Tempers flare as Madrid job show flops
Spain

Tempers flare as Madrid job show flops

The organizers of a Madrid job fair had to call in police on Wednesday when hundreds of would-be job seekers discovered the event's venue was too small to accommodate everyone.

The richest man you’ve never heard of
Spain

The richest man you’ve never heard of

Amancio Ortega's life is a real rags-to-riches tale. The son of a railway worker, he built up a global clothing empire and was recently named by Forbes magazine as the third richest man in the world.

France vows to continue Roma evictions
France

France vows to continue Roma evictions

France is to continue its controversial policy of evicting Roma people from illegal makeshift camps, the country’s Interior Minister Manuel Valls revealed on Thursday.

‘Prophetic’ tweet about pope goes viral
Spain

‘Prophetic’ tweet about pope goes viral

Twitter is abuzz over a February 11th tweet in which the boyfriend of Spanish woman Yolanda De Mena allegedly predicted the world's new pope would be called Francis I.

Agency in new push to find ‘hidden jobs’
Sweden

Agency in new push to find ‘hidden jobs’

Sweden's job agency has joined forces with a Swedish business association to launch a new project aimed at finding "hidden jobs" in Sweden, with officials aiming especially to help employers in small businesses.

Spain’s religious groups positive on Pope Francis
Spain

Spain’s religious groups positive on Pope Francis

Spain's Jewish, Anglican and Catholic communities are looking forward to working with Pope Francis I.

Angry punter throws acid over prostitutes in Lyon
France

Angry punter throws acid over prostitutes in Lyon

Women’s rights groups have renewed calls to bring an end to the so-called 'oldest profession in the world' after three prostitutes in Lyon had acid thrown at them after an apparent dispute with an angry client.

Germans ‘can’t eat any more chocolate’
Germany

Germans ‘can’t eat any more chocolate’

Each German eats nearly 32 kilos of chocolate and sweets per year - so much that sales have peaked, leaving the domestic industry searching for growth markets abroad, it admitted on Thursday.

A writer who dared a minister to get in his skin
Sweden

A writer who dared a minister to get in his skin

An open letter by Swedish author Jonas Hassen Khemiri challenging Justice Minister Beatrice Ask to "change skin" with him has sparked an unprecedented response in an ongoing debate about race and ethnicity, making him our pick for Swede of the Week.

Sex ‘a great cure for migraines’
Germany

Sex ‘a great cure for migraines’

Many migraine sufferers lie down in the dark when they get an attack - and while they're there the best thing to do is have sex, German neurologists have discovered.

Germany looks back at a decade of reform
Germany

Germany looks back at a decade of reform

Germany on Thursday looked back a decade, when the then Chancellor Gerhard Schröder launched his "Agenda 2010," a batch of unpopular labour and welfare reforms widely credited with getting Europe's largest economy back on track.

‘Extremism in Germany is still safely on sidelines’
Germany

‘Extremism in Germany is still safely on sidelines’

The emergence of an Islamist assassination plot targeting a leading far-right German politician should not push the country's mainstream political parties towards xenophobic populism, an expert on extremism told The Local on Thursday.

Learning Swedish from Russia with love
Sweden

Learning Swedish from Russia with love

With more students worldwide choosing to learn Swedish, The Local catches up with Marina Astashevskaya - a Swedish teacher in Russia - whose classes help bridge the gap between love-refugees and their families in Russia.

EU demands changes to Spain’s evictions laws
Spain

EU demands changes to Spain’s evictions laws

Spanish laws on the evictions of home owners who are badly behind on their mortgage payments don't fall in line with EU law, the European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday.

George Clooney buys luxury home in Marbella
Spain

George Clooney buys luxury home in Marbella

The Hollywood heartthrob has taken fellow star Antonio Banderas's advice and bought a €4 million mansion in the glitzy Andalusian tourist town.

Liszt letters fetch record prices at Geneva auction
Switzerland

Liszt letters fetch record prices at Geneva auction

A collection of 14 letters written by 19th century Hungarian composer Franz Liszt raked in record prices in Geneva, with some topping 50 times their estimate.

Activist ‘within his rights’ to insult French president
France

Activist ‘within his rights’ to insult French president

Ever felt the desire to give your head of state an earful but were unsure how far to go? On Thursday a European court made a potentially landmark ruling deciding that telling a French President to 'Get lost you sad idiot' was absolutely fine.

Google ‘ideal employer’ for Swedish students
Sweden

Google ‘ideal employer’ for Swedish students

A majority of Swedish business, IT and science engineering students would like to land a job with Google, according to the 2013 Ideal Employer Rankings.

Top ten ‘English’ words invented by the Spanish
Spain

Top ten ‘English’ words invented by the Spanish

In our latest picture gallery, The Local looks at how people in Spain are taking English words, changing their meanings, and using them in a way that would have Shakespeare turning in his grave.

Alps Murders: ‘Probe is not at dead end’
France

Alps Murders: ‘Probe is not at dead end’

The French prosecutor in charge of solving the cold-blooded murder of a British-Iraqi family and a cyclist in the French Alps told The Local on Thursday the killer/s may never be caught, but it was too early to admit defeat.

Tortilla Index reveals rising food prices
Spain

Tortilla Index reveals rising food prices

The latest Tortilla Index figures show that prices of many basic foodstuffs in Spain have gone up in the last 12 months.

Pope Francis surprises German Catholic bishops
Germany

Pope Francis surprises German Catholic bishops

Germany's political leaders and Catholic faithful voiced confidence in the Church's new pontiff on Thursday, although some German bishops admitted they were surprised by the conclave's decision to pick Pope Francis.

