Weather in China slows Solar Impulse’s progress
Switzerland

Weather in China slows Solar Impulse’s progress

Solar Impulse 2 landed early Tuesday in China, the world's biggest carbon emitter, as the Swiss aircraft completed the fifth leg of its landmark circumnavigation of the globe powered solely by the sun.

US hits Ticino bank with $211-million penalty
Switzerland

US hits Ticino bank with $211-million penalty

Lugano-based bank BSI will pay a $211 million penalty after acknowledging it helped clients create sham identities to evade American taxes, the US Justice Department announced on Monday.

Three jailed for beating Spanish DJ to death
Switzerland

Three jailed for beating Spanish DJ to death

Three foreigners in their 20s are in jail after being convicted of killing a 37-year-old Spanish DJ in the town of Saint Maurice in the canton of Valais more than two years ago.

More French pensioners head abroad to settle
France

More French pensioners head abroad to settle

While many expats dream of retiring in France, the French themselves are more and more likely to leave home and enjoy their twilight years abroad, partly due to the sunnier financial climes on offer.

Immigrants need time to learn Swedish: OECD
Sweden

Immigrants need time to learn Swedish: OECD

Sweden needs to do more to help its immigrants and refugees learn Swedish so they can become fully-integrated members of society who hold down jobs, the OECD has argued.

Energy prices drive return to inflation
Germany

Energy prices drive return to inflation

Inflation in Germany crept higher in March, driven by rebounding energy prices, preliminary data showed on Monday.

Mid-air plane refuelling ‘could slash costs’
Switzerland

Mid-air plane refuelling ‘could slash costs’

A system for re-fuelling passenger planes mid-air could slash the amount of kerosene needed for a long haul flight by nearly a quarter, Swiss researchers said on Monday.

Swedish firms must learn from Saudi business row
Sweden

Swedish firms must learn from Saudi business row

Swedish companies worried about the nation's business links with the Arab world should instead be focussing on their own responsibility to promote and demonstrate ethical behaviour, argues business rights advisor Ruben Brunsveld.

Brit family of four dead after Gibraltar stabbing
Spain

Brit family of four dead after Gibraltar stabbing

The bodies of a British man, along with a woman believed to be his Spanish wife and his children have been found stabbed to death in Gibraltar.

Denmark boasts highest labour costs in EU
Denmark

Denmark boasts highest labour costs in EU

Hourly labour costs in Denmark reached 300.30 Danish kroner (€40.30) - the highest rate across the European Union.

Lufthansa questions 60th anniversary jubilee
Germany

Lufthansa questions 60th anniversary jubilee

Germany's national airline is reconsidering plans to celebrate its 60th anniversary on April 15th following last weak's deadly crash of a plane from subsidiary Germanwings in the French Alps.

Ischia mayor arrested over corruption claims
Italy

Ischia mayor arrested over corruption claims

The mayor of Ischia, an island in the Bay of Naples, was arrested on Monday, alongside nine others, over allegations of corruption.

Prosecutor: co-pilot had suicidal tendencies
Germany

Prosecutor: co-pilot had suicidal tendencies

A spokesman for prosecutors in Düsseldorf said on Monday that Germanwings flight 4U9525 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had been treated for suicidal tendencies in the years before obtaining his pilot's license.

Co-pilot had been treated for ‘suicidal tendencies’

Co-pilot had been treated for ‘suicidal tendencies’

Andreas Lubitz, the 27-year-old co-pilot believed to have deliberately downed the Germanwings plane in the French Alps last week had demonstrated suicidal tendencies in the past, but not in recent years German prosecutors said on Monday.

Denmark’s Isis war bill adds up
Denmark

Denmark’s Isis war bill adds up

Denmark spent 213 million Danish kroner fighting against terror group Isis during a four-month period ending in February this year, according to Ritzau.

Gun maker denies problems with army rifles
Germany

Gun maker denies problems with army rifles

Update: Weapons manufacturer Heckler & Koch denied on Monday evening that the G36 rifles it supplied to the Bundeswehr (German army) lose their accuracy when they are too hot.

