Feud confirmed in mosque shooting death
Switzerland

Feud confirmed in mosque shooting death

Police confirmed on Tuesday that the shooting death of a man in a mosque in the Swiss city of Saint Gallen last Friday was the result of a settling of accounts between two Albanian families.

Austrians help unearth new Stonehenge finds
Austria

Austrians help unearth new Stonehenge finds

In a joint venture between Austria's Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology, and Britain's Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project, scientists have used new techniques to identify 15 previously unknown neolithic monuments which remain underground.

Zurich officials declare ‘sex boxes’ a success
Switzerland

Zurich officials declare ‘sex boxes’ a success

Swiss authorities are basking in the afterglow of a decision to create a "sex drive-in" in Zurich, with social services hailing it a success on its first anniversary on Tuesday.

Hollande puts economy in hands of ex-banker, 36
France

Hollande puts economy in hands of ex-banker, 36

The French President revealed on Tuesday the names of the ministers in his new government tasked with pushing through crucial reforms. The key role of Economy Minister went to former banker and key Hollande ally, Emmanuel Macron, aged just 36.

Is tourism destroying Barcelona?
Spain

Is tourism destroying Barcelona?

It's Spain's most popular city destination but is beautiful Barcelona in danger of becoming a victim of its own success? The Local takes a peek at the dark side of the city's tourism boom.

Controversial Bilderberg meeting slated for Tyrol
Austria

Controversial Bilderberg meeting slated for Tyrol

The annual conference of the controversial Bilderberg Group meeting will take place in Austria in 2015, according to a report from the Global Research newsletter.

‘How I came to run my own business in Sweden’
Sweden

‘How I came to run my own business in Sweden’

American Scarlet Vikarby owns a home theatre installation business. She talks to The Local about owning a company, how being a woman can be a game changer, and how to overcome reserved Swedes.

23 Afghan refugees intercepted near border
Austria

23 Afghan refugees intercepted near border

During a routine police check, 23 immigrants apparently from Afghanistan were intercepted close to the Slovakian border near the town of Bruck an der Leitha.

Why Sweden’s election oozes uncertainty
Sweden

Why Sweden’s election oozes uncertainty

Sweden's prime minister got his claws out on Tuesday, accusing the opposition of "promising everything to everyone". With the elections just weeks away, an expert tells us why the campaigning is heating up.

Judge baffled by ‘fake abortion’ trial
Austria

Judge baffled by ‘fake abortion’ trial

A 49-year-old woman who was accused by an ex-boyfriend of having faked an abortion in order to get money from him has been acquitted after a judge at Vienna’s Regional Court said he had no idea who was telling the truth.

Elderly Swede unhurt after train runs over her
Sweden

Elderly Swede unhurt after train runs over her

An elderly woman decided to take a stroll on the Swedish railway tracks on Tuesday afternoon, for no apparent reason. After being run over by a freight train the woman emerged completely unharmed.

Italian woman cleared of Ebola in Turkey
Italy

Italian woman cleared of Ebola in Turkey

An Italian woman who was hospitalized in Turkey last week does not have the deadly Ebola virus and will return home soon, Italian media has reported.

Man hurt as friend swaps ice bucket for plane
Spain

Man hurt as friend swaps ice bucket for plane

UPDATED: A Belgian man has been seriously injured after his pilot friend dropped 1,500 litres (396 gallons) of water on him from a fire-fighting plane as part of a failed Ice Bucket Challenge.

Deadly migrant crossings push issue up EU agenda
Italy

Deadly migrant crossings push issue up EU agenda

Italy's navy said on Tuesday it had recovered 24 corpses from the latest capsize of a boat carrying migrants from Africa, as EU officials debated action over the perilous efforts to reach European shores.

Bulging to-do list awaits France’s new government
France

Bulging to-do list awaits France’s new government

France will get its third government in just over two years on Tuesday and its list of tasks is looking pretty daunting. How many goals on this to-do list will they achieve?

Hollywood star set to take the stage in Norway
Norway

Hollywood star set to take the stage in Norway

American actor Bill Pullman will draw theatre audiences to Bergen when he takes the lead part in a Shakespeare play, it was announced on Tuesday.

Man who beheaded maid ‘wanted to fight Hamas’
Italy

Man who beheaded maid ‘wanted to fight Hamas’

An Italian man shot dead by police on Sunday after allegedly beheading a maid in Rome was a pro-Israel fanatic, who wanted to fight against Hamas in Gaza, the killer's host said on Tuesday.

