Germany thrash Brazil in World Cup semi-final
Germany

Germany thrash Brazil in World Cup semi-final

Brazil's World Cup dream was smashed into oblivion as majestic Germany ran riot to win an extraordinary semi-final 7:1 and send the South American hosts crashing to their worst ever defeat in their 100-year footballing history on Tuesday.

Pig import bans loom over swine fever risk
Switzerland

Pig import bans loom over swine fever risk

Switzerland is to ban imports of live pigs and pork from several EU countries in a bid to stop an African swine fever outbreak from reaching the country.

Swiss heli-firm denies role in Schumacher leak
Switzerland

Swiss heli-firm denies role in Schumacher leak

Swiss helicopter company Rega on Tuesday denied that any of its staff had been involved in leaking a medical file on injured Formula One champion Michael Schumacher and filed a lawsuit over the theft.

The more Danes change, the more they stay the same
Denmark

The more Danes change, the more they stay the same

The Local columnist Michael Booth is taking part in a TV series examining foreigners' opinions on Denmark. If history is any judge, it won't be pretty.

Mendez on the podium in Grafenegg
Austria

Mendez on the podium in Grafenegg

Young Spanish conductor Antonio Mendez will for the first time conduct the orchestra on Saturday at the open air stage of the Wolkenturm in Grafenegg in Lower Austria.

Profile: Austrian President Heinz Fischer
Austria

Profile: Austrian President Heinz Fischer

With the celebration Tuesday of his tenth year in office, The Local's Austrian of the Week is President Heinz Fischer. He was honoured for the occasion with a ceremony in the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna.

Tour de France stage 4: Kittel bags a triple
France

Tour de France stage 4: Kittel bags a triple

Germany's Marcel Kittel sprinted home to win stage four of the Tour de France on Tuesday and in doing so the giant German picked up his third stage win of the 2014 so far. Chris Froome had crashed earlier in the race.

Brit seriously injured in Pamplona bull run
Spain

Brit seriously injured in Pamplona bull run

A 23-year-old man from Nottingham was taken to hospital in a serious condition after Tuesday’s second running of the bulls, part of the weeklong San Fermín festival in the Navarre capital.

Berlusconi’s son cleared in tax fraud case
Italy

Berlusconi’s son cleared in tax fraud case

Pier Silvio Berlusconi, the elder son of Italy’s former prime minister, has been cleared of tax fraud allegations at the family’s Mediaset empire.

Migrants use tunnel rail chaos to make bid for UK
France

Migrants use tunnel rail chaos to make bid for UK

The partial closure of the Channel Tunnel caused havoc in France on Tuesday as migrants crowded round trucks queuing for ferry services, trying to sneak on board in desperate attempts to get to Britain.

Air traffic controllers ‘sorry’ over near miss
Spain

Air traffic controllers ‘sorry’ over near miss

The captain of a Russian plane forced to abort a landing at Barcelona’s airport on Saturday has said passenger safety was never threatened, but air traffic controllers have apologized after another craft crossed the runway in front of his aircraft.

Sweden Democrat spray-paints passerby
Sweden

Sweden Democrat spray-paints passerby

A man in Gothenburg grabbed a flier from the Sweden Democrat party and crumpled it up - prompting a campaign worker to run after him and spray him with red paint.

Rosenborg star charged over policeman assault
Norway

Rosenborg star charged over policeman assault

Rosenborg striker and Danish international Nicki Bille Nielsen, 26, has been charged with assaulting a police officer during a night out in Copenhagen earlier this year.

Azealia Banks cancels Norway gig … again!
Norway

Azealia Banks cancels Norway gig … again!

US rapper Azealia Banks faces a fan backlash after she cancelled her latest show at the Hove festival, Tromøya this week.

‘Wake up Germany and smell the cyber-coffee’
Germany

‘Wake up Germany and smell the cyber-coffee’

As chests puff in Germany once again over the behaviour of the US intelligence services, the Tagesspiegel's Malte Lehming argues it's time for Germany to stop complaining and wake up - and tool up - in the cyber age.

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Austria

Life-ball poster ‘not pornographic’

The controversial poster of this year's Life Ball, showing a naked transgender man, does not violate the pornography law, according to the Viennese public prosecutor.

