Jørgensen opens world title bid with win
Denmark

Jørgensen opens world title bid with win

The Dane looks destined for a match-up with Lee Chong-Wei, who started off with a bang in what might be his best chance to grab elusive world championship.

Swiss gays recognized as parents of child
Switzerland

Swiss gays recognized as parents of child

In a historic decision for Switzerland, a court in the canton of Saint Gallen has recognized a gay couple as the legal parents of a child born in the United States to a surrogate mother.

History-maker Momota crashes in Copenhagen
Denmark

History-maker Momota crashes in Copenhagen

Surprise defeat of Kento Momota on opening day of the World Badminton Championships at the Ballerup Super Arena.

Arnold in Australia continued
Austria

Arnold in Australia continued

Austria's loveable lunk, Arnold Schwarzenegger, continues to lend his comedy chops to help an Australian real-estate company, by playing on the comic confusion between Australia and Austria.

Nine-year-old boy blamed for blaze that razed barn
Switzerland

Nine-year-old boy blamed for blaze that razed barn

Police in the canton of Fribourg on Monday blamed a nine-year-old boy for a fire that destroyed a barn, killed eight calves and seriously injured a 55-year-old man.

France in ‘disarray’ as government is dissolved
France

France in ‘disarray’ as government is dissolved

France was plunged into deeper crisis on Monday when President Francois Hollande told his prime minister to form a new government after a very public rebellion by certain ministers including Arnaud Montebourg.

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Switzerland

Former New York judge named to UN Gaza probe

Former New York judge Mary McGowan Davis was appointed on Monday to a UN commission probing Israel's Gaza offensive and the actions of Islamist militant group Hamas, the world body's Geneva-based Human Rights Council said.

French go gaga for Game of Thrones baby names
France

French go gaga for Game of Thrones baby names

The international phenomenon "Game of Thrones" is such a big hit in France people are actually starting to names their kids after the fantasy series' characters. Joffrey and Mélissandre in particular are booming in popularity.

‘Amnesiac’ man avoids deportation for ten years
Sweden

‘Amnesiac’ man avoids deportation for ten years

Sweden's Migration Board has asked for help after a foreigner facing deportation claimed he can't remember where he's from. The man has been "stuck" in Sweden for over ten years.

Øyer murder: Suspect stepson hands himself in
Norway

Øyer murder: Suspect stepson hands himself in

The key suspect in the hunt for the Øyer killer turned himself in to Dutch police on Monday.

Train kills Frenchman sleeping on rail tracks
France

Train kills Frenchman sleeping on rail tracks

A Frenchman was struck and killed by a train while he napped on a set of rail tracks after a night out drinking for a friend's birthday.

‘This is a great time for entrepreneurs in Spain’
Spain

‘This is a great time for entrepreneurs in Spain’

He has been involved in 25 web start-ups in Spain and recently set up Bewa7er, an innovative stock market for cash-starved non-listed companies. Meet Madrid-based Belgian entrepreneur extraordinaire François Derbaix.

The Local’s ultimate A – Z of Swedish fashion
Sweden

The Local’s ultimate A – Z of Swedish fashion

Fashion Week struts onto the catwalk on Tuesday, and it's critical to be prepared. Want to know who are Sweden's best ateliers, fashion labels and most stylish fashionistas? The Local revisits the ultimate A to Z guide of Swedish fashion.

German woman killed by Tunisian police
Germany

German woman killed by Tunisian police

UPDATE: The family of a German woman who was shot dead by Tunisian police have accused officers of "executing" the 21-year-old law student from Bonn.

RECAP: Hollande orders Valls to name new gov’t
France

RECAP: Hollande orders Valls to name new gov’t

France was plunged into crisis on Monday after President François Hollande asked Prime Minister Manuel Valls to form a new government after two ministers had publicly criticized the government's economic policy. Take a look back at the events of the day.

Pensioner parks car upright on beach
Italy

Pensioner parks car upright on beach

A car assumed a vertical position in southern Italy after the driver failed to put the handbrake on, a classic example of "Italian driving" according to social media.

Humans and dogs team up for charity
Austria

Humans and dogs team up for charity

The charity Tiere als Therapie (Animals as Therapy) is organising its tenth ‘Dogging’ fundraising event in which humans can take part in jogging races with their four legged friends.

Caritas head calls for increased foreign aid
Austria

Caritas head calls for increased foreign aid

In light of numerous international crises, the head of the Catholic aid organisation Caritas has called for Austria's foreign disaster aid fund to be increased.

