Tour de France stage 19: Lithuanian makes history
France

Tour de France stage 19: Lithuanian makes history

Stage 19: For the first time in Tour de France history a Lithuanian rider on Friday won a stage of the legendary bike race. Numerous crashes and a disjointed peloton contributed to an unusual day on the course.

‘France has world’s best healthcare for expats’
France

‘France has world’s best healthcare for expats’

France's reputation for having an excellent healthcare system got a boost recently from a study that said it is the best one in the world for retired expats. However, another report noted there's a dark side to France's services.

Spaniards more positive on jobs growth: Poll
Spain

Spaniards more positive on jobs growth: Poll

Almost half of all Spaniards still think the country's job situation is going to get worse before it improves but optimism is growing, the results of a new European Union poll released on Friday reveal.

No Rome job for ‘anti-Semitic’ diplomat
Italy

No Rome job for ‘anti-Semitic’ diplomat

Hungary's new ambassador to Rome - who once called Jews "agents of Satan" - stepped down on Friday amid mounting protests over his appointment.

Half of Italians don’t feel like EU citizens: report
Italy

Half of Italians don’t feel like EU citizens: report

Half of Italians do not feel like citizens of the EU and 64 percent do not know their rights as EU citizens, a new EU report has suggested.

Five things you need to know about Swiftair
Spain

Five things you need to know about Swiftair

The day after a plane owned by Spanish aviation firm Swiftair crashed in West Africa details of the Madrid-based company that leased the aircraft to Air Algérie are beginning to emerge. Here are five things we've learned so far.

Krauss: ‘Media reports are false’
Austria

Krauss: ‘Media reports are false’

Maximilian Krauss - the 21-year-old law student who has been controversially nominated for the post of Deputy President of Vienna's City School Board by the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) has complained about the way the media has been portraying him.

Seville cracks down on noisy domino players
Spain

Seville cracks down on noisy domino players

Authorities in the southern Spanish city of Seville have taken the unusual decision to ban dominoes and dice games in outdoor cafe areas, as part of a wider plan to crack down on noise in the city.

Magaluf ‘oral sex’ bar shut down
Spain

Magaluf ‘oral sex’ bar shut down

A nightclub in the notorious Spanish holiday resort of Magaluf in Majorca has been forced to close for a year by local authorities following a sex-for-drinks scandal which made international headlines.

Swedes insist EU prioritize environment
Sweden

Swedes insist EU prioritize environment

An EU public opinion poll released on Friday revealed that Sweden is the only nation which thinks the environment should be a top priority for the union.

Man sets himself alight ‘due to quake trauma’
Italy

Man sets himself alight ‘due to quake trauma’

A pensioner in L’Aquila burnt himself to death on Friday morning, leaving a note in which he described his torment following the city’s 2009 earthquake which killed 309 people.

Finders are keepers in Berlin cash hunt
Germany

Finders are keepers in Berlin cash hunt

A California millionaire, who became an internet phenomenon by hiding cash and tweeting hints about its location, is bringing the frenzy to Germany this weekend.

Violent storms to drench south-western France
France

Violent storms to drench south-western France

Nineteen departments in south-western France were under an orange alert on Friday--the second highest warning level--due to a set of nasty storms carrying heavy rain, hail and packing high winds.

Lausanne woman among Mali plane crash dead
Switzerland

Lausanne woman among Mali plane crash dead

A communications officer from Lausanne is listed among the 118 people on board the Air Algérie plane which crashed in Mali on Thursday.

Police turn blind eye to Swedish ‘slave trade’
Sweden

Police turn blind eye to Swedish ‘slave trade’

Police in Gothenburg have confirmed that sex trafficking in the city has developed into a full-blown slave trade - but that they lack the resources to do anything about it.

War memorial dismantled by Graz council
Austria

War memorial dismantled by Graz council

Ten commemorative boards which serve to remind people of specific WWII Nazi atrocities in the city of Graz are being removed.

Pirate Bay inmate claims religious persecution
Sweden

Pirate Bay inmate claims religious persecution

Peter Sunde has complained that his religious rights have been impinged after he was refused permission to meet a representative of a church inspired by the keyboard shortcuts for cut and paste.

No survivors in Mali crash, 54 French killed
France

No survivors in Mali crash, 54 French killed

AS IT HAPPENED: France's president says there were no survivors of the Air Algerie crash in Africa, at the same time French authorities are ruling out the possibility the jet was shot down, saying bad weather is thus far the apparent cause.

