Zlatan banned over ‘France is s**t’ rant

Zlatan banned over ‘France is s**t’ rant

PSG's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was hit with a four match ban on Thursday for a post match rant at a referee in which he blasted France as "a shit country".

Ryanair gets OK in case against airport workers
Denmark

Ryanair gets OK in case against airport workers

Low-cost airline Ryanair got the green light on Thursday from a Copenhagen court to start a case against employees at Copenhagen Airport, who prevented the airline's first flight at the airport from taking off last month.

Swiss stay among top countries for ‘wellbeing’
Switzerland

Swiss stay among top countries for ‘wellbeing’

Switzerland ranks third in the world in an index measuring social progress for 2015, falling behind top-ranked Norway and second-placed Sweden while slipping below its second ranked position from last year.

Man jailed for branding lover with cattle iron
Spain

Man jailed for branding lover with cattle iron

A man has been jailed for three years in the north of Spain after branding his initial on to his girlfriend's back while she slept.

HSBC Swiss unit faces French tax dodge probe
Switzerland

HSBC Swiss unit faces French tax dodge probe

British banking giant HSBC says it is facing a French criminal probe over its Swiss private banking arm, weeks after "SwissLeaks" allegations it had helped clients hide billions from the taxman.

Activists file Facebook class action suit
Austria

Activists file Facebook class action suit

An Austrian law graduate spearheading a class action case against Facebook for alleged privacy breaches officially filed the suit in a Vienna court on Thursday.

France cuts long-term growth forecasts
France

France cuts long-term growth forecasts

More bad news for France on the economic front on Thursday as the French government cut its long-term growth forecasts. However the OECD did have some more positive news on the French economy.

‘I didn’t know armpit hair was embarrassing’
Denmark

‘I didn’t know armpit hair was embarrassing’

Women in Denmark may have got the right to vote 100 years ago but they still let others decide on their bodies, magazine editor Camilla Kjems tells The Local as she launches a new warts-and-all campaign.

French TV hack ‘a step up’ in cyberjihadism: experts
France

French TV hack ‘a step up’ in cyberjihadism: experts

The "unprecedented" cyber-attack on French television channel TV5Monde represents a major "step up" in the Internet warfare being waged by highly specialized jihadist hackers, experts said on Thursday.

Renzi: Milan shooting ‘a moment of great pain’
Italy

Renzi: Milan shooting ‘a moment of great pain’

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday spoke of "a moment of great pain" after an armed man on trial for bankruptcy fraud gunned down a judge and lawyer in a Milan court.

Anti-austerity protests sweep across France
France

Anti-austerity protests sweep across France

Tens of thousands of French workers took to the streets of cities across the country on Thursday to denounce the "austerity" policies of the French government. The Eiffel Tower was forced to close due to the strike.

Endangered baby crocs fly to Cuba from Sweden
Sweden

Endangered baby crocs fly to Cuba from Sweden

Cuban crocodiles born at the zoo at Skansen, Stockholm, are being flown to Cuba, to help the country's efforts to re-establish the species in the wild. The move has emerged days after Skansen revealed that Saudi Arabia had denied visas for four Swedish-born monkeys.

Spanish ‘caravan of love’ slammed as sexist
Spain

Spanish ‘caravan of love’ slammed as sexist

Ten thousand people have signed a petition in Spain against what they brand a sexist plan to bus in women to a remote town for a singles' night with paying local men.

Facebook blocks Salvini over ‘gypsies’ slur
Italy

Facebook blocks Salvini over ‘gypsies’ slur

Italy's far-right leader Matteo Salvini has been temporarily banned from Facebook for using the word “gypsies”, he claimed on Thursday.

Sweden to join US-led coalition against Isis
Sweden

Sweden to join US-led coalition against Isis

Sweden will send up to 120 troops to northern Iraq to train Iraqi and Kurdish fighters as part of the US-led coalition against Isis, foreign minister Margot Wallström has announced.

Woman faked plane crash link for free flights
Germany

Woman faked plane crash link for free flights

A woman who obtained multiple free flights to southern France by pretending to be the cousin of a Germanwings flight 4U9525 victim now faces legal action by the airline's parent company Lufthansa.

OECD: Eurozone shows signs of recovery
Germany

OECD: Eurozone shows signs of recovery

Growth momentum is strengthening in Germany and the eurozone as a whole, OECD data released on Thursday showed.

