Hackers exploit ‘holes’ in Swiss online banking
Switzerland

Hackers exploit ‘holes’ in Swiss online banking

Computer hackers are using a “trojan horse” virus to target users of 16 Swiss online banking sites, according to reports from security experts who liken the “holes” in internet banking security to Emmental cheese.

Copenhagen flights to Tel Aviv grounded
Denmark

Copenhagen flights to Tel Aviv grounded

Following reports that a rocket struck near Ben Gurion International Airport, both SAS and Norwegian have halted all outbound flights to Tel Aviv.

IN PICTURES: Santas descend on Copenhagen
Denmark

IN PICTURES: Santas descend on Copenhagen

Ho ho hot! The annual World Santa Claus Congress came to Copenhagen in the midst of a July heatwave.

Geneva lawyer named US ambassador to Finland
Switzerland

Geneva lawyer named US ambassador to Finland

President Barack Obama has named Charles C. Adams Jr., a prominent American lawyer and Democratic Party supporter living in Geneva, as US ambassador to Finland.

Norwegian and SAS cancel flights to Israel
Norway

Norwegian and SAS cancel flights to Israel

Norway's two biggest airlines have cancelled Scandinavian flights to and from Israel, on Tuesday, as fears mount for the security of passengers and staff.

Gaza crisis: Air France halts flights to Tel Aviv
France

Gaza crisis: Air France halts flights to Tel Aviv

French national airline company Air France suspended its flights to Tel Aviv on Tuesday until further notice, due to the worsening security situation in Gaza.

Five children killed in French minibus crash
France

Five children killed in French minibus crash

UPDATED: Five children and an adult died in a road crash near the city of Troyes in central France on Tuesday when their minibus collided head-on with a lorry travelling in the opposite direction, French authorities said.

Tour de France stage 16: Australian Rogers wins
France

Tour de France stage 16: Australian Rogers wins

Australian rider Michael Rogers won stage 16 of the Tour de France in the Pyrenees on Tuesday ahead of Frenchman Thomas Voeckler. The 237.5km stage was the longest of the the 2014 "Grande Boucle".

German student Josef S found guilty
Austria

German student Josef S found guilty

A 23-year-old German student who was accused of being the ringleader of a group of extreme-left demonstrators at the Akademikerball (Academic's Ball) in January this year, has been found guilty.

GALLERY: Anniversary of Oslo mass murder
Norway

GALLERY: Anniversary of Oslo mass murder

Politicians joined the people of Norway to remember the 2011 terror attack in Oslo and Utøya on Tuesday.

Sixty migrants ‘stabbed to death by traffickers’
Italy

Sixty migrants ‘stabbed to death by traffickers’

Italian police arrested five men on Tuesday for allegedly stabbing 60 migrants to death and throwing their bodies into the sea after a fight broke out on board a fishing boat, in what may be the worst incident of its kind so far.

Innsbruck fire not caused by technical fault
Austria

Innsbruck fire not caused by technical fault

Investigators searching for the cause of a fire at an Innsbruck Olympic Village high-rise on Sunday night have ruled out the possibility of a technical problem in the building.

Hollande denies rumours he will marry actress
France

Hollande denies rumours he will marry actress

The French president François Hollande has brushed off persistent rumours he is about to get married to actress Julie Gayet, whose secret affair with the president made headlines around the globe when it was revealed in January this year.

VIDEO: Danish imam calls for death to Jews
Denmark

VIDEO: Danish imam calls for death to Jews

Speaking in Berlin, the imam of an Aarhus mosque prays for God to "destroy the Zionist Jews".

Motorists in sticky drama after jam spill
Sweden

Motorists in sticky drama after jam spill

Drivers in western Sweden were forced to jam on the brakes after a van shed its load of preserves and juices which led to major traffic problems.

‘Madrid is like a zombie movie in summer’
Spain

‘Madrid is like a zombie movie in summer’

Does the idea of August in Madrid sound like heaven or hell to you? In the first of our face off series, The Local's Alex Dunham and George Mills go head to head over whether it's better to stay in the city or get out as fast as possible.

