Police identify body of banker killing suspect
Switzerland

Police identify body of banker killing suspect

The body of Jürgen Hermann, a self-styled Robin Hood suspected of killing a Liechtenstein banker in April, has been positively identified, German police said on Monday.

Advertising Sales Exec wanted in Vienna
Austria

Advertising Sales Exec wanted in Vienna

Due to expansion of our business, The Local Austria is looking for an Advertising Sales executive for our Austrian site.

Ukraine seeks Swiss help over ex-regime assets
Switzerland

Ukraine seeks Swiss help over ex-regime assets

Ukraine has asked Switzerland to help it recover funds allegedly stashed in the Alpine country by associates of ousted ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, Swiss authorities said on Monday.

Gold coin may be key to solve Sweden’s ‘Pompeii’
Sweden

Gold coin may be key to solve Sweden’s ‘Pompeii’

Swedish archaeologists found a rare and valuable golden coin from ancient Rome on Monday. And they think it may explain a key part of the Sweden's history.

Rant over veiled Muslim on beach sparks furore
France

Rant over veiled Muslim on beach sparks furore

A conservative French politician has provoked anger - and some support - after penning an outraged opinion piece about a Muslim woman she witnessed wearing a headscarf on a beach in France.

Christian Democrat leader attacked with cake
Sweden

Christian Democrat leader attacked with cake

Christian Democrat party leader Göran Hägglund got an unexpected surprise during his visit to Gothenburg on Monday, when a spectator slammed a cake into his face.

Serial chicken smuggler caught in Norway
Norway

Serial chicken smuggler caught in Norway

A Swedish man has been apprehended trying to smuggle half a tonne of frozen chicken into Norway by car on Monday.

And the least touristy areas of France are..?
France

And the least touristy areas of France are..?

France is the most popular tourist destination in the world, but some parts of the country are clearly less attractive than others.

Merkel to walk Spain’s Camino de Santiago
Spain

Merkel to walk Spain’s Camino de Santiago

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to walk part of Spain's famous Camino de Santiago with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in the next few days, but she's unlikely to need new hiking shoes for the occasion.

‘Paedophiles should commit suicide’: expert
Spain

‘Paedophiles should commit suicide’: expert

A leading Spanish psychologist has admitted to telling serial rapists and paedophiles he treats that taking their own lives would be an "ethical escape".

Two hospitalized after holiday hash cake
Italy

Two hospitalized after holiday hash cake

Four diners in northern Italy are in hot water with police after a marijuana-laced cake landed two guests in hospital during a party to celebrate the Ferragosto weekend.

Sweden ‘caved to banker’ in Saudi arms deal
Sweden

Sweden ‘caved to banker’ in Saudi arms deal

A new book has ignited debate in Sweden after revealing that the Swedish government gave into a banker's pressure and helped build a weapons factory in Saudi Arabia.

Warning system planned against ‘ghost drivers’
Germany

Warning system planned against ‘ghost drivers’

Forewarned is forearmed in a country with no speed limits on motorways where errant drivers often race in the wrong direction. The government says it will finally fit an electronic alert system on danger stretches of the Autobahn.

WWII bomb discovery halted U1 trains
Austria

WWII bomb discovery halted U1 trains

Workers excavating in a street in Floridsdorf in Vienna discovered a quarter tonne bomb, a relic of World War II on Monday, leading to evacuation of the area and the shut down of the nearby U1.

Why beggars are a problem for Vienna’s street paper
Austria

Why beggars are a problem for Vienna’s street paper

Have you ever been asked to buy an Augustin paper at one of Vienna’s train stations, or whilst sitting at a cafe, and wondered about the story of the person trying to sell it to you? Or been annoyed when they wouldn’t take no for an answer?

Give kids extra month off ‘to boost tourism’: plea
Italy

Give kids extra month off ‘to boost tourism’: plea

The mayor of a seaside town in northern Tuscany has called on Italy’s government to extend the summer break by one month to save the town’s flagging tourism industry after the region was hit by the worst rain in a century.

Eurovision spending mess endangers tourism
Denmark

Eurovision spending mess endangers tourism

The chairman of the board of tourist organisation Wonderful Copenhagen steps down while regional politicians debate a cut in funding that the tourism industry fears will negatively impact business.

The Swedish mentor (and why you may need one)
Sweden

The Swedish mentor (and why you may need one)

Sometimes the key to advancing your Swedish career is latching onto a mentor. A career expert talks us through exactly what a mentor does, how you can get one for yourself, and why you might need one.

Criminals carjack unmarked police vehicle
Spain

Criminals carjack unmarked police vehicle

In an incident resembling something out of a gangster movie, three criminals in southern Spain have unsuspectingly robbed the very people who were after them.

