Inmate caught peddling pot in Vaud prison
Switzerland

Inmate caught peddling pot in Vaud prison

A prison inmate in the canton of Vaud was fined for selling illegal drugs to other prisoners, a report says.

Topless feminists protest Islamist oppression
Germany

Topless feminists protest Islamist oppression

Bare-breasted activists staged rallies in front of mosques and Tunisian embassies in Berlin and across Europe Thursday against what they called an Islamist crackdown on Arab women's rights.

Hollande vows to clean up French politics
France

Hollande vows to clean up French politics

President Francois Hollande insisted on Thursday he would go all the way to clean up French politics after ex-budget minister Jerome Cahuzac was charged in a tax fraud probe linked to his secret foreign bank account.

‘It’d be strange if I wasn’t nervous’: royal chef
Sweden

‘It’d be strange if I wasn’t nervous’: royal chef

The Swedish Royal Court has announced that Stefano Catenacci will be cooking for the royal family at Princess Madeleine's wedding this summer. The Swedish Chef is on the menu as The Local's Swede of the Week.

Expat hones twin artistic passions in Lucerne
Switzerland

Expat hones twin artistic passions in Lucerne

Tomasz Trzebiatowski originally moved to Lucerne from Poland to study music, but his interest in photography soon split his career in two directions. Today, he tells The Local why the city in central Switzerland is such a thriving artistic centre and why he decided to found a photography group.

‘North Korea is superior to Spain’
Spain

‘North Korea is superior to Spain’

In this week's Spanish Face of the Week, meet North Korea's secret weapon in its war against the West: the Catalan Alejandro Cao de Benós.

French ‘militants’ deported from Pakistan
France

French ‘militants’ deported from Pakistan

Pakistan has deported three Frenchmen who have been held in secret since they entered the country illegally 10 months ago to fight NATO troops in neighbouring Afghanistan, officials said on Thursday.

Scrap mock solutions to unemployment: Löfven
Sweden

Scrap mock solutions to unemployment: Löfven

Löfven was formerly appointed as party chairman by the party's governing board (partistyrelsen) at the beginning of 2012. That choice was upheld by party members on Thursday.

Young Spaniards give up on job hunting
Spain

Young Spaniards give up on job hunting

Almost a million young Spaniards have given up looking for work since the crisis started, a new report shows.

Police suspect suicide in missing Dane case
Switzerland

Police suspect suicide in missing Dane case

Hopes of finding missing Danish student Olivia Ostergaard alive were dealt a blow after Zug cantonal police said there is mounting evidence that she committed suicide.

Heidi Klum: people took photos as I saved my son
Germany

Heidi Klum: people took photos as I saved my son

German supermodel Heidi Klum said that when her son and two nannies were swept off a beach by a wave, people nearby took photos of her rescue attempts - rather than trying to help.

‘Send more foreign prisoners back home’
Sweden

‘Send more foreign prisoners back home’

Sweden should let more foreign offenders serve their prison sentences in their home countries, with a government appointed inquiry stating it would be the humane thing to do.

Pro-Palestinian activist wins Air France case
France

Pro-Palestinian activist wins Air France case

A French court on Thursday ordered Air France to pay a €10,000 fine after convicting the airline of discrimination for having ordered a pro-Palestinian activist off a flight to Tel Aviv because she was not Jewish.

Police raid home in Sarkozy poll probe
France

Police raid home in Sarkozy poll probe

Police raided the Paris home of an ex-advisor to Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday as part of a probe into whether the former French president misused public funds to pay for opinion polls while in office.

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Spain

Spanish treasury gets bond auction boost

Spain raised €4.3 billion ($5.5 billion) of medium and long-term bonds Thursday, more than it had targeted, at lower interest rates, despite market concerns over the financial crisis in Cyprus and the political stalemate in Italy.

Barcelona ‘wins’ worst traffic in Spain award
Spain

Barcelona ‘wins’ worst traffic in Spain award

Barcelona has the worst traffic in Spain with Thursday morning and the Friday after-work rush hour being the most excruciating times to be at the wheel.

