French put Swiss on foreign aid blacklist
Switzerland

French put Swiss on foreign aid blacklist

Switzerland is on a blacklist of 17 countries judged by France to be uncooperative in investigating foreign aid fraud.

Mourners bid farewell to murdered Vaud woman
Switzerland

Mourners bid farewell to murdered Vaud woman

A protestant church at Villars in the canton of Vaud was overflowing with mourners on Monday for the funeral of Marie, the 19-year-old woman killed earlier this month by a convicted murderer.

‘If you’re going to open a café, personalize it!’
Spain

‘If you’re going to open a café, personalize it!’

This week in My Spanish Career we talk to Ryan Day, an American writer-turned-café-owner about how to avoid a bureaucratic nightmare when setting up shop in Spain and what to do to make your food joint stand out from the rest.

‘ETA could rearm if peace talks collapse’
Spain

‘ETA could rearm if peace talks collapse’

International experts including former Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern on Wednesday called on the Basque separatist group ETA to disarm and dismantle its military apparatus.

Medication ‘kills 18,000 each year’ in France
France

Medication ‘kills 18,000 each year’ in France

Medication causes more deaths per year in France than road accidents and suicides combined, according to expert testimony on Monday at the high-profile trial of a leading drug company boss, implicated in the deaths of hundreds of people.

Tax probe forces ex-Saab CEO from Vattenfall
Sweden

Tax probe forces ex-Saab CEO from Vattenfall

Jan Åke Jonsson, the former head of Saab Automobile who was arrested last week on suspicion of tax crimes, has been asked to leave from his on the board of state-owned power company Vattenfall.

Accidental corpse thieves get jail time
Germany

Accidental corpse thieves get jail time

A court in Poland on Monday sentenced three men to up to four years in jail after they stole a van from outside of Berlin. What they didn't know, was that the vehicle contained 12 corpses on their way for cremation.

Vomit video warns Spain’s binge drinkers
Spain

Vomit video warns Spain’s binge drinkers

A shocking new Spanish commercial features a young man vomiting up the body of his girlfriend as a way to highlight the dangers of alcohol abuse.

Swedish teens ‘more depressed than ever’
Sweden

Swedish teens ‘more depressed than ever’

More young Swedes are depressed than ever before, a new mental health report has shown, with socio-economic factors upping the chance of dangerous risk-taking and suicide.

Swedish governor shows cheap wine fit for a king
Sweden

Swedish governor shows cheap wine fit for a king

A county governor in southern Sweden has raised eyebrows for serving cheap wine to King Carl XVI Gustaf and his wife Queen Silvia at a recent banquet.

DZ Bank stops foodstuffs speculation
Germany

DZ Bank stops foodstuffs speculation

Germany's DZ Bank said on Monday that it would be stopping its business betting on commodity prices, one of the financial world's hotly contested activities, which has been blamed for pushing up staple food prices.

France to crack down on school exam cheats
France

France to crack down on school exam cheats

One month before thousands of pupils across France sit their all-important baccalaureate exams, France’s Ministry of Education has set out a raft of measures aimed at thwarting the cheaters among them.

Stasi victims share memories on stage
Germany

Stasi victims share memories on stage

Former victims of East Germany's spying apparatus and a state informant recount their dark memories in a play that, more than two decades after the collapse of the communist regime, aims to exorcise the ghosts of the feared Stasi secret police. AFP's Eloi Rouyer reports.

Remand for missing woman murder suspect
Sweden

Remand for missing woman murder suspect

A 22-year-old has been remanded in custody in northern Sweden on suspicion of killing a 20-year-old woman who vanished three weeks ago and whose remains were discovered last week.

Spain braces for ‘coldest summer in 200 years’
Spain

Spain braces for ‘coldest summer in 200 years’

French weather channel Meteo has forecast that this summer will be the worst on record in Western Europe since 1816 – known by meteorological experts as “the year without summer”.