Kampusch policeman gets ten months’ jail
Austria

Kampusch policeman gets ten months’ jail

A Viennese policeman who carried out an illegal investigation into the kidnapping of Natascha Kampusch has been sentenced to ten months in prison for abuse of office.

Injury-hit Rafa Nadal pulls out of US open
Spain

Injury-hit Rafa Nadal pulls out of US open

Reigning champion Rafael Nadal will miss the US Open later this month due to a right wrist injury, he announced on Monday.

Tourist takes €4,000 taxi from Denmark to Rome
Italy

Tourist takes €4,000 taxi from Denmark to Rome

A Danish man spent 29,226 kroner (€3,920) on a taxi to Rome, taking a 1,803km journey across Europe to visit a particular church in the Italian capital.

Naked woman removed from stranger’s bed
Germany

Naked woman removed from stranger’s bed

A pensioner in Baden-Baden had an unexpected house guest when she found a naked 57-year-old woman sleeping in her bed.

Austrian universities slip in Shanghai rankings
Austria

Austrian universities slip in Shanghai rankings

The ranking of Austrian universities decreased slightly compared to last year's list published by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Serial chicken smuggler caught at Norway border
Sweden

Serial chicken smuggler caught at Norway border

A Swedish man in a Volvo has been caught trying to smuggle half a tonne of frozen chicken into Norway. The incident marks the ninth of its kind for the Swede.

Danish man takes taxi from Odense to Rome
Denmark

Danish man takes taxi from Odense to Rome

A taxi customer didn't let a three-day, 1,803km journey or a 29,226 kroner bill stand in the way of his dream of seeing Rome.

Record in Italians signing up to pay tax
Italy

Record in Italians signing up to pay tax

A record number of Italians signed up to pay their taxes last month, thanks to a revamped system, the threat of fines and taxpayers' positive attitude, one expert told The Local.

Large police presence for Vienna fair
Austria

Large police presence for Vienna fair

A traditional Austrian wine growers fair in Dobling, Vienna, will have a heavier police presence this year after several people were brutally attacked at previous events.

Paris to honour 70th anniversary of liberation
France

Paris to honour 70th anniversary of liberation

Tuesday starts a week of events to mark the 70th anniversary of Paris’s liberation from four years of Nazi occupation. The Local looks back at the retaking of the City of Light in August 1944, which in true French fashion began with a strike.

Turkey demands ‘stop spying on us’
Germany

Turkey demands ‘stop spying on us’

Turkey said it summoned the German ambassador on Monday to demand an explanation for reports that Berlin has been spying on the country for years.

Denmark to host global women’s conference
Denmark

Denmark to host global women’s conference

Crown Princess Mary and Development Minister Mogens Jensen announced on Monday that Copenhagen will be the location for Women Deliver 2016, a global conference expected to draw 5,000 participants.

Löfven promises hike in teacher salaries
Sweden

Löfven promises hike in teacher salaries

The Social Democrats want to make teaching a more attractive profession by increasing funding by 3.5 billion kronor ($511 million), the majority of which will go into the teachers' own pockets.

Swiss film award winner seeks audience for epic
Switzerland

Swiss film award winner seeks audience for epic

The Philippine director of an international award-winning movie returned home Monday to presidential accolades and the challenge of finding an audience for his five-hour epic.

Pop-up garden springs up in Berlin
Germany

Pop-up garden springs up in Berlin

A public temporary garden has been opened in Berlin Mitte and it's not short of visitors. But this is not just another hipster place, says co-founder Laura Parchaud.

‘First dissident’ of GDR dies at 93
Germany

‘First dissident’ of GDR dies at 93

Wolfgang Leonhard was tasked with cementing Stalinist socialism in the Soviet sector of Germany. Instead, disillusionment turned him into one of the system's harshest critics.

French lose faith as ministers return to work
France

French lose faith as ministers return to work

President François Hollande and his Prime Minister Manuel Valls return from holiday this week and they face a tough new term with the economic crisis showing no signs of easing. A new opinion poll revealed the French public have little faith in them.

Found: Spain’s first Black Death mass grave
Spain

Found: Spain’s first Black Death mass grave

One hundred and twenty bodies belonging to 14th century plague victims have been unearthed under a basilica in Barcelona's emblematic Gothic Quarter, the first Black Death burial site ever found in Spain.

Russian kids in Sweden after ‘gay adoption ban’
Sweden

Russian kids in Sweden after ‘gay adoption ban’

Thirteen Russian children have been united with their adoptive parents in Sweden, ten months after they were denied the opportunity due to Russia's disapproval of Sweden's same-sex marriage laws.

Knowing your right to surf at work
Germany

Knowing your right to surf at work

You might want to check your employment contract before sending out that tweet about your lunch.

