Could far-right leader conquer ‘red’ Vienna?
Austria

Could far-right leader conquer ‘red’ Vienna?

Boosted by a surge in popularity in the wake of Europe's refugee crisis, the leader of Austria's far-right Freedom Party, Heinz-Christian Strache, hopes to finally break the Socialists' 70-year reign in Vienna in Sunday's regional election.

Austrian gets tangled up in paragliding lie
Austria

Austrian gets tangled up in paragliding lie

An Austrian woman is in hot water after inventing a paragliding accident to get out of a business meeting - a lie which sparked an alpine rescue search involving firemen and police.

Undercover beggar: ‘Swedes are coldhearted’
Sweden

Undercover beggar: ‘Swedes are coldhearted’

Patrik Söderström, a 24-year-old student from northern Sweden, wanted to test whether Swedes treated foreign beggars as badly as he had suspected. After spending less than half a day as a “Swedish beggar”, he says the results shocked still shocked him.

Air France and pilots back on speaking terms
France

Air France and pilots back on speaking terms

Air France resumed negotiations with pilots' unions on Friday for the first time since one of its executives had his shirt torn off by an angry mob after the airline unveiled plans for job cuts.

Sweden’s controversial December Agreement collapses
Sweden

Sweden’s controversial December Agreement collapses

The Christian Democrats' decision to pull out of the controversial December Agreement has led to all of Sweden's centre-right Alliance opposition parties nullifying the accord in a decision which some fear could lead to a snap general election.

50,000 expected at Berlin anti-TTIP demo
Germany

50,000 expected at Berlin anti-TTIP demo

Organizers of a mass rally in Berlin against US-EU free trade agreement TTIP say that they expect around 50,000 people on Saturday from all over Germany to take part.

Plane forced to land in Italy after pilot falls ill
Italy

Plane forced to land in Italy after pilot falls ill

An easyJet flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Venice’s Marco Polo airport on Friday after the plane’s pilot became ill.

What the Germans brought to America
Germany

What the Germans brought to America

German-American Day first gained a spot on US calendars over 130 years ago. An annual holiday on October 6th, it marks the day in 1683 when 13 German families arrived in Philadelphia to set up home. But what exactly made their arrival so important?

How to negotiate your dream salary in Sweden
Sweden

How to negotiate your dream salary in Sweden

From startups to multinationals, many firms in Sweden fix salaries differently to elsewhere in the world. Swedish culture specialist Sofi Tegsveden Deveaux shares her top negotiating tips with The Local.

Berlin school bans Wi-fi hub over porno fears
Germany

Berlin school bans Wi-fi hub over porno fears

A school in west Berlin has opposed the city putting a public Wi-fi hot spot on their roof – because they are afraid pupils will use it to view pornography on their smartphones.

How well does Homeland get Germany?
Germany

How well does Homeland get Germany?

As the first episode of the new season of Homeland, shot in Berlin, aired this week, The Local takes a look at what it got right on point - and where it totally missed the point - about Berlin and Germany. Obviously: spoiler alert if you haven’t seen it.

Picasso’s morose masterpiece with a hidden secret to go up for auction
Spain

Picasso’s morose masterpiece with a hidden secret to go up for auction

A rare Pablo Picasso painting from the collection of US tycoon Bill Koch that will be sold on November 5th was shown in London for the first time on Friday.

Why Spain needs to learn to value the sharing economy
Spain

Why Spain needs to learn to value the sharing economy

The country that invented tapas understands the concept of sharing. But baking that idea into Spain’s regulatory policies is proving to be more difficult, writes Gary Shapiro.

‘Liechtenstein is like a woman who can’t dance’
Sweden

‘Liechtenstein is like a woman who can’t dance’

As Sweden gears up to take on Liechtenstein in Friday’s crucial qualifier for the 2016 European Championships, Swedish coach Erik Hamrén has looked to other disciplines to ensure his team will walk away with the much-needed three-point win. Apparently, Liechtenstein can’t dance.

