Italian women ‘shop for men’ on new dating site
Italy

Italian women ‘shop for men’ on new dating site

Looking for an Italian boyfriend? A new social network is trying to overturn traditional Italian attitudes by giving women the chance to “shop for men”. The Local speaks to the founder to find out how it all works.

Vaud police capture two of five prison escapees
Switzerland

Vaud police capture two of five prison escapees

Police have captured two of the five prisoners who made a dramatic escape this week from a jail near Lausanne using weapons and tools passed to them from accomplices on the outside.

Driver of Bern-Zurich train passes out
Switzerland

Driver of Bern-Zurich train passes out

An accident was avoided after a driver fainted while at the controls of an Intercity train operated by Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) on Wednesday, according to media reports.

British baby in Spain hit with fever bill
Spain

British baby in Spain hit with fever bill

A British couple seeking urgent medical attention for their baby were forced to make a dawn dash for €132 cash because of a controversial Spanish law.

Zurich victim in Spiez orphanage murders
Switzerland

Zurich victim in Spiez orphanage murders

The woman victim in a double murder at a Spiez orphange in the canton of Bern was formally identified as a 51-year-old resident from the canton of Zurich, police said on Wednesday.

French far-right blames Paris riots on immigrants
France

French far-right blames Paris riots on immigrants

Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front party, blamed this week's riots by PSG fans in Paris on "a failure of immigration policy," amid widespread claims from the extreme right that ethnic minorities were to blame for the trouble.

Job-seeking journalist sings CV on metro
Spain

Job-seeking journalist sings CV on metro

An unemployed journalism post-grad student has found YouTube fame and 90,000 views – but not a job – by singing his CV on the Barcelona Metro.

I’d have done what Jolie did: cancer survivor
Sweden

I’d have done what Jolie did: cancer survivor

With the internet abuzz with news of Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy, The Local speaks with a Swedish breast cancer survivor about the lose-lose equation she faced when she pondered removing her breasts.

Germany kills ‘Euro Hawk’ drone programme
Germany

Germany kills ‘Euro Hawk’ drone programme

Germany has cancelled a planned 'Euro Hawk' drone programme fearing European authorities will not certify them, a Defence Ministry source said Tuesday after reported European safety concerns.

Paris pickpocket ringleader gets jail term
France

Paris pickpocket ringleader gets jail term

France handed down a seven-year jail sentence on Wednesday to the notorious Bosnian ringleader of a gang of young pickpockets, who were abused and tortured if they failed to steal at least €300 a day from unwitting targets in Paris.

‘Swedish celebrities have raised cancer awareness’
Sweden

‘Swedish celebrities have raised cancer awareness’

The Swedish Cancer Fund (Cancerfonden) has welcomed Angelina Jolie's decision to write about her preventative mastectomy and said Swedish celebrities going public had helped "neutralize" the difficult task of talking about cancer.

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Sweden

Swedish court clears ‘bottle sex’ men of rape

A Swedish court has cleared three teenagers accused of rape for inserting a wine bottle in a girl's vagina until she started bleeding.

Muslim men ‘wed teen converts by phone’
France

Muslim men ‘wed teen converts by phone’

French police have charged seven men with removing a child from her parents’ care, after a 15-year-old convert to Islam, whose father is British, left home after "marrying" a 28-year-old Muslim man “over the phone".

New in German cinemas: ‘The Great Gatsby’
Germany

New in German cinemas: ‘The Great Gatsby’

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

Ten secrets to a smooth transition to Sweden
Sweden

Ten secrets to a smooth transition to Sweden

Moving to Sweden as a foreigner can leave even the toughest expats in bitter tears of frustration. But it doesn't have to be that way. British journalist and contributor Tatty Good reveals the secrets to a smooth transition.

Human barricade blocks ETA militant’s arrest
Spain

Human barricade blocks ETA militant’s arrest

Basque police had to deploy around 300 officers to detain ETA militant Untza Alkorta on Wednesday morning after a 200-strong crowd formed a human barrier on a bridge in the fishing port of Ondárroa to obstruct the arrest.

Swedish photographer cleared of manipulation
Sweden

Swedish photographer cleared of manipulation

Swedish photographer Paul Hansen, under fire for potentially doctoring his award-winning image from the Gaza funeral of two children, has been cleared by the World Press Photo organization that handed him its prestigious annual prize.

French footballer Remy grilled over ‘gang rape’
France

French footballer Remy grilled over ‘gang rape’

The French international footballer Loic Remy, was arrested by British police in London on Wednesday on suspicion of taking part in a gang rape. The 26-year-old Queens Park Rangers player was questioned along with a friend and his cousin.

