Forensic investigators begin to ID victims
Austria

Forensic investigators begin to ID victims

Austrian forensic investigators have so far identified nine of the men and one of the women from the lorry in which 71 refugees lost their lives in August.

Norwegians fear disease from refugees
Norway

Norwegians fear disease from refugees

Norwegians are so fearful that incoming refugees will bring diseases that some people have even started wearing protective gloves, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has warned.

Norway rates hit record low as oil slumps
Norway

Norway rates hit record low as oil slumps

Norway's central bank has cut its main interest rate to a record low of 0.75% on fears that falling oil prices will hit the economy hard.

Refugees raise far-right threat: Norway intel
Norway

Refugees raise far-right threat: Norway intel

The biggest risk posed to Norway's national security by the influx of migrants is a possible violent reaction from the far-right, and not the infiltration of Islamists, Norway's intelligence service said Thursday.

Faymann to meet Orban over migrant crisis
Austria

Faymann to meet Orban over migrant crisis

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will meet with his Austrian counterpart Werner Faymann in Vienna on Friday, his office said, amid tensions between the two over how to respond to Europe's migrant crisis.

France in 2015: Ten problems it must face
France

France in 2015: Ten problems it must face

What problems does France face in 2015? A new warts and all report has laid bare the challenges the country faces, whilst revealing that old issues have not been dealt with.

Creator of Germany’s favourite elf dies aged 94
Germany

Creator of Germany’s favourite elf dies aged 94

Ellis Kaut, the creator of a red-haired elf called Pumuckl, beloved of generations of German children, died on Thursday aged 94.

‘Childish’ French lawyer slapped with Twitter ban
France

‘Childish’ French lawyer slapped with Twitter ban

A French lawyer, who was banned from tweeting about the job has slammed legal authorities and defended his "right to a sense of humour".

Porsche CEO to be new VW boss: media reports
Germany

Porsche CEO to be new VW boss: media reports

Porsche CEO Matthias Müller has been chosen to become the new leader of Volkswagen amid the company's ongoing emissions cheating scandal, Reuters reported on Thursday.

How did Bob Dylan end up in ‘The Bridge’?

How did Bob Dylan end up in ‘The Bridge’?

Bob Dylan is set to feature in the coming third season of Swedish-Danish Nordic Noir hit 'The Bridge' – because the US music legend himself wrote to creators asking to get involved.

Spain wins landmark legal battle over ‘discriminatory’ EU job advert
Spain

Spain wins landmark legal battle over ‘discriminatory’ EU job advert

Spain and Italy have won a legal case after claiming EU employment adverts requiring candidates to speak English, French or German discriminated against their monolingual jobseekers.

Politicans squabble over flags flying at Barcelona City Hall ceremony
Spain

Politicans squabble over flags flying at Barcelona City Hall ceremony

A childish spat broke out on the balcony of Barcelona City Hall on Thursday as politicians from the left and the right competed to unfurl their flags.

At least one Dane among Mecca stampede victims
Denmark

At least one Dane among Mecca stampede victims

At least one Dane is among the victims of a tragic stampede that killed over 700 people and left hundreds more injured during the Hajj pilgrimage outside of Mecca on Thursday.

Seven tips for making firm friends in Sweden
Sweden

Seven tips for making firm friends in Sweden

Sweden was last year named the worst place in the world for expats looking to make friends. But it is possible to find lasting friendships in the frozen north.

What expats love – and hate – about Germany
Germany

What expats love – and hate – about Germany

With Germany the fifth best expat location across the globe according to a new HSBC survey, starting a new life here definitely has its benefits. But it's not all good news for Germany. The Local looked at where the country did best and worst in the survey.

‘French mock US culture but can’t get enough of it’
France

‘French mock US culture but can’t get enough of it’

The one story that has struck a nerve with readers this week is the upcoming invasion of US coffee giant into French supermarkets. While many of you were left spitting into your café allongé, others welcomed the presence of another American chain.

Italy archaeologists in ‘real’ Mona Lisa quest
Italy

Italy archaeologists in ‘real’ Mona Lisa quest

Italian archaeologists trying to solve the mystery behind the identity of one of the world's most famous models have said that they had found shards of bone which could have belonged to Mona Lisa.

