‘Schumacher’s medical documents up for sale’
Switzerland

‘Schumacher’s medical documents up for sale’

Documents relating to Michael Schumacher have been stolen, the Formula One star's management said on Monday, with the thieves claiming them to be medical records about his coma from a devastating ski crash in December.

Swiss scientists tout unploughed field pluses
Switzerland

Swiss scientists tout unploughed field pluses

If Europe adopted a style of farming that abstains from ploughing after a harvest, local temperatures could drop as much as two degrees, Swiss and French researchers said on Monday.

UN human rights chief condemns Egypt ‘abuses’
Switzerland

UN human rights chief condemns Egypt ‘abuses’

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Monday slammed Egypt's mass trials, which have led to at least 220 death sentences and seen journalists ordered to serve lengthy prison terms.

Zoo launches contest to name baby elephant
Switzerland

Zoo launches contest to name baby elephant

The Zurich Zoo has launched a competition to name its newborn elephant, whose arrival into the world last week was captured on video.

Kjos’s Dreamliner nightmare returns
Norway

Kjos’s Dreamliner nightmare returns

Norwegian Air Shuttle's Dreamliner nightmare resumed over the weekend, with a record 44 hour and 43 minute delay for the Boeing 787-8 flight from Orlando to Oslo.

Danes take last chemical weapons out of Syria
Denmark

Danes take last chemical weapons out of Syria

The Danish-led mission to remove Syria’s chemical weapons is now complete, the defence ministry announced on Tuesday, with the defence minister praising the efforts of fellow Nordic countries.

Bernese Alps climber dies from fall in crevasse
Switzerland

Bernese Alps climber dies from fall in crevasse

A man climbing in the Grimsel region of Bern was found dead after falling in a crevasse, cantonal police said on Monday.

Syria envoy in Norway on first trip in three years
Norway

Syria envoy in Norway on first trip in three years

Buthaina Shaaban, a key aide to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has visited Norway in the first trip to Europe by a senior official in three years, her office said Sunday.

Spain exit World Cup with Australia win
Spain

Spain exit World Cup with Australia win

Dethroned champions Spain bowed out of the World Cup with a 3-0 win over Australia thanks to goals from David Villa, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata in Curitiba on Monday.

Klagenfurt rocked by unseasonal hailstorm
Austria

Klagenfurt rocked by unseasonal hailstorm

A violent hail storm hit Klagenfurt in Carinthia on Monday, downing trees, flooding basements, and halting train services.

Court cuts sentence in al-Shabaab case
Denmark

Court cuts sentence in al-Shabaab case

Two brothers of Somali background were the first to be convicted under a new law against training for terrorist acts, but the Western High Court has shortened their sentences and released them.

Hollande’s tough stance over Alstom deal pays off
France

Hollande’s tough stance over Alstom deal pays off

Unpopular French president François Hollande and his strugglign Socialist government won praise on Monday for the tough stance they have taken towards General Electric's bid for French engineering giant Alstom and for not bowing to rail strikers.

Thousands at risk of medical errors
Germany

Thousands at risk of medical errors

Doctors and surgeons make more errors when operating on knee and joints, a new report has shown. Longer working hours and high pressure can cause mistakes, many of which go unreported.

Online course to stop female genital mutilation
Sweden

Online course to stop female genital mutilation

Female genital mutilation is on the rise in Sweden, but the government hopes to halt the development with an online training programme for school and health personnel.

Spanish model swaps catwalk for nunnery
Spain

Spanish model swaps catwalk for nunnery

Olalla Oliveros, a famous Spanish model and actress, has revealed that she secretly quit showbusiness in 2010 after experiencing an 'internal earthquake' during a visit to a religious sanctuary in Portugal and has spent the last 4 years as a nun.

Harry Potter composer to lead Venice film jury
Italy

Harry Potter composer to lead Venice film jury

French film composer Alexandre Desplat - whose dozens of works include the scores for "The King's Speech" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" - will head up this year's Venice festival jury, organizers said on Monday.

