Progress slumps in the polls ahead of vote
Norway

Progress slumps in the polls ahead of vote

Norway’s populist Progress Party has seen slumped in the polls ahead of next month’s county and municipal elections, as the realities of coalition government continue to eat into its support.

Norway PM sparks Reddit Photoshop battle
Norway

Norway PM sparks Reddit Photoshop battle

A picture of Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg pouring coffee has sparked a Photoshop battle on Reddit, with users competing to alter the image to put the jovial premier in unexpected situations.

Lego with instructions hurts creativity: study
Norway

Lego with instructions hurts creativity: study

Building Lego to a set of instructions makes you perform worse if you then try and do creative tasks, a joint US and Norwegian team of researchers has concluded.

Mette-Marit voted worst-dressed young royal
Norway

Mette-Marit voted worst-dressed young royal

Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit has been voted the worst-dressed out of a list of ten young female royals in a readers' poll by the British celebrity magazine Hello!

Serial killer musical to close San Sebastian
Spain

Serial killer musical to close San Sebastian

British director Rufus Norris' serial killer musical, "London Road" will close Spain's San Sebastian film festival this year, organisers said on Thursday.

Tel Aviv comes to Paris amid protests and police
France

Tel Aviv comes to Paris amid protests and police

The controversial "Tel Aviv on Seine" cultural event went ahead in Paris on Thursday amid protests from pro-Palestinian groups and scores of riot police. It also prompted a rival "Gaza beach" event nearby.

Calais mayor: David Cameron is mocking us
France

Calais mayor: David Cameron is mocking us

The frustrated mayor of the port city of Calais says France should open its border with the UK if British Prime Minister David Cameron doesn't fully commit to solving the city's migration crisis.

Tiny German backpack X-rays aid gentle giants
Germany

Tiny German backpack X-rays aid gentle giants

Extreme humidity, 40C heat, poachers and inhospitable terrain: this is the work environment of international veterinary charity Gorilla Doctors. But a piece of technology from Germany is about to make things that little bit easier.

British expat drowns swimming in French lake
France

British expat drowns swimming in French lake

A British expat drowned in a lake in the south of France, it was revealed on Thursday, just days after a rugby player from the UK drowned on a French beach after being hit by a giant wave.

Ten must-see Stockholm museums and galleries
Sweden

Ten must-see Stockholm museums and galleries

From photography and modern art to far eastern antiquities and ABBA artifacts, Stockholm's museums and galleries offer a wide and varied array of cultural goodies on which to feast, whatever the weather.

Wawrinka slams Kyrgios over ‘girlfriend’ comment
Switzerland

Wawrinka slams Kyrgios over ‘girlfriend’ comment

Swiss champion Stan Wawrinka on Thursday demanded action from tennis authorities over "beyond belief" comments made by Australian bad boy Nick Kyrgios about his "girlfriend" in Montreal.

‘Gay pride parades are worse than bullfights’
Spain

‘Gay pride parades are worse than bullfights’

The owner of several bullrings across Spain has been criticized after claiming it is more harmful for children to watch a gay pride parade than a bullfight.

Britain slams Ecuador for ‘abuse’ in Assange case
Sweden

Britain slams Ecuador for ‘abuse’ in Assange case

Britain is to make a "formal protest" to Ecuador over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who denies sex crimes in Sweden, the UK foreign ministry said on Thursday.

Italian park held hostage by ‘veggie’ panther
Italy

Italian park held hostage by ‘veggie’ panther

Experts at the nature reserve of Torbiere del Sebino, Lombardy, are being led on a wild goose chase by a suspected escaped panther that they have been pursuing without success for two weeks.

Copenhagen launches anti-radicalization plan
Denmark

Copenhagen launches anti-radicalization plan

The Danish capital is one of the first major cities to present a comprehensive plan to combat radicalization. The Local spoke with the plan’s architect, renowned terror expert Magnus Ranstorp, about the need to “stick your hand in the fire” to reach radical youths.

Beware: Why you might regret ordering the fish
Spain

Beware: Why you might regret ordering the fish

Ordering the catch of the day can deliver a rather nasty side effect, as two diners on holiday in Spain recently discovered...when the bill came. And it can serve as a lesson to us all.

Deutsche Bank workers accused in scam
Germany

Deutsche Bank workers accused in scam

German prosecutors have charged eight former and current Deutsche Bank employees with alleged evasion of taxes on trading carbon emission certificates, it was revealed on Thursday.

#FoodPorn in Germany may cook up legal woes
Germany

#FoodPorn in Germany may cook up legal woes

Instagrammers and foodies beware: snapping pics of scrumptious snacks in Germany could leave you facing a lawsuit for copyright infringement by the chef, a lawyer has warned.

New pool named ‘Pearl Harbor’ creates splash
Sweden

New pool named ‘Pearl Harbor’ creates splash

A decision to call a new swimming pool in Gothenburg "Pöl Harbour" has made a splash on social media, with many users critical of the name which sounds like the US naval base "Pearl Harbor" where more than 2,000 people died in 1941.

