Norway FA to vote against graft-hit Blatter
Norway

Norway FA to vote against graft-hit Blatter

Norway’s leading football body has announced that it will back Uefa president Michel Platini’s campaign to oust Fifa president Sepp Blatter, ending fears that it might rally behind the scandal-hit Swiss football boss.

Two-thirds negative to child marrying a Muslim
Norway

Two-thirds negative to child marrying a Muslim

Two thirds of Norwegians would react negatively if one of their children married a Muslim, according to the latest annual survey by Norway’s Directorate of Integration and Diversity (IMDI)

Blatter rejects calls to quit as Fifa meet opens
Switzerland

Blatter rejects calls to quit as Fifa meet opens

Embattled Fifa president Sepp Blatter on Thursday warned of "more bad news" for football's scandal tainted world body but rejected calls to resign over a widening corruption scandal.

Boffins discover why Swiss cheese has holes
Switzerland

Boffins discover why Swiss cheese has holes

Eureka! After about a century of research, Swiss scientists have finally cracked the mystery of the holes in Swiss cheese.

US court intervenes in Thule Air Base contract
Denmark

US court intervenes in Thule Air Base contract

The US Court of Federal Claims has said that the American subsidiary that was controversially awarded a lucrative maintenance contract for the US Air Force’s base did not meet the necessary requirements.

Swiss returns home to make ‘gender-fluid’ film
Switzerland

Swiss returns home to make ‘gender-fluid’ film

Swiss filmmaker Florian Halbedl is returning to Switzerland from his current home in Canada to shoot an unusual short film in the canton of Ticino with his trans-gender partner.

Cameron tells EU: ‘Status quo not good enough’
France

Cameron tells EU: ‘Status quo not good enough’

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has urged EU leaders to be "flexible and imaginative" when it comes to reforming the European Union in order to make the 28-nation bloc more successful and competitive.

Steinmeier: corruption poisons football
Germany

Steinmeier: corruption poisons football

Foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Thursday that if world football can't clear up "poisonous" corruption, state bodies need to step in, amid a graft scandal engulfing governing body FIFA.

Greece eclipses G7 meeting in Dresden
Germany

Greece eclipses G7 meeting in Dresden

Debt-wracked Greece's battle to hammer out a deal with its creditors dominated a meeting of finance ministers from the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations in Dresden on Thursday, with officials insisting much work still lay ahead.

Denmark’s job market grows yet again
Denmark

Denmark’s job market grows yet again

New figures from Statistics Denmark show that the national labour market grew for the 23rd straight month in March.

Paris police bust Eiffel Tower pickpocket ring
France

Paris police bust Eiffel Tower pickpocket ring

Police in the French capital arrested ten people suspected of being in a pickpocketing gang that targeted tourists at the Eiffel Tower, where they would earn up to €4,000 a day.

Five reasons Sandviken could really suit Wyclef
Sweden

Five reasons Sandviken could really suit Wyclef

Former Fugees star Wyclef Jean stirred up a right debate in Sweden on Thursday when he said he was planning a move to the small town of Sandviken, two hours north of the capital. But we're not ones to judge, so we've put together this list of five reasons why the rapper might be such a big fan of this rural town.

British expats angry over EU referendum lockout
France

British expats angry over EU referendum lockout

Details of the UK’s referendum bill were published on Thursday, but there was no mention of guaranteeing the vote to ALL British expats living in EU member states. An omission that has left many Brits in France angry and deeply concerned.

EU investigates Germany over airport security
Germany

EU investigates Germany over airport security

The European Commission said on Thursday that it had referred Germany to the EU Court of Justice for failing to regularly check up on its airport security measures at some airports.

Norway social workers lied in court to keep child
Norway

Norway social workers lied in court to keep child

Norway's controversial Child Welfare Service submitted false evidence in order to keep a child in foster care against the wishes of the mother, a court in Norway has ruled.

Six of the best gourmet burger joints in Madrid
Spain

Six of the best gourmet burger joints in Madrid

To celebrate World Hamburger Day (yes, it really exists) here is The Local's pick of some of the best burgers in Madrid.

Spanish judge opens case against Boko Haram
Spain

Spanish judge opens case against Boko Haram

A Spanish High Court judge has agreed to hear a lawsuit against Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram and its leader Abubakar Shekau for crimes against humanity and terrorism.

French road deaths rise for first time in 12 years
France

French road deaths rise for first time in 12 years

More people died on France's roads in 2014 than the year before, new statistics revealed on Thursday, marking the first time in 12 years that the figure had risen.

Catalan lions and bears to start new life in USA
Spain

Catalan lions and bears to start new life in USA

The wild animals have finally found a new home across the Atlantic after years spent in limbo since their Catalan safari park went bankrupt.