Prison guards face rap for napping at work
Spain

Prison guards face rap for napping at work

Six prison guards in Seville will face disciplinary proceedings after being caught asleep on the job.

Bildt welcomes China’s new Arctic Council status
Sweden

Bildt welcomes China’s new Arctic Council status

Carl Bildt hailed a decision taken by the Arctic Council in Kiruna on Wednesday to grant India, China and five other nations permanent observer status at a summit boycotted by Greenland over what it felt was a snub by Sweden.

‘Studying in Italy can be remarkably cheap’
Italy

‘Studying in Italy can be remarkably cheap’

Attracted by the idea of studying abroad, 21-year-old Elizabeth Hofmaier moved to Rome two years ago from Boston to enroll at the John Cabot University. She tells The Local why Rome is one of the best – and cheapest – places to study.

Diplomat’s dog bites wife of Korean fat cat
Germany

Diplomat’s dog bites wife of Korean fat cat

A German diplomat's small dog has sparked a minor diplomatic kerfuffle after his dachshund bit the elderly wife of the head of one South Korea's biggest companies.

France ‘spitting in wind with anti-global view’
France

France ‘spitting in wind with anti-global view’

The President of the EU commission made it clear on Wednesday what he thinks France could do to boost its economy, as new figures show the country is officially in recession. Economists told The Local, however, that it's Europe that needs to act.

Bremen part ways with long-serving manager
Germany

Bremen part ways with long-serving manager

Werder Bremen on Wednesday parted company with Thomas Schaaf, one of the longest serving coaches in Bundesliga history, after 14 years in charge of the northern German side.

Single women ‘too much trouble’ for allotments
Germany

Single women ‘too much trouble’ for allotments

An allotment club in Hamburg has caused outrage by banning single women from taking over garden plots, on the grounds that they "can't manage the work."

France mulls longer visas for expats
France

France mulls longer visas for expats

France is set to consider a roll-out of four-year visas for non-EU expats, it was announced this week. The expansion of the ‘carte de séjour’ is aimed at making life easier for foreigners in France, and unblocking a backlog of paperwork.

Night vision guns pushed for culling Swiss boar
Switzerland

Night vision guns pushed for culling Swiss boar

A debate is under way among hunters and animal rights groups in Switzerland over the controversial use of night vision guns to shoot wild boar.

Cops cuff knuckleduster handbag sellers
Spain

Cops cuff knuckleduster handbag sellers

Police in the Catalan city of Badalona have arrested three wholesale workers who were selling handbags with knuckledusters attached to the handles.

Official slams Barça for boozy bus tour
Spain

Official slams Barça for boozy bus tour

A Catalan public health official has condemned FC Barcelona players for the "cheap spectacle" of their public drinking during a celebratory bus parade through the city.

‘It won’t be easy to win again’: Robin Stjernberg
Sweden

‘It won’t be easy to win again’: Robin Stjernberg

Tasked with tracking down Sweden's Eurovision entrant Robin Stjernberg for an interview, The Local's Patrick Reilly describes the thrill of the chase, the Euronuts in the way, and talking Swedish baked goods with the pop star himself.

Pensioners to recruit ageing Swedish rockers
Sweden

Pensioners to recruit ageing Swedish rockers

The Swedish Pensioners Association (Pensionärernas riksorganisation - PRO) wants to cast off its "stuffy" image at the Sweden Rock festival, in a recruitment bid to set up a rock music subgroup of new members.

Swedes slam American Apparel over ‘sexist’ ads
Sweden

Swedes slam American Apparel over ‘sexist’ ads

The use of half-naked women by American Apparel to sell "unisex" shirts has sparked sexism complaints in Sweden, resulting in the US fashion retailer being reported to the country's advertising watchdog.

Toxic chemical cloud drifts over Frankfurt
Germany

Toxic chemical cloud drifts over Frankfurt

A poisonous cloud containing a potentially cancer-causing chemical was accidentally released over Frankfurt on Tuesday, with residents of two districts warned to stay indoors throughout the afternoon.

Spanish refuse to let princess off the hook
Spain

Spanish refuse to let princess off the hook

An anti-corruption demonstration under the slogan “If you weren't princess (infanta) of the nation, you'd still be facing interrogation” will take place on the 25th of May in Madrid to protest against a Spanish court’s decision to spare King Juan Carlos’s daughter from being questioned in a corruption scandal involving her husband Iñaki Urdangarin.

Apple strips Swedish Whypod of its trademark
Sweden

Apple strips Swedish Whypod of its trademark

The Swedish patent office has ruled in favour of Apple's objection that a Swedish product entitled Whypod was too similar to its trademark iPod.

