Call for Muslim veil ban in French universities
France

Call for Muslim veil ban in French universities

France could be set to go a step further in its ban on the wearing of religious symbols in state schools. A new report has recommended banning the Islamic headscarf and other religious symbols in the country's universities, a French newspaper claimed on Monday.

Ten Spanish words the English language needs
Spain

Ten Spanish words the English language needs

Some Spanish words are so great that it makes you wonder why English hasn't adopted them yet. For the latest Local List, we've chosen ten linguistic gems that would make the English language better.

Police find ‘neglect’ in Italian care home blitz
Italy

Police find ‘neglect’ in Italian care home blitz

Italian police found cases of 'neglect, uncleanliness, expired medication and over-crowding' after a blitz on 100 nursing homes across the country.

Spanish police arrest pardoned paedophile
Spain

Spanish police arrest pardoned paedophile

Spanish police have arrested the paedophile pardoned by Morocco's King Mohamed VI, Spain's interior ministry reported on Monday.

Tourist snaps finger off 600-year-old statue
Italy

Tourist snaps finger off 600-year-old statue

An American tourist could face charges after accidentally snapping a finger off a 600-year-old statue in Florence's Galleria dell'Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, local media reported on Monday.

‘Spain’s austerity project is working’: Report
Spain

‘Spain’s austerity project is working’: Report

Spain's austerity policies may be on the point of paying off, influential US newspaper the Wall Street Journal claimed on Monday.

IMF to France: Ease austerity, but no tax hike
France

IMF to France: Ease austerity, but no tax hike

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) had some straight forward advice for France on Monday: Ease down on austerity, cut spending and do not raise taxes, which are already among the highest in the world.

How to beat the post-holiday work blues
Sweden

How to beat the post-holiday work blues

The heat lingers, but the days are getting shorter, and in their droves the busy Swedish worker bees return to their hives. Yet the experience is not sweet as honey for some. Expat counsellor Lysanne Sizoo tells The Local how to deal with post-vacation depression.

Stockholm man dies from shot to the face
Sweden

Stockholm man dies from shot to the face

Heavily armed police were called to the scene of a shooting in central Stockholm on Monday, where they discovered an unidentified man who had been shot in the face and later died from his injuries.

Attack in Afghanistan leaves troops injured
Germany

Attack in Afghanistan leaves troops injured

An attack on Monday at against German soldiers stationed in Afghanistan has left five injured. Terrorists reportedly used explosives and bazookas to target the group, who were near the camp in the Kunduz Province.

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

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.

Swiss swim coach admits abuse of children
Switzerland

Swiss swim coach admits abuse of children

A former Swiss national swimming coach has admitted all charges against him of abuse of minors at his trial in Lugano in the canton of Ticino.

Fire in Norwegian tunnel sends 55 to hospital
Norway

Fire in Norwegian tunnel sends 55 to hospital

More than 50 people have been taken to hospital after a fire broke out in the 11 kilometer Gudvanga Tunnel, Norway's second longest.

VIDEO: Fiat revamps US culture with Italian ad
Italy

VIDEO: Fiat revamps US culture with Italian ad

Italian car company Fiat has launched a new TV advert which plays on Italian and US stereotypes alike, ranging from over-sized coffee to passion and style.

‘It’s the best thing that’s happened to me’
Italy

‘It’s the best thing that’s happened to me’

French-Moroccan Mehdi Drissi has worked in Kenya, Brazil, France and now Italy. The chief of media relations at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations talks to The Local about what Rome has to offer to those with an international mindset.

Alliance rift over family reunification policy
Sweden

Alliance rift over family reunification policy

A requirement that immigrants be able to support themselves before applying to have their families join them in Sweden has led to a rift between coalition partners in the centre-right Alliance government.

Ibiza phone thief ‘world’s most stupid’
Germany

Ibiza phone thief ‘world’s most stupid’

A German tourist who had her mobile stolen on the Spanish holiday island of Ibiza has set up a hilarious blog with pictures and videos taken by the thief on her device which are automatically uploaded to her computer.

