The ten worst French food faux pas to commit
France

The ten worst French food faux pas to commit

The French love their food rules so eating dinner in France can be a bit of a minefield for us foreigners when it comes to trying not to commit any embarassing or even offensive faux pas. We have asked a French cooking teacher to point out of ten of the worst French food faux pas.

Hollande to meet Iran’s President at UN
France

Hollande to meet Iran’s President at UN

French President François Hollande will meet his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rowhani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly next week, Hollande's office announced on Friday.

Norway drops ‘moon landing’ carbon project
Norway

Norway drops ‘moon landing’ carbon project

Norway has halted construction on its pioneering carbon capture and storage (CCS) plant at the Mongstad refinery after escalating cost overruns and delays, putting an end to the project Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said was Norway's "Moon Landing"

Peruvian shaman helps police nab burglars
Norway

Peruvian shaman helps police nab burglars

Police in Tvedestrand, south of Oslo, nabbed a pair of burglars after following a tip-off received from a clairvoyant shaman in Peru.

Rome spends €400,000 on rat hunt
Italy

Rome spends €400,000 on rat hunt

Rome is struggling to cope with the thousands of rats that scutter around the capital, prompting the city authorities to invest €400,000 to tackle the problem.

Which firms donate to which parties?
Germany

Which firms donate to which parties?

Germany's political parties have spent tens of millions campaigning for Sunday's election. A lot of their funding comes from big businesses, vying for influence in the next government.

Canary Island tsunami ‘one of biggest ever’
Spain

Canary Island tsunami ‘one of biggest ever’

One of the biggest tsunamis in history originated in Spain's Canary Islands some 160,000 years ago, a group of Spanish scientists has found.

Swedish royals forced to ‘show the money’
Sweden

Swedish royals forced to ‘show the money’

The Swedish royal family will soon need to carry out a more open and transparent accounting of how it spends its annual allotment of public funds, according to a new proposal.

Italians are Europe’s worst tax-dodgers
Italy

Italians are Europe’s worst tax-dodgers

Italy has the worst record in Europe for value-added tax evasion, costing the country €36.1 billion a year, according to a study by the European Commission.

Export boom sinks Spain’s trade deficit
Spain

Export boom sinks Spain’s trade deficit

Spain's trade deficit plunged by a further 53.5 percent in July as the recession-hit country rode a boom in exports, officials said on Friday.

Aldi staff wrapped in film, chastised by rats
Germany

Aldi staff wrapped in film, chastised by rats

Former trainees at discount chain Aldi Süd say they were wrapped in clingfilm and chained to posts as a punishment for "being cheeky." It is the latest in a string of abuse allegations to appear in a book written by a former manager.

Waxworks, crashes and the Hoff – a week in pics
Germany

Waxworks, crashes and the Hoff – a week in pics

This week has marked the final countdown to Germany's election on Sunday, but it hasn't just been political news making the headlines. The Hoff quitting Big brother, a waxwork Merkel and the death of a literary legend are all among the stories featured in The Local’s photos of the week.

Sweden’s ‘biggest sex party’ sparks local fury
Sweden

Sweden’s ‘biggest sex party’ sparks local fury

News that the largest swingers party in Swedish history will be held next month in a town in eastern Sweden has some residents hopping mad about the impact that the "orgy of sex, erotica, and lust" will have on their neighbourhood.

VIDEO: Rare baby gibbon born in Turin zoo
Italy

VIDEO: Rare baby gibbon born in Turin zoo

Staff at the Turin-based Zoom zoo have expressed their joy at the rare birth of a baby siamang, a type of gibbon, it was announced on Thursday. The zoo has released a video on YouTube of the newborn’s first outing with its mother.

‘Some things need a special donation to work’
Italy

‘Some things need a special donation to work’

John P Brady left the grey skies of Ireland for the warmer climes of Sicily. But while the island is a paradise for some, for others it's a place to leave. He talks to The Local about living in one of the most colourful, yet chaotic, parts of Italy.

‘We will win like the Suffragettes’
Italy

‘We will win like the Suffragettes’

Harry Shindler has been living in Italy for nearly 30 years, long enough for the British government to decide he no longer has the right to vote in his home country. He speaks to The Local about his 12-year campaign to reclaim his voter rights.

‘Child beauty contests can help girls in later life’
France

‘Child beauty contests can help girls in later life’

Senators in France voted to ban child beauty contests this week to prevent the "hyper-sexualisation" of young girls. But a furious Michel Le Parmentier, organizer of France's "Mini-Miss" competition, tells The Local why the US is to blame and why "Mini Miss" pageants can help girls in later life.

Health scare sparks King ‘abdication’ rumours
Spain

Health scare sparks King ‘abdication’ rumours

Spain's Royal Palace announced on Friday King Juan Carlos will have hip surgery, but not before the rumour started circulating that the 75-year-old monarch was about to abdicate because of ill health.

Shrinking Swiss glacier highlights warming trend
Switzerland

Shrinking Swiss glacier highlights warming trend

The hour-long walk from the local railway station to the Morteratsch glacier is a winding trek through a valley littered with rocks that the retreating ice left behind.

