ABBA bass player Rutger Gunnarsson dies
Sweden

ABBA bass player Rutger Gunnarsson dies

Swedish musician Rutger Gunnarsson, known for his bass playing on ABBA records and tours, has died at the age of 69, Universal records announced on Friday.

Norway rail firm ‘should apologise’ for Nazi past
Norway

Norway rail firm ‘should apologise’ for Nazi past

Norwegian train company NSB is facing calls to apologise for transporting Norwegian Jews and using prisoners of war during Norway’s occupation by Nazi Germany.

VIDEO: What Germans think of the end of WW2
Germany

VIDEO: What Germans think of the end of WW2

VIDEO: The Local hit the streets around the iconic Brandenburg Gate to find out whether Germans think the Second World War still has an impact on their country today.

First three jailed under Norway’s new Isis law
Norway

First three jailed under Norway’s new Isis law

A court in Norway has sentenced three men to prison for joining the extremist group Islamic State in Syria, in the first convictions made under its new anti-terror laws.

Avicii’s mum spills beans on royal wedding DJ set
Sweden

Avicii’s mum spills beans on royal wedding DJ set

Swedish superstar DJ Avicii is set to perform at the upcoming royal wedding in Stockholm this summer, if his mother is to be believed.

‘UK exit from the EU would be a disaster’
Italy

‘UK exit from the EU would be a disaster’

Italy’s Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Friday that a British exit from the EU would be a “disaster” for the UK after the Conservative party triumphed in the elections.

Minister rapped over Goldman Sachs deal
Denmark

Minister rapped over Goldman Sachs deal

Parliament's leadership said on Friday that it could "not accept" that Bjarne Corydon did not reveal the details of competing bids in the controversial

Norway foreign minister mourns “one of our best”
Norway

Norway foreign minister mourns “one of our best”

Norway expressed "great sadness" over the death on Friday of its ambassador to Pakistan in a helicopter crash claimed by the Taliban.

Athens metro shows Nazi occupation video
Germany

Athens metro shows Nazi occupation video

The Greek government has started playing clips of the Nazi occupation of Greece during the Second World War on Athens' underground train lines to remind people of German atrocities against their country.

Wannabe superman fined for car window stunt
Spain

Wannabe superman fined for car window stunt

A man who pulled out his best superman moves on a motorway in Spain has been fined for not wearing his seatbelt, as has the driver of the car used in the stunt.

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Sweden

May 16: Inauguration – Umeå Academy of Fine Arts (Umeå)

Putin’s biker cavalcade reaches Berlin
Germany

Putin’s biker cavalcade reaches Berlin

Members of the Night Wolves Russian biker gang, reputed to be close to President Vladimir Putin, commemorated the end of the Second World War in Berlin on Friday.

Will Spotify start video streaming after losses?
Sweden

Will Spotify start video streaming after losses?

Sweden's Spotify, the world leader in music streaming, announced on Friday it had tripled its losses in 2014 due to heavy investments, as US media reported the group would soon begin streaming videos.

German navy saves 400 Mediterranean refugees

German navy saves 400 Mediterranean refugees

Two German navy ships on Friday rescued nearly 400 migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, the defence ministry said, days after it joined a beefed-up EU mission.

Sweden’s Ericsson crunches on Apple fight
Sweden

Sweden’s Ericsson crunches on Apple fight

How similar is the technology used in iPhones, to that developed by Ericsson? Very, according to the Swedish telecoms giant, which is stepping up its pursuit of Apple for alleged unlicensed use of its technology in mobiles and other wireless devices.

German drowns taking Venice wedding photo

German drowns taking Venice wedding photo

A German photographer died after falling into Venice’s Grand Canal while taking pictures of a newlywed couple on Thursday evening.

‘Will UK election force us Brits from Sweden?’
Sweden

‘Will UK election force us Brits from Sweden?’

There's already much debate in Sweden over whether the UK could leave the EU - if a referendum promised by the new Conservative government goes ahead. The Local's Northern Sweden reporter Paul Connolly is worried British immigrants like him could be forced home - but he's now keener than ever to stay.

PM congratulates Tory win amid hopes for same
Spain

PM congratulates Tory win amid hopes for same

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has congratulated David Cameron on the victory of the Conservative party, in a result that he will hope can be replicated in Spain later this year.

6 reasons it’s great to be a mum in Copenhagen
Denmark

6 reasons it’s great to be a mum in Copenhagen

Following Denmark being declared the world's fourth best country for mothers and their children, expat blogger Melanie Haynes tells us why being a mum in the Danish capital is so great.

