Federer faces ace server in Halle semifinals
Switzerland

Federer faces ace server in Halle semifinals

Defending seven-time champion Roger Federer on Friday reached the Halle semifinals where he will face Croatian giant Ivo Karlovic who fired a record-breaking 45 aces in his last-eight clash.

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Switzerland

Pinot maintains lead in Tour de Suisse

Norwegian sprinter Alexander Kristoff of Katusha timed his run to perfection to pip Tinkoff-Saxo's Peter Sagan on the line in the seventh stage of the Tour de Suisse cycling race on Friday.

FIS ski ban against Vanessa Mae overruled
Switzerland

FIS ski ban against Vanessa Mae overruled

The Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday overturned a four-year ban from competing in skiing imposed on renowned violinist Vanessa Mae when she was accused of manipulating results.

Green light for makeover of iconic Paris building
France

Green light for makeover of iconic Paris building

French authorities gave the go-ahead Friday to renovate the iconic former Parisian department store La Samaritaine on the River Seine, ending years of legal wrangling over the historic site.

Summer festivals: Why Mulafest is best
Spain

Summer festivals: Why Mulafest is best

Barcelona's Sónar has long been the main event of Spain's festival season, but one of Spain's hottest up and coming festivals could be about to give it a run for its money.

No charges for colonel over strike on civilians
Germany

No charges for colonel over strike on civilians

The colonel who ordered an air strike on Kunduz, Afghanistan in 2009 killing 102 people, will not be taken to court after the father of two children lost in the attack had his claim rejected in court on Friday.

In pics: King Felipe’s first year on the throne
Spain

In pics: King Felipe’s first year on the throne

As King Felipe celebrates one year on the Spanish throne, The Local takes a look at what he has been up to during his first 12 months as Spanish monarch.

Denmark braces for wet and cloudy weekend
Denmark

Denmark braces for wet and cloudy weekend

More rain and grey skies are to hit Denmark over the weekend, and will continue well into next week, DMI warns.

World’s biggest cruise ship takes to the water
France

World’s biggest cruise ship takes to the water

The hulking shell of the world's largest cruise ship slid into the waters off western France on Friday, and thankfully it floated. Take a look at the first mini voyage of "Harmony of the Seas".

Is this Swedish pizza the best in the world?
Sweden

Is this Swedish pizza the best in the world?

A cafe in northern Sweden that allegedly makes "the best pizza in the world" has made headlines across Sweden after a picture of the monstrosity went viral.

Are Italy’s speed cameras ripping you off?
Italy

Are Italy’s speed cameras ripping you off?

A ruling passed by Italy's constitutional court has cast into doubt the reliability of the country's speed cameras.

Rhine church bells to toll for drowned refugees
Germany

Rhine church bells to toll for drowned refugees

On Friday at 7.30 pm, 230 churches in North Rhine-Westphalia will toll their bells thousands of times in a mass action to remember the 23,000 refugees who have drowned in the Mediterranean over the past 15 years.

Tour de France stage faces landslide threat
France

Tour de France stage faces landslide threat

One of the most infamous stretch of road on the Tour de France and the scene for this year's penultimate stage is threatened by 250,000 of dirt and rock.

ECB agrees more backup for Greek banks
Germany

ECB agrees more backup for Greek banks

In an emergency session on Friday, the European Central Bank agreed to extend financial aid to Greek banks as customers withdraw cash over fears the country might leave the Euro.

‘Making it in Denmark is incredibly tough’
Denmark

‘Making it in Denmark is incredibly tough’

Jason Heppenstall built up a journalism career while living in Denmark and has just released a new book, but getting there wasn't easy.

DF considers new role in government
Denmark

DF considers new role in government

Venstre leader Lars Løkke Rasmussen is expected to be formally tasked with forming a new government later today, while speculations abound on what the Danish People's Party role in it will be.

Boy locks parents out over lack of pizza
Austria

Boy locks parents out over lack of pizza

Austrian police were called to negotiate with an 11-year-old boy after he took exception to the fact that his mother had made him pasta and not pizza - and locked both of his parents out of their home in a fit of rage.

