Son of Virgin boss rescued from Matterhorn
Switzerland

Son of Virgin boss rescued from Matterhorn

Sam Branson, the 29-year-old son of British business tycoon Richard Branson, was airlifted from the summit of the Matterhorn on Wednesday after being struck by altitude sickness during a charity challenge.

One-year-old boy survives five story fall
Denmark

One-year-old boy survives five story fall

A small boy escaped with no life-threatening injuries or internal bleeding after falling out the window of a fifth-story flat in Valby.

Dangerous ‘choke game’ grips Norwegian schools
Norway

Dangerous ‘choke game’ grips Norwegian schools

A potentially lethal playground 'game' from the US is sweeping Norway and teachers are worried it may lead to fatalities, said a report on Thursday.

Artist causes stir with ‘king in trash’ piece
Spain

Artist causes stir with ‘king in trash’ piece

This well-known artist has been causing plenty of controversy with a work of art featuring a photo of former Spanish king Juan Carlos lying in a rubbish container. Meet The Local's Spanish Face of the Week, Cristóbal Toral.

Burglar targets home of Air Algérie crash victims
France

Burglar targets home of Air Algérie crash victims

Within an hour of learning a local family was killed in the Air Algerie plane crash this summer, a French burglar was in their home helping himself to their possessions.

France: Ceasefire needed before warship delivery
France

France: Ceasefire needed before warship delivery

A day after France halted its delivery of a warship to Russia because the “conditions were not in place”, the French president said on Thursday that a cease-fire between rebels and Ukrainian forces would be enough to satisfy Paris.

Swiss leader’s commute turns Twitter sensation
Switzerland

Swiss leader’s commute turns Twitter sensation

A photo showing Swiss President Didier Burkhalter waiting for a train at Neuchâtel station, alone and without bodyguards, made waves on Twitter on Thursday, receiving 800 retweets around the world.

New York Times hails Catalan vote plan
Spain

New York Times hails Catalan vote plan

US newspaper the New York Times has lauded the 'democratic values' of Spain for allowing Catalans to vote on independence in a proposed November consultation, contrasting it with the 'armed campaign' of Russia in the Ukraine.

Over 30 pets rescued from animal hoarder
Germany

Over 30 pets rescued from animal hoarder

Local officals rescued 31 neglected animals from a house in Osnabrück, Lower Saxony on Monday.

Majorca: Body found in sea is French tourist
Spain

Majorca: Body found in sea is French tourist

Police on the Spanish island of Majorca say a dead woman found floating dead in the sea on July 10th was a French tourist and have refused to rule out murder or suicide as possible causes of her death.

Left Party calls for justice and equality
Sweden

Left Party calls for justice and equality

Sweden's Left Party election promises focus on jobs, welfare services, and gender equality. The Local takes a closer look.

Denmark to send 300 troops to Baltics, Poland
Denmark

Denmark to send 300 troops to Baltics, Poland

With Nato's relationship to Russia having "fallen apart", PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt has pledged troops and equipment to Denmark's eastern Nato partners.

Wallets, weather, age trouble Germans most
Germany

Wallets, weather, age trouble Germans most

Footing the bill for debt-ridden EU states and dependency in one's twilight years are among top causes of anxiety among Germans, along with a strong fear of natural disasters, authors of a national study said on Thursday.

France’s fugitive dentist captured in Canada
France

France’s fugitive dentist captured in Canada

A fugitive dentist on the run from police in France for allegedly leaving scores of his patients "mutilated" has been tracked down and arrested in Canada, French authorities have confirmed.

American tourist pays parking fine from 1964
Italy

American tourist pays parking fine from 1964

Tourists in Italy are often getting fined for misdemeanors – but many fail to pay up. This week an Italian mayor was pleasantly surprised when he received a payment for a parking fine dating from the 1960s from an apologetic American tourist.

Ranked: Italy’s best MBAs in English
Italy

Ranked: Italy’s best MBAs in English

Italy is casting aside its image as a monolingual country for higher education, by inviting foreign business students to study in English. The Local takes a look at the top three MBAs in the country.

