Norway to slash subsidies for fur farmers
Norway

Norway to slash subsidies for fur farmers

Norwegian fur farmers have denounced a government proposal to slash financial support to the controversial industry, warning that it could lead to farm closures in vulnerable rural areas.

Swissmedic warns of weight-loss pill dangers
Switzerland

Swissmedic warns of weight-loss pill dangers

Swissmedic, a surveillance agency for medicines, renewed warnings on Tuesday about the dangers of weight-loss remedies purchased through the internet after more than 60 products were tested.

Austria calls for EU-wide refugee quota
Austria

Austria calls for EU-wide refugee quota

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann on Monday called for an EU-wide quota to help accommodate the thousands of refugees reaching Europe's southern shores by boat and prevent further deaths.

CERN fires up particle smasher after upgrade
Switzerland

CERN fires up particle smasher after upgrade

The world's largest particle smasher resumed colliding protons Tuesday as it gradually reboots following a two-year upgrade, the Geneva-based European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said.

Reminder: No need to freak out, Denmark
Denmark

Reminder: No need to freak out, Denmark

If you hear a loud siren go off at noon on Wednesday, remain calm.

Cracks in Merkel coalition after spy claims
Austria

Cracks in Merkel coalition after spy claims

A widening scandal over claims Germany helped the US spy on European targets triggered tensions in Angela Merkel's coalition on Tuesday, which analysts said could potentially prove dangerous for the "untouchable" chancellor.

Norway named one of top 25 places to invest
Norway

Norway named one of top 25 places to invest

Norway has joined AT Kearney’s list of the 25 best countries to invest in for the first time since it was launched back in 1998, with the management consultancy praising the country’s “strong natural resource base” and “highly educated workforce”.

Geneva issues cloud positive HSBC results
Switzerland

Geneva issues cloud positive HSBC results

Scandal-hit global bank HSBC on Tuesday posted rising quarterly profits, but added regulators have requested more information about its controversial Geneva-based private bank.

Experts: Steinmeier’s Egypt visit was ‘wrong’
Germany

Experts: Steinmeier’s Egypt visit was ‘wrong’

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier's visit to Egypt on Monday - his first since Abdel Fatah el-Sisi came to power in a 2013 coup - has been condemned as "sad" and "wrong" by experts.

‘Racist dog’ owner avoids Swedish jail term
Sweden

‘Racist dog’ owner avoids Swedish jail term

A man who instructed his dog to attack young people with non-Swedish ethnic backgrounds has been found guilty of inciting racial hatred and instructed to carry out 120 hours of community service.

French MPs approve boosting spying powers
France

French MPs approve boosting spying powers

French MPs gave the green light to a new law on Tuesday that grants the state sweeping powers to spy on its citizens despite criticism from rights groups that the bill is vague and intrusive.

The best places to watch the sun set in France
France

The best places to watch the sun set in France

France is overflowing with the visually stunning - and most of it looks even better with a setting sun in the background. Here are the best of the best when it comes to France's sunsets.

Why Sweden’s economy is ‘brightening’ in 2015
Sweden

Why Sweden’s economy is ‘brightening’ in 2015

Sweden's economy is set to get a boost in 2015 and the coming years, with "strong investment and a brightening outlook for exports", according to a key EU report released on Tuesday. The Local looks at why the Nordic nation is on the up.

Denmark faces three bomb threats in one day
Denmark

Denmark faces three bomb threats in one day

A university, a hospital and a public school were the targets of three bomb threats delivered within a span of less than four hours on Tuesday.

Uproar as French mayor ‘counts Muslim children’
France

Uproar as French mayor ‘counts Muslim children’

A French mayor backed by the far-right National Front was accused of racism on Tuesday after using the names of school children in his town to decide how many were Muslim.

Basque editor praised for press freedom role
Spain

Basque editor praised for press freedom role

A Basque journalist has been chosen as the only Spaniard to be honoured on a Reporters Without Borders list of 'information heroes' who have been an inspiration to those aspiring to freedom.

‘Fake’ eyesight course pulled by Sweden school
Sweden

‘Fake’ eyesight course pulled by Sweden school

An evening course that promised to teach students how to improve their own eyesight has been pulled by Sweden's largest adult education organization after opthalmologists described it as "pure quackery".

