Oslo meet pledges to protect schools in war
Norway

Oslo meet pledges to protect schools in war

Almost 40 countries have pledged at a conference in Oslo to do more to protect students caught up in conflicts such as those in Nigeria and Afghanistan, which have suffered recent armed attacks on schools.

Norway’s jobless youth lack key skills: OECD
Norway

Norway’s jobless youth lack key skills: OECD

Young, unemployed Norwegians are further behind in essential skills such as reading, writing, and numeracy than most other rich world countries, according to a damning new report.

Jay Z sparks black rights storm at Norway’s Tidal
Norway

Jay Z sparks black rights storm at Norway’s Tidal

A race storm probably wasn’t the first thing staff at Spotify-rival WiMP expected when it was bought and renamed Tidal earlier this year, but that’s what happened when Jay Z and Beyonce, the US music duo behind the purchase, dropped in to the office.

France to enlist hackers to tackle jihadists
France

France to enlist hackers to tackle jihadists

France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls has announced that he plans to turn to computer hackers, often the scourge of governments worldwide, in order to infiltrate online jihadist networks.

Europe takes France to task for Uber crackdown
France

Europe takes France to task for Uber crackdown

Regulators in Brussels are pressuring France over a new law designed to halt the meteoric rise of Uber, the popular taxi app that is facing fierce opposition from traditional cabs.

Swedish broadcaster sends porn to children
Sweden

Swedish broadcaster sends porn to children

Sweden's public broadcaster SVT has apologized to parents after it accidentally sent an SMS to 60 children which included a link to a pornographic site.

How being an expat in Copenhagen changed
Denmark

How being an expat in Copenhagen changed

Expat blogger Melanie Haynes has been living in the Danish capital for nearly eight years and has seen her new home change for the better during that time.

VIDEO: Mattarella meets Britain’s Queen
Italy

VIDEO: Mattarella meets Britain’s Queen

Italian President Sergio Matterella made a royal visit on Thursday, meeting Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in London before speaking to the country's foreign secretary.

Expo president in €1m tax evasion probe
Italy

Expo president in €1m tax evasion probe

Italy's financial police have seized over €1 million from the president of the Expo world fair, Diana Bracco, as part of an investigation into tax evasion and embezzlement at her healthcare company.

Madrid woman commits 67 crimes in six months
Spain

Madrid woman commits 67 crimes in six months

Police in Madrid have arrested a woman who they said committed 67 crimes within a six month period, using her daughter as accomplice.

German women have World Cup in their sights
Germany

German women have World Cup in their sights

After getting their hands on the world cup in 2003 and 2007, the German women’s national team are trying to make it three out of the last four this summer in Canada.

Are these the five worst places to live in Sweden?
Sweden

Are these the five worst places to live in Sweden?

Sweden is a great place to be, from its vibrant capital to cute, picturesque towns in the countryside. But even within this Nordic paradise, there are some real dumps. Here's our guide to the five municipalities that ended up at the bottom of an annual ranking of places to live in Sweden.

Blatter beats off critics to win fifth Fifa term
Switzerland

Blatter beats off critics to win fifth Fifa term

Sepp Blatter won a fifth term as Fifa president on Friday in a dramatic end to an angry campaign dominated by a corruption storm that engulfed the leadership of world football.

USA to boost military presence at Spain base
Spain

USA to boost military presence at Spain base

The Spanish government approved an accord granting the US military a larger presence at the Morón de la Frontera base in Cadiz as a center for a rapid reaction force to deal with crises in Africa.

Guards beat up youth for low-hanging trousers
Spain

Guards beat up youth for low-hanging trousers

A 20-year-old Valencia man has been beaten by tram security guards for refusing to pull up his low-slung trousers.

Paris migrant camp taken down over scabies fears
France

Paris migrant camp taken down over scabies fears

The 400 migrants who had set up a temporary shelter not far from Montmartre in northern Paris have been told to leave after officials warned of the high risks of epidemic sicknesses spreading.