First German shipment leaves for Iraqi Kurds
Germany

First German shipment leaves for Iraqi Kurds

The first shipment of German supplies has been sent on its way to support Kurdish forces in Northern Iraq, a Joint Operations Command spokesman said on Thursday.

Calais to get more cops after migrants storm port
France

Calais to get more cops after migrants storm port

France is sending several dozen riot police to protect the Port of Calais after hundreds of migrants forced their way into the facility in a desperate effort to get onto a UK-bound ferry.

Austrian has eight kg tumour removed
Austria

Austrian has eight kg tumour removed

A 75-year-old Austrian woman is recovering in hospital after having an eight kilogram (18 pounds) tumour removed from her stomach - the largest and heaviest tumour the medical team in Graz has ever seen.

Porsche found in river with body at wheel
Austria

Porsche found in river with body at wheel

A Porsche apparently crashed into a river in Carinthia's Lavant Valley in the district of Wolfsberg in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Google commemorates 1989 Leipzig demos
Germany

Google commemorates 1989 Leipzig demos

Visitors to google.de were greeted with a sombre image of candles on a cobbled street on Thursday in place of the usual colourful logo, as the US search giant commemorated the 'Monday demonstration' in Leipzig 25 years ago.

Spanish cities ‘cash in’ on Jewish heritage
Spain

Spanish cities ‘cash in’ on Jewish heritage

Cities across Spain have banded together to boost their profile of their Jewish heritage sites but some critics argue the move is more about tourism dollars than anything else.

Facebook exec talks women’s limits in Swedish business
Sweden

Facebook exec talks women’s limits in Swedish business

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg says women's "low expectations" are limiting the impact of policies designed to help them succeed in business, ahead of a major tech conference in Stockholm.

The ten tourist traps in France to avoid
France

The ten tourist traps in France to avoid

Here's the 10 tourist traps you should avoid on your next trip in France. They're the places that are so expensive, so cheesy or so crowded it feels like all of the country's 84 million annual tourists are there at the same time.

Runaway cow rescued from river in Freiland
Austria

Runaway cow rescued from river in Freiland

A cow was rescued after jumping into a small river on Wednesday afternoon to escape a farmer in the municipality of Türnitz in Lower Austria.

Austrian farmers look to new export markets
Austria

Austrian farmers look to new export markets

Austrian farmers hit by a Russian food import ban are looking to tap into other export markets - particularly North Africa and Asia, according to Agriculture Minister Andrä Rupprechter (ÖVP).

Rogue trader Kerviel to be freed from jail
France

Rogue trader Kerviel to be freed from jail

The former trader Jérôme Kerviel is to be released from jail after spending 100 days behind bars, it was announced on Thursday. Kerviel was sentenced to three years in prison over his role in losing Société Général €5 billion.

Italian loses arm in horror Ibiza car accident

Italian loses arm in horror Ibiza car accident

Police who stopped a car on the Spanish island of Ibiza on Wednesday were shocked to discover one of passengers in the rear seat was missing half of his arm.

EU court condemns France for dirty water
France

EU court condemns France for dirty water

France has been convicted of failing to improve the quality of its groundwater, meaning it's the third time since 2001 the European Court of Justice has ordered the French clean up their act.

US private cab firm Uber drives into Geneva
Switzerland

US private cab firm Uber drives into Geneva

Californian company Uber launched its app-based private taxi service in Geneva at a press conference on Thursday, despite questions from the cantonal authorities about its legality.

German milk cups flow over after Russia ban
Germany

German milk cups flow over after Russia ban

German consumers will now pay less for butter after Aldi has dropped the price to 85 cents, but dairy farmers feel the country's leading grocer is taking advantage of the crisis to squeeze prices.

