Guardiola starts Bayern reign with victory
Germany

Guardiola starts Bayern reign with victory

Pep Guardiola began his tenure as Bayern Munich coach in the Bundesliga with a 3-1 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach as the new German league season kicked-off on Friday.

Arrested mafia boss ‘spread terror in Sicily’
Italy

Arrested mafia boss ‘spread terror in Sicily’

An Italian mafia boss arrested in London after nearly two decades on the run was remanded in custody on Friday after it had appeared he could be released due to a faulty arrest warrant.

Spaniard claims to solve Diana death mystery
Spain

Spaniard claims to solve Diana death mystery

An engineer from Malaga has attracted widespread attention by claiming a $20 million reward for information proving that the death of Diana, Princess of Wales was not an accident.

French diner ‘forgets’ €25,000 in McDonald’s
France

French diner ‘forgets’ €25,000 in McDonald’s

You're hungry, on the road, and don't have much time - that's what fast food is for. But one diner was apparently in too much of a rush, when he managed to "forget" €25,000 in cash at a McDonald's in southern France this week.

VIDEO: Rare shark born in French aquarium
France

VIDEO: Rare shark born in French aquarium

VIDEO: Staff at the Océanopolis acquarium in the north-western French city of Brest have released rare footage (see below) of a zebra shark being born. It’s the first time the phenomenon has been captured on camera.

Berlusconi pressures coalition over ‘hated’ tax
Italy

Berlusconi pressures coalition over ‘hated’ tax

Italy's Silvio Berlusconi increased pressure on Prime Minister Enrico Letta's coalition government on Friday, heightening existing tensions amid a row over an unpopular housing tax.

2,000-year-old Roman ship found off Genoa
Italy

2,000-year-old Roman ship found off Genoa

A Roman ship from the second century BC has been found off the coast of Genoa.

Bomb alert shuts down Eiffel Tower
France

Bomb alert shuts down Eiffel Tower

A bomb alert closed down the Eiffel Tower on Friday afternoon, before being reopened hours later, according to management at the global landmark.

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Sweden

‘Dangerous’ man on the run after hospital escape

A 54-year-old man with a history of violence is on the run in Sweden after he escaped from a psychiatric hospital on Friday, with police warning the public that he is very dangerous.

Thieving maids mop up in Madrid cleaning scam
Spain

Thieving maids mop up in Madrid cleaning scam

Spanish police have disbanded a criminal gang that "employed" undercover cleaning ladies to burgle the luxury homes they worked in.

France set for weekend of traffic mayhem
France

France set for weekend of traffic mayhem

Motorists travelling in France this weekend are advised to plan their journeys carefully, with heavy traffic predicted up and down the country from Friday through until Sunday. Saturday is expected to be the worst day for travelling.

Spain to ‘defend position’ in Gibraltar row: PM
Spain

Spain to ‘defend position’ in Gibraltar row: PM

Spain will take "all necessary measures" to defend its interests in Gibraltar, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Friday amid a row with London over the British outpost on Spain's southern tip.

Padua hosts EU’s first Italian-Chinese school
Italy

Padua hosts EU’s first Italian-Chinese school

Europe's first Italian-Chinese school will open in Padua, in northern Italy, next September.

Politicians abandon election fight for holidays
Germany

Politicians abandon election fight for holidays

Germany's general election may be looming, but it hasn't stopped the country's politicians heading off on their summer breaks in the middle of a campaign.

Armed bandits hold up Sardinia supermarket
Italy

Armed bandits hold up Sardinia supermarket

Two men armed with pistols and wearing balaclavas sparked panic among shoppers and staff at a supermarket in Sardinia after storming into the shop armed with pistols and wearing balaclavas.

Swedish men warned of crotch-chomping fish
Sweden

Swedish men warned of crotch-chomping fish

Swedish men have been warned to keep their swimwear on while bathing in the Öresund Sound off the southern coast of Sweden after a relative of the piranha was discovered in the area.

Paragliding terrorist arrested in Spain
Spain

Paragliding terrorist arrested in Spain

A Turkish terror suspect who allegedly helped facilitate a thwarted attack on a Gibraltar military installation in 2012 has been re-arrested by Spanish police in Malaga.

Italy’s inflation steadies as trade surplus widens
Italy

Italy’s inflation steadies as trade surplus widens

Italy's inflation rate remained steady in July, Italy's national statistics institute (Istat) said on Friday, while the country's trade surplus widened in June from the same month a year earlier.

Pensioner shoots at child plum thieves
Germany

Pensioner shoots at child plum thieves

An angry pensioner is being investigated by police after he shot at a group of children who were filching plums from his tree. He hit one, who was admitted to hospital.

The dos and don’ts of Swedish work wear
Sweden

The dos and don’ts of Swedish work wear

We all know how Swedish men deal with the summer heat when wearing trousers to work just won't do. They wear skirts. Good on you if you're bold enough to follow the Stockholm train driver's suit (or rather lack thereof). Otherwise guys, a nice, crisp pair of shorts should do the job.

