Danes shoot down Helsingborg tunnel
Denmark

Danes shoot down Helsingborg tunnel

Connecting the Danish town of Helsingør with its Swedish neighbour Helsingborg won't be considered for years – unless the Swedes want to pay for it.

Federer struggles past Wawrinka in epic duel
Switzerland

Federer struggles past Wawrinka in epic duel

Switzerland's Roger Federer avoided joining Wimbledon's growing list of Centre Court casualties as the Swiss star hit back to reach the semifinals with a 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-4 victory over compatriot Stan Wawrinka on Wednesday.

July 4th celebrations for Americans in Vienna
Austria

July 4th celebrations for Americans in Vienna

With the USA's most important holiday just around the corner, The Local Austria has found out the best places for American expats - and their best friends - to celebrate in Vienna this year.

Mother of dead baby released on bail
Austria

Mother of dead baby released on bail

The mother of a dead baby found inside a rubbish bin in the toilet of an Austrian train heading for Munich was released on bail in June.

Elvis’s luxury jets could come to Denmark
Denmark

Elvis’s luxury jets could come to Denmark

The Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II will be leaving Graceland next year and the operator of Graceland Randers knows just the right destination for them.

In the merde: Used toilet paper snares burglar
France

In the merde: Used toilet paper snares burglar

A French burglar is in the ‘merde’ after leaving some used toilet paper behind at the scene of a crime. He tried to tell police it wasn’t his, but DNA tests said otherwise.

Husband and wife killed in Lübeck shooting
Germany

Husband and wife killed in Lübeck shooting

UPDATE: Two people were killed in an apparent drive-by shooting outside their home in a leafy suburb of the northern city of Lübeck on Wednesday afternoon. Hours later the suspected shooter, reportedly the ex-husband of one of the victims, was found dead in a car.

Nazi resistance museum opens in Berlin
Germany

Nazi resistance museum opens in Berlin

A new, permanent exhibition dedicated to German resistance under the Nazis opened its doors to visitors in Berlin on Wednesday. The museum profiles groups of German men and women who risked and lost their lives fighting Hitler.

Murderer jailed for stabbing mum 145 times
Germany

Murderer jailed for stabbing mum 145 times

A 28-year-old man was jailed for life on Wednesday after being found guilty of stabbing a young mother 145 times, killing her in front of her two-year-old daughter.

40,000 Swedes hit as Gotland ferry cancelled
Sweden

40,000 Swedes hit as Gotland ferry cancelled

The new ferry company Gotlandsbåten will have to refund 40,000 people after announcing that all voyages this year have been cancelled.

Veil ban ruling: A ‘tragic precedent’ for Europe
France

Veil ban ruling: A ‘tragic precedent’ for Europe

The head of Amnesty International France tells The Local why the European Court of Human Right’s decision to uphold a French law banning full-face veils is a danger to everyone’s rights and sets a "tragic precedent" for Europe.

Councillor arrested over brutal attack in Germany
Spain

Councillor arrested over brutal attack in Germany

A town councillor with Spain's ruling Popular Party has been arrested on charges of attempted murder after allegedly carrying out a brutal attack on the partner of his ex-girlfriend in Germany in May.

Renzi compares EU to an ‘exhausted’ selfie
Italy

Renzi compares EU to an ‘exhausted’ selfie

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Wednesday presented his plan for Italy’s EU presidency, remarking that if Europe took a photograph of itself it would be one of “exhaustion”.

Swedes feel the pinch in tick disease outbreak
Sweden

Swedes feel the pinch in tick disease outbreak

Tick borne encephalitis has hit Sweden unusually early this year, with many cases already reported in the Stockholm area alone.

75 people lost at sea after shipwreck: survivors
Italy

75 people lost at sea after shipwreck: survivors

Around 75 migrants are lost at sea according to survivors of a shipwreck off Italy who were plucked to safety by the navy, the UN's refugee agency said on Wednesday.

