Switzerland tops for European patent filings
Switzerland

Switzerland tops for European patent filings

Switzerland remained number one in the world for per capita patent filings with the European Patent Office last year.

‘Strip mosques of subsidies’: Progress MP
Norway

‘Strip mosques of subsidies’: Progress MP

A senior politician in the Norwegian government’s second party has proposed stripping mosques of government subsidies and closing the Koran schools attached to them if they are shown to preach “classical Shariah law”.

UN weighs in on ‘unjust’ disabled access case
Austria

UN weighs in on ‘unjust’ disabled access case

The United Nations has asked Austria for an explanation after a British woman complained that her 25-year-old disabled son has been left stranded in their home every time there is bad weather because of bureaucratic red tape.

The Sound of Music – 50 years on
Austria

The Sound of Music – 50 years on

It’s the film which brings thousands of tourists every year to Salzburg but it’s virtually unknown in Austria. Fifty years ago, The Sound of Music - the movie based on a successful Rogers and Hammerstein Broadway musical - premiered in New York.

UK councillor blasted for 250km French commute
France

UK councillor blasted for 250km French commute

A councillor from the UK has come under fire in the UK for her long distance commute - from France. Opponents have called for her resignation.

Prime time TV brought forward – to 10.15pm
Spain

Prime time TV brought forward – to 10.15pm

Spanish national broadcaster, RTVE, has announced it is bringing forward its prime time slot to 10.15pm, allowing Spaniards to get to bed earlier.

French management style slated by foreigners
France

French management style slated by foreigners

A massive survey of foreigners working in France has revealed that the French management style is far from being an international role model - but the extended lunch breaks, at least, were a redeeming feature. We take a closer look at the findings.

Podemos gives up EU seats to run at home
Spain

Podemos gives up EU seats to run at home

Podemos, the new anti-establishment party in Spain, has said it will replace its European members of parliament so that its leaders can run in elections at home.

‘Made in Italy’ gets €260m to go global
Italy

‘Made in Italy’ gets €260m to go global

The government on Thursday approved a plan to invest €260 million to promote Italian goods and services worldwide in an attempt to boost exports and attract more investment in the country.

Man wins court battle over loud footsteps
Germany

Man wins court battle over loud footsteps

Germany's highest civil court ruled in favour of a man who swapped the carpet in his new apartment for parquet flooring, incurring the wrath of the retired couple who lived below him over his loud footsteps.

Sweden raps ‘brutal’ Assyrian abductions
Sweden

Sweden raps ‘brutal’ Assyrian abductions

Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström has slammed the abduction of Christians in Syria earlier this week and pledged to keep supporting communities affected by the ongoing fighting in the Middle East.

French set for U-turn on EU-US trade agreement
France

French set for U-turn on EU-US trade agreement

The proposed free trade zone between the EU and the US is at the centre of a political struggle in France, with the government looking set to make a U-turn over its stance towards one of the most controversial elements of the agreement.

Federer gives teen sensation court lesson
Switzerland

Federer gives teen sensation court lesson

UPDATED: Roger Federer on Friday advanced confidently to his ninth final at the Dubai Open tennis tournament, and to the 123rd final of his career, by ending the remarkable five-match streak of Borna Coric, the teenager suddenly being touted as a future champion.

Louvre condemns Iraq jihadist statue-smashing
France

Louvre condemns Iraq jihadist statue-smashing

Paris's famed Louvre museum on Friday reacted in shock to the destruction of priceless artefacts by jihadists in Iraq, saying they hit at the heart of "humanity's memory."

French cartoon festival canned over terror fears
France

French cartoon festival canned over terror fears

UPDATED: In what represents a blow to freedom of speech, France's international press cartoon festival has been cancelled, because organisers fear it could be targeted by terrorists. Cartoonists have accused organisers of giving in to terror.

Escalator return stalled in Swedish capital
Sweden

Escalator return stalled in Swedish capital

Commuters in Stockholm are set for more frustration next week, with 39 escalators set to remain switched off at some of the city's busiest underground stations, following an accident a fortnight ago.

