Flooding follows hail in storm-struck regions
Switzerland

Flooding follows hail in storm-struck regions

Heavy rain hit the canton of Fribourg, causing flooding in numerous communities on Monday afternoon, a day after hailstorms struck several regions of Switzerland.

Entries for new national anthem swell over 200
Switzerland

Entries for new national anthem swell over 200

The number of entrants in a competition to change Switzerland's national anthem has risen to more than 200, organizers who want to bin the less than rousing current version said on Monday.

Tree felling accident claims teenager’s life
Switzerland

Tree felling accident claims teenager’s life

A 16-year-old youth lost his life and an 81-year-old was severely injured in separate tree logging accidents in the canton of Graubünden on Monday.

French train crash was ‘just a question of time’
France

French train crash was ‘just a question of time’

Experts tasked with probing one of France's worst train accidents said it was only a question of time before disaster struck. Investigators found "a state of disrepair never seen before" on the rail network.

The Local’s Roskilde Festival wrap-up
Denmark

The Local’s Roskilde Festival wrap-up

We take a final look at the 2014 Roskilde Festival and present our choices for the best concerts and the best photos snapped along the way.

IN PICTURES: The best photos from Roskilde
Denmark

IN PICTURES: The best photos from Roskilde

Photographer Bobby Anwar picks his ten best photos from the 2014 Roskilde Festival.

VIDEO: Police arrest sparks protest
Germany

VIDEO: Police arrest sparks protest

Six police officers were injured at a demonstration in Berlin on Saturday afternoon when the brutal arrest of a man sparked a wave of violence.

Spain’s horse whisperers round up wild beasts
Spain

Spain’s horse whisperers round up wild beasts

The Galician town of Sabucedo played host to its dramatic Rapa das Bestas, or Shearing of the Beasts, festival on Saturday. Here The Local brings you the very best images of the event.

Lipizzaner horses roam Vienna’s Burggarten
Austria

Lipizzaner horses roam Vienna’s Burggarten

The famed Lipizzaner mares and foals of Vienna’s Spanish Riding School are being let out to graze and roam the grass of the city’s central Burggarten park.

Mobile app to help Spain’s migrants find feet
Spain

Mobile app to help Spain’s migrants find feet

Migrants in Spain could soon benefit from a European Union-backed program aimed at helping migrants by bringing helpful information to their fingertips via technology.

Austria audits off-shore gold reserves
Austria

Austria audits off-shore gold reserves

As reported in the Austrian magazine Trend, the Austrian accountability office has sent auditors to London in order to check gold reserves held by the Bank of England on behalf of Austria.

Swedish divers search mad king’s warship
Sweden

Swedish divers search mad king’s warship

Thanks to a grant from the National Geographic Society, a team of divers will be investigating the wreckage of Sweden's 16th century flagship - the 'alter ego' of mad King Erik XIV.

Tour de France stage 3: Kittel wins sprint finish
France

Tour de France stage 3: Kittel wins sprint finish

German cyclist Marcel Kittel blasted away the competition during an intense sprint into London for stage three of the Tour de France. It was Kittel's second stage win out of the three fought on British soil.

Embattled Sarkozy hit by new legal headache
France

Embattled Sarkozy hit by new legal headache

Another day and another legal probe for Nicolas Sarkozy to chew over. On Monday it emerged that the former president is the subject of a fresh legal investigation into the financing of his unsuccessful 2012 re-election bid.

Three cities vie for 2022 Winter Olympic Games
Switzerland

Three cities vie for 2022 Winter Olympic Games

Beijing, Oslo and Almaty will contest the race to win the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, the Lausanne-based International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Monday.

Zlatan fails to sell mansion one year on
Sweden

Zlatan fails to sell mansion one year on

The Swedish superstar has failed to sell his giant house in Malmö after more than a year on the market, with no one willing to pay the 30 million kronor ($4.3m) plus price mooted.

