Family members launch Chaplin museum work
Switzerland

Family members launch Chaplin museum work

After more than 14 years of discussions and stumbling blocks, work to turn screen legend Charlie Chaplin's Swiss home into a museum has finally begun, with the opening planned in early 2016.

Zlatan leads PSG to French league title
Sweden

Zlatan leads PSG to French league title

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic led PSG to the French league title on Wednesday for the second successive season, after nearest challengers Monaco were held to a draw by Guingamp.

Minister urges tax hikes for Italian frontaliers
Switzerland

Minister urges tax hikes for Italian frontaliers

Switzerland needs to change its agreement with Italy over the taxation of cross-border workers to make it less appealing for them to work in the canton of Ticino, Swiss Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf says.

Dalai Lama ‘not disappointed’ by Norway
Norway

Dalai Lama ‘not disappointed’ by Norway

The Dalai Lama said on Wednesday he held no grudges against Norway's government after they decided not to meet him on his trip to Oslo in order to avoid further damaging already fragile relations with China.

Man jailed in first major Swiss ‘sexting’ case
Switzerland

Man jailed in first major Swiss ‘sexting’ case

A Zurich district court on Wednesday sentenced a 22-year-old man from the canton of Basel Country to four and half years in jail in Switzerland’s first major “sexting” case.

Electric bikes take off in Austria
Austria

Electric bikes take off in Austria

Electric bikes continue to see growth in Austria, despite complaints from a right-wing politician that a new cycle path extension will cost more than 1,000 euros per metre.

PSG win Ligue 1 title for second year in a row
France

PSG win Ligue 1 title for second year in a row

Paris Saint-Germain were crowned champions of France's Ligue 1 on Wednesday night after closest rivals Monaco could only manage a draw against Guingamp.

Victim stabs three alleged rapists
Austria

Victim stabs three alleged rapists

A 23-year-old woman attacked by three men turned the tables on her attackers, leaving two of them seriously injured with stab wounds.

DSK Affair: Welcome to New York trailer released
France

DSK Affair: Welcome to New York trailer released

The trailer of the new film Welcome to New York, that's inspired by IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s epic downfall has been released on the website of a French magazine. Watch it for yourself here.

American tennis coach held over rape of pupils
France

American tennis coach held over rape of pupils

The French tennis world has been left in shock after an American coach was arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault against three of his female studentsat a tennis club near Paris and while on trips around France. One pupil was aged just 12 and the others in their teens.

Spanish club fined €12K in racist ‘banana row’
Spain

Spanish club fined €12K in racist ‘banana row’

Spanish football authorities fined league side Villareal €12,000($17,000) for racism by a fan who threw a banana at Barcelona's Brazilian player Dani Alves, a club source said on Wednesday.

Postwoman jailed for throwing 800 letters away
Germany

Postwoman jailed for throwing 800 letters away

A postwoman has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after she was found guilty of throwing away over 800 letters instead of delivering them.

Murderer flees jail using rope of knotted sheets
Italy

Murderer flees jail using rope of knotted sheets

Police have launched a manhunt after an inmate serving life for murder broke out of prison in Palermo, Sicily, on Wednesday using a rope of knotted sheets.

Man poses as police officer to score free beer
Spain

Man poses as police officer to score free beer

Armed with a 9mm gun and an army badge, the Valencia man in question stole the six-pack of beers from a local street-seller while posing as a policeman.

Berlin skyscraper too heavy for Alexanderplatz
Germany

Berlin skyscraper too heavy for Alexanderplatz

A bid to build Germany's tallest apartment block in central Berlin is in jeopardy amid fears the skyscraper will be so heavy it will crush the U-Bahn tunnel beneath it.

Cover your swastika or pay a 4,000 euro fine
Austria

Cover your swastika or pay a 4,000 euro fine

The owner of a tombstone dating from 1934 has said that Austrian police ordered him to cover up a swastika or pay a 4,000 euro fine.

