Border guards seize pythons at French border
Switzerland

Border guards seize pythons at French border

Swiss border guards in the canton of Jura got an unexpected surprise recently when they discovered four royal pythons in the boot of a car.

Italians drop the drugs as crisis rages
Italy

Italians drop the drugs as crisis rages

Fewer Italians are using drugs now than they did in 2011, according to a new report. Cocaine is one of the drugs that Italians have started to shun.

‘Foreigners can’t always get Spanish health care’
Spain

‘Foreigners can’t always get Spanish health care’

A recent spate of stories about foreigners being refused medical treatment in Spain has drawn attention to the ways in which Spain's health-care system is being squeezed by austerity measures.

Julius Bär clients targeted in US tax probe
Switzerland

Julius Bär clients targeted in US tax probe

American clients of private bank Julius Bär were told recently that they are the focus of a US tax evasion probe, a Zurich-based daily reported on Tuesday.

PSG raid Premier League for first summer signing
France

PSG raid Premier League for first summer signing

Ligue 1 rivals Monaco have splashed out on €70-million signings Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez from Porto, but newly-crowned French champions Paris Saint-Germain did some shopping of their own on Tuesday. Fans, however, might be slightly underwhelmed by their new recruit.

‘Funny’ rock fights to be eighth Canary Island
Spain

‘Funny’ rock fights to be eighth Canary Island

Residents of the diminutive island of La Graciosa, or the "Funny One", are campaigning to be recognized as the eighth island of the Canarian Archipelago.

Stockholm cop probed over pre-riot killing
Sweden

Stockholm cop probed over pre-riot killing

The Stockholm police officer who fatally shot a 69-year-old man in Husby, an incident cited as the spark that ignited last week's widespread unrest in Stockholm, is suspected of manslaughter and has been assigned a public defence lawyer.

Spanish royals register ‘Queen Letizia’ brand
Spain

Spanish royals register ‘Queen Letizia’ brand

Spain's Royal Family have already trademarked the 'Queen Letizia' brand to make sure its use remains firmly in the hands of the country's future Queen.

Drunk attempts bank heist in underpants mask
France

Drunk attempts bank heist in underpants mask

A drunk Frenchman has been handed a jail term after attempting to hold up his local bank, armed with a pocket knife and wearing his underpants on his head, it emerged on Tuesday.

Sicily’s ten most notorious godfathers
Italy

Sicily’s ten most notorious godfathers

Toto Riina is among the former mafia bosses on trial in Sicily for alleged negotiations with government officials following a spate of bomb attacks and assassinations in the 1990s.

Many ready-to-eat salads ‘riddled with fungi’
Germany

Many ready-to-eat salads ‘riddled with fungi’

Ready-to-eat salads should be eaten in moderation and avoided by pregnant women, children and the elderly, a consumer organisation warned on Tuesday after tests revealed unacceptable levels of yeast and mould.

Shock at low turnout in Italy’s local elections
Italy

Shock at low turnout in Italy’s local elections

Italy's main political parties braced for results from local elections on Monday where turnout has been far lower than in previous years, as Rome's mayoral race appeared headed for a second round.

High-profile mafia trial opens in Sicily
Italy

High-profile mafia trial opens in Sicily

A high-profile trial opened in Sicily on Monday on alleged negotiations between government officials and mafia godfathers following a series of bomb attacks and assassinations in the 1990s.

French victim of new SARS-like virus dies
France

French victim of new SARS-like virus dies

France's Ministry of Health confirmed on Tuesday that a 65-year-old hospital patient, the country's first victim of the new deadly SARS-like virus has died.

Berlin and Paris confront Europe’s youth job crisis
Germany

Berlin and Paris confront Europe’s youth job crisis

France and Germany joined hands on Tuesday to confront a jobs crisis blighting the lives of millions of young people in the eurozone, saying that the key to work lies with small businesses.

‘Don’t rule out a hot French summer just yet’
France

‘Don’t rule out a hot French summer just yet’

Forget about any 75 percent tax rate, the on-going cold and wet weather is enough to push people living in France to seek exile abroad. Is France really heading for the coldest summer in 200 years, as some in the know have suggested? We speak to a forecaster to find out.

Top Spanish inventor scores ‘tech Oscar’
Spain

Top Spanish inventor scores ‘tech Oscar’

Spanish engineer José Luis López Gómez has been named one of Europe's top inventors by the European Patents Office.

