SAS resumes flights to and from Tel Aviv
Denmark

SAS resumes flights to and from Tel Aviv

The airline will make a departure for Ben Gurion International Airport on Thursday night, its first flight to Tel Aviv since grounding planes after a rocket strike near the airport.

EU rejects Swiss bid to rejig free movement deal
Switzerland

EU rejects Swiss bid to rejig free movement deal

The European Union on Thursday formally rejected Switzerland's request to renegotiate their freedom of movement accord so as to take into account a Swiss vote earlier this year to limit immigration, EU sources said.

Plane with 51 French on board ‘crashes in Mali’
France

Plane with 51 French on board ‘crashes in Mali’

An Air Algérie-operated flight carrying 116 people on board, including 51 French nationals, is believed to have crashed in Mali on Thursday. There have been unconfirmed reports that the wreckage of the plane has been found.

Tour de France: Italian Nibali tightens grip

Tour de France: Italian Nibali tightens grip

Italian Vincenzo Nibali won stage 18 of the Tour de France on Thursday to put him within touching distance of winning the overall race. By winning his fourth stage Nibali extended his lead over Frenchman Thibaut Pinot to more than seven minutes.

French cops find arsenal on London-bound bus
France

French cops find arsenal on London-bound bus

French border police seized a small arsenal of firearms and ammunition they found stowed aboard a bus that was passing through France on its way to London, French media reported on Thursday. Officers are still looking for the owner of the weapons.

Fraudster gets more jail time than murderers
Spain

Fraudster gets more jail time than murderers

A waste management tycoon who fooled Spain's tax office with fake invoices has been handed a 35-year jail sentence, a harsher punishment than most murderers receive.

Snake hunt after man claims playground bite
Sweden

Snake hunt after man claims playground bite

A man claimed to have been bitten by a poisonous snake at a paddling pool in Gothenburg on Thursday prompting a hunt which ended without a trace of the offending reptile.

Denmark to tax Danish airline staff in Ireland
Denmark

Denmark to tax Danish airline staff in Ireland

The tax minister says newly-signed treaty with Ireland is part of its fight against "social dumping" and an effort to rectify "unequal tax treatment for Danish companies".

France is among EU’s biggest public spenders
France

France is among EU’s biggest public spenders

The French government is the third biggest public spender in Europe, yet the quality of the health, pension and education services its paying for are significantly lower than other EU countries. A new government study explains why.

Woman had ‘back pain’ – gives birth hours later
Italy

Woman had ‘back pain’ – gives birth hours later

A woman in north-east Italy has given birth hours after discovering she was nine months pregnant, when she went to the doctor complaining of back pain.

Doctor sentenced for benefits fraud
Austria

Doctor sentenced for benefits fraud

A doctor was sentenced in the Vienna Regional Court on Thursday for fraudulently claiming social benefits.

Warning: National risk of forest fires
Norway

Warning: National risk of forest fires

Norway's official weather institute warns of nationwide risk of forest fires on Thursday.

Lawyers for German student lodge appeal
Austria

Lawyers for German student lodge appeal

Lawyers for the 23-year-old German student sentenced on Tuesday to 12 months in prison have announced they will lodge an appeal against the verdict.

Four Germans on missing Air Algérie flight
Germany

Four Germans on missing Air Algérie flight

UPDATE: Four Germans were among the 116 people onboard a Air Algérie flight which crashed over Mali on Thursday, according to the airline which operated flight number AH5017.

Missing Air Algérie flight ‘has crashed’: Reports
Spain

Missing Air Algérie flight ‘has crashed’: Reports

UPDATED: An aircraft owned by Spanish company Swiftair, crewed by Spaniards, and operated by Air Algérie has crashed with 119 people on board, according to an Algerian aviation official, although no trace of the wreckage has yet been found.

Elderly bleeding man denied medical treatment
Denmark

Elderly bleeding man denied medical treatment

The 77-year-old bleeding from the head was told by an emergency treatment centre that he should have called ahead.

Strong franc eats into Roche first-half profits
Switzerland

Strong franc eats into Roche first-half profits

Pharmaceutical giant Roche on Thursday said its first-half profit fell by seven percent to 5.6 billion francs ($6.2 billion), hit by the strength of Switzerland's currency.

Munich midwife ‘tried to kill pregnant mums’
Germany

Munich midwife ‘tried to kill pregnant mums’

A midwife in Munich stands accused of trying to murder four pregnant mums during childbirth using a blood-thinning drug.

Robots could take half of jobs in Austria
Austria

Robots could take half of jobs in Austria

More than half of the jobs currently being done in Austria could be taken over by robots in the next 20 years, according to a think-tank.

