Four Swiss researchers share $1.5-million grant
Switzerland

Four Swiss researchers share $1.5-million grant

Four Swiss medical researchers and one from Spain received grants totalling $1.5-million for clinical cancer research on Thursday in Zurich.

French ‘search homes of Geneva mosque imams’
Switzerland

French ‘search homes of Geneva mosque imams’

French authorities have searched the homes of two imams from Geneva's main mosque, the largest in Switzerland, the mosque said on Thursday.

Black Friday in Denmark: The new Halloween?
Denmark

Black Friday in Denmark: The new Halloween?

The growth of the American shopping 'holiday' Black Friday is expected to reach new levels in Denmark this year.

Swedish ‘knowledge hubs’ to fight extremism
Sweden

Swedish ‘knowledge hubs’ to fight extremism

Sweden's National Coordinator against Violent Extremism, Mona Sahlin, has announced a pilot programme to set up special centres in four cities in order to prevent the recruitment of people to extremist groups.

Libya ‘a priority’ in Isis fight: Renzi
Italy

Libya ‘a priority’ in Isis fight: Renzi

UPDATED: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has said that the conflict in Libya was Italy's main priority, following a meeting with French President François Hollande on Thursday morning.

Worldwide rallies to put pressure on COP21
France

Worldwide rallies to put pressure on COP21

Tens of thousands of people around the world are expected to rally this weekend to put pressure on the Paris climate talks, which will open under tight security on the heels of France's worst terror attacks, organizers said on Thursday.

Paris attacks prompt spike in police sign-ups
France

Paris attacks prompt spike in police sign-ups

France's emergency services and military have seen a surge of interest from young people keen to join up after watching the Paris attacks unfold on television.

Eurovision ticket chaos leaves fans fuming
Sweden

Eurovision ticket chaos leaves fans fuming

Chaos reigned supreme on Thursday when tickets for next year's Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm were released for sale and users experienced major technical problems with the ticketing website.

Two men arrested in Berlin police terror raids
Germany

Two men arrested in Berlin police terror raids

Police arrested two men after raids at two Berlin locations on Thursday afternoon after tip-offs about known Islamists believed to pose a threat of violence.

Paris: Singing Metro driver hangs up the mic
France

Paris: Singing Metro driver hangs up the mic

A Metro driver who's been brightening up Parisians' commutes for years by singing pop songs over the loudspeakers has announced the end of his rush-hour performances. We take a look back at some of his greatest hits.

Swimmer faces probe over Auschwitz tattoo
Germany

Swimmer faces probe over Auschwitz tattoo

Prosecutors are investigating a man who appeared at a swimming pool on the outskirts of Berlin with a tattoo depicting a concentration camp and an infamous slogan used by the Nazis across his back.

Munich Jews feud over Holocaust remembrance
Germany

Munich Jews feud over Holocaust remembrance

A bitter fight has broken out in Munich’s Jewish community over how to remember the victims of the Holocaust, with one group now taking the city to court.

10,000 Swedes tell Google to forget them
Sweden

10,000 Swedes tell Google to forget them

According to fresh data, almost 10,000 Swedes have lodged privacy requests with American tech giant Google for search removals but only around 41 percent have been approved.

Gibraltar goes to polls amid tough talk on Spain and fears over Brexit
Spain

Gibraltar goes to polls amid tough talk on Spain and fears over Brexit

Voters in Gibraltar went to the polls on Thursday in general elections dominated by the economy at a time of prosperity for the British territory as well as concern over a potential Brexit.

Rome banishes tourist-scamming gladiators
Italy

Rome banishes tourist-scamming gladiators

After two millennia, the last Centurions have finally been banished from Rome.

Woman ‘killed’ by Italy’s burdensome red tape
Italy

Woman ‘killed’ by Italy’s burdensome red tape

The local authority of Comacchio declared Gaetana Simoni dead on August 13th 2012 in a bureaucratic blunder, causing endless problems for the 42-year-old ever since.

2,000 years of Cologne’s lethal Roman mother
Germany

2,000 years of Cologne’s lethal Roman mother

She married her uncle, killed him and gave birth to both the Emperor Nero and the city of Cologne. On November 26th, a special exhibition opens in the cathedral city's Romano-Germanic Museum. It's the 2,000th birthday of Agrippina, the infamous "Mother of Cologne."

France bans logos to make smoking less sexy
France

France bans logos to make smoking less sexy

Cigarettes will have to be sold in plain packaging in France from next year after the French parliament narrowly voted through a proposal which has drawn the ire of tobacconists.

