Bomb alert at US consulate in Milan
Italy

Bomb alert at US consulate in Milan

A bomb alert that forced the evacuation of a US consulate in Italy on Tuesday has been lifted, reports said, amid fears of an imminent Al-Qaeda attack.

Impotence drug too strong – firm flops
Germany

Impotence drug too strong – firm flops

A German company which produced an impotency drug has gone bankrupt after the capsules were banned for being twice as powerful as Viagra.

VIDEO: Zidane junior follows dad’s lead at Real
France

VIDEO: Zidane junior follows dad’s lead at Real

His dad was one of the greatest footballers ever, and now Enzo Zidane appears to be following in Zinedine's footsteps, and in more ways than one (see video). Real Madrid have promoted him out of his age group, it was reported this week.

Real’s Ronaldo crowned Spain’s best-paid player
Spain

Real’s Ronaldo crowned Spain’s best-paid player

The Portuguese star has renewed his contract at Real Madrid till 2018 in a deal which has made him the best-paid player in Spain.

Outrage over Swedish grocer’s ‘dog-eating’ ad
Sweden

Outrage over Swedish grocer’s ‘dog-eating’ ad

A television commercial with a Chinese family mocking Swedish crayfish parties while happily tucking into a traditional dog-meat feast has landed Swedish grocery chain Ica in hot water with animal-rights campaigners.

‘Taco death’ tests show no food contaminants
Sweden

‘Taco death’ tests show no food contaminants

Tests have revealed that there were neither nuts nor soy protein in the vegetarian Quorn tacos eaten by a Swedish teenager who later died from an allergic reaction.

‘How can you ban circus elephants but not bulls?’
Spain

‘How can you ban circus elephants but not bulls?’

The northern Spanish city of Vitoria has banned displays of wild animals as part of new animal protection measures, but 'domestic' bulls and donkeys aren't covered by the new regime.

Nat Geo fights Swedish reindeer helicopter ban
Sweden

Nat Geo fights Swedish reindeer helicopter ban

National Geographic has appealed a ban on its photographers taking a helicopter into the Sarek national park, which Swedish officials said risked disturbing the indigenous Samis' grazing reindeer in the World Heritage wilderness.

Kids stash record pocket money cash
Germany

Kids stash record pocket money cash

German children are getting more pocket money than ever before, a study released on Tuesday suggests.

Paris and Berlin axe Cold War-era surveillance pact
France

Paris and Berlin axe Cold War-era surveillance pact

The impact of the US online spying affair continues to have knock-on effects in Europe. Berlin announced on Tuesday that it had cancelled a Cold War surveillance pact with France after coming to a "mutual agreement" with Paris.

Italy’s Unicredit reports profit plunge
Italy

Italy’s Unicredit reports profit plunge

Italy's top bank, UniCredit, reported on Tuesday a net profit of €810 million in the first six months of 2013, down 25.2 percent from the outcome for the same period last year.

Greens’ veggie pledge provokes Nazi jibe
Germany

Greens’ veggie pledge provokes Nazi jibe

A German politician is in hot water after appearing to compare a Green Party election pledge to Nazi totalitarianism.

Spying fears prompt talk of cabinet phone ban
Germany

Spying fears prompt talk of cabinet phone ban

Fear of being snooped on by the US secret service would see mobile phones banned from cabinet meetings if the opposition wins September's election, Chancellor Angela Merkel's rival said on Tuesday.

‘The country we called Sweden no longer exists’
Sweden

‘The country we called Sweden no longer exists’

Tax cuts and the sale of the health care system to venture capitalists signify a new, dangerous spirit of egoism that threatens to ruin Sweden's once cherished welfare state, warns Swedish rapper, actor, and writer Dogge Doggelito.

Swedish photographer dead in London pond
Sweden

Swedish photographer dead in London pond

London police have pulled the body of Swedish photographer Sussie Ahlburg, whose images have appeared in Vogue, from the famous ladies' pond at Hampstead Heath, after she did not return home from her Sunday swim.

