Cyprus deporting French ‘terrorists’ to Switzerland
Switzerland

Cyprus deporting French ‘terrorists’ to Switzerland

Cyprus was expected to deport six French citizens to Switzerland after they were detained at the island's main airport and suspected of links to extremist groups, Cypriot authorities said on Monday.

Pool closed after ailment afflicts 40 swimmers
Switzerland

Pool closed after ailment afflicts 40 swimmers

A swimming complex in Lausanne that hosted the Swiss national championships was closed on Monday after 40 competitors fell sick from a mystery ailment.

‘Suicide bomb vest’ found in bin in Paris
France

‘Suicide bomb vest’ found in bin in Paris

An object resembling a suicide vest was found on Monday in a bin in a suburb just south of Paris, according to reports in the French media.

Barking mad love story warms hearts in Sweden
Sweden

Barking mad love story warms hearts in Sweden

When Sofie Järvi and Marie Strinnholm left their dogs in their car to go have some lunch at the Hotel Laponia in Arvidsjaur, northern Sweden, in the summer, little did they expect the patter of 28 tiny paws would be imminent.

Munching mouse sparks blackout in Sweden
Sweden

Munching mouse sparks blackout in Sweden

The identity of a tiny vandal who caused a power outage for thousands of customers – including a dairy factory storing huge amounts of cheese – in southern Sweden was revealed on Monday.

Cold snap: Italy shivers as winter rushes in
Italy

Cold snap: Italy shivers as winter rushes in

Temperatures across Italy plummeted over the weekend as a dramatic change in the weather brought wind, rain and even snow in some low-lying areas.

Top court tells France to improve Calais camp
France

Top court tells France to improve Calais camp

France's top administrative court has backed an order that forces the French government to improve conditions at the New Jungle camp in Calais, after several NGOs said the camp had "serious human rights violations".

Brit expats warned ‘repay or go to jail’ in clampdown on benefit fraud
Spain

Brit expats warned ‘repay or go to jail’ in clampdown on benefit fraud

A British expat living in Murcia has been handed a suspended prison sentence for failing to update the UK benefits office, as authorities vow to hunt down benefit thieves.

Town votes to ban bullfighting as tide turns against national fiesta
Spain

Town votes to ban bullfighting as tide turns against national fiesta

A majority of voters in Aldaia near Valencia voted "no" to bullrunning activities, part of a growing tide turning against the Spanish tradition.

Giant ice circle forms in northern Swedish river
Sweden

Giant ice circle forms in northern Swedish river

A Swedish man has described his luck after his picture of a peculiar natural phenomenon in an icy river in the far north of the country hit the headlines in Sweden on Monday.

How the terror attacks are impacting France
France

How the terror attacks are impacting France

While Paris may appear to be slowly returning to normal, the terror attacks have prompted a series of knock-on effects could affect the capital and the country for a long time to come.

Italy’s struggling ski resorts ditch free first aid
Italy

Italy’s struggling ski resorts ditch free first aid

Daredevil skiers in Italy will have to be warier than ever this winter with many resorts now making people pay for first aid as they fight to cover costs.

Swedish researchers find Ice Age ‘missing link’
Sweden

Swedish researchers find Ice Age ‘missing link’

As world leaders prepare to meet in Paris for the next climate change conference, a team of researchers in Sweden have uncovered a 'missing link' in our understanding of the last Ice Age.

Local FPÖ boss ‘misses’ racist sweets
Austria

Local FPÖ boss ‘misses’ racist sweets

The chairman of the right-wing Freedom Party in the Lower Austrian market town of Ladendorf has caused a stir on social media with a posting on Facebook in which he mourned “the good old days… when a popular sweet was still called Negerküsse” (negro kiss).

France begins burying victims of Paris attacks
France

France begins burying victims of Paris attacks

Huge processions, personalised coffins and an invitation to the Rolling Stones are among the ways that French families have begun burying the young victims of the November 13th Paris attacks.

Denmark eyes lowering legal driving age
Denmark

Denmark eyes lowering legal driving age

As part of a 100-point ‘growth package’ presented on Monday, the Venstre government has proposed letting 17-year-olds drive.

