Denmark declines to take part in migrant relocation
Denmark

Denmark declines to take part in migrant relocation

UPDATED: As European on Monday evening found only a partial solution for the relocation of refugees crossing the Mediterranean, Denmark remained largely on the sidelines due to its EU Justice and Home Affairs opt-out.

New French law aims to boost foreigners’ rights
France

New French law aims to boost foreigners’ rights

A new law was put to the French parliament on Monday which aims to shrink the bureaucratic hurdles for foreigners wanting to stay in France.

Pizza makers call for ‘license to bake’
Italy

Pizza makers call for ‘license to bake’

The Italian Pizza Makers Association says it will take its requests for a European pizza makers license abroad if the Italian government continues to ignore its calls for laws to regulate the pizza making profession.

Sweden watches as EU migrant talks collapse
Sweden

Sweden watches as EU migrant talks collapse

UPDATED: EU nations have failed to agree on how many of the refugees that have arrived in the Mediterranean this year should be taken in by each member state after months of wrangling.

Movie star unleashes on fans in refugee row
Germany

Movie star unleashes on fans in refugee row

Inglorious Basterds star Till Schweiger blasted fans who left dozens of anti-immigrant comments on his Facebook page, feeding a feverish national debate on asylum policy Monday.

Centre Party in Breivik Facebook page storm
Norway

Centre Party in Breivik Facebook page storm

Jan-Ove Fromreide, a candidate for the Centre Party in Askøy in Hordaland, has resigned from the party’s electoral list after it was discovered that he runs an extreme right-wing Facebook page that has praised Anders Breivik.

French officials defend handing beach to Saudis
France

French officials defend handing beach to Saudis

Much criticized authorities in the French Riviera have defended their decision to bar the public from a beach during the visit of a Saudi king, telling The Local it was simply a question of security and angrily rejected claims the Saudis had paid for the pleasure of having their own beach.

Germans are richer than ever before: study
Germany

Germans are richer than ever before: study

German private households collectively hold more wealth than ever before, according to a report released by the German Federal Bank on Monday.

French minister breaks arm filling petrol tank
France

French minister breaks arm filling petrol tank

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin has been hospitalised after breaking his arm while filling up at a service station in central France, his aides said on Monday.

Tiptoe along the ‘world’s scariest footpath’ online
Spain

Tiptoe along the ‘world’s scariest footpath’ online

Google Streetview has launched a new project which allows people to explore "the world's most dangerous footpath" in southern Spain from the comfort of home.

Munich teens save man’s life as adults walk by
Germany

Munich teens save man’s life as adults walk by

Police have praised two Munich schoolboys after they stopped to help a group of men found lying unconscious in public on Saturday – while adults walked past without a second glance.

Norway makes EU deal to extend fish exports
Norway

Norway makes EU deal to extend fish exports

Norway has confirmed that it will contribute €400m a year to boost social and economic equality in Europe in exchange for improved access for Norwegian exports in EU markets, especially fish and seafood.

Swede caught up in ‘Isis’ suicide bomb attack
Sweden

Swede caught up in ‘Isis’ suicide bomb attack

A Swedish politician working in Turkey has spoken to The Local after she avoided a suspected suicide attack on a cultural centre near the border to Syria which killed several dozens on Monday.

Protester showers Blatter with fake bank notes
Switzerland

Protester showers Blatter with fake bank notes

A British comedian on Monday interrupted a press conference by Fifa president Sepp Blatter throwing paper money in front of Blatter just as he was about to speak.

Tobacconists protest as Paris hosts conference
France

Tobacconists protest as Paris hosts conference

Tobacconists have protested across France as ministers from ten countries gathered in Paris on Monday in a drive to introduce plain cigarette packaging.

Ferrari recalls 2,600 cars globally over airbags risk
Italy

Ferrari recalls 2,600 cars globally over airbags risk

Italy sports car giant Ferrari has recalled 2,600 cars globally because of a default in airbags supplied by Japanese company Takata, the company said on Monday.

