Norway denies Snowden entry for freedom prize
Norway

Norway denies Snowden entry for freedom prize

Norway’s government has refused to allow the NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden to cross over the border from Russia to to collect a freedom of speech prize, warning that he may be at risk of arrest.

Tromsø makes Lonely Planet’s Top 10 in Europe
Norway

Tromsø makes Lonely Planet’s Top 10 in Europe

Norway's Tromsø has made the Lonely Planet guide's 2015 list of the ten best places to visit in Europe, with the report's authors praising the city's outdoorsy attractions.

Farmer’s son suspected in his father’s death
Switzerland

Farmer’s son suspected in his father’s death

The son of a 64-year-old farmer in the canton of Lucerne is suspected of stabbing him to death, cantonal police said on Wednesday.

Pinot takes yellow jersey in Tour de Suisse
Switzerland

Pinot takes yellow jersey in Tour de Suisse

Frenchman Thibaut Pinot made a statement about his Tour de France credentials in winning Wednesday's fifth stage of the Tour de Suisse cycling race to move into the race leader's yellow jersey.

Federer overpowers Gulbis in two sets
Switzerland

Federer overpowers Gulbis in two sets

Basel native Roger Federer kept his chances of an eighth tennis title at Halle, Germany on track when he overpowered Latvian Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 7-5 on Wednesday to breeze into the quarterfinals.

Greek Euro exit may be imminent
Austria

Greek Euro exit may be imminent

The Greek central bank warned for the first time on Wednesday that the country could suffer a "painful" exit from the eurozone and even the EU if it fails to reach a bailout deal with international creditors.

Fifa probe finds 53 ‘suspicious’ bank cases
Switzerland

Fifa probe finds 53 ‘suspicious’ bank cases

UPDATED: Swiss prosecutors are investigating 53 cases of possible money laundering as they look into Fifa's handling of bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, officials said on Wednesday.

Nestlé’s CEO Bulcke: Maggi noodles are ‘safe’
Switzerland

Nestlé’s CEO Bulcke: Maggi noodles are ‘safe’

Nestlé chief Paul Bulcke said on Wednesday that he wanted to see its hugely popular Maggi brand of instant noodles back on the Indian market as soon as possible after it was banned over a health scare.

South African knocks Wawrinka from Queen’s
Switzerland

South African knocks Wawrinka from Queen’s

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka became the latest star to suffer a shock exit from Queen's Club as the French Open champion lost 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (13/11) to South Africa's Kevin Anderson on Wednesday.

Nutellagate: French minister grovels to Italy

Nutellagate: French minister grovels to Italy

France's ecology minister has apologized to Italy after she told French people that they needed to stop scoffing Nutella for the sake of the planet.

Elbæk: ‘We are the joker of the election’
Denmark

Elbæk: ‘We are the joker of the election’

Back when the party was founded in 2013, political analysts scoffed at The Alternative’s chances of ever making it into parliament, but recent polls suggest that they couldn’t have been more wrong. Party leader Uffe Elbæk may very well find himself in the kingmaker position in the aftermath of tomorrow’s election.

German teachers rally against low pay
Germany

German teachers rally against low pay

German language teachers demonstrated in Berlin on Wednesday, complaining that their work in integrating foreigners into German society is not given the financial recognition it deserves.

Sweden eyes new law banning Isis fighters
Sweden

Sweden eyes new law banning Isis fighters

Sweden is considering drafting new legislation that would ban its nationals from fighting in armed conflicts for terrorist organization such as the Islamic State (Isis), the government said on Wednesday.

UK to back Italian migration spy agency
Italy

UK to back Italian migration spy agency

Britain is to provide staff and other support for an Italian intelligence unit working on moves to resolve Europe's migration crisis, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday.

‘Mastermind’ of 1982 Jewish diner attack held
France

‘Mastermind’ of 1982 Jewish diner attack held

The suspected mastermind of an attack on a Paris Jewish restaurant in 1982 that left six people dead and 22 injured has been arrested in Jordan, a source close to the case said Wednesday.

Swedish prince named Nicolas Paul Gustaf
Sweden

Swedish prince named Nicolas Paul Gustaf

The newest addition to Sweden's royal family has been named Nicolas Paul Gustaf, it has been revealed.

