Norwegian MP shares penis pic on Instagram
Norway

Norwegian MP shares penis pic on Instagram

A Norwegian MP has been sharply criticised for posting a picture on Instagram of a man showing his penis as he prepared to urinate from a balcony during Norway’s National Day.

Motorist suspected in manhole worker’s death
Switzerland

Motorist suspected in manhole worker’s death

Aargau cantonal police said on Tuesday that a criminal investigation was continuing into the death of a 64-year-old company employee who was apparently killed in a collision with a car after working in a manhole.

Norway’s Arctic oil plans ‘a disgrace’: Knausgård
Norway

Norway’s Arctic oil plans ‘a disgrace’: Knausgård

Norwegian literary star Karl Ove Knausgård has called Norway “a fucking disgrace” for its plans to tender out exploration blocks in as yet untouched parts of the Arctic Barents sea, in an interview with the UK’s Guardian newspaper.

Germany under fire for minimum wage law
Austria

Germany under fire for minimum wage law

The European Commission launched legal action against Germany on Tuesday, accusing the government of illegally applying the national minimum wage to a number of trucking and haulage companies from Austria, Poland and Hungary.

Swiss Eurovision hope is expat with UK ties
Switzerland

Swiss Eurovision hope is expat with UK ties

A 24-year-old expat from Mauritius who studied music in the UK is carrying the banner for Switzerland in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest getting under way in Vienna on Tuesday night.

Mohammed cartoons coming to Denmark
Denmark

Mohammed cartoons coming to Denmark

Next month’s political festival on the island of Bornholm has already attracted Islam critics and nationalists – now it will also include the Mohammed drawings that were the target of a shooting in the US earlier this month.

Leader warns AfD could become National Front
Germany

Leader warns AfD could become National Front

The leader of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) warned on Tuesday that his own party has the potential to turn into a German version of the National Front, France's far-right political party.

‘Reforms will make it worse’: French teachers
France

‘Reforms will make it worse’: French teachers

Thousands of teachers took to the streets of France on Tuesday to protest against the government’s latest controversial reform package. Teachers told The Local that France is in need of change but what is being proposed is not the answer.

Two pilots eject from Swedish-made fighter jet
Sweden

Two pilots eject from Swedish-made fighter jet

Two pilots survived unscathed after they were forced to eject from a Swedish-made fighter jet that veered off a landing strip and crashed in a field on an air base in the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

Rapper among 19 held for glorifying terrorism
Spain

Rapper among 19 held for glorifying terrorism

The lead vocalist of a rap rock band was among 19 people arrested on Tuesday for threatening politicians, writing disparaging messages about terrorism victims and glorifying terrorist groups, all on social networks.

‘Satan’s mother’ places ad in Swedish paper
Sweden

‘Satan’s mother’ places ad in Swedish paper

A baptism notice heralding the arrival of Lucy, a little girl with 666 curls, slipped unnoticed by editors onto the family pages of one of Sweden’s main daily newspapers on Tuesday.

Italian Down’s group ‘too slow’ to buy train tickets
Italy

Italian Down’s group ‘too slow’ to buy train tickets

An Italian charity has complained of discrimination after a group of Down’s Syndrome passengers were twice denied the right to buy their own train tickets because they were “too slow”. As a result, they missed their train.

Hollande rejects migrant quotas for Europe
France

Hollande rejects migrant quotas for Europe

UPDATED: French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday there was "no question" of introducing a migrant quota system in Europe, as proposed by the European Commission.

GDL union is danger to itself and others
Germany

GDL union is danger to itself and others

By abusing the power to bring the country to a halt at a stroke, train drivers' union GDL is endangering rights for all workers - and its own cause, argues The Local editor Tom Barfield.

Merkel and Hollande urge speedy Greece deal
Germany

Merkel and Hollande urge speedy Greece deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday urged speedy efforts for debt-hit Greece to reach a deal with its international creditors.

Cannes Film Fest: ‘We never banned flat shoes’
France

Cannes Film Fest: ‘We never banned flat shoes’

Cannes Film Festival organisers were forced on Tuesday to deny a report that they were enforcing a strict high-heel rule for women on its legendary red carpet.

Women’s final scrapped over ‘lesbian’ slur
Italy

Women’s final scrapped over ‘lesbian’ slur

The Italian women’s football cup final has been scrapped after a football chief allegedly described women players as “lesbians”.

Balance of power lies with undecided voters
Spain

Balance of power lies with undecided voters

As Spain heads towards Sunday’s municipal and regional elections, the country's political parties are scrambling to woo wavering voters, who look set to decide the outcome in one of the closest elections in memory.

