Ten cheap things to do in Paris this summer
France

Ten cheap things to do in Paris this summer

Stuck in the French capital this summer while all your friends head to the coast? Or are you coming to Paris for a weekend and looking to give the usual tourist circuit a miss? Well don't sweat, just check out our list of 10 things to do on a budget in Paris this summer.

Decision on Berlusconi bribery trial postponed
Italy

Decision on Berlusconi bribery trial postponed

An Italian judge in the southern city of Naples on Friday postponed a decision on whether or not to try former premier Silvio Berlusconi for allegedly bribing a senator.

Broken-neck football hero Bert Trautmann dies
Germany

Broken-neck football hero Bert Trautmann dies

If anyone could unite arch-enemies on the football pitch, it was legendary goalkeeper Bert Trautmann, a German who played for Manchester City and helped win the 1956 FA Cup with a broken neck. He died on Friday aged 89.

Tour de France stage 19: Job done for Froome
France

Tour de France stage 19: Job done for Froome

Portugal's Costa grabbed his stage second win of the 100th edition of the Tour de France on Friday after leading a solo charge to the line during the 204 km race. Yellow jersey leader Chris Froome survived the relatively smooth stage with his lead in tact.

Spain’s lesbians and singles face IVF hurdle
Spain

Spain’s lesbians and singles face IVF hurdle

The Spanish Government is looking at barring single women, lesbians and older couples from access to assisted reproduction technologies like IVF in the country's hospitals.

Spanish economy scores huge trade boost
Spain

Spanish economy scores huge trade boost

Spain's trade deficit narrowed sharply in May largely due to booming exports, the government said on Friday, in good news for the recession-struck nation struggling with soaring unemployment.

Trio sentenced in Berlusconi sex case
Italy

Trio sentenced in Berlusconi sex case

A Milan court on Friday found three of Silvio Berlusconi's associates guilty of procuring prostitutes - including the then underage Ruby - for racy parties held at the former Italian premier's villas.

Italy court to rule on deal for Concordia suspects
Italy

Italy court to rule on deal for Concordia suspects

An Italian court is preparing to rule on plea bargains for five suspects in the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster, including the Indonesian helmsman who misunderstood the captain's orders in the moment of the crash.

Calls grow for crack nature police squad
Germany

Calls grow for crack nature police squad

Mysterious murderers are claiming countless victims in Bavaria's forests – and nobody is doing anything about it. Now one group is calling for a new crack police team to catch the culprits.

Maurer takes flak over China tank division visit
Switzerland

Maurer takes flak over China tank division visit

Swiss President Ueli Maurer is facing controversy in Switzerland for becoming the first western leader to visit a tank division in China, where he is on a four-day official visit.

EU prosecutor proposal ‘too risky’: minister
Sweden

EU prosecutor proposal ‘too risky’: minister

The Swedish government has rejected a European Commission proposal to set up a European Public Prosecutor's Office, with Justice Minister Beatrice Ask calling the plan to prevent fraudsters avoiding prosecution by fleeing to another EU country risky.

Killer princesses invade Stockholm streets
Sweden

Killer princesses invade Stockholm streets

Graffiti paintings of Disney’s fairytale princesses brandishing guns and knives have been mysteriously appearing on walls around Stockholm, garnering global attention after photos went viral on Facebook. The man behind them is a Swedish Street Artist known only as “Herr Nilsson”.

Italian cyclist charged with doping
Italy

Italian cyclist charged with doping

Former Tour of Italy winner Damiano Cunego was among 28 people connected to the Lampre team charged with doping-related offences, the Padua prosecutor's office said on Friday.

German beer industry: our glass is half empty
Germany

German beer industry: our glass is half empty

Germany's beer industry sees its glass half empty this year, with terrible sales during the first half of the year creating what have been described as 'landslide losses'.

Kazakhs face charges after ousting from Italy
Italy

Kazakhs face charges after ousting from Italy

Kazakhstan has launched legal proceedings on suspicion of graft in a passport counterfeiting case against a wanted oligarch's wife who was expelled from Italy in May, officials said Friday.

