German professor quits over Swiss ‘xenophobia’
Switzerland

German professor quits over Swiss ‘xenophobia’

A German professor at the Federal Institute for Technology in Zurich (ETH) has made a splash in the media for quitting his job over the Swiss vote to limit immigration.

Swiss dentist to the stars dies in Lausanne at 100
Switzerland

Swiss dentist to the stars dies in Lausanne at 100

A Swiss dentist famous for treating movie stars from Charlie Chaplin to Elizabeth Taylor and other international celebrities has died at the age of 100.

Norwegian found guilty of killing Congo cellmate
Norway

Norwegian found guilty of killing Congo cellmate

A Norwegian national accused of killing his friend and cellmate in a Congolese prison was given a life sentence for murder on Wednesday.

Grillo declares ‘war’ as Berlusconi backs Renzi
Italy

Grillo declares ‘war’ as Berlusconi backs Renzi

Five Star Movement leader Beppe Grillo has lashed out at Matteo Renzi, saying the prime minister designate is "not credible" and declaring a political "war" against the country's prospective new leader.

Top politically incorrect Carnival costumes 2014
Spain

Top politically incorrect Carnival costumes 2014

With Spain's crazy carnival period already upon us, The Local has put together a list of politically questionable costumes that are bound to get people's tongues wagging.

Half of Swedes want Victoria on the throne
Sweden

Half of Swedes want Victoria on the throne

Almost 50 percent of Swedes want King Carl Gustaf XVII to abdicate and Princess Victoria to take the throne, a marked change from a similar survey three years ago.

Mayor to restrict sex trade in prostitution town
Germany

Mayor to restrict sex trade in prostitution town

The mayor in the German-French border town of Saarbrücken is planning to ban street prostitution in most areas, as the region's notorious sex trade problem continues to spiral out of control.

Fake spy fined over ‘sex for jobs’ scam
Spain

Fake spy fined over ‘sex for jobs’ scam

A Spanish policeman who claimed to be a secret agent and offered potential recruits jobs in exchange for sex has been found guilty in court.

Family ties: why nepotism is bad for Italy
Italy

Family ties: why nepotism is bad for Italy

For many Italians, family comes first. But it is the common practice of nepotism – giving jobs to family members – that is driving young talent away.

‘Interior Minister should resign over Ceuta deaths’
Spain

‘Interior Minister should resign over Ceuta deaths’

A coalition of left-wing parties on Wednesday called for Spain's Interior Minister to step down after 15 immigrants died while trying to swim to the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in early February.

Stockholm 8-year-olds forced into drug dealing
Sweden

Stockholm 8-year-olds forced into drug dealing

Police are intensifying their efforts to quash a network of 40 children forced into drug dealing in southern Stockholm, some as young as eight years old. Older children in the gang are reportedly paid in drugs.

‘Foreign accents make it harder’ to find French flat
France

‘Foreign accents make it harder’ to find French flat

A new study published on Monday may strike a chord with those foreigners who have found it hard to find a flat. The research found that a person with a foreign acccent was subject to discrimination when enquiring about flats to rent.

Naked protest: Literary world mocks politician
France

Naked protest: Literary world mocks politician

A group of French publishers and book sellers held a naked protest this week. Their big strip was aimed at a French politician and his recent call to censor a children’s book. The act comes amid a national controversy about what kids should or shouldn’t be learning.

Ukraine risks ‘civil war’: Italian foreign minister
Italy

Ukraine risks ‘civil war’: Italian foreign minister

Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino on Wednesday warned that Ukraine risked descending into "civil war", after at least 25 people were killed in overnight clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in the country’s capital Kiev.

Alpine snowboarders boost Swiss medal count
Switzerland

Alpine snowboarders boost Swiss medal count

Patrizia Kummer nabbed Switzerland’s sixth gold medal at the Sochi Olympics after finishing first in the women’s parallel giant slalom on Wednesday.

Ukraine: Paris and Berlin blast ‘unacceptable’ acts
France

Ukraine: Paris and Berlin blast ‘unacceptable’ acts

UPDATED: French President François Hollande has urged the EU to impose sanctions against Ukraine's leaders over the deadly crackdown on protesters in Kiev. Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel both condemned the "unacceptable" acts.

Barcelona faces charges over Neymar deal
Spain

Barcelona faces charges over Neymar deal

Spain's public prosecutor sought on Wednesday a criminal tax indictment against Barcelona football club over the signing of Brazilian star Neymar, a copy of the filing showed.

