Court rules against Swiss absinthe appellation
Switzerland

Court rules against Swiss absinthe appellation

The labels “Absinthe” and “Fée verte” cannot be restricted to such alcoholic beverages made in the Val-de-Travers, a district in the canton of Neuchâtel, the Swiss federal administrative court has ruled.

Denmark to reconsider its terror laws
Denmark

Denmark to reconsider its terror laws

Following through on a 2011 promise, the government will appoint a commission to look at the effectiveness of national terror laws and their effects on residents' rights.

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

In Pictures: The Local’s Property of the Week

Fancy living somewhere that's luxurious but child-friendly and close to the buzz of the city, but in a tranquil setting? Step into this week's property of the week.

Clooney’s fiancee turns down UN Gaza probe job
Switzerland

Clooney’s fiancee turns down UN Gaza probe job

Hollywood star George Clooney's fiancee Amal Alamuddin has declined her nomination to join a commission probing Israel's Gaza offensive, the head of the UN Human Rights Council said on Tuesday.

Russia’s mega-rich snub Sardinia over Ukraine
Italy

Russia’s mega-rich snub Sardinia over Ukraine

Russian billionaires are snubbing Sardinia’s swanky Costa Smeralda because of the conflict in Ukraine, hoteliers there have said.

Blue shark sparks panic on Rome beach
Italy

Blue shark sparks panic on Rome beach

A blue shark that made a rare appearance in the shallow waters of a popular beach resort near Rome sparked panic and excitement among holidaymakers.

Uzbek imam wakes from two-year coma in Sweden
Sweden

Uzbek imam wakes from two-year coma in Sweden

The imam who was shot in the head in Sweden in 2012 has finally emerged from his two-year coma. His family has criticized Swedish police for sluggish investigation and lack of thorough protection.

Four suspects arrested for theme park arson
Germany

Four suspects arrested for theme park arson

Police on Tuesday arrested four men, three of whom admitted starting the fires that raged through Berlin's abandoned Spreepark theme park on Sunday night.

Polanski bows out of Locarno film festival
Switzerland

Polanski bows out of Locarno film festival

Acclaimed director Roman Polanski announced on Tuesday that he would not attend the Locarno film festival in Ticino in a bid to defuse a growing storm over his planned appearance.

Sri Lanka slammed for expelling asylum seekers
Switzerland

Sri Lanka slammed for expelling asylum seekers

The Geneva-based UN refugee agency on Tuesday accused Sri Lanka of breaking international law in its growing campaign to kick out Pakistani asylum seekers without a fair hearing.

Italians top Germany jobless benefits ranking
Italy

Italians top Germany jobless benefits ranking

Italy has a total of 66,458 citizens on jobless benefits in Germany – higher than the EU’s ten Eastern European members as well as the crisis-hit nations of Portugal, Greece and Spain.

Rising number of French struggle to pay taxes
France

Rising number of French struggle to pay taxes

Households across France are starting to receive notice of how much they owe in income tax on their earnings but figures released on Tuesday show more people than ever are struggling to pay the tax man.

Alliance promises jobs and help for migrants
Sweden

Alliance promises jobs and help for migrants

The Stockholm branch of Sweden's governing centre-right Alliance released its election manifesto on Tuesday, promising to make it easier for immigrants to use their skills and education in Stockholm - but focusing primarily on unemployment.

Animal rights activists stage naked protest
Austria

Animal rights activists stage naked protest

Seven activists from the Association against Animal Factories held a naked protest in central Vienna on Tuesday, packed into oversized meat trays in front of St Stephen’s Cathedral.

French MP hit with fine for Hitler Roma rant
France

French MP hit with fine for Hitler Roma rant

A French lawmaker who was caught on camera saying Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler "did not kill enough" Roma gypsies was fined €3,000 by an appeal court in France this week.

Gallery: The Local’s Property of the Week
Spain

Gallery: The Local’s Property of the Week

If your idea of paradise is a charming country cottage surrounded by beautiful Mediterranean gardens, The Local's latest Property of the Week — a delightful authentic country house in Majorca — could be just for you.

Catalonia opens door to independence vote delay
Spain

Catalonia opens door to independence vote delay

The vice president of Catalonia has admitted that the region's planned referendum on possible secession from Spain, scheduled for November 9th, might be postponed if it is vetoed by the Spanish government.

Mother ‘poisoned child with insulin for attention’
Italy

Mother ‘poisoned child with insulin for attention’

A nurse has been arrested for administering insulin to her four-year-old son in a suspected case of Münchausen syndrome by proxy, where the guardian of a child induces illness to gain attention.

Berlin seniors battle Swedish property giant
Germany

Berlin seniors battle Swedish property giant

Determined seniors living in a former Berlin retirement home are using an online campaign to take on a Swedish property developer in a bitter dispute over spiking rents and living conditions. Guest reporter Tomas Urbina met them for The Local.

