MP reveals rape in viral twitter campaign
Norway

MP reveals rape in viral twitter campaign

An MP for Norway’s Labour Party has spoken out about being raped when she was 15 years old, as more and more prominent women join a national twitter campaign to raise awareness of sexual harassment and abuse.

IOC chief welcomes Paris bid for 2024 Olympics
Switzerland

IOC chief welcomes Paris bid for 2024 Olympics

International Olympic Committee (IOC) head Thomas Bach on Thursday said that Paris would be an "exemplary" host of the 2024 Olympics after meeting French President François Hollande in Lausanne.

French skier dies after Les Diablerets plunge
Switzerland

French skier dies after Les Diablerets plunge

A 41-year-old Frenchman died after plunging down the mountainside while skiing off-piste at Les Diablerets in the canton of Vaud, police said on Thursday.

How to make Swedish cardamom ice cream
Sweden

How to make Swedish cardamom ice cream

As Sweden edges closer to summer, how about learning how to make a cool dessert with one of Swedes' favourite spices? This creamy cardamom ice cream (kardemummaglass in Swedish) is easy to make and easy to scoop. John Duxbury shares his favourite recipe with The Local.

Assange agrees to be questioned in London
Sweden

Assange agrees to be questioned in London

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has now formally agreed to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors at Ecuador's London embassy over rape allegations, his defence has said.

Wawrinka and Federer stunned in Monte Carlo
Switzerland

Wawrinka and Federer stunned in Monte Carlo

UPDATED: Switzerland's Roger Federer joined defending title holder Stan Wawrinka as an upset victim at the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday as the 2014 finalist lost 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) to France's Gael Monfils.

Police grab ‘Turkish Communists’ in raids
Germany

Police grab ‘Turkish Communists’ in raids

State prosecutors in Karlsruhe said on Thursday that police had captured seven members of the Turkish Communist Party (TKP) in raids across southern and western Germany.

Mentally-ill man lost all teeth to new-age dentist
Germany

Mentally-ill man lost all teeth to new-age dentist

A dentist who claimed to be a 'recognised healer' and pulled every tooth out of a mentally ill patient's mouth lost an appeal against a €20,000 compensation payment in Munich on Wednesday.

Sotheby’s to auction pricey jewels in Geneva
Switzerland

Sotheby’s to auction pricey jewels in Geneva

Sotheby's auction house is auctioning in Geneva an extremely rare and historically important pink diamond and an equally exceptional Burmese ruby next month, hoping to get up to $18 million for each.

Cleared serial killer freed from psychiatric care
Sweden

Cleared serial killer freed from psychiatric care

A Swedish court has ruled that Sture Bergwall, who was cleared of murder a year ago after over 20 years locked up as Sweden's most prolific serial killer, is no longer obliged to undergo assisted psychiatric treatment.

Heart trouble puts Jean-Marie Le Pen in hospital
France

Heart trouble puts Jean-Marie Le Pen in hospital

The elderly founder of France's far-right National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, was hospitalized on Thursday for what he said was a "small heart problem", just days after a bitter spat with his daughter.

Barcelona to open Woody Allen Museum
Spain

Barcelona to open Woody Allen Museum

It has museums devoted to Dali, Picasso and Miro but now Barcelona is set to honour an artist of a different kind, by opening the first museum dedicated exclusively to Woody Allen.

Italy releases accused Austrian ‘terrorist’

Italy releases accused Austrian ‘terrorist’

A Turkish-born Austrian citizen who was arrested in Italy on charges relating to terrorism offences in Turkey has been released.

Top French court lifts ban on ‘racist’ cakes
France

Top French court lifts ban on ‘racist’ cakes

France's top administrative court on Thursday overturned a ban on the display in a pastry shop of "racist" cakes in the shape of a naked man and woman coated in dark chocolate.

Rajoy more hated than Franco among youth
Spain

Rajoy more hated than Franco among youth

A survey of Millennials in Spain has revealed that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is a more hated figure than the Francisco Franco, who imposed a 36-year fascist dictatorship.

VIDEO: Danes celebrate Queen’s birthday
Denmark

VIDEO: Danes celebrate Queen’s birthday

Queen Margrethe II was the toast of Denmark on Thursday, and Danes turned out in droves to pay tribute to their monarch on her 75th birthday.

France sees sixfold rise in Islamophobic acts
France

France sees sixfold rise in Islamophobic acts

France saw a sixfold rise in anti-Muslim acts in the first quarter of the year, fuelled by the Paris jihadist attacks, the National Observatory against Islamophobia said on Thursday.

Migrants thrown into sea ‘for being Christian’
Italy

Migrants thrown into sea ‘for being Christian’

Italian police said on Thursday they had arrested 15 African Muslim migrants after witnesses said they had thrown 12 Christian passengers overboard following a brawl on a boat heading to Italy.

