Scout plunges to death from medieval tower
Switzerland

Scout plunges to death from medieval tower

Safety questions are being raised at a historic tourist attraction in the Swiss city of Fribourg after a 20-year-old man apparently plunged to his death from the medieval Dürrenbuhl tower.

91,000 Danish cars have VW’s cheating software
Denmark

91,000 Danish cars have VW’s cheating software

After new information about the scope of Volkswagen's cheating software scandal came to light, both the Danish transport minister and a leading consumer advocacy group want answers from German car company Volkswagen.

Blatter vows to stay on despite criminal probe
Switzerland

Blatter vows to stay on despite criminal probe

Sepp Blatter intends to stay on as president of Fifa, his lawyer said on Monday, as UEFA chief Michel Platini revealed a payment made to him from Blatter had been "fully declared" to authorities.

Canadian tourist faces Paris police ‘rapists’
France

Canadian tourist faces Paris police ‘rapists’

A Canadian tourist who claims to have been raped by several Parisian police officers began on Monday the process of confronting the suspects before a judge.

Isis claims killing of Italian aid worker
Italy

Isis claims killing of Italian aid worker

UPDATED: An Italian charity worker died after being shot by attackers in Dhaka on Monday, police said, amid heightened fears over security in Bangladesh.

What to do if your VW contains cheat software
Germany

What to do if your VW contains cheat software

The Local explains how owners can tell if their Volkswagen contains one of the engines designed to cheat emissions testing - and what to do next.

Passengers on zig-zagging airport bus force drunk driver to pull over
Spain

Passengers on zig-zagging airport bus force drunk driver to pull over

A bus driver with a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit had to be stopped by his own passengers, who feared for their lives along the highway to Barcelona's airport.

France to crack down on job seekers on benefits
France

France to crack down on job seekers on benefits

France’s employment agency began tightening the leash on jobseekers claiming benefits on Monday as the country battles critics who say its system is far too generous and allows for claimants to take advantage.

Police act against huge Swedish shanty camp
Sweden

Police act against huge Swedish shanty camp

Swedish police have vowed to take action against a shanty town in Malmö that has become home to large numbers of migrants, mostly from Romania.

Ceiling collapse sparks Rome metro chaos
Italy

Ceiling collapse sparks Rome metro chaos

Rome's metro was plunged into chaos on Monday after a battery compartment smashed into the roof of a tunnel – causing a chunk to break off and shower a train with rubble.

Refugee home attacks more than double in year
Germany

Refugee home attacks more than double in year

Police reported on Monday that there have already been twice as many attacks on refugee homes in 2015 to date as there were in all of 2014.

Sweden launches sex books for disabled teens
Sweden

Sweden launches sex books for disabled teens

A series of sex education books has been launched to help Swedish teens with special needs get to grips with puberty, love and masturbation. The Local has spoken to the teacher behind the project.

Firefighter loses case for Love Parade ‘trauma’
Germany

Firefighter loses case for Love Parade ‘trauma’

A firefighter who worked during a deadly crowd crush at Germany's 2010 Love Parade and says he was left traumatized by the disaster will not receive compensation, Duisburg regional court announced on Monday.

Dresden Buddhists drop swastika to keep peace
Germany

Dresden Buddhists drop swastika to keep peace

On Sunday eastern Germany's first Buddhist graveyard opened in Dresden, marking a turning point for the region's Vietnamese community. But a missing symbol makes the burial ground a peculiarly German affair.

French tax cheats to boost budget by €2.4 bn
France

French tax cheats to boost budget by €2.4 bn

France's budget for 2016 has been given a timely boost to the tune of €2.4 billion thanks to French tax cheats coming clean.

Striker tells of ‘knockout’ by Swedish derby goal
Sweden

Striker tells of ‘knockout’ by Swedish derby goal

Hammarby player Erik Israelsson has said he feels 'refreshed' despite falling unconscious after scoring a goal on Sunday. But the match is continuing to generate debate after rival fans chanted that the striker should be left to die.

Suspected serial rapist to face trial in Copenhagen
Denmark

Suspected serial rapist to face trial in Copenhagen

The same man is suspected of being behind three rapes and two attempted rapes over the past seven months in a case that was knocked out of the public spotlight by February's terror attack.

