Norway may receive 25,000 refugees in 2015
Norway

Norway may receive 25,000 refugees in 2015

Norway has raised its estimate for the number of asylum seekers it expects in 2015 for the third time in as many months, with 20,000-25,000 now anticipated, up from 16,000-20,000 only last week.

Nobel coup opens way for Russia peace prize
Norway

Nobel coup opens way for Russia peace prize

The ousting of Thorbjørn Jagland as chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee opens the way for the peace prize to go to a Russian opposition figure for the first time in six years, one of Norway’s leading historians of the Nobel Peace Prize has argued.

Norway bodybuilder skit goes inexplicably viral
Norway

Norway bodybuilder skit goes inexplicably viral

A humour video of Norwegian bodybuilders visiting the miniature town of Lilleputthammer to 'make themselves feel bigger' has somehow won more than a million views on YouTube.

MSF decries US bombing of Afghan hospital
Switzerland

MSF decries US bombing of Afghan hospital

All international aid organizations have left the embattled Afghan city of Kunduz following a US air strike on a hospital run by medical charity MSF and amid heavy fighting, the UN said in Geneva on Tuesday.

Danes demand ‘decent treatment’ of refugees
Denmark

Danes demand ‘decent treatment’ of refugees

Thousands of Danes braved chilly winds on Tuesday to march in Copenhagen for the "decent treatment of refugees" and to protest a decision by Denmark's rightwing government to slash benefits for refugees.

‘Gypsy boss’ avoids expulsion from Denmark
Denmark

‘Gypsy boss’ avoids expulsion from Denmark

A 46-year-old Croatian said to be the patriach of ‘Denmark’s most criminal family’ had his planned expulsion from the country overturned by the Eastern High Court on Tuesday.

Swiss public broadcaster plans 250 job cuts
Switzerland

Swiss public broadcaster plans 250 job cuts

The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation announced on Tuesday plans to cut 250 jobs as the result of an expected drop in revenues from broadcast licence fees of around 40 million francs next year.

Swedish lifestyle pulls in record foreign tourists
Sweden

Swedish lifestyle pulls in record foreign tourists

The rainy summer did not stop foreign tourists from flocking to Sweden in record numbers, according to key statistics released on Tuesday afternoon.

It’s official: These are Spain’s most beautiful and charming small towns
Spain

It’s official: These are Spain’s most beautiful and charming small towns

From white-washed hilltop villages in Andalusia to medieval walled towns in the foothills of the Pyrenees, The Local takes a look at Spain's prettiest places.

Italy denies Isis bombing campaign is imminent
Italy

Italy denies Isis bombing campaign is imminent

The Italian Ministry of Defence has said that the use of Italian fighter jets to bomb strategic Isis targets in Iraq is not imminent.

French bakers fined for opening too often
France

French bakers fined for opening too often

Four French bakers in the south west have fallen foul of France’s strict laws on opening times by selling their baguettes every day of the week. They say they will now have to lay off staff.

French town evacuated over ‘Made in Syria’ soap
France

French town evacuated over ‘Made in Syria’ soap

In what could have been a scene from a Hollywood film, a French village went into lockdown on Tuesday after several parcels marked 'Made in Syria' were found in a house being renovated. But not everything was at it seemed.

Activists love-bomb NSA with ‘quit spying’ drone
Germany

Activists love-bomb NSA with ‘quit spying’ drone

An anti-spying organisation used a drone to drop leaflets over an NSA complex in southern Germany last week, hoping to persuade spooks to choose another line of work.

Greenpeace mulls Vattenfall plant takeover
Sweden

Greenpeace mulls Vattenfall plant takeover

It might sound like one of the environmental group's protest stunts, but Greenpeace insists it really does want to buy up a series of brown coal mines and plants offered for sale by Swedish power company Vattenfall.

France to strip five ‘terrorists’ of nationality
France

France to strip five ‘terrorists’ of nationality

France is to withdraw the French nationality from five "terrorists" the government announced on Tuesday as it continues to crackdown on homegrown jihadists.

Greenpeace mulls jump into brown coal biz
Germany

Greenpeace mulls jump into brown coal biz

It might sound like one of the environmental group's protest stunts, but Greenpeace insists it really does want to buy up a series of German brown coal mines and plants offered for sale by Swedish power company Vattenfall.

VW ‘will need bigger cash pile to pay fines’
Germany

VW ‘will need bigger cash pile to pay fines’

The new chief of scandal-hit Volkswagen braced his workforce for tough times ahead on Tuesday, admitting that billions laid aside for fines and damages arising from a massive pollution cheating scam will not be enough.