Lithuania destroys thousands of Danish pigs
Denmark

Lithuania destroys thousands of Danish pigs

Lithuania orders a pig cull on an Idavang-owned farm after the detection of African swine fever.

Residents flee as river Emme floods village
Switzerland

Residents flee as river Emme floods village

Rega, the Swiss air-ambulance service, evacuated residents of Schangnau in the canton of Bern on Thursday morning as the river Emme broke its banks.

WWF calls for Canary Islands whale sanctuary
Spain

WWF calls for Canary Islands whale sanctuary

The environment group WWF is calling for the creation of a whale sanctuary off the Canary Islands after Spanish energy giant Repsol announced recently it wants to start exploratory drilling for oil and gas in the region in October.

Stockholmers sound off on ‘beautiful Swedes’
Sweden

Stockholmers sound off on ‘beautiful Swedes’

Following a Nordic survey in which Swedes were voted the "most attractive", The Local hit the streets to see what Stockholmers thought.

‘EU countries must take more boat migrants’: UN
Italy

‘EU countries must take more boat migrants’: UN

UN refugee agency chief Antonio Guterres on Thursday urged European governments to step up efforts to rescue and host migrants who cross the Mediterranean, as this year's death toll reached 800.

Robots could take half of jobs in Spain
Spain

Robots could take half of jobs in Spain

More than half of the jobs currently being done in Spain could be taken over by robots in the next 20 years, according to a think-tank.

Fischer urges coalition to end ‘bickering’
Austria

Fischer urges coalition to end ‘bickering’

President Heinz Fischer has said he is concerned that the coalition between the Social Democrats (SPÖ) and the conservative People's Party (ÖVP) will come to an end after the next election.

Lugner and Spatzi prepare for engagement
Austria

Lugner and Spatzi prepare for engagement

Final preparations are under way for the engagement party of octogenarian Austrian construction entrepreneur Richard Lugner to Cathy Schmitz, also known as Spatzi on August 1st in Velden, Carinthia.

Robots could take half of jobs in Denmark
Denmark

Robots could take half of jobs in Denmark

Nearly half of the jobs currently being done in Denmark could be taken over by robots in the next 20 years, according to a think-tank.

Students race futuristic boats in Lausanne
Switzerland

Students race futuristic boats in Lausanne

More than 100 students from six countries are competing in an eco-friendly boat-building competition on Dorigny beach in Lausanne this week.

Denmark closely eyeing Norway terror threat
Denmark

Denmark closely eyeing Norway terror threat

The Danish security police are coordinating with Norwegian colleagues after "credible" threats of a terror attack.

Milan soars in European tourist league
Italy

Milan soars in European tourist league

Milan is the second-fastest growing tourist destination among Europe's major cities, with overnight stays in the capital up 8.2 percent in 2013, new figures show.

Rome ups concert fee after Rolling Stones row
Italy

Rome ups concert fee after Rolling Stones row

Event organizers wanting to hire out Rome's historic Circus Maximus will now have to pay as much as €200,000 for the pleasure, after the city council upped the fee from the much-criticized €8,000 payed by the Rolling Stones last month.

Oslo City Hall closed amid terror threat
Norway

Oslo City Hall closed amid terror threat

Oslo City Hall has been closed to the public following a national terror threat announced on Thursday.

Viking FK fined for fan with explosive
Norway

Viking FK fined for fan with explosive

Viking Stavanger football club has been given a fine of 15,000 kroner ($2,400) on Wednesday after a supporter fired a munition fuze during a match.

Sweden keeps eye on Norway bomb threat
Sweden

Sweden keeps eye on Norway bomb threat

The Swedish Security Service (Säpo) have said that an "imminent terror threat" to neighbouring Norway doesn't yet affect Sweden although developments are being closely followed.

‘Being an au pair in Spain can be really tough’
Spain

‘Being an au pair in Spain can be really tough’

Every year, thousands of youngsters move to Spain as au pairs to learn a new language, see the country and find out about the culture. But is the experience everything it's cracked up to be? The Local's Cécilia Brès investigates.

Death sentence for Afghan reporter murderer
Germany

Death sentence for Afghan reporter murderer

A former Afghan police commander has been sentenced to death in Kabul for the killing of German war reporter and photographer Anja Niedringhaus in April this year.

Madrid train evacuated after brakes catch fire
Spain

Madrid train evacuated after brakes catch fire

A suburban train in Madrid was evacuated on Thursday morning after the train's brakes caught fire: service has now resumed on the line.

