Slain prison therapist’s funeral draws crowd
Switzerland

Slain prison therapist’s funeral draws crowd

The village church in the canton of Geneva was too small to accommodate an overflow crowd of around 500 people attending the funeral for Adeline Morel, the prison therapist brutally murdered on September 13th in a case that has shaken Switzerland.

Norwegian to confront Boeing over glitches
Norway

Norwegian to confront Boeing over glitches

The budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle announced a meeting on Monday with aircraft manufacturer Boeing to discuss technical problems with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Ski area managers found guilty over girl’s death
Switzerland

Ski area managers found guilty over girl’s death

The manager of an Alpine skiing area in the canton of Valais and its director of security were convicted of homicide by negligence in the death of a 12-year-old girl who fell from a ski tow in February 2011.

Saviano remembers journalist slain by mafia
Italy

Saviano remembers journalist slain by mafia

Roberto Saviano, the author of mafia exposé Gomorrah, toured Naples on Monday in memory of a 26-year-old journalist who was killed by the Comorra clan.

Law school orders exam rerun for illegal pee break
France

Law school orders exam rerun for illegal pee break

A top French university has ruled its law entry exam has to be retaken after desperate students were allowed to take an illegal toilet break. The supervisor reportedly cracked and agreed to bend the rules when a female student stormed out of the exam in floods of tears.

Franco-era officials face torture charges
Spain

Franco-era officials face torture charges

Victims of torture during the reign of Francisco Franco are hoping they will finally see justice after an Argentinian judge recently issued arrest warrants for four officials who served under the Spanish dictator.

Athlete used ‘fake penis’ to cheat doping test
Italy

Athlete used ‘fake penis’ to cheat doping test

An Italian athlete is under investigation by the country's Olympic Committee for allegedly using a fake penis to cheat a doping test.

VIDEO: Jeweller saves shop from robbers’ heist
Italy

VIDEO: Jeweller saves shop from robbers’ heist

A pair of thieves got a shock when they tried to rob a jewellery shop in Sicily, CCTV footage has shown.

Top ten: Spain’s most beautiful actresses
Spain

Top ten: Spain’s most beautiful actresses

To celebrate the San Sebastian Film Festival currently being held in the north of Spain, The Local has put together a picture gallery of ten of the country's most beautiful actresses.

‘Spain set to grow faster than Germany’: PwC
Spain

‘Spain set to grow faster than Germany’: PwC

International accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) is predicting Spain's growth will outstrip that of both Germany and France from 2015 to 2019.

Police report themselves for illegal Roma registry
Sweden

Police report themselves for illegal Roma registry

Police in southern Sweden have filed a police report against themselves after Swedish media revealed that police had been keeping a register of over 4,000 members of the Roma community, including details about children as young as two.

Paris is ‘unprepared’ for ‘flood of the century’
France

Paris is ‘unprepared’ for ‘flood of the century’

Paris is one of the world cities most at risk from a catastrophic flood and French officials need to do more to protect the capital’s inhabitants and economy from a repeat of the 1910 'flood of the century' according to two recent reports.

Brigitte Bardot fires off first tweet in anger
France

Brigitte Bardot fires off first tweet in anger

France’s most famous former sex symbol Brigitte Bardot joined Twitter for the first time on Monday at the grand old age of 78, and she's not a happy tweeter. After setting up her account she fired off her first angry message in the direction of a French newspaper.

Armani and Ferre close Milan Fashion Week
Italy

Armani and Ferre close Milan Fashion Week

Italy's Giorgio Armani and Gianfranco Ferre rounded off a more upbeat Milan Fashion Week on Monday, as the sector looks to shake off a recession that has forced thousands of businesses to close.

Is public masturbation really OK in Sweden?
Sweden

Is public masturbation really OK in Sweden?

After our article about the acquittal of a man who was caught masturbating on a public beach in Sweden made a splash in the international media, The Local sorts out fact from conjecture on the subject.

Norwegian sets Star Wars Lego record
Norway

Norwegian sets Star Wars Lego record

A Norwegian railway worker has amassed the world's largest collection of Star Wars Lego, winning him a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

Woman ‘locked up and raped’ for 16 days: police
Sweden

Woman ‘locked up and raped’ for 16 days: police

Three people have been detained after a woman told police she was locked up and raped for 16 days in an apartment in southern Sweden.

‘Behaviour and attitude are really important’
Italy

‘Behaviour and attitude are really important’

So you've been offered an amazing new job in Italy, but what does it take to survive the probation period? With short-term contracts being the norm, Sofia Cortesi, finance director at recruitment firm Hays Italia, provides some tips on getting past the trial period and securing an unlimited contract.

Woman falls to death from mountain peak
Germany

Woman falls to death from mountain peak

A Chinese woman fell 500 metres to her death from Germany's highest mountain on Sunday evening.

Record low number of radioactive sheep
Norway

Record low number of radioactive sheep

The number of dangerously radioactive sheep in Norway has hit the lowest level recorded since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, raising hopes that the country's flock will soon return almost completely to normal.

