Insurer agrees to pay back defrauded clients
Switzerland

Insurer agrees to pay back defrauded clients

The Vaudoise insurance group on Monday pledged to reimburse 80 people who lost a total of 2.4 million francs ($2.65 million) from phoney investments sold by an employee of the Lausanne-based company, according to a media report.

Man stabs his wife and baby in Copenhagen
Denmark

Man stabs his wife and baby in Copenhagen

A 41-year-old man allegedly stabbed his wife and one-year-old son in full view of witnesses in Copenhagen's Nordvest district.

Why Denmark’s health service needs treatment
Denmark

Why Denmark’s health service needs treatment

By now everyone in the Copenhagen area has heard about the problems with the emergency phone line 1813, but it's a different story when those problems hit home. Freelance journalist Alex Forrest shares her experience with the new system after her son broke an arm.

Clooney’s fiancee named to UN Gaza probe team
Switzerland

Clooney’s fiancee named to UN Gaza probe team

Hollywood star George Clooney's fiancee Amal Alamuddin is to join fellow human rights experts probing Israel's Gaza offensive, the United Nations said in Geneva on Monday.

France keeps crown as top tourist destination
France

France keeps crown as top tourist destination

France continues to top the global rankings when it comes to tourist numbers. With Paris leading the way as the most visited city in the world a new study has confirmed France's place as the world’s top tourist destination. But which countries came second and third?

IN VIDEOS: 12 things you have to do in France
France

IN VIDEOS: 12 things you have to do in France

From adrenaline rushes to culinary challenges here's 12 of the best things to do in France to add to your bucket list. Watch the videos and see how many you would do.

Pensioner pulls gun in slot machine queue row
Italy

Pensioner pulls gun in slot machine queue row

A short-fused pensioner in northern Italy has been arrested after he allegedly stormed into a bar brandishing a .357 magnum handgun following a row over the queue for the slot machines.

Lufthansa suspends flights to Kurdish Iraq
Germany

Lufthansa suspends flights to Kurdish Iraq

German airline Lufthansa said on Monday that it is suspending flights to the Iraqi Kurdish city of Arbil "until further notice", following a review of security in Iraq.

American man sentenced for stalking Swede
Sweden

American man sentenced for stalking Swede

A 20-year-old American was sentenced to a year in jail after he showed up outside a Swedish girl's house - with tape, rope, knives, and cable ties.

Minister: stay clear of poison picnic plates
Germany

Minister: stay clear of poison picnic plates

Coloured serviettes and paper plates often contain carcinogenic substances that can transfer onto food, the Food and Agriculture ministry warned.

Spain rescues over 200 African migrants
Spain

Spain rescues over 200 African migrants

Spain's coastguard said it had rescued 267 sub-Saharan African migrants on Monday, including 39 women and three children who were among those trying to reach Spanish soil on a flotilla of small boats.

German team loses top World Cup scorer Klose
Germany

German team loses top World Cup scorer Klose

German striker Miroslav Klose, the all-time World Cup top scorer, announced his retirement from international football on Monday.

Denmark sends new emergency aid to Iraq
Denmark

Denmark sends new emergency aid to Iraq

The development ministry announced an additional two million kroner in aid, bringing its total contribution to the "deeply tragic" situation in northern Iraq up to 30 million kroner this year.

What are the triggers for work stress?
Germany

What are the triggers for work stress?

Stress at work is resulting in more German employees than ever before stopping work before they reach retirement age, a new study shows. So what are the main triggers to watch out for?

Man in coma after elderly aunt shot him
Austria

Man in coma after elderly aunt shot him

A 28-year-old man is in a medically induced coma after his 83-year-old aunt shot him on Sunday after an argument in Pasching, near Linz, which turned violent. The elderly woman shot herself after injuring her nephew, and died from her wounds.

Austria’s army ‘needs more money’
Austria

Austria’s army ‘needs more money’

The conservative People's Party's (ÖVP) military spokesman Bernd Schönegger has said that he wants to support the Minister of Defence Gerald Klug (Social Democrats/SPÖ), in demanding more money for the Austrian army.

Most Italians worried about money: survey
Italy

Most Italians worried about money: survey

Most Italians are dissatisfied with their economic situation, the highest number in 20 years, dramatic new figures show. The shock survey, which will make grim reading for the government, shows less than 2 percent are very satisfied.

Löfven pushes for compulsory high school
Sweden

Löfven pushes for compulsory high school

Opposition leader Stefan Löfven has promised to inject an annual 1 billion kronor ($146 million) into making high school in Sweden compulsory. But the idea has already been met with criticism.

