Federer scrambles to three-set win in Halle
Switzerland

Federer scrambles to three-set win in Halle

Switzerland’s Roger Federer scrambled for a three-set victory on Monday against German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first round of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany.

Dumoulin holds on to Tour de Suisse lead
Switzerland

Dumoulin holds on to Tour de Suisse lead

Peter Sagan sprinted to victory on the shortened 117.3-kilometre third stage of the Tour de Suisse cycling race on Monday as Tom Dumoulin maintained his overall lead.

Løkke: ‘We have a problem with integration’
Denmark

Løkke: ‘We have a problem with integration’

Lars Løkke Rasmussen's international press conference on Monday quickly turned into a series of questions about how immigrants and asylum seekers have been portrayed in the Danish election.

Heavy rain sparks fresh bout of flooding
Switzerland

Heavy rain sparks fresh bout of flooding

A fresh bout of heavy rain has brought renewed flooding to parts of Switzerland, particularly eastern parts of the country and the Bern-Fribourg region, cutting transport routes, triggering mudslides and damaging buildings.

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Norway

‘Ban au pairs to stop abuse’: Norway union

Norway’s largest trade union has called for a ban on au pairs in Norway on the grounds that young women’s labour rights are routinely abused.

Wolf hunt launched in forest north of Oslo
Norway

Wolf hunt launched in forest north of Oslo

Hunters have been sent out to track down and kill one or more wolves which have over the last few weeks killed at least five lambs in Nordmarka, the forest area north of Oslo.

Bank employee info transfer to US ‘illegal’
Switzerland

Bank employee info transfer to US ‘illegal’

A Geneva court has ruled that Credit Suisse's decision to provide US tax authorities with information on an employee was illegal, according to the ruling made public on Monday.

Indian Maggi ban costs Nestlé $50 million
Switzerland

Indian Maggi ban costs Nestlé $50 million

Nestlé says that India's decision to ban the Swiss food giant's hugely popular Maggi instant noodles over safety concerns had led to 3.2 billion rupees ($50.5 million) worth of goods being withdrawn.

Migrant workers send $14 billion back home
Germany

Migrant workers send $14 billion back home

Migrant workers in Germany sent $14 billion (€12.5 billion) back to their families last year, according to a report published on Monday.

Veggie lovers challenge Swiss eating habits
Switzerland

Veggie lovers challenge Swiss eating habits

The Swiss are known for being hardcore meat eaters but traditions are slowly changing thanks to increased health consciousness and the growing influence of expats.

Airsoft: ‘Imbecilic’ game kills three French teens
France

Airsoft: ‘Imbecilic’ game kills three French teens

French authorities have slammed the battle simulation game Airsoft - dubbed paintball for pros - after three teens died in southern France when their homemade smoke bomb exploded.

The Local’s party guide: Red-Green Alliance
Denmark

The Local’s party guide: Red-Green Alliance

Keep confusing the Danish political parties with their Borgen equivalents? The Local's political party guide separates fact from fiction. This segment: the Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten).

The Local’s party guide: Christian Democrats
Denmark

The Local’s party guide: Christian Democrats

Keep confusing the Danish political parties with their Borgen equivalents? The Local's political party guide separates fact from fiction. This segment: the Christian Democrats.

Swedes in flap about ‘brutal’ French bird dish

Swedes in flap about ‘brutal’ French bird dish

French cooks are in hot water for contributing to the decline of Sweden's ortolan bunting population. The rare birds are turning up on plates in southern France, according to a Nordic scientific journal.

Hailstorms leave millions of euros of damage
Austria

Hailstorms leave millions of euros of damage

Severe hailstorms caused massive damage to agricultural land in Lower Austria, Styria and Burgenland over the weekend.

French family gets letter… 138 years late
France

French family gets letter… 138 years late

A woman in her eighties in northern France has more reason than most to grumble about the country's postal service after receiving a postcard destined for her great grandfather 138 years ago.

German traffic light stays red for 28 years
Germany

German traffic light stays red for 28 years

In Dresden much has changed over the last 28 years. Communism collapsed, democracy blossomed and the city was reborn. But one thing has remained the same - a traffic light which has stayed red since 1987.

