UNHCR comes to aid of refugees in Hungary
Austria

UNHCR comes to aid of refugees in Hungary

Refugees and migrants continue to arrive from Serbia into Hungary by the thousands. But now, thanks to requests from the Hungarian government, UNHCR is helping bring order and more speed to dealing with the newcomers.

Conservative party set to lose Oslo and Bergen
Norway

Conservative party set to lose Oslo and Bergen

Norway’s governing Conservative Party on Monday night looked set to lose control of the two major cities of Oslo and Bergen as the results of the country's municipal and county election came in.

Refugees evade police border controls
Austria

Refugees evade police border controls

Around 1,000 migrants still arrived in southern Germany from Austria on Monday despite a shock decision to reimpose border controls, German federal police said.

Border controls cause massive disruptions
Austria

Border controls cause massive disruptions

Honking cars with stressed drivers banked up for kilometres (miles) at an Austrian-German road crossing Monday, hours after Berlin reimposed border checks in the face of a massive refugee influx.

Norway brand faces boycott for refugee gift
Norway

Norway brand faces boycott for refugee gift

A Norwegian sportswear company has been threatened by a consumer boycott after it announced it was donating a day's sales to Syrian refugees.

Norway mulls passport controls for refugees
Norway

Norway mulls passport controls for refugees

The Norwegian government is considering introducing passport controls on its border with Sweden to bring the number of refugees entering the country under control.

Swiss apartments seized in Fifa corruption probe
Switzerland

Swiss apartments seized in Fifa corruption probe

Apartments in the Alps are among assets seized in a probe into alleged corruption at Fifa, Switzerland's attorney general said on Monday, warning that the inquiry had not yet reached "half-time".

What Germany wants in crunch EU refugee talks
Germany

What Germany wants in crunch EU refugee talks

Europe's interior ministers are meeting in Brussels for key talks on the continent's refugee crisis on Monday, after Germany brought back border checks over the weekend in a shock move.

France to insist on refugee control centres
France

France to insist on refugee control centres

French president François Hollande is demanding control centres for refugees be set up in EU border countries like Greece, Italy and Hungary. His call comes ahead of a crucial EU ministers meeting in Brussels.

Swedes get first taste of McDonald’s reservations
Sweden

Swedes get first taste of McDonald’s reservations

McDonald's is giving Swedish customers the chance to reserve tables online later this month, as the Nordic nation becomes the first in the world to dish up the idea.

PM unintentionally reveals struggle to learn English with list of clangers
Spain

PM unintentionally reveals struggle to learn English with list of clangers

The Spanish Prime Minister has revealed his poor English skills by inadvertently divulging some of the more basic gaffes he has made when attempting to speak English.

Murder suspect used fake camino arrows to lure pilgrim off the route
Spain

Murder suspect used fake camino arrows to lure pilgrim off the route

The man accused of murdering American pilgrim Denise Thiem had harassed other walkers along the route and is thought to have lured the pilgrim to his farm using fake signage.

Iconic Berlin airport to become refugee home
Germany

Iconic Berlin airport to become refugee home

The airport used to deliver supplies to West Berliners during the Cold War will be transformed into a refugee shelter this week, Berlin state government announced on Sunday.

Facebook promises to fight online hate speech
Germany

Facebook promises to fight online hate speech

Facebook announced on Monday it is undertaking steps to counter racist postings by users in Germany after the Justice Ministry criticized its lackadaisical attitude to hate speech.

One dead, two missing in Italy flooding
Italy

One dead, two missing in Italy flooding

UPDATED: One man has died and two are missing in the Emilia-Romagna province of Piacenza after heavy rain swept across many parts of northern Italy overnight, causing flooding and landslides.

Sweden and Poland agree closer military ties
Sweden

Sweden and Poland agree closer military ties

Nato member Poland has signed a deal on military cooperation with non-member Sweden amid concerns raised by increased Russian military activity in the Baltic.

Sweden joins crunch EU refugee talks in Brussels
Sweden

Sweden joins crunch EU refugee talks in Brussels

UPDATED: Europe's interior ministers spent Monday afternoon in Brussels holding key talks on the continent's refugee crisis, after Germany brought back border checks over the weekend in a shock move.

