New chef of the year touts ‘local products’
Switzerland

New chef of the year touts ‘local products’

Nenad Mlinarevic from the Park Hotel Vitznau was on Monday named Switzerland’s chef of the year for 2016 by the GaultMillau guide.

Pair avoid charges over Swedish teen’s murder
Sweden

Pair avoid charges over Swedish teen’s murder

The prosecutor in charge of the probe into the high-profile killing of Swedish teenager Lisa Holm said on Monday that the wife and brother of the main suspect were no longer under investigation.

Danish tourists encouraged to come to Spanish holiday isles to fornicate
Spain

Danish tourists encouraged to come to Spanish holiday isles to fornicate

A travel agency is encouraging Danish tourists to come to Spain to make a baby...and to get wannabe grandmothers to pay for it.

Job-seeker punished for ‘Isis killing spree’ threat
Germany

Job-seeker punished for ‘Isis killing spree’ threat

A job-seeker in Bonn has been sentenced to three months in prison after announcing on Facebook that he would go on an ISIS-inspired killing spree at his local job centre.

Butcher makes world’s priciest Kobe bratwurst
Germany

Butcher makes world’s priciest Kobe bratwurst

A butcher in Hesse claims to be making "the most expensive bratwurst in the world" after he was commissioned to make sausages from outrageously expensive Japanese Kobe beef. But one expert chef told The Local it was a total waste.

Riviera flood: Marineland park under sea of mud
France

Riviera flood: Marineland park under sea of mud

The devastating storms that lashed the French Riviera this weekend have left Marineland, the largest sea park in Europe under a sea of mud, with stingrays and sharks among the animals lost to the floods.

Panic as boy brings WWI grenade to Paris school
France

Panic as boy brings WWI grenade to Paris school

Students were evacuated from a middle school in Paris on Monday after a student brought a rather unusual item into the classroom.

Ten German brands among world’s top 100
Germany

Ten German brands among world’s top 100

In a study of the world's most valuable brands, ten German titles placed in the top 100. But without Volkswagen getting itself into hot water over emissions cheating the result could have been even better.

Roma evictions triple in Italian capital
Italy

Roma evictions triple in Italian capital

Forced evictions of ethnic Roma in the Italian capital have more than tripled since Pope Francis announced a special "year of mercy" which sent the city on a clean-up spree, campaigners said on Monday.

Sex attacker caught in Spain after posting elevator selfie on Facebook
Spain

Sex attacker caught in Spain after posting elevator selfie on Facebook

Police in Malaga were able to track down a sex offender by tracing the serial number of the elevator after he posted a photograph of himself in it on Facebook.

Balotelli snubbed again despite Berardi injury
Italy

Balotelli snubbed again despite Berardi injury

Mario Balotelli was snubbed again on Monday as striker Domenico Berardi pulled out of the Italy squad for Euro 2016 qualifiers this week.

Princess Sofia returns to her Swedish roots
Sweden

Princess Sofia returns to her Swedish roots

Sweden's newest princess, Sofia, has returned to the region where she grew up for the first time since her marriage to Prince Carl Philip catapulted her to royal stardom.

Half-naked Air France execs flee workers
France

Half-naked Air France execs flee workers

There were incredible scenes at Air France headquarters on Monday when company chiefs in torn suits were seen running for cover from an angry mob whose protest against planned job cuts turned violent.

Lego joins world’s most valuable brands
Denmark

Lego joins world’s most valuable brands

Danish toy company Lego has joined top players like Apple, Google and Facebook among the world's most valuable brands.

Danes publish refugee ‘apology’ ads in Lebanon
Denmark

Danes publish refugee ‘apology’ ads in Lebanon

A private Danish group succeeded in raising enough money to publish ads of its own in the same Lebanese newspapers that ran the government's message about asylum policy changes.

Who are the 2015 Nobel Medicine winners?
Sweden

Who are the 2015 Nobel Medicine winners?

Three scientists will share the 2015 Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine, Nobel judges in Stockholm announced on Monday. So who are William C Campbell, Satoshi Ōmura and Youyou Tu?

British buyers are leading the way in Spain’s foreign property market
Spain

British buyers are leading the way in Spain’s foreign property market

One in five properties sold to foreigners in Spain is purchased by a Brit, new figures have revealed.

Denmark approves tougher citizenship rules
Denmark

Denmark approves tougher citizenship rules

UPDATED: Integration Minister Inger Støjberg has secured the necessary support for her plan to make it more difficult to become a Dane, she said on Monday.

Bangladesh denies Isis killed Italian aid worker
Italy

Bangladesh denies Isis killed Italian aid worker

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has rejected claims by the Isis terror group that it was behind the murder of an Italian aid worker and a Japanese citizen.

IN PICTURES: How Unity Day lit up Germany
Germany

IN PICTURES: How Unity Day lit up Germany

Hundreds of thousands of Germans celebrated Unity Day on Saturday to mark 25 years since East and West officially became one country.