Ebola risk in Spain is ‘almost zero’: WHO
Spain

Ebola risk in Spain is ‘almost zero’: WHO

A spokesperson for the World Health Organization said on Monday that the risk of contagion from the Ebola virus in Spain was "almost zero" and described the repatriation of an infected Spanish priest as "correct".

Bus chaos as UK tourists stranded in Spain
Spain

Bus chaos as UK tourists stranded in Spain

Sixty-two tourists travelling from London to Spain with the low-cost coach travel company Megabus were left stranded for over seven hours on Sunday after the British driver of their vehicle was arrested in Girona.

Spain to probe Gibraltar cigarette smuggling
Spain

Spain to probe Gibraltar cigarette smuggling

UPDATED: Spain will look into alleged tobacco smuggling and money laundering in Gibraltar after the EU urged both Spain and the UK to take action against the tiny territory.

Italian doc: I’ve found the key to head transplants
Italy

Italian doc: I’ve found the key to head transplants

An Italian scientist has claimed that head transplants could be possible, after what he says is a major breakthrough in the technique. But another expert told The Local said the whole idea was potentially unethical.

Snakes inspire kindergarten children
Austria

Snakes inspire kindergarten children

Children attending a kindergarten in Roggendorfgasse in Vienna’s Hernals district were horrified to discover snakes in the garden. However, the snakes are harmless and the teachers have cleverly turned the children’s natural fear into curiosity.

Denmark’s white-tailed eagles are soaring back
Denmark

Denmark’s white-tailed eagles are soaring back

After being nearly non-existent for upwards of a century, the white-tailed eagle population is at a record high and ornithologists think there might even be some uncounted one hiding amongst the trees.

Paris looks to ‘selfies’ in battle against lovelocks
France

Paris looks to ‘selfies’ in battle against lovelocks

Paris city chiefs are hoping to persuade lovestruck tourists to use "selfies" rather than lovelocks to eternalise their love for each other, in their latest move against to save the city's bridges from the dangerous weight of all the love padlocked to their railings.

Swiss National Park: touring an Alpine refuge
Switzerland

Swiss National Park: touring an Alpine refuge

The Local’s Emily Mawson spends a night in the Swiss National Park, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, to experience what the country’s most protected place is like.

Road kill: Spain’s wild cats face rising death toll
Spain

Road kill: Spain’s wild cats face rising death toll

Spain's critically endangered Iberian lynxes are facing annihilation with increasing numbers of the cats being run over by speeding cars. Scientists say it's time to act to save them before they all die out.

Spanish house sales climb 8.8 percent
Spain

Spanish house sales climb 8.8 percent

Total property sales in Spain rose for the fourth straight month in a row in June with the secondhand home sector driving the increase, new official figures show.

France calls on EU to arm Iraqi Kurds
France

France calls on EU to arm Iraqi Kurds

France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has called on European nations to "mobilize" and to respond to the “call for help” by arming Iraqi Kurds against radical Islamist fighters.

World’s oldest eel’s head recovered at last
Sweden

World’s oldest eel’s head recovered at last

UPDATED: A fish expert finally found the head of Sweden's famous elderly eel on Tuesday - in the owner's freezer.

JFK, Gaddafi and Brando ‘all visited Paris brothel’
France

JFK, Gaddafi and Brando ‘all visited Paris brothel’

What do former US president John F Kennedy, deposed Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and Oscar winning actor Marlon Brando have in common? They were all clients at a famous Paris brothel in the sixties, it’s been claimed.

Isis planned a terror attack against Carlsberg
Denmark

Isis planned a terror attack against Carlsberg

The Islamist militant group allegedly planned to carry out an attack at one of the brewer's locations in Malaysia.

Vattenfall pumps billions into offshore windfarm
Sweden

Vattenfall pumps billions into offshore windfarm

Swedish energy group Vattenfall and Munich City Utilities announced on Monday a massive wind-farm investment off the German North Sea coast.

Italy saved nearly 100,000 boat migrants this year
Italy

Italy saved nearly 100,000 boat migrants this year

The Italian navy said on Monday it had rescued more than 2,000 migrants over the weekend from boats in the Mediterranean, bringing the number it has brought ashore this year to nearly 100,000.

Abandoned Berlin theme park burned down
Germany

Abandoned Berlin theme park burned down

A fire destroyed large swathes of the remaining buildings at an abandoned theme park in Berlin overnight on Sunday. Boats were called in to help quell the flames caused by a suspected arson attack at Spreepark.

Italy calls EU meeting on Iraq crisis
Italy

Italy calls EU meeting on Iraq crisis

Italy has requested a meeting of European foreign ministers on Iraq and is pushing to give Iraq's Kurds military support, the foreign minister said on Monday.

