Jo Nesbø close to blockbuster Warner deal
Norway

Jo Nesbø close to blockbuster Warner deal

Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbø is close to signing a deal with Warner Brothers to develop his recently completed novel Blood on the Snow, according to Hollywood website Deadline.com.

Federer wins Swiss Indoors opening round
Switzerland

Federer wins Swiss Indoors opening round

Roger Federer, now ranked sixth in the ATP rankings, opened his Swiss Indoors account with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Adrian Mannarino at his home town of Basel on Monday.

Migros to change name of its ‘Cronuts’ pastries
Switzerland

Migros to change name of its ‘Cronuts’ pastries

Switzerland’s biggest retailer Migros has decided to rename the pastries it calls Cronuts under pressure from the inventor of delicacies of the same name in the US.

Outrage as 14 politicians open roundabout
Spain

Outrage as 14 politicians open roundabout

How many Spanish politicians does it take to open a new roundabout? The answer is fourteen apparently: at least that's how many turned up to cut the red ribbon at a recent event in southern Spain.

Offshore turbine boosts Spain’s green credentials
Spain

Offshore turbine boosts Spain’s green credentials

Spain launched its first offshore wind turbine off the coast of the Canary Islands on Monday, offering a moment of fleeting pride to an industry flagging from a decline in state support.

France urges EU privacy rules amid NSA scandal
France

France urges EU privacy rules amid NSA scandal

France will press for new Europe-wide data privacy rules at an EU summit this week, said Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. The call comes after new and "shocking" claims on Monday that US spy agency the NSA taped "70 million" French phone calls in just one month.

France set to beef up protection of interns
France

France set to beef up protection of interns

France has announced long-awaited plans to protect the rights of interns or ‘stagiaires,’ and stop French companies abusing low-paid university students. The Local brings you this breakdown of what the law means, and a campaigner's advice on what to watch out for as an intern.

‘Sweden must shed its HIV prejudice’: agency
Sweden

‘Sweden must shed its HIV prejudice’: agency

HIV is no longer a life-threatening illness, but carriers in Sweden are still stigmatized due to a lack of knowledge, argue health officials, who are calling for changes in Sweden's legal system to take medical advances into account.

‘Extremist’ US CEO ‘bids to save French factory’
France

‘Extremist’ US CEO ‘bids to save French factory’

A US tycoon has reportedly made an offer to invest in a doomed French tyre factory, just months after he ridiculed the workers for being lazy and talking all day. The bid by Titan's Maurice Taylor would save 300 jobs, a French minister claimed.

‘Failing to file your US tax return can be costly’
Italy

‘Failing to file your US tax return can be costly’

Navigating the multiple layers of bureaucracy can be a huge challenge for Americans living in Italy, particularly when it comes to the tax system. The Local speaks to lawyer Timothy W Scott to find out how US citizens can avoid getting caught out.

‘Update bank details or lose pensions’: UK
Spain

‘Update bank details or lose pensions’: UK

The UK Government is warning British expats they may soon need to update their bank details with the country's Department of Work & Pensions if they don't want to risk losing their pensions or benefits.

How one man took the roundabout way to his Swedish career goal
Sweden

How one man took the roundabout way to his Swedish career goal

For Thai painter and photographer Woo, the path to career success in Sweden has been anything but a walk in the park. Now planning his first exhibit, Woo tells The Local about humility, communication, and how to find your place in Sweden.

FIFA draws Sweden and Portugal for play-offs
Switzerland

FIFA draws Sweden and Portugal for play-offs

Continental giants Portugal and Sweden were drawn together in the pick of the World Cup qualifying play-offs in Europe made on Monday by Zurich-based FIFA, football's world governing body.

Dairy prices up by 32 percent in a year
Germany

Dairy prices up by 32 percent in a year

Consumers have been hit by major price rises for basic foodstuffs such as milk and potatoes, figures released on Monday showed. The cost of butter has risen by 32 percent in a year.

Boat survivors banned from memorial service
Italy

Boat survivors banned from memorial service

Survivors of Italy's asylum shipwreck disaster held a sit-in at Lampedusa's refugee centre on Monday, demanding to be taken to Sicily to join in a memorial ceremony for the victims.