Deutsche Bank mulls GB exit in case of Brexit
Germany

Deutsche Bank mulls GB exit in case of Brexit

Deutsche Bank has launched a review to decide whether to relocate some operations to Germany if Britain votes to leave the European Union in a planned referendum, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

Sweden now owns Pirate Bay domain names
Sweden

Sweden now owns Pirate Bay domain names

The Swedish state became the unlikely new owner of two domain names used by The Pirate Bay after a court ruling on Tuesday.

‘Torture’ cop assaulted colleagues with gun
Germany

‘Torture’ cop assaulted colleagues with gun

A Hanover police officer already under investigation for allegedly harshly mistreating at least two refugees had previously pointed his gun at another officer and ordered him to perform sex acts.

MRSA found in every third pack of Danish pork
Denmark

MRSA found in every third pack of Danish pork

The multi-resistant bacteria MRSA was discovered in eight out of 25 packages of pork in a recent test, up from one in every five packs just eight months ago.

Airbus warns of engine bug after A400 crash
Spain

Airbus warns of engine bug after A400 crash

Airbus on Tuesday warned of a technical bug potentially affecting the engines of its A400M that was discovered during an internal test after one of its military planes crashed in Spain.

Norway has slowest internet in Scandinavia
Norway

Norway has slowest internet in Scandinavia

Norway has the slowest internet in Scandinavia and has even slipped behind former eastern block countries such as Romania, the Czech Republic and Latvia, according to a new global report.

Hollande and Merkel join forces for climate deal
France

Hollande and Merkel join forces for climate deal

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel jointly pledged on Tuesday to do their utmost to ensure an "ambitious" UN deal to combat climate change is reached this year.

Barca to bid bye bye to Xavi Hernandez
Spain

Barca to bid bye bye to Xavi Hernandez

Barcelona's captain Xavi Hernandez will leave the club he has served since boyhood for Qatari side Al Sadd at the end of this season, his father said on Tuesday.

Drunk French dad gets son, 12, to drive home
France

Drunk French dad gets son, 12, to drive home

A drunk father in central France has landed his 12-year-old son in trouble with the law after he enlisted him to drive him home following a boozy fishing trip.

6 things about Denmark’s Eurovision entry
Denmark

6 things about Denmark’s Eurovision entry

Anti Social Media's quest to bring the Eurovision crown back to Denmark begins in Vienna on Tuesday – here's what you need to know about the Danish entry in the song contest.

Five top facts: Sweden’s Eurovision entry
Sweden

Five top facts: Sweden’s Eurovision entry

UPDATED: Just three years after winning Eurovision, Sweden is again tipped as one of the favourites to take home the crown on Saturday. Here, The Local brings you the five things you need to know about the 28-year-old Swedish heartthrob who has stirred up quite the social media buzz in Vienna.

French school reforms: Why the almighty fuss?
France

French school reforms: Why the almighty fuss?

The French government’s planned education reforms aimed at ending growing inequality and elitism has kicked up a huge row. As teaching unions take to the streets in protest on Tuesday here’s a look at what's provoked their ire.

Biker brawl breaks out at Cologne hospital
Germany

Biker brawl breaks out at Cologne hospital

A biker gang in Cologne decided to save themselves a trip on Sunday night by having a mass brawl right in front of a hospital.

Ann Sophie’s high hopes for Vienna
Germany

Ann Sophie’s high hopes for Vienna

On Saturday Germany's Eurovision Song Contest entrant Ann Sophie will carry the expectation of the nation on her shoulders. Has she got what it takes to win one of the most (un)prestigious prizes in music?

Italian popera trio among Eurovision favourites
Italy

Italian popera trio among Eurovision favourites

After coming in at a disappointing 21st place in 2014, Italy now stands a serious chance of winning this year’s Eurovision song contest with the song Grande Amore by Il Volo. Here’s all you need to know about the pop opera trio.

France set for yet more Eurovision calamity
France

France set for yet more Eurovision calamity

France has suffered an absolutely shocking run at the Eurovision song contest in recent years, but could Lisa Angell turn it around in 2015 with her song "N'oubliez pas"? Definitely not, says The Local's Oliver Gee.

‘Do Norwegians know what Cheetos are?’
Norway

‘Do Norwegians know what Cheetos are?’

Funny, intelligent and highly controversial, US comedian and talkshow host Bill Maher has won himself fans and enemies alike on both sides of the pond. Here, he tells The Local's Emma Löfgren how he thinks his particular brand of telling-it-like-he-sees-it comedy will fly when he hits the Oslo stand-up stage next week.

