Austria sends refugees to Slovakia
Austria

Austria sends refugees to Slovakia

Just 18 of an agreed 500 Syrian asylum-seekers arrived in Slovakia on Thursday under a deal with EU neighbour Austria that has sparked protest in the village where they will stay temporarily.

Svalbard peaks 100,000 years older than thought
Norway

Svalbard peaks 100,000 years older than thought

The mountains of north west Svalbard are hundreds of thousands of years older than previously thought, a new study has found, throwing doubt over the way mountains' ages are estimated.

Swiss back extradition of former Fifa executive
Switzerland

Swiss back extradition of former Fifa executive

Switzerland ruled on Thursday that former Fifa vice-president Eugenio Figueredo should be extradited to the US, the first suspect facing a forced transfer in the corruption case that has shaken world football.

Norway foster care row becomes Indian theatre
Norway

Norway foster care row becomes Indian theatre

The bitter battle of an Indian couple to recover two children forcibly taken into care by Norway's authorities has been made into a stage play that will premier in the Indian city of Chennai on Saturday.

Norway disaster movie The Wave sold in US
Norway

Norway disaster movie The Wave sold in US

The US's Magnolia Pictures have bought the rights to the disaster movie The Wave, Norway's official entry this year for the Best Foreign Language film at the Oscar's.

Norway’s Kvikk Lunsj beats KitKat in EU courts
Norway

Norway’s Kvikk Lunsj beats KitKat in EU courts

Norway's Kvikk Lunsj bar has won the right to remain on sale in the UK, after it won a legal battle with the makers of KitKat, who had attempted to trademark the four finger bar concept.

EU leaders to meet for emergency refugee talks
Austria

EU leaders to meet for emergency refugee talks

European Council President Donald Tusk has called an emergency summit of European leaders to try and tackle the refugee crisis, it was announced on Thursday.

Finance counsellor shut up for raping daughter
Switzerland

Finance counsellor shut up for raping daughter

A 59-year-old financial counsellor from the Basel area who repeatedly raped his daughter for two years from the age of seven and filmed the abuse faces an indefinite period in a psychiatric treatment centre.

Geldof slams Norway refugee ‘nonsense’
Norway

Geldof slams Norway refugee ‘nonsense’

Musician and political activist Bob Geldof has laid into Norway for taking too few refugees from Syria, calling it a 'nonsense' that one of the world's richest countries was doing so little.

Berlin museum brings spies in from the cold
Germany

Berlin museum brings spies in from the cold

Germany's very first museum of spying is set to open in Berlin on Saturday in a tribute to the history of the "Capital City of Espionage".

Sweden invited to join emergency EU talks
Sweden

Sweden invited to join emergency EU talks

European Council President Donald Tusk has called an emergency summit of European leaders to try and tackle the refugee crisis, it was announced on Thursday.

Six more sentenced for Stockholm Nazi attack
Sweden

Six more sentenced for Stockholm Nazi attack

Prison terms have been handed down to five men involved in a neo-Nazi demonstration in Stockholm, with another given a probationary sentence. Swedish courts have already punished around 30 others for their role in the violence.

Kebab shop owner grilled over AK47 menu
France

Kebab shop owner grilled over AK47 menu

A Frenchman with an unusual penchant for guns has been arrested on suspicion of glorifying terrorism, after his AK47 and M16 "menus" triggered police concern.

Marseille: A murder capital or a must-visit?
France

Marseille: A murder capital or a must-visit?

Despite the shootings and the drug gangs tourism revenue in Marseille is on the rise, suggesting the city might just have something going for it. Locals and tourist chiefs say it's time to put culture above Kalashnikovs.

Malmö’s Michelin magic set for three new spots
Sweden

Malmö’s Michelin magic set for three new spots

Eight months after Malmö scored its first trio of restaurants with a Michelin star, they key names behind them are each planning new ventures in the southern Swedish city.

Independence for Catalonia would mean leaving EU, warns Brussels
Spain

Independence for Catalonia would mean leaving EU, warns Brussels

The EU on Thursday warned that a Catalonia vote for independence from Spain would mean it would automatically exit from the bloc and would have to apply for re-admission.

