Number of Norwegians on US terror list doubles
Norway

Number of Norwegians on US terror list doubles

The number of Norwegians on the US Terrorist Watchlist has doubled over the last year, despite the Norwegian Intelligence Service (NIS) claiming to have no clue as to how the US is getting their intelligence, a report to parliament has revealed.

Woman dies after fall from Zurich streetcar
Switzerland

Woman dies after fall from Zurich streetcar

Zurich city police are looking for witnesses after a 29-year-old woman died from head injuries suffered when she fell from a streetcar on Wednesday.

Norwegian freelancer jailed in Yemen
Norway

Norwegian freelancer jailed in Yemen

A 28-year-old Norwegian working for the country’s state broadcaster NRK has been held in a Yemeni prison for twelve days, the channel revealed on Wednesday.

Swiss NBA star charged in US nightclub fracas
Switzerland

Swiss NBA star charged in US nightclub fracas

New York police arrested Swiss pro basketball player Thabo Sefolosha following a fracas outside a Manhattan nightclub where another player was stabbed early on Wednesday, according to American media reports.

World’s largest tube bell to ring in newborns
Denmark

World’s largest tube bell to ring in newborns

Aarhus installed the world’s largest tubular bell in the city’s harbour on Wednesday. It will ring every time a new baby is born in town.

Facebook faces court battle over privacy
Austria

Facebook faces court battle over privacy

An Austrian law graduate spearheading a class action suit against Facebook for alleged privacy breaches said ahead of the first hearing Thursday he hopes the case will eventually lead to an overhaul of a "Wild West" approach to data protection.

Swiss suspect arrested over ‘jihadist’ flight
Switzerland

Swiss suspect arrested over ‘jihadist’ flight

A 25-year-old Swiss man suspected of trying to travel to Syria or Iraq to join jihadists has been arrested at Zurich airport, the federal prosecutor's office said on Wednesday.

Swiss auto with Austrian brain turns heads
Austria

Swiss auto with Austrian brain turns heads

Swiss tuning specialist Rinspeed has developed a concept for the future of cars, together with boffins from the small Austrian town of Gratkorn.

Italy’s right-wing chief in bulldoze threat to Roma
Italy

Italy’s right-wing chief in bulldoze threat to Roma

The head of Italy's anti-immigrant Northern League party came under fire on Wednesday for saying the country's overcrowded and segregated Roma camps should be bulldozed.

New bus service to link CDG airport to Paris
France

New bus service to link CDG airport to Paris

Passengers travelling between Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and the centre of the city will no longer have to rely on the city’s public transport system or pricey taxi services, with a new low-cost shuttle service set to launch later this spring.

Police name Israeli murdered in Berlin
Germany

Police name Israeli murdered in Berlin

Police identified a man found beaten to death in the ruins of a Gothic church in Berlin as 22-year-old Israeli Yosi Damari on Thursday.

Denmark jumps 12 spots in global e-commerce
Denmark

Denmark jumps 12 spots in global e-commerce

Denmark now holds 15th place in global retail e-commerce, according to a new ranking released on Tuesday by an American consulting firm.

Olé! Madonna orders tour bullfighting suits
Spain

Olé! Madonna orders tour bullfighting suits

Madonna has ordered two custom-made 'trajes de luces' from a Spanish tailor for her upcoming tour ignoring critics accusing her glamourizing bull fighting, and yes, she has also ordered a cape…

‘I want my case reviewed’: Rudy Guede
Italy

‘I want my case reviewed’: Rudy Guede

Rudy Guede, the man who was found guilty of British student Meredith Kercher’s murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison, has called for his case to be reviewed after Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were cleared of the killing at the end of March.

Swede leads Greenpeace Arctic oil mission
Sweden

Swede leads Greenpeace Arctic oil mission

A 27-year-old former Swedish oil worker is leading a group of activists who remain on board a drill rig being transported across the Pacific Ocean as Shell seeks an injunction against the move.

How to stay sane in asparagus season
Germany

How to stay sane in asparagus season

It's that time of year again: the asparagus harvest has officially begun in Bavaria and Schleswig-Holstein. The green and white stalks will be everywhere for weeks - but how can you introduce some variety to this German traditional specialty?

