After amateur video footage of Chelsea fans abusing a black man and repeatedly pushing him off the Paris Metro caused outrage on both sides of the English Channel, The Local spoke to the British expat who filmed the shocking scenes.
From cheap pop-up theatre to city allotments, from Podemos to car sharing, the economic crisis has given Spain its fair share of silver linings.
German Train Drivers' Union (GDL) boss Claus Weselsky said on Wednesday that his members would walk off the job after DB refused to accept an ultimatum he issued earlier in the week, although he did not say when or for how long they would strike.
Despite their reputation for being the kings of gastronomy, the French love their fast-food and particularly when it comes from across the pond. And now another burger giant is on its way.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn has had his named dragged through the mud during his pimping trial and his reputation, if he had one, lies in tatters. Only his lawyers have had anything positive to say about the ex-IMF chief. Here's his defence.
UPDATED: A Swedish expat in London experienced a culture clash when she failed to register for a store card online – because in the UK her first name is a rude word for a woman’s precious parts. The story has gone viral in her home country.
French may reputedly be the language of love but Spanish has been judged internationally to be the most positive-sounding lingo on the planet.
An Egyptian student living in Milan, who walked around the city for five hours dressed as an imam, has released a video showing how he was insulted along the way.
Our job search expert Franco Soldera is back to focus on why you need to clearly define yourself if you want to get employers to notice you.
A 20-year-old Austrian man who was unwittingly filmed during a sex act was then told he had to pay €3,000 to prevent the video being made public. He has filed a complaint with police in Upper Austria.
Security at the Vatican and across Italy has been stepped up because of a perceived heightened risk of attacks by Islamist militants, officials said on Wednesday.
The Supreme Court (BGH) has decided that a landlord had no right to throw out the man being called "Germany's second-most famous smoker after Helmut Schmidt" without due notice.
While the world watched with shock as a Jewish man encountered abuse on the streets of Paris for wearing a kippah, The Local talks to a Munich man who has been doing the same for two years - with surprising results.
Three crew members are reported to have been injured in an accident on the Austrian set for the latest James Bond film, Spectre, on Tuesday.
UPDATED: Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt led hundreds of mourners Wednesday at the funeral of Dan Uzan on Wednesday as it was learned that the weapon used in the weekend attacks was a stolen military rifle.
Swedish police are checking a suspicious package apparently sent from Germany to a local newspaper in Sweden that previously published controversial Muhammad cartoons.
Falling milk consumption at home and an increasingly tough global market has put a squeeze on Swedish dairy farmers, who on Wednesday were set to meet the Minister for Rural Affairs Sven-Erik Bucht at a round of crisis talks.
The German government said on Wednesday that pro-Russian rebels' advance into the eastern Ukrainian city of Debaltseve was a serious breach of ceasefire terms agreed last week in Minsk.
The man who opened the doors of Paris's booming theatre scene to tourists and expats tells The Local how he pulled off his bright idea and managed to break down cultural barriers in the process.
An electrician who stole a priceless religious manuscript from the cathedral of Santiago de Compostella has been sentenced to ten years in jail.
UPDATED: A bomb squad is investigating a suspicious package that was posted to a local newspaper that previously published controversial Muhammad cartoons by the Swedish artist Lars Vilks.
The twenty residents of a small village in Spain's northern Picos de Europa mountain range have been fully dependent on a helicopter flying in food to them since heavy snowfall cut them off from civilization 29 days ago.
It didn’t last long and was quietly binned, but now the French government suggests it was a case of mission accomplished when it comes to the contentious 75 percent tax rate on millionaires, given that it pulled in around €400 million for the tax man.
One of the Swedish police officers who was in Copenhagen to protect Lars Vilks over the weekend 'interrupted' the attack on a cultural centre by shooting at the gunman and saved additional lives, according to claims in the Swedish media.
UPDATED: A Burundi court on Wednesday released on bail a radio station director accused of "complicity" in the murder of three Italian nuns, his lawyer said.
