Hiker dies after fall in Vaud Alps ravine
Switzerland

Hiker dies after fall in Vaud Alps ravine

A 48-year-old Swiss man died after falling 100 metres into a ravine above the village of Les Diablerets in the Vaud Alps, cantonal police said on Tuesday.

Swedes find best answer to diabetes in the obese
Sweden

Swedes find best answer to diabetes in the obese

Stomach-shrinking bariatric surgery beats other forms of treatment in bringing about remission of type 2 diabetes in the obese, according to a Swedish study published on Tuesday.

‘Fifa should be booted from Switzerland’
Switzerland

‘Fifa should be booted from Switzerland’

Fifa, the world football governing body headquartered in Zurich, should no longer be based in Switzerland because it has “shown such a level of corruption that it no longer has a place in our country,” a high-profile Geneva lawyer says.

OPEC nations maintain price ceiling
Austria

OPEC nations maintain price ceiling

OPEC, the oil producing cartel, will likely stick by its output ceiling at a meeting here in Austria, member nations indicated Tuesday as they expressed satisfaction with current high crude prices.

Chaos threatened as taxi drivers strike over Uber
Spain

Chaos threatened as taxi drivers strike over Uber

Spain's taxi drivers are stepping up their battle against tax app Uber with a 24-hour strike planned in Madrid for Wednesday.

Ethical Coffee Company claims win over Nestlé
Switzerland

Ethical Coffee Company claims win over Nestlé

The Ethical Coffee Company said on Tuesday that a French court ordered Swiss food giant Nestlé to pay it €500,000 ($680,000) in damages for criticizing their coffee capsules.

What caused Germany’s deadly storm?
Germany

What caused Germany’s deadly storm?

Severe storms have caught parts of western Germany off guard, killing six people and causing millions of euros worth of damage as well as travel delays. But what is causing the unpredictable weather?

French foreign minister dozes off in meeting
France

French foreign minister dozes off in meeting

We've all dozed off in meetings before, but unlike the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who was struggling to stay awake during a business meeting in Algeria, there are not normally TV cameras in the room.

Why Le Pen won’t dump her dad anytime soon
France

Why Le Pen won’t dump her dad anytime soon

A very public spat among the Le Pens, the ruling family of France's far right, has raised the question whether Jean-Marie Le Pen, the party's controversial co-founder, could finally be cast aside as his ambitious daughter goes more mainstream.

Balotelli gets engaged on Brazil beach
Italy

Balotelli gets engaged on Brazil beach

Italian striker Mario Balotelli has proposed to his girlfriend Fanny Neguesha ahead of the World Cup football tournament starting on Thursday, the AC Milan player announced on Tuesday.

Austria close to ban of GMO products
Austria

Austria close to ban of GMO products

Austria's struggle for a national ban on GMO (genetically modified organisms) appears to have paid off, with European ministers supporting the "opt-out" option.

Corrupt region launches opaque transparency site
Spain

Corrupt region launches opaque transparency site

Valencia's regional government, notorious within Spain for its numerous corruption scandals in recent years, has been criticized after it launched a transparency website which has been described as "useless", "incomplete" and "an embarrassment".

Railway strike: Next stop, Stockholm
Sweden

Railway strike: Next stop, Stockholm

The railway strike in southern Sweden is set to hit Stockholm and cause midsummer madness if no agreement is reached, the Seko union announced on Tuesday.

Strache seeks distance from NF anti-semitism
Austria

Strache seeks distance from NF anti-semitism

Freedom Party (FPÖ) leader HC Strache sought today to distance himself from a developing row over remarks made by French far-right National Front founder, Jean-Marie Le Pen.

Rogue pedestrians fined €4 by French police
France

Rogue pedestrians fined €4 by French police

Pedestrians in France should mind how they walk after police in one city handed out 186 fines in 45 minutes for various offences around illegally crossing the road.

Germany’s top World Cup viewing venues
Germany

Germany’s top World Cup viewing venues

Germany is getting ready for the football World Cup in Brazil with open-air venues in beer gardens, beach bars and arenas being set up across the country. The Local gives you the lowdown on some of the top places to watch the games in the biggest German cities.

Teacher plans first ever U-Bahn run
Austria

Teacher plans first ever U-Bahn run

Ultra-marathon runner and teacher Simon Horowitz has organised a relay run of the entire Vienna metro system (U-Bahn), all 86km, which will take place on Friday.

Millionaire’s body parts found in bucket in river
Austria

Millionaire’s body parts found in bucket in river

Police divers from the Cobra special unit have recovered a concrete-filled bucket from the Mur river just north of Graz on Tuesday.

