D-Day Anniversary: ‘Death was all around’
France

D-Day Anniversary: ‘Death was all around’

James MacNaughton was unable to talk for over five decades about what he'd seen on D-Day, but then broke his silence. His memories are the final installment in The Local's series marking the 70th anniversary of the allied invasion of France.

Critics say French penal reforms ‘coddle jihadists’
France

Critics say French penal reforms ‘coddle jihadists’

France may soon forbid imprisoning pregnant women and keep certain prisoners free on probation for up to a decade under a major reform bill that's been called soft on crime. The reforms come amid a prison overcrowding crisis.

Spain’s new queen Letizia: Ten great looks
Spain

Spain’s new queen Letizia: Ten great looks

While everyone is talking about Spain's new king, it's important not to forget we'll soon be welcoming a new queen — and a very stylish one at that. To celebrate a key fashion milestone, The Local looks back over ten great outfits worn by Spain's queen-to-be Letizia Ortiz.

Spain’s new king to have ‘low-key’ enthronement
Spain

Spain’s new king to have ‘low-key’ enthronement

Spanish lawmakers will swear in the future King Felipe VI in a low-key, secular ceremony in parliament with no foreign dignitaries invited, the palace said on Thursday. The date for the historic event is yet to be confirmed with Spanish media reporting it could as early as June 18th.

‘French book’s cover made of human skin’
France

‘French book’s cover made of human skin’

Researchers say they've confirmed a 19th century French book that resides at an elite American university has a cover made from human skin. Here is the macabre story of how it came to be.

Injury forces France’s Ribery out of World Cup
France

Injury forces France’s Ribery out of World Cup

Star French footballer Franck Ribery will not play the World Cup in Brazil due to a back injury, which could harm France's chances of taking home top honors.

Stateless ‘World Cup’ kicks off in Sweden
Sweden

Stateless ‘World Cup’ kicks off in Sweden

Some 12 teams representing stateless people, regions seeking autonomy and other non-FIFA affiliated teams have gathered in Östersund in northern Sweden to compete in the Conifa World Cup.

Trial of German left-wing student begins
Austria

Trial of German left-wing student begins

The trial has begun in Vienna of a 23-year-old German student accused of attacking and injuring police officers at a mass demonstration in January against the so-called Academics Ball.

Norwegian Deila appointed Celtic coach
Norway

Norwegian Deila appointed Celtic coach

Norwegian Ronny Deila has been appointed manager of Scottish champions Celtic on a 12-month rolling contract, the club announced on Friday.

Germany vs Austria in US-style football final
Austria

Germany vs Austria in US-style football final

Austria defeated France on Wednesday to earn its place in the European championship final against Germany this weekend. It's football, American-style.

Merkel and Putin talk Ukraine in Normandy
Germany

Merkel and Putin talk Ukraine in Normandy

UPDATE: Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Russia to "live up to its responsibility" to ease the crisis in Ukraine as she held talks with President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of D-Day ceremonies on Friday.

Tent pegs banned at Berlin’s Tempelhof park
Germany

Tent pegs banned at Berlin’s Tempelhof park

The manager of Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin's biggest park, insisted on Friday there was no danger to visitors from unexploded World War II bombs, despite enforcing a ban on disturbing the earth at the former airport.

How to make ice cream fit for a German prince
Germany

How to make ice cream fit for a German prince

With temperatures set to hit highs of 34C in Germany this weekend, food writer Nadia Hassani looks at how to make a very special ice cream and the man it was named after - a womanizing 19th Century nobleman.

Spectacular sculptures for Salzburg art project
Austria

Spectacular sculptures for Salzburg art project

Salzburg is exhibiting three new groups of sculptures by renowned British sculptor Tony Cragg.

Bullish Spain starts repaying EU rescue cash
Spain

Bullish Spain starts repaying EU rescue cash

Spain announced on Friday it will make a confidence-boosting early start to repaying a €41-billion ($56 billion) banking rescue loan from the eurozone.

Spain’s ‘oversexed’ bear faces castration
Spain

Spain’s ‘oversexed’ bear faces castration

The oldest bear in Spain's Pyrenees could be sterilized to give other males in the mountainous region a chance to reproduce, something impossible up to now given the sexual appetite and aggressiveness of this 'king of the forest'.

Sephardic Jews to be allowed dual citizenship
Spain

Sephardic Jews to be allowed dual citizenship

Spain is set to make it even easier for descendants of Spain's Sephardic Jews to obtain Spanish citizenship by doing away with a requirement that they renounce other citizenships they hold.

French murderer back after ‘holiday’ from jail
France

French murderer back after ‘holiday’ from jail

A French murderer has kept his promise and returned to a Swiss jail after escaping because he needed 'some air.' He'd promised in a letter to his mum to behave while on the lam.

