Police reject Breivik torture complaint
Norway

Police reject Breivik torture complaint

Police in Norway said on Monday that they had closed a preliminary investigation into a complaint by mass murderer Anders Breivik that his prison conditions amounted to "serious torture".

Tymoshenko to head to Germany for treatment
Germany

Tymoshenko to head to Germany for treatment

Freed Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko will go for medical treatment in Germany next month as the ex-Soviet state struggles to resolve its worst crisis since independence.

Sex to snails: Surprising facts about the French
France

Sex to snails: Surprising facts about the French

Think you know the French? Well, to test your knowledge of our Gallic cousins we've put together 10 facts or stats about them that may surprise you, or at least raise a few eyebrows. However to make it a little trickier we've included two made up ones. But can you spot them?

Spain’s rulers don’t need to speak English: Ex-PM
Spain

Spain’s rulers don’t need to speak English: Ex-PM

Former Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, mocked for his lack of foreign language skills when in power, has said demanding fluency in English would exclude the "sons of workers" from positions of responsibility.

Schumacher’s ‘other accident’ was in Spain
Spain

Schumacher’s ‘other accident’ was in Spain

Ex Formula One driver Michael Schumacher could face a lawsuit after he knocked over a motorcyclist in Spain just weeks before a serious ski accident that has left him in a coma.

‘We have to keep Italy’s fashion industry alive’
Italy

‘We have to keep Italy’s fashion industry alive’

Dubbed the "Thatcher of fashion" by the Italian press, British-born Jane Reeve was recently headhunted by the National Chamber of Italian Fashion to become its first chief executive. As Milan Fashion Week comes to a close, The Local quizzes her about her role.

Supreme court orders release of violent youth
Switzerland

Supreme court orders release of violent youth

Switzerland’s top court has ordered the release from detention of a teenage violent offender who sparked controversy over the lavish therapy he received.

Rural Swedes slam EU ban on hunting wolves
Sweden

Rural Swedes slam EU ban on hunting wolves

The EU forced Swedish wolf hunters to hang up their rifles, but increasingly audacious predators have rural dwellers speaking of torment, injured dogs, clawed livestock, and a ban that disrespects democracy.

Stockholm ranked EU’s top tech city: study
Sweden

Stockholm ranked EU’s top tech city: study

The city of Stockholm has one of the EU's highest proportions of employees with technical expertise, showed a new European comparison carried out by Belgian labour market researchers.

Thousands exit Germany for Bulgaria and Romania
Germany

Thousands exit Germany for Bulgaria and Romania

EXCLUSIVE: Thousands of Bulgarians and Romanians are leaving Germany each month to return home, putting into doubt fears of a mass immigration from eastern Europe to the country.

Quarter of young French men ‘are hypochondriacs’
France

Quarter of young French men ‘are hypochondriacs’

A new study has found that while the oft used French-bashing slant of France being "a nation of hypochondriacs" might not be true, more than ten percent of the country do suffer from the condition, with younger men being the most common victims.

Ten amazing places for you to warm up in March
Sweden

Ten amazing places for you to warm up in March

Are you longing for a bit of sun and warmth? Sweden can take quite some time to warm up in the early part of the year, but there are plenty of direct flights to sunny destinations where you can kick-start your spring.

Rising biathlete star, 19, dies
Germany

Rising biathlete star, 19, dies

A rising German biathlete star has died aged 19, according to reports on Monday. She is believed to have taken her own life. The Olympic team was told of the loss as they brought home their medals from Sochi.

Investment rumours swirl around Milan catwalks
Italy

Investment rumours swirl around Milan catwalks

Giorgio Armani rounded off Milan Fashion Week on Monday, as reports of an investment in a young designer by luxury giant LVMH and a Chinese firm's purchase of historic label Krizia signalled shifts in the industry.

