Camps ‘worst possible solution’: Red Cross
Austria

Camps ‘worst possible solution’: Red Cross

The Red Cross on Friday strongly criticised the Austrian government over its decision to set up tent camps for asylum seekers in response to the rapidly growing influx of refugees.

Life sentences for Austrian nun killers
Austria

Life sentences for Austrian nun killers

A South African court on Friday sentenced two men to life in jail for the rape and murder of an 86-year-old Austrian-born nun who was strangled with an electric typewriter cord.

Let’s talk about sex… the Danish way
Denmark

Let’s talk about sex… the Danish way

The Local's opinion columnist Jessica Alexander was a bit taken aback to hear her Danish husband reading their child a book about sex but should she have been?

Giant crocodile gets new chance in Denmark
Denmark

Giant crocodile gets new chance in Denmark

Denmark will soon be home to one of the biggest crocodiles in Europe after the head of a Danish zoo has stepped in to save a 600 kilo croc from South African hunters.

Swedish man’s roar sees off charging bear
Sweden

Swedish man’s roar sees off charging bear

Ralph Persson, a hunter in Jämtland, northern Sweden, scared off a charging bear by roaring at the animal as it attacked him, it has emerged.

Three killed in shooting from Naples balcony
Italy

Three killed in shooting from Naples balcony

A 48-year-old man shot dead three people, including a police officer, and injured five others after opening fire from his balcony in Naples, police said.

Eurotunnel’s Channel ferry gets green light
France

Eurotunnel’s Channel ferry gets green light

A British appeals court on Friday said Eurotunnel could continue running ferry service MyFerryLink.

Shopkeeper fends off robber using lollipops
Germany

Shopkeeper fends off robber using lollipops

When a 15-year-old tried to rob a kiosk in Dortmund on Thursday evening things went badly wrong, despite the fact he had a gun and the shopkeeper was only armed with sweets.

Hacker attack targets Bundestag data
Germany

Hacker attack targets Bundestag data

A Bundestag (German parliament) official on Friday confirmed media reports about a hacking attack on the institution.

Police break up brawling marriage proposal pair
Austria

Police break up brawling marriage proposal pair

A marriage proposal in Graz went horribly wrong on Thursday evening after the couple started rowing and police were called to break up what escalated into a violent assault.

You have a racism problem, France told
France

You have a racism problem, France told

A UN rights watchdog group on Friday rapped France over its treatment of the Roma and its failure to tackle growing hate and xenophobic speech.

Men Day: forests, mass brawls and face plants
Germany

Men Day: forests, mass brawls and face plants

Ascension Day in Germany is also 'Herrentag' – or men day – when middle-aged men let out their inner lad. It's a treasured tradition that sometimes goes a bit wrong. We present you the strangest - and saddest - incidents of Herrentag 2015.

The prosecutor fighting to hold back trafficking
Italy

The prosecutor fighting to hold back trafficking

Traffickers responsible for a migrant shipwreck in which more than 700 people died tried to pack hundreds more onboard, the prosecutor investigating the Mediterranean's worst disaster since World War II has revealed.

Nationalists coming to Denmark’s Folkemødet
Denmark

Nationalists coming to Denmark’s Folkemødet

Dutch politician Geert Wilders’s participation in next month’s People’s Meeting (Folkemødet) has already caused plenty of controversy, but on Friday it was announced that he will be far from the only European politician with extreme views who will take part in the political festival on Bornholm.

Five investigated over Fiumicino airport fire
Italy

Five investigated over Fiumicino airport fire

Five maintenance workers are being investigated over the blaze at Rome’s Fiumicino airport eight days ago.

Switzerland to host 2020 hockey championships
Switzerland

Switzerland to host 2020 hockey championships

Slovakia and Switzerland will host the ice hockey world championships in 2019 and 2020 respectively, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) announced on Friday.

How 1890s Germany led LGBT rights charge
Germany

How 1890s Germany led LGBT rights charge

On May 14th 1897, German physician and sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld founded the Scientific Humanitarian Committee, the world's first official organization advocating homosexual and transgender rights.

French jihadist jailed for eight years
France

French jihadist jailed for eight years

A Frenchman has been sentenced to eight years behind bars for his involvement in Al-Qaeda networks in northern Africa.

Italy to pay ‘portion’ of billions owed to retirees
Italy

Italy to pay ‘portion’ of billions owed to retirees

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Friday that “a portion” of what the government owes to retirees would be paid after the country’s top court ruled that the money should not have been withheld.

Man shoots suspected burglar in head
Austria

Man shoots suspected burglar in head

A 37-year-old home owner shot and seriously injured a suspected burglar early on Friday morning in the village of Zwentendorf an der Donau in Lower Austria.

Church trails flock over gay couples, divorce
Germany

Church trails flock over gay couples, divorce

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, head of the Catholic Church in Germany, has warned his flock not to push the Church to go against its traditional teaching about homosexuality and divorce after they called for change.

