Swedish expert praises Danish terror approach
Denmark

Swedish expert praises Danish terror approach

A Swedish terrorism researcher who blasted Norway's handling of a recent threat said that the Danes are more proactive and better with their messaging.

Swedish terrorism expert slams Norway terror alert
Norway

Swedish terrorism expert slams Norway terror alert

A Swedish terrorism researcher has blasted Norway's handling of its recent terror threat, saying the day the threat began was a "total intelligence failure".

Swiss researchers seek prehistoric Greek village
Switzerland

Swiss researchers seek prehistoric Greek village

The world's largest solar boat, the catamaran PlanetSolar, will embark on a Greek mission to find one of the oldest sites inhabited by man in Europe, organizers in Switzerland said on Monday.

Norway set to reduce terror alert
Norway

Norway set to reduce terror alert

Norway's terror alert level will be reduced from Tuesday, but security will still be somewhat tighter than normal, police chiefs said on Monday.

France weighs medicine sales at supermarkets
France

France weighs medicine sales at supermarkets

France’s top financial watchdog says it’s time to end the monopoly pharmacies have on selling over-the-counter medicines like paracetamol as well as cold and flu remedies. The watchdog believes introducing competition will bring down prices.

Spain’s gays biggest target of hate crimes
Spain

Spain’s gays biggest target of hate crimes

Spanish police have warned that the country's LGBT community have been the victim of more hate crimes than any other minority group, despite Spain being rated one of the world's most gay-friendly countries.

Train strike to sting Spain’s holidaymakers
Spain

Train strike to sting Spain’s holidaymakers

Railway staff are set to go out on strike on July 1st and August 31st with train services across the country to be affected, just as the August summer exodus kicks off.

Bank payments accept only IBAN from August 1
Austria

Bank payments accept only IBAN from August 1

From 1 August, Austrian banks will no longer accept the use of an account number and routing codes for payments within Europe. Instead, use of the IBAN is required as part of the Single European Payments Area (SEPA.)

‘Italian FA must probe racism’: Fifa
Italy

‘Italian FA must probe racism’: Fifa

Fifa on Monday called for an investigation into alleged racist comments made by the front runner in the race for the top job in Italian football.

Swedish expert slams Norway terror alert
Sweden

Swedish expert slams Norway terror alert

A Swedish terrorism expert has come forward criticizing the way Norway has handled its recent terror threat, saying the day the threat began was a "total problem in intelligence".

Air Algérie crash: pilots asked to ‘turn back’
France

Air Algérie crash: pilots asked to ‘turn back’

France was mourning on Monday as authorities revealed the pilots aboard the Air Algérie flight had asked permission to turn back just before the jet went down, killing 118 people. Bad weather has been increasingly blamed for the accident.

Woodcarving champions – in pictures
Germany

Woodcarving champions – in pictures

Chainsaws, wood planes and sand paper were out over the weekend in Saxony-Anhalt where more than 30 artists competed in the International Woodcarving Championships.

Danish military seeing a ‘critical’ loss of officers
Denmark

Danish military seeing a ‘critical’ loss of officers

A doubling in the number of officers who have left duty has led personnel to write the defence minister a warning about the Danish military's decreased capabilities.

Eight cheap things to do in Vienna this summer
Austria

Eight cheap things to do in Vienna this summer

So, you’ve overspent your budget during the year and decided to eschew a holiday in Ibiza or the French Riviera for summer at home in Vienna. Or perhaps you're visiting the city for the weekend and want to avoid the usual crowds of tourists? Check out our list of eight things to do on a budget in Vienna this summer.

Pensioner robbed while distracted by breasts
Austria

Pensioner robbed while distracted by breasts

An 83-year-old pensioner from Knittelfeld was distracted by a 23-year-old Romanian woman who danced topless in front of him, while her associate was stealing cash and jewellery from his apartment.

Spain’s bad bank sees profits surge
Spain

Spain’s bad bank sees profits surge

Spain's last big nationalized bank, Bankia, said on Monday its first-half net profit rose by almost half as its losses from bad loans dropped amid a pickup in the economy.

Million-year-old tools unearthed in Spain
Spain

Million-year-old tools unearthed in Spain

The discovery of stone tools dating back one million years in Spain's Cuenca province sheds new light on the origins of humankind, researchers say.

Italy has slowest broadband in EU: report
Italy

Italy has slowest broadband in EU: report

Fewer people in Italy have high-speed internet at home than in any other EU country, a new report says. Super-fast broadband barely exists in the country, with rural areas worst served.

