Troll Hunter director to film ferry blaze thriller
Norway

Troll Hunter director to film ferry blaze thriller

The director behind the cult Norwegian fantasy movie Troll Hunter is to film a conspiracy thriller based on the Scandinavian Star ferry tragedy that took place 25 years ago today.

Hingis set for Fed Cup return after 17 years
Switzerland

Hingis set for Fed Cup return after 17 years

Swiss tennis legend Martina Hingis is set to return to Fed Cup duty following a 17-year absence after being called up on Tuesday by captain Heinz Günthardt.

Lucerne watch robbers in pepper spray attack
Switzerland

Lucerne watch robbers in pepper spray attack

Police are looking for witnesses after four armed robbers stole an undisclosed number of watches from a Jaeger-LeCoultre boutique in the city of Lucerne’s Old Town on Tuesday afternoon.

Elderly motorist crashes car into vet’s office
Switzerland

Elderly motorist crashes car into vet’s office

An 80-year-old woman who confused the accelerator with the brake pedal ended up driving her car through the window of a veterinarian’s office in the canton of Zug on Tuesday, injuring two people in the process.

First Red Cross aid reaches Yemeni capital
Switzerland

First Red Cross aid reaches Yemeni capital

An initial flight from the International Committee of the Red Cross transporting medical personnel has reached the Yemeni capital Sanaa, the Geneva-based organization said on Tuesday, as fighting in the Arabian Peninsula country led to warnings of a humanitarian crisis.

Norway watchdog grills Russia on sub fire
Norway

Norway watchdog grills Russia on sub fire

Norway’s radiation watchdog has asked Russia for further assurances that the fire which broke out on Tuesday on a nuclear submarine in the northern province of Arkhangelsk poses no nuclear threat.

Oslo bourse hits record high
Norway

Oslo bourse hits record high

Oslo's stock exchange hit a record high Tuesday on the back of recovering oil prices and a strengthened dollar.

No Saudi Arabia visas for Swedish zoo monkeys
Sweden

No Saudi Arabia visas for Swedish zoo monkeys

Sweden's diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia has had ramifications well beyond the human world, after four monkeys who were supposed to move from a Stockholm zoo to Riyadh were given the cold shoulder.

Official: Francisco Franco was a dictator
Spain

Official: Francisco Franco was a dictator

Spain's Royal Academy of history will recognize the Franco regime as a dictatorship after years of campaigning by relatives of his victims.

French couple trades €8k and a BMW for a baby
France

French couple trades €8k and a BMW for a baby

A family in southern France have defended their actions after they gave €8,000 and a used BMW in exchange for a newborn baby from Romania. The shocking story emerged as a gang of ten people went on trial for alleged trafficking of Roma babies.

France’s famed roadside trees could face chop
France

France’s famed roadside trees could face chop

French conservationists are once again fearing the much-loved lines of trees that frame a typical French style countryside road could soon be a thing of the past, with authorities reportedly lining up a mass chop in a bid to improve road safety.

Prince Kardam of Bulgaria dies in Spain
Spain

Prince Kardam of Bulgaria dies in Spain

Prince Kardam, the eldest son of Bulgaria's one-time tsar Simeon Saxe Coburg, died on Tuesday aged 52, seven years after a car accident in Spain left him in a coma.

Dear Mum: please enjoy this dead crocodile
Germany

Dear Mum: please enjoy this dead crocodile

Customs officers at Düsseldorf airport found a stuffed Nile crocodile in a suitcase on Tuesday, after stopping a man passing through the 'nothing to declare' section.

European court raps Italy over G8 police brutality
Italy

European court raps Italy over G8 police brutality

Europe's top rights court on Tuesday rapped Italy for failing to identify and prosecute policemen who severely beat demonstrators on the fringes of a G8 summit in Genoa.

Rifbjerg remembered for writing style, legacy
Denmark

Rifbjerg remembered for writing style, legacy

Klaus Rifbjerg, one of Denmark’s most prolific and influential writers in modern times, died on April 4th at the age of 83 after battling a long-time illness.

Pegida name Dresden mayoral candidate
Germany

Pegida name Dresden mayoral candidate

Anti-Islamic movement Pegida named its candidate for the Dresden mayoral elections on Monday. Tatjana Festerling will stand in the elections on June 7th.

