Paris: Thousands march in pro-Palestinian demo
France

Paris: Thousands march in pro-Palestinian demo

Thousands marched through Paris on Wednesday to denounce Israel's ongoing assault on Gaza amid tight security. The demo passed off peacefully with many protesters expressing their anger with the French government for not doing enough to halt the bloodshed in the Middle East.

UBS ‘to pay French $1.5 billion over tax evasion’
Switzerland

UBS ‘to pay French $1.5 billion over tax evasion’

Swiss bank UBS was on Wednesday charged with tax fraud in Paris for allegedly helping rich French clients to hide money in Switzerland, a judicial source said.

Danish passengers stranded in Tel Aviv
Denmark

Danish passengers stranded in Tel Aviv

SAS and Norwegian flights in and out of Tel Aviv remained grounded on Wednesday as the airlines continued to deem the situation in Israel too dangerous.

Renewable energy activities hit ABB results
Switzerland

Renewable energy activities hit ABB results

Swiss-Swedish engineering group ABB said its profits fell in the second quarter, pulled down by renewable energy activities, despite strong orders, particularly in North America.

Top ten ‘English’ words made in Spain: Part 2
Spain

Top ten ‘English’ words made in Spain: Part 2

When it comes to adapting the English to their own needs, the Spaniards are masters. In our latest picture gallery, The Local takes a look at ten more 'English' words that people in Spain have made their own.

Paris: Security beefed up for pro-Palestinian demo
France

Paris: Security beefed up for pro-Palestinian demo

Police chiefs in Paris are taking no chances on Wednesday with the latest pro-Palestinian rally taking place in the city. Hundreds of police are on duty to keep the peace. The Local will be tweeting live from the demo.

Lawmakers back redrawn map of France
France

Lawmakers back redrawn map of France

Legislation that would redraw the map of France won overwhelming support on Wednesday from the country's lower house, the National Assembly. It's part of a plan reduce France's costly and cumbersome bureaucracy.

Women who eat apples have better sex
Italy

Women who eat apples have better sex

Women who eat an apple a day have better sex, a new Italian study has found. The fruits increase sexual desire, a researcher told The Local.

‘Giving foreigners vote is giving up sovereignty’
France

‘Giving foreigners vote is giving up sovereignty’

France's president reignited an age-old row recently when he vowed to fight to give foreigners the vote in France. In the first part of our tête-a-tête we hear from a French mayor; who says France would be abandoning part of its sovereignty if foreigners were able to cast ballots.

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Switzerland

Red Cross officially declares Ukraine civil war

The Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday that it considered Ukraine to be in a state of civil war, urging both sides to respect the laws of conflict as civilians bear the brunt.

Italians more confident about money matters
Italy

Italians more confident about money matters

Consumer confidence in Italy jumped during the second quarter of 2014, one of the highest positive changes in Europe, according to a report released on Tuesday.

Allegations of police racism in Tyrol
Austria

Allegations of police racism in Tyrol

A police officer in Tyrol has raised serious allegations about the conduct of his colleagues, claiming derisive remarks about immigrants, "structural racism", discriminatory treatment of foreigners and "jokes about Turks and Africans" are all part of everyday life.

Germany puts 700,000 WWI docs online
Germany

Germany puts 700,000 WWI docs online

Hundreds of thousands of rare records and images from World War I have been put online by the German government, ahead of Monday's 100th anniversary of the start of the conflict.

‘Disastrous’ economy claim riles Hollande
France

‘Disastrous’ economy claim riles Hollande

French president François Hollande has taken umbrage after the leading voice of France’s business community described the country’s economy as “disastrous” this week and called for an end to the flagship 35-hour week and 75 percent tax rate.

Top ten: Swedish taboos
Sweden

Top ten: Swedish taboos

From standing in line to taking your hols in the off-season, Sweden is a society with customs and faux pas, the Danes might say taboos. Here is a list of ten to watch out for.

Bologna to register foreign gay nuptials
Italy

Bologna to register foreign gay nuptials

The mayor of Bologna has paved the way for gay couples to have their foreign nuptials registered in the city, the latest step in a growing movement for same-sex marriage rights in Italy.

Tour de France stage 17: Pole Rafal Majka wins
France

Tour de France stage 17: Pole Rafal Majka wins

Stage 17 of the 2014 Tour de France was won by Rafal Majka on Wednesday after 124.5km punishing ride through the Pyrenees. Yellow jersey holder Vincenzo Nibali extended his lead over his rivals.

Slow but steady: Spain’s economy keeps growing
Spain

Slow but steady: Spain’s economy keeps growing

The Spanish economy continued to claw its slow way back towards recovery, expanding in the first quarter of 2014 by 0.5 percent, the fastest rate in six years, the central bank said on Wednesday.

