Ancelotti: No one knows how far PSG can go
France

Ancelotti: No one knows how far PSG can go

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti praised his players after they battled past Valencia to join the continent's elite in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in 18 years.

‘Equality matters more than religious freedom’
Spain

‘Equality matters more than religious freedom’

Spain's Supreme Court recently overturned a ban on burqas in the Catalonian town of Lleida (Lérida), saying the prohibition contravened European human rights treaties. In Opinion this week, we listen to two key players.

Wages for French men and women lack ‘égalité’
France

Wages for French men and women lack ‘égalité’

A new study revealed on Wednesday that when it comes to salaries, France cannot claim to be a bastion of 'égalité' between men and women.

Government sues paper over corruption claims
Spain

Government sues paper over corruption claims

Spain's ruling Popular Party launched a lawsuit on Wednesday against top newspaper El Pais in the wake of allegations by the paper of corruption among the party's leaders.

Grand Paris ‘supermetro’ finally gathers speed
France

Grand Paris ‘supermetro’ finally gathers speed

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault was set to unveil the government's ‘Grand Paris’ (Greater Paris) project on Wednesday – an ambitious transport and housing master-plan for the Paris region, which will include an all new automatic 'supermetro'.

Ten weirdest Swedish movie title translations
Sweden

Ten weirdest Swedish movie title translations

Movies aren't dubbed in Sweden, but that doesn't mean Swedes don't take certain liberties when translating the titles. We've collected ten of the strangest examples of when titles have really been lost in translation.

Swedish energy giant Vattenfall cuts 2,500 jobs
Sweden

Swedish energy giant Vattenfall cuts 2,500 jobs

Swedish energy group Vattenfall announced on Tuesday that 2,500 staff members would be made redundant as a part of a two-year saving plan.

Avalanche near Tignes kills two off-piste skiers
France

Avalanche near Tignes kills two off-piste skiers

Two off-piste skiers died in an avalanche near the resort of Tignes on Wednesday, to add to the growing death toll of winter sports enthusiasts, who have lost their lives in the French Alps this winter.

Cardinal: Picking pope like ‘visiting the dentist’
Germany

Cardinal: Picking pope like ‘visiting the dentist’

A German cardinal on Thursday said the upcoming papal conclave to pick the next head of the Catholic Church would be as pleasant as a visit to the dentist.

Crisis hits royals as staff call strike
Spain

Crisis hits royals as staff call strike

Workers at Spain's royal palaces are downing tools during the busy Easter period in what will be the first ever strike by crown employees.

Are Swedes really all blondes and Vikings?
Sweden

Are Swedes really all blondes and Vikings?

What is the quintessential Swedish stereotype? Blonde, blue-eyed, beautiful and bearded? More importantly, how do Swedes react to these claims? The Local took to the streets of Stockholm to find out.

Fourth French soldier killed in Mali operation
France

Fourth French soldier killed in Mali operation

France said on Wednesday that a fourth French soldier had been killed during fighting against Islamist militants in Mali.

Pro-Barça press: ref’s gift put Real Madrid through
Spain

Pro-Barça press: ref’s gift put Real Madrid through

Madrid's sporting press on Wednesday hailed a dream win for Real as they came a step closer to a 10th European club crown but rival papers said their victory at Manchester United was a gift from the referee.

Minister rejects Brussels calls for tax hikes
Spain

Minister rejects Brussels calls for tax hikes

Spain won't bow to pressure from the European Commission to improve its economic situation by bumping up several key taxes, budget minister Cristobal Montoro said on Wednesday.

A to Z of Spanish politics: a handy guide
Spain

A to Z of Spanish politics: a handy guide

In this Spanish politics cheat sheet, The Local Spain gives you the heads up on everyone from Aznar to Zapatero, stopping at (almost) all stations in between.

Instagram riot probe nears completion
Sweden

Instagram riot probe nears completion

The Swedish police are close to wrapping up their investigation into the "slut-shaming" account on Instagram that caused Gothenburg teenagers to riot last year.

