‘Paris is pricey, but it’s the best city for students’
France

‘Paris is pricey, but it’s the best city for students’

Every year thousands of students come to France to study and most of them head to Paris. Giving us the lowdown on student life in the capital this week is American Anne Waldrop, who says even on a budget Paris is the place to study.

Top ten: Outrageous French political scandals
France

Top ten: Outrageous French political scandals

After the dramatic downfall of Jérôme Cahuzac this week, The Local looks back at some of the juiciest political scandals in French history. Underage ballerinas, African dictators, and sinful cardinals - here are the Top Ten outrageous French political scandals.

Swedish study confirms foreign name CV bias
Sweden

Swedish study confirms foreign name CV bias

Researchers have found that job applicants with Swedish sounding names are 50 percent more likely to be called back for an interview than people with Arabic names, based on a randomly generated experiment with CV and cover letters.

‘Spaniards can’t believe cricket lasts five days’
Spain

‘Spaniards can’t believe cricket lasts five days’

In this week's My Spain we talk to Madrid-based sports enthusiast David Stirton about where to keep fit in the capital, his role as Government Liaison Officer for Cricket España and the best curry restaurant in town.

French zoo to turn Panda poo into power
France

French zoo to turn Panda poo into power

Not content with housing a pair of celebrity pandas that attract hordes of avid onlookers, a zoo in France has decided to put their droppings to good use by recycling them into gas and electricity.

Social Democrats strike deal on welfare profits
Sweden

Social Democrats strike deal on welfare profits

Social Democrat congress delegates on Friday forced the top brass to make sure private actors in the state-funded welfare sector will have to spend a certain proportion of their budget on staffing.

PSG coach Ancelotti slams Beckham critics
France

PSG coach Ancelotti slams Beckham critics

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti on Friday rounded on critics of David Beckham for his performance in the Champions League quarter-final first leg match against Barcelona.

Swedish divers in shock underground cave find
Sweden

Swedish divers in shock underground cave find

Divers in northern Sweden were stunned to discover a dry cave offshoot from a flooded underground passage in the mountains, which they explored for the first time this week.

Rogue hunter kills Swedish family’s pet cat
Sweden

Rogue hunter kills Swedish family’s pet cat

A family in southern Sweden is in mourning after their beloved pet cat, Sam, was shot dead by a vigilante hunter who was killing stray cats in the area.

Spliff-smoking lawyer kicks Seville cops
Spain

Spliff-smoking lawyer kicks Seville cops

A Seville lawyer has been sentenced to a year in prison after she kicked, verbally abused and spat at police officers who caught her smoking a joint.

Ruffled feathers get swan dropped from menu
Germany

Ruffled feathers get swan dropped from menu

A German restaurant has taken swan off its menu after complaints from animal lovers and and environmentalists.

Stronger factory orders offer ‘rays of sunshine’
Germany

Stronger factory orders offer ‘rays of sunshine’

German factory orders jumped in February, driven by buoyant domestic and export demand, suggesting that rising confidence in Europe's biggest economy may finally be reaching the real economy, analysts said on Friday.

King’s daughter is being ‘unfairly’ targeted: lawyer
Spain

King’s daughter is being ‘unfairly’ targeted: lawyer

Spanish prosecutors lodged an appeal on Friday against a judge's decision to summon King Juan Carlos's oldest daughter the Infanta Cristina as a suspect in a corruption case.

German Amazon workers vote to strike
Germany

German Amazon workers vote to strike

Workers at Amazon's Leipzig logistics warehouse voted on Friday to go on strike to protest for higher wages. They are fighting to get a minimum wage of €10.66 an hour from the online retail giant.

‘I felt like a tall blonde in the middle of Shanghai’
Sweden

‘I felt like a tall blonde in the middle of Shanghai’

In our weekly profile of life in different parts of Sweden, Colombian-born entrepreneur Carlos Perdomo waxes poetic about Karlstad, a town that offers small-town charm, a bevy of foreign students, and no shortage of outdoor adventure.

