Norway plans reindeer Slow TV programme
Norway

Norway plans reindeer Slow TV programme

They’ve done the train to Bergen, and the ferry up the west coast, Nor NRK’s is to give another journey its pioneering Slow TV treatment: the reindeer migration.

Labour No2 on ‘mission from Allah to Islamise’
Norway

Labour No2 on ‘mission from Allah to Islamise’

An operative for Norway’s anti-immigration Progress Party has caused outrage after accusing the Labour Party’s deputy leader of having “a mission from Allah to islamise Norway” in a post on Facebook.

Copenhagen train attack was a fake: police
Denmark

Copenhagen train attack was a fake: police

The reported attack and binding of a DSB employee on Friday morning has turned out to be a fake, Copenhagen Police have announced.

Faroe court convicts five anti-whaling activists
Denmark

Faroe court convicts five anti-whaling activists

Sea Shepherd activists said on Friday that they would appeal against their conviction for violating the Faroese Pilot Whale Act.

Swedish commuters face rush-hour travel chaos
Sweden

Swedish commuters face rush-hour travel chaos

Hundreds of Swedish commuters were hit by rush-hour delays on Friday afternoon and evening with two trains having to be evacuated.

‘Breaking Bad inspired killers of French student’
France

‘Breaking Bad inspired killers of French student’

Four people who planned to dissolve a French woman's body in acid were inspired by hit US TV show Breaking Bad, a prosecutor revealed on Friday.

Bra stops bullet in hunting mishap miracle
Germany

Bra stops bullet in hunting mishap miracle

A woman in Mecklenberg-Western Pomerania survived being accidentally shot in a hunting accident, Gadebusch-Rehnaer Zeitung reported on Friday – because her bra somehow stopped the bullet.

Spain’s ‘most hated man’ gets holiday leave
Spain

Spain’s ‘most hated man’ gets holiday leave

Luis Bárcenas, currently on bail over alleged involvement in two major corruption scandals, has been given two weeks 'holiday' leave at his mountain home.

France’s Ligue 1 kicks off, but is it already over?
France

France’s Ligue 1 kicks off, but is it already over?

The new French football season is upon us with PSG kicking off proceedings against Lille on Friday night. But with the Paris club set to be more dominant than ever, is the championship already over?

Festival brings fashion to the Copenhagen streets
Denmark

Festival brings fashion to the Copenhagen streets

While the Copenhagen Fashion Week comes to an end on Friday, there are still a lot of weekend activities as part of the Copenhagen Fashion Festival.

Tennis: Italian pair get life ban for match-fixing
Italy

Tennis: Italian pair get life ban for match-fixing

Italian match-fixing pair Potito Starace and Daniele Bracciali were banned for life on Friday by the Italian Tennis Federation (FIT).

Record cover was ‘child porn’ says Swedish court
Sweden

Record cover was ‘child porn’ says Swedish court

A Swedish paedophile has been jailed for storing a million indecent images, but avoids sentencing over an album cover by German rock legends Scorpions which the court found constituted child porn.

Spain tells France to control its farmers

Spain tells France to control its farmers

Spanish authorities urged France on Friday to take action against the increasing number of attacks on Spanish trucks by France's striking farmers.

Army to spend €6bn on fixing shoddy kit
Germany

Army to spend €6bn on fixing shoddy kit

The German Defence Ministry said on Friday that it plans to invest up to €6 billion over the coming years to improve deficient army equipment after a series of embarrassing incidents last year revealed the parlous state of the armed forces' weapons and vehicles.

British police join patrols on island hotspots
Spain

British police join patrols on island hotspots

British police will join Spanish forces patrolling the notorious Balearic Islands resorts of Magaluf and San Antonio from Monday, in a two-week trial aimed at dealing with disorderly British revellers.

Two-metre tall vibrators appear on Berlin streets
Germany

Two-metre tall vibrators appear on Berlin streets

Sex toy brand Amorelie is aiming to spread the love with a new billboard campaign across the capital, reports Tagesspiegel.

