Norway church thief rings the bells
Norway

Norway church thief rings the bells

A burglar who broke into a church in Norway accidentally set off the bell-ringing system while making his escape with the remote control and a small amount of cash, but still managed to get away.

Actor sues French daily over Swiss bank claim
Switzerland

Actor sues French daily over Swiss bank claim

John Malkovich has filed a defamation suit against French daily Le Monde over Swissleaks reports the US actor says incorrectly stated he owned a secret Swiss account, his lawyer said Monday.

Air on Paris Metro worse than on the peripherique
France

Air on Paris Metro worse than on the peripherique

The air Parisians breathe in their city's underground railway system is almost four times as bad as the air at the peripherique, the busy ringroad that surrounds the capital.

Prince William meets Swiss-based nature org
Switzerland

Prince William meets Swiss-based nature org

Britain’s Prince William visited the Lake Geneva region on Monday to meet with officials from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and to discuss endangered species issues.

2005 riots: Police officers cleared over deaths
France

2005 riots: Police officers cleared over deaths

UPDATED: Two police officers were cleared on Monday after they had been accused of not helping two youths electrocuted in 2005, whose deaths sparked three weeks of rioting.

Denmark to fly refugee surveillance missions
Denmark

Denmark to fly refugee surveillance missions

Denmark will contribute a defence plane to fly surveillance missions over the Mediterranean, the Defence Ministry announced on Monday.

Jobsharing: Are two heads better than one?
Germany

Jobsharing: Are two heads better than one?

What do you do when you have had a successful and challenging career but events in your private life mean that you can no longer commit to a full-time job? Job sharing provides one interesting option.

Charlie Hebdo to give €4.3m to attack victims
France

Charlie Hebdo to give €4.3m to attack victims

Charlie Hebdo said Monday €4.3 million in donations will go to the victims of a jihadist attack against the French satirical magazine, which has faced internal tensions over the use of the money.

Model student hit by racism over high grades
Italy

Model student hit by racism over high grades

The Senagalese father of a 14-year-old pupil at a school in Pisa has complained to police after his daughter allegedly received a series of anonymous racist letters.

Swedes and Saudis friends again after spat
Sweden

Swedes and Saudis friends again after spat

A Swedish business delegation has landed in Saudi Arabia in a fresh sign that relations between the countries have thawed after a deep diplomatic freeze earlier this year.

‘Do the Swedes know what Cheetos are?’
Sweden

‘Do the Swedes know what Cheetos are?’

Funny, intelligent and highly controversial, US comedian and talkshow host Bill Maher has won himself fans and enemies alike on both sides of the pond. Here, he tells The Local's Emma Löfgren how he thinks his particular brand of telling-it-like-he-sees-it comedy will fly when he hits the Swedish stand-up stage next week.

Spain rejects EU migrant quota plan
Spain

Spain rejects EU migrant quota plan

Spain rejected on Monday an EU quota system to share the migrant burden among member states, saying it had already done more than its fair share to help asylum seekers.

Honest Malaga cabbie hands in €6,000 cash
Spain

Honest Malaga cabbie hands in €6,000 cash

A taxi driver in Malaga has been hailed as "cabbie of the year" after returning a bag containing $7,200 in cash that was left in the taxi's trunk by an American tourist.

Drug experts plead for a better way
Germany

Drug experts plead for a better way

In an “Alternative Drugs and Addiction Report”, experts have warned politicians that current laws on dangerous drugs are doing more harm than good.

Low marks for Sweden’s muddled teacher training
Sweden

Low marks for Sweden’s muddled teacher training

Serious failings in Sweden's teacher training system go a long way to explaining the country's steep drop in school rankings, according to a new OECD report.

Jobless filmmaker roams Turin dressed as Jesus
Italy

Jobless filmmaker roams Turin dressed as Jesus

An out-of-work filmmaker who has spent the past few weeks walking the streets of Turin dressed as Jesus to earn some extra cash has become an internet celebrity. But Italian police haven’t taken so kindly to the man’s holy attire.

