Ødegaard: Norway’s youngest player ever
Norway

Ødegaard: Norway’s youngest player ever

Martin Ødegaard earned his first senior cap against UAE on Wednesday to become Norway's youngest football international.

Billionaire’s wedding cake bitten by man
Austria

Billionaire’s wedding cake bitten by man

Richard Lugner, the controversial Austrian billionaire, is in the news again after the wedding cake for his upcoming nuptials was attacked by an unidentified man at his Lugner City shopping centre.

Poll shows Austrians like beer
Austria

Poll shows Austrians like beer

In news that will surprise almost no-one, a recent poll shows that Austrians really like beer.

Switzerland expands Ukraine crisis blacklist
Switzerland

Switzerland expands Ukraine crisis blacklist

Switzerland on Wednesday added 11 names and five banks to its blacklist over the Ukraine crisis in fresh moves to stop the country from being used to avoid EU sanctions against Russia.

Xabi Alonso quits Spain international team
Spain

Xabi Alonso quits Spain international team

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso announced his retirement from international football on Wednesday, as Spain's golden generation of players begins its slow march into the sunset.

Political support for cameras on cops
Denmark

Political support for cameras on cops

Police in the US and England have experimented with having officers wear video cameras while out in the streets and there are now calls to do the same in Denmark.

Reactions to election of new party leader mixed
Austria

Reactions to election of new party leader mixed

With the sudden resignation of conservative Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) leader Michael Spindelegger, the party wasted no time in electing Economics Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner to the position, leading to mixed reactions from the other parties, as well as comments from Austria's president.

Danish military mission in Iraq gets green light
Denmark

Danish military mission in Iraq gets green light

The use of a Hercules aircraft and up to 55 military personnel to transport weapons and other military supplies to Iraq has received parliament's approval.

Jailed Morsi aide’s wife seeks UN help in Egypt
Switzerland

Jailed Morsi aide’s wife seeks UN help in Egypt

The Canadian wife of an imprisoned former aide to deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is in Geneva this week seeking UN help to free her husband and end "horrific" rights abuses in Egypt.

France’s jobless rate hits new record high
France

France’s jobless rate hits new record high

The number of people out of work in crisis-hit France hit a new high in July, official statistics published on Wednesday showed, in another blow for President Francois Hollande.

Home hope Jørgensen marches on at worlds
Denmark

Home hope Jørgensen marches on at worlds

Third seed Jan Ø Jørgensen secured a spot in the final 16 at the Badminton World Championship in Copenhagen, but Denmark's last remaining player on the women's draw was eliminated.

Barcelona mayor vows to close illegal holiday flats
Spain

Barcelona mayor vows to close illegal holiday flats

The mayor of Barcelona has vowed to "get tough" on people who rent out illegal tourist apartments in the city's Barceloneta neighbourhood after demonstrations by locals against the unruly behaviour of tourists.

‘I love business’: French PM woos employers
France

‘I love business’: French PM woos employers

A day after naming a new reformist cabinet French PM Manuel Valls faced members of the country’s powerful employers' union, who gave him a standing ovation after telling them "I love business" and that France and Germany needed to stay close.

Swedish Tetra Pak factory to shut down
Sweden

Swedish Tetra Pak factory to shut down

A Tetra Pak factory in southern Sweden is set to shut down due to a decrease in demand, meaning 250 Swedes risk losing their jobs.

In pictures: Spain’s Tomatina festival 2014
Spain

In pictures: Spain’s Tomatina festival 2014

Spain's crazy Tomatina festival was its usual squishy self on Wednesday as nearly 22,000 people gathered in the Spanish town of Buñol to pelt each other with ripe tomatoes.

Swiss top two officially tapped for Davis Cup
Switzerland

Swiss top two officially tapped for Davis Cup

Switzerland captain Severin Lüthi will tap the star power of Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka when the Alpine country faces Italy in next month's Davis Cup, Swiss Tennis announced on Wednesday.

