Celtic’s Ronny Deila gets last-gasp first win
Norway

Celtic’s Ronny Deila gets last-gasp first win

Ronny Deila got off to a winning start after Celtic beat KR Reykjavik in the Norwegian manager's first competitive match in charge on Tuesday.

Report: one in 13 Swiss residents ‘in poverty’
Switzerland

Report: one in 13 Swiss residents ‘in poverty’

Switzerland may be one of the world's richest nations but as many as one resident in 13 lives in poverty, official data showed on Tuesday.

Norway’s top universities help ‘students at risk’
Norway

Norway’s top universities help ‘students at risk’

Some of Norway's top universities are opening their doors to accept politically persecuted and vulnerable students from overseas.

French truck spills 18,000 bottles of fine wine
France

French truck spills 18,000 bottles of fine wine

Lovers of French wine were crying into their glasses of plonk on Tuesday after a truck overturned and spilled its load of 18,000 bottles of a famous fine wine. Eulogies for lost tipple poured in on Twitter.

Italy pushes for vote on EU foreign policy chief
Italy

Italy pushes for vote on EU foreign policy chief

Italy's undersecretary for European affairs on Tuesday called for a vote to decide on who will become the EU’s next foreign policy chief, as criticism of Rome’s candidate mounts.

Paris: Seven years of Velib’ bikes in 7 stats
France

Paris: Seven years of Velib’ bikes in 7 stats

Paris's Velib' bike rental scheme turned seven on Tuesday and after a rocky start it is now firmly part of the City of Light's transport network. Here's seven key figures to mark the occasion including which foreign nationality is the fondest for the bikes.

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

In Pictures: The Local’s Property of the Week

Ever wanted to practice your serve on your own private tennis court, or perhaps you need somewhere to park that yacht of yours? If so, then this week's property is for you.

Madrid couple defy Italy’s gay marriage ban
Spain

Madrid couple defy Italy’s gay marriage ban

Madrid pair Miguel and Roberto have become the first gay couple to register their marriage in the traditional Italian city of Naples. They tell The Local how they did it and why it represents a "symbolic" moment for Italian society.

US fraudster who stole $1.8m arrested in Spain
Spain

US fraudster who stole $1.8m arrested in Spain

A US citizen wanted by the FBI for allegedly defrauding the US government to the tune of $1.8 million (€1.3 million) has been arrested on the Spanish island of Tenerife.

Dutch dentist mutilator on the run in France
France

Dutch dentist mutilator on the run in France

A dodgy Dutch dentist who was charged with violence and mutilation after allegedly butchering the mouths of scores of his unfortunate patients in France has gone on the run, it was reported this week. An international arrest warrant has been issued.

Iran calls for nuclear deadline extension
Austria

Iran calls for nuclear deadline extension

Iran's foreign minister called Tuesday for an extension of a looming deadline to strike a potentially historic nuclear deal with world powers, after surprise talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Germans expect US spy chief to go ‘promptly’
Germany

Germans expect US spy chief to go ‘promptly’

The German government said on Tuesday it expected the USA’s spy chief in Berlin to leave the country "promptly" rather than wait to be formally expelled, following a request made last week ordering him to go.

Man jailed for ex-girlfriend arson attacks
Sweden

Man jailed for ex-girlfriend arson attacks

A 52-year-old man from Malmö was sentenced to eight years in prison on Tuesday for arson attacks at the homes of two women who had ended relationships with him.

Austria’s award winning spas
Austria

Austria’s award winning spas

Austria has some of the best spa and wellness hotels in Europe - and many scored highly in the recent European Health and Spa awards.

Judge forces woman to apologize on Twitter
Spain

Judge forces woman to apologize on Twitter

A Spanish judge has given a woman seven days to apologize on Twitter to a town mayor she verbally abused on the social media network.