Laporta runs for return as Barça president
Spain

Laporta runs for return as Barça president

FC Barcelona's former president Joan Laporta announced that he will run for election to return to the post he held previously during a period of on-field success and financial turbulence.

Swedish women get new word for solo sex act
Sweden

Swedish women get new word for solo sex act

After months of stimulating debate in Sweden, a gender equality group has voted on a new word for female masturbation, which it now wants to enter the Swedish dictionary.

Germany among worst nations for heart disease
Germany

Germany among worst nations for heart disease

Germany has one of the highest rates of death due to heart disease in the OECD - higher even than the United States or the United Kingdom, according to a report on Wednesday.

Germany warns Russia off ‘spiral of escalation’
Germany

Germany warns Russia off ‘spiral of escalation’

Germany's foreign minister warned on Wednesday that Russia risked spurring a "spiral of escalation" with the West after President Vladimir Putin said Moscow was boosting its nuclear arsenal.

Railway to heaven? New pilgrim route launched
Spain

Railway to heaven? New pilgrim route launched

If you're seeking penance or perhaps enlightenment but don't fancy roughing the well-worn pilgrimage path on foot, a new luxury locomotive route to Santiago de Compostela may be the answer to your prayers.

Can France’s creaking health service stay no. 1?
France

Can France’s creaking health service stay no. 1?

France has a world renowned health service but with doctors suffering from "a deep malaise" and hospital emergency wards at breaking point, can it really remain as the "best in the world"? The health minister says things must change.

Berlin honours dead of 1953 anti-GDR uprising
Germany

Berlin honours dead of 1953 anti-GDR uprising

Berliners gathered on Wednesday to remember the people killed 62 years ago, when ordinary people demonstrating against the East German regime were gunned down in the street by Soviet tanks and their own police force.

City of Copenhagen owns Ryanair stock
Denmark

City of Copenhagen owns Ryanair stock

A review of the municipality's stock holdings revealed that it is one of the airline's investors.

Sweden announces first centre for raped men
Sweden

Sweden announces first centre for raped men

A hospital in Stockholm is set to become the first in the country with an emergency department specifically for male rape victims. The clinic at Södersjukhuset is scheduled to open this autumn.

Fury as celebrity jailbird gets special treatment
Spain

Fury as celebrity jailbird gets special treatment

Prison guards and fellow inmates are complaining over perceived special treatment of Spain’s most-celebrated inmate, Isabel Pantoja.

Salvini snubs Pope’s call to ‘forgive’ over migrants
Italy

Salvini snubs Pope’s call to ‘forgive’ over migrants

A call by Pope Francis to "forgive" those who turn their back on migrants hasn’t gone down well with the leader of Italy’s anti-immigration Northern League, Matteo Salvini.

Greek solution must ‘not expand poverty’
Austria

Greek solution must ‘not expand poverty’

Greece and its creditors must reach a loan agreement that does not deepen poverty in the recession-hit country, the Austrian chancellor said on Wednesday as the critical talks appeared to have hit a wall.

Fifa slams Nobel Centre for lack of ‘fair play’
Norway

Fifa slams Nobel Centre for lack of ‘fair play’

Scandal-hit Fifa expressed its disappointment on Tuesday at news that the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo will end its partnership with football's stricken world governing body.

Conductor Walter Weller dies aged 75
Austria

Conductor Walter Weller dies aged 75

Acclaimed Austrian conductor and former violin child prodigy Walter Weller has died aged 75, the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic said on Wednesday.

Spain among cheapest in EU for expat living
Spain

Spain among cheapest in EU for expat living

Both Madrid and Barcelona have seen living costs for expat workers plummet in comparison to other cities worldwide, thanks in part to the devalued euro.

France to add housing for 10,000 migrants
France

France to add housing for 10,000 migrants

UPDATED: With an ever-increasing influx of migrants crossing the French borders, France announced on Wednesday plans to offer them 10,500 housing places.

Firefighters rescue ‘Santa cat’ from chimney
Austria

Firefighters rescue ‘Santa cat’ from chimney

16 firemen were called to the aid of a cat in Vienna who had “been playing at Santa Claus” and got stuck in a chimney.

Heinz shocks punter with porno promo code
Germany

Heinz shocks punter with porno promo code

Heinz ketchup suffered an embarrassing PR setback when a promotional QR code on a hot ketchup bottle led a customer to a spicier destination than he was expecting.

