Zurich expats see ‘drop in subsidized housing’
Switzerland

Zurich expats see ‘drop in subsidized housing’

The days of living in the lap of luxury for expat specialists hired by multinationals in the canton of Zurich are over, according to media reports.

EU immigration drives foreign population rise
Switzerland

EU immigration drives foreign population rise

The number of foreigners in Switzerland increased 3.4 percent in 2013 from the previous year, government figures released on Thursday show.

Schoolgirl leads Swiss to ice hockey bronze medal
Switzerland

Schoolgirl leads Swiss to ice hockey bronze medal

Switzerland rallied to beat Sweden 4-3 on Thursday to claim its first ever Olympic women's ice hockey bronze medal — with the game winner coming from 15-year-old Alina Müller.

Ukraine leaders have blood on hands: Bonino
Italy

Ukraine leaders have blood on hands: Bonino

The European Union on Thursday agreed to impose a travel ban and asset freeze on Ukrainians with "blood on their hands", said Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino.

EU not compromising but gives Switzerland time
Switzerland

EU not compromising but gives Switzerland time

The EU said Thursday it cannot compromise on the principle of freedom of movement but will allow Switzerland time to find a solution after a controversial referendum approved immigration curbs.

Business chief wants crisis-busting leaders
Italy

Business chief wants crisis-busting leaders

Italy's main business lobby on Thursday called on premier-designate Matteo Renzi to form a government "really capable" of tackling the country's ills, as he sets about picking out his new team.

Sweden win silver in women’s curling final
Sweden

Sweden win silver in women’s curling final

Sweden won a silver medal in the women's curling final on Thursday, outperformed by the Canadian team 6-3. The silver marks Sweden's sixth at Sochi.

Coca-Cola workers slam lay-off deal
Spain

Coca-Cola workers slam lay-off deal

Striking Coca-Cola workers in Spain on Thursday rejected a proposed layoffs deal by the US drinks giant, demanding it halt factory closures which they say threaten nearly 1,200 jobs.

UK to probe Italy migrant mistreatment claims
Italy

UK to probe Italy migrant mistreatment claims

Claims by a group of asylum seekers that they suffered mistreatment in Italy must be investigated before they face deportation from the UK, the country's Supreme Court has ruled.

Wages fall for first time since crash
Germany

Wages fall for first time since crash

Wages in Germany fell by an average of 0.2 percent last year, the first drop since the 2009 economic crisis, the federal statistics office said on Thursday.

Bamberg trials bin bottle aid
Germany

Bamberg trials bin bottle aid

An invention being trialed in the Bavarian town of Bamberg is making life easier for the poorest citizens. The contraption on public bins holds used bottles ready for collectors in need of the recycling deposit.

Swedish whisky distillers shed staff amid loss
Sweden

Swedish whisky distillers shed staff amid loss

Swedish whisky brand Mackmyra announced it would have to cut loose staff members after losses increased five-fold and sales stagnated amid the Gävle company's global expansion bid.

France to give more women burial honour
France

France to give more women burial honour

France is set to move the remains of two women Resistance fighters to the Pantheon, its monument to great national figures, after an outcry developed about its lack of women interred there.

Pooh la la: Women sex up smelly French cheese
France

Pooh la la: Women sex up smelly French cheese

Beautiful French women meet smelly French cheese, nothing more. That is the focus of a new French photo exhibition titled “Les filles à fromages” designed to make even the smelliest of French cheeses sexy. See if it works for you with this gallery.

Princess gave court 550 ‘evasive’ answers
Spain

Princess gave court 550 ‘evasive’ answers

A transcript of the recent court appearance by Spain's Princess Cristina reveals that the king's youngest daughter provided some 550 evasive answers to the judge's questions about possible fraudulent business dealings on her part.

Could Spanish Duchess claim Scottish crown?
Spain

Could Spanish Duchess claim Scottish crown?

An English journalist has speculated that Spain's richest woman, the Duchess of Alba, could become queen of a newly independent Scotland should it vote to break from the UK in a referendum scheduled for September.

