German minister urges EU to reach Swiss deal
Switzerland

German minister urges EU to reach Swiss deal

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Monday urged the European Union to negotiate with Switzerland on Bern's plans for new quotas on immigration from the bloc.

Norway oil fund sells Asian shares for palm oil
Norway

Norway oil fund sells Asian shares for palm oil

Norway's gigantic sovereign wealth fund announced on Monday that it was divesting from four large Asian companies over the environmental damage their palm oil activities have on tropical forests.

Norwegian docfest boycotts Israeli films
Norway

Norwegian docfest boycotts Israeli films

A Norwegian documentary film festival has been harshly criticized after it said it had joined the boycott of Israel and would not accept Israeli-made films.

Retiree latest in string of hiking accident victims
Switzerland

Retiree latest in string of hiking accident victims

A 74-year-old woman on Monday became the third person to die in a mountain hiking accident in the canton of Valais over the past week, police said.

Norway disaster movie trashes fjord village
Norway

Norway disaster movie trashes fjord village

Horror director Roar Uthaug has made Norway's first disaster movie, subjecting the picturesque village of Geiranger to an 85m tidal wave.

Islamic centre arson suspect in psych ward
Denmark

Islamic centre arson suspect in psych ward

The man suspected of attempting to set fire to a Muslim centre in Copenhagen's Nordvest district suffers from schizophrenia and has been committed until he can stand trial.

Migrant bids to enter Channel Tunnel falling
France

Migrant bids to enter Channel Tunnel falling

Police reinforcements and new security barriers at the entrance to the Channel Tunnel in Calais have led to falling numbers of entry attempts by migrants trying to reach Britain, officials said on Monday.

Five things you never get used to in Sweden
Sweden

Five things you never get used to in Sweden

The Local's northern Sweden reporter Paul Connolly truly loves his adopted home. But after three years of living in Scandinavia, he's convinced there are at least five Swedish habits and traditions he will never come to terms with.

Paper sued over air crash co-pilot photo
Austria

Paper sued over air crash co-pilot photo

Court proceedings opened on Monday against an Austrian newspaper for publishing a photo of a German man wrongly identified as the co-pilot who deliberately crashed a Germanwings plane in the French Alps in March.

Swedish scouts treated after meningitis scare
Sweden

Swedish scouts treated after meningitis scare

Almost 2,000 Swedish youngsters were urged to seek medical help on Monday after it was revealed three Swedes were in hospital with suspected meningitis following a world scouting event in Japan.

Outcry after newborn taken from prison mum
Italy

Outcry after newborn taken from prison mum

An Italian woman jailed for throwing acid on her ex-boyfriend had her prison-born baby taken away from her immediately after the birth in a legal decision that, despite her notoriety, has sparked an outcry.

Taking the piss? Madrid slammed for lack of loos
Spain

Taking the piss? Madrid slammed for lack of loos

The Spanish capital is home to well over three million people, yet only has 25 public toilets, forcing people to relieve themselves all over the city's streets.

Austria to test police body cameras
Austria

Austria to test police body cameras

Austrian police will start wearing body-mounted cameras as part of a test programme from January 2016, the interior ministry has confirmed.

Boy receives 3D-printed hand in French first
France

Boy receives 3D-printed hand in French first

A six-year-old in France will on Monday become the first person in the country to receive an artificial hand made by a 3D printer.

Fitting in with Germans key to finding work
Germany

Fitting in with Germans key to finding work

Engineers are in high demand in Germany, with some predicting the country will continue to have an engineering shortfall well into the future. The Local asked a career adviser how foreign job-seekers can get ahead in the race to snag a position.

Indian and Pakistani admit pizza shop slaying
Italy

Indian and Pakistani admit pizza shop slaying

An Indian and a Pakistani have confessed to killing the elderly owners of a Brescia pizzeria in a mafia-style slaying that shocked Italy and threatens to inflame racial tensions in the northern city.

