Lake Geneva drownings claim lives of two men
Switzerland

Lake Geneva drownings claim lives of two men

In the second fatal drowning in Lake Geneva in as many days a 20-year-old man died after swimming near a beach at La Tour-de-Peilz in the canton of Vaud, cantonal police said on Tuesday.

Two new suspected Ebola cases in Austria
Austria

Two new suspected Ebola cases in Austria

Two Nigerians in Upper Austria who recently returned from Lagos on August 13 have been placed into quarantine on Tuesday while medical officials test them for the possibility of the deadly Ebola virus.

Villagers reject hydro plant to protect vultures
Switzerland

Villagers reject hydro plant to protect vultures

A couple of bearded vultures won out over a planned hydroelectric plant in a referendum held in a small village in the Engadin Valley region of the canton of Graubünden this week.

Credit Suisse involved in Portuguese bank troubles
Switzerland

Credit Suisse involved in Portuguese bank troubles

Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse on Tuesday confirmed that it had created investment vehicles for scandal-mired Banco Espirito Santo before it was bailed out by the Portuguese government.

Ødegaard set for Norway international debut
Norway

Ødegaard set for Norway international debut

Fifteen-year-old Martin Ødegaard has been called up to the Norway football team for the friendly against the United Arab Emirates on August 27.

Wives suffer ‘Retired Husband Syndrome’
Italy

Wives suffer ‘Retired Husband Syndrome’

Researchers from Italy have documented wives suffering from "Retired Husband Syndrome", a worldwide phenomenon which leaves women stressed and depressed once their other halves give up work.

Ten fascinating facts about Augustus
Italy

Ten fascinating facts about Augustus

As the world marks 2,000 years to the day since the death of the Augustus, The Local brings you ten fascinating facts about Rome’s first ever emperor.

Liberation of Paris: Ten things you might not know
France

Liberation of Paris: Ten things you might not know

From the "purifying" of thousands of women, to Jean Cocteau's cigarette, here are ten facts about a momentous moment in French history that you might not have known about.

Swedes celebrate 375th anniversary of the Bronx
Sweden

Swedes celebrate 375th anniversary of the Bronx

What do the Bronx and Sweden have in common? More than an affiliation with the Yankees, it turns out. And one small Swedish town is about to make that abundantly clear.

All clear: Spanish man tests negative for Ebola
Spain

All clear: Spanish man tests negative for Ebola

A man has tested negative for the deadly Ebola virus in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao after returning from the African nation of Sierra Leone with a high fever several days ago.

Tyrol mosque defaced with swastikas
Austria

Tyrol mosque defaced with swastikas

A mosque in the town of Telfs, in Tyrol, which is known for its distinctive white minaret has been defaced with swastikas.

Christiania projects funded by cannabis: cops
Denmark

Christiania projects funded by cannabis: cops

Police say that their long-running investigation into the freetown's cannabis trade has revealed that dealers give money to be used on playgrounds and other shared areas, but dealers and residents reject the accusation.

Vienna’s luxury streets and boutiques
Austria

Vienna’s luxury streets and boutiques

Vienna is becoming a major mecca for high-end living and shopping, with the expansion of its Golden Quarter luxury zone - but some of the most interesting boutiques are scattered around other parts of the Austrian capital.

Beauty of Paris captured in time lapse video
France

Beauty of Paris captured in time lapse video

On his first trip to Paris, filmmaker Paul Richardson vowed to capture the city in all its glory. And he did just that, as this impressive time lapse video, called "J'adore Paris" shows. Watch it for yourself.

‘Pick a great man over a great player’: Conte
Italy

‘Pick a great man over a great player’: Conte

Former Juventus boss Antonio Conte has vowed to restore World Cup flops Italy to their traditional status as major powers in international football.

Police free hedgehog, natural order restored
Germany

Police free hedgehog, natural order restored

Officers patrolling in Baden-Württemberg were confronted by a self-imprisoned hedgehog.

Located: Mother of Spain’s ‘mystery baby’
Spain

Located: Mother of Spain’s ‘mystery baby’

Spanish authorities say they have tracked down the mother of an 11-month-old baby who was rescued from a toy boat off the coast of Spain without her parents recently.

Bildt: ‘We must increase efforts in Iraq’
Sweden

Bildt: ‘We must increase efforts in Iraq’

After meeting with refugees and politicians in Iraq on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said Sweden must increase its efforts to help Iraq reach a lasting solution.

Vienna is second most ‘liveable city’
Austria

Vienna is second most ‘liveable city’

Vienna came second place in an Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) poll of the most pleasant cities to live in - after Melbourne which has topped the ranking for the fourth year running.