‘Jews in France are stand -ins for Israeli targets’
France

‘Jews in France are stand -ins for Israeli targets’

Days after demonstrators, angry over the latest Israeli bombardment of Gaza, tried to storm two Paris synagogues, leaders of Jewish groups in France tell The Local that the community is braced for more anti-Semitic attacks.

Austrian poker player wins half a million dollars
Austria

Austrian poker player wins half a million dollars

An Austrian student competing in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas just missed out on being part of the top ten final table, but consoled himself with 11th place, and earnings of US$565,193 (€415,800).

Burglars steal 300,000 litres of beer
Germany

Burglars steal 300,000 litres of beer

Burglars have stolen 300,000 litres of beer from a warehouse in western Germany, police reported on Tuesday - the equivalent of €2.1 million worth of the nation's favourite drink.

‘My dream is to open a post-apocalyptic store’
Sweden

‘My dream is to open a post-apocalyptic store’

Fredrik Qvarnström, owner of an online survival shop, talks to The Local about being a "prepper" in Sweden and what to have in your bunker when the end is nigh.

Dane accused of NYC sex crimes speaks out
Denmark

Dane accused of NYC sex crimes speaks out

Recently released on bail, Malthe Thomsen has denied abusing children at the Manhattan preschool where he worked as an intern.

Original 3D printing café celebrates anniversary
Germany

Original 3D printing café celebrates anniversary

A Berlin 3D printing café, the first of its kind in Europe, is celebrating its six month anniversary. The company's founder tells The Local how they found success.

Naples registers its first gay marriage
Italy

Naples registers its first gay marriage

As the first gay marriage is registered in Naples, one of the grooms tells The Local about the "symbolic" moment for Italian society.

Conchita graffiti spotted in Paris
Austria

Conchita graffiti spotted in Paris

Top French designer Jean Paul Gaultier spotted a new graffito in Paris after his recent triumphal Couture show in the city, featuring Austrian singer Conchita Wurst.

Hope springs eternal for expat pet shop owner
Sweden

Hope springs eternal for expat pet shop owner

Jenna Iwanchuk had never visited Europe, let alone Sweden, before she moved from Canada to Gothenburg two years ago, she tells The Local. Now she runs a local pet shop ably assisted by her dog, Tindra.

Austria opposes new EU bio farm rules
Austria

Austria opposes new EU bio farm rules

Austria and Germany have both stated their opposition to proposed new rules from the EU Commission relating to the management of organic, or 'bio' farms.

Fragile Gaza truce as Italy FM visits Israel
Italy

Fragile Gaza truce as Italy FM visits Israel

Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini will on Tuesday visit an Israeli town hit by rocket strikes from Gaza and meet Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas as part of a diplomatic push for peace, her ministry said.

‘Essential’ role in weapons mission
Austria

‘Essential’ role in weapons mission

Defence Minister Gerald Klug (SPÖ) has praised Austria's involvement in the process of destroying chemical weapons in Syria.

The Legacy is headed for US homes
Denmark

The Legacy is headed for US homes

An American version of Arvingerne will look to replicate the success of Danish shows like The Killing and Borgen.

German sausage makers fined €338 million
Germany

German sausage makers fined €338 million

German sausage makers have been fined a total €338 million for fixing their prices to the retail sector for many years, the competition watchdog said on Tuesday.

Malaga counts cost of ‘Hidden Cash’ chaos
Spain

Malaga counts cost of ‘Hidden Cash’ chaos

Authorities in the southern city of Malaga are less than thrilled after being hit with a €2,000 ($2,700) clean-up bill after in the wake of a chaotic 'Hidden Cash' treasure hunt organized by eccentric US millionaire Jason Buzi.

France ‘most welcoming’ country for Chinese
France

France ‘most welcoming’ country for Chinese

A new survey published on Tuesday might raise a few eyebrows among those in the tourist industry and help pour cold water on a few misconceptions after it found that Chinese travellers saw France as the most welcoming country in Europe.

