Austria bans Isis terror symbols
Austria

Austria bans Isis terror symbols

Following closely on the heels of Germany, Austria has announced a forthcoming ban on terrorism-related symbols, specifically starting with the Isis flag, reported the Austrian Press Agency (APA) on Friday evening. [Updated to reflect comments from HC Strache over the weekend.]

Neo-Nazi vandalism ‘unacceptable’ says OSCE
Austria

Neo-Nazi vandalism ‘unacceptable’ says OSCE

The Vienna-based Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said Friday that neo-Nazi vandalism and threats against a local newspaper in eastern Germany were "unacceptable and must be stopped", according to Agence France-Presse.

Novo shares rise as US panel backs obesity drug
Denmark

Novo shares rise as US panel backs obesity drug

US authorities are expected to follow the advice of an advisory panel and approve Novo Nordisk's Saxenda for the American market, where 35 percent of adults are obese.

Attacker charged with 84 sex crimes in Norway
Norway

Attacker charged with 84 sex crimes in Norway

A notorious sex attacker from South-East Norway has been charged on Friday for raping two 14-year-old girls and infecting them with Chlamydia, bringing his tally of sex crimes on underage girls to 84 in under two years.

Mum who froze babies ‘not insane’: doctors
Spain

Mum who froze babies ‘not insane’: doctors

Psychiatric experts studying a Spanish mother who allegedly killed two of her babies and hid their bodies in her kitchen freezer have told a Seville judge she has no mental illness.

Netflix: Movie service to make debut in France
France

Netflix: Movie service to make debut in France

American video streaming service Netflix launches in France on Monday. Here's look at what the service and the impact it could have on France's 'cultural exception.'

Anti-US ‘Italian fascist’ joins rebels in Ukraine
Italy

Anti-US ‘Italian fascist’ joins rebels in Ukraine

An “Italian fascist” has joined rebels fighting against government forces in eastern Ukraine, the leader of one militant group has claimed.

Seven whales stranded on Italian beach
Italy

Seven whales stranded on Italian beach

Three sperm whales died on Friday while four were saved after washing up on a beach in central Italy, according to media reports.

‘Mas could get 15 years jail if vote takes place’
Spain

‘Mas could get 15 years jail if vote takes place’

An association of Spanish judges has warned Catalan president Artur Mas that he could face up to 15 years imprisonment for prevarication, disobedience and sedition if he goes ahead with a planned vote on Catalan independence in November.

Fake police steal from Berlin tourists
Germany

Fake police steal from Berlin tourists

Police arrested three men on Thursday evening for stealing from unsuspecting tourists in Berlin by pretending to be police officers conducting a search.

Air France pilots set for ‘massive’ strike
France

Air France pilots set for ‘massive’ strike

With negotiations sputtering, it’s looking increasingly likely that Air France pilots are going to carry out their threat of a “massive” walkout on Monday. Their unions have called for a week-long strike over re-organization plans.

France’s top expat tribes: Which are you?
France

France’s top expat tribes: Which are you?

It's time to pick a tribe...

Missing journalist fell for Nigerian scam
Austria

Missing journalist fell for Nigerian scam

A retired Austrian journalist who has been missing since the end of May is presumed dead, after losing large sums of money to a Nigerian ‘black money’ scam.

Buildings cleared after suspect Stockholm bomb
Sweden

Buildings cleared after suspect Stockholm bomb

UPDATED: Police in Åkersberga in northern Stockholm have told people to leave several buildings in the area after a suspected car bombing on Friday morning that put at least one person in hospital.

‘Shariah Police’ ditch vests and change name
Germany

‘Shariah Police’ ditch vests and change name

Salafists who caused outrage by mounting patrols in western Germany as "Shariah Police" have ditched their vests and changed their name, but pledged to continue to take action. It comes as political leaders were accused of creating a "safe zone" for Islamists.

Berlin spy station sees tourism boom
Germany

Berlin spy station sees tourism boom

A former US listening station in Berlin is experiencing a boom in visitor numbers since the NSA spying scandal hit the headlines. The Local takes a tour of the abandoned Teufelsberg, guided by one of its former spies.

