Leibovitz and her fashionable leading ladies
Germany

Leibovitz and her fashionable leading ladies

The woman that has photographed the world's biggest style icons has herself fashioned a pioneering career. Little wonder then that Annie Leibovitz was tasked with capturing the mood to launch Marks and Spencer’s new campaign.

A missing beauty queen’s father with a dark past
France

A missing beauty queen’s father with a dark past

Under suspicion since his wife and beauty queen daughter disappeared weeks ago, Francisco Benitez hanged himself on Monday. Later, a dark revelation about his past provided a chilling development in a saga which is dominating headlines in France.

Four reasons Gibraltar should be Spanish
Spain

Four reasons Gibraltar should be Spanish

Is Spain just being belligerent towards Gibraltar? Or is there more to the latest dispute between the two neighbours than meets the eye? In this week’s opinion piece, The Local examines why Spain wants Gibraltar back.

Italy cracks down on violence against women
Italy

Italy cracks down on violence against women

Italy adopted a draft law on Thursday to crack down on violence against women in the wake of an escalating trend of attacks by husbands and lovers.

Italian jails overhauled with new law
Italy

Italian jails overhauled with new law

Italy's upper house of parliament approved a law on Thursday to reduce the number of criminals sent to jail in a bid to tackle chronic overcrowding in prisons.

Norwegian neo-Nazi set to sue France
France

Norwegian neo-Nazi set to sue France

Norwegian neo-Nazi Kristian 'Varg' Vikernes is planning to sue France for falsely arresting him in July on suspicion of planning "a major terrorist attack". He was realeased without charge after police found no evidence to back up their suspicions.

From aspiring priest to Hell’s Kitchen host
Italy

From aspiring priest to Hell’s Kitchen host

Carlo Cracco's life as a TV host and head chef in Milan is a far cry from his early thought of entering the church. The Local takes a look at the chef's years of culinary creations and his award-winning approach to Italian ingredients.

‘Crybaby’ Playboy model travels like refugee
Germany

‘Crybaby’ Playboy model travels like refugee

Former playboy model Mirja du Mont seriously risked breaking a nail when she agreed to travel like an asylum seeker for a controversial reality-documentary – a journey we say makes her German of the Week.

Toilet queen caught ‘up to knees in tips’
Germany

Toilet queen caught ‘up to knees in tips’

A German toilet attendant faces tax evasion charges after investigators found her garage was knee-deep in €40,000 worth of small change.

New in German cinemas: ‘The Lone Ranger’
Germany

New in German cinemas: ‘The Lone Ranger’

Find movies playing in English in Germany with The Local’s cinema guide.

Abidal and Nasri recalled to France squad
France

Abidal and Nasri recalled to France squad

France coach Didier Deschamps named Eric Abidal and Samir Nasri in his squad for the friendly match against rivals Belgium next week. Former French international player Louis Saha also announded his retirement from football on Thursday.

US-Sweden today: The ties that Carl built
Sweden

US-Sweden today: The ties that Carl built

US President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Sweden is a diplomatic coup for Fredrik Reinfeldt and his government, but the real winner is Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, argues historian and commentator David Lindén.

Royal baby sparks Italian flight boom to London
Italy

Royal baby sparks Italian flight boom to London

London is Europe's top destination for Italians to spend the upcoming 'ferragosto' holiday weekend, according to the flight website, Skyscanner.

How I climbed Sweden’s highest mountain – with a wheelchair
Sweden

How I climbed Sweden’s highest mountain – with a wheelchair

This week's Swede of the Week is Aron Anderson, a 25-year-old man who became the first person to ever reach the top of Mount Kebnekaise, Sweden's tallest peak, with a wheelchair.

Spanish grandmother loses leg in terrier attack
Spain

Spanish grandmother loses leg in terrier attack

A bedridden old lady from Extremadura in western Spain has lost a leg after her grandson's dogs attacked her.

