Top Swiss court convicts girl for flouting detention
Switzerland

Top Swiss court convicts girl for flouting detention

A student who spent two years trying to get out of a school detention has lost her case, landing her parents with a fine of $2,100, Switzerland's highest court ruled on Monday.

Drunk man dies trying to board train in Lausanne
Switzerland

Drunk man dies trying to board train in Lausanne

Questions are being raised about the death of an inebriated 64-year-old man who fell between a train and the station platform in Lausanne less than two hours hours after police at another Swiss station checked him for being drunk.

Hostage drama ends with release of captives
Germany

Hostage drama ends with release of captives

UPDATE: A Bavarian hostage drama ended without fatalities on Monday, police said, after a nine-hour stand-off forced Chancellor Angela Merkel to cancel a campaign rally in the same town.

Family of four found dead in Bordeaux hotel room
France

Family of four found dead in Bordeaux hotel room

Neighbours have been left shocked after the bodies of an entire family were discovered in a hotel room in the south-western city of Bordeaux on Monday. A man and woman in their 40s were found hanged next to two teenagers lying in a bed.

Top Ten: French whines about expat partners
France

Top Ten: French whines about expat partners

For many expats in France finding a French husband or wife is often a lifelong dream. But what about for their French partners? After hearing grievances from our French readers The Local has put together a list of the top 10 complaints the French have about their expat partners. You might want to take note.

‘Queen of Spanish Tapas’ Penelope Casas dies
Spain

‘Queen of Spanish Tapas’ Penelope Casas dies

The Greek-American food writer Penelope Casas, credited with popularizing Spanish cuisine in the United States, has died aged 70.

French agency demands EU probe into US spying
France

French agency demands EU probe into US spying

France's data protection agency demanded on Monday that the EU investigate US spying revealed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden. The CNIL agency claimed EU laws had been "possibly breached" by electronic surveillance conducted by the NSA.

Steinbrück attacks Merkel’s euro ideals
Germany

Steinbrück attacks Merkel’s euro ideals

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's struggling rival in next month's general election attempted to revive his campaign at the weekend by attacking her euro policy at his biggest rally to date.

Canadian killed base jumping in Italy
Italy

Canadian killed base jumping in Italy

A Canadian base jumper died in northern Italy on Monday, after a thousand-metre fall went wrong in the Trentino-Alto Adige region in northern Italy.

Gay hotshot exits closet to shame ‘honour culture’
Sweden

Gay hotshot exits closet to shame ‘honour culture’

A rising politician and son of Assyrian refugees from Iraq made waves in Sweden on Monday by coming out as a homosexual, and renouncing the "honour culture" that had previously kept him in the closet.

Brothel adverts pulled from Berlin trams
Germany

Brothel adverts pulled from Berlin trams

Controversial adverts for one of Berlin's biggest brothels have disappeared from the city's trams and buses.

Germans ‘trust cleaner more than their doctor’
Germany

Germans ‘trust cleaner more than their doctor’

Germans are more likely to trust their cleaner than their neighbour, doctor or colleagues, a survey released on Monday revealed.

EU warns Spain Gibraltar border tax ‘illegal’
Spain

EU warns Spain Gibraltar border tax ‘illegal’

The European Commission said on Monday that imposing taxes or toll fees at EU member-state borders would be "illegal", as a diplomatic tug-of-war between Britain and Spain over Gibraltar escalated.

Tourist guide publisher confuses ancient arenas
Italy

Tourist guide publisher confuses ancient arenas

Can you spot the difference? The publishers of a magazine in Verona were left red faced after they accidentally printed a photo of the arena in Nîmes, southern France (pictured left), instead of the arena in Verona (right) in a tourist guide to the city.

Endangered Spanish lynx slaughtered on roads
Spain

Endangered Spanish lynx slaughtered on roads

Ten of the critically endangered wild cat species have been run over on Spanish roads this year, leading wildlife charity WWF to slam the government's failure to take action.

