Norway’s Kvikk Lunsj foils Nestlé’s KitKat plot
Norway

Norway’s Kvikk Lunsj foils Nestlé’s KitKat plot

Kvikk Lunsj, the chocolate wafer snack beloved by hikers across Norway, has upset a scheme by the Swiss confectionary giant Nestlé to trademark the four-finger bar concept for itself.

Yemeni rebels seek talks with Saudi Arabia
Switzerland

Yemeni rebels seek talks with Saudi Arabia

Iran-backed Yemeni rebels on Tuesday accused Saudi Arabia of trying to sabotage UN peace talks in Geneva and ruled out negotiations with the exiled government saying it lacked legitimacy.

Roma beggars not run by crime groups: report
Norway

Roma beggars not run by crime groups: report

There is no evidence that Romanian beggars in northern Europe are managed by organised crime groups, according to a new report from Norwegian social research foundation Fafo.

Aussie wins fourth stage of Tour de Suisse
Switzerland

Aussie wins fourth stage of Tour de Suisse

Australia's Michael Matthews out-sprinted Slovak Peter Sagan to win the fourth stage of the Tour de Suisse cycling race on Tuesday as Dutchman Tom Dumoulin maintained his overall lead.

Border guards crush tonne of fake pots
Switzerland

Border guards crush tonne of fake pots

Swiss Border Guards rolled out a 40-tonne excavator in Geneva on Tuesday to destroy hundreds of counterfeit pots and pans bearing the mark of Switzerland’s red cross.

Austria convicts nine Isis supporters
Austria

Austria convicts nine Isis supporters

An Austrian court has convicted nine people of Chechen origin who were arrested last year on their way to join Isis militants together with their Turkish driver.

France forces through reforms without vote
France

France forces through reforms without vote

France's socialist government on Tuesday forced a controversial package of key economic reforms through parliament without a vote, sparking a walk-out from the opposition and a vote of no-confidence.

Police clear migrants at Franco-Italian border
Italy

Police clear migrants at Franco-Italian border

Italian police on Tuesday forcefully evacuated dozens of mainly African migrants from their shelter under a railway bridge on the Franco-Italian border, which has become a flashpoint in Europe's immigrant crisis.

The Local’s party guide: The Alternative
Denmark

The Local’s party guide: The Alternative

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

The Local’s party guide: Liberal Alliance
Denmark

The Local’s party guide: Liberal Alliance

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

Activists begin wave of refugee burials in Berlin
Germany

Activists begin wave of refugee burials in Berlin

An artists’ collective claims to be bringing hundreds of refugees’ corpses from southern Europe to Berlin to give them a proper burial at "the centre of European power." The first burials took place on Tuesday morning.

Winnie the Pooh translator passes away
Germany

Winnie the Pooh translator passes away

Harry Rowohlt, the first person to translate Winnie the Pooh into German and a respected translator and publisher – not to mention a lover of Irish whiskey and a soap opera actor – has died aged 70.

Driver fined for biting fingernails at the wheel
Spain

Driver fined for biting fingernails at the wheel

A driver in the Spanish city of Salamanca has been hit with an €80 ($90) fine for biting his fingernails while driving.

Seven names fit for Sweden’s new prince
Sweden

Seven names fit for Sweden’s new prince

As Princess Madeleine and husband Chris O'Neill prepare to formally announce their baby son's name on Wednesday, The Local reveals what we think the couple could christen Europe's youngest prince.

German media praise ‘clever, curious’ Bush
Germany

German media praise ‘clever, curious’ Bush

German media had some enthusiastic words for Jeb Bush after a visit to Berlin last week and his presidential candidacy announcement on Monday, but the press still had trouble distancing him from his less popular brother.

Wawrinka rolls to Queen’s Club victory
Switzerland

Wawrinka rolls to Queen’s Club victory

French Open champion Stan Wawrinka made a smooth transition to the grass courts of Queen's Club in London as he returned to action after his triumph in Paris with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Australia's Nick Kyrgios on Tuesday.

French told stop eating Nutella to save planet

French told stop eating Nutella to save planet

UPDATED: French people need to stop scoffing Nutella for the sake of the planet, the government's ecology minister has said, even though she admitted that it does indeed taste good.