Three jailed for life for murder of Italian waiter
Italy

Three jailed for life for murder of Italian waiter

UPDATED: Three men were given life sentences on Tuesday for the murder of an Italian waiter in what was described as "an appalling and sickening group attack".

Majorca ‘sex contests’ not police matter: Spain
Spain

Majorca ‘sex contests’ not police matter: Spain

The Spanish secretary of state for tourism has weighed into the controversy over an alleged fellatio contest in a nightclub in the Majorca resort of Magaluf, saying that such activities should not be "criminalized".

UPDATE: Øresund Bridge open for traffic again
Denmark

UPDATE: Øresund Bridge open for traffic again

All traffic has been stopped on the bridge between Denmark and Sweden due to a car accident. Officials estimate that it will remain closed until 5.00pm.

Hahn nominated as EU Commissioner
Austria

Hahn nominated as EU Commissioner

The Austrian government has officially nominated Johannes Hahn (People's Party/ÖVP) as Austria's member of the EU commission.

‘Open legal routes to refugees’: Malmström
Italy

‘Open legal routes to refugees’: Malmström

As EU ministers met on Tuesday to discuss how to help Italy deal with thousands of boat migrants, the European Commission said the refusal of member states to be flexible on asylum requests was fuelling the crisis.

Austria risks losing out on overseas students
Austria

Austria risks losing out on overseas students

One in four university students in Vienna are foreigners, according to a new study, which also warns that the Austrian capital risks losing out to other European cities as it does too little to attract international students.

Gaming kids better at English: study
Sweden

Gaming kids better at English: study

A new Swedish study revealed that children aged 10-11 who play computer games are better at English than their peers, with researchers saying they were "very surprised" at the kids' vocabulary level.

German cruise ship hit by rocket debris in Israel
Germany

German cruise ship hit by rocket debris in Israel

Debris from a missile fight between Israel and Hamas landed on a German cruise ship with 2,700 passengers and crew aboard on Monday night.

Neo-Nazi Vikernes guilty of hate crime in France

Neo-Nazi Vikernes guilty of hate crime in France

A French court hit notorious Norwegian heavy metal musician Kristian Vikernes with a fine and six-month suspended prison sentence for blog postings that allegedly glorified war crimes and promoted discrimination against Jews and Muslims.

Danish youngster moves to Juventus
Denmark

Danish youngster moves to Juventus

The Turin-based giant Juventus FC have recently celebrated their 30th Italian championship and now a young Dane joins the club.

Swedes invent system to detect skin cancer
Sweden

Swedes invent system to detect skin cancer

A new method for detecting dangerous skin spots is being used for the first time at Karlskoga Hospital in central Sweden.

Outdoor screenings dampened by storms
Germany

Outdoor screenings dampened by storms

UPDATE: German football fans watching their side play Brazil on Tuesday night in the World Cup semi-finals are set to get very wet with storms hitting parts of the country.

‘I’m sick and tired of the immigration debate’: MP
Denmark

‘I’m sick and tired of the immigration debate’: MP

Former culture minister Uffe Elbæk has had enough of the 'us versus them' mentality that has defined the Danish immigration debate for years. We should instead be talking about what it means to be a part of a modern and diverse Denmark, the MP argues in this op-ed.

Children dig up cannabis on Italian beach
Italy

Children dig up cannabis on Italian beach

Two children found a bag containing at least 2.5 kilos of marijuana as they dug a hole on a beach in Pescara, Italian media reported.

Private detective snoops on ‘begging mafia’
Austria

Private detective snoops on ‘begging mafia’

The Tyrolean branch of the Freedom Party (FPÖ) waded into the debate over 'beggar mischief' in Innsbruck with an unusual approach. They hired a private detective to investigate the activity of the city's beggars, and claimed to have confirmed a few suspicions.

Political parties slammed over lack of transparency
Spain

Political parties slammed over lack of transparency

Spain's major political parties are failing to make the grade on transparency, a new report shows. Only three small groups have received full marks for making public all of their lawmakers' activities.

Floods hit Milan as river overflows
Italy

Floods hit Milan as river overflows

Floods hit Milan on Tuesday after the river Seveso overflowed following heavy rain, forcing part of the metro to shut down and traffic to grind to a halt.

