Over a third of Geneva workers live elsewhere
Switzerland

Over a third of Geneva workers live elsewhere

More than a third of Geneva’s active working population lives outside the canton, with the majority residing in neighbouring France and the rest largely in the canton of Vaud, according to a report issued on Thursday.

Cycling union’s head wins Swiss backing
Switzerland

Cycling union’s head wins Swiss backing

International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid can count on the support of the Swiss federation in his bid for re-election, the sport's global governing body said on Thursday.

Swiss advance to world hockey semifinals
Switzerland

Swiss advance to world hockey semifinals

Switzerland headed to the world ice hockey championship semifinals after a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic on Thursday in Stockholm.

Chairman purged from Glencore Xstrata board
Switzerland

Chairman purged from Glencore Xstrata board

The chairman of newborn mining and commodities giant Glencore Xstrata, John Bond, was on Thursday axed by its annual general meeting in Zug, just weeks after the Swiss-based group was created via a merger of two key players.

Struggling Hollande vows to go on the ‘offensive’
France

Struggling Hollande vows to go on the ‘offensive’

French President François Hollande tried to steady the ship on Thursday when he face the media for his scheduled press conference. The president said he be more on the "offensive" in his second year as head of state.

From sister’s shadow to Cannes spotlight
France

From sister’s shadow to Cannes spotlight

Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi has emerged as an original and talented film director, no longer in the shadow of her younger, more famous sister, Carla. At this year's Cannes festival, she is flying the flag for women as the only female director in competition.

Spanish top for ‘hours worked’ and ‘days off’
Spain

Spanish top for ‘hours worked’ and ‘days off’

The Spanish enjoy more public holidays than most Europeans but pay the price in longer working hours, according to a new study.

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Sweden

Suicide figures soar for Sweden’s disabled youth

Suicide rates have risen dramatically since 1995 among young people in Sweden with disabilities that leave them with reduced working capacities, according to a new study.

PSG’s Beckham to retire from football
France

PSG’s Beckham to retire from football

Former England captain and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder David Beckham announced on Thursday he would retire from all professional football at the end of the season.

Live updates: Struggling Hollande faces media
France

Live updates: Struggling Hollande faces media

LIVE UPDATES: The beleaguered French President François Hollande is holding a key press conference on Thursday to 400 journalists. The most unpopular president since the War, according to polls, is expected to get a tough ride.

Giant Barbie doll house opens amid protests
Germany

Giant Barbie doll house opens amid protests

Harmless pink fun or a bad influence on young girls? A life-size Barbie dream house attraction opened in Berlin on Thursday to protests including a bare-chested woman burning a doll in effigy. Jessica Ware reports.

Germany refuses to slam French economic policy
Germany

Germany refuses to slam French economic policy

Germany will not publicly criticize France over economic policy, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble insisted on Thursday, amid differences between Berlin and Paris over growth versus austerity in battling the eurozone debt crisis.

Eurovision superfans swarm southern Sweden
Sweden

Eurovision superfans swarm southern Sweden

Eurofever has swept southern Sweden, with the most vocal voices coming from the Eurovision superfans. The Local's Patrick Reilly finds out some have travelled from the other side of the world.

‘Don’t wait for work to fall from the sky’
Italy

‘Don’t wait for work to fall from the sky’

As the great-granddaughter of Italian immigrants, Tina Ferrari, 35, returned to the home of her ancestors four years ago. She tells The Local how she’s juggled three careers as a DJ, tango dancer and translator.

Germany in for wet Whit weekend
Germany

Germany in for wet Whit weekend

Warm in the east, cool in the west - and wet all over: Low-pressure conditions are creating a weather divide in Germany, meteorologists said Thursday. This should make for a mixed but generally rainy forecast over the long Pentecost holiday weekend.

Paris unveils smartphone app to clean up streets
France

Paris unveils smartphone app to clean up streets

Paris authorities will soon have a new weapon to employ in their daily battle to clean up the capital's notoriously dirty streets - a specially designed smartphone app.

Spaniard unveils 8 month online Chinese challenge
Spain

Spaniard unveils 8 month online Chinese challenge

A young Galician entrepreneur has created a ground-breaking online learning tool which he claims can make anybody fluent in Chinese in eight months. It’s already caught the attention of Spanish multinationals Santander, Telefónica, BBVA and Repsol.

Assange’s sex crimes accuser speaks out
Sweden

Assange’s sex crimes accuser speaks out

One of the two Swedish women who accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of sex crimes has spoken out publicly about her ordeal for what is believed to be the first time.

Eurovision host: ‘Not everyone has to like me’
Sweden

Eurovision host: ‘Not everyone has to like me’

Beyond the sequinned hemlines, Sweden's Eurovision host Petra Mede is a woman who pulled no punches as a comedian, and is now trying to balance her spunk with Saturday's demands for a happy-go-lucky pop fest, making her an easy pick for Swede of the Week.

