Bern wins 13th national hockey championship
Switzerland

Bern wins 13th national hockey championship

SC Bern clinched Switzerland’s ice hockey league A championship for the 13th time on Tuesday night with a decisive 5-1 victory over Fribourg-Gottéron on home ice.

Body of missing Danish student found in shed
Switzerland

Body of missing Danish student found in shed

The lifeless body of missing Danish student Olivia Ostergaard was found in a small shed in Oberägeri in the canton of Zug, police confirmed on Tuesday night.

Zurich bank cuts Cuba’s last Swiss franc channel
Switzerland

Zurich bank cuts Cuba’s last Swiss franc channel

Zurich's cantonal bank is halting all transfers to Cuba starting next month to avoid activities deemed in violation of a US embargo on the communist-ruled island.

Germans use Swiss bank data for new tax raids
Switzerland

Germans use Swiss bank data for new tax raids

Hundreds of German tax inspectors launched nationwide raids on Tuesday, based on 40,000 data sets on suspected tax-dodgers in Swiss banks from a CD authorities had bought for €4 million ($5.3 million), officials said.

Abba singer backtracks on Boston blast gaffe
Sweden

Abba singer backtracks on Boston blast gaffe

Abba star Björn Ulvaeus made headlines in the UK on Tuesday over an offhand comment about the Boston marathon blasts on a breakfast news programme, a blunder for which he later apologized.

‘We’re not just protesting for the fun of it’
Spain

‘We’re not just protesting for the fun of it’

With home evictions being carried out at a rate of one every fifteen minutes last year in Spain, The Local looks at whether demonstrations directly targeting politicians in their homes and offices — or so-called "escraches" — are justified.

Pirate Bay co-founder charged for hacker attack
Sweden

Pirate Bay co-founder charged for hacker attack

Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was one of four people charged in Sweden on Tuesday on suspicions they hacked into several Swedish agencies and companies and attempted to transfer money out of the Nordea bank.

‘I won’t stop until I see you in a pine coffin’
Spain

‘I won’t stop until I see you in a pine coffin’

A young man from Galicia could face three years behind bars for threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend over the popular messaging service Whatsapp.

Spain’s left slams abortion law changes
Spain

Spain’s left slams abortion law changes

Spain's socialist opposition party say they will mount a legal challenge against any changes that make Spain's abortion law more restrictive. They will also downgrade their relations with the Vatican if new rules are introduced.

Britons involved in fatal Alps coach crash
France

Britons involved in fatal Alps coach crash

A coach carrying young British seasonal workers crashed into a cliff face near the resort of Alpe d'Huez in the French Alps, leaving one person dead and several others seriously injured, police reported on Tuesday.

PSG coach Ancelotti denies Rooney rumours
France

PSG coach Ancelotti denies Rooney rumours

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti believes it would be out of the question to tempt "Manchester United idol" Wayne Rooney into signing for the French Ligue 1 leaders.

Woman robbed during epileptic seizure
Sweden

Woman robbed during epileptic seizure

A Stockholm woman with epilepsy was robbed in the middle of a seizure on Monday night, shocking police who called the incident "shameless".

France to fall into recession this year: IMF
France

France to fall into recession this year: IMF

The IMF forecast on Tuesday that France, the eurozone's second-largest economy, will fall into recession this year with the economy contracting by 0.1 percent.

Bern denies umbrella tax evasion deal with US
Switzerland

Bern denies umbrella tax evasion deal with US

A government spokesman denied on Tuesday that Switzerland was close to a deal covering the country's entire financial sector that would finally settle a dispute with Washington over US citizens' undeclared assets in Swiss banks.

Swiss CD sparks nationwide tax raids
Germany

Swiss CD sparks nationwide tax raids

Germany-wide raids on suspected tax evaders began on Tuesday after a western state obtained a CD containing data on thousands of Germans banking in Switzerland.

Swedish zoo cheers rare Siberian tiger cubs
Sweden

Swedish zoo cheers rare Siberian tiger cubs

Three Siberian tigers have been born at a wildlife park in western Sweden, the zoo announced on Tuesday, with the striped bundles of fur estimated to be up and running within a few weeks.

Amnesty deal for ThyssenKrupp workers
Germany

Amnesty deal for ThyssenKrupp workers

German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp, rocked by a slew of corruption scandals, said Tuesday it will not prosecute or fire employees involved in any wrongdoing if they cooperate in uncovering the malpractices.

