Three German reporters suing Ferguson police
Germany

Three German reporters suing Ferguson police

Three German journalists announced on Thursday they are taking the police in the American town of Ferguson to court after they were arrested while covering race riots there in August 2014.

Theatre director fired over Isis outburst
Germany

Theatre director fired over Isis outburst

Sewan Latchinian, the ex-director of Rostock state theatre, is taking his former employers to court after they fired him for comparing their cultural policies to those of Isis, it was announced on Wednesday.

France must simplify life to save economy: OECD
France

France must simplify life to save economy: OECD

France needs a massive drive to simplify everything from the labour code to taxes and business regulations, the liberal economic think tank OECD argued in its annual economic survey. We've summed up exactly what it wants France to do.

Immigrants less likely to settle with Swedes
Sweden

Immigrants less likely to settle with Swedes

Single foreigners in Sweden are more likely to quit the country or end up with other foreigners than to settle down with a Swede, according to a report on immigrants in Sweden.

Experts predict Sweden’s economy set to grow
Sweden

Experts predict Sweden’s economy set to grow

The Swedish economy is getting stronger, with the most optimistic analysts predicting that GDP growth will land at around three percent in 2015. But inflation has still not gained momentum and interest rates are set to remain at record low levels.

Berlusconi to sell AC Milan to Chinese: reports
Italy

Berlusconi to sell AC Milan to Chinese: reports

AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi could sell the club to a group with direct links to the Chinese government in a move that would see both Milan giants come under Asian ownership, reports in Italy said on Thursday.

Cannes Film Festival bans red carpet selfies
France

Cannes Film Festival bans red carpet selfies

The Cannes Festival has banned "selfies" from its famed red carpet this year, with the head of the event claiming that people posing for the snaps are cluttering the carpet.

Black box from Germanwings crash deemed ‘usable’

Black box from Germanwings crash deemed ‘usable’

The second black box from the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps last week has been found after a nine-day search, prosecutors in France said on Thursday.

Scientist speaks out against Euro war drones
Germany

Scientist speaks out against Euro war drones

An expert on unmanned weapon systems has told The Local that Germany should not be pushing forward with its own armed unmanned drones as the robot arms race heats up.

German tourist dies in Italy selfie fall
Italy

German tourist dies in Italy selfie fall

A German tourist has fallen to his death while trying to take a photograph of himself in the Italian mountains, according to national media reports.

Le Pen furious over dad’s ‘gas chamber’ comments
France

Le Pen furious over dad’s ‘gas chamber’ comments

Marine Le Pen has again been forced to distance herself from her father Jean-Marie, who founded the National Front party that she now leads, after he reaffirmed his view that the "gas chambers were just a detail of World War Two".

Air France brings in two-person cockpit rule
France

Air France brings in two-person cockpit rule

France's national carrier Air France has followed the lead of other airlines and put in place a system whereby two people must be in the cockpit at all times. However the measure may only temporary.

Saudi visas back on table as row with Sweden ends
Sweden

Saudi visas back on table as row with Sweden ends

The Swedish Foreign Ministry expects Saudi Arabia to start issuing visas to Swedish business travellers again as relations return to normal after a diplomatic spat, a spokesman said on Thursday.

Co-pilot Lubitz lied to doctors about sick leave
France

Co-pilot Lubitz lied to doctors about sick leave

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who is believed to have intentionally crashed a plane carrying 149 other people into the French Alps, lied to doctors about being on sick leave from work while he was still flying planes.

Germanwings co-pilot searched suicide info

Germanwings co-pilot searched suicide info

Germanwings flight 4U9525 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who reportedly intentionally crashed the plane carrying 149 other people, searched for information about suicide methods and cockpit door security systems online, German prosecutors said on Thursday.

Robbie Williams lets cat out of bag on Paléo gig
Switzerland

Robbie Williams lets cat out of bag on Paléo gig

British pop star Robbie Williams has let the cat out of the bag about his appearance at a concert on the opening day of this summer’s Paléo music festival in Nyon, in the canton of Vaud.

easyJet forced to land in Rome over sandwich row
Italy

easyJet forced to land in Rome over sandwich row

An easyJet flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Rome earlier this week after a passenger allegedly punched a stewardess in a spat over a sandwich.

