Secretive group holds meeting in Copenhagen
Denmark

Secretive group holds meeting in Copenhagen

Protests against the annual gathering of global elites were relatively subdued but both the lack of transparency and cost of security ruffled feathers in the capital city.

Bill Bailey’s lyrical love affair with German
Germany

Bill Bailey’s lyrical love affair with German

Germany may not be British comedy's natural home, but it hasn't stopped comic Bill Bailey visiting Berlin on his whistle-stop Europe tour. The Local caught up with him under a giant fish tank to pick his brains.

Top 10: Spain’s hottest male celebrities
Spain

Top 10: Spain’s hottest male celebrities

For everyone out there with a thing for Spanish men, The Local has put together a list of the best looking machos roaming the land. Bon appétit!

Officials censor ‘lesbian kiss’ ad in French town
France

Officials censor ‘lesbian kiss’ ad in French town

Gay activists are outraged after officials in a Paris suburb ordered the removal of artsy advertisements which appeared to show two stunning women about to kiss. But wait, it gets even worse.

Up, up and away – a week in pictures
Germany

Up, up and away – a week in pictures

It wasn't all politics in the aftermath of the European elections. This week's pictorial review takes us via an abandoned airport-park into the stratosphere and back down to earth again.

Prada: one of the world’s most powerful women
Italy

Prada: one of the world’s most powerful women

Despite being described as a "reluctant heiress", Miuccia Prada has taken the reigns of her family's fashion house and made it a global brand. The Local looks at the life of the billionaire designer, on and off the catwalk.

Real Madrid punished over racist fans
Spain

Real Madrid punished over racist fans

Spanish foobtall club Real Madrid will see part of their Santiago Bernabéu stadium closed to fans after some supporters engaged in racist behaviour in the team's Champions League semi-finals clash against German side Bayern Munich.

Half Norwegians overweight: Gates study
Norway

Half Norwegians overweight: Gates study

Norwegians may see themselves as sporty outdoorsy types, but according to a new global study funded by US billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, more than half of the population is now clinically overweight.

Austria’s oldest winery marks 900 years
Austria

Austria’s oldest winery marks 900 years

Travel north of Vienna, and you enter the scenic state of Lower Austria. Passing apple, apricot, and pear orchards, you reach the oldest and largest winery in the country - the Klosterneuburg monastery.

Shock winner: Spain’s best wrinkle cream
Spain

Shock winner: Spain’s best wrinkle cream

In an industry dominated by luxury, the best anti-wrinkle cream in Spain costs only €2.99 ($4). This is the surprise finding of a new study by the country's main consumer watchdog.

‘Nigel Farage is not racist’: Beppe Grillo
Italy

‘Nigel Farage is not racist’: Beppe Grillo

Beppe Grillo has hit back at criticism from those within his Five Star Movement party about his newfound friendship with Nigel Farage, the leader of UKip, saying the British politician “is not racist”.

Barcelona backs down over squat demolition
Spain

Barcelona backs down over squat demolition

The town hall of Barcelona on Friday called a halt to the demolition of an illegally occupied building after four nights of violent protests followed their decision to evict residents.

Merkel backs Juncker for next EC president
Germany

Merkel backs Juncker for next EC president

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Jean-Claude Juncker of Luxembourg should become the next European Commission president, succeeding Portugal's Jose Manuel Barroso.

Controversy over Nazi victim memorial
Austria

Controversy over Nazi victim memorial

A long running debate over the location of a controversial memorial to murdered deserters of Hitler's army in the town of Goldegg, near Salzburg, has finally arrived at an interim solution.

French farmers ‘detained’ president’s advisor
France

French farmers ‘detained’ president’s advisor

A farmers’ rights group angry over the arrest of some of its members, ‘detained’ one of the French president’s agricultural advisers on Friday, which capped off a terrible week for the historically unpopular leader.

The Swede sending a house to the moon
Sweden

The Swede sending a house to the moon

Swedish artist Mikael Genberg's crazy idea of sending a sculpture in the shape of a house to the moon looks set to become a reality. For daring to go where no artist has gone before he's our Swede of the week. Obviously.

