Alleged crime boss faces extradition
Austria

Alleged crime boss faces extradition

A legal saga over the suspected head of a organised crime gang wanted by Moscow and held in Austria took a new twist on Wednesday as a Vienna court again approved his extradition to Russia.

Wawrinka prevails over Croatian in Cincinnati
Switzerland

Wawrinka prevails over Croatian in Cincinnati

Roland Garros tennis champion Stan Wawrinka rallied to tame teenaged Croatian Borna Coric 3-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 as Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis lost in the second round of the Cincinnati Western and Southern Open on Wednesday.

UN: Norway doing too little to fight racism
Norway

UN: Norway doing too little to fight racism

Norway's authorities are doing too little to combat the threat of racism and far-right extremist violence, a damning new report from the UN has concluded.

Norway’s PM hits back at Colbert’s Twitter invasion
Norway

Norway’s PM hits back at Colbert’s Twitter invasion

Norway's prime minister has gamely responded to a YouTube and Twitter challenge from US comedian Stephen Colbert, recording her own, admittedly slightly less funny, video.

Norway oil fund reports first fall in three years
Norway

Norway oil fund reports first fall in three years

The world's biggest sovereign wealth fund, Norway's public pension fund, reported on Wednesday its first negative quarterly return in three years, pulled down by the bond market. The fund posted a -0.9 percent return.

Swede writes love letters to Norway’s mass killer
Norway

Swede writes love letters to Norway’s mass killer

A Swedish woman has described how she writes letters to Anders Behring Breivik, the man behind Norway's worst peacetime killing in modern times, and admitted that she is attracted to the mass murderer.

Giant dinosaur tracks found near Hannover
Germany

Giant dinosaur tracks found near Hannover

Researchers announced this week that they had discovered more than 90 dinosaur footprints in a quarry outside Hannover.

Fire alert as Sweden sizzles in heatwave
Sweden

Fire alert as Sweden sizzles in heatwave

Swedish authorities issued a warning of forest fires on Wednesday across large parts of the country as meteorologists predicted the current summer heatwave should stick around until at least the weekend.

Russia tightens screws on French retail chain
France

Russia tightens screws on French retail chain

Russian authorities on Wednesday said they were carrying out a new wave of inspections of French chain Auchan, in the latest official move against the supermarket giant.

Refugee numbers to reach 800,000 in 2015
Germany

Refugee numbers to reach 800,000 in 2015

The German government increased their estimates of how many asylum-seekers will be applying in Germany by the end of this year to up to 800,000, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said on Wednesday.

Syrian scholar’s murder ‘a horror’
Italy

Syrian scholar’s murder ‘a horror’

Italy’s Culture Minister, Dario Franceschini, has expressed his 'horror' over the brutal murder of a Syrian antiquities scholar in Palmyra by the Isis militant group.

France asks to drop Rwanda genocide case
France

France asks to drop Rwanda genocide case

Two decades after he was charged with genocide and torture, Paris prosecutors said on Wednesday they had asked for the case against a Rwandan priest to be thrown out, potentially souring ties between the two countries.

Neo-Nazi handed 20 month sentence
Austria

Neo-Nazi handed 20 month sentence

A man from east Styria has appeared in court for a third time on charges of incitement and for neo-Nazi offences. He received a 20 month conditional sentence and must serve three months in prison.

Leicester City sign Swiss midfielder from Napoli
Switzerland

Leicester City sign Swiss midfielder from Napoli

English Premier League football side Leicester City announced on Wednesday they have signed Swiss midfielder Gökhan Inler from Napoli.

Charity hails ‘bravery’ of an activist who comforted dying bull in ring
Spain

Charity hails ‘bravery’ of an activist who comforted dying bull in ring

The word's largest animal rights group, Peta, on Wednesday hailed the "bravery" of a Spanish woman who jumped into a bullring to comfort a bull just before it was slaughtered.

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Sweden

Aug. 28 – 30: The Coffee Festival (Stockholm)

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Sweden

Aug. 28 – 30: Popaganda Music Festival (Stockholm)

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Sweden

Aug. 23 – 28: World Water Week (Stockholm)

US senator warns of Putin on visit to Sweden
Sweden

US senator warns of Putin on visit to Sweden

US senator and former presidential candidate John McCain slammed Russia over its increased military activity in the Baltic region on a visit to Stockholm on Wednesday.

