Slain tot’s photo used for Montreux ‘kindergarten’
Switzerland

Slain tot’s photo used for Montreux ‘kindergarten’

Montreux Jazz Festival organizers were put on the defensive on Tuesday for promoting its day-care centre with the photo of a child murdered in France 29 years ago.

Swiss register marked drop in asylum seekers
Switzerland

Swiss register marked drop in asylum seekers

The number of asylum seekers has fallen by almost a third, officials in Bern said on Tuesday in the wake of repeated tightening of immigration rules over recent years.

School expels rape victim for curfew break
France

School expels rape victim for curfew break

A Catholic secondary school in France has caused outrage by expelling a teenage girl who was allegedly raped during a school trip to Berlin. The school said the girl had broken a strict curfew and had been drinking on the night.

Cavani joins PSG in record French transfer
France

Cavani joins PSG in record French transfer

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani joined French champions Paris Saint Germain on Tuesday for a fee of €64 million. The transfer fee is a new record for the French league.

‘In Spain, the guilty party is always someone else’
Spain

‘In Spain, the guilty party is always someone else’

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is strongly placed to survive an embarrassing corruption scandal in a country where top-level political resignations are rare and no ever admits they are guilty, analysts say.

France approves Chinese takeover of Club Med
France

France approves Chinese takeover of Club Med

A Chinese company's takeover of iconic French holiday firm Club Med came one step closer on Tuesday, after the French market authority approved a buyout by Chinese group Fosun and the French investment fund AXA Private Equity.

Tina Turner celebrates wedding in Zurich
Switzerland

Tina Turner celebrates wedding in Zurich

Tina Turner, the US-born superstar famed for hits such as "Private Dancer", has married her longtime German partner and will celebrate the union in a Buddhist ceremony in the canton of Zurich on Sunday.

US kubb fans set sights on Swedish crown
Sweden

US kubb fans set sights on Swedish crown

What started as a small fundraiser with a few wooden blocks in a Wisconsin park grown into the US National Kubb Championships. The Local's Christine Demsteader speaks with the Americans intent on one day beating the Swedes at their own game.

Tour de France stage 16: Froome avoids disaster
France

Tour de France stage 16: Froome avoids disaster

Yellow jersey holder Chris Froome and rival Alberto Contador narrowly avoided disaster from a late crash during a dramatic finale to the 16th stage of the Tour de France won by Portuguese Rui Costa on Tuesday.

Top ten reasons to holiday in Gran Canaria
France

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.

Teen prankster stirs up kidnap havoc
Spain

Teen prankster stirs up kidnap havoc

A teenage girl's prank on her dad almost turned ugly when Spanish police pulled a gun on the unlucky parent.

Cops ‘turn’ Trojan elephant in drug drama
Germany

Cops ‘turn’ Trojan elephant in drug drama

German customs officers who uncovered a Trojan elephant drug smuggling ploy turned the tables on the would-be importers and sent the package to them - only to knock on the door shortly afterwards.

MP’s aide quits over Kazakh expulsion row
Italy

MP’s aide quits over Kazakh expulsion row

The chief of staff of Italy's interior minister resigned on Tuesday amid a probe into the deportation of a Kazakh dissident's family, Italian media reported.

Top ten reasons to holiday in Gran Canaria
Germany

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.

Holidaymakers warned of blow-up death traps
Germany

Holidaymakers warned of blow-up death traps

German safety inspectors warned on Tuesday against cheap but infirm inflatables, flaky flotation devices and toxic toys on sale in European holiday destinations, many of which could prove deadly to infants.

Coffee roaster sells false teeth along with beans
Germany

Coffee roaster sells false teeth along with beans

A German coffee retailer is selling false teeth and crowns alongside its fresh-roasted beans, in a move criticized by dentists as interference in the dentist-patient relationship.

NASA calls off Italian’s spacewalk after glitch
Italy

NASA calls off Italian’s spacewalk after glitch

NASA cut short a spacewalk at the International Space Station on Tuesday after an Italian astronaut discovered water leaking in his helmet, puzzling engineers as to the cause.

