Mossad ‘bugged’ high level nuke talks
Austria

Mossad ‘bugged’ high level nuke talks

A report in the Swiss broadsheet Der Tagesanzeiger alleges that Swiss investigators found sophisticated monitoring cameras bugging talks at Swiss and Austrian hotels.

Former Nobel secretary thrown out off office
Norway

Former Nobel secretary thrown out off office

Former Nobel Peace Prize committee secretary Geir Lundestad has complained of a "very stupid" decision to throw him out of his office at the Nobel Institute following a row over his tell-all book.

Kenyan president may blow up Norway ship
Norway

Kenyan president may blow up Norway ship

Kenya's President may order a Norwegian ship to be blown up in the harbour, after rifles and machine guns were found on board in Mombasa on Thursday.

Four Turks in suits air-lifted from Troll’s Tongue
Norway

Four Turks in suits air-lifted from Troll’s Tongue

Four Turkish tourists have been airlifted off Trolltunga, the spectacular rock formation which is one of Norway's leading tourist attractions, after they got stuck up there in the dark.

CCTV of Norway man kidnapped on Philippines
Norway

CCTV of Norway man kidnapped on Philippines

A CCTV video of the kidnap of a Norwegian, two Canadians, and a Filipino on the island of Samal on Monday night has been released, showing the assailants taking the victims away at gunpoint.

Geneva orders Roman relic returned to Turkey
Switzerland

Geneva orders Roman relic returned to Turkey

A Geneva public prosecutor has ordered that a precious Roman-era sarcophagus be returned to Turkey five years after it was seized by customs in the Swiss canton.

Swiss firms team up to develop Alzheimer’s test
Switzerland

Swiss firms team up to develop Alzheimer’s test

Swiss firms Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) and AC Immune, a biopharmaceutical company, announced on Wednesday a new partnership to develop an early Alzheimer's diagnostic test.

Bern backs extradition of another Fifa official
Switzerland

Bern backs extradition of another Fifa official

Switzerland has authorized the extradition of Venezuelan Fifa official Rafael Esquivel to face corruption charges in the United States, the Swiss department of justice said in a statement on Wednesday.

Hiring discrimination dogs Swiss job market
Switzerland

Hiring discrimination dogs Swiss job market

You apply for a job where you meet all the requirements but don’t get called for an interview — is it because you are foreign, female or over 50?

Swedish pupils ‘told to pen suicide note’
Sweden

Swedish pupils ‘told to pen suicide note’

Parents have hit out after their 13-year-olds were asked to write a suicide letter in Swedish class. But the school says the controversial assignment was only a misunderstanding.

Madrid’s new mayor pulls funding for prestigious bullfighting school
Spain

Madrid’s new mayor pulls funding for prestigious bullfighting school

The Spanish capital’s left-wing mayor has scrapped the annual subsidy of over €60,000 for a bullfighting school because it "goes against animal rights".

The state of France 2015: 12 reasons to be positive
France

The state of France 2015: 12 reasons to be positive

There's a lot of doom and gloom surrounding France at the moment, but a major new report on the state of the country in 2015 shows there are many reasons why France should feel good about itself.

Spain’s thalidomide victims denied compensation after appeal rejected
Spain

Spain’s thalidomide victims denied compensation after appeal rejected

Spain's victims of thalidomide have lost their appeal for compensation from the pharmaceutical company responsible for a drug taken by their mothers during pregnancy.

VW boss quits over emissions scandal
Germany

VW boss quits over emissions scandal

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn quit on Wednesday afternoon after coming under intense pressure over a pollution cheating scandal that has sparked a US criminal investigation and worldwide legal action.

Hamburg clinics ‘denied surgery to migrant’
Germany

Hamburg clinics ‘denied surgery to migrant’

A 55-year-old man from Ghana died from multiple organ failure in Hamburg earlier this month after five different hospitals refused him surgery.

Minister’s ‘troubling’ citizenship plan slammed
Denmark

Minister’s ‘troubling’ citizenship plan slammed

Integration Minister Inger Støjberg wants her proposed changes to citizenship requirements to apply to all unprocessed citizenship applications that have been filed within the past 14 months.

82 million amendments stall Renzi’s reform
Italy

82 million amendments stall Renzi’s reform

Italy's far-right, anti-euro Northern League party on Wednesday submitted more than 82 million computer-generated amendments to a draft constitutional reform in a bid to trump the bill.

Sweden ‘worst country’ for making friends
Sweden

Sweden ‘worst country’ for making friends

Sweden has been named the third best country in the world for expats. But there is one area where foreigners seem to struggle: how do you make friends with the reserved and seemingly cold-hearted Swedes?

