Lucerne orchestra axes concert with Depardieu
Switzerland

Lucerne orchestra axes concert with Depardieu

The city of Lucerne’s symphony orchestra has cancelled a concert featuring French movie actor Gérard Depardieu next month for fear of protests over his appearance.

Munich FC boss’s Swiss account becomes German political football
Switzerland

Munich FC boss’s Swiss account becomes German political football

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday distanced herself from Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness, whose Swiss bank account and alleged tax dodge has poured fuel on a heated election-year debate.

‘If you have languages there’s work in Spain’
Spain

‘If you have languages there’s work in Spain’

This week in My Spanish Career we talk to Romanian HR director Andra Enescu about working life in Barcelona, what she looks for when recruiting foreigners and whether Catalan is a must for the office environment.

Expat goodbyes bring down Spanish population
Spain

Expat goodbyes bring down Spanish population

Spain's population declined in 2012 for the first time in 17 years and the departure of foreigners from the country is partly responsible.

Paris firm sues Senegal’s Wade over car bill
France

Paris firm sues Senegal’s Wade over car bill

A luxury car company based in Paris is pursuing former Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade for €350,000 in allegedly unpaid bills, its owner said on Monday.

Police bust explosive jacket kidnap ring
Spain

Police bust explosive jacket kidnap ring

Spanish police have arrested members of a criminal gang which took people hostage and intimidated them into handing over cash and valuables, including watches, by making them wear fake explosive jackets.

British WWI soldiers to be buried 95 years later
France

British WWI soldiers to be buried 95 years later

Four British World War I soldiers are set to be laid to rest with full military honours on Tuesday, almost a century after they were killed in action in France.

Sweden won’t demand Russia fly-by explanation
Sweden

Sweden won’t demand Russia fly-by explanation

The revelation that Nato stepped in instead of the Swedish military during a Russian fly-by at Easter has left Swedish political commentators seething, while the defence minister has admitted a shift in Russia's military behaviour.

Swedish Beliebers swamp Justin’s hotel
Sweden

Swedish Beliebers swamp Justin’s hotel

Two Swedish girls had to get medical attention after hundreds of euphoric Justin Bieber fans besieged the Grand Hotel in Stockholm to catch a glimpse of their idol on the Swedish stop of his Europe tour.

UK’s ‘humble gardener’ sows Swedish TV career
Sweden

UK’s ‘humble gardener’ sows Swedish TV career

John Taylor is perhaps best known as the man with the green thumbs and a slight English accent on a weekly gardening show on television. He tells The Local how he made a career out of "digging holes" in Sweden.

Merkel: Germany doesn’t want to dominate Europe
Germany

Merkel: Germany doesn’t want to dominate Europe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday rejected the idea that her country was seeking "hegemony" in the European Union, but insisted members needed to cede some national sovereignty for the greater good.

Majorca helps send dead man home to Africa
Spain

Majorca helps send dead man home to Africa

People around Majorca are donating money to the island's Senegalese community to help them send home the body of a young man who died after being hit by a car when he was running from police on Monday April 15th.

Widower, 90, pins love hopes on garden sign
France

Widower, 90, pins love hopes on garden sign

After the death of his wife, whom he had known for over seven decades, a 90-year-old French man is refusing to give up hope of finding love again. The pensioner has planted a sign at the bottom of his garden to alert potential companions.

Riefenstahl’s Olympic film secretly sold to IOC
Germany

Riefenstahl’s Olympic film secretly sold to IOC

One of Germany's most acclaimed and controversial films by Hitler's favourite director Leni Riefenstahl was secretly sold off by former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder to help an Olympic bid, a newspaper reported on Monday.

Spain tops European 2012 deficit rankings
Spain

Spain tops European 2012 deficit rankings

Spain had the biggest deficit — 10.6 percent of gross domestic product — of all the eurozone and EU states in 2012, according to final deficit and debt figures published by the European Commission on Monday.

Bundesbank: German wage hike will hurt euro
Germany

Bundesbank: German wage hike will hurt euro

A wide-scale rise in wages in Germany would not benefit other eurozone members, but would actually harm the single currency area as a whole, Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann said Monday.

