Valais electric train kills cyclist at crossing
Switzerland

Valais electric train kills cyclist at crossing

An investigation is under way into the death of a 46-year-old Valais man who was hit on Tuesday by a train as he was cycling through an uncontrolled level crossing in the town of Monthey in the canton of Valais.

Nadal bundled out of Wimbledon by wildcard
Spain

Nadal bundled out of Wimbledon by wildcard

Australia's world number 144 Nick Kyrgios caused one of the greatest Wimbledon sensations on Tuesday when he sent world number one and 14-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal crashing to a shock defeat.

The Roskilde party is already well underway
Denmark

The Roskilde party is already well underway

The main lineup of concerts doesn't begin until Thursday, but The Local is already out at the Roskilde Festival. So what is there to do before the big shows? Plenty, as we found out.

Swiss lose extra-time heartbreaker to Argentina
Switzerland

Swiss lose extra-time heartbreaker to Argentina

Lionel Messi set up a late winning goal as lacklustre Argentina downed Switzerland 1-0 in extra-time to reach the World Cup football quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Animal ‘hoarder’ discovered near Villach
Austria

Animal ‘hoarder’ discovered near Villach

A bailiff visiting a remote house in the district of Villach in the Austrian state of Carinthia notified police and animal protection officers of a case of suspected animal hoarding.

Police ‘lose explosives’ in French airport exercise
France

Police ‘lose explosives’ in French airport exercise

Red-faced French police have had some explaining to do after they forgot where they had placed a block of explosives during a training exercise at Marseille airport, a report has claimed. An internal investigation has been launched.

Explorer’s fast recovery surprises doctors
Germany

Explorer’s fast recovery surprises doctors

Explorer Johann Westhauser, who was rescued from Germany's deepest cave less than two weeks ago, may soon be discharged from hospital, his doctor said on Tuesday.

Police shooting in Husby ruled ‘self-defence’
Sweden

Police shooting in Husby ruled ‘self-defence’

Prosecutors offered a final ruling on Tuesday for the fatal police shooting of a pensioner in Husby, an incident which many believe was the catalyst to the riots that plagued the Stockholm suburb for a week last year.

Avignon Festival to open despite strike threat
France

Avignon Festival to open despite strike threat

France's world-famous theatre festival in Avignon is set to open on Friday, but will do so under the threat of a strike by performers which could cripple the month-long event. However, festival technicians, ticket sellers and other staff voted on Tuesday to stay on the job.

Can a meatball define a culture?
Denmark

Can a meatball define a culture?

Some seem to fear that deviating from traditional Danish foods weakens national identity. But weekly columnist Michael Booth argues that if your national pride is wrapped up in a bland frikadelle, you've got bigger problems on your hands.

Government slammed for equality classes U-turn
France

Government slammed for equality classes U-turn

The French government has dropped plans to teach gender equality to school kids after it provoked a venomous reaction from conservative groups. The U-turn has outraged women’s rights groups and left wing commentators alike.

Vatican bank chief to quit amid shake-up: report
Italy

Vatican bank chief to quit amid shake-up: report

The chairman of the Vatican bank is to step down as part of a shake-up at the scandal-plagued institution, according to a report on Tuesday.

Teenager’s body found in Hungary
Austria

Teenager’s body found in Hungary

The body of an Austrian teenager, believed to have been shot last week by a friend who then enlisted the help of his grandfather in getting rid of the corpse, has been found in Hungary.

Costa Concordia to be scrapped in Genoa
Italy

Costa Concordia to be scrapped in Genoa

Italian MPs have approved sending the Costa Concordia to Genoa port to be scrapped, ending speculation that the wrecked cruise ship could be sent elsewhere in Italy for the high-profile operation.

‘Titan’s Penis’ attracts huge French crowds
France

‘Titan’s Penis’ attracts huge French crowds

Hundreds of curious visitors queued around the block in the French city of Nantes in recent days to catch a rare glimpse of a giant flower, dubbed “Titan’s Penis”, which only comes to life once every ten years.

Federer and Wawrinka to face off at Wimbledon
Switzerland

Federer and Wawrinka to face off at Wimbledon

Seven-time champion Roger Federer will take on close friend Stan Wawrinka in the Wimbledon quarterfinals on Wednesday as world number one Rafael Nadal was bumped from the tennis tournament by an Australian teenager.

