Austria won’t send weapons to Iraq
Austria

Austria won’t send weapons to Iraq

Austria's foreign minister Sebastien Kurz announced on Friday that the Central European country will not permit export of any Austrian weapons to Iraq.

Bomb threat closed popular waterpark
Denmark

Bomb threat closed popular waterpark

Police evacuated the Lalandia waterpark in Rødby after someone dropped off a note saying that a bomb would go off in the popular centre.

Dredge in control after bad day for Bjørn
Denmark

Dredge in control after bad day for Bjørn

Thomas Bjørn loses his first-day lead at Made in Denmark and drops to third along with fellow Dane Thorbjørn Olesen.

Austrian firm buys German retailer for €1
Austria

Austrian firm buys German retailer for €1

The retail giant's German owners are throwing in the towel on their attempt to pull the department store chain out of the red.

Sweden Dems in Oslo hunt for migrant vote
Sweden

Sweden Dems in Oslo hunt for migrant vote

Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson dropped by Oslo on Friday to try to attract votes from the Swedish migrant community, with one expert mulling the apparent contradiction with the party's negative stance on labour migration.

Nato chief Fogh confirms ‘Russian incursion’
Denmark

Nato chief Fogh confirms ‘Russian incursion’

The former PM's return trip home included meetings with Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Crown Prince Frederik and Nicolai Wammen.

Norwegian teachers set to strike on Monday
Norway

Norwegian teachers set to strike on Monday

Teachers are to step up strike action from Monday when schools in Norway return from the summer break after talks betwen union and government officials broke down on Thursday.

Police mood darkens over soccer fan duties
Germany

Police mood darkens over soccer fan duties

Resentful at having to spend huge sums and thousands of man hours controlling rowdy soccer fans, police authorities are pushing plans to entirely withdraw officers from some duties.

Italy: EU must take over migrant boat rescues
Italy

Italy: EU must take over migrant boat rescues

Italy said on Friday it wants to halt an operation to rescue boat migrants in the Mediterranean, urging the EU to take it over as the number of people crossing from north Africa surged past the 100,000 mark.

Child dies on amusement park ride
Germany

Child dies on amusement park ride

An 11-year-old girl was killed in a horrific accident on a fun-fair ride in Rhineland-Palatinate on Friday.

France’s Diniz smashes world record in Zurich
Switzerland

France’s Diniz smashes world record in Zurich

Yohann Diniz of France smashed the world 50-kilometre walk record at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich on Friday in a time of three hours, 32 minutes and 33 seconds.

Summer’s swan song?
Denmark

Summer’s swan song?

Highs will dip below 20C over the weekend as rain moves in. Is this the end for summer 2014 or will Denmark get one last hurrah?

Swedish feminists hit by Facebook ‘like’ attacks
Sweden

Swedish feminists hit by Facebook ‘like’ attacks

Swedish party the Feminist Initiative has been overwhelmed by Facebook 'likes' with South American hackers thought to be the source of the unwanted faux favouritism.

Broadband-for-all quest to get cash injection
Germany

Broadband-for-all quest to get cash injection

The German government is about to plough "hundreds of millions" more euros into creating across-the-board broadband for all internet users, it was reported on Friday.

Ailing Karstadt chain sold for €1 (again)
Germany

Ailing Karstadt chain sold for €1 (again)

The retail giant's German holders are throwing in the towel on their attempt to pull the department store chain out of the red.

Woman on Madrid plane had 1.7kg coke in breasts
Spain

Woman on Madrid plane had 1.7kg coke in breasts

A Venezuelan woman with 1.7 kilos of cocaine hidden in her breast implants was arrested at Madrid airport after arriving on a flight from Colombia, police said on Friday.

Copenhagen just got a LOT bigger
Denmark

Copenhagen just got a LOT bigger

New marketing strategy aims to rebrand all 46 municipalities and two regions on the island of Zealand as 'Copenhagen' in a bid to woo foreign investors. A branding expert told The Local that the plan makes sense, but only when targeted at investors with little knowledge of the area.

Organ donation hits all-time low after scandal
Germany

Organ donation hits all-time low after scandal

More than 10,700 patients are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, but with the organisation handling organ donations still plagued by a 2012 scandal, resulting in what could potentially be an all-time low of organ donations.

Sweden rejects calls for military support to Iraq
Sweden

Sweden rejects calls for military support to Iraq

Sweden has said that it will provide humanitarian aid to Iraq but not military support to Kurdish forces battling the Islamic State in the war-torn country.

New to international school? Tips from a pro
Germany

New to international school? Tips from a pro

With parents already flinching at the Back-to-School ads, Kathleen Ralf, a mother and a teacher at an international school in Germany has some tried and tested advice for those preparing to send their kids to their new educational home.

Swedish bride murder suspect ‘not mentally ill’
Sweden

Swedish bride murder suspect ‘not mentally ill’

British millionaire businessman Shrien Dewani has been passed mentally fit and is set to stand trial for the murder of his Swedish bride a South African court ruled Friday.

Bendtner signs with Wolfsburg
Denmark

Bendtner signs with Wolfsburg

After prolonger speculation and reject offers elsewhere, striker Nicklas Bendtner lands in the Bundesliga.