Irishman seeks to honour Swedish victims of deadly 1972 Greece fire
Sweden

Irishman seeks to honour Swedish victims of deadly 1972 Greece fire

An Irishman is on a mission to track down relatives of the dozens of Swedes who died, along with his aunt, in a Greek restaurant blaze over four decades ago.

Barça indicted in Neymar signing scandal
Spain

Barça indicted in Neymar signing scandal

A Spanish judge has indicted FC Barcelona on Thursday over alleged tax crimes linked to their signing of Brazilian star striker Neymar, a court source has said.

German pastor in Kiev: We feel hopeless
Germany

German pastor in Kiev: We feel hopeless

As Ukraine's capital descends into further violence, priests in the Maidan square have been trying to save the situation. The Local spoke with a German pastor on the front line, who has opened his church to the injured.

Fendi catwalk drones ‘irritate’ German viewer
Italy

Fendi catwalk drones ‘irritate’ German viewer

Italian luxury brand Fendi deployed three drones to film its catwalk show at Milan Fashion Week on Thursday - a first for the fashion world that divided spectators.

Childbirth revolutionary spills her injured guts
Sweden

Childbirth revolutionary spills her injured guts

The Swedish nurse who got drunk, told her friends what natural birth had done to her, and then blogged about it to widespread acclaim is our Swede of the Week, a she declares it's time for a childbirth revolution.

Spain deports Kazakh despite torture threat
Spain

Spain deports Kazakh despite torture threat

The Spanish government said on Wednesday it has approved the extradition to Kazakhstan of the former chief of security of a Kazakh banker-turned-dissident despite warnings from rights groups that he will face torture.

Ten tips for working as a freelancer in France
France

Ten tips for working as a freelancer in France

Working as a freelancer in France, especially in the world of writing, is considered a dream job. But it is not always easy to succeed. So The Local has spoken to three experienced France-based freelancers and put together a list of vital tips.

Police arrest ‘former Auschwitz SS guards’
Germany

Police arrest ‘former Auschwitz SS guards’

Police have arrested three suspected former SS guards of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz in a series of raids in homes across Germany, prosecutors said on Thursday.

‘Lonely’ Italian went to Switzerland to die
Switzerland

‘Lonely’ Italian went to Switzerland to die

An elderly Italian woman missing from her home in the northern Italian city of Vicenza since the end of January had travelled to Switzerland to end her life, Italian media reported.

France takes Sweden’s crime fiction mantle
Sweden

France takes Sweden’s crime fiction mantle

Move over Kalle Blomqvist and Kurt Wallander, it's time for Sweden to pass the crime fiction thriller torch to France, where the writers are exploding onto the English-language crime thriller scene.

‘Sizzling’ Nordqvist birdies back from brink
Sweden

‘Sizzling’ Nordqvist birdies back from brink

Sweden's Anna Nordqvist sank an eagle and six birdies at the LPGA Thailand tournament, earning her play the epithet 'sizzling' just months after the golf star said she was about ready to give up the game.

‘Lonely’ Italian went to Switzerland to die
Italy

‘Lonely’ Italian went to Switzerland to die

An elderly Italian woman missing from her home in the northern Italian city of Vicenza since the end of January had travelled to Switzerland to end her life, Italian media reported.

Naked prostitute demands to pay tax
Italy

Naked prostitute demands to pay tax

A transexual prostitute held a naked protest outside the Milan offices of Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera on Wednesday, campaigning for her profession to be registered so that she can pay her tax bill.

Norway take gold in nordic combined relay
Norway

Norway take gold in nordic combined relay

Norway on Thursday beat Germany by a fraction of a second in a thrilling final sprint to take gold in the Olympic Games men's nordic combined team relay.

Ten amazing places to spend a Swedish summer
Sweden

Ten amazing places to spend a Swedish summer

A lake all to yourself, a sauna, a romantic little cottage in the woods: Swedes know how to get away from it all. There are lots of places to rent - and now is the time to book.

Professor quits over Swiss ‘xenophobia’
Germany

Professor quits over Swiss ‘xenophobia’

German professor Christoph Höcker left a high-profile teaching post at a top university in Zurich to protest against the Swiss vote restricting immigration. He is The Local's German of the Week.

