Claim against giving UBS bank data to US quashed
Switzerland

Claim against giving UBS bank data to US quashed

Europe's human rights court dismissed a complaint Tuesday by an American client of Swiss banking giant UBS who had contested the legality of giving his bank account details to US authorities probing possible tax evasion.

Helvetiq offers new ways to journey across CH
Switzerland

Helvetiq offers new ways to journey across CH

If you’re feeling a little lost in Switzerland as a newcomer or even as someone who has lived in the country for a while, a Lausanne-based publishing company has produced a game and two new books that may help you find your bearings.

Italy expels 67 people for terrorism in 2015
Italy

Italy expels 67 people for terrorism in 2015

A total of 259 people were arrested on terror charges in Italy in 2015, with 67 of them being expelled from the country as a result.

One dead, 650 rescued in Med: Italy coastguard
Italy

One dead, 650 rescued in Med: Italy coastguard

More than 650 people have been plucked to safety in the Mediterranean and one body recovered, the Italian coastguard said on Tuesday, as migrants continue to attempt the perilous crossing to Europe despite the winter weather.

German firefighters ‘set fires to look like heroes’
Germany

German firefighters ‘set fires to look like heroes’

Four firemen have been convicted of arson in northern Germany after it emerged that they were regularly setting fires so they could heroically extinguish them.

French workers staging fewer strikes but…
France

French workers staging fewer strikes but…

France may have an unfair reputation for being a nation permanently on strike but a new survey shows the number of walk-outs is actually decreasing. It's not all good news though.

Spain economy outlook ‘better than expected’ with GDP growth forecast
Spain

Spain economy outlook ‘better than expected’ with GDP growth forecast

Spain's central bank on Tuesday raised its 2015 growth forecast for the country to 3.2 percent, further strengthening the outlook for recovery in the eurozone's fourth biggest economy.

Swedish operators cut rail service on bridge

Swedish operators cut rail service on bridge

UPDATED: A Swedish public transport operator has said it will cancel all trains from Copenhagen's central railway station to Malmö when Sweden's controversial ID checks come into force on January 4th.

French parents fight for right to umbilical cord
France

French parents fight for right to umbilical cord

Two parents in France are not happy that they were not allowed to keep the umbilical cord after the birth of their baby and want a change in the law that give the mother the sole rights to the tissue.

Breivik rights case may be heard in prison gym
Norway

Breivik rights case may be heard in prison gym

A compromise may have been found for court proceedings involving terrorist and mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, who is suing the Norwegian government for breaching his human rights.

Banned Blatter keeps apartment — and pay
Switzerland

Banned Blatter keeps apartment — and pay

Fifa has told its banned leader Sepp Blatter he will have to leave his presidential apartment in Zurich by February 26th when a successor is elected, a source close to the world body said on Tuesday.

Platini comes out fighting after Fifa ban
France

Platini comes out fighting after Fifa ban

Michel Platini called FIFA's eight year ban a "kick in the teeth" but vowed in an interview on Tuesday to fight on for the presidency of world football's governing body.

Sweden’s baby prince gets visit from Santa
Sweden

Sweden’s baby prince gets visit from Santa

Sweden's youngest member of the royal family has wished everyone a happy Christmas in a message published on social media by his mother, Princess Madeleine, who lives in London.

Why educated Germans avoid social media
Germany

Why educated Germans avoid social media

Statistics show that unlike other industrial nations, more highly-educated Germans avoid social networks than people with little or no education. The Local uncovers the facts behind the figures.

Far-right councillor gets jail term for Nazi tattoo
Germany

Far-right councillor gets jail term for Nazi tattoo

A politician from Germany’s far right National Democratic Party (NPD) was handed a six-month suspended sentence on Tuesday for displaying his Nazis tattoo in public.

Cocaine tea sold in Italian shops for years
Italy

Cocaine tea sold in Italian shops for years

Police in Italy have been ordered to seize a herbal tea from Peru that has been on general sale in the country for years after it was discovered that the tea contained cocaine.

What refugees are doing to find jobs in Stockholm
Sweden

What refugees are doing to find jobs in Stockholm

With the influx of refugees to Sweden dominating headlines in recent months, The Local catches up with a few refugees who’ve found work in Stockholm to hear how they found success in the Swedish capital.

