Businessman Gaydamak denied bail in Geneva
Switzerland

Businessman Gaydamak denied bail in Geneva

A Geneva tribunal has rejected a request for bail by French-Israeli tycoon Arcady Gaydamak over a breach of trust case linked to the Israeli football club Beitar Jerusalem, which he once owned.

Drunk acquitted for driving in parking lot
Switzerland

Drunk acquitted for driving in parking lot

A 48-year-old man was acquitted by a Zurich supreme court on Monday of drunken driving despite being caught with a blood alcohol level of 2.13.

‘All new mums should be proud,’ says footie wife
Norway

‘All new mums should be proud,’ says footie wife

Norwegian football wife Caroline Berg Eriksen has defended her decision to post a picture of her washboard-perfect stomach just four days after giving birth, claiming that she never intended to upset other women.

Bob Dylan hit with ‘racial hatred charge’ in France
France

Bob Dylan hit with ‘racial hatred charge’ in France

Famed US singer Bob Dylan has been hit by charges in France of insulting behaviour and incitement to racial hatred after a complaint was lodged against him, judicial sources told AFP on Monday.

Norwegian ship leaves to pick up Syria weapons
Norway

Norwegian ship leaves to pick up Syria weapons

The Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Ingstad on Monday night set sail for Syria, where it will take part in the collection of Syria's chemical weapons, guarding them as they are transported to the middle of the Mediterranean for disposal.

‘Banksy in Paris’ rumour takes internet by storm
France

‘Banksy in Paris’ rumour takes internet by storm

French art-lovers and internet users came to life on Monday, after the intriguing appearance of two murals and a website, both bearing the hallmarks of none other than Banksy. Could the enigmatic British street artist be in Paris?

Spain’s top parties won’t govern alone: Poll
Spain

Spain’s top parties won’t govern alone: Poll

Spain is facing an increasingly splintered political future with neither of the country's two major parties likely to be able to form government alone in a future election, a new poll published on Sunday shows.

Consular staff sue British Embassy in Paris
France

Consular staff sue British Embassy in Paris

Several aggrieved staff members who lost their jobs at the British Consulate in Paris have launched legal action against the embassy, who it accuses of breaking French law when they were made redundant.

World-beaters Spain set to fine street football
Spain

World-beaters Spain set to fine street football

People who play football on the streets of Spain could be hit with fines of up to €1,000 ($1,350) if new proposals by the Spanish government are given the green light by the country's parliament.

Six tips for Italian business etiquette
Italy

Six tips for Italian business etiquette

If you're used to starting meetings on time and following protocol to the letter then chances are you're not familiar with the Italian way of doing business, according to Italian business etiquette expert Alberto Presutti. Here he offers The Local some insider tips.

Italy’s graduates turn to domestic works
Italy

Italy’s graduates turn to domestic works

More Italians, and especially those with a degree, are turning to domestic work - a sector usually dominated by foreigners - according to a survey by Assindatcolf, the National Association of Employers of Domestic Workers.

Shop owner threatens to stab man in sweets row
Spain

Shop owner threatens to stab man in sweets row

An elderly shopkeeper in Valencia threatened to cut a customer's throat after he complained about the quality of his sweets.

Saab rolls out first fleet after bankruptcy
Sweden

Saab rolls out first fleet after bankruptcy

The Saab factory in western Sweden released its first fleet of cars on Monday since the company filed for bankruptcy almost two years ago, with the vehicles produced under new owners Nevs.

‘Italians are closed, but they’re not racist’
Italy

‘Italians are closed, but they’re not racist’

Tens of thousands of babies born in Italy each year are denied citizenship because of their family's foreign background. The Local spoke to Fred Kuwornu, a second-generation immigrant and filmmaker who is leading the fight to change the country's citizenship law.

Alps murders: Police sketch proves fruitless
France

Alps murders: Police sketch proves fruitless

A month after investigators released a sketch of a mysterious motorcyclist, French police admitted on Monday that not a single call from the public had proved “of interest,” or brought them closer to solving the murders of a British-Iraqi family in the French Alps.

How should expats invest in Germany?
Germany

How should expats invest in Germany?

Lucky enough to have something left over from wages each month? Would it be best to put it in property or start a pension? In this week's Job Talk we asked a financial adviser about the options in Germany.

