Reality bites: Uruguay boot out ten-man Italy
Italy

Reality bites: Uruguay boot out ten-man Italy

Uruguay skipper Diego Godin scored to send Italy crashing out of the World Cup on Tuesday but the South Americans' star striker Luis Suarez faced a new biting storm.

It may not be perfect but it’s home
Denmark

It may not be perfect but it’s home

Author and journalist Michael Booth caused a bit of a ruckus by 'attacking' the Nordic model. In his first weekly column with The Local, he makes peace with his adopted homeland (well, sort of).

Danish Superliga club given Swedish boost
Denmark

Danish Superliga club given Swedish boost

Johan Elmander signs a two-year contract with Brøndby IF, rejoining the club after eight years away.

Putin vows to keep protecting Russians
Austria

Putin vows to keep protecting Russians

Moscow will continue to protect ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday after dismissing a week-long ceasefire between pro-Kremlin rebels and Ukrainian troops as "too short".

Spain star threatens to rip journalist’s head off
Spain

Spain star threatens to rip journalist’s head off

Spanish footballer Jordi Alba confronted a journalist after his side's 3-0 World Cup win over Australia and told him: "Next time I'll rip your head off."

Hamburg or Berlin for German Olympic bid?
Germany

Hamburg or Berlin for German Olympic bid?

Old rivals Berlin and Hamburg are battling it out to become Germany's Olympic Games host bid hopefuls. But with both cities hit by building scandals and money worries, which is best placed to host the Olympic Games?

Oslo to send Christmas tree to Iceland after all
Norway

Oslo to send Christmas tree to Iceland after all

Oslo's City Council has reversed its decision to scrap its annual Christmas Tree to Reykjavik, after an unexpectedly furious reaction from Icelanders.

Prisoner’s seven-year-old son sues Swedish state
Sweden

Prisoner’s seven-year-old son sues Swedish state

The seven-year-old son of a convicted criminal has taken legal action against the Swedish state for not being permitted to visit his father often enough.

‘Plump Renzi should wear a tie’: Armani
Italy

‘Plump Renzi should wear a tie’: Armani

Fashion designer Giorgio Armani has been giving style advice to Matteo Renzi, urging the Italian prime minister to wear a tie and control his gestures.

Austria scores badly for air quality
Austria

Austria scores badly for air quality

A new website which compares regional well-being across OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries shows that whilst Austria generally performs well, poor air quality is an issue.

It’s (finally) official: Denmark is NOT at war
Denmark

It’s (finally) official: Denmark is NOT at war

For the first time since 1988, a Danish defence minister has directly addressed whether Denmark's 'war rule' is in effect. Nicolai Wammen said he broke with tradition in order to avoid "myths" surrounding recent surveillance revelations.

British Airways takes ‘Slow TV’ to the skies
Norway

British Airways takes ‘Slow TV’ to the skies

Norway's NRK channel has struck a deal with British Airways allowing the airline to screen its pioneering Slow TV film of the seven-hour train journey from Oslo to Bergen on its flights.

Avignon festival: Why it might not happen
France

Avignon festival: Why it might not happen

France's Avignon Festival, one the biggest performing arts events in the world, may be effectively shut down this year because of a strike by actors and technicians. A union rep tells The Local what performers are upset about.

Swiss to help French probe ex-footballer Vieira
France

Swiss to help French probe ex-footballer Vieira

Swiss authorities said on Tuesday that they would give French tax authorities the bank details of former international footballer Patrick Vieira, who is being probed by officials Paris.

Putin’s controversial state visit to Austria
Austria

Putin’s controversial state visit to Austria

Russian President Vladimir Putin was due to be received with military honours by his Austrian host, President Heinz Fischer on Tuesday afternoon.

Police officers on trial for water cannon injury
Germany

Police officers on trial for water cannon injury

Two police officers went on trial on Tuesday after a protester was nearly blinded with a water cannon at a peaceful demonstration in Stuttgart.

Pioneering woman coach quits French men’s team
France

Pioneering woman coach quits French men’s team

A barrier-breaking woman football coach has decided she will not take over as manager for men's professional club Clermont. She would have been the first woman to lead a major men's team in Europe.