Doc charged after mum loses limbs after abortion
France

Doc charged after mum loses limbs after abortion

A gynecologist at a hospital in France has been charged this week for causing "unintentional injury" to a young mum, who had to have four limbs partially amputated following an abortion.

Hungarian neo-Nazis take Austrian mini-break
Austria

Hungarian neo-Nazis take Austrian mini-break

A day trip to Vienna by members of a Hungarian offshoot of the neo-Nazi group Blood & Honour has passed without serious incident, after the group of seven was escorted by police throughout the day.

Adios Llanito! Gibraltar’s dialect is under threat
Spain

Adios Llanito! Gibraltar’s dialect is under threat

Gibraltar’s unique 'Spanglish' dialect of Llanito is under threat. Is it a natural consequence of modern times or are Gibraltarians turning away from Spanish for political reasons?

Swedes reject Amnesty in protest of sex vote
Sweden

Swedes reject Amnesty in protest of sex vote

A Swedish member of Amnesty has told The Local why she chose to join hundreds of others in quitting the organization after it voted to endorse the decriminalization of sex work.

Bus driver’s refugee welcome goes viral
Germany

Bus driver’s refugee welcome goes viral

A Bavarian bus driver who dug up his high-school English to welcome a group of refugees aboard his vehicle has become an overnight sensation online.

Swiss octopus touted as next psychic Paul
Switzerland

Swiss octopus touted as next psychic Paul

Basel zoo’s new octopus is being touted as the next football oracle after keepers on Wednesday praised his exceptional intelligence.

Denmark split over changing sex work laws
Denmark

Denmark split over changing sex work laws

Amnesty International’s controversial decision to work towards the decriminalization of sex work has politicians reconsidering laws in Denmark, where the sale and purchase of sex is legal.

German army reports chemical attack in Iraq
Germany

German army reports chemical attack in Iraq

Update: American media has reported that the attack may have used mustard gas from stockpiles of banned poisons that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was forced to get rid of in 2013.

Rape suspect arrested after bumping into victim
Italy

Rape suspect arrested after bumping into victim

A man accused of brutally raping a transwoman at knife-point in northern Italy has been arrested after his victim bumped into him weeks later.

Happy ending for abandoned baby
Austria

Happy ending for abandoned baby

A newborn girl who was found abandoned in an apartment block in Liezen, Styria on Sunday has been adopted.

Assange lawyer: ‘Julian is disappointed’
Sweden

Assange lawyer: ‘Julian is disappointed’

UPDATED: Swedish prosecutors have dropped a probe into some sex claims against Julian Assange because a time limit has expired. The Wikileaks founder's lawyer has told The Local his client is "disappointed" he can't give his side of the story.

Historic Palio protest gets go ahead in Siena
Italy

Historic Palio protest gets go ahead in Siena

Authorities in Siena have given the green light to the first ever anti-Palio protest to take place in the city during Italy's most famous horse race.

Report reveals tourists’ favourite Swiss spots
Switzerland

Report reveals tourists’ favourite Swiss spots

The Japanese like to holiday in Grindelwald, while Indians flock to Giswil in the Lake Lucerne region, according to a revealing analysis of Swiss Tourism figures which shows that tourists to Switzerland tend to stick together in familiar territory.

French dad drugs kids’ tea to ‘annoy’ wife
France

French dad drugs kids’ tea to ‘annoy’ wife

A father living near the French city of Lyon has offered an unusual explanation as to why he drugged his three children in late July.

Threats for pastor who rang bells for refugees
Austria

Threats for pastor who rang bells for refugees

A pastor who was praised for his courage after he broke up a right-wing demonstration against refugees in Fehring, Styria by ringing his church bells loudly has since received threatening phone calls and emails as well as allegations that he caused some of the demonstrators to suffer from tinnitus.

Do Spaniards understand the real Don Quixote?
Spain

Do Spaniards understand the real Don Quixote?

As the fourth centenary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes approaches, sceptics are asking how many Spaniards can actually read the original opus.

Twelve skeletons found beneath Swedish castle
Sweden

Twelve skeletons found beneath Swedish castle

The bodies of three children and nine men were dug up from the grounds of Sweden's Kalmar Castle earlier this year and tests suggest the bones are up to 500 years old, archaeologists have revealed.

Nestle profits dip after instant noodle recall
Switzerland

Nestle profits dip after instant noodle recall

Swiss food giant Nestle announced on Thursday slightly lower first half profits compared to last year, with the strong Swiss franc and the recall in India of Maggi instant noodles undercutting robust sales.

Teen swimmer finds €16,000 gold bar in lake
Germany

Teen swimmer finds €16,000 gold bar in lake

A teenager swimming in Bavaria came upon a solid gold bar at the bottom of a lake and may get to keep it, local police said on Wednesday.

200 migrants stranded on road and rail tracks
Austria

200 migrants stranded on road and rail tracks

Update: Police in Lower Austria found almost 200 migrants dangerously stranded on a motorway in the district of Mödling early on Thursday, and 12 people walking along a railway line in Melk.

