Holland thrash Spain in World Cup opener
Spain

Holland thrash Spain in World Cup opener

Holland have dished out a humiliating 5-1 defeat to Spain, in what was a truly horrible start to their defence of their World Cup title.

Fifa ban Beckenbauer in Qatar World Cup probe
Germany

Fifa ban Beckenbauer in Qatar World Cup probe

German football legend Franz Beckenbauer was banned from all football activities by Fifa for 90 days on Friday for refusing to cooperate with an investigation surrounding Qatar’s controversial 2022 World Cup bid.

Newborn baby found in Paris airport toilets
France

Newborn baby found in Paris airport toilets

A newborn boy was discovered in the public toilets at a Paris airport on Friday by a shocked cleaning lady, but his mother was nowhere to be found. It’s just the most recent case of an abandoned baby in France.

Cold bathing craze leads to teen death
Norway

Cold bathing craze leads to teen death

The social media cold-bathing craze that swept Norway in April ended in tragedy this week after a 19-year-old died after playing the "stupid and tragic game" in Brittany, France.

VIDEO: Lavazza to bring coffee to outer space
Italy

VIDEO: Lavazza to bring coffee to outer space

Following complaints from Italian astronauts about the lack of decent coffee on the job, manufacturer Lavazza has teamed up with an Italian engineering company to send its signature espresso into outer space.

Stockholm launches ‘beggar hotline’
Sweden

Stockholm launches ‘beggar hotline’

Stockholm is opening a telephone hotline to help the city's growing homeless population, but one local charity worker says the move is just a government ploy.

Lightning strikes four hikers in Upper Austria
Austria

Lightning strikes four hikers in Upper Austria

According to a police report, four hikers on the Hohen Dachstein in the district of Gmunden were struck by lightning on Friday afternoon.

Nearly half Norway would give police newborn DNA
Norway

Nearly half Norway would give police newborn DNA

Two fifths of Norwegians would support their government saving DNA profiles of all newborn infants for use in future police investigations, a study by The Norwegian Data Protection Authority has revealed.

Mr Red Bull: Dietrich Mateschitz
Austria

Mr Red Bull: Dietrich Mateschitz

One of the founders of the popular energy drinks brand, Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz is an Austrian entrepreneur and businessman with an estimated net worth of €5.2 billion.

Barcelona bans new cannabis clubs for 1 year
Spain

Barcelona bans new cannabis clubs for 1 year

Barcelona city council announced on Friday that no new cannabis clubs will be allowed to open in the city for one year in order to halt their proliferation and allow for tighter regulation of the 160 clubs that already exist.

Should expats support France at the World Cup?
France

Should expats support France at the World Cup?

It's question many of us expats grapple with every time there’s an international football tournament. Here The Local ponders how much loyalty we should show to the tricolor and we also take to the streets of Paris with Parisian News TV to hear the views of other expats.

Spain to sell 49 percent of state airport operator
Spain

Spain to sell 49 percent of state airport operator

Spain's government announced on Friday it has agreed to sell a 49-percent stake in the state-owned airport operator, AENA.

Sailing, storms, Sweden – seven days in pics
Germany

Sailing, storms, Sweden – seven days in pics

Celebrities taking to the water, the German army in Düsseldorf and a bomb explosion all feature in The Local’s pictorial review of the last seven days.

New French social media craze leads to teen death
France

New French social media craze leads to teen death

A new social media craze sweeping France which involves challenging people via Facebook to throw themselves into rivers or the sea resulted in tragedy this week when a teenager drowned. Warnings have been issued over the "stupid and tragic game".

Swedish nurse ‘tries to take out wrong eye’
Sweden

Swedish nurse ‘tries to take out wrong eye’

A patient's vision was impaired after a nurse in southern Sweden repeatedly tried to remove a healthy eye instead of the patient's prosthetic one.

Norway ending death tax ‘a big mistake’: Piketty
Norway

Norway ending death tax ‘a big mistake’: Piketty

French economist Thomas Piketty has criticised Norway's decision to scrap inheritance tax at the start of this year as "a big mistake", arguing that it will inevitably lead to higher inequality in the country.

Spain forces Coke to rehire wronged workers
Spain

Spain forces Coke to rehire wronged workers

Coca-Cola will have to reemploy and reimburse the 821 workers it sacked in April when it closed four of its bottling plants in Spain now that a judge has ruled the drinks multinational carried out the lay-offs unlawfully.

