Norway Isis commander ‘deceased’: lawyer
Norway

Norway Isis commander ‘deceased’: lawyer

The most senior Norwegian fighting for Isis, Chilean born Bastian Alexis Vasquez, has probably been killed, his lawyer has told a court.

Norway–Russia relations thaw with new talks
Norway

Norway–Russia relations thaw with new talks

Norway’s foreign ministry on Monday met for a bilateral meeting which brought an end to the near total diplomatic freeze between the two countries which began when Russian forces annexed Crimea in spring last year.

Thurgau police round up 140 abandoned hens
Switzerland

Thurgau police round up 140 abandoned hens

Police officers in northern Switzerland rounded up an unusual group of strays at the edge of a forest on Monday: 140 white hens.

Zlatan celebrates ‘most played’ national anthem
Sweden

Zlatan celebrates ‘most played’ national anthem

Sweden's star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has won a gold disc for his version of the Swedish national anthem 'Set You Free' and suggested that with three million streams, it had become the "most widely played national anthem ever".

‘Wolf selfie’ thrills Danish nature lovers
Denmark

‘Wolf selfie’ thrills Danish nature lovers

Wolf sightings have been steadily trickling in over the years, but now a camera trap has captured the first good glimpse of an animal that recently returned to Denmark after a two-century absence.

OPINION: When France banned the burqa it ‘created a monster’
France

OPINION: When France banned the burqa it ‘created a monster’

A French professor who has spent years studying the impact of France's burqa ban tells The Local it has been a "complete failure" and even helped create a real threat to France.

World’s worst burglar locks himself in house
Germany

World’s worst burglar locks himself in house

A would-be burglar in Bonn called the police on himself in the early hours of Saturday – after getting locked inside the house he was trying to loot.

Danish police ‘don’t do anything’ about break-ins
Denmark

Danish police ‘don’t do anything’ about break-ins

Police districts say that they are stretched so thin that Danes who experience a home break-in shouldn’t expect much more than to file an insurance report.

Park’s killer whale dies after French floods
France

Park’s killer whale dies after French floods

A week after extreme floods hit the French Riviera, a marine park has announced that one of its killer whales died on Monday afternoon.

Brussels hands bullish Spain official warning over deficit targets
Spain

Brussels hands bullish Spain official warning over deficit targets

Spain was on Monday reprimanded by The European Commission which ordered the country to submit a new draft budget with lower deficit estimates to avoid violating the bloc's tough spending rules, a blow for the government ahead of Spanish elections.

Spooked horse injures four at Palio near Milan
Italy

Spooked horse injures four at Palio near Milan

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, on Sunday afternoon at the Palio di Rho, a town near Milan, after a horse bolted and started to run through the crowd.

Fifa bans former Asian exec for ‘ethics breach’
Switzerland

Fifa bans former Asian exec for ‘ethics breach’

Fifa's ethics watchdog on Monday banned Thai football chief and former Fifa executive member Worawi Makudi for 90 days for an ethics breach and indicated he could face further punishment.

Norway need Italy win to secure Euro 2016 place
Norway

Norway need Italy win to secure Euro 2016 place

Norway tomorrow faces the daunting challenge of besting the so-far unbeaten Italian squad for the first time since 2000, if it is to guarantee a place in next year's Euro 2016.

Bankruptcy probe into Renzi’s dad continues
Italy

Bankruptcy probe into Renzi’s dad continues

A court in Genoa on Monday refused to dismiss an investigation into bankruptcy fraud against Tiziano Renzi, the father of Italy's Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi.

Vatican closes probe into sex abuse at Spanish school run by Opus Dei
Spain

Vatican closes probe into sex abuse at Spanish school run by Opus Dei

The Vatican has closed a probe into alleged sexual abuse of a boy at a school in northern Spain which had prompted intervention by Pope Francis, the school said on Monday.

UK ends police guards for Julian Assange
Sweden

UK ends police guards for Julian Assange

UPDATED: British police will no longer stand guard outside London's Ecuadorian Embassy where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who still faces rape allegations in Sweden, took refuge in 2012.

The least PC comments from French politicians
France

The least PC comments from French politicians

After a French politician recently said "France is a country of white race", we take a look at some other less-than-PC statements made by French politicians over the years.

Swedish beard crew ‘loved’ Isis police error
Sweden

Swedish beard crew ‘loved’ Isis police error

The ringleader of a group of bearded Swedes mistaken for Isis terrorists has told The Local he's thrilled their bizarre tale has gone viral and hopes it will stop people being "small-minded" in future.

