Ten embarrassing errors to avoid in French
France

Ten embarrassing errors to avoid in French

Just arrived in France? On holiday and relying on your phrasebook? Lived here for years? We've all been left red-faced by small errors while speaking the language. The Local is on hand with the ten most embarrassing mistakes to avoid in French.

Is Maradona heading to the French Riviera?
France

Is Maradona heading to the French Riviera?

First it was Golden Balls, next it could be the Hand of God. Following David Beckham's surprise move to French football Diego Maradona could follow suit after Montpellier said they want to speak to the Argentine legend about becoming their coach.

France and Israel call for tougher sanctions on Iran
France

France and Israel call for tougher sanctions on Iran

Sanctions on Iran over its contested nuclear programme need to be strengthened further, French President Francois Hollande and his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres said on Friday.

Suspected terrorists were ‘ready to take action’
France

Suspected terrorists were ‘ready to take action’

Two men arrested in France this week on suspicion of wanting to carry out terrorist acts had bought explosives and were “ready to take action”, police sources revealed on Friday.

Most German women still feel disadvantaged
Germany

Most German women still feel disadvantaged

As the world celebrated International Women's Day on Friday, a new poll found that four out of five German women don't feel that gender equality has been achieved in the country.

‘I can’t imagine living without the sea’
Spain

‘I can’t imagine living without the sea’

This week in My Spain we talk to Barcelona-based New Zealander Charlotte Warren about life by the sea, the fine art of wine tasting and running clubs with drinking problems.

Are Spanish workplaces sexist?
Spain

Are Spanish workplaces sexist?

On International Women's Day, we ask expat and Spanish women if there's any discrimination in the workplace in Spain.

Speedy disabled man told: Get out and walk
Germany

Speedy disabled man told: Get out and walk

A disabled pensioner was recently stopped by German police for speeding on his electric cart and reportedly ordered to continue his journey on foot.

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Sweden

Stockholm police end ‘racial profiling’ push

Swedish police announced on Friday that officers would no longer be asking public transport users for identification, after their past efforts to deport undocumented migrants were branded as racial profiling.

Muslim discrimination ‘too common’ in Sweden
Sweden

Muslim discrimination ‘too common’ in Sweden

Swedish Muslims have slammed the government for failing to combat discrimination, submitting a report to the UN with a list of proposed measures, such as setting up an inquiry into the abuse of Somali migrants in the tiny town of Forserum.

Eurovision trumps football in ratings battle
Spain

Eurovision trumps football in ratings battle

It's official: Eurovision is more popular than football.

Germany demands North Korea be punished
Germany

Germany demands North Korea be punished

Germany's foreign minister said on Friday he wanted his EU counterparts to consider further measures against North Korea beyond UN sanctions in the wake of Pyongyang's recent provocations.

87-year-old’s grenades prompt police panic
Sweden

87-year-old’s grenades prompt police panic

A police station in western Stockholm was evacuated in panic on Thursday after an elderly man turned in two grenades for confiscation.

Thailand to extradite Swiss child molester
Switzerland

Thailand to extradite Swiss child molester

A 56-year-old man from St Gallen who abused his daughter and her friend over a period of years is to be extradited from Thailand.

Swedish ‘cocaine king’ jailed for 18 years
Sweden

Swedish ‘cocaine king’ jailed for 18 years

A 40-year-old man was sentenced on Friday to 18 years in prison after he was caught smuggling 1.4 tonnes of cocaine into Sweden as part of what has been labelled Sweden's "biggest ever" cocaine ring.

Prince Felipe in Caracas for Chavez funeral
Spain

Prince Felipe in Caracas for Chavez funeral

Spain's Crown Prince Felipe has arrived in Caracas where he is attending the funeral of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

Fathers to get ‘bonuses’ for paternity leave
France

Fathers to get ‘bonuses’ for paternity leave

French President François Hollande this week announced plans to give financial incentives to encourage fathers to take their fair share of parental leave.

Museums paint grim picture as crisis bites
Spain

Museums paint grim picture as crisis bites

Spain's top museums are bumping up entry prices, staying open for longer and sending artworks abroad as they scramble for new revenue to offset the effects of government cuts to their budgets.

Music award strips ‘far-right’ band nomination
Germany

Music award strips ‘far-right’ band nomination

After complaints from other artists, Germany's top music awards removed controversial rock band Frei.Wild from its nominees list due to its reputed link with the far scene. A neo-Nazi party announced it would now protest the awards show.

French PM demands €5 billion spending cuts
France

French PM demands €5 billion spending cuts

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Friday asked ministries to slash spending by €5 billion next year to help balance the budget amid low growth, spiralling unemployment and mass layoffs.

Vueling stocks soar as IAG takeover flops
Spain

Vueling stocks soar as IAG takeover flops

Shares in Spanish budget carrier Vueling surged on Friday after its board unanimously rejected a full takeover bid by Britain's International Airlines Group as being too cheap.

Sweden braces for Melodifestivalen final
Sweden

Sweden braces for Melodifestivalen final

Swedes around the country are readying for Saturday night's Melodifestivalen finale in Stockholm, where the nation will decide which act will represent Sweden at the Eurovision finals in Malmö in May.

Mehdorn to lead troubled new Berlin airport
Germany

Mehdorn to lead troubled new Berlin airport

Germany's transport minister on Friday appointed Hartmut Mehdorn, the former head of Air Berlin and the country's rail operator Deutsche Bahn, as the new chief of Berlin's much-delayed main new airport.