‘Mad’ Michelin guide reveals new star rankings
France

‘Mad’ Michelin guide reveals new star rankings

Michelin, the famous oracle of gastronomy, announced its new rankings on Monday and handed its coveted three star award to just one new French restaurant. It comes after one French food critic accused those behind the Michelin guide of “losing the plot”.

A complete list: France’s new Michelin star diners
France

A complete list: France’s new Michelin star diners

The Michelin guide, the so-called oracle of gastronomy revealed its new stars for 2014 on Monday. In total 64 restaurants across France picked up a star in the 2014 guide. Here's the complete list to see if there is one worth checking out near you. Let us know what it was like.

Response to airport riot splits French government
France

Response to airport riot splits French government

Two days after violence erupted over a planned new airport in western France, the country's prime minister was trying to squelch a row his comments had sparked.

Drunk cop jailed over death of German cyclist
Spain

Drunk cop jailed over death of German cyclist

A Spanish policeman who caused the death of a German cyclist while driving under the influence of alcohol has been sentenced to three years and seven months in prison for reckless homicide.

Rust found on Vattenfall nuclear waste barrels
Sweden

Rust found on Vattenfall nuclear waste barrels

A new nuclear waste inspection has revealed rust on every fourth barrel containing radioactive material at one of Swedish energy giant Vattenfall's nuclear power plants in Germany.

‘Barcelona’s oldest shops could soon be history’
Spain

‘Barcelona’s oldest shops could soon be history’

Hundreds of Barcelona's historic shops are facing closure because of impending rent hikes and locals are worried plans to save them are "too little too late".

India drops anti-piracy charges against marines
Italy

India drops anti-piracy charges against marines

India has dropped a plan to use a tough anti-piracy law to prosecute two Italian marines who killed two fishermen, the Supreme Court heard on Monday, amid a diplomatic row.

Drunk driving mum had kids on board
Switzerland

Drunk driving mum had kids on board

A 31-year-old mother caused havoc on the roads of St. Gallen on Sunday whilst driving under the influence with two young children in the car.

French meetings: Eight things you need to know
France

French meetings: Eight things you need to know

A recent study found French managers spend on average 16 years of their lives holed up in meetings. So given that you could face such a lengthy period of your expat life in a French 'reunion' here's a guide on everything you need to know about meetings in France.

Priest’s wallet stolen during Sunday mass
Norway

Priest’s wallet stolen during Sunday mass

A priest in Norway returned to the vestry after serving mass on Sunday to discover a particularly unscrupulous thief had made off with his wallet and mobile phone.

German firms hit 2.5-year confidence high
Germany

German firms hit 2.5-year confidence high

German business confidence hit the highest level for more than two and a half years in February, as the outlook for Europe's biggest economy continues to hold up, data showed on Monday.

‘Supergeil’ supermarket ad goes viral
Germany

‘Supergeil’ supermarket ad goes viral

Bathing in UHT milk and smoking a sausage “cigar”, a theatre director has helped a German supermarket advert go viral at home and abroad – despite the fact most people watching it won't understand the words.

‘Italy worse than Camorra with my dead brother’
Italy

‘Italy worse than Camorra with my dead brother’

The brother of a Naples shopkeeper who committed suicide after his business was threatened with closure has sparked controversy by saying that crime syndicate the Camorra would have given him more time to pay.

Scrapping of EU accords ‘unthinkable’: Maurer
Switzerland

Scrapping of EU accords ‘unthinkable’: Maurer

Populist Swiss cabinet minister Ueli Maurer says he doesn’t believe Switzerland’s string of deals with the European Union are at risk following a national vote to restrict immigration.

Renzi calls for ‘radical change’ in Italy
Italy

Renzi calls for ‘radical change’ in Italy

UPDATED: Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called for a "radical and immediate change" in Italy in an energetic and impassioned speech to parliament on Monday which outlined his government programme but was light on detail.

Italy cocaine cargo at Syrian weapons port
Italy

Italy cocaine cargo at Syrian weapons port

Police on Monday said they have uncovered a €13 million cocaine haul at Italy’s Gioia Tauro port, named last month as the transfer point for Syria’s deadly chemical weapons.