VIDEO: Great white shark spotted off Sicily
Italy

VIDEO: Great white shark spotted off Sicily

Fishermen off the coast of Sicily have captured their encounter with a great white shark on film.

Workers in France to pay no tax for 2017 but…
France

Workers in France to pay no tax for 2017 but…

The French government announced on Wednesday that the workers in the country won't pay income tax for the year 2017. But it's not exactly the gift that it appears to be.

15 years for axe killer who lived with body
Austria

15 years for axe killer who lived with body

A 52-year-old man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Vienna court for killing a homeless man with an axe in his apartment last October.

MERS deaths in South Korea a ‘wakeup call’
Switzerland

MERS deaths in South Korea a ‘wakeup call’

The MERS outbreak in South Korea is a "wakeup call", the Geneva-based World Health Organization said on Wednesday as it urged all countries to be more vigilant.

Nordic Roma beggars ‘not run’ by crime groups
Sweden

Nordic Roma beggars ‘not run’ by crime groups

There is no evidence that Romanian beggars in Sweden, Denmark and Norway are managed by organized criminal groups, according to a report from Scandinavian social research foundation Fafo.

New leftist councillor booed for binning Bible
Spain

New leftist councillor booed for binning Bible

A local politician in Spain faced a major backlash after asking for religious symbols to be removed from his swearing in ceremony.

Zurich ranked Europe’s priciest city for expats
Switzerland

Zurich ranked Europe’s priciest city for expats

Zurich is the most expensive location in Europe for employees working abroad, according to a new survey with a surprising finding for the world’s most costly city.

Dutch tourist in Sicily homophobic attack
Italy

Dutch tourist in Sicily homophobic attack

A Dutch tourist in Catania, Sicily, has refused to leave his hotel room after being insulted and pushed by a group of youths, despite the city’s gay-friendly reputation.

North to south for €1? Megabus arrives in Italy
Italy

North to south for €1? Megabus arrives in Italy

The UK-based budget coach company, Megabus, has announced its arrival in Italy, promising a whole host of €1 fares between Italy's major cities.

Schoolgirl in Tyrol died from rare form of TB
Austria

Schoolgirl in Tyrol died from rare form of TB

It has emerged that a 14-year-old schoolgirl died from a severe form of tuberculosis in Tyrol at the end of May and her classmates and teachers are now being tested for the disease.

Air France ‘declares war’ on its own pilots
France

Air France ‘declares war’ on its own pilots

There may be trouble ahead for Air France passengers as the company has provoked the wrath of its pilots this week by launching unprecedented legal action after the main union failed to make adequate cost savings.

Germany offers expats more bang for their buck
Germany

Germany offers expats more bang for their buck

German cities are getting ever cheaper for American expats to live in compared to the rest of the world, according to a report released by consulting firm Mercer on Wednesday.

Italy’s immigrants send billions back home
Italy

Italy’s immigrants send billions back home

Italy's much maligned migrants are providing a crucial lifeline to families and friends in third world countries by sending home billions of euros, new figures show.

Getaway car drags Basel cop at French border
Switzerland

Getaway car drags Basel cop at French border

The driver of a car with British licence plates stopped by Swiss police near the French border dragged an officer 250 metres while speeding off during a check on Tuesday, police said.

Metalheads plunge into the depths of Copenhell
Denmark

Metalheads plunge into the depths of Copenhell

From Thursday through Sunday, Copenhagen will become hell on earth when the massive heavy metal festival Copenhell once again opens its ports.

Frenchman has four kids with own daughter
France

Frenchman has four kids with own daughter

A man in northern France is under investigation for allegedly raping and violently abusing his own daughter, with whom he has had four children. He is also suspected of abusing his "grandchildren".

‘Killer elephant’ prompts call for wild animal ban
Germany

‘Killer elephant’ prompts call for wild animal ban

Hesse environment minister Priska Hinz said on Tuesday that the state would ban circuses from keeping wild animals and push for a nationwide stop to the practice, after an escaped elephant killed a pensioner on Saturday.

New mayors put breaks on big building projects
Spain

New mayors put breaks on big building projects

Spain's construction industry is on edge after far-left mayors took office in the nation's two largest cities, Barcelona and Madrid, casting doubts over the future of major building projects.