Public schools shrink as reform starts second year
Denmark

Public schools shrink as reform starts second year

When school resumes on Monday, more and more students will file in to private schools instead of the public system, which is entering the second year of a historic reform programme.

French deny F1’s Button was gassed in burglary
France

French deny F1’s Button was gassed in burglary

British Formula One driver Jenson Button and his wife Jessica were burgled while on holiday on the French Riviera, but local prosecutors have rubbished suggestions they were gassed.

‘Ibiza Shore’ cancelled amid local opposition
Spain

‘Ibiza Shore’ cancelled amid local opposition

Plans for "Ibiza Shore", a new reality TV show based on the party island, have been dropped amid fierce opposition from local authorities.

Danish clubs learn Europa League fate
Denmark

Danish clubs learn Europa League fate

Midtjylland and Brøndby will face off against Southhampton and PAOK respectively.

Are taxes behind rise in exodus of rich French?
France

Are taxes behind rise in exodus of rich French?

New figures have revealed a huge jump in the number of top earners leaving France for abroad. It begs the question whether high taxes might be to blame.

Soaring air traffic as Swedes seek out sun
Sweden

Soaring air traffic as Swedes seek out sun

Disappointing summer weather on the home front while most of Europe was enjoying a heatwave led to a rise in Swedes flying abroad in search of sun and warmth, according to figures released on Friday.

Couple hire hitman in bid to inherit funeral parlour
Spain

Couple hire hitman in bid to inherit funeral parlour

A Madrid couple who hired an assassin in a bid to inherit an undertaking business have been handed lengthy jail terms after things didn’t work out quite as planned.

‘Africans slashed, Arabs thrashed’ by traffickers
Italy

‘Africans slashed, Arabs thrashed’ by traffickers

UPDATED: Knife-wielding traffickers sealed migrants in the hull of a boat which sank off Libya, condemning them to drown after slashing or thrashing them depending on their ethnicity, according to survivor testimony reported on Friday.

Italian town warns people to ‘stop dying’
Italy

Italian town warns people to ‘stop dying’

A small medieval village in Calabria has taken a unique approach to the problem of its dwindling and ageing population: ban people from getting sick.

US WWII pilot’s remains found after 70 years
Germany

US WWII pilot’s remains found after 70 years

Second Lieutenant Stephen Biezis is finally going home to the United States, 70 years after he died battling German fighter planes in the Second World War.

MØ has biggest Danish Billboard hit in 60 years
Denmark

MØ has biggest Danish Billboard hit in 60 years

The Danish pop singer MØ has scored Denmark’s biggest Billboard hit in more than half a century, topping even 90s club staple ‘Barbie Girl’.

Nudist walkers told to keep their clothes on
Germany

Nudist walkers told to keep their clothes on

Would-be naked ramblers faced disappointment in Brandenburg this week – as plans for a nudist walking route were put on hold.

Wildfires force hundreds out of homes in Spain
Spain

Wildfires force hundreds out of homes in Spain

A wildfire raging in Extremadura has forced the evacuation of more than 1,500 residents including two campsites full of holidaymakers.

Vienna apartments evacuated after CO scare
Austria

Vienna apartments evacuated after CO scare

Twenty apartments in Vienna’s Hernals district had to be evacuated on Thursday evening after a 12-year-old girl collapsed in the shower due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Mercury to top 40C (again) in central France
France

Mercury to top 40C (again) in central France

France's weather agency issued a heatwave warning for central France on Friday, predicting temperatures to reach 40C in some parts of the country.

Industry fears for Swiss wine’s market share
Switzerland

Industry fears for Swiss wine’s market share

Winegrowers in Switzerland are concerned that a low volume grape harvest for the third successive year could mean Swiss wine loses out to foreign competitors on supermarket shelves.

Calais: UN urges France to draw up crisis plan
France

Calais: UN urges France to draw up crisis plan

The United Nations has asked France to draw up a "civil emergency" plan for Calais migrants as the crisis shows no signs of easing.