Minister: Iran must rethink stance on Israel
Germany

Minister: Iran must rethink stance on Israel

Germany believes Iran should rethink its stance on Israel as last week's nuclear deal means it must "bear new responsibilities, at home and abroad", Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday during his visit to the Islamic republic.

Switzerland sees big jump in asylum seekers
Switzerland

Switzerland sees big jump in asylum seekers

Almost 12,000 applications for asylum were lodged in Switzerland in the first six months of 2015 with Eritreans accounting for more than half.

Man arrested for tapping girlfriend’s mobile phone
Spain

Man arrested for tapping girlfriend’s mobile phone

The young man installed spy software on his girlfriend’s mobile phone to keep tabs on her while they were apart.

Italy begins privatization wave with post office
Italy

Italy begins privatization wave with post office

Italy's government plans to list a 40 percent stake in the national post office, Poste Italiane, on the Milan exchange later this year as part of a drive to privatize state-run assests.

Best places in Vienna to escape the heatwave
Austria

Best places in Vienna to escape the heatwave

Vienna is not the most pleasant place to be in the midst of a sweltering heatwave - especially when your friends and colleagues have headed off to the lake for some ‘sommerfrische’. But that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside in front of an electric fan, mopping your sweaty brow. Here are the best options for getting out and about but keeping cool.

Record traffic boost for Denmark-Sweden bridge
Denmark

Record traffic boost for Denmark-Sweden bridge

Fifteen years after its completion, holiday travellers drove traffic on the Øresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden to new record levels over the weekend.

Barça hero to stand for Catalan independence
Spain

Barça hero to stand for Catalan independence

Bayern Munich coach and Barcelona hero Pep Guardiola will make a symbolic stand for election to the Catalan parliament in a campaign for his native region to be independent from Spain, media reported Monday.

France employs crack team of wolf hunters
France

France employs crack team of wolf hunters

France is set to employ an elite team of wolf hunters to help cull an ever-growing population that's fast spreading across the country.

Public urged: ‘Eat French meat to save our farmers’
France

Public urged: ‘Eat French meat to save our farmers’

France's leaders have called on the public to eat as much "Made in France" meat as possible to help save the livelihoods of the country's struggling farmers, who protested on Monday by setting up a blockade around a Normandy town.

Migrant girl dies after insulin thrown in sea
Italy

Migrant girl dies after insulin thrown in sea

A ten-year-old diabetic girl from Syria died on a migrant boat travelling to Italy after one of the human traffickers threw a bag containing her insulin overboard.

Denmark’s weather ‘won’t get much better’
Denmark

Denmark’s weather ‘won’t get much better’

Monday’s chilly and grey conditions may set the tone for the remainder of July, as meteorology institute DMI says that summer warmth is nowhere in sight.

Record traffic boost for Sweden-Denmark bridge
Sweden

Record traffic boost for Sweden-Denmark bridge

Fifteen years since its completion, holiday travellers drove traffic on the Öresund bridge between Sweden and the Danish capital to new record levels over the weekend.

Men held for ‘underage rape’ at rock festival
Norway

Men held for ‘underage rape’ at rock festival

The alleged rape took place on Saturday night at the Malakoff rock festival in Nordfjordeid in western Norway and three men were arrested on Sunday night.

Getting pregnant the Swedish way
Sweden

Getting pregnant the Swedish way

March 22nd is the most common birthday in Sweden – nine months after the Midsummer holiday. Coincidence? Probably not. The Local takes a look at fertility the Swedish way – both Viking and modern methods.

Court rejects lawyers’ plea to quit neo-Nazi trial
Germany

Court rejects lawyers’ plea to quit neo-Nazi trial

UPDATE: A German court hearing a landmark murder and terrorism trial on Monday rejected a request by three defence lawyers to quit representing the surviving member of a neo-Nazi cell.

