‘Fake’ Tuscan olive oil discovered in Harrods
Italy

‘Fake’ Tuscan olive oil discovered in Harrods

Upmarket British department store Harrods was forced to take a line of olive oil off its shelves after it was revealed that it was falsely labelled as Tuscan.

Scania bosses made pre-bid shares purchases
Sweden

Scania bosses made pre-bid shares purchases

Two top Scania bosses made substantial shares purchases in the Swedish truck making company three weeks before majority owner Volkswagen made its take-over bid.

France’s 1.6m interns set to get a better deal
France

France’s 1.6m interns set to get a better deal

Interns in France are often known for getting a rough deal but things could soon change after French MPs on Tuesday approved a raft of measures aimed at improving their working conditions, including guaranteed pay, paid holidays and restaurant vouchers.

Politician caught viewing ‘nudie pics’ in parliament
Spain

Politician caught viewing ‘nudie pics’ in parliament

A top local politician in northern Spain caused a stir on Monday when he was caught on camera looking at steamy photos of a transsexual in a magazine during a parliamentary session.

Watchdog slams ‘illegal’ draft security law
Spain

Watchdog slams ‘illegal’ draft security law

Spain's top legal watchdog has weighed into the heated debate about the country's tough draft Citizen Security law, saying proposals such as allowing private security firms to arrest people are unconstitutional.

France set to falter on debt pledge to EU
France

France set to falter on debt pledge to EU

There was more bad news for France on the economic front on Tuesday when new figures from the EU suggested they were not going to meet a promise to cut its public deficit. But there were some reasons for Paris finance chiefs to smile.

And the cheapest French supermarket is…?
France

And the cheapest French supermarket is…?

Supermarket shoppers in France could save hundreds if not thousands of euros each year by picking the right brand, a study revealed this week. The report also revealed vast differences in costs between different regions. Find out where you save your money.

Swiss tourism rises but Alps go downhill
Switzerland

Swiss tourism rises but Alps go downhill

The mountainous canton of Valais recorded a 2.5 percent decrease in tourists in 2013 despite an overall rise in tourist figures nationwide.

Israeli envoy home on harassment claim
Norway

Israeli envoy home on harassment claim

Israel's ambassador to Norway has been called home after allegations of inappropriate behaviour from several female Norwegian members of staff at the embassy.

Cops finger wild boar in cyclist’s mystery death
Sweden

Cops finger wild boar in cyclist’s mystery death

A wild boar may have caused the death of a Swedish man who was found with such extensive injuries that the police initially thought he had been murdered.

Does Germany need to do more to stop racism?
Germany

Does Germany need to do more to stop racism?

The Council of Europe has slammed Germany's handling of racism in a report released on Tuesday. Authorities were biased and concentrated too much on the far-right, it said.

Education minister picks ‘decorum commissioner’
Sweden

Education minister picks ‘decorum commissioner’

Sweden's education minister on Tuesday said parents had to stop blaming teachers for their children's behaviour, and appointed a commission to get to grips with decorum.

Top Ten: The best animal sayings in Italian
Italy

Top Ten: The best animal sayings in Italian

You may think you have mastered the Italian language, only to be stumped when someone starts referring to horses and snakes in day-to-day conversation. The Local has come up with the definitive list of must-know animal sayings.

Hollande calls Morocco’s king to calm ‘torture’ row
France

Hollande calls Morocco’s king to calm ‘torture’ row

French president François Hollande has had to step in to defuse a row between France and Morocco that began when NGO workers in Paris sued the north African country's intelligence chief accusing him of being "complicit in torture".

Hackers on trial for crashing Labour website
Norway

Hackers on trial for crashing Labour website

Five young Norwegian man are to go on trial tomorrow accused of launching a hacker attack on the website of the then ruling Labour party in 2011, in retaliation at a data retention law.

Sweden’s best-selling defence products
Sweden

Sweden’s best-selling defence products

Sweden's top-three defence products account for 42 percent of all exports. While a Jas Gripen crashed in central Stockholm twenty years ago, it did not tumble from grace... Find out more about the weapons industry's bestsellers.