Row over early exit poll
Sweden

Row over early exit poll

An exit poll for Sweden's national election will be released four hours before voting closes on Sunday night. But critics argue the move is unethical and could influence voters.

Second longest suspension bridge takes shape
Austria

Second longest suspension bridge takes shape

Work to construct the world’s second longest suspension footbridge, in the market town of Reutte in Tyrol, is progressing with the first guide wire being laid between Ehrenberg Castle Ruins and Fort Claudia.

Syria jihadist was ‘integrated’ in Italy
Italy

Syria jihadist was ‘integrated’ in Italy

A 25-year-old man who is believed to have gone to fight alongside jihadists in Syria was “integrated” in Italy, his father has told Italian media.

Beer brewing booms in wine-dominated France
France

Beer brewing booms in wine-dominated France

With the number of craft breweries nearly doubling since 2010 in France, small-scale beer brewing is taking off in the land which is better known for its wine production. Turns out a good brew isn't so bad with foie gras.

Dancing in the streets in Vienna
Austria

Dancing in the streets in Vienna

Vienna’s Babenburgerstrasse in the first district is hosting the city's first Streetlife Festival this weekend - September 13th and 14th - with more than 50 attractions and events to enjoy.

UK-Spain cops smash Magaluf drugs ring
Spain

UK-Spain cops smash Magaluf drugs ring

Nine British citizens have been arrested in eight raids in Majorca's controversial Magaluf resort, with a total of €24,000 ($31,000) in cash and cash being seized.

Possible Northern Lights over Denmark
Denmark

Possible Northern Lights over Denmark

Leave the city and find an elevated dark spot if you want a chance to see a rare phenomenon in the Danish skies on Friday night.

Toddler’s window fall saved by bushes
Austria

Toddler’s window fall saved by bushes

A two-year-old boy had a lucky escape when he fell around four metres from a window in Vienna’s Simmering district, escaping without serious injury.

France offers military help to Iraq against ISIS
France

France offers military help to Iraq against ISIS

During a state visit to Iraq on Friday France's president pledged additional military support to the country as it struggles to combat the ISIS extremists who seized large swathes of its territory.

France to set flat-rate for Paris airport taxis
France

France to set flat-rate for Paris airport taxis

The most-visited country in the world is close to setting a flat-rate price for taxi rides from Paris, its most-visited city, to the capital’s two main airports. A special express lane for taxis could also be coming to motorways, the French media is reporting.

EasyJet passenger held over hand luggage row
Switzerland

EasyJet passenger held over hand luggage row

Police in Geneva arrested an Italian woman over a spat about the size of her hand luggage when boarding an easyJet flight from the Swiss city to Venice, according to a media report.

Man sets partner alight in Tuscan city centre
Italy

Man sets partner alight in Tuscan city centre

A woman is being treated for serious burns after a man threw alcohol over her and set her alight in central Arezzo, Tuscany.

Spain named 3rd biggest Eurozone job creator
Spain

Spain named 3rd biggest Eurozone job creator

Only Estonia and Portugal's employment growth was greater than Spain's between April and June this year, a new study shows.

China ‘loves’ Helle Thorning-Schmidt
Denmark

China ‘loves’ Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Denmark's prime minister or celebrity? Hard to tell in this video footage of Chinese students' over-the-top greeting.

French separatists want Scots to say ‘yes’
France

French separatists want Scots to say ‘yes’

Separatist leaders in Brittany, Corsica and the French Basque Country will watch with interest as Scotland votes on independence next week, but they don’t expect France to follow the UK’s lead any time soon.

Switzerland steps up aid to Ebola-hit countries
Switzerland

Switzerland steps up aid to Ebola-hit countries

Switzerland has pledged an additional two million francs in aid to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa which has killed over 2,400 people since the outbreak began in March.

Politician compares education reform to 9/11
Germany

Politician compares education reform to 9/11

Politicians in a German state parliament reacted furiously on Thursday when one of their members compared new university regulations to 9/11 on the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

Thieves smash up Jura factory using tractor
Switzerland

Thieves smash up Jura factory using tractor

A group of thieves used a tractor to burgle a watchmaking facility in Alle, in the canton of Jura, causing damage estimated at hundreds of thousands of francs, police have reported.

