Breivik delays hunger strike for March trial
Norway

Breivik delays hunger strike for March trial

Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has yet to begin a promised hunger strike, his lawyer revealed as the date for the killer's human rights case was set for March.

Mercury set to rise after cold snap in France
France

Mercury set to rise after cold snap in France

France has been hit by record low temperatures for October in recent days but despite the chill, winter is not coming quite yet.

French students march over universities crisis
France

French students march over universities crisis

Students took to the streets of Paris on Friday to protest against the sorry state of French universities, which are suffering from overcrowding and a chronic lack of funding.

Syrians in Gothenburg scared by Isis graffiti
Sweden

Syrians in Gothenburg scared by Isis graffiti

A Christian Syrian teenager has told The Local how he fears he is "going to die" after threats containing Isis symbols were painted on his family's takeaway shop, amid growing safety concerns among the Assyrian community in west Sweden.

Refugees not ‘invading’ France, Hollande blasts
France

Refugees not ‘invading’ France, Hollande blasts

French President Francois Hollande has tried to put the record straight insisting that France is not being "invaded" by refugees as the far right would have people believe.

Spanish Civil War refugees given memorial at French camp of shame
Spain

Spanish Civil War refugees given memorial at French camp of shame

A memorial museum has opened at the Camp de Rivesaltes where many refugees fleeing Franco's Spain were interned before being sent to their deaths in Nazi concentration camps.

Tractor driver leads cops on 12-hour chase
Germany

Tractor driver leads cops on 12-hour chase

Police in Lower Saxony worked overtime through Thursday evening as they pursued a suspect for twelve hours – as he attempted to escape on his tractor.

Germany ‘bought’ 2006 World Cup bid: reports
Germany

Germany ‘bought’ 2006 World Cup bid: reports

Media reports on Friday alleged that Germany's bid to host the 2006 World Cup was successful thanks to a slush fund set up by the application committee.

Wiener Linien data leak affects 20,000 customers
Austria

Wiener Linien data leak affects 20,000 customers

Personal data belonging to around 20,000 customers of the Vienna public transport company Wiener Linien has been stolen and published online.

Priest begs faithful: give us your scratchcards
Italy

Priest begs faithful: give us your scratchcards

A cash-strapped parish in northern Italy has come up with a controversial idea to help it raise funds, by asking parishioners to give scratch cards instead of the customary monetary offer during mass.

‘Women put their babies into our arms begging us to keep them safe’
Spain

‘Women put their babies into our arms begging us to keep them safe’

As more and more refugees crowd into rubber dinghies to reach Europe, a Spanish volunteer lifeguard tells The Local how he's swapped the tourist packed beaches of Catalonia to go on patrol in Lesbos.

Strauss-Kahn caught up in new police probe
France

Strauss-Kahn caught up in new police probe

France's fallen political heavyweight Dominique Strauss-Kahn has found his not-so-good name embroiled in another police investigation. This time however it revolves around alleged corruption rather than his sex life.

SAS cuts international flights out of Nordics
Sweden

SAS cuts international flights out of Nordics

Just weeks after Scandinavians learned that they could look forward to up to eleven new long-distance routes from SAS, the company announced it was cutting nine other flights from Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo.

Swedish nationalists to copy Danish refugee ads
Denmark

Swedish nationalists to copy Danish refugee ads

The Sweden Democrats plan to launch an international advertising campaign similar to the one the Danish government used to deter refugees – and to run the ads in Denmark.

Italian girl held in Turkey ‘wanted to join Isis’
Italy

Italian girl held in Turkey ‘wanted to join Isis’

An Italian teenage girl is being held in Turkey on suspicion of trying to cross the country’s border into Syria to join the Isis terrorist group.

Fury as German hunter kills massive elephant
Germany

Fury as German hunter kills massive elephant

A German hunter has reignited Zimbabwe's hunting debate after shooting dead one of the largest elephants ever seen in the country – but the company behind the hunt wants to remain anonymous.

Dortmund hosts Euro dog diving championship
Germany

Dortmund hosts Euro dog diving championship

As the "Dog and Horse" convention throws open its doors to the public in Dortmund on Friday, a small group of people have gathered for one of the most unique sporting contests in the world.

Revived Nadal whips flagging Wawrinka
Switzerland

Revived Nadal whips flagging Wawrinka

Rafael Nadal's renaissance took a big step forward on Friday as he whipped Switzerland's flagging Stan Wawrinka for the loss of just three games to reach the Shanghai Masters semifinals.

SAS to drop three Copenhagen routes
Denmark

SAS to drop three Copenhagen routes

Just weeks after Copenhagen-based travellers learned that they can look forward to up to eleven new long-distance routes, three other routes are now disappearing.