‘Spain needs to drill for oil off the Canaries’
Spain

‘Spain needs to drill for oil off the Canaries’

Spain "can't afford the luxury" of not drilling for oil and gas off the coast of the Canary Islands, the country's Industry Minister has said, despite strong opposition to the plans from local politicians and green groups.

Man starved and beat wife to force abortion
Italy

Man starved and beat wife to force abortion

A man in central Italy has been arrested after allegedly keeping his pregnant wife captive, beating and starving her in a bid to force her to have an abortion.

Munich man arrested for foreigner death threats
Germany

Munich man arrested for foreigner death threats

A man from Munich was arrested on Monday for posting videos on Facebook in which he posed with a gun and threatened to kill foreigners.

Six Austrians killed in Syrian civil war
Austria

Six Austrians killed in Syrian civil war

Six Austrians have died so far in the Syrian civil war, according to the Interior Ministry.

Illegal tattoos all the rage among Danes
Denmark

Illegal tattoos all the rage among Danes

A 50-year-old law forbids the tattooing of the head, neck and hands but tattoo artists say that the law should be updated to account for modern trends.

Avignon wowed by 18-hour Shakespeare play
France

Avignon wowed by 18-hour Shakespeare play

An 18-hour version of Shakespeare's epic "Henry VI" ended to sustained applause early Tuesday at France's top arts festival in Avignon, marking a triumph for the play's 32-year-old director.

FPÖ appoints 21-year-old to Vienna School Board
Austria

FPÖ appoints 21-year-old to Vienna School Board

The Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) has appointed a 21-year-old law student, Maximilian Krauss, to the Office of Deputy President of the Vienna City School Board.

‘Captain Coward’ parties as shipwreck is moved
Italy

‘Captain Coward’ parties as shipwreck is moved

The captain of Costa Concordia, which sunk off the Tuscan coast in January 2012, killing 32 people, partied on the island of Ischia on Monday night as the ship prepared to be towed away.

Pro-Palestinian Paris demo given green light
France

Pro-Palestinian Paris demo given green light

French authorities have given the green light for a pro-Palestinian demo to be held in Paris on Wednesday, after it came under fire for banning previous marches, that nevertheless ended in violence. French PM Manuel Valls has blamed the recent riots on extremist groups.

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

In Pictures: The Local’s Property of the Week

Why settle for owning a house when you can own part of the island it is located on? This week's property allows you to get your money's worth of solitude while spending some time with your closest neighbour - the sea.

‘Only losers in economic war with Russia’
Germany

‘Only losers in economic war with Russia’

German businesses are lobbying hard against imposing tougher sanctions on Russia after the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, warning further sanctions would hurt the country's exports and threaten German jobs.

Thousands of litres of beer close motorway
Germany

Thousands of litres of beer close motorway

Thousands of litres of beer were spilled on a motorway near Duisburg in western Germany on Monday night, when a truck carrying several hundred crates of Bitburger toppled over, shutting the Autobahn.

Breivik ‘now opposes violence’: lawyer
Norway

Breivik ‘now opposes violence’: lawyer

Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik said he does not support the use of violence anymore, on Tuesday, the third anniversary of the July 22nd massacre in Norway.

Woman injured at Innsbruck Gaza demo
Austria

Woman injured at Innsbruck Gaza demo

The State Office for the Protection of the Constitution has begun an investigation into a demonstration against Israel's military operation in Gaza last Saturday in Innsbruck.

Saab buys Swedish submarine shipyard
Sweden

Saab buys Swedish submarine shipyard

Swedish defence and aeronautics group Saab said Tuesday it had completed the acquisition of German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp's submarine shipyard in southern Sweden.

Court allows patients to grow their own cannabis
Germany

Court allows patients to grow their own cannabis

Seriously ill patients will be allowed to grow their own cannabis at home for medicinal purposes, a German court ruled on Tuesday.

Half a million Danes reject digital future
Denmark

Half a million Danes reject digital future

All government correspondence will arrive in residents' digital mailboxes rather than their physical ones beginning on November 1st, but far from everyone is happy about the switch.