Uppsala bid to ‘ban’ snus sparks debate in Sweden
Sweden

Uppsala bid to ‘ban’ snus sparks debate in Sweden

A proposal to forbid council workers in Uppsala from smelling of 'snus' sparked outcry in Sweden on Thursday, where the peculiar moist tobacco is used by almost a quarter of the Nordic country's male population.

Fancy a trip to Norway in 1973?
Norway

Fancy a trip to Norway in 1973?

Feeling nostalgic about Norway in the 1970s? Why not put in a bid on this Bergen apartment, where nothing has changed since 1973.

Putin: We only ordered warships to help France
France

Putin: We only ordered warships to help France

Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that France's refusal to deliver two Mistral-class warships to Moscow would not affect its defence capabilities, adding Russia ordered the ships to help create French jobs.

Soviet soldiers burst through ‘Gates to Berlin’
Germany

Soviet soldiers burst through ‘Gates to Berlin’

April 16th, 1945 saw the start of the Battle of the Seelow Heights, one of the last offensives by the Soviet army before they reached Berlin at the end of the Second World War. It was the largest battle to take place on German soil.

Thieves nab jewels worth €5m in Paris bag snatch
France

Thieves nab jewels worth €5m in Paris bag snatch

French police were on Thursday hunting a trio of thieves who made off with a handbag containing five million euros worth of Chanel jewels in a smash-and-grab on the highway between Paris and Charles De Gaulle airport.

41 migrants missing in new boat tragedy
Italy

41 migrants missing in new boat tragedy

As many as 41 migrants drowned after a small boat carrying refugees sank in the Mediterranean, Italian media said on Thursday, days after 400 were lost in another shipwreck.

Wedding ring returned after Facebook share-fest
France

Wedding ring returned after Facebook share-fest

Little ditty about Jacques and Martine: They’ve been married for 38 years, but Jacques lost his wedding ring while out geocaching. A fellow treasure hunter, Laurent, found the ring and launched a massive Facebook hunt to find the owner.

Munich ice shop faces €10,000 wasp sting
Germany

Munich ice shop faces €10,000 wasp sting

An elderly woman is suing an ice cream shop in Munich for €10,000 after she fled from a swarm of wasps and fell over a step on its premises.

‘German persistence’ puts Merkel in Time 100
Germany

‘German persistence’ puts Merkel in Time 100

German Chancellor Angela Merkel once again took a spot on Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people on Thursday, introduced with an article by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

Sexual harassment rife on Paris trains
France

Sexual harassment rife on Paris trains

France's High Council on equality has penned a report urging the government to crack down on sexual harrassment on public transport, after a survey it carried out returned shocking responses from Parisian women.

Swedish foreign minister quizzed on Palestine
Sweden

Swedish foreign minister quizzed on Palestine

The Swedish government did not act unilaterally to recognize Palestine without informing parliament, Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said as she was quizzed by a parliamentary committee on Thursday over the controversial decision.

Renzi faces rebellion over electoral law
Italy

Renzi faces rebellion over electoral law

A senior member of Matteo Renzi’s centre-left Democratic Party (PD) resigned late on Wednesday over a proposed new electoral law, highlighting the opposition the Italian Prime Minister is facing over the reform.

‘We want to bring light into refugee lives’
Sweden

‘We want to bring light into refugee lives’

SI student Sornnimul Khut has joined a project at Uppsala University to try to improve the daily lives of refugees. SI News asks him about the project.

Marine Le Pen makes Time ‘influential’ list
France

Marine Le Pen makes Time ‘influential’ list

Marine Le Pen, the far-right National Front leader bidding to be France’s next president, is one of the world’s top 100 global influencers, according to Time Magazine.

MasterChef hopeful mauled over ‘lion’ dish
Spain

MasterChef hopeful mauled over ‘lion’ dish

A contestant on Spain's version of MasterChef was accused of "insulting" behaviour and unceremoniously kicked off in the first round for presenting his dish, entitled "lion eats prawn".

Cannes Film Festival line-up revealed
France

Cannes Film Festival line-up revealed

The organisers of the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday unveiled a line-up this year that confirms the burgeoning talent from Asia and Australia, while throwing in a couple of crowd-pleasing big-budget pictures alongside a slew of arthouse offerings.

‘Corruption impacts Italy dramatically’: Cantone
Italy

‘Corruption impacts Italy dramatically’: Cantone

The president of Italy's anti-corruption authority said the impact of corruption on Italian society is dramatic, slowing innovation and driving away foreign investment.

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett to hit Montreux
Switzerland

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett to hit Montreux

Lady Gaga and veteran crooner Tony Bennett are among the top entertainers unveiled on Thursday for this summer’s Montreux Jazz Festival.