Topless pic sees French beauty queen dethroned
France

Topless pic sees French beauty queen dethroned

Rules are rules, when it comes to beauty pageants. The newly-crowned Miss Brittany has been stripped of her title and the chance to be Miss France 2015 after she posted a topless fashion snap on her Facebook page.

Judge withdraws passport of ex-IMF chief Rato in corruption case
Spain

Judge withdraws passport of ex-IMF chief Rato in corruption case

The former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato has had his passport confiscated while he awaits trial for tax fraud and money laundering.

Swedish striker confirms talks of Zlatan-the-movie
Sweden

Swedish striker confirms talks of Zlatan-the-movie

Sweden's national star footballer and Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirmed on Tuesday that he is in talks to turn his life into a movie.

Italian woman, 84, seeks divorce over lack of sex
Italy

Italian woman, 84, seeks divorce over lack of sex

An 84-year-old woman from the southern province of Campania is seeking a divorce from her 88-year-old husband on the grounds that she is sexually unfulfilled.

Rare whale makes home in north German bay
Germany

Rare whale makes home in north German bay

A beaked whale has made itself a home of the Baltic coast of Germany, an unusual location for the Atlantic mammal. Now conservationists are trying to get him out deeper into the Baltic.

PM promises Danes a say in asylum policies
Denmark

PM promises Danes a say in asylum policies

In his opening address to parliament on Tuesday, Lars Løkke Rasmussen said that a decision to go along with the EU’s asylum and immigration policies would be put to Danes in a referendum.

Max Schrems: A tech giants’ worst nightmare
Austria

Max Schrems: A tech giants’ worst nightmare

Few in America's Silicon Valley could have predicted that a young Austrian law graduate who spent a semester studying there would one day become high-tech companies' worst nightmare.

Two probed for kidnap of Norwegian in Philippines
Norway

Two probed for kidnap of Norwegian in Philippines

Two men arrested in the Philippines are being investigated for possible involvement in the kidnapping of Norwegian marina operator Kjartan Sekkingstad, police said on Tuesday.

Johann the pig’s udderly adorable new family
Germany

Johann the pig’s udderly adorable new family

For one plucky pig in Lower Saxony, mingling with his own species just didn't appeal. The wild hog decided to make friends in higher places – by joining a herd of cows on a Göttingen farm.

Prisons overcrowded with people smugglers
Austria

Prisons overcrowded with people smugglers

Ten of Austria’s 27 prisons are hopelessly overcrowded due to the amount of people smugglers being held in custody awaiting trial. According to a report in the Kurier newspaper, 534 people are currently in Austrian prisons on charges of people smuggling.

Who are the 2015 Nobel Physics winners?
Sweden

Who are the 2015 Nobel Physics winners?

Two scientists will share the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics, judges in Stockholm announced on Tuesday. But who are Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B McDonald?

Gay priests sent to Italy monastery ‘to be cured’
Italy

Gay priests sent to Italy monastery ‘to be cured’

The Vatican allegedly sends gay priests to a monastery in northern Italy “to be cured”, Italian media reported.

When angry French workers target their bosses
France

When angry French workers target their bosses

The stripping of Air France chiefs this week is not the only time French workers have taken extreme action against their bosses in a drastic bid to save jobs. Here's a look at five other incidents that could really only happen in France.

Facebook dealt blow by Austrian campaigner
Austria

Facebook dealt blow by Austrian campaigner

Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems has scored a legal victory at the European Court of Justice, after it ruled that the Safe Habour agreement that helps tech giants such as Facebook send personal data from the EU to the US is invalid.

Munich bomb ‘can’t be defused on scene’
Germany

Munich bomb ‘can’t be defused on scene’

UPDATE: Police in Munich say that a bomb found in the Deutsches Museum must be moved to a safe location on Tuesday evening before experts can defuse it.

Italian hospital refuses stripper’s blood donation
Italy

Italian hospital refuses stripper’s blood donation

The Morelli hospital in Italy's southern city of Reggio Calabria could face a lawsuit after staff refused to take blood from a stripper who had offered to make a donation.

Spain at risk of EU reprimand for overspending ahead of the election
Spain

Spain at risk of EU reprimand for overspending ahead of the election

The European Commission has warned Spain to scale back government overspending that is in violation of EU budget rules or risk an embarrassing reprimand ahead of December elections.

Ten things to know about Denmark’s Lene Hau
Denmark

Ten things to know about Denmark’s Lene Hau

Danish physicist Lene Hau missed out on the Nobel Prize for physics on Tuesday but she is behind something that Albert Einstein thought was impossible: stopping light. Here are ten things you need to know about her.

