Room fills with sugar beets after truck crash
Switzerland

Room fills with sugar beets after truck crash

A freak accident on Tuesday left the living room of a home filled with sugar beets after a truck carrying the sweet crop flipped on one side in a rural village in the canton of Zurich, police said.

Footballer ordered to pay hefty Swiss child support
Switzerland

Footballer ordered to pay hefty Swiss child support

A Swiss court has ordered Nigerian football star Ideye Brown to pay his former partner, a resident of Neuchâtel, 216,000 francs ($225,000) in retroactive child support, in addition to future monthly payments of 6,000 francs, a media report says.

MPs call on Spain to recognize Palestine
Spain

MPs call on Spain to recognize Palestine

The Spanish parliament on Tuesday passed a non-binding motion calling on the government to recognize the state of Palestine.

Take the Miss France general knowledge quiz
France

Take the Miss France general knowledge quiz

This year Miss France contestants have had to prove they have the brains as well as the beauty, by taking an obligatory general knowledge test. Do you have what it takes to be Miss France? Test yourself here.

Top ten: Spain’s ugliest buildings
Spain

Top ten: Spain’s ugliest buildings

Ah Spain! Land of history, passion and beauty. Or maybe not. Here The Local takes a journey through some of the buildings you won't find in any tourist brochure.

Italy captures mafia initiation rites on film
Italy

Italy captures mafia initiation rites on film

Secret mafia initiation rites have been caught on camera for the first time by Italian police, who on Tuesday arrested 40 suspected gangsters in raids across the north of the country.

New Danish citizens halved in four years
Denmark

New Danish citizens halved in four years

Danish citizenship was granted to just 3,600 people in 2012 compared to 6,900 in 2009, statistics agency Eurostat said on Tuesday.

Former minister now a prison librarian
Austria

Former minister now a prison librarian

Austria’s former interior minister Ernst Strasser, who recently started a three year prison sentence for accepting money in exchange for lobbying in Brussels, is now busy helping to run the prison library.

Staff numbers to spiral at Sweden’s Spotify
Sweden

Staff numbers to spiral at Sweden’s Spotify

Spotify plans to boost its staff numbers by a third, its co-founder and chief executive said on Tuesday, amid increasing competition from other technology companies.

Ride-sharing: Man drugs women with chocolates
France

Ride-sharing: Man drugs women with chocolates

A French driver in a ride-sharing scheme has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting numerous female passengers after drugging them with chocolates containing anti-anxiety medication.

Spain sees steep fall in number of new citizens
Spain

Spain sees steep fall in number of new citizens

The number of foreigners taking out Spanish citizenship fell by nearly a fifth from 2011 to 2012, bucking Europe-wide trends, official figures released on Tuesday show.

City wants cash from anti-Nazi activist
Germany

City wants cash from anti-Nazi activist

The city of Limburg has demanded almost €1,000 from an activist for spraying over neo-Nazi graffiti.

Austrian states agree on new asylum centres
Austria

Austrian states agree on new asylum centres

Austria’s federal states have agreed on a common approach to dealing with the current influx of asylum seekers. At a governors’ conference in Klagenfurt they approved admission quotas and the establishment of new asylum ‘distribution centres’.

Fifa files criminal complaint with Swiss AG
Switzerland

Fifa files criminal complaint with Swiss AG

Zurich-based Fifa, football's world governing body, has lodged a criminal complaint with the Swiss attorney general over "possible misconduct" by individuals in connection with the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Sweden second in EU for granting citizenship
Sweden

Sweden second in EU for granting citizenship

Sweden granted citizenship to a larger proportion of foreign-born residents than any other EU member state except Hungary in 2012, according to figures released on Tuesday.

Spit hoods get baptism of saliva in Bremen
Germany

Spit hoods get baptism of saliva in Bremen

Police in Bremen have been issued with special hoods for spitting detainees to protect officers against potentially infected saliva or blood. While the officers' union applauds the move, critics say there is a direct clash with civil rights issues.

