Top 10 foreign films made in Italy
Italy

Top 10 foreign films made in Italy

From 1953’s Roman Holiday to The Talented Mr Ripley in 1999, Italy has long held an allure for foreign filmmakers.

Will this be the new map of France?
France

Will this be the new map of France?

The latest draft of a map that would slash the number of France’s regions by 40 percent won approval from lawmakers in the lower house of the French parliament early Friday. It’s part of an effort to streamline the country’s costly and pervasive bureaucracy.

Tour de France: Nibali takes hold after Alps win
France

Tour de France: Nibali takes hold after Alps win

Yellow jersey holder Vincenzo Nibali extended his lead over the rest of the pack after winning stage 13 of the Tour de France on Friday. The Italian reigned supreme on the first day of riding in the Alps leaving his rivals trailing in his wake.

Merkel snubs Catalonia’s independence plans
Spain

Merkel snubs Catalonia’s independence plans

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday spoke out against independence for the Spanish region of Catalonia, siding with the Spanish government's official position that the territorial integrity of Spain must be protected.

Swedish ornithologists keep webcam watch
Sweden

Swedish ornithologists keep webcam watch

The latest trend among internet-savvy Swedish bird-watchers is to kick back in the comfort of their own homes and observe their feathered friends live-streamed via nested webcams.

Paris Plages: 10 reasons to head to the beach
France

Paris Plages: 10 reasons to head to the beach

The City of Light’s famous month-long summer beach festival "Paris Plages" opens on Saturday and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before. We've scoured the programme and found the top ten activities that'll make you want to head down to the water.

‘Finish Pompeii revamp or lose EU funds’: Hahn
Italy

‘Finish Pompeii revamp or lose EU funds’: Hahn

Italy has been warned that EU funding to preserve the ancient ruins of Pompeii will be lost by the end of 2015 unless work on the restoration project is accelerated.

Temperatures set to plummet across Spain
Spain

Temperatures set to plummet across Spain

Fed up with the recent heatwave? There's good news coming your way as temperatures will fall as much as 10 degrees in some parts of Spain in coming days.

It all began with a scoop of Tiramisu
Austria

It all began with a scoop of Tiramisu

After a month in Vienna one thing in particular stands out for American journalism student Gretchen Henderson, as she writes for The Local.

Lahm goes out on top of his game
Germany

Lahm goes out on top of his game

Germany captain Philipp Lahm, who announced his retirement from international football on Friday, is one of the greatest players of his generation.

Italians best at ripping off the EU: report
Italy

Italians best at ripping off the EU: report

Italians tried to con the EU out of €68.5 million worth of funds last year - by far the highest figure out of all European countries - new statistics show.

Palestinians ask France to help broker peace
France

Palestinians ask France to help broker peace

The Palestinians have asked France to push the leaders of Hamas to broker a truce with Israel in hopes of ending the blood shed brought on an Israel bombing campaign and ground invasion of the Gaza Strip.

PM calls for ‘thorough’ inquiry into MH17
Denmark

PM calls for ‘thorough’ inquiry into MH17

As the foreign ministry says no Danes were among the victims, Helle Thorning-Schmidt says the international community must reach agreement on how to hold the responsible parties accountable.

Ericsson shares spike after profit leap
Sweden

Ericsson shares spike after profit leap

Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson reported a leap in net profits for the second quarter 2014 on Friday, beating analyst expectations.

Spaniards named biggest tech addicts in Europe
Spain

Spaniards named biggest tech addicts in Europe

Spaniards spend an incredible 8 hours and 48 minutes a day using devices outside work, making them the most tech addicted people in Europe, a new study has found.

Sweden’s Saab soars as cost-cuts boost profits
Sweden

Sweden’s Saab soars as cost-cuts boost profits

Swedish defence and security group Saab posted a substantial growth in profit on Friday on the back of an aggressive programme of cost-cutting.

Calais migrants: Number of arrests soar in 2014
France

Calais migrants: Number of arrests soar in 2014

More than 7,400 migrants have been arrested in the French Channel port of Calais for trying to illegally cross the Channel into Britain in the first half of 2014, more than double the figure a year ago, officials said on Friday.

Psychiatric patient flies power glider over airport
Austria

Psychiatric patient flies power glider over airport

A 28-year-old Carinthian man triggered alarm at Klagenfurt airport on Wednesday after making an unauthorised low pass in a power glider over restricted airspace.

