Norway boasts world’s largest carbon capture lab
Norway

Norway boasts world’s largest carbon capture lab

Norway on Monday inaugurated what it called the world's largest laboratory for capturing carbon dioxide, a leading strategy for fighting global warming.

Berlin escaped May Day pipe-bomb bloodbath
Germany

Berlin escaped May Day pipe-bomb bloodbath

Berlin police revealed on Monday they had discovered several pipe bombs along the route of a leftist May Day demonstration in the Kreuzberg district of the German capital – which could have caused a bloodbath.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Norway

Hacker attack downs DNB’s online bank

A hacker attack on Monday morning prevented many customers of Norwegian bank DNB from accessing their accounts online.

‘He just came at us’: Malmö shooting victim
Sweden

‘He just came at us’: Malmö shooting victim

One of the victims of the suspected Malmö serial killer Peter Mangs told police in interrogation what happened on the day when he was wounded and 20-year-old Trez West Persson was shot dead.

German Catholic school in rectal pill rights row
Germany

German Catholic school in rectal pill rights row

A German Catholic boys' school is fighting for the right to give its pupils suppositories, in the face of a city council report on the use of rectally-administered medication.

Boy finds guide’s mum’s long-lost wedding ring
Norway

Boy finds guide’s mum’s long-lost wedding ring

When an 11-year-boy dug up a wedding ring in Norway at the weekend, he could scarcely believe the swiftness with which the mystery unraveled and the gold band was reunited with its owner 13 years after it disappeared.

Discount giant Aldi ‘took government subsidies’
Germany

Discount giant Aldi ‘took government subsidies’

German discount supermarket giant Aldi, which has consistently made its owners the richest men in the country, has been taking government subsidies to train employees, it emerged at the weekend.

Swedes set for virtual gift card competition
Sweden

Swedes set for virtual gift card competition

The Swedish gift-card application “Wrapp” continues to expand around the world, and has launched a competition for Swedish users to win a trip to London.

Swedish sperm becomes ‘bestseller’ in China
Sweden

Swedish sperm becomes ‘bestseller’ in China

Viking Genetics in western Sweden has been supplying the Chinese with over 100,000 doses of bull sperm over the last year and is hoping to do the same this year, as the country means to double its heifer population.

Politician offered mum and child to cannibals
Switzerland

Politician offered mum and child to cannibals

A 53-year-old Conservative Party politician goes on trial this week in Winterthur for placing an advertisement on behalf of his friend’s wife and daughter, claiming they wanted to be slaughtered and eaten.

Bikini girls, penis-pumps and Ikea – Sweden in the eyes of Hollywood
Sweden

Bikini girls, penis-pumps and Ikea – Sweden in the eyes of Hollywood

Sex, Ikea, silly accents and some extra sex on the side are what's on offer when Swedish film fanatic Robin Nupponen put together a collection of clips of Sweden-mentions from the best of American film and TV.

Stockholm guard fined for dragging dog to death
Sweden

Stockholm guard fined for dragging dog to death

A 39-year-old Stockholm man has been convicted of animal cruelty after dragging a dog to death behind his car.

Opel to stop Astra production in Germany
Germany

Opel to stop Astra production in Germany

Production of Opel's key Astra model is to cease at the struggling German carmaker's Rüsselsheim plant, a newspaper reported on Sunday - in favour of cheaper labour in Poland and the UK.

‘European axis has to be readjusted’
Germany

‘European axis has to be readjusted’

Francois Hollande was elected French president on Sunday, denying Nicholas Sarkozy a second term and rattling the relationship between France and Germany. As The Local’s media roundup discovers, many predict a bumpy start to the new constellation.

Suspected serial killer charged in Malmö
Sweden

Suspected serial killer charged in Malmö

Formal charges were filed in Malmö on Monday morning against a suspected serial killer who left the city gripped with fear before his arrest 18 months ago.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
France

Hollande and Sarkozy set handover date

Outgoing French leader Nicolas Sarkozy will hand power to president-elect Francois Hollande on May 15, following talks between the two camps, the presidency announced on Monday.