Hiker dies after 80-metre plunge in Appenzell
Switzerland

Hiker dies after 80-metre plunge in Appenzell

A 55-year-old hiker died after falling 80 metres from a cliff in the Alpstein mountain range in the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden, police said on Tuesday.

Top ten places for gourmet dining in Vienna
Austria

Top ten places for gourmet dining in Vienna

There are times when a Leberkässemmel from your favourite sausage stand just doesn't cut it. Perhaps you have an important date lined up - but where's the best place to splash out on for an evening of fine dining? Barbara Cação recommends ten high end restaurants in Vienna for an evening to remember.

Couple jailed for murder of eight-year-old girl
Sweden

Couple jailed for murder of eight-year-old girl

Sweden's court of appeal has ruled that eight-year-old Yara Alnajjar was murdered by her uncle and his wife.

Is this the worst election campaign video ever?
Spain

Is this the worst election campaign video ever?

Campaign videos can be cringeworthy but this effort by the PP mayor of Oyón surely takes the crown as the most cringeworthy of them all.

Berlusconi signals the end for AC Milan coach
Italy

Berlusconi signals the end for AC Milan coach

Silvio Berlusconi has effectively confirmed that AC Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi will be sacked at the end of what has been a bitterly disappointing season, Italian media reported on Tuesday.

French jihadists include 45 teenage girls
France

French jihadists include 45 teenage girls

France revealed on Monday that 45 teenage French girls are waging jihad in the Middle East as well as a worrying trend that has seen a 203 percent rise in the number of its nationals heading to the region.

Vienna’s gay-themed traffic lights to stay
Austria

Vienna’s gay-themed traffic lights to stay

Vienna’s new gay-themed traffic lights are here to stay - after an overwhelmingly positive response and attention from international media.

Danish royals draw out Hamburg crowds

Danish royals draw out Hamburg crowds

Crown prince Frederik and crown princess Mary of Denmark pulled out the crowds on a visit to Hamburg on Tuesday morning at the head of a economic mission called 'Danish living.' The visit lasts three days and includes a stop-off in Munich.

IMF raises Italy’s 2015 growth forecast
Italy

IMF raises Italy’s 2015 growth forecast

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday upped Italy's 2015 growth forecast.

Can Edurne win for Spain in Vienna on Saturday?
Spain

Can Edurne win for Spain in Vienna on Saturday?

She is hoping to take the Eurovision crown for Spain this Saturday but who is the sultry pop star representing Spain in this year’s competition? Let us introduce you to Edurne.

Healthcare: 9 questions expats should ask

Healthcare: 9 questions expats should ask

We all know living abroad brings lots of adventure and excitement, but also raises lots of questions. And when it comes you and your family's health, we often don’t know what questions to ask until an unforeseen event prompts us to look for answers.

Scientists find craters beneath Lake Neuchâtel
Switzerland

Scientists find craters beneath Lake Neuchâtel

Scientists have discovered four large craters at the bottom of Lake Neuchâtel that rate among the largest of their kind in the world.

Over 50 arrested in Italy match-fixing sweep
Italy

Over 50 arrested in Italy match-fixing sweep

UPDATED: More than 50 people have been arrested and 30 are under investigation as part of an inquiry into match-fixing in Italian football, with some of the alleged fraud linked to mafia organizations.

Why Malmö ‘has it all’ for international students
Sweden

Why Malmö ‘has it all’ for international students

Over coffee in their apartment, students Karolína Marcinová and Jenni Uimonen tell us why Malmö is the perfect university city - and offer some tips for settling in.

Eurovision: Meet The Makemakes
Austria

Eurovision: Meet The Makemakes

Austria’s Eurovision act is a far cry from Conchita Wurst’s triumphant bearded lady - they may have beards but retro rockers The Makemakes hark back to the 1970’s with their long hair, cute smiles and more macho vocals.

Govt turns to Dark Side to enforce bike safety
Germany

Govt turns to Dark Side to enforce bike safety

Darth Vader may have rattled his last breath more than thirty years ago, but that hasn't stopped the German government from enlisting him to connect with kids on bicycle safety.

Incredible video of Spain from space station
Spain

Incredible video of Spain from space station

An illuminating video newly released by the European Space Agency shows off Spain from a whole new angle, 400km above Earth.

Swedish banks ‘make life easy for terrorists’
Sweden

Swedish banks ‘make life easy for terrorists’

Sweden’s financial watchdog has hit two of Sweden’s biggest banks, Nordea and Handelsbanken, with heavy fines for their failure to prevent money laundering.

