‘Supercomplicated’ watch set for Geneva auction
Switzerland

‘Supercomplicated’ watch set for Geneva auction

Timekeeping aficionados set their alarms on Thursday, when auction house Sotheby's announced that the "Holy Grail" of watches will be up for sale in Geneva this autumn.

US Secretary of State on flying visit to Vienna
Austria

US Secretary of State on flying visit to Vienna

AFP reports that US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Vienna this weekend to join ongoing world power nuclear talks with Iran, the State Department said Thursday.

Asylum children on the run in Austria
Austria

Asylum children on the run in Austria

Two young boys from Afghanistan, eight and nine years old, currently living in an asylum home in Ferlach in the district of Klagenfurt in Carinthia, have been missing since Wednesday evening.

Woman ‘executed’ by ex-husband: police
Denmark

Woman ‘executed’ by ex-husband: police

Police suspect that the man who shot his ex-wife in broad daylight in a Copenhagen suburb did so with the full intention of killing her.

Art investors warned to avoid fake Walde
Austria

Art investors warned to avoid fake Walde

Art investors in Tyrol have been warned on Thursday by police to be on the lookout for a forged painting, that is purported to be by noted Tyrolean painter Alfons Walde.

From hero to zero: Tech boss falls from grace
Spain

From hero to zero: Tech boss falls from grace

Just weeks ago, the head of Spanish Wi-Fi firm Let's Gowex was being hailed as a business visionary. Now he's facing court after it emerged he cooked the company books. Meet the disgraced founder of Let's Gowex Jenaro García.

Alps get summer snow as wet weather to stay
France

Alps get summer snow as wet weather to stay

Holidaymakers in the Alps in recent days would have been forgiven for thinking they had come in the wrong season after the region was hit by some very unseasonal snowfalls. There was bad news for sunseekers too with the sun set to stay away for much of July.

Foul play: sportswomen slam ‘sexist’ bikini rule
Spain

Foul play: sportswomen slam ‘sexist’ bikini rule

Women in Spain's Basque Country are opposing a European rule which forces female handball players "to leave their stomachs exposed" when playing on sand.

Tour de France stage 6: Greipel sprints to victory
France

Tour de France stage 6: Greipel sprints to victory

German Andre Greipel sprinted to victory in stage six of the Tour de France on Thursday on a poignant day in which riders snaked their way through World War One battlefields in northern France.

IMF doubles 2014 growth forecast for Spain
Spain

IMF doubles 2014 growth forecast for Spain

The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday it had revised up its 2014 growth forecast for Spain to 1.2 percent, double the figure touted by the organization six months ago.

Berlin chosen to host World Cup victory parade
Germany

Berlin chosen to host World Cup victory parade

Preparation has been the key so far to the success of Germany’s football team in the World Cup in Brazil, and that forward planning has extended to choosing where to celebrate, should Germany be crowned champions on Sunday.

Swede shoots world’s longest film: 720 hours
Sweden

Swede shoots world’s longest film: 720 hours

VIDEO: Anders Weberg tells The Local about the inspiration behind the the world's longest film, coping with the tragic loss of his son, and the 72 minute 'trailer' which has been wowing audiences.

Two hurt after bikers ram sheep
Norway

Two hurt after bikers ram sheep

Two people were injured and a sheep killed after their motorcycle hit the stray animal in Oppland in south-eastern Norway on Thursday.

Ban on religious parades after mafia boss homage
Italy

Ban on religious parades after mafia boss homage

The bishop of a town in the southern Italian region of Calabria has banned religious processions after a statue of the Virgin Mary was used to honour a notorious crime boss.

Rat cuts off power to 12,000 people in Madrid
Spain

Rat cuts off power to 12,000 people in Madrid

A pesky rodent in a Madrid neighbourhood has caused a fire and an ensuing blackout which has left 12,000 residents without electricity.

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Denmark

Woman shot dead in Copenhagen square

A 28-year-woman was shot multiple times and killed in a square in a suburb of Copenhagen on Thursday afternoon.

Rare piranha spawn in Vienna aquarium
Austria

Rare piranha spawn in Vienna aquarium

Austria’s largest aquarium has been blessed with a spawn of baby piranhas - something that is quite rare in captivity.

‘Reforms are not the problem in France, it’s injustice’
France

‘Reforms are not the problem in France, it’s injustice’

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is banging the drum for reform of France’s labour market, which may please many foreign economists and Brussels finance chiefs, but not everyone in France believes change is necessary, let alone possible.

Grow-room found in Spittal an der Drau
Austria

Grow-room found in Spittal an der Drau

Police in the west Carinthian town of Spittal an der Drau have discovered a small plantation of cannabis plants in a house, according to the RegioNews Network.

