Rate of net immigration to Switzerland slows
Switzerland

Rate of net immigration to Switzerland slows

Net immigration of foreigners to Switzerland dropped in 2015 from the previous year thanks largely to an exodus of non-Swiss, government figures show.

Armed man arrested at Disneyland Paris hotel
France

Armed man arrested at Disneyland Paris hotel

UPDATED: A man armed with two hand guns, ammunition and carrying a Koran has been arrested at a hotel in Disneyland Paris, French police said on Thursday.

UN poised to start Syria peace talks in Geneva ‘without fail’
Switzerland

UN poised to start Syria peace talks in Geneva ‘without fail’

The UN says there is no postponement of Syria peace talks due to start on Friday in Geneva, despite uncertainty around whether the main opposition umbrella group will attend.

Zika virus spreading ‘explosively’: WHO
Switzerland

Zika virus spreading ‘explosively’: WHO

The Zika virus is "spreading explosively" in the Americas and the region may see up to four million cases of the disease strongly suspected of causing birth defects, the Geneva-based World Health Organization said on Monday.

Cologne man’s teeth blown out while smoking e-cigarette
Germany

Cologne man’s teeth blown out while smoking e-cigarette

A young man from Cologne has suffered severe wounds including the loss of several teeth after the e-cigarette he was smoking exploded in his mouth.

Swedish racing dog does poo and then takes gold
Sweden

Swedish racing dog does poo and then takes gold

Talk about not letting the pressure get to you.

Would Bernie Sanders be electable in Germany?
Germany

Would Bernie Sanders be electable in Germany?

US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said recently that in Germany his ideas would not be considered "radical". But how German are his policies really?

Why Italy’s scrapping to be let into Europe’s big boys’ club
Italy

Why Italy’s scrapping to be let into Europe’s big boys’ club

Matteo won't let Angela and François dictate terms any more.

Norway’s oil fund wary of corruption in Brazil firm
Norway

Norway’s oil fund wary of corruption in Brazil firm

World's biggest sovereign wealth fund puts oil group Petrobras "under observation".

Italy recovers six bodies from sinking migrant dinghy
Italy

Italy recovers six bodies from sinking migrant dinghy

Nearly 300 migrants were saved by the Italian coastguard.

Is this the simple solution for Brits driving in France?
France

Is this the simple solution for Brits driving in France?

If stickers make French drivers more polite towards senior citizen motorists then why couldn't they have the same impact on their behaviour towards British drivers?

Italian Senate tackles gay civil unions in risk to Renzi
Italy

Italian Senate tackles gay civil unions in risk to Renzi

The debate over the civil unions bill has divided the country.

Most German conservatives support gay marriage: poll
Germany

Most German conservatives support gay marriage: poll

Germany lags behind most of its Western allies on legalizing gay marriage, but a new survey shows that Germans of all stripes want this to change.

Will Hollande pardon wife who killed her rapist husband?
France

Will Hollande pardon wife who killed her rapist husband?

She killed her husband after he raped her over a period of almost fifty years - and now she's in prison. Will the president step in?

Swiss rush to support ‘sexy’ startup trend
Switzerland

Swiss rush to support ‘sexy’ startup trend

With startups in the Swiss news on an almost daily basis, launching your own business has never been trendier. But exactly how easy does Switzerland make it? The Local’s Caroline Bishop finds out.

Sweden has similar law to shamed Danish bill
Sweden

Sweden has similar law to shamed Danish bill

How many outraged Swedes knew their own authorities have been able to take money from refugees for more than two decades?

Horror as man plunges to his death after forgetting his keys
Spain

Horror as man plunges to his death after forgetting his keys

A man plummeted to his death after trying to scale his apartment building in Alicante after locking himself out.

Madrid to rename Francoist streets after terrorism victims
Spain

Madrid to rename Francoist streets after terrorism victims

Streets honouring figures of the Franco-era will be renamed after the victims of terrorism.

Sweden’s Electrolux sees profit drop after failed GE deal
Sweden

Sweden’s Electrolux sees profit drop after failed GE deal

It's been a turbulent year for this Swedish business giant.

Woman seeks compensation for wetting herself on train
Germany

Woman seeks compensation for wetting herself on train

A woman from southern Germany wet herself when the only toilet on her train was out of order. Should the rail operator pay her compensation?

Roche profits fall due to strong Swiss franc
Switzerland

Roche profits fall due to strong Swiss franc

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche says its net profits in 2015 fell by five percent as a strong Swiss franc ate into the company's robust sales of diagnostics and cancer medications.

DiCaprio gets Papal audience in Rome
Italy

DiCaprio gets Papal audience in Rome

Leo may be hoping the photo-op with the popular pontiff will give his Oscar nomination a boost.

Femen welcome Rouhani with mock hanging on Paris bridge
France

Femen welcome Rouhani with mock hanging on Paris bridge

Is this the craziest stunt yet from the so-called "sextremists" of Femen?