American teams up with Swede to beat cancer
Sweden

American teams up with Swede to beat cancer

When Matthew Volsky first came to Sweden he didn't think he would stick around. Six years and a pioneering invention later he tells The Local about the medical device which is helping save lives around the world.

Rising water traps eight cavers in French Alps
France

Rising water traps eight cavers in French Alps

UPDATED: Eight cavers who had become trapped overnight in a famous cave system in the French Alps by rising water levels were rescued on Tuesday afternoon, reports said. Visits to the cave were cancelled on Tuesday due to flooding.

‘The Danish narrative on Sweden is based on a lie’
Sweden

‘The Danish narrative on Sweden is based on a lie’

There is a popular narrative that in Sweden people bite their tongues while in Denmark they speak their minds; political commentator Brian Esbensen debunks this, arguing that Danes simply find it easier to criticize others.

First Italian pregnant after egg donor ban lift
Italy

First Italian pregnant after egg donor ban lift

The first pregnancy by egg donation in Italy has been announced, described as a "moment of great emotion", just weeks after a ban on the fertility treatment was lifted by the country's constitutional court.

Real Madrid sign World Cup star Rodríguez
Spain

Real Madrid sign World Cup star Rodríguez

Champions League winners Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of everyone's favourite World Cup player — Rihanna included: Colombian midfielder James Rodríguez.

Netflix promises ‘to invest in French society’
France

Netflix promises ‘to invest in French society’

American video streaming service Netflix has announced it is coming to France in September and has promised to invest in French society. Rumours are still flying around online about how much the service will cost per month.

Italy clamps down on Google over data use
Italy

Italy clamps down on Google over data use

Italy has told tech giant Google to change the way it treats and stores users’ private data within 18 months as part of a Europe-wide bid to crackdown on privacy violations.

Brits help Spain set new tourism record
Spain

Brits help Spain set new tourism record

A record 28 million foreign tourists flocked to Spain during the first half of the year, with British and German holidaymakers leading the wave, the government said on Monday.

French expressions for making love that you won’t find in a dictionary
France

French expressions for making love that you won’t find in a dictionary

The French language is famous for being the language of love and it's also well known for its vast array of colourful idioms and expressions. So we’ve combined the two and picked out 15 of the best French "sexpressions" for "rumpty pumpty" a la française.

It’s a date: Spanish PM to meet with Catalan leader
Spain

It’s a date: Spanish PM to meet with Catalan leader

After weeks of negotiations, Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the President of Catalonia Artur Mas are set to sit down on July 30th to tackle the thorny issue of independence for Catalonia.

Lasers used to target crow plague
Austria

Lasers used to target crow plague

For years the southern state of Styria has been battling a plague of crows, with thousands of birds shot annually. Now the Graz hunting community is using special laser pointers to deal with the problem.

Seven German family members killed in Gaza
Germany

Seven German family members killed in Gaza

UPDATE: Seven members of a German family living in Gaza City were killed in an Israeli air strike on Monday evening.

Swedish cops elect not to shoot ‘angry elks’
Sweden

Swedish cops elect not to shoot ‘angry elks’

After reports that wandering elks were scaring the public, police on the island of Frösön have decided not to open fire on the animals, but have urged locals to exercise caution instead.

Workers in Germany pay record tax sum
Germany

Workers in Germany pay record tax sum

Workers in Germany are paying a record amount of tax into government coffers, according to figures published on Monday. Those on an average wage of €40,000 pay almost twice as much tax in Germany as they would in the United States or Australia.

Italian prime minister’s bad English goes viral
Italy

Italian prime minister’s bad English goes viral

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is facing an upward struggle to master the English language skills after videos mocking his latest efforts clocking up more than two million YouTube hits.

Swedish funds to tackle female genital mutilation
Sweden

Swedish funds to tackle female genital mutilation

Sweden has earmarked 48 million kronor ($7 million) of its development aid budget to a United Nations programme to tackle female genital mutilation.

Greens politician becomes intern for a year
Austria

Greens politician becomes intern for a year

In an attempt to understand the challenges faced by her constituents, Greens spokeswoman for Burgenland, Regina Petrik, has just spent the past three months working at a grocery store, a restaurant and a nursing home.