UCI urges ban on Astana cycling team over doping
Switzerland

UCI urges ban on Astana cycling team over doping

The world cycling federation, Swiss-based UCI, on Friday called for the withdrawal of the racing licence for the Astana team of Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali over doping accusations.

The strange consular requests of Brits abroad
Denmark

The strange consular requests of Brits abroad

The British Foreign office has released a list of the strangest requests it receives from Brits abroad, from a chef to make the perfect haggis to advice on how to treat a cat’s infected paw.

Teachers to strike nationwide from Monday
Germany

Teachers to strike nationwide from Monday

Teachers all over the country are expected to stike starting Monday, German education trade union GEW said, after negotiations with the wage commission of the federal states (TdL) failed to achieve results.

Italian coastguard wants to carry weapons
Italy

Italian coastguard wants to carry weapons

Italy's coastguard on Friday called on the government to change its status so that its 11,000 seamen can carry weapons, amid mounting concern over the possibility of attacks by people traffickers or terrorists.

What’s on in Spain: March 2015
Spain

What’s on in Spain: March 2015

Whether it is a trip to see the tongue-in-cheek send up of politicans at Las Fallas before a spectacular flaming finale in Valencia or braving the dizzying heights to walk the renovated Caminito del Rey, there is plenty going on across Spain in the run up to Easter.

Third arrest over fatal Danish terror shootings
Sweden

Third arrest over fatal Danish terror shootings

A man has been arrested for "complicity" in the Copenhagen shootings that killed two people earlier this month, with the Swedish artist Lars Vilks among the presumed targets of the attacks.

No capes at Armani show after Madonna tumble
Italy

No capes at Armani show after Madonna tumble

You could forgive fashion king Giorgio Armani the absence of capes at his Emporio show Friday, after pop diva Madonna blamed one of his creations for her fall at the Brit Awards this week.

Swedish firm to fund huge Danish wind project
Sweden

Swedish firm to fund huge Danish wind project

A massive new offshore wind farm off the west coast of Denmark is being built by the state-owned Swedish company Vattenfall, it has emerged.

The strange consular requests of Brits abroad
Spain

The strange consular requests of Brits abroad

The British Foreign office has released a list of the strangest requests it receives from Brits abroad, from a chef to make the perfect haggis to advice on how to treat a cat’s infected paw.

The official guide on how to be cool in Paris
France

The official guide on how to be cool in Paris

Speaking backwards, hanging out in hidden bars, and picking up a seriously unhealthy addiction. These are among the habits that young Parisians told The Local were the ultimate secrets to being cool in the City of Light.

Qatar buys landmark Milan business district
Italy

Qatar buys landmark Milan business district

Qatar's sovereign fund has taken control of one of Italy's prime business areas after buying out other shareholders in a move hailed as heralding a new era of inward investment for the recession-bound country.

Italians more confident about the future
Italy

Italians more confident about the future

Italians are feeling better about their future and business confidence is on the up, national statistics agency Istat said on Friday.

‘I am dyslexic and I write it myself’: Norway PM
Norway

‘I am dyslexic and I write it myself’: Norway PM

A man who ridiculed the spelling of the 'assistant' managing Prime Minister Erna Solberg's Facebook account was knocked squarely into place when she replied that she had written the post herself, adding that she suffered from dyslexia.

EU slaps tough budget targets on France
France

EU slaps tough budget targets on France

UPDATED: The EU set France tough new targets on Friday to ensure it gets its budget deficit back within Brussels rules, after giving Paris an extra two years until 2017 to comply.

EU court deals blow to US Iraq objector’s hopes
Germany

EU court deals blow to US Iraq objector’s hopes

American soldier Andre Shepherd, who applied for asylum in Germany as a conscientious objector against the war in Iraq after going AWOL from his unit, saw a judgement by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) go against him on Thursday.

New SAS strike cancels Copenhagen flights
Denmark

New SAS strike cancels Copenhagen flights

Just three days after a strike by the baggage crew, SAS's cabin personnel has now walked out on the job leading to a fresh round of flight cancellations on Friday.