Fifteen of the best ‘Only in Switzerland’ moments
Switzerland

Fifteen of the best ‘Only in Switzerland’ moments

Whether it’s the stunning views, the extortionate prices or cows roaming the streets, tweeters have united under the #OnlyinSwitzerland hashtag to express what they find weird and wonderful about this country. See what they've had to say here.

Norway lobby group seeks to block Pirate Bay
Norway

Norway lobby group seeks to block Pirate Bay

Norway's new anti-piracy organisation has announced plans to block The Pirate Bay, the file-sharing site, by sending a petition to the Oslo District Court as early as this month.

Taxi driver strike to add to French travel chaos
France

Taxi driver strike to add to French travel chaos

As if dealing with a strike on the country’s rail network wasn’t bad enough, travellers in France are set for further misery on Wednesday with taxi drivers also planning industrial action across the country.

Politkovskaya murder remains open
Austria

Politkovskaya murder remains open

The OSCE's media rights advocate has welcomed the jailing of five suspects for the 2006 murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya but continued to call for the masterminds to be brought to justice.

James Blunt set to sing along with Swedes
Sweden

James Blunt set to sing along with Swedes

British bard James Blunt is set to open a new season of summer singing at Stockholm's Skansen - the only foreign act on an impressive list of Swedes.

Barcelona cannabis club closed for selling drugs
Spain

Barcelona cannabis club closed for selling drugs

A cannabis club in Barcelona has been closed down for suspected drug dealing, the first closure of its kind in what could be a blow to the city's growing reputation as a hub for marijuana tourism.

Spain’s PM to back king in key abdication vote
Spain

Spain’s PM to back king in key abdication vote

The Spanish Government will pull out its biggest weapon for a critical parliamentary debate on Wednesday with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to defend King Juan Carlos's right to abdicate. It's all part of the process of approving a bill which will make Crown Prince Felipe the country's new monarch.

Beautiful time-lapse of Lofoten Islands
Norway

Beautiful time-lapse of Lofoten Islands

Video editor Nicholas Buer shot and stitched together this awesome time-lapse sequence of the coast around Norway's Lofoten islands, including some stunning footage of the Northern Lights.

Man on lawnmower dies in freak train crash
Sweden

Man on lawnmower dies in freak train crash

A Swedish man in his sixties died on Tuesday after he was hit by a train while crossing the tracks on a ride-on lawn mower.

Sarkozy’s ‘disrespect’ angers ex-Swiss leader
France

Sarkozy’s ‘disrespect’ angers ex-Swiss leader

Former Swiss president Adolf Ogi has accused former French president Nicolas Sarkozy of lack of respect for Switzerland over remarks Sarkozy made in the margins of the Swiss Economic Forum held in Interlaken last Friday, according to media reports.

Baby squirrels survive cat attack
Norway

Baby squirrels survive cat attack

Two baby squirrels who survived a cat attack on their nest in Norway have been nursed back to health on a diet of special formula milk.

Court: President can call neo-Nazis ‘loonies’
Germany

Court: President can call neo-Nazis ‘loonies’

Germany's president Joachim Gauck has the right to call members of neo-Nazi party the NPD "loonies", the country's top court ruled on Tuesday.

Pet detective sought for cat menace
Austria

Pet detective sought for cat menace

An aspiring Ace Ventura could earn some money by tracking down a cat predator who is on the loose in Graz.

Italy’s economy gets boost from industry
Italy

Italy’s economy gets boost from industry

Italy's industrial production rose more than expected in April in a welcome boost for the eurozone's third-biggest economy, analysts said on Tuesday.

Austrian ball in Shanghai ‘true Viennese Ball’
Austria

Austrian ball in Shanghai ‘true Viennese Ball’

A Viennese ball featuring the best of Austrian culture was held in Shanghai over the weekend, to great acclaim.

Nintendo to slash at least 130 jobs in Germany
Germany

Nintendo to slash at least 130 jobs in Germany

Nintendo will slash at least 130 jobs in Germany as it closes its Bavarian headquarters and adapts its European branch to the "rapidly changing business environment".

Three migrants drown trying to reach Italy
Italy

Three migrants drown trying to reach Italy

Three migrants drowned and six more were missing in the Mediterranean off Italy, the coastguard said on Tuesday, the latest deadly incidents to hit refugees making the treacherous sea crossing from north Africa to Europe.

‘Smoking sheriff’ gives up fight
Austria

‘Smoking sheriff’ gives up fight

A self-appointed “smoking sheriff” has given up his fight trying to enforce a smoking ban in Viennese restaurants.

‘No summer in Sicily’ as tourism budget runs out
Italy

‘No summer in Sicily’ as tourism budget runs out

Around 930 events risk being cancelled in Sicily due to budget cuts, prompting the island’s tourism councillor to say the summer "doesn't exist" in the holiday hotspot.

