Israeli nuke activist marries Norwegian love
Norway

Israeli nuke activist marries Norwegian love

Mordechai Vanunu, the man jailed for 18 years for leaking details of Israel's nuclear weapons program to the British press, has married his long-term Norwegian girlfriend Kristin Joachimsen.

Wawrinka advances to Geneva Open quarters
Switzerland

Wawrinka advances to Geneva Open quarters

Top seed Stan Wawrinka continued to fine-tune his French Open preparations with a three-set win over Czech Lukas Rosol on Wednesday to make the last-eight at the Geneva Open tennis tournament.

Monsanto spells out bid for Syngenta takeover
Switzerland

Monsanto spells out bid for Syngenta takeover

US agriculture and seed giant Monsanto said Wednesday that it would sell Syngenta's seeds and traits assets to address regulatory concerns if the Swiss company accepts its takeover offer.

Scandinavian Airlines cancels 110 flights
Norway

Scandinavian Airlines cancels 110 flights

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) cancelled 110 flights on Wednesday and Thursday in a bid to to prevent passengers from getting stuck in transit due to an impending strike, the airline announced today.

Coop plans new logistics centre near Lausanne
Switzerland

Coop plans new logistics centre near Lausanne

Coop, Switzerland’s second largest retailer, is planning to build a new logistics and administrative centre for western Switzerland in the canton of Vaud at a cost of 88 million francs, the canton announced on Wednesday.

How one man robbed dozens of French banks
France

How one man robbed dozens of French banks

A man who swindled French banks and businesses into giving him millions of euros was sentenced in absentia to seven years in jail on Wednesday. And his victims revealed in court exactly how the smooth talker operated.

France plans to deduct income tax at source
France

France plans to deduct income tax at source

No sooner had the deadline passed for this year’s dreaded tax declarations than the French government announced plans that it would move towards a system of taking income tax automatically out of workers' wages. Not everyone will greet the news with a sigh of relief.

Why Swedish girls are leaving home for Isis
Sweden

Why Swedish girls are leaving home for Isis

More girls and women than ever before are leaving Sweden to fight with terrorist groups like Isis. The Local speaks to terrorism expert Magnus Ranstorp from the Swedish Defence University about what’s luring them to leave one of the safest countries in the world to wage jihad.

Cement CEO roasted for bonus linked to job cuts
Switzerland

Cement CEO roasted for bonus linked to job cuts

Lafarge chief executive Bruno Lafont has been awarded a €2.5 million ($2.8 million) bonus for the successful merger with Swiss rival Holcim as the cement company announced job cuts.

‘I only promote reading’ writer tells sabotage trial
Italy

‘I only promote reading’ writer tells sabotage trial

Erri de Luca, the Italian writer on trial for inciting criminal damage to a controversial high-speed rail link through the Alps, told a court Wednesday he was only capable of inciting people to read or write.

Unknown Hans Christian Andersen text found
Denmark

Unknown Hans Christian Andersen text found

Danish historians were bursting with excitement after an original manuscript by "the world’s most famous Dane" was discovered on Lolland.

Knausgård savages the ‘Cyclops’ Swedes

Knausgård savages the ‘Cyclops’ Swedes

Norwegian literary star Karl Ove Knausgård has launched an extraordinary attack on the Swedes, damning them as a race of narrow-minded “Cyclops” who cannot tolerate ambiguity, have no understanding of literature, and are “full of hate and fear”.

Civil Guard included on Basque terrorist list
Spain

Civil Guard included on Basque terrorist list

The Basque government has been forced to apologize after mistakenly listing the Civil Guard police force as a terrorist group on a website aimed at providing information on victims.

Colder than Scotland? Spain temp drops to 2C
Spain

Colder than Scotland? Spain temp drops to 2C

It is said that what goes up must come down. After sizzling through a heatwave last week parts of Spain are now shivering in temperatures as low as 2C.