‘Idiot politicans can’t tell me I need surgery to be a man’
Sweden

‘Idiot politicans can’t tell me I need surgery to be a man’

Love Elfvelin, 22, who has said no to sex change surgery in part because he one day wants children of his own, says the two Christian Democrat MPs who want to continue sterilizing transgender Swedes won't get far.

Dortmund’s misfiring Götze rues Malaga draw
Germany

Dortmund’s misfiring Götze rues Malaga draw

Germany star Mario Götze on Thursday admitted being frustrated by his lack of finishing as Borussia Dortmund had to settle for a goalless draw at Malaga in the Champions League quarter-final, first leg.

Deutsche Bank allegedly hid losses during crisis
Germany

Deutsche Bank allegedly hid losses during crisis

Reports emerged this week that Deutsche Bank allegedly hid billions of dollars in losses on bad assets during the global financial crisis, but Germany's central bank refused to confirm it was investigating the matter.

French people mired in ‘collective depression’
France

French people mired in ‘collective depression’

Seven out of ten French people now believe they are suffering from a ‘collective depression’, according to a new survey published on Thursday. The economic crisis and a ‘lost sense of identity’ are blamed for the nationwide malaise.

The Lowdown: Social Democrat party congress
Sweden

The Lowdown: Social Democrat party congress

With the Social Democrats gathered at their party congress in Gothenburg in western Sweden, The Local catches up with political scientist Ulf Bjereld to find out more about the party's chances of regaining power in 2014.

Opposition: Alliance jobs policy ‘doesn’t work’
Sweden

Opposition: Alliance jobs policy ‘doesn’t work’

The Social Democrat party's economic policy spokeswoman Magdalena Andersson lambasted the government's jobs policy on Thursday, as she addressed party members preparing to officially elect Stefan Löfven as their leader.

Spain’s royals show ‘surprise’ at court call-up
Spain

Spain’s royals show ‘surprise’ at court call-up

Spain's royal palace said it was "surprised" by a judge's decision to name King Juan Carlos' daughter the Infanta Cristina as a suspect in a corruption case on Wednesday.

Car hits Lucerne tunnel roof in deadly accident
Switzerland

Car hits Lucerne tunnel roof in deadly accident

A 42-year-old Zurich man is dead following a spectacular car crash in a tunnel near the city of Lucerne early on Thursday.

Tax-haven leak implicates rich Germans
Germany

Tax-haven leak implicates rich Germans

An leak of millions of documents about rampant tax evasion by the rich includes hundreds of Germans, including late playboy and art collector Gunter Sachs. Deutsche Bank is also implicated as an "aggressive" enabler.

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France

Treasurer tax claims give Hollande new headache

President Francois Hollande's one-time campaign treasurer holds shares in two companies registered in the Cayman Islands tax haven, a report said Thursday, in another potential political headache for France's embattled Socialist government.

‘I want to finish the film in the Middle East’
Germany

‘I want to finish the film in the Middle East’

Veteran journalist Jörg Armbruster was recently shot and seriously wounded while reporting on Syria's civil war. Now on the mend and hoping to return to the Middle East, the ARD correspondent is The Local's German of the Week.

‘Neo-Nazi’ gets ten years for homeless man attack
Spain

‘Neo-Nazi’ gets ten years for homeless man attack

Madrid’s provincial court has sentenced an alleged neo-Nazi to ten years in jail for repeatedly stamping on a homeless man in 2009.

Family affairs spell sad end for Latin lover
Spain

Family affairs spell sad end for Latin lover

A mother and daughter are facing court in Galicia after allegedly plotting the murder of young man who slept with both of them.

Shy balls cause televised Lotto cock-up
Germany

Shy balls cause televised Lotto cock-up

German broadcaster ZDF gave Lotto ticket holders a moment of false hope on Wednesday evening, after a glitch with the ball machine meant presenters read out the wrong numbers.

Sheep start new jobs as Paris ‘lawnmowers’
France

Sheep start new jobs as Paris ‘lawnmowers’

As spring reluctantly returns to France, the city of Paris has enlisted the help of an unusual alternative to the lawnmower – a flock of grazing sheep who have completed their move to the big city, and according to early reports, the signs are good.