EU leaders to meet for emergency refugee talks
Germany

EU leaders to meet for emergency refugee talks

European Council President Donald Tusk has called an emergency summit of European leaders to try and tackle the refugee crisis, it was announced on Thursday.

7 Oktoberfest stats that might just blow your Maß
Germany

7 Oktoberfest stats that might just blow your Maß

At exactly 12pm on Saturday, the first keg will be opened and Oktoberfest 2015 will get under way in Munich. We give you seven staggering numbers about the world's biggest beer festival.

Anti-French feeling rises on eve of World Cup
France

Anti-French feeling rises on eve of World Cup

The British press don’t need much of an excuse to bash the French, but with the Rugby World Cup set to kick off in England on Friday, the anti-French juices are flowing all before a ball has even been kicked.

5000 years on ice: Ötzi, Europe’s oldest celebrity

5000 years on ice: Ötzi, Europe’s oldest celebrity

When German tourists Erika and Helmut Simons found a human body in the Austrian-Italian Alps, they had no idea what they'd stumbled upon. This iceman was over 5000 years old - and was something archaeologists had never seen before.

Ukraine bans Berlusconi over Crimea visit
Italy

Ukraine bans Berlusconi over Crimea visit

Ukraine’s National Security Council has banned Silvio Berlusconi from entering the country for three years following his brief visit to Crimea last week.

Full bodied, flame grilled: Burger King chain launches Whopper Wine
Spain

Full bodied, flame grilled: Burger King chain launches Whopper Wine

The fast food chain has launched its very own brand of special edition vino with which to toast its 40th anniversary in Spain.

Spurned Italian wife bites off love rival’s finger
Italy

Spurned Italian wife bites off love rival’s finger

An Italian lovers' spat came to a gruesome end when a woman who discovered her husband was cheating bit his mistress' finger off, according to Italian media reports.

Telia Sonera hangs up on central Asia markets
Sweden

Telia Sonera hangs up on central Asia markets

Nordic telecommunications giant TeliaSonera's share prices shot up on Thursday after the company announced it was pulling out of seven countries in central Asia. The firm has faced a number of investigations into alleged corrupt activities in the region.

Spain’s shocking north-south divide revealed in latest poverty statistics
Spain

Spain’s shocking north-south divide revealed in latest poverty statistics

People living in the south of Spain are more at risk of poverty than those in the north, a new study has revealed.

Startup purchases first flat in Spain entirely through crowdfunding
Spain

Startup purchases first flat in Spain entirely through crowdfunding

A startup that helps investors finance flats throughout Spain entirely through crowdfunding has acquired its first apartment - the first purchase of its kind in the country.

‘Blue Moon’ diamond tipped for auction record
Switzerland

‘Blue Moon’ diamond tipped for auction record

A blue diamond weighing 12.03 carats and described by experts as internally flawless could sell for a record $55 million when it goes up for auction in Geneva in several weeks, Sotheby's said on Thursday.

French lab produces first in vitro human sperm
France

French lab produces first in vitro human sperm

French researchers may have made a huge breakthrough in tackling male infertility by becoming the first in the world to create human sperm outside of the body.

Bosses upbeat on Italy growth ahead of tax cuts
Italy

Bosses upbeat on Italy growth ahead of tax cuts

Italian bosses on Thursday raised their growth forecasts for this year and next in a boost for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi as he prepares to unveil a tax-cutting budget designed to bolster the fledgling economic recovery.

Copenhagen Police arrest 29 in Christiania
Denmark

Copenhagen Police arrest 29 in Christiania

Police carried out a coordinated raid of the cannabis stalls in the freetown of Christiania on Thursday morning.

Lipstick kiss campaign poster is ‘sexist’
Austria

Lipstick kiss campaign poster is ‘sexist’

A poster for a young male candidate for the Greens party who is campaigning for the Vienna elections has been deemed “sexist” by an advertising standards group.

Refugee numbers back up despite border checks
Germany

Refugee numbers back up despite border checks

The migrant influx into Germany has risen sharply again, days after the introduction of border controls, with police counting 9,100 irregular entries Wednesday, up from about 6,000 the previous day.

Bones found in Gran Canaria are not those of missing Yéremi Vargas
Spain

Bones found in Gran Canaria are not those of missing Yéremi Vargas

UPDATED: DNA analysis has ruled out a skull found in Gran Canaria as that of the seven-year-old boy who disappeared eight-and-a-half years ago in the Canary Islands.

