Kidnapped woman still sought after man’s arrest
Switzerland

Kidnapped woman still sought after man’s arrest

Officers on Tuesday arrested a 36-year-old convicted criminal, alleged to have abducted a 19-year-old woman, after he crashed in a small car following a high-speed chase by police in the canton of Fribourg.

Swiss wait for EU tax evasion initiative
Switzerland

Swiss wait for EU tax evasion initiative

Switzerland said Tuesday that it was ready to boost cooperation with the European Union in the latter's battle with international tax evasion, provided Brussels made a formal request for talks.

Euro court seeks Swiss clarity on euthanasia
Switzerland

Euro court seeks Swiss clarity on euthanasia

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday asked Switzerland to clarify its guidelines on euthanasia after an octogenarian who wanted to end her life failed to convince doctors to assist her in her suicide because she was not ill enough.

Five inmates escape from jail near Lausanne
Switzerland

Five inmates escape from jail near Lausanne

Five prisoners made a dramatic escape from a jail near Lausanne on Tuesday, using weapons passed to them from accomplices on the outside to threaten guards and other inmates before scaling the prison wall and disappearing, police said.

‘Switzerland is extremely entrepreneur-friendly’
Switzerland

‘Switzerland is extremely entrepreneur-friendly’

After working for a large company, Swedish-born Ann Söderblom, 31, recently took the plunge from employee to entrepreneur. Söderblom, who advises expats on how to start their own business, tells The Local why Switzerland is the perfect place to set up your own company.

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Switzerland

Abducted Red Cross workers face uncertainty

Three employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross, including a Swiss man, kidnapped by Yemeni tribesmen are in good condition, but the demands of their captors remain unknown, an ICRC spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Italy’s Benetton to sign Bangladesh safety deal
Italy

Italy’s Benetton to sign Bangladesh safety deal

Italian fashion house Benetton said on Tuesday it would sign an agreement to improve working conditions in Bangladeshi factories after a plant there collapsed killing more than 1,100 people.

‘The Palmeros are a bit like the Swiss’
Spain

‘The Palmeros are a bit like the Swiss’

This week in My Spain, we talk to Roger Frey — a Swiss-German who swapped a high-end office job in Bern for a paragliding career in the skies over the Canary Islands.

Fat Catalan MPs lend weight to obesity study
Spain

Fat Catalan MPs lend weight to obesity study

Catalan politicians are being weighed and measured as part of the fight against obesity that threatens the health of Spain's children.

Spain shuns Europe’s top physicist
Spain

Spain shuns Europe’s top physicist

A Spanish scientist has been voted as the best in Europe on the same day that a Spanish government committee rejected his CV as "not good enough".

Police believe missing French girl was abducted
France

Police believe missing French girl was abducted

Police in the French city of Clermont-Ferrand now believe missing five-year-old girl, Fiona is likely to have been abducted, after an appeal for witnesses and two days of fruitless searches.

German court cuts off Google’s auto-complete
Germany

German court cuts off Google’s auto-complete

Germany's top court has made a potentially landmark judgement against Google's internet search engine, ruling that plaintiffs have the right to take down offensive suggestions in its auto-complete function.

‘Exorcism punishes kids for family’s woes’
Sweden

‘Exorcism punishes kids for family’s woes’

With several recent cases of parents attempting to exorcise their "witch" children in Sweden, Congolese-Swedish pastor Josef Nsumbu explains the kindoki belief at the heart of the abuse.

Ambulance staff fired after refugee scandal
Sweden

Ambulance staff fired after refugee scandal

Two ambulance personnel in Gävle were fired on Tuesday for unprofessional behaviour after they refused to take a young asylum seeker to hospital when he jumped from a window.

‘Not all discrimination in Sweden is racism’
Sweden

‘Not all discrimination in Sweden is racism’

Media and politicians in Sweden need to do a better job explaining that not all discrimination is based on racism. There are ways people can overcome it to climb the social ladder, argues liberal commentator Nima Sanandaji.

Sharp rise in anti-gay attacks in France: report
France

Sharp rise in anti-gay attacks in France: report

Assaults on members of the gay community and incidents of homophobic hate speech have risen sharply in France over the last year, according to the annual report by a leading gay rights group, released on Tuesday.

In the spotlight: Ireland’s hidden Eurovision hero
Sweden

In the spotlight: Ireland’s hidden Eurovision hero

With Ireland's Eurovision entry something of a dark horse for pop glory, The Local's Patrick Reilly talks to the one Irishman in town who is guaranteed to light up the stage in Malmö Arena.

French pig farmers put the block on foreign pork
France

French pig farmers put the block on foreign pork

French pig farmers, up in arms against the influx of foreign pork into France, have taken matters into their own hands this week and set up road blocks to inspect trucks carrying meat. The farmers say they are losing €10,000 per month.

