Swiss football team has ‘most foreign links’
Switzerland

Swiss football team has ‘most foreign links’

The Swiss may be suspicious of expats from other countries but their football team, proudly being cheered by the nation for advancing in the World Cup, has more foreign connections than any other in the competition, a new study shows.

SAS flying again after strike called off
Denmark

SAS flying again after strike called off

SAS Ground Handling workers walked off the job earlier this evening in response to the airline forcing new negotiations over working hours and salary. They are back on the job now, but not before creating headaches for travellers.

Indebted pensioner robs bank to ‘pay his debts’
Austria

Indebted pensioner robs bank to ‘pay his debts’

A 63-year-old Graz man wearing a mask carried out an armed bank robbery on Wednesday. When captured, he explained his motive was to 'pay his debts.'

Norway gallery sells Hepworth for $7m record
Norway

Norway gallery sells Hepworth for $7m record

A mystery bidder has stumped up a record 43 million kroner ($7m) for the Barbara Hepworth sculpture Figure for Landscape at an auction at Christie's in London, as much as four times what the seller, Kunsthall Stavanger, had hoped for.

Forensic firm to ‘recreate’ fatal Sierre bus crash
Switzerland

Forensic firm to ‘recreate’ fatal Sierre bus crash

A Dutch investigative firm plans next week to reconstruct the bus crash in the canton of Valais that killed 28 people, including 22 children, returning from a ski holiday more than two years ago.

Authorities smash million fake Swiss watches
Switzerland

Authorities smash million fake Swiss watches

One million fake Swiss watches were seized and destroyed around the world last year in the fight against counterfeiters, the Swiss watch industry organization said on Thursday.

SAS strike causes chaos at Copenhagen Airport
Sweden

SAS strike causes chaos at Copenhagen Airport

Passengers were fuming on Thursday evening as all SAS flights from Copenhagen Airport were grounded due to a spontaneous strike.

BREAKING: SAS strike causes chaos at Copenhagen Airport
Denmark

BREAKING: SAS strike causes chaos at Copenhagen Airport

UPDATED: Passengers will now be flown without their baggage as SAS Ground Holding employee strike continues. The Local spoke with a stranded passenger

Glencore Xstrata names first woman director
Switzerland

Glencore Xstrata names first woman director

Swiss-based Mining and commodities giant Glencore Xstrata says it has appointed the first woman to its board, following criticism of the lack of diversity in its oversight body.

Meet Denmark’s ten hottest tech start-ups
Denmark

Meet Denmark’s ten hottest tech start-ups

From an app that identifies wine labels to a digital clothes fitting service, Denmark has produced some of the hottest tech start-ups on the planet. Online magazine StrategyEye brings you ten of the best from "Silicon Scandi".

Zurich nightclub killer given 16-year jail term
Switzerland

Zurich nightclub killer given 16-year jail term

A district court has convicted a 22-year-old of murder and attempted murder in the case of two brothers attacked outside a nightclub in Zurich in 2012.

Far-right mayor cuts free lunches for poor kids
France

Far-right mayor cuts free lunches for poor kids

A National Front mayor who gave himself a sizable payrise this year has come under fire for cutting off free lunches for the town’s poorest children. It’s the latest in a string of controversies for France’s newly elected far-right mayors.

Norway fjord invaded by monster jellyfish
Norway

Norway fjord invaded by monster jellyfish

Norway's Beitstadfjord has been so severely invaded by monster deep sea jellyfish that, just two years since their arrival, they have driven out all of the local fish.

‘Cocaine king’ nabbed in joint Spain–UK sting op
Spain

‘Cocaine king’ nabbed in joint Spain–UK sting op

A suspected British cocaine trafficker has been arrested in the Spanish resort town of Marbella as part of a sting operation run jointly by Spanish and UK authorities.

France told to recognise kids born to surrogates
France

France told to recognise kids born to surrogates

The European Court of Human Rights ordered France on Thursday to recognize the status of children born abroad to surrogate mothers, even though surrogacy is currently illegal in France. On Friday France said it would not be appealing against the ruling.

Germany beat USA to reach World Cup last 16
Germany

Germany beat USA to reach World Cup last 16

UPDATE: Germany's Thomas Müller scored his fourth World Cup goal to pull level with Lionel Messi and Neymar in a 1-0 win over United States on Thursday that gave his side top spot in Group G.

Saab in ‘final stages’ of Kockums shipyard deal
Sweden

Saab in ‘final stages’ of Kockums shipyard deal

Swedish defence giant Saab is pushing forward with a deal to acquire the German-owned submarine shipyard, with an announcement expected in the coming days.

Spindelegger criticises Cameron re Juncker
Austria

Spindelegger criticises Cameron re Juncker

Austrian Finance Minister Michael Spindelegger has sharply criticised British Prime Minister David Cameron's stance in the debate about the next EU Commission president.