Parties analyse Vienna election results
Austria

Parties analyse Vienna election results

Political parties in Vienna are analysing the results of Sunday’s state election - which saw the Social Democrats (SPÖ) retain power in their traditional fiefdom and the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) post its best-ever result in the capital.

Public transport price hike to hit nationwide
Germany

Public transport price hike to hit nationwide

Trains, buses and trams across Germany are set to get around 2.4 percent more expensive for passengers in January's annual price re-jig.

Poste Italiane to hire 8,000 new staff
Italy

Poste Italiane to hire 8,000 new staff

Poste Italiane, Italy’s national post office, is hiring 8,000 new staff, CEO Francesco Caio said on Monday, as the company prepares for what’s been hailed as the country's biggest privatization in more than ten years.

Berlin’s last ‘city bear’ finally put to sleep
Germany

Berlin’s last ‘city bear’ finally put to sleep

Schnute, Berlin's last official city bear and the subject of fierce animal rights campaigns, has died at the age of 34, district authorities announced on Monday.

Why’s France gone cold on fighting corruption?
France

Why’s France gone cold on fighting corruption?

France has failed to convict a single company for corruption abroad since an international anti-bribery convention came into force 15 years ago. Some critics say it is now time to American-ise the judicial system.

Who is the 2015 Nobel winner in economics?
Sweden

Who is the 2015 Nobel winner in economics?

UK-born Angus Deaton, praised for his analysis of "consumption, poverty, and welfare" has been awarded the last Nobel Prize to be announced in 2015. Here's what you need to know about his work.

Il Duce’s citizenship scrapped after 91 years
Italy

Il Duce’s citizenship scrapped after 91 years

A town in the northern province of Bolzano, in South Tyrol, has revoked the honorary citizenship of the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini – 91 years after it was granted.

Hunter accidentally kills hiker in southern France
France

Hunter accidentally kills hiker in southern France

A walker was killed at the weekend after he was accidentally shot dead by a hunter in southern France, prompting more calls for a ban on hunting on Sundays.

Italian chef murdered in southern France
Italy

Italian chef murdered in southern France

French police are investigating the murder of a 30-year-old Italian chef near his home in southern France.

‘Women weep, young men are collapsing’
Germany

‘Women weep, young men are collapsing’

A Syrian refugee who went through a harrowing journey to Germany tells The Local of her disenchantment with German authorities since she arrived and the sense of despair in refugee camps.

Austria ‘must help child victims of trafficking’
Austria

Austria ‘must help child victims of trafficking’

The Council of Europe has urged Austria to step up the fight against child trafficking. A report issued on Monday said that Austria had made progress in the fight against human trafficking but that more needed to be done to protect children.

BLOG: Sweden’s Nobel Prize in Economics 2015
Sweden

BLOG: Sweden’s Nobel Prize in Economics 2015

UK-born Angus Deaton has been awarded the Swedish Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, for his research on poverty, welfare and consumption. The Local live-blogged the announcement.

Court case against HSBC whistleblower adjourned
Switzerland

Court case against HSBC whistleblower adjourned

A trial in Switzerland has been adjourned against Hervé Falciani, the former IT worker from the HSBC Private Bank in Geneva who leaked data about thousands of suspected tax evaders.

Sweden sees highest asylum levels in history
Sweden

Sweden sees highest asylum levels in history

UPDATED: More refugees have sought asylum in Sweden so far in 2015 than in any other year in the Nordic nation's history, new figures released by the country's Migration Agency have revealed.

Madcap explorer sails car around Italy
Italy

Madcap explorer sails car around Italy

Self-styled 'autonaut' Marco Amoretti is bidding to circumnavigate Italy in a floating car in an attempt to raise money for a documentary that will tell the untold story of one of the most daring expeditions undertaken in modern times.

Iconic James Bond cars parade through Paris
France

Iconic James Bond cars parade through Paris

James Bond fans in Paris were treated to a rare display on Sunday when cars that featured in decades worth of Bond films paraded through the streets of the French capital.

Five Air France staff held over suit ripping gate
France

Five Air France staff held over suit ripping gate

UPDATED: Six Air France employees were arrested on Monday over the violent scenes that saw executives for the struggling airline have their shirts ripped off as they fled an angry mob.

Ex-VW boss to give up last grip on power
Germany

Ex-VW boss to give up last grip on power

Martin Winterkorn, the Volkswagen CEO who resigned over revelations that the car maker had deliberately cheated on emissions tests, is to give up his other powerful roles in the group.

