The Local’s party guide: Social Democrats
Denmark

The Local’s party guide: Social Democrats

Keep confusing the Danish political parties with their Borgen equivalents? The Local's political party guide separates fact from fiction. This segment: the Social Democrats.

The Local’s party guide: Venstre
Denmark

The Local’s party guide: Venstre

Keep confusing the Danish political parties with their Borgen equivalents? The Local's political party guide separates fact from fiction. This segment: Venstre.

Reagan to Gorbachev: ‘Tear down this wall’!
Germany

Reagan to Gorbachev: ‘Tear down this wall’!

On June 12th 1987 US President Ronald Reagan gave a historic speech at the Berlin Wall in front of the iconic Brandenburg Gate, urging Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “Tear down this wall!”

French words that the English language needs
France

French words that the English language needs

Isn't it about time English started stealing words from French again? Here's a list of great French words we think it's high time were added to our dictionaries.

13 ways France aims to become more welcoming
France

13 ways France aims to become more welcoming

The French government has said improving the welcome for tourists should be national priority. Here's some of the ways it plans to do just that, including an instruction for the passport police.

Diphtheria is ‘Russian roulette with real bullets’
Spain

Diphtheria is ‘Russian roulette with real bullets’

The doctor who diagnosed diphtheria in an unvaccinated boy has spoken about the dangers of a childhood illness that was supposedly wiped out in Spain nearly three decades ago.

Sweden’s Zlatan denies move to Italian side
Sweden

Sweden’s Zlatan denies move to Italian side

Top Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic dismissed rumours on Friday linking him with a move from his club side Paris Saint-Germain to Italian team AC Milan.

Protests as mercury in French school tops 50C
France

Protests as mercury in French school tops 50C

Parents have chained up the doors of a school in southern France after claiming that the glass roof and lack of airconditioning saw temperatures soar to 55C during the day.

Upper house calls for ‘marriage for all’
Germany

Upper house calls for ‘marriage for all’

Germany's upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, voted on Friday in favour of a resolution calling for full marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples.

Sweden enjoys summer heatwave (finally)
Sweden

Sweden enjoys summer heatwave (finally)

Warm weather shone on most of Sweden on Friday, with much of the country also set to enjoy a dry and sunny weekend. But the bikini weather was set to fade by Monday.

Czech pres asks Norway king to get kids back
Norway

Czech pres asks Norway king to get kids back

The president of the Czech republic has asked the King of Norway to act of behalf of a Czech mother who had her two sons taken into foster care over alleged sexual abuse charges.

Station chaos deepens Italy migrant crisis
Italy

Station chaos deepens Italy migrant crisis

Italy's immigration crisis intensified on Friday after a build-up of asylum-seekers at two major train stations resulted in clashes with police, an outcry from the right and fresh calls from Rome for EU help

Berlin roars up ‘best city’ rankings
Germany

Berlin roars up ‘best city’ rankings

Hamburg, Munich and Berlin all appeared in the 25 most liveable places on the planet in elite magazine Monocle's 2015 rankings. Berlin shot further up the charts for the second year running.

Rome airport reduces flights after blaze
Italy

Rome airport reduces flights after blaze

Italy's busiest airport is cutting back the number of flights to ease passenger congestion after a fire caused widespread damage at one of its terminals, the civil aviation authority said on Friday.

More Danes embracing mobile payments
Denmark

More Danes embracing mobile payments

Every fifth Dane is now regularly paying for purchases with their mobile phone, according to a new analysis.

Viva Franco? Civil Guard photo shoot sparks fury
Spain

Viva Franco? Civil Guard photo shoot sparks fury

An ill-advised photo of officers from the Spanish Civil Guard posing in front of a statue of the fascist dictator Francisco Franco raised more than a few eyebrows across Spain.

Sweden beats Denmark to ‘most livable’ capital
Sweden

Sweden beats Denmark to ‘most livable’ capital

Stockholm and Copenhagen have fallen out of the top five most livable places on the planet in elite magazine Monocle's rankings. But for the first time the Swedish capital has trumped its Nordic rival.

Copenhagen best Nordic family destination
Denmark

Copenhagen best Nordic family destination

Nordic families love Copenhagen according to a survey released on Friday, but British lifestyle magazine Monocle seems to have ended its love affair with the "expensive" Danish capital.

Vienna 2nd in Monocle’s most liveable list
Austria

Vienna 2nd in Monocle’s most liveable list

The prestigious culture magazine, Monocle, has published its most liveable cities list for 2015 - with Vienna coming in second, just beaten to first place by Tokyo.

Fractured politics sees pacts for new mayors
Spain

Fractured politics sees pacts for new mayors

New mayors will be sworn into office across Spain on Saturday following three weeks of pact-making ushered in with a new era of fractured politics.

France’s Le Pen sues over party suspension
France

France’s Le Pen sues over party suspension

Veteran far-right French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen on Friday sued the National Front party he founded over his exclusion from the group after a vicious row with his daughter Marine.

