Former minister leaves politics for UN job
Denmark

Former minister leaves politics for UN job

Christian Friis Bach will become the highest-placed Dane with the United Nations when he takes over as the head of the UN's European economic commission next month.

Norway heat: Penguins losing their cool
Norway

Norway heat: Penguins losing their cool

Hot weather across most of Norway this summer has not been welcomed by one group of Arctic birds and their keepers.

Ailing hardware chain bauMax to be sold
Austria

Ailing hardware chain bauMax to be sold

The ailing hardware chain bauMax, with about 4000 workers in Austria, is due to be sold by its owner, Karlheinz Essl, his company announced on Wednesday.

France unveils tough new anti-jihadist laws
France

France unveils tough new anti-jihadist laws

Under tough new anti-terrorism legislation announced on Wednesday in France, suspected radicals would be banned from international air travel and the government could order internet providers to block jihad recruitment websites.

Denmark has its hottest day of the year
Denmark

Denmark has its hottest day of the year

Temperatures topped 30C on Wednesday, reaching a new high for 2014. But will it hold for the weekend?

Pamplona ‘survival guide’ author gored by bull
Spain

Pamplona ‘survival guide’ author gored by bull

A huge fighting bull gored the American author of a survival guide for Spain's famed Pamplona bull-running festival on Wednesday when it turned its horns on him and other panicked daredevils.

France told to enforce anonymous CVs law
France

France told to enforce anonymous CVs law

France must begin enforcing its eight-year-old law that requires job applicants to use anonymous CVs after a decision on Wednesday by the country’s top administrative court. The law was intended to fight discrimination but had never been enforced.

Appeal sought over football fan killing
Sweden

Appeal sought over football fan killing

The eight month prison sentence handed down to a Swedish football fan for killing a rival supporter has been appealed by the prosecutor, who has called for a longer stint behind bars.

Four jailed from construction ‘mafia’
Austria

Four jailed from construction ‘mafia’

An Austria-wide construction business 'mafia' network has been found responsible for €140 million worth of lost taxes, setting up bogus companies, sending 2600 fake invoices, and falsely claiming social security benefits.

Italian fireworks factory explosion kills three
Italy

Italian fireworks factory explosion kills three

Three people are dead and one is still missing following a series of violent explosions at a fireworks factory in the central Italian province of Aquila on Wednesday afternoon.

Researchers close in on new anti-HIV gel
Spain

Researchers close in on new anti-HIV gel

Scientists in Madrid are hailing the trial results of a new gel, which they hope will play a major role in preventing the spread of the HIV virus through sexual contact.

EU injects millions into bridge project
Denmark

EU injects millions into bridge project

The construction of the new Storstrøm Bridge between Zealand and Falster received 112 million kroner from the EU Commission as part of new Europe-wide infrastructure plan.

Tour de France: Froome out of Tour after crash
France

Tour de France: Froome out of Tour after crash

Defending champion Chris Froome pulled out of the 2014 Tour de France on Wednesday after suffering two falls during stage five of the race. Froome was forced out around 66km from the end as the wet weather caused havoc for riders.

Italian teens can’t handle money: report
Italy

Italian teens can’t handle money: report

Italian teens are woefully under-prepared when it comes to handling money matters, according to an OECD report released on Wednesday.

Refugee protesters occupy Berlin TV tower
Germany

Refugee protesters occupy Berlin TV tower

Around 40 refugees occupied the café at the top of Germany's tallest structure on Wednesday afternoon as part of an ongoing campaign to remain in the country.

Middle Age art stolen from Swedish church
Sweden

Middle Age art stolen from Swedish church

Thieves broke into a church in central Sweden on Tuesday night, stealing several sculptures dating back to the Middle Ages.

‘Don’t limit tourist visits to Barcelona market’
Spain

‘Don’t limit tourist visits to Barcelona market’

A proposal by the management of Barcelona's atmospheric La Boqueria food market to restrict visits by large groups is making tour companies in the city more than a little nervous.

Mother jailed for life for baby death
Germany

Mother jailed for life for baby death

A mother who left her baby to starve to death while she partied and took ecstasy was given a life prison sentence by a court in western Germany on Wednesday.

Big Ben on the move
Denmark

Big Ben on the move

Some footballers get more attention off the pitch than on it, for better or worse, and Danish international Nicklas Bendtner is no exception.

What do Austrians search for on Google?
Austria

What do Austrians search for on Google?

Inspired by a story on an American blog, Vice Austria online magazine has done some searching via Google Trends and put together a list of what it found to be the most common search queries from each Austrian province.