Statoil to slash 1,500 jobs to trim losses
Norway

Statoil to slash 1,500 jobs to trim losses

Statoil, grappling with plunging global oil prices, plans to cut between 1,100 and 1,500 jobs, or seven percent of its workforce, by the end of 2016, the Norwegian oil giant said Tuesday.

Taliban peace talks start in Oslo
Norway

Taliban peace talks start in Oslo

Taliban militants arrived in Norway on Monday for peace talks with Kabul officials, as militants continue to launch attacks on army, police and civilians in Afghanistan.

Le Pen enlists disgraced Ukip MEP for new group
France

Le Pen enlists disgraced Ukip MEP for new group

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen on Tuesday recruited Polish and British MEPs to launch a new eurosceptic party dedicated to challenging every ambition held dear by champions of the EU.

Stolen Swedish antique books returned by FBI
Sweden

Stolen Swedish antique books returned by FBI

A handful of rare antique books that were stolen from the National Library of Sweden (Kungliga Biblioteket) and ended up in the US, were set to be returned in a ceremony in New York on Wednesday.

Copenhagen Zoo animals are too fat
Denmark

Copenhagen Zoo animals are too fat

Fat lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Too many animals at the Copenhagen Zoo are overweight, forcing zoo employees to come up with ways to help them slim down.

Castle for sale, one-time pad of mad queen, €15m
Spain

Castle for sale, one-time pad of mad queen, €15m

Buy this medieval castle in Segovia and you will not only find yourself with 21 bedrooms to decorate but also a library full of rare books and a dining hall that can accommodate at least 400 guests.

Italy warns EU solidarity at risk over migrant crisis
Italy

Italy warns EU solidarity at risk over migrant crisis

Italy warned on Tuesday that EU solidarity is at stake if the 28-nation bloc fails to reach a deal on sharing the burden of the Mediterranean migrant crisis.

French school race row over Lennon’s Imagine
France

French school race row over Lennon’s Imagine

UPDATED: Prosecutors have opened an investigation after teachers at a primary school in France were reportedly threatened by parents because the planned to have children singing John Lennon's Imagine in Arabic - as well as other languages.

How the grate parmesan scam costs Italy millions
Italy

How the grate parmesan scam costs Italy millions

Online sales of rip-off parmesan cheese alone cost Italy €60 million last year, an employee at the Ministry of Food, Forestry and Agricuture told The Local.

Danish labour unions’ Ryanair case drags out
Denmark

Danish labour unions’ Ryanair case drags out

After more than nine hours of discussions in the Danish Labour Court on Monday, the legal battle between lowcost airline Ryanair and Danish labour unions remains unsolved.

Why Italians aren’t having more babies
Italy

Why Italians aren’t having more babies

The stereotypical image of Italian parents surrounded by their large brood has well and truly been confined to history after it was revealed the population growth rate is almost at zero. But why aren’t Italians having babies?

Dead dogs found in pizzeria’s freezer
Italy

Dead dogs found in pizzeria’s freezer

The managers of a pizzeria in the northern Italian province of Alessandria have been charged after 20 dead dogs and a cat were found in the property.

French long for Britain to put EU debate to bed
France

French long for Britain to put EU debate to bed

The French will breathe an almighty sigh of relief when the UK finally puts to bed the question of its place in the EU, Britain’s ambassador to France tells The Local.

Swedish royals in nun movie plagiarism row
Sweden

Swedish royals in nun movie plagiarism row

A US composer has slammed a musical performance at Saturday's wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, accusing the Swedish royals of plagiarizing his gospel theme from Hollywood cult hit Sister Act 2.

AC Milan sack Filippo Inzaghi as coach
Italy

AC Milan sack Filippo Inzaghi as coach

AC Milan on Tuesday sacked coach Filippo Inzaghi after what has been a bitterly disappointing season, immediately replacing him with Serbian Sinisa Mihajlovic.

Stadthalle ‘wing’ award for Conchita
Austria

Stadthalle ‘wing’ award for Conchita

Austria’s bearded drag queen and Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst needs to make space on her trophy shelf - she’s just been awarded the first ever "Wiener Stadthalle Flügel" award.

Tugce killer sentenced to three years in jail
Germany

Tugce killer sentenced to three years in jail

Sanel M. who punched Tugce Albayrak in the head in a McDonalds carpark, a blow which led to her death in hospital, was sentenced to three years in jail on Tuesday in Darmstadt.

