Austrian leader says fences ‘have no place’
Austria

Austrian leader says fences ‘have no place’

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann have said that fences are not welcome in the EU, after Vienna suggested it could build a barrier on its border with Slovenia to control an influx of migrants.

Norway oil fund reports third biggest loss ever
Norway

Norway oil fund reports third biggest loss ever

Norway's oil fund on Wednesday reported its worst quarterly loss in four years, as it was hit by a collapse in the Chinese stock market, and big losses on investments in Volkswagen and Glencore.

Wawrinka knocked out of Swiss Indoors – again
Switzerland

Wawrinka knocked out of Swiss Indoors – again

French Open champion Stan Wawrinka suffered his eighth first round defeat at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Basel on Wednesday when he slumped to a 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 loss to Croatian Ivo Karlovic.

UK PM: ‘Norway has no seat at table in EU’
Norway

UK PM: ‘Norway has no seat at table in EU’

Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday warned against calls by some Eurosceptics for Britain to adopt a Norwegian model for relations with the European Union as debate heats up ahead of a membership referendum.

Federal finance minister announces resignation
Switzerland

Federal finance minister announces resignation

Swiss Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf announced on Wednesday that she would quit after seven years in government, vacating a seat coveted by the populist right party that swept parliamentary polls earlier this month.

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France

Stunning pics of the Auvergne

Swiss freeze ex-Russian minister’s ‘millions’
Switzerland

Swiss freeze ex-Russian minister’s ‘millions’

Swiss authorities are investigating a former Russian agriculture minister over suspected money laundering and have frozen assets in connection with the case, Switzerland's top prosecutor said on Wednesday.

EU votes to put end to bullfighting subsidies in animal rights victory
Spain

EU votes to put end to bullfighting subsidies in animal rights victory

A majority in the European Union's parliament has voted to stop farming subsidies going towards Spain's bullfighting industry.

‘People come before the product these days’
Sweden

‘People come before the product these days’

Startup success has more to do with the people running a company than the product itself, according to new research. And the man behind the study has told The Local that means Nordic businesses should invest in more diverse, global talent.

French remain reluctant to welcome refugees
France

French remain reluctant to welcome refugees

A Europe-wide survey published on Wednesday revealed that the French and the British were among the most unwilling to accept thousands of refugees, despite the ongoing humanitarian crisis.

Spanish court launches probe into possible fraud over VW emissions
Spain

Spanish court launches probe into possible fraud over VW emissions

Spain's National Court has opened a preliminary investigation into German carmaker Volkswagen for possible fraud over the pollution-cheating software installed in some of its diesel engines.

HSBC data leaker thumbs nose at Swiss
Switzerland

HSBC data leaker thumbs nose at Swiss

A former HSBC employee who leaked documents alleging the bank helped clients evade millions of dollars in taxes said on Wednesday that he would not attend his trial in Switzerland because he would not get a fair hearing.

French region named as must-visit in 2016
France

French region named as must-visit in 2016

Lonely Planet has named a region in central France as one of the best in the world to visit in the 2016 edition of its respected travel guide "Best in Travel".

Majority of Spaniards want to welcome more refugees into Spain
Spain

Majority of Spaniards want to welcome more refugees into Spain

A majority of Spanish people feel the country is in a position to accept more migrants, a new poll shows, a finding which contrasts with more negative responses in other EU countries.

Dane jailed for killing his brother with potatoes
Denmark

Dane jailed for killing his brother with potatoes

A 55-year-old Danish man was sentenced to seven years in prison on Wednesday for ending his older brother's life by shoving potatoes down his throat.

Italian bride-to-be injured in romantic serenade fall
Italy

Italian bride-to-be injured in romantic serenade fall

An Italian bride-to-be is in a serious condition after falling down the stairs of her home as her financé serenaded her.

Danish travel firm drops Lesbos over migrants
Denmark

Danish travel firm drops Lesbos over migrants

Danish travel agent and tour operator Bravo Tours said Wednesday it was dropping the Greek island of Lesbos from its list of destinations because of the high number of migrants arriving there.

Mayor of flood-ravaged Cannes appeals to stars
France

Mayor of flood-ravaged Cannes appeals to stars

The mayor of France's glitzy Cannes resort appealed to the world's movie and music stars on Wednesday to help rebuild the town after it was hit by deadly floods earlier this month.