Naples has ‘worst quality of life in Italy’
Italy

Naples has ‘worst quality of life in Italy’

Naples has the worst quality of life in Italy, while the northern city of Turin is in decline, according to Il Sole 24 Ore newspaper's annual rankings of Italian provinces.

Barça and Real fined in TV rights fiasco
Spain

Barça and Real fined in TV rights fiasco

Spain's national competition authority has imposed stiff fines on television production giant Mediapro and four clubs, including league heavyweights Real Madrid and Barcelona, for breaking rules on the sale of televison rights.

Courting Sweden’s job market: one lawyer’s tale
Sweden

Courting Sweden’s job market: one lawyer’s tale

Meena Ambardar traded the bustle of New York corporate law for an unknown life in Stockholm, and it couldn't have turned out better. Now she confides in The Local about how she found her balance after courting the Swedish job market.

Germany backs Ukraine’s ‘impressive’ protests
Germany

Germany backs Ukraine’s ‘impressive’ protests

Germany said on Monday that mass anti-government rallies in Kiev showed that "the heart of the Ukrainian people beats in a European way" and voiced concern about violence against protesters.

Surge in the number of Italians moving to the UK
Italy

Surge in the number of Italians moving to the UK

The number of Italians moving to the UK for work rose by 52 percent between September 2012 and September 2013 - more than the number of Spaniards, Greeks and Portuguese - according to data from the UK's Department for Work and Pensions.

Norway-inspired Disney breaks box office record
Norway

Norway-inspired Disney breaks box office record

Frozen, a new Disney film heavily inspired by Norway, has set a new box office record for a debut on the US's Thanksgiving weekend, taking $66.7m between Friday and Sunday last week.

France holds 45 in arms trafficking arrests
France

France holds 45 in arms trafficking arrests

France arrested 45 people on Monday in a large-scale operation against international arms traffickers, suspected of importing hundreds of military-grade weapons from the Balkans since 2009.

French island celebrates first birth in 35 years
France

French island celebrates first birth in 35 years

The inhabitants of a French island had more reason than normal to celebrate a birth on Monday. The arrival of a new girl on Ile de Sein off the coast of Brittany was the first birth on the island in 35 years.

News site slammed for Haakon divorce rumours
Norway

News site slammed for Haakon divorce rumours

A Norwegian news site has been slammed for publishing rumours that Norway's Crown Prince Haakon is set to divorce his wife Mette-Marit.

Spain’s ex PM denies dealing weapons to Libya
Spain

Spain’s ex PM denies dealing weapons to Libya

Spain's former Prime Minister José María Aznar has strongly denied allegations by a Spanish newspaper claiming he acted as a 'middleman' in arms deals to Venezuela, Libya, Algeria and Russia.

States try again to ban neo-Nazi party
Germany

States try again to ban neo-Nazi party

Germany's states are making a renewed push to ban the country's best-known neo-Nazi party, arguing it is basically the same as Hitler's party, and is damaging democracy.

Major Paris flood would leave ‘850,000 homeless’
France

Major Paris flood would leave ‘850,000 homeless’

Nearly half a million homes would be lost, and hundreds of thousands of people left homeless in the Paris region, in the event of a catastrophic flood, a worrying report revealed on Monday. It comes after a previous study concluded Paris was unprepared for a major deluge.

Germany’s most beautiful woman aged over 50
Germany

Germany’s most beautiful woman aged over 50

A saleswoman from Baden-Württemberg was named Germany’s most beautiful woman aged over 50 on Saturday. It is the second year the pageant for over 50s has been held to show beauty does not decline with age.

More French ‘fraudsters’ declare Swiss accounts
Switzerland

More French ‘fraudsters’ declare Swiss accounts

The tax service in France has seen a flood of requests to regularize funds hidden abroad, a minister said Monday, as Switzerland pledges to end its vaunted banking secrecy under international pressure.

Ecce Homo priest hit with €200,000 fraud charge
Spain

Ecce Homo priest hit with €200,000 fraud charge

The priest of a small Spanish village which rose to international fame after a local woman in 2012 'restored' a fresco of Jesus Christ has been arrested for alleged sexual abuse and the embezzlement of €210,000 ($285,000).