French train strike set to cause travel chaos
France

French train strike set to cause travel chaos

UPDATED: French rail chiefs SNCF have warned that a 24-hour strike, set to start on Tuesday evening, will cause “significant disruption” across the rail network. Even before it has began unions are threatening to extend the action if their demands aren't met.

Swedish cops warn of prostitute subletters
Sweden

Swedish cops warn of prostitute subletters

City Swedes planning on renting out their flats over the summer should be wary of subletting to prostitutes, police say.

George Clooney set to marry in Venice: report
Italy

George Clooney set to marry in Venice: report

With homes in Como and Tuscany and a love of Italy, it probably comes as no surprise that actor George Clooney is reportedly planning to marry his Lebanon-born fiancée in the canal city of Venice.

Austria’s economic growth stable
Austria

Austria’s economic growth stable

Austria's economy grew slightly less than anticipated at the beginning of the year, but the upswing was stable, according to the economic think tank Wifo on the weekend.

France arrive in Brazil ahead of World Cup
France

France arrive in Brazil ahead of World Cup

Les Bleus have landed in Brazil ahead of their opening World Cup match against Honduras this coming Sunday. The team will be based in a luxury five star hotel on the outskirts of Sao Paulo and as already reported will not be subject to a ban on sex.

Ukraine’s new president in talks with Austria
Austria

Ukraine’s new president in talks with Austria

The new Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has thanked his Austrian counterpart Heinz Fischer for Austria's support. Fischer and Poroshenko met for private talks in Kiev on Saturday. Fischer was attending Poroshenko's inauguration.

Fifteen dead in Whitsun road accidents
Austria

Fifteen dead in Whitsun road accidents

Fifteen people were killed in road accidents in Austria over the Whitsun (Pentecost) bank holiday weekend.

Left jab: rising star snubs opposition top job
Spain

Left jab: rising star snubs opposition top job

Spain's troubled main opposition PSOE party is on the ropes again after rising star Susana Díaz on Tuesday bowed out of the race for the party leadership.

Storms kill six people and disrupt travel
Germany

Storms kill six people and disrupt travel

UPDATE: At least six people died in western Germany on Monday night and Tuesday morning as storms ripped through the region. Emergency services have been called to 5,000 incidents and the bad weather is now heading to other parts of the country.

Merkel gives gentle backing to Juncker
Germany

Merkel gives gentle backing to Juncker

Chancellor Angela Merkel gently backed Jean-Claude Juncker as the next European Commission president on Tuesday, but appeared open to other suggestions in a summit between the leaders of Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands and Britain.

Armenian President Sargsyan to visit Vienna
Austria

Armenian President Sargsyan to visit Vienna

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan is due to visit Vienna on Wednesday and Thursday (June 11 and 12).

‘We talked policy, not people’: Cameron
Sweden

‘We talked policy, not people’: Cameron

David Cameron denied that the four country heads who met at a mini-summit in Sweden had discussed the presidency of the European Commission on Tuesday. The British Prime Minister said they had focused instead on the future of Europe.

Infertility in Spanish pigs a ‘warning’ to humans
Spain

Infertility in Spanish pigs a ‘warning’ to humans

A Spanish scientist who's investigated the bizarre drop in fertility seen on farms across the country in 2010 has warned her findings could also apply to human sterility.

Alerts lifted after hailstorms lash France
France

Alerts lifted after hailstorms lash France

Meteorologists finally lifted severe weather alerts on Tuesday after 48 hours in which intense rain and hailstorms pounded France. While the nasty weather has passed, it left behind a fair amount of destruction. See some of the dramatic images and videos here.

Six in court over Listeria deaths
Austria

Six in court over Listeria deaths

Six people from the Hartberg company Prolactal are in court in Graz, Styria, after the deaths of seven people four years ago from eating contaminated cheese.

Ex-Swiss president slams ‘disrespectful’ Sarkozy
Switzerland

Ex-Swiss president slams ‘disrespectful’ Sarkozy

Former Swiss president Adolf Ogi has accused former French president Nicolas Sarkozy of lack of respect for Switzerland over remarks Sarkozy made in the margins of the Swiss Economic Forum held in Interlaken last Friday, according to media reports.

Police bust €4 million infected meat scam
Italy

Police bust €4 million infected meat scam

Police have uncovered a "vast criminal organization" smuggling cattle and selling infected meat in Italy, involving farmers and vets who ran a scam worth around €4 million.

Findus Italy produces first gay-friendly advert
Italy

Findus Italy produces first gay-friendly advert

The Italian unit of the frozen food company, Findus, has produced what is thought to be the first TV commercial in Italy that touches on the subject of homosexuality.

