Basel uni experts find 50 Egyptian mummies
Switzerland

Basel uni experts find 50 Egyptian mummies

University of Basel experts helped discover a vast necropolis with around 50 mummies, including pharaonic royalty, in Egypt's famed Valley of the Kings near the temple city of Luxor, officials said on Monday.

Heavy snow dogs ‘glacier patrol’ competition
Switzerland

Heavy snow dogs ‘glacier patrol’ competition

Thousands of mountaineering skiers were due to make their final preparations on Tuesday for a gruelling race through the Swiss Alps that is billed as the toughest in the world.

Defence minister under fire for ‘sexist’ speeches
Switzerland

Defence minister under fire for ‘sexist’ speeches

Swiss Defence Minister Ueli Maurer is under attack for repeatedly making sexist comments in a gag used to promote the planned purchase of Swedish Gripen fighter jets by the state.

Norway government puts Utøya memorial on hold
Norway

Norway government puts Utøya memorial on hold

Norway's government on Monday yielded to protests against the controversial planned memorial to those murdered in the Utøya gun massacre, delaying the start of work on the scheme for a year.

Norway charity opens huge refugee camp
Norway

Norway charity opens huge refugee camp

The Norwegian Refugee Council on Monday welcomed the first family to its shelters in a massive new camp in Azraq, Jordan, built to house refugees from the civil war in nearby Syria.

Fed-up expats complain of being ‘Switzerlanded’
Switzerland

Fed-up expats complain of being ‘Switzerlanded’

An English-language phrase coined by users of the English Forum, a network of expats in Switzerland, is sparking controversy in the mountain country.

Raising the bar for law & business in Germany
Germany

Raising the bar for law & business in Germany

Whether you are a lawyer or a businessperson, a sound knowledge of both the law and commerce will likely enhance your career prospects. The Local caught up with a Dean from the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg to discuss its degree programs which combine both legal and business expertise.

May holidays to cost French economy millions
France

May holidays to cost French economy millions

An unusual string of public holidays in May this year could cost France millions, if not billions, in lost productivity. The hidden problem is that the days off lead to extended weekends known as ‘ponts’ (bridges).

How to get a pay rise in France in 2014
France

How to get a pay rise in France in 2014

If you are working for a company in France and were hoping for a pay rise this year, you are likely to be disappointed. A new study shows tighter budgets mean many companies will not be offering them in 2014. Although it’s not impossible to get one, if you follow these expert tips.

‘I did it for his own good’: Dad who killed baby
Spain

‘I did it for his own good’: Dad who killed baby

A Madrid man wrote a chilling letter before cutting the throat of his 19-month-old baby and seriously injuring his five-year-old son.

‘A good tour is like a novel: spoilers included’
Spain

‘A good tour is like a novel: spoilers included’

His Spanish Civil War tours are the top-rated activity for Barcelona on TripAdvisor, and growing in popularity all the time. For the latest instalment of My Spanish Career, we speak to successful tour guide and story-teller Nick Lloyd.

One in five under-18s gambles in Italy
Italy

One in five under-18s gambles in Italy

Twenty percent of Italians under the age of 18 have gambled and not enough parents are aware of the dangers, a new study has revealed.

Dell’Utri appeal over arrest rejected
Italy

Dell’Utri appeal over arrest rejected

A Palermo court on Monday rejected an appeal against an arrest warrant issued for Marcello Dell'Utri, former aide to ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi, paving the way for his extradition back to Italy where he faces charges over mafia ties.

Holcim posts plunging profits for first quarter
Switzerland

Holcim posts plunging profits for first quarter

Swiss cement group Holcim, which is poised to merge with French rival Lafarge to create a global concrete behemoth, says that its profits plunged by 58 percent in the first quarter from the same period a year earlier.

Anti-racism head seized on fraud charges
Norway

Anti-racism head seized on fraud charges

Police have arrested the head of a controversial Norwegian antiracism organisation on suspicion of embezzling millions of kroner in public funds given to the organisation over the past decade.

Mystery wax clumps wash up on Rügen beach
Germany

Mystery wax clumps wash up on Rügen beach

White clumps of paraffin the size of tennis balls are washing up on the beaches a Baltic island in the second mysterious pollutant spill to hit the Baltic Sea island within a month.

‘I am a friend of Germany’: Berlusconi
Italy

‘I am a friend of Germany’: Berlusconi

Italy's Silvio Berlusconi insisted he is a friend of Jewish people and Germany on Monday in a bid to quell international outrage sparked by his controversial remarks about the Holocaust.

