Euro rights court backs Swiss TV journalists
Switzerland

Euro rights court backs Swiss TV journalists

The European Court of Human Rights has struck down the conviction of four Swiss journalists for having recorded and broadcast an interview of a private insurance broker using hidden cameras to highlight malpractice in the sale of life insurance.

Denmark is Europe’s ‘most digital’ nation
Denmark

Denmark is Europe’s ‘most digital’ nation

Denmark was dubbed the best country in the EU for 'digital performance' on Tuesday as a new Digital Economy and Society index was unveiled.

‘Hot men’ on Paris Metro go viral on Instagram
France

‘Hot men’ on Paris Metro go viral on Instagram

A new Instagram account is quickly going viral in France for its voyeuristic snapshots of "handsome" Parisian men riding the Metro.

What’s on in France: Ten things to do in March
France

What’s on in France: Ten things to do in March

If your social calendar is looking a bit empty this March here are ten events across the country involving cheese, snowboarding, books and orchids, one of which is bound to get you interested.

Ace of Base to release new album worldwide
Sweden

Ace of Base to release new album worldwide

Did you see the sign? Vintage Swedish group Ace of Base have announced they are releasing a new album on March 6th, containing ten tracks recorded between 1991 and 2005.

Ten tips for succeeding as a start-up in Sweden
Sweden

Ten tips for succeeding as a start-up in Sweden

Swedish start-ups seem to be all the rage these days. As the country’s ranks of entrepreneurs continue to grow, The Local offers some tips for establishing a successful Swedish start-up from a company that’s been in the game for decades.

Saudi blogger’s wife appeals to Austria
Austria

Saudi blogger’s wife appeals to Austria

Ensaf Haidar, the wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, has called on the Austrian government to close a Saudi-financed dialogue centre in Vienna, and to help end her husband’s suffering and save him from further floggings.

French pig squealer crowned ‘world’s best’
France

French pig squealer crowned ‘world’s best’

VIDEO: "Nono" the pig squealer from northern France has done it again. His impression of a breastfeeding pig won him the top prize for the sixth year in a row at France's annual agricultural fair in Paris.

Swedish cabin crew plan ‘sympathy’ walkout
Sweden

Swedish cabin crew plan ‘sympathy’ walkout

The Swedish Pilot’s Union has pledged to mount a sympathy strike in support of staff working for budget airline Norwegian, if a planned walkout goes ahead over the border this Sunday.

Sweden is second most ‘digital’ nation in EU
Sweden

Sweden is second most ‘digital’ nation in EU

While neighbouring Denmark took the top spot, Sweden was dubbed the second best country in the EU for 'digital performance' on Tuesday as a new Digital Economy and Society index was unveiled.

Dog bite rules ‘Castro’ out of Scotland clash
Italy

Dog bite rules ‘Castro’ out of Scotland clash

Veteran Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni will miss the Six Nations clash away to Scotland this weekend because of a dog bite, the Italian rugby federation has announced.

Berlin rapper’s stunt sets off homophobia row
Germany

Berlin rapper’s stunt sets off homophobia row

Berlin rapper Bass Sultan Hengzt released an album cover calculated to smoke out homophobia among listeners, prompting what Germans love to call a “Sh*tstorm”.

Climate panel head quits amid sex scandal
Switzerland

Climate panel head quits amid sex scandal

The head of the UN's climate science panel, Rajendra Pachauri, has stepped down, the Geneva-based body announced on Tuesday, following claims that he sexually harassed a subordinate.

Kazakh ex-diplomat found dead in Vienna jail
Austria

Kazakh ex-diplomat found dead in Vienna jail

Rakhat Aliyev, an opponent and former son-in-law of Kazakhstan's president, was found dead Tuesday in an apparent suicide at an Austrian jail just before he was due to testify against alleged extortion, authorities said.

Early spring brings pollen misery for some
Sweden

Early spring brings pollen misery for some

Spring has sprung in southern Sweden where the new season is deemed to have arrived when temperatures remain above freezing for seven says in a row. But the milder weather isn't all good news for hayfever sufferers.

