UK court orders ex-mafia boss extradited to Italy
Italy

UK court orders ex-mafia boss extradited to Italy

A British court on Friday ordered the extradition to Italy of a former Sicilian mafia boss who has lived under a pseudonym in a London suburb for 20 years.

Dutch cons fear losing cushy cells to Norway
Norway

Dutch cons fear losing cushy cells to Norway

Dutch prisoners have gone to court to block a ground-breaking plan to rent out spaces in their jail for criminals from Norway, where the prison service faces a serious capacity shortage.

Fears of fresh migrant wave amid Libya danger
Italy

Fears of fresh migrant wave amid Libya danger

Fears a fresh wave of migrants could be poised to leave Libya for Europe mounted on Friday as tales from those who have reached Italy revealed how terrifying conditions have become in the conflict-torn north African state.

SNCF increases fines for ticket dodgers
France

SNCF increases fines for ticket dodgers

Passengers boarding French trains without a ticket will now be hit by heftier fines, the SNCF railway network has announced.

The nine causes of Anglo-French wedding blues
France

The nine causes of Anglo-French wedding blues

The culture clash between Anglos and French is never greater than when it comes to weddings. The Local's Ben McPartland examines why his attempts to organise his own cross-Channel marriage keep breaking down.

Spanish ex-soldier led jihadist terror cell
Spain

Spanish ex-soldier led jihadist terror cell

A Moroccan court sentenced a former Spanish soldier to eight years in jail Friday for heading a cell that planned to carry out "terrorist acts" in the north African kingdom, the MAP news agency reported.

Sheikh dupes art conmen with photocopied money
Spain

Sheikh dupes art conmen with photocopied money

An Arab sheikh gave two Spanish brothers a dose of their own medicine by paying them with photocopied money for a fake Goya painting they tried to flog him.

Italy to vote on Palestine State recognition
Italy

Italy to vote on Palestine State recognition

The Italian parliament will vote whether to recognize the State of Palestine on February 27th.

Barça honour Tito with training pitch memorial
Spain

Barça honour Tito with training pitch memorial

Barcelona have paid tribute to former coach Tito Vilanova by naming the principal pitch at the club's training ground after him.

Legendary Danish band tops charts after 47 years
Denmark

Legendary Danish band tops charts after 47 years

Personal tragedy and lyrics that live on created a myth surrounding Steppeulvene, a band that lasted less than a year but managed to lay the cornerstone of homegrown Danish rock. With a biopic about singer Eik Skaløe currently out in theatres, the band has arguably never been more popular.

Rosberg: I’m racing towards fatherhood
Germany

Rosberg: I’m racing towards fatherhood

Nico Rosberg and his wife Vivian Sibold are expecting a new addition to their family, the Formula One driver announced on Friday.

Why 2015 is the year to buy that house in France
France

Why 2015 is the year to buy that house in France

With the double whammy of low interest rates and favourable exchange rates, a property expert tells The Local that there's never been a better time for foreigners to buy their dream home in France. The Local speaks to a family who is set to do exactly that.

Greece has to stay in the eurozone: Hollande
France

Greece has to stay in the eurozone: Hollande

French President Francois Hollande stressed on Friday that crisis-hit Greece should stay in the 19-nation eurozone, ahead of a crunch meeting in Brussels on the issue.

Copenhagen gunman’s burial attracts hundreds
Denmark

Copenhagen gunman’s burial attracts hundreds

At least 500 people turned out Friday as the gunman who killed two people in twin attacks in Copenhagen nearly a week ago was laid to rest.

Merkel and Hollande cling to Minsk ceasefire
Germany

Merkel and Hollande cling to Minsk ceasefire

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the "Minsk II" ceasefire deal in Ukraine to be "fully respected" after meeting in Paris on Friday.

Sweden appoints special military gender advisors
Sweden

Sweden appoints special military gender advisors

The Swedish Armed Forces are determined to have a gender advisor in every regiment by 2016, as part of an ambitious action plan to help the military develop its gender policies.