Paris reveals City of Light’s best baguette
France

Paris reveals City of Light’s best baguette

Paris has named the best baguette in town, with the winner in the city's 18th arrondissement set to bake a fresh batch for the president every morning for the next year.

Britain’s Ukip demands Swedish TV apology
Sweden

Britain’s Ukip demands Swedish TV apology

UPDATED: Sweden's media watchdog has given public broadcaster SVT a rap on the knuckles for labelling Britain's Ukip an "extreme right-wing populist party" and the party has told The Local it now wants a public apology from the broadcaster.

Berlusconi wants to ‘reconquer’ Italy via Milan
Italy

Berlusconi wants to ‘reconquer’ Italy via Milan

He’s been Italy’s prime minister three times, but rumours are swirling that Silvio Berlusconi could step onto a smaller political stage and pitch himself as a mayoral candidate for Milan in a bid to “reconquer Italy”.

Sweden’s Volvo to build first car factory in US
Sweden

Sweden’s Volvo to build first car factory in US

Swedish carmaker Volvo Cars has announced plans to build its first factory in the United States, 60 years after it started selling cars in the country.

Town in shock at expat double murder
Spain

Town in shock at expat double murder

The expat community was in shock on Tuesday as details emerged of the retired couple shot dead at close range in their Costa Blanca villa.

Eight-year-old’s ‘killer’ attacks husband in court
Sweden

Eight-year-old’s ‘killer’ attacks husband in court

A woman convicted of the murder of eight-year-old Yara Alnajjar threw herself at her husband, the girl’s uncle, in a Malmö courtroom on Monday at the start of a high-profile appeal.

Copenhagen chips in for 2024 Olympic events
Denmark

Copenhagen chips in for 2024 Olympic events

You may be able to watch a biking race or some other Olympic events in Copenhagen in 2024 - at least if the mayor of Copenhagen gets his way.

Minister promises “shredding-free” eggs
Germany

Minister promises “shredding-free” eggs

Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt hopes to end mass shredding of male chicks in hatcheries in the next two years, he announced on Monday.

Ten delicious dishes for Easter in Spain
Spain

Ten delicious dishes for Easter in Spain

Easter in Spain means lots of sweet and savoury treats often prepared just for Holy Week, Semana Santa. Feast your eyes on some of the delicious dishes you can look forward to throughout the week.

French job seeker given 26,000 years to pay €3k
France

French job seeker given 26,000 years to pay €3k

France's national employment agency Pôle Emploi has made a bizarre repayment request, asking a Frenchman to cough up 1 centime a month for the next 26,126 years.

Düsseldorf police set up special ‘Alps’ unit
Germany

Düsseldorf police set up special ‘Alps’ unit

A new police unit, which will go under the name “Alps”, includes 100 officers whose task it is to identify victims of the Germanwings crash and to investigate the background of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz.

Florence: Body of woman found in bin bag
Italy

Florence: Body of woman found in bin bag

The body of a woman was found in a ditch in the outskirts of Florence, Italian media reported on Monday. Police suspect it could be the body of a 43-year-old woman reported missing two months ago.

‘I’ll never accept being called a murderer’
Italy

‘I’ll never accept being called a murderer’

Raffaele Sollecito, who was on Friday cleared of the killing of British student Meredith Kercher, has said he "will never accept being called a murderer".

Two arrests in Nazi graffiti case
Austria

Two arrests in Nazi graffiti case

Police have tracked down two men who are believed to have daubed Nazi slogans on walls and cars in the Lower Austrian market town of Perchtoldsdorf at the end of last year.

Body of British man washed up on Riviera
France

Body of British man washed up on Riviera

Police in the south of France are investigating after it emerged on Monday that the body of a British man was washed up on the Côte d'Azur.

Sweden keeps ban on spontaneous dancing
Sweden

Sweden keeps ban on spontaneous dancing

Spontaneous dancing remains outlawed in Sweden except in venues with special “dance licences” after a majority in parliament voted down a move to free the feet.

