What’s on in Spain: December 2015
Spain

What’s on in Spain: December 2015

Spain is full of holiday magic in December - ice skating rinks, Christmas markets and a "polar bear" swim.

Security guard disarms rifle-wielding rowdy
Switzerland

Security guard disarms rifle-wielding rowdy

A 28-year-old Swiss man ejected from a Zurich restaurant by security guards in the wee hours of Monday returned with an assault rifle to threaten them before being overpowered, city police said.

Prince Charles frets over future of French cheese
France

Prince Charles frets over future of French cheese

Britain's Prince Charles said on Monday that he feared for the very existence of traditional French cheeses as he received a prize in Paris for his long-term commitment to organic farming.

Second wolf found dead in southern Germany
Germany

Second wolf found dead in southern Germany

A wolf has been found dead near a motorway in Baden-Württemberg - the second time in recent months one of the rare predators has been found dead in the southern state.

Lovesick dog walks 10k to see Naples sweetheart
Italy

Lovesick dog walks 10k to see Naples sweetheart

They say love knows no distance, but when hearts are yearning, sometimes the only option is to bridge the gap: that’s exactly what Toto, a Dachshund, or sausage dog, did when he dodged traffic to cross two Campania provinces in search of his love.

EU anti-terror chief backs Spain’s calls for passenger data collection
Spain

EU anti-terror chief backs Spain’s calls for passenger data collection

EU counter-terror chief Gilles de Kerchove has called for the European parliament to secure an agreement with member states that would require airlines to share passenger data by the end of the year.

Ten catastrophes threatening Spain unless world tackles climate change
Spain

Ten catastrophes threatening Spain unless world tackles climate change

As European leaders gather for climate talks in Paris, The Local takes a look at ten catastrophes that could befall Spain with climate change.

Swedish prosecutor: ‘Movies show men killing’
Sweden

Swedish prosecutor: ‘Movies show men killing’

The prosecutor in the trial of two Gothenburg men who have been charged with terrorist offences in Syria has asked for life imprisonment for the duo after reviewing video evidence.

Italy to take key role in climate change fight: PM
Italy

Italy to take key role in climate change fight: PM

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi joined other world leaders in Paris for the COP 21 climate conference on Monday, promising that Italy was ready to play a key role in preventing man-made climate change.

Hamburg no vote ‘lost opportunity for Germany’
Switzerland

Hamburg no vote ‘lost opportunity for Germany’

The Lausanne-based International Olympic Committee said on Monday that Hamburg's referendum rejecting its bidding for the 2024 Olympics is a "lost" opportunity for Germany.

Alternative Advent calendar puts fitness first
Germany

Alternative Advent calendar puts fitness first

Worried about staying slim this festive season? It might be time to ditch the chocolate calendar and open up YouTube - because a pair of German fitness coaches have come up with the perfect route to a "guilt-free" Christmas.

Paris attacks: ‘Le Petit Cambodge’ to reopen
France

Paris attacks: ‘Le Petit Cambodge’ to reopen

The Paris restaurant Le Petit Cambodge, where 15 people were gunned down in the Paris terror attacks has announced that it plans to reopen because not doing so "would be to admit defeat".

‘We’ve missed you’: King honours Jews banished during Inquisition
Spain

‘We’ve missed you’: King honours Jews banished during Inquisition

Spain's King Felipe VI has honoured Sephardic Jews who were banished more than five centuries ago during the Inquisition, after a law allowing dual citizenship for their descendants came into force.

Sex pest breaks into girls boarding school
Austria

Sex pest breaks into girls boarding school

Police in the city of Salzburg are searching for a teenage boy who broke into a girls boarding school in Itzling during Sunday night and molested two students.

Favoured Messi on short list for best footballer
Switzerland

Favoured Messi on short list for best footballer

Barcelona pair Lionel Messi and Neymar were on Monday named on the shortlist for Zurich-based Fifa's prestigious Ballon d'Or trophy for world's best footballer, along with double reigning title holder, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.

‘Show of strength’ from Swedish economy
Sweden

‘Show of strength’ from Swedish economy

Sweden's economy is growing faster than expected and is now at an historically high level, according to figures from national number crunching body Statistics Sweden.

Boy hitches on autoroute after mum ‘forgets’ him
France

Boy hitches on autoroute after mum ‘forgets’ him

A French mum was lucky to be reunited with her six-year-old son after she left him behind at a rest area and he tried to hitchhike home along the motorway.

