Minister: food in Norway is ‘too expensive’
Norway

Minister: food in Norway is ‘too expensive’

Norway's Minister of Agriculture and Food has declared that food in the country is "too expensive", blaming a lack of competition in the retail industry.

Norway’s cod dryers hit by Nigeria bank move
Norway

Norway’s cod dryers hit by Nigeria bank move

A Norwegian dried fish supplier is close to bankruptcy after currency controls imposed in Nigeria destroyed its biggest market.

Wolf on course spoils Norway golfer’s drive
Norway

Wolf on course spoils Norway golfer’s drive

A golfer in Norway has complained of having his drive spoilt by a wolf which leapt onto the course just as he was approaching the thirteenth hole.

Lausanne lawyer to head Fifa reform committee
Switzerland

Lausanne lawyer to head Fifa reform committee

Swiss lawyer François Carrard, who helped restore the Olympic movement's credibility after the Salt Lake City scandal, will lead Fifa's reform committee, the world football governing body said on Tuesday.

Shaqiri joins UK Premier League’s Stoke City
Switzerland

Shaqiri joins UK Premier League’s Stoke City

Swiss attacking midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has joined Stoke City from Inter Milan for a club-record fee of £12 million ($18.7 million), the Premier League football club announced on Tuesday.

Video shows alleged police violence in Vienna
Austria

Video shows alleged police violence in Vienna

A video has emerged which allegedly shows police officers in Vienna physically abusing a man for no apparent reason, after arresting him.

Swedish coach catches fire in Norwegian tunnel

Swedish coach catches fire in Norwegian tunnel

More than 30 tourists had to be rescued from an 11 kilometre long tunnel on Tuesday afternoon after a Swedish coach taking foreign passengers on a multi-location trip around Norway caught fire.

French and British back sending army to Calais
France

French and British back sending army to Calais

When it comes to how to solve the migrant problem in Calais, a majority of both the French and British are in favour of sending in the army, but each nation is quick to blame the other for the ongoing crisis, a poll has revealed.

How I explained the Queen to the Germans
Germany

How I explained the Queen to the Germans

Victoria Ade-Genschow – aka the British Berliner – had a very special responsibility during the Queen's visit to Berlin in June, appearing on Berlin television to explain just what the royal affair was all about to monarch-crazy Germans.

Italy arrests almost 900 traffickers since Jan 2014
Italy

Italy arrests almost 900 traffickers since Jan 2014

Italy has arrested nearly 900 suspected people traffickers since January 2014 but the kingpins remain at large, police data published on Tuesday in Catholic daily Avvenire showed.

Man shot in the mouth in Gothenburg suburb
Sweden

Man shot in the mouth in Gothenburg suburb

Police in west Sweden have launched an investigation for attempted murder or manslaughter after a man was found with bullet wounds in his mouth in Hjällbo, on the outskirts of Gothenburg.

Police union wants EU border controls back
Germany

Police union wants EU border controls back

Germany's second-largest police union on Tuesday called for the reintroduction of internal European border controls and demanded more personnel to deal with a record flood of refugees.

Heatwave ‘makes people more aggressive’
Austria

Heatwave ‘makes people more aggressive’

People are being urged to be extra cautious during the heatwave, with recent studies suggesting that the current high temperatures could be contributing to a rise in crime and accidents.

Beach football ban amid health and safety fears
Spain

Beach football ban amid health and safety fears

Health and safety worries have pushed one mayor in Spain's northwestern region of Galicia to ban football on his town's beaches.

Riot in resort after street seller dies in police raid
Spain

Riot in resort after street seller dies in police raid

Catalonia’s riot police were called to disturbances in the resort of Salou following the death of a Senegalese street hawker during a police bust.

France set to rule on non-pork school dinners
France

France set to rule on non-pork school dinners

A French court will rule this week on the decision by a right-wing mayor to ban non-pork meals in schools for Muslims and Jews.

French skies to light up in mega meteor shower
France

French skies to light up in mega meteor shower

Look up to the night skies on Wednesday as this year's Perseid meteor shower promises to be quite a show. Here’s everything you need to know for a night of stargazing.

Ikea stabbing victims remembered at mall
Sweden

Ikea stabbing victims remembered at mall

A book of condolences has opened at the Erikslund retail park in Västerås where a mother and son were fatally stabbed on Monday, as Ikea and Västerås Municipality offer counselling to staff and shoppers.

Mystery of missing 15,000 kilos of apricots
Austria

Mystery of missing 15,000 kilos of apricots

Police are on the lookout for a thief with a sweet tooth after an entire apricot harvest was stolen in Hollabrunn, Lower Austria.

Denmark draws students from southern Europe
Denmark

Denmark draws students from southern Europe

Young students from southern Europe are increasingly coming to Denmark to carry out their studies an jumpstart their careers.

