Norway appeals WTO seal ruling
Norway

Norway appeals WTO seal ruling

Norway has appealed a WTO ruling backing a European Union ban on the import and sale of seal products, the Geneva-based body announced on Monday.

Utøya survivor to fight for Eurovision crown
Norway

Utøya survivor to fight for Eurovision crown

A survivor of the 2011 Utøya massacre is vying to represent Norway in this year's Eurovision song contest, with a song, 'Heal', inspired by his three-year struggle to recover.

French unemployment rate hits new record
France

French unemployment rate hits new record

The French President François Hollande could not keep his famous promise. New figures released on Monday showed that France has set a new record for the number of unemployed which now stands at 3.3 million.

‘Millions of French workers’ close to burnout
France

‘Millions of French workers’ close to burnout

The French are known for the 35-hour week, a guaranteed five weeks of vacation and as keepers of the sacred notion of a proper lunch break. Yet more than 3 million of the working population is on the brink of burning out, a new study revealed. And what about expats?

Putin slams Spain’s human rights record
Spain

Putin slams Spain’s human rights record

Russia's Foreign Affairs Ministry has issued a critical report damning Spain and all other 28 EU nations for their human rights breaches.

Swiss fury as Germans ‘steal’ their tennis star
Switzerland

Swiss fury as Germans ‘steal’ their tennis star

Swiss papers claimed to be furious on Monday after German tabloids “stole” the country’s new tennis superstar, Stanislas Wawrinka.

Two charged for anti-Jewish graffiti in Rome
Italy

Two charged for anti-Jewish graffiti in Rome

Two men have been charged after spray-painting anti-Jewish slurs, including “Holocaust lies”, in northern Rome's Clodio Square.

‘The crisis is forcing people to be creative’
Spain

‘The crisis is forcing people to be creative’

After stints as an architect and industrial designer in New York and Paris, Venezuela's Alejo Ruocco decided to follow his other great passion — making pizzas. And his business is thriving despite the crisis.

‘Argentina turmoil won’t affect Spain’s recovery’
Spain

‘Argentina turmoil won’t affect Spain’s recovery’

The eurozone's recovery will not be affected by contagion from growing fears over emerging economies, Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Monday, comments that were echoed by Spain's Economy Minister Luis de Guindos.

Turkey’s EU bid will go to referendum: Hollande
France

Turkey’s EU bid will go to referendum: Hollande

President François Hollande promised that the French people would be given the chance to vote in a referendum over whether France should support Turkey's bid to enter the EU. The vow came after his Turkish counterpart asked France not to stand in the way.

Top 10 bizarre French expressions translated
France

Top 10 bizarre French expressions translated

Learning French is hard enough without all the seemingly bizarre and "untranslatable" expressions out there, that if you don't know the real meaning of, could land you in a spot of Gallic bother. See these top 10 examples to see exactly what you are up against.

Alexanderplatz to get Germany’s tallest flats
Germany

Alexanderplatz to get Germany’s tallest flats

Germany’s tallest apartment block will be built in Berlin by an American architect in the centre of the former Communist east of the city.

Man ate ‘adopted’ cats for ‘dinner with friends’
Italy

Man ate ‘adopted’ cats for ‘dinner with friends’

A man purporting to be a feline friend adopted "meaty" cats from shelters across Brianza, a province in northern Italy, and would then cook and serve them to friends for dinner.

Sweden hunts head-chopping Danish poacher
Sweden

Sweden hunts head-chopping Danish poacher

Police in Sweden's south suspect a 36-year-old Dane of poaching, as he left a trail of severed heads behind him after illegally hunting wild boar and red deer.

More Italians flee while migration to Italy falls
Italy

More Italians flee while migration to Italy falls

The number of Italians leaving their recession-hit country to seek work elsewhere rose sharply in 2012, while incoming migration levels dropped, official figures showed on Monday.

Kidnap rate spikes as Swiss marry foreigners
Switzerland

Kidnap rate spikes as Swiss marry foreigners

More children than ever before are being abducted in Switzerland - and a rise in the number of Swiss people marrying foreigners is being blamed.

Cops step in as frozen corpse found in stream
Sweden

Cops step in as frozen corpse found in stream

Swedish police at first suspected foul play after finding a dead man frozen in a stream near the skiing resort of Åre on Monday.