IOC pitches joint Olympic bids between countries
Switzerland

IOC pitches joint Olympic bids between countries

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach revealed in Lausanne on Tuesday that the IOC were willing to consider joint bids between countries and cities in order to make hosting an Olympic Games more accessible.

French chefs rise up against kitchen violence
France

French chefs rise up against kitchen violence

Beat eggs, not your apprentice! This is the message from a group of top French chefs who have called for fellow cooks to rise up against violence and hazing in their kitchens.

New bird flu expected to spread in Europe: WHO
Switzerland

New bird flu expected to spread in Europe: WHO

A new kind of bird flu hitting European poultry farms will surely continue to spread among birds, the Geneva-based World Health Organization said on Tuesday, urging countries to be "vigilant".

Rome Opera signs deal to save musicians’ jobs
Italy

Rome Opera signs deal to save musicians’ jobs

Rome's debt-ridden Opera said on Tuesday it had saved the jobs of its choristers and musicians by signing a deal with trade unions which includes pay cuts and a pledge to end strikes.

Edathy to stand trial on child porn charges
Germany

Edathy to stand trial on child porn charges

A German lawmaker who resigned early this year will stand trial for allegedly downloading child pornography onto his parliamentary work computer, a court said on Tuesday.

Bird flu puts Swedish poultry under cover
Sweden

Bird flu puts Swedish poultry under cover

Farmers in Sweden are being told to put birds indoors or in covered fenced zones, following outbreaks of bird flu in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK this week.

Police arrest landlord for naked showings
Germany

Police arrest landlord for naked showings

A man in Oberhausen has been arrested after inviting people over to his house as prospective tenants and welcoming them in his birthday suit.

Federer and Wawrinka ‘bury the hatchet’ online
Switzerland

Federer and Wawrinka ‘bury the hatchet’ online

Switzerland's top tennis stars Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka took to Twitter on Tuesday in a bid to bury the appearance of any lingering resentments from their bad-tempered London match ahead of the Davis Cup final against France later this week.

Over 60,000 get Italian citizenship in a year
Italy

Over 60,000 get Italian citizenship in a year

Citizenship was granted to 65,400 people in Italy in 2012, lower than the EU average by country size, statistics agency Eurostat said on Tuesday.

Trierweiler to break her silence… in the UK
France

Trierweiler to break her silence… in the UK

After disappearing from view following the publication of her tell-all memoir in France, Valérie Trierweiler, the former girlfriend of the French President, is making her comeback – but on the other side of the English Channel.

Bomb threat closes Vienna shopping centre
Austria

Bomb threat closes Vienna shopping centre

A bomb threat closed Vienna’s busy Millennium City shopping centre late on Tuesday morning after a man threatened to kidnap his own child and said he had explosives on him.

Swedish nationalists score Moderate converts
Sweden

Swedish nationalists score Moderate converts

Young men in Sweden's poorer and more rural areas make up the key support base for the nationalist Sweden Democrats, but new research suggests the party is also attracting growing numbers of older voters who previously picked centre-right parties.

Russian sailors ‘barred from boarding warship’
France

Russian sailors ‘barred from boarding warship’

Reports in France say Russian sailors carrying out training on board a warship in a French port have been barred from boarding the vessel this week. The Ministry of Defence in Paris has refused to comment on the claims.

92 percent of Austrians drink coffee
Austria

92 percent of Austrians drink coffee

While Brits are known for drinking tea, a new survey released Tuesday shows that Austrians just love their coffee.

Political parties ‘crack down’ on travel expenses
Spain

Political parties ‘crack down’ on travel expenses

Spain's two main political parties on Tuesday agreed to introduce limited controls on the journeys that MPs and senators can claim on expenses, and to regularly publish global data on costs, moves described by opponents as "clearly inadequate".

Morten Storm gives fiery testimony in terror case
Denmark

Morten Storm gives fiery testimony in terror case

Tempers flared when former jihadist and PET secret agent Morten Storm came out of hiding to testify against a man accused of promoting terror.

