Russia courts far-right parties across Europe
Austria

Russia courts far-right parties across Europe

From the far right to the radical left, populist parties across Europe are being courted by Russia's Vladimir Putin who aims to turn them into allies in his anti-EU campaign.

Germanwings jet lands in Venice after two fall ill
Italy

Germanwings jet lands in Venice after two fall ill

A Germanwings plane on its way to Rome was forced to land at Venice's Marco Polo airport on Friday after two people on board fell sick, a spokeswoman for the company told The Local.

France moves to ban adverts for sunbeds
France

France moves to ban adverts for sunbeds

France's parliament approved a draft law on Friday banning advertising for artificial tanning beds and salons, and prohibiting people under 18 from using to the popular yet potentially dangerous ultraviolet technology.

New Calais migrant camp ‘the worst in Europe’
France

New Calais migrant camp ‘the worst in Europe’

After hundreds of migrants were forced to relocate their shanty town to another part of the northern French city of Calais, aid workers have slammed the new settlement as the "worst in Europe" for the refugees from war zones.

Emsland nuclear power plant taken offline
Germany

Emsland nuclear power plant taken offline

After a security incident, the Emsland nuclear power plant has been taken offline, the Lower Saxony Environment Ministry reported on Friday. No radioactivity has escaped, the ministry said.

Co-pilot accelerated plane into French Alps

Co-pilot accelerated plane into French Alps

UPDATED: Information from the second black box of the doomed Germanwings' flight shows that the co-pilot increased the speed of the aircraft as it headed towards the French Alps.

‘Italy’s probably the worst place for business’
Italy

‘Italy’s probably the worst place for business’

Linda Martinez and Steve Brenner, an American couple, own The Beehive, a hostel and café in the heart of Rome. They talk to The Local about running a business here.

Footballer Neymar set to testify in tax fraud case
Spain

Footballer Neymar set to testify in tax fraud case

Brazilian star Neymar is set to be called as a witness along with seven other people in the investigation into possible tax fraud by Barcelona in relation to his transfer to the Camp Nou.

French cops find 21kg of coke in ‘tourist’ suitcase
France

French cops find 21kg of coke in ‘tourist’ suitcase

A tourist at Nice airport got quite a fright this week when police found 21 kilos of cocaine stowed away in a suitcase labelled with his name.

Italy’s Origone sets new ski speed record
Italy

Italy’s Origone sets new ski speed record

Italian Simone Origone on Friday bettered his own world speed skiing record when he raced to a top speed of 252.632km per hour (156.978mph).

Zlatan outburst greeted with shrug at home
Sweden

Zlatan outburst greeted with shrug at home

Star Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic faces a French disciplinary commission next week as a result of a foul-mouthed outburst he made in March. But Swedes seem largely unconcerned by it all, seeing the Paris Saint-Germain star as a straight-talking underdog.

Paris holds film festival for blind cinema goers
France

Paris holds film festival for blind cinema goers

In most movie theatres the lights go dark and the feature begins, but for an audience attending a Paris film festival underway this month, the whole world is dark and stays that way.

Custody extended for wounded Isis teen
Austria

Custody extended for wounded Isis teen

A court in Vienna has extended the police custody of a 16-year-old who was arrested three weeks ago after returning to Austria from Syria where he had joined Islamic State (Isis) militants.

Copenhagen’s new food market opens
Denmark

Copenhagen’s new food market opens

With the opening of yet another food market in Copenhagen this weekend, the city is strengthening its brand as the gastro capital of Scandinavia. This time everyone should be able to afford it.

French diners go crazy for Burger King
France

French diners go crazy for Burger King

Burger King continues to devour the French fast-food market, announcing on Friday a profit of €100 million in 2014 as more and more French diners turn to burgers as a preferred meal.

Rural Swedes protest ‘fanatical urbanisation’
Sweden

Rural Swedes protest ‘fanatical urbanisation’

On Friday, rural residents drove tractors and other vehicles with banners into several Swedish cities to protest what they are calling the injustice they experience in the countryside. They say their concerns are largely ignored by politicians.

Smuggler abandons Afghans on motorway
Austria

Smuggler abandons Afghans on motorway

A people smuggler who illegally transported 19 Afghans into Austria then abandoned them on the A8 motorway near Ried in Upper Austria after his van broke down.

Paris to double city’s cycling lanes by 2020
France

Paris to double city’s cycling lanes by 2020

While Paris is still no Amsterdam when it comes to city cycling, the town hall has announced plans to join the world leaders of biking within the next five years.