Faymann expects stable coalition post resignation
Austria

Faymann expects stable coalition post resignation

After the resignation of the head of the conservative Austrian People's Party politician Michael Spindelegger as Finance Minister and Vice Chancellor, senior coalition partner and Chancellor Werner Fayman sees no problems with the health of the coalition government.

Former Porsche execs to stand trial over VW bid
Germany

Former Porsche execs to stand trial over VW bid

A German court ruled on Tuesday that Porsche's former chief executive and financial officers must stand trial for alleged share price manipulation in a failed attempt to take over Volkswagen in 2008.

Spending increase sets stage for election
Denmark

Spending increase sets stage for election

The budget proposal released on Tuesday calls for Denmark to increase public spending and raise its deficit to the maximum level, prompting the opposition to accuse the coalition government of buttering up its left-wing allies.

Åkesson promises cuts to Sweden’s immigration
Sweden

Åkesson promises cuts to Sweden’s immigration

The Sweden Democrat party presented its 105 election proposals on Tuesday, with an estimated cost of 63 billion kronor in 2015. The manifesto focused on increasing Swedish welfare and limiting immigration.

Bra demo: Spanish city fights sexist mayor
Spain

Bra demo: Spanish city fights sexist mayor

Over 500 protesters formed a chain of bras around the town hall of a Spanish city on Monday to call for the resignation of their "chauvinist" and "retrograde" mayor.

French chefs rebel over harsh online reviews
France

French chefs rebel over harsh online reviews

Left largely without recourse against what they claim to be "dishonest" online reviews, French hoteliers and restaurateurs have launched a petition to ban "insulting" or "defamatory" reviews.

Waiter writes ‘faggots’ on gay diners’ receipt
Italy

Waiter writes ‘faggots’ on gay diners’ receipt

A group of gay men were outraged after a waiter at a pizzeria in Taranto, Puglia, handed them a bill with a homophobic slur printed on it.

WHO urges ban on e-cigarettes for minors
Switzerland

WHO urges ban on e-cigarettes for minors

Governments should ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, the Geneva-based World Health Organization said on Tuesday, warning that they pose a "serious threat" to foetuses and young people.

Anti-stress law moves step closer in Germany
Germany

Anti-stress law moves step closer in Germany

Germany’s Labour Minister Andrea Nahles has given her backing to an anti-stress law, announcing a study into workers' mental health on Tuesday.

Russian tourist boom goes bust
Denmark

Russian tourist boom goes bust

A long-term steady increase in the number of Russian tourists to Denmark has flatlined in light of the strained relationship between Russia and the West.

Norway prospers as wealth fund value soars
Norway

Norway prospers as wealth fund value soars

Public spending could get a boost in Norway after it was revealed the country's sovereign wealth fund could reach six trillion kroner ($973 billion), the Norwegian government said on Monday.

Six golden rules for the Austrian job hunt
Austria

Six golden rules for the Austrian job hunt

So you're looking for a job in Austria, but you don't know where to start. Well don't fret, we've talked to a career expert who explains how to get ahead in the job game.

Reinfeldt ‘would support’ anti-terror laws
Sweden

Reinfeldt ‘would support’ anti-terror laws

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said on Tuesday that the government would support new laws punishing those who travel abroad to engage in terrorist activities - or even those with plans to do so.

Swiss officials deny Mafia arrests in Thurgau
Switzerland

Swiss officials deny Mafia arrests in Thurgau

Justice officials in Bern are denying reports from Italian police that 16 alleged members of the Mafia were arrested in the town of Thurgau, a Swiss town, saying that investigations are still ongoing.

Mayor under fire from police after jihad tweet
Spain

Mayor under fire from police after jihad tweet

A left-wing mayor from southern Spain says he has received death threats after he published a photo of a Franco-era execution by police firing squad on Twitter under the headline "Damned jihadi murderers".

IN IMAGES: Paris marks liberation from Nazis
France

IN IMAGES: Paris marks liberation from Nazis

France's top leaders and many of its veterans gathered on a rainy Monday night to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Paris's liberation from four years of Nazi occupation during WWII. Here are some photo highlights.

How will Berlin look in five years’ time?
Germany

How will Berlin look in five years’ time?

From Tempelhof to Tegel, Berlin's airports cause its politicians headaches. In the first of two articles, The Local looks at plans and problems for development in the city's western half. What's next for the West?

