Norway oil fund slashes coal holdings by 40%
Norway

Norway oil fund slashes coal holdings by 40%

Norway’s $900 billion oil fund has slashed its holdings of pure-play coal mining companies by two fifths since the start of the year, apparently responding to pressure to wield its influence to reduce carbon emissions.

Italians arrest ex-Swiss banker for ‘tax fraud’

Italians arrest ex-Swiss banker for ‘tax fraud’

Authorities in Milan said on Monday that they have detained a former Swiss banker for allegedly helping wealthy Italian clients evade taxes and launder large sums of money, including the proceeds of embezzlement.


Le Pen senior suspended from National Front
France

Le Pen senior suspended from National Front

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of France's far-right National Front was temporarily suspended from the party on Monday and he may yet lose his title as honorary president.

Norway MP slammed for ‘sea adventure’ T-shirt
Norway

Norway MP slammed for ‘sea adventure’ T-shirt

One of Norway’s most outspoken anti-immigrant politicians has sparked a Twitter storm after he wore a T-shirt with words “Good Journey” and “Sea Adventure” to a party vote on the refugee crisis.

Danish editor slams US ‘political correctness’
Denmark

Danish editor slams US ‘political correctness’

The Danish editor who commissioned the Mohammed cartoons that triggered deadly protests a decade ago said Monday the failed attack on a Texas cartoon exhibition won't change how "politically correct" Americans feel about the drawings.

Danish bus ads on Israeli settlements halted
Denmark

Danish bus ads on Israeli settlements halted

A Danish group on Monday vowed to expand an advertising campaign urging people to boycott products from Israeli settlements after the ads were dropped from Copenhagen buses.

Are robots about to take away 18 million jobs?
Germany

Are robots about to take away 18 million jobs?

A study commissioned by ING-Diba claims that 59 percent of Germany's work force could be replaced by machines and software in the coming decades. The impact on German society is set to be radical.

Viking ‘forest’ language set for Nordic preschool
Sweden

Viking ‘forest’ language set for Nordic preschool

A rare Nordic language used by a tiny forest community is set to be taught in a preschool in central Sweden. Elfdalian, which shares some similarities with Old Norse is a hot topic at an international linguistics conference in Copenhagen this week, as Scandinavian language experts campaign to stop it dying out.

School paedophile case leads to new French law
France

School paedophile case leads to new French law

The French government announced the creation of a new law on Monday aimed at preventing a repeat of a scandal that saw a convicted sex offender land a job as headteacher of a school, where he later raped 11 pupils.

Desperately seeking… flamenco dancers
Spain

Desperately seeking… flamenco dancers

Madonna is on the lookout for a flamenco dancer for her upcoming tour: do you have what it takes?

Violent storms set to sweep across France
France

Violent storms set to sweep across France

Severe weather warnings were put in place for a huge swathe of France on Monday with violent storms set to sweep across the country from west to east.

Night owls nab jobs at Sweden’s Volvo Cars
Sweden

Night owls nab jobs at Sweden’s Volvo Cars

Volvo Cars has reintroduced night shifts at its plant in Torslanda in west Sweden, creating an extra 1,500 jobs in the company's home region.

Germany falls behind neighbours in hourly pay
Germany

Germany falls behind neighbours in hourly pay

The average hourly private sector pay in Germany increased slightly between 2013 and 2014, but the rate still lagged behind that in most of Germany’s neighbour states, according to data released on Monday.

Raspberry dessert ‘kills’ Swedish pensioners
Sweden

Raspberry dessert ‘kills’ Swedish pensioners

Two Swedes from a nursing home in Ljungby in southern Sweden have died after a raspberry dessert apparently caused an outbreak of food poisoning affecting more than 60 pensioners.

The ten greatest things about Spain (in the UK)
Spain

The ten greatest things about Spain (in the UK)

As a long time Spanish resident in the UK, director of Modern Languages at Northumbria University Dr Carlos Solares reveals some of the Spain-UK links you never knew existed.