DB and train drivers ‘working on mediation’
Germany

DB and train drivers ‘working on mediation’

Passenger train traffic was massively reduced on Wednesday after train drivers began their strike overnight, but hope is growing that the GDL union will agree to mediated talks with rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB).

Report: 1/3 of species in Germany endangered
Germany

Report: 1/3 of species in Germany endangered

Every third species of animal, plant and fungus is endangered in Germany, according to a report issued by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) on Wednesday.

French CEO gets €2.5m bonus despite job cuts
France

French CEO gets €2.5m bonus despite job cuts

The French CEO who successfully oversaw his company merger with a Swiss firm has been granted a "scandalous" €2.5 million bonus just as his company announced a raft of job cuts.

Copenhagen Police fire warning shot in clash
Denmark

Copenhagen Police fire warning shot in clash

UPDATED: Four arrests made after police fired a warning shot at a group of "very violent people" on Wednesday.

Bavaria crowns beer queen for key year
Germany

Bavaria crowns beer queen for key year

The Bavarian Brewers Association have just elected the Bierkönigin (Beer Queen) for 2015/2016, a much coveted title in Germany's home of beer.

Nuns defy Vatican to follow political calling
Spain

Nuns defy Vatican to follow political calling

A couple of Catalan nuns are defying the Vatican and even the Spanish government by throwing their wimples into Spain's political arena.

FIGC chief pledges action against ‘criminals’
Italy

FIGC chief pledges action against ‘criminals’

The president of Italy's football federation (FIGC), Carlo Tavecchio, pledged to eradicate the "criminals and tricksters" following the eruption of a sports betting scandal which an investigating magistrate said underlined the "sick" nature of Italian football.

Migration Board worker took bribes for passports
Sweden

Migration Board worker took bribes for passports

A court in Malmö has jailed a former Migration Board worker and his accomplice for taking bribes in exchange for residence permits and passports for asylum seekers desperate to stay in Sweden.

Hard-up French take migrants to UK for cash
France

Hard-up French take migrants to UK for cash

With the economic squeeze hitting hard some hard-up business owners and even students in northern France are turning to the lucrative, but highly risky trade of trafficking migrants across the English Channel to the UK, just to make ends meet.

Two million Swedes design ‘house of clicks’
Sweden

Two million Swedes design ‘house of clicks’

A team of award-winning architects have joined forces with two million Swedes to design the country’s most sought-after home.

Police give forgetful senior €44k ‘birthday gift’
Germany

Police give forgetful senior €44k ‘birthday gift’

A man who left a rucksack containing €44,000 in Hamburg central station had it returned to him by federal police on Thursday - the day of his 92nd birthday.

Douze or nul points? Eurovision acts to watch
Austria

Douze or nul points? Eurovision acts to watch

Who can follow Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst and wow 200 million viewers worldwide to win the Eurovision Song Contest at its 60th edition in Vienna on Saturday?

France ignores teachers to push through reforms
France

France ignores teachers to push through reforms

France's education minister on Wednesday published a controversial set of school reforms on the country's official statute books, sparking fury from unions and the opposition a day after a teachers' strike.

Comedian can be called “hate preacher”: court
Germany

Comedian can be called “hate preacher”: court

Comedian Dieter Nuhr has failed in a court battle to stop a Muslim critic from calling him a “preacher of hate” because of his jokes about Islam.

Iconic Copenhagen street lamps up for sale
Denmark

Iconic Copenhagen street lamps up for sale

Want to bring a piece of Copenhagen history into your home? Thanks to the city’s new energy-saving measures, you can.

Aussie idol set to rock Eurovision extravaganza
Austria

Aussie idol set to rock Eurovision extravaganza

The world's most famous kitsch pop competition - the Eurovision Song Contest - will be held in Vienna on Saturday and for the first time include wildcard Australia.

Dr Eurovision tips Norway for ‘surprise win’
Norway

Dr Eurovision tips Norway for ‘surprise win’

Britain’s ’Dr Eurovision’ has tipped Norway as a possible “surprise winner” in this year’s song contest on Saturday, praising A Monster like Me as “a really classy and original song”.

