Down’s syndrome cases soar in Switzerland
Switzerland

Down’s syndrome cases soar in Switzerland

The number of children born with Down’s syndrome more than doubled in Switzerland between 2003 and 2012, according to figures from the federal statistics office.

Lombardy chief probed over Expo corruption
Italy

Lombardy chief probed over Expo corruption

Roberto Maroni, president of the Lombardy region and a former leader of the anti-immigration Northern League, is being probed on suspicion of corruption related to the Milan Expo trade fair.

Newcastle sign French international Cabella
France

Newcastle sign French international Cabella

English Premier League club Newcastle United have signed midfielder Remy Cabella from French side Montpellier.

Hollande tells French to ditch culture of complaint
France

Hollande tells French to ditch culture of complaint

President Francois Hollande on Monday pleaded with the French to be proud of their country in an attempt to boost confidence at a time of enduring gloom over record unemployment and faltering growth.

Pez sends candy to sweeten boy’s blues
Norway

Pez sends candy to sweeten boy’s blues

A Norwegian boy with autism and a rare neurodevelopmental disorder has been sent a year’s supply of his favourite Hello Kitty Pez sweets by the Austrian company after his father searched for them via Facebook.

Germany steps up hunt for Spanish workers
Spain

Germany steps up hunt for Spanish workers

Almost one in every five advertisements for overseas jobs in Spain is posted by a German firm, with the UK not far behind a new study shows. But it turns out Spaniards are also less willing to work abroad than a year ago.

Finland to house sub-zero Sagrada Familia
Spain

Finland to house sub-zero Sagrada Familia

A 40-metre model of Gaudí's emblematic Sagrada Familia will be built out of ice in Finland this winter. The Local talks to the mastermind behind this ambitious project.

Thorning EU rumours reignited by endorsement
Denmark

Thorning EU rumours reignited by endorsement

EU Commission Vice President openly tweets her support for the Danish PM to be named as the next president of the European Council.

Re-trial looms in rape case after judge report
Sweden

Re-trial looms in rape case after judge report

A senior judge has warned that a high profile day-care rape case could go to re-trial after the presiding judge was reported for alleged child porn offences.

Tearful Contador crashes out of Tour de France
Spain

Tearful Contador crashes out of Tour de France

Spanish rider Alberto Contador withdrew from the Tour de France on Monday after suffering a fall during the tenth stage of the gruelling event.

Austrian ex-soldier arrested in Libya
Austria

Austrian ex-soldier arrested in Libya

A former elite Austrian army soldier is reported to have been arrested in Libya under suspicion of spying, and released after two and a half weeks after diplomatic intervention from Austria.

German NSA inquiry considers typewriters
Germany

German NSA inquiry considers typewriters

The head of Germany's parliamentary inquiry into the NSA spying scandal has suggested the government return to using typewriters to protect national secrets from prying eyes.

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France

Contador crashes out of Tour de France

Former two-time winner Alberto Contador broke down in tears as he quit the Tour de France on Monday after crashing badly on the tough 10th stage and injuring his knee.

‘Lady Di’ refuge up for sale in Majorca
Spain

‘Lady Di’ refuge up for sale in Majorca

A luxury villa in Majorca where Diana, Princess of Wales once stayed has been put on the market for a cool €38 million ($52 million), making it the most expensive property on the island.

20-year-old Dane falls to his death in Mallorca
Denmark

20-year-old Dane falls to his death in Mallorca

Just days after a young Scottish man was seriously injured in a similar incident, a young Danish tourist fell off a hotel balcony and died.

‘I would love to make a film in Italy’
Italy

‘I would love to make a film in Italy’

British actor Reece Ritchie, who plays the lead in Desert Dancer, which opened Ischia’s Global Film and Music Festival on Sunday night, told The Local he would love to make a film in Italy one day and is currently learning Italian.

Prison officers allowed to carry pepper spray
Denmark

Prison officers allowed to carry pepper spray

Justice minister has decided to follow the recommendations of the Danish Prison and Probation Service and will now allow officers to carry pepper spray under certain circumstances.

Austrian climbers stun Chamonix competition
Austria

Austrian climbers stun Chamonix competition

Two Austrian competitive climbers have shown their form by scoring a double silver in competition in the French alpine resort of Chamonix, on the slopes of Mont Blanc.

