Court pins bog death on ‘greedy husband’
Switzerland

Court pins bog death on ‘greedy husband’

A 55-year-old man convicted of killing his wife to avoid the cost of a divorce was sentenced on Wednesday to 15 years in jail by a district court in the canton of Zurich.

Bronze Age tombs found in Neuchâtel village
Switzerland

Bronze Age tombs found in Neuchâtel village

Three tombs dating from the Bronze Age have been uncovered on the site of a former restaurant in the canton of Neuchâtel.

French look to Bible and abroad for baby names
France

French look to Bible and abroad for baby names

An annual guide listing predictions for the most popular baby names in France for 2014 revealed that French parents are increasingly looking around the globe for inspiration as well as to the Old Testament. Find out what are the most popular baby names in France.

Woman lived with father’s corpse for a year
Spain

Woman lived with father’s corpse for a year

A 37-year-old Catalan woman who recently passed away lived with her father’s decomposed body for over a year, police believe.

Spain’s car industry aims for export-led growth
Spain

Spain’s car industry aims for export-led growth

Spain's car makers said on Wednesday they aim to boost output by nine percent in 2014, driving up exports to overcome sluggish demand at home.

Foreign athletes stung in migrant labour scam
Sweden

Foreign athletes stung in migrant labour scam

The Swedish sports world has been rocked by a migrant labour scandal whereby sports clubs duped migration authorities with sham contracts for foreign players.

Are priests and nuns extravagant spenders?
Italy

Are priests and nuns extravagant spenders?

The news of a German bishop spending a whopping €31 million on revamping his home sparked furore last week. He might have sought redemption by flying to Rome for a summons with Pope Francis on Ryanair, but will this spell an end for the other extravagances within the church? The Local explores.

Wild animal road crashes cost €500 million
Germany

Wild animal road crashes cost €500 million

The number of road accidents caused by wild animals has risen sharply, according to the German Hunting Association. Motorists face a particular threat from wild boars.

Parkinson’s drug ’caused’ pensioner’s gambling
Italy

Parkinson’s drug ’caused’ pensioner’s gambling

A pensioner has lost his compensation battle for wrongful diagnosis after he claimed a Parkinson's disease drug led him to lose €600,000 through gambling.

Seven French among 44 killed in Laos plane crash
France

Seven French among 44 killed in Laos plane crash

At least seven French nationals have died in a plane crash in Laos, a French minister confirmed on Wednesday. According to officials in neighbouring Thailand 44 people died when the plane came down in the south of the country.

Hurried bun mule sparks airport bomb scare
Sweden

Hurried bun mule sparks airport bomb scare

Airport staff in Gothenburg apprehended a man on Wednesday when he tried to run through security, but the bomb squad called in to assist with the situation got a tasty surprise when they opened his bag to probe its contents.

Court: Man must share lottery win with ex-wife
Germany

Court: Man must share lottery win with ex-wife

A German court on Wednesday ordered a pensioner to share his €500,000 lottery winnings with his ex-wife despite splitting up with her eight years before hitting the jackpot.

Iran nuclear talks to continue in Geneva
Switzerland

Iran nuclear talks to continue in Geneva

World powers and Iran agreed on Wednesday to hold fresh talks in Geneva next month on its nuclear programme after Tehran made what it dubbed a breakthrough proposal that could allow spot checks on its nuclear sites.

Exports rise as Italy tries to exit recession
Italy

Exports rise as Italy tries to exit recession

Italy saw exports rise by 1.7 percent in August from July as the economy struggles to exit a two-year recession that has caused record unemployment and shut thousands of businesses.

Senior policemen jailed for warning Eta of raid
Spain

Senior policemen jailed for warning Eta of raid

A Spanish court on Wednesday sentenced two senior policemen to 18 months in jail for helping militants of the armed Basque separatist movement ETA escape arrest.

French scientologists angered by fraud verdict
France

French scientologists angered by fraud verdict

France's highest court on Wednesday upheld several convictions for "organized fraud" against the Church of Scientology. A representative from the Church told The Local the ruling was tantamount to "religious persecution" by France.