Most Italians fear an attack from Isis
Italy

Most Italians fear an attack from Isis

Almost three quarters of Italians fear that Isis will attack Italy, according to a new poll which also looked at Italian opinions of politicians.

Italy’s reforms will revive economy: OECD
Italy

Italy’s reforms will revive economy: OECD

Italy’s ambitious reforms should enable its economy to grow by six percent over the next ten years, according to a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Man goes viral with story of girlfriend hating car
Germany

Man goes viral with story of girlfriend hating car

The rambling musings of a father-to-be on an ad to sell his green Opel Tigra on Ebay (“because girlfriend said so”) have created a new star. Now Opel says they will send him a brand-new vehicle.

Spain to hunt tax dodgers via Twitter
Spain

Spain to hunt tax dodgers via Twitter

Spain's main tax collecting body is planning to use information available through social networks such as Twitter and Facebook to spy on people it believes are involved in financial fraud.

‘The worst time for Jews since the Holocaust’
Sweden

‘The worst time for Jews since the Holocaust’

Police officers armed with machine guns have been stationed outside Jewish buildings in Sweden this week in the wake of the attack on a Copenhagen synagogue. The Local speaks to the President of the Jewish Council, Lena Posner-Körösi about rising anti-semitism in Scandinavia.

Benetton pays up over Bangladesh tragedy
Italy

Benetton pays up over Bangladesh tragedy

Italian fashion retailer Benetton has agreed to pay into an international compensation fund for victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh in which 1,138 people died.

Wolfgang Schäuble: Merkel’s Euro bad cop
Germany

Wolfgang Schäuble: Merkel’s Euro bad cop

Germany's influential and veteran Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble is deeply pro-European but unbending on the need to stick to commitments and seems at the end of his tether with debt-wracked Greece.

VIDEO: ‘Supertides’ batter French coastline
France

VIDEO: ‘Supertides’ batter French coastline

The French coast came in for a lashing on Friday as a precursor for next month's 'tide of the century' saw surging seas pummel the Atlantic seaboard. It led to some dramatic video footage, including the sight of a famous French weather forecaster nearly being washed away.

Shot teen accused of lying in emergency call
Sweden

Shot teen accused of lying in emergency call

A 16-year-old boy says he feared he would die when he made an emergency call to report he'd been shot, but wasn't believed by the operator.

Euro property bargains up for grabs in Spain
Spain

Euro property bargains up for grabs in Spain

British buyers are leading the pack when it comes to snapping up properties in Spain encouraged by a weak euro and a property market at rock bottom.

French bosses win right to read workers’ texts
France

French bosses win right to read workers’ texts

Anyone with a work mobile phone in France will have to mind how they text from now on after a court order awarded bosses the right to read through employees messages.

EC’s Timmermans slams ‘barbaric’ Dutch fans
Italy

EC’s Timmermans slams ‘barbaric’ Dutch fans

European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans on Friday called for tough action to be taken against Dutch football fans who clashed with Rome police in riotous scenes that Mayor Ignazio Marino said “devastated and injured” the capital.

Austria helps bust counterfeit gang
Austria

Austria helps bust counterfeit gang

Austrian police have helped bust an international counterfeiting ring and arrested two men who had €50,000 worth of fake bills hidden in their car door, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BK) confirmed.

Greek talks promise to be ‘very difficult’
Germany

Greek talks promise to be ‘very difficult’

Update: Top European officials were engaged in furious diplomacy on Friday to build a bridge between fiercely divided Greek and German ministers whose agreement is needed to solve a bitter row over Greece's huge debt.

‘Expat networks worsen Spain’s brain drain’
Spain

‘Expat networks worsen Spain’s brain drain’

Spain's central bank has warned that more and more Spanish talent is being steered abroad by the success of their expat counterparts and the reassurance they're giving them on online platforms, “a potential threat to Spain’s economic production”.