Germany expels US spy station chief in Berlin
Germany

Germany expels US spy station chief in Berlin

UPDATE: Germany has asked the United States' spy station chief in Berlin to leave the country in retaliation for the latest espionage scandal, marking a new low in recent relations between the countries.

EU tells Sweden to cover up snus flavours
Sweden

EU tells Sweden to cover up snus flavours

New EU rules mean beloved Swedish snuff flavours like licorice and eucalyptus will soon be a thing of the past - at least on product packaging.

Pregnant refugee who lost baby ‘mistreated’
Switzerland

Pregnant refugee who lost baby ‘mistreated’

Swiss authorities are being investigated for the alleged mistreatment of a pregnant Syrian refugee passing through Switzerland whose baby was subsequently stillborn.

French celebs blast EU-US trade treaty
France

French celebs blast EU-US trade treaty

One hundred of France's leading luminaries have launched a campaign to oppose Europe’s negotiations with the United States that would create a massive free trade zone. The group are worried about a lowering of "social standards", as well as tainted American food products.

TUI cancels all Israel trips amid violence
Germany

TUI cancels all Israel trips amid violence

Germany's biggest travel group, TUI, said on Thursday it had called off all tours through Israel until the end of the month over the recent eruption of violence in the region.

Swedish cops ‘crying’ over grading system
Sweden

Swedish cops ‘crying’ over grading system

A controversial new grading system which ranks police in western Sweden with an A, B or C for performing their job has left many in tears, with some saying that the grades are degrading.

Catalonia to push ahead with burqa ban plans
Spain

Catalonia to push ahead with burqa ban plans

The government of Spain's Catalonia region said on Thursday it would push ahead with a planned burqa ban after the EU ruled recently that banning full face veils in public did not violate the human rights of Muslim women.

Italians are getting more depressed: report
Italy

Italians are getting more depressed: report

The mental health of Italians is getting worse, with 2.6 million people suffering from depression, statistics released on Thursday show.

Danish design: Artistry meets functionality
Denmark

Danish design: Artistry meets functionality

If you want to understand Danish culture, you've got to understand Danish design. Scandinavia Standard offers a primer on some of the best-known Danish designers and their iconic creations.

Spain to ban sale of cats and dogs in pet shops
Spain

Spain to ban sale of cats and dogs in pet shops

Spain's ruling party has presented a draft law which would see pet shops banned from selling cats and dogs as the country struggles to deal with the highest rate of pet abandonment in Europe.

Jailed Italians MPs will continue to get paid
Italy

Jailed Italians MPs will continue to get paid

Jailed Italian politicians will continue to receive their salary after a request by the Five Star Movement (M5S) to have a former Democratic Party MP’s salary frozen was rejected.

Fracking protesters to camp at exploration site
Denmark

Fracking protesters to camp at exploration site

Denmark's first shale gas exploration site may also be home to a village of local and international protesters.

Credit Suisse seeks tax evasion sentence delay
Switzerland

Credit Suisse seeks tax evasion sentence delay

Credit Suisse has asked a US court to delay sentencing in its tax-evasion case as it seeks a way to continue managing pension funds worth billions of dollars.

Swedish drownings reach 15-year high
Sweden

Swedish drownings reach 15-year high

New figures revealed that June's drowning numbers are the highest they have been for more than a decade - and one expert said it's because men 'think they're made of steel'.

Flood of goals hit firms’ World Cup giveaways
Germany

Flood of goals hit firms’ World Cup giveaways

Businesses in Germany which tried to tap into the nation’s World Cup fever with free giveaways and discounts for every goal have been left counting the cost after Germany’s 7:1 rout of Brazil.

Swiss Post cracks down on fake five-franc coin
Switzerland

Swiss Post cracks down on fake five-franc coin

Federal police have confirmed that a number of counterfeit five-franc pieces are in circulation in French-speaking Switzerland, as the Swiss post office trains its staff to spot them.

Maersk unveils shipping alliance with MSC
Denmark

Maersk unveils shipping alliance with MSC

Danish shipping giant joins forces with the Swiss-Italian company just weeks after another collaboration was shot down by Chinese authorities.

Mona Sahlin to fight extremism in Sweden
Sweden

Mona Sahlin to fight extremism in Sweden

Former Social Democrat party leader Mona Sahlin is set to become Sweden's official coordinator against violent extremism.

EU court rules against German language test
Germany

EU court rules against German language test

The European Union Court of Justice ruled on Thursday that Germany couldn't make spouses of Turkish residents take a German language test to receive a visa.