Syrian helps sinking boat to safety from Sweden
Sweden

Syrian helps sinking boat to safety from Sweden

When Khaled Moustafa's sister called him in Stockholm to say she was stuck on a sinking refugee boat heading for Greece, the Syrian sought help from Sweden's emergency services, and managed to kickstart an amazing rescue operation.

Italy saves lives as EU hosts migration meet
Italy

Italy saves lives as EU hosts migration meet

The Italian coast guard saved 282 people from a boat in the Mediterranean on Wednesday, as European leaders prepare to discuss how to handle the increasing number of refugees and migrants arriving in the region.

Madrid warns Catalans they’d ‘lose Spanish nationality’ if they secede
Spain

Madrid warns Catalans they’d ‘lose Spanish nationality’ if they secede

Catalans would lose their Spanish nationality if the regions breaks away from Spain, Madrid warned ahead of an election that has become a de facto vote on independence.

Starbucks to blend with French supermarkets
France

Starbucks to blend with French supermarkets

American coffee behemoth Starbucks is set to boost its presence in France after its local partner won a contract to open up new 'salons du café' inside the country’s upmarket Monoprix chain of supermarkets.

Gucci in spotlight as Milan kicks off
Italy

Gucci in spotlight as Milan kicks off

Celebrity-packed New York and quirky London have offered up their best efforts under the relentless glare of the catwalk lights and the world's media.

Austria probed for EU asylum violations
Austria

Austria probed for EU asylum violations

The European Commission said on Wednesday it had opened an investigation into 19 countries for violations of asylum laws, including Austria, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.

Egypt steps in to buy French Mistral warships
France

Egypt steps in to buy French Mistral warships

Egypt has agreed to buy two Mistral warships which France built for Russia before scrapping the sale over the Ukraine crisis, Paris said in a statement on Wednesday.

Russia warns US off new nukes in Germany
Germany

Russia warns US off new nukes in Germany

Russia warned on Wednesday that it will rebuild its nuclear presence in Europe if the US carries out plans to extend its nuclear arsenal in Germany.

British teenager becomes fifth party drug victim of Ibiza summer season
Spain

British teenager becomes fifth party drug victim of Ibiza summer season

An 18-year-old girl died on Tuesday morning at a hospital in Ibiza becoming the fifth person to die after taking drugs on the island since the start of the summer.

Sweden probed for EU asylum violations
Sweden

Sweden probed for EU asylum violations

The European Commission said on Wednesday it had opened an investigation into 19 countries for violations of asylum laws, including Sweden, France and Germany.

Europe accuses France of flouting asylum laws
France

Europe accuses France of flouting asylum laws

The European Commission said on Wednesday it had opened an investigation into France as well as 18 other countries, accusing Paris of not respecting the laws around the right to asylum.

Brussels launches investigation into asylum law violations by Spain
Spain

Brussels launches investigation into asylum law violations by Spain

The European Commission has opened an investigation into 19 countries for violations of asylum laws, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Spain.

EU probes Germany over asylum violations
Germany

EU probes Germany over asylum violations

The European Commission said on Wednesday it had opened an investigation into 19 countries for violations of asylum laws, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Spain.

Man jailed after tying wife naked to a tree
Italy

Man jailed after tying wife naked to a tree

A man in the northern Italian town of Pordenone has been sentenced to three years in jail following years of domestic abuse suffered by his wife, who in one incident was tied naked to a tree.

Farmer shoots immigrant dead over melons
Italy

Farmer shoots immigrant dead over melons

A farmer in southern Italy allegedly chased and shot an immigrant labourer in the back, killing the man after he reportedly tried to steal melons from a farm.

Orban blasts Merkel over ‘moral imperialism’
Germany

Orban blasts Merkel over ‘moral imperialism’

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Wednesday rejected what he called German Chancellor Angela Merkel's "moral imperialism" as he outlined his own rival plan to tackle Europe's migrant crisis.

Lindt’s teddies finally maul gummy bears
Switzerland

Lindt’s teddies finally maul gummy bears

Lindt savoured a victory over Haribo on Wednesday in a long-running legal battle after a German federal court ruled that the chocolate teddy bears made by the Swiss confectionary giant were not a copy of the German sweets maker's gummy bears.

Catalan leader intends to negotiate an ‘amicable separation’ from Spain
Spain

Catalan leader intends to negotiate an ‘amicable separation’ from Spain

Catalonia's leader Artur Mas says the region will not need a referendum to break away from Spain if pro-separatist candidates win a majority of votes in Sunday's regional election.

