Nine hooligans in court over racist attack
Austria

Nine hooligans in court over racist attack

Nine football hooligans will be in court next Tuesday to face charges relating to an apparently racist and violent attack on a Turkish club house in the Favoriten suburb of Vienna in October 2013.

Europe’s biggest tech show debuts in Berlin
Germany

Europe’s biggest tech show debuts in Berlin

Bendable televisions, a smartphone with an edge and the smart home that takes care of you -- the IFA consumer electronics show burst onto Berlin's exhibition grounds on Friday.

French far-right’s Le Pen says she admires Putin
France

French far-right’s Le Pen says she admires Putin

While the rest of the world is imposing sanctions on Vladimir Putin’s country, far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen has let it slip that she has a certain admiration for the Russian president.

Dealers used megaphone to advertise drugs
Spain

Dealers used megaphone to advertise drugs

Three men who were arrested after allegedly using a megaphone to announce they had ecstasy, speed and marijuana for sale at last year's Ortiguera festival of Celtic music are due to appear in court in Galicia.

‘I see English as a present I’m giving them’
Italy

‘I see English as a present I’m giving them’

Living in a bilingual family can be challenging, as The Local found out earlier this week by speaking to a mother and her daughter. Here our readers share their own experiences of balancing their multilingual lives.

Dyson picks fight with German industry
Germany

Dyson picks fight with German industry

British engineer James Dyson has said that Britain should leave the EU over a dispute about vacuum cleaner efficiency regulations - just when German industry wants to hold the UK close.

Feminists fight for seats and rights
Sweden

Feminists fight for seats and rights

With one of Sweden’s most charismatic politicians at the helm, Feminist Initiative might just sneak into the Riksdag. The Local looks at what’s in store if the party makes the cut.

Two-year-old stabbed to death in Madrid
Spain

Two-year-old stabbed to death in Madrid

A two-year-old child was killed in Madrid early on Friday afternoon, allegedly stabbed to death by his mother, who is currently in a serious condition after overdosing on pills.

Call for parliamentary inquiry into cannabis
Austria

Call for parliamentary inquiry into cannabis

The organizers of the Legalize Austria association - which campaigns for the legalization of cannabis - is demanding a parliamentary inquiry into the controversial plant and the "technical and factual" issues regarding its legalization.

Geilo disaster: Police set to reveal cause of blast
Norway

Geilo disaster: Police set to reveal cause of blast

Explosion experts have found what caused the roadwork blast in Geilo on Wednesday, but will wait for police to announce the news on Friday.

Guns and butter make Germany’s week
Germany

Guns and butter make Germany’s week

From weapons deliveries heading for Iraq to dairy farmers complaining about Russian sanctions, international headlines have dominated the week - but there's been no shortage of goings-on inside Germany.

‘France is being mocked for its absurd president’
France

‘France is being mocked for its absurd president’

The same day President François Hollande responded to the most hurtful claims in his ex's tell-all memoir, The Local hit the streets to see what the French think about the book and its impact on their historically unpoplar leader.

Thousands of Austrian properties ’empty’
Austria

Thousands of Austrian properties ’empty’

If you’re struggling to find an affordable home in Vienna to rent you may be surprised to learn that the capital has as many as 50,000 empty apartments, which property owners are unwilling to rent because of high taxes.

…And now train drivers slam on the brakes
Germany

…And now train drivers slam on the brakes

As Lufthansa pilots staged another half-day strike over pensions on Friday, Germany's train drivers announced a three-hour walkout for Saturday morning.

‘Jihadist’ imam who preached in Italy arrested
Italy

‘Jihadist’ imam who preached in Italy arrested

An imam who has preached in several Italian cities was arrested in Bosnia on Friday morning accused of recruiting combatants to fight for Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (Isis), Italian media has reported.

Immigration cut push from Sweden Democrats
Sweden

Immigration cut push from Sweden Democrats

In Sweden there is only one party that is openly critical of the country's high immigration levels - the nationalist Sweden Democrats.

French comic ridicules beheading of US reporter
France

French comic ridicules beheading of US reporter

French comic and polemicist Dieudonne is under official investigation after releasing a video mocking the beheading of US journalist James Foley by Islamic extremists. Prosecutors are probing whether the video condones terrorism.

The world’s top ten unis to study Italian
Italy

The world’s top ten unis to study Italian

The Local takes a look at the world’s leading universities offering Italian degrees, everywhere from California to Melbourne.

Furious farmers defy Russia with free fruit
Spain

Furious farmers defy Russia with free fruit

Agricultural workers gave 10 tonnes (10,000kg) of free fruit and vegetables to residents of the Spanish capital on Friday morning in protest against the Russian embargo on European farm imports.