Nazi general didn’t save Paris: historian
France

Nazi general didn’t save Paris: historian

The last Nazi commander in charge of Paris famously claimed he saved the City of Light from an insane Hitler who wanted it flattened. A French historian, however, told The Local that version of events is pure fantasy from the self-aggrandizing former general.

Elk freed from Dresden office building
Germany

Elk freed from Dresden office building

UPDATE: A young bull elk spent five hours in a Dresden office on Monday, breaking through a glass door to end up in the canteen.

Brazil irked by ‘second class’ designation
Denmark

Brazil irked by ‘second class’ designation

Opposition party Venstre's proposal to offer easier immigration to people from certain countries was enough to get the Brazilian Embassy to write an angry letter to Søren Pind.

Swedish teacher rapped for ‘Facebook favourites’
Sweden

Swedish teacher rapped for ‘Facebook favourites’

A Swedish teacher has irked parents after befriending certain students on Facebook and Instagram - but not others. Officials are now revising the school's social media policy.

Man held for Stockholm school axe attack
Sweden

Man held for Stockholm school axe attack

A man was apprehended on Monday after he attacked someone with an axe at a school in Stockholm. The man is reported to have also swung the weapon at nearby students.

Crocodile alarm stops Danube boat race
Austria

Crocodile alarm stops Danube boat race

A woman triggered an alarm during a dragon boat race on the Danube in Lower Austria after she thought she spotted a crocodile.

Black cat Spain’s first pitch invader of season
Spain

Black cat Spain’s first pitch invader of season

FC Barcelona started their La Liga campaign on Sunday with a 3-0 home win over Elche but the surprise appearance of a black cat pitch invader spelled bad luck for superstitious fans at a time of turmoil at the club.

‘France is in crisis and politicians are powerless’
France

‘France is in crisis and politicians are powerless’

With France plunged into a new political crisis on Monday after the president asked his prime minister to form a new government, The Local took to the streets of Paris to gauge the opinion of the public.

Foreign investors flock to Italy amid crisis
Italy

Foreign investors flock to Italy amid crisis

Foreign investors have steadily increased their ownership of Italian firms amid the economic crisis, with over 40 percent of the stock in listed companies now in foreign hands, according to a new report.

Bomb threat shut down central Odense
Denmark

Bomb threat shut down central Odense

Police blocked off part of central Odense after a report of a bomb threat being delivered to a job centre.

Jewish Museum: Dealing with recent history
Austria

Jewish Museum: Dealing with recent history

Dr Danielle Spera had a high profile career working as a journalist with the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, the ORF. She is now the director of the Jewish Museum Vienna - and has taken the transition from TV celebrity to museum board room in her stride.

Mario Balotelli’s most memorable moments
Italy

Mario Balotelli’s most memorable moments

As Italy says farewell to star striker Mario Balotelli, The Local looks back at the footballer’s most memorable off-the-pitch moments.

Police find 150m tunnel in botched bank heist
Spain

Police find 150m tunnel in botched bank heist

Spanish thieves posing as builders were stopped from carrying out an Ocean's Eleven-style bank robbery after their sophisticated 150-metre (500 feet) tunnel was discovered by a security guard at the last minute.

Germans could pay for EU unemployed
Germany

Germans could pay for EU unemployed

Germans could foot the bill for unemployment benefits in other European countries under an EU plan to tax the union's richest states.

Danes against pay raise for MPs
Denmark

Danes against pay raise for MPs

A majority of parliament thinks it is time to consider a pay raise for their themselves but a recent poll showed that most Danes heartily disagree.

Merkel backs Spanish MP for top EU finance job
Spain

Merkel backs Spanish MP for top EU finance job

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave her powerful backing Monday to Spain's economy minister, Luis de Guindos, in his bid to lead the Eurogroup forum of eurozone finance ministers.

Germany sends burgers and sausages to Kurds
Germany

Germany sends burgers and sausages to Kurds

Germany's new-found determination under the third Merkel government to take its place on the world stage may be standing on shaky foundations.

Montebourg: A man used to courting controversy
France

Montebourg: A man used to courting controversy

Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg is at the heart of a controversy that prompted the dissolution of Prime Minister Manuel Valls' cabinet on Monday. Montebourg's long been prone to prompting public quarrels.

Lufthansa pilots could ruin your holiday plans
Germany

Lufthansa pilots could ruin your holiday plans

Airline passengers are set to be affected by more strikes in Germany in the coming days as a pay and pension dispute between Lufthansa and its pilots rumbles on.

Armed raiders ransack Norwegian poker players
Norway

Armed raiders ransack Norwegian poker players

Around 15 people, most of them Norwegians, were robbed at gunpoint as they played poker in Strömstad, Sweden last week.

