Rosetta mission findings stun scientists
Austria

Rosetta mission findings stun scientists

In a new twist in a landmark exploration, Europe's comet-chasing Rosetta mission has found that its target, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, has no magnetic field, scientists reported Tuesday.

Eight injured at Zurich snowman-burning event
Switzerland

Eight injured at Zurich snowman-burning event

Zurich city police are investigating an accident caused by an exploding fire cracker that injured eight people, including an 11-year-old boy, following the burning of the Böögg snowman in a traditional ceremony to bid farewell to winter.

Up to 400 migrants die as boat capsizes
Italy

Up to 400 migrants die as boat capsizes

UPDATED: Up to 400 migrants trying to reach Europe died after their boat capsized off the Libyan coast on Sunday, said survivors who were saved and brought to Italy.

France’s Hollande poised for historic Swiss visit
Switzerland

France’s Hollande poised for historic Swiss visit

French President François Hollande starts a two-day official visit to Switzerland on Wednesday in Bern for discussions on the environment, economic exchanges and EU policy, among other issues.

CPH shooter shared cell with Isis supporter
Denmark

CPH shooter shared cell with Isis supporter

A confidential report revealed on Tuesday that after officials warned of Omar El-Hussein's "extremism", he was moved into a prison cell with an open Isis sympathizer.

Wild Style tattoo show makes its mark
Austria

Wild Style tattoo show makes its mark

The annual Wild Style tattoo show was held in Vienna over the weekend. The Local has an exclusive report from Denise Paraiba-Pavlik.

Sweden’s best beautiful bargain property spots
Sweden

Sweden’s best beautiful bargain property spots

Fancy owning a stunning home in Sweden for the same price as a shed in London or New York? It's the best time in years for Brits and Americans to invest in the Nordic nation, thanks to the weak kronor. Here's The Local's guide to snapping up a gorgeous property for less than €100,000 (£72,000, $106,009, 933,210 kronor).

WTO slashes global growth forecast for 2015
Switzerland

WTO slashes global growth forecast for 2015

Sluggish economies and global conflicts are taking their toll on world commerce, the Geneva-based World Trade Organization said on Tuesday as it slashed its trade growth outlook for 2015.

Solar Impulse pilot seeks Swiss medical check
Switzerland

Solar Impulse pilot seeks Swiss medical check

The co-pilot of a pioneering plane attempting to circumnavigate the globe powered by the sun, is being treated for migraine in his native Switzerland but will return to China soon, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

How the health reforms will change life in France
France

How the health reforms will change life in France

French MPs gave the green light to a sweeping health reform bill on Tuesday that will bring some major changes to life in France. From a ban on ultra-skinny models to free visits to the doctors, here are the main points.

Row over migrant beds as boat arrivals intensify
Italy

Row over migrant beds as boat arrivals intensify

Italy's interior ministry has ordered regional prefects to find emergency housing for an influx of boat migrants, sparking criticism on Tuesday over the government's handling of a crisis that looks set to intensify.

Secret Abba project stirs global social media buzz
Sweden

Secret Abba project stirs global social media buzz

A mysterious message from Abba legend Björn Ulvaeus promising a big announcement on Wednesday has sent fans into a frenzy around the internet – and not just in his native Sweden.

Teacher faces police questions over Nazi song
Germany

Teacher faces police questions over Nazi song

Police in Berlin questioned a high school music teacher after she made her pupils march up and down a classroom singing a Nazi song, it was reported on Tuesday.

Minister wants more of ‘right’ migrants
Germany

Minister wants more of ‘right’ migrants

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said on Tuesday that Germany should do more to advertise itself to potential immigrants to attract new talent.

Naked protests live on in France as council strips
France

Naked protests live on in France as council strips

IN PICTURES: The naked protest is alive and well in France as seen by the willingness of a group of councillors from a small French town to bare all in an attempt to slow traffic. Here's a look at some of the other times the French have got naked to make a point.

‘No Swedes have been kidnapped in Tanzania’
Sweden

‘No Swedes have been kidnapped in Tanzania’

Rumours that three Swedes have been kidnapped in Tanzania appear to be false, according to the Swedish Foreign Ministry.