Norwegian faces first ever pilot strike
Norway

Norwegian faces first ever pilot strike

Norwegian Air Shuttle could see its first ever strike by pilots on Sunday, if it fails to end more than three months of fruitless negotiations and strike a deal with unions.

Italy’s unions call to block Hitachi rail deal
Italy

Italy’s unions call to block Hitachi rail deal

Italian trade unions have urged the government to block a deal by Japan's Hitachi to buy Finmeccanica's rail and traffic signal businesses in order to "save jobs and a strategic sector in the country".

Future of indebted Parma to be decided in March
Italy

Future of indebted Parma to be decided in March

Cash-strapped Serie A club Parma could be told on March 19th they can no longer operate as a going concern in Italy's top flight after a date for a bankruptcy hearing was set by a court on Tuesday.

Paris hosts talks to save Ukraine peace deal
France

Paris hosts talks to save Ukraine peace deal

Efforts to bring peace to Ukraine moved to Paris on Tuesday when foreign ministers from Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France will meet to try and salvage the Minsk II ceasefire deal struck earlier this month.

‘Spain to create half a million jobs in 2015’: PM
Spain

‘Spain to create half a million jobs in 2015’: PM

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy predicted on Tuesday that Spain's economy, the eurozone's fourth largest, could grow by 2.4 percent in 2015, raising the previous 2.0 percent forecast.

Mourners say goodbye to Copenhagen victim
Denmark

Mourners say goodbye to Copenhagen victim

55-year-old Finn Nørgaard, the first victim of the worst terror attack in recent Danish history, was laid to rest under tight security and lingering questions on Tuesday.

Norwegians sued for $600m US ponzi scheme
Norway

Norwegians sued for $600m US ponzi scheme

Twelve Norwegians are being sued in the US after cashing out more than 13 million kroner ($1.7m) from ZeekRewards, a giant US ponzi scheme wound up in 2012.

The little things that make France so different
France

The little things that make France so different

How different really is France to your home country? Often it's the small things that matter. Our guest blogger Christopher Cooley, based in Bordeaux, has picked out a few of the things that have caught his eye, beyond the shape of the bread and the price of the wine.

Catalonia struck by wave of ‘virtual kidnappings’
Spain

Catalonia struck by wave of ‘virtual kidnappings’

Police in Catalonia have issued a warning about a spate of recent "fake kidnappings" during which parents receive phone calls telling them their children have been abducted, when no actual kidnapping has taken place.

Norway lobbies Britain to stay in European Union
Norway

Norway lobbies Britain to stay in European Union

Norway this week warned the UK not to leave the European Union, arguing that after Russia's recent aggression a British exit would dangerously undermine regional security.

Two of ‘locked up’ adult kids back with mother
Sweden

Two of ‘locked up’ adult kids back with mother

Two of the three adult daughters believed to have been kept locked up by their mother in southern Sweden have moved back in with her. The youngest daughter has not returned.

‘We’re back’ – Charlie Hebdo returns with a bite
France

‘We’re back’ – Charlie Hebdo returns with a bite

Charlie Hebdo's latest edition will hit kiosks on Wednesday, but without the Prophet Muhammad on the cover. Instead the Pope, Nicolas Sarkozy and Marine Le Pen are mockingly depicted as a pack of enraged animals.

Infant death sparks measles jab debate
Germany

Infant death sparks measles jab debate

Scientists and politicians are debating whether to introduce compulsory vaccinations following the recent measles outbreak in Berlin, which has lead to the death of an infant and the closure of a school.

Heirs sue Germany over ‘stolen’ Nazi gold
Germany

Heirs sue Germany over ‘stolen’ Nazi gold

The heirs of four Jewish art dealers have brought a case against the German government in the USA over the so-called “Guelph treasure”, a €260-million trove they say was confiscated by the Nazis in 1935.