Spain ‘won’t send troops to Iraq at this stage’
Spain

Spain ‘won’t send troops to Iraq at this stage’

Spain's Defence Secretary Alejandro Alvargonzález has ruled out imminent Spanish military involvement against the terrorist group Isis in Iraq, describing the issue as 'complicated' in the minds of the Spanish electorate.

Austria’s ‘last lynx’ missing: believed shot
Austria

Austria’s ‘last lynx’ missing: believed shot

A lone lynx that was living in Carinthia's Lesach Valley has gone missing, and conservation experts fear it may have been shot by a poacher.

Lego now the world’s largest toy company
Denmark

Lego now the world’s largest toy company

Success of the Lego Movie helps Danish company top Mattel, knocking Barbie off her perch. Sales in China alone rose by over 50 percent.

Rooney: England must up game for Swiss clash
Switzerland

Rooney: England must up game for Swiss clash

England captain Wayne Rooney admits his team will have to improve on their lacklustre performance against Norway if they are to avoid a dispiriting start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign in Switzerland next week.

The juiciest bits from Trierweiler’s tell-all book
France

The juiciest bits from Trierweiler’s tell-all book

Valérie Trierweiler's "bombshell" of a tell-all memoir that went on sale on Thursday has stirred up a hornet's nest in France, thanks to some pretty revealing insights. We've pulled together the best extracts.

Video released of fatal moment Napoli fan shot
Italy

Video released of fatal moment Napoli fan shot

A video has been released of the moments of the fatal shooting of Napoli football fan Ciro Esposito at the Italy Cup final in Rome on May 3rd. The lawyers of the victim’s family are hoping that the clip will shed light on what happened.

Naples teachers arrested for beating up pupils
Italy

Naples teachers arrested for beating up pupils

Three teachers in Naples province have been put under house arrest after investigators filmed them allegedly beating up school pupils.

Norway’s teachers may strike again
Norway

Norway’s teachers may strike again

Teachers in Norway could strike again after skepticism was shown to the new agreement which saw an end to the disruption at schools across the country.

Glacier 3000 dodges bad weather to build bridge
Switzerland

Glacier 3000 dodges bad weather to build bridge

The main steel cables for a daring new suspension bridge at Glacier 3000, near Les Diablerets in the canton of Vaud, arrived at the summit by helicopter on Wednesday.

What’s so great about… Cologne?
Germany

What’s so great about… Cologne?

A history spanning thousands of years, a famous annual party, love locks and there's that little old church.

Malaga art boom draws ‘pop-up Pompidou’
Spain

Malaga art boom draws ‘pop-up Pompidou’

The southern Spanish city of Malaga is set to be the home of the first ever Pompidou museum outside of France, a further boost to the city's growing reputation as a hub for the arts.

Frenchman ‘snubbed for top EU finance job’
France

Frenchman ‘snubbed for top EU finance job’

France’s ex-finance minister Pierre Moscovici had seemed a shoe-in for the EU’s top finance job, despite opposition from Berlin. But a leaked document suggests he has been overlooked for the role.

Fewer young Danes are lighting up
Denmark

Fewer young Danes are lighting up

The number of youths under the age of 15 who smoke has halved over the past for years. "A fantastic development," the Danish Cancer Society says.

Linz’s Ars Electronica: Window on the future?
Austria

Linz’s Ars Electronica: Window on the future?

The Ars Electronica electronic arts festival has started in Linz. Using the theme ‘C… what it takes to change’, the festival aims to explore the conditions necessary to enable social innovation and change - using art as the catalyst.

Massive turnout planned for ‘Business Run’
Austria

Massive turnout planned for ‘Business Run’

Vienna's Prater park and the Ernst Happel stadium will be host on Thursday for the 14th annual Wien Energie Business Run, with a record turnout of more than 28,000 runners expected.

France gets kudos for putting ship deal on ice
France

France gets kudos for putting ship deal on ice

France got a series of pats on the back from world leaders for suspending a billion euro deal to provide Russia with Mistral-class warships. French leaders have been under increasing pressure to scrap the sale over the crisis in Ukraine.