Puppet Party tries to shake up Danish politics
Denmark

Puppet Party tries to shake up Danish politics

Sporting latex masks and known to interrupt parliament by breaking out in song, the Puppet Party is hoping to ride a wave of voter disenchantment into Christiansborg.

Swedish brothers launch first donut into space
Sweden

Swedish brothers launch first donut into space

What do you do if you have too much time on your hands, are in possession of a weather balloon, and a donut? Launch the sweet snack into space of course. The Local has spoken to the two Swedes behind the venture.

Top of the mops: world’s first to be auctioned
Spain

Top of the mops: world’s first to be auctioned

You can buy them for less than a fiver in your local supermarket but now the world's first mop and bucket is going under the hammer- with a reserve price of €300.

‘Phishing email’ the key to hacking of TV5Monde
France

‘Phishing email’ the key to hacking of TV5Monde

The jihadist cyber-attack against French television channel TV5Monde last week was set in motion in as far back as January, several sources with knowledge of the investigation said on Tuesday.

Spain illegal immigration jumps by two-thirds
Spain

Spain illegal immigration jumps by two-thirds

The number of illegal immigrants arriving in Spain jumped by 68 percent during 2014, the majority entering via Spain's north African territories using fake documentation.

Erfurt man arrested over false bomb threat
Germany

Erfurt man arrested over false bomb threat

Federal police said on Tuesday that they had arrested a man suspected of causing havoc with a bomb threat against the main train station in Erfurt.

Then and now: The site of the Alps plane crash

Then and now: The site of the Alps plane crash

These pictures show how three weeks after a Germanwings plane crashed in the French Alps, the mountainside that was once strewn with wreckage and body parts has almost been cleared by investigators.

Norway accuses Iran of academic ‘cheating’
Norway

Norway accuses Iran of academic ‘cheating’

Norway’s intelligence services have accused Iran of coordinating academic cheating aimed at getting Iranian students into Norwegian institutions where they can steal technological secrets for weapons development back home.

First donut launched into space from Norway
Norway

First donut launched into space from Norway

What do you do if you have too much time on your hands, are in possession of a weather balloon, and a donut? Launch the donut into space of course!

French town pays out over Brit killed by tree
France

French town pays out over Brit killed by tree

A French seaside resort has paid out more than €100,000 to compensate a British family after a 62-year-old woman was killed by a falling tree planted in honour of Napoleon's son.

‘Trainee jobs could end youth unemployment’
Sweden

‘Trainee jobs could end youth unemployment’

As the Swedish government announces plans to put millions of kronor towards creating thousands of trainee jobs by 2017, leading businessman Carl Bennet proposes a German-style programme to eliminate the country's endemic youth unemployment for this week's debate article.

Pablo Iglesias to face awkward meet with King
Spain

Pablo Iglesias to face awkward meet with King

The leader of radical left-wing party Podemos, will meet Spain's King in Brussels on Wednesday, in what could be an awkward encounter after his party's comments on abolishing the monarchy.

Vapour from e-cigarettes a health hazard: Study
Norway

Vapour from e-cigarettes a health hazard: Study

The vapour from e-cigarettes contains the same amount of nicotine as that from ordinary cigarettes, posing a serious health risk to those who inhale it passively, a new study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health has revealed.

Bargain burger chain bites designer revamp
Sweden

Bargain burger chain bites designer revamp

Swedish fast food chain Max is linking up with one of the country's leading architectural firms as part of a mission to improve customer experience. But how much do cheap burger seekers care about interior design?

Roche takes over US cancer analysis firm
Switzerland

Roche takes over US cancer analysis firm

Basel-based pharmaceutical giant Roche on Tuesday announced it had acquired a majority stake in US molecular and genomic analysis business Foundation Medicine for an undisclosed sum.

Oslo seagulls in amazing time-lapse photo
Norway

Oslo seagulls in amazing time-lapse photo

A student in Oslo has taken an amazing time-lapse photo of seagulls, revealing just how many seagulls there are in the city's skies.