Fake coup film stuns Spanish public
Spain

Fake coup film stuns Spanish public

A shocking documentary about a failed military coup in Spain was watched by over 5 million people on Sunday evening but not all was as it seemed.

Two killed in crashes on French ski slopes
France

Two killed in crashes on French ski slopes

It proved to be a deadly weekend on French ski slopes as a 13-year-old boy and a 53-year-old man were killed in separate crashes. At least one of the victims appears to have been wearing a helmet.

UEFA switch Gibraltar to avoid Spain showdown
Spain

UEFA switch Gibraltar to avoid Spain showdown

International football newcomer Gibraltar was briefly selected in the same group as Spain on Sunday during the blind draw for the EURO 2016 tournament qualifiers, but was immediately switched to avoid political tensions.

Nine-year-old dies after suspected hit and run
Sweden

Nine-year-old dies after suspected hit and run

A nine-year-old boy who was found seriously injured in a carpark in northern Sweden has died, officials announced on Monday, with police suspecting he was knocked down by a vehicle.

Carnival costumes a health threat in Rome
Italy

Carnival costumes a health threat in Rome

More than two million carnival masks and costumes which put people’s health at risk have been seized in Rome, the city’s financial police said on Monday.

Brit missing for three years found in Munich
Germany

Brit missing for three years found in Munich

A British man who went missing after losing his job at a call centre has been found three years later living in Munich. His parents were due to be reunited with him in Germany on Monday.

100 immigrants jump border to enter Spain
Spain

100 immigrants jump border to enter Spain

Around 100 sub-Saharan immigrants are reported to have illegally entered Spain's north African enclave of Melilla on Monday morning after jumping the fences on its border with Morocco.

Bavarians invent world’s first ‘smart gun’
Germany

Bavarians invent world’s first ‘smart gun’

A Bavarian company has created the world's first James-Bond style “smart gun” which can only be fired by the owner. Supporters say it is safer than a regular pistol, while others claim it is too complicated.

SMS not a valid last will and testament: court
Sweden

SMS not a valid last will and testament: court

A Swedish appeals court has crushed a suicidal man's last wishes by ruling that his text messages to would-be inheritors were not legally valid.

Russia beats Norway after tough Olympics
Norway

Russia beats Norway after tough Olympics

Russia's three medals on Sunday gave it a clear lead over its main rival Norway, both in terms of golds and overall medals won, ending a successful Olympics for the host country.

Facebook founder to star at Barcelona tech fair
Spain

Facebook founder to star at Barcelona tech fair

Billionaire 29-year-old Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is in Barcelona to deliver a keynote speech at the world mobile industry's biggest fair on Monday, fresh from his €14 billion ($19 billion) takeover of smartphone messenger WhatsApp.

Winemaker faces jail for shunning pesticides
France

Winemaker faces jail for shunning pesticides

A winemaker in France's Burgundy region is due to face court on Monday for refusing to use pesticides in his organic vineyard despite a government order. Other wine-growers around the region are backing the government.

American student found dead in Rome
Italy

American student found dead in Rome

A 21-year-old American student has been found dead in Rome after a night out with friends, after reportedly being hit by a train.

Norway’s oil fund to double equity staff: FT
Norway

Norway’s oil fund to double equity staff: FT

Norway's oil fund plans to double its staff of equity fund managers as it takes a more active approach to its investments, Petter Johnsen, its chief investment officer for equities, has told the FT.

‘We don’t know where Eta members are’: Monitors
Spain

‘We don’t know where Eta members are’: Monitors

International monitors pledged on Sunday to cooperate with a Spanish tribunal over their meeting with masked militants from the armed Basque separatist group Eta, saying there was a real chance for peace.

Osasuna thrashing dents Atletico title hopes
Spain

Osasuna thrashing dents Atletico title hopes

Atletico Madrid missed the chance to join Real Madrid at the top of La Liga as they were beaten 3-0 by Osasuna at El Sadar on Sunday.