Celebrities arrive in Vienna for Life Ball
Austria

Celebrities arrive in Vienna for Life Ball

The first of a host of celebrity Life Ball guests have landed in Vienna, direct from New York on a special Boeing plane - and were greeted with champagne, music and lots of cameras.

Costa Concordia to be scrapped in Italy
Italy

Costa Concordia to be scrapped in Italy

An Italian port has beaten off foreign competition to scrap the hulk of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that sank off the Tuscan coast in 2012, leaving 32 dead.

Norway’s FA bans Russia gay rights protest
Norway

Norway’s FA bans Russia gay rights protest

Norway's Football Association said it had banned political messages backing Ukraine or homosexuals during a friendly match against Russia on Saturday in Oslo.

Rome paves way for Colosseum weddings
Italy

Rome paves way for Colosseum weddings

Rome's city council has voted to open up public buildings, including the city's most famous monuments, for wedding ceremonies, Italian media reported on Friday.

Austrians ‘pay too much tax’
Austria

Austrians ‘pay too much tax’

A new OECD study of 34 countries shows Austrians pay the third highest level of tax, and there are calls from a number of groups for urgent and sweeping reforms.

Cleared ex-president claims he was framed
Germany

Cleared ex-president claims he was framed

Germany's former president Christian Wulff has written a book telling his account of the corruption scandal which pushed him from office, his subsequent trial and his eventual acquittal, in which he argues he was set up.

One fifth of young Germans live in poverty
Germany

One fifth of young Germans live in poverty

Poverty among young Germans is on the rise, a new study shows. Reasons for the increase are thought to be failings in education and vocational training.

France’s Depardieu pays ‘tiny’ tax rate in Russia
France

France’s Depardieu pays ‘tiny’ tax rate in Russia

French actor Gerard Depardieu's protest against high taxes in France may have paid off, with reports saying he is subject to a single-digit rate in his adopted home of Russia.

Thank you Germans for your love of nature
Germany

Thank you Germans for your love of nature

The German love of nature keeps this country beautiful and its city dwellers sane, as writer Liv Hambrett discovers.

Rihanna ‘hard to please’, Norway’s Stargate reveal
Norway

Rihanna ‘hard to please’, Norway’s Stargate reveal

Norwegian producer duo Stargate has opened up for the first time about what it's like to work with Rihanna, the R&B singer behind hits like "Diamonds" and "Only Girl (In the World)".

Swedish cops clear freezer to house alligator
Sweden

Swedish cops clear freezer to house alligator

Police were forced to empty out their icebox to accommodate a half-eaten alligator which was found dead on a nature trail in southern Sweden.

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Spain

Spain reports weak inflation in May

Spain on Friday reported a feeble increase in consumer prices in May as the eurozone struggled with the spectre of an economically damaging deflationary spiral.

Bedbug plague spreads across Spain
Spain

Bedbug plague spreads across Spain

A Madrid neighbourhood fighting to get rid of the bothersome parasites has raised the alarm over a problem being seen across Spain. Experts say there are 70 percent more bedbugs now than five years ago.

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Norway

Norway police ready to storm Greenpeace ship

Police are prepared to take action against Greenpeace's ship Esperanza as soon as they receive the legal go ahead, the chief of police in Troms said on Friday.

Six terror suspects arrested in Spain raids
Spain

Six terror suspects arrested in Spain raids

Spanish security forces launched pre-dawn raids on Friday to break up a jihadist cell in Spain's north African territory of Melilla, arresting six suspects, the government said.

Italy-Russia trade jumped to €31 billion in 2013
Italy

Italy-Russia trade jumped to €31 billion in 2013

Trade between Italy and Russia reached €31 billion last year, with imports to Italy up 9.5 percent on 2012, according to figures released on Thursday by the Milan Chamber of Commerce.

