Norway’s Labour Party to recognise Palestine
Norway

Norway’s Labour Party to recognise Palestine

Norway is likely to join its neighbour Sweden and recognise Palestine as an independent state if the Labour Party wins the next parliamentary elections, the party's leader said at its annual conference.

Jailed Norway journalist freed in Yemen
Norway

Jailed Norway journalist freed in Yemen

A Norwegian journalist held in Yemen since late March has been released and is on his way home, the Norwegian foreign ministry said Friday.

Zlatan’s French rant ban reduced to three matches
Sweden

Zlatan’s French rant ban reduced to three matches

Controversial Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic's ban for his foul-mouthed rant at a referee in which he blasted France as a “shit country” has been reduced from four matches to three, French newspaper Le Parisien reported on Friday.

Is it time the French scrapped tu and vous?
France

Is it time the French scrapped tu and vous?

Everyone who has ever lived in France knows all about the social minefield that is tu and vous - and that goes for the French too. The Local France’s editor Ben McPartland and French language expert Camille Chevalier-Karfis argue over whether it’s time to ditch the protocol.

Two ‘most wanted’ Brits nabbed within 24 hrs
Spain

Two ‘most wanted’ Brits nabbed within 24 hrs

Two suspected drug traffickers who featured in the Operation Captura fugitive campaign have been arrested in the space of 24 hours.

New Swedes picked for airport Hall of Fame
Sweden

New Swedes picked for airport Hall of Fame

The new faces that are going to represent Sweden at the Stockholm Hall of Fame at Arlanda airport have been revealed. The gallery of famous Swedes is meant to reflect the country's contemporary icons, but this is its first update in almost nine years.

France unveils plan to fight ‘intolerable’ racism
France

France unveils plan to fight ‘intolerable’ racism

UPDATED: France’s top ministers, lead by the PM Manuel Valls, unveiled on Friday the country's new plan to tackle rising racism and anti-Semitism in the country. Incidents of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia have rocketed since January’s terror attacks.

Turkish Airlines: married pilots are safer pilots
Germany

Turkish Airlines: married pilots are safer pilots

The general manager of Turkish Airlines has urged single pilots to marry, after the Germanwings tragedy blamed on a pilot with psychological problems.

Huge blaze cuts Paris train link to CDG airport
France

Huge blaze cuts Paris train link to CDG airport

UPDATED: The RER B train line linking Paris to Charles de Gaulle airport was cut on Friday after thick black smoke from a huge fire filled the skies to the north of Paris.

Copenhagen attacks spur Home Guard interest
Denmark

Copenhagen attacks spur Home Guard interest

Interest in enrolling in the Danish Home Guard doubled in the week after a gunman opened fire at a cultural centre and killed a Jewish security guard, recruitment officials said on Friday.

Ibiza animal lover in dog house over 101 pets
Spain

Ibiza animal lover in dog house over 101 pets

An Ibiza animal lover has been reported for the noise produced by the estimated 70 dogs and 30 cats that she rescued and kept at her home.

Swedish Robocop star in Wikileaks email scandal
Sweden

Swedish Robocop star in Wikileaks email scandal

Sweden's hottest Hollywood star Joel Kinnaman is the latest name to emerge from a Wikileaks' publication of over 170,000 internal Sony Pictures emails stolen in a massive hacker attack last year, alongside one of the Pirate Bay founders and information about the fourth book in the famous Swedish Millennium series.

‘It hurts when Germans call Greece a failed state’
Germany

‘It hurts when Germans call Greece a failed state’

With the war of words – and cashflows – between Greece and Germany showing no sign of dying down, The Local meets one young Greek who's come to see what the Germans have to teach about running a country successfully.

Interior Minister wants quicker deportations
Germany

Interior Minister wants quicker deportations

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière called on Friday for state governments to speed up deportations of failed asylum applicants, in the latest round in a war of words between the federal government and the states.

