Federer off to strong start in Dubai Open
Switzerland

Federer off to strong start in Dubai Open

Switzerland's Roger Federer crushed a familiar opponent for the 16th successive time as he made an encouraging return to the ATP World Tour after his Australian Open tennis debacle.

Norway’s skiing edge risks others giving up
Norway

Norway’s skiing edge risks others giving up

Norway’s total dominance of this year’s Nordic skiing World Cup has been slammed as "financial doping” by sponsorship consultant Jacob Lund, one of the most powerful people in Norwegian sports, who warns it risks destroying interest in other countries.

Two men die in Swiss small plane crash
Switzerland

Two men die in Swiss small plane crash

Two men died when a small plane crashed shortly after takeoff from an airfield in Yverdon-les-Bains in the canton of Vaud on Monday, police said.

Oslo fraudster convicted of 102 crimes
Norway

Oslo fraudster convicted of 102 crimes

A man in Oslo has been convicted of no fewer than 102 offences, after he defrauded 34 people, most of them physically or mentally disabled.

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Switzerland

Swiss talks to continue on Iran nuclear deal

High-level talks in Geneva on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme were "useful and constructive" but a deal is still a long way off, a senior US administration official said on Monday.

EPFL combines art and science ‘under one roof’
Switzerland

EPFL combines art and science ‘under one roof’

Officials on Monday laid the first stone for a new 39-million-franc ($41-million) building at Lausanne’s federal institute of technology (EPFL) that aims to bring together science, art and “society”.

Free speech threatened, but not by Islamists
Denmark

Free speech threatened, but not by Islamists

The Danish government introduced a new anti-terror package following the Copenhagen shootings, but internet privacy advocate Henrik Chulu argues that privacy restrictions will limit the free speech that politicians say they want to defend.

France seizes passports of would-be jihadists
France

France seizes passports of would-be jihadists

Several French citizens have had their passports confiscated after allegedly planning to travel to Syria to fight jihad. It's the first time the measure has been used and the government says dozens more French nationals will soon have their documents seized.

Denmark’s piglet killing causes anger in Sweden
Denmark

Denmark’s piglet killing causes anger in Sweden

Swedes have hit out after it emerged that hundreds of thousands of underweight piglets are killed every year in Denmark by banging their heads against the floor.

Norway’s next peace vigil targets Oslo mosque
Norway

Norway’s next peace vigil targets Oslo mosque

Hundreds of Norwegians plan to join a peace vigil outside an Oslo mosque on Saturday, a week after Muslims and Jews united outside a synagogue there following fatal shootings in Denmark.

Scared investors dump Catalonia for Madrid
Spain

Scared investors dump Catalonia for Madrid

Madrid received almost five times the foreign investment of Catalonia in 2014, with analysts saying the region's growing independence movement may have turned off many potential investors.

Central Spain rumbles as earthquake hits
Spain

Central Spain rumbles as earthquake hits

An earthquake with a magnitute measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale was felt from Madrid to Murcia on Monday afternoon.

EU probes GE’s €12bn purchase of Alstom
France

EU probes GE’s €12bn purchase of Alstom

EU competition regulators launched Monday a probe into US group General Electric's planned €12.4-billion ($14.1-billion) acquisition of the energy business of French rival Alstom.

Spain leads tough stance on Greece
Spain

Spain leads tough stance on Greece

Spain is enforcing the hard line against Greece during negotiations between Eurozone finance ministers, it has emerged.

Athletes help with escalator shutdown
Sweden

Athletes help with escalator shutdown

With 39 subway station escalators still out of action in the Swedish capital as a precaution after a woman was hurt in an accident last weekend, athletes have been carrying tired travellers up the stairs.

The startup getting men properly dressed
Germany

The startup getting men properly dressed

In our weekly feature series, The Local looks into a successful entrepreneur's life - the story behind their successes, major challenges and how being an entrepreneur changed them forever. This week, Emma Anderson talks to Anna Alex, co-founder of Berlin-based Outfittery.

Madrid Metro fires head of security for gay gaffe
Spain

Madrid Metro fires head of security for gay gaffe

Madrid Metro has sacked its head of security over a memo warning staff to be suspicious of gays, as lobby groups called on the public transport company to launch an LGBT inclusion campaign.

Dutch raise over €7k to apologize for Rome riot
Italy

Dutch raise over €7k to apologize for Rome riot

A Dutch woman has raised over €7,000 online to pay for damages wrought in Rome last week by scores of football fans from the Netherlands.