Alaba is FIFA 15’s Austrian cover star
Austria

Alaba is FIFA 15’s Austrian cover star

EA Sports has revealed that young Viennese footballer David Alaba will be the cover star for FIFA 15 in Austria.

Air France staff object to flying to Ebola countries
France

Air France staff object to flying to Ebola countries

Air France cabin crew are so concerned about the threat of the Ebola epidemic that unions have started a petition calling for flights to be stopped to those West African countries most affected by the disease.

French may have to shell out more for Nutella
France

French may have to shell out more for Nutella

France's legions of Nutella fanatics may find themselves having to pay a bit more to get their fix of the chocolate spread in future after a disastrous spell of weather prompted a shortage of the product's key ingredient.

BER capacity already ‘too small’ at 2016 launch
Germany

BER capacity already ‘too small’ at 2016 launch

The delay-hobbled Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) will already be overburdened when - or if - it opens in 2016 as passenger volume exceeds initial forecasts, it was reported on Tuesday.

Malaria behind Berlin ‘Ebola’ scare
Germany

Malaria behind Berlin ‘Ebola’ scare

Update: Around 600 people were held for several hours in emergency quarantine at a Berlin Job Centre on Tuesday after a West African woman collapsed with Ebola-like symptoms. Doctors later diagnosed Malaria.

French sunbather killed by falling rock in Spain

French sunbather killed by falling rock in Spain

A 73-year-old French tourist has died on a beach in Spain's Catalonia region after a five kilogram rock fell on her from a ten-metre height.

VIDEO: Balotelli takes on ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’
Italy

VIDEO: Balotelli takes on ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

A.C. Milan striker Mario Balotelli has joined other global celebrities in the 'Ice Bucket Challenge', a social media craze aimed at raising awareness for a serious motor neuron disease.

Spain issues warning over ‘deadly’ tattoo kits
Spain

Spain issues warning over ‘deadly’ tattoo kits

A top Spanish health agency is warning consumers against the use of contaminated tattoo kits imported into Spain from the US, saying they could pose a serious risk to health.

Another death attributed to listeria outbreak
Denmark

Another death attributed to listeria outbreak

Contaminated deli meat has now led to 13 deaths and at least 24 infections nationwide.

Uber drives on in Berlin
Germany

Uber drives on in Berlin

The app-driven car service is allowed to carry on operating while courts consider its appeal.

Airline to blame for woman’s airport poo fall
Austria

Airline to blame for woman’s airport poo fall

Austria’s Supreme Court has ruled that a 69-year-old woman who slipped on some excrement in Vienna Airport’s terminal building, and broke a bone, cannot sue the airport - instead it said that the airline she was flying with was responsible and should compensate her.

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

In Pictures: The Local’s Property of the Week

Ever wanted to live in a loft-like apartment on the hip district of Södermalm, with a view like something out of a colourful children's book? Check out The Local's Property of the Week.

Riviera penthouse to be ‘world’s most expensive’
France

Riviera penthouse to be ‘world’s most expensive’

A penthouse apartment on the French Riviera will go on sale next year with developers expecting it to become the most expensive in the world when it exchanges hands. It could cost a cool €300 million, but thankfully comes without any "vis-a-vis". Take a look.

Maersk raises profit outlook as volumes grow
Denmark

Maersk raises profit outlook as volumes grow

Maersk Line experiences a 6.6 percent volume increase, leading AP Moeller Maersk to raise its projected profit by nearly three billion kroner.

Tribes, ties and a movie: A German’s Afghan life
Germany

Tribes, ties and a movie: A German’s Afghan life

After more than 3,400 foreign troops died in Afghanistan, 54 of them German, the international community in 2014 withdraws its combat forces to end a 13-year mission. Aid worker and ex-soldier Matthias Kock reflects on lessons learned and where the country is headed.

Swedish tabloid editor apologises for Nazi slur
Austria

Swedish tabloid editor apologises for Nazi slur

Red Bull Salzburg football club director Ralf Rangnick revealed that his team had received an apology from the editor of the Swedish tabloid newspaper Aftonbladet, after one of their columnists compared the Austrian club with Adolf Hitler and Josef Fritzl.

‘Let infertile couple use donors’: Italian court
Italy

‘Let infertile couple use donors’: Italian court

A court in Bologna has granted a couple the right to use donors in fertility treatment immediately, four years since they launched their legal battle to have a family, their lawyer told The Local.

Four people smugglers from Syria arrested
Austria

Four people smugglers from Syria arrested

Four alleged people smugglers from Syria were arrested in Leopoldsdorf, Lower Austria on Monday night.

