Thieves nabbed with gold egg near Swiss border
Switzerland

Thieves nabbed with gold egg near Swiss border

A bejewelled golden egg stolen four years ago in Geneva and worth an estimated one million euros ($1.3 million) has been recovered by French police near the Swiss border, police said on Monday.

Spain opposes return of Swiss bank data thief
Switzerland

Spain opposes return of Swiss bank data thief

A Spanish prosecutor on Monday opposed the extradition of a former HSBC employee to Switzerland, where he is wanted for stealing banking data that exposed thousands of suspected tax dodgers.

Hundreds rally against Swiss commodity meet
Switzerland

Hundreds rally against Swiss commodity meet

Hundreds of demonstrators were standing off with riot police on Monday night outside a Lausanne hotel where a commodities conference organized by the Financial Times got under way.

Q4 home construction permits rise sharply
Switzerland

Q4 home construction permits rise sharply

The number of new homes under construction in Switzerland rose to 75,600 units in the fourth quarter of 2012, up 12.5 percent from the same period a year earlier.

Hearing begins for Costa Concordia disaster
Italy

Hearing begins for Costa Concordia disaster

Indictment hearings against six suspects in the Costa Concordia luxury liner disaster began in Italy on Monday, with local authorities at the site of the shipwreck requesting compensation of more than €80 million ($105 million).

Swedish teens injured in school bus crash
Sweden

Swedish teens injured in school bus crash

Several Swedish teenagers were injured in an accident late afternoon on Monday as their school bus was hit by a truck near Borås, central Sweden.

Swedes of the Week
Sweden

Swedes of the Week

Here is the archived list of every Swede to ever be featured as The Local's Swede of the Week.

Disgraced ex-politician goes topless for mag
Spain

Disgraced ex-politician goes topless for mag

A former Spanish Socialist Party councillor who earned global notoriety when a home-made porno movie was posted online was back under the spotlight this week when she posed topless for a national magazine.

SNCF denies ‘blacks and Arabs’ ban for Peres visit
France

SNCF denies ‘blacks and Arabs’ ban for Peres visit

A subsidiary of France's railway firm SNCF has launched a probe into allegations that "blacks and Arabs" were excluded from a welcome committee for Israeli President Shimon Peres on his trip to Paris, a union said on Monday.

Ex-minister sues over Trierweiler affair claim
France

Ex-minister sues over Trierweiler affair claim

A French former minister on Monday asked a court to award him €140,000 damages over a claim in a best-selling book that he had an affair with Valerie Trierweiler, the glamorous girlfriend of President François Hollande.

Drunk sets French record for blood alcohol level
France

Drunk sets French record for blood alcohol level

An inebriated French man has stunned doctors and police after recording a death-defying level of alcohol in his blood. Tests revealed it to be a record 1.1 percent - the equivalent of drinking three to four bottles of whisky.

Ten tips for the perfect Swedish cover letter
Sweden

Ten tips for the perfect Swedish cover letter

Wondering how to write the perfect cover letter that will convince Swedish employers they've found the candidate they're looking for? A Swedish HR expert offers some important tips in the latest instalment of JobTalk Sweden, our series offering insights into working in Sweden.

First glimpse of mini Messi goes viral
Spain

First glimpse of mini Messi goes viral

He could be the most popular baby since Jesus. Barcelona striker Lionel Messi released the first picture of his son on his Facebook page at the weekend. Baby Thiago has already garnered over one million likes.

Spanish PM talks crisis with Pope Francis
Spain

Spanish PM talks crisis with Pope Francis

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Monday became the first European leader to meet with Pope Francis, with the Vatican saying the two discussed the country's steep economic crisis.

Swedish glassmaker shifts jobs overseas
Sweden

Swedish glassmaker shifts jobs overseas

Leading Swedish glassmaker Orrefors Kosta Boda in the southeastern "crystal kingdom" has said that seven out of ten glasses the company produces in the future will be made abroad, where it is also scouting for a new breed of buyers.

Swedes could cast ballots online by 2018
Sweden

Swedes could cast ballots online by 2018

Internet voting could become a reality in Sweden by as early as 2018, if a new proposal by a parliamentary committee is given the green light.

How to deliver design beyond expectation
Sweden

How to deliver design beyond expectation

The Local meets David V. Hughes, a US expat in Stockholm, that has brought his own label of determination and discovery to the design process.