Germanwings victims flown home to Spain
Spain

Germanwings victims flown home to Spain

The remains of Spanish victims of the Germanwings were being flown back to Barcelona on Monday.

Yes, it’s still a crime to insult Italy’s president
Italy

Yes, it’s still a crime to insult Italy’s president

The Italian Senate has moved to scrap a jail term of up to five years for insulting the president. But don't go making derogatory remarks just yet, as the bizarre fascist-era law has not been completely abolished.

Spain’s migrant workers send $10 billion home
Spain

Spain’s migrant workers send $10 billion home

Migrant workers in Spain sent $9.6 billion (€8.6 billion) back to their families in their home countries last year, according to a new report.

Circus owner: activists freed killer elephant
Germany

Circus owner: activists freed killer elephant

A circus owner alleged on Monday that animal rights activists had tampered with the junction box supplying power to the cage holding an elephant that trampled a pensioner to death on Saturday.

French hospital hit by second Ebola scare
France

French hospital hit by second Ebola scare

A man was hospitalized in the south-eastern French city of Grenoble on Monday with suspected Ebola, the second such case in the last week.

France tells Italy to take in border migrants
Italy

France tells Italy to take in border migrants

France insisted on Monday that Italy take in dozens of migrants camped out on the Franco-Italian border, amid a growing clash between the two neighbours over Europe's immigration crisis.

Belgian gets boot for stalking singing nun
Italy

Belgian gets boot for stalking singing nun

A 42-year-old Belgian man, allegedly obsessed with Italy's singing nun sensation Cristina Scuccia, is to be deported after coming to the country in an attempt to get a selfie with his idol.

Princess Madeleine has baby Swedish prince
Sweden

Princess Madeleine has baby Swedish prince

UPDATED: Sweden's Princess Madeleine has given birth to a baby boy, two days after her brother Prince Carl Philip married Sofia Hellqvist in a busy week for the royal family.

Manuela’s Madrid: A pretty, gritty, capital city
Spain

Manuela’s Madrid: A pretty, gritty, capital city

Tourists love it, locals are proud of it, but beyond Madrid's tree-lined boulevards, pavement cafes and world-class museums lies a world of inequality that its new mayor vows to fight.

AS Roma unveil ambitious new stadium
Italy

AS Roma unveil ambitious new stadium

Serie A club Roma unveiled proposals on Monday for a new state-of-the-art stadium that is part of their ambition to "become one of the most successful football clubs in the world".

Racy graffiti turned into high school sex class
Sweden

Racy graffiti turned into high school sex class

A Swedish teacher's unconventional teaching methods have gone viral after she turned her pupils' raunchy graffiti into an educational lesson on sexual health.

Sweden may quiz Julian Assange this month
Sweden

Sweden may quiz Julian Assange this month

Swedish prosecutors have submitted a request to British and Ecuadorian authorities to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London either later this month or July over rape allegations.

Blaze ravages historic basilica in France
France

Blaze ravages historic basilica in France

UPDATED: A huge blaze swept through a 19th century basilica in the western French city of Nantes on Monday morning causing major damage. Locals flocked to share pictures and videos on social media.

‘Real risk’ of Grexit, warns Spanish minister
Spain

‘Real risk’ of Grexit, warns Spanish minister

Greece runs a "real risk" of crashing out of the eurozone after crucial debt talks with its creditors broke down, Spain's foreign minister warned on Monday.

France tells Italy: Stick to EU immigration laws
France

France tells Italy: Stick to EU immigration laws

After the Italian PM said he could "hurt" Europe if his country wasn't given more help with migrants, France has hit back and said its neighbour must stick to the rules.

Danish cop guilty of stealing from dead man
Denmark

Danish cop guilty of stealing from dead man

An officer with the South Zealand and Lolland-Falster Police has been removed from duty after a court found him guilty of taking 2,000 kroner from the wallet of a corpse.

First senior cleric faces trial for paedophilia
Italy

First senior cleric faces trial for paedophilia

A former papal ambassador to the Dominican Republic will be tried for paedophilia next month in the first case of its kind to be brought before a Vatican court.