Man run over by train lives, shouts at driver
Germany

Man run over by train lives, shouts at driver

A 55-year-old German man had a very lucky escape on Sunday night, after being run over by a train. He was even in a fit enough state to get up and shout at the driver.

Subletting law change boosts housing supply
Sweden

Subletting law change boosts housing supply

Despite fears that Sweden's new subletting law would lead to a spike in rents, the change has nevertheless resulted in an increased supply of sublets in some parts of the country.

Gibraltar claims Spain acting like North Korea
Spain

Gibraltar claims Spain acting like North Korea

Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has blasted Spain's threat to impose a €50 ($66) car toll at the border with the tiny British-held territory as North Korean-style "sabre rattling" and a "neanderthal approach".

Ibiza phone thief ‘world’s most stupid’
Spain

Ibiza phone thief ‘world’s most stupid’

A German tourist who had her mobile stolen on the Spanish holiday island of Ibiza has set up a hilarious blog with pictures and videos taken by the thief on her device which are automatically uploaded to her computer.

Cubans killed activist: Spanish politician
Spain

Cubans killed activist: Spanish politician

Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya did not die in a car crash last year but was instead "assassinated" by Cuban secret services, a Spanish politician who was at the wheel of the car said in an interview published on Monday.

Italian robbers bulldoze their way to €100,000
Italy

Italian robbers bulldoze their way to €100,000

Thieves in the southern city of Brindisi used a bulldozer to break into a supermarket safe early on Monday morning, getting away with more than €100,000 ($132,530), Italian media reported.

BMW to recall 140,000 cars in China
Germany

BMW to recall 140,000 cars in China

A Chinese joint venture of German car maker BMW will recall more than 140,000 cars in the world's largest auto market over power steering defects, China's quality watchdog said Monday.

Swedish teens buy online chlamydia cure
Sweden

Swedish teens buy online chlamydia cure

Health workers in southern Sweden have warned that young Swedes are increasingly self-medicating against sexually transmitted diseases by buying antibiotics on the internet, in some cases to hide infidelity.

VIDEO: New Zeppelin cruises over Paris
France

VIDEO: New Zeppelin cruises over Paris

Not happy with the views of Paris from the Eiffel Tower? Well there is a new way to take in the breathtaking vistas of the French capital. On Sunday a new tourist Zeppelin airship took to the skies above Paris for its first commercial flight. (See video)

Norwegian ‘disgust’ at Italy’s Hitler wine
Norway

Norwegian ‘disgust’ at Italy’s Hitler wine

A Norwegian holidaying in Italy came in for a nasty surprise when he stumbled upon a rack of 'Hitler' wine openly for sale in a local grocery shop.

Depardieu slams government on Paris visit
France

Depardieu slams government on Paris visit

Eccentric French actor, Russian citizen and Belgian resident Gérard Depardieu has attacked "the way [French] governments use the money they take" in an interview during a rare visit to Paris, it was reported on Monday.

Greens call for ‘Veggie Day’ in canteens
Germany

Greens call for ‘Veggie Day’ in canteens

Germany's Green party said on Monday it wants to introduce a weekly "veggie-only" day in canteens across the country. But the plan is likely to provoke a meaty discussion among Germany's many sausage devotees.

‘If Brits don’t like France why do they live here?’
France

‘If Brits don’t like France why do they live here?’

In an opinion piece published on The Local France, British author Piu Marie Eatwell provoked a flurry of reactions with her view that expats should stop romanticizing about a mythical France. Here's a selection of responses from readers.

US stages Pamplona-style running of bulls
Spain

US stages Pamplona-style running of bulls

Americans who don't fancy making the long trip to Spain can now enjoy the thrill of being chased down the street by dangerous livestock in several US cities.

