Guards revolt over Geneva jail conditions
Switzerland

Guards revolt over Geneva jail conditions

Both guards and inmates are venting their anger over conditions at Geneva’s overcrowded Champ-Dollon prison.

Thatcher remembered for sparking Bern protest
Switzerland

Thatcher remembered for sparking Bern protest

Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister who died on Monday at the age of 87, is remembered in Switzerland for sparking a rowdy demonstration in Bern that led to multiple arrests.

Indian minister defends Novartis drug ruling
Switzerland

Indian minister defends Novartis drug ruling

An Indian court was fully justified to reject a patent bid by Swiss drug giant Novartis last week, India's trade and industry minister said in Geneva on Monday, defending the country's generic drug business.

Expats jump on Spain’s organ donor bandwagon
Spain

Expats jump on Spain’s organ donor bandwagon

Brits living in Spain are four times more likely to donate their organs than their countrymen back home. Spain's airport boom is also helping to maintain the country's position as the world's organ transplant leader.

Sweden reacts to Thatcher’s death
Sweden

Sweden reacts to Thatcher’s death

Swedish reactions to the death on Monday of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, 87, ranged from celebratory to lumping her together with former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

‘Nearshoring is a win-win situation for everyone’
Spain

‘Nearshoring is a win-win situation for everyone’

In this week's My Spanish Career we talk to businesswoman Harriet Hoffrogge about a 'nearshoring' venture aimed at connecting qualified Spanish information technology professionals and German companies in need of high-quality staff.

Facebook asks Swedes to pay for emails
Sweden

Facebook asks Swedes to pay for emails

Facebook users in Sweden have been hit with fees for sending emails to people not on their friends list, leaving some users unimpressed.

Police arrest final Berlin fatal beating suspect
Germany

Police arrest final Berlin fatal beating suspect

Half a year after a 20-year-old man was brutally beaten to death in central Berlin, the last of six main suspects was arrested on Monday after returning to Germany from Turkey.

France offers tributes and slurs to Thatcher
France

France offers tributes and slurs to Thatcher

French politicians from all parties reacted to the death of former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on Monday. While the president acknowledged her impact on Britain, one extreme left politician suggested she would go to “hell”.

BMW unveils motorcycle tie-up with Indian firm
Germany

BMW unveils motorcycle tie-up with Indian firm

German top-of-the-range carmaker BMW, which also makes high-powered motorbikes, announced an agreement with India's TVS Motor Company on Monday to produce small-engine motorcycles.

Spain’s first Hollywood icon dies at 85
Spain

Spain’s first Hollywood icon dies at 85

Sara Montiel, the first Spanish actress to make it in Hollywood and best known for her roles in international blockbusters such as Vera Cruz, died at home in Madrid on Monday aged 85, her family said.

King’s son-in-law scores Qatar job timeout
Spain

King’s son-in-law scores Qatar job timeout

The scandal-hit son-in-law of Spanish King Juan Carlos, Iñaki Urdangarín, has accepted a job offer which could see him working with Qatar's handball team, Spanish media reported on Monday.

Germany’s Merkel praises Thatcher’s legacy
Germany

Germany’s Merkel praises Thatcher’s legacy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel hailed former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died Monday aged 87, as an "extraordinary leader" who played a pivotal role in overcoming Europe's Cold War division.

French ministers to declare wealth publicly
France

French ministers to declare wealth publicly

France's embattled government took further steps on Monday to deal with the fallout of the tax fraud scandal that felled ex-Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac. Ministers will be now have to show the public the colour of their money.

Warm rain rings in spring
Germany

Warm rain rings in spring

Germany welcomed springtime on Monday, as winter finally gave up its icy grip on the country. The DWD weather service forecast temperatures in the mid-20s by the weekend, but not without rain.

‘Sweden saved my career from Spain’s meltdown’
Sweden

‘Sweden saved my career from Spain’s meltdown’

For the longest time, architect Jon-Ander Azpiazu Juaristi held Spain's economic fizzle at arm's length, until rising unemployment caught up with him too. He tells The Local how moving to Sweden saved his career.

Thatcher death changes Cameron’s Spain plans
Spain

Thatcher death changes Cameron’s Spain plans

The death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has led to British Prime Minister David Cameron cancelling a press conference he planned to hold with his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy.

