Norway pays Brazil $1bn for slowing Amazon loss
Norway

Norway pays Brazil $1bn for slowing Amazon loss

Norway will soon pay Brazil the final instalment of a $1bn payment for slowing the rate at which the Amazon rainforest is cut down, and is in talks about a further scheme.

Saint-Gobain gets Swiss ‘OK’ for Sika merger
Switzerland

Saint-Gobain gets Swiss ‘OK’ for Sika merger

The Swiss competition commission (Comco) has authorized the control of Swiss chemical company by construction materials giant Saint-Gobain, the French company announced in a press release on Tuesday.

‘Crime charge’ against Bahrain A-G in Zurich
Switzerland

‘Crime charge’ against Bahrain A-G in Zurich

A Bahrainian pro-democracy activist has filed a criminal complaint in Switzerland against the island nation's Attorney General Ali Bin Fadhul Al-Buainain over alleged participation in torture, a Swiss official said on Tuesday.

British senior dies after fall from Alpine trail
Switzerland

British senior dies after fall from Alpine trail

A 68-year-old British man died after falling down a steep slope while hiking in the Eggishorn mountain region of the canton of Valais, police said on Tuesday.

Munich should enjoy well deserved Oktoberfest
Germany

Munich should enjoy well deserved Oktoberfest

After a call to boycott Oktoberfest, The Local Germany Editor Tom Barfield argues that ordinary people who displayed such glorious support for refugees shouldn't be slammed for the Bavarian state government's reluctance to help.

A look at France’s legion of foreign students
France

A look at France’s legion of foreign students

With around 300,000 international students set to begin the new university term in France, we look at who they are, what they're studying, and where you're likely to find them.

More than 3,000 Spanish festivals involve animal cruelty, says report
Spain

More than 3,000 Spanish festivals involve animal cruelty, says report

Spain celebrates an estimated 3,000 fiestas that involve cruelty and mistreatment of animals, a new report by an animal welfare group claims.

Malmö in Paris for PSG Champions League clash
Sweden

Malmö in Paris for PSG Champions League clash

Sweden's only team in the Champions League, Malmö FF, are in Paris on Tuesday night where they will face former club player and top Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a showdown with Paris Saint-Germain.

Crown Prince Frederik’s guard escapes charges
Denmark

Crown Prince Frederik’s guard escapes charges

State prosecutors said on Tuesday that one of Crown Prince Frederik’s bodyguards will no longer face traffic charges for a trip over a closed bridge that caused a media feeding frenzy earlier in the year.

Woman hurt by exploding toilet
Austria

Woman hurt by exploding toilet

A Slovenian woman needed hospital treatment for burn injuries Tuesday after an explosion in a farm toilet believed to have been caused by a build-up of methane, police said.

Spain’s King and Queen embark on four-day visit to the United States
Spain

Spain’s King and Queen embark on four-day visit to the United States

King Felipe and Queen Letizia will visit the White House to meet the Obamas at the start of a four-day trip to the United States.

PSG’s Zlatan prepares to face old club Malmo
France

PSG’s Zlatan prepares to face old club Malmo

Zlatan Ibrahimovic faces his home town club on Tuesday as Paris Saint-Germain kick off their latest attempt to win the Champions League against Swedish minnows Malmö FF at the Parc des Princes.

Spiders with ‘love bites’ puzzle scientists
Germany

Spiders with ‘love bites’ puzzle scientists

A German researcher has discovered a new species of spider – apparently recognisable by its rather rough foreplay techniques.

Calls mount for France to bring back its borders
France

Calls mount for France to bring back its borders

The French government insists its borders will stay open but after Germany's decision to ditch the Schengen system, pressure is mounting for France to take the same step. One expert on migration told The Local it "would be the stupidest thing to do".

Free entry planned for Swedish museums
Sweden

Free entry planned for Swedish museums

Sweden's state-owned museums could soon become free to visit under new plans set to be put forward in the government's autumn budget.

Fans get preview of third season of The Bridge
Denmark

Fans get preview of third season of The Bridge

Around a hundred journalists, fans and special guests have scored a preview of the first episode of The Bridge's third series. The Danish-Swedish co-production hits television screens in the Nordics on September 27th.

PM risks being called a hypocrite by attending gay best friend’s wedding
Spain

PM risks being called a hypocrite by attending gay best friend’s wedding

Mariano Rajoy will not only be attending the gay marriage of one of his conservative colleagues, he will be a witness at the nuptials, despite the fact that he has in the past been very vocal in opposing same-sex marriage.