Italy FM heads to Ukraine to broker peace
Italy

Italy FM heads to Ukraine to broker peace

Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini kicked off Italy's EU presidency by travelling to Ukraine on Monday, where she hopes to broker a ceasefire between the country's army and pro-Russian forces.

Ukrainian police chief hires hitman for Austria
Austria

Ukrainian police chief hires hitman for Austria

A former Ukrainian police chief goes on trial on Wednesday in Vienna for attempted murder, after he allegedly ordered a Georgian assassin to kill his former business partner in Austria.

Stolen Schumacher med report tracked to Zurich
Switzerland

Stolen Schumacher med report tracked to Zurich

UPDATE: France has tracked down the IP (internet protocol) address of the computer used by the alleged thief of Michael Schumacher's medical records, prosecutors said on Monday, locating it in a Zurich-based helicopter firm that reportedly was to have transported the Formula One champion.

Italian engineer kidnapped in Libya
Italy

Italian engineer kidnapped in Libya

Two European engineers kidnapped in Libya at the weekend have been freed, while Rome is working for the release of their Italian colleague, officials said on Monday.

Parents abandoned child to go to church
Germany

Parents abandoned child to go to church

There is no rest from the labour of parenting - not even on the seventh day. Two parents in southern Germany spared the rod but did not quite spoil their child when they abandoned their 11-year-old in a car park so they could go to church.

Smartphone app to help migrants integrate
Austria

Smartphone app to help migrants integrate

A new smartphone app called Maseltov, which is partly funded by the European Commission, is being developed with the aim of helping migrants find their way in a new culture - and will be trialled with Turkish migrants in Austria.

Faymann ignores Spindelegger’s warnings
Austria

Faymann ignores Spindelegger’s warnings

Chancellor Werner Faymann (Social Democrats/SPÖ) refuses to accept Finance Minister Michael Spindelegger's (People's Party/ÖVP) warnings about a deficit of hundreds of millions of euros in the budget.

Ancient plane crashes, injuring two
Germany

Ancient plane crashes, injuring two

One of Germany’s oldest planes crashed in a field on Sunday evening, severely injuring the pilot and passenger.

Illegal Bitcoin trading ring busted in France
France

Illegal Bitcoin trading ring busted in France

An illegal Bitcoin trading network worth €200,000 was busted by French police, authorities revealed on Monday. It's the first time an illegal trading ring of the virtual money has been broken up in Europe, police chiefs in France claimed.

Swedish TeliaSonera buys Norwegian Tele2
Norway

Swedish TeliaSonera buys Norwegian Tele2

Swedish telecom firm TeliaSonera announced on Monday the company would purchase operator Tele2's Norwegian division for 4.6 billion kroner ($743.92 million).

History fail: Paper runs WWI satire story as fact
Spain

History fail: Paper runs WWI satire story as fact

Spain's national ABC newpaper has been mocked after it used a fake 'historical' front page from the satirical US website The Onion to illustrate a recent feature on the beginnings of World War 1.

Barcelona drug suspects ‘offered missiles for sale’
Spain

Barcelona drug suspects ‘offered missiles for sale’

Spain's Civil Guard on Monday said it had arrested four suspected drug traffickers who were using Catalonia as a base to try and sell Russian-made surface-to-air missiles to paramilitary and criminal organisations.

Oslo gets go-ahead to bid for 2022 Winter Olympics
Norway

Oslo gets go-ahead to bid for 2022 Winter Olympics

The International Olympic Committee has given the go-ahead for Oslo to bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Ashley Cole welcomed by Roma after Chelsea exit
Italy

Ashley Cole welcomed by Roma after Chelsea exit

Roma on Monday welcomed former Chelsea and England defender Ashley Cole before his proposed move to the Serie A runners-up.

Danish defender Juelsgaard joins Evian
Denmark

Danish defender Juelsgaard joins Evian

Days after FC Midtjylland was bought by a British tycoon, one of its star players is shipped off to France.

