Norway’s new PM loses four-party coalition deal
Norway

Norway’s new PM loses four-party coalition deal

Norway's incoming Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Monday night announced that she would begin negotiations on forming a two-party government joining her Conservative party with the populist Progress party.

Syria’s neighbours plead for urgent refugee aid
Switzerland

Syria’s neighbours plead for urgent refugee aid

Syria's neighbours pleaded on Monday for more international support to tackle the huge influx of refugees from the war-ravaged country, warning the burden could destablise the whole region.

Customs seize 5,000 phoney watches in Zurich
Switzerland

Customs seize 5,000 phoney watches in Zurich

Swiss customs agents confiscated 1.3 tonnes’ worth of fake watches at Zurich international airport over a recent five-day period.

France stockpiling its own ‘chemical weapons’
France

France stockpiling its own ‘chemical weapons’

The UN may have passed a resolution to confiscate Syria’s 1,000 tonnes of chemical weapons but France, one the permanent members of the Security Council, is still, somewhat unintentionally, stockpiling its own arsenal of toxic weapons.

Spanish teens’ Gibraltar invasion riles UK press
Spain

Spanish teens’ Gibraltar invasion riles UK press

A Spanish schoolteacher has apologized profusely "to the people of Great Britain" after he posted a video of a group of children staging an invasion of Gibraltar in which they "shot" British holidaymakers.

France probes Assad uncle’s ‘billions of euros’
France

France probes Assad uncle’s ‘billions of euros’

Prosecutors in Paris have opened a probe into whether Rifaat al-Assad, uncle of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, used illegal means to acquire his "extraordinary wealth," estimated to be in the billions of euros, it emerged on Monday.

Italian men join femicide protest in high heels
Italy

Italian men join femicide protest in high heels

It was a very Italian protest. Men, children and women from all parts of the country donned high heels on Sunday in order to raise awareness about the pressing issue of femicide in Italy.

Roma kids ‘forced into crime like conscripts’
France

Roma kids ‘forced into crime like conscripts’

Over 20 members of the Roma community went on trial in France on Monday accused of forcing their children into crime like a form of "military service". The case, described as “extraordinary”, comes as France is embroiled in a bitter row over how best to deal with the Roma.

EU opens case against Spain over ‘sun tax’ plans
Spain

EU opens case against Spain over ‘sun tax’ plans

Spain's controversial new energy laws have prompted Brussels to open a case against it for failing to explain how it intends to meet its 2020 target of generating 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources.

‘No’ debate erupts after gang rape-acquittal
Sweden

‘No’ debate erupts after gang rape-acquittal

Swedes reacted strongly to Friday's news that six teenage boys were cleared by an appeals court of the alleged gang rape of a 15-year-old, with legal experts saying Sweden should include a lack of consent into the legal definition of rape.

Amazon looks east, away from German strikes
Germany

Amazon looks east, away from German strikes

Hit by labour disputes and strikes in Germany, US online giant Amazon is considering five new logistics centres in the Czech Republic and Poland, a Polish economic daily reported on Monday.

Can social media find you a job in Sweden?
Sweden

Can social media find you a job in Sweden?

Only last year, a Swedish man said he had found a flat, a job and a girlfriend on twitter. Most of us may not have such a long wish list, but finding work online doesn't have to be only a dream. Social media strategist Barry O'Brien shares his top tips with The Local's readers.

Obesity ops ‘no help’ for diabetes: Swedish study
Sweden

Obesity ops ‘no help’ for diabetes: Swedish study

Swedish researcher say surgery to help obese patients lose weight does not lower their risk of diabetes, unless they ask for help before the disease takes hold.

Defence seeks new DNA tests in Knox retrial
Italy

Defence seeks new DNA tests in Knox retrial

Defence lawyers at the retrial of Amanda Knox for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher called Monday for new tests to be carried out on semen stains from the crime scene and DNA on the alleged murder weapon.

FEATURE: How to buy or rent a house in Norway
Norway

FEATURE: How to buy or rent a house in Norway

According to the IMF, Norway has the second worst housing bubble in the world, but renting can be even more expensive. Oslo-based journalist Audrey Andersen explains how to get your hands on a property.