Danes are kingmakers after German state vote
Germany

Danes are kingmakers after German state vote

Both of Germany's largest parties are vying for the attention of a Danish minority party to help them form a coalition government in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein after Sunday's tight election.

Police hunt sex offender who ‘walked out of clinic’
Germany

Police hunt sex offender who ‘walked out of clinic’

Police in Bavaria have launched a manhunt for a German sex offender who walked out of a hospital at the weekend, appealing to the public for help but warning he is considered dangerous.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Switzerland

Second arson attack at Swiss asylum centre

For the second time in a week, arsonists set fire to a house occupied by asylum seekers on Saturday night.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
France

Frenchman wins six million on ‘last spin’

A lucky gambler in eastern France took home the country’s second biggest casino cash prize – just 15 minutes before the casino closed, perhaps proving that “one last spin” can make all the difference.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Switzerland

‘Risk-taking hostages should pay for rescue’

Several Swiss politicians have called for certain freed hostages to contribute financially to the costs of their rescue.

Two fake cops jailed for groping tourists
France

Two fake cops jailed for groping tourists

Two men have been sentenced to prison in southern France after using a police jacket to trick tourists into a “thorough groping”.

Bat-wielding woman hid bootleg liquor store
Sweden

Bat-wielding woman hid bootleg liquor store

When police arrested a 20-year-old woman from southern Sweden for bashing up her boyfriend’s car with a baseball bat, they found a fully-functioning bootlegging operation in her house.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Norway

Statoil signs $2.5 billion Arctic deal with Rosneft

Russia's state oil champion Rosneft on Saturday struck a $2.5 billion Arctic exploration deal with Norway's Statoil, its third major tie-up in a month and a sign of its growing global ambitions.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
France

French bonds down after Hollande win

The interest rate on France's benchmark 10-year bonds opened down slightly on Monday then stabilised after Socialist candidate Francois Hollande won the French presidential election.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
France

Foreign press: Hollande win is ‘turning point’

The European and international press has described the victory of Socialist Francois Hollande in the French presidential election as a turning point for Europe, but warned of major challenges ahead.

Swiss ex-hostages speak of Taliban kidnap ordeal
Switzerland

Swiss ex-hostages speak of Taliban kidnap ordeal

Two Swiss former hostages who escaped their Taliban captors in March after eight months in a Pakistani tribal zone told a newspaper on Sunday of their ordeal, giving a rare glimpse into the torn region.

Sarkozy ejected by jubilant Hollande
France

Sarkozy ejected by jubilant Hollande

Francois Hollande was elected France's first Socialist president in nearly two decades on Sunday, dealing a humiliating defeat to incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy and shaking up European politics.

Swedish politicos ‘don’t buy climate change’
Sweden

Swedish politicos ‘don’t buy climate change’

Six of ten local politicians in Sweden doubt whether human activity is to blame for global warming, a new study has found.

‘Strongest German town’ in bus-pulling double
Germany

‘Strongest German town’ in bus-pulling double

The German Bus Pulling Championship crowned its winners on Sunday, with a small town near the Danish border taking both men’s and women’s titles, making it possibly the strongest place in the country.

Reinfeldt and Löfven butt heads in first debate
Sweden

Reinfeldt and Löfven butt heads in first debate

Prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt squared off against Social Democratic leader Stefan Löfven for the first time during a spirited party leader debate in which the two sparred over unemployment and other issues.

‘Take Me To Your Umlauts!’ in English
Germany

‘Take Me To Your Umlauts!’ in English

After two books about his struggles in German - in German - American author David Bergmann has just published his first in English. "Take Me To Your Umlauts!" recounts the expat's linguistic adventures, he tells The Local.

Merkel makes nice to new French president
Germany

Merkel makes nice to new French president

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reached out to new French President Francois Hollande on Sunday evening, inviting him to Berlin, despite having campaigned for his rival during the election campaign.

Woman shot dead in central Malmö
Sweden

Woman shot dead in central Malmö

A 39-year-old woman was found shot dead in a car in central Malmö on Sunday evening after witnesses reported hearing "pops" in the area.