Top ten ways to spend a weekend in Bilbao
Spain

Top ten ways to spend a weekend in Bilbao

In the Local's new series highlighting tourist destinations across Spain, we head to Bilbao and discover there's much more to this city than a certain Guggenheim museum.

Tribute to British woman found dead in Brittany
France

Tribute to British woman found dead in Brittany

The grieving family of Susan White (pictured) whose body was found by a roadside in Brittany paid tribute to her on Friday, saying they can only hope the truth emerges about how she died. Her husband David (also pictured) has been charged with her murder.

Spain targets new ‘simpler’ business rules
Spain

Spain targets new ‘simpler’ business rules

The Spanish government on Friday approved a draft law to harmonize business regulations across the nation's 17 regions to make it easier for companies to operate throughout the country.

Ibiza firemen free tourist trapped in sex toy
Spain

Ibiza firemen free tourist trapped in sex toy

Medics in Ibiza were forced to enlist the help of buzz saw-wielding fire-fighters on Wednesday to free a German tourist from the clutches of a steel sex toy.

Pompeii tackles rogue tour guides
Italy

Pompeii tackles rogue tour guides

New rules to tackle rogue tours guides at Pompeii have been introduced, officials from the UNESCO World Heritage Site announced on Friday.

Summer getaway: Paris braced for gridlock
France

Summer getaway: Paris braced for gridlock

Roads in the Paris region are set to be chock-a-block this weekend, as the summer’s first wave of holiday-makers head for the sun in south of France. Traffic on major routes throughout the country is also set to be heavy.

Tour de France 2013: Sagan wins stage 7
France

Tour de France 2013: Sagan wins stage 7

The Slovakian rider Peter Sagan came home victorious in stage 7 of the Tour de France on Friday in the third consecutive sprint finish while South African Daryl Impey kept tight hold of the yellow jersey.

Italy littered with fat cats and pudgy pooches
Italy

Italy littered with fat cats and pudgy pooches

A diet of leftovers and snacks is fuelling obesity among Italy's pets, a report by YouGov, a UK-based market research firm has found.

Joyride ice cream truck kills Swedish pedestrian
Sweden

Joyride ice cream truck kills Swedish pedestrian

A thief who nabbed an ice cream truck in central Sweden killed a passer-by when the truck rammed into the victim during the ensuing joyride on Friday.

Homeless offer tours of their Berlin
Germany

Homeless offer tours of their Berlin

Where do you sleep if you haven't got a bed? A new kind of walking tour that gives people a snapshot of Berlin through the eyes of homeless people is causing a stir on the streets of the German capital.

Unions threaten summer strikes at Germanwings
Germany

Unions threaten summer strikes at Germanwings

Budget airline Germanwings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa, could be hit by strikes in the next few weeks it was reported on Friday. Summer walkouts would mean a disruption in air travel at one of the busiest times of the year.

Chicken thief faces jail over €5 fowl
Spain

Chicken thief faces jail over €5 fowl

A former pizza delivery boy is facing 12 months cooped up in prison after a Madrid court found him guilty of trespassing on private property and trying to steal a hen valued at €5 ($6.40).

‘It’s easy to make friends with Florentines’
Italy

‘It’s easy to make friends with Florentines’

In January, Trinity Mitchell moved from the UK to Florence to design scarves for Ferragamo. She talks to The Local about working in the Italian fashion industry, making friends with Florentines and missing cups of tea.

Promo video too raunchy for French officials
France

Promo video too raunchy for French officials

(VIDEO) It's normally the French who accuse the Anglos of being too prudish when it comes to naked flesh, but a new summer promotional video has proved too raunchy for officials and tourist chiefs in one region of France. Watch the video below and judge for yourself.

Swedish flag attack on ‘racist cake’ artist
Sweden

Swedish flag attack on ‘racist cake’ artist

Swedish artist Makode Linde, who gained notoriety for a "racist cake" exhibit and who is known for poking fun at white stereotypes of black people, was hit over the head with a Swedish flag by an enraged gallery visitor on Thursday.

School aide banned after boy chokes to death
France

School aide banned after boy chokes to death

A court in Brittany has handed a nursery assistant a suspended six-month prison sentence after a toddler ,aged two years and nine months, who was in her care choked to death on a sweet. The sweets were labelled for children over-3 only.

Homeless man who ate with Churchill dies
Italy

Homeless man who ate with Churchill dies

Arturo Nicolodi, a homeless man in Trentino who once dined with former British prime minister Winston Churchill has died aged 97.