Norway Child Welfare Service in $3m lawsuit
Norway

Norway Child Welfare Service in $3m lawsuit

Five brothers and sisters are suing Norway’s Child Welfare Service for 25m NOK ($3m) for failing to protect them from their psychiatrically ill father despite frequent alerts that he was abusing them and their mother.

Danish man murdered in Mexico
Denmark

Danish man murdered in Mexico

The Danish Foreign Ministry confirmed on Friday that a citizen was shot in Mexico. According to Mexican media reports, the shooting was fatal.

Spaniards are slowly stubbing out the ciggies
Spain

Spaniards are slowly stubbing out the ciggies

A new study has revealed that the number of smokers in Spain has slightly decreased, but a third still light up on a daily basis.

France bans smoking in childrens playgrounds
France

France bans smoking in childrens playgrounds

France’s crackdown on tobacco will continue this summer as the government announced this week smokers will no longer be allowed to light up in playgrounds.

Munich headteacher: ‘Atheists are stupid’
Germany

Munich headteacher: ‘Atheists are stupid’

A head teacher at a state school in Munich is attempting to introduce a strict Christian regime by hanging crosses in the classroom and holding daily prayers. He's within the law, but parents and pupils are beginning to resist.

Baby ducks shut down Autobahn traffic
Germany

Baby ducks shut down Autobahn traffic

Police officers and a fire fighter crane were called in to rescue five orphaned baby ducks on Friday, stopping autobahn traffic briefly to escort them to safety.

Cameron and Merkel sing from same hymn sheet
Germany

Cameron and Merkel sing from same hymn sheet

Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron presented a newly united front at a Berlin press conference on Friday, after their first meeting where the UK premier set out his demands for reform of the European Union.

German industry: Brexit would be ‘disastrous’
Germany

German industry: Brexit would be ‘disastrous’

The German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) have told the BBC that if the UK were to leave the EU it would be disastrous for both countries.

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Sweden

June 1-3: The Burman Lectures in Philosophy 2015 (Umeå)

Snowden case: Story behind the jet grounding
Austria

Snowden case: Story behind the jet grounding

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has spoken about the grounding of Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane in Austria during the hunt for National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013.

Allegri marks ‘darkest day in world sport’
Italy

Allegri marks ‘darkest day in world sport’

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri on Friday paid tribute to the 39 victims of Heysel, calling the football stadium disaster the "darkest page in the history of world sport and of Juventus".

What’s on in Spain: June 2015
Spain

What’s on in Spain: June 2015

Made any plans for June? The Local has rounded up a list of some of the best events in Spain, from a wine throwing battle in La Rioja to a high speed air race in Lleida.

Napoli host Champions League decider
Italy

Napoli host Champions League decider

Napoli's bid to snatch Serie A's last Champions League place from Lazio and the battle for the remaining Europa League places top the agenda as Italy's top flight draws to a close this weekend.

Police: all clear after Fifa meeting bomb threat
Switzerland

Police: all clear after Fifa meeting bomb threat

Fifa's 65th congress resumed after a bomb threat disrupted proceedings in Zurich's Hallenstadion early Friday afternoon.

Dublin mayor: ‘Catalonia deserves independence’
Spain

Dublin mayor: ‘Catalonia deserves independence’

The lord mayor of Dublin, an ex-IRA man, has come out in favour of Catalan independence, telling a Catalan news agency that Irish people know how it feels to be treated as "second class citizens".

Swiss chocolate with a story: Blondel
Switzerland

Swiss chocolate with a story: Blondel

It's a fact: Swiss chocolate has conquered the world. But what's so special about it, and what's it like to run a prestigious chocolaterie? The Local asked chocolate experts Blondel.

Seven great things to do within 50 miles of Vienna
Austria

Seven great things to do within 50 miles of Vienna

Vienna is packed with imperial history, excellent museums and great places to eat. But how about when you want to escape the city? Barbara Cação, of Vienna Unwrapped, has some suggestions.

Long bus wait prompts hospital car theft
Italy

Long bus wait prompts hospital car theft

A pair of thieves who stole a car from outside the emergency room of a Sicilian hospital did so because they were tired of waiting for the bus, Italian media reported on Friday.

