Judges furious at pro-Saudi comments
Austria

Judges furious at pro-Saudi comments

Former Austrian justice minister Claudia Bandion-Ortner, herself a judge, is also deputy director of a Saudi-funded centre in Vienna for fostering inter-religious dialogue.

IN IMAGES: When art and sex collide in France
France

IN IMAGES: When art and sex collide in France

Nowhere seems to blend sex and art quite like France does. And when the two worlds meet it often provokes a fair amount of controversy as well as hilarity. We've put together ten of the best examples in this gallery of images.

Sicilian woman killed by falling palm tree
Italy

Sicilian woman killed by falling palm tree

A Sicilian woman died on Thursday when a palm tree fell on her in the city of Catania, an accident blamed on high winds and the possibility the tree could have been infected.

Cricketer fined €1,125 for playing in public square
Spain

Cricketer fined €1,125 for playing in public square

A cricketer in Barcelona was recently slapped with a €1,125 ($1,400) fine for wielding bat and ball in a public square in what is not an isolated case, the member of one cricket club in the city has told The Local.

French rail conductors test out Google Glass
France

French rail conductors test out Google Glass

French train conductors donned Google Glass on Thursday to check passengers tickets as part of an experiment in using the fancy bit of technology and it may be popping up again somewhere else soon.

Germany has just ten Ebola beds
Germany

Germany has just ten Ebola beds

Doctors at high-level infectious disease clinics say that caring for patients with the Ebola virus is much more intensive than they first thought, meaning they can handle fewer cases at once.

Outrage over politician’s ironic host a migrant ad
Italy

Outrage over politician’s ironic host a migrant ad

A Northern League politician has sparked controversy after saying migrants could just be “fed bread and water” in a video mocking a proposal to pay Italians €900 a month to host a migrant in their home.

Asteroids leave mark on Sweden
Sweden

Asteroids leave mark on Sweden

Some 458 million years ago, Earth was whacked in a double asteroid strike, leaving craters visible in Sweden today, space scientists have reported.

Lille: French cops clash with English football fans
France

Lille: French cops clash with English football fans

French riot police clashed with fans of English club Everton in Lille, northern France, on Thursday with baton-waving cops firing tear gas and charging at supporters, some of whom responded by hurling beer bottles. There have been reports police have fired rubber bullets at fans.

Now Berlin turns to tents to house refugees
Germany

Now Berlin turns to tents to house refugees

Berlin has turned to huge tents and shipping containers to shelter growing numbers of refugees. With winter approaching, city politicians have called on the federal government for help.

Italy’s ‘bullet’ campaign targets prejudice
Italy

Italy’s ‘bullet’ campaign targets prejudice

A powerful poster campaign - featuring peoples’ heads being shattered by imaginary bullets - was launched on Thursday in a bid to tackle a multitude of prejudices in Italy.

Danish F-16s confronted Russian military jet
Denmark

Danish F-16s confronted Russian military jet

Two Danish F-16s were sent to investigate a Russian military jet that was approaching Denmark on Tuesday, the Royal Danish Air Force has confirmed.

Hungary to charge Norwegian NGO
Norway

Hungary to charge Norwegian NGO

Hungary said on Wednesday it will press criminal charges against a non-government organisation distributing grant aid from Norway, escalating a row with Oslo that has also drawn fire from the US.

Men face charges over ‘passionate’ public kiss
Italy

Men face charges over ‘passionate’ public kiss

Two Italian men who engaged in a "long and passionate" kiss during a demonstration have been charged with breach of the peace following a police report which claimed their act had "disgusted" passersby.

Pensioner acted as decoy to catch conman
Austria

Pensioner acted as decoy to catch conman

A 19-year-old Polish man has been arrested for attempting to carry out a 'nephew scam' in Linz, after the 74-year-old he was trying to con acted as a decoy for the police.

Ebola crisis: five patients given all-clear
Spain

Ebola crisis: five patients given all-clear

Five patients who were isolated in Madrid's Carlos III hospital after having contact with Teresa Romero, the Spanish nursing assistant who contracted and beat the Ebola virus, left the facility on Thursday after being given the all-clear by doctors.

Almodóvar sorry over ‘illiterate’ Galicians gaffe
Spain

Almodóvar sorry over ‘illiterate’ Galicians gaffe

Top Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar has apologized after he suggested people in Spain's Galicia region were backward during an angry attack on Spain's banks.

Denmark makes massive new Ebola contribution
Denmark

Denmark makes massive new Ebola contribution

An additional 115 million kroner, health personnel and a military supply ship are among the new commitments Denmark has made to help contain the Ebola epidemic.