Three men charged for racist attack in Norway
Norway

Three men charged for racist attack in Norway

Three men in their twenties have been charged for assaulting a black man in northern Norway, allegedly telling him "we do not like immigrants in Verdal" as they hit him on the back with a snow shovel.

Merkel: We feel for Ukraine victims
Germany

Merkel: We feel for Ukraine victims

UPDATE: Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande condemned “shocking” violence in Ukraine in a joint press conference on Wednesday. Possible sanctions will be decided upon on Thursday, said Merkel.

France says thousands declare Swiss accounts
Switzerland

France says thousands declare Swiss accounts

The French government says that nearly 16,000 people have declared funds hidden abroad after Switzerland curtailed its vaunted banking secrecy.

War veteran pleads with British expats to vote
Italy

War veteran pleads with British expats to vote

Harry Shindler, a war veteran who on Wednesday was awarded an MBE (Order of the British Empire) in Rome, has called on fellow expats to use their vote, as part of a campaign he has taken to the EU.

Alps murders: ‘Suspect has no link to killings’
France

Alps murders: ‘Suspect has no link to killings’

The arrest of a man in connection with the cold-blooded murder of a British-Iraqi family and a French cyclist has not "cleared up" the mystery, prosecutors said on Wednesday, adding that as yet there was no obvious link between the suspect and the victims.

Sweden win ‘Bradbury bronze’ after sprint chaos
Sweden

Sweden win ‘Bradbury bronze’ after sprint chaos

Sweden won another two medals on Wednesday as both the women and men's team sprint athletes finished third. But the race wasn't without a touch of controversy for the men's team.

France and Germany to send brigade to Mali
Germany

France and Germany to send brigade to Mali

France and Germany will send parts of a joint military brigade to Mali in its first military deployment to Africa, following a meeting between the two countries defence chiefs.

VIDEO: Most in Oslo help freezing boy in test
Norway

VIDEO: Most in Oslo help freezing boy in test

A Norwegian children's charity left a thinly-dressed 11-year-old boy shivering at a bus stop in the winter cold to test how many people would spontaneously help him.

Bjørgen wins new gold in team sprint
Norway

Bjørgen wins new gold in team sprint

Norway's cross country skiing superstar Marit Bjørgen on Wednesday took her country to victory in the women's team sprint race, the fifth Olympic gold of her career.

France vs GM corn: The row that won’t go away
France

France vs GM corn: The row that won’t go away

With French lawmakers vowing once again to ban the growing of GM corn by the country’s farmers, The Local heard from representatives on both sides of the argument. One says the health risks are too significant, the other says farmers have to earn a living. What do you think?

Renzi takeover is a ‘blow to democracy’ for Italians
Italy

Renzi takeover is a ‘blow to democracy’ for Italians

Italy's prime minister-designate Matteo Renzi has taken a battering in opinion polls even before he takes office, with many unhappy about his grab for power.

US reheats debate over Spain’s ’10pm dinners’
Spain

US reheats debate over Spain’s ’10pm dinners’

A front-page article in the New York Times about Spain's potential time zone change has led to a raging debate in the US on whether Spaniards are right or wrong to do everything later.

Germany’s seven scariest children’s stories
Germany

Germany’s seven scariest children’s stories

From the boy who had his thumbs chopped off, to the youngsters baked alive and fed to chickens, Germany has more than its fair share of scary children’s stories.

Police apologize for ‘super sexy’ CPR video
Spain

Police apologize for ‘super sexy’ CPR video

Police in the Spanish region of Aragon have apologized for using 'highly erotic' videos to demonstrate first aid techniques during a training course on Monday.

Immigrants behind boom in Sweden’s population
Sweden

Immigrants behind boom in Sweden’s population

The population of Sweden saw the biggest yearly increase in 70 years last year, according to new statistics, thanks largely to the almost 120,000 immigrants who arrived throughout the year.

GALLERY: A tribute to the hottest pants in Sochi
Norway

GALLERY: A tribute to the hottest pants in Sochi

With a ‘death or glory’ shot from the British captain, Norway's curling team were knocked out of the Olympics on Tuesday. But not before wowing their fans with another display of their outlandishly flamboyant trousers.