‘Are you really taking that homo-ballot?’
Norway

‘Are you really taking that homo-ballot?’

An election official overseeing Norway's church elections was banned from a polling station on Monday after he ridiculed voters asking for ballots from a group campaigning for the church to allow gay marriage.

Bundesliga to wear shirts welcoming refugees
Germany

Bundesliga to wear shirts welcoming refugees

All 36 teams in Germany's top two leagues will wear "We're helping! #refugeeswelcome" logos on their shirts in this weekend's fixtures to encourage fans to help amidst Europe's immigration crisis.

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Sweden

Sept. 12 – Nov. 22: Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art

Woman wins €260k compensation after being blinded by rubber bullet
Spain

Woman wins €260k compensation after being blinded by rubber bullet

Ester Quintana has won a payout of €260,931 after losing the sight in her left eye from a rubber bullet fired by riot police during a demonstration.

Most Norwegians want GPS tags for children
Norway

Most Norwegians want GPS tags for children

Six out of ten Norwegians would use GPS tracking devices to keep tabs on children under the age of 12, according to a new poll by Gallup.

GM rejects idea of tie-up with Fiat Chrysler
Italy

GM rejects idea of tie-up with Fiat Chrysler

The head of US auto giant General Motors reiterated her opposition on Tuesday to a proposed tie-up with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Bloomberg News reported.

Muslim could be Oslo mayor after poll shock
Norway

Muslim could be Oslo mayor after poll shock

A Muslim environmentalist originally from Pakistan could become Oslo's next mayor after his party became kingmaker in the Norwegian capital following local elections.

Fans get preview of third season of The Bridge
Sweden

Fans get preview of third season of The Bridge

Around a hundred journalists, fans and special guests have scored a preview of the first episode of The Bridge's third series. The Swedish-Danish co-production hits television screens in the Nordics on September 27th.

Seven climbers killed in French Alps avalanche
France

Seven climbers killed in French Alps avalanche

UPDATED: Seven climbers have been killed in an avalanche in the French Alps on Tuesday, according to a local official, including four Germans.

Two police injured as anti-Islam rallies reignite
Germany

Two police injured as anti-Islam rallies reignite

A demonstration by the Leipzig faction of anti-Islam group Pegida turned violent on Monday, while Dresden saw a sharp increase in Pegida marchers for the first time in months - both bolstered by an increase in refugees in the country.

Twitter campaign seeks missing Chilean student
Austria

Twitter campaign seeks missing Chilean student

Friends of a 24-year-old Chilean student who is thought to have gone missing in Austria a month ago have started a Twitter campaign to track him down - and have gained support from celebrities.

Five key moments in Löfven’s first year as PM
Sweden

Five key moments in Löfven’s first year as PM

As Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven celebrates one year since Swedes voted his party into office, The Local takes a look at the key moments in his prime ministerial career so far.

Ryanair changes course at Billund Airport
Denmark

Ryanair changes course at Billund Airport

Ryanair’s massive cut backs at Billund Airport, spurred by a legal battle with Danish labour unions, may prove to be short-lived as the budget airline is reportedly preparing nine new routes.

Mystery of medieval child grave in Frankfurt
Germany

Mystery of medieval child grave in Frankfurt

More than 20 years ago, archaeologists found two children buried deep under Frankfurt's cathedral – and two decades of research have left them with more questions than answers about the medieval history of Germany's financial capital.

Elderly father suspect in daughter’s poisoning
Austria

Elderly father suspect in daughter’s poisoning

A 61-year-old woman from Styria who called her GP on Monday morning gasping and saying she felt like she was dying may have been poisoned by her invalid 83-year-old father.

Germany can stop cash for jobless EU migrants
Germany

Germany can stop cash for jobless EU migrants

The European Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday that Germany can deny basic welfare payments to European migrants - even if they've previously had a job in the country.

French mayor tries to evict Syrian refugees
France

French mayor tries to evict Syrian refugees

The controversial far right mayor of a French town has once again caused a storm after a video emerged of him trying to evict Syrian refugees from their lodging, telling them “they are not welcome”. Watch the clip here.

Migrant-hosting hotels risk losing licence
Italy

Migrant-hosting hotels risk losing licence

Hotels in Lombardy that are hosting migrants risk being stripped of their licence and fined up to €10,000 under a proposal by the anti-immigrant Northern League party.

