Fraud squad has new charge for Realkredit
Denmark

Fraud squad has new charge for Realkredit

The Danske Bank unit Realkredit Danmark faces accusations of leaking insider information and price manipulation.

Troicki returns from ban with Swiss Open win
Switzerland

Troicki returns from ban with Swiss Open win

Viktor Troicki made the most of his return to tennis after serving a one-year ban as the Serb defeated Austria's Dominic Thiem 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 on Monday to reach the second round of the Swiss Open in Gstaad.

Police seek witnesses in Vevey stabbing death
Switzerland

Police seek witnesses in Vevey stabbing death

Vaud cantonal police were seeking witnesses after a 32-year-old man was stabbed to death in Vevey on Monday.

Bern football player’s own goal goes global
Switzerland

Bern football player’s own goal goes global

Milan Gajic, a player for the Bern football team Young Boys, is facing the embarrassment of a lifetime after a video of his own goal over the weekend went viral on the internet.

Thrill-seekers in carousel ride terror
Norway

Thrill-seekers in carousel ride terror

A carousel at an amusement park near Stavanger stopped due to an electrical failure, leaving 20 people helpless over 30 meters above ground on Monday.

Fury in Russia over adopted boy murder
Italy

Fury in Russia over adopted boy murder

Russian authorities have opened an investigation into the death of five-year-old boy adopted by an Italian family in a move that could jeopardize Italy's position as the leading destination for adopted Russian children.

Hollande calls for end to Gaza suffering
France

Hollande calls for end to Gaza suffering

French President François Hollande called on Monday for "everything" possible to be done in order to stop the civilian suffering in Gaza due to an Israeli bombing campaign and ground attack.

‘France’s protest ban will only lead to more trouble’
France

‘France’s protest ban will only lead to more trouble’

After three banned pro-Palestinian protests ended in full scale riots, the French government must now decide whether to allow another demo to go ahead on Saturday. The head of the French League of Human Rights tells The Local it would be major mistake to ban it.

Frenchwoman stung with €500 fine for feeding cats
France

Frenchwoman stung with €500 fine for feeding cats

An elderly Frenchwoman insisted this week's she's no criminal after being hit with a €500 fine for feeding the stray cats in her neighborhood. The court, which adhered to the strict rules of French law surrounding feeding stray animals, clearly saw it differently.

Top Brazilian football star signs for Malmö club
Sweden

Top Brazilian football star signs for Malmö club

Brazilian superstar Marta will be donning the colours of FC Rosengård this season with the Swedish club hoping the investment will keep them at the top of the women's game.

Are these the ugliest football kits ever?
Spain

Are these the ugliest football kits ever?

Spanish Second Division side CD Lugo have released what are quite possibly the most unusual football kits ever: one of a draft beer and another one of an octopus tentacle. The Local looks at why they've done it and trawls the web to find the ugliest kits in Spanish footballing history.

Italy vows ‘strong’ EU action over Ukraine
Italy

Italy vows ‘strong’ EU action over Ukraine

Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini on Monday vowed the EU would agree on a "strong" response to the crisis in Ukraine, which escalated last week with the deaths of 298 people on board a downed passenger jet.

Julius Bär faces US penalty over tax evasion
Switzerland

Julius Bär faces US penalty over tax evasion

Julius Bär said on Monday it expects to strike a deal with American authorities over a probe into the Swiss bank's role in helping Americans evade taxes by the end of the year.

German Jews condemn ‘explosion of hate’
Germany

German Jews condemn ‘explosion of hate’

The American Jewish Committee in Berlin has filed a complaint with the city's police about anti-Semitic slogans being chanted at pro-Palestine rallies, while Germany's Jewish community on Monday condemned an "explosion of evil and violent hatred of Jews".

Aldi founder Karl Albrecht dies aged 94
Germany

Aldi founder Karl Albrecht dies aged 94

UPDATE: Karl Albrecht, who became Germany's richest man by co-founding with his brother Theo the discount supermarket chain Aldi, has died aged 94, the company announced on Monday.

Five states fail to fulfill asylum quota
Austria

Five states fail to fulfill asylum quota

Five out of nine Austrian states did not take in as many asylum seekers as they were supposed to according to a deal from 2012.

Swede feared kidnapped by Ukrainian separatists
Sweden

Swede feared kidnapped by Ukrainian separatists

Swedish police are investigating the suspected kidnapping of a Swedish citizen by pro-Russian separatists at a road block in eastern Ukraine.

Typewriter manufacturers see boom in sales
Germany

Typewriter manufacturers see boom in sales

German typewriter manufacturers are enjoying a boom in sales following the NSA spying scandal. A German defence manufacturer switched to typewriters last year, while last week a leading politician called for the government to use the old technology.