Norwegian delicacies foreigners can’t stomach
Norway

Norwegian delicacies foreigners can’t stomach

Norwegian cuisine is generally sneered at by the country's Scandinavian neighbours. This is unfair, as some of it is very tasty. Here is a list The Local has put together of 15 dishes foreigners find particularly challenging.

Ten ‘untranslatable’ French words translated
France

Ten ‘untranslatable’ French words translated

French is a difficult language for us expats to learn and if the grammar rules, false friends and tongue-twisting pronunciations weren't taxing enough, things are complicated further by a number of words and expressions that are 'untranslatable'. Here are ten to look out for, along with our interpretations.

Populists left out of new Norway government
Norway

Populists left out of new Norway government

Norway's Progress Party has kept all its most radical anti-immigration campaigners out of the new government announced on Wednesday, as it makes an effort to reposition itself as a more moderate party .

Swiss back fight on money laundering
Switzerland

Swiss back fight on money laundering

Switzerland will cooperate more closely on fighting money laundering, the Swiss body responsible said on Wednesday, marking a further loosening of bank secrecy a day after the country signed an accord to fight tax evasion.

Design scandal burns Swedish prince
Sweden

Design scandal burns Swedish prince

Sweden's Prince Carl Philip's reputation as "the design prince" has been tarnished this week after it was revealed that a work bearing his name was actually designed by someone else.

Coen brothers to get top French cultural award
France

Coen brothers to get top French cultural award

American film-making brothers Joel and Ethan Coen will receive France's highest cultural honour at a ceremony in Paris on Wednesday. The Oscar-winning directors will join the likes of Bono and Bob Dylan when they're inducted into the Order of Arts and Letters.

Is rent in Germany too expensive?
Germany

Is rent in Germany too expensive?

Rents in German cities have fallen slightly except in the capital Berlin where they continue to rise, a study released on Wednesday showed. But is rent in Germany too expensive and what can be done to stop it rising? Have your say.

UK’s Boots in Gibraltar ‘tax loophole’ row
Spain

UK’s Boots in Gibraltar ‘tax loophole’ row

Boots, the UK's number one chemist chain, has been accused of dodging €1.3 billion (£1.1 billion) in tax via a shell company in Gibraltar just as the European Union launches an investigation into the UK-held territory's fiscal regime.

‘Mad’ mother jailed over fake kidnapping claims
Spain

‘Mad’ mother jailed over fake kidnapping claims

When a mother on the Spanish island of Majorca told police her baby had been kidnapped by her crazy ex, officers rushed to the scene with rifles, bullet-proof vests, and riot shields. But what they found caught them completely off guard.

Severe swine flu kicks off influenza season
Sweden

Severe swine flu kicks off influenza season

As temperatures drop, influenza season has begun with a case of swine flu in central Sweden, which required several days in intensive care for a 65-year-old patient.

Italy is the worst in Europe for tax collection
Italy

Italy is the worst in Europe for tax collection

While countries across Europe have been boosting their state coffers with tax collection, Italy has seen revenues fall this year.

Five dos and don’ts on German public transport
Germany

Five dos and don’ts on German public transport

German public transport is efficient, but passengers beware, put a foot wrong and you could find yourself thrown off the train. This week's Local List is a guide to passenger etiquette.

Biz honcho admits attack on ice cream truck
Sweden

Biz honcho admits attack on ice cream truck

A prominent Swedish businessman has confessed to cutting holes into a tyre of an ice cream truck as he was hacked off at the noise it was making in his neighbourhood.

BMW donation to Merkel party sparks fears
Germany

BMW donation to Merkel party sparks fears

Anti-corruption campaigners called on German President Joachim Gauck on Wednesday to clamp down on donations to political parties from big business after Angela Merkel's CDU accepted nearly €700,000 from BMW.

Italy may criminalize Holocaust denial
Italy

Italy may criminalize Holocaust denial

As Italy marks 70 years since Rome Jews were rounded up and sent to concentration camps, the country's Senate has put forward a motion to make Holocaust denial a crime.

Even Paris has its price, but what is it?
France

Even Paris has its price, but what is it?

