Swiss end Group E football on high note
Switzerland

Swiss end Group E football on high note

Switzerland boosted its chances for a favourable draw in next year’s World Cup football championships in Brazil by defeating Slovenia 1-0 in Bern on Tuesday night.

INTERVIEW: Utøya survivor to be deported
Norway

INTERVIEW: Utøya survivor to be deported

Khaled Ahmed Taleb found his brother dead during Anders Behring Breivik's terror attack in 2011. But now he faces expulsion for lying on his asylum application eleven years ago. He tells The Local how it happened.

Ban proposed on noisy and polluting motorbikes
Switzerland

Ban proposed on noisy and polluting motorbikes

Loud motorbikes and old scooters belching blue smoke will soon become illegal in Switzerland if a parliamentary committee gets its way.

French Church changes ‘blasphemous’ prayer
France

French Church changes ‘blasphemous’ prayer

After nearly half a century of theological debate, French bishops have decided to change a potentially "blasphemous" version of the Lord's Prayer, to be included in a forthcoming French-language bible.

French pension reforms adopted amid protests
France

French pension reforms adopted amid protests

France's National Assembly on Tuesday narrowly voted in favour of the Socialist government's controversial pension reform package, with Green and left-wing MPs abstaining from the vote. Thousands marched outside the National Assembly in Paris earlier in the day to protest the reforms.

Struggling Iberia pins hopes on image revamp
Spain

Struggling Iberia pins hopes on image revamp

Spain's debt-ridden airline Iberia on Tuesday unveiled its new corporate logo and brand image as part of a major restructuring which it hopes will return the airline to profit.

Catholic group holds Nazi war criminal’s funeral
Italy

Catholic group holds Nazi war criminal’s funeral

A town near Rome on Tuesday tried to ban the celebration of a Nazi war criminal's funeral by a Catholic traditionalist group on its territory.

Dope charges for Catalan President’s bodyguard
Spain

Dope charges for Catalan President’s bodyguard

A bodyguard tasked with protecting the president of the Spanish region of Catalonia has been charged with growing and selling marijuana.

Airline seeks Klaus-Heidi for new Berlin life
Sweden

Airline seeks Klaus-Heidi for new Berlin life

One lucky Swede will get the chance to start a new life in Berlin, complete with paid apartment and language lessons for a year, but there's a catch - they have to legally change their name first to Klaus-Heidi.

Germans look to sink Swedish sub maker
Germany

Germans look to sink Swedish sub maker

A German industrial giant is waging a campaign of "internal warfare" against one of its own firms - Sweden's flagship submarine manufacturer Kockums - putting key defence deals at risk, sources have told The Local.

Airline offers new life… if you change your name
Germany

Airline offers new life… if you change your name

German airline Lufthansa has launched a bizarre competition giving one Swede the chance to start a new life in Berlin if they legally change their name to "Klaus-Heidi".

Hollande pays ’emotional’ visit to Mandela home
France

Hollande pays ’emotional’ visit to Mandela home

French President François Hollande paid an emotional visit on Tuesday to Nelson Mandela's former home in Soweto, where the iconic former South African president lived before being imprisoned for 27 years.

‘Germany can’t produce a Breaking Bad’
Germany

‘Germany can’t produce a Breaking Bad’

American TV series Breaking Bad has been smashing viewing records while scooping awards. Meanwhile, Germany, unlike its European neighbours, has not produced a globally successful show for 25 years. Alex Evans finds out why.

OECD deal means ‘end of Swiss banking secrecy’
Switzerland

OECD deal means ‘end of Swiss banking secrecy’

Switzerland broke the seal on its banking secrecy, until now considered virtually ironclad, by signing an international agreement on fighting tax evasion on Tuesday, the OECD said.

Germans look to sink Swedish sub maker
Sweden

Germans look to sink Swedish sub maker

The future of Sweden's flagship submarine manufacturer, Kockums, is on the rocks and key export deals are at risk thanks to a campaign of "internal warfare" waged by its German parent to effectively sink the company.