Job centre official: unemployed aren’t lazy
Germany

Job centre official: unemployed aren’t lazy

People on unemployment benefits are not as lazy as many of Germans think, an official at the Federal Employment Agency said on Monday. Over two-thirds of them would love to work - and not just for the money.

Spain cracks down on home rentals for tourists
Spain

Spain cracks down on home rentals for tourists

Thousands of homeowners in Spain will no longer be able to rent out their properties to tourists on a short term basis if Spain's Senate approves a new law that would make the practice illegal.

Court delays neo-Nazi murder trial for press
Germany

Court delays neo-Nazi murder trial for press

The start of the most high-profile neo-Nazi murder trial in post-war Germany has been delayed from this week until early May, a court in the southern city of Munich said Monday.

Spain’s illegal sex trade worth ‘€5 million a day’
Spain

Spain’s illegal sex trade worth ‘€5 million a day’

The illegal sex trade in Spain generates a staggering €5 million a day, Spanish police have revealed as authorities launch a new ad campaign to try to crack down on the exploitation and trafficking of women.

Fleeing pensioner gets stuck in hospital air vent
France

Fleeing pensioner gets stuck in hospital air vent

An 82-year-old Frenchman who appears to have attempted a daring escape from a hospital in Metz was later found by police - stuck in an air vent.

Nazi graffiti and pig’s head left at mosque site
France

Nazi graffiti and pig’s head left at mosque site

Police have launched an investigation after vandals 'desecrated' the building site of a planned mosque near Paris, spraying Nazi graffiti and leaving a pig's head. It is only the latest in a series of Islamophobic attacks in France.

France targets loopholes for 2014 tax gain
France

France targets loopholes for 2014 tax gain

France aims to raise most of the €6 billion in additional tax revenue it needs next year by closing tax loopholes, Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said on Monday.

Gallery: What wealth did ministers have to reveal?
France

Gallery: What wealth did ministers have to reveal?

From a bank account containing just €12.21 to three bikes and a Renault Twingo find out what assets French ministers had to reveal this week. Their testimonies revealed eight of them are millionaires.

Swiss mathematician honoured by Google
Switzerland

Swiss mathematician honoured by Google

Google on Monday singled out for recognition pioneering Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler, 306 years after he was born in Basel.

The top job opportunities in France in 2013
France

The top job opportunities in France in 2013

Don't believe everything you read about unemployment in France - there are jobs out there. For this week’s installment of The Local’s JobTalk series, we bring you the sectors looking to hire in 2013. Whether you are looking for a career or seasonal work, read on.

Teen girls find ‘human foot’ in Swedish forest
Sweden

Teen girls find ‘human foot’ in Swedish forest

Police were left scratching their heads after teenage girls playing in the woods in southern Sweden discovered what appeared to be a human foot, but which experts later revealed to be something much more unexpected.

Fireball lights up skies over central Spain
Spain

Fireball lights up skies over central Spain

The night skies above much of Spain were lit up when a meteor travelling at 75,000 kph pierced the earth’s atmosphere and left astronomers screaming in disbelief. Did you witness the great ball of fire?

Swedish Islamists in Syria leave Säpo ‘worried’
Sweden

Swedish Islamists in Syria leave Säpo ‘worried’

Around 30 Islamists have travelled from Sweden recently to fight or to be trained to fight in Syria, Swedish security service Säpo revealed on Monday, expressing its concerns over the development.

Spanish youth worst in class for school dropouts
Spain

Spanish youth worst in class for school dropouts

Young Spaniards have the highest school dropout rate in the whole of the EU, according to new figures published by the official European statistics body Eurostat.

Abba stars team up with Avicii for Eurovision final
Sweden

Abba stars team up with Avicii for Eurovision final

The two front men of Swedish mega band Abba have teamed up once again to write the opening melody for May's Eurovision final in Malmö.

‘Crocodile Dundee’ star seeks Swiss millions
Switzerland

‘Crocodile Dundee’ star seeks Swiss millions

"Crocodile Dundee" star Paul Hogan has taken legal action in a US court to recover $34 million held in a Swiss bank account which he alleges has been misappropriated, reports said Monday.

Putin’s spies target German embassy staff
Germany

Putin’s spies target German embassy staff

Over 25 years after his stint as a spy in Dresden for the Soviet KGB, Russian President Vladimir Putin is increasing surveillance of the German government as the Kremlin ratchets up its anti-German rhetoric, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Monday.