Napoli lining up Benitez successor: reports
Italy

Napoli lining up Benitez successor: reports

Rafael Benitez has moved closer to quitting Napoli following their exit from the Italian Cup on Wednesday, with reports already proposing several candidates to replace the veteran Spaniard.

Italy’s economy gathering pace: OECD
Italy

Italy’s economy gathering pace: OECD

Growth momentum is strengthening in the eurozone, data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released on Thursday showed, particulary in Italy and France.

Baby on way for Centre Party leader in Sweden
Sweden

Baby on way for Centre Party leader in Sweden

"Two will become three", wrote Annie Lööf on Twitter on Wednesday. The leader of one of the four centre-right Alliance parties that made up the last government is expecting a baby in the autumn.

Swedish Startup Stories
Sweden

Swedish Startup Stories

Sweden is quickly becoming a global hub for groundbreaking ideas and companies. Keep up to date with the pulse of the startup scene with our compilation - all the startup coverage in one place.

German troops quick off mark in Nato exercise
Germany

German troops quick off mark in Nato exercise

Soldiers from Nato's new rapid reaction force, including hundreds of German troops, were ready to deploy within eight hours of receiving the alert in an exercise simulating an urgent deployment to eastern Europe.

France launches probe into HSBC over tax fraud
France

France launches probe into HSBC over tax fraud

UPDATED: HSBC said on Thursday that it faces a formal criminal probe in France over an alleged global tax-dodging scheme that helped hundreds of French nationals and pothers around the world evade the tax man.

Norway’s Pulpit Rock ‘most spectacular’ view
Norway

Norway’s Pulpit Rock ‘most spectacular’ view

Norway’s Pulpit Rock has been named the world’s "most spectacular viewing platform" by the international travel publisher Lonely Planet.

India court grants marine three-month Italy stay
Italy

India court grants marine three-month Italy stay

India's top court on Thursday allowed an Italian marine detained for the 2012 killing of two fishermen another three months at home to recover from heart surgery.

Outrage in France over ‘Roma-only’ bus service
France

Outrage in France over ‘Roma-only’ bus service

A union representing bus drivers in Montpellier, southern France, has sparked outrage after it proposed the creation of a separate bus service for Roma people following complaints about the “unbearable” smell.

High stakes as Le Pen mulls booting father out
France

High stakes as Le Pen mulls booting father out

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen declared open war on her father this week claiming he was "holding the party hostage". Some analysts say she must exclude him from the party before the 2017 presidential elections. But can and will she she do it?

Denmark remembers 75 years since Nazi invasion
Denmark

Denmark remembers 75 years since Nazi invasion

On April 9th 1940, German Nazi troops launched an invasion into both Denmark and Norway, seizing Danish cities including the capital Copenhagen and causing the Danish King Christian X to surrender almost immediately.

Location tours start for ‘Game of Thrones’ fans
Spain

Location tours start for ‘Game of Thrones’ fans

As the fifth season of the hit TV show is just about to start, fans of the epic can follow in the footsteps of Khaleesi with a visit to those locations that were filmed in Spain.

Student demands to see exam before taking it
Germany

Student demands to see exam before taking it

A student in Münster has made a freedom of information request to the North Rhine-Westphalian authorities, demanding to see copies of the Abitur (high school final exams) before he has to take them.

Fischer rejects Russian Victory Day parade
Austria

Fischer rejects Russian Victory Day parade

Austria’s President Heinz Fischer has announced that he will join other European leaders in snubbing celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Moscow. He announced his cancellation on Thursday in a press release.

Swedish students to live inside steel containers
Sweden

Swedish students to live inside steel containers

Shipping containers are set to be rented out to students in a bid to solve Sweden's chronic housing shortage. The Local has spoken to the company behind them - and to one council feeling the housing strain.

‘No pooing’: village tells pilgrims in north Spain
Spain

‘No pooing’: village tells pilgrims in north Spain

A village in northern Spain has put up signs to stop pilgrims pooping on their doorsteps when they pass through on their pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

Money runs dry for Oslo fountains
Norway

Money runs dry for Oslo fountains

Money is too short in Oslo, the capital city of one of world’s richest economies, to even keep fountains and water features flowing through this summer's tourist season, the local water authority has admitted.

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Sweden

April 16: Join a Startup Tech – Find your startup job match (Stockholm)

Swedish energy giant seeks German plant sale
Sweden

Swedish energy giant seeks German plant sale

Vattenfall has announced it wants to sell German brown coal plants and mines. The Swedish state owned firm has described the sites as a "burden" for the company, which has recently experienced huge losses.