HSBC boss backs Swiss account as profits slip
Switzerland

HSBC boss backs Swiss account as profits slip

HSBC's boss on Monday fended off criticism about receiving his bonuses through a Swiss bank account held by a Panamanian-registered company, as the banking giant reported a 15-percent drop in annual net profits.

Brits are the biggest drinkers of Italian beer
Italy

Brits are the biggest drinkers of Italian beer

Britons are the biggest guzzlers of Italian beer, with over half of the beer exported between January and October last year going to the UK, according to Coldiretti farmers association.

France to flog official cars to save the pennies
France

France to flog official cars to save the pennies

The French government's latest bid to tighten its belt will see it sell off thousands of cars from the 65,000-strong fleet of official state-owned vehicles. It comes after the Eylsée Palace decided to flog its finest wines as well as a luxury apartment in New York to save money.

Outrage over French CEO’s €4m ‘golden hello’
France

Outrage over French CEO’s €4m ‘golden hello’

“Indecent” and “incomprehensible” were just two of the words used to describe the €4 million ‘golden hello’ that the new CEO of French company Sanofi will be able to pocket.

Former Prime Minister now dating press officer
Sweden

Former Prime Minister now dating press officer

Fredrik Reinfeldt is in a relationship with his former press officer Roberta Alenius. The ex-Prime Minister confirmed the news via a text message from a ski trip with his new lover.

Deutsche Bahn brings drivers back to table
Germany

Deutsche Bahn brings drivers back to table

Rail operator Deutsche Bahn said on Monday that it would resume talks with the German Train Drivers' Union (GDL), pushing back the possibility of further crippling strikes.

Air France flight diverts to UK so pilot can ‘rest’
France

Air France flight diverts to UK so pilot can ‘rest’

Passengers on a delayed Air France flight from New York to Paris were left stranded for 12 hours on Sunday when the pilot landed the plane in the UK - just an hour from the French capital - because he was obliged to take a rest.

Terrorists threaten to hit Paris shopping centres
France

Terrorists threaten to hit Paris shopping centres

UPDATED: Security has been heightened at two of the largest shopping centres in Paris after they were singled out as terror targets in a new video released by the same terrorist group that killed 60 people in a Kenyan mall in 2013.

Police say no to Danish Muslims’ ‘peace ring’
Denmark

Police say no to Danish Muslims’ ‘peace ring’

As Norwegian Muslims formed a ‘ring of peace’ around an Oslo synagogue on Saturday in a show of solidarity with Jews a week after the twin fatal shootings in Copenhagen, a similar initiative by a Danish Muslim was denied by police for security reasons.

One fifth of Germans want revolution: report
Germany

One fifth of Germans want revolution: report

One in five Germans believe that a revolution would be the only way to truly reform society, a study released by the Free University of Berlin on Monday shows.

3G problems disrupt Sweden emergency calls
Sweden

3G problems disrupt Sweden emergency calls

Problems with the Tele2 and Telia networks stopped thousands of customers from making phonecalls on Monday, including to emergency services.

Italians losing trust in the European Union
Italy

Italians losing trust in the European Union

Only 27.4 percent of Italians trust the European Union – the lowest level among six EU countries polled by Demos, a Vicenza-based think-tank, and published in La Repubblica on Monday.

Swedish food giant vows action over Danish pigs
Sweden

Swedish food giant vows action over Danish pigs

UPDATED: Swedish supermarket giant Ica has promised action after it emerged that hundreds of thousands of underweight piglets are killed every year in Denmark by banging their heads against the floor.

Ten phrases you’ll only hear at work in Austria
Austria

Ten phrases you’ll only hear at work in Austria

Austria is one of Europe’s smaller countries, but also one of the richest and most stable in the EU, with low unemployment. Austrians are known for their love of gemütlichkeit - a word encompassing coziness, security and friendliness - and this can mean some baffling conversations for those new to doing business with Austrians.

Italian town promotes itself with Nazi photo
Italy

Italian town promotes itself with Nazi photo

An Italian mayor has issued an apology after a tourism brochure promoting his town featured a photo of Nazi Heinrich Himmler, one of the masterminds of the Holocaust.

‘In Spain I found a new and  marvellous energy’
Spain

‘In Spain I found a new and marvellous energy’

In the latest instalment of My Spanish Career, The Local chats to Inés Diarte a sculptor whose work is exhibited at Art Madrid 2015 this week.

Ten Swedish start-ups you haven’t heard of
Sweden

Ten Swedish start-ups you haven’t heard of

...but soon will. Had enough of the hype around Spotify, Klarna, and Candy Crush? Here’s the next wave of spectacular Swedish start-ups you need to know about in 2015.