‘It’s time Germany got over its speed fetish’
Germany

‘It’s time Germany got over its speed fetish’

Suggesting speed limits for the autobahn is as politically toxic in Germany as gun control is in America. But it's time to hit the brakes on the country's reckless driving culture, comments The Local's Ben Knight.

NSU trial told neo-Nazi woman ‘part of kill squad’
Germany

NSU trial told neo-Nazi woman ‘part of kill squad’

German prosecutors on Tuesday charged that a woman at the centre of a landmark trial over a neo-Nazi group's murder spree was an integral part of a "unified killing squad" that shot dead 10 people, most of them Turkish migrants.

Spanish call Germans ‘most arrogant’ in EU
Spain

Spanish call Germans ‘most arrogant’ in EU

The Spanish consider Germany as the "most arrogant" and "least compassionate" nation in Europe but also the "most trustworthy", a new survey shows.

Madrid crowned European protest capital
Spain

Madrid crowned European protest capital

The Spanish capital has surpassed Berlin as the European city with the highest number of street protests in 2013, having already more than doubled the number of demonstrations that were carried out in the first four months of 2012.

French public mood turns sour towards EU
France

French public mood turns sour towards EU

The mood of the French public towards the EU has soured dramatically in recent months, results of a new poll revealed on Tuesday. In fact, the French are growing more negative towards Europe than citizens of any other of the big member states.

Sweden is important to Afghanistan: Kerry
Sweden

Sweden is important to Afghanistan: Kerry

The visiting US foreign minister, John Kerry, told Swedish press on Tuesday that his government valued Sweden's participation in the US-led Nato mission in Afghanistan.

Apple employee warned for working 20 mins late
France

Apple employee warned for working 20 mins late

A worker at Apple’s flagship Paris store was threatened with being fired for working 20 minutes after his shift ended, it was claimed on Tuesday. It’s the latest in a series of problems that the US computer giant has had with its French branches.

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Spain

Spain’s borrowing costs fall on short-term bonds

Borrowing costs for Spain eased as it raised €4.047 billion in short-term debt on Tuesday, a sign of further-strengthening market confidence in the crisis-hit country.

Surge in old car sales sparks safety concerns
Spain

Surge in old car sales sparks safety concerns

The crisis-driven rise in popularity of old bangers could mean "the difference between life and death", as new figures show one in three cars sold in Spain in 2013 is over ten years old.

Officers recover drugs stolen from police depot
Switzerland

Officers recover drugs stolen from police depot

Investigators in the canton of Fribourg have tracked down a man they believe stole more than 30 kilograms of hashish and marijuana from a police warehouse last autumn.

Half of 2nd generation immigrants feel Spanish
Spain

Half of 2nd generation immigrants feel Spanish

Spain is becoming a model for social integration in Europe as a new study has found fifty per cent of second generation immigrants living in Spain consider themselves Spanish.

Swedish man mauled in brutal bear attack
Sweden

Swedish man mauled in brutal bear attack

A man was airlifted to hospital after he was attacked by a bear in a remote part of the woods of northern Sweden on Tuesday.

Swedish court jails exorcist parents
Sweden

Swedish court jails exorcist parents

Two parents in Borås, southern Sweden, who tried to exorcise demons from their young daughter by beating her and making her drink urine, have been found guilty and jailed for aggravated assault by a Swedish court.

Barça party by bus after La Liga triumph
Spain

Barça party by bus after La Liga triumph

Barcelona players boarded a bus to parade their latest La Liga trophy in front of hundreds of thousands of adoring supporters.

French jihadist handed over to Paris authorities
France

French jihadist handed over to Paris authorities

A Frenchman held in northern Mali as an Islamist militant is to be questioned by French intelligence services after arriving in Paris on Tuesday, according to security sources.

Germans cling to Europe as others sour on EU
Germany

Germans cling to Europe as others sour on EU

A wide-ranging new opinion poll by a respected US research centre has found that Germany is the only country where a majority still believe in transferring more power to the European Union to tackle the euro crisis.

Holiday couple find 20kg of cocaine in suitcase
France

Holiday couple find 20kg of cocaine in suitcase

A French couple in their sixties got a shock this week when they unpacked after their holiday in Ecuador. On opening one of their suitcases, they saw that their possessions had been replaced by 20kg of cocaine.

First ever strike hits Amazon’s German unit
Germany

First ever strike hits Amazon’s German unit

German employees of Amazon staged their first-ever walkouts on Tuesday as the US internet retail giant was hit by a dispute over pay.

F1’s Ecclestone ‘faces German bribery charges’
Germany

F1’s Ecclestone ‘faces German bribery charges’

British Formula One mogul Bernie Ecclestone might soon find himself in front of a Munich court, as it emerged on Tuesday that bribery charges are apparently due to be filed against him before the end of the month.

Sex in Sweden: condoms optional – study
Sweden

Sex in Sweden: condoms optional – study

Half of young Swedes don't use condoms when having sex with a new partner, according to a new study, which also found that 30 percent of Swedes use no contraceptive measures at all.

