Norway celeb in high speed fall from ostrich
Norway

Norway celeb in high speed fall from ostrich

A Norwegian celebrity has been sent to hospital after falling off an ostrich while filming for a popular television show.

Italy urges caution on Syria ‘chemical attack’
Italy

Italy urges caution on Syria ‘chemical attack’

Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said on Friday there had to be "definite information" on an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria before reacting.

‘Ampelmann is a positive symbol of the GDR’
Germany

‘Ampelmann is a positive symbol of the GDR’

In the first in a new series of Friday interviews, The Local chatted with the man responsible for turning Berlin's iconic pedestrian crossing - the Ampelmann -into an international cult figure.

Inventors unveil drone for heart attack victims
Germany

Inventors unveil drone for heart attack victims

German inventors unveiled a drone carrying a defibrillator on Friday which they hope will be able to save the lives of heart attack patients.

Top Tips: How to live on a student budget in Paris
France

Top Tips: How to live on a student budget in Paris

Paris is a pricey city and with the cost of being a student on the rise can anyone really afford to study the French capital? The answer is yes. But only once you have read these 1O tips on how to survive on a student budget in the French capital. Let us know if you have any more.

Uproar as factory moved to Poland in secret
Italy

Uproar as factory moved to Poland in secret

Italian trade unions were holding urgent talks with officials from a Modena company late on Friday, after the owner decided to close up and move the business to Poland - without telling his employees.

Borg’s ‘budget enthusiasm’ irks critics
Sweden

Borg’s ‘budget enthusiasm’ irks critics

Sweden's finance minister unveiled a rough outline of his autumn budget on Friday, wedding 25 billion kronor ($3.9 billion) to support a gradual recovery. Critics said Sweden would have to pick up the tab for Anders Borg's "budget enthusiasm" at a later date.

Will France lift Mercedes ban?
Germany

Will France lift Mercedes ban?

France's top administrative court said on Friday it will rule this Tuesday on a request by Germany's Daimler for the lifting of a contentious ban on the sale of certain Mercedes cars.

Dough-loving French ditch crusty baguettes
France

Dough-loving French ditch crusty baguettes

More and more French people are opting for softer baguettes instead of traditional crusty ones, it seems, news that has bakers in the country's boulangeries scratching their heads.

Swedes and immigrants rely on benefits equally
Sweden

Swedes and immigrants rely on benefits equally

There is nothing to indicate that immigrants are more dependent on social benefits than native Swedes are, according to a new study published on Friday.

Ex-mafioso: ‘the mafia will never die’
Italy

Ex-mafioso: ‘the mafia will never die’

One of Italy's most famous mafia informants, whose evidence led to the life imprisonment of 16 bosses from the Naples Camorra in 2008, has said he regrets his choice to turn witness.

Metal detector bees give gold mine green light
Spain

Metal detector bees give gold mine green light

An analysis of the nectar and pollen collected by two colonies of 40,000 honey bees has been enough for a gold company to determine that their mine in northern Spain is safe to re-open.

Roaming bears face risky border crossing
Italy

Roaming bears face risky border crossing

Italian and Swiss officials are butting heads over how to tackle bears roaming between the two countries, after one bear was shot for stealing potatoes.

Rise in wolf attacks leads to call for US hunters
France

Rise in wolf attacks leads to call for US hunters

A surge in wolf attacks on animals in the south of France has had French farmers scrambling for their rifles and infrared goggles. But one local official says it's time to draft in American hunters as local farmers have proved hapless at finding and killing the predators.

Swiss and Italians butt heads over border bears
Switzerland

Swiss and Italians butt heads over border bears

Swiss and Italian officials are butting heads over how to tackle bears roaming between the two countries, in a dispute centred on balancing human and animal welfare.

Jobs agency head mired in phone bill scandal
Sweden

Jobs agency head mired in phone bill scandal

The head of Sweden's public employment agency (Arbetsförmedlingen) risks being sacked following reports she racked up more than 300,000 kronor ($46,000) in mobile phone charges in an emerging scandal.

Volvo to launch two new auto plants in China
Sweden

Volvo to launch two new auto plants in China

Auto maker Volvo, the Swedish subsidiary of Chinese-based Geely Group, said on Friday it had received the green light from Beijing to build a second and third plant in China.

Madrid rejects Russia’s ‘homophobic’ law
Spain

Madrid rejects Russia’s ‘homophobic’ law

Around 100 people have gathered outside the Russian embassy in Spain’s capital to voice their objection to President Putin’s new law against homosexual propaganda.

French cancer patients hit by scanner shortage
France

French cancer patients hit by scanner shortage

France is making progress in its battle to cut cancer rates, but a worrying shortage of MRI scanning machines in the country means patients are left waiting over a month for "urgent" scans, a new report revealed this week.

Middle East crisis hits Italian coast
Italy

Middle East crisis hits Italian coast

A boat carrying 140 asylum seekers who told police they were from Syria and Egypt landed in Italy on Friday, television images showed and officials said.

