Bosnian war crimes suspect held in Geneva
Switzerland

Bosnian war crimes suspect held in Geneva

Swiss border guards on Wednesday arrested former Bosnian muslim commander Naser Oric in the Geneva region, the ATS news agency reported.

Fifa hands computer data to Swiss investigators
Switzerland

Fifa hands computer data to Swiss investigators

Besieged Fifa on Wednesday said that computer information has been handed over to Swiss justice authorities investigating allegations of corruption at the sport's ruling body.

Has King Harald snubbed Sweden’s royal wedding?
Norway

Has King Harald snubbed Sweden’s royal wedding?

Norway’s King Harald is not attending the wedding of “Europe’s coolest royal couple” Sofia Hellqvist and Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip on Saturday, leaving Scandinavian royal watchers puzzled.

Y-block to join ‘seven most endangered’ list
Norway

Y-block to join ‘seven most endangered’ list

One of the buildings damaged in the 2011 bomb attack by mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik has been nominated as one of Europe’s “seven most endangered” architectural treasures.

Mobile phones ‘cheaper without subscriptions’
Switzerland

Mobile phones ‘cheaper without subscriptions’

Most mobile operator deals in Switzerland that offer smartphones for free with subscriptions end up costing more than phones bought separately and signed up for contracts, consumer rating company Comparis says.

Bærum midfield gets first red-card for ‘gay’ jibe
Norway

Bærum midfield gets first red-card for ‘gay’ jibe

A Norwegian footballer over the weekend became the first player ever to be sent off the field for using a homophobic slur, after a referee gave him a red card for calling an opponent “gay”.

Norway to take in 8,000 Syrian quota refugees
Norway

Norway to take in 8,000 Syrian quota refugees

Norway has agreed to take in 8,000 Syrian refugees under the UN quota system, with six parties in the parliament backing the deal after two, the anti-immigrant Progress Party and the Socialist Left party, dropped out of talks.

‘How Zumba gave me a real life in Sweden’
Sweden

‘How Zumba gave me a real life in Sweden’

The Local's reporter Paul Connolly loves living in the Swedish countryside. But it took starting a community Zumba class for his partner fellow-Brit Donna Richmond to thaw to the idea of staying in the frozen north. Here, she shares her emotional story.

Denmark’s People’s Meeting: ten fun facts
Denmark

Denmark’s People’s Meeting: ten fun facts

Not sure what the People's Meeting is about, or even where Bornholm is for that matter? The Local's Niclas Bojesen Jensen tells you everything you need to know about Folkemødet.

French army chief blasts Isis bombing tactics
France

French army chief blasts Isis bombing tactics

The US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against the Islamic State group must do more to target the jihadists' command centres, French army chief Denis Mercier said on Wednesday.

Nude neighbour stripped of Stockholm apartment
Sweden

Nude neighbour stripped of Stockholm apartment

A man in his 60s who was caught roaming naked around his apartment building in central Stockholm has been stripped of his rental lease by a Court of Appeal.

‘Multicultural’ flag ban at high school graduation
Sweden

‘Multicultural’ flag ban at high school graduation

A high school headteacher has been slammed for banning students from waving Swedish or other international flags and singing Zlatan Ibrahimovic's alternative national anthem, just in case their "multicultural" efforts instead promoted xenophobia.

Think summer is here? Don’t forget your wellies
Spain

Think summer is here? Don’t forget your wellies

Almost half of Spain was on alert for stormy weather on Wednesday as the northern part of the country was battered by wind and rain.

Young Euro engineers want work in Germany
Germany

Young Euro engineers want work in Germany

German companies made up half of the top-10 most sought after employers for European engineering students in a survey published on Wednesday.

What’s on in Sweden: June 11th-17th
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: June 11th-17th

The Royal Wedding is finally happening on Saturday. Here, we list where you’re most likely to catch a glimpse of the royal bride and groom and some of the other best events around Sweden this week.

A400M takes to the skies, 6 weeks after fatal crash
Spain

A400M takes to the skies, 6 weeks after fatal crash

The military aricraft will take to the skies during the Paris airshow next week, confirmed Airbus, just over a month after one of the planes crashed outside Seville after a massive engine failure.