Italian footballer arrested over Harrods theft
Italy

Italian footballer arrested over Harrods theft

Italian footballer Andrea Dossena has been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting at Harrods, London’s upmarket department store, British media reported on Tuesday.

Half of French flights to be scrapped on Thursday
France

Half of French flights to be scrapped on Thursday

UPDATED: French aviation authorities have asked airlines to cancel 50 percent of flights to and from France on Thursday on what will be the second day of a 48-hour air traffic control strike. The Local has the latest updates for passengers.

Fine for record fish smuggle in Sweden
Sweden

Fine for record fish smuggle in Sweden

Two Lithuanian men have attempted to smuggle more than two tonnes of fish across the border from Sweden to Norway, in what is thought to be the largest ever seizure of illegal seafood in Norway.

Pensions office demands €4.6 quadrillion
Germany

Pensions office demands €4.6 quadrillion

A mistake at the pensions office in Essen meant that a woman with a part-time job was asked to pay €4,632,124,357,000,001 in contributions – more than a thousand times Germany's GDP in 2014.

From arguing to dunking: The French habits that foreigners just don’t get
France

From arguing to dunking: The French habits that foreigners just don’t get

Do the French have certain habits you just can't work out? Here, UK-based French journalist Chloé Farand lists a number of her typical Gallic traits or customs that leave her Anglo friends bemused or - if bread, jam and coffee are involved - disgusted.

Sweden’s Saab to upgrade Norway defence

Sweden’s Saab to upgrade Norway defence

Swedish defence and security company Saab is involved in a multi-million dollar deal to help Norway update its core weapon-detection radar system.

Come dine with the Italians
Italy

Come dine with the Italians

The concept of people throwing dinner parties for strangers has been popular in other countries for a few years now, but the trend is starting to take off in Italy. The Local explores.

British Museum director heads to Berlin
Germany

British Museum director heads to Berlin

The head of London's British Museum will step down at the end of this year and is to work on a major new cultural project in Berlin, a statement released on Wednesday confirmed.

‘Have a pay-the-bills plan in place’
Denmark

‘Have a pay-the-bills plan in place’

In our ongoing 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, The Local talks to Tyler Jensen of The Startup Garage, which works with entrepreneurs in early stage, high-growth companies to help them attract investment and get out of the 'garage'.

France woos investors with massive tax breaks
France

France woos investors with massive tax breaks

Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced on Wednesday a five-year, €2.5 billion ($2.7 billion) programme of tax breaks to encourage industrial investment and accelerate France's sluggish growth rate.

NFGL student holds candlelight vigil for tragedy in Kenya
Sweden

NFGL student holds candlelight vigil for tragedy in Kenya

Mark Thiong’o is a Kenyan student studying at Lund with a scholarship from the Swedish Institute. He was shocked last Thursday morning when he woke to learn that 147 of his fellow countrymen had been murdered. Now he tells SI News about a candlelight vigil to mourn the lives lost – and to create discourse on greater issues.

Toddler dies after pushchair hit by train
Austria

Toddler dies after pushchair hit by train

A toddler was tragically killed at Ebelsberg train station in Linz on Wednesday when her pushchair rolled onto the tracks and into the path of an oncoming train whilst her mother was buying a ticket.

Olives and vino at risk from climate change
Spain

Olives and vino at risk from climate change

Some of Spain’s most famous crops could be at risk as temperatures are set to rise by as much as 5 degrees if nothing is done to tackle climate change, a new report warns.

Queen of Denmark turns 75, party kicks off
Denmark

Queen of Denmark turns 75, party kicks off

Queen Margrethe II turns 75 next week, but celebrations already kicked off in Aarhus on Wednesday, with American singer Josh Groban featured on a list of entertainers.

Sweden invests millions in ending Roma racism
Sweden

Sweden invests millions in ending Roma racism

A Swedish Roma activist has welcomed the government's plan to invest 52 million kronor ($6m) to promote Roma inclusion in society – but he told The Local on Wednesday that more needs to be done.

Swedish Syrian warms hearts over phone return
Sweden

Swedish Syrian warms hearts over phone return

UPDATED: A 28-year-old from Syria who realised a phone he had bought was stolen and traced its owner - an Iraqi living in Malmö in southern Sweden - has made global headines, but also fuelled debates about attitudes to immigrants in his adopted country.

