UK gains tax millions from leaked Swiss data
Switzerland

UK gains tax millions from leaked Swiss data

Britain has recovered £135 million ($231 million) from clients named on a leaked list of HSBC's private banking operation in Switzerland, the tax authority said on Wednesday.

EU top job decision delayed until August
Denmark

EU top job decision delayed until August

With European leaders unable to come to agreement on Wednesday, Helle Thorning-Schmidt can look forward to another six weeks of denying that she is a leading candidate for the position of European Council president.

Federer and Vonn play tennis at Jungfraujoch
Switzerland

Federer and Vonn play tennis at Jungfraujoch

Roger Federer played tennis with American ski racing star Lindsey Vonn at the top of the Jungfrau Railway — 3,454 metres above sea level — in an unusual promotion on Wednesday for a Lindt & Sprüngli chocolate shop at the Bernese Oberland station.

Ex-UBS banker charged for bilking Scandinavians
Switzerland

Ex-UBS banker charged for bilking Scandinavians

A former customer service representative of UBS appeared before a district court on Wednesday to face charges of bilking 60 Scandinavian clients of around two million francs ($2.2 million).

Stockholm court upholds Assange arrest order
Sweden

Stockholm court upholds Assange arrest order

Stockholm district court on Wednesday decided to uphold a warrant for the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in connection with sex assault allegations.

Ex-‘first lady’ Trierweiler cost French €480k
France

Ex-‘first lady’ Trierweiler cost French €480k

Valerie Trierweiler is long gone from the Elysée Palace, but the French people are still stuck with a whopping €481,000 bill from her short stay as France's first lady. Trierweiler was dumped by the president after details emerged of his fling with an actress.

Berlin could block French bid for top EU job
Germany

Berlin could block French bid for top EU job

The former French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici appears lined up to land the EU’s top finance job. But Germany, whose leaders are reportedly not keen on a Frenchman being in charge of the Commission's monetary brief, could yet scupper the move.

Tour de France stage 11: Frenchman Gallopin wins
France

Tour de France stage 11: Frenchman Gallopin wins

Two days after wearing the yellow jersey on Bastille Day, Frenchman Tony Gallopin won the 11th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday. Leader Vincenzo Nibali, from Italy, held on to the yellow jersey.

‘Day-care rapist’ judge cleared to proceed
Sweden

‘Day-care rapist’ judge cleared to proceed

The investigation into child porn offences against the judge of the infamous day-care rapist case has been dropped, meaning that the court case can resume.

Berlin could block French bid for EU finance job
France

Berlin could block French bid for EU finance job

The former French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici appears lined up to land the EU’s top finance job. But Germany, whose leaders are reportedly not keen on a Frenchman being in charge of the Commission's monetary brief, could yet scupper the move.

Austrian desserts vie for world heritage status
Austria

Austrian desserts vie for world heritage status

Austria wants its famed cake and pastry culture to be included on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

Renzi to visit Africa during EU presidency
Italy

Renzi to visit Africa during EU presidency

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi begins a three-day visit to Africa on Saturday that will take him to Mozambique, the Republic of Congo and Angola, the government said.

Zschäpe’s move puts NSU trial in doubt
Germany

Zschäpe’s move puts NSU trial in doubt

The National Socialist Underground trial in Munich hangs in the balance after the main defendant, Beate Zschäpe, indicated she wanted to dismiss her entire legal team.

World Bank hit by Hypo bank ‘bail in’
Austria

World Bank hit by Hypo bank ‘bail in’

Austria’s plan to impose losses on junior creditors of Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank International AG will cost the World Bank €150 million ($203 million), Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

Fewer AIDS cases raise hopes of beating disease
Switzerland

Fewer AIDS cases raise hopes of beating disease

Global AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections have fallen by over a third in a decade, raising hopes of beating the killer disease by 2030, the United Nations said in Geneva on Wednesday.

Top Ten: Summer music festivals in Spain 2014
Spain

Top Ten: Summer music festivals in Spain 2014

It's summer in Spain which means there are a wealth of music festivals to choose from, whatever your taste in tunes. Read on to see The Local's round up of the very best events for 2014.

Woman claims sick pay despite running career
Sweden

Woman claims sick pay despite running career

A Swedish woman has been forced to return 700,000 kronor ($102,000) to the Swedish Social Insurance Agency after collecting sickness benefits despite being a successful, competitive runner.

Where now for German World Cup winners?
Germany

Where now for German World Cup winners?

After seven weeks together, Germany's World Cup winners have gone their separate ways. Sports writer Doug Revolta looks at what the future holds for the 13 stars who played in the final.

Austrian police warn of ‘Microsoft phone scam’
Austria

Austrian police warn of ‘Microsoft phone scam’

Austria’s Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) is warning people of an internet scam in which crooks are posing as employees of the company Microsoft.