Carl Espen losing ground in Eurovision stakes
Norway

Carl Espen losing ground in Eurovision stakes

Norwegian singer Carl Espen has dropped from third to eighth place in the list of the most likely competitor to win Eurovision, after a barnstorming performance by Sweden's Sanna Nielsen.

Frenchman kills cat for breaking Buddha statue
France

Frenchman kills cat for breaking Buddha statue

A Frenchman was due in court this week for killing his cat by throwing it into the washing machine in a fit of rage after the feline knocked over his statue of Buddha.

Five injured in train crash near Munich
Germany

Five injured in train crash near Munich

Five people were injured on Wednesday morning when a train smashed into a digger on the tracks near Munich.

Mein Kampf sale pulled by French auction house
France

Mein Kampf sale pulled by French auction house

For the second time in a matter of weeks a French auction house has withdrawn from sale items of Nazi memorabilia following a protest from a anti-Semitism watchdog body. Pierre Bergé & Associés had been intending to sell a rare first edition of Hitler's "Mein Kampf".

Nazi-era art collection donated to Bern museum
Switzerland

Nazi-era art collection donated to Bern museum

A vast Nazi-era art collection belonging to Cornelius Gurlitt is being donated to the Bern Museum of Fine Arts (Kunstmuseum) following the death of the German recluse on Tuesday.

Vienna schnitzel hammer attacker arrested
Austria

Vienna schnitzel hammer attacker arrested

An 88-year-old man has been arrested in Vienna on suspicion of attacking three women with a meat hammer.

Fifteen things that can happen ‘Only in Italy’
Italy

Fifteen things that can happen ‘Only in Italy’

Whether it’s the delicious food, the flirting or a dentist who flogs olive oil on the side, tweeters have united under the #OnlyinItaly hashtag to express what they find weird and wonderful about this country. See what they've had to say here.

Mitsubishi acquires metal producer Siemens VAI
Austria

Mitsubishi acquires metal producer Siemens VAI

Austria's largest metal producer Siemens VAI was acquired by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Wednesday leaving thousands of staff uncertain about their futures. Siemens VAI, formerly Voest-Alpine Industrieanlagenbau, has subsidiaries in Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy and the USA.

Germany is EU’s worst polluter
Germany

Germany is EU’s worst polluter

Germany is the European Union's worst polluter, with its carbon dioxide emissions rising by two percent in 2013 to 760 million tonnes, official data showed on Wednesday.

Swedish gang leader gets life for murder
Sweden

Swedish gang leader gets life for murder

A 31-year-old man from the criminal gang known as the "Original Gangsters" has been sentenced to life in prison for murder and attempted murder, after a gun attack in southern Sweden left a retired man dead.

Abba to Sanna: Sweden’s ten best Eurovision hits
Sweden

Abba to Sanna: Sweden’s ten best Eurovision hits

VIDEOS: With Eurovision in full swing next door and with Sweden in the running to win, The Local rounds up the best songs ever to represent Sweden in the annual pop extravaganza.

Le Monde: Crisis blamed on first woman top editor
France

Le Monde: Crisis blamed on first woman top editor

Last year Natalie Nougayrède was heralded when she became the first woman to land the top job at French newspaper Le Monde, but just over a year later she has blamed for causing a rebellion that saw seven senior editors resign, plunging the daily into a major crisis.

‘Carl Bildt is a hypocrite’: Swedish Pirate MEP
Sweden

‘Carl Bildt is a hypocrite’: Swedish Pirate MEP

UPDATED: As "digital natives" come of voting age, Swedish Pirate MEP Christian Engström believes the citizens who grew up with the internet could put up a real fight. And he calls Sweden's foreign minister a hypocrite.

Swedes doomed to die with mortgages: study
Sweden

Swedes doomed to die with mortgages: study

Most Swedes with a home mortgage are doomed to die before repaying their debt, according to a study published on Wednesday by Sweden's central bank.

