Norway’s Søl beer in war with Mexican giant
Norway

Norway’s Søl beer in war with Mexican giant

A tiny microbrewery in far northern Norway has entered a trademark war with global brewing company Heineken, because its name and logo Søl is too close to that of its Mexican beer brand Sol.

Norwegian mental patient held in French jail
Norway

Norwegian mental patient held in French jail

A mentally ill Norwegian man has been held in a French prison for six months awaiting extradition to Norway due to grindingly slow French bureaucracy.

July asylum applications hit ‘all-time record’
Germany

July asylum applications hit ‘all-time record’

More people applied for asylum in Germany in July than in any previous month on record, the Ministry for Immigration and Refugees announced on Friday.

Renzi defends reforms as jobless rate rises
Italy

Renzi defends reforms as jobless rate rises

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi defended his labour reform programme on Friday, playing down gloomy unemployment data and insisting the debt-laden country was on the right path to growth.

Wet July dampens Swedes’ summer spirit
Sweden

Wet July dampens Swedes’ summer spirit

Swedes complaining about the disappointing summer were vindicated after meterologists revealed on Friday that July indeed finished wetter – but warmer – than normal.

Migrant: ‘France will protect me more than UK’
France

Migrant: ‘France will protect me more than UK’

While the intense media coverage of Calais might suggest that all migrants there want to make it to the UK, an increasing number of them are now actually choosing to stay in France.

The 1,000s of Germans massacred after WWII
Germany

The 1,000s of Germans massacred after WWII

Seventy years ago on Friday, a munitions depot exploded in the Czechoslovakian town of Ústí nad Labem. For the thousands of Sudeten Germans who lived in the town, the event was a death sentence.

Danes: Spend more on elderly care
Denmark

Danes: Spend more on elderly care

According to a new poll, a majority of Danes would like to see better care for the elderly, even if it is at the expense of other vital welfare services.

Remorseful wedding thief confesses to police
Norway

Remorseful wedding thief confesses to police

One of the gang which raided the gift table at a wedding in northern Norway last Saturday became so overcome with remorse after his crime was reported that he has handed himself in to the local police.

Minister seeks to rid laws of ‘Nazi language’
Germany

Minister seeks to rid laws of ‘Nazi language’

Germany has made great efforts to purge legal system of remnants of Adolf Hitler's regime, but some laws still bear traces of the Nazi past. The Justice Minister wants to change this.

VIDEO: ‘Blond’ bear finds internet fame in Italy
Italy

VIDEO: ‘Blond’ bear finds internet fame in Italy

A blond-haired bear has become something of a sensation in Italy after being caught on video by a farmer in Lombardy.

Naomi Campbell guilty over Italy assault
Italy

Naomi Campbell guilty over Italy assault

British supermodel Naomi Campbell was on Friday convicted by a Sicilian court of assaulting a photographer on the island of Lipari, and given a six month suspended prison term, Live Sicilia reported.

Snoop Dogg’s initial drug test positive say police
Sweden

Snoop Dogg’s initial drug test positive say police

Initial tests suggest that US rapper Snoop Dogg was under the influence when he was arrested by Swedish police after performing at a gig last weekend, a police spokesman told The Local on Friday.

Lausanne gets 2020 Winter Youth Olympics
Switzerland

Lausanne gets 2020 Winter Youth Olympics

The Swiss city of Lausanne will host the third Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2020, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Friday.

France names capital cities for new regions
France

France names capital cities for new regions

French officials have revealed their suggestions for the capital cities of the country's newest regions. But not everyone is happy about the choices.

Newborn baby found in Munich airport toilets
Germany

Newborn baby found in Munich airport toilets

A newborn baby was found in a toilet in Munich airport on Thursday. Police so far have no clue as to who or where the mother is.

Tourist lies on speeding car in latest stupid stunt
Spain

Tourist lies on speeding car in latest stupid stunt

Footage showing a half-naked tourist spread-eagled across the back of a car speeding along a busy motorway outside Marbella is being investigated by police.

‘Lost bunny’ at Danish airport goes viral
Denmark

‘Lost bunny’ at Danish airport goes viral

Staff at Aalborg Airport found a fun way to pass the time on Thursday by starting a Facebook campaign to find the owner of a lost toy bunny, which has since gone viral.

French roads set for ‘Black Saturday’ jams
France

French roads set for ‘Black Saturday’ jams

Planning to head out to the countryside this weekend? Beware, the roads will be hit by millions of French motorists taking off for their August break.

Norway-led team prove Ebola vaccine works
Norway

Norway-led team prove Ebola vaccine works

A Norwegian-led research team has developed what is likely to be the first effective vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus, that has killed more than 11,000 people in the still ongoing outbreak in West Africa.