Politician punched by ‘fanatical’ Catalan woman
Spain

Politician punched by ‘fanatical’ Catalan woman

The leader of Catalonia's Socialist Party has been punched and insulted by a 50-year-old woman outside a cathedral, an attack he later blamed on his anti-independence stance.

Social Democrat budget targets schools
Sweden

Social Democrat budget targets schools

Sweden's main opposition party the Social Democrats presented its shadow budget on Monday, focusing on fewer students per teacher and how to tackle youth unemployment.

Intern barred from hotel over headscarf
Italy

Intern barred from hotel over headscarf

Staff at a hotel in central Italy have refused to let a tourism student do an internship with them, because she refused to take off her Islamic veil.

French PM aims to quell revolt ahead of key vote
France

French PM aims to quell revolt ahead of key vote

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls wrote to Socialist MPs on Monday pleading with them to back his program of spending cuts, which goes before a vote in the National Assembly on Monday. Valls described the vote as a "moment of truth" for France.

Tag of WWI soldier returned 100 years on
Germany

Tag of WWI soldier returned 100 years on

The fate of a German soldier killed in World War I has been uncovered almost 100 years after his death.

Germany: Berlusconi Holocaust claim ‘absurd’
Germany

Germany: Berlusconi Holocaust claim ‘absurd’

UPDATE: The German government on Monday dismissed as "absurd" remarks by former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi about the Holocaust which have sparked outrage across Europe.

Spain goes bananas for anti-racism campaign
Spain

Spain goes bananas for anti-racism campaign

FC Barcelona player Dani Alves decided to eat a banana thrown at him during Sunday's game against Villareal, a quick-witted reaction which is quickly turning into a worldwide anti-racism campaign with the help of his teammate Neymar.

‘I don’t pick up gays’: French Uber driver fired
France

‘I don’t pick up gays’: French Uber driver fired

A driver for car hire service Uber was fired this weekend because he refused to give a lift to two gay men after telling them homosexuals aren't allowed in his vehicle.

Eurotunnel cuts prices to boost freight services
France

Eurotunnel cuts prices to boost freight services

Eurotunnel, which operates trains through the Channel tunnel, announced on Monday a series of price cuts for freight. The move was welcomed by the European Commission which had begun legal action to try to force the firm to lower charges and increase traffic.

Consumer confidence in Italy at four-year high
Italy

Consumer confidence in Italy at four-year high

Consumer confidence in Italy has risen to the highest level since January 2010, according to the latest figures from national statistics agency, Istat, showing increasing optimism about the future of the country's economy.

Porn films leave young Frenchmen with complex
France

Porn films leave young Frenchmen with complex

A study that looks into the impact of pornographic films on the sex lives and psyche of the French people has revealed that many young men have been left with a complex over the size of their penis and more and more French couples are making sex tapes.

Berlusconi’s Holocaust comments spark outrage
Italy

Berlusconi’s Holocaust comments spark outrage

Jean-Claude Juncker, candidate to head the European Commission, on Monday called on former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi to withdraw remarks about Germany and the Holocaust which have caused outrage.

Spain to set up UK-style paedophile register
Spain

Spain to set up UK-style paedophile register

Spain is planning to set up a register of registered sex offenders as part of new legislation designed to protect the country's children, but the details need ironing out, experts say.

The jobs most likely to make you sick
Germany

The jobs most likely to make you sick

The number of sick days taken each year depends on both where you live and your job, according to health insurance figures. JobTalk reveals Germany’s sickliest states and professions.

Women behind bars: Spain tops EU table
Spain

Women behind bars: Spain tops EU table

Spain has seen its female prison population grow tenfold over the last 30 years, making it the country in Europe with the highest rate of women behind bars.

Bundesbank warns of German slowdown
Germany

Bundesbank warns of German slowdown

German economic growth is heading for a significant slowdown in the second quarter of 2014 after a robust first three months, the German central bank said on Monday.

Three bodies found in fire mystery
Germany

Three bodies found in fire mystery

UPDATE: A young family was killed after a fire ravaged a building in Duisburg early on Monday morning. They died of smoke inhalation, police said on Tuesday. The blaze broke out in a takeaway below residential apartments overnight.

What do Danes really think about the Swedes?
Sweden

What do Danes really think about the Swedes?