Swiss prosecutor probes US spying allegations
Switzerland

Swiss prosecutor probes US spying allegations

The federal prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation into charges that US agents spied on on consulates, missions and UN agencies in Geneva, a Swiss newspaper says.

Thousands of French tax fraudsters come clean
France

Thousands of French tax fraudsters come clean

Thousands of French nationals have informed the government they want to come clean about funds they have hidden illegally in secret bank accounts abroad, out of sight of the taxman in Paris, a minister revealed on Monday.

Germany to ban elective beauty ops for minors
Germany

Germany to ban elective beauty ops for minors

Germany’s next government will ban plastic surgery on children and minors unless it can be justified on medical grounds, according to reports on Monday.

Man charged with murder of mother of two
Sweden

Man charged with murder of mother of two

A 36-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a 23-year-old mother of two who was found dead in western Sweden in August. One of her children was with her in the apartment at the time she was killed.

Coffee machines ‘leave lead in drink’
Germany

Coffee machines ‘leave lead in drink’

Some of the most expensive models of espresso coffee machine are liable to release large doses of lead into drinks for days after being cleaned, representing a possible risk to health, according to a German safety study.

Opening brothels could give Italy tax boost
Italy

Opening brothels could give Italy tax boost

The council in Italy's northern Lombardy region is pushing to overhaul the country's law against prostitution, in order to gain tax revenue, Italian media has reported.

Domestic violence clues ignored: Swedish study
Sweden

Domestic violence clues ignored: Swedish study

Sweden's health and welfare watchdog wants to force local politicians to offer more support to children and adults who are abused at home.

Norway plans world’s largest Viking theme park
Norway

Norway plans world’s largest Viking theme park

A group of Norwegian investors plan to build the world's largest Viking theme park in a village in western Norway, luring tourists with roller coasters, staged Viking battles, and Viking-style feasts.

Roma’s Francesco Totti sells Ferrari online
Italy

Roma’s Francesco Totti sells Ferrari online

AS Roma captain Francesco Totti is selling his Ferrari online for €39,000.

‘Bloody’ activists strip down to protest fur
Spain

‘Bloody’ activists strip down to protest fur

Animal rights activists gathered in Barcelona on Sunday to bare their naked 'blood-covered' bodies in a protest against the killing of mammals to make fur coats.

Police smash squalid illegal abattoir near Paris
France

Police smash squalid illegal abattoir near Paris

Some 200 animals were rescued on Sunday from a squalid, unlicensed abattoir outside Paris. The animals, left without food or water, were destined for Chinese restaurants throughout the region, and were about to be slaughtered, according to reports on Monday.

Scotland helicopter crash ‘tragic’: Spanish survivor
Spain

Scotland helicopter crash ‘tragic’: Spanish survivor

A Spanish dentist who was inside the Scottish pub at the centre of a helicopter crash on Friday in which at least nine people died has described a horrific scene where rescue was almost impossible.

France to keep Sunday as day for rest not shopping
France

France to keep Sunday as day for rest not shopping

A new report published on Monday recommends that France allows more Sunday openings throughout the year, but rejected a major overhaul of the strict laws as some retailers had hoped for. France's PM said Sundays "will not become like any other day".

Swiss rental reference rate stays unchanged
Switzerland

Swiss rental reference rate stays unchanged

The benchmark quarterly reference rate for residential rents in Switzerland remains at two percent, signalling that existing leases cannot be increased, the federal housing office (BWO) said on Monday.

Steffi’s father Peter Graf dies after cancer battle
Germany

Steffi’s father Peter Graf dies after cancer battle

Steffi Graf's father, who championed her and arguably turned around German tennis in the 1980s, has died, it was announced on Sunday. The 75-year-old had cancer and died at home in Mannheim.

Wine ‘n’ dine VAT cut added work hours
Sweden

Wine ‘n’ dine VAT cut added work hours

The equivalent of 4,000 new full-time jobs have been created in Sweden's restaurant sector since a targeted VAT cut last year, a new review stated on Monday.

Munich for beginners: Furnished rentals with Mr. Lodge
Germany

Munich for beginners: Furnished rentals with Mr. Lodge

Anyone who has looked for a new home in Munich knows that the road to the perfect property can be rocky. There is an alternative that many apartment and house seekers overlook - a furnished rental. Mr. Lodge has been in Munich for more than 25 years and is the market leader in the business.