Crisis-hit FIFA sets election for February
Switzerland

Crisis-hit FIFA sets election for February

FIFA said on Monday that a special election will be held on February 26th to replace president Sepp Blatter.

Swedish capital to go car free in September
Sweden

Swedish capital to go car free in September

UPDATED: Cars will be banned from Stockholm city centre for the first time on September 19th as the Swedish capital takes part in a Europe-wide initiative to encourage greener travel.

French beach on alert after third shark sighting
France

French beach on alert after third shark sighting

Lifeguards in southern France are on alert after spotting a shark just metres from the shoreline of a popular beach - the third such sighting in recent days.

Farm kitten hitches ride to Vienna
Austria

Farm kitten hitches ride to Vienna

A country kitten hitched a ride to the big city by climbing into a car belonging to a Viennese family just before they returned home from a holiday in Carinthia.

Catwalk of the future arrives in sunny Spain
Spain

Catwalk of the future arrives in sunny Spain

The world’s first solar-powered runway show has taken place in Seville, mixing high fashion with a futuristic backdrop.

Dad shoots suspected burglar – his son
Austria

Dad shoots suspected burglar – his son

A pensioner from Lower Austria almost killed his own son when he shot twice at a suspected burglar through a window in the middle of the night.

France launches push for stronger eurozone
France

France launches push for stronger eurozone

The French President and his Prime Minister have called for a strong and more harmonized eurozone to help avoid further crisis. It would be led by "a vanguard of countries" and could include a new eurozone parliament.

Swedish snake expert investigates slippery find
Sweden

Swedish snake expert investigates slippery find

A Swedish animal expert has told The Local how he was woken up in the early hours of Monday by a phone call from the police after a suspicious snake was captured in Stockholm.

Man attacks pool party crowd with pepper spray
Germany

Man attacks pool party crowd with pepper spray

At least 11 people were injured in Bavaria on Saturday night, as a man apparently launched a pepper spray attack at a pool party.

Rome’s Trevi fountain invaded by rats
Italy

Rome’s Trevi fountain invaded by rats

Rome's famous Trevi fountain has been taken over by a colony of rats, who exit from its drains at dusk each day.

British tourist killed in Berlin traffic accident
Germany

British tourist killed in Berlin traffic accident

Police are investigating the death of a young British tourist visiting Berlin after he died from injuries sustained during a traffic accident last week.

Podemos lose support amid economic recovery
Spain

Podemos lose support amid economic recovery

Anti-establishment party Podemos is losing ground against Spain’s two mainstream parties, the latest opinion poll shows.

Spanish racers die in US motorbike horror crash
Spain

Spanish racers die in US motorbike horror crash

Two Spanish motorbike riders were involved in a multi-bike crash during the MotoAmerica superbike race in Laguna Seca, central California, on Sunday.

Coop tests controversial pricing policy
Switzerland

Coop tests controversial pricing policy

Switzerland’s biggest retailer, Coop, is testing out personalized pricing in its online store, offering some customers higher reductions than others on the same products.

Norwegian triumphs in Plácido Domingo contest
Norway

Norwegian triumphs in Plácido Domingo contest

A Norwegian soprano was declared the female winner on Sunday of singing competition Operalia, established by opera star Plácido Domingo to foster young talent.

Brit weighing 120kg rescued from bell tower
Italy

Brit weighing 120kg rescued from bell tower

A British tourist weighing 120 kilograms had to be taken down from the Giotto bell tower in Florence by firemen on Saturday, after suddenly feeling ill after reaching the top.

Danish tourists accused of rape in Spain

Danish tourists accused of rape in Spain

According to Spanish media, two Danish men have been arrested in Mallorca after allegedly drugging and raping a Spanish dancer.