Italy is in control of its finances: PM
Italy

Italy is in control of its finances: PM

Prime Minister Enrico Letta said on Friday that Italy is committed to keeping its public deficit below the EU ceiling of 3.0 percent of GDP, despite a revised budget that forecasts it will rise to 3.1 percent.

Man dies after pill casing rips hole in his intestine
Sweden

Man dies after pill casing rips hole in his intestine

A man who was recovering from a heart operation at Hallands hospital in Halmstad in southern Sweden died after swallowing his prescription medicine together with the pill's protective casing.

Train collision injures 22 in Barcelona
Spain

Train collision injures 22 in Barcelona

A total of 22 people were injured, with two taken to hospital, when two trains collided at Barcelona's Sants station on Friday morning.

‘British men cheat more than the Italians’
Italy

‘British men cheat more than the Italians’

Italian men have hit back at a story published in the UK earlier this week harking on about them being philanderers who can no longer afford to cheat due to the financial crisis.

Cash cow mega-casinos threaten to quit Spain
Spain

Cash cow mega-casinos threaten to quit Spain

Spain's plans for a gambling-fuelled exit from its economic crisis are looking increasingly shaky with two planned mega-casino facing an uncertain future because of a smoking ban and a push for independence in Catalonia.

Berlin honours executed US freedom-fighter
Germany

Berlin honours executed US freedom-fighter

The US embassy in Berlin commemorated the only American civilian to be executed by the Nazi government on Friday. Until recently the life, and death, of resistance fighter Mildred Fish-Harnack had gone unnoticed.

France to save energy as Hollande heals Green rift
France

France to save energy as Hollande heals Green rift

France will cut its use of fossil fuels by 30 percent by 2030, and halve its overall energy consumption by 2050, President François Hollande said on Friday in an effort to heal a growing rift between the Socialists and their coalition partners the Greens.

Tiger kills zookeeper during feeding time
Germany

Tiger kills zookeeper during feeding time

UPDATE: A tiger killed a zookeeper in front of onlooking visitors on Thursday afternoon. Ten-year-old Rasputin snuck up on the man during feeding time at a zoo in western Germany.

MPs stage kissing protest for gay rights
Italy

MPs stage kissing protest for gay rights

Five Star Movement (M5S) politicians staged a kissing protest in parliament during a debate on an anti-homophobia bill, calling for more rights for gay people.

‘Homophobe minister’ jibes slammed by gay MP
Sweden

‘Homophobe minister’ jibes slammed by gay MP

Swedish MP Frederik Federley, a prominent advocate for gay rights and himself gay, has leapt to the defence of Employment Minister Elisabeth Svantesson whose religious faith and position on homosexuality has come under scrutiny this week.

Global church group seeks Syria summit
Switzerland

Global church group seeks Syria summit

Christian leaders from Syria and beyond are planning a summit involving Muslim representatives in a drive to use faith to spur peace efforts, the Geneva-based World Council of Churches says.

Swiss farmers milk world’s highest subsidies
Switzerland

Swiss farmers milk world’s highest subsidies

Swiss farmers continue to benefit from one of the most generous subsidy programmes in the world, second only to Norway, with almost 60 percent of their income raked in from government handouts, a new report from the OECD says.

‘What Spain needs is to get Catalanized’
Spain

‘What Spain needs is to get Catalanized’

Influential conservative Madrid politician Esperanza Aguirre says Spain and Catalonia need to learn to love each other all over again.

French would vote for Merkel in German poll
France

French would vote for Merkel in German poll

A majority of French would re-elect German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Sunday’s elections, despite criticisms of her by some of President François Hollande’s government, according to a poll published in France on Friday.

Jail for mother over son’s ‘I am a bomb’ 9/11 top
France

Jail for mother over son’s ‘I am a bomb’ 9/11 top

A mother who sent her three-year-old son Jihad to school wearing a sweater with the words "I am a bomb" on the front, along with his name and 'Born on September 11th' on the back, was handed a suspended jail sentence on Friday for "glorifying a crime".

Progress Islam attack hurts Norway party talks
Norway

Progress Islam attack hurts Norway party talks

One of the Progress Party's most controversial figures has warned that Norway's immigration policy threatens to destroy the country's culture, putting the party's coalition negotiations under new strain.

Punks and pirates: the oddest political parties
Germany

Punks and pirates: the oddest political parties

The German election campaign has been accused of being dull and out-of-touch. To rectify that The Local has travelled a step or two beyond the mainstream.

Spain clamps down on ‘rampant’ internet piracy
Spain

Spain clamps down on ‘rampant’ internet piracy

Tough new rules on internet piracy are one of the key features of Spain's new penal code to be approved in the country's parliament on Friday.

Ex-football manager jailed for ‘blackmail’
Switzerland

Ex-football manager jailed for ‘blackmail’

The former manager of Swiss football teams Grasshopper, Basel and Zurich is in jail facing charges of blackmailing the sporting director of the Bern team Young Boys, a Swiss newspaper reports.

