Anders Behring Breivik’s father to write book
Norway

Anders Behring Breivik’s father to write book

Jens Breivik, father of jailed mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, is set to publish a book detailing his role as the father of Norway's most infamous terrorist.

West-Nile virus now confirmed in Austria
Austria

West-Nile virus now confirmed in Austria

Recent scares over deadly cases of Salmonella, Listeria, and Ebola have raised awareness of blood- and fluid- borne pathogens, with the latest now-confirmed case of the West-Nile virus appearing in Austria.

US tax crackdown hits Swiss private banks
Switzerland

US tax crackdown hits Swiss private banks

Switzerland's exclusive private banks took a beating last year, in part due to a US crackdown on tax cheats, with more than one third of them posting losses, a study published on Wednesday showed.

France pushes Middle East to fight Isis fighters
France

France pushes Middle East to fight Isis fighters

France urged Middle East nations to take a stand against the Islamic State fighters operating nearly unchecked in Syria and Iraq. The French president also plans to set up an international summit to craft a response to the extremists.

Merkel targets ‘shadow banks’ in Lindau speech
Germany

Merkel targets ‘shadow banks’ in Lindau speech

Chancellor Angela Merkel has opened an economics conference in Lindau, Bavaria, with a call for more regulation of so-called shadow banks.

Mayor wants to give hipster mecca a facelift
Denmark

Mayor wants to give hipster mecca a facelift

Copenhagen Mayor Frank Jensen is calling on improvements in Kødbyen in order to attract more businesses to the area.

‘Apocalyptic’ vomiting bug hits French tourists
France

‘Apocalyptic’ vomiting bug hits French tourists

Hundreds of French tourists fell violently sick a a posh Greek hotel creating what one visitor called an "apocalyptic" scene that had guests vomiting in the swimming pool and hallways.

Brit seriously injured in Magaluf building fall
Spain

Brit seriously injured in Magaluf building fall

A young British man suffered serious injuries in the Majorcan party town of Magaluf on Wednesday morning when he fell four stories while attempting to climb from one room to another along the outside of an apartment building.

Tax cheat rumbled by Ferrari in his garage
Italy

Tax cheat rumbled by Ferrari in his garage

A businessman in central Italy is facing a €210,000 tax bill after falsely claiming he earned just €900 a month, despite owning a Ferrari worth 1,000 times his reported earnings.

Paris tourists defy anti-love locks crusade
France

Paris tourists defy anti-love locks crusade

After Paris launched a campaign to persuade tourists to throw away their love locks and pose for selfies instead, The Local popped down to the famous Pont des Arts to find loved-up visitors defiantly refusing to put down their pad locks.

Nine suspected jihadists arrested in Austria
Austria

Nine suspected jihadists arrested in Austria

Police have arrested nine people on Austrian territory who are suspected of wanting to participate as jihadists in the war in Syria.

Dying town centres seek the miracle cure
Germany

Dying town centres seek the miracle cure

Home to two-thirds of Germany's population, many of its small cities and towns are struggling to revive their declining centres. The Local's Tomas Urbina reports from Delmenhorst in Lower Saxony, as it tries to dig its way out of the economic doldrums.

Two neo-Nazis get jail sentences
Austria

Two neo-Nazis get jail sentences

The heads of the neo-Nazi network "Objekt 21" have been sentenced to six years and nine months and four years and eight months respectively on Wednesday.

Top ministers count cost of ‘less secure world’
Sweden

Top ministers count cost of ‘less secure world’

Foreign and Finance Ministers Carl Bildt and Anders Borg held a press conference on Wednesday to discuss how Sweden was being affected by a "less secure" world, and how it would foot the bill for a growing influx of refugees.

Quick-thinking trucker stops wrong-way driver
Germany

Quick-thinking trucker stops wrong-way driver

Erich Mairleitner thought Tuesday would be another ordinary day hauling a load along the A3 motorway, but found himself the hero of the hour after stepping in to stop an accident.

Tyrolean separatists see parallels with Scotland
Austria

Tyrolean separatists see parallels with Scotland

In South Tyrol, Italy's German-speaking northern region, Teutonic efficiency meets Italian flair in a seemingly blissful union of lederhosen, "La Dolce Vita" and idyllic scenery. But for some, life is not so sweet.