EU President apologizes for Catalan ‘error’
Spain

EU President apologizes for Catalan ‘error’

European Parliament President Martin Schulz has apologized for mistakenly adding Catalonia to official documents as if it were its own country after complaints from a Spanish unity politician.

Danish jihadists cashed in on welfare benefits
Denmark

Danish jihadists cashed in on welfare benefits

Thirty-two Danes have collected nearly 400,000 kroner worth of unemployment benefits while fighting in Syria, it was revealed on Monday.

Merkel warns WHO meet of antibiotics dangers
Switzerland

Merkel warns WHO meet of antibiotics dangers

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel in Geneva on Monday urged all countries to help combat the misuse of antibiotics, which is fuelling drug resistance and allowing long-treatable diseases to become killers.

Germany backs ‘Euro-drone’ to challenge US
Germany

Germany backs ‘Euro-drone’ to challenge US

A European project to build a military drone by 2025 took wing on Monday as Germany, France and Italy signed a deal to start technical work and end their reliance on US- and Israeli-made models.

Denmark’s 10 most seen YouTube clips
Denmark

Denmark’s 10 most seen YouTube clips

YouTube has spent the better part of the past month looking back at its ten year history and has now released an overview of the most popular videos in Denmark.

Italy signs ‘Euro-drone’ deal to challenge US
Italy

Italy signs ‘Euro-drone’ deal to challenge US

A European project to build a military drone by 2025 took wing on Monday as Germany, France and Italy signed a deal to start technical work and end their reliance on US- and Israeli-made models.

Gang arrested trying to buy kidney of immigrant
Spain

Gang arrested trying to buy kidney of immigrant

Five people have been arrested for attempting to buy the organ from a penniless immigrant for €6,000. It was to transplant into the son of a criminal gang boss suffering from kidney disease.

More English words sneak into French
France

More English words sneak into French

France's two main dictionaries have revealed some of the new words that are set to grace their 2016 editions - and plenty of them come from English.

Italy’s exports surge on back of non-EU demand
Italy

Italy’s exports surge on back of non-EU demand

Italian exports were up by 9.2 percent in March compared to the same month in 2014, mostly driven by demand from outside the EU, the national statistics agency, Istat, said on Monday.

Eggsellent! Giant tortilla fiesta is cracking day out
Spain

Eggsellent! Giant tortilla fiesta is cracking day out

They had to break a few eggs to make this omelette - 6,000 to be precise. The townsfolk of Carcacía celebrated their annual fiesta by cooking up a giant tortilla and they had a cracking day out.

Police aim to recruit more ethnic minorities
Austria

Police aim to recruit more ethnic minorities

Austrian police are stepping up efforts to recruit more people from ethnic minorities to join the force.

Rampaging bull injures 11 at fiesta in Spain
Spain

Rampaging bull injures 11 at fiesta in Spain

An escaped bull has injured 11 people, including a young wheelchair user, after escaping from a festival in the Spanish town of Talavera de la Reina.

Swedish cop rapped for ‘yap and die’ T-shirt
Sweden

Swedish cop rapped for ‘yap and die’ T-shirt

A picture of a police officer wearing a T-shirt threatening over-enthusiastic talkers with death has set social media alight in Sweden.

South Sudan civil war victims face famine
Switzerland

South Sudan civil war victims face famine

Tens of thousands of people forced to flee violence in South Sudan could go hungry, with fighting interrupting the planting season and cutting off supply chains, the Geneva-based Red Cross warned Monday.

2015 Global Swede reflections: Viorica Doros
Sweden

2015 Global Swede reflections: Viorica Doros

Viorica Doros, one of the seven NFGL members chosen for the 2015 Global Swede Award, offers some thoughts and images from the May 12th ceremony.

Could an Englishman take charge of France?
France

Could an Englishman take charge of France?