New warnings over migrant crisis
Italy

New warnings over migrant crisis

More than half the nearly 6,000 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean over the weekend arrived in Italy on Monday as aid workers warned of no end in sight to a "heartbreaking" crisis.

Denmark celebrates 70 years of freedom
Denmark

Denmark celebrates 70 years of freedom

From resistance fighter payouts to flyovers from historic military jets and a reenactment of the German invasion, Danes nationwide used Monday to commemorate their liberation from the Nazis.

Activists fight to save Austria’s heritage
Austria

Activists fight to save Austria’s heritage

Campaigners are calling for urgent conservation of historic buildings in Austria which they say are at risk of being demolished if they are not better protected by the state.

€15m of cocaine found in Aldi banana boxes
Germany

€15m of cocaine found in Aldi banana boxes

More than 300 kilograms of cocaine worth €15 million were discovered in Berlin-area Aldi supermarkets, hidden in cases of bananas, police reported on Monday.

Chinese-run people trafficking gang busted
Spain

Chinese-run people trafficking gang busted

Spanish police said on Monday that they had arrested 80 suspected gang members accused of charging Chinese migrants €20,000 ($22,000) each to traffick them to Europe and North America

Swarm: Five attacked by bees in Toledo
Spain

Swarm: Five attacked by bees in Toledo

A woman was fighting for her life and four others were treated after suffering repeated stings from a swarm of angry bees.

Pensioner lulls French women into ‘blind’ sex
France

Pensioner lulls French women into ‘blind’ sex

A 68-year-old Frenchman is in hot water after fooling women into having 50 Shades of Grey-style sex in a darkened bedroom, by masquerading as a young handsome male model on an online dating site. He faces charges of "rape by surprise."

Why the ties? A French view of the UK election
France

Why the ties? A French view of the UK election

From an unforgivable fashion faux pas to the lack of election fever, London based French blogger Muriel Demarcus points out a few of the differences between the UK election and what happens in France.

Temperatures set to soar in southern Italy
Italy

Temperatures set to soar in southern Italy

Temperatures in parts of southern and central Italy are expected to soar this week, with highs of up to 38 degrees Celsius forecast in parts of Sardinia and Sicily.

‘I’ve heard the King likes Swedish House Mafia’
Sweden

‘I’ve heard the King likes Swedish House Mafia’

Sweden's largest military orchestra plays more than just marching tunes. The Royal Swedish Army Band starred in the King's birthday celebrations last week, performing Swedish House Mafia's 'Don't you worry, child' in a clip that has since gone viral. The Local speaks to the man behind the performance.

Italy now a bright spot for foreign investors
Italy

Italy now a bright spot for foreign investors

Italy has leapt up eight places in a ranking of the world’s most attractive countries for foreign investment, mostly due to a revamp of its sclerotic labour market.

Merkel defends BND against criticism
Germany

Merkel defends BND against criticism

Chancellor Angela Merkel defended the German intelligence agency (BND) on Monday amid growing criticism of her knowledge of the agency's activities from within her own government.

Job creation? The truth behind Spain’s figures
Spain

Job creation? The truth behind Spain’s figures

On paper the Spanish government is creating new jobs but figures show they are overwhelmingly unskilled, with short-term posts and contracts making up the lion's share of all new employment created.

Weather delays Pacific leg of solar plane’s flight
Switzerland

Weather delays Pacific leg of solar plane’s flight

The Swiss pilot who will attempt a record flight over the Pacific in a solar-powered plane played down the risks on Monday, describing the mission as a journey of self-discovery.

Institute to end ‘monkey torture’ programme
Germany

Institute to end ‘monkey torture’ programme

After graphic pictures emerged of distressed and unconscious monkeys bleeding from the head at the Max Planck Institute in Tübingen, the world-renowned research centre announced on Sunday that it will close its primate research programme.

Austrian welfare group calls for refugee visas
Austria

Austrian welfare group calls for refugee visas

The director of Austrian welfare organisation Diakonie has called for 'humanitarian visas' to be used to help vulnerable refugees safely come to Austria.

