Stowaway sparks terror fears on Norwegian flight
Norway

Stowaway sparks terror fears on Norwegian flight

A stowaway on a Norwegian flight from Barcelona to London was removed by armed police on Sunday, sparking fears of a terror attack.

Geneva hospital probes massive lawyer fees
Switzerland

Geneva hospital probes massive lawyer fees

The Geneva University hospital (HUG) has suspended a senior manager after revelations that the public facility paid a lawyer more than 40 million ($41.2 million) in fees.

Norway welcomed to former Soviet trade bloc
Norway

Norway welcomed to former Soviet trade bloc

The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), which brings together post-Soviet states, has said that they would like Norway to become a member.

Drunk-on-job pilot jailed for 10 months
Norway

Drunk-on-job pilot jailed for 10 months

The Latvian pilot arrested drunk as he was preparing to fly an Air Baltic flight from Oslo’s Gardermoen airport to Greece with 109 passengers on board has been jailed for 10 months.

Queen Sofia nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for Alzheimer’s work
Spain

Queen Sofia nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for Alzheimer’s work

Spain’s Queen Sofia, mother of current monarch King Felipe, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by a US university for her commitment to research into Alzheimer's Disease.

Weekend refugee arrivals fall below 10,000
Germany

Weekend refugee arrivals fall below 10,000

The migrant influx into southern Germany slowed to about 7,000 irregular entries at the weekend, after two weekends that each saw 20,000 arrive, police said Monday.

Swedish dairy farmers join protest in Stockholm
Sweden

Swedish dairy farmers join protest in Stockholm

Hundreds of Swedish dairy farmers travelled more than 1,000 kilometres – some in their tractors – to stage a protest outside Stockholm's parliament building on Monday.

‘Right to be forgotten’: France rejects appeal
France

‘Right to be forgotten’: France rejects appeal

France's data protection watchdog rejected on Monday an appeal by Google against a decision ordering the Internet giant to comply with users' requests to have information about them removed from all search results.

Workers forced to stop at ‘unsafe’ BER airport
Germany

Workers forced to stop at ‘unsafe’ BER airport

Work on Berlin's much-delayed new BER airport has suffered another setback as builders had to down tools on Monday over fears that the roof could not support the air conditioning units that have been installed.

Russian man jailed after seeking job in Sweden
Sweden

Russian man jailed after seeking job in Sweden

A Russian court has sentenced a former military intelligence engineer to 14 years in jail for treason, after he wrote to a Swedish organization seeking a job.

Denmark open to sending fighter jets to Syria
Denmark

Denmark open to sending fighter jets to Syria

In a new interview, the foreign minister said that Danish fighter jets could target Isis in Syria, a significant expansion of current military operations in the region.

Workers’ corruption and waste cost Italy €3bn
Italy

Workers’ corruption and waste cost Italy €3bn

Corruption and mismanagement on the part of Italy's public sector workers has cost the state more than €3 billion in just six months, according to a new report.

Aachen couple cause outrage with public sex
Germany

Aachen couple cause outrage with public sex

When it comes to sex, what goes on behind closed doors is supposed to be nobody else's business. But have sex while hanging out of the window of your ground-floor apartment, and the neighbours might just take offence – a lesson one Aachen couple learned the hard way last week.

Police hunt drone pilot in Hamburg near-miss
Germany

Police hunt drone pilot in Hamburg near-miss

Police were called to Hamburg airport on Sunday evening after a drone almost collided with a passenger plane. They are still hunting the pilot of the miniature aircraft.

E-cigarettes to be banned from Vienna transit
Austria

E-cigarettes to be banned from Vienna transit

Vienna’s public transit network (the Wiener Linien) is cracking down on people smoking e-cigarettes, and riding scooters on train platforms.

Man arrested for taking spin behind the wheel – to his own driving test
Spain

Man arrested for taking spin behind the wheel – to his own driving test

The man, from northeastern Spain, had driven himself to his own driving theory test, despite not having a license.

Routard launches France travel guide for refugees
France

Routard launches France travel guide for refugees

Frustrated by the French government's lack of response to Europe's refugee crisis, the producers of France's famous Routard travel guides have created a free guide especially for refugees.

Iconic Paris statues may be closed off after death
France

Iconic Paris statues may be closed off after death

Famous Paris monuments like the Marianne statue in Paris's historic Place de la Republique and the July Column in Place de la Bastille could be closed off after a young reveller fell to his death at the weekend.