Robots could take half of jobs in Germany
Germany

Robots could take half of jobs in Germany

More than half of the jobs currently being done in Germany could be taken over by robots in the next 20 years, according to a think-tank.

FC Copenhagen’s match moved to Kiev
Denmark

FC Copenhagen’s match moved to Kiev

Uefa gives in to security concerns and moves Champions League qualifier.

Löw to remain Germany coach to 2016
Germany

Löw to remain Germany coach to 2016

UPDATE: Joachim Löw will remain German national football team coach following the World Cup victory in Brazil, he confirmed on Wednesday.

Krauss ‘not a role model for students’
Austria

Krauss ‘not a role model for students’

The nomination of 21-year-old law student Maximilian Krauss to the post of Deputy President of Vienna's City School Board by the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) has drawn heavy criticism from other parties.

Pressure on police over anti-Semitic protests
Germany

Pressure on police over anti-Semitic protests

Demands are growing in Germany for the prosecution of protesters in Berlin, Frankfurt and other cities who led anti-Semitic chants and incited violence against Jews over Israel's military offensive in Gaza.

Fears mount for Swede kidnapped in Ukraine
Sweden

Fears mount for Swede kidnapped in Ukraine

A mediator who handles prisoner exchanges between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels said on Wednesday that he feared for the life of a kidnapped Swede.

Norwegian concerns over Danish pork safety
Norway

Norwegian concerns over Danish pork safety

Norway's biggest grocery retailer and wholesaler is considering putting a halt to the import of Danish pork over MRSA concerns.

Vattenfall cuts losses despite ‘tough market’
Sweden

Vattenfall cuts losses despite ‘tough market’

Swedish power group Vattenfall said on Wednesday that second quarter losses had been cut despite trying market conditions, forecasting that energy prices were unlikely to recover in the "foreseeable future".

Consumer confidence back to pre-crisis levels
Denmark

Consumer confidence back to pre-crisis levels

Danes are feeling better about the economy than they have since 2007, so does that mean the recession is finally over? The Local spoke to an economics professor to find out.

Gap Inc. to launch in Austria
Austria

Gap Inc. to launch in Austria

Clothes retailer Gap has announced it will be opening stores in Austria and Slovenia though third-party agreements with new and existing partners.

French test plan for long-term visa applicants
France

French test plan for long-term visa applicants

New legislation unveiled on Wednesday aims to shrink the bureaucratic hurdles foreigners who want to stay in France face and provide a glimmer of hope for asylum seekers languishing in limbo. But anyone wanting to get a ten-year visa would need to be able to read French.

‘Shoot those bastard Zionists’: Italian scholar
Italy

‘Shoot those bastard Zionists’: Italian scholar

A top Italian philosopher has sparked outrage in Israel and at home after saying that he would like to “shoot those bastard Zionists” and that Israel was “a bit worse than the Nazis”.

Berlusconi MP probed over mafia links
Italy

Berlusconi MP probed over mafia links

An MP for Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party is being investigated for collusion with the mafia, Italian media reported on Wednesday, just a day after a high-profile politician from the party was arrested on corruption charges.

Injured Contador pulls out of Spain’s Vuelta
Spain

Injured Contador pulls out of Spain’s Vuelta

Spanish rider Alberto Contador, who crashed out of the Tour de France last week, on Wednesday ruled out competing in next month's Vuelta a España.

Spanish village turns horses into garbage men
Spain

Spanish village turns horses into garbage men

A small village in eastern Spain has started using horses and carts as a cheaper and greener alternative to rubbish trucks.

Early retiree poses as medical doctor
Austria

Early retiree poses as medical doctor

A pensioner has been working as a doctor in the districts of St. Pölten and Lilienfeld - without having any appropriate medical training.

Brit’s charity tractor trek heads for Norway
Norway

Brit’s charity tractor trek heads for Norway

A British man is set next month to drive from Scotland to the northern tip of Norway on a vintage tractor to raise money for a cancer charity.

Vienna records new high in overnight stays
Austria

Vienna records new high in overnight stays

Vienna has hit a new all-time high for the number of tourists staying overnight. A total of six million overnight stays were recorded in the period from January to June 2014, 5.8% more than in the same period of 2013.

EU says Ryanair owes France €9.6 million
France

EU says Ryanair owes France €9.6 million

Low-cost airline Ryanair received nearly €10 million in illegal government aid and now must pay the money back, the European Commission said on Wednesday. It's another costly blow for Ryanair after a French court ordered it to stump up €9million in damages last year.

Search on for Austrian WWI memorabilia
Austria

Search on for Austrian WWI memorabilia

A digital archive of pan-European personal memorabilia from the First World War – called Europeana - is currently being assembled, with more than 130,000 items collected from 14 countries so far.