Turkish envoy shut out of neo-Nazi murder trial
Germany

Turkish envoy shut out of neo-Nazi murder trial

The murder trial of the last member of the neo-Nazi terror group the National Socialist Underground has turned into a diplomatic incident after a German court refused to guarantee space for the Turkish ambassador.

Telecoms provider records highest profit yet
Switzerland

Telecoms provider records highest profit yet

Switzerland’s second biggest telecoms company, Sunrise, is reporting a big jump in profit and sales for 2012.

Spain wins gay-friendly travel accolade
Spain

Spain wins gay-friendly travel accolade

Spain is one the world's most gay and lesbian-friendly tourist destinations, the international gay guide Spartacus reported recently.

Limousin – France’s ‘best-kept secret’
France

Limousin – France’s ‘best-kept secret’

The central region of Limousin is not usually top of the list for tourists who often drive straight through to reach more well-trodden destinations. But for this week's My France, Brit Taunya Smith, tells us why more should stop by.

‘Why haven’t we had a woman prime minister?’
Sweden

‘Why haven’t we had a woman prime minister?’

Birgitta Ohlsson made waves when she was appointed European Affairs Minister while pregnant, but she still wonders why Sweden lags behind its neighbours in having a woman head the government, the AFP's Camille Bas-Wohlert discovers.

France set to open floodgates to cheap fags
France

France set to open floodgates to cheap fags

There may be good news ahead for smokers in France, as reports in the French press on Friday suggested the government is to lift a restriction on the amount of cigarettes that can be legally brought into the country from other EU states.

Airport security strike hits Cologne-Bonn again
Germany

Airport security strike hits Cologne-Bonn again

Security staff at Cologne-Bonn airport walked out early Friday morning, throwing the airport into chaos yet again with almost 50 flights cancelled before 9am. Berlin's Tegel Airport was also affected.

Sweden on top in gay friendly travel rating
Sweden

Sweden on top in gay friendly travel rating

Sweden came first in a rating of the gay-friendliest countries in the world, published on Thursday by the Spartacus International Gay Guide.

‘The northern lights are simply spectacular’
Sweden

‘The northern lights are simply spectacular’

In our weekly profile of people's lives in different parts of Sweden, The Local catches up with a Spanish couple who traded the sunny climes of Galicia for the snow, reindeer, and northern lights of Skellefteå.

Scientists: ‘Rubbish killed beached whale’
Spain

Scientists: ‘Rubbish killed beached whale’

A 4.5 tonne sperm whale that washed ashore in southern Spain in March 2012 starved to death after ingesting large amounts of plastic sheets used in greenhouses in the region, scientists said on Thursday.

Teen held for Mexico rape of Spanish women
Spain

Teen held for Mexico rape of Spanish women

A teenager became the latest person arrested for the rape of six Spanish tourists in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco in February, the Guerrero state attorney said on Thursday.

Bullies, bishops, big gaps, and The Hoff
Germany

Bullies, bishops, big gaps, and The Hoff

In The Local's latest Weekly News Roundup, Ben Knight looks at the government's purportedly whitewashed poverty report, a fake bishop in the Vatican, some bullied soldiers, and how David Hasselhoff will save the Berlin Wall.

First high-rise dynamited in Switzerland
Switzerland

First high-rise dynamited in Switzerland

A 12-storey tower block in Aarau came crashing down early on Friday morning after being dynamited by demolition experts.

Defence Minister rallies troops on Mali visit
France

Defence Minister rallies troops on Mali visit

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has visited French troops in northern Mali, where the military says they have killed 150 Islamist rebels over the past month.

Escaped inmate recaptured in Solothurn
Switzerland

Escaped inmate recaptured in Solothurn

An inmate who escaped from prison near Le Landeron in Neuchâtel has been recaptured after four days on the run.

Facebook censors gallery over nude photo
France

Facebook censors gallery over nude photo

Facebook has caused outrage among French art-lovers by blocking the page of a Parisian art gallery for 24 hours after a photo-study of a nude posted there was deemed by the social network to be in violation of its community standards.

Alliance support sinks to five-year low
Sweden

Alliance support sinks to five-year low

Grilling hot dogs in a photo op show of unity appears not to have whetted Swedish voters' appetite for the government coalition, as support for the centere-right Alliance hits a five-year low.

Social justice ‘key issue’ for German voters
Germany

Social justice ‘key issue’ for German voters

Most Germans regard social justice and fairness as the most important issue for Germany's upcoming general election, a recent poll revealed – something the centre-left opposition is hoping to use to unseat Chancellor Merkel.

Swedish men trail women in care league
Sweden

Swedish men trail women in care league

The Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) says women are still taking out more than their share of leave days and benefits to care for children or other relatives, according to statistics compiled for International Women's Day.

New witness in ‘Malmö sniper’ trial to testify
Sweden

New witness in ‘Malmö sniper’ trial to testify

Prosecutors are set to introduce a new witness to a Malmö shooting in the retrial of Peter Mangs, hoping to secure an additional attempted murder conviction in the high-profile case.

Ballack confirms June goodbye game
Germany

Ballack confirms June goodbye game

Ex-Germany captain Michael Ballack has confirmed he will hold a farewell game in Leipzig on June 5th, with a host of stars set to attend including Bastian Schweinsteiger and Jose Mourinho.

‘Heidelberg has a zeitgeist you can feel’
Germany

‘Heidelberg has a zeitgeist you can feel’

Get The Local flavour of Germany with our series offering an insider's take on life in his or her hometown. This week, Adam Kubik takes us to Heidelberg.

This week’s highlights: March 8 – 13
Germany

This week’s highlights: March 8 – 13

This Week's Highlights: Short plays in Berlin, new books in Cologne, and a festival for women in Hamburg.