Al Pacino pulls out of ‘Nazi’ Knut Hamsun play
Norway

Al Pacino pulls out of ‘Nazi’ Knut Hamsun play

American acting legend Al Pacino has pulled out of a stage adaptation of ’Hunger’, the dark psychological novel by Norway’s Knut Hamsun, because of the writer’s enthusiastic support for Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany.

World’s biggest elk statue arrives in Oslo
Norway

World’s biggest elk statue arrives in Oslo

Oslo this week took delivery of the world's largest elk sculpture, a ten-metre-high beast in shimmering steel which stands 30cm taller than its Canadian rival 'Mac the Moose'.

‘Use Myanmar aid to save Rohingya’: Tutu in Oslo
Norway

‘Use Myanmar aid to save Rohingya’: Tutu in Oslo

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu has called in Oslo for international aid to Myanmar to be linked to the plight of the country's persecuted Rohingya minority.

Fifa’s Blatter confident about re-election
Switzerland

Fifa’s Blatter confident about re-election

Sepp Blatter, president of Zurich-based Fifa, says he is confident of securing a new term as head of world football and slammed what he called the "negative influences" that he said threaten the game.

Landlord tells tenant to remove Israeli flag
Austria

Landlord tells tenant to remove Israeli flag

A Jewish resident of Vienna's second district was ordered to remove an Israeli flag that was shown inside the window of his apartment, or face eviction, according to Austrian media reports.

Swedish amber rock was Second World War bomb
Sweden

Swedish amber rock was Second World War bomb

A two-kilo rock handed to a museum in southern Sweden by a fisherman who thought it was a piece of amber, has turned out to be a huge Second World War bomb.

Summer weather finally on its way to Denmark
Denmark

Summer weather finally on its way to Denmark

May's weather has been a total downer, but the long-awaited summer warmth is just around the corner, meteorologists said on Tuesday.

Shocked fishermen hook a shell of a catch
Germany

Shocked fishermen hook a shell of a catch

A couple of friends who went for a quiet spot of fishing on Lake Seeburg in Lower Saxony on Monday got the fright of their life when they pulled up their net to find an artillery shell inside.

10 facts to celebrate Leipzig’s 1,000th birthday
Germany

10 facts to celebrate Leipzig’s 1,000th birthday

This weekend the city of Leipzig is celebrating its 1,000th anniversary, since it was first mentioned by the chronicler Thietmar of Merseburg in 1015. The Local gives some insight into one of Germany's most vibrant cities.

Stockholm transport boss resigns over theft
Sweden

Stockholm transport boss resigns over theft

The head of Stockholm's public transport group, SL, has stepped down a fortnight after he was fined by a Hong Kong court for stealing an expensive designer credit card holder in an airport store.

Paris: Phone porn fears after pupils fondle girls
France

Paris: Phone porn fears after pupils fondle girls

A prestigious Paris secondary school has been hit by scandal after schoolboys resorted to groping girls after having watched porn on their phones during their lunch breaks. The incidents have prompted a debate around the impact of porn and whether smartphones should be banned in schools.

‘It’s time to talk up what Europe has brought UK’
France

‘It’s time to talk up what Europe has brought UK’

As a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU looks set to be announced in the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday, the President of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce in Paris, Bob Lewis appeals for the pro-European voices to be heard.

Police tighten borders ahead of German G7
Germany

Police tighten borders ahead of German G7

German authorities have reintroduced border controls two weeks before the leaders of the G7 economies gather in Elmau, southern Bavaria.

North Germany feels pain of Russia sanctions
Germany

North Germany feels pain of Russia sanctions

Schleswig Holstein's exports to Russia have dropped by 31 percent, state finance minister Reinhard Meyer said in comments reported by the Hamburger Abendblatt on Tuesday.

‘Denmark is out of the crisis’: Thorning-Schmidt
Denmark

‘Denmark is out of the crisis’: Thorning-Schmidt

The Danish Economic Council released a report on Tuesday that outlined Denmark's growth and may have set the final stage for an election, while another report cast doubt on the government's employment creation figures.

