Basel police seek repeat offender paedophile
Switzerland

Basel police seek repeat offender paedophile

Police are searching for a convicted 46-year-old paedophile who went missing after failing to show up for treatment at a university psychiatric treatment clinic in Basel.

France, UK urge Putin to stick to international laws
France

France, UK urge Putin to stick to international laws

France joined forces with the UK on Monday in urging Russian President Vladimir Putin to comply with international law over the crisis in Ukraine, described by observers as the worst in Europe since the Cold War.

Norway model has a crappy night at Oscars
Norway

Norway model has a crappy night at Oscars

Half-Norwegian supermodel Chrissy Teigen (28) hardly covered her father's homeland in glory at the Oscars on Sunday night, after she decided to tweet out the 'poo names' of famous Hollywood stars.

Carlsen: ‘Mystery of chess is, why me?’
Norway

Carlsen: ‘Mystery of chess is, why me?’

Norwegian chess phenomenon Magnus Carlsen has expressed bemusement at his own prodigious talents, telling an interviewer that for him, "one of the greatest mysteries of chess is: 'Why me?'".

How to avoid Switzerland’s tax haven trap – there is a lot more to it
Switzerland

How to avoid Switzerland’s tax haven trap – there is a lot more to it

While the anticipation of low taxes lures business people to consider a move to Switzerland, the reality of regulations, legalities and language hurdles can make the journey demanding, says Carolina Souviron, founder of Swissbenefits AG.

Peugeot wins car of the year accolade in Geneva
Switzerland

Peugeot wins car of the year accolade in Geneva

Peugeot's 308 picked up the Car of the Year award in Geneva on Monday, a boost for the troubled car company that recently had to be rescued by the French state and China's Dongfeng.

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France

Topless firefighters in hot water over video

VIDEO: A steamy video shot by a group of half-naked French firefighters, which shows them strutting their stuff in a fire station to the tune of a famous pop song, was only meant to be a joke. But they ended up receiving a scolding from their commanders. See for yourself why.

Spain’s weirdest Carnival celebrations
Spain

Spain’s weirdest Carnival celebrations

Thought Carnival in Spain only involved dressing up and drinking in the streets? Think again. The Local has found some of the strangest and, in some cases, downright scary traditions seen in Carnivals across the country.

Khodorkovsky bids to help end Ukraine conflict
Switzerland

Khodorkovsky bids to help end Ukraine conflict

Former Russian oil tycoon and Swiss resident Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who spent a decade in prison in Russia, offered on Monday to travel to Ukraine to help resolve the spiralling conflict there.

Tax U-turn stalls 120 public transport projects
France

Tax U-turn stalls 120 public transport projects

Some 120 public transport projects, worth around €6 billion, are sitting idle in France, because of a government decision to suspend its plan to raise money by introducing an "ecotax" on trucks, French media reported on Monday. Find out if your local services have been hit.

Oscars fail: Spanish star in identity mix-up
Spain

Oscars fail: Spanish star in identity mix-up

The 2014 Oscars ceremony could be one to forget for Spanish actress Penélope Cruz after it emerged the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scientists doesn't actually know who she is.

PhD studies in Germany: What you need to know
Germany

PhD studies in Germany: What you need to know

In this week's JobTalk, The Local gives the lowdown on PhD studies in Germany. What are the best types of courses and should you choose Germany?

Police make ‘sensational’ cannabis find
Germany

Police make ‘sensational’ cannabis find

Police in western Germany have hailed a "sensational" find of around 3.5 tonnes of cannabis, discovered in a truck travelling from Italy, officers confirmed on Monday. Five suspects have been arrested.

‘Blind’ fraudsters filmed shopping and driving
Italy

‘Blind’ fraudsters filmed shopping and driving

Two Sicilian men who falsely claimed they were blind managed to swindle €230,000 in state benefits, before getting caught shopping and driving cars, police said on Monday.