Swiss medics face ban on new practices
Switzerland

Swiss medics face ban on new practices

The lower house of the Swiss parliament has voted in favour of reintroducing a three-year limit on the number of licences issued to specialist doctors.

Germany to block EU quota for women execs
Germany

Germany to block EU quota for women execs

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is planning to team up with the UK to scupper an EU-wide female quota for top executives, a German newspaper reported Wednesday.

Germany wants new era in Venezuela after Chavez
Germany

Germany wants new era in Venezuela after Chavez

Guido Westerwelle, Germany's foreign minister, said Wednesday he hoped Venezuela could enter a new era after the death of President Hugo Chavez and urged the country to embrace democracy to achieve its potential.

EU probes German electricity exemptions
Germany

EU probes German electricity exemptions

The European Commission said Wednesday it was launching an investigation into possible state aid to large consumers of electricity in Germany.

‘Swedish aristocratic women should be equal’
Sweden

‘Swedish aristocratic women should be equal’

A Swedish count is calling on the Swedish House of Nobility (Riddarhuset) to allow women equal rights as members of the aristocracy.

Eddie Izzard on talking ‘weird bollocks’ in French
France

Eddie Izzard on talking ‘weird bollocks’ in French

Comedian Eddie Izzard has brought his unique brand of ‘weird bollocks’ to France this month for five gigs in French. On Wednesday night he'll take to the stage at l'Olympia in Paris. In an interview with The Local, the hyperactive Europhile shares his world vision, his plan to become Mayor of London, and his thoughts on David Cameron.

Norway MPs slam Breivik massacre response
Norway

Norway MPs slam Breivik massacre response

Norway's parliament slammed authorities over Anders Behring Breivik's deadly 2011 rampage in a vote on Tuesday that was its harshest criticism yet of the ruling coalition's handling of the attacks.

Prison inmate escapes in centre of Bern
Switzerland

Prison inmate escapes in centre of Bern

An inmate at the St Johannsen prison near Le Landeron in Neuchâtel has escaped after overpowering his warder in the centre of Bern.

Sperm donations flowing despite paternity ruling
Germany

Sperm donations flowing despite paternity ruling

A recent court ruling granting children information about their biological fathers has not deterred German men from making sperm donations, according to fertility experts.

Spain crowns European drug bust list
Spain

Spain crowns European drug bust list

Spain is the European capital for both hashish and cocaine busts, a new report says.

Gadgets and gizmos galore blink at CeBIT
Germany

Gadgets and gizmos galore blink at CeBIT

From a glove that can be used as a mobile phone to a remote-controlled spy helicopter: this year's CeBIT, the world's top high-tech fair, showcases a bewildering array of gadgets.

Sweden sanguine at Swiss jet purchase delay
Sweden

Sweden sanguine at Swiss jet purchase delay

The decision by the upper chamber of the Swiss parliament not to release funds for the purchase of new JAS Gripen fighter jets from Sweden has renewed doubt about the deal.

Union on anti-BA demos: ‘This is not Trafalgar’
Spain

Union on anti-BA demos: ‘This is not Trafalgar’

Iberia staff and union representatives have denied that recent strikes over job cuts have been anti-British - despite protesters carrying banners with anti-British messages and defaced union jacks.

Healer ‘infected patients with HIV’
Switzerland

Healer ‘infected patients with HIV’

A music teacher is standing trial at the Bern-Mittelland regional court accused of deliberately infecting 16 people with the HIV, the AIDS virus.

Spanish PM sad over Chavez death
Spain

Spanish PM sad over Chavez death

Spain's prime minister Mariano Rajoy has expressed his sorrow at the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

Sarkozy: I may have a ‘duty’ to return
France

Sarkozy: I may have a ‘duty’ to return

France's ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has fueled mounting suspicions that a dramatic comeback could be on the cards, saying in an interview that he may have no choice but to run for President in 2017, for the sake of France.

