Avalanche victim dies after night in Alpine igloo
Switzerland

Avalanche victim dies after night in Alpine igloo

A 40-year-old Fribourg man who survived an avalanche in the Swiss Alps died after spending a night in an igloo he built with his girlfriend, police said on Tuesday.

‘I did a good deed by killing Turkish gendarme’
Switzerland

‘I did a good deed by killing Turkish gendarme’

A 23-year-old Swiss citizen has admitted to killing a soldier in an attack last week in the centre of Turkey that left three people dead and five others wounded, Turkish media reported on Tuesday.

French prison ordered to serve up halal meals
France

French prison ordered to serve up halal meals

A French prison has been ordered to provide halal meals for Muslim prisoners pending a definitive ruling on the latest issue to pit the country's secular tradition against Islamic practice.

Woman found in freezer suffered ‘brutal’ death
Italy

Woman found in freezer suffered ‘brutal’ death

A woman whose body was found in a freezer in Bologna last summer was murdered by her boyfriend, who committed the crime with "particular brutality", an inquest has found.

Spain’s hottest jobs 2014
Spain

Spain’s hottest jobs 2014

Spain's unemployment rate may be at a record high but it's not all doom and gloom in the jobs market according to Adecco, a human resource consulting company, who have identified 15 in-demand positions for 2014.

Foreign farm workers are ‘treated like slaves’
Italy

Foreign farm workers are ‘treated like slaves’

Farm workers in Italy face "disastrous" working conditions, with many living off two meals a day in abandoned buildings, the coordinator of a doctors' association said on Tuesday.

Swedish hotel denies breakfast to Roma guest
Sweden

Swedish hotel denies breakfast to Roma guest

A Swedish expert invited by the government to speak at the release of its white paper on Roma discrimination was on Tuesday denied entry to the breakfast room at Stockholm's Sheraton hotel. She had to drink her coffee in the lobby.

Norway stops military cooperation with Russia
Norway

Norway stops military cooperation with Russia

Norway has suspended all planned bilateral military activities with Russia until the end May at the earliest, as the defence ministry reacts to the annexation of Crimea.

Swedes work out the most in all of Europe
Sweden

Swedes work out the most in all of Europe

Swedes work out more than any other Europeans do - at least if they are truthful about their exercise habits in the new Eurobarometer poll.

The ups and downs of starting a firm in France
France

The ups and downs of starting a firm in France

After months of hard work, American expat Jason McDonald is poised to open his US firm's European outpost in Paris. He tells us how French school holidays and a difference in client relationships made the process a hugely challenging one.

Chocolate doner mixes up cultures in Berlin
Germany

Chocolate doner mixes up cultures in Berlin

“Taste Away” in Berlin's Kreuzberg, is putting a new twist on dessert with the chocolate doner, a first for the city that invented the better known meat variety.

Police find corpse watching TV
Germany

Police find corpse watching TV

Police broke into an apartment in central Germany to find a woman's corpse sitting in front of a flickering TV - six months after she had died.

Google it: What do the French think of Anglos?
France

Google it: What do the French think of Anglos?

The French are every bit as interested in learning about Anglos as we are in understanding them. So who better to tell us than French Google. It may not be scientific but it is certainly insightful. See what it had to say about how the French view Anglos.

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Switzerland

UN condemns mass Egyptian death sentences

Egypt's mass sentencing to death of 529 alleged supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi is a breach of international human rights law, a United Nations spokesman in Geneva said on Tuesday.

Six reasons why Suárez is Spain’s best loved PM
Spain

Six reasons why Suárez is Spain’s best loved PM

The death of Spain's first democratic Prime Minister has unified political opponents and inspired a wave of mourning in a nation currently disenfranchised by those in power. Here The Local looks at six brief reasons why Adolfo Suárez will be remembered as Spain’s best modern leader.

Why I can’t embrace Sweden’s obsession with hugging
Sweden

Why I can’t embrace Sweden’s obsession with hugging

From The Local's archives: Oliver Gee simply can't come to grips with Swedes and their fascination with hugging. And he's not alone.

Cake shover, 60, on trial for Åkesson attack
Sweden

Cake shover, 60, on trial for Åkesson attack

A 60-year-old Swedish woman faced her first day on trial on Tuesday over the cake attack on Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson last year. The politician wants the "nice-looking lady" to pay for his dry-cleaning.

Italy’s Luxottica adds style to Google glasses
Italy

Italy’s Luxottica adds style to Google glasses

Luxottica, the Italian creator of style-conscious sunglasses the world over, has announced it will join forces with Google to design fashionable glasses with built-in technology.