Jobseeking students told to boycott ‘sexist firms’
Sweden

Jobseeking students told to boycott ‘sexist firms’

The increase in women at executive level is so slow that Sweden won't have equality in the boardrooms until the year 2022, the diversity lobbyists AllBright warned on Monday.

Sweden plays down Russian Baltic operation
Sweden

Sweden plays down Russian Baltic operation

An expert at the Swedish Defence Research Agency said on Monday that news Russia had set sail to a large-scale Baltic Sea training operation was "nothing new".

Beppe Grillo faces jail over train protest
Italy

Beppe Grillo faces jail over train protest

The head of Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement party (M5S), Beppe Grillo, was sentenced to four months in prison on Monday for breaking a police seal on a building during a protest.

French Property Face-off: Brittany vs Provence
France

French Property Face-off: Brittany vs Provence

As part of a new series The Local France has lined up two very different dream homes in contrasting parts of France, but that have similar market prices. For the first edition of "French Property Face-off" it is Brittany versus Provence. Which home would you spend your money on?

Svennis rejects racism complaint from Campbell
Sweden

Svennis rejects racism complaint from Campbell

Former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson has slammed claims by retired defender Sol Campbell, who reckoned he would have been the captain of the national team "for more than ten years" if his skin was white.

Masked protesters mar key economy summit
Spain

Masked protesters mar key economy summit

Angry demonstrators took to the streets in the Spanish city of Bilbao on Monday to protest the presence of an economic conference during which IMF chief Christine Lagarde said Spain's economy had "turned the corner".

Flight experts probe deadly helicopter crash
Germany

Flight experts probe deadly helicopter crash

Crash investigators were probing on Monday the wreckage of a helicopter which plunged into the Baltic Sea on Friday evening, killing three people on board.

Italian priest beaten to death with iron bar
Italy

Italian priest beaten to death with iron bar

A priest from Cosenza, a province in the southern Italian region of Calabria, was killed after being beaten across the head with an iron bar.

Ukraine crisis ‘awesome’ for Norway gas: analyst
Norway

Ukraine crisis ‘awesome’ for Norway gas: analyst

A long-term stand-off between Russia and the European Union over the Ukraine would be "a totally awesome situation" for Norway, one of the country's top analysts has told Norway's Dagens Næringsliv business newspaper.

Barcelona pickpocket gang busted by police
Spain

Barcelona pickpocket gang busted by police

Police in Barcelona have arrested six members of a gang of thieves who stole credit cards from tourists and used them to ring up huge fake bills at a city restaurant.

French love for wine set to become official
France

French love for wine set to become official

France is poised to finally officially recognize that its fabled wine industry is a fundamental part of the country’s cultural heritage and deserves protection.

Nine out of ten Down’s foetuses aborted
Norway

Nine out of ten Down’s foetuses aborted

Nine out of ten women in Norway whose unborn child is diagnosed with Downs Syndrome choose to have an abortion, new figures from the country's Medical Birth Registry have shown.

Brit TV hit Broadchurch to get French makeover
France

Brit TV hit Broadchurch to get French makeover

British TV series Broadchurch, featuring actor David Tennant, has wooed millions viewers on this side of the English Channel thanks to its classic "British atmosphere". Indeed it has proved such a hit that France is set to make its own version of the crime drama.

Germany: ‘Ukraine crisis worst since Berlin Wall’
Germany

Germany: ‘Ukraine crisis worst since Berlin Wall’

The Ukraine crisis is the worst in Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall and diplomacy is now essential to avoid military escalation, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday.

Rome water pollution sparks public ban
Italy

Rome water pollution sparks public ban

The mayor of Rome has signed a ten-month ban on using the public water in an area north-west of the Italian capital, after tests showed it was contaminated.

Crowds hit streets for Rosenmontag parades
Germany

Crowds hit streets for Rosenmontag parades

Thousands of revellers hit the streets of western Germany on Monday preparing to watch a very political parade as Karneval celebrations culminated.