Pirates of the Med: Plush yacht hijacked off France
France

Pirates of the Med: Plush yacht hijacked off France

Armed pirates struck in the Mediterranean sea off the coast of Corsica this week, when they stole a luxury French yacht. The boat's terrified owner, wife and friend were tied up for several hours before being set adrift in a life boat.

Berlusconi divorce paves way for third marriage
Italy

Berlusconi divorce paves way for third marriage

Italy's billionaire former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is officially divorced, paving the way for a possible future marriage with a woman almost 50 years his junior, the Italian media reported on Wednesday.

Pope calls for end to Ukraine violence
Italy

Pope calls for end to Ukraine violence

Pope Francis on Wednesday urged an end to violence by both sides in Ukraine, saying he was "concerned" about the deadly clashes in Kiev.

Sweden thrash Slovenia in hockey quarter final
Sweden

Sweden thrash Slovenia in hockey quarter final

Loui Eriksson scored twice on Wednesday as the undefeated Swedish men's ice hockey team demolished Slovenia to advance to the semi-finals at Sochi.

Defence staff pay out €55m, boss not told
Germany

Defence staff pay out €55m, boss not told

Civil servants at Germany's defence ministry signed off a €55 million payoff as part of the Eurofighter project without asking parliament for permission, or checking with their boss, it emerged on Wednesday.

Amateur treasure hunter finds Roman gold hoard
Germany

Amateur treasure hunter finds Roman gold hoard

German archaeologists have recovered a find of over a million euros worth of Roman gold and silver jewellery from an amateur treasure hunter who dug it up illegally in a forest.

Sean Connery cleared in Marbella fraud scandal
Spain

Sean Connery cleared in Marbella fraud scandal

A Spanish court on Tuesday shelved a case against Scottish actor Sean Connery in a Marbella property scandal dubbed the 'Goldfinger case' but his wife remains under investigation.

‘Ukrainian president has blood on his hands’: Bildt
Sweden

‘Ukrainian president has blood on his hands’: Bildt

Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said on Wednesday that the President of Ukraine was responsible for the bloodshed in Kiev, clashes which have caused at least 25 deaths.

Pink Floyd star in tribute to fallen soldier dad
Italy

Pink Floyd star in tribute to fallen soldier dad

Roger Waters, the founder of the British rock bank Pink Floyd, has unveiled a monument to his father, who was killed in Italy during the Second World War.

Japanese raid Novartis offices in criminal probe
Switzerland

Japanese raid Novartis offices in criminal probe

Japanese prosecutors on Wednesday raided the offices of the local arm of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis over alleged exaggerated advertising for a popular blood-pressure drug, local media said.

‘Bully’ bosses convicted for co-worker’s suicide
Sweden

‘Bully’ bosses convicted for co-worker’s suicide

Two supervisors at a municipality in northern Sweden have been found guilty of driving a co-worker to suicide by bullying him at work in a landmark case on safety in the workplace.

French tycoon Dassault ‘grilled over vote buying’
France

French tycoon Dassault ‘grilled over vote buying’

French industrial tycoon Serge Dassault, the billionaire manufacturer of fighter jets and France's fourth richest man was in custody Wednesday for alleged vote buying, a judicial source said.

US-owned biotech firm scales back layoffs
Switzerland

US-owned biotech firm scales back layoffs

Bern-based vaccine company Crucell Switzerland AG, owned by American pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, has scaled back planned layoffs.

NBA ‘bad boy’ Lamar Odom to play in Spain
Spain

NBA ‘bad boy’ Lamar Odom to play in Spain

Two-time NBA champion Lamar Odom has joined Spanish side Laboral Kutxa Baskonia on a two-month deal as he finishes his stint in rehab following a drink driving incident.

Paris Picasso museum to reopen after five years
Spain

Paris Picasso museum to reopen after five years

Five years after it closed for a two-year renovation, Paris's Picasso museum — which houses one of the world's most extensive collections of the Spanish master's work — is to reopen its doors.

Ferrari named world’s most powerful brand
Italy

Ferrari named world’s most powerful brand

Italy's famous sports car maker Ferrari has fended off competition from the likes of Google, Rolex and Coca Cola to be named the world’s “most powerful brand”.

Greenpeace dumps coal ahead of Merkel meet
Germany

Greenpeace dumps coal ahead of Merkel meet

Greenpeace has dumped a truck load of coal and 2,000 litres of "radioactive" water in Paris to demand that Germany and France seek greener energy solutions, before a summit between the two countries on Wednesday.