Sweden’s military salutes Madeleine’s baby prince
Sweden

Sweden’s military salutes Madeleine’s baby prince

UPDATED: Gun shots rang out across Sweden at midday on Tuesday in honour of Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill's baby as speculation grew about the name of the new prince.

‘Sex Atlas’ reveals Germany’s hottest states
Germany

‘Sex Atlas’ reveals Germany’s hottest states

People in Hamburg and Lower Saxony are having more sex than anyone else in Germany, according to a survey released by dating website Elite Partner.

Solar Impulse team faces ‘moment of truth’
Switzerland

Solar Impulse team faces ‘moment of truth’

An ambitious attempt to circumnavigate the globe in a solar-powered plane is facing a "moment of truth" after two weeks of bad weather that have left it stuck in Japan, its Swiss pilot said on Tuesday.

German navy saves 544 Mediterranean refugees

German navy saves 544 Mediterranean refugees

German sailors rescued 544 refugees from wooden boats off the Libyan coast on Monday, the Bundeswehr (German military) said.

Victory for campaigners as Barcelona pup saved
Spain

Victory for campaigners as Barcelona pup saved

Buddy, the puppy trapped at Barcelona airport has been saved and will spend 21 days under quarantine before being returned to his owner with permission to stay in Spain.

Teen murder suspect trio remanded in custody
Sweden

Teen murder suspect trio remanded in custody

UPDATE: Three people linked to the murder of missing cafe worker Lisa Holm in central Sweden face at least another week in custody after a court hearing on Tuesday.

Police give asylum seekers bike training
Austria

Police give asylum seekers bike training

Whilst Austria has stopped processing asylum requests in a bid to make the country less attractive to refugees, one town in Styria has been doing its part to help integration - by giving asylum seekers cycle safety training.

PROFILE: Thorning fights for second term as PM
Denmark

PROFILE: Thorning fights for second term as PM

Known internationally as Denmark's 'selfie' prime minister and often derided at home for her 'Gucci' taste, PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt is on the verge of pulling off an incredible political comeback.

EU court throws out German QE challenge
Germany

EU court throws out German QE challenge

The EU's top court on Tuesday threw out German objections to the European Central Bank's 2012 controversial programme of buying up government bonds, saying it was compatible with EU law.

Experts cut Swiss economic growth outlook
Switzerland

Experts cut Swiss economic growth outlook

The Swiss economy is expected to grow at a slightly slower pace than previously expected this year as it makes a “painful” adaptation to the strong franc, a group of experts for the federal government said on Tuesday.

Shade of grey chosen for Real Madrid’s new strip
Spain

Shade of grey chosen for Real Madrid’s new strip

Real Madrid is hoping to find glory in shades of grey with their new away kit: a light grey shirt inspired by the colour of trophies.

PROFILE: Rasmussen banks on experience
Denmark

PROFILE: Rasmussen banks on experience

Denmark's opposition leader may be more experienced than his opponent Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, but expenses scandals and an improving economy have damaged his prospects in Thursday's hard-fought general election.

Italy ‘almost at zero’ population growth
Italy

Italy ‘almost at zero’ population growth

Italy's population growth rate is almost at zero, the national statistics agency, Istat, said on Monday, mainly due to a dwindling birth rate.

Man dies after cleaning fluid served as wine
Spain

Man dies after cleaning fluid served as wine

A man has died of massive internal burns after mistakenly being served undiluted detergent, which was being stored in an empty bottle of white wine.

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Switzerland

Pessimism hangs over Yemen talks in Geneva

US officials are reportedly working to confirm claims that Al-Qaeda's top leader in Yemen was killed in a CIA drone strike last week, as the country's warring factions prepare for a second day of peace talks in Geneva on Tuesday.

Student is worst TV quiz contestant in 15 years
Germany

Student is worst TV quiz contestant in 15 years

A 20-year-old student from Aachen had the dubious honour on Monday night of being the first ever contestant on "Wer Wird Millionär" - Germany's version of quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - to answer the first question wrong.

Britain still battling Napoleon 200 years on
France

Britain still battling Napoleon 200 years on

Two hundred years after the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon is still under attack in Britain, where the image persists of a military genius consumed by a fanaticism comparable with Hitler or Stalin.

