Norway man had ‘how to’ video for child abuse
Norway

Norway man had ‘how to’ video for child abuse

A 51-year-old man will go on trial in Norway on Monday for child pornography, including the possession of an instructional film on how to commit sexual offences against children.

Volkswagen seeks to take over Scania
Sweden

Volkswagen seeks to take over Scania

Volkswagen is seeking to acquire all shares in Swedish truck maker Scania, the German auto giant has announced, offering $9.2 billion.

Spring, strikes and treasure: in pictures
Germany

Spring, strikes and treasure: in pictures

Spring's arrival, chaos at Frankfurt airport and a whole load of Roman gold all feature in The Local's pictorial review of the last seven days.

Schröder to Merkel: know when to leave
Germany

Schröder to Merkel: know when to leave

Ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder had words of advice on Friday for predecessor Angela Merkel on when to step down from power.

‘Wikipaella’ declares war on ‘crimes against rice’
Spain

‘Wikipaella’ declares war on ‘crimes against rice’

An online 'paella police' platform known as 'Wikipaella' has stepped up its campaign to stop the culinary 'prostitution' and 'crimes against rice' that they claim are commonly perpetuated against Valencia's most famous dish.

French less educated than other Europeans
France

French less educated than other Europeans

A new study showed French people are less educated than the European average, which seems to be a blow to the country’s oft criticized education system. However, some good news is concealed in the findings.

Photo of the day: ‘Wild boar’ rides Rome tram
Italy

Photo of the day: ‘Wild boar’ rides Rome tram

In Italy’s capital, you're more likely to see a wild boar on a plate than on his trotters. But, if this photo is to be believed, a real-life wild boar – trussed up in a red harness – has been spotted on a tram. The photo has since gone viral.

OECD chief economist set to be finance minister
Italy

OECD chief economist set to be finance minister

The chief economist at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Pier Carlo Padoan, is set to be named Italy's finance minister, an OECD source told AFP Friday.

Spain’s top 7 stunning science photos of 2014
Spain

Spain’s top 7 stunning science photos of 2014

Seven top Spanish snappers have bagged prizes in this year's Fotociencia awards for uncovering the beauty of science in the unlikeliest of locations. From dead men's fingers to waterproof butterfly wings, The Local brings you the winning images.

The ex-MP thrown out of the Sochi Olympics
Italy

The ex-MP thrown out of the Sochi Olympics

Vladimir Luxuria, a former Italian MP made headlines this week after being thrown out of the Winter Olympics in Sochi for campaigning for gays rights. The Local delves into her background.

Citizenship bid fails after border blunder
Spain

Citizenship bid fails after border blunder

A 31-year-old Moroccan man has been denied Spanish citizenship for a third time after he told Spain's High Court that the southern province of Almeria was a separate country.

Eta putting arms ‘out of use’: Monitors
Spain

Eta putting arms ‘out of use’: Monitors

Basque group Eta has begun giving up its weapons, international monitors said on Friday, a step towards a historic disarmament by western Europe's last major violent separatist movement.

Ukrainians: German sanction threat ‘too slow’
Germany

Ukrainians: German sanction threat ‘too slow’

Friday's agreement between rulers and opposition brought a glimmer of hope to the violence in Kiev. But Ukrainians in Germany have accused the German government of hesitating too long in the crisis.

Sweden’s men reach ice hockey final in Sochi
Sweden

Sweden’s men reach ice hockey final in Sochi

The Swedes enjoyed a come-from-behind victory against the Finns in Friday's ice hockey semi-final at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Cops grab record cocaine haul hidden in tyres
France

Cops grab record cocaine haul hidden in tyres

French police said on Friday they had seized a record 1.4 tonnes of cocaine and four people had been arrested in a "severe blow" to an international drug trafficking chain.

Heavy snowfall sweeps across Sweden
Sweden

Heavy snowfall sweeps across Sweden

Sweden's weather agency issued a warning on Friday as Sweden is pummelled by a snowstorm that is sweeping across the country. Motorists have been warned to expect bad conditions.

