Truck driver dead after crash with hedge trimmer
Switzerland

Truck driver dead after crash with hedge trimmer

One man is dead and two people seriously injured following the collision of a truck and a highway hedge and grass trimming vehicle on Monday in the canton of Vaud.

Football fans halt train to swim in Lake Geneva
Switzerland

Football fans halt train to swim in Lake Geneva

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) is investigating a prank by Zurich football fans who pulled the emergency brake to halt a train in the canton of Vaud so supporters could go swimming in Lake Geneva.

Swiss court blocks bank data transfer to Italy
Switzerland

Swiss court blocks bank data transfer to Italy

A Swiss court has ordered Bern to stop transferring secret banking data to Italy in connection with a money laundering case, according to a ruling published on Monday.

Man arrested with 56 drug packets in stomach
Switzerland

Man arrested with 56 drug packets in stomach

A man from Guinea-Bissau stopped at the Geneva airport at the weekend was carrying 56 packets of drugs in his intestinal tract, police said on Monday.

Naked woman goes distance for boyfriend
Switzerland

Naked woman goes distance for boyfriend

Zug cantonal police said a woman was literally caught with her pants down early Monday after taking the wheel in the nude to try to cover for her unlicensed male friend.

France to probe MP’s Hitler rant over Roma
France

France to probe MP’s Hitler rant over Roma

Prosecutors in France are to examine whether one of the country's MPs can be charged with "justifying a crime against humanity" after he allegedly suggested "Hitler did not kill enough" Gypsies (Roma) during World War Two, during a heated row with a French traveller community.

Wawrinka vies for honours at Swiss Open
Switzerland

Wawrinka vies for honours at Swiss Open

Stanislas Wawrinka, fresh from an adrenaline-stoking parachute jump at the weekend, is aiming to win the Swiss Open tennis tournament at Gstaad for the first time in his 10th attempt amid the hype surrounding Roger Federer's surprise entry.

Germany launches probe into US spying ties
Germany

Germany launches probe into US spying ties

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government Monday announced a probe into ties between its secret services and US agencies whose sweeping online surveillance was revealed by fugitive intelligence analyst Edward Snowden.

‘Racism in Norway survived 22/7’: survivor
Norway

‘Racism in Norway survived 22/7’: survivor

A survivor of the Utøya terror attack on Monday said Norway had learned little from the massacre of 77 people, claiming that the "undergrowth of hateful rhetoric" had recovered from the right-wing extremist attacks that shocked Norway and the world.

‘Racism in Norway survived the 22/7 attack’
Sweden

‘Racism in Norway survived the 22/7 attack’

A Norway-based Swedish survivor of the Utøya terror attack on Monday said Norway had learned little from the massacre of 77 people, claiming that the "undergrowth of hateful rhetoric" had recovered from the right-wing extremist attacks that shocked Norway and the world.

‘The Italian lifestyle compensates for money’
Italy

‘The Italian lifestyle compensates for money’

Italy is a tough place to find a job. But there is a demand for skills that have been acquired from abroad. Alessandro Bossi, a director at the recruitment firm Hays, talks to The Local about the best way to secure a job in Italy.

Nazi hunters offer cash in last push for justice
Germany

Nazi hunters offer cash in last push for justice

Nazi hunters have put a €25,000 bounty on the heads of the last surviving perpetrators of the Holocaust - in the hope of bringing of them to justice before they die.

Swiss court blocks bank data transfer to Italy
Italy

Swiss court blocks bank data transfer to Italy

A Swiss court has ordered Bern to stop transferring secret banking data to Italy in connection with a money laundering case, according to a ruling published on Monday.

10 people sick in Genoa after eating toxic pesto
Italy

10 people sick in Genoa after eating toxic pesto

Ten people have been admitted to hospital in the northern city of Genoa after eating poisonous pesto sauce.

Dubai pardons jailed Norwegian rape victim
Norway

Dubai pardons jailed Norwegian rape victim

Emirati authorities have pardoned the 24-year-old Norwegian woman who was convicted of extra-marital sex after reporting being raped to the police in Dubai, confirmed Norway's ambassador to the UAE on Monday.

Spanish PM to speak up over slush fund scandal
Spain

Spanish PM to speak up over slush fund scandal

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday said he would appear in the country's parliament on August 1st to answer questions about the scandal involving alleged illegal funding of his ruling Popular Party (PP).

