Geneva launches hunt for geothermal sources
Switzerland

Geneva launches hunt for geothermal sources

The canton of Geneva’s utility company on Monday launched an ambitious exploration programme to seek potential sources of geothermal energy in 33 municipalities, including eight in the neighbouring canton of Vaud.

Russian spy ship off Norway’s Lofoten Islands
Norway

Russian spy ship off Norway’s Lofoten Islands

A new Russian spy ship which according to the New York Times appears to be targeting undersea telecommunications cables is now operating off Norway’s Lofoten Islands.

Clichy-sous-Bois – Ten years after the riots
France

Clichy-sous-Bois – Ten years after the riots

A decade has passed since thousands of youths rioted for weeks through the suburbs of Paris and other French cities. In Clichy-sous-Bois, where the violence began after the death of two teenagers, residents tell The Local that little has changed.

Maersk Oil to cut 1 in 10 jobs amid price slump
Denmark

Maersk Oil to cut 1 in 10 jobs amid price slump

The oil business of Danish conglomerate A.P. Møller-Maersk on Monday said it will cut between 10 to 12 percent of its workforce due to slumping oil prices.

Swiss candidate for Fifa chief gets Uefa backing
Switzerland

Swiss candidate for Fifa chief gets Uefa backing

UPDATED: Uefa General Secretary Gianni Infantino, a Swiss citizen, dramatically announced that he will stand in the Fifa presidential election, casting doubt over the hopes of Michel Platini as Monday's midnight deadline to submit bids approached.

Aid groups try to force France to act over Calais
France

Aid groups try to force France to act over Calais

Aid groups who believe France lacks the will and desire to solve the refugee crisis in Calais have taken the unprecedented step of taking the government to court to force them to act. The head of an NGO tells The Local why they can no longer wait.

Where the French do and don’t want to live
France

Where the French do and don’t want to live

A new survey has revealed in which regions the French would love to live and also where they’d rather avoid.

‘Salami causes cancer’: WHO’s telling porkies?
Italy

‘Salami causes cancer’: WHO’s telling porkies?

Salami and ham are a staple part of the Italian diet, yet both were placed on the “bad food” list in a study by the World Health Organisation (WHO), published on Monday, as being causes of cancer. But do Italians believe the results?

Merkel admits: refugee policy ‘far from perfect’
Germany

Merkel admits: refugee policy ‘far from perfect’

Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted on Monday that Germany and Europe's policy towards the large numbers of refugees arriving in 2015 has been "anything but perfect" – but insisted that the country could rise to the challenge.

Danish bacon and hot dogs could cause cancer
Denmark

Danish bacon and hot dogs could cause cancer

UPDATED: Processed meats including those found in hot dogs and bacon have been listed as potential causes of cancer by the World Health Organisation (WHO) but Danish food officials told The Local that it is unlikely that Denmark will issue new dietary recommendations.

Jamón and chorizo rank alongside cigarettes as potential cancer cause
Spain

Jamón and chorizo rank alongside cigarettes as potential cancer cause

It is the de facto national dish of Spain, but according to the World Health Organization (WHO) jamón is as dangerous to one’s health as tobacco.

Shipwreck skeleton may be Swedish captain
Sweden

Shipwreck skeleton may be Swedish captain

Swedish archaeologists say skeletal remains found around the famous Per Brahe ship that sank almost 100 years ago could be those of the vessel's controversial captain.

Barcelona ranked among top ten most reputable cities in the world
Spain

Barcelona ranked among top ten most reputable cities in the world

A new study placed Barcelona among the top ten "most reputable" cities in the world, ahead of fellow European tourist traps London and Paris.

Medal campaign for ‘hero’ Swedish teacher
Sweden

Medal campaign for ‘hero’ Swedish teacher

Swedes are rallying behind a Facebook campaign for the teaching assistant killed in the Trollhättan stabbing attack to be awarded a medal. The Local has spoken to the man behind the initiative.

Cancer warning over German bratwurst intake
Germany

Cancer warning over German bratwurst intake

Processed meats including those found in sausages and cured ham have been listed as potential causes of cancer by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in a blow to the modern German diet.

