Federer eases through first round in hometown
Switzerland

Federer eases through first round in hometown

Roger Federer charged past his first hurdle in the quest for a seventh title at the Swiss Indoors in Basel on Tuesday, with the top seed delivering a crushing 6-1, 6-2 lesson to Mikhail Kukushkin.

Tobacco giant opens new offices in Geneva
Switzerland

Tobacco giant opens new offices in Geneva

The world’s third largest tobacco company opened its headquarters in Geneva on Tuesday in the same international precinct that houses the World Health Organization’s offices.

Bavaria claims place in top 10 tourist regions
Germany

Bavaria claims place in top 10 tourist regions

Germany's world-renowned south-eastern state has been named one of the top 10 regions for travel in 2016 by travel guide publishers Lonely Planet – a timely recognition for perhaps the most iconic part of the country.

Hollande promises truth to bus crash families
France

Hollande promises truth to bus crash families

France's President Francois Hollande led a ceremony on Tuesday in honour of the 43 victims of last week's bus and truck collision.

Sweden set for cheaper EU roaming charges
Sweden

Sweden set for cheaper EU roaming charges

Roaming charges that currently mean EU mobile phone users are charged extra if they are in another member state, are finally set to be scrapped after years of wrangling.

11 signs you’ve cracked the French language
France

11 signs you’ve cracked the French language

How do you know when you've really mastered the French language? If you can tick off most of the signs on this list, then you'll be well on your way.

Dog chases 120-kilo bear up tree in central Sweden
Sweden

Dog chases 120-kilo bear up tree in central Sweden

What was supposed to be a typical elk hunt became something far more unexpected for Swede Hasse Ekengren, when his dog Aqila chased a 120-kilo bear up a tree.

Italy’s privatization drive begins with postal debut
Italy

Italy’s privatization drive begins with postal debut

Italy on Tuesday privatized its historic national postal service in the biggest listing of a state-owned company in 15 years and just the first of a series aimed at boosting the debt-laden state coffers.

Fear not, eat bratwurst, says food minister
Germany

Fear not, eat bratwurst, says food minister

Germany's food and agriculture minister said Tuesday that people should not be afraid of tucking into a grilled bratwurst despite the World Health Organization's warning that sausages and ham cause cancer.

Roaming charges across Europe to finally be outlawed in June 2017
Spain

Roaming charges across Europe to finally be outlawed in June 2017

Roaming charges that mean mobile phone users are charged extra if they are in another EU country will finally be scrapped after years of wrangling came to an end. However not until June 2017.

EU roaming charges to finally end in June 2017

EU roaming charges to finally end in June 2017

Roaming charges, which see mobile phone users paying extra fees if they are in another EU country, will finally be scrapped after years of wrangling. However, the changes won't come into force until June 2017.

Danish F-16 crashes into North Sea
Denmark

Danish F-16 crashes into North Sea

UPDATED: A Danish fighter jet pilot was forced to use his ejector seat when an F-16 crashed into the North Sea on Tuesday afternoon.

‘We mustn’t lose our startup talent to London’
Italy

‘We mustn’t lose our startup talent to London’

Italy must move quickly to establish fertile ground for a growing crop of startup entrepreneurs, including overcoming digital challenges and broader structural issues such as corruption, in order to stop them fleeing to technology hubs such as London, an Italian senator said on Tuesday.

Neymar’s mother to face fraud charges over Barça FC transfer deal
Spain

Neymar’s mother to face fraud charges over Barça FC transfer deal

The latest person caught up in Neymar's poisonous 2013 transfer from Santos to Barcelona is the Brazilian star's mother, who is to face fraud charges, judicial sources revealed on Tuesday.

Judge unimpressed by multiple orgasm condom
Germany

Judge unimpressed by multiple orgasm condom

A Berlin condom company found out the hard way on Tuesday that there may be such a thing as too many orgasms – when it lost a legal battle over the number it promises customers.