Carlo Ancelotti mulling AC Milan offer
Italy

Carlo Ancelotti mulling AC Milan offer

AC Milan are bidding to lure back Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked this week by Spanish giants Real Madrid, the Italian club's vice-president Adriano Galliani confirmed on Thursday.

Swedish city apartment buyers in ‘trouble’ zone
Sweden

Swedish city apartment buyers in ‘trouble’ zone

One of Sweden's biggest banks has warned that too many potential buyers in Gothenburg and Stockholm are set to spend more than 30 percent of their disposable income on monthly mortgage payments and related costs, putting them in danger of potential financial problems in future.

Italian court tells veggie mum: feed your son meat
Italy

Italian court tells veggie mum: feed your son meat

An Italian court has ordered a vegetarian mother to cook meat for her son at least once a week after the boy's father complained that his son wasn't being given a proper diet.

Germans want to keep their hands on cash
Germany

Germans want to keep their hands on cash

Confirming conservative stereotypes, Germans have come out strongly in favour of sticking to hard cash in conducting transactions, a survey published on Thursday showed.

Japan beat Italy in World Cup sendoff
Italy

Japan beat Italy in World Cup sendoff

Japan beat Italy 1-0 on Thursday in their final warm-up game before jetting off to Canada to defend their women's World Cup title.

Fassbinder: New German Film’s Enfant Terrible
Germany

Fassbinder: New German Film’s Enfant Terrible

On Sunday May 31st, Rainer Weiner Fassbinder, one of the most influential German film directors, would have turned 70 - had it not been for his death at the age of 37 in 1982. The Local takes a look back at the life and work of the enfant terrible of New German Cinema.

Austria to repatriate gold reserves from Britain
Austria

Austria to repatriate gold reserves from Britain

Austria's central bank announced on Thursday it would repatriate a large part of its gold reserves currently stored in Britain, after auditors warned of the risk of bulk storing in a foreign country.

Search continues for missing teen sailor
Austria

Search continues for missing teen sailor

Police search and rescue teams have been out on Lake Neusiedl in Burgenland, looking for a 15-year-old boy who has been missing since Tuesday afternoon after he was swept away whilst sailing with his father.

Horse deaths reveal dark side of Rocio pilgrimage
Spain

Horse deaths reveal dark side of Rocio pilgrimage

Shocking footage reveals the cruelty suffered by horses, donkeys and mules during Andalusia’s largest and most famous pilgrimage.

Rafael Benitez resigns as Napoli coach
Italy

Rafael Benitez resigns as Napoli coach

Rafael Benitez moved a step closer to taking over Spanish giants Real Madrid when the Spaniard resigned as Napoli coach on Thursday.

What’s on in France: Ten things to do in June
France

What’s on in France: Ten things to do in June

Summer is (hopefully) set to scorch France in June - and we've collected ten of the best opportunities for you to make the most of it. From Pride parades to wine exhibitions and music festivals here's ten events not to miss.

German SS officer ‘unfit’ for Italy massacre trial

German SS officer ‘unfit’ for Italy massacre trial

German prosecutors said on Thursday they had dropped their probe into a 93-year-old former Nazi SS officer over a Second World War massacre in Italy because he suffers from dementia.

Hoarder found with hundreds of pigeons
Austria

Hoarder found with hundreds of pigeons

A man in Schwechat, near Vienna, was found hoarding between 150 and 200 pigeons in his house, in appalling conditions.

France’s Michel Platini tells Blatter to quit Fifa
France

France’s Michel Platini tells Blatter to quit Fifa

UPDATED: Allegations that leading figures at Fifa took bribes for the awarding of World Cups has led to suspicion that the vote that saw France named host of the 1998 tournament was also tainted by corruption. French football chiefs and Uefa's Michel Platini have also rounded on Fifa’s chief Sepp Blatter.

Bosses can spy on staff on Facebook: court
Italy

Bosses can spy on staff on Facebook: court

An Italian boss who created a fake Facebook account in order to catch out an employee who was using the social networking site at work was not breaking the law, Italy's top court has ruled.

Cool caps reduce hair loss during chemo
Germany

Cool caps reduce hair loss during chemo

German scientists are trialling a special scalp-cooling cap which helps reduce hair loss for cancer patients going through chemotherapy.

Denmark’s most WTF NSFW campaign poster
Denmark

Denmark’s most WTF NSFW campaign poster

John Erik Wagner wants voters to know two things: 1) he is running for prime minister and 2) he is proud of his penis.

OECD slams Italy over unskilled youth
Italy

OECD slams Italy over unskilled youth

Young Italians are low-skilled and have poor access to the labour market, while those in jobs are not encouraged to develop their careers, a new OECD report has found.

