Princess Märtha to join UK psychic on stage
Norway

Princess Märtha to join UK psychic on stage

Princess Märtha Louise of Norway is set to join forces with a spiritualist who claims to talk with angels.

Federer steps up to face big server Raonic
Switzerland

Federer steps up to face big server Raonic

Old master Roger Federer will face off against young and restless Milos Raonic on Friday afternoon as he chases a place in the Wimbledon final.

The Local’s semi-live Roskilde blog
Denmark

The Local’s semi-live Roskilde blog

The Local is at the Roskilde Festival. We'll be periodically checking in with updates from Denmark's biggest party.

Norway’s first Segway hire business launches
Norway

Norway’s first Segway hire business launches

The scrapping of Norway's Segway ban on July 1st has led to an outdoor craze for city users and new opportunities for businesses.

First Bitcoin ATM arrives in Austria
Austria

First Bitcoin ATM arrives in Austria

According to an article in cointelegraph.com, Austria now has its first Automated Teller Machine (known locally as a Bankomat) that dispenses the world-wide Bitcoin electronic currency.

Geneva phone thief caught by selfies
Switzerland

Geneva phone thief caught by selfies

A man who stole a mobile phone at a Geneva shop was caught after police identified him from pictures on his own mobile phone, which he left at the scene.

Danish champ acquitted of sex offence charges
Denmark

Danish champ acquitted of sex offence charges

Erste Group expects €1.4 billion losses
Austria

Erste Group expects €1.4 billion losses

The Austrian banking conglomerate Erste Group delivered bad news to its shareholders on Thursday, when it announced expected losses of between €1.4 and €1.6 billion for 2014. Its shares plunged 16.4 percent on Friday.

What do the French really think of the Germans?
France

What do the French really think of the Germans?

Forget Hollande vs Merkel in Brussels, the most eagerly-awaited Franco-German clash of modern times will take place in Rio di Janeiro on Friday. So it's a good time to find out what the French, from writers and politicians to the general public really think of their German neighbours.

EasyJet fined in France over disabled passenger
France

EasyJet fined in France over disabled passenger

British low cost carrier easyJet was hit with a €60,000 fine for refusing to let a mobility-impaired passenger get on a flight to attend her son's funeral. It's the second time since February the company's been penalized for the same sort of discrimination.

Bavarian bank suspected of Hypo fraud
Austria

Bavarian bank suspected of Hypo fraud

The Bayerische Landesbank (Bayern LB) of Germany is suspected of having carried out criminal actions which led directly to the forced nationalisation of the bank by Austria in December 2009.

What do Germans think of the French?
Germany

What do Germans think of the French?

Germany and France will battle for a place in the semi-finals of the football World Cup in Brazil on Friday. The Local looks to Germans past and present to find out what they make of their neighbours across the Rhine.

France allows bosses to ban wine from offices
France

France allows bosses to ban wine from offices

France's love affair with its most famous beverage will be subject to a few more rules now that a government decree has allowed employers to begin banning wine from the workplace.

Freak train crash sees driver killed by own car
Spain

Freak train crash sees driver killed by own car

A woman died on Wednesday in Spain's Galicia region after a freight train ploughed into the van she had been driving, fatally sending the wreckage in her direction as she tried to flee the scene.

British man arrested for murder in Amstetten
Austria

British man arrested for murder in Amstetten

An altercation between two men in the Lower Austrian town of Amstetten, former home of serial abuser Josef Fritzl, led to the arrest of a 36-year-old British man for murder.

Four sentenced for neo-Nazi acts
Austria

Four sentenced for neo-Nazi acts

Four young adults from Vorarlberg have been handed suspended sentences for violating the Prohibition Law - which aims to suppress any potential revival of Nazism in Austria.

Italy braces for 40C weekend heatwave
Italy

Italy braces for 40C weekend heatwave

Temperatures are set to soar in Italy over the weekend, hitting 40C in some parts of the country.