Germans ‘waste valuable clothes’: Greenpeace
Germany

Germans ‘waste valuable clothes’: Greenpeace

When it comes to what they wear, Germans have a throwaway culture. A new survey by Greenpeace shows that the words Schuster (cobbler) and Schneider (tailor) have become little more than surnames in modern society.

Hamburg bids farewell to its most famous son
Germany

Hamburg bids farewell to its most famous son

Thousands of people lined the streets of Hamburg on Monday to pay their respects to former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, as the great and the good of Germany, Europe and the world gathered in church to bid him farewell.

Milan stock exchange Ferrari’s next stop
Italy

Milan stock exchange Ferrari’s next stop

Legendary carmaker Ferrari said on Monday it was seeking a share listing on the Milan stock exchange, a month after roaring onto Wall Street.

Paris finally draws breath after terror attacks
France

Paris finally draws breath after terror attacks

For perhaps the first time since the bombs and the Kalashnikovs shook Paris, the weekend offered those in capital the first real chance to try to regain a modicum of normality in their lives even though the tension still remains.

Abandoned puppy who guided and protected blind sister melts hearts
Spain

Abandoned puppy who guided and protected blind sister melts hearts

A greyhound puppy refused to leave the side of his blind sister and protected and guided her until the pair were rescued.

Jewish leaders call for limit on refugee numbers
Germany

Jewish leaders call for limit on refugee numbers

The Central Council of Jews in Germany called Monday for a limit to the migrant influx because of problems with integrating the mainly Muslim newcomers, earning a quick rebuke from a pro-refugee charity.

Jewish group urges limit to refugee influx
Austria

Jewish group urges limit to refugee influx

The Jewish Community organisation (IKG) in Austria has called for a limit on the number of refugees entering the country, warning of the risk of growing anti-Semitism as many of the migrants are from Middle Eastern countries.

‘Voices’ told mother to kill five-year-old son
Austria

‘Voices’ told mother to kill five-year-old son

A 25-year-old Viennese woman who killed her five-year-old son in July, saying that she heard voices from the TV telling her to do so, has been ruled as unfit to stand trial by Vienna’s criminal court and is being treated in an institution for mentally ill offenders.

Lufthansa faces new strikes starting Thursday
Germany

Lufthansa faces new strikes starting Thursday

The troubled airline Lufthansa is facing a new round of strikes, after air crew union UFO told its members to head for the pickets on Thursday and Friday.

Swedish men charged with ‘terrorist murders’
Sweden

Swedish men charged with ‘terrorist murders’

Two men from the western Sweden city of Gothenburg have been charged with terrorist offences, including murder, that are alleged to have taken place in 2013.

Vatican slammed over arrest of whistle-blowers
Italy

Vatican slammed over arrest of whistle-blowers

The Vatican should withdraw criminal charges against two journalists over a leaks scandal rocking the Catholic Church, an international organization dealing with media rights has said.

Migrant spending won’t count towards deficit target
Austria

Migrant spending won’t count towards deficit target

Austria says it has won agreement from the EU to exclude spending on the migrant crisis from eurozone deficit target calculations.

New weapons for special forces police
Austria

New weapons for special forces police

Austria’s special forces police will be reinforced with extra officers, cutting edge technology and weapons and armoured limousines to deal with the higher threat to security from terrorists, Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner has said.

‘Muslim trust experiment’ comes to Denmark
Denmark

‘Muslim trust experiment’ comes to Denmark

A well-known Danish YouTube star took to the streets of Aarhus to prove that “a little love can help” in the wake of the mistrust following the Paris attacks.

Columbus ‘didn’t bring syphilis to Europe’: study

Columbus ‘didn’t bring syphilis to Europe’: study

Italian explorer Christopher Columbus is often accused of bringing syphilis back to Europe from the New World, but new research shows he may not be guilty as charged.

1 in 3 jobseekers ‘can’t afford enough food’
Germany

1 in 3 jobseekers ‘can’t afford enough food’

One-third of unemployed people in Germany are unable to afford a square meal at least once every two days, figures from the Federal Office of Statistics showed on Monday.

Winter chill pulls plug on Roma protest in Malmö
Sweden

Winter chill pulls plug on Roma protest in Malmö

A Roma protest in Malmö has ended, almost three weeks after a group of several dozen migrants set up camp outside city hall following the bulldozing of a controversial tent site.