French ‘fight club’ holds mass brawls in Spain
Spain

French ‘fight club’ holds mass brawls in Spain

Police in Catalonia have arrested 17 French people who travelled to Spain to take part in "massive" brawls involving knives and knuckledusters.

Rise in Italian businesses going bankrupt
Italy

Rise in Italian businesses going bankrupt

Despite signs of economic growth across Europe, there has been a boom in business failures in Italy this year as the country struggles to overcome the current crisis.

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Sweden

‘Isolation in Sweden put my art on world stage’

Yorkshireman and denim artist Ian Berry locked himself in a studio for three years in the small Swedish town Landskrona. The isolation took little toll, instead his career took a big leap – so big it outran him.

Ligue 1 preview: Monaco aim to turn screw on PSG
France

Ligue 1 preview: Monaco aim to turn screw on PSG

Monaco could could go seven points clear of rivals PSG at the top of the France's Ligue 1 on Friday night if they can over come Toulouse at home. Paris Saint-Germain, still looking for their first win, take on Nantes on Sunday.

Have-a-go hero granddad shot dead by burglars
France

Have-a-go hero granddad shot dead by burglars

A man in his sixties died in hospital on Thursday night after he was shot infront of his wife and granddaughter, as he attempted to thwart armed robbers in the seaside town of Marignane. A French minister said the death was a "wake up call".

Spanish cops arrest gang who killed seven-year-old
Spain

Spanish cops arrest gang who killed seven-year-old

Three pistols, 8 kilograms of cocaine and €150,000 in cash have been seized by police investigating the drug gang shooting which led to the death of a seven-year-old girl in Seville, Spain.

Mayor ditches election posters for music video
Germany

Mayor ditches election posters for music video

Germany has got used to a barrage of politicians’ faces on posters during the election campaign. But one mayor has taken a less conformist route to office – releasing a folk music video featuring a skimpy bikini and a dirndl.

‘Expats live in a strange middle world’
Italy

‘Expats live in a strange middle world’

Rebecca Winke, from Chicago, converted a farmhouse in Umbria into an agritourism business. She speaks to The Local about the challenges and quality of rural life in Italy.

Italy’s fraud problem bleeds state coffers
Italy

Italy’s fraud problem bleeds state coffers

Fraud and mismanagement in Italy's public sector has led to €1.5 billion of public money being wasted so far in 2013, according to a new report.

World’s oldest Shetland pony dies in Berlin
Germany

World’s oldest Shetland pony dies in Berlin

She survived the butcher’s knife and lived to see the fall of the Berlin wall, but the world’s oldest pony has died after more than 50 happy years.

Top ten things that shock Spaniards in the UK
Spain

Top ten things that shock Spaniards in the UK

In this week's The Local List, we put ourselves in the shoes of Spaniards left gobsmacked by British habits and traditions.

Aged told to pee in their incontinence pants
Norway

Aged told to pee in their incontinence pants

Every single one of Norway's 18 patient ombudsmen is critical of the poor standard of care in Norwegian care homes, according to an investigation by TV 2.

Italians ‘can’t afford’ medicine due to crisis
Italy

Italians ‘can’t afford’ medicine due to crisis

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of Italians unable to afford essential prescription drugs and other medicine due to the country's severe economic crisis, a national survey has found.

Bildt: Assad regime behind Syria gas attack
Sweden

Bildt: Assad regime behind Syria gas attack

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt on Friday said an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria that reportedly left hundreds dead was the work of forces loyal to embattled President Bashar al-Assad.

Norwegian police barred from Congo investigation
Norway

Norwegian police barred from Congo investigation

The officer leading the Democratic Republic of Congo's investigation into the death of Norwegian Tjostolv Moland in prison has refused to give Norwegian police a role.

Are Germany’s high tax rates fair?
Germany

Are Germany’s high tax rates fair?

German workers pay among the highest tax rates in the world and depending on the outcome of the elections on September 22nd, they could get even higher.

Video: British tourist gored by bull in Spain
Spain

Video: British tourist gored by bull in Spain

A British holidaymaker was caught on camera and on the horns of a half-tonne bull as he was charged and gored in Calpe, near Benidorm.

McDonald’s booted out of Oslo centre
Norway

McDonald’s booted out of Oslo centre

The US food giant McDonalds could be ejected from three of its five prime locations in Oslo's city centre as landlords decide the chain brings down the tone, according to Norway's DN business paper.

Sweden most sustainable country in the world
Sweden

Sweden most sustainable country in the world

Sweden has come first in a ranking of the world's most sustainable countries, with the report praising Sweden's environmental strengths including the use of renewable energy sources and low CO2 emissions.

Stockholm rent controls favour the wealthy: report
Sweden

Stockholm rent controls favour the wealthy: report

Stockholm's rent controls benefit wealthy residents in the city centre and do nothing to fight economic segregation with those living in the suburbs, according to a new report from the Swedish Property Federation (Fastighetsägarna Stockholm).