Church ‘desecrated’ by porn shoot
Austria

Church ‘desecrated’ by porn shoot

A parish in Hörsching, Upper Austria, has made an official complaint after two porn films were shot in its church in June.

The workers Germany needs the most
Germany

The workers Germany needs the most

Germany's Federal Employment Agency has identified the job sectors the country is most short of workers for. JobTalk looks at where the vacancies lie.

Muslim leader moots anti-discrimination law
Austria

Muslim leader moots anti-discrimination law

The president of the publicly recognised Austrian Islamic Community (IGGiOe), Fuat Senac, wants a law penalizing discrimination against Islam.

Danes want Alexandra to fend for herself
Denmark

Danes want Alexandra to fend for herself

Nearly two thirds of respondents in a recent poll said that Countess Alexandra, who has not been an official member of the royal family since 2005, should stop receiving her annual 2.1 million kroner in state support.

Disgraced tech boss hit with €600,000 bail bill
Spain

Disgraced tech boss hit with €600,000 bail bill

The former president of Spanish Wi-Fi firm Let's Gowex faces who admitted to falsifying the company's accounts faces jail unless he can come up with €600,000 ($800,000) within the next two weeks.

Löfven rejects ‘Israel self-defence’ post criticism
Sweden

Löfven rejects ‘Israel self-defence’ post criticism

Social Democrats' leader Stefan Löfven has defended his controversial comments in which he supported Israel's right to 'self-defence' in Gaza, saying that he echoed his party's long term position.

Man killed by train on Rome airport line
Italy

Man killed by train on Rome airport line

A man died on Monday morning after being hit by a train travelling along the line to Rome’s Fiumicino airport, national media reported.

British School of Stockholm expands
Sweden

British School of Stockholm expands

The British International School of Stockholm announced on Monday that it will be accepting students up to 13 years of age this autumn.

Man charged for Swedish festival crowd rape
Sweden

Man charged for Swedish festival crowd rape

A 20-year-old man was charged on Monday for raping a girl in the middle of a pop concert at the Bråvalla music festival in eastern Sweden in June.

Top pics from Spain’s Running of the Bulls 2014
Spain

Top pics from Spain’s Running of the Bulls 2014

After the final and longest bull run of this year's San Fermin festival, The Local takes a look at the morning's events and pics some of the craziest photos from the week's celebrations.

Drop top tax to boost state coffers: analysis
Denmark

Drop top tax to boost state coffers: analysis

A new analysis from top economists casts doubts on the government's claims that scrapping the top tax rate would cost the state billions of kroner. On the contrary, the study suggests it would increase the state's bottom line by encouraging more people to pursue high-paying jobs.

Night on the town: New king defies protocol
Spain

Night on the town: New king defies protocol

Spain's new king Felipe has once again demonstrated the modern nature of his month-old reign by heading out for gin and tonics with friends in downtown Madrid without the queen.

Tax hike looms as CO2 emissions exceed targets
Switzerland

Tax hike looms as CO2 emissions exceed targets

A higher tax on fuel will be levied in Switzerland in 2016 unless carbon dioxide emissions are significantly cut this year, the federal environment department warned on Monday.

1.4m Italian children in absolute poverty
Italy

1.4m Italian children in absolute poverty

More than 1.4 million children in Italy are living in absolute poverty, according to new figures released on Monday.

Pez sends supply of sweets to Norwegian boy
Austria

Pez sends supply of sweets to Norwegian boy

A Norwegian boy with autism and a rare neurodevelopmental disorder has been sent a year’s supply of his favourite Hello Kitty Pez sweets by the Austrian company after his father searched for them via Facebook.

Giant sausage stolen in the night
Austria

Giant sausage stolen in the night

On Saturday night in the small town of Sankt Michael in Lungau, a massive sausage was stolen by a person or persons unknown, according to a report by Austrian state broadcaster ORF.

Three killed during World Cup celebrations
Germany

Three killed during World Cup celebrations

UPDATE: Three Germans were killed and several injured overnight as the nation partied into the early hours of Monday celebrating its victory in the World Cup final.

New royal Sofia makes Victoria Day debut
Sweden

New royal Sofia makes Victoria Day debut

Crown Princess Victoria turned 37 on Monday, and the entire royal family gathered on the island of Öland for the occasion which also marked the royal debut of Prince Carl Philip's fiancée Sofia Hellqvist.

