Amnesty Norway voted against sex work call
Norway

Amnesty Norway voted against sex work call

Amnesty International's Norway wing tried to stop the human rights organisation from making a controversial resolution to lobby governments to decriminalise sex work.

Youth arrested for death threats to feminist party
Norway

Youth arrested for death threats to feminist party

A person in Norway has been arrested for making a death threat against the the newly formed Feminist Initiative party’s branches in Oslo and Bergen.

Italy nabs fugitive mobster on beach
Italy

Italy nabs fugitive mobster on beach

Italian police on Wednesday arrested a mobster fugitive named on the country's top 100 most dangerous list as he sunned himself on a beach near Rome, according to media reports.

Ikea suspect ‘conscious’ and set to be quizzed
Sweden

Ikea suspect ‘conscious’ and set to be quizzed

UPDATED: The 36-year-old suspect linked to the double stabbings at an Ikea store in Västerås has regained consciousness, with Swedish police formally asking prosecutors for him and a younger suspect, 23, to remain in custody.

Spanish bust Albanian people smuggling gang
Spain

Spanish bust Albanian people smuggling gang

Spanish police have smashed a gang that smuggled Albanians into Britain by plane via Spain using fake identity documents.

Mum shoots daughter over Aussie holiday plan
Germany

Mum shoots daughter over Aussie holiday plan

A woman from Düsseldorf who shot her daughter multiple times before ending her own life this week was trying to stop the teen travelling to Australia, it emerged on Wednesday.

Two killed in Mont Blanc glider crash
Italy

Two killed in Mont Blanc glider crash

A pilot and his passenger were killed on Wednesday after crashing on the Italian side of Mont Blanc.

Child gets stuck in plush toy claw machine
Germany

Child gets stuck in plush toy claw machine

A five-year-old boy clambered inside of a claw machine to fish out a toy on Monday evening, only to find himself unable to climb back out.

Pharmacy to launch plasters for darker skin
Sweden

Pharmacy to launch plasters for darker skin

Swedish pharmacy chain Apoteket has told The Local it is hoping to offer a range of bandaids suitable for customers with darker skin tones by the end of the year as part of efforts to cut discrimination.

The real cost of France’s messy Mistral ship deal
France

The real cost of France’s messy Mistral ship deal

France faces a hefty bill for its cancelled deal to sell two Mistral warships to Russia that could be as much as double what the French government had initially suggested, according to reports on Wednesday.

Roma’s Balzaretti retires over groin injury
Italy

Roma’s Balzaretti retires over groin injury

Italian international fullback Federico Balzaretti announced on Wednesday he was retiring due to a long-standing groin injury.

Swede to coach failing Finnish national side
Sweden

Swede to coach failing Finnish national side

Swedish football coach Hans Backe, who has previously worked with top English Premier League, US and Danish clubs has been picked to coach Sweden's struggling eastern neighbour.

Bitter battle greets call to decriminalize sex work
Germany

Bitter battle greets call to decriminalize sex work

A resolution by human rights organization Amnesty International (AI) calling for sex work to be decriminalized worldwide has reignited debate about the sex industry in Germany.

How best to watch the Perseid meteor shower
Germany

How best to watch the Perseid meteor shower

As Germany gears up to welcome in the 2015 Perseid meteor shower, The Local finds out how we can best experience one of the calendar's most stunning astronomical events.

Immigration hits new record high in Denmark
Denmark

Immigration hits new record high in Denmark

New immigration statistics released this week show that nearly 60 percent of all immigrants to Denmark have a Western background, but the largest individual group of immigrants is Syrians.

Spanish train drivers call strikes for September
Spain

Spanish train drivers call strikes for September

Train drivers from the national operator, Renfe, have announced that they will stage a series of 24-hour strikes across Spain in September.

Two metre long python stops traffic in Malmö
Sweden

Two metre long python stops traffic in Malmö

An Indian python appeared to fall out of a moving car in Malmö on Wednesday morning. Police say it's unclear if it's the same animal that was spotted in a park in July or another notorious snake that's twice been lost and found in the area.

Mother ‘sacrifices’ baby on chapel altar in Spain
Spain

Mother ‘sacrifices’ baby on chapel altar in Spain

A 36-year-old woman was arrested on Wednesday in central Spain after killing her baby at the altar in a chapel, the police said.

Danish classrooms built for empathy, happiness
Denmark

Danish classrooms built for empathy, happiness

With school back in session, The Local's opinion columnist Jessica Alexander argues that the very way Danish classrooms are organized help contribute to the country's happiness.

Seven brainteasers to honour Schrödinger
Austria

Seven brainteasers to honour Schrödinger

Erwin Rudolf Josef Alexander Schrödinger (1887- 1961) was a prize-winning Austrian physicist. Can you get your head around these brainteasers constructed in honour of his 128th birthday?

Bungee girl jumped on the ‘no jump’ command
Spain

Bungee girl jumped on the ‘no jump’ command

The 17-year old Dutch girl who died on Monday during a bungee jump misheard instructions and jumped on the “no jump” instruction, it has emerged.