French court sentences ex-ETA boss to 20 years
Spain

French court sentences ex-ETA boss to 20 years

A Paris court on Wednesday sentenced the former military chief of the Basque separatist group ETA to 20 years in prison on charges including the 2007 kidnapping in France of a Spanish couple and their son.

Three Swedish eateries get Michelin stars
Sweden

Three Swedish eateries get Michelin stars

Wood-fired meals, new-Nordic cuisine, and classic seafood are on the menus at the Swedish restaurants that have received stars from the prestigious European guide.

Comedian Izzard wows Paris crowd – in French
France

Comedian Izzard wows Paris crowd – in French

An ‘emotional’ Eddie Izzard brought down the house at Paris’ Olympia Hall on Wednesday, making history as the first non-native speaker to complete a tour of France in French. His home truths about the French had the crowd in raptures.

Porsche to hire 1,000 workers in Leipzig
Germany

Porsche to hire 1,000 workers in Leipzig

German sports car maker Porsche has announced it would hire more than 1,000 workers for its plant in Leipzig starting immediately.

Central bank vows to restrain Swiss franc
Switzerland

Central bank vows to restrain Swiss franc

Switzerland's central bank is pledging to continue to defend the franc's exchange rate floor against the euro, while maintaining its record low interest rates.

City flat prices hit all-time high in Sweden
Sweden

City flat prices hit all-time high in Sweden

The cost of buying an apartment is at an all-time high and while demand continues to rise, there are fewer options on the market for home buyers.

Norway to finance new Munch Museum
Norway

Norway to finance new Munch Museum

Norway's government said on Wednesday it would help finance a new Munch Museum in Oslo in a bid to put an end to a long political squabble that has paralyzed the project.

Newcomers Málaga storm into quarter-finals
Spain

Newcomers Málaga storm into quarter-finals

Málaga's remarkable first Champions League campaign continued on Wednesday when they beat Porto 2-0 to progress to the quarter-finals 2-1 on aggregate.

Swiss orders Boeings as 2012 profits slump
Switzerland

Swiss orders Boeings as 2012 profits slump

Swiss International Air Lines recorded a 31 percent drop in operating profit for 2012 from the previous year despite a slight increase in revenues in a market environment it described on Thursday as "still difficult".

Arrest in cyberbullying suicide probe
Sweden

Arrest in cyberbullying suicide probe

Police have arrested a 45-year-old man on suspicions of sex crimes in connection with their investigation into a case of cyberbullying that police suspect drove a 13-year-old girl to commit suicide.

This week’s highlights: March 14 – 20
Germany

This week’s highlights: March 14 – 20

This Week's Highlights: Books in Leipzig, St. Patrick's Day in Munich, and a William S. Burroughs retrospective begins in Hamburg.

France and Britain ‘ready to arm’ Syrian rebels
France

France and Britain ‘ready to arm’ Syrian rebels

France and Britain are prepared to arm Syrian rebels even without unanimous EU support, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Thursday.

Iberia staff call off strike
Spain

Iberia staff call off strike

Workers of Spanish airline Iberia have called off a third five-day strike in a dispute over thousands of job cuts after unions accepted a mediation plan, the company said late on Wednesday.

Crisis not taxes pushing French to go abroad
France

Crisis not taxes pushing French to go abroad

There has been much publicity in recent months about French people quitting their native country in search of happier financial climes, but are they really leaving to avoid high taxes and a rigid labour market?

Police seek clues to Alps ski death mystery
Switzerland

Police seek clues to Alps ski death mystery

Bern cantonal police are seeking witnesses after a 66-year-old man died on Wednesday while skiing at the Adelboden mountain resort in the Bernese Oberland.

Green fury over Alliance illegal immigrant stance
Sweden

Green fury over Alliance illegal immigrant stance

The Green Party has threatened to walk away from an agreement with the centre-right Alliance government to cooperate on immigration policy over its stance toward illegal immigrants.

Guatemala asks France to ban treasure auction
France

Guatemala asks France to ban treasure auction

Guatemala has made claims to 13 archaeological treasures set to go under the hammer at a Sotheby's auction house sale in Paris next week. Authorities in the Central American republic have asked French counterparts to halt the auction.

Federer beats fellow Swiss at Indian Wells
Switzerland

Federer beats fellow Swiss at Indian Wells

Defending champion Roger Federer battled past fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 7-5 on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells Masters tennis tournament.

France salutes election of Pope Francis
France

France salutes election of Pope Francis

Political leaders in France warmly acknowledged the election of Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new head of the Catholic Church. Some on the left in France, however, criticized the Vatican conclave's choice of pontiff.

Merkel’s Polish roots emerge in new book
Germany

Merkel’s Polish roots emerge in new book

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is a quarter Polish, a new biography claims, saying her grandfather moved to Germany from Poland and Germanified his name four years after her father was born.

Pirate Bay appeal denied by European court
Sweden

Pirate Bay appeal denied by European court

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has rejected an appeal by two founders of Swedish filesharing site The Pirate Bay, ruling their conviction by Swedish courts was "justified".

Bayern stumble onward in Champions League
Germany

Bayern stumble onward in Champions League

Bavarian giants Bayern Munich sent Arsenal out of the Champions League on Wednesday despite losing the leg 2-0. The last English club in the league lost the last-16 tie on away goals.

Call Girl edited after Palme family complaints
Sweden

Call Girl edited after Palme family complaints

A scene in a Swedish film showing a character similar to slain Prime Minister Olof Palme having sex with an underaged prostitute has been cut after his family called it slanderous, their lawyer said Wednesday.

‘We wanted to end the dreadful crimes’
Germany

‘We wanted to end the dreadful crimes’

Ewald Heinrich von Kleist, a former German army lieutenant who took part in a failed attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler, has died at the age of 90. The last surviving member of the "20th of July" plot is The Local's German of Week.