Police union slams plan to strip refugee jewellery
Denmark

Police union slams plan to strip refugee jewellery

Denmark's Minister for Integration has hit back at police criticism of the government's highly controversial proposal to confiscate valuable items from refugees by saying "most people" can judge the value of jewellery.

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Switzerland

Migrant count in Europe tops million: UN agency

More than one million migrants and refugees reached Europe this year, including over 970,000 who made the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean, the Geneva-based UN refugee agency said on Tuesday.

Seaside town in southern Spain nets the big Christmas lottery win
Spain

Seaside town in southern Spain nets the big Christmas lottery win

The residents of Roquetas de Mar will be enjoying a very happy Christmas after their town landed El Gordo - the Fat One - in Spain's famous Christmas lottery.

Italian police on lookout for naked 3am jogger
Italy

Italian police on lookout for naked 3am jogger

A nude jogger has not let the cold December nights deter him from his nightly run - and it's caused quite a stir among local residents.

Historic child grave dug up at Swedish church
Sweden

Historic child grave dug up at Swedish church

Swedish construction workers have stumbled on a well-preserved burial chamber containing around 20 coffins, including children's, while refurbishing a church in Munka Ljungby in southern Sweden.

Norway’s Arctic ‘to get six degrees warmer’
Norway

Norway’s Arctic ‘to get six degrees warmer’

This year's mild winter is unlikely to be the last in Norway with experts predicting a temperature rise of up to six degrees in the country's Arctic regions by the end of the century.

Pharma exports rise as watch sales slump
Switzerland

Pharma exports rise as watch sales slump

Swiss imports and exports rose in November from the same month a year earlier, although the watch industry was among those continuing to see declines, according to figures released on Tuesday.

Robot pals to teach refugee kids German
Germany

Robot pals to teach refugee kids German

Refugee children could soon be learning German with the help of a tiny humanoid robot, thanks to a new project from researchers at the University of Bielefeld.

Five surprisingly great places to live in Italy
Italy

Five surprisingly great places to live in Italy

In Monday's report on quality of life across Italy, there were a few surprises. The Local looks at the cities where you never knew life could be so sweet.

Vet’s battle for chimp stranded in empty zoo
Germany

Vet’s battle for chimp stranded in empty zoo

When a German vet came across a desperate chimpanzee alone in a deserted African zoo she knew she had to do something to help.

Madrid banishes ghosts of Franco from its streets with name changes
Spain

Madrid banishes ghosts of Franco from its streets with name changes

Madrid City Hall has confirmed it will change the names of 30 streets in the capital that currently honour people connected to the regime of Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco.

Just 5 Nazi-stolen works found in Gurlitt art haul
Germany

Just 5 Nazi-stolen works found in Gurlitt art haul

Investigators poring over the collection of Cornelius Gurlitt, son of Hitler's art dealer, have managed to identify just five works that were definitely stolen by the Nazis and can be returned to their rightful owners.

Terrorism: France ‘to scrap plan to strip citizenships’
France

Terrorism: France ‘to scrap plan to strip citizenships’

The French president appears to have backtracked on a flagship plan to strip dual nationals convicted of terrorism of their French citizenship even if they are born in France- a move announced in the aftermath of the November terror attacks.

Refugees in Italy revolt over lack of Wi-Fi
Italy

Refugees in Italy revolt over lack of Wi-Fi

A group of refugees in the north of Italy have emptied their rubbish into the streets, furious that their requests for a cleaner and Wi-Fi have not been met.

Danish prince ‘never in danger’ in beach drama
Denmark

Danish prince ‘never in danger’ in beach drama

Ten-year-old Prince Christian, second in line to the Danish throne, was pulled from the surf by an Australian lifeguard recently but a spokesperson for the royals denies the prince was in serious danger.

This is where you’ll find the best food in Italy
Italy

This is where you’ll find the best food in Italy

The Michelin Guide for Italy 2016 has been released, awarding 334 Italian eateries a coveted star rating. And the best city to eat in Italy might surprise you...

France’s most famous brothel ‘Madame’ dies
France

France’s most famous brothel ‘Madame’ dies

Madame Claude, France’s most famous brothel owner, who supplied call girls for the likes of former American president John F Kennedy and Libyan dictator has died in the south of France, according to reports.

Mild, rainy Christmas ahead say weathermen
Germany

Mild, rainy Christmas ahead say weathermen

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will be mild and cloudy with patches of rain, experts at the German Weather Service (DWD) confirmed on Tuesday – dashing any remaining hopes of a white Christmas.