Swiss complicit in major offshore tax scams
Switzerland

Swiss complicit in major offshore tax scams

Around 300 individuals and 70 companies from Switzerland are implicated in findings by an international investigative team of journalists into the stashing of trillions of dollars in offshore tax havens by wealthy people and companies around the world.

Protests mount as Senate debates gay marriage
France

Protests mount as Senate debates gay marriage

France’s stormy gay marriage debate is set to move forward on Thursday, as a bill legalizing same-sex unions goes to the French Senate. As well as renewed protests outside, the bill could face stiff opposition inside the chamber.

Bertelsmann to cut stake in broadcaster RTL
Germany

Bertelsmann to cut stake in broadcaster RTL

German media giant Bertelsmann said Thursday it will cut its stake in Luxembourg-based television and broadcasting giant RTL by selling shares on the stock exchange.

ElBulli meal auction dishes up tasty returns
Spain

ElBulli meal auction dishes up tasty returns

A Hong Kong auction offering the chance to dine with world-renowned Spanish chef Ferran Adrià, known for his revolutionary "molecular cuisine", has fetched a winning bid of over $28,000(€21,800), Sotheby's said on Thursday.

Bomb threat shuts down Swedish airport
Sweden

Bomb threat shuts down Swedish airport

The Småland Airport in southern Sweden was shut down on Thursday morning, after airport staff received a letter believed to contain a bomb threat. The airport was reopened in the early afternoon.

TeliaSonera CEO widens misconduct probe
Sweden

TeliaSonera CEO widens misconduct probe

TeliaSonera's new CEO Marie Ehrling has ordered a thorough review of the state-owned telecom firm's dealings in all markets abroad, as a new board was elected after a year under tough scrutiny over bribery allegations in Uzbekistan.

Hollande in Morocco to strengthen ties
France

Hollande in Morocco to strengthen ties

President François Hollande has arrived in Morocco amid an explosive tax fraud scandal in France that has overshadowed his landmark two-day visit to the former French colony.

Real Madrid cruise to 3-0 win over Galatasaray
Spain

Real Madrid cruise to 3-0 win over Galatasaray

Real Madrid took a huge step towards reaching the Champions League semi-finals for the third consecutive year as they beat Galatasaray 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeú.

Anti-eviction protestors bring fight home
Spain

Anti-eviction protestors bring fight home

Opponents of Spain's eviction laws are taking their protests to politicians' homes and offices as they step up efforts to stop people losing their homes.

Gay rights groups slam Barton for ‘ladyboy’ tweet
France

Gay rights groups slam Barton for ‘ladyboy’ tweet

Paris Saint Germain football club and gay rights campaigners have criticized controversial English midfielder Joey Barton accusing him of using 'discriminatory' language to insult PSG and Brazil captain Thiago Silva on Twitter.

Runaway train cleaner ‘did everything to stop it’
Sweden

Runaway train cleaner ‘did everything to stop it’

The cleaner who was on board a runaway commuter train that rammed into a block of flats in the Stockholm suburb of Saltsjöbaden has spoken out about the incident in what she claims will be her only media interview about the crash.

Fire brigade rescues 34 people from inferno
Germany

Fire brigade rescues 34 people from inferno

The fire brigade pulled 34 people from a burning apartment building near Cologne on Wednesday night just moments before they would have died a fiery death.

Extradition doesn’t apply to Assange: judge
Sweden

Extradition doesn’t apply to Assange: judge

A Swedish supreme court judge discussing his country's legal system and the case of WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange with Australian students has said that Swedish law prohibits extradition for military or political crimes.

Europe’s anti-Merkel slurs offend Germans
Germany

Europe’s anti-Merkel slurs offend Germans

An overwhelming majority of Germans are incensed by protesters in bankrupt eurozone countries who slander Germany and depict Chancellor Angela Merkel as a Nazi, according to a poll released this week.

Young Bavarians steal hydrangeas for highs
Germany

Young Bavarians steal hydrangeas for highs

Bavarian pensioners left perplexed by the theft of young hydrangea plants have been told by police that young people are raiding gardens to smoke the flowering plant for its rumoured marijuana-like high.