Mother who stabbed 3 girls was ‘mentally ill’
Italy

Mother who stabbed 3 girls was ‘mentally ill’

A woman who last year stabbed her three daughters to death in northern Italy has been acquitted on an insanity plea and will now spend ten years in a psychiatric facility, Italian media has reported.

Germany ‘spied on Austrian internet traffic’
Austria

Germany ‘spied on Austrian internet traffic’

Austrian politician Peter Pilz (Greens) has accused the German secret service (BND) and telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom of intercepting internet traffic to Austria, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, among others.

Is the minimum wage killing off ‘minijobs’?
Germany

Is the minimum wage killing off ‘minijobs’?

Figures released on Tuesday show that the number of so-called 'minijobs' in Germany has sunk in the first three months of the year, with some linking the decline to the €8.50 per hour minimum wage that came into effect in January.

Woman kills pensioner in Geneva village drama
Switzerland

Woman kills pensioner in Geneva village drama

Geneva cantonal police are seeking a woman suspected of gunning down a 73-year-old man on Tuesday in the upscale municipality of Collonge-Bellerive on the left bank of Lake Geneva.

Spain’s little Princess Leonor: A life in pics
Spain

Spain’s little Princess Leonor: A life in pics

As Spain's heir to the throne celebrates her First Holy Communion, The Local takes a look at the life so far of Spain's little princess.

Tunisia attack suspect ‘came to Italy by boat’
Italy

Tunisia attack suspect ‘came to Italy by boat’

UPDATED: A Moroccan man suspected of being involved in the March attack on the Bardo National Museum in Tunis, which killed 21 tourists, arrived in Italy by boat, police said on Wednesday.

Israeli group credited for CPH bus ad removal
Denmark

Israeli group credited for CPH bus ad removal

An Israeli lobbying group was behind the campaign to get an campaign urging people to boycott products from Israeli settlements dropped from Copenhagen buses.

Carinthia given €343 million lifeline
Austria

Carinthia given €343 million lifeline

Austria’s Finance Minister Hans Jörg Schelling has approved an agreement with Carinthia over a €343 million ($385 million) loan which the province needs to avoid an immediate insolvency, after weeks of tough negotiations.

Islamist held for stalking Charlie Hebdo chief
France

Islamist held for stalking Charlie Hebdo chief

Two men, one with links to Islamic extremism, have been questioned by police after they were reported to have been watching the home of one of the surviving members of Charlie Hebdo staff.

Action: Pedro Almodóvar starts shooting new film
Spain

Action: Pedro Almodóvar starts shooting new film

The first photograph has been released from the set of Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film, a Spanish set drama following the life of one woman over 30 years.

Kristin Amparo: ‘Swedes are afraid to be proud’
Sweden

Kristin Amparo: ‘Swedes are afraid to be proud’

Sweden might just win Eurovision – but that's not enough to "take back the flag". Singer Kristin Amparo tells The Local why Sweden needs to increase connectivity, but also learn to be proud of its traditions.

Signa eyes buying Kaufhof from Metro
Austria

Signa eyes buying Kaufhof from Metro

Austrian holding company Signa, which owns the Karstadt chain of department stores, has made a €2.9 billion ($3.2 billion) offer to buy rival Kaufhof chain from Metro, the business daily Handelsblatt reported on Wednesday.

Swedish secret stashes help parents hide candy
Sweden

Swedish secret stashes help parents hide candy

A Swedish sweet maker has devised an ingenious range of household items with secret compartments to help parents keep their precious candy stashes hidden from their children.

Italy to recover migrant bodies as EU plan falters
Italy

Italy to recover migrant bodies as EU plan falters

Italy will recover hundreds of bodies from a boat which capsized in April in a bid to prevent the collapse of an EU plan to tackle the migrant crisis, the prime minister said on Tuesday.

Train strike begins, end unknown
Germany

Train strike begins, end unknown

At two o'clock in the morning on Wednesday, train drivers stepped out of their cabs and began a strike on public rail which has no end in sight.

