Burkhalter urges end to Azerbaijan-Armenia feud
Switzerland

Burkhalter urges end to Azerbaijan-Armenia feud

Swiss President Didier Burkhalter on Monday urged arch-foes Azerbaijan and Armenia to step up efforts for a peaceful solution to their conflict over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region.

Firm that laid ‘golden egg’ hotel goes bust
Switzerland

Firm that laid ‘golden egg’ hotel goes bust

After less than six months operating a new luxury hotel in the mountain resort town of Davos known as the “golden egg” for its architectural design, real estate company Stilli Park AG declared bankruptcy on Monday, Swiss media reported.

Police charge man for trashing aquarium fish
Switzerland

Police charge man for trashing aquarium fish

A Winterthur man is facing a criminal charge of contravening the animal welfare act for pitching 30 aquarium fish in the garbage because he was moving to another apartment.

Norway’s ‘cushy’ prisons spurring foreign cons
Norway

Norway’s ‘cushy’ prisons spurring foreign cons

The number of foreigners in Norwegian prisons has quadrupled in the past 14 years. The reason: the jails are too nice - at least according to some lawyers and police officers.

French priest offers smartphone blessings
France

French priest offers smartphone blessings

Amid falling membership, the Catholic Church in France is doing everything it can to catch up with the modern lives of parishioners, it would seem, even if that means blessing their smartphones.

Man smoked cannabis with 9-year-old neighbour
Norway

Man smoked cannabis with 9-year-old neighbour

A 35-year-old man in south-eastern Norway has been given a three-month jail sentence for smoking hash with a nine-year-old boy.

Berlin airport boss: ‘More corruption possible’
Germany

Berlin airport boss: ‘More corruption possible’

The boss of Berlin’s long-delayed new airport said on Monday he couldn’t rule out further cases of corruption in the massively over budget project which is engulfed in a bribery scandal.

Sleepless locals slam Spain’s noisy stag dos
Spain

Sleepless locals slam Spain’s noisy stag dos

Residents of the central Madrid neighbourhood of La Latina are living a sleepless nightmare as more and more bachelor party 'mobs' are taking over its streets into the early hours of the morning.

Prisoner hangs himself after ‘sex attack’
Austria

Prisoner hangs himself after ‘sex attack’

A young prisoner has committed suicide in Krems-Stein prison, in Lower Austria, after he claimed he was being sexually abused

French budget plan not ‘good enough’: Euro bank
France

French budget plan not ‘good enough’: Euro bank

The top official at the European Bank said on Monday France's efforts to get its fiscal house in order were not good enough. France has the continent's second biggest economy, but is teetering on the edge of recession.

Merkel: ‘UK belongs in EU’
Germany

Merkel: ‘UK belongs in EU’

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she hopes Britain will stay in the EU, amid wrangling over a top EU job that reportedly prompted an exit warning by the British prime minister.

In pictures: The reign of King Juan Carlos
Spain

In pictures: The reign of King Juan Carlos

The Local takes a look at some of the most interesting photos of the Spanish monarch's life, from his early years as a young prince in exile to his role as figurehead for Spain across the world.

German children fed too much meat
Germany

German children fed too much meat

Nurseries in Germany are giving children too much meat and not vegetables, according to a report released on Monday. Just 12 percent provide youngsters with enough fruit.

Baby Tamarin in Schönbrunn Zoo
Austria

Baby Tamarin in Schönbrunn Zoo

Vienna Zoo has welcomed a tiny baby Emperor Tamarin into the world.

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Norway

Marathon Oil to sell its Norwegian assets

US oil company Marathon is to sell its operations in Norway to local competitor Det norske oljeselskap for $2.1 billion, the firms said on Monday, marking a big boost for the Norwegian firm.

King Juan Carlos steps down: Full speech
Spain

King Juan Carlos steps down: Full speech

Spain's King Juan Carlos surprised the country and the world on Monday with his announcement that he was abdicating. Here is his full speech.

Questions raised over psychotherapists
Austria

Questions raised over psychotherapists

A German researcher has determined that psychotherapy does make economic sense but he's unsure whether his findings can be applied to Austria, where many psychotherapists are not academically trained.

Boyfriend panics, ‘buries Frenchwoman alive’
France

Boyfriend panics, ‘buries Frenchwoman alive’

A French woman died in Morocco after her panicking love interest, whom she'd recently met online, buried her alive but unconscious during a diabetic episode, according to media reports on Monday.

