Real Madrid beat Man Utd after red-card reprieve
Spain

Real Madrid beat Man Utd after red-card reprieve

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the decisive goal as Real Madrid controversially came from behind to win 2-1 at Manchester United on Tuesday and reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Spain banks don’t need more rescue cash: EU
Spain

Spain banks don’t need more rescue cash: EU

Spain will likely need no more money from Brussels to fix its financial industry after receiving €41.4 billion ($54 billion) to shore up banks hammered by a 2008 property crash, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

La vache! Top Ten weird French insults
France

La vache! Top Ten weird French insults

Ok, maybe your French is pretty good by now, or at least you can get by. There’s one thing that the textbooks won’t teach you, though: the weird and wonderful language of French insults. Check out our list to expand your repertoire.

Spanish hotel prices soar to nudge €100
Spain

Spanish hotel prices soar to nudge €100

Ibiza and San Sebastián are now the most expensive places to stay in Spain, says the accommodation portal hoteles.com.

Four French climbers killed in Alps avalanche
France

Four French climbers killed in Alps avalanche

Four French climbers were killed in a deadly avalanche in the French Alps on Tuesday afternoon, police have confirmed.

French unions strike over reform of labour laws
France

French unions strike over reform of labour laws

Thousands of trade union members staged protests across France on Tuesday to express their opposition to a reform of the country's labour laws, which is set to be adopted by the French government.

Priests’ fowl play forces storks to flee nests
Spain

Priests’ fowl play forces storks to flee nests

Spain's eviction crisis is now affecting its bird population after 39 feathered families were kicked out of their nests by parish priests in the village of Alcolea de Cinca, in northern Spain.

Faecal bacteria found in Ikea chocolate cakes
Sweden

Faecal bacteria found in Ikea chocolate cakes

Health authorities in China have confiscated nearly two tonnes of chocolate cakes imported from Sweden by Ikea after finding high levels of bacteria commonly found in the human intestinal tract.

German fake bishop infiltrates Vatican
Germany

German fake bishop infiltrates Vatican

Berlin's Roman Catholic Archdiocese has condemned a German charlatan for masquerading as a bishop and sneaking into the Vatican to fraternize with cardinals as they prepare to choose a new pope.

Sweden looks to shrink funding to UN bodies
Sweden

Sweden looks to shrink funding to UN bodies

The Swedish finance minister has said Sweden may reduce contributions to several UN organizations by as much as 10 percent, and redirect the cash to taking care of newly arrived refugees.

Founder of school boat on trial for ‘raping pupils’
France

Founder of school boat on trial for ‘raping pupils’

The founder of a hippie-era boat school went on trial in France on Tuesday, accused of raping children put in his care by parents seeking to offer them an escape from the constraints of conventional education.

Fans frustrated as top CL match airs on Sky
Germany

Fans frustrated as top CL match airs on Sky

German state broadcaster ZDF left football fans disappointed after failing to secure the rights to air the Champions League match between Dortmund and Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night, because it was on the wrong day.

Swiss medics to train Vatican guards in first aid
Switzerland

Swiss medics to train Vatican guards in first aid

A team of Swiss paramedics are heading to Rome to provide training for the Swiss Vatican Guard – the pope’s private army.

Pupils at French school told: ‘It’s pork or no meat’
France

Pupils at French school told: ‘It’s pork or no meat’

Pupils at a school in France will no longer be given a substitute meat if they don't eat pork, as local authorities try to cut down on food waste and costs. Parents have complained about the measure.

Catalunya Banc shelves sale plans as bids flop
Spain

Catalunya Banc shelves sale plans as bids flop

Spain's banking rescue fund has postponed a plan to flog off failed Catalunya Banc after not a single viable offer was received.

Ikea and Marriott launch budget hotel chain
Sweden

Ikea and Marriott launch budget hotel chain

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has roped in US hotel chain Marriott for its long-discussed launch of a new branch of budget traveller hotels across Europe.

Bienvenido to The Local Spain!
Germany

Bienvenido to The Local Spain!

Today The Local Spain is throwing open its doors, bringing locally-sourced Spanish news to English speakers – both in Spain and abroad.

Berlin Wall protests criticized
Germany

Berlin Wall protests criticized

The protest against Sunday's destruction of a 22-metre stretch of Berlin's East Side Gallery, now put on hold, has been criticized as hypocritical by a left-wing newspaper.

Top court deals blow to neo-Nazi party
Germany

Top court deals blow to neo-Nazi party

A top German court has ruled against a suit brought by the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) aimed at proving it is loyal to the country's constitution. It is a blow to the party trying to defend itself from an attempted ban.

German museum returns art looted by Nazis
Germany

German museum returns art looted by Nazis

A German museum for the first time on Tuesday returned a painting despoiled by the Nazis to the estate of a late German Jewish art dealer.

Passengers stranded as Iberia grounds flights
Spain

Passengers stranded as Iberia grounds flights

Iberia cancelled over 300 flights on Tuesday as strikes at the airline continued to have a distinctly anti-British tone.

Bienvenido to The Local Spain!
Sweden

Bienvenido to The Local Spain!

Today The Local Spain is throwing open its doors, bringing locally-sourced Spanish news to English speakers – both in Spain and abroad.

‘Women’s bodies aren’t simply containers’
Sweden

‘Women’s bodies aren’t simply containers’

Lifting Sweden's ban on surrogate motherhood would facilitate the trade in women and children, argue Mia Fahlén of the Swedish Women Doctors Association and Gertrud Åström of the Swedish Women's Lobby.

Jobs centre advertises ‘escort’ position
Germany

Jobs centre advertises ‘escort’ position

A job centre in Düsseldorf has apologised after advertising a vacancy for a "hostess" from a prostitution website. It described the ideal candidate as someone with an aptitude for "communicating their zest for life to men."