Zika virus: France’s pregnant women told to skip Caribbean
France

Zika virus: France’s pregnant women told to skip Caribbean

Pregnant women in France should postpone travel plans to the Caribbean due to the dangers of the brain-shrinking Zika virus, which is predicted to soon reach France.

Isis-inspired Danish teen gets nine years for killing mum
Denmark

Isis-inspired Danish teen gets nine years for killing mum

A Danish teenager who killed her mother after reportedly becoming fascinated with the terror group Isis was sented to nine years in prison on Thursday.

Italy’s Renzi criticizes Franco-German dominance in EU
Italy

Italy’s Renzi criticizes Franco-German dominance in EU

Italy's Prime Minister said European crises needed to be tackled jointly by all EU members.

2 Zika virus cases in Germany, but spread ‘very, very unlikely’
Germany

2 Zika virus cases in Germany, but spread ‘very, very unlikely’

Two cases of the Zika virus were reported in Germany as recently as December, but experts say that the spread of the mosquito-borne virus is "extremely" unlikely.

Swedish football star scores with totally bonkers Spanglish
Spain

Swedish football star scores with totally bonkers Spanglish

Is this the most bizarre post-match interview ever?

Spain sees record jobless fall in 2015 as economy recovers
Spain

Spain sees record jobless fall in 2015 as economy recovers

Is this confirmation of the country's economic recovery?

Before Denmark, ‘we had a better life in Syria’
Denmark

Before Denmark, ‘we had a better life in Syria’

In the first part of our two-part portrait of a Syrian family in Denmark, The Local speaks with Mohamad Fattal and Dima Kurbash about their journey from Damascus to Aarhus.

Federer falls short against rival Djokovic
Switzerland

Federer falls short against rival Djokovic

Five-time winner Novak Djokovic won a thrilling semifinal battle with Switzerland's Roger Federer to reach his sixth Australian Open final on Thursday.

Swedish footballer scores with totally bizarre interview
Sweden

Swedish footballer scores with totally bizarre interview

Is this the best post-match video ever?

First confirmed case of Zika virus in Austria
Austria

First confirmed case of Zika virus in Austria

Austrian health officials have confirmed that the country has its first imported case of the Zika virus, which is linked to birth defects.

Memorial set for Swiss victims of Burkina Faso attack
Switzerland

Memorial set for Swiss victims of Burkina Faso attack

The canton of Valais is set to pay hommage on Friday to two prominent Swiss men who were killed in a terrorist attack this month in Burkina Faso’s capital that claimed the lives of 30 people.

Italy mountain town celebrates first baby in 28 years
Italy

Italy mountain town celebrates first baby in 28 years

The town of Ostana now boasts a whopping 85 residents.

Stomach flu epidemic sweeps through Brittany
France

Stomach flu epidemic sweeps through Brittany

Stomach flu season is in full swing, with Brittany taking a particularly heavy hit.

Ten Spanish corruption scandals that will take your breath away
Spain

Ten Spanish corruption scandals that will take your breath away

Spain is among the most corrupt nations in the EU with hundreds of graft scandals currently under investigation. The Local takes a look at the most audacious.

Fresh corruption cases harm Rajoy’s last-ditch power bid
Spain

Fresh corruption cases harm Rajoy’s last-ditch power bid

Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is scrabbling to cling to power, but a relentless series of scandals engulfing his conservative Popular Party may well be the final blow to his hopes.

Man jailed after blackmailing underage girls for sex
Austria

Man jailed after blackmailing underage girls for sex

Three years for a 21-year-old man who blackmailed underage Muslim girls into having sex with him and handing over cash.

Paris high schools evacuated over new terror threats
France

Paris high schools evacuated over new terror threats

More bomb threats have been made against prestigious high schools in Paris.

‘Hundreds’ of rapes ‘hidden’ by Danish police
Denmark

‘Hundreds’ of rapes ‘hidden’ by Danish police

The actual number of annual rapes in Denmark may be three times as high as previously believed.

Germany confiscates more from refugees than Denmark
Germany

Germany confiscates more from refugees than Denmark

Denmark has faced stinging international criticism for a new law allowing refugees' valuables to be confiscated - but Germany already has stronger rules in place.

H&M to enter new markets after profit rise
Sweden

H&M to enter new markets after profit rise

Swedish clothing giant Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) on Thursday reported that net profits had continued to rise last year and announced plans to expand into three new countries and boost its online business.

Italy claims over €200 million in unpaid tax from Google
Italy

Italy claims over €200 million in unpaid tax from Google

The demand comes a month after Apple agreed to pay Italy millions in unpaid taxes.

Teen jihadist back in court for distributing Isis propaganda
Austria

Teen jihadist back in court for distributing Isis propaganda

A teenager who was sentenced last year for plotting to blow up Vienna's Westbahnhof railway station has been caught with Isis propaganda.

