Ban Ki-Moon to visit Svalbard in climate move
Norway

Ban Ki-Moon to visit Svalbard in climate move

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon plans to visit the Arctic islands of Svalbard next week as part of his preparations for the UN’s Climate Change Conference in Paris in December.

Dramatic helicopter sea rescue in Norway
Norway

Dramatic helicopter sea rescue in Norway

A video filmed from a rescue helicopter shows how two fishermen were rescued from an inflatable lifeboat after their ship sank on Thursday off the coast of northern Norway.

Norway player in awesome bicycle kick
Norway

Norway player in awesome bicycle kick

Norwegian Elite Series footballer Matthias Vilhjalmsson has pulled off one of the finest bicycle kicks in football history, showing that the technique is not the sole preserve of Latin players.

Norwegians ‘have it too good to go abroad’
Norway

Norwegians ‘have it too good to go abroad’

Norwegians are so comfortably off at home that it is almost impossible to get them to take positions abroad, the head of Google in Norway has complained.

Norway sends Catholic church $5m bill
Norway

Norway sends Catholic church $5m bill

Norway is claiming 4.6 million euros ($5.1 million) compensation from the Catholic church for exaggerating membership numbers to obtain more state aid, the Oslo diocese said on Monday.

Wawrinka advances after Sousa win in three sets
Switzerland

Wawrinka advances after Sousa win in three sets

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka reached the Wimbledon second round on Monday after a 6-2, 7-5, 7-6 (7/3) win over Portugal's Joao Sousa.

Rasmussen to Thorning: ‘You did really well’
Denmark

Rasmussen to Thorning: ‘You did really well’

Monday saw Lars Løkke Rasmussen and his Venstre government formally assume their posts and true to tradition, Rasmussen and Helle Thorning-Schmidt traded gifts and kind words as they exchanged power.

Prime Minister promises more jobs for young
Sweden

Prime Minister promises more jobs for young

UPDATED: Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven focussed on tackling youth unemployment and maintaining an open, liberal society in his first Almedalen speech since becoming Prime Minister.

Dairy giant Arla pulls money out of Greece
Denmark

Dairy giant Arla pulls money out of Greece

Arla said on Monday that it worries that a Greek exit from the euro could make an enormous dent on its annual revenue.

Lucerne school prof sets himself on fire and dies
Switzerland

Lucerne school prof sets himself on fire and dies

A 56-year-old man who used to teach at a vocational training school in the canton of Lucerne is suspected of committing suicide by setting fire to himself in the school early on Monday, police said.

Gender equality and a woman’s right to age
Denmark

Gender equality and a woman’s right to age

The Local's columnist Jessica Alexander argues that Denmark is ahead of Hollywood when it comes to realistic approaches to women's ageing.

French strike action closes Calais port
France

French strike action closes Calais port

There was more disruption to cross-Channel ferries on Monday when French sailors held a wildcat strike that led to the closure of the port of Calais.

Germanwings co-pilot buried in silence
Germany

Germanwings co-pilot buried in silence

As the co-pilot who steered Germanwings flight 4U9525 into the French Alps in March was buried on Monday, the authorities prepared to unveil the first steps they will take to improve air safety.

Feisty mum attacks kids with pepperspray
Germany

Feisty mum attacks kids with pepperspray

A 20-year-old mother attacked a group of children with pepper-spray on Sunday believing they weren't being considerate enough with her own child.

Rafa Nadal leads revolt against tennis federation
Spain

Rafa Nadal leads revolt against tennis federation

Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal has lashed out against the president of the nation's tennis federation, calling his leadership "chaotic" in an open letter.

Eight savings made by Madrid mayor Manuela
Spain

Eight savings made by Madrid mayor Manuela

In Spain political office has become inextricably linked to privilege, but Madrid's new mayor has shown she is prepared to make the odd personal sacrifice to stay true to her campaign promises.

Denmark’s week to ‘get warmer and warmer’
Denmark

Denmark’s week to ‘get warmer and warmer’

They say that good things come to those who wait, and for those of us who have been eagerly awaiting the true arrival of summer, it looks like we will finally be rewarded.