Our cheese is not like porn: Italian makers
Italy

Our cheese is not like porn: Italian makers

The Italian consortium of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese makers is seeking legal action against the American pornographic website, PornHub, after the cheese was featured in a new ad campaign for the adult entertainment giant.

Malaria victim told to pay France back €87,000
France

Malaria victim told to pay France back €87,000

A young Frenchman who fell into a coma after contracting malaria in Africa has been told that he owes France €87,000 for his life-saving treatment and repatriation. His family has called on the French public to help foot the bill.

Unpaid UN intern in tent announces resignation
Switzerland

Unpaid UN intern in tent announces resignation

David Hyde, the unpaid UN intern in Geneva forced to sleep in a tent because of high accommodation costs, announced on Wednesday that he was quitting his position.

Sixty missing in new migrant shipwreck
Italy

Sixty missing in new migrant shipwreck

Around 60 migrants are missing in waters off Libya, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Wednesday after interviewing survivors who were picked up from their stricken craft.

Ikea staff back at work after deadly stabbings
Sweden

Ikea staff back at work after deadly stabbings

UPDATED: The Ikea store where a mother and son were killed on Monday has reopened as police remain tight lipped about their investigation into the stabbings.

Spaniard held for selling jihad beheading T-shirts
Spain

Spaniard held for selling jihad beheading T-shirts

A Spanish man has been arrested for inciting terrorism after selling clothing, including T-shirts and babygrows, depicting Islamic State executions.

Berlin to have position on bailout by week’s end
Germany

Berlin to have position on bailout by week’s end

Update: Germany said on Wednesday it still needed time to review an international bailout agreement hammered out by Greece and its creditors, but aimed to take a stance by the week's end.

Fears mounting for two women missing in Spain
Spain

Fears mounting for two women missing in Spain

Laura del Hoyo, 24, and Marina Okarynska, 26, disappeared six days ago and their families fear they may have been kidnapped or hurt by Marina's ex-boyfriend.

Hottest summer since records began
Austria

Hottest summer since records began

This summer has been the hottest on record for Austria - not only have the heatwaves lasted longer than usual, but parts of the country have also had more days with temperatures of 35C and over than ever before.

Denmark gears up for Copenhagen Pride Week
Denmark

Denmark gears up for Copenhagen Pride Week

Copenhagen Pride is not just a major parade, it is an amazing event throughout the city giving everyone – regardless of sexual orientation – an excuse to celebrate and have fun.

Assange lawyer: ‘I’m still prepared to go to the UK’
Sweden

Assange lawyer: ‘I’m still prepared to go to the UK’

Sweden's prosecution authority has told The Local that it is "very unlikely" Julian Assange will be questioned in London before a Thursday deadline, but his chief lawyer in Sweden has said he'll drop everything to join his client in London if the interview goes ahead.

Spanish bus operators call for ban on BlaBlaCar
Spain

Spanish bus operators call for ban on BlaBlaCar

Spanish bus drivers are taking legal action against BlaBlaCar, the nation's most popular car-pooling site, over claims of unfair competition.

Churches in France warned to be on alert
France

Churches in France warned to be on alert

Four months after a botched terrorist attack on a church near Paris and just as French Catholics prepare to celebrate the feast of Assumption, Christian leaders and parishioners have been reminded to be on their guard.

‘I will leave politics and return to comedy’: Grillo
Italy

‘I will leave politics and return to comedy’: Grillo

Beppe Grillo, the leader of Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), said he plans to leave politics and return to his old job as a comedian.

Women’s urinals get scrapped in Salzburg
Austria

Women’s urinals get scrapped in Salzburg

Four hugely unpopular ‘women’s urinals’ at a Salzburg convention centre are finally being scrapped after 13 years of not being used. They will be replaced with conventional toilets, at an estimated cost of €21,000.

Lost pensioner survives on herbs for nine days
Italy

Lost pensioner survives on herbs for nine days

A diabetic Italian pensioner, who was stranded in the mountains for nine days in northern Italy, has told how he survived by eating herbs.

Storm warnings spread across western France
France

Storm warnings spread across western France

France's national weather agency has issued further weather warnings as thunderstorms approach the country from the west.

Danish ‘monster’ pulled out of Swedish waters

Danish ‘monster’ pulled out of Swedish waters

A figurehead from a Danish ship that sunk in the 1480s has been hauled from a Swedish sea bed. The creature is one of the world's oldest preserved wooden carvings of its kind and will go on display later this month.

Guests drive neo-Nazi from Munich beer garden
Germany

Guests drive neo-Nazi from Munich beer garden

The presence of a neo-Nazi did not sit well with some guests at a beer garden, who decided he didn’t belong among the other customers.

Norway to deport or jail rioting asylum children
Norway

Norway to deport or jail rioting asylum children

Norway is threatening to imprison or even deport a group of teenaged asylum seekers after they mounted a rebellion at a reception centre 50km north of Oslo.