Swedish inventor sparks Denmark bomb scare
Sweden

Swedish inventor sparks Denmark bomb scare

A green-minded Swedish inventor who accidentally triggered neighbouring Denmark's terror police has apologized for scaring people with his wire-laced car, saying his intention was only to save the world from "environmental destruction".

VIDEO: Balotelli reveals another ‘talent’
Italy

VIDEO: Balotelli reveals another ‘talent’

A video of footballer Mario Balotelli playing the Italian national anthem on the piano has gone viral, although doubts over the striker’s musical talents have been raised.

UK MP backs Gibraltar joint sovereignty
Spain

UK MP backs Gibraltar joint sovereignty

Spain and the UK should share sovereignty of the disputed territory of Gibraltar, a former British Europe minister said on Tuesday.

Italian bus crash death toll rises to 39
Italy

Italian bus crash death toll rises to 39

A teenage girl died on Tuesday of her injuries suffered in a coach crash in Italy last month, bringing the number of people killed to 39, local media reported.

British tourists still in love with Spain: Study
Spain

British tourists still in love with Spain: Study

Spain remains the number one destination for Brits travelling abroad, a new study reveals.

Ambulance hit with six fines on emergency call
France

Ambulance hit with six fines on emergency call

Two ambulance drivers in Lyon, who delivered a sick patient to a local hospital recently were slapped with six traffic violations during the emergency call out. Slamming the penalties as nonsense the company has vowed to contest the fines.

Wine growers call for aid with more storms due
France

Wine growers call for aid with more storms due

Wine growers in Bordeaux held an emergency meeting on Monday after thousands of acres of vineyards were destroyed in hail storms. With more extreme weather forecast, there could be worse news for Bordeaux and Burgundy vineyard-owners.

Man ‘missing’ at sea found at work
Sweden

Man ‘missing’ at sea found at work

Sea rescue teams searched in vain for a 20-year-old man who failed to return home from a fishing trip in eastern Sweden on Monday night. But as it turned out, his life was never in danger.

Minister ‘hopeful’ over fate of priest in Syria
Italy

Minister ‘hopeful’ over fate of priest in Syria

An Italian Jesuit priest who hoped to negotiate with jihadists in Syria has "apparently been kidnapped by an Islamist group" which is "a local version of Al-Qaeda", the foreign ministry in Rome said on Tuesday.

Court frees ‘paranoid’ man after seven years
Germany

Court frees ‘paranoid’ man after seven years

A man who was forcibly detained for past seven years in psychiatric institutions after saying his wife and her colleagues were involved in banking fraud is being released on Tuesday and all charges against him are to be dropped.

American tourist dies in Fribourg balloon crash
Switzerland

American tourist dies in Fribourg balloon crash

A 55-year-old American man died and four others were seriously injured on Tuesday when a hot-air balloon crashed to the ground after hitting a power line in the canton of Fribourg, police said.

Bad weather and crisis spoils fun for Eurodisney
France

Bad weather and crisis spoils fun for Eurodisney

Eurodisney, which runs the Disneyland Paris theme park posted a third-quarter drop in sales on Tuesday, as poor weather in France and the economic crisis in southern Europe took their toll.

Three die in Italy’s 40C heatwave
Italy

Three die in Italy’s 40C heatwave

Three people have died in Italy as temperatures across the country continue to top 40C.

‘Franco’s victims probably deserved to die’
Spain

‘Franco’s victims probably deserved to die’

A town mayor in northern Spain has got himself into hot water after saying that those who were sentenced to death during the regime of former Spanish dictator Franco "deserved it".

Hitler wine a ‘joke gift’: Italian wine seller
Italy

Hitler wine a ‘joke gift’: Italian wine seller

The owner of an Italian wine company has downplayed criticism of a range of bottles emblazoned with images of dictators including Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, telling The Local the ploy was "simple marketing" that was not meant to offend anyone.