Mary Vetsera’s suicide letters found
Austria

Mary Vetsera’s suicide letters found

Suicide letters believed to have been written by the mistress of Austria’s Crown Prince Rudolf, 17-year-old Mary Vetsera, before her untimely death have been found in an archive of the private Schoeller bank.

Recovering Spanish banks see profits rise
Spain

Recovering Spanish banks see profits rise

Major Spanish banks reported a surge in quarterly net profits on Friday as earnings soared in a sector that just three years ago had to be bailed out.

Swiss Siberia ends July with below-zero night
Switzerland

Swiss Siberia ends July with below-zero night

The hot weather across Switzerland in July may have broken records, but in the early hours of July 31st one village lived up to its frosty reputation when the temperature fell below zero.

Treason investigation of Netzpolitik halted
Germany

Treason investigation of Netzpolitik halted

Update: Federal prosecutors announced on Friday they are suspending investigations of treason against 'digital rights' website Netzpolitik for 'the greater good' of upholding freedom of the press.

Striking French seamen block Calais port
France

Striking French seamen block Calais port

Hundreds of French sailors blocked the city of Calais Friday, using burning tyres to prevent access to the port in the midst of the peak holiday travel period.

Swedes get set for new money, money, money
Sweden

Swedes get set for new money, money, money

A new smartphone app is set to help Swedes navigate the biggest switch in bank notes the country has ever seen with only two months to go before the new cash is introduced.

Childhood memory helps to locate Civil War grave
Spain

Childhood memory helps to locate Civil War grave

A man who witnessed the execution of a Republican soldier as a ten-year-old boy in 1939 has led investigators to the unmarked grave.

Refugee intake halted at ‘inhumane’ camp
Austria

Refugee intake halted at ‘inhumane’ camp

Austria's main refugee processing centre will temporarily halt its intake of asylum seekers at the overcrowded camp, officials said on Friday, after the UN described conditions there as "dangerous and inhumane".

Danish companies: Drop anti-refugee ads
Denmark

Danish companies: Drop anti-refugee ads

Danish businesses fear that the campaign will damage Denmark's reputation abroad by making the country appear unwelcoming to all foreigners, rather than only refugees.

Mining behind Swedish ‘earthquake’ say experts
Sweden

Mining behind Swedish ‘earthquake’ say experts

On Friday Sweden awoke to news of the second earthquake in less than a week, this time in the far north of the country. But a seismologist told The Local that the tremors were the result of mining activity.

New SwissPass could lead to job cuts: union
Switzerland

New SwissPass could lead to job cuts: union

The new SwissPass railcard, which launches on August 1st, could put ticket office jobs in jeopardy says transport staff union SEV.

Alitalia attendant loses cool amid airport chaos
Italy

Alitalia attendant loses cool amid airport chaos

A video showing an Alitalia flight attendant shoving a passenger at Rome's Fiumicino airport has gone viral.

French court says ‘non’ to new cockfighting pits
France

French court says ‘non’ to new cockfighting pits

France's top court on Friday upheld a ban on new cockfighting pits, as the country seeks to stamp out the ancient bloodsport that continues in some regions despite being banned in most parts of the world.

Brit arrested in Munich for meth smuggling
Germany

Brit arrested in Munich for meth smuggling

A 50-year-old British woman is being held in custody in Munich on suspicion of attempting to smuggle two kilos of crystal meth out of Munich airport disguised as sweets.

Eight breathtaking places to visit in Austria
Austria

Eight breathtaking places to visit in Austria

With city dwellers setting off for much of August in search of 'Sommerfrische', you may be wishing that you too had a cabin by the lake. If you're in search of some natural beauty this summer away from the tourist trails, The Local has some must-see tips.

Barcelona shooting victim was Dutch fugitive
Spain

Barcelona shooting victim was Dutch fugitive

Police have discovered that the man shot outside a hotel in the tourist heart of Barcelona was a Dutch member of an illegal biker gang wanted by Interpol. He has been arrested in his hospital bed.

Riviera trade group: ‘Leave Saudis alone’
France

Riviera trade group: ‘Leave Saudis alone’

After weeks of uproar over a decision to let the Saudi royals “privatise” a public beach on the French Riviera, a trade group has pleaded for locals to calm down and leave the Middle Eastern visitors alone.

Hundreds flee floods at music festival campsite
Spain

Hundreds flee floods at music festival campsite

Around a thousand people camping at the Arenal Sound festival on Spain’s eastern coast had to be evacuated from the site in the early hours of Friday morning after heavy rains caused major flooding.

