Norway gets its first F-35 stealth fighter jets
Norway

Norway gets its first F-35 stealth fighter jets

Norway has received its first two F-35 stealth fighter planes, making it the fourth Nato country after the UK, Netherlands and US, to take delivery of the controversial aircraft.

Nobel tell-all ‘does not breach trust’
Norway

Nobel tell-all ‘does not breach trust’

Former Nobel Peace Prize committee secretary Geir Lundestad, author of a behind-the-scenes book about the award, defended himself on Tuesday against allegations of breaches of trust.

Beaver closes section of Swiss motorway
Switzerland

Beaver closes section of Swiss motorway

Police have blamed a beaver for shutting down a section of Switzerland’s A1 motorway, the major route connecting eastern and western parts of the country.

Swedish metal singer walks to Norway after bet

Swedish metal singer walks to Norway after bet

A Swedish heavy metal singer who drunkenly bet his bandmates he could walk to their next gig, only to discover it was in Norway, has begun his 778km trek.

First zero-gravity plane launches from Swiss soil
Switzerland

First zero-gravity plane launches from Swiss soil

Scientists from two Swiss universities on Tuesday launched zero-gravity experiments in a specially equipped Airbus A310 plane that took off from Dübendorf air base in the canton of Zurich.

EU ministers strike emergency quota deal to distribute refugees
Spain

EU ministers strike emergency quota deal to distribute refugees

EU interior ministers voted to distribute 120,000 refugees within Europe at emergency talks on Tuesday amid deep divisions over how to handle the continent's worst migration crisis in decades.

Swedish mystery ‘cop’ at U2 gig still not found
Sweden

Swedish mystery ‘cop’ at U2 gig still not found

A prosecutor has decided not to investigate the identity of a mystery Swedish 'police officer' who sparked chaos at a U2 concert when he allegedly brought a gun to the Stockholm gig.

EU agrees to redistribute migrants from Italy
Italy

EU agrees to redistribute migrants from Italy

EU interior ministers on Tuesday voted to distribute a total 120,000 refugees from Greece and Italy across Europe.

EU ministers agree to refugee quota deal
France

EU ministers agree to refugee quota deal

EU interior ministers voted to distribute 120,000 refugees within Europe at emergency talks on Tuesday amid deep divisions over how to handle the continent's worst migration crisis in decades.

Sweden backs shock EU refugee quota agreement
Sweden

Sweden backs shock EU refugee quota agreement

EU interior ministers have voted to distribute 120,000 refugees within Europe at emergency talks on Tuesday amid deep divisions over how to handle the continent's worst migration crisis in decades.

Novo Nordisk to build new facility in Iran
Denmark

Novo Nordisk to build new facility in Iran

Danish medical firm has made a major investment in the world's 18th largest economy just months after the framework of the Iranian nuclear deal was put in place.

Spanish football hero Xabi Alonso categorically denies tax fraud claim
Spain

Spanish football hero Xabi Alonso categorically denies tax fraud claim

The Bayern Munich midfielder has categorically denied any wrongdoing after claims that he is being investigated for defrauding the Spanish tax authorities.

Berlin scouts startup talent in Stockholm
Sweden

Berlin scouts startup talent in Stockholm

Berlin is on a mission to attract Stockholm talent. A key Swedish business group has told The Local why a visit by German entrepreneurs this week is a boost for the capital's startups.

€20k in shredded euro notes puzzles cops
Germany

€20k in shredded euro notes puzzles cops

Police in Darmstadt have confirmed that shredded euro notes worth thousands, which have been found in various spots across the city, are real.

Another tourist carves into the Colosseum
Italy

Another tourist carves into the Colosseum

A tourist was reported to police after using a Swiss Army knife to carve into the Colosseum, the latest such incident to befall the world-famous monument.

Le Pen to face trial for Muslim prayers rant
France

Le Pen to face trial for Muslim prayers rant

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right National Front, has been ordered to stand trial in October on charges of inciting racial hatred after comparing Muslim street prayers to the Nazi occupation, legal sources said Tuesday.

EU ministers agree on refugee quota deal
Germany

EU ministers agree on refugee quota deal

Updated: EU interior ministers have agreed to a deal to distribute 120,000 refugees within Europe at emergency talks on Tuesday amid deep divisions over how to handle Europe's worst migration crisis since the Second World War.