Migrants sew lips together in new protest
Italy

Migrants sew lips together in new protest

Two men being held at a migrant centre on the outskirts of Rome have sewn their lips together in protest against the conditions at the facility. It’s only the latest example of such a protest at the centre.

Hamburg could treat infected Ebola doctor
Germany

Hamburg could treat infected Ebola doctor

UPDATE: A doctor infected with the deadly Ebola virus while trying to help stop it spreading through West Africa could travel to a Hamburg clinic for treatment.

Denmark tells citizens to leave Libya
Denmark

Denmark tells citizens to leave Libya

Following measures taken by countries including Britain and the United States, the foreign ministry encourages all Danish citizens to immediately leave Libya amidst increased violence.

Swedish nurse reported for patient ‘death wave’
Sweden

Swedish nurse reported for patient ‘death wave’

A nurse in southern Sweden has been reported for abuse at a senior care centre after she allegedly waved to a colleague with the hand of a recently-dead resident.

Pandas Plopp and Polly born in Swedish zoo
Sweden

Pandas Plopp and Polly born in Swedish zoo

A pair of red panda cubs have been born in central Sweden, a wildlife park announced on Monday.

Police kill fleeing drug dealer with bad shot
Germany

Police kill fleeing drug dealer with bad shot

UPDATE: A policeman who shot a fleeing man wanted on drug charges in the back of the head has been suspended pending a manslaughter investigation. The officer claimed he had aimed for his legs.

Spain’s new king opens royal account books
Spain

Spain’s new king opens royal account books

Spain's King Felipe has taken a further step in cleaning up the tarnished image of the country’s monarchy by allowing the royal account books to be audited by an external government agency.

France offers asylum to Iraqi Christians
France

France offers asylum to Iraqi Christians

France has offered asylum to thousands of Christians in Iraq displaced by threats and violence from the jihadists who have invaded portions of the country. The islamists have given Christians the ultimatum of convert or leave.

Honeymoon guest in Concordia’s Genoa team
Italy

Honeymoon guest in Concordia’s Genoa team

A man who spent his honeymoon on the Costa Concordia is now part of a team dismantling the cruise ship wreck, two and a half years after it was holed and sank off Italy, according to La Stampa daily.

Germany’s students fail to graduate in time
Germany

Germany’s students fail to graduate in time

Leaked figures show the average student in Germany still takes around four years to complete a bachelor's degree, suggesting controversial reforms to higher education have so far failed to cut down the number of Germany's perpetual students.

Every fifth Austrian has ‘migration background’
Austria

Every fifth Austrian has ‘migration background’

Every fifth Austrian - 19.4 percent of the population - has a migration background, according to a report on integration from Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP).

Two Irish montaineers killed on Mont Blanc
France

Two Irish montaineers killed on Mont Blanc

Two Irishmen were killed in after slipping and falling in the Mont Blanc range on Sunday. It comes after an American businessman outraged French authorities for trying to scale the mountain with his young children.

Harder immigration rules for Muslims: opposition
Denmark

Harder immigration rules for Muslims: opposition

In another sign that immigration is going to once again dominate the political picture, Venstre's Inger Støjberg said there should be a difference in how Denmark welcomes "a Christian American or Swede and a Muslim Somali or Pakistani".

Low-IQ ‘IT genius’ leads school computer theft
Switzerland

Low-IQ ‘IT genius’ leads school computer theft

A youth with an IQ of just 65 helped mastermind the theft of dozens of computers from schools in the canton of Vaud before reconfiguring them for sale at a Lausanne second-hand shop.

Tourists picnic with rats in Louvre gardens
France

Tourists picnic with rats in Louvre gardens

VIDEO: The lawns of the Louvre, a favourite picnic haunt of tourists and Parisians, are offering visitors a real-life Ratatouille experience after being invaded by rodents.

‘We’re going to occupy Gibraltar’: radical union
Spain

‘We’re going to occupy Gibraltar’: radical union

A Spanish trade union with a proven track record of land-grabs and close links to Spain's 'Robin Hood' have announced on Facebook their plans to occupy The Rock on August 29th.

Child minding chores make grandparents sick
Spain

Child minding chores make grandparents sick

Young children in Spain could be making their grandparents depressed, a group representing the country's elderly warned recently, saying older people are at risk of being overworked.

