Parties manoeuvre for seats in Swiss senate
Switzerland

Parties manoeuvre for seats in Swiss senate

Political manoeuvring has already begun ahead of the second round of voting for the Swiss senate to decide the composition of the 46-seat upper house of parliament for the next four years.

Norway Islamist risks terror recruiting charge
Norway

Norway Islamist risks terror recruiting charge

One of Norway’s most high-profile radical Islamists is facing prosecution for recruiting on behalf of the terror group Isis, Norway's VG newspaper has claimed.

Thousands flood Dresden in Pegida rally
Germany

Thousands flood Dresden in Pegida rally

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Dresden to mark the one-year anniversary of the start of the anti-immigrant Pegida movement - but a large number also came to oppose the right-wing group.

Norway’s skydiving champ in Freefall video
Norway

Norway’s skydiving champ in Freefall video

Watch this dizzying video of world skydiving champion Martin Kristensen spinning, dipping, swooping above the beautiful landscapes of Voss, near Bergen (just ignore the awful script).

Norway police may charge Uber taxi driver
Norway

Norway police may charge Uber taxi driver

Police in Oslo are to prosecute their first Uber driver after stopping him over the weekend for carrying paying passengers without a license.

Swiss fighter jet sparks diplomatic incident
Switzerland

Swiss fighter jet sparks diplomatic incident

Moscow claimed a French airforce jet on Monday came "dangerously close" to a passenger plane carrying Russian politicians to Geneva although officials in Paris said the aircraft was, in fact, a Swiss F/A-18.

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Germany

Why scandals won’t rock Germany’s good image

Allegations of cheating and corruption have dented the image of some of Germany’s most respected institutions. But the country’s welcome for refugees is far more important for its image, the world's leading expert on national image tells The Local.

SVP election result a ‘triumph’ for Blocher
Switzerland

SVP election result a ‘triumph’ for Blocher

The record performance by Switzerland's rightwing populist SVP in Sunday's elections marks a new triumph for its charismatic leader Christoph Blocher, a maverick politician known for his blustering speeches and virulent campaigns against immigration and closer ties with the EU.

Gay unions: Italy set to spurn church
Italy

Gay unions: Italy set to spurn church

Italy’s civil union bill finally reached parliament on Thursday. Any previous attempts to get the law passed have been thwarted by the Catholic Church. But the Church’s influence over gay rights seems to be on the wane.

Oslo to ban private cars in green push
Norway

Oslo to ban private cars in green push

Oslo's new leftist city council said on Monday that it wanted to ban private cars from the downtown area by 2019 as part of a plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions by half.

Germany opens probe into 3 Facebook execs
Germany

Germany opens probe into 3 Facebook execs

Prosecutors in Hamburg said they have opened an investigation to determine whether to press charges against three Facebook managers over complaints alleging that the site facilitates incitement of hatred.

Spain’s public prosecutor calls for fraud investigation into Volkswagen
Spain

Spain’s public prosecutor calls for fraud investigation into Volkswagen

Spain's public prosecutor calls for investigation into Volkswagen for possibile fraud over the pollution-cheating software installed in some of its diesel engines.

Teenager electrocuted while taking selfie on roof of Barcelona train
Spain

Teenager electrocuted while taking selfie on roof of Barcelona train

A 14-year-old boy was given a serious electric shock after hitting cables while attempting to take a selfie on the rood of a commuter train outside Barcelona.

Firefighters rescue pet fish from aquarium blaze
Germany

Firefighters rescue pet fish from aquarium blaze

Firefighters in Düsseldorf proved that every life matters on Sunday – by rescuing 25 fish after an apartment blaze.

France launches own ‘Le Taxi’ app to rival Uber
France

France launches own ‘Le Taxi’ app to rival Uber

The French government has launched the app "Le Taxi" for Paris taxi users in a bid to challenge the popularity of Uber. Disgruntled Uber drivers, meanwhile, have also launched their own app to compete with their employers.

France ‘blows €1.5m on private jet for refugees’
France

France ‘blows €1.5m on private jet for refugees’

France is spending an annual €1.5 million ($1.7 million) on a private jet that transfers only a handful refugees at a time from Calais to other parts of France, according to media reports.

Refugee homes become ‘secret’ after fire attacks
Sweden

Refugee homes become ‘secret’ after fire attacks

Plans to welcome 150 asylum seekers to the northern town of Umeå are being kept under the wraps after a series of suspected arson attacks on refugee centres across Sweden.