Video shows police boss meeting drug lord
Norway

Video shows police boss meeting drug lord

Police in Norway secretly filmed Oslo's top anti-gang policeman holding clandestine meetings with alleged drug kingpin Gjermund Cappelen, VG has reported.

Italian priest accused of sexually abusing ten girls
Italy

Italian priest accused of sexually abusing ten girls

An Italian priest has been accused of sexually abusing ten girls, who were parishioners at his church in Agordino, a small town in the northern province of Belluno.

Pompeii crumbles after heavy rain
Italy

Pompeii crumbles after heavy rain

The Temple of Venus and walls of a tomb and shop in the long-neglected ruins of Pompeii near Naples have been damaged, possibly due to heavy rain, officials said on Monday.

Bomb scare clears central Stockholm street
Sweden

Bomb scare clears central Stockholm street

A bomb threat on the Stockholm island of Södermalm saw hundreds of workers forced to leave their offices on Monday morning. Police removed the cordons at lunchtime after a four-hour search revealed nothing of note.

Tunisian prez seeks Ben Ali ‘millions’ from Swiss
Switzerland

Tunisian prez seeks Ben Ali ‘millions’ from Swiss

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki is appealing again to Switzerland for help in returning as much as 600 million francs in assets deposited in Swiss banks by the “clan” of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia’s former leader.

France: Putin has broken international laws
France

France: Putin has broken international laws

France’s Foreign Minister vowed to put pressure on the Russian President Vladimir Putin through diplomacy accusing him of violating international laws by sending troops into Ukraine. Paris said, however, it would not be suspending its military contracts with Moscow.

‘Let migrants in, like Sweden did with Nazis’
Spain

‘Let migrants in, like Sweden did with Nazis’

The controversial editor of Spanish right-wing newspaper La Razón has said "Spain should act like Sweden did during World War II, let the Nazis through into Norway".

‘Russia breaking treaty obligations’: Norway
Norway

‘Russia breaking treaty obligations’: Norway

Norway has condemned Russia's occupation of the Crimea as a violation of international law, with Foreign Minister Børge Brende saying on Monday that the invasion violated "basic treaty obligations".

‘Spain could be a world leader in solar power’
Spain

‘Spain could be a world leader in solar power’

If this charismatic German is successful, giant marbles could soon be powering our planet. Now he hopes to go into production. Meet Barcelona-based architect and inventor Andre Broessel.

Italy’s public debt hits record 132.6 percent
Italy

Italy’s public debt hits record 132.6 percent

Italy's economy shrank by 1.9 percent in 2013, hitting a new record of 132.6 percent of GDP but staying within the European Union's limit in mixed news for the country's new government, official figures showed on Monday.

Swedish PM: Russian worries ‘understandable’
Sweden

Swedish PM: Russian worries ‘understandable’

Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt came under fire after he said on Sunday that Russia's involvement in Crimea was "somewhat understandable".

PM calls opposition leader dishonest
Sweden

PM calls opposition leader dishonest

The Swedish prime minister has accused the Social Democrat leader of concealing the truth about his dependence on the Left Party to form a government, if they oust the eight-year-old conservative coalition in September.

Woman ‘held captive by mother’ for eight years
Italy

Woman ‘held captive by mother’ for eight years

A 36-year-old woman was found among piles of rubbish in an apartment in Naples after allegedly being held captive there by her mother for eight years.

50,000 Syrians apply for 5,000 asylum places
Germany

50,000 Syrians apply for 5,000 asylum places

Around 50,000 Syrians have applied for 5,000 asylum places in Germany, prompting calls for the country to take in more refugees from the war-torn country.

Pope says f*** in Sunday blessing gaffe
Italy

Pope says f*** in Sunday blessing gaffe

Pope Francis made a rare linguistic error during his weekly blessing on Sunday, transforming a harmless Italian word into one of the strongest swearwords in the dictionary.