Seven greatest German sporting triumphs
Germany

Seven greatest German sporting triumphs

Chancellor Angela Merkel called Germany's 7:1 victory over Brazil "almost historic", but where does the match rank in the country's sporting history? The Local List looks at seven of the greatest achievements by German athletes and teams.

Shoe-loving Swedes top smartphone use
Sweden

Shoe-loving Swedes top smartphone use

A new survey has revealed that Sweden tops the Nordic charts in terms of smartphone use, with 75 percent of people aged 16 or over now owning one of the high-tech devices. Shoes were among the most searched-for items.

US Congress gives gold medal to Swedish hero
Sweden

US Congress gives gold medal to Swedish hero

Raoul Wallenberg, famous for rescuing thousands of Jews during WWII - and President Obama's personal hero - will be posthumously presented with a Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday.

‘I used to read books to avoid seeing the bulls’
Spain

‘I used to read books to avoid seeing the bulls’

For four years after he joined Pamplona's municipal band, trumpet player Carlos Pérez Cruz did his duty and performed during nightly bullfights staged by the city during its famous San Fermin festival. Then he decided enough was enough.

Fears over markets in Spain after Gowex folds
Spain

Fears over markets in Spain after Gowex folds

The spectacular collapse of Spanish Wi-Fi provider Let's Gowex has led to fears that a perception of poorly regulated markets in Spain will see foreign investment dry up just as the country begins to fight its way out of recession.

Top ten ways to spend a few days in Malmö
Sweden

Top ten ways to spend a few days in Malmö

There's more to the capital of the Swedish south than falafels and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Our man in Malmö, Patrick Reilly, rounds up ten of the best things to do when in the city.

Rome right storm meeting over civil unions
Italy

Rome right storm meeting over civil unions

Councillors from the political right have stormed a meeting in Rome, to stop their colleagues giving the go-ahead to registering civil unions.

Denmark won’t extradite child porn suspect
Denmark

Denmark won’t extradite child porn suspect

Lithuanian officials want to see a Danish man brought to justice, but a Danish judge has denied the request.

French rescuers refuse to airlift Mont Blanc climber
France

French rescuers refuse to airlift Mont Blanc climber

Fed up French officials refused to airlift a Polish climber off the slopes of Mont Blanc, when he called for help after deciding he didn't want to walk down. The local French mayor blasted 'ad hoc' alpinists for being like 'urban consumers'.

Meteor did not cause Catalan quake: Experts
Spain

Meteor did not cause Catalan quake: Experts

An earthquake which struck Spain's Catalonia region on Tuesday night was not caused by a meteorite, researchers have said, despite some locals saying they saw a bright light in the sky moments before.

Last-minute entrant scoops lottery jackpot
Norway

Last-minute entrant scoops lottery jackpot

A 23-year-old man living in Tromsø, who won millions on last week's lottery, placed his coupon just 81 seconds before registration ended.

Norwegian opens direct flight to Bangkok
Denmark

Norwegian opens direct flight to Bangkok

Travellers will have a new and cheaper option for flying from Copenhagen to the Thai capital, Norwegian airlines announced on Wednesday.

IOC chief warns Germany against ‘complacency’
Switzerland

IOC chief warns Germany against ‘complacency’

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach has warned his home team Germany not to be complacent if they want to win the World Cup after their 7-1 semifinal thrashing of Brazil.

Medicinal cannabis users challenge ban
Germany

Medicinal cannabis users challenge ban

A Cologne court is due to make a landmark ruling on whether sufferers of chronic ailments in Germany can grow their own medically prescribed cannabis in home plantations.

EU ministers in Italy to debate privacy laws
Italy

EU ministers in Italy to debate privacy laws

European ministers attempted to overcome "hurdles" and agree on common rules for data protection laws on Wednesday at informal talks hosted by new EU president Italy.

EU hits French drugs company with €331m fine
France

EU hits French drugs company with €331m fine

French drug maker Servier was slapped with a whopping €331 million fine by the EU for allegedly colluding to delay the release of a cheaper generic drug that treats high blood pressure. Generics are some 40 percent cheaper than brand name drugs.

Report hails positive impact of EU immigrants
Switzerland

Report hails positive impact of EU immigrants

The net number of immigrants to Switzerland from the European Union and the European free trade area (EFTA) reached 66,200 last year, an all-time high since the freedom to move accord first took effect between the Swiss and the EU 12 years ago, figures released in Bern on Wednesday show.