Anti-euro party aims to tip German election
Germany

Anti-euro party aims to tip German election

The new anti-euro party Alternative for Germany (AfD) could tip the balance in the upcoming election regardless of whether it makes it into the Bundestag, according to a prominent German political expert.

Paris locals ‘vote down’ drug injection centres
France

Paris locals ‘vote down’ drug injection centres

An overwhelming majority of local residents have voted against a government proposal for a drug 'safe house' in the Gare du Nord neighbourhood of Paris. The plan would allow addicts to take drugs in a safe and clean environment, without fear of prosecution.

Dalai Lama draws 16,000 to two-day Fribourg event
Switzerland

Dalai Lama draws 16,000 to two-day Fribourg event

The Dalai Lama drew 16,000 spectators to a two-day gathering at Fribourg over the weekend.

Madrid to shell out €7.4 million on mobile phones
Spain

Madrid to shell out €7.4 million on mobile phones

Talk doesn't come cheap in Madrid where details emerged on Monday of the city hall's new €43 million communication contract, which includes €7.4 million worth of mobile phones for its councillors and officials over the next four years.

Scientists to crunch crisp craving mystery
Germany

Scientists to crunch crisp craving mystery

German scientists say they are close to solving the mystery why it is nearly impossible to open a packet of crisps without munching your way through the whole bag.

Merkel rival Steinbrück rallies SPD: ‘So to battle!’
Germany

Merkel rival Steinbrück rallies SPD: ‘So to battle!’

Germany's main opposition candidate for dethroning Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Sunday to push his campaign harder amid lowly poll forecasts.

‘Weak, slow and difficult’ economy ahead: Borg
Sweden

‘Weak, slow and difficult’ economy ahead: Borg

Swedes are in for a rough economic ride in years ahead, as Finance Minister Anders Borg has warned of rising unemployment, weaker economic growth and rising public debt in the spring fiscal policy bill released on Monday.

‘First and foremost, read the regulations!’
Germany

‘First and foremost, read the regulations!’

In the latest instalment of My German Career, The Local spoke with Irish pub owner Raymond Searson about the German love for Irish culture and how to cope with the notoriously strict laws and regulations.

France launches mega-trial over breast implants
France

France launches mega-trial over breast implants

France launched one its biggest-ever trials on Wednesday as five managers from company PIP faced charges of selling faulty breast implants that sparked a global health scare.

Four skiers die in French Alps avalanches
France

Four skiers die in French Alps avalanches

Four cross-country skiers died in avalanches in the French Alps on the weekend, officials said as they warned of snow melting under springtime sun creating a heightened danger.

Raoul Wallenberg made honorary Australian
Sweden

Raoul Wallenberg made honorary Australian

Australia paid tribute on Monday to Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved thousands of Jews during World War II, by making him the country's first honorary citizen.

Alonso dominates China F1 Grand Prix
Spain

Alonso dominates China F1 Grand Prix

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso won a drama-packed Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on Sunday, well ahead of the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

Republicans rally to demand king’s abdication
Spain

Republicans rally to demand king’s abdication

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Madrid on Sunday to demand the abdication of Spain's scandal-hit monarchy and the creation of a new Republic.

Doctors: noisy offices ‘can make you ill’
Germany

Doctors: noisy offices ‘can make you ill’

Millions of office workers in Germany are suffering health implications from distracting noise in the workplace, a study showed on Monday.

Top three shine in La Liga goal fest
Spain

Top three shine in La Liga goal fest

Catalan giants Barcelona continued their march towards a 22nd La Liga title after winning 3-0 away at Zaragoza, while Madrid teams Real and Atlético kept up the battle for second place with two convincing victories.

Axe attack mars Swede’s backyard barbecue
Sweden

Axe attack mars Swede’s backyard barbecue

A backyard barbecue in central Sweden took a sinister turn on Sunday when an irate neighour buried a hatchet in the back of the man tending the grill.

Global military spending falls: Swedish think tank
Sweden

Global military spending falls: Swedish think tank

The world spent less on weapons and military services in 2012 than the year before, the first annual drop since 1998, a Swedish think tank said on Monday.

Syrian wounded fly to Germany for help
Germany

Syrian wounded fly to Germany for help

Germany is due Monday to send a specially equipped military aircraft to bring more than 30 people seriously wounded in the Syrian conflict for treatment in the country, according to a media report.