Body of wingsuit flyer recovered from glacier
Switzerland

Body of wingsuit flyer recovered from glacier

The body of a wingsuit flyer has been recovered almost four months after the 33-year-old man crashed on a glacier before being swept away by an avalanche in the Valais Alps, cantonal police said on Tuesday.

Maersk alliance sunk by Chinese authorities
Denmark

Maersk alliance sunk by Chinese authorities

Danish shipping giant's announced partnership with French and Swiss companies was blocked by China, which cited "a high level of concern" on competition.

Map reveals poverty-stricken parts of France
France

Map reveals poverty-stricken parts of France

A new map out on Tuesday shows the neighbourhoods where France's poorest residents live. While being included on might be a dubious distinction, it could also mean millions or even billions of euros for revitalization projects.

Austrian minister moots tax reform with Sweden
Austria

Austrian minister moots tax reform with Sweden

Vice-Chancellor and Finance Minister Michael Spindelegger started a two-day trip to Sweden on Tuesday.

Norway next to Nigeria in fraud report
Norway

Norway next to Nigeria in fraud report

Norwegian businesses have reported one of the highest levels of corruption in the world, with one in four managers saying they had experienced a significant case of fraud in the last two years.

Censored cartoonists mock king in new mag
Spain

Censored cartoonists mock king in new mag

A group of artists who quit Spanish satirical magazine El Jueves on principle after it changed a cover image which mocked the royal family have hit back by launching their own title, 'Pride and Satisfaction'.

Kurz supports Albania’s path to EU membership
Austria

Kurz supports Albania’s path to EU membership

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz and Justice Minister Wolfgang Brandstaetter have emphasised that Austria supports Albania on its path into the EU.

Paris rolls out Velib’ bike rental scheme for kids
France

Paris rolls out Velib’ bike rental scheme for kids

Paris’s popular Velib' bike rental system has been such a giant success, that the city has decided to create a version for smaller cyclists. The ‘P’tit Velib’ for kids will hit the pavements and parks on Wednesday.

Protesters beware: 120 snipers to guard king
Spain

Protesters beware: 120 snipers to guard king

Spanish authorities will deploy more than 6,700 police and Civil Guard officers during the enthronement of Prince Felipe in Madrid on Thursday.

99-year-old Italian gran passes school exam
Italy

99-year-old Italian gran passes school exam

A 99-year-old grandmother in Sardinia on Tuesday received her certificate for passing Italy's middle school exam, said to be a lifetime dream after she was taken out of education to work in her family's olive grove.

Germany next to Nigeria in fraud report
Germany

Germany next to Nigeria in fraud report

German businesses have reported one of the highest levels of corruption in the world, with one in four managers saying they had experienced a significant case of fraud in the last two years.

Concern in France over risk of chikungunya virus
France

Concern in France over risk of chikungunya virus

French authorities have issued advice to counter the threat of the mosquito-born virus chikungunya, after dozens of cases were reported in the south. The risk of a chikungunya or dengue fever outbreak could be heightened by supporters returning from the World Cup in Brazil.

Elite cop masterminds armed robbery
Austria

Elite cop masterminds armed robbery

A former policeman from the elite Viennese police special forces unit WEGA (Wiener Einsatzgruppe Alarmabteilung) appeared in court Tuesday to answer charges of carrying out an armed robbery, reportedly intending to finance a charitable aid project in Africa. He and his younger female accomplice were each sentenced to eight years in prison.

Gay teen forced to clean homophobic graffiti
Sweden

Gay teen forced to clean homophobic graffiti

When a gay Swedish student told his principal about derogatory remarks written on the school walls, the principal allegedly told him to "erase it himself".

Army helicopter accident kills one
Austria

Army helicopter accident kills one

One man was killed in a helicopter accident during an army exercise in Tyrol in west Austria on Tuesday.

BMW builds hotel for its Munich workers
Germany

BMW builds hotel for its Munich workers

Munich is the most expensive place to live in Germany and with rents on the rise, BMW, one of the city’s biggest employers, has decided to build a hotel to house its workers.

Jewellery shop raided by fake football fans
Germany

Jewellery shop raided by fake football fans

Three masked men robbed a jewellery store in a Berlin shopping arcade during the Germany-Portugal World Cup match on Monday evening. They escaped by putting a huge Germany flag over their getaway car.