Adidas trainers likened to Sweden political logo
Sweden

Adidas trainers likened to Sweden political logo

The internet is awash with conspiracy theories after Swedish Twitter users spotted the similarity between a design on a new Adidas pair of trainers and the logo for the nationalist Sweden Democrat party.

‘Ecuador’s demands are against Swedish law’
Sweden

‘Ecuador’s demands are against Swedish law’

Ecuador's conditions for allowing Swedish prosecutors access to its UK embassy to question Julian Assange are not permitted by Swedish legislation, Ministry of Justice officials said on Friday.

Woman has fountain dip in front of president
Italy

Woman has fountain dip in front of president

A woman in Rome chose the wrong moment to cool off in one of the city's fountains on Wednesday, when she leapt into one in full view of Italy's president, Sergio Mattarella.

Why finding a baguette in Paris could be tough
France

Why finding a baguette in Paris could be tough

For the first time since the French Revolution, bakers in Paris are allowed to take the whole summer off, meaning you might just struggle (have to walk a little further) to find a fresh baguette this month.

’22 July will forever be part of Utoya’s history’
Norway

’22 July will forever be part of Utoya’s history’

Four years after Anders Behring Breivik shot dead 69 people on Utoya island in Norway, about 1,000 Labour Party youths gathered Friday for the first summer camp to be held there since the massacre.

Danube is ‘Europe’s favourite river’
Austria

Danube is ‘Europe’s favourite river’

Tourism is booming on Austria's Danube river. Last year, 375,000 visitors took a cruise along the river - an increase of 17 percent compared to 2013.

Lawmakers also named in treason probe
Germany

Lawmakers also named in treason probe

UPDATE: Germany's domestic spy agency named not just bloggers, but also lawmakers in a criminal complaint that sparked a controversial treason investigation, news weekly Der Spiegel said on Friday.

Seaplane pilots offer rides over Lake Geneva
Switzerland

Seaplane pilots offer rides over Lake Geneva

The Seaplane Pilots Association Switzerland (SPAS) is offering members of the public a rare chance to ride in a seaplane over Lake Geneva from Le Bouveret in the canton of Valais this weekend.

Spanish resort wages war on beach hoggers
Spain

Spanish resort wages war on beach hoggers

In news sure to please frustrated beach lovers the world over, the Costa del Sol town of Torrox has outlawed the practice of 'reserving' a desirable spot on the sand by laying out unattended towels and beach umbrellas.

Caught on camera: Brits behaving badly in Ibiza
Spain

Caught on camera: Brits behaving badly in Ibiza

A British photojournalist has captured his fellow countrymen at their worst as they enjoy the excesses that Ibiza has to offer. The Local talks to Peter Dench on the publication of his new book "British Abroad".

Rome pensioner held captive for four years
Italy

Rome pensioner held captive for four years

A 41-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly starving, abusing, humiliating and keeping a 77-year-old man in a bed surrounded by metal bars - in his own home - for four years.

South Germany may top 40C on Friday
Germany

South Germany may top 40C on Friday

Weather forecasters said on Friday that temperatures in some parts of the country may rival national records as Germany continues to sweat under a heatwave.

Rich Swiss youth burns Ferrari in fraud attempt
Switzerland

Rich Swiss youth burns Ferrari in fraud attempt

A German court has put the son of a Swiss millionaire on probation after he set fire to his Ferrari so that he could get another luxury vehicle on his insurance.

Breasts on the beach bash a bit of a bust
Denmark

Breasts on the beach bash a bit of a bust

An event meant to encourage women to go topless was well-attended – by bikini-clad women and television cameras.

Man and two children die in house fire
Austria

Man and two children die in house fire

A man and his two grandchildren, aged eight and ten, have died after his house caught fire in Kroisbach an der Feistritz in Styria.

France steps up search for MH370 plane debris
France

France steps up search for MH370 plane debris

France will from Friday deploy new air and maritime resources off the remote Indian Ocean island of Reunion in the search for more wreckage from the ill-fated MH370 flight, government officials said.