Man tries to rob cashless Swedish bank
Sweden

Man tries to rob cashless Swedish bank

A bank robber in the making on Monday morning tried to force bank personnel in central Stockholm to hand him money, before having to leave empty-handed because the office did not deal with cash.

Sweden Democrats rake in southern support
Sweden

Sweden Democrats rake in southern support

The immigration-critical Sweden Democrats would nab 16 percent of the vote in regional elections in the south if residents were to cast their ballots today, revealed a new poll by Yougov commissioned by the Metro newspaper.

Germany fines Google for privacy violations
Germany

Germany fines Google for privacy violations

German authorities said Monday they had fined Google for illegally collecting massive amounts of personal data including emails, passwords and photos while setting up its disputed Street View service.

Pupils to learn France’s secular moral values
France

Pupils to learn France’s secular moral values

France’s education minister presented his plan for school pupils to learn “secular morality” values to the French parliament on Monday. The project has been likened to a call by Marshal Petain, who led Nazi-allied, Vichy France, during World War II.

Gunpowder sent to head of French parliament
France

Gunpowder sent to head of French parliament

BREAKING NEWS: The president of France’s National Assembly on Monday received a letter containing gunpowder and ordering him to put off Tuesday’s parliamentary vote on gay marriage. The letter warned “you wanted war, and you’ve got it.”

Fatigue causes hundreds of road deaths each year
France

Fatigue causes hundreds of road deaths each year

Drowsy drivers are causing the deaths of 800 people each year on French raods, according to a report published on Monday. making it the second-leading cause of road deaths in the country, behind alcohol.

ABB soaks up California solar energy specialist
Switzerland

ABB soaks up California solar energy specialist

Swiss-Swedish engineering giant ABB says it is acquiring the California company Power One, which specializes in renewable energy such as solar, for $1 billion.

Disposable camera snaps creativity in Dresden
Germany

Disposable camera snaps creativity in Dresden

An American scientist is trying to stir up creative spontaneity in the eastern German city of Dresden by leaving disposable cameras around for strangers' use, before collecting them and displaying the results online. Jessica Ware reports.

Homeless crisis hits Spain’s educated elite
Spain

Homeless crisis hits Spain’s educated elite

More and more qualified middle class Spaniards are sleeping rough in the streets of Madrid every night, according to a study carried out by the capital’s emergency service Samur.

Bahr: ‘Germany needs more foreign nurses’
Germany

Bahr: ‘Germany needs more foreign nurses’

German Health Minister Daniel Bahr said on Monday he would push for immigration rules to be eased for healthcare workers, as the country battles against a growing dearth of nurses.

Spain eyes clampdown on Gibraltar tax fraud
Spain

Spain eyes clampdown on Gibraltar tax fraud

Spain's tax authorities are looking to put new pressure on companies which set up 'fictitious' bases in Gibraltar to pay less tax.

Friend reportedly helped neo-Nazi on the run
Germany

Friend reportedly helped neo-Nazi on the run

Investigators suspect a close friend of Beate Zschäpe helped the alleged neo-Nazi terrorist when she was on the run from police, according to media reports on Monday.

Deputy Governor leaves Riksbank in rate protest
Sweden

Deputy Governor leaves Riksbank in rate protest

Lars E O Svensson will not run for re-election as Deputy Governor of Sweden's national bank, saying he has failed to persuade his colleagues to cut interest rates, which he believes could have saved Swedish jobs.

Alpine airport lands just four visitors in March
Spain

Alpine airport lands just four visitors in March

The €45 million-airport of Huesca in Spain's far north welcomed just four passengers in March as the facility signed off on a dismal start to the year.

Facebook hatches secret Swiss growth plan
Switzerland

Facebook hatches secret Swiss growth plan

Facebook is poised to invest in Switzerland, the social media giant’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg says.

Swedish ABB to buy US green power firm
Sweden

Swedish ABB to buy US green power firm

The engineering giant ABB announced it would purchase US green energy company Power One for the staggering sum of $1 billion in a bid to make the Swiss-Swedish company "a global player" in solar inverters.

Boys made to sleep ‘in their own filth’ for years
France

Boys made to sleep ‘in their own filth’ for years

A father and stepmother have been taken into custody by police, accused of forcing two boys, aged ten and 12, to live and sleep “surrounded by their own waste” on a filthy mattress in a locked cellar, for three years.

