US agencies spied from Geneva mission: report
Switzerland

US agencies spied from Geneva mission: report

American spies used high-performance antennas hidden behind a false facade on the roof of the US Mission to the United Nations in Geneva to intercept mobile phone calls and internet messages from foreign diplomats, according to a report published on Tuesday by German magazine Der Spiegel.

Eateries used horsemeat for steak tartar: report
Switzerland

Eateries used horsemeat for steak tartar: report

Two Swiss restaurants were caught serving steak tartar using horsemeat instead of beef, according to a documentary TV programme aired on Tuesday by RTS, the French-language Swiss broadcaster.

Expat Formula One boss linked to Swiss probe
Switzerland

Expat Formula One boss linked to Swiss probe

Swiss prosecutors are probing claims of corruption linked to Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone over the sale of a stake in the multi-billion-dollar business.

French hostages ‘freed’ in Niger after three years
France

French hostages ‘freed’ in Niger after three years

Four French hostages held captive by Islamist militants in Niger since 2010 have been released, French president François Hollande announced on Tuesday.

France sees first gay divorce since new law
France

France sees first gay divorce since new law

Just six months after the rancour and celebrations surrounding France’s legalization of gay marriage, the state has received, apparently for the first time, a divorce petition from two young women originally married in the US, it was reported on Tuesday.

10 things that annoy the Brits about the Italians
Italy

10 things that annoy the Brits about the Italians

After taking a look at what Italians think of the Brits, The Local has spoken to Brits living in Italy to find out what they really think of their adopted neighbours.

Twelve French delicacies Anglos can’t stomach
France

Twelve French delicacies Anglos can’t stomach

Even the most adventurous of Anglos will have grimaced at some point at the sight or thought of some of the dishes served up in French restaurants. Here's a list of twelve French 'delicacies' we Anglos might find disgusting, while French chef Iman Bogen tells us why we should embrace them.

More foreigners claiming Italian benefits
Italy

More foreigners claiming Italian benefits

More foreigners are now claiming unemployment benefits in Italy as thousands have lost jobs within the past couple of years.

Germany gives Afghan interpreters asylum
Germany

Germany gives Afghan interpreters asylum

The German government said on Tuesday that it will allow 150 Afghan interpreters who worked for the Bundeswehr to leave Kundus and live in Germany, after receiving Taliban death threats.

VIDEO: Fifa boss mocks ‘haircut king’ Ronaldo
Spain

VIDEO: Fifa boss mocks ‘haircut king’ Ronaldo

Fifa president Sepp Blatter's comments on Cristiano Ronaldo's demeanour have not only upset Real Madrid fans but also called into question the neutrality of the upcoming Ballon d’Or Awards.

Doing business is easier in Rwanda than Italy
Italy

Doing business is easier in Rwanda than Italy

It might be easier to do business in Italy this year than it was in 2012 but the country still lags behind some of the poorest in the world when it comes to setting up shop, according to a World Bank report released on Tuesday.

Tax-dodging Princess faked rent deal: Report
Spain

Tax-dodging Princess faked rent deal: Report

Spain's Princess Cristina could be dragged into court after revelations she may have dodged tax by signing a fake contract in which rented out office space in her own home to herself.

HIV man acquitted after unprotected sex
Sweden

HIV man acquitted after unprotected sex

A Swedish court of appeal acquitted a man with HIV after he had been sentenced to a year in prison for having unprotected sex with four women despite knowing that he was infected with the virus.

TV licence fees still apply to computers: court
Sweden

TV licence fees still apply to computers: court

A Swedish court ruled on Tuesday that computers, surfing tablets, and mobile phones will still be counted as a television transmitter device, meaning Swedes will have to pay annual fees to Sweden's TV licensing authorities.

Dad acquitted of raping daughter 17 years on
Germany

Dad acquitted of raping daughter 17 years on

A German man who spent seven years in jail after being falsely accused of rape by his daughter was acquitted on Tuesday. The court heard how she made up the story as a girl as revenge for her parents' divorce.

Curvy French women sue Lagerfeld over ‘fat’ slurs
France

Curvy French women sue Lagerfeld over ‘fat’ slurs

A French group representing full-figured women has launched legal action against outspoken fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld over comments he made, in which he blamed France’s welfare deficit on “fat people” adding that “nobody wants to see round women on the catwalk.”