Danish Ryanair row inspires unions abroad
Denmark

Danish Ryanair row inspires unions abroad

Unions in Europe and beyond have showered Danish labour unions with praise in the weeks following the conclusion of their conflict with Ryanair, which relocated both its bases out of Denmark earlier this month.

Nursery was wrong to expel vegan child: court
Italy

Nursery was wrong to expel vegan child: court

A court in the northern Italian province of Alto Adige has ruled that a nursery school was wrong to expel a child whose mother requested that he be fed a vegan diet.

Italy’s unemployment rises to 12.7 percent
Italy

Italy’s unemployment rises to 12.7 percent

Italy's unemployment rate rose to 12.7 percent in June, the national statistics office, Istat, said on Friday.

Naked performers take to Swiss city’s streets
Switzerland

Naked performers take to Swiss city’s streets

Visitors to Biel/Bienne may be in for a surprise on August 21st-22nd as the Swiss city hosts the world’s first naked performance festival in the city’s streets.

Norway couple spend year living outdoors
Norway

Norway couple spend year living outdoors

A Norwegian couple has spent an entire year outdoors in the country's far north, sleeping in tents, bivouacs, and huts, and living mainly off hunting, fishing and foraging.

Swedish farm mystery as pigs vanish without trace
Sweden

Swedish farm mystery as pigs vanish without trace

UPDATED: A Swedish farmer is mystified about the disappearance of 64 pigs from his farmyard in the town of Vingåker, central Sweden.

Experts confirm Réunion debris is Boeing 777
France

Experts confirm Réunion debris is Boeing 777

Malaysian authorities confirmed on Friday that plane wreckage washed up on France's island of Réunion was from a Boeing 777, meaning the part is almost certainly from missing flight MH370.

Italy’s south is worse off than Greece
Italy

Italy’s south is worse off than Greece

Italy's impoverished south has the lowest growth rate in the eurozone, lagging far behind even the sick man of Europe, Greece.

France and Russia ‘reach deal’ on ditched Mistrals
France

France and Russia ‘reach deal’ on ditched Mistrals

After eight months of negotiations France and Russia have reached a deal on the amount Paris must pay Moscow in compensation for the non-delivery of two Mistral warships, a senior Russian official said Friday.

What’s on in Spain: August 2015
Spain

What’s on in Spain: August 2015

It's holiday season and towns and cities are preparing to host some of the best parties of the year. The Local gives you a round up of all the most interesting events around the country in August.

Michael Jackson shrine may have to beat it
Germany

Michael Jackson shrine may have to beat it

A memorial set up in Germany by some of Michael Jackson's most ardent fans the day after his sudden 2009 death has come under threat in a strangely emotional turf war.

Danish police investigate cry for help off island
Denmark

Danish police investigate cry for help off island

A person walking along the beach on the island of Femø claimed to have heard someone in the water shouting for help.

Row threatens Spain’s first nuclear graveyard
Spain

Row threatens Spain’s first nuclear graveyard

Spain's conservative government and the central region of Castilla-La Mancha locked horns Thursday over plans to build the nation's first-ever temporary storage facility for highly radioactive waste.

Google defies France on ‘right to be forgotten’
France

Google defies France on ‘right to be forgotten’

Google on Thursday rejected a French demand to globally apply the so-called right to be forgotten, which requires the company to remove links to certain information about users if asked.

Bananas free Swedish man from speeding fine
Sweden

Bananas free Swedish man from speeding fine

A Swedish driver has escaped speeding tickets in court – because the offender was eating a banana. If that sounds bananas to you, keep reading.

Ai Weiwei in Germany as UK slammed over visa
Germany

Ai Weiwei in Germany as UK slammed over visa

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei arrived in Munich on Thursday on his first overseas trip since he was arrested nearly four years ago, after Britain denied him a six-month visa because he did not declare a supposed "criminal conviction" on his application.

Extra French police help curb Calais migrant flow
France

Extra French police help curb Calais migrant flow

A newly enforced police unit in northern France blocked at least 200 people from reaching the Channel Tunnel on Thursday night, as the British government prepares for an emergency meeting on Friday to grapple with the crisis.

How to throw your own Swedish crayfish party
Sweden

How to throw your own Swedish crayfish party

Haven't been invited to a crayfish party? Throw one yourself and wow your Swedish friends.

Disruption continues at Rome’s crisis-hit airport
Italy

Disruption continues at Rome’s crisis-hit airport

Flights in and out of Rome's disaster-hit Fiumicino airport were seriously disrupted for a second day on Thursday after a fire in a nearby pine grove threw dense smoke across the runway.

Concerns over ‘too Swedish’ police force
Sweden

Concerns over ‘too Swedish’ police force

UPDATED: Swedish police academies expressed concern on Friday over a sharp decline in the number of foreign-born future officers.