Majorca: boozy Germans no longer welcome
Germany

Majorca: boozy Germans no longer welcome

One of the most popular holiday spots with Germans - the party beach Ballermann on Majorca - is set for a revamp, with local politicians keen to kick out the boozy, brawling tourists and attract a better class of guests.

‘Anyone who promises to lower taxes is lying’
Spain

‘Anyone who promises to lower taxes is lying’

The leader of Spain's opposition socialist PSOE party on Sunday conducted a wide-ranging interview with the country's El País newspaper in which he spoke up about everything from tax cuts to Catalonia to the future of the monarchy.

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Spain

Abertis sells Belfast and Stockholm airports

Spanish infrastructure group Abertis on Monday said it has agreed to sell two European airports to American operator ADC & HAS Airports Worldwide for 284 million euros ($373 million).

Italian gives birth to royal baby pizza
Italy

Italian gives birth to royal baby pizza

A pizzeria owner in Glasgow, Scotland, has created a picture pizza to mark the imminent arrival of Britain's royal baby. Domenico Crolla told The Local he hopes the baby will be called Margherita.

300 bears to be killed in annual Swedish hunt
Sweden

300 bears to be killed in annual Swedish hunt

Authorities announced on Monday that 305 bears will be killed this year during the annual bear hunt across Sweden, roughly one tenth of the total population.

Italian mayor left brain dead after attack
Italy

Italian mayor left brain dead after attack

Laura Prati, the mayor of Cardano al Campo in north Milan, has been left brain dead after being shot by former traffic policeman Giuseppe Pecoraro in early July.

PM defends diversity in Utøya address
Norway

PM defends diversity in Utøya address

PICTURES - The Norwegian prime minister bowed in respect to victims of the 22/7 terror attacks two years ago, after delivering a speech in defence of diversity in the face of xenophobia, as the sun shone over the island of Utøya behind him.

Eurostar to lower fares but only if charges drop
France

Eurostar to lower fares but only if charges drop

Passengers travelling on the Eurostar are being overcharged for tickets, the cross-Channel rail operator's boss Nicolas Petrovic admitted on Sunday. But Petrovic said fares on the high-speed rail service will only be reduced if Eurotunnel decreases its charges.

France forced to defend ban on Islamic veil
France

France forced to defend ban on Islamic veil

France's so-called "Burqa-ban" has once again been making headlines across the globe in recent days after riots were sparked in a Paris suburb when a Muslim woman was stopped by police. On Monday the French government defended the controversial law.

Merkel ‘considered’ fleeing East Germany
Germany

Merkel ‘considered’ fleeing East Germany

Two months after revealing details of her life growing up in the former East Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she often thought about leaving for the West – but couldn't bear to leave her parents behind.

‘If only I had said no to bridesmaid slavery’
Sweden

‘If only I had said no to bridesmaid slavery’

In the middle of wedding season, love columnist Emilia Millicent shares why even mild-tempered bridezillas can be b*'**es, and why she wishes she'd told one particular bride to buzz off when asked to be bridesmaid.

Pilgrim cured in ’69th miracle’ at Lourdes
France

Pilgrim cured in ’69th miracle’ at Lourdes

Finally some positive news from the famous Catholic pilgrimage site of Lourdes. A month after the shrine was devastated by raging flood waters, Catholic officials have announced that a woman has been cured in the 69th 'miracle' to take place at Lourdes.

Spaniards outstrip expats in smoking spend
Spain

Spaniards outstrip expats in smoking spend

Spaniards are among the world's heaviest smokers and spend more per person on both alcohol and tobacco than foreign residents in the country.

Stockholm’s Skavsta airport sold to US firm
Sweden

Stockholm’s Skavsta airport sold to US firm

Spanish company Abertis announced on Monday that it was selling Stockholm's Skavsta airport to US-based firm ADC & HAS Airports Worldwide.

‘Be persistent, not pushy’ for Swedish career
Sweden

‘Be persistent, not pushy’ for Swedish career

Human rights expert Rhodri C. Williams tells The Local how moving from his Baltic island base to the mainland helped launch his career in Stockholm's international law community.

‘Tito’s departure was a very hard blow’: Puyol
Spain

‘Tito’s departure was a very hard blow’: Puyol

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has spoken publicly for the first time of his sadness that Tito Vilanova has had to leave his post as coach after just one season due to ill health.

UBS settles US subprime mortgage lawsuit
Switzerland

UBS settles US subprime mortgage lawsuit

Swiss banking giant UBS says it has settled a lawsuit linked to US subprime housing mortgages which sparked the 2008 global financial crisis.