Gmunden rapist gets 18 years for murder
Austria

Gmunden rapist gets 18 years for murder

After a complex trial, a judge has sentenced a 39-year-old Gmunden man to 18 years for the rape and attempted murder of a 51-year-old dance teacher.

Swedes lie about loving Bergman classic
Sweden

Swedes lie about loving Bergman classic

If a Swede claims to love the Swedish classic The Seventh Seal, take it with a grain of salt. One in ten Swedes lie about their favourite film, and the Bergman masterpiece is a prime example, a new survey revealed.

Indictment made public in historic hacker case
Denmark

Indictment made public in historic hacker case

The Swedish co-founder of Pirate Bay has been in Danish custody since November. His court appearances have been behind closed doors, but thanks to a freedom of information request, the charges against are finally made known.

Owner of bus in fatal crash ‘faked MOT’
Italy

Owner of bus in fatal crash ‘faked MOT’

The owner of a bus which crashed in southern Italy last July, leaving 40 passengers dead, has been arrested and accused of faking the vehicle’s MOT days after the accident.

Which French politician is the worst driver?
France

Which French politician is the worst driver?

France’s elite politicians may be among the country's worst drivers. A French magazine followed the five top ministers for months and recorded an array of driving violations, from speeding to ignoring red lights and general bad road etiquette. But guess who’s the worst?

Court mulls sex tax for tantra massage
Germany

Court mulls sex tax for tantra massage

A German court is busying itself with the question of whether a full-body tantra massage constitutes a sexual service and is therefore taxable.

‘King’s brother-in-law stole funds’: Accountant
Spain

‘King’s brother-in-law stole funds’: Accountant

A key suspect has accused Spanish King Felipe VI's brother-in-law Inaki Urdangarin of embezzling public funds, according to written testimony submitted by the prosecutor on Thursday.

No groping: Pamplona cleans up bull run fiesta
Spain

No groping: Pamplona cleans up bull run fiesta

With the San Fermín festival starting this weekend, city authorities in Pamplona want to avoid images of topless women being groped by big gangs of men being beamed around the world.

Moderates promise huge boost to student housing
Sweden

Moderates promise huge boost to student housing

UPDATED: Sweden's Prime Minister said on Thursday that his party was planning to build an extra 20,000 flats for students. But it all might be too little too late, one expert told The Local.

FPÖ poster opposes ‘Islamification’ of Europe
Austria

FPÖ poster opposes ‘Islamification’ of Europe

A new poster campaign by the right-wing Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) was launched by leader Heinz-Christian Strache on his Facebook page. It shows a blonde woman with the phrase "Too beautiful for a veil".

‘Terrorists may pose as migrants’: navy chief
Italy

‘Terrorists may pose as migrants’: navy chief

The head of Italy's navy warned on Thursday that terrorists could be using migrant boats to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, amid increased concern among intelligence services of possible attacks by extremists.

Teens cautioned for ‘sexting’ images
Austria

Teens cautioned for ‘sexting’ images

A group of teenagers in Styria who circulated intimate photos of fellow students on mobile phones have received a warning in court, and some were assigned probation officers.

Italian property prices fall over ten percent
Italy

Italian property prices fall over ten percent

Property prices across Italy have fallen by over ten percent in four years as a result of the economic crisis and shortage of bank loans, the national statistics agency, Istat, said on Thursday.

Sarkozy’s dream of 2017 comeback not dead yet
France

Sarkozy’s dream of 2017 comeback not dead yet

The corruption charges against Nicolas Sarkozy might sound like a fatal blow to his presumed 2017 presidential ambitions, but questions about the case and a tangle of circumstances in France mean the man known as the "bling-bling" president is still a political threat.

Drake cancels Roskilde gig at last minute
Denmark

Drake cancels Roskilde gig at last minute

The Canadian hip-hopper has cited "an issue" and pulled out, leaving the festival with a big hole to fill on the final night.

Five injured in Frankfurt biker shootout
Germany

Five injured in Frankfurt biker shootout

Five people were injured in a shootout among a biker gang in Frankfurt am Main in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Parliament passes minimum wage bill
Germany

Parliament passes minimum wage bill

German lawmakers on Thursday voted to introduce a minimum wage of €8.50 per hour, despite criticism from both unions and employers of the new law.