Man arrested over phishing email scam
Austria

Man arrested over phishing email scam

A 24-year-old man was arrested over the weekend after he was suspected of carrying out a phishing attack in Vienna. The victim was a 34-year-old woman who ran a company.

Anti-Israel protesters storm Paris synagogues
France

Anti-Israel protesters storm Paris synagogues

Clashes erupted in Paris on Sunday as thousands of people protested against Israel and in support of residents in the Gaza Strip, where a six-day conflict has left 168 Palestinians dead.

IN PICTURES: Denmark’s first sea pool opens
Denmark

IN PICTURES: Denmark’s first sea pool opens

Swimmers and divers can now enjoy part of the North Sea without worrying about waves and rip tides.

Vienna Burgtheater veteran Gert Voss dies
Austria

Vienna Burgtheater veteran Gert Voss dies

One of Austria's most beloved actors, Gert Voss, has died at the age of 72 after a short illness.

Hitler’s Spanish fighter planes go on sale in US
Spain

Hitler’s Spanish fighter planes go on sale in US

Five Spain-made fighter planes licensed by der Fuhrer during WWII have been rescued from a dusty warehouse and go on sale in Texas on Monday, each expected to reach at least €600,000 ($800,000).

Man in coma since Donau Insel festival
Austria

Man in coma since Donau Insel festival

Police in Vienna are seeking witnesses after a 38-year-old man was beaten so badly he had to be put into a medically-induced coma after the Danube Island festival.

Bildt calls for ‘immediate’ Gaza cease-fire
Sweden

Bildt calls for ‘immediate’ Gaza cease-fire

Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt has called for an immediate cease-fire in the ongoing Gaza crisis, and said that Sweden is doing what it can to assist its citizens.

Road minister to meet neighbours over toll plan
Germany

Road minister to meet neighbours over toll plan

Germany’s Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt will meet his Austrian and Dutch counterparts in an attempt to quell anger from the neighbours over Germany’s plan to introduce a road charge for foreign drivers.

Swedish pensioner wins fight for walkabout rights
Sweden

Swedish pensioner wins fight for walkabout rights

A 90-year-old woman in southern Sweden has won he battle to receive assistance enabling her to leave her fourth-floor apartment and go on walks, after refusing to accept a rejection of her request for more help.

Germany basks in World Cup glory
Germany

Germany basks in World Cup glory

Germany basked in the glory of their fourth World Cup on Monday after a nail-biting victory against Argentina. The Local rounds up the reaction throughout the day here.

German knocked down after World Cup high
Norway

German knocked down after World Cup high

A jubilant German fan, celebrating his side's triumph against Argentina, was hit by a car in Oslo after he ran onto the road on Sunday night.

Löw: This is just the start for German team
Germany

Löw: This is just the start for German team

Coach Joachim Löw believes Germany's historic World Cup win at Brazil 2014 will be the stepping stone to achieving further future honours.

Beppe Grillo demands to be part of reforms
Italy

Beppe Grillo demands to be part of reforms

Five Star Movement leader Beppe Grillo on Sunday demanded a meeting with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on electoral reform, after negotiations on the issue broke down a week ago.

89-year-old killed in horror wasp attack
Spain

89-year-old killed in horror wasp attack

An elderly man from Spain's Asturias region died on Saturday after being attacked by a swarm of wasps while out gardening with his wife and son.

‘Denmark supports creative types’
Denmark

‘Denmark supports creative types’

American Bret Schafbuch tells us what it's like to work for Lego and to live in Jutland.

‘It’s true!’ Germany wakes as World Champions
Germany

‘It’s true!’ Germany wakes as World Champions

Germany woke stunned and euphoric on Monday morning as football World Champions for the fourth time, following a 1:0 victory over Argentina in the World Cup final on Sunday night.

Merkel denies resignation rumours
Germany

Merkel denies resignation rumours

Chancellor Angela Merkel has denied a report in Der Spiegel magazine that she plans to resign ahead of the 2017 elections.

Bures to discuss German foreigner toll
Austria

Bures to discuss German foreigner toll

After massive criticism of Germany's plans to introduce a highway toll for foreigners the German Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt will meet his counterparts in Austria and in the Netherlands.

