Wawrinka advances as Federer exits Paris Open
Switzerland

Wawrinka advances as Federer exits Paris Open

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka defeated Serb Viktor Troicki in two sets to reach the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters on Thursday while fellow Swiss Roger Federer was knocked out of the tennis tournament by big-serving American John Isner.

Lufthansa cabin crew confirm week-long strike
Germany

Lufthansa cabin crew confirm week-long strike

Air crew union UFO will strike for a week starting on Friday, after refusing a last-ditch offer to improve pensions from employer Lufthansa.

‘I did nothing wrong’: Italian lion-killing vet
Italy

‘I did nothing wrong’: Italian lion-killing vet

An Italian vet, who sparked a backlash after a photo of him posing happily alongside a lion he killed in Tanzania emerged online, has pledged to take legal action against protesters who made violent threats against him.

Sweden tells refugees to stay in north Germany
Germany

Sweden tells refugees to stay in north Germany

Sweden's Migration Minister Morgan Johansson has urged refugees in northern Germany to stay put, after declaring that the Nordic nation is now unable to guarantee beds for all asylum seekers.

Austrian granny shreds a million euros
Austria

Austrian granny shreds a million euros

An 85-year-old Austrian cut up almost €1 million ($1.1 million) into tiny pieces in an apparent attempt to spite her heirs, authorities said on Thursday.

Paris to get first floating hotel on the River Seine
France

Paris to get first floating hotel on the River Seine

The French capital might be full of all kinds of hotels, but there will soon be a new kind to add to the mix – one that floats on the River Seine.

Nuremberg elects angel to run Christmas market
Germany

Nuremberg elects angel to run Christmas market

As Nuremberg prepares to host the most famous annual Christmas market in the world, The Local spoke with the newly selected Christkind - a mysterious angel that opens the festivities from on high each November.

Komodo dragon stolen from French reptile farm
France

Komodo dragon stolen from French reptile farm

Police in southern France are desperately trying to track down a Komodo dragon stolen from a crocodile farm.

Sweden can no longer guarantee refugee beds
Sweden

Sweden can no longer guarantee refugee beds

UPDATED: Sweden's Migration Minister Morgan Johansson has urged refugees in northern Germany to stay put, after declaring that the Nordic nation is now unable to guarantee beds for all asylum seekers.

Denmark rejects Sweden’s refugee appeal

Denmark rejects Sweden’s refugee appeal

After Sweden appealed to other European nations to take some of its refugees, Denmark's foreign minister made it clear on Thursday that the only thing it would offer the fellow Nordic nation was inspiration from its more hard-line approach.

Nine sure-fire ways for Spaniards to improve their English skills
Spain

Nine sure-fire ways for Spaniards to improve their English skills

After a report placed Spain 23rd out of 70 countries in the new world English learning ranking, The Local asked experts to suggest ways the nation could improve.

‘No one questions a boy playing with his willy’
Sweden

‘No one questions a boy playing with his willy’

A Swedish cartoonist has told The Local he's hoping for global success with a range of children's stories featuring cartoon genitals, designed to encourage kids and parents to embrace both gender and transgender equality.

Berlin Wall fenced off to save graffiti from vandals
Germany

Berlin Wall fenced off to save graffiti from vandals

Officials said they have been forced to fence off the East Side Gallery - the world-famous stretch of Berlin Wall street art - to deter vandalism while it undergoes restoration, and are considering more permanent ways to stop people from damaging the landmark.

Game over: Is Benzema’s France career finished?
France

Game over: Is Benzema’s France career finished?

Next year’s Euro 2016 Championships on home soil were meant to be the peak of Karim Benzema’s international career, but it now appears he may have played his last game for a France team that has once again been thrown into chaos.

Italy ‘moving towards self-sustaining growth’
Italy

Italy ‘moving towards self-sustaining growth’

The European Commission has revised Italy’s growth forecast upwards for 2015, saying on Thursday that the country is “moving towards more self-sustaining growth”.

The €4.2billion ‘French Pentagon’ opens in Paris
France

The €4.2billion ‘French Pentagon’ opens in Paris

The French president is set on Thursday to finally inaugurate the new €4.2 billion Ministry of Defence building, nicknamed the "French Pentagon". Here's everything you need to know about the new building.