Hitler’s last motorway to disappear
Germany

Hitler’s last motorway to disappear

The last surviving stretch of German autobahn built under Hitler is set to disappear, almost 80 years after it was first constructed.

Transsexual prostitute ring busted by Paris cops
France

Transsexual prostitute ring busted by Paris cops

Paris police have reportedly broken up a major transsexual prostitution ring with the ring-leader accused of controlling his "protégés" with the threat of "black magic." Separately, a French minister has proposed punishing prostitutes' clients with community service.

Why Swedish pop is the best in the world
Sweden

Why Swedish pop is the best in the world

There's nothing better than Swedish pop, argues The Local's Paul Connolly, who reveals the secrets behind Swedes' musical success - whether via songs written for Britney Spears or from home-grown talent that's gone big abroad.

Spain’s 2014 public debt ratio to near 100 percent
Spain

Spain’s 2014 public debt ratio to near 100 percent

Spain's public debt will rise next year to 99.8 percent of output after hitting 94.2 percent at the end of this year, higher than previously forecast, according to details of the government's 2014 budget published on Monday.

Philip Morris looks to cut 170 jobs in Switzerland
Switzerland

Philip Morris looks to cut 170 jobs in Switzerland

Tobacco company Philip Morris International is cutting up to 170 jobs from its global and regional operations in Switzerland, affecting employees in Lausanne and Neuchâtel.

French football clubs will pay 75 percent super tax
France

French football clubs will pay 75 percent super tax

France confirmed on Monday that the 75 percent super tax on millionaires will indeed apply to the country’s football clubs, despite opposition from league bosses. However the government has made one compromise to appease mega wealthy clubs like PSG and Monaco.

Wanted: Owner of gold fortune found in locker
Germany

Wanted: Owner of gold fortune found in locker

Police in Cologne are seeking the owner of a fortune which includes several kilos of gold bars and a six-figure sum in cash. The gold hoard was found in a locker in the city’s main train station.

Marquez apologizes after ‘aggressive’ MotoGP win
Spain

Marquez apologizes after ‘aggressive’ MotoGP win

Spaniard Marc Marquez closed in on the MotoGP world championship in his rookie season with a sixth race victory of the year in the Aragon Grand Prix on Sunday but was forced to apologize after colliding with teammate Dani Pedrosa.

Spaniard carves up and freezes brother after row
Spain

Spaniard carves up and freezes brother after row

A 39-year-old Spanish man confessed on Monday to killing his younger brother with a hammer, cutting up the body and putting the remains in the freezer after a tempestuous year of sharing the same home, police said.

Cruise tourists isolated after stomach bug attack
Norway

Cruise tourists isolated after stomach bug attack

More than twenty passengers and staff have been quarantined on MS Lofoten, one of the coastal steamers that are Norway's leading tourist attraction, after they came down with a stomach bug.

Overqualified toilet cleaner’s rant goes viral
Spain

Overqualified toilet cleaner’s rant goes viral

A young Spaniard with three university degrees, including a master's, has caught the attention of the country's media after he sent out a viral message about how he's ended up cleaning toilets in London.

‘Prima donna’ Zlatan in new spat over ex-coach
Sweden

‘Prima donna’ Zlatan in new spat over ex-coach

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has branded Zlatan Ibrahimovic an "aggrieved prima donna" after the Sweden star's latest verbal attack on coach Pep Guardiola.

VIDEO: ‘Miracle’ as man survives train track fall
Italy

VIDEO: ‘Miracle’ as man survives train track fall

A man at a metro station in central Milan survived with minor injuries after falling headfirst into the tracks as a train was leaving the platform. His lucky escape – described as a "miracle" – has been captured on CCTV.

‘Cannabis is not a drug’: Spain’s anti-drug czar
Spain

‘Cannabis is not a drug’: Spain’s anti-drug czar

The ex-cabinet director of Spain's National Drugs Plan told a cannabis conference on Sunday that she 'had come out of the closet of drug prohibition to advocate regulation' and now believes that 'prohibition is not the solution'.

