Tibetan exiles berate Chinese rights record
Switzerland

Tibetan exiles berate Chinese rights record

Tibetan exiles in Bern on Friday urged Swiss authorities to take China to task for its human rights record during a landmark visit by Premier Li Keqiang focused squarely on a trade deal.

Chinese premier lauds trade deal in Bern
Switzerland

Chinese premier lauds trade deal in Bern

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday hailed a free trade deal with Switzerland as a landmark achievement, saying it had "huge meaning" for global trade and underscored Beijing's growing openness to the world.

Stockholm’s not burning
Sweden

Stockholm’s not burning

With international media swooping on the Stockholm riots from every angle, The Local's Oliver Gee explains why Stockholm's not burning, and how the story has been blown out of proportion.

Stockholm riots: causes and consequences
Sweden

Stockholm riots: causes and consequences

After five nights of rioting throughout the outskirts of Stockholm, many in Sweden and elsewhere are trying to make sense of it all. The Local spoke to a mix of commentators and local politicians to get their views.

CV-singing journalist lands TV tunesmith job
Spain

CV-singing journalist lands TV tunesmith job

The unemployed post-grad journalism student whose CV-singing became a YouTube hit last week has been hired by Spanish TV channel La Sexta.

Top Ten: English terms the French want barred
France

Top Ten: English terms the French want barred

When it comes to fighting off the invasion of English words the French Resistance has had mixed fortunes over the years. Nevertheless the fight goes on. With the help of the Ministry of Culture here's a list of the latest English terms that French authorities want deported.

Spaniards rail at Bankia as savings evaporate
Spain

Spaniards rail at Bankia as savings evaporate

Spanish savers vented their fury against bailed-out Bankia on Friday after the already-diminished value of their stock investments in the bank plummeted by more than half in a single day.

Spanish princess faces probe into assets
Spain

Spanish princess faces probe into assets

A Spanish judge has ordered an investigation into the tax affairs of King Juan Carlos's youngest daughter, Princess Cristina, adding to the woes of the scandal-hit royal family.

Berlusconi’s alleged call-girl says sorry she lied
Italy

Berlusconi’s alleged call-girl says sorry she lied

The alleged call-girl at the centre of a trial against Silvio Berlusconi told a courtroom on Friday that she had previously lied to investigators about raunchy parties hosted by the billionaire tycoon.

Street crime hurts Paris tourism: fashion brands
France

Street crime hurts Paris tourism: fashion brands

The streets of Paris are getting a reputation for being unsafe for tourists and this is a threat to business for the great brand names of French fashion, a top body representing the luxury industry warned on Friday.

MI6 kept Spain from Hitler with bribes
Spain

MI6 kept Spain from Hitler with bribes

British Intelligence service MI6 bribed senior Spanish officials to stop Spain from becoming Hitler’s ally during World War II, declassified military documents released on Thursday revealed. They spent the present day equivalent of €179 million ($232 million).

Steel assets seized over plant pollution scandal
Italy

Steel assets seized over plant pollution scandal

Italian police on Friday seized 8.1 billion euros in steel assets from a family at the centre of an investigation over pollution linked to dozens of deaths at one of its plants

Amnesty wants Hollande to up human rights effort
France

Amnesty wants Hollande to up human rights effort

Rights watchdog Amnesty International has filed its end of year report on French President François Hollande's record on tackling human rights issues. Its conclusion was: Could do better.

Sweden’s economic mood dips: survey
Sweden

Sweden’s economic mood dips: survey

Swedish consumers are feeling less optimistic about the economy, with a down-turn also visible in the mood of the manufacturing industry, Sweden's National Institute for Economic Research said on Friday.

Thrill seeker dies ‘train surfing’ on Paris Metro
France

Thrill seeker dies ‘train surfing’ on Paris Metro

The dangerous craze of ‘train surfing', which has long been popular in Russia, came to France this week and ended in tragic circumstances. A young man who was reportedly riding the roof of a Paris Metro was killed when the train entered a tunnel.

Fan wants Bayern ticket-Oktoberfest beer swap
Germany

Fan wants Bayern ticket-Oktoberfest beer swap

A Bayern Munich supporter is so desperate to get his hands on a ticket for Saturday's Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund he is offering to trade 20 litres of beer and a rare free table at Oktoberfest.