VIDEO: ‘Denmark will definitely legalize weed’
Denmark

VIDEO: ‘Denmark will definitely legalize weed’

As Washington state begins retails sales of cannabis, The Local sat down with Denmark's very own cannabis crusader, Khodr 'Cutter' Mehri, to get his thoughts on when Denmark will follow suit.

Japanese striker to join Swiss champs FC Basel
Switzerland

Japanese striker to join Swiss champs FC Basel

Japan striker Yoichiro Kakitani is set to join Swiss champions FC Basel, his Japanese club Cerezo Osaka said on Monday.

‘Enough!’ Germans say in latest US spy scandal
Germany

‘Enough!’ Germans say in latest US spy scandal

Germany's relations with the United States reeled further on Monday over new spying allegations, with commentators demanding a tough response to the reported US purchase of classified documents from a German double-agent.

Austrian banks lost €44 billion from bad debts
Austria

Austrian banks lost €44 billion from bad debts

Austrian banks have spent €44 billion (US$60 billion) to cover bad loans since the world-wide financial crisis erupted in 2008, according to an announcement by Austria's national bank on Monday.

VIDEO: Froome cycles Channel Tunnel to France
France

VIDEO: Froome cycles Channel Tunnel to France

Ever wondered what it would be like to cycle from the UK to France through the Channel Tunnel? Take a look at this video of Tour de France winner Chris Froome becoming the first cyclist to do just that.

Curious elk breaks into house in Sweden
Sweden

Curious elk breaks into house in Sweden

A walkabout elk wandered into a family house in southern Sweden, but after making itself at home the animal had to be put down due to grisly injuries sustained during the break-in.

Two-year-old girl dies after dog attack
Norway

Two-year-old girl dies after dog attack

Police are hunting for clues at a dog farm in Selbu, South Trøndelag after a two-year-old girl died from multiple dog bites at the weekend.

Copenhagen battles growing theft problem
Denmark

Copenhagen battles growing theft problem

As tourists flock to Tivoli and the Little Mermaid, a band of organised criminals follows and attempts to either trick, or outright steal, money and valuables from Copenhagen's guests.

Ten best expat jobs in Germany
Germany

Ten best expat jobs in Germany

JobTalk this week looks out of the classroom window and up from the translator’s desk at some of the best jobs for expats in Germany.

‘The Madonna does not bow to gangsters’
Italy

‘The Madonna does not bow to gangsters’

A row has erupted in southern Italy after a religious procession was allegedly used to honour a local mafia boss, whose clan fed a man alive to pigs, by pausing with a Madonna statue outside his home.

VIDEO: Landing aborted in Barcelona ‘near miss’
Spain

VIDEO: Landing aborted in Barcelona ‘near miss’

Spain’s airport management firm Aena has said it will open an investigation into a runway incident captured on camera at the Barcelona-El Prat airport by a plane spotter on Saturday.

Pope meets sex abuse victims for first time
Italy

Pope meets sex abuse victims for first time

Pope Francis acknowledged on Monday that the suicides of clerical sex abuse victims weigh on his conscience as he thanked victims for shining a light on the "terrible darkness" at the heart of the Catholic Church.

Hypo law defended by parliament speaker
Austria

Hypo law defended by parliament speaker

The second speaker in parliament Karlheinz Kopf of the conservative Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) defended the planned law on the Hypo Alpe Adria Bank on Monday in an interview with state broadcaster ORF radio.

Foreigner toll to come to all German roads
Germany

Foreigner toll to come to all German roads

Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt presented his plan on Monday to charge drivers on all German roads. Critics claim the project, promised to be cost-free for German drivers, discriminates against foreigners and violates European law.

Tunnel vision: Madrid set for space-age Metro ads
Spain

Tunnel vision: Madrid set for space-age Metro ads

For Madrid dwellers who enjoy gazing out of the underground train window into the darkness outside, or sneaking a sly look at a fellow passenger, a change is at hand after managers decided to install hi-tech advertising systems.

