Police in several European countries carried out multiple simultaneous raids on Wednesday to shut down an alleged international drug ring, including locations in Austria, as part of Operation Gallus.
The Austrian Press Agency reported Friday that the Freedom Party's (FPÖ) proposed bill to ban the wearing of the burqa and other similar religious headgear traditionally worn by Muslim women has been defeated due to lack of support by the Austrian parliament.
RegioNews reports on a suspected theft in Linz on Wednesday. A local man went into a supermarket, and stole a Bundt cake.
A new mode of transportation to life's final resting place has piqued interest and raised eyebrows in Copenhagen.
Thousands turned out in Oslo and Trondheim to show their support for Palestine on Friday.
A man set himself on fire outside the Libyan Embassy in Berlin on Friday.
The Louvre Museum is great and all, but Paris also has scores of weird museums that are worth a visit. Here The Local has gathered 10 creepy and/or fascinating exhibits that are must-sees while you're in town.
In the first of a regular series of commentaries by a media insider, The Local takes a curmudgeonly look at life in Austria - starting with the "boulevard press".
Spain on Friday passed the country's new Citizen Security Law, a far tamer document than the original draft which included controversial measures like fines of up to €600,000 ($800,000) for unauthorized protests outside the country's parliament.
Which side will the history books favour when Germany face Argentina in the final of the World Cup in Brazil on Sunday? The Local looks at past clashes between the two great footballing nations to find out.
The head of a juvenile prison at Gerasdorf in Lower Austria has been criticised for allowing two convicted murderers to leave the prison for a wedding, and accompanying them herself.
Authorities in Calais continued to target migrants that amass in the Channel port this week with the mayor of the town passing a decree on Thursday barring people from setting up camps or occupying certain areas, on the grounds of a threat to public health.
A participant in Friday's running of the bulls in the Spanish city of Pamplona may be slapped with a €3,000 ($4,100) fine after he dared to take a selfie just inches away from a group of charging San Fermin bulls.
German cities remain cheaper than their European neighbours for expats, but have shot up international cost of living rankings. Which cities top the list for Germany?
Austrian fashion designer Lena Hoschek, 33, is known for her nostalgic 1950’s inspired dresses and an emphasis on classic cuts and flattering, hourglass silhouettes.
A French-Algerian man suspected of carrying out a deadly shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels has dropped an appeal against his extradition to Belgium, his lawyer said on Friday. The suspect is expected to be handed over to Belgian authorities in the coming weeks.
A Swedish nurse who was fired for refusing to perform abortions due to her religious beliefs has enlisted the help of an American Christian legal organization as she takes her dismissal case to court.
The family of an American man who died in a hot-air balloon accident in the canton of Fribourg last summer has filed a lawsuit in the US seeking $53.8 million in damages.
Amorphophallus Titanum – Titan’s Penis – bloomed on Friday at the Botanical Gardens of Copenhagen. Skip the pungent smell and see the timelapse video here.
A French blogger has been ordered by a court to pay €2,500 in damages and costs after a judge ruled that her harsh review of a restaurant crossed the line from criticism into insult. Does the judgement set a dangerous precedent for internet freedom?
The 28-year-old woman who was shot dead in Hvidovre on Tuesday had reported her ex-husband's death threats to police just days before she was publicly gunned down.
A man in north-eastern Italy was reportedly turned away from a hospital after being told he was too fat for an MRI scanner and should go “where they have facilities for large animals”.
A new agreement between the governments of Italy and Austria was announced Friday in Vienna, allowing Austrian police in pursuit of criminals to more easily operate across the border in Italy.
Berlin will mark 25 years since the fall of the Wall by placing around 8,000 illuminated balloons along the route of the barrier which divided the city between East and West for 30 years.
Se og Hør paid a credit card company employee for confidential information and now police suspect that the magazine's stable of sources may include some within their own ranks.
