Denner wins capsule ruling over Nespresso
Switzerland

Denner wins capsule ruling over Nespresso

Swiss discount supermarket chain Denner can resume selling its brand of Nespresso-compatible coffee capsules across Switzerland following a ruling by a trade tribunal in the canton of Saint Gallen.

Former Red Cross chief to head Swisspeace
Switzerland

Former Red Cross chief to head Swisspeace

Jakob Kellenberger, former Swiss diplomat and ex-president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, is taking over as head of Swisspeace, the Bern-based research institute.

Residency for non-EU buyers of €500K homes
Spain

Residency for non-EU buyers of €500K homes

After much debate, Spain is set to introduce a new law which will grant permanent residency permits to non-EU nationals who buy a property in Spain worth €500,000, experts say.

Fifty crisis-hit families to get free holidays
Spain

Fifty crisis-hit families to get free holidays

A Benidorm hotel chain will pay for the holiday accommodation of fifty Spanish families who have been badly affected by the crisis as a gesture of 'social responsibility'.

Spain has one bar for every 132 inhabitants
Spain

Spain has one bar for every 132 inhabitants

A study by Coca-Cola has lifted the lid on bar and tapas culture in Spain, revealing that it remains an important part of daily life despite falling sales.

Seven arrested over Stockholm’s Husby riots
Sweden

Seven arrested over Stockholm’s Husby riots

Seven people were arrested on Tuesday following the Husby riots in northern Stockholm, with Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt warning that the unrest may continue.

First bison born in wild ‘for centuries’
Germany

First bison born in wild ‘for centuries’

A wild bison has been born in Germany for the first time in centuries. The lead female of a herd released from captivity in April gave birth to the calf on May 5th, it was revealed on Tuesday.

Far-right figure kills himself at Notre Dame
France

Far-right figure kills himself at Notre Dame

Notre Dame cathedral in the heart of Paris had to be evacuated on Tuesday when 78-year-old writer and far-right figure Dominique Venner, a firm opponent of gay marriage, shot himself in the head by the church's altar.

Germany’s collective blame phobia
Germany

Germany’s collective blame phobia

The Germans have a particular phobia – they live in constant fear of being blamed for something. A commentary by Der Tagesspiegel's Malte Lehming.

Richemont brands sale mooted after resignation
Switzerland

Richemont brands sale mooted after resignation

Swiss luxury goods giant Richemont said on Tuesday that a top executive had resigned, amid expectations the group that owns Cartier, Piaget and Montblanc will sell off under-performing brands.

Report narrows causes of fatal Sierre bus crash
Switzerland

Report narrows causes of fatal Sierre bus crash

The crash of a Belgian coach that killed 28 passengers, including 22 children, on a ski trip to Switzerland last year was caused either by a malaise suffered by the driver or by his inattention, an official said on Tuesday.

‘The future of freedom on the internet is at stake’
Sweden

‘The future of freedom on the internet is at stake’

Internet policy experts gather in Stockholm this week to grapple with online data protection and surveillance issues that everyone who surfs the web should care about, reports technologist Stefan Geens.

Car boss asks Merkel to rethink CO2 pledge
Germany

Car boss asks Merkel to rethink CO2 pledge

The president of the German Automobile Association (VDA) has written to Angela Merkel, asking her to retract her pledge to significantly reduce CO2 car emissions by 2025, it was reported on Tuesday.

Spanish wages are 17% below European average
Spain

Spanish wages are 17% below European average

The average Spanish worker earns €1,615 per month compared with €1,916 across the EU, placing Spain 15th in an income table headed by Norway, a survey has found.

French ministers face grilling over tax scandal
France

French ministers face grilling over tax scandal

High ranking ministers in the French government can expect a grilling in the coming days as an investigation into a tax fraud scandal got underway on Tuesday. The probe was set up after the former budget minister admitted having a secret bank account.