Kurz warns of ‘new cold war’ over Ukraine
Austria

Kurz warns of ‘new cold war’ over Ukraine

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz (People's Party/ÖVP) has warned of a new cold war between the East and the West because of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

FC Barcelona to appeal tough Fifa transfer ban
Spain

FC Barcelona to appeal tough Fifa transfer ban

Fifa have upheld a decision to ban FC Barcelona from signing any new football players for two transfer periods starting January 2015, a decision club authorities have now announced they will appeal.

Judge shelves Malaga fairground rape case
Spain

Judge shelves Malaga fairground rape case

A judge in Malaga has dropped a case against five young men arrested over an alleged rape during the city's annual fair on Sunday night, with lawyers for the youths now saying they will take legal action against the supposed victim.

Volvo profits saved by Chinese devotion
Sweden

Volvo profits saved by Chinese devotion

The now Chinese-owned Volvo Car Group announced a return to profits on Wednesday - thanks to the Swedish brand's popularity in China.

Strabag takes stake in Marriott Grand Hotel
Austria

Strabag takes stake in Marriott Grand Hotel

Troubled Bank of Cyprus (BoC), the island's largest lender, said Wednesday it has agreed to sell its stake in Romania's Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel to an Austrian firm for €95 million, according to an AFP report. The bailed-in bank said the proceeds will enhance its liquidity.

Germany ready to send arms to Iraqi Kurds
Germany

Germany ready to send arms to Iraqi Kurds

Germany is ready to send weapons to support Iraqi Kurds in their battle against the "barbaric" jihadist militants of the Islamic State, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Wednesday.

ÖVP calls for Sunday trading in Vienna
Austria

ÖVP calls for Sunday trading in Vienna

Austria's People's Party (ÖVP) has repeated calls for Sunday trading in Vienna, especially in connection with next year's Eurovision Song Contest.

Hollande unveils reforms to help France’s hard-up
France

Hollande unveils reforms to help France’s hard-up

President François Hollande on Wednesday vowed to go "faster and further" with reforms as he announced a raft of measures to bolster France's stagnant economy including fairer income tax levels and a relaxation of Sunday shopping rules.

What Italy means to you in just one tweet
Italy

What Italy means to you in just one tweet

The Local Italy has been asking readers this week to squeeze their view of Italy into just 140 characters or less, in other words just one tweet. Here's what you came up with up for #ItalyinaTweet.

Vestas raises guidance as headwinds subside
Denmark

Vestas raises guidance as headwinds subside

Wind turbine maker posted strong quarterly earnings on Wednesday as it continued to emerge from a crisis in which it shed thousands of jobs.

What’s on in Spain: September
Spain

What’s on in Spain: September

Summer might be coming to an end, but it doesn't mean festivities are over. The Local's latest events guide rounds up some of the best cultural, sport and music events to help you extend the summer vibe over September.

Ikea founder gives giant donation to hometown
Sweden

Ikea founder gives giant donation to hometown

Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad donated a gift to his hometown on Wednesday to the tune of 53 million kronor ($7.7 million). The cash is to be used for developing the area.

Pilot’s body found at Italy fight jet crash site
Italy

Pilot’s body found at Italy fight jet crash site

Italian authorities said on Wednesday they had found the body of a pilot who was one of four crew aboard two Tornado fighter jets which crashed after a mid-air collision.

Madrid airport staff to strike in late August
Spain

Madrid airport staff to strike in late August

Staff at Madrid's Adolfo Suárez Barajas airport have called a strike for the last weekend of August to protest the privatization of Spain's state-owned airport operator.

Police hunt masked thief after Stockholm fire
Sweden

Police hunt masked thief after Stockholm fire

The Slussen tunnel in Stockholm began billowing out black smoke on Wednesday afternoon. Police believe that the fire was connected to an attempted robbery earlier in the day.

Uefa to probe football chief’s alleged racism
Italy

Uefa to probe football chief’s alleged racism

European football's governing body Uefa has opened an investigation into an alleged racist comment made by new Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio.

Novartis signs global deal for TB treatment
Switzerland

Novartis signs global deal for TB treatment

Swiss-based pharmaceuticals giant Novartis said on Wednesday that it had signed a licensing deal with an international organization that fights tuberculosis.

Glencore Xstrata switches back into black
Switzerland

Glencore Xstrata switches back into black

Mining giant Glencore Xstrata reported a sharp improvement in first-half performance on Wednesday, marking a big switch back into profit.

Future of Paris ‘not promising’, study says
France

Future of Paris ‘not promising’, study says

A new study says Paris is in the top three of the world's most influential cities, but its position is under threat and the city's future is apparently "not promising".