French bank ‘ignored US warnings’ over embargo
France

French bank ‘ignored US warnings’ over embargo

French bank BNP Paribas was warned several times to stop violating US sanctions in countries like Iran, but it didn't and now faces a €7 billion fine, according to a report from French daily Le Monde.

Scientists hope to grow salad in space
Germany

Scientists hope to grow salad in space

Astronauts could be growing fruit and vegetables in space in the future, with German scientists developing greenhouses for a potential Mars colony. Not only beneficial to the astronaut's nutrition, the fresh vegetables will also boost their morale.

Sweden must cool its real estate market: IMF
Sweden

Sweden must cool its real estate market: IMF

The International Monetary Fund said on Friday that Sweden should cool its booming real estate market, which is causing household debt to shoot through the roof.

Venice mayor resigns over flood barrier scandal
Italy

Venice mayor resigns over flood barrier scandal

Venice's mayor Giorgio Orsoni resigned Friday amid a sweeping corruption investigation into a multi-billion-euro flood barrier project to save the island city from rising sea levels.

Ten best luxury cars for auction in Vienna
Austria

Ten best luxury cars for auction in Vienna

The Dorotheum auction house regularly holds auctions of desirable objets d'art. On Saturday, they will auction a wide range of cars. The Local Austria has selected ten of the best for your consideration.

Italy registers weak inflation for May
Italy

Italy registers weak inflation for May

Inflation hit a four-year low in Germany and was weak in Spain and Italy as well, data showed on Friday, a week after the European Central Bank revealed a battery of measures to fight off the spectre of deflation.

Serbs dug through wall of antiques shop
Austria

Serbs dug through wall of antiques shop

Two Serbian men who broke into a Dorotheum antiques shop in Vienna, and committed scores of domestic burglaries, have been imprisoned for four and six years.

Spain eyes UK-style university loans
Spain

Spain eyes UK-style university loans

Spain's Education, Professional Training and Universities Minister has cited the United Kingdom as an example to follow in higher education funding and is considering following its example of replacing grants with student loans.

Facebook used to traffic migrants to Italy
Italy

Facebook used to traffic migrants to Italy

Human traffickers have been using Facebook to promote boat journeys to Italy offered to desperate migrants and refugees, national media reported on Friday.

Beppe Grillo to join Nigel Farage in EU parliament
Italy

Beppe Grillo to join Nigel Farage in EU parliament

Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement (M5S) party will join UK Independence Party (Ukip) leader Nigel Farage’s Europe of Freedom and Democracy group in the EU parliament following an online referendum.

Sweden’s unluckiest day for the next 35 years
Sweden

Sweden’s unluckiest day for the next 35 years

It's Friday the 13th and the evening promises a full moon. Such an occurrence won't happen again until 2049. To help you stay safe, we revisit Sweden's nine spookiest superstitions.

Swiss researchers study WhatsApp messages
Switzerland

Swiss researchers study WhatsApp messages

WhatsApp users are being asked to send their messages to Swiss university researchers as part of a unique linguistics project investigating how people communicate with the global messaging service.

Police reopen probe into Scandinavian Star fire
Norway

Police reopen probe into Scandinavian Star fire

Norwegian police are to reopen the investigation into the the worst ferry disaster in the country's history after a year-long reappraisal of the evidence.

Rolling Stones fans to pick song for Paris gig
France

Rolling Stones fans to pick song for Paris gig

The Rolling Stones are set to hit the stage for a single, sold out show on Friday in Paris and have asked their fans to choose the one song they’d really like to hear.

UK shock: Spaniard who killed Brit gets 3 years
Spain

UK shock: Spaniard who killed Brit gets 3 years

British press have shown outrage at the news that the Spanish man found guilty of pushing a Scottish holidaymaker to his death has been sentenced to three years in prison for manslaughter.

‘Spain-Catalonia conflict worries me’: Pope
Spain

‘Spain-Catalonia conflict worries me’: Pope

Pope Francis has slammed the high level of European youth unemployment and declared that "the secession of any nation must be handled with care" during a wide-ranging interview in which he referred to both Scotland and Catalonia.

What do Austrians think of Germans?
Austria

What do Austrians think of Germans?

Germans and Austrians are the odd couple of Europe. They speak almost the same language, share a troubled history, and watch many of the same TV shows.

Democratic Party in ‘Fonzie’ PM joke
Italy

Democratic Party in ‘Fonzie’ PM joke

The Rome wing of Italy's ruling Democratic Party (PD) has made light of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's reputation as the modern-day Fonzie, from the US sitcom Happy Days, in a poster advertising a party event this weekend.

