‘Chelsea fans’ behaviour was ugly and shameful’
France

‘Chelsea fans’ behaviour was ugly and shameful’

After amateur video footage of Chelsea fans abusing a black man and repeatedly pushing him off the Paris Metro caused outrage on both sides of the English Channel, The Local spoke to the British expat who filmed the shocking scenes.

Eight cool things the crisis did for Spain
Spain

Eight cool things the crisis did for Spain

From cheap pop-up theatre to city allotments, from Podemos to car sharing, the economic crisis has given Spain its fair share of silver linings.

Train drivers confirm new strikes
Germany

Train drivers confirm new strikes

German Train Drivers' Union (GDL) boss Claus Weselsky said on Wednesday that his members would walk off the job after DB refused to accept an ultimatum he issued earlier in the week, although he did not say when or for how long they would strike.

France to host another US fast food giant
France

France to host another US fast food giant

Despite their reputation for being the kings of gastronomy, the French love their fast-food and particularly when it comes from across the pond. And now another burger giant is on its way.

DSK trial ‘turned France into nation of voyeurs’
France

DSK trial ‘turned France into nation of voyeurs’

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has had his named dragged through the mud during his pimping trial and his reputation, if he had one, lies in tatters. Only his lawyers have had anything positive to say about the ex-IMF chief. Here's his defence.

Swedish Fanny blocked by UK supermarket card
Sweden

Swedish Fanny blocked by UK supermarket card

UPDATED: A Swedish expat in London experienced a culture clash when she failed to register for a store card online – because in the UK her first name is a rude word for a woman’s precious parts. The story has gone viral in her home country.

Spanish crowned world’s happiest language
Spain

Spanish crowned world’s happiest language

French may reputedly be the language of love but Spanish has been judged internationally to be the most positive-sounding lingo on the planet.

‘Insults and distrust’ – being an imam in Milan
Italy

‘Insults and distrust’ – being an imam in Milan

An Egyptian student living in Milan, who walked around the city for five hours dressed as an imam, has released a video showing how he was insulted along the way.

‘I am the plumber!’ Make your title fit the job
Denmark

‘I am the plumber!’ Make your title fit the job

Our job search expert Franco Soldera is back to focus on why you need to clearly define yourself if you want to get employers to notice you.

Man blackmailed with online sex video
Austria

Man blackmailed with online sex video

A 20-year-old Austrian man who was unwittingly filmed during a sex act was then told he had to pay €3,000 to prevent the video being made public. He has filed a complaint with police in Upper Austria.

Italy on heightened alert over Islamist threat
Italy

Italy on heightened alert over Islamist threat

Security at the Vatican and across Italy has been stepped up because of a perceived heightened risk of attacks by Islamist militants, officials said on Wednesday.

Judge rules smoking senior can’t be evicted
Germany

Judge rules smoking senior can’t be evicted

The Supreme Court (BGH) has decided that a landlord had no right to throw out the man being called "Germany's second-most famous smoker after Helmut Schmidt" without due notice.

Fearlessly Jewish on the streets of Munich
Germany

Fearlessly Jewish on the streets of Munich

While the world watched with shock as a Jewish man encountered abuse on the streets of Paris for wearing a kippah, The Local talks to a Munich man who has been doing the same for two years - with surprising results.

Three injured on Austrian set of Bond movie
Austria

Three injured on Austrian set of Bond movie

Three crew members are reported to have been injured in an accident on the Austrian set for the latest James Bond film, Spectre, on Tuesday.

Denmark buries Jewish victim amid questions
Denmark

Denmark buries Jewish victim amid questions

UPDATED: Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt led hundreds of mourners Wednesday at the funeral of Dan Uzan on Wednesday as it was learned that the weapon used in the weekend attacks was a stolen military rifle.

‘Bomb’ sent from Germany to Sweden
Germany

‘Bomb’ sent from Germany to Sweden

Swedish police are checking a suspicious package apparently sent from Germany to a local newspaper in Sweden that previously published controversial Muhammad cartoons.