Swathes of France on alert over heatwave
France

Swathes of France on alert over heatwave

Weather warnings were issued for much of France on Monday, with the country set to swelter amid an "intense heatwave" for the rest of the week.

Two Uber bosses ‘held by police’ in France
France

Two Uber bosses ‘held by police’ in France

Two of the bosses of Uber France have been arrested by police and taken into questioning, reports claim on Monday. It comes after France declared war on the UberPop ride-sharing app.

Boy sues classmate over sore bottom
Germany

Boy sues classmate over sore bottom

A 15-year-old boy from Hanover is suing his classmate after he pulled a chair from underneath him as he was about to sit down.

French terror suspect ‘denies religious motives’
France

French terror suspect ‘denies religious motives’

The Frenchman who confessed to decapitating his boss before crashing his vehicle into a gas factory in an attempted suicide attack has denied he was driven by religious motives, sources claim.

500 million year old fossil discovered in Salamanca
Spain

500 million year old fossil discovered in Salamanca

A team of Spanish paleontologists have discovered a trilobite fossil that they believe could be the oldest in the world.

Eurosport gains TV rights for four Olympics
Switzerland

Eurosport gains TV rights for four Olympics

The Lausanne-based International Olympic Committee announced on Monday that it had handed all broadcast rights in most of Europe to Eurosport, owned by Discovery Communications, for the four Olympic games between 2018 and 2024.

Catania chief admits match-fixing: prosecutor
Italy

Catania chief admits match-fixing: prosecutor

A match-fixing scandal in Italy that has rocked Catania took a new twist on Monday when the Serie B club's president admitted to buying the results of five league games in a bid to "save the club".

Two refugee home ‘attacks’ in as many days
Germany

Two refugee home ‘attacks’ in as many days

Two planned refugee homes have gone up in flames in two days in suspected arson attacks by far-right groups. In both cases the homes were still unoccupied and no injuries have been reported.

Spanish hotel claims police too slow to arrive
Spain

Spanish hotel claims police too slow to arrive

The Spanish hotel chain that was the site of the attack in which 38 tourists were gunned down last Friday has claimed that authorities were too slow responding.

Thief drugs tourist’s coffee with sedative
Italy

Thief drugs tourist’s coffee with sedative

A Japanese tourist and his wife were robbed in central Naples after a man offered him a coffee spiked with a sedative, Italian media has reported.

French air traffic controllers set for strike
France

French air traffic controllers set for strike

There's both good news and bad news for travellers in France after plans by an air traffic controllers union to hold a strike on Tuesday and Wednesday were scrapped, only for another union to insist a walkout later in the week will go ahead.

‘There’s no cold weather in sight for Sweden’
Sweden

‘There’s no cold weather in sight for Sweden’

Sweden has waited. And waited. And waited. But it finally looks as if summer is here to stay, with the mercury climbing to 30C later this week.

France says 40 imams deported for hate speech
France

France says 40 imams deported for hate speech

France has deported 40 foreign imams for "preaching hatred" in the past three years, a quarter of them since the January terror attacks in Paris, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Monday.

Nato warns Germany: pay your fair share
Germany

Nato warns Germany: pay your fair share

Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg warned on Monday that Germany and other EU countries should increase their defence spending to meet the alliance's targets as crises develop around the world.

Italy does not fear Greek contagion: Padoan
Italy

Italy does not fear Greek contagion: Padoan

Italy’s finance minister on Monday played down the threat of Italy being hit by the fallout from market instability linked to the Greek crisis.

Cycling group launches emergency repair service
Germany

Cycling group launches emergency repair service

Germany's bicycle association is introducing a new service for its members. If they have a puncture, all they need to do is put in a call and a repair man will be on his way to fix it.

Swedish bank jitters as Greece crisis swells
Sweden

Swedish bank jitters as Greece crisis swells

People travelling from Sweden to Greece are being warned to withdraw cash before setting off, while the Swedish Prime Minister has criticized the Greek parliament’s snap referendum on a possible Grexit.

