Marchers protest judicial ‘lapses’ in woman’s death
Switzerland

Marchers protest judicial ‘lapses’ in woman’s death

More than 250 people took part in a march in Lausanne on Monday afternoon to protest against the judicial system in the wake of the death of Marie, a 19-year-old woman killed last Wednesday after being kidnapped.

Grasshopper clinches Swiss Cup football title
Switzerland

Grasshopper clinches Swiss Cup football title

In a surprise result, Zurich-based football club Grasshopper beat defending champions FC Basel on penalty kicks on Monday to gain the 19th Swiss Cup victory in its history.

D&G and Armani struck off fashion week roster
Italy

D&G and Armani struck off fashion week roster

Italian designers Giorgio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana can no longer be on the official programme of Milan Fashion Week because they are not due-paying members of the national fashion chamber, the association said on Monday.

Riot police ‘resorted to racial slurs’ in Husby
Sweden

Riot police ‘resorted to racial slurs’ in Husby

Police officers on hand during the Husby riot in northern Stockholm stand accused of using racist language towards people on the ground, with one youth worker in the area claiming it is "not the last time" such scenes will occur.

‘Lean hospital a sign of Swedish welfare reform’
Sweden

‘Lean hospital a sign of Swedish welfare reform’

A Stockholm hospital saved from closure by private health care providers has been hailed by the Economist as one of modern's Sweden public-private success stories.

Spanish twins’ first touch takes internet by storm
Spain

Spanish twins’ first touch takes internet by storm

Images of twin babies holding hands immediately after being born in a Gipuzkoa hospital in northern Spain have become a YouTube smash hit.

Raid recovers missing zoo heist monkey
Spain

Raid recovers missing zoo heist monkey

An Andalucian man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a stolen monkey after blundering on social media.

Italian saint’s body to go on permanent display
Italy

Italian saint’s body to go on permanent display

A shrine in southern Italy will put the body of popular saint Padre Pio on permanent display for the millions of pilgrims who visit the remote site every year, organizers said on Monday.

Man gets payout for not shaking woman’s hand
Sweden

Man gets payout for not shaking woman’s hand

A town in western Sweden has agreed to pay damages to a man who was told he wouldn't be hired if he refused to shake a woman's hand for religious reasons.

Swedes sweep top French football awards
Sweden

Swedes sweep top French football awards

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scooped up France's Ligue 1 player of the year award on Monday, with Sweden's Lotta Schelin taking home the same honour for the top French women's league.

Syrian opposition meets in Madrid over conflict
Spain

Syrian opposition meets in Madrid over conflict

Branches of the divided Syrian opposition held talks in Madrid on Monday seeking to harmonize their approach to the country's bloody civil war, their Spanish government hosts said.

Spanish businessman pays €165k for love spell
Spain

Spanish businessman pays €165k for love spell

Castellón Football Club’s ex-president José Laparra—a Valencian businessman linked to Spain’s biggest corruption scandal in years—paid a fortune-teller a staggering €165,000 for her to put a love spell on a woman he’d fallen in love with.

Cooler and wetter week ahead
Germany

Cooler and wetter week ahead

Rain in the west, sunshine in the east - Germany's weather was divided on Monday, as the German Weather Service (DWD) warned of an unsettled week ahead.

Unions threaten strike over English at unis
France

Unions threaten strike over English at unis

A proposal to introduce more courses in English and other foreign languages at French universities is set to be debated in parliament from Wednesday amid concerns it will undermine the country's soul and identity.

€530m bill for Spain’s ‘sinking submarines’
Spain

€530m bill for Spain’s ‘sinking submarines’

A defence contract worth €2.2 billion has hit the rocks after tests showed that the "world's most modern" submarine would plunge straight to the bottom of the sea.

20,000 Goths gather in Leipzig
Germany

20,000 Goths gather in Leipzig

More than 20,000 Goths from all over the world gathered in Leipzig in eastern Germany over the Whitsun weekend to celebrate all things dark and Gothic.

Barcelona issues €60,000 bounty to blitz pigeons
Spain

Barcelona issues €60,000 bounty to blitz pigeons

The Catalan city has declared war on its 'diseased' pigeon population and called for experts to get the flock off the streets.

New law bans ‘Christmas’ for Asturias kids
Spain

New law bans ‘Christmas’ for Asturias kids

Schoolchildren in the northern Spanish region of Asturias will no longer be able to call Christmas by its name now that a new law passed by the local education ministry prohibits the use of “religious” terms in the classroom when referring to the December and spring holidays.

