Hunger for justice, 29 days and counting
Spain

Hunger for justice, 29 days and counting

Five people in the city of Huesca (Aragón) have been on hunger strike for the past 29 days to campaign against Spain’s highly criticized government policies.

France set to sell lavish New York apartment
France

France set to sell lavish New York apartment

France is set to sell off its luxury duplex apartment at a legendary address in Manhattan, New York, in another cost measure announced just two weeks after the Elysée Palace revealed it was to sell its presidential wine collection.

Barça-Real fight lands couple in court
Spain

Barça-Real fight lands couple in court

A Barcelona fan from Vigo has been accused of kicking and insulting his Real Madrid-supporting girlfriend when an El Clasico disagreement turned violent.

US comedy star to make Swedish TV series
Sweden

US comedy star to make Swedish TV series

US comedienne and star of Parks and Recreations Amy Poehler will be involved in a new TV series that will be filmed and aired in Sweden, an English language comedy starring Poehler's own brother.

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Switzerland

Syria massacres must spur action: Pillay

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has called for urgent international action to halt the bloodshed in Syria.

Muslim girl made to attend swimming lessons
Switzerland

Muslim girl made to attend swimming lessons

Integration comes before religion, according to the country’s supreme court. It ruled that a 14-year-old Muslim girl could not be excused from swimming lessons because the teacher was male.

Cops stop speeding car with dog at wheel
Germany

Cops stop speeding car with dog at wheel

German traffic police who pulled over a speeding car with a dog at the wheel were relieved to find the pooch was actually sitting on his owner's lap.

France refuses to pay slavery reparations
France

France refuses to pay slavery reparations

French President François Hollande announced on Friday that France would not be paying reparations for the role of the state-owned CDC bank in the slave trade, despite allegations that a €21 billion debt has crippled Haiti for centuries.

German giants dazzle Dax
Germany

German giants dazzle Dax

In the midst of the eurozone's worst-ever economic crisis, Germany's stock index scaled three successive record highs this week. Business daily Handelsblatt examined some of the top companies driving the impressive figures.

Netto pioneers mobile phone payments
Germany

Netto pioneers mobile phone payments

Customers at German discount supermarket Netto will soon be able to pay for their shopping with a mobile phone app, the company said on Friday. Over 4,000 branches are expected to offer the technology.

Swedish actors go silent in kids’ TV strike
Sweden

Swedish actors go silent in kids’ TV strike

Swedish actors who dub children's programmes from industry giants such as Disney are in their second week of strike action over wages that have remained stagnant for a decade.

The scandal of France’s shrimp-stealing Top Chef
France

The scandal of France’s shrimp-stealing Top Chef

Naoëlle d'Hainaut might have been acclaimed as France's Top Chef for 2013, but a fateful moral slip involving a bowl of shrimp has brought a tidal wave of hatred upon her. Our French Face of the Week won the prize money, but at what cost?

TGV train makes special stop for lost tourist
France

TGV train makes special stop for lost tourist

What would you do if you realized you were on the wrong train in France? If the case of one elderly tourist this week is anything to go by, it might be worth asking the driver to make a special stop so you can get back on track.

Paparazzi sues Fernando Alonso over attack
Spain

Paparazzi sues Fernando Alonso over attack

Spanish Formula One driver Fernando Alonso has been sued after attacking a paparazzo and breaking his camera for allegedly taking photos of the F1 driver’s new girlfriend, Russian model Dasha Kapustina.

It’s elementary: Water, water, all around
Sweden

It’s elementary: Water, water, all around

Think you know Sweden? Or simply want to learn more? For the next quiz in our trivia series, we head to a town where getting around can get you wet. Any guesses?

Trainee cop foils Spanish baby-buying plot
Spain

Trainee cop foils Spanish baby-buying plot

A Spanish couple's €3,000 plot to buy a Moroccan baby has ended in prison thanks to a lucky trainee policeman's action.

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Sweden

Six teens on trial for Stockholm gang rape

Six teenage boys aged 15 to 17 are facing trial for raping a 15-year-old girl in a north-western suburb of Stockholm in March.

Fillon angers Sarkozy allies with 2017 pledge
France

Fillon angers Sarkozy allies with 2017 pledge

Former French Prime Minister François Fillon risked sparking off more infighting in France’s opposition UMP party this week by announcing that he will be a candidate in the 2017 presidential election “whatever happens”.

Teenager shot 23 times in latest Marseille killing
France

Teenager shot 23 times in latest Marseille killing

A teenager was shot 23 times in the latest fatal shooting in the Mediterranean port city of Marseille, police reported on Friday. The 17-year-old was killed as he drove his car in the north of the city.

‘New languages’ set Spanish tongues twisting
Spain

‘New languages’ set Spanish tongues twisting

A controversial new law that changes the names of Catalan and Aragonese languages to acronyms LAPAO and LAPAPYP has been described by Spain’s socialist party as a "ridiculous insult to the intelligence of the people of Aragon".

Pensioner to stand trial over boat accident death
Switzerland

Pensioner to stand trial over boat accident death

A 77-year-old man is to appear in court charged with the negligent manslaughter of a young woman killed by a motorboat on Lake Biel in 2010.

Obama set to visit Berlin next month
Germany

Obama set to visit Berlin next month

US President Barack Obama will make an official visit to Germany next month for wide-ranging talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel, the White House confirmed Friday.

‘Unborn babies can learn languages’: study
Sweden

‘Unborn babies can learn languages’: study

A Swedish-American team of researchers claims that babies begin learning their native tongue when they are still in the womb.

