Despite Netflix blow Lilyhammer ‘not dead’
Norway

Despite Netflix blow Lilyhammer ‘not dead’

TV giant Netflix confirmed on Thursday that it won’t be making any more episodes of the popular TV series Lilyhammer starring Steven Van Zandt, although Petter Wallace of co-producer NRK has claimed that Netflix merely represents “an investor who’s withdrawing.”

Berlin conservatives say ‘no’ to gay marriage
Germany

Berlin conservatives say ‘no’ to gay marriage

Members of the Berlin faction of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) voted against gay marriage in a poll on Friday, denting hopes the Chancellor’s staunch opposition could be swayed.

Storms set to hit Germany over weekend
Germany

Storms set to hit Germany over weekend

After the sunshine of the past few days, Germans are being advised to baton down the hatches, as a low pressure threatens to bring storms and heavy rain with it.

Thieves make a dog’s dinner of lorry theft
Sweden

Thieves make a dog’s dinner of lorry theft

Thieves in southern Sweden on Thursday broke into the back of a lorry and made off with a stash of dog food. It’s unclear if the culprits knew what they were stealing or if the robbery was a bit of a dog’s dinner.

Chinese are quaffing more Italian wine
Italy

Chinese are quaffing more Italian wine

A toast to Italian winemakers! According to data published by the market intelligence group, Wine Monitor, Italian wines are enjoying a boom in China.

Italy fireworks factory blast toll rises to nine
Italy

Italy fireworks factory blast toll rises to nine

UPDATE: The death toll from an explosion at a fireworks factory in southern Italy has risen to nine after one of those hurt succumbed to their injuries, a hospital source said on Sunday.

Daredevil cows give motorists a surprise
Germany

Daredevil cows give motorists a surprise

The summer heat seems to have got cows all fired up in the west German town of Aachen this week - with many apparently heading out in search of pastures new.

New measures to stop migrant deaths in Calais
France

New measures to stop migrant deaths in Calais

After the death of another two UK-bound migrants were reported on Friday, French authorities have come up with a number of measures to improve security in Calais in the hope of preventing more.

Swedes in court over alleged terror crimes
Sweden

Swedes in court over alleged terror crimes

UPDATED: A Gothenburg court has remanded two Swedish men in custody on suspicion of committing murder in war-torn Syria. They both deny the allegations.

Federer and Wawrinka in Swiss Davis Cup return
Switzerland

Federer and Wawrinka in Swiss Davis Cup return

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka have made themselves available for Switzerland's Davis Cup World Group playoff match against the Netherlands in September.

Norwegian man visited in nursing home by pony
Norway

Norwegian man visited in nursing home by pony

89-year-old Karl Holmen was sad that he was too unwell to visit the new foal born to his granddaughter’s Susan's horse – but Susan devised a plan to cheer him up.

Italian website waxes lyrical over Jay-Z
Italy

Italian website waxes lyrical over Jay-Z

American rapper Jay-Z may have 99 problems but vocabulary sure ain't one of them.

Axel Springer loser in Financial Times battle
Germany

Axel Springer loser in Financial Times battle

German media giant Axel Springer may have lost an epic fight against Japanese rival Nikkei to buy the Financial Times, but it is unlikely to halt the group's ambitious expansion plans.

The oddest TripAdvisor comments about Norway
Norway

The oddest TripAdvisor comments about Norway

Norway plays host to around 5 million tourists every year. They're drawn to the sensational scenery, the wonderful cities, the culture and the happy Norwegians. But not everyone who visits finds Norway quite so charming.

‘No progress’ in search for kidnapped Italians
Italy

‘No progress’ in search for kidnapped Italians

Libyan security forces searching for four Italians kidnapped west of the capital this week have so far made no progress in finding them, an official said Friday.

The harshest TripAdvisor comments about Sweden
Sweden

The harshest TripAdvisor comments about Sweden

From breath-taking archipelagos to grand palaces, Sweden has a wealth of tourist attractions begging to be explored. Some visitors, however, never seem satisfied, as these TripAdvisor reviews show.

Bin baby mum may have dumped a previous child
Spain

Bin baby mum may have dumped a previous child

Police are investigating whether the mother who recently abandoned her baby in a Madrid bin dumped another child two years ago.

‘B**ch’ and ‘brainless’: French shop slurs clients
France

‘B**ch’ and ‘brainless’: French shop slurs clients

It's fair to say French store staff are not renowned for their warm customer service but referring to customers by the likes of "big bitch", "brainless" and "ball breaker" is taking things to whole a new level.

Barça to appeal Uefa fine for independence flags
Spain

Barça to appeal Uefa fine for independence flags

Barcelona Football Club are looking to appeal a €30,000 ($33,000) fine issued by Uefa after fans displayed independence flags during last month’s Champions League final.

Two Britons killed in mountain road crash
Austria

Two Britons killed in mountain road crash

Update: Two British men in their 20s were killed on Friday morning when their car veered off Austria's highest mountain pass during a car rally, police said.