Average Norwegian could live to 100: report
Norway

Average Norwegian could live to 100: report

The average Norwegian could live to nearly a hundred years old by the end of the century, according to the latest projections by Statistics Norway.

China blocks shipping group with Swiss firm
Switzerland

China blocks shipping group with Swiss firm

China announced Tuesday that it was blocking a proposed alliance among global shipping giants — including Geneva-based private company MSC — due to competition concerns.

Spanish politician slaps and insults opponent
Spain

Spanish politician slaps and insults opponent

A councillor for Spain's ruling Popular Party in the town of Aranjuez has been accused of calling a political opponent "an arsehole and a shit" before throwing a glass of water and slapping him, according to witnesses.

Pro-Erdogan group hacks Kurz’s homepage
Austria

Pro-Erdogan group hacks Kurz’s homepage

Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz's homepage has been attacked by Turkish hackers after he warned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to be sensitive on his visit to Austria.

Italy seized ‘weapons of mass destruction’ parts
Italy

Italy seized ‘weapons of mass destruction’ parts

Customs officers in the northern Italian port of La Spezia have identified a shipment from China found last autumn as materials that could be used to make weapons of mass destruction.

Ministry official arrested over L’Aquila bribes
Italy

Ministry official arrested over L’Aquila bribes

An official from Italy's Ministry of Culture has been arrested on corruption charges, related to work carried out after the devastating 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila, the town's public prosecutor announced on Tuesday.

UN chief warns Iraq crisis could spill over borders
Switzerland

UN chief warns Iraq crisis could spill over borders

The Islamist militant onslaught in Iraq raises the spectre of a sectarian conflict spilling across the embattled nation's borders, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned in Geneva on Tuesday.

Tensions mount as French rail strike goes on
France

Tensions mount as French rail strike goes on

France's longest rail strike in years is set to continue into its eighth day on Wednesday after unions voted on Tuesday to extend their walk-out by a further 24 hours. The controversial reform that provoked the walk-out went before parliament on Tuesday.

Motorist flashes off-duty policewoman in Horn
Austria

Motorist flashes off-duty policewoman in Horn

A Horn motorist who exposed himself to a female cyclist at a red light got a nasty shock himself when she turned out to be a Horn policewoman.

Sex workers use date rape drugs to rob clients
Spain

Sex workers use date rape drugs to rob clients

Six Barcelona women have been arrested and accused of spiking clients' drinks with so-called date rape drugs in order to steal over €20,000 ($27,100) using their credit cards – a technique known as the 'Dream Kiss'.

Alleged blackmailer on trial in ‘paintball affair’
Austria

Alleged blackmailer on trial in ‘paintball affair’

Ex-FPÖ politician Ewald Stadler is facing his former colleague, Freedom Party leader Heinz Christian Strache in court this week, in connection with the so-called "Paintball Affair".

Ukraine and Russia to settle gas bill in Sweden
Sweden

Ukraine and Russia to settle gas bill in Sweden

As Ukraine has proved unable to pay for their Russian gas consumption, the dispute will be settled in a Stockholm court.

Chocolate workers next in line for train strike
Sweden

Chocolate workers next in line for train strike

Workers at Swedish chocolate giant Marabou may be the next to be affected by the railway strike, as part of a 'sympathy strike' planned by one of Sweden's biggest unions.

France’s €50 billion cuts plan queried by auditors
France

France’s €50 billion cuts plan queried by auditors

There was more bad news for the French government on Tuesday when a new report from national auditors said there was "little evidence" of how France could achieve €30 billion of its planned spending cuts and that deficit targets would once again be missed.

Norway cannot replace Russia’s gas: CEO
Norway

Norway cannot replace Russia’s gas: CEO

Norwegian oil and gas giant Statoil has pledged to increase gas supplies to the European Union after Moscow cut off supplied to Ukraine, but has warned that Norway would never be able to fully replace Russia's exports.

Facebook: Users charged for speed camera posts
France

Facebook: Users charged for speed camera posts

For the first time ever in France, prosecutors are going after a group of people who used Facebook to unveil the locations of some of the country’s legion of speed cameras. The action has provoked accusations of double standards.