German words – the 12 best words in the German language
Germany

German words – the 12 best words in the German language

The Local List has covered all aspects of German words, from the untranslatable to the longest. But we've never done a ranking of what are simply the best words in the German language, until now...

Brains behind ‘ghost airport’ jailed for 4 years
Spain

Brains behind ‘ghost airport’ jailed for 4 years

Carlos Fabra, the man behind Spain's infamous 'ghost airport' in Castellón, will spend four years in prison on charges of tax fraud after the Supreme Court rejected his appeal against the sentence.

Swedes voted ‘most beautiful’ in the Nordics
Sweden

Swedes voted ‘most beautiful’ in the Nordics

Who is the fairest of them all? Swedes are, according to the rest of the Nordic nations in a recent survey.

Munich police find 49 refugees on one train
Germany

Munich police find 49 refugees on one train

Police in Munich found 49 refugees on one train which arrived at the city’s central station from Italy on Monday night. Officers in the Bavarian capital have reported a “huge increase” in the number of people arriving illegally over the last few weeks at Munich's train terminal.

Norwegians worried about Danish pork safety
Denmark

Norwegians worried about Danish pork safety

Norway's dominant grocery retailer and wholesaler is considering putting a halt to the import of Danish pork over MRSA concerns.

Finance ministry red-faced over wrong figures
Austria

Finance ministry red-faced over wrong figures

The finance ministry has had to admit it miscalculated figures it presented on the state railways, the ÖBB.

Israel’s actions ‘may be war crimes’: Pillay
Switzerland

Israel’s actions ‘may be war crimes’: Pillay

Israel's military actions in the Gaza Strip could amount to war crimes, UN rights chief Navi Pillay said in Geneva on Wednesday, while also condemning indiscriminate rocket attacks by Palestinian militants Hamas.

Sex scandal mayor fights to be called ‘Honourable’
Italy

Sex scandal mayor fights to be called ‘Honourable’

The mayor of a town in Puglia lost his "Honourable" title after being embroiled in a drugs and sex scandal in 2008, but now he's told staff he wants it back, despite still facing charges.

Metro construction site safety under scrutiny
Denmark

Metro construction site safety under scrutiny

Workplace safety authorities have reported over three dozen serious safety violations in just two years. "I have never experienced such poor working conditions and security," one worker said.

Top officials cut costs by driving ‘mafia’ cars
Spain

Top officials cut costs by driving ‘mafia’ cars

Spanish politicians are saving the government €400,000 (€539,000) by using four armoured mafia vehicles seized in a massive money laundering sting operation.

German student freed after guilty verdict
Austria

German student freed after guilty verdict

In a controversial verdict, German student, Josef S. was found guilty yesterday of breaching the peace, attempted aggravated assault and serious damage to property during protests against the Akademikerball (Academic's Ball) in Vienna last January.

Merkel to push for ‘swift’ EU Russia sanctions
Germany

Merkel to push for ‘swift’ EU Russia sanctions

UPDATE: Russia's failure to help quell the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine and fully assist the investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 demanded a tough response, a German government spokesman said on Wednesday.

Yoga helped Jogi’s boys bring World Cup home
Germany

Yoga helped Jogi’s boys bring World Cup home

Germany’s World Cup winning football team have revealed one of the secrets of their success in Brazil this summer – yoga.

Swedish organic sales enjoy ‘amazing’ growth
Sweden

Swedish organic sales enjoy ‘amazing’ growth

Swedes are spending more and more of their food budget on organic foodstuffs, with major supermarkets reporting double digit increases, according to new statistics.

Named: Spain’s most respected celebrity
Spain

Named: Spain’s most respected celebrity

A new poll has identified Spain's most-respected celebrity. So who is at the top of the list which contains everyone from film directors to footballers and thinkers?

Eight dead in horror road smash near Alicante
Spain

Eight dead in horror road smash near Alicante

Eight people travelling in a van were burned to death on Tuesday after a head-on collision with a lorry on a highway near Murcia, in eastern Spain.

Swedish police warn of rogue pregnant cow
Sweden

Swedish police warn of rogue pregnant cow

Police in southern Sweden have issued a public warning about a pregnant cow on the loose, after two people were sent to the hospital after a hustle with the heifer.

Bures wants €1 billion for broadband expansion
Austria

Bures wants €1 billion for broadband expansion

Austria's Minister of Infrastructure Doris Bures (SPÖ) insists that €1 billion of public money needs to be invested into the deployment of broadband networks by 2020.