Italy players strike over World Cup pay plan
Italy

Italy players strike over World Cup pay plan

Italy's Rugby World Cup preparations got off on the wrong foot on Monday when players refused to take part in the first training session in a row over pay.

Telekom Austria boss resigns
Austria

Telekom Austria boss resigns

The head of Telekom Austria, Hannes Ametsreiter, has unexpectedly announced he will leave the company "soon" and "voluntarily" after more than five years in the job.

Save Buddy: Stranded pup at Barcelona airport
Spain

Save Buddy: Stranded pup at Barcelona airport

Authorities are threatening to euthanize Buddy, a four-month-old puppy, who arrived in Barcelona's El Prat Airport on Friday on a flight from New York, because they are unable to read his microchip.

Swiss boost Euro hopes with Lithuania win
Switzerland

Swiss boost Euro hopes with Lithuania win

Switzerland has moved closer to qualifying for the European Cup in France next year after coming from behind to beat Lithuania 2-1 on Sunday.

‘Turn France’s empty churches into mosques’
France

‘Turn France’s empty churches into mosques’

The French government opened talks with ‘loyal’ Muslim leaders on Monday with one of the main topics up for discussion being the shortage of mosques in France. One Muslim leader says the answer lies with France's empty churches.

‘A lad wanted F**k Off tattooed across forehead’
Spain

‘A lad wanted F**k Off tattooed across forehead’

In this week's My Spanish Career The Local chats to Steve Hezzell, an award-winning British tattoo artist and owner of Beyond Reality tattoo studio in Benidorm.

Asylum halt slammed by rights experts
Austria

Asylum halt slammed by rights experts

A decision by Austria’s interior minister to stop processing asylum requests in an effort to pressure other European Union member states to do more to help absorb the numbers of refugees pouring into the continent has been criticised by human rights experts.

Border crisis: ‘a punch in the face for Europe’
Italy

Border crisis: ‘a punch in the face for Europe’

Images of dozens of migrants stuck at Italy's border with France represent a "punch in the face for Europe," Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Monday.

Top that! Italy snatches pizza title from Spain

Top that! Italy snatches pizza title from Spain

Italian pizza makers have brought the title for the world’s longest pizza back to its true home having produced one that’s over a kilometre long.

Fare-dodger leaps from train to escape fine
Germany

Fare-dodger leaps from train to escape fine

A 27-year-old man from Munster took the concept of fare jumping a bit too literally on Saturday when he leaped from a moving carriage to avoid a €10 ticket.

Tourists shocked by Calais migrants scramble
France

Tourists shocked by Calais migrants scramble

A video showing migrants trying to smuggle themselves onto a UK-bound truck in northern France in front of shocked tourists has been posted online and has since gone viral.

Zlatan double scores Sweden Euro 2016 win
Sweden

Zlatan double scores Sweden Euro 2016 win

Sweden's male footballers won 3-1 at home to Montenegro on Sunday as they continued their bid to secure a place in the Euro 2016 tournament.

Spanish mayor’s rogue little toes go viral
Spain

Spanish mayor’s rogue little toes go viral

The new mayor of Jerez de La Frontera has failed to get off on the right foot after hitting the headlines for her freaky toes.

Police search new area after schoolgirl murder
Sweden

Police search new area after schoolgirl murder

Two suspects, believed to be brothers, are being questioned over the murder of Swedish teenager Lisa Holm as police search a new area close to where her body was found.

Federer preps for Wimbledon in Germany
Switzerland

Federer preps for Wimbledon in Germany

Switzerland's Roger Federer is preparing his bid for a record eighth Wimbledon title in the familiar surroundings of Halle, Germany on Monday admitting he's still surprised by his staggering success on grass.

Woman beheaded in brutal Milan murder
Italy

Woman beheaded in brutal Milan murder

Police have arrested a man following a savage murder that has shocked the northern Italian city of Milan.

Chasing the PM at Denmark’s Folkemødet
Denmark

Chasing the PM at Denmark’s Folkemødet

The Local correspondent Richard Orange took to the island of Bornholm to check the pulse of the annual political festival known as Folkemødet to catch a few minutes with the biggest political name of them all.

Four of ten refugees fail Danish language test
Denmark

Four of ten refugees fail Danish language test

Newly-released government figures show that a high number of asylum seekers fail to attend the country's language courses and that attendance is worse among those who receive public benefits.