Former refugee auctions Rolex to help children
Sweden

Former refugee auctions Rolex to help children

An anonymous former Iranian refugee based in Sweden is auctioning off his Rolex to raise money for children fleeing ongoing wars in the Middle East and Africa.

Separatists set to win a majority in Catalonia’s upcoming election: poll
Spain

Separatists set to win a majority in Catalonia’s upcoming election: poll

Pro-independence parties look set to win a majority in the upcoming Catalan regional election, the latest polls reveal, while Catalans remain skeptical about the likelihood of independence.

France enters battle to win business in Iran
France

France enters battle to win business in Iran

France has made a move to restore once-lucrative trade ties with Iran by opening up a business development office in the capital Tehran during a visit by a senior company leaders and government representatives this week.

Merkel and Hollande plan ‘historic’ joint speech
Germany

Merkel and Hollande plan ‘historic’ joint speech

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will jointly address the European Parliament in Strasbourg on October 7, the first such event by leaders of the two countries since 1989, a statement said.

Tracing a lost grandmother’s footsteps
Austria

Tracing a lost grandmother’s footsteps

An Austrian photographer has started a crowdfunding project to fund a book of images he is working on about his grandmother who was murdered in Ravensbrück concentration camp in northern Germany.

Danish People’s Party threatens to topple govt
Denmark

Danish People’s Party threatens to topple govt

The anti-immigration Danish People’s Party has threatened to pull its essential support of the Venstre government if PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen accepts an overture from the Social Democrats.

Roma star Totti fails to impress with 300th goal
Italy

Roma star Totti fails to impress with 300th goal

It should have set the bells ringing around the red and yellow half of the Italian capital, but reactions to Francesco Totti's 300th career goal for Roma on Sunday have been unashamedly muted.

Berlin ‘will work closely with new Greek govt’
Germany

Berlin ‘will work closely with new Greek govt’

Germany will work closely with Greece's new government under left-wing prime minister Alexis Tsipras, both on its debt troubles and on the migrant crisis, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said Monday.

Spain’s central bank warns against prospect of Catalan independence
Spain

Spain’s central bank warns against prospect of Catalan independence

Spain's central bank on Monday warned of financial risks from the Catalonia region's potential secession from Spain, days ahead of an election there framed as an indirect vote on independence.

French railways ‘cheated 800 immigrant staff’
France

French railways ‘cheated 800 immigrant staff’

Frances national rail operator SNCF has been found guilty of systematically discriminating against some 800 Moroccan railway workers, and ordered to pay out massive damages of around €150 million ($170 million).

Renzi congratulates Tsipras on election win
Italy

Renzi congratulates Tsipras on election win

Italy's prime minister, Matteo Renzi, has congratulated Alexis Tsipras on winning Greece's latest national election.

French zombie march terrifies Strasbourg
France

French zombie march terrifies Strasbourg

Strasbourg was invaded by thousands of hideous zombies on Saturday as the city hosted what organizers called France's largest march of the living dead.

Hamazing! Spanish town smashes world record for most ham-slicing
Spain

Hamazing! Spanish town smashes world record for most ham-slicing

The town of Sierra de Yeguas, in Malaga, hogged the limelight on Sunday when it smashed the world record for the most people cutting ham legs at once.

Pre-Roman tomb unearthed in Pompeii
Italy

Pre-Roman tomb unearthed in Pompeii

A rare pre-Roman tomb has been unearthed in Pompeii, shedding new light on life at the site in the fourth century BC.

Doherty stuns France by revealing his new home
France

Doherty stuns France by revealing his new home

Rocker Pete Doherty, the former undisputed bad boy of British rock'n'roll, was the talk of France on Monday when he revealed which French town he now calls home after deciding the "chaotic" Paris life was just too much for him.

Swedes get taste of Christmas in September
Sweden

Swedes get taste of Christmas in September

While some parts of Sweden basked in late summer heat over the weekend, others saw Sweden's famous festive drink, julmust, arriving on supermarket shelves rather earlier than usual.

Student’s selfie horror short storms the internet
Germany

Student’s selfie horror short storms the internet

A student in Cologne has created a viral sensation with her video about the dangers of taking a selfie in a dark room by yourself...