We've all heard the stereotypes about the Swedes, but what do Sweden's neighbours think? On a recent trip to Copenhagen, The Local hit the streets to learn exactly what Danes think about their neighbours to the east.

Germany condemns Ukraine hostage capture
Germany

Germany condemns Ukraine hostage capture

UPDATE: Germany has "strongly condemned" the capturing of international observers by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, including four Germans.

Swedish EU hopefuls confess to drug use
Sweden

Swedish EU hopefuls confess to drug use

As Swedish media reveal their 'Who should you vote for?' tests on Monday, tabloid Aftonbladet has singled out eight European parliament candidates who have all confessed to using narcotics.

Alstom: Hollande to meet rival US, German bidders
France

Alstom: Hollande to meet rival US, German bidders

In an effort to protect French interests and jobs, President François Hollande will meet on Monday with bosses from US-based GE and German firm Seimens as they battle to buy-out French industrial giant Alstom.

Burkhalter urges release of Ukraine observers
Switzerland

Burkhalter urges release of Ukraine observers

Swiss President Didier Burkhalter, chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has condemned the kidnapping of a team of international observers in Ukraine, saying his organization was working "at all levels" to secure their release.

Trainer jailed after severe regime kills woman
Italy

Trainer jailed after severe regime kills woman

A personal trainer who took 98-kilo woman for a three-hour run, followed by a sauna session, has been jailed by a court in northern Italy for causing her death.

‘Too few of Sweden’s billionaires are self made’
Sweden

‘Too few of Sweden’s billionaires are self made’

The government has made the life of small business owners in Sweden easier, but there's a danger in thinking that those reforms also unlock the potential for true entrepreneurship, argues liberal commentator Nima Sanandaji.

‘Jealous’ pensioner stabs prostitute
Italy

‘Jealous’ pensioner stabs prostitute

A 74-year-old pensioner has confessed to stabbing his prostitute ex-girlfriend five times in a jealous rage, Italian media has reported.

Air France exec ‘ran €2m-a-year prostitution ring’
France

Air France exec ‘ran €2m-a-year prostitution ring’

A senior Air France manager has been charged for running a prostitution ring with his wife, according to media reports in France, in which the exec is alleged to have flown Brazilian prostitutes to Paris using a perk of his job with the airline.

Law could force Spanish kids to do housework
Spain

Law could force Spanish kids to do housework

Children will be legally obliged to do housework and respect their school teachers under a new draft law approved in the Spanish Parliament on Friday.

Riders find dismembered horses in Norway woods
Norway

Riders find dismembered horses in Norway woods

Two dismembered horses and a dead cat have been found dumped in the forests outside Larvik, Norway, triggering an investigation by local police.

‘My pension won’t be enough’: Swedes
Sweden

‘My pension won’t be enough’: Swedes

Eight of ten Swedes now believe they won't get a pension that will cover their living expenses after retiring, a Gothenburg University study has revealed. Women were more likely to feel despondent than men were.

Dancer puts new twist on Picasso painting
Spain

Dancer puts new twist on Picasso painting

Pablo Picasso's anti-war masterpiece "Guernica", one of the world's most iconic paintings, served on Sunday as a backdrop to a dance performance for the first time in its 77-year history.

‘Welcome to Paris’: Minister charms Chinese
France

‘Welcome to Paris’: Minister charms Chinese

The French foreign minister Laurent Fabius greeted Chinese tourists off the plane at Charles-de-Gaulle airport on Monday morning, to set an example for his fellow Parisians on how to welcome visitors. However it seems Fabius is not well known among Chinese people.

Court bans Muslim pupil from wearing face veil
Germany

Court bans Muslim pupil from wearing face veil

A court in Bavaria has banned a school pupil from wearing a face veil during lessons, rejecting her argument that she had a constitutional right to do so.

Train company’s illiterate tweet goes viral
Spain

Train company’s illiterate tweet goes viral

A reply sent out by Spain's state rail network Renfe to a Twitter user with serious spelling difficulties has turned into a trending topic on the social media platform.

Man sets self and daughter ablaze
Italy

Man sets self and daughter ablaze

A man in central Italy has killed himself and his five-year-old daughter by setting the car they were in on fire, in front of the girl’s mother.

Tick bites cause blood clots: Swedish scientists
Sweden

Tick bites cause blood clots: Swedish scientists

Gothenburg medical researchers have warned of a new tick-borne infection, which can lead to blood clots. Sweden has diagnosed one third of all cases worldwide.