Storms and borders stem refugee flow to Germany
Germany

Storms and borders stem refugee flow to Germany

The number of refugees arriving in Germany has fallen off sharply in the past few days, with police reporting half the number of new arrivals this weekend compared with last.

How to enjoy Christmas and avoid burn out
Austria

How to enjoy Christmas and avoid burn out

With most of the Christkindlmarkts already open in Vienna, it's time to start thinking about Christmas, if you haven't already. Marriage and Family Therapist Helen Rudinsky has advice on how to survive the festive season.

‘Euro Ripper’ may also have killed in Britain
Austria

‘Euro Ripper’ may also have killed in Britain

A Polish serial killer who murdered and tortured an elderly couple in Austria may have carried out similar crimes while living in the UK.

Bavarian conservatives want national burqa ban
Germany

Bavarian conservatives want national burqa ban

The conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), ruling party in Bavaria, want to pass a new law making it illegal for anyone to wear a burqa in Germany.

Paris to inject record €1.8b in transport system
France

Paris to inject record €1.8b in transport system

There was some good news for travellers and commuters in Paris on Monday when transport chiefs vowed to invest €1.78 billion in the network in 2016.

We owe our children a climate deal: Merkel
Germany

We owe our children a climate deal: Merkel

World leaders gathered in Paris for the COP 21 climate conference must find an "ambitious, comprehensive, fair and binding" way to stop global warming, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday.

Councillor expelled for claiming US commute expenses bares all
Spain

Councillor expelled for claiming US commute expenses bares all

The councillor who was expelled from the Ciudadanos party for claming expenses for the commute to attend council meetings from Chicago has stripped off for the cover of a glossy magazine.

Norway’s call to remove crosses causes backlash
Norway

Norway’s call to remove crosses causes backlash

UPDATED: Following heated debate, Norwegian officials have dropped the requirement that any buildings that house refugees remove their religous imagery in order to not offend the newcomers.

Three arrested over Italian doctor’s murder
Italy

Three arrested over Italian doctor’s murder

Three people have been arrested in connection with the murder of an Italian doctor in Kenya.

Zielpunkt supermarket chain files for insolvency
Austria

Zielpunkt supermarket chain files for insolvency

The Austrian supermarket chain Zielpunkt is formally beginning insolvency proceedings with the Vienna court of commerce. Nearly 3,000 employees are expected to lose their jobs before Christmas.

Denmark’s ten must-see concerts in December
Denmark

Denmark’s ten must-see concerts in December

Christmas dominates the proceedings in December, but the month still features several promising shows, particularly within the drum 'n' bass and heavy metal genres.

Trial delayed as accused asks for more time
Italy

Trial delayed as accused asks for more time

The controversial trial of five people involved in the latest Vatican leaks scandal was adjourned on Monday until next week, after one of the accused asked for more time to prepare her defence.

What France might look like in the year 2050
France

What France might look like in the year 2050

With the crucial COP21 climate summit kicking off in Paris on Monday here's a look at what France might look like in 2050 if temperatures continue to rise.

Danish economy shrinks but unemployment drops
Denmark

Danish economy shrinks but unemployment drops

Denmark saw its economy contract for the first time since 2013 while unemployment fell to its lowest level in over six years, official data showed on Monday.

Jewel heist conmen sought by cops
Austria

Jewel heist conmen sought by cops

Austrian police are searching for two conmen who allegedly stole bracelets and wristwatches worth several thousands euros from two jewellers in Vienna in the past week.

Nordic Noir star pens Eurovision hope
Sweden

Nordic Noir star pens Eurovision hope

Best-selling Swedish author Camilla Läckberg has co-written one of the of the 28 entries for Melodifestivalen 2016, the competition designed to choose Sweden’s entry for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.

Life is at stake: Hollande ramps up pressure
France

Life is at stake: Hollande ramps up pressure

French President Francois Hollande turned up the pressure on heads of state gathered for the opening speech of a UN climate conference on Monday, saying life itself was at stake and a deal must be reached.

What 150 world leaders will eat for lunch in Paris
France

What 150 world leaders will eat for lunch in Paris

So what do you cook when you're feeding 150 presidents, prime ministers, and kings at an environmental conference? We take a look at the menu on the table for Monday afternoon at the COP21 climate summit.

‘Terror threat could harm Italy recovery’: Padoan
Italy

‘Terror threat could harm Italy recovery’: Padoan

Italy's Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said that Italy's predicted return to growth for 2015 could be harmed by the fallout of the recent Paris terror attacks.