Italy’s pampered pets get their own hotel
Italy

Italy’s pampered pets get their own hotel

Around-the-clock room service, a view over Italy’s stunning scenery, a private chauffeur. What more could you want? One hotelier in northern Italy thinks they've come up with the answer - by inviting your pets to come and stay.

French tennis pros held over rape of US player
France

French tennis pros held over rape of US player

Three Frenchmen, two of them professional tennis players, were charged on Tuesday with the gang rape of an American female player at a hotel after-party during a tournament in Greece. All five accused have claimed they are "innocent young people in jail."

Sweden elects first female archbishop
Sweden

Sweden elects first female archbishop

Bishop Antje Jackelén became the first ever female archbishop of the Church of Sweden on Tuesday, despite her controversial statements in the past about believing in God and evolution.

Spanish app calls time on Mexican kidnappers
Spain

Spanish app calls time on Mexican kidnappers

An IT company based in the Canary Islands has designed a mobile app which will give relatives of Mexico’s 105,000 annual kidnap victims a chance to track down their loved ones before it’s too late.

Telefonica set to shed Czech holdings
Spain

Telefonica set to shed Czech holdings

Heavily indebted Spanish telecoms firm Telefonica said Tuesday it is holding talks on the sale of the majority stake of its Czech unit with Czech investment group PPS.

Tourists face going hungry as waiters strike
Italy

Tourists face going hungry as waiters strike

Thousands of Italy's bars and restaurants will close on October 31st as workers go on strike after talks on renewing the National Contract of Tourism, aimed at providing safeguards for the millions of people employed by the industry, broke down on Monday.

Robbers flee after Naples bingo hall shoot-out
Italy

Robbers flee after Naples bingo hall shoot-out

An off-duty policeman in Naples found himself in a gun battle with would-be thieves after he tried to foil their bingo hall robbery.

Elite school students cleared of assault
Sweden

Elite school students cleared of assault

Students at the elite boarding school Lundsberg will not be charged for burning a 14-year-old boy with an iron in a hazing ritual after the prosecutor dropped the assault charge.

Tenant sues landlord for €25k over 1.6m² Paris flat
France

Tenant sues landlord for €25k over 1.6m² Paris flat

A Frenchman who lived for years in a ‘scandalous’ Paris apartment the size of a toilet is seeking €25,000 in damages from his former landlord on Tuesday. The man had paid €220 in rent per metre squared for 15 years.

What is the impact of US shutdown on Germany?
Germany

What is the impact of US shutdown on Germany?

From hitting the country’s huge export industry to affecting embassy services, Germany is feeling the impact of the US shutdown, with the prospect of an American default stoking further fears.

Germany blocks EU road to emissions limit
Germany

Germany blocks EU road to emissions limit

Germany intervened on Monday on behalf of its powerful car lobby to block progress on a European Union agreement limiting vehicle carbon emissions for new vehicles.

Arnie visits Spain’s top ‘fascist’ monument
Spain

Arnie visits Spain’s top ‘fascist’ monument

Actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger raised eyebrows in Spain recently when he visited a right-wing monument dedicated to the country's civil war dead.

Nuclear talks with Iran launch in Geneva
Switzerland

Nuclear talks with Iran launch in Geneva

World powers opened nuclear talks with Iran on Tuesday in Geneva with Tehran set to unveil a roadmap for negotiations under new President Hassan Rouhani that it says could yield a deal in a year.

Solar cell con man ordered to repay heirs
Switzerland

Solar cell con man ordered to repay heirs

A 47-year-old man from the canton of Aargau, found guilty of duping a wealthy Zurich woman into investing 44 million francs in a solar cell "invention", is appealing a court order to pay the money back.

Paris to get 1,000 more taxis at peak times
France

Paris to get 1,000 more taxis at peak times

There could be good news for revellers in Paris after the French government appears to have woken up to the shortage of taxis in the capital. This week it announced plans for an extra 1,000 cabs for the capital, which would be available at peak times.

Indonesian tycoon takes over Inter Milan
Italy

Indonesian tycoon takes over Inter Milan

Inter Milan President Massimo Moratti announced on Tuesday that he has signed a deal with Erick Thohir, an Indonesian businessman, to take over the football club.