Carlsberg lowers outlook on fall in Russian sales
Denmark

Carlsberg lowers outlook on fall in Russian sales

Brewer warns it might have to close breweries as beer consumption has decreased in its largest market.

Parties duel as refugee costs rocket
Sweden

Parties duel as refugee costs rocket

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and opposition leader Stefan Löfven clashed on Wednesday after the Migration Board asked for more money to handle Sweden's influx of refugees.

10 things to do before summer is really over
Germany

10 things to do before summer is really over

The German weather service (DWD) is blaming "Wild Wilma" for blanketing the country in cooler temperatures, but we know it's going to get a lot colder before the end of summer. This week's Local List challenges you to take advantage before autumn really sets in.

Italian minister criticized over topless beach photo
Italy

Italian minister criticized over topless beach photo

Italian weekly Chi has published a topless photo of Education Minister Stefania Giannini, which has sparked debate about her choice of beach attire rather than the right to privacy.

Northern France hopes beer will boost tourism
France

Northern France hopes beer will boost tourism

It already has wine, champagne and cider and but a hard-up region of northern of France, is hoping to boost its local tourism industry by tapping into another drink which forms part of its proud heritage – locally brewed beer.

Introducing: Sweden’s five minority languages
Sweden

Introducing: Sweden’s five minority languages

Did you know there are five official minority languages in Sweden? The Local's Isabela Vrba finds out what they are, how they're protected, and what rights their speakers have.

Energy policy falls foul of federal auditors
Germany

Energy policy falls foul of federal auditors

The Federal Court of Auditors (BRH) has sharply criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel's energy policy, saying that the previous coalition government failed to produce adequate financial plans.

‘Naples is less dangerous than London’
Italy

‘Naples is less dangerous than London’

London is more dangerous than Naples, a city councillor has claimed, just days after Rome's mayor slammed a British government warning about petty crime in Italy's city centres.

Gibraltar slams Spain over ‘fanciful’ tax claims
Spain

Gibraltar slams Spain over ‘fanciful’ tax claims

Authorities in Gibraltar have slammed claims by a top Spanish official that the UK-held territory costs Spain €1 billion ($1.3 billion) a year in lost tax revenues, saying the figure is "a financial flight of fancy".

China orders German’s execution for murders
Germany

China orders German’s execution for murders

Update: A German man has been condemned to death in China for murdering his ex-girlfriend and her partner in a frenzied attack, it was reported on Wednesday.

‘Dying’ town flogs off land to woo new blood
Spain

‘Dying’ town flogs off land to woo new blood

UPDATE - For just a few hundred euros you can pick up a plot of land in Spain's beautiful Cuenca province. Is there a catch, you ask? You'll probably have to put up with being the youngest person in the village.

Man arrested in Øyer fire death case
Norway

Man arrested in Øyer fire death case

A friend of the man wanted for the killing of Bjarte Hansen in Øyer last week is under arrest and charged with helping assist in the murder, it was announced on Tuesday.

‘Batman’ spotted on Vienna’s rooftops
Austria

‘Batman’ spotted on Vienna’s rooftops

A young parkour aficionado was spotted recently, hurling himself off rooftops above the streets of Vienna, dressed as the popular character Batman from comics and movies.

Woman accuses nude selfies politician of lying
Switzerland

Woman accuses nude selfies politician of lying

The case of Geri Müller, the federal MP from Aargau and town mayor of Baden who sent nude selfies to a woman from his office, has taken another turn after she accused him of lying.

Copenhagen landslide leads to evacuation
Denmark

Copenhagen landslide leads to evacuation

A small landside at a Metro construction site caused a nearby building to shift, leading authorities to immediately evacuate residents.

God will give me two or three more years: Pope
Italy

God will give me two or three more years: Pope

Pope Francis on Monday publicly broached the prospect of his own death for the first time, giving himself "two or three years" but not ruling out retirement before then.

Wonderful Copenhagen gets Eurovision lifeline
Denmark

Wonderful Copenhagen gets Eurovision lifeline

The Capital Region will give the tourist organisation a one-time payment to help cover its debts. Meanwhile, regional politicians say they haven't been given the truth by chairwoman Sophie Hæstorp Andersen.

3,000 new Kindergarten places announced
Austria

3,000 new Kindergarten places announced

On Tuesday, Family Minister Sophie Karmasin of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) announced that the government would be creating an additional 3,000 Kindergarten places, at a cost to the state of €98 million over the next four years.