Student buys Oslo flat with $27 bitcoin stash
Norway

Student buys Oslo flat with $27 bitcoin stash

A young Oslo electrical engineer has made enough money from a $27 investment in Bitcoin, the digital currency, that he has been able to put down a deposit on a two bedroom apartment in the city's upcoming Tøyen district.

Spain eyes criminal probe into US spying
Spain

Spain eyes criminal probe into US spying

Spain's public prosecutor opened a preliminary investigation on Tuesday into reported mass US eavesdropping on millions of telephone calls to determine if a crime was committed.

Swedes unhappy with immigrant integration
Sweden

Swedes unhappy with immigrant integration

Foreigners aren't well-integrated into Stockholm and Malmö according to a new survey on the quality of life in European cities.

Reinfeldt: I don’t know if the NSA bugged me
Sweden

Reinfeldt: I don’t know if the NSA bugged me

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has admitted he doesn't know if the US tapped his phone as Norway urged him to come clean on whether Sweden shares information with the National Security Agency.

France fears new case of deadly MERS virus
France

France fears new case of deadly MERS virus

France said on Tuesday a person who had just returned from Saudi Arabia was likely infected by the deadly MERS coronavirus, in what would be the country's third such case.

Energy boss warns of blackouts in Europe
Germany

Energy boss warns of blackouts in Europe

German electricity giant RWE has warned the country's pioneering switch to renewable energy could lead to job losses as well as blackouts across Europe. It comes as a report estimated blackouts would cost the country €600m an hour.

Doing business easier in Rwanda than in Spain
Spain

Doing business easier in Rwanda than in Spain

Spain ranks 142 out of 189 countries in terms of how easy it is to set up a business, the World Bank reported on Tuesday. That puts Spain behind countries like Kazakhstan and Rwanda.

Woman arrested for pimping her daughter
Italy

Woman arrested for pimping her daughter

The mother of a 14-year-old girl has been arrested along with four others for allegedly profiting from pimping the teen and her friend out in a Rome apartment.

Spanish miners strike honours accident victims
Spain

Spanish miners strike honours accident victims

Spanish miners launched a 48-hour work stoppage on Tuesday as they recalled the horror of a methane gas leak that swiftly killed six coal workers in the troubled industry's deadliest accident in 18 years.

Residents slam Italy’s Vesuvius escape plan
Italy

Residents slam Italy’s Vesuvius escape plan

Residents living around Mount Vesuvius, described as a "volcanic ticking timebomb", have complained to the European Court of Human Rights that Italy has failed to come up with an adequate disaster relief plan should the volcano erupt.

Spain’s city slickers satisfied despite crisis
Spain

Spain’s city slickers satisfied despite crisis

Residents of Spain's cities are still very happy with where they live despite being less satisfied about local health care and educational facilities than many of their European neighbours, a new EU study shows.

How will NSA spying hit US-German relations?
Germany

How will NSA spying hit US-German relations?

With the US and Germany falling out over revelations the National Security Agency (NSA) tapped Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone, The Local asks if the scandal will cause long-term damage between the two countries.

Solar panel burglars run off with door instead
Germany

Solar panel burglars run off with door instead

An attempted burglary on a clubhouse in southern Germany on Saturday night went awry as criminals attempting to steal solar panels escaped with the building's front door instead.

France suspends planned ‘ecotax’ on transport
France

France suspends planned ‘ecotax’ on transport

France will suspend the introduction of a controversial 'ecotax' on heavy goods vehicles, the Prime Minister announced on Tuesday, after he held emergency talks with local representatives from Brittany, amid growing protests.

Dog owner’s testicles bitten off by pitbull
Italy

Dog owner’s testicles bitten off by pitbull

A 30-year-old man from Milan was rushed to hospital on Monday night after having his testicles mauled by one of his pet pitbulls, Italian media reported.

Wine growers dodge bad weather to gather grapes
Switzerland

Wine growers dodge bad weather to gather grapes

A cold spring means a late harvest in Switzerland's vineyards but wine growers are optimistic about the quality of the wine this year. Caroline Bishop joins a vigneron in Lavaux, on the slopes above Lake Geneva, to discover the traditions of cultivating and harvesting grapes in these centuries-old vineyards.