British royal begins landmark visit to Paris
France

British royal begins landmark visit to Paris

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, begins her first solo official visit abroad on Monday, a two-day sojourn to Paris that will include a trip to a charity of which she is a leading patron, a tour of the Louvre, and a stop at a haute couture workshop.

Insect eating proposal leaves bad aftertaste
Spain

Insect eating proposal leaves bad aftertaste

A recent United Nations study suggested eating insects could help solve the world's hunger problems but not all of Spain's chefs are taking the bait.

Toddler Haddile granted residency in Sweden
Sweden

Toddler Haddile granted residency in Sweden

Two-year-old Haddile, who faced deportation after being abandoned in Sweden and assaulted by her stepfather, has been granted a two-year residency permit, migration authorities said on Monday, in a case that has engaged tens of thousands of Swedes and generated a great deal of media interest.

Beyoncé makes midnight Berlin shopping spree
Germany

Beyoncé makes midnight Berlin shopping spree

Pop diva Beyoncé didn't take a moment to rest after her performance in Berlin on Friday night. Instead, the 31-year-old went shopping in the exclusive Gallerie Lafayette department store, which opened its doors at midnight for the singer.

‘Time is money’ in new Wiesbaden café
Germany

‘Time is money’ in new Wiesbaden café

A newly-opened café in Wiesbaden in western Germany is charging customers for the amount of time they spend there, rather than for what they order. The concept comes from Russia, where it is has proven to be a success.

Facebook blamed for Bern techno parade clash
Switzerland

Facebook blamed for Bern techno parade clash

A Bern city councillor blamed Facebook for feeding the trouble that led to 61 arrests and left 21 police officers injured when a dance parade involving 10,000 people turned violent in the Swiss capital on the weekend.

No jail time for Sweden’s sex buyers: report
Sweden

No jail time for Sweden’s sex buyers: report

Despite Sweden's much-debated and soon 15-year-old law that bans buying sex, rather than selling it, the statute has not resulted in any convicted sex buyers spending time behind bars.

Police arrest three in murder of Dutch couple
Spain

Police arrest three in murder of Dutch couple

Spanish police have said that Dutch international volleyball player Ingrid Visser and her partner Lodewijk Severein were "victims of a violent death".

French reporters witness chemical arms in Syria
France

French reporters witness chemical arms in Syria

French newspaper Le Monde reported Monday that the Syrian army is using chemical weapons against rebel forces in the outskirts of Damascus, quoting two of its journalists who were in the area in April and May.

Chinese firm bids for Club Med holiday group
France

Chinese firm bids for Club Med holiday group

Chinese firm Fosun announced on Monday its intention to make a joint "friendly" bid for the iconic French holiday group Club Med, which was founded back in 1954.

Integration, anger, and the Stockholm riots
Sweden

Integration, anger, and the Stockholm riots

As the unrest in Stockholm's suburbs begins to wane, liberal commentator Nima Sanandaji argues that failed integration policies aren't the only explanation for why the Swedish capital has been plagued by violence in recent days.

Spanish climber dies on world’s 7th highest peak
Spain

Spanish climber dies on world’s 7th highest peak

Catalan climber Juanjo Garra died on Sunday close to the summit of the world’s seventh highest peak after an ankle fracture he sustained three days earlier left him to fight sub-zero temperatures with only the company of his Sherpa.

Suspect ‘prayed’ before knifing French soldier
France

Suspect ‘prayed’ before knifing French soldier

Fears increased on Monday that the stabbing of a French soldier in Paris was an attempted copycat attack, inspired by the murder of a British soldier in London. The latest reports claim the suspect was seen 'praying' before the knife attack.

Germany doubles small arms exports
Germany

Germany doubles small arms exports

Germany exported more small arms in 2012 than in the past 15 years, it emerged on Monday when the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that nearly €80 million worth of weapons were sold abroad last year.