Beauty queen bags top Balearic job
Spain

Beauty queen bags top Balearic job

The president of the Balearic Islands has fired his personal secretary and hired 25-year-old former Miss Baleares Verónica Hernández.

Tourism chiefs dismiss fears after Paris riots
France

Tourism chiefs dismiss fears after Paris riots

After riots in Paris this week, tourism chiefs have dismissed fears about France’s image, saying the disturbances will have “no impact” on visits to the capital. Meanwhile, Paris police vowed to up their presence on the streets to protect tourists.

Sweden plummets in income equality ranking
Sweden

Sweden plummets in income equality ranking

The living conditions of most Swedes have improved in recent decades, but income inequality is growing rapidly, according to a new OECD report, which saw Sweden drop 14 spots from its first place ranking in 1995.

Vaud police confirm abducted woman is dead
Switzerland

Vaud police confirm abducted woman is dead

Police discovered the lifeless body of Marie in the Torny-Le-Grand region of the canton of Fribourg, less than two days after the 19-year-old woman was abducted on Monday by a 36-year-old convicted murderer under house arrest, officials confirmed on Wednesday.

Mont Blanc cable car fire leaves hundreds hanging
France

Mont Blanc cable car fire leaves hundreds hanging

More than 200 tourists had to be evacuated from Mont Blanc by helicopter on Tuesday after being left stranded 2,310 metres up in the air when a cable car broke down and caught fire.

Anaemic economy feels winter chill
Germany

Anaemic economy feels winter chill

The German economy, Europe's biggest, clocked up anaemic growth at the start of 2013 as the freezing winter weather put the brakes on activity, official data showed on Wednesday.

ThyssenKrupp bins 3,000 admin jobs
Germany

ThyssenKrupp bins 3,000 admin jobs

German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp said on Wednesday it plans to axe 3,000 administrative jobs worldwide as disastrous investments in steel operations overseas tore holes in its balance sheet in the second quarter.

Crisis grows as France officially enters recession
France

Crisis grows as France officially enters recession

There was more bad news for France on the financial front on Wednesday when new figures confirmed the country had officially entered a recession with GDP contracting by 0.2 percent for the first quarter of 2013 - the second consecutive drop.

Prison terms called for in breast implants trial
France

Prison terms called for in breast implants trial

Prosecutors in France urged a French court this week to hand a four-year prison sentence and a €100,000 fine to Jean-Claude Mas, the man whose firm made faulty breast implants for thousands of woman, sparking a health scare across the globe.

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Sweden

Swedish shop hits back: our Converse are real

Swedish retailer Coop has refuted complaints by US sneaker brand Converse that Coop stores are selling unauthorized pirated copies of the iconic footwear.

Lollobrigida’s earrings set auction record
Switzerland

Lollobrigida’s earrings set auction record

A pair of pearl earrings belonging to actress Gina Lollobrigida sold for an auction record of $2.39 million at Sotheby's Geneva on Tuesday as the veteran Italian star auctioned off some dazzling jewellery.

Cannes festival all set for battle for Palme d’Or
France

Cannes festival all set for battle for Palme d’Or

The red carpet will be rolled out on Wednesday when the world famous Cannes Film Festival gets underway on the French Riviera. The race for this year's Palme d'Or prize should prove fascinating with the presence of several big hitting directors in the line up.

Borg drops resistance to EU fiscal stimulus
Sweden

Borg drops resistance to EU fiscal stimulus

Sweden's Finance Minister Anders Borg on Tuesday signalled he has abandoned his long-held resistance to using fiscal measures to kick start the European Union's sluggish economy.

Pay deal for metal workers averts strike
Germany

Pay deal for metal workers averts strike

Germany's powerful union IG Metall agreed a pay deal with the metal industry's employers association early Wednesday, averting the threat of a major strike.

Young Swedes forced to live with mum and dad
Sweden

Young Swedes forced to live with mum and dad

More than half of Swedes in their twenties are stuck living at home with their parents in major metropolitan areas, as the number of young people who manage to find a place of their own has hit a historic low.

Berlin’s ‘Peacemaker’ soothes the city
Germany

Berlin’s ‘Peacemaker’ soothes the city

As in any big, mixed European city, conflict is part of the fabric of Berlin. Yet often enough the police are not the right people to call, which is when the city's "Peacemaker" comes in. Jessica Ware tracked him down for a chat.

Ten German words with double meanings
Germany

Ten German words with double meanings

This week's The Local List is for any readers trying to get a grasp on German. We've picked common words with double meanings to help avoid embarrassing mixups.