Unemployed footballers to be taught match skills
Austria

Unemployed footballers to be taught match skills

Austria’s unemployed footballers will be able to kick-start their careers from July - but rather than having to go to the job centre and look for some other form of employment, the Public Employment Service (AMS) has set up a football course to help rusty players improve their skills.

Schumacher’s medical files ‘stolen’
Germany

Schumacher’s medical files ‘stolen’

Medical files belonging to Michael Schumacher are believed to have been stolen and are being offered for sale to the media.

Priest arrested over immigrant sexual abuse
Italy

Priest arrested over immigrant sexual abuse

An Italian priest, who is also a director of the charity, Caritas, has been arrested in Sicily for allegedly sexually abusing immigrants.

Norway minister launches epic road trip
Norway

Norway minister launches epic road trip

Norwegian transport minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen on Tuesday set off on a 2,000km road trip across Norway in a political stunt ostensibly designed to help him better understand the condition of the nation's roads.

Sex in nature a popular fantasy: survey
Denmark

Sex in nature a popular fantasy: survey

Nearly half of respondents aged 18-29 said they hoped at least part of the summer vacation would be spent making love out in the open. Go right ahead, says a nature conservancy group.

Sweden sixth best country for ‘doing good’
Sweden

Sweden sixth best country for ‘doing good’

Sweden came in sixth place in the Good Country Index, which compared contributions to the planet and humanity from 125 countries.

Sweden’s Peter Forsberg enters NHL hall of fame
Sweden

Sweden’s Peter Forsberg enters NHL hall of fame

Swedish ice hockey player Peter Forsberg has been announced as the third Swede ever to join the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Gazprom and OMV sign gas pipeline deal
Austria

Gazprom and OMV sign gas pipeline deal

Coinciding with a visit to Vienna by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian energy giant Gazprom has signed a deal with Austria's OMV approving the country's section of the controversial South Stream pipeline.

Book sellers: Amazon uses ‘blackmail’
Germany

Book sellers: Amazon uses ‘blackmail’

Germany's book industry said Tuesday it had complained to the country's competition watchdog about Internet giant Amazon, accusing it of using "blackmail" to gain discounts from publishers.

Innsbruck city council bans public drinking
Austria

Innsbruck city council bans public drinking

After complaints of anti-social behaviour in the Innsbruck city center, the council has opted to ban the public consumption of alcohol, with the exception of designated restaurant seating areas.

1 million fewer children in Spain in 2023: Unicef
Spain

1 million fewer children in Spain in 2023: Unicef

In only nine years Spain could have one million fewer children under the age of 10 if the country’s falling birth rate and population exodus aren’t addressed, the UN body warns.

Norway oil fund shakes up investment style
Norway

Norway oil fund shakes up investment style

Norway’s $890 billion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, has announced plans to up its investments in “frontier markets” and double the number of companies in which it takes big, activist stakes.

Ryanair tells EU to ban French airport strikes
France

Ryanair tells EU to ban French airport strikes

With a six-day walk-out by France’s air traffic controllers causing travel chaos across Europe, furious Ryanair chiefs told The Local on Thursday it's time Europe took away the French workers’ right to strike or let other nations control skies above France.

Swiss send ex-football star’s bank data to Paris
Switzerland

Swiss send ex-football star’s bank data to Paris

Swiss authorities said Tuesday that they would give French tax authorities the bank details of former international footballer Patrick Vieira, who is being probed by Paris.

Mini-tornadoes stun southern Norway
Norway

Mini-tornadoes stun southern Norway

A succession of rare 'mini tornadoes' have drawn crowds in the city of Arendal as they circled dramatically above the Skagerrak strait between Norway and Denmark.

Vienna supermarket’s ‘anti-homeless measures’
Austria

Vienna supermarket’s ‘anti-homeless measures’

A Billa supermarket in Vienna has sparked outrage on social media after it blocked access to a ventilation grill that was often used by homeless people to warm themselves in winter.

Italians are poorer but healthier: OECD
Italy

Italians are poorer but healthier: OECD

Health and education are improving in every Italian region, despite income in recent years falling across the country, according to figures released on Tuesday by the OECD.

‘Don’t change money for Roma’: Ica manager
Sweden

‘Don’t change money for Roma’: Ica manager

A manager at a supermarket north of Stockholm posted a note on the cash register warning staff not to change money for Roma people.