Man, 80, ‘stabs sick wife then hangs self’
Italy

Man, 80, ‘stabs sick wife then hangs self’

Police are investigating a suspected homicide-suicide in northern Italy, following the discovery of the bodies of an elderly man and his wife at their home.

Utøya survivor told he could never dance again
Norway

Utøya survivor told he could never dance again

Mohamed "Mo" Farah Abdi, the Utøya survivor whose song 'Heal' is competing to be Norway's Eurovision entry, was told by doctors he would never be able to dance again, he has revealed in an interview with NRK.

Gallery: The Local’s Property of the Week
Sweden

Gallery: The Local’s Property of the Week

Welcome to another home in our Property of the Week series. This one is in Rostorp, Malmö, was built in 1924, and offers six rooms. Why not take a look?

Swedish arms exporters enjoy roaring trade
Sweden

Swedish arms exporters enjoy roaring trade

Swedish defence exports increased by 22 percent last year, with trade outside the EU making up almost half of all arms deals.

Swiss home-hunters face five-month search
Switzerland

Swiss home-hunters face five-month search

House-hunters in Switzerland take on average five months to find somewhere to live, according to a survey published on Monday by an online comparison site.

Spain sets transplant record with 45 in one day
Spain

Spain sets transplant record with 45 in one day

Spanish doctors performed an amazing 45 organ transplants on Thursday February 20th, setting a new national record for the number of such operations performed in a single day.

Less tax and more jobs: PM promises Spain
Spain

Less tax and more jobs: PM promises Spain

Spain will raise its economic growth forecast for 2014 to 1.0 percent and sees growth of 1.5 percent in 2015, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Tuesday during an economy-focused State of the Nation-style speech.

Costa Concordia captain to return to disaster site
Italy

Costa Concordia captain to return to disaster site

The captain of the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship Francesco Schettino will return to the site of the disaster for the first time on Thursday as part of the trial against him.

Police get rubber bullet ban after migrant deaths
Spain

Police get rubber bullet ban after migrant deaths

Spain's interior ministry confirmed on Tuesday that Civil Guard chiefs in Spain's north-African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla have ordered officers not to use of rubber bullets against would-be immigrants.

Far-right complains over president ‘loony’ label
Germany

Far-right complains over president ‘loony’ label

Germany's highest court heard a case on Tuesday on whether President Joachim Gauck was right to call a far-right anti immigrant group "loonies".

X Factor star to represent Spain at Eurovision
Spain

X Factor star to represent Spain at Eurovision

Former X Factor star Ruth Lorenzo will represent Spain at the 2014 edition of the massively popular Eurovision Song Contest after beating out four other hopefuls at the national finals with her song Dancing in the Rain.

Italy’s retail sales suffer worst ever fall
Italy

Italy’s retail sales suffer worst ever fall

Retail sales in Italy fell by a record 2.1 percent in 2013 as the country struggled to pull out of a deep recession and consumers cut spending, official figures showed on Tuesday.

Four things Germany must now do for Ukraine
Germany

Four things Germany must now do for Ukraine

Last Friday Ukraine was sliding into dictatorship with a regime ready to defend its power with sniper rifles. Now it is looking to Germany and the West to save it from economic ruin and possible civil war. Here are four things Germany must do.

Hero cat ‘Meatball’ saves residents from blaze
France

Hero cat ‘Meatball’ saves residents from blaze

A terrified French woman and her neighbours were grateful to be alive after her cat - and not the smoke alarm - woke the lady in the middle of the night to alert her to a blaze burning in the attic of their block. But in the aftermath the hero kitty could not be found.

Spanish scientists film massive lunar smash
Spain

Spanish scientists film massive lunar smash

A team of Spanish astronomers have reported the record-breaking impact of a meteorite 'with the mass of a small car' on the moon's surface, the brightest lunar collision ever seen from Earth.