Swedish tech scene cheers $1bn investment
Sweden

Swedish tech scene cheers $1bn investment

More than one billion dollars has already been invested in Sweden's tech scene in 2015, according to a new report tracking funding flowing into the Nordic country.

Police, Christiania trade blame over violent demo
Denmark

Police, Christiania trade blame over violent demo

Following Friday night’s clash outside of Christiania, Copenhagen Police and residents of the alternative enclave have different versions of how a demonstration turned violent.

Booming startups draw expats to Germany
Germany

Booming startups draw expats to Germany

German startups are attracting more international workers than ever before as they look forward to a bright future, a recently published industry survey shows.

Italy unions call national train strike
Italy

Italy unions call national train strike

Passengers will face transport misery this weekend as rail workers across Italy strike over changes to working hours, an increase in the retirement age and potential privatization.

France says sorry after minister body searched
France

France says sorry after minister body searched

The embarrassed French government was forced to apologize on Monday after an Algerian minister was searched at the airport in Paris.

Spot the difference: When Pablo was mistaken for Julio Iglesias
Spain

Spot the difference: When Pablo was mistaken for Julio Iglesias

They both share the surname Iglesias and one elderly Spanish man found it all too much this week when he confused Podemos leader Pablo for legendary crooner Julio.

4 of 10 Danish Muslims want Quran-based laws
Denmark

4 of 10 Danish Muslims want Quran-based laws

Nearly four out of ten Danish Muslims think that Denmark’s laws should be at least partly based on the Quran, according to a new survey.

Germany braces for mass far-right rally
Germany

Germany braces for mass far-right rally

The German government is bracing on Monday for a mass anniversary rally of the xenophobic Pegida movement, accusing it of spewing "hate and poison".

Lost for words? Composer writes lyrics for Spain’s national anthem
Spain

Lost for words? Composer writes lyrics for Spain’s national anthem

A Madrid composer is hoping to garner enough support to finally put words to Spain's national anthem and bring an end to what has led to some awkward humming at the podium.

Platini cites ‘man to man’ pay deal with Blatter
Switzerland

Platini cites ‘man to man’ pay deal with Blatter

UEFA chief Michel Platini on Monday admitted he had no written contract for a two-million-franc payment from Fifa president Sepp Blatter, as his chances of replacing the Swiss veteran as head of the world body nosedived ahead of a key Fifa council meeting in Zurich on Tuesday.

‘Pay back jilted bride’: top court tells groom
Italy

‘Pay back jilted bride’: top court tells groom

Italy's Court of Cassation has ruled that a man who backed out of his wedding at the last-minute must cover the wedding costs incurred by his jilted ex.

Car smashes into French woman’s living room
France

Car smashes into French woman’s living room

A woman who was sitting peacefully watching TV at her home in south western France was given the fright of her life when a car crashed through the wall and into her living room, fractionally missing her.

Lisbeth Salander fans slam firm’s Millennium ad
Sweden

Lisbeth Salander fans slam firm’s Millennium ad

Furious fans of the Millennium trilogy have vented their anger on social media after a Swedish asset management firm used Nordic Noir heroine Lisbeth Salander in one of their adverts.

Dutch TV to refugees: Go to Denmark instead
Denmark

Dutch TV to refugees: Go to Denmark instead

The Dutch television programme 'Zondag met Lubach' has a message for refugees considering the Netherlands: Go to Denmark instead, where houses are made out of Lego and everyone stars in their own acclaimed drama series.

The A-Ö guide to making life in Sweden easier
Sweden

The A-Ö guide to making life in Sweden easier

Adjusting to life in Sweden can sometimes leave newcomers scratching their heads. Luckily there's an online portal that puts all sorts of vital English-language information just a click away.

Environment groups call for stricter pollution tests
Germany

Environment groups call for stricter pollution tests

A group of leading environmental organizations called on Monday for the German government to implement more comprehensive pollution tests for cars in the wake of Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal.

Hitler ‘supporter’ offers Sweden refugee homes
Sweden

Hitler ‘supporter’ offers Sweden refugee homes

UPDATED: A man from northern Sweden who has praised Adolf Hitler on Facebook and participated in Nazi demonstrations has answered a call from Sweden's Migration Agency for volunteers willing to offer accommodation to refugees.