Danish nurse suspected in up to ten deaths
Denmark

Danish nurse suspected in up to ten deaths

UPDATED: A 30-year-old female nurse jailed on the suspicion of having killed three patients at the state-run hospital in Nykøbing Falster faces a fourth murder charge and suspicions that she may have caused the deaths of even more.

Pizza shop owner killed in Brescia shooting
Italy

Pizza shop owner killed in Brescia shooting

A woman was killed and her husband is fighting for his life after they were shot on a street in the Lombardy city of Brescia on Tuesday morning.

Ex-Italian MPs leave €20k tab at parliament bar
Italy

Ex-Italian MPs leave €20k tab at parliament bar

The managers of the MPs bar in Palazzo Montecitorio, the seat of Italy's lower house of parliament, are asking the government to probe €20,000 in unpaid bar tabs.

Summer heat to shrivel French wine production
France

Summer heat to shrivel French wine production

As the summer sun continues to bake most of France, concerns are growing for the 2015 wine harvest which experts say could be threatened if the hot weather continues. Luckily this year's tipple should still taste good.

Millennium sequel author labelled ‘grave robber’
Sweden

Millennium sequel author labelled ‘grave robber’

Two childhood friends of Stieg Larsson have accused David Lagercrantz - the writer behind the controversial fourth book in the Swedish author's Millennium series - of "grave robbing" and "mockery", ahead of its release this month.

Fireman fired for using hose to fill his own pool
Spain

Fireman fired for using hose to fill his own pool

The head of a fire department in southern Spain has lost his job after using one of his brigade’s trucks to fill his private swimming pool.

Rare leatherback turtle washes up in Denmark
Denmark

Rare leatherback turtle washes up in Denmark

For the third time in just over one month, an animal not normally found in this part of the world has shown up in Danish waters.

Swedish bus firm snubs anti-begging campaign
Sweden

Swedish bus firm snubs anti-begging campaign

UPDATED: A public transport operator in southern Sweden has stopped a controversial anti-begging campaign which stirred tension in Stockholm last week, a spokesperson confirmed to The Local on Tuesday.

Attack on referee halts football match
Germany

Attack on referee halts football match

A game between VfL Osnabrück and RB Leipzig came to an abrupt end on Monday evening after a referee was hit with a cigarette lighter.

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Switzerland

Rival Libyan groups set to resume Geneva talks

Rival Libyan factions were set to resume peace talks in Geneva on Tuesday after a partial deal was reached last month, but hopes for a lasting ceasefire remain dim without the support of key power brokers.

Plant that devours Asian hornets found in France
France

Plant that devours Asian hornets found in France

Experts in western France have found a plant that eats Asian hornets, an insect that has been terrorizing the honey bee population and has killed several people in France including a pensioner in Brittany this summer.

US F-16 fighter jet crashes in north Bavaria
Germany

US F-16 fighter jet crashes in north Bavaria

UPDATE: The US Air Force confirmed that one of its F-16 fighter planes crashed in the forest near Engelmannsreuth, northern Bavaria on Tuesday morning. The pilot was able to escape serious harm using the aircraft's ejector seat.

High costs force unpaid UN intern to live in tent
Switzerland

High costs force unpaid UN intern to live in tent

A 22-year-old New Zealand man hired as an unpaid intern by the United Nations in Geneva has been forced to live in a tent because he cannot afford the high cost of accommodation in the Swiss city.

Dutch boy steals Pompeii relic to pay for iPhone
Italy

Dutch boy steals Pompeii relic to pay for iPhone

A 16-year-old Dutch tourist was caught trying to steal an artefact from the ancient ruins of Pompeii, with the aim of selling it on eBay to raise cash for the latest iPhone.

Star matador in ‘serious condition’ after goring
Spain

Star matador in ‘serious condition’ after goring

One of Spain's most famous bullfighters is in a "very serious condition" after being gored on Monday and doctors say he may never fight again.

Dutch teenage girl dies during bungee jump
Spain

Dutch teenage girl dies during bungee jump

A 17-year-old girl from the Netherlands fell to her death during a bungee jump in Cabezón de la Sal in Spain’s northern region of Catantabria on Monday.

Sex attack reported every 40 minutes in France
France

Sex attack reported every 40 minutes in France

The number of sexual assaults and rapes reported to police in France is rising, according to new statistics which revealed that one occurs every forty minutes across the country. But a women's rights group tells The Local the problem is far more serious.

Italian parish offers parents €2k ‘baby bonus’
Italy

Italian parish offers parents €2k ‘baby bonus’

A parish in a Tuscan town is offering parents €2,000 for their third child onwards, thanks to an initiative aimed at boosting the dwindling birthrate.

UN: Refugee benefit cuts violate convention
Denmark

UN: Refugee benefit cuts violate convention

The UN's refugee agency said that planned cuts to refugee benefits are discriminatory, damaging to integration efforts, send a negative signal to the rest of Europe and violate the terms of the 1951 Convention.

