Oslo alters ‘hostile architecture’ after protest
Norway

Oslo alters ‘hostile architecture’ after protest

Oslo has altered a set of new benches apparently designed to prevent homeless people from sleeping or resting on them, after Green Party campaigners protested that they were ‘hostile architecture’.

Russia accuses Norway of ignoring Svalbard deal
Norway

Russia accuses Norway of ignoring Svalbard deal

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has accused Norway of violating the principles of the 1920 Spitzbergen Treaty after it brought in new regulations allowing it to deport undesirable people staying on the Svalbard archipelago.

Viking snapper protests white power abuse
Norway

Viking snapper protests white power abuse

A Norwegian photographer who specialises in Vikings has started a Facebook campaign to protest white supremacist groups' use of his photos without permission.

Progress mayor blacks up for Muslim sketch
Norway

Progress mayor blacks up for Muslim sketch

A mayoral candidate for Norway’s ruling Progress Party has been accused of hate crimes after he blacked up his face for a sketch lampooning Muslim women who are beaten by their husbands.

Two women die in rafting accident on Aar River
Switzerland

Two women die in rafting accident on Aar River

Two women died after falling into the Aar River while rafting near the municipality of Belp, south of the city of Bern, police said on Monday.

Hockey superfan scores bizarre baby baptism
Sweden

Hockey superfan scores bizarre baby baptism

A Swedish father has told The Local why he arranged for his baby daughter to be christened using melting ice from the rink used by his favourite hockey team, Leksand.

Pilatus seals training aircraft deal with Jordan
Switzerland

Pilatus seals training aircraft deal with Jordan

The Jordanian airforce will buy nine Pilatus training aircraft for fighter jet pilots, the Swiss company said on Monday, without divulging the price tag on the deal.

It’s a myth the French won’t speak English
France

It’s a myth the French won’t speak English

The French are renowned for being unskilled, reluctant, and even resistant when it comes to speaking English. But that's not fair - or true, says The Local's Oliver Gee, at least when it comes to the younger generation.

Technology clouds line between work and play
Germany

Technology clouds line between work and play

Nearly half of German employees admit to reading job-related emails in their free time, making it more difficult for them to relax as the line between work time and chill time becomes increasingly blurred, a new study reported on Monday.

Spanish skies to see best meteor shower in years
Spain

Spanish skies to see best meteor shower in years

Look up to the night skies as this year’s Perseid meteor shower promises to be quite a show. Here’s everything you need to know for a night of stargazing.

Italian police find cocaine haul under frozen squid
Italy

Italian police find cocaine haul under frozen squid

Italy’s financial police found a 49kg stash of cocaine hidden among frozen totani, a type of squid, in the Calabrian port town of Gioia Tauro.

Dog dumped over fence sparks outrage in Spain
Spain

Dog dumped over fence sparks outrage in Spain

Police are searching for two men who were caught on CCTV throwing a dog over the fence of an animal shelter before making a quick getaway.

Airbnb poses challenge to Paris’s luxury hotels
France

Airbnb poses challenge to Paris’s luxury hotels

The home-sharing website Airbnb has taken over Paris like no other city in the world and now it is even giving the capital’s famed deluxe hotels a run for their money.

Runaway kangaroo seen in Upper Austria
Austria

Runaway kangaroo seen in Upper Austria

A Viennese man was surprised to stumble upon a kangaroo during a break in Upper Austria’s Mühlviertel region - dispelling the famous slogan “there are no kangaroos in Austria”.

Germany gained €100bn from Greece crisis: study
Germany

Germany gained €100bn from Greece crisis: study

Germany, which has taken a tough line on Greece, has profited from the country's crisis to the tune of €100 billion ($109 billion), according to a new study on Monday.

Row over container homes for refugees
Austria

Row over container homes for refugees

A row has broken out in Salzburg province after the interior ministry said it plans to dismantle a tent camp for refugees at an army barracks in Wals-Siezenheim and replace it with container homes.

Two arrested after deadly double stabbing at Ikea
Sweden

Two arrested after deadly double stabbing at Ikea

UPDATED: A man and a woman have died following a stabbing inside an Ikea store in Västerås, north west of Stockholm. Police have arrested two suspects.

Danes could get paid to stop smoking
Denmark

Danes could get paid to stop smoking

After the success of similar programmes in the United States, anti-smoking groups want to give Danes a financial incentive to kick the habit.

Italy hit by storms and hail as heatwave breaks
Italy

Italy hit by storms and hail as heatwave breaks

Italy's Civil Protection office has issued weather warnings for many Italian provinces over the next two days as the country is hit by a series of violent storms.