G8 police brutality victim calls for torture ban
Italy

G8 police brutality victim calls for torture ban

A British activist and journalist who was severely beaten at a police raid on the fringes of a G8 summit in Genoa in 2001 is now campaining for Italy to pass a torture law, in accordance with recommendations from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) published on Tuesday.

France votes to legalize drug ‘shooting galleries’
France

France votes to legalize drug ‘shooting galleries’

France's National Assembly voted this week to legalize shooting galleries - safe places for addicts to consume drugs - in the hope of keeping users off the street. The move has already proved controversial, with opponents calling the galleries "death rows".

Witnesses called in Hypo bank collapse inquiry
Austria

Witnesses called in Hypo bank collapse inquiry

Witness testimony begins on Wednesday in the parliamentary investigation into the mismanagement of Austria’s defunct Hypo Alpe Adria bank - the country's worst postwar financial scandal.

Holding court? Call for Spain’s kings to testify
Spain

Holding court? Call for Spain’s kings to testify

It could be the line-up of a state banquet instead of a court bench, but if the defence lawyers in the Nóos case get their way then half of Spain’s Bourbon family as well as other European royals could be called as witnesses.

Banger-throwing fan hit with €30,000 fine
Germany

Banger-throwing fan hit with €30,000 fine

Cologne's state court ordered a 41-year-old football fan to pay a €30,000 fine on Wednesday after he threw a banger into another section of the stands, hurting seven people.

Kindergarten walk-outs strand thousands of kids
Germany

Kindergarten walk-outs strand thousands of kids

Public sector workers' union Ver.di has called on kindergarten teachers to strike for a second day in a protest against low pay hitting hundreds of pre-schools.

Arctic site to aid studies amid climate change
Denmark

Arctic site to aid studies amid climate change

If you are planning an expedition to the Arctic or are just interested in the area, you may want to check out new website ‘Isaaffik Arctic Gateway,' which is being launched in Copenhagen on Wednesday to facilitate research in the wake of climate change.

France’s fatigued ‘anti-terror’ police call in sick
France

France’s fatigued ‘anti-terror’ police call in sick

The aftermath of the Paris terror attacks has taken its toll on France's riot police who are apparently fed up of standing guard all day outside the country's "sensitive sites" - and have started calling in sick in protest.

Bern waters down beer ‘Swissness’ criteria
Switzerland

Bern waters down beer ‘Swissness’ criteria

The federal government is watering down proposed regulations over beers that can legally be called Swiss.

Marine Le Pen declares open war on her father
France

Marine Le Pen declares open war on her father

France's far-right National Front was plunged into an "unprecedented" crisis on Wednesday when Marine Le Pen announced she would oppose her father's candidature at a future election and accused him of "taking the party hostage".

Priest defrocked over gay Facebook chat
Italy

Priest defrocked over gay Facebook chat

A priest in southern Italy has been defrocked for allegedly making gay sexual advances to a man on Facebook.

France keeps crown as top country for tourists
France

France keeps crown as top country for tourists

The stats are in and it's official - France had more visitors than any other country in 2014 ensuring it holds on to its proud title as the most visited nation in the world. A huge jump in Chinese visitors has helped boost the numbers.

Helge Lund to leave BG after $70bn Shell deal
Norway

Helge Lund to leave BG after $70bn Shell deal

Former Statoil boss Helge Lund is to step down as chief executive of BG Group after Royal Dutch Shell completes its takeover of the company in early 2016, the Anglo-Dutch group’s chief executive Ben van Beurden has said in an interview.

Priest in hot water after Mein Kampf comparison
Austria

Priest in hot water after Mein Kampf comparison

A priest in Vorarlberg, in the west of Austria, has been slammed for “gross misconduct” after justifying priestly celibacy by alluding to Hitler’s infamous manifesto Mein Kampf.

Eurosport back for Swedish Telia customers
Sweden

Eurosport back for Swedish Telia customers

English-language television channels including Eurosport and Discovery are once again available to Telia customers following a week-long row between the Swedish telecoms giant and broadcaster SBS.

Barcelona bans tourists from famous market
Spain

Barcelona bans tourists from famous market

In yet another step to control tourism in the city, Barcelona's iconic La Boqueria market is to ban large tourist groups.

Six real bonds between Sweden and Scotland
Sweden

Six real bonds between Sweden and Scotland

Scotland and Sweden may be separated by sea, but they have a lot more in common than you might think. After The Local's spoof video on a fake language link last week, we're taking a look at some of the real and striking similarities between the two nations.