Revellers take to streets for annual carnivals
Switzerland

Revellers take to streets for annual carnivals

Thousands of people took to the streets in towns across the cantons of Valais, Jura and Fribourg at the weekend as carnival season in Switzerland gets under way.

Ten amazing places to warm up in March
Germany

Ten amazing places to warm up in March

Are you longing for a bit of sun and warmth? Germany 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.

Dog tax hits Berlin tourists
Germany

Dog tax hits Berlin tourists

Tourists coming to Berlin will have to pay more tax if they bring their dog, it was reported over the weekend.

Paris police ‘wiped 16,000 crimes off books’
France

Paris police ‘wiped 16,000 crimes off books’

Paris’s police authorities cooked their crime statistics as part of a decade-long effort to make the capital seem safer than it was, according to new government data released on Monday. In one year 16,000 criminal acts were wiped from the books.

African smuggled into Spain in suitcase
Spain

African smuggled into Spain in suitcase

Spanish police have caught a sub-Saharan immigrant hiding inside a suitcase as his carrier attempted to drag him across on foot into Spain’s African enclave of Melilla.

Syrian terror group frees Spanish journalist
Spain

Syrian terror group frees Spanish journalist

A Spanish journalist has been freed by Syrian rebels with links to Al-Qaeda after six months in captivity but two of his Spanish colleagues remain hostages of the jihadist faction.

Weather warning: West coast of France on alert
France

Weather warning: West coast of France on alert

Much of France’s Atlantic coast was once again placed on alert on Monday for flooding as gale force winds and high seas posed a "real danger" to the area. The public have been warned to stay away from the shore after a hiker died in Brittany on Sunday.

French engineer shot dead in Libya
France

French engineer shot dead in Libya

A French engineer who shot and killed in Libya on Sunday became the latest victim of a spate of deadly violence carried out against foreigners since the country's 2011 revolution.

Cavani helps PSG see off rivals Marseille
France

Cavani helps PSG see off rivals Marseille

Paris Saint-Germain continued their relentless quest to retain the Ligue 1 crown on Sunday as they overcame bitter rivals Marseille 2-0 at the Parc des Princes to move eight points clear. Catch up on the latest Ligue 1 action here.

Third law firm attack victim dies
Germany

Third law firm attack victim dies

A third person has died following a killing spree by a disgruntled restaurant chef in western Germany on Friday.

Italian women take on the mafia
Italy

Italian women take on the mafia

As the police patrol outside and pace the corridors of her office, anti-mafia prosecutor Alessandra Cerreti talks about her specialty - breaking the power of the clans by turning their women.

Mello review: We don’t deserve a second chance
Sweden

Mello review: We don’t deserve a second chance

We've reached the stage where the regulations take priority over the entertainment factor. Do we really have to do this again, asks The Local’s die-hard schlager fan, David Jørgensen.

Traffic accidents claim record number of lynx
Sweden

Traffic accidents claim record number of lynx

Dozens of lynx were hit and killed by cars last year in what experts believe could be record numbers of Swedish deaths for the night-prowling felines.

Italy’s The Great Beauty clinches an Oscar
Italy

Italy’s The Great Beauty clinches an Oscar

Italy's The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza), a magical and at times cynical romp through a Roman dreamscape, won the best foreign language film Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday.

‘Ageing Sweden needs foreign students to stay’
Sweden

‘Ageing Sweden needs foreign students to stay’

When foreign students in Sweden finish their studies, they face a race against the clock - ten days - to find work and get employment visas. Almost four in five want to stay and work but just 17 percent succeed, reports AFP.

Berlin cable car to soar over city
Germany

Berlin cable car to soar over city

Transport fans have been given an unexpected lift by news that a cable car will be built in time for the international garden show which will be hosted by Berlin in 2017.