Spain’s last game against Oz a matter of pride
Spain

Spain’s last game against Oz a matter of pride

Spain fans are hoping their team will be motivated enough to avoid the embarrassment of exiting the World Cup without registering a single point when they face Australia on Monday.

Pair of parrots snuffed by ‘Teflon fumes’
Austria

Pair of parrots snuffed by ‘Teflon fumes’

They're not Norwegian blues, but African greys - and sadly, two of them expired, apparently from the fumes of over-heated Teflon pans, according to a story in Heute.

Carl Bildt critical of Putin’s visit to Vienna
Sweden

Carl Bildt critical of Putin’s visit to Vienna

Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin's planned one-day visit to Vienna.

Men should have ‘paternity protection’
Austria

Men should have ‘paternity protection’

The results of a study by the EU Commission on equal treatment of men has suggested a kind of "paternity protection" in Austria - similar to the established "maternity protection" which means an employer can’t force a woman to return to work straight after the birth of her child.

One dead, one missing after plane crash
Germany

One dead, one missing after plane crash

UPDATE: At least one person is dead after a plane crash in Sauerland on Monday evening. Emergency services are still searching for light aircraft's second passenger.

‘My father’s uncle killed Joe Petrosino’
Italy

‘My father’s uncle killed Joe Petrosino’

Italian police may have solved the murder of an American-Italian policeman who was killed in Palermo more than 100 years ago, it was revealed on Monday, as 91 mafia suspects were arrested in the Sicilian capital.

Putin’s Austria visit criticized
Austria

Putin’s Austria visit criticized

The Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin’s planned one-day visit to Vienna.

‘Cohabitation is worse sin than murder’: priest
Italy

‘Cohabitation is worse sin than murder’: priest

Parish newsletters don’t usually make for controversial reading, but a bulletin penned by a parish priest in northern Italy raised more than a few eyebrows when he suggested that cohabitation outside marriage was a worse sin than murder. He has since been forced to apologize.

Meth man on trial for stepfather murder
Austria

Meth man on trial for stepfather murder

The trial began in Linz on Monday of a 37-year-old man who is accused of the murder of his stepfather while high on crystal meth.

Denmark gets two new world heritage sites
Denmark

Denmark gets two new world heritage sites

Stevns Cliff and the Wadden Sea are the country's first natural areas to be recognized on the Unesco World Heritage Site. Will a tourism boom follow?

Knife-wielding man killed on motorway
Germany

Knife-wielding man killed on motorway

An unidentified man thought to have attacked three people with a knife was run down on a motorway in western Germany on Monday. One of his victims is fighting for his life, the others are seriously hurt.

Is Madrid’s electric bike hire scheme dangerous?
Spain

Is Madrid’s electric bike hire scheme dangerous?

Riders whizzed up and down Madrid's sunny avenues on white electric bikes on Monday as the Spanish capital launched its first shared-bicycle scheme. But is Spain's capital too dangerous to ride around on a bike?

Frenchman eats from Europe’s bins in protest
France

Frenchman eats from Europe’s bins in protest

A Frenchman is making his way from Paris to Warsaw surviving only on a diet of food he's salvaged from waste bins to show Europeans just how much they are throwing away. He tells The Local which countries' supermarkets have been more accomodating.

Pensioner shoots son mistaking him for bird
France

Pensioner shoots son mistaking him for bird

A Frenchman shot his son three times after mistaking him for a blackbird raiding the family cherry tree. The story is just the latest in a long line of tragic and freak shooting accidents in France.

Scams prompt soaring health costs for migrants
France

Scams prompt soaring health costs for migrants

France's nearly €600 million fund to pay the medical bills for poor, illegal immigrants went over budget by some €150 million last year, in part because of a combination of increased fraudulent claims and a growth in health tourism, media reports have said.

