Looted ancient statue returned to Egypt
Austria

Looted ancient statue returned to Egypt

The director of Vienna's Art History Museum (KHM) Sabine Haag handed over on Monday a priceless Egyptian statue to the Egyptian ambassador after it was recovered from two suspected antiquity thieves earlier this year.

The six best films from CPH:DOX 2015
Denmark

The six best films from CPH:DOX 2015

The 2015 edition of the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival came to its formal conclusion on Sunday and The Local's writers have made their picks for the best films of the bunch.

Jay Leno to host Nobel Prize concert
Norway

Jay Leno to host Nobel Prize concert

Former "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno will host the traditional Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo on December 11 honouring this year's laureates, organisers announced on Monday.

Israel rows with Sweden over Paris comments
Sweden

Israel rows with Sweden over Paris comments

Israel has criticised "appallingly impudent" remarks by Sweden's foreign minister after she drew a parallel between the Paris attacks and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Hollande vows to crush Isis as hunt goes on
France

Hollande vows to crush Isis as hunt goes on

President François Hollande promised intensified bombing of Syria in a historic speech to parliament, as the hunt for the possible mastermind of Friday's attacks on Paris gathered pace.

How will France respond to Paris terror attacks?
France

How will France respond to Paris terror attacks?

Paris and its inhabitants are still in shock after terrorists killed 129 people on Friday night, but the questions about the country and its people should respond are starting to be asked, writes The Local's Oliver Gee.

‘Triple agent’ admits he spied for CIA for cash
Germany

‘Triple agent’ admits he spied for CIA for cash

A German suspected triple agent charged with treason admitted Monday to spying for the CIA, telling a court he had done so out of dissatisfaction with his secret service job.

Germany ‘in terrorists’ sights’, warn experts
Germany

Germany ‘in terrorists’ sights’, warn experts

Germany could be a target for an Isis terrorist attack, leading experts warned in interviews with The Local - but they also cautioned against jumping into knee-jerk reactions.

Giant Darth Vader head falls victim to dark forces on streets of Madrid
Spain

Giant Darth Vader head falls victim to dark forces on streets of Madrid

The Dark Lord is apparently not so powerful in Spain - a larger-than-life replica of his head in Madrid has been the target of vandalism.

‘Threat’ directed against Swedish parliament
Sweden

‘Threat’ directed against Swedish parliament

Sweden's security police, Säpo, is investigating threats directed against the Swedish parliament and government and emailed to authorities on Monday afternoon.

Denmark-Sweden match under increased security

Denmark-Sweden match under increased security

Police and football officials have decided to increase safety measures at Copenhagen's Parken arena for the second leg of Denmark's playoff with Sweden.

Eiffel Tower reopens with message of defiance
France

Eiffel Tower reopens with message of defiance

The Eiffel Tower, closed since Friday's terrorist attacks, reopened to the public Monday afternoon and will be lit up in the colours of the French flag for three nights.

placeholder image
France

AS IT HAPPENED: We are at war, says Hollande

President François Hollande told a rare joint sitting of both houses of parliament on Monday that France was at war, urging politicians to extend the national state of emergency to three months.

Half of all Swedes now classed as overweight
Sweden

Half of all Swedes now classed as overweight

Despite getting healthier overall, Swedes may want to steer away from the smörgåsbord, following a key national survey showing that the population has been piling on the kilos.

‘You could tell it wasn’t just a firework’
Germany

‘You could tell it wasn’t just a firework’

A German fan who attended the football match between France and Germany at the Stade de France on Friday evening told The Local of the confusion and fear after an explosion echoed out in the first half.

Refugee arrested over ‘Paris attack warning’
Germany

Refugee arrested over ‘Paris attack warning’

German authorities said Monday they have arrested an Algerian asylum seeker who reportedly told other migrants early last week that Paris would be hit by bomb attacks.

Who are Spain’s jihadists?
Spain

Who are Spain’s jihadists?

With fears that Islamic terrorists could be poised to stage Paris style attacks across Europe, The Local takes a look at the jihadist threat within Spain.

Who wrote refugee love letter found on beach?
Sweden

Who wrote refugee love letter found on beach?

A Swedish newspaper has launched a campaign to find the owner of a love letter that recently washed ashore on a beach in Greece, apparently written and lost by a refugee.

Italian Ryder Cup ‘to spark golfing revolution’
Italy

Italian Ryder Cup ‘to spark golfing revolution’

Boasting a bird's eye view of St Peter's Basilica from the 17th tee the Marco Simone course could spark a golfing revolution in Italy if it wins the right to host the 2022 Ryder Cup.

Parisians urged to head ‘back to the bistro’
France

Parisians urged to head ‘back to the bistro’

With Parisians vowing to show resolve in the aftermath of the horrific terror attacks, a social media campaign is urging those in Paris to be brave enough to head back to the bistro on Tuesday night.