What to do if you lose your job in Denmark
Denmark

What to do if you lose your job in Denmark

It's never fun to lose your job, but luckily the Danish Salaried Employees Act gives you plenty of rights. Human resources expert Nancy Rasmussen gives you a rundown.

John Malkovich sues French daily Le Monde
France

John Malkovich sues French daily Le Monde

John Malkovich has filed a defamation suit against French newspaper Le Monde over Swissleaks reports the US actor says incorrectly stated he owned a secret Swiss account, his lawyer said on Monday.

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Sweden

May 29 – 31: Music Tech Fest (Umeå)

Top cartoonist Luz to leave Charlie Hebdo
France

Top cartoonist Luz to leave Charlie Hebdo

Cartoonist Luz, who drew Charlie Hebdo's front cover picture of Muhammad following the massacre of the satirical weekly's editorial team in January, said on Monday he was leaving the paper.

Drivers’ strike goes ahead after rail talks fail
Germany

Drivers’ strike goes ahead after rail talks fail

Train drivers will walk out on strike for an indefinite period on Tuesday afternoon after last-minute talks between rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) and the train drivers' union GDL failed.

Job insecurity growing globally: ILO report
Switzerland

Job insecurity growing globally: ILO report

Only a fourth of the world's workforce have stable contracts, leading to growing job insecurity, a report from the Geneva-based International Labour Organization said on Tuesday.

Denmark plans to collect all passenger data
Denmark

Denmark plans to collect all passenger data

While the European parliament continues to wrestle with the privacy repercussions of a proposal on collecting passenger data, Denmark plans to move ahead with its own domestic plan.

Isis claims German behind suicide bombing
Germany

Isis claims German behind suicide bombing

A German national carried out a suicide bombing against Iraqi security forces near the city of Baiji on Monday, the Islamic State group claimed in a statement posted on jihadist forums.

Juve focus on Cup final, not Barca: Marchisio
Italy

Juve focus on Cup final, not Barca: Marchisio

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio insists the Turin giants are firmly focused on ending their 20-year wait to lift the Italian Cup as their Champions League final date with Barcelona looms.

Swedish Spotify teams up with US cafe chain
Sweden

Swedish Spotify teams up with US cafe chain

Starbucks customers could soon be listening to Spotify lists as they sip their lattes, after the coffee giant announced a new partnership with the Swedish streaming leader.

Germany joins EU anti-trafficking mission
Germany

Germany joins EU anti-trafficking mission

German forces will join in a pan-EU mission to stop people traffickers operating in the Mediterranean, agreed on at a meeting of foreign and defence ministers from across Europe in Brussels on Monday.

Italy starts to show the strains of migrant influx
Italy

Italy starts to show the strains of migrant influx

With its refugee reception facilities bursting at the seams, Italy is starting to show the strains created by thousands of people washing up every week on its southern shores.

Labour group seeks longer paternity leave
Switzerland

Labour group seeks longer paternity leave

More than half of workers employed in the private sector in Switzerland are entitled to only one day off for paternity leave after a child is born, a labour group says.

‘Sweden’s smug wisdom of neutrality is a farce’
Sweden

‘Sweden’s smug wisdom of neutrality is a farce’

Sweden's ability to defend its borders remains a hot topic as fears of an aggressive Russia grow stronger. In this week's debate article, defence expert Bruce Acker argues that the Nordic country's neutrality plays right into the hands of its eastern neighbour, which is unlikely to launch a military attack on Sweden as long as it is not in its interest to do so.

Swedish firm SCA in Colombian diaper probe
Sweden

Swedish firm SCA in Colombian diaper probe

A company owned by scandal-hit Swedish industry giant SCA is suspected of having been part of two secret cartels to push up the price of, among other things, toilet paper and diapers in Colombia, according to a Swedish newspaper.

Trial for jihadist teenager delayed
Austria

Trial for jihadist teenager delayed

A 15-year-old Austrian schoolboy with alleged ties to Islamist extremists, who is accused of intending to launch a bomb attack in Vienna last year will be tried on May 26, officials said on Monday.

Two missing penguins found in aquarium
Norway

Two missing penguins found in aquarium

Two of the three baby penguins supposedly stolen from a Norway aquarium by rowdy students have been found dead in nesting boxes inside the park.

A quarter of Oslo’s Roma kids are in care: report
Norway

A quarter of Oslo’s Roma kids are in care: report

Almost half children born to Roma Norwegians in Oslo are in foster care or risk being taken into it, the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muižnieks has claimed in a highly critical report.