How I chose to learn the wrong language
Germany

How I chose to learn the wrong language

In this week's Expat Dispatches, Tessa Sinclair Scott examines her Francophile grandmother's disappointment that she was moving to Germany. Did she choose the wrong language?

Atlético-Real derby: 1st big battle of the season
Spain

Atlético-Real derby: 1st big battle of the season

A seventh Madrid derby of the year tops the bill as Spain's four Champions League representatives face off on Saturday ahead of the kick-off of their group stage campaigns in midweek.

Danfoss makes bid for Finland’s Vacon
Denmark

Danfoss makes bid for Finland’s Vacon

The two Nordic countries will combine to become a "global player" in the air conditioning (AC) drives market.

Norwegian parents jailed for abusing ‘devil’ child
Norway

Norwegian parents jailed for abusing ‘devil’ child

A Norwegian couple were sentenced to jail after being found guilty of violence to their daughter after the child allegedly cried out "Satan", a court ruled on Thursday.

Basel debates second Swiss right-to-die clinic
Switzerland

Basel debates second Swiss right-to-die clinic

Exit, the Swiss organization that helps people to end their own lives, has asked local authorities for permission to change its Basel office into a facility for assisted suicide. If agreed, the building would become the second such facility in Switzerland, after Dignitas.

Anti-dog poo offensive launched in French town
France

Anti-dog poo offensive launched in French town

Security guards armed with fluorescent paint have begun pink-bombing piles of poo left behind by unscrupulous dog owners in a town in north-western France.

Divorce extra hard on immigrant kids: report
Denmark

Divorce extra hard on immigrant kids: report

Divorce rates among non-Western immigrant parents are increasing and cultural taboos often mean that immigrant children are more negatively affected by divorce than Danish kids.

1,400 evacuated as forest fires rage in Alicante
Spain

1,400 evacuated as forest fires rage in Alicante

Thousands in the towns of Dénia and Xàbia, both in the eastern Spanish province of Alicante, have been forced to flee from their homes to escape the path of an inferno as it moves across the area.

Two new possible Ebola cases hit Spain
Spain

Two new possible Ebola cases hit Spain

A 13-year-old boy and a 24-year-old man, both from Nigeria, have been admitted to hospital on the island of Majorca and the southern Spanish region of Murcia over fears they’re infected with the highly contagious Ebola virus.

Germany officially bans terror group Isis
Germany

Germany officially bans terror group Isis

UPDATE: Germany on Friday officially banned Islamic terror group Isis from any activities in the country, warning that the jihadists, who have captured swathes of Iraq and Syria, also posed a threat to Europe.

Renzi praises India for Italian marine ruling
Italy

Renzi praises India for Italian marine ruling

India's top court ruled on Friday that a sick Italian marine detained for the 2012 killing of two fishermen can go home for medical treatment, a move welcomed by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Lausanne hospital plans baby-tagging project
Switzerland

Lausanne hospital plans baby-tagging project

Lausanne’s CHUV hospital is planning to strap magnetic bracelets to all newborn babies in an effort to increase security.

Austrian drones to monitor Ukraine
Austria

Austrian drones to monitor Ukraine

Ten Austrian-made drones will be used as part of an OSCE observer mission to monitor the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.

Italian arrested at airport ‘in spat over luggage’
Italy

Italian arrested at airport ‘in spat over luggage’

An Italian woman was arrested by police in Geneva when trying to board an easyJet flight to Venice, reportedly after a spat about the size of her hand luggage.

Spike in anti-Semitic attacks in France
France

Spike in anti-Semitic attacks in France

In the first half of the year anti-Semitic attacks nearly doubled in France, with organized gangs and "terrorist attacks" against Jews prompting particular concern.

Calais migrants: ‘It’s becoming more violent’
France

Calais migrants: ‘It’s becoming more violent’

Officials in Calais, despite a series of new security measures, have made little progress in stemming the flow of migrants trying desperately to reach the UK. In fact, the situation is becoming more violent for all involved and disruptive for those who must use the port.

Catalans form giant ‘V for vote’ on independence
Spain

Catalans form giant ‘V for vote’ on independence

Catalans fired up by Scotland's independence referendum massed in Barcelona's streets in red and yellow shirts Thursday, forming a giant "V" to demand a vote on breaking away from Spain.