Paris veil riots: Violence has been ‘contained’
France

Paris veil riots: Violence has been ‘contained’

France's Interior Minister Manuel Valls said on Monday the weekend violence in the Paris suburb of Trappes had been "contained" after minor incidents on Sunday night. The clashes were sparked when police stopped a Muslim woman wearing a full face veil.

Heatwave warning sounded for Switzerland
Switzerland

Heatwave warning sounded for Switzerland

A heatwave is rolling over much of Switzerland this week with temperatures set to rise up to 37 degrees in areas such as the canton of Valais by the end of the week, weather forecasters say.

Italy’s healthcare disrupted by strike
Italy

Italy’s healthcare disrupted by strike

Thousands of Italian doctors went on strike on Monday to protest cuts to the health service and poor job contracts which unions claim are putting standards of care at risk.

Staff and energy costs hit Bahn profits
Germany

Staff and energy costs hit Bahn profits

Deutsche Bahn saw its profits shrink in the first half of the year, down by about 20 percent to around €1 billion - compared with a profit of €1.3 billion in the first half of last year, according to management sources.

Double child killer given 40-year sentence
Spain

Double child killer given 40-year sentence

José Bretón, convicted recently of murdering his two young children, has been sentenced to a total of 40 years behind bars.

Italian woman ‘cured’ after trip to Lourdes
Italy

Italian woman ‘cured’ after trip to Lourdes

An Italian woman who suffered from severe hypertension was 'cured' after visiting Lourdes, a Catholic official said on Sunday.

Norway marks two-year terror anniversary
Norway

Norway marks two-year terror anniversary

Norwegian Prime Minister said on Monday that Norway should never accept violent extremism, after placing a wreath in the government quarter where homegrown terrorist Anders Behring Breivik set off a bomb on July 22nd, 2011.

Women footballers face Sweden in Euro semi
Germany

Women footballers face Sweden in Euro semi

Germany's women footballers made it through to the European championship semi-finals on Sunday with a return to form which gave them a 1-0 victory over Italy.

Spanish scientist reveals memory power of apes
Spain

Spanish scientist reveals memory power of apes

A team led by a Spanish researcher has revealed that great apes like chimpanzees and orangutans can, like humans, remember events from years ago.

Pope to meet youth on Brazilian beach
Italy

Pope to meet youth on Brazilian beach

Pope Francis flew to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Monday morning, embarking on his first foreign trip as pontiff. He will attend an international youth festival in the country, which has the largest number of Catholics in the world.

Search called off for pilot missing in Channel
France

Search called off for pilot missing in Channel

Rescue services on Monday gave up the search for a German pilot missing after his plane crashed into the English Channel on its way to France.

‘Politicians at risk on the campaign trail’
Norway

‘Politicians at risk on the campaign trail’

Norwegian security police fear the country's politicians are at greater risk from extremists as the political parties go out on the campaign trail ahead of September elections.

Swiss winemakers see red over duty-free plan
Switzerland

Swiss winemakers see red over duty-free plan

Swiss vintners are fuming over a proposed easing of restrictions on how much duty-free wine you can import into Switzerland.

Firemen fight explosive forest inferno
Germany

Firemen fight explosive forest inferno

Firemen were still battling a raging inferno on a former military training ground in Brandenburg on Monday, two days after it's thought buried explosives began spontaneously combusting in the heat.

Spanish hotel shuns ‘violent’ disabled guests
Spain

Spanish hotel shuns ‘violent’ disabled guests

A Spanish hotel chain is in hot water for shutting the door on a group of guests with intellectual disabilities.

Heatwave on the way for southern Sweden
Sweden

Heatwave on the way for southern Sweden

Sweden's weather agency has issued a message to the elderly and the sick in the lead up to a heatwave expected to hit Sweden in the coming days.

Nude Spaniards smash world ‘skinny dip’ record
Spain

Nude Spaniards smash world ‘skinny dip’ record

A town in the southeast of Spain has broken the Guinness World Record for the biggest-ever group 'skinny dip' with 729 naked people baring all to get wet in the Mediterranean.

Tax-free booze damages environment: Greens
Norway

Tax-free booze damages environment: Greens

The minority Green Party has said that tax-free sales in airport should be disbanded, as the discounted goods encourage Norwegians to fly despite its environmental impact.