Four feared dead after fishing boat capsizes
Italy

Four feared dead after fishing boat capsizes

Two fishermen died and two others were missing, presumed dead, after their shellfish dredger capsized and sank off the east coast of Italy, local officials said on Friday.

Hollande says economy ‘is starting up again’
France

Hollande says economy ‘is starting up again’

France's economy, the second-largest in the eurozone, will perk up slightly in the first half of the year but unemployment is expected to stay at record highs, according to forecasts.

Pet owners outraged at new airport scanner rule
Austria

Pet owners outraged at new airport scanner rule

Two Austrian airports have introduced a new regulation that means that flyers who travel with pets such as dogs and cats must put their four-legged companions through the x-ray scanners along with their carry-on luggage - in a move designed to ensure the animals are not being used to smuggle explosives onto planes.

France to ban skinny models from catwalks
France

France to ban skinny models from catwalks

UPDATED: France’s National Assembly on Friday voted to ban the use of underweight catwalk models, in one of the latest measures aimed at fighting anorexia.

Former military brass express Russia concerns
Norway

Former military brass express Russia concerns

Russian ships docked at what was once a secret Norwegian naval base in the Arctic have prompted concern from the NATO country's former top military leaders, anxious about its resurgent eastern neighbour roaming nearby.

Ten Italian words with other meanings abroad
Italy

Ten Italian words with other meanings abroad

For an Italian speaker in a foreign country, situations can get tricky when Italian words mean something totally different in a foreign language.

Immigrant goes from dishwasher to star chef
Spain

Immigrant goes from dishwasher to star chef

Shortly after Maria Marte arrived in Spain from the Dominican Republic in 2003 she started working as a dishwasher at Madrid's Michelin-starred Club Allard restaurant -- a decade later she's the chef.

The joys of living in an ‘expat no-go zone’
France

The joys of living in an ‘expat no-go zone’

British expats in France tell us the benefits of living in some of the country's "expat no-go zones", areas where the expats are few but the quality of life competes with even the most popular regions.

Austrians return home after avalanche tragedy
Austria

Austrians return home after avalanche tragedy

A group of Austrian skiers are returning home on Friday after being caught in a massive avalanche in the French Alps which claimed the lives of three of their tour group.

Framework on ‘historic’ nuclear deal reached
Switzerland

Framework on ‘historic’ nuclear deal reached

Iran and six world powers on Thursday agreed on the framework of a potentially historic deal aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear drive. But Israel warned that a binding pact would threaten its survival.

One in two Swedes want to ban begging: poll
Sweden

One in two Swedes want to ban begging: poll

Nearly every other Swede is in favour of a legal ban on begging, according to a new survey by the tabloid Aftonbladet. The opinion poll shows a dramatic increase in six months in the percentage who support such a ban.

Gas chamber comments widen Le Pen family rift
France

Gas chamber comments widen Le Pen family rift

National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen has been reported for his comments about gas chambers being a "detail" of World War Two, distancing himself even further from his daughter who currently leads the party. And she can't seem to ditch him, either.

Tension mounts ahead of Roma-Napoli clash
Italy

Tension mounts ahead of Roma-Napoli clash

Rome will be on high alert on Saturday as Roma host Napoli for the first time since a supporter was killed last year in clashes between the teams' rival fans.

Paris terror hostages sue media over live coverage
France

Paris terror hostages sue media over live coverage

Six people who hid in a supermarket refrigerator during January's Islamist attacks in Paris have sued French media for broadcasting their location live during the siege.

Ferrara lawyers want crucifixes back in court
Italy

Ferrara lawyers want crucifixes back in court

A group of lawyers in the northern Italian city of Ferrara have called on the presiding judge of the city’s court to reinstate crucifixes in the courtrooms.

Christmas cake ‘stuffed with €250,000’
Italy

Christmas cake ‘stuffed with €250,000’

Carrying a Christmas cake at Easter? Italian police thought something was amiss after discovering one in the boot of a car being driven by an Italian businessman.

Alps crash: Second black box deemed ‘usable’
France

Alps crash: Second black box deemed ‘usable’

French prosecutors have said that the second black box from the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps last week is in a "usable condition".

Pizza-loving Pope piles on the pounds
Italy

Pizza-loving Pope piles on the pounds

Pizza-loving Pope Francis has been told to cut down and exercise more, reports said on Thursday as the pontiff made the latest in a string of allusions to feeling weary.