Stockholm app makers teach six-year-olds HTML
Sweden

Stockholm app makers teach six-year-olds HTML

The Swedish trio behind the world's first e-book that teaches children how to write HTML are set to add the edgy female character Holly Hacker to their growing universe, which includes a new interactive app.

Fresh Frankfurt strikes ground flights
Germany

Fresh Frankfurt strikes ground flights

UPDATE: Strikes hit Germany's largest airport, Frankfurt, on Friday as staff fought for higher wages, the airport's operator Fraport said. Passengers were advised not to turn up for flights.

MPs agree own €800 monthly pay-rise
Germany

MPs agree own €800 monthly pay-rise

German MPs will give themselves a pay rise of €830 per month, it was decided in parliament on Friday morning in a package of measures aimed at tackling corruption among politicians.

Norway council bans kids from eating brunost
Norway

Norway council bans kids from eating brunost

A town in southern Norway has sparked a furore by banishing the country's beloved 'brunost', a type of sweet brown goat's cheese, from the menu at all of its kindergartens.

‘Foreign pig’ not racist: Switzerland’s top court
Switzerland

‘Foreign pig’ not racist: Switzerland’s top court

Calling someone a "foreign pig" or "dirty asylum-seeker" is insulting but is not against Switzerland's anti-racism law, the country's top court said in a ruling released on Friday.

Ministry releases full footage of Ceuta tragedy
Spain

Ministry releases full footage of Ceuta tragedy

Spain's Interior Minister has bowed to intense public and political pressure and released full video footage of the tragic events on February 6th when 15 immigrants died while attempting to enter Spain's north African enclave of Ceuta.

Record exports prop up Spain in 2013
Spain

Record exports prop up Spain in 2013

Spain's trade deficit fell by almost half in 2013 as exports hit a new record and imports fell due to weak domestic demand, in a country where one in four is out of work, officials said on Friday.

Swedish men secure Sochi curling bronze
Sweden

Swedish men secure Sochi curling bronze

The Swedish men's curling team in Sochi on Friday secured the Olympic bronze medal off the Chinese, who gave up on medal place after a series of blunders.

Indian embassy receives bullet over marine row
Italy

Indian embassy receives bullet over marine row

A package containing a bullet was sent to the Indian embassy in Rome earlier this week as tensions mounted between Italy and India over two Italian marines facing trial for the alleged murder of two Indian fisherman.

French pot smokers mob scientists for sight study
France

French pot smokers mob scientists for sight study

French Researchers were swamped with willing participants after calling for heavy cannabis smokers for a study on vision. The doctors, however, can't seem to find members for their non-smoker control group.

German Olympian suspected of doping
Germany

German Olympian suspected of doping

UPDATE: German Olympic officials confirmed on Friday morning that biathalete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle had tested positive for illegal substances in the first doping case of this winter games.

Flying car could land on French roads in 2015
France

Flying car could land on French roads in 2015

A French company is building a prototype flying car that would be able to soar up to 3,000 metres above the Earth. Sadly, you won’t be able to use it to zip over Paris’s notoriously gridlocked traffic.

Man in twenties charged with raping 92-year-old
Sweden

Man in twenties charged with raping 92-year-old

A 23-year-old man was charged on Friday with aggravated rape after a reported attack on a woman almost 70 years his senior.

Renzi in last-minute haggle over new cabinet
Italy

Renzi in last-minute haggle over new cabinet

Italy's Matteo Renzi hopes to unveil his new cabinet Friday, a source in his party said, despite last-minute haggling over key posts.

Film lovers fall foul of soaring ticket prices
Spain

Film lovers fall foul of soaring ticket prices

Tickets at Spanish cinemas have nearly doubled in price in the last decade. But which city is the most expensive to moviegoers? A new study reveals all.

