Fastelavn: What’s the Danish kids’ carnival all about?
Denmark

Fastelavn: What’s the Danish kids’ carnival all about?

On Sunday, kids all across Denmark will dress up in costumes, smack barrels and eat sweet buns. Here's your guide to the Danish holiday of Fastelavn.

‘We are all Danish’: Charlie Hebdo columnist
Denmark

‘We are all Danish’: Charlie Hebdo columnist

A columnist for French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on Saturday condemned a shooting in Copenhagen that targeted a debate on Islam and free speech, saying: "We are all Danish tonight".

Spain SwissLeaks site beats press crisis
Spain

Spain SwissLeaks site beats press crisis

With plunging sales and advertising, Spain's press is in crisis, but one outlet is thriving: news website El Confidencial, which joined in this week's SwissLeaks tax fraud revelations.

Upstarts outshine vets ahead of Berlin awards
Germany

Upstarts outshine vets ahead of Berlin awards

The race for the Golden Bear top prize at the 65th Berlin film festival wound up in a dead heat Saturday, with break-out talents looking well placed to pip cinema heavyweights.

Neo-Nazis held for newspaper ‘threats’
Sweden

Neo-Nazis held for newspaper ‘threats’

Three people with reported connections to a neo-Nazi organisation have been detained by police after being found lurking outside the Stockholm editorial offices of a national newspaper.

Your next car might be made by Apple
Austria

Your next car might be made by Apple

According to a report from the Financial Times, Apple may be developing a partnership to build an electric car, with some of the technology coming from an Austrian company.

Rome advises Italians to leave Libya
Italy

Rome advises Italians to leave Libya

Italy's foreign ministry on Friday advised against travelling to Libya and suggested that its nationals already should leave, adding that it stands ready to participate in any UN intervention in the country.

Spain seeks Greek debt payback
Spain

Spain seeks Greek debt payback

Spain warned Friday it will want back €26 billion ($39 billion) it lent to Greece in the financial crisis, as new left-wing leaders in Athens seek to renegotiate the country's debts.

Barca president points finger in Neymar tax probe
Spain

Barca president points finger in Neymar tax probe

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu pointed the finger at his predecessor on Friday over allegations of tax fraud linked to the signing of Brazilian striker Neymar.

Federer and Wawrinka out of Davis Cup squad
Switzerland

Federer and Wawrinka out of Davis Cup squad

Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, who led Switzerland to last year's Davis Cup, have both turned their back on the squad for this year's first round tie against Belgium next month.

Swedish elks set to flee ‘warm’ south: expert
Sweden

Swedish elks set to flee ‘warm’ south: expert

Rising temperatures in Sweden's south are hitting the elk population hard and wildlife experts predict that the animals will head to the cooler north.

French MPs back Sunday shopping zones
France

French MPs back Sunday shopping zones

French lawmakers voted late Friday in favour of proposals to introduce "international tourist zones" where shops would be open every Sunday and until midnight every night.

US ‘not concerned’ by French jet sale to Egypt
France

US ‘not concerned’ by French jet sale to Egypt

The US said Friday that France's multibillion-dollar sale of Rafale fighter jets to Egypt was no cause for worry, despite Cairo's close defence-sales relationship with America.

Germany marks 70 years since Dresden bombing
Germany

Germany marks 70 years since Dresden bombing

German President Joachim Gauck warned Friday against a cult of victimhood over the World War II destruction of the city of Dresden 70 years ago.

Background on the OSCE and Ukraine
Austria

Background on the OSCE and Ukraine

The OSCE, which has been tasked with monitoring a new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, has emerged as a key player in the region over the past year, mediating between government leaders and rebels towards a peaceful solution.

Almqvist runs Sweden Dems media push: report
Sweden

Almqvist runs Sweden Dems media push: report

Erik Almqvist, who was removed from the Sweden Democrat hierarchy in 2012 after he was filmed racially abusing a Swedish comedian, has been revealed to be the driving force behind the party's media strategy.

Expert tips on love and dating in Germany
Germany

Expert tips on love and dating in Germany

For the last in our Valentine's Day series, The Local speaks to relationship counsellor and author Eric Hegmann for some top tips about finding - and keeping - a Teutonic partner.

Romance in France: Sex, Champagne and je t’aime
France

Romance in France: Sex, Champagne and je t’aime

This step-by-step guide by French blogger Muriel Jacques is not guaranteed to help you find your true love, but it will help shed some light on those famously romantic French folk, who seem to have their own set of Gallic rules when it comes to love.