Swedish docs puzzled by deformed penis trend
Sweden

Swedish docs puzzled by deformed penis trend

More and more Swedish boys are born with deformed penises, and researchers are uncertain exactly what's behind the increase.

‘Three years underground and then the call came’
France

‘Three years underground and then the call came’

David Leiba lived underground as a French resistance fighter for years before resurfacing in the rebellion that forced the German army out of Paris. He tells The Local of his memories of the ecstatic and terrifying final moments of the Nazi occupation

VIDEO: ‘Day of fear’ as five tornadoes hit Italy
Italy

VIDEO: ‘Day of fear’ as five tornadoes hit Italy

A series of five tornadoes swept through northern Italy on Tuesday, prompting flights to be diverted and causing millions of euros worth of damage.

Legal action planned to force piracy blockade
Austria

Legal action planned to force piracy blockade

VAP, the anti-piracy group for film and video in Austria, announced this week that it plans to take legal action against Austrian Internet service providers (ISPs), to force them to block access to so-called piracy websites.

What Sweden means to you in just one Tweet
Sweden

What Sweden means to you in just one Tweet

The Local Sweden has been asking readers to squeeze their view of Sweden into just 140 characters or less. Here's what you came up with up for #SwedeninaTweet.

German aid planes to Iraq delayed
Germany

German aid planes to Iraq delayed

A German military flight to the conflict-addled region in northern Iraq has been delayed because Turkey denied landing permission for the layover at Incirlik airbase, according to a spokesman for the air force.

Consumers may have to shell out more for Nutella
Italy

Consumers may have to shell out more for Nutella

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

Gays to blame for Spain’s trillion euro debt: senator
Spain

Gays to blame for Spain’s trillion euro debt: senator

A ruling party politician is facing calls to resign after she blamed Spain's record €1 trillion ($1.3 trillion) public deficit "on subsidies offered to homosexuals" by the previous socialist government.

Bomb shuts down A3 motorway
Germany

Bomb shuts down A3 motorway

A controlled detonation of a 500-kg bomb from the Second World War left a 20-metre-wide crater in the middle of one of Germany's busiest traffic corridors on Tuesday night.

Ronaldo injured as Atlético nab 1-1 draw
Spain

Ronaldo injured as Atlético nab 1-1 draw

A Raul Garcia equalizer two minutes from time denied James Rodriguez a dream home debut for Real Madrid as Atletico Madrid salvaged a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Tuesday.

Mother gets 11 years in prison for killing son
Denmark

Mother gets 11 years in prison for killing son

A bitter custody battle led an Aalborg woman to strangle her four-year-old son. She was found guilty in an Aalborg court on Tuesday.

Hollande returns to work as problems mount up
France

Hollande returns to work as problems mount up

The French president returns to the front line on Wednesday for his first cabinet meeting. On his packed agenda will be the stagnant economy, the threat of deflation, unemployment and more in-fighting within his own party.

Paintball gun brings out armed police
Denmark

Paintball gun brings out armed police

After reports of a shooting at the DGI Byen sport complex near Copenhagen Central Station, a heavy police response discovers a man armed with a paintball gun.

France tries to take sting out of Asian hornets
France

France tries to take sting out of Asian hornets

After slipping into southwest France 10 years ago in a pottery shipment from China Asian hornets have since invaded more than half the country. Now France is fighting back, using drones, poisoned rods and even chickens.

Saxony schools get top marks
Germany

Saxony schools get top marks

A country-wide analysis has shown that Saxony has the best schools and Berlin has a lot of homework to do.

Four missing after Italy fighter jets collide
Italy

Four missing after Italy fighter jets collide

Two Italian air force fighter jets on a training exercise crashed into each other in a mid-air collision over the centre of the country on Tuesday, officials said.

All-clear given on suspected Ebola cases
Austria

All-clear given on suspected Ebola cases

Austria's health ministry gave the all-clear Tuesday evening after regional authorities earlier reported two suspected cases of Ebola in two men recently returned from Nigeria.

Car crashes into Oslo shopping mall
Norway

Car crashes into Oslo shopping mall

A driver was lucky to be alive after crashing his car into a shopping centre entrance in Oslo on Tuesday.

Norway’s first drunk on a Segway charged
Norway

Norway’s first drunk on a Segway charged

The Norwegian government lifted its ban on Segways in July, but it was only a matter of time before police caught their first drunk driver on a two-wheel vehicle.