Lifeguards find ‘drowned’ swimmer at local bar
Spain

Lifeguards find ‘drowned’ swimmer at local bar

Lifeguards desperately looking for a man they assumed had drowned at a beach in northern Spain were shocked to find he'd spent the past three hours relaxing at a nearby bar.

Minister rebukes states over asylum housing
Austria

Minister rebukes states over asylum housing

Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) has presented states that are failing to fulfill their obligations to accommodate asylum seekers with an ultimatum.

‘Racists’ blamed for homeless tent attacks
Sweden

‘Racists’ blamed for homeless tent attacks

A local group assisting homeless EU migrants in southern Stockholm has claimed that "racists" were behind the weekend attacks on camps which left tents and car tyres slashed.

Panoramic Bernina Express fetes rail history
Switzerland

Panoramic Bernina Express fetes rail history

As the Rhaetian Railway celebrates its 125th anniversary, The Local’s Emily Mawson takes a ride on one of its trains to find out what makes the Graubünden cantonal rail network so unique.

Danish researchers make ADHD breakthrough
Denmark

Danish researchers make ADHD breakthrough

A collaboration between Aarhus University and Mayo Clinic pinpointed a gene defect that could be a cause of the attention deficit disorder.

France mulls forcing 37 professions to cut fees
France

France mulls forcing 37 professions to cut fees

France’s top financial watchdog has called for cuts of up to 20 percent in the fees charged in certain professions including taxi-drivers, pharmacists and bailiffs because customers are being stung by inflated bills.

Mother ‘may have fed son anti-depressants’
Italy

Mother ‘may have fed son anti-depressants’

A 33-year-old woman in Sicily is facing murder charges over the death on Monday of her five-year-old son, who reportedly overdosed on pills used to treat depression.

French legionnaire killed in Mali suicide attack
France

French legionnaire killed in Mali suicide attack

A French legionnaire has been killed in a suicide attack in northern Mali, taking to nine the number of soldiers to have died in the west African country since 2013, the defence ministry said on Tuesday.

Call for pre-trial detention for Grasser
Austria

Call for pre-trial detention for Grasser

Photos have emerged of the former finance minister Karl-Heinz Grasser in swimwear on a boat off the island of Capri - despite the fact that he is said to be ill with pneumonia and has postponed a court hearing into his unpaid taxes.

Domestic violence spikes in Swedish summer
Sweden

Domestic violence spikes in Swedish summer

Domestic violence increases in the summer months in Sweden, a fresh statistics report shows, while new proposals for tackling the broader problem have been slated by a national women's group.

World’s first hydrogen fuel plant in Vienna
Austria

World’s first hydrogen fuel plant in Vienna

According to a report on Business Wire, Germany's Linde Group has opened the first manufacturing plant in the world that will build hydrogen fueling stations - in Vienna.

Neo-Nazi gang extorts neighbour to pay lawyer
Spain

Neo-Nazi gang extorts neighbour to pay lawyer

Police in Spain's Catalonia region have arrested four members of a neo-Nazi gang who beat up one of their neighbours to extort up to €2,500 ($3,400) from him, money that would later go to pay for the defence of ten of their associates standing trial for violent crimes.

Spain’s Socialists snub EU ‘austerity’ candidate
Spain

Spain’s Socialists snub EU ‘austerity’ candidate

The new leader of Spain's struggling opposition party, the socialist PSOE, confirmed on Monday that the party wouldn't vote for conservative politician Jean-Claude Juncker in Tuesday's ballot on the European Commission presidency.

Probe launched into Swiss car leasing ‘fiddle’
Switzerland

Probe launched into Swiss car leasing ‘fiddle’

Switzerland’s competition commission Comco has launched a major investigation into alleged fiddling of car leasing rates by nine financing companies of automakers and importers.

Should Germany ban the burqa?
Germany

Should Germany ban the burqa?