Milan court bans UberPop app across Italy
Italy

Milan court bans UberPop app across Italy

UPDATED: A Milan court has blocked the controversial ride-sharing app UberPop across Italy, citing unfair competition with the country's cab drivers.

Madrid goes mad for radical mayor Manuela
Spain

Madrid goes mad for radical mayor Manuela

Manuela Carmena, a 71-year-old retired judge and former member of the Communist party who fought for human rights under dictator Francisco Franco looks set to become Madrid’s mayor, ousting the PP after 24 years of power.

IN PHOTOS: Copenhagen Carnival brings the party
Denmark

IN PHOTOS: Copenhagen Carnival brings the party

Check out the photo highlights from the weekend's Copenhagen Carnival festival.

Anger as France looks set to scrap train lines
France

Anger as France looks set to scrap train lines

A controversial report published in France on Tuesday urges the government to scrap numerous train lines that link the country’s cities as well as several night trains. It's been described by critics as an "aberration'.

The ten Paris streets you just have to walk down
France

The ten Paris streets you just have to walk down

Paris is best explored on foot - so we asked the experts at Localers walking tours to come up with a list of the most unmissable streets in the French capital. See how many you have walked along. (No, the Champs Elysées is not one of them).

Austrian to be released from UAE after ten weeks
Austria

Austrian to be released from UAE after ten weeks

An Austrian holidaymaker held in the United Arab Emirates for more than ten weeks after he photographed the Iranian embassy has been released and ordered to pay a 50 Euro fine.

Man’s body found at home 7 years after death
Italy

Man’s body found at home 7 years after death

An Italian pensioner lay dead in his apartment for seven years until tax authorities investigating his unpaid bills came to seize his furniture on Tuesday morning, Italian media has reported.

Pupil rings French PM Valls for homework help
France

Pupil rings French PM Valls for homework help

A 16-year-old Parisian pupil ignored Wikipedia and Google and decided instead to call the personal mobile phone of France's prime minister Manuel Valls in an attempt to get some inside help for a school presentation on politics.

Sweden ladies red-faced over infectious ‘clap’ tag
Sweden

Sweden ladies red-faced over infectious ‘clap’ tag

Swedish is a peculiar language, and translating expressions into English can be tricky, as most expats know. The women's national football team got a taste of this on Tuesday, when their international slogan inadvertently encouraged fans to spread gonorrhoea around Sweden.

Road to recovery? Poor get poorer in Spain
Spain

Road to recovery? Poor get poorer in Spain

The number of children at risk of poverty in Spain has reached a record high since the start of the economic crisis, showing a reality in stark contrast to indications that Spain was well on the road to recovery.

Norway alone in sending Eritrean refugees home
Norway

Norway alone in sending Eritrean refugees home

Norway's right-wing government is negotiating a deal with Eritrea's repressive regime which would see asylum seekers from the country forcibly returned, even though a UN report maintains that they could face torture.

Family dog kills three-year-old girl
Italy

Family dog kills three-year-old girl

A three-year-old girl in north-east Italy has died after being bitten by her cousin’s dog, while the two children were playing together in a garden.

German twins die fighting for Isis in Iraq
Germany

German twins die fighting for Isis in Iraq

German twins from Castrop-Rauxel in North Rhine-Westphalia have died fighting for the Islamist group Isis in Iraq, the militia's official magazine reported in its latest publication.

Amazon to pay taxes on sales in France
France

Amazon to pay taxes on sales in France

US online retail giant Amazon announced that it has begun declaring sales made in France, meaning it will no longer only be paying European taxes in Luxembourg.

Austrian teen jihadist jailed for bomb plot
Austria

Austrian teen jihadist jailed for bomb plot

A 14-year-old boy who plotted a bomb attack on a Vienna train station was sentenced on Tuesday to eight months' detention.

Spanish director Vicente Aranda dies aged 88
Spain

Spanish director Vicente Aranda dies aged 88

One of Spain's most famous film directors, best known for the awarding winning 1991 movie Amantes, starring Victoria Abril, died on Tuesday morning in Madrid.