Berlin borough town hall OKs Muslim headscarf
Germany

Berlin borough town hall OKs Muslim headscarf

A young Muslim woman has been allowed to start a traineeship in the public sector in Berlin after local authorities considered rejecting her because she wore a headscarf.

Fifa suspends bidding for 2026 World Cup
Switzerland

Fifa suspends bidding for 2026 World Cup

Fifa announced on Wednesday it had suspended the bidding process to host the 2026 World Cup amid the furore surrounding corruption probes at the Zurich-based global governing body for football.

French village’s €1 land offer sparks global frenzy
France

French village’s €1 land offer sparks global frenzy

The mayor of a tiny, underpopulated village in northwestern France has been inundated with calls from around the world after he decided to sell off land for just €1 per square metre in a bid to attract new villagers.

Ikea among dream firms for European students
Sweden

Ikea among dream firms for European students

Business, IT and engineering students from Europe's twelve biggest economies have voted Swedish firms Ikea and Volvo as among the continent's most attractive employers, with both firms climbing the rankings since a similar survey last year.

EU border boss plans Greek coast intervention
Germany

EU border boss plans Greek coast intervention

Fabrice Leggeri, head of the European border agency Frontex, said in Berlin on Wednesday that he was planning more interventions around Greek islands in the Mediterranean.

German captain has victory tattooed on arm
Norway

German captain has victory tattooed on arm

If you thought woman’s football wasn’t serious, think on this. Germany's Anja Mittag has had “Stockholm, 28.07.2013” — the date and time of her team’s victory in the 2013 European Championship final against Norway— tattooed onto her arm.

Bishops who cover up sex abuse to face judge
Italy

Bishops who cover up sex abuse to face judge

UPDATED: Pope Francis has approved proposals for bishops to be judged by a Church tribunal if they cover up sex abuse by priests, the Vatican said on Wednesday.

Hundreds of thousands can’t vote in Denmark
Denmark

Hundreds of thousands can’t vote in Denmark

Danes living abroad and foreigners living in Denmark will not have a say in the country's future – a democratic problem that a professor says is bound to get even more serious in the years to come.

Italian nurse cured of Ebola
Italy

Italian nurse cured of Ebola

An Italian nurse who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone with medical charity Emergency has been cured and has left hospital, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

Salzburg brothel offers free sex in tax protest
Austria

Salzburg brothel offers free sex in tax protest

A licensed brothel in the city of Salzburg has been offering free drinks and free sex in a protest against what its owner says is unfair taxation.

Tomb raiders: gang resold stolen plots online
Italy

Tomb raiders: gang resold stolen plots online

Police in Naples have uncovered a gang who allegedly made a killing from emptying graves of their human remains and reselling the plots, sometimes online.

Spotify stake bought by Nordic mobile giant
Sweden

Spotify stake bought by Nordic mobile giant

Nordic telecom operator TeliaSonera has bought a 1.4 percent stake in music streamer Spotify, valuing the online music service at more than $8.2 billion.

Asian mosquitoes could carry deadly diseases
Austria

Asian mosquitoes could carry deadly diseases

The summer may bring hot sunny days and long evenings, but it also brings mosquitoes and this year experts are warning people to be on guard against "exotic" species which bite during the day.

Abitur lottery sparks tougher exam debate
Germany

Abitur lottery sparks tougher exam debate

How well students do in their high school diploma, the Abitur, is down to hard work, but also in which Bundesland they go to school. Regional comparisons in Abitur grades have revealed worrying levels of variation.

Swedish group to debate new stimulating word
Sweden

Swedish group to debate new stimulating word

A Swedish sex education group will this week meet to discuss the adoption of a new word for female masturbation after launching a competition to come up with a term last year.

Lazio football chief facing extortion probe
Italy

Lazio football chief facing extortion probe

The president of Serie A club Lazio, Claudio Lotito, is under investigation for extortion, according to reports in Italy.

Video deepens row over Frenchman’s ‘right to die’
France

Video deepens row over Frenchman’s ‘right to die’

The case of a brain-damaged Frenchman who seems set to be taken off life support shook France anew on Wednesday, after his friends and family uploaded a video which they say proves that he is "far from the end of his life".

Police bust 23 Barcelona Latin Kings hoodlums
Spain

Police bust 23 Barcelona Latin Kings hoodlums

The police force in Catalonia have arrested 23 members of a drug-trafficking Latin Kings gang, including its suspected leader.