Egyptians and Syrians flee to Italian shores
Italy

Egyptians and Syrians flee to Italian shores

Three boats carrying more than 200 migrants have landed in Italy, officials said on Monday, the latest arrivals due to unrest in north Africa and calmer weather conditions.

Swedish journos in court for rape victim pic
Sweden

Swedish journos in court for rape victim pic

A woman in Gothenburg who opened up to a reporter and a photojournalist about being raped has taken them to court demanding compensation, after she was left feeling exposed by a portrait that showed part of her face.

Missing Italian priest in Syria ‘may be alive’
Italy

Missing Italian priest in Syria ‘may be alive’

Father Paolo Dall'Oglio, an Italian priest who has lived in Syria for more than 30 years, may still be alive despite his death being announced last week.

Paris ‘love locks’ could cause ‘fatal accident’
France

Paris ‘love locks’ could cause ‘fatal accident’

The Pont des Arts, with its countless “love locks,” is at the heart of romantic Paris. But the weight of all that commitment risks causing a “fatal accident”, and authorities have called for the locks to be taken away regularly.

French prisoners riot after inmate found dead
France

French prisoners riot after inmate found dead

Prisoners at a jail in France staged a mutiny on Monday when around 60 of them went on the rampage after an inmate was found dead in his cell, authorities reported. Riot officers were called in to quell the disturbance.

Swedish underwear firm adds British design spice
Sweden

Swedish underwear firm adds British design spice

Swedish high-street brand Lindex has enlisted world-renowned British fashion designer Matthew Williamson, famous for his bohemian love of colour, to design a new collection set to raise funds for breast cancer research.

Young Germans lead organic food boom
Germany

Young Germans lead organic food boom

Younger consumers are leading a boom in organic food sales, according to a survey from Germany’s agricultural ministry released on Monday.

Franco monument to receive €215K restoration
Spain

Franco monument to receive €215K restoration

The controversial 'Valley of the Fallen' basilica, erected by General Franco using political prisoners as workers, is to have its facade restored at a cost of €215,000.

Ticket tax may fund new Paris airport link
France

Ticket tax may fund new Paris airport link

The good news is that France wants to build a high speed train line between Paris and Charles de Gaulle airport. The bad news is the goverment is mulling a tax on airline tickets to fund the link.

Spaniard ‘bids €400m for Berlusconi mansion’
Spain

Spaniard ‘bids €400m for Berlusconi mansion’

A Spanish entrepreneur has offered former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi around €400 million for his Sardinian villa, home to lavish parties and a fake volcano, local media has reported.

Headscarf outcry after pregnant woman beaten
Sweden

Headscarf outcry after pregnant woman beaten

A pregnant woman wearing a headscarf was harassed and assaulted in a south Stockholm suburb at the weekend, prompting a call on Monday urging woman to bear headscarves in show of support, regardless of their religious affiliation.

Atlas Copco sucks up UK vacuum firm Edwards
Sweden

Atlas Copco sucks up UK vacuum firm Edwards

Swedish industrial group Atlas Copco is set to acquire leading British vacuum technology firm Edwards Group Ltd. in an effort to expand into the growing market for sophisticated vacuum products.

Madrid shuns private healthcare takeover
Spain

Madrid shuns private healthcare takeover

More than a million people in Spain's capital will have their health put in the hands of three private companies from September onwards.

Spanish ‘sextremists’ study topless tactics
Spain

Spanish ‘sextremists’ study topless tactics

The Spanish arm of feminist protest group FEMEN is undergoing intensive training before embarking on an anti-sexism campaign of public nudity under the banner "Our weapons are bare breasts".

MEP tells Kyenge to ‘go be a minister in Egypt’
Italy

MEP tells Kyenge to ‘go be a minister in Egypt’

A minister for Italy's far-right Northern League has come under fire for saying that Italy’s Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge should "go and be a minister in Egypt", after she suggested the crisis in Egypt might bring an increase in immigration.