Inside trading ‘suspected’ in Holcim-Lafarge merger
Switzerland

Inside trading ‘suspected’ in Holcim-Lafarge merger

The federal prosecutor’s office is looking into launching a probe into insider trading linked to the announced merger of cement companies Swiss-based Holcim and French company Lafarge.

Swiss Post sorters steal gadgets worth $114,000
Switzerland

Swiss Post sorters steal gadgets worth $114,000

Swiss Post, operator of the national post office, says two of its former employees stole parcels containing merchandise worth around 100,000 francs ($114,000) from one of its sorting centres near Lausanne in the canton of Vaud.

‘Norway is kowtowing to China’: Breivik lawyer
Norway

‘Norway is kowtowing to China’: Breivik lawyer

The Oslo lawyer who led the defence of far-right terrorist Anders Breivik has slammed Norway's government for its 'capitulation' to China over the Dalai Lama.

British family seeks truth over daughter’s death
Italy

British family seeks truth over daughter’s death

In 2012, a 30-year-old British woman was found dead in a small village in the southern Italian region of Campania. She had ten stab wounds to the throat, in what police later dismissed as suicide. This week the case risks being closed for good, unless the family’s lawyer can convince an Italian court that she was brutally murdered. Rosie Scammell investigates.

Bouncy castle accident injures 23
Spain

Bouncy castle accident injures 23

Twenty three people were injured on Sunday when high winds blew away five bouncy castles with children still inside them at an exhibition of vintage cars in Spain, local officials said.

Court jails ‘Nutella gang’ for 15 years
Germany

Court jails ‘Nutella gang’ for 15 years

A group, labelled the "Nutella gang" for stealing 2,500 jars of the chocolate spread, have been jailed for 15 years and six months.

‘Going to war with Russia makes no sense’: France
France

‘Going to war with Russia makes no sense’: France

France on Sunday warned of "incalculable consequences" if the situation in Ukraine deteriorates, calling on Russia and on pro-Russian rebels in the former Soviet republic to de-escalate the crisis.

Stressed Swedish teachers often off sick
Sweden

Stressed Swedish teachers often off sick

Swedish teachers have taken out stress-related sick leave more than the labour market average for years, and the discrepancy has become ever bigger - "You always feel like a failure".

Chain seeks state cash for ‘humanist schools’
Norway

Chain seeks state cash for ‘humanist schools’

Norway's largest private school chain has applied to open seven state-funded 'humanist' schools in the country, hoping to scoop up government funding available to Christian and Muslim religious schools.

Swede survives plane crash in Stockholm sea
Sweden

Swede survives plane crash in Stockholm sea

A Swedish man has lived to tell the tale of crashing his plane upside-down into the waters of the Stockholm archipelago.

Protesters stop neo-Nazi march after 200 metres
Germany

Protesters stop neo-Nazi march after 200 metres

UPDATE: A neo-Nazi rally ended after 200 metres on Saturday after hundreds of people stopped them from marching into an ethnically-diverse Berlin neighbourhood. Police arrested 16 people and 17 officers were injured.

PSG blow chance to seal French league title
France

PSG blow chance to seal French league title

French league leaders Paris Saint-Germain squandered their chance to wrap up their second consecutive Ligue 1 title after drawing at lowly Sochaux on Sunday. PSG however remain eight points clear with three games to go. Catch up on all the latest Ligue 1 action.

US drug giant Pfizer confirms AstraZeneca bid
Sweden

US drug giant Pfizer confirms AstraZeneca bid

US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer confirmed on Monday that it had put in a bid to takeover Anglo-Swedish drug giant AstraZeneca.

German neo-Nazis head to France to party
France

German neo-Nazis head to France to party

A recent German neo-Nazi party held in a tiny French village left local villagers and authoriies shocked. But it was just one of an increasing number of gatherings held across the border as German neo-Nazis take advantage of the less-stringent French laws.

Swedes change their names in hordes
Sweden

Swedes change their names in hordes

Swedish people with common surnames are legally choosing new ones more than ever before, with the trend expected to continue as the name-swap rules become simpler.

Expat life inspires Geneva-based writer
Switzerland

Expat life inspires Geneva-based writer

After living in many places, New York-born writer Anne Korkeakivi is now based in Geneva, where she speaks to The Local about how being an expat inspired her first novel, An Unexpected Guest.