‘My son’s ashes never arrived from Germany’
Germany

‘My son’s ashes never arrived from Germany’

A Berlin burial company is taking legal action against a grieving American mother after she refused to pay them for sending a damaged urn, which was meant to contain her son’s ashes, from Germany to the US. The urn arrived broken and almost empty of ashes.

Road to the throne: top facts and schedule
Spain

Road to the throne: top facts and schedule

The world's eyes will be on Spain on Thursday as Prince Felipe is proclaimed the country's new king. Here The Local has put together everything you need to know about the much anticipated enthronement.

Investor confidence hits 18-month low
Germany

Investor confidence hits 18-month low

Investment sentiment in Germany declined for the sixth month in row in June, falling to its lowest level for 18 months amid concern Europe's top economy is losing momentum, a survey found on Tuesday.

Norway sticks with fårikål as national dish
Norway

Norway sticks with fårikål as national dish

The six-month process to replace fårikål as Norway's national dish has ended in an underwhelming result, with the country voting to stick with the homely lamb and cabbage stew.

‘A song for our English friends’
Italy

‘A song for our English friends’

As if the English didn’t feel downtrodden enough about their football team’s trials and tribulations, Italian comedian Rosario Fiorello has come up with a special rendition of the British anthem ‘God Save The Queen’ in light of Italy’s victory on Saturday.

Italian child killer caught with dead dad’s DNA
Italy

Italian child killer caught with dead dad’s DNA

The suspected murderer of a 13-year-old girl has been caught by police, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano announced on Monday. The breakthrough in the 2010 murder case comes after police exhumed the body of a man thought to be the killer's father.

Car sharing options growing fast in Vienna
Austria

Car sharing options growing fast in Vienna

Despite having one of the best public transport systems in the world, sometimes a car is the preferred choice in Vienna. The Local takes a look at some of the options for you to get around the city.

Trapped Siemens workers rescued in Iraq
Germany

Trapped Siemens workers rescued in Iraq

Fifty foreign technicians including eight German nationals working for Siemens have been flown to safety from northern Iraq after becoming encircled by Sunni Islamist militant forces.

Man jailed after killing Stockholm football fan
Sweden

Man jailed after killing Stockholm football fan

A man was sentenced to eight months in jail after he delivered a fatal blow to a football fan in southern Sweden in March.

Fifty years of guest workers in Austria
Austria

Fifty years of guest workers in Austria

How the second and third generation of Austria's Turkish migrants are caught between two worlds.

‘How to stop kids being gay’ books shock Spain
Spain

‘How to stop kids being gay’ books shock Spain

Many Spaniards are up in arms after the country's main department stores started stocking books geared towards "curing homosexuality" primarily in childhood.

The octopus that could save Slussen
Sweden

The octopus that could save Slussen

In the face of controversial redevelopment, an engineer has made waves in Sweden's social media after he said Stockholm's Slussen traffic junction can be saved - by becoming an octopus.

Graz imam denies terrorism charges
Austria

Graz imam denies terrorism charges

A Muslim cleric who was arrested on terrorism charges in Graz earlier this month denies the charges against him and said he would never encourage people to go to war, according to an interview with Profil.

‘Northern EU countries don’t take Italy seriously’
Italy

‘Northern EU countries don’t take Italy seriously’

On July 1st Italy will take over the EU presidency, setting Europe's agenda for the next six months. The Local investigates whether Matteo Renzi can use the chance to reposition Italy in Europe.

Is it time for France to ditch the 35-hour week?
France

Is it time for France to ditch the 35-hour week?

As French lawmakers launch a new effort to look at the impact of their landmark and oft-ridiculed 35-hour work week, some experts say ditching the flagship law would be a catastrophe for France, while others say it could save the economy.

Cash-in-hand for ‘corpse courses’ at Spanish uni
Spain

Cash-in-hand for ‘corpse courses’ at Spanish uni

Staff at Madrid's Complutense University have admitted receiving off-the-record cash payments of up to €150 ($203) per day for preparing hundreds of dead bodies stored in the basement for use as teaching aids in unofficial, out-of-hours anatomy lessons.

Complaint against police ‘brutality’ at parade
Austria

Complaint against police ‘brutality’ at parade

Green member of parliament Sigrid Maurer has complained that she was badly treated by police during a demonstration of gay-rights campaigners against a March for the Family which was protesting against Saturday’s Rainbow Parade.