Men flee after crashing car into jewellers
Sweden

Men flee after crashing car into jewellers

IN PICTURES: Four masked men are on the run after a botched robbery on a Stockholm jewellers. The men drove their car through a mall and into the window of the store, but didn't manage to get inside.

Foreign tourists flock to Spain in record numbers
Spain

Foreign tourists flock to Spain in record numbers

A record-breaking 21 million international tourists, including almost 5 million British and 3.5 million Germans, came to Spain between January and May this year, 8.2 percent more than in the same period in 2013.

Three-year-old boy killed in Ravenna hit-and-run
Italy

Three-year-old boy killed in Ravenna hit-and-run

A three-year-old boy died on Sunday after being hit by a hit-and-run driver in a town outside the northern Italian city of Ravenna.

Italy battles crescendo of corruption scandals
Italy

Italy battles crescendo of corruption scandals

From a bribery racket in Venice to accusations of contract rigging in Milan and mafia infiltration of the judiciary, Italy is engulfed by a wave of corruption scandals which have raised the spectre of depravities past.

What do Germans think of Austrians?
Germany

What do Germans think of Austrians?

The Local recently asked a selection of Germans to tell us what they think of their neighbours who live in the land of Mozart, Wiener Schnitzel, and Red Bull.

France replaces doomed ecotax with ‘truck tolls’
France

France replaces doomed ecotax with ‘truck tolls’

The French government unveiled a new plan to tax the lorries shuttling goods across the country on Tuesday, however it’s a greatly scaled back version of the so-called "ecotax" that prompted violent protests in Brittany last year.

Central Sweden bank hit by armed robbery
Sweden

Central Sweden bank hit by armed robbery

A bank in central Sweden was hit by armed robbers on Monday, for the second time in only a few months.

IN PICTURES: Spain’s baby jumping festival
Spain

IN PICTURES: Spain’s baby jumping festival

All new mums look away! Here are the best photos from this year’s El Colacho baby jumping festival, held in a village in northern Spain since 1620.

Gothenburg train station evacuated in bomb threat
Sweden

Gothenburg train station evacuated in bomb threat

Police cordoned off Gothenburg's central train station on Monday after receiving a call about an alleged bomb on board one of the trains. The package was destroyed by a bomb squad several hours later.

‘Failed mums of addicts should commit suicide’
Italy

‘Failed mums of addicts should commit suicide’

The prefect of Perugia is to be dismissed from his post after he reportedly said that “A mother who does not realize that her child is taking drugs has failed” and “should just commit suicide”, Italian media has reported.

Total Eurovision bill nears 100 million kroner
Denmark

Total Eurovision bill nears 100 million kroner

The company hired to put on May's Eurovision contest overshot its budget by 70 million kroner ($13 million), leading to massive criticism and a huge bill for the public.

Middle Eastern tourist guide withdrawn
Austria

Middle Eastern tourist guide withdrawn

A special cultural guide advising Arab tourists on how to behave when visiting the popular holiday destination of Zell am See-Kaprun in Salzburg has been withdrawn after it was criticised by Austrian and foreign media.

Cop lights up Facebook with Midsummer rhymes
Sweden

Cop lights up Facebook with Midsummer rhymes

Swedish police don't enjoy Midsummer weekend quite the way most Swedes do - and one decided to put his feelings in verse.

Catalan leader grilled on independence on CNN
Spain

Catalan leader grilled on independence on CNN

Artur Mas, president of the autonomous region of Catalonia, replied 'That's true' when asked by American broadcaster CNN if less than 50 percent of Catalans were in favour of full independence from Spain, but insisted that a referendum was the only reliable way to find out.

Spanish bank to buy GE Money’s Nordic unit
Sweden

Spanish bank to buy GE Money’s Nordic unit

Spanish bank Santander will pay €700 million to buy GE Money Bank AB, the consumer credit arm of GE Money Nordic with activities in Sweden, Denmark and Norway, it said on Monday.