Wow! Yay! Love! Facebook unveils new ‘reaction’ emojis in Spain trial
Spain

Wow! Yay! Love! Facebook unveils new ‘reaction’ emojis in Spain trial

The social network’s new plan to expand on the 'like' button was rolled out in Spain for a trial run on Friday.

Denmark’s refugee quota plan skips Copenhagen
Denmark

Denmark’s refugee quota plan skips Copenhagen

The Danish Immigration Service has released its plan to distribute 12,000 expected refugees across Denmark and the nation’s largest city will take zero.

French hotel industry to ‘go hard’ after Airbnb
France

French hotel industry to ‘go hard’ after Airbnb

The head of France's hoteliers union (UMIH) has fired a warning to Airbnb telling The Local that the suffering hotel industry will "go hard" after the room sharing website in a bid to level out "unfair competition".

Rent hikes force Italy’s shops out of business
Italy

Rent hikes force Italy’s shops out of business

Increasing rents are forcing shops in Italy out of business, a shop owner told The Local after it was revealed that one in four premises across the country are empty.

Ousted Rome mayor warns of mafia return
Italy

Ousted Rome mayor warns of mafia return

Rome's mayor cried foul on Friday after being forced to resign over an expenses row and warned the Italian capital could succumb once more to organized crime.

Danish F1 driver searching for a new team
Denmark

Danish F1 driver searching for a new team

Danish F1 driver Kevin Magnussen is weighing his options as his career with McLaren-Honda appears to be finished.

Tunisia’s Quartet wins Nobel Peace Prize
Norway

Tunisia’s Quartet wins Nobel Peace Prize

A Tunisian coalition of human rights groups, lawyers, unions, and trade bodies has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for helping steward the North African country’s near bloodless path towards democracy.

Zurich to save millions in stadium court battle
Switzerland

Zurich to save millions in stadium court battle

The city of Zurich will be breathing a sigh of relief after a court ordered it to pay 340,000 francs ($353,000) instead of a potential 23 million francs ($24 million) to leading Swiss construction company Implenia.

Klopp meets press as new Liverpool boss
Germany

Klopp meets press as new Liverpool boss

Jürgen Klopp was introduced to the media as Liverpool manager on Friday morning and spoke of his pride at taking over at one of English football's biggest teams.

Italian town to re-try 18th century witch
Italy

Italian town to re-try 18th century witch

The Italian town of Brentonico in the Alpine region of Trentino is asking for the retrial of a woman executed for witchcraft in 1716.

France’s Muslim men suffer CV discrimination
France

France’s Muslim men suffer CV discrimination

A practising Muslim man is four times less likely to get a job interview in France than a Catholic counterpart, according to a study published on Thursday.

Drunk parents take daughter driving
Austria

Drunk parents take daughter driving

An Austrian woman who took her 18-year-old daughter for a practise drive could face a hefty fine after she was found to be completely drunk when stopped by police.

Lausanne school opens ambitious new campus
Switzerland

Lausanne school opens ambitious new campus

The International School of Lausanne (ISL) inaugurated a new 46-million-franc ($48-million) campus on Thursday, two years after its ambitious capital expansion project began.

Police hunt suspect after refugee child snatched
Germany

Police hunt suspect after refugee child snatched

A four-year-old refugee child went missing in Berlin over nine days ago. Now police have released a picture of his suspected abductor.

Tents to provide shelter for refugees in Sweden
Sweden

Tents to provide shelter for refugees in Sweden

UPDATED: Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has given Sweden's migration agency permission to set up tent camps to provide temporary shelter for refugees as the country's asylum centres reach saturation point.

Six unmissable dishes from Toledo, Spain’s 2016 Capital of Gastronomy
Spain

Six unmissable dishes from Toledo, Spain’s 2016 Capital of Gastronomy

Toledo has been chosen as Spain's Capital of Gastronomy for 2016 due to its "creative combination of cultural and gastronomical heritage". So what is so tasty about Toledo?