‘Mafia boss’ swindles drinks from bar
Italy

‘Mafia boss’ swindles drinks from bar

A man from Battipaglia, near the southern Italian city of Salerno, was arrested after telling a barman he was a mafia chief in order to get free drinks and croissants.

Volvo to test driver-less cars in Gothenburg
Sweden

Volvo to test driver-less cars in Gothenburg

Gothenburg traffic will welcome 100 cars that drive themselves in 2017, as Sweden-based carmakers Volvo sets its sight on accident-free driving in the future.

Choppy seas hamper Italy migrant boat rescue
Italy

Choppy seas hamper Italy migrant boat rescue

Italian coast guards on Monday were trying to reach a fishing boat packed with some 100 migrants adrift off the coast of southern Italy in gale-force conditions.

Norway produces first ever halal reindeer meat
Norway

Norway produces first ever halal reindeer meat

A specialist abattoir in northern Norway has slaughtered the country's first ever halal reindeer meat, with a view to selling it to top-end restaurants as far afield as Dubai.

Messi-less Barça beaten again in Bilbao
Spain

Messi-less Barça beaten again in Bilbao

Barcelona slipped to a second consecutive defeat for the first time since April 2012 as they lost for the first time in the league this season 1-0 away to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Brewers bid to give beer purity law Unesco status
Germany

Brewers bid to give beer purity law Unesco status

The German Brewers Union has made a renewed bid to get the country's 16th-century beer purity law designated a Unesco world cultural treasure.

Netanyahu slams Iran deal ahead of Pope meet
Italy

Netanyahu slams Iran deal ahead of Pope meet

Ahead of meeting Pope Francis and Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has restated his firm opposition to a nuclear deal with Iran.

‘Never put your personal life on hold for work’
Switzerland

‘Never put your personal life on hold for work’

Trea Tijmens, originally from Holland, has worked as a matchmaker since 2005, helping expats find love in Switzerland. Here she tells The Local how she went from head hunter to heart hunter and offers some tips on how to navigate the Swiss dating scene.

Telekom puts up to 8,000 jobs in firing line
Germany

Telekom puts up to 8,000 jobs in firing line

Deutsche Telekom is planning to cut at least 6,000 and possibly as many as 8,000 jobs at its IT subsidiary T-Systems, the business newspaper Handelsblatt reported on Monday.

Ibrahimovic double keeps PSG flying high
France

Ibrahimovic double keeps PSG flying high

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice on Sunday as PSG thumped rivals Lyon 4-0 at the Parc des Princes in Paris. The win kept Paris Saint-Germain at the top of Ligue 1. Click here for a round-up of all the action from the weekend's matches.

Photo of the day: Femen in Paris pee protest
France

Photo of the day: Femen in Paris pee protest

Paris-based feminist group Femen, who are renowned for their topless protest stunts were at it again on Sunday, when they turned up at the Ukranian embassy in the French capital to give their own special message to the country's president Viktor Yanukovych.

SPD: half of our ministers will be women
Germany

SPD: half of our ministers will be women

The leader of the Social Democrats pledged a 50-50 male-female split of the party's cabinet posts in a planned new 'grand coalition' with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, according to a newspaper interview.

Sweden launches new ‘texting at the wheel’ law
Sweden

Sweden launches new ‘texting at the wheel’ law

A new law that restricts drivers' mobile phone usage went into effect on Sunday, but even Swedish police remain in the dark about the finer points.

Government’s approval rating at all-time low
Sweden

Government’s approval rating at all-time low

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and his government have a lower approval rating than ever before, with less than half of Swedes saying they're impressed in a new poll.

Sweden wins big at Alpine World Cup
Sweden

Sweden wins big at Alpine World Cup

Sweden's Jessica Lindell-Vikarby took home first place on Sunday in the giant slalom at the women's alpine World Cup.

Thousands lose power as storm lashes Sweden
Sweden

Thousands lose power as storm lashes Sweden

Thousands of Swedes were left without electricity on Sunday as strong winds swept across the country, leaving a wake of destruction especially in Stockholm.