Czech police deploy to Austrian border
Austria

Czech police deploy to Austrian border

Five hundred police officers and 300 soldiers held drills along the Czech border with Austria on Wednesday as Prague mulled reintroducing border checks in case of a wave of migrant arrivals.

Norway man arrested for sexually abusing cows
Norway

Norway man arrested for sexually abusing cows

A man in Norway has been arrested for sexually abusing cows and horses after a suspicious off-duty police officer decided to trail him.

Asylum knifeman made earlier attack in Sweden
Denmark

Asylum knifeman made earlier attack in Sweden

The 25-year-old Palestinian who stabbed a police officer at the Sandholm asylum centre this week had previously attacked a Swedish minister, the Danish Security and Intelligence Service said on Wednesday.

Police call off search for homeless Briton swept away in Malaga flood
Spain

Police call off search for homeless Briton swept away in Malaga flood

Police suspended a search on Wednesday for a British man in his twenties believed to have been swept away when a river burst its banks in southern Spain.

‘Children need a safe place to sleep’
Sweden

‘Children need a safe place to sleep’

One of Sweden's most prestigious photographers, Magnus Wennman, talks to The Local about his powerful photo collection documenting children sleeping away from their homes during the global refugee crisis.

Government pays foreign spies’ Oktoberfest costs
Germany

Government pays foreign spies’ Oktoberfest costs

The German government pays for spies from all around the world to get drunk at Oktoberfest, a report released on Wednesday showed.

Top 10 traditional German vegetarian dishes
Germany

Top 10 traditional German vegetarian dishes

We asked top German chef Stevan Paul what his favourite vegetarian meals from traditional cooking were – and the results are NSIH (Not Safe If Hungry).

Veggie food: more German than a Wurst?
Germany

Veggie food: more German than a Wurst?

With World Vegetarian Day approaching on October 1st, The Local discovers Germany's hidden veggie history with chef and author Stevan Paul.

Face the music – French radio quotas must stay
France

Face the music – French radio quotas must stay

Does France really still need quotas to protect the French language and its music culture? More than ever, record industry chiefs tell The Local.

110-year-old refugee reaches Germany
Germany

110-year-old refugee reaches Germany

A deafblind refugee whose family claim he is 110 years old recently arrived in Germany after a month-long trek from Afghanistan.

Daughter of French cop becomes hunted jihadist
France

Daughter of French cop becomes hunted jihadist

Emilie Koenig, designated as a global terrorist this week by the United States, grew up the daughter of a French gendarme in windswept Brittany before her metamorphosis into a radical Islamist.

Snow and wind about to cause chill in north
Sweden

Snow and wind about to cause chill in north

Eight weather warnings have been issued for eastern and northern Sweden, where meteorologists are predicting powerful winds, sleet, and possibly even snow over the next few days.

Oh what a picture! Amazing travel shots of Spain shared on Instagram
Spain

Oh what a picture! Amazing travel shots of Spain shared on Instagram

Travellers shared their best sightseeing photos from around the globe to celebrate World Tourism Day this week. The Local takes a look at some of the best images of Spain.

Minister moots asylum checks at German border
Germany

Minister moots asylum checks at German border

Germany could in the future check asylum claims as migrants arrive at its land borders, the way it already does at airports, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière proposed on Wednesday.

Danish FM makes ‘President Biden’ gaffe
Denmark

Danish FM makes ‘President Biden’ gaffe

It’s not terribly often that a Danish official gets press coverage in large US media outlets like the New York Times and MSNBC, but Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen managed to do that during his appearance at the UN General Assembly. Whether it was wanted attention is another matter.

Old woes threaten Italy’s economic revival
Italy

Old woes threaten Italy’s economic revival

Italy's economic recovery is under threat from longstanding woes, according to the World Economic Forum's annual report on competitiveness, which was released on Wednesday.

Italian man’s body found in London canal
Italy

Italian man’s body found in London canal

The body of a 46-year-old Italian man was found tied to a shopping trolley in London’s Regent Canal in what police suspect was an “underworld ambush”.