IN IMAGES: Artists unveil mechanical dragon
France

IN IMAGES: Artists unveil mechanical dragon

A legendary French artistic collective has raised the curtain on its latest outlandish creation: a massive fire breathing mechanical dragon that is headed for China. See photos and video of the beast here.

Merkel accuses Isis of genocide
Germany

Merkel accuses Isis of genocide

Chancellor Angela Merkel described atrocities committed by Isis in Iraq as genocide on Wednesday, going further than other western leaders in her condemnation of the group.

Tired man kills neighbour over barking dog
Spain

Tired man kills neighbour over barking dog

A siesta-deprived man from eastern Spain has shot dead his neighbour during an argument they had over the victim's dog and its barking.

‘Bankrupt’ Italian couple caught on luxury yacht
Italy

‘Bankrupt’ Italian couple caught on luxury yacht

An Italian couple wanted for faking their own bankruptcy have been caught by police disguised as holidaymakers, on board a luxury yacht registered to England.

Worldwide damage from natural disasters drops
Switzerland

Worldwide damage from natural disasters drops

Natural disasters caused total economic losses of $41 billion in the first six months of this year, much less than usual, reinsurance group Swiss Re estimated on Wednesday.

Ebola: Air France stops flights to Sierra Leone
France

Ebola: Air France stops flights to Sierra Leone

France's flagship airline Air France announced on Wednesday it was suspending flights to Sierra Leone from Thursday because of an Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 1,400 people in West Africa.

The Austrian office you might want to live in
Austria

The Austrian office you might want to live in

Austrian architects heri&sally have designed a new office in Burgenland which focuses on quality of life for employees - including a climbing wall, swimming pool, kitchen, and garden.

Uber pushes expansion despite legal pitfalls
Germany

Uber pushes expansion despite legal pitfalls

Chauffeur car service Uber plans to expand into more German cities and double its activity in the country by the end of the year in the face of bitter opposition and a court case.

Five investigated in Italy over jihadist links
Italy

Five investigated in Italy over jihadist links

Five people in the northern Italian region of Veneto are being investigated for alleged links to jihadist militant groups, La Stampa reported.

Paris set to welcome four new tourist attractions
France

Paris set to welcome four new tourist attractions

The Local takes a look at four Paris attractions that are set to open or be completed in the coming weeks. There's plenty for art lovers, shoppers and those with a good head for heights.

Has Germany learned lessons of NSU failures?
Germany

Has Germany learned lessons of NSU failures?

The German government announced measures on Wednesday requiring police and courts to take tougher action against suspected hate crimes, following a neo-Nazi killing spree that went unsolved for more than a decade.

Mafia godfather denies kissing Italy’s ex-PM
Italy

Mafia godfather denies kissing Italy’s ex-PM

Mafia kingpin Salvatore "Totò" Riina has reportedly denied kissing Giulio Andreotti, who served seven terms as prime minister, but told a fellow crime boss the pair did meet.

Plank champ needs help to set new record
Denmark

Plank champ needs help to set new record

Tom Hoel already has the Guinness record for the longest plank but to meet his next goal he still needs over 1,000 people to join him on all fours. Here's how to plank your way into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Austrian Post van robbery was faked
Austria

Austrian Post van robbery was faked

The driver of an Austrian Post cash delivery van, who reported being robbed and handcuffed in his vehicle in Vienna earlier in August faked the robbery together with an ex-boyfriend, police have said.

Ten false friends in the Swedish language
Sweden

Ten false friends in the Swedish language

Never, ever take the Swedish language at face value. This is a language where "puss" means "kiss" and "kiss" means "pee". And that's just the beginning...

‘Ice bucket videos can distract from ALS cause’
Spain

‘Ice bucket videos can distract from ALS cause’

Although donations from the Ice Bucket Challenge craze are finally starting to pour into Spain's ALS Association, president Adriana Guevara tells The Local that many sufferers of this crippling illness are being overlooked by the Spanish government.