MPs feast on bargain prices at Parliament café
Spain

MPs feast on bargain prices at Parliament café

Spain’s Parliament has one of the cheapest menus available in the capital, with the politicians and their hangers on paying a bargain €9 for a three-course meal and only €3.45 for a gin and tonic.

Swedes to get more name-changing freedoms
Sweden

Swedes to get more name-changing freedoms

Sweden may give its citizens greater leeway in changing their surname, but will still protect rare names including aristocratic families, if the government decides to push for a new proposal presented on Tuesday.

Crisis-hit Italians swap cars for bikes
Italy

Crisis-hit Italians swap cars for bikes

Bikes are outselling cars in cash-strapped Italy but while cyclists in Milan say their city is ready for a two-wheel lifestyle, there are daily nuisances for riders on Rome's trafficked streets.

Bankruptcy stops music for Peace & Love festival
Sweden

Bankruptcy stops music for Peace & Love festival

Organizers of Sweden's popular Peace & Love music festival declared bankruptcy on Tuesday, announcing the 2013 festival in Borlänge had been cancelled, much to the disappointment of fans of headliners Depeche Mode and First Aid Kit.

Rösler: Germany needs top qualified immigrants
Germany

Rösler: Germany needs top qualified immigrants

Ahead of government summit on integration of foreigners, German Economy Minister Philipp Rösler on Tuesday said the country desperately needed more skilled workers to to stave off a shortage in vital sectors of Europe's largest economy.

Germany’s Bild tabloid launches online paywall
Germany

Germany’s Bild tabloid launches online paywall

Germany's sensationalist Bild daily, the biggest-selling European newspaper, plans to make readers pay for part of its online content from early next month, it said in its Tuesday edition.

Spain fears brain drain as graduates eye exit
Spain

Spain fears brain drain as graduates eye exit

Despite having a bachelor's degree, five years of professional experience and speaking three languages, Paloma Fernandez can't find work in Spain.

Italy paid refugees €500 to leave for Germany
Germany

Italy paid refugees €500 to leave for Germany

Some 300 African refugees currently living behind Hamburg's Bismarck monument reportedly received €500 from the Italian government to leave for Germany. Officials are unsure what to do next, as they have no shelter and no money.

Woman outs sexual harassers on Twitter
Germany

Woman outs sexual harassers on Twitter

A woman travelling on a Berlin train on Saturday night took to Twitter to document in real time the behaviour of four men who, she says, were sexually harassing her. The incident has re-sparked a debate about sexism in Germany.

Doctor jailed for selling babies to France
France

Doctor jailed for selling babies to France

A doctor from Algeria was sentenced to 12 years behind bars for his role in kidnapping Algerian children born to single mothers and putting them up for sale in France.

Motorists’ Party seeks vote on 130km/h limit
Switzerland

Motorists’ Party seeks vote on 130km/h limit

The Swiss Motorists’ Party has launched initiatives to raise the maximum speed limit on Swiss motorways to 130 kilometres an hour and to expand the capacity of the country’s highways.

UK tourist flings boiling water at Canary victims
Spain

UK tourist flings boiling water at Canary victims

A British tourist in the Canary Islands went on a 10-day rampage which ended up with him pouring boiling water onto passersby from the balcony of his holiday unit.

Many fashion models ‘too skinny’: H&M head
Sweden

Many fashion models ‘too skinny’: H&M head

The CEO of Swedish clothing giant H&M, Karl-Johan Persson, has admitted that many models in the fashion industry are too thin, adding his company had a "huge responsibility" in its choice of models.

Swedish summer homes a hit with foreigners
Sweden

Swedish summer homes a hit with foreigners

The number of foreigners who own summer houses in Sweden has doubled since 2000, with Danes, Germans and Norwegians taking the lead in purchasing a Swedish smultronställe for their families.

UK press slam PM for Ibiza trip in ‘terror crisis’
Spain

UK press slam PM for Ibiza trip in ‘terror crisis’

British tabloid newspapers have condemned British Prime Minister David Cameron for taking a week-long break with his wife Samantha on the Spanish island of Ibiza only days after the murder of a British soldier by two suspected extremists.

What next for France’s gay marriage opponents?
France

What next for France’s gay marriage opponents?

As two men prepare to become France's first married gay couple and the leaders of the anti-gay marriage 'Manif pour Tous' movement renounce the campaign they themselves spearheaded we look at what's next for France's powerful and ever more radical gay marriage opponents.