Greenpeace dumps coal outside Elysée Palace
France

Greenpeace dumps coal outside Elysée Palace

Just hours before Paris was set to host a Franco-German summit, activists from Greenpeace dumped a truck load of coal and 2,000 litres of "radioactive" water outside the Elysée Palace as part of a protest demanding the two countries seek greener energy solutions.

Barcelona beat unlucky 10-man City 2-0
Spain

Barcelona beat unlucky 10-man City 2-0

Goals by Lionel Messi and Dani Alves saw Barcelona take control of their Champions League last 16 tie against Manchester City with a 2-0 win in Tuesday's first leg.

‘Madrid train bombings were Al-Qaeda’: Expert
Spain

‘Madrid train bombings were Al-Qaeda’: Expert

The deadly train bombings that struck Madrid in 2004 were directly planned by an Al-Qaeda member, a Spanish terrorism expert said on Tuesday, presenting a study of new evidence from intelligence officials.

Sweden struggle to climb women’s hockey ladder
Sweden

Sweden struggle to climb women’s hockey ladder

As the Swedish women's hockey team sets its sights on a bronze medal, the Sochi Olympics have shown that Sweden and other nations have yet to catch up to powerhouses Canada and the United States.

Two women dead after Stockholm blaze
Sweden

Two women dead after Stockholm blaze

Two women died on Tuesday morning in a fire on the Stockholm island of Södermalm. Emergency services remain unsure of what caused the blaze.

‘Amnesiac’ Frenchwoman found on Spanish beach
France

‘Amnesiac’ Frenchwoman found on Spanish beach

Five days after a young woman was found dazed and confused on a beach in northern Spain with a mysterious message written on her arm, Spanish police finally identified her as a missing French woman who had reportedly been suffering from amnesia.

Firefighters called to 160 false alarms in one home
Germany

Firefighters called to 160 false alarms in one home

Firefighters in Berlin are losing their cool after being called to a refugee home 160 times for no reason.

Freeriders see progress in fight for fee-free public transit in Sweden
Sweden

Freeriders see progress in fight for fee-free public transit in Sweden

Stockholm's freeriders say a move to make public transport free in Estonia's capital has paved the way for a proper debate in Sweden, where they say train operators and politicians remain stuck in ideological gridlock.

Fashion sector pins rebound hope on Milan
Italy

Fashion sector pins rebound hope on Milan

Italy's top luxury brands show off their latest collections at Milan Fashion Week starting on Wednesday with high hopes for a recovery of the sector this year even amid the latest government crisis.

PSG set for quarters after routing Leverkusen 4-0
France

PSG set for quarters after routing Leverkusen 4-0

French champions PSG have one foot, perhaps even two, in the next round of the Champions League after they hammered Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 in Germany on Tuesday. The win left coach Laurent Blanc a happy man.

Thousands of euros shredded by accident
Germany

Thousands of euros shredded by accident

Bavarian police are searching for the owner of tens of thousands of euros found shredded at a waste disposal site last Thursday.

Zlatan scores two in Champions League rout
Sweden

Zlatan scores two in Champions League rout

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice in a 4-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday, putting Paris Saint-Germain on course for the Champions League quarter-finals and the Swede ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo in an exclusive ranking.

Bayer Leverkusen lose 4-0 to Paris Saint-Germain
Germany

Bayer Leverkusen lose 4-0 to Paris Saint-Germain

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice in a 4-0 drubbing of Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night to leave Paris Saint-Germain on course for the Champions League quarter-finals.

Eight classic Swedish desserts to die for
Sweden

Eight classic Swedish desserts to die for

While Sweden may not be known internationally as a culinary hotspot, the country's dessert scene offers plenty of classic dishes to satisfy your sweet tooth, says food blogger Maia Brindley Nilsson.

Russian fury over auction of Stockholm building
Sweden

Russian fury over auction of Stockholm building

Russia expressed outrage on Tuesday after Sweden auctioned one of its diplomatic buildings near Stockholm following litigation between Moscow and a German businessman.

Rain helps Norway take new Sochi gold
Norway

Rain helps Norway take new Sochi gold

Norway on Tuesday took gold and silver in the large hill nordic combined at the Sochi Olympics, with the medallists saying the bleak and rainy conditions reminded them of home.