Dead man found jammed in Zurich uni window
Switzerland

Dead man found jammed in Zurich uni window

Zurich city police are investigating the bizarre death of an 18-year-old man who was found jammed in the opening of a tilting window in a building at the University of Zurich.

Two charged over topless Middleton pics
France

Two charged over topless Middleton pics

The head of an Italian publishing group and a French photographer were charged this month over the publication of intimate photos of Prince William's wife Catherine sunbathing topless in France that sparked a furore.

Zurich’s Tina Turner receives Swiss passport
Switzerland

Zurich’s Tina Turner receives Swiss passport

Tina Turner, the US-born singer famed for hits such as "Private Dancer" and "What's Love Got to Do With It", has officially become a Swiss citizen.

Froome maintains lead in Tour de Romandie
Switzerland

Froome maintains lead in Tour de Romandie

Belgium's Gianni Meersman, of the Omega Pharma team, won the first stage of the Tour de Romandie cycling race in Switzerland on Wednesday, but Britain's race favourite Chris Froome remained in the overall lead.

Swiss clamp  down on EU worker permits
Switzerland

Swiss clamp down on EU worker permits

The Swiss government on Wednesday decided to extend a safeguard clause limiting work permits for certain EU citizens for 12 months and include workers from all the union's 27 nations beginning next month.

Britain fines Swiss bank over laundering ‘failures’
Switzerland

Britain fines Swiss bank over laundering ‘failures’

Britain on Wednesday said it had fined the British private banking arm of Zurich-based EFG International Group a reduced penalty of £4.2 million ($6.4 million) for failures in its anti-money laundering controls.

Eurostar set for trial run from London to Provence
France

Eurostar set for trial run from London to Provence

It could soon get a lot easier for people living in London to escape the rain and head to sunny Provence, with Eurostar rail service announcing on Wednesday it was expanding its service from London to the south of France on a trial basis.

Lund English school rapped for ignoring law
Sweden

Lund English school rapped for ignoring law

An English-language school in Lund described as "the only choice for international kids" has been threatened with a fine of 400,000 kronor ($60,568) for ignoring the Swedish curriculum despite warnings in 2008.

Workers mourn ‘broken promises’ of Hollande
France

Workers mourn ‘broken promises’ of Hollande

Workers at the stricken Arcelor-Mitall plant in Florange on Wednesday unveiled a gravestone to French President François Hollande's "broken promises," and accused him of "treason".

‘Migrants who can’t read and write won’t fit in’
Spain

‘Migrants who can’t read and write won’t fit in’

Thousands of Catalans have given their time and money on World Book Day to a scheme that will provide Catalan and Spanish language classes to newly arrived immigrants in the region.

Germans damn ‘lazy’ and corrupt Spaniards
Spain

Germans damn ‘lazy’ and corrupt Spaniards

Half of all Germans don't trust Spanish people while nearly as many think Spaniards are lazy, a new study shows.

Chinese firm buys Swiss upscale watchmaker
Switzerland

Chinese firm buys Swiss upscale watchmaker

Corum, a watchmaker based in Switzerland, has been acquired by China Haidian in the first purchase of a luxury Swiss watch company by a Chinese rival.

Sweden’s ten oddest sayings in English
Sweden

Sweden’s ten oddest sayings in English

To literally translate a proverb is a silly thing to do. But when some Swedish proverbs translate to such ridiculous things as "getting your beard stuck in the letterbox", we realized we simply had to gather more. Here are the top ten.

Dusty discs unite Germany and Iran
Germany

Dusty discs unite Germany and Iran

Germany and Iran have found an unexpected common ground in music, after a Tehran museum approached German experts for help with restoring and digitising thousands of gramophone records from the early 20th century.

German terror list breaks privacy rules: court
Germany

German terror list breaks privacy rules: court

Police and security officials are relieved after Germany's highest court ruled on Wednesday that the nation's database of terrorism suspects is in line with the constitution, but needs to be tweaked to ensure greater security.

New in German cinemas: ‘Iron Man 3’
Germany

New in German cinemas: ‘Iron Man 3’

Find movies playing in English in Germany with The Local’s cinema guide.

Revamp dampens Ericsson profits
Sweden

Revamp dampens Ericsson profits

Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson on Wednesday posted a drop in first quarter profit, weighed down by restructuring costs.