‘I constantly evolve my Swedishness’
Sweden

‘I constantly evolve my Swedishness’

Sweden isn’t the same place it was 50 years ago – and that’s a good thing. Star Swedish chef Marcus Samuelsson tells The Local about cuisine, curiosity, and connectivity.

Judge jails father who abused kids for years
Germany

Judge jails father who abused kids for years

A judge ordered two Hamburg parents jailed on Tuesday after hearing how both were complicit in the abuse of their own children, including shooting pornography featuring their 13-year-old daughter.

Bus driver strike and taxi protests to hit Paris
France

Bus driver strike and taxi protests to hit Paris

Getting around Paris by road might be difficult over the coming days as both cabbies and the city’s bus drivers stage strikes and protests.

Councillor faces calls to quit over topless protest
Spain

Councillor faces calls to quit over topless protest

A second member of Madrid's new left-wing city council faced calls to resign on Tuesday, over her role in a demonstration by semi-naked protesters in a chapel.

Swiss advance despite loss to Cameroon
Switzerland

Swiss advance despite loss to Cameroon

Debutants Cameroon came from behind to beat Switzerland 2-1 and advance to the last 16 of the Women's World Cup football competition in Canada on Tuesday.

Sweden’s spring budget survives crucial vote
Sweden

Sweden’s spring budget survives crucial vote

UPDATED: After a series of setbacks Sweden's centre-left coalition has got its budget approved, thanks to a controversial cross-party deal that followed last year's government crisis.

Majority of Germans think Grexit great idea
Germany

Majority of Germans think Grexit great idea

A poll released on Wednesday revealed that a majority of Germans want Greece to leave the Euro single currency.

Italy rugby players reach pay deal with federation
Italy

Italy rugby players reach pay deal with federation

Italy's World Cup preparations are back on track after players and the national federation (FIR) reached an agreement over bonuses.

Quarter of residents ‘have multiple homes’
Switzerland

Quarter of residents ‘have multiple homes’

More than a quarter of the Swiss population — two million people — live in two or more homes, according to a study released on Tuesday.

EU migrant talks hit rocks amid Italy row
Italy

EU migrant talks hit rocks amid Italy row

European interior ministers failed to reach agreement Tuesday on plans to tackle the Mediterranean migrant crisis as Italy threatened a backlash if other EU states refuse to share the burden of asylum seekers.

Five gorgeous gems on Sweden’s High Coast
Sweden

Five gorgeous gems on Sweden’s High Coast

Did you know Sweden's High Coast is a Unesco World Heritage Site? Danny Chapman tracked down the five beauty spots you must visit in this stunning north-eastern region for The Local.

Paris tourist boat skipper sentenced in fatal crash
France

Paris tourist boat skipper sentenced in fatal crash

The skipper of a Bateaux Mouches tourist boat that was involved in a fatal crash on the River Seine was sentenced by a French court on Tuesday.

Sweden hangs by thread after draw with Aussies
Sweden

Sweden hangs by thread after draw with Aussies

Sweden could still advance to the next round despite drawing with Australia in their third match in the Fifa Women's World Cup late on Tuesday.

Roma beggars not run by crime groups: report
Denmark

Roma beggars not run by crime groups: report

There is no evidence that Romanian beggars in northern Europe are managed by organised crime groups, according to a new report out of Norway.

Danish historian takes KGB claims to EU court
Denmark

Danish historian takes KGB claims to EU court

A Danish historian fined for claiming a journalist was a KGB agent at the height of the Cold War will take the case to the European Court of Human Rights, his lawyer said Tuesday.

First snaps of Sweden’s baby prince revealed
Sweden

First snaps of Sweden’s baby prince revealed

Sweden's Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill have shared the first pictures of their new baby prince.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic to launch own fragrance
Sweden

Zlatan Ibrahimovic to launch own fragrance

Fancy smelling like Sweden's top goal scorer in history? The striker has announced it will soon be possible thanks to an upcoming fragrance he's launching.

Foo Fighters end tour after Sweden leg break
Sweden

Foo Fighters end tour after Sweden leg break

Foo Fighters have called off the rest of a European tour after frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg in a concert in Gothenburg -- only to spectacularly complete the show in a cast.