‘Italy’s ginger gene spread from Sicily’
Italy

‘Italy’s ginger gene spread from Sicily’

Over the centuries, they’ve been scorned, persecuted and marginalized. But it was an example of modern-day disdain towards redheads that prompted an Italian photographer’s mission to safeguard their diversity, The Local has learned.

Danish Beatles film to open Norway film fest
Denmark

Danish Beatles film to open Norway film fest

Peter Flinth's movie adaptation of Norwegian author Lars Saabye Christensen’s 1984 novel will launch this summer's Norwegian International Film Festival.

Swiss chocolate maker Lindt buys US firm
Switzerland

Swiss chocolate maker Lindt buys US firm

Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Sprüngli on Monday confirmed it is buying US company Russell Stover, famed for its boxed chocolates.

Kerry and Zarif in second day of nuclear talks
Austria

Kerry and Zarif in second day of nuclear talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif for a second day in a row in Vienna to see if he can make progress on reaching a deal on Tehran's nuclear program before a June 20th deadline.

Plan to hire Sherpas for Matterhorn trail thwarted
Switzerland

Plan to hire Sherpas for Matterhorn trail thwarted

Federal officials are thwarting a bid by the mountain resort town of Zermatt to hire 10 Sherpas from Nepal to rebuild a trail to a hut below the Matterhorn, according to a media report.

Heatwave hits southern and central Spain
Spain

Heatwave hits southern and central Spain

Spain is set to see summer arrive with a bang on Monday with temperatures in parts of the south of the country expected to get close to 40C (104 Fahrenheit).

Syrian refugees seized fleeing Italy
Italy

Syrian refugees seized fleeing Italy

Close to a hundred refugees, most of whom appear to come from Syria, were intercepted on a train traveling into Austria from Italy and heading to Germany on Saturday night.

Sweden Democrats barred from union posts
Sweden

Sweden Democrats barred from union posts

Nearly half of Swedish trade union confederations bar Sweden Democrats from taking official positions, according to a report published on Monday.

Two more Indian handball players found
Denmark

Two more Indian handball players found

With the discovery of two teenagers at Copenhagen Central Station early on Monday, six of the 11 players have now been found. They tell police that they ran off to avoid a beating from their coach.

Spain’s Socialists pin hopes on new leader
Spain

Spain’s Socialists pin hopes on new leader

Economist Pedro Sánchez, nicknamed "The Handsome One" was elected on Sunday as the new secretary general of Spain's troubled opposition Socialist Party promising to make it once again the party in power.

‘Risky’ Costa Concordia refloat gets underway
Italy

‘Risky’ Costa Concordia refloat gets underway

An unprecedented operation to refloat the shipwrecked Costa Concordia began Monday in Italy, with salvage workers attempting to raise the rusty liner from its watery grave on the shores of a rugged Tuscan island.

‘We must end the longest war in modern history’
Italy

‘We must end the longest war in modern history’

Italy’s Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini will travel to the Middle East on Monday amid an escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the foreign ministry said on Sunday.

‘Italy is a tough place to make films’
Italy

‘Italy is a tough place to make films’

From 1953’s Roman Holiday to The Talented Mr Ripley in 1999, Italy has long been an attractive location for foreign filmmakers, but one American producer told The Local that the country is losing ground to cheaper locations.

Alitalia boss hails job cuts deal for Etihad move
Italy

Alitalia boss hails job cuts deal for Etihad move

Italian flag carrier Alitalia's chief executive on Sunday hailed a preliminary deal with trade unions over layoffs, saying it was a "decisive step" that he hoped would help seal a partnership with Emirates airline Etihad.

Pre-teen boys behind sex assault spree: police
Sweden

Pre-teen boys behind sex assault spree: police

A group of boys, aged between eight and 12-years-old have been exposed as the perpetrators of a series of recent sex assaults in Trollhättan in western Sweden.

Swedish town demands cut in refugee numbers
Sweden

Swedish town demands cut in refugee numbers

The municipality of Svalöv in Skåne has threatened to shut down one of its refugee residences if the number of incoming refugees does not decrease.

Argentina fans in Berlin: ‘We were just unlucky’
Germany

Argentina fans in Berlin: ‘We were just unlucky’

Not everyone in Germany on Sunday was supporting Die Mannschaft. Several dozen Argentinians and some Germans packed into a small restaurant in Berlin for the World Cup final.