Danes voted ‘least beautiful’ in Scandinavia
Denmark

Danes voted ‘least beautiful’ in Scandinavia

Sorry Danes, but they're just not that into you. In a survey of singles, Denmark came in third place behind the Norwegians and everyone's consensus favourite, those beautiful Swedes.

Italian men ‘Europe’s hottest’: survey
Italy

Italian men ‘Europe’s hottest’: survey

Italian men have been ranked Europe's most desirable, in a new survey looking at people's preferred nationality when it comes to finding their dream partner.

Renzi slammed for ‘coup’ over Senate changes
Italy

Renzi slammed for ‘coup’ over Senate changes

The Italian government has given MPs two week to agree on reforms to Italy's Senate, raising the stakes in the row over Italy's dysfunctional political institutions. A victory for PM Matteo Renzi could help him win the next election, one expert tells The Local.

The pop-up forest restaurant
Austria

The pop-up forest restaurant

A pop-up restaurant project called Feldküche (field kitchen) is working with Austria’s forestry commission (ÖBF) to create outdoor dining experiences in each of Austria’s states, picking as its locations the country’s most beautiful forests and lakes.

Resting Wawrinka drops in on Swiss Open
Switzerland

Resting Wawrinka drops in on Swiss Open

Stan Wawrinka confirmed on Friday that he is fit and ready for the final leg of the ATP season, starting with the Masters 1000 event in Canada.

Swiss swimmer attempts river Rhine record
Switzerland

Swiss swimmer attempts river Rhine record

A man from Graübunden is attempting to swim the length of the river Rhine from its source to its mouth, a journey of 1,247 kilometres.

Paris police ban pro-Palestinian demo
France

Paris police ban pro-Palestinian demo

After a string of pro-Palestinian marches turned violent in the past week, Paris's police authority has banned a march set for Saturday that is in protest of Israel's air and ground incursion into Gaza.

Terror attack feared ‘next Monday’: TV2
Norway

Terror attack feared ‘next Monday’: TV2

Terrorists are planning to launch an attack on Norway on Monday of next week, government sources are reported to have said on Friday.

Air Algérie plane was not shot down: France
Spain

Air Algérie plane was not shot down: France

The wreckage of the missing Air Algerie flight has been found and authorities say survivors are unlikely. Meanwhile France is ruling out the possibility the jet was shot down, saying bad weather is thus far the apparent cause.

Statoil tightens security amid terror threat
Norway

Statoil tightens security amid terror threat

Statoil, Norway's biggest energy company, has 'increased' security after this week's terror warning announcement, said the firm's CEO on Friday.

Graffiti vandal gets 14 months in prison
Austria

Graffiti vandal gets 14 months in prison

A 30-year-old Swiss man who plastered walls throughout Vienna with his ‘Puber’ graffiti tag has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for serious damage to property.

Denmark has ‘absurd double standard’ in Africa
Denmark

Denmark has ‘absurd double standard’ in Africa

Experts have criticised the development ministry for punishing Uganda for its anti-gay laws while opening a new embassy in Nigeria, which also harshly punishes homosexuals.

Anti-gay mayor performs gay son’s wedding
France

Anti-gay mayor performs gay son’s wedding

A French mayor known for his hardcore opposition to the country’s highly controversial decision last year to allow gay marriage, has found a same-sex union he can allow. He recently performed the wedding of his own son, who is gay.

German tourist shot dead in Kenya
Germany

German tourist shot dead in Kenya

Kenyan police said on Friday a female tourist shot dead in the coastal city of Mombasa was from Germany, the second such killing of a foreign visitor by gunmen there this month.

Official: Spanish women are Europe’s hottest
Spain

Official: Spanish women are Europe’s hottest

Spanish women have come out top in a new survey looking at people's preferred nationality when it comes to finding their dream partner.

Refugees sent back to Italy
Austria

Refugees sent back to Italy

A large group of refugees has been intercepted travelling on a train into Austria from Italy.

Spain’s new royals spend big on airplane food
Spain

Spain’s new royals spend big on airplane food

Spain's government is set to double the plane food budget for the country's ministers and monarchs, with everything from suckling pig to Iberian ham and melon on the menu.

Italian family gets €1m over smoker’s death
Italy

Italian family gets €1m over smoker’s death

A family in Milan is to be paid €1 million by a major tobacco company following the death of a father from lung cancer. The man had been a heavy smoker for forty years.

Ten bizarre facts about French Parliament
France

Ten bizarre facts about French Parliament

As Friday marks the official start of summer holiday for members of French parliament, The Local's contributor Amaryllis Barton brings us 10 bizarre facts about France's National Assembly. They're good for a laugh, but you also might learn something.