Is Dortmund’s Klopp the next Liverpool manager?
Germany

Is Dortmund’s Klopp the next Liverpool manager?

Former Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp is looking increasingly like the frontrunner to take over at the English Premier League's FC Liverpool after the troubled club fired trainer Brendan Rogers.

Italian man sentenced for berating ‘slacker’ son
Italy

Italian man sentenced for berating ‘slacker’ son

An Italian father has been hit with a one year and four month suspended sentence by a court in Rimini for psychological mistreatment after telling his son off too harshly.

Who’s to blame for the Riviera flood deaths?
France

Who’s to blame for the Riviera flood deaths?

The devastating floods that killed at least 19 people on the French Riviera at the weekend have prompted plenty of finger pointing. Was France's weather service to blame or is there simply just too much concrete on the south coast?

Cannabis coffee shops given red light in Berlin
Germany

Cannabis coffee shops given red light in Berlin

Cannabis "coffee shops" won't be opening their doors in Berlin any time soon - as the Federal Institute of Pharmaceuticals halted plans to introduce legal cannabis establishments in the city.

Norway tourist squashed to death by own car
Norway

Norway tourist squashed to death by own car

A German man holidaying in Norway has died after apparently being run over by his own car.

Slovak among victims of Vienna fire
Austria

Slovak among victims of Vienna fire

Police have identified one of the victims found in the burnt out premises of an empty building in Favoriten, Vienna on Friday.

Bern sells off border homes at bargain prices
Switzerland

Bern sells off border homes at bargain prices

In Switzerland this looks like a steal of a deal: a three-level house divided into three spacious apartments close to cross-country skiing and hiking trails for just 450,000 francs ($464,000).

Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell dead
Sweden

Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell dead

UPDATED: Henning Mankell, Sweden's most famous crime writer and the creator of the fictional detective Wallander has died, aged 67, his publishers confirmed on Monday.

7 essential steps to buying in Spain
Spain

7 essential steps to buying in Spain

If you are planning to invest in property in Spain make sure you don't leave your brain on the plane but follow these essential steps.

Telenor to sell mobile stake over Uzbek bribes
Norway

Telenor to sell mobile stake over Uzbek bribes

Norwegian mobile phone giant Telenor is to sell off its $2.4bn minority stake in Russia's VimpelCom, after the company was accused of paying bribes to the Uzbek president's daughter.

Venture capitalists flock to invest in Spain’s flourishing startup scene
Spain

Venture capitalists flock to invest in Spain’s flourishing startup scene

As one of the most important startup conferences gets underway in Madrid, The Local chats to organizer Liz Fleming on how venture capital investment in Spain has doubled within two years.

Refugee centre daubed with swastikas
Austria

Refugee centre daubed with swastikas

A refugee centre in Hohenems, Vorarlberg, has been defaced with red graffiti - including swastikas and the words “stop the asylum flood”.

Ryanair bets on Munich to take on German rivals
Germany

Ryanair bets on Munich to take on German rivals

The budget airline Ryanair is in negotiations with Munich Airport to start flying from the southern hub as part of a strategy to aggressively expand its German market-share.

‘We keep a typewriter at the back for customers to punch out poems’
Spain

‘We keep a typewriter at the back for customers to punch out poems’

In this week’s instalment of My Spanish Career, The Local talks to Terry and Charlotte, the couple behind Desperate Literature, Madrid’s newest bibliophile hangout.

Thousands form ‘living border’ against refugees
Germany

Thousands form ‘living border’ against refugees

People across the eastern state of Saxony took part in demonstrations against refugees being taken into Germany at the weekend, with thousands gathering on the Czech frontier to form a "living border".

Paris: See how Gare du Nord became a big disco
France

Paris: See how Gare du Nord became a big disco

Saturday night saw thousands of Parisians dance the night away in the most unlikely of places - under the echoing eves of the rundown and much maligned Gare du Nord train station.

Nine held for looting after France’s deadly floods
France

Nine held for looting after France’s deadly floods

Nine people in the Riviera resort of Cannes have been arrested on suspicion of looting in the wake of tragic floods which killed at least 18 people.

Italians bake the world’s largest cake
Italy

Italians bake the world’s largest cake

Italy has written its name into the record books once more – this time by baking the world's largest cake sculpture.

BLOG: Sweden’s Nobel Prize in Medicine 2015
Sweden

BLOG: Sweden’s Nobel Prize in Medicine 2015

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Medicine has been awarded to three researchers from universities in the US, Japan and China. The Local blogged the key moments from the announcement in Stockholm.

Symbolic vote held for Vienna’s foreigners
Austria

Symbolic vote held for Vienna’s foreigners

The non-profit organisation SOS Mitmensch is holding an ‘alternative Vienna election’ on Tuesday October 6th - aimed at foreigners living in the capital who are excluded from voting in the city’s election on Saturday October 11th.