Barbecue-goers find bodies in suitcases
Germany

Barbecue-goers find bodies in suitcases

Barbecue-goers discovered two bodies hidden in suitcases in a park in Stuttgart on Sunday evening. Police have opened a murder investigation.

Profile: Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz
Austria

Profile: Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz

Austria's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Integration is just 27 years old - the youngest foreign minister the Republic has ever had, and currently the youngest foreign minister in the European Union.

Kids flee as elk breaks into woodwork class
Sweden

Kids flee as elk breaks into woodwork class

Swedish school children fled their woodwork class on Monday when an elk broke in through a window and reacted violently when it found it couldn't get out.

Student invents folding ‘origami’ car
Austria

Student invents folding ‘origami’ car

A student from Graz's University of Technology has developed an innovative new car design, which is both ultra-lightweight and foldable.

Jewish museum killings: ‘He hid his intentions’
France

Jewish museum killings: ‘He hid his intentions’

The main suspect in the deadly attack on a Belgian Jewish museum has a history of criminal convictions and comes from one of France's poorest towns. But his family say he's 'nice, intelligent and educated.'

Letizia: from newsreader to Queen of Spain
Spain

Letizia: from newsreader to Queen of Spain

A former television presenter from a modest background, Letizia Ortiz will break the mould of the classic royal when she is crowned queen of Spain.

Health Minister demands total smoking ban
Austria

Health Minister demands total smoking ban

Health Minister Alois Stöger (SPÖ) has announced plans to enforce a total ban on smoking in restaurants by 2018.

Uli Hoeneß begins prison sentence for tax fraud
Germany

Uli Hoeneß begins prison sentence for tax fraud

UPDATE: Bayern Munich’s former president Uli Hoeneß started his prison sentence on Monday for tax evasion, 81 days after being sentenced.

Swedish MPs less likely than voters to rent
Sweden

Swedish MPs less likely than voters to rent

Sixteen percent of Swedish parliamentarians rent their homes, with critics claiming the imbalance could explain the "owning bias" of recent years' tax reforms. About one in three Swedes rent.

New retirement rules ‘major step for mothers’
France

New retirement rules ‘major step for mothers’

Under a reform that removes one of the inequalities between men and women in France, all of mothers' time on maternity will now count toward their retirement. It's a 'major step for women," says the French health minister.

Man jailed for life for killing kids in fire
Sweden

Man jailed for life for killing kids in fire

A Swedish court on Monday sentenced a father to life in jail for murdering two of his children in a house fire meant to punish his former partner.

Can you start work later after World Cup games?
Germany

Can you start work later after World Cup games?

Football fans in Germany face a dilemma during the World Cup in Brazil as a five-hour time difference means many of the matches will be played late at night. Unions have urged companies to allow employees to start work later the next day. But not all German bosses are football fans.

‘I thought Sweden was paradise for mothers’
Sweden

‘I thought Sweden was paradise for mothers’

The Local's new blogger, US journalist Natalia Brzezinski, shares her own and several high-profile Swedish career women's thoughts on being a working mother in Sweden.

King Juan Carlos, tainted hero of democracy
Spain

King Juan Carlos, tainted hero of democracy

King Juan Carlos, who abdicated on Monday aged 76, led Spain to democracy after decades of dictatorship and foiled a military coup, winning widespread respect that later crumbled away in the face of royal scandals.

Live blog: King Juan Carlos steps down
Spain

Live blog: King Juan Carlos steps down

King Juan Carlos is set to abdicate, with his son Crown Prince Felipe poised to assume the throne, Spain's Prime Minster Mariano Rajoy announced on Monday morning. Follow us here for live updates throughout the day.

€10,000 offered for lead on vandals
Austria

€10,000 offered for lead on vandals

A €10,000 reward is being offered for information about a recent act of vandalism at the Mauthausen concentration camp, near Linz.

Two fishermen drown in Elbe near Hamburg
Germany

Two fishermen drown in Elbe near Hamburg

Police are investigating how two fishermen drowned in calm waters in the Elbe river near Hamburg on Sunday evening.

Otter marks Swiss comeback in Geneva
Switzerland

Otter marks Swiss comeback in Geneva

After disappearing from the country 25 years ago, the otter is back in Switzerland.