Man arrested after town hall set on fire in Sweden
Sweden

Man arrested after town hall set on fire in Sweden

A man walked into a municipal council building in northern Sweden, poured a flammable liquid on the floor of the lobby and set it on fire, police in Gävleborg have confirmed.

Denmark’s ten must-see concerts in October
Denmark

Denmark’s ten must-see concerts in October

The October concert calendar has plenty to entice you out of your house before the winter's dark and cold fully descends upon us.

Spanish low-cost perfume company faces counterfeit lawsuit in France
Spain

Spanish low-cost perfume company faces counterfeit lawsuit in France

Spanish low-cost perfume company Equivalenza faces possibly being hauled before a French court for selling imitations of luxury scents in its shops.

What’s on in Spain: October 2015
Spain

What’s on in Spain: October 2015

Zombie walks, "pirate" runs, seafood and choral music, there is lots to enjoy in Spain as Autumn blows in.

Italian man admits killing gay love rival with axe
Italy

Italian man admits killing gay love rival with axe

An Italian man has pleaded guilty to murdering his ex-boyfriend's new lover with an axe in Oslo, after ambushing the couple disguised as a woman in a leopard skin coat.

BBC to shoot docusoap in Arctic Svalbard
Norway

BBC to shoot docusoap in Arctic Svalbard

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK's national broadcaster, have commissioned a docusoap portraying the life in Longyearbyen, the isolated capital of Norway's Arctic Svalbard archipelago.

Refugee dies on Channel Tunnel tracks in France
France

Refugee dies on Channel Tunnel tracks in France

An Eritrean man was killed by a freight train near the entrance to the Channel Tunnel in France on Wednesday, a local official said, making him the 13th migrant killed trying to reach Britain since June.

Catalan leader insists independence ballot was a ‘democratic rebellion’
Spain

Catalan leader insists independence ballot was a ‘democratic rebellion’

Catalonia's president Artur Mas on Wednesday accused the Spanish government of suing him because its "pride was hurt" by his bids to let his region vote on independence from Spain.

Italy’s South Tyrol: where an identity crisis lingers

Italy’s South Tyrol: where an identity crisis lingers

The stunning mountainous region of South Tyrol, or Alto Adige, has been part of Italy for almost 100 years. But many of those among the population of 511,000 still don’t feel Italian. In fact, identity is a delicate talking point, as The Local discovers.

Sexy new ad tells Danes to ‘do it for mom!’
Denmark

Sexy new ad tells Danes to ‘do it for mom!’

Spies Travel, whose video ‘Do it for Denmark!’ took the world by storm in early 2014, has a new trick to get Danes to have more sex: guilt.

Police hunt suspected female gang in Hamburg
Germany

Police hunt suspected female gang in Hamburg

Hamburg police are hot on the heels of an unusual band of suspected burglars - a gang of three young women who have been spotted near the sites of break-ins in the south of the city.

Oslo man admits axeing to death gay love rival
Norway

Oslo man admits axeing to death gay love rival

An Italian man has pleaded guilty to murdering his ex-boyfriend's new lover with an axe, after ambushing the couple disguised as a woman in a leopard skin coat.

Nine veggie restaurants to tickle your tastebuds
Austria

Nine veggie restaurants to tickle your tastebuds

Viennese traditional cuisine tends to be dominated by meat, just look at the number of Würstelstands in the city. However, it also has an increasing number of excellent vegetarian and vegan restaurants. To mark World Vegetarian Day on October 1st, we bring you our guide to the best vegetarian and vegan dining options in the city.

Denmark taps former MP as new defence minister
Denmark

Denmark taps former MP as new defence minister

Venstre’s Peter Christensen, a former tax minister and MP, was named as the new defence minister on Wednesday.

Zlatan is Sweden’s most dangerous online celeb
Sweden

Zlatan is Sweden’s most dangerous online celeb

Sweden's star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not just a threat to his opponents on the pitch. He is also the world's most dangerous viral Swedish celebrity, according to fresh statistics.

Hans Rosling is Swedish hero after mega lecture
Sweden

Hans Rosling is Swedish hero after mega lecture

Sweden's pop star statistician Hans Rosling has set Twitter alight in his home country after giving a surprise lecture to 12,000 music fans, calling for urgent extra funding to help Syrian refugees.