Blatter’s daughter accuses media of ‘hatred’
Switzerland

Blatter’s daughter accuses media of ‘hatred’

Envy and hatred among the media is what ruined Fifa President Sepp Blatter's reputation, his daughter said on Sunday in an interview published by the Swiss newspaper Blick.

Australian man falls from Rome hotel window
Italy

Australian man falls from Rome hotel window

An Australian tourist is in a critical condition after falling from the fifth floor bedroom window of a luxury hotel in Rome.

Heatwave takes toll on champion pumpkins
Switzerland

Heatwave takes toll on champion pumpkins

Zurich farmer Ben Meier won the Swiss annual pumpkin growing competition for the sixth time at the weekend with a specimen tipping the scales at 750.5 kilograms.

Air France workers strike as 2,900 jobs to go
France

Air France workers strike as 2,900 jobs to go

UPDATED: Air France passengers faced a day of turbulence on Monday as unions announced the carrier was planning to hand a final pay packet to nearly 3,000 workers.

Italian cycling champ comes clean over hitching a lift in Tour of Spain
Spain

Italian cycling champ comes clean over hitching a lift in Tour of Spain

Italian cycling star Vincenzo Nibali admitted his guilt on Sunday nearly six weeks after being thrown off Spain's Vuelta for cheating by holding on to his Astana team's car.

Pentagon chief arrives in Madrid amid Syrian and Afghan crises
Spain

Pentagon chief arrives in Madrid amid Syrian and Afghan crises

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter arrived in Madrid on Sunday, beginning a European tour amid alarm over Russian bombardments in Syria and the refugee crisis sparked by the conflict.

Zlatan makes history as PSG see off Marseille
France

Zlatan makes history as PSG see off Marseille

Zlatan Ibrahimovic entered the history books on Sunday, when he netted twice to become PSG's all-time top scorer and in doing so helped his team see off bitter rivals Marseille. Here's a look at the weekend's action in Ligue 1.

Govt rejects claim 1.5m refugees are expected
Germany

Govt rejects claim 1.5m refugees are expected

The federal government denied on Monday a report in Bild that it estimates 1.5 million refugees - almost double previous projections - would arrive in Germany in 2015.

Sweden sparks protests in Morocco after Ikea row
Sweden

Sweden sparks protests in Morocco after Ikea row

Several thousand demonstrators are reported to have shown up for a rally outside the Swedish embassy in Marakkech on Sunday following rising tensions linked to an Ikea store and the Nordic nation’s foreign policy.

Italy’s Nibali admits he cheated in Spain tour
Italy

Italy’s Nibali admits he cheated in Spain tour

Italian cycling star Vincenzo Nibali admitted his guilt on Sunday nearly six weeks after being thrown off Spain's Vuelta for cheating by holding on to his Astana team's car.

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France

Riviera draws breath after ‘apocalyptic’ floods

UPDATED: Towns across the French Riviera were left counting the costs on Monday after devastating floods swept through the region leaving 19 dead, including one Briton, plus a trail of destruction.

Sweden’s Zlatan cheers new club goal record
Sweden

Sweden’s Zlatan cheers new club goal record

He’s already the top scoring striker in Swedish history but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is now celebrating another record with his Paris side PSG.

Bayern thrash Dortmund to send rivals message
Germany

Bayern thrash Dortmund to send rivals message

Thomas Müller said Bayern Munich's 5-1 trashing of second-placed Borussia Dortmund sent a signal to their German rivals that they will not release their iron grip on the Bundesliga.

Denmark to get tough on foreign fighters’ ‘treason’
Denmark

Denmark to get tough on foreign fighters’ ‘treason’

When the new parliamentary season opens on Tuesday, an item at the top of the government’s agenda will be strengthening the laws related to Danes who fight alongside terror groups abroad.

Italy eliminated as Ireland book quarter final place
Italy

Italy eliminated as Ireland book quarter final place

Italy's hopes of qualifying for the last eight of the Rugby World Cup were dashed on Sunday evening when Ireland struggled to a 16-9 victory over the blues.

Thorning finalist for UN post with Nordic backing
Denmark

Thorning finalist for UN post with Nordic backing

Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s bid to become the next UN High Commissioner for Refugees has the backing of the Nordic states and she is considered one of three finalists for the job.

‘Setting up a business in Denmark is really easy’
Denmark

‘Setting up a business in Denmark is really easy’

In the latest instalment of My Danish Career, The Local met with Oriol Calderó, a Spanish entrepreneur who runs Copenhagen's first organic beard wax and oil company.

Nobel Medicine Prize opens week of awards
Sweden

Nobel Medicine Prize opens week of awards

A week of Nobel prize announcements kicks off on Monday with the medicine prize, the first to be announced in Stockholm.

‘We live this life with no money but a lot of love’
Sweden

‘We live this life with no money but a lot of love’

In this week's My Swedish Career feature, The Local talks to musician, actress and pre-school teacher Summer Masuda about how to juggle a creative life in the Swedish capital while still paying the bills.