Germany tops table for energy efficiency
Germany

Germany tops table for energy efficiency

Germany is the most energy efficient country in the world, according to rankings by an environmental group. The award came as a new poll showed support for switching to green energy was slipping in the wake of high bills.

Rare World War I colour photos mark centenary
Germany

Rare World War I colour photos mark centenary

A German publisher has gathered hundreds of rare colour photographs of World War I to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the conflict.

Graffiti vandal ‘Puber’ to appear in court
Austria

Graffiti vandal ‘Puber’ to appear in court

Vienna’s most notorious graffiti sprayer, who calls himself Puber (German for 'adolescent’), is due to appear in court, charged with causing damage amounting to €50,000.

Danish firm cleared in Killing jumper court case
Denmark

Danish firm cleared in Killing jumper court case

The Faroese designers who created Sarah Lund's trademark knitwear lost a legal battle to keep a Danish firm from selling a similar – and much cheaper – version.

Uber takes on taxi drivers with free ice cream
Spain

Uber takes on taxi drivers with free ice cream

The people behind the mobile taxi app Uber have gone on a charm offensive, offering free ice creams on Friday afternoon to users in Barcelona, a city where use of the controversial app is currently banned.

Rosenborg suffer shock Europa League loss
Norway

Rosenborg suffer shock Europa League loss

Rosenborg lost 2-1 at home to Irish League minnows Sligo Rovers in the first leg of the second qualifying round for the Europa League on Thursday.

Ukraine tragedy hits Mogherini’s EU hopes
Italy

Ukraine tragedy hits Mogherini’s EU hopes

As world leaders demand answers on the alleged shooting down of a jet plane over eastern Ukraine, commentators examine how the tragedy could affect foreign minister Federica Mogherini’s already fragile path to becoming EU foreign policy chief.

Spain calls in UK envoy in navy ship spat
Spain

Spain calls in UK envoy in navy ship spat

Spanish authorities on Friday called in the British Ambassador to Spain in retaliation for a similar move by UK authorities a day earlier, after a Spanish naval vessel allegedly blocked two commercial UK ships from entering Gibraltar.

More pressure on France to scrap Russia ship deal
France

More pressure on France to scrap Russia ship deal

The suspected shooting down of a passenger plane by Russian separatists in Ukraine has triggered more international pressure on France to pull the plug on its €1.2 billion deal to sell two warships to Russia. But experts say Paris is likely to withstand the calls.

Abbas calls on Swiss for human rights summit
Switzerland

Abbas calls on Swiss for human rights summit

The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has asked Swiss President Didier Burkhalter to organize an urgent conference regarding the current deadly conflict in the Middle East.

Paris police ban pro-Palestinian demo
France

Paris police ban pro-Palestinian demo

Police authorities in Paris have banned a pro-Palestinian rally set to be held in the capital at the weekend over worries it could turn violent. A recent demo against the Israeli bombardment of Gaza, led to running street battles between rival factions. (see video)

Tenerife water park named world’s best
Spain

Tenerife water park named world’s best

Tenerife's Siam Park has been named the world's best water park by the TripAdvisor travel site, good news for the Thai-themed venue which is home to a group of sea lions.

Berlusconi has ‘suffered’ from Ruby sex case
Italy

Berlusconi has ‘suffered’ from Ruby sex case

An Italian appeals court on Friday cleared Silvio Berlusconi of having sex with an underage prostitute and abuse of power in a surprise ruling that will strengthen the former prime minister on the political scene.

‘Renzi blocked Letta from EU top job’
Italy

‘Renzi blocked Letta from EU top job’

Former premier Enrico Letta had a “good chance” of becoming the new EU Council president, but Prime Minister Matteo Renzi chose not to nominate him, a German MEP has said.

WHO spokesman dies on doomed MH17 flight
Switzerland

WHO spokesman dies on doomed MH17 flight

Glenn Thomas, a spokesman for the World Health Organisation, was among the 298 people killed in the crash in eastern Ukraine of a Malaysia Airlines jet, the Geneva-based UN agency said on Friday.

Reconstruction of scene of teen murder
Austria

Reconstruction of scene of teen murder

Police have carried out a crime scene reconstruction with a teenage suspect who is accused of murdering his 16-year-old friend in Graz in June.