Graves defiled with swastikas and slogans
Austria

Graves defiled with swastikas and slogans

A Jewish and a Muslim cemetery were defiled with Nazi symbols and anti-migrant slogans in western Austria, police said on Monday, just weeks after similar attacks on a refugee hostel and Jewish museum.

Paris to hand Right Bank to pedestrians in 2016
France

Paris to hand Right Bank to pedestrians in 2016

The Mayor of Paris has announced decisive plans to close down and pedestrianize a highway on the banks of the River Seine by next summer, as well as to open a new cross-city tramway.

Spain’s taxi drivers take legal action in bid to block rival service Cabify
Spain

Spain’s taxi drivers take legal action in bid to block rival service Cabify

Spanish taxi drivers are calling for a "precautionary" suspension of one of Spain’s most successful new startups, days after it secured a multi-million euro funding.

Calais: The ‘Jungle’ migrant camp photographed from the sky
France

Calais: The ‘Jungle’ migrant camp photographed from the sky

The Jungle was France's fastest growing "town" and these AFP aerial images capture the sheer size and scale of the sprawling refugee camp, where thousands now face eviction.

Military imam to speak to recruits on National Day
Austria

Military imam to speak to recruits on National Day

An imam will be present for the first time on Vienna’s Heldenplatz for Austrian National Day next Monday, at the swearing in of new army recruits. The Austrian army has employed a Muslim chaplain since July 1st, after reforms to the law on Islam.

Anger over police chief’s call to build border fence

Anger over police chief’s call to build border fence

Updated: Chancellor Angela Merkel joined others in condemning the proposal by a police union chief on Sunday that Germany build a fence to block off its border with Austria.

Denmark gets year’s first taste of freezing temps
Denmark

Denmark gets year’s first taste of freezing temps

Denmark has had its first freezing temperature of the coming winter season on Monday, but it came significantly later than usual.

Jet deal on agenda amid Brazil visit to Sweden
Sweden

Jet deal on agenda amid Brazil visit to Sweden

The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, was in Sweden on Monday to discuss her country's purchase of 36 Jas Gripen fighter jets for a price tag which has risen to 39 billion kronor ($4.7 billion).

Italian writer cleared in sabotage case
Italy

Italian writer cleared in sabotage case

UPDATED: Acclaimed Italian writer and environmental activist Erri De Luca was cleared Monday of inciting criminal damage by saying a controversial rail link through the Alps should be sabotaged.

US agrees to clean up site of 1966 nuclear accident in southern Spain
Spain

US agrees to clean up site of 1966 nuclear accident in southern Spain

Nearly 50 years after an accident saw US nuclear bombers crash in southern Spain, Washington finally agreed to clean up radioactive material from the site around Palomares.

Swiss national elections: ‘return to normality’?
Switzerland

Swiss national elections: ‘return to normality’?

Is Switzerland now a divided country or were the results of Sunday’s national elections merely a return to normality?

Hundreds protest human trafficking in Germany
Germany

Hundreds protest human trafficking in Germany

On the eve of the 9th EU Anti-Trafficking Day on Sunday, hundreds of women across Germany took to the streets to demonstrate against human trafficking worldwide. Berlin organizer Linda Guddat told The Local that the fight against trafficking in Germany is far from over.

Bakers create world’s longest baguette (and smother it in Nutella)
France

Bakers create world’s longest baguette (and smother it in Nutella)

A team of bakers smashed the record for the world's longest baguette on Sunday, smothering the 120-metre loaf with Nutella.

Hunter bleeds to death after being gored by injured wild boar in Spain
Spain

Hunter bleeds to death after being gored by injured wild boar in Spain

A hunter has bled to death after being attacked by a wild boar he was about to shoot in northern Spain.

Man in critical condition after Vienna shooting
Austria

Man in critical condition after Vienna shooting

Police have identified a third man who was present during the shooting of a 34-year-old Serbian national in Ottakring in Vienna early on Sunday. The victim remains in a critical condition after being shot in the head.

Decoding Denmark’s ‘dagpenge’ debate
Denmark

Decoding Denmark’s ‘dagpenge’ debate

The private unemployment benefit known as dagpenge has been a hot-button political issue for years. As a commission releases its recommendations for the system, The Local takes a look back at how we got here.