Police throw book at Shariah vigilantes
Germany

Police throw book at Shariah vigilantes

Authorities in Wuppertal are cracking down on conservative young Islamists who have mounted 'police' patrols by drinking and gambling venues in the Ruhr city, officials said on Friday.

Sweden Democrat quits over swastika photos
Sweden

Sweden Democrat quits over swastika photos

UPDATED: A 20-year-old Sweden Democrat election candidate has quit after pictures emerged of her wearing a Nazi armband.

Habsburg portraits to be sold at auction
Austria

Habsburg portraits to be sold at auction

Around 100 paintings belonging to the aristocratic Habsburg and Wittelsbach families are being auctioned in Munich by Neumeister Kunstauktionshaus.

Gynaecologist survives ‘sex joke’ claims
Sweden

Gynaecologist survives ‘sex joke’ claims

A gynaecologist in western Sweden has avoided disciplinary action after he was accused making fun of one of his female patients. A watchdog closed the case as the doctor was about to retire.

Top politician charged in ‘hit-and-run’ scandal
Spain

Top politician charged in ‘hit-and-run’ scandal

In a case of will she? won't she? Spanish politician Esperanza Aguirre, an influential figure in Spain's ruling Popular Party was on Friday finally charged with a crime over an April incident in which she knocked over a police motorbike.

Vienna Opera music director quits
Austria

Vienna Opera music director quits

Franz Welser-Möst, the general musical director of the Vienna State Opera, one of the most prestigious positions in classical music worldwide, announced his resignation on Friday with immediate effect.

Switzerland second most expensive for flights
Switzerland

Switzerland second most expensive for flights

Switzerland is the second most expensive country in the world for air travel, according to a new study, with air fares averaging $125 per 100 kilometres of travel.

Suspected case of Ebola in Linz
Austria

Suspected case of Ebola in Linz

A 15-year-old boy with Ebola-like symptoms is being treated in an isolation ward in Upper Austria. The young man was admitted to Linz General Hospital on Friday morning, suffering from a high fever.

82-yr-old Italian woman ‘beheaded’ in London
Italy

82-yr-old Italian woman ‘beheaded’ in London

An 82-year-old Italian woman murdered in London on Thursday was beheaded by her killer, UK media reported on Friday.

Spanish PM wins 70,000 mystery Twitter fans
Spain

Spanish PM wins 70,000 mystery Twitter fans

A surge in the number of Arab followers of the official Twitter account of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has prompted a flurry of press attention and satirical comments on social media.

150 years on, who owns circus man’s scalp?
Germany

150 years on, who owns circus man’s scalp?

A German museum has agreed to conduct research on a mid-19th century scalp after being caught in a dispute with a Native American tribe which claims to be the rightful owner.

Introducing… The 2014 Swedish Elections
Sweden

Introducing… The 2014 Swedish Elections

With elections less than a week away, you may be wondering what it's all about. Fear not. The Local's handy 'Introducing' guide will walk you through just about everything you need to know.

SuperBest and EuroSpar stores to be no more
Denmark

SuperBest and EuroSpar stores to be no more

Familiar names in the Danish grocer landscape will disappear, with the fate of individual locations dependent upon their standing in the local community.

Spanish teen with cancer lives out football dream
Spain

Spanish teen with cancer lives out football dream

A 13-year-old boy suffering from an aggressive form of cancer saw his footballing dream fulfilled on Thursday night when he scored a goal in a friendly match between his beloved Villarreal CF and Scottish football team Celtic.

Requests for gun permits in Vienna rising
Austria

Requests for gun permits in Vienna rising

The number of requests for gun permits in Vienna is rising, according to police. There are currently more than 85,000 registered weapons in the capital, although the actual number including those that are not registered is thought to be much higher.

‘The French shouldn’t be embarrassed by accents’
France

‘The French shouldn’t be embarrassed by accents’

Ever thought the French are needlessly embarrassed by their accent when speaking English? French student Lea Surugue looks at why the accent has become such an obsession for her fellow learners of English and why it's time they stopped worrying.

Bern revives historic Swiss Disney films
Switzerland

Bern revives historic Swiss Disney films

Bern is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Expo ’64 in Lausanne this month by reviving historic films created by US animator Walt Disney for a special 360-degree cinema presented at the world exhibition.

US recruits Denmark for fight against Isis
Denmark

US recruits Denmark for fight against Isis

Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said that Denmark has accepted John Kerry's invitation to join a 'core coalition' against the militant jihadists.