‘Refugees welcome’ say Sion demonstrators
Switzerland

‘Refugees welcome’ say Sion demonstrators

Around 400 people joined a peaceful demonstration in support of refugees held in the centre of Sion on Thursday night.

Spanish Ebola nurse protests a year after authorities ‘executed’ her dog
Spain

Spanish Ebola nurse protests a year after authorities ‘executed’ her dog

Teresa Romero took to the streets of Madrid along with dozens of other protestors in memory of her beloved Excalibur, a year after he was sacrificed during the ebola crisis.

Bavarian leader: I’ll send refugees back to Austria
Austria

Bavarian leader: I’ll send refugees back to Austria

Austria has warned against the Bavarian government's threat to start turning refugees back at the Austrian border - saying it could lead to violence.

Klopp calls Liverpool deal ‘dream move’
Germany

Klopp calls Liverpool deal ‘dream move’

German football coach Jürgen Klopp flew into Liverpool on Thursday to put pen to paper on a contract with the Premier League club, describing the move as "like a dream".

Swedish herring party sparks gas leak fears
Sweden

Swedish herring party sparks gas leak fears

A team from the Swedish rescue services were more than a little surprised when a presumed gas leak in an apartment building in southern Stockholm turned out to be no more than a fermented herring party.

Copenhagen to get car-free day
Denmark

Copenhagen to get car-free day

Pedestrians will be given free rein in the Danish capital for one day next September and even more car-free days could be in the works.

As it happened: Nobel Peace Prize 2015

As it happened: Nobel Peace Prize 2015

The winner of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize has been announced. Find out whether one of the favourites took home the award or whether there was a shock in store.

First asylum seekers leave Italy under EU plan
Italy

First asylum seekers leave Italy under EU plan

UPDATED: A small group of Eritreans left Italy for Sweden on Friday, the first contingent of asylum-seekers to be relocated under a European Union scheme to ease the burden of the migration crisis on frontline countries.

‘Glory to Svetlana and thank you, Sweden’
Sweden

‘Glory to Svetlana and thank you, Sweden’

Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich is the Nobel prize winner in literature this year. What does it feel like to be a Belarusian in Sweden at this moment, and what does the prize mean for the country? Two SI students from Belarus share their reflections.

Hungary asked to take over truck deaths probe
Austria

Hungary asked to take over truck deaths probe

Austrian authorities have asked Hungary to take over the probe into the deaths of 71 refugees found in a truck on an Austrian motorway in August and thought to have suffocated shortly after leaving Budapest.

France hits Isis targets in Syria a second time
France

France hits Isis targets in Syria a second time

French warplanes carried out a second wave of strikes overnight on Islamic State targets in Syria, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday.

Italian students die in hot air balloon fall
Italy

Italian students die in hot air balloon fall

Two Italian students died on Thursday morning as they leaped from a hot air balloon during the inauguration ceremony of the Matera Balloon Festival in Basilicata.

More random checks on Czech-Austria border
Austria

More random checks on Czech-Austria border

The Czech Republic will increase the number of random checks on its border with Austria starting this weekend, the interior ministry said in a statement.

Bavaria threatens Merkel with court over refugees
Germany

Bavaria threatens Merkel with court over refugees

The Bavarian government is threatening to take Chancellor Angela Merkel to the country's highest court to make her change her refugee policy.

Danish newspaper written by refugees
Denmark

Danish newspaper written by refugees

Friday’s edition of Danish newspaper Information was written by a team of a dozen refugees, whom the paper said have become “extras in a political debate”.

12 face hard labour over lynching of Italian man
Italy

12 face hard labour over lynching of Italian man

Madagascar's state prosecutor on Thursday sought the maximum sentence of hard labour for life for 12 suspects on trial for the lynching of two Europeans and a local man in 2013.

Uefa stands by Platini after Fifa suspension
Switzerland

Uefa stands by Platini after Fifa suspension

Uefa on Thursday refused to name a new leader after Fifa banned its president Michel Platini from all football activity for 90 days.

