Gas leak empties P&G’s Geneva offices
Switzerland

Gas leak empties P&G’s Geneva offices

A chemical leak forced the evacuation on Monday afternoon of around 1,200 employees of American multinational Procter & Gamble’s European regional headquarters in Geneva.

Murder probed amidst deadly falls in Swiss Alps
Switzerland

Murder probed amidst deadly falls in Swiss Alps

An investigation is under way into a possible murder after the remains of a 39-year-old Swiss man were found at the bottom of a cliff in the canton of Valais, police said on Monday.

Asylum seekers protest at Swiss train station
Switzerland

Asylum seekers protest at Swiss train station

Ten asylum seekers are camping outside the Solothurn railway station to protest against their living conditions in subterranean military shelters, Swiss police said on Monday.

Anti-gay marriage ‘pilgrims’ march to Paris
France

Anti-gay marriage ‘pilgrims’ march to Paris

Gay marriage has been legal in France since May, but that’s not stopping a small group of hard-core opponents from setting off on a "pilgrimage" across the country to try to convince "the French people”. They are set to reach Paris in late August.

Cops let pot grow on police property
Sweden

Cops let pot grow on police property

Residents of a village in northern Sweden were surprised to find a sizeable cannabis crop growing in the yard of a property owned by local police, with officers less than keen to take measures to completely eradicate the pot.

Anti-evictions lobby to harass ombudsman
Spain

Anti-evictions lobby to harass ombudsman

Spain's anti-eviction lobby, the PAH, has called on supporters to bombard the public defender's office with telephone calls until the organization supports their cause in the country's constitutional court.

‘Kleptomaniac’ French doc stole from the dead
France

‘Kleptomaniac’ French doc stole from the dead

Doctors are occasionally accused of abusing their position of trust, but surely the actions of one kleptomaniac doctor in the French city of Lyon will be hard to beat.

Letta cuts plane trips in bid to trim costs
Italy

Letta cuts plane trips in bid to trim costs

Prime Minister Enrico Letta has decided to reduce the government's fleet of 10 planes by three in an effort to trim costs.

Missing girl’s desperate mum renews appeal
France

Missing girl’s desperate mum renews appeal

The mother of five-year-old Fiona, who disappeared from a park in central France three months ago, renewed her public appeal for information on Monday. Cécile Bourgeon also said she had been disappointed by a series of fruitless leads.

Empty presidential fort costs French taxpayers
France

Empty presidential fort costs French taxpayers

French president François Hollande has been selling off the presidential silver in a drive to cut costs in recent months. After rejecting the official but unpopular summer residence of Fort de Bregançon, he is now under pressure to save tax payers more money.

Gambling banker ‘took €8.4m from customers’
Germany

Gambling banker ‘took €8.4m from customers’

A German bank worker appeared in court this week accused of stealing more than €8 million from customers to feed his gambling addiction.

Shopping for EU health care no free ticket
Sweden

Shopping for EU health care no free ticket

Residents of Sweden will soon have more access to health care across the EU than before, but the new law does not pave the way for unlimited nor completely free cross-border treatments, experts warn.

Piedmont is the ‘best for foreigner integration’
Italy

Piedmont is the ‘best for foreigner integration’

Piedmont, in northern Italy, is the best region for integrating immigrants into the country, while the south's Calabria is the worst, a new report has found.

Giant meteor shower to give Germany a show
Germany

Giant meteor shower to give Germany a show

Germany should look up at the sky on Monday night, as Europe awaits a massive meteor shower. Only some lucky regions will get the full effect though, as clouds will cover swathes of the south.

Why are Swedes so obsessed with numbers?
Sweden

Why are Swedes so obsessed with numbers?

After an "unusually precise" statement from a Swede at a Stockholm lake, The Local's Oliver Gee wonders why Swedish people seem to be so fascinated by using numbers instead of words. And he even puts Stockholmers to the test on camera.

Record number of Germans work two jobs
Germany

Record number of Germans work two jobs

A record number of Germans are taking on second jobs, with women the worst affected, according to government figures.

Balotelli hopes Pope will say ‘happy birthday’
Italy

Balotelli hopes Pope will say ‘happy birthday’

Footballer Mario Balotelli said he hopes Pope Francis will wish him a happy birthday when he meets him on the eve of Italy's friendly against Argentina.

Mamma Mia! Final Abba auction tally disappoints
Sweden

Mamma Mia! Final Abba auction tally disappoints

An online auction of a wide-ranging collection of Abba memorabilia failed to live up to expectations, the Swedish auction house that organized the sale said on Monday.

Spain mulls taking Gibraltar issue to UN
Spain

Spain mulls taking Gibraltar issue to UN

Spain is considering taking its row over the disputed territory of Gibraltar to global bodies such as the United Nations and International Court of Justice at The Hague, a foreign ministry spokesman said.

Twitter slammed over ‘#Gays Must Die’ hashtag
France

Twitter slammed over ‘#Gays Must Die’ hashtag

A French gay rights group announced on Monday it plans to file a law suit against Twitter on the grounds of violating hate speech laws, after the emergence of the hashtag “#Gays must die”, which topped the "trending topics" on the site over the weekend.