French PM coughs up for Champions League trip
France

French PM coughs up for Champions League trip

France's prime minister has written a cheque for €2,500 ($2,800) to settle a trip to the Champions League final in Berlin with his two sons that landed him in hot water.

Girl plunges to death in latest French TV tragedy
France

Girl plunges to death in latest French TV tragedy

A young French acrobat fell to her death from a lighthouse this week during filming for TV show "France’s Favourite Monument". It’s just the latest tragedy to strike during filming for a French TV show.

Austria ‘second most expensive’ for food in EU
Austria

Austria ‘second most expensive’ for food in EU

Austria is one of the most expensive places to buy groceries in the EU - according to new statistics on consumer prices.

Jilted husband saws all wife’s things in half
Germany

Jilted husband saws all wife’s things in half

No half measures: A German man reacted to the breakup of his 12-year relationship in atypical fashion by sawing everything he bought with his ex-wife in half, filming the process and putting his halves up for sale on Ebay.

Barcelona to ease fines for prostitutes, skaters
Spain

Barcelona to ease fines for prostitutes, skaters

Barcelona’s activist mayor Ada Colau said on Thursday that she wants to reduce sanctions against sex workers walking the streets as well as against skateboarding youths.

Russian crisis threatens 40,000 Swiss jobs: study
Switzerland

Russian crisis threatens 40,000 Swiss jobs: study

The Russian economic crisis, fuelled by tensions from the war in Ukraine, threatens more than 40,000 jobs in Switzerland and 2.5 million jobs across Europe, according to a study conducted for three Swiss newspapers and journals from three other countries.

Canadian urinates on Florence cathedral dome
Italy

Canadian urinates on Florence cathedral dome

A Canadian tourist has been hit with a fine after relieving himself at the top of Florence's cathedral dome, which is celebrated globally as an architectural masterpiece.

OSCE calls for ‘humane treatment’ of migrants
Austria

OSCE calls for ‘humane treatment’ of migrants

The Vienna-based Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe has called for countries to treat migrants "humanely", as the EU struggles to cope with tens of thousands of people arriving in rickety boats.

Politician suspended ‘for housing migrants’
Italy

Politician suspended ‘for housing migrants’

A politician for Italy's right-wing Northern League has been suspended from the local council for hosting 15 African immigrants in her properties in Padua.

Hollande on Greece: ‘Do everything to find deal’
France

Hollande on Greece: ‘Do everything to find deal’

French President Francois Hollande insisted on Friday that "everything" must be done to seal a compromise on the Greek debt crisis before a Monday emergency eurozone meeting.

Swedish royals jet off to Fiji for honeymoon
Sweden

Swedish royals jet off to Fiji for honeymoon

The newly married Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist have headed to a private island in Fiji, Swedish media reported on Friday.

Paddling pool plug puller fined for €21,000 damage
Spain

Paddling pool plug puller fined for €21,000 damage

A Galician man is in deep water for removing the plug of a giant inflatable swimming pool and causing over €21,000 of flood damage in the process.

Parents angry over ‘child-free’ beer garden
Germany

Parents angry over ‘child-free’ beer garden

A decision to ban children from a riverside beer garden in Düsseldorf has sparked a heated debate between drinkers happy to be left in peace and parents angry at being excluded.

Local councils lukewarm on refugee plan
Germany

Local councils lukewarm on refugee plan

Federal, state and local governments agreed a raft of new measures to deal with growing numbers of refugees at a summit on Thursday - but local authorities in particular say more needs to be done.

We will back Italy in migration crisis: UK PM
Italy

We will back Italy in migration crisis: UK PM

British Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to help Italy deal with the Mediterranean crisis, promising the UK will work to save migrants at sea and increase aid in North Africa.

Denmark’s Rasmussen takes power
Denmark

Denmark’s Rasmussen takes power

The Venstre party leader who will be forming Denmark's next government is a veteran politician with a number of expenses scandals.

Women shaping Spain: The top 100
Spain

Women shaping Spain: The top 100

Ada Colau, the new left-wing mayor of Barcelona has stormed into the latest list of Spain's most influential women and she is in good company; the Queen, a nun and an Olympian also make the list.