European Union quizzes Italy on bank aid
Italy

European Union quizzes Italy on bank aid

The EU is seeking information from Italy, Spain, Greece and Portugal to determine if they have illegally supported their frail banks, officials said on Tuesday.

EU quizzes Spain on bank aid
Spain

EU quizzes Spain on bank aid

The EU is seeking information from Spain, as well as Italy, Greece and Portugal to determine if they have illegally supported their frail banks, officials said on Tuesday.

Strong economy puts Germany in surplus
Germany

Strong economy puts Germany in surplus

Germany's public finances are back in the black for the first time since 2007, as the federal, state and social security budgets all reported surpluses in the billions for 2014.

Travel chaos after power fault in Swedish capital
Sweden

Travel chaos after power fault in Swedish capital

UPDATED: Trains are running again after at more than a dozen came to a halt at Stockholm's central train station when an electric wire was torn down by a commuter train in southern parts of the Swedish capital around noon on Tuesday. But delays are to be expected.

How safe is your food? Five tips for safety
Denmark

How safe is your food? Five tips for safety

The World Health Organization has launched a campaign to raise awareness of food safety to mark World Health Day, offering guidance in the preparation of produce.

Calls flood in to adopt abandoned baby
Italy

Calls flood in to adopt abandoned baby

A hospital in the Milan area has received a flood of calls from people wishing to adopt a newborn baby boy, who was found abandoned in a city park on Monday.

French strike to see 40 percent of flights canned
France

French strike to see 40 percent of flights canned

UPDDATED: French aviation authorities have told airlines to cancel 40 percent of their flights on Wednesday due to a strike by air traffic controllers. Ferry passengers coming to France also face travel chaos.

Five arrested after asylum centre scuffle
Austria

Five arrested after asylum centre scuffle

Five local men have been arrested in Alberschwende in Vorarlberg after trying to break into an asylum seekers home on Easter Monday.

Working in Denmark: Vacation and holidays
Denmark

Working in Denmark: Vacation and holidays

Denmark has one of the highest numbers of paid vacation days worldwide, but there are some rules about these days you may not know. Human resources expert Nancy Rasmussen explains.

Danish rebel poet enters politics, joins new party
Denmark

Danish rebel poet enters politics, joins new party

Danish poet of Palestinian heritage, Yahya Hassan, announced on Tuesday that he is entering politics and joining the new National Party (Nationalpartiet), saying he wants to help unite people in Denmark.

Fans to be fined €500 for snooping on Clooney
Italy

Fans to be fined €500 for snooping on Clooney

Anyone who dares to approach actor George Clooney’s two Lake Como homes will be fined up to €500.

FM likens persecution of Christians to Srebrenica
Italy

FM likens persecution of Christians to Srebrenica

Italy’s foreign minister has likened the ongoing persecution of Christians internationally to the killing of Muslims in Srebrenica, which was the worst massacre in Europe since the Second World War.

German businesses invest in Austria
Austria

German businesses invest in Austria

Austria’s national investment promotion company supported a record number of 276 investment projects in 2014 - a rise of 21 percent from the previous year.

Sweden in billion kronor railway revamp bid
Sweden

Sweden in billion kronor railway revamp bid

The Swedish government announced plans on Tuesday for a billion kronor railway revamp. Ministers want to invest 620 million kronor ($72m) in 2015 and thereafter 1.24 billion a year until 2018 to put an end to delays and train cancellations which have plagued Swedish rail travellers in recent years.

Oktoberfest beer prices shoot over €10
Germany

Oktoberfest beer prices shoot over €10

Tent operators at Munich's world-famous Oktoberfest say that they may have to raise prices over €10 per litre of beer because of Germany's new minimum wage law.

Unusual refugees flee to east Germany
Germany

Unusual refugees flee to east Germany

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania may not be the ideal destination for refugees threatened with extinction in their own land. But one distinctive feathered flock has found a home in the north-eastern state despite the disgruntled locals.

NFGL students visit Geneva
Sweden

NFGL students visit Geneva

In March, NFGL students from Lund University, as well as universities in Gothenburg, Dalarna and Jönköping, visited the Human Rights and Global Politics capital - Geneva. Now they share their experiences.