Granada, not Grenada! Airline sued over mix-up
Spain

Granada, not Grenada! Airline sued over mix-up

An American dentist is suing British Airways after being mistakenly flown 4,000 miles in the wrong direction to the Caribbean island of Grenada instead of the Andalusian city of Granada in Spain.

1,900 children languish in Italy’s adoption system
Italy

1,900 children languish in Italy’s adoption system

Italy’s stifling bureaucracy has left 1,900 children waiting to be adopted, despite more than 31,000 couples being on the list of adoption agencies, according to a report by Gruppo CRC, a working group for the convention of children’s rights.

HSBC sells Swiss asset portfolio to LGT Bank
Switzerland

HSBC sells Swiss asset portfolio to LGT Bank

Global bank HSBC announced on Tuesday the sale of a portfolio of private banking assets in Switzerland for an undisclosed amount to Liechtenstein's LGT Bank.

Wayward rocket destroys kid’s bedroom
Germany

Wayward rocket destroys kid’s bedroom

A family had a lucky escape when they came home to find a rocket had shot through the roof of their house after a student experiment went horribly wrong.

‘Europe is without soul’: Matteo Renzi
Italy

‘Europe is without soul’: Matteo Renzi

Italy's Matteo Renzi called for change in Europe's approach to growth on Tuesday, warning that a common currency was not enough to combat euroscepticism and unemployment.

Secret Berlin Airport docs found in trash
Germany

Secret Berlin Airport docs found in trash

Thousands of secret planning documents for Berlin's catastrophic BER airport project were found dumped in skips on Monday night - kilometres away from the building site.

FPÖ fails to form EU group
Austria

FPÖ fails to form EU group

A group of far-right parties, including Austria’s FPÖ, has failed to form an anti-European Union parliamentary group.

Boat ‘sabotage’ keeps Swedes from Gotland
Sweden

Boat ‘sabotage’ keeps Swedes from Gotland

A boat planning to take 9,000 people to the island of Gotland is stuck in Greece, leaving passengers scrambling to find other travel plans for Sweden's largest political event Almedalen, which starts on Sunday.

Italy’s foreign minister tipped for EU top job
Italy

Italy’s foreign minister tipped for EU top job

Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini could be in the running to take over from Catherine Ashton as the EU's high representative for international affairs, according to media reports.

Spanish cops who tortured Brit jailed
Spain

Spanish cops who tortured Brit jailed

Four Spanish Civil Guard officers have been handed a joint 10-year prison sentence by a Majorca judge after they tortured a handcuffed British tourist in a prison cell on the Balearic island.

Meet Anne and Peter, the average Danes
Denmark

Meet Anne and Peter, the average Danes

Denmark's statistical yearbook offers an insight into the life of the average Dane: how old they are, how much money they make, how much television they watch and even where they prefer to holiday. The Local asked one of the authors if any normal behaviour struck her as abnormal.

Sheikh to turn bullring into mega-mosque
Spain

Sheikh to turn bullring into mega-mosque

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the ruling Emir of Qatar, has reportedly offered to invest €2.2 billion ($3 billion) over five years to convert Barcelona's Monumental bullring into a 40,000-capacity mosque which would be the biggest in Europe.

Protests over Erdogan ‘not exaggerated’
Austria

Protests over Erdogan ‘not exaggerated’

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has said that protests against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Vienna “were not exaggerated”.

Telekom Austria buys Macedonian cable firm
Austria

Telekom Austria buys Macedonian cable firm

Telekom Austria (TA) has bought the cable provider Blizoo in Macedonia, which offers broadband internet, television and a fixed phone network.

Ten miners trapped in burning mine
Sweden

Ten miners trapped in burning mine

UPDATED: Order has been restored at a mine in northern Sweden after a fire broke out on Tuesday morning, trapping ten miners over one kilometre underground.

Schumacher’s file ‘stolen from French hospital’
France

Schumacher’s file ‘stolen from French hospital’

An investigation is underway at the French hospital where Michael Schumacher had been receiving treatment after part of the former racing driver’s medical file was stolen. Reports say documents have since been offered to various media groups for €48,000.