Man jailed for knifing brother in row over TV remote control
Spain

Man jailed for knifing brother in row over TV remote control

None of us like it when someone else changes the channel, but this Spaniard’s response was a bit extreme…

Italy unearths illegal dump in ancient Roman catacomb
Italy

Italy unearths illegal dump in ancient Roman catacomb

Everything from old mattresses to industrial waste was dumped at the site.

Norway’s rules ‘stricter’ than Denmark’s controversial bill

Norway’s rules ‘stricter’ than Denmark’s controversial bill

UPDATED: Denmark's bill allowing the confiscation of migrants' valuables has been heavily criticized, but both Norway and Germany have even stricter rules on how much money asylum seekers can bring in.

Volunteer made up dead Berlin refugee, police say
Germany

Volunteer made up dead Berlin refugee, police say

Police in Berlin said on Wednesday evening that there was "no dead refugee", after news that a young Syrian man died after queuing for days outside a government office had spread online.

Watch: Gravity-defying stunts at Spain’s Wind Tunnel Games
Spain

Watch: Gravity-defying stunts at Spain’s Wind Tunnel Games

The Wind Games has spawned some incredible videos of participants really defying gravity.

Lugano’s airport forced to close for nine days
Switzerland

Lugano’s airport forced to close for nine days

The canton of Ticino’s main airport will be forced to close for nine days this autumn for the repaving of its runway.

Victory for ‘misled’ investors as Bankia ordered to repay
Spain

Victory for ‘misled’ investors as Bankia ordered to repay

A Supreme Court ruling means thousands of investors who were 'misled' over a leaflet can apply for compensation.

Spotify to raise millions to boost future growth
Sweden

Spotify to raise millions to boost future growth

Swedish music streaming giant Spotify is close to raising $500m in investor notes in order to underpin projected future growth, the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper reported on Wednesday.

‘I’ve been treated like a dog’: Wanda cools on Madrid plan
Spain

‘I’ve been treated like a dog’: Wanda cools on Madrid plan

Chinese property giant Wanda is reassessing plans for a historic Madrid skyscraper amid a dispute over its redevelopment.

‘Uber profits’ as French taxi drivers’ protest rumbles on
France

‘Uber profits’ as French taxi drivers’ protest rumbles on

Furious French taxi drivers took their protests into a third day on Thursday but their rivals at Uber and other private hire cab firms won’t be too concerned.

Long obscure Rossini opera on Syria gets US performance
Italy

Long obscure Rossini opera on Syria gets US performance

The opera premiered at Milan's La Scala in 1813.

Three jailed for theft from Swiss jeweller in Cannes
Switzerland

Three jailed for theft from Swiss jeweller in Cannes

Three Algerians were handed jail sentences of up to 14 years on Wednesday for stealing jewellery worth €500,000 from Swiss luxury jeweller Chopard during the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Why Italy has no choice but to pass gay civil unions bill
Italy

Why Italy has no choice but to pass gay civil unions bill

Italy is the last major Western country not to allow gay couples legal status.

Germany urges doubling of funds in Syrian crisis
Germany

Germany urges doubling of funds in Syrian crisis

A Syria donors' conference in London next week co-hosted by Germany will urge participating countries to double the amount of money they are giving to tackle the humanitarian crisis, Downing Street said on Wednesday.

Swedish asylum staff attacked by rioting youths
Sweden

Swedish asylum staff attacked by rioting youths

UPDATED: Staff were forced to barricade themselves in a room to hide from more than a dozen young men in their care.

UNHCR ‘concerned’ by Norway’s migrant policies
Norway

UNHCR ‘concerned’ by Norway’s migrant policies

Following criticism, integration minister Sylvi Listhaug says Norway is of course going to listen to what the UN has to say".

Norway: Double financial support for Syria
Norway

Norway: Double financial support for Syria

Ahead of a donor's conference co-hosted by Norway, PM Erna Solberg joined David Cameron and Angela Merkel to call on participating countries to double the amount of money they are giving to tackle the humanitarian crisis.

France’s state of emergency survives legal bid to scrap it
France

France’s state of emergency survives legal bid to scrap it

It's not popular but France is doggedly sticking with its state of emergency.

Sweden faces difficult task deporting ‘80,000’ migrants
Sweden

Sweden faces difficult task deporting ‘80,000’ migrants

UPDATED: Questions have been raised over Sweden's ability to deport up to 80,000 of last year's asylum seekers.

France sets new record high for unemployment
France

France sets new record high for unemployment

It's always nice to break records, unless we're talking about unemployment in France.

How a fake bomb test sparked panic at Paris CDG airport
France

How a fake bomb test sparked panic at Paris CDG airport

When staff at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris found a pressure cooker filled with nuts and bolts, you couldn't blame them for panicking.

Five winter sports events for daredevils and first-timers
Sweden

Five winter sports events for daredevils and first-timers

As the snow turns to slush, January might make you want to hibernate, but this is the perfect time to embrace Sweden's wintery sports. Our list includes options for all abilities, tastes and risk levels, plus our regular What's On guide.