Child killer confesses to Lombardy priest
Italy

Child killer confesses to Lombardy priest

A chaplain in northern Italy has received a letter from an apparent child killer, just days after an anonymous confession was found in the church visitors' book.

Missing dog found after nine years
Italy

Missing dog found after nine years

A dog that disappeared in the northern region of Emilia Romagna has shown up in southern Italy nine years later.

Germans rescued from sinking ship off Iceland
Germany

Germans rescued from sinking ship off Iceland

Twelve Germans, including seven children, were rescued off Iceland overnight after their sailboat took on water in bad weather and later sank, the coastguard said on Friday.

Spanish tourism minister holidays at illegal hotel
Spain

Spanish tourism minister holidays at illegal hotel

Spain's head of tourism has come under fire for staying at an illegal hotel during his summer holidays on the Canary island of Lanzarote.

Rösler: No more debt cuts for Greece
Germany

Rösler: No more debt cuts for Greece

Germany's economy minister said on Friday that Greece should not have its huge debts cut any further, in an attempt to hold onto newly won trust in the Eurozone.

Hague and Bildt book meeting via Twitter
Sweden

Hague and Bildt book meeting via Twitter

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and his UK counterpart William Hague took to Twitter to book a meeting in Stockholm later this month.

Asylum seekers’ rights not negotiable: minister
Switzerland

Asylum seekers’ rights not negotiable: minister

Swiss Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga says there is no legal basis for a ban on asylum seekers using public swimming pools.

‘Made in Germany’ tag threatened by EU
Germany

‘Made in Germany’ tag threatened by EU

Fears are growing in Germany that new EU rules could herald the demise of the “Made in Germany” merchandise mark – and with it a reputation for quality built up over decades.

Italians cash in gold as crisis grips
Italy

Italians cash in gold as crisis grips

The number of Italians cashing in their gold has more than tripled in a year, with almost three in 10 turning to the trade, according to a new report.

Police drop murder probe into graveyard body
Sweden

Police drop murder probe into graveyard body

Police have dropped a murder investigation after a body first thought to be that of recently deceased child found in a Stockholm cemetery turned out to be a 39-year-old woman buried over 40 years ago.

Death map charts Spain’s north–south divide
Spain

Death map charts Spain’s north–south divide

A new medical atlas highlights the startling difference in mortality rates between Spain's rich north and poor south.

Researchers home in on the real Mona Lisa
Italy

Researchers home in on the real Mona Lisa

DNA tests on the family remains of the suspected real-life Mona Lisa will get underway in Florence on Friday morning in a bid to confirm the identity of the woman behind Leonardo Da Vinci's famous protrait.

Cycling ‘most dangerous’ school transport: report
Switzerland

Cycling ‘most dangerous’ school transport: report

Cycling is the least safe way for children to get to school in Switzerland and is five times more dangerous than taking a bus or walking.

The damage done: Neil Young cans Swedish gig
Sweden

The damage done: Neil Young cans Swedish gig

Canadian rocker Neil Young pulled the plug on his show in Gothenburg on Thursday - and the rest of his European tour - after his lead guitarist broke his hand in a backstage accident.

1,000 chicks die in plane fire at airport
Germany

1,000 chicks die in plane fire at airport

A German airport was closed in the early hours of Friday morning after a cargo plane carrying 1,000 baby chickens caught fire.

‘Genoa’s a diamond in the rough’
Italy

‘Genoa’s a diamond in the rough’

After years sailing around on a cruise ship with her other half, Canadian Leah Armstrong decided it was time to finally lay anchor on Italy's shore. She speaks to The Local about the challenges - and rewards - of life in Genoa, in the northern region of Liguria.

Sun setting on Berlin’s Star Boulevard
Germany

Sun setting on Berlin’s Star Boulevard

Berlin's answer to Hollywood's Walk of Fame is a sorry sight. No more stars will be added for now to the fading, chipped and sad-looking boulevard, while councillors scramble for a way to tart it up.

Far-right slams SNCF for ‘unpatriotic’ US contract
France

Far-right slams SNCF for ‘unpatriotic’ US contract

France’s far-right National Front party has blasted the country’s state-owned railway company SNCF for a “lack of patriotism” after it struck a deal with the American firm VeriFone for the supply of a portable ticketing system.

Mystery dolphin deaths hit Norway
Norway

Mystery dolphin deaths hit Norway

A wave of mystery dolphin deaths may have hit Norway, with two carcasses washed up on the country's beaches in as many days.

New registry for foreign temp workers in Sweden
Sweden

New registry for foreign temp workers in Sweden

The head of Sweden's work environment watchdog believes a new law forcing foreign employers to report temporary postings in a centralized registry will lead to a streamlined monitoring system.

Keeper catches last monkey of escaped trio
Germany

Keeper catches last monkey of escaped trio

After three weeks on the run around central Germany, zookeepers have finally found 'Paul' the escaped monkey. His downfall was a pile of booby-trapped walnuts.

