‘Difficult for Sweden to register refugees’
Norway

‘Difficult for Sweden to register refugees’

Norway on Friday pulled back from criticising Sweden after the country’s migration authorities admitted that they could not force refugees to register if they wanted to move onwards to Norway.

Pennetta and Vinci in all-Italian US Open final
Italy

Pennetta and Vinci in all-Italian US Open final

Roberta Vinci will compete with fellow Italian Flavia Pennetta for a Grand Slam at the US Open on Saturday after a stunning victory over Serena Williams in the semi-final on Friday.

Greens mull sending refugees to Arctic island
Norway

Greens mull sending refugees to Arctic island

Norway's Green Party has proposed opening a reception centre for asylum seekers in the Svalbard archipelago deep in the Arctic ocean.

Norway 14-year-old admits to murdering girl
Norway

Norway 14-year-old admits to murdering girl

A fourteen-year-old boy in Norway has admitted to killing a girl of the same age who was found dead in a river almost two weeks ago.

Norway kicks off world’s largest indoor ski centre
Norway

Norway kicks off world’s largest indoor ski centre

The world's largest indoor ski centre is to be built just ten minutes drive from Norway's capital Oslo after the project got given the go ahead.

Why a Corbyn victory could have profound consequences for Spain
Spain

Why a Corbyn victory could have profound consequences for Spain

Jeremy Corbyn has been endorsed by Podemos and has strong ties with Spain; columnist David Mathieson takes a look at the man tipped to become the next leader of the Labour party.

France takes in refugees but abandons ‘migrants’
France

France takes in refugees but abandons ‘migrants’

France gave a warm welcome to hundreds of refugees this week, but the government is being criticized for doing little or nothing for thousands of "migrants" who have been living for months in squalid camps in Calais and Paris.

Family who were face of crisis find home in Berlin
Germany

Family who were face of crisis find home in Berlin

A photo taken in August of a weeping Iraqi man grasping his children to his chest on the island of Kos changed how Europe saw the refugee crisis. On Thursday The Local met the family behind the picture at a refugee camp in Berlin.

Anglo culture the French should do more to resist
France

Anglo culture the French should do more to resist

The Paris mayor's promise not to let the French capital become a consumer’s paradise this week has divided readers. The Local takes a look at other Anglo customs the French should do their best to resist. What else would you add?

Pro-refugee group push punk classic to no. 1
Germany

Pro-refugee group push punk classic to no. 1

Under the banner of "Arsehole Action", activists campaigning against xenophobia and hatred of refugees have pushed a 1993 hit by punk band Die Ärzte mocking the far right to the top of Germany's charts.

Renowned Estonian-German composer turns 80
Germany

Renowned Estonian-German composer turns 80

As Arvo Pärt celebrates his 80th birthday on September 11th, the Estonian-born composer who adopted German nationality can look back on decades of fame, respect and awe from around the globe.

Chicken theft ruffles feathers of Paris hipsters
France

Chicken theft ruffles feathers of Paris hipsters

Paris hipsters are in a flap over the theft of six live chickens from one of the city’s hippest establishments, an eco-friendly bar cum urban farm next to the flea market.

4,000 soldiers on alert as 40,000 refugees expected
Germany

4,000 soldiers on alert as 40,000 refugees expected

Germany will place 4,000 soldiers on standby over the weekend to help with a new wave of up to 40,000 refugees arriving in the country, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday. Meanwhile, diplomatic efforts to soften up Germany's eastern EU neighbours made little progress.

Italian doctor to do first head transplant in China
Italy

Italian doctor to do first head transplant in China

An Italian-Chinese medical team plan to perform the world's first head transplant in China, one of the surgeons said on Friday, amid concerns over medical ethics in the country.

Old pals Berlusconi and Putin reunite in Crimea
Italy

Old pals Berlusconi and Putin reunite in Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Italy's billionaire former leader Silvio Berlusconi on Friday met for informal talks in Crimea which Moscow annexed from Ukraine last year, an official said.

Under-fire French CEO sees €14m bonus halved
France

Under-fire French CEO sees €14m bonus halved

Under-fire Telecoms equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent said on Friday it had nearly halved the golden parachute due to its former CEO after the €14-million ($15.8 million) payout sparked an uproar in France.

Breast cancer charity race T-shirts branded ‘sexist’ for being ‘too pink’
Spain

Breast cancer charity race T-shirts branded ‘sexist’ for being ‘too pink’

An equality council in the northwestern Spanish city of A Coruña has hit out at an all-women charity race in aid of breast cancer, branding it sexist for its pink-coloured T-shirts.

Man arrested over double murder of Brit expats at Costa Blanca villa
Spain

Man arrested over double murder of Brit expats at Costa Blanca villa

Spanish police said on Friday that they have arrested a suspect in connection with the murder of a former British Olympic diver and his wife at their villa in Spain.