Spanish hero of Nazi death camp honoured
Spain

Spanish hero of Nazi death camp honoured

The horrors of Mauthausen concentration camp, which was liberated 70 years ago today, were brought to the world’s attention in part due to the many photographs smuggled out by Spanish prisoner, Francisco Boix.

Mr Tossa? Councillor competes in Mr Spain
Spain

Mr Tossa? Councillor competes in Mr Spain

A councillor from the Spanish town of Tossa de Mar on the Costa Brava is set to flex his muscles in the annual male beauty contest.

What you should know about GIS
Austria

What you should know about GIS

Many of our expat readers who live in Austria have questions about GIS (Gebühren Info Service GmbH) - the company responsible for administering television and radio licenses. Who has to pay, how much is it, and what should you do if the GIS man comes knocking on your door?

Germany among top ten countries for mums
Germany

Germany among top ten countries for mums

Germany took eighth place worldwide in a ranking of the best countries for mothers released by Save the Children on Tuesday.

Schäuble fears Greece deal may fall through
Germany

Schäuble fears Greece deal may fall through

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble expressed scepticism on Tuesday about whether Greece would be able to strike a deal with international creditors in the next few days on vital financial aid.

Italians welcome ‘royal baby’ born on boat
Italy

Italians welcome ‘royal baby’ born on boat

They are worlds apart socially and economically, but the arrival of Princess Charlotte in the UK and the birth of a migrant baby during a perilous sea crossing in the Mediterranean have both melted Italian hearts.

Italy ranks 12th best place to be a mother
Italy

Italy ranks 12th best place to be a mother

Italy is the 12th best place in the world to be a mother, according to Save the Children’s annual scorecard, ahead of Switzerland, Singapore, the UK and the US.

Denmark world’s fourth best place to be a mother
Denmark

Denmark world’s fourth best place to be a mother

Denmark has been among the top ten countries in Save the Children's annual global scorecard since 2000 and moved up two spots in this year’s ranking.

French female hacks slam lustful politicians
France

French female hacks slam lustful politicians

"Get your paws off me!" was the message from female French journalists to the country's lecherous male politicians on Tuesday when they published a petition denouncing sexism.

Spain among ten best countries to be a mum
Spain

Spain among ten best countries to be a mum

Spain took seventh place worldwide in a ranking of the best places in which to be a mother, released by Save the Children on Tuesday.

Uncertainty hampers economic rebound‏
Austria

Uncertainty hampers economic rebound‏

The likelihood of Austria’s economy picking up this year looks slim, according to the latest forecast from the European Commission (EC).

Around 40 migrants die in sinking off Italy
Italy

Around 40 migrants die in sinking off Italy

UPDATED: Around 40 migrants died when an inflatable boat carrying more than 100 people sank off the coast of Italy, Save the Children quoted survivors as saying on Tuesday.

Man jailed over kids’ deaths in bath
Germany

Man jailed over kids’ deaths in bath

A court in Kassel sentenced a man to three years in jail on Monday after his children died in the bath while he was checking train times at the station.

Biggest fall in April jobless for two decades
Spain

Biggest fall in April jobless for two decades

Spain registered its steepest decline in the number of jobless people for April in almost two decades, government data showed on Tuesday, as the eurozone country's economic recovery gathered pace.

Exports and investment to spur Italy’s growth
Italy

Exports and investment to spur Italy’s growth

Italy’s economy is expected to return to growth this year and the recovery to strengthen in 2016 as external demand and exports pick up, according to the latest forecast from the European Commission (EC).

Cigarette scrap causes deadly accident on A1
Austria

Cigarette scrap causes deadly accident on A1

A Romanian man who tried to seize the wheel of his friend’s minibus because the pair were fighting over a cigarette caused a deadly accident on the A1 motorway in Upper Austria on Monday morning.

Great EscAPE: Chimps go on the run in Mallorca
Spain

Great EscAPE: Chimps go on the run in Mallorca

Two chimps made a break for freedom and escaped from their enclosure at Mallorca’s Sa Coma safari park on Monday causing panic among visitors.

