‘Notorious Gypsy Boss’ expelled from Denmark
Denmark

‘Notorious Gypsy Boss’ expelled from Denmark

A 46-year-old Croatian said to be the patriach of ‘Denmark’s most criminal family’ was on Thursday sentenced to 15 months in prison and expulsion from the country.

Reclaiming Utoya: A survivor’s story
Norway

Reclaiming Utoya: A survivor’s story

The day of the massacre, he saved the life of a woman riddled by bullets, but lost two close friends. Now this young activist is determined to reclaim Utoya.

Nato boss sang anti-Nato songs as a youth
Norway

Nato boss sang anti-Nato songs as a youth

NATO boss Jens Stoltenberg has reminisced about his evenings as a teenager spent singing anti-Nato protest songs from a song booklet with a picture of Lenin on the front page.

Swedish fan all shook up over lack of Elvis Presley
Sweden

Swedish fan all shook up over lack of Elvis Presley

A furious fan of Elvis Presley has reported a Swedish station to the national radio and television watchdog… for not playing enough music by the King of Rock and Roll.

‘France will face tough task to sell warships’
France

‘France will face tough task to sell warships’

After cancelling the sale to Russia, France finds itself lumbered with two giant Mistral warships which it will find "extremely difficult" to re-sell and cannot afford to keep, say experts.

Swedish prince gets top spot on best-dressed list
Sweden

Swedish prince gets top spot on best-dressed list

Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip has been named the sixth best-dressed man in the world by the magazine Vanity Fair while his compatriot, actress Alicia Vikander, won first place in the Hollywood category.

Police break up Marbella luxury villa rental scam
Spain

Police break up Marbella luxury villa rental scam

Police have busted a gang that swindled dozens of holidaymakers by advertising luxury villas on the internet that did not actually belong to them.

Five ‘ghost’ buildings that cost Italy dearly
Italy

Five ‘ghost’ buildings that cost Italy dearly

Italy is a country of half-finished projects. In fact, there are 671 incomplete public works projects across the country, according to data compiled by Linkiesta.

Hottest July ever: Spain sizzled in record month
Spain

Hottest July ever: Spain sizzled in record month

Last month was Spain's hottest July on record, the country’s meteorological agency said on Thursday, confirming what many long-suffering Spaniards already suspected.

Thousands flock to Cologne’s gaming mecca
Germany

Thousands flock to Cologne’s gaming mecca

Gamescom, the world's largest gaming industry event, opened to the public on Thursday in Cologne with thousands of fans excited to get a glimpse of the future of gaming.

EU blasts lack of action over migrant influx
Italy

EU blasts lack of action over migrant influx

The EU attacked member states on Thursday for not doing enough to halt the flow of migrants to its southern shores, saying regret at the latest deaths was no substitute for action.

When the first stone was laid: Berlin TV tower
Germany

When the first stone was laid: Berlin TV tower

In August 1965, Berlin's iconic TV Tower wasn't yet part of the city skyline. But east of the Wall, plans were underway to create a spectacular monument for the German Democratic Republic (GDR).

Panicking migrants can ’cause own shipwrecks’
Italy

Panicking migrants can ’cause own shipwrecks’

Waving frantically for help or panicking as water floods their boats, desperate migrants longing for a new life in Europe all too often cause their own shipwrecks, flung into the sea as their unstable crafts tip over.

Should Denmark sell its smallest islands?
Denmark

Should Denmark sell its smallest islands?

A leading researcher in local planning has called on the government to sell Denmark’s sparsely-populated islands to private investors who can turn them in to nature parks, luxury resorts or casinos.

PSG confirm €63million signing of Angel Di Maria
France

PSG confirm €63million signing of Angel Di Maria

Paris-Saint Germain football club confirmed on Thursday the signing of Argentina winger Angel Di Maria from Manchester United for an eye-watering €63 million.

Italy to spend €1.3 billion on flood defences
Italy

Italy to spend €1.3 billion on flood defences

The Italian government has pledged to spend €1.3 billion on implementing flood prevention and safety measures after three people were killed in a landslide in the Veneto region this week.

Ten French gems you never thought of visiting
France

Ten French gems you never thought of visiting

It's holiday season in France and we've gathered ten lesser-known tourist sites from around the country that are well-worth checking out.

Ai Weiwei ‘loves Berlin’, plans long stay
Germany

Ai Weiwei ‘loves Berlin’, plans long stay

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, in Germany after being barred from overseas travel out of China for four years, says he is interested in teaching for a while in Berlin.

Swedish man probed over Ukraine ‘war crimes’
Sweden

Swedish man probed over Ukraine ‘war crimes’

Police suspect a Sweden-based man of involvement in the conflict in Ukraine, the head of the International Public Prosecution Office in Stockholm said on Thursday.

Will France force Britain to move border home?
France

Will France force Britain to move border home?

With the migrant crisis reaching new extremes in recent weeks there is a growing clamour in France to force Britain to move its border back to the UK. But will Paris really take it that far and is it even in their interests?

Avoiding the ‘pursuer distancer’ dance
Austria

Avoiding the ‘pursuer distancer’ dance

The ability to have a loving, fulfilling relationship requires that a couple balance two primary human needs - intimacy and independence, togetherness and separateness.