Lego distances itself from Shell criticism
Denmark

Lego distances itself from Shell criticism

Greenpeace activists used Lego blocks to protest against Danish toy company's partnership with Shell, but the toymaker's CEO says his company is merely being 'used as a tool' and stressed the partnership with Shell would continue.

Vienna airport security adequate says ministry
Austria

Vienna airport security adequate says ministry

Passengers who want to depart from Vienna Airport to a destination in the United States of America will not be bothered by additional security measures, despite a new alert from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Cycling: Spain’s best and worst cities for bikes
Spain

Cycling: Spain’s best and worst cities for bikes

Which Spanish cities make bike riders smile most, and which ones get people really riled? A new survey into user satisfaction reveals all.

Twitter treasure hunters seek cash in Madrid park
Spain

Twitter treasure hunters seek cash in Madrid park

An eccentric millionaire has chosen Madrid as the latest location for his philanthropic Hidden Cash initiative, hiding banknotes in envelopes in the city's Retiro park on Thursday.

Depardieu to open French eatery in Moscow
France

Depardieu to open French eatery in Moscow

Notorious French actor Gérard Depardieu made food and booze-related news again this week by announcing he's opening a restaurant in his adopted homeland of Russia. He also failed to turn up at the Edinburgh Film Festival after a night of drinking and haggis munching.

How Austria deals with begging
Austria

How Austria deals with begging

Begging is seen as an increasing problem in Austria’s cities, and some provinces are trying to tackle the issue with social measures.

Austrian prisoners receive erection meds
Austria

Austrian prisoners receive erection meds

A whistleblower has revealed that some long-term prisoners in Krems Stein prison in Lower Austria have been issued with 1000 Cialis-brand erectile-dysfunction drugs, according to a report on Wednesday in the daily newspaper Heute.

Stockholm giveaway: Shakespeare in the park
Sweden

Stockholm giveaway: Shakespeare in the park

Sigh no more, ladies (and gents), sigh no more... Now is your chance to see a Shakespeare comedy in the summer at a glorious Stockholm palace.

France vs Germany: Seven German players ill
France

France vs Germany: Seven German players ill

There was an unexpected and unfortunate boost for France ahead of their World Cup clash with Germany on Friday when news broke that an illness in the German camp has affected several of the team's players.

Connyland vet acquitted over dolphin deaths
Switzerland

Connyland vet acquitted over dolphin deaths

A vet accused of negligence and cruelty to two dolphins at the Connyland theme park near Lipperswil, in the canton of Thurgau, has been acquitted on appeal.

Italy hopes to ‘rekindle trust’ with Eritrea
Italy

Italy hopes to ‘rekindle trust’ with Eritrea

Italy's deputy foreign minister has visited Eritrea to discuss greater cooperation on areas such as migration in what was the first government visit to the country since 1997.

Seven players ill in German World Cup camp
Germany

Seven players ill in German World Cup camp

An illness in the German camp has affected several players ahead of the team’s quarter-final against France at the football World Cup in Brazil on Friday night.

900,000 social security numbers leaked
Denmark

900,000 social security numbers leaked

Sensitive information was available for all to see online for nearly an hour, adding fuel to the fire for those who say the CPR number system should be replaced.

Man dead off Norway after helicopter fall
Norway

Man dead off Norway after helicopter fall

A Swedish man died on Wednesday morning after falling over 600 metres from a helicopter.

Spanish soldier jailed on Iraq torture charges
Spain

Spanish soldier jailed on Iraq torture charges

For the first time ever, a Spanish soldier has been jailed for allegedly mistreating military prisoners as part of ongoing investigations into a brutal attack at a Spanish army base in Iraq in 2004.

Terrorism concerns for Syria jihadists
Austria

Terrorism concerns for Syria jihadists

Austrian authorities have expressed concern at the potential risks associated with Muslim fighters returning from jihad in Syria, according to a report in the daily Kleine Zeitung.