‘Ghostbusters’ called as Italy’s last King spotted
Italy

‘Ghostbusters’ called as Italy’s last King spotted

He was forced into exile in 1946 after Italy abolished the monarchy and died in 1983, but the ghost of King Umberto II is said to linger in the Piedmont city of Asti.

‘France still open for business and pleasure’
France

‘France still open for business and pleasure’

The Paris attacks have not only hit France emotionally, but also economically. Bob Lewis, President of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce, explains why foreigners should not put off business trips or deals with France.

Norwegians to decrease Christmas spending
Norway

Norwegians to decrease Christmas spending

Norwegians will spend 17 percent less on Christmas this year than last, according to a survery conducted for Sparebank 1.

Pair of Danish politicians plagued by scandal
Denmark

Pair of Danish politicians plagued by scandal

Former Defence Minister Carl Holst announced a leave from parliament following a serious of scandals, while Education Minister Esben Lunde Larsen faces accusations of falsifying his CV and plagiarism.

It’s official: Summer 2015 was the hottest ever experienced in Spain
Spain

It’s official: Summer 2015 was the hottest ever experienced in Spain

We all knew it was sweltering but now the World Meteorological Organization has revealed that 2015 is likely to be the hottest 12 months ever on record in Spain.

Swedish party named in refugee ads slams drive
Sweden

Swedish party named in refugee ads slams drive

An international campaign by the far-right Sweden Democrats has been sharply criticized – after they used a centre-right mainstream party's signature alongside their own without permission.

France raises thousands for Paris terror orphans
France

France raises thousands for Paris terror orphans

Online donators have opened their hearts and their wallets for two children who were orphaned when their parents died in the November 13th terror attacks in Paris.

New English school set to open in Geneva
Switzerland

New English school set to open in Geneva

Reflecting continuing strong demand for English-language schooling in the Lake Geneva region, the Geneva English School has announced plans to launch a new secondary school next year.

The app that helps you make quick decisions
Austria

The app that helps you make quick decisions

A fun new photo sharing app called dvel enables users to get instant feedback from their online community to help them make everyday decisions. It comes in handy when you’re trying to choose an outfit in a shop’s changing room and don’t have a friend with you. The Local spoke to dvel’s Austrian CEO and co-founder Peter Buchroithner (28).

Inept crooks blast roof off bank outside Berlin
Germany

Inept crooks blast roof off bank outside Berlin

Criminals used so much explosive while trying to rob a bank near Berlin on Wednesday night that they blasted a wall and part of the roof off the building - and may not even have got away with any loot.

Sweet sixteen: Spanish restaurants win new round of Michelin stars
Spain

Sweet sixteen: Spanish restaurants win new round of Michelin stars

Two restaurants in Spain have won a coveted second star and 14 establishments have been awarded their first, but the highest accolade of three Michelin stars remains elusive for another year.

‘Italian Job’ Lamborghini up for sale in UK
Italy

‘Italian Job’ Lamborghini up for sale in UK

A rare Lamborghini Miura that appeared in the 1969 classic 'The Italian Job' has gone on sale in England, with offers of "over €1.42 million" already flooding in, the seller told The Local.

Copenhagen’s 65m-high cycle bridge off limits
Denmark

Copenhagen’s 65m-high cycle bridge off limits

A spectacular pedestrian/cyclist bridge above the Nordhavn harbour will not be publicly accessible after the City of Copenhagen voted to make changes to the “problematic prestige project”.

Sharia law ‘exists in Austria and Germany’
Austria

Sharia law ‘exists in Austria and Germany’

A Pakistani-Austrian author who converted from Islam to Catholicism has said that Muslims who refuse to integrate should not be able to live in Europe, and that Sharia law is being openly practised in Austria and Germany.

France gets online option to contest speeding fines
France

France gets online option to contest speeding fines

Drivers in France will now be able to contest speeding fines online instead of having to send a letter, thanks to a new move to cut down on paperwork.

Half of Germans fear dementia in old age
Germany

Half of Germans fear dementia in old age

Half of Germans are scared of suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's disease, a survey published on Thursday found, making it second only to cancer among the nation's health fears. But neither of them is the nation's biggest killer.

Spanish postman held for hoarding undelivered mail for over a decade
Spain

Spanish postman held for hoarding undelivered mail for over a decade

If you ever thought the Spanish postal service could be unreliable, you might have been the victim of this postman, who has been stealing letters for a decade.

The five weirdest attacks on Sweden’s arson-prone yule goat
Sweden

The five weirdest attacks on Sweden’s arson-prone yule goat

The Local takes a look at some of the most outrageous attempts to destroy an iconic straw yule goat that gets torched almost every year in the town of Gävle, Sweden.