Swede showers cash over Almedalen crowd
Sweden

Swede showers cash over Almedalen crowd

One Swedish man decided to protest against all the taxpayer money which goes into Almedalen - by literally throwing away 20,000 kronor of his own money at the event.

Two men found in trunk of biker gang car
Norway

Two men found in trunk of biker gang car

Norwegian police on Wednesday found two men in the boot of a car which was being escorted by members of the Outlaws biker gang who had stopped traffic in order to secure their speedy passage.

Ten reasons why France is better than Germany
France

Ten reasons why France is better than Germany

Before the countries' two football teams square up on the pitch in their World Cup quarter-final clash on Friday, The Local France and our colleagues at The Local Germany face off in a fight to see which country is the best.

Tyrolean SPÖ calls for cannabis legalization
Austria

Tyrolean SPÖ calls for cannabis legalization

A conference of the Austrian Social Democrats (SPÖ) in Tyrol over the weekend called for the establishment of a working group to investigate the legalization of cannabis in the region.

Teenage murder victim identified
Austria

Teenage murder victim identified

A body found in Hungary, close to the Austrian border, has been confirmed as that of a missing 16-year-old from Carinthia who was allegedly shot on the night of June 22nd by a friend in Graz.

Dane’s murder in Spain solved
Denmark

Dane’s murder in Spain solved

A Belgian man has confessed to the murder of Anne Strande Jensen in her Madrid apartment.

Top 10 Spanish locations to film Game of Thrones
Spain

Top 10 Spanish locations to film Game of Thrones

Now that Seville has been chosen as one of the locations for Season Five of the fantasy TV drama Game of Thrones, The Local casts its eye across Spain to suggest ten other mythical locations US network HBO should consider in the future.

Spanish king’s sister appeals fraud charges
Spain

Spanish king’s sister appeals fraud charges

Spanish King Felipe VI's sister, Princess Cristina, appealed Wednesday against tax and money-laundering charges that threaten to land her in an unprecedented criminal trial.

Freedom Party calls for burqa ban
Austria

Freedom Party calls for burqa ban

Austria's Freedom Party (FPÖ) is calling for a ban on burqas, after the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) backed France's rules on religious headgear on Tuesday, when it ruled the country's law banning full-face veils in public was legal.

Syria weapons transfer begins at Italy port
Italy

Syria weapons transfer begins at Italy port

The international operation to destroy Syrian chemical weapons entered its final phase on Wednesday, as they were transferred by workers at an Italian port from a Danish freighter to a US military ship equipped to dispose of them.

Belgian confesses to murder of Dane in Madrid
Spain

Belgian confesses to murder of Dane in Madrid

The mysterious death of a 27-year-old Danish woman in Madrid has been explained after Spanish police ran a database search on a fingerprint found at the scene.

Green MP likens jihadists to WWII freedom fighters
Sweden

Green MP likens jihadists to WWII freedom fighters

A Green Party MP has caused a stir after likening Swedish jihadists in Syria to Swedish freedom fighters in Finland during World War Two.

Rome man dies after forgetting house keys
Italy

Rome man dies after forgetting house keys

A 68-year-old man from Rome died of a heart attack as he tried to climb into his first-floor apartment to retrieve his keys.

Ruling could clear way for burqa ban in Denmark
Denmark

Ruling could clear way for burqa ban in Denmark

A European court decision upholding France's ban on face-covering veils may have implications for Denmark. The Danish People's Party wants to see a similar ban enacted at home and the legal path may now be clear.

Top ten: Why Germany is better than France
Germany

Top ten: Why Germany is better than France

Germany and France meet on Friday in the quarter-finals of the football World Cup in Brazil. The Local List looks at ten reasons why supporting Germany is the smart choice.

Sarkozy’s legal woes: The complete list
France

Sarkozy’s legal woes: The complete list

Nicolas Sarkozy's chances of making a political comeback are hampered by a long list of legal proceedings and investigations in which he has been implicated. Here's the complete list of Sarko's legal woes. Will he survive them all?