Günter Grass:  world is ‘sleepwalking’ into war

Günter Grass: world is ‘sleepwalking’ into war

Germany's Nobel-winning author Günter Grass said he feared humanity was "sleepwalking" into a world war in the last interview he gave, to a Spanish newspaper, before his death on Monday.

Giant-killers Monaco dream of another upset
France

Giant-killers Monaco dream of another upset

French side Monaco hope to pull off another giant-killing act on Tuesday when they face Italian giants Juventus in the last eight of the Champions League. They've already put Arsenal to the sword, can they do it again?

Mafia boss arrested in Costa del Sol post office

Mafia boss arrested in Costa del Sol post office

Police have arrested one of Italy's most wanted mafia crime bosses as he went to collect a money transfer on the Costa del Sol.

Will climate change give us the blues?
Austria

Will climate change give us the blues?

Climate change is predicted to intrude into almost every area of life - from where we live, to what we eat and whom we war with. Now music can be added to the list.

French taxman trains sights on Apple
France

French taxman trains sights on Apple

The multinational tech giant Apple is being investigated by the French tax authorities, who are concerned over the amount of tax being paid on some seemingly low turnover figures in France.

Hamburg battles over ‘stove bonus’ benefit
Germany

Hamburg battles over ‘stove bonus’ benefit

The city-state of Hamburg has dragged the federal government before the Constitutional Court over a law, nicknamed the 'stove bonus', which offers parents money for not sending their children to Kindergarten.

Joan Baez and Sting in lineup set for Paléo
Switzerland

Joan Baez and Sting in lineup set for Paléo

Robbie Williams, Johnny Hallyday, Joan Baez and Sting are among the headline stars announced on Tuesday for the 40th Paléo music festival in Nyon in the canton of Vaud.

How to live in Italy without speaking Italian
Italy

How to live in Italy without speaking Italian

Jay Desind, a writer from the US, talks to The Local about moving to Padua and living life without speaking Italian.

Danish tourism suffers sluggish growth
Denmark

Danish tourism suffers sluggish growth

UPDATED: Driven by a decrease in the number of German tourists, Denmark's tourism has been stagnant over the past decade while neighbouring countries have experienced strong growth.

Why new spying powers should worry the French
France

Why new spying powers should worry the French

French MPs are set to overwhelmingly back a draft law that would give intelligence services the capability to sweep up masses of data on suspected terrorists. Here three civil liberties experts explain why the French public should be very, very concerned.

Revealed: the Italians who worship Mussolini
Italy

Revealed: the Italians who worship Mussolini

He gagged the press, sent Jews to death camps and led Italy to defeat. So why do some Italians openly idolize Mussolini 70 years after his death, asks Angela Giuffrida.

Toilet water flows into ‘clean’ Swedish capital
Sweden

Toilet water flows into ‘clean’ Swedish capital

Sweden regularly comes out top in surveys on the cleanest countries in the world. But in Stockholm enough waste water to fill 354 Olympic-sized 50-metre swimming pools was released into the sea around the capital last year.

Homeless man set on fire in Palermo
Italy

Homeless man set on fire in Palermo

A homeless man was taken to hospital in Sicily after he was caught up in a fire lit on a pile of garbage he was hiding behind.

One in three Danish kids has asthma or allergies
Denmark

One in three Danish kids has asthma or allergies

A study of one million children in Denmark showed that while common ailments are widespread, they have slowed over the past decade.

Italy to give anti-mafia witnesses new jobs
Italy

Italy to give anti-mafia witnesses new jobs

A witness against the mafia on Monday praised the government's decision to give jobs to those testifying in trials, saying the move demonstrated "acknowledgement of our sacrifices.”

Linke: Police instigated Frankfurt violence
Germany

Linke: Police instigated Frankfurt violence

The head of Die Linke (The Left Party), Gregor Gysi, suggested on Monday that the security services were behind the violence which broke out at the Blockupy protest in Frankfurt in March.