Stormy EU debut for Spain’s ‘indignant’ MEP
Spain

Stormy EU debut for Spain’s ‘indignant’ MEP

Pablo Iglesias, leader of the grassroots Spanish protest party that was a surprise 'winner' in May's EU elections, made a dramatic first appearance at the European Parliament on Tuesday during a failed bid to become its president.

Dead Dutchman ‘victim of rural terrorism’
Spain

Dead Dutchman ‘victim of rural terrorism’

A local magistrate in Spain's Galicia province says he is convinced a Dutch expat who disappeared in 2010 was murdered after the man's body was discovered recently.

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Austria

‘Real woman’ poster sparks backlash

The youth branch of the right-wing Freedom Party (RFJ) in Burgenland has sparked a storm of derision on Facebook and Twitter after producing a poster of what a “real” woman looks like - to counteract what it called “gender madness” and the current “absurd image of women”.

‘Murderer’ ambassador targeted in prison
Austria

‘Murderer’ ambassador targeted in prison

Former Kazakh Ambassador Rakhat Aliyev is currently in a Viennese prison, awaiting trial for two - or more - murders. His lawyer revealed that the prisoner has been subjected to daily threats of assault, intimidation and extortion.

Danish football legend to coach Qatar club
Denmark

Danish football legend to coach Qatar club

Michael Laudrup surprised the football world by signing a contract with the Doha-based Lekhwiya. The former Danish superstar also hinted that his managerial career may be close to over.

Austrian resident jailed for terror camp training
Austria

Austrian resident jailed for terror camp training

A 21-year-old man has been confined to 21 months in jail for the participation in the activities of a terrorist group by a criminal court in Vienna on Tuesday.

Call for parliamentary investigation into Hypo
Austria

Call for parliamentary investigation into Hypo

Austrian cabaret star Roland Düringer presented 49,000 signatures which he has collected for his citizens' initiative to start a parliamentary investigation committee into the state-owned Hypo bank on Tuesday.

Italian businessman bids to buy Club Med
Italy

Italian businessman bids to buy Club Med

Shares in holiday group Club Med surged on Tuesday, after Italian businessman Andrea Bonomi launched a counter offer, outbidding terms proposed by Chinese company Fosun and French firm Ardian.

Norway lifts Segway ban
Norway

Norway lifts Segway ban

The government's decision to allow Segways on the public streets of Norway came into force on July 1st.

Police sorry for fining one-armed bike rider
Germany

Police sorry for fining one-armed bike rider

Police have apologized to a one-armed man in Cologne after fining him €25 for only having one hand brake on his bicycle.

Man and dog dead in Vienna fire
Austria

Man and dog dead in Vienna fire

Vienna's inner city was the scene for a fatal apartment fire in which a man and a dog died on Tuesday.

Police hunt Lampedusa suspect in Sweden
Sweden

Police hunt Lampedusa suspect in Sweden

A gang member involved in the Lampedusa migrant boat shipwreck is thought to be on the run in Sweden, with police reportedly on his heels after multiple other arrests on Tuesday.

Woman, 30, bombards boy, 9, with love letters
France

Woman, 30, bombards boy, 9, with love letters

A 30-year-old French school worker sent nearly two dozen love letters to a nine-year-old boy in which she told of her desire to run away with him and have his kids, reports on Tuesday said. The boy’s parents are outraged after the married woman got off with a warning.

Are German politicians paid too much?
Germany

Are German politicians paid too much?

President Joachim Gauck has halted a pay rise for Germany’s politicians which was meant to come in on July 1st. Are German MPs paid too much and how do they compare with the rest of Europe?

Five puppies abandoned in a box
Austria

Five puppies abandoned in a box

A passer-by discovered a whimpering cardboard box at the side of a road in the district of Braunau in Upper Austria in the middle of June. He opened it up to discover five adorable puppies, which had been abandoned in the 34 degree heat.

‘Warning signs’ before teen murder
Austria

‘Warning signs’ before teen murder

More details are starting to emerge about a 16-year-old boy who was arrested after a rape and murder in a middle-class area of Graz. Parents who sent their children to a Kindergarten which his mother ran say that official complaints were made about his behaviour when he was younger.