Austria launches star walk in Grossmugl
Austria

Austria launches star walk in Grossmugl

The Austrian town of Grossmugl has built what is thought to be the world's first permanent star walk installation, open 24 hours a day.

When Robin Williams made fun of the French
France

When Robin Williams made fun of the French

In paying tribute to the American actor Robin Williams on Tuesday the French press pointed out that the Francophile comedian was partial to a bit of light-hearted French-bashing during his comedy routines. Watch the videos here.

Swede reports ‘expensive’ sex to police
Sweden

Swede reports ‘expensive’ sex to police

A 55-year-old man in western Sweden illegally purchased sex from two women - and then called police to complain about their "outrageous" prices.

Germany sends non-lethal aid to Iraqi army
Germany

Germany sends non-lethal aid to Iraqi army

Germany said on Tuesday it was ready to send non-lethal military aid such as armoured vehicles to help Iraq push back against the advance of Islamist insurgents.

Holocaust survivors to visit Vienna
Austria

Holocaust survivors to visit Vienna

A group of Holocaust survivors who escaped Nazi-occupied Austria will be visiting Vienna in September at the invitation of the city’s Jewish Welcome Service.

Radar fault delays flights from Stockholm airports
Sweden

Radar fault delays flights from Stockholm airports

Up to 100 flights to and from Stockholm's Arlanda and Bromma airports may be delayed on Tuesday due to a radar fault.

Row over French hamlet named ‘Death to Jews’
France

Row over French hamlet named ‘Death to Jews’

A "shocked" Jewish group in France has written to the government to demand the name of a tiny French hamlet be changed from "La-Mort-aux-Juifs" (Death to Jews) to something less offensive. Local leaders are against any name change however.

Broke Spaniards lose taste for public transport
Spain

Broke Spaniards lose taste for public transport

The number of people using Spain’s long-distance trains jumped 7.5 percent in 2013 but the overall rate of public transport use is still sliding in the crisis-hit country.

‘Tax Freedom Day’ comes later for Austria
Austria

‘Tax Freedom Day’ comes later for Austria

Tuesday 12th August is Tax Freedom Day in Austria - the first day of the year in which the average Austrian taxpayer no longer pays his or her entire income in the form of taxes, but instead keeps their earnings.

Six reasons why France is top tourist destination
France

Six reasons why France is top tourist destination

The Local looks at just how did France manage to attract over 84 million tourists last year - far more than any other country - and hear's from one tourism industry chief in the country who believes the figures do not tell the full story.

Listeria outbreak kills 12 in Denmark
Denmark

Listeria outbreak kills 12 in Denmark

At least 20 patients have been infected by the bacteria and food authorities have traced the outbreak to a cold cut producer in suburban Copenhagen.

School religion teacher fired for being gay
Spain

School religion teacher fired for being gay

A gay religion teacher from Spain's Canary Islands who recently wrote a letter to one of Spain's major newspapers praising local religious authorities for their tolerance has now been sacked from his job.

Spanish police smash Romanian ‘sex slave’ ring
Spain

Spanish police smash Romanian ‘sex slave’ ring

Thirteen people have been arrested for luring eleven Romanian women to Spain with the promise of a better life before forcing them to work as prostitutes.

Hollande tells Putin of his ‘grave concerns’
France

Hollande tells Putin of his ‘grave concerns’

French president François Hollande expressed his "grave concerns" on Tuesday to Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over the "unilateral" Russian humanitarian mission in Ukraine.

Danish windmill sets world record
Denmark

Danish windmill sets world record

Not just one but four separate windmills on the western coast of Jutland each passed the 100 million kwh mark, the first in the world to do so.

German student tests negative for Ebola
Germany

German student tests negative for Ebola

Rwandan authorities said on Tuesday that a German man put in isolation with fever had tested negative for the deadly tropical disease Ebola.

Survey: Germans obsessed with games
Germany

Survey: Germans obsessed with games

Germany has become a nation of obsessive gamers, new figures show. Two in five adult Germans now admits to being a regular gamer - half of them play every day.

Austria is world’s third most peaceful country
Austria

Austria is world’s third most peaceful country

According to a recently-released report called the Global Peace Index (GPI), Austria sits in third position, behind Iceland and Denmark, as three of the most peaceful countries in the world.

Police search for man who robbed post van
Austria

Police search for man who robbed post van

Police in Vienna are searching for a man who robbed a cash delivery van belonging to the Austrian Post on Friday, making off with €100,000.

‘Erdogan’s Turkey has no place in Europe’
Germany

‘Erdogan’s Turkey has no place in Europe’

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan was voted in as President on Monday, prompting Germany to ponder whether Turkey was or would ever be European enough for the EU. The Local's media round up looks at the reaction.

