Migrant backlog grows as controls bite
Austria

Migrant backlog grows as controls bite

Germany is turning back a growing number of migrants at its border with Austria, Austrian authorities said on Monday, in an apparent knock-on effect of Sweden and Denmark tightening frontier controls.

New Canadian PM to attend Davos forum
Switzerland

New Canadian PM to attend Davos forum

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos next week, accompanied by five key ministers, his office announced on Monday.

Storm expected to bring snow to Swiss plateau
Switzerland

Storm expected to bring snow to Swiss plateau

Following several days of rain in lower altitude areas of Switzerland, a storm is expected to bring more precipitation, high winds and cooler temperatures to the country on Tuesday.

UK’s internet spying bill ‘threatens rights’
Switzerland

UK’s internet spying bill ‘threatens rights’

Britain's proposed new internet spying laws could threaten key rights if passed unchanged, UN rights experts in Geneva said on Monday, calling for a "comprehensive review" of the draft legislation.

Messi wins fifth Ballon d’Or at Zurich ceremony
Switzerland

Messi wins fifth Ballon d’Or at Zurich ceremony

Argentina and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi won a record fifth Fifa Ballon d'Or award for the world's best player at a ceremony in Zurich on Monday.

Swedish pupil dies in hospital after ‘stabbing’
Sweden

Swedish pupil dies in hospital after ‘stabbing’

A 15-year-old boy has died from knife wounds after an argument with a younger pupil escalated at a school in southern Sweden, police reported on Monday afternoon.

Ten things you need to know about the new president of Catalonia
Spain

Ten things you need to know about the new president of Catalonia

Who exactly is Carles Puigdemont, the man who has been chosen to lead Catalonia on the path to independence from Spain? The Local takes a look.

Swede’s surreal meeting with Bowie’s ‘China Girl’
Sweden

Swede’s surreal meeting with Bowie’s ‘China Girl’

A Swedish photographer has shared the moment he chased David Bowie's BMW to the seaside to snap world exclusive pictures of the star's secret romance in Gothenburg.

So when are the French most likely to strike?
France

So when are the French most likely to strike?

The French went on strike a mammoth 966 times in 2015, according to fresh figures from a strike monitoring website.

Migrants missing after being thrown into sea
Italy

Migrants missing after being thrown into sea

Seven boat migrants are missing after allegedly being thrown overboard by human traffickers off Puglia’s Salento coast.

15 cool East Berlin spots to stay warm this winter
Germany

15 cool East Berlin spots to stay warm this winter

Brrrrrrr! Now that it’s cold, windy and wet we’re all looking for some great indoor hangouts to meet friends and keep us entertained too. We asked our friends at Oooh, Berlin to pick out 15 places from their free Berlin district guides we hope you’ll love.

Minister: Norway won’t have Cologne-like attack
Norway

Minister: Norway won’t have Cologne-like attack

Integration Minister Sylvi Listhaug doesn’t see any reason to believe that Norway will experience mass attacks against woman like what happened in Cologne on New Year’s Eve.

‘All citizens equal before the law’: Princess Cristina fraud trial starts
Spain

‘All citizens equal before the law’: Princess Cristina fraud trial starts

Spain's Princess Cristina and her husband went on trial Monday under intense global media scrutiny in a landmark corruption case that has outraged the country and sullied the monarchy's reputation.

Jewish teacher attacked with machete in France
France

Jewish teacher attacked with machete in France

UPDATED: A Turkish teenager who stabbed a Jewish teacher with a machete on Monday in Marseille told police he was attacking in the name of the terror group Isis , a prosecutor said.

Tax spat threatens to end Danish government
Denmark

Tax spat threatens to end Danish government

Business-friendly party Liberal Alliance on Monday threatened to topple the Venstre government if it doesn’t follow through with planned tax cuts.

Refugees shouldn’t be deported for sex crimes
Germany

Refugees shouldn’t be deported for sex crimes

In the wake of the Cologne sexual assaults, many are calling for refugees found guilty of such crimes to be deported. This is not morally justifiable, argues The Local's Jörg Luyken.

Greenpeace backs Enel’s tilt to renewables
Italy

Greenpeace backs Enel’s tilt to renewables

Italian energy giant Enel was on Monday putting the finishing touches to a corporate restructure designed to put renewables at the core of the company's strategy in a move hailed by erstwhile critic Greenpeace.

EU gun plans ‘could criminalize collectors’
Austria

EU gun plans ‘could criminalize collectors’

Austria’s gun lobby is up in arms against plans for tougher new EU restrictions on firearms, which are set to be approved next month and would come into effect in July.

Spanish king’s brother-in-law: From Olympic glory to royal shame
Spain

Spanish king’s brother-in-law: From Olympic glory to royal shame

A tall and dapper former handball player with two Olympic medals to his name, Iñaki Urdangarin turned from "ideal son-in-law" to the black sheep of Spain's royal family when he landed in court in a corruption case.

Rome HIV man ‘infected 29 women’
Italy

Rome HIV man ‘infected 29 women’

A 31-year-old man from Rome allegedly passed on the HIV virus to 29 women after having unprotected sex without telling them he had the disease.