Novo Nordisk give funds to help refugees
Denmark

Novo Nordisk give funds to help refugees

The global healthcare firm is giving two million kroner to help the Danish Red Cross with its humanitarian work with refugees.

ORF launches refugee aid initiative
Austria

ORF launches refugee aid initiative

The Austrian broadcaster ORF has started a campaign to help refugees in Austria, called Helfen wie Wir. It is designed to coordinate the activities of major charities and make it easier for people to donate, volunteer and provide housing where possible.

Eco groups protest over wolf death sentence
Switzerland

Eco groups protest over wolf death sentence

An official shoot-to-kill order on a wolf which has slaughtered 44 sheep in the canton of Valais is “illegal” say wildlife groups, as the sheep were not sufficiently protected.

Danish universities slide down ranking list
Denmark

Danish universities slide down ranking list

The University of Copenhagen was Denmark’s sole representative among the world’s 100 best schools in the newly-released QS World University Rankings.

Spanish air traffic controllers call strikes for September and October
Spain

Spanish air traffic controllers call strikes for September and October

Spanish air traffic controllers have set fresh 12-hour strikes on September 26th and October 3rd in protest at disciplinary sanctions by authorities.

Bieber and ‘Beliebers’ take over Berlin
Germany

Bieber and ‘Beliebers’ take over Berlin

Canadian heartthrob Justin Bieber arrived in Berlin on Monday to promote his new single and snap a few artsy Instagram pictures amid a throng of his devoted fans.

Four students trapped in Rome metro at night
Italy

Four students trapped in Rome metro at night

Four young students faced a scene from a horror film on Saturday night, after they took the last train home on Rome's metro only to find the exits to their underground station barred shut.

Ten wonderful reasons to explore Spain’s newest tourist destination
Spain

Ten wonderful reasons to explore Spain’s newest tourist destination

From thermal springs to castles and music festivals, The Local guides you through the best things to do in Spain's newest tourist hotspot - Castellón.

EU chiefs must hold migrant summit: Merkel
Germany

EU chiefs must hold migrant summit: Merkel

Germany and Austria on Tuesday called for a special European summit on the migrant crisis, in a phone call with EU president Donald Tusk, said Chancellor Angela Merkel.

New Paris to Normandy train line: Have your say
France

New Paris to Normandy train line: Have your say

A new train line will one day make it quicker and easier for residents in Normandy to get to and from Paris. The thousands of British expats living across Normandy can have their say on which route the line will take.

No agreement on quotas as Austria struggles
Austria

No agreement on quotas as Austria struggles

As refugees continue to cross the border from Hungary into Austria, EU interior ministers have failed to reach unanimous agreement on a plan for binding quotas to relocate 120,000 refugees and take the strain off Greece, Italy, and Hungary.

Welcome to Castellón: First tourists touch down at Spain’s ghost airport
Spain

Welcome to Castellón: First tourists touch down at Spain’s ghost airport

It’s taken more than four-and-a-half years but on Tuesday morning at 10.40 the first ever commercial flight touched down on the virgin runway at Spain’s infamous ghost airport of Castellón.

Sweden’s king ‘touched’ by EU refugee crisis
Sweden

Sweden’s king ‘touched’ by EU refugee crisis

UPDATED: Sweden's King Carl XVI focused on the plight of refugees as he reopened parliament on Tuesday amid a day of pomp and circumstance.

Day-long phone-in aims to help stricken refugees
Switzerland

Day-long phone-in aims to help stricken refugees

Switzerland launched a national day of solidarity with refugees on Tuesday which aims to collect donations for displaced Syrians through a celebrity-endorsed telephone appeal.

Two French universities make it into ‘top 100’
France

Two French universities make it into ‘top 100’

Only two French universities made it into the latest top 100 ranking published on Tuesday, in a list dominated by the UK and the US.

Protestors lock horns over Spain’s controversial bull spearing festival
Spain

Protestors lock horns over Spain’s controversial bull spearing festival

One of Spain’s most controversial bull festivals is set to take place on Tuesday, with extra police drafted in to deal with the hundreds of protestors expected at the event.

Start-up empowers women with choice
Sweden

Start-up empowers women with choice

Each year there are 36 million abortions in the developing world. As World Contraception Day approaches, one Swedish startup has found a unique way to combat the problem.