Spaniards arrested for fighting for Russia
Spain

Spaniards arrested for fighting for Russia

Police on Friday arrested eight Spaniards who were "inspired by the International Brigades" and had returned from fighting alongside pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, sources close to the investigation said.

Italy’s defence ministry sells BMWs on eBay
Italy

Italy’s defence ministry sells BMWs on eBay

Italy's defence ministry has put a fleet of official cars up for sale on eBay, including BMW and Fiat models, as part of the government's latest effort to reduce the deficit.

Intersex person sues clinic for unnecessary op
Germany

Intersex person sues clinic for unnecessary op

Intersex person Michaela Raab is suing doctors in a Nuremberg court, who she said operated on her genitals and put her through female hormone therapy without having told her she was genetically a man.

Third man arrested in Copenhagen shooting
Denmark

Third man arrested in Copenhagen shooting

UPDATED: The younger brother of Copenhagen gunman Omar El-Hussein has reportedly been arrested for "complicity" in the shootings that killed two people earlier this month.

Stolen Paris Picasso sent to New York as ‘€30 gift’
France

Stolen Paris Picasso sent to New York as ‘€30 gift’

A Picasso painting that was reported stolen in Paris 14 years ago has turned up in the United States after being sent across the Atlantic via the postal service disguised as a €30 Christmas present.

Denmark gets historic low price on wind power
Denmark

Denmark gets historic low price on wind power

A massive new offshore wind farm off the west coast of Jutland will provide power at nearly one third the price of existing wind parks, the Danish Climate Ministry announced Friday.

Swiss train in crash ignored stop signal: SBB
Switzerland

Swiss train in crash ignored stop signal: SBB

A collision between two Swiss trains northwest of Zurich on February 20th that injured six people was caused by a regional train (S-Bahn) that failed to respect a stop signal, Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) said on Friday.

Sweden artist talk halted after Denmark attacks
Sweden

Sweden artist talk halted after Denmark attacks

A planned lecture at Sweden's Karlstad University by the controversial Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, the presumed target of the terror attack at a cultural event in Copenhagen earlier this month, has been scrapped by organisers.

VIDEO: Renzi jokes about his English skills
Italy

VIDEO: Renzi jokes about his English skills

Italy's prime minister Matteo Renzi joked about his English skills on Thursday after failing to respond to a question in English during a press conference. It’s not the first time the Italian leader has struggled with the language.

Surprise growth spurt for Sweden’s economy
Sweden

Surprise growth spurt for Sweden’s economy

Sweden's economy grew more than expected at the end of last year, with GDP rising by 1.1 percent between the third and fourth quarter, according to new figures from Statistics Sweden.

German soars into ski jump top spot
Germany

German soars into ski jump top spot

Germany is a "Weltmeister" again, this time in ski-jumping. Severin Freund's 134-metre vertical jumps, and new world distance record of nearly 136 metres, ended the nearly decade-and-a-half wait for German ski jump fans starved for gold.

‘Put Put Putin’ song a surprise YouTube hit
Austria

‘Put Put Putin’ song a surprise YouTube hit

A satirical song by an Austrian pop band about Russian leader Vladimir Putin has become a surprise hit on YouTube after gathering a fan base in Ukraine.

Priests defend secrecy in sex abuse confessions
Spain

Priests defend secrecy in sex abuse confessions

Spain's bishops conference on Thursday defended the right of priests to maintain the secrecy of the confessional booth even in cases of serious crimes such as the sexual abuse of children.

Sedative found in dead Kazakh dissident’s blood
Austria

Sedative found in dead Kazakh dissident’s blood

According to a report on Austrian radio station Ö1, traces of barbiturates were found in the body of former Kazakh ambassador Rakhat Aliyev, who was found hanging in his prison cell on Tuesday.

Woman dies after being ‘caught in snow blower’
France

Woman dies after being ‘caught in snow blower’

Police at a ski resort in the Pyrénées are investigating after a young woman died after apparently being sucked into a snow blower.