French stores win right to open on Sundays
France

French stores win right to open on Sundays

In what could prove to be a landmark ruling, two French chain stores were given the green light to open on sundays by an appeal court near Paris on Tuesday. The ruling comes as France is submerged in a debate over whether its time to change its strict laws on shop opening times.

Oslo takes third place in EU city survey
Norway

Oslo takes third place in EU city survey

Oslo has won third place in a European poll of how satisfied citizens are with the city in which they live.

Norwegian high fashion hits UK’s Topshop chain
Norway

Norwegian high fashion hits UK’s Topshop chain

Norwegian fashion designer Fam Irvoll has teamed up the UK's Topshop chain to mass produce her latest line of colourful, zany women's wear and sell it at high street prices.

Global business: France trails US, UK and Rwanda
France

Global business: France trails US, UK and Rwanda

Looking to set up a business somewhere this year? Before you consider France, you might be better off in the US, UK, Ireland, Germany or Rwanda. That's according to the new World Bank rankings that will make uneasy reading for France's finance chiefs.

Mafia arrests made after informant murdered
Italy

Mafia arrests made after informant murdered

Italian police on Tuesday arrested 17 suspected gangsters thanks to information on brutal gang wars that a mafia informant had provided before being murdered.

Norway quizzes Sweden on NSA snooping
Norway

Norway quizzes Sweden on NSA snooping

Norway's Prime Minister has challenged Sweden to come clean on whether it collects and records Norwegian internet traffic for the US's National Security Agency (NSA).

Italians jailed for attack on Tottenham fans
Italy

Italians jailed for attack on Tottenham fans

Two Italians have been sentenced for leading an attack against 10 football fans of the UK Premiership club Tottenham in Rome last November. The incident was described by investigators as a type of "urban warfare".

Gallery: The Local’s Property of the Week
Sweden

Gallery: The Local’s Property of the Week

Do you have your own spa with a view at home? What about a movie theatre in your basement? Well, now you can. This week's property, complete with two-car garage and sea views, doesn't cut corners.

Swiss remain behind on biz regulations: report
Switzerland

Swiss remain behind on biz regulations: report

Switzerland may be one of the wealthiest countries in the world on a per capita basis but the mountain country is far from being the best place to start a business, the World Bank says.

Supreme Court rejects Pirate’s hacking appeal
Sweden

Supreme Court rejects Pirate’s hacking appeal

Sweden's Supreme Court will not handle the case of Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg in what has been dubbed as the country's biggest ever hacking trial.

Central bank reveals location of Sweden’s gold
Sweden

Central bank reveals location of Sweden’s gold

Sweden is in possession of just over 125 tonnes of gold - a market value of 37.5 billion kronor ($5.9 billion) - and the country's central bank revealed on Tuesday exactly where it's being kept.

Butcher feeds pregnant girlfriend to vultures
Spain

Butcher feeds pregnant girlfriend to vultures

A butcher from the city of Guadalajara in central Spain has admitted chopping up his seven-month pregnant girlfriend and feeding her body to vultures in a local nature reserve.

Breivik’s mother’s lawyer may sue to block book
Norway

Breivik’s mother’s lawyer may sue to block book

Lawyers representing the dead mother of Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik are considering legal action to block the publication of a book about her relationship with her son Anders, the far-right terrorist behind 2011's Utøya massacre.

Spain welcomes new UK Ambassador
Spain

Spain welcomes new UK Ambassador

The UK's new Ambassador to Spain and Andorra started work on Monday in Madrid armed with a strong pro-growth and free trade message.

Politicians’ travel costs leap by 41 percent
Germany

Politicians’ travel costs leap by 41 percent

German politicians have claimed almost €7 million in travel expenses from the taxpayer in the last two years - an increase of 41 percent. Destinations included Fiji, Tonga and Cuba.

Hundreds of ‘stolen’ items found on bus
Switzerland

Hundreds of ‘stolen’ items found on bus

Swiss customs made a surprising discovery when checking a bus heading to Romania from Lausanne at the city’s bus station.

Drunk man falls asleep on top of horse
Germany

Drunk man falls asleep on top of horse

A woman in Bavaria made a startling discovery as she went to prepare for a morning ride – there was someone already on her horse, and he was passed out drunk on top of it having spent the night there.