Russians shun Spain as Ukraine crisis bites
Spain

Russians shun Spain as Ukraine crisis bites

Spain has experienced a boom in the number of tourists from Russia in recent years, but fears are growing that the crisis in the Ukraine and a weak rouble could spell the end of the bonanza.

Renos take more homes off Geneva market
Switzerland

Renos take more homes off Geneva market

The number of empty housing units in the canton Geneva has more than doubled over the last year as many owners undertake renovation projects, according to a report issued on Monday by the cantonal statistics office (Ocstat).

Austrian jihadist on Interpol’s wanted list
Austria

Austrian jihadist on Interpol’s wanted list

A 19-year-old Austrian is on Interpol’s wanted list - charged with belonging to a terrorist organisation and incitement to commit serious crimes.

Thorning enjoys highest level of support as PM
Denmark

Thorning enjoys highest level of support as PM

For the first time since assuming power in 2011, more voters support Helle Thorning-Schmidt than are against her. But the upswing in personal approval doesn't transfer over to her party, which still badly trails the opposition.

Starting a business in France in eight steps
France

Starting a business in France in eight steps

Trying to start a company in France can be as daunting for expats as climbing a mountain. So we've asked an expert in the field to guide us through the eight challenges that you need to overcome on your way to the reach the summit.

Italians saved after Indonesia shipwreck
Italy

Italians saved after Indonesia shipwreck

UPDATED: Two Italians were among 13 people rescued on Monday after their tourist boat sank in Indonesia over the weekend, ending a horrific ordeal that had forced other survivors to swim to a volcanic island and drink their own urine.

Outrage over gossip mag’s free gay joke book
Italy

Outrage over gossip mag’s free gay joke book

An Italian gossip magazine has sparked outrage after its latest edition was released with a free book containing jokes about gay people.

Carnuntum to host authentic gladiator fights
Austria

Carnuntum to host authentic gladiator fights

Would-be gladiators are gearing up for a weekend festival in Carnuntum, Lower Austria - on the site of an ancient Roman gladiator school which was only discovered in 2011.

VIDEO: Ronaldo takes on ice bucket challenge
Spain

VIDEO: Ronaldo takes on ice bucket challenge

Real Madrid football star Cristiano Ronaldo has joined other global celebrities in the 'Ice Bucket Challenge', a social media craze aimed at raising awareness for a serious motor neuron disease.

18-year-old arrested for Lalandia bomb threats
Denmark

18-year-old arrested for Lalandia bomb threats

Police have arrested the man they believe to be behind the bomb threats delivered to the popular waterpark on both Friday and Saturday.

Flight delays grow as refunds stand to drop
Germany

Flight delays grow as refunds stand to drop

Half a million more passengers were severely affected last year by flight delays and cancellations in Germany, it was reported on Monday.

Army pledges to serve Swiss food only to troops
Switzerland

Army pledges to serve Swiss food only to troops

Responding to concerns from animal rights activists, the Swiss Army has pledged to obtain 100 percent of the food served to its troops from Switzerland.

Tuscany hit by worst rain in a century
Italy

Tuscany hit by worst rain in a century

Tuscany was hit by the worst rain in almost a century last month, with summer temperatures also falling below average, new figures show.

Austria is runner-up in calorie consumption
Austria

Austria is runner-up in calorie consumption

Austria is usually considered to be a very healthy country, so it may come as a surprise to discover that Austrians consume the second greatest number of calories on a daily basis, just behind world champions USA.

Food agency warns girls: ‘Don’t eat stinky fish’
Sweden

Food agency warns girls: ‘Don’t eat stinky fish’

Young women and girls should stay away from herring, the Swedish National Food Agency has warned, as both the fermented and fresh varieties can harm fetuses and infants.

Ten of Mont Blanc’s deadliest accidents
France

Ten of Mont Blanc’s deadliest accidents

With 20 climbers having died on Mont Blanc already this summer, the reputation of Europe's highest mountain as one of the world's deadliest has only been strengthened. Here's a look at some of the worst accidents in recent years.

Paris: Armed gang attack ‘Saudi prince’s’ convoy
France

Paris: Armed gang attack ‘Saudi prince’s’ convoy

Gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs attacked the motorcade of a Saudi prince in Paris on Sunday night. The robbers stole around €250,000 in cash and some "sensitive" documents, according to reports.

Five arrested over Malaga fairground rape
Spain

Five arrested over Malaga fairground rape

Police in Malaga on Sunday arrested five men between the ages of 17 and 23 for the rape of a young woman who had been working at the city's summer feria, or fair.

Four more listeria cases confirmed in Denmark
Denmark

Four more listeria cases confirmed in Denmark

The State Serum Institute said on Monday that additional cases could continue to pop up over the next several weeks.