French ship ‘Hermione’ returns home from US
France

French ship ‘Hermione’ returns home from US

A replica of the French frigate that transported General Lafayette to America in 1780 to rally US rebels battling for independence was due back in France on Monday after a four-month Atlantic voyage.

Tourists warned of risks of swimming in the Med
France

Tourists warned of risks of swimming in the Med

Authorities have urged beach-goers in France to be on their guard after a series of drownings in both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic in recent weeks. Many holidaymakers are oblivious to the dangers.

Six mind-blowing Austrian landmarks
Austria

Six mind-blowing Austrian landmarks

Austria is a country famed for its natural beauty and stunning alpine landscapes - and it also has some very unusual landmarks and attractions. We've picked six of the best.

Parents of missing US pilgrim appeal to Rajoy
Spain

Parents of missing US pilgrim appeal to Rajoy

The parents of Denise Thiem, an American woman who disappeared while walking the Camino de Santiago, have called on Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to help locate their missing daughter.

Italian mum and daughter reunited after WWII
Italy

Italian mum and daughter reunited after WWII

A 92-year-old Italian woman and her daughter, who were separated at the end of the Second World War, have been reunited in Italy after 70 years apart.

Italian lawyer steals French tourist’s wallet
Italy

Italian lawyer steals French tourist’s wallet

They’re meant to be custodians of the law, but a lawyer from Milan was caught after stealing a French tourist’s wallet in Sardinia.

Swedish PM homes in on feminism in key speech
Sweden

Swedish PM homes in on feminism in key speech

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven returned to the hot seat after the summer holidays on Monday with a speech referencing international feminist icons Lena Dunham and Emma Watson.

Germans are ‘not how foreigners think’: report
Germany

Germans are ‘not how foreigners think’: report

Are Germans as logical, law-abiding and beer-crazy as stereotypes would have you believe? The answer isn’t so black and white, according to a new book that reveals Germans’ habits from the supermarket to the bedroom.

Teenage Swedish couple held by Isis in Syria
Sweden

Teenage Swedish couple held by Isis in Syria

A pregnant 15-year-old Swedish girl and her 19-year-old partner have been captured by extremist Islamist fighters in Syria, Swedish media are reporting.

VIDEO: Horror as French fairground ride snaps
France

VIDEO: Horror as French fairground ride snaps

Thrill-seekers somehow escaped largely unscathed after an elastic rope snapped on a "slingshot" ride at a theme park in southern France.

Danes publish pro-refugee advertisement
Denmark

Danes publish pro-refugee advertisement

A privately-funded initiative to counter the government’s anti-refugee message placed a full-age advertisement in The Guardian on Monday.

Sweden to keep basking in European heatwave
Sweden

Sweden to keep basking in European heatwave

Temperatures are set to hit almost 30C in western Sweden this week, with warm weather that has headed north from Germany expected in most parts of the country.

Killer whales spotted in waters off Canary Islands
Spain

Killer whales spotted in waters off Canary Islands

A pod of killer whales has been filmed mere miles off the Canary Islands, the first such observation in over three years.

Prosectors drop Netzpolitik treason probe
Germany

Prosectors drop Netzpolitik treason probe

Germany's federal prosecution service announced on Monday that it would drop a treason investigation into digital policy blog Netzpolitik.org for publishing classified government documents.

Michelin-starred Indian chef opens up new restaurant in Madrid
Spain

Michelin-starred Indian chef opens up new restaurant in Madrid

He became the first Indian chef to earn a Michelin star and is widely regarded as one of the best chefs in London. The Local talks to Atul Kochhar as he prepares to launch his new restaurant Benares in Madrid.

Football: Stoke close in on Swiss capture
Switzerland

Football: Stoke close in on Swiss capture

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has revealed that he is attempting to complete the permanent signing of Inter Milan's Swiss international playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri.

EU slackers should share refugee load: Gabriel
Germany

EU slackers should share refugee load: Gabriel

Germany's Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday that it was time to divide refugees fairly among European countries, as Germany continues to struggle with the bureaucratic and political burden of asylum applications.

Cow bells ordered off after noise complaints
Switzerland

Cow bells ordered off after noise complaints

A court has ordered a farmer in the Zurich Oberland to remove bells from his cows because of complaints from neighbours who could not sleep at night because of the noise.

Extremist inmates ‘huge problem’ for Denmark
Denmark

Extremist inmates ‘huge problem’ for Denmark

In the ten weeks that followed February’s twin fatal shootings in Copenhagen, the number of warnings about potentially radicalized prison inmates exploded.