Ten reasons why Norway is king of the world
Norway

Ten reasons why Norway is king of the world

Norway has more than just government wealth making it officially the most prosperous country in the world. But The Local discovers it's far more than just oil money making this Nordic nation a world-beater.

Renzi among the world’s best ‘decision-makers’
Italy

Renzi among the world’s best ‘decision-makers’

Italy’s young leader Matteo Renzi has been listed among the world’s best 'decision-makers' for “bucking bunga bunga politics”.

Hunger Games success suits Swedish company
Sweden

Hunger Games success suits Swedish company

A Swedish suit company says its sales have increased fivefold since it revealed it had made some of the costumes featured in the blockbuster Hunger Games movies starring Jennifer Lawrence.

Italy’s Eni signs deal on Caspian Sea exploration
Italy

Italy’s Eni signs deal on Caspian Sea exploration

Italian energy giant Eni on Tuesday signed a preliminary deal to move into offshore oil and gas exploration in Turkmenistan, expanding Italy's foothold in the isolated Central Asian nation.

Spain ‘Europe’s worst’ for endangered species
Spain

Spain ‘Europe’s worst’ for endangered species

Spain is home to more than 550 at-risk species, by far the highest number in Europe, the latest Red List from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature reveals.

Government doubles nuclear waste count
Germany

Government doubles nuclear waste count

Germany will have to dispose of twice as much radioactive waste as previously expected as it continues to shut down its nuclear power plants, according to parts of the government's disposal plan that were leaked on Tuesday.

Retired tennis legend to caddy for Spanish golfer
Spain

Retired tennis legend to caddy for Spanish golfer

Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero, a former world number one tennis player, will debut at the Thailand Open golf tournament in December as the caddy of his friend and fellow countryman Sergio García.

Steinmeier rushes to Moscow as Ukraine boils
Germany

Steinmeier rushes to Moscow as Ukraine boils

Update: Germany's Foreign Minister jetted to Kiev and Moscow on Tuesday in a bid to revive a failing peace plan in eastern Ukraine, where intense fighting has pushed EU-Russia relations to breaking point.

Dozens of foreigners vie for €1 homes in Sicily
Italy

Dozens of foreigners vie for €1 homes in Sicily

At least 50 people are competing for €1 homes up for sale in a Sicilian village, with prospective owners coming from as far away as Brazil, property broker Marie Wester told The Local.

Speed limit lowered on Tyrol motorways
Austria

Speed limit lowered on Tyrol motorways

A permanent speed limit of 100 km/h will be introduced for cars travelling on large sections of Austria’s Inn Valley motorway (A12) and Brenner motorway (A13) on November 20th - in an effort to improve air quality.

Sweden’s Eriksson seals new China football deal
Sweden

Sweden’s Eriksson seals new China football deal

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson was unveiled by cash-rich Shanghai East Asia as their new coach Tuesday, on a contract that reportedly puts him among the top twenty earners in football management.

Carlsberg buys Greek rival to up market share
Denmark

Carlsberg buys Greek rival to up market share

The Danish brewery announces a major move in Greece that will give it nearly a third of the country's market share.

French football rocked by match fixing scandal
France

French football rocked by match fixing scandal

Police carried out raids on numerous homes on Tuesday and arrested the presidents of two clubs, who are suspected of fixing or attempting to fix football matches in France’s second division.

Kids’ TV dancer begins rape trial
Norway

Kids’ TV dancer begins rape trial

A male dancer who starred on Norwegian children's television is in court defending six charges of rape and domestic abuse, and is currently serving a prison sentence for three previous rape convictions.

Ministry to fight child sex images with Google
Germany

Ministry to fight child sex images with Google

The Ministry for Families has announced that it will support the “No Grey Areas Online” initiative to fight child pornography distributors, it was reported on Tuesday.