France is home to world’s richest woman
France

France is home to world’s richest woman

Two French tycoons have made it into the the annual American-dominated Forbes rich list, it was revealed on Tuesday, including L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, who can lay claim to the grand title of the world's richest woman.

Parliament wants to retain military service
Switzerland

Parliament wants to retain military service

Parliament has rejected an initiative by the Switzerland Without an Army pressure group to scrap conscription.

Bienvenido to The Local Spain’s new team!

Bienvenido to The Local Spain’s new team!

Today The Local Spain is throwing open its doors, bringing locally-sourced Spanish news to English speakers – both in Spain and abroad.

Barça back sick coach as players’ form dips
Spain

Barça back sick coach as players’ form dips

FC Barcelona are talking down the importance of two recent losses against arch rivals Real Madrid with the club saying the top priority this season is the recovery of coach Tito Vilanova, currently having cancer treatment in New York.

Spanish police smash huge vice ring
Spain

Spanish police smash huge vice ring

Spanish police have broken up a prostitution ring that operated six large brothels staffed with about 400 women and chalked up more than a million euros a year in earnings.

France launches inquiry into electronic cigarettes
France

France launches inquiry into electronic cigarettes

The French government has ordered an investigation into the possible risks of 'smoking' electronic cigarettes as more and more smokers turn to the devices in a bid to stub out their habit.

German railway stations ordered to go electronic
Germany

German railway stations ordered to go electronic

Germany's national rail company Deutsche Bahn has been ordered to kit out all of its stations with electronic display boards and public address systems to inform passengers about cancellations and delays.

Fourteen Swedes make Forbes billionaire list
Sweden

Fourteen Swedes make Forbes billionaire list

H&M owner Stefan Persson was the highest placed Swede on the Forbes billionaire list published on Tuesday, with 13 other Swedes possessing a fortune large enough to join him in the elite club.

‘Every creative agency in California wants a Swede’
Sweden

‘Every creative agency in California wants a Swede’

The Local speaks to TEDxStockholm founder Carl Bärstad on why the Swedes are an innovative nation - and why they need to learn how to fail.

Non-authorized rabbit meat sold in Switzerland
Switzerland

Non-authorized rabbit meat sold in Switzerland

Rabbit meat that doesn’t come up to high Swiss food standards has been discovered at a supermarket in Lausanne.

City dwellers abandon the Swedish church
Sweden

City dwellers abandon the Swedish church

The former state Church of Sweden lost more than 50,000 members in 2012, continuing a trend in declining membership, seen most acutely in the towns, since Sweden became secular in the year 2000.

Rich List: Zara chief hits global top three
Spain

Rich List: Zara chief hits global top three

The recession ravaging Spain's economy has not held back Amancio Ortega, who has just leaped to third place in Forbes magazine's listing of the richest people in the world after raking in a whopping €28.7 billion in 2012.

Mortician stored gallons of human blood at home
France

Mortician stored gallons of human blood at home

Police in France uncovered a grisly tale this week when a cash-strapped body embalmer was found to be storing 700 litres of blood and other human waste substances in his garage.

‘We wanted to do good, have fun, make money’
Sweden

‘We wanted to do good, have fun, make money’

In our series profiling foreigners who've moved to Sweden, The Local speaks with Ronia Virginia about the transition from being a full-time homemaker to helping Swedish firms trying to enter the Indian market.

‘Gay marriage won’t aid our survival’: minister
Spain

‘Gay marriage won’t aid our survival’: minister

Spain's interior minister Jorge Fernández Díaz is in hot water over negative comments he made about gay marriage in Rome.

Jews hit Malmö streets to counter anti-Semitism
Sweden

Jews hit Malmö streets to counter anti-Semitism

As Malmö continues to struggle with anti-Semitism that has plagued the southern Swedish city for years, contributor Patrick Reilly learns how the city's Jewish community is fighting back.

Interior minister: We need populism
Germany

Interior minister: We need populism

Facing election this year, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich seems to have gone off-piste over immigration, warning that populist measures are necessary to avoid the threat of fascism, comments Hannah Cleaver.

Fee for Swiss motorways set to more than double
Switzerland

Fee for Swiss motorways set to more than double

Using Switzerland’s motorway network is set to become a lot more expensive.

Defence minister visits Afghanistan
Germany

Defence minister visits Afghanistan

Germany's defence minister made a surprise visit to nearly 5,000 of his country's troops in Afghanistan on Tuesday. He flew directly there in a civilian aircraft for the first time, indicating improved conditions in the region.

France believes French Sahel hostages ‘alive’
France

France believes French Sahel hostages ‘alive’

France's defence minister insisted there is "every reason to believe" French hostages being held in the Sahel were still alive, but said there was "no proof" that two top Islamist militants had been killed in Mali.

Napoleon to be subject of Spielberg mini-series
France

Napoleon to be subject of Spielberg mini-series

Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg is to make a television mini-series about Napoleon, based on a screenplay by Stanley Kubrick, he told a French broadcaster.

Pirate Bay: We’ve set sail for North Korea
Sweden

Pirate Bay: We’ve set sail for North Korea

Filesharing site The Pirate Bay claims to have relocated to North Korea after legal threats led Sweden's Pirate Party to cut off the site's internet access.

Bayer fights for cancer drug patent in India
Germany

Bayer fights for cancer drug patent in India

German pharmaceuticals giant Bayer, maker of Aspirin, vowed Monday to fight a ruling by the patent authorities in India allowing a local company to produce and sell a generic copy of its anti-cancer drug Nexavar.

Five German unis crack global top 100
Germany

Five German unis crack global top 100

German universities made headway in respected league table the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings which, published Monday evening, provide the only global index based on an academic institution's brand.