A politician in northern Italy has lodged a complaint after discovering a label on an item of clothing suggesting that the wearer give it to their mother to wash because “it’s her job”.
Police in Vorarlberg are warning of an increase in the number of “hit and run accidents” in Austria's ski resorts.
Beer, chocolate, car keys! Lock them all away, say Germans, who more than half say they partake in Lent, the seven-week fasting period before Easter, but more for health rather than religious reasons.
Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks has been in hiding since the deadly Copenhagen shootings of which he is believed to have been a target. In an interview with The Local Sweden, he talks about whether more should have been done to stop the attack and whether Denmark has become a dangerous place for artists.
The public prosecutor of St Gallen ordered the detention in custody of two suspects on Wednesday following a shooting at an industrial building in Altstätten earlier this week which led to the discovery of a large cannabis plantation.
Spain's trade deficit swelled by more than half in 2014 as economic recovery spurred businesses to import and consumers to buy cars and appliances.
Despite reports of ongoing violent clashes in the east of Ukraine, France insisted on Wednesday that the ceasfire deal agreed on in Minsk was "not dead". Hollande was due to speak to Putin on Wednesday evening.
Spain´s nursing associations have threatened to take legal action against unqualified "birthing assistants" who they claim put the lives of mothers and babies at risk.
The French government faced the prospect of a no-confidence vote in parliament after the Prime Minister Manuel Valls took the rare step of forcing through a key package of reforms without an MPs vote.
Spanish politicians are seeking to capitalize on the fact that Spaniards are Europe’s biggest WhatsApp users by offering up their mobile numbers to encourage citizens to contact them via text message.
An Austrian man who killed his wife with a crowbar at their home in Kaprun and then crashed his car into a motorway tunnel portal has survived with injuries.
Switzerland is the best place in the world to spend your retirement, according to a global study.
The third and final wave of ticket sales for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest is set for February 27th at 9.00am, with tickets available for all shows at Vienna's Stadthalle.
Ferrari has been overtaken by Lego as the world’s most powerful brand, according to a new study.
Austria’s population has grown by 0.8 percent since last year. According to Statistik Austria the population increased to 8.58 million on January 1st.
A borough in Oslo has moved to ban yoghurt, fish fingers, chicken nuggets and hotdogs from the lunch boxes parents pack for their children in a drive to cut down on sweet and fatty foods.
Investigators launched a search of British banking giant HSBC's Geneva offices on Wednesday as part of a money laundering probe following allegations the bank helped clients evade millions of dollars in taxes, Swiss prosecutors said.
Austria is a haven for pensioners, placing in the top ten countries for retiree welfare on the 2015 Global Retirement Index, published by Natixis Global Asset Management.
Police in the French city of Nice, which is on high alert for terror attacks, launched a massive manhunt on Tuesday after witnesses reported seeing a man cruising around town armed with a Kalashnikov. A schoolboy had some explaining to do.
Norwegian football prodigy Martin Ødegaard has been left off the squad for Real Madrid’s match against Germany’s Schalke 04, confounding earlier reports that he was due to make his Champions League debut.
A senior member of the Swiss military has called for compulsory military service to be extended to Swiss women in order to widen the pool of quality service personnel in the army in the future.
A mayor with Spain's ruling Popular Party has been mocked on social media after she claimed Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias, formerly a political sciences lecturer, failed her three times for wearing pearls.
One of the Swedish police officers who was in Copenhagen to protect the Swedish artist Lars Vilks over the weekend 'interrupted' the attack on a cultural centre by shooting at the gunman, according to claims in the Swedish media.
UPDATE: A spokesman for Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Wednesday that any extension of international loans to Greece beyond the end of the month was "inextricably" linked to reforms agreed to by Athens under its current bailout.
An organized gang of sweet-toothed thieves could be operating in southern Sweden, a business owner has warned after chocolate bars worth thousands of kronor were stolen from his shop.
Sweden's global reputation as a hub for gender equality, efficiency and work-life balance can also result in some baffling conversations for those new to doing business with Swedes. Here's The Local's guide to the ten catchphrases all foreign workers need to know.