One in four Swiss broke after paying bills: report
Switzerland

One in four Swiss broke after paying bills: report

Despite Switzerland’s relative wealth, 27 percent of the country’s residents say they have difficulty making ends meet at the end of the month, according to a new report.

Frost and snow comes to Austria
Austria

Frost and snow comes to Austria

After a surprisingly mild start to November Austria is in for some icy temperatures this week, with snow and heavy rain forecast.

Austria’s largest career fair opens on Thursday
Austria

Austria’s largest career fair opens on Thursday

We know how daunting it can be when you're first looking for a job in Austria. Especially intended for students, recent graduates and young people in Vienna, the annual career fair kicks off on Thursday.

Repsol starts hunt for oil off Canary Islands
Spain

Repsol starts hunt for oil off Canary Islands

Spanish energy giant Repsol on Tuesday started prospecting for oil in the waters off the Canary Islands if the weather permits, a company spokesman said, despite objections from environmentalists and the local government.

Head of AmCham France is target of blackmail
France

Head of AmCham France is target of blackmail

Clara Gaymard, president and CEO of General Electric France and president of the American Chamber of Commerce in France has filed a complaint after being the target of blackmail.

‘Cancer is proof God doesn’t exist’: ex-MP
Italy

‘Cancer is proof God doesn’t exist’: ex-MP

Umberto Veronesi, an oncologist and former health minister, has said that concentration camp Auschwitz and cancer are "proof that God doesn't exist".

Catalan separatist among top 100 ‘Global Thinkers’
Spain

Catalan separatist among top 100 ‘Global Thinkers’

Oriol Junqueras, leader of Catalonia's Republican Left (ERC) party, has been ranked by global politics magazine Foreign Policy as one of 2014's '100 Leading Global Thinkers' for his role in pushing for the region's independence from Spain.

Madrid: pit bull attack ‘destroys’ man’s face
Spain

Madrid: pit bull attack ‘destroys’ man’s face

A 34-year-old Madrid man has been seriously injured after being attacked by three dogs, two of them pit bull terriers.

3,000 Copenhagen kids get listeria-infested food
Denmark

3,000 Copenhagen kids get listeria-infested food

As many as 3,000 school children in 40 schools throughout Copenhagen were served listeria-infected food, city officials have warned.

Norway may get private vehicle plates
Norway

Norway may get private vehicle plates

Norway's Minister of Transport is looking seriously at the introduction of personalized car registration plates for vehicle owners in Norway, it was reported on Tuesday.

Swedish pensioner hides 111 bikes in flat
Sweden

Swedish pensioner hides 111 bikes in flat

A man in his seventies has been arrested after police found dozens of bikes in his apartment in Vadstena in central Sweden.

Do you want to volunteer for Eurovision 2015?
Austria

Do you want to volunteer for Eurovision 2015?

The ORF is calling for volunteers to join in hosting what may be the world's greatest music event, the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in Vienna in 2015.

Korean chicken mogul buys Napoleon’s hat
France

Korean chicken mogul buys Napoleon’s hat

A South Korean chicken tycoon has spoken out about why he paid $2.2 million for Napoleon's hat, saying he can relate to many aspects of Napoleon's life.

Experiencing the Stockholm Film Festival: Volunteering and watching
Sweden

Experiencing the Stockholm Film Festival: Volunteering and watching

The Stockholm International Film Festival, which ended this weekend, was an important event not only for filmmakers from around the world but also for international students here. NFGL member Diana Imamgaiazova shares her impressions and speaks with a student who volunteered at the festival.

Danish jihadist ‘possibly’ in Isis beheading video
Denmark

Danish jihadist ‘possibly’ in Isis beheading video

A report that a Dane may have “possibly” been among the militants shown beheading Syrian soldiers in the latest propaganda video from Isis has caused confusion within Denmark.

Iran meets six world powers over nukes
Austria

Iran meets six world powers over nukes

Iran and six world powers descend on Vienna Tuesday seeking to nail down a mammoth nuclear deal, six days before a deadline with differences still considerable despite months of negotiations.

