Italy’s ills and hopes laid bare in Venice
Italy

Italy’s ills and hopes laid bare in Venice

High above the earth an Italian astronaut heats up lasagna. Below, from Rome to Milan, millions of people dance, kiss, bake bread and sleep in Italy in a Day, a moving portrait stitched together from more than 45,000 home-made videos.

Will a German be 2014’s King Cone?
Germany

Will a German be 2014’s King Cone?

Ice cream makers from around the world will gather in the Italian city of Rimini to exhibit their creations at the 'Gelato World Tour' this weekend, with three Germans in the finals.

Custody row mars Ashya King family reunion
Spain

Custody row mars Ashya King family reunion

The British parents jailed after taking their critically-ill son Ashya King from hospital enjoyed an emotional reunion with him at his bedside in Spain on Wednesday, an official said, although a custody row means the couple cannot removed their son from hospital grounds.

Sweden tests ‘alcogates’ for drunk car drivers
Sweden

Sweden tests ‘alcogates’ for drunk car drivers

Police are introducing electronic road barriers that automatically test if drivers are over the legal alcohol limit.

Vienna to hold first Open House weekend
Austria

Vienna to hold first Open House weekend

Following in the footsteps of London and New York, Vienna is holding its first Open House weekend in September, giving people the chance to explore the city’s amazing architecture and peek into buildings they would never normally have access to.

WEF: Germany less competitive than USA
Germany

WEF: Germany less competitive than USA

Germany lost its lead over America in global competitiveness rankings released by the World Economic Forum late Tuesday.

Aussie wingsuit jumper dies in Swiss Alps
Switzerland

Aussie wingsuit jumper dies in Swiss Alps

A 26-year-old Australian died after hitting the mountainside during a wingsuit jump in the Valais Alps, cantonal police said on Wednesday.

Top ten amazing activities in Tenerife
Spain

Top ten amazing activities in Tenerife

Misunderstood by many tourists and admired by Spaniards, the biggest of Spain's Canary Islands, is commonly described as a miniature continent. The Local's Alex Dunham, a Tenerife native, offers ten breathtaking experiences off the beaten path.

Austrian firm publishes North Korean speech
Austria

Austrian firm publishes North Korean speech

According to the Korean News Service (KNS) of North Korea, a speech made by despotic leader and Manchester United fan Kim Jong Un to celebrate the birth centennial of his grandfather Kim Il Sung has just been published at a small publishing house in Vienna.

French mums have fewer babies and later in life
France

French mums have fewer babies and later in life

Last year women in their late 30s gave birth to more of France's annual crop of babies than at anytime since at least the 1940s. It's part of a change in who is having kids in France and when, that's been revealed by a new set of stats.

Green Party calls for ‘better world’ for kids
Sweden

Green Party calls for ‘better world’ for kids

Sweden's Green Party manifesto focuses on tackling climate change and improving education.

61-year-old farmer dies after calf attack
Austria

61-year-old farmer dies after calf attack

A 61-year-old farmer who was seriously injured in August after being attacked by a nearly-grown calf has died from his injuries.

Austrian ‘Western’ Oscar candidate
Austria

Austrian ‘Western’ Oscar candidate

Revenge drama Das finstere Tal (The Dark Valley) is Austria’s candidate for best foreign language film at the Oscars 2015.

Baby hippopotamus born in central Sweden zoo
Sweden

Baby hippopotamus born in central Sweden zoo

A Swedish zoo is celebrating the birth of a pygmy hippopotamus, which zookeepers say looks just like a mini Michelin man.

Vuelta favourite Quintana crashes out of race
Spain

Vuelta favourite Quintana crashes out of race

Favourite Nairo Quintana was taken to hospital after abandoning the Vuelta a Espana having crashed for the second day in a row, organizers said on Wednesday.

Italy faces its first test since World Cup flop
Italy

Italy faces its first test since World Cup flop

Italy's bid to rebuild after a humiliating World Cup faces its first test on Thursday in the shape of a Dutch squad also embarking on a new era.

Falling wages threaten Spain’s recovery: OECD
Spain

Falling wages threaten Spain’s recovery: OECD

The fall in Spanish salaries during the country's crisis, one of the largest in the OECD, could actually hamper the country's recovery by bringing on deflation and killing off consumer demand, the OECD has warned in a new report.

Sinti, Roma are most discriminated against
Germany

Sinti, Roma are most discriminated against

A new study has found that the Sinti and Roma people encounter more discrimination than any other group in Germany, with more than a fifth of Germans supporting their deportation.