Norway man’s naked pick-up stunt goes viral
Norway

Norway man’s naked pick-up stunt goes viral

A 23-year-old Norwegian has received more than a million views on YouTube after posting a video featuring him walking stark naked around Oslo, approaching girls at random, and asking them out on for a date.

France to review Sunday shopping laws amid row
France

France to review Sunday shopping laws amid row

France launched a review of the contentious laws around Sunday shop openings a day after 14 DIY stores opened in defiance of a ban issued by a French court last week. However the Minister for Labour insisted on Monday that France's day of rest "would not be touched".

Thirteen refugees die trying to reach Italy
Italy

Thirteen refugees die trying to reach Italy

Thirteen refugees drowned on Monday while attempting to swim ashore after their vessel ran aground off Italy's coast, the local mayor said.

Photo of the day: French fields become warzone
France

Photo of the day: French fields become warzone

Residents in a part of northern France could have been forgiven for thinking the hunting season had got out of control on Sunday as the sound of gun shots and artillery fire echoed around the usual tranquil countryside. However the reaason for the pandemonium was quite different.

Merkel to start coalition talks with SPD on Friday
Germany

Merkel to start coalition talks with SPD on Friday

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party said it will start talks with the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) on Friday on forming a possible left-right “grand coalition”.

VIDEO: Elk invade Norwegian seaside town
Norway

VIDEO: Elk invade Norwegian seaside town

Dozens of elk have descended on the small Norwegian town of Sandnessjøen, with one family filmed by council worker Gunnar Hoff as it nonchalantly made its way through a neighbouring garden.

Brazil’s Diego Costa set for Spain call up
Spain

Brazil’s Diego Costa set for Spain call up

Brazilian-born Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa looks set to be included in Vicente del Bosque's Spain squad for the champions decisive World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Georgia next month.

Markets fall as political showdown looms
Italy

Markets fall as political showdown looms

Italian share prices plunged and borrowing costs rose on Monday as the recession-hit country braced for a showdown between Prime Minister Enrico Letta and billionaire tycoon Silvio Berlusconi.

VIDEO: Crafty fox steals balls at Swiss golf club
Switzerland

VIDEO: Crafty fox steals balls at Swiss golf club

A cunning fox is causing a stir at the golf club of Verbier, the Alpine resort town in the canton of Valais.

Majority of Piemonte doctors oppose abortion
Italy

Majority of Piemonte doctors oppose abortion

Six out of ten gynecologists in the northern region of Piemonte are opposed to abortion and refuse to practice it. Eleonora Artesio, a councillor of the Federation of the Left and former Regional Minister for Health said it was a "worrying number".

Expat scientists warn of Spain’s brain drain
Spain

Expat scientists warn of Spain’s brain drain

Spanish scientists working in Germany have warned that the government's failure to back science in Spain could lead to a permanent exodus of talent as hundreds of researchers marched in protest through Madrid on Friday under the slogan 'Without science there is no future'.

Swedish pensions dump ‘union-busting’ Walmart
Sweden

Swedish pensions dump ‘union-busting’ Walmart

The state-managed funds that invest Swedes' pension contributions have retracted all their investments in Walmart due to concerns over how the American retail giant treats its employees.

Israel: German Islamists helped in Kenya attack
Germany

Israel: German Islamists helped in Kenya attack

German Islamists are suspected of being involved in the Kenya shopping centre siege, according to Israeli intelligence service Mossad.

Majorca teachers fight trilingual education
Spain

Majorca teachers fight trilingual education

Thousands of teachers and parents took to the streets of the Balearic Islands' four capitals on Sunday to protest against a new trilingual education law which will place more emphasis on English rather than on Catalan.

3,000 people leave homes after gas blast
Germany

3,000 people leave homes after gas blast

Police ordered 3,000 people to leave their homes after an explosion at a gas plant in west Germany caused millions of euros worth of damage and sent tanks flying hundreds of metres into the air.

Masked robbers attack Stockholm vehicle
Sweden

Masked robbers attack Stockholm vehicle

Police in Stockholm are on the hunt for three armed men who robbed an armoured security van in northern Stockholm on Monday morning.

British student killed crossing road in France
France

British student killed crossing road in France

A British university student was killed in the southern city of Montpellier over the weekend, after attempting to cross a motorway with a group of friends on a night out.