Stockholm ‘bomb man’ jailed and deported
Sweden

Stockholm ‘bomb man’ jailed and deported

The 43-year-old man who threatened Stockholm's Gamla Stan with a bomb in June was sentenced on Friday to two years in jail, followed by deportation.

Deal reached on Geneva airport construction
Switzerland

Deal reached on Geneva airport construction

Environmentalists and residents groups have withdrawn their opposition to the renovation of Geneva airport’s east wing after an agreement was reached regarding the number of planes that may use it.

Firms would back Russia sanctions ‘100 percent’
Germany

Firms would back Russia sanctions ‘100 percent’

German industry would support "100 percent" tougher sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, the chairman of a major business lobby said on Friday.

Pro-Gaza, Israel marches choke city centres
Germany

Pro-Gaza, Israel marches choke city centres

UPDATE: Pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli demonstrators marched in Berlin and other cities on Friday's International Quds Day, as thousands of police stood ready to deal with excesses, including anti-Semitism that had marred earlier protests.

Turks investigated after attack on Israeli team
Austria

Turks investigated after attack on Israeli team

After pro-Palestinian protesters stormed a football match between Israeli club Maccabi Haifa and French team Lille in Bischofshofen on Wednesday 20 men of Turkish origin who are resident in the state of Salzburg have been reported to the police.

Swedish police: ‘We’re sweaty all the time’
Sweden

Swedish police: ‘We’re sweaty all the time’

Swedish weather agencies say the summer's warmest day is yet to come, but police in the north have decided that they can't take the heat - and filed a report about the own stifling police station.

What do you love about Germany?
Germany

What do you love about Germany?

This week's Expat Dispatches is gathering a lengthy list of everything we love about Germany. Blogger and writer Liv Hambrett starts with her reasons why she loves the country.

Big Italian bank recognizes gay marriage
Italy

Big Italian bank recognizes gay marriage

Intesa Sanpaolo, Italy’s second-largest bank, has formally recognized the rights of gay newlyweds, going against a ban on same-sex marriage in Italy.

Imam reported to police for inciting violence
Denmark

Imam reported to police for inciting violence

The head of the Danish Free Press Society has filed a police complaint over Aba Bilal Ismail's "destroy the Zionist Jews" remarks.

Rupprechter expresses doubts about TTIP
Austria

Rupprechter expresses doubts about TTIP

Minister of Agriculture Andrä Rupprechter (ÖVP) considers the chances of obtaining an agreement for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) as "not good any more".

Top Parisian tourist spots could open 7/7
France

Top Parisian tourist spots could open 7/7

Three of Paris’s main tourist attractions, the Louvre museum, the Musée d’Orsay and the Palace of Versailles, may soon stay open seven days a week in a bid to accommodate more visitors amid dwindling subsidies.

Terrorists leave Syria for Norway: PST
Norway

Terrorists leave Syria for Norway: PST

A terror group has left Syria and is heading for Norway as their next target, says Norwegian security intelligence group PST on Friday.

Moroccan youths stone Spanish paedophile
Spain

Moroccan youths stone Spanish paedophile

A Spanish tourist in Marrakech has been stoned by a group of youngsters who caught him sexually abusing a young boy.

New rules put damper on national day fireworks
Switzerland

New rules put damper on national day fireworks

Celebrations on Swiss National Day on August 1st may be more muted than usual this year after the government ruled that anyone running a fireworks display must undergo a costly training course.

SAS resumes flights from Stockholm to Tel Aviv
Sweden

SAS resumes flights from Stockholm to Tel Aviv

SAS Scandinavian Airlines has resumed flights from Stockholm to Tel Aviv after the airline completed a 'thorough security analysis' of the situation in Israel.

AUA maintains Tel Aviv flight ban
Austria

AUA maintains Tel Aviv flight ban

German flag carrier Lufthansa, which operates Austrian airline AUA, said on Thursday it would continue to suspend flights to Tel Aviv for another 24 hours over security concerns amid the conflict in the Gaza Strip.

Santiago train driver apologizes one year on
Spain

Santiago train driver apologizes one year on

A year after a train flew off the tracks on the outskirts of the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, killing 79 people, the driver on Thursday asked for forgiveness in an open letter to the victims.

Salzburg Festival kicks off amid budget worries
Austria

Salzburg Festival kicks off amid budget worries

The Salzburg Festival, one of the world's top opera events which begins this weekend, has seen almost as much drama behind the scenes as on stage in recent years - with budget problems and widely publicised management disputes.

US soldiers charged over pregnant woman rape
Italy

US soldiers charged over pregnant woman rape

Two American paratroopers charged with raping and beating a pregnant Romanian prostitute will stand trial in Italy, the justice ministry said on Friday.