Disability group slams Disneyland for prejudice
France

Disability group slams Disneyland for prejudice

"Mickey Mouse treats us like we are crazy", a French disability organization complained on Thursday, after announcing that it has lodged a legal complaint against Disneyland Paris accusing the theme park of “intolerable acts against people with learning disabilities”.

Isis calls on Muslims to ‘conquer Rome’
Italy

Isis calls on Muslims to ‘conquer Rome’

The leader of the Isis (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) jihadist group, which has launched an offensive in Iraq in recent weeks, has released a video calling on Muslims to "take up arms" to "conquer Rome" and establish an Islamic state across Europe.

Conchita Wurst opens Madrid Gay Pride
Spain

Conchita Wurst opens Madrid Gay Pride

Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst was the star attraction at the official opening of Madrid’s annual Gay Pride (MADO) festivities on Wednesday night.

Trade Union urges tax reform
Austria

Trade Union urges tax reform

The Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB) continues to exert pressure on the government to carry out a tax reform.

Crowds expected for Davos yodelling festival
Switzerland

Crowds expected for Davos yodelling festival

Montreux Jazz Festival has some competition this weekend. Before the world’s most famous jazz festival kicks off tomorrow, some 100,000 spectators will descend on Davos from today until Sunday for the 29th annual yodelling festival.

Capello summoned after Russia’s World Cup flop
Italy

Capello summoned after Russia’s World Cup flop

Fabio Capello, the Italian manager of Russia's national football team has been branded a "thief" over the side's early exit from the World Cup and summoned to the Russian parliament to explain what went wrong.

Space and time inspire Vienna artist
Austria

Space and time inspire Vienna artist

A new book from Vienna-based artist Tomas Eller - who has created work using guns and dynamite - draws inspiration from physics and maths.

VIDEO: Danish bodypaint stunt heats up the net
Denmark

VIDEO: Danish bodypaint stunt heats up the net

A semi-naked woman's nonchalant stroll through one of Copenhagen's poshest neighbourhoods turned a lot of heads in the streets and is now quickly going viral. Watch the video here to see what the buzz is all about.

Pets perish in shop fire horror
Norway

Pets perish in shop fire horror

A large number of animals, included a much-loved parrot, died in a pet shop fire in Lillehammer on Wednesday.

Average retirement age increases in Austria
Austria

Average retirement age increases in Austria

The retirement age in Austria has increased by eight months, in what Social Affairs Minister Rudolf Hundstorfer calls "a tangible sign for a trend reversal."

Majorca bars slammed over sex-for-drinks deal
Spain

Majorca bars slammed over sex-for-drinks deal

Two bars on the Spanish island of Majorca have come under heavy fire for allegedly offering women free drinks if they perform acts of fellatio on fellow customers.

Swede dies after fall from rescue helicopter
Sweden

Swede dies after fall from rescue helicopter

UPDATED: A Swedish man has died after he fell from a rescue helicopter that was flying over 600 metres above the sea.

Mystery share warning sinks Spanish Wi-Fi firm
Spain

Mystery share warning sinks Spanish Wi-Fi firm

Spanish market authorities have halted trading in Let's Gowex, the Spanish Wi-Fi provider which has lost over $1 billion in market value in just two days after a mystery report said shares in the company were worthless.

Riksbank presents ‘shock’ interest rate drop
Sweden

Riksbank presents ‘shock’ interest rate drop

The Swedish Riksbank announced on Thursday it was lowering its main interest rate to 0.25 percent, hoping that a "very low" key rate would help inflation rise.

A Turkish expat fasts for Ramadan
Austria

A Turkish expat fasts for Ramadan

With the recent start of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting and self-restraint, The Local Austria asks a Turkish expat about life without food or water from sunrise to sunset.

Geneva snake smuggler apprehended in Basel
Switzerland

Geneva snake smuggler apprehended in Basel

A Geneva man was stopped by border guards in Basel for attempting to smuggle seven snakes into Switzerland from France.