‘Absurd’ digger bank robbery fails miserably
Germany

‘Absurd’ digger bank robbery fails miserably

When would-be bank robbers tried to loot a cash machine in Thuringia on Sunday morning, they decided the simplest option was to smash their way in with a digger. But the operation didn't go entirely smoothly.

French customs officer killed in Toulon shooting
France

French customs officer killed in Toulon shooting

UPDATED: A French customs officer was killed and another seriously injured left injured in a shooting in the southern city of Toulon on Monday, as France remains on high terror alert.

Stockholm’s secret ski resort: Kungsberget
Sweden

Stockholm’s secret ski resort: Kungsberget

Not everyone enjoys 8-hour car trips or expensive train tickets just to hit the slopes. That's why so many Stockholmers opt for Kungsberget – the majestic mountain just two hours away. The Local finds out more.

Brrrrr! Deep freeze arrives as polar air front sweeps across Spain
Spain

Brrrrr! Deep freeze arrives as polar air front sweeps across Spain

Much of Spain has been put on alert for snow, wind and freezing temperatures as a polar air front sweeps across the nation.

Climate deal could cut weather disasters: UN
Switzerland

Climate deal could cut weather disasters: UN

Weather-related disasters have grown more frequent over the last 20 years, claiming more than 600,000 lives, a Geneva-based UN agency said on Monday, issuing a further call for nations to strike a landmark deal on climate change.

Threats close Oslo school for second time
Norway

Threats close Oslo school for second time

The Oslo primary school Grünerløkka was closed on Monday for the second time in recent weeks as police decide to take online threats seriously.

Paris terror attack fears boost voter support for ‘experienced’ parties
Spain

Paris terror attack fears boost voter support for ‘experienced’ parties

Concerns about terrorism in the wake of the Paris terror attacks sees support shift back towards traditional two parties, a new poll shows.

Dona Bertarelli sets sail on round-the-world trip
Switzerland

Dona Bertarelli sets sail on round-the-world trip

Billionaire Swiss businesswoman and sailor Dona Bertarelli has embarked with a crew of 13 men on a trimaran sailboat aiming to claim the Jules Verne trophy for the fastest voyage around the world.

Luxury store brings back Israeli wine after uproar
Germany

Luxury store brings back Israeli wine after uproar

Berlin luxury department store KaDeWe said Sunday that it would resume selling Israeli wines it had pulled from its shelves over new EU labelling guidelines for products from Jewish settlements.

Two of three Norwegians don’t want more refugees
Norway

Two of three Norwegians don’t want more refugees

Norway’s recent decision to tighten asylum policies in order to bring down the number of refugees seems to be in tune with popular sentiment, a new poll shows.

Must-see films from the Stockholm Film Festival
Sweden

Must-see films from the Stockholm Film Festival

The 2015 Stockholm Film Festival concluded over the weekend. The Local brings you trailers for the three films that won the big prizes at this year’s shindig.

Dordogne hit by first snow of the winter
France

Dordogne hit by first snow of the winter

IN PICTURES: The Dordogne in southwestern France woke up to snow on Monday morning, prompting a flurry of activity on social media. Take a look.

Italy calls for calm amid panic over terrorism
Italy

Italy calls for calm amid panic over terrorism

Interior Minister Angelino Alfano has told the Italian public to "stay calm" after a spate of false alarms concerning terrorism attacks in the country over the weekend.

‘Italy’s Muslims must unite against terrorism’
Italy

‘Italy’s Muslims must unite against terrorism’

Italy's Muslim community must stand up to terrorists and build bridges with Italian society at large after the recent terror attacks in Paris if it wants to avoid a backlash, the head of Italy's Muslim Union has told The Local.

Italy OK’s €3.6 billion bailout of four banks
Italy

Italy OK’s €3.6 billion bailout of four banks

The Italian government has approved a privately funded rescue plan for four of the country's troubled small-to-medium sized banks.

Spain on alert for suspected Belgian terrorist returned from Syria
Spain

Spain on alert for suspected Belgian terrorist returned from Syria

Spanish authorities have issued an appeal for 23-year-old Soufiane Mezroui, who is thought to have entered Spain after a stint fighting in Syria.

