Rumoured Stockholm Banksy show ‘a fake’
Sweden

Rumoured Stockholm Banksy show ‘a fake’

Elusive street artist Banksy has “nothing to do” with an exhibition supposedly taking place in Stockholm at the weekend, the artist’s publicist has confirmed.

Farmer left 400 pigs to starve to death
Norway

Farmer left 400 pigs to starve to death

A Norwegian court on Friday sentenced a farmer to a year in prison for leaving more than 400 pigs to die of hunger and thirst in a rare case of animal cruelty, reported public broadcaster NRK.

Norway gallery returns Matisse seized by Nazis

Norway gallery returns Matisse seized by Nazis

A Norwegian art museum on Friday returned a precious Matisse painting looted by the Nazis in the Second World War to the American heirs of the French art dealer Paul Rosenberg.

Grieving grandma injured after falling into grave
Spain

Grieving grandma injured after falling into grave

A 73-year-old woman in Spain who was cleaning her husband's tombstone had to be rescued by police on Thursday after she fell into a grave.

Pope meets mob victims as church shuns dons
Italy

Pope meets mob victims as church shuns dons

Pope Francis plans on Friday to demonstrate a stand against organised crime by meeting with relatives of mafia victims, a step to help overcome the Church's historic ties with dons claiming to be God-fearing Catholics.

French top cop’s wife ‘makes ticket vanish’
France

French top cop’s wife ‘makes ticket vanish’

The wife of France's top cop, Interior Minister Manuel Valls, is a brilliant classical violinist but this week she wound up in the headlines for a different kind of fiddling. Find out what happened when she stepped in to quash a friend's parking ticket.

Singing nun becomes Italian TV star
Italy

Singing nun becomes Italian TV star

It took Sister Cristina Scuccia less the two minutes on The Voice of Italy, a TV singing competition, to be transformed from an everyday nun into a national star. The Local finds out about her journey from the convent to the screen and what the future could hold for Italy's singing starlet.

Protesting mother on perch above French city
France

Protesting mother on perch above French city

An outraged mother spent Friday perched atop a crane in southern France denouncing the alleged unfair removal of her Autistic son from school. She's not the first parent to take make the same extreme protest.

Bern officals crack Thai human trafficking ring
Switzerland

Bern officals crack Thai human trafficking ring

The Bern cantonal prosecutor’s office says it has charged a 52-year-old Swiss-Thai woman for human trafficking and exploiting 25 sex trade workers from Thailand.

Gallery: The Local’s Property of the Week
Italy

Gallery: The Local’s Property of the Week

If you’ve always dreamt of being King or Queen of your own castle, there’s one in the heart of Lazio that might just satisfy your inner aristocrat.

Lufthansa pilots vote for imminent strike
Germany

Lufthansa pilots vote for imminent strike

An overwhelming majority of Lufthansa pilots voted on Friday to go on strike over pay and conditions. No date has yet been set for the action.

‘Energy giants out to kill off Spain’s solar sector’
Spain

‘Energy giants out to kill off Spain’s solar sector’

Why is the Spanish Government slashing support for its booming solar industry? And what is the mysterious 'sun tax' we keep hearing about? The Local spoke to José Donoso, the head of Spain's solar lobby group UNEF, to get the lowdown.

Bayern face Man United in Champions League
Germany

Bayern face Man United in Champions League

Defending champions Bayern Munich say they're raring to go for their Champions League quarter-final against Manchester United following what they feel is a favourable draw at Nyon on Friday.

Crimea: France halts Russian military work
France

Crimea: France halts Russian military work

French leaders said on Friday they had halted most military work with Russia after its take over of Crimea, however France has not weighed in on the bigger issue of whether it would cancel the billion euro sale of two warships to Moscow.

Down’s girl’s class went to Canaries without her
Norway

Down’s girl’s class went to Canaries without her

An 18-year-old woman with Down's Syndrome received so much sympathy across Norway after it was reported that her entire class had gone on a study trip to Gran Canaria without telling her, that the school has relented and invited her along.

Friday night TV: Welcome to Sweden premieres
Sweden

Friday night TV: Welcome to Sweden premieres

Welcome To Sweden star Greg Poehler, whose TV romcom premieres on Friday night, talks to The Local about early reviews, butterflies in the stomach, and definitely not his famous sister.

Booming Canaries fuel winter tourism bonanza
Spain

Booming Canaries fuel winter tourism bonanza

Tourist numbers to Spain were up nearly 12 percent in the first two months of 2014, with the Canary Islands the big winners in the country's ongoing tourism boom, official figures released on Friday show.

Native Americans ask museum to return scalps
Germany

Native Americans ask museum to return scalps

Members of a Native American tribe are working with the help of United States diplomats in Germany to try get a number of scalps returned to them from a Wild West museum in Eastern Germany.