French consul in Libya survives gun attack
France

French consul in Libya survives gun attack

Gunmen in Benghazi, Libya fired at the vehicle of France's honorary consul in the city, Jean Dufriche, on Thursday night, as he was returning home with his wife. Neither were injured, although ten bullets are reported to have hit the car.

Court: landlady right to evict stinky smoker
Germany

Court: landlady right to evict stinky smoker

A landlady who kicked a pensioner out of his home of 40 years due to his excessive smoking habit was well within her rights, a judge has confirmed. The man had failed to respond to repeated complaints.

Löfven in Sweden Democrat battle with PM
Sweden

Löfven in Sweden Democrat battle with PM

The prime minister and the leader of the opposition have taken turns calling each other "embarrassing" in a medial feud about who has taken on the Sweden Democrats most fervently.

Almedalen Dispatch: Sit with Dawit lands PR prize
Sweden

Almedalen Dispatch: Sit with Dawit lands PR prize

In the final Almedalen Dispatch of 2013, Peter Vinthagen Simpson reports on two high-profile campaigns which respectively encourage you to check your scrotum and provide the privacy of a jail cell for reflection on freedom of expression.

Teen kills himself after slot machine gamble
Italy

Teen kills himself after slot machine gamble

A 19-year-old boy from the island of Ischia in the Gulf of Naples took his own life on Thursday after spending all his family's money on a slot machine, regional daily Il Mattino reported.

Swedish Utoya survivor revisits summer camp
Sweden

Swedish Utoya survivor revisits summer camp

A Swedish survivor of the Norway terror attack two years ago heads back to Labour Party summer camp for young members, and tells The Local why it is important "to regain normality" after the murder of 69 people on Utoya Island in 2011.

Drug smugglers jailed for ‘record’ Swedish haul
Sweden

Drug smugglers jailed for ‘record’ Swedish haul

A man was sentenced on Friday to ten years in prison after he was found to be the ringleader in a record drug bust in southern Sweden, with three of his accomplices also jailed.

Sainthood for Pope John Paul II
Italy

Sainthood for Pope John Paul II

The Vatican has announced the canonization of Pope John Paul II, the first Polish pontiff.

Airline forced to pay up in damaged bag case
Spain

Airline forced to pay up in damaged bag case

A Spanish judge has ruled that the airline Vueling has to pay compensation to a passenger whose luggage was damaged by the carrier.

Snowden’s top ten list about Switzerland
Switzerland

Snowden’s top ten list about Switzerland

Edward Snowden, the American fugitive accused by US authorities of violating espionage laws, has sought asylum in Switzerland, among other countries, but his chances of being admitted are slim. And what he has reportedly said about the Alpine country may not exactly boost his chances.

The man who tried to kill the French president
France

The man who tried to kill the French president

Since gaining instant infamy in 2002 for trying to kill then French President Jacques Chirac, Maxime Brunerie claimed to have abandoned his neo-nazi past to become a devoted boyfriend. This week, doubt was cast over his redemption story.

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Sweden

Tetra Pak probed by China for ‘market abuse’

China is investigating global packaging giant Tetra Pak for "abusing" its dominant market role, an official said Friday, the latest in a series of probes aimed at foreign companies.

Spain sizzles as heat wave sets in
Spain

Spain sizzles as heat wave sets in

Spain's meteorological agency has issued an alert in the face of the heat wave currently affecting a large swathe of the country, saying it could last up to 10 days in some areas.

Utoya survivor: Important to ‘regain normality’
Norway

Utoya survivor: Important to ‘regain normality’

Utoya guest lecturer and terror-attack survivor Ali Esbati tells The Local why it's important that the Labour Party's youth wing summer camp is up and running again, and explains the organization's plans to return to the island where 69 members lost their lives.

Lights out for solar cell makers Conergy
Germany

Lights out for solar cell makers Conergy

German solar panel manufacturer Conergy said it will file for insolvency on Friday, the latest victim of ferocious competition from Asia in the industry.

PM speaks at party’s first post-terror youth camp
Norway

PM speaks at party’s first post-terror youth camp

PICTURES - The Norwegian prime minister has addressed Labour Party youth at their first summer camp since the terror attacks by Anders Behring Breivik two years ago, in which 69 young party members were murdered.

