Tasty Spain: top regional food and drink (Part 1)
Spain

Tasty Spain: top regional food and drink (Part 1)

In this week's The Local List, we take readers on an epic mouth-watering tour of some of Spain's most amazing regional specialities. From lamprey eels to candied fruits and all points in between, there's something here for all taste buds.

Eight fantastic German festivals
Germany

Eight fantastic German festivals

With summer here, the choice of festivals across Europe is vast. Germany holds its own in the outdoor party area, with a myriad of options stretching over the year. We have a look at the highlights in our Local List.

Pope named most influential Twitter leader
Italy

Pope named most influential Twitter leader

Pope Francis is the most influential world leader on Twitter, according to a study released on Wednesday.

Ex-mayor of Lampedusa jailed for corruption
Italy

Ex-mayor of Lampedusa jailed for corruption

Bernardino De Rubeis, the former mayor of the southern island of Lampedusa, has been jailed for five years and three months and disqualified from public office for life after being found guilty of corruption.

Italy scraps e-cigarette tax plans
Italy

Italy scraps e-cigarette tax plans

A proposed tax hike on electronic cigarettes was abandoned on Wednesday after fierce opposition from shop owners and smokers.

Spanish police arrest Hells Angel boss
Germany

Spanish police arrest Hells Angel boss

The German-born, European head of the Hells Angels motorbike gang was arrested in raids carried out by Spanish police on Tuesday. Officers found him in his Majorcan villa.

France outlaws two more far-right ‘hate’ groups
France

France outlaws two more far-right ‘hate’ groups

France continued its crackdown on far-right extremist groups on Wednesday by banning two "violent" organisations accused of glorying Nazi collaborators. The move comes after an anti-fascist activist died during a street brawl in Paris.

French woman savagely attacked by… cats
France

French woman savagely attacked by… cats

A band of wild cats pounced on a French woman this week and attacked her as she walked her pet dog. The traumatised woman was reportedly left with a gashed artery and bites to her arms and legs in what a vet said was an unprecedented assault.

Spain’s Tomatina festival limits visitor numbers
Spain

Spain’s Tomatina festival limits visitor numbers

Revellers hoping to take part in Valencia's crazy La Tomatina festival next August will have to reserve a spot first after organizers introduced a ticket-only entrance system.

Italians turn to priests in times of strife
Italy

Italians turn to priests in times of strife

As Italy endures its worse recession in more than 20 years, more and more Italians are seeking help from the church.

Myriad municipalities want to fuse together
Norway

Myriad municipalities want to fuse together

A majority of Norway's top local public servants would like the country to fuse some of its more than 400 municipalities to create bigger administrative districts, according to a survey published on Wednesday.

French rail network given all-clear as probe opens
France

French rail network given all-clear as probe opens

France's SNCF state rail company said on Wednesday that no more safety risks had been detected during a nationwide probe of its network after a fatal derailment earlier this month. Prosecutors have announced a criminal probe had been opened into the disaster.

‘Spain’s nightlife is being killed by high taxes’
Spain

‘Spain’s nightlife is being killed by high taxes’

Nightclubs and bars across Spain will fall silent on Saturday night as owners protest against high taxes they say are killing the country's famous nightlife.

Italian MPs to debate homophobia bill
Italy

Italian MPs to debate homophobia bill

A bill to criminalize homophobia has divided politicians ahead of a debate in the lower house of parliament this Friday.

ECB: Euro banks ‘show signs of healing’
Germany

ECB: Euro banks ‘show signs of healing’

Europe's battered financial sector is showing tentative signs of healing, even if it is still too early to sound the all-clear, a key ECB survey from Germany showed on Wednesday.

Experts to Merkel: stop data sharing deal
Germany

Experts to Merkel: stop data sharing deal

Data protection officers in Germany are calling on the European Union to suspend its "Safe Harbor" data exchange programme with the US following allegations of widespread spying, it emerged on Wednesday.

Burgundy vineyards face ‘catastrophe’ after storms
France

Burgundy vineyards face ‘catastrophe’ after storms

Prestigious vineyards in France's famous wine region of Burgundy's were devastated by hail storms this week. It is the second year running the famous wine region has been hit by storms, with one producer calling it a "catastrophe". More storms are forecast.