Spanish celebs say no to independent Catalonia
Spain

Spanish celebs say no to independent Catalonia

A group of 50 high-profile writers and intellectuals have published a manifesto urging the country's prime minister not to risk the "destruction of Spanish democracy" by negotiating on the issue of an independent Catalonia.

Speculation mounts as Thorning hits Brussels
Denmark

Speculation mounts as Thorning hits Brussels

EU leaders meet to haggle over new top job appointments, leaving all of Denmark wondering if Helle Thorning-Schmidt will still be the prime minister come Thursday.

‘North Africans are sponging off us’: mayor
Spain

‘North Africans are sponging off us’: mayor

The mayor of Vitoria has caused a stir by accusing Algerians and Moroccans of registering as residents at the Basque city's town hall with the sole purpose of claiming social benefits.

Man ‘starves’ 92-year-old grandmother to death
Spain

Man ‘starves’ 92-year-old grandmother to death

A Spanish man and his girlfriend are being charged with murder after they reportedly starved and gave no water to his bedridden grandmother for over a month.

Anti-corruption raid on Carinthian FPÖ
Austria

Anti-corruption raid on Carinthian FPÖ

The Carinthian headquarters of the right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ) and the home of the party’s former finance officer Harald Dobernig have been raided by the Federal Office for Anti-Corruption (BAK).

‘Battered women should stop whining’
Sweden

‘Battered women should stop whining’

Sweden Democrat MP Anna Hagwall has been censured by the party after saying that women should "stop whining" about domestic violence and that they shoulder the responsibility to end the abuse.

‘The summer weather is coming back in full force’
Denmark

‘The summer weather is coming back in full force’

Shake off the blues brought on by the last couple days because sunshine and temperatures approaching 30C are on their way.

Dane rumoured as South Korea national coach
Denmark

Dane rumoured as South Korea national coach

Michael Schjønberg, currently coaching in Norway, is reportedly in talks to take over South Korea's national side.

US tourist charged over Pamplona punch
Spain

US tourist charged over Pamplona punch

A US tourist who punched and seriously injured a Spanish man who allegedly tried to sexually assault his girlfriend during the recent Running of the Bulls festival in Pamplona has been told he cannot leave Spain.

Leaving Germany: Ten things you have to do before you go
Germany

Leaving Germany: Ten things you have to do before you go

Germany's tourism industry is booming, but what sights should you visit beyond the cities? With the help of our readers, The Local List has come up with a German Bucket List of ten things to see and do while you're in the country.

France proposes peace monitors in Gaza
France

France proposes peace monitors in Gaza

France has put forward the idea of setting up European-run border monitors between the Gaza Strip and Israel in an effort to encourage peace. The proposal comes as an Israeli bombing campaign has killed over 200 people in Gaza.

Alitalia must be ‘brought back to life’: Etihad CEO
Italy

Alitalia must be ‘brought back to life’: Etihad CEO

Etihad Airways chief James Hogan said on Wednesday he aimed to complete negotiations on buying 49 percent of Alitalia by the end of the month but stressed the company had to be "right-sized" first.

Swiss expats threatened by ‘absurd’ proposal
Switzerland

Swiss expats threatened by ‘absurd’ proposal

A proposal to limit population growth in Switzerland could mean Swiss expats cannot return to their native country, says an organization representing citizens living abroad.

Jewish ‘ultras’ and anti-Israel mob in street clash
France

Jewish ‘ultras’ and anti-Israel mob in street clash

A video has emerged of a violent running street battle that kicked off Sunday in central Paris between a mob of hardline Jewish youths and pro-Palestinian demonstrators who’d attacked a nearby synagogue.

Football chief: No offence meant by ‘gaucho’ dance
Germany

Football chief: No offence meant by ‘gaucho’ dance

UPDATE: President of the German Football Association Wolfgang Niersbach said on Wednesday he was sorry if anyone had "misunderstood" a controversial victory dance by Germany's World Cup winning side.

Allegri appointed new Juventus boss
Italy

Allegri appointed new Juventus boss

Massimiliano Allegri was on Wednesday appointed the new manager of Serie A champions Juventus less than 24 hours after Antonio Conte quit the post.

Deripaska expands Austrian involvement
Austria

Deripaska expands Austrian involvement

Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska's Cyprus based Rasperia Trading is expanding its involvement in Austrian construction giant Strabag.

Merkel’s 60th birthday celebrated with 60 photos
Germany

Merkel’s 60th birthday celebrated with 60 photos

Chancellor Angela Merkel turns 60 on Thursday and to celebrate a Berlin museum is displaying 60 photos of the leader through the years. Merkel herself will enjoy her birthday with a lecture.

Sollecito studied Kercher murder case for thesis
Italy

Sollecito studied Kercher murder case for thesis

Raffaele Sollecito, who in January was reconvicted alongside Amanda Knox of murdering British student Meredith Kercher, graduated on Tuesday after producing a thesis on the case as part of his degree.

