Cable car worker plunges to death in safety check
Switzerland

Cable car worker plunges to death in safety check

A 39-year-old worker checking a cable car during a safety inspection died on Tuesday afternoon after falling from a pylon near Zermatt in the canton of Valais, cantonal police said.

Prosecution presents case in hacker trial
Denmark

Prosecution presents case in hacker trial

The trial of Pirate Bay co-founder Gottrid Svartholm Warg and his Danish co-defendant began with an almost immediate delay followed by the surprise showing of a hitherto unseen video of the hacker known as anakata.

Switzerland’s Bencic knocked out of US Open
Switzerland

Switzerland’s Bencic knocked out of US Open

Unseeded Peng Shuai of China swept past Swiss teen Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-1 on Tuesday to reach the US Open women's tennis tournament semifinals.

Austrian chancellor slams Putin’s aggression
Austria

Austrian chancellor slams Putin’s aggression

In informal remarks to reporters after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann slammed Moscow for its "deception and salami tactics" in the current conflict in Ukraine, reiterating Austria's determination to support stronger sanctions.

Witnesses sought after police car runs over man
Switzerland

Witnesses sought after police car runs over man

Investigators are seeking witnesses after a police car ran over a 22-year-old man who died on the A1 motorway in the canton of Fribourg last week as officers responded to an assault complaint from another man who was with the victim earlier.

‘Catalonia could be the shock Spain needs’
Spain

‘Catalonia could be the shock Spain needs’

With a possible vote on the issue of independence for Catalonia just weeks away, The Local spoke to self-confessed Spanish nationalist and political science professor Ramón Cotarelo about the possible dire consequences for Spain.

Spanish judge frees Ashya King’s parents
Spain

Spanish judge frees Ashya King’s parents

UPDATED: A Spanish court on Tuesday ordered the immediate release of the British parents arrested for taking their ill son Ashya King out of hospital, a court source said.

‘Sacre bleu!’ Do the French really say that?
France

‘Sacre bleu!’ Do the French really say that?

Do the French really say "sacre bleu!" or "zut alors!" when they want to curse? Or is it just a myth Anglos and their media have engineered? And if they don't use them then what do the French really say when they want to swear?

TV love affair for French and German leaders
France

TV love affair for French and German leaders

France's president and Germany's chancellor are carrying on a passionate affair, or at least that's the story line of a new German TV show. If you find the idea a bit ridiculous, there's a few critics that think so too.

Germany to help with Mediterranean refugees
Germany

Germany to help with Mediterranean refugees

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière on Tuesday pledged support for his Italian colleague in the struggle to manage refugees trying to reach the European Union via its southern coast.

Italian diner finds five pearls in oyster
Italy

Italian diner finds five pearls in oyster

An Italian businessman got a pleasant surprise when he ordered oysters at a restaurant in Salerno and discovered five pearls inside.

Solar power plant in Vienna a nature habitat
Austria

Solar power plant in Vienna a nature habitat

A solar power plant in Vienna serves a double function - not only does it create renewable energy, but it also provides an optimal habitat for endangered insects and small mammals.

Strabag owner buys Essl art collection
Austria

Strabag owner buys Essl art collection

Austrian news daily Die Presse has reported Tuesday that Hans Peter Haselsteiner, CEO and owner of 25 percent of the Strabag construction group, has taken the decision to buy the modern art collection from Karlheinz Essl, owner of the ailing bauMax chain of hardware stores.

Late summer sun set to hit Sweden
Sweden

Late summer sun set to hit Sweden

Forecasters have predicted sunshine across Sweden this week, with a warm front moving in from Russia and temperatures of up to 25C.

Catalan flag bras spice up independence bid
Spain

Catalan flag bras spice up independence bid

As shopkeepers and businessmen in Catalonia prepare all the latest merchandise for the region’s national day, one product stands out above all others: a Catalan independence bra.

Woman killed by TGV train as she chases dog
France

Woman killed by TGV train as she chases dog

A woman was struck and killed by a high-speed TGV train in France this week when she ran out onto the tracks to try to catch her escaped dog. It's the latest in a series of tragic accidents that have seen people killed by the trains.

Ice bucket challenge raises €500,000 in a week
Germany

Ice bucket challenge raises €500,000 in a week

The coffers of the German Society for Muscular Disease (DGM) are overflowing with donations thanks to the viral craze for videos of donors dousing themselves with ice-cold water.

Swedish killer arrested after European hunt
Sweden

Swedish killer arrested after European hunt

UPDATED: Police arrested a man on Tuesday afternoon after he went missing from a psychiatric ward in western Sweden at the weekend. The man had been convicted of murdering a five-year-old schoolgirl in 2003.

Russian-German school opens in teeth of conflict
Germany

Russian-German school opens in teeth of conflict

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is pressing ahead with its German-Russian Institute of Advanced Technologies (GRIAT) against a backdrop of international tensions over Ukraine.