Alitalia jet evacuated after bomb threat
Italy

Alitalia jet evacuated after bomb threat

An Alitalia jet landed safely in New York on Sunday after the airline received a bomb threat.

Genevans approve using offices for apartments
Switzerland

Genevans approve using offices for apartments

Developers in the canton of Geneva will have the right to transform commercial and industrial buildings for residential use after voters on Sunday approved a change in the law.

PM Valls places French island in wrong ocean
France

PM Valls places French island in wrong ocean

Just as he admitted he had made one serious "blunder" the French PM Manuel Valls went and made another, although this geography-based one was a little more embarrassing than scandalous.

Spy chief seeks to bring field officers to heel
Germany

Spy chief seeks to bring field officers to heel

The head of Germany's foreign intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), has decided to reorganize the agency to stop a repeat of the US National Security Agency (NSA) spying scandal that has engulfed it this year.

Harstena: Life on Sweden’s secret islands
Sweden

Harstena: Life on Sweden’s secret islands

Have you ever eaten seal meat? Taken a 6am boat to get to school? Or gone kayaking by moonlight, perhaps? The Local’s Solveig Rundquist visits the remote island of Harstena to get a taste of life in Sweden’s secret archipelago.

French tipples bag most awards at world wine fair
France

French tipples bag most awards at world wine fair

France scooped the most gongs at an awards ceremony to mark the start of the world's biggest wine fair in Bordeaux this week although a Spanish plonk took the prestigious title for the high-end Red Bordeaux.

France bans sale of Monsanto weedkiller
France

France bans sale of Monsanto weedkiller

French Ecology Minister Segolène Royal announced on Sunday a ban on the sale of popular weedkiller Roundup from garden centres, which the UN has warned may be carcinogenic.

Industry bosses want to give refugees jobs
Germany

Industry bosses want to give refugees jobs

German industry groups called on Monday for the government to make it easier for asylum seekers to get jobs in Germany, days before a national conference on refugee policy.

Economy, welfare take centre stage in election
Denmark

Economy, welfare take centre stage in election

Denmark's economy and cradle-to-grave welfare system have taken centre stage in the run up to Thursday's election, with a looming skills shortage fuelling a debate on the scope of unemployment benefits.

Madrid official resigns over anti-semitic tweet
Spain

Madrid official resigns over anti-semitic tweet

Madrid's new administration faced its first casualty of office with the resignation of a councillor on Monday following a storm of criticism over anti-semitic tweets he had sent in 2011.

De Rossi joins growing Azzurri injury list
Italy

De Rossi joins growing Azzurri injury list

Roma's Daniele De Rossi has joined Italy's growing injury list for their friendly against Portugal, four days after the Azzurri kept their Euro 2016 qualifying hopes alive in a controversial 1-1 draw away to Croatia.

Paris Air Show set for Airbus vs Boeing battle
France

Paris Air Show set for Airbus vs Boeing battle

The world's leading air show opens on Monday near the French capital with a special focus on green issues alongside the usual sales war between Airbus and Boeing.

Hotels fail to cash in on Swedish tourism boom
Sweden

Hotels fail to cash in on Swedish tourism boom

Cheaper prices have made it harder for Swedish hotels to profit on a recent the tourism boom, with six percent more rooms sold in the first four months of the year compared to the same period in 2014.

Finance ministry: ‘ball is in Greece’s court’
Germany

Finance ministry: ‘ball is in Greece’s court’

Germany's finance ministry said on Monday it is now up to Greece to make proposals to reach a deal with its creditors that will save it from default in down-to-the-wire talks.

Swedish minister slams UN over abuse leak case
Sweden

Swedish minister slams UN over abuse leak case

Sweden's foreign minister Margot Wallström has hit out at the United Nations over its temporary suspension of Swedish whistleblower Anders Kompass.

‘I was a bit headstrong when I arrived in Sweden’
Sweden

‘I was a bit headstrong when I arrived in Sweden’

American Jordan Nasser moved to Stockholm in 2008 after landing a job at fashion giant H&M. After six years he’s given up his career to become an author. He tells The Local why.