The weirdest objects you can see around Paris
France

The weirdest objects you can see around Paris

From horned birds to pinched nipples, Paris has more than its share of wacky and offbeat objects to see. Join us as we take a closer look at some of the most unusual things you can find in the city's museums, shops... and even sewers, courtesy of the folks behind the Paris Pass sightseeing package.

US families of Holocaust victims sue SNCF
France

US families of Holocaust victims sue SNCF

Descendants of Holocaust victims have filed a lawsuit in the US claiming France's national railway seized property of tens of thousands of Jews and others sent to Nazi concentration camps from France, according to court documents.

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Switzerland

UN decries ‘xenophobic’ attacks in South Africa

The Geneva-based United Nations Refugee Agency on Friday expressed concern at the latest round of xenophobic attacks in South Africa, saying the violence had displaced 5,000 people.

Benetton pays $1.1m into factory disaster fund
Italy

Benetton pays $1.1m into factory disaster fund

Italian fashion retailer Benetton announced Friday it would pay $1.1 million into an international fund to compensate victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh two years ago in which 1,138 people died.

Navy takes control of boat seized off Libya
Italy

Navy takes control of boat seized off Libya

The Italian navy said it has taken control of a Sicilian fishing boat that was seized by armed men off Libya in the early hours of Friday.

Metro whizzes through Paris with doors open
France

Metro whizzes through Paris with doors open

Or at least that's what a video that has appeared on YouTube appears to show. The French capital's transport chiefs have launched an investigation. But is it real?

Norway wolverine causes havoc at US airport
Norway

Norway wolverine causes havoc at US airport

A wolverine in transit from a Norway zoo to Alaska gnawed through his cage at customs in Newark Airport and began growling at passers-by, winning it the moniker "psycho killer" in the US press.

Activists to protest against TTIP trade deal
Austria

Activists to protest against TTIP trade deal

Activists are taking to the streets on Saturday across Austria to protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a free trade deal being negotiated between the US and EU countries.

British expats fall victim to NHS clampdown
Spain

British expats fall victim to NHS clampdown

Brits living in Spain could find themselves falling victim to a clampdown on expats using the UK's National Health Service.

Fiat Chrysler sets bonus scheme for Italy workers
Italy

Fiat Chrysler sets bonus scheme for Italy workers

US-Italian carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced an incentive system for employees in Italy tied to the group's productivity and profits in a move it hopes will improve prickly labour-management relations.

Italian fishing boat seized off Libya’s coast
Italy

Italian fishing boat seized off Libya’s coast

An Italian fishing boat was seized off Libya's coast in what is believed to have been an act of piracy, according to news reports.

Spaniards have highest life expectancy in Europe
Spain

Spaniards have highest life expectancy in Europe

A new study has revealed that Spaniards live the longest in Europe, to an average of 83 years old, while Spanish mothers are the oldest on the continent, delaying having their first child until they reach 30.

VW CEO survives despite departure rumours
Germany

VW CEO survives despite departure rumours

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has dodged a broadside from company chairman Ferdinand Piech which many thought would unseat him from the troubled car maker. Instead, the steering committee has offered him an extension to his contract.

First ‘city warehouse’ in Scandinavia for Ikea
Sweden

First ‘city warehouse’ in Scandinavia for Ikea

Swedish furniture giant has announced plans to open its first 'city warehouse' in Scandinavia, with a massive new store set to be built in the centre of Copenhagen, as plans for a similar project in Stockholm remain in doubt.

Students flag up ‘mould and brown water’
Austria

Students flag up ‘mould and brown water’

Students at a boarding school in Oberwart, Burgenland have started a Facebook campaign to highlight the appalling conditions they have to live with - including brown water from the taps, mould on the walls, and free-hanging electrical cables.

‘French Snowdens’ to get protection under law
France

‘French Snowdens’ to get protection under law

French MPs have voted through a new amendment to the controversial surveillance bill, which would allow whistleblower spies to be protected by law.

Feminist leader to take sick leave for exhaustion
Sweden

Feminist leader to take sick leave for exhaustion

One of the leaders of the feminist party which came close to entering parliament in last year's Swedish election is set to take a break from politics following exhaustion symptoms, a spokesperson announced on Friday. But party figurehead Gudrun Schyman has told The Local that she will stay on.