Korea FA seeks dose of German medicine
Germany

Korea FA seeks dose of German medicine

South Korea have appointed former Germany international Uli Stielike as the national team's new coach, the Korea Football Association said on Friday.

Italian army moves to produce cannabis drugs
Italy

Italian army moves to produce cannabis drugs

The Italian government has plans to produce medical marijuana in a military factory in Florence, national media reported on Friday.

French Jews top table for emigration to Israel
France

French Jews top table for emigration to Israel

So far this year the biggest number of Jews to emigrate to Israel from around the world have come from France. Even though the Jewish community in France is the third largest in the world, the figures come after a worrying spike in anti-Semitic attacks and abuse this year.

French surgeons implant second artificial heart
France

French surgeons implant second artificial heart

Under a shroud of secrecy the second French patient has received an artificial heart transplant from doctors working to perfect the pioneering procedure, just months after the world's first recipient died.

Israel blocks Gaza visit of Spanish politician
Spain

Israel blocks Gaza visit of Spanish politician

A delegation of left-wing European Parliamentarians including Pablo Iglesias, leader of Spain's Podemos party, have been denied permission to enter Gaza to report on the impact of the actions of the Israeli military.

Austria fourth most expensive for flights
Austria

Austria fourth most expensive for flights

Austria is the fourth most expensive country in the world in which to fly, new research has suggested, with airfares costing €70.93 ($91.78) per 100km.

Syrian chemical weapons residue docks in Bremen
Germany

Syrian chemical weapons residue docks in Bremen

A freighter carrying 400 tonnes of Syrian mustard gas residue was being unloaded in Bremen on Friday for further transport.

Muslim councillor flees Italy over death threats
Italy

Muslim councillor flees Italy over death threats

A Muslim councillor in the northern Italian province of Trentino has reportedly fled the country, citing concerns for the safety of her children after receiving death threats and xenophobic messages over a two-year period.

Danish wheat quality at an all-time low
Denmark

Danish wheat quality at an all-time low

Agriculture lobby says that a limit on fertiliser use has led to the steady decline of Danish wheat, culminating in this year's record poor harvest.

Bored Zurich teens go on costly vandalism spree
Switzerland

Bored Zurich teens go on costly vandalism spree

Two teenagers who caused 500,000 francs ($537,000) of damage to cars and construction vehicles told police on their arrest that they went on a vandalism spree because they were “bored”.

Austrian footballer handed 70-match ban
Austria

Austrian footballer handed 70-match ban

An Austrian footballer has been handed a record 70-match ban for assaulting a referee, the Tyrolean Football Federation confirmed.

Sweden gives diplomat 48 hours to leave
Sweden

Sweden gives diplomat 48 hours to leave

UPDATED: Sweden has ordered a diplomat from Eritrea’s embassy to leave the country within the next 48 hours.

Survey: Swiss split over health insurance vote
Switzerland

Survey: Swiss split over health insurance vote

Ahead of a referendum on September 28th, the Swiss remain divided on the future of health insurance in the country, according to a new survey.

‘Liberty comes at a price’: Catalan leader
Spain

‘Liberty comes at a price’: Catalan leader

The president of Spain's Catalonia region Artur Mas on Thursday attempted to calm regional business leaders by telling them a planned November vote on the issue of independence does not automatically mean secession from Spain.

Man jailed for 22,000 calls and texts to ex
France

Man jailed for 22,000 calls and texts to ex

A scorned Frenchman has admitted that blitzing his ex-girlfriend with nearly 22,000 texts and phone calls after their break-up may have been a little over the top. This week he was jailed for the bombardment.

Hospital crane ‘gunman’ gives himself up
Germany

Hospital crane ‘gunman’ gives himself up

UPDATE: Police have taken a man into custody after he climbed Berlin's highest crane late last night, claiming to be armed. 'Kai Q.' has a history of such drastic action.

Rome maid beheading was unplanned ‘outburst’
Italy

Rome maid beheading was unplanned ‘outburst’

Video footage shows the beheading of a maid in Rome last month was the result of an “outburst” by her killer, rather than pre-meditated murder, according to investigators.

EVN faces massive losses from Moscow
Austria

EVN faces massive losses from Moscow

Austrian energy provider EVN has announced losses of nearly €300 million for the 2013/2014 financial year.

Students given exam with answers filled in
Austria

Students given exam with answers filled in

Students in Austria sitting down to take a university entrance exam thought they had been given a lucky break when they found the exam papers had already been completed, with all the answers filled in correctly.