Spain wage cut talk ‘was misunderstood’: EU
Spain

Spain wage cut talk ‘was misunderstood’: EU

Recent comments by the European Commission's Vice President about a possible 10 percent wage cut in Spain were misinterpreted, sources at the Commission told have The Local.

Pirate Party: IT minister breaks copyright laws
Sweden

Pirate Party: IT minister breaks copyright laws

Sweden's Pirate Party celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Pirate Bay file sharing site on Thursday by reporting the country's IT minister to the police for breaking Swedish copyright laws.

Facebook under fire over ‘Adopt a gypsy’ page
France

Facebook under fire over ‘Adopt a gypsy’ page

A Roma rights group based in southern France filed a police complaint this week against a Facebook page entitled “Adopt a Gypsy,” for what it called the “flood of hatred” brought on by the page on the social networking site.

‘Half of Spain’s Med coast is overbuilt’
Spain

‘Half of Spain’s Med coast is overbuilt’

Greenpeace accused Spain on Thursday of overdeveloping its coastline and warned the problem will only get worse due to a new law which it said makes it easier for new projects close to the shore to get approval.

Police probe Mullah Krekar terror group
Norway

Police probe Mullah Krekar terror group

Mullah Krekar, the Norway-based Islamic extremist, is under investigation by German police for seeking to establish a Europe-wide terror network, Sweden's Expo magazine has reported.

Italy’s democratic party set for leadership battle
Italy

Italy’s democratic party set for leadership battle

Italy's Democratic Party (PD) on Thursday announced it will hold its general assembly on September 20th and 21st, paving the way for a fierce leadership campaign ahead of primary elections, which are likely to be held in November.

Woman ‘carries mother’s body in sports bag’
France

Woman ‘carries mother’s body in sports bag’

Staff at a funeral parlour in the city of Reims, north east France, made a grisly discovery this week when a woman tried to hand over a sports bag containing her mother’s corpse.

Norway’s oil fund to turn active: FT
Norway

Norway’s oil fund to turn active: FT

Norway’s $760bn oil fund is gearing up to turn active and use its investment might to oust poor managers and influence strategy in companies where it has a shareholding, the Financial Times has reported.

Apps aim to ease Swiss customs duty calculation
Switzerland

Apps aim to ease Swiss customs duty calculation

Travellers returning to Switzerland laden with goods purchased abroad may be in for a nasty shock when they pass Customs.

Gates thanks Brit hotel for ‘perfect’ stay
Norway

Gates thanks Brit hotel for ‘perfect’ stay

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has thanked the British-run hotel he stayed at in Norway for its "perfect" service, as he brings his activity-packed holiday in the country to an end.

Top Nazi’s car sits in US garage for years
Germany

Top Nazi’s car sits in US garage for years

A Florida garage will restore the car of leading Nazi and former head of the German Air Force, Hermann Göring. The vehicle had been sitting in a North Carolina garage for years.

German president set to visit site of Nazi atrocity
France

German president set to visit site of Nazi atrocity

Germany's president Joachim Gauck will pay an official visit to Oradour-sur-Glane, the site of an infamous Nazi massacre in France, it was announced this week.

Cash may be banned in Norway restaurants
Norway

Cash may be banned in Norway restaurants

Cash payments will be banned in hotels and restaurants across Norway if the Norwegian Hospitality Association has its way, Aftenposten has reported.

Norway’s male soldiers allowed ponytails
Norway

Norway’s male soldiers allowed ponytails

Norway's male soldiers will be permitted to sport ponytails and braids under new gender-neutral regulations, Dagbladet has reported.

Staff shortage costs German firms €30 billion
Germany

Staff shortage costs German firms €30 billion

Germany's small and medium-sized businesses are struggling to find skilled workers, hitting annual turnover by more than €30 billion.

Spain set to revise rail network speed limits
Spain

Spain set to revise rail network speed limits

Spain's Minister of Public Works appeared in Parliament on Friday to discuss new rail safety measures for the country.

Tourist body ‘fuming’ over Oprah ‘racism’
Switzerland

Tourist body ‘fuming’ over Oprah ‘racism’

Swiss tourism officials have expressed dismay over an upmarket Zurich store's refusal to sell celebrity US talk-show host Oprah Winfrey a handbag, in what she describes as a racist incident during her visit last month to attend Tina Turner’s wedding.

Interest swells as Abba auction draws near
Sweden

Interest swells as Abba auction draws near

An online auction of Abba memorabilia to be held this weekend, including two rare recordings, has attracted keen interest from fans, a Swedish auction house said Thursday.

Missing mother of two found dead
Sweden

Missing mother of two found dead

A 23-year-old mother of two from Trollhättan in western Sweden who has been missing for more than a month was found dead in a wooded area on Thursday night.

Goalless Malmö crash out of Europa League
Sweden

Goalless Malmö crash out of Europa League

Malmö FF was one of three Swedish football clubs to be knocked out of Europa League contention on Thursday night after they failed to score a goal against Welsh side Swansea.