Kurz opposes burqa ban
Austria

Kurz opposes burqa ban

Austrian foreign minister Sebastian Kurz has weighed in on the burqa issue, saying in parliament on Thursday that a proposed ban on the religious garment will not solve the integration issues which the country faces.

Ten things tweeters love about Italy
Italy

Ten things tweeters love about Italy

Whether it’s the stunning natural beauty, the gelato or the abundance of Vespas, for one reason or another many visitors just can’t help falling in love with Italy. Many have taken to Twitter to express their admiration under the hashtag #ILoveItaly. The Local looks at ten of the best.

Scottish teen seriously injured in Majorca fall
Spain

Scottish teen seriously injured in Majorca fall

A 19-year-old Scottish man was seriously injured after he fell from a third-storey balcony in the Majorcan town of Magaluf early on Wednesday morning.

Swede snags assassin role in Tom Cruise film
Sweden

Swede snags assassin role in Tom Cruise film

Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson will get to measure herself up against Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise after landing a dream role as the female lead in the new Mission Impossible film.

Italy industrial output in shock slump
Italy

Italy industrial output in shock slump

Italy's industrial production dropped unexpectedly in May in the biggest slump since November 2012, national statistics data showed on Thursday.

Copenhagen Airport has its busiest month ever
Denmark

Copenhagen Airport has its busiest month ever

More than two and a half million passengers used the Copenhagen Airport in June.

Woman’s body found at home 6 years after death
France

Woman’s body found at home 6 years after death

A French woman lay dead in her apartment for six years before a water leak led firefighters to stumble upon her skeleton this week. The macabre discovery comes on the heels of a report revealing the alarming number of elderly French people living in isolation.

Stockholm trains evacuated in tunnel
Sweden

Stockholm trains evacuated in tunnel

All southward train traffic from Stockholm was halted Thursday morning after an overhead contact line was torn down, leaving two trains stuck in underground tunnels.

New magazine launches for black Austrians
Austria

New magazine launches for black Austrians

Austria’s first lifestyle magazine primarily aimed at black Austrians is being launched on July 16th.

Police drag refugees from Berlin TV tower
Germany

Police drag refugees from Berlin TV tower

Police used force to clear protesting refugees from Berlin's television tower late on Wednesday as far-right activists held a counter-demonstration at the popular tourist site.

Eurowings takes Swiss spot at Basel airport
Switzerland

Eurowings takes Swiss spot at Basel airport

Swiss International Air Lines is to pull out of Basel airport in 2015, to be replaced by low-cost carrier Eurowings.

France’s richest see their fortunes shoot up
France

France’s richest see their fortunes shoot up

France's economy might have ground to a halt and a record number of people are out of work but at least things are rosy at the top, where the number of billionaires has hit a record high and the country's wealthiest have seen their fortunes increase by 15 percent.

Boat crashes into Norwegian oil rig
Norway

Boat crashes into Norwegian oil rig

60 workers were rescued from a Statoil rig in Oseberg Øst after a supply boat crashed into the platform on Thursday.

Schäuble: US spying in Germany ‘stupid’
Germany

Schäuble: US spying in Germany ‘stupid’

UPDATE: Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, described US spying in the country as “stupid” on Wednesday night, as the government sharpened its tone towards the United States.

Putin asks Italy to help fix Russian-EU relations
Italy

Putin asks Italy to help fix Russian-EU relations

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on Italy to use its EU presidency to help mend relations between Russia and the 28-nation bloc.

Norway archaeologists find 8,000-year-old skull
Norway

Norway archaeologists find 8,000-year-old skull

Archaeologists have found what could be an 8,000 year old human skull in Stokke in Vestfold. The finding could help explain how it was to live in the Stone Age.

Bandidos biker club opens in Salzburg
Austria

Bandidos biker club opens in Salzburg

The Bandidos, a criminal motorcycle gang already active in other European countries, may be starting to gain a foothold in Austria, according to a report in the daily newspaper the Kurier.

Swedish girls at highest risk of celiac disease
Sweden

Swedish girls at highest risk of celiac disease

Swedish children are at particular risk of gluten intolerance, a new study revealed. The chance of Swedish children getting the disease is double that of American children, and the risk is even higher for girls.

Official architect handed €50k to ‘buy biscuits’
Spain

Official architect handed €50k to ‘buy biscuits’

An employee of the architectural firm that remodelled the headquarters of Spain's ruling party told a court on Wednesday that the company kept as much as €50,000 ($68,000) in cash on hand for costs including "biscuits".

Spanish naturist paradise bans nudity by mistake
Spain

Spanish naturist paradise bans nudity by mistake

Authorities in a southern Spanish town famed for being an international naturist hotspot have inadvertently banned the practice.