Hot wind from Africa set to engulf Italy
Italy

Hot wind from Africa set to engulf Italy

With the arrival of summer, the mercury is rising across Italy. Not content to have already seen a heatwave in June, now weather forecasters are predicting a record July.

VIDEO: Rare dolphins spotted near Aarhus
Denmark

VIDEO: Rare dolphins spotted near Aarhus

The Bay of Aarhus has some new playful and curious inhabitants in the form of a breed of dolphin that hasn't been spotted in more than seven decades.

Spain on alert as nation swelters in 44C heatwave
Spain

Spain on alert as nation swelters in 44C heatwave

Temperatures are soaring across Spain with highs of 44C expected while nearly all of the country has been put on alert for extreme heat.

Italy migrant arrivals near record 68k in six months
Italy

Italy migrant arrivals near record 68k in six months

Italian authorities were on Monday dealing with the arrival of another 2,900 migrants at southern ports after 21 boats were rescued in the space of 24 hours from waters off Libya.

‘Growing up abroad – I feel international’
Austria

‘Growing up abroad – I feel international’

Mary Röttig was born in Bangladesh and adopted by an Austrian couple as a baby. She grew up in London and lived in New York and Texas before moving to Vienna where she set up a bilingual Montessori-inspired preschool and nursery.

Swedes to tie the knot for free at next Pride party
Sweden

Swedes to tie the knot for free at next Pride party

Want to walk down the aisle without paying a krona? Lovebirds hoping to make their affection permanent are being offered the chance to get married for free during Stockholm's Pride Week later this summer.

Legal case against begging ban launched
Austria

Legal case against begging ban launched

The human rights group Plattform für Menschenrechte is to appeal against Salzburg’s ban on begging, which was introduced earlier this month.

Up to €7,500 fine for leaving dogs in hot cars
Austria

Up to €7,500 fine for leaving dogs in hot cars

With temperatures set to rise to 33C by the end of this week, dog owners are being reminded not to leave their pets alone in a parked car in the heat - if they do they face a fine of up to €7,500.

Greeks have right to decide future: Hollande
France

Greeks have right to decide future: Hollande

French president François Hollande has backed Greece's decision to hold a referendum on whether to accept the EU's bailout plan as the country looks set to default on its debt.

Danish stocks plummet as ‘Grexit’ looks likely
Denmark

Danish stocks plummet as ‘Grexit’ looks likely

The C20 Cap index opened with a large drop on Monday morning as investors panicked at the news of a Greek referendum on the IMF's latest reform package.

Three German sites up for Unesco recognition
Germany

Three German sites up for Unesco recognition

Three German sites are up for inclusion in the prestigious UNESCO list of world heritage sites as the organization's committee meets in Bonn to consider the nominees.

Chaos deepens at Rome’s blaze-hit airport
Italy

Chaos deepens at Rome’s blaze-hit airport

Long-haul travellers departing from Rome’s Fiumicino airport described scenes of chaos on Sunday as one of the terminals, which was hit by a fire in May, remains partially closed.

Italy’s food police bust Polish ham scam
Italy

Italy’s food police bust Polish ham scam

An illegal underground laboratory where cured meat from Poland was boned and re-labeled as Italian has been raided by police in Villaricca, near Naples.

Spain celebrates ten years of gay marriage
Spain

Spain celebrates ten years of gay marriage

As the US supreme court makes same-sex marriage a right nationwide, Spain, which led the way for gay-rights, celebrates 10 years of same-sex marriage.

French pensioner gored to death in bull run
France

French pensioner gored to death in bull run

A Frenchman in his 60s has been gored to death during a bull run in southern France, authorities said on Monday.

Swiss stock market drops on Grexit worries
Switzerland

Swiss stock market drops on Grexit worries

The Swiss stock market plunged in early morning trading on Monday, mirroring the reaction of Asian and other European bourses to the Greek decision announced a day earlier to close banks and introduce capital controls.

