Russia restricting Austria’s gas supplies
Austria

Russia restricting Austria’s gas supplies

In the wake of renewed threats of EU sanctions against Russia, the Russian gas supplier Gazprom has sharply reduced gas supplies to several countries, including Austria. [Updated Friday with comments from Reinhold Mitterlehner]

Copenhagen to invest one billion in schools
Denmark

Copenhagen to invest one billion in schools

Copenhagen politicians approved a city budget for 2015 that focuses on schools, housing and better cycling conditions.

Ailing bauMax chain sells Bulgarian units
Austria

Ailing bauMax chain sells Bulgarian units

Less than two weeks after the Austrian hardware store chain got a lifeline through the sale of the art collection of its founder, Karlheinz Essl, the ailing retailer has announced the sale of its Bulgarian subsidiary to a private investor, reported Reuters on Thursday.

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Sweden

Sept. 23/24: The Impact of Culture – Creative businesses for sustainable cities (Umeå)

In Pictures: Catalonia’s eventful National Day
Spain

In Pictures: Catalonia’s eventful National Day

Red and yellow flags filled the streets of Barcelona on Thursday as Catalan nationalists fired up by Scotland's independence referendum rallied to demand a vote on breaking away from Spain.

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Sweden

Sept. 15: Lecture: Women in War and Peacebuildning (Lund)

Foreigners snap up Paris homes as French exit
France

Foreigners snap up Paris homes as French exit

Foreigners are buying up almost one in ten properties for sale in the Paris region, a rate last seen 15 years ago, new figures show. This comes as there a big change in behaviour among would-be French buyers.

Gucci relative arrested over fake bankruptcy
Italy

Gucci relative arrested over fake bankruptcy

Guccio Gucci, the great-grandson of the founder of the world-famous Gucci fashion house, has been placed under house arrest and charged with fraudulent bankruptcy and tax evasion.

Oettinger: From laughing stock to digital boss
Germany

Oettinger: From laughing stock to digital boss

His poor command of English made him the butt of jokes on national television and YouTube, but Germany's EU commissioner Günther Oettinger now finds himself in charge of the continent's digital future.

Two bored teens shot at passers-by from window
Austria

Two bored teens shot at passers-by from window

Two youths, aged 18 and 19, shot at passers-by with air-powered weapons in Vienna's Margareten district on Wednesday - because they "were bored".

Spanish kids near top of EU pocket-money table
Spain

Spanish kids near top of EU pocket-money table

In Europe, only Italian and French parents give more pocket money to their children than Spaniards, according to a new survey by banking group ING.

Policeman sentenced over parking row
Austria

Policeman sentenced over parking row

A senior police officer has been sentenced to ten months in prison by Vienna’s Criminal Court for abuse of office over a parking space dispute.

Gravedigger suspended for corpse photo gaffe
Spain

Gravedigger suspended for corpse photo gaffe

A cemetery worker in a town in southern Spain has been suspended after a photo of him posing with an exhumed corpse went viral on social media.

Two-thirds of French want Hollande gone : Poll
France

Two-thirds of French want Hollande gone : Poll

A new poll on Thursday said two-thirds of rench people want their president to step down as the country is battling record unemployment and has seen a multiplication of political scandals in recent months.

Austrian court unfreezes ambassador’s accounts
Austria

Austrian court unfreezes ambassador’s accounts

An Austrian court has unfrozen the bank accounts belonging to the wife of a top former US diplomat who was allegedly under investigation for money laundering, according to a statement from the couple's lawyer.

Train drivers: We’re going to strike again
Germany

Train drivers: We’re going to strike again

Union bosses representing Germany's train drivers opted to prolong railway strikes in a ballot on Thursday.

Korean woman plunges to death in Swiss Alps
Switzerland

Korean woman plunges to death in Swiss Alps

A 61-year-old Korean woman fell to her death while hiking in the Swiss Alps this week, local police said Thursday.

French mother, 14, left newborn in bottle bin
France

French mother, 14, left newborn in bottle bin

A 14-year-old girl in France was being held for questioning after police say she gave birth to a child in secret and then left the baby for dead in a collection bin for recyclable glass.