Italy pleads for aid to cope with migrant influx
Italy

Italy pleads for aid to cope with migrant influx

Italy pleaded for more help on Thursday to rescue migrants risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean, and demanded a "clear answer" from the European Union about where the refugees should be sent.

Nazi salute suspects identified from demo
Austria

Nazi salute suspects identified from demo

Four suspects captured on camera making Nazi salutes during Austria's first PEGIDA demonstration on February 2nd have been identified by police.

4,000 Austrians drink-drive without a licence
Austria

4,000 Austrians drink-drive without a licence

Around 26,000 motorists lose their license every year in Austria due to drink driving, and 4,000 continued to drive over the limit without a licence according to a report from the Austrian Road Safety Board (KFV).

2015 growth forecast hiked to 2.1 percent
Germany

2015 growth forecast hiked to 2.1 percent

Germany's leading economic institutes sharply raised their growth forecast Thursday, predicting Europe's top economy will expand 2.1 percent this year thanks to cheap oil, the low euro and strong consumer spending.

Denmark’s summer forecast raises hopes
Denmark

Denmark’s summer forecast raises hopes

The good news: DMI's extended forecast calls for "warmer" temps. The bad news: it might also be "wetter".

US tax preparation in Switzerland
Switzerland

US tax preparation in Switzerland

If you dread filing your US expat taxes each year, you aren’t alone. But Greenback Expat Tax Services can prepare your taxes efficiently, accurately and at a fair, honest price.

Timber! Beaver crushed by tree it was felling
Norway

Timber! Beaver crushed by tree it was felling

A beaver in Norway has been crushed to death after misjudging which way the tree it was gnawing down was going to fall.

Month-long strike over for French public radio
France

Month-long strike over for French public radio

French public radio group Radio France was back to regular programming on Thursday after unions ended the longest strike the broadcaster has ever seen to allow a mediator to work.

Household siege ends in police shoot-out
Spain

Household siege ends in police shoot-out

A 12-hour siege has come to an end after police stormed the house of a man who barricaded himself inside after reportedly killing his daughter's boyfriend.

Swedish museum gets gender neutral toilet sign
Sweden

Swedish museum gets gender neutral toilet sign

Gender neutral toilet signs at a Swedish museum have sparked debate in the Nordic country, known for its openness and tolerance. The Local has spoken to the graphic designer behind the idea.

Second fatal shooting in 12 hours in Gothenburg
Sweden

Second fatal shooting in 12 hours in Gothenburg

A man in his thirties has been killed in a parking lot in Gothenburg, just twelve hours after a fatal shooting at an apartment block in the city.

FC Bayern on brink of European exit
Germany

FC Bayern on brink of European exit

German giants Bayern Munich are on the brink of exiting the Champions League at the quarter final stage after they suffered a dismal 3-1 defeat away to FC Porto on Wednesday.

Exporters fear impact of rising franc on business
Switzerland

Exporters fear impact of rising franc on business

With the franc again nearing parity with the euro, the mood of Swiss small and medium companies (SMEs) in the export business has never been as bad, a new report says.

Italians obey smoking ban more than Germans
Italy

Italians obey smoking ban more than Germans

Italy is enforcing smoking bans in public places well, while in Germany compliance is limited and there are still “massive violations”, a report found this week.

Parties target ‘organized’ beggars in Copenhagen
Denmark

Parties target ‘organized’ beggars in Copenhagen

Two right-wing parties want to implement stiff penalties for begging, but the police and the justice minister insist that the current approach is working.

Police on nationwide hunt for speeders
Germany

Police on nationwide hunt for speeders

German and European police have been stationed by the sides of roads since 6am on Thursday in the first Europe-wide “Blitz-marathon” aimed at catching speeders.

Lombardy chief refuses to give beds to migrants
Italy

Lombardy chief refuses to give beds to migrants

Italy’s Lombardy region has joined Veneto in refusing a request from the Italian government to find emergency housing for the country’s migrant influx.

Cameroonian lesbian granted asylum in Spain
Spain

Cameroonian lesbian granted asylum in Spain

Spain has finally granted asylum to a lesbian from Cameroon amid a public outcry and after she spent 24 days at Madrid airport awaiting deportation.

‘I learned to work in an environment of chaos’
Denmark

‘I learned to work in an environment of chaos’

In our ongoing feature series on Denmark's entrepreneurs, we speak with Rasmus Preuthun Carlsen about his mission to "help Danes save money and time".

Schäuble rules out Greek bailout deal
Germany

Schäuble rules out Greek bailout deal

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Wednesday that there was almost no chance of a new Greek bailout agreement when EU finance ministers meet in Riga next week.