Italy's government on Tuesday called for an end to racism after comments by former AC Milan and Italy coach Arrigo Sacchi attracted widespread condemnation on Tuesday.
A fish farmer in northern Norway plans to begin producing caviar from farmed Siberian sturgeon in what he calls “a milestone” for the country’s fish industry.
UPDATED: Italy on Wednesday issued its strongest warning yet about the danger of the Islamic State group establishing a stronghold in Libya from where it could attack Europe and destabilise neighbouring states.
Italy and other western powers on Tuesday stressed the need for a political solution to the crisis in Libya, apparently distancing themselves from calls for military intervention in the north African state.
UPDATED: French police have opened an investigation after fans of Chelsea football club were filmed repeatedly pushing a black man off a Paris Metro train, before chanting "We're racist and that's the way we like it".
Controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks has been in hiding since the deadly Copenhagen shootings of which he is believed to have been a target. He tells The Local about his role in the Swedish integration debate, why he feels he's not 'responsible' for the safety of others, and tries to sell one of his paintings to our reporter Emma Löfgren.
Specialising in forgotten literary gems and little-known writers, small independent publishers are flourishing in Spain while the big houses are forced to merge to survive.
More than half a century after going belly-up, German automaker Borgward is set to rise from the dead to make an appearance at the Geneva Motor Show next month, organisers said on Tuesday.
A municipal politician is saying that Berlin needs to reconsider its alcohol sales rules and is proposing a ban on booze sales between 10pm and 5am.
French judges on Tuesday issued arrest warrants for three former managers at Swiss bank UBS over allegations it helped customers hide money from the taxman in Switzerland.
AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has rejected an offer of €970 million ($1.1billion) for the embattled Serie A club but could sell a minority stake if it came with a pledge to help build a new stadium, according to reports in Italy.
Dozens of graves were vandalised at a cemetery in Normandy on Tuesday, just days after France was left outraged when hundreds of Jewish tombs were defaced in the east of the country.
Italy's anti-trust body on Tuesday fined four producers of potato crisps a total of more than €1 million for falsely suggesting their industrial, deep-fried and salty products had some health-giving or artisanal qualities.
Police in Stuttgart were in for a hopping surprise when they searched a flat on Tuesday and found it full to bursting with furry mammals.
PSG will have reason to believe they can progress to the quarter finals of the Champions League after outplaying Chelsea in the first leg of their last 16 tie in Paris on Tuesday. Although with the match tied at 1-1, Chelsea will be favourites.
Norway's oil exports have plunged by more than a half since early 2014, authorities said Monday as deeply depressed crude prices dragged down the wealthy country's trade surplus.
Two journalists, a German and a Swede, were held briefly by police on Monday while investigating rhino poaching in southern Mozambique.
Sweden's public broadcaster Sveriges Radio has apologised after a presenter questioned the Israeli ambassador about the responsibility of Jews for anti-Semitism, in the wake of the shooting of a Jewish man in Copenhagen this weekend.
UPDATED: Train services in and out of Gare de L'Est in Paris were due to be back up and running on Wednesday morning after a bomb disposal team destroyed a 250kg shell from World War Two, found in a building site near the tracks.
Christian Knudsen is one of 100 finalists vying to be the first human inhabitants of Mars. The Local spoke with the aspiring colonizer about why he wants to go to the Red Planet and his chances of making it to the final four.
Spoof talkshow host Edel Hammersmark Gjervan has made 'Fifty Shades of Grey: the realistic version', brilliantly turning the tables on the original. Warning: the second half is not for the faint-hearted.
A Swedish journalist and his German photographer were held briefly by police on Monday while investigating rhino poaching in southern Mozambique, one of them revealed on Tuesday.
Police formally identified Omar El-Hussein as the perpetrator of Copenhagen's terror attacks and revealed new details about his actions.
Swedish police detained four people Tuesday on suspicion of having used six companies to help fund the extremist Islamist group Isis (also known as the Islamic State).