French brand Lazio’s new kit as ‘fascist’
Italy

French brand Lazio’s new kit as ‘fascist’

French daily newspaper Le Monde has sparked controversy after calling Lazio's new kit "fascist" on account of its black colour.

Kyenge to petition EU court over orangutan slur
Italy

Kyenge to petition EU court over orangutan slur

Former Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge said she would appeal to the European Court of Justice after Italy’s Senate decided that the Northern League’s Roberto Calderoli would not be tried on racism charges after comparing her to an orangutan in 2013.

VIDEO: Violent tornado strikes western France
France

VIDEO: Violent tornado strikes western France

The second tornado in less than a week caused havoc in western France on Wednesday, but experts say the phenomenon is nothing too extreme for that part of the country.

Sweden’s archbishop to christen Prince Nicolas
Sweden

Sweden’s archbishop to christen Prince Nicolas

UPDATED: Sweden's first female archbishop will christen Prince Nicolas using water from a spring on the island of Öland, the Royal Palace announced on Thursday.

Police baffled by case of missing crash pilot
Germany

Police baffled by case of missing crash pilot

After a small airplane crashed into a wooded area in western Germany on Wednesday, rescue workers responding to the scene were stunned to find an empty cockpit - and no trace of a pilot.

Cannabis activists to march through Vienna
Austria

Cannabis activists to march through Vienna

Austrian cannabis activists are holding a ‘social march’ in Vienna on Saturday 19th September to protest against the planned reform of drug laws which will still criminalize patients who use cannabis to treat pain and symptoms of disease.

Camino killer cut off the hands of American pilgrim Denise Thiem
Spain

Camino killer cut off the hands of American pilgrim Denise Thiem

Gruesome details have emerged about the murder of the Arizona woman who went missing in April as a memorial mass was held for her in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

President of refugee authority steps down
Germany

President of refugee authority steps down

The president of Germany's Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has handed in his resignation, the government said on Thursday.

PM to join Coldplay at global equality festival
Sweden

PM to join Coldplay at global equality festival

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has been invited by musician and campaigner Chris Martin to speak at the anti poverty New York Global Citizen Festival, where he will mingle with icons including Beyonce, his press spokesperson has told The Local.

Spielfeld prepares for thousands of refugees
Austria

Spielfeld prepares for thousands of refugees

Spielfeld in Styria looks set to become the new entrance point for thousands of refugees crossing the border from Slovenia, after Hungary closed its entire border with Serbia and made it illegal for migrants to enter the country.

Central bank keeps negative rates in place
Switzerland

Central bank keeps negative rates in place

Switzerland’s central bank on Thursday left its monetary policy unchanged, keeping negative interest rates of 0.75 percent in place on large deposits.

The story of France’s all-conquering start-up
France

The story of France’s all-conquering start-up

France's record-breaking start-up BlaBlaCar is set to take over the world, or most of it, with its popular ride-sharing app. Here's everything you need to know about the jewel of the French start-up scene.

‘Gracias España’: Syrian tripped up by camerawoman arrives in Madrid
Spain

‘Gracias España’: Syrian tripped up by camerawoman arrives in Madrid

Osama Abdul Mohsen and his son Zaid arrived in Madrid’s Atocha train station just after midnight and were greeted by crowds of well-wishers.

Police hunt smugglers on Czech border
Germany

Police hunt smugglers on Czech border

Federal police in Saxony have set up border checks on the main road between the eastern state and the Czech Republic as refugees seek to avoid travelling through Hungary on the way to Germany.

Driver ‘froze’ as train hurtled towards bus
Germany

Driver ‘froze’ as train hurtled towards bus

School children whose bus was crushed under a train on Wednesday on the outskirts of Hamburg say that the hero of the hour was not the bus driver, but a 13-year-old boy.

Birds shun matchmaking scientists to find love
Germany

Birds shun matchmaking scientists to find love

For zebra finches, being set up with a mate just isn’t the same as choosing their own lover, researchers in Bavaria have found.

Student ‘forced to hold pee’ ends up in hospital
Italy

Student ‘forced to hold pee’ ends up in hospital

A 19-year-old student sitting the entrance exam for the University of Palermo was hospitalized after being forced to wait 40 minutes to go to the bathroom after her exam had finished.