50,000 say ‘non’ to Saudi royals taking over beach
France

50,000 say ‘non’ to Saudi royals taking over beach

Over 50,000 people have signed a petition to stop Saudi Royals from annexing a public Riviera beach so they can have it all to themselves during a visit to the south of France. Local authorities gave the family permission on the grounds of security.

Dane survives 17 hours in freezing water
Denmark

Dane survives 17 hours in freezing water

According to Vordingborg police, a sailor survived with nothing but a simple life-vest after falling off his boat into cold water and high waves.

Hot or not? Politicans in Spain are rated on looks
Spain

Hot or not? Politicans in Spain are rated on looks

A Spanish celebrity magazine has released a run-down of the country's best looking politicians, but failed to include one party leader, who took to Twitter to complain.

Bern joins ban on campfires and fireworks
Switzerland

Bern joins ban on campfires and fireworks

Barbecues will not be permitted in Bern’s forests this weekend as the canton became the latest to ban the lighting of open-air fires.

Air France to cut more costs after €600m losses
France

Air France to cut more costs after €600m losses

Air France-KLM said on Friday it would add a further €300 million ($328.4 million) to a previously announced €1.5-billion cost-cutting programme as it revealed first-half losses of €619 million.

Rajoy and Merkel plan a second holiday together
Spain

Rajoy and Merkel plan a second holiday together

The Spanish Prime Minister plans to visit Angela Merkel in her hometown of Stralsund on Germany’s Baltic coast in August after the success of her visit to his native Galicia last year.

Sweden locks horns with Ecuador on Assange
Sweden

Sweden locks horns with Ecuador on Assange

Swedish prosecutors have told The Local they hope to travel to London "as soon as possible" to question Julian Assange over alleged sexual offences after Ecuador accused Sweden of dragging its feet in the case.

Mystery raccoon falls from Vienna window
Austria

Mystery raccoon falls from Vienna window

Vienna council workers made an unusual discovery when they found an injured raccoon in the city’s central Landstrasse district, in front of an apartment building. They believe he fell out of one of the apartment windows, or from a balcony.

Google rents Unesco ruins for top-secret event
Italy

Google rents Unesco ruins for top-secret event

Google has paid €100,000 to host an exclusive banquet at the famous Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily, as part of its top-secret annual conference.

Nazis eat falafel in secret, artists claim
Germany

Nazis eat falafel in secret, artists claim

An artists collective is trying to win back the streets of the small east German town of Freital from neo-Nazis with a witty billboard-hijacking campaign.

French MPs under fire for trip to annexed Crimea
France

French MPs under fire for trip to annexed Crimea

France's foreign minstry has deplored a group of opposition MPs who are paying a visit to the peninsula of Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine.

Lakes reach ‘bathtub’ temperatures
Austria

Lakes reach ‘bathtub’ temperatures

Anyone planning to take a refreshing dip this weekend in one of Austria’s lakes after the scorching heat of the past few days is going to be disappointed - with the water in most lakes now as warm as a bathtub.

RIP Samson: Denmark mourns death of gorilla
Denmark

RIP Samson: Denmark mourns death of gorilla

The 45-year old silverback Samson was adored by many Danes, hundreds of whom have written fond farewells to the gorilla on Facebook.

French cops rebel over order to give kids sweets
France

French cops rebel over order to give kids sweets

French border police who were supposed to be improving their image at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris have said they no longer want to give candy to children because it "undermines their profession".

Jewish group slams right-wing asylum plan
Germany

Jewish group slams right-wing asylum plan

The German Central Council of Jews harshly criticized a plan proposed by conservative party leader Horst Seehofer to be stricter on certain asylum-seekers as "dangerous", saying Germany needs to learn from its past.

Fake policeman caught using Hollywood actor ID
Spain

Fake policeman caught using Hollywood actor ID

A Spanish man has been caught using a fake police ID with the photograph of Oscar-winning Hollywood actor, Adrien Brody.

Vineyards look forward to bumper harvest
Switzerland

Vineyards look forward to bumper harvest

The 2015 vintage could be a great one for many Swiss winegrowers, thanks to the hot, dry summer.

Gentiloni heads to Iran after nuclear power deal
Italy

Gentiloni heads to Iran after nuclear power deal

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni will go to Iran on August 4th and 5th, his ministry confirmed on Friday, in the latest high-powered trip to Tehran following the July 14th nuclear deal.

French spy bill cleared despite UN criticism
France

French spy bill cleared despite UN criticism

Controversial laws that give France wide-ranging powers of surveillance have been cleared by the country's top court despite criticism from the UN and internet freedom groups.

Two migrants die trying to cross Channel to UK
France

Two migrants die trying to cross Channel to UK

The risks of illegally trying to cross the Channel from France into the UK became clear on Friday as two migrants died in separate circumstances.