I didn’t want to leave Real Madrid: Ángel di María
Spain

I didn’t want to leave Real Madrid: Ángel di María

Argentine midfielder Ángel di María has claimed he never asked to leave Real Madrid after sealing his British transfer record £59.7 million ($98 million, €75 million) move to Manchester United.

Vienna man shot and injured in drugs dispute
Austria

Vienna man shot and injured in drugs dispute

A man was shot and injured in a drugs dispute in the stairwell of a Vienna apartment block on Wednesday morning.

Family reunification permits on the rise
Denmark

Family reunification permits on the rise

2013 saw the highest number of family reunification approvals since 2002 and this year is on pace to top it. The rules for bringing a foreign spouse to Denmark have "gone from really bad to bad," says Marriage Without Borders.

‘Merkel now needs to meet Hollande halfway’
France

‘Merkel now needs to meet Hollande halfway’

After the French president ousted his rebel Economy Minister for an outspoken attack on Germany and replaced him with a social liberal ex-banker, political commentator Stefan Ulrich argues that Chancellor Angela Merkel now needs to repay the favour.

Sami museum hit in suspected tear gas attack
Sweden

Sami museum hit in suspected tear gas attack

The Sami museum in northern Sweden had to be evacuated after two attackers sprayed an unknown substance which left several people violently ill.

Ten of the oddest things found at border control
Germany

Ten of the oddest things found at border control

Some of the strangest items found by German border control might make you think again about whether border checks are over the top. The Local List takes a look.

Roma advocate scoops Wallenberg prize
Sweden

Roma advocate scoops Wallenberg prize

A Roma man has been hailed as "inspirational" after scooping this year's Raoul Wallenberg Prize for setting up an organization to help stamp out racism against the community.

Refugees protest against ‘monotonous’ Italian food
Italy

Refugees protest against ‘monotonous’ Italian food

A protest held by refugees against “monotonous” Italian food was “excessive”, especially at a time when thousands of Italians go hungry, the president of a police organization told The Local.

Royals get a raise in new budget proposal
Denmark

Royals get a raise in new budget proposal

Parliamentary budgets for years have allotted less money to the Royal House than they actually cost, so the new budget proposal attempts to fix that.

Right-wing FPÖ tops Austrian election poll
Austria

Right-wing FPÖ tops Austrian election poll

If national elections were held in Austria now, the opposition right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ) would be in first place. This was according to a poll by the 'market institute', published in the online edition of the newspaper Der Standard on Tuesday.

Zara pulls plug on ‘Holocaust shirt’ for kids
Spain

Zara pulls plug on ‘Holocaust shirt’ for kids

UPDATED: The Spanish clothing giant Zara has apologized for selling a striped shirt for children which appears to resemble the clothes worn by prisoners in Nazi concentration camps.

Swiss consumer spending falls: report
Switzerland

Swiss consumer spending falls: report

Swiss consumer spending and sentiment dropped in July after reaching a six-year high in the previous month, UBS said in a report issued on Wednesday.

IMF chief Lagarde ‘charged’ in French probe
France

IMF chief Lagarde ‘charged’ in French probe

The head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde has been placed under formal investigation in France on allegations of "negligence" after a probe into suspected corruption dating from her time as French finance minister.

Man escapes house torture horror in Norway
Norway

Man escapes house torture horror in Norway

A Norwegian man escaped and required medical care for knife wounds after having been held captive and tortured in an apartment in central Sandefjord on Wednesday.

Rome man begs for jail to escape wife
Italy

Rome man begs for jail to escape wife

A man in Rome has begged police to put him in jail to escape his wife, after nearly three months of constantly fighting with her while he was under house arrest.

Ten facts about France’s economics whizzkid
France

Ten facts about France’s economics whizzkid

From his elite education to a scandal involving a married teacher 20 years his senior, here's are ten things you need to know about France's 36-year-old Economy Minister, Emmanuel Macron.

Austrian mountain biker killed in Switzerland
Austria

Austrian mountain biker killed in Switzerland

A 57-year-old Austrian was killed in an accident while mountain biking in Switzerland on Tuesday.