Fake doctor jailed for treating sick children
Germany

Fake doctor jailed for treating sick children

A fraudster posing as a doctor treated children with life-threatening conditions in a hospice he set up in central Germany. He was jailed on Wednesday for just under three years.

Americans taught how to ‘rap’ Italian gestures
Italy

Americans taught how to ‘rap’ Italian gestures

The US consulate in Milan has released a rap video to teach American citizens - often chided for their poor linguistic skills - the art of Italian hand gestures.

Gay makes Lausanne comeback after dope ban
Switzerland

Gay makes Lausanne comeback after dope ban

American Tyson Gay makes his comeback to the track on Thursday after serving a one-year doping ban in what promises to be a stern test against fellow Americans Justin Gatlin and Mike Rodgers.

FIFA extends bans on Austrian footballers
Austria

FIFA extends bans on Austrian footballers

FIFA, the international federation of football associations presently meeting in Brazil, extended the bans for two Austrian players in a press release on Monday.

British tycoon buys Danish Wolves
Denmark

British tycoon buys Danish Wolves

While it's true that Denmark has recently witnessed a surprising influx of wild wolves, it is a completely different type of wolf that Englishman Matthew Benham has his eyes on.

Vienna plans metro and tram expansion
Austria

Vienna plans metro and tram expansion

Vienna’s public transport network will be expanded over the next ten years, to meet demand from the city's growing population.

Roche swallows US breast cancer drug firm
Switzerland

Roche swallows US breast cancer drug firm

Swiss pharmaceutical group Roche said on Wednesday that it was buying Seragon Pharmaceuticals, a US biotechnology firm specializing in a new way to fight breast cancer, in a deal worth up to $1.7 billion.

Hitzfeld bids emotional goodbye to Swiss team
Switzerland

Hitzfeld bids emotional goodbye to Swiss team

Ottmar Hitzfeld said an emotional goodbye to his Swiss team and football Tuesday as he quit the sport after a dramatic World Cup loss to Argentina and following the death of his brother.

Refugee kids moved on after Swedes protest
Sweden

Refugee kids moved on after Swedes protest

Plans to establish housing for refugee children in western Sweden have been halted by protests from residents.

Norway braced for new burqa ban debate
Norway

Norway braced for new burqa ban debate

Norway's Labour and Progress parties have stated that they would consider revisiting the issue of a Muslim veil ban in the wake of a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that a public ban does not violate the human rights of Muslim women.

Sharp rise in fatal road accidents
Austria

Sharp rise in fatal road accidents

Since the beginning of 2014, the number of road fatalities has risen sharply in Austria, with figures showing 237 people dying in vehicle-related accidents in the first six months of the year.

Ten hit songs you didn’t know were from Sweden
Sweden

Ten hit songs you didn’t know were from Sweden

You'd be surprised by how many international hit songs are sung by Swedes. In fact, we wager that there are many songs that you know and love that you didn't even realize were from Sweden. Here are our favourite ten.

Spain’s beachgoers face faecal matter health risk
Spain

Spain’s beachgoers face faecal matter health risk

Experts are warning beachgoers of the presence of human and animal excrement on many of Spain's city beaches and shores, a health risk which can cause everything from ear infections to gastroenteritis.

People smugglers blame migrants for tragic fate
Italy

People smugglers blame migrants for tragic fate

Human traffickers involved in a October shipwreck off the coast of Italy, which left 366 people dead, blamed the migrants for the tragedy "because they wanted to leave in great numbers."

Norway sees warmest June since 1953
Norway

Norway sees warmest June since 1953

Norway has seen the warmest June since 1953 with Oslo setting daily rainfall records, drought and highs of 28C in the south-west, and lows of -7C in Oppland on the year's longest day.