German soldier allegedly spied for US
Germany

German soldier allegedly spied for US

UPDATE: The Attorney General’s Office confirmed on Wednesday they were investigating a further case of espionage in Germany, allegedly involving a US agent who was reportedly an army officer at Germany's Ministry of Defence.

TBE cases fall in Styria with mild Spring
Austria

TBE cases fall in Styria with mild Spring

As we approach peak tick season scientists in Styria say that although the tick population in the province has increased after the recent damp and warm weather, the number of cases of tick borne encephalitis (TBE) infections has decreased.

Austria largest importer of wood in OECD
Austria

Austria largest importer of wood in OECD

Wood you believe that Austria is beaten only by China as the world's largest importer of wood? A new survey from scientists at the Institute of Systems Sciences, Innovation and Sustainability Research (ISIS) at the Karl-Franzens-University of Graz reveals the unvarnished truth.

Italian pensions hit by crisis and overhaul
Italy

Italian pensions hit by crisis and overhaul

Italy's pensioners have been hit hard by the financial crisis, with seven million living off less than €1,000 a month, according to figures from Italy’s pension agency, INPS.

‘Malmö has not become safer for Jews’: rabbi
Sweden

‘Malmö has not become safer for Jews’: rabbi

Following the violent beating of a man flying an Israeli flag, Rabbi Shneur Kesselman tells The Local that his adopted city of Malmö remains a hotbed for anti-Semitism.

Spain’s teens failing in financial literacy stakes
Spain

Spain’s teens failing in financial literacy stakes

A new survey of financial literacy shows one in six Spanish teens have only the most basic level of understanding when it comes to money matters.

‘Catalonia is a matter for Spain’: New EU president
Spain

‘Catalonia is a matter for Spain’: New EU president

The president-elect of the European Comission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said on Wednesday he wouldn't "meddle" in the issue of possible independence for the region of Catalonia from the rest of Spain.

Victory smashes sporting and media records
Germany

Victory smashes sporting and media records

Germany's stunning 7:1 semi-final victory over Brazil in the World Cup sent records crashing in both the sporting and media worlds on Tuesday night.

Man convicted for taking sadistic films too far
Switzerland

Man convicted for taking sadistic films too far

A 36-year-old man was convicted by a Winterthur district court for putting the lives of several women at risk by tying them up and torturing them for sadomasochistic films.

Denmark’s homeless should go to Sweden: MP
Denmark

Denmark’s homeless should go to Sweden: MP

Police in Copenhagen are focusing this summer on driving away beggars from the city's parks and streets. And the goal is to send them to countries like Sweden, one politician said.

Parties split over Oslo’s Winter Olympics bid
Norway

Parties split over Oslo’s Winter Olympics bid

Norway's top politicians are in conflict as to whether Oslo should host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Parliament approves the Hypo Alpe Adria plan
Austria

Parliament approves the Hypo Alpe Adria plan

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

Foiled French terrorist had tourists in his sights
France

Foiled French terrorist had tourists in his sights

Worrying details emerged on Wednesday about a would-be terrorist based in France who, before being arrested, discussed with an al-Qaeda linked terror group, the possibility of attacking the country’s biggest tourist spots like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.

Banks hacked by mystery cyber-gang
Norway

Banks hacked by mystery cyber-gang

Many of Norway's top banks and financial institutions were simultaneously hacked in the country's biggest-ever computer network attack.

EasyJet expands routes from Swiss airports
Switzerland

EasyJet expands routes from Swiss airports

Low-cost British airline easyJet has announced that it is flying to six new destinations from Swiss airports.

Italian nurse ‘smuggled drugs in shower gel’
Italy

Italian nurse ‘smuggled drugs in shower gel’

A male nurse has been put under house arrest for trying to smuggle drugs into a prison in southern Italy, national media reported.

Ex-finance minister expected to be sued
Austria

Ex-finance minister expected to be sued

Austria's Public Prosecutor's Office against Corruption has completed its work in the so-called Buwog corruption affair after five years of investigations.

‘Make beggars choose Sweden’: Danish MP
Sweden

‘Make beggars choose Sweden’: Danish MP

Police in Copenhagen are focusing this summer on driving away beggars from the city's parks and streets. And the goal is to send them to countries like Sweden, one politician said.

French plan to fine sex-worker clients in doubt
France

French plan to fine sex-worker clients in doubt

A landmark bill in France that would see clients of prostitutes hit with fines of up to €1,500 may never see the light of day after senators voted to scrap the legislation this week. Lawmakers claimed the example set in Sweden proves it would not work.