Spain blasts ex-PM meeting with Castro
Spain

Spain blasts ex-PM meeting with Castro

Spain's conservative government reacted angrily on Thursday to a visit by former Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to Cuba and his meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro, calling it disloyal.

‘France feels like Nazi Germany,’ says Madonna
France

‘France feels like Nazi Germany,’ says Madonna

Rebounding from her stage tumble at the Brit awards, pop star Madonna told French radio Thursday that "intolerance" was now so high in France and Europe that "it feels like Nazi Germany."

Italy face ‘difficult’ Scotland rugby match
Italy

Italy face ‘difficult’ Scotland rugby match

Scotland coach Vern Cotter has no qualms about pitting stand-in outside-half Peter Horne against Italy's heavyweight Kelly Haimona in Saturday's Murrayfield encounter between the Six Nations' two win-less sides.

Muslim Council says Jewish fears ‘justified’
Germany

Muslim Council says Jewish fears ‘justified’

After the president of the Central Council of Jews warned against anti-Semitism in Muslim areas of German cities, his Muslim opposite number agreed that 'these fears are justified”.

Japan orders Novartis unit to suspend activities
Switzerland

Japan orders Novartis unit to suspend activities

Japanese health authorities said Friday that they have ordered the local unit of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis to temporarily suspend its operations for failing to report drug side effects.

Denmark asks US to put the brakes on Thule bid
Denmark

Denmark asks US to put the brakes on Thule bid

Responding to pressure from parliament, Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard is now trying to suspend a process that controversially awarded a lucrative contract at the Thule Air Base to an American firm.

Impressive facts about Rome you didn’t know
Italy

Impressive facts about Rome you didn’t know

You might know all about the Colosseum or a trick or two about an ancient emperor, but there are certainly some impressive facts about Rome you don't know. Guides from tour company Mekomy reveal their secrets about the Italian capital.

Chilling details of Paris store siege made public
France

Chilling details of Paris store siege made public

Details have emerged of the terrifying moments when one of the Paris terrorists stormed a Jewish store before going on a bloody rampage. The gunman had filmed the attack on a go-Pro camera and extracts of the transcript were made public this week.

Glencore slashes Australian coal output
Switzerland

Glencore slashes Australian coal output

Swiss-based Mining and commodities giant Glencore Xstrata says it is reducing its coal production in Australia by 15 million tonnes amid weak global demand and oversupply.

Swedes to form ‘ring of peace’ at synagogue
Sweden

Swedes to form ‘ring of peace’ at synagogue

UPDATED: Hundreds of young Swedes were set to form a 'ring of peace' around a synagogue in Stockholm on Friday afternoon, in a show of solidarity two weeks after Jews were among those targeted in a pair of deadly shootings in Copenhagen.

Fiorentina win spot in Europa League last-16
Italy

Fiorentina win spot in Europa League last-16

Goals from Mario Gomez and Mohamed Salah sent Fiorentina into the last-16 of the Europa League on Thursday as they beat Tottenham 2-0 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate.

Islamist seized for praising Paris attacks
Norway

Islamist seized for praising Paris attacks

Norwegian islamist Mullah Krekar was arrested at his home in Oslo on Thursday evening after telling Norway’s NRK that the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks made him “happy” and that anyone who made cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed deserved to die.

Greece bailout passes with massive majority
Germany

Greece bailout passes with massive majority

UPDATE:German MPs voted 542-32 in favour of extending Greece's bailout programme on Friday.

Six springtime foods you simply have to taste in Rome
Italy

Six springtime foods you simply have to taste in Rome

Spring is so close you can almost taste it... especially if you try out one of these Roman delicacies.

War criminals could go unpunished in Sweden
Sweden

War criminals could go unpunished in Sweden

War criminals could walk free in Sweden because there are too few police officers to investigate the suspected offences, prosecutors have warned.

Swedes’ coffee passion could cut nerve disease
Sweden

Swedes’ coffee passion could cut nerve disease

Few people drink more coffee than the Swedes and now research funded by the Swedish Medical Council has suggested that those who have four to six cups a day may be less likely to get multiple sclerosis (MS).