US rapper Wyclef Jean: ‘I want to move to Sweden’
Sweden

US rapper Wyclef Jean: ‘I want to move to Sweden’

A small Swedish town two hours north of Stockholm could get an unexpected celebrity resident. Rap star Wyclef Jean fell in love with Sandviken after a gig there two years ago and has now told a Swedish tabloid that he is planning a move to the town in the next couple of years.

Will he stay or go? Pressure rises on Blatter
Switzerland

Will he stay or go? Pressure rises on Blatter

Sepp Blatter, the Swiss head of Fifa, headed into the eye of a storm on Thursday with world media calling on him to resign as major corruption scandals overshadow the Zurich-based world governing body of football.

Industry: ‘doped’ growth boosting economy
Germany

Industry: ‘doped’ growth boosting economy

The German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) warned on Thursday that a fresh burst of economic confidence might be unfounded, even as they raised their growth projections for 2015.

Eta weapons cache found in French villa
Spain

Eta weapons cache found in French villa

Police raided a villa in the southern French town of Biarritz on Thursday and found weapons and bomb-making materials thought to belong to Basque separatist group Eta, according to security sources.

Slow-moving fighter jet blocks Autobahn traffic
Germany

Slow-moving fighter jet blocks Autobahn traffic

A damaged Eurofighter plane being pulled by a truck along the autobahn was so wide that it blocked three lanes of traffic on its way to being repaired in Bavaria on Thursday, drawing the ire of fellow drivers.

The ten best places for foodies in Barcelona
Spain

The ten best places for foodies in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the best European cities for foodies, where you can find everything from Michelin starred greatness to restaurants that have been in the same family for generations. Barcelona expert Rob Dobson tells us his top ten foodie favourites.

France tells Cameron referendum is ‘very risky’
France

France tells Cameron referendum is ‘very risky’

France's foreign minister Laurent Fabius fired a warning to UK Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of his trip to Paris on Thursday, telling him the EU referendum was "very risky" and that Britain would 'certainly' have the most to lose if it left the EU.

Polls point to tight race in Danish election
Denmark

Polls point to tight race in Danish election

With Denmark’s general election now underway, there seems to be an opinion poll everywhere one looks. And although they still point to a likely victory for the opposition parties, the gap appears to be closing.

Right-wing leader suffers restaurant attack
Germany

Right-wing leader suffers restaurant attack

Frauke Petry, co-leader of Alternative for Germany (AfD), was attacked by masked assailants while eating in a restaurant on Wednesday evening.

Genoa finds record haul of English weaponry
Italy

Genoa finds record haul of English weaponry

Port authorities in Genoa have discovered a record haul of English weaponry, including a number of cannons and a rare anchor weighing four tonnes.

Six facts about Europe’s hottest power couple
Sweden

Six facts about Europe’s hottest power couple

Move over William and Kate, Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and fiancée Sofia Hellqvist are causing an international stir ahead of their upcoming wedding with one Australian paper even calling them 'Europe's coolest couple'. Here are six facts you need to learn about these rocking royals.

Swedes want ‘equal’ World Cup (for women)
Sweden

Swedes want ‘equal’ World Cup (for women)

UPDATED: Swedish TV channel TV4 plans to describe the upcoming global women's football contest in Canada as the 'World Cup', as part of efforts to promote equality in the sport, but Fifa has said it will be in breach of contract unless it uses its full title the 'Fifa Women's World Cup'.

US soccer kingpin key to Fifa corruption probe
Switzerland

US soccer kingpin key to Fifa corruption probe

Once the most important man in US soccer, Charles "Chuck" Blazer turned on FIFA to become the central figure in a wide-ranging graft investigation that threatens to bring the sport's Zurich-based world governing body to its knees.

Airport chief investigated after Fiumicino fire
Italy

Airport chief investigated after Fiumicino fire

The CEO of the Rome airport company Aeroporti di Roma (ADR), Lorenzo Lo Presti, is the latest person to be investigated after the blaze at Fiumicino airport three weeks ago.

‘Drunk Paris police’ kill motorist in car crash
France

‘Drunk Paris police’ kill motorist in car crash

UPDATED: Two Paris police officers are in custody on Thursday after allegedly causing a crash that killed a delivery driver in the centre of the city. The police officers were said to have been drunk at the time.

Court rejects case against US drone strikes
Germany

Court rejects case against US drone strikes

A German court on Wednesday rejected a complaint by three Yemenis demanding that Berlin bar Washington from using a US base on its territory to operate deadly drones.

Strong franc hurts Swiss exports — and imports
Switzerland

Strong franc hurts Swiss exports — and imports

Swiss exports and imports dropped significantly in April because of lower prices linked to the strong franc, the Federal Customs Administration (FCA) said on Thursday.