France edges out US for title of top ski destination
France

France edges out US for title of top ski destination

France has regained the prestigious title of world's most popular ski destination, it was revealed on Tuesday, thanks in the main to the affordability of its resorts and that many of the them are connected.

Executive of scandal-plagued Fifa to meet
Switzerland

Executive of scandal-plagued Fifa to meet

Scandal-plagued Fifa will be in the spotlight again this week during the first meeting of the world football body's executive committee since the suspension of secretary general Jérôme Valcke.

Spanish hotel chain doubts Tunisia future after deadly terrorist attack
Spain

Spanish hotel chain doubts Tunisia future after deadly terrorist attack

Riu Hotels and Resorts is to pull out of Tunisia following June’s terror attack at one of its hotels in which 38 foreign tourists were killed.

Neos candidate goes into hiding ahead of elections
Austria

Neos candidate goes into hiding ahead of elections

A candidate for the Neos party who has been campaigning for a seat in municipal elections in Garsten, Upper Austria, has gone into hiding ahead of the vote this weekend after receiving threatening emails.

VW deception menaces Germany’s future
Germany

VW deception menaces Germany’s future

The Local Germany editor Tom Barfield argues that Volkswagen's irresponsible dodging of emissions limits endangers Germany's economic well-being and its most important diplomatic objectives.

Two leaders of the Basque terrorist group Eta arrested in French village
Spain

Two leaders of the Basque terrorist group Eta arrested in French village

Two political leaders of the Basque separatist group Eta have been arrested in southern France, the Spanish interior minister said on Tuesday.

PM calls for Denmark to unite to help refugees
Denmark

PM calls for Denmark to unite to help refugees

Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen is calling on volunteer groups, business and education institutions to come together to find ways to improve the integration of refugees.

VW CEO says he will not resign, despite pressure
Germany

VW CEO says he will not resign, despite pressure

Updated: Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn apologized for the pollution cheating scandal that has rocked the company this week, but said he would not resign despite mounting pressure.

Norway to boost checks on Sweden border

Norway to boost checks on Sweden border

Norway is stepping up police monitoring of migrants on its border with Sweden following a record rise in the number of asylum seekers travelling to the Nordic countries.

Rail operator halts Munich-Budapest line
Germany

Rail operator halts Munich-Budapest line

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn said Tuesday it would suspend key services to and from Austria and Hungary until October 4, citing border controls introduced to manage a record migrant influx.

Deadly explosion kills chemical plant employee
Austria

Deadly explosion kills chemical plant employee

A 54-year-old worker has been killed in an explosion at a chemical plant in Linz. The man, who worked for Nufarm, was working on a nitrogen tank which exploded.

Mayor wants to redraw historic map of Paris
France

Mayor wants to redraw historic map of Paris

The mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo wants to rip up the current map of Paris and its 20 arrondissements and start all over again, in a bid to make the divisions a little more equal.

Norwegian mariner kidnapped in Philippines
Norway

Norwegian mariner kidnapped in Philippines

A Norwegian man was kidnapped in the Philippines on Monday evening, along with two Canadians and a Filipino woman in what is presumed to be an attack by revolutionary communist New People's Army (NPA).

Italy opens probe over VW emissions scandal
Italy

Italy opens probe over VW emissions scandal

UPDATED: The Italian transport ministry said on Tuesday it will open an inquiry over the Volkswagen emissions scandal and demand explanations from the German auto giant.

Eric Cantona to house refugees for two years
France

Eric Cantona to house refugees for two years

Former Manchester United star Eric Cantona evoked the memory of his own grandparents fleeing war when promising on French radio Tuesday to house and feed refugees for a period of "at least" two years.

Danish MP reveals scant GDP knowledge
Denmark

Danish MP reveals scant GDP knowledge

A Danish People's Party MP left radio listeners baffled after she was unable to explain the concept of economic growth and suggested GDP should be cut to help more refugees.

Deutsche Bahn suspends trains to Austria
Austria

Deutsche Bahn suspends trains to Austria

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn is suspending key services to Austria and Hungary until October 4th, citing border controls introduced to manage a record influx of refugees.

Say cheese! Pizza tops world food porn ranking
Italy

Say cheese! Pizza tops world food porn ranking

Pizza is the most photographed and most 'selfied' food on Instagram, according to research carried out by an Italian chef.

Asylum-seekers banned from playing football
Italy

Asylum-seekers banned from playing football

A group of asylum-seekers in northern Italy has been banned from their local football fields, after the town mayor said it would be an affront to families.