Talks to stop milk trade in Sweden turning sour
Sweden

Talks to stop milk trade in Sweden turning sour

Falling milk consumption at home and an increasingly tough global market has put a squeeze on Swedish dairy farmers, who on Wednesday were set to meet the Minister for Rural Affairs Sven-Erik Bucht at a round of crisis talks.

Government condemns Ukraine rebel advance
Germany

Government condemns Ukraine rebel advance

The German government said on Wednesday that pro-Russian rebels' advance into the eastern Ukrainian city of Debaltseve was a serious breach of ceasefire terms agreed last week in Minsk.

The Paris theatre scene – now open for non-French speakers too
France

The Paris theatre scene – now open for non-French speakers too

The man who opened the doors of Paris's booming theatre scene to tourists and expats tells The Local how he pulled off his bright idea and managed to break down cultural barriers in the process.

Codex thief of Santiago jailed for ten years
Spain

Codex thief of Santiago jailed for ten years

An electrician who stole a priceless religious manuscript from the cathedral of Santiago de Compostella has been sentenced to ten years in jail.

Bomb squad checking ‘suspect’ Vilks parcel
Sweden

Bomb squad checking ‘suspect’ Vilks parcel

UPDATED: A bomb squad is investigating a suspicious package that was posted to a local newspaper that previously published controversial Muhammad cartoons by the Swedish artist Lars Vilks.

Spanish village trapped by snow for a month
Spain

Spanish village trapped by snow for a month

The twenty residents of a small village in Spain's northern Picos de Europa mountain range have been fully dependent on a helicopter flying in food to them since heavy snowfall cut them off from civilization 29 days ago.

Mission accomplished? France’s 75 percent tax
France

Mission accomplished? France’s 75 percent tax

It didn’t last long and was quietly binned, but now the French government suggests it was a case of mission accomplished when it comes to the contentious 75 percent tax rate on millionaires, given that it pulled in around €400 million for the tax man.

Swedish cop prevented larger massacre: claim
Denmark

Swedish cop prevented larger massacre: claim

One of the Swedish police officers who was in Copenhagen to protect Lars Vilks over the weekend 'interrupted' the attack on a cultural centre by shooting at the gunman and saved additional lives, according to claims in the Swedish media.

Nuns’ murder: Burundi radio boss freed on bail
Italy

Nuns’ murder: Burundi radio boss freed on bail

UPDATED: A Burundi court on Wednesday released on bail a radio station director accused of "complicity" in the murder of three Italian nuns, his lawyer said.

Outrage over ‘sexist’ Italian washing label
Italy

Outrage over ‘sexist’ Italian washing label

A politician in northern Italy has lodged a complaint after discovering a label on an item of clothing suggesting that the wearer give it to their mother to wash because “it’s her job”.

Police warn of hit and runs on Austria’s slopes
Austria

Police warn of hit and runs on Austria’s slopes

Police in Vorarlberg are warning of an increase in the number of “hit and run accidents” in Austria's ski resorts.

Germany and the seven deadly sins
Germany

Germany and the seven deadly sins

Beer, chocolate, car keys! Lock them all away, say Germans, who more than half say they partake in Lent, the seven-week fasting period before Easter, but more for health rather than religious reasons.

Vilks: ‘Of course I don’t have a responsibility’
Denmark

Vilks: ‘Of course I don’t have a responsibility’

Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks has been in hiding since the deadly Copenhagen shootings of which he is believed to have been a target. In an interview with The Local Sweden, he talks about whether more should have been done to stop the attack and whether Denmark has become a dangerous place for artists.

Gangs at war over Swiss cannabis plantations
Switzerland

Gangs at war over Swiss cannabis plantations

The public prosecutor of St Gallen ordered the detention in custody of two suspects on Wednesday following a shooting at an industrial building in Altstätten earlier this week which led to the discovery of a large cannabis plantation.

