Rampant France thrash Switzerland 5-2
France

Rampant France thrash Switzerland 5-2

Les Bleus put five goals past Switzerland in a one-sided group E clash in Salvador on Friday to almost ensure their place in the knock-out stages of the World Cup. The Swiss pulled back two consolation goals late on.

Swiss thrashed by France in game of errors
Switzerland

Swiss thrashed by France in game of errors

France thrashed Switzerland 5-2 on Friday in a World Cup football match in Salvador, Brazil the Swiss will want to quickly forget.

Consumer confidence at seven-year high
Denmark

Consumer confidence at seven-year high

Confidence reaches the highest levels since June 2007 and unemployment numbers are at the lowest point in five years – is Denmark out of the crisis?

Queen for life: Letizia can’t divorce King
Spain

Queen for life: Letizia can’t divorce King

Felipe VI's absolute legal immunity as king of Spain means only he can legally file for divorce if the royal couple’s marriage is on the rocks.

Shock diagnosis for ex-foreign minister
Germany

Shock diagnosis for ex-foreign minister

UPDATE: Ex-German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is being treated for leukaemia at a clinic in Cologne. The shock diagnosis came after he sought treatment for a minor sports injury.

Putin likely to discuss gas pipeline
Austria

Putin likely to discuss gas pipeline

Russian President Vladimir Putin will seek to exploit disagreement within a deeply divided EU over a Kremlin-backed gas pipeline as he looks to seal Vienna's support for the project during a visit to Austria next week.

Ute Bock, champion of the refugees
Austria

Ute Bock, champion of the refugees

Feisty septuagenarian, Ute Bock, is regarded as somewhat of a legend in Austria for her tireless work to help struggling refugees.

Shooting cats and dogs now illegal
Denmark

Shooting cats and dogs now illegal

As of July 1, property owners will no longer be able to shoot their neighbours' pets, all thanks to a Lab named Balder.

Feldkirch drug dealer sentenced to 3.5 years
Austria

Feldkirch drug dealer sentenced to 3.5 years

A 21-year-old man was sentenced to three and a half years in custody after being found guilty of drug dealing on Friday in a court in Feldkirch.

Paris nightspots boycott Fête de la Musique
France

Paris nightspots boycott Fête de la Musique

France's annual live music bonanza will be quieter than normal in Paris this year with 50 venues planning to boycott the event as part of a protest against a crackdown on late night revelry by the capital's noise police.

Berlin still honours Hitler’s ‘trailblazer’
Germany

Berlin still honours Hitler’s ‘trailblazer’

After a heated debate, Berlin's state parliament has voted not to rid Weimar-era German President Paul von Hindenburg of his honorary citizenship, dismissing claims that he enabled the rise of his successor Adolf Hitler.

Bavaria’s population is on the rise
Germany

Bavaria’s population is on the rise

Bavaria's population is growing, a new study shows. By 2032 the southern German state will swell by a further 350,000 inhabitants - but not because more babies are being born.

Man demands free Merc from St Gallen garage
Switzerland

Man demands free Merc from St Gallen garage

A man who opposes the expansion of a neighbouring car dealership is driving a hard bargain: he is demanding a new Mercedes in exchange for dropping his objections.

Star matador gored after rookie mistake
Spain

Star matador gored after rookie mistake

José Tomás, one of Spain's most famous matadors, was gored after turning his back on what he thouht was a vanquished animal during a bullfight on Thursday in Granada, Spain.

Frenchwoman, 71, ‘cooks husband’s genitals’
France

Frenchwoman, 71, ‘cooks husband’s genitals’

A 71-year-old Frenchwoman is to undergo psychiatric testing after killing her husband and cooking his heart, nose and genitals.

Tourism plan focuses on the coasts
Denmark

Tourism plan focuses on the coasts

A new plan to boost tourism will allow for commercial development on protected shores. Free wifi in cities and exploiting the popularity of Hans Christian Andersen are also among the highlights.

Homeless asylum seekers on the rise
Austria

Homeless asylum seekers on the rise

A Viennese organisation which assists refugees to find work and shelter has registered a dramatic rise in the number of homeless asylum seekers in recent weeks.