Petrol prices cut at pumps across Sweden
Sweden

Petrol prices cut at pumps across Sweden

Petrol prices dropped in Sweden on Monday as the price of crude oil continued to fall across the globe, taking away some of the sting of a planned fuel tax hike.

Oktoberfest: 1m litres of beer vanish in two days
Germany

Oktoberfest: 1m litres of beer vanish in two days

Revellers at Munich Oktoberfest are believed to have polished off around one million litres of beer in the festival's opening weekend. The Local looks at some of the other facts and figures down on the frontlines of the Wiesn.

Napoli chairman escapes burning yacht
Italy

Napoli chairman escapes burning yacht

The chairman of football club Napoli, Aurelio De Laurentiis, had a lucky escape on Sunday evening when his yacht when up in flames off the Italian coast.

Norway police injure woman in rare shooting
Norway

Norway police injure woman in rare shooting

Norwegian police said officers shot and injured a woman on Friday who was about to stab a child in Oslo.

Left Party suffers attack in neo-Nazi heartland
Germany

Left Party suffers attack in neo-Nazi heartland

The offices of Die Linke – Germany's radical left party – were attacked on Sunday evening in Freital, the Saxonian town which stood at the centre of anti-refugee protests in recent weeks.

Crowd violence in France sparks Euro 2016 fears
France

Crowd violence in France sparks Euro 2016 fears

Serious questions have been raised about France's ability to safely stage the 2016 UEFA European Championships after crowd trouble during a match at one of the host venues on the weekend.

Flat vacancy rate rises across Switzerland
Switzerland

Flat vacancy rate rises across Switzerland

The accommodation crisis is easing in Switzerland, although finding a home remains a challenge in the country’s largest cities, according to figures released by Bern on Monday.

Reporter shocks Spain by referring to King Felipe with informal ‘you’
Spain

Reporter shocks Spain by referring to King Felipe with informal ‘you’

A TV reporter has caused a stir by being a bit too chummy with his royal highness, referring to him with the informal "tu".

Arctic seed bank saves unique Syrian crops
Norway

Arctic seed bank saves unique Syrian crops

The seed bank in Syria which sent over 116, 000 types of seeds for safekeeping on the Arctic islands of Svalbard, now wants the seeds back for planting in other Middle East countries.

Paris gears up for special ‘Day Without Cars’
France

Paris gears up for special ‘Day Without Cars’

Pollution-choked Paris will get a breath of fresh air on Sunday with traffic seriously curtailed across much of the city for several hours as the French capital celebrates a "Day Without Cars.

Italian turns to crowd funding for mafia PhD
Italy

Italian turns to crowd funding for mafia PhD

Disgruntled doctoral student Mario Trifuoggi has given up on Italian academia and has decided to crowdfund a UK Sociology doctorate - he just needs to find €31,278.

Danes want pedestrians to use hand signals
Denmark

Danes want pedestrians to use hand signals

A national association for pedestrians says that those getting around on foot should also have to signal their intentions in traffic.

Volkswagen stocks crash amid emissions scandal
Germany

Volkswagen stocks crash amid emissions scandal

Volkswagen stocks fell by 20 percent in trading early on Monday morning after US authorities revealed the automobile giant has been manipulating figures on air pollution from its cars for years.

Milan launches Italy’s first citybikes for kids
Italy

Milan launches Italy’s first citybikes for kids

Milan has decided to extend its bikesharing scheme – known as BikeMi – to children, giving youngsters the chance to pedal around the city with mum and dad.

Mafia baptism ad sparks anger in Sicily
Italy

Mafia baptism ad sparks anger in Sicily

Billboards advertising the baptism of a baby by using the name of Sicily’s notorious mafia, Cosa Nostra, have sparked anger and police intervention on the Italian island.

Brothers drown in canoe tragedy on French river
France

Brothers drown in canoe tragedy on French river

A family holiday in France was hit by tragedy on Sunday after two Dutch brothers died when they were swept away while canoeing on the popular Ardeche river in south central France.

Construction workers’ early retirement ‘in peril’
Switzerland

Construction workers’ early retirement ‘in peril’

A plan that allows construction workers in Switzerland to retire at the age of 60 is already in danger of folding because it is running out of money, according to a media report.