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Switzerland

Swiss-based politician eyes Algerian presidency

Former Algerian finance minister Ali Benouari said he wants to "run for president" in his country's 2014 elections, according to an interview with a Swiss daily on Friday.

Top ten reasons to holiday in Gran Canaria
Norway

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.

Paris beach party to open as heatwave hits France
France

Paris beach party to open as heatwave hits France

There's no need to head down to the French Riviera in search of sun and sand. The annual summer 'Paris Plage' opens on Saturday and with a heatwave set to see temperatures soar into the high thirties, the timing could not be better.

Italy’s recession could be nearing end
Italy

Italy’s recession could be nearing end

Industrial orders in Italy rose for the third month, official data showed on Friday, in a tentative sign that nearly two years of recession could be nearing an end.

Thieves ‘stole from victims of train crash’
France

Thieves ‘stole from victims of train crash’

Callous, opportunistic thieves from Brétigny-sur-Orge, where a train derailed killing six people last Friday, threw stones at police and rescue workers and stole possessions from accident victims, an explosive new police document has alleged.

Norway limits ‘low stock’ salmon fishing
Norway

Norway limits ‘low stock’ salmon fishing

Norwegian environment authorities have placed a partial ban on salmon fishing following reports of fish stocks down by 60 percent in certain areas.

Merkel at press grilling: it’s a free country
Germany

Merkel at press grilling: it’s a free country

Chancellor Angela Merkel said "Germany is not a surveillance state" and insisted she only learnt of sweeping US online snooping through press reports, during a lengthy election-campaign press conference Friday.

Bacteria leaves Malmö awash with bathing bans
Sweden

Bacteria leaves Malmö awash with bathing bans

Beach bums in Malmö have been left out to dry after high levels of bacteria caused the city to impose bathing bans at two of its popular swimming spots.

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Norway

Norwegian schools cut ties with Dubai job-finder

Colleges in Norway with ties to job-finder The One, who employed the woman jailed after reporting a rape in Dubai, are set to cease all cooperation with the company.

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Sweden

Woman’s blood found in missing mum of two case

Swedish police have confirmed that the blood samples found in an apartment and stairwell in a building in Trollhättan in late June belong to a 23-year-old missing mother of two.

First suspected rabies case in 200 years
Norway

First suspected rabies case in 200 years

Norwegian health authorities fear a patient at Oslo University Hospial has died from rabies, the first suspected case of the virus in the country for nearly two centuries.

VIDEO: Normandy cliff plunges onto beach
France

VIDEO: Normandy cliff plunges onto beach

VIDEO: Heading for Normandy this summer? Just be careful where you go for a stroll. Authorities have had to issue warnings after a huge section of cliff collapsed onto the beach. The spectacular sight was captured on video by a witness.

Major swim meet makes waves in Barcelona
Spain

Major swim meet makes waves in Barcelona

Barcelona is gearing up for the world aquatic championships which start on Saturday with teenage US star Missy Franklin hoping to emulate swimming legend Michael Phelps by winning eight golds.

Catholics call time on Virgin Madonna T-shirts
Spain

Catholics call time on Virgin Madonna T-shirts

Spanish clothing company Blasphemia T-Shirts have got themselves into hot water after a religious group sued them for superimposing a picture of the Virgin's face on the body of the queen of pop, Madonna.

Weak European demand hits Electrolux profits
Sweden

Weak European demand hits Electrolux profits

Swedish home appliance maker Electrolux reported a fall in second quarter profits in the second quarter on Friday, citing difficulties in European markets.

Serious summer sales follow poor season
Germany

Serious summer sales follow poor season

Shoppers will be spoiled for bargains over the coming few weeks, with the annual summer sales expected to see half of Germany's retailers slashing prices by up to 70 percent.

Crushing Bavaria poll yells danger for SPD
Germany

Crushing Bavaria poll yells danger for SPD

The main opposition were left reeling on Friday by a poll predicting a crushing defeat in the Bavarian state election, which comes just a week before the national election.

TV-fee body uses tough tactics on foreigners
Sweden

TV-fee body uses tough tactics on foreigners

Allegations of aggressive techniques used by TV-fee collection staff on foreigners in Sweden are on the rise. Meanwhile, the targeting of PC, tablet and smartphone owners to cough up the licence fee cannot continue, argues Moderate Party MP Lars Beckman.