Modesty trend blitzes sizzling Swedish skin
Sweden

Modesty trend blitzes sizzling Swedish skin

With summer's long hot days comes the need to bare all and cool off, but with fashion's new focus on less-is-more, The Local's Victoria Hussey takes to the Stockholm streets to ponder what's happened to Swedish skin and the city.

Swedish politician bares all in Instagram gaffe
Sweden

Swedish politician bares all in Instagram gaffe

Swedish politician Lars Ohly made headlines in Sweden on Wednesday after inadvertently showing more than he bargained for in an Instagram post of a tattoo on his leg.

Top ten faces of proudly gay friendly Sweden
Sweden

Top ten faces of proudly gay friendly Sweden

With Stockholm Pride Week just a few gay days away, The Local takes a look at famous Swedes who to various degrees scorned the heterosexist norm. There's even a real life king in there.

Spying scandal turns Pirates’ fortunes
Germany

Spying scandal turns Pirates’ fortunes

The NSA spying scandal has put fresh wind in the sails of the struggling German Pirate Party. A recent poll shows support has doubled from two to four percent since the news broke.

Top riders named in Tour de France doping report
France

Top riders named in Tour de France doping report

Italian Marco Pantani and Germany's Jan Ullrich both used the banned blood-booster erythropoetin (EPO) during the 1998 Tour de France, a French parliamentary commission report said on Wednesday.

Tinder-dry Oslo issues barbecue ban
Norway

Tinder-dry Oslo issues barbecue ban

Firefighting services in the Norwegian capital area have banned all barbecues as the lack of rain puts Oslo at risk of potential forest fires.

Spanish robot brings artworks back to life
Spain

Spanish robot brings artworks back to life

In the basement of Madrid's Reina Sofia museum, a giant robot known as 'Pablito' is slowly snapping hundreds of microscopic shots of a painting by Catalan surrealist artist Joan Miro to determine the condition of the work.

‘How can we accept being branded tax evaders?’
Italy

‘How can we accept being branded tax evaders?’

Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have defended their decision to close their D&G Milan boutiques for three days in protest over their treatment for tax conviction.

Sweden’s Carl Bildt top of the tweep-stakes
Sweden

Sweden’s Carl Bildt top of the tweep-stakes

Top-tier tweep Carl Bildt tweeted on Wednesday that he'd been crowned the most well-connected foreign minister on social media site Twitter.

Top tips: Being unemployed in France
France

Top tips: Being unemployed in France

It is likely that most expats living in France will find themselves without a job at some point or another. Well don’t panic, The Local has put together a list of tips that will help you to know what to do when you find yourself “sans emploi”.

The little differences: Why I love Sweden
Sweden

The little differences: Why I love Sweden

After a nightmare experience on a London bus, The Local's Oliver Gee reflects on why it's the small things that make the big differences when it comes to life in Sweden.

‘Gay friendly’ docs and lawyers listed in France
France

‘Gay friendly’ docs and lawyers listed in France

A French entrepreneur is tapping into a niche market following France's historic legalisation of gay marriage in May. He has set up a website that contains a database of "gay friendly" doctors and lawyers and says it is necessary to help gay people "assert their rights".

Sharon Stone set for Green Cross musical
Switzerland

Sharon Stone set for Green Cross musical

Sharon Stone and Cat Stevens will take part in a Geneva musical in September honouring an environmental group founded by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, organizers said on Wednesday.

Stuttgart rail project splutters again
Germany

Stuttgart rail project splutters again

Germany's controversial Stuttgart 21 rail project is so badly behind schedule that it might not see trains until 2023. Together with Berlin's quagmired airport, the country is struggling to maintain its reputation for punctuality.

Train crash near Santiago kills at least 77
Spain

Train crash near Santiago kills at least 77

A train hurtled off the tracks near the city of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain on Wednesday killing at least 77 passengers and injuring more than 100, Spanish media are reporting.

Police probe suspicious death near Geneva dam
Switzerland

Police probe suspicious death near Geneva dam

Geneva cantonal police have issued an appeal for help from the public after identifying an Albanian man who was fished out of the Rhone River near a hydroelectric dam last month.