Burkhalter: anti-terror measures a ‘priority’
Switzerland

Burkhalter: anti-terror measures a ‘priority’

Combating violent extremism is a “priority” in Switzerland, Swiss foreign minister and former president Didier Burkhalter has said, telling a counter-terrorism summit in Washington this week that Switzerland has measures in place to prevent the radicalization of youth and the financing of terrorism.

Flu epidemic leaves French hospitals in crisis
France

Flu epidemic leaves French hospitals in crisis

France has triggered its crisis response plan after hospitals raised the alarm on Thursday that they were struggling to cope with the flu epidemic that has now struck down more than two million patients.

Guards suspended over Facebook suicide mock
Italy

Guards suspended over Facebook suicide mock

Sixteen prison guards working at a prison in Milan have been suspended for allegedly posting offensive messages on a Facebook page about a Romanian inmate who committed suicide.

Jogger arrested for having dog off leash
Austria

Jogger arrested for having dog off leash

A jogger who was handcuffed by police for running with his dog off the leash in a Vienna park is warning other dog owners in the capital to be wary of heavy-handed cops.

Bike-friendly Münster leaves cities in the dust
Germany

Bike-friendly Münster leaves cities in the dust

If you're looking for the best city in Germany for cycling, the German Cycling Club (ADFC) says Münster is top of the class. But cycling enthusiasts tell The Local that even in Germany's bike-friendliest city there's always more to be done.

Prince Consort Henrik: ‘I should be king’
Denmark

Prince Consort Henrik: ‘I should be king’

In an interview with Dutch TV, Prince Consort Henrik said he will never accept nor understand why he's not seen as an equal partner to Queen Margrethe.

Lausanne man gets 14 years for strangling wife
Switzerland

Lausanne man gets 14 years for strangling wife

A Swiss court on Friday sentenced a civil servant from Assens near Lausanne in the canton of Vaud to 14 years in prison for strangling his wife to death at their home and burying her body in a nearby forest.

Prison guard ‘used power to get sex’
Austria

Prison guard ‘used power to get sex’

A prison guard from Vienna’s Josefstadt prison is in court on Friday on charges of abusing his power in order to receive sexual favours from inmates.

‘Racist’ bird names banned by Sweden
Sweden

‘Racist’ bird names banned by Sweden

Sweden's Ornithological Society has banned several names for birds following concerns that they sound racist, after completing the first official guide to bird names in Swedish.

Big-spending Chinese tourists choose Spain
Spain

Big-spending Chinese tourists choose Spain

Chinese tourists are flocking to Spain in record numbers, with data showing they are now even bigger spenders than their Russian neighbours.

Man fired for ‘Milf’ slur on Facebook
Italy

Man fired for ‘Milf’ slur on Facebook

Facebook users take note: calling a colleague a “Milf” on the social networking site is a fireable offence in Italy.

London laps up Austrian gourmet cuisine
Austria

London laps up Austrian gourmet cuisine

A gourmet event in London's Hyde Park has brought the capital's attention upon Austria's culinary excellence - demonstrating that it's more than just apple strudel and Wiener schnitzel.

My experience as an intern at Civil Rights Defenders
Sweden

My experience as an intern at Civil Rights Defenders

Are you looking for an internship in Sweden? NFGL member Severin Filonov has dreamed of working with Civil Rights Defenders - and his dream came true. Severin shares his experiences so far.

Hollande stresses need for nuclear deterrent
France

Hollande stresses need for nuclear deterrent

President Francois Hollande on Thursday stressed the importance of maintaining the country's nuclear deterrent in "a dangerous world", as he detailed France's atomic arsenal for the first time.

Drunk guests force Paris farm show to close early
France

Drunk guests force Paris farm show to close early

Organizers at the Paris's annual Agricultural Fair have decided to cut short the key night-time show after past years have seen drunken visitors pestering the animals.

Berlin U-Bahn attacker sets girls’ hair on fire
Germany

Berlin U-Bahn attacker sets girls’ hair on fire

Police are urgently searching for a man who allegedly set fire to the hair of young women in Berlin underground train stations, after a fresh report of another incident at Ostbahnhof.