Ex-cyclist Kjaergaard to escape doping sanction
Norway

Ex-cyclist Kjaergaard to escape doping sanction

A former team-mate of shamed cyclist Lance Armstrong, Norway's Steffen Kjaergaard, will escape sanctions despite having admitted doping, the country's anti-doping agency announced on Monday.

French chefs launch elite ‘quality restaurant’ grade
France

French chefs launch elite ‘quality restaurant’ grade

Worried by the declining standards of France's famed restaurants, top chefs including Alain Ducasse and Joel Robuchon on Monday launched a new label for establishments that prepare their own food and give diners a proper welcome.

Beating reveals ‘the face of homophobia’ in France
France

Beating reveals ‘the face of homophobia’ in France

This is the shocking picture of Wilfred de Bruijn, the apparent victim of a brutal homophobic attack in Paris at the weekend. Gay-rights groups say the on-going protests against gay marriage in France have led to a rise in homophobic acts.

Quality of life: The ‘best’ places to live in France
France

Quality of life: The ‘best’ places to live in France

Where is the best place in France to live if you want to be happy? And where is the best place to find love or a job or to raise a family? Well, a new survey claims to have the answers. You might be surprised by the results.

Opus Dei MP probes police over sister act
Spain

Opus Dei MP probes police over sister act

Many Spaniards are questioning the motives of Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz after his office called up police officers who had asked a nun to remove her headgear during an ID check.

Tonnes of nicked Nutella gives cops bellyache
Germany

Tonnes of nicked Nutella gives cops bellyache

Millions of Germans are famously fond of the chocolate spread Nutella - but police said it was probably professional thieves rather than a desperate dieter who stole five tonnes of the breakfast staple at the weekend.

Swedish scientists find new obesity genes
Sweden

Swedish scientists find new obesity genes

A major study led by Swedish researchers at Uppsala University has found seven new genes tied to obesity that the scientists hope will lead to more individualized weight loss treatments.

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Sweden

Man jailed for 15 years for killing his mother

A 44-year-old man was sentenced to prison on Monday for killing his mother and hiding her body under the deck of a house in southern Sweden.

Mother drowns children in family bath tub
Spain

Mother drowns children in family bath tub

A mother in Barcelona has been arrested on suspicion of drowning her two young children in the bathtub of the family home.

Lake Constance fishers fret: waters ‘too clean’
Germany

Lake Constance fishers fret: waters ‘too clean’

German fishermen working Lake Constance are struggling to make a living as the fish are so small, because the water is so clean. Some are suggesting that phosphate pollutants be added to help them grow.

Vaud apartment fire kills pets, injures tenants
Switzerland

Vaud apartment fire kills pets, injures tenants

An investigation is continuing into an apartment fire in Moudon, a town in the northern part of the canton of Vaud, that forced the evacuation of 34 people on Sunday night.

Topless protests disrupt Putin visit to Hannover
Germany

Topless protests disrupt Putin visit to Hannover

Topless protesters disrupted Russian President Vladimir Putin's tour of an industrial fair in Germany Monday as he and Chancellor Angela Merkel clashed over Moscow's recent NGO crackdown.

App reunites owners with stolen bikes
Germany

App reunites owners with stolen bikes

A group of German students have developed a computer app to reunite cyclists with stolen bikes and hinder theft. A year after launching, Fahrradjäger was on Monday picking up speed.

French teenager crushed to death in rubbish truck
France

French teenager crushed to death in rubbish truck

A French teenager suffered a horrific death at the weekend when he was crushed in the back of a rubbish truck in the city of Luxembourg. The young man had been concealed in a bin that was emptied in to the waste truck.

French minister denies Swiss account ‘rumour’
Switzerland

French minister denies Swiss account ‘rumour’

France's Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius on Sunday denied a "rumour" in a newspaper report claiming that he may have a Swiss bank account, as the French government struggles to deal with a scandal over undeclared foreign bank holdings.

Moto GP hat-trick seals Spanish reign
Spain

Moto GP hat-trick seals Spanish reign

Spanish victories in all three categories of Motor racing's season-opener in Qatar on Sunday confirms Spain as world leaders in the sport.

Stockholm rents soar after new subletting law
Sweden

Stockholm rents soar after new subletting law

Prices for subletting a flat in central Stockholm have jumped as much as 20 percent following recent changes to Sweden's subletting laws, according to new figures compiled by a Swedish newspaper.