UK inquest on Kercher death ends 7 years on
Italy

UK inquest on Kercher death ends 7 years on

Legal proceedings in England in the case of the murdered British exchange student Meredith Kercher came to an end on Tuesday, more than six years after her death in Italy.

Spain cracks down on deadly Latin crime gangs
Spain

Spain cracks down on deadly Latin crime gangs

Spanish police have arrested 35 people from a violent street gang born in El Salvador as part of a major crackdown on the growing threat from Latin American crime groups.

US woman sues Norway for gender discrimination
Norway

US woman sues Norway for gender discrimination

An American woman is suing Norway’s embassy in Washington DC for alleged gender discrimination after learning that her ex- employer paid a younger, less qualified male colleague much higher wages.

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France

Depardieu in ‘Proud to be Russian’ ad campaign

French actor Gérard Depardieu, who famously quit France in a huff over high taxes, has risked the wrath of the French president again by featuring in a luxury Swiss watch advertising campaign, which bears the slogan "Proud to be Russian".

Russia tests Germany’s new foreign policy
Germany

Russia tests Germany’s new foreign policy

Vladimir Putin’s move on Crimea has proven to be a moment of truth for German foreign policy, putting its pledge to play a more active role in international affairs to the test, argues Josef Janning from the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Vattenfall minister a ‘no-show’ at official hearing
Sweden

Vattenfall minister a ‘no-show’ at official hearing

Sweden's former enterprise minister has reportedly refused to answer to a parliamentary review looking into her actions in a disastrous deal made by taxpayer-owned Vattenfall.

Pictures: The Local’s Property of the Week
Sweden

Pictures: The Local’s Property of the Week

A pool of your own, a stone's throw away from the beach, and three storeys of modern living. Sounds like The Local's Property of the Week... Coming to you this time from Gothenburg.

More than half of Italians never exercise
Italy

More than half of Italians never exercise

Despite Italy boasting a World Cup-winning football team, a new study has revealed that the number of Italians who never do sport or other physical activity is on the rise and now sits above the European average on both counts.

Voters abandon Sweden Dem migration policy
Sweden

Voters abandon Sweden Dem migration policy

The Sweden Democrats saw voter support for their immigration policies sink to a near two-year low, revealed a new poll.

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France

‘Working’ guillotine goes up for auction in France

A 19th century French guillotine that was used to chop off a few heads over the years will go under the hammer in France on Thursday. And yes, it still works.

Video: Spaniards score World Press Prize
Spain

Video: Spaniards score World Press Prize

Three Spanish video journalists have seen their amazing film "Calcio Storico", which looks at an early form of football dating back to Florence in the 1500s, awarded third best "short feature" at the prestigious World Press Photo Awards.

Italian wins prize for ‘train surfing’ video
Italy

Italian wins prize for ‘train surfing’ video

An Italian photographer has won a prize in the World Press Photo Multimedia competition for a video depicting the often dangerous practice of “train surfing” in South Africa.

30,000 file past coffin of first democratic PM
Spain

30,000 file past coffin of first democratic PM

Throngs of mourners have filed past the coffin of Adolfo Suarez, the statesman who led Spain to democracy after the four-decade Franco dictatorship.

Bavaria plans online bureaucracy revolution
Germany

Bavaria plans online bureaucracy revolution

Bavaria's Finance Minister plans to kick-start an admin revolution, replacing Germany's notoriously paper-filled bureaucracy with a new online service.

Protester accused of attempted murder of cop
Spain

Protester accused of attempted murder of cop

A 21-year-old man arrested after Saturday's mass public demonstration in Madrid has been accused of striking a police officer on the head with a large stone and jailed while awaiting trial.

German Erasmus students hit record high
Germany

German Erasmus students hit record high

The number of Germans studying abroad through the Erasmus exchange programme has reached a record high. The education minister hailed the figures as "an encouraging sign for Europe's youth".

Twitter, Facebook sued for ‘abusive’ methods
France

Twitter, Facebook sued for ‘abusive’ methods

A French consumer watchdog group announced on Tuesday it was suing Twitter, Facebook and Google for allegedly breaking France's privacy laws. The lawsuit is the latest in a battle over privacy protection on social networks in France.

Italian baker in Obama visit chocolate giveaway
Italy

Italian baker in Obama visit chocolate giveaway

A baker from Puglia who named a chocolate cake after US President Barack Obama, is planning to give thousands away to mark the president's visit to Rome this week.

How March 25th became Sweden’s national Waffle Day, thanks to mispronunciation
Sweden

How March 25th became Sweden’s national Waffle Day, thanks to mispronunciation

Swedes tuck into waffles on March 25th in celebration of national Waffle Day (Våffeldagen), but did you know that the whole tradition is the result of a mispronunciation?