Pegida decides Hitler selfie is no problem
Germany

Pegida decides Hitler selfie is no problem

Just four weeks after announcing his resignation in the wake of a Hitler selfie scandal, the founder of the anti-Islam movement Pegida has been voted back into leadership.

Gothenburg launches ‘scientist’ air link to UK
Sweden

Gothenburg launches ‘scientist’ air link to UK

Flights between Sweden's second city and Cambridge in the UK take off next Monday, with the move designed to improve travel for staff working for Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca in both locations.

Spanish eco-warrior arrested in Cambodia
Spain

Spanish eco-warrior arrested in Cambodia

A Spanish environmental activist was arrested in Cambodia Monday and will shortly be deported, officials said, a move described by a rights group as the government's latest attempt to stifle dissent

Same-sex partnerships on the rise again
Austria

Same-sex partnerships on the rise again

Same-sex unions are on the rise in Austria, with 402 gay couples choosing to register their partnership in 2014, an increase of 9.2 percent on the previous year.

In pictures: Italians mock Isis on Twitter
Italy

In pictures: Italians mock Isis on Twitter

Italians took to Twitter over the weekend to laugh off threats from the Isis militant group against their country, especially after one sympathizer said gays would be thrown off the iconic “Leaning Tower of Pizza”.

Italian church fined €1,300 for noisy bells
Italy

Italian church fined €1,300 for noisy bells

An Italian priest has reacted with shock on being fined over €1,300 for the noisy ringing of his church bells, putting an end to a centuries-old tradition.

Outrage over Enrique Iglesias music video ad
Spain

Outrage over Enrique Iglesias music video ad

The Galician regional government has come under fire for paying €300,000 for Enrique Iglesias to film his latest music video in the northwestern Spanish region.

13 million Sim cards in Austria ‘hacked’
Austria

13 million Sim cards in Austria ‘hacked’

Austrian Sim cards will have been affected by an alleged hack by US and British intelligence agencies in order to facilitate eavesdropping on mobiles, the security spokesman for Austria’s Green Party says.

Women executive quota bill ‘unconstitutional’
Germany

Women executive quota bill ‘unconstitutional’

As MPs meet to discuss a planned law which would force large companies and the government to hire more women managers and executives, experts say that the bill hasn't been properly drafted.

Business confidence rises in February: Ifo
Germany

Business confidence rises in February: Ifo

German business confidence rose to its highest level in seven months in February, as Europe's biggest economy remains robust in the face of geopolitical uncertainty, the Ifo economic institute said Monday.

Fire destroys Valais discotheque and bar
Switzerland

Fire destroys Valais discotheque and bar

An investigation is under way into the cause of a fire on Sunday night that destroyed a discotheque, bar and woodworking shop in Collombey-Muraz, a municipality of around 8,000 people in the canton of Valais.

Tweeter fined €60,000 over football fan death
Spain

Tweeter fined €60,000 over football fan death

A man who posted a message on Twitter celebrating the death of a football fan has been fined over €60,000 ($68,000) for his "threatening and offensive" behaviour.

Measles kill toddler as Berlin school closes
Germany

Measles kill toddler as Berlin school closes

UPDATE: Health authorities in Berlin announced a toddler has succumbed to measles. Earlier, a school in a Berlin suburb was closed because of a pupil infected with the disease. The capital is battling its most serious outbreak since 2001.

Linz’s second Pegida demo rings up €250,000
Austria

Linz’s second Pegida demo rings up €250,000

A second protest by Germany’s anti-Muslim movement Pegida in the Upper Austrian capital of Linz on Saturday afternoon required a massive police operation in order to prevent clashes breaking out between left-wing counter demonstrators.

Sweden defends subs after Australia snub
Sweden

Sweden defends subs after Australia snub

Swedish defence company Saab has defended its submarine-making capabilities after Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott excluded the country from a major new submarine-building programme.

Federer caught up in bitter cricket rivalry
Switzerland

Federer caught up in bitter cricket rivalry

Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has apologized for getting caught up in the bitter rivalry between Indian and Pakistani cricket fans after he was pictured admiring the blue shirt of World Cup champions India in a marketing photo-shoot.

Italy angry over Oscars snub for film ‘maestro’
Italy

Italy angry over Oscars snub for film ‘maestro’

Italian cinema buffs were fuming on Monday after celebrated director Francesco Rosi was left out of the Oscars "in memoriam" tribute to movie figures who died in the past year.