Weathermen bring more bad news for France
France

Weathermen bring more bad news for France

Hopes that France's long, hard winter would be followed by a warm, sunny spring have been well and truly washed out after a weekend of heavy rain and storms. The country's weather agency says more bad weather is on the way.

‘Swedishness must be split from being white’
Sweden

‘Swedishness must be split from being white’

Sweden needs a new story better equipped to deal with and include today's demographic diversity and create a new Swedishness that is separate from whiteness, write representatives from the Multicultural Centre (Mångkulturellt centrum) in Botkyrka near Stockholm.

Body parts found in missing woman search
Sweden

Body parts found in missing woman search

Human remains were found in a military building in northern Sweden on Monday night during the search for a 20-year-old woman who has been missing for two weeks.

Five drown in Spain-Morocco migration bid
Spain

Five drown in Spain-Morocco migration bid

At least five illegal migrants drowned off the coast of northern Morocco as they were attempting to reach Spain, the Moroccan authorities said late on Monday.

French fugitive evades police in global manhunt
France

French fugitive evades police in global manhunt

The French Interior Minister reassured the public on Tuesday that a global operation involving French and international police was underway to track down fugitive Redoine Faid, who remains at large after blasting his way out of prison in April.

The ‘absolute truth’ about tacos in Stockholm
Sweden

The ‘absolute truth’ about tacos in Stockholm

Unable to find good Mexican food after moving to Stockholm to study in 2008, Monterrey native David Licona now finds himself running La Neta, one of the most popular Mexican eateries in the Swedish capital. The Local finds out more.

New fee squeezes Madrid language learners
Spain

New fee squeezes Madrid language learners

Madrid is by far the most expensive region in Spain in which to study foreign languages, after registration fees in the Spanish capital’s state-owned language schools went up by a staggering 166 percent in less than a year.

VIDEO: Fan charged over mass motorway brawl
France

VIDEO: Fan charged over mass motorway brawl

VIDEO: French police have charged a minibus driver carrying a group of Marseille football supporters who were involved in a mass brawl with fans of fierce rivals Lyon at a motorway toll plaza in the south of France at the weekend.

Conservatives demand East German symbol ban
Germany

Conservatives demand East German symbol ban

Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU) called on Tuesday for symbols associated with the totalitarian socialist regime of former East Germany to be banned, in the same way that it is illegal to display Nazi memorabilia.

Spaniard built ‘mobile phone’ 100 years ago
Spain

Spaniard built ‘mobile phone’ 100 years ago

A new book pays tribute to Mónico Sánchez who emigrated from Madrid to New York in 1903 and built an x-ray machine before working on the world's first mobile phone.

States to toughen laws on drunken cycling
Germany

States to toughen laws on drunken cycling

German state interior ministers are hashing out a plan to lower the amount of alcohol cyclists can legally consume before getting on their bikes.The measures come as figures show one in 10 bike accidents are the result of riders under the influence.

Defamation charges for Instagram ‘slut-shaming’
Sweden

Defamation charges for Instagram ‘slut-shaming’

Two Swedish teenage girls were officially charged with defamation on Tuesday for their involvement in the "slut-shaming" Instagram account that saw enraged teens in Gothenburg lay siege to two high schools last year.

French nude Facebook protest nipped in the bud
France

French nude Facebook protest nipped in the bud

Hundreds of French Facebook users bared all this week in a protest against the social media site’s strict censorship of nude photos. But the “Day of Nude” protest was cut short early when Facebook's photo police took swift action.

The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek dies at 74
Germany

The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek dies at 74

Ray Manzarek, co-founder of legendary 1960s rock band The Doors and creator of their signature organ sound, died on Monday in Germany after a long battle with cancer, his manager said. He was 74.

‘Most fragile’ Spain tops endangered species list
Spain

‘Most fragile’ Spain tops endangered species list

Ecologists have urged government action to tackle the 'alarming' crisis of 'biodiversity destruction' in Spain as data reveals that the country is the most vulnerable in Europe.