Danes’ life expectancy worst in western Europe
Denmark

Danes’ life expectancy worst in western Europe

Danish women have the lowest life expectancy in western Europe and Danish men are also near the bottom, a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Wednesday.

Small victory for Austrian Facebook plaintiff
Austria

Small victory for Austrian Facebook plaintiff

Austrian law graduate Max Schrems, who is suing Facebook for various rights violations, has won a victory in his fight at the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

Ten ways life in France thrills and irritates expats
France

Ten ways life in France thrills and irritates expats

France has once again failed to shine in a global rankings on expat quality of life, but it's not all bad news. We take a look at what the country is doing well, and where it's falling down.

Lindt and Haribo bears must get along: court
Germany

Lindt and Haribo bears must get along: court

A German court ruled on Wednesday that German Haribo gummy bears had no grounds to complain about copyright infringement by their Swiss chocolatey cousins from Lindt.

Naughty Nutella fans create joke labels
Italy

Naughty Nutella fans create joke labels

A marketing campaign that lets people personalize their jars of Nutella, the famous Italian spread, has not gone to plan, with participants designing labels that read "diabetes" and "poop".

France urged to drop probe against IMF chief
France

France urged to drop probe against IMF chief

The French public prosecutor's office on Tuesday requested the dismissal of a negligence case against IMF chief Christine Lagarde linked to her role in an arbitration case while she was finance minister.

12-year-old dies after fall from loft bed
Austria

12-year-old dies after fall from loft bed

A 12-year-old girl from Upper Austria has died after falling from a loft bed and suffering fatal head injuries.

Sweden’s H&M defends ‘insecure’ factory claims
Sweden

Sweden’s H&M defends ‘insecure’ factory claims

Sweden's international retail giant H&M has defended itself following allegations that workers are hired on insecure temporary contracts in some of its overseas factories.

How to motivate people – and have fun with NFGL
Sweden

How to motivate people – and have fun with NFGL

Galyna Paliychuk, the Head of the NFGL Lund Network, made a video about the group's recent trip to Bosjökloster. Now she tells SI News about the motivation for the video, and how to encourage others to be more active and make positive change.

Paris arrondissements: Facts you need to know
France

Paris arrondissements: Facts you need to know

We take a stroll through the sometimes surprising history of the French capital's arrondissements.

My Berlin ‘safe haven’ after 977 days’ captivity
Germany

My Berlin ‘safe haven’ after 977 days’ captivity

One year ago on Wednesday, Los Angeles native Michael Scott Moore was set free after being held hostage by Somali pirates for 977 days. The German-American journalist tells The Local how after his release Berlin became his sanctuary to recover from the trauma of captivity.

Venice tourist beaten over unpaid steak bill
Italy

Venice tourist beaten over unpaid steak bill

A tourist celebrating his wedding anniversary at a Venice restaurant was reportedly beaten by waiters after refusing to pay for a steak that was badly cooked.

Most Germans believe something is out there
Germany

Most Germans believe something is out there

A majority of Germans believe in intelligent life beyond our planet, a poll by YouGov revealed on Wednesday.

Swiss brace for refugee trickle to turn into flood
Switzerland

Swiss brace for refugee trickle to turn into flood

Border guards in crisp blue uniforms rush onto the train as it grinds to a halt, quickly rounding up around a dozen African men and herding them into a nearby hall.

Rome mayor under fire for Pope US trip
Italy

Rome mayor under fire for Pope US trip

The mayor of Rome, Ignazio Marino, has come under fire for his plans to travel to Philadelphia to take part in Pope Francis' US tour this week, despite the politician's trip being paid for by his hosts.

Things to do in autumn besides Oktoberfest
Germany

Things to do in autumn besides Oktoberfest

From carnivals and street parties to light festivals and even a dash of Glühwein, there's an awful lot going on in Germany this autumn. So if you've decided to give Oktoberfest a miss this year, why not check out a few alternative ways to enjoy the cooler months?

12 reasons why Spain is (and isn’t) a brilliant place to be an expatriate
Spain

12 reasons why Spain is (and isn’t) a brilliant place to be an expatriate

Spain is a paradise of socializing, culture and good health, just don’t come here to make your fortune or climb the career ladder.

Fritzl home ‘could house refugee families’
Austria

Fritzl home ‘could house refugee families’

The former home of Josef Fritzl - who held his daughter captive in the cellar for decades - could be used as accommodation for refugee families after the local council failed to find a buyer for the property.