US student gets stuck in giant vulva
Germany

US student gets stuck in giant vulva

An American student had an embarrassing ordeal in southern Germany when he climbed into a giant sculpture of female genitalia and got himself stuck.

Swiss CEO-to-worker pay gap grows: union study
Switzerland

Swiss CEO-to-worker pay gap grows: union study

The gap between the top wage earners and those at the bottom at Switzerland’s largest companies continues to grow, with Nestlé showing the worst example, according to a union study issued on Monday.

Airlines told to cancel flights over airport strike
France

Airlines told to cancel flights over airport strike

A planned strike by air traffic controllers in France will not cause as much disruption as first feared after one of two unions pulled out of the six-day walk-out. However France’s civil aviation authorities have still asked airlines to cancel 20 percent of flights.

Kampusch case policeman on trial
Austria

Kampusch case policeman on trial

The trial of a police officer who became involved in an investigation into the Natascha Kampusch case has begun in Vienna.

Austerity-hit Spain ‘rewarded’ with tax cuts
Spain

Austerity-hit Spain ‘rewarded’ with tax cuts

Spain revealed plans on Monday for sweeping tax cuts to stimulate the economy and create new jobs in a nation still grappling with stubbornly high unemployment despite a return to growth.

Jagger boosts Rome’s coffers and tips Italy win
Italy

Jagger boosts Rome’s coffers and tips Italy win

A Rolling Stones concert in Rome on Sunday will go down as one of the most profitable in Italian history, boosting the city’s coffers by €25 million in a single day. Frontman Mick Jagger even made a few predictions for Italy's World Cup squad.

Moody’s decision on banks ‘inexplicable’
Austria

Moody’s decision on banks ‘inexplicable’

Finance Minister Michael Spindelegger has said the US rating agency Moody's decision to downgrade Austria's banks over the Hypo affair is "inexplicable".

Stockholm bomb man blames asylum rejection
Sweden

Stockholm bomb man blames asylum rejection

The man whose bomb threat shut down central Stockholm last Thursday said the move was a protest against Sweden's asylum process, after his application for refugee status was declined.

Warnings issued after forest fires break out
Switzerland

Warnings issued after forest fires break out

Dry conditions are sparking concerns about forest fires in several Swiss cantons after blazes broke out over the weekend.

King’s sister faces 11 years for tax fraud
Spain

King’s sister faces 11 years for tax fraud

Reports indicate that the Infanta Cristina, sister of Spain's King Felipe, will be summonsed to court this week to face charges of money laundering and cooperation in the fiscal crimes allegedly committed by her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, for which she could face up to 11 years in prison.

French police send immigrants back to Italy

French police send immigrants back to Italy

French authorities escorted five people off a bus at the Chamonix end of the Mont Blanc tunnel on Sunday and sent them back to Italy.

Spain to allow abortion if foetus malformed
Spain

Spain to allow abortion if foetus malformed

Spain's Justice Ministry has decided to allow women to abort in cases where the foetus is malformed, as part of a stringent abortion bill which has been slammed both at home and abroad.

Thorning speculation fuelled by meetings
Denmark

Thorning speculation fuelled by meetings

The Danish prime minister has repeatedly said that she is not interested in a top EU post, but by meeting with Angela Merkel, François Hollande and José Manuel Barroso she did little to quell the rumours.

Algeria’s World Cup win marred by violence
France

Algeria’s World Cup win marred by violence

Thousands of jubilant Algeria fans took to the streets of towns and cities across France on Sunday to celebrate their team’s victory over South Korea. But in several cities the celebrations turned violent and riot police were forced to intervene.

What do Germans think of Austrians?
Austria

What do Germans think of Austrians?

We've already looked at how the Austrians see the Germans. The Local has now asked a selection of Germans to tell us what they think of their neighbours who live in the land of Mozart, Wiener Schnitzel, and Red Bull.