Boa constrictor found in apartment courtyard
Austria

Boa constrictor found in apartment courtyard

Construction workers entering a Praterstrasse courtyard on Wednesday got more than they bargained for, when they encountered a 2.2m long boa constrictor, according to a report in the Kleine Zeitung newspaper.

More than third choose to holiday at home
Austria

More than third choose to holiday at home

For the majority of Austrians, taking a break over the summer is a given - but 41 percent “have never” or “not recently” travelled anywhere during the summer, and opted for a ‘staycation’ instead.

‘We’re pissed off’: French anger grows over strike
France

‘We’re pissed off’: French anger grows over strike

Train passengers in France are fuming after a nationwide rail strike that has wrought havoc on France's transport system entered its third full day on Friday. Stranded passengers in Paris told The Local they have little sympathy for a strike they don’t really understand.

Norwegians give homes to poor in holiday gift
Norway

Norwegians give homes to poor in holiday gift

Families in Norway are handing over their houses free to disadvantaged families while they go off on their summer holidays, in a trend started by Kristine Åsbø, from Nærbø south of Stavanger.

Switzerland gets only all-boys boarding school
Switzerland

Switzerland gets only all-boys boarding school

The first all-boys boarding school in Switzerland since 1970 is to open in Gstaad next year.

German woman held as ‘sex slave’ in US
Germany

German woman held as ‘sex slave’ in US

A 34-year-old woman from Bavaria was allegedly sexually abused and held prisoner for nearly a week in the US, according to police. The woman had flown to North Carolina for a man she met online.

Prisoners granted daily showers in hot weather
Austria

Prisoners granted daily showers in hot weather

Not everyone is enjoying the current hot weather in Austria - almost 9,000 prisoners have been sweltering in their cells and have now been granted daily showers and plenty of juice.

Spain to have two kings: Juan Carlos keeps title
Spain

Spain to have two kings: Juan Carlos keeps title

Spain's government is set to approve a royal decree which will mean outgoing monarchs Juan Carlos and Sofía are still called King and Queen despite their son Felipe taking over the throne.

Spain’s ‘Miami Vicer’ laundered millions: US
Spain

Spain’s ‘Miami Vicer’ laundered millions: US

A federal jury in Miami on Wednesday found a Spanish drug lord guilty of laundering over $20 million (€14.7 million) of profits from his Spanish cocaine empire by buying luxury properties and sports cars in the United States.

French rail strike extended into Saturday
France

French rail strike extended into Saturday

French president François Hollande has called on rail unions to bring an end to a three-day strike that has caused travel chaos for millions of commuters and travellers across the country. At least one union will continue the strike Saturday.

Bank clerk claims €90,000 ‘fell in river’
Austria

Bank clerk claims €90,000 ‘fell in river’

A former bank employee in Salzburg has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for embezzlement. He claimed that almost €90,000 had “fallen into a river” when he stopped to change his car tire.

Berlusconi mastermind jailed for mafia ties
Italy

Berlusconi mastermind jailed for mafia ties

Marcello Dell'Utri, a former Senator credited with masterminding Silvio Berlusconi's rise to power, is behind bars in Rome after being extradited from Lebanon overnight, Italian media reported on Friday.

Vienna’s public transport strikes for three minutes
Austria

Vienna’s public transport strikes for three minutes

Vienna's public transport workers will be holding a demonstration against violence against personnel on Friday.

Accident faker robs good Samaritan
Austria

Accident faker robs good Samaritan

A 41-year-old German woman stopped at the scene of an apparent accident on an isolated road in the Salzburger Anif, only to be robbed by the 'victim' at knifepoint.

‘Tiki-taka is our style, we’ll live or die by it’
Spain

‘Tiki-taka is our style, we’ll live or die by it’

Midfield maestro Xavi Hernández insisted Spain will stick to its famous style of fast passing play, the so-called tiki-taka, when his side kicks off their World Cup campaign against Holland on Friday night.

Swedish music festivals opt to go cash free
Sweden

Swedish music festivals opt to go cash free

Dropped wallets, mile-long lines to buy a hotdog, and stolen cash are a thing of the past - at least at music festivals in Sweden.

Drunk driver crashes into metro in police chase
Italy

Drunk driver crashes into metro in police chase

Railway workers in northern Milan got the shock of their lives on Tuesday afternoon when a drunken motorist drove at full speed into a metro station in an attempt to evade police.