Paris’s ‘estate agent rapist’ held by police
France

Paris’s ‘estate agent rapist’ held by police

A man has been arrested in Paris after he repeatedly sought out female real estate agents for private apartments viewings, only to violently rape them once inside the flat.

Grexit ‘beginning of the end of eurozone’
Austria

Grexit ‘beginning of the end of eurozone’

A Greek exit from the eurozone would be the beginning of the end of the single currency, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was quoted as saying on Friday in an interview with an Austrian newspaper.

French minister dreams of 32-hour working week
France

French minister dreams of 32-hour working week

While many outside France still balk at France’s 35-hour working week, one government minister would like to see it reduced even further. She might be onto something.

‘No beds’ for refugees as deadline looms
Austria

‘No beds’ for refugees as deadline looms

A deadline set by the interior ministry over quotas for asylum seekers in Austria’s nine states runs out on Friday, with state officials meeting in St Pölten to discuss the crisis.

Man finds suitcase stuffed with jewellery
Italy

Man finds suitcase stuffed with jewellery

What would you do if you stumbled on a suitcase stuffed with jewellery? This was the dilemma facing one Italian man recently.

Danish populist right secures blue bloc win
Denmark

Danish populist right secures blue bloc win

Now Venstre leader Rasmussen faces the difficult task of forming a government that will possibly include the Danish People's Party as a coalition partner.

Germans waste 18m tonnes of food yearly
Germany

Germans waste 18m tonnes of food yearly

Germans throw away 18 million tonnes of perfectly good food every year, a report showed on Thursday.

Top ten: Italian regional stereotypes
Italy

Top ten: Italian regional stereotypes

In a country unified barely 150 years ago, it’s not surprising that regional stereotypes and rivalries are still alive and well.

Sweden set for another rainy Midsummer
Sweden

Sweden set for another rainy Midsummer

Rain, chilly weather and even storms are predicted to taint Midsummer celebrations in Sweden on Friday.

Bundestag hack ‘lasted up to six months’
Germany

Bundestag hack ‘lasted up to six months’

Unknown attackers have been targeting the Bundestag (German parliament) computer network for around six months, rather than since May, dpa reported on Monday.

French invent robots to replace border police
France

French invent robots to replace border police

New airport technology unveiled at the Paris Air Show this week by French company Thales promises robots to replace immigration officers.

EU leaders call Greek crisis meet for Monday
Germany

EU leaders call Greek crisis meet for Monday

Chancellor Angela Merkel and other EU heads of government will gather in Brussels on Monday for last-ditch talks over the Greek crisis, after Thursday's meeting of eurozone finance ministers failed to make any progress.

Cars threaten world’s most endangered feline
Spain

Cars threaten world’s most endangered feline

The world's most endangered feline species, the Iberian lynx, is making a comeback in Spain after being pushed to the brink of extinction, but the costly efforts to reintroduce the spotted cat into the wild face an unexpected enemy - cars.

Italy firm in Swedish corruption probe
Italy

Italy firm in Swedish corruption probe

Sweden's anti-corruption authorities said on Thursday they had launched an inquiry into the Swedish Maritime Administration's 2012 purchase of seven rescue helicopters from Italian maker AgustaWestland.

Why we’re doing business with Italy
Italy

Why we’re doing business with Italy

Foreign investors might be wary of doing business with Italy, given the lacklustre growth and complex politics. But David Olson, a businessman from Michigan in the US, is undeterred, and is determined to help Italian firms spread their wings.

Rajoy tweaks leadership after poor election show
Spain

Rajoy tweaks leadership after poor election show

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday blamed the economic crisis and corruption scandals for his ruling Popular Party's recent drubbing in local elections.

Actress morphs into France’s new first lady
France

Actress morphs into France’s new first lady

French actress Julie Gayet appeared for the first time Thursday at an official event attended by President Francois Hollande, amid speculation that she is being gradually introduced as the nation's new first lady.

Artifacts found on 700-year-old battle ‘site’
Switzerland

Artifacts found on 700-year-old battle ‘site’

Archeologists have found 14th century artifacts on what could be the site of the Battle of Morgarten, when soldiers of the Swiss confederacy ambushed Austrian soldiers in a victory that consolidated the nascent nation of Switzerland 700 years ago.