€10 for boat tour of Costa Concordia wreck
Italy

€10 for boat tour of Costa Concordia wreck

Tourists can now pay €10 to have a boat tour around the wreck of the Costa Concordia, a new venture since the cruise ship was taken to Genoa in July to be scrapped.

Undercover police catch Zurich pizza gang
Switzerland

Undercover police catch Zurich pizza gang

Officers arrested three teenagers in Zurich after an undercover operation exposed a gang terrorizing pizza delivery men, Zurich police said on Wednesday.

‘Growing up bilingual can be a challenge’
Italy

‘Growing up bilingual can be a challenge’

While growing up bilingual is a privilege, the pressure can be frustrating for both parents and children. Tiziana Buscemi, who grew up in Italy, and her English mother Jill tell The Local about the challenges of raising children bilingual.

‘Caveman’ MEP won’t get key EU post: report
Spain

‘Caveman’ MEP won’t get key EU post: report

UPDATED: Spanish MEP Miguel Arias Cañete, whose sexist comments during a political debate in May went viral, will not be handed a plum role as the head of the EU's agriculture policy, a leaked European Commission document suggests.

Panicked pilot drops in on the Autobahn
Germany

Panicked pilot drops in on the Autobahn

Traffic on the A43 in North Rhine-Westphalia was blocked after a light aircraft slammed into the side of the motorway during an emergency landing, it was reported on Thursday.

Hollande calls poor people ‘the toothless’, says ex
France

Hollande calls poor people ‘the toothless’, says ex

French President François Hollande doesn’t like poor people and refers to them as the “sans-dents” (toothless ones), France’s ex-first lady Valérie Trierweiler claims in her new kiss-and-tell book, that was released on Thursday.

Commentator canned for sexist cheerleader gaffe
Spain

Commentator canned for sexist cheerleader gaffe

An arena announcer at a recent basketball world cup game in Bilbao has apologized to cheerleaders after asking the crowd "Who wouldn't like to spend a night with one of the Dreamcheers?" during the break in the action.

Two hurt in London-Naples flight turbulence
Italy

Two hurt in London-Naples flight turbulence

A flight attendant suffered a broken hip and another was knocked unconscious during an easyJet flight to Naples on Monday after the plane hit heavy turbulence, spreading panic among passengers, British media reported.

‘A love of learning was vital’
Austria

‘A love of learning was vital’

American Amanda K. moved to Vienna in June 2013 to pursue her graduate studies. As well as studying, she works at Gymboree Play & Music, a private childcare company which offers parents in Vienna the chance to spend more time with their young children in a specially-tailored environment.

Sweden’s key interest rate kept steady
Sweden

Sweden’s key interest rate kept steady

UPDATED: Sweden's Riksbank announced on Thursday that it would keep its benchmark interest rate at 0.25 percent.

EU Commissioner roles leaked
Austria

EU Commissioner roles leaked

In a report from the Euractiv blog, an organigram showing proposed roles for the new round of EU commissioners has been leaked, probably from inside the Commission itself.

Environment post for Vestager: leak
Denmark

Environment post for Vestager: leak

Euractiv claims to have been given a leaked document showing Jean-Claude Juncker's new team in which Margrethe Vestager is tapped as the environment commissioner. "Obviously a letdown" if true, political commentator tells The Local.

Poll gains for Greens, Feminists and Left Party
Sweden

Poll gains for Greens, Feminists and Left Party

UPDATED: Sweden's Feminist Party could secure enough votes to enter parliament for the first time according to new polls which also show gains for the Greens and the Left Party.

‘Secret filmer’ walks free after change-room shock
Sweden

‘Secret filmer’ walks free after change-room shock

A man who filmed a woman in a central Sweden changing room has walked free, after a court ruled he wasn't "secretly filming" because the woman spotted his camera.

Spain opens door to ban on burqas
Spain

Spain opens door to ban on burqas

Spain's interior minister Jorge Fernández Díaz on Wednesday said the Spanish government would consider including a ban on burqas as part of a packet of planned new security reforms.