Progress to block 10,000 refugee plan: Jensen
Norway

Progress to block 10,000 refugee plan: Jensen

The leader of Norway’s populist Progress party has pledged to block plans for Norway to take up to 10,000 refugees from Syria over the next two years, arguing that it is more efficient to find homes for them in neighbouring countries.

Trial after Frenchman dies downing 56 shots
France

Trial after Frenchman dies downing 56 shots

The owner of a bar in France will stand trial on Monday charged with “manslaughter” over the death of one his patrons, who died breaking the bar’s record for the number of shots downed in one evening. It comes as France moves to get tough on binge drinking.

Can the Mediterranean drownings be stopped?
Denmark

Can the Mediterranean drownings be stopped?

No one would argue that nothing should be done about the urgent plight of the thousands of asylum seekers crossing the Mediterranean. Morten Kjærum, the new director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, says that European countries need to pull together to save refugees’ lives.

The things that annoy the French on a plane
France

The things that annoy the French on a plane

Passengers who can't sit still, leave the plane in a rush, or enthusiastically applaud when the plane lands: these are the flying habits that annoy the French most when it comes to air travel, a new survey reveals.

Germany spied on Austria for NSA
Austria

Germany spied on Austria for NSA

Germany's Bild newspaper reported Sunday that the US National Security Agency (NSA) spied on Austria using the help of Germany's foreign intelligence service (BND).

A third of parents OK with smacking children
Germany

A third of parents OK with smacking children

About one third of German parents think an 'Ohrfeige', or smack across the head, is an appropriate part of child-rearing, according to an RTL survey released on Sunday.

Frenchman dies in cliff fall while taking photos
Switzerland

Frenchman dies in cliff fall while taking photos

Police on Monday said they have launched an investigation into the death of a 25-year-old Frenchman who fell from a cliff while snapping nature photos in the canton of Graubünden.

‘Swedes need to just let their kids be kids’
Sweden

‘Swedes need to just let their kids be kids’

Scottish-born David Lynch, 53, is making a name for himself as a children's football coach in Sweden after his list of tips designed to stop Stockholm's "helicopter" parents from mollycoddling their children went viral.

Tourists break priceless statue for ‘selfie’
Italy

Tourists break priceless statue for ‘selfie’

Two tourists in Cremona, northern Italy, are in hot water with police after breaking off a piece of the city’s priceless statue of Hercules while trying to take a selfie.

Tourist couple die in Mallorcan boat tragedy
Spain

Tourist couple die in Mallorcan boat tragedy

A German couple have died after a fire broke out on their yacht while it was moored in a marina on Mallorca on Sunday.

Italy may owe pensioners €5 billion
Italy

Italy may owe pensioners €5 billion

Italy's constitutional court has overturned a key plank of the debt-laden country's pension reforms in a ruling that could require the government to pay retirees back at least €5 billion ($5.6 billion).

Magazine printed with HIV+ blood ink
Austria

Magazine printed with HIV+ blood ink

An Austrian magazine has used ink infused with the blood of three HIV+ people to print a special edition of their current issue.

Stolen maypole hidden in the lions’ den
Austria

Stolen maypole hidden in the lions’ den

Scheming zoo staff in the city of Haag who stole their neighbour's maypole ahead of the May 1st holiday last week found the perfect place to hide it – in the middle of the lions' den.

Did extreme right figure arm Paris terrorist?
France

Did extreme right figure arm Paris terrorist?

A Frenchman with links to the extreme right is suspected of supplying the weapons that jihadist Amedy Coulibaly used in a deadly attack on a Jewish supermarket in January.

Italy approves radical new electoral law
Italy

Italy approves radical new electoral law

UPDATED: Italy's parliament on Monday approved a radical new electoral law designed to ensure the country's elections always produce governments with working majorities.

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Sweden

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Norway is Europe’s ‘herpes hotspot’
Norway

Norway is Europe’s ‘herpes hotspot’

Norway is Europe’s 'herpes hotspot’, with the country’s inhabitants making more Google searches on the uncomfortable sexually transmitted disease (STD) than those of any other country in the continent.