Sanremo mayor accused of kicking beggar
Italy

Sanremo mayor accused of kicking beggar

Maurizio Zoccarato, the mayor of the northern seaside city of Sanremo, has sparked fury after allegedly kicking a beggar.

UK climber found dead in northern Spain
Spain

UK climber found dead in northern Spain

The body of a British mountaineer who went missing a week ago in the Picos de Europa national park in northern Spain has been found trapped inside a nine-metre gorge.

Dubai rape victim back home in Norway
Norway

Dubai rape victim back home in Norway

Norwegian citizen Marte Deborah Dalelv, who was felled for extra-marital sex after reporting rape in Dubai, has landed in Norway. Her family and the press welcomed her on Wednesday morning at Torp Sandefjord airport.

Spanish police raid Majorca’s German mafia
Spain

Spanish police raid Majorca’s German mafia

Spanish police on Tuesday raided the Majorcan chapter of the Hells Angels Motorbike Club in what was described as a major blow to the island's powerful German mafia.

Dubai rape illustrates ‘dictatorship holidays’
Sweden

Dubai rape illustrates ‘dictatorship holidays’

A prominent Swedish editorial writer has questioned why Scandinavian tourists visit authoritarian regimes, stating that a Norwegian rape victim's jail sentence in Dubai illustrated the paradoxes of "dictatorship holidays".

Study: German graduates rarely jobless
Germany

Study: German graduates rarely jobless

German graduates are almost immune to unemployment, a new study suggests. More than ten years after leaving university, just eleven percent were out of work.

Dubai rape case a ‘dictatorship holiday’
Norway

Dubai rape case a ‘dictatorship holiday’

A prominent Swedish editorial writer has questioned why Scandinavian tourists visit authoritarian regimes, stating that the jailing of a Norwegian rape victim in Dubai illustrated the paradoxes of "dictatorship holidays".

Condom ad causes stir in Bari
Italy

Condom ad causes stir in Bari

A condom advertisement featuring part-naked men is causing a stir in the area of Casamassina in Bari.

Squatters in Rome fight for social change
Italy

Squatters in Rome fight for social change

With the economic crisis showing no sign of abating, people in Rome are turning to the city's abandoned buildings for shelter and community support. The Local visited Lab Puzzle, a former council office, to find out how Italians are developing their own social movement.

Three killed in flight school plane crash
Switzerland

Three killed in flight school plane crash

Investigators continue to probe the crash of a flight school plane that killed three men in the canton of Obwalden on Tuesday night.

French hunters shooting themselves in the foot
France

French hunters shooting themselves in the foot

Hunting is only supposed to be dangerous for the prey but a recent French survey suggests that the sport poses an increasing risk to the hunter. Last year’s season saw a 25 percent rise in hunting accidents, some of them freakish, which has led to calls for hunts to be regulated.

Car flees Oslo police by slamming into store
Norway

Car flees Oslo police by slamming into store

Two people were taken to hospital after their car slammed into a store front in Oslo in the early hours of Wednesday, after avoiding a routine traffic police check.

Messi clan backs new Barça manager
Spain

Messi clan backs new Barça manager

The appointment of Gerardo "Tata" Martino as Barcelona manager is slightly at odds with the Catalan giants' recent run of managerial appointments, which placed the focus on promoting coaches already working within the club.

Lost elk shot dead in central Gothenburg
Sweden

Lost elk shot dead in central Gothenburg

A confused elk who wandered into central Gothenburg and took a swim in the city's canal was shot dead by hunters on Tuesday after efforts to lead him to safety failed.

Norway protests smear by UN oil report
Norway

Norway protests smear by UN oil report

The Foreign Ministry has sent a letter of complaint to the UN Security Council, after a report stated that Norwegian aid to Somalia could be coverage for oil exploration in the conflict-torn east African nation.

Snowden gets second Nobel peace prize nod
Norway

Snowden gets second Nobel peace prize nod

The deputy chair of the Storting committee on foreign and defence affairs, Snorre Valen, has put forward the names of US whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning as candidates for the Oslo-based Nobel Peace Prize.

Spain’s lesbians locked out of fertility treatments
Spain

Spain’s lesbians locked out of fertility treatments

The Spanish government on Tuesday approved a move which will prevent single women and lesbians in Spain from accessing publicly funded fertility treatments.