French tourist caught in Pompeii brothel romp

French tourist caught in Pompeii brothel romp

They wanted to enact a fantasy said to be very much in fashion in Pompeii: having sex in the ancient city’s red light district. But that dream was soon put to bed after the threesome – one Frenchman and two Italian women – was caught in the act.

Sweden’s Skarsgård pays tribute to Robin Williams
Sweden

Sweden’s Skarsgård pays tribute to Robin Williams

Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård paid tribute to Robin Williams on Tuesday, recalling the "immensely exciting" experience of working with him in Good Will Hunting.

Sandcastles verboten on German beach
Germany

Sandcastles verboten on German beach

Some beaches in Germany have stricter rules than expected: In Sylt sandcastles are completely forbidden and others have restrictions on height and width.

Mother and baby stabbed repeatedly: police
Denmark

Mother and baby stabbed repeatedly: police

41-year-old father pled not guilty to stabbing his 16-month-old baby and 33-year-old wife, the latter of whom was stabbed at least ten times in the neck.

Top Italy MP called racist over beach pedlar slur
Italy

Top Italy MP called racist over beach pedlar slur

Italy’s Minister of the Interior Angelino Alfano has been accused of racism after he used a derogatory expression to describe African street pedlars, sparking comparisons between him and the new Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio.

Panel OKs Ebola drug as death toll tops 1,000
Switzerland

Panel OKs Ebola drug as death toll tops 1,000

A panel of medical experts has determined it is ethical to provide experimental treatments to patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus, the Geneva-based World Health Organization said Tuesday as the global death toll topped 1,000.

Two Israeli policemen identified in train crash
Switzerland

Two Israeli policemen identified in train crash

Media in Israel have identified the three Israelis who died on Monday when a Zentralbahn train crashed into a minibus at a level crossing in the canton of Nidwalden.

Call for more investment in childcare facilities
Austria

Call for more investment in childcare facilities

According to a survey by the economic think tank WIFO for the ministry of family affairs the state pays out €9 billion a year to support families, but this money is being used ineffectively.

Dalai Lama to visit Norway early 2015
Norway

Dalai Lama to visit Norway early 2015

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is set to come to Norway next year for a student festival in Trondheim, it was confirmed on Tuesday.

Majorca club slammed for sexist t-shirts
Spain

Majorca club slammed for sexist t-shirts

A politician on the Spanish island of Majorca has filed an official complaint about t-shirts distributed by a local nightclub which show a man shoving a woman to the ground with the caption, "Problem? No problem".

Gay tourists flock to Pink Lake Festival
Austria

Gay tourists flock to Pink Lake Festival

For the seventh year running, the sleepy Carinthian town of Velden hosts one of Europe's most charming - if low-key - gay festivals.

McDonald’s gives Swede coffee laced with cleaner
Sweden

McDonald’s gives Swede coffee laced with cleaner

A woman from Malmö purchased a cappuccino from McDonald's that was tainted with cleaning chemicals, leaving her throat burning as the cup disintegrated in her hands.

Sharp rise in EU jobless in Germany
Germany

Sharp rise in EU jobless in Germany

Update: The number of foreigners from crisis-hit EU countries receiving unemployment benefit in Germany has risen sharply, a newspaper reported on Tuesday, while youth unemployment is at an all-time low.

Second teen held after boy murdered in Malmö
Sweden

Second teen held after boy murdered in Malmö

Police announced on Tuesday that a 14-year-old boy was suspected of playing a part in killing a 17-year-old, a murder that shook southern Sweden last week.

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

In Pictures: The Local’s Property of the Week

Ever wanted a three-bedroom home that's smack bang in the middle of Stockholm's Kungsholmen? Join the club. And while you're at it, take a tour through The Local's Property of the Week.

Police ‘lack of concern’ for child hit by neo-Nazi
Austria

Police ‘lack of concern’ for child hit by neo-Nazi

A father whose son was attacked by a neo-Nazi during a family hike in Styria has complained that the police failed to take his child to hospital and blamed him for being out so late with his children.

Madrid: Spanish priest with Ebola dies
Spain

Madrid: Spanish priest with Ebola dies

The Spanish priest with Ebola who was recently repatriated from Liberia has died, despite being treated with an experimental drug designed to combat the deadly disease.

Man flings €3.3M cocaine stash out of hotel window
Spain

Man flings €3.3M cocaine stash out of hotel window

A 39-year-old Irish man has been arrested by police in Valencia for possession of 55kg of cocaine after throwing a suitcase full of drugs from a hotel window in a suspected attack of paranoia.

And the priciest place in France for an ‘apéro’ is?
France

And the priciest place in France for an ‘apéro’ is?

The aperitif is a tradition engrained deep in French culture but the pre-meal ritual doesn't come cheap. A study has revealed that some in France are paying more for "aperos" than others, and it all depends on which region they live in and where they shop.