Swedish six-hour workday on hold
Sweden

Swedish six-hour workday on hold

Plans to try out a six-hour workday in Gothenburg were put on hold on Monday, with the city saying the experiment may not start until next year.

Paris to trial smoke-free public parks
France

Paris to trial smoke-free public parks

As part of a plan to fight the notorious French addiction to cigarettes, a park in Paris will soon be off limits to smokers. If the trial proves popular it could pave the way for smoking to be banned in all public parks, which is the wish of the government.

Italian navy saves migrant woman in labour
Italy

Italian navy saves migrant woman in labour

More than 2,600 migrants were rescued by the Italian navy this weekend, authorities said on Monday, including a woman in labour.

Swedish site to expose doctors’ mistakes
Sweden

Swedish site to expose doctors’ mistakes

Lexbase, a controversial site which lets Swedes view their neighbour's criminal records, revealed on Monday that information on less-than-perfect doctors and dentists will soon be available.

Ukraine Contact Group urges concrete progress
Austria

Ukraine Contact Group urges concrete progress

Top officials from Ukraine, Russia and the European security body OSCE have called for urgent efforts to reach a peace settlement in Ukraine amid continued violence in the east of the country.

Nine things Google can tell you about Austria
Austria

Nine things Google can tell you about Austria

While Austria is widely considered to be an excellent place to live, it is not a large, or particularly well-known country for those living outside Europe.

Swede finds wrapped sausage inside fish
Sweden

Swede finds wrapped sausage inside fish

Keen fisherman Liam Mårskon bit off more than he could chew when he reeled in an eight kilo pike, only to discover that it had a half-eaten sausage complete with packaging in its belly.

Airbnb fined €30,000 over ‘illegal’ apartments
Spain

Airbnb fined €30,000 over ‘illegal’ apartments

The government of Spain's Catalonia region has fined the popular holiday apartment rental site Airbnb €30,000 ($40,000) for what it describes as a "serious" breach of local tourism laws.

Swiss jobless rate falls below three percent
Switzerland

Swiss jobless rate falls below three percent

Unemployment in Switzerland fell below three percent in June for the first time in a year, according to government figures released on Monday.

Foreigners welcome in social sector revamp
Italy

Foreigners welcome in social sector revamp

The Italian government is calling on 100,000 young adults, including foreigners living in Italy, to apply for a training programme as part of plans to revamp Italy’s NGO sector and tackle chronic youth unemployment.

Three hikers fall to their deaths in Italy
Italy

Three hikers fall to their deaths in Italy

Three people died on Sunday in two separate hiking accidents in northern Italy, Italian media reported.

Dane arrested in New York on sex charges
Denmark

Dane arrested in New York on sex charges

A 22-year-old Danish man faces charges of sexually abusing small children at an upscale international preschool in New York. His lawyer calls his treatment 'a miscarriage of justice' and the Consulate General of Denmark has launched an investigation.

Stronach plans political comeback
Austria

Stronach plans political comeback

The Austrian Canadian industrialist Frank Stronach intends to campaign for the regional election in Styria which will take place in 2015, he told the daily Kurier newspaper on Monday.

Giant art gets up FPÖ’s nose
Austria

Giant art gets up FPÖ’s nose

A giant nose, created by the same Austrian art collective which brought you the only rabbit you can see from space, has really got up the nose of a right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ) politician.

VIDEO: Tour de France – Stage 3 preview
France

VIDEO: Tour de France – Stage 3 preview

The 2014 Tour de France moves on to stage three on Monday with riders to race 155km from Cambridge to London. It's set up for an exciting sprint finish on the famous Mall. Watch a video of the preview of the final stage in the UK before the peleton heads to France.

US gives mixed reviews to Swedish sitcom
Sweden

US gives mixed reviews to Swedish sitcom

The Stockholm-set comedy 'Welcome to Sweden' will premiere this week across the Atlantic, and critics Stateside haven't held back in their critique of the show.