Friend forced by knife to help Øyer killer
Norway

Friend forced by knife to help Øyer killer

The friend of suspected Øyer killer Kim Andreas Kristiansen has told Norwegian police on Thursday he was threatened at knifepoint and made to help dispose of Bjarte Hansen's body.

Spanish label Desigual eyes more elegant future
Spain

Spanish label Desigual eyes more elegant future

One of Barcelona's most successful labels, Desigual, celebrated its 30th birthday in a riot of print and colour at New York Fashion Week on Thursday with CEO Manel Jadraque signaling a more sophisticated future for the Spanish brand.

Stockholm Tech Fest: The Local’s Blog
Sweden

Stockholm Tech Fest: The Local’s Blog

Tech-heads, investors and entrepreneurs flooded the Waterfront for the STHLM Tech Fest on Friday. We live blogged the whole thing.

Federer battles into ninth US Open semifinal
Switzerland

Federer battles into ninth US Open semifinal

Switzerland's Roger Federer saved two match points to defeat Gaël Monfils 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 and reach his ninth US Open semifinal on Thursday, keeping alive his dream of a sixth title.

New Viking fortress discovered in Denmark
Denmark

New Viking fortress discovered in Denmark

It's been long thought that Denmark is the home to four Viking ring fortresses, but the first discovery in 60 years may shed new light on the Viking Era and King Harald Bluetooth.

VIDEO: Swim ace does ‘Pool Rubik’s Challenge’
Norway

VIDEO: Swim ace does ‘Pool Rubik’s Challenge’

Watch the unmissable moment a top Norwegian swimmer solved three Rubik's Cubes, underwater, in one breath.

Running dead: zombies heading to Austria
Austria

Running dead: zombies heading to Austria

Find it hard to motivate yourself to go for a run? How about if a gang of zombies is chasing after you? Austria’s first ‘zombie run’ is coming to St Pölten on September 20th.

Göttingen’s “geep” is one-of-a-kind
Germany

Göttingen’s “geep” is one-of-a-kind

Diederode, near the university town, boasts the world's only living sheep-goat hybrid, which is now the object of study by scientists.

French mayor bars dogs called ‘Itler’ and ‘Iva’
France

French mayor bars dogs called ‘Itler’ and ‘Iva’

A mayor in eastern France has taken a principled stance by refusing to give licences to two dangerous dogs named 'Itler' and Iva' because they obviously "make you think of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun", he said.

New look Spain falls short against France
Spain

New look Spain falls short against France

France got the better of a new-look Spain team on Thursday, a superb strike from substitute Loic Remy in the second half giving the hosts a 1-0 friendly victory.

Sweden wants tougher Russia sanctions
Sweden

Sweden wants tougher Russia sanctions

Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt says EU member states should agree on new wide-ranging sanctions against Russia later on Friday.

Godfather of French gastronomy bans meat
France

Godfather of French gastronomy bans meat

The man seen as the godfather of French gastronomy, Alain Ducasse, as done something very un-Gallic and banned meat from the menu of his famous restaurant in Paris. The move, he said, was to find more "naturalness".

Conte’s new-look Italy see off ten-man Dutch
Italy

Conte’s new-look Italy see off ten-man Dutch

Two goals in the first ten minutes were enough to see Italy to a 2-0 friendly victory over World Cup semi-finalists the Netherlands and launch their new era under coach Antonio Conte in style.

Nato plans moves against Russia and Isis
Germany

Nato plans moves against Russia and Isis

UPDATE: As the alliance's summit ends in Wales, Germany is to play a key role in Nato strategy to take on threats in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Zlatan celebrates goal record for Sweden
Sweden

Zlatan celebrates goal record for Sweden

Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic became Sweden's all-time record goal scorer on Thursday in an international friendly against Estonia.

Remy goal helps France sink new-look Spain
France

Remy goal helps France sink new-look Spain

France got the better of a new-look Spain team on Thursday, a superb strike from substitute Loic Remy in the second half giving the hosts a 1-0 friendly victory.

Central bank brings back negative deposit rate
Denmark

Central bank brings back negative deposit rate

Nationalbanken follows the lead of the European Central Bank and lowers its deposit rate to -0.05 percent.

Sweden elections: Who’s who in politics?
Sweden

Sweden elections: Who’s who in politics?

Three are women, four are under 40, and their skills include welding, writing, and web design. Here is The Local's beginner's guide to the leaders who headed into battle in Sweden's general election.

Liverpool set to swoop for Martin Ødegaard
Norway

Liverpool set to swoop for Martin Ødegaard

Norwegian 15-year-old wonderkid Martin Ødegaard may sign for Liverpool FC early next year, reported the UK press on Thursday.