Contraceptive pill ‘alters women’s behaviour’
Austria

Contraceptive pill ‘alters women’s behaviour’

Some types of contraceptive pill can enlarge or reduce areas of the brain which influence behaviour, perception and even a woman’s choice of mate, according to research by neuropsychologists at the University of Salzburg.

Italian tourists help save migrants in Kos
Italy

Italian tourists help save migrants in Kos

An Italian couple, who were woken by migrant children crying while sleeping on their boat anchored off the Greek island of Kos in the early hours of Tuesday, sprung to their rescue.

French McDonald’s sorry for homeless burger ban
France

French McDonald’s sorry for homeless burger ban

McDonald's has been forced to apologize after one of its outlets in southern France banned staff from giving the restaurant's food to the homeless, telling them "we can't afford to feed all the hungry mouths in the country".

Defence Minister’s day off for dressage contest
Germany

Defence Minister’s day off for dressage contest

Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen was the unexpected star at the opening ceremony of the International Equestrian Federation's European Championship on Tuesday evening, taking part in a display put on by the Germany's state stud farms.

France returns seized Picasso painting to Spain

France returns seized Picasso painting to Spain

A €25 million Pablo Picasso painting, described as a “national treasure” in Spain was back in Spanish hands on Tuesday, after French customs officers had seized it from a boat in Corsica.

Bocelli crashes wedding with Ave Maria rendition
Italy

Bocelli crashes wedding with Ave Maria rendition

A young entrepreneur and his new wife were left stunned when the world-renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli turned up and sang during their wedding service.

Minister calls for end to childcare strikes
Germany

Minister calls for end to childcare strikes

Families Minister Manuela Schwesig called on Wednesday for local governments to find a pay and conditions deal with daycare and social workers to avoid a new round of strikes.

Battle of the fizz: Cava takes on champagne
Spain

Battle of the fizz: Cava takes on champagne

After decades of rising exports, producers of Catalan cava are brimming with confidence and have their eyes set on taking on the "king" of sparkling wine - French champagne.

Danish air force to fly through Russian skies
Denmark

Danish air force to fly through Russian skies

Danish and Swedish reconnaissance planes were set to conduct an observation mission over Moscow on Wednesday to study Russia's military capability.

Italy’s Exor boosts stake in The Economist Group
Italy

Italy’s Exor boosts stake in The Economist Group

The Italian investment firm Exor has increased its ownership in The Economist Group after British publishing company, Pearson, sold its 50 percent stake in the group.

Family questions suicide of woman ‘child killer’
Switzerland

Family questions suicide of woman ‘child killer’

The parents of a 27-year-old woman accused of killing her two children earlier this year are raising questions about how she was able to commit suicide while detained in a Zurich prison last Friday.

Cava and Prosecco take fizz out of Champagne
France

Cava and Prosecco take fizz out of Champagne

After decades of rising exports, producers of Catalan cava are brimming with confidence and have their eyes set on taking on the "king" of sparkling wine -- French champagne, which is also being outpaced by Italian fizz Prosecco.

Swedish air force to fly through Russian skies
Sweden

Swedish air force to fly through Russian skies

Swedish and Danish reconnaissance planes were set to conduct an observation mission over Moscow on Wednesday to study Russia's military capability.

BMW may have rights to Google’s new name
Germany

BMW may have rights to Google’s new name

Germany's BMW said Tuesday it was checking the "trademark implications" of Google naming its new parent company Alphabet, which is the registered name of one of the carmaker's subsidiaries.

Danish skies to see best meteor shower in years
Denmark

Danish skies to see best meteor shower in years

Look up to the night skies on Wednesday, 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.

25 years of learning English in East Germany
Germany

25 years of learning English in East Germany

As 'Sommerschule Wust' celebrates its 25th birthday, The Local asks how this English language school in an East German village of 500 inhabitants has remained so popular for so long.

German kids enjoy ‘back to school’ traditions
Germany

German kids enjoy ‘back to school’ traditions

As the first German youngsters wave goodbye to the 2015 summer holidays and return gamely to the school gates, The Local looks at what this summer's first-graders can get excited about as they begin their primary school years.

Japanese climbers die after scaling Matterhorn
Switzerland

Japanese climbers die after scaling Matterhorn

UPDATED: The bodies of two Japanese climbers have been found on the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps, a Tokyo official said on Wednesday, three days after the pair got into difficulty on the mountain.

Two dead as storms batter Italy
Italy

Two dead as storms batter Italy

Two people were killed as storms and flooding struck Italy over the past few days.

Swedish ship rescues 800 migrants from sea
Sweden

Swedish ship rescues 800 migrants from sea

The Swedish rescue ship Poseidon has taken part in a joint effort to save hundreds of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean sea in wooden boats, it was revealed on Wednesday.

Five reasons to watch meteors in Sweden
Sweden

Five reasons to watch meteors in Sweden

Look up to Sweden's skies this week and you could catch the Perseid meteor shower, which promises to provide quite a show. Here’s everything you need to know about it.