Syrian refugees found hidden inside refrigerated truck by Basque police
Spain

Syrian refugees found hidden inside refrigerated truck by Basque police

Three men were found locked in the back of a refrigerated food lorry on Tuesday, suffering from hypothermia and a lack of oxygen.

Platini interview: ‘My integrity is not in doubt’
France

Platini interview: ‘My integrity is not in doubt’

Under fire Uefa president Michel Platini says he has done nothing wrong and that his conscience is clear after it emerged he accepted a €1.8 million payment from Fifa. The former French international footballer has been explaining himself to AFP.

Get ready to binge watch: Netflix is coming to Spain on October 20th
Spain

Get ready to binge watch: Netflix is coming to Spain on October 20th

The popular streaming service will make its long-awaited arrival in Spain on October 20th.

Foraging refugees eat deadly mushrooms
Germany

Foraging refugees eat deadly mushrooms

Doctors are becoming increasingly concerned that refugees are mistaking highly poisonous mushrooms for edible ones they are used to back home – with sometimes fatal consequences.

Swiss hotel accuses Il Volo of trashing rooms

Swiss hotel accuses Il Volo of trashing rooms

A five-star hotel in Switzerland has accused the squeaky-clean Italian operatic pop trio Il Volo of trashing its hotel rooms on Saturday night.

Unemployment still at record low in September
Germany

Unemployment still at record low in September

The Federal Labour Office reported that 88,000 more people were in work in September than the month before, taking the overall unemployment rate for the country down to 6.2 percent - a continuing record low since German reunification in 1990.

Volkswagen: France has 1 million ‘rigged’ vehicles
France

Volkswagen: France has 1 million ‘rigged’ vehicles

Volkswagen has said that there are nearly 1 million vehicles in France that are fitted with emission cheating devices.

Cher wades into Catalan row: ‘You can’t put toothpaste back into tube’
Spain

Cher wades into Catalan row: ‘You can’t put toothpaste back into tube’

It is the burning issue in Spain this week and has attracted attention in the most unlikely of places…

Switzerland again world’s ‘most competitive’ nation
Switzerland

Switzerland again world’s ‘most competitive’ nation

Switzerland remains the world’s most competitive country for the seventh year in a row, according to an annual ranking from the World Economic Forum, but it faces challenges retaining that title, the Geneva-based organization warned.

First French air strike in Syria ‘kills 30 jihadists’
France

First French air strike in Syria ‘kills 30 jihadists’

France's first air strike on the Islamic State group in Syria killed at least 30 jihadists, including 12 child soldiers, a monitoring group said on Wednesday.

Refugee camp bulldozed on France-Italy border

Refugee camp bulldozed on France-Italy border

Italian police on Wednesday cleared out a refugee camp on the border of France and Italy that had been home to up to 250 people.

Refugee crisis could cost Austria ‘billions’
Austria

Refugee crisis could cost Austria ‘billions’

A secret document from Austria’s finance ministry, which was leaked to the Austrian broadcasting company ORF, forecasts that if Austria takes in an estimated 85,000 asylum seekers in 2015 and a further 130,000 in 2016 it will cost a total of €6.5 billion over the next four years.

France opens war crimes probe against Assad
France

France opens war crimes probe against Assad

French authorities have launched a criminal probe of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime for alleged war crimes committed between 2011 and 2013, sources said.

Michel Platini: ‘I still want to be Fifa president’
Switzerland

Michel Platini: ‘I still want to be Fifa president’

UEFA president Michel Platini insists he will stay in the race for the Fifa presidency despite being named in a Swiss criminal investigation into the world football body.

It’s time France had just one emergency number
France

It’s time France had just one emergency number

You need to have a decent memory to know all the different emergency numbers in France and that's just for the police, firemen and ambulance crews. But thankfully things could soon change.

Barça beat German rivals in nail-biting Champions League battle
Spain

Barça beat German rivals in nail-biting Champions League battle

Luis Suarez rounded off a stirring fightback by European champions Barcelona as they shrugged off the absence of the injured Lionel Messi to beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 on Tuesday

The new Swedish helmet made of wood
Sweden

The new Swedish helmet made of wood

Imagine an environmentally-friendly bicycle helmet, made entirely of renewable forest resources. Yes, renewable and natural. A Swedish team has made the helmet a reality.

