Norway artists’ naked flash-mob stunt backfires
Norway

Norway artists’ naked flash-mob stunt backfires

A Norwegian artist who called on his local village to stand naked on a beach to greet Norwegian TV's touring 'Summer Boat' failed to draw a single other participant.

Mediterranean fish caught in Oslo fjord
Norway

Mediterranean fish caught in Oslo fjord

During the last few days, no fewer than 17 bonito fish, which are more usually found in the Mediterranean, have been caught in the Oslo fjord.

Russia’s Pole claim sparks ‘Arctic battle’ fear
Norway

Russia’s Pole claim sparks ‘Arctic battle’ fear

Norwegian commentators have expressed alarm at Russia’s renewed claim on the North Pole, with the Aftenposten newspaper predicting a "battle for the Arctic", arguing: "The only question is how dramatic it will be”.

Pigs gassed to death by own excrement
Switzerland

Pigs gassed to death by own excrement

A total of 135 pigs died after inhaling gas produced from their own excrement on a farm in the canton of Aargau, a TV report has revealed.

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Switzerland

Med migrant death toll ‘rises above 2,000’

More than 2,000 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe this year, data released in Geneva showed on Tuesday, bearing testimony to migrants' increasingly desperate attempts to reach the continent.

Berlin’s tough line splits European public opinion
Germany

Berlin’s tough line splits European public opinion

A study released on Tuesday shows that Germany's firm stance on Greek reforms has split European public opinion. But of all the main parties to the negotiations Berlin still fared best in the polling.

Swedish workers’ lucky escape in bridge collapse
Sweden

Swedish workers’ lucky escape in bridge collapse

A number of Swedish workers were on Tuesday thankful to be alive after their company car was crushed by a 30-tonne block of concrete that fell off a bridge in northern Sweden.

French parents busted over Disneyland drug run
France

French parents busted over Disneyland drug run

Police have arrested a mother and father after finding ten kilogrammes of heroin in their car while the family was heading home from Disneyland Paris.

King welcomes hoi polloi into his palace gardens
Spain

King welcomes hoi polloi into his palace gardens

King Felipe VI has agreed to open up the gardens of the family's summer palace to the public after requests from local left-wing politicians in Mallorca.

Woman tries to take pony abroad in a car boot
Germany

Woman tries to take pony abroad in a car boot

A woman from Lower Saxony was stopped by police on Tuesday – for trying to carry a Shetland Pony out of the country in the boot of her Fiat Panda.

Saudis savaged over Paris hospital bills
France

Saudis savaged over Paris hospital bills

Saudi royals who took over a public beach in southern France recently should have paid their country's outstanding hospital bills before leaving the country, a top French doctor has said.

Cristiano Ronaldo pranks Madrid as homeless man
Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo pranks Madrid as homeless man

It’s Cristiano Ronaldo as you have never seen him before, disguised as a homeless man loitering in Madrid’s busy shopping area of Plaza de Callao with his begging tin and scruffy dog.

Italy in favour of a European Monetary Fund
Italy

Italy in favour of a European Monetary Fund

Italy is in favour of tighter European integration and the creation of a European Monetary Fund, its finance minister said on Tuesday.

Elderly farmer trampled to death by cow
Austria

Elderly farmer trampled to death by cow

A 78-year-old woman has been found dead after a suspected cow attack on her farm in Carinthia. Her body was found in a field on Monday night by her stepdaughter.

One injured in Stockholm suburb drive-by shooting
Sweden

One injured in Stockholm suburb drive-by shooting

A person was taken to hospital on Tuesday afternoon after a drive-by shooting in a Stockholm suburb.

Germany’s top refreshing summer drinks
Germany

Germany’s top refreshing summer drinks

Just like countries all over Europe, there's no shortage of multinational cola and other global thirst quenchers to be had in German shops. But what do you sip when you want a little local flavour? Read on to find out...

Russia challenges Denmark over North Pole
Denmark

Russia challenges Denmark over North Pole

Russia has made a claim for an area of the North Pole that overlaps with a ‘provocative’ claim made by Denmark in December.

Woman’s dismembered body found in Toulouse
France

Woman’s dismembered body found in Toulouse

The dismembered body of a young woman has been found in a plastic container in a flat in the southern French city of Toulouse.

Essential tips for renting a home in Copenhagen
Denmark

Essential tips for renting a home in Copenhagen

It can be incredibly challenging to find a place to live in the Danish capital, particularly at the start of a new school year. The Local spoke with a variety of stakeholders for advice on how to find accommodation in Copenhagen.

Spanish celebrity chef sued for dumping Trump
Spain

Spanish celebrity chef sued for dumping Trump

Jose Andrés is firing back against a $10 million lawsuit filed by Donald Trump after the star chef pulled out of a restaurant deal in protest over the presidential candidate's racist remarks about Mexican immigrants.

French news site blocked in Indian porn crackdown
France

French news site blocked in Indian porn crackdown

The Indian government is cracking down on online pornography but a list of sites blocked by authorities contains at least one surprise addition: French regional news site Le Dauphiné Libéré.