Schönbrunn’s panda baby celebrates birthday
Austria

Schönbrunn’s panda baby celebrates birthday

Schönbrunn Zoo’s baby panda Fu Bao celebrates his first birthday on Thursday - he’ll be surprised with a package of sweet potatoes and carrots.

Paris: ‘Godfather’ of Berthillon ice cream dies
France

Paris: ‘Godfather’ of Berthillon ice cream dies

The founder of the world famous Berthillon ice cream shop on Paris's iconic Ile Saint-Louis has died, the store announced on Monday. Raymond Berthillon, whose shop is considered by many to serve up the best "glaces" in Paris, died aged 90.

Two Germans die on Norwegian glacier
Germany

Two Germans die on Norwegian glacier

A German couple died on Sunday in an accident on a glacier in central Norway. Their children witnessed the accident but were unharmed.

In pictures: Summer supermoon wows Spain
Spain

In pictures: Summer supermoon wows Spain

Spain was treated to the largest 'supermoon' of the year on Sunday night, as the full moon's orbit brought it close to the earth.

Norway students suffer financial shortfall
Norway

Norway students suffer financial shortfall

The average student in Norway living off a Norwegian government study loan has a shortfall of approximately 3,500 kroner per month, says a survey.

Kiruna residents talk life in a town on the move
Sweden

Kiruna residents talk life in a town on the move

Not everyone in the mining town of Kiruna is happy that the town is being shifted three kilometres down the road. The Local catches up with residents of Sweden's northernmost town to find out more.

Kalashnikov photo stunt concerns French cops
France

Kalashnikov photo stunt concerns French cops

An investigation was opened at the weekend after a photos emerged of a man, dressed in army gear symbolically pointing a Kalashnikov rifle at children during a pro-Palestinian demo in Paris.

Stockholmers protest for Christians in Iraq
Sweden

Stockholmers protest for Christians in Iraq

IN PICTURES: Thousands of people gathered in central Stockholm on Sunday to protest violence against Christians in the Middle East, particularly Iraq.

Vandals cut internet to 160,000 Berlin homes
Germany

Vandals cut internet to 160,000 Berlin homes

Vandals cut internet, television and telephone connections to 160,000 homes in Berlin on Sunday when they sliced through 400 fibre optic cables.

Embryo mix-up: twins must stay with birth mum
Italy

Embryo mix-up: twins must stay with birth mum

A court in Rome has rejected a custody suit brought about by the biological parents at the centre of an embryo mix-up controversy.

Denmark’s public schools enter a new era
Denmark

Denmark’s public schools enter a new era

Monday marked not only the end of summer holiday for the nation's public school students, but also the first day under a controversial school reform.

Calls grow for Germany to step up Iraq role
Germany

Calls grow for Germany to step up Iraq role

Germany pledged €4.4 million in emergency humanitarian aid to Iraq over the weekend, but calls are growing for the country to step up its response to the crisis.

Alpbach Forum looks at Europe’s ‘crossroads’
Austria

Alpbach Forum looks at Europe’s ‘crossroads’

The European Forum Alpbach is taking place in the Tyrolean village of Alpbach from 13th to 29th August.

Three Israeli tourists killed in train-van crash
Switzerland

Three Israeli tourists killed in train-van crash

(UPDATE) Three Israeli tourists died and five others were seriously injured on Monday morning when a passenger train collided with a minibus in the canton of Nidwalden in central Switzerland, cantonal police said.

Three scuba divers die off Tuscan coast
Italy

Three scuba divers die off Tuscan coast

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of death of three men who were scuba diving in the province of Grosseto, central Italy, on Sunday.

German tourists die in Norway glacier tragedy
Norway

German tourists die in Norway glacier tragedy

A German couple in their thirties lost their lives in an accident at the Nigardsbreen glacier in Luster in Sogn & Fjordane on Sunday. Their children witnessed the incident.

Erdogan wins with 80 percent of Austrian Turks
Austria

Erdogan wins with 80 percent of Austrian Turks

Recep Tayyip Erdogan secured his place in history as Turkey's first directly elected president on Sunday, sweeping more than half the vote in a result his opponents fear heralds an increasingly authoritarian state.

Exploding e-cigarette injures Spanish smoker
Spain

Exploding e-cigarette injures Spanish smoker

A man in Catalonia has been hospitalized after his electronic cigarette exploded, setting fire to his bed and causing serious burns to his arms.

Call to ban smoking in restaurants and bars
Austria

Call to ban smoking in restaurants and bars

Austria's Health Minister Alois Stöger (SPÖ) wants to prohibit smoking in restaurants and bars. In an interview with the APA press agency he said that he regretted that there was no majority in parliament for this issue.