Swede’s 21st balloons dubbed ‘IS’ propaganda
Sweden

Swede’s 21st balloons dubbed ‘IS’ propaganda

After Sarah Ericsson hung up balloons in the shape of the number '21' for her birthday, her home was paid a visit by Swedish police who thought they stood for 'IS' and had been put up by supporters of the Islamic State extremist group.

Le Pen backs Italy far right against Renzi
Italy

Le Pen backs Italy far right against Renzi

France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen has thrown her support behind an upcoming rally against the Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, the leader of Italy's Northern League has said.

Swiss agree with Italy to fight tax dodgers
Switzerland

Swiss agree with Italy to fight tax dodgers

Italy and Switzerland have signed an "historic agreement" to fight tax evasion, giving Italians until September to disclose funds hidden across the border in Swiss bank accounts.

SAS strike cancels Copenhagen flights
Denmark

SAS strike cancels Copenhagen flights

UPDATED: In their third strike in eight months, SAS baggage workers walked off the job at Copenhagen Airport on Tuesday. Although they returned after less than two hours, delays and cancellations are expected throughout the rest of the day.

Spanish politician wears SS uniform to carnival
Spain

Spanish politician wears SS uniform to carnival

The ruling Popular Party (PP) in the Basque Country has apologized after one of its councillors wore a Nazi costume to Tenerife’s carnival.

Russia threatens Ukraine before Paris meeting
Germany

Russia threatens Ukraine before Paris meeting

Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed to want peace in Ukraine in an interview on Monday, hours before state-owned Gazprom threatened to cut off gas supplies to the country - hitting EU countries too - if it didn't pay outstanding bills immediately.

Who is flying drones over Paris landmarks?
France

Who is flying drones over Paris landmarks?

After five drones were spotted flying over specific landmarks in Paris on Tuesday, a French aviation expert tells The Local the "real pros" behind the stunt want to "demonstrate how the state is incapable of protecting the population".

Italy-Switzerland deal will help catch tax evaders
Italy

Italy-Switzerland deal will help catch tax evaders

Italy and Switzerland on Monday signed a "historic agreement" to fight tax evasion, giving Italians until September to disclose funds hidden across the border.

Spain breaks up jihadist cell that recruited women
Spain

Spain breaks up jihadist cell that recruited women

Spain said on Tuesday it had broken up an online network accused of recruiting young women to join Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria and arrested four suspects.

VIDEO: Massive sinkhole opens up in Naples
Italy

VIDEO: Massive sinkhole opens up in Naples

Over 300 people had to be evacuated from their homes on a street in a Naples suburb when a massive sinkhole opened up after heavy rain and a burst water pipe caused the road to cave in.

Strong economy makes for €18-billion surplus
Germany

Strong economy makes for €18-billion surplus

Germany's public finances were back in the black in 2014, as growth in Europe's biggest economy shifted up a gear at the end of the year, official data showed Tuesday.

Bern issues warning over poisonous polenta
Switzerland

Bern issues warning over poisonous polenta

Bern has issued a health warning about an imported polenta product that poses risks to consumers because it contains elevated levels of tropane alkaloids, substances found in plants that cause poisoning.

‘Free Estelle Bernadotte from her royal burden’
Sweden

‘Free Estelle Bernadotte from her royal burden’

For this week's debate article The Local hears from the Republican Association, which is calling on Sweden to abolish the monarchy and liberate Princess Estelle following her third birthday.

Danes get an Alternative for upcoming election
Denmark

Danes get an Alternative for upcoming election

The new political party The Alternative has collected enough voter signatures to make the ballot while another new party, the National Party, is appealing for help to make its goal.

Murder investigation in Swedish World Cup city
Sweden

Murder investigation in Swedish World Cup city

UPDATED: Police in central Sweden have launched a murder investigation following the death of a man found under a bridge in Falun, which is currently hosting the Ski World Cup.

Police raid biker club houses across Germany
Germany

Police raid biker club houses across Germany

Police raided biker group Satudarah's clubhouses and the homes of members across Germany on Tuesday after Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere banned the group.