Germany commemorates victims of Nazism
Germany

Germany commemorates victims of Nazism

Almost 70 years after the liberation of Auschwitz and the end of the siege of Leningrad, German politicians remembered the victims of National Socialism on Monday.

Swiss president offers help in Ukraine crisis
Switzerland

Swiss president offers help in Ukraine crisis

Swiss president Didier Burkhalter on Monday said he had offered mediation in the deadly crisis gripping Ukraine, but was still waiting for word from Kiev.

Parish giving away church for free
Norway

Parish giving away church for free

A municipality is offering to give away one of Norway's most northerly churches, after deciding that they can no longer justify paying for its upkeep.

‘Spain’s abortion law will boost economy’
Spain

‘Spain’s abortion law will boost economy’

The Spanish government has prepared a memo claiming that tough new abortion laws will have a "positive impact" on the country's economy thanks to an increased birth rate, it emerged on Monday.

Big Steve brings northern Sweden to YouTube
Sweden

Big Steve brings northern Sweden to YouTube

This week's Swedish Career focus is on YouTube star and UK native Big Steve who tells The Local about his fight to promote Sweden, the move to online fame, and the secret to pronouncing "Skellefteå".

Heavy snow to hit north and central Italy
Italy

Heavy snow to hit north and central Italy

Parts of northern and central Italy will be hit with heavy snow over the coming days, with temperatures plummeting below zero.

Watch giant Raymond Weil dies at 87
Switzerland

Watch giant Raymond Weil dies at 87

Raymond Weil, founder of the watch brand of the same name and considered one of the great innovators of the Swiss watch industry, has died at 87, the company said on Monday.

Thieves rob Florence post office with toy guns
Italy

Thieves rob Florence post office with toy guns

Thieves armed with toy weapons who dug a tunnel into a post office in Florence stole €70,000 on Monday after locking terrified staff in the vault.

Ericsson settles patent dispute with Samsung
Sweden

Ericsson settles patent dispute with Samsung

Ericsson has settled a long-running patent dispute with South Korean electronics giant Samsung, the Swedish telecom equipment maker said on Monday, prompting a rise in Ericsson shares on the Stockholm exchange.

Barça get over boss blues with Malaga win
Spain

Barça get over boss blues with Malaga win

Barça put the controversial resignation of their president Sandro Rosell behind them thanks to a 3-0 win over Malaga that sees them move back to the top of La Liga.

A third could miss out on minimum wage rise
Germany

A third could miss out on minimum wage rise

More than a third of low-paid workers in Germany could miss out on the proposed nationwide minimum wage because of exceptions being put forward by employer organizations and Conservative politicians.

French jihadist school pupils ‘to return home’
France

French jihadist school pupils ‘to return home’

Roughly three weeks after two French high school boys set off to fight in the Syrian civil war one of them will be coming home after being picked up in Turkey. Reports say the other pupil returned of his own accord on Sunday.

Spain rakes in record tourism earnings in 2013
Spain

Spain rakes in record tourism earnings in 2013

International tourists to Spain spent record sums in 2013, providing further proof of Spain's position as a global tourism heavyweight, figures released on Monday show.

French MPs ban beauty contests for under-13s
France

French MPs ban beauty contests for under-13s

The French government’s efforts to crackdown on the "hyper-sexualisation" of young girls continues with lawmakers voting to ban beauty pageants for girls under the age of 13. The founder of France's leading beauty pageant for little girls lamented the move and blamed US culture.

Heroin worth €21.5m found in tomato cans
Germany

Heroin worth €21.5m found in tomato cans

Customs officials have found 1.2 tonnes of heroin worth €21.5 million hidden in tins of tomato purée at the German-Dutch border.

Italy to send first female astronaut into space
Italy

Italy to send first female astronaut into space

Italy is preparing to send its first female astronaut into space. Speaking ahead of the mission, which is planned for November this year, Samantha Cristoforetti described it as “another great adventure for Italy in space”.

Blue-eyed caveman from Spain rewrites prehistory
Spain

Blue-eyed caveman from Spain rewrites prehistory

The 7,000-year-old remains of a Spaniard found in a cave in 2006 have helped scientists uncover a breed of early Europeans that no longer exists: dark-skinned and blue-eyed.