Woman dies after cardiac arrest during birth
Sweden

Woman dies after cardiac arrest during birth

A Stockholm woman who went into cardiac arrest while giving birth last week has passed away, with the hospital coming under fire for its lack of intensive care facilities.

Currywurst turns 65, no retirement plans
Germany

Currywurst turns 65, no retirement plans

Thursday marks 65 years since the 'invention' of the Currywurst, if dousing a sausage in ketchup and powdered spice can be so described. The ubiquitous snack has firmly carved its niche, and now most tourists won't leave Germany without trying one.

Suspected case of Ebola in Vienna
Austria

Suspected case of Ebola in Vienna

A 45-year-old woman with a suspected Ebola infection has been admitted to hospital in Vienna.

1.7 million emergency calls in first half of 2014
Austria

1.7 million emergency calls in first half of 2014

According to a report in Computerwelt, the Austrian Mobile Communications Forum announced that between January and June of 2014, there was a total of 1,746,785 emergency calls made via the mobile cell network, meaning around 9,704 calls per day.

Pope sides with workers in Italy job cuts row
Italy

Pope sides with workers in Italy job cuts row

Pope Francis on Wednesday attacked a German steel group's plan to slash jobs at a loss-making Italian plant, in comments likely to boost the pontiff's sometimes controversial image as a social campaigner.

Muslim woman attacked on Vienna train
Austria

Muslim woman attacked on Vienna train

A 37-year-old Muslim woman from Vienna has complained to police after being attacked by a woman whilst travelling on Vienna’s metro. She believes that the woman, who hit her in the face, did so because she was wearing a headscarf.

French chef held for ‘killing and eating’ dogs
France

French chef held for ‘killing and eating’ dogs

A man working as a chef in the southern suburbs of Paris has been sectioned and accused of killing and eating dogs after the mutilated bodies of two animals were found outside his home.

Geilo explosion: Three confirmed dead
Norway

Geilo explosion: Three confirmed dead

Police have found the missing person bringing the number of dead to three after a dynamite explosion in Geilo on Wednesday.

Ten German place names that make us giggle
Germany

Ten German place names that make us giggle

We've all giggled at the German signs that say "Ausfahrt", but German motorway signs offer a wealth of humour.

Three Isis supporters arrested in Copenhagen
Denmark

Three Isis supporters arrested in Copenhagen

Police raided multiple addresses associated with an organisation that is suspected of selling stickers in support of Isis and using the proceeds to fund the jihadists.

Moroccan-born minister attacked by far-right mag
France

Moroccan-born minister attacked by far-right mag

France's Moroccan-born new education minister was the target this week of a far-right magazine who slammed the appointment of the "Moroccan Muslim" as a "provocation".

Italian climber killed in Swiss Alps
Italy

Italian climber killed in Swiss Alps

An Italian climber was killed after falling from a mountain on the Swiss side of the Alps.

Italian party chief heaps praise on North Korea
Italy

Italian party chief heaps praise on North Korea

Italian MEP Matteo Salvini on Wednesday praised the “splendid sense of community” in North Korea, but an expert from Human Rights Watch was quick to dismiss the political leader's visit as a "theatrical affair" orchestrated by the totalitarian regime.

Finally some ‘good’ news for French economy
France

Finally some ‘good’ news for French economy

France finally received a modicum of positive news about the economy on Wednesday. The country has halted its slide down an international ranking of the most economically competitive nations, though it still lags far behind the likes of Belgium and Luxembourg.

‘Hacktivist’: Prosecution on a ‘smear’ campaign
Denmark

‘Hacktivist’: Prosecution on a ‘smear’ campaign

In his first remarks in court, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg gives up the nicknames of those he blames for remotely using his computer to hack into public database.

Madrid zoo shows off its cute baby dolphin
Spain

Madrid zoo shows off its cute baby dolphin

Madrid's Zoo Aquarium unveiled on Wednesday its newest and unexpected addition to the family: a 10-kilo (22 pounds) baby bottlenose dolphin which carers haven't named yet.

Gibraltar unveils world’s first Stone Age hashtag
Spain

Gibraltar unveils world’s first Stone Age hashtag

Archaeologists working in a cave on the tiny British enclave have unearthed the world's earliest hashtag, engraved on a wall by Neanderthals some 40,000 years ago.

Is this really the best beach in Spain?
Spain

Is this really the best beach in Spain?

The best beach in Spain is not in Andalusia, or in Majorca, or even in Canary Islands, the results of a new poll published on Wednesday show. What do you think of the winner?