Austrian dad steals 120 Lego figures on day out
Austria

Austrian dad steals 120 Lego figures on day out

Police in Bavaria, Germany were called out to an unusual robbery on Saturday after an Austrian man was spotted pinching Lego figures from the Legoland amusement park.

‘Chinese weddings’ trial: Ex-mayor found dead
France

‘Chinese weddings’ trial: Ex-mayor found dead

UPDATED: A former French mayor and Socialist party senator was found dead on Tuesday, the same day he was supposed to go on trial in a corruption case involving fake Chinese wedding trips in the picturesque Loire valley city. The French government has been left in shock.

Castellón set for ‘Ryanair effect’ property boom
Spain

Castellón set for ‘Ryanair effect’ property boom

As the eastern Spanish city of Castellón is poised to become the latest travel hotspot in Spain thanks to new Ryanair routes to its "ghost airport", The Local takes a look at some of the best properties the city has to offer.

Which stars will be at Cannes Film Festival?
France

Which stars will be at Cannes Film Festival?

With the Cannes Film Festival set to open in just over a month's time, speculation is swirling over which films - and which top actors - could be getting their moment under the French Riviera's sun.

Pilots’ doctors want stricter psych checks

Pilots’ doctors want stricter psych checks

German aviation industry doctors said Tuesday that pilots should undergo more extensive medical checks in the wake of the Germanwings crash in the French Alps that killed 150 people.

Italy set to approve €10bn in spending cuts
Italy

Italy set to approve €10bn in spending cuts

Premier Matteo Renzi's cabinet is expected to approve ten billion euros in spending cuts for 2015 as it seeks to reduce its €2.2 trillion public debt.

Swedish priest says sorry for gay comments
Sweden

Swedish priest says sorry for gay comments

UPDATED: A priest in southern Sweden has apologized for preaching that some gay people suffer from a “psychological disorder” that can be “cured”, after his comments sparked outrage among gay rights campaigners.

Officiants announced for Swedish royal wedding
Sweden

Officiants announced for Swedish royal wedding

Sweden’s Royal Court on Tuesday announced the officiants for the marriage ceremony for Prince Carl Philip and his bride-to-be Sofia Hellqvist, which will take place in June.

French post offices ‘to relocate to supermarkets’
France

French post offices ‘to relocate to supermarkets’

As many as 7,000 French post offices in cities around the country are to find a new home in supermarkets, according to reports on Tuesday, as the state-run service seeks to make €500 million in savings.

Swiss TV clip ridicules Americans on ski slopes
Switzerland

Swiss TV clip ridicules Americans on ski slopes

The video of a comedy sketch for Swiss TV that pokes fun at Americans on the ski slopes in Switzerland is making the rounds on YouTube, drawing a mixed reaction in the US, where some viewers have taken offence.

From farm to plate – how safe is your food?
Spain

From farm to plate – how safe is your food?

The WHO has launched a campaign to raise awareness of food safety to mark World Health Day offering guidance in the preparation of produce.

Asylum rules hit Danish pre-election talks
Denmark

Asylum rules hit Danish pre-election talks

Immigration and asylum issues feature high on the agenda in the upcoming Danish parliamentary elections.

France: ‘Buried shale gas report’ kicks off new row
France

France: ‘Buried shale gas report’ kicks off new row

The row over whether France should exploit its deep reserves of shale gas was unexpectedly back on the table on Tuesday after it emerged the French government had buried a controversial report that suggested alternative and safer methods to mine the gas other than the much-maligned "fracking".

Priest quits church to marry secret lover
Austria

Priest quits church to marry secret lover

An Austrian priest gave his congregation a surprise during a church service on Easter Monday in Donawitz, Styria, when he announced that he was giving up the priesthood to marry a woman he’d been having a relationship with for years.

Foodborne disease ‘worse than reported’
Austria

Foodborne disease ‘worse than reported’

In a statement released last week in time for World Health Day on Tuesday April 7th, the World Health Organization Europe said that foodborne disease in Europe is worse than reported.