Where the Swedish summer never arrived
Sweden

Where the Swedish summer never arrived

You think you’ve have had it bad this summer? Tarfala in northern Sweden has officially missed out on summer altogether this year, going straight from spring to autumn.

French minister admits ‘Obama engagement’ slip
France

French minister admits ‘Obama engagement’ slip

France's ecology minister has explained why she tweeted to the US president to congratulate him on his engagement - even though Obama has been married for 22 years.

Denmark violated rights of stateless residents
Denmark

Denmark violated rights of stateless residents

For nearly two decades, Denmark violated international law by denying the citizenship applications of stateless residents a long-awaited report concluded on Monday.

Thai court jails Swiss for corporate blackmail bid
Switzerland

Thai court jails Swiss for corporate blackmail bid

A Swiss man was jailed for three years in Thailand on Monday for attempting to blackmail a Saudi oil company over dealings with a scandal-mired Malaysian state firm, a court official said.

Italy slammed for ‘faking’ Roman ruin
Italy

Italy slammed for ‘faking’ Roman ruin

An ambitious restoration of a 2000-year-old monument inside the Roman Forum has provoked furious debate among experts about whether Italy is taking the right steps to save its cultural treasures.

‘Sexist’ men’s parking spaces reignite anger
Germany

‘Sexist’ men’s parking spaces reignite anger

A Black Forest town has earned criticism from gender equality officers and social media after advertising a "men's parking space" in a public car-park - using a naked woman's silhouette.

Daredevil gran bungee jumps off Europabrücke
Austria

Daredevil gran bungee jumps off Europabrücke

A Bulgarian octogenarian has made a lifelong dream come true by bungee jumping from one of Europe's highest bridges, near Innsbruck.

Hunter killed by lightning bolt
Austria

Hunter killed by lightning bolt

A hunter in Molln, Upper Austria, was struck by a lightning bolt early on Sunday morning and killed.

Norrköping stab victims ‘randomly selected’
Sweden

Norrköping stab victims ‘randomly selected’

UPDATED: A 24-year-old man remains in police custody after Monday's stabbing of a man and two woman in Norrköping, south of Stockholm, in what officers believe was a random attack.

British 4-year-old drowns in Mijas holiday villa pool
Spain

British 4-year-old drowns in Mijas holiday villa pool

A four-year-old drowned on Sunday after he slipped into a swimming pool while running around with friends as his parents dined nearby.

Italy says Libya risks being ‘another Somalia’
Italy

Italy says Libya risks being ‘another Somalia’

Italy warned on Monday that Libya risked turning into "another Somalia" as it signed a joint statement with the US and several European allies condemning "barbaric" acts carried out by the Isis group there.

Austria rejects calls for German border controls
Austria

Austria rejects calls for German border controls

The Austrian interior ministry has rejected calls for the reintroduction of border controls with Germany, following claims from the German state of Bavaria that large numbers of refugees are crossing the border.

Migrant shipwreck survivors arrive in Italy
Italy

Migrant shipwreck survivors arrive in Italy

More than 300 survivors of the latest Mediterranean migrants boat tragedy arrived in Sicily on Monday aboard a Norwegian ship also carrying the bodies of 49 of its victims.

MP calls for veggie meals in all French schools
France

MP calls for veggie meals in all French schools

A French MP has started a petition calling for vegetarian meals to be introduced to all French school canteens.

Five of the most crazily cool hotels in France
France

Five of the most crazily cool hotels in France

With the Palace of Versailles potentially soon set to open its doors to overnight guests, we take a look at some of the other unusual holiday accommodation options in France - from enormous bubbles to treetop hangouts.

LafargeHolcim to sell two Indian cement plants
Switzerland

LafargeHolcim to sell two Indian cement plants

Swiss-based cement giant LafargeHolcim said Monday that it was selling some of its operations in India to Birla Corporation Limited for 750 million francs (€692 million, $767 million).

