Bomb threat shuts down central Stockholm
Sweden

Bomb threat shuts down central Stockholm

A suspected bomb that was left in a Stockholm foreign exchange bureau caused an entire neighbourhood to be shut down by police for over five hours on Tuesday night, until a bomb squad destroyed the object in a controlled detonation.

Poacher who killed 131 animals ‘must pay’
Switzerland

Poacher who killed 131 animals ‘must pay’

A former auxiliary wildlife officer convicted in the biggest poaching case to ever hit the canton of Jura has been ordered by Switzerland’s top court to pay close to 100,000 francs in damages to the canton.

Workers forced to flee tallest Swiss tower
Switzerland

Workers forced to flee tallest Swiss tower

Two thousand office workers were forced to evacuate the highest building in Switzerland on Tuesday when a power cut left part of Zurich without electricity for almost four hours.

Spain’s weirdest food
Spain

Spain’s weirdest food

Ever wondered what the weirdest dish in Spain is? Read on to find out.

‘A megacasino could let the mafia into Spain’
Spain

‘A megacasino could let the mafia into Spain’

The government of Madrid says a massive new casino complex known as EuroVegas is the answer to the country's economic woes but not everyone is sold on the idea.

Skype to face criminal investigation in France
France

Skype to face criminal investigation in France

France's telecommunications monitor Arcep said on Tuesday it had asked prosecutors to launch a probe into Microsoft subsidiary Skype for failing to register as a telecommunications firm, despite several reminders.

Swedish town sued over pregnancy job snub
Sweden

Swedish town sued over pregnancy job snub

A city in western Sweden is facing a discrimination lawsuit for halting a woman's recruitment process after she told them she was pregnant.

French court steps in to give temp worker job
France

French court steps in to give temp worker job

Was she a victim of France's inflexible labour laws or simply exploited? A medical institute was told to give a permanent contract to a researcher who was laid off last year after being handed 12 separate temporary contracts.

Horsemeat fears prompt new Swedish recall
Sweden

Horsemeat fears prompt new Swedish recall

Swedish grocery chain Ica on Tuesday ordered a recall of two meat products over concerns they may contain horsemeat.

Rajoy launches €3.5 billion youth jobs plan
Spain

Rajoy launches €3.5 billion youth jobs plan

Spain's government on Tuesday unveiled a new strategy it hopes will get a million young Spaniards back to work.

Abba reunion: ‘You never know what might happen’
Sweden

Abba reunion: ‘You never know what might happen’

Former Abba vocalist Agnetha Fältskog has hinted ever so slightly that there is a "very small" chance the Swedish super group might perform together again.

‘Bad bank’ makes good start on debt sell-off
Spain

‘Bad bank’ makes good start on debt sell-off

The so-called "bad bank" set up by Spain to purge the nation's crisis-hit finance sector has kicked off operations and targets selling off €1.5 billion in toxic assets in 2013, the government said on Tuesday.

McDonald’s pays for kids’ consumer lessons
Germany

McDonald’s pays for kids’ consumer lessons

German schoolchildren are soon to get lessons in consumer awareness - courtesy of a group which includes McDonald's and two leading supermarket chains. A consumer watchdog has sharply criticised the development.

Spain slaughters horses as crisis bites
Spain

Spain slaughters horses as crisis bites

Spain's horse owners are selling off stallions and mares they can no longer afford to keep and many of these beasts ending up at the nation's slaughterhouses.

At least 20 hurt in 100-car autobahn pile-up
Germany

At least 20 hurt in 100-car autobahn pile-up

Around 20 people were hurt, six seriously, when at least 100 vehicles were involved in a huge pile-up amid horrendous weather in central Germany on Tuesday.

French panel rejects ‘sex assistants’ for disabled
France

French panel rejects ‘sex assistants’ for disabled

An ethics panel in France on Tuesday opposed the use of so-called sexual assistants for the disabled, an issue sparked by a true-to-life film recounting the experiences of a handicapped man.

Reinfeldt presses Turkey to reform terror laws
Sweden

Reinfeldt presses Turkey to reform terror laws

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Tuesday called on Turkey to overhaul its terrorism laws, used by the country's courts to jail journalists, as he met with President Abdullah Gül.

Spanish cemetery switches on free Wi-Fi
Spain

Spanish cemetery switches on free Wi-Fi

Granada's San José cemetery moved into the 21st century when it became a Wi-Fi zone on Monday.

Austria marks 75 years since Nazi ‘annexation’
Germany

Austria marks 75 years since Nazi ‘annexation’

Austria solemnly marked Tuesday 75 years since German troops crossed the border unopposed on the early hours of March 12, 1938 and "annexed" Adolf Hitler's homeland into the Third Reich.

Three French ‘jihadists’ charged over terrorism
France

Three French ‘jihadists’ charged over terrorism

Three suspected French jihadists arrested last week have been charged with terrorism offences, it was reported on Tuesday. Police believe they were ready to launch an attack, emulating al-Qaeda inspired gunman Mohammed Merah.

Sweden eyes smoking ban in parks and cars
Sweden

Sweden eyes smoking ban in parks and cars

Sweden's current ban on smoking in public places could be extended to parks, beaches, as well as people's own cars, according to a proposal under consideration by the Swedish National Institute for Public Health (Folkhälsoinstitutet).

France battling in vain to hit EU deficit target
France

France battling in vain to hit EU deficit target

France's public deficit would probably amount to 3.7 percent of national output this year, President François Hollande admitted on Tuesday, publicly renouncing his government's goal of coming in below the EU limit of three percent.