Beachgoer killed by lightning strike in Riviera
France

Beachgoer killed by lightning strike in Riviera

Lightning killed a second person in France in just a week on Thursday when a 47-year-old man died on a beach near Saint Tropez during a thunderstorm on the French Riviera.

Verdict on Berlusconi pals’ sex trial due Friday
Italy

Verdict on Berlusconi pals’ sex trial due Friday

The verdict in a trial against three of Silvio Berlusconi's associates for allegedly procuring prostitutes for the former Italian premier - including the then underage Ruby - is expected later on Friday.

Writer’s €4 million works found in Italy
Italy

Writer’s €4 million works found in Italy

Manuscripts written by the late Italian writer Giovanni Verga, worth €4 million, have been recovered by police in Rome and the northern town of Pavia, Italian media reported on Friday.

Ryanair ad mocks Italian MP over Kazakh case
Italy

Ryanair ad mocks Italian MP over Kazakh case

In an ad on its website, the low-cost airline pokes fun at Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, who is at the centre of a row over the illegal deportation of the wife and daughter of a Kazakh dissident in May.

German mine found by subsea gas pipeline
Norway

German mine found by subsea gas pipeline

Norwegian oil company Statoil has asked the military to help remove a 300-kilogramme mine from a pipeline transporting gas to Germany, it was revealed on Friday.

Beer drinking king dies in competition tragedy
Spain

Beer drinking king dies in competition tragedy

It was supposed to be a bit of harmless fun, but a beer drinking festival in Spain had a sickening finale on Wednesday after the winner downed one glass too many.

VIDEO: French car advert deemed too sexist for UK
France

VIDEO: French car advert deemed too sexist for UK

An advert for Renault Clio cars featuring scantily clad women has been banned in Britain because it was deemed too sexist. However a similar advert featuring bare-chested, gyrating men was given the green light. Double standards? Judge for yourselves.

Norway’s Syria aid depletes aid budget
Norway

Norway’s Syria aid depletes aid budget

The Norwegian foreign ministry has depleted its annual emergency aid budget after a 150-million kroner ($25 million) payment to ease the humanitarian consequences to the conflict in Syria.

Spain’s disabled fight for legal sex workers
Spain

Spain’s disabled fight for legal sex workers

A Catalan organization which helps provide disabled people with sexual relations is pushing for “disability” prostitutes to become legal in Spain.

Vatican bank ‘gay scandal’ uncovered
Italy

Vatican bank ‘gay scandal’ uncovered

L'Espresso, the Italian weekly, alleges that Monsignor Battista Ricca, who was recently appointed to a key position at the bank, had gay relationships during his time at the Vatican embassy, or nunciature, of Montevideo in Uruguay.

Climate change threatens Swedish water cost hike
Sweden

Climate change threatens Swedish water cost hike

Sweden could see the costs of tap water rise in the future, said Rural Affairs Minister Eskil Erlandsson, as the government investigates how to secure a plentiful flow under the threat of climate change.

Frankfurt city hall piano brawl hits wrong note
Germany

Frankfurt city hall piano brawl hits wrong note

A would-be mayor of Frankfurt disgraced himself by throwing a high-ranking city official over a piano he was using to disrupt a prestigious award ceremony in the city hall.

Half of Norwegians distrust terror response
Norway

Half of Norwegians distrust terror response

One in two Norwegians do not think their country's emergency response system has become better at handling a would-be terror attack, according to a new survey published just days before the anniversary of July 22nd, 2011.

‘There is no quick fix for Spain’s problems’
Spain

‘There is no quick fix for Spain’s problems’

Barcelona-based economist and "thinking machine" Edward Hugh believes rumours of the end of Spain's crisis are greatly exaggerated. In this interview, he tells us why.

The lowdown on H&M’s designer deals
Sweden

The lowdown on H&M’s designer deals

Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz has seen brand awareness soar in recent years with its one-off offerings of designer clobber. The Local's Victoria Hussey delves into the brand's past partnerships and what the future holds for its cheap and chic collaborations.

