Swiss scientists help develop ‘brain chips’
Switzerland

Swiss scientists help develop ‘brain chips’

Researchers in Switzerland say they have made microchips that imitate the way our brains process information, unlocking some of the mystery around how the world's most efficient computer functions.

‘I go to Switzerland because I love skiing’
Spain

‘I go to Switzerland because I love skiing’

Mountaineer, father, weight loss king: there's a lot more to Luis Bárcenas, the scandal-hit ex-treasurer of Spain's ruling Popular Party, than meets the eye. Join The Local as we take a peek behind the curtains at the man they used to call Tarzan.

NASA launches probe into failed spacewalk
Italy

NASA launches probe into failed spacewalk

The US space agency said on Tuesday it is launching a second investigation into a leaking helmet that forced an abrupt halt to an Italian astronaut's spacewalk last week.

Spanish children face pocket money pinch
Spain

Spanish children face pocket money pinch

Spanish children are among the biggest losers in Spain's crisis with pocket money totals falling fast, new figures on the spending habits of Spanish households show.

All-star cast plot anti-Putin concert
Germany

All-star cast plot anti-Putin concert

Star violinist Gidon Kremer has invited the biggest names in classical music to perform a concert with him in Berlin to draw attention to human rights in Russia, organisers said.

CEO’s suicide jolts largest Swiss telecom
Switzerland

CEO’s suicide jolts largest Swiss telecom

The head of Swiss telecom operator Swisscom, Carsten Schloter, was found dead at his home near Fribourg on Tuesday after he committed suicide, the company said.

Norwegian man charged for molesting eight boys
Norway

Norwegian man charged for molesting eight boys

Fredrikstad district court has brought charges against a 48-year-old man suspected of molesting eight underage boys in a series of assaults spanning a decade.

Hot summer storms head for the south
Germany

Hot summer storms head for the south

The hot spell - otherwise known as a real summer - currently delighting most of Germany is set to be punctuated by storms and downpours of rain in many areas over the coming couple of days.

Rescuers seek Spanish climbers in Pakistan
Spain

Rescuers seek Spanish climbers in Pakistan

A rescue operation was under way on Tuesday for three Spanish climbers who went missing in bad weather in the mountains of northern Pakistan, officials said.

GALLERY: The ten best books about France
France

GALLERY: The ten best books about France

Looking for a good book about France to read this summer? Look no further. The Local has asked authors who have written best-selling books about France and staff from Anglo bookshops in the country to name their favourite reads. See below if you agree with their choices.

Vattenfall writedown wakens Nuon spectre
Sweden

Vattenfall writedown wakens Nuon spectre

The leader of the Swedish opposition wants the government to appoint a crisis commission to probe energy giant Vattenfall's purchase of Nuon, which after Tuesday's writedown is worth 42 percent of its original price.

Woman’s body parts found in cooking pot
Italy

Woman’s body parts found in cooking pot

An Italian man is under police watch in a Salerno hospital after allegedly killing his mother and cooking parts of the body.

‘Selling sex doesn’t make you an unfit parent’
Sweden

‘Selling sex doesn’t make you an unfit parent’

The murder of a Swedish sex worker has garnered attention across the globe, and has activist Pye Jacobsson questioning Sweden's prostitution laws and the misconceptions surrounding the line of work.

German tourists like what they know
Germany

German tourists like what they know

One in six Germans take their holidays at the same place every year, a new survey shows. Whether they reserve the same sun lounger each time around remains open to question.

Penélope Cruz gives birth to baby girl
Spain

Penélope Cruz gives birth to baby girl

Spanish celebrity couple Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem welcomed the arrival of their new baby daughter on Monday, on the same day that Britain's Royals greeted a new member of their own family.

Increased anxiety in mice with human enzyme
Sweden

Increased anxiety in mice with human enzyme

A Swedish study has revealed that mice with high levels of a particular human enzyme demonstrate anxiety-like behaviour, a finding which could lead to new drugs against anxiety and depression.