Cologne’s 10 must-see spots for culture vultures
Germany

Cologne’s 10 must-see spots for culture vultures

As Germany’s fourth-largest city, Cologne has always played an important role in German contemporary culture. Frederica Miller explains why it's still buzzing with cultural life despite the halo of glamour shifting to Berlin.

Welcome to Sweden: Tips for settling in
Sweden

Welcome to Sweden: Tips for settling in

Welcome to Sweden and congrats on joining the NFGL network of SI scholars! Now what? What about learning the language, meeting Swedes, surviving the winter, and even dating? We've got all the answers.

Ligue 1: Michel named as new coach of Marseille
France

Ligue 1: Michel named as new coach of Marseille

Spanish coach Michel has been appointed by Marseille as the successor to Marcelo Bielsa, the French club announced on Wednesday.

Five events to keep you calm after the holidays
Sweden

Five events to keep you calm after the holidays

Feeling stressed back at work following your summer break? Here's our pick of relaxing events in Sweden over the next seven days as well as our regular interactive guide to the biggest cultural, sporting and family activities across the country.

Ministers pay surprise visit to refugee camp
Austria

Ministers pay surprise visit to refugee camp

The severely overcrowded refugee camp in Traiskirchen, Lower Austria, received a surprise visit by Austrian President Heinz Fischer, Chancellor Werner Faymann, Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner and Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner on Wednesday.

Putin ‘may join future Ukraine talks’: Germany
Germany

Putin ‘may join future Ukraine talks’: Germany

Germany said on Wednesday it could not rule out Russian President Vladimir Putin would take part in a future round of talks over conflict-torn eastern Ukraine after speculation that Western leaders were snubbing him.

Hypocrite? What’s the truth about left wing mayor’s ‘luxury’ holiday?
Spain

Hypocrite? What’s the truth about left wing mayor’s ‘luxury’ holiday?

The anti-austerity mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena, has come under fire from her right-wing rivals for "double standards" this week after enjoying a "luxury holiday". But what is the truth of the claim?

French robot kidney op  ‘a major step forward’
France

French robot kidney op ‘a major step forward’

A sister-to-sister kidney transplant in France reported on Wednesday is the first to combine robotics, vaginal access and the donated organ's immediate implant after removal, according to the surgeons.

Alitalia plane struck by lightning
Italy

Alitalia plane struck by lightning

Passengers on a flight from Rome to Milan were shocked when their aircraft was struck by lightning and forced to make an emergency landing in Naples on Wednesday as a freak thunderstorm wreaked havoc in the Italian capital.

Panic over ‘poisoned’ pooches in Paris park
France

Panic over ‘poisoned’ pooches in Paris park

Panic is spreading fast among Parisian dog-owners after four dogs apparently died from suspected poisoning in a park in the capital.

Volvo stays in fast lane despite China dip
Sweden

Volvo stays in fast lane despite China dip

Swedish automaker Volvo Cars, owned by China's Geely, reported Wednesday a rise in first half profits even as sales tumbled in its biggest market, China.

Dane commits ‘genitalia vandalism’ in IKEA
Denmark

Dane commits ‘genitalia vandalism’ in IKEA

A Danish man found a rather unconventional way to pass the time during an IKEA trip.

Glencore posts heavy losses in first six months
Switzerland

Glencore posts heavy losses in first six months

UPDATED: Swiss mining giant Glencore on Wednesday reported a first-half loss of $676 million, a performance hit by what the company called the worst commodities market since the financial crash of 2008-09.

Festival overturns Jewish musician ban amid ‘anti-Semitism’ row
Spain

Festival overturns Jewish musician ban amid ‘anti-Semitism’ row

After dropping Jewish American rap star Matisyahu from the bill under pressure from a pro-Palestinian group, festival organisers reversed their decision after accusations of anti-semitism.

Swedish SAS bosses face claims of bullying
Sweden

Swedish SAS bosses face claims of bullying

An anonymous poll of flight crew at Scandinavian airline SAS has uncovered accounts of sexual harassment, discrimination and bullying among its Stockholm-based staff.

Search continues for missing mum and child
Germany

Search continues for missing mum and child

Police are still searching for clues to help them find a mother and daughter who disappeared from a small town in Lower Saxony nearly a month ago.

German cities struggle with housing shortage
Germany

German cities struggle with housing shortage

Too few new flats are being built in Germany's largest cities even as oversupply looms in rural areas, experts at the Institute for the German Economy (IW) in Cologne warned on Wednesday.