Five reasons why French weddings are the best
France

Five reasons why French weddings are the best

Ever been to a wedding in France? This week's guest blogger Georgette Jupe tells us why, if you ever get invited to one, you'd be mad not to go, because French weddings are simply the best.

Ludwigshafen explosion kills one, injures 26
Germany

Ludwigshafen explosion kills one, injures 26

UPDATE: One person has died and 26 others are injured after a huge explosion in Ludwigshafen, western Germany on Thursday.

Canary telescope hunts for Earth-like planets
Spain

Canary telescope hunts for Earth-like planets

A new 'low-cost' telescope on the Spanish island of Tenerife on Wednesday kicked off what will be an international search for nearby planets which could support life.

Vienna bans dangerous reptiles as pets
Austria

Vienna bans dangerous reptiles as pets

From January 2015 people in Vienna will no longer be allowed to keep giant snakes, spiders, scorpions and the like as pets.

Viral border photo shows two worlds collide
Spain

Viral border photo shows two worlds collide

A startling photograph taken on Wednesday shows the reality at the border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla in North Africa. The Local spoke to the man behind the image.

Swedish royal couple set wedding date
Sweden

Swedish royal couple set wedding date

Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist, who got engaged earlier this year, have announced they will marry next June.

‘Italy is the real sick man of Europe’
Italy

‘Italy is the real sick man of Europe’

Italy comes under scrutiny in this week's edition of the British political magazine, The Spectator, with a front front cover saying "Arrivederci, Italy" and an article that speaks about a "very European tragedy".

France sends more cops to quell migrant unrest
France

France sends more cops to quell migrant unrest

After more violence at camps filled with UK-bound migrants around the French Port of Calais, France's top cop is sending more police to try to quell the desperate and tense situation there.

Traffickers force trio into prostitution in Styria
Austria

Traffickers force trio into prostitution in Styria

A group of Romanian human traffickers have been arrested for forcing three young woman into prostitution against their will.

Greenpeace finds danger in kids’ clothes
Germany

Greenpeace finds danger in kids’ clothes

Research released on Thursday by environmental group Greenpeace showed that more than half of clothing sold by German discount brands contain chemicals known to be dangerous to health and the environment, with items from Aldi being the worst offenders.

‘France’s new anti-terror law is just anti-Roma’
France

‘France’s new anti-terror law is just anti-Roma’

Human Rights campaigners and immigrants' support groups have sounded the alarm about the small print in France’s new anti-terrorism bill, which they say will allow Paris to stop the freedom of movement of EU nationals, specifically members of the Roma community.

Death threats cause gallery to drop Dan Park
Denmark

Death threats cause gallery to drop Dan Park

The Danish Free Press Society has found a new location to display the controversial artwork of Dan Park after a Copenhagen gallery owner backs out over death threats.

Widow convicted for keeping hubby’s ashes
France

Widow convicted for keeping hubby’s ashes

A grief-stricken French widow missed her dead husband so much she brought his ashes home from the family crypt, but she found out the hard way that in doing do she was actually breaking a law in France.

Body of Czech climber found after 40 years
Switzerland

Body of Czech climber found after 40 years

The body of a Czech hiker who disappeared 40 years ago after an avalanche in Switzerland has been found on a glacier in the Bernese alps, Bern cantonal police reported on Thursday.

Italy spies on foreigners over terrorism fears
Italy

Italy spies on foreigners over terrorism fears

National and international secret services have upped their reports and warnings on foreigners living in or transiting through Italy, over fears of possible terrorist attacks, according to a media report on Thursday.

Doctor: Schumacher needs ‘years to recover’
Switzerland

Doctor: Schumacher needs ‘years to recover’

A French doctor treating stricken former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher said on Thursday that the German ace was making progress, but will need years to recover.

Vienna’s €19 billion ‘Hypotopia’ city
Austria

Vienna’s €19 billion ‘Hypotopia’ city

A group of students has constructed a model city for 102,574 inhabitants in one of Vienna’s main squares – as a form of protest against the taxpayer-funded bailout of the Hypo Alpe Adria bank for the sum of €19 billion.

PM: Time to get serious on climate change
Denmark

PM: Time to get serious on climate change

Helle Thorning-Schmidt told a sustainability conference on Wednesday that it's time for action on climate change but she later added that it was doubtful that European leaders would agree on ambitious climate targets.