Care home residents ‘slapped and insulted’
Italy

Care home residents ‘slapped and insulted’

Two people have been put under house arrest over accusations that they physically and mentally tormented dementia sufferers at a Milan care home.

‘It’s a day of rest’: Unions blast Sunday shopping
France

‘It’s a day of rest’: Unions blast Sunday shopping

Unions representing staff at Paris department stores, including Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, have blasted plans to open stores on Sundays insisting there would be no economic benefit. They called on shop staff to strike on June 24th.

Thousands of toxic Parmesan wheels seized
Italy

Thousands of toxic Parmesan wheels seized

Italian police have seized thousands of wheels of Parmesan, after milk used to produce the cheese was found to be contaminated.

Scrap metal thieves cause pensioner’s death
Spain

Scrap metal thieves cause pensioner’s death

A 75-year-old woman has died after thieves who were being chased by the owner of a vehicle they had just torn apart, threw pieces of metal onto the Madrid motorway she was driving on.

Great Depression: 40% of bank staff on meds
Spain

Great Depression: 40% of bank staff on meds

Spain's trade union confederation CCOO has claimed that 40 percent of those employed in the southern region of Andalucia by Santander, Europe's largest bank, take antidepressant medication as a result of pressure at work.

Boy fakes kidnapping to avoid the dentist
France

Boy fakes kidnapping to avoid the dentist

Fear of the dentist can make people do strange things to avoid having their teeth checked including inventing a story that you have been kidnapped, as one boy in France did recently. Police spent a month investigating his tale.

Kurz accuses Erdogan of ‘lack of respect’
Austria

Kurz accuses Erdogan of ‘lack of respect’

Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz says that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was disrespectful of Austria by campaigning for the Turkish elections during his visit to Vienna.

Deaf French boy in coma after he’s hit by lightning
France

Deaf French boy in coma after he’s hit by lightning

A 14-year-old deaf French boy is in a coma after being struck by lightning at Mount Vesuvius in southern Italy on Thursday. According to reports he had not heard a warning to close his umbrella.

‘Hacktivist’ arrested for leak of MPs’ ID numbers
Denmark

‘Hacktivist’ arrested for leak of MPs’ ID numbers

In protest against surveillance laws, a group of activists released the social security numbers of 91 politicians. Now one of the hackers faces numerous police charges.

Wawrinka beats fever in time for Wimbledon
Switzerland

Wawrinka beats fever in time for Wimbledon

After suffering from a fever this week, Swiss world number three tennis player Stan Wawrinka is back on the practice courts in readiness for Wimbledon, which starts on Monday.

How to understand the north Germans
Germany

How to understand the north Germans

You need to understand three key words to communicate properly with northern Germans, according to Australian writer Liv Hambrett who has fallen for one of them. She takes us on a linguistic tour.

An 18 year long wait for asylum
Austria

An 18 year long wait for asylum

How long is too long to wait for your asylum claim to be processed? With Friday being World Refugee Day, The Local looks into the plight of one man who has been waiting for 18 years.

Migrants sidelined for Pope’s Rome church visit
Italy

Migrants sidelined for Pope’s Rome church visit

The Pope has refused to meet with migrants living in one of his favourite churches in Rome, in case it is seen "as a political gesture".

How I got immigrants and Swedes dining together
Sweden

How I got immigrants and Swedes dining together

Swedish language teacher Ebba Åkerman, also known as the "Minister of Dinners", explains how she managed to bring immigrants and Swedes together at dinner tables across Stockholm.

Berlusconi appeals guilty verdict in Ruby sex trial
Italy

Berlusconi appeals guilty verdict in Ruby sex trial

Silvio Berlusconi's appeal trial against a conviction for paying for sex with an underage prostitute opened on Friday without the former premier, who was doing community service for a separate tax fraud conviction.

Fourteen arrested after Erdogan’s visit
Austria

Fourteen arrested after Erdogan’s visit

Supporters and opponents of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan clashed yesterday afternoon resulting in fourteen arrests.