PM Rajoy rules out negotiating with Catalonia over independence split
Spain

PM Rajoy rules out negotiating with Catalonia over independence split

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday he would not discuss the "end of unity of Spain" after Catalan separatists claimed victory in crucial regional elections and vowed to press ahead with secession.

Artur Mas: How a technocrat was transformed into a patriotic leader
Spain

Artur Mas: How a technocrat was transformed into a patriotic leader

Catalonia's leader Artur Mas admits that he was not always a nationalist. But now he is pledging his political life to the cause of making his region independent from Spain.

Ikea investment will see number of stores double across Spain by 2025
Spain

Ikea investment will see number of stores double across Spain by 2025

The head of Ikea Iberia has revealed big expansion plans across Spain bringing €1billion in investment and jobs to the region.

‘Italy can be stronger than Germany’: Renzi
Italy

‘Italy can be stronger than Germany’: Renzi

Italy can become the economic powerhouse of Europe, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has claimed.

Prosecutors launch probe into ex-VW chief
Germany

Prosecutors launch probe into ex-VW chief

Prosecutors in Braunschweig said on Monday they were investigating former Volkswagen (VW) Group CEO Martin Winterkorn over his connection to the growing emissions scandal surrounding the firm.

Nine month sentence for Nazi postings
Austria

Nine month sentence for Nazi postings

A 24-year-old German man has been handed a nine month conditional jail sentence for posting hundreds of right-wing extremist comments online.

Swiss probe banks for metals ‘price fixing’
Switzerland

Swiss probe banks for metals ‘price fixing’

UPDATED: Switzerland’s federal competition commission (Comco) on Monday launched an investigation into Swiss and foreign banks suspected of price fixing in the trade of precious metals.

Burger King to swallow up Quick in France
France

Burger King to swallow up Quick in France

Burger King looks set to take a massive bite of the French fast food market after the burger giant announced on Monday that it is in negotiations to take over the 509 outlets run by Belgian chain Quick.

Irish fear return of Italian talisman Parisse
Italy

Irish fear return of Italian talisman Parisse

Ireland are anxiously waiting to see whether Italy captain Sergio Parisse makes his much-awaited return from injury against them in their World Cup clash on Sunday.

Norway ‘hostage’ boat found on militant island
Norway

Norway ‘hostage’ boat found on militant island

Philippine authorities have found a boat they suspect was used by kidnappers to take a Norwegian mariner to an island stronghold of Islamic militants, the military said on Saturday.

‘Murdered’ student found alive after 31 years
Germany

‘Murdered’ student found alive after 31 years

A woman who disappeared in Lower Saxony over 30 years ago and was declared dead after a man admitted to her murder has revealed herself to officers in Düsseldorf, police have announced.

Sweden sets out strategy to spur global exports
Sweden

Sweden sets out strategy to spur global exports

Sweden is set to target markets in Asia and North America as part of a major new export strategy, enterprise and innovation minister Mikael Damberg said on Monday.

Refugee crisis fears ‘helped Freedom Party’
Austria

Refugee crisis fears ‘helped Freedom Party’

After state elections in Upper Austria resulted in huge gains for the right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ) and major losses for the conservative People’s Party (ÖVP), regional governor Josef Pühringer has said he will be holding talks with all parties to discuss the options before forming a new coalition.

Hollande made to feel at home on Broadway
France

Hollande made to feel at home on Broadway

The French president is clearly enjoying his trip to New York, where he took time out to visit Times Square and made a beeline for a group of dancers from the Moulin Rouge.

Can e-cars thrive in wake of emissions scandal?
Germany

Can e-cars thrive in wake of emissions scandal?

The Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal has raised serious questions about the viability of diesel as a clean energy source. Could this be the chance to dominate Germany that electric cars have been waiting for?

Nightclub bouncers ‘beat executive into a coma’
Switzerland

Nightclub bouncers ‘beat executive into a coma’

The executive of a Geneva-based multinational company is in a coma after being allegedly beaten by bouncers at an upscale restaurant-bar in the Swiss city, a media report said on Monday.