Boy with learning issue rejected by Turin school
Italy

Boy with learning issue rejected by Turin school

An eight-year-old boy was rejected by a church-run summer school in Rivoli, a town in the province of Turin, because workers there “are not equipped” to handle his developmental disability.

‘We will take Spain back’: Syrian jihadists
Spain

‘We will take Spain back’: Syrian jihadists

A top Spanish official has said country's security forces were remaining "vigilant" after two Syrian jihadists posted a video in which they promised to reclaim Spain in the name of Islam.

Accuray International opens HQ in Morges
Switzerland

Accuray International opens HQ in Morges

Accuray, an American cancer radiation therapy company, officially opened its international headquarters in Morges in the canton of Vaud on Tuesday.

Fischer celebrates ten years in office
Austria

Fischer celebrates ten years in office

Austrian President Heinz Fischer will celebrate ten years in office next Tuesday.

Savage storms caused €650m of damage
Germany

Savage storms caused €650m of damage

Storms in June which ripped through parts of western and central Germany caused €650 million worth of damage, according to estimates released on Wednesday.

Labour Party retreats from Utøya demolition
Norway

Labour Party retreats from Utøya demolition

The Labour Party youth wing has backed down from plans to demolish parts of two buildings on Utøya, while flatly denying that their intention had ever been to erase memories of the 2011 massacre.

Calls for reform to immigration card
Austria

Calls for reform to immigration card

Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner wants to lower the entry hurdles for the Red-White-Red card - a scheme which aims to facilitate the immigration of qualified non-EU foreign workers and their families with a view to permanent settlement in Austria.

Denmark increases support to Georgia
Denmark

Denmark increases support to Georgia

"Good measures should be rewarded," the development minister said as he announced that the former Soviet republic of Georgia can look forward to a fivefold increase in support from Denmark.

Sarkozy’s comeback hopes put on hold again
France

Sarkozy’s comeback hopes put on hold again

Nicolas Sarkozy's plans to make a politicial comeback in time to run for the presidential election in 2017 have been thrown off course after he was charged for a second time in a corruption probe. Sarkozy will speak to the French public on TV on Wednesday night.

Police evict migrants from main Calais camp
France

Police evict migrants from main Calais camp

Just a month after riot police cleared out several makeshift migrant camps in Calais, officers moved in early on Wednesday to shut down the main squat. Officials' tough stance on the migrants, most of whom hope to get to the UK, has drawn criticism from humanitarian groups.

Madrid Metro breakdown: Passengers walk tracks
Spain

Madrid Metro breakdown: Passengers walk tracks

Frustrated passengers on Madrid Metro's Line 5 risked their lives on Wednesday morning when they abandoned a broken down train and started walking down the tracks

Smashed: Pamplona bull run drug gangs
Spain

Smashed: Pamplona bull run drug gangs

Police in Spain said on Tuesday they had smashed four rings that smuggled hashish, ketamine and other drugs into the country to sell during the annual San Fermin bull-running festival.

Österreich newspaper caught faking photo
Austria

Österreich newspaper caught faking photo

The respectable Austrian daily broadsheet Der Kurier has called out one of its tabloid rivals over a "nasty piece of photojournalism".

If France were Syria… 37 cities would be deserted
France

If France were Syria… 37 cities would be deserted

The population of Cannes and Avignon would be wiped out and 37 of France’s main cities would be abandoned. That’s what would have happened if the war in Syria was taking place in France, according to an international campaign to raise awareness and aid.

‘Titan’s penis’ is set to appear in Copenhagen
Denmark

‘Titan’s penis’ is set to appear in Copenhagen

The huge phallic-shaped Amorphophallus Titanum can go as long as 15 years without blooming, but the one at the Botanical Gardens of Copenhagen is ready to make its second appearance in just two years.

Defence minister: We need armed drones
Germany

Defence minister: We need armed drones

Defence minister Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday came out in favour of equipping the German military with armed drones. The debate over the controversial weapons has divided the ruling coalition government.

