Northug takes gold in stunning comeback
Norway

Northug takes gold in stunning comeback

Norwegian skiing legend Petter Northug has pulled off one of the great comebacks in sporting history, taking gold in the cross-country sprint at the Nordic skiing world championships on Thursday.

FM in Washington: ‘React, don’t over-react’
Denmark

FM in Washington: ‘React, don’t over-react’

At an anti-terrorism conference hosted by the Obama administration, Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard was joined by top ministers from Jordan, Egypt, France and Belgium, all of which – like Denmark – have suffered serious setbacks at the hands of either extremist groups or lone wolves.

Barcenas latest: He’s off on a ski holiday
Spain

Barcenas latest: He’s off on a ski holiday

Luis Barcenas, the disgraced former treasurer of Spain´s ruling party, could be heading for the snowy slopes of the Pyrenees for a spot of skiing while he awaits trial.

Spain sticks by ‘Mafia’ restaurant chain

Spain sticks by ‘Mafia’ restaurant chain

A request by the Italian government to get the Spanish crime-inspired restaurant chain ‘Mafia’ to change its name has been rejected, Italian media have reported.

Immigration behind record population growth
Sweden

Immigration behind record population growth

Sweden is growing faster than ever. Record high immigration has sent population figures soaring, according to Statistics Sweden (Statistiska Centralbyrån), with the country soon expected to have more men than women for the first time in history.

Charity finds most Germans ever in poverty
Germany

Charity finds most Germans ever in poverty

Poverty levels in Germany have reached an all-time high, with 15.5 percent of the population – or 12.5 million people - affected. Single parents and unemployed people were the hardest hit, according to a report from a welfare association.

‘France must combat rising racism urgently’
France

‘France must combat rising racism urgently’

A damning report from the Council of Europe has concluded that the French public are becoming more racist and more intolerant towards minorities, including Muslims and Jews and that there was an urgent need to combat it.

Far-right leader sues ORF over gay claim
Austria

Far-right leader sues ORF over gay claim

The leader of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) is suing the Austrian National Broadcaster (ORF) after a television soap opera it broadcasts suggested he is gay.

Police catch teen who stole island’s only car
Germany

Police catch teen who stole island’s only car

Police on the car-free North Sea island of Langeoog were stunned to find themselves investigating a case of driving without a license.

Fake police officers take Paris pensioner’s gold
France

Fake police officers take Paris pensioner’s gold

Two thieves posing as police officers gained access to a French pensioner's home on Wednesday and robbed him of 13 gold bars worth €450,000 ($510,000).

London, Madrid oppose Ukraine military aid
Spain

London, Madrid oppose Ukraine military aid

The foreign ministers of Britain and Spain said Thursday the solution to the Ukrainian crisis had to come through dialogue and could not involve military aid to Ukrainian forces.

Launch of Vienna’s mobility card delayed
Austria

Launch of Vienna’s mobility card delayed

The introduction of Vienna’s new ‘mobility card’ - a contactless card for the capital's public transport network which can also be used to rent bikes and pay for taxis, is likely to be delayed due to software problems.

Lampedusa has one of the world’s best beaches
Italy

Lampedusa has one of the world’s best beaches

The southern Italian island of Lampedusa may be better known internationally for being a landing point for migrants, but one of its beaches has been voted among the world’s favourites.

‘Killer nurse’ tells court he’s sorry
Germany

‘Killer nurse’ tells court he’s sorry

A nurse who admitted to injecting patients with overdoses of heart medication to force resuscitation procedures has expressed his remorse over the deaths and harm to people in his care.

EU  to increase migrant aid to Italy
Italy

EU to increase migrant aid to Italy

The EU said on Thursday it would increase aid to Italy to help cope with a massive influx of refugees and extend its own migrant search and rescue operation to the end of this year.

Irate rebels won’t topple French government
France

Irate rebels won’t topple French government

France's government was braced on Thursday for a parliamentary vote of confidence over its economic reforms that could in theory bring it down. But one of the dozens of Socialist party rebels who prompted the crisis tells The Local why they won't bring down the government.

Danish jails feared to be hotbed of radicalism
Denmark

Danish jails feared to be hotbed of radicalism

Reports that Omar El-Hussein was radicalized in prison have Danish officials worried about a larger pattern that turns criminals into extremists.