Govt ‘lied’ about NSA spying list: report
Germany

Govt ‘lied’ about NSA spying list: report

The German government was once again accused of lying by media on Thursday about spying by German security services on targets designated by the US National Security Agency (NSA).

Are Paris train stations really ‘world’s worst’?
France

Are Paris train stations really ‘world’s worst’?

The train stations of Paris are the worst in the world, a leading French commentator has claimed. But the national rail company, SNCF, isn't taking the insult lying down. Here's their response.

Meet some of Germany’s famous lefties
Germany

Meet some of Germany’s famous lefties

As the world celebrates its 24th annual Left Handers Day on August 13th, The Local takes a look at some of the most famous lefties Germany has produced over the centuries.

Thieves pose as rail officials to scam tourists
Italy

Thieves pose as rail officials to scam tourists

Italian railway police have busted two Romanian men who were trying an elaborate scam on tourists travelling on trains out of Rome's Termini station.

Police arrest 28 over violent Nørrebro demo
Denmark

Police arrest 28 over violent Nørrebro demo

Police carried out a large-scale action early on Thursday in response to a demonstration by the group Reclaim the Streets that turned violent in Copenhagen’s Nørrebro district Saturday night.

Letter bomb sent to French embassy in Rome

Letter bomb sent to French embassy in Rome

An investigation has been launched in Rome after an explosive package was sent to the French embassy.

Bishop apologizes for anti-gay speech
Switzerland

Bishop apologizes for anti-gay speech

The Bishop of Chur, Vitus Huonder, has apologized to gay people after citing controversial Bible passages in a speech he gave at a Catholic forum in Germany at the end of July.

Manhunt launched after two women found dead
Spain

Manhunt launched after two women found dead

The bodies of two women missing since Thursday were discovered on Wednesday evening dumped by a river after being burned and covered in quicklime.

Norway braced for ‘catastrophic’ $30 oil
Norway

Norway braced for ‘catastrophic’ $30 oil

One of Norway’s most respected oil analysts has warned that the global oil price could hit $30 per barrel next year, adding that such a drop would be “catastrophic for Norway”.

City of Copenhagen dumps Ryanair stock
Denmark

City of Copenhagen dumps Ryanair stock

City officials said this week that the decision to ban all future investments Ryanair left them with "a clear conscience" in the wake of Danish unions successfully chasing the Irish airline out of Denmark.

Three tiny monkeys stolen from German zoo
Germany

Three tiny monkeys stolen from German zoo

Three pygmy marmosets - the world's smallest monkey species - have been stolen from a zoo in the western German city of Dortmund, police said on Wednesday.

Brittany and Normandy remain on storm alert
France

Brittany and Normandy remain on storm alert

Most of Brittany and Normandy in north western France remained on alert for violent storms on Thursday, as the warnings were lifted for the south west of the country.

Case dropped against police who beat migrant
Spain

Case dropped against police who beat migrant

A human rights group vowed Wednesday to appeal after a Spanish court dismissed a case against eight police who beat a migrant trying to illegally enter Spain's north African territory of Melilla.

VIDEO: Souvenir Eiffel Tower sellers attack Paris cops
France

VIDEO: Souvenir Eiffel Tower sellers attack Paris cops

A video has been posted online showing a group of Eiffel Tower sellers punching and kicking police officers in Paris during an attempted arrest. It comes as new figures reveal an increase in violence against officers in the French capital.

More officers for Malmö in bid to tackle violence
Sweden

More officers for Malmö in bid to tackle violence

Sweden's police chief Dan Eliasson has announced plans to bolster officer numbers in Malmö amid a summer of violence in Sweden's third largest city.

Germany sceptical over Greek bailout deal
Germany

Germany sceptical over Greek bailout deal

UPDATE: Germany on Thursday said Berlin and Paris were seeking further information on Greece's plans to privatise parts of its economy before approving a third bailout package.

Italy stumped over tattoo on severed leg
Italy

Italy stumped over tattoo on severed leg

Rome police were stumped on Wednesday after the discovery of a severed leg tattooed with the phrase "a good day to die."

‘Tel Aviv beach’ opens in Paris amid tight security
France

‘Tel Aviv beach’ opens in Paris amid tight security

Some 500 police officers will patrol Thursday's fiercely opposed 'Tel Aviv on Seine' event which was supposed to celebrate the culture of the Israeli coastal city but will take place amid high security and protests.

Five adventures for sports lovers in Sweden
Sweden

Five adventures for sports lovers in Sweden

Put on your trainers and saddle up the horse: here are five events to get your engines running this week, as well as our regular interactive calendar of events across Sweden.

Man, 36, admits double stabbing at Swedish Ikea
Sweden

Man, 36, admits double stabbing at Swedish Ikea

UPDATED: A 36-year-old man has admitted to stabbing a mother and a son to death at an Ikea store in Västerås. But a 23-year-old suspect who was also arrested has been released from custody.

Norway bride’s song brings groom to tears
Norway

Norway bride’s song brings groom to tears

A wedding in Norway took a surprising turn when the bride gripped a microphone while walking down the aisle and sang a beautiful rendition of "You raise me up".