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Sweden

April 28: Working in Sweden (Jönköping)

11-year-old stabs father to defend mother
Austria

11-year-old stabs father to defend mother

A man from Vienna is in intensive care after seriously injuring his wife and then being stabbed in the back by his 11-year-old son, who was trying to protect his mother.

Bayern doctor quits in spat with Guardiola
Germany

Bayern doctor quits in spat with Guardiola

The resignation of iconic club doctor Hans-Willhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt on Thursday evening threatens to unleash internal chaos at Bayern Munich after their Champions League humiliation at the hands of FC Porto.

Copenhagen: Ikea plans massive ‘green’ store
Denmark

Copenhagen: Ikea plans massive ‘green’ store

An Ikea warehouse in Vesterbro will embrace the "Copenhagen way" by offering cycle trailers, electric car chargers and a green roof complete with a football field.

Nestlé posts better than expected sales growth
Switzerland

Nestlé posts better than expected sales growth

Swiss-based Nestlé, the world's biggest producer of packaged food, on Friday posted better-than-expected growth in the first quarter despite currency exchange rates that hampered sales.

New defence deal agreed between Swedish parties
Sweden

New defence deal agreed between Swedish parties

UPDATED: Sweden's centre-left coalition government has agreed a new 10.2 billion kronor ($111.9 million) defence deal with three of the four parties that make up the opposition Alliance after days of debate.

Woman dies after botched nose operation
Italy

Woman dies after botched nose operation

A woman who was admitted to hospital with a broken nose died after a doctor failed to provide her with sufficient oxygen during the operation. The anaesthetist has now been found guilty of manslaughter.

Italian dad on run with newborn found in Spain

Italian dad on run with newborn found in Spain

Police in Spain have tracked down an Italian father who abandoned his wife outside a toy shop near Turin and fled with his new born son.

Deutsche Bahn flirts with drivers’ strike deadline
Germany

Deutsche Bahn flirts with drivers’ strike deadline

Rail operator Deutsche Bahn has until 3 pm on Friday to respond to demands from the Train Drivers' Union (GDL) for a "reasonable provisional result" in talks over pay, conditions and union representation.

Salzburg city to introduce begging ban
Austria

Salzburg city to introduce begging ban

The city of Salzburg has confirmed that it will outlaw begging in many parts of the city centre, as well as in markets and cemeteries. The local government will agree on the terms of the ban by May 20th.

One million bees killed in French road crash
France

One million bees killed in French road crash

An estimated one million honeybees were killed after the vehicle that was transporting them crashed into a car in southern France. However tens of thousands survived only to attack emergency rescue teams.

Hollande basks in good vibes from Swiss visit

Hollande basks in good vibes from Swiss visit

French President François Hollande may be having difficulties in his own country but he received a generally warm response during his historic two-day visit to Switzerland.

Assad warns that Spain attack was ‘tip of iceberg’
Spain

Assad warns that Spain attack was ‘tip of iceberg’

In an interview with a Swedish newspaper, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned that Spain’s terrorist attacks ten years ago, as well as those in London and the recent Charlie Hebdo shootings are just "the tip of the iceberg" when it comes to terrorism in Europe.

Lesbian shares custody in landmark Italian case
Italy

Lesbian shares custody in landmark Italian case

An Italian woman has been given the right to shared custody of her children after splitting up from their biological mother in a case that has set a precedent for gay couples in Italy.

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Sweden

April 25: Startup Day (Stockholm)

Danes’ cycling habits hit 20-year high
Denmark

Danes’ cycling habits hit 20-year high

The 3.1 billion kilometres cycled by Danes last year were the most since 1994, but even that is not good enough to claim the title of the world's best cycling nation.

France joins European probe into Facebook
France

France joins European probe into Facebook

European data protection authorities have joined forces to probe Facebook's privacy controls, a French watchdog said on Thursday, putting the popular US social media giant under fresh pressure.