Italy’s Catholics support divorce communion
Italy

Italy’s Catholics support divorce communion

It is a topic which has bitterly divided Church leaders reviewing family teachings at the Vatican, but a new poll published on Tuesday showed practising Catholics in Italy strongly support communion for remarried divorced people.

Refugee homes near Copenhagen hit by arson
Denmark

Refugee homes near Copenhagen hit by arson

A new construction project meant to house refugees in Dragør just south of Copenhagen was set on fire over the weekend, officials said on Tuesday.

‘Lynching’ of execs only harms image of France
France

‘Lynching’ of execs only harms image of France

Video footage of Air France execs fleeing an angry mob of workers after having their suits and shirts ripped off their backs were beamed around the world on Monday and most agree they will do little to boost the image of France.

Man faced with eviction threatens to blow up flat
Austria

Man faced with eviction threatens to blow up flat

Cobra special forces police stormed an apartment building in Styria at the weekend after a 55-year-old tenant threatened to blow up the building and shoot his elderly landlady.

Hitler actor warns of threat to democracy
Germany

Hitler actor warns of threat to democracy

Oliver Masucci, the actor who plays Hitler in satirical film Er Ist Wieder Da (Look Who's Back), told ARD news on Monday that Germany must be careful to safeguard its democracy after a barrage of far-right comments from ordinary people.

Can Klopp breath life back into the Liver bird?
Germany

Can Klopp breath life back into the Liver bird?

Liverpool FC are a club with great history who have been mired in mediocrity for years. Is Germany's favourite coach the man to come to their rescue?

Driverless car makes Paris to Bordeaux trip
France

Driverless car makes Paris to Bordeaux trip

A driverless Citroën has completed a 580-kilometre journey from Paris to Bordeaux in a move that poses a serious challenge to tech giant Google and its self-driving car project.

January court date set for Infanta Cristina and husband in fraud case
Spain

January court date set for Infanta Cristina and husband in fraud case

The King’s sister will sit in the dock accused of tax evasion in a trial set to start on January 11th, 2016, the court announced on Tuesday.

Tuscan meningitis outbreak spurs injections
Italy

Tuscan meningitis outbreak spurs injections

The mystery outbreak of meningitis in Tuscany has claimed another victim, causing health authorities to renew their calls for Tuscans to get vaccinated against the disease.

12-year-old girl dies, four days after parents won ‘dignified death’ plea
Spain

12-year-old girl dies, four days after parents won ‘dignified death’ plea

Updated: Andrea passed away at 12.30pm on Friday, four days after her parents won their fight with doctors to turn off life support machines to allow their daughter 'a dignified death'.

UN in Geneva opens to public for 70th birthday
Switzerland

UN in Geneva opens to public for 70th birthday

The United Nations Office at Geneva is throwing open the doors of its Palais des Nations headquarters to the public later this month to celebrate the UN’s 70th birthday.

Italy ‘paid €11m ransom to free aid workers’
Italy

Italy ‘paid €11m ransom to free aid workers’

Italy paid almost €11 million for the release of two aid workers who were kidnapped last year in Syria, Ansa reported.

French drivers need to be taught not punished
France

French drivers need to be taught not punished

France doesn't need more speed cameras, it needs to follow the lead of the UK and teach its motorists to be more responsible on the roads, the head of France's leading motorist group tells The Local.

BLOG: Sweden’s Nobel Prize in Physics 2015
Sweden

BLOG: Sweden’s Nobel Prize in Physics 2015

Scientists from Japan and Canada will share the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics. The Local live blogged the key moments from Tuesday's announcement in Stockholm.

Angela Merkel tops Peace Institute Nobel tips
Norway

Angela Merkel tops Peace Institute Nobel tips

Every year Kristian Berg Harpviken, Director of Oslo's Peace Research Institute (Prio) speculates on the likely winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. And every year he's wrong. Will this year's tip, Angela Merkel, buck the trend?

Backstage at the world’s biggest ‘facial hair party’
Austria

Backstage at the world’s biggest ‘facial hair party’

Sitting on a bench in a school hall, two suited and booted English gentlemen discuss the benefits of wax over hairspray while to their right someone with a large moustache delicately sips beer through a straw.

Wawrinka muscles through to Japan victory
Switzerland

Wawrinka muscles through to Japan victory

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka muscled into the second round of the Japan Open tennis tournament on Tuesday with a bludgeoning 7-5, 6-3 victory over Czech Radek Stepanek.