Colleagues tip Klopp to break Liverpool hoodoo
Germany

Colleagues tip Klopp to break Liverpool hoodoo

Borussia Dortmund boss Hans-Joachim Watzke and Alex Ferguson are tipping Jürgen Klopp to bring success back to Liverpool, but legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel says it won't be so easy.

Teen expelled from Denmark killed by Taliban
Denmark

Teen expelled from Denmark killed by Taliban

A 16-year-old Afghan boy who was expelled from Denmark over the summer despite numerous warnings from humanitarian organizations was murdered by the Taliban, his brother confirmed over the weekend.

12,220 refugees enter Austria in 36 hours
Austria

12,220 refugees enter Austria in 36 hours

A total of 12,220 people entered eastern Austria in the previous 36 hours as the flow of refugees from the Balkans to northern Europe continued, police said on Monday.

France’s air strikes likely killed French jihadists
France

France’s air strikes likely killed French jihadists

Air strikes by French war planes against an Isis training camp in Syria are likely to have killed several French nationals, sources in France said on Monday. It is believed the fighters were preparing attacks on French soil.

Wawrinka claims year’s fourth title in Tokyo
Switzerland

Wawrinka claims year’s fourth title in Tokyo

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka won the Japan Open on Sunday after thrashing Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-4 to capture his fourth title of the year.

Tesla to fight Denmark’s new tax on electric cars
Denmark

Tesla to fight Denmark’s new tax on electric cars

The government has defended its move to gradually phase out tax breaks on electric cars as a way to make things fairer for car owners, but the maker of Denmark's most popular electric model has slammed the plan as anti-competitive and a death knell for the industry.

I’m not scared of polls or my own party: Merkel
Germany

I’m not scared of polls or my own party: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday that she would not be turned from her course in the refugee crisis by headwinds in the polls or rumours of rebellion in her own party, repeating her insistence that Germany can weather the storm.

France to face All Blacks in ‘biggest match of lives’
France

France to face All Blacks in ‘biggest match of lives’

France have been left facing an almighty task to reach the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup after defeat to Ireland meant they will face the mighty All Blacks in the quarters. But they do have omens on their side.

placeholder image
Sweden

Oct. 21: Ebola – Epidemiology and Global Health (Umeå)

Italian footballers ‘were easier to corrupt’
Italy

Italian footballers ‘were easier to corrupt’

A former Serie B player with links to a "gypsy gang" that placed illegal bets on Asian betting networks has revealed how he corrupted up to 60 professional players before being snared by police wire taps.

South of France on alert for storms and floods
France

South of France on alert for storms and floods

The south coast of France is once again set to be lashed by rough weather on Monday with several départements on alert for storms and flooding.

Germany scrape through to Euro 2016 finals
Germany

Germany scrape through to Euro 2016 finals

Germany qualified for the Euro 2016 finals as Group D winners after substitute Max Kruse's winner sealed a nervous 2-1 victory over Georgia on Sunday for the world champions.

Swiss farmer wins second pumpkin title
Switzerland

Swiss farmer wins second pumpkin title

Swiss farmer and world champion pumpkin grower Beni Meier maintained his European title at the weekend with an 856-kilogram pumpkin.

Migrants in Sicily befriend elderly Italians
Italy

Migrants in Sicily befriend elderly Italians

It's a win-win relationship: asylum seekers battling boredom in Sicily as they wait for their applications to be processed volunteer to keep elderly and lonely Italians company.

Who will win the Nobel economics prize?
Sweden

Who will win the Nobel economics prize?

The bets are on as the last of Sweden's Nobel prizes is set to be handed out in Stockholm on Monday, with British and US economists among the frontrunners.

Denmark’s Euro 2016 hopes dealt major blow
Denmark

Denmark’s Euro 2016 hopes dealt major blow

The Danish national squad will have to fight its way in to the European Championships in France in a playoff after Armenia failed to give a helping hand.

New exhibition shows the best of Danish design
Denmark

New exhibition shows the best of Danish design

The Danish Architecture Centre is shining a light on '100 Danish Breakthroughs that Changed the World' by taking an ind-depth look at the feats of Danish architects and engineers in Denmark and all over the world.

Swedish university shut after anonymous threat
Sweden

Swedish university shut after anonymous threat

UPDATED: Lund university in southern Sweden cancelled all classes on Monday, while police urgently investigated an anonymous threat posted via a social media app over the weekend.

‘I love entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas’
Sweden

‘I love entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas’

Based in rural Värmland in central Sweden, Australian Clarissa Hirst runs her own company helping startups and small businesses with their communication strategies. She’s on a mission to get Swedes to open their homes to international visitors for her latest project.