Tourists flock to Spain in record-breaking numbers
Spain

Tourists flock to Spain in record-breaking numbers

Spain has broken not one, but two tourism records, for the number of tourists in January and February, who spent a high of€6.6 billion in the country.

Sweden needs lower wages for young: report
Sweden

Sweden needs lower wages for young: report

Sweden should lower entry-level wages and make teaching more attractive, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recommends in a new economic survey.

Avalanche danger rises to ‘high’ in Tyrol
Austria

Avalanche danger rises to ‘high’ in Tyrol

A 42-year-old man from South Tyrol was seriously injured in an avalanche in Prägraten in East Tyrol on Sunday.

Prada profit down on China and Europe slump
Italy

Prada profit down on China and Europe slump

Prada, the Italian luxury goods company, reported a drop in 2014 net profit on Monday due to weaker sales in China and Europe.

‘We give you the chance to drink through history’
Sweden

‘We give you the chance to drink through history’

History buff Tiffany Alnefelt, 30, met her Swedish husband while she was studying in Ireland. The pair now run an alternative tour for visitors to Stockholm, via some of the city's oldest pubs. Bobbie Carlson tagged along.

US financier Soros ‘ready to invest in Ukraine’
Austria

US financier Soros ‘ready to invest in Ukraine’

US financier George Soros has said he is ready to invest $1 billion in Ukraine if the West promises to help the embattled country.

Crane-climbing stunt flags ‘roofer’ concerns
Switzerland

Crane-climbing stunt flags ‘roofer’ concerns

A fifteen-year-old boy who illegally climbed a 135-metre high construction crane in Zurich has raised concerns about a new craze for scaling tall buildings and structures.

Pegida marchers in Graz clash with left-wingers
Austria

Pegida marchers in Graz clash with left-wingers

Around 150 supporters of the German “anti-Islamisation” group Pegida held a march in Austria’s second largest city of Graz on Sunday. Three people were slightly injured in clashes with left-wing protesters.

French drunk gives kiss of life to ‘dying’ dinghy
France

French drunk gives kiss of life to ‘dying’ dinghy

A good (but very drunk) Samaritan spent the night in prison after police found the Frenchman trying to breathe life into an inflatable boat in Brittany, western France.

Seven-year-old boy dies in Italian mountains
Italy

Seven-year-old boy dies in Italian mountains

A seven-year-old boy died at the weekend after slipping down a steep slope in the Italian mountains, national media reported.

French local elections: Who won and who lost
France

French local elections: Who won and who lost

Even though only half of the French people turned out to vote, Sunday's local elections could have a significant impact on the country's political landscape with the next presidential election almost within sight.

Spain flicks the switch for global Earth Hour
Spain

Spain flicks the switch for global Earth Hour

Landmarks and businesses in cities across Spain were plunged into darkness over the weekend as part of a global climate change initiative.

A social experiment: ‘It’s not easy to be a Muslim in the west these days’
Sweden

A social experiment: ‘It’s not easy to be a Muslim in the west these days’

Ayman Idris, a student from Sudan studying in Stockholm, decided to try an experiment. What would happen, he wondered, if he dressed in 'traditional Arabic clothing' and walked around the streets? So he tried it.

10 surprising things you didn’t know about Zagreb
Germany

10 surprising things you didn’t know about Zagreb

The Croatian capital is the latest trendy destination among Germans seeking warmer weather. So what’s the lure? The Local investigates ten reasons why the Deutsch are flocking to Zagreb.

Greenland: Brain drain to Denmark
Denmark

Greenland: Brain drain to Denmark

Just a few years back, Greenland rode on a wave of optimism as untapped oil and gas-resources seemed to secure that long-wanted independence from Denmark. Today it looks different and young people are leaving.