Spain’s speed camera locations to be revealed
Spain

Spain’s speed camera locations to be revealed

The country's highway agency is set to disclose the whereabouts of speed cameras across Spain, a move likely to make it easier for drivers to evade fines.

Shoah experts welcome Anne Frank TV drama
Germany

Shoah experts welcome Anne Frank TV drama

As the 70th anniversary of the death of Anne Frank approaches, TV network ARD unveils the first major German production of her famous story, to a warm welcome from specialists in the Holocaust victim's diaries.

Denmark announces new anti-terror initiatives
Denmark

Denmark announces new anti-terror initiatives

UPDATED: The Danish government will spend nearly one billion kroner over the next four years to better defend the nation against terror, the prime minister announced Thursday.

Norway prison to send imam to Muslim inmates
Norway

Norway prison to send imam to Muslim inmates

A Norwegian prison is to bring in a local imam to prevent Muslim inmates becoming radicalised in the same way as the young Dane who carried out brutal twin attacks in Copenhagen over the weekend.

Paris school headteacher stabbed by parent
France

Paris school headteacher stabbed by parent

The headteacher of an elementary school in Paris was stabbed three times by the parent of a pupil on Thursday afternoon according to reports in the French media.

Suspect ‘Isis’ house turns out to be drug den
Austria

Suspect ‘Isis’ house turns out to be drug den

Armed police were called to a council flat on Vienna’s Margaretengürtel on Wednesday after a bailiff reported having seen an Isis-like flag with Arabic writing in the apartment.

Mother ‘locked up adult daughters for decade’
Sweden

Mother ‘locked up adult daughters for decade’

UPDATED: Swedish police have arrested a woman on suspicion of keeping her three adult daughters locked up amid media reports that they were confined for at least a decade.

Scientists find that ants have toilets too
Germany

Scientists find that ants have toilets too

Ants designate special corners in their nests as toilets, according to the first ever study done into where ants go to go, published in scientific journal Plos One.

Mobile phone offences zoom on Swiss roads
Switzerland

Mobile phone offences zoom on Swiss roads

More Swiss drivers are losing their licences for illicit use of mobile phones, satnavs or other electronic devices while driving, according to figures released by the Federal Roads Office (ASTRA) on Thursday.

‘Burning man’ plans new record attempt
Austria

‘Burning man’ plans new record attempt

Austrian stuntman Joe Tödtling holds the world record for the longest full-body burn - and now plans to break the record for the longest distance run whilst being engulfed in flames.

‘Fifty Shades’ sex shop attacked in Stockholm
Sweden

‘Fifty Shades’ sex shop attacked in Stockholm

Afrodites Apotek, a famous sex shop in on Stockholm's hipster island Södermalm has been targeted by anti-pornography campaigners complaining about the sale of Fifty Shades of Grey S&M merchandise in the store.

Swedes rally in bizarre handbag protest
Sweden

Swedes rally in bizarre handbag protest

A Swedish town’s snub of a statue depicting a lady lashing out at a Nazi supporter with her purse has sparked a creative protest.

French coast braced for ‘tide of the century’
France

French coast braced for ‘tide of the century’

Parts of the French coast will be on alert next month for the so-called "tide of the century", but it might get a glimpse of how bad it’s going to be this weekend when seas are expected to be almost as high.

Paris: Victim reports Chelsea fans to police
France

Paris: Victim reports Chelsea fans to police

The man who was repeatedly pushed off the Paris Metro by Chelsea fans amid racist chanting has reported the incident to police, claiming that the international attention gave him courage to take action.

Spain’s most wanted Nazi hooligan arrested
Spain

Spain’s most wanted Nazi hooligan arrested

Spanish police have arrested the leader of Real Madrid’s 'Ultrasur' gang, a radical football faction with a history of violence, fascism and racism.

Jura residents demand action over zoophilia
Switzerland

Jura residents demand action over zoophilia

Authorities in the canton of Jura have called for calm after a series of acts of zoophilia against horses sparked outrage among the local community.

Danish mag slammed for ultra-thin model
Denmark

Danish mag slammed for ultra-thin model

A photo of a fashion model who appears dangerously thin was the talk of Danish social media Thursday, leading to an eventual apology from Cover magazine.