Ex-VW CEO in line for €60 million pay-off
Germany

Ex-VW CEO in line for €60 million pay-off

Martin Winterkorn who stepped down as CEO of Volkswagen on Wednesday could receive a €60 million golden handshake from the scandal-hit car manufacturer.

Pope takes climate change plea to Congress
Italy

Pope takes climate change plea to Congress

UPDATED: Pope Francis appealed to US lawmakers on Thursday to help the poor, do more for suffering migrants around the world and fight climate change, pressing some of his trademark battles in a historic speech to Congress.

Winter makes early visit to Salzburg
Austria

Winter makes early visit to Salzburg

After a summer of record high temperatures winter has already arrived in some parts of Austria - with the Grossglockner alpine road in the state of Salzburg closed on Thursday for safety reasons after snowfall.

Italy wins EU linguistic battle over jobs
Italy

Italy wins EU linguistic battle over jobs

Italy and Spain on Thursday won their case at a European court after claiming EU employment adverts requiring candidates to speak English, French or German discriminated against their monolingual jobseekers.

VW scandal may be just the tip of NOx iceberg
Denmark

VW scandal may be just the tip of NOx iceberg

As Volkswagen admits that it manipulated the emissions tests of its cars in Europe, Danish experts warn that the amount of nitrogen dioxide being released on Danish roads could be far higher than thought.

Double the budget and five years late La Pepa Bridge opens in Cádiz
Spain

Double the budget and five years late La Pepa Bridge opens in Cádiz

It cost over half a billion euros and has taken more than eight years to build but finally the bridge linking Cádiz to Puerto Real has been inaugurated.

Murderer caught by Swiss border guards
Switzerland

Murderer caught by Swiss border guards

Border guards in the canton of Ticino arrested a man wanted by Interpol for murder during a routine check on Wednesday night.

Spanish primary school kids rank top of the class for learning English
Spain

Spanish primary school kids rank top of the class for learning English

Nearly 100 percent of Spanish primary school students are studying English, ranking Spain among the top European Union countries for multilingual learning.

French in London: It’s hardly Paris on Thames
France

French in London: It’s hardly Paris on Thames

London has been called France's sixth biggest city but the stereotype that Britain's capital is overrun by French people is far from reality.

Rome mayor turns hero on controversial US trip
Italy

Rome mayor turns hero on controversial US trip

The embattled mayor of Rome, Ignazio Marino, turned hero on Wednesday, coming to the aid of two passengers experiencing medical problems on board his flight to the US.

Norway man beats snowmobile water record
Norway

Norway man beats snowmobile water record

A Norwegian man has set a new world record for travelling over water on a snowmobile, after a 212-km run down the Karasjoka and Tanaelva rivers.

Nordic bank bans traders from buying VW shares

Nordic bank bans traders from buying VW shares

UPDATED: The biggest bank in the Nordic region, Nordea, has announced it is barring its traders from buying Volkswagen shares and bonds for six months over the German manufacturer's emissions scandal.

Minister rapped over private jet trip to Brazil
Switzerland

Minister rapped over private jet trip to Brazil

Switzerland’s minister for sport, Ueli Maurer, is under fire for spending more than 200,000 francs ($205,000) on a private jet to take him to Brazil to watch the Swiss national football team in a World Cup match last year, it emerged on Thursday.

BMW denies rigging diesel pollution tests
Germany

BMW denies rigging diesel pollution tests

Update: German top-of-the-range carmaker BMW on Thursday denied suggestions in a newspaper report that it might have cheated in pollution tests on its diesel cars, as rival group VW has admitted to doing.

VW admits emissions manipulation in Europe
Germany

VW admits emissions manipulation in Europe

UPDATE: As the emissions scandal spreads across the Volkswagen (VW) group, the company admitted that cars in Europe also cheated on tests. Executives from Audi and Porsche - both owned by VW - are to stand down from their jobs on Friday.

Paris gives green light to ‘Leaning Towers’
France

Paris gives green light to ‘Leaning Towers’

City authorities in the French capital have given the go-ahead for the building of two eye-catching new skyscrapers, a move that won’t please all lovers of the City of Light.

Will Swedish media block users who filter ads?
Sweden

Will Swedish media block users who filter ads?