French crime fiction set to eclipse Scandi-noir
France

French crime fiction set to eclipse Scandi-noir

After years in the shadows, French crime fiction writers may be finally poised for their big break on the international stage. New works and an upcoming American film adaptation signal good times for the noir fiction writers.

Legionnaire held for Eiffel Tower drone flight
France

Legionnaire held for Eiffel Tower drone flight

France appears to be in the midst of a crackdown on amateur drone enthusiasts. Last week a teen landed in court for using a drone to make an aerial film of his home town, this week a Foreign Legionnaire was arrested for buzzing around the Eiffel Tower with his device.

Madrid blocks Catalan vote on independence
Spain

Madrid blocks Catalan vote on independence

The Spanish Parliament on Thursday voted overwhelming in favour of a motion designed to block Catalonia's 'right to decide' on self-rule by holding an independence referendum.

Violence against women costs Italy billions
Italy

Violence against women costs Italy billions

Violence against women costs Italy €17 billion a year in social services, prevention measures and other costs, an Italian charity said this week.

Spain’s ‘mafia’ eateries spark Italian outrage
Spain

Spain’s ‘mafia’ eateries spark Italian outrage

A chain of mafia-themed restaurants is winning plenty of fans in Spain but some Italians are less than thrilled about the crime-inspired eateries.

Gothenburg teen held over double murder
Sweden

Gothenburg teen held over double murder

Police have arrested a young man suspected of committing a double murder in Gothenburg when he was 15 years old.

Italy defends its olive oil and salami
Italy

Italy defends its olive oil and salami

Italy will on Thursday ask EU competition ministers to evaluate the effects a UK food labelling system, designed to fight obesity, is having on its famed food products such as olive oil, cheese and salami.

Key summit could ‘spell end of armed Eta’
Spain

Key summit could ‘spell end of armed Eta’

Hopes have risen for the disarmament of western Europe's last major violent separatist group, the Basque movement Eta, ahead of a visit on Friday by international experts seeking a settlement.

German cities top world quality of life rankings
Germany

German cities top world quality of life rankings

Germany offers some of the best quality of life in the world, a survey released on Thursday revealed. Three of its cities were placed in the top ten of the annual rankings - more than any other country.

VIDEO: Police slammed for pepper spraying pigs
Spain

VIDEO: Police slammed for pepper spraying pigs

Two policemen from the island of Majorca who filmed themselves using self-defence spray on pigs and laughing before uploading the video to the internet have been officially reported by a Spanish animals rights groups.

Spain’s ‘mafia’ eateries spark Italian outrage
Italy

Spain’s ‘mafia’ eateries spark Italian outrage

A chain of mafia-themed restaurants is winning plenty of fans in Spain but some Italians are less than thrilled about the crime-inspired eateries.

Woman lies dead in ER waiting room for hours
France

Woman lies dead in ER waiting room for hours

A woman lay dead in a Paris hospital waiting room for six hours before staff finally checked on her, it was revealed on Thursday. A Paris hospital official told media: "It's serious, but people die every day in emergency rooms."

Iconic Swiss train station clocks lose second hand
Switzerland

Iconic Swiss train station clocks lose second hand

The sweeping second hand on Swiss railway clocks with its distinctive red disc will disappear from some stations because the part is too costly to repair when it breaks down, according to a report.

Rome struggles to climb world quality ranking
Italy

Rome struggles to climb world quality ranking

Rome may be beautiful and steeped in history, but an inefficient transport network and unfavourable business environment is holding it back from climbing up the global rankings as an attractive place to live and work.

Borg to cut student grants and pension perks
Sweden

Borg to cut student grants and pension perks

With autumn elections on the horizon, Sweden's Finance Minister Anders Borg said his government would cut student grants and make alcohol and tobacco more expensive, part of a budget plan to fill Sweden's coffers.

Green light for Munich airport expansion
Germany

Green light for Munich airport expansion

Bavarian authorities gave the green light on Wednesday for a much-disputed third runway to be built at Munich airport, rejecting the results of a city referendum.