Hollande: Wars are closer than we think
France

Hollande: Wars are closer than we think

President Francois Hollande laid a wreath at the tomb of an unknown soldier at a solemn ceremony under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Friday after urging citizens not to grow complacent about war.

Italy’s Padoan ‘confident’ on Greek accord
Italy

Italy’s Padoan ‘confident’ on Greek accord

Eurogroup chair Jeroen Dijsselbloem played down hopes of an imminent deal on Greece's debt, saying a meeting of finance ministers of the single currency on Monday was unlikely to be conclusive.

Photos hurt Labour cause in UK: Swiss take
Switzerland

Photos hurt Labour cause in UK: Swiss take

Blick, the tabloid newspaper with Switzerland’s biggest readership, has a graphic take on the surprise result of the UK election that saw the Conservative party defy the polls by retaining power: It’s the mugshots wot done it.

Bundestag thanks Allies for 70 years of peace
Germany

Bundestag thanks Allies for 70 years of peace

Germany on Friday celebrated its "liberation" from the Nazis 70 years ago, with the speaker of parliament Norbert Lammert hailing the willingness of the country's neighbours to forgive.

Should refugees get only ‘temporary’ permits?
Sweden

Should refugees get only ‘temporary’ permits?

A proposal to offer only temporary residency for asylum seekers by Sweden's largest opposition party, the Moderates, was met with widespread criticism on Friday, including from its own youth wing.

Greedy footballers’ strike threat ‘harms’ game
Spain

Greedy footballers’ strike threat ‘harms’ game

Government slams Spain's top footballers as they threaten to strike over the sharing of riches from television contracts with Spain's smaller, poorer clubs.

Swedish ambassador escapes diplomat crash
Sweden

Swedish ambassador escapes diplomat crash

Sweden's ambassador to Pakistan was in a separate military helicopter to one that crashed into a school in the north of the country on Friday, killing at least six people including the Norwegain and Philippine ambassadors.

Expo Milano: what are world’s fairs for?
Italy

Expo Milano: what are world’s fairs for?

Expo 2015 opened in Milan on May 1st – the latest of the five-yearly world’s fairs where the nations of the world build pavilions to showcase national wealth, culture and enterprise.

Prison thief robs Austrian entrepreneur
Austria

Prison thief robs Austrian entrepreneur

One of Austria’s most high-profile prisoners - Austrian entrepreneur and former football club president Hannes Kartnig - has become a victim of theft in Graz’s Jakomini prison.

Germany must treat its past with care
Germany

Germany must treat its past with care

There used to be a consensus in Germany about the meaning of VE day on May 8th 1945. In the multicultural Germany of the 21st Century this is changing - a worrying development.

Italian teenager shot dead on way to school
Italy

Italian teenager shot dead on way to school

Police in Sardinia have launched an investigation after a teenager was shot dead on his way to high school on Friday morning, Italian media reported.

UK election puts Germany in the spotlight
Germany

UK election puts Germany in the spotlight

German politicians and commentators confronted the reality that Germany would have to take an even more dominant role in Europe on Friday after David Cameron's Conservative party achieved a surprise victory in the British general election.

Basque restaurant is numero uno in Europe
Spain

Basque restaurant is numero uno in Europe

A Basque country restaurant was chosen as the best restaurant in Europe this year in Opinionated About Dining's annual rating. The Local took a look at Spain's enticing eateries that made the cut.

Norway envoy killed in Pakistan helicopter crash
Norway

Norway envoy killed in Pakistan helicopter crash

UPDATED: A Pakistani military helicopter crashed into a school in the country's north on Friday, killing six people including the Norwegian and Philippine ambassadors, and setting the building ablaze, the army said as officials warned that casualties could rise.

Death camp memorial website hacked
Austria

Death camp memorial website hacked

The website of the national memorial site at Mauthausen, a former concentration camp, was hacked into on Thursday night and its content replaced with images of child pornography, the Interior Ministry confirmed on Friday.

Interview with Spotify founder Martin Lortentzon
Sweden

Interview with Spotify founder Martin Lortentzon

STING Day, one of Stockholm's biggest events for the next generation of tech startups, was held on May 7th. Martin Lortentzon, co-founder of Spotify, was there and talked about everything from super powers to startup tips.

Swedish killer planned to shoot Ibrahimovic
France

Swedish killer planned to shoot Ibrahimovic

One of Sweden's most infamous serial attackers claims he once returned home to fetch a gun after spotting Zlatan Ibrahimovic's car illegally parked on a pavement.

Five reasons why we will miss Señora Clegg
Spain

Five reasons why we will miss Señora Clegg

As the Liberal Democrats take a thorough beating in the UK General Election, The Local bids farewell to the real star of British politics (and the only Spaniard), the deputy Prime Minister's wife Miriam González Durántez.