Paris suburb to use CCTV to fight dog poo ‘plague’
France

Paris suburb to use CCTV to fight dog poo ‘plague’

Authorities in a Paris suburb are leading the way in the battle against dog poo on the capital's streets by using a new weapon to punish owners who don’t clean up dog mess. For the first time video surveillance will be used to snoop on pooping pooches.

Spaniard ‘bids €400m for Berlusconi mansion’
Italy

Spaniard ‘bids €400m for Berlusconi mansion’

A Spanish entrepreneur has offered Silvio Berlusconi around €400 million for his Sardinian villa, home to lavish parties and a fake volcano, local media has reported.

Stockholm students hit by sky-high rents
Sweden

Stockholm students hit by sky-high rents

Four out of ten of Sweden's most expensive student residences are found in Stockholm, where students have to cough up hefty wads of cash for a few square metres, a new national review has revealed.

Back to school: Hollande faces gruelling term
France

Back to school: Hollande faces gruelling term

As the French government heads back to work on Monday, one would hope for his sake that President François Hollande had an especially relaxing summer holiday. Because between jobs, pensions and taxes, he faces a testing new term. Here's a look at his workload.

How to buy a home after getting a job in Sweden
Sweden

How to buy a home after getting a job in Sweden

Finding a job can be tough for non-Swedes but this process often pales in comparison to the challenge of finding a place to live. With the rental market the mess it is, The Local's Tara Sonnorp looks at whether buying is an option.

Donor scandal doctor blasts ‘absurd’ charges
Germany

Donor scandal doctor blasts ‘absurd’ charges

A surgeon went on trial in Germany on Monday morning accused of faking medical data to give his patients faster access to donated livers at the expense of others.

Norway’s Reindeer Police suspect herd murder
Norway

Norway’s Reindeer Police suspect herd murder

Norway's Reindeer Police suspect foul play after a herd of 24 reindeers was found dead in the mountains of far northern Norway.

Spain’s roads double the cost of Germany’s: study
Spain

Spain’s roads double the cost of Germany’s: study

A new EU study revealing that roadbuilding in Spain costs almost twice as much as in Germany has led to demands for explanations and investigations into procurement practices.

Ibiza Brit ‘drug mules’ face jail time in Peru
Spain

Ibiza Brit ‘drug mules’ face jail time in Peru

Two young British women accused of trying to smuggle cocaine into the holiday island of Ibiza have told Peruvian police they were kidnapped and forced into crime at gunpoint.

Norway’s Statoil sells off $2.6bn North Sea stake
Norway

Norway’s Statoil sells off $2.6bn North Sea stake

Norwegian oil company Statoil has sold off a $2.6bn (NOK15.4bn) stake in two of its key North Sea oil and gas fields, freeing up cash to invest in new, more profitable ventures.

Town plans underwater nativity to draw tourists
Italy

Town plans underwater nativity to draw tourists

In a bid to attract tourists to a coastal town in northern Italy, residents have launched a campaign to see an nativity scene installed on the seabed.

Rain ruins 100,000 ‘eco-friendly’ posters
Germany

Rain ruins 100,000 ‘eco-friendly’ posters

They were supposed to help the green credentials of two of Germany's biggest political parties. But 100,000 expensive "eco-friendly" election posters are having to be replaced after washing off in the rain.

Bern blocks Swiss ski lift sale to North Korea
Switzerland

Bern blocks Swiss ski lift sale to North Korea

Bern has vetoed a contract by a Saint Gallen company to sell a ski lift system to the North Korean government for a luxury winter resort in the East Asian country.

VIDEO: Europe’s longest via ferrata bridge
Norway

VIDEO: Europe’s longest via ferrata bridge

Tourists will have to battle vertigo and adrenaline overload when they cross a new hanging foot bridge which opens on August 24 in Loen, at the end of the Nordfjord.