Historic Paris tower opens after 500 years
France

Historic Paris tower opens after 500 years

Visitors have only had to wait around 500 years but finally one of Paris’s most famous landmarks is open to the public for the first time. But you'll need to get to the top while you can, because unfortunately it will soon close again.

Italy’s GDP shrinks for eighth straight quarter
Italy

Italy’s GDP shrinks for eighth straight quarter

The Italian economy shrank by less than feared in the second quarter of 2013, boosting hopes that the end of recession is in sight, but marked the eighth quarterly contraction in a row.

Mia, Noah, Emma and Gabriel top name chart
Switzerland

Mia, Noah, Emma and Gabriel top name chart

The Swiss stuck with recent tradition when it came to naming their children last year, with Mia and Noah remaining the most popular names in German-speaking Switzerland and Emma and Gabriel in the French area.

‘Spain’s banks ignore customer complaints’
Spain

‘Spain’s banks ignore customer complaints’

Spanish banks are ignoring most customer complaints even after the country's central bank, the Bank of Spain, rules against lenders and in favour of their clients.

Rare finch seen in Norway for first time
Norway

Rare finch seen in Norway for first time

The Trumpeter Finch, a bird normally resident in North Africa and the Middle East, has been spotted in Norway for the first time, causing crowds of bird-watchers to rush over for a glimpse.

Police defuse ‘suicidal’ asylum seeker drama
Germany

Police defuse ‘suicidal’ asylum seeker drama

Munich police faced a skyline standoff on Monday night when an asylum seeker climbed up a crane and threatened to jump if his family were not granted refuge in the country.

‘Ghost thieves’ spook Stockholm tourists
Sweden

‘Ghost thieves’ spook Stockholm tourists

Tourists in the Swedish capital have been warned to keep an eye out for ghosts, or at least people dressed as ghosts, who are believed to be distracting sightseers while accomplices pick their pockets.

Nurse rents out breasts for gay couples’ babies
France

Nurse rents out breasts for gay couples’ babies

A French nurse has raised eyebrows by putting her breasts up for rent to parents who can’t breastfeed their own babies. Condemned by some as illegal and dangerous, the business venture is just the latest aimed at France's emerging market of gay families.

Norway’s Tripp Trapp seat to go for $300m
Norway

Norway’s Tripp Trapp seat to go for $300m

Norway's famed Tripp Trapp baby seat could fetch upwards of two billion Norwegian kroner -- more than $300m -- if its owners go ahead with their planned sale later this year.

Postal service posts impressive profits
Germany

Postal service posts impressive profits

Deutsche Post is riding high despite the continuing global financial crisis, unexpectedly healthy profit figures released Tuesday suggest.

More than 28,000 Italians apply for 200 Ikea jobs
Italy

More than 28,000 Italians apply for 200 Ikea jobs

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has attracted 28,616 applications for just 200 jobs at its new store in Pisa. Gaià Paradiso, a 25-year-old student at the University of Florence, told The Local there are "few options" for young jobseekers in Italy.

Spanish paedophile pardon was ‘admin error’
Spain

Spanish paedophile pardon was ‘admin error’

The convicted paedophile arrested by Spanish police on Monday after his pardon was revoked by Morocco's King Mohamed VI was originally supposed repatriated to a Spanish prison and not released, sources have told the news agency AFP.

More Romanians arrested for Oslo thefts
Norway

More Romanians arrested for Oslo thefts

Oslo police have arrested more Romanian nationals than Norwegians this year for burglary, car-theft, pick-pocketing and other property crimes.

GALLERY:Top Ten most loved French celebrities
France

GALLERY:Top Ten most loved French celebrities

While the Brits love Beckham, the Yanks adore Beyoncé and the Canadians are besotted with Bieber have you ever wondered which celebrity the French hold closest to their hearts? Well fret no more. Here's a countdown of the official 2013 list of the top ten most loved French personalities.

Asylum seekers face public pool ban
Switzerland

Asylum seekers face public pool ban

The first federal centre for asylum seekers has opened in Bremgarten in the canton of Aargau and is already causing controversy.