Four-fifths of Germans want border controls
Germany

Four-fifths of Germans want border controls

Four-fifths of respondents told pollsters that they were in favour of border controls in a new survey released on Monday.

Anger as ‘radical’ inmate shoots French policeman
France

Anger as ‘radical’ inmate shoots French policeman

France’s Justice Minister Christiane Taubira came under fire on Tuesday after a radicalized inmate on the run after not returning to prison following temporary leave shot a policemen in the head during a botched robbery and car chase.

Copenhageners told to have babies earlier
Denmark

Copenhageners told to have babies earlier

If young Danes are suffering from performance anxiety in the sack perhaps it’s because they are being pressured from all directions to start reproducing.

Vaud backs tunnel for dangerous rail line
Switzerland

Vaud backs tunnel for dangerous rail line

Vaud cantonal authorities on Monday backed a proposal for a 145-million-franc ($149-million) tunnel to improve safety and help transform the Lausanne-Echallens-Bercher (LEB) train into a regional rail service.

Russia ‘pressed Norway on Barents news site’
Norway

Russia ‘pressed Norway on Barents news site’

Russian intelligence pressured the Norwegian government to rein in the Barents Observer newspaper, as its critical reporting of Russia was harming cross-border relations, a source has told Norway’s state broadcaster NRK.

Everything you need to know for a semester abroad in Italy
Italy

Everything you need to know for a semester abroad in Italy

Planning to spend the next semester in Italy? You might be dreaming of gelato, sightseeing and moonlit Vespa rides, but there are a few key practical things you need to know.

British murder fugitive arrested in Mallorca after skipping parole
Spain

British murder fugitive arrested in Mallorca after skipping parole

Spanish police said on Monday they had arrested a British man on the resort island of Mallorca who went missing after being granted parole while serving a murder sentence in Britain.

Spanish lesbian couple win artificial insemination case against hospital
Spain

Spanish lesbian couple win artificial insemination case against hospital

A Spanish court has ruled in favour of a lesbian couple who sued local authorities and a hospital who refused them the right to artificial insemination because of their sexual orientation.

Police face bomb threat in southern Sweden
Sweden

Police face bomb threat in southern Sweden

UPDATED: A police station in Nässjö, just south of Jönköping, was cordoned off on Tuesday morning as bomb squad officers travelled 180km from Gothenburg to investigate a suspicious object.

Italian Giro scrambles for big name winners
Italy

Italian Giro scrambles for big name winners

The allure of the Tour de France yellow jersey cast its glow over the Giro d'Italia as organizers unveiled the 2016 route Monday in the presence of champions they desperately hope will be competing.

Klopp ‘offered 3 year Liverpool deal’: reports
Germany

Klopp ‘offered 3 year Liverpool deal’: reports

Liverpool FC bosses have opened negotiations with former Borussia Dortmund manager Jürgen Klopp and are confident of bringing him aboard, British media reported on Tuesday.

Over 1,800 migrants rescued from six boats
Italy

Over 1,800 migrants rescued from six boats

Over 1,800 migrants were rescued on Monday from six vessels found adrift in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Libya, Italy's coast guard said.

Two missing as Riviera flood death toll rises
France

Two missing as Riviera flood death toll rises

As the mammoth clean up job continued in French Riviera towns authorities said the death toll from the weekend's floods had risen to twenty with two German nationals still missing.

Aalborg youth pledge for Europe’s future
Denmark

Aalborg youth pledge for Europe’s future

As part of our Events Around Town series, European Youth Denmark organizers share the highlights of their 'Demo Square' rally in Aalborg.

Norway to battle EU plastic bag tyranny
Norway

Norway to battle EU plastic bag tyranny

Norway may refuse the new EU law aimed at halving plastic shopping bag use, arguing Norwegians need the bags for their rubbish.

Housing ‘crash’ on cards warn top economists
Sweden

Housing ‘crash’ on cards warn top economists

Property prices have doubled in Sweden over the past ten years and the country’s National Institute of Economic Research (NIER) is warning that the market could soon end up crashing.

Pegida ranks swell as refugee fears mount
Germany

Pegida ranks swell as refugee fears mount

Thousands of German anti-Islam protesters on Monday vented their fury at Chancellor Angela Merkel over her welcoming of refugees, accusing her of "high treason" and "crimes against the German people".

‘Swedes say train or die – it’s gone too far’
Sweden

‘Swedes say train or die – it’s gone too far’

Sweden has turned exercise into an obsession rather than a fun way to keep fit, argues Olga Rönnberg, a Russian-born fitness instructor based in Stockholm.