Alps: Safety fears as fifth wingsuit flyer dies
France

Alps: Safety fears as fifth wingsuit flyer dies

The dangers of the extreme sport of wingsuit flying are once again being highlighted after the third fatal accident in a week in the Alps and the fifth this summer. The deaths come after a ban on base jumping with wingsuits was recently lifted by authorities in Chamonix. (WITH VIDEO)

Gondolier union protests after tourist death
Italy

Gondolier union protests after tourist death

The president of a union representing Venice’s gondoliers has complained that there are too many private ferries using the city’s waterways after a collision between a gondola and a vaporetto waterbus killed a German tourist.

Chess champ Carlsen insists on ‘illness clause’
Norway

Chess champ Carlsen insists on ‘illness clause’

Norwegian chess sensation Magnus Carlsen has inserted an "illness clause" in his contract to play a world championship match in India giving him the right to take two days off if he falls sick, an official said Monday.

Al-Qaeda ‘plots Europe rail terror attacks’
Germany

Al-Qaeda ‘plots Europe rail terror attacks’

UPDATE: Al-Qaeda is plotting attacks on Europe's high-speed rail network, German mass circulation daily Bild reported on Monday, citing intelligence sources.

‘Berlin is a great place for start-ups – get in early’
Germany

‘Berlin is a great place for start-ups – get in early’

In this week's German career The Local talks to product manager Emma Heap about life in a Berlin start-up.

EU citizens: what are your Italian rights?
Italy

EU citizens: what are your Italian rights?

As a member of the EU, Italy’s doors are open to job-seeking Europeans. The Local spoke to Jonathan Todd from the European Commission to find out exactly what this means for EU citizens.

Dortmund top as Bayern Munich struggle
Germany

Dortmund top as Bayern Munich struggle

A glut of goals made for an exciting second weekend of the Bundesliga, with two late strikes sending Borussia Dortmund top of leauge on Sunday evening.

French village rugby team thwarts thieves
France

French village rugby team thwarts thieves

Four thieves on a stealing spree in a French village were thwarted when a group of local rugby players took it upon themselves to give chase and block their escape from the historic walled hamlet.

‘Half a million’ shoppers charged double
Sweden

‘Half a million’ shoppers charged double

Customers at Swedish supermarket chain Ica were left seeing double at the weekend, when around 450,000 transactions were carried out twice across the country.

Italian villager reports parish for ‘noisy’ bells
Italy

Italian villager reports parish for ‘noisy’ bells

Church bells have tolled in Italy for centuries, but for one man in northern Italy their time is up.

Magnificent seven for Barça as Real leave it late
Spain

Magnificent seven for Barça as Real leave it late

Barcelona produced a stunning display to hammer Levante 7-0 at the Camp Nou on Sunday in Gerardo Martino's first competitive match in charge, while Real Madrid left it late to give Carlo Ancelotti a winning start as they beat Real Betis 2-1.

Breivik’s mother told her story before she died
Norway

Breivik’s mother told her story before she died

The mother of Norway terrorist Anders Breivik is to give her side of story for the first time as a book of interviews carried out in secret before her death is published.

Ligue 1 round-up: Cavani saves PSG’s blushes
France

Ligue 1 round-up: Cavani saves PSG’s blushes

Big spenders PSG had to rely on their record signing Edinson Cavani to earn them a late draw lowly Ajaccio in Paris on Sunday. After two matches PSG already stand four points adrift of their rivals Monaco, Marseille and Lyon.

Thieves pinch contents of 144 crayfish cages
Sweden

Thieves pinch contents of 144 crayfish cages

Sweden's popular crayfish season has been tainted for anglers in southern Sweden, who were robbed of 144 full cages of crayfish worth around 30,000 kronor ($4,600).

Norwegian Tjostolv Moland dies in Congo jail
Norway

Norwegian Tjostolv Moland dies in Congo jail

A Norwegian sentenced to death in 2010 for murder and spying in the Democratic Republic of Congo has died in prison, Norway's foreign minister announced on Sunday.

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Sweden

Three dead after motor boat mystery

Three people have died and one man has been left seriously injured after a motor boating accident in a northern Sweden lake, with officials still unsure what exactly happened.