Politician in nude selfies scandal speaks out
Switzerland

Politician in nude selfies scandal speaks out

A politician from the canton of Aargau embroiled in a scandal over sending nude selfies to a woman from his office apologized for his behaviour on Tuesday but maintained that he wanted to continue in office.

Swedes slam ‘racist’ art show from Denmark
Sweden

Swedes slam ‘racist’ art show from Denmark

Swedes have gathered in numbers to protest against a Danish "blackface" art show in Malmö, which organizers say is supposed to give "a deeper understanding of discrimination".

Enzis fitted with free Wi-Fi and power points
Austria

Enzis fitted with free Wi-Fi and power points

A special type of outdoor furniture developed in Vienna has evolved, with the latest version now offering free Wi-Fi and power points to charge your laptop or cell phone.

Foreign ministries’ Rome crime warnings mount
Italy

Foreign ministries’ Rome crime warnings mount

Last week Rome’s mayor branded travel advice issued by the British Foreign Office as “misleading and false” after it warned of high levels of petty crime in Rome. But Britain isn’t the only nation to issue such advice, with other nations also urging tourists to be vigilant.

German journalists arrested in Ferguson
Germany

German journalists arrested in Ferguson

"To be arrested and yelled at and be rudely treated by police I had to travel to Ferguson and St. Louis in the United States of America," writes veteran reporter of his ordeal.

Flood chaos continues with more rain forecast
Sweden

Flood chaos continues with more rain forecast

UPDATED: Sweden's floods are set to continue over the weekend with the national weather agency predicting more rain for some of the affected areas.

Undercover police bust dealers in Leopoldstadt
Austria

Undercover police bust dealers in Leopoldstadt

An undercover police officer made a bust in early August when two alleged drug dealers offered to sell him a kilogram of cannabis. The pair wanted €4,000 to complete the transaction.

Cat video festival comes to Vienna
Austria

Cat video festival comes to Vienna

The phenomenon of internet cat videos is having its own festival in Vienna on Tuesday evening.

Swiss aid in tax probe of former French footballer

Swiss aid in tax probe of former French footballer

The French footballer Marcel Desailly is suspected of hiding money from the taxman in Paris, it emerged on Tuesday. Authorities in Switzerland say they are helping their counterparts in France probe Desailly's accounts.

‘Madrid has a lot to offer to culture workers’
Spain

‘Madrid has a lot to offer to culture workers’

In the latest instalment of my Spanish career, The Local speaks to Émilie Emond, a 25-year-old French woman who just landed her first job in Madrid after an internship with the French culture and language foundation, the Alliance Française.

Wild Wilma’s gusts claims two lives
Germany

Wild Wilma’s gusts claims two lives

Two people died in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on Monday in a traffic accident caused by Wilma's winds.

Spain’s anti-rape guide: 1) Close your curtains
Spain

Spain’s anti-rape guide: 1) Close your curtains

Spain's Interior Ministry has been slammed after it released a series of anti-rape measures for women, including closing the curtains at night to stop peeping toms.

Austrian hiker dies in Italian Alps
Austria

Austrian hiker dies in Italian Alps

An Austrian hiker has died in the Italian Alps after getting lost on a hike, mountain rescue services said Monday.

Swedish town on alert over toilet invader
Sweden

Swedish town on alert over toilet invader

A town in central Sweden is on the lookout after a mystery suspect has repeatedly broken into apartments and defecated in their toilets.

IN IMAGES: Liberation of Paris from the Nazis
France

IN IMAGES: Liberation of Paris from the Nazis

As Paris commemorates the 70th anniversary of its liberation from the Nazis, we've put together a selection of images from the start of the uprising to the celebrations on August 25th.

Danish art project deemed racist by Swedes
Denmark

Danish art project deemed racist by Swedes

A performance art project designed to give "a deeper understanding of discrimination" is accused of being an offensive blackface performance and removed from the Malmö Festival.

Six months for protester who attacked police
Austria

Six months for protester who attacked police

A 43-year-old man has been found guilty of grievous bodily harm and resistance against the police during protests against Vienna’s right-wing Akademikerball (Academics Ball) in January this year.

Holiday hero girl saves pensioner from ravine
Italy

Holiday hero girl saves pensioner from ravine

A ten-year-old girl on holiday in Italy has become an unlikely hero after saving an 88-year-old man from a ravine.

Riksbank: We must take action on household debt
Sweden

Riksbank: We must take action on household debt

The Swedish economy is beginning to recover after several difficult years - but the risk for household indebtedness remains high, Swedish Riksbank Governor Stefan Ingves warned.