Norway deports record 18 illegal immigrants a day
Norway

Norway deports record 18 illegal immigrants a day

The number of illegal immigrants forced out of Norway has reached its highest level ever.

Italy under fire over its huge debt
Italy

Italy under fire over its huge debt

Italy came under attack for its mountainous debt pile in the European Parliament on Wednesday after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called for a fresh impetus on stimulating growth and more flexibility on budget rules.

Refugees can stay in occupied school
Germany

Refugees can stay in occupied school

UPDATE: The week-long police lock-down of an area of Berlin around a former school occupied by refugees ended on Wednesday night when a compromise was reached. Businesses and residents had accused the police of placing the area under “siege”.

Monaco murder: Son-in-law retracts confession
France

Monaco murder: Son-in-law retracts confession

The son-in-law of a Monaco heiress gunned down in a Mafia-style killing has retracted his confession to ordering the shooting, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Eastern Europeans boost housing market
Denmark

Eastern Europeans boost housing market

In some parts of Denmark, as many as one in four homebuyers is from either Poland or Ukraine. The immigrants are settling down in areas that have been suffering from an exodus of young residents.

Danes can Swedish plans for tunnel to Denmark
Sweden

Danes can Swedish plans for tunnel to Denmark

Plans announced this week to make commuting between Sweden and Denmark easier have been shot down by the Danish government, who said commuting Swedes were not a priority.

TV-fee collectors announce refund plans
Sweden

TV-fee collectors announce refund plans

Swedish TV-fee collectors Radiotjänst announced on Thursday the estimated cost of refunding 15,000 Swedes who were charged for nothing more than owning a computer.

High-speed train ‘derails’ on Madrid–Alicante line
Spain

High-speed train ‘derails’ on Madrid–Alicante line

Passengers on a high speed 'Ave' train received a shock on Wednesday evening near the Spanish city of Albacete when the train's locomotive 'derailed' in poor weather conditions.

Stockholm arsonist strikes trash mountain
Sweden

Stockholm arsonist strikes trash mountain

Police have arrested a man for setting fire to a ten-metre high pile of trash in southern Stockholm on Thursday morning.

Scarlett Johansson wins damages in French court
France

Scarlett Johansson wins damages in French court

Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson won damages on Wednesday against a French author whose novel features a character resembling the starlet who is treated as a sex object.

Little Prince theme park opens in France
France

Little Prince theme park opens in France

Move over Parc Astérix and Disneyland, France has a new theme park on the block and it's inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's timeless classic 'The Little Prince', which opened this week in the east of the country.

Italy’s ‘Superman’ charged for pitch stunt
Italy

Italy’s ‘Superman’ charged for pitch stunt

An Italian football fan who ran onto the pitch during the World Cup match between Belgium and the United States earlier this week - sporting a Superman T-shirt - has been charged by Brazilian authorities.

Top MP suspected of buying crystal meth
Germany

Top MP suspected of buying crystal meth

UPDATE: Prosecutors said on Thursday they found no illegal substances when they raided the Berlin apartment of a leading Social Democrat politician Michael Hartmann suspected of buying hard drugs.

Sarkozy decries ‘political’ motives behind charges
France

Sarkozy decries ‘political’ motives behind charges

UPDATED: Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy insisted on Wednesday he has "never committed any act contrary to the rule of law" and blasted "political interference" in a case that saw him charged with corruption and influence peddling.

VIDEO: When a German ‘flattened a Frenchman’

VIDEO: When a German ‘flattened a Frenchman’

Forget Luis Suarez and his appetite for an Italian, one of the most shocking moments in World Cup history was when France played Germany in 1982 and German goalkeeper left French player Patrick Battiston in a coma. Watch what happened and read this interview with Battiston.

The student dream? Make me a bureaucrat
Germany

The student dream? Make me a bureaucrat

Students at German universities have shown themselves to be a risk-free lot in a survey by Ernst & Young. The civil service is their most popular choice of future profession, while job security is valued above all else.