UBS pays $545 million over FX and rate fraud
Switzerland

UBS pays $545 million over FX and rate fraud

UBS, Switzerland's largest bank, says that it will plead guilty to fraud in the US for manipulating benchmark interest rates and pay $545 million in fines and penalties.

Denmark suffering cooler than normal May
Denmark

Denmark suffering cooler than normal May

If you’ve had the sneaking suspicion that it is taking longer for true spring weather to kick in this year than normal, you are right.

Rugby prepares Italian inmates for rehabilitation
Italy

Rugby prepares Italian inmates for rehabilitation

According to former Italy international Walter Rista, it's a sport with respect for the rules written into its DNA. So what could be better than rugby as a means of helping prisoners involved in a groundbreaking Italian rehabilitation programme prepare for their return to the outside world.

‘Sex tours’: France busts prostitution network
France

‘Sex tours’: France busts prostitution network

French police say they have broken up a network that saw Romanian prostitutes taken around French cities on so-called “sex tours”, that pulled in millions of euros for pimps.

Italian sunglasses king gifts staff millions
Italy

Italian sunglasses king gifts staff millions

The founder of Italian eyewear giant Luxottica is celebrating his 80th birthday by giving the firm's 8,000 employees in Italy shares worth around €9 million ($10 million).

‘Indignados’ all set to win Barcelona city hall vote
Spain

‘Indignados’ all set to win Barcelona city hall vote

Sunday's elections could see the Barcelona voting in the first mayor from the 'indignado' movement - an activist who led the anti-eviction protests.

Alitalia plans to scrap deal with Air France-KLM
Italy

Alitalia plans to scrap deal with Air France-KLM

Alitalia said on Tuesday it will not be renewing a partnership deal with Air France-KLM when it expires in 2017 because it is "no-longer beneficial."

France’s Deezer prepares for battle with Spotify
France

France’s Deezer prepares for battle with Spotify

French music-streaming service Deezer is preparing for a "decisive" battle as it faces off against big names like Spotify and American rapper Jay-Z's new venture Tidal, its CEO said.

Italian pensioner opens fire in row over gate
Italy

Italian pensioner opens fire in row over gate

A pensioner has wounded eight neighbours including three children, after shooting at them during a row over the gate to their apartment building, Italian media reported on Tuesday.

EU fights Germany over trucker minimum wage
Germany

EU fights Germany over trucker minimum wage

The European Commission launched legal action against Germany on Tuesday, accusing the government of illegally applying the national minimum wage to a number of trucking and haulage companies from Austria, Poland and Hungary.

All 150 Germanwings crash victims identified

All 150 Germanwings crash victims identified

Investigators have identified the remains of all 150 people aboard a Germanwings flight that was deliberately crashed into the French Alps, a prosecutor said on Tuesday, allowing them finally to be laid to rest.

Nearly one-third of Swedes want to join Nato
Sweden

Nearly one-third of Swedes want to join Nato

Support for Nato membership remains unusually high in Sweden. Nearly one in three thinks the country should join the defence organization, according to a new poll.

Missing plane found in Baltic Sea without pilots
Sweden

Missing plane found in Baltic Sea without pilots

The wreckage of a civilian aircraft which disappeared en route from Sweden to Lithuania has been found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, authorities have said. However, its two pilots are still missing.

Ten perfect hiking spots on Stockholm’s doorstep
Sweden

Ten perfect hiking spots on Stockholm’s doorstep

Sweden has one of the cleanest, greenest capitals in the world. But you don't have to go too far outside the city centre to find some even more magical beauty spots.

‘We kind of wanted to bring something new’
Norway

‘We kind of wanted to bring something new’

Norway has again sent a slow orchestral ballad to Eurovision, defying all convention. But Monster Like Me’s gothic eccentricity has won enough fans to at least qualify as an outrider. Here’s everything you need to know about Mørland and Debrah Scarlett's dark, dark secrets.