‘Campus of Religions’ to be built in Seestadt
Austria

‘Campus of Religions’ to be built in Seestadt

The new Viennese suburb of Seestadt will have its own multi-denominational Campus of Religions, according to a report from Vatican Radio.

Erdogan told not to ‘split’ Austrian society
Austria

Erdogan told not to ‘split’ Austrian society

Austria warned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday not to say anything that may "split" Austrian society when he visits next week following a contentious visit to Germany.

Part-time jobs rise while full-time jobs fall
Austria

Part-time jobs rise while full-time jobs fall

The number of people doing part-time jobs continued to rise in the first quarter of 2014. Compared to the same time in 2013, the number of part-time workers rose by 74,600, while there were 44,100 fewer full-time employees.

Pastafarianism misses bid for recognition
Austria

Pastafarianism misses bid for recognition

Pastafarianism, a movement set up partly to ridicule organised religion, has failed to win official recognition from Austria's religious authority.

Meet Germany’s American Football stars
Germany

Meet Germany’s American Football stars

Germany's American Football team narrowly beat Austria on Saturday to win the European title for a third year in a row. The players who led the side to victory are our Germans of the Week.

Confirmed: Fabregas is going to Chelsea
Spain

Confirmed: Fabregas is going to Chelsea

Spanish giants Barcelona have agreed to sell midfielder Cesc Fabregas to Chelsea, the club said on Thursday.

Albanian asylum-seeker suspect in 55 burglaries
Austria

Albanian asylum-seeker suspect in 55 burglaries

An asylum-seeker from Albania has been arrested by police in Eferding, as the chief suspect in up to 55 separate break-ins. A pair of men were suspected as being involved.

No show: King to miss son’s enthronement
Spain

No show: King to miss son’s enthronement

Spain's King Juan Carlos will not be on hand to witness the enthronement of his son Prince Felipe with the Royal Palace saying he doesn't want to steal the limelight on the historic occasion.

Swedish girl ‘kidnapped’ and locked in for a week
Sweden

Swedish girl ‘kidnapped’ and locked in for a week

Police believe that a 17-year-old girl was kidnapped and locked in a Stockholm apartment for a week, finally managing to escape on Thursday.

Are English teachers in Spain underqualified?
Spain

Are English teachers in Spain underqualified?

Are underqualified native English-speaking teachers stealing Spaniards' jobs simply because of where they're from? The Local investigates.

Report touts solution to Stockholm housing crisis
Sweden

Report touts solution to Stockholm housing crisis

Stockholm's housing crunch could be solved in ten years, a new report from a crisis housing committee has suggested, in a move that would promise tens of thousands of new homes and jobs.

Striking Air France staff to add to travel chaos
France

Striking Air France staff to add to travel chaos

As if weary commuters and travellers haven't had enough disruption this week with taxi driver and rail strikes, now Air France ground crews at Charles de Gaulle airport have announced they will stage a walk-out on Sunday over restructuring plans.

Drugs and sex trade to boost Spain’s GDP
Spain

Drugs and sex trade to boost Spain’s GDP

Spain is soon to start including estimated revenues from drug trafficking and the sex trade when calculating its gross domestic product (GDP), a move expected to boost economic results, officials said on Thursday.

Financial police chief faces corruption probe
Italy

Financial police chief faces corruption probe

Investigators on Wednesday began searching the offices of the second-highest chief of Italy’s financial police as part of a probe into alleged corruption within the force that has also led to the arrest of a police commander.

Spain raises terror alert level for royal fest
Spain

Spain raises terror alert level for royal fest

Spain has bumped up its terror alert level for the upcoming enthronment of Prince Felipe as Spain's new king, the country's interior ministry said on Thursday.

Calls for Snowden to be given French citizenship
France

Calls for Snowden to be given French citizenship

Could the US whistleblower Edward Snowden be made an honorary citizen of France? That’s the plan of two French senators, who have proposed the controversial move in parliament, adding to the growing movement calling for the former spy to be granted asylum in France.

Bungling Bosnian bank bandits bagged
Austria

Bungling Bosnian bank bandits bagged

Five Bosnian suspects are now in custody after a failed attempt to rob a bank on Tuesday in Allhaming, near Linz.