Norwegians can’t even change a car tyre: report
Norway

Norwegians can’t even change a car tyre: report

An embarrassingly large number of Norwegians seem incapable of even changing a tyre, according to the latest statistics from the country's NAF road rescue service.

Swedes rejoice at billion-kronor tax refunds
Sweden

Swedes rejoice at billion-kronor tax refunds

All the Swedes who sent in their tax returns via old-fashioned snail-mail got their tax refunds on Tuesday, with almost a million Swedish taxpayers sharing a payout of 6.2 billion kronor ($940 million).

‘Serious security flaws’ in Vodafone routers
Germany

‘Serious security flaws’ in Vodafone routers

Serious security flaws in a number of Vodafone internet routers could mean hackers could easily tap into customers' online data, Germany's Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) said on Tuesday.

Breivik needs to pass maths to get uni place
Norway

Breivik needs to pass maths to get uni place

Far-right terrorist Anders Breivik still has to pass a maths exam before he will become eligible to study at the University of Oslo, one of his lawyers has said.

Disgruntled Germans call for census re-count
Germany

Disgruntled Germans call for census re-count

The newest census, which listed 1.5 million fewer Germans than thought has sparked outrage in states whose apparently shrinking population could lead to a cut in federal funding. As criticism mounts, the entire study is being questioned.

Sweden braces for floods and thunderstorms
Sweden

Sweden braces for floods and thunderstorms

Sweden's weather agency has issued a warning as heavy thunderstorms are set to wreak havoc across Sweden on Tuesday. But experts remain unsure of where exactly the damage will be done.

Jack Nicholson favourite to play Berlusconi
Italy

Jack Nicholson favourite to play Berlusconi

American actor Jack Nicholson would be the favourite to play Silvio Berlusconi if a film about the scandal-hit former Italian prime minister is ever made, according to the Irish bookmaker, Paddy Power.

Tunnel fire victims to be sent home today
Norway

Tunnel fire victims to be sent home today

The majority of the 65 people hospitalised in the Gudavanga Tunnel fire will be sent home today after undergoing a final health check, Noralv Distad, the crisis leader for the local Aurland Kommune, has told The Local.

Victim of Polanski sex assault to publish book
France

Victim of Polanski sex assault to publish book

French publishers announced on Monday that a woman, who sexually assaulted by Roman Polanski at the age of 13, is to publish her memoirs. The French title of the book will translate as "Me, Samantha, 13-years-old, raped by Roman Polanski".

Million-euro reward for return of Cannes jewels
France

Million-euro reward for return of Cannes jewels

A €1 million reward has been offered up for any information that will lead to the return of €103 million worth of jewellery stolen from the Riviera resort of Cannes last month. The offer is subject to certain conditions, however.

India denies revoking Roche cancer drug patent
Switzerland

India denies revoking Roche cancer drug patent

India on Monday denied revoking additional patents related to Roche Holding's breast cancer drug Herceptin, saying the Swiss pharma failed to follow legal procedures so the applications lapsed.

Sweden’s ATMs to be run by one company
Sweden

Sweden’s ATMs to be run by one company

All of Sweden's Automatic Teller Machines will soon be available to all banking customers and will be run by one company, which is promising a more user-friendly and consistent model together with all the services customers already have.

Stowaway cat recovers from its flight ordeal
Switzerland

Stowaway cat recovers from its flight ordeal

Oscar Fox, the kitten that stowed away on a Swiss airlines flight from Athens last week, is making a good recovery.

‘Graffiti artist’ hit by Stockholm subway train
Sweden

‘Graffiti artist’ hit by Stockholm subway train

A young man, who police suspect was spraying graffiti on a subway line in central Stockholm, was run over by a train on Monday night and taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Müller scores hat-trick for Bayern Munich
Germany

Müller scores hat-trick for Bayern Munich

A hat-trick by German international Thomas Müller inspired holders Bayern Munich to a 5-0 win over fifth Divisionb SW Rehden on Monday in their first round German Cup clash.