Stockholm warned as ‘Hurricane Bertha’ nears
Sweden

Stockholm warned as ‘Hurricane Bertha’ nears

The leftovers from Hurricane Bertha are predicted to hit Sweden on Monday, with forecasters issuing a warning for wayward weather.

PSG draw, Monaco lose plus a riot in Corsica
France

PSG draw, Monaco lose plus a riot in Corsica

The weekend's matches in Ligue 1 provided an eventful opening to the season with big spenders PSG held by Reims, fellow billionaires Monaco beaten at home and a riot at the Bastia vs Marseille match that left dozens of police injured.

Swede launches charity to help kids in Ghana
Sweden

Swede launches charity to help kids in Ghana

The Local chats to 24-year-old Swede Camilla Gustafsson about why she's started her own charity organization for kids in Ghana, and why she's dedicating her life to helping them.

IN PICTURES: CPH Fashion Week highlights
Denmark

IN PICTURES: CPH Fashion Week highlights

From behind the scenes access to street chic, our partners at Scandinavia Standard pick the best moments of Copenhagen Fashion Week.

Austria’s most unusual spa treatments
Austria

Austria’s most unusual spa treatments

Austria offers many places in which to enjoy holistic health care, and whilst eco spa treatments have been around for a while, in recent years some more unusual pampering and health treatments have emerged.

New leader wins fans for Spain’s opposition: poll
Spain

New leader wins fans for Spain’s opposition: poll

Spain's struggling opposition Socialist PSOE party has been given a boost since electing a new leader and is now closing in on the ruling Popular Party, a new poll published on Sunday shows.

Two Chechens dead in apparent murder suicide
Austria

Two Chechens dead in apparent murder suicide

Tragedy struck on Sunday evening in the Favoriten suburb of Vienna, when a 38-year-old Russian woman was apparently shot and killed by a 39-year-old Russian man outside a liquor store.

Cyclone fells trees and rips off roofs
Germany

Cyclone fells trees and rips off roofs

A clear up operation began in parts of western Germany on Monday morning after winds ripped off roofs and felled trees on Sunday night. A small cyclone hit one spa town.

Voter trust in Moderates drops again: survey
Sweden

Voter trust in Moderates drops again: survey

Sweden's ruling Moderate party dropped three percentage points in a new poll published on Monday, leaving the party almost 10 percentage points behind the Social Democrats.

French builders find secret gold stash on site
France

French builders find secret gold stash on site

It's perhaps every builder's dream or even nightmare. Three French workers find a secret booty worth almost one million euros whilst working on a house in Normandy. For them it was "finders keepers". But then the law caught up with them.

Firefighters push to get Swedes back home
Sweden

Firefighters push to get Swedes back home

UPDATED: After intense firefighting for 11 days and some much-needed rain, the fire ravaging Sweden's forests is finally under control. Emergency workers are working on getting people back home.

‘Give the poor free holiday vouchers’
Germany

‘Give the poor free holiday vouchers’

Germany’s main opposition party has called for people on low incomes to be given free holiday vouchers worth €500 a year so they can afford to go away on summer vacations.

Rwanda tests suspected German Ebola case
Germany

Rwanda tests suspected German Ebola case

Rwanda has placed a German student with Ebola-like symptoms in isolation, and was waiting for test results checking for the deadly tropical disease, the health ministry said late on Sunday. It comes as a hostel in Hamburg was cordoned off in an Ebola scare.

Nestlé celebrates 200th birthday of founder
Switzerland

Nestlé celebrates 200th birthday of founder

Swiss-based Nestlé, the world’s largest food company, celebrated on Sunday the 200th anniversary of the birth of its founder, Henri Nestlé.

PM urges youth to stay in Italy as joblessness bites
Italy

PM urges youth to stay in Italy as joblessness bites

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, addressing a gathering of 35,000 scouts on Sunday, called on them to buck the trend of young Italians leaving the country during the economic downturn.

Federer loses to Tsonga in Toronto Masters final
Switzerland

Federer loses to Tsonga in Toronto Masters final

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won the Toronto Masters tennis tournament by beating Switzerland's Roger Federer, two years after injuring himself at the same event in a freak collision with a fire hydrant.

Pro-Israel protest causes tensions in Oslo
Norway

Pro-Israel protest causes tensions in Oslo

Police were out in force as hundreds of pro-Israeli protesters gathered in Oslo on Sunday to back Israel in its continuing conflict with Gaza.

Extreme weather wrecks Norwegian pop star’s gig
Norway

Extreme weather wrecks Norwegian pop star’s gig

High winds hit Norway at the weekend causing damage and chaos across much of the South West, including forcing music legend Åge Aleksandersen to cancel mid-show on Saturday night.