Joachim and Marie move to Copenhagen
Denmark

Joachim and Marie move to Copenhagen

A newly-created foundation will overtake the operation of Schackenborg Palace after the royals decide to move to the city for family considerations.

Norway’s Tour de France hopeful in bike bungle
Norway

Norway’s Tour de France hopeful in bike bungle

Norway's only entrant for the Tour de France suffered an uphill struggle just to get to the starting line after his bicycle was involved in a bureaucratic mix-up at Stavanger airport.

‘Find a job before you come to Spain’
Spain

‘Find a job before you come to Spain’

What's it like swapping a career in Germany for a job on the holiday isle of Majorca? The Local's George Mills spoke to Alexandra Wilms at the German-language newspaper Mallorca Zeitung to find out.

Hahn again proposed as EU commissioner
Austria

Hahn again proposed as EU commissioner

The government will again nominate Johannes Hahn (People's Party/VP) as Austria's member of the EU commission.

Out-of-control firework injures 24 in Spain
Spain

Out-of-control firework injures 24 in Spain

Twenty-four people have been injured in northern Spain after a firework went off and shot itself directly at a bridge where hundreds of spectators had gathered to watch a pyrotechnic display.

Italian police arrest five over migrant shipwreck
Italy

Italian police arrest five over migrant shipwreck

Italian police have arrested five people in connection with the migrant boat shipwreck in October, in which hundreds of people drowned, while authorities are also searching for someone in Sweden.

Half of Spaniards aged 25–29 live with parents
Spain

Half of Spaniards aged 25–29 live with parents

The crisis is hitting young Spaniards hard with nearly half of all people aged 25—29 still living in the family home, a new study shows.

Swiss-Chinese free trade agreement takes effect
Switzerland

Swiss-Chinese free trade agreement takes effect

A watershed free-trade deal between China and Switzerland came into force on Tuesday, the first such accord between the Asian giant and a mainland European economy.

‘Sollecito was not with Knox the entire evening’
Italy

‘Sollecito was not with Knox the entire evening’

Raffaelle Sollecito, convicted in January alongside Amanda Knox of killing British student Meredith Kercher, is unable to vouch for Knox’s whereabouts for part of the evening leading up to Kercher’s death, it was revealed during a press conference on Tuesday.

Japan charges Novartis unit over falsified data
Switzerland

Japan charges Novartis unit over falsified data

Japanese prosecutors on Tuesday laid charges against the local unit of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis in a widening scandal over claims that falsified data were used to exaggerate the benefits of a popular blood-pressure drug.

In Pictures: French fans celebrate Nigeria win
France

In Pictures: French fans celebrate Nigeria win

Jubilant fans took to the streets of towns and cities all over France on Monday to celebrate their team's win over Nigeria in the last 16 of the World Cup. Take a look at some of the best pictures from the day.

New bike tunnel to Malmö proposed
Denmark

New bike tunnel to Malmö proposed

A Swedish plan calls for better cross-country commuting options including the extension of Copenhagen's metro to Malmö and a "super bike tunnel" across the Øresund

Smile: Zurich Zoo’s baby elephant is named
Switzerland

Smile: Zurich Zoo’s baby elephant is named

Following a competition, Zurich Zoo’s newest elephant now has a name: Omysha.

Norway watchdog sets tougher mortgage rules
Norway

Norway watchdog sets tougher mortgage rules

Borrowers looking to buy property will find securing a mortage loan more difficult as Norway's banks come under tighter regulation from the country's financial regulator.

Job centre adviser demanded sex for work
Germany

Job centre adviser demanded sex for work

UPDATE: A job centre employee has admitted demanding sex from unemployed former prostitutes in exchange for work, prosecutors in Stuttgart said on Tuesday. He is now facing sexual assault and bribery charges.

Butcher sharpens knives for legal battle
Denmark

Butcher sharpens knives for legal battle

A well-known Copenhagen butcher's shop, the amusement park Tivoli and television personality Claus Meyer were among those fined for breaking a law that limits the number of hours foreign students can work. The butcher says it's unfair and has appealed against the decision.

Injured stork rescued from road accident
Austria

Injured stork rescued from road accident

An injured stork was rescued from a section of state highway B50 in the municipality of Oslip in Burgenland on Monday.