France to release €11m in aid for Palestinians
France

France to release €11m in aid for Palestinians

BREAKING NEWS: France is to hand over €11 million worth of aid for Palestinians in Gaza, President François Hollande announced on Thursday morning after meeting with several NG0s at the Elysée Palace.

‘Scandalous’ car park delays rile festivalgoers
Switzerland

‘Scandalous’ car park delays rile festivalgoers

Festivalgoers attending Nyon’s Paléo festival have reacted in anger after bad weather created long delays to exit car parks on Wednesday night.

Seven-year-old Swede cycles to Berlin
Sweden

Seven-year-old Swede cycles to Berlin

Edvin Blomdahl is seven-years-old. He also cycled from Sweden to Berlin, a journey of 370 kilometres, in four days.

ECB blackmailed after data stolen
Germany

ECB blackmailed after data stolen

The European Central Bank in Frankfurt has received a blackmail letter after its public website was hacked and contact data stolen, the bank said on Thursday.

Top university switches master’s to English
Germany

Top university switches master’s to English

UPDATE: One of Germany’s top universities wants to ditch German and switch almost all of its master’s programmes to English in the next six years, prompting fears that the academic standing of the German language is under serious threat.

Danske Bank posts best result since 2008
Denmark

Danske Bank posts best result since 2008

The bank's shares jumped to a six year high after the release of first half results that were far above last year's mark.

Prison terms for illegal cigarette manufacturers
Austria

Prison terms for illegal cigarette manufacturers

In what the judge described as the largest financial criminal case ever tried in Austria, the regional court of Wels (Upper Austria), convicted five out of six defendants on Wednesday for illegally manufacturing cigarettes.

‘Gaza conflict needs help, not empty rhetoric’
Sweden

‘Gaza conflict needs help, not empty rhetoric’

As the rhetoric rises at demonstrations in Swedish cities, Stockholm-based Israeli writer David Stavrou calls on Swedes to think before they shout and to cast a critical eye over much that is written and said about the conflict in Gaza.

‘Half of jobs in France’ under threat from robots
France

‘Half of jobs in France’ under threat from robots

It might be a good time to think about a career change, because according to a report from a leading Brussels think-tank, half of the jobs currently being done in France could be taken over by robots in the next 20 years.

Robots could take half of jobs in Italy
Italy

Robots could take half of jobs in Italy

More than half of the jobs currently being done in Italy could be taken over by robots in the next 20 years, according to a think-tank.

‘A divided Spain will weaken EU’: French PM
Spain

‘A divided Spain will weaken EU’: French PM

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, born in Barcelona to Catalan parents, has sided with Spain's leader Mariano Rajoy on the issue of Catalonia’s call for independence.

Berlin is Europe’s fastest growing tourist city
Germany

Berlin is Europe’s fastest growing tourist city

Berlin is the fastest growing tourist destination among Europe’s major cities, with overnight stays in the capital up eight percent in 2013. It could soon topple Paris as Europe’s number two tourist city.

Teenager dies after jet-ski accident
Austria

Teenager dies after jet-ski accident

A 13-year-old boy who was seriously injured in a jet-ski accident earlier this month in Lower Austria died on Tuesday.

Lufthansa flight ban is ‘surrender to terror’
Germany

Lufthansa flight ban is ‘surrender to terror’

Politicians criticized German flight operators for "surrendering to terror" after they refused on Thursday to resume flights to Tel Aviv, despite a US decision to lift a two-day flight ban to the Israeli city.

‘Foreigners pay taxes so they should get the vote’
France

‘Foreigners pay taxes so they should get the vote’

In the second part of our tête-a-tête on whether foreigners in France should be given the vote, we hear from one of the leaders of the campaign calling for it to happen, who insists "it's about democracy, not bringing in halal meals in schools".

Day 2: Norway terror warnings
Norway

Day 2: Norway terror warnings

UPDATED: Norway's nuclear facilities and a Jewish Museum in Oslo are the latest security closures amid the imminent terror threat to Norway announced on Thursday.

Imam’s remarks lead to police investigation
Denmark

Imam’s remarks lead to police investigation

Police are taking a close look at an Aarhus-based imam’s inflammatory remarks in Berlin and politicians are calling for his deportation.

Last-minute wage deal for rail workers
Austria

Last-minute wage deal for rail workers

Railway workers and employees will receive around a 2.4 percent wage increase as of July 1st. This compromise between the unions and the employers was found overnight Wednesday, shortly ahead of a planned strike.