Italy highest in EU for air pollution-linked deaths
Italy

Italy highest in EU for air pollution-linked deaths

Air pollution caused 84,400 premature deaths in Italy – the highest among the EU states – in 2012, according to the latest report from the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Star Wars: The Force Awakens as fans take to the streets in Barcelona
Spain

Star Wars: The Force Awakens as fans take to the streets in Barcelona

Stormtroopers took to the streets of Barcelona on Sunday alongside Jedi kights, ewoks, wookies and Darth Vaders during Barcelona's ninth Star Wars parade.

As The Bridge ends, star slams Denmark
Denmark

As The Bridge ends, star slams Denmark

The team behind The Bridge said discussions are underway about a fourth season, after the third reached a dramatic conclusion over the weekend. Meanwhile, the show’s Swedish star has some choice words for Denmark about its handling of the refugee crisis.

Sweden pledges more to fight climate change
Sweden

Sweden pledges more to fight climate change

UPDATED: Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has promised a further 250 million kronor ($28.5m) to fight global warming at the COP21 climate summit in Paris, a gathering seen by many as the last chance to reach a deal aimed at limiting global warming.

Supermarket Christmas ad is surprise downer
Germany

Supermarket Christmas ad is surprise downer

An ad by German supermarket chain Edeka makes an emotional plea to viewers to remember what's most important during the holidays: family. But did it make the message just a touch too dark?

Danes’ Black Friday spending sets record
Denmark

Danes’ Black Friday spending sets record

Danes set an all-time spending record on Black Friday, smashing the previous mark by 13 percent.

Cat saved with tiny oxygen mask by hero firemen in northwestern Spain
Spain

Cat saved with tiny oxygen mask by hero firemen in northwestern Spain

The cat was trapped in a house fire in Galicia when firemen came to the rescue with a tiny oxygen mask and CPR.

How the COP21 climate summit impacts Paris
France

How the COP21 climate summit impacts Paris

When 150 world leaders come to town, you would expect there to be some knock-on effects. From free public transport to closed roads, here's how Paris is being affected by the two-week conference.

Senior’s death in fire linked to electric blanket
Switzerland

Senior’s death in fire linked to electric blanket

A 93-year-old man from the canton of Vaud died in a fire in his home that investigators believe could have been caused by an electric blanket, police said on Monday.

The Paris COP21 climate summit in numbers
France

The Paris COP21 climate summit in numbers

As organizers and world leaders are gearing up for the Paris climate summit, The Local gives you a rundown of the key facts and figures you need to know.

World leaders open Paris climate-rescue summit
France

World leaders open Paris climate-rescue summit

Around 150 leaders from around the world united in Paris on Monday for the COP21 climate summit, seen by many as the last chance to reach a deal aimed at limiting global warming.

Anger as protesters trash Paris attacks memorial
France

Anger as protesters trash Paris attacks memorial

Politicians and members of the public condemned protesters who ransacked the makeshift shrine to the Paris terror attacks victims to throw candles and other objects left by mourners at riot police.

Zara to install iPads in changing rooms as fashion meets technology
Spain

Zara to install iPads in changing rooms as fashion meets technology

The Spanish fashion giant is to install iPads in its changing rooms so customers can request clothes to be brought straight to them.

Snow and storms usher in first day of winter
Germany

Snow and storms usher in first day of winter

A cold front has reached the centre of Germany, casting a spell of cold over the north of the country, while the south remains warm.

The key to turning 116? ‘Staying single’
Italy

The key to turning 116? ‘Staying single’

Emma Morano became the longest living Italian ever on Sunday when she celebrated her 116th birthday. Her secret? Staying single, apparently.

Norwegian whisky lover jailed for flight threat
Norway

Norwegian whisky lover jailed for flight threat

A Norwegian man was arrested after a confrontation over whisky on a Torp-bound flight from Copenhagen.

Sweden to give millions to Turkey refugee deal
Sweden

Sweden to give millions to Turkey refugee deal

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven announced on Sunday that Sweden would contribute to a joint action plan agreed by nine EU nations designed to limit the number of refugees arriving in Europe via Turkey.

Gales leave trail of damage across Austria
Austria

Gales leave trail of damage across Austria

Hurricane-force winds affected some regions of Austria overnight, leaving a trail of damage behind them, but thankfully no recorded injuries.