Why Sweden’s economy is set to boom in 2016
Sweden

Why Sweden’s economy is set to boom in 2016

Sweden's economy is set to grow in the new year, despite a housing shortage, the refugee crisis and negative interest rates. The Local's August Håkansson spoke to financial experts to find out why.

On location in Spain: Ten amazing facts about film classic Dr Zhivago
Spain

On location in Spain: Ten amazing facts about film classic Dr Zhivago

To mark the 50th anniversary of the release of David Lean's romantic epic The Local reveals some little known facts about the film's links with Spain.

Deported African cleaner blitzes Danish uni exams
Denmark

Deported African cleaner blitzes Danish uni exams

An international student at Aarhus University passed three exams in one day, all with the highest possible grade, after finding out he is to be deported from the country.

Lack of snow poses challenge for ski resorts
Switzerland

Lack of snow poses challenge for ski resorts

Skiing at Christmas will be a challenge at many mountain resorts in Switzerland due to a lack of snow, with none forecast for the rest of the week amid above-average temperatures across the country.

Quake makes sleepy German town tremble
Germany

Quake makes sleepy German town tremble

Residents of a suburb of Cologne were jolted from their sleep on Tuesday morning when an earthquake hit western Germany.

Spanish PM offers dialogue with other parties to form government
Spain

Spanish PM offers dialogue with other parties to form government

Spain's beleaguered Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has offered dialogue to other political groupings in an attempt to form a government

Drone ban at German castles and palaces
Germany

Drone ban at German castles and palaces

German castles have started banning drones from their grounds, claiming they are a nuisance to tourists and threaten public safety.

Airbnb fined for offering lodgings without permits in Barcelona
Spain

Airbnb fined for offering lodgings without permits in Barcelona

Barcelona's left-wing city hall has slapped home rental websites Airbnb and HomeAway with fines for marketing lodgings that lacked permits to host tourists.

Italy soccer star to stand trial for mafia ties
Italy

Italy soccer star to stand trial for mafia ties

An Italian judge on Monday ordered over 140 people - including a World Cup winning Italy star - to stand trial for helping the southern 'Ndrangheta mafia infiltrate the country's rich north, according to media reports.

Spooks hunt refugees with Isis-faked passports
Germany

Spooks hunt refugees with Isis-faked passports

Investigators have found a link between fake passports found at the site of the Paris terror attacks and passports held by a small number of refugees in Germany, German media reported Tuesday.

France and Russia agree to share intel on Isis
France

France and Russia agree to share intel on Isis

Russia and France have agreed to bolster efforts to share intelligence relating to the Islamic State jihadist group after the two countries vowed to cooperate militarily on the issue.

Inexorable spread of Silent Night
Austria

Inexorable spread of Silent Night

When "Silent Night" was born in Austria almost 200 years ago, those present had little idea that the Christmas carol would one day be sung the world over, including this year by Miley Cyrus and some Swedish goats.

‘Christmas is a cruel time for lonely Swedes’
Sweden

‘Christmas is a cruel time for lonely Swedes’

Alexandra Charles, founder of Sweden's non-profit women's health organization '1.6 million club', explains why she thinks that Christmas is a cruel holiday for those who are lonely in the Nordic nation.

New Norway law to stop citizens fighting for Isis
Norway

New Norway law to stop citizens fighting for Isis

Norway's justice minister is set to propose a law reform which will make it easier to charge Norwegians suspected of participating in the Syrian conflict. There will also be harsher punishments.

Paris honours unsung heros of terror attacks
France

Paris honours unsung heros of terror attacks

Some 12,000 emergency and health workers, security officials and others who jumped in to respond to the November 13 terror attacks in France were honoured at a concert on Monday in Paris.

Fresh glimpse of new film about Zlatan’s life
Sweden

Fresh glimpse of new film about Zlatan’s life

The trailer of a documentary shedding new light on Swedish star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic's journey from talented-but-cocky teenager in Malmö to global football stardom hopes to score with fans.

Chicks on the run after road crash in Sweden
Sweden

Chicks on the run after road crash in Sweden

UPDATED: Drivers were told to watch out for chickens roaming the E4 motorway in southern Sweden, which was closed for hours after a poultry truck rolled over.