Spanish city’s ‘virgin’ hotline angers locals
Spain

Spanish city’s ‘virgin’ hotline angers locals

Residents in the southern Spanish city of Seville are up in arms over a recorded message on the local town hall's switchboard which provides information about a religious event, describing it as a "scandal".

Actor Karlheinz Böhm dies aged 86
Austria

Actor Karlheinz Böhm dies aged 86

Böhm became famous in Austria and Germany for his role as Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria in the Sissi trilogy, starring alongside Romy Schneider.

Bern scientists help find deadly virus ‘cure’
Switzerland

Bern scientists help find deadly virus ‘cure’

An international team of scientists involving Swiss researchers say they have identified a compound that can fight coronaviruses, responsible for the SARS and MERS outbreaks, which currently have no cure.

Why do Swedes like to be ‘alone together’?
Sweden

Why do Swedes like to be ‘alone together’?

Swedes like conforming to their national norms - but they do it individually. Contributor Steven Schier muses about culture and why Swedes like to be "alone together".

Arsonist gets 18 years for murdering pensioner
Sweden

Arsonist gets 18 years for murdering pensioner

A 27-year old man who strangled and then stabbed a 90-year-old woman to death before setting her house on fire has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Puppy found in bin at train station
Austria

Puppy found in bin at train station

In a heartless act of animal cruelty, a man threw a puppy into a rubbish bin at Vienna's Westbahnhof station.

Proposed shopping hours law faces hurdles
Switzerland

Proposed shopping hours law faces hurdles

A proposed federal law to set uniform national opening hours for shops is running into opposition from cantons, municipalities and unions representing store workers.

Slim aims for 51 percent of Telekom Austria
Austria

Slim aims for 51 percent of Telekom Austria

The Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is aiming for 51 percent of Telekom Austria with his company America Movil.

What do Norwegians really think of Swedes?
Norway

What do Norwegians really think of Swedes?

The languages are much the same and they always give each other shedloads of points at Eurovision. Is there much to separate these Scandi cousins? The Local's Patrick Reilly finds out.

Asylum seeker centre overflowing
Austria

Asylum seeker centre overflowing

Traiskirchen, Austria's principal reception centre for refugees is overflowing once again, prompting the town's new mayor to demand a solution.

‘The Scream’ appears in a tree stump
Norway

‘The Scream’ appears in a tree stump

“I felt as though a vast, endless scream passed through nature,” painter Edvard Munch famously wrote. But he didn't mean it quite as literally as this.

Horror dentist ‘botched surgeries’
Austria

Horror dentist ‘botched surgeries’

The Upper Austrian Dental Association has filed a malpractice complaint against a dentist working in Wels after the magistrates office received a letter that he was regularly botching operations.

Flights at risk as strike hits Italy airports
Italy

Flights at risk as strike hits Italy airports

Flights in Milan and Rome could be delayed or cancelled on Friday as airport workers go on strike, while Italy’s public transport system will also grind to a halt as staff stage a nationwide walkout.

‘I’m not returning to politics’: Mario Monti
Italy

‘I’m not returning to politics’: Mario Monti

Italy’s former prime minister, Mario Monti, has said he has no intention of returning to politics after he was linked to the ruling Democratic Party.

Bill targets e-cigarettes, tobacco pack branding
France

Bill targets e-cigarettes, tobacco pack branding

France could ban e-cigarettes in public places as well as company logos and colours from tobacco packaging under tough new legislation that is to be introduced next month. Opposition is expected.

Frenchman to give away most of lotto jackpot
France

Frenchman to give away most of lotto jackpot

A lucky Frenchman who recently landed a €72 million EuroMillions jackpot said he'll give two-thirds of the loot to national charity groups. It's a first in France.

Swiss Jewish group slams Hitler salute ruling
Switzerland

Swiss Jewish group slams Hitler salute ruling

The Swiss federation of Jewish communities (SIG) has condemned a Swiss supreme court decision that making a Nazi salute in public is not necessarily contrary to the law in Switzerland.

Greens pledge to fill Pirates’ shoes in EU win
Sweden

Greens pledge to fill Pirates’ shoes in EU win

Sweden's Green Party has earned its fourth seat in the European parliament after Max Andersson's triumph, who said he wants to fulfil some policies of the Pirate Party in Brussels.