Ratings group shuns Spanish banks
Spain

Ratings group shuns Spanish banks

Global credit rating agency Moody's warned on Friday that Spain's battered banks face a grim outlook even after a European-funded rescue, with high levels of bad assets set to worsen "significantly" in the recession.

‘Shaman’ shakes sexual harassment charge
Spain

‘Shaman’ shakes sexual harassment charge

A 'shaman' who allegedly fondled his female patients against their wishes has escaped several charges of sexual harassment in Spain's Supreme Court.

‘Dangerous’ Swedes in Volvos arrested in Zurich
Sweden

‘Dangerous’ Swedes in Volvos arrested in Zurich

Three Swedes visiting Zurich were shocked when local police pulled over their black Volvo station wagons and arrested them at gunpoint.

Fifth victim dies from Menznau plant shooting
Switzerland

Fifth victim dies from Menznau plant shooting

One of six people wounded when a gunman opened fire at a factory in Central Switzerland last month has died from his injuries, bringing the death toll to five, including the shooter, police said on Friday.

Germany summons North Korean envoy
Germany

Germany summons North Korean envoy

Germany summoned North Korea's ambassador Friday to convey Berlin's "serious concern" over the sharp spike in tensions on the Korean peninsula, a spokesman said.

Stuttgart faces worst traffic jams in Germany
Germany

Stuttgart faces worst traffic jams in Germany

Drivers in the southwestern city of Stuttgart have to contend the worst traffic congestion in Germany and face delays comparable to the clogged streets of Los Angeles, according to a new study.

‘Spain is not Cyprus’: Euro bank boss
Spain

‘Spain is not Cyprus’: Euro bank boss

The President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi said on Thursday that the Cyprus bailout model would not act as a model for future financial rescues.

Visiting Swedes shocked by Zurich police arrest
Switzerland

Visiting Swedes shocked by Zurich police arrest

Three Swedish men got a shock surprise in Zurich when police pulled over the two black Volvo station wagons they were in and arrested them at gunpoint.

Late-season freeze sets Baltic ice record
Sweden

Late-season freeze sets Baltic ice record

Ice breakers navigating the Gulf of Bothnia have been astounded at the record spread of ice on the Baltic Sea, while scientists say they have never seen anything like it.

‘I never dreamed I’d see Berlin after bombing it’
Germany

‘I never dreamed I’d see Berlin after bombing it’

The last time Si Liberman saw Berlin, he was thousands of feet in the air on a US bombing raid over Nazi Germany. Nearly seven decades later, he returned to the city.

Meet the scourge of France’s political crooks
France

Meet the scourge of France’s political crooks

For 30 years he's been France's muck-raking journalist par excellence, and this week his investigative news site caused one of the most spectacular political downfalls in recent French history. Edwy Plenel is our French Face of the Week.

New call for condom machines in schools
France

New call for condom machines in schools

The head of a French charity fighting Aids has called on the government to install free condom machines in schools to help prevent the spread of the disease. The government also announced it will authorize the use of home HIV test kits.

Swiss teens charged over ‘ice tea sex tape’
Switzerland

Swiss teens charged over ‘ice tea sex tape’

Eleven Swiss teenagers face charges of downloading and distributing a video which features a minor pleasuring herself with a bottle of Migros Ice Tea.

Official name changes come at high cost
Spain

Official name changes come at high cost

The current Spanish government spent more than a €100,000 on changing the names of various ministries and departments when it came into power it has emerged.

Swedish food: More than just a good Plopp
Sweden

Swedish food: More than just a good Plopp

When it comes to international cuisine, it's easy to name a dish from France, India, or Japan. But what about Sweden? What has Sweden offered the culinary world? We talked to Stockholmers to find out the opinion from the home front.