Swiss railways pass million-passenger mark
Switzerland

Swiss railways pass million-passenger mark

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) carried more than a million passengers a day in 2013 for the first time in its history, the state-owned rail operator said on Tuesday.

Italian schools are like a ‘dictatorship’: cardinal
Italy

Italian schools are like a ‘dictatorship’: cardinal

A Catholic cardinal on Monday lashed out at Italy's plan to tackle discrimination in schools, describing it as "a true dictatorship" that aimed to do away with parents' role.

Court: Politicians have too much power over TV
Germany

Court: Politicians have too much power over TV

Germany’s top court ruled on Tuesday morning that politicians have too much influence over the country's state broadcaster.

French roll out red carpet for Chinese president
France

French roll out red carpet for Chinese president

The Chinese president arrives on Tuesday in France for an official state visit that will include a concert at the Versailles palace, a posh state dinner and likely the signing of major, lucrative trade deals.

Ex-generals: Bring back conscription
Germany

Ex-generals: Bring back conscription

Mounting tension in the Crimea is prompting calls for compulsory military service to be reintroduced in Germany.

Nearly half of Spaniards never do any exercise
Spain

Nearly half of Spaniards never do any exercise

A new study has revealed that the number of Spanish people who never do sport or other physical activity is on the rise and now sits above the European average on both counts.

Artist defends Eiffel Tower coq dance in court
France

Artist defends Eiffel Tower coq dance in court

A South African artist who danced under the Eiffel Tower with a rooster tied to his penis defended his actions in a French court this week, stressing the fact that even a group of passing nuns did not lodge a complaint. He faces a fine of up to €1,000 for the stunt.

US tourists plan trips to Disney’s Frozen land
Norway

US tourists plan trips to Disney’s Frozen land

American tourists look set to descend on Norway by the planeload this summer to see with their own eyes the majestic landscape depicted in Disney’s Golden Globe-winning animation, Frozen, which has now taken more than $1 billion in the box office.

Bouncer banned for barring transsexuals
Spain

Bouncer banned for barring transsexuals

A landmark trial in Spain has seen a Barcelona judge revoke a local doorman's licence for a year after he prevented two transsexuals from entering the discotheque he was working at.

Sweden admits endemic discrimination of Roma
Sweden

Sweden admits endemic discrimination of Roma

The Swedish government on Tuesday will publish its white paper on the historic treatment of Roma, detailing systemic abuse and police opinion that it would be best to kill them off.

Basel watch fair opens amid uncertain times
Switzerland

Basel watch fair opens amid uncertain times

The world's biggest watch fair is set to open this week in Basel, offering an industry showcase for the world's most extravagant, rare and complex timepieces.

Sweden to play host to non-Fifa World Cup
Sweden

Sweden to play host to non-Fifa World Cup

Northern Sweden held the draw on Monday for an international football tournament with star players who all face one big problem - they have no country to represent, as they're stateless.

French bank to cut jobs in Ukraine over crisis
France

French bank to cut jobs in Ukraine over crisis

French bank BNP Paribas said Monday it plans to cut 1,600 jobs at its Ukrainian unit UkrSibBank by 2015 due to political uncertainty in the country.

German tourist killed by lightning
Germany

German tourist killed by lightning

A German tourist who was struck by lightning in Australia last week has died from her injuries, officials said on Tuesday.

Swede found after four days locked in bathroom
Sweden

Swede found after four days locked in bathroom

Stockholm police likely saved the life of someone who had been inadvertently locked in their own bathroom for four days.

France opens criminal probe into pollution spike
France

France opens criminal probe into pollution spike

Prosecutors in France have opened a criminal probe into the 'dangerous' spike in air pollution earlier this month that forced authorities to take drastic action. New figures released on Tuesday showed that air pollution kills seven million a year world wide.

Catholic Church launches child sex abuse probe
Germany

Catholic Church launches child sex abuse probe

Germany's Catholic Church on Monday launched a new study into sexual abuse by clergy after a first attempt involving criminologists ended in acrimony last year.

Bid to give foreigners the vote fails
Germany

Bid to give foreigners the vote fails

EU citizens should never be allowed to vote in parliamentary state elections, a regional court in Bremen ruled on Monday.

Italy defends olive oil against British fat attack
Italy

Italy defends olive oil against British fat attack

An Italian minister vowed on Monday to use his country's upcoming presidency of the European Union to pursue a campaign by southern EU producers against Britain's "traffic light" food labels.