Doggy bags: The last Italian taboo?
Italy

Doggy bags: The last Italian taboo?

When America’s First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters dined in a popular Rome restaurant in 2009, staff were shocked when she asked for a 'doggy bag' to take her leftovers home.

Museum opens world of the Brothers Grimm
Germany

Museum opens world of the Brothers Grimm

With less than three weeks to go before 'Grimmwelt' opens its doors to the public, visitors to Kassel's newest attraction can soon immerse themselves in the imaginations of two of Germany's - and the world's - most famous storytellers.

Soldier ‘fakes’ first Isis attack in Sweden
Sweden

Soldier ‘fakes’ first Isis attack in Sweden

UPDATED: A soldier from west Sweden says he was stabbed by two Isis fighters in the first attack by the extremist Islamist group on Swedish soil, but the region's chief police commissioner has told The Local there is no evidence to back up his claims.

It’s not Jaws: Benidorm urges calm after child is bitten by mystery fish
Spain

It’s not Jaws: Benidorm urges calm after child is bitten by mystery fish

Benidorm council insists that it the incident was "definitely not a shark attack" and that bathers can be assured that it is safe to go back in the water.

Civita: The Italian town that refuses to die
Italy

Civita: The Italian town that refuses to die

With a population of only six, it’s been dubbed “the dying town”. But on a recent visit to the hilltop Civita di Bagnoregio, The Local spoke to one of the inhabitants, and discovered a fervent desire to keep it very much alive.

Amazing photo blog shows real faces of Paris
France

Amazing photo blog shows real faces of Paris

Marco Hazan runs "Humans of Paris", an incredibly popular photo-based Facebook page that aims to show the real side of Parisians. The Local chatted to the 18-year-old student to find out more.

Danish MP lashes out against ‘Pizza-Danish’
Denmark

Danish MP lashes out against ‘Pizza-Danish’

A Danish People's Party MP has proposed that government efforts are required to counter what he sees as the decline of the Danish language.

France reveals new plans for Sunday shopping
France

France reveals new plans for Sunday shopping

Late-night shopping is set to become a reality in France’s capital with government plans to create 12 zones where shops can stay open until midnight as well as on Sundays.

Climate change a ‘plus’ for Swiss wine growers
Switzerland

Climate change a ‘plus’ for Swiss wine growers

Climate change may be bad news for other sectors but it should have a positive impact for Switzerland’s wine industry, a federal agricultural expert says.

Foreign hires rattle Italy’s art world
Italy

Foreign hires rattle Italy’s art world

The controversial shakeup of Italy’s top museums has divided art experts across the country, with the ex-director of Florence's Uffizi Gallery particularly bitter about losing his job to a German.

Researchers: Danes are bad at queuing
Denmark

Researchers: Danes are bad at queuing

A new Danish study on queuing suggests that we have been going about it all wrong.

Swedish beaver knocks out power for thousands
Sweden

Swedish beaver knocks out power for thousands

A spokesman for Sweden's state-owned energy provider has revealed the identity of the vandal behind a blackout which saw 15,000 Swedish homes left without power.

Spanish inquisition: Outcry after festival dumps Jewish musician
Spain

Spanish inquisition: Outcry after festival dumps Jewish musician

A Jewish American rapper has been banned from performing at a Spanish music festival after refusing to be "coerced" into making political statements on Israel.

Danish police crack down on internet piracy
Denmark

Danish police crack down on internet piracy

UPDATED: After the men behind two popular illegal streaming sites were arrested, Danish authorities warn that users of the sites could also face retribution.

The neglected children of Italy’s domestic workers
Italy

The neglected children of Italy’s domestic workers

Since the 1970s, wealthy Italians have brought Filipino workers into their homes to help with domestic chores. So much so, Italy now has one of the largest Filipino communities in the world. But the children of Filipino immigrants complicate matters, according to an investigation.

Syngenta to jettison flower seeds business
Switzerland

Syngenta to jettison flower seeds business

Swiss agricultural products giant Syngenta said on Wednesday that it would sell its flower seeds business.

Half a million ants march for rainforest protection
Germany

Half a million ants march for rainforest protection

Half a million ants were enlisted at a German zoo on Tuesday by ecologists from the conservation group WWF to call for the protection of the Amazon rainforest, ahead of a trip by Chancellor Angela Merkel to Brazil.

French ambulance stolen during rescue operation
France

French ambulance stolen during rescue operation

Fire fighters in north-eastern France were left aghast this week after an ambulance they were going to use to take an injured woman to hospital was stolen at the scene.