Norway Islamist launches anti-gay pride site
Norway

Norway Islamist launches anti-gay pride site

A Norwegian Islamic extremist has launched a Facebook campaign against the Europride festival, which is held in Oslo this week, describing homosexuality as "a nasty and cruel disease".

Truck spills 40 tonnes of sweets on motorway
Germany

Truck spills 40 tonnes of sweets on motorway

A motorway in central Germany was closed for more than 14 hours on Thursday after a truck crashed and spilled 40 tonnes of sweets across the road.

Spain’s minimum wage army doubles in size
Spain

Spain’s minimum wage army doubles in size

Spain had twice as many people on the minimum wage (€641/$841) or below in 2012 than it did eight years before, a government study reveals.

Swedish ‘cocaine king’ walks free
Sweden

Swedish ‘cocaine king’ walks free

Jonas Falk, a 41-year-old Swede sentenced last year to 18 years in prison, was freed on Thursday as prosecutors failed to find enough evidence tying him to Sweden's biggest ever cocaine-smuggling operation.

Police ‘kettled’ whilst attempting arrest
Austria

Police ‘kettled’ whilst attempting arrest

A open air event in central Vienna turned into an impromptu protest about excessive use of police force after ten police cars arrived to arrest a man who had stolen two hubcaps.

Suarez banned after taking bite out of Italy
Italy

Suarez banned after taking bite out of Italy

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has been suspended for nine games and banned from football for four months after biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match on Tuesday.

Spain rushes through legal shield for ex-king
Spain

Spain rushes through legal shield for ex-king

Spain's parliament on Thursday approved controversial measures that will boost legal protection for Spain's former king Juan Carlos who lost his immunity after his recent abdication.

‘Ndrangheta mafia taking root in northern Italy
Italy

‘Ndrangheta mafia taking root in northern Italy

One of Italy's most powerful mafia syndicates is expanding beyond its southern heartland and taking root in the wealthy north of the country, the Organized Crime Observatory warned on Thursday.

Klinsmann: Not German enough for Germany?
Germany

Klinsmann: Not German enough for Germany?

The USA’s German-born coach, Jürgen Klinsmann, squares up against his countrymen on Thursday in the football World Cup. The former German coach changed the nation's football forever and is The Local's German of the Week.

Lego and Danida team up for world’s poor children
Denmark

Lego and Danida team up for world’s poor children

The development minister pledges a total of 400 million kroner ($73 million) and says that partnership with Danish toy company helps to highlights Denmark's strengths.

€6,000 reward for lead on Salzburg vandals
Austria

€6,000 reward for lead on Salzburg vandals

Salzburg city council has offered a reward of around €6,000 for information that could lead to the arrest of vandals who damaged a memorial to the victims of euthanasia.

Swedish divorce rates hit record high
Sweden

Swedish divorce rates hit record high

Love hurts for more and more Swedes with over 25,000 couples calling an end to their union in 2013, the highest figure in almost 40 years.

Steinmeier tops poll as Merkel’s successor
Germany

Steinmeier tops poll as Merkel’s successor

Foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is the most popular choice to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor among Germans, according to a poll published on Thursday.

Norwegian anti-Facebook film goes viral
Norway

Norwegian anti-Facebook film goes viral

A Norwegian short film about the miseries of life in the age of Facebook has struck such a chord that it has had nearly three million views on YouTube in less than a month.

Teens in favour of legalizing cannabis
Austria

Teens in favour of legalizing cannabis

The majority of young Austrians are in favour of legalizing cannabis and think that regular use of drugs is less dangerous than frequent alcohol consumption.

Paris to erect big screen for France – Nigeria clash
France

Paris to erect big screen for France – Nigeria clash

Paris's Town Hall has become sufficiently gripped by World Cup fever that it has decided to project Monday's last 16 showdown between France and Nigeria on a giant screen in the city. The move comes after the capital's fan park was cancelled this year.

Fifteen fans welcome Italian team home
Italy

Fifteen fans welcome Italian team home

A group of just fifteen fans welcomed the Italian national side home at Milan’s Malpensa airport on Thursday after the team was booted out of the World Cup in the group stage of the tournament.

Norway pop duo hits number 4 on US charts
Norway

Norway pop duo hits number 4 on US charts

Norwegian pop duo Nico & Vinz have jumped to fourth place on the US's Billboard hit list, with their song Am I Wrong? putting them within reach of following A-ha to the second-ever Norwegian US number one.

Government tackles shortage of caravan sites
Switzerland

Government tackles shortage of caravan sites

The federal government is setting up a working group to look into the lack of appropriate sites in Switzerland for caravan dwellers.