Sweden to help Norway with woman ‘terror’ case
Sweden

Sweden to help Norway with woman ‘terror’ case

Police in Sweden are helping authorities in Norway who are investigating a young Norwegian woman who is understood to have been trained by an extremist group in Syria and could be plotting a terror attack.

Could Isis terrorists really invade Italy?
Italy

Could Isis terrorists really invade Italy?

Italy has been on heightened alert since an Isis video warned that Libya could be used as a springboard for attacks in the country. But how big is the threat?

Italy centre Campagnaro joins Exeter Chiefs
Italy

Italy centre Campagnaro joins Exeter Chiefs

Italy centre Michele Campagnaro has signed a two-year deal with Exeter Chiefs, the 21-year-old joining the English Premiership side at the end of the season from Benetton Treviso.

UK trumps France in Europe’s best beach list
France

UK trumps France in Europe’s best beach list

The UK is home to more of Europe's top beaches than France where only one of its famous "plages" just about squeezed into a ranking of the top 25 on the continent. Yep, we were pretty taken aback by this too.

Nazi ritual murder suspect ‘mentally ill’
Austria

Nazi ritual murder suspect ‘mentally ill’

The investigation into the brutal murder of a young woman in Saalfelden, Pinzgau last autumn has uncovered more evidence that it was a ritual killing committed by an insane man, according to the accused’s lawyer.

Swiss group Nestlé posts huge profits for 2014
Switzerland

Swiss group Nestlé posts huge profits for 2014

The world's leading food industry group, Switzerland-based Nestlé, on Thursday posted a soaring net profit for 2014, boosted by the sell-off of its stake in French cosmetics group L'Oréal, even as sales slipped.

Germany rejects Greek loan application
Germany

Germany rejects Greek loan application

Berlin reacted harshly to a letter sent from Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to eurozone countries on Thursday, saying that it did not represent an acceptable compromise over Greece's bailout arrangements.

Barcenas case: Judge loses missing laptop files
Spain

Barcenas case: Judge loses missing laptop files

A judge investigating the disappearance of vital computer files in a corruption scandal involving Spain's ruling party claims he has also lost the lawsuit documents he’d compiled on the matter.

Infidelity ads pulled after French Catholics protest
France

Infidelity ads pulled after French Catholics protest

Infidelity doesn't normally cause a stir in France, if the stereotype is to be believed, but it certainly has among a Catholic organisation, which has successfully forced several ads for an extra-marital affairs dating site to be removed.

Eviction doesn’t scare Berlin Airbnb hosts
Germany

Eviction doesn’t scare Berlin Airbnb hosts

Airbnb users in Berlin told The Local that they wouldn't be put off the service, despite a court deciding that landlords could evict tenants who use it to sublet their apartments.

Norway hunts suspected suicide bomber
Norway

Norway hunts suspected suicide bomber

Norway’s intelligence services have put out an international alert warning about a female Norwegian Islamic militant suspected of planning a suicide attack in Europe.

Swiss carnivals play out to large crowds
Switzerland

Swiss carnivals play out to large crowds

With carnival season in full swing, numerous cities in Switzerland have been celebrating with colourful floats, costumes, children’s parades and traditional gugge music bands, as dry conditions boost attendance figures.

Prosecutors investigate match-fixing claim
Austria

Prosecutors investigate match-fixing claim

Public prosecutors in Austria have opened an investigation into an alleged attempt to fix the result of a football match involving SV Ried in the 2007-08 season.

Dane’s awkward ‘Shades’ moment goes viral
Denmark

Dane’s awkward ‘Shades’ moment goes viral

A clip of a man who seems quite embarrased to be caught at the premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey is quickly going viral. See it here.

Daniel Craig arrives in Rome to shoot Bond film
Italy

Daniel Craig arrives in Rome to shoot Bond film

James Bond star Daniel Craig has arrived in Rome to film Spectre, the next installment of the spy thriller series.

Air France’s profits nose dive after crippling strike
France

Air France’s profits nose dive after crippling strike

The two-week strike by Air France pilots had an estimated negative impact of €425 million, new figures from an annual report have shown.