Spain recovery drives up trade deficit
Spain

Spain recovery drives up trade deficit

Spain's trade deficit swelled by more than half in 2014 as economic recovery spurred businesses to import and consumers to buy cars and appliances.

France insists Ukraine ceasefire deal not dead
France

France insists Ukraine ceasefire deal not dead

Despite reports of ongoing violent clashes in the east of Ukraine, France insisted on Wednesday that the ceasfire deal agreed on in Minsk was "not dead". Hollande was due to speak to Putin on Wednesday evening.

Birthing doulas accused of ‘cannibalistic cult’
Spain

Birthing doulas accused of ‘cannibalistic cult’

Spain´s nursing associations have threatened to take legal action against unqualified "birthing assistants" who they claim put the lives of mothers and babies at risk.

French government faces vote of no-confidence
France

French government faces vote of no-confidence

The French government faced the prospect of a no-confidence vote in parliament after the Prime Minister Manuel Valls took the rare step of forcing through a key package of reforms without an MPs vote.

Spanish MPs turn to WhatsApp to win votes
Spain

Spanish MPs turn to WhatsApp to win votes

Spanish politicians are seeking to capitalize on the fact that Spaniards are Europe’s biggest WhatsApp users by offering up their mobile numbers to encourage citizens to contact them via text message.

Man killed wife and then crashed car in tunnel
Austria

Man killed wife and then crashed car in tunnel

An Austrian man who killed his wife with a crowbar at their home in Kaprun and then crashed his car into a motorway tunnel portal has survived with injuries.

Study: Swiss enjoy world’s best retirement
Switzerland

Study: Swiss enjoy world’s best retirement

Switzerland is the best place in the world to spend your retirement, according to a global study.

Last Eurovision ticket sales wave set
Austria

Last Eurovision ticket sales wave set

The third and final wave of ticket sales for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest is set for February 27th at 9.00am, with tickets available for all shows at Vienna's Stadthalle.

Lego overtakes Ferrari as ‘most powerful brand’
Italy

Lego overtakes Ferrari as ‘most powerful brand’

Ferrari has been overtaken by Lego as the world’s most powerful brand, according to a new study.

Austria’s population increases to 8.58 million
Austria

Austria’s population increases to 8.58 million

Austria’s population has grown by 0.8 percent since last year. According to Statistik Austria the population increased to 8.58 million on January 1st.

Oslo nurseries to police pack lunches
Norway

Oslo nurseries to police pack lunches

A borough in Oslo has moved to ban yoghurt, fish fingers, chicken nuggets and hotdogs from the lunch boxes parents pack for their children in a drive to cut down on sweet and fatty foods.

HSBC Geneva searched in global scandal probe
Switzerland

HSBC Geneva searched in global scandal probe

Investigators launched a search of British banking giant HSBC's Geneva offices on Wednesday as part of a money laundering probe following allegations the bank helped clients evade millions of dollars in taxes, Swiss prosecutors said.

Austria still a paradise for pensioners
Austria

Austria still a paradise for pensioners

Austria is a haven for pensioners, placing in the top ten countries for retiree welfare on the 2015 Global Retirement Index, published by Natixis Global Asset Management.

Schoolboy ‘Mr T’ sparks French terror alert
France

Schoolboy ‘Mr T’ sparks French terror alert

Police in the French city of Nice, which is on high alert for terror attacks, launched a massive manhunt on Tuesday after witnesses reported seeing a man cruising around town armed with a Kalashnikov. A schoolboy had some explaining to do.

Norway prodigy left off Real Madrid squad
Norway

Norway prodigy left off Real Madrid squad

Norwegian football prodigy Martin Ødegaard has been left off the squad for Real Madrid’s match against Germany’s Schalke 04, confounding earlier reports that he was due to make his Champions League debut.

Army official calls for Swiss women in draft
Switzerland

Army official calls for Swiss women in draft

A senior member of the Swiss military has called for compulsory military service to be extended to Swiss women in order to widen the pool of quality service personnel in the army in the future.