Spanish military to invest in spying megadrones
Spain

Spanish military to invest in spying megadrones

Spain plans to spend €171 million on four unmanned aircraft and the infrastructure to support them in order to boost its military surveillance capability.

Swede’s bottle message returned after 17 years
Sweden

Swede’s bottle message returned after 17 years

A Swedish man has told The Local about his surprise when he found himself reunited with a self portrait he sent as a message in a bottle almost two decades ago.

Four ways to help refugees in Austria
Austria

Four ways to help refugees in Austria

The European Union is struggling to cope with a huge influx of refugees, many risking their lives to flee violence in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. If you want to help refugees arriving in Austria, here's how.

Guard admits to planting hoax bomb at Oslo Uni
Norway

Guard admits to planting hoax bomb at Oslo Uni

The security guard who on Tuesday night claimed to have been shot in the chest by a gunman outside Oslo University has admitted to police to shooting himself and then planting a fake bomb on the scene.

What recovery? Spanish reject economic ‘spin’
Spain

What recovery? Spanish reject economic ‘spin’

The Spanish government may be trumpeting the country's economic recovery but its long-suffering citizens are yet to share the joy, a new poll shows.

The online MBA with campus and community
Germany

The online MBA with campus and community

Can there really be an 'online campus'? And can you make a top-notch MBA accessible anywhere in the world? The Local speaks with Dr. James Mulli, Director of Online Programmes at EU Business School, for answers.

Denmark’s circumcision registry to be deleted
Denmark

Denmark’s circumcision registry to be deleted

A database of boys circumcised in Denmark was kept without the proper authority and will now be deleted.

Parents arrested after daughter found dead
Switzerland

Parents arrested after daughter found dead

Police have arrested a German woman and a Swiss man after the body of their daughter was found in their home in Staad, in the canton of Saint Gallen, on Tuesday afternoon.

Greece deal ‘may not be reached this month’
Germany

Greece deal ‘may not be reached this month’

Germany is growing increasingly dubious that a deal on a third bailout for Greece can be sealed this month, the daily Bild reported Thursday citing a government source.

Large losses dent profits for Zurich Insurance
Switzerland

Large losses dent profits for Zurich Insurance

Swiss firm Zurich Insurance reported first half net profits of $2.1 billion (€1.9 billion) on Thursday, down three percent over the same period last year, following large losses in its general insurance business.

Italian MPs to lose lavish travel perks
Italy

Italian MPs to lose lavish travel perks

Italy has been in the throes of an economic crisis since 2008, but that hasn’t stopped the state spending €900,000 a year on lavish first-class travel and chauffeur-driven cars for its MPs, as well as continuing to pay the travel expenses of former ones.

Bull shot in the street at fiesta after goring man
Spain

Bull shot in the street at fiesta after goring man

The revenge shooting of a bull by a resident with a shotgun after it gored a man to death at a fiesta is being investigated by Spain's Civil Guard.

Germans, Russians trust each other less and less
Germany

Germans, Russians trust each other less and less

Despite so-called Putin-sympathizers and eastern Germany's historic link to Mother Russia, a new poll shows that German and Russian opinions of one another have soured dramatically in recent years.

Swedish woman gets to keep junk room jackpot
Sweden

Swedish woman gets to keep junk room jackpot

A woman who found 85,000 kronor ($9,742) in cash in a garbage room in Stockholm and handed it into police has been allowed to keep the money – two and a half years after the discovery.

TV anchor urges public to fight online racism
Germany

TV anchor urges public to fight online racism

Public television journalist Anja Reschke sparked a massive online discussion on Wednesday evening with a heartfelt plea to ordinary people to speak out against those calling for violence and hatred against refugees.

Ten wonderfully literal German words
Austria

Ten wonderfully literal German words

One of the best things about the German language is undoubtedly its logic. The wonderful compound nouns which German is famous for can sometimes be notoriously complex, but also make perfect sense.

Lucerne complains about influx of Eritreans
Switzerland

Lucerne complains about influx of Eritreans

Too many Eritrean asylum seekers are arriving in Lucerne, according to the cantonal authorities, who have sent a letter of complaint about Switzerland’s "overly generous" asylum policy to Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga.

MH370: ‘Seat and window parts’ found on Réunion
France

MH370: ‘Seat and window parts’ found on Réunion

Seat cushions and window panes have been found on the French island of Réunion, according to a Malaysian minister. The unconfirmed report comes days after a wing part from the missing MH370 flight was washed up on the island.

Shots fired at homeless pair in northern Sweden
Sweden

Shots fired at homeless pair in northern Sweden

UPDATED: A police investigation is under way after shots were fired at two homeless EU migrants sleeping in a car in Boden in northern Sweden overnight, a control room officer told The Local on Thursday morning.

Survivors head to Sicily after new boat ‘horror’
Italy

Survivors head to Sicily after new boat ‘horror’

Survivors of a shipwreck off the coast of Libya in which some 200 migrants were feared drowned were being brought to safety in Sicily on Thursday.