Top Oslo imam wounded in axe attack
Norway

Top Oslo imam wounded in axe attack

The imam of Oslo's main mosque was recuperating in hospital on Tuesday after a masked assailant repeatedly hacked him with a small axe or knife in the centre of the Norwegian capital.

Defence minister’s son caught with cannabis
Switzerland

Defence minister’s son caught with cannabis

The youngest son of Swiss Defence Minister Ueli Maurer faces charges of possessing pot and attempting to evade a police check, according to media reports on Tuesday.

Sales agent ‘chopped up man and cooked head’
Germany

Sales agent ‘chopped up man and cooked head’

A Berlin sales agent chopped up a bank clerk and cooked his head after engaging in bizarre sexual acts, a court heard on Monday.

Down’s child rejected from summer school
Italy

Down’s child rejected from summer school

A boy in Rome with Down’s syndrome has been rejected from a summer school for being “difficult to manage”, the child’s father has said.

Rainstorms to drown Midsummer joy
Sweden

Rainstorms to drown Midsummer joy

The longest day of the year promises rain and even snow... so be sure to pack an umbrella to go with the bottle of aquavit.

Can Spain recover from Holland thrashing?
Spain

Can Spain recover from Holland thrashing?

Stunned by their heroes' 5-1 humiliation by the Netherlands, Spaniards are already bemoaning the end of a glorious era and fearing the worst in La Roja's World Cup life-or-death clash on Wednesday with Chile.

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

In Pictures: The Local’s Property of the Week

We're going way out west for the Property of the Week. This charming place on an island near Gothenburg will have you wondering why you'd live anywhere else.

Who’s an expat and who’s an immigrant?
Germany

Who’s an expat and who’s an immigrant?

Why are some foreigners in Germany referred to as expats and others immigrants? Is there a difference between them and what terms should we be using? Writer Jacinta Nandi delves into a linguistic quandary.

Ruling party in another hit-and-run scandal
Spain

Ruling party in another hit-and-run scandal

Just two months after Madrid's former president was chased by police in a high-speed pursuit, Spain's governing Popular Party has been tarnished by yet another hit-and-run incident involving the son of the country's Justice Minister.

Five-person team to fight Expo corruption
Italy

Five-person team to fight Expo corruption

A five-person team will be set up to fight corruption at Expo 2015, a trade fair which is taking place in Milan next year.

Spaniards camp outside Ikea to be first inside
Sweden

Spaniards camp outside Ikea to be first inside

Scores of Spaniards dressed in blue and yellow have been camping outside an Ikea in Valencia in the hope of winning cash prizes for being the first customers to enter the Swedish furniture giant's newest warehouse.

How I tackled Sweden’s Law of Jante
Sweden

How I tackled Sweden’s Law of Jante

US native Steven Karwoski is a committed underachiever. He explains the challenges of "upping his game" to meet Sweden's celebration of achieving the average.

Injured cave explorer could be out by Friday
Germany

Injured cave explorer could be out by Friday

A team rescuing injured researcher Johann Westhauser from Germany's deepest cave are moving faster than expected and could be out by the end of the week.

Firm to buy posh Paris hotel to woo Chinese
France

Firm to buy posh Paris hotel to woo Chinese

A Hong Kong investment group has announced it is buying a plush Champs Elysées hotel, which it plans to market to Chinese visitors. The deal comes at a time when the number of Chinese tourists visiting France is at an all-time high.

Müller: That was only the first match
Germany

Müller: That was only the first match

UPDATE: More than 26 million Germans watched Thomas Müller claim the first hat-trick of Brazil 2014 in Monday's 4-0 rout of Portugal. But the rising star urged German football fans to keep their feet on the ground.

Italy to begin civil union debate in September
Italy

Italy to begin civil union debate in September

UPDATED: Italy’s government will begin debating a law on civil unions in September, a move that could give gay couples the same rights as heterosexual married ones, Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has announced.

Roma teen fights for life after vigilante attack
France

Roma teen fights for life after vigilante attack

A Roma teenager was in a critical condition on Tuesday after being savagely beaten by a mob, who suspected him of being behind a burglary in a Paris suburb. The French president François Hollande has condemned the 'unjustifiable' lynching.

Italian general to head UN force in Lebanon
Italy

Italian general to head UN force in Lebanon

UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Monday appointed Italian general Luciano Portolano to head the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.