‘False friends’ to be wary of when learning German
Austria

‘False friends’ to be wary of when learning German

Many English speakers dread German grammar. The most treacherous thing, though, isn’t the grammar but ‘false friends’ - German words that are identical or similar to an English word but don't mean the same thing.

Rabat ‘conscience clear’ on Western Sahara
Spain

Rabat ‘conscience clear’ on Western Sahara

Morocco's foreign minister said on Monday said his country was not troubled by a Spanish court's genocide charges against 11 former officials accused of killing and torture in Western Sahara.

Italy-bound migrants rescued as boat sinks
Italy

Italy-bound migrants rescued as boat sinks

Tunisia's coastguard and navy on Monday rescued almost 180 African migrants from two boats which broke down as they headed from Libya to Italy, the Red Crescent and an AFP correspondent said.

Spain to propose that UN set up terrorism court
Spain

Spain to propose that UN set up terrorism court

Spain's foreign minister announced that Spain will propose that the United Nations create an international court specialised in terrorism crimes.

Boom in Sweden’s digital sharing economy
Sweden

Boom in Sweden’s digital sharing economy

Following the success of apartment and car sharing websites such as Airbnb, Lägenhetsbyte and Uber, a music studio swapping business is the latest company to enter the market in tech savvy Sweden.

Danish Conservatives go after ‘Nazi Islamism’
Denmark

Danish Conservatives go after ‘Nazi Islamism’

Radical Islam is "in the same family" as Nazism and must be "fought and eliminated", Conservative leaders said in launching an attention-grabbing campaign.

Nina Ricci heiress gets prison term for tax fraud
France

Nina Ricci heiress gets prison term for tax fraud

A Paris court on Monday sentenced Nina Ricci's heiress to a year in prison and handed her a million-euro fine for tax fraud, in the first ruling against a famous figure in the SwissLeaks scandal.

Wilders’ Pegida speech is turnout flop
Germany

Wilders’ Pegida speech is turnout flop

Dutch far-right populist lawmaker Geert Wilders rallied thousands of Pegida followers in Dresden on Monday to counter society's "Islamization" but failed to draw the record crowds organisers had hoped for.

Juve’s Tevez the ‘danger man’ for Monaco
Italy

Juve’s Tevez the ‘danger man’ for Monaco

Carlos Tevez is the danger man for Monaco as they attempt to upset Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, says the French club's Italian defender Andrea Raggi.

‘Grave concern’ about Ukraine in Berlin talks
Germany

‘Grave concern’ about Ukraine in Berlin talks

The French, German, Russian and Ukranian foreign ministers expressed "grave concern" Tuesday at a meeting in Berlin about violations of a shaky ceasefire in separatist-held east Ukraine.

Uber to appeal Geneva ban on its car ride app
Switzerland

Uber to appeal Geneva ban on its car ride app

Uber, the mobile app company that allows you to order a car ride from your smartphone, is appealing a ban on its activities in the canton of Geneva.

H&M pays Swedes to return unwanted clothes
Sweden

H&M pays Swedes to return unwanted clothes

Scandinavia’s biggest fashion chain is promising to recycle any old clothes brought into its stores by customers as part of a giant clothing amnesty.

French air traffic controllers call off strike
France

French air traffic controllers call off strike

There was relief for air passengers around Europe on Monday night when French air traffic controllers called off strike action planned for later in the week.

Nina Ricci heiress jailed in ‘SwissLeaks’ case
Switzerland

Nina Ricci heiress jailed in ‘SwissLeaks’ case

A Paris court on Monday sentenced Nina Ricci's heiress to a year in prison and handed her a million-euro fine for tax fraud involving a Geneva bank, in the first ruling against a famous figure in the SwissLeaks scandal.

Kazakh pair on trial after Aliyev jail death
Austria

Kazakh pair on trial after Aliyev jail death

Two Kazakhs are due to appear in court on Tuesday in one of Austria’s most prominent and unusual murder trials, in which the main suspect is dead.

Why is Sweden top in the world for expat families?
Sweden

Why is Sweden top in the world for expat families?

Three families tell The Local about their ups and downs of expat life in Sweden.