28-y/o to be youngest ever Bundesliga coach
Germany

28-y/o to be youngest ever Bundesliga coach

Bundesliga side TSG Hoffenheim have announced the appointment of 28-year-old Julian Nagelsmann as their next trainer, making him the youngest manager in Bundesliga history.

PM vows ‘all political, legal means’ to block Catalan independence bid
Spain

PM vows ‘all political, legal means’ to block Catalan independence bid

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy vowed to use "all political and legal means" to block a Catalan independence bid.

Italy’s south set to grow after seven lean years
Italy

Italy’s south set to grow after seven lean years

The economy of Italy's struggling south is set to return to growth in 2015 for the first time since the crisis kicked off seven years ago, a new report published on Tuesday argues.

Sweden remains most socially just EU state
Sweden

Sweden remains most socially just EU state

Sweden is the best place in the EU when it comes to social justice, but a new report suggests the Scandiavian country's halo is slipping when it comes to integration and foreign access to the labour market.

Women should lounge on sofa after work: study
Denmark

Women should lounge on sofa after work: study

Women are so stressed out when they come home from work that they should head straight for the sofa to relax, a new Danish study recommends.

‘I survived the war, I’m not giving up saucisson’
France

‘I survived the war, I’m not giving up saucisson’

The World Health Organisation has labelled classic Gallic grub like saucisson, jambon and of course “viande rouge” (red meat) as carcinogenic, but are the French ready to give it all up?

Copenhagen pics like you’ve never seen them
Denmark

Copenhagen pics like you’ve never seen them

An photographer user armed with paper cutouts has created some of the most creative pics of world landmarks we've ever seen and was recently in Copenhagen. Take a closer look.

Massive Malmö migrant camp to be shut down
Sweden

Massive Malmö migrant camp to be shut down

More than 200 mostly Roma migrants who have been living in a shanty camp on the outskirts of southern Sweden's largest city have been told they're being evicted from the site.

Demo takes on ‘unfair’ citizenship process
Denmark

Demo takes on ‘unfair’ citizenship process

Would-be Danes will demonstrate against the long processing times and unclear information currently affecting citizenship applications.

Cancer report on processed meat ‘a farce’
Austria

Cancer report on processed meat ‘a farce’

Austria’s Agriculture Minister Andrä Rupprechter has defended Austrian sausages as "the best there is" after a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) said that processed meats such as bacon, sausages and ham cause cancer.

Will it be third time lucky in quest to solve mystery of Lorca’s grave?
Spain

Will it be third time lucky in quest to solve mystery of Lorca’s grave?

An attempt to finally solve one of Spain’s most enduring mysteries is underway as archaoeologists try for a third time to locate the remains of the nation’s most celebrated modern poet and playwright.

Di Caprio doppelganger becomes Swedish hit
Sweden

Di Caprio doppelganger becomes Swedish hit

It is said that everyone has a double somewhere in the world. The concept is definitely true for Swede Konrad Annerud, whose photos are going viral thanks to his likeness to Hollywood's Leonardo Di Caprio.

VW increases German sales, despite scandal
Germany

VW increases German sales, despite scandal

Volkswagen sales in Germany have increased in the month since it emerged that the car giant tricked emissions authorities for years by using illegal software in its diesel engines.

Novartis profits plunge after US corruption case
Switzerland

Novartis profits plunge after US corruption case

Basel-based pharmaceutical giant Novartis said on Tuesday that its third-quarter net profit fell by 42 percent to $1.8 billion, partially due to provisions to settle a US corruption case.

Political candidates given youthful makeovers in Greenpeace campaign
Spain

Political candidates given youthful makeovers in Greenpeace campaign

As Spain’s politicians gear up for December’s general election, Greenpeace has enlisted their mini-mes for a campaign to remind politicians of their environmental pledges.

