Spanish child killer freed after EU rights ruling
Spain

Spanish child killer freed after EU rights ruling

A Spanish court on Friday ordered the immediate release of a man who raped and killed three children, cutting his prison time by 10 years in line with a European human rights ruling.

Ten reasons why France is a great place to work
France

Ten reasons why France is a great place to work

With all the talk about record unemployment in France and all the locals seemingly heading to the exits as quick as they can to find work abroad The Local looks at the top ten reasons why expats should be happy to work in France, in spite of the strikes and the strife.

British couple killed in car crash at Dunkirk
France

British couple killed in car crash at Dunkirk

A British couple were killed on Friday when their car was crushed between two lorries shortly after disembarking from a ferry at the Channel port of Dunkirk.

Why the French Alps lure expats back every year
France

Why the French Alps lure expats back every year

To celebrate the start of ski season in France, and in the latest installment of The Local's guest blog series, British author Piers Moore Ede, based in Meribel asks: what is it that keeps the Anglos coming back to the French Alps, season after season?

Italy’s gay union ban allows Russian adoption
Italy

Italy’s gay union ban allows Russian adoption

Italians are allowed to adopt Russian children because their country has a ban on gay marriage, the Kremlin's official for children's rights has said.

Berlusconi risks fresh trial for bribing witnesses
Italy

Berlusconi risks fresh trial for bribing witnesses

Italy's embattled Silvio Berlusconi, ousted from parliament and stripped of legal protection this week, risks arrest and a fresh trial after a court on Friday accused him of corrupting witnesses in a sex case.

French ski season set for ‘exceptional’ start
France

French ski season set for ‘exceptional’ start

The first weekend in December marks the traditional start of the ski season in France. The good news for anyone hitting the pistes over the next few weeks is that conditions are reported to be “exceptional” in both the Alps and Pyrénées.

Swedish boys hog state sports funding
Sweden

Swedish boys hog state sports funding

Sweden's sport-loving boys get more funding from the state than the girls do, a new report into youth leisure activities revealed on Friday.

Merkel: Door still open for Ukraine
Germany

Merkel: Door still open for Ukraine

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday Ukraine would still be able to sign an association agreement with the European Union, despite the failure to get the deal signed at a summit in Vilnius.

Italian hits 114 thanks to ‘eggs and sleep’
Italy

Italian hits 114 thanks to ‘eggs and sleep’

Emma Morano, Italy's supercentenarian and the oldest living person in Europe, celebrated her 114th birthday on Friday.

From Gabriel to glühwein – seven days in pictures
Germany

From Gabriel to glühwein – seven days in pictures

Germany's news this week may have centred on the announcement of a coalition deal, but as Christmas preparations continue, The Local's pictures of the week span rock music to performing policemen.

Benefit fraudsters create 10,000 fake jobs
Italy

Benefit fraudsters create 10,000 fake jobs

Police in the southern Campania region have seized assets worth €108 million from a criminal network accused of creating around 10,000 bogus jobs in order to claim benefits from the Italian state.

Swiss ski resorts: what’s new for 2013-14
Switzerland

Swiss ski resorts: what’s new for 2013-14

Faced with stiff competition from elsewhere in the European Alps, Switzerland’s renowned ski resorts are not resting on their laurels. As the winter season gets under way, The Local’s Emily Mawson takes a look at five major expansion projects that augur well for skiing and snow boarding enthusiasts.

Jam-packed jails force Norway to free criminals
Norway

Jam-packed jails force Norway to free criminals

Police in northern Norway are being forced to release criminals back onto the streets because of a shortage of prison spaces, the acting head of police in the city of Tromsø warned this week.

Spate of protests to hit traffic in Paris region
France

Spate of protests to hit traffic in Paris region

Major traffic disruption is expected in and around the Paris region on Saturday with lorry drivers from the "Bonnets Rouges" movement planning to block several major routes. The French capital's roads were also hit by industrial action on Friday. Get all the details here.