Marijuana ‘grow-room’ discovered in Vils
Austria

Marijuana ‘grow-room’ discovered in Vils

Police were called due to a complaint about noise to an apartment in the small town of Vils in Tyrol in the early hours of Saturday morning, and were surprised to find a small indoor cannabis plantation.

Switzerland’s largest ski area 4-Vallées breaks up
Switzerland

Switzerland’s largest ski area 4-Vallées breaks up

Switzerland’s largest ski area is breaking up over a disagreement among its lift operators.

Drunk skipper bothers cruise liner
Germany

Drunk skipper bothers cruise liner

Hamburg water police were called out on Monday night after two drunk men drove their speed boat too close for comfort to the colossal cruise liner Queen Mary 2 on the river Elbe.

Le Pen fails to build anti-EU voting bloc
France

Le Pen fails to build anti-EU voting bloc

Marine Le Pen’s dream of a eurosceptic voting alliance in the EU Parliament ended this week after the leader of France's National Front failed to gather enough MEPs to build a bloc. Success would’ve meant millions in extra funds and important legislative powers.

Extreme athlete tows Boeing 777
Austria

Extreme athlete tows Boeing 777

The 'Austrian Rock', extreme athlete Franz Muellner demonstrated his power again on Monday by hauling a massive Boeing 777 plane, the Austrian Airlines 'Blue Danube' from its hangar at the Vienna International Airport in Schwechat.

Italian woman plunges through apartment floor
Italy

Italian woman plunges through apartment floor

A woman in southern Italy has survived falling one storey in her apartment block after the entire floor collapsed beneath her feet, Italian media reported on Tuesday.

Climber airlifted off Mont Blanc after boots stolen
France

Climber airlifted off Mont Blanc after boots stolen

An unfortunate climber had to be rescued by helicopter 4,000 metres up on the slopes of Mont Blanc on Monday, after a thief stole his walking boots, police said.

Spain defends tax cuts as growth booster
Spain

Spain defends tax cuts as growth booster

Spain's government has defended sweeping tax cuts unveiled for the 2015 election year, saying they will boost the economy and create new jobs after years of budget-cutting austerity.

Five Swedish schools pay off groping teacher
Sweden

Five Swedish schools pay off groping teacher

A teacher in southern Sweden has been fired from five different schools for inappropriately touching students. In each city he was bought out instead of charged.

Löfven storms away from Reinfeldt in new poll
Sweden

Löfven storms away from Reinfeldt in new poll

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has only a third of Swedes' support as elections approach, while opposition leader Stefan Löfven can boast almost half, a new poll found on Tuesday.

MPs plan pause for run-in with USA
Germany

MPs plan pause for run-in with USA

German MPs will stop work to watch their team's World Cup clash against USA on Thursday night - to avoid any controversial bills being passed by a few stragglers in parliament.

Swiss need confidence boost against Honduras
Switzerland

Swiss need confidence boost against Honduras

Switzerland have a chance to put right their dramatic failure of 2010 on Wednesday when they again face bogey team Honduras for a place in the World Cup football knock-outs.

Italy calls on EU to make ‘profound changes’
Italy

Italy calls on EU to make ‘profound changes’

Italy has asked the European Union to pursue structural reforms on the national level in order to spur growth.

Pussy Riot activists head to Roskilde Festival
Denmark

Pussy Riot activists head to Roskilde Festival

Formerly imprisoned activists Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina will offer a political break from the weeklong party.

Claude Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’ sells for $54m
France

Claude Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’ sells for $54m

An iconic "Water Lilies" painting by French artist Claude Monet sold for £31.7 million ($54 million, €39.7 million) at an art sale on Monday, the second-highest sum paid for his work on record.

Italy fight for World Cup survival against Uruguay
Italy

Italy fight for World Cup survival against Uruguay

Italy face Uruguay in a World Cup fight for survival on Tuesday between the former champions as England hope to draw a line under a disastrous campaign by giving a sign of hope for the future.

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

In Pictures: The Local’s Property of the Week

Can't decide between nature views and city life? You don't have to. This property in Nacka offers it all.

Four in five Swedes worried about racism
Sweden

Four in five Swedes worried about racism

UPDATED: Swedes are more worried about an increase in xenophobia in Sweden than they are about the increase in immigration, a new study found on Tuesday.