The furniture-free way to relocate to Switzerland
Switzerland

The furniture-free way to relocate to Switzerland

Forget the hassle and expense of shipping your sofas and soft furnishings everytime you relocate. The Furniture Leasing Corporation has everything you need to ensure your home from home has all the finishing touches.

Fire forces evacuation at futuristic Neuchâtel hotel
Switzerland

Fire forces evacuation at futuristic Neuchâtel hotel

Guests and staff were evacuated from an unusual luxury waterfront hotel and restaurant in Neuchâtel after a fire broke out on Monday.

‘Shameful’ France must pay for slavery legacy
France

‘Shameful’ France must pay for slavery legacy

The man leading the fight to make France pay for the crimes against humanity committed during the slave trade tells The Local why the French government must face the truth and how a racist attitude towards its overseas territories has left people living in abject poverty.

Berlusconi prosecutors call for lifetime ban
Italy

Berlusconi prosecutors call for lifetime ban

Italian prosecutors on Monday called for former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to be banned from politics forever and serve six years in prison for having sex with an underage prostitute and abusing his official powers.

Volkswagen plans giant car plant in China
Germany

Volkswagen plans giant car plant in China

German auto giant Volkswagen will build a plant in central China, a spokesman said Tuesday, as it battles US rival General Motors to be the top foreign automaker in the world's biggest car market.

Inditex pledges safety for Bangladesh workers
Spain

Inditex pledges safety for Bangladesh workers

Global clothing giants Inditex and H&M on Monday promised to sign up to a plan to improve safety for workers in the factories they use in Bangladesh, in the wake of a deadly factory collapse there.

Blame game follows PSG fans’ rampage in Paris
France

Blame game follows PSG fans’ rampage in Paris

Locals, politicians and the management of Paris Saint-Germain have begun pointing fingers after a group of the club’s supporters went on the rampage in the French capital, burning and looting property during a celebration of PSG’s first French league title in 19 years.

Spain welcomes ‘any plan’ to boost youth jobs
Spain

Spain welcomes ‘any plan’ to boost youth jobs

Recession-hit Spain and Portugal said on Monday that they welcomed "any plan" to fight youth unemployment, after reports that European powers planned to invest billions in getting young people back to work.

Converse in bid to ban ‘fake’ shoes in Sweden
Sweden

Converse in bid to ban ‘fake’ shoes in Sweden

Legendary US sneaker brand Converse has asked a Swedish court for permission to search outlets of Swedish retail chain Coop in a bid to clear near-perfect pirated copies of the iconic shoes off the shelves.

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Italy

Third victim dies after Milan ‘pickaxe rampage’

A third victim has died following a deadly rampage in Milan in which a Ghanaian man allegedly attacked five people in an apparently random attack.

Swedish friction experts unravel curling mystery
Sweden

Swedish friction experts unravel curling mystery

Researchers in Sweden have revealed the mysterious mechanism responsible for the curved trajectory of curling stones as they slide down the ice in one of the country's more popular winter sports.

Top ten reasons to be amazed by Amsterdam
Switzerland

Top ten reasons to be amazed by Amsterdam

Whether you have ever or never visited the Netherlands, the country that crowned a new monarch this year is also celebrating a wealth of special jubilees in its popular capital. Here’s the lowdown on why Amsterdam is the place to be in 2013.

Russia ‘lacks capacity’ to attack Sweden: Reinfeldt
Sweden

Russia ‘lacks capacity’ to attack Sweden: Reinfeldt

Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Monday downplayed concerns of a growing Russian military threat against Sweden, claiming Russia had neither the "will nor the capacity" to attack Swedish territory.

WHO tells French to stay calm amid virus fears
France

WHO tells French to stay calm amid virus fears

The World Health Organization has advised French people to stay calm after two cases of a deadly new SARS-like virus were confirmed over the weekend, and asked that they not overburden hospitals so those actually infected could be treated.

Sion football team sacks fifth coach this season
Switzerland

Sion football team sacks fifth coach this season

Swiss football team FC Sion sacked their fifth manager of the season on Monday with Italian 2006 World Cup winner Gennaro Gattuso relieved of his job after a series of poor results.

Schäuble pours cold water on EU bailout plans
Germany

Schäuble pours cold water on EU bailout plans

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has warned that only an onerous EU treaty change would create the legal framework needed to allow the formation of a single bailout agency for its ailing banks.

Greens to investigate old paedophilia claims
Germany

Greens to investigate old paedophilia claims

The German Green party leadership has vowed to commission an independent investigation into allegations that it supported a group keen to legalize sex with children decades ago.

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Sweden

Stockholm man shot dead by police

Police fatally shot a 69-year-old man in an apartment in north Stockholm on Monday evening after responding to calls that a man armed with a machete was menacing the neighbourhood.

Germany pets Justin Bieber’s monkey
Germany

Germany pets Justin Bieber’s monkey

The pet monkey of Canadian teen heartthrob Justin Bieber will become the official property of Germany by the end of the week if the singer does not claim him.