Thirsty cyclists mistake soap for soft-drink
Norway

Thirsty cyclists mistake soap for soft-drink

Six cyclists in Norway were sent to hospital on Friday after drinking a soap detergent they thought was a sports drink.

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Sweden

World Water Week in Stockholm

How to keep your French in-laws on your side
France

How to keep your French in-laws on your side

Even back home meeting the in-laws for the first time is scary, but as a foreigner in France it's doubly stressful. So here's ten tips from French blogger Geraldine Lepère to help you survive and even thrive with your new family.

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Sweden

NFGL members – watch this space

Ten things you need to know about La Liga
Spain

Ten things you need to know about La Liga

Now that a new season of Spain's La Liga is just getting underway, The Local has put together some of the most intriguing facts about the best football league in the world and its history.

How France compares to Europe:  Unemployment
France

How France compares to Europe: Unemployment

The jobless total in France hit a new record high this month with 3.424 million people out of work. Is it only in France that records are being broken? The Local takes a look at why the numbers are more positive in at least some of France's neighbours.

Thorning vs Tusk as EU top job decision looms
Denmark

Thorning vs Tusk as EU top job decision looms

The Danish prime minister remains a serious candidate for the European Council president post but the signs are pointing to Poland's PM Donald Tusk.

Colombian woman stole from Austrian banks
Austria

Colombian woman stole from Austrian banks

A Colombian con artist who distracted bank employees in Austria and stole cash amounting to €184,000 has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Court rules against child porn suspect Edathy
Germany

Court rules against child porn suspect Edathy

The Constitutional Court on Friday rejected an attempt by former Social Democratic (SPD) MP Sebastian Edathy to have evidence against him thrown out in his trial for possession of child pornography.

EU to aid parmesan hit by Russian ban
Italy

EU to aid parmesan hit by Russian ban

The European Commission has announced an aid package to help cheesemakers hit by Russia’s embargo on food imports, a move greeted with “satisfaction” by Italy’s parmesan consortium.

‘German bosses need to praise more’
Germany

‘German bosses need to praise more’

What do German bosses need to do to get more out of their staff? Frankfurt-based business consultant Justin Bariso has this advice.

Spain back on top of EU youth jobless table
Spain

Spain back on top of EU youth jobless table

After nearly three years trailing Greece in the European Union's youth unemployment rankings, Spain is once again the country with the highest rate of under 25s without a job, accounting for a worrying quarter of all jobless youths in the Eurozone.

Pro-jihad video ‘from Bad Gastein’
Austria

Pro-jihad video ‘from Bad Gastein’

Austria’s Federal Agency for State Protection is currently reviewing what appears to be a pro-jihad video, which was posted on Youtube on July 28th, and is thought to have been shot in the picturesque spa town Bad Gastein, in Salzburg.

Woman suffers cardiac arrest while giving birth
Sweden

Woman suffers cardiac arrest while giving birth

A 30-year-old woman went into cardiac arrest while giving birth at a Stockholm clinic - without hospital staff noticing that anything was wrong. She remains in a critical condition on Friday.

Student busted in case of misdelivered hash
Germany

Student busted in case of misdelivered hash

A Bavarian student expecting a cannabis delivery was collared by "Commissioner Fluke" after acting surprised in front of policemen when he saw his letter box was empty.

History repeats for Malmö fifty years later
Sweden

History repeats for Malmö fifty years later

Malmö's entry into the Champions League serves as a reminder of times gone by in European football. With Spain's champions bound for Sweden things just couldn't be better, writes contributor Lee Roden.

Army cuts ‘affecting disaster relief’
Austria

Army cuts ‘affecting disaster relief’

The chief of Austria’s Air Support Command, Brigadier Andreas Putz, has warned that the government’s austerity measures are having a negative effect on disaster relief.

Security fears block Germany-Israel match
Germany

Security fears block Germany-Israel match

A friendly soccer match against Israel marking 50 years of diplomatic ties has been called off amid security concerns and the escalation of the Middle East conflict, the German Football Federation (DFB) said on Friday.

Löfven promises jobs to 50,000 young Swedes
Sweden

Löfven promises jobs to 50,000 young Swedes

Social Democrat party leader Stefan Löfven announced on Friday his "most important election promise", a 90-day job guarantee programme for young Swedes.

Smugglers caught with three tonnes of hash
Spain

Smugglers caught with three tonnes of hash

Spanish police said on Friday they seized nearly 2.8 tonnes of hashish after a passerby spotted suspected traffickers onloading bundles from a rubber speedboat on a beach near the glitzy resort of Marbella.