Larissa Bieber murderer gets 20 years
Austria

Larissa Bieber murderer gets 20 years

The trial for the murder last September of 21-year-old Larissa Bieber from Tirol began and ended on Friday at the Innsbruck Regional Court. The defendant pled guilty, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Swiss students: Google most desirable employer
Switzerland

Swiss students: Google most desirable employer

American internet giant Google has knocked Swiss company Nestlé off the top spot for the first time to become the most desired employer by business students in Switzerland, according to a survey published on Thursday.

Gauck pays tribute to newspaper publisher
Germany

Gauck pays tribute to newspaper publisher

Frank Schirrmacher, the co-publisher of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), died of a heart attack on Thursday in Frankfurt aged 54.

Spain’s new king shows off silver treasure
Spain

Spain’s new king shows off silver treasure

Spain's soon-to-be king, Felipe, and future queen Letizia, proudly presented an exhibition in central Madrid on Thursday displaying thousands of silver coins from a 19th-century shipwreck that the country won back in court from US treasure hunters.

Court: TV licence fees don’t apply to computers
Sweden

Court: TV licence fees don’t apply to computers

A Swedish court ruled on Friday that computers, surfing tablets, and mobile phones will no longer be counted as television transmitter devices, meaning Swedes will not have to pay annual fees to Sweden's TV licensing authorities.

Ageing Pope puts safety ‘in God’s hands’
Italy

Ageing Pope puts safety ‘in God’s hands’

Pope Francis admitted in an interview on Friday that he takes a risk when he ditches a "sardine can" popemobile to greet the people, but at his age he has little to lose.

Paris: Town Hall refuses to ban love locks
France

Paris: Town Hall refuses to ban love locks

Thousands of love-locks that adorn bridges in Paris have been removed due to the dangers posed to the public, the Town Hall announced this week, but authorities say they will not impose a ban on the romantic ritual.

How to tackle Sweden’s ageing population
Sweden

How to tackle Sweden’s ageing population

Sweden's ageing population is considered by some to be a ticking time bomb for the Swedish welfare model, but contributor Nima Sanandaji argues that we can afford a more optimistic view.

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl leaves Germany for US
Germany

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl leaves Germany for US

Bowe Bergdahl, the US soldier who went missing in Afghanistan in 2009 and was recently traded for five Taliban prisoners, flew on Friday from Germany to the United States to face potential desertion charges. But what does Germany make of the case?

Swedish school bans classmate photos
Sweden

Swedish school bans classmate photos

A school in central Sweden has banned all photography, expressing concern that pictures of classmates would be abused on social media.

Germany to pay €50 million to Jewish family
Germany

Germany to pay €50 million to Jewish family

A Berlin tribunal on Thursday ordered Germany to pay €50 million in reparations to the descendants of a Jewish family whose chain of department stores was seized by the Nazis.

Policeman settles jobless woman’s unpaid bill
Italy

Policeman settles jobless woman’s unpaid bill

A policeman has come to the aid of a woman in Sicily, after she was stopped by supermarket staff for not paying for her shopping.

ORF raises €3 million for flood victims
Austria

ORF raises €3 million for flood victims

The Austrian national ORF TV and radio network has raised €3 million in cooperation with several NGOs for the flood victims in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia.

Twenty years in the EU ‘a success story’
Austria

Twenty years in the EU ‘a success story’

EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn of Austria, says that Austria's EU accession was a "success story".

Germany accepts 10,000 more Syrian refugees
Germany

Germany accepts 10,000 more Syrian refugees

Germany will accept 10,000 more refugees from war-ravaged Syria, officials said on Thursday, even as Berlin faced calls from rights groups to do more.

Student drowns in graduation parade
Sweden

Student drowns in graduation parade

A young man died during graduation festivities in Stockholm on Thursday, the latest in a series of accidents over the past two weeks.

Paris: Thousands dine out in culinary flash mob
France

Paris: Thousands dine out in culinary flash mob

Thousands of people dressed all in white, dined under the night sky on bridges around Paris on Thursday evening the world’s only viral culinary event - a chic take on the flash mob.

Failed job applicant sues firm for anti-fat bias
Germany

Failed job applicant sues firm for anti-fat bias

An overweight woman has tried to sue a firm in central Germany, claiming she was rejected for a job for being too fat.

New Nato head expects ‘enormous dilemmas’
Norway

New Nato head expects ‘enormous dilemmas’

Nato's incoming Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has told Norway's Aftenposten newspaper that he expects the role to be "difficult, demanding and involve enormous dilemmas" in a long-running interview ahead of taking up the post.