Danish economic growth to take hold this year: DI
Denmark

Danish economic growth to take hold this year: DI

There are blue skies ahead for the Danish economy according to the Confederation of Danish Industry, which calls for thousands of new jobs and more money in consumers' pockets.

Several injured in two-train collision
Switzerland

Several injured in two-train collision

UPDATED: Two trains slammed into each other in the Swiss town of Rafz, northwest of Zurich, early on Friday, leaving passengers injured and train carriages upturned, police and media said.

Uber now offers home food deliveries
Spain

Uber now offers home food deliveries

US smartphone app firm Uber reappeared in Spain Thursday as a home food delivery network after a court banned it from operating its taxi service following complaints from professional drivers

Danish free speech fight continues after attacks
Denmark

Danish free speech fight continues after attacks

Prominent Danish free speech advocates like Flemming Rose remain defiant in the aftermath of the Copenhagen attacks, but an opinion poll reveals that Danes' support for publishing potentially offensive material has decreased.

Academics to republish Mein Kampf in 2016
Germany

Academics to republish Mein Kampf in 2016

Researchers at the Munich Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ) plan to publish an annotated edition of Adolf Hitler's infamous book “Mein Kampf" [My Struggle] after its copyright runs out this year.

Norwegian’s Filipina wife charged with murder
Norway

Norwegian’s Filipina wife charged with murder

The Filipina wife of a Norwegian man found dead in his bedroom last summer has been charged by police for pre-meditated murder after an autopsy report revealed signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.

All alone but full of hope: Italy’s migrant children
Italy

All alone but full of hope: Italy’s migrant children

"No mama, no papa. All alone." Eleven-year-old Tanjin knows just enough English to sum up his situation in heart-wrenching fashion.

PM tells rebels ‘we won’t stop reforming France’
France

PM tells rebels ‘we won’t stop reforming France’

France's Socialist government survived a vote of no-confidence tied to its controversial economic reform package on Thursday. In a message to Socialist Party rebels Manuel Valls vowed: "We won't stop reforming" France.

Merkel to make first Japan trip in seven years
Germany

Merkel to make first Japan trip in seven years

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Japan early next month for the first time in seven years for a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, an official said on Friday.

Rome riot: Dutch fans clash with police
Italy

Rome riot: Dutch fans clash with police

One of Rome's best-known squares was left looking like a war-zone after clashes between police and supporters of Feyenoord on Thursday.

France to tell Internet giants ‘help fight terror’
France

France to tell Internet giants ‘help fight terror’

Ahead of a meeting in San Francisco with Internet giants like Facebook and Google, France's interior minister has told the firms to do more to help battle online terrorist propaganda.

Swedish PM under fire over Saudi arms deal
Sweden

Swedish PM under fire over Saudi arms deal

The Swedish government was on Friday coming under increased pressure over a military arms deal with Saudi Arabia, as three Social Democrat MPs called for Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to end the agreement.

‘Are you crazy? Why should I blow myself up?’
Norway

‘Are you crazy? Why should I blow myself up?’

The 19-year-old Oslo woman hunted by international police on suspicion of planning a suicide attack has vigorously denied any such plans, telling Norway’s TV2 that she had been planning to come back to Norway.

Swedish mum who ‘locked up’ kids released
Sweden

Swedish mum who ‘locked up’ kids released

UPDATED: A court has ruled that a woman who denied keeping her adult daughters locked up should not remain in custody, but police will continue to investigate the case.

‘Nobel prize leaks could be given the boot’
Sweden

‘Nobel prize leaks could be given the boot’

Leaking names of writers shortlisted for Sweden's Nobel literature prize may disqualify them from the prestigious award, the head of the jury has warned.

Self-driving cars on Swedish roads ‘by 2017’
Sweden

Self-driving cars on Swedish roads ‘by 2017’

Could cars drive themselves in the future? In tech savvy Sweden, this could soon become a reality. Volvo has completed designs for self-driving motors which it plans to put on the road in two years.