Five dangers of France’s new snooping laws
France

Five dangers of France’s new snooping laws

French MPs are set to overwhelmingly give their backing to a bill that will grant intelligence services sweeping new surveillance powers in the name of fighting terrorism. Here are five reasons why opponents of the bill say we should all be concerned.

Swedish ice hockey team reported for ‘Indian’ logo
Sweden

Swedish ice hockey team reported for ‘Indian’ logo

Swedish ice hockey club Frölunda Indians have caused a stir after they were reported to Sweden's Equality Ombudsman for their logo depicting a Native American. But the case does not count as discrimination, a spokesman for the government agency has told The Local.

Spain blocks export of Picasso painting to UK
Spain

Spain blocks export of Picasso painting to UK

Spain's courts have ruled that a Spanish banker cannot take his prized Picasso to London because of the painting's great importance within the cultural heritage of Spain.

French patient left blind after stomach operation
France

French patient left blind after stomach operation

A woman who went to hospital for what was meant to be a routine stomach operation was left blind, with her family now suing for damages to the tune of €2 million.

Elderly burglar foiled after losing glasses
Germany

Elderly burglar foiled after losing glasses

One of Germany's oldest burglars has had to spend his 70th birthday in a police hospital after being caught during his latest break-in attempt.

Sweden ranks fifth best place to be a mother
Sweden

Sweden ranks fifth best place to be a mother

Sweden remains among the top five countries in the world to be a mother, according to Save the Children's annual global scorecard, with Stockholm singled out for tackling inequality among women.

‘Swedes are great friends but terrible strangers’
Sweden

‘Swedes are great friends but terrible strangers’

After eight months of living in Stockholm, The Local's Editor Maddy Savage has embraced the city's nature, eaten her bodyweight in meatballs and made some wonderful friends. But she's not so impressed by the (lack of) kindness of strangers in her adopted city.

Black metal murder to be Ridley Scott film
Norway

Black metal murder to be Ridley Scott film

The spate of black metal church burnings which ended in a murder, shocking Norway in the early nineties, is being made into a Hollywood feature film by Bladerunner-director Ridley Scott’s production company.

The Local’s top Swedish songs of the month: May
Sweden

The Local’s top Swedish songs of the month: May

The Local's music guru, Paul Connolly, has a bumper crop of great new Swedish songs for you to enjoy during these early summer nights.

Nightclub owner bans ‘aggressive’ refugees
Germany

Nightclub owner bans ‘aggressive’ refugees

A Bavarian nightclub owner has introduced a ban on refugees after claiming that they were causing trouble in his establishment.

Swiss rank 13th among best places for mums
Switzerland

Swiss rank 13th among best places for mums

Despite its wealth, Switzerland ranks behind Scandinavian and other European countries among the world's best places to be a mother, according to an annual scorecard from Save the Children International.

Italy’s schools close as teachers fight reform
Italy

Italy’s schools close as teachers fight reform

Schools across Italy will close on Tuesday as teachers rally against premier Matteo Renzi’s school reform bill.

Le Pen: I don’t want my daughter to be president
France

Le Pen: I don’t want my daughter to be president

After being suspended by France's far-right National Front, party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen on Tuesday hit back at its current leader, his daughter, saying it would be "scandalous" if she were to be elected president of France.

Vienna prisoners ‘could work in police stations’
Austria

Vienna prisoners ‘could work in police stations’

Police in Vienna are sceptical of a new agreement between the interior and justice ministries, which could see day release prisoners working in police stations in the capital.

Italian astronaut has first espresso in space
Italy

Italian astronaut has first espresso in space

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti has had the pleasure of tasting the first ever espresso brewed in space, thanks to a pioneering coffee machine made to operate in such extreme conditions.

Norway best place in world for mums: report
Norway

Norway best place in world for mums: report

Norway ranks as the world's best place to be a mother, well ahead of the United States which dropped to the 33rd spot in the annual scorecard released by Save the Children on Monday.

Heavy rains on tap for most of Denmark
Denmark

Heavy rains on tap for most of Denmark

Meteorology institute DMI has warned that parts of Denmark can experience massive downpours on Tuesday.