German industry’s mood undented by VW scandal
Germany

German industry’s mood undented by VW scandal

German businesses are confident about the outlook for Europe's biggest economy, despite China's slowdown and the Volkswagen scandal, a top survey showed Monday, as the Bundesbank also insisted economic growth was still on track.

‘Robin Hood’ attempts Venice bank heist
Italy

‘Robin Hood’ attempts Venice bank heist

“I'm Robin Hood, give me money!”. These are the words a 64-year-old man used when he attempted a bank heist in Mestre, Venice – a long way from Sherwood Forrest.

Berlin policeman stabs ‘dawdling’ British tourist
Germany

Berlin policeman stabs ‘dawdling’ British tourist

A Berlin policeman chased two British tourists and injured one with a knife in the Neukölln neighbourhood early on Monday morning after deciding they were crossing the road too slowly.

Norwegian hot dogs could cause cancer
Norway

Norwegian hot dogs could cause cancer

Processed meats such as the hot dogs beloved of Norwegians have been listed as potential causes of cancer by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Swedish hot dog meat could cause cancer
Sweden

Swedish hot dog meat could cause cancer

Processed meats including those found in hot dogs and bacon have been listed as potential causes of cancer by the World Health Organisation (WHO). But Sweden's National Food Agency has said it will take a close look at the findings before changing any guidelines.

Guinean migrant drowns as rickety boat capsizes trying to reach Ceuta
Spain

Guinean migrant drowns as rickety boat capsizes trying to reach Ceuta

A Guinean migrant drowned on Monday after high winds capsized the rickety boat he was in trying to reach Spain's north African territory Ceuta.

Health dangers of classic French fare laid bare
France

Health dangers of classic French fare laid bare

The dangers of eating traditional Gallic delicacies like saucisson, jambon and even cheese were spelled out in two separate reports on Monday. They may prompt the French to seriously consider changing their diets (although they probably won't).

Danish city prepares outdoor smoking ban
Denmark

Danish city prepares outdoor smoking ban

Politicians in the Jutland city of Randers are eyeing a far-reaching smoking ban as part of its plan to drastically cut down the number of smokers over the next decade.

The end of the expat? Europe’s cities fight for ‘Inpats’
Spain

The end of the expat? Europe’s cities fight for ‘Inpats’

Mention expats and many minds are drawn to stereotypes of workers sent abroad for three years to live in a compound and sip gin. But today’s mobile professionals aren't posted overseas – they just get up and go, writes The Local's Managing Editor James Savage.

Italian paradise isle falls into hands of NZ banker
Italy

Italian paradise isle falls into hands of NZ banker

An unspoiled paradise off the coast of Sardinia is finally in the hands of a banker from New Zealand after a two-year legal wrangle.

Hundreds of refugees disappear in Germany
Germany

Hundreds of refugees disappear in Germany

Around 700 of the 4,000 refugees who have been housed in Lower Saxony over the past week have gone missing and authorities mostly have no idea who or where they are.

Runaway train sparks traffic chaos in Sweden
Sweden

Runaway train sparks traffic chaos in Sweden

UPDATED: A passenger train travelling from Mora to Stockholm tore up asphalt, a level crossing barrier, and an electrical wire cabinet when it went off the rails in central Sala on Monday morning.

Gran Canaria calls for ‘catastrophe’ status in aftermath of fierce storms
Spain

Gran Canaria calls for ‘catastrophe’ status in aftermath of fierce storms

The popular holiday island is asking for catastrophe status to receive urgent help to fix areas damaged in recent torrential storms.

The end of the expat? Cities fight for ‘Inpats’

The end of the expat? Cities fight for ‘Inpats’

Mention expats and many minds are drawn to stereotypes of workers sent abroad for three years to live in a compound and sip gin. But today’s mobile professionals aren't posted overseas – they just get up and go, writes The Local's Managing Editor James Savage.

Germans are Nazis, bad guys, crazies: Bond actor
Germany

Germans are Nazis, bad guys, crazies: Bond actor

As stars gather in London for the premiere of 24th James Bond film Spectre, meet the sidekick who'll be rounding out the German bad-guy duo alongside Christoph Waltz.