Norway’s wine lovers set to get hammered
Norway

Norway’s wine lovers set to get hammered

A 1950 Chateau Petrus is set to put its wine-loving future owner back 25,000 kroner ($4,200) as almost 2,000 valuable vintages are set go under the hammer at the Norwegian alcohol monopoly's upcoming wine auction.

Italian police seize 18 million fake goods
Italy

Italian police seize 18 million fake goods

Italy's financial police on Tuesday said four Chinese businessmen were under investigation after officers seized 18 million counterfeit goods, including clothes, toys and kitchenware, in two raids in Padua and Rome.

French cops probed over racist Facebook posts
France

French cops probed over racist Facebook posts

Tensions between police and Muslim youths in France's poor suburbs are simmering after the weekend's "veil riots". With news that an investigation has been launched into racist remarks posted on an unofficial police Facebook group the bad-feeling will only increase.

Dailymotion stays French as Yahoo! is spurned
France

Dailymotion stays French as Yahoo! is spurned

French video sharing site Dailymotion will remain in French hands and not be sold to US internet giant Yahoo! after all, it was announced on Tuesday. In May the French government stirred up a hornet's nest on both sides of the Atlantic by blocking the sale.

‘Funny’ tweet backfires on Spanish MP
Spain

‘Funny’ tweet backfires on Spanish MP

Spanish politician Toni Cantó, famous for his many gaffes has failed to win friends by mocking the diction of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in a tweet.

Vattenfall splits after massive writedown
Sweden

Vattenfall splits after massive writedown

The state-owned energy giant is shearing off its Nordic operations from its continental business, as Vattenfall announced on Tuesday it was writing down its assets by 29.7 billion kronor ($4.5 billion).

E-Plus and O2 merger set to create phone giant
Germany

E-Plus and O2 merger set to create phone giant

German mobile phone operator E-Plus has been sold to Spain's Telefonica, to be merged with the O2 brand, creating the biggest operator in Germany, it was announced on Tuesday.

Oslo airport aims to cut transfer times
Norway

Oslo airport aims to cut transfer times

Oslo airport managers hope to issue a one-way ticket to the past for Norway's costly luggage carousel, which requires passengers transferring from an international to a domestic flight to check out and check back in their luggage.

Thousands of Italians tweet about royal baby
Italy

Thousands of Italians tweet about royal baby

More than 18,000 tweets about the birth of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge's first son came from Italy.

Ibrahimovic on PSG: ‘I have no reason to leave’
France

Ibrahimovic on PSG: ‘I have no reason to leave’

Will he stay or will he go? With the arrival of Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani at French champions PSG speculation has risen that star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be heading for the exit. Not true, says the Swede. Can we believe him?

Stockholm’s ‘Library Town’: What’s in a name?
Sweden

Stockholm’s ‘Library Town’: What’s in a name?

London has New Bond Street, Milan has the "The Golden Quad", now fashion-conscious Stockholmers have "Library Town". The Local finds out what's in the name and why a walk around the city's fashion district may involve a delve into the history books.

Telenor ‘ready’ for Myanmar challenges
Norway

Telenor ‘ready’ for Myanmar challenges

The head of Telenor kept relatively mum about developments in Myanmar, where the Norwegian telecom company has been awarded a licence that will move forward after law reform in the Asian country.

Top ten loud, proud and gay Swedes
Sweden

Top ten loud, proud and gay Swedes

With Stockholm Pride just around the corner, it seems high time to profile some of the country's colourful queers who have proudly come out of the closet.

‘Exports surge to end recession’: Central bank
Spain

‘Exports surge to end recession’: Central bank

The crisis hit Spanish economy remained in recession in the second quarter but seemed close to a recovery thanks to exports, the Bank of Spain said on Tuesday.

Nazi’s 100th birthday sparks anger in Rome
Italy

Nazi’s 100th birthday sparks anger in Rome

Ahead of the 100th birthday of one of the last Nazi criminals alive, calls have grown in Italy for him to finally apologize for his role in the massacre of more than 300 people in caves outside Rome at the end of the Second World War.