Brit feared paralyzed after Ibiza pool accident
Spain

Brit feared paralyzed after Ibiza pool accident

A 20-year-old man from the UK has been seriously injured after smashing his head against the bottom of a swimming pool in Ibiza on Monday, with doctors fearing he may be paralyzed.

Vesterbro tops Nørrebro in the hipster war
Denmark

Vesterbro tops Nørrebro in the hipster war

A new ranking of the ten most hipster neighbourhoods in the world puts Vesterbro near the top, but take heart Nørrebro - you made it on another recent list.

Ancient graffiti proves Spain’s Irish links
Spain

Ancient graffiti proves Spain’s Irish links

An ancient inscription discovered on a 14th century church in Spain's Galicia region has been identified as Gaelic; the first written evidence of the northern region’s Irish and Scottish heritage.

French police bust alleged jihad recruiters
France

French police bust alleged jihad recruiters

Three people suspected of recruiting fighters for the Syrian civil war and plotting 'violent acts' were arrested early on Tuesday in France. The raid comes as France tries to stem the number of its residents fighting 'holy war' abroad.

Man sets himself on fire outside Israeli embassy
Germany

Man sets himself on fire outside Israeli embassy

UPDATE: A man set himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in Berlin on Monday night. Police said it was too soon to say whether it was part of a political protest.

FC Copenhagen: We can’t come to Ukraine
Denmark

FC Copenhagen: We can’t come to Ukraine

The football club is supposed to face off against FC Dnipro next week but has told Uefa that it has no way to get to the match.

The former golden boy who fell from grace
Austria

The former golden boy who fell from grace

Former Austrian politician Karl-Heinz Grasser has been widely criticized in the press after failing to appear as a witness at his own civil trial against his former tax consultant and the agency Deloitte.

Strong franc dents Swatch first-half profits
Switzerland

Strong franc dents Swatch first-half profits

Swatch, the world’s biggest watch company, recorded lower profits for the first six months of 2014 compared to the same period a year earlier, as the strong Swiss franc took its toll.

Spain loses €12 billion in sale of ‘failed’ bank
Spain

Spain loses €12 billion in sale of ‘failed’ bank

Spain has sold the country's 'failed' Catalunya Bank for just €1.2 billion ($1.62 billion), racking up nearly €12 billion losses in the deal, or around the same figure as that saved by the government with its austerity cuts.

Swedish leaders speak out on Gaza crisis
Sweden

Swedish leaders speak out on Gaza crisis

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt believes Israel is interested in negotiating a ceasefire with Hamas while Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven has stood by his comment about Israel having a right to defend itself.

Netflix to launch in Austria in September
Austria

Netflix to launch in Austria in September

The popular movie and TV streaming site Netflix has revealed plans to launch in Austria in September this year.

Denmark best in the EU for bike and train travel
Denmark

Denmark best in the EU for bike and train travel

Passenger numbers on Danish railways have increased faster than in any other European country, and Denmark is the best place for bringing a bike on board.

3 years on: Norway remembers Utøya
Norway

3 years on: Norway remembers Utøya

Many people across Norway will honour the victims of the July 22nd 2011 attack on Oslo and the island of Utøya.

Tax evasion fine soaks Credit Suisse in red ink
Switzerland

Tax evasion fine soaks Credit Suisse in red ink

Credit Suisse, Switzerland's second-largest bank, posted an unexpectedly big net second-quarter loss on Tuesday as a huge US tax evasion fine sent it deep into the red.

France’s ‘most notorious’ prison closes for revamp
France

France’s ‘most notorious’ prison closes for revamp

France’s most notorious prison, and the only one in Paris city limits, has closed its doors for a massive multi-year renovation. La Sante has held some of France’s most famous crooks, but its inhumane conditions also became part of the effort to reform France's prison system.

Rome’s slum dwellers demand proper homes
Italy

Rome’s slum dwellers demand proper homes

Amid the wealth of Rome, 5,000 people, many of them Italians, are forced to live in rat-infested slums, denied proper social housing by the state. Rosie Scammell visits the Roma camps of Italy's capital.