Charlie Hebdo writer may lose job amid infighting
France

Charlie Hebdo writer may lose job amid infighting

A columnist for French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which was targeted in a deadly jihadist attack four months ago, has been warned she may be given the boot for “serious misconduct” amid heightened tensions in the newsroom.

Japan eliminates Denmark from Sudirman
Denmark

Japan eliminates Denmark from Sudirman

Japan eliminated Denmark in a neck and neck battle at the Sudirman Cup on Friday after winning a nail-biting women's double match and will play against South Korea in the semi-finals.

Europe gets ready for Måns Zelmerlöw mania
Sweden

Europe gets ready for Måns Zelmerlöw mania

Sweden's Måns Zelmerlöw is the favourite to win Eurovision 2015 and a saucy press pack featuring an image of him wearing only underwear is causing the social media hype around the star to swell.

Paulo Dybala agrees Juventus terms: report
Italy

Paulo Dybala agrees Juventus terms: report

Palermo striker Paulo Dybala is set to join Juventus on a five-year deal worth €32 million ($36.25 million) that will see the Argentinian earn €2.5m euros a season, reports said on Friday.

Stars head to Vienna’s Life Ball charity event
Austria

Stars head to Vienna’s Life Ball charity event

Vienna’s Ringstrasse will be partially closed to traffic on Saturday as the Rathaus hosts the Life Ball charity event, to raise money for the fight against HIV and AIDS.

How to make your own picnic-perfect meringues
France

How to make your own picnic-perfect meringues

The picnic is the epitome of springtime in France - and what better way to add flair to your own picnic than with home-made meringues? Ariana Barkin, a Paris-based pastry chef from the US, shares her own recipe with The Local.

Unrest in Burundi sparks exodus of 100,000: UN
Switzerland

Unrest in Burundi sparks exodus of 100,000: UN

More than 100,000 Burundians have fled to neighbouring countries since political violence erupted in April, the Geneva-based United Nations Refugee Agency said on Friday, as the country reeled from a foiled coup attempt.

All Spanish airports to have free unlimited Wi-Fi
Spain

All Spanish airports to have free unlimited Wi-Fi

All of Spain's 46 airports will soon have limitless free Wi-Fi, Spain's airport authority AENA announced on Thursday.

Minister under fire for refugee tent shelter plan
Austria

Minister under fire for refugee tent shelter plan

The Austrian government is facing criticism following its announcement that it will house new refugees in tent shelters.

Delusional jealousy is a crime: top Italian court
Italy

Delusional jealousy is a crime: top Italian court

Partners who manifest extreme jealous behaviour towards their other half are guilty of mistreatment, Italy’s highest court of appeal has said.

France’s Piketty to join London School of Economics
France

France’s Piketty to join London School of Economics

French economist Thomas Piketty, best-selling author on inequality, will teach at the London School of Economics as a professor at its new international inequalities division, the university said.

Painting from Nazi hoard returned to owner
Germany

Painting from Nazi hoard returned to owner

A painting by French artist Henri Matisse has been returned to the heirs of the people it was stolen from by the Nazis, after it spent decades in an art dealer's private hoard.

Furore over Italy football chief’s lesbian slur
Italy

Furore over Italy football chief’s lesbian slur

An Italian football chief has sparked furore after allegedly describing female footballers as “a handful of lesbians”.

France offers Russia ‘deal to ditch Mistrals’
France

France offers Russia ‘deal to ditch Mistrals’

Paris has allegedly offered Moscow the sweet sum of €785 million to scrap a contentious contract to supply two warships that was suspended due to the Ukraine crisis, a Russian newspaper reported Friday.

Firms face penalties if boards not ‘more female’
Sweden

Firms face penalties if boards not ‘more female’

UPDATED: Justice and Migration Minister Morgan Johansson has told Swedish companies that they could face penalties if they don't comply with proposed government legislation designed to ensure boards of directors have a 40 percent female representation.

Woman to woman: A different image of the women of the Congo
Sweden

Woman to woman: A different image of the women of the Congo

The image that the world receives of the Congo is frequently hopeless and dark. But a new photo gallery opening next week in Stockholm aims to change that.

Super-cheap airport shuttle takes on Paris
France

Super-cheap airport shuttle takes on Paris

Catching the Paris-bound bus from the Charles de Gaulle international airport got a whole lot cheaper as British low-cost giant easyJet launched its competitive shuttle service easyBus on Friday.

Austrian club mascot drunk on match day
Austria

Austrian club mascot drunk on match day

In a video which is rapidly going viral, the mascot for football club Austria Vienna celebrated his birthday a little too much.

Ferrari driver nabbed at 250 km/h keeps car
Switzerland

Ferrari driver nabbed at 250 km/h keeps car

A Zurich resident caught speeding in a Ferrari on a French highway at 250 kilometres an hour escaped with just a fine for his violation of traffic laws, gendarmes said on Thursday.