Juventus sign Danish youngster
Italy

Juventus sign Danish youngster

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

Accused Dane released from Rikers Island
Denmark

Accused Dane released from Rikers Island

Bond has been set at $400,000 for the 22-year-old Danish man charged with sexually abusing children at a Manhattan preschool.

Madrid targets Unesco listing for Prado Museum
Spain

Madrid targets Unesco listing for Prado Museum

Despite being the capital of the country with the third-highest number of Unesco World Heritage Sites, Madrid as yet has none to its name. That could be about to change if the local town hall gets its way.

International reaction: ‘Humiliated and humbled’
Germany

International reaction: ‘Humiliated and humbled’

Germany’s humbling of Brazil in the World Cup semi-final on Tuesday night shocked most of Europe and was the front page on Wednesday of newspapers across the continent.

Fight on U4 train closes part of the line
Austria

Fight on U4 train closes part of the line

A fight between two passengers on an U4 metro train in Vienna brought part of the line to a halt for 25 minutes this morning.

‘Wedding’ smuggler sentenced for trafficking
Sweden

‘Wedding’ smuggler sentenced for trafficking

A 30-year-old man has been sentenced to six months in prison for attempting to smuggle refugees into Sweden, after claiming he met them at a wedding in Germany and offered them a lift back.

‘Sweden must improve mental care’: report
Sweden

‘Sweden must improve mental care’: report

A new OECD report has concluded that Sweden does not do enough to help people who are mentally ill.

Focused Germans want title after Brazil rout
Germany

Focused Germans want title after Brazil rout

Germany insist their only focus is now on winning Sunday's football World Cup final, as the team try to keep their feet on the ground amid the euphoria of their historic 7:1 semi-final drubbing of Brazil.

‘Fortress’ Spain causing ‘misery’ for migrants
Spain

‘Fortress’ Spain causing ‘misery’ for migrants

The human rights group Amnesty International has criticized Spain for spending 30 times more on defending its borders than on improving the situation of asylum seekers and refugees — the biggest difference in the European Union.

Swedish cops investigate death at beach
Sweden

Swedish cops investigate death at beach

A body found off the shores of southern Stockholm has led to an investigation, with police saying they cannot rule out murder.

No link between HPV vaccine and blood clots
Denmark

No link between HPV vaccine and blood clots

Researchers at Statens Serum Institut studied half a million women and found no increase of blood clots

Suspected Italian mafiosi arrested in Spain
Italy

Suspected Italian mafiosi arrested in Spain

Spanish police Tuesday arrested 26 suspected members of the Italian Camorra mob accused of laundering mafia money through companies in Spain, prosecutors said.

Viennese doctor on trial for medical fraud
Austria

Viennese doctor on trial for medical fraud

Wednesday sees the start of a trial in the Vienna Regional Criminal Court against a Viennese doctor who is accused of defrauding the Vienna Health Insurance fund (WGKK).

Alps murder probe takes mysterious twist
France

Alps murder probe takes mysterious twist

The investigation into the brutal killings of a British-Iraqi family in the Alps in 2012 took a surprise twist, detectives revealed this week, revealing that the murdered mother had a secret husband who died on the same day her family was attacked near Annecy.

Prandelli threatened and likened to Schettino
Italy

Prandelli threatened and likened to Schettino

Italy's former manager Cesare Prandelli received threatening letters and was likened to Francesco Schettino, the captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia, after the team's World Cup exit.

Killer of French tourist sentenced to death
France

Killer of French tourist sentenced to death

A Malaysian shopkeeper on Wednesday was sentenced to death after a court found him guilty of murdering a French tourist on a popular resort island.

Stunned, euphoric Germany hurtle to final
Germany

Stunned, euphoric Germany hurtle to final

UPDATE: Germany on Wednesday woke battered by a night of rainstorms but basking in their historic 7:1 World Cup win against Brazil, amid disbelief at the pounding meted out to the favourites.

Italy in EU ‘action plan’ against young jihadists
Italy

Italy in EU ‘action plan’ against young jihadists

European interior ministers, including Italy's Angelo Alfano, have adopted an "action plan" to tackle the growing national security threat posed by jihadists returning home from Syria.

‘Disney’ castle staff on trial for fraud
Germany

‘Disney’ castle staff on trial for fraud

Germany’s most famous castle is at the centre of a court case with two former employees of Schloss Neuschwanstein standing trial on Tuesday for fraud.