‘Joint king’ among those arrested in Christiania
Denmark

‘Joint king’ among those arrested in Christiania

Among those arrested in last week’s bust in Christiania was a man behind an operation that delivered nearly 200,000 joints to the alternative enclave.

Standard of living in France: where do you fit?
France

Standard of living in France: where do you fit?

France is slowly recovering from the economic crisis and economic equality is actually shrinking new figures suggest. Where do you fit in, when compared to the rest of the population?

Swedish stripper praised for bullfight bravery
Sweden

Swedish stripper praised for bullfight bravery

UPDATED: A Swedish stripper who went into a bullring in southern Spain to comfort a dying animal has told The Local she's not afraid of being punished and has been praised by animal rights campaigners.

Swiss exports continue downward spiral
Switzerland

Swiss exports continue downward spiral

Swiss exports tumbled in August for a second consecutive month, slipping 4.5 percent to 14.2 billion francs from the same month a year earlier, government figures released on Tuesday showed.

Swedish teens cause stir with menstruation photo
Sweden

Swedish teens cause stir with menstruation photo

A Swedish pupil has told The Local she will continue to fight to break taboos after a period-themed yearbook photo was banned by her school.

Catalonia and Madrid wage battle of diplomacy over independence
Spain

Catalonia and Madrid wage battle of diplomacy over independence

From London to Washington via Brussels, a diplomatic battle is rumbling as Spain's northeastern Catalonia region vies to win international backing for its contested drive for independence from Madrid.

Hollande waits to hear of Cameron’s EU reforms
France

Hollande waits to hear of Cameron’s EU reforms

The French president François Hollande heads to the UK on Tuesday with frustrated French diplomats hoping the UK Prime Minister will finally reveal a little more about his much-hyped plans for EU reform.

Sweden’s Vattenfall starts German sales

Sweden’s Vattenfall starts German sales

UPDATED: All of the energy company's brown coal sites in Germany are set to go on sale as the Swedish state-owned firm moves to focus on renewable energy.

Inside France’s startup world: seven key stats
France

Inside France’s startup world: seven key stats

French tech startups are in rude health according to a new survey with takings on the up, especially abroad and most are planning to recruit new staff. But the industry remains a man's world.

Renzi calls meeting over ‘orangutan’ slur
Italy

Renzi calls meeting over ‘orangutan’ slur

Italy's prime minister, Matteo Renzi, has called a meeting of senators after they voted against bringing racism charges against a politician who likened the country's first black minister to an "orangutan".

Charlie Hebdo to be translated into Swedish
Sweden

Charlie Hebdo to be translated into Swedish

A Swedish translation of the last edition of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo printed before terrorists killed a dozen of its staff is going to be published in Sweden on Thursday.

Swedish stripper interrupts Malaga bullfight to try to comfort dying bull
Spain

Swedish stripper interrupts Malaga bullfight to try to comfort dying bull

Animal rights charity Peta has hailed the "bravery" of a Swedish adult model who jumped into a bullring in southern Spain to comfort the dying animal.

French music-streaming service Deezer plans IPO
France

French music-streaming service Deezer plans IPO

French music-streaming service Deezer said on Tuesday it plans to launch a public share offering on the Paris stock exchange in a bid to consolidate its position in the on-line music market.

Italy’s tomato startup that saves migrants
Italy

Italy’s tomato startup that saves migrants

One Italian startup is finding success selling the simplest of Italian products – tomato passata – and is doing its bit to help migrants at the same time.

The startup transforming everyday Spaniards into real estate investors
Spain

The startup transforming everyday Spaniards into real estate investors

Seven years after Spain's property bubble spectacularly burst, a Madrid startup is helping to get the Spanish real estate market back on its feet, using crowdfunding from everyday people.

Danes’ buying power lags behind their incomes
Denmark

Danes’ buying power lags behind their incomes

Danes have the second-highest average income in the EU but Denmark’s high prices mean that their purchasing power is overtaken by both Swedes and Austrians. A new report also reveals major income differences among Denmark's immigrant groups.

Prosecutors want more jail time for Schettino
Italy

Prosecutors want more jail time for Schettino

Italian prosecutors have called for a tougher jail sentence for Francesco Schettino, captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner, arguing his "Titanic responsibility" over the disaster deserves more than 16 years behind bars.