Swedes ‘know more about sex’ than Brits
Sweden

Swedes ‘know more about sex’ than Brits

A Stockholm-based startup has found that Swedes are more knowledgeable about sex and contraception than either Brits or Americans - but that they still have a lot to learn.

Zurich scraps bid to take over UK insurance rival
Switzerland

Zurich scraps bid to take over UK insurance rival

Switzerland's Zurich Insurance says it has scrapped a €7.7-billion bid to take over its British rival Royal & Sun Alliance.

Italy a travel route for 87 Isis fighters
Italy

Italy a travel route for 87 Isis fighters

Eighty-seven people have travelled from Italy to join terrorist group Isis, which has taken over swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq, Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti has said.

Dane cut off women’s genitals in South Africa
Denmark

Dane cut off women’s genitals in South Africa

South African police have arrested a Danish citizen after 21 pieces of female genitalia were discovered in his freezer.

Spain clinches its third EuroBasket gold to become European champs
Spain

Spain clinches its third EuroBasket gold to become European champs

Spain won a third European basketball gold on Sunday with a 80-63 win over Lithuania in the final at Villeneuve-d'Ascq.

British man shot dead in popular Berlin district
Germany

British man shot dead in popular Berlin district

A 31-year-old British man was shot dead in Berlin early on Sunday morning, according to reports in the local media.

Police investigate if U2 gig ‘gunman’ was officer
Sweden

Police investigate if U2 gig ‘gunman’ was officer

UPDATED: A suspected gunman forcing a U2 concert to cancel in Stockholm on Sunday night has been identified as a police officer, Swedish media are reporting.

Govt promises states more money for refugees
Germany

Govt promises states more money for refugees

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière promised on Sunday to give "considerably more money" to the Germany's federal states to cover the costs of taking in refugees.

Barcelona football club will remain ‘neutral’ in the debate on Catalonia
Spain

Barcelona football club will remain ‘neutral’ in the debate on Catalonia

Barcelona will remain "neutral" in the fierce political debate over the future of the region of Catalonia, the club's president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted on Sunday.

Refugees snub France in search of better life
France

Refugees snub France in search of better life

Talk of high unemployment, a stuttering economy, reams of red tape and language difficulties means many refugees are opting to avoid France in search of a better chance of making a life for themselves elsewhere in Europe.

Relief for refugees who make it to Austria
Austria

Relief for refugees who make it to Austria

It's almost the end of the journey for Saeed, a 23-year-old student from Damascus who has trekked for days through Turkey, Greece, Croatia and Hungary with his little brother and cousin in tow, his worried parents left behind.

Housing gets key priority in draft Swedish budget
Sweden

Housing gets key priority in draft Swedish budget

UPDATED: Sweden’s Social Democrat-Green coalition submitted its draft autumn budget to parliament on Monday morning, promising major investments in housing and healthcare.

Danes donate $13 million to Syrian refugees
Denmark

Danes donate $13 million to Syrian refugees

A joint fundraiser for Syria from Denmark’s two biggest broadcasters on Sunday nights got Danes to dig deep into their pockets.

‘Sweden is creating the future, it’s a guiding light’
Sweden

‘Sweden is creating the future, it’s a guiding light’

French HR manager Fabienne Roy, 32, tells The Local why Sweden is the place to be if you are a young professional wanting to break into the international tech and startup scenes.

Crowd trouble mars Lyon Marseille clash in Ligue 1
France

Crowd trouble mars Lyon Marseille clash in Ligue 1

Sunday night's clash between Marseille and Lyon had to be stopped for twenty minutes after home fans hurled missiles on to the pitch. Here's a look at the weekend's talking points.

Football fans show anger at Bild over refugees
Germany

Football fans show anger at Bild over refugees

Newspaper Bild scored an own goal with Germany's football fans over its "we're helping" refugee campaign, on a weekend when Dortmund maintained their perfect start to the season.

Higuain stars as Napoli pummel Lazio
Italy

Higuain stars as Napoli pummel Lazio

Gonzalo Higuain struck once in each half as Napoli made amends for their dismal start to the season by handing Lazio their first 5-0 rout in Serie A since 1984 on Sunday.

Resources stretched as 20,000 refugees arrive
Austria

Resources stretched as 20,000 refugees arrive

More than 20,000 refugees entered Austria aboard crowded buses and trains over the weekend, with the Red Cross warning of shortages as temporary accommodation is becoming overcrowded.