Three PSG players in the hat for 2013 Ballon d’Or
France

Three PSG players in the hat for 2013 Ballon d’Or

French magazine France Football published on Tuesday the names of 23 footballers, including three PSG players, who are in the running for the prestigious 2013 Ballon d’Or award for the best footballer in the world. But who deserves the gong the most?

French teacher acquitted over pupil’s hanging
France

French teacher acquitted over pupil’s hanging

A court in southern France on Tuesday acquitted a teacher over her involvement in the death of an 11-year-old pupil who was found hanged in a school corridor after being sent out of the class for misbehaving.

‘Spying could ruin our trust in US’: Spain
Spain

‘Spying could ruin our trust in US’: Spain

Spain summoned the US ambassador on Monday to denounce newly reported mass US eavesdropping on its citizens' telephone calls as "inappropriate and unacceptable" while Spain's foreign minister said the scandal could rupture the climate of trust between the two allies.

Oslo police launch crime wave task force
Norway

Oslo police launch crime wave task force

Police in Oslo have launched a specialist street crime task force to combat the wave of street robberies and muggings which has swept the capital in recent months.

Swiss regulator orders UBS to boost capital
Switzerland

Swiss regulator orders UBS to boost capital

UBS, Switzerland’s largest bank, continues to be dogged by legal problems which are denting its earnings.

Deutsche Bank profits collapse by 94 percent
Germany

Deutsche Bank profits collapse by 94 percent

Deutsche Bank, Germany's biggest lender, said on Tuesday that its profits had collapsed by 94 percent due to "substantial litigation charges" and falling gains in investment banking.

Police rapped for ‘lack of clarity’ in Roma probe
Sweden

Police rapped for ‘lack of clarity’ in Roma probe

Police in Skåne in southern Sweden have been criticized by the body investigating a registry with the names of thousands of Roma, being told the answers they've provided thus far are insufficient.

Storms kill eight, travel still disrupted
Germany

Storms kill eight, travel still disrupted

Germany was counting the cost of the “St. Jude” storm on Tuesday morning. It killed eight people in the country, closed schools and disrupted travel.

Aqueduct explorers map Rome’s ‘final frontier’
Italy

Aqueduct explorers map Rome’s ‘final frontier’

Armed with laser rangefinders, GPS technology and remote control robots, a group of speleologists is completing the first ever mapping of the aqueducts of ancient Rome on archaeology's "final frontier".

Wilkinson marries in secret French wedding
France

Wilkinson marries in secret French wedding

England rugby hero Jonny Wilkinson has wed his long term partner in a private ceremony on the French Riviera a local mayor revealed this week.

‘Date nights could save marriage’ – Minister
Norway

‘Date nights could save marriage’ – Minister

Norway's new equality minister has proposed saving the country's marriages by bringing in 'date nights', an idea promoted by US's National Marriage Project, an institute part-funded by an evangelical christian billionaire.

Daniel Barenboim to quit La Scala two years early
Italy

Daniel Barenboim to quit La Scala two years early

World-famous conductor Daniel Barenboim is to step down as musical director of Milan's La Scala opera house two years early at the start of 2015, the theatre said on Monday.

Malmö clinch Sweden’s Allsvenskan football title
Sweden

Malmö clinch Sweden’s Allsvenskan football title

Swedish footballing powerhouse Malmö FF claimed their 17th Allsvenskan title on Monday night, braving the winds of storm Simone to score a 2-0 away victory over Elfsborg.

White House says it must do ‘better’ over spying
Germany

White House says it must do ‘better’ over spying

The United States said on Monday it must better weigh the risks and rewards of its spying activities, as Europe fulminates over reports it eavesdropped on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders.

Ylvis’s enters UK top 20
Norway

Ylvis’s enters UK top 20

"The Fox", the viral YouTube hit by Norway's Ylvisåker brothers, has jumped into the UK's top-20 singles chart at number 17, two weeks before they are due to make their first live UK appearance.

Sweden sifts through Simone storm damage
Sweden

Sweden sifts through Simone storm damage

Simone, the storm that battered southern Sweden on Monday with hurricane-force winds, caused widespread damage and disruption before drifting out to the Baltic early Tuesday morning.