Princess Ingrid starts her first day at new school
Norway

Princess Ingrid starts her first day at new school

Princess Ingrid Alexandra was welcomed by pupils and staff at her new private school in Oslo on Tuesday.

Party leader demands Lenin’s head
Germany

Party leader demands Lenin’s head

Gregor Gysi, the leader of the federal socialist Left party, has demanded that the 3.5-tonne head of Lenin be dug out of its wooded resting place for an exhibition on Berlin's memorial landmarks.

Austrians asked to ‘eat more apples’
Austria

Austrians asked to ‘eat more apples’

Agriculture Minister Andrä Rupprechter (ÖVP) is calling on Austrians to eat more apples to combat the economic impact of the Russian import ban on food from the EU.

Real to show off new signings in Atletico clash
Spain

Real to show off new signings in Atletico clash

Just three months after remarkably breaking Barcelona and Real Madrid's grip on the La Liga title, Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has denied any repeat of their miracle championship triumph is possible.

France plans to warn public about dangers of chocolate
France

France plans to warn public about dangers of chocolate

French chocolate makers are furious because the government is mulling the idea of placing warning labels on their products in an effort to promote healthier eating.

Hidden dangers lurk in Denmark
Denmark

Hidden dangers lurk in Denmark

Recent news events have shaken "deeply neurotic" columnist Michael Booth's perceptions of his adopted homeland. Is Denmark less safe than we've been led to believe?

Murder suspect commits suicide in Valais jail
Switzerland

Murder suspect commits suicide in Valais jail

A 64-year-old German woman suspected of murdering her 78-year-old partner in July committed suicide while in custody in Martigny prison in the canton of Valais, officials said on Monday.

French police to start wearing body cameras
France

French police to start wearing body cameras

Thousands of special body-mounted cameras have been ordered for the country’s police service after the Interior Ministry backed a plan that is aimed at cutting the number of attacks on police.

Spanish police beat migrants: rights group
Spain

Spanish police beat migrants: rights group

Human Rights Watch accused Spanish police on Monday of beating migrants and illegally forcing them back into Morocco when they tried to climb over the border into Spanish territory.

Sweden to get 100,000 refugees in 2014: report
Sweden

Sweden to get 100,000 refugees in 2014: report

UPDATED: Sweden can expect a record-breaking 100,000 refugees to arrive this year, reported Swedish media on Tuesday. The Migration Board said the prognosis was officially 60,000 in July.

Italian opera star Licia Albanese dies at age 105
Italy

Italian opera star Licia Albanese dies at age 105

Licia Albanese, an Italian-American soprano who for more than a quarter century starred at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, has died at age 105, her family said on Monday.

‘Assange to stay put until US guarantee’: lawyer
Sweden

‘Assange to stay put until US guarantee’: lawyer

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who is wanted in Sweden for rape allegations, has made it clear he will not leave the Ecuador embassy in London until it is guaranteed he will not be extradited to the US.

Strike teachers on full pay as pupils go without
Norway

Strike teachers on full pay as pupils go without

Teachers striking across Norway are receiving full pay from their union who boast a strike fund of more than 1 billion kroner, it was revelaed on Tuesday.

Merkel to visit Kiev after NATO Baltic summit
Germany

Merkel to visit Kiev after NATO Baltic summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Ukraine Saturday amid international tensions over fighting in the east of the country, Ukraine's foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin announced Tuesday.

Federer poised to make history in New York
Switzerland

Federer poised to make history in New York

Twelve months after crashing to his worst defeat in New York in a decade, Roger Federer heads to the 2014 US Open poised to become the oldest Grand Slam champion in more than 40 years.

Few workers in on new visa rules
Germany

Few workers in on new visa rules

Despite the ease of work visa regulations for non-EU citizens with certain job qualifications, few potential immigrants are taking advantage.

Sport boss in racism row has ‘support from Africa’
Italy

Sport boss in racism row has ‘support from Africa’

New Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio said on Monday that he had "a clear conscience" and had received "letters of support from Africa", despite his election campaign being marred by a furore over a racist comment.

Hikers freeze and fall to their deaths in Italy
Italy

Hikers freeze and fall to their deaths in Italy

Two hikers have been killed in the Italian Alps, mountain rescue services said on Monday, one after getting lost while on a hike and the other after falling down a cliff.

Football coach kicks out wife to focus on match
Norway

Football coach kicks out wife to focus on match

The Norwegian football coach Åge Hareide admitted on Monday asking his wife to leave so he could focus on winning a crunch qualifying game and a place in the Champions League.