French road deaths hit record summer low
France

French road deaths hit record summer low

Fewer people were killed on French roads this summer than any other summer since records began in 1948, new figures show.

Federer opens fire for Swiss against Italy
Switzerland

Federer opens fire for Swiss against Italy

Roger Federer will open Switzerland's bid to reach the Davis Cup tennis championships final for the first time in Geneva on Friday against 76th-ranked Italian Simone Bolelli.

Why is Stockholm’s Södermalm so cool?
Sweden

Why is Stockholm’s Södermalm so cool?

Södermalm was ranked as the "coolest" neighbourhood in Europe in Vogue magazine this month and the article's gone viral. So we asked people in Söder if they believe the hype.

Carpenter accidentally shot nail in stomach
Austria

Carpenter accidentally shot nail in stomach

A 21-year-old carpenter in Tyrol has survived a horrific accident at work after shooting a steel nail into his upper abdomen.

Danish museum exposes ‘white lies’ of antiquity
Denmark

Danish museum exposes ‘white lies’ of antiquity

The Ny Carlsberg Glyptoket will present over 100 works that have added full colour to the classic white marble so closely associated with Western history. See a video showing classic art being getting the full-colour treatment here.

Barça defy nationalists with Catalan kit
Spain

Barça defy nationalists with Catalan kit

Barcelona will use a shirt in the red and gold Catalan national colours for their La Liga game on Saturday in a move that could fuel breakaway sentiment in the region.

Conchita to sing in front of EU parliament
Austria

Conchita to sing in front of EU parliament

Austria's transvestite Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst will perform in front of the European Parliament building in Brussels on October 8th.

Sweden’s asylum influx worries Denmark
Sweden

Sweden’s asylum influx worries Denmark

With immigration a hot topic in the lead-up to the Swedish elections, Danish politicians warn about the negative consequences of their neighbours' generous asylum policies.

Runaway bear Daniza dies during capture
Italy

Runaway bear Daniza dies during capture

Daniza, the runaway bear who attacked a man foraging for mushrooms in northern Italy last month, has died after being sedated by her captors.

Two other Spanish ‘top dogs’ nearly die
Spain

Two other Spanish ‘top dogs’ nearly die

The presidents of El Corte Inglés, Isidoro Álvarez, and Sabadell Bank, Josep Oliu, were rushed to hospital after suffering health scares on the same day that Santander Group president Emilio Botín died of a heart attack.

Danish woman’s house overrun by bats
Denmark

Danish woman’s house overrun by bats

A house in the Aarhus suburbs is home to as many as 200 bats, and with their protected status the homeowner is left with few options for their removal.

Spain’s road lords ‘play dirty’ to cash in €1M/day
Spain

Spain’s road lords ‘play dirty’ to cash in €1M/day

Spanish road authorities have reduced the speed margin on cameras without warning drivers in a bid to meet their target of pocketing a staggering €384 million ($496M) in fines by the end of 2014.

Why sunny days can lead to suicide
Austria

Why sunny days can lead to suicide

Although long periods of sunny weather have a positive effect on people’s mood and can be beneficial for those suffering from depression, shorter spells of good weather can actually be a trigger for suicide, according to researchers at the Medical University of Vienna.

Crown Prince Haakon rocks the crowd
Norway

Crown Prince Haakon rocks the crowd

Guests at a gig in Vestvågøy, North Norway, were treated to a special guest performance from Norway's Crown Prince Haakon who took to the stage with an electric guitar on Thursday.

Ships without crew set for the seas
Norway

Ships without crew set for the seas

Researchers based in Norway believe that in around 10 years time cargo ships will have the technology to sail the seas without the need of a captain or crew.

Italian oil boss probed over Nigeria deal ‘bribe’
Italy

Italian oil boss probed over Nigeria deal ‘bribe’

Shares in Italian energy giant Eni slid on Thursday after it emerged that the company's chief executive is being investigated over suspected corruption linked to a billion-dollar oil deal in Nigeria.

‘Now is France’s moment to recover or decline’
France

‘Now is France’s moment to recover or decline’

The head of France's central bank said the country, fighting stagnation and high unemployment, is at a crossroads where it can choose decline or recovery. He warned the former was likely without urgent government reform.