Catalan boss ‘may scrap independence vote’
Spain

Catalan boss ‘may scrap independence vote’

The government of Spain's Catalonia region may shelve plans for a controversial November 9th independence vote if courts veto the poll, a top Catalan ruling party official has told leading Spanish daily El País.

Jailed Dane begins new hunger strike in Bahrain
Denmark

Jailed Dane begins new hunger strike in Bahrain

Activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja started a new hunger strike on Monday. The last time he did it, it led to a massive – but unsuccessful – attempt to get him released.

Call for Austrian ban on Isis symbols
Austria

Call for Austrian ban on Isis symbols

Austria’s Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner (ÖVP) has said that she wants to ban membership of the terrorist organisation Islamic State (Isis) and prohibit the wearing of Isis symbols as soon as possible.

Suspected female bank robber arrested in Linz
Austria

Suspected female bank robber arrested in Linz

Police in Linz have arrested a 45-year-old woman on suspicion of committing at least two armed bank robberies.

‘The G-spot doesn’t exist’: Italian scientist
Italy

‘The G-spot doesn’t exist’: Italian scientist

UPDATED: The search for the elusive female erogenous zone known as the G-spot has gone on for decades, but a team led by an Italian scientist has now come to the conclusion that it doesn't exist.

Man, 90, kills 86-year-old wife and takes own life
Spain

Man, 90, kills 86-year-old wife and takes own life

A 90-year-old man from eastern Spain reportedly suffocated his wife (86) on Monday and then took his own life with a knife.

Tuscan beauty queen teen hit with racist slurs
Italy

Tuscan beauty queen teen hit with racist slurs

A 15-year-old girl from Tuscany has been hit with online racism after winning the Miss Livorno beauty contest, Italian media reported.

Press review: ‘Save France from the radicals’
France

Press review: ‘Save France from the radicals’

Needless to say France's political crisis produced scores of headlines and column inches in the French and international press on Tuesday, as well as plenty of photos of the president under the rain. Here's a look at what the papers made of the day's dramatic events.

Quirky bus shelter closed ‘to prevent accidents’
Austria

Quirky bus shelter closed ‘to prevent accidents’

An eccentric bus stop created by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto in Krumbach, Austria, has been unexpectedly closed to the public because it doesn't "follow the Austrian regulations for building safety".

German climber (60) dies in fall in Tyrol alps

German climber (60) dies in fall in Tyrol alps

A 60-year-old climber from Germany succumbed to fatal injuries after a fall on Monday in the Stubai Alps in Tyrol.

Wowereit confirms December resignation
Germany

Wowereit confirms December resignation

UPDATE: Klaus Wowereit, Berlin's long-serving mayor, confirmed on Tuesday he would step down from his post on December 11th. His popularity has taken a dive over the scandal of Berlin's new international airport.

Study shows poverty isn’t the same old story
Germany

Study shows poverty isn’t the same old story

Germany has a new story about income inequality after years of simplistic thinking about a rich West and poor East. A study released on Monday shows the wealth divide is more between city and country than East and West.

Tip-off leads to cannabis arrest in Angern
Austria

Tip-off leads to cannabis arrest in Angern

Police from Gänserndorf discovered an indoor cannabis plantation with 30 plants in the town of Angern an der March in Lower Austria after a confidential tip-off.

Madrid lemurs feast on iced fruit to stay cool
Spain

Madrid lemurs feast on iced fruit to stay cool

It may not be the hottest summer on record, but that hasn't stopped animal keepers at Madrid's Faunia animal park from coming up with some innovative ways to keep their charges cool.

Geneva private banks set to reveal first results
Switzerland

Geneva private banks set to reveal first results

UPDATED — The elite of Swiss private banks on Tuesday began lifting the veil on their books after a radical shift in their business model, amid tougher international regulations and crackdowns on tax dodgers.

Man arrested in New Zealand for Swiss murder
Switzerland

Man arrested in New Zealand for Swiss murder

A Sri Lankan national accused of murdering his ex-wife in Switzerland 14 years ago appeared in a New Zealand court on Tuesday after allegedly spending more than a decade on the run.

Vuelta cyclists ‘set sail’ from aircraft carrier
Spain

Vuelta cyclists ‘set sail’ from aircraft carrier

The third stage of the Tour of Spain got off to a cruising start on Monday as cyclists set off from on board a massive aircraft carrier at the southern Spanish port city of Cádiz.