Spanish police find Albanian man hidden in car boarding ferry to UK
Spain

Spanish police find Albanian man hidden in car boarding ferry to UK

Spanish police found an Albanian migrant hidden in the trunk of a car that was about to board a ferry on Thursday in the northern port of Santander bound for Britain.

Denmark’s Euro 2016 hopes still alive after loss
Denmark

Denmark’s Euro 2016 hopes still alive after loss

Denmark fell 0-1 to Portugal on Thursday evening but could still back in to Euro 2016 with some help from Armenia.

Children of Spain’s unconventional ‘Red Duchess’ do battle over estate
Spain

Children of Spain’s unconventional ‘Red Duchess’ do battle over estate

Just hours before her death the aristorcrat married a much younger woman and cut her children out of her will. Now they are battling for their inheritance

UBS banker charged in tax evasion probe
Switzerland

UBS banker charged in tax evasion probe

French judges have charged a former top-level banker at UBS with tax evasion as part of a probe into the Swiss banking giant, judicial sources said on Thursday.

West must ‘treat Russia properly’: Juncker
Germany

West must ‘treat Russia properly’: Juncker

The West must "treat Russia properly" and address it as an equal, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said in Passau on Thursday, criticising the US for labelling Moscow a regional power.

Swiss researchers lead brain-mapping project
Switzerland

Swiss researchers lead brain-mapping project

An ambitious project led by researchers in Switzerland to digitally map the brain released on Thursday its first results, showing a complex view of how the brain is wired.

France pays ex-convict over smoking cell mates
France

France pays ex-convict over smoking cell mates

An ex-prisoner in France has successfully sued the state for placing him in a cell with smokers, a court in the northwestern town of Caen said on Thursday.

Star says Italy won’t take Azerbaijan lightly
Italy

Star says Italy won’t take Azerbaijan lightly

Monaco forward Stephan El Shaarawy said Italy won't be taking Azerbaijan lightly when the Azzurri travel to Baku on Saturday looking to seal qualification for Euro 2016 with a game to spare.

France adopts bill to keep minors from jihad
France

France adopts bill to keep minors from jihad

French lawmakers adopted a draft law Thursday that will require minors to have permission from their parents or legal guardians before leaving the country in a bid to curb departures for jihad in Iraq or Syria.

Danish youth group accused of ‘racist’ skit
Denmark

Danish youth group accused of ‘racist’ skit

An international student at the University of Southern Denmark was appalled by what he perceived to be a display of “institutionalized racism” by a Danish youth organization but the group says it’s a case of cultural misunderstanding.

Ireland stun wasteful Germany with shock win
Germany

Ireland stun wasteful Germany with shock win

Shane Long stunned world champions Germany with a goal that guaranteed Ireland a Euro 2016 playoff spot on an historic night at Lansdowne Road as the hosts won 1-0.

Swedish military lifts lid on foreign intrusions
Sweden

Swedish military lifts lid on foreign intrusions

Sweden's Armed Forces on Friday for the first time disclosed secret information about the foreign powers violating Swedish territory in the past five years. Top of the list? The United States.

Relocated refugees land in northern Sweden
Sweden

Relocated refugees land in northern Sweden

UPDATED: A group of 19 Eritreans landed at Luleå airport in northern Sweden on Friday as part of the first phase of a programme to relocate tens of thousands of refugees within the EU.

How to make pork fillet with Swedish apples
Sweden

How to make pork fillet with Swedish apples

Perfect for a cosy autumn or winter evening, this dish, called 'fläskfile med äpplen' in Swedish, was inspired by food writer John Duxbury's visit to Kivik, southern Sweden's apple capital.

‘It should be a big celebration in Belarus’
Sweden

‘It should be a big celebration in Belarus’

In two of Minsk's largest bookstores, local author Svetlana Alexievich's books were on prominent display after she won Sweden's Nobel Prize in Literature – but only in an edition published in Russian.