Could France be set to call on England's World Cup winning coach Clive Woodward to take charge of the country's rugby team? That's what reports in France are suggesting on Monday.

Woman buys snake with box of bananas
Austria

Woman buys snake with box of bananas

A gardener from Krems in Lower Austria had a nasty shock when a snake emerged from her groceries on the back seat of the car as she was driving home.

Denmark gets its first mobile hotel
Denmark

Denmark gets its first mobile hotel

A charity auction for endangered rhinos resulted in a hotel stay in the heart of Copenhagen Zoo and the mobile hotel room will make several other stops in Denmark throughout the summer.

Millions of Italians to get €500 pension rebate
Italy

Millions of Italians to get €500 pension rebate

Four million Italian pensioners will get a €500 rebate from the government on August 1st, premier Matteo Renzi said on Monday in response to a ruling from Italy’s top court that the money should not have been withheld.

Soc Gen ‘knew about rogue banker’s actions’
France

Soc Gen ‘knew about rogue banker’s actions’

Bosses at French banking giant Societe Generale were aware of the activities of "rogue trader" Jerome Kerviel, a top detective working on the case reportedly told an investigating judge, according to Mediapart.

Experts: Asylum seekers should have right to work
Austria

Experts: Asylum seekers should have right to work

The Catholic charity Caritas is calling for asylum seekers to be allowed to work whilst they are waiting for their asylum applications to be approved.

Police shoot pensioner who wouldn’t leave home
Germany

Police shoot pensioner who wouldn’t leave home

Police in Hesse killed a 74-year-old pensioner on Sunday in a gun battle which erupted after the man refused to be admitted to a clinic.

Stockholm metro card could cost 900kr a month
Sweden

Stockholm metro card could cost 900kr a month

Shocked commuters in Sweden's capital awoke on Monday to the news that Stockholm’s four centre-right Alliance parties are pushing for a major price hike for a monthly travel card.

Italian family fights to repatriate US rail victim
Italy

Italian family fights to repatriate US rail victim

The family of an Italian victim of the Philadelphia train derailment last week have been trapped in a “bureaucratic nightmare” and have so far been unable to bring his body back to Italy, NBC reported on Monday.

7 reasons for Spain’s newfound love of English
Spain

7 reasons for Spain’s newfound love of English

As one of the only industries in Spain that has not only weathered the crisis, but positively flourished during it, it is boom time for English in Spain. So why are Spaniards finally embracing the language that for so long was held at arm's length?

Eight great Stockholm summer secrets
Sweden

Eight great Stockholm summer secrets

What is there to do in Stockholm when you've done everything on the tourist trail? Here are some of the best - and least known - activities to try out in Sweden's beautiful capital.

Train drivers to strike from Wednesday: union
Germany

Train drivers to strike from Wednesday: union

Train drivers' union GDL said on Monday that members would strike on goods trains from Tuesday and passenger services from Wednesday in a long-running battle with rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB).

Alps hiker killed after being gored by bull
France

Alps hiker killed after being gored by bull

A hiker in the French Alps died when he was charged by a bull as he took a Sunday morning stroll with his wife.

Norwegians brave rain and cold for May 17 gala
Norway

Norwegians brave rain and cold for May 17 gala

Neither the rain and 4C temperatures, nor the comedown from last year’s bicentenary did much to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowds who come out to celebrate May 17, or ‘syttende mai’ in Oslo on Sunday.

Basel captures sixth straight league title
Switzerland

Basel captures sixth straight league title

FC Basel continued their domination of Swiss football by winning the Super League on Sunday, although in less than spectacular fashion.

Frenchman injured by exploding e-cigarette
France

Frenchman injured by exploding e-cigarette

A young Frenchman was left with burns to his right hand and complained he could have been left disfigured after his electronic cigarette exploded in his hand. He said it was like a grenade going off.

Couples counselling: Is it for you?
Austria

Couples counselling: Is it for you?