Sweden Democrat threats ‘just a show’
Sweden

Sweden Democrat threats ‘just a show’

There is talk that the nationalist Sweden Democrats could trigger a fresh election, by rejecting the new coalition's budget. But leading Political Scientist Li Bennich Björkman tells The Local that the party is just game-playing and should be focusing on getting its fatigued leader back.

Norway’s ‘killer robot’ technology under fire
Norway

Norway’s ‘killer robot’ technology under fire

The Norwegian government is set to develop a new controversial robot-controlled missile for its fighter jets, but faces opposition from MPs and peace organizations claiming the technology may break international law.

Woman sues for accidental pot raid
Germany

Woman sues for accidental pot raid

A Bavarian woman is suing police for unlawful search after a reported break-in at her home led authorities to discover 158 cannabis plants in her basement.

Finally: Spain’s leaders face up to corruption fury
Spain

Finally: Spain’s leaders face up to corruption fury

Spanish authorities are taking a tougher line against dirty dealing by the country's long untouchable political elite as a lengthy economic downturn fuels public outrage.

Serbians lead in new residence permits
Austria

Serbians lead in new residence permits

According to a Eurostats report issued on Wednesday, Austria has granted the most residence permits to citizens from Serbia, followed by Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Clueless Merkel forgets the F-word
Germany

Clueless Merkel forgets the F-word

Angela Merkel's government is often criticized for its lack of understanding of all things digital and an appearance by the chancellor in Hamburg, which was supposed to change those perceptions, has only made things worse.

Roche reveals towering plans for Basel site
Switzerland

Roche reveals towering plans for Basel site

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche is to invest three billion francs ($3.14 billion) in its Basel headquarters over the course of the next ten years in a massive redevelopment project which includes the construction of the tallest building in Switzerland.

Schönbrunn Zoo celebrates ‘ugly’ babies
Austria

Schönbrunn Zoo celebrates ‘ugly’ babies

Could these be the ugliest babies to be born at Vienna’s Schönbrunn Zoo? The four baby naked mole-rats, also known as sand puppies, are "certainly not the most beautiful, but are one of the most exciting animals," according to zoo director Dagmar Schratter.

What’s On in Sweden: October 24th – 31st
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: October 24th – 31st

A secret gig in Stockholm, a short film festival in Uppsala and a gastronomy event in Gothenburg have caught our eye this week.

Game of Thrones gets Spanish tapas treatment
Spain

Game of Thrones gets Spanish tapas treatment

Fans of the "Game of Thrones" fantasy TV series are flocking to the historic Spanish town of Osuna, where one canny restaurant owner has even starting naming the tapas after characters in the show.

‘Forget Silicon Valley, it’s better in France’
France

‘Forget Silicon Valley, it’s better in France’

As work began on the "world's largest" tech incubator in Paris, French billionaire and telecom mogul Xavier Niel says despite the moribund French economy and the reputation of its bureaucracy, it's actually easier to start a business in France than Silicon Valley.

Star Wars to play for two weeks solid
Austria

Star Wars to play for two weeks solid

A German satellite TV channel has announced that it will be broadcasting Star Wars films continuously, 24 hours a day, for two weeks starting on December 1st.

Astronaut helps launch first student satellite
Sweden

Astronaut helps launch first student satellite

Sweden's debut astronaut Christer Fuglesang is helping students at KTH Royal Institute of Technology to become the first in the country to make their own satellite and send it into space.

Dane held in Lebanon for fighting alongside Isis
Denmark

Dane held in Lebanon for fighting alongside Isis

A teenager who was born and raised in Denmark is being held by Lebanese authorities on the suspicion that he is an active member of Isis.

Snow causes chaos in western Austria
Austria

Snow causes chaos in western Austria

Winter has come early to western Austria, leaving hundreds of homes without electricity on Wednesday night. Snow and rainfall also caused numerous problems on roads, and is expected to continue until Thursday evening.

Swiss fair ponders bags for wee problem
Switzerland

Swiss fair ponders bags for wee problem

After a record number of people were reported to the police for urinating in public, Wega, the annual family fair in Weinfelden, in the canton of Thurgau, is considering distributing portable urinal bags next year in an effort to tackle the problem.

Germany lags in permits for non-EU migrants
Germany

Germany lags in permits for non-EU migrants

Germany gave out fewer residency permits last year per head to non-EU citizens than any other major European economy.

Child banned from Rome school over Ebola fears
Italy

Child banned from Rome school over Ebola fears

A three-year-old girl has been banned from a school in Rome after a holiday to Uganda, over fears that she may have contracted the deadly Ebola disease present in other African countries.