Barcelona breaks cruise record as 60,000 sail into city over weekend
Spain

Barcelona breaks cruise record as 60,000 sail into city over weekend

The Catalan capital has smashed its record for the most cruise ship passengers to visit the city over one weekend.

Border crossing chaos harks back to 80s
Austria

Border crossing chaos harks back to 80s

Honking cars with stressed drivers banked up for kilometres at an Austrian-German road crossing on Monday, hours after Berlin reimposed border checks to control a massive refugee influx.

Parra wary of Italy ahead of World Cup opener
Italy

Parra wary of Italy ahead of World Cup opener

France must be wary of the threat of their opening rugby World Cup opponents Italy, warned scrum-half Morgan Parra on Monday.

All aboard the Vatican train to pope’s castle
Italy

All aboard the Vatican train to pope’s castle

It was once used exclusively by popes, but the Vatican's train line can now be ridden by all from the Holy See to the papal summer palace.

Accidents blight start of French hunting season
France

Accidents blight start of French hunting season

The French hunting season began with a bang at the weekend but no sooner had it started than the first accident was reported when a hunter shot his own brother in the leg trying to hit a hare. It promises not to be the last.

Spain’s Podemos leader welcomes Jeremy Corbyn as likeminded ‘ally’
Spain

Spain’s Podemos leader welcomes Jeremy Corbyn as likeminded ‘ally’

The leader of Spanish protest party Podemos has hailed the British Labour Party's newly elected leader Jeremy Corbyn as a left-wing "ally" in the fight against economic liberalism.

Fury as far-right uses trans suicide victim’s pic
Italy

Fury as far-right uses trans suicide victim’s pic

UPDATED: A British photographer told The Local she is suing the far-right party Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy) after it used a picture she took featuring a 17-year-old transgender girl, who committed suicide last December, in a campaign against gender education in schools in the northern province of Trentino.

Danish university targets refugee health, education
Denmark

Danish university targets refugee health, education

Saying that access to education and improved health are vital to refugees’ ability to integrate into Danish society, the University of Copenhagen has announced two new initiatives aimed at giving refugees and migrants a better start in Denmark.

Skeletons unearthed at Sicily’s Valley of Temples
Italy

Skeletons unearthed at Sicily’s Valley of Temples

Two skeletons that were found just a few meters from the famous Temple of Concordia at Agrigento's Valley of the Temples could help shed new light on the history of the Sicilian Unesco site.

1,000 French restaurants sign up for 2 for 1 deal
France

1,000 French restaurants sign up for 2 for 1 deal

The reservation lines opened on Monday for Tous au Restaurant - an initiative that will see almost 1,000 restaurants around France offering three course meals on a buy one get one free deal.

Austria reinstates border controls in refugee crisis
Austria

Austria reinstates border controls in refugee crisis

Austria will follow Germany's lead and temporarily reinstate border controls to cope with a surge in refugees, the interior minister said on Monday, in a further blow to Europe's passport-free Schengen area.

Dad charged with stabbing girl, 9, to death
Sweden

Dad charged with stabbing girl, 9, to death

A Swedish man has been charged with murdering his nine-year-old daughter and seriously injuring her mother at their home in Bålsta north-west of Stockholm.

Hungary taking migrants to Austrian border
Austria

Hungary taking migrants to Austrian border

Hungary has effectively stopped registering thousands of refugees crossing the border from Serbia and is transporting them straight to the Austrian frontier, the UN refugee agency said on Monday.

Weak krona draws in more foreign tourists
Sweden

Weak krona draws in more foreign tourists

UPDATED: Foreign tourists were able to get more kronor for their dollars, pounds and other currencies this summer, contributing to a hike in the number of visitors from countries including the UK and China.

Murder-suicide in Vienna’s Hietzing district
Austria

Murder-suicide in Vienna’s Hietzing district

The bodies of an elderly couple have been found in their apartment in Vienna's Hietzing district, in what police have said is a suspected case of murder-suicide.

