Utøya ‘God’s payment for opposing Israel’
Norway

Utøya ‘God’s payment for opposing Israel’

The young people killed in 2011’s brutal terror attack on the island of Utøya deserved to die because their organisation was too critical of Israel, a new book by a US evangelical Christian has claimed.

Danish F-16s may have killed civilians in Iraq
Denmark

Danish F-16s may have killed civilians in Iraq

The Danish Defence Command said "there is a risk" that a recent mission in northern Iraq "contributed to civilian deaths".

‘Sexist’ underwear posters spark heated row
Sweden

‘Sexist’ underwear posters spark heated row

Calvin Klein's latest underwear campaign has got Swedes in a sweat, with some turning to the country's advertising watchdog to complain that the posters are sexist and should not be shown on Stockholm's subway.

What’s keeping Germans awake at night in 2015?
Germany

What’s keeping Germans awake at night in 2015?

Having to cough up for the excesses of spendthrift southern Europeans is the fear most likely to haunt German nightmares in 2015. But getting caught up in a natural disaster isn't far behind, an annual survey shows.

Gérard Depardieu: ‘I want to sell up in France’
France

Gérard Depardieu: ‘I want to sell up in France’

French actor and tax exile Gérard Depardieu has declared that he will "sell everything" in his home country, French media has reported.

France confirms wing part is from flight MH370
France

France confirms wing part is from flight MH370

French prosecutors confirmed on Thursday that a piece of debris found on the Indian island of Réunion was from the Malaysian airlines flight MH370.

Hundreds across Spain clamour to welcome refugees into their homes
Spain

Hundreds across Spain clamour to welcome refugees into their homes

At least a dozen cities across Spain have said they will form a network of places where refugees can be welcomed into the homes of volunteer citizens.

Six simple ways to do your bit and help refugees if you live in Spain
Spain

Six simple ways to do your bit and help refugees if you live in Spain

While Spain faces pressure to take a bigger share of the hundreds of thousands of migrants arriving at Europe's borders, The Local takes a look at ways that individuals can make a difference.

Italy struggles to help traumatized refugees
Italy

Italy struggles to help traumatized refugees

The sensation of drowning, short-term memory loss, insomnia and suicidal tendencies: they may have made it safely to Italy, but many asylum seekers are plagued by symptoms of trauma and the psychological help they need is in short supply.

Bologna slashes red tape for gay parents
Italy

Bologna slashes red tape for gay parents

Gay parents of young children in Bologna are celebrating news that they will now be able to share parenting responsibilities with their partners.

Norway police fear press will spur refugee surge
Norway

Norway police fear press will spur refugee surge

Norwegian Police are braced for a surge in the number of Syrian refugees crossing the country's border with Russia, after the Arctic route caught the attention of the world’s press.

Swedish teen bags summer’s hottest song
Sweden

Swedish teen bags summer’s hottest song

What was your summer anthem? Swedish teenager Zara Larsson's track 'Lush Life' was the most played on Spotify across Sweden, the streaming site has revealed.

Hollande and Merkel call for strict refugee quotas

Hollande and Merkel call for strict refugee quotas

Germany and France have agreed that the European Union, facing a slew of migrant crises, should impose binding quotas on the numbers member states take in.

Butcher gets jail term for cannabis cake prank
France

Butcher gets jail term for cannabis cake prank

A French supermarket butcher has been handed a suspended prison sentence after he gave his colleagues a cannabis-laced chocolate cake, a move that caused the shop to close and five people to be hospitalized.

FC Bayern takes refugee kids under its wing
Germany

FC Bayern takes refugee kids under its wing

FC Bayern Munich said on Thursday that it would help young refugees learn German and play football and donate €1m of the proceeds from an upcoming friendly match.

Berlin hotel extends beds for basketball giants
Germany

Berlin hotel extends beds for basketball giants

The Berlin hotel hosting the international basketball teams playing in the 2015 European championships matches here have extended their beds to 2.50 metres in order to accomodate the giant players.