‘Podemos leader failed me for wearing pearls’
Spain

‘Podemos leader failed me for wearing pearls’

A mayor with Spain's ruling Popular Party has been mocked on social media after she claimed Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias, formerly a political sciences lecturer, failed her three times for wearing pearls.

Swedish officer ‘stalled’ Copenhagen massacre
Sweden

Swedish officer ‘stalled’ Copenhagen massacre

One of the Swedish police officers who was in Copenhagen to protect the Swedish artist Lars Vilks over the weekend 'interrupted' the attack on a cultural centre by shooting at the gunman, according to claims in the Swedish media.

Schäuble rejects Greek bailout without reforms
Germany

Schäuble rejects Greek bailout without reforms

UPDATE: A spokesman for Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Wednesday that any extension of international loans to Greece beyond the end of the month was "inextricably" linked to reforms agreed to by Athens under its current bailout.

Chocolate crime wave sweeps across Sweden
Sweden

Chocolate crime wave sweeps across Sweden

An organized gang of sweet-toothed thieves could be operating in southern Sweden, a business owner has warned after chocolate bars worth thousands of kronor were stolen from his shop.

Ten phrases you’ll only hear at work in Sweden
Sweden

Ten phrases you’ll only hear at work in Sweden

Sweden's global reputation as a hub for gender equality, efficiency and work-life balance can also result in some baffling conversations for those new to doing business with Swedes. Here's The Local's guide to the ten catchphrases all foreign workers need to know.

Italy calls for end to racism after Sacchi slur
Italy

Italy calls for end to racism after Sacchi slur

Italy's government on Tuesday called for an end to racism after comments by former AC Milan and Italy coach Arrigo Sacchi attracted widespread condemnation on Tuesday.

Norway fish farmer to pioneer sturgeon caviar
Norway

Norway fish farmer to pioneer sturgeon caviar

A fish farmer in northern Norway plans to begin producing caviar from farmed Siberian sturgeon in what he calls “a milestone” for the country’s fish industry.

Italy: Isis could merge with Libya militias
Italy

Italy: Isis could merge with Libya militias

UPDATED: Italy on Wednesday issued its strongest warning yet about the danger of the Islamic State group establishing a stronghold in Libya from where it could attack Europe and destabilise neighbouring states.

Italy calls for ‘political solution’ in Libya
Italy

Italy calls for ‘political solution’ in Libya

Italy and other western powers on Tuesday stressed the need for a political solution to the crisis in Libya, apparently distancing themselves from calls for military intervention in the north African state.

Paris police to probe ‘racist’ Chelsea fans
France

Paris police to probe ‘racist’ Chelsea fans

UPDATED: French police have opened an investigation after fans of Chelsea football club were filmed repeatedly pushing a black man off a Paris Metro train, before chanting "We're racist and that's the way we like it".

Vilks: ‘I might be able to sneak out of hiding’
Sweden

Vilks: ‘I might be able to sneak out of hiding’

Controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks has been in hiding since the deadly Copenhagen shootings of which he is believed to have been a target. He tells The Local about his role in the Swedish integration debate, why he feels he's not 'responsible' for the safety of others, and tries to sell one of his paintings to our reporter Emma Löfgren.

Small publishers flourish in Spain’s crisis
Spain

Small publishers flourish in Spain’s crisis

Specialising in forgotten literary gems and little-known writers, small independent publishers are flourishing in Spain while the big houses are forced to merge to survive.

German maker Borgward to relaunch in Geneva
Switzerland

German maker Borgward to relaunch in Geneva

More than half a century after going belly-up, German automaker Borgward is set to rise from the dead to make an appearance at the Geneva Motor Show next month, organisers said on Tuesday.

Politician wants last call on late-night beers
Germany

Politician wants last call on late-night beers

A municipal politician is saying that Berlin needs to reconsider its alcohol sales rules and is proposing a ban on booze sales between 10pm and 5am.