Bundesbank profits stall as eurozone risks grow
Germany

Bundesbank profits stall as eurozone risks grow

The eurozone debt crisis is not yet over, even if calm appears to have returned to the financial markets, the Bundesbank warned on Tuesday as it set aside billions of euros in new risk provisions.

People empty ATMs after free money rumour
Spain

People empty ATMs after free money rumour

Hundreds of people in Santa Cruz de Tenerife emptied their bank accounts after rumours that cash machines were giving money away for free on Friday night.

‘Do expat friends make it harder to integrate?’
Sweden

‘Do expat friends make it harder to integrate?’

US-native and parent Rebecca Ahlfeldt reflects on why many of her friends in Sweden are from her home country and whether or not this makes her a "bad immigrant".

German banks break non-nuclear promises
Germany

German banks break non-nuclear promises

Two years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, major German banks are funding atomic power projects despite having promised not to do so, a new study claims.

British professor redraws Berlin’s metro map
Germany

British professor redraws Berlin’s metro map

After a frustrating trip around Berlin on public transport, a British psychologist has re-designed the city's map. Max Roberts told The Local about how his creations are, he thinks, easier to use.

The Great Gatsby set to open Cannes festival
France

The Great Gatsby set to open Cannes festival

The Great Gatsby, with Leonardo di Caprio starring in a remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, will open the 66th Cannes Film Festival, the organisers announced on Tuesday.

Investors back Spain with bond spree
Spain

Investors back Spain with bond spree

In a sign of further-strengthening market confidence in Spain, the country's Spain's borrowing costs with the sale of €5.832 billion in short-term debt on Tuesday.

Struggling Swiss power firm loses billion francs
Switzerland

Struggling Swiss power firm loses billion francs

Alpiq, the Swiss-based European energy company, posted a net loss of almost 1.1 billion francs for 2012, down slightly from the 1.3-billion-franc loss recorded the previous year as sales fell by almost a tenth.

Head of German bourse nominated to UBS board
Switzerland

Head of German bourse nominated to UBS board

Swiss banking giant UBS is nominating German stock market chief Reto Francioni to its board after the former head of Lufthansa, Wolfgang Mayrhuber, opted not to stand for reelection.

VIDEO: Angry voters confront Hollande on tour
France

VIDEO: Angry voters confront Hollande on tour

President François Hollande this week launched a major effort to ‘win back the French people’. Dijon voters had harsh words for him and partner Valérie Trierweiler, while one enterprising graduate gave him something else: a CV.

Girl’s suicide prompts cyberbullying probe
Sweden

Girl’s suicide prompts cyberbullying probe

Police are investigating whether a 13-year-old girl who died after being hit by a train in central Sweden last week may have committed suicide after being bullied online.

Frankfurt Airport opens a runway after shutdown
Germany

Frankfurt Airport opens a runway after shutdown

Heavy snow and ice forced the complete closure of Frankfurt Airport, Germany's largest, for several hours on Tuesday. One runway was reopened, for take-offs only, in the afternoon.

AC Milan coach wary of Barça at home
Spain

AC Milan coach wary of Barça at home

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri insisted on Monday that his team would need to be even better than in the first leg to go through to the Champions League quarter finals at Barcelona's expense.

Schwarzenegger is back at Geneva motor show
Switzerland

Schwarzenegger is back at Geneva motor show

Movie star, body builder and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger visited the Geneva International Motor Show on Monday in what has become an annual pilgrimage.

Weather warning: snow and strong winds
Spain

Weather warning: snow and strong winds

A total of 33 Spanish provinces are on high alert today with strong winds, rain and snow expected.

EU should rethink Syria arms embargo: Minister
France

EU should rethink Syria arms embargo: Minister

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said the European Union may need to rethink its Syria arms embargo to help insurgents fighting the Damascus regime.

Snow causes travel chaos in northern France
France

Snow causes travel chaos in northern France

Heavy snow and icy conditions caused travel chaos across northern France and Paris on Tuesday, leading to the cancellation of Eurostar trains and numerous other rail services. The president has called for 'exceptional measures'.

Sweden launches new emergency number
Sweden

Sweden launches new emergency number

Swedish authorities opened the lines to a new emergency telephone number on Monday, to be used specifically by residents looking for information about emergency situations.

‘Integrating is the key to success on the Riviera’
France

‘Integrating is the key to success on the Riviera’

Setting up your own company on the sun-soaked French Riviera is a life-long dream for many. For this week’s My French Career The Local speaks to property consultant Francine Hudig, from Holland, on earning a living on the south coast.

Two drown after high-speed police chase
Sweden

Two drown after high-speed police chase

Two suspected petrol thieves have died after a high-speed police chase on Monday night ended with them driving their car off a bridge that was open for boat traffic, and into the icy waters below.

Syrian war lures German Islamists
Germany

Syrian war lures German Islamists

The ongoing civil war in Syria is reportedly attracting a growing number of German Islamists.

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Sweden

Stockholm cop dies after falling through ice

A policeman who was part of the motorcade for visiting President Abdullah Gül of Turkey died in Stockholm on Monday after the four-wheeler he was driving veered off the road and through the ice into the waters below.

Leipzig’s baby tapir charms fans worldwide
Germany

Leipzig’s baby tapir charms fans worldwide

Tapir fans from around the world have flooded the Leipzig Zoo with name suggestions for a spotty baby tapir born four weeks ago.

SPD aims to topple Merkel with social justice
Germany

SPD aims to topple Merkel with social justice

The centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have launched their manifesto to unseat Chancellor Angela Merkel in September's election, promising greater social justice with a higher top rate of tax and a minimum wage.