France to face Ukraine in World Cup play-off
France

France to face Ukraine in World Cup play-off

France must overcome Ukraine in a two-legged play off in order to book their place at the World Cup in Brazil. Didier Deschamps side were pitted against the Ukranians in the European play-off draw in Switzerland on Monday.

Police hunt Norway teens who went to fight in Syria
Norway

Police hunt Norway teens who went to fight in Syria

Oslo has launched a global hunt for two Norwegian teenage girls of Somali origin who have allegedly travelled to Syria to support the rebels in the war-torn country, police said Monday.

Sweden in ‘nightmare’ World Cup draw
Sweden

Sweden in ‘nightmare’ World Cup draw

Sweden's hopes of reaching their first World Cup since 2006 have been dealt a blow after they were handed a showdown with Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in November's playoffs.

‘Bling bishop’ meets with Pope for crisis talks
Italy

‘Bling bishop’ meets with Pope for crisis talks

A big-spending Catholic bishop was called before Pope Francis on Monday, as speculation grows over whether he will be forced to resign for his high-roller lifestyle.

Norwegian ice hockey star faced racist heckling
Norway

Norwegian ice hockey star faced racist heckling

A top division Norwegian ice-hockey player was forced to leave a game early on Sunday after he faced a chorus of racist abuse from supporters of the opposing team.

Spain awaits all-time low voter turnout
Spain

Spain awaits all-time low voter turnout

Half of all Spaniards would abstain from voting in the country’s next elections if they were held now, a new survey shows.

‘Bling bishop’ meets with Pope for crisis talks
Germany

‘Bling bishop’ meets with Pope for crisis talks

A big-spending Catholic bishop was called before Pope Francis on Monday, as speculation grows over whether he will be forced to resign for his high-roller lifestyle.

Vets: Dogs overdose on drug-user poop
Germany

Vets: Dogs overdose on drug-user poop

Drug-users' excrement is making dogs in Berlin high. Vets in the capital are warning about an increase in the number of pets falling ill and being unable to walk properly after eating the faeces in the city's parks.

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France

Race row: Far-right sues black French minister

France's far-right National Front is suing the country's justice minister for defamation, after she condemned the party's views as "deadly and murderous," in response to a former National Front candidate who compared the minister, who is black, to a monkey.

Liberal MPs paid despite losing jobs
Germany

Liberal MPs paid despite losing jobs

They were wiped out in the elections a month ago but as Germany slowly sorts out a government Liberal Party ministers remain in place. Their deputies will also be paid €22,000 over two months despite losing their seats in parliament.

Police seize mafia-made ‘toxic bread’
Italy

Police seize mafia-made ‘toxic bread’

Police in Naples have seized more than three tons of bread that was produced amid "insects and mouse droppings" and in wood-burning ovens treated with "toxic varnish" in a raid on illegal bakeries run by a local mafia group.

Four Ferraris crash on country road in France
France

Four Ferraris crash on country road in France

An incident in the French countryside at the weekend should perhaps be a lesson for all sports car collectors to make sure they keep their distance when taking their prized cars out for a spin in a convoy.

Cleared Swedish serial killer hopes for release
Sweden

Cleared Swedish serial killer hopes for release

Sture Bergwall, better known as self-confessed serial killer Thomas Quick who was acquitted after retracting all his confessions, said he is hopeful he will be released from psychiatric care following a hearing held on Monday.

‘Miracle’ saves boy from bathtub lightning bolt
Italy

‘Miracle’ saves boy from bathtub lightning bolt

A six-year-old boy in northern Italy survived being struck by lightning on Sunday evening, while having a bath at home, Italian media reported.

The Swedish rental market (and new rules) made simple
Sweden

The Swedish rental market (and new rules) made simple

Looking to become a landlord or wanting rooms for rent? The Swedish market is a jargon-filled jungle with seemingly more rules than properties on offer. With new laws introduced this year, Sarah Foxen-Stjernswärd from Residensportalen explains everything you need to know.

Booze-related auto deaths tied to wine areas
Switzerland

Booze-related auto deaths tied to wine areas

The Swiss canton that produces the most wine in Switzerland is also responsible for the highest rate of alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents, new figures show.