Material wealth makes Americans more idealistic than Danes
Denmark

Material wealth makes Americans more idealistic than Danes

In America things are not only bigger, but better. So says Henrik Fogh Rasmussen, the son of the former Danish prime minister, after 14 years of living in the United States.

Prehistoric French cave granted Unesco status
France

Prehistoric French cave granted Unesco status

UN cultural agency Unesco granted its prized World Heritage status to a prehistoric cave in southern France that contains the earliest known figurative drawings.

Two climbers plunge to deaths in Alps
Germany

Two climbers plunge to deaths in Alps

Two climbers fell to their deaths in the German alps over the weekend, in separate incidents.

France buys Alstom stake to pave way for GE
France

France buys Alstom stake to pave way for GE

The French government were claiming victory on Sunday after clinching a deal to become the main shareholder in Alstom. That move will pave the way for General Electric to buy the French group's energy arm, which had seemed unlikely back in April.

Conchita Wurst to kick off Stockholm Pride
Sweden

Conchita Wurst to kick off Stockholm Pride

Austrian bearded lady Conchita Wurst, winner of Eurovision 2014, is set to inaugurate the 16th annual Stockholm Pride festival in July.

French teams play record 73-hour football match
France

French teams play record 73-hour football match

Amateur footballers in France believe they have broken the world record for the longest match after playing 73 hours non-stop from Thursday to Sunday to raise awareness about the rare medical disorder Crigler-Najjar.

IN PICTURES: The Danish Air Show
Denmark

IN PICTURES: The Danish Air Show

The Danish Air Show was aerobatics at its finest. We've got the photo highlights.

Equality minister booed at Oslo Pride
Norway

Equality minister booed at Oslo Pride

Norway's controversial equality minister Solveig Horne was met with loud booing when she opened Oslo's Europride festival on Friday.

Three die in Midsummer traffic accidents
Sweden

Three die in Midsummer traffic accidents

Three Swedes died in traffic accidents over the long weekend, which saw fewer fatalities than usual for the Midsummer break.

Germans seize 14,000 offshore account details
Germany

Germans seize 14,000 offshore account details

German customs officials have seized two containers filled with account details from a Swiss private bank's subsidiary in the Cayman Islands, a news report said on Sunday.

‘We need to raise our game against Uruguay’
Italy

‘We need to raise our game against Uruguay’

Four-time champions Italy admitted they are struggling with the weather conditions ahead of their clash with Uruguay in Natal on Tuesday where they will try to avoid being eliminated in the first round at successive World Cups.

German army looks into wonky gun
Germany

German army looks into wonky gun

Germany's defence ministry has temporarily halted new orders of its military's standard assault rifle while it probes complaints the weapon doesn't shoot straight, a news report said on Sunday.

Police wore priest garb to catch blackmailers
Italy

Police wore priest garb to catch blackmailers

Italian police dressed as priests have ensnared two would-be blackmailers who were threatening to publish wiretaps of an erotic conversation with a clergyman, local media reported.

Top Norway lawyers back Snowden Nobel
Norway

Top Norway lawyers back Snowden Nobel

Some of Norway's most eminent lawyers have backed a proposal from Oslo University's law professor Terje Einarsen to give the Nobel Peace Prize to Edward Snowden, praising it as "particularly well-argued and solidly reasoned".

Refugees ‘smell bad’ and ‘beat children’: Progress
Norway

Refugees ‘smell bad’ and ‘beat children’: Progress

A senior politician from Norway's Progress Party is facing possible expulsion after she declared that refugees "smell bad" and "beat their own children", during a debate on asylum.

Swiss players still have high World Cup hopes
Switzerland

Swiss players still have high World Cup hopes

"Little" Switzerland still have "big dreams" at the World Cup despite their meltdown against France, according to midfielders Blerim Dzemaili and Granit Xhaka.

Red Bull fails to place in new F1 series
Austria

Red Bull fails to place in new F1 series

A Formula 1 motor race was held in Austria for the first time in more than a decade on Sunday, with the victory going to the Mercedes team.