Shouting Austrian forces Munich flight to land
Germany

Shouting Austrian forces Munich flight to land

An Austrian man caused mayhem on an El Al flight from Tel Aviv to Munich on Thursday, when he started shouting about terror attacks and bombs.

Venice bribes were written on edible paper
Italy

Venice bribes were written on edible paper

A bribes scandal in Venice started when investigators found corrupt accounts written out on edible paper to be consumed in case of a police raid, Italian media reported on Friday.

Health services cut by 1.9 percent in three years
Italy

Health services cut by 1.9 percent in three years

The number of public health facilities in Italy dropped by 1.9 percent between 2008 and 2011, according to a Ministry of Health report released this week.

Austrian causes panic on El Al flight
Austria

Austrian causes panic on El Al flight

An Austrian man caused mayhem on an El Al flight from Tel Aviv to Munich on Thursday, when he started shouting about terror attacks and bombs.

Suspect in tram attack ‘mentally ill’
Austria

Suspect in tram attack ‘mentally ill’

Police have been unable to question a man who was arrested on suspicion of attacking and seriously injuring a tram driver in Vienna on Thursday, as he has mental health issues.

Expat group hopes to ‘change dating’ in France
France

Expat group hopes to ‘change dating’ in France

Disillusioned by modern dating games, a group of single expat women in Paris have started a new support group to change the rules of modern courtship and put the fun back into dating.

Entire family almost wiped out in car crash
Germany

Entire family almost wiped out in car crash

A father, mother and son were killed in a crash in Bavaria on Thursday night when their car was hit from behind by a Mercedes. The family’s surviving son is in a serious condition.

Paris beefs up fight on crime against tourists
France

Paris beefs up fight on crime against tourists

Paris has unveiled new measures to protect the 30 million visitors it hosts every year from pickpockets and muggers but has dropped plans -- announced after high-profile attacks on Asian tourists -- to bring in Chinese police officers.

Teacher in Milan arrested over alleged abuse
Italy

Teacher in Milan arrested over alleged abuse

An art teacher from a school in Milan has been arrested over allegations of sexually abusing pupils under the age of 14.

Boris Becker saves Spain villa at last minute
Spain

Boris Becker saves Spain villa at last minute

Tennis legend Boris Becker has saved his holiday villa on the Spanish island of Majorca by coughing up the huge sum he owed a local builder just five minutes before the property was about to go under the hammer.

Italy praised for improving jail conditions
Italy

Italy praised for improving jail conditions

The Council of Europe on Thursday praised the "significant results" of Italy's prison reform, following a damning report by the European Court of Human Rights 18 months ago.

AWOL Geneva prostitute murderer back in prison
Switzerland

AWOL Geneva prostitute murderer back in prison

A French murderer who escaped from a Swiss prison this week, leaving a letter vowing to turn himself back in after taking a few days off, has kept his promise, authorities said on Friday.

Spanish comic censored over ‘crap crown’ cover
Spain

Spanish comic censored over ‘crap crown’ cover

Satirical comic magazine El Jueves has made headlines across Spain after the company which owns it binned 60.000 copies at the last minute because their front cover showed Spain's King Juan Carlos putting a dung-filled crown on his heir Prince Felipe's head.

Customs fine man €15,000 for car mistake

Customs fine man €15,000 for car mistake

A German pensioner was fined €15,000 for driving a Swiss car across the border into Austria, breaking a little-known EU law. An Austrian court has now ruled he cannot get his money back.

Putin to visit Vienna
Austria

Putin to visit Vienna

Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to make a brief appearance in Vienna on June 24th.

Report: Hard up Swedes tap parents for flat cash
Sweden

Report: Hard up Swedes tap parents for flat cash

More than half of home-buyers over the past three years have been unable to finance the purchase on their own, with many seeking family help, according to new statistics.

Spain’s industrial output surges to 4-year-high
Spain

Spain’s industrial output surges to 4-year-high

Spain's factories enjoyed a four-year record surge in output in April in a fresh sign of a gathering, yet jobs-scarce economic recovery, official data showed on Friday.

German fined €15,000 by Austrian customs
Austria

German fined €15,000 by Austrian customs

A trip to Lake Constance in Vorarlberg became a very expensive journey for a German pensioner, who unwittingly broke an obscure EU law and had to pay €15,000 euros in tax and customs duty.

Army cannot refuse men with fascist ideas: court
Switzerland

Army cannot refuse men with fascist ideas: court

The Swiss army was wrong to reject a recruit because of his extreme right-wing ideology, a court has ruled in a judgment that has caught many observers by surprise.

‘Retired king needs legal protection’: Royal Palace
Spain

‘Retired king needs legal protection’: Royal Palace

King Juan Carlos should continue to enjoy privileged legal status after his abdication is formally approved by the Spanish parliament, the Royal Palace said on Thursday.