Stolen monkeys returned to Oslo reptile park
Norway

Stolen monkeys returned to Oslo reptile park

The two monkeys stolen from a Reptile Park in Oslo were returned alive and healthy on Wednesday night, by what their keeper referred to as “an anonymous and repentant sinner”.

Prostitution costs France ‘€1.6 billion each year’
France

Prostitution costs France ‘€1.6 billion each year’

The 37,000 prostitutes in France are costing the country €1.6 billion a year, according to a new and extensive study that examined the economic effects that the sex industry has on French society.

Greenland approves same-sex marriage
Denmark

Greenland approves same-sex marriage

Greenland became the 21st country in the world to legalize gay marriage thanks to a unanimous vote in parliament on Wednesday.

Geneva’s revolutionary marketing education
Switzerland

Geneva’s revolutionary marketing education

The world is changing rapidly, and that means marketing has to change with it. The University of Geneva offers a programme which keeps pace with evolution.

John Kerry to make first official visit to Spain
Spain

John Kerry to make first official visit to Spain

US Secretary of State John Kerry will make his first official visit to Spain, after travelling to Geneva this weekend to meet with his Iranian counterpart in a push to seal a landmark nuclear deal.

Police issue arrest warrant for tram shooter
Austria

Police issue arrest warrant for tram shooter

Austrian police have issued a European arrest warrant for a Kosovo Albanian man suspected of shooting dead another man on a tram in Vienna on Sunday evening.

Legend Rossi seeks world title in Mugello
Italy

Legend Rossi seeks world title in Mugello

Italian motorcycling legend Valentino Rossi, seeking a tenth world title in all categories, bids to return to the top of the podium in his home MotoGP this weekend.

Gang trafficking Afghans to EU busted in Spain
Spain

Gang trafficking Afghans to EU busted in Spain

Police in Spain have broken up a gang that smuggled Afghans into Europe for a fee of €23,000

Can France’s new mega university rival the best?
France

Can France’s new mega university rival the best?

France's new mega university Paris-Saclay will officially open for business later this year, but can it really rival the very best institutions in the world? French researcher Jean-Claude Thoenig takes a closer look.

Gay marriage: Germany still says ‘No’
Germany

Gay marriage: Germany still says ‘No’

Germany's cabinet on Wednesday approved a raft of draft measures to extend the rights of same-sex couples, but faced criticism for allowing only civil unions, not full gay marriage.

Families still waiting on Juve: Heysel victim’s son
Italy

Families still waiting on Juve: Heysel victim’s son

Andrea Lorentini and his family have moved on from the personal tragedy of the Heysel disaster, but for them and many other victims' families, Juventus, and Italian football, have yet to follow.

Denmark moves up the competitiveness ranks
Denmark

Denmark moves up the competitiveness ranks

Denmark improved its position in the presitgious global competitiveness ranking from Swiss business school IMD.

Vatican official probed over Italian castle sale
Italy

Vatican official probed over Italian castle sale

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, a Vatican official, is under investigation by Italian prosecutors on suspicion of embezzlement and price fixing during the sale of an historic castle, according to media reports on Wednesday.

France tells Iran: ‘No inspections then no deal’
France

France tells Iran: ‘No inspections then no deal’

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Wednesday that France would oppose a nuclear deal with Iran if it did not allow inspections of military sites.

Mechanical seesaws take over former church
Austria

Mechanical seesaws take over former church

One hundred and fifty mechanical seesaws have been installed in a former church in Austria, in a work of art by Swiss artist Zimoun.

Virus poisons thousands of Swedish computers
Sweden

Virus poisons thousands of Swedish computers

Thousands of Swedish computers have been hit by a destructive computer virus that gains access to all files and makes it possible for the invader to empty a user's bank account in seconds.

Spectre of Greece haunts G7 Dresden meeting
Germany

Spectre of Greece haunts G7 Dresden meeting

Finance ministers and central bank governors of the Group of Seven wealthiest nations gathered in Dresden Thursday to discuss the global economy and tax evasion, but the Greek crisis was also high on everyone's minds.

Barman guilty after client dies drinking 56 shots
France

Barman guilty after client dies drinking 56 shots

A French barman received a suspended jail sentence on Wednesday after he was convicted of manslaughter for letting a man do 56 shots during a drinking contest that led to his death.

Five unmissable events in Sweden this week
Sweden

Five unmissable events in Sweden this week

Eurovision hero Måns Zelmerlöw is performing at Stockholm's most iconic theme park this weekend, while one of Europe's hottest music and tech festivals is making its way to northern Sweden and Malmö is showcasting some of the most talented names on the Nordic theatre circuit.

Sweden drops in leading global business rankings
Sweden

Sweden drops in leading global business rankings

High taxes and unemployment have pushed Sweden down to ninth place from fifth a year earlier in an annual world competitiveness survey by a leading Swiss business school.