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Denmark

Elvis Presley heirs sue Danish Graceland

The estate of American icon Elvis Presley is seeking 1.5 million kroner from the operator of Graceland Randers, but the "professional Elvis fan" told The Local that he's done everything by the book and refuses to be bullied.

Five ways you can help refugees in Germany
Germany

Five ways you can help refugees in Germany

The Local's pointers for how to get started if you're interested in donating your money, unwanted possessions, time or skills to help refugees in Germany.

How English fans are funding French football
France

How English fans are funding French football

Forget fine wines, luxury perfumes and cars, France's most important export to the UK could be its footballers and it's all thanks to the legion of English armchair fans, argues Martin Dixon from the Franco British Chamber of Commerce. Vive l'entente cordial.

French farmers’ tractor protest rolls into Paris
France

French farmers’ tractor protest rolls into Paris

UPDATED: Up to 1,700 tractors along with thousands of furious farmers descended on Paris on Thursday in a show of force to raise attention to their plight. Motorists have been told to stay off the roads.

How to help refugees if you live in Sweden
Sweden

How to help refugees if you live in Sweden

The Local looks at some of the ways you can help refugees if you live in Sweden, which is continuing to take in more asylum seekers than any other EU nation.

New film casts spotlight on Church abuse
Italy

New film casts spotlight on Church abuse

Pope Francis still has to prove the Church is serious about addressing sex abuse by priests, according to the director of a major new film about how the damaging scandal was exposed in the United States.

Rajoy horrified by drowned toddler image and calls for Syria solution
Spain

Rajoy horrified by drowned toddler image and calls for Syria solution

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday urged world powers to help end the war in Syria after the "horrifying" sight of a dead Syrian toddler on a Turkish shore.

PM slams ’emotional’ Europe on migrants
Italy

PM slams ’emotional’ Europe on migrants

UPDATED: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Thursday that Europe could not just limit itself to an emotional reaction to pictures of asylum seekers dying, but had to act.

American child falls from Rome balcony
Italy

American child falls from Rome balcony

A six-year-old American child is in a serious condition after falling from the second floor of a building in central Rome last night.

Swiss bishops: we are open to gay people
Switzerland

Swiss bishops: we are open to gay people

The Catholic church is open to all, regardless of sexuality, the Swiss Conference of Bishops has said in its first official statement since the controversial comments of Bishop Vitus Huonder at the end of July.

What Don Quixote has to say to Spain about today’s migrant crisis
Spain

What Don Quixote has to say to Spain about today’s migrant crisis

Patricia E Grieve, of Colombia University explains what Spaniards can learn from their literary classic about today's migrant crisis.

Whiff of foul play in Cologne mayoral election
Germany

Whiff of foul play in Cologne mayoral election

Did the Social Democratic Party (SPD) deliberately skew voting slips in Cologne's mayoral elections to hand their candidate an advantage?

Suspected murder-suicide in Carinthia
Austria

Suspected murder-suicide in Carinthia

The bodies of a father and son have been found in a house in Ferlach, Carinthia. Police said that an initial investigation suggested a murder-suicide.

The death of a great humanitarian
Germany

The death of a great humanitarian

On September 4th 1965, the world lost one of its most dedicated and tireless humanitarians, as Albert Schweitzer died in the African hospital he had created and cherished for over 50 years. A hospital that continues to save lives today.

How did Denmark’s summer measure up?
Denmark

How did Denmark’s summer measure up?

Summer 2015 may have felt worse than most, but it was actually just par for the course.

Russia rejects French proposal to limit UN veto
France

Russia rejects French proposal to limit UN veto

Russia on Wednesday dismissed as "populist" a French proposal to limit the use of the veto at the UN Security Council and said it would oppose it.

Time for France to show fraternité to refugees?
France

Time for France to show fraternité to refugees?

As images of a drowned Syrian boy shock Europe to the core, France like other EU nations comes under more pressure to welcome more refugees. But will France open its doors as it has done in the past?