Family minister wants more time with her family
Germany

Family minister wants more time with her family

German Family Minister Kristina Schröder could be approaching the end of her time in office, media reports hinted over the weekend. She reportedly wants to spend more time with her own family after the general election in September.

TeliaSonera board member avoids taxes
Sweden

TeliaSonera board member avoids taxes

Spotify founder Martin Lorentzon, brought in to revitalize the profile of bribery-accused Swedish telecom giant TeliaSonera, has avoided millions in taxes to Sweden through a shell company in Cyprus.

Police probe mystery Rhine Falls death
Switzerland

Police probe mystery Rhine Falls death

Schaffhausen cantonal police continue to investigate the death of an unidentified man who died near the Rhine Falls (Rheinfall) on Sunday.

Top ten celebrity expats living in Switzerland
Switzerland

Top ten celebrity expats living in Switzerland

Whatever happened to Shania Twain, Tina Turner and Phil Collins? For one reason or another, all have ended up in Switzerland. They're just three of our top ten celebrity expats living in the country. Find out where they are and why.

Migrants injure police in Melilla beach scuffle
Spain

Migrants injure police in Melilla beach scuffle

Six Spanish police officers were injured Sunday when they tried to stop 15 sub-Saharan migrants armed with sticks and knives from illegally entering the Spanish enclave of Melilla from Morocco by boat, local officials said.

Djokovic steals Nadal’s Monte Carlo crown
Spain

Djokovic steals Nadal’s Monte Carlo crown

Rafael Nadal will quickly bury his sorrows after the end of his eight-year title streak in Monte Carlo, with the Spaniard quickly turning his focus to the Barcelona Open starting on Monday.

Frenchman survives crocodile head bite
France

Frenchman survives crocodile head bite

Not many can say they had a fight with a crocodile and won. But a Frenchman lived to tell the tale after a crocodile clamped his jaws around his head when he was swimming in the sea in Australia.

Doctors take to streets against healthcare cuts
Spain

Doctors take to streets against healthcare cuts

Thousands of doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers, many wearing white lab coats, marched in Madrid on Sunday to protest against government spending cuts and plans to partly privatize medical services.

Gay man beaten in latest ‘homophobic’ attack
France

Gay man beaten in latest ‘homophobic’ attack

A gay man was beaten unconscious by thugs at the weekend in the latest apparent homophobic attack in France. The assault comes amid mounting tensions and daily protests ahead of a crucial government vote that would legalize gay marriage in France.

Russian jets practised attacks on Sweden
Sweden

Russian jets practised attacks on Sweden

Russian fighter planes carried out training missions just outside the Swedish border over Easter; Sweden's military, however, was too slow to react and had to rely on help from Nato, the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper (SvD) revealed on Monday.

Tax evasion standards needed: Swiss banker
Switzerland

Tax evasion standards needed: Swiss banker

Swiss banks could adapt to a significant easing of their cherished secrecy practices, but only if global standards are created for information exchange to fight tax evasion, the head of the Swiss Bankers Association says.

PSG beat Nice to edge closer to league title
France

PSG beat Nice to edge closer to league title

Paris St-Germain recovered from their shock cup defeat to Evian last week when they cruised to victory against Nice at the Parc des Princes on Sunday evening. The win puts PSG within touching distance of their first league title for 19 years.

Lufthansa strikes hit German airports
Germany

Lufthansa strikes hit German airports

Several thousand Lufthansa staff stopped work at airports across Germany early on Monday morning as services sector union Verdi called for a full day strike - expected to result in 1,688 flight cancellations.

Italian club eyes Zlatan for next season
Sweden

Italian club eyes Zlatan for next season

Juventus coach Antonio Conte has spoken to Zlatan Ibrahimovic about a possible return to the club, an Italian newspaper report claimed Saturday.

Germany re-considers Syria arms embargo
Germany

Germany re-considers Syria arms embargo

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Sunday said Berlin will have no choice but to accept the lifting of an EU arms embargo on Syria if other European countries push for it.

‘Germany has a very good work culture’
Germany

‘Germany has a very good work culture’

In the latest installment of My German Career, The Local spoke with Raja Ramesh Chilakala about working in Germany and how it's different from the work culture in India.