‘I fell for a German and started my dating site’
Germany

‘I fell for a German and started my dating site’

In this week's My German Career Lori-Ann Quast from Jamaica reveals how romance brought her to Germany and how she managed to turn love into a business.

‘World’s ugliest ship’ docks in Norway
Norway

‘World’s ugliest ship’ docks in Norway

A giant oil-services vessel dubbed 'the world's ugliest ship' has docked in Norway for the first time, six months after it was launched from the Mitsubishi shipyard in Japan.

Swiss army trains for French invasion
France

Swiss army trains for French invasion

A bankrupt France tears itself apart into several regions, and one of them marches over the border to Switzerland to get back its stolen money. The Swiss army has this imaginary scenario covered, according to military simulations revealed over the weekend.

Knox’s initial claims will be re-examined at retrial
Italy

Knox’s initial claims will be re-examined at retrial

The retrial of Amanda Knox and her former lover Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher begins in Florence on Monday. While Knox has decided not to attend, Sollecito has said he will attend court later on in the trial.

‘Men send naked pics every day’: youth leader
Norway

‘Men send naked pics every day’: youth leader

Two of Norway's most prominent female youth politicians have complained that they receive naked pictures of strange men almost every day. The two argue that this kind of cyber-bullying is putting women off entering politics.

Police charge Berlin marathon intruder
Germany

Police charge Berlin marathon intruder

Police have charged a man with trespassing at Sunday's Berlin marathon after breaking the finish-tape ahead of winner and new world-record holder Wilson Kipsang.

Siemens to cut 15,000 jobs worldwide
Germany

Siemens to cut 15,000 jobs worldwide

German engineering and technology giant Siemens said on Sunday it planned to slash 15,000 positions worldwide by late next year as part of a cost-cutting drive, including 5,000 in its home country.

Family reunification boom fails to materialize
Sweden

Family reunification boom fails to materialize

Fewer Somalis than forecasted have applied for residence permits to be reunited with their families in Sweden.

Monaco return to top despite PSG win
France

Monaco return to top despite PSG win

Only goal difference separates leaders Monaco from Paris Saint-Germain at the top of Ligue 1 after the weekend's action. Newly-promoted Nantes, meanwhile, kept up their impressive start to the season in a firey Breton derby.

Alitalia jet skids off runway at Rome airport
Italy

Alitalia jet skids off runway at Rome airport

A plane toppled and skidded off the runway as it landed at Rome's Fiumicino airport on Sunday after its landing gear malfunctioned during a thunderstorm, slightly injuring around 10 people.

‘I will resign if I don’t win confidence vote’ – Letta
Italy

‘I will resign if I don’t win confidence vote’ – Letta

Italy braced for market reactions on Monday as Prime Minister Enrico Letta battled to save his coalition from collapse after Silvio Berlusconi said he was pulling his party's ministers out of the cabinet.

Snus tobacco is good for public health: study
Norway

Snus tobacco is good for public health: study

The availability of snus, the smokeless tobacco popular in Scandinavian countries, has a net positive effect on national health, a new study from the Norwegian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research (Sirus) has concluded.

My granddad was ‘Schindler’s List’ killer
Germany

My granddad was ‘Schindler’s List’ killer

A steel-eyed Nazi killer picks off Jewish prisoners with a rifle from a balcony in a concentration camp in 1944.

Ikea to start selling solar panels at UK stores
Sweden

Ikea to start selling solar panels at UK stores

Ikea is set to start selling solar panels at all of its stores in the UK, a first for the Swedish furniture retailer as it looks to capitalize on a growing trend in green energy.

Stuttgart hammer struggling Braunschweig
Germany

Stuttgart hammer struggling Braunschweig

VfB Stuttgart moved up to sixth in the Bundesliga with an emphatic 4-0 rout of bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig on Sunday.

Suspect arrested for arson double murder
Sweden

Suspect arrested for arson double murder

Police in southern Sweden announced on Monday morning that they arrested a suspected arsonist believed to be behind a fire near Stockholm that claimed lives of two people, both of them reportedly children.