Swedish MPs look to Norway for votes
Norway

Swedish MPs look to Norway for votes

Sweden's general election campaign has spilled over into Norway as political parties pursue votes among the tens of thousands of mostly young Swedes emigrating to find work with their Nordic neighbour.

Sweden Democrats head hit by gambling scandal
Sweden

Sweden Democrats head hit by gambling scandal

UPDATED: The nationalist Sweden Democrats were dealt two more blows on Friday as party leader Jimmie Åkesson was revealed to have a high-stakes gambling habit and footage was leaked of party members secretly filming foreigners.

Denmark prepared to get tougher on jihadists
Denmark

Denmark prepared to get tougher on jihadists

Government coalition parties are in agreement that individuals suspected of aspiring to fight abroad should have their passports confiscated or their resident permits rescinded, but they're not yet sure how to do it.

SAS workers get ‘highest’ airline wages
Sweden

SAS workers get ‘highest’ airline wages

Scandinavian Airlines spends more on staff salaries than its main rivals in the region, according to new figures.

Activists decry bear death as ‘animalcide’
Italy

Activists decry bear death as ‘animalcide’

News that Daniza the bear, who mauled a mushroom hunter in August in the Italian Alps, died after being tranquilized for capture has sparked outrage across Italy, with activists calling her death "animalcide".

Seven people injured in acid attack
Germany

Seven people injured in acid attack

A woman is in a life-threatening condition and six other people injured after a man threw acid on his ex-girlfriend's face in western Germany on Thursday afternoon. The attacker is on the run and may be armed, police are warning.

EU backs BSkB buying Sky Italia
Italy

EU backs BSkB buying Sky Italia

The European Commission on Thursday gave the green light to BSkyB's bid to buy Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland for €8.8 billion.

German export strength prompts Brussels rebuke
Germany

German export strength prompts Brussels rebuke

Germany continues to export more to fellow Euro members than it imports despite the overall figure shrinking in 2013, new figures showed on Thursday.

Eurosceptics AfD hope for more eastern gains
Germany

Eurosceptics AfD hope for more eastern gains

Germany's anti-euro party expects to make further inroads in two state elections in the country's east on Sunday, which would spell a worsening political headache for Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Italy’s Ferrari reports record first-half revenues
Italy

Italy’s Ferrari reports record first-half revenues

A day after Ferrari said its head was leaving after more than two decades, the Italian sports car brand on Thursday posted record revenues in the first half of 2014.

Going where few Danish comedians dare to tread
Denmark

Going where few Danish comedians dare to tread

English-language stand-up acts are coming to Copenhagen for performances the organiser promises will include material you won't hear from local acts. There may even be a joke or two aimed at the Danes themselves, and we've got free tickets to give away.

Final election push as parties brawl
Sweden

Final election push as parties brawl

UPDATED: Sweden's election is now just two days away. The main parties are pushing to attract young and undecided voters as they continue to battle it out over key campaign issues.

Nurse ‘killed patients because he was bored’
Germany

Nurse ‘killed patients because he was bored’

A nurse allegedly murdered three patients in a hospital's intensive care unit using lethal doses of drugs because he was bored, a court heard on Thursday.

Museum celebrates polls with whale wordplay
Sweden

Museum celebrates polls with whale wordplay

The word "val" in Swedish can mean either election or whale - and staff over at the Gothenburg Natural History Museum plan to celebrate this weekend's "whale day" in unusual style.

Austrian ‘hobo’ rides the rails to Hamburg
Austria

Austrian ‘hobo’ rides the rails to Hamburg

A 54-year-old Austrian man needed to get to Hamburg in a hurry, so he hopped on a train. Unfortunately, it was a freight train, and he was riding between two wagons.

Truant parents jailed for non-payment of fines
Austria

Truant parents jailed for non-payment of fines

Since January, around 30 parents of persistent truants have been jailed for their failure to pay the necessary fines of up to €440.

Oslo Olympic’s bid at 175m kroner and rising
Norway

Oslo Olympic’s bid at 175m kroner and rising

The agency responsible for raising the profile of Oslo to win the bid for the Winter Olympics 2022 has spent 175 million kroner (£27.5 million) to date, it was revealed on Thursday.