Utoya survivors suffer terror attack flashbacks
Norway

Utoya survivors suffer terror attack flashbacks

Four of ten teenagers who survived the terror attack two years ago suffer from anxiety and depression, as well as physical ailments, following the killing spree of Anders Behring Breivik, according to new figures from the National Traumatic Stress Centre.

Police expose cigarette seller’s fruity secret
Italy

Police expose cigarette seller’s fruity secret

Police in the southern Italian city of Bari have arrested a man caught smuggling six tonnes of cigarettes from Greece under a pallet of watermelons.

Algeria’s president heads home from Paris hospital
France

Algeria’s president heads home from Paris hospital

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika headed home from the French capital on Tuesday, an airport source said, after a lengthy stint in a Paris hospital that has sparked major fears about his health.

‘Spain’s jobless rate will rise in 2014’: OECD
Spain

‘Spain’s jobless rate will rise in 2014’: OECD

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warned on Tuesday that Spain's unemployment level won't be coming down in the next 18 months.

Video game killer slays millionaire dad
Spain

Video game killer slays millionaire dad

A 19-year-old Spanish man who ended his wealthy father's life with a spiked bat modelled on a video game weapon has been remanded in custody without bail by a Majorca judge after confessing to the murder.

Tax cheats eligible for damages: Supreme Court
Sweden

Tax cheats eligible for damages: Supreme Court

Serious tax evaders could be released from prison, see their convictions quashed and be eligible to receive damages from the state, according to a judgement by the Swedish Supreme Court on Tuesday.

US authorities to access Swedish fingerprint info
Sweden

US authorities to access Swedish fingerprint info

US government authorities are set to be given access to Sweden's national fingerprint register according to an agreement which is about to become law.

‘I apologized but I won’t resign’ – Calderoli
Italy

‘I apologized but I won’t resign’ – Calderoli

The Northern League MP at the centre of a racist row said Cecile Kyenge, Italy's first black minister, has accepted his apology after he likened her to an 'orangutan'. But he will not resign.

‘Enough insincerity to make anyone furious’
Germany

‘Enough insincerity to make anyone furious’

As Germany explodes with outrage over evidence that Chancellor Angela Merkel's government not only knew about but also benefited from US spying, The Local's media roundup looks at how it could affect September's election.

Barça boss aims to heal Pep Guardiola rift
Spain

Barça boss aims to heal Pep Guardiola rift

Barcelona's president Sandro Rosell moved to calm a row with its ex-coach Pep Guardiola on Tuesday, denying his charge that the club used his successor's cancer illness to criticize him.

Right-wingers tell Pope to stay out of politics
Italy

Right-wingers tell Pope to stay out of politics

The anti-immigration Northern League party has called on the Catholic Church to stop its "religious preaching" on immigration, just days after a plea from Pope Francis for greater tolerance in Italy.

Churchgoers overpower gun-toting cyclist
Spain

Churchgoers overpower gun-toting cyclist

A morning mass in Spain was the subject of an usual visitation on Monday when a pistol-wielding cyclist took over proceedings from the local parish priest.

Berlusconi family priest jailed for sex attack
Italy

Berlusconi family priest jailed for sex attack

Father Gabriel Corsani, a friend of the Berlusconi family, was sentenced to three years in prison on Monday after being convicted of sexual assault.

Fecal donors to stem Swedes’ diarrhoea woes
Sweden

Fecal donors to stem Swedes’ diarrhoea woes

A Swedish hospital has launched a drive to collect donations of human faeces in order to treat patients with chronic cases of diarrhoea, a practice relatively common in the US and elsewhere.

Policeman’s ear ripped off in road-rage attack
Italy

Policeman’s ear ripped off in road-rage attack

An off-duty policeman had his ear bitten off in a brutal attack at a roadside in southern Italy on Monday.

Hotels boycott David Irving’s Berlin plans
Germany

Hotels boycott David Irving’s Berlin plans

Notorious Holocaust-denier David Irving is planning to visit Berlin in September - but may have to sleep on a friend's a couch, and hold his meeting in a living-room, as hotels in the German capital have united to boycott him.