Expats, get off social media and hit the streets!
Denmark

Expats, get off social media and hit the streets!

Copenhagen-based blogger Melane Haynes says it’s time for new expats to stop relying so much on online forums and take control of their own lives.

Pompeii’s tasteless taps spark online revolt
Italy

Pompeii’s tasteless taps spark online revolt

Experts in Pompeii have intervened after a picture showing the mouth of a 2,000- year-old fountain tapped with a common garden faucet went viral.

UN rights chief slams French Roma expulsions
Switzerland

UN rights chief slams French Roma expulsions

The Geneva-based UN rights chief on Friday condemned what he described as a "systematic national policy" in France to evict Roma, two weeks after more than 150 people were forced from a shantytown north of Paris.

Police welcome refugees with viral Facebook video
Sweden

Police welcome refugees with viral Facebook video

A group of Swedish police officers have posted a video on Facebook welcoming newly-arrived refugees to Sweden and wishing them luck in their new country.

Denmark says no to EU’s 160,000 refugee plan
Denmark

Denmark says no to EU’s 160,000 refugee plan

Integration Minister Inger Støjberg said on Friday that with the nation's opt-out on EU asylum policies, there is "simply no reason" that Denmark should participate in the EU's plan to resettle asylum seekers.

Teen confesses to Swedish jogger’s murder
Sweden

Teen confesses to Swedish jogger’s murder

A man has confessed to the murder of a 21-year-old Swedish woman who went missing after a going out for a run in early August.

How Italy’s Cara Mineo became a refugee ghetto
Italy

How Italy’s Cara Mineo became a refugee ghetto

Armed guards patrol the perimeter of Italy's biggest migrant centre, the focus of a fierce debate over whether the country should open large "hotspot" camps to process new arrivals and stem the flow of people across the continent.

New spy agencies would have vast powers
Austria

New spy agencies would have vast powers

Austria’s parliament is due to vote next month on whether to create ten new surveillance agencies with wide-ranging powers to spy on organisations and individuals.

The A to Z guide to dating an Italian
Italy

The A to Z guide to dating an Italian

So you're thinking of dating an Italian? Here's our A to Z guide on navigating the Italian dating scene.

Minister asks Swedes not to give cash to beggars
Sweden

Minister asks Swedes not to give cash to beggars

Sweden's equality minister said on Friday that Swedes should donate money to charities rather than giving it directly to street beggars, a move she claimed would help give EU migrants the choice to stay in their home countries.

Hamburg takes crown as Germans’ fave city
Germany

Hamburg takes crown as Germans’ fave city

Friendly citizens and a beautiful skyline made Hamburg the city that Germans most want to move to in 2015, according to a recent survey.

Ministers hammer out plan for refugee influx
Austria

Ministers hammer out plan for refugee influx

The Austrian government is holding talks on Friday on how to deal more effectively with the large numbers of refugees entering the country from Hungary, some of whom are claiming asylum in Austria. They will discuss integration, housing and employment opportunities.

UN rights chief blasts Paris for Roma evictions
France

UN rights chief blasts Paris for Roma evictions

France has once again been blasted for its treatment of Roma communities. This time it's the UN's human rights chief who has taken Paris to task for forced evictions of Roma camps.

Store to pay union €750k for opening after 9pm
France

Store to pay union €750k for opening after 9pm

Retail unions in France have struck another blow against late night shopping after a court ordered supermarket giant Monoprix to hand over €750,000 because it breached rules on making workers stay on after 9pm.

Mass refugee arrivals don’t scare Germans
Germany

Mass refugee arrivals don’t scare Germans

Polling released on Friday showed that a majority of the German public are unafraid of the country's new-found openness to offering asylum to large numbers of refugees.

No drone zone: Madrid cancels its order for ‘waste of money’ drones
Spain

No drone zone: Madrid cancels its order for ‘waste of money’ drones

Madrid has decided to shun the latest technology and cancel its order for six drones saying they are "not worth the money".

Man left homeless after family moves into his flat
Switzerland

Man left homeless after family moves into his flat

A 38-year-old man has been sleeping in his car for a month after a family took over the Geneva apartment he is renting while he was visiting relatives in Tunisia, local media are reporting.

Danes want to apologize for anti-refugee ads
Denmark

Danes want to apologize for anti-refugee ads

A campaign is underway to republish the Danish government's recent advertisement discouraging refugees from coming to Denmark with a postscript apologizing for its "hostility".

Stabbing victim dies after helping woman
Austria

Stabbing victim dies after helping woman

A 37-year-old Algerian man has died after being stabbed during a fight at Praterstern in Vienna’s 2nd district. The man had courageously come to the aid of a woman who was arguing with two men.

Baby girl joy for Centre Party leader Lööf
Sweden

Baby girl joy for Centre Party leader Lööf

Annie Lööf, the leader of one of Sweden's four major centre right parties, has begun six months of parental leave after giving birth to a baby girl on Thursday.