Vienna ‘a hub for European jihadists’
Austria

Vienna ‘a hub for European jihadists’

Vienna has become a hub for European jihadists who plan to join extremists at war in Syria, because it is easy to travel to Syria through the Balkans, according to a report in Der Standard newspaper.

Man gives Hitler salute at concentration camp
Germany

Man gives Hitler salute at concentration camp

Police are investigating a football fan who allegedly made the Hitler salute at the former Buchenwald concentration camp in central Germany on Saturday.

Up to 95 Spaniards are Syria Isis fighters
Spain

Up to 95 Spaniards are Syria Isis fighters

Spanish Police believe "between 30 and 40 people with Spanish passports", as well as many more Moroccan residents in Spain, have flown to Syria to fight as Islamic State rebels. Other authorities point to an even higher figure.

Police arm Swiss federal judges with pepper spray
Switzerland

Police arm Swiss federal judges with pepper spray

Police have equipped Swiss federal judges with pepper spray and flashlights for self-protection following an attack on a judge in Lucerne several months ago.

Fischer criticizes Israel over Gaza
Austria

Fischer criticizes Israel over Gaza

Austrian President Heinz Fischer has criticised Israel's course of action in the Gaza strip.

Merkel praises Spain on strong growth
Spain

Merkel praises Spain on strong growth

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has praised the Spanish government for carrying out tough reforms and laying the groundwork for future growth in a press conference on Monday in Santiago de Compostela.

Light aircraft crashes while scaring birds
Austria

Light aircraft crashes while scaring birds

The crash of a light aircraft cost the pilot his life early on Monday morning. The plane was being used to scare starlings from a vineyard.

Terrorists may lose Norwegian citizenship
Norway

Terrorists may lose Norwegian citizenship

The government is considering withdrawing Norwegian citizenship from people taking part in terror activities and wars abroad.

Cops admit to false reports in Malmö protest
Sweden

Cops admit to false reports in Malmö protest

Police withdrew statements that ambulance personnel were attacked at the anti-Nazi demonstrations on Saturday, and reported themselves for investigation after trampling protesters.

Germans fill spare time with work
Germany

Germans fill spare time with work

What do Germans do in their spare time? More and more of them are working a second job, according to one study. Is work no longer paying enough and can your boss stop you taking a second job?

Rome police kill man after he beheads maid
Italy

Rome police kill man after he beheads maid

Police in Rome shot and killed a man moments after he allegedly decapitated a Ukrainian woman after she rejected his advances.

Paris celebrates 70th anniversary of liberation
France

Paris celebrates 70th anniversary of liberation

Paris is putting on a dance on Monday night, just as it did seven decades ago, to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the City of Light from four long years of Nazi occupation.

Bures to be Austria’s speaker of parliament
Austria

Bures to be Austria’s speaker of parliament

The Social Democrat's (SPÖ) committee board is due to confirm Infrastructure Minister Doris Bures as the new speaker of the Austrian parliament, as well as the subsequent cabinet reshuffle.

Princess Estelle attends first day at pre-school
Sweden

Princess Estelle attends first day at pre-school

Sweden's princess Estelle had her first day of pre-school on Monday, with Swedish media cramming outside the entrance to get a glimpse of the royal family.

Danish journo conveyed Foley’s final message
Denmark

Danish journo conveyed Foley’s final message

Daniel Rye Ottosen and James Foley were held together in captivity for over a year. The Danish journalist committed his American companion's final message to memory so that he could pass it on to family members.

Gnome-napping spree shocks Austria’s SPÖ
Austria

Gnome-napping spree shocks Austria’s SPÖ

Four hundred garden gnomes belonging to the Social Democrats (SPÖ) in Vorarlberg have gone missing - amid suspicions they were kidnapped by political rivals the conservative People’s Party (ÖVP).

Police mistake Morocco’s king for people smuggler
Spain

Police mistake Morocco’s king for people smuggler

Spanish authorities have apologized to King Mohammed VI of Morocco after Civil Guards apprehended him while travelling by boat with his entourage in waters commonly used by human traffickers and drug smugglers.

Löfven pledges billions to ‘get railways working’
Sweden

Löfven pledges billions to ‘get railways working’

The Social Democrat party has announced plans to nationalize maintenance of Swedish railways - and invest ten billion kronor more than the ruling government.

Spain ‘would block Scotland from joining EU’
Spain

Spain ‘would block Scotland from joining EU’

UPDATED: Spain would veto Scotland's entry into the European Union if the country voted for independence in an upcoming referendum, an Irish politician and former top EU official said on Sunday.