Germany grapples with nuclear energy phaseout
Germany

Germany grapples with nuclear energy phaseout

Germany's energy transition project - in which nuclear power will be phased out and replaced with energy from renewable sources - is facing the challenges of cheap coal, unresolved energy storage and an out-of-date electricity grid.

Fans flock to London for all-German CL final
Germany

Fans flock to London for all-German CL final

With two Bundesliga clubs in the Champions League final, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund supporters are rushing to London for this weekend's Wembley showdown.

‘Husby is usually a very peaceful place’
Sweden

‘Husby is usually a very peaceful place’

In the wake of Sunday's night's unrest in the north Stockholm district of Husby, The Local catches up with the editor of a local newspaper to find out more about what caused residents to take to the streets and how police responded.

Hungary’s Orbán: Merkel policy like Nazi invasion
Germany

Hungary’s Orbán: Merkel policy like Nazi invasion

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán deepened diplomatic tensions with Germany after comparing the policies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Nazi military invasion of his country ordered by Adolf Hitler.

H&M mulls production in South America and Africa
Sweden

H&M mulls production in South America and Africa

Swedish fashion giant H&M is considering starting production in South America and Africa, chief executive Karl-Johan Persson told the Financial Times in an interview published on Monday.

Nadal thrashes Federer in Rome final
Spain

Nadal thrashes Federer in Rome final

Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams underlined their French Open ambitions with convincing final victories in Rome on Sunday.

Brit admits to slaying his children in France
France

Brit admits to slaying his children in France

A 48-year-old divorced Briton locked in a bitter custody battle confessed on Sunday that he had killed his two young children by slitting their throats near the eastern French city of Lyon.

Nadal crushes Federer to win seventh Rome title

Nadal crushes Federer to win seventh Rome title

Spain's Rafael Nadal dominated his 30th meeting with Swiss rival Roger Federer to secure his seventh title in nine years at the Rome Masters on Sunday.

‘Neo-Nazi’ gang bloodies victim in bottle attack
Spain

‘Neo-Nazi’ gang bloodies victim in bottle attack

A group of eight 'neo-Nazis' attacked three youths in the Spanish city of Valladolid, breaking a bottle over one person's head before kicking him on the ground.

Illegal clothing bins stitch up Spaniards
Spain

Illegal clothing bins stitch up Spaniards

Thousands of illegal recycling bins are popping up around Spain’s capital, now that clandestine owners have figured out a new way of taking advantage of people’s generosity by selling the clothes donated and making up to €3,500 in annual tax-free earnings.

Topless Swedish beach bunny sparks outrage
Sweden

Topless Swedish beach bunny sparks outrage

A caricature of an amply endowed topless woman, which marks the spot on a map for a public beach in western Sweden, has caused at least one mother to see red.

Pirate Swede in ‘biggest ever’ hacking trial
Sweden

Pirate Swede in ‘biggest ever’ hacking trial

Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg is on trial once again in Sweden for his role in committing what prosecutors believe may have been the largest data breach in Swedish history.

Cup loss may mean early adiós for Mourinho
Spain

Cup loss may mean early adiós for Mourinho

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho could leave the club this week after losing to bitter local rivals Atletico Madrid in Friday's Copa del Rey final, according to reports in the Spanish press on Sunday,.

Pricey Reichstag visitor centre scrapped
Germany

Pricey Reichstag visitor centre scrapped

Visitors to Berlin's iconic Reichstag parliament building will continue to face long queues before they can enter through a temporary container, after politicians scrapped plans for an expensive underground visitor centre.

No-nonsense TV man taps Spain’s crisis mood
Spain

No-nonsense TV man taps Spain’s crisis mood

With his high-pitched voice, square spectacles and stubbly chin, Jordi Evole is not your typical dashing television presenter. That doesn't stop three million Spaniards switching on to watch him every Sunday evening.

Youths burn 100 cars in north Stockholm riots
Sweden

Youths burn 100 cars in north Stockholm riots

Youths rioted in northern Stockholm on Sunday night, setting fire to cars and throwing rocks at police, in what is believed to be a protest against the fatal police shooting of a machete-wielding man in the suburb last week.

Eurovision: The final word from Malmö
Sweden

Eurovision: The final word from Malmö

With two weeks of Euromania done and dusted and with southern Sweden nursing a Eurovision-sized hangover, The Local's Patrick Reilly takes one last look at the highlights, the lowlights, and Malmö's time in the limelight.

Sweden win ice hockey world champs at home
Sweden

Sweden win ice hockey world champs at home

Sweden battled back from a goal down to grab their ninth world ice hockey title on Sunday with a 5-1 win over unfancied Switzerland.