Official gave his mother Swedish residency
Sweden

Official gave his mother Swedish residency

A Migration Board employee in Malmö is suspected of making sure his mother was allowed to stay in Sweden, in contradiction to migration laws and adding to a scandal that has rocked the agency with several employees under investigation.

Voters to decide on Swiss motorway fee hike
Switzerland

Voters to decide on Swiss motorway fee hike

Swiss citizens will finally decide in a national vote whether a major increase in the annual motorway fee for vehicles will proceed as planned in 2015.

Prisoners peloton to ride Tour de France stage
France

Prisoners peloton to ride Tour de France stage

It promises to be the most closely guarded peloton ever to ride the Tour de France route. A group of convicts from the Mediterranean island of Corsica are to be allowed out of prison to ride a stage in the Tour de France next month.

Spanish gymnastics coach denies sex abuse
Spain

Spanish gymnastics coach denies sex abuse

The former head coach of the Spanish female gymnastics team Jesus Carballo has strongly denied claims that he sexually abused one of the gymnasts under his supervision over 30 years ago.

‘Neymar didn’t join Barca for money’: Vilanova
Spain

‘Neymar didn’t join Barca for money’: Vilanova

Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has expressed his delight at the club's €50 million capture of Brazilian international Neymar.

Hundreds arrested at Paris gay marriage rally
France

Hundreds arrested at Paris gay marriage rally

Journalists were attacked, and 350 arrests made in Paris as peaceful protests against gay marriage in Paris on Sunday turned violent. Authorities blamed the trouble on a hardcore group of far-right militants.

Lesbian love story wins Cannes Palme d’Or
France

Lesbian love story wins Cannes Palme d’Or

A sexually graphic lesbian love story, "Blue is the Warmest Colour" by French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche, clinched the top prize Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival in a pivotal year for gay rights.

Zlatan’s future unclear if Paris coach departs
Sweden

Zlatan’s future unclear if Paris coach departs

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said on Sunday that he doesn't know if he will stay with the French Ligue 1 champions next season if coach Carlo Ancelotti leaves at the end of the current campaign.

Wireless electric bus inaugurated in Geneva
Switzerland

Wireless electric bus inaugurated in Geneva

Passengers can ride Geneva’s new wireless electric bus for free from Monday until Wednesday on a demonstration route that launched on the weekend at the Palexpo exhibition centre.

Football fans spark chaos in Stockholm final
Sweden

Football fans spark chaos in Stockholm final

Swedish football fans stormed the pitch on Sunday night after IFK Gothenburg beat Djurgården in the Swedish Cup final, in a violent victory march that saw at least one flare hurled into the crowd and that required police intervention.

‘Young cancer sufferers have specific problems’
Germany

‘Young cancer sufferers have specific problems’

For lots of young adults with cancer, the pain of falling ill can go far beyond the physical. Survivor Friederike Kaup explains why she wants to set up a shared flat as an alternative for those battling the disease.

Tank crushes German soldier during training
Germany

Tank crushes German soldier during training

A German soldier training for his imminent deployment to Afghanistan was killed over the weekend during training manoeuvres after he was crushed by an amoured vehicle.

Stockholm riots calm down by seventh night
Sweden

Stockholm riots calm down by seventh night

Rain and increased police vigilance on Sunday evening are likely factors in why Stockholm only saw scattered incidents of unrest during the night, with police stating that the rioting appears to have calmed down.

Merkel pledges to avert EU-China trade war
Germany

Merkel pledges to avert EU-China trade war

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged late Sunday to take steps to avoid a brewing trade war between China and the EU during a first visit by China's new premier to Germany, with both leaders calling for dialogue.

‘Speaking German gives you an edge’
Germany

‘Speaking German gives you an edge’

In the latest instalment of My German Career, The Local spoke with Muhammad Waqas, who after working various student jobs to finance his education recently started his first full-time job as an analyst with power company E.ON.