Italy seizes €1.8bn from Nomura in fraud probe
Italy

Italy seizes €1.8bn from Nomura in fraud probe

Italian police on Tuesday seized €1.8 billion ($2.3 billion) destined for Nomura and placed the former chief of the Japanese bank's European operations under investigation in a fraud probe over a deal with Monte dei Paschi di Siena.

Final hurdle cleared for Xstrata-Glencore merger
Switzerland

Final hurdle cleared for Xstrata-Glencore merger

A long-awaited merger between Swiss commodities trader Glencore with mining giant Xstrata has won a green light from China's regulator, clearing a key final hurdle, Glencore announced on Tuesday.

US men date 60 Swedish women in new TV show
Sweden

US men date 60 Swedish women in new TV show

Love-hungry American men will date a bevy of Swedish women in a new programme to hit Sweden's TV screens on Tuesday night. The Local finds out more about their search for love across the Atlantic.

How to create a spot-on Spanish CV
Spain

How to create a spot-on Spanish CV

Right now in Spain a good CV can be the difference between landing a dream job and having to continue the search. The Local has put together a list of dos and don'ts to help expats in Spain stand out from the crowd.

Spain sacks ‘negligent’ Boston consul
Spain

Spain sacks ‘negligent’ Boston consul

The Spanish Consul General in Boston has been sacked over his decision to close the consulate just hours after twin bomb explosions during the city's marathon because it was 'closing time'.

Marseille train crash leaves dozens injured
France

Marseille train crash leaves dozens injured

A regional train collided with a construction vehicle at a level crossing near Marseille on Tuesday leaving 31 people injured, one of them seriously.

Ikea looks to sell horse- tainted meatballs
Sweden

Ikea looks to sell horse- tainted meatballs

Furniture giant Ikea said Tuesday it was looking at selling or giving away meatballs in its home country of Sweden that were recalled after tests showed they contained traces of horse DNA.

Pirate Bay-linked firm bows to Twitter demands
Sweden

Pirate Bay-linked firm bows to Twitter demands

Swedish micropay site Flattr, which was launched by The Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde, has been forced to close a service allowing Twitter users to reward tweets following an objection by the US social networking service.

Investor confidence falls
Germany

Investor confidence falls

The recovery prospects for the German economy, Europe's biggest, took a knock Tuesday when data showed that investor sentiment fell more than expected this month.

What India can teach Sweden about healthcare
Sweden

What India can teach Sweden about healthcare

As debate rages in Sweden about the role of private firms in the country's publicly-financed healthcare system, liberal commentator Nima Sanandaji suggests Swedes may find a solution inspired by an innovative heart surgeon from India.

Anti-euro party polls at three percent
Germany

Anti-euro party polls at three percent

A new anti-euro party in Germany scored three percent in a poll on Tuesday, a marginal result but an election-year wild card as Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition rules with a narrow lead.

Petty criminals chose prison over €5 fine
Germany

Petty criminals chose prison over €5 fine

Fare-dodgers, illegal parkers, shoplifters - petty criminals are regularly choosing to go to prison for a few days instead of paying small fines. Now one regional authority is planning more creative punishments to save state money.

Neil Young to kick off Paléo music festival
Switzerland

Neil Young to kick off Paléo music festival

Neil Young, Arctic Monkeys, The Smashing Pumpkins and Santana are among the headliners for this year’s Paléo Festival in Nyon, near Geneva.

‘Clichéd’ Louvre art exhibition riles Germans
France

‘Clichéd’ Louvre art exhibition riles Germans

An exhibition of German 19th century art at the world-famous Louvre museum in Paris has outraged Germans who claim the display misconstrues their nation's cultural and historical development. The museum is shocked by the criticism.

Hidden horsemeat beefs up Spanish menus
Spain

Hidden horsemeat beefs up Spanish menus

More than four percent of the meat being flogged off as beef in Spain actually contains horse DNA, new government tests reveal.

Swedish historian lands prestigious Pulitzer prize
Sweden

Swedish historian lands prestigious Pulitzer prize

Swedish-American historian Fredrik Logevall has been awarded a Pulitzer prize, one of the most prestigious prizes awarded in the US for achievements in journalism and the arts.

200-year-old German mummies on display
Germany

200-year-old German mummies on display

A pair of 18th century mummies are to go on display in eastern Germany. Preserved naturally thanks to an unusually draughty crypt, experts are excited to show them off to church visitors.

Voice doctors sing about sore-throated Spaniards
Spain

Voice doctors sing about sore-throated Spaniards

Up to seven percent of Spaniards suffer serious problems with their vocal cords and among teachers that rate is nearly one in four.