Vienna court employed convicted thief
Austria

Vienna court employed convicted thief

There are more red faces at Vienna’s Regional Court after it emerged that a convicted thief was employed as one of the cleaning staff - only a week after revelations that court staff threw confidential documents in a public rubbish bin.

Schools in France defy Wednesday opening
France

Schools in France defy Wednesday opening

Numerous schools around France were kept closed on Wednesday as local mayors defied a government reform to extend the primary school timetable to a five-day week. The education minister said the mayors' action was "unacceptable".

Denmark up two spots in competitiveness ranking
Denmark

Denmark up two spots in competitiveness ranking

The World Economic Forum ranks Denmark as the world's 13th most competitive nation - an improvement over last year but still far from the number three ranking just five years ago.

Two patients isolated in Padua over Ebola fears
Italy

Two patients isolated in Padua over Ebola fears

Two people have been quarantined in the northern Italian city Padua over fears they have the deadly Ebola virus.

Grillo’s ‘isolate migrants’ plan dismissed by WHO
Italy

Grillo’s ‘isolate migrants’ plan dismissed by WHO

Quarantining migrants infected with tuberculosis "make no sense", a director from the World Health Organization told The Local on Wednesday, after Five Star Movement leader Beppe Grillo called for strong action to stop the disease spreading in Italy.

Roskilde Festival drops Sunday music
Denmark

Roskilde Festival drops Sunday music

Saying it wants to end things with a bang, the festival announced that it is changing its schedule beginning in 2015.

Fleeing cow gores jogger at Oktoberfest venue
Germany

Fleeing cow gores jogger at Oktoberfest venue

A cow escaped from a Munich abattoir on Tuesday, goring a 28-year-old woman who was jogging around the Theresienwiese, where Oktoberfest will take place later this month.

Super yacht ‘Ulysses’ launches in Norway
Norway

Super yacht ‘Ulysses’ launches in Norway

Super yacht "Ulysses", owned by a New Zealand billionaire, was launched in Norway at the weekend. Watch the spectacular moment the sea-vessel slipped into the waters at Kleven Verft in Ulsteinvik.

Hermès vs LVMH: Battle of brands ends in truce
France

Hermès vs LVMH: Battle of brands ends in truce

A four-year war between two titans on the global luxury products battlefield, Hermès and LVMH, ended with a truce on Wednesday, driving down Hermès shares and leaving LVMH with a big profit.

German tourists rescued in Austrian Alps
Austria

German tourists rescued in Austrian Alps

Two German tourists who ventured up into the Alps in Tyrol, totally unequipped for a mountain adventure, had a lucky escape after getting lost in a snowstorm 3,000 metres above sea level.

Swedes ‘most willing in Europe’ to help Ukraine
Sweden

Swedes ‘most willing in Europe’ to help Ukraine

Swedes are more willing to risk conflict with Russia by helping Ukraine than people from any other European country, according to a global opinion poll.

Scandal-hit ex Catalan boss hurts separatist bid
Spain

Scandal-hit ex Catalan boss hurts separatist bid

Disgraced former Catalan leader Jordi Pujol has asked the region's parliament to delay his parliamentary appearance until after Catalonia’s national day and the passing of a bill which would allow the November 9th independence referendum to take place.

48 refugees caught at Italy-Austria border
Italy

48 refugees caught at Italy-Austria border

A group of 48 Syrian asylum seekers were intercepted on a train from Italy into Tyrol, Austria on Tuesday, Austrian police said.

Cameras give dizzy view of Eiger’s north face
Switzerland

Cameras give dizzy view of Eiger’s north face

A project using custom-made 360-degree cameras mounted on the backs of climbers scaling the Eiger in Switzerland's Bernese Alps has captured a unique and dizzying view of the mountain's infamous north face.

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

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

The UK's Conservative Party 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, but one Spain-based campaigner told The Local the move doesn't go far enough.

Grain silo accident causes rail havoc: Vestby
Norway

Grain silo accident causes rail havoc: Vestby

Rail services in south-east Norway face disruption after 600 tonnes of grain held in a mill silo burst open and landed on the train line in Vestby, Akershus on Wednesday.

Uber threat to Vienna taxi profits
Austria

Uber threat to Vienna taxi profits

Outlawed in Germany, the smartphone app that seeks to replace taxis with private drivers has seen a surge in demand in Austria's capital city.

Denmark and Germany launch joint patrols
Denmark

Denmark and Germany launch joint patrols

For the first time ever, Danish and German police officers have been given authorisation to cross the border between the two countries in their work.