Air traffic control strike continues for second day
Spain

Air traffic control strike continues for second day

Spain's air traffic controllers have complained that the minimum service demanded by the government "violates" their fundamental right to strike.

Most Italians oppose Nato action to defend ally
Italy

Most Italians oppose Nato action to defend ally

A majority of the Italian public oppose their country using military force to defend a Nato ally in the event of an attack from Russia, but if things do kick off they expect the US to step in, new research shows.

Asylum and integration take election spotlight
Denmark

Asylum and integration take election spotlight

With more than a week to go until Danes go to the polls, the election campaign is focusing more and more on immigration and asylum.

Have you seen Scandi hotel king’s ski blunder?

Have you seen Scandi hotel king’s ski blunder?

One of the rockstars of the travel industry, Norwegian Petter Stordalen, meant to make a James Bond style entrance as he jet skied to a hotel opening in Sweden's Malmö. Instead, his clumsy crash made international headlines.

France finally scraps ‘derogatory’ traveller IDs
France

France finally scraps ‘derogatory’ traveller IDs

France had been the only country in the world to force its travelling community to carry special IDs. But after a telling off from the United Nations, the government has finally scrapped the draconian law.

Austria to ban poker outside of casinos
Austria

Austria to ban poker outside of casinos

Gaming corporation Casinos Austria has welcomed a government plan to ban poker games outside of casinos - but has lamented the fact that the ban won’t be introduced until 2020.

Unilever exec to head Swiss chocolate giant
Switzerland

Unilever exec to head Swiss chocolate giant

Switzerland's Barry Callebaut, the world's top chocolate maker, on Wednesday said Unilever Foods boss Antoine de Saint-Affrique would take over as its new chief executive in October.

French public oppose Nato action to defend ally
France

French public oppose Nato action to defend ally

A majority of the French public oppose their country using military force to defend a Nato ally in the event of an attack from Russia, but if things do kick off they expect the US to step in, new research shows.

Should Ukraine join the EU? Spaniards think so
Spain

Should Ukraine join the EU? Spaniards think so

Nearly two-thirds of Spaniards polled by Pew Research Center said they were in favour of Ukraine joining the European Union, more than any other NATO country surveyed.

Flights banned during Swedish royal wedding
Sweden

Flights banned during Swedish royal wedding

A flight ban will be imposed over much of central Stockholm on Saturday when Prince Carl Philip weds Sofia Hellqvist.

Airbus plane to fly in Paris show despite crash
France

Airbus plane to fly in Paris show despite crash

Airbus said on Wednesday that its A400M would take part in the flying display at the Paris airshow next week, just over a month after one of the planes fatally crashed in Spain after a massive engine failure.

Danish police attacked with Molotov cocktail
Denmark

Danish police attacked with Molotov cocktail

Officers were assaulted on Tuesday night by young men throwing rocks and a firebomb, Funen Police reported.

Ten alleged extremists on trial in Vienna
Austria

Ten alleged extremists on trial in Vienna

Ten suspects who allegedly planned to join the militant group Islamic State (Isis) are currently on trial at Vienna Criminal Court, amid high security.

Huge police hunt for missing Swedish teen
Sweden

Huge police hunt for missing Swedish teen

UPDATED: Police have have stepped up their search for a missing 17-year-old girl who disappeared on Sunday evening in Kinnekulle, western Sweden.

Ancient papyrus texts found in Basel uni library
Switzerland

Ancient papyrus texts found in Basel uni library

A valuable collection of ancient Egyptian papyrus manuscripts has been discovered in the University of Basel’s library after being forgotten for more than a century.

Paris mayor: ‘Migrants can’t sleep on the street’
France

Paris mayor: ‘Migrants can’t sleep on the street’

Just days after another makeshift migrant campsite was torn down by Paris police, the city's mayor has said that Paris needs to open a centre in the capital for migrants as they "can't sleep on the streets".

Spain drops probe into cameraman killed in Iraq
Spain

Spain drops probe into cameraman killed in Iraq

Spain's High Court was forced to shelve a 12-year inquiry into the killing of a Spanish journalist by a US shell in Iraq because a change in law has seen judicial powers limited.