Five possible election outcomes
Sweden

Five possible election outcomes

Sweden heads to the polls on Sunday, but with the result on a knife-edge, The Local explains the potential outcomes and how they could affect your life in Sweden.

Clas Ohlson profits down
Sweden

Clas Ohlson profits down

Swedish retailer Clas Ohlson reported lower than expected quarterly profits on Thursday. But the company is continuing to expand outside the Nordic region.

Homeless German stabs four policemen in Rome
Germany

Homeless German stabs four policemen in Rome

A homeless German man was arrested on Wednesday night after allegedly stabbing four policemen in the centre of Rome. One witness described "panic in the street" as the attacker flew at his victims with a knife and hammer.

U-Bahn sex pair shock Berlin commuters
Germany

U-Bahn sex pair shock Berlin commuters

Commuters on Berlin's U8 line were in for a shock on Tuesday morning when they spotted two people having sex in the middle of a station platform.

Network to protect Austrians from jihadists
Austria

Network to protect Austrians from jihadists

Stories about young Austrians heading to Syria to fight with violent jihadists are becoming disturbingly frequent - with two young girls prevented from flying to Turkey en route to Syria this week.

Police recruit drew Swastika on colleague
Germany

Police recruit drew Swastika on colleague

A female police recruit in western Germany was subjected to a torrent of racist abuse by her colleagues, with one trainee officer marking her with a Swastika, police said on Wednesday.

Trierweiler wrong to write tell-all book: polls
France

Trierweiler wrong to write tell-all book: polls

Valérie Trierweiler’s tell-all memoir has flown off the shelves in France, but most people think François Hollande’s ex-partner should never have written it, two new polls reveal.

German man stabs four policemen in Rome
Italy

German man stabs four policemen in Rome

A homeless German man was arrested on Wednesday after allegedly stabbing four policemen in the centre of Rome, with one witness describing "panic in the street" as the attacker flew at his victims with a knife and hammer.

Loud adult movie scares locals into calling cops
Spain

Loud adult movie scares locals into calling cops

Police were called on Tuesday to investigate the loud screams heard by neighbours in a quiet Barcelona neighbourhood only to find a local resident watching an porn movie at top volume with his windows open.

Germany rules out Syria air strikes
Germany

Germany rules out Syria air strikes

UPDATE: Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told journalists on Friday that Thursday Germany will not take part in US-led air strikes against Islamic extremists Isis in Syria, following US President Barack Obama's announcement that the air campaign will be extended.

Northern Swedes get airborne voting booths
Sweden

Northern Swedes get airborne voting booths

Helicopter pilots in far northern Sweden have created a "flying voting station" - complete with private voting booth - to reach out to Swedes who can't make it to normal voting stations.

Denmark worried about Sweden’s asylum influx
Denmark

Denmark worried about Sweden’s asylum influx

With immigration a hot topic in the lead-up to the Swedish elections, Danish politicians warn about the negative consequences of their neighbours' generous asylum policies.

Botín’s daughter ‘inherits’ bank dynasty
Spain

Botín’s daughter ‘inherits’ bank dynasty

Ana Patricia Botín on Wednesday was named the new chairman of Spanish bank Santander, replacing her father who died suddenly of a heart attack after nearly 30 years at its helm. The 53 year old becomes the first female bank president in Spanish history.

Swiss police called to Schumacher’s home

Swiss police called to Schumacher’s home

Swiss police were called to the home of Michael Schumacher on Wednesday to keep an eye on dozens of journalists and reporters who were outside his villa.

‘Love in San Francisco for fired French leaders’
France

‘Love in San Francisco for fired French leaders’

Ex-French ministers Arnaud Monteborug and Aurelie Filippetti, long rumoured to be a couple, ran off to California for a romantic getaway after getting the axe in the cabinet reshuffle prompted by Montebourg's public critiques of the president's plan to fix France's economy.

11 set for jail after superstore chain raid
Norway

11 set for jail after superstore chain raid

11 people arrested after Lime Minipris - one of Norway's biggest food store chains - was raided on Monday, will be remanded in custody for a month on Thursday police hope, as their investigations continue.

Police nab 56 refugees inside Austria
Austria

Police nab 56 refugees inside Austria

People smugglers are continuing to target Austria, as 56 victims of human trafficking were discovered this week in two separate operations.