Swiss prisons bursting as convict numbers soar
Switzerland

Swiss prisons bursting as convict numbers soar

Swiss prisons are bursting at the seams due to a record number of convicts, figures released on Monday show - but the number of juveniles held has fallen by a quarter.

Caviar, Auschwitz, love – Himmler’s letters to wife
Germany

Caviar, Auschwitz, love – Himmler’s letters to wife

The hundreds of private letters belonging to Heinrich Himmler, which are being published by a newspaper this week, mix domestic concerns with Nazi politics. In one his 12-year-old daughter warns him about the invasion of Russia.

Man freezes to death, temperatures hit -20C
Germany

Man freezes to death, temperatures hit -20C

A man froze to death at a bus stop on Saturday night as temperatures of -20C gripped Germany. Fresh snowfall and ice on Monday morning have also caused traffic problems.

Man poisons wife ‘for Catholic radio obsession’
Italy

Man poisons wife ‘for Catholic radio obsession’

A man who laced his wife's drinks with acid claims he only meant to make her feel "slightly ill", because it was the only way to stop her listening to a Catholic radio station "all day long" and arranging pilgrimages to the shrine of Padre Pio.

Relic of John Paul II’s blood stolen in Italy
Italy

Relic of John Paul II’s blood stolen in Italy

UPDATED: A religious relic stained with Polish pope John Paul II's blood has been stolen from a church in Italy, sparking a region-wide search with police and sniffer dogs.

Monaco beat Marseille to close gap on PSG
France

Monaco beat Marseille to close gap on PSG

Mega-rich French club Monaco closed the gap on leaders PSG at the top of France's Ligue 1 on Sunday after a 2-0 against Marseille. The win comes after PSG needed a late goal to rescue a point against lowly Guingamp. Catch up on all the latest action here.

Spain may close files on Guantanamo torture
Spain

Spain may close files on Guantanamo torture

Planned changes to Spain's judicial system could see the country's judges closing the files on cases including alleged Chinese genocide in Tibet and possible torture in the US prison facility of Guantanamo Bay.

Crowd flocks to cop’s baton attack trial
Sweden

Crowd flocks to cop’s baton attack trial

The Swedish policewoman filmed when she set her dog and used her baton on a drunk man in Stockholm faced trial on Monday, with public interest so high that not everyone got a seat in the court room.

Police: We understand why you don’t feel safe
Germany

Police: We understand why you don’t feel safe

The head of Germany's biggest police union said it would be launching a “safety alliance” between different states' forces as there were parts of the country where people justifiably no longer felt safe.

Swiss press: hero Stan ’embodies Swiss virtue’
Switzerland

Swiss press: hero Stan ’embodies Swiss virtue’

Swiss tennis star Stanislas Wawrinka is set to return home to a hero’s welcome after Sunday’s four-sets victory over Rafael Nadal in the final of the Australian Open, with the press praising his modesty and hard work.

Flooding keeps south west France on alert
France

Flooding keeps south west France on alert

South west France was again braced for more flooding on Monday after a weekend that aleady left parts of the region underwater(SEE VIDEO). Elsewhere in the country, a swollen river caused by a deluge carried a 10-year-old girl to her death in Brittany.

Swedish marines go viral in Greased Lightning clip
Sweden

Swedish marines go viral in Greased Lightning clip

Swedish marines have soared to internet fame after their video homage a song from the 1978 hit film Grease spread online like Greased Lightning.

Spain’s faulty ‘Air Force One’ fails prince again
Spain

Spain’s faulty ‘Air Force One’ fails prince again

A state-owned plane carrying Prince Felipe and members of the Spanish Government was forced to make an emergency landing in the Dominican Republic on Sunday after pilots reported an oil leak on board.

More Channel Tunnel workers suffer poisoning
France

More Channel Tunnel workers suffer poisoning

Another 13 workers in the Channel Tunnel suffered carbon monoxide poisoning overnight on Sunday, according to reports in France. It comes after 19 workers suffered a similar fate on Sunday.

Site lets Swedes snoop on friends’ criminal past
Sweden

Site lets Swedes snoop on friends’ criminal past

A new Swedish website that lets people check out their neighbours' criminal records has privacy experts up in arms, warning the site could breach the country's privacy and slander laws.