The mother on hunger strike for her daughter
France

The mother on hunger strike for her daughter

French mum Jacqueline Tiarti is into the 11th day of a hunger strike. If she continues she could soon be in a coma. Here she tells The Local how her fight for a better life for her 7-year-old autistic daughter has driven her to such extreme action.

Chinese tourists drive Swiss watch sales
Switzerland

Chinese tourists drive Swiss watch sales

Swiss watch exports may be declining in Asia but purchases by Chinese tourists are driving up sales in many parts of Europe, a spokesman for the industry says.

Even Berlin airport’s partial opening delayed
Germany

Even Berlin airport’s partial opening delayed

Concern is rising in Berlin that the much-delayed and over-budget BER new international airport could be even later than expected after an expected partial opening seemed likely to be put back by several months.

Errant Germans found alive for second time
Norway

Errant Germans found alive for second time

Norwegian rescue services have found two German women, aged 22 and 25, who got lost in the Setesdal region of southern Norway twice in 48 hours, after shunning compass and map to set out on well-marked routes that they nonetheless strayed from.

Villa tainted by Versace murder up for sale
Italy

Villa tainted by Versace murder up for sale

The palatial Miami villa where fashion icon Gianni Versace was shot dead in 1997 is to be sold at auction and is expected to fetch more than €38 million, the company managing the sale said on Thursday.

‘Kassel has become friendly to foreigners’
Germany

‘Kassel has become friendly to foreigners’

Get The Local flavour of Germany with our series offering an insider's take on their hometown. This week, Ibrahim Asghar Shah shares the kicks he gets out of Kassel.

‘Blind’ Bari man claims benefits for 30 years
Italy

‘Blind’ Bari man claims benefits for 30 years

A 64-year-old man from Bari lived off disability benefits for 30 years by claiming he was blind.

UN slams Italy for ‘extraordinary rendition’
Italy

UN slams Italy for ‘extraordinary rendition’

UN rights experts urged Italy Thursday to do everything possible help the wife and daughter of a Kazakh dissident who were illegally deported in May to return to the country.

Kidnapped Spanish aid workers freed in Somalia
Spain

Kidnapped Spanish aid workers freed in Somalia

Two Spanish aid workers kidnapped almost two years ago in Kenya and then held in Somalia have been freed, their employer Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said late on Thursday.

Ex-CIA agent arrested over Italy abduction
Italy

Ex-CIA agent arrested over Italy abduction

A former CIA station chief in Milan, sentenced to nine years in jail for the 2003 abduction of an Egyptian imam, has been arrested in Panama, the Italian justice ministry said on Thursday.

French police release neo-Nazi Vikernes
France

French police release neo-Nazi Vikernes

The Norwegian neo-Nazi Kristian 'Varg' Vikernes was released by French police late on Thursday after spending two days in custody. Despite the French government describing him as "dangerous" police found no evidence he was planning a terror attack.

VIDEO: Tour de France stage 19 preview
France

VIDEO: Tour de France stage 19 preview

The peloton faces another tough day in the Alps on Friday as stage 19 of the 100th Tour de France sees riders race from Bourg-d'Oisans to Le Grand-Bornand. See below for a video preview of what promises to be another dramatic day.

Swedish defence firm Saab reports profits fall
Sweden

Swedish defence firm Saab reports profits fall

Swedish defence firm Saab has reported a dramatic decline in profit, posting a net profit of 11 million kronor ($1.66 million) in the second quarter, down from 732 million in the corresponding period of 2012.

Regensburg’s medieval charms
Germany

Regensburg’s medieval charms

As part of our summer tour of Germany's UNESCO World Heritage sites, we explore the old city of Regensburg in south east Germany, now a vibrant university town steeped in medieval history.

Swedish experts warn of new global bird flu virus
Sweden

Swedish experts warn of new global bird flu virus

Swedish experts have warned that a newly discovered flu virus in China shows worrying signs that it could spread around the world this autumn.

Williams claims Swedish Open last eight spot
Sweden

Williams claims Swedish Open last eight spot

World number one Serena Williams survived a late second set hiccup to move into the quarter-finals of the Swedish Open with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Georgia's Anna Tatishvili.