Campaigner warns of ‘monster salmon’ risk
Norway

Campaigner warns of ‘monster salmon’ risk

A leading Norwegian bio-safety campaigner has warned that a new technology could lead to 'monster salmon' escaping into the wild, with unforeseeable consequences.

Swiss Olympic cycling champ in seven-car crash
Switzerland

Swiss Olympic cycling champ in seven-car crash

Swiss Olympic champion cyclist Robert Dill-Bundi was identified as the motorist held responsible for two car crashes in Aigle in the canton of Vaud on Thursday, including one involving seven vehicles that injured 11 people.

British teen ‘raped’ outside Tuscan bar
Italy

British teen ‘raped’ outside Tuscan bar

Police are investigating claims by a British teenager that she was raped outside a bar near Grosseto in Tuscany this week.

Belgian villagers set for Depardieu’s garden party
France

Belgian villagers set for Depardieu’s garden party

A year after heading into tax exile in Belgium, French actor Gérard Depardieu has decided to invite his new neighbours round for a housewarming party. The larger than life star is to host 200 guests, including local villagers, for a giant BBQ at his new home in Néchin.

Film stars vie for top spot at Venice festival
Italy

Film stars vie for top spot at Venice festival

Hollywood honchos and aspiring stars will be boating into Venice for a dark, crisis-themed film festival from Wednesday, with British and American films dominating the race for the coveted Golden Lion award.

French hit film Amelie heads for Broadway
France

French hit film Amelie heads for Broadway

The movie proved an undoubted hit around the world but can the 2001 acclaimed French film Amelie work as a musical? We'll soon find out after it was revealed this week it will be turned into a Broadway musical.

Neurotic people have smaller brains: study
Norway

Neurotic people have smaller brains: study

The brains of people suffering from neurosis have less total volume, smaller surface area and reduced connectivity between different areas, researchers at Oslo University have said.

Firefighters battle wild blazes across Spain
Spain

Firefighters battle wild blazes across Spain

Firefighters battled several wildfires in Spain on Thursday, taming a blaze that ravaged swathes of land on the holiday island of Majorca, authorities said.

Real put shirts of transfer target Bale on sale
Spain

Real put shirts of transfer target Bale on sale

Madrid briefly put shirts bearing the name of Wales winger Gareth Bale, who is rumoured to be in transfer negotiations with the club, up for sale in their online store on Thursday, according to media reports.

Public finances back in the black by €8.5 billion
Germany

Public finances back in the black by €8.5 billion

Germany's public finances are back in the black as growth rebounded in the second quarter, official data showed on Friday.

Italian MPs protest new Monopoly board
Italy

Italian MPs protest new Monopoly board

A group of Italian lawmakers has written a joke protest to the United States over rumours that the new version of Monopoly will not have a jail - perhaps mindful of Silvio Berlusconi's ability to dodge prison.

Swede: My US millionaire husband abused me
Sweden

Swede: My US millionaire husband abused me

The Swedish wife of a 74-year-old California real estate mogul has accused her husband of forcing her to wear a spiked dog collar and sexually assaulting her when she was nine months pregnant.

Beauty queen stripped of crown over raunchy pics
France

Beauty queen stripped of crown over raunchy pics

Just days after being crowned, a beauty queen from the south west France was dethroned this week after it emerged she had posed for provocative semi-naked photographs – a clear violation of the rules, according to Miss France chiefs.

Merkel’s challenger publishes his Stasi files
Germany

Merkel’s challenger publishes his Stasi files

The leader of Germany’s main opposition party has published files kept on him by East Germany’s former secret police the Stasi.

Mafia boss in London ‘fears reprisal killing’
Italy

Mafia boss in London ‘fears reprisal killing’

An Italian mafia boss who was arrested in London after two decades on the run told police he feared he would be killed if he returned to face justice, a court heard on Thursday.

French Breivik book flies off the shelves
Norway

French Breivik book flies off the shelves

A French book on Anders Behring Breivik's twin terror attacks in 2011 has become a publishing sensation, with critics comparing it to Truman Capote's non-fiction classic In Cold Blood, Aftenposten has reported.

Bank worker jailed for Swiss data leak
Germany

Bank worker jailed for Swiss data leak

A bank worker who tried to clear his tax debts by leaking information about clients to the German tax authorities has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Jägermeister wins battle with Jägaröl brand beer
Sweden

Jägermeister wins battle with Jägaröl brand beer

A Swedish brewer's hopes for its Jägaröl brand beer have gone flat after the makers of Jägermeister complained the name was too close to that of the famed German digestif.

Three arrested in Somalia for attack on Swedes
Sweden

Three arrested in Somalia for attack on Swedes

Three arrests have reportedly been made in Somalia for an attack that left one young Somali-Swedish politician dead and a second Swedish politician injured.