Copenhagen bus fire may be tied to Israel ads
Denmark

Copenhagen bus fire may be tied to Israel ads

UPDATED: Four public buses were burned in the early morning hours of Friday in what may have been a reaction to a controversy surrounding an advertising campaing urging people to boycott products from Israeli settlements.

Celebrate Europe at Aalborg’s EU Street Party
Denmark

Celebrate Europe at Aalborg’s EU Street Party

Pro-European groups in Denmark's fourth largest city will take to the streets to celebrate European unity.

Swedish serial shooter plotted Zlatan shooting
Sweden

Swedish serial shooter plotted Zlatan shooting

Peter Mangs, one of Sweden's most infamous serial attackers, claims he once returned home to fetch a gun after spotting Zlatan Ibrahimovic's car illegally parked on a pavement.

Syngenta turns down Monsanto takeover offer
Switzerland

Syngenta turns down Monsanto takeover offer

Swiss farm chemicals powerhouse Syngenta said on Friday it had rejected a $45-billion takeover bid by US seed giant Monsanto, saying the offer was too low.

Winds of change blow in Spain as elections near
Spain

Winds of change blow in Spain as elections near

The two-party system that has marked Spanish politics since its transition to democracy is over. And the winds of change are blowing.

More Rome airport chaos as flights scrapped
Italy

More Rome airport chaos as flights scrapped

Passengers will face more chaos at Rome’s Fiumicino airport on Friday as flights to and from the airport are cut by fifty percent after a fierce fire devastated part of terminal three in the early hours of Thursday.

Berlin Philharmonic to elect new conductor
Germany

Berlin Philharmonic to elect new conductor

It's a bit like the papal election, but without the white smoke. On May 11, the classical music world will learn who is to be new chief conductor of the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic.

Trade surplus and industrial output slip
Germany

Trade surplus and industrial output slip

Germany's industrial output and its trade surplus were both hit by surprise falls in March, according to provisional figures published on Friday by the federal statistics office, Destatis.

Faulty rifle puts minister in crosshairs
Germany

Faulty rifle puts minister in crosshairs

Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen is struggling to maintain her credibility as critics have blamed her for lobbying and cover-ups within the ministry over the army's faulty G36 rifles.

Swiss jobless rate falls for second month
Switzerland

Swiss jobless rate falls for second month

The Swiss unemployment rate fell for the second month in a row in April, dipping to 3.3 percent from 3.4 percent in the previous month, government figures released on Friday showed.

PM’s husband Kinnock wins parliamentary seat
Denmark

PM’s husband Kinnock wins parliamentary seat

There are now two politicians in the Helle Thorning-Schmidt household after her husband Stephen Kinnock was voted in to the UK parliament.

Austria marks liberation from Nazis
Austria

Austria marks liberation from Nazis

Events across Austria and Europe are being held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day - the end of World War Two on the continent.

7 reasons why Spain’s the best place on earth
Spain

7 reasons why Spain’s the best place on earth

Don't get us wrong, Spain isn't perfect. It has struggled out of a crippling economic crisis as well as having high pollution levels and a perpetually corrupt political system. But despite all that, it is still the best place to live in the world. And here is why:

Uber charged with violating Danish law
Denmark

Uber charged with violating Danish law

Copenhagen Police have confirmed that the taxi industry's complaint against Uber has resulted in preliminary charges against the American company.

Sweden debates shock British election win
Sweden

Sweden debates shock British election win

UPDATED: Swedish right-wing parties are celebrating David Cameron's shock victory in the UK election while the Social Democrats are mourning the result of an election which could have seen Sweden's government forge closer ties with a Labour-led Britain.

Tevez in driving ban for ‘Mont Blanc speeding’
Italy

Tevez in driving ban for ‘Mont Blanc speeding’

Juventus and Argentina striker Carlos Tevez has had his driving licence suspended after being caught speeding through the Mont Blanc Tunnel, Italian media reported on Thursday.

‘Make migrants work for free’: Italian minister
Italy

‘Make migrants work for free’: Italian minister

Asylum seekers in Italy may have to work for free, Italy's interior minister told local mayors on Thursday, reminding them of a controversial decree issued several months ago.

British navy ship in migrant rescue
Italy

British navy ship in migrant rescue

A British navy ship on Thursday came to the rescue of around 100 migrants adrift on a dinghy in the Mediterranean, Italy's coastguard said.

Swedish pilots in strike warning after talks fail
Sweden

Swedish pilots in strike warning after talks fail

Swedish pilots announced on Friday morning that they were set to go on strike from May 21st after negotiations between Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and the pilots' union SPF broke down yesterday.