Frenchman flips out over reclined seat on US flight
France

Frenchman flips out over reclined seat on US flight

A Parisian man faces jail after losing his cool on a France-bound flight from the US over a passenger who reclined his seat just a bit too far. His outburst comes on the heels of the now infamous “Knee Defender” melee aboard another American plane.

First gay couple in Italy allowed to adopt child
Italy

First gay couple in Italy allowed to adopt child

UPDATED: A woman whose partner gave birth has been allowed to adopt the child in the first case of stepchild adoption involving a same-sex couple. It's been described by a rights group as an historic step for Italy.

French police in race to find sick British boy
France

French police in race to find sick British boy

Police in France and Britain faced a race against time on Friday in their hunt to find a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who officials in France believe was "kidnapped" from a UK hospital by his family.

Sweden to buy fighter jets despite Swiss pullout
Sweden

Sweden to buy fighter jets despite Swiss pullout

Sweden said Friday it would go ahead with the purchase of a new generation of Saab Gripen fighter jets, despite Switzerland pulling out of a major co-financing deal.

Arctic group’s isolation lasted 4,000 years
Denmark

Arctic group’s isolation lasted 4,000 years

A study from the Natural History Museum of Denmark and the Smithsonian finds that ancient eskimos are not related to modern Native Americans or the Inuit of Greenland.

High-tech hikers ‘hijack’ Spain’s pilgrim way
Spain

High-tech hikers ‘hijack’ Spain’s pilgrim way

It seems like everybody is hiking Spain's famous Santiago de Compostela trail these days but not everyone is excited about the route's new breed of 'always-connected' pilgrims.

Petkovic selects squad ahead of England game
Switzerland

Petkovic selects squad ahead of England game

Switzerland manager Vladimir Petkovic on Friday brought Olympiakos midfielder Pajtim Kasami back into the football team and called up three new faces for their opening Euro 2016 qualifier against England.

Danish economy shrinks and exports are weak
Denmark

Danish economy shrinks and exports are weak

Second quarter numbers bring bad news for a government that just days ago said it stood by its 1.4 percent growth forecast for 2014.

Fribourg Jazz Parade officially bankrupt
Switzerland

Fribourg Jazz Parade officially bankrupt

The Jazz Parade in Marly, canton of Fribourg, whose 26th edition was cancelled in July due to heavy rains and “internal problems”, has been declared bankrupt.

S-Bahn arson in support of refugees, group claims
Germany

S-Bahn arson in support of refugees, group claims

A radical left-wing group claimed responsibility on Friday for an arson attack that cut power to several S-Bahn lines and caused transport chaos in Berlin, saying it was intended to awaken people to the plight of refugees.

Real’s Xabi Alonso moves to Bayern Munich
Spain

Real’s Xabi Alonso moves to Bayern Munich

Real Madrid confirmed on Friday that the club has reached accord with German champions Bayern Munich to transfer midfielder Xabi Alonso.

Rome seeks to be ‘capital of homophobia fight’
Italy

Rome seeks to be ‘capital of homophobia fight’

Contestants from around the globe have arrived in Rome for the Mister Gay World 2014 contest as the city seeks to become the "capital of the fight against homophobia".

Austrian Special Forces storm ‘wrong door’
Austria

Austrian Special Forces storm ‘wrong door’

An innocent man in Klagenfurt, Carinthia, had a rude and alarming awakening last week when an Austrian Special Forces police team broke down his apartment door at 6am, and woke him at gunpoint.

Spanish police steal Catalan separatist flag
Spain

Spanish police steal Catalan separatist flag

Catalonia's police force are investigating the theft of a separatist 'estelada' flag by none other than misbehaving officers belonging to another of Spain's law enforcement units, the paramilitary Civil Guard.

Three hurt after northern knife attack
Sweden

Three hurt after northern knife attack

Three people are in hospital after they were stabbed during what police suspect was a gang-related attack in Umeå.

French women’s safety fears ‘due to inequality’
France

French women’s safety fears ‘due to inequality’

Recent studies suggest women in France do not feel safe walking the streets of their neighbourhoods and many are afraid of walking around Paris at night. Some argue that gender inequality in the country is partly to blame.

Octogenarians behaving badly in Austria
Austria

Octogenarians behaving badly in Austria

With the increasing amount of people living into their 80's and beyond, it's not surprising that a few old-timers occasionally exhibit behaviour we don't normally associate with the elderly. The Local takes a look at a few recent examples.