Problem geese deposits frustrate German mayor
Germany

Problem geese deposits frustrate German mayor

A frustrated German mayor has called in the hunters after a gaggle of Canada geese messing up his little lakeside town failed to show him any respect. "They just looked at me," he said of his attempts to persuade them to leave.

Swedish queer queen steals royal limelight
Sweden

Swedish queer queen steals royal limelight

As royalists around the world crow over the British babe, Swedish historians are hailing the Swedish queen who wore men's clothes in an exhibition dedicated to Queen Christina, once immortalized by Greta Garbo on the silver screen.

Neo-Nazi attacks leave one dead, many scared
Germany

Neo-Nazi attacks leave one dead, many scared

A man has died after being attacked by a neo-Nazi in one of two violent attacks on foreigners in Germany over the past few days. The second incident involved members of the Bundeswehr throwing fireworks at a home for refugees.

Princess Letizia rocks out at Killers concert
Spain

Princess Letizia rocks out at Killers concert

Spain's Princess Letizia took time out from royal duties on Sunday to enjoy the final night of the massive Benicàssim music (FIB) festival.

Telefónica muscles in on German mobile market
Spain

Telefónica muscles in on German mobile market

Spanish telecommunications giant Telefónica is set to become Germany's largest mobile communications provider in terms of subscriber numbers after snapping up Dutch telco KPN's E-Plus in a tasty deal.

Swatch half-year profits tick ahead of forecasts
Switzerland

Swatch half-year profits tick ahead of forecasts

The world's biggest watchmaking group Swatch reported on Tuesday that net profit growth slowed in the first half of the year, but still beat analysts' expectations.

Telenor posts second quarter profits
Norway

Telenor posts second quarter profits

Norwegian telecom company Telenor on Tuesday announced a 25.7 billion kroner ($4.3 billion) profit for the second quarter of 2013, citing strong growth in Asia while also grumbling about regulatory obstacles in Bangladesh and India.

Dubai rape victim eager to return home
Norway

Dubai rape victim eager to return home

The Norwegian rape victim felled for extra-marital sex in Dubai has said she can't wait "to go home to mum", following her pardon by Emirati authorities on Monday.

Ex-Guatamalan leader’s Swiss assets frozen
Switzerland

Ex-Guatamalan leader’s Swiss assets frozen

A Guatemalan court has ordered the freezing of assets held by ex-president Alfonso Portillo in France, Switzerland and Luxembourg, the nation's top prosecutor says.

Driver stabbed in Paris for beeping at red light
France

Driver stabbed in Paris for beeping at red light

Parisians are known for their impatience when they get behind a wheel but for one driver in the French capital his irritation at being held up at a red light has left him fighting for his life.

Missing mother of two suspected murdered
Sweden

Missing mother of two suspected murdered

A woman who was last seen over three weeks ago in western Sweden is now believed to have been murdered, police announced on Tuesday.

‘Welcome to the world, baby’
Germany

‘Welcome to the world, baby’

Most of the world got on with business on Monday while hundreds of journalists watched the door of a London hospital. Somewhere behind it a royal heir was being born. Our media roundup offers you the best from the German press.

Terror survival group wants apolitical memorial
Norway

Terror survival group wants apolitical memorial

While the Labour Party youth wing wants July 22nd to become an international day against racism and right-wing extremism, they face opposition not only from terror victim support groups but from their own party.

MP’s ex says he uses racism to get votes
Italy

MP’s ex says he uses racism to get votes

The ex-wife of Roberto Calderoli, the Northern League MP who likened Italy's first black minister to an ape, has said his words were chosen purely to get votes.

Top judge hurt by ‘secret’ party membership
Spain

Top judge hurt by ‘secret’ party membership

The scandals affecting Spain's political sphere have spilled over into the judiciary with the head of the country's Constitutional Court in trouble for failing to declare he was the member of a political party.

Swiss plan Europe’s highest bungee jump
Switzerland

Swiss plan Europe’s highest bungee jump

A proposal to create Europe’s highest bungee jumping attraction in the Bernese Oberland is facing opposition from locals already concerned about the high number of fatalities from base jumping.