Jewish store vandalized in Copenhagen
Denmark

Jewish store vandalized in Copenhagen

A Jewish store in Copenhagen had a window broken and an anti-Semitic slur scrawled on its walls in an act of vandalism that comes less than two months after the shooting dead of a guard outside a synagogue.

Head priest reports Pegida ‘death threat’
Germany

Head priest reports Pegida ‘death threat’

An Evangelical priest from Dresden has reported a threat by three Pegida members to “slit his throat” to the police.

Neo-Nazis disrupt lecture in Vienna museum
Austria

Neo-Nazis disrupt lecture in Vienna museum

A lecture by the Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman at the Wien Museum on Vienna’s Karlsplatz was briefly disrupted by a crowd of Polish nationalists shouting anti-Semitic and anti-Communist slogans on Wednesday evening.

Man arrested over double shooting at Milan court
Italy

Man arrested over double shooting at Milan court

UPDATED: Italy's Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Thursday that police had arrested a man accused of shooting dead a judge and a lawyer in a court in Milan.

Jean-Marie Le Pen: France’s far-right master provocateur
France

Jean-Marie Le Pen: France’s far-right master provocateur

He's constantly hitting headlines for his provocative comments and now even his daughter has turned against him. As the family rift deepens, The Local takes a look back at the career of former National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen.

Italy pushes for torture law by summer
Italy

Italy pushes for torture law by summer

After years of delay Italy is pushing to approve an anti-torture law by the summer, following condemnation of police brutality by the European Court of Human Rights.

Pictures from Lund’s candlelight vigil for Kenya
Sweden

Pictures from Lund’s candlelight vigil for Kenya

On Wednesday night, more than 100 students gathered in Lund for a candelight vigil mourning the 147 students killed in Kenya.

Catalan leader jumps on ‘Yes we can’ bandwagon
Spain

Catalan leader jumps on ‘Yes we can’ bandwagon

President of Catalonia, Artur Mas, has revived Barack Obama’s famous election slogan "yes we can" six years after it was originally used, to describe the struggle for Catalan independence on a visit to New York.

Drone pilot training sought by aviation office
Switzerland

Drone pilot training sought by aviation office

The federal civil aviation office (BAZL) in Bern wants to introduce stricter laws to regulate the use of drones, which are becoming increasingly popular in Switzerland, a media report says.

‘Sweden has met every test of global citizenship’
Sweden

‘Sweden has met every test of global citizenship’

The first woman to represent the US in foreign affairs, veteran politician Madeleine Albright spoke to The Local's blogger Natalia Brzezinski following a recent visit to Stockholm and reflected on Sweden's role in shaping global democracy.

Cabbies warn of all-out war if UberPop allowed
France

Cabbies warn of all-out war if UberPop allowed

French taxi driver unions have threatened “spectacular measures” if the government does not ban the controversial ride-sharing service UberPop within the next 15 days.

Protesters enlist statue in 250kg dog poo stunt
Germany

Protesters enlist statue in 250kg dog poo stunt

Upset locals in the small central German town of Einbeck have kicked up a stink about a plague on their public spaces, by collecting 250 kg of dog poo and hanging it around the neck of a local statue.

Italy mulls extraditing Turkish ‘terror’ suspect
Italy

Italy mulls extraditing Turkish ‘terror’ suspect

A court in Venice will on Thursday mull a request from Turkey to extradite a man, who was arrested near the city on Tuesday on suspicion of being linked to an ultra-leftist group blamed for two recent deadly shootouts in Istanbul.

Hacking of French TV channel was ‘terror act’
France

Hacking of French TV channel was ‘terror act’

UPDATED: The French government has denounced a cyber attack on the TV channel TV5Monde on Wednesday evening as a “terrorist act”, as the minister of culture vowed to bring the media together for an urgent meeting to prevent further attacks.

Italian senators move to open red light districts
Italy

Italian senators move to open red light districts

A group of Italian senators has proposed changing the country’s law to allow red light districts to be created, following similar ideas by city halls in Rome and Milan.

Honeybees at risk from climate change
Austria

Honeybees at risk from climate change

Austria’s Beekeepers Association estimates that around half of the country’s honeybee colonies did not survive the winter - and is blaming warmer autumns and milder winters for the loss.

‘Hello everybody!’ – meet Spain’s Eurovision entry
Spain

‘Hello everybody!’ – meet Spain’s Eurovision entry

Spain's entry in this year's Eurovision Song Contest has released a video introducing herself to Europe in English.