Progress threat to break party deal over asylum
Norway

Progress threat to break party deal over asylum

The anti-immigrant wing of Norway's governing Progress Party has threatened to break the party deal signed after September's election if it does not win backing to set up new closed centres for failed asylum seekers.

German answer to ‘The Office’ a movie smash
Germany

German answer to ‘The Office’ a movie smash

Stromberg, Germany's answer to hit comedy series The Office, has made over €2.2 million since the movie adaptation was released in cinemas on Thursday. It has surpassed the US and UK versions which never made it to the silver screen.

Daughter kills mum, lives with body for two weeks
Germany

Daughter kills mum, lives with body for two weeks

A daughter strangled her mother to death with a washing line in Munich and lived next to the body for almost two weeks. She was only caught when her mother's best friend contacted police.

Cancer doctors treat woman on wrong breast
Italy

Cancer doctors treat woman on wrong breast

A woman in the northern Italian town of Rimini is suing her local health authority for €800,000 ($1.1 million) after she discovered she had undergone months of grueling cancer treatment on the wrong breast.

You want a job in Norway? Come network
Norway

You want a job in Norway? Come network

Norway is known for high salaries and a good working environment, so no wonder it’s a popular country to work in. Nils-Henrik Stokke, from Nettverk Stavanger, says that unless you have killer qualifications, you have to be in the country to get a job.

Swiss could face new anti-immigration vote
Switzerland

Swiss could face new anti-immigration vote

A federal government commission has decided not to oppose an initiative from the Association of Ecology and Population (Ecopop) proposing a cap on Switzerland's foreign population growth.

Boy, 11, calls cops for ‘revenge’ on parents
Sweden

Boy, 11, calls cops for ‘revenge’ on parents

A young child in eastern Sweden who was fed up with his parents called police on Monday and reported them for assault. Police took the claim seriously as several officers rushed to the scene.

Italian restaurant owner sets himself on fire
Italy

Italian restaurant owner sets himself on fire

A restaurant owner in northern Italy set himself on fire on Monday night, injuring two others who came to help him, over fears that he would have to close his business.

Scania review board dissects Volkswagen bid
Sweden

Scania review board dissects Volkswagen bid

The independent committee looking at Volkswagen's take-over bid of Swedish truck giant Scania began its work on Tuesday, stating promises that headquarters would remain in Sweden were paramount.

Top drugs officer ‘had €250k of cocaine’
Germany

Top drugs officer ‘had €250k of cocaine’

Bavarian police have launched an investigation after finding cocaine worth more than €250,000 in the locker of the head of a police narcotics department, but they are baffled as to where it came from.

‘Spain has empty homes for all EU’s homeless’
Spain

‘Spain has empty homes for all EU’s homeless’

Europe has over 11 million empty properties, 3.4 million of which are in Spain, which is more than enough to house the continent’s homeless population of 4.1 million, a UK newspaper has reported.

Meningitis outbreak kills three on French Riviera
France

Meningitis outbreak kills three on French Riviera

An outbreak of a rare and deadly strain of Meningococcal meningitis in the south of France killed three people in two days over the weekend. Another teenager is in hospital. Local health officials have called the series of deaths “worrying.”

French troops ‘stopping genocide’ in CAR
France

French troops ‘stopping genocide’ in CAR

There would be a genocide raging in Central African Republic if French troops had not been deployed, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Tuesday ahead of a parliamentary vote to extend the military mission.

Barça pays out €13.5m over Neymar transfer
Spain

Barça pays out €13.5m over Neymar transfer

Spanish football champions Barcelona said on Monday they would make a voluntary tax payment of €13.5 million ($18.5 million) over the club's signing of Brazilian star striker Neymar but denied tax fraud.

Swedish minister meets Ugandan gay activists
Sweden

Swedish minister meets Ugandan gay activists

Sweden's finance minister has met with gay activists in Uganda at the start of a visit intended to highlight Swedish investment opportunities in the growing East African economy.