Terror makes Danish firm search for new name
Denmark

Terror makes Danish firm search for new name

The Danish food producer Isis have launched a Facebook competition to change its name due to negative associations in the wake of the Paris attacks.

What we know about extremism in Germany
Germany

What we know about extremism in Germany

There are nearly 8,000 radical Salafists in Germany, while 750 Germans have gone to wage jihad in the Middle East. The Local looks at the state of Islamist extremism in Germany today.

WWII dog tag returned to US soldier’s family
Italy

WWII dog tag returned to US soldier’s family

A dog tag belonging to a US soldier, who died in Italy during the Second World War, has been returned to his relatives in America after an Italian family tracked them down.

It’s snowing! Winter arrives late in Oslo
Norway

It’s snowing! Winter arrives late in Oslo

Oslo saw its first dusting of snow on Monday as winter came late to the country — but most commuters in the Norwegian capital managed to collapse a glimpse of the white stuff before rain came and washed it all away.

Italian police bungle sparks false terror scare
Italy

Italian police bungle sparks false terror scare

Confusion was sparked in Italy on Monday after police put out an urgent appeal for a car connected with the Paris terror attacks.

Germany to Afghans: think twice about coming
Germany

Germany to Afghans: think twice about coming

Germany has launched a campaign in Afghanistan to tell its nationals to think carefully before embarking on the tough journey to seek asylum in Europe, the foreign ministry said on Monday.

Exodus of 1,000 businesses from Catalonia over independence drive
Spain

Exodus of 1,000 businesses from Catalonia over independence drive

Roughly a thousand firms left Catalonia last year due to tensions sparked by the region's drive to break away from Spain, the head of a top Spanish business association said on Monday.

Fifa bans Nepal’s football president over bribery
Switzerland

Fifa bans Nepal’s football president over bribery

Fifa on Monday banned Nepal's football chief for 10 years and the president of the Laos federation for two years for bribery.

Foreigners in France: ‘Shaken but not moving’
France

Foreigners in France: ‘Shaken but not moving’

"I'll never leave France, they cannot win." The Local's readers living in France have expressed solidarity with the French and are intent on showing the same kind of defiance in the face of terrorism.

Italy looks to boost funds to combat terrorism
Italy

Italy looks to boost funds to combat terrorism

Italy is looking to increase funds for security after raising its terror alert in the wake of the Paris attacks, while Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has cooled talk of Italy launching a bombing campaign in Syria.

German architect among dead at Paris restaurant
Germany

German architect among dead at Paris restaurant

More details have come to light about the one confirmed German victim of the Paris attacks - a 28-year-old architect from southern Bavaria.

Norway police to bear arms until December
Norway

Norway police to bear arms until December

Norway's police are to carry weapons until December, after Norway's justice minister argued that Friday's terror attacks in Paris were a warning to "live in the real world".

Indian summer: Spain basks in unseasonably warm November
Spain

Indian summer: Spain basks in unseasonably warm November

Beachgoers enjoyed the sun this weekend as temperatures reached the high 20s along the Mediterranean coast.

Refugees don’t fear reprisals in Germany
Germany

Refugees don’t fear reprisals in Germany

Refugees at a reception centre in Berlin told The Local they have no fear that the Paris terrorist attacks will change Germany's attitude towards them.

Swiss right calls for army to reinforce borders
Switzerland

Swiss right calls for army to reinforce borders

Swiss defence minister Ueli Maurer has called for Switzerland to use the army to reinforce its borders following the terrorist atrocities in Paris on Friday night, comments that have riled left-wing politicians.

German-Dutch game ‘sign of solidarity’: Löw
Germany

German-Dutch game ‘sign of solidarity’: Löw

Germany's planned friendly against the Netherlands must go ahead on Tuesday as a "clear symbol for freedom, democracy and solidarity with our French friends," national coach Joachim Löw said on Monday.

Brussels suburb of Molenbeek a ‘hotbed’ of jihadism
France

Brussels suburb of Molenbeek a ‘hotbed’ of jihadism

Raids on Sunday and Monday in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek have shifted focus to a section of the Belgian capital where authorities “have lost control”, according to the country’s foreign minister Jan Jambon.

Chilly weather on the way
Austria

Chilly weather on the way

It's the middle of November, and Austria's weather remains unseasonably mild, with blue skies and sunshine--but storms and cold weather are on the way.

Here are Denmark’s planned asylum changes
Denmark

Here are Denmark’s planned asylum changes

The Danish government recently announced another round of asylum policy changes, including plans to erect refugee tents and extend family reunification times to three years. Here is a full overview of the proposed changes.