VIDEO: Pope’s doves attacked by birds
Italy

VIDEO: Pope’s doves attacked by birds

Was it a prophetic sign? A gesture of peace turned into a somewhat grisly spectacle at the Vatican on Sunday when two white doves were attacked by a crow and a seagull shortly after being released during prayers.

Record number of foreigners deported
Norway

Record number of foreigners deported

A record number of foreign citizens were deported from Norway last year, after country's police stepped up the use of deportation as a way of fighting crime.

Spanish-led ‘terror cell’ uncovered in Morocco
Spain

Spanish-led ‘terror cell’ uncovered in Morocco

Morocco has uncovered a jihadist cell led by a Spanish army veteran who later fought in Afghanistan with Al-Qaeda, the interior ministry said on Saturday.

‘I am not a racist’, says Norway’s bad-boy artist
Norway

‘I am not a racist’, says Norway’s bad-boy artist

The artist whose provocative chair outraged race and women's rights campaigners last week has accused his critics of reacting "out of all proportion" to the work.

Man cleared of rape: was ‘unaware’ she was drunk
Sweden

Man cleared of rape: was ‘unaware’ she was drunk

A man on trial in western Sweden for allegedly raping a woman who was so drunk she had trouble standing up has been freed because he "wasn't aware" she was drunk.

François and Valérie go their separate ways
France

François and Valérie go their separate ways

French President François Hollande and former partner Valérie Trierweiler went their separate ways on Monday as they hope to turn the page after their high profile split. While Hollande headed to Turkey most of the attention was on Trierweiler who braved the press in India.

Minister resigns amid abuse of power: probes
Italy

Minister resigns amid abuse of power: probes

Italy's Agriculture Minister resigned on Sunday amid allegations of abuse of power over the appointment of staff in the public health care system and in the wake of an investigation into the management of EU funds for agriculture.

Migrants sew mouths shut in fresh protest
Italy

Migrants sew mouths shut in fresh protest

Thirteen Moroccan immigrants held in a migrant centre on the outskirts of Rome have sewn their lips together in the second such protest at their lengthy detention, Italian media reported Sunday.

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France

VIDEO: 250 held as ‘Day of Anger’ turns violent

A so-called "Day of Anger" protest against President François Hollande turned violent in Paris on Sunday when hundreds of youths clashed with police. Authorities on Monday said 250 protestors were arrested and 19 officers were injured. (SEE VIDEO)

‘Rules are the best and worst part of life here’
Germany

‘Rules are the best and worst part of life here’

In this week's My German Career, Yvonne Gruendler, 32, describes her job as a marketing officer after finding her way to Berlin via Asia and the UK.

Germany to play bigger military role
Germany

Germany to play bigger military role

Germany's military is to be deployed more frequently on foreign operations, defence minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Sunday.

Wallenberg family makes direct appeal to Putin
Sweden

Wallenberg family makes direct appeal to Putin

The family of Holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg plans to appeal directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin this week for help in shedding light on the Swedish diplomat's mysterious fate.

Snowden: NSA spies on German industry
Germany

Snowden: NSA spies on German industry

Industrial espionage by the US National Security Agency (NSA) in Germany is an open secret, whistleblower Edward Snowden said in a television interview on Sunday night.

Swedish duo speed to ‘dream’ horse racing win
Sweden

Swedish duo speed to ‘dream’ horse racing win

Swedish horse Maharajah won the world's most prestigious trotting race, the Prix d'Amerique, on Sunday, delivering Sweden their first win at the Vincennes racetrack outside Paris since Gigant Neo in 2005.

Brende warns of ‘shaky’ Sudan ceasefire
Norway

Brende warns of ‘shaky’ Sudan ceasefire

A two-day-old ceasefire in South Sudan is still not firmly in place, the foreign minister of Norway, part of the so-called Troika with Britain and the United States, said on Sunday.

Israeli PM slammed for son’s Norwegian love
Norway

Israeli PM slammed for son’s Norwegian love

A 25-year-old Norwegian woman has brought Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu under fire from religious lawmakers after media reported that she -- a non-Jewish woman -- was dating his son.