Swedes propose new bike path to Copenhagen
Sweden

Swedes propose new bike path to Copenhagen

With an ever-growing population in the Öresund region, a Swedish construction company wants to improve cross-country commuting with a speedy new metro line and "super bike tunnel" to Copenhagen.

Swedes accuse Eritrean president of torture
Sweden

Swedes accuse Eritrean president of torture

Three lawyers have accused Eritrea's president Isaias Afwerki of torture and human rights crimes against Swedish journalist Dawit Isaak.

Suspect fingers ex-king in royal corruption case
Spain

Suspect fingers ex-king in royal corruption case

A key suspect in a corruption case looking at the business dealings of the brother-in-law of Spain's King Felipe claimed on Monday the Royal Palace was intricately involved in the day-to-day activities of the business.

Over 350,000 unemployed in June
Austria

Over 350,000 unemployed in June

The number of unemployed people has continued to rise in Austria. Last month there were 354,639 people without employment - 40,232 more than in June 2013.

Germany trained Ukraine’s riot troops
Germany

Germany trained Ukraine’s riot troops

German police were partly responsible for training ex-Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych's riot police, the government has confirmed.

‘We can’t stop now’: Les Bleus focus on Germany
France

‘We can’t stop now’: Les Bleus focus on Germany

After beating Nigeria 2-0 to book their place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup France’s players and supporters are confident they can go even further in the competition. That would mean knocking out the Germans on Friday.

‘Cannibal’ drug sparks fears for Ibiza partygoers
Spain

‘Cannibal’ drug sparks fears for Ibiza partygoers

The chief of the holiday island's drug squad has spoken out about a recent spate of biting attacks carried out by tourists on MDPV or bath salts, a cocaine-like substance which causes extreme bouts of violence.

Italian justice system set for overhaul
Italy

Italian justice system set for overhaul

Italy's justice minister, Andrea Orlando, on Monday outlined a 12-point plan to overhaul the Italian justice system, including complete digitization of documents and speeding up court cases.

Smuggler hid 110,000 cigarettes in car
Germany

Smuggler hid 110,000 cigarettes in car

A smuggler hid 110,000 cigarettes in plastic bags and distributed them around his car in an attempt to fool customs officials in eastern Germany.

‘We don’t want Syria’s weapons’: Italian mayor
Italy

‘We don’t want Syria’s weapons’: Italian mayor

Residents in the Calabrian port of Gioia Tauro, which is host to a shipment of deadly Syrian chemical agents, are fearing the impact the weapons will have on their health and the environment.

‘Justice data affair’ mastermind sentenced
Austria

‘Justice data affair’ mastermind sentenced

A 69-year-old man was sentenced to three years in prison for abuse of office, bribery, and breach of official secrecy on Monday at the Vienna Regional Criminal Court.

Prostitutes forced to live in cellar
Austria

Prostitutes forced to live in cellar

Police have discovered a brothel in the Salzburg district of Schallmoos where 15 women were being made to live in a cramped cellar, deprived of sunlight and fresh air.

Police seize guns and crystal meth in Oslo raid
Norway

Police seize guns and crystal meth in Oslo raid

Police seized weapons and drugs in a raid last weekend that took place only 250 metres from a police station in central Oslo.

President Fischer visits Latvia
Austria

President Fischer visits Latvia

President Heinz Fischer continues his three day visit to Estonia and Latvia on Tuesday with a visit to the Latvian capital Riga.

FINMA penalizes Swiss unit of BNP Paribas
Switzerland

FINMA penalizes Swiss unit of BNP Paribas

Switzerland’s financial regulator said on Tuesday that it has taken enforcement measures against the Swiss unit of BNP Paribas relating to “serious violations of US sanctions”.

Statoil delays decision on Barents Sea oil field
Norway

Statoil delays decision on Barents Sea oil field

Norwegian oil company Statoil said Monday it would postpone to 2015 its decision on whether to operate a large field in the Barents Sea after disappointing explorations.

Only a quarter of Austrian MPs full time
Austria

Only a quarter of Austrian MPs full time

The majority of Austrian MPs have one or more paid part-time jobs, according to a transparency list published by parliament.

Integration minister slams migration myths
Sweden

Integration minister slams migration myths

As the Sweden Democrats take the stage at Almedalen, Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag cautions against believing everything said about migration.