French mum united with ‘kidnapped’ daughter
France

French mum united with ‘kidnapped’ daughter

A young French mother whose daughter had been smuggled out of the country by her father, who is believed to have joined the jihadist cause in Syria, arrived home with the two-year-old girl on Wednesday after they were reunited.

Austrian homes most expensive in Kitzbühel
Austria

Austrian homes most expensive in Kitzbühel

The Austrian housing market varies hugely, depending on which region you buy property in. The most expensive area is the popular ski resort town of Kitzbühel in Tyrol. A town house here will set you back €1 million, on average.

Investors scream for joy at Zalando IPO plans
Germany

Investors scream for joy at Zalando IPO plans

Online retail giant Zalando plans to go public on the Frankfurt stock exchange, hoping to do so before 2014 is out. The exact date has not yet been set, nor has an initial share price been announced.

Swiss remain on top of competitiveness table
Switzerland

Swiss remain on top of competitiveness table

Switzerland remains the world's most competitive economy for the sixth consecutive year, says a report released on Wednesday by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum that shows the United States rising to third position just behind Singapore.

Norway home to 15,000 illegal immigrants
Norway

Norway home to 15,000 illegal immigrants

Nearly 15,000 illegal immigrants who have been told to leave Norway are continuing to stay in the country, causing a potential crisis for the over-stretched immigration services and a security problem for police.

48 asylum seekers intercepted at border
Austria

48 asylum seekers intercepted at border

A group of 48 Syrian asylum seekers were intercepted on a train from Italy into Tyrol on Tuesday, according to police.

Spanish man wanted over Tokyo sex assualt
Spain

Spanish man wanted over Tokyo sex assualt

Japanese police have obtained an arrest warrant for the Spanish former general manager of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo on suspicion of sexually assaulting a female customer, reports said on Wednesday.

Baden strips ‘nude selfies mayor’ of duties
Switzerland

Baden strips ‘nude selfies mayor’ of duties

The municipal council of Baden has stripped the mayor of his responsibilities after he refused to resign following revelations he sent nude “selfies” from city hall to a woman chat partner on the internet.

Sweden promises cash to combat Russia threat
Sweden

Sweden promises cash to combat Russia threat

Sweden's government has pledged to invest an extra 1.3 billion kronor in the military as Russia ramps up its activities in the Baltic Sea area.

Most Germans fear Russian action: Poll
Germany

Most Germans fear Russian action: Poll

A new poll shows that while most Germans fear military escalation between Russia and the Ukraine, only half want to see Nato intervene ahead of the alliance's summit starting on Thursday in Wales.

Two terror plots stopped in Sweden
Sweden

Two terror plots stopped in Sweden

The Swedish Security Service (Säpo) says it has stopped two terror attacks being planned by violent Islamist extremists living inside the country.

Oslo and Gothenburg plan direct rail link

Oslo and Gothenburg plan direct rail link

Sweden and Norway have agreed to start planning a direct train connection between the Norwegian capital and Sweden's second-biggest city.

Trierweiler: ‘Hollande wanted me back’
France

Trierweiler: ‘Hollande wanted me back’

Extracts of a new tell-all book by President François Hollande's ex-partner Valérie Trierweiler were published on Wednesday in which the ex-"first-lady" describes the moment she "cracked" on hearing of his affair with an actress and how the president tried to get her back.

‘Huge challenge’ in South Sudan: new UN rep
Denmark

‘Huge challenge’ in South Sudan: new UN rep

Ellen Margrethe Løj, the Dane recently appointed as the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, arrives amid broken ceasefires and the urgent threat of famine.

Calais mayor threatens to block Channel port
France

Calais mayor threatens to block Channel port

Fed up with the lack of help from British authorities in the ongoing migrants' crisis in Calais, the town's mayor has threatened to block the Channel port in order to send a strong message to London.

Farmers ‘not to get full sanction compensation’
Germany

Farmers ‘not to get full sanction compensation’

Germany's agriculture minister warned on Tuesday that European farmers hit by a Russian food import ban would not receive full compensation, ahead of talks with his French and Polish counterparts.

Federer faces off against Monfils at US Open
Switzerland

Federer faces off against Monfils at US Open

Switzerland's Roger Federer set up a quarterfinal blockbuster US Open quarterfinal against eccentric French star Gaël Monfils after advancing in the tennis tournament on Tuesday.

Denmark, Germany launch joint patrols
Germany

Denmark, Germany launch joint patrols

Police officers from both countries will in the future mount joint patrols in frontier areas, both in uniform and in plain clothes, it was agreed on Tuesday.