Cattle truck overturns on French Alps motorway
France

Cattle truck overturns on French Alps motorway

A motorway the runs through the French Alps had to be closed on Thursday morning after a truck transporting 60 cows crashed and overturned.

Family wins 16-year fight against noisy bar
Spain

Family wins 16-year fight against noisy bar

In a case of the wheels of justice barely turning at all, a family in Spain's Valencia region have finally won their battle to have an unlicensed social club in their building shut down.

Two dead from ‘mad cow’ disease in Lecce
Italy

Two dead from ‘mad cow’ disease in Lecce

A 67-year-old man died of 'mad cow' disease earlier this week at his home in Lecce - the second death caused by the disease in the Puglia province this week.

School holidays ‘bad for spelling and maths’
Austria

School holidays ‘bad for spelling and maths’

School holidays are a bad idea, at least when it comes to children's spelling and arithmetic in the short term, according to scientists in Austria.

Red Cross blasts Danish refugee benefit cuts
Denmark

Red Cross blasts Danish refugee benefit cuts

The head of Red Cross Denmark has written what he called his most negative hearing statement ever in response to the government’s slashing of benefits for refugees.

French boy loses thumb in routine MRI scan
France

French boy loses thumb in routine MRI scan

A 13-year-old French boy lost his thumb during a routine MRI scan at a hospital in northern France, according to reports this week, which claimed the digit was "burned to the bone" after a mishap by medics.

Trial in Celle gives new insights into Isis terror
Germany

Trial in Celle gives new insights into Isis terror

A trial began in Lower Saxony on Monday of two young men who went to Syria to fight for Isis. The willingness of the defendants to speak openly about what they did and saw is shedding fresh light on how the terrorist organisation works.

Paraglider trapped in power line drama
Switzerland

Paraglider trapped in power line drama

A paraglider spent more than three hours dangling from high-voltage power cables on Wednesday afternoon after being blown off course by a strong wind, Jura cantonal police reported.

Critics hunt fresh scalps in ‘treason’ scandal
Germany

Critics hunt fresh scalps in ‘treason’ scandal

Politicians, the media and ordinary citizens were pointing fingers in all directions on Wednesday, seeking a fresh target to take the blame for a treason investigation against blog Netzpolitik (net politics) after the government forced Germany's chief prosecutor to step down.

Islamic State threatens Germany and Austria
Austria

Islamic State threatens Germany and Austria

An Austrian jihadist claiming to belong to the Isis militant group has threatened Germany and Austria with attacks in an execution video broadcast online on Wednesday.

Italy predicts bumper summer for tourism
Italy

Italy predicts bumper summer for tourism

The summer of 2015 is shaping up to be an excellent season for Italy's tourism industry, with the sector set to rake in an estimated €18.3 billion.

Spain’s Basque’s act to end decades of hurt
Spain

Spain’s Basque’s act to end decades of hurt

Four years after the separatist group declared an end to its armed independence campaign, the emotional scars left by four decades of bombings and shootings remain.

Danish national jailed for fighting with Isis
Denmark

Danish national jailed for fighting with Isis

A Danish citizen has been sentenced to three years in a Lebanese prison for fighting alongside the terror group Isis.

Mum jailed for throwing newborn out of window
Spain

Mum jailed for throwing newborn out of window

A Spanish woman who threw her newborn baby out of a window has been sentenced to four years in jail after a court found her guilty of attempted murder.

France’s Soc Gen to cut costs despite profits rise
France

France’s Soc Gen to cut costs despite profits rise

French bank Société Générale unveiled Wednesday a new cost cutting plan of €850 million ($925 million) to compensate for higher regulatory costs, despite a jump in profits.

Health insurer offers smart watch discount
Germany

Health insurer offers smart watch discount

Health insurance company AOK Northeast has become the first in the country to help foot the bill for devices like the Apple Watch with fitness apps, in the hopes that wearers will use the gadgets to improve their health.

Woman ‘murdered’ while out jogging in Stockholm
Sweden

Woman ‘murdered’ while out jogging in Stockholm

A 21-year-old woman who was reported missing after going out for a jog in Stockholm on Wednesday, has been found dead near a running track.

France agrees to repay Russia for warships
France

France agrees to repay Russia for warships

The French presidency announced on Wednesday that Russia would be "fully reimbursed" for the cost of the two Mistral warships, which Paris has refused to deliver due to the ongoing Ukraine crisis. Moscow said the matter was now closed.

Several injured in chemical plant blast
Germany

Several injured in chemical plant blast

An explosion at a German chemical plant on Wednesday left several people injured, some of them seriously, authorities said as they tried to determine the cause.

Pilot breaks down toilet door with axe in Sweden
Sweden

Pilot breaks down toilet door with axe in Sweden

Passengers on an aircraft between Stockholm and Örnsköldsvik in eastern Sweden witnessed a dramatic incident when the captain broke down the bathroom door with an axe after a man refused to come out.

Five unmissable music festivals in Sweden
Sweden

Five unmissable music festivals in Sweden

The festival season is upon us. Whether you're into heavy metal or folk music, there's something for you. Check out The Local's interactive calendar to find out what else is on offer in Sweden this week.