Elba island serves up the best ice-cream in Italy
Italy

Elba island serves up the best ice-cream in Italy

The ice-cream market in Italy is no doubt a competitive one, but only one parlour can be crowned "the best". This year that honour goes to the Ghibli ice-cream shop on the island of Elba.

Brand Spain battered by anti-Catalan tweet
Spain

Brand Spain battered by anti-Catalan tweet

The second-in-command at Spain's Marca España (Brand Spain) public relations unit has been forced to step down after he abused the country's Catalan population in an angry tweet.

Minister wants smoking ban in parks and beaches
France

Minister wants smoking ban in parks and beaches

It be soon be forbidden to light-up on a French beach. France’s Health Minister Marisol Touraine is keen to see the smoking ban extended to the country’s beaches and parks and even on pavements in front of schools.

‘Remember Breivik’s ideological context’
Norway

‘Remember Breivik’s ideological context’

On the two-year anniversary of the 22/7 terror attacks, the leader of the Labour Party youth wing has said that Norway must not forget the ideological roots of Anders Behring Breivik's extremism by focusing only on the country's capacity to tackle terror attacks.

Italian motorcyclist dies in Moscow race
Italy

Italian motorcyclist dies in Moscow race

Italian motorcyclist Andrea Antonelli has died in a crash at the World Supersport Championship in Moscow, after racing went ahead despite poor weather conditions.

Warnings issued as heatwave hits France
France

Warnings issued as heatwave hits France

Temperatures in sizzling France are set to peak on Monday as the mercury reaches as high as 37°C, making it the hottest day of the recent heatwave. Authorities are asking people to take precautions against the heat but insist they are prepared.

Publisher buys JK Rowling book for a song
Germany

Publisher buys JK Rowling book for a song

The publisher that bought the German rights to a novel for a song before learning that the author was Harry Potter writer J.K. Rowling said on Sunday it was eyeing a windfall.

Dutch yachties rack up €13,098 bill in Vieste
Italy

Dutch yachties rack up €13,098 bill in Vieste

Five Dutch yachties splashed out €13,098 after swilling champagne and eating lobster at a restaurant in the seaside town of Vieste, Puglia.

‘An EU security force could have helped Syria’
Sweden

‘An EU security force could have helped Syria’

Sweden's foreign minister is not among the visionaries who have said it is time for the EU to have its own security force. A pity, as such a force could have helped stop the slaughter in Syria, argues Swedish Liberal Party MEP Cecilia Wikström.

Federer hungry for home victory at Gstaad tourney
Switzerland

Federer hungry for home victory at Gstaad tourney

Roger Federer will seek to resurrect his disappointing season in front of expectant home fans as the 17-time Grand Slam winner returns to this week's claycourt Swiss Open tennis tournament for the first time in nine years.

Spanish PM should face slush fund music: Poll
Spain

Spanish PM should face slush fund music: Poll

Spain's prime minister, under fire over a corruption scandal, faced more pressure on Sunday as a poll indicated nearly nine in 10 Spaniards thought he should explain himself in parliament.

The Roman romance of Trier on the Moselle
Germany

The Roman romance of Trier on the Moselle

As part of our summer tour of Germany's UNESCO World Heritage sites, we take a look at Trier on the River Moselle, Germany's oldest - and perhaps most romantic town, home to architectural monuments, churches and Roman ruins.

Femen HQ hit by fire after ‘witches’ death threat
France

Femen HQ hit by fire after ‘witches’ death threat

The Paris offices of militant feminist group Femen were hit by fire on Sunday. Although police are treating the blaze as an accident it comes after a recent death threat which said the activists should "burn" like "witches".

German pair take gold in synchronized diving
Germany

German pair take gold in synchronized diving

Germany claimed a historic gold dive medal at the world aquatic championships, taking its first synchronized diving gold at a global championships and their first world diving title since 1973, in Barcelona on Sunday.

Police car caught in Stockholm street race
Sweden

Police car caught in Stockholm street race

A police car has been caught on film participating in what appears to be a street race in southern Stockholm.

Swedes lead the world in online music streaming
Sweden

Swedes lead the world in online music streaming

Music streaming companies now account for 70 percent of all music bought in Sweden, home of Spotify, the world leader in the field, official industry figures revealed on Sunday.

Serena Williams wins Swedish Open final
Sweden

Serena Williams wins Swedish Open final

World number one Serena Williams racked up her 51st win of the year on Sunday when she cruised past home player Johanna Larsson in the Swedish Open final.