Dog hater targets pets with nail-filled sausages
Spain

Dog hater targets pets with nail-filled sausages

Dog owners in a town in Spain's Basque Country are on alert after a stranger tried to kill a local pooch with a sausage stacked full of metal nails. Local police believe someone is waging war against the local dog population.

Catalan parliament calls for vote on republic
Spain

Catalan parliament calls for vote on republic

The parliament of Spain's Catalonia region on Thursday called for a vote on the future of Spain's monarchy on the same day Spain's King Felipe was due to visit the region for the first time since his enthronement.

Noma founder takes on New York
Denmark

Noma founder takes on New York

Busy New York travellers may soon be able to grab some smørrebrød to go now that famed chef Claus Meyer looks set to open a large Scandinavian food hall in Grand Central Station.

Faker: Give me €3,000 and I’ll make you a cop
Italy

Faker: Give me €3,000 and I’ll make you a cop

A man in Italy's southern Calabria region has been arrested for allegedly masquerading as an officer from the financial police, inviting Italians to join the force in exchange for cash and favours.

Top ten stupid Swedish emergency calls
Sweden

Top ten stupid Swedish emergency calls

From ringing to complain about out of date ice cream to seeking assistance to find a receipt, Swedes have made some bizarre 112 calls. The Local rounds up ten of the strangest.

France aims to ban plastic bags by 2016
France

France aims to ban plastic bags by 2016

Plastic shopping bags at supermarket checkouts could soon become a thing of the past in France after the government's environment minister Ségolène Royal proposed the groundbreaking measure this week.

Conchita Wurst to feature at London Pride
Austria

Conchita Wurst to feature at London Pride

Austrian drag entertainer Conchita Wurst, winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, will be the headline performer at Pride in London in Trafalgar Square on 28th June.

Police suicide: Spanish force tackles taboo topic
Spain

Police suicide: Spanish force tackles taboo topic

Agents with Spain's Civil Guard police are killing themselves at a rate of one a month but suicide remains a "hidden problem" within the force, a new study argues.

What do Germans really think about Americans?
Germany

What do Germans really think about Americans?

Germany and the USA face each other in the World Cup on Thursday, but what do the two countries think of each other? The Local looks at 11 of the best quotes from Germans about the United States.

World’s oldest human faeces found in Spain
Spain

World’s oldest human faeces found in Spain

50,000 year-old human excrement discovered in eastern Spain is offering a new insight into the not so meaty diet of our prehistoric ancestors the Neanderthals. The Local spoke to one of the scientists who found and studied the faeces.

Sweden probes Ship to Gaza boardings
Sweden

Sweden probes Ship to Gaza boardings

A Swedish prosecutor has launched an investigation into whether international laws were broken when Israeli soldiers boarded Gaza-bound ships operated by the Sweden-based activist group Ship to Gaza.

Swiss airline launches new low-price strategy
Switzerland

Swiss airline launches new low-price strategy

Swiss International Air Lines will soon introduce cut-price ticket prices to European Union destinations in a bid to keep up with the competition.

Former women’s minister insults folk singer
Austria

Former women’s minister insults folk singer

A row about a popular Austrian folk singer’s performance of the national anthem at the Austrian F1 Grand Prix in Spielberg has been ramped up a notch after a former minister insulted the singer on television.

Ancestry keeps Italy in the World Cup
Italy

Ancestry keeps Italy in the World Cup

Italy's national football team was booted out of the World Cup earlier this week, but the nation's ancestry is so far keeping the country on the pitch.

Clean-up saves sea life from trash filled nets
Germany

Clean-up saves sea life from trash filled nets

An operation is underway off the north German coast to clear rubbish-filled nylon fishing nets on the Baltic Sea floor which are decimating wildlife.

Italian schoolgirl killed herself over China trip
Italy

Italian schoolgirl killed herself over China trip

A 16-year-old girl from the Emilia Romagna town of Forlì threw herself from the roof of her school building after her parents refused to let her go to China.

Teacher throws iPad charger at ‘idiot’ pupil
Sweden

Teacher throws iPad charger at ‘idiot’ pupil

Two teachers have been reported to the Child and School Student Representative after one threw an iPad charger at a pupil who was also verbally abused.

Denmark struggles to house refugees
Denmark

Denmark struggles to house refugees

With an influx from Syria, Denmark granted residency to nearly 4,000 refugees last year. But a clause in the national immigration laws has led municipalities to house them in "sad" temporary locations.

Migrants abandon camp to avoid eviction
Sweden

Migrants abandon camp to avoid eviction

An estimated 100 immigrants abandoned their car-park camp on Thursday after eviction threats from the Swedish Enforcement Authority.