Police lock down town over ‘war on thieves’
Spain

Police lock down town over ‘war on thieves’

Police in southern Spain have brought in reinforcements to try and stop the lynching of a clan of suspected thieves after angry locals torched homes belonging to the group over the weekend.

Danish football star charged with assault
Denmark

Danish football star charged with assault

Danish international Nicki Bille Nielsen, 26, has been charged with assaulting a police officer during a night out in Copenhagen earlier this year.

Missing French climber’s body found on Mont Blanc 32 years later
France

Missing French climber’s body found on Mont Blanc 32 years later

Hikers recently found the frozen body of a mountain climber who disappeared on Mont Blanc over 32 years ago. Sadly two other families are just beginning their wait for news after two climbers vanished on the peak this weekend.

Brit tourists awake to naked man in room
Austria

Brit tourists awake to naked man in room

Two British tourists were woken up by a naked man in their room late at night in a hotel in Krems on the weekend.

Stockholm ‘bomber’ charged for false alarm
Sweden

Stockholm ‘bomber’ charged for false alarm

The man who brought the capital to a standstill in June is set to face charges of aggravated criminal threats and false alarms for the incident. The trial date was announced on Tuesday.

Travellers warned about cycling drunk
Austria

Travellers warned about cycling drunk

The Austrian Automobile Association (ÖAMTC) has warned that those who might be tempted to cycle home after a few glasses of wine on a warm summer evening - whether at home or abroad - could incur hefty fines.

Austria balks at introducing property tax
Austria

Austria balks at introducing property tax

The State Secretary of Finance Jochen Danninger (ÖVP/Austrian People's Party) says his party remains opposed to the introduction of property taxes in Austria.

‘Italy’s immigrants are trapped in low-paid jobs’
Italy

‘Italy’s immigrants are trapped in low-paid jobs’

Italy has been told to step up its efforts to help integrate immigrants, many of whom “are among the working poor”, while children of immigrants must also be better integrated.

Brazil vs. Germany: Nine things to know
Germany

Brazil vs. Germany: Nine things to know

Nobody has reached more World Cup finals than Germany and Brazil, the two footballing giants of their respective continents. But their joint history, relations and links go far beyond meeting on the pitch on Tuesday.

‘I’ve never seen scenes like that on the Tour’
France

‘I’ve never seen scenes like that on the Tour’

The three Tour de France stages in the UK made a lasting impression on those close to the sport back in France. Enthralled two-time race winner Bernard Thévenet tells The Local why the riders might actually be glad to be on French soil and why France needs to produce a homegrown winner.

Maersk takes $1.7 bn hit on Brazil oil assets
Denmark

Maersk takes $1.7 bn hit on Brazil oil assets

After operations in Brazil go worse than planned, the Danish company will no longer operate three blocks it purchased there in 2011.

Spanish hospital sends bill to dead woman
Spain

Spanish hospital sends bill to dead woman

A hospital in Toledo sent a billing letter to an uninsured Nicaraguan woman who dropped dead after spending just four hours in the centre’s emergency care department in May.

Danish noir headed back to the big screen
Denmark

Danish noir headed back to the big screen

The second installment of the bestseller crime series from world-renowned Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen will hit cinemas in October. See the trailer now.

Neighbours angry at foreigner road toll plan
Germany

Neighbours angry at foreigner road toll plan

Germany’s plans to start charging foreign drivers on all of the country’s roads, which were unveiled on Monday, are upsetting some its neighbours. Austria, Denmark and the Netherlands are all threatening to react.

Expat puts ‘Faith’ into starting travel business
Sweden

Expat puts ‘Faith’ into starting travel business

US expat Faith George tells The Local about how she mastered the Swedish language, seeing the positives in being made redundant, and how she plans to show Swedes another side of the United States.

Italian cop faked illness to become lifeguard
Italy

Italian cop faked illness to become lifeguard

A policeman in Milan has been jailed after Facebook photos showed him working as a lifeguard in southern Italy, during one of his three summers on full-pay sick leave.

Pétanque world cup marred by death threats
France

Pétanque world cup marred by death threats

Pétanque is a game many in France might associate with daytime boozing and elderly men, but some take this quintessential Gallic pastime quite seriously, it seems. In fact one team dropped out of this year’s world championship after reportedly receiving death threats.