Shocked by the exorbitant prices of property in Paris? Well what about the value of the entire City of Light - every studio, apartment, Haussmann building, and chic store combined? A historian and a real estate expert have managed to come up with a figure.

Italian invites bored Russians to trash his car
Italy

Italian invites bored Russians to trash his car

The owner of a restaurant in Salerno came up with a novel way of alleviating boredom among a group of Russian diners - and ensuring a huge tip - by allowing them to smash up his car with a sledgehammer.

Murders in Sweden drop by half since 1990s
Sweden

Murders in Sweden drop by half since 1990s

The number of murders in Sweden has decreased by more than half over the last two decades according to a new study that gives the country one of the lowest homicide rates in Europe.

Let prostitutes back on Zurich streets: Sally Ann
Switzerland

Let prostitutes back on Zurich streets: Sally Ann

The Salvation Army is calling for a rollback of a bylaw introduced in Zurich this year that bans prostitutes from plying their trade on many streets.

Spurned woman shot at driving instructor
Germany

Spurned woman shot at driving instructor

A woman was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday for shooting at her driving instructor in after he rejected her advances.

Italy looks set to send Nazi’s body to Germany
Italy

Italy looks set to send Nazi’s body to Germany

Italy appeared set to send the body of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke to Germany on Wednesday as it commemorated the 70th anniversary of a round-up of Jews from the historic Jewish quarter of Rome.

‘Coffee and chat’ is the king of Italian socialising
Italy

‘Coffee and chat’ is the king of Italian socialising

Italians can seem to do without Facebook and Twitter, but there’s one thing they won't abandon, no matter how severe their economic woes: chatting over coffee and aperitivo in Italy's many bars.

Italian cities are Europe’s worst ozone offenders
Italy

Italian cities are Europe’s worst ozone offenders

Padua has the highest level of ozone pollution in Europe, while other Italian cities also have dangerously high levels, according to a new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Barcelona snubs prize-winning bullfighter photo
Spain

Barcelona snubs prize-winning bullfighter photo

Barcelona's town hall has turned its nose up at a decision by the city's Centre of Contemporary Culture to use a photograph of a one-eyed bullfighter to promote an exhibition of the images from the World Press Photo 2013 contest.

Ten things the Princess bought with ‘your money’
Spain

Ten things the Princess bought with ‘your money’

The King's daughter and her husband may have treated themselves to all kinds of goodies with public funds, Spanish newspapers El Mundo and El País have reported. The Local takes a look at the top ten purchases.

‘France must sell itself to US firms or lose out’
France

‘France must sell itself to US firms or lose out’

US companies and employees in France do not hold their adopted country in high regard when it comes to the attractiveness of investing and working here, according to a recent survey. Those behind the poll tell The Local why France must change urgently, or risk losing out on US investment and workers.

Norwegian woman claims she saw Maddie McCann
Norway

Norwegian woman claims she saw Maddie McCann

A Norwegian woman has claimed to have seen a girl resembling Madeleine McCann with a strange man when she was on holiday in Spain two years ago.

Goals galore as Sweden falls to Germany
Sweden

Goals galore as Sweden falls to Germany

Sweden squandered a two-goal lead on Tuesday night, losing to Germany 5-3 in a goal-filled World Cup qualifier at Friends Arena near Stockholm.

‘Brits ate frogs’ legs long before the French’
France

‘Brits ate frogs’ legs long before the French’

Frogs’ legs have been a source of amusement and stereotyping of the French for countless years, but an archaeological dig near Stonehenge in England made a startling discovery this week: The Brits were scoffing them long before the French - 8,000 years earlier in fact.

France deports Roma pupil during school trip
France

France deports Roma pupil during school trip

France’s interior minister was forced to defend the actions of French police after his fellow Socialists reacted with anger this week to news that a 15-year-old Roma girl was forced off a bus in front of her classmates during a school trip and deported to Kosovo.

Drugs found in murder suspect’s coffee grinder
Norway

Drugs found in murder suspect’s coffee grinder

Norwegian police now think the ex-wife of a murdered chief executive drugged him before he was set alight inside his BMW, after they found traces of anaesthetic in her coffee grinder.