Liberals: Data retention unconstitutional
Germany

Liberals: Data retention unconstitutional

The deputy leader of the Free Democratic Party (FDP), Wolfgang Kubicki, called the government's plans to store communications data 'unconstitutional' and said he will fight the proposals in court.

Sweden sees boom in computing specialists
Sweden

Sweden sees boom in computing specialists

The number of computing experts in Sweden increased by 20 percent in just five years, according to a new report by a leading think tank.

Mourners march for murdered French girl
France

Mourners march for murdered French girl

UPDATED: There was anger and shock in Calais on Thursday as around 5,000 mourners marched in the name of Chloé, the nine-year-old French girl, who was raped and murdered by a Polish man this week.

Mutilated body found in France ‘likely elderly Brit’
France

Mutilated body found in France ‘likely elderly Brit’

The mutilated body of what police believe may be a missing elderly British woman was found "in two different areas" of a southern French region where she lived, prosecutors said on Thursday.

Spain must allow asylum requests at border: EU
Spain

Spain must allow asylum requests at border: EU

The EU urged Spain on Thursday to allow migrants trying to enter its north African enclaves to present their asylum requests without having to scale border fences.

Italian government warns Whirlpool against layoffs
Italy

Italian government warns Whirlpool against layoffs

Italy's government joined unions on Thursday in denouncing reported plans by US appliance giant Whirlpool to cut 1,350 jobs a year after it took over Italian rival Indesit.

Assad: ‘most dangerous’ Isis chiefs are Scandi
Norway

Assad: ‘most dangerous’ Isis chiefs are Scandi

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has blamed Norway and other Scandinavian countries for producing "the most dangerous leaders of Isis in our region", in a video interview with Sweden's Expressen newspaper.

Denmark attack ‘echo’ of Syria unrest: Assad
Denmark

Denmark attack ‘echo’ of Syria unrest: Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned about a growing danger from ‘Scandinavian’ Islamist extremists in his country and said the shootings in Paris and Copenhagen were repercussions of what is happening in his country.

Home of Ex-IMF chief searched in fraud probe
Spain

Home of Ex-IMF chief searched in fraud probe

Spanish tax office agents on Thursday searched the Madrid home of former IMF head Rodrigo Rato, who has already been charged in two graft cases, as part of a new money-laundering probe.

More dads working part-time in Switzerland
Switzerland

More dads working part-time in Switzerland

The percentage of men working part-time in Switzerland has doubled in the past 20 years, as more fathers opt to spend time with their families, new government figures show.

Germany mourns victims of Alps plane crash

Germany mourns victims of Alps plane crash

Hundreds of bereaved relatives and world leaders gathered in Cologne on Friday for a memorial service for the victims of last month's Germanwings crash.

Man kills mum for affair with rival mafia boss
Italy

Man kills mum for affair with rival mafia boss

A 22-year-old man has been arrested in Rosarno in southern Italy for allegedly killing his mother, for having an affair with a rival mafia boss.

Germany honours Warsaw Uprising fighters
Germany

Germany honours Warsaw Uprising fighters

Germany on Thursday awarded its highest honour for the first time to Poles who fought the occupying Nazis in the ill-fated Warsaw Uprising of 1944, one of World War II's bloodiest episodes.

Foreign taste for Italian cheese spurs sales
Italy

Foreign taste for Italian cheese spurs sales

Exports of Italian cheese and dairy products rose to a new record worth €2.2 billion in 2014, as appetite for parmesan and gorgonzola grew in northern European countries, farm research body ISMEA said.

Cash-strapped Parma docked four more points
Italy

Cash-strapped Parma docked four more points

Cash-strapped Serie A strugglers Parma now look certain to be relegated after being hit with a four-point penalty by Italian league chiefs on Thursday.

Syria: ‘most dangerous’ Isis leaders Scandinavian
Sweden

Syria: ‘most dangerous’ Isis leaders Scandinavian

President Bashar al-Assad has thanked Sweden for taking in record numbers of refugees during the war, but warned about a growing danger from ‘Scandinavian’ Islamist extremists in his country.