Seven ridiculous reasons to avoid visiting Sweden
Sweden

Seven ridiculous reasons to avoid visiting Sweden

After Sweden's anti-immigration party announced it planned to put off refugees with adverts in foreign media, Swedes rushed to Twitter to make fun of the idea. Here's our pick of their jokes.

Vienna’s top five cookery classes
Austria

Vienna’s top five cookery classes

Vienna has its own regional cuisine - Wiener Küche. It’s hearty and flavourful and meat features heavily. If you’re tired of eating out and want to learn how to serve up a perfect Wiener Schnitzel or Tafelspitz (boiled beef) here are our top five picks for cooking courses in Vienna.

Spanish university welcomes new students with very messy initiation
Spain

Spanish university welcomes new students with very messy initiation

Medical students at the University of Granada have been taking part in their annual tradition to welcome new students... an epic food fight.

Seven years for prolific Zurich drug dealer
Switzerland

Seven years for prolific Zurich drug dealer

An office worker turned drug dealer was sentenced to seven years in prison by a Zurich court on Thursday for selling a huge stash of drugs including 63,000 ecstasy pills.

Delivery driver loses cool over sexy van ad
Germany

Delivery driver loses cool over sexy van ad

After refusing to drive the 'brothel-car' provided to him by his company, a coffee deliveryman was sacked without notice - a decision he took to the employment court.

The way forward in Western Sahara: Why Sweden must take action
Sweden

The way forward in Western Sahara: Why Sweden must take action

In 2012 the Swedish government decided to recognize West Sahara as an independent state. But years later it's still not official. This week two parties hosted a panel of West Saharan activists who discussed their experiences, and why the territory must be given freedom from Morocco.

New study to assess drone use in Swiss life
Switzerland

New study to assess drone use in Swiss life

The University of Neuchâtel will launch a new project in February to examine the impact of drone usage on civilian life in Switzerland.

Greenland concert one for the record books
Denmark

Greenland concert one for the record books

Apparently there is a Guinness World Record for just about anything, as an industrial metal band’s performance on a Greenlandic iceberg will be included in the 2016 edition of the annual reference book.

Italian man ‘rips head off lover’s hamster’ in row
Italy

Italian man ‘rips head off lover’s hamster’ in row

A 40-year-old man from Miramare, near Rimini, has been charged with animal cruelty after allegedly ripping the head of his girlfriend's hamster during a blazing argument.

Stockholm is fastest growing city in Europe
Sweden

Stockholm is fastest growing city in Europe

Sweden's capital is swelling more rapidly than any other city in Europe, with its population expected to expand by 11 percent by 2020.

Spain rejects EU’s ‘permanent and binding’ refugee relocation quota
Spain

Spain rejects EU’s ‘permanent and binding’ refugee relocation quota

Spain has rejected Germany’s plan to implement a system of sharing refugees across the EU on a permanent basis during the latest EU summit on the refugee crisis.

Rugby: Five of the best New Zealand-France clashes
France

Rugby: Five of the best New Zealand-France clashes

New Zealand v France, who meet in a World Cup quarter-final on Saturday, is a match with a rich history of controversy and no-holds-barred rugby. New Zealand have won 42 of the 55 Tests since 1906, but it is the French who have provided some of rugby's most indelible moments. Here are five of their most memorable clashes:

Heidelberg doctors ‘bent heart transplant rules’
Germany

Heidelberg doctors ‘bent heart transplant rules’

Prosecutors are investigating the university hospital in Heidelberg over claims that doctors there broke rules to get their patients faster heart transplants.

US probes Deutsche Bank over Moscow deals
Germany

US probes Deutsche Bank over Moscow deals

The US Department of Justice is investigating Deutsche Bank over suspicions the bank helped wealthy Russian businessmen close to President Vladimir Putin get their money out of Moscow.

Low turnout expected in Swiss general election
Switzerland

Low turnout expected in Swiss general election

According to an initial estimate, the number of Swiss people voting in this Sunday's elections could be under 50 percent, a similar number to four years ago. If so, Switzerland would remain near the bottom of the table when it comes to voter turnout in Europe.

Eritrean facing trial over Sweden’s Ikea killings
Sweden

Eritrean facing trial over Sweden’s Ikea killings

UPDATED: A 36-year-old man charged with murdering a mother and son at an Ikea store in Sweden is facing trial later this month.

Queen’s husband feels ‘discriminated’ by Danes
Denmark

Queen’s husband feels ‘discriminated’ by Danes

In an interview with a French newspaper, Prince Consort Henrik blasts the Danes’ refusal to call him ‘king’ as a sign that the country is not as equal as it claims.

PM slams EU boss over Hungary comparison
Italy

PM slams EU boss over Hungary comparison

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi reacted angrily to comments comparing Italy and Hungary's handling of the refugee crisis, made by European Council President Donald Tusk on Thursday.