Swiss work week remains little changed
Switzerland

Swiss work week remains little changed

Full-time workers in Switzerland worked an average of 41 hours and 23 minutes per week last year, according to new figures based on a survey from the federal statistics office.

German jewel thief escapes Aussie police
Germany

German jewel thief escapes Aussie police

Australian immigration officials confirmed Tuesday that a German jewel thief transiting through Bangkok under escort managed to escape his guards and flee the airport in an embarrassing bungle.

‘I am not anti anybody: I am with the Spaniards’
Spain

‘I am not anti anybody: I am with the Spaniards’

A week after hinting at a possible return to politics, the ex-Prime Minister of Spain José María Aznar has defended his comments by saying that he is "not against anybody".

Sweden green-lights new Iron Maiden beer label
Sweden

Sweden green-lights new Iron Maiden beer label

Sweden's state run liquor store monopoly Systembolaget, which previously refused to launch a new Iron Maiden beer due to concerns over the skull and crossbones motif, has given the go-ahead on a revamped and toned down design.

China allows only ‘Made in France’ champagne
France

China allows only ‘Made in France’ champagne

French champagne-producers will be uncorking an extra bottle of bubbly after China agreed to limit the use of the "champagne" label in its rapidly-expanding market to only sparkling wines made in the French region it gets its name from.

Stockholm ‘back to normal’ as riots subside
Sweden

Stockholm ‘back to normal’ as riots subside

A few cars were set alight in the Stockholm suburbs early on Tuesday morning, but police have said the situation in the Swedish capital has returned to normal following a week of disturbances.

Are start-ups the key to Italy’s future?
Italy

Are start-ups the key to Italy’s future?

You’d need to be a Martian not to be aware of Italy’s rising unemployment – but not all is doom and gloom for young people. In fact, more and more are choosing to start their own businesses. The Local spoke to the organization Italia Startup and an entrepreneur to find out more.

Real Madrid eye Malaga’s rising star Isco
Spain

Real Madrid eye Malaga’s rising star Isco

The 21-year-old has been linked with a host of top clubs around Europe after inspiring Malaga to the Champions League quarter-finals this season, but he is determined to ensure he will play a significant role wherever he ends up.

Booze and cigs ‘harm women more than men’
France

Booze and cigs ‘harm women more than men’

It appears that men and women are not equal when it comes to booze and fags. The results of a French study, released on Tuesday, revealed women who drink and smoke faced a disproportional risk to their health compared to men.

France to analyse Syrian chemical arms samples
France

France to analyse Syrian chemical arms samples

France is to examine samples brought back from Syria by two French journalists as the foreign minister says there are growing suspicions over the use of chemical weapons. The EU has lifted its arms embargo on Syrian rebels, a move supported by Paris.

Fisher snags monster halibut off Norway
Germany

Fisher snags monster halibut off Norway

A German sport fisherman recently made the catch of his life – a monster halibut nearly two-and-a-half metres long weighing 194 kilos.

Hoffenheim beat ‘Lautern to stay in Bundesliga
Germany

Hoffenheim beat ‘Lautern to stay in Bundesliga

1899 Hoffenheim will remain in the Bundesliga next season after their 2-1 win at 1. FC Kaiserslautern in Monday's promotion/relegation play-off, second leg.

Banks must heed long-term risks: Riksbank
Sweden

Banks must heed long-term risks: Riksbank

Sweden's central bank, the Riksbank, on Monday said Swedish banks were weathering the current financial storm well compared to their European colleagues, but still sought a greater focus on capital and liquidity as a bulwark against the long-term impact of financial instability.

Tie-up with Pipavav puts India on Saab’s radar
Sweden

Tie-up with Pipavav puts India on Saab’s radar

Swedish defence contractor Saab is set to invest further in India with its purchase of shares in naval defence company Pipavav, the company announced on Monday.

School ‘forgets’ to teach required course
Sweden

School ‘forgets’ to teach required course

With graduation only days away, students at a high school in Gothenburg are outraged after learning they must complete a required course in religion that the school somehow neglected to teach them.

Bayreuth immigration office ‘unfair’ to students
Germany

Bayreuth immigration office ‘unfair’ to students

A new study has condemned the immigration office in Bayreuth for its treatment of international students, some of whom have been turned off the Bavarian town by their negative experiences. Kate Ferguson reports.