Family ‘hit by flying chairs’ in haunted house
France

Family ‘hit by flying chairs’ in haunted house

A spooked family from a village in northern France were reportedly hospitalized after being hit by ‘flying chairs’ at their home, which they claim is haunted. Housing authorities in the area have agreed to move them elsewhere.

Biggest expat regrets about moving to France
France

Biggest expat regrets about moving to France

As much as we love France, there is always something that makes us think back and say “If only.” The Local asked some expats what they would do differently, and here are the results.

IMF backs thrifty German budget policy
Germany

IMF backs thrifty German budget policy

The International Monetary Fund's chief economist believes Germany's budgetary policy is "appropriate" while criticizing the fiscal habits of the United States.

Stripping MP, 54, heats up Spanish parliament
Spain

Stripping MP, 54, heats up Spanish parliament

A politician from the left-wing Catalan Compromís-Equo group caused a stir in the country's parliament on Wednesday when he performed a mock striptease to protest against Spain's regime of forced home evictions.

Nordea’s profits ‘higher than expected’
Sweden

Nordea’s profits ‘higher than expected’

The largest Nordic bank, Nordea, on Wednesday posted rising quarterly profit amid falling loan losses that helped it shrug off the effects of lower interest rates and sluggish demand for corporate credit.

Swedish truck drivers call off national strike
Sweden

Swedish truck drivers call off national strike

The Transport Union has ended the nationwide haulage strike set to paralyze Swedish trade, after truck drivers reached an agreement with employers following fractious wrangling about how they use temping agency staff.

Coffee drinkers have lower breast cancer risk
Sweden

Coffee drinkers have lower breast cancer risk

Breast cancer patients who drink two or more cups of coffee per day have a lower incidence of relapse than women who shy away the drink, a new study from Lund University in southern Sweden has shown.

Fading confidence fuels ECB rate cut talk
Germany

Fading confidence fuels ECB rate cut talk

German business confidence took a tumble this month, according to data Wednesday, putting speculation of a possible interest rate cut by the European Central Bank back on the table, analysts said.

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Sweden

Man fined for ‘mosque journalist’ death threat

Gävle district court convicted a 41-year-old man of unlawful threats after he told a Swedish journalist he deserved a "terrible death" for writing an article about a mosque in Stockholm.

Uproar as head demands all pupils eat meat
France

Uproar as head demands all pupils eat meat

A French headteacher stirred up a storm when she sent a letter to parents, suggesting pupils would be forced to eat meat at school, because “secularism must be respected in its entirety”. She has since been forced to backtrack.

Giant-slayers FC Basel take on Chelsea
Switzerland

Giant-slayers FC Basel take on Chelsea

Chelsea will attempt to succeed where Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur both failed when they tackle FC Basel in the first leg of their Europa League football semi-final on Thursday.

Pride parade shuns CDU over gay marriage
Germany

Pride parade shuns CDU over gay marriage

Organizers of Berlin's Christopher Street Day will not give Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) their normal float at this year's gay pride parade in protest against the party's opposition to same-sex marriage.

Delighted Brigitte Bardot reunited with lost cat
France

Delighted Brigitte Bardot reunited with lost cat

French icon Brigitte Bardot can finally sleep easy again after being reunited with her missing cat after almost a month apart. The former film star stuck to her word and paid out a €600 reward to the couple who found Rontonton.

Heart surgeon leaves 16cm of metal in patient
France

Heart surgeon leaves 16cm of metal in patient

A patient recovering from heart surgery has launched legal action after finding his doctor left him more than a prescription for painkillers. Mysterious pains led to the discovery of several pieces of a metal probe in his arteries.

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Spain

PM puts positive spin on ‘slowing’ jobless rate

Spain's jobless rate continued to rise in the first quarter but at a slower rate than in previous years, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Wednesday.

Expat influx continues to push up rents: report
Switzerland

Expat influx continues to push up rents: report

Spurred by continued strong immigration, apartment rents are expected to continue climbing in Switzerland this year, a new report says.

Swedes told to bury ‘freeze-dried’ dead
Sweden

Swedes told to bury ‘freeze-dried’ dead

The Swedish authorities have demanded that two bodies frozen for over a decade while awaiting a controversial environmentally-friendly burial method should be put to rest without further delay.