Footie wife’s post-birth selfie upsets Norwegians
Norway

Footie wife’s post-birth selfie upsets Norwegians

Norwegian über-glam WAG Caroline Berg Eriksen's decision to post a washboard perfect picture of herself four days after giving birth has added jet fuel to the fiery debate about celebrity pressure on new mothers.

Italy’s youth jobless hits record high
Italy

Italy’s youth jobless hits record high

Youth unemployment in Italy has hit a record high of 41.2 percent, while overall 12.5 percent of Italians are out of work, the national statistics agency Istat said on Friday.

Sweden’s HIV sex law leaves country divided
Sweden

Sweden’s HIV sex law leaves country divided

New and effective HIV therapies have left experts challenging Sweden's law that demands HIV patients must disclose their condition to their partner before sex.

‘In twenty years many glaciers will be gone’
Norway

‘In twenty years many glaciers will be gone’

Norway's glaciers are retreating at an alarming rate, the latest annual statistics have revealed, with scientists warning that some could soon disappear completely.

Swedish economy continues to sputter
Sweden

Swedish economy continues to sputter

Swedish economic growth failed to meet expectations in the third quarter of 2013, reaching a meager 0.1 percent compared to the previous quarter, new figures reveal. But the possible effects on the repo rate remain unclear.

Spain’s anti-abortion bus attacks ‘hidden genocide’
Spain

Spain’s anti-abortion bus attacks ‘hidden genocide’

An ultraconservative US organization is looking to change views on abortion in Spain by driving a bus covered in disturbing images of bloody foetuses around the streets of Madrid.

Barcelona new hub for Norwegian’s expansion
Norway

Barcelona new hub for Norwegian’s expansion

Norwegian air carrier Norwegian has expanded its presence in Europe by adding several destinations from Barcelona, alongside its drive to extend its flight schedule with several longer-distance routes.

TV tech turns folk hero in network switch-off saga
Spain

TV tech turns folk hero in network switch-off saga

A technician at a debt-laden Spanish regional television station became a folk hero in a matter of hours on Friday morning after he ignored an order to switch the network signal off.

An arty refrigerator – yours for €64,000
Germany

An arty refrigerator – yours for €64,000

A Berlin artist has created the world’s most expensive refrigerator. On sale at Hamburg's Alsterhaus department store, it will set you back a cool €64,000.

Wandering Norwegians choose holidays at home
Norway

Wandering Norwegians choose holidays at home

Norwegians are spending more time on the road but are sticking to trips and holidays at home, while the frequency of travel abroad stagnated toward the end of summer.

Prostitution around Europe: Which country has it right?
France

Prostitution around Europe: Which country has it right?

As France looks set to introduce steep fines of up to €1,500 for those caught buying sex The Local looks at the law around prostitution in other countries around Europe. Which one has it right when it comes to how to deal with what is often described as "the world's oldest profession".

Rival protests as French MPs debate prostitution
France

Rival protests as French MPs debate prostitution

Rival groups made up of sex workers and feminists are set to protest in Paris on Friday, as French MPs begin debating a divisive and controversial bill that would impose fines of €1,500 ($2,040) on the clients of prostitutes.

Norway’s non-EU students to stay fee free
Norway

Norway’s non-EU students to stay fee free

Norway's new government has caused ripples among academics by floating the idea of non-EU students paying tuition fees - but parliament seems likely to oppose the reform drive.

Course aims to train ‘sex assistants’ for disabled
Italy

Course aims to train ‘sex assistants’ for disabled

A course aimed at training sexual assistants for disabled people is being prepared by an organization pushing to legalize the role in Italy.

Phones okay in Swedish classrooms: agency
Sweden

Phones okay in Swedish classrooms: agency

There is no general rule prohibiting Swedish schoolchildren from using their mobile phones during lessons, an official from Sweden's National Education Agency said on Thursday.

Boy in coma could lose ‘best friend’
Germany

Boy in coma could lose ‘best friend’

A boy who has been in a coma since birth could lose his best friend, an American Staffordshire Terrier, after authorities said she was dangerous. But more than 100,000 people have joined a campaign to keep the dog at his side.