Fiat Chrysler ‘under-reported vehicle deaths’
Italy

Fiat Chrysler ‘under-reported vehicle deaths’

Fiat Chrysler significantly under-reported the number of deaths and injuries which occurred in its vehicles, US safety regulators said on Tuesday.

Charlie Hebdo moves to new high-security offices
France

Charlie Hebdo moves to new high-security offices

Nine months after the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in which some of France's most celebrated cartoonists were massacred, the satirical magazine began moving Tuesday into new high-security offices in southern Paris, sources said.

Spain seeks to overturn acquittals in Prestige oil tanker spill disaster
Spain

Spain seeks to overturn acquittals in Prestige oil tanker spill disaster

Spain's state prosecutor on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court's decision to acquit three men over the 2002 Prestige tanker spill, one of Europe's worst environmental disasters.

Drunk Juve star smashes Ferrari into bus stop
Italy

Drunk Juve star smashes Ferrari into bus stop

Juventus have suspended Uruguayan defender Martín Cáceras after he crashed his Ferrari into a bus shelter in Turin and failed a breath test, the Italian champions announced on Tuesday.

Lewandowski nets a hat trick in Zagreb romp
Germany

Lewandowski nets a hat trick in Zagreb romp

Pep Guardiola said Bayern Munich will toast their 5-0 rout of Dinamo Zagreb during Wednesday's annual visit to Oktoberfest after Robert Lewandowski's phenomenal goal-scoring run continued with a hat-trick.

Floridsdorf chaos after broken water pipe
Austria

Floridsdorf chaos after broken water pipe

A broken water pipe in Brünnerstrasse, in Vienna’s Floridsdorf district, flooded the area and brought traffic to a halt on Wednesday morning.

Pope blasts Rome mayor as a ‘pretend Catholic’
Italy

Pope blasts Rome mayor as a ‘pretend Catholic’

Pope Francis raised eyebrows in Italy on Tuesday by slapping down the left-leaning mayor of Rome as someone who "pretends to be Catholic".

Italian police arrest 48 ‘Ndrangheta suspects
Italy

Italian police arrest 48 ‘Ndrangheta suspects

Italian police have arrested 48 suspected members of the southern 'Ndrangheta mafia in a sweep that uncovered dealings in flowers and chocolates as well as drugs and arms, anti-mafia prosecutor Franco Roberti said.

Swiss households remain world’s richest
Switzerland

Swiss households remain world’s richest

Average Swiss households remain the richest in the world, although inequality is rising in Switzerland, according to Allianz’s Global Wealth report for 2015.

Germany to deport west Balkan migrants faster
Germany

Germany to deport west Balkan migrants faster

Germany on Tuesday toughened rules for asylum seekers from the Balkans as Europe struggled to cope with a surge in migrants, with new figures showing more than half a million have crossed the Mediterranean this year.

Passive smoking causes kids behavioural issues
France

Passive smoking causes kids behavioural issues

A study of thousands of French primary school pupils has concluded that children whose mothers smoke during pregnancy or are born into smokers' homes are twice as likely to suffer from behavioural problems as they grow up.

VW set to cooperate with Swedish authorities
Sweden

VW set to cooperate with Swedish authorities

UPDATED: Sweden's environment minister said she had held a "good meeting" with Volkswagen bosses on Wednesday after the firm's shock decision to recall 225,000 Swedish cars in the latest stage of the worldwide emissions scandal.

‘Stockholm bomber had links to al-Qaeda’
Sweden

‘Stockholm bomber had links to al-Qaeda’

A suicide bombing in Stockholm five years ago was planned by al-Qaeda, according to an Iraqi intelligence officer speaking to Sweden's public broadcaster.

Horror lorry driver faces extradition
Austria

Horror lorry driver faces extradition

A suspected driver of a truck with 71 dead migrants on board found abandoned on an Austrian motorway in August will be extradited to Austria, a court in Bulgaria ruled on Tuesday.