Spain ranks among worst nations to start a business despite reforms
Spain

Spain ranks among worst nations to start a business despite reforms

Spanish entrepreneurs face regularity complexity and red tape according to a report by the World Bank which ranks Spain fifth from the bottom of OECD countries when it comes to starting a new business.

Fiat Chrysler loses €299 million in third quarter
Italy

Fiat Chrysler loses €299 million in third quarter

Fiat Chrysler said on Wednesday it suffered a third quarter net loss of €299 million euros ($331 million), largely down to one-off items and recall issues, but operating results improved significantly.

Lisa Holm’s family seek answers at murder trial
Sweden

Lisa Holm’s family seek answers at murder trial

The trial of a man accused of killing a teenager whose disappearance sparked one of Sweden's largest missing person searches has started. A 35-year-old man is alleged to have hung the girl in a barn.

France’s Catalan PM causes anger in Spain
France

France’s Catalan PM causes anger in Spain

France's prime minister has turned heads in his native Spain, after he suggested that Barcelona football club could play in France if Catalonia declares independence.

Vandals steal digger for speed camera vengeance
Germany

Vandals steal digger for speed camera vengeance

Thieves stole a digger in central Germany on Tuesday evening to commit an unusual crime - apparently striking back against speed checks on public roads.

Italy blocks extradition of Tunisia attack suspect
Italy

Italy blocks extradition of Tunisia attack suspect

An Italian court on Wednesday rejected Tunisia's extradition request for a Moroccan arrested on suspicion of involvement in a deadly museum attack because he risks the death penalty.

Egypt calls in Germans to fix pharaoh’s beard
Germany

Egypt calls in Germans to fix pharaoh’s beard

It was the stuff of nightmares for workers at Cairo's Egyptian Museum when they broke the beard off Tutankhamun's death mask while changing a light bulb. One rushed repair job and over 13 months later, German specialists have been asked to step in and lend a hand.

Cologne stabber charged with attempted murder
Germany

Cologne stabber charged with attempted murder

The man who stabbed Cologne mayor Henriette Reker over her pro-refugee views earlier this month was formally charged with attempted murder and dangerous bodily harm on Wednesday.

Immigrants in Denmark to be taught about sex
Denmark

Immigrants in Denmark to be taught about sex

UPDATED: A majority of parliament wants Danish language courses to include lessons on national attitudes toward sex.

Spain PM to meet with opposition over Catalan independence drive
Spain

Spain PM to meet with opposition over Catalan independence drive

Spain's prime minister said on Wednesday he would hold talks with opposition leaders in a bid to craft a unified response to a Catalan separatist drive.

Syrian boy speaks Norwegian after 20 days
Norway

Syrian boy speaks Norwegian after 20 days

Fourteen-year-old Syrian Yaman Kafarnawi has wowed Norwegians by learning to speak the language after just 20 days in the country.

Ten masterpieces of Danish design
Denmark

Ten masterpieces of Danish design

From architectural challenges to modern furniture standard-bearers, The Local's Agustin Millan lists the most beautiful and functional examples of Danish style.

Eight French startups that may change your life
France

Eight French startups that may change your life

Could these eight French startups, chosen by the government to represent France, be the next big thing? The Local takes a closer look at their tech products. Would you invest?

Italian MEP suspended over Nazi gestures
Italy

Italian MEP suspended over Nazi gestures

An Italian MEP who wore a Hitler-style moustache and gave a Nazi salute during a debate at which the German Chancellor Angela Merkel was present has been suspended and told to pay a €3,060 fine.

Tensions mount as refugees wait in cold
Austria

Tensions mount as refugees wait in cold

Tensions are mounting at the key southern gateway for thousands of migrants into Germany, with overstretched German and Austrian officials trading barbs as asylum seekers queue for hours in the cold at border posts.

How to act like a local on Vienna’s subway
Austria

How to act like a local on Vienna’s subway

Vienna has one of the most efficient, and probably the cheapest underground train system in Europe. As the weather becomes colder, expect many natives to abandon their bikes and go underground. But whilst traversing the city is easy, navigating the etiquette required en route is trickier. Here are The Local’s top tips.

French food ‘critic’ fined €7,500 for fake review
France

French food ‘critic’ fined €7,500 for fake review

A person who left a negative review of a Michelin starred restaurant has been fined €7,500 after it emerged the restaurant hadn't even opened.