‘Renzi’s success could spell the end for Grillo’
Italy

‘Renzi’s success could spell the end for Grillo’

A year after the Five Star Movement (M5S) shook up the political establishment, taking a quarter of the national vote, The Local took a look back at the party's first turbulent year in parliament, and discovered its faces an uncertain future.

Swedish store ‘sorry’ for dousing beggar
Sweden

Swedish store ‘sorry’ for dousing beggar

A Swedish supermarket has issued an apology to a woman who was asking for money outside one of its stores, after a passerby reported that the woman was doused with water by the window-cleaning store manager.

Unhappy visitors fight French tour operators
France

Unhappy visitors fight French tour operators

France saw a whopping 70 percent jump last year in the number of tourists who asked mediators to settle a fight with an airline or tour operator. But this may actually be good news for people coming to the world’s most visited country.

Italians get passionate in ‘First Kiss’ video
Italy

Italians get passionate in ‘First Kiss’ video

A video of beautiful strangers kissing for the first time went viral earlier this month, garnering over 66 million hits on YouTube and copycat films the world over. Now the Italians have weighed in with their own passionate version from the streets of Turin.

Zoo trumpets fifth baby elephant success
Germany

Zoo trumpets fifth baby elephant success

Hannover Zoo is celebrating a new addition to its elephant enclosure - the four-day-old baby elephant is the fifth to be born there over the past 15 months.

China unlocks profit for Volvo Cars
Sweden

China unlocks profit for Volvo Cars

Cost cuts and China sales have increased Volvo Cars' profit despite a slump in revenue. The company hopes to ramp up production in Chengdu fivefold and use its ownership structure to its advantage.

Steinmeier heads to Ukraine after EU talks
Germany

Steinmeier heads to Ukraine after EU talks

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will visit Ukraine on Saturday for talks with interim leaders in Kiev and a governor in the country's east, an official said.

Parents whip boy over poor school grades
Spain

Parents whip boy over poor school grades

Police in Spain's Catalonia region have arrested the parents of a nine-year-old boy after they allegedly whipped the child for his bad marks at school.

PSG to play Chelsea in quarter finals
France

PSG to play Chelsea in quarter finals

Paris Saint-Germain will play Chelsea in the last eight of the Champions League after the big spending Paris club were draw against the English team in Friday's draw. If PSG win the Champions League their players will each pick up a record €1 million bonus.

Death close for Spain’s first post-Franco PM
Spain

Death close for Spain’s first post-Franco PM

The prime minister who helped lead post-Franco Spain to democracy, 81-year-old Adolfo Suarez, is gravely ill in a Madrid hospital and may not survive the weekend, his son said on Friday.

Asylum family stranded in Paris airport for a week

Asylum family stranded in Paris airport for a week

An Eritrean woman and her eight children have been trapped at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport for more than a week after being deported by the Norwegian government.

Ice cream to GDR farm chic – seven days in pics
Germany

Ice cream to GDR farm chic – seven days in pics

From spring sunshine and GDR propaganda to diplomatic deep freezes, rock comebacks and legendary lockups, The Local brings you the best photos from this week in Germany.

Pic of the day: Canary Islands ‘swimming’ in sea
Spain

Pic of the day: Canary Islands ‘swimming’ in sea

A satellite image of Spain's Canary Islands in which they are appear to be swimming through the silvery Atlantic Ocean is up for a Nasa photo prize.

Banksy, you are not welcome in Stockholm!
Sweden

Banksy, you are not welcome in Stockholm!

The elusive superstar artist Banksy may be heading to Stockholm, but is he truly welcome here? He would be if a conservative City Hall would lift its controversial zero-tolerance policy on graffiti, argues the Greens' Mats Berglund.

Italy’s first ‘cat café’ opens in Turin
Italy

Italy’s first ‘cat café’ opens in Turin

Cat lovers will be able to enjoy a cup of coffee among their feline friends when Italy’s first ‘cat café’ opens in the northern Italian city of Turin on Saturday.

Truck collapse sends 200 frozen pigs flying
Sweden

Truck collapse sends 200 frozen pigs flying

PICTURES: Bystanders were left in shock when a truck collapsed in central Sweden, sending more than 200 frozen pigs flying across the road.

Police detain extreme-left suspect in Kärrtorp riot
Sweden

Police detain extreme-left suspect in Kärrtorp riot

A suspected extreme-left activist has been detained in absentia on suspicion of attempted manslaugther during the Kärrtorp clash with neo-Nazis that left Sweden shocked.

Blogger gets death threat after Jew comments
Norway

Blogger gets death threat after Jew comments

An outspoken Norwegian commentator has reported receiving death threats after making statements on Norwegian television that were condemned as antisemitic by Jewish groups

Government gets ‘total’ access to Orange data
France

Government gets ‘total’ access to Orange data

France’s top external spying agency has had 'unchecked' access to customer communications at French telecom giant Orange for decades, according to a British document leaked by former American intelligence worker Edward Snowden.