11 arrested ‘planning Catalonia attack’
Spain

11 arrested ‘planning Catalonia attack’

The 11 people arrested by police in Catalonia on Wednesday with suspected links to Isis were planning an attack in the region according to reports.

Lithuanians busted with two tonnes of illegal fish
Norway

Lithuanians busted with two tonnes of illegal fish

Two Lithuanian men were stopped over Easter attempting to smuggle more than two tonnes of contraband fish across the border from Sweden to Norway in what is thought to be the country’s largest ever seizure of illegal fish.

Police report record high in illegal migration
Germany

Police report record high in illegal migration

Federal Police announced on Wednesday that they had arrested record numbers of people entering Germany illegally in 2014, a 75 percent increase on the year before.

French court acquits ‘Harry Potter’ owl breeder
France

French court acquits ‘Harry Potter’ owl breeder

A French owl breeder whose birds did a star turn in a Harry Potter film was acquitted on Tuesday of wildlife violations that saw his beloved birds confiscated and banned from performing.

France declassifies Rwanda genocide docs
France

France declassifies Rwanda genocide docs

France on Tuesday declassified documents in the presidential archives relating to the 1994 Rwandan genocide, in which Kigali accuses Paris of having an indirect role.

Survivor of Atlas caving tragedy returns home
Spain

Survivor of Atlas caving tragedy returns home

A Spanish caver trapped for days in a ravine in Morocco, along with two companions who died there, flew home Tuesday as Spain's government faced calls to explain why the climbers were not rescued sooner.

Russia shoots back at EU over Greek PM visit
Germany

Russia shoots back at EU over Greek PM visit

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused the European Union of trying to stop Greece fighting for its own national interest on Wednesday after heavy criticism of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' visit to Moscow.

Juventus blitz Fiorentina to reach Cup final
Italy

Juventus blitz Fiorentina to reach Cup final

Juventus thrashed Fiorentina 3-0 on Tuesday to overturn a 2-1 semi-final, first leg deficit and reach the Italian Cup final.

King Felipe in Lebanon after peacekeeper death
Spain

King Felipe in Lebanon after peacekeeper death

Spain's King Felipe VI called for "peace and harmony" in Lebanon Tuesday on a visit that will take him to the country's troubled border where Israeli artillery killed a Spanish peacekeeper.

Italy urged to make torture a crime
Italy

Italy urged to make torture a crime

Rights campaigners in Italy called on Tuesday for the urgent adoption of a law against torture following a damning verdict from Europe's top court over police brutality in a case which shocked the world.

Futuristic Swiss-tuned supercar turns heads
Switzerland

Futuristic Swiss-tuned supercar turns heads

Swiss tuning specialist Rinspeed has developed a concept for the future of cars, together with boffins from the small Austrian town of Gratkorn.

Roma punished with partial stadium closure
Italy

Roma punished with partial stadium closure

The south stand at Rome's Stadio Olimpico will be closed for Roma's next match there as punishment for a banner displayed by fans against Napoli last weekend.

French air traffic controllers justify strike
France

French air traffic controllers justify strike

With a 48-hour strike by France’s air traffic controllers prompting 40 percent of flights to be cancelled on Wednesday, The Local speaks to one controller who explains why their action is justified, even if it does cause travel misery for thousands of passengers.

Swedish hit artists vying for Billboard gala fame
Sweden

Swedish hit artists vying for Billboard gala fame

Several Swedish stars will be fighting it out at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards later this spring. Singer-songwriter Tove Lo, hit DJ Avicii and producer Max Martin are among those nominated for gongs at the gala in Las Vegas.

Four budget proposals from Sweden opposition
Sweden

Four budget proposals from Sweden opposition

Sweden's right-wing Alliance quartet announced on Wednesday that it was going to present four separate budget alternatives in response to the government's proposal. But the parties denied they had abandoned plans to campaign together ahead of the election in 2018.

Sweden Democrat row sparks ‘mass expulsions’
Sweden

Sweden Democrat row sparks ‘mass expulsions’

Leading members of the nationalist Sweden Democrats' youth organization SDU have slammed their mother party as a social media row erupted over reported mass expulsions, involving themselves and more than a dozen other members.