Greece bailout plan set for hard Bundestag fight
Germany

Greece bailout plan set for hard Bundestag fight

Greece's finance minister announced on Tuesday morning that the Athens government and negotiators sent by the country's creditors had agreed on the shape of a new bailout deal, putting a political showdown on the cards in Germany.

Police: Ikea suspects are both asylum seekers
Sweden

Police: Ikea suspects are both asylum seekers

UPDATED: Police have revealed that the two suspects accused of killing a mother and a son at an Ikea store in Västerås, north west of Stockholm, came from Eritrea.

France in struggle to confirm jihadists’ deaths
France

France in struggle to confirm jihadists’ deaths

France's scramble to confirm the reported killing in Syria of a key Islamic State recruiter shows the headache authorities face in pinning down evidence of jihadists' deaths, which may be fabricated for strategic reasons, experts say.

Spain’s ‘Corrupt Mayor’ app mocks political graft
Spain

Spain’s ‘Corrupt Mayor’ app mocks political graft

Collecting obscene amounts of money, writing illegal contracts, handing out bribes - all things you can do with a new Spanish mobile app inspired by headlines of corruption in Spain.

Heroic cocker spaniel saves owner from attack
Italy

Heroic cocker spaniel saves owner from attack

A cocker spaniel was hailed a 'hero' in Italy on Monday after saving his owner from a sexual molester by biting the aggressor and sending him fleeing.

70 years after WWII, mum and daughter reunite
Germany

70 years after WWII, mum and daughter reunite

A 92-year-old Italian woman and her German-born daughter, who were separated at the end of the Second World War, have been reunited in Italy after decades apart.

Denmark’s status in Nato threatened: top official
Denmark

Denmark’s status in Nato threatened: top official

The former chairman of the Nato Military Committee has warned that Denmark risks losing "visibility and influence" in the military alliance due to budget cuts and decreased capabilities.

Homes evacuated after huge Gothenburg fire
Sweden

Homes evacuated after huge Gothenburg fire

Almost 200 people had to flee their homes when a fire tore through a residential building in Gothenburg on Tuesday morning.

Fallen 80-ton crane blocks Autobahn traffic
Germany

Fallen 80-ton crane blocks Autobahn traffic

An 80-tone crane fell off of a truck transporting it along the Autobahn outside of Düsseldorf late on Monday night, blocking traffic through Tuesday morning.

Briton drowns in France after ‘hit by giant wave’
France

Briton drowns in France after ‘hit by giant wave’

UPDATED: A British father of four has died in a freak accident on a beach in the south west of France after unconfirmed reports he broke his back diving into a huge wave, that led to him drowning.

Spain won’t get Rwandan spy chief on war crimes
Spain

Spain won’t get Rwandan spy chief on war crimes

A court in Britain dropped a controversial extradition case against Rwanda's intelligence chief wanted in Spain on Monday, leaving him free to return home.

Church clashes with Italy’s right over migrants
Italy

Church clashes with Italy’s right over migrants

High-ranking members of the Italian Church on Monday slammed politicians who peddle anti-immigrant ideas to win votes - sparking a heated row with Italy's right wing.

Power firm revamps amid renewable energy push
Germany

Power firm revamps amid renewable energy push

RWE, Germany's second-biggest power supplier, hit by sinking profits as the country ramps up renewable energy use, approved plans on Monday for a corporate overhaul.

Franc at lowest euro level since February
Switzerland

Franc at lowest euro level since February

The mighty Swiss franc dipped on Monday to its lowest value against the euro since February as the European common currency rose above 1.083 francs in foreign exchange trading late in the day.

Maritime court hears India-Italy shooting case
Italy

Maritime court hears India-Italy shooting case

An international tribunal in Germany on Monday began a public hearing into a deadly 2012 maritime incident that sparked a diplomatic dispute between Italy and India.

‘Swedes, you need to talk about immigration’
Sweden

‘Swedes, you need to talk about immigration’

Sweden's mainstream politicians' failure to talk openly about the country's conflicted relationship with immigration is paving the way for radical parties such as the Sweden Democrats, argues Fraser Nelson.

Berlusconi may sell party villa to Saudi royals
Italy

Berlusconi may sell party villa to Saudi royals

Italy's billionaire former leader Silvio Berlusconi may sell his lavish Mediterranean villa, made famous by lurid photos of cavorting guests, to the Saudi royal family, Italian news reports said on Monday.

Sweden’s Assange case deadlocked over asylum
Sweden

Sweden’s Assange case deadlocked over asylum

Sweden's sexual assault inquiry on Julian Assange is deadlocked with Ecuador hitting back at Swedish officials over a dispute regarding the WikiLeaks founder's asylum status.