Norway kindergartens failing kids in key areas
Norway

Norway kindergartens failing kids in key areas

Kindergartens in Norway are worse than previously thought, with a shortage of toys, poor speech development, and bad hygiene, according to a new research project.

Copenhagen’s ‘dignified’ rubbish plan expands
Denmark

Copenhagen’s ‘dignified’ rubbish plan expands

A pilot project designed to make life a bit easier and cleaner for bottle collectors was so successful that it will now be expanded to 500 rubbish cans throughout Copenhagen.

Ex-Swiss rescue pilot held for pot smuggling
Switzerland

Ex-Swiss rescue pilot held for pot smuggling

A helicopter pilot who once worked for Rega, the Swiss emergency rescue service, has been arrested in Spain along with his Swiss co-pilot after being caught in a chopper with 600 kilograms of cannabis, according to media reports.

Refugees refuse beds at Swedish holiday park
Sweden

Refugees refuse beds at Swedish holiday park

More than 30 asylum seekers refused to get off a bus that took them to temporary accommodation at a holiday park on Sunday night because they didn't want to stay in such a rural location, Sweden's Migration Board has told The Local.

Spanish artist unveils ‘masterpiece’ to commemorate 70 years of UN
Spain

Spanish artist unveils ‘masterpiece’ to commemorate 70 years of UN

The sculpture, in New York’s Central Park, marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.

Norway politician resigns after sword killer post
Norway

Norway politician resigns after sword killer post

A politician for Norway’s populist, right-wing Progress Party has been forced to resign after posting on Facebook that he could 'almost understand' the 21-year-old Swede who unleashed a brutal sword attack at a Swedish school on Thursday.

Italian cleaners bin ‘rubbish’ modern art
Italy

Italian cleaners bin ‘rubbish’ modern art

Cleaning staff at the Museion modern art gallery in Bolzano have landed themselves in hot water after mistakenly sweeping up a modern art exhibit they thought was the remnants of the previous night's party.

PSG hit back at critics with St Etienne drubbing
France

PSG hit back at critics with St Etienne drubbing

Paris Saint-Germain answered critics in style on Sunday by thrashing St Etienne 4 -1 at the Parc des Princes. Here's a round-up of all the action in Ligue 1.

Tensions high at EU, Balkans refugee summit
Germany

Tensions high at EU, Balkans refugee summit

European Union and Balkan leaders struggled Sunday to reduce tensions over how to tackle the migrant crisis at an EU summit involving Germany and other key nations in the migrant crisis.

Danish woman loses passport for fighting Isis
Denmark

Danish woman loses passport for fighting Isis

A 22-year-old Danish-Kurdish woman who fought against the terror group Isis in Iraq has had her passport confiscated by Danish authorities.

11,000 evacuated after Kreuzberg bomb find
Germany

11,000 evacuated after Kreuzberg bomb find

Officials had to evacuate 11,000 people from their homes in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin on Sunday after a 250-kg bomb was found during renovations.

‘Zero tolerance’ rail punctuality plan tested
Switzerland

‘Zero tolerance’ rail punctuality plan tested

In a bid to improve punctuality, Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) has launched a pilot project where long-distance trains arriving at a station do not wait for connecting trains.

Attacked school set to reopen next week
Sweden

Attacked school set to reopen next week

UPDATED: Teachers and other staff at a Swedish school where two people were killed in a sword attack are receiving psychological help as they prepare to reopen the school to pupils next week.

Barcelona to take Uefa to court over fine for Catalan independence flags
Spain

Barcelona to take Uefa to court over fine for Catalan independence flags

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has threatened to take Uefa as far as the European Court of Human Rights after the club was fined for fans displaying flags supporting Catalan independence.

England marks 600 years since Agincourt victory
France

England marks 600 years since Agincourt victory

England was this week celebrating the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, one of its greatest-ever battlefield victories, when king Henry V's longbow archers routed the French nobility.

The cheapest and fastest way to transfer money
Italy

The cheapest and fastest way to transfer money

Tired of massive sums disappearing every time you send money back home? Struggling to pay bills abroad through a foreign bank? There’s finally a way around outrageous bank fees on all your transfers.