Smart homes ‘will totally change the way we shop’
Spain

Smart homes ‘will totally change the way we shop’

With a flick of the wrist, residents of a futuristic home developed in Spain can browse the internet on living room walls, switch off a giant projected bedroom alarm clock, or transform the entire interior into a streetscape or beach.

Spotify launches in-car collaboration with Volvo
Sweden

Spotify launches in-car collaboration with Volvo

Swedish music giant Spotify announced on Tuesday that it had launched its new in-car entertainment product for Volvo drivers with touch-enabled dashboards.

Burkinis to help Muslim Swedes take the plunge
Sweden

Burkinis to help Muslim Swedes take the plunge

The small Swedish town of Emmaboda has vetoed a petition to introduce women-only hours at the municipal swimming pool, and instead wants to start selling burkinis to its observant Muslim female bathers.

Cool to be in quarters, says Dortmund’s Klopp
Germany

Cool to be in quarters, says Dortmund’s Klopp

Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp tried to play down expectations, but admitted it was "extremely cool" to be in the Champions League quarter-finals after their 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night in their Last 16 second leg clash.

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Spain

Fishermen sink Spanish giant’s power plant plans

A court in Chile has halted the construction of a huge power plant being built by Spanish company Endesa, after fishermen charged it would harm the environment and ruin their livelihood.

New in cinemas: ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’
Germany

New in cinemas: ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’

Find movies playing in English in Germany with The Local's cinema guide.

Loyal dog foils French woman’s suicide bid
France

Loyal dog foils French woman’s suicide bid

A French woman's loyal German Shepherd dog saved her from committing suicide by knocking aside a rifle she tried to fire into her heart, local police said.

Mother faces court over boy’s ‘I am a bomb’ top
France

Mother faces court over boy’s ‘I am a bomb’ top

The mother and uncle of a three-year old named Jihad, who was born on September 11, were due in a French court on Wednesday for sending him to school in a top with "I am a bomb" written on it.

Parliament decision could clip Gripen’s wings
Switzerland

Parliament decision could clip Gripen’s wings

The decision by the upper house of the Swiss parliament not to release funds for the purchase of new Gripen fighter jets has renewed doubt about the deal.

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Sweden

Six held for suspected rape near Stockholm

Several teenage boys have been held for involvement in the suspected gang rape of a teenage girl northwest of Stockholm.

Beckham and PSG set for Champions League clash
France

Beckham and PSG set for Champions League clash

David Beckham will be hoping to make his Champions League debut for Paris St-Germain on Wednesday when his French side take on Valencia in the second leg of their last-16 clash. PSG only need a draw to qualify after winning the first leg 2-1.

Swedes should expect to work longer: Reinfeldt
Sweden

Swedes should expect to work longer: Reinfeldt

Swedes will need to start their careers earlier and retire later in life if the Swedish welfare state is to remain sustainable, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said on Tuesday in conjunction with the release of new government report.

Hollande commends Chavez’s ‘fight for justice’
France

Hollande commends Chavez’s ‘fight for justice’

French President Francois Hollande sent his condolences on Wednesday following the death of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, whom he praised for his determination "to fight for justice."

British troops to leave Germany a year early
Germany

British troops to leave Germany a year early

British troops will leave Germany a year earlier than planned to end a legacy of World War II by 2019, UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced late on Tuesday.

‘Young Swedes need more mental health help’
Sweden

‘Young Swedes need more mental health help’

One in four 16- to 18-year-olds in Sweden suffers from mental health issues, according to a report from the OECD, which argues Swedish schools need more resources to tackle young people's mental health problems.

Deutsche Bahn backs billions for Stuttgart 21
Germany

Deutsche Bahn backs billions for Stuttgart 21

Germany’s railway operator Deutsche Bahn has decided to stick with controversial plans to revamp Stuttgart’s train station despite exploding costs. But neither the city nor state wants to cough up the cash.

The world-changing history of the Berlin Wall
Germany

The world-changing history of the Berlin Wall

As people fight to keep the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall intact, we look back at the key events surrounding the once-hated Cold War barrier in this week's Local List.