Kurdish govt imprisons German Yazidi leader
Germany

Kurdish govt imprisons German Yazidi leader

Kurdish government forces in Iraq are reported to have arrested Yazidi militia leader and German citizen Hayder Shesho in a sign of growing tension within the anti-Isis alliance.

Paris Metro lifts ban on ‘Christians advert’
France

Paris Metro lifts ban on ‘Christians advert’

Paris transport chiefs have lifted their ban on an advertising poster mentioning "Christians of the East," after coming under fire for pushing France's beloved secularity too far.

Parents told to pay back millions to Swedish state
Sweden

Parents told to pay back millions to Swedish state

Swedish parents who stay at home with sick children get paid at least 80 percent of their salary. But after a crackdown by the Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan), hundreds of Swedish mums and dads have been told to pay back a record 14.8 million kronor ($1.7m) to the state.

Italian fashion designer Smalto dies at 87
Italy

Italian fashion designer Smalto dies at 87

Italian designer Francesco Smalto, who as one of the stars of the men's fashion industry clothed princes, heads of state and sporting icons, has died in Morocco aged 87.

Italy arrests man linked to Turkish radicals
Italy

Italy arrests man linked to Turkish radicals

Italian police have arrested a Turkish national allegedly linked to a ultra-leftist group blamed for two recent deadly shootouts in Istanbul, the Agi news agency reported on Monday.

State leader warns of widespread xenophobia
Germany

State leader warns of widespread xenophobia

After a home for refugees in the town of Tröglitz was burned down on Saturday, Saxony-Anhalt Minister-President Reiner Haseloff warned that “Tröglitz is everywhere.”

Morocco criticized over delay in rescuing cavers
Spain

Morocco criticized over delay in rescuing cavers

Family and friends of two Spanish cavers who died after being trapped for days in a deep ravine in Morocco criticised Rabat on Monday over the rescue effort, while the sole survivor was said to be in good condition.

France finds French buyer for Dailymotion
France

France finds French buyer for Dailymotion

France looks like it has achieved its wish to find a French buyer for video-sharing site Dailymotion after it thwarted attempts by Yahoo! and a Hong Kong telecoms giant to snap up a stake in the firm.

Monet works set to sell for millions in New York
France

Monet works set to sell for millions in New York

Oil paintings by the French impressionist master Claude Monet are expected to be stars of the spring auction season in New York, where Sotheby's believes they could fetch as much as $110 million.

Gabriel: Greek reparations claim ‘stupid’
Germany

Gabriel: Greek reparations claim ‘stupid’

Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, dismissed Greek calls for Germany to pay reparations of €278.8 billion for crimes committed during the Second World War on Tuesday.

AC Milan slam alleged racist abuse of under-10s
Italy

AC Milan slam alleged racist abuse of under-10s

AC Milan have hit out after several black players in the Serie A side's under-ten squad allegedly suffered racist abuse at the hands of parents attending an international junior football tournament over the Easter weekend.

Northern Sweden needs immigrants and tourists
Sweden

Northern Sweden needs immigrants and tourists

Our northern correspondent, Paul Connolly, explains why northern municipalities need to get their act together on immigration and tourism.

Moldovan winery makes touching ‘Takk Norge’ vid
Norway

Moldovan winery makes touching ‘Takk Norge’ vid

A Moldovan wine producer has won hearts in Norway with a video thanking the country for stepping in to buy its wines after Russia banned all imports in 2013.

Sweden slammed over Afghan interpreters case
Sweden

Sweden slammed over Afghan interpreters case

Sweden's handling of the Afghan interpreters who worked for the Swedish Armed Forces in Afghanistan has been legally fragile and in some cases downright illegal, according to lawyers who have now reported the case to the Ombudsman.

Antelope kills giraffe at Norway zoo
Norway

Antelope kills giraffe at Norway zoo

A giraffe at Norway’s Kristiansand zoo was gored to death on Monday by an eland antelope as horrified adults and children looked on.

Man, 18, dies as glider plane crashes in Sweden
Sweden

Man, 18, dies as glider plane crashes in Sweden

Swedish police were set to decide on Tuesday whether or not to launch an investigation after an 18-year-old man died when a glider plane crashed near Nikkaluokta in northern Sweden.