Spanish ‘wall of death’ killing UK sharks
Spain

Spanish ‘wall of death’ killing UK sharks

Huge nets used by Spanish and Portuguese fishing fleets are creating a 'wall of death' for Britain's shark population, UK experts have warned. But a Spanish expert warns the problem may be about a lack of regulation of shark fishing.

Paris Picasso museum mired in new controversy
Spain

Paris Picasso museum mired in new controversy

The renowned Picasso museum in Paris has become embroiled in more controversy this week when local residents expressed their anger over the building of a new covered walkway, that they describe as "hideous". It comes after the museum's long-awaited reopening was delayed until September.

Norwegian posts losses on emergency charters
Norway

Norwegian posts losses on emergency charters

Norwegian Air Shuttle announced soaring losses for the first quarter on Wednesday amid controversies over measures to cut staff costs.

Spain’s top 10 drinks: The ultimate guide
Spain

Spain’s top 10 drinks: The ultimate guide

When it comes to delicious alcoholic drinks, there is a lot more to Spain than just sangría and cerveza (beer). Here The Local gives you the lowdown on the best that the country's bars have to offer.

FIFA ‘goes through hell’ over Brazil World Cup
Switzerland

FIFA ‘goes through hell’ over Brazil World Cup

Zurich-based FIFA, the planet's governing body for football, have "been through hell" over this summer's World Cup in Brazil, according to general secretary Jérôme Valcke.

Paris: Picasso museum mired in new controversy
France

Paris: Picasso museum mired in new controversy

The renowned Picasso museum has become embroiled in more controversy this week when local residents expressed their anger over the building of a new covered walkway, that they describe as "hideous". It comes after the museum's long-awaited reopening was delayed until September.

Ten English words only Germans use
Germany

Ten English words only Germans use

Most English-speakers will know exactly what words like bodybag, peeling and timer mean. But in German these familiar words are used to mean something completely different. How many of the English words in our Local List can you guess the meaning of?

Air France unveils new luxury first class suite
France

Air France unveils new luxury first class suite

Air France joined the battle to woo those who love to fly in luxury on Wednesday, when it unveiled its new "haute couture" suite for customers flying first class. But at €9,000 for a round trip ticket, the plush Le Premiere suite doesn't come cheap.

Italy climbs ‘best place to be a mum’ list
Italy

Italy climbs ‘best place to be a mum’ list

Italy has climbed six places in a world ranking of the best countries to be a mum, and has also been praised for an increase in the number of women politicians.

New law lets phone firms ‘steal’ Spanish roof tops
Spain

New law lets phone firms ‘steal’ Spanish roof tops

Spain's new telecommunications law will allow phone companies to expropriate private property to install mobile phone antennae and other infrastructure, a move which worries opposition groups.

Guggenheim architect wins top Spanish prize
Spain

Guggenheim architect wins top Spanish prize

Frank Gehry, the designer of Spain's iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, was on Wednesday awarded the country's prestigious Prince of Asturias Award For the Arts.

Norway’s National Day: An expat survival guide
Norway

Norway’s National Day: An expat survival guide

Norwegians are the only people in Scandinavia who really go in for national pageantry, and as this month's National Day marks the bicentenary of the country's constitution, it's going to be even more massive than usual. Here are some tips to help foreigners survive.

Sweden opens the gates to EU election voters
Sweden

Sweden opens the gates to EU election voters

EU Minister Birgitta Ohlsson officially opened the advance polls for the EU elections in Stockholm on Wednesday. She told The Local about why people should vote, the threat of looming Russia, and her fear of xenophobic parties.

French football club picks woman as manager
France

French football club picks woman as manager

French football club Clermont made a groundbreaking appointment this week when it named Helena Costa as the new manager of its first team. Costa's appointment means Clermont are the first professional French club to appoint a woman as manager of the men's team.