Man kills wife then shoots neighbours
Germany

Man kills wife then shoots neighbours

German police are picking through the remnants of a blood bath after a man shot dead his wife, and then roamed the neighbourhood ringing door bells and shooting people who answered. He then shot himself and is in a coma.

PSG line up Laurent Blanc to replace Ancelotti
France

PSG line up Laurent Blanc to replace Ancelotti

Leaders of France's Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain have approached former French manager Laurent Blanc about the possibility of replacing current coach Carlo Ancelotti before next season, it was reported on Friday.

The chilly off-peak perks of Rügen prove a treat
Germany

The chilly off-peak perks of Rügen prove a treat

Germany's largest island Rügen - in the snow - might not top many peoples' list of dream holidays. But as The Local's Jessica Ware discovered, its quiet beauty makes it well worth a trip to escape city bustle for a few days.

ABB executive to quit after five-year tenure
Sweden

ABB executive to quit after five-year tenure

Swiss-Swedish engineering giant ABB said on Friday its chief executive Joe Hogan had decided to leave the company "for private reasons," but stressed he would remain on board until a successor had been found.

ABB Chief Exec quits ‘on personal grounds’
Switzerland

ABB Chief Exec quits ‘on personal grounds’

Zurich-based ABB is looking for a new CEO following the surprise announcement that American Joe Hogan is leaving the Swiss-Swedish technology concern.

Third of new drugs ‘offer no additional benefit’
Germany

Third of new drugs ‘offer no additional benefit’

A third of new drugs for treating serious illnesses don't offer any improvement on what is already available, according to Germany's committee in charge of testing pharmaceutical innovations.

Doped-up athletes face tough new penalties
Spain

Doped-up athletes face tough new penalties

Spanish lawmakers on Thursday passed a new anti-doping law that will toughen up penalties as Spain makes a bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games.

Borg defends critique of strong Swedish krona
Sweden

Borg defends critique of strong Swedish krona

Sweden's Finance Minister Anders Borg has hit back after the shadow finance minister slammed him for voicing opinions on monetary policy.

Spain’s students cut class in budget protest
Spain

Spain’s students cut class in budget protest

Thousands of striking students and teachers protested across Spain on Thursday against spending cuts they say are destroying the country's public education system.

Aggrieved fathers spend night on cathedral roof
France

Aggrieved fathers spend night on cathedral roof

A group of angry fathers remained perched on a terrace on the roof of the famous cathedral in the French city of Orléans on Friday morning after spending the night out in the open in protest over restricted access to their children.

Calls for ‘natural disaster’ aid after Seine floods
France

Calls for ‘natural disaster’ aid after Seine floods

Local officials have called for a natural disaster to be declared in the Aube department, after heavy rainfall caused Seine river to break its banks and lead to widespread flooding and extensive damage to property in the area.

Maurer apologizes for Holocaust message gaffe
Switzerland

Maurer apologizes for Holocaust message gaffe

Swiss Federal President Ueli Maurer has apologized for his controversial message on Holocaust Remembrance Day at the end of January.

Police bust major drug ring in Madrid
Spain

Police bust major drug ring in Madrid

Spanish police said on Thursday they busted a network of Moroccan and Chinese nationals who laundered hundreds of thousands of euros a week in drug money.

Industrial output notches up ‘soft’ decline in March
Spain

Industrial output notches up ‘soft’ decline in March

The plunge in recession-wracked Spain's industrial production eased in March to a 0.6 percent year-on-year decline, official data showed on Thursday.

Police to probe strip-club shooting in Stockholm
Sweden

Police to probe strip-club shooting in Stockholm

Swedish police are investigating attempted murder after a shooting at a central Stockholm strip club on Thursday night.

France fears three new cases of deadly virus
France

France fears three new cases of deadly virus

French authorities on Friday were waiting to receive confirmation that three other people in northern France had been infected by a new SARS-like virus. A 65-year-old, who was diagnosed earlier this week, remains in intensive care.

Ex-minister bathes in viral toilet puppy love
Sweden

Ex-minister bathes in viral toilet puppy love

A picture of Sweden's ex-labour minister Sven Otto Littorin sitting on a toilet soaking his feet while holding a puppy has inspired a Facebook frenzy and thrust the former politician back into the spotlight nearly three years after he resigned amid allegations he had paid for sex.

Merkel in surprise visit to Afghanistan troops
Germany

Merkel in surprise visit to Afghanistan troops

Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere have arrived in Afghanistan for a surprise visit, a German government spokesman said early Friday.

Opera house kills Nazi themed Wagner show
Germany

Opera house kills Nazi themed Wagner show

A Nazi-themed production of Richard Wagner's "Tannhäuser" opera has been cancelled in Düsseldorf after realistic death scenes distressed audience members, the opera house said Thursday.

Lightning leaves 39 hurt in lakeside strike
Germany

Lightning leaves 39 hurt in lakeside strike

Thirty-nine people were injured, eight seriously, when lightning struck an outdoor festival in northern Germany on Thursday. Many people were thrown through the air, while others suffered burns.

Music, magic, and belly dancing in Malmö
Sweden

Music, magic, and belly dancing in Malmö

Find out how an American comic, an Irishman, and an acclaimed Swedish belly dancer plan to add a dash of Las Vegas spice to the smörgåsbord of Eurovision festivities taking place in Malmö.

UK Olympian dies in Swedish boat accident
Sweden

UK Olympian dies in Swedish boat accident

British double Olympic sailing medalist Andrew Simpson died on Thursday after the catamaran of a Swedish team training for the upcoming America's Cup races capsized on San Francisco Bay, officials said.