Denmark ready to counter German road toll
Denmark

Denmark ready to counter German road toll

While many doubt that the Germans' proposed toll on foreign drivers will pass EU muster, Danish MPs are ready to respond when a toll of their own if the plan succeeds.

Williams wows Montreux with ‘too short’ concert
Switzerland

Williams wows Montreux with ‘too short’ concert

"Clap along if you know what happiness is to you," Pharrell Williams sings and the room pulsates with clapping hands and joyous dance moves.

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

In Pictures: The Local’s Property of the Week

Looking for a house that looks like something from The Secret Garden, with decor reminiscent of The Great Gatsby? Your dreams may just collide in this week's glorious property.

Scientists threaten boycott of brain project
Switzerland

Scientists threaten boycott of brain project

At least 280 scientists are threatening to boycott the Human Brain Project (HBP), a Geneva-based research project budgeted at more than €1 billion, that aims to use supercomputers to simulate the human brain.

Sweden set for sweltering week of heat
Sweden

Sweden set for sweltering week of heat

Slap on the sunblock - the warm weather is set to continue for a while yet, with temperatures of over 30C to bask down on some parts of the country.

Spain’s graduates ‘not workplace ready’: OECD
Spain

Spain’s graduates ‘not workplace ready’: OECD

Spain's university graduates leave "a lot to be desired" when it comes to basic skills like reading comprehension and maths knowledge, the head of the OECD warned during a conference in Madrid on Monday.

Italian mafia crackdown: Spanish police arrest 26
Spain

Italian mafia crackdown: Spanish police arrest 26

Spanish police arrested 26 people thought to be members of Italy's Camorra mafia in raids in Madrid on Tuesday.

Chief heralds ‘new’ future at scandal-hit bank
Italy

Chief heralds ‘new’ future at scandal-hit bank

After months of reform the Vatican bank has opened the door to a "transparent" and "unburdened future", the institution's chief said on Tuesday as he announced a steep fall in profits.

Germany mulls reprisals over US spying
Germany

Germany mulls reprisals over US spying

Germany debated retaliatory measures against the United States on Tuesday after reports of an alleged double agent stoked still smouldering public anger over the NSA scandal.

Parliament set to approve Hypo Alpe Adria plan
Austria

Parliament set to approve Hypo Alpe Adria plan

The first chamber of parliament (Nationalrat) is set to pass a law on Tuesday that wipes out some Hypo Alpe Adria creditors, despite guarantees from the nationalised bank's home province of Carinthia.

Swede imprisoned for torturing renovators
Sweden

Swede imprisoned for torturing renovators

A man in southern Stockholm was sentenced on Tuesday for torturing a man who renovated his house - because he was dissatisfied with the work.

Husband cleared of throwing wife off balcony
Sweden

Husband cleared of throwing wife off balcony

A man in Stockholm county has been released by a court of appeals from a nine-year prison sentence for attempted murder, after allegations that he threw his wife off their balcony.

Murder suspect arrested in Somalia: report
Denmark

Murder suspect arrested in Somalia: report

The murder of 21-year-old Jonas Thomsen Sekyere led to national headlines and mass grief in November 2012. After an international manhunt, the primary suspect has reportedly been arrested.

Drug claims mount against top politician
Germany

Drug claims mount against top politician

A leading German MP being investigated by police for alleged use of crystal meth is said to have used a "tiny amount" of the illegal drug, media reported on Tuesday.

No charges for Rainbow Parade attack man
Austria

No charges for Rainbow Parade attack man

The man who attacked Austria’s openly gay Greens politician Ulrike Lunacek with butyric acid at Vienna’s Rainbow Parade will not be charged.

Teen tourist killed on Benidorm rollercoaster
Spain

Teen tourist killed on Benidorm rollercoaster

An 18-year-old from Iceland teen was killed on Monday afternoon while riding on a rollercoaster at Benidorm's Terra Mitica theme park with his father and brother, officials said.

UPDATE: Trains running again but expect delays
Denmark

UPDATE: Trains running again but expect delays

An IT error means that commuters throughout the island are looking at a rough morning. S-tog trains in the Copenhagen area are running as normal, however.

