Hungry polar bear makes record dive
Norway

Hungry polar bear makes record dive

A starving polar bear in Svalbard has made the species’ longest ever recorded dive in a desperate bid to catch a seal.

Norway wants to dump nuclear waste on island
Norway

Norway wants to dump nuclear waste on island

Norway’s government wants to dump 1,200 tons of radioactive waste on an island an hour south of Oslo, even though the waste company which owns the site believes it is too dangerous.

Neo-Nazi criminals infiltrate football fan club
Norway

Neo-Nazi criminals infiltrate football fan club

A criminal neo-Nazi gang has infiltrated the fan club of of Vålerenga, the legendary Oslo team that has won the Norwegian Football Cup no fewer than four times.

Norway pets at risk of ‘Cat Aids’: charity
Norway

Norway pets at risk of ‘Cat Aids’: charity

A new study has uncovered a high rate of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) infection among stray cats in Norway, putting pets across the country at risk of contracting "Cat Aids".

Denmark opens its first LGBT elderly home
Denmark

Denmark opens its first LGBT elderly home

In the midst of Copenhagen Pride celebrations, the Danish capital officially opened its doors to the nation's very first care home for homosexual, bisexual and transgendered senior citizens.

Fifa’s Rocha agrees to extradition to Nicaragua
Switzerland

Fifa’s Rocha agrees to extradition to Nicaragua

Julio Rocha, the former head of the Nicaraguan Football Federation who was one of seven Fifa officials detained in Switzerland in May, has agreed to be extradited to his home country, the Swiss department of justice said.

Five reasons for dare-devils to visit Germany
Germany

Five reasons for dare-devils to visit Germany

A report this week showed that Germany is one of the safest countries in the world, but there's more to do than just snacking on strudel and hemming your Lederhosen. The Local looks at five ways to get your heart racing in Deutschland.

Bobbies on the beach won’t change Magaluf
Spain

Bobbies on the beach won’t change Magaluf

As British police pound the party streets of Magaluf, running the gauntlet of inebriated selfie-seeking tourists, The Local’s Fiona Govan questions whether they really could help rid the resort of its heinous reputation.

Southern Swede keeps massive cash find
Sweden

Southern Swede keeps massive cash find

A man who found 730,000 kronor ($85,812) on a path in Berga in southern Sweden has been told he can keep the cash, after nobody came forward to claim they had lost the money.

Passengers oust bus rider for racist slurs
Germany

Passengers oust bus rider for racist slurs

When a man started threatening a Turkish-German bus passenger with racist statements, others on the bus decided to take a stand, including the driver.

Drunk couple nicked for gondola joyride
Italy

Drunk couple nicked for gondola joyride

Police were shocked to find a young Italian couple asleep in a stolen gondola on the Grand Canal at 3am on Friday morning.

Italian police ‘identify’ severed leg victim
Italy

Italian police ‘identify’ severed leg victim

Police in Rome believe they have now identified the victim whose severed leg tattooed with the words “a good day to die” was discovered earlier this week.

Schäuble ‘confident of result’ at EU Greece talks
Germany

Schäuble ‘confident of result’ at EU Greece talks

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, who has taken a hard line on a third Greek bailout, said he was "confident" his eurozone peers would reach an agreement at a meeting Friday.

Swedish referee sends off own Facebook page
Sweden

Swedish referee sends off own Facebook page

A Swedish football referee became a global celebrity this week after a Facebook page where he explained his decisions went viral. But Mohammed Al-Hakim has now closed it down after becoming overwhelmed by its success.

Austria’s museum for useless inventions
Austria

Austria’s museum for useless inventions

From a transparent suitcase for nudists to automatic nose pickers - Austria's museum of nonsense and its vast collection of silly yet brilliant inventions are proof that bad ideas, if carried out well, can turn into genius creations.

Another man dies after horrific goring at fiesta
Spain

Another man dies after horrific goring at fiesta

A man has died after being gored during a bullrunning fiesta in southern Spain, in the sixth fatal goring of the summer.

Six reasons to visit Calais (apart from duty-free shopping)
France

Six reasons to visit Calais (apart from duty-free shopping)

The mayor of Calais has outlined plans to create duty-free stores throughout the town to take advantage of Brexit - but there are actually lots of reasons to visit this lovely northern French town apart from cheap booze and fags.

Thieves ‘could hack VW, Porsche, Audi cars’
Germany

Thieves ‘could hack VW, Porsche, Audi cars’

Security researchers have found that many vehicles produced by the Volkswagen group – including some of the world's biggest luxury brands like Audi and Porsche – have a security flaw that could let hackers access them without a key.

Spanish growth outstrips stalled eurozone partners
Spain

Spanish growth outstrips stalled eurozone partners

Spain’s GDP growth accelerated to 1 percent in the second quarter, making it one of the fastest growing countries in the eurozone but the IMF has warned it must stay on course with its economic reforms.

Dark Swedish plasters cause stir in Denmark
Sweden

Dark Swedish plasters cause stir in Denmark

Plans by a Swedish pharmacy to introduce plasters for darker skin tones have been mocked by Denmark's foreign minister Kristian Jensen who suggested the scheme demonstrated why he wouldn't want to live over the border. But his comments have led to a huge backlash.

