IMF posts grim jobless warning for Spain
Spain

IMF posts grim jobless warning for Spain

The IMF told Spain on Friday it faces five more years with an unemployment rate topping 25 percent as it pressed Madrid to enact new reforms including measures to help firms slash wages instead of axing staff.

Geography quiz: Think you know your Spain?
Spain

Geography quiz: Think you know your Spain?

So you think you know your Spanish geography? Well this week we're putting you in the hot seat with our first ever quiz about Spain. Prepare for your brains to be wracked.

Swedish bank lures credit-hungry UK clients
Sweden

Swedish bank lures credit-hungry UK clients

Sweden's Handelsbanken is opening a new UK branch every eighth day, securing its place not only in British borrowers' hearts, but reintroducing high street banking in an industry laid to waste by call centres.

‘Sensitive time’ after Berlusconi verdict: PM
Italy

‘Sensitive time’ after Berlusconi verdict: PM

Prime Minister Enrico Letta said on Friday that he hopes "personal interests" will not damage the uneasy coalition government, following a landmark court ruling against Silvio Berlusconi.

Israel risks French ire with ban on foie gras
France

Israel risks French ire with ban on foie gras

It may be a much-loved delicacy in France but Israel looks set to become a foie gras free country after lawmakers adopted a bill banning the importation and sale of livers of animals that have been “tortured”.

Pro-LGBT Americans join Stockholm Pride
Sweden

Pro-LGBT Americans join Stockholm Pride

The Democrats Abroad in Sweden are getting ready to march in Saturday's gay pride parade in Stockholm, but said recent developments in the States meant some of their members in same-sex relationships could soon head home.

Italy marks anniversary of Bologna bombing
Italy

Italy marks anniversary of Bologna bombing

Italy on Friday marked the 33rd anniversary of the Bologna train station bombing, in which 85 people died. The bombing is the most devastating terrorist attack in the country's history.

France launches €5bn bid to save poor estates
France

France launches €5bn bid to save poor estates

The latest attempt by a French government to rescue the country’s deprived housing estates was put before the cabinet on Friday. President François Hollande hopes €5billion of investment will help put an end to the recent outbreaks of street violence.

Train drivers sound horns for dead colleague
Switzerland

Train drivers sound horns for dead colleague

At 2pm on Friday train drivers across the country sounded their horns in remembrance of their 24-year-old colleague who died in Monday’s collision of two trains.

Olympic Swedes ‘too Swedish’ for LGBT demo
Sweden

Olympic Swedes ‘too Swedish’ for LGBT demo

Swedish artist Alexander Bard has called on his country's athletes to protest Russia's anti-LGBT laws during the winter olympics next year, but the Swedish Olympic Committee deem such a pro-gay rights move unlikely. The reason? Swedishness, as Steffen Daniel Meyer reports.

‘Italy is not for the faint-hearted’
Italy

‘Italy is not for the faint-hearted’

Diana Strinati Baur, a former marketing executive, has found peace as an author, innkeeper, artist and creative coach in the wine country of Piemonte, northern Italy. She talks to The Local about life in the town of Acqui Terme and busts a stereotype about northerners.

The ‘French Elvis’ hoping to conquer the US at 70
France

The ‘French Elvis’ hoping to conquer the US at 70

He’s been described as the “French Elvis Presley”. Now after a glittering 50-year-long career, Johnny Hallyday has finally turned his attention to the English market at the ripe old age of 70 and for that he earns the title of French Face of the Week.

Boy finds grandfather’s ‘mummy’ hidden in attic
Germany

Boy finds grandfather’s ‘mummy’ hidden in attic

Experts in Germany are investigating whether what appears to be a North African mummy, found in an attic by a ten-year-old boy, it was reported on Thursday.

Neo-Nazi victims get their day in court
Germany

Neo-Nazi victims get their day in court

The family of a man killed by German neo-Nazi terrorists told detectives they thought fascists were to blame but were ignored - instead police bugged their car and phones in a vain hunt for evidence the dead man was involved in crime.

Lazio captain suspended for illegal betting
Italy

Lazio captain suspended for illegal betting

An Italian sports tribunal on Friday suspended Lazio captain Stefano Mauri for six months and fined the Serie A club €40,000 for their involvement in an illegal betting scandal.

‘I am not to blame’: Train crash conductor
Spain

‘I am not to blame’: Train crash conductor

A conductor said on Friday he was not to blame for a Spanish train derailment that killed 79 people on July 24th despite telephoning the driver just before the disaster.

Nynorsk dictionary drops ‘objectionable’ words
Norway

Nynorsk dictionary drops ‘objectionable’ words

The official dictionary of Nynorsk is excising politically incorrect words from its latest edition, arguing that they have become "out-of-date".

Spain in the spotlight: International Press
Spain

Spain in the spotlight: International Press

In a huge news week for Spain, we took a look at what the foreign press has been saying about events in the country.

Swedes go British for BBC Proms debut
Sweden

Swedes go British for BBC Proms debut

One of Sweden's leading orchestras, Camerata Nordica, will perform the world premiere of one of Great Britain's favourite contemporary composers, Benjamin Britten, at this year’s prestigious BBC Proms.