France’s Muslims mark the end of ‘holiest month’
France

France’s Muslims mark the end of ‘holiest month’

France’s Muslim population, which is the largest in Europe, will end on Monday its holiest festival of the year: Ramadan. However, the date is not without controversy due to the unique way the annual rite’s duration is chosen.

Lawmakers earn millions on the side
Germany

Lawmakers earn millions on the side

A quarter of all politicians in the German Parliament are making additional income on top of their parliamentary salary, a transparency group said on Saturday. Thirteen lawmakers have made more than €100,000 in the last few months.

Italians flee Libya as violence escalates
Italy

Italians flee Libya as violence escalates

More than 100 Italians have fled Libya over the past few days as violence escalates in the country, although Italy’s embassy in the capital Tripoli remains open.

Green Party ranked ‘most gay friendly’ in Sweden
Sweden

Green Party ranked ‘most gay friendly’ in Sweden

The Green Party's views are 88.6 percent "LGBT-friendly", a Swedish LGBT rights group claimed on Monday, making the Greens the most gay-friendly of all Sweden's parliamentary parties.

Lightning bolt grounds flight to New York
Sweden

Lightning bolt grounds flight to New York

Swedes bound for New York learned on Monday morning that their plane had been cancelled after it was hit by lightning during Sunday's thunderstorm.

Farms opt out of Swiss National Day brunch
Switzerland

Farms opt out of Swiss National Day brunch

The number of farms in Switzerland offering a traditional brunch as part of Swiss National Day celebrations has fallen by more than a third since the initiative began.

Job seekers frustrated with application wait
Germany

Job seekers frustrated with application wait

A new YouGov survey shows job seekers in Germany are exasperated with the application process, complaining about poor job adverts and slow responses. Recruiters agree.

Norway to Denmark: ‘We didn’t ask for help’
Denmark

Norway to Denmark: ‘We didn’t ask for help’

Ferry operators have increased security checks for Norway-bound passengers, but the Norwegians said they would rather handle the current terror threat from their end.

Controversy as Israeli’s Italy concert cancelled
Italy

Controversy as Israeli’s Italy concert cancelled

The organizers of an upcoming concert in Milan by the Israeli singer and peace activist Noa say they have cancelled the event due to "economic reasons". But the singer's Italian manager insists she is being ostracized for her views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Security fears disrupt Norway soccer cup
Norway

Security fears disrupt Norway soccer cup

The world's biggest football tournament opened in Norway on Sunday, amid fears the current terror threat may mar the sporting spectacle.

Mikl-Leitner gives states asylum ultimatum
Austria

Mikl-Leitner gives states asylum ultimatum

Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner (ÖVP) has given an ultimatum to the governors of the five Austrian states that have failed to take in their quota of asylum seekers.

Spain’s ‘most stupid driver’ gets 6 months jail
Spain

Spain’s ‘most stupid driver’ gets 6 months jail

A 20-year-old man who was arrested by police after posting a YouTube video of himself driving from the passenger seat on a highway near Barcelona has been given a six-month suspended sentence.

Emmental takes the brunt in weekend storms
Switzerland

Emmental takes the brunt in weekend storms

The Emmental region is in the middle of a clear-up operation after further bad weather caused major damage over the weekend to the tune of four million francs ($4.4 million)

Spain’s flamenco priest wins new fans for church
Spain

Spain’s flamenco priest wins new fans for church

A 66-year-old priest from the southern Spanish city of Malaga is drawing in new followers with his unique style of worship: flamenco dancing from the pulpit.

Germany’s biggest tabloid attacks Islam
Germany

Germany’s biggest tabloid attacks Islam

Germany's biggest newspaper, Bild, was forced to climb down over the weekend after a highly critical and controversial comment piece which attacked Islam as a barrier to integration appeared in its Sunday sister paper.

Lion wounds 16-month-old child at French circus
France

Lion wounds 16-month-old child at French circus

A lion reached out of its cage and scratched a 16-month-old girl at a circus in France on Sunday, injuring the child's head and back. The news came the same day as a not guilty verdict for the owner of a circus elephant that killed an elderly pétanque player.

US or Israel ‘behind terror’: Islamic leader
Norway

US or Israel ‘behind terror’: Islamic leader

Muslims in Syria do not understand why Norway is under a terror alert and it is likely propaganda to distract from the troubles in Gaza, says an Islamic spokesperson living in Oslo.