Breivik-linked neo-Nazi held in Paris terror probe

Breivik-linked neo-Nazi held in Paris terror probe

French police arrested a notorious Norwegian neo-Nazi living in central France on Tuesday morning over fears he was plotting a massacre similar to that carried out by terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, according to a report by French radio RTL.

Fears grow as second train derails in France
France

Fears grow as second train derails in France

Concerns grew over the state of France's rail network on Tuesday after part of a freight train derailed in the west of the country. The incident caused no injuries but comes just days after a fatal derailment near Paris.

Norway royals welcome nine labradoodles
Norway

Norway royals welcome nine labradoodles

The family of Crown Prince Haakon has published pictures of its litter of nine labradoodle puppies, after their beloved Milly Kakao gave birth a month ago.

Norwegian houses outpace property hike
Norway

Norwegian houses outpace property hike

Detached houses in Norway have become increasingly popular, outpacing the average property price increase by more than a percentage point.

Top Spanish bankers best paid in EU
Spain

Top Spanish bankers best paid in EU

Spain's millionaire bankers are the best paid in the European Union, according to figures just released.

Pizza maker under fire for ‘sexy’ delivery staff
Switzerland

Pizza maker under fire for ‘sexy’ delivery staff

A pizza company is taking flak in the canton of Vaud for advertising for young and pretty women to deliver its products.

BMW expects drop in European demand
Germany

BMW expects drop in European demand

German top-of-the-range car maker BMW expects demand for new cars in western Europe to shrink by 5.0 percent this year, its chief executive said in a newspaper interview on Tuesday.

Fish farms blamed for wild salmon decline
Norway

Fish farms blamed for wild salmon decline

Wild salmon in Norway is having a tough summer, with stocks down by 60 percent in some parts of the country compared to figures last year. Some fishermen are blaming industrial salmon farmers for the decline.

Senate blocks Hollande’s anti-corruption crusade
France

Senate blocks Hollande’s anti-corruption crusade

French President François Hollande’s crusade against political corruption hit a roadblock early on Tuesday morning after the Senate voted to remove the most crucial article that would have forced ministers to make their assets public.

Norway tells Ryanair to change job contracts
Norway

Norway tells Ryanair to change job contracts

Ryanair must bring its Norway-based employees' working hours into line with Norwegian law by November, or face a fine, the country's air traffic regulator has demanded.

Swedish landlords in for rent slowdown: report
Sweden

Swedish landlords in for rent slowdown: report

Signs of a slowdown in the Swedish property market blossomed this spring with longer waits to lease out premises and relatively small rental increases, according to a new report from the Swedish Property Federation.

Over 128,400 call for ‘orangutan’ MP’s ousting
Italy

Over 128,400 call for ‘orangutan’ MP’s ousting

An online petition calling for the resignation of Roberto Calderoli has so far garnered 128,416 signatures - just two days after the Senate vice president compared the country’s first black minister to an orangutan.

Spanish King makes ‘symbolic’ Morocco visit
Spain

Spanish King makes ‘symbolic’ Morocco visit

Spain's King Juan Carlos arrived in Morocco on Monday for a key three-day state visit which coincides with the traditional Muslim fast of Ramadan, currently being undertaken by many of Spain's more than 700,000 Moroccan residents.

Paris commuters face continued rail chaos
France

Paris commuters face continued rail chaos

Four days after the fatal train crash at Bretigny-sur-Orge rail traffic in and around the Paris region remained severely disrupted on Tuesday, particularly on the RER C commuter service. On Tuesday the first train passed through Brétigny, since the accident.

UK coke king busted in Benidorm
Spain

UK coke king busted in Benidorm

Spanish police said on Monday they had arrested a notorious British drug dealer, Brian Charrington, whom they accused of running an international trafficking racket involving cocaine from Venezuela.

Italy’s motorway petrol operators set to strike
Italy

Italy’s motorway petrol operators set to strike

Italy's motorway petrol stations will close late on Tuesday until early Friday morning as gas pump operators strike over price hikes.

German bankers second best-paid in Europe
Germany

German bankers second best-paid in Europe

German bankers are the second-best paid in Europe, with 170 earning more than €1 million a year. The largest number of millionaire bankers are in the UK, but the best paid are those in charge of the crisis-hit Spanish banks.