Italian pensioner hit with a one cent bill
Italy

Italian pensioner hit with a one cent bill

A pensioner in the central Emilia-Romagna region has been threatened with legal action over an outstanding one cent social security bill which dates back to the late 1990s. He was told he could repay the bill "in installments" if it proved too much for him.

Bank robbers use hoover to rob ATM
Italy

Bank robbers use hoover to rob ATM

Thieves used a hoover to sweep up thousands of euros from a cash machine in the central Italian town of San Marcello, in Marche, over the weekend.

Swedes snub German apprentice scheme
Germany

Swedes snub German apprentice scheme

Swedish students have turned a cold shoulder to the offer of apprenticeships in Germany, a scheme widely credited for keeping youth unemployment low in Sweden's neighbour to the south.

Freak road crash kills Spanish giraffe
Spain

Freak road crash kills Spanish giraffe

A two-year-old giraffe was killed in a traffic accident on Saturday morning while being transported across Spain.

Breivik lawyer speaks of grief at daughter’s death
Norway

Breivik lawyer speaks of grief at daughter’s death

The lawyer who defended Norwegian extremist Anders Breivik has spoken of his grief at his teenage daughter's death from a rare muscle disorder.

Councillor resigns after Mussolini Facebook post
Italy

Councillor resigns after Mussolini Facebook post

A councillor for the Democratic Party was forced to resign after praising the way former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, who cooperated with Adolf Hitler during the Second World War, led the country.

GALLERY: Dimitrov and Princess Estelle wow Stockholm Open crowd
Sweden

GALLERY: Dimitrov and Princess Estelle wow Stockholm Open crowd

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria downed Spain's David Ferrer to claim the Stockholm Open men's singles title on Sunday. But it was Sweden's Princess Estelle who stole the show.

US spy agency ‘taped millions of French calls’
France

US spy agency ‘taped millions of French calls’

LATEST: France said on Monday it would "immediately" summon the US ambassador in Paris to respond to the "shocking" claims in Le Monde newspaper on Monday that the US NSA spy agency secretly recorded millions of phone calls made in France. Le Monde cited documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden.

‘Innocent refugees arrested by border police’
Sweden

‘Innocent refugees arrested by border police’

The Swedish border police have come in for criticism for questionable practices to beef up statistics including arresting innocent asylum seeking children and falsifying testimony.

Hopes dashed as race blocks entry to vital exam
Spain

Hopes dashed as race blocks entry to vital exam

Dozens of budding medical professionals in the Spanish city of Valencia were unable to sit a crucial government exam due to a half marathon blocking access to the university campus.

Swiss youth group warns of ‘sexting’ dangers
Switzerland

Swiss youth group warns of ‘sexting’ dangers

A Swiss youth advisory group on Monday launched a provocative public awareness campaign to warn teenagers of the risks for young people of sexting — the sending of erotic or pornographic images on the internet via smartphones.

Doctors scam €1.5m from ‘dead’ patients
Italy

Doctors scam €1.5m from ‘dead’ patients

Four hundred doctors in the southern Italian region of Caserta defrauded the state by €1.5 million by claiming payment for treating nearly 6,000 'fake'patients.

Politician’s one-cent gift angers broke town
Spain

Politician’s one-cent gift angers broke town

A heavily-indebted town in central Spain has been left stunned after it received a one-cent cheque from Spain's second most important politician.

Germany’s ‘Porno King’ gives up empire
Germany

Germany’s ‘Porno King’ gives up empire

Germany's “Porno King” has sold his erotic empire and stepped down. Fabian Thylmann was, until last week, owner of the company that ran sites such as Youporn, Pornhub and MyDirtyHobby, but the reasons for his exit are unclear.

Pick-pocketing on the rise on Berlin trains
Germany

Pick-pocketing on the rise on Berlin trains

More passengers are falling victim to crime on Berlin’s public transport. The number of pick-pocketing cases has increased by 20 percent in a year, the police said on Monday.