Monaco grabs quarter- final place in Gstaad
Switzerland

Monaco grabs quarter- final place in Gstaad

Juan Monaco held his nerve in a tight final set to upset third seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 on Wednesday for a second consecutive place in a quarter-final at the Swiss Open.

Italian prison blasted over inmate ‘happy hour’
Italy

Italian prison blasted over inmate ‘happy hour’

A row has erupted in Milan over prison staff allegedly organizing regular "happy hour" nights for inmates, complete with alcohol and external guests, Italian media reported on Wednesday.

Brit’s charity tractor trek heads for Sweden
Sweden

Brit’s charity tractor trek heads for Sweden

A British man is set next month to drive from Scotland, across Sweden, and to the northern tip of Norway on a vintage tractor to raise money for a cancer charity.

Sweden agency hikes heat warning to ‘extreme’
Sweden

Sweden agency hikes heat warning to ‘extreme’

Swedish weather agency SMHI has raised its weather warning to class 2, giving notice of "extremely high temperatures" in parts of the country.

402,000 Spaniards find work in three months
Spain

402,000 Spaniards find work in three months

Over 400,000 people went back to work in the second quarter of 2014, the highest such three-month figure since the middle of 2005, official figures released on Thursday show.

Songs for a hot Swedish summer
Sweden

Songs for a hot Swedish summer

Contributor Paul Connolly has put together a list of Swedish songs to capture balmy summer days, which in his neck of the northern woods are pushing the mercury above 35c for the first time in a century.

Swedes suffer as buses boil in the summer sun
Sweden

Swedes suffer as buses boil in the summer sun

Stockholm's local traffic authority has received almost 300 complaints since June 1st with many regarding stifling heat on the city's buses, which lack air con.

Sudanese ‘apostasy’ woman meets Pope
Italy

Sudanese ‘apostasy’ woman meets Pope

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, the Sudanese woman who was condemned to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, sparking a global outcry, arrived in Rome with her family on Thursday morning where she met with Pope Francis. The family will stay for a few days before flying to New York.

Israeli players attacked during training match
Austria

Israeli players attacked during training match

Pro-Palestinian protesters have disrupted a football match in Bischofshofen, Austria between the Israeli club, Maccabi Haifa, and French team, Lille.

53 freed drug suspects sent back to prison
Spain

53 freed drug suspects sent back to prison

Over 50 alleged drug smugglers who had previously been released from detention will now have to return to prison, the latest blow to new Spanish laws which prevent judges from trying international cases

Italians reclaim Giglio after Concordia departs
Italy

Italians reclaim Giglio after Concordia departs

Italians on the island of Giglio have expressed their relief at the departure of the Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck, which on Wednesday embarked on its journey to a scrapyard in one of the biggest salvage operations in maritime history.

IN IMAGES: Paris protest in support of Palestinians
France

IN IMAGES: Paris protest in support of Palestinians

Up to 25,000 demonstrators marched through the streets of Paris on Wednesday to protest against the Israeli offensive in Gaza. Here's a selection of images from the rally, that took place amid tight security.

UBS bank ‘charged with tax fraud’ in France
France

UBS bank ‘charged with tax fraud’ in France

Swiss bank UBS was on Wednesday charged with tax fraud in Paris for allegedly helping rich French clients to hide money in Switzerland, a judicial source said.

Manhunt on for police officer’s killer
Germany

Manhunt on for police officer’s killer

UPDATE: An off-duty police officer was shot dead in a street in western Germany on Wednesday night, prompting a large-scale manhunt for the culprit.

Brit’s charity tractor trek heads for Denmark
Denmark

Brit’s charity tractor trek heads for Denmark

A tractor journey from Scotland to Norway will include a stop to reminisce about an old love in Copenhagen.

Dane tapped to head UN mission in South Sudan
Denmark

Dane tapped to head UN mission in South Sudan

Career diplomat Ellen Margrethe Løj will take on the "hardest job possible" by accepting a one-year post to head up UN peace efforts in the young country.

‘Auschwitz criminal’ dies ahead of US extradition
Germany

‘Auschwitz criminal’ dies ahead of US extradition

An 89-year-old American and alleged Nazi war criminal died just hours before a US court approved his extradition to Germany, his lawyer said late on Wednesday.

100s of flight passengers stranded in Israel
Norway

100s of flight passengers stranded in Israel

The decision by Norway's top airline companies to halt flights to and from Israel, left over 400 of their passengers stranded at Tel Aviv's airport on Wednesday.

13-year-old boy dies in farm fall tragedy
Norway

13-year-old boy dies in farm fall tragedy

A Norwegian teenager died after he fell through a barn's floor in Budal, Midtre Gauldal on Tuesday night.