What’s on in Spain: August
Spain

What’s on in Spain: August

It's holiday season and town and cities across Spain are laying on a wealth of events for locals and visitors alike. Here The Local gives you a round up of all the best events around the country in August.

ABB and Volvo team up for rechargeable buses
Switzerland

ABB and Volvo team up for rechargeable buses

Electric buses which can recharge their batteries fast when at bus stops are to be developed by Swiss-Swedish engineering group ABB and Volvo Buses of Sweden, ABB said on Monday.

What we don’t talk about in Taboo Denmark
Denmark

What we don’t talk about in Taboo Denmark

There is a popular narrative in Denmark that we speak our minds freely while the Swedes bite their tongue, but political commentator Brian Esbensen argues that Danes find it easier to criticise others than to look at their own problems.

Naples mafia clan fleeced cash from funeral homes
Italy

Naples mafia clan fleeced cash from funeral homes

Members of a mafia clan in the Naples area were arrested on Monday, accused of extorting funeral parlour owners and murdering a string of fellow gangsters.

Saab pulls out of Denmark fighter bidding
Sweden

Saab pulls out of Denmark fighter bidding

Swedish defence firm Saab has declined to provide a bid for a 30 billion ($4.37 billion) Danish fighter contract while reports indicate that US firm Lockheed Martin is set to land the deal.

Queen’s selfie shows new side of royals
Spain

Queen’s selfie shows new side of royals

A selfie taken by two teenagers featuring Spain's new Queen Letizia took Spain by storm on Monday, with the girls describing the wife of the country's new king as "very friendly".

Vorarlberg Neo-Nazi convicted
Austria

Vorarlberg Neo-Nazi convicted

A 27-year-old Vorarlberg man has been found guilty of engaging in National Socialist activities, including operating as a leading member of the group National Action Vorarlberg.

Volvo Trucks mulls appeal over US fine
Sweden

Volvo Trucks mulls appeal over US fine

Swedish truck maker Volvo Group said Monday that it is considering considering its legal options after a US appeals court upheld a multimillion fine on environmental infringements of its marine engines.

‘Sometimes the hardest thing to do is ask’
Austria

‘Sometimes the hardest thing to do is ask’

Nick Schwarz, a 23-year-old from Portland, Oregon, is a reporter for the current affairs programme Reality Check, at FM4 radio in Vienna. The Local talked to him about why he came to Austria.

Tantric massage subject to sex tax – court
Germany

Tantric massage subject to sex tax – court

Tantric massages provide sexual pleasure and are subject to the same tax levied on brothels and swinger clubs in a German city, a court ruled on Monday.

Germany lags rivals in innovation rankings
Germany

Germany lags rivals in innovation rankings

Germany lags its rivals when it comes to innovation, according to global rankings. But in other measures it leads Europe in technological progress. How innovative is the country really?

300 people evacuated from Innsbruck high-rise
Austria

300 people evacuated from Innsbruck high-rise

Around 300 people were evacuated from a residential high-rise building in Innsbruck after a fire broke out on the roof on Sunday evening at around 10:00 pm.

Akademikerball trial continues
Austria

Akademikerball trial continues

The trial of a German student who has been in custody since his participation in demonstrations against the Akademikerball (Academic's Ball) in January this year, continues.

‘Anti-Semitic’ riots: ‘We may leave France’
France

‘Anti-Semitic’ riots: ‘We may leave France’

The anxious Jewish community in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles was left picking up the pieces on Monday a day after being targeted by "anti-Semitic" rioters. The Local visited the town, where some French Jews said they were considering leaving the country.

Swede wins Australia’s ‘ultimate intern’ prize
Sweden

Swede wins Australia’s ‘ultimate intern’ prize

A 26-year-old Swedish woman has been named Australia's best intern and is set to travel 3000km across the country to take part in a series of adventures as part of her prize.

Bestselling soldier jailed for ‘corrupt’ army claims
Spain

Bestselling soldier jailed for ‘corrupt’ army claims

A lieutenant who's sold 10,000 copies of a book in which he exposes alleged cases of corruption in Spain's military has gone on hunger strike after being detained in a military prison.

Spindelegger wants to reform state railways
Austria

Spindelegger wants to reform state railways

Vice-Chancellor and Finance Minister Michael Spindelegger of the conservative People's Party (ÖVP) is calling for reforms within the state railways (ÖBB), saying it is the main cost driver for the budget.

Man found dead on Italian train with €30,000
Italy

Man found dead on Italian train with €30,000

Police on Monday were investigating the death of a man, thought to be from Aghanistan, who was found on a high-speed train to Milan with his throat cut and €30,000.

Historic jet purchase enters new phase
Denmark

Historic jet purchase enters new phase

The official bidding period has expired for weapons producers looking to land the Danish military's 30 billion kroner contract. Swedish producer Saab thinks the decision has already been made and thus failed to provide a bid.