Turkish man takes pain out of praying
Germany

Turkish man takes pain out of praying

A Turkish man living in Germany has invented a Muslim prayer mat that takes the strain off the knees which, he said Friday, he hoped to now sell worldwide.

Berlusconi ‘house arrest’ – cave or volcano?
Italy

Berlusconi ‘house arrest’ – cave or volcano?

For most people, house arrest means a meagre existence staring at the same four walls. Not so for Silvio Berlusconi. The Local takes a look at how life under lock and key could be for the billionaire.

France placed on alert for violent storms
France

France placed on alert for violent storms

France is set for more violent storms this weekend with the country’s weather service issuing alerts on Friday for 30 departments across the country.

Germany: progress needed in Iran nuke talks
Germany

Germany: progress needed in Iran nuke talks

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said he hoped for progress in the dispute over Iran's nuclear programme after Hassan Rowhani assumes the presidency on Saturday.

Trollhättan suspect to be extradited to Sweden
Sweden

Trollhättan suspect to be extradited to Sweden

A Polish court ruled on Friday that the 36-year-old man who turned himself in over the murder of a mother-of-two in Trollhättan, western Sweden, should be extradited to Sweden.

Pyromaniac policeman caught by colleagues
Spain

Pyromaniac policeman caught by colleagues

A Spanish Civil Guard policeman has been arrested by his colleagues for allegedly starting 19 forest fires in Madrid in July.

Berlusconi ‘could find himself stacking shelves’
Italy

Berlusconi ‘could find himself stacking shelves’

So a sentence has been upheld in Silvio Berlusconi's tax fraud case. But what will it mean for him exactly?

Spanish paedophile freed by Moroccan King
Spain

Spanish paedophile freed by Moroccan King

The Moroccan King's recent decision to pardon a Spanish paedophile has caused outrage in the north African country.

Wolf filmed in Oslo forest
Norway

Wolf filmed in Oslo forest

A wolf has been captured on video roaming in the Østmarka forest outside Oslo, indicating that Fenris and Freya, the pair photographed this April, are still alive and living near the city.

One Direction’s Styles ‘buys Paris penthouse’
France

One Direction’s Styles ‘buys Paris penthouse’

To the no doubt delighted squeals of French teenagers, One Direction singer Harry Styles is believed to have bought a penthouse in a chic Paris neighbourhoood. Gallic gossip magazines have wasted no time in speculating the impact of Styles' arrival in the City of Light.

Gay couples granted honeymoons in Milan
Italy

Gay couples granted honeymoons in Milan

An Italian call centre in Milan has given its blessing to married gay staff going on honeymoon.

Lufthansa: halved profits this quarter no problem
Germany

Lufthansa: halved profits this quarter no problem

Germany's biggest airline Lufthansa said on Friday that one-off charges cut its bottom line almost in half in the second quarter of the year, but insisted that its performance had improved outside of those factors.

Man forced mother-in-law to be prostitute
France

Man forced mother-in-law to be prostitute

A man in the south west French city of Bordeaux was jailed this week for forcing both his partner and her mother to work as prostitutes. He was found guilty of "aggravated pimping".

Stowaway cat survives flight from Athens
Switzerland

Stowaway cat survives flight from Athens

A flight from Athens to Zurich was delayed for two hours on Wednesday after a cat stowed away in the undercarriage.

YMCA dance in Berlusconi courtroom
Italy

YMCA dance in Berlusconi courtroom

A guard in Italy's highest court has been caught on camera practicing his dance moves, ahead of the verdict in Silvio Berlusconi's tax fraud verdict.

Rammstein rock Wacken metal festival
Germany

Rammstein rock Wacken metal festival

Heavy metal fans have taken over a small north German town at its annual music festival. Since kicking off on Thursday, guests have been head-banging along to some of the loudest bands in the business.

Is Sweden the most gay-friendly country?
Sweden

Is Sweden the most gay-friendly country?

Sweden was ranked this year as the world's gay-friendliest country, but does Stockholm's gay community agree? And what exactly is "gay slime wrestling"? We headed to Pride Park to find out more.

Norway’s greens call for state cannabis farms
Norway

Norway’s greens call for state cannabis farms

Norway's Green Party has proposed setting up a government agency to grow and sell cannabis, as it rolls out its manifesto ahead of this September's election.

Spain sees fifth month of falling jobless figures
Spain

Spain sees fifth month of falling jobless figures

Spain's unemployment rate fell for the fifth month in a row in June, but most of the new jobs created are only temporary, figures released on Friday by Spain's Employment Ministry show.

Shorts ban sparks mutiny in French prison
France

Shorts ban sparks mutiny in French prison

As temperatures hit 40°C in certain areas of France yesterday, tempers boiled over at a prison in the eastern town of Bourg-en-Bresse where prisoners staged a rebellion after wardens banned them from wearing shorts during exercise despite the heat.

Spanish fishermen see red over Gibraltar ‘reef’
Spain

Spanish fishermen see red over Gibraltar ‘reef’

Spain and Gibraltar have fallen out yet again, this time over a load of cement blocks.