Paris Plages: Ten great reasons to hit the beach
France

Paris Plages: Ten great reasons to hit the beach

The French capital's beach festival "Paris Plages" opens on Monday and promises to be bigger and better than ever before. We've scoured the programme and found the top ten activities on offer.

Four Italians kidnapped in Libya
Italy

Four Italians kidnapped in Libya

UDATED: Four Italians working for a construction company have been kidnapped in conflict-torn Libya, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.

More eastern Europeans settling down in Denmark
Denmark

More eastern Europeans settling down in Denmark

Eastern Europeans are increasingly make Denmark their permanent home, figures from the government-run job market database Jobindsats have shown.

Warning: third heatwave to bake sweltering Spain
Spain

Warning: third heatwave to bake sweltering Spain

Spain is preparing for its third heatwave of the summer as 18 provinces are put on alert for high temperatures by the country's meteorological agency.

Sun brings Montreux festivalgoers out in force
Switzerland

Sun brings Montreux festivalgoers out in force

There were no dark clouds over Montreux’s annual Jazz Festival this year, which was played out under sunny skies in front of appreciative lakeside audiences.

Saudis allowed to build elevator to Riviera beach
France

Saudis allowed to build elevator to Riviera beach

French authorities have allowed an elevator to be installed on a public beach in the south of France to allow Saudi royals to get down to the sand more easily as locals continue to protest the fact they will be barred from the beauty spot.

‘I know the struggle of moving to a new city’
Austria

‘I know the struggle of moving to a new city’

Having moved to Austria ten years ago for love, Andreas Tattersall’s transition into his new life was difficult at first. The native Englishman felt isolated in the cultural hub of Vienna as he only knew one other person - the woman he moved for. He spoke to The Local about how significant the presence of an expat group has been in his life.

Renzi pledges tax cuts ‘in pact with Italians’
Italy

Renzi pledges tax cuts ‘in pact with Italians’

Italy’s premier Matteo Renzi has pledged to cut taxes over the next three years, including the unpopular tax on primary residences, in what he says is a “pact with Italians”.

French police step up security around Sky team
France

French police step up security around Sky team

The Sky cycling team has been given police protection after unsavoury incidents in recent days saw urine thrown at yellow jersey holder Chris Froome and another member of the team saying he was punched.

Merkel defends treatment of crying Palestinian girl
Germany

Merkel defends treatment of crying Palestinian girl

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday defended her treatment of a crying teenage Palestinian refugee following a storm of protest on social media.

Jilted MEP Lucke sets up new eurosceptic party
Germany

Jilted MEP Lucke sets up new eurosceptic party

Bernd Lucke, who had quit the anti-euro Alternative for Germany (AfD) he led over what he described as the group's increasingly xenophobic views, on Sunday founded a new eurosceptic party.

Swedes celebrate home win at Swedish Open
Sweden

Swedes celebrate home win at Swedish Open

Sweden's successful sporting summer continued over the weekend with homegrown talent Johanna Larsson winning the country's biggest tennis tournament, the Swedish Open, for the first time.

Gabriel arrives in Iran to kickstart trade talks
Germany

Gabriel arrives in Iran to kickstart trade talks

Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel flew to Iran Sunday, becoming the first top Western official to visit the country since world powers and Tehran reached a historic nuclear deal.

Data sharing push to fight terror in Sweden
Sweden

Data sharing push to fight terror in Sweden

Closer coordination is needed between Swedish authorities working to combat terrorism in the Nordic nation, says Home Affairs Minister Anders Ygeman.

Heatwave to grip Italy until end of July
Italy

Heatwave to grip Italy until end of July

Italy's stifling heatwave is set to continue into next week, keeping temperatures in the high thirties.

‘There’s such a demand for live music in Sweden’
Sweden

‘There’s such a demand for live music in Sweden’

Scottish artist Rosie McClune, 33, tells The Local about how her Gothenburg-based venture MusicMakes is trying to bring more live gigs to Sweden's music scene.