Homeless become city tour guides
Austria

Homeless become city tour guides

A new startup in Vienna aims to help homeless people by creating guided tours of the city from their perspective.

Most Cologne attackers ‘of foreign origin’
Germany

Most Cologne attackers ‘of foreign origin’

German authorities said Monday that nearly all the suspects in a rash of New Year's Eve violence against women in Cologne were "of foreign origin", as foreigners came under attack amid surging tensions.

Five held after trying to cross Øresund Bridge
Denmark

Five held after trying to cross Øresund Bridge

UPDATED: Swedish police say that five people seized while apparently attempting to cross the Øresund Bridge may have been trying to avoid Sweden's new ID checks.

Jihadis may be hiding in Calais, says ex-terror cop
France

Jihadis may be hiding in Calais, says ex-terror cop

A former British counter-terror chief has raised fears that Isis jihadists are hiding out in the squalid Calais refugee camp, which opened new sheltered accommodation for migrants on Monday. Aid groups have rubbished the suggestion.

Swedish tumour man wants to inspire world
Sweden

Swedish tumour man wants to inspire world

Kim Nilsson, 41, has tumours across half of his face. Now the Swede wants to inspire others to believe in themselves in a documentary by the Discovery Channel.

Bowie’s discreet time in Switzerland recalled
Switzerland

Bowie’s discreet time in Switzerland recalled

As the music world pays tribute to David Bowie, the British pop musician who has died at the age of 69, in Switzerland he is remembered for discreetly living in the mountain country to escape taxes and the trappings of celebrity.

Italy halts plan to stop fining illegal migrants
Italy

Italy halts plan to stop fining illegal migrants

A hearing on a bill that would see illegal immigration decriminalized has been taken off the political agenda amid a heated debate on the issue.

Tests for teen suspect in snake ‘gay hate crime’
Sweden

Tests for teen suspect in snake ‘gay hate crime’

A 16-year-old boy charged with stabbing a gay man and putting a snake around his neck has been ordered to undergo psychiatric tests, while another teenager has been sentenced to three months in a youth detention centre.

Italy MP confuses Jim Morrison for Slavic thief
Italy

Italy MP confuses Jim Morrison for Slavic thief

Maurizio Gasparri, the gaffe-prone vice-president of the Italian Senate, has come under fire after taking an ironic photo showing 'The Doors' frontman Jim Morrison depicted as a Slavic criminal terrorizing Italy at face value.

Refugees tried to cross Öresund bridge on foot
Sweden

Refugees tried to cross Öresund bridge on foot

UPDATED: Swedish police say that five asylum seekers stopped while apparently attempting to cross the Öresund bridge on foot may have been trying to avoid Sweden's new ID checks.

David Bowie sings his hit ‘Heroes’ in French
France

David Bowie sings his hit ‘Heroes’ in French

As the world reacts to the news of David Bowie's death, have a listen to him singing his 1977 classic Heroes - in French.

Putin ‘didn’t mean to scare Merkel with dog’
Germany

Putin ‘didn’t mean to scare Merkel with dog’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that he didn't mean to scare Angela Merkel with his dog Koni at one of their first-ever meetings, a move that has left its mark on relations with the Chancellor ever since.

Papers criticized for ‘racist’ Cologne covers
Germany

Papers criticized for ‘racist’ Cologne covers

Two of Germany’s leading news publications have been heavily criticized for using imagery described as ‘disgustingly sexist and racist' to portray the Cologne sexual assaults.

What really needs to happen in Austria in 2016
Austria

What really needs to happen in Austria in 2016

Austria is a great country to live in and foreigners who have made it their home should be grateful for everything it has to offer - but if we’re being honest there are a number of ways in which it could still be improved.

Norway became warmer and wetter in 2015
Norway

Norway became warmer and wetter in 2015

Last year was the third warmest and third wettest year measured in Norway since 1900.

‘I wanted to give homeless people a voice so they won’t be invisible’
Spain

‘I wanted to give homeless people a voice so they won’t be invisible’

In this week's instalment of My Spanish Career, we talk to Barcelona-based Andrew Funk, an entrepreneur empowering the homeless to get off the streets and add value to society.

Spanish woman confesses to hiding dead man in ice-cream shop freezer
Spain

Spanish woman confesses to hiding dead man in ice-cream shop freezer

A bizarre murder is making headlines in Spain after a woman confessed to hiding a man she killed in the freezer of an ice-cream parlour.

Berlin pays tribute to dearly departed Bowie
Germany

Berlin pays tribute to dearly departed Bowie

As news of David Bowie's passing reached the German capital on Monday morning, Berliners were quick to pay tribute to one of the city's most famous and universally loved adopted children.

Rockfall diverts river and floods Lucerne village
Switzerland

Rockfall diverts river and floods Lucerne village

Rockfall on Monday morning diverted the course of a river, flooding the main road between the villages of Wolhusen and Entlebuch in the canton of Lucerne, according to media reports.