Rome ‘too crowded’ for more migrants: mayor
Italy

Rome ‘too crowded’ for more migrants: mayor

Rome receives the second-largest number of refugees among Italian cities, but Mayor Ignazio Marino has warned that the Italian capital is reaching saturation point.

Blaze damages ancient Italian Unesco site
Italy

Blaze damages ancient Italian Unesco site

A fire broke out on Monday at the Pietro Griffo archaeological museum in the Valley of the Temples, near Agrigento in Sicily.

Hamburg bunker blast and fire injure 38
Germany

Hamburg bunker blast and fire injure 38

UPDATE: A fire and explosion in a World War II-era bunker injured at least 38 people in Hamburg on Tuesday morning.

Language of Cervantes? Not Spanish but Catalan
Spain

Language of Cervantes? Not Spanish but Catalan

A group of Catalan historians claim that prominent figures in Spanish history like Christopher Columbus and Miguel de Cervantes were actually Catalan.

Krems arsonist was volunteer fireman
Austria

Krems arsonist was volunteer fireman

A man known as the “Krems firestarter”, who was responsible for starting nine fires in the space of one week in Krems an der Donau in Lower Austria, has been caught and told police he was being forced to commit arson by a blackmailer.

Why the French back their striking farmers
France

Why the French back their striking farmers

Visitors to France may have cursed the striking French farmers who recently blocked towns and tourists attractions with piles of manure, but the French public are 100 percent behind them. Well almost.

‘Hate speech’ probe into Swedish anti-begging ad
Sweden

‘Hate speech’ probe into Swedish anti-begging ad

UPDATED: The Swedish Chancellor of Justice has launched an investigation into whether or not a controversial anti-begging campaign on the Stockholm underground constitutes hate speech.

Bid to move Picasso art to Switzerland foiled
Switzerland

Bid to move Picasso art to Switzerland foiled

French authorities say they have prevented a Picasso painting worth €25 million ($27.4 million) and considered a cultural treasure by Spanish authorities from being exported to Switzerland.

Swedish legend set to star in hit fantasy series
Sweden

Swedish legend set to star in hit fantasy series

Swedish veteran actor Max von Sydow has signed on for a role in the sixth season of the wildly popular Game of Thrones fantasy series, according to a US movie magazine.

Next heatwave forecast for Austria
Austria

Next heatwave forecast for Austria

It’s time to plug those fans back in and get the swimwear out - this week will see the return of the hot summer weather, with temperatures of up to 38C forecast for Saturday.

New plan to get shy French chatting on trains
France

New plan to get shy French chatting on trains

A passenger survey from French rail operator SNCF has found that while the majority of respondents are keen to make conversation on a TGV train, they're being held back. And SNCF wants to help.

Customs nabs suitcases of ivory at Zurich airport
Switzerland

Customs nabs suitcases of ivory at Zurich airport

A large haul of ivory, worth more than $400,000 on the black market, was seized at Zurich airport last month on its way from Tanzania to China, the Federal Customs Administration said on Tuesday.

IN PHOTOS: The 2015 Stella Polaris festival
Denmark

IN PHOTOS: The 2015 Stella Polaris festival

The annual chill-out festival Stella Polaris treated thousands of electronic music fans to a day of sunshine, good vibes and cool tunes on Sunday in Frederiksberg Park.

Bull gores 89-year-old man to death in Alicante
Spain

Bull gores 89-year-old man to death in Alicante

An 89-year-old man has died after being gored while watching a bull festival in Alicante.

Rogue cyclists send Lecce around the bend
Italy

Rogue cyclists send Lecce around the bend

Italy is not renowned for its lawful drivers, but what about its cyclists? One bike rider has learnt the hard way after his rule-bending left him with a whopping €482 fine.

Mia and Noah top Swiss list for names of newborn
Switzerland

Mia and Noah top Swiss list for names of newborn

Mia and Noah remained the most popular names for newborn children in Switzerland last year, according to a report issued from Bern on Tuesday.

Four-year-old stabbed to death by mother
Austria

Four-year-old stabbed to death by mother

A four-year-old girl has been found stabbed to death in Vienna’s Hernals district, and her 38-year-old mother has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Hollande hails Obama’s ‘courage’ on climate plan
France

Hollande hails Obama’s ‘courage’ on climate plan

The French President François Hollande has hailed the "courage" of Barack Obama for committing the US to unprecedented cuts in carbon emissions as the US president takes up the fight against climate change before December's key global conference in Paris.

Forest tragedy as best man kills groom-to-be
Germany

Forest tragedy as best man kills groom-to-be

A family outing turned into tragedy on Monday, when a best man in Thuringia accidentally killed the groom-to-be just days before his wedding.

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Sweden

Lenny Kravitz lets it rip on stage in Sweden

US artist Lenny Kravitz made headlines when he rocked his pants off at a rip-roaring gig in Stockholm last night – literally.