French baby tests positive for cannabis
France

French baby tests positive for cannabis

A 17-month-old baby from the southern suburbs of Paris ended up in hospital and tested positive for the cannabis drug.

ETH Zurich vaults into top ten university list
Switzerland

ETH Zurich vaults into top ten university list

Switzerland’s federal institute of technology, ETH Zurich, now ranks among the top ten universities in the world, according to the authoritative 2015/16 QS World University Rankings, released on Tuesday.

France charges art dealer over stolen Picassos
France

France charges art dealer over stolen Picassos

An art dealer was charged in France on Monday with handling stolen goods in a case relating to the theft of Picasso artworks. Russian billionaire owner of Monaco football club Dmitri Rybolovlev bought two of the works for €27 million.

Police seize yacht stuffed so full of cannabis it was at risk of sinking
Spain

Police seize yacht stuffed so full of cannabis it was at risk of sinking

Spanish customs officers have seized some 10 tonnes of cannabis from a yacht off the country's southern coast and arrested three Dutch suspects on board, the finance ministry said on Monday.

Denmark: No agreement on EU refugee quotas
Denmark

Denmark: No agreement on EU refugee quotas

EU ministers failed to reach unanimous agreement on Monday on a plan for binding quotas to relocate 160,000 refugees and take the strain off Greece, Italy, and Hungary.

Why are the Dutch taller than Italians?
Italy

Why are the Dutch taller than Italians?

Genetic differences, painstakingly crafted by thousands of years of natural selection, explain why Europeans from the north tower over their southern cousins, researchers said on Monday.

French hunt for climate-change resistant grape
France

French hunt for climate-change resistant grape

French winemakers are desperately trying to cultivate a grape that could be resistant to climate change, with studies suggesting Bordeaux's famous vineyards could dry out by 2050.

Geneva art dealer in court over Picasso theft
Switzerland

Geneva art dealer in court over Picasso theft

Geneva art dealer Yves Bouvier was charged Monday by a Paris court with stealing paintings by Pablo Picasso, a charge he categorically denied.

Pope weighs in over Italian church privileges
Italy

Pope weighs in over Italian church privileges

Pope Francis on Monday told congregations which run hotels and restaurants to pay their taxes "like everyone else", weighing in on a heated debate in Italy over Church privileges.

EU ministers fail to reach refugee quotas deal

EU ministers fail to reach refugee quotas deal

EU interior ministers failed to reach unanimous agreement on Monday on a plan for binding quotas to relocate 120,000 refugees and take the strain off Greece, Italy, and Hungary, officials said.

Noma to open ambitious Copenhagen ‘urban farm’
Denmark

Noma to open ambitious Copenhagen ‘urban farm’

Copenhagen restaurant Noma, four times declared the best eatery in the world, will close at the end of 2016 and be reborn as an urban farm, celebrity chef René Redzepi has announced.

Roma to banish Bayern blues against Barca?
Italy

Roma to banish Bayern blues against Barca?

Roma will be hoping to banish the spectre of a crushing Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich last season when they host defending champions Barcelona in their Group E opener on Wednesday.

France moves closer to air strikes in Syria
France

France moves closer to air strikes in Syria

The French president appeared to take another step towards ordering air strikes in Syria when he said on Monday that the intervention would be "necessary" to target Isis fighters, who are preparing attacks on France.

Swedish universities earn spots in top 100
Sweden

Swedish universities earn spots in top 100

UPDATED: Two Swedish technical universities climbed an annual ranking of the world's top schools on Tuesday while some of the country's older higher education seats dropped from last year.

Petrolheads gear up for Frankfurt car show
Germany

Petrolheads gear up for Frankfurt car show

Car enthusiasts and professionals are headed to the IAA auto show in Frankfurt this week as the industry emerges out of long crisis in Europe, but warily eyes slowing demand in China.

Why cutting hours could boost Swedish firms
Sweden

Why cutting hours could boost Swedish firms

Sweden is famous for its work-life balance, but one startup has taken it a step further. Here, Gabriel Alenius and Jimmy Nilsson explain why a six-hour workday will help their company grow.

Lapland border checks amid EU quota row
Sweden

Lapland border checks amid EU quota row

UPDATED: Sweden has called for member states to let the EU "exercise its political leadership", while Finland has announced it's increasing checks at the Lapland border between the two nations.