Spanish shepherds stumble across mysterious object from outer space
Spain

Spanish shepherds stumble across mysterious object from outer space

Spanish authorities have revealed that the strange UFO could be part of a rocket that hurtled down to earth.

Possible charges for refugee convoy activists
Austria

Possible charges for refugee convoy activists

Austrian activists who took part in a “refugee convoy” and drove cars into Hungary to pick up refugees and help them reach Austria and Germany could face criminal charges of people smuggling, according to a report in Der Standard newspaper.

Cabify insists ‘we are not cabs’ as startup fights to avoid ban in Spain
Spain

Cabify insists ‘we are not cabs’ as startup fights to avoid ban in Spain

The Spanish startup is embroiled in a legal battle against taxi drivers, who want the service to be banned, much like rival app Uber.

Spanish navy ship rescues over 500 refugees from fishing boat off Libya
Spain

Spanish navy ship rescues over 500 refugees from fishing boat off Libya

A Spanish navy frigate rescued more than 500 migrants off the coast of Libya on Thursday as the small wooden fishing boat they were packed into sailed adrift.

Chinese disaster slashes Zurich Insurance profits
Switzerland

Chinese disaster slashes Zurich Insurance profits

Zurich Insurance on Thursday said third-quarter profits fell 79 percent, after the company was hit with $275 million (€254 million) in losses following the industrial disaster in Tianjin, China.

Tobacco advertising could disappear by 2020
Germany

Tobacco advertising could disappear by 2020

Ministers have agreed on plans to ban all outdoor tobacco advertising by 2020, a leaked report showed on Thursday.

Benzema charged over sex tape blackmail plot
France

Benzema charged over sex tape blackmail plot

UPDATED: French football star Karim Benzema was charged on Thursday over his involvement with a plot to blackmail fellow French international Mathieu Valbuena after sex tape featuring the player found its way into the wrong hands.

SBB to slash 900 jobs in major cost-cutting plan
Switzerland

SBB to slash 900 jobs in major cost-cutting plan

Swiss Federal Railways is to cut 900 jobs in the next five years as part of a plan to save 550 million francs a year up to 2020 and 1.75 billion in the ten years from 2020 to 2030.

Refugees will boost German economy: EU
Germany

Refugees will boost German economy: EU

The European Commission predicted that large numbers of refugees arriving in Germany will boost the economy by a significant amount over the coming years, in a new economic forecast released on Thursday.

Outrage as it emerges Germany still pays out to Spain’s Nazi volunteers
Spain

Outrage as it emerges Germany still pays out to Spain’s Nazi volunteers

Berlin is still honouring an agreement struck by dictator Francisco Franco to pay pensions to fascist volunteers who signed up to fight for Hitler, it has emerged.

Refugees must take ‘Austrian values’ course
Austria

Refugees must take ‘Austrian values’ course

Austria’s minister for foreign affairs and integration, Sebastian Kurz, will present a 50 point integration plan for recognised refugees next week - which will include a special course to teach them “Austrian values”.

Ten essential free phone apps for a visit to Paris
France

Ten essential free phone apps for a visit to Paris

Paris might be a city rich in history but any visitor these days would be wise to make use of modern technology to get the most out of their trip to the City of Light. So The Local has gathered together ten free smartphone apps that could come in handy.

Swedish mobile app tries to put out asylum fires
Sweden

Swedish mobile app tries to put out asylum fires

Following a string of suspected arson attacks on temporary refugee accommodation in Sweden, a new neighbourhood watch app is hoping to spark communities into action to prevent future damage.

Want to know the secret to long life? Live in Spain
Spain

Want to know the secret to long life? Live in Spain

Spain was once again ranked highly worldwide for its residents' long life expectancy. The Local looks at Spaniards' secrets for what keeps them kicking longer than others.

France ditches pledge to give foreigners vote
France

France ditches pledge to give foreigners vote

The French government has given up on one of President François Hollande's landmark election pledges - to give foreigners the right to vote in local elections. Rights groups tell The Local the government has "caved in to xenophobia and racism".