Norwegian wire thief caught copper-handed
Norway

Norwegian wire thief caught copper-handed

A thief trying to steal copper cables was electrocuted after he mistakenly cut a live wire on Wednesday morning.

Dane wants to correct Google Translate’s ‘bias’
Denmark

Dane wants to correct Google Translate’s ‘bias’

An associate professor at the University of Copenhagen is trying to improve the way translation technology handles smaller languages like Danish.

Military stabs Spanish swordsmiths in the back
Spain

Military stabs Spanish swordsmiths in the back

Spain's Defence department has dealt a serious blow to Toledo's legendary swordsmiths by choosing to order over a thousand sabres from a Chinese company for the sake of saving €5 ($6.70) per unit.

Child sex ring exposed in Sweden
Sweden

Child sex ring exposed in Sweden

A major sex assault and rape case is unfolding in Sweden with some 15 men suspected of having committed sexual offences against two young girls.

Husband found guilty of murdering Down’s wife
Austria

Husband found guilty of murdering Down’s wife

A 55-year-old Austrian man and his girlfriend have been found guilty of murdering the man’s wife, who had Down’s syndrome, during a holiday to Paraguay in 2011.

‘Racism can only be tackled at the top’: Cole
Italy

‘Racism can only be tackled at the top’: Cole

Footballer Ashley Cole, who signed with AS Roma earlier this month, said on Tuesday that racism in Italian sport can only be tackled with a top-down approach.

Austrian hotel has world’s best wine list
Austria

Austrian hotel has world’s best wine list

World of Fine Wine magazine surveyed 750 restaurants from around the globe, to find out which establishment offered the most impressive selection of wines. The winner by a clear margin was Vienna's Palais Coburg Hotel Residence.

Prisoner accused of coke trafficking from cell
Switzerland

Prisoner accused of coke trafficking from cell

An inmate serving six years in a prison in the canton of Fribourg is suspected of masterminding the trafficking of cocaine in Geneva from his cell.

Assange team ‘confident’ over Sweden hearing
Sweden

Assange team ‘confident’ over Sweden hearing

A Swedish court will decide on Wednesday whether to drop a warrant for the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, with his lawyer confident that his client's years on the run could soon come to an end.

Sports star faces trial for Oslo sex den rapes
Norway

Sports star faces trial for Oslo sex den rapes

A Norwegian sports arrested for rape last year will finally go to trial it was announced on Tuesday. He is among a group of high-profile Norwegians exposed after a police sex and drugs ring bust in Oslo in summer 2013.

Powell makes third-place return at Lucerne meet
Switzerland

Powell makes third-place return at Lucerne meet

Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell wasted no time getting back into the thick of the action a day after his doping ban was reduced, running a modest 10.30 seconds in the 100m at the Lucerne meeting on Tuesday.

Ryanair launches flights from Hamburg
Germany

Ryanair launches flights from Hamburg

Ryanair will begin flying out of Hamburg later this year, scrapping its service from Lübeck Airport which is 70 kilometres away from the city and was described as "Hamburg" by the budget airline.

Denmark to host biggest weapons store in Europe
Denmark

Denmark to host biggest weapons store in Europe

A 5,000 square metre gun shop in Jutland has been built "like a fortress" to address security concerns. The owners hope weapons enthusiasts from around the world will visit the store for their gun and ammo needs.

Mum killed by own car as toddler played with wheel
France

Mum killed by own car as toddler played with wheel

A two-year-old boy was at the wheel of a car that ran over and killed his mother in suburban Paris as she was cleaning the vehicle, it was reported this week. The mother is believed to have pushed her older child out of harm's way before getting run over.

Barcelona police crack down on Uber drivers
Spain

Barcelona police crack down on Uber drivers

Police in Barcelona have been given instructions on how to take action against drivers they think may be using the mobile taxi app Uber as part of a crackdown on illegal taxi services in the city.

Italian lottery operator in €3.5bn gambling deal
Italy

Italian lottery operator in €3.5bn gambling deal

Italian lottery operator GTECH said on Wednesday it had agreed to buy US slot machine maker International Game Technology (IGT) for $4.7 billion (€3.5 billion) in a deal highlighting Italy's role in global gambling.

Pic of the day: Islanders take saint for a splash
Spain

Pic of the day: Islanders take saint for a splash

Thousands of people in the Canary city of Puerto de la Cruz attended a boat procession on Tuesday which saw their patron saint of fishermen taken out to sea.

Barcelona beaches reopened after shark alert
Spain

Barcelona beaches reopened after shark alert

Six beaches in Barcelona were reopened on Wednesday morning after being closed when lifeguards spotted several sharks very close to shore on Tuesday.