Footballer fined for child cancer support message
Spain

Footballer fined for child cancer support message

A player with Spanish Second Division football club Real Jaén, has been fined €2,000 ($2,740) for revealing a t-shirt on which he had written "Courage, little ones" in support of children with cancer while celebrating a goal.

Rogue Gallic tax payers flock back to France
France

Rogue Gallic tax payers flock back to France

All the talk might be about French tax payers quitting France but in fact hundreds of Gallic fiscal fraudsters are going in the opposite direction. Around 16,000 have reacquainted themselves with the French taxman bringing in millions for state coffers.

TUI dolphin show ban is for Germans only
Germany

TUI dolphin show ban is for Germans only

German holiday giant TUI said two weeks ago it would stop trips to dolphin and orca shows on animal welfare grounds, yet it continues to advertise and sell the trips online.

Alitalia flight struck by lightning bolt
Italy

Alitalia flight struck by lightning bolt

A plane flying from Rome was hit by lightning on Wednesday morning, Italian media reported.

Skater Gjersem follows in Henie footsteps
Norway

Skater Gjersem follows in Henie footsteps

Norwegian figure skater Anne Line Gjersem was following in the footsteps of illustrious countrywoman Sonja Henie when she took to the ice in Sochi on Wednesday night.

Wife gets six years for marriage misery killing
Germany

Wife gets six years for marriage misery killing

A long-suffering wife was sentenced to six years in prison on Wednesday after killing her abusive husband with an axe, cutting him into pieces and burying him in her garden.

European ministers in Kiev for key talks
France

European ministers in Kiev for key talks

Talks between the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Poland and the Ukrainian president will go ahead on Thursday despite security risks. France says the EU is preparing to impose sanctions on Kiev over the use of violence. Stay with us for regular updates.

Marble columns ‘stolen’ by Norway spark debate
Norway

Marble columns ‘stolen’ by Norway spark debate

China has long sought to recover treasures it says were looted by foreigners, but a tycoon's $1.6 million deal for the return of seven white marble columns from Norway is raising unusual debate on the issue.

Håkan Hellström wins big at Swedish Grammis
Sweden

Håkan Hellström wins big at Swedish Grammis

Gothenburg rocker Håkan Hellström took home three awards including Song of the Year at Wednesday night's Grammis awards, joining Stockholm DJ Avicci and Veronica Maggio as the evening's big winners.

Car fraud drains Malmö of millions
Sweden

Car fraud drains Malmö of millions

Malmö loses millions of kronor every year because one in ten cars in the southern city is registered under front owners who amass cars so the real users can escape parking tickets and become legally invisible.

Works restart on Panama Canal megaproject
Spain

Works restart on Panama Canal megaproject

Work to widen the Panama Canal will resume on Thursday, an official said, two weeks after the huge project involving Spanish builder Sacyr was suspended over $1.6 billion (€1.16 billion) in cost overruns.

Patient opens fire on Stockholm paramedics
Sweden

Patient opens fire on Stockholm paramedics

A man unexpectedly pulled out a gun and fired several shots at ambulance workers who had arrived to help him in a Stockholm suburb on Wednesday afternoon.

‘Atletico tie not over yet’: AC Milan coach
Spain

‘Atletico tie not over yet’: AC Milan coach

AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf said the Italians' Champions League quarter-final bid is far from over despite suffering a 1-0 defeat to high-flying Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Mother gagged and buried in concrete
Germany

Mother gagged and buried in concrete

Police found the body of a young mother set in concrete and buried in a hole in a garden in western Germany on Tuesday. They arrested her stepfather, with whom she is believed to have had a child.

And the city offering the best quality of life is…?
France

And the city offering the best quality of life is…?

Paris may be the City of Romance and the City of Lights but it is certainly not the "City of quality of life" according to the latest international rankings. The French capital was ranked well down the list,although ahead of London. But which city was top?

Swedes need to ditch their Abba obsession
Sweden

Swedes need to ditch their Abba obsession

It's time to move on from Abba and to embrace other stars from the past forty years of Swedish music, argues The Local's music contributor Paul Connolly.