Council blocks neo-Nazi conference with mud
Germany

Council blocks neo-Nazi conference with mud

The neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD) had to fire all the staff at its Berlin headquarters due to money worries - and cancelled a party conference after a municipal authority refused to stop building works near its chosen venue.

France’s €12 billion jet deal with India stalls
France

France’s €12 billion jet deal with India stalls

India's negotiations with France's Dassault Aviation on a $12-billion deal for Rafale fighter jets have stalled due to disagreements over the production of the planes in India, a report said on Friday.

Spain set to lift marriage age from 14 to 16
Spain

Spain set to lift marriage age from 14 to 16

The Spanish government is looking at upping the legal age of marriage from 14 to 16 but makes no mention of raising the age of sexual consent beyond the current age of 13, the lowest in Europe.

Study maps Swiss divide over chocolate treats
Switzerland

Study maps Swiss divide over chocolate treats

Residents of French-speaking Switzerland are the biggest consumers of chocolate in the world, shows a new study that maps regional differences in Swiss taste.

Spain falls short on international aid goals
Spain

Spain falls short on international aid goals

Speaking in Madrid on Thursday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged nations to do more to fulfill the goal of reducing extreme poverty and improving living standards by 2015. Spain, however, halved its aid spending in 2012.

Police and cameras make public transport safer
Germany

Police and cameras make public transport safer

The amount of violence on Berlin's public transport in 2012 may have dropped by nearly a fifth from the year previously, but experts called on Friday for even better staffing of vehicles and stations.

April snow puts parts of northern France on alert
France

April snow puts parts of northern France on alert

The winter continues to bite back in northern France with three departments placed on alert for snow on Friday.

Three charged over slaying of Corsica lawyer
France

Three charged over slaying of Corsica lawyer

Three men suspected in the 2012 killing of Antoine Sollacaro, a top lawyer in Corsica, were behind bars on Friday as part of a French police probe that has netted 11 arrests, prosecutors said.

Swedish café owner defends his kid ban
Sweden

Swedish café owner defends his kid ban

A Swedish café owner who told parents to keep their kids away from his shop stands by his decision, despite losing a fair chunk of his "latte parent" customers and complaints about discrimination.

Depardieu skips French court to shoot DSK film
France

Depardieu skips French court to shoot DSK film

Busy shooting a film about disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Gerard Depardieu failed to turn up at a Paris hearing Friday to face a drink-driving charge. His no show could leave him facing criminal charges.

Merkel still number one in voters’ hearts
Germany

Merkel still number one in voters’ hearts

Chancellor Angela Merkel remains Germany's most popular politician as the country prepares for September elections, a poll for public television station ARD said on Thursday.

Turkish paper appeals to top court over trial
Germany

Turkish paper appeals to top court over trial

A Turkish newspaper is complaining to the German Constitutional Court that it was denied a place to report on the trial of a neo-Nazi terror suspect charged with ten murders, eight of them of Turkish men.

Barcelona lodge referee protest with UEFA
Spain

Barcelona lodge referee protest with UEFA

Barcelona said on Thursday they have lodged a written complaint with UEFA over the refereeing of German official Wolfgang Stark, who took charge of Tuesday's Champions League draw with Paris Saint Germain.

Gothenburg trains face Friday delays
Sweden

Gothenburg trains face Friday delays

A now repaired electrical fault near Gothenburg affected rail traffic locally on Friday morning, with backlog delays expected after engineers restored the current on the first stretch of the important west to east coast track.

Swedish cat-food mum loses custody of baby
Sweden

Swedish cat-food mum loses custody of baby

A Swedish mother who fed cat food to her infant has lost the right to care for her child after she posted video clips of the incident to Facebook.

‘Student life in Aachen is easy and a lot of fun’
Germany

‘Student life in Aachen is easy and a lot of fun’

Get The Local flavour of Germany with our series where insiders offer a personal take on their hometown. This week, Xueyao Jiang shares her tips about Aachen.