The ruling of the European Court of Human Rights this month to uphold France's 2011 ban on wearing the burqa and niqab veil in public has reignited the debate in Germany too, as The Local finds out in Frankfurt.

France launches logo to boost homemade cuisine
France

France launches logo to boost homemade cuisine

A new law designed to help restore the reputation of France's famed gastronomy came into force on Tuesday. The decree is aimed at encouraging French restaurants to serve up homemade dishes rather than ready meals but some critics say the move could make things worse.

Majority want stricter family reunification rules
Denmark

Majority want stricter family reunification rules

Danish People's Party says that new poll results show that the government's immigration policies are out of step with the majority of Danish voters.

First tents go up for Munich’s Oktoberfest
Germany

First tents go up for Munich’s Oktoberfest

Building for this year’s Oktoberfest in Munich – the world’s biggest beer festival – has already begun with the first tents going up on Monday.

Madrid police to trial ‘hidden’ shoulder cams
Spain

Madrid police to trial ‘hidden’ shoulder cams

Madrid Town Hall is planning to equip its local police force with GoPro-style cameras on their bullet-proof vests, a move which will catch out violent protesters but also expose offending officers.

Smoke prompts plane evacuation in Italy
Italy

Smoke prompts plane evacuation in Italy

A plane was evacuated on Monday evening moments before take-off from an Italian airport, after passengers noticed smoke filling the air.

‘Rubygate’ appeal verdict expected on Friday
Italy

‘Rubygate’ appeal verdict expected on Friday

A verdict on former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s appeal against a jail term for having sex with an underage prostitute and for abuse of power while in office is expected to be given on Friday.

Critics scramble to block Mogherini from EU job
Italy

Critics scramble to block Mogherini from EU job

Italy’s foreign minister is dangerously pro-Russian and an “inexperienced lightweight” and should be blocked from becoming EU foreign policy chief, according to a growing band of opponents.

Lifted doping ban frees sprinters for Swiss races
Switzerland

Lifted doping ban frees sprinters for Swiss races

Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson are set to race in Switzerland on Tuesday, a day after the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reduced their doping bans.

Thousands leave homes after bomb found
Germany

Thousands leave homes after bomb found

Nearly 10,000 people evacuated their homes in Cologne on early Tuesday morning in ahead of the planned defusing of a 1,000 kilo bomb from World War II.

Horror return: missing home shocks pensioner
Spain

Horror return: missing home shocks pensioner

For the first time in 20 years, Gloria Rubio returned home to Spain's Gran Canaria island recently, only to find her house had been ripped down.

Swedish pensioners long for youthful company
Sweden

Swedish pensioners long for youthful company

Swedish senior citizens long for more contact with their younger relatives in order to beat away the lonesome blues, according to a new survey.

Austrians love to get nude on the beach
Austria

Austrians love to get nude on the beach

For the first time Austrians have tied with Germans as the holidaymakers most likely to sunbathe fully nude on the beach. They also enjoy napping on the beach and have no qualms about donning tight-fitting Speedo-style briefs.

Storm debris endangers Lake Biel boat traffic
Switzerland

Storm debris endangers Lake Biel boat traffic

Authorities suspended until Friday boat traffic on the Aar River between Bienne, in the canton of Bern, and Solothurn due to the high volume of wood debris following torrential rain over the weekend.

Police chase Örebro shooting suspect
Sweden

Police chase Örebro shooting suspect

Police in Örebro are searching for a man after a shooting in a residential area of Örebro in central Sweden on Monday evening.

Boeing 747 loses wheel above Linz
Austria

Boeing 747 loses wheel above Linz

The owner of Schloss Steyregg, a castle near Linz, made a curious discovery in the undergrowth near his castle earlier in the week, when he found what turned out to be a wheel from a Boeing 747.