Northern France on alert for storms after heatwave
France

Northern France on alert for storms after heatwave

VIDEO: France's heatwave is set to come to a dramatic end in the north of the country with storm warnings in place for 36 departments. In a sign of what is to come several people were left injured and streets flooded when a violent storm hit Caen on Monday.

Spanish dig reveals cannibal table manners
Spain

Spanish dig reveals cannibal table manners

Archaeologists working near the northern Spanish city of Burgos are searching for the remains of the "oldest Europeans" who lived a million years ago.

Italian mayor dies after shooting
Italy

Italian mayor dies after shooting

Laura Prati, the mayor of the northern town of Cardano al Campo, died on Monday evening after being shot earlier this month.

Royal baby fever grips… la France
France

Royal baby fever grips… la France

Live blogs, round-the-clock coverage on 24-hour news channels – the French media were well and truly struck down by royal baby fever this week. Some commentators even suggested it was because the French missed having their own royal family.

Tourists fall sick after eating ‘toxic’ salami
Italy

Tourists fall sick after eating ‘toxic’ salami

Three tourists were admitted to hospital in the northern region of Veneto on Monday night for suspected food poisoning after eating salami.

Gerardo Martino named as new Barça coach
Spain

Gerardo Martino named as new Barça coach

Former Newell's Old Boys and Paraguay national team manager Gerardo Martino is set to become the new Barcelona coach, numerous sources in the Spanish media reported on Monday.

How to travel like a local and avoid the tourist traps
Switzerland

How to travel like a local and avoid the tourist traps

So you are keen to take a break and really want to make it count? There are a thousand things you have to get right to make sure your holiday is jam-packed with all the right stuff and make the most of your time.

Rent control destroyed Sweden’s housing market
Sweden

Rent control destroyed Sweden’s housing market

As Stockholm's population continues to soar, its housing market becomes as difficult to conquer as ever. Liberal commentator Nima Sanandaji ponders how this housing situation can be fixed.

Last big German TV maker fights for survival
Germany

Last big German TV maker fights for survival

Loewe, Germany's last major manufacturer of high-end televisions, is fighting for survival in a sector increasingly dominated in recent years by Asian rivals, filing for protection from its creditors as it hunts for new investors.

Panama defends handling of ex-CIA agent
Italy

Panama defends handling of ex-CIA agent

Panama's foreign minister on Monday defended his government's handling of an Italian request for the arrest and extradition of a former CIA station chief wanted for the kidnapping of an Egyptian militant.

Cash boost for Italy’s struggling companies
Italy

Cash boost for Italy’s struggling companies

Italy has unlocked €15.7 billion in state debt arrears to private companies as part of the first of two 20-billion-euro tranches, the finance ministry said on Monday.

Swedish doc gives nasal spray to cancer sufferer
Sweden

Swedish doc gives nasal spray to cancer sufferer

A Swedish woman who was suffering from leukemia has told how doctors initially prescribed her with nasal spray and sent her home.

Federer to test new racquet at Swiss Open
Switzerland

Federer to test new racquet at Swiss Open

Roger Federer said on Monday that he will spend this week at the Swiss Open in Gstaad testing his new larger tennis racquet and will make a decision later on whether to use it in the run-up to the US Open and beyond.

Man cons 50 Swedes in online shopping scam
Sweden

Man cons 50 Swedes in online shopping scam

A man has been charged with aggravated fraud after he conned internet users in Sweden into parting with over 400,000 kronor ($61,100) for items that the buyers never received.

Germany lists the non-EU workers it needs
Germany

Germany lists the non-EU workers it needs

The Germany government has for the first time published a list of jobs it wants to fill with workers from outside the European Union to counter labour shortages in the ageing nation.

Lorsch Abbey – medieval centre of learning
Germany

Lorsch Abbey – medieval centre of learning

We finish our summer tour of Germany's UNESCO World Heritage sites with a peak at the ruins of Lorsch abbey - one-time educational and healing centre of Medieval Europe.