Couples counselling can completely revolutionize your relationship - changing it from a place of conflict and disappointment to a harmonious sanctuary from the outside world. If your relationship is already good, couples counselling can make it much better.

Armenian Genocide sculpture in CPH delayed
Denmark

Armenian Genocide sculpture in CPH delayed

A scuplture commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide was supposed to have been unveiled in Copenhagen this coming weekend but resistance to the project has delayed its debut by months.

Police officer ‘abused refugees’ in Hanover
Germany

Police officer ‘abused refugees’ in Hanover

Prosecutors in Hanover are investigating a police officer who is alleged to have brutally mistreated at least two refugees and then bragged about it over instant messaging application WhatsApp afterwards.

‘More people need to communicate in English’
Spain

‘More people need to communicate in English’

This week for My Spanish Career, The Local chats to Englishman John Pare, who is head of the British Council's Young Learners Centre in Madrid.

Barca win La Liga in turnaround season
Spain

Barca win La Liga in turnaround season

Messi has led Barcelona FC from crisis to take the league crown. But can the club repeat the victory in the Copa del Rey and Champions League finals to come?

Swiss police track 2,000 ‘potentially violent’ cases
Switzerland

Swiss police track 2,000 ‘potentially violent’ cases

The 36-year-old-Swiss man who killed three in-laws and a neighbour near Zurich earlier this month was on a list of around 2,000 people in Switzerland considered by police to be potentially violent, a newspaper report on Sunday said.

Show ‘backbone’ over US spying: SPD
Germany

Show ‘backbone’ over US spying: SPD

Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel demanded on Sunday that the government be more transparent over German spying on behalf of the NSA, saying it needed to show 'backbone' in relations with Washington.

Battle begins over Guggenheim’s Venice art
Italy

Battle begins over Guggenheim’s Venice art

The descendants of famous heiress and art collector Peggy Guggenheim will on Tuesday launch a court appeal over her sumptuous collection of works housed in an 18th century palace on Venice's Grand Canal.

Berlusconi cools AC Milan takeover talk
Italy

Berlusconi cools AC Milan takeover talk

AC Milan owner and president Silvio Berlusconi has admitted he has no "desire" or "need" to sell the fallen Serie A giants despite recent reports claiming the club would soon be in Asian hands.

Swedish royals receive lavish wedding gifts
Sweden

Swedish royals receive lavish wedding gifts

A kayak, a large stuffed lion and their very own nature reserve. Those were some of the gifts Sweden's royal couple Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist received this weekend at a traditional church service in Stockholm ahead of their impending wedding ceremony.

Hardman Stallone shows off artwork in France
France

Hardman Stallone shows off artwork in France

Better known for his tough guy roles in the "Rocky" and "Rambo" films, Sylvester Stallone was in southern France this weekend for the opening of a retrospective of his artwork.

‘I brought my childhood summerhouse to life’
Sweden

‘I brought my childhood summerhouse to life’

After growing up in Rovaniemi in Finland before enjoying an advertising career in London, Sara Vilkko, 38, chose Stockholm as the city from which to launch a new app game for toddlers based on her own childhood holiday experiences.

Copenhagen mayor takes on Ryanair
Denmark

Copenhagen mayor takes on Ryanair

Ryanair's rocky take-off in Copenhagen has encountered new turbulence in the form of Mayor Frank Jensen's ban on city employees using the budget airline.

Bitcoin launched on Stockholm exchange
Sweden

Bitcoin launched on Stockholm exchange

The world's first Bitcoin-based security on a regulated exchange has been launched in Sweden. The digital currency began trading on the Stockholm market on Monday.

Teen jihadist on trial in Sankt Pölten
Austria

Teen jihadist on trial in Sankt Pölten

An Austrian teenager suspected of having links with the Islamic State group (Isis) is to appear in court on Tuesday accused of planning to bomb a Vienna train station when he was just 14.