Storm Gorm’s trail of destruction in Sweden
Sweden

Storm Gorm’s trail of destruction in Sweden

Storm Gorm swept through southern Sweden on Sunday night, recording wind speeds of up to 32 metres per second. Here are some of the most dramatic photos to emerge from the chaos.

Crisis talks at Spain’s Abengoa as firm teeters on brink of bankruptcy
Spain

Crisis talks at Spain’s Abengoa as firm teeters on brink of bankruptcy

Bank creditors are tipped to meet on Monday to discuss the next steps in a restructuring process as the renewable energy giant looked set to become Spain's biggest ever bankruptcy.

‘More Brits should move over to Sweden’
Sweden

‘More Brits should move over to Sweden’

Lorna Richardson, 42, recently moved from the UK to Umeå in northern Sweden, where she's started some unusual research involving both historic finds and the latest technologies.

Copenhagen Christmas tree lit for 100th time
Denmark

Copenhagen Christmas tree lit for 100th time

Not even the impending arrival of Gorm the Storm could stop Copenhageners from turning out for their annual Christmas tree lighting tradition.

Farmers want polluting Christmas food blacklist
Italy

Farmers want polluting Christmas food blacklist

Italy's farmers on Sunday called for Alaskan salmon, Californian nuts and Peruvian asparagus to be banished from the nation's Christmas tables to support efforts to stop global warming after the Paris climate summit.

Bern near deal with EU on immigration: report
Switzerland

Bern near deal with EU on immigration: report

The Swiss federal government may have found a way to reach a deal with Brussels over immigration restrictions, according to a media report.

Merkel pins refugee crisis hopes on Turkey
Germany

Merkel pins refugee crisis hopes on Turkey

Chancellor Angela Merkel and other EU leaders agreed a joint action plan to limit the number of refugees arriving in Europe via Turkey at a Brussels summit on Sunday.

Eiffel Tower goes green for Paris climate summit
France

Eiffel Tower goes green for Paris climate summit

The Eiffel Tower turned green Sunday for the opening of the Paris climate conference, marking the launch of an art project that will see "virtual trees" grow on the landmark to support reforestation.

Renzi slams headmaster for Christmas carols ban
Italy

Renzi slams headmaster for Christmas carols ban

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has slapped down a headmaster who has banned Christmas concerts and carols in his school near Milan in the name of multiculturalism.

Police intervene in Berlin refugee home brawls
Germany

Police intervene in Berlin refugee home brawls

Clashes broke out Sunday between hundreds of asylum seekers at a shelter in Berlin, in the second mass brawl to erupt over the weekend in Germany's crowded migrant accommodations.

Obama pays respects to Paris victims at Bataclan
France

Obama pays respects to Paris victims at Bataclan

After landing in Paris on Monday US President Barack Obama headed straight to the Bataclan venue to pay his respects to those killed in the recent terror attacks.

The Bridge ends as talk of fourth season starts
Sweden

The Bridge ends as talk of fourth season starts

Swedish public broadcaster SVT has said it is in discussion with production companies and writers about a fourth series of The Bridge, after the third season reached a dramatic conclusion over the weekend.

New film recalls pope’s darkest moments
Italy

New film recalls pope’s darkest moments

The challenges faced by Pope Francis during the dark years of the Argentine military dictatorship (1976-1983) are portrayed in a new film, 'Call Me Francesco', which will have its world premiere at the Vatican on Tuesday.

Hamburg voters throw out Olympic bid plan
Germany

Hamburg voters throw out Olympic bid plan

Hamburg's bid to host the 2024 Olympics fell at the first hurdle on Sunday when residents voted 'No' in a crunch referendum as the German public again torpedoed plans to host a Games.

LVMH takes minority stake in Italy’s Repossi
Italy

LVMH takes minority stake in Italy’s Repossi

The world's top luxury company LVMH has taken a minority stake in Italian jeweller Repossi to help it expand its distribution network, the two parties said on Monday.

Russia sends denied migrants back to Norway
Norway

Russia sends denied migrants back to Norway

Following last week's announcement that Norway would immediately reject asylum seekers who have been residing in Russia, the two countries are sending the expelled back and forth.

Huge clear up after Storm Gorm hits Sweden
Sweden

Huge clear up after Storm Gorm hits Sweden

UPDATED: Some schools remain closed and tens of thousands of people are still without electricity after a storm ripped through southern and western Sweden on Sunday night.