‘Spain is a bureaucratic paradise’
Spain

‘Spain is a bureaucratic paradise’

In the latest instalment of My Spanish career, The Local spoke to Valeriya Zaytseva. Born in Moscow in 1986, she co-founded Smartaxi, an award winning app, which helps taxi drivers find customers easily.

New case of Ebola suspected in Germany
Germany

New case of Ebola suspected in Germany

A man in Bochum was taken to hospital on Sunday evening under tight security controls after it was suspected that he was infected with the Ebola virus.

Anti-Semetic vandalism of Copenhagen church
Denmark

Anti-Semetic vandalism of Copenhagen church

Anna Church in the Copenhagen district of Nørrebro was vandalized Sunday in an apparent act of anti-Semitism.

Federer gains confidence before French Open
Switzerland

Federer gains confidence before French Open

Roger Federer said winning an 85th career title at the Istanbul Open tennis tournament had given him a boost in confidence on clay ahead of the French Open later this month.

France urges sex abuse soldiers to come forward
France

France urges sex abuse soldiers to come forward

France's defence minister has urged soldiers "to give themselves up" if they are guilty of sexually assaulting hungry Central African kids, as questions remain on why the probe into the alleged crimes is taking so long.

Honeymoon over for rebel party Podemos
Spain

Honeymoon over for rebel party Podemos

Spain's anti-austerity party Podemos, whose meteoric rise has upended the country's politics, is seeking a second wind as an internal crisis over strategy hits and polls show its popularity may have peaked.

Champions Juventus seek Euro renaissance
Italy

Champions Juventus seek Euro renaissance

Serie A champions Juventus take on Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday looking to once again stamp their authority on European football.

Ecuador stray dog Arthur in global charity race
Sweden

Ecuador stray dog Arthur in global charity race

Sweden's most famous stray dog, Arthur, made his return to the racing scene on Sunday, much to the delight of spectators who had followed his epic journey from the streets of Ecuador to family life in northern Sweden over the past year.

Anti-US sentiment aids French fighter jet deals
France

Anti-US sentiment aids French fighter jet deals

French President François Hollande is in the Middle East on Monday as France sealed another lucrative deal to sell Rafale fighter jets. Experts say the deals are all down France's policy in the Middle East combined with suspicion of the US.

Danes develop effective chlamydia vaccine
Denmark

Danes develop effective chlamydia vaccine

A team from the University of Copenhagen and the Danish State Serum Institute are preparing human trials for a promising vaccine against a disease that infects over 100 million people each year.

Putin’s biker gang cross border into Germany
Germany

Putin’s biker gang cross border into Germany

Ten pro-Kremlin Russian bikers, part of a larger group on a controversial World War II victory ride through Europe, reached the German border late Sunday, the Bavarian authorities said.

Ten new migrant deaths after 3,700 saved
Italy

Ten new migrant deaths after 3,700 saved

Ten migrants who attempted to cross the Mediterranean and reach Europe were found dead on Sunday, as the Libyan coastguard intercepted five boats carrying 500 people and ordered them to return.

PSG edge closer to title with win over Nantes
France

PSG edge closer to title with win over Nantes

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, fresh from a three-match ban, helped Paris Saint Germain to a 2-0 win at Nantes in Ligue 1 on Sunday, moving them a step closer to their third consecutive French title. Here's a round-up of the Ligue 1 action.

Germany braces for longest-ever rail strike
Germany

Germany braces for longest-ever rail strike

German train drivers found themselves under fire from industry and the government on Monday after announcing their longest walkout in the history of rail operator Deutsche Bahn.

Sweden told to invest in better teaching staff
Sweden

Sweden told to invest in better teaching staff

UPDATED: Swedish schools have been sharply criticized by experts from the OECD after a decade of slipping education results and told to invest in teacher training.

Zlatan makes comeback after ‘France is sh*t’ ban
Sweden

Zlatan makes comeback after ‘France is sh*t’ ban

Sweden's controversial star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic sparked Paris Saint Germain's 2-0 win at Nantes in Ligue 1 on Sunday, on his return to the football pitch after a three-match ban for a foul-mouthed rant in which he blasted his host country as "shit".