The cheapest and fastest way to transfer money
Germany

The cheapest and fastest way to transfer money

Tired of massive sums disappearing every time you send money back home? Struggling to pay bills abroad through a foreign bank? There’s finally a way around outrageous bank fees on all your transfers.

The cheapest and fastest way to transfer money
Norway

The cheapest and fastest way to transfer money

Tired of massive sums disappearing every time you send money back home? Struggling to pay bills abroad through a foreign bank? There’s finally a way around outrageous bank fees on all your transfers.

The cheapest and fastest way to transfer money
France

The cheapest and fastest way to transfer money

Tired of massive sums disappearing every time you send money back home? Struggling to pay bills abroad through a foreign bank? There’s finally a way around outrageous bank fees on all your transfers.

The cheapest and fastest way to transfer money
Sweden

The cheapest and fastest way to transfer money

Tired of massive sums disappearing every time you send money back home? Struggling to pay bills abroad through a foreign bank? There’s finally a way around outrageous bank fees on all your transfers.

The cheapest and fastest way to transfer money
Switzerland

The cheapest and fastest way to transfer money

Tired of massive sums disappearing every time you send money back home? Struggling to pay bills abroad through a foreign bank? There’s finally a way around outrageous bank fees on all your transfers.

Lahm tells Guardiola to stay as Bayern coach
Germany

Lahm tells Guardiola to stay as Bayern coach

Philipp Lahm has told Pep Guardiola that his star-studded Bayern Munich team want him to continue as their coach as the Spaniard enters the final year of his current contract.

Salah and Gervinho fire Roma top of Serie A
Italy

Salah and Gervinho fire Roma top of Serie A

First-half goals from Mohamed Salah and Gervinho in a 2-1 win over leaders Fiorentina fired Roma to the top of Serie A as the Giallorossi underlined their scudetto credentials in style on Sunday.

PSG go seven points clear with weekend win
France

PSG go seven points clear with weekend win

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was among the scorers as Paris Saint-Germain opened up a seven-point gap over their nearest rivals at the top of Ligue 1 with a 4-1 victory over Saint-Etienne on Sunday. Here's a look at the weekend's action in Ligue 1.

1000s mobilize against far-right in Cologne
Germany

1000s mobilize against far-right in Cologne

More than 10,000 people demonstrated in the western German city of Cologne on Sunday in protest against a rally by far-right extremists and football hooligans, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

Four arrested over Italian aid worker murder
Italy

Four arrested over Italian aid worker murder

Bangladesh announced the first arrests on Monday over the murder of an Italian aid worker as the government insisted its political rivals rather than the Islamic State group were behind a spate of deadly attacks.

Thousands march for victims of French crash
France

Thousands march for victims of French crash

Nearly 5,000 people came to a town near Bordeaux on Sunday to mourn the 43 victims, mostly pensioners, of a horrific coach crash that was France's worst road accident in three decades.

Lego faces backlash after Ai Weiwei snub
Denmark

Lego faces backlash after Ai Weiwei snub

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will set up a network of collection points to receive Lego block donations, he said Monday, after he set off a social media storm by accusing the Danish company of refusing a bulk order on political grounds.

Sweden eyeing Nato help in propaganda wars
Sweden

Sweden eyeing Nato help in propaganda wars

Sweden is considering joining a Nato centre for strategic communication to boost its expertise in fighting propaganda wars in the social media world, said its defence minister on Monday.

The cheapest and fastest way to transfer money
Spain

The cheapest and fastest way to transfer money

Tired of massive sums disappearing every time you send money back home? Struggling to pay bills abroad through a foreign bank? There’s finally a way around outrageous bank fees on all your transfers.

‘I invest my own money, take my own risks’
Sweden

‘I invest my own money, take my own risks’

Shea Wilson, 34, fled the US financial crisis to study in Gothenburg. Six years on, he works and lives at a tech hub in Stockholm, which also provides an innovative solution to the city's housing shortage.

The cheapest and fastest way to transfer money
Denmark

The cheapest and fastest way to transfer money

Tired of massive sums disappearing every time you send money back home? Struggling to pay bills abroad through a foreign bank? There’s finally a way around outrageous bank fees on all your transfers.