Union targets Amazon with fresh strikes
Germany

Union targets Amazon with fresh strikes

Germany's second biggest union will target online retail giant Amazon with a fresh round of strikes over the next few weeks.

Swedish court cuts jail time for ‘sadist pimp’
Sweden

Swedish court cuts jail time for ‘sadist pimp’

The 50-year-old rapist who posed as a fashion photographer and was dubbed a sadist by the prosecution has had his prison sentence reduced by a Stockholm court from from nine to eight years.

Federal Court: no tests for expat car drivers
Switzerland

Federal Court: no tests for expat car drivers

Foreigners living in Switzerland cannot be asked to pass a Swiss driving test in order to swap their foreign driving licence for a Swiss one, regardless of when they apply, the Federal Court has said.

Sweden ranks third in global innovation index
Sweden

Sweden ranks third in global innovation index

Sweden has been ranked as the third most innovative country in the world, a step down from last year, according to the 2014 Global Innovation Index.

Call for reform of Social Partnership
Austria

Call for reform of Social Partnership

The chairman of the opposition liberal NEOS party, Matthias Strolz, has said he wants to reform the Austrian Social Partnership.

Danish happiness is all in the genes: study
Denmark

Danish happiness is all in the genes: study

One international survey after the other has pointed to Denmark as the world's happiest country and now a researcher in England tells The Local that he may have discovered the reason why.

Spain breaks up global people smuggling ring
Spain

Spain breaks up global people smuggling ring

Spanish police have arrested 66 people belonging to an organized crime group that arranged fake marriages and printed bogus residency documents for Indian and Pakistani citizens trying to get into Europe and the USA.

Fury as Italian tennis star calls Serb ‘sh***y gypsy’
Italy

Fury as Italian tennis star calls Serb ‘sh***y gypsy’

Temperamental Italian tennis player Fabio Fognini has apologized after being heard hurling a racist insult at a Serb rival that later circulated on YouTube.

‘Rubygate’: jail time still eludes Berlusconi
Italy

‘Rubygate’: jail time still eludes Berlusconi

An Italian appeals court prepared to issue a ruling on Friday in the case against ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi for having sex with an underage prostitute and abuse of power.

Mystery of the stolen sausage solved
Austria

Mystery of the stolen sausage solved

Police in the town of St Michael in Lungau, south of Salzburg, have tracked down the thieves responsible for the theft of a massive 80kg sausage from an Italian market last weekend.

US envoy gets on his bike to back trade deal
Sweden

US envoy gets on his bike to back trade deal

The US Ambassador to Sweden pedalled in to Stockholm on Thursday after completing a trans-Sweden bike trip to promote a US-EU free trade agreement and to see a little more of his adopted country.

Women can’t fight fires: Spain’s gaffe queen
Spain

Women can’t fight fires: Spain’s gaffe queen

The gaffe-prone mayor of Madrid caused a stir on Thursday when she said that women weren't able to work as firefighters because they didn't have the right physical attributes.

Austria plans to tighten laws against jihadists
Austria

Austria plans to tighten laws against jihadists

One Viennese teenager has already joined the newly founded so-called caliphate of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in the Syrian city of Raqqa, and a further three Austrian minors have been stopped by authorities en route to the war zone - according to a report in Der Standard newspaper.

Violent storms set to end France’s heatwave
France

Violent storms set to end France’s heatwave

Storm warnings were in place for much of western France on Friday, with heavy rain, hail and high winds expected to hit the region by the end of the day. The extreme weather will bring an abrupt end to France's brief but sweltering heatwave.

Captain Philipp Lahm retires from German side
Germany

Captain Philipp Lahm retires from German side

UPDATE: Captain Philipp Lahm announced his retirement from international football on Friday following Germany’s World Cup win in Brazil.

Malaysia jet crash: Call for urgent investigation
Austria

Malaysia jet crash: Call for urgent investigation

Austria’s Chancellor Werner Faymann has called for a “rapid and comprehensive” investigation into the Malaysia Airlines jet crash and expressed his sympathy for the families of the victims. The plane crashed in pro-Russian separatist territory in eastern Ukraine and is believed to have been shot down.

Swiss airlines steers clear of Ukraine airspace
Switzerland

Swiss airlines steers clear of Ukraine airspace

Swiss International Air Lines will no longer fly over Ukranian airspace following the devastating crash of a Malaysian Airlines flight in the east of Ukraine on Thursday amid reports it was shot down.