Swiss to vote again on immigration curbs
Switzerland

Swiss to vote again on immigration curbs

Voters in Switzerland look set to go to the polls again to decide whether immigration curbs approved by the population in February 2014 should be implemented.

Refugee talks planned between UK and Sweden
Sweden

Refugee talks planned between UK and Sweden

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has announced he will travel to London next week to hold talks on the refugee crisis with his British counterpart David Cameron.

Italian school bans heels over ‘earthquake fears’
Italy

Italian school bans heels over ‘earthquake fears’

An secondary school in Italy's Abruzzo region has found the perfect excuse to change it's policy on footwear – banning high heels, flip-flops and platform shoes because of the area's high seismic risk.

Paris tourist pics like you’ve never seen them
France

Paris tourist pics like you’ve never seen them

An Instagram user armed with paper cutouts has created some of the most creative pics of Paris that we've ever seen. And he's currently in the French capital. Take a closer look.

Crafty ‘crook’ makes German court see double
Germany

Crafty ‘crook’ makes German court see double

It's a trick every identical twin knows - pass the blame on to your doppelgänger. And for a convicted burglar in Düsseldorf it might just free him from a lengthy jail sentence.

Forest ‘hermit’ attacks police with axe
Austria

Forest ‘hermit’ attacks police with axe

A former prisoner who violated his parole terms and had been hiding out in a forest hut for months in Carinthia is back in custody after attacking two policemen with an axe.

1 in 5 young Germans threatened by poverty
Germany

1 in 5 young Germans threatened by poverty

A new study published on Tuesday showed that while Germany is doing better on social justice than others in Europe, it still has a long way to go to help many of its young people.

Three barks for Swedish canine cop of the year
Sweden

Three barks for Swedish canine cop of the year

He has sniffed out more than 30 kilos of drugs, a dozen weapons and saved a missing three-year-old toddler. Now Herman is being honoured for his paw work.

Eisenstadt digitizes over 1,000 Jewish graves
Austria

Eisenstadt digitizes over 1,000 Jewish graves

After months of work Eisenstadt’s Jewish Museum has completed a project to document and digitize graves in the city’s old Jewish cemetery.

Rhineland women on Turkey’s most wanted list
Germany

Rhineland women on Turkey’s most wanted list

Two young women from western Germany are being hunted by Turkish authorities on suspicion of involvement in a recent spate of terrorist attacks by Isis.

Calais: Hunt for driver after refugee hit-and-run
France

Calais: Hunt for driver after refugee hit-and-run

A refugee was killed and three others injured after a car knocked them down in a hit-and-run in Calais, northern France. Police are hunting for the driver who remains on the run.

Thousands of Spaniards compete to share glimpse of lives in new film
Spain

Thousands of Spaniards compete to share glimpse of lives in new film

Spaniards have been clamouring to send in their submissions for a new documentary that will show the lives of thousands of Spaniards over a 24 hour period.

How to make Umbrian farro and lentil soup
Italy

How to make Umbrian farro and lentil soup

This light, healthy and nutritious soup is almost a meal in itself and is perfect fodder as the temperature drops and the days start drawing in.

‘Swiss eat half as much meat as Americans’
Switzerland

‘Swiss eat half as much meat as Americans’

The Swiss meat industry was put on the defensive by a report this week from the Geneva-based World Health Organization that found processed red meats such as sausages and bacon are probably carcinogenic and can cause cancer.

Swede draws ‘tactile’ sex book for blind people
Sweden

Swede draws ‘tactile’ sex book for blind people

An image of woman wearing a strap on and a picture of five people having sex with each other are among the scenes depicted in a Swedish book designed to offer stimulation for blind and visually impaired people.

Bavaria slams Austria for unchecked refugee flow
Austria

Bavaria slams Austria for unchecked refugee flow

Bavaria's state premier has blasted Austria for waving on thousands of refugees to Germany without informing local authorities and has called on Chancellor Angela Merkel to intervene.