2.1 million Audis have cheating engines
Germany

2.1 million Audis have cheating engines

Millions of cars manufactured by Volkswagen's luxury subsidiary Audi were also fitted with engines containing software enabling them to cheat regulators' emissions tests, media reported on Monday.

Q&A: Six things you need to know about the Catalan election results
Spain

Q&A: Six things you need to know about the Catalan election results

The election billed as a de facto referendum on independence for Catalonia has produced some interesting results. Here's what you need to know.

Swede reunited with viral child ‘reporter’ in Gaza
Sweden

Swede reunited with viral child ‘reporter’ in Gaza

A photo of a Palestinian boy hoping to stay safe by dressing up as a war correspondent melted hearts around the world in 2014. But when the real-life Swedish journalist who took the snap returned to Gaza a year later, the child told him he was now set on being a pilot.

Six Brits charged for naked dip in Rome
Italy

Six Brits charged for naked dip in Rome

Six British tourists have been charged with indecent exposure after jumping naked into one of Rome’s historic fountains.

Fraudster pockets donations for refugees
Austria

Fraudster pockets donations for refugees

A 58-year-old man from Carinthia is suspected of pocketing donations he collected for refugees from 180 municipal offices. The fraud came to light when police were investigating the man for another crime.

France warns US over Transatlantic treaty
France

France warns US over Transatlantic treaty

France says it is ready to pull out of talks over the controversial Transatlantic free-trade agreement between the EU and the US, because the "secretive" negotiations were favouring American interests over French ones.

Court jails Rwanda rebel leaders over war crimes
Germany

Court jails Rwanda rebel leaders over war crimes

A German court on Monday sentenced two Rwandan rebel leaders to long jail terms for masterminding massacres in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo from their homes in Germany.

Arnie wannabes compete for first prize in Madrid bodybuilding fest
Spain

Arnie wannabes compete for first prize in Madrid bodybuilding fest

Movie star and former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is saying "hasta la vista" to Madrid after a weekend contest of bodybuilding, pole-dancing and Speedo-strutting.

‘Heartstealer’ Silvio says Crimea split ‘democratic’
Italy

‘Heartstealer’ Silvio says Crimea split ‘democratic’

Ex-Italian Prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has revealed that the Russians have given him a special nickname following his recent visit to Crimea.

Hikers beaten up by mountain bikers in Tyrol
Austria

Hikers beaten up by mountain bikers in Tyrol

A group of hikers in Tyrol were attacked by three aggressive mountain bikers on Saturday afternoon as they descended the Rumer Alm in the Innsbruck Land district. One of the hikers suffered multiple lacerations.

Public tours Geneva rail mega-project work sites
Switzerland

Public tours Geneva rail mega-project work sites

More than 32,000 people toured key construction sites of Geneva’s new regional rail line mega-project at the weekend after authorities opened them for viewing.

Catalan elections press review: Victory or failure for separatists?
Spain

Catalan elections press review: Victory or failure for separatists?

A bitter victory for the separatists or a resounding 'No' to independence? The Local takes a look at how the Spanish newspapers saw the election results.

‘Moving to Sweden has made me more feminist’
Sweden

‘Moving to Sweden has made me more feminist’

Can moving to Sweden from abroad make women feel more equal? Absolutely, writes Maddy Savage, editor of The Local Sweden.

Radical Islamist on the run from Paris prison
France

Radical Islamist on the run from Paris prison

A radicalized Frenchman has gone on the run after being granted a brief leave of absence from a prison in the suburbs of Paris. He reportedly told inmates they would "soon be hearing about him".

Zuckerberg reassures Merkel on hate speech
Germany

Zuckerberg reassures Merkel on hate speech

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told Chancellor Angela Merkel at the weekend that the social network would do more to fight racist comments.

How the internet reacted to results of Catalonia’s historic election
Spain

How the internet reacted to results of Catalonia’s historic election

The internet wasn't all serious political analysis during Sunday's Catalan elections...