Man charged for assault in Kärrtorp clash
Sweden

Man charged for assault in Kärrtorp clash

A man was charged on Monday with aggravated assault for his involvement in the Kärrtorp clash with neo-Nazis late last year.

Police take four hours to respond to suicide call
Sweden

Police take four hours to respond to suicide call

Swedish police failed to search for a suicidal 24-year-old despite a plea from psychiatric services after the woman had disappeared.

Faymann ‘irresponsible’ says Vice-chancellor
Austria

Faymann ‘irresponsible’ says Vice-chancellor

Finance Minister and Vice-chancellor Michael Spindelegger of the conservative People's Party (ÖVP) has criticised Chancellor Werner Faymann of the Social Democrats (SPÖ) over possible tax cuts.

Actor Karlheinz Hackl dies aged 65
Austria

Actor Karlheinz Hackl dies aged 65

One of Austria's most beloved actors, Karlheinz Hackl, died on Sunday at the age of 65 after a long struggle with cancer.

King Juan Carlos of Spain to abdicate
Spain

King Juan Carlos of Spain to abdicate

In a shock announcement, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has announced at a special press conference that King Juan Carlos is to abdicate.

UK changes registration of expat births, deaths
Spain

UK changes registration of expat births, deaths

The UK's foreign office is soon changing the way that it registers the births and deaths of British citizens overseas with British expats in Spain being warned the procedure could now take a little longer.

British Conservative MEPs back AfD alliance
Germany

British Conservative MEPs back AfD alliance

Some British Conservative members of the European Parliament have come out in favour of teaming up with German eurosceptics in an alliance which would strain relations between UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Armoured van robbed in front of bank
Austria

Armoured van robbed in front of bank

Two robbers attacked an armoured van that was transporting money to a bank in Upper Austria on Monday morning, and made off with the cash.

Dali sculpture snatched from Paris museum
France

Dali sculpture snatched from Paris museum

In the latest stolen art caper in France, a thief made off with a sculpture by surrealist art master Salvador Dali. The only good news here is that stolen works in France do sometimes get back to their rightful owners.

‘Social Dems stall Sweden’s ambitious housing reform’
Sweden

‘Social Dems stall Sweden’s ambitious housing reform’

Sweden's housing minister has lashed out at the opposition for putting the brakes on the country's "most ambitious reform proposals in years".

Top judge quits over drunk driving scandal
Spain

Top judge quits over drunk driving scandal

A judge with Spain's powerful Constitutional Court has resigned after being caught by police riding his motorcycle drunk and without a helmet.

Solar Impulse 2 makes problem-free test flight
Switzerland

Solar Impulse 2 makes problem-free test flight

A Swiss sun-powered plane made a successful test flight early Monday, clearing a vital hurdle towards a planned round-the-world trip next year, its pilot and mission chiefs said.

Act now for wasp-free summer: expert
Sweden

Act now for wasp-free summer: expert

Now is the time to nip wasp swarms in the bud, Swedish experts say, as killing the big fat queen wasp can prevent them from populating entire nests.

Police record six million crimes, half solved
Germany

Police record six million crimes, half solved

Six million crimes were recorded by police in Germany last year, a fall on 2012, but burglaries continue to rise, particularly in the west of the country.

Frenchman ‘admits to’ Brussels shooting
France

Frenchman ‘admits to’ Brussels shooting

A Frenchman who spent a year with islamists in Syria has allegedly admitted, in a recording, to the deadly shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. Without saying if there's a connection, French authorities revealed on Monday a spate of new jihadist arrests.

World War I remains found in eastern France
France

World War I remains found in eastern France

Five French soldiers whose remains lay undiscovered for nearly a hundred years were found this weekend. The men still had their wallets, rifles and a figurine of the Virgin Mary.

Juncker says he’ll head European Commission
France

Juncker says he’ll head European Commission

Despite French and British opposition, the one-time premier of Luxembourg believes he'll be the next top bureaucrat at the European Commission, the European Union's civil service arm.

Germany survive Cameroon scare
Germany

Germany survive Cameroon scare

A struggling Germany side were run close in a 2-2 draw with Cameroon on Sunday in a World Cup warm-up game. Coach Joachim Löw will name his final squad on Monday with just 14 days to go until the team's first game in Brazil.