On form Negredo guides Spain to World Cup
Spain

On form Negredo guides Spain to World Cup

World champions Spain ensured they will get the chance to defend their crown at the World Cup in Brazil next year with a 2-0 win over Georgia on Tuesday.

Clashes cancel Nazi war criminal’s funeral
Germany

Clashes cancel Nazi war criminal’s funeral

The funeral of a German Nazi war criminal was cancelled late on Tuesday after clashes broke out between protesters and far-right activists on the eve of a major Holocaust ceremony. The body is now set to go to Germany.

Viral site Buzzfeed set to invade Spain
Spain

Viral site Buzzfeed set to invade Spain

BuzzFeed announced plans on Monday for Spanish, French, and Portuguese editions in a push to expand the footprint of the US-based social news website.

Germany and Sweden in eight-goal thriller again
Germany

Germany and Sweden in eight-goal thriller again

Chelsea's Andre Schürrle claimed a second-half hat trick as Germany came from two goals down to seal a 5-3 win away to Sweden in Tuesday's final World Cup qualifier.

Greens quit talks with Merkel over coalition
Germany

Greens quit talks with Merkel over coalition

The Green party announced early on Wednesday that it has pulled out of talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on forming the next coalition government.

Norwegian to shift pilots outside Norway
Norway

Norwegian to shift pilots outside Norway

Norwegian Airlines is to start employing hundreds of its pilots and other crew in new operating bases across Europe, as it seeks to shift towards being a truly international airline.

Gummy bear boss ‘Mr Haribo’ dies aged 90
Germany

Gummy bear boss ‘Mr Haribo’ dies aged 90

Hans Riegel, the man known as “Mr Haribo” has died at the age of 90. The German-born businessman will be remembered as the man who brought brightly-coloured gummy bears into households across the world.

France fear Portugal tie in World Cup play-offs
France

France fear Portugal tie in World Cup play-offs

England, Germany, Spain and Italy can relax and think about training on Copacabana beach next summer but France must wait before booking their tickets to Brazil 2014. After beating Finland Les Bleus will enter a two legged play-off where they hope to avoid heavyweights Portugal.

Italy unveils draft budget to spark growth
Italy

Italy unveils draft budget to spark growth

Italy's government on Tuesday approved a 2014 budget that will have "less spending, less debt and less tax" to help sustain a gradual economic recovery it hopes will start later this year.

VIDEO: The spoof that spawned Ylvis’s The Fox
Norway

VIDEO: The spoof that spawned Ylvis’s The Fox

The New York music producer who put together ‘The Fox’, the Norwegian US billboard hit, has posted the spoof mockumentary on YouTube which made it all happen.

‘Mafia puppet master’ granted appeal trial
Sweden

‘Mafia puppet master’ granted appeal trial

An appeals court will examine the case against Bernard Khouri, the suspected sergeant-at-arms of the Södertälje Network criminal gang who was jailed for life after being convicted of ordering three murders.

Government U-turn on further tax cuts
Sweden

Government U-turn on further tax cuts

Swedish political pundits on Wednesday were left pondering the ruling Moderate Party's announcement that it would not promise further income tax cuts in the run-up to next year's elections.

Top five tips for cooking your own swede
Sweden

Top five tips for cooking your own swede

Nothing beats the pleasure of cooking swedes and serving them up to your friends. Boil them, steam them, roast them - we've gathered the best five ways for you to enjoy a nice winter meal out of your own swede.

Industry bails on Swedish ball bearings
Sweden

Industry bails on Swedish ball bearings

Swedish ball bearing manufacturer SKF announced Tuesday a decrease of its net profit in the third quarter, amid lower-than-expected sales in its industrial business.

‘Fake’ Iranian gift from US tied to Geneva gallery
Switzerland

‘Fake’ Iranian gift from US tied to Geneva gallery

An antique said to be 2,700 years old and worth more than $1 million given by the US government to Iran last month as a gesture of goodwill is a fake that was originally sold by a Geneva art gallery, according to a report from an American online website.