In this week's Expat Dispatches, history teacher Mike Stuchbery gives us a lesson in the Medieval fear and loathing unleashed by the Black Death in the German lands.
The two men prosecuted for attempting to extort Swedish celebrity chef Melker Andersson have been convicted in court, with the 37-year-old getting four years behind bars. His son, 17, will serve time in youth welfare.
Queen Sonja of Norway is set for her first official trip to the Faroe Islands in July.
Think twice about taking to French roads this weekend with warnings that the first big getaway of the summer will see traffic jams and delays across the country, especially around the Paris region. Find out where to avoid here.
A Social Democrat MP's suggestion that Denmark should get tough on the homeless and force them towards friendlier nations has created controversy across the bridge.
Barcelona announced on Friday they had struck a deal to sign Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez from Liverpool, sealing the transfer despite the uproar over him biting a World Cup rival.
The European Commission said on Friday it would investigate the Spanish region of Valencia, home to a large number of high-profile corruption scandals, over possible falsification of its deficit and debt figures.
Two people were found dead at a hotel in northern Sweden, with pills on the scene leading police to believe drugs were involved.
The Tour de France moves on to stage seven on Friday, with Yellow jersey holder Vincenzo Nibali, hoping he can stay out of trouble, with some tough stages to come. Here's a video preview of the 234km race.
The top five names for both boys and girls remained virtually unchanged from the year before. See which names topped the list.
A man who has been swindling jewellery stores in Switzerland for at least four years has finally been arrested, according to a media report.
Syrian refugees are flooding into Europe. Austria recently agreed to accept 1500 more asylum seekers. The Local looks at how one family has fared, and what the new life in Austria means to them.
Island authorities are hoping to clamp down on the drunk and disorderly behaviour of Magaluf holiday revellers by minimizing numbers on the notorious alcohol-fuelled bar crawls.
A police bomb squad in Spain's Aragon region has defused more than 100 explosive devices from the country's Civil War in recent months, with one of them having hung in a tree for 75 years before being discovered.
A driver walked home unaided and went to bed largely unharmed after her car plunged 60 metres over a cliff in Bavaria. She was saved by the trees below.
Italy's undersecretary for European politics on Thursday gave his backing to a controversial gas pipeline from Russia, sparking criticism that the Italian government is overstepping its mandate as EU president.
UPDATED: Malmö Mayor Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh has lashed out at plans by the Danish government to force Copenhagen's homeless population across the bridge to beg for change in Sweden instead, telling The Local it is a "cynical" ploy.
French and German industry leaders took a swipe at the United States on Friday, saying it was trying to erode the power of the European banking industry.
Expats looking for a cheap place to live should turn their eyes to Copenhagen's European neighbours. But do the city's high prices keep expats away? The Local spoke with a few to find out.
UPDATE: Germany's expulsion of the CIA station chief in Berlin in a spy row with the United States has found widespread support in the country. But what happens now?
A probe has been launched after a young boy died and up to ten other children were left sick after visiting a French holiday camp, where the tap water was known to be contaminated. Several children and adults also fell ill at a separate summer camp in Brittany.
Zurich is now a more expensive place for expats to live than Geneva, according to an annual survey which ranks Switzerland's largest city as the fifth most costly place to live in the world.
Former finance minister Karl-Heinz Grasser is suing his former tax advisor, saying he gave him bad advice. A court hearing next week into his unpaid taxes has been postponed due to illness.
The coalition of Social Democrats (SPÖ) and conservative People's Party (ÖVP) and the opposition parties, the right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ), the Greens and the liberal NEOS agreed on a reform allowing opposition parties to set up a parliamentary investigation committee.
Attempting to protect your child from the heat by using a blanket to drown out the sun in a pram could prove fatal according to a Swedish paediatrician, who has warned parents to abandon the practice.
A six-year inventory of dragonflies in southern Sweden revealed that several species thought to be extinct are still flying high.
Norwegians will unite on Friday to remember the July 22nd mass murder in Oslo where 77 people were killed by Anders Behring Breivik.