Bundesbank swipes at ECB aid to Greek banks
Germany

Bundesbank swipes at ECB aid to Greek banks

The head of the German central bank or Bundesbank hit out in a newspaper interview Friday at the ongoing provision of emergency liquidity to Greek banks by the European Central Bank.

Catalan separatist flags banned in elections
Spain

Catalan separatist flags banned in elections

The Central Electoral Board has issued a resolution saying that all 'esteladas', flags symbolizing Catalan independence, be removed from public buildings and local voting locations to preserve the neutrality of campaigns.

Sweden crash out of Ice Hockey World Cup
Sweden

Sweden crash out of Ice Hockey World Cup

Sweden suffered a heartbreaking 5-3 defeat to Russia at the quarter-final stage of the world championships in the Czech Republic after staging a courageous fightback.

Palestinians’ first saints leave mark on Holy Land
Italy

Palestinians’ first saints leave mark on Holy Land

In the corner of a pristine Jerusalem church, the tomb of Marie Alphonsine Ghattas looks out over just a small part of her legacy, days ahead of her canonization in Rome.

Directorial debut for Portman at Cannes
France

Directorial debut for Portman at Cannes

Oscar-winning US-Israeli actress Natalie Portman will on Friday unveil her directorial debut at the Cannes Film Festival with a movie close to her Jewish roots.

Elderly woman dies in Valais apartment fire
Switzerland

Elderly woman dies in Valais apartment fire

An investigation is under way into an apartment fire that killed an 81-year-old woman in the canton of Valais on Thursday.

Barca with title in sight after strike lifted
Spain

Barca with title in sight after strike lifted

Barcelona can round off a fine week by clinching their 23rd La Liga title and exacting revenge on Atletico Madrid for losing out in last season's title decider at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday.

Acting director quits from France’s Le Monde
France

Acting director quits from France’s Le Monde

The acting director of respected French daily Le Monde resigned on Thursday, the latest development in a management crisis at the newspaper.

Running goes ‘viral’ in once sports-shy France
France

Running goes ‘viral’ in once sports-shy France

Running has become the fastest growing segment of the sports market in France, with the French - and particularly the Parisians - ever keener to hit the road for a jog.

Migrant gets permit for saving drowning woman
Italy

Migrant gets permit for saving drowning woman

A 32-year-old homeless illegal migrant who jumped into Rome’s Tiber river to save a drowning woman has been given a year-long permit to stay in the city.

German frigate helps save 2,220 refugees
Germany

German frigate helps save 2,220 refugees

The German frigate 'Hesse' helped save 2,220 refugees off the coast of Libya on Thursday, in a mission carried out in cooperation with the Italian coast guard and navy.

How to make Panna cotta with cloudberry jam
Sweden

How to make Panna cotta with cloudberry jam

Swedes are addicted to dairy-based desserts and panna cotta is no exception. With Swedish cloudberry jam mixed into this delicious sweet treat you'll be able impress your guests with this Nordic twist on a Mediterranean favourite. John Duxbury shares his recipe with The Local.

Hungary mayor offers to ‘save’ French statue
France

Hungary mayor offers to ‘save’ French statue

A Hungarian mayor has offered to "rescue" a statue of Pope John Paul II set for demolition in France after a court ruled it contravened laws on secularity.

Denmark’s ‘sad’ position in EU asylum plan
Denmark

Denmark’s ‘sad’ position in EU asylum plan

Denmark's EU opt-outs keep it from being a part of the plans to more evenly distribute refugees and to take the fight to smugglers in the Mediterranean.

‘Gang conflict’ linked to latest Gothenburg attack
Sweden

‘Gang conflict’ linked to latest Gothenburg attack

UPDATED: A man in his twenties has died after a shooting in Partille, near Gothenburg, the latest in a string of high-profile killings in the area this year.

Frankfurt women lift 4th Champs League cup
Germany

Frankfurt women lift 4th Champs League cup

A late Mandy Islacker winner sealed a 2-1 victory and record fourth Women's Champions League crown for Frankfurt, dashing Paris Saint-Germain's hopes of a first title, in Berlin on Thursday.

Hoax bomb threat hits top reality show
Germany

Hoax bomb threat hits top reality show

Reality show “Germany's Next Top Model” was cancelled on Thursday night after a false bomb threat forced the evacuation of the SAP Arena in Mannheim, where the final was being filmed.

Federer sets up possible Nadal clash in Rome
Italy

Federer sets up possible Nadal clash in Rome

Swiss world number two Roger Federer survived a late fightback by Kevin Anderson on Thursday to book his place in the quarter-finals and a possible last four match-up with Rafael Nadal at the Italian Open.

Massive jump in adult Swedes getting braces
Sweden

Massive jump in adult Swedes getting braces

A rising number of adult Swedes are choosing to get braces fitted. But why are so many people in the Nordic nation chewing on the trend?