Cops smoke out hash family business
Spain

Cops smoke out hash family business

A family that dealt huge quantities of hashish from their home in the Asturian town of Avilés have fallen foul of local police.

Stern’s forged Hitler diaries to go public
Germany

Stern’s forged Hitler diaries to go public

Thirty years after publishing what it believed were Hitler's diaries, German news magazine Stern said Tuesday it would hand over what it still owns of the forgeries to the country's state archive, making them accessible to the public.

Mystery explosion rocks Swedish tax office
Sweden

Mystery explosion rocks Swedish tax office

Police were called in when a mystery explosion blew the door off a National Tax Agency (Skatteverket) office in southern Sweden on early Wednesday morning.

Cold snap darkens weekend outlook
Spain

Cold snap darkens weekend outlook

Spring is going to go into brief remission this weekend with cold temperatures expected across much of mainland Spain.

Credit Suisse posts sharp rise in earnings
Switzerland

Credit Suisse posts sharp rise in earnings

Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse on Wednesday said its first quarter profit rose sharply to 1.303 billion francs ($1.38 billion) from 44 million francs for the same period a year earlier.

French GPs using Google for consultations
France

French GPs using Google for consultations

An overwhelming number of GPs in France are resorting to the internet search engine Google to help them find medical information that will help with their patient consultations, a new survey revealed this week.

Spanish PM hints at ‘smaller cuts’ in 2013
Spain

Spanish PM hints at ‘smaller cuts’ in 2013

It is "probable" that Spain will have to cut its state budget further this year, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Tuesday, as his government struggles to bring down its deficit.

Spain’s royal family to open up account books
Spain

Spain’s royal family to open up account books

Spain's royal family are going to open up their account books for public scrutiny for the first time ever once Spain's new freedom of information rules are rolled out.

Barça ‘need a miracle’ after Bayern Munich rout
Spain

Barça ‘need a miracle’ after Bayern Munich rout

Barcelona's assistant coach Jordi Roura admits his side need a miracle at the Camp Nou in the return leg after being hammered 4-0 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final, first leg.

Kidman to join Spielberg on Cannes festival jury
France

Kidman to join Spielberg on Cannes festival jury

The jury, whose job it will be to pick a winner of the 2013 Palme d'Or award, at next month's Cannes Film Festival is taking shape with organisers announcing this week actress Nicole Kidman will be on the panel alongside Steven Spielberg.

Hockey player fined for burning supporter’s scarf
Switzerland

Hockey player fined for burning supporter’s scarf

Christoph Bertschy, a player with the SC Bern ice hockey team, was fined 700 francs for setting fire to a supporters’ scarf for an opposing team during a celebration of his team’s victory earlier this month in the Swiss national league championships.

Clashes and celebrations after gay marriage vote
France

Clashes and celebrations after gay marriage vote

There were contrasting scenes in Paris on Tuesday after the French parliament made history by voting gay marriage into law. While supporters celebrated on one side of the city, elsewhere opponents of the bill clashed violently with police.

One third of Malmö kebabs contain pork: report
Sweden

One third of Malmö kebabs contain pork: report

Kebab vendors in Malmö were shocked to learn there was as much as 18 percent pork in the meat they were selling.

Tenant sues over Legionnaires’ Disease
Sweden

Tenant sues over Legionnaires’ Disease

A woman in eastern Sweden is suing her landlord after she caught a life-threatening bacterial infection soon after moving into her new home.

Rampant Bayern Munich trounce Barcelona
Germany

Rampant Bayern Munich trounce Barcelona

Bayern Munich are on the verge of their third Champions League final in four years after routing Barcelona 4-0 in Tuesday's semi-final, first leg at the Allianz Arena.

Giant spider bites florist
Germany

Giant spider bites florist

A spider the size of a person’s hand attacked a woman at a flower shop in Berlin, sparking a massive hunt for the aggressive arachnid by the fire brigade and police.

Twelve English words made up by Germans
Germany

Twelve English words made up by Germans

Most Germans love to show how well they speak English, but they often misuse or even make up their own English vocabulary. We gathered up the worst offenders for this week's The Local List.