Ten rules for getting naked in Sweden
Sweden

Ten rules for getting naked in Sweden

Sweden is known throughout the world for several types of sin - and a lot of them involve shedding clothes. The Local sets out to debunk the myths and explain Swedish nudity in ten simple rules.

Sweden’s ATMs all out of service – again
Sweden

Sweden’s ATMs all out of service – again

For the second time in as many weeks, Sweden's entire fleet of automatic cash machines broke down on Thursday.

Rail strike: ‘Passengers are being held to ransom’
France

Rail strike: ‘Passengers are being held to ransom’

Commuters in France will face a third day of travel chaos after the leading trade union announced it intends to extend the rail strike until Friday evening. Rail users say they are being held to ransom by unions.

Experts explode WWII bomb in Leipzig
Germany

Experts explode WWII bomb in Leipzig

A bomb dropped by the US Air Force on Leipzig during World War II was blown up on Thursday morning. It was discovered on Wednesday night near the east German city’s main train station and the explosion was captured in these dramatic pictures.

Oil fund may profit from Thai prawn slavery
Norway

Oil fund may profit from Thai prawn slavery

Norway's oil fund may be forced to divest its 250m kroner stake in the Thai food company CP Foods, after the UK's Guardian newspaper reported that the company sources prawns from ships that employ slave labour.

Court: Dead workers have right to holidays
Germany

Court: Dead workers have right to holidays

Dead workers in Germany have a right to any annual leave which they've failed to claim at the time of their death, Europe’s top court ruled on Thursday.

Furious Le Pen to write open letter to daughter
France

Furious Le Pen to write open letter to daughter

French far-right godfather Jean-Marie Le Pen is set to continue the very public battle with his daughter by publishing on Thursday an open letter to her, detailing his demands. But experts tell The Local the Le Pens prefer bad publicity to none at all.

Austria’s S&P rating endangered
Austria

Austria’s S&P rating endangered

Government plans, which would cause major international investors in the ailing nationalised Hypo Alpe Austria bank substantial losses, would harm the country's "good reputation", the US rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) warned on Thursday.

French woman vows to marry former stepson
France

French woman vows to marry former stepson

A woman who wants to marry her former stepson but cannot do so under French law vowed on Thursday to take her fight right up to the European Court of Human Rights if necessary.

Egypt pleads with Italian tourists to return
Italy

Egypt pleads with Italian tourists to return

Tour operators in Egypt have this week held a conference to urge Italian tourists to return, after instability in the country prompted a crisis in the travel industry following the 2011 ousting of dictator Hosni Mubarak.

Sweden threatens to ‘annex’ the ostehøvel
Norway

Sweden threatens to ‘annex’ the ostehøvel

Sweden's official Twitter account has threatened to "annex" the ostehøvel, the cheese slicing implement that is arguably Norway's most notable innovation in the field of international cuisine.

‘Catalans won’t be happy if Spain wins World Cup’
Spain

‘Catalans won’t be happy if Spain wins World Cup’

Real Madrid's ex director general Inocencio Arias says he doubts people in Catalonia would celebrate Spain's possible victory in Brazil, arguing that the last triumph in South Africa did little to unite Spain as a nation.

EU snubs Spain’s request for help in Uber row
Spain

EU snubs Spain’s request for help in Uber row

The European Union has turned down calls from Spain for assistance in the conflict between the taxi industry and the taxi app Uber, saying the issue is a national one.

Air traffic control fails again
Austria

Air traffic control fails again

Austrian air traffic controllers were once again faced with what were effectively blank screens Wednesday, as the transponder system failed for half an hour.

Hitzfeld fifth highest paid World Cup manager
Switzerland

Hitzfeld fifth highest paid World Cup manager

Ottmar Hitzfeld, the German coach of the Swiss national football team, is the fifth highest paid manager among the 32 teams competing in the Fifa World Cup 2014 which starts in Brazil today.

Pharmacists offer polyglot service
Austria

Pharmacists offer polyglot service

If you want to talk to someone in up to 47 different languages in Vienna, don't visit a language school - instead, visit a pharmacist (Apotheke.)

Norway oil investment to drop by a fifth: report
Norway

Norway oil investment to drop by a fifth: report

Investment by oil companies offshore Norway is set to drop by more then $4bn next year, the first fall since 2010, Statistics Norway has predicted in its quarterly oil report.