Roskilde and NorthSide festivals sell out
Denmark

Roskilde and NorthSide festivals sell out

If you were on the fence about whether or not to attend this year’s two major music festivals, you’ve now ran out of time.

Six more arrested in Rome mafia probe
Italy

Six more arrested in Rome mafia probe

Italian police on Tuesday arrested six people, including a senior culture official, in a probe running parallel to a major investigation into a mafia network suspected of operating out of Rome city hall.

‘Russian hackers’ behind France TV cyberattack
France

‘Russian hackers’ behind France TV cyberattack

Were Russian hackers behind the crippling cyberattack against France's TV5Monde earlier this year? French investigators strongly suspect that's the case.

Tickets go on sale for Euro 2016 in France
France

Tickets go on sale for Euro 2016 in France

The 2016 European football championships in France may still be a year away but anyone who is thinking of going to a match should act now with around one million tickets going on sale on Wednesday.

German public rejects Nato mutual defence
Germany

German public rejects Nato mutual defence

A survey published by the Pew Research Center on Wednesday showed that the majority of Germans would be against their country using military means to defend a Nato ally against Russian aggression.

Spain’s debutants draw in first World Cup match
Spain

Spain’s debutants draw in first World Cup match

Spain were held 1-1 by fellow newcomers Costa Rica in their opening Women's World Cup Group E match in Montreal on Tuesday.

Denmark’s trains get free and better internet
Denmark

Denmark’s trains get free and better internet

Commuters in Denmark will now have an easier time firing off that last-minute work assignment to the boss or merely spacing out on Facebook to pass the time.

Sweden gets cheeky safe sex toilet campaign
Sweden

Sweden gets cheeky safe sex toilet campaign

Toilets at Swedish airports are being plastered with messages designed to warn young people to practice safe sex when they jet off for their summer holidays.

England women fall to France once again
France

England women fall to France once again

The England women's football team were beaten by France in their opening World Cup match in Canada on Tuesday, meaning they have failed to beat their rivals since 1974.

Isolated Putin seeks sympathetic ear in Italy
Italy

Isolated Putin seeks sympathetic ear in Italy

UPDATED: Vladimir Putin visited World Expo on Wednesday at the start of a high-profile visit to Italy and the Vatican just two days after the G7 threatened tougher sanctions against Russia over Ukraine.

First Germanwings crash victims’ bodies returned
Germany

First Germanwings crash victims’ bodies returned

The first bodies from the Germanwings plane that was deliberately crashed in the French Alps were repatriated to Germany on Tuesday.

Hitler watercolours to go under the hammer
Germany

Hitler watercolours to go under the hammer

Watercolour paintings and drawings by Adolf Hitler from about 100 years ago are to go up for auction in southern Germany this month, an auction house said on Tuesday.

Russians show most interest in Venice island
Italy

Russians show most interest in Venice island

The sale of an island in the Venetian lagoon is mostly attracting interest from Russian buyers, although whoever ends up buying the 16th century Ottagonali Alberoni will live next door to what is known as the most haunted place in Italy.

Stress causing hike in Swedish sick leave
Sweden

Stress causing hike in Swedish sick leave

For the fifth year in a row, the number of people taking time off work due to stress has gone up in Sweden, according to a report by the Swedish Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverkets).

GM’s Barra brushes off Fiat merger talk
Italy

GM’s Barra brushes off Fiat merger talk

General Motors chief executive Mary Barra brushed off talk of a merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Tuesday, suggesting the top US automaker doesn't need to boost its size via acquisition.

Bonaventura called up for Italy versus Croatia
Italy

Bonaventura called up for Italy versus Croatia

Italy coach Antonio Conte has called up AC Milan attacking midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura as the beaten 2012 finalists look to take another step towards qualification for the 2016 European Championships against Croatia on Friday.

Norway police slammed for filmmaker raid
Norway

Norway police slammed for filmmaker raid

Norwegian press freedom groups have harshly criticised the country's police security service (PST), for raiding the house of a celebrated filmmaker without a court warrant and seizing footage as evidence against a suspected terrorist.

Pegida Dresden mayoral hope throws in towel
Germany

Pegida Dresden mayoral hope throws in towel

Tatjana Festerling, Dresden mayoral candidate from the anti-Islam Pegida movement, announced on Monday she would be withdrawing from the city race.