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Spain

Spanish industry hits 21 months of falling output

Spanish factories slowed output again in May, official data showed Friday, as demand collapsed in a long recession that has pushed unemployment above 27 percent.

Summer sunshine heads to Germany
Germany

Summer sunshine heads to Germany

After a mixed week, some serious sun is heading towards Germany, the national weather service DWD said on Friday. Bringing the heat is a high pressure system that by Saturday should banish chilly Atlantic lows - for a few days at least.

‘They told us Snowden was in the plane’: Spain
Spain

‘They told us Snowden was in the plane’: Spain

Spain on Friday tried to defuse a diplomatic row ignited when Bolivian President Evo Morales's plane was diverted because of suspicions that fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was aboard.

‘No progress’ in Norway- Congo prisoner transfer
Norway

‘No progress’ in Norway- Congo prisoner transfer

Norway's Foreign Ministry has admitted little progress since a request made last year to transfer Norwegian manslaughter convicts Joshua French and Tjostolv Moland back home from the DRC, despite recently addressing the issue with the Congolese president.

Cash-strapped Italians cut back on spending
Italy

Cash-strapped Italians cut back on spending

Consumer spending fell 2.8 percent in 2012, the biggest drop since 1997, when statistics agency Istat started its current measuring system.

Boozy boatmen in Venice face alcohol tests
Italy

Boozy boatmen in Venice face alcohol tests

Gondoliers in Venice may be subjected to alcohol tests, following reports of rowdy behaviour on the city’s famous canals.

Ice cream strike leaves employers sweating
Spain

Ice cream strike leaves employers sweating

Workers at Spain's ice cream factories are downing tools on Friday as negotiations heat up with the industry's employer body.

Amnesty appeals for Snowden Norway asylum
Norway

Amnesty appeals for Snowden Norway asylum

Human rights organization Amnesty has joined the political fray over US whistle-blower Edward Snowden, asking the government to consider opening his asylum case despite papers being filed from abroad. The Justice Minister this week dismissed a similar appeal from the Norwegian PEN society.

Montreux Jazz Festival launches 47th edition
Switzerland

Montreux Jazz Festival launches 47th edition

Canadian troubador Leonard Cohen kicked off the 47th annual Montreux Jazz Festival on Thursday night with a sold-out concert at the Auditorium Stravinski.

Sarkozy appeals for funds to save UMP party
France

Sarkozy appeals for funds to save UMP party

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy issued a public appeal on Facebook for donations to his centre-right UMP party, whose future he said was "in peril" following the loss of a €10 million ($12.9 million) deposit for breaching spending limits during last year's election campaign.

Agency gets last LOL over OMG WTF reg plate
Sweden

Agency gets last LOL over OMG WTF reg plate

A Swedish motorist who hoped to have registration plates reading "OMG WTF" has had his request denied by the Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen), as the plates were deemed to be "too offensive".

Holidaying Norwegians risk home-turf poisoning
Norway

Holidaying Norwegians risk home-turf poisoning

Norwegians having long dreamed of their summer holiday may not know they are putting their lives at danger, if statistics from the Poison Information Bureau are anything to go by. From snake bites to children accidentally drinking barbecue lighter fluid.

Zara king Ortega falls foul of tax office
Spain

Zara king Ortega falls foul of tax office

Spanish clothing billionaire Amancio Ortega has found himself on the wrong side of the country´s tax office and will now have to cough up almost €33 million (42.5 million) in unpaid taxes.

Pupil accused of bullying teacher on Facebook
Norway

Pupil accused of bullying teacher on Facebook

A school in Stavanger, eastern Norway, has decided to report a pupil to the police for harassing a teacher on Facebook.

Germany and Spain sign corporate credit deal
Germany

Germany and Spain sign corporate credit deal

Germany and Spain signed an agreement on Thursday to boost access to affordable credit for small and medium enterprises in the recession-hit southern European country.

Letta and Pope Francis discuss job creation
Italy

Letta and Pope Francis discuss job creation

Measures to boost jobs for young people in Italy formed part of the discussions on Thursday between Prime Minister Enrico Letta and Pope Francis.

Dogs eat owner’s body: ‘A third of him was gone’
Sweden

Dogs eat owner’s body: ‘A third of him was gone’

A 43-year-old man was found dead at his home in western Sweden, where his body had been partially eaten by his two pet Caucasian Shepherd Dogs.

Concordia captain: coward or scapegoat?
Italy

Concordia captain: coward or scapegoat?