Olive oil prices to surge as bacteria hits groves
Italy

Olive oil prices to surge as bacteria hits groves

Shoppers risk paying more for their olive oil this year as a bacteria withers the trees of two top producers in Italy and a drought hits Spain, driving up prices.

Vienna teenager strangles wild boar piglet
Austria

Vienna teenager strangles wild boar piglet

A teenager has strangled a baby wild boar in Vienna’s Lainzer Tiergarten wildlife preserve - apparently out of boredom.

Most Italian jihadis with Isis aren’t immigrants
Italy

Most Italian jihadis with Isis aren’t immigrants

Around 50 Italians have been recruited by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis), the majority from non-immigrant families, Italian media reported.

Germany crowned World Champions again
Germany

Germany crowned World Champions again

Germany won the U20 women's football World Cup on Sunday with a 1:0 victory over Nigeria in Canada. It is the third international title a German football side has won this summer.

Up to 12,000 infected with MRSA: experts
Denmark

Up to 12,000 infected with MRSA: experts

"Simple mathematics" means that human deaths will result from an increase in the number of people infected with the antibiotic-resistant bacteria, two leading experts have warned.

Mountain bike accidents keep Swiss docs busy
Switzerland

Mountain bike accidents keep Swiss docs busy

The growing popularity of mountain biking is leading to more injuries among two-wheeling enthusiasts in many tourist regions of Switzerland, according to a survey by the Schweiz am Sonntag newspaper.

Rosberg booed for Hamilton crash
Germany

Rosberg booed for Hamilton crash

UPDATE: Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg's rivalry with teammate Lewis Hamilton is in the spotlight again after the German was accused of deliberately smashing into his championship rival's car at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Norwegian and SAS prepare for disruption
Norway

Norwegian and SAS prepare for disruption

Norwegian and SAS airlines are preparing for disruption from ash in the skies after Iceland issued a red alert to aviation following volcanic activity, both companies stated on Sunday.

Protests clash with police in Merkel’s Spain visit
Spain

Protests clash with police in Merkel’s Spain visit

UPDATED Police and anti-austerity protesters clashed in Santiago de Compostela on Monday during a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in the city.

Stone-throwing youths attack Stockholm cops
Sweden

Stone-throwing youths attack Stockholm cops

After police officers tried to search a car in Stockholm's Rinkeby, youths began throwing stones and torching cars in a spree that stretched into the early hours of Monday morning.

Merkel: Ukraine solution mustn’t harm Russia
Germany

Merkel: Ukraine solution mustn’t harm Russia

A solution must be found to the Ukraine crisis that does not hurt Russia and which the Ukrainian people must choose for themselves, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday.

Ukraine: ‘French experts to join rebel fighters’
France

Ukraine: ‘French experts to join rebel fighters’

The president of the self-declared pro-Russian People's Republic of Donetsk claimed on Sunday French military "experts" were joining separatist forces battling government troops in eastern Ukraine.

Man arrested over Alexanderplatz killing
Germany

Man arrested over Alexanderplatz killing

UPDATE: Police arrested one man on Monday afternoon after a 30-year-old clubgoer was fatally stabbed on Berlin's busy Alexanderplatz in front of several witnesses on Sunday afternoon.

EU ‘appalled’ by migrant dead off Italy
Italy

EU ‘appalled’ by migrant dead off Italy

UPDATED: The European Union's Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said she was "appalled" by reports that migrants had died trying to cross the Mediterranean to get to Italy as six more migrants died in a shipwreck on Sunday night.

Monaco and Marseille earn first wins of season
France

Monaco and Marseille earn first wins of season

This weekend's Ligue 1 action saw Monaco and Marseille pick up their first wins of the season as PSG stumbled again. The pace continues to be set by Willy Sagnol's Bordeaux side, who have won three out of three.

Al Pacino joins line-up at Venice film festival
Italy

Al Pacino joins line-up at Venice film festival

Hollywood greats Al Pacino, Ethan Hawke and Jennifer Aniston are set to dazzle this year's Venice film festival, which opens on Wednesday with tales of war and the economic crisis offset by beach. parties and gondola jaunts.

Five golden rules for the Swedish job hunt
Sweden

Five golden rules for the Swedish job hunt

So you're looking for a job, but you don't know where to start. Well don't fret, we've talked to a career expert who explained role-playing, selling yourself, and playing by the Swedish rules.

Miracle cat survives 20 gunshots in Norway
Norway

Miracle cat survives 20 gunshots in Norway

A cat survived multiple gunshot wounds to its body and face after being shot 20 times with an air gun in Haldensjordet, Hønefoss on Sunday.