Ferrero dispels fears of Nutella shortage

Ferrero dispels fears of Nutella shortage

The president of the Italian food giant Ferrero has denied that there is a Nutella shortage on the way after speculation that a poor hazelnut harvest could hit the popular chocolate spread.

City plays Schindler’s List theme at Nazi rally
Sweden

City plays Schindler’s List theme at Nazi rally

When the neo-Nazi Party of the Swedes holds a public talk in Norrköping in central Sweden on Tuesday, the local city hall will play the theme music from Steven Spielberg's Holocaust film Schindler's List.

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

In Pictures: The Local’s Property of the Week

What does a one-room apartment in the capital of Swedish singles look like? You're about to find out - take a peek at the property of the week.

Denmark to take weapons, not aid, to Iraq
Denmark

Denmark to take weapons, not aid, to Iraq

An original offer of humanitarian assistance has now turned into a mission to exclusively transport weapons and ammunition.

Austrian Finance Minister quits over tax reform
Austria

Austrian Finance Minister quits over tax reform

Austria’s Finance Minister and Vice Chancellor Michael Spindelegger has resigned, after persistent criticism from his People's Party (ÖVP).

Chancellor calls for end to religious tensions
Austria

Chancellor calls for end to religious tensions

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann called for peace and tolerance after meeting religious leaders on Monday amid mounting tensions highlighted by an attack against an Israeli football team last month.

Martin Ødegaard may still play against England
Norway

Martin Ødegaard may still play against England

Martin Ødegaard, football's 15-year-old Norwegian sensation, may have been left out of the squad to face England on September 3rd, it was announced on Monday, but the national coach has not ruled out the midfielder's late inclusion.

Ryanair investigated over Reus incident
Spain

Ryanair investigated over Reus incident

Spain's civil aviation authorities on Monday said they will investigate the low-cost airline after a June incident which saw five people injured during heavy turbulence.

Six questions for France as Hollande ousts rebels
France

Six questions for France as Hollande ousts rebels

After President François Hollande took the decision to oust his dissenters, crucial questions now arise over the future of the head of state, his government, France itself, and even Europe. Here's a look at six key issues.

Swedish store scraps high heels for toddlers
Sweden

Swedish store scraps high heels for toddlers

UPDATED: A social media storm has seen a supermarket chain recalling its heeled children's shoes. The man behind the storm says other countries could learn from how seriously Sweden takes equality.

August snows return to Germany’s highest peak
Germany

August snows return to Germany’s highest peak

Snow has returned to Germany’s highest mountain, sparking fears that the summer may already be over.

Norway’s teachers may strike for months
Norway

Norway’s teachers may strike for months

Every day of the teacher's strike is costing Norway 10 million kroner ($1.62 million) a day, and with the teachers' unions holding over 700 million kroner ($115 million) in account, the action could continue for many months.

Has salt water ever tasted so good?
Germany

Has salt water ever tasted so good?

A German chemistry professor has swum the length of the Rhine, completing the 1,230-kilometre challenge from the Swiss Alps to the North Sea in a little under a month.

German tourists killed in Ischia car crash
Italy

German tourists killed in Ischia car crash

Two German tourists, aged 48 and 70, died in a car crash on the Italian island of Ischia on Monday.

A foodie’s dream, a dietician’s nightmare
Denmark

A foodie’s dream, a dietician’s nightmare

Copenhagen Cooking helps boost the Danish capital's position as arguably the most important food city in Europe, but you wouldn't know it from the diet of everyday Danes.

Wawrinka reaches second round of US Open
Switzerland

Wawrinka reaches second round of US Open

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka reached the second round of the US Open tennis tournament on Monday with a 6-2, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/3) win over Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic.

Germany: EU austerity drive not over yet
Germany

Germany: EU austerity drive not over yet

Germany strongly signalled on Monday it will continue to push for fiscal austerity in Europe alongside Spain, even as France was thrown into political turmoil over its economic policy.

Are you a graduate? Insure your income in Sweden
Sweden

Are you a graduate? Insure your income in Sweden

If there was an A-Z of living and working in Sweden, then top of the list of would be a-kassa. To spell it out, they are the organizations that offer unemployment insurance.

Football greats to kick-off Rome’s match for peace
Italy

Football greats to kick-off Rome’s match for peace

International football sensations from Ronaldinho to Messi and Baggio will take to the pitch in Rome next week for a charitable "peace match" organised by Pope Francis, organisers said on Monday.