Sweden pledges extra aid for war-torn Syria
Sweden

Sweden pledges extra aid for war-torn Syria

Sweden has earmarked 1.5 billion kronor ($174 million) in aid to Syria for the coming years, the country’s foreign and development aid ministers revealed on Monday.

Italy hit by public transport strike
Italy

Italy hit by public transport strike

Public transport was due to grind to a halt in Rome and cities across Italy on Monday, as part of a wide-reaching protest against government labour reforms and other issues.

Varoufakis begs for calm in war of words
Germany

Varoufakis begs for calm in war of words

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis called on German and Greek leaders to calm their rhetoric over his country's bailout programme in an op-ed published in Germany on Monday.

Lufthansa fear second black box won’t be found
Germany

Lufthansa fear second black box won’t be found

Germany's national airline Lufthansa says that the flight data recorder which could provide key evidence about the causes of the Germanwings plane crash last Tuesday may never be found.

The story of the doomed Germanwings flight
France

The story of the doomed Germanwings flight

More details from the black box recordings from the crashed Germanwings jet have revealed how everything seemed ordinary as the flight took off but it ended with the horror of the pilot screaming "open the damn door".

Rail in north and east delayed by storms
Germany

Rail in north and east delayed by storms

Rail passengers will have to deal with delays on several key rail lines after storms on Sunday night caused damage to infrastructure.

Solar Impulse flies to China on fifth flight
Switzerland

Solar Impulse flies to China on fifth flight

Switzerland's Solar Impulse 2 took off from Myanmar's second biggest city of Mandalay early on Monday and headed for China's Chongqing, the fifth flight of a landmark journey to circumnavigate the globe powered solely by the sun.

Push for bullied kids to get more support
Sweden

Push for bullied kids to get more support

Sweden has a global reputation for promoting children’s rights, but the country’s ombudsman for children argues that school pupils need better protection from bullying.

What’s on in Spain: April 2015
Spain

What’s on in Spain: April 2015

April is a month of spring celebrations whether it be Easter religious processions, classical theatre or the burial of a sardine.

Conte set for tense friendly against England
Italy

Conte set for tense friendly against England

Former Juventus coach Antonio Conte has been given a warm welcome on his return to Turin but the Italy boss could be under the spotlight when the Azzurri host England in a friendly on Tuesday.

Ferrari put fizz back into Formula One
Italy

Ferrari put fizz back into Formula One

As Sebastian Vettel nurses his hangover, Bernie Ecclestone can raise a toast to the F1 gods after a weekend to savour in Malaysia gave the sport a reason to smile again.

Australia beats Spain in Tour of Catalonia
Spain

Australia beats Spain in Tour of Catalonia

Australia's Richie Porte sealed victory at the Tour of Catalonia on Sunday despite Spaniard Alejandro Valverde winning his third stage of the seven-day race.

Bond legend in racism row with French mag
France

Bond legend in racism row with French mag

James Bond legend Roger Moore insisted Saturday he had said nothing racist about fellow British actor Idris Elba -- tipped to play the superspy next -- in a French magazine interview.

Italian veteran Paolini wins Gent-Wevelgem
Italy

Italian veteran Paolini wins Gent-Wevelgem

Italian veteran Luca Paolini timed his attack to perfection to take victory at the one-day cobbled classic race Gent-Wevelgem in Belgium on Sunday.

Young urban Swiss catch the car-sharing bug
Switzerland

Young urban Swiss catch the car-sharing bug

A Swiss cooperative that allows members to share cars is shifting into high gear.

Germany grab vital win in Georgia
Germany

Germany grab vital win in Georgia

Marco Reus and Thomas Müller's first-half goals sealed a 2-0 win in Georgia on Sunday to put the world champions' Euro 2016 qualifying campaign back on track.

Swedish talk show in Åkesson storm
Sweden

Swedish talk show in Åkesson storm

Friday night’s prime time interview with returning Sweden Democrat head Jimmie Åkesson on the Swedish TV talk show Skavlan has resulted in a storm of complaints over the weekend both on home soil and in Norway, where the programme is also broadcast.