Refugees in forest bus protest face eviction
Sweden

Refugees in forest bus protest face eviction

UPDATED: A group of refugees who refused to get off a bus that delivered them to temporary accommodation at a Swedish holiday park on Sunday are still on board, but could face eviction on Wednesday.

Swedish Tinderers find class photo together
Sweden

Swedish Tinderers find class photo together

Amanda Bidar Pino and Ali Hassan met on dating app Tinder about a year ago. They had no friends in common and thought they had never met before, but they turned out to be very wrong.

The cop who switched from blue light to red
Germany

The cop who switched from blue light to red

When a policeman in Bavaria retired he made a career change none of his colleagues had ever made before - and it turned him into a pariah.

Stockholm Film Festival preview: Top Swedish films
Sweden

Stockholm Film Festival preview: Top Swedish films

The 26th Stockholm International Film Festival takes place from November 11 to 22, but it’s not too early to start planning your film schedule. Here are the top Swedish films - long and short - not to miss this year.

‘Barça is welcome in French league post-independence’ says French PM
Spain

‘Barça is welcome in French league post-independence’ says French PM

Manuel Valls, who was born in Barcelona and is a huge Barça fan, has promised the Catalan side a spot in the French league if the region wins independence.

France spends €65k to help mating frogs hop it
France

France spends €65k to help mating frogs hop it

Frogs that are usually squashed on the roads of western France may have had an extra bounce in their step on Wednesday, after a set of tunnels were installed to allow them safe access to their breeding grounds.

Swedish city basks in record autumn sunshine
Sweden

Swedish city basks in record autumn sunshine

Borlänge in central Sweden has enjoyed more sunshine this October than during any other autumn in history, while Luleå and Umeå in the north are also set to smash records, forecasters have said.

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Sweden

Nov. 4-5: Old Norse Mythology Conference (Stockholm)

Security stepped up as Ikea stabbing trial begins
Sweden

Security stepped up as Ikea stabbing trial begins

Security was stepped up at a court in Västerås on Wednesday as the trial of a 36-year-old asylum seeker accused of stabbing a woman and her son to death at an Ikea store got under way.

EU plan lags as just 90 migrants leave Italy
Italy

EU plan lags as just 90 migrants leave Italy

A plan to move thousands of asylum seekers from Italy to elsewhere in the EU is already falling by the wayside as just 90 people have left over the past month.

Terror and Airbnb hit Paris luxury hotels hard
France

Terror and Airbnb hit Paris luxury hotels hard

Luxury hotels in Paris have taken a beating this year, with the January terrorist attacks scaring off visitors and websites like Airbnb stealing away clients. But has the lure of the "palaces" faded away for good?

Map shows Italian city inspired Tolkien town
Italy

Map shows Italian city inspired Tolkien town

A map of Middle-earth annotated by author J.R.R Tolkien and found inside an old copy of The Lord of the Rings in Oxford has revealed that the Italian city of Ravenna was the basis for one of the most important locations of the famous fantasy novels.

France’s Deezer hits pause on planned IPO
France

France’s Deezer hits pause on planned IPO

France's Deezer has postponed its planned IPO, citing market conditions, in what would have been the first music streaming service to go public.

Bundestag president calls TTIP undemocratic
Germany

Bundestag president calls TTIP undemocratic

The President (speaker) of the Bundestag, Norbert Lammert, has threatened to vote against the US-EU TTIP free trade agreement when it comes to a vote before the German parliament, saying that the deal lacks transparency and democratic legitimacy.

Denmark has record number of child refugees
Denmark

Denmark has record number of child refugees

New immigration figures show that the number of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Denmark more than doubled in September and has already surpassed 2014's totals.

Sweden holds on to record low interest rate
Sweden

Sweden holds on to record low interest rate

Sweden's national bank (the Riksbank) has announced that the nation's record low key interest rate will remain unchanged at -0.35 percent.

Swiss continue to lag on ‘business climate’ issues
Switzerland

Swiss continue to lag on ‘business climate’ issues

Switzerland remains among the worst developed countries for ease of doing business, according to a new report from the World Bank that measures business regulations.

Statoil profits slump as oil prices stay low
Norway

Statoil profits slump as oil prices stay low

Profits have more than halved at Statoil over the last year, as the Norwegian state-controlled oil company struggles with continuing low oil prices.