Party president shelves campaign after crash
Switzerland

Party president shelves campaign after crash

The president of the liberal FDP party, Philipp Müller, has suspended his campaign in the forthcoming federal elections after being involved in a road accident that seriously injured a 17-year-old girl.

Hacker photographer turns lens on dissidents
Germany

Hacker photographer turns lens on dissidents

Privacy activist Jacob Appelbaum’s new Berlin art exhibition aims to show Julian Assange and other famous dissidents in the internet privacy debate in a new light.

Valeria Golino wins best actress prize in Venice
Italy

Valeria Golino wins best actress prize in Venice

Italian actress Valeria Golino, best known internationally for her role in 1988’s 'Rain Man', won the Coppa Volpi best actress award at the Venice Film Festival.

Engineer builds rapid fire ‘paper plane gun’
Germany

Engineer builds rapid fire ‘paper plane gun’

When one engineer in Düsseldorf began making paper planes to order, he realised he couldn't do it all by hand. Luckily, he found a novel solution to the problem.

Foster families wanted for refugee children
Austria

Foster families wanted for refugee children

Authorities in Styria in south east Austria are appealing for foster families for several hundred unaccompanied refugee children and teenagers who have recently arrived in the province.

Sticky debate over mayor’s ‘negro ball’ rant
Sweden

Sticky debate over mayor’s ‘negro ball’ rant

A Swedish mayor who said he could not understand why the word 'negerboll' ('negro ball' in English) could offend black people has stirred up a row, just months after the term was scrapped from dictionaries on racist grounds.

‘Up to a million refugees in 2015’: Gabriel
Germany

‘Up to a million refugees in 2015’: Gabriel

Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday that up to a million refugees could arrive in Germany in 2015 – a huge step up from current official estimates of 800,000 asylum applications.

Futuristic tube could link Madrid and Barcelona in just 30 minutes
Spain

Futuristic tube could link Madrid and Barcelona in just 30 minutes

The CEO of Hyperloop - a high speed tube touted as the future of travel - unveiled plans in Madrid this weekend at the xSpain technology conference.

Switzerland green-lights loan for UN renovations
Switzerland

Switzerland green-lights loan for UN renovations

The Swiss federal government has approved a 400-million-franc ($412-million) interest-free loan for the renovation of the United Nations building in Geneva.

Breivik ‘a drain’ on Norway’s Skien prison
Norway

Breivik ‘a drain’ on Norway’s Skien prison

Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik is such a demanding prisoner both staff and prisoners at Norway's Skien prison are feeling drained, prison officers have complained.

Italy’s premier to get lavish new set of wings
Italy

Italy’s premier to get lavish new set of wings

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is to be given a new set of wings next month, costing up to €1 million a month to lease, as the government has decided that the current jet is too small and outdated for a modern head of government.

French police use car to push disabled man home
France

French police use car to push disabled man home

Two French policemen are in hot water after a video emerged on Facebook showing them apparently "helping" a disabled man by pushing his broken down motorised wheelchair along a road using their police vehicle.

‘I found a home where you could make a living without being a star’
Spain

‘I found a home where you could make a living without being a star’

In this week's instalment of My Spanish Career, The Local talks to Michael Lee Wolfe, a guitarist born and bred in Pennsylvania, before moving to Oviedo where he has made a name for himself playing Asturian folk music.

Public select potential Swiss national anthem
Switzerland

Public select potential Swiss national anthem

The Swiss could soon be singing a new anthem after the public voted online to choose the composition they would like to see replace the current one.

Austria deploys army to help with refugee crisis
Austria

Austria deploys army to help with refugee crisis

Around 2,200 members of the Austrian military are to be deployed to help with the influx of thousands of refugees - including to carry out border checks - the government said on Monday.

Floods leave damage across southern France
France

Floods leave damage across southern France

Torrential downpours wreaked havoc in southern France over the weekend, destroying roads and washing away cars.

Copenhagen student dorm still not livable
Denmark

Copenhagen student dorm still not livable

A new student residence in Amager is behind schedule, leaving international students to live among exposed pipes and scrambling construction workers.