Blatter appeals for unity at Fifa congress
Switzerland

Blatter appeals for unity at Fifa congress

Fifa president Sepp Blatter appealed for unity on Friday in an opening speech to the world football body’s 65th congress in Zurich, where he is seeking re-election as the organization struggles to deal with a messy corruption crisis.

VIDEO: Rome police help ducks cross busy road
Italy

VIDEO: Rome police help ducks cross busy road

Protecting ducks isn't normally part of the job description of Rome's traffic police, but a video showing the policemen helping a family of ducks cross a busy road has gone viral in Italy.

Pastor vows to protect five Syrian refugees
Austria

Pastor vows to protect five Syrian refugees

The pastor of the village of Alberschwende in Vorarlberg has vowed to protect five Syrian refugees who are threatened with deportation and has given them accommodation in a parish house.

How to avoid the Paris Metro pickpockets
France

How to avoid the Paris Metro pickpockets

You might be a seasoned pro on the Paris Metro, or just visiting for a few days. Either way, you will need to watch out for ingenious pickpockets working the French capital’s underground rail network. Here's a guide on how to avoid being robbed.

Spring boost for Swedish economy revealed
Sweden

Spring boost for Swedish economy revealed

Sweden's economy grew by 0.4 percent in the first quarter of 2015, and was up 2.5 percent on the same period a year ago, according to figures released on Friday. But Swedes still appear to be holding back from swiping their cards at the nation's tills.

How Eiffel Tower thieves earned €4,000 a day each
France

How Eiffel Tower thieves earned €4,000 a day each

Paris police busted a pickpocket gang this week, who "earned" up to €4,000 a day each in peak season by preying on tourists at the Eiffel Tower. But how exactly were they pinching your belongings? Here's a closer look.

Filming starts for next grisly Nordic Noir treat

Filming starts for next grisly Nordic Noir treat

Nordic Noir fans have been on the edge of their seats this month with the filming of the next Scandinavian crime thriller by the team behind the massively successful Swedish-Danish drama 'The Bridge' getting under way in Costa Rica and Gothenburg. Here's what you need to know about 'Spring Tide'.

British expat fury over EU referendum snub
Spain

British expat fury over EU referendum snub

Calls are growing for voting rights to be extended to ALL British expats living in EU member states regardless of the length of time lived outside the UK to give those most affected by a possible Brexit a vote in the referendum.

Denmark goes to polls on sustained growth
Denmark

Denmark goes to polls on sustained growth

Positive economy figures released on Friday are likely to give Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt a boost as she aims for re-election.

Vigilante dad attacks teacher over abuse claim
Italy

Vigilante dad attacks teacher over abuse claim

A father in north-east Italy has attacked a teacher in her sixties over claims toddlers were being sexually abused at school.

Shooting ‘accomplice’ hands himself in
Austria

Shooting ‘accomplice’ hands himself in

A 30-year-old suspected accomplice of a Kosovo Albanian man who allegedly shot another man dead on a tram in Vienna has handed himself into police, claiming he was just an innocent bystander.

Taliban release German hostage in Afghanistan
Germany

Taliban release German hostage in Afghanistan

An employee of the German International Development Agency (GIZ) has been released from captivity in northern Afghanistan after being taken prisoner by the Taliban six weeks ago.

Paris chefs embrace rooftop gardens
France

Paris chefs embrace rooftop gardens

Chefs in Paris are taking the concept of "eating locally" to heart, with rooftop gardens sprouting up around the French capital. And they say the concept is here to stay.

Real-life police drama on Denmark’s ‘The Bridge’
Denmark

Real-life police drama on Denmark’s ‘The Bridge’

Something resembling an episode of the popular gritty crime drama ‘The Bridge’ (Broen) occurred on Thursday night when Danish and Swedish police engaged in a car chase that ended with the arrest of four men.

Strong franc hammers Swiss economy in Q1
Switzerland

Strong franc hammers Swiss economy in Q1

The Swiss economy contracted by 0.2 percent in the first quarter of this year, the national statistics agency said Friday, as the sharp appreciation of the franc hammered the country's key export sector.