UK woman seriously injured in four-storey fall
Spain

UK woman seriously injured in four-storey fall

A young British woman was rushed to hospital after falling from the fourth storey of a building in Ibiza early on Thursday morning, the second such accident in a few days.

Italians protest neo-Nazi Golden Dawn fundraiser
Italy

Italians protest neo-Nazi Golden Dawn fundraiser

A mayor in northern Italy has warned the magistrate of Milan of a neo-Nazi gathering planned for this Saturday, billed as a fundraiser for Greece's extreme-right Golden Dawn party.

Mother who killed three girls attempts suicide
Italy

Mother who killed three girls attempts suicide

A mother in Lecco, northern Italy, who stabbed her three daughters to death in March has attempted suicide in her prison cell, according to media reports.

Where to watch the World Cup in Vienna
Austria

Where to watch the World Cup in Vienna

Want to know which bars and pubs are showing the football or where the open air public viewings are around the city?

Swede ranked as most influential on Wikipedia
Sweden

Swede ranked as most influential on Wikipedia

A new study from a French university has found that a Swede is the most influential person on the internet - bigger than Shakespeare, Einstein, and even Jesus who finished second.

Construction worker dies after crane collapses
Switzerland

Construction worker dies after crane collapses

A construction worker died after the crane he was working in toppled over late Wednesday in Saint-Sulpice, near Lausanne.

German eurosceptics join UK Conservatives
Germany

German eurosceptics join UK Conservatives

UPDATE: Germany’s eurosceptic party will join the British Conservatives in the next European Parliament following a vote on Thursday, in a move which will strain relations between UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Parade plans kill off low-key enthronement
Spain

Parade plans kill off low-key enthronement

Despite initial reports that Spain's future King Felipe would be sworn in in a low-key ceremony, authorities now say the country's new monarchs should celebrate their enthronement in a procession through the streets of Madrid.

Lucky escape for lightning strike boy
Austria

Lucky escape for lightning strike boy

A teenager was knocked from a roof by a lightning bolt during a thunder storm in the Inn Valley on Wednesday night.

‘Hidden Cash’ free money game heads to Paris
France

‘Hidden Cash’ free money game heads to Paris

After giving away thousands of dollars in a string of US cities, a wealthy American is bringing his "Hidden Cash" game to Paris in the next couple of weeks. Is it really "twisted" as some critics have claimed?

Zoo introduces new prairie dogs
Austria

Zoo introduces new prairie dogs

Schönbrunn zoo's newly born black-tailed prairie dogs have made their first trips out of their burrows into the enclosure at Austria's largest and oldest zoo.

Zurich court orders neo-Nazi shooter into therapy
Switzerland

Zurich court orders neo-Nazi shooter into therapy

A neo-Nazi who shot a man after a dispute in a Zurich bar has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and ordered to undergo therapy.

Body in freezer could be missing relative: Family
Spain

Body in freezer could be missing relative: Family

A landlord in Spain's Galicia region made a gruesome discovery recently when he went to visit a tenant who hadn't paid his rent for several months.

Berlin airport will lose ‘€150 million a year’
Germany

Berlin airport will lose ‘€150 million a year’

Berlin’s hopeless new airport could continue to cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of euros even after it opens, according to an economic study.

Football fans plan World Cup ‘sick leave’
Germany

Football fans plan World Cup ‘sick leave’

More than one million workers in Germany plan to call in sick during the football World Cup in Brazil, potentially costing the country €446 million.

Gender wage gap lagging for Swedish politicians
Sweden

Gender wage gap lagging for Swedish politicians

Politicians in Sweden may earn more than most - but their gender wage gap is greater. In some parties, women earn only 75 percent of their male counterparts' salaries, a new report revealed.

Marriage still valid after sex change: Italian court
Italy

Marriage still valid after sex change: Italian court

An Italian man who underwent a sex change to become a woman has won a legal battle to remain legally married in what has been hailed a landmark case for transsexuals in Italy.

German tourists shot at with crossbow

German tourists shot at with crossbow

A 31-year-old man has appeared in court, charged with shooting at two German tourists with a crossbow in Vienna last summer.

Italian Christians warn of Iraq ‘extremist violence’
Italy

Italian Christians warn of Iraq ‘extremist violence’

An Italian Catholic community warned on Wednesday of violence against Christians in Iraq, where a jihadist takeover in Mosul has seen as many as half a million people flee their homes.