More Austrians opt for marriage
Austria

More Austrians opt for marriage

Marriage is becoming more popular in Austria - with an increase of 6.5 percent of couples deciding to tie the knot in the first half of this year.

Government keen on Nato forces in Sweden
Sweden

Government keen on Nato forces in Sweden

Nato will soon be able to deploy forces to Sweden, with the government likely to sign an agreement with the military alliance this week, but an expert told The Local that full membership remains unlikely.

New mortgages shoot up 19 percent in June
Spain

New mortgages shoot up 19 percent in June

The number of new mortgages in Spain in June was up nearly 20 percent on the same month in 2013, only the second such year-on-year rise in four years, official figures released on Wednesday show, but the credit crunch is far from over.

Want to avoid driving fines? Swap seats
Germany

Want to avoid driving fines? Swap seats

A driver in western Germany should not be fined for "negligent driving" because he had swapped seats after a warning sign, a court ruled on Tuesday.

France sees steep rise in deaths of street children
France

France sees steep rise in deaths of street children

New figures released this week laid bare the problem of homelessness in France with 454 people living on the streets having died last year. That total included 15 children, which was a steep rise on the previous year.

Marks and Spencer: Win €300 toward your new autumn wardrobe
Germany

Marks and Spencer: Win €300 toward your new autumn wardrobe

It’s time to set aside your summer tops and bikinis and swap them for the crisp autumn months of soft knits and gorgeous statement coats. This autumn’s fashion has something to suit all tastes, as Marks and Spencer’s latest collection shows.

Beggar hit in exhaust fume ‘attack’
Sweden

Beggar hit in exhaust fume ‘attack’

A beggar in southern Sweden was forced to flee in terror after she was enveloped with thick black smoke, part of an apparent attack that was captured on video and spread via social media.

Italian scientists map brain to diagnose ALS
Italy

Italian scientists map brain to diagnose ALS

As the nerve disease ALS gets global attention, thanks to charity fundraiser the Ice Bucket Challenge, The Local spoke to an Italian brain scientist about how his research can help diagnose patients.

Marks and Spencer: Win €300 toward your new autumn wardrobe
France

Marks and Spencer: Win €300 toward your new autumn wardrobe

It’s time to set aside your summer tops and bikinis and swap them for the crisp autumn months of soft knits and gorgeous statement coats. This autumn’s fashion has something to suit all tastes, as Marks and Spencer’s latest collection shows.

Meet Norway’s kings of rainwear
Norway

Meet Norway’s kings of rainwear

The design duo behind Norwegian Rain, Norway's award-winning fashion brand, tell The Local how making rainwear that is both functional and stylish is not all grey skies.

Mafia kiss leads Ibiza police to Rolex thieves
Spain

Mafia kiss leads Ibiza police to Rolex thieves

Security cameras from a hotel on Spain's holiday island of Ibiza have helped police catch a Camorra gang specializing in luxury watch theft, as footage showed one of the thieves kissing his partner in crime on the lips when he pulled out a Rolex he'd just stolen.

VIDEO: Vice shines light on bestiality in Denmark
Denmark

VIDEO: Vice shines light on bestiality in Denmark

“In Denmark, zoophilia is legal. In Denmark, everything is legal.” A new video report from Vice examines bestiality in Denmark by speaking with zoophiles who defend their actions and activists trying to ban the practice.

Sweden opens the gates for election voting
Sweden

Sweden opens the gates for election voting

If you're busy on September the 14th, or simply can't wait to have your voice heard, Wednesday morning marked the opening of the polling booths for early-bird voters.

Driver jailed for running over footballer — twice
Switzerland

Driver jailed for running over footballer — twice

A 24-year-old man in Geneva is appealing a jail sentence of four years and six months for driving into a football player twice while drunk — the second time intentionally — causing injuries that forced the athlete to give up his career.