German students turn to private universities
Germany

German students turn to private universities

More and more German students are opting to study at private colleges and universities rather than state ones. Attendance rose by ten percent over the past year and has increased six-fold since 2001, despite some costing around €10,000 a semester.

Howzat? Germany enjoys cricket revival
Germany

Howzat? Germany enjoys cricket revival

Ever since the 19th century, Germany has had an on-off love affair with cricket. Now, an influx of players and a rise in interest means cricket is one of Germany’s fastest growing sports. Campbell Jefferys goes into bat to investigate.

Napoli fans want revenge over football shooting
Italy

Napoli fans want revenge over football shooting

Hardline Napoli supporters have pledged to get revenge against the “Roman bastard” who shot Ciro Esposito, who remains critically ill in hospital, ahead of a football game in Rome last Saturday.

Geneva ‘to pay cantonal banker’s full legal costs’
Switzerland

Geneva ‘to pay cantonal banker’s full legal costs’

The canton of Geneva must fork over more than three million francs ($3.4 million) to cover legal fees for the former head of the cantonal bank (BCGE) after he was acquitted of wrongdoing over massive losses suffered by the bank in the 1990s, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Repsol sells remaining stake in Argentina’s YPF
Spain

Repsol sells remaining stake in Argentina’s YPF

Spanish energy giant Repsol said on Wednesday it has sold most of its remaining 12-percent stake in former Argentine subsidiary YPF for $1.26 billion (€900 million), two years after control of the unit was seized by Buenos Aires.

Raft refugee vows to get to Britain ‘by any means’
France

Raft refugee vows to get to Britain ‘by any means’

An Afghan migrant rescued by French coastguards after a failed attempt to cross the Channel on a makeshift raft says he has twice tried to swim across and will not give up until he finally makes it to Britain.

Bank robbers ‘disguised themselves as police’
Italy

Bank robbers ‘disguised themselves as police’

Three men have been arrested in Rome charged with systematically robbing banks while disguised as police officers over a two-year period.

Swedish Olympic torch fetches fortune
Sweden

Swedish Olympic torch fetches fortune

One wealthy sports fan has snapped up an Olympic torch used in the Stockholm Equestrian Games of 1956 for 2.6 million kronor ($412,500) in one of the expensive Olympic memorabilia purchases of all time.

Hackers target Orange in massive client data theft
France

Hackers target Orange in massive client data theft

French mobile phone giant Orange revealed this week that it had been hit by a massive new theft of personal data, that has affected 1.3 million customers. It comes just three months after info on 800,000 Orange subscribers was stolen.

Cocaine-filled pineapples seized by Spain
Spain

Cocaine-filled pineapples seized by Spain

Police at the southern Spanish port city of Algeciras have discovered a ship container with pineapples stuffed full of 2,500 kilos of cocaine.

Swiss jobs picture continues to brighten
Switzerland

Swiss jobs picture continues to brighten

The jobless rate in Switzerland fell for a second consecutive month in April to 3.2 percent from 3.3 percent in March, according to government figures released on Wednesday.

Norway woman drugged and raped in Spain
Norway

Norway woman drugged and raped in Spain

A Norwegian woman has been drugged and raped after watching a football match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Denmark's Ekstra Bladet tabloid reported on Wednesday.

Merkel gives up bread for carrots and loses 10kg
Germany

Merkel gives up bread for carrots and loses 10kg

Europe’s most powerful woman has given up biscuits, bread and raw pork. The diet has helped Chancellor Angela Merkel lose 10 kilogrammes since December.

Aircraft noise makes you fat: Swedish study
Sweden

Aircraft noise makes you fat: Swedish study

Living beside an airport can make your stomach bigger, a Swedish study revealed on Wednesday, due to an increase in stress hormones which can often expand the stomach.