Zurich voters back bike lane expansion plan
Switzerland

Zurich voters back bike lane expansion plan

The city of Zurich is planning to invest 120 million francs in infrastructure for bicycles, including more bike lanes and parking facilities.

Danish election goes down to the wire
Denmark

Danish election goes down to the wire

UPDATED: With polls pointing to an incredibly tight race, the outcome of Thursday's election may very well depend on which issue is dearest to voters' hearts: the welfare state or immigration.

King Felipe VI boosts popularity of monarchy
Spain

King Felipe VI boosts popularity of monarchy

A year after King Felipe VI took the throne on the abdication of Juan Carlos opinion polls show that he has strengthened the standing of a monarchy tainted by scandal.

French school teacher shows pupils porn
France

French school teacher shows pupils porn

A teacher of a southern France school has been suspended after he allegedly showed a pornographic video on his cellphone to 11-year-old pupils.

UN chooses Dane to head General Assembly
Denmark

UN chooses Dane to head General Assembly

Mogens Lykketoft, a respected political veteran and the current speaker of parliament, was confirmed on Monday as the replacement for Uganda’s Sam Kutesa as the president of the UN General Assembly.

Varoufakis stalls on new reform list
Germany

Varoufakis stalls on new reform list

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis told Bild in an interview published on Tuesday he had no plans to present a reform list at a meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Luxembourg on Thursday.

The pros and cons of being an au pair in Italy
Italy

The pros and cons of being an au pair in Italy

Au pairing is a great way to experience Italian culture – but there’s often a catch. From culture shocks to the joys of living rent-free, a British former au pair in Milan weighs up the pros and cons.

Italy-France migrant stand-off opens EU rift

Italy-France migrant stand-off opens EU rift

Italy and France engaged in a war of words on Monday as a standoff over 250 Africans stuck at their common border exposed divisions over Europe's migrant crisis.

Chris O’Neill tells of joy over new Swedish prince
Sweden

Chris O’Neill tells of joy over new Swedish prince

New dad Chris O'Neill told reporters on Tuesday morning of the family's baby joy after his wife, Princess Madeleine of Sweden, gave birth to their second child yesterday afternoon.

British scientists search France for Viking DNA
France

British scientists search France for Viking DNA

British researchers on Monday began collecting the DNA of residents from Normandy in northern France in search of Viking heritage, but the project has raised concerns among some local anti-racism activists.

National Front creates new far-right EU group
France

National Front creates new far-right EU group

A new grouping of European far-right parties, called Europe of Nations and Freedom, is to be formed around France's National Front, the French party leader Marine Le Pen announced in a statement Monday.

Germany qualify for next round after big win
Germany

Germany qualify for next round after big win

Germany advanced the last 16 of the Women's World Cup on Monday as group winners after thrashing Thailand 4-0 in Winnipeg.

Chancellor: Greece a ‘warning on austerity’
Austria

Chancellor: Greece a ‘warning on austerity’

With Greece and its creditors locked in a stalemate after loan talks collapsed over the weekend, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann said Athens' demand for a change in course was "perfectly understandable".

Do human traffickers go unpunished in Sweden?
Sweden

Do human traffickers go unpunished in Sweden?

Some 40 criminal networks are believed to be involved in people smuggling in Sweden. But a top police inspector has hit out at his own organization, saying that few of the cases lead to prosecution.

Sweden gets first food truck for posh dogs
Sweden

Sweden gets first food truck for posh dogs

Stockholm's latest unusual start-up is believed to be the world's first gourmet food truck for pets. The Local asked residents if they were hungry for the idea or thought the business would end up looking like a dog's dinner.

‘Swedish equality culture is killing career growth’
Sweden

‘Swedish equality culture is killing career growth’

Sweden is famous for its equality in the workplace. But is the country's modesty and fairness in fact to blame for increasing numbers of employees taking time off because of stress?

Nobel Peace Centre ends FIFA cooperation
Norway

Nobel Peace Centre ends FIFA cooperation

The Nobel Peace Centre has ended its cooperation with FIFA over the recent corruption scandal leading to president Sepp Blatter’s resignation.

Norway shies away from tougher mortgage rules
Norway

Norway shies away from tougher mortgage rules

The Norwegian government has largely ignored recommendations to tighten up the rules for banks giving out mortgages, arguing that “overregulation” could worsen the economic risks from the country’s soaring house prices and debt levels.