French farmers burn tyres as strikes continue
France

French farmers burn tyres as strikes continue

Around 150 farmers who say their livelihoods are threatened by low prices caused havoc in north-western France on Wednesday morning.

German teen actor killed at music fest
Germany

German teen actor killed at music fest

Up-and-coming actor Fynn Henkel was killed at Budapest's Sziget music festival by a falling tree branch, German and Hungarian media reported on Tuesday.

Rising Swiss star Bencic remains on a roll in US
Switzerland

Rising Swiss star Bencic remains on a roll in US

Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic maintained her recent giant-killing form at the ATP and WTA Cincinnati Masters on Tuesday with a battling 7-5, 6-3 win over higher-ranked German opponent Angelique Kerber.

China’s yuan cut may hit France’s luxury sector
France

China’s yuan cut may hit France’s luxury sector

China's triple yuan devaluation could hit France's lucrative luxury sector, which has already been impacted by Beijing's tough anti-corruption drive against spendthrift officials, analysts say.

Federer shakes off rust after month’s layoff
Switzerland

Federer shakes off rust after month’s layoff

In his first match since Wimbledon, Switzerland's Roger Federer shook off the rust on Tuesday at the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament in Cincinnati.

Gang that swindled drunk British tourists in Magaluf busted by police
Spain

Gang that swindled drunk British tourists in Magaluf busted by police

Spanish police have arrested 20 suspected members of a ring that swindled tens of thousands of euros from drunken tourists on the holiday island of Majorca by stealing their credit card numbers.

Swede stays crazy for Norway’s mass killer
Sweden

Swede stays crazy for Norway’s mass killer

A Swedish woman has described how she writes letters to Anders Behring Breivik, the man behind Norway's worst peacetime killing in modern times, and admitted that she is attracted to the mass murderer.

Dane arrested for praising arson attack
Denmark

Dane arrested for praising arson attack

A Danish Facebook group has been shut down by the social media site on the grounds of "glorifying" Sunday's arson attack against the Islamic Society centre in Copenhagen, leading to one of its members being arrested while others are currently under investigation.

MPs vote through third Greek bailout package
Germany

MPs vote through third Greek bailout package

German MPs voted through a third European bailout package for Greece on Wednesday, although a large number of abstentions and 'no' votes pointed to a sizable rebellion among Chancellor Angela Merkel's ranks.

Acid-throwing mum to see baby in prison
Italy

Acid-throwing mum to see baby in prison

A woman jailed in Italy for throwing acid on her ex-boyfriend will be allowed to see her baby once a day following a public outcry, according to media reports on Tuesday.

Briton held for knocking out train official’s teeth
Switzerland

Briton held for knocking out train official’s teeth

Police in the canton of Saint Gallen on Tuesday arrested a 20-year-old British man for assaulting a conductor after being thrown off a train for not having a ticket.

Seven foreigners hired to revive Italian culture
Italy

Seven foreigners hired to revive Italian culture

Italy on Tuesday announced the appointment of seven foreigners to head national museums as part of moves to revive some of the hallmarks of Italian culture.

Emergency call for help as refugee children rise
Sweden

Emergency call for help as refugee children rise

Swedish authorities need to work more closely together to deal with an “extraordinary” surge in refugee children, the head of Sweden’s migration board has said.

Austria votes in favour of Greek bailout
Austria

Austria votes in favour of Greek bailout

Austria's parliament has voted in favour of an €86 billion ($94.9 billion) bailout for Greece to keep the debt-ridden country in the eurozone.

Italy’s Caruso suspended after positive test
Italy

Italy’s Caruso suspended after positive test

Italian veteran Giampaolo Caruso is out of the Tour of Spain after being provisionally suspended by cycling's world governing body the International Cycling Union (UCI) on Tuesday after a sample provided in 2012 was retested and found to contain EPO.

Six snappy facts about Swedish crayfish
Sweden

Six snappy facts about Swedish crayfish

Swedes are obsessed with crayfish and in August, when the annual fishing season starts, families up and down the nation hold parties to celebrate. But what's so special about the tasty crustaceans? Feast your eyes on our top trivia.

Naked weightlifter shocks talent show hosts
Norway

Naked weightlifter shocks talent show hosts

An amateur weightlifter left the hosts of Norway's leading TV talent show gasping in shock, after he suddenly bared all as he attempted a 'world record'.