German leads Tyrol police on 100km chase
Austria

German leads Tyrol police on 100km chase

A 36-year-old German man led Austrian police on a wild chase on Thursday night, of around 100km on the motorway, through five districts in Tyrol’s Inn valley.

Expats boost high rise in Swiss population
Switzerland

Expats boost high rise in Swiss population

Over two-thirds of Switzerland’s population growth in 2013 can be attributed to foreign immigrants, according to figures published by the Swiss federal office of statistics (BFS).

Man narrowly escapes unwelcome drop-in
Germany

Man narrowly escapes unwelcome drop-in

A Cologne resident was pinned to his bed after a 40-metre construction crane toppled onto his home early on Friday.

Stockholm ‘thief’ turns out to be trainee ninja
Sweden

Stockholm ‘thief’ turns out to be trainee ninja

Stockholm police rushed to the scene when a worried Swede reported that their neighbours were the victim of a break-in - but when officers arrived, they found nothing but a ninja in the middle of practice.

No repatriation plan for Swiss Ebola victims
Switzerland

No repatriation plan for Swiss Ebola victims

Switzerland does not have the resources to repatriate Swiss victims of the Ebola virus from disease-hit countries and must rely on foreign help, according to a newspaper report published on Thursday.

Austrian GDP revised from 1.6 to 0.9 percent
Austria

Austrian GDP revised from 1.6 to 0.9 percent

The Austrian national bank (OeNB) has revised its expectations for gross domestic product (GDP) growth this year from 1.6 percent to 0.9.

Thrill-seekers risking life and limb in French Alps
France

Thrill-seekers risking life and limb in French Alps

A mountain in the French Alps has become a hot spot for the high-risk and often deadly extreme sport of wingsuit flying. And the seemingly hairbrained alpine activity where "there is no margin for error" attracts a lot of "dangerous egos".

Italy’s jobless rate back at 12.6 percent
Italy

Italy’s jobless rate back at 12.6 percent

Italy’s unemployment rate rose again in July after falling slightly in June, and now stands at 12.6 percent, the same rate recorded in April and May.

Norway asks EU to take action on Hungary
Norway

Norway asks EU to take action on Hungary

Tensions between Norway and Hungary escalated after the Nordic country on Thursday asked the EU to consider measures to counter "a hollowing out of democratic values" the eastern European country.

Germanwings strike over but disruption continues
Austria

Germanwings strike over but disruption continues

Germanwings pilots have ended their six-hour strike which grounded 116 flights and up to 15,000 passengers of Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings on Friday.

Spaniards still have €1.67 billion in old pesetas
Spain

Spaniards still have €1.67 billion in old pesetas

Even though the euro replaced the peseta 15 years ago, Spaniards still have a whopping €1.67 billion ($2.11 billion) worth of the country's old and now unusable currency stashed away in draws and collector's albums, the Bank of Spain says.

‘Investors will quit Spain if Catalan vote is shelved’
Spain

‘Investors will quit Spain if Catalan vote is shelved’

A leading figure in Catalonia's independence movement has warned Spain it faces a serious backlash from foreign investors if it doesn't allow the region to hold a planned November 9th independence vote.

Polish tourist dies by Rome’s Spanish Steps
Italy

Polish tourist dies by Rome’s Spanish Steps

A 19-year-old tourist died on Friday morning after falling from a convent just metres from Rome’s Spanish Steps.

Denmark ‘high on Isis’s list’: Danish jihadist
Denmark

Denmark ‘high on Isis’s list’: Danish jihadist

A militant jihadist born and raised in Denmark has fought alongside Isis in Syria and said that "soon it will be Denmark's turn".

Spindelegger: Defeated by tax reform
Austria

Spindelegger: Defeated by tax reform

Former Finance Minister Michael Spindelegger resigned on Tuesday after eight months in the role, over differences within the conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) over how to overhaul Austria's tax system and reduce its debt. What will his legacy be?

Teen arrested over sex assault of schoolgirl
Norway

Teen arrested over sex assault of schoolgirl

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on Thursday for the sexual assault of a six-year-old schoolgirl in Bergen.

Does France really suffer from a brain drain?
France

Does France really suffer from a brain drain?

The latest European Union figures cast a bit of doubt on worries the moribund French economy is prompting a mass brain drain. However the stats do suggest France is far less attractive than the UK and Germany when it comes to certain professions.

Liberals hint at bringing back conscription
Sweden

Liberals hint at bringing back conscription

With Russia becoming "all the more aggressive", the Liberal Party leader and education minister, Jan Björklund, has suggested that Sweden may have to reintroduce conscription.