Dozens of anti-fascists held after Paris protest
France

Dozens of anti-fascists held after Paris protest

Police arrested dozens of anti-fascist militants in Paris on Thursday night as they tried to confront far-right rivals in a bar in the capital. The far-left protestors had come from a rally in honour of a Greek rapper who was killed by a suspected neo-nazi on Wednesday.

Missing Israeli woman found dead in Alps
Germany

Missing Israeli woman found dead in Alps

The body of a 23-year-old Israeli woman who went missing in Bavaria ten days ago has been found in the Alps.

Germany prepares for Oktoberfest – in pics
Germany

Germany prepares for Oktoberfest – in pics

The world's biggest beer festival opens for the 180th time on Saturday sparking 16 days of drinking, dirndls and cheesy pop music.

Multi-resistant bacteria shutters neonatal unit
Sweden

Multi-resistant bacteria shutters neonatal unit

The neonatal clinic at Karolinska University Hospital in Solna was reopened on Friday after having been closed for several days following the discovery that six children were infected with multi-resistant bacteria.

Pope calls for ‘mercy’ over abortion
Italy

Pope calls for ‘mercy’ over abortion

Pope Francis has said the Catholic Church must rethink the way it approaches the issues of abortion, gay marriage and contraception, a move which shows a marked shift away from the Catholic Church's conservative approach to such issues.

Man jailed for fatal push at Paris Metro station
France

Man jailed for fatal push at Paris Metro station

A 21-year-old man was sentenced to 15 years behind bars this week for pushing a young women to her death down the stairs of a Paris Metro station. The incident left France shocked and appalled at the time.

Teens admit to ‘hacker attack’ on Swedish rail
Sweden

Teens admit to ‘hacker attack’ on Swedish rail

A group of 16-year-olds claimed responsibility for a series of hacking attacks this week, which among other things closed down train ticketing services across the country.

Hugh Jackman set for top Spanish film honour
Spain

Hugh Jackman set for top Spanish film honour

Australian actor Hugh Jackman will receive a lifetime achievement award at the San Sebastian film festival which gets underway on Friday in Spain with 13 movies in competition for the best film award.

Sizzling six-under start for Sweden’s Stenson
Sweden

Sizzling six-under start for Sweden’s Stenson

Henrik Stenson fired a six-under 64 to grab the lead at the Tour Championship in an opening round in which world number one Tiger Woods finished a disappointing second to last.

Baby dies in horror baggage belt mishap
Spain

Baby dies in horror baggage belt mishap

A five-month-old baby with US and Canadian parents died in Spain's Alicante airport on Thursday after being placed on a luggage belt which then started moving without its parents noticing, officials said.

Google hands over €60 million to French media
France

Google hands over €60 million to French media

Internet giant Google signed over €60 million to the French media this week aimed at helping sites develop their presence on the Internet. The move follows a spat between the Google and French publishers, which threatened to spill over into a diplomatic row.

Sweden’s north ravaged by torrential downpour
Sweden

Sweden’s north ravaged by torrential downpour

The northern end of Sweden has been swept by wet weather chaos and has been warned to expect more, with heavy flooding causing severe damage and extensive disruptions across the region.

French: Low German wages are unfair on us
Germany

French: Low German wages are unfair on us

A French economy minister has launched a scathing attack on Germany’s ‘unfair’ wage policy “which he claims is based on who can pay workers the least”. The attack was timed just days before the Germans goes to the polls.

French translator held for ‘provoking terrorism’
France

French translator held for ‘provoking terrorism’

A webmaster from Normandy, northern France was arrested and charged on Thursday for "provoking" and condoning terrorism. He is accused of translating articles from the jihadist magazine Inspire into French.

Merkel rival urges Berlin voters to help change
Germany

Merkel rival urges Berlin voters to help change

Angela Merkel's election rival Peer Steinbrück urged voters in Berlin on Thursday to swing behind his bid to usher in a more socially fair Germany by toppling the chancellor.

FEATURE: How to get a job in Norway
Norway

FEATURE: How to get a job in Norway

Norway has been ranked as the most attractive country for migrant workers in Scandinavia. But that doesn't mean it's easy to get a job. Oslo-based journalist Audrey Andersen explains how it's done.

Social Democrat sacked over Facebook racism
Sweden

Social Democrat sacked over Facebook racism

A local Social Democrat politician from central Sweden has been forced out of office after he published a racist Facebook post about when it might be appropriate to run over a "Negro".

Norway farmers world’s most subsidised: OECD
Norway

Norway farmers world’s most subsidised: OECD

Norwegian farmers rake in more in subsidies than those of any other country in the world, with 63 per cent of their income coming from the government, a new study from the OECD has reported.

Norway paramedic buried in ambulance coffin
Norway

Norway paramedic buried in ambulance coffin

A paramedic in Norway was so committed to his job that when he died, his daughters decorated his coffin like an ambulance, painting it bright yellow and wrapping a chequered reflective strip around it.