VIDEO: Stuntman jumps onto moving Paris metro
France

VIDEO: Stuntman jumps onto moving Paris metro

A video featuring a thrill-seeking acrobat named “Mister Puma” risking his life by jumping onto the roof of a moving metro train in Paris has proved a global hit. But it's just his latest crazy feat on the Metro. Watch some his death-defying stunts here.

Danish researchers find way to ‘kick and kill’ HIV
Denmark

Danish researchers find way to ‘kick and kill’ HIV

An Aarhus University research team's revolutionary new approach to exposing HIV cells was hailed as the single greatest advancement in Aids research presented at the International Aids Conference in Australia.

Grounded flights strand Swedes in Tel Aviv
Sweden

Grounded flights strand Swedes in Tel Aviv

UPDATE: About 270 passengers planning to fly to Stockholm are still stranded in Tel Aviv, and airlines have stated that flights will likely be grounded on Thursday as well.

French court rules no halal meals in prison
France

French court rules no halal meals in prison

A controversial ruling that ordered a French prison to serve up halal meals to inmates was overturned by a court in Lyon this week in the latest issue to pit the country's secular tradition against Islamic practice.

Wheelchair user killed in station by Swiss train
Switzerland

Wheelchair user killed in station by Swiss train

An investigation is under way into the death of a man in a wheelchair who was killed on Tuesday by a Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) train travelling through the Roggwil-Wynau train station in the canton of Bern.

Spanish airlines suspend Tel Aviv flights
Spain

Spanish airlines suspend Tel Aviv flights

Spain's flagship carrier Iberia cancelled its Tuesday night flight to the Israel capital of Tel Aviv as a preventative measure due to the worsening security situation in the region, while low-cost carrier Vueling is also avoiding the zone.

Court jails student for protest at far-right ball
Germany

Court jails student for protest at far-right ball

UPDATE: A German student, accused of being the ringleader of far-left demonstrators who protested at Vienna’s far-right Akademikerball, has been jailed, despite questionable evidence of his involvement.

Gaza crisis: Alitalia suspends flights to Israel
Italy

Gaza crisis: Alitalia suspends flights to Israel

Italy's national carrier Alitalia suspended flights to Tel Aviv on Tuesday amid escalating violence in Gaza.

France tells UK to put own house in order
France

France tells UK to put own house in order

France lashed out at the UK on Tuesday with Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius telling "British friends" to target the Russian oligarchs in London rather than Paris's controversial €1.2 billion warship deal with Moscow, which Washington also described as "completely inappropriate".

Lufthansa cancels Tel Aviv flights
Germany

Lufthansa cancels Tel Aviv flights

Lufthansa said on Tuesday it was suspending its service to Tel Aviv until at least Thursday over security concerns amid the escalating Gaza conflict.

Concordia begins final trip as survivors look on
Italy

Concordia begins final trip as survivors look on

Italy's doomed cruise ship Costa Concordia left its wreckage site Wednesday in one of the largest-ever maritime salvage operations, two and a half years after the disaster left 32 people dead.

Sweden demands EU clarity on Bitcoin tax
Sweden

Sweden demands EU clarity on Bitcoin tax

With EU countries' treatment of Bitcoin varying vastly, Sweden has asked for clear EU rules stipulating whether or not the cryptocurrency should be taxed.

Geneva bank CBH snaps up Portuguese interests
Switzerland

Geneva bank CBH snaps up Portuguese interests

The main shareholder of troubled Banco Espirito Santo (BES) was placed in receivership on Tuesday as the parent group announced it has sold off the bulk of its Swiss-based activities to Compagnie Bancaire Helvétique, a Geneva-based bank.

German state bans Hells Angels’ logo online
Germany

German state bans Hells Angels’ logo online

Displaying the symbols of notorious motorcycle gangs the Hells Angels and the Bandidos is forbidden across Germany, but that ban has now extended to the internet.

Google in failed bid for Sweden’s Spotify
Sweden

Google in failed bid for Sweden’s Spotify

US Internet giant Google tried last year to buy Sweden-based streaming music service Spotify, but pulled out due to the beefed-up price tag, according to a media report on Tuesday.

Palestinian meets Fifa chief over Gaza crisis
Switzerland

Palestinian meets Fifa chief over Gaza crisis

Fifa chief Sepp Blatter on Tuesday raised the alarm about the spiralling Gaza crisis as he held talks with the head of the Palestinian Football Association.

Fraudsters target elderly in ‘grandchild’ scam
Italy

Fraudsters target elderly in ‘grandchild’ scam

Italy has led a European sting operation against fraudsters suspected of tricking the elderly into handing over vast sums of cash.

‘Anti-Semitism has no place in our societies’
Italy

‘Anti-Semitism has no place in our societies’

The foreign ministers of Italy, Germany and France on Tuesday condemned anti-Semitic slurs and violence at pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Europe and pledged to take firm action.