France offers to help bomb Isis in Iraq
France

France offers to help bomb Isis in Iraq

France has pledged to join in, "if necessary", a bombing campaign against the Islamic extremists who have captured large swathes of Iraq and Syria. The pledge came as US President Barack Obama unveiled a "strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy" the jihadists.

Can Sweden’s strong economy save Reinfeldt?
Sweden

Can Sweden’s strong economy save Reinfeldt?

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has guided Sweden through a strong job market and low public debt over the past eight years. So why do the polls suggest he'll lose the national election on Sunday?

Malmö floods cause insurance headache
Sweden

Malmö floods cause insurance headache

Sweden's largest insurance companies say they're dealing with huge numbers of claims following unexpected floods around Malmö a fortnight ago.

Hosts Spain choke against defensive France
Spain

Hosts Spain choke against defensive France

European champions France beat hosts Spain 65-52 in an epic World Cup quarter-final on Wednesday to book a date with Serbia in Friday's semi-final.

‘Floating’ cannabis found on Lake Neusiedl
Austria

‘Floating’ cannabis found on Lake Neusiedl

Hungarian police have busted a 35-year-old amateur gardener who was growing a floating hemp plantation on Lake Neusiedl, on the Austrian border.

‘Catalans can’t be stopped from voting’
Spain

‘Catalans can’t be stopped from voting’

Catalonia's president warned on Wednesday it was "practically impossible" to stop the region voting on secession from Spain and looked to Scotland to smooth the way with its own independence referendum.

Cruise line offers Northern Lights promise
Norway

Cruise line offers Northern Lights promise

A Norwegian cruise line company is to offer passengers a free trip if they don't see the Northern Lights while on one of their Arctic Circle voyages.

Germany’s jihadists: Young, male, losers
Germany

Germany’s jihadists: Young, male, losers

The hundreds of Germans who have travelled to Syria to join jihadi groups are largely young, male and failed at school and in their careers, according to a report from the security services.

German hiker (47) dies in mountain fall
Austria

German hiker (47) dies in mountain fall

A 47-year-old German man had a fatal accident during a mountain hike in the Lech Valley Alps on Wednesday afternoon.

Unemployment rate falls as election approaches
Sweden

Unemployment rate falls as election approaches

Sweden's jobless rate has fallen, which could provide a boost to the governing Alliance ahead of Sunday's closely-fought election.

Half of parents approve new school reform
Denmark

Half of parents approve new school reform

Although many parents approve of the changes in their children's school, more than one fifth say that the reform has had negative consequences.

Swastika candidate leaves home help job
Sweden

Swastika candidate leaves home help job

A nationalist Sweden Democrat photographed wearing a Nazi armband has taken leave from her job as a care worker after stepping down as an election candidate last week.

Rome parking meter sells tickets for ‘sun motion’
Italy

Rome parking meter sells tickets for ‘sun motion’

English-speakers in Rome have spotted the latest linguistic error made by the city's authorities, offering tickets to motorists for "sun motion".

Top tips: how to learn Italian
Italy

Top tips: how to learn Italian

As thousands of foreign students arrive at universities across Italy, The Local speaks to one linguist to find out the best way they can learn the language.

€27 million payout for outgoing Ferrari boss
Italy

€27 million payout for outgoing Ferrari boss

Outgoing Ferrari head Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, squeezed out of the sports car company after a poor Formula One streak, will receive a €27 million severance package, the brand's parent group Fiat said on Wednesday.

Italy calls for united EU response to Russia
Italy

Italy calls for united EU response to Russia

Italian foreign minister and incoming EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said on Wednesday the European Union must be united on new sanctions against Russia or else it could strengthen Moscow.

Merkel to tackle anti-Semitism rise at rally
Germany

Merkel to tackle anti-Semitism rise at rally

Chancellor Angela Merkel will speak at a Berlin rally against anti-Semitism on Sunday to condemn hate speech and attacks against Jews that spiked amid the latest Gaza conflict.

EU court backs foreign student visas
Germany

EU court backs foreign student visas

An EU court told Germany on Wednesday that foreign students should not be denied a visa if they satisfy European entry requirements, in a ruling which could have implications for foreign students hoping to study at German universities.