Just days after 26 suspected members of the Italian Camorra mob were arrested in Madrid, police investigations have revealed that one of the top mafia bosses claimed to have contact and business plans with disgraced Popular Party treasurer Luis Bárcenas.
Spain's inflation rate fell to zero in June, official data showed on Friday, as the eurozone battled to fend off the threat of a damaging deflationary spiral.
Fifa has dismissed appeals by Uruguay and Luis Suarez over the striker's four-month ban for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during a match on June 24th.
The president of a top cannabis association in Catalonia has been arrested over suspected money laundering, Spanish media outlets reported on Friday.
Directors of the Human Brain Project (HBP), the Swiss-run €1.2 billion research programme that aims to simulate the human brain, have responded to criticism from participating scientists who have threatened to boycott the project.
According to a report in the news daily Wiener Zeitung, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) have won a major export contract to provide armored vehicles to the Australian government.
A storm ripped through North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse and Saxony on Thursday night causing flight delays, floods and at least one death.
Austria’s National Council has voted in favour of a new energy efficiency act which aims to reduce energy consumption by 2020 in line with European Union energy targets.
The cost of living for expats is cheaper in Stockholm than in Rome or Milan, according to a global ranking released on Thursday.
A man has been arrested for allegedly raping a 23-year-old Polish student in central Milan, Italian media reported on Friday.
An employee at an insurance agency in central Sweden will lose 15 days of pay as punishment for surfing the web on the job, spending over 40 hours this summer mainly using social media.
Police in western Sweden have closed an investigation into alleged homophobic abuse of a gay couple who claimed they were being run out of town. The pair have insisted they are telling the truth.
Retail giant Amazon has decided to hit back at a new law banning it from offering free deliveries in France by charging customers just one centime (1.4 cents) for books dispatched to their homes. A French minister had accused the online store of "destroying bookshops".
Police in central Sweden received a rather unusual assignment on Thursday evening - to pick up a spider which doesn't belong in the country.
As Italian politicians push the EU for more help with tackling the country's immigration crisis, The Local goes for breakfast at a refugee centre to see the reality behind the headlines.
A newborn born was found abandoned in a bottle bin in a town in northern France, according to reports on Friday. The baby, said to be only a few hours old, was suffering from hypothermia and had cuts to the skin.
UPDATE: Germany has called on the United States to come clean and stop all spying activities against it, following the expulsion of the US spy chief in Berlin on Thursday.
After humiliating election defeats, Spain's Socialists are choosing a new leader this weekend in bid to try and win back government in 2015, with many pinning their hopes on a surprise new front runner nicknamed 'Pedro the Handsome'.
The Danish government was repeatedly warned to stop the sale of snus and after its last attempt failed to pass in parliament, the EU Commission has taken legal action.
The last few days have seen sizzling temperatures across the country - at least by Swedish standards. On Thursday parts of northern Sweden experienced their warmest temperatures in 90 years.
The World Cup's top-scorer Miroslav Klose has threatened to abandon his strict fitness regime and become a "party animal" if Germany win Sunday's final in Brazil against Argentina.
Planning Minister Barbara Hendricks on Thursday called for Germany to build 250,000 new homes a year to cope with housing shortages in its major cities.
Police in the UK were forced to give an escort this week to a Frenchman cycling home to France on a rickshaw, after he took a wrong turn and ended up on a dual-carriageway.
The European Court of Human Rights has upheld a ruling that insider trading crimes punished by a regulator cannot also be tried in criminal courts, a decision that could set a precedent across Europe.
Italian electric power giant Enel on Thursday said it was planning to sell assets in Romania and Slovakia in a deal that would raise more than €4.4 billion.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday warned trade unions they must accept job cuts at flag carrier Alitalia as part of a deal with Gulf airline Etihad or face bankruptcy.
A 17-year-old youth from Bergen has been charged with Tuesday's cyber-attack on 11 businesses across Norway.