A Palestinian demonstrator uses a slingshot during clashs with Israeli forces along the border with the Gaza strip. Photo: AFP Israel has summoned the ambassadors of Spain, Slovenia and Belgium over their votes at a UN body calling for an international probe of the deadly shootings of dozens of Palestinians on the Gaza border, the foreign ministry said Monday. The Spanish and Slovenian ambassadors were called in on Monday, while the Belgian envoy was to be received on Tuesday, the ministry said in a statement. The UN Human Rights Council voted Friday to send a team of international war crimes investigators to probe the deadly shootings. The three European countries were among 29 that voted in favour. Only two of the council's 47 members, the United States and Australia, voted against the resolution, while 14 abstained, including Britain, Switzerland and Germany. The text said the team should "investigate all alleged … [Read more...] about Israel summons envoy for Spain over UN Gaza vote
Newly appointed Catalan president Quim Torra (2ndR) leaves after a visit to jailed Catalan separatist politicians at the Estremera jail near Madrid. Photo: AFP Spain's prime minister on Monday urged Catalonia to form a "viable" government after rejecting the region's new administration which includes jailed and exiled former ministers who backed its independence push. "Catalonia needs a viable government not an unviable government," Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told a business forum in the northwestern city of Vigo. "Laws are the rules of the game," he added in his first public comments since Catalonia's new president Quim Torra on Saturday named 13 "advisors" to his government. Rajoy was speaking as Torra was visiting former Catalan ministers at the Estremera jail near Madrid, including Jordi Turull and Josep Rull who he had put on his team. READ ALSO: New Catalonia president includes jailed, exiled leaders in govt Photo: AFP "In no … [Read more...] about Rajoy urges Catalonia to form ‘viable’ government
This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more about membership here. There are two types of renting in Sweden. Residents usually join a 'queue' for an elusive first-hand contract, which means you can stay long-term in a rent-controlled property. But these queues are long, with Swedes typically waiting several years for an apartment and even longer in the most popular areas, meaning the majority of foreigners rent second-hand. This is the Swedish term for subletting, meaning you rent either from someone with a first-hand contract (known as hyresrätt) or from someone who owns their own property as part of a collective (bostadsrätt). It's helpful to know which of these applies to your landlord, as some of the guidelines below differ depending on whether they own or rent the property they're subletting to you. Never be afraid to assert your rights as a tenant; foreigners are particularly likely to fall prey to scams, as unscrupulous landlords may … [Read more...] about What rights do I have as a second-hand renter in Sweden?
French university students. Photo: Gerard Julien AFP. A new study by a French research institute found that many parents struggle to support their children in higher education. A survey of more than 500 parents conducted by French research institute CSA Research found that the average costs for a university student in France exceed €7,000 per year. The costs are even higher for students who choose a specialization in commerce or engineering, sometimes rising to above €10,000 per year. One in two families is forced to make substantial sacrifices to support their children in higher education, reports French daily Le Monde – according to Céline Francois, marketing director of Crédit Cofidis, which commissioned the study. READ ALSO: International School of Paris is prepared for mass Brexodus Students who opt for universities in Paris will encounter costs one third higher than anywhere else in France, primarily because the average … [Read more...] about French university costs of more than €7,000 a year challenge meritocracy
An aerial pictur shows a view of snow-covered peaks in the Austrian Alps. Photo: Christof Stache/AFP. The Austrian meteorological agency predicted storms, thunder and downpours for several Austrian regions on Monday May 21st. Nicknamed 'Sven' in the Austrian media, a gust of storms from the east is expected to affect the alpine regions around the provinces of Lower Austria and Vienna this week, although light showers are to be expected across the country, reports Austrian daily Heute. The south and east of the Central European country can expect thunder storms, while snowfall, rains and heavy winds are expected in the west and north of the country, according to the national weather station. Temperatures will nevertheless remain high at between 18 and 26 Celsius across the country. Mild storms are expected to continue all week, especially in highland areas. READ MORE: January could break 30-year record for cold weather in Austria … [Read more...] about Austria braced for Spring storms from the Baltics