Migrants rescued after attempted border swim
Austria

Migrants rescued after attempted border swim

Two refugees had to be rescued from a river in Upper Austria after jumping or falling from a bridge and apparently attempting to swim to Germany.

Arctic ice melt worsens plastic pollution
Norway

Arctic ice melt worsens plastic pollution

Decreasing Arctic ice and increased fishing are leading to a growing problem of plastic waste pollution on Norway's Svalbard Archipelago, endangering wildlife, a new study claims.

South of France braces for ‘intense’ storms
France

South of France braces for ‘intense’ storms

Parts of the French Riviera are on alert after thunderstorms were forecast for Wednesday, in the same area where 16 people were killed by heavy flooding earlier this month.

Austria to build Slovenia border fence
Austria

Austria to build Slovenia border fence

Update: Austria will build a fence along its border with fellow EU member Slovenia to slow down the migrant flow, Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner said on Wednesday.

Denmark still Europe’s top country for business
Denmark

Denmark still Europe’s top country for business

A new report from the World Bank ranks Denmark as the world’s third best country for the ease of doing business.

Merkel calls coalition bosses to crisis meeting
Germany

Merkel calls coalition bosses to crisis meeting

Chancellor Angela Merkel has invited coalition leaders to an emergency meeting at the weekend after Bavarian Minister President Horst Seehofer issued an ultimatum on the refugee crisis.

Spain charges suspected Eta leaders with crimes against humanity
Spain

Spain charges suspected Eta leaders with crimes against humanity

A Spanish judge on Tuesday charged five suspected former leaders of the Basque terrorist group Eta with crimes against humanity for attacks which killed 12 people since 2004.

France won’t extradite pilots after daring escape
France

France won’t extradite pilots after daring escape

The French government won't be sending two Air France pilots convicted of drug dealing back to the Dominican Republic, which is demanding their return after they pulled off a daring escape from the Caribbean island.

Bern launches bid to double Gotthard tunnel
Switzerland

Bern launches bid to double Gotthard tunnel

The federal government is backing a 2.8-billion-franc proposal to build a second tube for the Gotthard road tunnel under the Alps before renovating the existing facility, which opened in 1980.

Bangladesh official ‘ordered Italian’s murder’
Italy

Bangladesh official ‘ordered Italian’s murder’

A senior Bangladeshi minister accused a main opposition party official Wednesday of ordering an Italian aid worker's murder as part of a plot to destabilize the government.

‘Gay marriages cannot be registered in Italy’: court
Italy

‘Gay marriages cannot be registered in Italy’: court

An Italian court Tuesday ruled that marriages of gay couples who wed abroad can't be registered in Italy, sparking an angry reaction from cities which had defied the government to recognize the unions.

Driver in fatal Santiago train crash faces up to four years in prison
Spain

Driver in fatal Santiago train crash faces up to four years in prison

Public prosecutors on Tuesday called for a four-year jail term for the train driver involved in one of Spain's worst rail disasters, in which 80 people died in 2013.

Diesel scandal slams VW with €3.48 billion loss
Germany

Diesel scandal slams VW with €3.48 billion loss

German auto giant Volkswagen booked Wednesday its first quarterly loss in 15 years in the wake of the global pollution-cheating scandal which also forced it to lower its full-year forecasts.

Heroic teacher’s funeral takes place in Sweden
Sweden

Heroic teacher’s funeral takes place in Sweden

UPDATED: Around 1500 people gathered to pay tribute to a teaching assistant who was killed when he tried to protect his pupils from a sword attacker last week.

Refugee homes made ‘secret’ amid attack fears
Sweden

Refugee homes made ‘secret’ amid attack fears

A series of suspicious blazes at temporary accommodation for refugees across Sweden is forcing migration authorities to keep the location of new housing facilities secret, said a senior boss.

Norwegian founder Kjos felt ‘betrayed’ by staff
Norway

Norwegian founder Kjos felt ‘betrayed’ by staff

Norwegian Air founder Bjørn Kjos saw his employees’ attempt to get Norway’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to ban cheaper foreign crew as “a betrayal”, he has revealed in his new autobiography 'High and Low '.

Nine spooky spots around haunted Sweden
Sweden

Nine spooky spots around haunted Sweden

As the days grow darker and the Swedish weather chillier, The Local lists some of the most haunted places in the Nordic country to help you get into the Halloween spirit.