Don’t trust gays: Madrid metro’s shocking memo
Spain

Don’t trust gays: Madrid metro’s shocking memo

An internal memo handed out to Madrid metro workers calls for "gays, musicians and beggars" to be more routinely checked for tickets than other passengers.

San Remo installs anti-homeless benches
Italy

San Remo installs anti-homeless benches

The glitzy Italian Riviera town of San Remo has moved to banish homeless people from its central gardens by installing “anti-homeless” benches.

French economy hit by negative inflation
France

French economy hit by negative inflation

UPDATED: France saw negative inflation in January, according to new data released on Thursday. It's the first time in five years that prices have declined.

‘The best education I’ve ever received’
Denmark

‘The best education I’ve ever received’

In our ongoing feature series, The Local looks into a successful entrepreneur's life - the story behind his successes, major challenges and how being an entrepreneur changed him forever. This week, we chat with Martin Bengaard, director and owner of a Copenhagen-based online marketing company Onlineafdelingen.

New high in asylum seeker expulsions
Germany

New high in asylum seeker expulsions

Germany expelled more asylum seekers than at any time in the last eight years in 2014, with the number expected to climb even higher this year as more refugees arrive from the world's conflict zones.

Basel draw first blood in Porto clash at home
Switzerland

Basel draw first blood in Porto clash at home

FC Porto were unfortunate not to come away from Switzerland with more than a 1-1 draw in Basel in their Champions League last 16, first leg tie on Wednesday after failing to convert their superiority into goals.

French teens charged for defacing Jewish graves
France

French teens charged for defacing Jewish graves

Five teenagers were charged on Wednesday with vandalising hundreds of Jewish graves in a suspected anti-Semitic act that has shocked France.

Sweden ‘behind’ in passenger data sharing
Sweden

Sweden ‘behind’ in passenger data sharing

Sweden is in the spotlight for failing to introduce a digital database to help airlines share passenger lists with police, despite EU regulations dating back to 2004, which call for the automatic transfer of customer information.

Danish Jews hit by mounting anti-Semitism
Denmark

Danish Jews hit by mounting anti-Semitism

Denmark's small Jewish community, which Wednesday buried a Jewish man shot dead outside the Copenhagen synagogue, has been the butt of mounting anti-Semitism in recent years after centuries of living at peace.

Putin promises to pressure Ukraine rebels
Germany

Putin promises to pressure Ukraine rebels

Update: Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with Russian president Vladimir Putin, French president Francois Hollande and Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko on Thursday, in a bid to revive a shaky ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.

Swedish Isis fighters to have passports taken
Sweden

Swedish Isis fighters to have passports taken

A new law to allow Swedish authorities to confiscate the passports of Swedes who are known to have fought alongside extremists in Syria or Iraq is being drafted by the government.

Bad-boy artist Melgaard’s Munch pairing ‘unworthy’
Norway

Bad-boy artist Melgaard’s Munch pairing ‘unworthy’

An exhibition showing an image of a painting by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch with a penis cut and pasted onto it has been condemned by one of the artist's descendants as “unworthy” and “undignified”.

What’s on in Sweden: February 19th – 26th
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: February 19th – 26th

Stockholm is preparing to party like it's 1922, songwriters are streaming into Gothenburg and Umeå is feasting on folk music this week. Here's our pick of activities across the country over the next seven days.

Copenhagen attacks renew integration debate
Denmark

Copenhagen attacks renew integration debate

Problems with immigration and integration – topics that have dominated the political debate in Denmark for over a decade – have become more urgent in the wake of the twin killings that have shocked the nation.

Rare Nobel prize goes under the hammer
Sweden

Rare Nobel prize goes under the hammer

Tired of being passed over for Sweden’s most prestigious prize? You can buy your own later this month when a Nobel award goes up for sale later this month, only the fifth time in history that a prize has been put forward for auction.

Sweden and Finland in joint military ‘war’ plan
Sweden

Sweden and Finland in joint military ‘war’ plan

In the event of an attack, Sweden and Finland could go to war together. That is the extreme scenario made possible by a new defence cooperation agreement between the two countries.

Bomb threat closes Vienna’s Meidling station
Austria

Bomb threat closes Vienna’s Meidling station

A bomb threat on Wednesday night led to the lock down and evacuation of Vienna's Meidling railway station.