Baby locks self inside car in baking heat
Germany

Baby locks self inside car in baking heat

With elevated heat during this time of year, many worry about the risk of parents leaving their children inside hot cars. This time, it was the baby leaving the parent a bit stranded.

Calais: A ‘dying’ city but not quite like Baghdad
France

Calais: A ‘dying’ city but not quite like Baghdad

Historic Calais has been blighted by the ever-worsening migrant crisis in Europe, but while residents tell The Local the port city is dying a slow death, it's nowhere near as bad as the UK press make it out to be.

French clubs fail in bid to cut relegation in Ligue 1
France

French clubs fail in bid to cut relegation in Ligue 1

There will be three teams relegated from Ligue 1 at the end of this season after France's Council of State dismissed proposals by top-flight clubs to reduce the number of demoted teams to two.

‘Peeping Tom’ caught out in supermarket
Austria

‘Peeping Tom’ caught out in supermarket

A 57-year-old man who went to great lengths to construct a home-made device to film up women’s skirts in an Austrian supermarket has been caught and reported for sexual harassment.

Autumn weather to spoil Italian summer holiday
Italy

Autumn weather to spoil Italian summer holiday

Meteorologists are predicting the arrival of autumnal weather for the holiday weekend of Ferragosto, as temperatures plummet and rainstorms make conditions difficult for motorists.

Organizers face charges over girl’s bungee death
Spain

Organizers face charges over girl’s bungee death

Two people are facing charges of 'reckless manslaughter' over the death of Dutch teenager during a bungee jump in northern Spain last Monday

‘No respect’ for human rights at Traiskirchen camp
Austria

‘No respect’ for human rights at Traiskirchen camp

Amnesty International has complained of inhumane conditions at Austria’s reception centre for asylum seekers in Traiskirchen, in a new report released on Friday.

‘High’ asylum benefits need review: minister
Germany

‘High’ asylum benefits need review: minister

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière wants to scrutinize how much asylum-seekers receive in benefits in Germany as the country continues to face a staggering influx of immigrants.

Looking for a holiday romance? Come to Spain
Spain

Looking for a holiday romance? Come to Spain

It's official: Spaniards are a nation of lotharios and are the most likely in Europe to embark on a holiday romance.

Italy’s economy grows slower than EU average
Italy

Italy’s economy grows slower than EU average

The Italian economy grew by 0.2 percent in the second quarter of 2015, lower than the EU average, according to figures released by the national statistics agency, Istat.

A studio in Stockholm or a castle in countryside?
Sweden

A studio in Stockholm or a castle in countryside?

The gap between Sweden's least and most affordable homes is growing. The average apartment in the capital now goes under the hammer for the price of 17 similar digs elsewhere in the Nordic country.

Unpaid UN intern admits to ‘publicity stunt’
Switzerland

Unpaid UN intern admits to ‘publicity stunt’

A young New Zealander who lived in a tent during a UN internship in Geneva as he couldn’t afford proper accommodation in the city, has admitted his choice to camp was partly motivated by a desire to draw attention to the “unjust” nature of unpaid internships – and that he leaked his story to the media himself.

French manager paid to do nothing for 12 years
France

French manager paid to do nothing for 12 years

The story of a Frenchman named Charles Simon made waves in France this week after it emerged the manager had been paid more than €5,000 a month by state rail operator SNCF over a period of 12 years, despite not working for a single day. He now wants €500,000 compensation.

Berlin hot on Paris’ heels as tourist destination
Germany

Berlin hot on Paris’ heels as tourist destination

After another record-breaking half year of tourism, Berlin is now Europe's third most popular destination behind London and Paris. But it seems there's still some work to be done if Berlin wants to catch up with its rivals any time soon.

Danes and Swedes at odds over ‘racist’ plaster
Denmark

Danes and Swedes at odds over ‘racist’ plaster

UPDATED: Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen has apologized for the "commotion" he created by lampooning the Swedes over their concerns about the colour of bandages.

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Italy

Outrage over €20 service charge for coffees

A photo of a receipt from a bar on the Italian island of Ischia charging a customer €20 for service on a €10 bill has gone viral in Italy.

Swiss man summits all 4,000m alpine peaks
Switzerland

Swiss man summits all 4,000m alpine peaks

A Swiss man has climbed to the summit of all 82 mountains in the Alps over 4,000 metres in just 62 days.

King cheers the return of San Sebastian bullfights
Spain

King cheers the return of San Sebastian bullfights

Spain's former monarch has been enjoying the return of bullfighting to San Sebastian three years after it was banned, saying that it was a "Spanish asset that we have to support".

French booze less but spend more on alcohol
France

French booze less but spend more on alcohol

French drinking habits are changing according to a new study that revealed the health conscious nation is drinking less in quantity but more of quality.

Broke Parma FC forced to flog off trophies
Italy

Broke Parma FC forced to flog off trophies

How about a Uefa cup for your living room table? Or perhaps the Coppa Italia in your bathroom? Football fans now have the opportunity to get their hands on a slice of sporting history as debt-ridden Parma FC sells off all its assets - including trophies.