Knights march in fairy-tale D&G show
Italy

Knights march in fairy-tale D&G show

Fairies in flowing dresses, little red riding hoods in fur and female knights in bejewelled chainmail took over the catwalk at Dolce&Gabbana's fairy-tale show at Milan Fashion Week on Sunday.

‘The predictability here can be comforting’
Germany

‘The predictability here can be comforting’

In this week's My German Career, US pastor Jeff Ingram, 54, talks about life in the church and the advantages as well as the downside of Germany's desire for order.

Alps: Two children killed as boulder hits chalet
France

Alps: Two children killed as boulder hits chalet

Two children were killed in the French Alps on Sunday when a huge boulder broke loose from the mountainside and smashed into their chalet.

Norway terror threat to rise in 2014
Norway

Norway terror threat to rise in 2014

The terror threat against Norway will rise this year as militant Islamists born-and-bred in the country return battle-hardened from the civil war in Syria, the Norwegian Intelligence Service (NIS) said on Monday. The NIS's report downplayed the risk of conflict in the Arctic, however.

Germany’s best minds leave the country
Germany

Germany’s best minds leave the country

Germany is being left behind in the global race to keep its brightest minds, according to a study which will be presented to Chancellor Angela Merkel this week.

Hollande wants Ukraine territory preserved
France

Hollande wants Ukraine territory preserved

French President François Hollande joined European leaders on Sunday in insisting that Ukraine's "territorial integrity" must be respected amid fears the country could split into two along its Russo-Ukrainian faultline.

Löw worries over injured stars ahead of World Cup
Germany

Löw worries over injured stars ahead of World Cup

Germany coach Joachim Löw admitted on Sunday he has a few concerns ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with several of his stars either struggling for form or injured.

Track death prompts Stockholm train delays
Sweden

Track death prompts Stockholm train delays

Stockholm emergency services found a mortally wounded man on the commuter train tracks north of the capital on Monday, prompting delays for morning commuters.

More than 1,000 recruits deemed ‘too risky’
Switzerland

More than 1,000 recruits deemed ‘too risky’

The Swiss Army rejected 1,038 young Swiss conscripts last year, considering them too dangerous for military service.

‘Flight of the angel’ launches Venice Carnival
Italy

‘Flight of the angel’ launches Venice Carnival

More than 100,000 revellers, many dressed in masks and period costume, packed into St Mark's Square for the "flight of the angel" that marks the traditional opening of the Carnival of Venice. Scroll down for the video.

Swedes mock Northug with ‘consolation medal’
Norway

Swedes mock Northug with ‘consolation medal’

Petter Northug was awarded a 'consolation medal' by Sweden's Expressen newspaper outside the Olympic village in Sochi on Sunday, as the tabloid continued its merciless mockery of the Norwegian cross-country ski star.

Ibrahimovic treble keeps PSG on track for title
France

Ibrahimovic treble keeps PSG on track for title

PSG relied on their star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to maintain their five point gap over Monaco at the summit of Ligue 1 on Sunday when the Sweden international fired in a hat-trick against Toulouse. Catch up on the latest action from Ligue 1.

Zlatan nets hat trick in Toulouse thumping
Sweden

Zlatan nets hat trick in Toulouse thumping

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored three goals for French champions PSG in a 4-2 drubbing of Toulouse.

Melodifestivalen review: Time to hit the bar
Sweden

Melodifestivalen review: Time to hit the bar

In an effort to enjoy this year's contest, The Local's schlager fan David Jørgensen headed to the gayest "Swedish" pub in London to take in the glitter and glamour. And it seems to have worked.

Foreign PhD students tell KTH: Pay promised cash
Sweden

Foreign PhD students tell KTH: Pay promised cash

The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) will look into potential employment solutions for PhD students on scholarships, many of them foreigners, after a trade union slammed the lauded college for not keeping its promises.