Brits arrested over bullring pot plantation
Spain

Brits arrested over bullring pot plantation

Spanish police arrested seven people, including three Brits, after raiding a giant marijuana farm built into a bullring, the interior ministry said on Tuesday.

Ebola patient treated at Hamburg hospital
Germany

Ebola patient treated at Hamburg hospital

UPDATE: The first patient to be treated for Ebola in Germany arrived in Hamburg on Wednesday morning.

Whooping cough alert after two infants die
Sweden

Whooping cough alert after two infants die

The Swedish Public Health Agency has urged parents to be aware of the dangers of the infectious whooping cough disease after two babies have recently died from the illness.

Marks and Spencer: Win €300 toward your new autumn wardrobe
Spain

Marks and Spencer: Win €300 toward your new autumn wardrobe

It’s time to set aside your summer tops and bikinis and swap them for the crisp autumn months of soft knits and gorgeous statement coats. This autumn’s fashion has something to suit all tastes, as Marks and Spencer’s latest collection shows.

Hollande plays final card as he splits from left
France

Hollande plays final card as he splits from left

France's embattled president played his final card this week in naming his third government that included a former Rothschild banker as Economy Minister. The move was a clear, but potentially hazardous break from the left of his party.

New talent gets cash boost at Venice film fest
Italy

New talent gets cash boost at Venice film fest

The Venice film festival kicks off on Wednesday with the arrival of stars by water taxi, while the next generation of cinema talent for the first time takes part in a gap-financing initiative.

Chuck Berry wins 2014 Polar music prize
Sweden

Chuck Berry wins 2014 Polar music prize

The Polar music prizes were handed out in Stockholm on Tuesday night, with Chuck Berry and theatre director Peter Sellars sharing one million kronor ($153,000) in prizes.

300 oil companies hacked in Norway
Norway

300 oil companies hacked in Norway

Around 300 oil and energy in Norway companies has been affected by one of the biggest computer hacking attacks ever to happen in the country, a government source said on Wednesday.

Tomatina fest fights on despite corruption claims
Spain

Tomatina fest fights on despite corruption claims

Thousands of half-naked revellers will pelt each other with squishy tomatoes on Wednesday in Spain's Tomatina, a world-renowned fiesta stained this year by a row over its privatization.

Police find €20 million of cannabis in woods
Germany

Police find €20 million of cannabis in woods

Police have found 18,500 cannabis plants with a street value of €20 million growing in the woods on the Dutch-German border.

Germany to lock out ‘cheating’ EU migrants
Germany

Germany to lock out ‘cheating’ EU migrants

UPDATE: Germany on Wednesday announced new measures to stop EU citizens from abusing its social welfare system, reacting to what some politicians have labelled "poverty migration".

Chinese stars cruise to wins in Copenhagen
Denmark

Chinese stars cruise to wins in Copenhagen

Mafia luxury watch theft ring busted in Ibiza
Italy

Mafia luxury watch theft ring busted in Ibiza

Spanish police said on Tuesday they have broken up a gang run by Italy's Camorra crime group that stole luxury watches on Spain's holiday island of Ibiza.

Parisian kicked off flight ‘because he smelled’
France

Parisian kicked off flight ‘because he smelled’

An investigation is underway to see whether American Airlines may be guilty of discrimination after a passenger from Paris claims he was forced off a plane because he smelled. The airline denies the allegation.

Federer advances to US Open second round
Switzerland

Federer advances to US Open second round

Switzerland's Roger Federer advanced to the second round of the US Open tennis tournament on Tuesday with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) victory over Australian Marinko Matosevic.

Breivik’s lawyer defends Øyer murder suspect
Norway

Breivik’s lawyer defends Øyer murder suspect

Kim Andreas Kristiansen, charged for the murder of his stepfather in Øyer, has hired Geir Lippestad as his defence lawyer when he returns to Norway.

People’s Party select Mitterlehner as leader
Austria

People’s Party select Mitterlehner as leader

Economics Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner is Austria's new vice chancellor and the leader of the conservative People's Party (ÖVP).