Policeman ‘killed man he met on cannibal site’
Germany

Policeman ‘killed man he met on cannibal site’

UPDATE: A policeman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after allegedly chopping up a man he met on a cannibal website and burying parts of the body in his garden.

French plane quarantined over swine flu fears
France

French plane quarantined over swine flu fears

French authorities quarantined a plane full of tourists returning from a trip to Asia, when several of them began coughing and spluttering and showing signs of fever while on board. It was described as a like a scene out of a "bad disaster movie".

Norwegians shun kitchen for prepacked Christmas
Norway

Norwegians shun kitchen for prepacked Christmas

Norwegian culinary skills at Christmas could take a back seat as more revelers choose to get their seasonal food from a box, local media reported on Friday.

Manhunt begins after bank raid shoot-out
Germany

Manhunt begins after bank raid shoot-out

An explosion and gunfire shattered the silence in the normally sleepy eastern German city of Magdeburg on in the early hours of Friday morning, as police became embroiled in a shoot-out with bank robbers.

Bologna professor ‘gave cocaine to students’
Italy

Bologna professor ‘gave cocaine to students’

A psychiatry professor at the University of Bologna is being investigated for allegedly giving cocaine and ecstasy to his students, Italian media reported on Friday.

US-style Black Friday retail chaos hits Spain
Spain

US-style Black Friday retail chaos hits Spain

Spanish shops and department stores are importing the traditional post-Thanksgiving Day 'sales madness' seen in the US every year as a way of getting Spanish shoppers to splash out in the lead up to Christmas.

Black Friday seduces France amid US backlash
France

Black Friday seduces France amid US backlash

Will we soon see thousands of French people lined up in sleeping bags outside stores across Paris the morning after Thanksgiving? The once uniquely American phenomenon is certainly taking off in France. Find out where to find the best bargains on "Vendredi Noir".

Swiss job seeker pioneers Bitstrips CV
Switzerland

Swiss job seeker pioneers Bitstrips CV

A 29-year-old Swiss man in search of a new job used a novel way to attract recruiters by crafting a CV using Bitstrips, a mobile phone app that allows users to communicate through cartoons.

Convicted paedophile allowed to adopt
Sweden

Convicted paedophile allowed to adopt

A Swedish man convicted for molesting a five-year-old girl in his neighbourhood has been given the green light to adopt a child of his own, as Swedish authorities said they did not fear he would relapse into criminal behaviour.

Berlusconi breaks social media record
Italy

Berlusconi breaks social media record

The ousting of Silvio Berlusconi from Italy's parliament on Wednesday attracted more Facebook and Twitter posts than any other political event, a social media monitoring agency has said.

Semi-naked models spark concern in Ferrara
Italy

Semi-naked models spark concern in Ferrara

Shops in the Emilia Romagna town of Ferrara have prompted concern from the local council after featuring semi-naked models in their windows in an effort to boost underwear sales.

Gibraltar chief booed out of Spanish university
Spain

Gibraltar chief booed out of Spanish university

The political chief of Britain's outpost of Gibraltar came in for a nasty surprise on Thursday when Spanish activists and fishermen hurled insults at him, preventing him from speaking to law students in Spain.

Can Germany really keep bytes within its borders?
Germany

Can Germany really keep bytes within its borders?

Germany's biggest telecoms firms have promoted a national email network after the US National Security Agency (NSA) intercepted millions of emails via international hubs. But how realistic are dreams of a German-only system?

Swedish prisoner escapes to visit dentist
Sweden

Swedish prisoner escapes to visit dentist

A man escaped from a Swedish prison simply to visit the dentist, and was slapped an extended sentence when he returned to the jail.

S&P positive on outlook for ‘stable’ Spain
Spain

S&P positive on outlook for ‘stable’ Spain

Global rating agency Standard & Poor's upgraded its outlook for Spain's debt on Friday, highlighting the prospects for export-led growth in the eurozone's fourth-largest economy.