‘Sweden Democrats Ukip deal eases pariah status’
Sweden

‘Sweden Democrats Ukip deal eases pariah status’

Ukip leader Nigel Farage's decision to admit the Sweden Democrats (SD) into its European parliament group helps to give the party with fascist roots greater credibility and acceptance, according to a Swedish expert.

French boy in coma after Vesuvius lightning strike
Italy

French boy in coma after Vesuvius lightning strike

A 14-year-old deaf French boy is in a coma after being struck by lightning at southern Italy’s Mount Vesuvius on Thursday.

Confident France aim to make the Swiss roll
France

Confident France aim to make the Swiss roll

Les Bleus face their first stern test at the World Cup when they take on Switzerland in Salvador on Friday. The upbeat mood of the nation is a far cry from this day four years ago, when at the last World Cup, the French national team went on strike.

Female genital mutilation exposed in Swedish class
Sweden

Female genital mutilation exposed in Swedish class

Some 60 cases of genital mutilation have been discovered in Norrköping in eastern Sweden since March with all 30 girls in one school class found to have undergone the procedure.

Austrian chancellor visits former Yugoslavia
Austria

Austrian chancellor visits former Yugoslavia

Chancellor Werner Faymann started a trip through the ex-Yugoslavian countries in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina on Thursday.

Why the rush to legally shield Spain’s ‘old’ king?
Spain

Why the rush to legally shield Spain’s ‘old’ king?

Spain's ruling party is rushing to shield the country's former King Don Juan Carlos from any possible scandal with a legal reform presented in Parliament on Friday, just one day after he stepped down from the throne and lost his absolute royal immunity.

Spanish unions slam ‘biased’ English exam
Spain

Spanish unions slam ‘biased’ English exam

Spanish students sitting English tests to gain a high-grade baccalaureate qualification were ordered this week to answer the question "How would you convince a friend not to vote for [political party] Podemos?", leading to official complaints from teaching unions.

Spindelegger defends handling of Hypo scandal
Austria

Spindelegger defends handling of Hypo scandal

Finance Minister Michael Spindelegger (ÖVP) sees no need for explanation to his counterparts in the EU about the planned investor's 'haircut' at Hypo Alpe Adria Bank.

Balotelli wants a kiss from British Queen
Italy

Balotelli wants a kiss from British Queen

Star striker Mario Balotelli has said that he wants a kiss from the British Queen, if Italy help England stay in the World Cup by beating Costa Rica tonight.

Mystery dog appears in locked car
Germany

Mystery dog appears in locked car

A woman in western Germany got a shock when she returned to her locked car and found a strange dog staring back at her from the back seat. The mysterious incident was the result of a series of unlikely coincidences.

Police deal further blow to football supporters
Switzerland

Police deal further blow to football supporters

Ahead of Switzerland’s crucial clash against France in the FIFA World Cup tonight, Swiss police have warned they will fine car drivers who obscure indicators on rear-view mirrors with decorative World Cup flags.

President has ‘faith’ in police despite scandal
Italy

President has ‘faith’ in police despite scandal

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Thursday said he had "faith" in the financial police, despite the force being hit by a corruption scandal earlier this month.

Wintry chill grips Swedish Midsummer
Sweden

Wintry chill grips Swedish Midsummer

Temperatures are set to plunge in many parts of Sweden on Friday as Swedes gather for Midsummer festivities, according to the latest weather forecast.

Denmark ranked second most peaceful nation
Denmark

Denmark ranked second most peaceful nation

Only Iceland is ranked higher in the 2014 Global Peace Index.

Top ten reasons to hate Swedish Midsummer
Sweden

Top ten reasons to hate Swedish Midsummer

Okay, we love Midsummer. But one must admit... there are a few things that get on an expat's nerves. We asked, you answered.

Stoltenberg must stop Nato cuts: Rasmussen
Norway

Stoltenberg must stop Nato cuts: Rasmussen

One of former Norway PM Jens Stoltenberg's most important task as Nato's new head will be to turn around the tumbling defence budgets of the alliance's members, outgoing chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has warned.