Italy’s president cuts luxury housing for staff
Italy

Italy’s president cuts luxury housing for staff

Luxury accommodation for those employed at Italy’s presidential palace will soon be a thing of the past as President Sergio Mattarella has adopted a hard line on expenses and is threatening to force his own staff onto the street.

Ukraine again ‘explosive’, Germany warns
Germany

Ukraine again ‘explosive’, Germany warns

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned on Sunday that conditions in Ukraine once again threatened to tip Europe into a full-blown military conflict.

Sports club banned on Facebook for sexy name
Spain

Sports club banned on Facebook for sexy name

An athletics club in southern Spain has been banned from using their name on Facebook…because it sounds too sexy.

New banknotes to be released — six years late
Switzerland

New banknotes to be released — six years late

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) plans to introduce the first of its new high-tech banknotes in April next year — six years later than initially planned after reported technical problems with its paper supplier.

Men outstrip women as population rises
Sweden

Men outstrip women as population rises

Men outnumber women for the first time in Swedish history this year, as the total population edges towards ten million.

Nørrebro home to world’s largest chalk drawing
Denmark

Nørrebro home to world’s largest chalk drawing

An estimated 25,000 people put their art skills on full display on Sunday in a successful and colourful attempt to set a world record.

Pickpockets hitting rail passengers: police
Germany

Pickpockets hitting rail passengers: police

Thieves are making a fortune in Germany's train stations, police have warned, as they launch a campaign to try and tackle the country's growing number of pickpocketing cases.

Three more fatally gored during weekend bull runs
Spain

Three more fatally gored during weekend bull runs

Another three men were fatally gored during bull running festivals over the weekend bringing the death toll to nine since the start of the summer.

Boom in divorce among Italy’s elderly
Italy

Boom in divorce among Italy’s elderly

Divorce is booming in Italy, with the greatest demand coming from disillusioned husbands and wives over the age of 65 - including people in their 90s - who want to start a new life.

Tank surprises cyclists during Norway race
Norway

Tank surprises cyclists during Norway race

They knew they’d be up against Norwegian cycling star Alexander Kristoff, but competitors in last week's Arctic Race probably weren’t prepared to race a tank.

One killed as storms sweep Germany
Germany

One killed as storms sweep Germany

Update: The summer sun turned to strong rainstorms over the weekend and into the start of the work week with one fireman found dead on Monday during heavy downpours.

German abducted in Kabul: reports
Germany

German abducted in Kabul: reports

Gunmen abducted a German female aid worker in Kabul in broad daylight on Monday, officials said, highlighting the growing risk to humanitarian workers in war-battered Afghanistan.

Swiss without nuclear power after shutdown
Switzerland

Swiss without nuclear power after shutdown

Switzerland on Monday was temporarily without nuclear power because all of its reactors were out of service for repairs or maintenance.

Abandoned baby sparks debate on safe havens
Denmark

Abandoned baby sparks debate on safe havens

After a newborn baby was found in a plastic sack between two rubbish containers in a Copenhagen suburb on Saturday, the National Council for Children is urging the implementation of safe haven laws.

Palace of Versailles could soon open a hotel
France

Palace of Versailles could soon open a hotel

How would you like to spend the night as a French king in Versailles? This dream may soon be possible as the Palace of Versailles considers turning some of its mansions into a luxury hotel.

Wooden town resembles ‘war zone’ after huge fire
Sweden

Wooden town resembles ‘war zone’ after huge fire

Firefighters say a fire that killed one woman and threatened to destroy the historic wooden town of Eksjö in southern Sweden is now under control, as residents describe a "war zone" atmosphere in the burnt-out neighbourhood.

Gagged: Woman fined for photo of police car
Spain

Gagged: Woman fined for photo of police car

A woman has been fined €800 under Spain's new citizens security law – dubbed the 'gag law' - for taking a photograph of a police car illegally parked in a disabled parking space.

Sampras: ‘Don’t write off Federer at US Open’
Switzerland

Sampras: ‘Don’t write off Federer at US Open’

Pete Sampras believes it would be foolish to write off Roger Federer's chances of winning an 18th major at the US Open despite the Swiss having just turned 34.