Islamic Community criticises Israel mission
Austria

Islamic Community criticises Israel mission

Austria’s Islamic Community (IGGiÖ) has criticised a solidarity mission to Israel, led by the president of the Austrian Jewish Community, Oskar Deutsch.

School strikes cause chaos across Norway
Norway

School strikes cause chaos across Norway

School pupils and staff face chaos on Monday as around 8,000 teachers take strike action all over Norway.

Two Spaniards missing in shipwreck: reports
Spain

Two Spaniards missing in shipwreck: reports

Indonesian authorities reported on Monday that two Spanish citizens are the only people still missing after a tourist boat carrying 25 people in Indonesian waters sank on Sunday.

Politician steps aside over nude selfies scandal
Switzerland

Politician steps aside over nude selfies scandal

Federal MP for the canton of Aargau Geri Müller has stepped aside from his job as mayor of Baden as a scandal brews over his alleged sending of nude “selfies” from city hall to a woman friend.

Monaco hammered as Marseille lose at home
France

Monaco hammered as Marseille lose at home

The action in Ligue 1 this weekend saw Monaco hammered at Bordeaux and Marseille beaten at home but the real talking point was Bastia striker's Bradao apparent headbutt on PSG's Thiago Motta.

Rome mayor slams British travel warning
Italy

Rome mayor slams British travel warning

Rome's mayor has hit back after the British Foreign Office warned holidaymakers of the high levels of petty crime in the capital, describing the advice as "misleading" and claiming that London is much more dangerous.

Five drown over Italy’s holiday weekend
Italy

Five drown over Italy’s holiday weekend

The body of a Japanese tourist was found off the Tuscan coast on Sunday evening, the fifth person to have died at the Italian seaside over the weekend.

Three die as tragedy hits Mont Blanc again
France

Three die as tragedy hits Mont Blanc again

There was more tragedy on Mont Blanc at the weekend when two climbers and their guide were found dead in the famous range. The deaths mean 20 climbers have either died or are missing since the beginning of the climbing season.

‘Wild Wilma’ blows summer away
Germany

‘Wild Wilma’ blows summer away

The German weather service (DWD) says get used to it, that autumnal feeling is here to stay.

Assange: ‘I’ll leave the Ecuador embassy soon’
Sweden

Assange: ‘I’ll leave the Ecuador embassy soon’

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange did not hand himself over to police on Monday, as UK media had speculated, but said he planned to leave London's Ecuadorian embassy "soon".

Federer clinches 80th title at Cincinnati Masters
Switzerland

Federer clinches 80th title at Cincinnati Masters

Switzerland's Roger Federer won his 80th career title and sixth at the Cincinnati Masters tennis tournament on Sunday, beating David Ferrer 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to stamp himself a US Open favourite.

Alliance creeps closer to opposition: poll
Sweden

Alliance creeps closer to opposition: poll

With less than a month until Sweden's general election, the governing Alliance is closing in on the opposing red-greens, a new poll showed on Monday.

Patient tests negative in Spain Ebola scare
Spain

Patient tests negative in Spain Ebola scare

Tests showed a person suspected of being infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Alicante, Spain to be clear of the disease, health authorities said on Sunday.

Germans rescued from drowned holiday cruise
Germany

Germans rescued from drowned holiday cruise

Update: A group of tourists considered lost at sea for two days, including four Germans, were rescued from an Indonesian island on Sunday.

Australian base jumper dies in Alps plunge
France

Australian base jumper dies in Alps plunge

A 33-year-old Australian was killed on Sunday after leaping off a 2,600 metre high peak in the Alps. A French base jumper also died in a similar incident the same day.

Steinmeier hosts ‘frank’ Ukraine summit
Germany

Steinmeier hosts ‘frank’ Ukraine summit

The Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers ended "difficult" talks on the Ukraine crisis on Sunday with no concrete advances but "some progress", hosts Germany said, as clashes continued on the ground.

Afghanistan participation to be examined
Denmark

Afghanistan participation to be examined

The foreign minister calls on a thorough examination in order to "learn from both good and bad experiences" during a dozen years of war.

Denmark gives extra 60m kroner to South Sudan
Denmark

Denmark gives extra 60m kroner to South Sudan

The development minister was in South Sudan over the weekend and announced an immediate increase in Danish support to the famine-threatened country.

Øyer fire death: Police hunt missing step-son
Norway

Øyer fire death: Police hunt missing step-son

The stepson of a man found burned to death in Øyer on Thursday was formally charged with his murder on Sunday and is now missing, sparking a police hunt for his capture.

Arctic Race: Alexander Kristoff wins final stage
Norway

Arctic Race: Alexander Kristoff wins final stage

Norwegian cycling star Alexander Kristoff won the fourth and final stage of the 2014 Arctic Race of Norway in Tromsø, on Sunday.