Remains of British WW2 soldiers found in Salerno
Italy

Remains of British WW2 soldiers found in Salerno

The remains of two British soldiers, killed during the Second World War, have been found in countryside near the southern Italian province of Salerno.

Police warn of burglars’ social media skills
Sweden

Police warn of burglars’ social media skills

Criminals in Stockholm are almost 20 percent more likely to burgle a house during the winter sports break, experts warned on Friday, and police believe the thieves are even trawling social media for opportunities.

French Riviera to get drive-through cop shop
France

French Riviera to get drive-through cop shop

Fast-food culture has so whet the appetite of the police force in one French Riviera town that it has just announced plans to open a drive-through police station.

Experts fear mild weather mosquito swarm
Germany

Experts fear mild weather mosquito swarm

Experts fear a plague of mosquitoes is heading for Germany this summer after the exceptionally mild winter.

Spain’s football squad ‘could save Iberian lynx’
Spain

Spain’s football squad ‘could save Iberian lynx’

A leading expert has proposed that Spain's national football team should adopt the critically endangered wild cat as its mascot to draw attention to the animal's precarious status.

Syrian woes fuel Unicef’s record aid appeal
Switzerland

Syrian woes fuel Unicef’s record aid appeal

Unicef launched a record $2.2 billion aid appeal in Geneva on Friday to help tens of millions of children around the world, saying the lion's share was to deal with the Syria war.

‘Tug of Germany matches the pull of home’
Germany

‘Tug of Germany matches the pull of home’

It’s a peculiar thing, going home, when you no longer live there. Much like most of the landmarks, your history remains intact and untouched. So do, give or take one or two as the years pass by, the people who preserve it.

Swiss residents gobble more sweets in 2013
Switzerland

Swiss residents gobble more sweets in 2013

Last year was sweet for Switzerland’s sweets producers who on Friday reported revenues jumped 4.9 percent to 340 million francs ($382 million) from sales in 2012.

‘Fake gynecologist lured women over Skype’
Italy

‘Fake gynecologist lured women over Skype’

A man posing as a gynecologist lured patients over Skype for his own sexual gratification, Italian media reported on Thursday. The alleged voyeur was arrested after a 16-year-old girl reported an incident to the police.

Ten-year-old ‘dwarf’ joyrider strikes again
Norway

Ten-year-old ‘dwarf’ joyrider strikes again

The ten-year-old joyrider who made headlines this month when he claimed to police that he was a dwarf who had forgotten his driving license has struck again.

McDonald’s bets on Spain’s late breakfasts
Spain

McDonald’s bets on Spain’s late breakfasts

McDonald's has a problem in Spain: despite huge brand recognition, it is struggling to get late-eating Spaniards into its restaurants at breakfast time. But a new multi-million dollar campaign could change all that.

Downbeat Barça look to shore up top spot
Spain

Downbeat Barça look to shore up top spot

La Liga leaders Barcelona will look to round off a fine week on the field when they visit Champions League-chasing Real Sociedad on Saturday while title challengers Real Madrid and Atletico will also be full of confidence.

Italian businesses get €240 million boost
Italy

Italian businesses get €240 million boost

The Italian government on Wednesday announced a €240 million fund to provide interest-free loans to businesses across the country's southern regions.

Slate Magazine asks, ‘is Petter Northug a jerk?’
Norway

Slate Magazine asks, ‘is Petter Northug a jerk?’

You'd think Norwegian cross-country skiing ace Petter Northug would have enough on his plate, given his thus-far medalless Olympics. But now US magazine Slate has made it worse, rating him "certainly a jerk" in its really very funny Olympic Jerkwatch column.

Scientists: Antarctic ice melt ‘top threat’
Germany

Scientists: Antarctic ice melt ‘top threat’

A study by German scientists released Thursday suggests ice melting in the Antarctic is a top threat to global sea level rise and that the trend could continue for decades or even centuries to come.