Half of Europe’s Isis jihadists are French
France

Half of Europe’s Isis jihadists are French

Forty-seven percent of European jihadists known to have travelled to territory held by the extremist Islamic State group are French, a report by the country's upper house Senate revealed on Wednesday.

King Harald marks 75 years since Nazi attack
Norway

King Harald marks 75 years since Nazi attack

Norway's King Harald began the commemorations for the 75th anniversary of its invasion by Nazi Germany with a wreath-laying at the Akerhus fortress on Thursday morning.

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Sweden

April 15: Entrepreneurship Challenge (Jönköping)

Holcim and Lafarge boards seal merger deal
Switzerland

Holcim and Lafarge boards seal merger deal

The boards of France's Lafarge and Switzerland's Holcim have approved Eric Olsen for the role of chief executive officer once the firms merge, creating the world's biggest cement company, they announced on Thursday.

Cat’s bricked-in ordeal ends after 27 days
Germany

Cat’s bricked-in ordeal ends after 27 days

A west German cat has been freed after surviving for four weeks while walled in under a bathtub.

Passenger misery as French strike goes on
France

Passenger misery as French strike goes on

Flights in and out of France suffered major disruption on Thursday as airlines were forced to cancel 50 percent of their scheduled services due to a two-day strike by French air traffic controllers. Here’s all the latest on the travel misery.

Extradition bid for El Salvador colonel
Spain

Extradition bid for El Salvador colonel

The US Justice Department has asked a US court to approve the extradition to Spain of a former Salvadoran colonel accused of the 1989 murders of five Jesuit priests.

Film fest makes splash in Copenhagen with tequila
Denmark

Film fest makes splash in Copenhagen with tequila

If you’re into movies, Copenhagen is the place to be for the next two weeks. The Copenhagen PIX film festival (CPH PIX) offers a wide range of movies, talks, concerts and other events, kicking off on Thursday with a screening of 'Club Sandwich' and tequila.

German spies report Isis losing control of oil
Germany

German spies report Isis losing control of oil

The Islamic State group has lost control of "at least three large oil fields" in Iraq, depriving the jihadists of a crucial source of income, a German newspaper report said Thursday.

Spain’s ‘Citizens’ party fires up voters
Spain

Spain’s ‘Citizens’ party fires up voters

In the midst of a battle of the big old forces against surging left-wing party Podemos, another young challenger has emerged: centrist party Ciudadanos.

Italy roots out 13,000 suspected tax cheats
Italy

Italy roots out 13,000 suspected tax cheats

Italy's financial police pressed charges against over 13,000 people for suspected tax fraud in 2014, more than half of whom were not declaring any income, a new report showed on Wednesday.

French public radio in crisis as row deepens
France

French public radio in crisis as row deepens

A fierce struggle pitting striking unions at French public radio and its cost-cutting young boss looked set to worsen on Wednesday after the chief executive vowed to see through a plan to cut 300 jobs.

Norway too down on Nazi defence: Nobel chief
Norway

Norway too down on Nazi defence: Nobel chief

Norway put up a much stiffer fight against Nazi Germany than it has been given credit for, the historian who heads the Norwegian Nobel Committee has argued, as the country commemorates the 75th anniversary of the invasion.

Berlin to host new four-way Ukraine talks
Germany

Berlin to host new four-way Ukraine talks

The French, German, Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers will meet in Berlin Monday for a follow-up on the fragile ceasefire agreed in February to end a year of bloody war in eastern Ukraine.

Zlatan past 100 mark with impressive hat-trick

Zlatan past 100 mark with impressive hat-trick

Swedish star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 100th goal for Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, with an impressive hat-trick that sent the team to a 4-1 French Cup semi-final victory over Saint-Etienne as their epic quest for a four-trophy sweep continued apace.

Hunger complaints from Swedish soldiers in Mali
Sweden

Hunger complaints from Swedish soldiers in Mali

Swedish soldiers in Mali have slammed small food rations, saying they are often forced to go to bed hungry, according to newspaper Dagens Nyheter. But the head of the Swedish forces of the United Nations-led operation has hit back: “It's a luxury problem."

What’s on in Sweden: April 9th – 16th
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: April 9th – 16th

With spring well underway in Sweden, it's the perfect time to get out of your apartment. How does an indie pop gig, artisan coffee tasting or an Irish-Swedish modern drama sound? For the brainiacs among you, we've thrown in an international science festival too.