Jokes shake Spain in earthquake aftermath
Spain

Jokes shake Spain in earthquake aftermath

When an earthquake shook the country on Monday Spaniards flocked to social media to make fun of the big drama surrounding the little tremor.

France’s Jewish and Muslim leaders fall out
France

France’s Jewish and Muslim leaders fall out

France's Muslim leaders boycotted a dinner by the country's most prominent Jewish group after its leader blamed young Muslims for anti-Semitic violence, adding that the National Front leader Marine Le Pen was "blameless" when it comes to anti-Semitism.

Italians ‘don’t love’ their language
Italy

Italians ‘don’t love’ their language

Italian may be a language of romance, but Italians themselves are not so affectionate about it, according to Claudio Marazzini, the president of the Florence-based Crusca Academy.

Danish Muslims plan peace vigil after attacks
Denmark

Danish Muslims plan peace vigil after attacks

After plans for a 'peace ring' were nixed by police over security concerns, a Muslim group has announced that it will hold a vigil outside Copenhagen City Hall on Friday.

Alonso gives a ‘thumbs up’ from hospital bed
Spain

Alonso gives a ‘thumbs up’ from hospital bed

Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso is making a "solid recovery" from a spectacular crash in testing, his McLaren team said Monday blaming the accident on "gusty winds".

Juve’s Buffon vies for Champions League glory
Italy

Juve’s Buffon vies for Champions League glory

Juventus goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon has called for full commitment when the Italian champions host Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, looking to put one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Witnesses slam security at Copenhagen shooting
Denmark

Witnesses slam security at Copenhagen shooting

Police sat with their backs to the entrance drinking coffee and a cafe employee was the first to notice the gunman, witnesses to the first of two fatal shootings in Copenhagen have stepped forward to say.

Uppsala network hosts entrepreneurship workshop
Sweden

Uppsala network hosts entrepreneurship workshop

The Uppsala NFGL network recently held a workshop in entrepreneurship - and how to create a job instead of just looking for one. Network board member Maxim Vlasov explains what the team learned.

Eurozone agrees on Greek bailout extension
Germany

Eurozone agrees on Greek bailout extension

UPDATE: Spiegel reported on Tuesday that Eurozone finance ministers had agreed the details of a financial aid programme for Greece in a conference call.

Finmeccanica to sell rail firms to Japan for $2bn
Italy

Finmeccanica to sell rail firms to Japan for $2bn

Hitachi said on Tuesday it would buy the rail and traffic signal businesses of Italy's Finmeccanica, in a deal that could reach more than $2.0 billion as it looks to take on global rail giants.

EU energy union plan meets Berlin resistance
Germany

EU energy union plan meets Berlin resistance

European Commission plans to create a single market in energy, partly to reduce dependence on Russian gas, are sure to raise hackles in Berlin.

Sweden clears way for gender equal ploughs
Sweden

Sweden clears way for gender equal ploughs

Gender equal snow ploughs are catching on in Sweden. More and more municipalities have been following suit after The Local reported in January that Stockholm was set to introduce the policy.

Drones fly over Paris landmarks during night
France

Drones fly over Paris landmarks during night

Paris police were hunting on Tuesday for clues after several drones were flown over specific Paris landmarks in the early hours of Tuesday, including the Eiffel Tower and the American Embassy.

Norway starts first trial under anti-jihadist law
Norway

Norway starts first trial under anti-jihadist law

The first prosecution in Norway of returned jihadists accused of fighting for the banned terror group Isis began on Tuesday at Oslo City Court, with the first defendant claiming he had only travelled to Syria to provide humanitarian aid.

Witnesses slam police over attack at artist’s talk
Sweden

Witnesses slam police over attack at artist’s talk

UPDATED: Witnesses to a fatal shooting in Denmark's capital, of which controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks is believed to have been the target, have criticized police.

Two injured after Vienna shootings
Austria

Two injured after Vienna shootings

Police were in a shoot-out with an armed burglar in Floridsdorf on Monday evening after catching him and an accomplice breaking and entering a business in Helene-Richter-Gasse, not far from the border with Lower Austria.