English-language play to explore hidden ‘Secrets’
Denmark

English-language play to explore hidden ‘Secrets’

Denmark’s English-speaking theatre group Why Not Theatre will premiere its new play in a secret location somewhere in Copenhagen's new Carlsberg district.

Roma loan Salah as Dzeko jets in for medical
Italy

Roma loan Salah as Dzeko jets in for medical

Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah joined Roma on Thursday on a season-long deal from Chelsea and could soon be joined in the Italian capital by unsettled Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko.

Migrant almost walks to UK through Tunnel
France

Migrant almost walks to UK through Tunnel

A migrant arrested inside the Channel Tunnel connecting England and France is thought to have walked almost all of the treacherous 50-kilometre (31-mile) undersea rail link, reports said Thursday.

Climbers missing since 1970 found in Swiss Alps
Switzerland

Climbers missing since 1970 found in Swiss Alps

The remains of two Japanese climbers who disappeared in the Swiss Alps in 1970 have been found after emerging from melting ice, police said on Thursday.

French woman freed from Yemen kidnappers
France

French woman freed from Yemen kidnappers

Frenchwoman Isabelle Prime, who was kidnapped in war-ravaged Yemen on February 24, has been freed and will return home "in the coming hours", the French presidency said late on Thursday.

Assault shuts down Copenhagen train traffic
Denmark

Assault shuts down Copenhagen train traffic

An employee of rail company DSB was attacked and tied up in the early hours of Friday, causing traffic chaos and a large police operation.

Spanish treasure goes under the hammer in NY
Spain

Spanish treasure goes under the hammer in NY

An extraordinary collection of shipwrecked 17th and 18th century Spanish treasure discovered off the coast of Florida has sold in New York for about $2 million (€1.83 million).

How to make Swedish pears in red wine
Sweden

How to make Swedish pears in red wine

Who doesn't love a delicious dessert? Satisfy your guests' taste buds with this low-cholesterol treat. Food writer John Duxbury shares his top tips with The Local.

Shipwreck survivors thank Irish saviours
Italy

Shipwreck survivors thank Irish saviours

The first shipwreck survivor to make it off the Irish rescue vessel and onto Italian soil is a baby, carried down the gangplank in an aid worker's arms.

Italy’s Wind merges with 3 Italia
Italy

Italy’s Wind merges with 3 Italia

Two Italian telecommunications companies, Wind and 3 Italia, announced their merger on Thursday, creating a group with 31 million mobile phone clients and revenues over €6 billion.

Gas leak interrupts stay for Hamburg hotel guests
Germany

Gas leak interrupts stay for Hamburg hotel guests

A gas leak at a chemical company forced more than 100 hotel guests and others living in the area in a Hamburg neighbourhood to be evacuated on Thursday night.

Malmö’s runaway python recaptured after escape
Sweden

Malmö’s runaway python recaptured after escape

Residents of Sweden’s third-largest city will no doubt be breathing a sigh of relief with the news that a 2.5-metre-long python that escaped twice in one week has once again been found.

Germany tries to deter Balkan asylum seekers
Germany

Germany tries to deter Balkan asylum seekers

Germany, overwhelmed by people fleeing war and poverty, is trying to stem the tide of asylum seekers from the Balkans, a region now considered safe at least from armed conflict.

Wallet lost during WWII returned to US soldier
Austria

Wallet lost during WWII returned to US soldier

A wallet lost 70 years ago by an American soldier in Austria during World War II was returned to its rightful owner thanks to a doctor who discovered the item in his late grandfather's farmhouse.

Italy probes transfers of €33bn with San Marino
Italy

Italy probes transfers of €33bn with San Marino

Italian financial police said on Thursday they were looking into the movement of around €33 billion over a five year period between the country and the small republic of San Marino, a former tax haven in the middle of Italy.

Few EU migrant attacks lead to prosecution
Sweden

Few EU migrant attacks lead to prosecution

Attacks against EU migrants and their habitats are increasing in Sweden, but few lead to prosecutions, according to police and voluntary organizations.