France’s theatre scene heads underground
France

France’s theatre scene heads underground

From next month and to late June, France will be hosting a festival that is literally "underground": a series of stage shows where private cellars become confidential theatres.

Vöslauer fined for price fixing
Austria

Vöslauer fined for price fixing

Austrian mineral water producer Vöslauer has been fined €653,775 for price fixing between 2007 and 2012.

Berlusconi and Salvini parties join forces
Italy

Berlusconi and Salvini parties join forces

Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party has joined forces with the Northern League, led by Matteo Salvini, in an attempt to win right-wing seats in May’s regional elections.

Sweden eyes deal with Romania on welfare
Sweden

Sweden eyes deal with Romania on welfare

Sweden is close to reaching a deal with Romania to help the struggling country solve some of its most pressing social issues. The focus will be on children's rights, the government's special co-ordinator Martin Valfridsson told the Local on Thursday.

AfD founder battles for party’s soul
Germany

AfD founder battles for party’s soul

Exactly two years on from founding the Alternative for Germany (AfD) as an anti-Euro party, leader Bernd Lucke is struggling to ward off the rise of right-wing populism inside the party.

Ten ways Italians celebrate Easter
Italy

Ten ways Italians celebrate Easter

The clocks have gone forward and the supermarket aisles are piled high with huge chocolate eggs. It must be time for Easter. But how do Italians celebrate?

Italian reported dead in French avalanche
Italy

Italian reported dead in French avalanche

An Italian and two Austrians are reported to have died in a massive avalanche that hit the French Alps on Wednesday afternoon - according to a report from Austrian broadcaster ORF.

‘Beggar gang’ burgled 80 homes across Austria
Austria

‘Beggar gang’ burgled 80 homes across Austria

A gang from Romania who posed as beggars but carried out brazen burglaries has been arrested by police in Salzburg.

France to ban unlimited refills of soft drinks
France

France to ban unlimited refills of soft drinks

France's latest move to tackle rising obesity levels saw MPs on Wednesday vote to ban French restaurants and fast-food chains from offering free unlimited refills for soft drinks or sodas.

Swiss-born man sent to country he doesn’t know
Switzerland

Swiss-born man sent to country he doesn’t know

Over the protests of his family, Swiss authorities have forced the extradition to Tunisia of a 24-year-old man born in Switzerland who is a Tunisian citizen but has never been to the North African country, according to a media report.

Brits heading to France warned of travel chaos
France

Brits heading to France warned of travel chaos

Brits heading across the Channel to France over the Easter period face travel chaos, with the British government set to introduce new passport checks that could cause severe delays.

Swedish police alert in April Fools’ gone wrong
Sweden

Swedish police alert in April Fools’ gone wrong

A father in southern Sweden was the victim of a cruel April Fools’ prank on Wednesday when his partner texted him to say that their nine-year-old daughter had gone missing.

Iran nuclear talks carry on into the wee hours
Switzerland

Iran nuclear talks carry on into the wee hours

US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart huddled in Lausanne all night until early dawn Thursday negotiating face-to-face as they sought to clinch a hard-fought deal to curtail Iran's nuclear programme.

Italy’s Senate backs anti-corruption bill
Italy

Italy’s Senate backs anti-corruption bill

Senators on Wednesday gave its backing to an anti-corruption bill, set to tighten controls on fraud in public administration following a wave of scandals.

France to fine those encouraging anorexia
France

France to fine those encouraging anorexia

Inciting people to extreme thinness could be punishable by a year in prison and a fine of €10,000 ($11,000) in France after MPs voted on Thursday to take aim at "pro-anorexia" websites.

Retired Danish women ‘happiest of the happy’
Denmark

Retired Danish women ‘happiest of the happy’

It’s a known fact that the Danes are the happiest people in Europe or even on Earth, according to some studies. But among all those happy Danes there is a small group that stands out as particularly happy, and that is retired Danish women, according to Danmarks Radio.

French drivers getting worse, says new report
France

French drivers getting worse, says new report

The reputation of French drivers is hardly positive among foreigners and a report published on Thursday suggests it’s unlikely to improve anytime soon, with drivers reportedly less and less respectful of the rules of the road.

Steinmeier cancels Baltics trip for Iran talks
Germany

Steinmeier cancels Baltics trip for Iran talks

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has cancelled a planned trip Thursday to the Baltics in order to stay at nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, a German diplomat said.