Swedish firms ‘clueless’ about foreign graduates
Sweden

Swedish firms ‘clueless’ about foreign graduates

As white-collar union Saco slammed Sweden for not helping well-educated foreigners into the labour market, The Local spoke to researcher Josefin Edström about the disconnect between foreign professionals and Swedish employers.

US and UK issue travel warnings for Sweden
Sweden

US and UK issue travel warnings for Sweden

The UK Foreign Office has issued a travel warning for Sweden after arsonists tore through several Stockholm suburbs, while Americans have been warned to stay out of the affected areas by their embassy.

Senator slams circus use of endangered elephants
Spain

Senator slams circus use of endangered elephants

A Catalan senator has claimed that Spanish circuses are breaking international laws by using endangered Asian elephants that were captured in the wild.

Swedish riot police to call in reinforcements
Sweden

Swedish riot police to call in reinforcements

With Swedish police set to call in reinforcements in an attempt to get the now five-day-old wave of arson and vandalism under control, Sweden's image abroad may have been tarnished.

Quiz: ‘A Swedish city with a pulse’
Sweden

Quiz: ‘A Swedish city with a pulse’

For this week's secret location picture gallery quiz, we head to a city that's among the top 20 in terms of population size. Can you guess which one it is in nine clues?

Sergio says sorry to Tiger for ‘fried chicken’ slur
Spain

Sergio says sorry to Tiger for ‘fried chicken’ slur

Spanish golfer Sergio García has apologized for making a racist remark after receiving a barrage of complaints from sponsors, fellow pros and Tiger Woods himself.

IEA: protect consumers from energy price hikes
Germany

IEA: protect consumers from energy price hikes

The International Energy Agency said Friday that Germany must shield its consumers from paying too much of the cost of its ambitious switch from nuclear power and fossil fuels toward renewable energy.

Nationwide cannabis limit rolls nearer
Germany

Nationwide cannabis limit rolls nearer

Germany could in the future have a country-wide “tolerable limit” for cannabis possession, it was reported on Friday. Currently, this amount differs between states.

Job centre Facebook spying ‘is illegal’
Germany

Job centre Facebook spying ‘is illegal’

Job centres searching for photos of “ill” people at wild parties or statuses by “broke” people boasting about their new cars were warned on Friday it was illegal to use Facebook to spy on people suspected of abusing the benefits system.

‘Germany is indifferent to neo-Nazi violence’
Germany

‘Germany is indifferent to neo-Nazi violence’

It's an intriguing premise: Are Germans ready to elect a Jewish politician chancellor? British journalist David Crossland has written a novel exploring themes of racism and neo-Nazi violence in Germany. The Local has excerpts.

‘There is no doubt about it, Andalusia is different’
Spain

‘There is no doubt about it, Andalusia is different’

This week’s My Spain profile is John Kramer - a globetrotter who settled down in his childhood holiday home of Rincón de la Victoria, near Malaga. John tells The Local what it’s like to raise a family in Andalusia, his work for Spain's fastest growing holiday rental portal and how he managed to complete one of Spain’s most dangerous hikes.

Swedish fashion grads turn to melancholy
Sweden

Swedish fashion grads turn to melancholy

This year's Beckmans fashion graduates unleashed a dramatic clash of collections in Stockholm this week. It may have been dazzlingly hot outside in the sunshine, but on the catwalk things got a little dark.

Call for probe into sale of Printemps to Qataris
France

Call for probe into sale of Printemps to Qataris

The purchase of the famous upmarket French department store Printemps by investors from Qatar needs to be investigated by authorities for possible corruption, money laundering and tax fraud, unions demanded this week.

Exorcist squad hired to fight Satan in Madrid
Spain

Exorcist squad hired to fight Satan in Madrid

The church has selected eight recruits who will undergo special training to combat what has been described as an "unprecedented rise" in cases of "demonic possession".

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Germany

Chapter One of ‘The Jewish Candidate’

It's an intriguing premise: Are Germans ready to elect a Jewish politician chancellor? British journalist David Crossland has written a novel exploring themes of racism and recent neo-Nazi violence in Germany. The Local has excerpts.

Why Switzerland’s Landsgemeinde (open-air assembly) is ‘pure democracy’
Switzerland

Why Switzerland’s Landsgemeinde (open-air assembly) is ‘pure democracy’

In Glarus and Appenzell Innerhoden, voters practice a rare form of democratic engagement called the Landsgemeinde or 'open-air assembly' which dates back 600 years.