Shock as Avicii pulls plug on 2015 gigs
Sweden

Shock as Avicii pulls plug on 2015 gigs

Fans were raging on Thursday after DJ superstar Avicii's announced a decision to cancel all gigs for the rest of 2015. The Swedish artist cited a hectic summer and his need to "grow up".

Hungary says refugees are ‘German problem’
Germany

Hungary says refugees are ‘German problem’

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban insisted Thursday the migrant crisis was a German problem, not a European one as he defended his government's handling of thousands of refugees flooding into his country.

Swiss freeze assets of Malaysian state fund
Switzerland

Swiss freeze assets of Malaysian state fund

Swiss authorities said on Thursday they had frozen tens of millions of dollars in assets as part of an investigation into Malaysia's troubled state investment fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Spain approves permanent base for US Marine rapid reaction force
Spain

Spain approves permanent base for US Marine rapid reaction force

The Spanish Senate on Tuesday approved the establishment of a permanent force of 2,200 US Marines based in southern Spain, who can be swiftly deployed to crises in Africa.

Foot fracture forces Chris Froome to withdraw from the Tour of Spain
Spain

Foot fracture forces Chris Froome to withdraw from the Tour of Spain

Tour de France winner Chris Froome has become the latest high-profile casualty in Spain's Vuelta after withdrawing before the start of Thursday's 12th stage due to a broken bone in his foot.

Stockholm in spotlight for financial tech
Sweden

Stockholm in spotlight for financial tech

Thousands of entrepreneurs, CEOs, startup employees, tech gurus, journalists, and students gathered this week for Sthlm Tech Fest. Financial tech was one of the main areas in focus.

Chaos as refugees taken off Austria-bound train
Austria

Chaos as refugees taken off Austria-bound train

UPDATED: Hundreds of migrants on a train which left Budapest headed for the Austrian border on Thursday were forced to disembark an hour from the city and some are now being taken to a refugee camp, according to reports.

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Sweden

Sept. 12: Guided tour on Campus Umeå

Merkel to talk up free movement in Swiss visit
Switzerland

Merkel to talk up free movement in Swiss visit

German chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to reiterate Europe’s commitment to the free movement of people during an official visit to Switzerland on Thursday, only her second in ten years.

‘I’ll give you €5,000 if you will give my son a job’, says desperate father
Spain

‘I’ll give you €5,000 if you will give my son a job’, says desperate father

Despite its strengthening economy, Spain retains one of the highest unemployment rates in the EU and one pensioner has taken drastic measures to get his son a job.

Ski star joins campaign in support of refugees
Austria

Ski star joins campaign in support of refugees

Austrian alpine skiing champion Marcel Hirscher has joined a new social media campaign using the hashtag #showyourfacechallenge - speaking out in support of refugees and against xenophobia.

VIDEO: British tourist mugged for €35k watch
Italy

VIDEO: British tourist mugged for €35k watch

A British tourist has been mugged at lightning speed in Naples, where robbers snatched his €35,000 watch as soon as their victim stepped out of a taxi.

Spain’s general election will be in December ‘most probably’ on 20th
Spain

Spain’s general election will be in December ‘most probably’ on 20th

Spain’s general election will “most probably take place on December 20th” Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Thursday.

Banks jack up ATM fees for non-customers
Germany

Banks jack up ATM fees for non-customers

Germany's big private banks are increasing fees for customers at other financial institutions to withdraw cash from their ATMs, making ordinary people pay the price for a bankers' spat.

Swiss target airlines in asylum crackdown
Switzerland

Swiss target airlines in asylum crackdown

Airlines which transport passengers illegally into Switzerland will be subject to steep fines from October 1st in a new rule that aims to cut down on the number of asylum seekers.

Hundreds of flamingos battered to death during giant hailstone storm
Spain

Hundreds of flamingos battered to death during giant hailstone storm

Hailstones the size of golf balls killed around 300 flamingos in one of Spain's most important bird reserves as storms caused damage across Spain.