French base jumper dies after crashing into tree
Switzerland

French base jumper dies after crashing into tree

A French base-jumper died near Lauterbrunnen in the Bernese Oberland on Wednesday afternoon after crash-landing into a tree, Bern cantonal police confirmed on Thursday.

Hosts Spain aim to upset under-manned Team USA
Spain

Hosts Spain aim to upset under-manned Team USA

Hosts Spain and the rest of the field must believe they finally have a decent shot at knocking off the mighty United States as the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup tips off on Saturday.

Swede mauled in bear hunt gone wrong
Sweden

Swede mauled in bear hunt gone wrong

Roles were reversed in a bear hunt on Thursday night, when a Swedish hunter was attacked by his prey, leaving the man in hospital in a serious condition.

‘Further sanctions’ could hit Russia, says Merkel
Germany

‘Further sanctions’ could hit Russia, says Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that European leaders will discuss the worsening Ukraine crisis and possible further sanctions against Russia at a weekend summit.

54 explosive shells found on Austrian rail line
Austria

54 explosive shells found on Austrian rail line

Fifty-four explosive shells dating from World War II have been discovered on a railway line in Burgenland.

French cities struggle with bedbug infestations
France

French cities struggle with bedbug infestations

The infestation of French cities by bed bugs is worse than ever before with hygiene services overwhelmed, according to reports.

Tarifa: child migrants ‘hid under camper van’
Spain

Tarifa: child migrants ‘hid under camper van’

Police found two Moroccan children aged eight and nine clinging to the undercarriage of a camper van as they tried to stowaway to Spain, authorities said on Thursday.

German tourist falls to death in Italian Alps
Italy

German tourist falls to death in Italian Alps

A German tourist fell to her death on Thursday while walking in the mountains of northern Italy, the latest person to lose their life in the region this summer.

How immigration became a key election issue
Sweden

How immigration became a key election issue

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt sparked a furore with recent comments that put rising refugee costs in focus before the elections. But why did he bring it up, and will it affect the outcome?

Saab carmaker fails in bid for receivership
Sweden

Saab carmaker fails in bid for receivership

A Swedish court has rejected a request from the Chinese-owned automaker NEVS, which owns the financially-troubled Swedish brand Saab, to be placed in receivership until it could attract new financing.

England-Germany rivals drawn in Champs League
Germany

England-Germany rivals drawn in Champs League

The 2014-15 Champions League draw yesterday brought déjà-vu for English and German clubs as old opponents found themselves facing off once again.

IMF board to review Lagarde’s legal problems
France

IMF board to review Lagarde’s legal problems

International Monetary Fund board members will meet "as soon as possible" to review the situation of their chief Christine Lagarde, who was placed under formal investigation in Paris this week for alleged "negligence".

Jailed Danish activist in coma in Bahrain
Denmark

Jailed Danish activist in coma in Bahrain

Less than a week in to his new hunger strike, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja has reportedly fallen into a coma. The family plans to appeal to Denmark for help.

Animal activist fights off murder threats
Germany

Animal activist fights off murder threats

Friedrich Mülln has been dragged through the courts and threatened with murder during his years of animal rights activism. His latest court case was in Munich this week but he tells The Local he has no plans to give up the fight.

Chaplin coffin-theft film premieres in Venice
Italy

Chaplin coffin-theft film premieres in Venice

Charlie Chaplin's son attended the Venice film festival on Thursday for the premiere of The Price of Fame, a movie based on the true story of two immigrants who dug up the silent-film legend's coffin for ransom money.

Andrea Pirlo sidelined for a month due to hip injury
Italy

Andrea Pirlo sidelined for a month due to hip injury

Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo will miss the first month of Serie A action after picking up a hip injury, the Italian champions confirmed on Thursday.

Jørgensen’s world title dreams dashed by injury
Denmark

Jørgensen’s world title dreams dashed by injury

Torn tendon ends Dane's hopes and removes another obstacle for world number one Lee Chong Wei. Fellow Dane Viktor Axelsen now carries the home hopes.

Germany’s brain drain is Europe’s gain
Germany

Germany’s brain drain is Europe’s gain

Figures from the European Union show that while many German professionals are able to find work abroad with their well-recognised qualifications, Germany doesn't always extend the same courtesy to foreigners.

Arendal becomes first town to ban begging
Norway

Arendal becomes first town to ban begging

Arendal in the heart of South Norway became the country's first municipality to introduce the begging ban on Thursday.