Femen activists dragged off stage at Islam event
France

Femen activists dragged off stage at Islam event

Two topless activists from the self-proclaimed "sextremist" group Femen were violently dragged away after storming the stage at a conference on women and Islam near Paris.

Rennes chase PSG after goalkeeper’s blunders
France

Rennes chase PSG after goalkeeper’s blunders

The weekend's Ligue 1 action saw a thumping win for Marseille, a victory for Rennes over local rivals Nantes and a nightmare evening for PSG's new goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.

Italian Fabio Aru clinches against the odds Tour of Spain race victory
Spain

Italian Fabio Aru clinches against the odds Tour of Spain race victory

Italy's Fabio Aru is finally a Grand Tour winner after upsetting the odds to claim a gruelling 70th edition of Spain's Vuelta on the race's 80th anniversary.

Spanish police arrest driver caught speeding in video post on Facebook
Spain

Spanish police arrest driver caught speeding in video post on Facebook

Spanish police have arrested a man for speeding after spotting a video on Facebook of him driving at 184 kilometres (115 miles) an hour, police said Sunday.

Public crosses fingers for Hamburg Olympics
Germany

Public crosses fingers for Hamburg Olympics

A majority of Germans are in favour of Hamburg's push to become the host city for the 2024 Olympic Games, a survey showed on Monday - although few think it has a realistic chance of success.

Former refugee becomes Danish running champ
Denmark

Former refugee becomes Danish running champ

Abdi Hakin Ulad was the pride of the hometown crowd as he bested all other Danish competitors at Sunday's Copenhagen Half Marathon.

Federer fails to clinch tense US Open final
Switzerland

Federer fails to clinch tense US Open final

Novak Djokovic clinched his third Grand Slam title of 2015 and 10th career major with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 triumph over sentimental Swiss favourite Roger Federer in the US Open final on Sunday.

Guarin fires Inter top as Balotelli returns to fray
Italy

Guarin fires Inter top as Balotelli returns to fray

A Fredy Guarin piledriver fired Inter Milan two points clear at the top of Serie A with a 1-0 win over AC Milan, for whom Mario Balotelli made his second debut on Sunday.

Italian Fabio Aru wins Spain’s Vuelta
Italy

Italian Fabio Aru wins Spain’s Vuelta

Italy's Fabio Aru sealed his first ever Grand Tour victory as Germany's John Degenkolb finally claimed a stage win on the final day of Spain's Vuelta on Sunday.

Germany ‘isn’t slamming door on refugees’
Germany

Germany ‘isn’t slamming door on refugees’

Germany is not slamming its doors shut to refugees even if it is reinstating border controls, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said Monday, adding that the drastic measure was needed to bring some order to the asylum process.

Zlatan faces first club as PSG host Malmö
Sweden

Zlatan faces first club as PSG host Malmö

Sweden's international star footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic gets the chance to face his home town club as Paris Saint-Germain face Malmö FF in a Champions League clash on Tuesday.

Swedish historical musical highlights integration debate
Sweden

Swedish historical musical highlights integration debate

Integration is one of the most important issues facing the world today. More than 60 million people have been displaced, fleeing war and persecution, and thousands come to Sweden. This autumn a famous musical aims to remind Swedes that they once had to leave their country, too.

5,000 refugees came to Denmark in one week
Denmark

5,000 refugees came to Denmark in one week

At least 5,000 refugees and migrants have crossed Denmark’s borders since September 6th, the Danish National Police (Rigspolitet) said on Sunday.

‘We’ve done everything, with no money at all’
Sweden

‘We’ve done everything, with no money at all’

Helping foreigners to keep fit while they're working or living abroad is the key goal of Adam Webb, 34, a British entrepreneur who's just launched a new sports business in Stockholm on a shoestring budget.

More Swedes want to join Nato than stay out
Sweden

More Swedes want to join Nato than stay out

More Swedes are now in favour of joining Nato than against it, according to a fresh poll, which suggests a rapid shift in public opinion.