Italian ‘Hitler wine’ leaves bad taste with tourists
Italy

Italian ‘Hitler wine’ leaves bad taste with tourists

A Norwegian couple were "astonished" after popping into a shop in Rimini in search of a fine bottle of Italian wine and instead of a pleasant vineyard image on the label, they were met with the face of Adolf Hitler.

Paris train delayed as driver takes wrong line
France

Paris train delayed as driver takes wrong line

We've heard of drivers taking the wrong turn-off by mistake, but it's not often a train driver takes the wrong track. But this was why a suburban train in Paris was delayed for over an hour on Sunday, with 150 passengers on board.

Titanic II to be decked out by Swedish designers
Sweden

Titanic II to be decked out by Swedish designers

A full-scale replica of the Titanic commissioned by an Australian billionaire will feature an interior designed by a team of Swedes in Höganäs.

Rain saves Norway’s mushroom season
Norway

Rain saves Norway’s mushroom season

The rain showers that hit Norway last week have come to the rescue of the country's mushroom pickers, causing their prized chanterelles to sprout in shady woodland glades across the country.

Sweden probes ‘doubled’ insider trading cases
Sweden

Sweden probes ‘doubled’ insider trading cases

Suspected cases of insider trading are on the up in Sweden, with financial crimes investigators looking into as nearly as many cases in the past six months as in all of 2012.

Spain eyes €50 car entry fee for Gibraltar
Spain

Spain eyes €50 car entry fee for Gibraltar

Spain and Gibraltar's diplomatic spat is far from over, now that Spain's Foreign Minister has announced a series of possible hard-line measures to "tighten the grip" on its diminutive neighbour.

Violent storms injure dozens over weekend
Germany

Violent storms injure dozens over weekend

Extreme weather battered Germany over the weekend, leaving dozens injured and 22 children in hospital after lightning hit their tent. The emergency services received hundreds of calls, it was reported on Monday.

Gates family spends Sunday abseiling
Norway

Gates family spends Sunday abseiling

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates and his family spent Sunday abseiling down a 40-metre canyon in the mountains of central Norway as they continued their hectic two week adventure holiday in the country.

Solar aircraft returns from cross-US flight
Switzerland

Solar aircraft returns from cross-US flight

Crowds of spectators welcomed the solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse on Monday as it returned to Switzerland onboard a jumbo jet following its successful trans-American flight.

Meet the Baùs: name-sharers reunite in Alps
Italy

Meet the Baùs: name-sharers reunite in Alps

Baùs from all over the world congregated in Stoccareddo, a town high up in Italy's Alps, on Sunday for a get-together with the 370 inhabitants who share the surname.

Buttock-rubbing soldier handed jail term
Spain

Buttock-rubbing soldier handed jail term

A Spanish army sergeant has landed a 10-month jail sentence for touching the buttocks of a female superior officer.

Swedish engineers buy French software firm
Sweden

Swedish engineers buy French software firm

ABB took another step into the building-automation market by purchasing Toulouse-based Newron System for an undisclosed sum, the Swiss-Swedish engineering giant announced on Monday.

Child killer ‘confesses’ in church visitors’ book
Italy

Child killer ‘confesses’ in church visitors’ book

Police in northern Italy have seized a church visitors' book after a note was found confessing to the unsolved murder of a 13-year-old girl three years ago.

VIDEO: Balloon festival ends after highs and lows
France

VIDEO: Balloon festival ends after highs and lows

Residents near the north-eastern city of Metz were treated to some spectacular sights over the weekend as the 'Lorraine Mondial' air balloon festival set two new world records in front of crowds of around 350,000 spectators. (See video)

Norway risks even higher booze taxes
Norway

Norway risks even higher booze taxes

Norway is considering imposing even higher taxes on alcoholic drinks, a move that would bring it within a whisker of becoming world's most expensive place for a tipple.