Swede builds crossbow to fight vampires
Sweden

Swede builds crossbow to fight vampires

A man in western Sweden faces charges for illegal weapons possession after building a crossbow to protect himself from vampires.

Cannabis grow-room found in Danube City
Austria

Cannabis grow-room found in Danube City

Police discovered a professional scale marijuana plantation in the basement of a detached house in Vienna's Danube City on Sunday.

Driving in France: How to stay out of trouble
France

Driving in France: How to stay out of trouble

Driving in France might seem simple, but foreign motorists, especially Anglos can get in plenty of trouble here, thanks in part to the unique or lesser-known rules of la route. We've put together a list of those you need to know to avoid a police fine (or a crash) this summer.

Inter Milan unleash new logo in haze of prose
Italy

Inter Milan unleash new logo in haze of prose

Football giants Inter Milan have brought corporate communications to a new level with a statement in the purplest of prose announcing small changes to the club's logo.

Refugee football players seek asylum in Sweden
Sweden

Refugee football players seek asylum in Sweden

Seven football players from Sudan who went missing more than a month ago have arrived in Östersund and applied for asylum in Sweden.

Exports fall by 1.1 percent in May
Germany

Exports fall by 1.1 percent in May

German exports fell by 1.1 percent in May, but the country's trade surplus widened as imports fell even faster, official data showed on Tuesday.

Home prices up in CPH but down elsewhere
Denmark

Home prices up in CPH but down elsewhere

Fresh numbers from the Association of Danish Mortgage Banks show that the state of the national housing market varies throughout Denmark.

French jobs summit hit as unions walk out
France

French jobs summit hit as unions walk out

French President François Hollande's hopes of thrashing out a deal to create more jobs were scuppered when two unions said they would boycott an annual jobs summit on Tuesday. The labour groups accused Hollande of siding with employers.

Merkel raises human rights on China trip
Germany

Merkel raises human rights on China trip

Chancellor Angela Merkel raised the issue of human rights publicly in China on Tuesday, invoking the fall of the Berlin Wall and telling students their country needed "free dialogue".

Real Madrid legend Alfredo di Stéfano dies
Spain

Real Madrid legend Alfredo di Stéfano dies

Real Madrid legend Alfredo di Stéfano, considered one of the greatest footballers ever, died in a Spanish hospital on Monday aged 88, drawing tributes from around the sporting world.

Channel Tunnel delays to run into Tuesday
France

Channel Tunnel delays to run into Tuesday

Passengers can expect delays on the both the Eurotunnel and Eurostar services on Tuesday a day after around 400 people had to be evacuated after a power failure caused their train to stop in the tunnel.

Germans ready to make history in Brazil
Germany

Germans ready to make history in Brazil

Germany coach Joachim Löw has tipped Brazil as favourites when the two sides meet in Tuesday's World Cup semi-final match. But he insists the German team has all the qualities to break through to Sunday's final.

Baggage scam targets tourists in Florence
Italy

Baggage scam targets tourists in Florence

A gang at Florence's central station have been filmed scamming tourists, by offering to "help" them with their luggage and then demanding up to €20.

Italy: no place for pets?
Italy

Italy: no place for pets?

The attitude some Italians display towards their pet cats and dogs can be disconcerting and upsetting. David Brenner, a British expatriate in Abruzzo, has noticed distinct differences in town and country approaches, and wonders how widespread the situation is.

Hundred of pigs in barn blaze terror
Norway

Hundred of pigs in barn blaze terror

Many pigs died and many more had to be slaughtered after a barn fire in Skjeberg, Østfold.

Alexander Kristoff faces legal action from rival
Norway

Alexander Kristoff faces legal action from rival

British cyclist Mark Cavendish is set to take legal action against Norway's Alexander Kristoff over claims the Brit crashed intentionally during the first stage of the Tour de France on Saturday.

Inquest finds poor safety in boy’s polar bear death
Norway

Inquest finds poor safety in boy’s polar bear death

An inquest investigating the case of an English schoolboy mauled to death by a polar bear during an Arctic Circle trek in Norway, found the organizers used a paper clip to secure trip wire that may have caused the tragedy.