Bathers cool off in Swiss flag swimming pool
Switzerland

Bathers cool off in Swiss flag swimming pool

A distinctive new floating swimming pool opened in Geneva on Wednesday night — at an opportune time, given the city's ongoing heatwave.

Kick-off: Spain’s first game a grudge match
Spain

Kick-off: Spain’s first game a grudge match

Holders Spain open their World Cup campaign against the Netherlands on Friday in a repeat of the 2010 final with the Dutch out for revenge.

World Cup mascot animal faces extinction: IUCN
Switzerland

World Cup mascot animal faces extinction: IUCN

The animal that inspired Brazil's 2014 World Cup mascot, the Three-banded Armadillo, is facing extinction as its natural habitat is destroyed, a Swiss-based international nature watchdog warned on Thursday.

French bank exec to step down amid US probe
France

French bank exec to step down amid US probe

The top operations officer of BNP Paribas will step down as the French bank faces a €7 billion fine from American regulators for sanctions busting. Meanwhile, US authorities have granted the banking giant license to work in Iran.

Norway houses prices overvalued: IMF
Norway

Norway houses prices overvalued: IMF

Norway's house prices are amongst the most over-valued in the OECD, the International Monetary Fund has warned as it launches its new Global House Price Watch.

Italy faces battle of the champions in Brazil
Italy

Italy faces battle of the champions in Brazil

Ahead of the World Cup opening in Brazil today, we take a look at the challenges faced by Italy in the group stage, with the team up against rainforest heat and two former world champions.

France’s Bouygues to cut 20 percent of workforce
France

France’s Bouygues to cut 20 percent of workforce

Embattled French telecoms firm Bouygues Telecom said Wednesday it would cut nearly 20 percent of its workforce as it seeks to survive in the struggling sector.

Flaming car shuts down Stockholm tunnel
Sweden

Flaming car shuts down Stockholm tunnel

Police were forced to close down a central Stockholm tunnel on Thursday morning after finding a mystery burning car inside.

Italian teen dies in ‘selfie’ photo fall
Italy

Italian teen dies in ‘selfie’ photo fall

An Italian teenager has died after she tried to take a ‘selfie’ photograph at the seaside, but slipped and fell 20 metres onto the rocks below.

Swedish summer on hold as rain approaches
Sweden

Swedish summer on hold as rain approaches

Sweden's weather agency has predicted a temporary stop to the glorious summer weather, with rainy, cloudy days set to hit most of the country before the weekend.

Fake police steal ‘speeding’ driver’s car
Germany

Fake police steal ‘speeding’ driver’s car

Two men pretending to be police officers stopped a driver near Magdeburg in central Germany on Wednesday, claiming he was speeding, and drove off in his car.

French summer festival season under threat
France

French summer festival season under threat

France's prolific summer festival season threatens to grind to halt this year as disgruntled performers and technicians strike over a controversial welfare agreement.

Child-napper risked losing kids for ‘a smack’
Norway

Child-napper risked losing kids for ‘a smack’

The Chechen man accused of arranging the abduction of his two daughters from their temporary foster parents in Norway risked losing custody of the two children within weeks for what his lawyer describes as "a little spank".

Doctors reach injured explorer in Alps cave
Germany

Doctors reach injured explorer in Alps cave

An explorer who has lain injured one kilometer underground in Germany’s deepest cave since Sunday is able to be moved, according to doctors who reached the researcher for the first time on Wednesday evening.

Fiat caught up in EU tax probe
Italy

Fiat caught up in EU tax probe

The tax policies ruling the financial arm of Italian automaker Fiat, based in Luxembourg, are being investigated by the European Union along with those of companies Apple and Starbucks.

Germans tackle protests at World Cup camp
Germany

Germans tackle protests at World Cup camp

German team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Wednesday he had opened talks with people living near Germany's hotel in Brazil after locals protested against the tight security measures surrounding the football team's World Cup base.

Uber chaos: Spain calls for EU to find answers
Spain

Uber chaos: Spain calls for EU to find answers

The Spanish government wants the European Union to step in and create clear rules for the popular taxi app Uber after taxi drivers in Spain on Wednesday went on strike to protest against its use.