Swedish activist defies Israel warning in Gaza
Sweden

Swedish activist defies Israel warning in Gaza

A young Swedish man is among the group of international activists refusing to leave a Gaza hospital despite warnings from the Israeli military.

Money worries hike risk of heart disease: study
Sweden

Money worries hike risk of heart disease: study

Financial problems increase the risk of suffering from heart disease, a new study has shown, warning that 1.3 million Swedes could be in the danger zone.

US and Austria agree to discuss spy allegations
Austria

US and Austria agree to discuss spy allegations

Experts from the US and Austria will meet to discuss concerns over alleged US spying activities, ministers from both countries have agreed.

Pope’s hints on married priests trouble Vatican
Italy

Pope’s hints on married priests trouble Vatican

Pope Francis's hints about a possible opening on the issue of married priests, which followed an open letter by 26 women who said they were in love with clergymen living in Italy, are sowing confusion in the Vatican and among Catholic reformists and conservatives alike.

Oops! New Paris Metro escalators ‘were too wide’
France

Oops! New Paris Metro escalators ‘were too wide’

First it was the trains that were too fat for the platforms and now, in another embarrassing transport blunder, authorities in Paris admitted they will have to spend millions of euros replacing dozens of Metro escalators, apparently because they are 10cm too wide.

Norway’s reindeers thrive in climate change
Norway

Norway’s reindeers thrive in climate change

Floods. Rising temperatures. Natural disasters. You'll need more than good old-fashioned climate change to stop Norway's hardiest of animals, the arctic reindeer.

Hunger striker protests pot prison penalty
Austria

Hunger striker protests pot prison penalty

Georg Huß, a 42-year-old man sentenced to four years in prison for possession of only 750 grammes (26 ounces) of cannabis, has been on a hunger strike since June 23rd in protest against the severity of his punishment.

US puts Norwegian citizen on terror blacklist
Norway

US puts Norwegian citizen on terror blacklist

The American government on Tuesday placed a Norwegian man on a terrorism blacklist for traveling to Yemen to join al-Qaeda. The move is in reaction to increased US fears of Europeans becoming involved in terrorism.

Police doing little to find missing Indian teens
Denmark

Police doing little to find missing Indian teens

Five members of an Indian handball team are still unaccounted for, but police say they can't do much to find them.

Obama and Merkel speak for first time in spy row
Germany

Obama and Merkel speak for first time in spy row

President Barack Obama on Tuesday spoke to Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time since a row over US spying prompted Germany to turf out the CIA station chief in Berlin.

Depardieu’s next project: Making organic vodka
France

Depardieu’s next project: Making organic vodka

French actor Gérard Depardieu, Russia's most famous new celebrity citizen, wants to open a distillery there to make organic vodka. His plan comes just two weeks after annoucing he intends to open a restaurant in Moscow.

Renzi irked as Mogherini waits to learn EU fate
Italy

Renzi irked as Mogherini waits to learn EU fate

Italy's foreign minister, Federica Mogherini, was widely tipped to be named EU foreign policy chief when the EU's 28 government heads met in Brussels on Wednesday, but the leaders postponed the decision until August.

Volkswagen unveils India investment
Germany

Volkswagen unveils India investment

Europe's biggest automaker, Volkswagen, said on Tuesday it would invest €185 million in India over the next six years to capture a larger slice of local sales.

Ex-FN candidate handed jail term for monkey slur
France

Ex-FN candidate handed jail term for monkey slur

A French court on Tuesday came down hard on a former National Front local elections candidate, who had compared France’s black Justice Minister Christiane Taubira to a monkey on Facebook. Anne-Sophie Leclère was given nine months behind bars.

Ex-Juventus coach tipped for Italy job
Italy

Ex-Juventus coach tipped for Italy job

Antonio Conte emerged as favourite to take over the vacant Italian national team manager's job after he resigned as Juventus coach on Tuesday.

Foreign students in Germany at all-time high
Germany

Foreign students in Germany at all-time high

A record number of foreign students are currently enrolled in German universities, according to figures released on Tuesday. Half of them stay in the country after graduating, far more than previously thought.

‘Our company has grown thanks to Italy’
Italy

‘Our company has grown thanks to Italy’

A Japanese businessman whose donation helped restore an ancient Roman pyramid said it was a way of thanking Italy for his success, as he toured the monument with Italy's culture minister on Tuesday.

Top ten Swedish beach hot spots
Sweden

Top ten Swedish beach hot spots

While Sweden is a popular destination for the great outdoors, northern lights and big city sights of Stockholm, few connect the country with a beach holiday. Here are ten reasons to think again.

Young girl footballers accused of ‘being boys’
Sweden

Young girl footballers accused of ‘being boys’

Two 11-year-old girls playing for one of the winning teams at a beach football tournament in Åhus, southern Sweden, were hazed by the home team after accusations of being boys in disguise.