Kenyan nominated to head UN trade body
Switzerland

Kenyan nominated to head UN trade body

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has nominated former Kenyan minister and member of parliament Mukhisa Kituyi to lead the UN's Geneva-based trade and development body when the current chief steps down at the end of August.

Man kills himself in front of Paris school pupils
France

Man kills himself in front of Paris school pupils

A man in his fifties, with a history of family problems shot himself in the head on Thursday in front of a dozen young children in the hall of a Catholic primary school in Paris.

Robbers force Russian roulette on elderly Brits
Spain

Robbers force Russian roulette on elderly Brits

Burglars have attacked a retired British couple in their Costa Brava home, forcing the woman to play Russian roulette with a gun loaded with three bullets.

Richemont plans higher dividend after profit rise
Switzerland

Richemont plans higher dividend after profit rise

Geneva-based luxury goods giant Richemont boosted net profit for the 2012-2013 year by 30 percent as expected, with strong performances in its jewellery and watch divisions and by favourable exchange rates, the group said on Thursday.

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Switzerland

Unions hail Bangladesh garment industry deal

Swiss-based labour federations Industrial Global Union and UNI Global Union on Thursday praised top retailers for joining their drive to make Bangladesh's garment factories safer, after 1,127 people died in a factory collapse last month.

Capri-Sun drink wins false advertising award
Germany

Capri-Sun drink wins false advertising award

A German food industry watchdog singled out drinks-maker Capri-Sun for its annual advertising "award" on Thursday, for what the group described as "shameless" marketing of sugary drinks to children.

Big pharma ‘human guinea pigs’ spark anger
Germany

Big pharma ‘human guinea pigs’ spark anger

Revelations that Western drug companies colluded with East Germany's communist regime to use more than 50,000 people as "human guinea pigs" in 1980s medical trials has sparked widespread outrage.

Rich-poor divide grows fastest in Spain
Spain

Rich-poor divide grows fastest in Spain

The income gap between rich and poor families widened faster in Spain than in any other of the 34 members of the international economic organization OECD, a new study reports.

Embattled Hollande set to enter the lion’s den
France

Embattled Hollande set to enter the lion’s den

Beleaguered French President François Hollande will be forgiven for feeling like he’s walking into the lion’s den on Thursday when he holds his scheduled six-monthly press conference. With France officially in recession the timing could not have been worse.

Naked Swede dresses down American Apparel
Sweden

Naked Swede dresses down American Apparel

The man who founded a Swedish online fashion retailer has posed half-naked to help market the firm's clothes after Swedes criticized US retailer American Apparel for using "sexist" images of nearly-naked women to sell its wares.

Swedish lobbying boom prompts regulation calls
Sweden

Swedish lobbying boom prompts regulation calls

Sweden's top EU politician Cecilia Malmström wants to register lobbyists, stating that Sweden's small size means political networks and friendships often overlapped.

EU citizens face Swiss residence quotas
Switzerland

EU citizens face Swiss residence quotas

Switzerland will begin restricting residence permits to citizens from 17 European Union countries, including the UK, on June 1st.

India in no rush to open first Ikea store
Sweden

India in no rush to open first Ikea store

The India chief of Swedish giant Ikea said in a newspaper interview published Thursday that the chain is willing to wait years to find the right location to open its first Indian store.

Mobile video sparks axe attack on grandfather
Spain

Mobile video sparks axe attack on grandfather

A grandfather in the Valencian municipality of Pedralba was hit on the head with an axe by two of his neighbours over a dispute involving a video filmed with a mobile phone.

Unhappy diners ‘beat top Japanese chef to death’
Germany

Unhappy diners ‘beat top Japanese chef to death’

Top Japanese chef Miki Nozawa has died after apparently being attacked by two German men who were unhappy with the fried noodles from his restaurant on the North Sea island of Sylt.

Spanish gay families ‘spurned by relatives’
Spain

Spanish gay families ‘spurned by relatives’

The biggest study to date in Spain on families with same-sex parents has shown that, although the country is pioneered gay marriage, homophobic abuse is still common.

TEDx looks to get Stockholmers thinking
Sweden

TEDx looks to get Stockholmers thinking

The second TEDxStockholm event of 2013 was held in Södermalm on Wednesday evening, and The Local headed to the scene to hear the talks, meet the organizers, and learn more about why Sweden needs ideas worth spreading.

Great Gatsby gets Cannes festival rolling
France

Great Gatsby gets Cannes festival rolling

Leonardo diCaprio had the honour on Wednesday of opening the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, which kicked off with the European premiere of the US actor's new film "Great Gatsby". The movie received mixed reviews from critics.