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Switzerland

Ukraine conflict drives 500,000 from homes:UN

Fighting in Ukraine has driven over half a million people from their homes, the Geneva-based UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday, warning that the real number could be double that, in a crisis threatening the entire region.

‘Jihadist’ suspect arrested in Lower Austria
Austria

‘Jihadist’ suspect arrested in Lower Austria

A Chechen asylum seeker has been arrested in Haidenreichstein, Lower Austria, for allegedly fighting alongside Islamist militants in Syria’s civil war.

Norway name captain for England game
Norway

Norway name captain for England game

National coach Per-Mathias Høgmo has named Per Ciljan Skjelbred as Norway's new captain on Tuesday ahead of the friendly against England.

Roskilde Festival gets new Odense competitor
Denmark

Roskilde Festival gets new Odense competitor

A three-day festival in Denmark's third largest city will offer up yet another chance for Danish music fans to party next summer.

Italian cabbies ‘smuggled refugees to Germany’
Italy

Italian cabbies ‘smuggled refugees to Germany’

A number of Italian taxi drivers have been arrested in Germany for allegedly running hundreds of refugees across the country's border, although one organization claims they have done nothing wrong.

Julie Gayet wins privacy suit against Closer
France

Julie Gayet wins privacy suit against Closer

A French court has fined two tabloid magazine executives and a photographer over a photo of Julie Gayet, who became the subject of media hounding after her affair when President François Hollande was revealed in January.

Schweinsteiger is new Germany captain: Löw
Germany

Schweinsteiger is new Germany captain: Löw

Bastian Schweinsteiger will replace fellow Bayern Munich player Philipp Lahm as captain of the German national football team, head trainer Joachim Löw said on Tuesday.

The five best Swedish songs of the month
Sweden

The five best Swedish songs of the month

The summer may be (almost) over but the music will keep on playing here at The Local. Our resident music guru Paul Connolly will be selecting his top new Swedish tracks for us in a new monthly feature.

Danish mosque declares support for Isis
Denmark

Danish mosque declares support for Isis

An Aarhus mosque that has long been accused of radicalising young members has now come out in support of the militant jihadist organisation Islamic State.

Hedgehog pet craze sweeps Sweden
Sweden

Hedgehog pet craze sweeps Sweden

African pygmy hedgehogs are being bought by growing numbers of Swedes, as a trend for keeping exotic pets sweeps the country, the Department for Animal Welfare and Health tells The Local.

Poisonous mushrooms cause stir in Sweden
Sweden

Poisonous mushrooms cause stir in Sweden

A person selling freshly-picked mushrooms in Gothenburg has come under fire after it turned out the delicacies were not only poisonous but also hallucinogenic.

Is Manuel Valls really a French Tony Blair?
France

Is Manuel Valls really a French Tony Blair?

Is the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls really a Gallic Tony Blair? With the help of a political expert we taker a closer look to see if the oft-made comparison is fair or false.

Twist in Italy-India spat as marine hospitalized
Italy

Twist in Italy-India spat as marine hospitalized

One of two Italian marines detained in India over the fatal shooting of two fishermen has been hospitalised in New Delhi, according to the defence ministry in Rome and one of his lawyers.

Exhibition documents 50 years of guest workers
Austria

Exhibition documents 50 years of guest workers

A new exhibition called ‘Avusturya! Österreich!’ documents 50 years of Turkish guest workers in Austria.

Pirate Bay founder case starts in confusion
Sweden

Pirate Bay founder case starts in confusion

The largest hacking case in Danish history began in confusion on Tuesday, after lawyers representing Swedish Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg accused the prosecution of "unreasonable" tactics.

Spain to reopen ‘world’s most dangerous walk’
Spain

Spain to reopen ‘world’s most dangerous walk’

Malaga authorities have begun work on restoring Andalusia's infamous Camino del Rey walkway, a nerve-wracking gorge pathway in disrepair that for the past 20 years only adrenaline junkies and experienced climbers have dared to use.

Trierweiler’s new book ‘won’t spare’ Hollande
France

Trierweiler’s new book ‘won’t spare’ Hollande

A potentially explosive new memoir is due out this week from Valerie Trierwieler, France's ex-"first lady" who was dumped by the president for his mistress. The book apparently does little to "spare" François Hollande.

Pirate Bay hacking case starts in confusion
Denmark

Pirate Bay hacking case starts in confusion

Surprise introduction of new material leads the trial to be halted less than 30 minutes after it starts. Co-defendant's grandfather tells The Local that the police have "absolutely nothing" to go on.

France vows to get tough on job seekers
France

France vows to get tough on job seekers

The French labour minister has ordered a crackdown to root out those abusing unemployment benefits, after it emerged that hundreds of thousands of available jobs remain unfilled in France.