The editor-in-chief of Sweden's biggest newspaper has hinted that it could follow in the footsteps of major global media outlets and ban users who filter out advertisements.

Abandoned soup sparks Italy bomb panic
Italy

Abandoned soup sparks Italy bomb panic

Part of Genoa was shut down for hours on Wednesday by a bomb alert, only for security officials to discover the feared object contained leftover soup.

Migrants reverse German population decline
Germany

Migrants reverse German population decline

The German population rose by almost half a million in 2014, the biggest increase in almost a quarter century, the Federal Office of Statistics (destatis) reported on Thursday.

Catalonia elections: The key players
Spain

Catalonia elections: The key players

As Catalonia prepares to go to the polls on Sunday, The Local takes a look at the key players standing ready to shape Catalonia's future.

VW emissions cheating scandal threatens Spanish subsidiary Seat
Spain

VW emissions cheating scandal threatens Spanish subsidiary Seat

Spain's Industry Ministry has launched an investigation into affected vehicles sold on the Spanish market as Seat admitted that some of its cars were installed with tampered engines.

Expats in Switzerland have ‘worst social life’
Switzerland

Expats in Switzerland have ‘worst social life’

Expats in Switzerland have the worst social life of 39 global expat destinations, according to a survey commissioned by banking giant HSBC.

Breeding Sphynx cats is animal cruelty: court
Germany

Breeding Sphynx cats is animal cruelty: court

A Berlin court has ordered a cat owner to have her hairless Sphynx cat castrated – because it would be animal cruelty to let the naked pet breed.

Pensioner compensated for WWII rape in Italy
Italy

Pensioner compensated for WWII rape in Italy

A 98-year-old woman has won a long legal battle and finally gained compensation from the Italian state after being raped by soldiers during World War II.

Just how important are cars to the Germans?
Germany

Just how important are cars to the Germans?

The pollution cheating scandal that has engulfed auto giant Volkswagen touches one of the main nerve centres of the German economy, given the importance of the car sector both politically and economically.

Royal court confirms 4am plea for newspaper
Sweden

Royal court confirms 4am plea for newspaper

UPDATED: Sweden's Royal Court has confirmed that a member of staff telephoned an editor at Swedish newspaper Dagens Industri at 4am, to complain that one of King Carl XVI Gustaf's newspapers had not been delivered.

Refugee deal far short of what’s needed: Merkel
Germany

Refugee deal far short of what’s needed: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that a deal to relocate 120,000 refugees among EU countries was far from what was needed to resolve the continent's biggest migrant crisis since the Second World War.

Refugees to march in thanks in Vienna
Austria

Refugees to march in thanks in Vienna

A group of refugees is planning a ‘peace march’ on Vienna’s Mariahilferstrasse on September 28th, as a way of showing appreciation for the welcome they have received in Austria.

Artist’s ‘un-Swedish’ paint ban is overturned
Sweden

Artist’s ‘un-Swedish’ paint ban is overturned

A man whose house caused a splash after local officials ruled its colour scheme wasn’t Swedish enough has been told he doesn’t need to repaint it after all.

PM: ‘Sweden has nothing to be ashamed of’
Sweden

PM: ‘Sweden has nothing to be ashamed of’

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has praised the progress made by EU leaders at a hastily-convened summit on refugees in Brussels that continued late into the night.

Italian comic book hero comes back to life
Italy

Italian comic book hero comes back to life

Corto Maltese, the debonair sea captain anti-hero of a string of classic graphic novels, is to sail again in a new adventure, 20 years after his Italian creator died.

French jihadist stripped of passport and deported
France

French jihadist stripped of passport and deported

A Moroccan-born jihadist has been stripped of his French nationality and sent back to his country of birth because he poses a serious threat to national security, the French government has said.

Why Axel Springer may snap up Business Insider
Germany

Why Axel Springer may snap up Business Insider

German publishing giant Axel Springer is rumoured to have its sights set on a $560 million (around €500 million) deal to buy online news source Business Insider (BI). One expert tells The Local that it's an obvious next step in the company's drive to stay ahead of the news game.

Renzi hails ‘victory’ at EU migration meet
Italy

Renzi hails ‘victory’ at EU migration meet

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday hailed as a “victory” the outcome of an EU emergency summit on migration, as leaders agreed broad cooperation to tackle the increasing number of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe.