British PM visits Madrid in Europe reform push
Spain

British PM visits Madrid in Europe reform push

British Prime Minister David Cameron visits Madrid for the first time on Monday where he will hold talks with his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy to press his case for reform of the European Union.

Gandhi ‘helped Swedes’ in India fighter jet bid
Sweden

Gandhi ‘helped Swedes’ in India fighter jet bid

A Swedish weapons group reportedly hired the late Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to secure a fighter jet deal to India in the 1970s, reveal diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.

Landlord overcharged tenant 230,000 francs
Switzerland

Landlord overcharged tenant 230,000 francs

A Geneva landlord has been ordered to pay back 230,000 francs ($246.000) in rent to a tenant who was over-charged for a renovated apartment over a period going back to November 2005.

Credit card receipts pose cancer risk: new report
France

Credit card receipts pose cancer risk: new report

Checking the bill for the weekly shopping, or fingering through credit card receipts from the night before is never good for you, but a new French report is expected to warn that the print-outs actually pose a potentially serious health risk.

Karolinska Institute tops university list again
Sweden

Karolinska Institute tops university list again

Stockholm's Karolinska Institute has come up trumps in an annual ranking of Sweden's top universities and colleges.

UK PM cancels Paris visit after Thatcher death
France

UK PM cancels Paris visit after Thatcher death

British Prime Minister David Cameron has cancelled his planned visit to Paris on Monday evening, after the death of former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He had been set to discuss EU reform over a "working dinner" with French President François Hollande.

Nine-man Atletico held to draw at Getafe
Spain

Nine-man Atletico held to draw at Getafe

Atletico Madrid lost more ground on Real Madrid in the race for second place in La Liga as they held on for a 0-0 draw at Getafe on Sunday despite being reduced to nine men.

Cameron starts ‘EU treaty change’ tour
Germany

Cameron starts ‘EU treaty change’ tour

British Prime Minister David Cameron visits Madrid, Paris and Berlin this week to press his case for reform of the European Union ahead of a referendum on his own country's membership of the bloc.

French teenage girl killed in Czech bus crash
France

French teenage girl killed in Czech bus crash

A teenage girl died and dozens of people were injured after a French tourist bus filled with children skidded off a motorway west of Prague on Monday morning, emergency services told AFP.

Royals take king-sized hit in opinion polls
Spain

Royals take king-sized hit in opinion polls

A slim majority of Spaniards disapprove of King Juan Carlos, an opinion poll published Sunday showed, after scandals over an elephant-hunting trip in Africa and a corruption probe centred on his son-in-law.

Jobless sick ‘to face more official suspicion’
Germany

Jobless sick ‘to face more official suspicion’

Germans living on the most basic state unemployment support who do not have to seek work because they are sick will face increased checks and reduction of payments should they be unconvincing, according to an internal document.

Foreign minister denies Swiss account ‘rumour’
France

Foreign minister denies Swiss account ‘rumour’

France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Sunday denied a "rumour" in a newspaper claiming that he may have a Swiss account, as France's government struggles to deal with a scandal over undeclared foreign bank holdings.

Stay-at-home youths take job protest to streets
Spain

Stay-at-home youths take job protest to streets

Young people demonstrated on Sunday in cities across Spain and near the country's embassies abroad against sky-high unemployment and poor working conditions which they say are forcing them to move abroad to find work.

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Sweden

‘Tonnes’ of dead fish found on Swedish lake

Masses of fish found dead on a lake in eastern Sweden have left experts theorizing that the harsh winter and icy conditions prevented the fish from getting enough oxygen.

Stockholm TV thieves in robbery blunder
Sweden

Stockholm TV thieves in robbery blunder

Police had the last laugh when two men robbed a Stockholm-area electronics store in broad daylight, with witnesses recording every wrong move the thieves made.

Merkel tells Putin: Give NGOs a chance
Germany

Merkel tells Putin: Give NGOs a chance

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to "give a chance" to non-governmental organizations which she described as a "motor of innovation".

‘Germany is the Mecca of the car industry’
Germany

‘Germany is the Mecca of the car industry’

In the latest instalment of My German Career, The Local spoke to Athar Mohammed Khan about how to break into the automotive industry and the different styles of working in India and Germany.