Warhol painting sells for $35 million at Art Basel
Switzerland

Warhol painting sells for $35 million at Art Basel

A self-portrait by American pop artist Andy Warhol sold for $35 million on Wednesday at Art Basel, the world’s largest contemporary art fair, as naked Swiss performance artist Milo Moiré is denied entry.

Flights in France to be hit as another strike is called
France

Flights in France to be hit as another strike is called

It's probably the last thing that beleaguered travellers in France want to hear, but flights in France could be severely disrupted next week after air traffic controllers called for a six-day strike.

Krone falls most in a year on bank surprise
Norway

Krone falls most in a year on bank surprise

The Norwegian krone crashed 2.3 percent against the euro on Thursday, after the country's central bank revised down its economic forecast on expectations of a downturn in the country's oil sector.

Ancient Spaniards waged ‘Game of Thrones’ war
Spain

Ancient Spaniards waged ‘Game of Thrones’ war

The vicious fight for survival and power among disparate kingdoms and clans may have led some ancient people in Spain to evolve facial traits more quickly than others, a study said on Thursday.

Germany gears up for Ghana clash
Germany

Germany gears up for Ghana clash

Germany may be forced to reshuffle their back-four for Saturday's World Cup clash against Ghana as Mats Hummels struggles to recover from a thigh injury.

Rescued cave explorer moved to clinic
Germany

Rescued cave explorer moved to clinic

UPDATE: Injured cave explorer Johann Westhauser has been moved to a clinic in Murnau in Upper Bavaria following his dramatic rescue that ended his 11-day ordeal in caverns deep in the Bavarian Alps.

US and German rivals in bidding war for Alstom
France

US and German rivals in bidding war for Alstom

The battle for French engineering giant Alstom neared the finish line on Friday with rivals General Electric and Siemens, Mitsubishi both sweetening their offers in a bid to convince the President François Hollande and the government.

Mafia profits make up 1.7 percent of Italy’s GDP
Italy

Mafia profits make up 1.7 percent of Italy’s GDP

Mafia proceeds amount to 1.7 percent of Italy’s GDP, the country's justice minister said on Thursday.

Two men charged over Oslo imam attack
Norway

Two men charged over Oslo imam attack

Two men have been charged in connection with the brutal knife attack on the imam of Oslo's largest mosque, Norway police announced on Thursday evening.

French rail strike slowly runs out of steam
France

French rail strike slowly runs out of steam

A French rail strike that has caused travel havoc across the country continued on Friday but reports suggested most strikers had returned to work and services were getting back to normal, although there was still disruption in certain parts of the country.

More investment to aid growth
Germany

More investment to aid growth

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Germany's finance minister called on Thursday for an investment boost to help spur economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic.

Buy your own Viking warship for just €160,000
Norway

Buy your own Viking warship for just €160,000

Fancy owning your own Viking ship capable of carrying an 80-strong landing party to ravage the destination of your choice? The craftsmen at The Viking Ship Museum are now selling replicas of Norway's Gokstad ship for a mere €160,000.

Danish hostage freed in Syria after 13 months
Denmark

Danish hostage freed in Syria after 13 months

Freelance photographer Daniel Rye Ottosen travelled to Syria to document the ongoing conflict and was captured by ISIL forces.

Norway kick-starts $8bn state stake sale
Norway

Norway kick-starts $8bn state stake sale

Norway's government on Thursday announced plans to sell off a 47 billion Norwegian kroner ($7.8 billion) tranche of shares in mobile phone giant Telenor and the industrial conglomerate Kongsberg Gruppen.

‘We’re not afraid of the heat’: Prandelli
Italy

‘We’re not afraid of the heat’: Prandelli

Cesare Prandelli said Italy will not use the heat and humidity of Recife as an excuse if they slip up against Costa Rica in their Group D match on Friday.

Porn star’s body found in Lake Garda
Italy

Porn star’s body found in Lake Garda

The body of a porn star was recovered by police from Italy's Lake Garda on Thursday, four months after she went missing.

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Denmark

DF boosted in European Parliament group by N-VA

Danish People's Party's ECR group may become the third largest in Brussels following the joining of Belgium's Flemish N-VA.