Rosenborg sack boss Per Joar Hansen
Norway

Rosenborg sack boss Per Joar Hansen

Norwegian football club Rosenborg fired coach Per Joar Hansen on Monday after defeat in a Europa League qualifying match.

Paris hotel guests invited to ‘pay what they want’
France

Paris hotel guests invited to ‘pay what they want’

A group of hotels in Paris are experimenting with the idea of allowing customers to pay the price they believe their stay was really worth. It sounds like a great idea for tourists, but could the initiative take on permanently in the future?

Tributes paid to German victims of MH17
Germany

Tributes paid to German victims of MH17

Four German citizens were among the 298 who died when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday. The women had all moved to different parts of the world to pursue their dreams.

Spain joins calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire
Spain

Spain joins calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire

Spain's foreign minister on Monday joined international calls for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the wake of an emergency United Nations meeting on the crisis.

Traffic offenders fined €225 million last year
Austria

Traffic offenders fined €225 million last year

Fines from traffic offences are an increasingly important revenue source for government budgets - according to a report in the Kurier newspaper.

New York mayor woos Italy with cash promise
Italy

New York mayor woos Italy with cash promise

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived in Italy over the weekend, in a visit akin to a "homecoming", promising to help plough cash into Rome's crumbling heritage while dining on pasta and sea bass.

Ukrainian community mourns MH17 victims
Austria

Ukrainian community mourns MH17 victims

A sombre group of Ukrainians gathered in Vienna's Stephansplatz on Sunday evening to mourn the victims of the Malaysian Airlines flight shot down over eastern Ukraine last week.

Lesbian teacher fired ‘to protect Catholic school’
Italy

Lesbian teacher fired ‘to protect Catholic school’

Italy’s Ministry of Education has launched an investigation after a teacher at a Catholic school in Trento was allegedly sacked because of her sexuality.

Syrians face longer wait for Sweden reunion
Sweden

Syrians face longer wait for Sweden reunion

UPDATED: Syrian refugees seeking a better life in Sweden are being made to wait up for a year to get an embassy interview as the number of asylum applications has increased dramatically in the past year.

Is Denmark a nation of vigilantes?
Denmark

Is Denmark a nation of vigilantes?

Nearly half of Danes in a recent poll supported taking the law into their own hands and parents are increasingly confronting children who they suspect of harassing their own kids.

Underwater hell: Man trapped for 20h in cave
Spain

Underwater hell: Man trapped for 20h in cave

A man remains in critical condition after he found himself trapped in an underwater cave for 20 hours with only a small air pocket to keep him alive.

Explosion at Munich surgery injures three
Germany

Explosion at Munich surgery injures three

Three people were injured on Monday morning in an explosion at a doctor’s surgery in central Munich.

Paris taxi wars: Minicab firms to protest new law
France

Paris taxi wars: Minicab firms to protest new law

The war in Paris between traditional taxis and private minicab (VTC) firms shows no sign of being resolved. After protesting taxi drivers caused traffic chaos earlier this year, Monday will see VTC drivers demonstrate in central Paris against a new law.

Swedes soak up sun as beaches ban bathing
Sweden

Swedes soak up sun as beaches ban bathing

Sweden's long hot summer looks set to continue for a while yet with temperatures expected to stay around the 26C mark in places but some beaches have had to turn bathers away due to high levels of bacteria in the water.

‘Silent’ sirens blamed for police car crash
Spain

‘Silent’ sirens blamed for police car crash

Two Madrid police officers have been injured in a car crash in which the driver of the other vehicle later claimed he hadn't heard their emergency siren over the sound of his own car radio. City authorities argue they're trying to meet noise pollution levels.

At least 18 swimmers die during heatwave
Germany

At least 18 swimmers die during heatwave

UPDATE: A US student and an eight-year-old boy are among at least 18 swimmers to have died since Friday as bathers try to cool off in a heatwave which has brought highs of 36C to Germany.

Colombian crime king arrested in Spain
Spain

Colombian crime king arrested in Spain

Spanish police have arrested one of Colombia's most wanted men, a crime boss known as 'El Ratón' (The Mouse), whose organization is linked to as many as 400 murders in the South American country.

French minister blasts acts of anti-Semitism
France

French minister blasts acts of anti-Semitism

France's interior minister on Monday slammed "intolerable" acts of anti-Semitism after a rally against Israel's Gaza offensive descended into violence. The government now faces a decision on whether to ban further anti-Israel protests planned for this week.

Demonstration against Israeli attack on Gaza
Austria

Demonstration against Israeli attack on Gaza

Around 11,000 people gathered in central Vienna on Sunday to demonstrate against Israeli attacks on Gaza. According to the police the demonstration remained peaceful.