No fatties or tattoos for Game of Thrones extras
Spain

No fatties or tattoos for Game of Thrones extras

Dozens of hopefuls camped out overnight in an attempt to be chosen as an extra when scenes of the hit series Game of Throne are filmed in Girona in September.

Italian dad sues sons for refusing to lend him €80
Italy

Italian dad sues sons for refusing to lend him €80

A broke Italian father in Treviso, northern Italy, is suing his two sons for refusing to lend him €80, Italian media has reported.

Swedish Ship to Gaza boarded by Israeli troops
Sweden

Swedish Ship to Gaza boarded by Israeli troops

Sweden-based activist group Ship to Gaza said it had failed to reach members of its crew after the vessel they were on was boarded by Israeli soldiers in the early hours of Monday.

Second German confirmed among dead
Germany

Second German confirmed among dead

UPDATE: The Foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday that at least two Germans were killed in the terrorist attack in Tunisia which took the lives of nearly forty people.

As it happened: EU urges Greece ‘yes’ vote

As it happened: EU urges Greece ‘yes’ vote

With 'Grexit' (Greek exit from the euro) looking increasingly likely on Monday, Germany remained at the centre of efforts to keep it in the single currency. Catch up on a day of dramatic action here.

Merkel, Obama: Greece deal ‘critically important’
Germany

Merkel, Obama: Greece deal ‘critically important’

US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday agreed that Greece needed to find its way back to a path of reform without exiting the eurozone, the White House said.

Spanish bonds tumble amid contagion concern
Spain

Spanish bonds tumble amid contagion concern

Spain's borrowing costs on international bond markets soared at the start of trading on Monday amid fears of contagion over the Greek crisis.

Paris to deploy 200 extra police to fight UberPop
France

Paris to deploy 200 extra police to fight UberPop

Paris will deploy 200 extra police specifically charged with cracking down on illegal taxi activities, after cabbies staged protests last week against the "unfair competition" from ride-sharing app UberPop.

Six in ‘serious condition’ confirm Spanish hotel
Spain

Six in ‘serious condition’ confirm Spanish hotel

Six people remained in "serious condition" in hospital on Sunday two days after a mass shooting at a beachside hotel in Tunisia that left 38 people dead, the hotel's Spanish management said.

Thousands join march for Graz victims
Austria

Thousands join march for Graz victims

Thousands of people joined a memorial march on Sunday in memory of the three people killed in Graz when a “mentally unbalanced” man ploughed his car into a pedestrian shopping street.

Italian stocks plunge as borrowing costs soar
Italy

Italian stocks plunge as borrowing costs soar

UPDATED: Milan's stock exchange opened sharply lower on Monday as investors grew increasingly spooked by the Greek crisis.

Frenchwoman dies in botched bungee jump
France

Frenchwoman dies in botched bungee jump

A young Frenchwoman died and her partner was left seriously injured after they crashed into the ground during a joint 65-metre bungee jump in the north of France.

The Local’s ten must-see Roskilde gigs
Denmark

The Local’s ten must-see Roskilde gigs

The Local's culture team will be at the Roskilde Festival – Denmark's biggest annual party – catching a glimpse of the action over the next few days. Here are some of the many acts we're most excited to see.

Fires and suspect bomb in new Malmö unrest
Sweden

Fires and suspect bomb in new Malmö unrest

Fresh violence erupted in Malmö in southern Sweden overnight, with several cars set on fire and suspected explosives found in a grocery store.

BLOG: Sweden’s political power forum – Day Two
Sweden

BLOG: Sweden’s political power forum – Day Two

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has taken to the stage at Almedalen, the Nordic nation's annual gathering of power players, and made cutting youth unemployment a key pledge.

‘Foreign workers need a specific kind of support’
Sweden

‘Foreign workers need a specific kind of support’

After two years working in banking in London, Canadian-born Ameek Grewal, 29, relocated to Stockholm a year ago and says he's boosted his health as well as his career by living among Swedes.