Corsica wants crackdown on holiday home market
France

Corsica wants crackdown on holiday home market

Corsica’s top politician Paul Giacobbi stirred up a hornet’s nest in France this week by proposing new rules to limit non residents from being able to buy property on the island. Here Giacobbi tells The Local why the move is vital for the future of Corsicans.

Ilford works ‘rescued’ in management buy-out
Switzerland

Ilford works ‘rescued’ in management buy-out

The 220 jobs under threat at the Ilford Imaging works in Marly, in the canton of Fribourg, may be saved under a new rescue plan.

Lifetime travel pass for baby born on train
Germany

Lifetime travel pass for baby born on train

A baby girl had a high-speed start to life on Thursday morning when her mother gave birth on a train in eastern Germany. The lucky new-born will be able to travel for free in the area for the rest of her life.

Champagne production set to overflow this year
France

Champagne production set to overflow this year

Champagne-lovers had cause to celebrate on Thursday, as official statistics predicted a massive 56-percent rise in production of bubbly in France this year.

Norway’s parties back climate bill: WWF
Norway

Norway’s parties back climate bill: WWF

Norway's major political parties now unanimously support plans to consider a new climate bill, green campaign group WWF has announced.

Spain’s freelancers work seven extra hours a week
Spain

Spain’s freelancers work seven extra hours a week

If you're self-employed in Spain and feel like you´re working harder than people on a salary, you could well be right, new figures show.

‘Ask Obama about Gitmo and labour’: opposition
Sweden

‘Ask Obama about Gitmo and labour’: opposition

Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven has said the government must address the US-run prison Guantanamo Bay prison during the upcoming visit to Sweden by US President Barack Obama.

Man charged for arson attack
Norway

Man charged for arson attack

A 19-year-old man has been charged in connection with fires that broke out in Tønsberg on Tuesday night.

Bayern boss contests Swiss account claims
Switzerland

Bayern boss contests Swiss account claims

Bayern Munich boss Uli Hoeness said on Thursday he will take legal action over allegations he hid more than a hundred million euros in a Swiss bank account, which he says amount to slander.

Ouch! Crab grabs otter by the eyebrow
Norway

Ouch! Crab grabs otter by the eyebrow

Amateur photographer Andre Sørlie captured a painful drama when he photographed an otter with a crab attached to its eyebrow by a claw.

Wildfires rage in Sardinia
Italy

Wildfires rage in Sardinia

Wildfires in Sardinia have forced 100 people from their homes and destroyed at least 2,000 hectares of vegetation.

New curbs on venture capitalist-owned schools
Sweden

New curbs on venture capitalist-owned schools

Sweden plans to curtail venture capital firms running publicly funded, privately managed free schools, Education Minister Jan Björklund said on Thursday.

Mafia ‘travel agent’ arrested in London
Italy

Mafia ‘travel agent’ arrested in London

An Italian mafia boss has been arrested in London after nearly two decades on the run, British police said on Thursday.

Bayern Munich boss to battle fresh tax claims
Germany

Bayern Munich boss to battle fresh tax claims

Bayern Munich boss Uli Hoeneß said on Thursday he will take legal action over allegations he hid more than a hundred million euros in a Swiss bank account, which he says amount to libel.

Italy rescues over 300 boat migrants
Italy

Italy rescues over 300 boat migrants

More than 300 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean and taken to Italy but two perished during the perilous journey, Italian officials said Thursday.

‘High-tech pervert’ films nudist bathers
Spain

‘High-tech pervert’ films nudist bathers

Spanish police have arrested a Malaga man who was filming beachgoers at a nudist beach with a DIY version of Google Glass.

Sweden to keep women focus in Afghan aid
Sweden

Sweden to keep women focus in Afghan aid

Sweden is set to decide how it will allocate 8 billion kronor ($1.2 billion) earmarked for Afghanistan, with International Aid Minister Gunilla Carlsson telling The Local that Sweden will retain its focus on women in the war-torn country.

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France

Three dead as tourist plane crashes in France

Three people, reportedly including a brother and sister, have been killed after a plane carrying tourists crashed on Thursday in the town of Vertaizon in central France. The nationalities of the victims are not yet known.