Danes may have invented the bar of the future
Denmark

Danes may have invented the bar of the future

Students from Aarhus University have come up with a new beer app that could eliminate long lines at the pub.

Report: Switzerland is world’s safest country
Switzerland

Report: Switzerland is world’s safest country

Provided you're not mountain climbing, skiing off-piste or base jumping, Switzerland is the safest country in the world, according to a new study.

Germany beats France despite slow growth
Germany

Germany beats France despite slow growth

The German economy, Europe's biggest, grew by 0.4 percent in the second quarter of 2015, fractionally faster than in the preceding three months, but slightly short of analyst expectations, official data showed on Friday.

Man survives flight to Sweden in plane hold
Sweden

Man survives flight to Sweden in plane hold

UPDATED: An asylum seeker has been discovered alive in the hold of a plane that landed at Stockholm's Arlanda airport on Friday morning, after smuggling himself on to an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa.

Schizophrenic man dies after ‘invasive’ treatment
Italy

Schizophrenic man dies after ‘invasive’ treatment

An investigation has been launched into the death of a schizonphrenic man in the northern Italian city of Turin while he was being transported to hospital for mandatory medical treatment.

Princess Mary named best-dressed young royal
Denmark

Princess Mary named best-dressed young royal

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

Asylum seeker names baby Angela Merkel
Germany

Asylum seeker names baby Angela Merkel

Out of gratitude and hope for the chance to have a better life in Germany, a Ghanaian asylum-seeker has named her baby after the most important woman in the country.

Aussie fined over insult to Swiss tennis ace
Switzerland

Aussie fined over insult to Swiss tennis ace

The ATP Tour fined Australia's Nick Kyrgios $12,500 on Thursday as it launched an investigation into an insulting comment he made during a Rogers Cup tennis match against Swiss tennis star Stan Wawrinka.

CPH Airport faces sexual harassment claims
Denmark

CPH Airport faces sexual harassment claims

The past week has seen a long line of women step forward with complaints that security checks at Copenhagen Airport have left them feeling violated.

Albanian migrant traffickers held in France
France

Albanian migrant traffickers held in France

Five people linked to an Albanian smuggling network were in custody Thursday after their arrest in northern France, suspected of trafficking migrants across the Channel to Britain, the local prosecutor's office said.

Switzerland lifts Iran sanctions after UN deal
Switzerland

Switzerland lifts Iran sanctions after UN deal

Switzerland on Thursday lifted several already suspended economic sanctions against Iran, following last month's historic deal between Tehran and world powers on the Iranian nuclear programme.

Germany isolated as Greeks vote on bailout
Germany

Germany isolated as Greeks vote on bailout

As more and more countries send positive signals about a possible deal with Greece for a fresh tranche of bailout cash, the resistance of Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble is leaving Germany more and more isolated in Europe.

Picasso: US returns stolen artwork to France
France

Picasso: US returns stolen artwork to France

The United States on Thursday returned to French authorities an oil painting by Pablo Picasso thought to be worth €15 million, that was reported stolen from a major Paris museum 14 years ago.

Corruption casts shadow over Spanish politics
Spain

Corruption casts shadow over Spanish politics

Spain's interior minister will be questioned in parliament on Friday as a constant flow of corruption scandals casts a shadow over the next general elections expected at the end of the year.

Switzerland orders death of sheep-killing wolf
Switzerland

Switzerland orders death of sheep-killing wolf

Officials in Switzerland on Thursday gave the green light to shoot a wolf blamed for the deaths of 38 sheep, a decision swiftly condemned by the conservation group WWF.

Fugitive arrested for Cuenca double murder
Spain

Fugitive arrested for Cuenca double murder

A man suspected of killing two young women in Spain and dumping their bodies by a river was arrested in Romania on Thursday after an international manhunt, the Spanish government said.

French economy stalls as Germany sees growth
France

French economy stalls as Germany sees growth

There was some bad news for France on the economic front on Friday, when new figures revealed that the struggling economy had stagnated in the second quarter of 2015, in contrast to their German neighbours.

Another balmy weekend for sun-starved Swedes
Sweden

Another balmy weekend for sun-starved Swedes

Get out and enjoy the warm weather while you can. Another sunny weekend is in store for Sweden, just before the rain clouds move in next week.

Guardiola shoots for Champs League final 4
Germany

Guardiola shoots for Champs League final 4

Pep Guardiola wants to see Bayern Munich reach at least the last four of the Champions League in what could be his final season in charge of the German giants.

Fears of retaliation after Ikea double stabbings
Sweden

Fears of retaliation after Ikea double stabbings

UPDATED: Police were called to break up an illegal demonstration outside the asylum centre where two men linked to the Västerås Ikea stabbings lived on Thursday night, as fears grew of further retaliation attacks against refugees.

How to make seasonal Swedish mushroom toast
Sweden

How to make seasonal Swedish mushroom toast

Swedes love picking wild mushrooms in late summer and autumn. A great way to eat them is fried in butter on toast. Food writer John Duxbury shares his best recipe with The Local.