French cabbie to face retrial for killing Swede
Sweden

French cabbie to face retrial for killing Swede

An illegal taxi driver convicted of the 2008 brutal kidnapping and murder of a Swedish student will be retried at a court of appeal this month, after claiming police fabricated evidence against him.

Norwegian shocks union with text message threat
Norway

Norwegian shocks union with text message threat

Norwegian Air Shuttle staff announced a strike on Wednesday morning, after the airline's management brought weeks of negotiations to an angry conclusion with a threatening text message to all company staff.

Paris cabbie faces retrial for Swede’s brutal killing
France

Paris cabbie faces retrial for Swede’s brutal killing

An illegal taxi driver convicted of the 2008 brutal kidnapping and murder of a Swedish student after picking her up outside a Paris nightclub will be retried at a court of appeal this month, after claiming police fabricated evidence against him. (pictured).

Fiat Chrysler lays out global push
Italy

Fiat Chrysler lays out global push

Newly merged Fiat Chrysler Automobiles laid out aggressive plans Tuesday, including a revitalization of the Alfa Romeo sports-car line and the doubling of Jeep sales, mainly in China.

Millions could pay less health insurance
Germany

Millions could pay less health insurance

Around 20 million people in Germany could pay less health insurance from 2015 after reserves in health funds swelled to €30 billion.

Vattenfall abandons research on CO2 storage
Sweden

Vattenfall abandons research on CO2 storage

Swedish energy giant Vattenfall has announced that it has given up its research on CO2 capture and storage, intended to make the company's coal power plants greener.

Spanish team could help find kidnapped Nigerians
Spain

Spanish team could help find kidnapped Nigerians

Forensic DNA technology could help identify and reunite with their families the more than 200 Nigerian girls who were kidnapped by Islamist militants, and Spanish and US scientists are ready to help free of charge.

Zidane ‘lined up for job as Bordeaux manager’
France

Zidane ‘lined up for job as Bordeaux manager’

French footballing legend Zinedine Zidane could be about to land his first job as a coach, if rumours in France this week are to be believed. Zidane, currently an assistant at Real Madrid, is reported to be lined up to become the manager at Bordeaux.

Gurlitt art collection to head to Switzerland
Germany

Gurlitt art collection to head to Switzerland

A vast Nazi-era art collection belonging to Cornelius Gurlitt will head to a Swiss museum following the death of the German recluse on Tuesday.

China to send police ‘to help patrol Paris streets’
France

China to send police ‘to help patrol Paris streets’

Police in Paris will draft in reinforcements from Beijing to help protect Chinese visitors to the city this summer, according to reports this week. Chinese tourists have been the target of some recent high profile muggings and attacks.

‘We’re united in our support of Ukraine’
Italy

‘We’re united in our support of Ukraine’

Energy ministers from the G7 group of leading world economies agreed on Tuesday to help Ukraine after Russia threatened to halt gas supplies over unpaid bills in a move that could create havoc in Europe.

Italy’s Finmeccanica switches to loss
Italy

Italy’s Finmeccanica switches to loss

Italian industrial and aerospace giant Finmeccanica on Tuesday reported a €12 million($17-million) first quarter loss compared to a €6.0 million profit a year earlier due to European and US defence cuts.

‘Give China Nobel Prize’: Norway’s richest man
Norway

‘Give China Nobel Prize’: Norway’s richest man

Norway's richest man has called for China to get the Nobel Peace Prize, fuelling the controversy over the Norwegian government's refusal to meet the Dalai Lama.

Flotation tank falls off Concordia wreck
Italy

Flotation tank falls off Concordia wreck

A giant flotation tank attached to the Costa Concordia cruise ship in Italy to help raise the luxury liner from its watery grave fell off on Tuesday in a move that could delay the salvage but caused no injuries.

Swedish football star in talks with PSG
Sweden

Swedish football star in talks with PSG

Swedish midfielder Caroline Seger is in talks with Paris Saint-German, the Tyresö FC player's agent has confirmed.