Nut attack victim: This was done on purpose
Sweden

Nut attack victim: This was done on purpose

The Swedish schoolgirl with a nut allergy who was left fighting for her life after another pupil put a nut in her drink has said she believes the attack was done deliberately.

Les Bleus in strife: ‘Idiot’ fans vs ‘stupid’ players
France

Les Bleus in strife: ‘Idiot’ fans vs ‘stupid’ players

You wouldn’t want to be a footballer in the French national team right now. Les Bleus go into Tuesday's potentially crucial final World Cup qualifier against Finland, with polls showing the vast majority of French people hold the team in contempt. One player has hit back, calling the fans "idiots".

Rock off: No refund for Iron Maiden fans
Sweden

Rock off: No refund for Iron Maiden fans

Hacked off Iron Maiden fans won't get a refund after many complained about the sound quality from the rockers' performance at Stockholm's Friends Arena in July.

Bavarian town shuts Czech border
Germany

Bavarian town shuts Czech border

A Bavarian town has shut its border with the Czech Republic following a spate of break-ins. The Bavarians suspect the Czechs are responsible for the crimes and they came up with the plan to resurrect the old barrier in a pub.

Italy’s far-right politicians to be ‘cured’ of racism
Italy

Italy’s far-right politicians to be ‘cured’ of racism

Politicians from the anti-immigration Northern League party have agreed to undergo therapy designed to help combat racist, xenophobic and sexist views.

Berlin bids to put energy grid back in public hands
Germany

Berlin bids to put energy grid back in public hands

Berliners will vote on whether to take the city's electricity grid back into public hands in a referendum on November 3rd. Millions of letters have been sent out urging people to vote “yes”, but opponents believe it will increase Berlin's debt.

Viagra sales shoot up in Italy as price slashed
Italy

Viagra sales shoot up in Italy as price slashed

Sales of Viagra in Italy have shot up since pharmaceutical giant Pfizer's patent expired in June, paving the way for rivals to produce cheaper versions of the impotence drug.

VIDEO: Barcelona in beautiful time lapse
Spain

VIDEO: Barcelona in beautiful time lapse

A video artist has taken 24,000 photographs and travelled on the city's metro almost 100 times to create an amazing time lapse portrait of the Spanish city of Barcelona.

Limit children’s use of mobiles: French agency
France

Limit children’s use of mobiles: French agency

Children and heavy users of mobile phones should limit the time they spend on the devices, France's national health and safety agency warned on Tuesday, despite not finding a "proven health effect" from mobile phone use.

€750 bench: Madrid’s most costly real estate
Spain

€750 bench: Madrid’s most costly real estate

"Beat the crowds and rent out the home everyone in Spain will have in a few years," read a satirical property ad that has struck a chord with thousands of struggling Spaniards.

Steck celebrates ‘career summit’ on Annapurna
Switzerland

Steck celebrates ‘career summit’ on Annapurna

Swiss mountain climber Ueli Steck says he has reached the summit of his career after ascending the south face of the 8,091-metre Annapurna mountain in Nepal without the aid of bottled oxygen.

Cyclist gored to death by fighting bull
Germany

Cyclist gored to death by fighting bull

A German cyclist was killed in a freak accident in France on Monday when a bull, bred for fighting, managed to escape from its enclosure and charged at the tourist as he rode past, goring him in his chest.

US films dominate Rome festival line-up
Italy

US films dominate Rome festival line-up

US director Spike Jonze's Her will be one of the hotly-awaited premieres at the Rome film festival, including movies starring Scarlett Johansson and Christian Bale, the festival's director has said.

Female cop prosecuted for baton attack
Sweden

Female cop prosecuted for baton attack

A Swedish female police officer, accused of beating a drunken man and setting her dog on him, is being prosecuted for assault after the incident was captured on film.

Gallery: The Local’s Property of the Week
Sweden

Gallery: The Local’s Property of the Week

This week's enormous property is an apartment located in the centre of Stockholm, in the upmarket area of Östermalm - a vintage flat with a vantage point.