With his slick hair and macho man image, the captain of the Costa Concordia has been portrayed as a villain who crashed and then abandoned his cruise ship in a tragedy that claimed 32 lives.

German broadcaster can’t air Wimbledon final
Germany

German broadcaster can’t air Wimbledon final

Germany may have one of its own in the Wimbledon women's final, but fans who do not pay for Sky Sports will not be watching the match. The country's state broadcaster ARD has been denied the right to air it.

Oslo police ‘grumpy’ over royal birthday bash
Norway

Oslo police ‘grumpy’ over royal birthday bash

Norway's crown prince and his wife Mette-Marit are both set to celebrate their 40th birthdays, but a disagreement is brewing with the police about how much the security detail should cost for the high-profile summer bash.

Child crushed to death after fall from SUV
Switzerland

Child crushed to death after fall from SUV

A four-year-old boy died in the canton of Aargau on Thursday after falling out of a Landrover sport utility vehicle (SUV) and being crushed by a car following behind.

Concordia trial could involve 250 plaintiffs
Italy

Concordia trial could involve 250 plaintiffs

Francesco Schettino, captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise ship will go on trial in Italy on Tuesday, facing manslaughter charges over the liner's tragic sinking which cost 32 lives.

‘Black panthers’ spotted on the French Riviera
France

‘Black panthers’ spotted on the French Riviera

Police on the French Riviera are hunting one or even two black panthers after several reported sightings of the wild cat in recent days. The alert comes as authorities in the south of France are still trying to track down a fugitive brown bear.

Germany opens credit pipeline to Spanish firms
Spain

Germany opens credit pipeline to Spanish firms

Germany and Spain signed an agreement on Thursday to boost access to affordable credit for small and medium enterprises in the recession-hit southern European country.

VIDEO: Tour de France Stage 7 preview
France

VIDEO: Tour de France Stage 7 preview

As the first week of the Tour de France comes to a close, riders will have to contend with four 'categorised' climbs on Friday's Stage 7 from Montpellier to Albi as the peloton heads towards the Pyrenées.

Brühl’s royal Rococo masterpieces
Germany

Brühl’s royal Rococo masterpieces

As part of our tour of Germany's UNESCO World Heritage sites, we take a stroll around Brühl to scope out the Augustusburg Palace and Falkenburg hunting lodge.

Swiss bank denies it has ‘big name’ French clients
France

Swiss bank denies it has ‘big name’ French clients

Swiss bank Reyl et Cie, embroiled in a high profile tax evasion scandal in France, has denied having any current or former French politicians as clients, after an ex-employee from the bank earlier said he had given 15 "big bames" to tax fraud investigators.

Algal blooms appear in southern Baltic Sea
Sweden

Algal blooms appear in southern Baltic Sea

The first signs of this year's cyanobacteria - also known as blue-green algae - blooms are now visible in southern and central areas of the Baltic Sea, according a report from Sweden's weather agency, SMHI.

Law professor calls for ban on parents drinking
Sweden

Law professor calls for ban on parents drinking

A professor in law at Stockholm University has called for legislation prohibiting parents from drinking alcohol in the company of their children.

Man steals taxi and crashes into restaurant
Sweden

Man steals taxi and crashes into restaurant

Following an argument on a central Stockholm street a man stole a taxi and embarked on a crazed joy-ride before crashing into a restaurant on Friday morning.

Swiss bank denies French pols are clients
Switzerland

Swiss bank denies French pols are clients

Geneva-based bank Reyl et Company, under investigation in France for assisting in tax fraud, on Thursday denied media allegations of an organized laundering operation, and insisted it counted no former or current French politicians among its clients.

Consumer group: ban all ‘energy shots’
Germany

Consumer group: ban all ‘energy shots’

German consumer organization Foodwatch has called for a general ban on shot-sized cans of energy drinks, which have a high concentration of active ingredients like caffeine and taurin.

German trust in US plunges amid spy claims
Germany

German trust in US plunges amid spy claims

The trust Germans have in the United States has plunged amid the spying and surveillance claims made by fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, a poll has revealed.

Top ten reasons to holiday in Gran Canaria
Sweden

Top ten reasons to holiday in Gran Canaria

It’s this time of year when holiday fever hits the high temperatures but consider a place where you can vacation all year around. Activity-packed, with a backdrop of devastating beauty, there’s even more reasons to book a holiday to Gran Canaria and discover it’s capital Las Palmas.