Four fierce autumn club nights in Sweden
Sweden

Four fierce autumn club nights in Sweden

Sweden's outdoor drinking season may be over, but there are plenty of hot club nights to choose from across Sweden this week. Here are The Local's top tips alongside our regular interactive calendar of music, culture and family activities around the country.

EU leaders commit fresh billions for refugees
Austria

EU leaders commit fresh billions for refugees

EU leaders have agreed on spending and strategy for the coming months to try and lighten the load on countries most heavily burdened by the refugee crisis.

Young refugee killed by Channel Tunnel train
France

Young refugee killed by Channel Tunnel train

UPDATED: A young African was killed by a freight train near the entrance to the Channel Tunnel in France early Thursday in the latest death of a migrant trying to reach Britain, a local official said.

PM: EU takes ‘important step’ on refugees
Denmark

PM: EU takes ‘important step’ on refugees

Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen praised the progress made by EU leaders at a hastily-convened summit on refugees in Brussels that continued late into the night on Wednesday.

Legendary Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias to release ‘last ever’ album
Spain

Legendary Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias to release ‘last ever’ album

Julio Iglesias announced on his 72nd birthday on Wednesday that "Mexico" will be his last studio album, but the iconic Spanish crooner insisted he would keep singing "until I'm 150."

Merkel wants Assad at table for Syria talks
Germany

Merkel wants Assad at table for Syria talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that President Bashar al-Assad should be involved in any Syrian peace talks, amid mounting pressure to end the four-year conflict.

EU leaders commit fresh billions at emergency summit on refugee crisis
Spain

EU leaders commit fresh billions at emergency summit on refugee crisis

At a hastily-convened summit in Brussels that continued late into the night on Wednesday, EU leaders agreed on spending and strategy for the coming months to try and lighten the load on countries most heavily burdened by the refugee crisis.

Leader of German Iraq mission dies suddenly
Germany

Leader of German Iraq mission dies suddenly

The commander of Germany's mission to train Kurdish troops in northern Iraq died suddenly on Wednesday, the Bundeswehr (German army) said.

Giraffes ‘hum’ to communicate at night
Austria

Giraffes ‘hum’ to communicate at night

Lions roar, wolves howl and elephants trumpet. But what do giraffes do to communicate? They "hum", new research from Vienna University suggests - and only at night.

Paris reveals 12 zones for late-night shopping
France

Paris reveals 12 zones for late-night shopping

Paris is to get 12 new International Tourist Zones, where shoppers can splash their cash until midnight, and on Sundays. The plan is set to come into force this autumn.

Inter stretch lead as Juve upset in Serie A
Italy

Inter stretch lead as Juve upset in Serie A

Inter Milan rolled back the years to stretch their lead at the top of Serie A on Wednesday on a night of upsets that saw champions Juventus held by Frosinone and Roma lose to Sampdoria.

Guggenheim family loses case over Venice art
Italy

Guggenheim family loses case over Venice art

The descendants of heiress and art collector Peggy Guggenheim lost their case in a French court on Wednesday over her extensive collection of works housed in an 18th century palace on Venice's Grand Canal.

EU leaders commit fresh billions for refugees
Germany

EU leaders commit fresh billions for refugees

At a hastily-convened summit in Brussels that continued late into the night on Wednesday, EU leaders agreed on spending and strategy for the coming months to try and lighten the load on countries most heavily burdened by the refugee crisis.

France to stump up €100 million to aid refugees
France

France to stump up €100 million to aid refugees

French president François Hollande announced on Wednesday that France would release funds of around €100 million to help "refugees live in dignity in France". It came after EU said it would hand over €1 billion to refugee aid agencies.

Fire on Swedish ship leaves four people dead
Sweden

Fire on Swedish ship leaves four people dead

UPDATED: Police in southern Sweden are investigating after four people were found dead inside a burning ship in the port of Sölvesborg.

Wine, veal, roasting pig: Napoleon’s feasts in exile
France

Wine, veal, roasting pig: Napoleon’s feasts in exile

Fifty bottles of wine, four ducks, and a roasting pig: the feast of food and drink provided to French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte during his exile on Saint Helena was revealed Wednesday in a document auctioned in Britain.