Spain’s bank rescue set to end in 2013
Spain

Spain’s bank rescue set to end in 2013

Spain should be able to avoid any further rescue packages of its banking sector, Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem said after a meeting of the eurozone's finance ministers on Monday.

Alitalia shareholders back €300m capital boost
Italy

Alitalia shareholders back €300m capital boost

Shareholders in troubled Italian airline Alitalia have given unanimous approval to a capital increase boost of up to €300 million, the company said on Tuesday.

Swedish soldiers to join Nato response force
Sweden

Swedish soldiers to join Nato response force

Swedish soldiers have been given the green light to take part next month in the Nato Response Force's biggest training exercise in seven years, a project called Steadfast Jazz that will be carried out in Poland and Latvia.

Injured Bale cost Real Madrid €91 million
Spain

Injured Bale cost Real Madrid €91 million

Real Madrid's president revealed on Tuesday that Gareth Bale was €9 million ($12.2 million) cheaper than initially reported.

Tourist in France gored to death by runaway bull
France

Tourist in France gored to death by runaway bull

A cyclist was killed in a freak accident in France on Monday when a bull, bred for fighting, managed to escape from its enclosure and charged at the tourist as he rode past, goring him in his chest.

Thalidomide firm denies liability in Spain case
Spain

Thalidomide firm denies liability in Spain case

A Madrid court on Monday heard Spain's first lawsuit against German firm Grunenthal, the manufacturer of the morning sickness drug thalidomide which caused birth defects in thousands of babies.

Somali pirates on trial in France over hijacking
France

Somali pirates on trial in France over hijacking

Three Somali pirates went on trial this week for the 2009 hijacking of a French yacht which prompted a rescue operation by elite forces in which the skipper died.

Women raped after Trondheim paint party
Norway

Women raped after Trondheim paint party

Three women have reported being raped in Trondheim on Monday night, at least two of them after attending Life in Color, an American rave party and circus show in which the audience is sprayed with paint.

French father convicted for spanking his son
France

French father convicted for spanking his son

A court in France has handed out a €500 fine to a father for spanking his nine-year-old son after the yongster showed him "disrespect". The ruling has made waves in France where, controversially, there is still no law banning corporal punishment.

Football hooliganism falls in top leagues
Germany

Football hooliganism falls in top leagues

Football hooliganism has declined in Germany’s top leagues but is on the march in lower divisions and is putting extra strain on police forces.

Medics wrongly keep man in clinic for 38 years
Germany

Medics wrongly keep man in clinic for 38 years

A Tourette’s sufferer has spent 38 years in a mental hospital in western Germany after being wrongly diagnosed with a mental illness. But despite being incorrectly admitted he is unable to leave as he is now incapable of living independently.

Gov cuts oil spending in farewell budget
Norway

Gov cuts oil spending in farewell budget

Norway's outgoing centre-left government presented a budget on Monday that trims the use of funds from its massive oil wealth as it seeks to cool down the economy.

Kenya terror suspect made calls to Norway
Norway

Kenya terror suspect made calls to Norway

The 23-year-old Somali Norwegian suspected of involvement in last month's terror attack on Kenya's Westgate Mall made several phone calls to Norway while he was participating in the attack, Norway's TV2 network has reported.

Five things I hate about Swedes – explained
Sweden

Five things I hate about Swedes – explained

As he passes the 18 month mark of his new life in Sweden's far north, ex-Londoner Paul Connolly takes a moment to reflect on the things that most annoy him about Swedes.

Björn Borg set to drop undies on North Korea
Sweden

Björn Borg set to drop undies on North Korea

Residents of Pyongyang may soon find themselves taking cover as Swedish underwear brand Björn Borg prepares to 'love-bomb' the North Korean capital with 450 pairs of underwear as a part of its 'weapons of mass seduction' campaign.

Swedish teachers fail on homework: study
Sweden

Swedish teachers fail on homework: study

Swedish teachers have been given poor marks for failing to use homework properly and are trailing Nordic neighbours Finland in the classroom according to a new study.