Four heads roll in wake of TeliaSonera probe
Sweden

Four heads roll in wake of TeliaSonera probe

Swedish-Finnish telecom giant TeliaSonera on Friday announced it had sacked four top-level employees "for not doing enough" in connection to the saga of suspected bribes to the Uzbek despot's daughter.

Poland gives thumbs down to German subs
Germany

Poland gives thumbs down to German subs

Poland believes German-made submarines are not up to the job of defending Polish shores, but sources have told The Local that on the back of a landmark naval deal between the two countries, Poland is likely to lease two subs anyway.

Panama sorry for deadly syrup imported by Spain
Spain

Panama sorry for deadly syrup imported by Spain

Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli apologized on Thursday to relatives and survivors of a 2006 mass-poisoning which was caused by a toxic syrup imported by a Spanish company.

The architect hoping to restore a ‘ghost town’
Italy

The architect hoping to restore a ‘ghost town’

Aspiring architect Andrea Gillono was in the news this week for his ideas to restore an abandoned village in northern Italy. The Local spoke to him to find out more about the plan, as well as his thoughts on Italian architecture and why villages are left to fall to ruin.

France mulls plan for gay retirement homes
France

France mulls plan for gay retirement homes

A report on how to improve life for France’s elderly homosexual population has recommended creating separate retirement homes for the country's aging gay population. France's Minister for the Elderly is believed to be open to the idea.

Kamprad family tops list of richest Swiss
Switzerland

Kamprad family tops list of richest Swiss

Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Ikea, may be giving up his official Swiss residence this year but his family still tops a list of the 300 wealthiest people in Switzerland for 2013 with a fortune estimated at 41-42 billion francs ($45-46 billion).

A third of HIV cases ‘not diagnosed’
Germany

A third of HIV cases ‘not diagnosed’

A third of HIV sufferers in Germany do not know they are infected with the disease, with doctors warning that the number of new infections remains high, ahead of World Aids Day on Sunday.

Facebook use ‘can reveal if you’re a psychopath’
Sweden

Facebook use ‘can reveal if you’re a psychopath’

Your Facebook status updates can reveal whether or not you have psychopathic personality traits, according to Swedish researchers who have analyzed entries on the popular social media site to uncover users' personality characteristics.

French boss runs firm from desert island beach
France

French boss runs firm from desert island beach

One day last year, French businessman Gauthier Toulemonde, pondered a seemingly insane question. Could he run his company from a tiny, remote desert island thousands of miles away? The French Robinson Crusoe just came back home with the answer.

Court jails mother for baby killings
Germany

Court jails mother for baby killings

A German court jailed a mother on Thursday for 14 years for killing three of her children - a young daughter and twin babies - in a forest before a failed suicide attempt.

MPS will be a ‘profoundly different’ bank by 2017
Italy

MPS will be a ‘profoundly different’ bank by 2017

The board of troubled Italian lender Monte dei Paschi di Siena - the world's oldest bank - on Thursday approved a restructuring plan which it said will create a "profoundly different" bank by 2017.

Ligue 1 preview: Lyon bid to dent PSG’s title charge
France

Ligue 1 preview: Lyon bid to dent PSG’s title charge

Next up for all conquering PSG in Ligue 1 this weekend are old foes Lyon, who will have the tough task of trying to dent the league leader's title charge. Unbeaten PSG are on a high after qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League this week.

Swedes warn of new aggressive HIV strain
Sweden

Swedes warn of new aggressive HIV strain

Swedish scientists have identified a new variant of HIV that makes patients develop Aids almost twice as fast compared to the other variants of the virus, Lund University researchers revealed on Thursday.

Top judge slammed over cannibal case stance
Sweden

Top judge slammed over cannibal case stance

Swedish Supreme Court judge Göran Lambertz is facing calls for his resignation over his stance in an ongoing debate about mismanagement in the case of once self-professed cannibal Thomas Quick, who has been acquitted of eight murders.