Berlin or Frankfurt for World Cup parade?
Germany

Berlin or Frankfurt for World Cup parade?

If they win the World Cup - and that "if" has become smaller after beating Brazil - Germany must choose between Berlin and Frankfurt for their victory celebration. The debate is already heating up. Which one should it be?

Swede sets apartment block alight
Sweden

Swede sets apartment block alight

Police have arrested a man for arson after a block of flats in central Sweden began burning on Thursday morning.

Vienna seeks ban on Internet puppy sales
Austria

Vienna seeks ban on Internet puppy sales

The city of Vienna is seeking a total ban on the sale of puppies via the Internet, according to a report in the OberÖsterreich Nachrichten newspaper.

Disabled boy ‘beaten and locked in classroom’
Italy

Disabled boy ‘beaten and locked in classroom’

An Italian politician has called for an investigation into allegations that a teacher at a school in Rome locked a disabled boy in a classroom to "calm him down".

Swedish wolf slaughters 20 lambs in killing spree
Sweden

Swedish wolf slaughters 20 lambs in killing spree

A blood-thirsty wolf in central Sweden went on a killing spree leaving seven animals dead, while a further 13 had to put down as a result of injuries sustained in the attack.

Swiss banker charged over Wikileaks breach
Switzerland

Swiss banker charged over Wikileaks breach

A former Swiss banker has been charged with breaking Swiss bank secrecy laws for allegedly giving confidential data to WikiLeaks and German authorities, the Zurich public prosecutor's office said on Wednesday.

VIDEO: Greenpeace tells Lego everything is NOT awesome
Denmark

VIDEO: Greenpeace tells Lego everything is NOT awesome

In a new video featuring Lego figures slowly drowning in oil, Greenpeace continues its campaign to get the toy company to end its partnership with Shell.

VIDEO: UFOs spotted in sky over Dordogne
France

VIDEO: UFOs spotted in sky over Dordogne

A video posted on YouTube has caused a fair amount of intrigue as it appears to show four UFOs hovering in the sky above a forest in the Dordogne, southern France. Scientists have so far been unable to explain the objects. Can you?

Landmine detonated on Norwegian beach
Norway

Landmine detonated on Norwegian beach

A landmine was detonated after being found on Åkrasanden beach in Karmøy in south-western Norway on Thursday.

Police arrest Malmö man for attempted murder
Sweden

Police arrest Malmö man for attempted murder

Three men, two with gun wounds, were injured in a fight in Malmö on Wednesday night. Police have arrested the third man for attempted murder.

Earthquake rattles parts of southern Spain
Spain

Earthquake rattles parts of southern Spain

A strong earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter Scale was felt in several provinces of the Spanish region of Andalusia on Wednesday evening.

MP: I took crystal meth to improve performance
Germany

MP: I took crystal meth to improve performance

A top Social Democrat politician on Wednesday admitted he took crystal meth, but said he only did it to improve his performance at work.

Nudist clubs shed more members than clothes
Germany

Nudist clubs shed more members than clothes

Many Germans still love to bask naked on the beaches of Spain and France but at home, long the land of the all-over tan, the nudist movement is in decline.

Danish researchers make stardust discovery
Denmark

Danish researchers make stardust discovery

By observing a supernova over the course of years, an international team led by researchers at Aarhus University and the University of Copenhagen found how cosmic dust forms and is able to survive violent supernova explosions.

French bank admits breaching US sanctions
France

French bank admits breaching US sanctions

French bank BNP Paribas pleaded guilty on Wednesday to criminal charges for violating US sanctions against blacklisted countries including Iran and Sudan, as part of a record $8.9 billion settlement.

Löw relishes Argentina clash in World Cup final
Germany

Löw relishes Argentina clash in World Cup final

Germany will face Argentina in the final of the football World Cup on Sunday, after Lionel Messi and his teammates beat the Netherlands in a penalty shootout in the semi-final on Wednesday night.

Napoleon’s marriage certificate put up for sale
France

Napoleon’s marriage certificate put up for sale

It was one of the greatest love stories in history and now the marriage certificate that sealed the union of Napoleon and his first wife Josephine is to be sold at auction in September.

Costa Concordia removal gets underway next week
Italy

Costa Concordia removal gets underway next week

An unprecedented operation to refloat the doomed Costa Concordia cruise ship is planned to begin on Monday - two and a half years after it foundered off the Tuscan island of Giglio, salvage coordinators said.

Holidaying Italians spend their money on food
Italy

Holidaying Italians spend their money on food

Italians are spending less on hotels and instead choosing to spend more on food while on holiday, a report released on Wednesday said.