US denies Christian homeschoolers asylum
Germany

US denies Christian homeschoolers asylum

An American appeals court has denied a fundamentalist Christian family from Germany the right to asylum in the US. The family claimed they were being persecuted for not being allowed to homeschool their children.

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Switzerland

Yemen kidnappers return Red Cross hostages

Kidnappers in Yemen have freed three International Red Cross employees, including a Swiss and a Kenyan, along with two Egyptian hostages, following tribal mediation, a local official said on Thursday.

Pope Francis to visit Sardinian shrine
Italy

Pope Francis to visit Sardinian shrine

Pope Francis on Wednesday said he planned to travel in September to a shrine on the Italian island of Sardinia dedicated the Virgin Mary and with close ties to his native Buenos Aires.

Fewer flats free in Germany
Germany

Fewer flats free in Germany

Singletons living alone, combined with people flocking from country to city are just some of the reasons Germany has a dwindling amount of empty housing, according to a new survey.

More Swedes in favour of joining Nato: poll
Sweden

More Swedes in favour of joining Nato: poll

The number of Swedes who support joining Nato has gone up by 9 percentage points since 2011, a new opinion poll has revealed.

VIDEO: First glimpse of Depardieu as DSK
France

VIDEO: First glimpse of Depardieu as DSK

Eccentric French film star Gérard Depardieu's performance as disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is one of the most hotly-awaited in recent years. A preview of 'Welcome to New York' was leaked on Thursday.

Swatch jeweller buys auction-record diamond
Switzerland

Swatch jeweller buys auction-record diamond

Prestigious jeweller Harry Winston, acquired earlier this year by Swatch Group, bought a new colourless, flawless 101.73-carat diamond for a record $26.7 million at an auction in Geneva on Wednesday, auctioneer Christie's said.

Transformed Red Cross museum set to reopen
Switzerland

Transformed Red Cross museum set to reopen

Hope and human resilience are the guiding themes of the new permanent exhibit at Geneva's International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, which reopens its doors to the public this weekend after a nearly two-year makeover.

French first lady visits Mali ‘on a mission’
France

French first lady visits Mali ‘on a mission’

French first lady Valerie Trierweiler has arrived in war-torn Mali on "a mission for children and women." This is first official engagement abroad without her partner, French President François Hollande.

Malmö Eurovision hype from Abba to Zlatan
Sweden

Malmö Eurovision hype from Abba to Zlatan

From Bonnie Tyler and a Ukrainian giant, to a song by Avicii and Abba legends and a rumoured appearance by Malmö-native Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden's Eurovision Song Contest packs a glitzy punch without the hefty price tag.

‘At his final heartbeat I knew I had to act’
Germany

‘At his final heartbeat I knew I had to act’

The trial of a group of young men suspected of beating to death 20-year-old Jonny K. began in Berlin this week. His older sister's tireless campaigning for a safer capital in the wake of his death makes her our German of the Week.

The pitfalls of France’s auto-entrepreneur status
France

The pitfalls of France’s auto-entrepreneur status

France’s “auto-entrepreneur” scheme has been a saving grace for self-employed foreign nationals since it was introduced back in 2009. But as two experts explain to The Local, the system does have its drawbacks and expats should be aware of them.

GDR football coach tackles Singapore team
Germany

GDR football coach tackles Singapore team

Singapore has named former East Germany coach Bernd Stange as head of the national team, replacing Serbian Radojko Avramovic, who led the city-state to three Southeast Asian championships.

Real bid to extend Madrid derby streak in cup final
Spain

Real bid to extend Madrid derby streak in cup final

Real Madrid will hope to end a difficult season on a high when they face Atletico Madrid in Friday's Copa del Rey final, with Los Blancos aiming to continue their long-running dominance in meetings with their city rivals.

H&M CEO to Bangladesh: raise minimum wages
Sweden

H&M CEO to Bangladesh: raise minimum wages

The head of Swedish clothing retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), Karl-Johan Persson, on Wednesday urged Bangladesh to allow raises to its minimum wage, the Financial Times said, amid worker unrest following the world's worst single garment industry disaster, which killed more than 1,100 people.

Army to start soldier psychological tests
Germany

Army to start soldier psychological tests

The German army is considering new ways to prevent soldiers suffering mental breakdowns on foreign missions, an internal report has revealed. Traumatized soldiers have also long criticized the length of time it takes to get therapy.

Swedish bride murder suspect’s health worsens
Sweden

Swedish bride murder suspect’s health worsens

A British man wanted in South Africa in connection with the murder of his Swedish wife, who was killed while the couple were on their honeymoon, has suffered a relapse in mental health problems, a court heard on Wednesday.