Turkey ‘warned France’ about Paris attacker
France

Turkey ‘warned France’ about Paris attacker

Turkey warned France almost a year ago over a suspected Islamic State group jihadist who blew himself up in the Paris attacks but the French authorities did not respond, a senior Turkish official said on Monday.

Refugee crisis could boost Swedish economy
Sweden

Refugee crisis could boost Swedish economy

Economists from Swedish bank Nordea have suggested that the nation's economy will grow by 0.5 percent as Sweden continues to take in record numbers of refugees fleeing conflicts in Africa and the Middle East.

IN IMAGES: France honours terror victims
France

IN IMAGES: France honours terror victims

There were moving scenes from all across France on Monday as a minute silence was held to honour the 129 victims of Friday's barbaric attacks and the hundreds of others left injured and fighting for their lives.

Germany marks minute of silence for Paris
Germany

Germany marks minute of silence for Paris

Flags are flying at half mast around Germany and a minute’s silence has been held for the victims of the terror attack in Paris on Friday.

Norway’s Muslims condemn Paris violence
Norway

Norway’s Muslims condemn Paris violence

Norway’s Muslims have been quick to condemn Friday night’s Paris terror attacks, helping organise the country’s biggest vigil in Bergen on Sunday, and launching a campaign on Facebook and Twitter.

What we know about Paris terror ‘mastermind’
France

What we know about Paris terror ‘mastermind’

UPDATED: Belgian jihadist Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks, was confirmed dead on Thursday. Here is what we know about him.

Spain arrests British drug smuggler on top ten most-wanted fugitive list
Spain

Spain arrests British drug smuggler on top ten most-wanted fugitive list

Spanish police have arrested a suspected British drug trafficking boss who is listed among Britain's ten most wanted fugitives thought to be on the run in Spain.

‘We can’t beat Isis with military means’: Germany
Germany

‘We can’t beat Isis with military means’: Germany

The fight against Isis will not be won with military action but by bringing an end to the civil war in Syria around the negotiating table, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday.

Man dies on e-bike in head-on crash near Bern
Switzerland

Man dies on e-bike in head-on crash near Bern

A 20-year-old man died near Thörigen in the canton of Bern early on Sunday morning after the electric bike he was riding collided with a car.

placeholder image
Sweden

Nov. 16 – 24: SI Alumni Forum on Entrepreneurship (Minsk)

Swedish police deliver baby in back seat of car
Sweden

Swedish police deliver baby in back seat of car

Two Swedish police officers assisted in a very special roadside delivery over the weekend when they helped a mum give birth to a baby girl in the middle of the night.

Spain pays tribute to victims of Paris attacks with minute’s silence
Spain

Spain pays tribute to victims of Paris attacks with minute’s silence

Flags are flying at half mast and a minute’s silence was held around Spain at midday as Spaniards came out in support of their northern neighbours after Friday’s horrific terror attacks, which left 129 dead.

Police seize arsenal of weapons in 168 raids
France

Police seize arsenal of weapons in 168 raids

France staged pre-dawn raids on suspected Islamists and bombed Islamic State's stronghold in Syria as the prime minister steeled the nation Monday for more bloodshed after its deadliest ever terror attacks.

Danes join Europe’s silence for Paris victims
Denmark

Danes join Europe’s silence for Paris victims

UPDATED: Denmark fell silent for a minute at midday as the country remembered the 132 victims of the violence in France over the weekend.

Paris attacker ‘could be on way to Italy’
Italy

Paris attacker ‘could be on way to Italy’

Italy has been warned that one of the men suspected of taking part in the Paris attacks on Friday night could be on his way to Italy.

Norway PM sheds tears for Paris victims
Norway

Norway PM sheds tears for Paris victims

Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg on Saturday gave perhaps the most personal response of any world leader to the terror attacks in France, shedding tears as she informed the press, "I got married in Paris".

Dane named Europe’s top female entrepreneur
Denmark

Dane named Europe’s top female entrepreneur

Ida Tin, originally from Copenhagen, has been awarded the Europioneers female web entrepreneur of the year for her work on the Clue app.

Long delays build up at borders with France
Switzerland

Long delays build up at borders with France

Travellers crossing the border between France and Switzerland are being warned to expect delays this morning after border controls were tightened following the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday.

Fury over Italy paper’s ‘Islamic bastards’ splash
Italy

Fury over Italy paper’s ‘Islamic bastards’ splash

An Italian national newspaper, Libero, has been accused of inciting racial hatred for publishing a front page headline reading 'Islamic bastards' after the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night.

What we know about the named Paris attackers
France

What we know about the named Paris attackers

Five of the seven attackers responsible for the deaths of 129 people in six attacks across Paris on Friday have now been identified. Here's what we know about them.