EU’s refugee plans need a reality check
Italy

EU’s refugee plans need a reality check

The EU this week outlined plans to resettle and relocate refugees, but one expert taking a closer look at the proposals argues they put the rights of migrants and asylum seekers at risk.

Prince Ali out to wrestle Fifa from Blatter
Switzerland

Prince Ali out to wrestle Fifa from Blatter

A former wrestler and army officer, Jordan's Prince Ali bin Hussein is bidding to pry control of football's governing-body Fifa from current president Sepp Blatter on Friday.

Barcelona one step closer to title hat-trick
Spain

Barcelona one step closer to title hat-trick

Barcelona can move another step closer to just the second treble in the club's 115-year history when they host Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.

At last, Germany has a new Top Model
Germany

At last, Germany has a new Top Model

Everyone can breathe easily again. Despite a delay of two weeks due to a bomb threat, Heidi Klum has finally been able to choose Germany’s next top model - a 19-year-old from her own home town.

Official questions ‘Hollywood’ Fifa raid
Switzerland

Official questions ‘Hollywood’ Fifa raid

A top Olympic official about to join Fifa's executive has questioned the timing of what he called a "Hollywood-style" operation in Switzerland to detain Fifa members in a corruption raid.

National Front demands EU referendum in France
France

National Front demands EU referendum in France

David Cameron's pledge to hold an in/out referendum on Britain's membership of the EU has been backed by France's far right National Front party, which wants the same in France, where views of the EU have soured over the years.

Danes talk tough on immigration pre-election
Denmark

Danes talk tough on immigration pre-election

In a county where non-Western immigration has been a dominant theme for more than a decade, many foreigners find the tone of the debate unbearable.

‘Assembly problem’ to blame for Airbus crash
Spain

‘Assembly problem’ to blame for Airbus crash

Black boxes from the A400M that crashed in Seville on May 9th confirm that there were "no structural faults".

Fiat Chrysler chief predicts new auto merger
Italy

Fiat Chrysler chief predicts new auto merger

Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne said on Thursday he expects a new merger in the auto industry by 2018, without confirming reports he proposed a tie-up with General Motors.

Frenchwoman jailed for torturing boyfriend
France

Frenchwoman jailed for torturing boyfriend

A Frenchwoman who kept her boyfriend as a "domestic slave", forcing him to ingest sponges and window cleaner, was Thursday sentenced to three years in prison.

Real-life police drama on Sweden’s ‘The Bridge’
Sweden

Real-life police drama on Sweden’s ‘The Bridge’

Something resembling an episode of the popular gritty crime drama 'The Bridge' (Bron) occurred on Thursday night when Swedish and Danish police engaged in a car chase that ended with the arrest of four men.

More than 700 migrants rescued in Mediterranean
Italy

More than 700 migrants rescued in Mediterranean

A total of 741 migrants who set sail from Libya in the hopes of reaching Europe were rescued in the Mediterranean on Thursday, the Italian coastguard said.

The village where mafia ‘stole’ the right to vote
Italy

The village where mafia ‘stole’ the right to vote

Italy goes to the polls this weekend for local and regional elections but not in the village of Plati in the southern region of Calabria, heartland of the 'Ndrangheta mafia, who control much of Europe's cocaine trade.

Paris finally set to dump scourge of love locks
France

Paris finally set to dump scourge of love locks

The famous Pont des Arts will soon be free from the hundreds of thousands of love locks that hang from its railings after Paris confirmed it had finally had enough of the tradition.

Swedish firm wins huge New York airport bid
Sweden

Swedish firm wins huge New York airport bid

A consortium led by Swedish construction company Skanska has been picked for a $3.6 billion (30.5 billion kronor) project to modernize New York's LaGuardia Airport, regional transport officials have announced.

Swedish dads told to take more paternity leave
Sweden

Swedish dads told to take more paternity leave

UPDATED: Plans to introduce a third month of paid parental leave reserved for fathers are set to be introduced in 2016, the Swedish government has revealed, in a bid to further increase gender equality.