Queen bids refugees welcome in New Year’s address
Denmark

Queen bids refugees welcome in New Year’s address

Queen Margrethe delivered a New Year’s Eve address that saw her gently wade in to the ongoing debate about Denmark’s response to a record number of refugees and asylum seekers.

‘Greece has lost power to blackmail’: German MP
Germany

‘Greece has lost power to blackmail’: German MP

Europe no longer needs to rescue Greece as the country has lost its "systemic relevance" to the eurozone and its power of political "blackmail," a senior German lawmaker said Wednesday.

Uber suspends amateur taxi service in Spain
Spain

Uber suspends amateur taxi service in Spain

Popular web-based taxi company Uber has suspended its amateur driver service in Spain after it received confirmation of a court ruling to ban it in the country.

Departing French troops hold Kabul farewell
France

Departing French troops hold Kabul farewell

The last French troops in Afghanistan held a ceremony in Kabul on Wednesday to mark the end of their deployment after NATO combat operations closed down and as a new "train and support" mission takes over.

Swedes join New Year’s Day icy dip trend
Sweden

Swedes join New Year’s Day icy dip trend

Swedes are known as dedicated followers of fashion and one trend increasing in popularity is to bring in the New Year with a bracing swim, a tradition popular in the Netherlands, Russia and Canada.

Your top stories of 2014
Sweden

Your top stories of 2014

Despite a turbulent political year, the stories you clicked on and shared the most ranged from an unbelievable monster rat to an unfathomable rogue submarine.

NSA spying in Vienna detailed at Chaos meet
Austria

NSA spying in Vienna detailed at Chaos meet

Austrian journalist Erich Möchel delivered a presentation in Hamburg at the annual meeting of the Chaos Computer Club on Monday December 29, detailing the various locations where the US NSA has been actively collecting and processing electronic intelligence in Vienna.

How to celebrate New Year’s Eve like a Dane
Denmark

How to celebrate New Year’s Eve like a Dane

Are you ringing in the New Year in Denmark? Here is a quick guide on how to greet 2015 the Danish way.

Furry Jimmy saves the day
Austria

Furry Jimmy saves the day

A family cat may have saved the lives of its family in the early hours of Tuesday morning whens its loud cries warned them about a fire in the house.

Ten ways to spend New Year’s Eve in France
France

Ten ways to spend New Year’s Eve in France

Spending New Year’s Eve in France but not really sure what to do? Whether it's eating foie gras in Europe's biggest cave or watching fireworks on the French Riviera, here are ten great events and ideas to see out 2014 in style.

Danish police nab man missing for 30 years
Denmark

Danish police nab man missing for 30 years

Police in the eastern Jutland town of Fredericia got more than they bargained for when they approached a homeless man causing a scene in the streets.

Having a baby in France: Ten lessons learned
France

Having a baby in France: Ten lessons learned

Having a baby is daunting enough, let alone having one in a foreign country. The Local's editor Ben McPartland looks back at a few of the lessons he learned from becoming a new dad in France, from avoiding the Metro to why monkey pyjamas in Paris are a big no-no.

Growing up without a father: A Bosnian story
Sweden

Growing up without a father: A Bosnian story

IN MY VOICE: SI scholarship student Nikola Hajdin examines the long-lasting effects that growing up without a father had on a generation of children raised during and after the war in Bosnia in the early 1990s.

Swedes warned to stay home on New Year’s Eve
Sweden

Swedes warned to stay home on New Year’s Eve

The Swedish Transport Administration has warned Swedes to keep off the roads this New Year's Eve due to ice with several fatal accidents reported in the past 24 hours.

The alternative French news quiz for 2014
France

The alternative French news quiz for 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, we've put together a quiz to test your knowledge of some of the weirdest and most entertaining news stories The Local France has covered this year. Are you the most news-savvy reader in the country?

Majority of Danes want to curb drinking culture
Denmark

Majority of Danes want to curb drinking culture

Losing weight, exercising more and drinking less are standards on many people’s lists of New Year’s resolutions. But as Danes get ready to ring in 2015, that last item may be even more popular than usual.

Swedish youth pastor convicted of raping child
Sweden

Swedish youth pastor convicted of raping child

A pastor in the Church of Sweden diocese of Uppsala has been jailed after being convicted of raping a teenage member of his confirmation class.

Two Germans missing on New Zealand peak
Germany

Two Germans missing on New Zealand peak

Two German climbers were missing Wednesday on New Zealand's Mount Cook with police saying foul weather was delaying any chance of beginning a search.

Migrants from ‘drifting’ ship arrive in Italy
Italy

Migrants from ‘drifting’ ship arrive in Italy

Some 700 illegal migrants rescued from a ship near the Greek island of Corfu arrived in Italy on Wednesday, after their boat was intercepted while "drifting" towards the coast.

Merkel deplores new far-right group’s ‘hatred’
Germany

Merkel deplores new far-right group’s ‘hatred’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a New Year's address deplored the rise of a right wing populist movement, saying its leaders have "prejudice, coldness, even hatred in their hearts".

Madrid ushers in New Year – a day early
Spain

Madrid ushers in New Year – a day early

Thousands of horn-tooting, hat-wearing revellers jammed Madrid's central Puerta del Sol square on Tuesday, braving freezing temperatures to ring in 2015 -- a day early.

Bianchi condition unchanged: report
France

Bianchi condition unchanged: report

Formula One driver Jules Bianchi, who was seriously injured in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix in October, has begun rehabilitation therapy although his condition remains unchanged, his family said Tuesday.

Spain reminds Greeks of Europe debt
Spain

Spain reminds Greeks of Europe debt

Spain said Tuesday it hopes Greeks will recall that European aid helped keep their public services running when they vote in a snap election next month.

Poland charges five in Alstom corruption case
France

Poland charges five in Alstom corruption case

Polish prosecutors on Tuesday said they have charged five people in a corruption case involving transport contracts won by Alstom, just days after the United States fined the French industrial giant a record penalty for bribery.

Sick pilot forces Paris-Norway flight return

Sick pilot forces Paris-Norway flight return

An Air France plane flying from Paris to the Norwegian city of Stavanger had to turn back mid-way Tuesday after the captain fell ill, an airport source said.