Soldier killed in Ottawa was Italian-Canadian
Italy

Soldier killed in Ottawa was Italian-Canadian

Nathan Cirillo, the soldier killed when a gunman stormed Parliament Hill in the Canadian capital of Ottawa on Wednesday, was of Italian origin, according to Italian news reports.

Sweden braces for ten centimetres of snow
Sweden

Sweden braces for ten centimetres of snow

Sweden's weather agency has warned that up to ten centimetres of snow are on the way for Sweden.

Drunk driver (14) caught after police chase
Austria

Drunk driver (14) caught after police chase

Klagenfurt police reported an incident in the early hours of Thursday morning in which they noticed a vehicle travelling without lights.

Police store human remains in kitchen fridge
France

Police store human remains in kitchen fridge

French police officers made a macabre discovery this week when they found samples of human organs had been stored alongside yoghurts and mustard in the kitchen fridge at their police station in western France.

Missing English footballer found dead
Norway

Missing English footballer found dead

An English footballer who played for a Norwegian second division side was found dead on Tuesday.

Going down: jobless rate dips below 24 percent
Spain

Going down: jobless rate dips below 24 percent

Updated: Over 150,000 Spaniards found work from July to September, Spain's best summer since the country's economic crisis began, official figures released on Thursday show, but youth unemployment remains chronically high.

‘Create something you love’: liquorice king
Denmark

‘Create something you love’: liquorice king

In our new feature series, The Local looks into a successful entrepreneur's life - the story behind their successes, their major challenges and how being an entrepreneur changed them forever. This week, Sparsh Sharma talks to Johan Bülow, the founder and namesake of the successful Lakrids by Johan Bülow brand.

Woman scoops Norway’s second-largest lotto win
Norway

Woman scoops Norway’s second-largest lotto win

A woman from Kristiansund won 127 million kroner on the Norwegian Lottery on Wednesday, the second biggest win in the the history of the Norwegian Lottery.

Hamburg volunteers test Ebola vaccine
Germany

Hamburg volunteers test Ebola vaccine

Volunteers have rolled up their sleeves for the first phase of the human trial for an Ebola vaccine at the Hamburg-Eppendorf University Clinic (UKE), it was announced on Wednesday evening.

Don’t hurt migrants: Spain to border police
Spain

Don’t hurt migrants: Spain to border police

Spain said on Wednesday it would order police guarding its borders with Morocco to take care to prevent injuries when tackling migrants who scramble over the fences into Spanish territory, after evidence of abuse by officers sparked outrage.

Four held in probe over French CEO’s death
France

Four held in probe over French CEO’s death

Four members of staff at Moscow airport, including air traffic controllers have been held in connection with a plane crash that killed the French CEO of oil giant Total Christophe de Margerie.

French PM Valls blasts ‘backward-looking left’
France

French PM Valls blasts ‘backward-looking left’

In a bid to heal divisions on the left, France's prime minister Manuel Valls made a bold move this week by calling for the creation of a new "progressive" party or alliance of parties.

Matteo Renzi denies Italy ‘flunked’ 2015 budget
Italy

Matteo Renzi denies Italy ‘flunked’ 2015 budget

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi rebutted a report on Wednesday that Italy’s budget is set to be “humiliatingly sanctioned” by Brussels.

US adds voice to chorus telling Germany to spend
Germany

US adds voice to chorus telling Germany to spend

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, in a meeting on Wednesday with German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, called on Germany to boost public spending to stimulate stuttering eurozone growth, the Treasury said.

New coalition reveals ‘compromise’ budget
Sweden

New coalition reveals ‘compromise’ budget

UPDATED: Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's Social Democrat-led coalition has revealed its first budget proposal, listing plans to spend more than 20 billion kronor.

Man leaps with son, 5, from third-floor window
Germany

Man leaps with son, 5, from third-floor window

A father and his young son are in serious condition after police and firefighters were called to their home in northeast Berlin early on Wednesday morning.

Global profit boost for Handelsbanken
Sweden

Global profit boost for Handelsbanken

Sweden's second-largest bank, Handelsbanken, has reported a rise in third-quarter profits, boosted by higher income from its loan book as it continues its expansion overseas.

Sweden pulls back ‘submarine’ search
Sweden

Sweden pulls back ‘submarine’ search

Sweden is pulling back part of the naval operation which has been searching for a suspected Russian submarine off the coast of Stockholm for nearly a week.

Assange court ruling expected ‘by midnight’
Sweden

Assange court ruling expected ‘by midnight’

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's appeal against the arrest warrant hanging over him is being considered by a court in Stockholm, with the chief prosecutor expected to report back before midnight.