Five people killed while skiing in French Alps
France

Five people killed while skiing in French Alps

UPDATED: Five skiers died in two separate accidents in the French Alps on Wednesday afternoon.

Uber complains to EU over national bans
Germany

Uber complains to EU over national bans

Uber has filed complaints with the EU against France, Germany and Spain as the popular taxi app hits back against efforts to ban it from Europe's streets, officials said Wednesday.

Haltern mourns its children lost in crash
Germany

Haltern mourns its children lost in crash

Haltern's St. Sixtus church was full to overflowing on Wednesday evening, as people flocked to mourn the group of schoolchildren the town lost in the Germanwings flight 4U9525 crash.

Court remands in custody five anarchists
Spain

Court remands in custody five anarchists

A Spanish court on Wednesday remanded in custody five suspected members of an anarchist group who allegedly damaged bank machines and left a nail bomb at Madrid's main cathedral.

Lay judges step down over ‘racist comments’
Sweden

Lay judges step down over ‘racist comments’

Several lay judges appointed by Sweden's third biggest political party, the Sweden Democrats, could face internal investigation and some have been forced to step down after claims they made racist comments online.

France allows UberPop to roll on… for now
France

France allows UberPop to roll on… for now

UberPop, the low-cost car sharing service from Uber has been given a stay of execution in France after an appeals court put back a decision on whether to ban the smartphone app until September. It comes as Uber says it has filed complaints with the EU against France, Germany and Spain.

Minister wants to ID Schengen passengers
Germany

Minister wants to ID Schengen passengers

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière wants to introduce rules forcing airlines to ask all passengers for identification when travelling within the Schengen free-movement zone.

Is Easter lamb falling off the Italian menu?
Italy

Is Easter lamb falling off the Italian menu?

What could be more redolent of Easter than a sizzling piece of suckling lamb studded with slivers of garlic, crowned with sprigs of rosemary and roasted to a deep, golden hue?

Two Austrians killed by French Alps avalanche
Austria

Two Austrians killed by French Alps avalanche

Update: Two young Austrians and an Italian have died in a massive avalanche that hit the French Alps on Wednesday afternoon - they were part of a ski tour organised by the Austrian Alpine Club (ÖAV).

Google named most attractive employer
Switzerland

Google named most attractive employer

Google is the most most attractive employer in Switzerland for 2015, according to a second annual survey conducted by human resources consultants Randstad.

Extradition of ex-mafia boss from UK dropped
Italy

Extradition of ex-mafia boss from UK dropped

A Sicilian former mafia boss who faced extradition to Italy after living in Britain for more than two decades has had his sentence dropped, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

England have the edge over Italy: Rooney
Italy

England have the edge over Italy: Rooney

Manchester United star Wayne Rooney believes a new-look England proved they have the edge over Italy based on the evidence of their 1-1 draw in Turin on Tuesday.

Camel found in cellar belonged to Ottomans
Austria

Camel found in cellar belonged to Ottomans

Male, castrated, and used by Ottomans in the 17th century - this is the conclusion researchers have drawn from their analysis of a camel skeleton found in Austria in 2006.

Music streaming battle heats up for Spotify
Sweden

Music streaming battle heats up for Spotify

This week's all-star launch of US rapper Jay Z's streaming music service may not have caused its Swedish rivals at Spotify to lose sleep – but analysts predict tough days ahead as tech giant Apple prepares to enter the fray.

Sweden Easter forecast: sunshine and showers
Sweden

Sweden Easter forecast: sunshine and showers

You could spend your Easter holiday basking in glorious sunshine – or curled up inside hiding from the snow – depending on where in Sweden you live, according to weather forecasts.

What’s on in Sweden: April 2nd – 8th
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: April 2nd – 8th

You could sit at home on your sofa and eat chocolate all week since it is Easter. And if you did, we wouldn't judge you. But why not check out some of the more unusal art, sport and music events taking place across the country?

‘Nazi-looted’ Gurlitt painting to be returned
Switzerland

‘Nazi-looted’ Gurlitt painting to be returned

Experts have established that a Camille Pissarro painting from the Cornelius Gurlitt art trove bequeathed to a Bern museum was looted by the Nazis and should be returned to the heirs of its rightful owners, the German culture ministry says.