France pursues Swiss-based UBS trio
Switzerland

France pursues Swiss-based UBS trio

French judges on Tuesday issued arrest warrants for three former managers at Swiss bank UBS over allegations it helped customers hide money from the taxman in Switzerland.

Berlusconi rejects offer for AC Milan
Italy

Berlusconi rejects offer for AC Milan

AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has rejected an offer of €970 million ($1.1billion) for the embattled Serie A club but could sell a minority stake if it came with a pledge to help build a new stadium, according to reports in Italy.

Graves vandalised at Normandy cemetery
France

Graves vandalised at Normandy cemetery

Dozens of graves were vandalised at a cemetery in Normandy on Tuesday, just days after France was left outraged when hundreds of Jewish tombs were defaced in the east of the country.

Italian crisp makers fined over ‘healthy’ claims
Italy

Italian crisp makers fined over ‘healthy’ claims

Italy's anti-trust body on Tuesday fined four producers of potato crisps a total of more than €1 million for falsely suggesting their industrial, deep-fried and salty products had some health-giving or artisanal qualities.

Police find 104 rabbits in Stuttgart flat
Germany

Police find 104 rabbits in Stuttgart flat

Police in Stuttgart were in for a hopping surprise when they searched a flat on Tuesday and found it full to bursting with furry mammals.

PSG have hope after pegging back Chelsea
France

PSG have hope after pegging back Chelsea

PSG will have reason to believe they can progress to the quarter finals of the Champions League after outplaying Chelsea in the first leg of their last 16 tie in Paris on Tuesday. Although with the match tied at 1-1, Chelsea will be favourites.

Norway oil exports down by more than half
Norway

Norway oil exports down by more than half

Norway's oil exports have plunged by more than a half since early 2014, authorities said Monday as deeply depressed crude prices dragged down the wealthy country's trade surplus.

German reporter ‘spy’ arrested in Mozambique
Germany

German reporter ‘spy’ arrested in Mozambique

Two journalists, a German and a Swede, were held briefly by police on Monday while investigating rhino poaching in southern Mozambique.

Swedish radio rapped for ‘Jews’ question
Sweden

Swedish radio rapped for ‘Jews’ question

Sweden's public broadcaster Sveriges Radio has apologised after a presenter questioned the Israeli ambassador about the responsibility of Jews for anti-Semitism, in the wake of the shooting of a Jewish man in Copenhagen this weekend.

Paris trains run again after WWII bomb defused
France

Paris trains run again after WWII bomb defused

UPDATED: Train services in and out of Gare de L'Est in Paris were due to be back up and running on Wednesday morning after a bomb disposal team destroyed a 250kg shell from World War Two, found in a building site near the tracks.

Dane makes shortlist for one-way trip to Mars
Denmark

Dane makes shortlist for one-way trip to Mars

Christian Knudsen is one of 100 finalists vying to be the first human inhabitants of Mars. The Local spoke with the aspiring colonizer about why he wants to go to the Red Planet and his chances of making it to the final four.

Fifty Shades of Grey done, um, ‘Norway style’
Norway

Fifty Shades of Grey done, um, ‘Norway style’

Spoof talkshow host Edel Hammersmark Gjervan has made 'Fifty Shades of Grey: the realistic version', brilliantly turning the tables on the original. Warning: the second half is not for the faint-hearted.

Swedish man released after rhino poaching row
Sweden

Swedish man released after rhino poaching row

A Swedish journalist and his German photographer were held briefly by police on Monday while investigating rhino poaching in southern Mozambique, one of them revealed on Tuesday.

Copenhagen gunman’s identity confirmed: police
Denmark

Copenhagen gunman’s identity confirmed: police

Police formally identified Omar El-Hussein as the perpetrator of Copenhagen's terror attacks and revealed new details about his actions.

Four detained in Sweden over Isis Syria funding
Sweden

Four detained in Sweden over Isis Syria funding

Swedish police detained four people Tuesday on suspicion of having used six companies to help fund the extremist Islamist group Isis (also known as the Islamic State).