Qatar firm snaps up Rome historic hotel
Italy

Qatar firm snaps up Rome historic hotel

Qatar’s Katara Hospitality has added to its hotel assets in Italy after buying an iconic hotel in Rome for €222 million from Starwood Hotels & Resorts, it was announced on Wednesday.

Denmark to voluntarily take 1,000 EU refugees
Denmark

Denmark to voluntarily take 1,000 EU refugees

UPDATED: Despite resistance from the Danish People's Party, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen's offer to voluntarily offer to take in an additional 1,000 refugees is likely to be supported in parliament.

BlaBlaCar zooms into startup record books
France

BlaBlaCar zooms into startup record books

Ride-sharing company BlaBlaBar announced that it had broken all records for a French start-up after revealing it was now valued at $1.6 billion - enough to earn it the grand status of being a "unicorn".

France ‘won’t hesitate’ to install border controls
France

France ‘won’t hesitate’ to install border controls

France will "not hesitate" to follow Germany in bringing back border controls over the refugee crisis if it becomes necessary in the coming weeks, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Wednesday.

Greek police batter Bayern fans in Athens
Germany

Greek police batter Bayern fans in Athens

Greek police have been accused of using excessive force after they attacked Bayern Munich fans with batons before a Champions League match in Athens on Wednesday evening.

Foreigners within Catalonia adopt fervour of independence movement
Spain

Foreigners within Catalonia adopt fervour of independence movement

Immigrants to Catalonia are increasingly sympathizing with the region's independence movement and could provide much-needed votes in the upcoming regional election.

Police clear out two refugee camps in Paris
France

Police clear out two refugee camps in Paris

Police and local officials evacuated two refugee camps in Paris early on Thursday as France comes under pressure to do more for the thousands of migrants living in squalid conditions.

Danish People’s Party: Refugees to Greenland
Denmark

Danish People’s Party: Refugees to Greenland

The anti-immigration Danish People’s Party is ready to accept a “national compromise” on refugees – as long as it involves housing them in Greenland and then sending them back home.

Health care errors cause 1,000-plus deaths a year
Switzerland

Health care errors cause 1,000-plus deaths a year

Up to 1,700 people die in Switzerland every year due to medical accidents in health care centres, according to figures released this week.

Florenzi stunner helps Roma hold Barca
Italy

Florenzi stunner helps Roma hold Barca

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique admitted his frustration at Champions League Group E rivals Roma after a solid defensive display earned the Italians a hard-fought point from a thrilling 1-1 draw on Wednesday.

Pair caught ‘trespassing’ in Gothenburg port
Sweden

Pair caught ‘trespassing’ in Gothenburg port

Swedish police have arrested two people after they were caught trespassing in a Gothenburg harbour, which is becoming a gateway for refugees hoping to reach the UK from cargo ships.

Euro court rules against Nestlé in Kit Kat flap
Switzerland

Euro court rules against Nestlé in Kit Kat flap

Swiss food giant Nestlé has failed to get the European Union's top court to let it trademark the shape of its four-fingered Kit Kat chocolate bar in Britain.

Lombardy penalises migrant-hosting hotels
Italy

Lombardy penalises migrant-hosting hotels

The Italian region of Lombardy on Wednesday approved new rules designed to penalise hotel owners who take part in a government scheme to accommodate some recently-arrived migrants, media reports said.

Five must-see events on stage in Sweden
Sweden

Five must-see events on stage in Sweden

From Sweden's own Eurovision hero to gay pride in the northern town of Umeå, here are the stage shows you need to mark in your diary this week. Plus, The Local's interactive calendar for all the top events across Sweden.

Swedish minister slams Russian Nato ‘threats’
Sweden

Swedish minister slams Russian Nato ‘threats’

Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said relations between Sweden and Russia are “chillier than ever” after she met with the country's ambassador in Stockholm to ask him to explain comments that the Nordic country would likely face military action if it were to join Nato.

Denmark’s flat power structure creates respect
Denmark

Denmark’s flat power structure creates respect

Opinion columnist Jessica Alexander writes that Danes' lack of reverence for so-called authority figures builds trust, respect and empathy.