Theft of Luther texts leaves police baffled
Germany

Theft of Luther texts leaves police baffled

Police have been left baffled by the theft of three historical pamphlets written by radical Reformation monk Martin Luther from a small museum in central Germany over the weekend.

SKF stock climbs on profits surprise
Sweden

SKF stock climbs on profits surprise

Sweden's SKF, the world's biggest maker of industrial bearings, has reported a second quarter profit ahead of analyst forecasts, with stock markets responding positively to the news on Tuesday morning.

Telecom chief warns in Geneva of ‘cyberwar’
Switzerland

Telecom chief warns in Geneva of ‘cyberwar’

The international community must wake up to the reality of cyberwar and strive to find ways to stem it, the head of the UN's Geneva-based telecommunications agency said on Monday.

Spain apologizes to Bolivia in Snowden saga
Spain

Spain apologizes to Bolivia in Snowden saga

Spain on Monday voiced regret at its diplomatic row with Bolivia, sparked when President Evo Morales' plane was blocked from Spanish airspace over suspicions US fugitive and intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was on the jet.

Royal bash guests asked to help pay for music
Norway

Royal bash guests asked to help pay for music

Ahead of their joint 40th birthday bash, Norway's Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit have reportedly asked their high-profile guests to contribute to cover the costs of musical entertainment.

Toddler car death father avoids jail sentence
Sweden

Toddler car death father avoids jail sentence

The father of a two-year old boy who was found dead in a car in southern Sweden, after being left alone for eight hours, has been handed a suspended sentence for manslaughter, avoiding both a fine and imprisonment.

Police warn of rogue cops swindling elderly
Sweden

Police warn of rogue cops swindling elderly

Fraudsters who impersonate police officers are using increasingly sophisticated techniques in Sweden to rob the elderly in their homes, with reports of such incidents on the rise.

Concern grows over Italy cruise ship salvage
Italy

Concern grows over Italy cruise ship salvage

As the trial against the captain of Italy's Costa Concordia gets under way on Wednesday, the mayor of the island where the ship lies said Monday he was increasingly concerned about its salvage.

VIDEO: Tour de France stage 16 preview
France

VIDEO: Tour de France stage 16 preview

After spending a supposed ‘rest day’ responding to yet more allegations and suspicions of doping, Team Sky rider Chris Froome will be pleased to get back on his bike on Tuesday as he tries to defend his lead on stage 16 of the Tour de France from Vaison-la-Romaine to Gap.

Radioactive traces in Swiss lake ‘pose no risk’
Switzerland

Radioactive traces in Swiss lake ‘pose no risk’

Swiss federal nuclear authorities say radioactive substances in Lake Biel, used as a source of potable water in the canton of Bern, do not pose a health threat.

Opposition gun for Merkel on spying claims
Germany

Opposition gun for Merkel on spying claims

Ten weeks before German elections, Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-left rivals have gone on the attack over reports of sweeping US online surveillance and German cooperation, sparked by fugitive intelligence analyst Edward Snowden.

‘The rural counties can compete with Stockholm’
Sweden

‘The rural counties can compete with Stockholm’

While Stockholm has survived the financial crisis, some counties' economies contracted by up to 15 percent. But less populated regions can compete against the cities with business-friendly politics, cheap land, and high living standards, argues liberal commentator Nima Sanandaji.

Bed sheet thief breaks foot in failed get-away
Sweden

Bed sheet thief breaks foot in failed get-away

A Malmö thief's attempt at a cinematic exit from the fifth-floor apartment window of his octogenarian victim, by using her bed sheets as a rope, led only to a broken foot and the police finding the suspect in the emergency room.

Berlin’s modernist housing estates
Germany

Berlin’s modernist housing estates

As part of our summer tour of Germany's UNESCO World Heritage sites, we take a look around six Berlin modernist housing estates, built between the World Wars.

‘Sweden breaches EU labour law’: union
Sweden

‘Sweden breaches EU labour law’: union

White-collar trade union TCO said on Tuesday it had reported Sweden to the European Commission due to Swedish employers regularly skirting a directive aimed to limit the number of close-ended employment contracts used in succession.