OSCE: ‘Didn’t receive proper access to site’
Austria

OSCE: ‘Didn’t receive proper access to site’

Monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) were not able to secure an access corridor on the weekend to the site where a Malaysian airliner crashed in eastern Ukraine, an area controlled by pro-Russia rebels.

Topless politician stripped of election post
Sweden

Topless politician stripped of election post

A Swedish politician who took part in a topless protest against Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has been ousted from her party's list of candidates in southern Sweden.

Swedish YouTube celebs find worldwide audience
Sweden

Swedish YouTube celebs find worldwide audience

Known as a tech-savvy and trend sensitive bunch, Swedes are predictably punching above their weight when it comes to YouTube with several "super celebs" reaching out to global audiences in their millions.

Roman graves contained curses to deter looters
Italy

Roman graves contained curses to deter looters

Archaeologists in Italy have uncovered a cemetery, including tombs containing inscriptions with curses to ward off looters, in the 2,700-year-old ancient port of Rome.

Gay couple become first to adopt from abroad
Denmark

Gay couple become first to adopt from abroad

Homosexuals have had equal adoption rights since 2010, but it wasn't until an Aarhus couple returned from South Africa with their daughter in tow that the law change paid off.

Catalan town defies courts with burqa ban
Spain

Catalan town defies courts with burqa ban

The town of Reus in Spain's Catalonia region on Friday passed legislation banning the wearing of full face veils in public places, the first decision of its kind in Spain.

Questions linger over abducted teen’s murder
Switzerland

Questions linger over abducted teen’s murder

An investigation is continuing into the kidnapping and murder of a 14-year-old girl by a 30-year-old man who is believed to have committed suicide in woods east of Lausanne.

Germans damage World Cup trophy at afterparty
Germany

Germans damage World Cup trophy at afterparty

Germany’s long and rowdy World Cup celebrations did not just take a toll of fans and players – the trophy was also damaged on Sunday night at the afterparty in Brazil as the team celebrated victory over Argentina.

Shipwreck ‘finally put Giglio on the map’
Italy

Shipwreck ‘finally put Giglio on the map’

When the ship horns sound out on Italy's Giglio Island, the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship will set sail in a solemn final adieu after a tragedy at sea in which 32 people died and which transformed this sleepy Eden into an international salvage site.

IN IMAGES: Paris anti-Israel demos turn ugly
France

IN IMAGES: Paris anti-Israel demos turn ugly

Two banned pro-Palestinian protests held in and around Paris at the weekend descended into violence as riot police clashed with youths, who looted shops, burned cars and bins and shouted anti-Israel slogans. This gallery of images captures some of the carnage on the streets.

Footballer Andreas Biermann dies aged 33
Germany

Footballer Andreas Biermann dies aged 33

A former German professional footballer committed suicide on Friday following a long battle with depression.

Italy hunts energy deals in post-war Mozambique
Italy

Italy hunts energy deals in post-war Mozambique

A powerful delegation that included ENI CEO Claudio Descalzi accompanied Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to Mozambique this weekend as part of a trip aimed at bolstering trade ties with the African continent.

Woman suspected over Malmö murder
Sweden

Woman suspected over Malmö murder

A woman in her 50s has been arrested in southern Sweden on suspicion of killing a man of a similar age. He was discovered in an apartment with severe stab wounds and later died in hospital.

Gaza assault unleashes online hate in France
France

Gaza assault unleashes online hate in France

The deadly Israeli offensive in Gaza has let loose an unprecedented wave of hate on media websites and social networks in France that moderators say they are struggling to contain.

Most Copenhagen thefts go uninvestigated
Denmark

Most Copenhagen thefts go uninvestigated

A rule of thumb says that only thefts with a value of more than 100,000 kroner get investigated by Copenhagen Police. In 2013, 95 percent of all reported thefts were merely noted down in a journal.

Baghdad suicide bomber ‘was German’
Germany

Baghdad suicide bomber ‘was German’

A suicide bomber who below himself up in Baghdad on Saturday was a German, according to report. A series of attacks by Islamist extremist group ISIS shook the Iraqi capital, killing at least 24 people.

Germany’s Barthel wins Swedish Open
Sweden

Germany’s Barthel wins Swedish Open

Germany Mona Barthel claimed the Swedish Open title on Sunday with a a 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) win over South Africa's Chanelle Scheepers, her third career title.

Prince Haakon of Norway celebrates 41st birthday
Norway

Prince Haakon of Norway celebrates 41st birthday

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway marked his 41st birthday on Dvergsøya, Kristiansand on Sunday.

Tour de France: Kristoff wins stage 15
Norway

Tour de France: Kristoff wins stage 15

Norwegian Alexander Kristoff won stage 15 of the Tour de France and his second victory in the competition on Sunday.