Coming to terms with Denmark’s Jantelov
Denmark

Coming to terms with Denmark’s Jantelov

Spend any extended time in Denmark and you will encounter the Law of Jante, "miserable collectivist commandments" meant to keep anyone from sticking out of the pack. After ten years here, columnist Michael Booth has surely learned to accept Janteloven, right? Well...

Whales and dolphins at risk as wreck is moved
Italy

Whales and dolphins at risk as wreck is moved

It's nursing season in Europe's biggest marine sanctuary and schools of whales have brought their young to Italian shores - but environmentalists warn they are at risk from toxins leaked by the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship.

France ups security after synagogues stormed
France

France ups security after synagogues stormed

France has stepped up security this week with the president calling for a zero tolerance approach after a series of protests against Israel's bombardment of Gaza. In one incident anti-Israel demonstrators tried to storm two Paris synagogues.

Armed robbery at Klagenfurt McDonald’s
Austria

Armed robbery at Klagenfurt McDonald’s

An armed robbery took place at a McDonald's restaurant in the early hours of Tuesday morning, in the Carinthian capital of Klagenfurt.

Police catch drunk art thieves in Bavaria
Germany

Police catch drunk art thieves in Bavaria

Two drunk thieves were caught in the early hours of Monday morning stealing a valuable painting from a Bavarian museum.

Police officers accused of pocketing fine money
Denmark

Police officers accused of pocketing fine money

Danish police are allowed by law to require a cash payment from foreigners who have violated traffic laws, but they certainly aren't allowed to keep the money for themselves as two officers are accused of doing.

Germany’s World Cup winners party in Berlin
Germany

Germany’s World Cup winners party in Berlin

Almost a million jubilant fans massed around Berlin on Tuesday to cheer the World Cup winners and new national heroes for bringing home football's top prize for the first time since 1990.

Tedious TV can lead to obesity: Swedish study
Sweden

Tedious TV can lead to obesity: Swedish study

Boring television programmes can increase susceptibility to snacking on the sofa, which may increase the risk of obesity, according to a new research study at Uppsala University.

Bastille Day fireworks mark WW1 centenary
France

Bastille Day fireworks mark WW1 centenary

Paris put on a spectacular fireworks display on Monday night as part of the annual July 14th, Bastille Day celebrations. The 35-minute pyrotechnics display was designed to mark the centenary of World War One. See some of the impressive images and videos here.

Spain’s new king makes first Morocco visit
Spain

Spain’s new king makes first Morocco visit

Spain's King Felipe VI arrived in Rabat on Monday for the start of his first trip to neighbouring Morocco since acceding to the throne in June.

USA’s reputation takes a hit in Germany
Germany

USA’s reputation takes a hit in Germany

German support for US President Barack Obama has nosedived in the past year, an influential American research group said on Monday, with the decline blamed on spying and drone strikes.

‘Life in Italy is not how I thought it would be’
Italy

‘Life in Italy is not how I thought it would be’

As calm seas continue to bring thousands of boat migrants to Italy's shores, The Local's Rosie Scammell meets an Iranian tailor who made the dangerous journey to build a better life in Europe.

‘Studying to be a priest requires determination’
Italy

‘Studying to be a priest requires determination’

Marc Homsey, from the UK, was a teacher before deciding to become a priest. As he heads towards becoming ordained, the 35-year-old talks to The Local about his training in Rome and what it takes to join the priesthood.

América Móvil buys stake in Telekom Austria
Austria

América Móvil buys stake in Telekom Austria

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal published Monday, Mexican telecommunications company América Móvil has confirmed that it has now secured a majority stake in the former national phone company of Austria, with 50.8 percent.

Family of four struck by one lightning bolt
Norway

Family of four struck by one lightning bolt

Four members of the same family were all struck by a lightning bolt on Saturday in Rennebu, South Trøndelag.

VIDEO: Cliff divers leap into Norway fjord
Norway

VIDEO: Cliff divers leap into Norway fjord

The Cliff Diving world championship came to Kragerø, Norway for the fourth stop of the series.