The best spots to enjoy Norway’s ski season
Norway

The best spots to enjoy Norway’s ski season

With Norway's ski season already on, here's a look at of why so many eager skiers choose the Nordic country to practise their favourite winter sports.

Suspended Blatter likens Fifa probe to ‘inquisition’
Switzerland

Suspended Blatter likens Fifa probe to ‘inquisition’

Swiss citizen Sepp Blatter claims he is the target of "an inquisition" by Fifa's ethics committee, which has suspended him for 90 days and called for further sanctions over corruption charges.

Austria sees massive jump in right-wing crime
Austria

Austria sees massive jump in right-wing crime

Austria has seen a massive increase in xenophobic crimes in the past year, the interior ministry has confirmed.

More than 30,000 Spaniards want Google to forget all about them
Spain

More than 30,000 Spaniards want Google to forget all about them

Spain is the European country that has seen the fourth largest number of requests to remove search engine results as 33,000 Spaniards exercise their "right to be forgotten".

Desperate farmers driven to suicide: support group
Switzerland

Desperate farmers driven to suicide: support group

Swiss farmers unable to make ends meet are resorting to suicide, according to a media report on Thursday, a day ahead of a planned demonstration of farming groups in front of the federal parliament in Bern.

Norway runs anti-refugee ads in Afghanistan
Norway

Norway runs anti-refugee ads in Afghanistan

Ads from the Norwegian government are in Afghan newspapers this week warning that potential asylum seekers “will be returned by force”.

British PM in Vienna for EU reform talks
Austria

British PM in Vienna for EU reform talks

British Prime Minister David Cameron is in Vienna on Thursday to hold talks on the UK’s planned EU referendum, as well as the refugee crisis and a new nuclear power project in Britain which Austria is opposed to.

Will Madrid ever be rid of street names honouring Franco regime?
Spain

Will Madrid ever be rid of street names honouring Franco regime?

In a surprising move, the radical left party of the Mayor of the Spanish capital, abstained from a vote on removing all street names related to former dictator, General Francisco Franco.

Wife killed as Italy tries to fight domestic abuse
Italy

Wife killed as Italy tries to fight domestic abuse

A 43-year-old woman was shot dead by her husband at their home in Perugia on Wednesday, as Italy marked the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Eagles of Death Metal want to reopen Bataclan
France

Eagles of Death Metal want to reopen Bataclan

California rockers Eagles of Death Metal want to be the first band to play the Bataclan theater when the Paris venue reopens after the November attacks targeted their gig.

60,000 Germans want Google to forget them
Germany

60,000 Germans want Google to forget them

Since a top European court ruled people have a right to be forgotten online, Google has received 348,085 requests for tidbits to vanish from search results.

Man shot in the streets in Copenhagen suburb
Denmark

Man shot in the streets in Copenhagen suburb

A 34-year-old man was shot at least three times in his Brøndby Strand neighbourhood late on Wednesday.

Hollande heads to Russia for anti-Isis talks
France

Hollande heads to Russia for anti-Isis talks

French President Francois Hollande on Thursday will hold talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, as part of his diplomatic marathon to forge a broader coalition against Islamic State jihadists in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Poll: Swedes get behind stricter asylum rules
Sweden

Poll: Swedes get behind stricter asylum rules

At least seven out of ten Swedes support the government's controversial decision to tighten asylum rules, a new survey has suggested.

German air force will join French planes over Syria
Germany

German air force will join French planes over Syria

Update: A Leading German MP confirmed that the country will offer military aid to France in the fight against Isis in Syria, following a promise by Chancellor Angela Merkel during a visit to Paris on Wednesday.

Juve defeat leaves City facing difficult draw
Italy

Juve defeat leaves City facing difficult draw

Manchester City were left facing the prospect of another unforgiving draw for the knockout phase of the Champions League after conceding their second successive defeat to Juventus in a 1-0 reverse on Wednesday.

Swedish police probe fatal attack in Norrköping
Sweden

Swedish police probe fatal attack in Norrköping

UPDATED: Police have launched a murder investigation after one man died and another was left fighting for his life in hospital on Thursday following a mystery assault in Norrköping in central Sweden.

Four groovy music gigs in Sweden this week
Sweden

Four groovy music gigs in Sweden this week

We have picked out our four favourite events rocking it this week, alongside our regular interactive guide to everything cool happening in Sweden.

PSG cruise to victory on Zlatan’s Malmö return

PSG cruise to victory on Zlatan’s Malmö return

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored on his return to hometown club Malmö as Paris Saint-Germain ended the Swedish team's Champions League dream on Wednesday after routing their Group A rivals 5-0 in Sweden.