German student dies in Tuscan balcony fall

German student dies in Tuscan balcony fall

A 17-year-old student from Germany died after falling from the balcony of a hotel in Montecatini Terme, a town in Tuscany, on Thursday.

Weekend heavy rain warnings across Sweden
Sweden

Weekend heavy rain warnings across Sweden

Swedish summer spirits are set to be further dampened this weekend, with heavy rain forecast across the country.

The harshest TripAdvisor comments about Austria
Austria

The harshest TripAdvisor comments about Austria

Austria has something to offer every visitor, whether for a winter or summer break. First class ski resorts, cities buzzing with culture, magnificent palaces, beautiful mountains with spectacular hiking, and lakes so clear and clean you can drink from them. But not everyone is convinced of the alpine republic’s charms…

Panic as Rome metro runs with doors open
Italy

Panic as Rome metro runs with doors open

Passengers on Rome's metro experienced a terrifying journey on Wednesday morning when a crowded train drove between two stops with the doors wide open.

Three Danes found dead in Norwegian park
Norway

Three Danes found dead in Norwegian park

Three Danish citizens were found dead late on Thursday in Rogen Lake on the Swedish-Norwegian border.

Off with his head! Bust of King axed by Barcelona
Spain

Off with his head! Bust of King axed by Barcelona

The bust of King Juan Carlos was removed from Barcelona City Hall just hours after his son King Felipe VI weighed into the Catalan independence row.

Three Danes found dead in Swedish lake

Three Danes found dead in Swedish lake

Three Danish citizens were found dead late on Thursday in Rogen Lake on the Swedish-Norwegian border.

‘Plot to kidnap’ French man in right to die battle
France

‘Plot to kidnap’ French man in right to die battle

Doctors have asked for a quadriplegic Frenchman who is at the centre of a bitter dispute over his right to die, to be given protection after threats were made to kidnap him.

Merkel participates in four-way Ukraine talks
Germany

Merkel participates in four-way Ukraine talks

The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine held talks Thursday over the conflict in east Ukraine, with all sides calling for the full implementation of a ceasefire deal, the French presidency said.

Road deaths drop to lowest level in 70 years
Switzerland

Road deaths drop to lowest level in 70 years

Swiss roads are safer than at any point since 1945, but motorcyclists are at greater risk of an accident than car drivers, according to new statistics.

Paris homeless man gets job after CV goes viral
France

Paris homeless man gets job after CV goes viral

A homeless man, who became the talk of the web after handing out his CV on the Paris Metro, has been rewarded for his efforts after landing a permanent job.

Denmark to run anti-refugee advertisements
Denmark

Denmark to run anti-refugee advertisements

The government plans to launch an information campaign in foreign newspapers to deter refugees in response to human smugglers publishing comparative information on refugee benefits in EU countries.

Top CDU MP resigns over Greece policy
Germany

Top CDU MP resigns over Greece policy

Wolfgang Bosbach, one of the most senior figures in the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has resigned from his position as chair of the home affairs select committee in protest against the policies of his government towards Greece.

Spain’s minimum age for marriage raised to 16
Spain

Spain’s minimum age for marriage raised to 16

Spain raised the minimum age for marriage from 14 to 16 on Thursday, in a reform that brings the law in line with the new age of consent.

Sicily’s anti-mafia leader won’t quit over wiretap
Italy

Sicily’s anti-mafia leader won’t quit over wiretap

Sicilian President Rosario Crocetta said on Thursday he would not step down over a controversial wiretapped phone call during which he allegedly failed to challenge a pro-mafia comment.

Sweden’s highest peak set to get taller
Sweden

Sweden’s highest peak set to get taller

At a couple of thousand metres above sea level, Kebnekaise is Sweden's tallest mountain. And new figures show it's about to get even taller – thanks to the unusually chilly summer.

Austrian president announces Iran visit
Austria

Austrian president announces Iran visit

Austrian President Heinz Fischer will in September make the first visit to Iran by a European head of state since 2004, his office said on Thursday.

Italian hospital goes 58 years without patients
Italy

Italian hospital goes 58 years without patients

Work on the San Bartolomeo in Galdo hospital, Campania, began in 1957, but the facility is yet to treat a single patient.

At least ten migrants die trying to reach Italy
Italy

At least ten migrants die trying to reach Italy

At least ten migrants who were seeking to reach Europe are feared dead after their inflatable dinghy capsized off the coast of Libya, a local prosecutor on the Italian island of Sicily said on Thursday.

How to make Swedish smoked eel canapés
Sweden

How to make Swedish smoked eel canapés

Throwing a summer party? Impress your guests with these tasty smoked eel (rökt ål) snacks. Food writer John Duxbury shares his top tips for making them with The Local.

Third grenade attack in a week rocks Malmö
Sweden

Third grenade attack in a week rocks Malmö

Malmö in southern Sweden was shaken by a hand grenade attack overnight – less than 12 hours after another explosion rocked residents in a series of blasts in Sweden's third largest city this summer.