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France

Video reveals the dirty underbelly of Cannes

An amateur diver has stolen the show a week ahead of the Cannes Film Festival's launch after he took a camera under the sea and showed the polluted wasteland that lurks beneath the surface of the French Riviera.

More rain renews flood and landslide risks
Switzerland

More rain renews flood and landslide risks

UPDATED: Many parts of western Switzerland remained on alert as weather forecasters called for additional rain on Tuesday, heightening the risk of more flooding and transportation disruptions.

Germans fathered by Allied soldiers speak out
Germany

Germans fathered by Allied soldiers speak out

A quarter of a million Germans were fathered by Allied soldiers after the Second World War. Many have spent their lives not knowing their fathers and stigmatized by their own society.

France tells migrants ‘forget UK and stay here’
France

France tells migrants ‘forget UK and stay here’

France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has urged the hundreds of migrants living in squalid make-shift camps in Calais to forget about going to the UK and seek asylum in France.

UBS’s healthy Q1 profit exceeds forecasts
Switzerland

UBS’s healthy Q1 profit exceeds forecasts

UBS, Switzerland’s largest bank, on Tuesday reported higher than expected profits for the first quarter of 2015 of almost two billion francs, virtually twice as high as the same period a year earlier.

Only 5 percent of Spain’s bank aid recovered
Spain

Only 5 percent of Spain’s bank aid recovered

Spain has recovered only five percent of €51.3 billion ($57.2 billion) of state aid given to the country's banking sector since 2009 to prevent its collapse, the Bank of Spain said on Monday.

Supermarket meat needles were ‘warning’
Germany

Supermarket meat needles were ‘warning’

A woman has admitted to a Lübeck court that she placed needles in meat packets in a supermarket in northern Germany, hoping to discourage them from eating mass-produced food.

Infanta risks asset seizure in fraud case
Spain

Infanta risks asset seizure in fraud case

A Spanish judge Monday took a step towards seizing the assets of Cristina, sister of King Felipe VI, pending her trial in a fraud scandal that has shamed the royal family.

Drivers’ walkout brings fresh rail misery
Germany

Drivers’ walkout brings fresh rail misery

The beginning of a six-day strike by train drivers on Tuesday left millions of people across Germany struggling to get to work on Monday morning.

Copenhagen man revives Viking ‘forest’ language
Denmark

Copenhagen man revives Viking ‘forest’ language

A rare Nordic language used by a tiny forest community in Sweden is a hot topic at an international linguistics conference in Copenhagen this week, as Scandinavian language experts campaign to stop it dying out.

France: Second patient dies in artificial heart trial
France

France: Second patient dies in artificial heart trial

The second person in France to receive a much-hyped new-generation artificial heart has died eight months after receiving the transplant, biomedical firm Carmat said Tuesday.

Swedish broadband ‘priciest in Scandinavia’
Sweden

Swedish broadband ‘priciest in Scandinavia’

Sweden is known as one of the world's most tech savvy countries. But high mobile broadband prices force many customers to turn to operators across the border in its Nordic neighbour states, where internet access is often cheaper and more generous.

Italy demands EU stumps up for saved migrants
Italy

Italy demands EU stumps up for saved migrants

Italy reacted on Monday to the arrival of thousands of new migrants at its southern ports by demanding that its European Union partners meet the cost of taking them in.

‘Time to free Swedish journalist Dawit Isaak’
Sweden

‘Time to free Swedish journalist Dawit Isaak’

Swedish-Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak has spent the past 13 years imprisoned in Eritrea, which has been criticized by several human rights organizations. In this week's exclusive debate article for The Local, US campaigner Kerry Kennedy writes that it is time for the Swedish government to step up the fight to secure his release.

Juve won’t be easy prey: Ancelotti
Italy

Juve won’t be easy prey: Ancelotti

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has brushed off suggestions Juventus will be easy opponents when the sides meet on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final in Turin.

Voters thaw on Sweden Democrats co-operation
Sweden

Voters thaw on Sweden Democrats co-operation

Almost half of Swedish voters – and a majority of two of the Nordic country's centre-right parties – want to co-operate with the nationalist Sweden Democrats on some issues, while 41 percent of voters want to limit the party's influence, according to a poll by Ipsos.