Neighbour shoots US expat over noise issues
Switzerland

Neighbour shoots US expat over noise issues

An American expat rapper living in Biel in the canton of Bern says he is lucky to be alive after a neigbour fired at him with a gun for making too much noise in an apartment building.

Italian lawmakers to meet to elect new president
Italy

Italian lawmakers to meet to elect new president

Italian lawmakers will meet Thursday to begin voting to elect a new president, parliament said in a statement, amid hopes that the election could help end a deadlock on forming a new government.

Stockholm flat prices hit new record high
Sweden

Stockholm flat prices hit new record high

Apartment prices in central Stockholm and Gothenburg have reached record high levels, according to the latest housing market figures, while the late spring has impacted negatively on the holiday home market.

Foreign affairs chief to attend Thatcher send-off
Spain

Foreign affairs chief to attend Thatcher send-off

Spain's Foreign Affairs Minister José Manuel García-Margallo will head up the official Spanish delegation at the funeral of ex-British Prime Minister Lady Thatcher to be held in London on Wednesday.

Italy PM condemns US blasts as ‘cowardly act’
Italy

Italy PM condemns US blasts as ‘cowardly act’

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti on Tuesday sent a message to US President Barack Obama condemning blasts at the Boston Marathon which left three dead and more than 100 injured as "a cowardly act".

Boston bombing ‘deeply shocks’ Germany
Germany

Boston bombing ‘deeply shocks’ Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday expressed her grief and outrage over the deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon. The German Embassy was still trying to account for the some 250 German nationals participating in the event.

Benedict XVI marks 86th birthday in summer home
Italy

Benedict XVI marks 86th birthday in summer home

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on Tuesday celebrated his 86th birthday as the first former pope in over 700 years at his temporary home of Castel Gandolfo - the papal summer residence near Rome.

Spain snubs call for bank whistleblower handover
Spain

Spain snubs call for bank whistleblower handover

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.

Many teachers in Sweden lack proper training
Sweden

Many teachers in Sweden lack proper training

More than half of subject-area teachers in Sweden who teach pupils in their final years of compulsory school lack training in the subjects they teach, a new report has shown.

Beckham ‘to hand salary’ to children’s hospital
France

Beckham ‘to hand salary’ to children’s hospital

Paris Saint-Germain's David Beckham will donate around half a million euros to a children's hospital in Paris, French media reported on Tuesday. It comes after he pledged to donate his salary to good causes, when he joined the club in January.

Swede’s spring cleaning yields antique bombshell
Sweden

Swede’s spring cleaning yields antique bombshell

A bombshell believed to be from the 1800s brought an abrupt and frightening end to plans to carry out some spring cleaning on Monday in the cellar of the 16th-century city wall in Kalmar in southern Sweden.

Barton’s abusive tweets lost in French translation
France

Barton’s abusive tweets lost in French translation

What is the best way to translate "pussy" and "ladyboy" into French? Football authorities in France have been unable to agree so decided they could not rule whether footballer Joey Barton's abusive tweets were worthy of punishment.

France beefs up patrols after Boston blasts
France

France beefs up patrols after Boston blasts

France ordered police patrols to be stepped up on Tuesday after at least three people were killed and 140 wounded in two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. France's president expressed solidarity with the US.

Betis fans racially abuse own player
Spain

Betis fans racially abuse own player

Real Betis midfielder Nosa Igiebor has claimed he was racially abused by his own supporters as he warmed up during Friday's Seville derby against Sevilla.

Germany ‘not strong enough’ for stimulus
Germany

Germany ‘not strong enough’ for stimulus

Germany does not have the economic strength to launch another stimulus package now without running the risk of losing market confidence, Chancellor Angela Merkel said late Monday.

Protests mount against Mustafa’s ouster
Sweden

Protests mount against Mustafa’s ouster

Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside Social Democrat headquarters in central Stockholm on Monday night, while others took to the opinion pages of a Swedish daily to protest the ouster of Omar Mustafa over questions about his values.

Louvre art exhibition raises German hackles
Germany

Louvre art exhibition raises German hackles

Germans are outraged at an exhibition of German 19th century art in the world-famous Louvre museum in Paris which they say misconstrues their nation's cultural and historical development.

Biscuit bully uses shopping cart as weapon
Germany

Biscuit bully uses shopping cart as weapon

An impatient biscuit shopper in western Germany faces possible assault charges after ramming a woman with her shopping cart.