Merkel phone hacking inquiry peters out
Germany

Merkel phone hacking inquiry peters out

Germany's chief prosecutor has dropped a probe into the alleged tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone by US intelligence agencies, his office said Friday.

French judges clear DSK of all pimping charges
France

French judges clear DSK of all pimping charges

Judges in France have cleared former IMF chief Dominic Strauss-Kahn of all charges on Monday after his pimping trial in Lille.

OSCE eyes Austrian for Ukraine talks role
Austria

OSCE eyes Austrian for Ukraine talks role

The OSCE looks set to name an Austrian diplomat to replace Switzerland's Heidi Tagliavini as the security body's representative in peace talks over Ukraine, diplomats and press reports said on Friday.

Ticket man may lose arm after machete attack
Italy

Ticket man may lose arm after machete attack

A ticket inspector may lose his arm after being attacked by a gang with a machete at a train station in the outskirts of Milan.

Sweden’s costly food gets even more pricey
Sweden

Sweden’s costly food gets even more pricey

Sweden is a notoriously expensive place to eat out, and now the nation's restaurants are getting even pricier, new figures from Statistics Sweden suggest.

Doubts cast on police as ‘maskman’ jailed for life
Germany

Doubts cast on police as ‘maskman’ jailed for life

A 47-year-old man known as “the maskman” was sentenced to life in jail on Friday on charges of attempted murder and kidnapping - despite the case raising serious questions about the integrity of the Brandenburg police.

Police arrest ‘serial bank robber’ in Linz
Austria

Police arrest ‘serial bank robber’ in Linz

Police in Upper Austria say they have arrested a serial bank robber, just a few hours after he robbed a bank in Linz’s main square.

Sarri replaces Benitez at Napoli
Italy

Sarri replaces Benitez at Napoli

Maurizio Sarri has officially been appointed Napoli coach, replacing Spaniard Rafael Benitez who has taken over at Real Madrid, the Serie A club announced.

Migrants flee Rome’s Tiburtina after police raid
Italy

Migrants flee Rome’s Tiburtina after police raid

More than 100 migrants who formed a makeshift camp on a square outside Rome's Tiburtina train station have fled following a police raid.

Remembering a pioneer of Spanish gay rights
Spain

Remembering a pioneer of Spanish gay rights

Spain mourned the death this week of Pedro Zerolo, a politician and activist who was instrumental in the creation of monumental marriage equality laws that helped make Spain a pioneer in gay rights.

France: Mum, 86, booted out of home by own son
France

France: Mum, 86, booted out of home by own son

An elderly French woman has been told to pack up and leave her home after her landlord decided to sell the house for more than she could afford. Her landlord, by the way, was her son.

Vienna stays silent on TB school outbreak
Austria

Vienna stays silent on TB school outbreak

Three people in schools in Vienna have been infected with tuberculosis - but Vienna’s Board of Health is refusing to say which schools have been affected, citing data protection.

Forest officials struggle to save dying ash trees
Switzerland

Forest officials struggle to save dying ash trees

The federal and cantonal governments are struggling to find ways to combat a disease that is killing ash trees across Switzerland after first surfacing in one part of the country seven years ago.

Lady Gaga named Germany’s prettiest cow
Germany

Lady Gaga named Germany’s prettiest cow

Lady Gaga has taken home the top prize from the German Holstein Show in Oldenburg, making her the closest thing to a "Miss Germany" in the bovine world.

What you have to know about the royal wedding
Sweden

What you have to know about the royal wedding

Whether you've avoided the hype so far or are lapping up every new detail, here are the key facts you just have to know about Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist's rocking royal wedding on Saturday.

Catalan symbolic vote ruled illegal by top court
Spain

Catalan symbolic vote ruled illegal by top court

The symbolic referendum on independence held November 9th across Catalonia was illegal, ruled Spain's Constitutional Court on Thursday.

Most liveable cities: five neglected Italian gems
Italy

Most liveable cities: five neglected Italian gems

The prestigious culture magazine, Monocle, has published its most liveable cities list for 2015 - with not one Italian city among the top 40. So how did they get it so wrong?

Swedish strawberry shortage a ‘disaster’
Sweden

Swedish strawberry shortage a ‘disaster’

Swedish farmers have warned of a strawberry shortage at next week's Midsummer celebrations, describing it as a “disaster” for both Swedish people and for strawberry growers.

Busted at mass: Ischia’s fake priest
Italy

Busted at mass: Ischia’s fake priest

A 60-year-old man has been charged with identity theft after allegedly parading around the Italian island of Ischia as a priest and hosting mass in private homes.

New Ramadan rules to help Danish Muslims
Denmark

New Ramadan rules to help Danish Muslims

Muslims throughout the Nordic region can expect new guidelines for coping with a sun that barely sets ahead of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Grexit ‘no longer out of the question’ for Merkel
Germany

Grexit ‘no longer out of the question’ for Merkel

According to media reports, Chancellor Angela Merkel is drawing up contingency plans in case Greece has to leave the eurozone.