Votes for expats: Plan to end UK’s 15-year rule
Denmark

Votes for expats: Plan to end UK’s 15-year rule

The Conservative party in the UK has made a bid to woo expat voters by pledging to end the controversial “15-year rule” that prevents millions of Brits abroad from being able to vote.

Pensioner finds grenade on mushroom hunt
Austria

Pensioner finds grenade on mushroom hunt

A 66-year-old pensioner was lucky to escape uninjured after picking up a hand grenade whilst out mushroom picking around Molln in Upper Austria.

Swedfund joins H&M in Ethiopia expansion
Sweden

Swedfund joins H&M in Ethiopia expansion

As H&M expands into Ethiopia, Sweden's state venture capital unit Swedfund has announced that it will back the clothing giant, in a move hoped to create more jobs for local women.

Spain ramps up war on Gibraltar’s ‘tax cheats’
Spain

Spain ramps up war on Gibraltar’s ‘tax cheats’

Spain's finance minister Cristóbal Montoro said on Tuesday the country planned to investigate Gibraltar residents who own properties in Spain, part of an overall crack down on alleged tax evasion in the UK territory.

EU to decide new Russia sanctions on Friday
Italy

EU to decide new Russia sanctions on Friday

Italy’s Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini said on Tuesday that new sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine will be decided by the European Commission on Friday.

Munich minister resigns in ‘model car scandal’
Germany

Munich minister resigns in ‘model car scandal’

Christine Haderthauer, head of the Bavarian state chancery, resigned “with immediate effect” on Monday evening over the so-called “model car scandal” in which her company sold scale models built by a man convicted of three sexual murders.

Austrian skier Marlies Schild retires
Austria

Austrian skier Marlies Schild retires

Austrian skier Marlies Schild is retiring, less than a year after setting the women's record for the most World Cup slalom wins.

Tories pledge to expand UK expat voting rights
Switzerland

Tories pledge to expand UK expat voting rights

The Conservative party in the UK is wooing expat voters by pledging to end the controversial “15-year rule” that prevents thousands of Brits in Switzerland and millions elsewhere abroad from being able to vote.

Bad weather brings summer to an abrupt end
Italy

Bad weather brings summer to an abrupt end

The summer has come to an abrupt end in Italy, as bad weather sweeps across the country leaving at least one person dead and six injured.

Only ‘one in five Austrians is happy’
Austria

Only ‘one in five Austrians is happy’

Despite living in a country with a high quality of life, a relatively thriving economy, a stable political system, and beautiful countryside only one in five Austrians say they are truly happy, according to a two year study from Vienna’s Modul University.

Votes for expats: Plan to end UK’s 15-year rule
Italy

Votes for expats: Plan to end UK’s 15-year rule

The Conservative party in the UK has made a bid to woo expat voters by pledging to end the controversial “15-year rule” that prevents millions of Brits abroad from being able to vote.

The Danish happiness plot thickens
Denmark

The Danish happiness plot thickens

If Danish happiness is really all in the genes as a recent study suggests just what does that mean for the rest of us, columnist Michael Booth asks.

Sarkozy’s big return: Carla Bruni ‘says non!’
France

Sarkozy’s big return: Carla Bruni ‘says non!’

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy faces a few obstacles before he can fulfill his dream of becoming head of state once again - not least his numerous legal tangles. But it appears the biggest hurdle of all could be his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

Game of Thrones seeks slim Spanish extras
Spain

Game of Thrones seeks slim Spanish extras

Casting for scenes from the hit fantasy drama to be shot in Spain this year begins on Tuesday, with producers demanding male applicants be in good shape and female ones have long hair.

Swiss economy slows down in second quarter
Switzerland

Swiss economy slows down in second quarter

The Swiss economy ground to a halt in the second quarter of this year with the country’s GDP (gross domestic product) unchanged from the first three months of 2014, government figures released on Tuesday show.

Glass memorial honours Nazi disabled victims
Germany

Glass memorial honours Nazi disabled victims

A 24-metre blue glass wall in Berlin has been unveiled to commemorate the systematic murder of up to 300,000 mentally ill and disabled people under Adolf Hitler.

Five people eat deadly mushrooms in Norway
Norway

Five people eat deadly mushrooms in Norway

Five people are seriously ill after eating poisonous mushrooms on Friday.

Votes for expats: Plan to end UK’s 15-year rule
France

Votes for expats: Plan to end UK’s 15-year rule

The Conservative party in the UK has made a bid to woo expat voters by pledging to end the controversial “15-year rule” that prevents millions of Brits abroad from being able to vote.

‘Animal welfare’ man made off with €100,000
Austria

‘Animal welfare’ man made off with €100,000

A 41-year-old man from Steyr, Upper Austria, allegedly exploited two gullible animal lovers by pretending to be collecting for an animal welfare organization and fleecing them of more than €100,000.