White wine topples tinto in Spain
Spain

White wine topples tinto in Spain

White wine is becoming increasingly appealing to Spanish palates, now that a new study shows consumption of ‘vino tinto’, or red wine, has fallen to record lows.

Pope Francis statue unveiled – in potato field
Italy

Pope Francis statue unveiled – in potato field

The first-ever statue of Pope Francis has been unveiled in a potato field near Naples - an unorthodox homage to the fact that the Argentine pope's ancestors were farmers in northern Italy.

SAP to hire hundreds of autistic IT experts
Germany

SAP to hire hundreds of autistic IT experts

German tech company SAP said on Tuesday it wants to hire hundreds of people with autism to work as software testers and programmers. The search has, it said, begun for people “who think differently from others.”

Anti-crisis protester climbs onto St Peter’s
Italy

Anti-crisis protester climbs onto St Peter’s

An Italian small business owner climbed onto the dome of St Peter's Basilica on Monday and unfurled a banner protesting against the social "massacre" going on in recession-stricken Italy.

Out-of-control Jaguar kills elderly pedestrian
Switzerland

Out-of-control Jaguar kills elderly pedestrian

An elderly woman is dead after an out-of-control car knocked her down on Monday in the centre of Lucerne, where she was walking.

Topless woman to be lifted from Swedish map
Sweden

Topless woman to be lifted from Swedish map

After a caricature of a topless woman on a tourist map in western Sweden left some residents seething, a local official has promised to have the offending image removed.

My Swedish Career – Archive
Sweden

My Swedish Career – Archive

The archive of our 'My Swedish Career' interviews with foreign-born professionals making a life and a career for themselves in Sweden.

Gay marriage row moves on to France’s town halls
France

Gay marriage row moves on to France’s town halls

The French government may still be celebrating the victory of seeing its divisive gay marriage bill finally signed into law but the battle over the issue of same-sex unions in France now looks set to move from a national to a local level.

Former Saab CEO arrested for tax crimes
Sweden

Former Saab CEO arrested for tax crimes

Jan Åke Jonsson, the former CEO of Saab Automobile, and two top-level colleagues have been detained by police on suspicion of tax crimes.

Ericsson probed over suspected bribes
Sweden

Ericsson probed over suspected bribes

Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson is suspected of having bribed ministers in Romania in connection with being awarded a contract for the country's emergency number and is now under investigation in the United States.

‘Public safety is really bad in France’
France

‘Public safety is really bad in France’

An angry Chinese film producer had some harsh words to say about France this week, suggesting the country had a problem with public safety and arrogance after being the victim of a burglary at the Cannes Film Festival.

Warning over ‘long-term’ Swedish export slump
Sweden

Warning over ‘long-term’ Swedish export slump

The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise (Svenskt Näringsliv) has gone out guns blazing, criticizing politicians for not facing up to the challenges of "a lost year for Swedish exports" in 2012.

Fresh clashes as more cars burn in Husby
Sweden

Fresh clashes as more cars burn in Husby

Cars were engulfed in flames on Monday night and youths clashed with police in the north-western Stockholm district of Husby for a second night in a row.

England fans decry ‘German’ football jersey
Germany

England fans decry ‘German’ football jersey

The new jersey for England’s national football team has sparked the ire of English fans for looking too much like the kit archrivals Germany wore when they won the World Cup in 1974.

‘My friends call me travelling x-ray salesman’
Germany

‘My friends call me travelling x-ray salesman’

In the latest installment of My German Career, The Local spoke with New Zealander physicist Graham Appleby about Hamburg's high intensity x-ray beams and life in Germany's scientific community.

Germany seeks ‘visible’ Kosovo-Serbia progress
Germany

Germany seeks ‘visible’ Kosovo-Serbia progress

Germany has called for "visible" progress in implementing a landmark deal between Serbia and Kosovo before securing Berlin's backing for Belgrade's bid to join the European Union.