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Latest news from: The Local in Italy »
Store's anti-Roma sign slammed as 'pure racism'

Store's anti-Roma sign slammed as 'pure racism'

A supermarket sign in Sicily urging people not to give money to “gypsies” is “pure racism”, a director from the European Roma Rights Centre told The Local. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Spain »
Woman fakes kidnapping to stage musical show

Woman fakes kidnapping to stage musical show

A Barcelona woman has been arrested after allegedly faking her own kidnapping in the Dominican Republic to raise money for a musical production. READ »

 
Latest news from: The Local in France »
'Marine Le Pen is the 21st century Joan of Arc'

'Marine Le Pen is the 21st century Joan of Arc'

In a new interview one-time French sex symbol Brigitte Bardot has likened the head of France’s anti-immigration National Front party to the iconic French historical figure of Joan of Arc. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Germany »
Siemens lands €650m Norway wind power deal

Siemens lands €650m Norway wind power deal

German engineering giant Siemens has won a contract worth 650 million euros to supply wind turbines to Norwegian power groups Statoil and Statkraft, the company said Thursday. READ »

 
Latest news from: The Local in Sweden »
'Sweden Democrats hold the key to elections'

'Sweden Democrats hold the key to elections'

With national elections around the corner, political scientist Stig-Björn Ljunggren says there's a hive of activity behind the scenes, and that the right-wing nationalist party could end up being the key player. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Norway »
Teachers unions meet to reach strike resolve

Teachers unions meet to reach strike resolve

The four main teachers' unions met KS on Thursday at Kommunenes Hus in Oslo in an effort to find resolution to the ongoing strikes taking place across Norway. READ »

 
Latest news from: The Local in Switzerland »
Swiss travel firm Kuoni suffers weak results

Swiss travel firm Kuoni suffers weak results

Shares in Switzerland-based global travel group Kuoni plunged on Thursday after the company posted weak results for the first half of 2014, blaming unrest in many parts of the world. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Austria »
Armed fare-dodger jailed for 12 years

Armed fare-dodger jailed for 12 years

An Austrian man trying to evade police after being caught without a ticket in Zürich in 2013 was jailed this week for pulling a gun on his pursuers and firing several shots. READ »

 
Latest news from: The Local in Denmark »
Health plan focuses on cancer, chronic illness

Health plan focuses on cancer, chronic illness

The government announced a new five billion kroner plan to improve the nation's healthcare system through better cancer treatment, early detection and the creation of new modern doctors' offices. READ »

 
 
Latest chat from: Toytown Germany »