Cameron visits Bataclan then backs Syria strikes
France

Cameron visits Bataclan then backs Syria strikes

British Prime Minister David Cameron joined François Hollande on Monday to pay his respects to those who died at the Bataclan. Cameron later said he supported France's bombing of Isis in Syria.

Luleå: 8 winter must-dos in Sweden’s far north
Sweden

Luleå: 8 winter must-dos in Sweden’s far north

Want to experience true Swedish winter? Then it's time to think beyond Malmö markets and Stockholm ski slopes. From dog-sledding to ice music, here are eight ways to enjoy winter in Sweden's far north.

Transocean plans to leave Swiss exchange
Switzerland

Transocean plans to leave Swiss exchange

One of the biggest companies on the Swiss stock exchange announced on Monday that it was planning to delist from the bourse early next year.

Marchers demand justice 40 years after death of dictator Gen Franco
Spain

Marchers demand justice 40 years after death of dictator Gen Franco

More than 1,000 people marched through the streets of Madrid on Sunday calling for official recognition of crimes committed during the era of dictator Francisco Franco, 40 years after his death.

Snow-decked German streets stay safe
Germany

Snow-decked German streets stay safe

A cold front swept in over Germany over the weekend, decking countryside and cities in snow, but luckily only one serious road accident took place in the whole country.

Man arrested for stabbing cops in Norway
Norway

Man arrested for stabbing cops in Norway

A 28-year-old man is being held in a psychiatric unit after seriously injuring two police officers

French police struggle to identify stadium bombers
France

French police struggle to identify stadium bombers

French police are still struggling to identify two of the suicide bombers who blew themselves up outside the Stade de France with investigators releasing photo of the third unknown attacker on Sunday.

Language holds the key to success in Denmark
Denmark

Language holds the key to success in Denmark

At first encounter, Danish is an intimidating language. But thousands of newcomers crack the code each year and you can too with the help of Studieskolen.

Broadcaster drops ‘anti-gay’ Eurovision pick
Germany

Broadcaster drops ‘anti-gay’ Eurovision pick

Public broadcaster ARD has pulled the plug on its candidate for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest just days after announcing him as their chosen man after a wave of objections to his political views.

Chief Paris suspect evades Brussels raids
France

Chief Paris suspect evades Brussels raids

Europe's most-wanted man Salah Abdeslam remained on the run on Monday despite a wave of overnight raids in Brussels aimed at tracking down the key suspect in the Paris attacks.

Free-scoring Inter go two points clear
Italy

Free-scoring Inter go two points clear

Goal-shy title contenders Inter Milan found their scoring boots in timely fashion on Sunday with a 4-0 win over Frosinone that fired Roberto Mancini's men two points clear in Serie A.

Nine out of ten Swedes favour illicit drugs ban
Sweden

Nine out of ten Swedes favour illicit drugs ban

An overwhelming majority of Swedes think illicit drugs should remain banned, despite the legalization of narcotics being the subject of heated debate in recent years, a fresh poll has suggested.

Denmark braces for cold following snowstorm
Denmark

Denmark braces for cold following snowstorm

After a weekend snowstorm walloped parts of Denmark, the nation was facing sub-zero temperatures and transport delays on Monday morning.

Lofsdalen: The real Swedish wilderness
Sweden

Lofsdalen: The real Swedish wilderness

Sweden has more than a hundred ski resorts – but there’s only one where you can sip your very own cask of whisky on the top of a mountain peak. The Local finds out more about Lofsdalen – one of Sweden’s wildest resorts.

Denmark’s ‘soft’ model for converting jihadists
Denmark

Denmark’s ‘soft’ model for converting jihadists

The Danish city of Aarhus has drawn global attention for its "soft-hands" approach to battling the radicalization of young Muslims with social techniques used in gang exit strategies.

‘I feel fine,’ says man cleared of terror claims
Sweden

‘I feel fine,’ says man cleared of terror claims

A 22-year-old man who was wrongly seized by police on terrorism suspicions in northern Sweden following a national security alert has said he is feeling well and wants to return to Boliden.

‘I can help Swedes deal with the dark winter’
Sweden

‘I can help Swedes deal with the dark winter’

Italian lighting designer Chiara Carucci, 36, is spreading her rays in Stockholm, where she scored her dream job at an energy and engineering consulting firm after giving a lecture in the city eight months ago.