Top lawyer slams court call-up for King’s sister
Spain

Top lawyer slams court call-up for King’s sister

A top anti-corruption prosecutor on Thursday appealed a 'biased' ruling that would see Spain's Princess Cristina, the sister of King Felipe, appear in court on tax fraud and money laundering charges.

Pensioner evicted from home for smoking
Germany

Pensioner evicted from home for smoking

UPDATE: A court in western Germany ordered a chain smoker to leave his home of 40 years on Thursday morning after he repeatedly lit up indoors.

‘Beckham tax law’ booted out of Spain
Spain

‘Beckham tax law’ booted out of Spain

A Spanish law designed to attract foreign sports stars of the likes of David Beckham with tax privileges has been stamped out in the government's latest tax reform.

Obese Italian woman dies after slimming operation
Italy

Obese Italian woman dies after slimming operation

An Italian woman weighing 130 kilos has died after an operation to slim down her stomach, national media reported on Wednesday.

French WAGs turn out to see Les Bleus qualify
France

French WAGs turn out to see Les Bleus qualify

The wives and girlfriends (WAGs)of the France's football players were in Rio on Wednesday night to see their beloveds reach the next round of the World Cup. Unluckily for them, their partners could only manage a 0-0 draw against Ecuador.

World Cup boost sales for gaming firms
Sweden

World Cup boost sales for gaming firms

The unpredictable results of the 2014 World Cup have been good news for the Swedish gaming industry, with sales increasing by 50 percent compared to 12 months ago.

Last refugees hang on in Berlin school
Germany

Last refugees hang on in Berlin school

Around 40 protesters were still holed up inside a former school in Berlin on Thursday morning which has been occupied by refugees for more than 18 months. Four arrests were made on Wednesday evening, while activists also forced their way into the German embassy in Brussels.

Paris orders extradition of Brussels ‘gunman’
France

Paris orders extradition of Brussels ‘gunman’

A French court ordered on Thursday the extradition to Belgium of an Islamic radical suspected of being behind the fatal Jewish museum shooting in Brussels in May. The suspect Mehdi Nemmouche immediately appealed the court's decision.

Man dies after cocaine bag breaks in stomach
Italy

Man dies after cocaine bag breaks in stomach

A 44-year-old Italian died at Venice airport earlier this week after an ingested cocaine-filled bag ruptured in his stomach.

Spain’s new king visits ‘sensitive’ Catalonia
Spain

Spain’s new king visits ‘sensitive’ Catalonia

Just a week into his reign, Spain's King Felipe VI visits one of the country's most politically sensitive regions on Thursday: Catalonia, where an independence drive has raised tensions with Madrid.

Jubilant press hails Shaqiri as ‘Swiss Messi’
Switzerland

Jubilant press hails Shaqiri as ‘Swiss Messi’

Switzerland’s 3-0 win over Honduras at the World Cup dominated the newspaper headlines on Thursday, with special praise reserved for midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, whose hat-trick secured the victory.

Majority of Swedes against weapons exports
Sweden

Majority of Swedes against weapons exports

Sweden has become a major world supplier of arms but the majority of Swedes are against having weapons exports at all, a new study has revealed.

Corsican separatists vow to lay down arms
France

Corsican separatists vow to lay down arms

Corsica's main separatist group FLNC, which has staged attacks since the 1970s in its quest for the island's independence from France, made a surprise move on Wednesday when it announced it would lay down arms.

Cleaner falls in giant meat grinder and dies
Germany

Cleaner falls in giant meat grinder and dies

A cleaner fell into a huge meat grinder at a factory in western Germany on Tuesday and died instantly.

Man sentenced for filming forest rape
Sweden

Man sentenced for filming forest rape

A man from central Sweden has been convicted of raping a 12-year-old girl - and filming the incident on his phone.

Syrian chemical arms set to be destroyed in Italy
Italy

Syrian chemical arms set to be destroyed in Italy

The US cargo ship MV Cape Ray left the Spanish port of Rota on Wednesday and headed for the Calabrian port of Gioia Tauro, where it will load Syrian chemical weapons materials to be destroyed.

First Danish shale gas exploration approved
Denmark

First Danish shale gas exploration approved

French gas giant Total has been given the green light to carry out test drilling for shale gas. Local protesters and green organizations decried the deal and fear that it will open the door for fracking.

Hidden Cash treasure hunt banned in Paris
France

Hidden Cash treasure hunt banned in Paris

French police have told the American millionaire behind the Hidden Cash treasure hunt that he faces prison if he tries to stage the game in Paris this weekend. Authorities have banned the internet-driven event fearing "public disorder".

‘Crucifixes are obligatory in schools and offices’
Italy

‘Crucifixes are obligatory in schools and offices’

The mayor of Padua, in north-east Italy, announced on social media that crucifixes must be hung on the walls of all schools and offices across the city.