Leaders consult parties over Norway government
Norway

Leaders consult parties over Norway government

The two junior parties involved in coalition talks over the next Norwegian government have convened party meetings, indicating that a deal has taken sufficient shape to be put to their members.

Concordia captain says helmsman caused crash
Italy

Concordia captain says helmsman caused crash

Francesco Schettino, captain of Italy's doomed Costa Concordia cruise ship, on Monday blamed the Indonesian helmsman for causing the accident that killed 32 people.

Merkel ‘open’ to grand coalition with SPD
Germany

Merkel ‘open’ to grand coalition with SPD

The day after her stunning election triumph, Chancellor Angela Merkel was on Monday set to start the process of haggling with potential partners over how to rule Europe's biggest economy. She has made first contact with the Social Democrats (SPD).

Green leadership quits en masse
Germany

Green leadership quits en masse

Renate Künast and Jürgen Trittin on Tuesday joined Green party leaders Claudia Roth and Cem Özdemir in stepping down after Sunday's disappointing election result raised questions over the party's future direction.

French victim talks of Nairobi siege horror
France

French victim talks of Nairobi siege horror

A French expat who was wounded during the attack by Islamist terrorists at the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi told French media on Monday how the gunman had been hunting for "Kenyans and Americans". Two French nationals were killed in the siege which began on Saturday.

Prince’s bones found in 2,700-year-old tomb
Italy

Prince’s bones found in 2,700-year-old tomb

Archaeologists in central Italy are celebrating the discovery of an Etruscan tomb, still intact after 2,600 years.

Russian oral sex schools to spice up Spain
Spain

Russian oral sex schools to spice up Spain

A handful of oral sex schools may soon be opening their doors across Spain after the successful teachings of a pioneering "training camp" in Moscow have taken Russia by storm.

Catalonia tops tourist tables in bumper summer
Spain

Catalonia tops tourist tables in bumper summer

A record 8.3 million foreign tourists flocked to Spain in August, with Catalonia their top choice of destination, the Spanish government said on Monday.

Buyer beware: UK issues Spain property warning
Spain

Buyer beware: UK issues Spain property warning

The UK's Foreign Office is warning people not to venture blindly into the minefield that is Spain's complicated property market.

What do the papers make of election drama?
Germany

What do the papers make of election drama?

As the nation awaits a new government, Germany's newspapers are rife with speculation over possible coalition negotiations. The Local's media round-up takes a look at their reaction to the election results.

‘Success is all about having the right spices’
Sweden

‘Success is all about having the right spices’

Karim Rezaul, owner of Sweden's Indian Garden restaurant chain, tells The Local about his newest restaurant, life for a Bangladeshi man in Stockholm, and the importance of "having the right mix of spices" to spark a successful Swedish career.

Man dies after op delayed by lack of hospital beds
Sweden

Man dies after op delayed by lack of hospital beds

An investigation is under way after a man in southern Sweden died of a burst aneurysm two days before an operation which had been postponed twice previously due to a lack of hospital beds.

Mum on trial over son’s rape in jail visiting room
France

Mum on trial over son’s rape in jail visiting room

A French mother went on trial on Monday, charged with holding down her four-year-old son while his stepfather raped him repeatedly in a prison visiting room. The couple are accused of having covered the room's windows with bin bags to obstruct the view of guards.

Liberal leader quits after poor poll showing
Germany

Liberal leader quits after poor poll showing

UPDATE: The FDP's leader Philipp Rösler stepped down on Monday morning after the party's worst result in its 65-year history. The Liberals were blasted from power, out of parliament and into the political doldrums.

Pensioner ‘kills 80-year-old wife over love affair’
France

Pensioner ‘kills 80-year-old wife over love affair’

An 83-year-old man allegedly strangled his 80-year-old wife in an apparent crime of passion at the weekend, shortly after she had admitted to him that she had a new lover, according to reports in the French media.

‘Don’t let your lack of language skills stop you’
Germany

‘Don’t let your lack of language skills stop you’

In this week’s My German Career William Medina from America describes how he landed an internship at the German parliament, the Bundestag, despite fearing his level of German was too low.

Voters kill new Zurich West football stadium
Switzerland

Voters kill new Zurich West football stadium

Zurich officials are back to Square One in planning a new home for the city's football teams after voters on Sunday narrowly rejected plans for a 216-million-franc ($237-million) stadium.

Almost five million Italians are in poverty
Italy

Almost five million Italians are in poverty

Over the past five years the poverty rate in Italy has almost doubled, leaving nearly one in 10 Italians unable to afford the basics such as food and healthcare.

Outrage grows over cops’ illegal Roma registry
Sweden

Outrage grows over cops’ illegal Roma registry

News that Swedish police have kept an illegal registry charting members of the Roma community and their families has sparked outrage from Sweden's integration minister and from representatives of the Roma community.

Sweden touts low-carb diet as key to weight loss
Sweden

Sweden touts low-carb diet as key to weight loss

Swedes who want to lose weight fast have been told to cut out the carbohydrates according to a new report by the Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment (Statens beredning för medicinsk utvärdering, SBU).