Expat’s time in Zurich inspires racy novel
Switzerland

Expat’s time in Zurich inspires racy novel

Zurich’s high standard of living makes it a popular destination for expats, but linguistic and cultural hurdles can make for a lonely and alienating existence for trailing spouses, as depicted in Jill Alexander Essbaum’s erotically-charged novel Hausfrau.

Calais migrants: France wants more help from UK
France

Calais migrants: France wants more help from UK

UPDATED: The French and UK governments have steered clear of blaming each other over the ongoing Calais migrants crisis, but France’s interior minister upped the tone on Tuesday by demanding more action from London.

Men savagely attacked on bus for ‘being gay’
Italy

Men savagely attacked on bus for ‘being gay’

An attempted murder investigation has opened after two men were attacked by a woman and her friends on a bus in Genoa for supposedly 'being gay' – leaving one of them in a life-threatening condition.

Italy’s heatwave is melting glaciers faster
Italy

Italy’s heatwave is melting glaciers faster

Glaciers in the Italian Alps are melting faster due to the country’s lingering heatwave, experts have warned.

Austrians second in EU for big-game hunting
Austria

Austrians second in EU for big-game hunting

Animal rights activists in Austria are calling for the government to ban the import of hunting trophies after the killing of Cecil the lion by a US dentist in Zimbabwe sparked a backlash around the world.

Slash CO2 emissions to save oceans: scientists
Germany

Slash CO2 emissions to save oceans: scientists

German scientists said on Monday that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions must begin falling immediately if mankind is to have any hope of preserving Earth's oceans as we know them today.

Danish refugee NGO head: ‘Come to Denmark’
Denmark

Danish refugee NGO head: ‘Come to Denmark’

In an article published on The Guardian, the head of the Danish NGO Refugees Welcome attempted to counter the government's anti-refugee message by making a case for why asylum seekers should choose Denmark.

Why Italy’s south is better than the north
Italy

Why Italy’s south is better than the north

Italy's south doesn't always get good press, but here are a few reasons why our readers love life in the country's mezzogiorno.

Wild wallabies roam villages west of Paris
France

Wild wallabies roam villages west of Paris

A tiny French village in Paris's leafy western suburbs is ringed by scores of wild wallabies, who now thrive in a nearby forest a world away from their native Australia.

Fire risk prompts recall of e-bike batteries
Switzerland

Fire risk prompts recall of e-bike batteries

The Swiss federal roads office (Astra) has announced the recall of electric bike batteries because of a risk that they can catch fire.

Danish funds for climate sceptic Lomborg blocked
Denmark

Danish funds for climate sceptic Lomborg blocked

The Venstre government's allies in the Conservatives now say that they won't sign off on a "blank check" for controversial climate researcher Bjørn Lomborg.

Catalonia calls early poll for independence vote
Spain

Catalonia calls early poll for independence vote

Catalonia on Monday called early regional elections for September 27th, polls that will serve as a proxy vote on independence from Spain and raise tensions with the central government in Madrid.

Weekend heatwave to follow Tuesday showers
Germany

Weekend heatwave to follow Tuesday showers

Germany can expect a cooler Tuesday with heavy showers in the west of the country before returning to high summer conditions over the weekend, the German Weather service said.

Merkel’s office hunted journalists’ sources
Germany

Merkel’s office hunted journalists’ sources

The scandal around an investigation into journalists reporting on classified information deepened on Tuesday as new information showed that officials from the Chancellery and the Interior Ministry tried to uncover reporters' sources.

Banking family’s Picasso seized on Corsica boat

Banking family’s Picasso seized on Corsica boat

A Picasso owned by the Santander Botín family and considered a cultural treasure by Spanish authorities who had barred it from being exported was seized from a boat docked at Corsica, French authorities said Tuesday.

‘Let’s promote nudity in a healthy way’
Sweden

‘Let’s promote nudity in a healthy way’

Swedish parents need to get more comfortable being naked around family members to help their children develop a healthy attitude to nudity, argues journalist and blogger Lotta Gray.

Christian tombs desecrated in France
France

Christian tombs desecrated in France

UPDATED: Around 40 Christian tombs were desecrated in a cemetery in eastern France on Monday, with headstones uprooted or broken, the interior ministry said in a statement. Three youths have been arrested.

Swedish ship in new migrant rescue mission
Sweden

Swedish ship in new migrant rescue mission

The Swedish rescue ship Poseidon has helped another hundreds of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean, said the coast guard.

Over 550 migrants saved off Italy, five found dead
Italy

Over 550 migrants saved off Italy, five found dead

More than 550 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean arrived in Sicily on Monday aboard a ship operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which also carried the bodies of five people who died at sea.

Russia slams Sweden over expelled diplomats
Sweden

Russia slams Sweden over expelled diplomats

UPDATED: Russia lashed out at Stockholm on Tuesday and confirmed it had expelled a Swedish diplomat in retaliation for one of Moscow's officials being asked to leave the Nordic country.