One in five Thai parlours offers ‘happy ending’
Sweden

One in five Thai parlours offers ‘happy ending’

Every fifth Thai massage parlour in Malmö, southern Sweden, accepts requests for sexual gratification at the end of a session, a Swedish newspaper reported on Thursday.

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France

Parisians poke fun at themselves in exhibition

Who says Parisians have no sense of humour? The city of Paris this week launched a public exhibition of cartoons, intended to poke fun at the foibles and follies of life in the capital city, mocking natives, tourists and expats alike.

Bilingual babysitters: Caring for your children when you can’t
Switzerland

Bilingual babysitters: Caring for your children when you can’t

Need a break from the kids? Whether you simply fancy a night out or are looking for short or long-term childcare solutions, care 4 kids provides babysitters and nannies with various language skills for families in Switzerland.

Price-wary shoppers push down Nestlé profits
Switzerland

Price-wary shoppers push down Nestlé profits

Swiss food giant Nestlé says it suffered from weak consumer confidence in developed countries in the first six months of the year and from slowing growth in emerging economies.

Jobless youth spurn apprenticeships
Germany

Jobless youth spurn apprenticeships

Germany's youth might be falling out of love with apprenticeships, new figures suggest. Despite the country having 146,000 free apprenticeships, 200,000 youngsters are unemployed.

Spain blasts ‘rich’ EU boss over wage cut plans
Spain

Spain blasts ‘rich’ EU boss over wage cut plans

Spain's economic and political heavyweights have attacked a European Commission official with a six-figure salary for backing a proposal to slash Spanish wages by 10 percent.

Authorities act to stop spread of tiger mosquito
Switzerland

Authorities act to stop spread of tiger mosquito

Switzerland is on the alert after sightings in neighbouring France and Germany of the Asian tiger mosquito that can spread dangerous tropical diseases.

‘Fingerless’ statue culprit was a US surgeon
Italy

‘Fingerless’ statue culprit was a US surgeon

A high-profile American doctor proved unable to use his medical skills to save the finger of a Florence statue after he accidentally broke it off.

Justice blunder: Minister furious as criminals freed
France

Justice blunder: Minister furious as criminals freed

France's Minister of Justice has reacted angrily after it emerged hundreds of convicted criminals could be set free on a technicality after a blunder by a previous administration. The minister has vowed not to release anyone dangerous on to the streets.

Most kindergartens in Norway private: report
Norway

Most kindergartens in Norway private: report

Over half of Norway's kindergartens are now run by private companies, according to the latest figures from Statistics Norway, with a sharp increase since the coalition government took power in 2005.

Cyber thieves plunder 250,000 accounts
Germany

Cyber thieves plunder 250,000 accounts

Online identity theft has exploded in the past months, with a growing number of thieves using social networks, online banking or shopping sites to steal from German bank accounts – often without anyone noticing.

Hooligans run riot on Ryanair Ibiza flight
Spain

Hooligans run riot on Ryanair Ibiza flight

Spanish Police had to board a plane at Ibiza airport on Saturday after 30 drunken men terrorized passengers and crew during a three-hour flight from Glasgow Prestwick.

‘Wife mutilator’ risks jail for sick prank calls
France

‘Wife mutilator’ risks jail for sick prank calls

It began with a gruesome and explicit “murder confession” made to a telephone operator that had police units across France scrambling to find a brutal killer. However, the story looks likely to end with a 24-year-old prankster behind bars.

Italian comic’s ‘bribe’ jibe at Berlusconi riles fans
Italy

Italian comic’s ‘bribe’ jibe at Berlusconi riles fans

Politician Renato Brunetta has slammed Oscar-winning film director and comedian Roberto Benigni for joking that protesters were paid to attend a rally in support of Silvio Berlusconi.

Rega CEO ‘earns more than a cabinet minister’
Switzerland

Rega CEO ‘earns more than a cabinet minister’

Switzerland’s much loved air rescue service, Rega, has flown into a storm of controversy over the remuneration the charity pays its management.