Vestas raises guidance as profit doubles
Denmark

Vestas raises guidance as profit doubles

Danish wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems on Thursday raised its annual revenue and profit forecast for the second time this year as quarterly profit more than doubled.

Former Vimpelcom CEO seized at Oslo airport
Norway

Former Vimpelcom CEO seized at Oslo airport

Jo Lunder, the Norwegian former chief executive of Russian mobile phone company Vimpelcom, was arrested on corruption charges on Wednesday night as he arrived at Oslo's Gardermoen airport.

French sisters commit suicide on Brittany beach
France

French sisters commit suicide on Brittany beach

Two sisters have been found dead on a beach in western France, after apparently committing suicide to escape an incurable illness.

Ikea pursues email scam from cyber criminals
Sweden

Ikea pursues email scam from cyber criminals

Ikea fears an aggressive spam campaign using its brand name could harm the furniture giant's reputation, as police warns the global phishing scandal has reached Sweden.

Driverless buses to launch in Switzerland
Switzerland

Driverless buses to launch in Switzerland

Driverless post buses will soon be operating in the canton of Valais, thanks to a new collaboration between PostBus and a Swiss startup founded by recent graduates from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne.

Low oil price pushes Austria’s OMV into red
Austria

Low oil price pushes Austria’s OMV into red

Austria's OMV is the latest oil and gas firm to feel the pinch from the stubbornly low price of crude, sliding to a hefty loss in the third quarter.

Norway vets stumped by mystery reindeer deaths
Norway

Norway vets stumped by mystery reindeer deaths

Vets investigating a spate of mysterious reindeer deaths in a park in Norway have told The Local they have no explanation despite carrying out an in-depth examination of of three of the animals’ heads.

Draghi is the world’s ‘most powerful’ Italian
Italy

Draghi is the world’s ‘most powerful’ Italian

Europe’s chief banker, Mario Draghi, is the world’s most powerful Italian, at least according to Forbes magazine, which has published its annual list of the most powerful global figures.

Real Madrid’s Benzema ‘admits role’ in sex tape blackmail scheme
Spain

Real Madrid’s Benzema ‘admits role’ in sex tape blackmail scheme

The Madrid striker has reportedly admitted his involvement in an alleged blackmail over a sex tape involving fellow French international Mathieu Valbuena, after spending the night in custody.

Threats to Denmark: Isis, Russia and cyber spies
Denmark

Threats to Denmark: Isis, Russia and cyber spies

Russia, state-sponsored cyber attacks and terror groups pose the greatest threats to Denmark’s security according to the Danish Defence Intelligence Service’s new long-term risk assessment.

Zug wants language laws waived for rich expats
Switzerland

Zug wants language laws waived for rich expats

Multi-millionaires wanting to become permanent residents in the canton of Zug could be exempted from having to learn the local language under a proposal put forward by cantonal authorities.

Dramatic video shows hero surfer rescue drowning man in Barcelona
Spain

Dramatic video shows hero surfer rescue drowning man in Barcelona

The man in his sixties was rescued after being dragged underwater around 200 metres from the shore.

Italy gets US permission to arm drones
Italy

Italy gets US permission to arm drones

The American government has approved the sale of technology which will be used to arm two Italian Air Force drones.

Razor wire fence appears on Slovenian border
Austria

Razor wire fence appears on Slovenian border

Austria has begun to construct "technical barriers" along its border with Slovenia, despite the Chancellor's stated opposition to constructing a fence.

Sweet profit rise for Candy Crush makers
Sweden

Sweet profit rise for Candy Crush makers

Sweden-founded games developer King has reported a rise in profits, days after announcing it was being bought by US mobile entertainment giant Activision Blizzard.

Forbes: Hollande behind Cameron, Slim, Buffett
France

Forbes: Hollande behind Cameron, Slim, Buffett

Fifteen world leaders and businessmen have been ranked as more powerful than French President Francois Hollande, according to Forbes Magazine, including the UK's David Cameron, who is far higher up the list.

Black Hawk Down Zaragoza? Nato exercise turns city into ‘warzone’
Spain

Black Hawk Down Zaragoza? Nato exercise turns city into ‘warzone’

Nato's biggest military exercise in a more than a decade is underway in the northeastern city of Zaragoza in readiness to tackle new threats.