Swiss Re gobbles up UK’s Guardian Financial
Switzerland

Swiss Re gobbles up UK’s Guardian Financial

Swiss Re, the world's second largest reinsurance group, announced Wednesday it plans to buy Guardian Financial Services for £1.6 billion (€2.2 billion, $2.4 billion).

Woman, 91, accused of 200k Auschwitz deaths
Germany

Woman, 91, accused of 200k Auschwitz deaths

A 91-year-old woman who worked at Auschwitz has been accused of complicity in the murders of at least 260,000 Jews during World War II, the German news agency DPA said Monday.

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Sweden

Sept. 30: CBS Career Fair (Lund/Copenhagen)

Energy upgrade of 3,000 rail carriages planned
Switzerland

Energy upgrade of 3,000 rail carriages planned

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) plans to upgrade 3,000 passenger carriages to improve their energy efficiency over the next five years.

Historic five-goal haul stuns even Lewandowski
Germany

Historic five-goal haul stuns even Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski admitted he had little idea how fast his goals flew in after scoring five times in nine minutes to write Bundesliga history in Bayern Munich's 5-1 rout of Wolfsburg.

Threats and insults fly in the run up to Sunday’s Catalan breakaway vote
Spain

Threats and insults fly in the run up to Sunday’s Catalan breakaway vote

Spanish leaders raised pressure on Catalonia over its independence drive warning that it would put pensions and bank deposits at risk, as insults and threats heated up campaigning for the region's crucial election.

Geneva efforts continue on Syrian peace talks
Switzerland

Geneva efforts continue on Syrian peace talks

The UN's envoy on Syria, Staffan de Mistura, held meetings in Geneva this week aimed at reviving peace talks, a statement said on Tuesday, amid mounting pressure to end the four-year war.

Finland attacks Sweden’s open refugee policy
Sweden

Finland attacks Sweden’s open refugee policy

Sweden will end up helping traffickers and terrorists if it continues to have such open borders, Finland’s Foreign Minister Timo Soini has suggested.

Danish intelligence agency: Terrorists not among refugees
Denmark

Danish intelligence agency: Terrorists not among refugees

The Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) has said that there is little risk that terrorists are among the refugees and migrants currently entering Denmark.

UberPop: Top French court confirms ban
France

UberPop: Top French court confirms ban

UberPop, the controversial taxi service, will remain banned in France after the country's highest court dismissed an appeal by the US based company.

Obama welcomes pope to the White House
Italy

Obama welcomes pope to the White House

UPDATED: Barack Obama welcomed Pope Francis to the White House on Wednesday - the first black US president hailing the first pontiff from the Americas as a unique moral authority.

Govt ‘knew VW was cheating emissions data’
Germany

Govt ‘knew VW was cheating emissions data’

The opposition Green Party claimed on Tuesday evening that the German government admitted to knowing about Volkswagen's emissions cheating software in July - and did nothing about it.

Europe has done its duty for refugees: Hollande
France

Europe has done its duty for refugees: Hollande

Europe has shouldered responsibility for the wave of refugees reaching its shores, French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday after EU ministers agreed to relocate 120,000 refugees around the bloc.

Seven reasons to stop worrying and learn to love autumn in Sweden
Sweden

Seven reasons to stop worrying and learn to love autumn in Sweden

Dark winter days are just around the corner. Which means it's time to embrace autumn in Sweden – while it lasts. From cosy candles to cinnamon buns, here's The Local's guide to enjoying the year's most colourful season.

Balotelli off the mark as Milan win at Udinese
Italy

Balotelli off the mark as Milan win at Udinese

Mario Balotelli scored the first goal of his second spell at AC Milan as the Serie A giants held on for a hard-fought 3-2 win at Udinese on Tuesday.

Denmark: Refugee deal allows EU ‘to move on’
Denmark

Denmark: Refugee deal allows EU ‘to move on’

After EU interior ministers voted to distribute 120,000 refugees within Europe at emergency talks on Tuesday, Denmark’s integration minister said the Union can now move on to focusing on the causes of the continent's worst migration crisis in decades.

Defence Minister quizzed on ‘secret’ Nato talks
Sweden

Defence Minister quizzed on ‘secret’ Nato talks

Sweden’s Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist has been asked to explain claims that his country has been holding “more or less secret” talks with Nato, in a meeting with the country’s Parliamentary Defence Committee.

The ten best non-Danish songs about Denmark
Denmark

The ten best non-Danish songs about Denmark

Many Danish artists have paid tribute to their nation through popular music, but did you know that Denmark has worked its way in to all kinds of songs by international artists?