Pastafarian dropped from NEOS party
Austria

Pastafarian dropped from NEOS party

The liberal NEOS party has dropped Niko Alm, a ‘Pastafarian’, as its religious speaker, admitting that it had been a “mistake” to appoint him.

Socialists ‘forced’ to back Spain’s king or pay €600
Spain

Socialists ‘forced’ to back Spain’s king or pay €600

Spain's socialist PSOE party could oblige its Members of Parliament to support the legal succession of Crown Prince Felipe by imposing €600 ($800) fines on those who refuse, a leading Spanish daily claims.

Couple on scooter abduct six-year-old girl
Italy

Couple on scooter abduct six-year-old girl

A couple in their 30s have been arrested in south-eastern Italy after allegedly abducting a six-year-old girl from a town square and driving away with her on a scooter, Italian media reported on Tuesday.

Swedes say country has taken wrong turn
Sweden

Swedes say country has taken wrong turn

Poll results released on Tuesday revealed that half of Swedes think the nation has gone off-track, with record-low support for the reigning government.

In Pictures: The Local’s Property of the Week
Sweden

In Pictures: The Local’s Property of the Week

It's that time of the week again, where you can switch off and look through a dream property - this time in southern Gothenburg on the coastline. With a pool. And sea views. And glass walls...

Swiss unemployment rate falls again in May
Switzerland

Swiss unemployment rate falls again in May

The Swiss unemployment rate dropped for the third month in a row in May to three percent from 3.2 percent a month earlier, government figures released on Tuesday show.

‘Italy bears a heavy burden with migrants’
Italy

‘Italy bears a heavy burden with migrants’

A spokeswoman for the United Nations said on Monday Italy must not be left alone in dealing with the influx of migrants who arrive daily on its shores.

Railway strike may raise ticket prices
Sweden

Railway strike may raise ticket prices

The ongoing railway strike in southern Sweden has already cost communal traffic corporations 15 million kronor this week. If the strike continues, repercussions may land on the passengers - and their wallets.

Paris garage twins tune-ups with manicures
France

Paris garage twins tune-ups with manicures

A manicure, a massage and a lesson in mechanics. It's not what most expect when they bring their car in for servicing. But one brand-new garage near Paris is revamping the masculinist mode of auto repair to suit a female clientele.

Hope for man trapped in Germany’s deepest cave
Germany

Hope for man trapped in Germany’s deepest cave

UPDATE: An injured explorer trapped one kilometre underground in Germany’s deepest cave is in a better condition than initially thought, mountain rescuers said on Tuesday morning. He could be out by the end of the week.

Album of the month: First Aid Kit’s Stay Gold
Sweden

Album of the month: First Aid Kit’s Stay Gold

Music buff Paul Connolly has sounded out the brand new album by Swedish indie-folk sisters First Aid Kit - Stay Gold - and gives it a gleaming review.

VIDEO: Jagland doing press-ups in Donetsk
Norway

VIDEO: Jagland doing press-ups in Donetsk

Here's a video of Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe and Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, dropping to the tarmac and doing push-ups while waiting at a checkpoint in Ukraine.

Fugitive sex offender captured near border
Germany

Fugitive sex offender captured near border

A fugitive sex offender, who allegedly abused a teenage girl when he was let out of prison for the day, was captured on Tuesday morning after 11 days on the run.

Spanish team uncovers ancient pharaoh’s tomb
Spain

Spanish team uncovers ancient pharaoh’s tomb

Spanish archeologists have discovered a pharaonic tomb belonging to a leader from the 11th dynasty of Egypt in the city of Luxor, the antiquities ministry said on Monday.

‘Bureaucracy in Italy is a nightmare’
Italy

‘Bureaucracy in Italy is a nightmare’

Suzie Alexander was working in the corporate world of London when she decided to sell up and move with her family to Cetona, in the Tuscan countryside. She speaks to The Local about setting up an organic farm and selling olive oil internationally.

Sex crime doctor now working in Germany

Sex crime doctor now working in Germany

A German doctor convicted of sexually abusing four female patients while working in Norway is now working full-time as a doctor in Germany, Norway's Dagbladet newspaper has reported.

Germany and Iran to hold nuclear talks
Germany

Germany and Iran to hold nuclear talks

German officials will visit Tehran on Sunday for talks on Iran's nuclear drive, top Iranian negotiator and deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi said on Tuesday.

Le Pen family row threatens National Front
France

Le Pen family row threatens National Front

The unity of France's far-right National Front has cracked as founder Jean-Marie Le Pen and his daughter and party leader Marine exchange an unprecedented public war of words, just as she struggles to create a new EU eurosceptic group.