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Sweden

Oct. 1: Alumni Day (Stockholm)

Paris: First car-free day proves quiet success
France

Paris: First car-free day proves quiet success

Paris's first car free day was hailed as a success after tens of thousands of pedestrians and cyclists took over swathes of the city from vehicles. Take a look at some of the best images.

Dortmund draw leaves Bayern 4 points clear
Germany

Dortmund draw leaves Bayern 4 points clear

Borussia Dortmund lost more ground in the Bundesliga title race on Sunday after being held to a 2-2 draw at home to Darmstadt which left Bayern Munich four points clear.

Catalan separatist win pressures Spain ahead of general election
Spain

Catalan separatist win pressures Spain ahead of general election

Catalan separatists dealt a bitter blow to Spain's government by winning control of their regional parliament, sparking uncertainty and political manoeuvring on Monday, three months ahead of a general election.

‘I only thought that I had to get my son out’
Sweden

‘I only thought that I had to get my son out’

A Swedish father has told of his and his 18-month-old child's lucky escape when an overhead road sign structure came crashing down on their car in central Stockholm.

PSG president’s car attacked after Nantes win
France

PSG president’s car attacked after Nantes win

PSG's thumping win over Nantes on Sunday was overshadowed when the Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi's car was targeted by hooligans. Elsewhere in Ligue 1 Marseille slumped to another dismal defeat.

D&G fly the flag for Italy and sensuality
Italy

D&G fly the flag for Italy and sensuality

Dolce and Gabbana kept the flag of sensuality flying in Milan on Sunday with an unabashed celebration of everything that makes Italy a beacon for pleasure lovers the world over.

Gauck warns of ‘limits to Germany’s capacity’
Germany

Gauck warns of ‘limits to Germany’s capacity’

German President Joachim Gauck warned on Sunday that Germany is approaching the limits of its capacity to take in refugees, saying that keeping society stable was an important part of being able to help those fleeing war when they arrived.

France pledges €4 billion boost in foreign aid
France

France pledges €4 billion boost in foreign aid

France said on Sunday that it would ramp up foreign assistance, pumping in an extra €4 billion ($4.5 billion) per year starting in 2020.

Forget scudetto talk, Buffon tells Juventus
Italy

Forget scudetto talk, Buffon tells Juventus

From the highs of reaching the Champions League final last season, when the Turin giants sealed a first league and Cup double in 20 years, Juventus have returned to earth with a bump.

500 migrants rescued in Mediterranean
Italy

500 migrants rescued in Mediterranean

Some 500 migrants were rescued in seven operations launched over the weekend in the Mediterranean, the Italian coastguard said.

Germany calls for Syria transitional government
Germany

Germany calls for Syria transitional government

Germany on Sunday called for a transitional government in Syria in a bid to resolve the country's years-long civil war, as European governments increasingly soften their demands over President Bashar al-Assad's departure.

Danes get clear skies for supermoon phenomenon
Denmark

Danes get clear skies for supermoon phenomenon

Early-rising Danes were treated to spectacular views of the rare supermoon eclipse thanks to clear skies over the country.

Sweden top for cancer survival in new report
Sweden

Sweden top for cancer survival in new report

If you live in Sweden you are less likely to die of cancer than anywhere else in Europe, according to a major new study.

‘I took a challenge and now I’m a station officer’
Sweden

‘I took a challenge and now I’m a station officer’

Moving abroad can involve a lot of firefighting for any expat. But British-born Jeffrey King has literally been putting out fires during a ten-year career with the Swedish Fire and Rescue Service.

Mohammed cartoons: a decade of controversy
Denmark

Mohammed cartoons: a decade of controversy

Ten years after a Danish newspaper published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, the shockwaves are still reverberating -- but experts are divided over how attitudes to freedom of expression have changed.

Most refugees who come to Denmark come to stay
Denmark

Most refugees who come to Denmark come to stay

Very few refugees voluntarily leave Denmark after receiving a temporary residence permit, with people on both sides of the refugee debate saying this is proof that the temporary permit system is unrealistic.

Swedes stay up to catch glimpse of supermoon
Sweden

Swedes stay up to catch glimpse of supermoon

Did you watch the supermoon? With clear skies across much of Sweden the rare celestial spectacle did not disappoint.