Refugees smuggled through Vienna airport
Austria

Refugees smuggled through Vienna airport

Employees of a private security company at Vienna International Airport have allegedly been smuggling refugees into the United States and Great Britain, according to a spokesman for the Lower Austria state prosecutor based in Korneuburg.

Froome takes on Federer over selfies brouhaha
Switzerland

Froome takes on Federer over selfies brouhaha

Roger Federer has drawn criticism from British cycling champion Chris Froome after the Swiss tennis star complained about a boy who jumped onto the court at the French Open to take a selfie with him.

Two years for man who praised Eta on Facebook
Spain

Two years for man who praised Eta on Facebook

An internet user has been sentenced to two years in prison for celebrating the death of a politician at the hands of Basque terrorist group Eta in a post on Facebook.

Italian town sets new Tiramisù record
Italy

Italian town sets new Tiramisù record

The northern Italian town of Gemona has set the record for the largest Tiramisù in culinary history.

Does Sweden mark down foreigners’ children?
Sweden

Does Sweden mark down foreigners’ children?

Children in Sweden with foreign-born parents appear to get lower scores in national exams than from their own class teachers, research by a major Swedish daily newspaper suggests.

Sweden has fewest new prisoners in six decades
Sweden

Sweden has fewest new prisoners in six decades

Fewer people were sent to prison in Sweden in 2014 than in any other year since the 1950s, according to new figures from Sweden’s Prison and Probation Service (Kriminalvården).

US returns haul of robbed Italy artefacts
Italy

US returns haul of robbed Italy artefacts

Italy has recovered 25 valuable pieces of cultural heritage stolen in recent decades and smuggled into the US, including frescoes from Pompeii and a Venetian cannon.

Toilet theft at interior ministry causes a stink
Germany

Toilet theft at interior ministry causes a stink

Thieves have stolen toilet seats, taps and loo paper holders from the new interior ministry building in Berlin, making it difficult for mandarins to get comfortable in their new surroundings.

Hollande and Merkel deliver blow to Cameron

Hollande and Merkel deliver blow to Cameron

Germany and France have agreed to forge closer Eurozone ties without reopening the bloc’s treaties, a report in France has claimed. The move is seemingly designed to undermine UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s attempts to renegotiate his country’s ties to the EU.

Weather worries again delay Solar Impulse trip
Switzerland

Weather worries again delay Solar Impulse trip

The most challenging leg of Solar Impulse 2's landmark flight around the world powered only by the sun was delayed on Tuesday due to concerns about the weather, organizers of the Swiss project said.

Danish radio hosts kill baby rabbit on air
Denmark

Danish radio hosts kill baby rabbit on air

UPDATED: Radio24syv wanted to start a debate about the treatment of animals in Denmark's agriculture sector so its hosts killed a baby rabbit with a bicycle pump and ate it.

British woman bites off French reveller’s thumb
France

British woman bites off French reveller’s thumb

A fight outside a nightclub in a town in western France took a turn for the bizarre when a woman from the UK reportedly bit a local woman's thumb clean off.

Police find bodies of two missing mountain hikers
Switzerland

Police find bodies of two missing mountain hikers

The bodies of two men reported missing earlier this month in separate cases were found on Monday, Swiss police said.

Amazon to pay tax on Italy sales
Italy

Amazon to pay tax on Italy sales

Online retail giant Amazon said it has started declaring sales made in major European markets in the respective countries instead of Luxembourg, meaning it will pay taxes on the sales in Italy and elsewhere.

Berlin jumps ahead on new rent control law
Germany

Berlin jumps ahead on new rent control law

Berlin is to be the only state in Germany to introduce rent controls immediately after the law allowing them comes into effect on June 1st.

Asylum seekers face ‘years’ without Swedish
Sweden

Asylum seekers face ‘years’ without Swedish

Sweden’s commitment to give free Swedish classes to all asylum seekers is failing, according to the Red Cross, which says that too many are being forced to wait “several years” before they can attend lessons.