Sweden keeps record negative interest rate
Sweden

Sweden keeps record negative interest rate

UPDATED: Sweden's central bank (the Riksbank) is keeping its key interest rate, the repo, at a record low of -0.35 percent.

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Sweden

Sept. 3 – 6: Stockholm Piano Festival

Naked tourists go for drunken Rome swim
Italy

Naked tourists go for drunken Rome swim

Two drunk tourists prompted the ire of fellow beachgoers by getting naked at Rome’s seaside, ultimately being stopped by police for their indecent exposure.

Austrian lab to test missing students’ clothes
Austria

Austrian lab to test missing students’ clothes

Mexican authorities have delivered clothing and objects linked to last year's disappearance and presumed massacre of 43 students to an Austrian laboratory in a new bid to identify the victims.

France joins call for reform of asylum rules
France

France joins call for reform of asylum rules

France joined Germany and Italy in calling for an overhaul of laws on the right of asylum and a fairer distribution of migrants throughout the European Union, Italy's foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Berlin mayor christens brand-new U-Bahn trains
Germany

Berlin mayor christens brand-new U-Bahn trains

The first of an all-new model of Berlin U-Bahn trains was christened on Wednesday evening by city mayor Michael Müller in a typically Berlin ceremony.

French jobless rate stays stable at ten percent
France

French jobless rate stays stable at ten percent

French unemployment was stable in the second quarter at around 10 percent, official data showed on Thursday, as the EU's second-largest economy continues to grapple with a stagnant economy.

Images of drowned toddler spark soul searching over refugee crisis
Spain

Images of drowned toddler spark soul searching over refugee crisis

Spain called for a "fair" distribution of refugees among EU member states as heart-rending pictures of drowned Syrian children hit home the plight of refugees fleeing civil war.

Italian child billed €16 for dirty tablecloth
Italy

Italian child billed €16 for dirty tablecloth

A Roman family on holiday in Sardinia were stunned to find a surprise €16 charge on their bill after their 20-month-old daughter dirtied the napkins and tablecloth during a meal.

Biggest EU nations want refugees shared fairly
Germany

Biggest EU nations want refugees shared fairly

Germany, France and Italy called for an overhaul of laws on the right of asylum and a fairer distribution of migrants throughout the European Union, Italy's foreign minister said on Wednesday.

More and more Swedish priests untie the knot
Sweden

More and more Swedish priests untie the knot

The total number of divorced Swedes is dropping as more couples appear to choose to stick together. But one surprising group is bucking the trend: priests.

‘Significantly harder to get Danish citizenship’
Denmark

‘Significantly harder to get Danish citizenship’

The government will attempt to make obtaining Danish citizenship more difficult with four specific changes to current policy, the integration minister has announced.

Donations up as asylum levels reach record
Sweden

Donations up as asylum levels reach record

UPDATED: More than ten thousand people applied for asylum in Sweden in August – the highest figure in a decade. Meanwhile, volunteer organizations are reporting being flooded with donations for refugees as heartbreaking pictures emerge from the growing crisis.

Vettel bids for Italian Grand Prix win
Italy

Vettel bids for Italian Grand Prix win

Sebastian Vettel bids this weekend to become only the second driver to win the Italian Grand Prix with three different teams as Ferrari seek to add some lustre to an inconsistent season in the last European round of this year's world championship.

Five fun events to make you laugh in Sweden
Sweden

Five fun events to make you laugh in Sweden

Swedes are a surprisingly fun, as well as funny, bunch. Here are five events we hope will put a smile on your face this week as well as our regular interactive calendar of all the top events around Sweden.

Italy calls for single EU policy on asylum
Italy

Italy calls for single EU policy on asylum

Italy, Germany and France called for an overhaul of laws on the right of asylum and a fairer distribution of migrants throughout the European Union, Italy's foreign minister said on Wednesday.