Meningitis case threatens cramped migrant centre
Spain

Meningitis case threatens cramped migrant centre

Spanish authorities in the country's African enclave of Melilla are attempting to thwart an outbreak of meningitis in an overcrowded refugee centre after one inmate fell ill with the disease on Saturday.

A mousse fit for a king
Germany

A mousse fit for a king

Food writer Nadia Hassani takes The Local through one of her more regal recipes - a lemon mousse rumoured to have comforted controversial King Frederick the Great.

‘World’s best mayor’ loses battle with cancer
Spain

‘World’s best mayor’ loses battle with cancer

Iñaki Azkuna, the long-serving mayor of the Spanish city of Bilbao, has died at the age of 71 after an 11-year battle with prostate cancer. His efforts in rejuvenating the city helped win him the World Mayor Prize in 2012.

Mild winter benefits energy consumers
Germany

Mild winter benefits energy consumers

Sunshine and more cash in their pockets: this year's mild winter has saved German households hundreds of euros on their heating bills, a consumer report concluded on Friday.

MP calls for 30 km/h nighttime limit in villages
Switzerland

MP calls for 30 km/h nighttime limit in villages

An MP has filed a proposal with the federal government to slap a general speed limit of 30 kilometres an hour in all Swiss residential areas at night.

Germany tops the charts for asylum applications
Germany

Germany tops the charts for asylum applications

More refugees seek asylum in Germany than any other industrialised country, new figures from the United Nations show.

Football yobs mar Basel win over Salzburg
Switzerland

Football yobs mar Basel win over Salzburg

Basel's 2-1 victory on Thursday over Salzburg which took the Swiss club into the Europa League quarterfinals was overshadowed when their fans threw missiles onto the pitch and the game in Austria was held up.

Trolltunga ‘most stunning place for a selfie’
Norway

Trolltunga ‘most stunning place for a selfie’

Norway's Trolltunga has been named the "most stunning place in the world to take selfie" by the viral internet news and entertainment site Buzzfeed.

Franco’s grandson faces court over police chase
Spain

Franco’s grandson faces court over police chase

A grandson of General Francisco Franco appeared in court in Spain on Thursday accused of deliberately ramming a police patrol car following a high-speed chase.

Voters ‘tolerate’ some corruption in France
France

Voters ‘tolerate’ some corruption in France

Accusations of corruption hang over many French politicians, yet they are not necessarily a barrier to those lawmakers getting re-elected, according to a report on Friday. Recent scandals cloud the future of ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy.

One dead among migrants and smugglers
Italy

One dead among migrants and smugglers

Italy arrested four suspected people smugglers on Thursday from among 1,000 migrants rescued from rickety boats floundering off the coast after a perilous journey across the Mediterranean from North Africa.

Five arrested over Chinese-run factory fire
Italy

Five arrested over Chinese-run factory fire

Five people were detained Thursday as part of an inquiry into a fire last December that killed seven people in a Chinese-run garment factory in Italy's Tuscany region.

Foreigners beat Italians in new businesses
Italy

Foreigners beat Italians in new businesses

Over the past five years immigrants have succeeded in opening more than 4,000 businesses in Rome, leaving Italians lagging behind, new statistics from the charity, Caritas Roma, show.

‘Russian nuclear reactors in Sweden a hard sell’
Sweden

‘Russian nuclear reactors in Sweden a hard sell’

As Sweden looks at adding to its nuclear reactor fleet, a new review pinned hopes on buying Westinghouse-made reactors. While Russian reactors are a good fit technically, the Swedish people may not accept them, experts noted.

French Property Face-off: Paris versus Charente
France

French Property Face-off: Paris versus Charente

For this week's French Property Face-off it's a straight clash between a swanky and spacious apartment in one of the chicest areas of the capital and a 16th century château in the Charente region of western France. What would you spend your money on?

Jewish family fails in Welfenschatz claim
Germany

Jewish family fails in Welfenschatz claim

A German mediation panel on Nazi-era art claims on Thursday ruled against the heirs of Jewish collectors in a dispute over the 1935 sale of a trove of medieval church artifacts.

One in ten Swedes is vegetarian: survey
Sweden

One in ten Swedes is vegetarian: survey

Ten percent of Sweden's population are now vegetarian or vegan, with demand for meat-free diet options seeing a nationwide surge with young Swedes leading the charge.

Ex-Credit Suisse banker fined for price rigging
Switzerland

Ex-Credit Suisse banker fined for price rigging

British regulators on Thursday fined an ex-Credit Suisse trader for attempting to rig the price of government bonds in order to profit from the Bank of England's quantitative easing programme.