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Switzerland

Ebola-hit athletes banned from Youth Olympics

Athletes from Ebola-hit countries in west Africa have been barred from competing in some sports in the Youth Olympics that open in China at the weekend, the Lausanne-based International Olympic Committee and Chinese organizers said on Friday.

Party tourists under fire in ‘cool Berlin’
Germany

Party tourists under fire in ‘cool Berlin’

Record numbers of tourists are visiting Berlin, many of them drawn by its vibrant party scene and tolerance. But the mayor of one busy tourist district is now calling for curbs on excessive noise and unruly behaviour by visitors.

Body found in lake thought to be bank killer
Austria

Body found in lake thought to be bank killer

The suspected body of the 'Robin Hood' killer has been found, months after he allegedly gunned down a banker in Liechtenstein.

Business journal owner accused of dodging taxes
Switzerland

Business journal owner accused of dodging taxes

The majority owner of L’Agefi, a Swiss financial newspaper, is accused of failing to disclose around 54 million francs ($60 million) in taxable income, according to media reports.

Sweden braces for first snowfall
Sweden

Sweden braces for first snowfall

No sooner have Swedes packed up their deck-chairs, closed up their cabins and returned to the cities than the first snow is set to fall, according to a fresh weather forecast on Friday.

Dramatic cave rescue under way in Austria
Austria

Dramatic cave rescue under way in Austria

Overnight a team of 70 cave and mountain rescue specialists continued the challenging task of rescuing injured Polish cave explorer Marek G. from the Jack Daniel's cave in Salzburg's Tennen Mountains.

Second death within hours at Chess Olympics
Norway

Second death within hours at Chess Olympics

A second chess player died at the Norway Chess Olympiad in Tromsø on Thursday.

Top ten literal Swedish words
Sweden

Top ten literal Swedish words

Swedish can at times be a hilariously literal language and The Local has put together a few choice cuts for your light-hearted amusement.

12 of 13 children deny abuse by accused Dane
Denmark

12 of 13 children deny abuse by accused Dane

The remaining child gave "indications" of abuse, but the 22-year-old Dane's lawyer says that the prosecutors have a weak case.

Sweden celebrates 200 years of peace
Sweden

Sweden celebrates 200 years of peace

Sweden has not actively taken part in a war since 1814 - breaking even Switzerland's record for peace. One peace and conflict expert has told The Local that Swedes learned the hard way to take the non-confrontational stance.

France to increase support to Iraqi Kurds
France

France to increase support to Iraqi Kurds

France has said it would boost support to Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State militants, while Germany will send four planes with humanitarian aid to Kurds in northern Iraq on Friday.

Authors take up fight against Amazon
Germany

Authors take up fight against Amazon

Writers have taken pen to paper in protest against Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos and his company's methods and are calling for consumers, publishers and their fellow authors to boycott the online retail giant.

Hollande to lead ‘southern D-Day’ tributes
France

Hollande to lead ‘southern D-Day’ tributes

President François Hollande leads ceremonies on Friday to mark 70 years since the Allied invasion of southern France which, two months after D-Day, pushed the exhausted Nazi army back towards Germany and hastened the end of World War II in Europe.

Transport body shuns ‘racist’ Sweden Dems ad
Sweden

Transport body shuns ‘racist’ Sweden Dems ad

A public transport authority in southern Sweden has banned several Sweden Democrat campaign, citing racism - although the same ads have been approved in Stockholm.

Antonio Conte named as new Italy coach
Italy

Antonio Conte named as new Italy coach

Former Juventus boss Antonio Conte was named the new coach of Italy on Thursday on a two-year contract, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced.

Denmark wants to aid US mission in Iraq
Denmark

Denmark wants to aid US mission in Iraq

The prime minister has received the backing of parliament to reach out to American leaders and offer Denmark's assistance in the humanitarian aid mission brought on by the rapid advance of the Islamic State.

Every fifth Swedish girl suffers sex harassment
Sweden

Every fifth Swedish girl suffers sex harassment

Every fifth girl attending Swedish high school has reported being subjected to sexual harassment, according to a new report from an anti-bullying charity.

Missing 3.5-tonne Lenin head thwarts expo
Germany

Missing 3.5-tonne Lenin head thwarts expo

The giant head was to be a focal point of an exhibition of monuments in Berlin next year. But culture authorities say it is lost in a local forest, the Berliner Zeitung reported on Friday.

Merkel won’t rule out weapons aid to Iraq
Germany

Merkel won’t rule out weapons aid to Iraq

Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out about Iraq, echoing the sentiments of her foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, that in the case of Iraq, Germany may reconsider its traditional ban on exporting weapons to active conflict zones.

Swedish school with executive appeal
Sweden

Swedish school with executive appeal

More and more executives are combining work with further education, namely an MBA. The Local explains just how the process works at the Stockholm School of Economics with its Executive MBA program.

Norway offers humanitarian aid to Iraq
Norway

Norway offers humanitarian aid to Iraq

Norway will contribute with transport to aid the humanitarian crisis in Iraq after US requested help from European allies, according to NTB on Friday.

Chess player dies during Olympics match
Norway

Chess player dies during Olympics match

A chess player, who was brought to hospital after collapsing during the last round of the Chess Olympics in Tromsø, is dead, it was confirmed on Thursday.