Uber launches delivery lunch service in Paris
France

Uber launches delivery lunch service in Paris

Ride-booking service Uber is taking on popular start-ups by launching its own home-delivery service that allows customers to have their lunch delivered to their door.

Styria braced for thousands of refugees
Austria

Styria braced for thousands of refugees

Over 2,600 migrants entered Austria from Slovenia over the weekend and thousands more are expected to arrive during Monday.

Don’t judge our country on Air France: Hollande
France

Don’t judge our country on Air France: Hollande

French President Francois Hollande said on Monday the social turbulence currently gripping Air France, which was rocked by violent protests over job cuts, was not a reflection of the state of the country.

Spain scoops world wine tasting competition but USA comes last
Spain

Spain scoops world wine tasting competition but USA comes last

Spain has scooped the world blind wine tasting competition for teams, while the United States came last in their first ever showing at the annual event in France.

Unemployment scheme overhaul proposed
Denmark

Unemployment scheme overhaul proposed

A long-awaited report on how to improve Denmark’s unemployment benefit system will be released on Monday with recommendations to make it easier to earn additional time on the benefit – but thousands of Danes still risk losing it altogether.

World’s longest baguette baked in Italy
Italy

World’s longest baguette baked in Italy

A team of Italian and French bakers smashed the record for the world's longest baguette at the Milan Expo on Sunday.

Calais refugee camp on the ‘brink of collapse’
France

Calais refugee camp on the ‘brink of collapse’

UPDATED: With the number of migrants and refugees in the New Jungle camp in Calais reaching 6,000, aid groups say humanitarian efforts are "on the brink of collapse", as the cold winter months approach. The mayor wants the army to step in.

Death threats for Swede after ‘crazy’ own goal
Sweden

Death threats for Swede after ‘crazy’ own goal

One of Sweden’s top footballers has revealed he’s been getting death threats after scoring a bizarre own goal in extra time that left his Allsvenskan side Halmstad BK on the brink of relegation.

Juve’s Marchisio cools Liverpool talk
Italy

Juve’s Marchisio cools Liverpool talk

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has brushed off reported interest from Liverpool by claiming he is fully focused on regaining his fitness after signing an extension with the Italian champions.

Bertarelli acquires ski area in Gstaad: report
Switzerland

Bertarelli acquires ski area in Gstaad: report

Swiss billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli is acquiring the Rellerli cable car and ski area in Gstaad for 15 million francs ($15.7 million), where he is planning to build a luxury resort, according to a media report.

Unholy row over revamp of Chartres Cathedral
France

Unholy row over revamp of Chartres Cathedral

An almighty rumpus has broken out over the restoration of France's medieval landmark, Chartres Cathedral.

Derby d’Italia stalemate leaves Viola flying high
Italy

Derby d’Italia stalemate leaves Viola flying high

High-flying Fiorentina stayed top of Serie A after Inter Milan spurned the chance to take over after a pulsating but scoreless draw at home to Juventus on Sunday.

Clowns bring laughter to refugee children
Austria

Clowns bring laughter to refugee children

It's miserable and raining outside as a few hundred tired migrants mill around a damp underpass at Vienna's main train station waiting to continue their long journey to northern Europe.

Officials ‘looking into’ World Cup graft claims
Germany

Officials ‘looking into’ World Cup graft claims

UPDATED: German prosecutors said on Monday they were looking into, but not yet formally investigating, claims that Germany bribed football officials to win the right to host the 2006 World Cup.

‘It’s not about women, it’s about innovation’
Sweden

‘It’s not about women, it’s about innovation’

Sweden needs to work harder to bridge the gender and knowledge gap if it is to keep up with the fast pace of digitalization, argues entrepreneur Veronica Chiaravalli, whose startup aims to do just that.

Teenager found shot after night screams
Sweden

Teenager found shot after night screams

A 19-year-old was has been taken to hospital in Norrköping, south of Stockholm, after neighbours reported gunfire and calls for help.

Merkel’s deal with Turkey angers left and right
Germany

Merkel’s deal with Turkey angers left and right

Chancellor Angela Merkel's plan to offer cash and easier travel to Europe to Turkey in exchange for help managing the flow of refugees faced opposition before she had even arrived back in Berlin on Sunday.

Pro-refugee candidate wins after knife attack
Germany

Pro-refugee candidate wins after knife attack

A German city official who was stabbed in the neck in an attack apparently over her work with refugees was Sunday elected the first female mayor of the western city of Cologne.