Mobile operator Sunrise to cut up to 175 jobs
Switzerland

Mobile operator Sunrise to cut up to 175 jobs

Switzerland’s second largest mobile operator, Sunrise Communications, is cutting up to 175 jobs — almost ten percent of its staff — as part of a plan to streamline operations and reduce costs.

Pictures from the SI Kickoff 2015
Sweden

Pictures from the SI Kickoff 2015

On September 19th, 2015, the new SI Scholarship holders gathered in Stockholm for a day full of education, food, and fun. Read on for a summary and pictures from the kickoff event.

VW Scandal: France to launch ‘in-depth’ probe
France

VW Scandal: France to launch ‘in-depth’ probe

Update: France's Environment Minister Segolene Royal on Tuesday announced an "in-depth" investigation after Volkswagen admitted millions of cars were fitted with software that secretly thwarts pollution tests in the US.

Prehistoric humans were earliest polluters, Gibraltar cave study finds
Spain

Prehistoric humans were earliest polluters, Gibraltar cave study finds

The oldest signs of heavy metal pollution caused by human activity, dating from the early Stone Age, have been found in caves in Spain and Gibraltar, officials said on Monday.

Carmen Balcells, legendary literary agent to Nobel prize winners, dies
Spain

Carmen Balcells, legendary literary agent to Nobel prize winners, dies

Spain's Carmen Balcells, a literary agent who represented some of the biggest names in 20th-century Spanish language literature has died aged 85.

Pope in US: everything you need to know
Italy

Pope in US: everything you need to know

Pope Francis is set to arrive in Washington on Tuesday, kicking off his first visit to the United States. Here's everything you need to know before the papal plane touches down.

Løkke and Cameron find common ground on refugees and welfare
Denmark

Løkke and Cameron find common ground on refugees and welfare

Danish PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen was in London on Monday to discuss refugees and Brexit with British PM David Cameron.

Merkel demands ‘full transparency’ from VW
Germany

Merkel demands ‘full transparency’ from VW

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed auto giant Volkswagen Tuesday to assure "full transparency" in a spiralling scandal over pollution test cheating.

Air Berlin flight forced down by wing fracture
Germany

Air Berlin flight forced down by wing fracture

An Air Berlin flight from Düsseldorf to the Greek island of Kos was forced to make an unexpected landing in Munich on Monday when it turned out that the plane had a hole in its wing.

Italy lawyers want writer jailed in sabotage trial
Italy

Italy lawyers want writer jailed in sabotage trial

Italian prosecutors called Monday for Erri de Luca, a writer on trial for inciting criminal damage to a controversial high-speed rail link through the Alps, to be thrown behind bars for eight months.

Swedish students swipe into dating app scene
Sweden

Swedish students swipe into dating app scene

Two student friends are attempting to take on Tinder with a dating app designed for shy yet tech-savvy Swedes. But they're facing tough competition from a range of other new options for people seeking sex or relationships in Sweden.

Syrian refugees turfed out of Calais camps
France

Syrian refugees turfed out of Calais camps

French police on Monday fired tear gas as they broke down several makeshift camps around the port city of Calais, leaving nearly 400 people, mostly Syrian refugees, without shelter.

Spy chief warns Islamist numbers are growing
Germany

Spy chief warns Islamist numbers are growing

German intelligence warned Tuesday that the number of Islamic extremists in the country had increased sharply in recent months and expressed serious concern that they were recruiting among refugees.

Inter look to bolster lead while Juve fightback
Italy

Inter look to bolster lead while Juve fightback

Leaders Inter Milan host Verona on Wednesday looking to build on their positive start in Serie A as champions Juventus aim to continue their climb back up the table.

The biggest challenges of moving to Switzerland
Switzerland

The biggest challenges of moving to Switzerland

Switzerland is one of the world’s best expat countries, with some of the highest living standards and a sophisticated, multilingual population. Yet moving to Switzerland can still be stressful and difficult if you don't do it right.

Sweden Democrats see members jump ship
Sweden

Sweden Democrats see members jump ship

Concerns about how the nationalist Sweden Democrat party is being managed have led to a flurry of members quitting, as polls suggest public support for the group has stalled.

‘Refugees can contribute to culture and politics’
Sweden

‘Refugees can contribute to culture and politics’

Swedish hip hop artist Mohammed Ryback says many of his best friends are former refugees and argues that Swedes need to pay more attention to their achievements amid the current influx of new arrivals.