‘Carnage’ in French barn leaves 24 sheep dead
France

‘Carnage’ in French barn leaves 24 sheep dead

A sheep farmer's children came upon a scene of "unspeakable carnage" when they opened a barn door to find 24 sheep and lambs beaten to death with a blunt object.

‘Princess Desirée’ tipped by Swedish bookies
Sweden

‘Princess Desirée’ tipped by Swedish bookies

The names Elouise and Desirée came out as favourites on Friday as Sweden awoke to news that Princess Madeleine had been delivered of a daughter in New York.

Hollande: Make peace quickly in Ukraine
France

Hollande: Make peace quickly in Ukraine

After France helped hammer out an accord to stop the violent clashes in Ukraine between pro-democracy and government forces, President François Hollande urged both sides to fully implement the deal.

Spain votes to shelve Tibet genocide case
Spain

Spain votes to shelve Tibet genocide case

The Spanish Government on Thursday defied opposition pressure and voted to shelve high profile international investigations into crimes including alleged Chinese genocide in Tibet and possible torture in the US prison facility of Guantanamo Bay.

Italian cleaner throws out ‘rubbish’ modern art
Italy

Italian cleaner throws out ‘rubbish’ modern art

A cleaning company in the southern Italian city of Bari has been left with a €10,000 bill after one of its staff threw away artwork – including biscuit crumbs - that was intended for a modern art exhibition.

Milan catwalk paves way for new design talent
Italy

Milan catwalk paves way for new design talent

With big brands defending their dominance and the fashion press wary of taking a gamble, new designers sometimes struggled to be heard in Milan but Vogue Italia's editor says that is all in the past.

‘Class not migration ups school drop-out rate’
Sweden

‘Class not migration ups school drop-out rate’

Growing up with a single parent on a low income cuts Swedish students' chance to graduate high school, revealed a new regional study.

Geneva oil firm acquires Shell petrol stations
Switzerland

Geneva oil firm acquires Shell petrol stations

Global energy giant Shell announced on Friday that it is selling 870 service stations and its last remaining Australian refinery to Geneva-based oil and commodity trading company Vitol for $2.6 billion.

Italian ‘mafia boss’ in UK extradition hearing
Italy

Italian ‘mafia boss’ in UK extradition hearing

An alleged Italian mafia boss arrested in London after two decades on the run claimed on Thursday that he came to Britain for a "good life" on the first day of his extradition hearing.

Alps murders: No murder charges for ex-cop
France

Alps murders: No murder charges for ex-cop

Prosecutors said on Friday they won't charge an ex-cop held in a horrific quadruple slaying that targeted a British-Iraqi family on a quiet country road near Lake Annecy in 2012. However, gun trafficking charges appear likely.

Security staff struggle to track Islamists
Germany

Security staff struggle to track Islamists

Security services are monitoring "up to a dozen" Islamists who have returned to Germany after fighting in Syria, amid fears they now pose a threat at home.

VIDEO: Aksel Hennie’s ‘Barbarian Greece Grunt’
Norway

VIDEO: Aksel Hennie’s ‘Barbarian Greece Grunt’

Norwegian actor Aksel Hennie has posted up an entertaining video of himself voicing a fight scene for the upcoming film Hercules: The Thracian wars, speaking, he says, in his very best "Ancient Barbarian Greece Grunt".

Anna and Lars most common Swedish names
Sweden

Anna and Lars most common Swedish names

The most common names for Swedish people are once again Anna and Lars, according to new statistics published on Thursday. But several new names popped up on this year's list.

Novelist ‘accuses’ ex-Norway PM of murder
Norway

Novelist ‘accuses’ ex-Norway PM of murder

Norway's former Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg stands accused of a rape and murder -- in a new crime novel by Bergen-based writer Jørgen Jaeger.

Princess Madeleine gives birth to a daughter
Sweden

Princess Madeleine gives birth to a daughter

Sweden's Princess Madeleine has given birth to a daughter, the Royal Court announced on Friday morning.