Denmark could send special forces into Syria
Denmark

Denmark could send special forces into Syria

The Danish government is trying to build the political support needed to send as many as 50 special operations forces into Syria and Iraq.

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France

New images show Paris attack suspect on the run

The first security camera footage has been released of prime Paris terror suspect Salah Abdeslam, taken at a petrol station on the Belgium border, after he had fled the city the morning after the attacks.

Two sperm whales wash up on German coast
Germany

Two sperm whales wash up on German coast

In a unique event, two sperm whales have washed up together on the German North Sea coast. Experts suspect the pair mistakenly took a detour into the shallow waters between Britain and Europe.

Olivetti asbestos trial gets underway
Italy

Olivetti asbestos trial gets underway

Seventeen ex-managers at the electronics firm, Olivetti, are due to stand trial over allegations that asbestos exposure at a factory in the Piedmont town of Ivrea caused 14 deaths.

PICS: France remembers terror attack victims
France

PICS: France remembers terror attack victims

Thousands gathered in Paris at the Place de la Republique on Sunday to mark a year since a million and a half citizens marched in unity following jihadist attacks on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket.

Spain’s Princess Cristina arrives at court for landmark corruption case
Spain

Spain’s Princess Cristina arrives at court for landmark corruption case

Spain's Princess Cristina and her husband go on trial on Monday under intense global media scrutiny in a landmark corruption case that has outraged the country and sullied the monarchy's reputation.

Did this selfie cost Le Pen’s party poll victory?
France

Did this selfie cost Le Pen’s party poll victory?

Jean-Marie Le Pen the former leader of the National Front is furious over a selfie taken while he was asleep on plane, which he believes cost the National Front victories in the regional elections.

David Bowie’s Berlin in pictures
Germany

David Bowie’s Berlin in pictures

David Bowie has died at the age of 69 after a long battle with cancer. The Local takes a look at the Thin White Duke's favourite haunts in Berlin - the place he made some of his greatest music.

Messi tipped for fifth Ballon d’Or in Zurich
Switzerland

Messi tipped for fifth Ballon d’Or in Zurich

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is in line for an unprecedented fifth Ballon d'Or award in Zurich on Monday, with the Argentine heavily favoured to reclaim the prize from three-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

Oslo city bells pay tribute to rock legend Lemmy
Norway

Oslo city bells pay tribute to rock legend Lemmy

Throughout the first half of 2016, the Norwegian capital will pay respects to one of the biggest names in hard rock by playing a Motorhead tune at the Oslo City Hall.

American woman found dead in Florence
Italy

American woman found dead in Florence

Police in Florence have opened a murder investigation after a 35-year-old American woman was found dead in her apartment in the Tuscan city.

Sweden’s Electrolux gets new CEO after boss quits
Sweden

Sweden’s Electrolux gets new CEO after boss quits

Swedish and international staff working at white goods giant Electrolux are getting a new boss after its US CEO Keith McLoughlin announced his retirement following a turbulent few months for the firm.

Catalonia ends deadlock appointing new leader in breakaway drive
Spain

Catalonia ends deadlock appointing new leader in breakaway drive

Carles Puigdemont, who has been chosen to lead Catalonia to independence from Spain, called on Sunday for the secession process to start.

Paris attacks: Air France sees takings dip by €70m
France

Paris attacks: Air France sees takings dip by €70m

The Paris attacks hit France's national airline hard as tourists decided against travel to France. But there are signs of recovery.

Spate of racist mob attacks shocks Cologne
Germany

Spate of racist mob attacks shocks Cologne

Gangs of thugs attacked groups of immigrants in central Cologne on Sunday night after far-right groups called for a "manhunt" on social media.

Denmark sees sharp rise in solo refugee children
Denmark

Denmark sees sharp rise in solo refugee children

The number of unaccompanied minors coming to Denmark as asylum seekers has increased dramatically over the past two months.

The wine legend who helped put Burgundy on the world map
France

The wine legend who helped put Burgundy on the world map

In a rare interview the man who led the fight to get Burgundy's wine-growing tradition added to the World Heritage list says it wasn't always easy to make a living out of wine in France.

Paris attacks ringleader ‘had visited Britain’
France

Paris attacks ringleader ‘had visited Britain’

Pictures of British landmarks were found on he phone of the so-called ringleader of the Paris attacks Abdelhamid Abaaoud.

‘Health, for parents or kids, makes you happy’
Sweden

‘Health, for parents or kids, makes you happy’

Nargis Rahimi from Tajikistan tells The Local how her family's Stockholm-based startup is using data and tech to boost children's health in developing nations.

Teen arrested after police ‘cover up’ sex attacks
Sweden

Teen arrested after police ‘cover up’ sex attacks

UPDATED: A 15-year-old boy has been charged with assault and sexual assault at a music festival in Stockholm, after police were accused of withholding information about a string of attacks there.

Western France on alert for high winds and waves
France

Western France on alert for high winds and waves

Weather warnings are in place for much of western France's Atlantic coast as well as parts of the Mediterranean.