Bacteria-infected cake sold in Swiss Ikea stores
Switzerland

Bacteria-infected cake sold in Swiss Ikea stores

Ikea’s restaurants in Switzerland sold 720 chocolate almond cakes containing coliform bacteria, contrary to previous declarations by the furniture and furnishings retailer.

How to sound cool in Spanish
Spain

How to sound cool in Spanish

Ever wondered how to shout out 'what a rip-off' when a Spanish waiter overcharges you? The Local lists some of Spain's essential bar culture slang.

CEO of French hi-tech group considers tax exile
France

CEO of French hi-tech group considers tax exile

Bernard Charles, chief executive of the French hi-tech group Dassault Systemes, revealed on Monday that he is considering leaving his native France for tax reasons.

Wintry blast heads south and west
Germany

Wintry blast heads south and west

Heavy snow and black ice led to hundreds of road accidents across northern Germany on Monday. Weathermen say the cold and snow is now heading south and west and warn of snow storms for the Rhineland on Tuesday morning.

‘Regulations are a burden everywhere you go’
Spain

‘Regulations are a burden everywhere you go’

This week in My Spanish Career we talk to property analyst and consultant Mark Stucklin about housing bubbles, asset reporting requirements and light at the end of the (economic) tunnel.

Many Germans could back anti-euro party
Germany

Many Germans could back anti-euro party

One in four Germans would consider voting for an anti-euro party, according to a new survey - and a group of politicians are founding just such a party to stand in September's general election.

Swingers’ club record push goes up in flames
Sweden

Swingers’ club record push goes up in flames

A swingers' club in eastern Sweden has been forced to abandon its attempt to set a new Swedish record after a fire destroyed the building that housed the "erotic oasis".

Sweden’s housing queues ‘getting worse’
Sweden

Sweden’s housing queues ‘getting worse’

Housing queues across Sweden are getting longer, according to an extensive survey of private and public housing companies, with experts claiming the situation is getting even worse.

Famed Paris catacombs draw erotic visitors
France

Famed Paris catacombs draw erotic visitors

Paris is known as the city of love, but despite its myriad romantic attractions, one spot in particular is proving to be a magnet for erotically-charged artistic types, and it's a world away from the Jardin du Luxembourg or even Pigalle.

MPs mull homework ban and other school reforms
France

MPs mull homework ban and other school reforms

Controversial reforms of France’s education system were put before the French parliament on Monday, including the creation of 60,000 posts in schools the creation of teacher training centres and the scrapping of homework.

Air France flight to Paris in emergency landing
France

Air France flight to Paris in emergency landing

A Paris-bound Air France flight from Mumbai was forced to make an emergency landing in the Indian city on Monday after developing an engine problem, the airline and airport said.

Migrants gatecrash Spanish city of Melilla
Spain

Migrants gatecrash Spanish city of Melilla

A crowd of African migrants stormed a border fence and crossed from Morocco into Spanish territory on Monday, leaving 12 people injured, Spanish authorities reported.

Intercity bus prices rise in Easter lead-up
Spain

Intercity bus prices rise in Easter lead-up

Intercity bus prices in Spain rose three percent on Saturday as coach companies looked to offset rising fuel prices.

Bravehearts take on Bavaria’s toughest race
Germany

Bravehearts take on Bavaria’s toughest race

Thousands of wannabe Scottish revolutionaries waded through mud and chilly water, climbed over walls for 26 kilometres in an ironman-type race named after William Wallace this weekend - in Bavaria.

French cardinal to reveal next pope
France

French cardinal to reveal next pope

There may only be an outside chance of a French cardinal becoming Benedict XVI's successor but at least the honour of announcing the next leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics will fall to a Frenchman.

‘Be employable and ready to work damn hard’
Sweden

‘Be employable and ready to work damn hard’

In our series profiling careers of foreigners who've moved to Sweden, The Local catches up with Australian Benedict Hugosson who came to Sweden for love and ended up launching a career in politics.

Spain’s shark fishers fail eco-friendly test
Spain

Spain’s shark fishers fail eco-friendly test

In the wake of the news that Spain is the world's largest exporter of shark fins to Hong Kong, environmentalists warn that Europe needs to tighten up its rules on fishing of the animal.

Biggest Bavarian brewer bans GM from beer
Germany

Biggest Bavarian brewer bans GM from beer

Germany's biggest beer company - Bavarian brewery Oettinger – has begun producing beer free from genetically modified ingredients, it was reported on Monday.

Princess Lilian funeral details released
Sweden

Princess Lilian funeral details released

Sweden's British-born Princess Lilian, who died on Sunday at the age of 97, will lie in state for well-wishers to pay their last respects on Friday, the Royal Court announced on Monday.

Motor show’s super-luxury cars boast power and speed
Switzerland

Motor show’s super-luxury cars boast power and speed

Huge engine power and speed records remain the name of the game for the many luxury vehicles on prominent display at the Geneva International Motor Show this week.

New album from Abba legend Agnetha Fältskog
Sweden

New album from Abba legend Agnetha Fältskog

Abba vocalist Agnetha Fältskog released a new single on Monday ahead of the scheduled May release of her first studio album in nearly a decade.