‘Tech-savvy Swedes still love postcards’
Sweden

‘Tech-savvy Swedes still love postcards’

Marketing manager Erika Garcia walks The Local through her professional transition from Mexico to Sweden, and what she learned about machismo, long-term plans, and the unusual clout of snail mail in Sweden's high-tech society.

Top tips: Surviving a job interview in Italy
Italy

Top tips: Surviving a job interview in Italy

Are you an expat looking for work in Italy? Don't let yourself be daunted by the prospect of a job interview in a foreign language. With the help of a recruitment expert, we’ve put together a list of do's and don'ts to help you along.

Albino python terrorizes small Spanish town
Spain

Albino python terrorizes small Spanish town

Residents in a small Spanish town are watching where they step after a two and a half metre-long albino Burmese python went missing recently.

Berlusconi’s Forza Italia campaign kicks off
Italy

Berlusconi’s Forza Italia campaign kicks off

The Forza Italia (Go Italy) party was relaunched on Monday, nearly 20 years after it was first founded by Silvio Berlusconi.

Fraudsters exploit student house hunt
Sweden

Fraudsters exploit student house hunt

As Swedish authorities warn students desperate for accomodation to be wary while hunting for homes, buy-sell site Blocket has asked its users to keep their wallet sealed until a contract is penned.

Italian siblings die on same day
Italy

Italian siblings die on same day

A brother and sister from a town in Padua, in northern Italy, died just hours apart from eachother.

Halloween killer wanted to be reborn as Jesus
Norway

Halloween killer wanted to be reborn as Jesus

A 23-year-old on trial for stabbing two childhood friends on Halloween believed he would be reborn as Jesus, the Oslo court has learned on the first day of his trial.

Bavarian leader: charge foreigners autobahn fee
Germany

Bavarian leader: charge foreigners autobahn fee

Bavaria's state premier says he wants to charge non-Germans to use autobahns. Although he insists he is serious and will challenge European laws to implement the idea, others say it is just electioneering.

Brit attacked during Zurich’s techno parade
Switzerland

Brit attacked during Zurich’s techno parade

A 38-year-old British man was rushed to Zurich hospital for a serious eye injury after being struck by a woman during the city’s Street Parade over the weekend.

Three train signallers ‘hold key to rail chaos’
Germany

Three train signallers ‘hold key to rail chaos’

Pressure is mounting on three Deutsche Bahn signal box managers to cut short their holidays and return to work. With so many of their colleagues sick, Mainz station has been cut off from the outside rail world.

Young job seekers ‘willing to leave Spain’
Spain

Young job seekers ‘willing to leave Spain’

Two thirds of Spanish workers between the ages of 18 and 24 would be prepared to leave Spain for work, a new study shows.

Norwegian cyclist wins Arctic Race
Norway

Norwegian cyclist wins Arctic Race

Thor Hushovd powered to victory in the fourth and final stage of the Arctic Race of Norway on Sunday afternoon, making the Norwegian the overall winner in the event's inaugural race.

Police seize €250m of assets in Fondiaria probe
Italy

Police seize €250m of assets in Fondiaria probe

Italian police have seized €250 million worth of assets, including a string of hotels, from the family of Fondiaria-SAI's former chairman as part of an ongoing investigation into the insurance company.

Channel swimmer ‘angry’ after wheelchair theft
France

Channel swimmer ‘angry’ after wheelchair theft

A French sportsman who became the first quadruple-amputee to swim across the English Channel, has been left “sad and angry”, after his custom-designed wheelchair was stolen by thieves.

Dordogne: Dutch woman ‘kills partner with axe’
France

Dordogne: Dutch woman ‘kills partner with axe’

A Dutch woman was arrested in the Dordogne by French police this weekend on suspicion of murdering her German partner - an ex-member of the French foreign legion - with an axe, following an angry exchange.

New tunnel emergency hits Norway
Norway

New tunnel emergency hits Norway

A truck has filled Norway's Byfjord Tunnel with smoke, causing the emergency services to rush in and rescue the six cars stuck inside.

Rights group blasts Oprah over crocodile bag
Switzerland

Rights group blasts Oprah over crocodile bag

After initially gaining sympathy for her alleged snub in a Zurich luxury boutique, billionaire chat show queen Oprah Winfrey is now being blasted by Swiss animal rights groups over her interest in a crocodile leather handbag.

Nadal routs Raonic to take third Canada title
Spain

Nadal routs Raonic to take third Canada title

Fourth seed Rafael Nadal needed just 68 minutes to deliver a body blow to Canada's biggest tennis week, routing Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-2 to capture the ATP Montreal Masters on Sunday.

Three-year-old gets arm trapped in meat grinder
Italy

Three-year-old gets arm trapped in meat grinder

A three-year-old boy caught his arm in a meat grinder at a kebab shop in the northern Italian town of Lutago, Bolzano.

Top ten: Spain’s craziest building fails
Spain

Top ten: Spain’s craziest building fails

Brace yourself because this week The Local sizes up some of Spain’s most notoriously wasteful building projects.