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Germany

Prologue to ‘The Jewish Candidate’

It's an intriguing premise: Are Germans ready to elect a Jewish politician chancellor? British journalist David Crossland has written a novel exploring themes of racism and recent neo-Nazi violence in Germany. The Local has excerpts.

Fraternities mull ‘Aryan purity’ test for members
Germany

Fraternities mull ‘Aryan purity’ test for members

Germany's oldest fraternity association could change its membership rules to include only ethnic Germans at their annual meeting this weekend, the country's media reported on Friday.

France scraps plan to limit fat cat salaries
France

France scraps plan to limit fat cat salaries

The proposal was labelled by critics as another example of France's Socialist government attacking the richest. But after a u-turn announced on Friday the plan to limit executive pay in the private sector will not now see the light of day.

University professor faces false CV charges
Switzerland

University professor faces false CV charges

A University of Neuchâtel professor under fire for alleged plagiarism is now facing accusations of falsifying his CV.

Barça shirt on Columbus statue sparks protest
Spain

Barça shirt on Columbus statue sparks protest

Barcelona’s emblematic Christopher Columbus statue has been dressed in a giant replica of Barça's new home jersey, making tempers flare among city rivals Espanyol and local politicians who consider the publicity stunt to be “the last straw”.

‘Herrenberg is a colourful, cultural gem’
Germany

‘Herrenberg is a colourful, cultural gem’

Get The Local flavour of Germany with our series offering an insider's take on their hometown. This week, Marcy Jarvis talks about her adopted town, Herrenberg.

Princess Madeleine ‘not nervous’ about wedding
Sweden

Princess Madeleine ‘not nervous’ about wedding

Sweden's Princess Madeleine is "less nervous than she thought" about her impending walk down the aisle at Stockholm's Storkyrka church to wed US financier Chris O'Neill.

Man held suspected of eating his grandmother
France

Man held suspected of eating his grandmother

It could easily be the script of a grisly horror movie. Police arrested a man in Nice this week, suspected of chopping up his 95-year-old grandmother. According to sources the suspect admitted to having eaten part of the body.

French court seizes Swiss explorer’s sailboat
Switzerland

French court seizes Swiss explorer’s sailboat

The sailboat of Swiss explorer and adventurer Mike Horn was ordered seized by a Marseille court in a southern French port over a dispute involving a naval architect, according to a media report.

Immigrants ‘more skilled’ than many Germans
Germany

Immigrants ‘more skilled’ than many Germans

Nearly half of all immigrants arriving in Germany are more highly skilled than their host country's residents, a study released on Friday revealed.

German consumers keep recession at bay
Germany

German consumers keep recession at bay

Buoyant consumer confidence and increased household spending is keeping Germany, Europe's biggest economy, from recession, despite sagging exports and falling investment, data showed on Friday.

IMF’s Lagarde spends second day in court
France

IMF’s Lagarde spends second day in court

IMF chief Christine Lagarde is spending a second day being questioned by French prosecutors on Friday as part of a probe into a €400 million state payout to disgrace businessman Bernard Tapie. If Lagarde is charged she could be forced to quit the IMF.

‘Tired’ Swedes have less sex than ever: study
Sweden

‘Tired’ Swedes have less sex than ever: study

Swedes are having 24 percent less sex than sixteen years ago, a new survey has revealed, and their libidos appear to have waned too, leaving researchers warning of "desire disorders".

Update: 20 left dead after bombing of French plant
France

Update: 20 left dead after bombing of French plant

At least 20 people were killed and several trainee officers taken hostage when Islamist militants carried out twin bombings on a French-run nuclear plant in Niger. The attack was claimed by the group Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO).

Man held for murder after new body parts find
Sweden

Man held for murder after new body parts find

A man has been arrested on the suspicion of murdering a 20-year-old woman who vanished three weeks ago in northern Sweden, and whose body parts were uncovered on Monday.

Cardinal: Women should stay at home and breed
Germany

Cardinal: Women should stay at home and breed

A leading German Catholic cardinal says the government should encourage women to stay at home and breed - rather than bring immigrants into the country to solve its demographic problems.

Schools burn on fifth night of Stockholm riots
Sweden

Schools burn on fifth night of Stockholm riots

At least two schools, a police station, and 15 cars were set ablaze in Stockholm on Thursday night as riots in the suburbs of the Swedish capital continued for the fifth straight night.