850 troops ‘to stay’ in Afghanistan
Germany

850 troops ‘to stay’ in Afghanistan

With six weeks left of the German military (Bundeswehr) deployment to Afghanistan, the government is already planning the training mission which will follow.

Surge in home-grown terror arrests hits Spain
Spain

Surge in home-grown terror arrests hits Spain

Spain is seeing an unprecedented surge in home-grown Islamist extremism with more young Spanish Muslims than ever detained for links to terrorist groups in Syria, experts warned on Monday.

UK’s fate lies in Europe, says French minister
France

UK’s fate lies in Europe, says French minister

France's Economy Minister continued his government's recent attempts at a charm offensive of Anglo countries this week when on a trip to London this week, he vowed that France was "stepping up reforms".

Berlin ‘Ebola case’ is false alarm
Germany

Berlin ‘Ebola case’ is false alarm

Update: Emergency responders said on Tuesday morning that a man tested for Ebola was not in fact infected with the virus.

Queen moves traditional New Year’s Eve speech
Denmark

Queen moves traditional New Year’s Eve speech

For the first time in 34 years, Queen Margrethe will deliver her traditional New Year’s Eve address from a different locale.

Mirren gets embroiled in Italian politics
Italy

Mirren gets embroiled in Italian politics

Oscar-winning actor Helen Mirren has become embroiled in Italian politics by backing the election campaign of a candidate to be the next president of the region of Puglia.

French president goes down under for first time
France

French president goes down under for first time

President François Hollande became the first French head of state on Tuesday to pay an official state visit to Australia where he hopes to boost ties and trade and move on from the past.

Italian disco legend plans first album in 30 years
Italy

Italian disco legend plans first album in 30 years

Giorgio Moroder, one of the pioneers of synthesized dance music, has announced his first album in three decades with the declaration: "74 is the New 24."

Italy faces €1 billion bill for deadly rainfall
Italy

Italy faces €1 billion bill for deadly rainfall

Torrential rain drenched northern Italy again on Monday as the damage suffered by just one of the regions hit by floods and landslides was put at €1 billion.

Norway’s richest man bans staff Xmas parties
Norway

Norway’s richest man bans staff Xmas parties

Norwegian billionaire Kjell Inge Røkke - officially Norway's richest man - has cancelled his company's Christmas parties, affecting thousands of dejected staff, it was reported on Monday.

Italy registers surge in asylum applications
Italy

Italy registers surge in asylum applications

Italy received nearly as many asylum applications in the first half of this year as it did in the whole of 2013, figures published on Monday revealed.

Woman slept next to mother’s body for 5 years
Germany

Woman slept next to mother’s body for 5 years

Munich police found the body of a woman in a flat on Thursday after her daughter failed to report her death for five years.

Spotify targets Stockholm Uber taxis
Sweden

Spotify targets Stockholm Uber taxis

Taxi journeys in the Swedish capital are about to get a little less peaceful for many drivers, as music streaming giant Spotify teams up with rent-a-driver app Uber, to allow passengers sync their playlists to car speakers.

Six in hospital after Gothenburg Spice scare
Sweden

Six in hospital after Gothenburg Spice scare

Six people believed to be in their late teens were taken to hospital in Gothenburg on Monday night after taking Spice, a form of synthetic marijuana that has already killed at least two people in Sweden.

‘Why can’t Swedes look me in the eyes?’
Sweden

‘Why can’t Swedes look me in the eyes?’

Living in Sweden offers nature, culture and the chance to live in a highly efficient society. But Swedish shyness, unstable housing and employment issues are forcing people to move home, says 29-year-old Canadian Mitchell Rearden.

‘I’m among the first Swedes with a microchip’
Sweden

‘I’m among the first Swedes with a microchip’

Sweden has a global reputation as a leader in developing innovative technologies. But will a trend for inserting microchips in the human body catch on? The Local spoke to one of the first Swedes to choose an implant to unlock her office door.