Youzhny sets up quarter- final clash in Gstaad
Switzerland

Youzhny sets up quarter- final clash in Gstaad

Top seed Mikhail Youzhny began his title defence at the Swiss Open tennis tournament in Gstaad on Thursday with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Frenchman Kenny De Schepper.

IN PICTURES: Danish royals’ family photo
Denmark

IN PICTURES: Danish royals’ family photo

Dozens of photographers were on hand to capture Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik and the entire Danish royal family at Gråsten Palace.

‘Police killer’ confesses to shooting officer
Germany

‘Police killer’ confesses to shooting officer

UPDATE: A suspect has been arrested following the killing of an off-duty police officer in western Germany on Wednesday night. The shooting sparked a large manhunt near Frankfurt on Thursday.

Swedish man stabs woman and kills himself
Sweden

Swedish man stabs woman and kills himself

A man and a woman, reported to be both 45-years-old, were found dead on Thursday in an apartment on Lidingö in Stockholm with police suspecting a murder and suicide.

Parliament staff’s fury as wages capped at €240k
Italy

Parliament staff’s fury as wages capped at €240k

Parliamentary staff saw their salaries capped at €240,000 on Thursday, a move met with rowdy protest by a number of workers.

BSkyB to launch pan-European pay-TV giant
Germany

BSkyB to launch pan-European pay-TV giant

UPDATE: Rupert Murdoch's media empire 21st Century Fox has struck a mega deal with British satellite television group BSkyB to create a pan-European pay-TV giant, both companies said on Friday.

Lufthansa to resume Tel Aviv flights
Germany

Lufthansa to resume Tel Aviv flights

UPDATE: German flag carrier Lufthansa said Friday evening it would resume flights to and from Tel Aviv on Saturday after a four-day suspension due to the conflict in the Gaza strip.

Gaza crisis: Spaniards stage anti-Israel protest
Spain

Gaza crisis: Spaniards stage anti-Israel protest

Several hundred protesters demanded a halt to Israel's ground offensive in Gaza during a peaceful demonstration on Thursday outside the Israeli embassy in Madrid.

BSkyB to buy Sky Italia
Italy

BSkyB to buy Sky Italia

British satellite television group BSkyB said on Friday it had agreed multi-billion-dollar deals with Rupert Murdoch's media empire 21st Century Fox to create a pan-European pay-TV giant.

Police fear arson after Sweden mosque fire
Sweden

Police fear arson after Sweden mosque fire

Swedish police suspect arson after buildings at a mosque in Norrköping in eastern Sweden burned down in the early hours of Friday morning.

SAS resumes flights to and from Israel
Norway

SAS resumes flights to and from Israel

Scandinavian airline SAS has resumed flights between Copenhagen and Tel Aviv, the airline announced on Thursday evening.

VIDEO: Denmark’s ‘crazy terrifying’ ride goes viral
Denmark

VIDEO: Denmark’s ‘crazy terrifying’ ride goes viral

In just over a week, nearly two million YouTube viewers have taken a virtual ride on the Sky Tower at Aarhus's Tivoli Friheden.

‘Moving wasn’t a choice, Sweden called to me’
Sweden

‘Moving wasn’t a choice, Sweden called to me’

Caught in an identity limbo and surrounded by often apathetic "love refugees", The Local's resident Swedophile Solveig Rundquist wonders if she's the only expat who moved to Sweden for the culture alone.

Should we all get €12,000 a year?
Germany

Should we all get €12,000 a year?

What would happen if everyone was suddenly paid €1,000 a month with no strings attached? "Let's try it," says Michael Bohmeyer, who raised the money through crowdfunding and will now experiment with the idea of a basic income for one year.

Swedish inmates to receive digital tablets
Sweden

Swedish inmates to receive digital tablets

Sweden's Prison and Probation Services are beginning a project in which suspected criminals will be given surf tablets to look at evidence against them.

Robber fails because he can’t speak German
Germany

Robber fails because he can’t speak German

An armed robber fled a Berlin supermarket empty-handed in frustration over his lack of German language skills.

Rosenborg rescue Euro chances after win
Norway

Rosenborg rescue Euro chances after win

Rosenberg battled back from a first leg defeat to defeat Sligo Rovers and progress to the third qualifying round of the Europea League on Thursday.

Man claims holiday refund ‘because it’s warmer at home’
Norway

Man claims holiday refund ‘because it’s warmer at home’

A Norwegian man tried to claim compensation after he cancelled his holiday to the Mediterranean because it was hotter in his homeland.