Edathy: ‘Probe against me is wrong’
Germany

Edathy: ‘Probe against me is wrong’

The politician at the centre of a scandal which has shaken Germany’s coalition government broke his silence on Monday, accusing prosecutors of leaking confidential information about him to the press.

Merkel: Israeli settlement a ‘grave concern’
Germany

Merkel: Israeli settlement a ‘grave concern’

Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed "grave concern" over Israel's continued settlement building on occupied Palestinian territory Tuesday, as she and her cabinet visited Jerusalem to meet their counterparts.

Bar serves cannabis instead of coffee
Italy

Bar serves cannabis instead of coffee

A bar owner in the north-western Italian region of Piedmont has been arrested, after police found he was serving cannabis rather than coffee to students.

France home to two million empty properties
France

France home to two million empty properties

Europe has over 11 million empty homes, 2.4 million of which are in France, a new report claimed this week. That is more than enough to house Europe’s growing homeless population, currently standing at 4.1 million. France though plans to build more.

Spain reopens amazing prehistoric Altamira cave
Spain

Spain reopens amazing prehistoric Altamira cave

The Altamira Cave in northern Spain and its incredible prehistoric paintings will reopen to the public from Thursday after being closed for a dozen years, but only five people a week will be allowed in for visits of just eight minutes.

Zuckerberg takes centre stage in Barcelona
Spain

Zuckerberg takes centre stage in Barcelona

Billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg answered questions on Monday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and defended his huge €14 billion ($19 billion) takeover of free mobile messaging service WhatsApp, saying it is actually worth much more.

German public finances in black for second year
Germany

German public finances in black for second year

The German economy clocked up a small surplus in its public finances in 2013, as growth picked up at the end of the year, official data showed on Tuesday.

Norway cuts Uganda aid in gay law protest
Norway

Norway cuts Uganda aid in gay law protest

Norway has announced it is holding back 50 million kroner ($8m) of aid to Uganda in protest at its new draconian law against homosexuality on the grounds that the law violates "fundamental human rights".

Girl, 13, kicked off train for ‘faulty’ bank card
Sweden

Girl, 13, kicked off train for ‘faulty’ bank card

A teenage girl was booted off a train in eastern Sweden and into a snow storm after her bank card didn't work on the ticket collector's hand-held machine.

Police ‘powerless’ to stop phones at the wheel
Germany

Police ‘powerless’ to stop phones at the wheel

Police admitted on Tuesday they were powerless to stop German drivers using their smartphones at the wheel and that the number of people doing so was going up.

Marco de Vincenzo clinches LVMH deal
Italy

Marco de Vincenzo clinches LVMH deal

French luxury giant LVMH said Monday it was setting up a co-venture with Marco de Vincenzo to help the Italian fashion designer develop his brand.

France moves to punish hasty factory closures
France

France moves to punish hasty factory closures

France moved this week to make it harder for companies to shut down doomed factories without having made adequate attempts to save them. It comes after the French president was accused of breaking a promise to steelworkers over the closure of part of their plant.

‘South Africans killed Palme’: Stieg Larsson
Sweden

‘South Africans killed Palme’: Stieg Larsson

Girl With The Dragon Tattoo author Stieg Larsson's belief that South Africa lay behind the assassination of Sweden's Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986 has resurfaced, as his widow recalls their private investigation.

Renzi wins confidence vote for ‘radical’ plans
Italy

Renzi wins confidence vote for ‘radical’ plans

Italy's new prime minister, Matteo Renzi, overnight Monday won the Senate's vote of confidence in his government's programme for a "radical and immediate" change in the country.

‘Sorry I joined Sweden Democrats’: Indo-Swede
Sweden

‘Sorry I joined Sweden Democrats’: Indo-Swede

When he realized he was a foreign-born cover for a party interested not in integration but in assimilation, the Indian-born local politician Mrutyuanjai Mishra decided to quit the Sweden Democrats, whom he calls intolerant.