Federer to start 2014 season in Brisbane
Switzerland

Federer to start 2014 season in Brisbane

In a bid to improve his Grand Slam hopes next year, Swiss tennis champion Roger Federer will begin his 2014 season at Australia's Brisbane International for the first time, tournament organizers said on Wednesday,

Mobile app to help avoid fatal motorway fatigue
France

Mobile app to help avoid fatal motorway fatigue

Gearing up for a long drive through France this summer? It might be wise to take note of a new study that reveals drowsiness is the biggest cause of death on French motorways. A new mobile app has been created to help drivers avoid the dangers.

Protest songs rock Spain’s crisis-hit youth
Spain

Protest songs rock Spain’s crisis-hit youth

In a dark bar, Diego Rodriguez and his friends are thrashing out some of the wildest, angriest music in Spain: blistering guitars, keening punk vocals, barking saxophone and trumpet.

Italy issues warning over impending heatwave
Italy

Italy issues warning over impending heatwave

Temperatures are set to soar across Italy in the hottest heatwave the country has seen for a decade. One forecaster describes it as the hottest heatwave since the "infamous" summer of 2003.

Sweden hit by outbreak of rare parrot fever
Sweden

Sweden hit by outbreak of rare parrot fever

A Swedish man who died of parrot fever in southern Sweden has transmitted the rare disease to at least eight people, with experts pointing out that human-to-human transmission is exceptionally uncommon.

Dry conditions spark forest fire warnings
Switzerland

Dry conditions spark forest fire warnings

Authorities issued forest fire warnings for several regions of Switzerland due to the ongoing heatwave, with temperatures expected to rise even higher on Friday and the weekend while other parts of the country contended with heavy rain early Wednesday.

Daimler doubles profits thanks to EADS sale
Germany

Daimler doubles profits thanks to EADS sale

German automaker Daimler announced on Wednesday that its profits doubled in the second quarter, propelled in no small part by one-off gains from the sale of its stake in aerospace giant EADS.

Volvo bounces back from first-quarter gloom
Sweden

Volvo bounces back from first-quarter gloom

Sweden-based truck makers Volvo posted a second quarter profit of 72.8 billion kronor ($11.3 billion), a 25-percent increase compared to the "weak start" to 2013.

Drunk inventors caught cruising in car-pool
Germany

Drunk inventors caught cruising in car-pool

German police were left speechless at the weekend when they stopped a group of inventive revellers cruising around town in a unique swimming-pool-car of their own creation - sloshing water onto the pavement at every turn.

Storms update: Alert issued for eastern France
France

Storms update: Alert issued for eastern France

On Wednesday morning Météo France maintained the storm warnings in place for 13 departments in eastern France. The region is set to see violent tempests throughout the afternoon. Residents have been advised to take precautions.

Town pays refugees to haul luggage
Germany

Town pays refugees to haul luggage

A town in Baden-Wüttermberg has taken the controversial step of employing asylum seekers to carry passengers' luggage during renovation work at the train station. They are being paid €1.05 an hour.

Third Umeå station murder suspect arrested
Sweden

Third Umeå station murder suspect arrested

Swedish police detained a third suspect in connection to last weekend's Umeå train station murder of a woman, who was shot in front of a junior football team.

Syrian opposition to press Hollande for arms
France

Syrian opposition to press Hollande for arms

Syria's new opposition chief Ahmad Jarba arrived in Paris on Tuesday for a two-day visit aimed at convincing France to boost its support for rebels battling Bashar al-Assad.

US to return stolen Swedish books
Sweden

US to return stolen Swedish books

Two rare books that once belonged to the Swedish royal family and were stolen from the country's National Library (Kungliga biblioteket) are to be handed back here on Wednesday.

French committee to publish doping report
France

French committee to publish doping report

A French parliamentary commission was on Wednesday due to make public its long-awaited report on doping in sport, possibly divulging the names of cyclists alleged to have taken performance-enhancing drugs during the 1998 Tour de France.

Bayern coach faces ex-team in strained friendly
Germany

Bayern coach faces ex-team in strained friendly

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola's former team meets his current employers in a friendly on Wednesday, as the European champions host Barcelona with relations strained between the Spaniard and his ex-club.