Paris turns out in white for annual chic picnic
France

Paris turns out in white for annual chic picnic

More than 13,000 people turned out in Paris on Thursday for the 27th edition of 'Diner en blanc' ('Dinner in white') -- a pop-up picnic where attendees dress to the nines entirely in white.

Child survives plunge from fourth-storey flat
Switzerland

Child survives plunge from fourth-storey flat

A four-year-old boy was lucky to escape death after he fell from a fourth-storey apartment in the canton of Schaffhausen while trying to recover a teddy bear, police said on Friday.

Danish opposition vows to back Britain in EU
Denmark

Danish opposition vows to back Britain in EU

Denmark’s opposition parties have vowed to make it harder for EU citizens to receive benefits in Denmark and say they will back Britain in its EU negotiations if they come out on top in next week’s elections.

Two men hurt in Malmö explosion overnight
Sweden

Two men hurt in Malmö explosion overnight

A newspaper deliverer, 35, and a man in his 40s have been injured in an explosion in the southern Swedish city of Malmö.

Berlin to double refugee money to states
Germany

Berlin to double refugee money to states

The federal government agreed on Thursday to double the funding it gives to state and local governments for refugee uptake to €1 billion annually.

Papal charity shuns cash over Fifa scandal
Italy

Papal charity shuns cash over Fifa scandal

An educational charity launched by Pope Francis said on Thursday it will no longer accept money from South America's football confederation until allegations of massive corruption in world football are laid to rest.

To get off the beaten track, follow the herd
Spain

To get off the beaten track, follow the herd

Tourists bored of the usual beach holiday are seeking out something very different. In the hills of Soria this week, they can be found tending a flock of sheep, sleeping under the stars and hiking through the countryside.

Grieving teammates do haka at French roadside
France

Grieving teammates do haka at French roadside

A group of ex-New Zealand internationals performed a "haka" tribute on Thursday at the spot on a French road where former team-mate Jerry Collins was killed in a car crash last week.

King Felipe strips his scandal-hit sister of title
Spain

King Felipe strips his scandal-hit sister of title

The Spanish King stripped his sister Cristina of the title of the Duchess of Palma in the wake of her implication in a scandal that has damaged the reputation of the royal family.

Hollande launches plea for climate change deal
France

Hollande launches plea for climate change deal

President François Hollande launched an appeal for climate change action this week, in the "interests of the planet and social progress".

Germany held to draw by former champs Norway
Germany

Germany held to draw by former champs Norway

In Group B of the women’s World Cup in Canada , a second half Maren Mjelde equaliser grabbed a 1-1 draw for Norway against top ranked Germany in a clash of former champions.

Progress to demand referendum on Syria deal
Norway

Progress to demand referendum on Syria deal

Norway’s anti-immigrant Progress Party has called for a referendum on Norway’s plan to accept 8,000 Syrian UN quota refugees in an apparent attempt to save face after a bruising defeat at the hands of the other parties.

Lubitz sought ‘deadly cocktail of drugs’

Lubitz sought ‘deadly cocktail of drugs’

Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who prosecutors allege deliberately crashed Germanwings flight 4U9525 in March, searched for a deadly cocktail of drugs on the internet, prosecutors in Düsseldorf confirmed on Friday.

Danish architect reveals World Trade Center plans
Denmark

Danish architect reveals World Trade Center plans

In a newly-released video, Bjarke Ingels has unveiled his plans for Two World Trade Center, the latest in a string of high-profile design jobs for the 40-year-old Dane.

Three people quizzed in Lisa Holm disappearance
Sweden

Three people quizzed in Lisa Holm disappearance

UPDATED: Three people - one woman and two men - were taken in for questioning on Friday evening. They were escorted from a house about 300m from the café where Holm works.

Teen swimmers injured in Baku bus accident
Austria

Teen swimmers injured in Baku bus accident

A 15-year-old Austrian synchronised swimmer has been seriously injured after being hit by a shuttle bus in the athletes' village at the European Games in Baku. Two of her team mates were also injured.

Mjelde saves Norway with perfect free kick
Norway

Mjelde saves Norway with perfect free kick

An astonishing swerving free kick into the corner from Maren Mjelde saved Norway from defeat against top-ranked Germany in a World Cup clash of former champions.

New Ramadan rules to help Nordic Muslims
Sweden

New Ramadan rules to help Nordic Muslims

Muslims in the Nordic region can expect new guidelines for coping with a sun that never sets ahead of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, a Swedish Muslim association has said.

How to make Swedish Västerbotten pie
Sweden

How to make Swedish Västerbotten pie

Västerbotten is a place in northern Sweden famous for producing the king of Swedish cheese dishes - Västerbottensostpaj. John Duxbury shares his favourite recipe with The Local.