 2024 Paris Olympics bid

Should Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics? The majority of the French public are in favour, a poll published on Tuesday has revealed.

Zlatan proud to unveil another Ibrahimovic
France

Zlatan proud to unveil another Ibrahimovic

It's often said Zlatan Ibrahimovic's number one fan is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, so it's no surprise that he was over the moon to see his waxwork model unveiled at the Grevin Museum in central Paris on Monday.

Podemos to work with HSBC whistleblower
Spain

Podemos to work with HSBC whistleblower

The SwissLeaks whistleblower Herve Falciani will team up with left wing protest party Podemos to draw up anti-tax fraud measures.

Italy’s mafia matriarch conquers the world
Italy

Italy’s mafia matriarch conquers the world

Maria Pia Calzone is just loving all the hate.

Ski legend Northug fronts World Cup song
Norway

Ski legend Northug fronts World Cup song

Norwegian skier Petter Northug has teamed up with a 17-year-old pop prodigy to record a 'world cup anthem' to help push him back to former glories at this year’s Nordic Skiing World Championships in Falun.

Merkel warns US of threat to peace in Europe
Germany

Merkel warns US of threat to peace in Europe

Chancellor Angela Merkel said that abandoning the principle of territorial integrity at the heart of the Ukraine crisis posed a threat to the "peaceful order of Europe" during a visit to the US on Monday.

29 boat migrants die of hypothermia
Italy

29 boat migrants die of hypothermia

UPDATED: Twenty-nine African migrants intercepted by Italian authorities while trying to reach Europe by boat in rough and icy conditions have died of hypothermia, most after being rescued, sources said on Monday.

Fifty Shades whips up sales at Danish sex shops
Denmark

Fifty Shades whips up sales at Danish sex shops

Whips, blindfolds and anal beads are selling like hotcakes in the nation's sex shops in the run-up to the highly-anticipated film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.

‘Fake’ Italian priest found dead in small town
Italy

‘Fake’ Italian priest found dead in small town

An Italian man who continued to pose as a priest after being defrocked has been found dead, with his hands and feet tied and his head severely beaten.

Norway care system ‘like Nazis’: Czech President
Norway

Norway care system ‘like Nazis’: Czech President

The president of the Czech Republic has compared Norway's foster care system to Nazi Germany's Lebensborn adoption system, expressing his anger at two Czech boys forcibly taken into care.

East-West spy drama to get American debut
Germany

East-West spy drama to get American debut

While "Deutschland 83" gets its permiere as a mini-series at Berlinale on Tuesday and Wednesday, it also makes entertainment history as being the first German series to be broadcast for American audiences.

Anti-racists swamp first Pegida rally in Sweden
Sweden

Anti-racists swamp first Pegida rally in Sweden

Sweden's first rally by the German-inspired anti-Islam movement Pegida in Malmö was dwarfed by a counter-demonstration about a hundred times larger, according to police estimates.

OECD says Swiss can do more to boost growth
Switzerland

OECD says Swiss can do more to boost growth

Switzerland's economy has outperformed most other countries but the OECD in a new report says the mountain country needs to take a range of measures to ensure long-term growth.

Zlatan proud to unveil another Ibrahimovic
Sweden

Zlatan proud to unveil another Ibrahimovic

It's often said the biggest fan of Sweden's star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is himself, so it's no surprise that he was over the moon to see his waxwork model unveiled at the Grevin Museum in central Paris on Monday.

Swedish court set to rule on Pirate Bay case
Sweden

Swedish court set to rule on Pirate Bay case

A Swedish court is for the first time set to rule on a prosecutor's request to order a top domain group to seize and forfeit web domains in the Pirate Bay row.

Sweden surveillance firm in $2.8 bn Canon bid
Sweden

Sweden surveillance firm in $2.8 bn Canon bid

Canon has announced it is launching a $2.8 billion tender offer to buy all outstanding shares in Sweden's Axis AB, which provides surveillance cameras at airports, stations and shopping malls around the world.

Abbas’ official visit to Stockholm stirs debate
Sweden

Abbas’ official visit to Stockholm stirs debate

Israel issued sharp criticism of Sweden as Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Stockholm for an official visit on Tuesday, tainted by a diplomatic row following the recognition of Palestine.