Apple invests billions in new Danish data centre
Denmark

Apple invests billions in new Danish data centre

American computer giant Apple will place one of the world’s largest data centres in Viborg, where it will power the company's popular services on 100 percent renewable energy.

French composer brings home Oscar for France
France

French composer brings home Oscar for France

French actress Marion Cotillard might not have won one, but France didn’t go home empty handed from Sunday’s Oscars. After the latest triumph we look back at France’s greatest Oscar moments.

Rome’s cobbles disrupt Bond car race in Spectre
Italy

Rome’s cobbles disrupt Bond car race in Spectre

James Bond's Aston Martin is struggling to race over Rome's famous cobblestones and notorious potholes, affecting the "high-speed" race through the Eternal City in 007's new film, Spectre.

Ex-Rolls Royce exec takes over BER airport
Germany

Ex-Rolls Royce exec takes over BER airport

Berlin's beleaguered BER airport, currently delayed four years past its original opening date, has a new boss in former Rolls Royce manager Karsten Mühlenfeld, it was announced at the weekend.

Denmark in for ‘warmer than usual’ spring
Denmark

Denmark in for ‘warmer than usual’ spring

As the last official week of winter began on a cold, wet and windy note, meteorology institute DMI promised that better days are around the corner.

Alonso taken to hospital after testing crash
Spain

Alonso taken to hospital after testing crash

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso was airlifted to hospital after crashing his McLaren on Sunday's final morning of the second pre-season test in Barcelona.

Serie A club too broke to pay stadium stewards
Italy

Serie A club too broke to pay stadium stewards

Parma captain Alessandro Lucarelli hit out at league and federation officials on Sunday as the beleaguered Serie A club's game with Udinese was postponed due to a lack of funds to pay stadium stewards.

Lyon move ahead of PSG as Marseille slip up
France

Lyon move ahead of PSG as Marseille slip up

Lyon reclaimed top spot in Ligue 1 from PSG on Sunday after an uninspiring win over Nantes. Third placed Marseille lost ground once again after only managing a draw at rivals Saint Etienne.

Avalanche death toll in French Alps nears 30
France

Avalanche death toll in French Alps nears 30

It's been another deadly winter in the French Alps with the death toll from avalanches reaching 28 at the weekend after the latest fatal snowslide.

Oscars pay tribute to Swedish stars’ legacy
Sweden

Oscars pay tribute to Swedish stars’ legacy

Late director and Oscar winner Malik Bendjelloul and Swedish icon Anita Ekberg were among those honoured for their legacy at the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

Same-sex marriage ‘backed by most Swiss’
Switzerland

Same-sex marriage ‘backed by most Swiss’

A majority of Swiss back gay and lesbian marriage, according to the results of surveys published on Sunday by two weeklies.

Greece targets crooks in €7.3bn tax plan
Germany

Greece targets crooks in €7.3bn tax plan

Greece has drawn up a €7.3 billion tax hit list aimed at the country's oligarchs and lucrative smuggling industry, a German newspaper said, as part of reform proposals due to its creditors Monday.

Grand Budapest Hotel, Citizenfour take Oscars
Germany

Grand Budapest Hotel, Citizenfour take Oscars

It seems that Germany lent a golden touch as two films, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Citizenfour, took home little golden statues at Sunday night's academy awards.

France deploys aircraft carrier to help fight Isis
France

France deploys aircraft carrier to help fight Isis

France upped its military involvement in the fight against Isis on Monday by dispatching its aircraft carrier the Charles de Gaulle to the Gulf.

Danes earn partial win and tech award at Oscars
Denmark

Danes earn partial win and tech award at Oscars

Denmark took home a technical achievement Oscar and laid partial claim to the year's best foreign language film at Sunday night's award show in Hollywood.

Four Italians killed in Swiss Alps avalanche
Italy

Four Italians killed in Swiss Alps avalanche

The death toll from an avalanche that swept away a group of Italian skiers in the Swiss Alps has risen to four after a man died from his injuries, police said on Sunday.

Sweden could boost funds to fight terrorism
Sweden

Sweden could boost funds to fight terrorism

The Swedish government has not ruled out investing more money into the fight against terrorism, Home Affairs Minister Anders Ygeman has said.

‘It’s my duty to give back and help others’
Sweden

‘It’s my duty to give back and help others’

UK-born Antonio Casamassa, 32, moved to Sweden eight years ago and has launched a successful career as a freelance software developer. Now he has decided to combine his passion for creating game apps with a desire to help others.