Women play ‘major role’ in neo-Nazi scene
Germany

Women play ‘major role’ in neo-Nazi scene

The case of Beate Zschäpe, who is accused of being a member of the neo-Nazi terror cell, which reportedly killed ten people, has drawn attention to the role women are playing in the far-right scene. Experts are warning the threat from women has been underrated.

Father of missing beauty queen found hanged
France

Father of missing beauty queen found hanged

The father of a French beauty contestant who went missing along with her mum three weeks ago has been found hanged, French prosecutors reported on Monday. Police continue to hunt for the man’s wife and daughter.

Morocco repeals pardon for Spanish paedophile
Spain

Morocco repeals pardon for Spanish paedophile

King Mohamed VI of Morocco on Sunday revoked a pardon granted to a Spanish serial paedophile whose release sparked angry protests in the kingdom, a palace statement said.

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

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.

Three die as car catches fire in head-on collision
Switzerland

Three die as car catches fire in head-on collision

A man and two children died after two cars collided head-on and one burst into flames on Sunday in Alpnach in central Switzerland.

Right plans to ‘detonate bomb’ under Nynorsk
Norway

Right plans to ‘detonate bomb’ under Nynorsk

A government minister has accused Norway's right-wing parties of planning to "detonate a bomb" under Nynorsk, the least dominant of Norway's two official languages.

Minister: EU should follow German data law
Germany

Minister: EU should follow German data law

German data protection standards should form the basis for future EU-wide regulation, Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger told Die Welt newspaper on Monday.

Fourteen die as France’s drowning death toll soars
France

Fourteen die as France’s drowning death toll soars

The summer in France continues to be marred by tragedy after another 14 people drowned in the country's waters over the weekend. The number of drownings now stands at 89 since July 1st, according to the latest figures. The government has issued appeals for caution.

Germans say ‘nein danke’ to retiring at 67
Germany

Germans say ‘nein danke’ to retiring at 67

The vast majority of Germans oppose plans to raise the retirement age to 67. But some who are warning of shortages in the skilled crafts sector, have suggested working until 70, it emerged over the weekend.

‘I’ll never in my life regret coming to Germany’
Germany

‘I’ll never in my life regret coming to Germany’

In the latest edition of My German Career, PhD research scholar Priyanka Bodapati tells The Local about her experiences in Gießen.

Reitzel wins cycle messenger world title
Switzerland

Reitzel wins cycle messenger world title

Reigning champion Josephine Reitzel of Switzerland has won her third title on Sunday on home streets at the Cycle Messenger World Championships.

Stockholm student homes a hotbed for lice
Sweden

Stockholm student homes a hotbed for lice

The housing catastrophe for students in Stockholm means more youngsters are turning to shared accommodation, which experts warn is bringing students new problems of the creepy-crawly variety.

Breivik to be moved to ‘liberal’ prison
Norway

Breivik to be moved to ‘liberal’ prison

Far-right terrorist Anders Breivik is to be moved to Skien prison, a jail celebrated for having one of Norway's most liberal regimes, NRK has reported.

Miroglio priest ousted for ‘theft and marijuana’
Italy

Miroglio priest ousted for ‘theft and marijuana’

Parishioners at a church in the town of Miroglio, near Cuneo in northern Italy, have succeeded in ousting their local priest following a string of scandals including alleged forgery, theft and possession of marijuana.

Two men injured in Bergen knife attack
Norway

Two men injured in Bergen knife attack

Two men have been seriously injured in a knife attack outside Finnegan's Irish pub in Bergen.

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Sweden

Swedish woman gives birth in crashed car

A woman in eastern Sweden gave birth inside her crashed car, which had flipped off the highway when her husband noticed their baby was making an early appearance on the way to the hospital.

‘Government must forge ahead’ – Berlusconi
Italy

‘Government must forge ahead’ – Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi sought to allay fears on Sunday over the future of Italy's uneasy coalition government after the former premier's tax fraud conviction sent shockwaves across the political scene.