Schweinsteiger sorry for holiday video
Germany

Schweinsteiger sorry for holiday video

UPDATE: Germany’s World Cup winning star Bastian Schweinsteiger has apologized after a video emerged of him on YouTube leading a chant insulting Borussia Dortmund supporters and players.

Danes most optimistic about jobs recovery
Denmark

Danes most optimistic about jobs recovery

The newly-released Eurobarometer report is chock-full of signs that Danes are satisfied with their lives and think things will only get better.

Riot police with water cannon evict squatters
Austria

Riot police with water cannon evict squatters

Police in riot gear are currently attempting to evict a group of long-term squatters from a house in Vienna’s 2nd district.

Pensioner sets self alight in care home protest
Italy

Pensioner sets self alight in care home protest

An 89-year-old man died over the weekend in Genoa after setting himself on fire, in protest at being sent to live in a care home.

‘Leave Libya now’: Spain warns nationals
Spain

‘Leave Libya now’: Spain warns nationals

Spain's foreign affairs ministry is warning nationals to leave Libya immediately as the security situation in the North African country worsens, with terrorist attacks threatened.

Rape and violence mar Norwegian music festival
Norway

Rape and violence mar Norwegian music festival

Police charged one person for rape and are investigating four other sex attacks at a top music festival in Norway over the weekend.

Police know group behind terror threats
Norway

Police know group behind terror threats

Police in Norway have confirmed on Sunday they know who are behind the terror threats which have disrupted the country, but not where the group is hiding.

Marseille: Pro-Israel march held amid tension
France

Marseille: Pro-Israel march held amid tension

Up to 6,000 demonstrators marched through the French city of Marseille on Sunday in support of Israel. The rally was held amid tight security as dozens of pro-Palestinian protesters tried to disrupt the demonstration.

Elderly Swedish man stripped of his 35 cats
Sweden

Elderly Swedish man stripped of his 35 cats

The County Administrative Board of Skåne has decided to confiscate the 35 cats of an 81-year-old man who was forbidden from having more than nine of the furry felines.

‘I never imagined it could feel this good’: Nibali
Italy

‘I never imagined it could feel this good’: Nibali

Vincenzo Nibali fought back tears as he stood on the Tour de France winner's podium and described the moment as better than he ever expected.

‘I came for a boy and stayed for the lifestyle’
Austria

‘I came for a boy and stayed for the lifestyle’

Carly Hulls is a 27-year-old Australian, who works for an online travel agency and is based in Vienna. She talked to The Local about what brought her to Austria.

Wild weather set to strike Sweden anew
Sweden

Wild weather set to strike Sweden anew

With Sunday's thunderstorm reported as the worst of the year so far, Sweden is bracing for round two on Monday as meteorologists predict more of the same.

100 years since Austria declared war on Serbia
Austria

100 years since Austria declared war on Serbia

July 28 marks the 100th anniversary of the declaration of war by Austria on its neighbour Serbia. We look back at the start of the crisis that was to shape history.

The unprecedented Costa Concordia journey
Italy

The unprecedented Costa Concordia journey

As the Costa Concordia arrives in Genoa for scrapping, The Local looks back at the two and a half years since the cruise ship disaster off the Italian coast.

Weather warning for stormy Berlin
Germany

Weather warning for stormy Berlin

Forecasters have put out a weather warning for Berlin and much of Brandenburg with thunderstorms and heavy rain set to bring an end to the heatwave.

Lightning stikes Denmark as sunny stretch snapped
Denmark

Lightning stikes Denmark as sunny stretch snapped

Parts of Jutland experienced heavy rains on Sunday while the skies over Denmark were lit up with almost a year's worth of lightning in a single day.

Spain’s opposition fights to win back voters
Spain

Spain’s opposition fights to win back voters

The new leader of Spain's embattled main opposition Socialist (PSOE) Party vowed Sunday during his inaugural speech to lead the party back to power and get the crisis-hit country "back on track".

Sale stopped of oldest message in a bottle
Germany

Sale stopped of oldest message in a bottle

UPDATE: A fisherman who found the world's oldest message in a bottle tossed into the sea in northern Germany has failed in his attempt to sell it on eBay. The auction was stopped at the last minute.

Swedish youth suicides hit 25-year high
Sweden

Swedish youth suicides hit 25-year high

Last year 1,600 people in Sweden took their own lives - and for Swedes aged 15 to 24, the numbers haven't been so high since 1989.