Five-year-old dies, sister injured after car chase
Germany

Five-year-old dies, sister injured after car chase

German police are investigating after a five-year-old girl was killed and her three-year-old sister seriously injured when a car being followed by police smashed into a launderette where they were with their mother.

‘We’ve waited 20 years for this moment’
Italy

‘We’ve waited 20 years for this moment’

As Silvio Berlusconi held crisis talks in his Rome mansion following his conviction for tax fraud, The Local spoke to Italians waiting outside to get their thoughts on the billionaire's sentence.

Penelope Cruz shoots spicy lingerie video
Spain

Penelope Cruz shoots spicy lingerie video

Spanish actress Penelope Cruz has made her directing debut with a lingerie commercial that features her very pregnant sister Monica alongside footballer Cristiano Ronaldo's model girlfriend.

Zurich uni worker posts body parts pics on web
Switzerland

Zurich uni worker posts body parts pics on web

A former Zurich University worker took pictures of body parts in an anatomical collection and published the pictures on Instagram as a joke.

France set for ‘black’ Saturday on roads
France

France set for ‘black’ Saturday on roads

Saturday is set to be one of the busiest days of the year on French roads as thousands of holiday makers and tourists head across the country. With jams and tailbacks expected in certain it has been categorised as level ‘black’ by road authorities.

Norwegian burglar jailed for 671st break-in
Norway

Norwegian burglar jailed for 671st break-in

Norway's most notorious burglar, "Vandraren" or "The Wanderer", has been sentenced to a month in prison for robbing a summer cabin last week.

Kohl wanted to send half Turks home in 1980s
Germany

Kohl wanted to send half Turks home in 1980s

Helmut Kohl wanted to send half the Turkish people in Germany home when he became chancellor of the country in 1982, newly-declassified documents from the UK have revealed.

No link between fatigue and sleep: Swedish study
Sweden

No link between fatigue and sleep: Swedish study

New Swedish research has shown that there is little or no relation between how much sleep people get at night and how fatigued they feel, the head researcher said Thursday.

Berlusconi verdict sparks political tension
Italy

Berlusconi verdict sparks political tension

A final judgment against former leader Silvio Berlusconi raised political tensions in Italy on Friday but left a fragile coalition in place for now amid a muted reaction on the financial markets.

Volcanic range discovered off Norway
Norway

Volcanic range discovered off Norway

Researchers have found a 1,500 km volcanic mountain chain in Norwegian waters which could soon break the surface to form a new island archipelago.

French trader ‘fabulous fab’ guilty of fraud
France

French trader ‘fabulous fab’ guilty of fraud

French trader Fabrice Tourre, known as 'Faboulous Fab', a former Goldman Sachs banker, was convicted by jurors in New York on Thursday of committing fraud in a mortgage-linked security sale that floundered.

Broke Spaniards opt for low-cost summer break
Spain

Broke Spaniards opt for low-cost summer break

It's August in Spain, and that means just one thing: holidays. With money short, though, many Spaniards are exploring cut-price options and coming home sooner.

Swiss national day goes off with a bang
Switzerland

Swiss national day goes off with a bang

The Swiss celebrated their national day on August 1st under perfect blue skies with political speeches, farm brunches and fireworks.

US Holocaust survivors target France’s SNCF
France

US Holocaust survivors target France’s SNCF

Lawmakers in the US have re-introduced legislation that seeks to hold France's state-owned rail company SNCF accountable for its role in transporting Jews to their deaths during the Holocaust.

Bill Gates holidays at hotel of British expat
Norway

Bill Gates holidays at hotel of British expat

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates and his family spent Thursday night as the guest of British expat Barry Brown in his boutique hotel overlooking Ålesund's Storfjord, according to the Sunnmørsposten newspaper

Bayern Munich bounce back to floor Man City
Germany

Bayern Munich bounce back to floor Man City

Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich came from behind to beat Premier League side Manchester City 2-1 in the final of the European champion's pre-season tournament on Thursday.

Merkel’s coalition seems set for election victory
Germany

Merkel’s coalition seems set for election victory

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and their coalition partners are set to win enough votes to continue to govern Germany after the general elections in seven weeks' time, a poll said Thursday.

‘Offensive not to punish prison breaks’
Sweden

‘Offensive not to punish prison breaks’

The Christian Democrat party wants to criminalize breaking out of prison, which at present can be punished with withdrawn privileges for the inmate in Swedish jail.

Svennis to sell ‘haunted’ Swedish mansion
Sweden

Svennis to sell ‘haunted’ Swedish mansion

Sweden's most famous football coach Sven-Göran 'Svennis' Eriksson has put his haunted, Nobel Literature Prize spawning, twelve-room mansion up for sale, asking for a neat 40 million kronor ($6 million).

Volvo Cars posts modest US sales gains
Sweden

Volvo Cars posts modest US sales gains

Volvo Cars' American sales revved up a notch in July, but were still being overtaken by rivals such as Toyota and Honda as the US auto market continued its recovery.