Oil spill chokes Canary coastal paradise
Spain

Oil spill chokes Canary coastal paradise

An oil spill thought to have been caused by a passing ship has destroyed over a kilometre of coastline on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, just weeks after Spain announced it would allow gas and oil drilling off the Canary coast.

‘A first class international gangster crime’: Bildt
Sweden

‘A first class international gangster crime’: Bildt

Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has described as "horrible" the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine on Thursday, citing evidence incriminating pro-Russian separatists.

Police find cannabis growing on motorway
Germany

Police find cannabis growing on motorway

Police in Saxony discovered 11 large cannabis plants on Wednesday growing on a grass bank next to a busy motorway.

Swedish Wiki vet sets new content record
Sweden

Swedish Wiki vet sets new content record

With 2,7 million articles under his belt, a Swede tops the list over the amount of items published on online encyclopedia Wikipedia, making up almost one tenth of the total content on the site.

Facts needed in plane tragedy: FM
Denmark

Facts needed in plane tragedy: FM

No Danes are thought to be among the 298 casualties when a Malaysia Airlines flight crashed in eastern Ukraine, but an unverified report says an outbound flight from Copenhagen was close behind. Martin Lidegaard said the international community needs answers.

Spain calls for answers on Malaysian jet crash
Spain

Spain calls for answers on Malaysian jet crash

UPDATED The Spanish prime minister said on Friday "the world has a right to know" who fired the missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines plane in pro-Russian separatist territory in eastern Ukraine.

‘Signal failure’ to blame for French train crash
France

‘Signal failure’ to blame for French train crash

UPDATED: Two French trains, one of them a TGV, collided in south western France on Thursday afternoon, leaving at least 40 injured, three of whom were said to be in a critical condition. Initial reports suggest the crash was caused by a signal failure.

‘Italian justice has let us down in every way’
Italy

‘Italian justice has let us down in every way’

An Italian judge has refused to reopen the investigation into the death of a British woman, who suffered multiple stab wounds to the throat, closing the case as a suicide. The Local speaks to her family about their “horror story” in the Italian justice system.

Sci-fi robot drama new Swedish global success
Sweden

Sci-fi robot drama new Swedish global success

The creator of a Swedish sci-fi drama that pits robots against humans has struck a nerve among viewers and set to become the next big TV export after being bought by some 50 countries since its 2012 premier.

Fifa tell Rosberg to ditch World Cup F1 helmet
Germany

Fifa tell Rosberg to ditch World Cup F1 helmet

Football fan and F1 world championship leader Nico Rosberg was on Thursday told not to use an image of the World Cup on a helmet designed to celebrate Germany's triumph at his home Grand Prix this weekend.

Denmark sends millions in aid to Gaza
Denmark

Denmark sends millions in aid to Gaza

The development ministry on Friday announced an 11 million kroner contribution in emergency aid to help those affected by the "spiral of violence" in Gaza.

Gaza war is ‘grotesque’: Norway’s ex-PM
Norway

Gaza war is ‘grotesque’: Norway’s ex-PM

Former Norwegian Prime Minister and Conservative Party chairman Kåre Willoch has called the Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip "meaningless and grotesque".

France demands probe into Malaysian jet crash
France

France demands probe into Malaysian jet crash

France has demanded an immediate inquiry into the crash of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, which several sources say was shot down. The shocking incident however, is unlikely to see the EU harden its stance towards Russia, one expert tells The Local.

Stalker jailed for life for killing dance partner
Germany

Stalker jailed for life for killing dance partner

A stalker was jailed for life on Thursday for murdering his former dance partner in south-west Germany in her front garden.

Italian citizen killed in Malaysian Airlines crash
Italy

Italian citizen killed in Malaysian Airlines crash

An Italian-Dutch citizen and her son were among the 298 passengers who where killed when a Malaysian Airlines jet crashed over eastern Ukraine on Thursday.

Four Germans among Malaysia plane dead
Germany

Four Germans among Malaysia plane dead

UPDATE: Four Germans were among the 298 passengers and crew members killed on Thursday when a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed into pro-Russian separatist territory in eastern Ukraine, believed to be shot down. Germany has called on Russia to help de-escalate the crisis.