Plans unveiled for Iron Curtain bike trail

Plans unveiled for Iron Curtain bike trail

Plans for a 6,800 km cycle path along the former Iron Curtain – the line which divided Europe into East and West for almost half a century - were presented at the House of the European Union in Vienna on Monday.

Spain’s Prado museum ‘loses’ 885 artworks
Spain

Spain’s Prado museum ‘loses’ 885 artworks

Madrid's Prado Museum, one of the world's best known, has misplaced nearly 900 works of arts, officials said recently, warning the institution needs to do more to watch over its inventory.

Nyon’s Paléo music festival off to muddy start
Switzerland

Nyon’s Paléo music festival off to muddy start

The 39th Paléo music festival, getting under way on Tuesday in Nyon in the canton of Vaud, is struggling with muddy grounds after heavy rain.

Netflix to launch in Germany in September
Germany

Netflix to launch in Germany in September

Netflix revealed plans on Monday to launch in Germany in September this year, bringing the popular movie and TV streaming service to one of the world’s biggest markets.

Steinmeier: We’ll raise pressure on Russia
Germany

Steinmeier: We’ll raise pressure on Russia

Germany's foreign minister said Monday the EU will "raise the pressure" on Russia over the Ukraine crisis following the downing of Malaysian flight MH17 with a suspected missile.

New alcohol retail rules threaten micro-breweries
Sweden

New alcohol retail rules threaten micro-breweries

Swedish micro-breweries have reacted with concern to new distribution regulations being imposed by the state controlled alcohol monopoly Systembolaget, which they fear may put them out of business.

No foreigner road toll for German borders?
Germany

No foreigner road toll for German borders?

Bavaria’s interior minister has called for German border regions to be exempt from a controversial project to charge foreigners to use the country’s roads, sparking a row within his own party.

Paris: Street fishing on Seine snares new fans
France

Paris: Street fishing on Seine snares new fans

Thought the waters of the Seine were too dirty to support any living creature? Think again. Apparently it's bursting with fish and it's leading to a new waver of "street fishers".

Mistral deal with Russia is ‘unthinkable’: Cameron
France

Mistral deal with Russia is ‘unthinkable’: Cameron

The UK Prime Minister David Cameron has upped the pressure on France to pull out of its €1.2 billion deal with Russia to sell two warships, saying pressing ahead with the contract would be “unthinkable” in Britain after the downing of flight MH17.

ABB and Volvo in electric buses tie-up
Sweden

ABB and Volvo in electric buses tie-up

Swiss-Swedish engineering group ABB and Volvo Buses of Sweden have announced a joint project to develop a system for electric buses to recharge their batteries fast when at bus stops.

‘First ever’ heat warning issued for Sweden
Sweden

‘First ever’ heat warning issued for Sweden

Swedish weather agency SMHI has issued its first ever warning for high temperatures with the many areas set to bask in plus 30C heat.

Enough with the hygge already!
Denmark

Enough with the hygge already!

Hygge, hygge all the time. Candles, wine, candy and superficial conversations - columnist Michael Booth has had enough.

Pisa goes viral with Will Smith selfie
Italy

Pisa goes viral with Will Smith selfie

Who needs a huge marketing budget when you've got celebrities promoting Italy's cultural wonders with selfies? American actor Will Smith has sent Pisa's Leaning Tower viral.

Berlusconi tries to revive flagging political career
Italy

Berlusconi tries to revive flagging political career

Silvio Berlusconi's acquittal in a high-profile sex-for-hire case has boosted the former Italian prime minister's determination to revive his political career, despite his growing isolation in the corridors of power.

Couple sue Bank of Italy over ‘worthless’ 40m lire
Italy

Couple sue Bank of Italy over ‘worthless’ 40m lire

An Italian couple told The Local they are suing the country's central bank after it refused to let them exchange millions of lire in banknotes found in the home they were renovating.

Kare Ingebrigtsen signs as new Rosenborg coach
Norway

Kare Ingebrigtsen signs as new Rosenborg coach

Rosenborg have employed Kåre Ingebrigtsen as their new club manager to replace Per Joar Hansen who was fired on Monday.