Italian found with 33 Syrian refugees in van
Italy

Italian found with 33 Syrian refugees in van

UPDATED: An Italian man arrested in Hungary after 33 Syrian refugees were found in his van could have earned up to €1,000 thousand for each person, an Italian criminologist told The Local.

Woman on trial after shooting herself in head
Austria

Woman on trial after shooting herself in head

A rather unusual trial is taking place at the regional court in Feldkirch, Vorarlberg on Friday - a woman is on trial after accidentally shooting and seriously injuring herself in the head whilst taking part in illegal target practise.

Swedes survive ten metre drop in stolen car
Sweden

Swedes survive ten metre drop in stolen car

Two suspected thieves in central Sweden have somehow survived after crashing a car off a bridge and onto railway tracks ten metres below.

First European jackal discovered in Denmark
Denmark

First European jackal discovered in Denmark

The wolves who have recently reestablished themselves in Denmark after a nearly 200-year absence may have some competition on the food chain.

Eight-year-old boy found working in Italy factory
Italy

Eight-year-old boy found working in Italy factory

The owner of a leather factory in the Lombardy region has been charged with exploiting child labour after an eight-year-old boy was found working on the premises.

Independence fever and lots of flags as Catalans celebrate National Day
Spain

Independence fever and lots of flags as Catalans celebrate National Day

Hundreds of thousands crowded into Barcelona to mark 'La Diada', just weeks before the region goes to the polls in what has been billed as a de facto vote on independence.

Ford turns to Bruni to help sell cars in France
France

Ford turns to Bruni to help sell cars in France

US car giant Ford is hoping the former French first lady Carla Bruni, wife of Nicolas Sarkozy, can help them crack the French market after picking her to star in their new advertising campaign.

Berlin Brit raises €6k to aid refugees on Kos
Germany

Berlin Brit raises €6k to aid refugees on Kos

For the hundreds of refugees arriving on the shores of Kos every day, ordinary people volunteering to help can be the difference between life and death. The Local spoke to April Humble, one Berlin expat about to head out to the Greek island to help.

American base jumper dies in Bernese Oberland
Switzerland

American base jumper dies in Bernese Oberland

A 39-year-old American man died on Thursday in a base jumping accident in the Bernese Oberland, police said.

Germany’s No 1. smoker goes cold turkey at 96
Germany

Germany’s No 1. smoker goes cold turkey at 96

Ex-Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, 96, has given up his legendary habit of smoking, after an operation for what is popularly known as "smoker's leg" left him in intensive care.

Refugees could affect Denmark’s security: PET
Denmark

Refugees could affect Denmark’s security: PET

The Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) has warned that some of the refugees and migrants coming to Denmark could hold extremist views and that the recent influx could spur far-right groups to violence.

Hullabaloo over ‘Queen’s Vagina’ is now ‘insane’
France

Hullabaloo over ‘Queen’s Vagina’ is now ‘insane’

The fuss around the notorious "Queen's Vagina" sculpture at the Palace of Versailles has become "insane", says artist Anish Kapoor after it was vandalised once again and a local councillor vowed to sue the creator for "inciting racial hatred".

Salafists aim propaganda at young refugees
Germany

Salafists aim propaganda at young refugees

Muslim radicals in Germany are trying to recruit some of the growing numbers of asylum seekers reaching the country, according to intelligence services quoted by the German news agency DPA.

Italy face tough World Cup task
Italy

Italy face tough World Cup task

Italy have yet to reach the knockout stages of a Rugby World Cup and it will be a major surprise if they emerge as one of the two quarter-final qualifiers from a pool also featuring Ireland and France

Refugees threaten to jump off ferry in Sweden
Sweden

Refugees threaten to jump off ferry in Sweden

Emergency services were called out to a port in southern Sweden on Thursday night after refugees reportedly threatened to leap from a ferry into the waters below if they were to be forced to stay in Sweden.

Monsanto guilty of poisoning French farmer
France

Monsanto guilty of poisoning French farmer

US biotech giant Monsanto has been found guilty on appeal of poisoning a French farmer after he inhaled weedkiller. The farmer hailed the decision say it showed Monsanto "was not above the law".

How to make Swedish potatoes with dill
Sweden

How to make Swedish potatoes with dill

This classic side dish has been popular for centuries. It's a perfect accompaniment to meat or fish and is easily made at home. Food writer John Duxbury shares his recipe with The Local.

First UberPOP driver convicted in Sweden
Sweden

First UberPOP driver convicted in Sweden

A Stockholm man has been fined after he was caught driving for US car-sharing service Uber, the first conviction of its kind in Sweden.

Hungary’s Orban faces off against refugees
Austria

Hungary’s Orban faces off against refugees

Hungary's firebrand leader has earned few friends in Europe with his tough approach to the refugee crisis, but tied by EU asylum rules and with the far right biting at his heels, analysts say he is faced with few good options.