Police hunt man after Trondheim rape
Norway

Police hunt man after Trondheim rape

Police in Trondheim in western Norway are hunting a man suspected of having raped a woman on the street in the city on Thursday night.

Leaders arrive in France for D-Day memorial
France

Leaders arrive in France for D-Day memorial

US President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II will be among the world leaders who will gather on Friday in Normandy to remember the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, which was a major turning point in WWII.

Agency wants weapons on Norway trains
Norway

Agency wants weapons on Norway trains

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority has demanded that weapons be deployed on Norwegian trains so that any injured animals on the tracks can be killed in a humane and timely manner.

Sold: China’s richest man buys Madrid landmark
Spain

Sold: China’s richest man buys Madrid landmark

China's richest man Wang Jianlin has bought a historic Madrid skyscraper which has stood empty for years from Spain's biggest bank Santander for €265 million ($360 million), the bank said on Thursday.

Germany warned France of ‘Brussels shooter’
France

Germany warned France of ‘Brussels shooter’

German authorities alerted France to a possible security threat from a French national later arrested over last month's deadly shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

Italian navy rescues 2,500 migrants in 24 hours
Italy

Italian navy rescues 2,500 migrants in 24 hours

The Italian navy on Friday said it had rescued around 2,500 asylum-seekers from 17 boats in the past 24 hours as good weather conditions in the Mediterranean further boost the influx of asylum-seekers trying to reach Europe.

Parliament plans asylum law change
Germany

Parliament plans asylum law change

The German Parliament will meet on Friday to discuss plans to restrict immigration from Balkan countries which would see Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina classed as “safe countries of origin”.

‘Stagnant’ demand in Europe hits Prada profits
Italy

‘Stagnant’ demand in Europe hits Prada profits

Italian luxury group Prada on Thursday reported a 23.8-percent drop in profits for its February-to-April first quarter, calling it a period of "rationalization" hit by unfavourable exchange rates.

D-Day Anniversary: ‘We had a funeral every day’
Germany

D-Day Anniversary: ‘We had a funeral every day’

James Sansom landed on the beaches of Normandy just days after D-Day, but soon found himself being held as a prisoner of war, praying for the allied advance. His memories are the second part of our series marking the 70 anniversary of the beginning of the end of Nazi Germany.

Body found in landing gear of Norway flight
Norway

Body found in landing gear of Norway flight

A body was found in the landing gear of a plane after it landed at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam on Thursday, thought to be a Norwegian teenager who went missing the day before.

Sweden gains 13,000 new citizens
Sweden

Sweden gains 13,000 new citizens

Sweden has gained 13,000 new citizens in 2014, a total of 30,000 since National Day 2013, according to new figures from the Migration Board.

Former son-in-law of Kazakh leader arrested
Austria

Former son-in-law of Kazakh leader arrested

The former son-in-law of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev was arrested in Vienna late Thursday in connection with murder and kidnapping charges.

German MPs vote to quiz Snowden in Moscow
Germany

German MPs vote to quiz Snowden in Moscow

German deputies probing US spying said on Thursday they would seek to question fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden in Moscow within the next four weeks.

‘I’ll continue to sing wherever the Lord wants’
Italy

‘I’ll continue to sing wherever the Lord wants’

A cheery Catholic nun clinched an Italian television talent singing contest on Friday after winning millions of followers with her lively dance act and soulful renditions of pop classics.

Germany warned France of ‘Brussels shooter’
Germany

Germany warned France of ‘Brussels shooter’

German authorities alerted France to a possible security threat from a French national later arrested over last month's fatal shooting of three visitors at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, German interior minister Thomas de Maizière said on Thursday.

Sweden’s Åre chosen to host 2019 ski worlds
Sweden

Sweden’s Åre chosen to host 2019 ski worlds

The International Ski Federation (FIS) announced Thursday that the Swedish resort of Åre will host the 2019 World Alpine Ski Championships.

Ryanair probe after jet rolls into airport building
Italy

Ryanair probe after jet rolls into airport building

The Irish airline, Ryanair, has launched an investigation after ground staff at Rome's Ciampino failed to properly secure the hand-brake on one of its jets, causing it to roll back and crash into an airport building.

Italians flock to Albania in search of work
Italy

Italians flock to Albania in search of work

There has been a jump in the number of Italians moving to Albania for new opportunities, with 19,000 taking up work or study visas, Italian media reported on Thursday.

Architects descend on Venice for Biennale
Italy

Architects descend on Venice for Biennale

World architects gathered in Venice for the Biennale festival starting on Saturday, bringing together 65 national pavilions and taking up the 3,000 square metres (32,300 square feet) of the Arsenale shipyards.