What do Norwegians really think of Swedes?
Sweden

What do Norwegians really think of Swedes?

The languages are much the same and they always give each other shedloads of points at Eurovision. Is there much to separate these Scandi cousins? Well, apparently there is. The Local took to the streets of Bergen to find out.

Berlin bans Hells Angels’ symbol
Germany

Berlin bans Hells Angels’ symbol

Berlin authorities have banned Hells Angels gang members from displaying the club's winged death head symbol in public.

Amazon workers down tools again
Germany

Amazon workers down tools again

A number of Amazon employees in Germany began a two-day strike on Thursday night in a fresh escalation of a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.

‘Stolen’ treasure trove goes on show in Spain
Spain

‘Stolen’ treasure trove goes on show in Spain

Thousands of gold and silver coins pulled from a 19th-century shipwreck went on show in a Spanish museum on Thursday after Spain won them from US treasure hunters in a court battle.

Spain okays oil and gas search off Canary Islands
Spain

Spain okays oil and gas search off Canary Islands

The Spanish government on Thursday gave oil giant Repsol the green light to explore for oil and gas off the coast of the Canary Islands, a move environmental groups described as "unjustifiable".

‘Lazio player is 17, not 42’: Italian FA
Italy

‘Lazio player is 17, not 42’: Italian FA

The Italian football association has confirmed that a footballer for Lazio's youth team is 17 and not in his early 40s, as previously alleged.

German astronaut docks with space station
Germany

German astronaut docks with space station

A crew of German, Russian, and US astronauts docked with the International Space Station as space cooperation between Moscow and the West continues despite their worst standoff since the Cold War.

Stockholm train delays may last till Monday
Sweden

Stockholm train delays may last till Monday

An electric cable fault that hit Stockholm's commuter train lines on Wednesday may keep trains at a halt until Monday.

German study finds porn makes men stupid
Germany

German study finds porn makes men stupid

Researchers found less grey matter in the brains of men who watched large amounts of sexually explicit material, according to a new study from the Max Planck Institute in Berlin.

Swedish hacker risks 17 years in prison
Sweden

Swedish hacker risks 17 years in prison

A Swedish man in Manhattan pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a host of hacking crimes, which could see him spend 17 years in prison.

‘French democracy is in danger’: Protesters
France

‘French democracy is in danger’: Protesters

Thousands of students in France's major cities demonstrated against the far-right National Front party, which won a quarter of the votes in Sunday's European Parliament elections.

Top 10 videos: How not to speak Italian
Italy

Top 10 videos: How not to speak Italian

From Brad Pitt trying to pass himself off as an Italian to an amusing video explaining the difference between “scopare” and “scappare”, YouTube is full of language-related gems.

Police crackdown on parents over truant kids
Italy

Police crackdown on parents over truant kids

Eighty-two parents have been reported to the police in Naples for not making their children go to school, Italian media reported on Thursday.

US demands billions in fines from BNP Paribas
France

US demands billions in fines from BNP Paribas

American regulators want French bank BNP Paribas to pay over €7 billion in fines on charges it violated economic sanctions against countries like Iran and Cuba. A settlement is reportedly "weeks away."

Lundqvist shines as Rangers reach NHL final
Sweden

Lundqvist shines as Rangers reach NHL final

Swedish ice-hockey ace Henrik Lundqvist had an 18-save shutout as the New York Rangers advanced to their first Stanley Cup final in 20 years on Thursday with a 1-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Austrians worshipped bearded woman
Austria

Austrians worshipped bearded woman

An exhibition in the Waldviertal region of Lower Austria tells the story of a bearded lady worshipped by those who sought the freedom to live their lives as they pleased, free from oppression.

Could six-hour work days really work in Sweden?
Sweden

Could six-hour work days really work in Sweden?

With some Gothenburg residents set to trial six-hour work days, a Swede who's already tested the concept chimes in on working shortened days for full pay.