Wild boar kills Sicilian pensioner
Italy

Wild boar kills Sicilian pensioner

A 77-year-old man died after being attacked by a wild boar while out walking his dogs near his home in Cefalù, Sicily.

France’s employment tsar quits his job
France

France’s employment tsar quits his job

The man tasked with bringing down unemployment in France has quit his post, leaving President François Hollande with the task of finding someone to fill the thankless post of Labour Minister.

Uproar over ‘Tel Aviv on Seine’ event in Paris
France

Uproar over ‘Tel Aviv on Seine’ event in Paris

A plan to dedicate a day of this year's Paris beach festival to the Israeli city of Tel Aviv has sparked an almighty row in France, with leftist politicians slamming the event as "indecent" and demanding it be cancelled.

Bielsa rocks Marseille as Ligue 1 returns in France
France

Bielsa rocks Marseille as Ligue 1 returns in France

Ligue 1 returned this weekend with PSG picking up where they left off with a 1-0 over Lille. But the action was dominated by the shock resignation of Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa.

Copenhagen tourists conned by fake officers
Denmark

Copenhagen tourists conned by fake officers

An unknown number of foreign tourists in Copenhagen have been swindled out of around 45,000 kroner by two Romanians posing as police officers.

‘Celebratory’ gunfire hits child at French wedding
France

‘Celebratory’ gunfire hits child at French wedding

A three-year-old girl was left injured in eastern France at the weekend after apparently being hit by celebratory gunfire fired after a wedding.

Spain ‘violates’ Gibraltar territory in drug chase
Spain

Spain ‘violates’ Gibraltar territory in drug chase

A Spanish customs vessel and helicopter chased suspected drug smugglers onto a beach in Gibraltar early on Sunday, in what the British government said was "clear violation of UK sovereignty."

Air crash relatives to sue in US for big payout
Germany

Air crash relatives to sue in US for big payout

Relatives of victims of the Germanwings crash in the French Alps hope to take their compensation claims against parent company Lufthansa to a US court, their lawyer said Sunday.

Man gored on bull run while filming on mobile
Spain

Man gored on bull run while filming on mobile

A Spanish man died on Sunday after being gored in the neck while filming a bull run through the streets of a town in central Spain with his mobile phone.

Gun attack against Berlin’s Hertha BSC bus
Germany

Gun attack against Berlin’s Hertha BSC bus

Shots were fired at the Hertha Berlin team bus on Sunday a day before the Bundesliga side play their German Cup clash at Bielefeld in an incident which overshadowed the first round of matches.

Thousands run for Swedish murder victim
Sweden

Thousands run for Swedish murder victim

Thousands of people have taken to to running tracks across Sweden in a show of solidarity after a young woman was found murdered in a recreational area in Upplands Väsby north of Stockholm.

Gays file criminal complaint against bishop
Switzerland

Gays file criminal complaint against bishop

Pink Cross, the Swiss Gay Federation, is filing a criminal complaint against Vitus Huondor, the Catholic Bishop of Chur, alleging that he made “homophobic comments” while quoting passages from the Bible that call for homosexuals to be put to death.

Juventus wins Italian Super Cup
Italy

Juventus wins Italian Super Cup

Juventus' two new strikers both scored on their debut as the Turin club beat Lazio 2-0 to lift the Italian Super Cup in China on Saturday.

Over 1,000 more migrants saved off Sicily
Italy

Over 1,000 more migrants saved off Sicily

More than 1,000 migrants were rescued trying to cross the Mediterranean over the weekend, Italy's coastguard said on Sunday, with further tragedies narrowly averted.

More than 125 migrants found on motorways
Austria

More than 125 migrants found on motorways

Over 125 migrants were found stranded this weekend on motorways in Austria, with at least a dozen children among them, police said on Sunday.

‘We love the wilderness here in Sweden’
Sweden

‘We love the wilderness here in Sweden’

Welsh expats Richard and Claire Rees have been living in the Swedish wilderness without water or electricity for three years, teaching survival skills to tourists. The couple tell The Local about their alternative lifestyle.

Malmö shaken by another grenade attack
Sweden

Malmö shaken by another grenade attack

Another hand grenade attack shook central parts of Malmö overnight – the latest in a series of explosions rocking Sweden's third largest city this summer.

French boy returns after parents die in US desert
France

French boy returns after parents die in US desert

A nine-year-old French boy who survived a desert hike in which his parents appear to have died of thirst, has been flown home from New Mexico, an airport official said.