Puppy lost at sea saved by sailors off Naples
Italy

Puppy lost at sea saved by sailors off Naples

An exhausted puppy, who fell overboard from a ferry in the Gulf of Naples, was later rescued by a group of sailors.

Eastern Europeans hired for Paris climate meet
France

Eastern Europeans hired for Paris climate meet

Reportedly low paid eastern Europeans have been called in to work on the COP 21 climate summit in Paris, even though local workers were told they would be prioritized in the hiring procedure.

Spanish priest blamed for secretly recording pope in Vatileaks scandal
Spain

Spanish priest blamed for secretly recording pope in Vatileaks scandal

The Italian PR expert arrested for allegedly stealing confidential documents from the Vatican, insisted it was her co-accused, a Spanish priest, who secretly recorded the pope's conversations.

Dane faces court in gruesome genitalia case
Denmark

Dane faces court in gruesome genitalia case

More disturbing details have come to light about the Danish man accused of performing genital mutilation on a number of women and storing their body parts.

VW credit rating cut as emissions scandal grows
Germany

VW credit rating cut as emissions scandal grows

Embattled Volkswagen's credit rating was cut by Moody's on Wednesday as the toll on the German automaker grew over its cheating on emissions.

Federer thrashes Seppi in under an hour
Switzerland

Federer thrashes Seppi in under an hour

Roger Federer produced a near-perfect display of tennis to open his Paris Masters campaign with a 6-1, 6-1 second round win over Italian Andreas Seppi on Wednesday.

The Danish Model: Don’t try this at home
Denmark

The Danish Model: Don’t try this at home

Otto Brøns-Petersen, the head of analysis at the think-tank CEPOS and a former executive at the Tax Ministry, says it's a myth that the welfare state is what made Denmark rich.

Forbes: Merkel now more powerful than Obama
Germany

Forbes: Merkel now more powerful than Obama

Chancellor Angela Merkel is now more powerful than US President Barack Obama, at least according to Forbes Magazine, which has published its annual list of the most powerful global figures.

Why I’m in Sweden: social entrepreneurship and the slums of Brazil
Sweden

Why I’m in Sweden: social entrepreneurship and the slums of Brazil

Why are you in Sweden? What do you hope to change in the world? Tomás da Costa S. Vasconcelos, a second-year scholarship student from Brazil, shares his story and his vision.

Italian police arrest mafia ‘baby boss’
Italy

Italian police arrest mafia ‘baby boss’

Italian authorities on Wednesday announced the arrest of mafia "baby boss" Pasquale Sibillo, a 24-year-old suspected of orchestrating revenge killings following the death of his brother in Naples in July.

French woman jailed for throwing toddler in river
France

French woman jailed for throwing toddler in river

A French woman who stuffed her two-year-old daughter in a plastic bag and threw her into a river was given 15 years in prison for murder on Wednesday.

Bayern run riot to hand Arsenal record defeat
Germany

Bayern run riot to hand Arsenal record defeat

Arsenal are on the verge of exiting the Champions League after crashing to a record 5-1 defeat at Bayern Munich on Wednesday as Thomas Müller netted twice.

Roma boss troubled as Barca clash looms
Italy

Roma boss troubled as Barca clash looms

Roma coach Rudi Garcia has lamented his side's difficulty in finishing off opponents as he contemplates a tough trip to face champions Barcelona that could decide the Italians' Champions League fate.

Tributes for woman killed in icy police car chase
Sweden

Tributes for woman killed in icy police car chase

UPDATED: A 25-year-old female police officer died and another was seriously injured after their vehicle ended up in a lake during a car chase on icy roads in northern Sweden.

Police action as Malmö Roma protest continues
Sweden

Police action as Malmö Roma protest continues

Police have removed a number of protesters from outside Malmö city hall, where a group of several dozen Roma migrants spent the night after a controversial shanty camp in the city was bulldozed.

Five great events to help grow your network
Sweden

Five great events to help grow your network

November's an important time for networking in Sweden, ahead of the Christmas rush. Here are five fun mingles happening this week, alongside our regular event listings.