Hollande slammed over Roma girl ‘shipwreck’
France

Hollande slammed over Roma girl ‘shipwreck’

French President François Hollande was left looking "indecisive and emotional" after a deported Roma girl spurned his offer to return to France over the weekend. Hollande has been slammed by French media, and outshone by his popular and hardline interior minister Manuel Valls.

Cops warn thieves: Stolen safe ‘not safe’
Sweden

Cops warn thieves: Stolen safe ‘not safe’

Thieves in Stockholm who made off with a safe may have got more than they bargained for when it emerged the safe didn't contain any money, but rather ten kilos of gunpowder that could explode if the safe was opened.

France await World Cup play-off fate
France

France await World Cup play-off fate

France will find out later on Monday which team will stand in the way of a place at the World Cup in Brazil next year. French coach Didier Deschamps said he hoped to avoid Portugal in the draw for the two legged play-off to be held in November.

Europe slams Spain over Eta terrorist sentence
Spain

Europe slams Spain over Eta terrorist sentence

The European Court of Human Rights on Monday condemned Spain over the prolonged detention of an Eta militant and called for her rapid release.

Real Madrid ease past Malaga as Bale returns
Spain

Real Madrid ease past Malaga as Bale returns

Gareth Bale got his first taste of being on a winning side at the Santiago Bernabeu as Real Madrid moved to within two points of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid with a 2-0 win over Malaga on Saturday.

Vinmonopolet sees first sales drop in 17 years
Norway

Vinmonopolet sees first sales drop in 17 years

Norway's state alcohol monopoly has reported its first decline in sales for 17 years, as Norwegians buy more wine and spirits on the black market, duty free, or across the border in Sweden.

France’s EDF seals deal for UK nuclear plants
France

France’s EDF seals deal for UK nuclear plants

French energy giant EDF has sealed a multi-billion euro deal with the British government to construct two new nuclear reactors in the UK, according to a joint statement from EDF and the UK government.

Sigtunaskolan: The boarding school broadening its language horizons
Sweden

Sigtunaskolan: The boarding school broadening its language horizons

Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket is making changes. Earlier this year the school that King Carl Gustaf XVI attended appointed its first foreign principal, Dr Margret Benedikz, and is now increasing the number of courses it offers in English.

Norway asked to take 500 tonnes of Syrian sarin
Norway

Norway asked to take 500 tonnes of Syrian sarin

The UN has asked Norway to take and dispose of up to 500 tonnes of the deadly nerve agent Sarin as part of its role in the dismantling of Syria's chemical weapons programme.

200 Islamist fighters at Syria ‘German Camp’
Germany

200 Islamist fighters at Syria ‘German Camp’

German Islamists have set up their own camp in northern Syria with around 200 fighters, according to a report released on Sunday.

UBS banker arrested in Italy luxury hotel
Italy

UBS banker arrested in Italy luxury hotel

A former top executive at Swiss banking giant UBS wanted in the United States for allegedly helping wealthy Americans hide €15 billion from the taxman has been arrested in Italy, police said on Sunday.

SPD leaders agree to Merkel coalition talks
Germany

SPD leaders agree to Merkel coalition talks

Leaders of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) agreed on Sunday to launch coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel as she attempts to form a government for Europe's top economy.

Long wait times prompt Migration Board probe
Sweden

Long wait times prompt Migration Board probe

Long processing times have led to an investigation into the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket), which has struggled to keep up with an increase in the number of asylum seekers.

Football bosses to probe ghost goal ‘scandal’
Germany

Football bosses to probe ghost goal ‘scandal’

UPDATE: Hoffenheim have called for a replay after losing 2-1 to Bayer Leverkusen thanks to a freak 'phantom' goal as the German Football Federation (DFB) prepares to launch an investigation on Monday.

Swedes snub German apprentice scheme
Sweden

Swedes snub German apprentice scheme

Swedish youth have turned a cold shoulder to the offer of apprenticeships in Germany, a scheme widely credited for keeping youth unemployment low in Sweden's neighbour to the south.

Four men shot in north Stockholm suburb
Sweden

Four men shot in north Stockholm suburb

Four young men were shot at a sausage stand in the northwest Stockholm suburb of Tensta on Sunday night with ambulances being so slow to respond that some victims were taken to hospital by car.