Swedes again fail to win elusive PGA major title
Sweden

Swedes again fail to win elusive PGA major title

Henrik Stenson and Jonas Blixt failed in their quest to become Sweden's first major men's golf champion but gained precious knowledge in defeat Sunday in the PGA Championship.

Egg crisis: Minister to meet with angry farmers
France

Egg crisis: Minister to meet with angry farmers

France’s minister of agriculture is set for showdown talks with French farmers, angry over the low price of eggs, this week as he attempts to avert a repeat of last week’s egg-smashing rampage that saw half a million destroyed on roads.

Disgraced ex-treasurer ‘stayed on party payroll’
Spain

Disgraced ex-treasurer ‘stayed on party payroll’

The disgraced former treasurer of Spain's ruling Popular Party (PP) continued to receive a salary from the party even after Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy entered office, Spanish media reported on Monday.

Pro-paedo text scuppers would-be MP’s campaign
Germany

Pro-paedo text scuppers would-be MP’s campaign

A German politician has withdrawn her candidacy for next month's general election after an essay she wrote in favour of legalizing paedophilia was unearthed as part of an investigation.

Snapping turtle terrorizes Bavarian lake
Germany

Snapping turtle terrorizes Bavarian lake

The hunt for a snapping turtle which bit a boy in a Bavarian lake has been stepped up, with the search team growing and turtle experts joining in. There is talk of night-vision cameras being used.

ID-card fraud ‘epidemic’ threatens Sweden
Sweden

ID-card fraud ‘epidemic’ threatens Sweden

Sweden's commitment to transparency and access to information is turning the country into a favourite target for criminals who use fake IDs to defraud unsuspecting Swedes.

Rotten fish and meat found in restaurant blitz
Italy

Rotten fish and meat found in restaurant blitz

Italian police found rotten fish, meat and ice-cream during a nationwide-raid on restaurants, bars and ice-cream shops.

Scrap women’s quota on company boards – Jensen
Norway

Scrap women’s quota on company boards – Jensen

The Progress Party has called for a victorious centre-right coalition to remove Norway's quota for women on company boards.

Spain’s top duo make La Liga two-horse race
Spain

Spain’s top duo make La Liga two-horse race

The colossal gap between Barça and Real Madrid and the rest of La Liga continues to widen as cash-strapped clubs across Spain are forced to sell their best players and TV deals favour only the big two.

Oslo bans Apple’s mapping drones
Norway

Oslo bans Apple’s mapping drones

Oslo has barred Apple from taking ultra-high resolution aerial photographs which would have allowed users to virtually fly over the city, viewing its streets in unprecedented detail.

Italian boy kills himself over anti-gay bullying
Italy

Italian boy kills himself over anti-gay bullying

Politicians and gay rights groups are calling for toughter punishments for those involved in hate crimes against homosexuals after a 14-year-old boy in Rome committed suicide after being bullied for being gay.

Ten die in tragic weekend on French roads
France

Ten die in tragic weekend on French roads

At least 10 people were killed over the weekend in road traffic accidents across France. In one case, a passenger-driver dispute caused a tourist bus to lose control in the south west of the country, which left two people dead.

‘Get off your rear end and learn German’
Germany

‘Get off your rear end and learn German’

For our latest installment of My German Career, we asked aircraft engineer Matt Fullick about life and work in Gütersloh.

Foreign minister supports Israel talks
Germany

Foreign minister supports Israel talks

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle met with Israeli officials on Sunday in a visit to support nascent peace talks. He offered to try and soften a European ban on dealings with Jewish settlements.

Bundesliga round-up of opening weekend
Germany

Bundesliga round-up of opening weekend

Schalke 04 and Hamburg shared the points in a 3-3 thriller on Sunday as new signings grabbed the limelight on the opening weekend of the Bundesliga season.

Norwegian PM turns cabbie in election stunt
Norway

Norwegian PM turns cabbie in election stunt

Jens Stoltenberg spent an afternoon working undercover as a taxi driver in Oslo, in an audacious political stunt which has become viral viewing worldwide.

Four Swedish miners saved from burning mine
Sweden

Four Swedish miners saved from burning mine

Four miners who were stuck 800 metres underground in a burning mine in central Sweden were hauled to safety on Sunday night.

French soldier held over plan to attack mosque
France

French soldier held over plan to attack mosque

A French soldier, described as a far-right sympathizer, has been arrested over a plot to carry out an armed attack on a mosque in the city of Lyon, officials announced on Sunday.

Malmö sniper Peter Mangs confesses murder
Sweden

Malmö sniper Peter Mangs confesses murder

After two-and-a-half years of denial, convicted serial killer Peter Mangs confessed on Monday to killing 20-year-old Swedish woman Trez West Persson, one of the murders that landed him a life sentence in prison.

Abba auction rakes in the Money, Money, Money
Sweden

Abba auction rakes in the Money, Money, Money

An auction of rare Abba memorabilia brought in a wealth of unexpectedly high bids on Sunday, with buyers snapping up Abba clogs, Abba soap - and everything in between.