‘Germany is a model for Italy’: Renzi
Italy

‘Germany is a model for Italy’: Renzi

Italians must stop talking badly of Germany, which should be seen as a model country, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Monday.

Nude selfies secretary agrees to step down
Switzerland

Nude selfies secretary agrees to step down

A Swiss parliament secretary who posted naked selfies on her Twitter account after posing for the photos in her government office has agreed to give up her job.

Lene Marlin reveals suicide attempt
Norway

Lene Marlin reveals suicide attempt

Musician Lene Marlin has won praise from fans and critics after her openness about depression and a suicide attempt due to the pressures of work and fame.

Maersk ship rescues 352 refugees at sea
Denmark

Maersk ship rescues 352 refugees at sea

The Evelyn Maersk came to the assistance of a fishing boat filled with refugees that had taken on water off the coast of Crete.

Police look for Vienna mugging women
Austria

Police look for Vienna mugging women

Police are looking for two women who attacked and robbed another young woman at a Vienna metro station in July.

Austria freezes Ukrainian PM’s son’s assets
Austria

Austria freezes Ukrainian PM’s son’s assets

According to a report from German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, the Austrian government has frozen the assets of a company controlled by Mykola Azarov, the son of the former Prime Minister of Ukraine, together with a Ukrainian businessman named as Serhiy Kurchenko.

Social Democrats reveal election manifesto
Sweden

Social Democrats reveal election manifesto

UPDATED: Sweden's main opposition party the Social Democrats has revealed its election manifesto at a press conference at a high school in Stockholm, with a key focus on education and welfare benefits.

Most French admit they ‘don’t know about wine’
France

Most French admit they ‘don’t know about wine’

It may be the country’s most famous product but more than two thirds of French people admit they know nothing about wine, according to a new poll.

Spain’s jobless rate edges up in August
Spain

Spain’s jobless rate edges up in August

UPDATED: A total of 8,070 people joined Spain's jobless queues in August, the first rise in unemployment after six months of improvement, official figures released on Tuesday show.

Wawrinka overcomes cramps in New York win
Switzerland

Wawrinka overcomes cramps in New York win

The Swiss third seed Stan Wawrinka battled cramps and a frightening fall on Monday but emerged with a gutsy four-set victory over Tommy Robredo and a quarterfinal place in the US Open tennis tournament.

Mario Balotelli dumps fiancée: report
Italy

Mario Balotelli dumps fiancée: report

Italian striker Mario Balotelli has reportedly split from his fiancée less than three months after proposing to her on a Brazilian beach.

Spain returns priceless booty to Colombia
Spain

Spain returns priceless booty to Colombia

It took over ten years but Spain on Monday returned to Colombia a huge and priceless find — almost 700 pieces of pre-Columbian art that Spanish authorities seized over a decade ago in a drug bust.

National Uber ban is revenge of the taxis
Germany

National Uber ban is revenge of the taxis

The Frankfurt regional court has imposed a temporary nationwide ban on chauffeur car service Uber, saying that it must pay a €250,000 fine if passengers continue to book rides through its app.

Eighth tax minister in four years named
Denmark

Eighth tax minister in four years named

Benny Engelbrecht, seen as a loyal supporter of PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt, has been named the head of the Tax Ministry – a position that has seen a lot of turnover in recent years.

‘Garden rage’ and rules rock allotment idyll
Germany

‘Garden rage’ and rules rock allotment idyll

As more Germans seek respite from urban life in garden allotments, rows over noise, litter and use are shattering the tranquility of the 'green islands', sometimes with tragic results. As one murder trial begins in Trier on Thursday, The Local looks at the lush and not-so idyllic battleground of the allotment culture.

Teen run over by train after ‘shoplifting’ chase
Sweden

Teen run over by train after ‘shoplifting’ chase

A teenage boy is in a critical condition after he was hit by a passing metro train in Stockholm. The accident ground rail traffic to a halt, and has police suspecting attempted murder.

France bans Muslim worker from nuclear sites
France

France bans Muslim worker from nuclear sites

A Muslim engineer has been barred from entering France's nuclear sites due to his links with jihadist networks, after a court upheld the ban this week. His lawyer claims the man is a victim of Islamophobia.

Russia ‘severed’ from Europe: President Gauck
Germany

Russia ‘severed’ from Europe: President Gauck

Russia has "effectively severed its partnership" with Europe and wants to establish a new order, German President Joachim Gauck said on Monday.

Venice buzzes with new film financing initiative
Italy

Venice buzzes with new film financing initiative

Gripped by film festival fever, international investors are hunting for the next groundbreaking stories and rising-star directors - and they're in luck, for far from the crush at festivals like Toronto, Venice has launched a unique initiative.