Ex-sex worker marches to demand client fines
France

Ex-sex worker marches to demand client fines

An ex-prostitute is marching on Paris to demand the French government fulfill its pledge to hit clients of prostitutes with steep fines. The landmark reform was shelved by a senate committee last year.

Red Cross digitizes world war prisoner files
Switzerland

Red Cross digitizes world war prisoner files

Marking the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross has digitized its files documenting the fate of two million prisoners during the 1914-1918 war.

‘Right to be forgotten’ censors Fritzl story
Austria

‘Right to be forgotten’ censors Fritzl story

Google's search results are being censored through the 'right to be forgotten' required by a recent European Court of Justice ruling.

Suspected Ebola case is ‘likely negative’
Austria

Suspected Ebola case is ‘likely negative’

A preliminary test of a blood sample from a woman with a suspected case of Ebola in Vienna has come back negative, according to the Health Ministry’s director for public health.

Tolls definitely coming, say party leaders
Germany

Tolls definitely coming, say party leaders

Plans to charge users of German motorways have taken their own toll on the politicians who are pushing it through, but they refuse to back down.

Geilo site owner blamed for poor safety
Norway

Geilo site owner blamed for poor safety

The site manager at Geilo, which saw a dynamite explosion killing three on Wednesday, is accused of not taking full safety measures, investigators said.

Apartment prices reach pre-crisis levels
Denmark

Apartment prices reach pre-crisis levels

Driven mainly by the housing market upswing in Copenhagen, apartment prices are a full nine percent higher than last year and are increasing faster than the prices of single-family homes.

Zlatan doubts ahead of Estonia friendly
Sweden

Zlatan doubts ahead of Estonia friendly

As Sweden prepares to take on Baltic neighbour Estonia, it is unclear whether its star player will make an appearance.

Paris suspends delivery of warship to Russia
France

Paris suspends delivery of warship to Russia

France appears to have wavered under international pressure by deciding on Wednesday to suspend the delivery of a Mistral warship to Russia, given the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. However the deal is still expected to go ahead.

Iran looks to better EU ties with Italian at helm
Italy

Iran looks to better EU ties with Italian at helm

Iran is looking forward to improved relations with the European Union following the appointment of an Italian to be the bloc's next foreign policy supremo, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said here on Wednesday.

Wawrinka loses epic US Open battle to Nishikori
Switzerland

Wawrinka loses epic US Open battle to Nishikori

Japanese tenth seed Kei Nishikori dumped Swiss number three seed Stan Wawrinka out of the US Open on Wednesday in an epic five-set quarterfinal battle lasting more than four hours.

Norwegian police raid Hells Angels club
Norway

Norwegian police raid Hells Angels club

Armed police ransacked a notorious Hell's Angels den in North Norway in their efforts to capture two wanted criminals on Wednesday.

Ferrari braced for challenging home race
Italy

Ferrari braced for challenging home race

Ferrari team chief Marco Mattiacci has warned the iconic team's fans to expect "an extremely difficult" home race at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Danish wind energy sets new record
Denmark

Danish wind energy sets new record

Through the first six months of the year, wind power generated over 40 percent of Denmark's electricity putting the government's 2020 goal well within reach.

Argentina dish out friendly revenge
Germany

Argentina dish out friendly revenge

Argentina spoiled the party for world champions Germany by hammering the hosts 4-2 in an international friendly in Düsseldorf on Wednesday in a repeat of the World Cup final.

Lufthansa pilots to strike again over pensions
Germany

Lufthansa pilots to strike again over pensions

A pilots' strike will hit 25,000 passengers on German flights on Friday for the second week running, this time targeting Frankfurt airport.

Sweden’s first ‘religious holiday swap’ announced
Sweden

Sweden’s first ‘religious holiday swap’ announced

Staff at mobile network 3 will be allowed to switch traditional Swedish public holidays for dates that match their religious beliefs.