‘It gives you the guts to believe in yourself’
Sweden

‘It gives you the guts to believe in yourself’

Sweden's entrepreneurs are flourishing, earning the country a place among the most innovative in the world. So what is Sweden doing right? The Local catches up with two expat alumni of the Executive MBA at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) to find out more.

Augsburg confirm Baba’s transfer to Chelsea
Germany

Augsburg confirm Baba’s transfer to Chelsea

Germany's Augsburg confirmed on Sunday they have sold Ghana international defender Abdul Rahman Baba to Premier League champions Chelsea for a reported fee of €19.8 million.

French cops find missing boy 450km from home
France

French cops find missing boy 450km from home

After police launched a national alert for a missing four-year-old boy on Sunday, witnesses found him on a train some 450 kilometres from where he was last seen.

Spain condemns latest ‘barbaric’ IS acts in Libya
Spain

Spain condemns latest ‘barbaric’ IS acts in Libya

Spain joined the governments of America, France, Germany, Italy and Britain to issue a joint statement on Sunday condemning "barbaric" acts carried out by the Islamic State group in Libya.

Germany condemns ‘barbaric’ Isis acts
Germany

Germany condemns ‘barbaric’ Isis acts

The governments of America, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Britain issued a joint statement on Sunday condemning "barbaric" acts carried out by the Islamic State group in Libya.

Merkel: Migrants bigger challenge than Greece
Germany

Merkel: Migrants bigger challenge than Greece

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday condemned a surge in German attacks on refugee shelters and warned that the issue of asylum could become a bigger challenge for the European Union than the Greek debt crisis.

Record turnout for Copenhagen Pride
Denmark

Record turnout for Copenhagen Pride

The weekend’s Copenhagen Pride events drew out a massive crowd in the Danish capital.

Southern Sweden gets itch over chlamydia hike
Sweden

Southern Sweden gets itch over chlamydia hike

There’s been a sharp rise in the number of cases of chlamydia in Skåne in southern Sweden, with the sexually transmitted infection on the increase for the first time since 2008.

Woman in coma after lightning strikes trullo
Italy

Woman in coma after lightning strikes trullo

A 47-year-old woman is in a coma and 14 others were injured after lightning struck a trullo, a home typical of the Puglia region, on Sunday.

France condemns Isis terror acts in Libya
France

France condemns Isis terror acts in Libya

The French government joined those of the US, Germany, Italy, Spain and Britain to issue a joint statement on Sunday condemning "barbaric" acts carried out by the Islamic State group in Libya.

PSG ease to victory as Marseille lose again
France

PSG ease to victory as Marseille lose again

Reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain eased to a 2-0 win against Corsican minnows Gazelec Ajaccio to maintain their perfect start to the Ligue 1 season on Sunday after Marseille slumped to another defeat.

Man survives ‘attempted murder’ in Gothenburg
Sweden

Man survives ‘attempted murder’ in Gothenburg

UPDATED: Police in west Sweden have launched an attempted murder investigation after a man was shot in Angered, just north of Gothenburg, on Sunday night.

‘I thought to myself: what have I done with my life?’
Sweden

‘I thought to myself: what have I done with my life?’

In this week's My Swedish Career feature, Chen Zijia Pennie from China tells The Local of how she moved to Stockholm to work as a teacher – and ended up learning a lot about herself in the process.

Italy joins condemnation of ‘barbaric’ Isis in Libya
Italy

Italy joins condemnation of ‘barbaric’ Isis in Libya

The governments of America, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Britain issued a joint statement on Sunday condemning "barbaric" acts carried out by the Isis group in Libya.

Tattooed severed leg sparks murder mystery
Italy

Tattooed severed leg sparks murder mystery

The gruesome find of a left leg tattooed with the words "Today is a good day to die" has sparked an investigation worthy of a detective film, Italian media reported.