Earthworms rain from sky over Norway
Norway

Earthworms rain from sky over Norway

Earthworms have been raining down from heaven over large areas of southern Norway, leaving biologists and meteorologists scratching their heads.

New book: Le Corbusier was ‘out-and-out fascist’
Switzerland

New book: Le Corbusier was ‘out-and-out fascist’

Revelations that one of the world's most famous modern architects, Switzerland's Le Corbusier, was a "fascist" with links to France's Second World War collaborationist Vichy regime have been published just ahead of a major Paris exhibition of his work.

Copenhagen to pull plug on pricey city bikes
Denmark

Copenhagen to pull plug on pricey city bikes

The City of Copenhagen has given the provider behind its costly and under-used bike share programme 14 days to deliver or it will officially kill the project "in order to limit loss".

New book: Le Corbusier was ‘out-and-out fascist’
France

New book: Le Corbusier was ‘out-and-out fascist’

Revelations that one of the world's most famous modern architects, Le Corbusier, was a "fascist" with links to France's WWII collaborationist Vichy regime have been published just ahead of a major Paris exhibition of his work.

Diplomatic spat: Spain, Venezuela tensions rise
Spain

Diplomatic spat: Spain, Venezuela tensions rise

Spain and Venezuela summoned each other's ambassadors on Wednesday in a mounting row, as accusations flew back and forth across the Atlantic of a Venezuelan opposition crackdown and Spanish "racism" and "meddling".

Lorry drags old man and scooter 50 meters
Germany

Lorry drags old man and scooter 50 meters

A 74-year-old man was dragged 50 meters underneath a lorry after his scooter got caught in its undercarriage on Wednesday.

Italy one of worst for regulating lobbyists
Italy

Italy one of worst for regulating lobbyists

Italy was ranked the third worst country for regulating the “hidden influence” of lobbyists’ in government, according to a report on European countries released by Transparency International on Wednesday.

Cartoonist’s book slams ‘Islamophobia swindlers’
France

Cartoonist’s book slams ‘Islamophobia swindlers’

"One day, for a laugh, I will have to publish all the threats I received at Charlie Hebdo," French cartoonist Charb wrote in a book he finished just two days before being killed by jihadist gunmen.

Cuba and Spain ‘in talks’ over Eta fugitives
Spain

Cuba and Spain ‘in talks’ over Eta fugitives

Cuba and Spain are in talks to resolve a long-standing dispute over two members of the Basque separatist Eta group given shelter by the Caribbean island nation, a US official said Wednesday.

Ministers in row over government plane use
Sweden

Ministers in row over government plane use

UPDATED: Sweden’s Prime Minister is facing a backlash after a Swedish military spokesperson revealed that government planes have been flying between between Stockholm’s Arlanda and Bromma airports, the latter of which local politicians from his Social Democrat party in Stockholm are fighting to close.

Hollande says Swiss tax squabbles ‘behind us’
France

Hollande says Swiss tax squabbles ‘behind us’

UPDATED: French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday a drawn-out tax evasion row with Switzerland "is behind us" as he launched a visit aimed at mending fences.

Irresistible Barcelona blow PSG away in Paris
France

Irresistible Barcelona blow PSG away in Paris

Luis Suarez hit a brilliant second-half double as Barcelona appeared to end Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League dream for another year with a 3-1 quarter-final, first leg win at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday.

EU under fire after new migrant boat tragedy
Italy

EU under fire after new migrant boat tragedy

Rights groups lashed out at the EU on Wednesday for scrapping rescue operations in the Mediterranean, saying it had endangered the lives of thousands of desperate migrants making perilous journeys across the sea.

G7 throws weight behind German diplomacy
Germany

G7 throws weight behind German diplomacy

Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven on Wednesday threw their "full support" behind Germany's mediation efforts between Russia and Ukraine.

Bishops who shield abusers face clampdown
Italy

Bishops who shield abusers face clampdown

The Vatican is preparing to introduce legal procedures to establish the responsibilities of bishops and Catholic hierarchy found guilty of protecting priests who have sexually abused children, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

Somali exile in Lausanne seeks Olympic glory
Switzerland

Somali exile in Lausanne seeks Olympic glory

Faisal Jeylani Aweys has not seen his native Somalia since he fled 14 years ago, but he lives in hope of winning an Olympic medal for his war-torn country.

Kidnapped girl found safe in Germany
Germany

Kidnapped girl found safe in Germany

A kidnapped ten-year-old Polish girl was found unharmed in Germany on Wednesday in the company of a man convicted of a similar crime in Britain, Polish police said.

Man dead after fresh Gothenburg shooting
Sweden

Man dead after fresh Gothenburg shooting

Police in Gothenburg say a man in his fifties has died after a shooting in the Hisingen area on Wednesday night, a month after an attack on a restaurant in the same part of the city.