Alps murders: Ex-soldier emerges as chief suspect
France

Alps murders: Ex-soldier emerges as chief suspect

A new book about the brutal 2012 murders of a British-Iraqi family and a French cyclist in the Alps has revealed that a former soldier in the French Foreign Legion has been identified as the number one suspect.

Roma stun Lazio in fiery city derby
Italy

Roma stun Lazio in fiery city derby

A late glancing header from defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa earned Roma a stunning 2-1 victory over Lazio in a fiery city derby on Monday to secure the Giallorossi's automatic entry to the Champions League.

Italy’s UniCredit in Ukraine anti-terror probe
Italy

Italy’s UniCredit in Ukraine anti-terror probe

Ukrainian security agents on Monday seized documents at the Kiev headquarters of Italy's UniCredit bank as part of a probe aimed at cutting off the suspected illicit financing of pro-Russian rebels in the separatist east.

Spain ushers in new era of political pact making
Spain

Spain ushers in new era of political pact making

The success of radical upstart parties in Spain's local elections means Spain is facing an era of coalitions - a strange new world for the country's two traditional ruling parties.

Ancelotti fired after poor season for Real Madrid

Ancelotti fired after poor season for Real Madrid

Real Madrid fired their coach Carlo Ancelotti on Monday as the popular Italian paid for a disappointing season without a major trophy.

Ireland vote builds gay marriage momentum
Germany

Ireland vote builds gay marriage momentum

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is feeling the pressure from opposition MPs, its own gay supporters and its Social Democratic Party (SPD) allies to look again at allowing gay marriage after Ireland's popular "yes" vote on Friday.

Sicilian saves Syrians at sea with mobile phone
Italy

Sicilian saves Syrians at sea with mobile phone

Nawal Soufi is never without her mobile phone and thousands of Syrian refugees have reason to be grateful for that.

Football fans stabbed ahead of Rome derby
Italy

Football fans stabbed ahead of Rome derby

Two unnamed Roma fans were rushed to hospital in a serious condition after being stabbed prior to the city derby against Lazio on Monday, reports in Italy said.

US fighter jets escort Air France flight after threat
France

US fighter jets escort Air France flight after threat

US warplanes were scrambled to escort an Air France passenger jet flying from Paris to New York on Monday, following one of several threats against commercial aircraft that proved to be unfounded.

Danish election rumours hit fever pitch
Denmark

Danish election rumours hit fever pitch

This week marks PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt's last chance to call an election if she wants Danes to go to the polls before summer holidays and several inside sources say she's ready to pull the trigger.

Sex abuse by priests little pursued: report
Switzerland

Sex abuse by priests little pursued: report

Twenty criminal investigations have been launched into sexual abuse allegations in Switzerland against Roman Catholic priests and laymen working for the church since 2010, a media report said on Monday.

Russia exercise parallels Sweden war simulation
Sweden

Russia exercise parallels Sweden war simulation

Russian military forces have launched an unexpected huge military exercise, which is taking place as Sweden continues to host thousands of troops from nine countries for a similar war games simulation.

Copenhagen’s tourism growth continues
Denmark

Copenhagen’s tourism growth continues

Two recent reports have spelled bad news for Denmark’s tourism industry, but try telling that to the guests who have been flocking to Copenhagen this year.

‘Swedes need to ditch cakes at coffee time’
Sweden

‘Swedes need to ditch cakes at coffee time’

Grabbing a cake and a coffee at least once a day is one of Sweden's best loved traditions and even has a special name: 'fika'. But Swedish medical student Haroon Bayani is calling on Swedish nationals and foreigners alike to stop reaching for sweet treats in the workplace.

Kenya accuses Norway of ‘supporting terror’
Norway

Kenya accuses Norway of ‘supporting terror’

A senior media official in the Kenyan government has accused Norway of “supporting Terrorism” with a post on Twitter whose hashtag by Monday afternoon briefly became the top trending topic in the country’s vibrant community of Twitter users.