Spanish air force spends big on VIP catering
Spain

Spanish air force spends big on VIP catering

Spain's Ministry of Defence plans to splash out over €300,000 on in-flight meals for Spain's bigwigs over the next 12 months.

Skiers warned after deadly week in Alps
France

Skiers warned after deadly week in Alps

Authorities in the French Alps have issued urgent warnings for skiers and mountaineers to be 'cautious' after a 'dark week' which saw ten deaths in eight days. The dangerous practice of 'off-piste' skiing is now the focus of attention.

German trade increases more than expected
Germany

German trade increases more than expected

Germany's trading activity got off to a strong start this year with exports and imports rising in January, official data showed on Monday.

Germany and Turkey mourn eight fire victims
Germany

Germany and Turkey mourn eight fire victims

Politicians and diplomats joined friends and neighbours in southern Germany to mourn seven children and their mother who died in a house fire on Sunday. Police suspect the cause to be a faulty wood oven.

Is the Melodifestivalen voting system flawed?
Sweden

Is the Melodifestivalen voting system flawed?

With 22-year-old Robin Stjernberg set to represent Sweden at Eurovision in May, not everyone is toasting his success. Some Swedes are seething that the singer wasn't even the leading vote-getter in Sweden. Could the system be flawed?

Spain remembers Madrid train bombings victims
Spain

Spain remembers Madrid train bombings victims

A ceremony was held at Madrid's Retiro Park at midday on Monday for the victims of the train bombings in the city in 2004.

Vaud police probe mystery highway death
Switzerland

Vaud police probe mystery highway death

An investigation is underway into the death of a pedestrian early Sunday on the A-1 motorway linking Geneva and Lausanne.

France’s ‘isle of beauty’ hit by fifth murder
France

France’s ‘isle of beauty’ hit by fifth murder

Corsica may be known as the 'island of beauty' but its violent crime wave reared its ugly head again on Sunday when a man was gunned down in a bar. It was the fifth deadly shooting on the island since the start of the year.

Merkel’s partner picks leader for crucial fight
Germany

Merkel’s partner picks leader for crucial fight

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partners on Sunday chose a former economy minister as their candidate in national elections in September, as the party battles for its political survival.

The miner’s daughter who became Swedish royalty’s grand old lady
Sweden

The miner’s daughter who became Swedish royalty’s grand old lady

Princess Lilian of Sweden, who has died aged 97, had to wait thirty years to get her prince, but her discretion might well have saved the Swedish monarchy.

Power cuts as snow hits northern France
France

Power cuts as snow hits northern France

Around 50,000 residents in Normandy were left without power on Monday after sever winter weather hit the north of France. Much of northern France was placed on alert on Monday with wintery conditions forecast to last until Tuesday evening.

Abuse not just Church’s problem: Paris bishop
France

Abuse not just Church’s problem: Paris bishop

Putting the blame for paedophilia on the Roman Catholic Church is a way of avoiding the issue, top French cardinal and Archbishop of Paris Andre Vingt-Trois says.

Sweden hit by ‘unusually low’ temperatures
Sweden

Sweden hit by ‘unusually low’ temperatures

Temperatures in Sweden are ten degrees Celsius colder than usual at this time of year, with experts predicting that the "unusually low" thermometer readings are likely to stick around for the week.

Real Madrid chalk up sixth straight win
Spain

Real Madrid chalk up sixth straight win

Real Madrid made it six wins on the trot in all competitions as two goals from Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo handed the club a 2-1 victory over Galician side Celta Vigo on Sunday.

Marten bites player in Swiss football match
Switzerland

Marten bites player in Swiss football match

A nimble pine marten interrupted a football game between Thun and Zurich on Sunday when it ran onto the field and bit a player.

In photos: how Berlin’s U-Bahn tells city’s story
Germany

In photos: how Berlin’s U-Bahn tells city’s story

Is that the express train to Pankow? Australian photographer Kate Seabrook took pictures of every single station in Berlin's vast underground train network for a new art project. Matthew Luxmoore hopped on a train to speak with her.

Düsseldorf travellers face airport strike delays
Germany

Düsseldorf travellers face airport strike delays

Passengers at Düsseldorf Airport faced long delays and flight cancellations on Monday, as security personnel walked off the job in an ongoing labour dispute.

Liszt letters to be auctioned in Geneva
Switzerland

Liszt letters to be auctioned in Geneva

A collection of 14 letters written by 19th-century Hungarian composer Franz Liszt go under the hammer in Geneva this week, shedding light on his ties with his musical peers and his ire at cultural ignorance.

Record month for parents at home with sick kids
Sweden

Record month for parents at home with sick kids

More Swedes took a paid day off to care for a sick child in February than ever before, with a simplified application process contributing to the hike in statistics.

Bed intruder startles 70-year-old Swedish man
Sweden

Bed intruder startles 70-year-old Swedish man

A 70-year-old man in eastern Sweden was given a shock at the weekend when he was awoken by a young man who managed to creep into his bed after a night of heavy drinking.

‘I had to work very hard at integrating myself’
Germany

‘I had to work very hard at integrating myself’

In the latest instalment of My German Career, The Local spoke with Tanya Singh Schober about the challenges facing a foreign working mother in a top management position at a German firm.