War hero Wallenberg’s relatives seek answers
Switzerland

War hero Wallenberg’s relatives seek answers

"There has never been an explanation," said 91-year-old Matilda Von Dardel, sadly, glancing down at a pile of her most recent letters and email exchanges with Moscow.

Broke Wi-Fi provider admits to cooking books
Spain

Broke Wi-Fi provider admits to cooking books

Spanish free Wi-Fi provider Let's Gowex revealed Sunday its accounts have been falsified for at least four years and said it is filing for bankruptcy protection.

France is ‘paralyzed’ and needs reform, PM pleads
France

France is ‘paralyzed’ and needs reform, PM pleads

France is "paralyzed" and needs urgent reforms to set it back "in motion", Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Sunday on the eve of a job creation summit, that threatens to be overshadowed by a row between unions and the government.

Swedish TeliaSonera buys Norwegian Tele2
Sweden

Swedish TeliaSonera buys Norwegian Tele2

Swedish telecom firm TeliaSonera announced on Monday the company would purchase operator Tele2's Norwegian division for 5.1 billion kronor.

Model airplane caused deadly fire
Austria

Model airplane caused deadly fire

A battery from a model airplane is believed to have triggered a large fire in a barn in Obertrum (Salzburg province). Around 50 cows died in the blaze.

Beer bike crash sparks mass brawl
Germany

Beer bike crash sparks mass brawl

A beer bike ran over a three-year-old girl in central Germany on Saturday night, sparking a mass brawl with 60 people.

Four injured in first 2014 Pamplona bull run
Spain

Four injured in first 2014 Pamplona bull run

The first bull run of the 2014 edition of Pamplona's famous San Fermín festival concluded on Monday with one person being gored by a bull and three others receiving fractures.

Burqa ban isn’t enough says Strache
Austria

Burqa ban isn’t enough says Strache

The leader of the right-wing Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) says that a burqa ban as proposed by his party isn't enough, and that he'd like to ban the chador as well, according to a report in the news daily Heute.

Swedish woman raped in laundry room
Sweden

Swedish woman raped in laundry room

A woman in northern Stockholm was raped on Sunday evening by a masked and armed man hiding in the building's laundry room.

Roskilde Festival sets attendance record
Denmark

Roskilde Festival sets attendance record

100,000 tickets sold. 31,000 volunteers. 166 concerts. 18.6 million kroner in profit. One giant party. The 2014 Roskilde Festival has drawn to a close.

Van with 21 migrants stopped at Italian border
Italy

Van with 21 migrants stopped at Italian border

Italian border police prevented a van from crossing the border from Austria after suspicions were raised that it was carrying migrants travelling illegally.

Storms hit south-west Germany
Germany

Storms hit south-west Germany

Emergency services had a busy night in south-western Germany when storms and heavy rain ripped up trees and flooded streets.

20 injured as migrants fight near Spain border
Spain

20 injured as migrants fight near Spain border

Fighting between African migrants in Morocco near the Spanish enclave of Melilla left at least 20 people injured on Sunday, local authorities said.

France ‘to scrap’ steep rise in hotel tax
France

France ‘to scrap’ steep rise in hotel tax

A controversial plan to slap a five-fold increase on hotel tax in France is set to be ditched, according to reports, after the government expressed its opposition to the rise.

Germany and China sign string of trade deals
Germany

Germany and China sign string of trade deals

UPDATE: China and Germany signed a string of trade and investment deals on Monday during a visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel, including two new Volkswagen factories and the sale of 123 Airbus helicopters.

Man beaten with iron pipe for flying Israeli flag
Sweden

Man beaten with iron pipe for flying Israeli flag

A 38-year-old man in southern Sweden was assaulted on Sunday night after hanging an Israeli flag from his window, with police suspecting it is a hate crime.

Merkel: US double-agent reports ‘serious’
Germany

Merkel: US double-agent reports ‘serious’

UPDATE: Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that allegations of spying by a suspected US double agent are serious, after ministers in her government called for a swift response from Washington.