EU Parliament elects Lunacek as VP
Austria

EU Parliament elects Lunacek as VP

The Austrian Greens EU MP Ulrike Lunacek has been elected as vice president of the European Parliament.

Summer jobs shrink Spanish unemployment
Spain

Summer jobs shrink Spanish unemployment

Over 100,000 people left Spain's unemployment lines in June as the economy slowly recovered after emerging in mid-2013 from a two-year recession, the government said Wednesday.

Italy’s jobless rate rose further in May
Italy

Italy’s jobless rate rose further in May

Italy's unemployment rate rose again in May, hitting 12.6 percent, the national statistics agency, Istat, said.

Norway energy groups to build British wind farm
Norway

Norway energy groups to build British wind farm

Norwegian energy companies Statoil and Statkraft said Tuesday they will build an offshore wind farm in Britain with 67 turbines that will eventually power over 400,000 homes.

Lobby group unveils plans for ‘Catalan army’
Spain

Lobby group unveils plans for ‘Catalan army’

A powerful lobby group pushing for independence for Catalonia from the rest of Spain has revealed plans for how the defence forces of the hypothetical country might look.

Norwegian accused of royal threat in jihad video
Norway

Norwegian accused of royal threat in jihad video

A Norwegian citizen previously accused of making threats against the country's royal family has reportedly shown up in a jihadist video shot in Iraq, police said on Tuesday.

How to pick the best International School
Germany

How to pick the best International School

How do you pick the best international school for your children? Teacher Kathleen Ralf goes through ten questions to ask before making the decision.

Denmark deporting more foreign criminals
Denmark

Denmark deporting more foreign criminals

The justice minister has pointed to an 80 percent increase in deportations as proof that the government's get tough approach has worked.

Swedish student settles bullying with city
Sweden

Swedish student settles bullying with city

A student in central Sweden has received 70,000 ($10,465) kronor in compensation for being subjected to bullying in school.

‘EU money ends up with the mafia’: Beppe Grillo
Italy

‘EU money ends up with the mafia’: Beppe Grillo

Beppe Grillo, the leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, has advised the European Union to stop giving money to Italy because it only "ends up with the mafia".

Trash can masks luxury watch raid
Germany

Trash can masks luxury watch raid

Thieves used a trash container to hide their forced entry into a luxury jewellery store in Düsseldorf. They made off with tens of thousands of euros worth of watches.

World Cup dream ends for Klinsmann and USA
Germany

World Cup dream ends for Klinsmann and USA

The dream ended for Jürgen Klinsmann and his United States team on Tuesday after losing 2:1 to Belgium in the last 16 of the football World Cup in Brazil.

Novomatic granted Austrian casino licences
Austria

Novomatic granted Austrian casino licences

The Austrian Ministry of Finance has granted integrated global gaming firm Novomatic two casino licences, according to the iGamingBusiness web site.

German Martin Schulz wins EU vote
Germany

German Martin Schulz wins EU vote

German Social-Democrat Martin Schulz was re-elected on Tuesday to head the European Parliament following a May election that saw scores of anti-EU lawmakers enter the 751-seat assembly.

Traffickers left migrants to die ‘like beasts’
Italy

Traffickers left migrants to die ‘like beasts’

Horrific accounts emerged on Tuesday of how 30 migrants were left to die, bolted by traffickers into the suffocating hull of an overcrowded fishing boat, as their bodies were brought to Sicily for burial.

Swiss media lament ‘cruel’ and ‘bitter’ defeat
Switzerland

Swiss media lament ‘cruel’ and ‘bitter’ defeat

Switzerland’s World Cup football defeat at the hands of Argentina on Tuesday left a bitter taste with Swiss media commentators who felt the home side were unfairly robbed of victory.

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

In Pictures: The Local’s Property of the Week

Fancy a bit of old-school exterior with a bit of ultra-modern interior decor? Join us on our tour of the Property of the Week - coming to you from southern Sweden's Vellinge.