Rebel Rome mayor threatens comeback
Italy

Rebel Rome mayor threatens comeback

Ignazio Marino, who resigned as Rome mayor earlier this month, is still threatening to cling to power – a situation which could prove highly embarrassing for his Democratic Party (PD).

‘Food choices in Sweden destroy forests in Asia’
Sweden

‘Food choices in Sweden destroy forests in Asia’

Does it feel like the world is stumbling from crisis to crisis? Researchers at the Stockholm Resilience Centre reckon they’ve got to the bottom of why things seem so bad. The Local talked to one expert about how crises are going global - and how to stop them.

‘US-German relationship stronger than ever’
Germany

‘US-German relationship stronger than ever’

Jennifer Gavito took over the helm as the US Consul General to Munich in August, becoming the first woman to hold the position. The Local spoke with her about the refugee crisis, TTIP and what the United States can learn from Germany.

Convicted ‘Air cocaine’ pilots sneak into France
France

Convicted ‘Air cocaine’ pilots sneak into France

Two French pilots sentenced to 20 years in jail in the Dominican Republic for cocaine trafficking have somehow managed to sneak off the Caribbean island and make it back to France, after a spectacular escape that could have been the plot of spy thriller.

France sees biggest drop in jobless rate since 2007
France

France sees biggest drop in jobless rate since 2007

The number of registered unemployed in France recorded in September its biggest monthly drop since the global economic crisis began in 2007, data showed on Monday.

Dying for a coffee? Then head to Bologna
Italy

Dying for a coffee? Then head to Bologna

Italy already has a cat café and now a coffee shop where people can chat about dying over their cappuccino is set to open in Bologna. What on earth is that? Read on to find out.

Copenhagen’s global reputation improves
Denmark

Copenhagen’s global reputation improves

Copenhagen is the ninth most reputable city in the world according to a new study, moving up two spots in a list dominated by Europe.

Neo-Nazis arrested after baseball bat attacks
Germany

Neo-Nazis arrested after baseball bat attacks

Police in Dortmund warned on Monday of increasing far-right radicalization after a spate of racist attacks across the west German city over the weekend.

Catalan parliament opens with pro-independence majority but no chief
Spain

Catalan parliament opens with pro-independence majority but no chief

The Catalan regional assembly opened a new session on Monday dominated for the first time by a secessionist majority that has vowed to break away from Spain within 18 months.

Bavaria tells Merkel: stop refugee flow from Austria
Germany

Bavaria tells Merkel: stop refugee flow from Austria

Bavarian leader Horst Seehofer warned Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday that unless she finds a way to limit the number of refugees arriving via Austria by Sunday, he will consider acting alone.

Denmark denies citizenship to Islamist
Denmark

Denmark denies citizenship to Islamist

An Islamist who wants to replace Danish democracy with an Islamic caliphate has had his citizenship application rejected by parliament’s Naturalization Committee.

Germany did not buy World Cup: Beckenbauer
Germany

Germany did not buy World Cup: Beckenbauer

German football legend Franz Beckenbauer admitted making a "mistake" in the bidding process to host the 2006 World Cup but on Monday denied that votes were bought.

Arson probe after asylum home for children burns
Sweden

Arson probe after asylum home for children burns

Swedish police are investigating a blaze at a home for refugee children in Lund, the latest in a string of suspected arson attacks on accommodation facilities for asylum seekers.

Police quiz teen hurt in school sword attack
Sweden

Police quiz teen hurt in school sword attack

UPDATED: A 15-year-old Trollhättan pupil has told Swedish police for the first time of the moment he was attacked by a sword-wielding man, who killed one of his fellow schoolmates and a teaching assistant.

Do Swedish schools need better security?
Sweden

Do Swedish schools need better security?

The brutal attack at a school in Trollhättan sparked debate about school security in Sweden. The fact that anyone can walk into schools without controls must now be considered a thing of the past, argues Bo Jansson of The National Union of Teachers.