Merkel’s CDU jubilant but coalition-cautious
Germany

Merkel’s CDU jubilant but coalition-cautious

The Christian Democrat (CDU) party was still in full swing early on Monday morning, The Local's Jessica Ware writes. Supporters were doing the conga, while politicians retreated to hash out possible coalition set-ups.

‘Being an hour behind is great for the Canaries’
Spain

‘Being an hour behind is great for the Canaries’

The President of the Canary Islands has argued that the clocks should always be an hour behind the rest of Spain to guarantee free advertising for the Atlantic archipelago.

Bayern Munich close gap on rivals
Germany

Bayern Munich close gap on rivals

Jerome Boateng believes Bayern Munich will only get better having closed the gap at the top of the Bundesliga by sending Schalke crashing to their worst home defeat in over 30 years.

France set to eliminate up-front GP fees
France

France set to eliminate up-front GP fees

France is set to phase out up-front fees for GP visits, the country’s Health Minister said on Monday, with poorer families set to pay nothing up front by as early as the end of next year.

Spanish woman trapped in Kenya mall horror
Spain

Spanish woman trapped in Kenya mall horror

A Spanish woman has described the horror of being caught up in the mall attack in the Kenyan city of Nairobi which has claimed the lives of at least 62 people.

Far-left becomes third biggest party
Germany

Far-left becomes third biggest party

Despite dropping a few percentage points since 2009, the socialist Left party (Die Linke) celebrated becoming the third biggest party in Germany on Sunday's election.

SBB mistakenly hoards fare-dodger data
Switzerland

SBB mistakenly hoards fare-dodger data

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) violated the country’s privacy laws by secretly storing information about 250,000 passengers checked for not having a valid train ticket going back to 1999.

SPD supporters wary of Merkel coalition
Germany

SPD supporters wary of Merkel coalition

The Social Democrats gained one in four German votes but it was not the result their candidate, Peer Steinbrück, was hoping for. It was at least better than in 2009 but at 25.7 percent it was still the party’s second worst result since World War Two.

Italians hide in stairwell to escape Kenya siege
Italy

Italians hide in stairwell to escape Kenya siege

Ten Italians have escaped from a Nairobi shopping mall siege where Somali militants killed at least 68 people, an embassy spokeswoman told The Local.

VIDEO: Pilot replicates historic flight across Med
France

VIDEO: Pilot replicates historic flight across Med

A French pilot Sunday crossed the Mediterranean in a replica of a fabric-covered plane that pioneering aviator Roland Garros used a century ago in a landmark flight from France to Tunisia.

Spain’s King faces new hip surgery
Spain

Spain’s King faces new hip surgery

Spain's ailing 75-year-old King Juan Carlos is to set to go under the knife in a a second operation on his left hip on Tuesday, the royal palace said.

Real win as injury halts Bale’s Bernabeu debut
Spain

Real win as injury halts Bale’s Bernabeu debut

Real Madrid shrugged off a warm-up injury suffered by Gareth Bale to move back to within two points of leaders Barcelona on Sunday thanks to a 4-1 win over Getafe.

PSG left frustrated as Monaco peg them back
France

PSG left frustrated as Monaco peg them back

The so-called battle of the billionaires ended in stalemate with Monaco recovering from early setback to hold PSG to a 1-1 draw in Paris on Sunday. Monaco's Radamel Falcao cancelled out Zlatan Ibrahimovic's early goal to keep his team top of Ligue 1.

Italian designers spark new ‘Made in Italy’ wave
Italy

Italian designers spark new ‘Made in Italy’ wave

Coats with fluorescent buttons, skirts covered in monkey prints and straw caps adorned with flowers: the designs at Milan Fashion Week often bear little resemblance to a classical Italian look.

VIDEO: France crowned EuroBasket champions
France

VIDEO: France crowned EuroBasket champions

France ended their long wait for European glory by beating Lithuania 80-66 on Sunday to win the 2013 EuroBasket title - their first continental crown. Star player Tony Parker dedicated the victory to "all of France".

Hollande congratulates Merkel on election win
France

Hollande congratulates Merkel on election win

French President François Hollande was the first head of state to congratulate German Chancellor Angela Merkel after her election win on Sunday. Hollande has already invited the Merkel to Paris, once she has formed her government.

Banned substance found in Swedish candy bars
Sweden

Banned substance found in Swedish candy bars

The makers of Sweden's Kexchoklad chocolate bars have halted production of the popular treat after a substance banned by the EU for use in food production was found at a Swedish factory.

Swedish police confirm illegal registry of Roma
Sweden

Swedish police confirm illegal registry of Roma

Police in Sweden have collected information on thousands of Roma, many of whom have never committed any crimes and including 1,000 children, in a database that likely breaks several laws, according to a Swedish media report.

Stenson’s FedEx golf win yields ‘incredible’ payday
Sweden

Stenson’s FedEx golf win yields ‘incredible’ payday

Sweden's Henrik Stenson earned the biggest payday in golf by closing with a two-under 68 Sunday to claim two trophies in one day -- The Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup title.