Naked dog walker spotted in Pernitz
Austria

Naked dog walker spotted in Pernitz

After a nude female cyclist raised eyebrows in Pernitz, Lower Austria last week, a naked man has been snapped taking his dog for a walk in the same town.

We will work with Spain on smuggling: Gibraltar
Spain

We will work with Spain on smuggling: Gibraltar

The chief minister of Gibraltar has hit back at "unobjective" media coverage in Spain in the wake of a report from the EU's anti-fraud office calling for Spain and the UK to tackle the problem of cigarette smuggling in the UK territory.

Boy, 9, takes wheel after grandad’s heart attack
Italy

Boy, 9, takes wheel after grandad’s heart attack

A boy of nine has been praised for his quick-thinking when he managed to avoid disaster after his grandfather died suddenly at the wheel. Dodging passersby, the boy was able to steer the car for 500 metres before it crashed into a parked van.

Zlatan surprises disabled team with trip to Brazil
Sweden

Zlatan surprises disabled team with trip to Brazil

When Sweden's intellectually disabled Swedish football team couldn't scrape together enough money to fly to the World Championships in Brazil, they found an unexpected guardian angel in the form of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Trial of ‘serial Autobahn shooter’ begins
Germany

Trial of ‘serial Autobahn shooter’ begins

A truck driver accused of a five-year indiscriminate shooting spree on German motorways to teach on the road users a "lesson" went on trial on Monday.

Cop got too close to criminal contact
Denmark

Cop got too close to criminal contact

An officer with Copenhagen Vestegn Police is suspected of loaning money and giving confidential information to a criminal who was acting as a police source.

‘Thieves gas’ British family in their campervan
France

‘Thieves gas’ British family in their campervan

A British family have said they were robbed by thieves who pumped noxious exhaust fumes into their campervan as they slept in a rest area by the side of a motorway in France.

Farah ready to compete in Zurich after fall
Switzerland

Farah ready to compete in Zurich after fall

Mo Farah, the reigning world and Olympic 5,000-metre and 10,000-metre champion is set to compete in Zurich this week after missing the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because he collapsed and knocked himself out on a bathroom floor and spent four days in hospital.

Police: fire in Berlin mosque was ‘accident’
Germany

Police: fire in Berlin mosque was ‘accident’

UPDATE: Berlin police said on Tuesday afternoon they had ruled out arson as the cause of a fire in a mosque in Berlin's Kreuzberg district. Authorities had earlier suspected "political motives."

Liberals push to bring back behavioural grades
Sweden

Liberals push to bring back behavioural grades

Sweden's Liberal Party said on Monday that it planned to bring back behavioural grades for students in middle school and high school.

Sweden plans to scrap SFI for adult education
Sweden

Sweden plans to scrap SFI for adult education

The Swedish government wants to put an end to the state-run Swedish for Immigrants courses (SFI), proposing on Tuesday that the courses get taken over by the municipal adult education programme (Komvux) instead.

Child on bike killed in pedestrian crossing
Switzerland

Child on bike killed in pedestrian crossing

A four-year-old girl died on Monday after being struck by a car as she traversed a pedestrian crossing on a bicycle in Lax, a village in the canton of Valais.

Get off your high horse, Copenhagen cyclists
Denmark

Get off your high horse, Copenhagen cyclists

In Copenhagen, two-wheeled travellers act like they own the place. Columnist Michael Booth has had enough of the pushy, entitled cyclists.

PM seeks quick solution to India marines case
Italy

PM seeks quick solution to India marines case

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi telephoned his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, seeking an early resolution of a case involving two Italian marines that has soured diplomatic ties, Modi's office confirmed on Monday.

‘Banana eater’ row: Tavecchio made FA boss
Italy

‘Banana eater’ row: Tavecchio made FA boss

Scandal-hit Carlo Tavecchio was elected president of the Italian football federation on Monday, winning 63.63 percent of the vote despite a furore sparked by a racist comment during his campaign.

Ebola scare forces flight to land in Norway
Norway

Ebola scare forces flight to land in Norway

An airplane travelling over Norway was forced to land in Trondheim after an African passenger having a coughing fit triggered an Ebola fear on Monday.

Kirsan beats Kasparov to remain kingpin of chess
Norway

Kirsan beats Kasparov to remain kingpin of chess

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov saw off a challenge from chess legend Garry Kasparov to be re-elected for the 20th time as president of FIDE, in Norway on Monday.

Digital catwalk opens Oslo Fashion Week
Norway

Digital catwalk opens Oslo Fashion Week

The wet and windy weather did not stop the chic and the trendy turning out for Norway's first-ever digital fashion show in Oslo. The event was launch night for the second edition of the Oslo Trend Fashion Festival.