Murder charge as French road rage victim dies
France

Murder charge as French road rage victim dies

A 19-year-old French youth who was shot in the head after a banal road dispute over right-of-way was pronounced dead in hospital on Wednesday. A suspect has now been charged with his murder.

Norwegian neo-Nazi wants to sue France
Norway

Norwegian neo-Nazi wants to sue France

Norwegian neo-Nazi Kristian 'Varg' Vikernes is planning to sue France for falsely arresting him in July on suspicion of planning "a major terrorist attack".

Adidas hits currency hurdles but profits up
Germany

Adidas hits currency hurdles but profits up

German sports clothing giant Adidas could finally be running out of steam, latest profit figures suggest.

Five things Obama needs to know about Sweden
Sweden

Five things Obama needs to know about Sweden

With US President Barack Obama soon to head to Sweden, political science PhD candidate Annelie Gregor pens an open letter to the president listing five things he needs to know about Sweden before arriving.

Norwegians keep 35,000 illegal snakes
Norway

Norwegians keep 35,000 illegal snakes

Norwegians are harbouring some 35,000 snakes illegally in their homes, defying a national ban on keeping the animals as pets, a report by the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research has revealed.

Do benefits harm the unemployed?
Germany

Do benefits harm the unemployed?

Unemployment benefits are seen as a stigma in German society with a new study comparing prejudice faced by the jobless with racism in the United States.

Monte Paschi bank cuts net loss to €380m
Italy

Monte Paschi bank cuts net loss to €380m

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the world's oldest surviving bank and Italy's third biggest, said Wednesday that it cut its net loss to 380 million euros ($507 million) in the first half of the year.

Barça’s ex Guardiola aims for Bayern treble
Spain

Barça’s ex Guardiola aims for Bayern treble

With Pep Guardiola at the helm, Bayern Munich aim to continue European domination when the new Bundesliga season starts on Friday with rivals Borussia Dortmund out to knock the Bavarians off top spot.

Assange stays mum over Swedish sex crime case
Sweden

Assange stays mum over Swedish sex crime case

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Wednesday that he would not be addressing the Swedish sexual assault and rape allegations against him in his run for office in Australia, as "Australian men don't like to talk about their private lives".

Brit’s baby biggest ever born in Spain
Spain

Brit’s baby biggest ever born in Spain

A 40-year-old British woman gave birth Wednesday to the biggest baby ever born naturally in Spain — a girl weighing 6.2 kilos (13 pounds).

Gandolfini’s Rolex ‘snatched’ on day he died
Italy

Gandolfini’s Rolex ‘snatched’ on day he died

A Rolex watch belonging to the late Sopranos star James Gandolfini was allegedly snatched from his hotel room in Rome hours after he died.

Bundesliga players to be screened for doping
Germany

Bundesliga players to be screened for doping

Bundesliga players will undergo blood tests for the first time this season, it was announced late on Wednesday.

Two treated for cyanide poisoning
Norway

Two treated for cyanide poisoning

Two of those caught in this week's Gudvanga tunnel fire are still suffering acute cyanide poisoning, leading to shortages of the antidote at the hospital where they are being treated, VG has reported.

School rebels ‘most successful’ in later life
Sweden

School rebels ‘most successful’ in later life

The school rebel is more likely to be a successful entrepreneur in later life, according to a German-Swedish study.

Long-lost Orson Welles film found in Italy
Italy

Long-lost Orson Welles film found in Italy

A long-lost silent film directed by Orson Welles in 1938 has been recovered from a warehouse in north-eastern Italy, where it will be screened in public for the first time in October.

Celtic ends Elfsborg’s Champions League bid
Sweden

Celtic ends Elfsborg’s Champions League bid

Celtic progressed to the play-off round of the Champions League on Wednesday following a goalless draw with Elfsborg in the second leg of their third qualifying round tie.

Syrian music star granted Swedish visa
Sweden

Syrian music star granted Swedish visa

Ecstatic organizers of a Swedish music festival said that Syrian singer Omar Souleyman has finally been granted a visa after an initial application was refused by Swedish authorities.