Security tightened ahead of Spain-Belgium friendly in wake of attacks
Spain

Security tightened ahead of Spain-Belgium friendly in wake of attacks

Spain has upped its security levels for Tuesday's international clash after the weekend's terror attack in Paris, which left 129 people dead.

‘I’m alive’: Two Spaniards wrongly reported as dead in Paris attacks
Spain

‘I’m alive’: Two Spaniards wrongly reported as dead in Paris attacks

The families of two Spaniards were rejoicing last night after being wrongly informed that their loved ones had been killed in the terror attacks on Friday.

Paris attacks intensify EU migrant debate
France

Paris attacks intensify EU migrant debate

The Paris attacks and the discovery of a Syrian passport near one of the assailant's bodies have revived the European debate on whether to take a harder line on migrants.

Sabre-rattling from Denmark after Paris
Denmark

Sabre-rattling from Denmark after Paris

Several of Denmark’s political parties are calling for an increased involvement in the coalition efforts against Isis and the country is considering extending its military campaign to include Syria.

‘Parents should tell their kids about Paris attacks’
France

‘Parents should tell their kids about Paris attacks’

With saturation media coverage of the Paris attacks, parents are asking themselves if they should talk to their children about the killings -- and how they should go about it.

Swedes join Europe’s silence for Paris victims
Sweden

Swedes join Europe’s silence for Paris victims

Flags are flying at half mast around Sweden and a minute’s silence has been held across Europe for the victims of the terror attack in Paris on Friday.

placeholder image
Sweden

Nov. 23: So You’re Giving a Presentation in English – Tips for Delivering an Effective Presentation (Umeå)

Merkel pushes Putin for Syria peace plan
Germany

Merkel pushes Putin for Syria peace plan

Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin about a roadmap for peace in Syria on the fringes of Sunday's G20 meeting in Turkey, German government sources said.

Wet week in Denmark could end with snow
Denmark

Wet week in Denmark could end with snow

The season’s first snowfall could land by Saturday as the cold winter weather already hitting the northern parts of Scandinavia moves toward Denmark.

Swiss hold minute’s silence for Paris victims
Switzerland

Swiss hold minute’s silence for Paris victims

Switzerland will join France and many other countries around the world in respecting a minute’s silence at midday on Monday to honour the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night that took the lives of at least 129 people and injured hundreds more.

France warns that fugitive Paris terrorist could be on way to Spain
Spain

France warns that fugitive Paris terrorist could be on way to Spain

The French authorities have warned their Spanish counterparts that one of the men suspected of taking part in the Paris attacks may be on his way to Spain.

Italy united in tribute but split over response
Italy

Italy united in tribute but split over response

Squares across Italy now bear impromptu memorials and messages of support for the French people but amid the display of solidarity, Italians are divided over how to confront the threat of Isis.

Why are people changing their profile photos on Facebook?
Sweden

Why are people changing their profile photos on Facebook?

After the horrific attacks in Paris this weekend, many Facebook users changed their profile images to the French flag. But why - and is it worth it? NFGL student María José Velásquez shares her thoughts.

‘Paris changes everything’ for migrants
Austria

‘Paris changes everything’ for migrants

The Paris attacks and the discovery of a Syrian passport near one of the assailant's bodies have revived the European debate on whether to take a harder line on migrants.

Federer makes great start at ATP Tour Finals
Switzerland

Federer makes great start at ATP Tour Finals

Roger Federer cruised to a 6-4, 6-2 win against Tomas Berdych at the ATP Tour Finals in London on Sunday.

Don’t take Paris out on refugees: defence chief
Germany

Don’t take Paris out on refugees: defence chief

Germany's defence minister Sunday sought to quash speculation in the wake of the Paris attacks that radicals bent on violence could slip into Europe among a flood of asylum seekers arriving on the continent.

‘Stunned’ Schweini to miss Netherlands match
Germany

‘Stunned’ Schweini to miss Netherlands match

Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger will not play in Tuesday's friendly against the Netherlands after admitting that the wave of terrorist attacks in Paris had left him "speechless".

Heavy snowfall heading towards western Sweden
Sweden

Heavy snowfall heading towards western Sweden

Swedish forecasters have issued a class one weather warning, urging people living in the west of the country to be vigilant, with up to 10cm of fresh snow expected on Monday.

Swedish authorities help French after Paris terror
Sweden

Swedish authorities help French after Paris terror

The head of the Swedish Security Service (Säpo) Anders Thornberg has defended his organisation’s French counterpart and revealed that Swedish officials are in France helping authorities there.

‘I like that titles don’t always mean so much’
Sweden

‘I like that titles don’t always mean so much’

Keith Foster, 54, left Kent in the UK for Sweden in the 1980s, and since then he has had a diverse career spanning public service, writing and performing.