European court upholds France’s Muslim veil ban
France

European court upholds France’s Muslim veil ban

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday France's ban on the wearing of the full-face veil in public does not violate the human rights of Muslim women. Judges said the law was justified on the grounds of social cohesion.

Almedalen: When will it all become too much?
Sweden

Almedalen: When will it all become too much?

With the Almedalen political week in full swing and with over 3,000 events scheduled, contributor Nima Sanandaji wonders if it's all getting a bit much and whether society actually gains anything from all the money being spent.

Danes sort less basic waste: survey
Denmark

Danes sort less basic waste: survey

Other European residents are much better at recycling paper and plastic, while the vast majority of Danish rubbish ends in the incinerator.

Fendi kicks off Trevi revamp with walkway
Italy

Fendi kicks off Trevi revamp with walkway

Fashion house Fendi kicked off the restoration of Rome's famed Trevi Fountain on Monday, unveiling a transparent suspended walkway which will give tourists a whole new vantage point of the historic monument.

Plastic chokes 88% of ocean surface: study
Spain

Plastic chokes 88% of ocean surface: study

As much as 88 percent of the open ocean's surface contains plastic debris, raising concern about the effect on marine life and the food chain, Spanish scientists warned on Monday.

Barcelona taxi drivers strike in new Uber protest
Spain

Barcelona taxi drivers strike in new Uber protest

Taxi drivers in Barcelona are striking on Tuesday as the sector continues to protest against the taxi app Uber, while fewer taxi roads are also expected on the road in Madrid.

Police prepare to clear Berlin refugee school
Germany

Police prepare to clear Berlin refugee school

UPDATE: Berlin police used pepper spray to remove protesters on Tuesday afternoon after being asked by local authorities to clear a former school in Kreuzberg occupied by refugees.

‘There are no carnival troupes in the last 16’
Germany

‘There are no carnival troupes in the last 16’

German tensions were frayed after Monday night's nervous victory over Algeria in the World Cup last 16, as one reporter found out when he tried questioning defender Per Mertesacker.

EU slashes data roaming fees by more than half
Sweden

EU slashes data roaming fees by more than half

Using your mobile phone outside of Sweden just got cheaper, with charges for internet use more than halved, as the EU capped roaming charges on Tuesday.

Chiellini calls for Fifa to reduce Suarez ban
Italy

Chiellini calls for Fifa to reduce Suarez ban

Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini called on Fifa to reduce the four month ban on Luis Suarez for biting him after the Uruguayan's apology Monday.

Sarkozy grilled by police in corruption probe
France

Sarkozy grilled by police in corruption probe

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was detained by police in France on Tuesday morning for questioning in connection with one of a number of corruption probes that threaten the politician's chances of making a comeback.

One in five Bavarians has foreign roots
Germany

One in five Bavarians has foreign roots

A fifth of people in Bavaria, Germany's second most populous state, come from immigrant stock, figures released on Monday showed.

EU roaming charges more than halved

EU roaming charges more than halved

Using your mobile phone outside of Italy just got cheaper, with charges for internet use more than halved, as the EU capped roaming charges from Tuesday.

‘UK must get off fence on Gibraltar’: British MPs
Spain

‘UK must get off fence on Gibraltar’: British MPs

Britain should take a tougher stand towards Spain in disputes over Gibraltar, including using legal action and more diplomatic protests, a UK parliamentary committee urged on Tuesday.

Brazil suspects drug row behind Swede’s death
Sweden

Brazil suspects drug row behind Swede’s death

Police in Brazil suspect that the murder of a Swedish man in Rio de Janeiro was related to a drug dispute between hostel guests.

‘Owl man’ attacks elderly Swede with chainsaw
Sweden

‘Owl man’ attacks elderly Swede with chainsaw

UPDATED: A man attacked his 83-year-old neighbour with a chainsaw on Tuesday after cutting her door open. Neighbours suspect he was lashing out after complaints about incessant animal noises coming from his apartment.

Germany beat Algeria to reach quarter-finals
Germany

Germany beat Algeria to reach quarter-finals

Germany needed extra-time to beat Algeria 2:1 in Porto Alegre and progress into the quarter-finals of the football World Cup in Brazil.