Refugee killed by Eurotunnel freight train
France

Refugee killed by Eurotunnel freight train

A refugee was hit and killed by a freight train in northern France in the very early hours of Friday morning, marking the 16th fatality of its kind since June.

Travel chaos threat as train drivers begin series of strikes across Spain
Spain

Travel chaos threat as train drivers begin series of strikes across Spain

The strikes are taking place during three separate time periods during Friday which could see thousands of travellers across Spain suffering disruptions.

Italy’s ‘ape jibe’ politician hails citizenship bill
Italy

Italy’s ‘ape jibe’ politician hails citizenship bill

She suffered virulent racist attacks during her brief tenure as Italy's integration minister, but two years on from that tumultuous summer, Cécile Kyenge is feeling jubilant. She tells The Local why.

EU and Turkey strike deal to halt refugee flow
Germany

EU and Turkey strike deal to halt refugee flow

The EU and Turkey reached a deal to stem the flow of asylum seekers in exchange for concessions to Ankara concessions on aid and EU membership talks.

‘Deeper reforms needed in Spain to seal long-term economic recovery’
Spain

‘Deeper reforms needed in Spain to seal long-term economic recovery’

Spain must overhaul its labour market and education system and fight cronyism to seal its recovery, said an economic expert recruited by a key party in December's general election.

Starbucks rumours get Italians in a froth
Italy

Starbucks rumours get Italians in a froth

Rumours that Starbucks could soon be serving up Frappuccinos in Italy have been met with aghast by coffee specialists and café owners alike.

Democracy error 404: MPs pass data retention
Germany

Democracy error 404: MPs pass data retention

A controversial new law requiring telecoms companies to retain details of Germans' communications for 10 weeks was passed on Friday with votes from 404 MPs.

Spanish court closes Ceuta probe into police over migrant drownings
Spain

Spanish court closes Ceuta probe into police over migrant drownings

A Spanish court has closed an investigation into 16 police officers over the drowning of 15 migrants while they tried to swim from Morocco to Spain's north African territory of Ceuta.

France rejects bid to reduce price of tampons
France

France rejects bid to reduce price of tampons

French MPs have said no to a plan to reduce taxes on tampons, sparking outraged responses across France's social media channels.

Roma chief calls on ultra fans to end protest
Italy

Roma chief calls on ultra fans to end protest

Roma president James Pallotta called for the full backing of disgruntled fans during a lively social media exchange on Thursday amid an ongoing strike by hardline supporters he claims is "hurting" Roma's performances.

Frankfurt fair reaches out to refugees with books
Germany

Frankfurt fair reaches out to refugees with books

Food and shelter may be a priority for the record numbers of often desperate refugees arriving in Germany but they also need "intellectual nutrition", say experts at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

France opens abattoir probe after grisly video
France

France opens abattoir probe after grisly video

An official probe has been opened into a French abattoir after undercover video emerged showing cattle having their throats slit while conscious, pigs being gassed in a cage and a horse being beaten with an electric prod.

Nuclear waste ship quits France for Australia
France

Nuclear waste ship quits France for Australia

A ship, dubbed the "dustbin", carrying 25 tonnes of reprocessed nuclear waste was steaming to Australia on Friday despite protests from activists about an "environmental disaster waiting to happen".

Zlatan: ‘I’m like fine wine that gets better with age’
Sweden

Zlatan: ‘I’m like fine wine that gets better with age’

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists he is getting better with age, rather like fine wine. The 34-year-old was interviewed following rumours he could leave his Paris club side.

Italy’s Eataly challenges France for food crown

Italy’s Eataly challenges France for food crown

Having conquered half the world, luxury Italian supermarket Eataly is getting ready to take on Europe, with a store in food-rival France the jewel in its crown.

How to make Swedish liquorice panna cotta
Sweden

How to make Swedish liquorice panna cotta

Liquorice may be an acquired taste, but it is very popular in Sweden. It adds an elegant flavour to this sweet dessert shared with The Local by food writer John Duxbury.

Mozart letter fetches $217,000 at US auction
Austria

Mozart letter fetches $217,000 at US auction

A rare letter written by Mozart to a close friend and renowned Austrian botanist has sold for $217,000 at auction in the United States.

Danish PM praises EU’s deal with Turkey
Denmark

Danish PM praises EU’s deal with Turkey

UPDATED: With an action plan that would see Turkey help more refugees in an effort to slow the stream into Europe, Lars Løkke Rasmussen said the EU is moving away from discussing how to share the refugee problem to how to solve it.

Sweden to erect tents for hundreds of refugees
Sweden

Sweden to erect tents for hundreds of refugees

UPDATED: Sweden's first tents for refugees are set to go up next week. A total of 75 tents are being set up in the south of the country to give people a roof over their heads as winter sets in.

Saxo Bank ends elite cycling sponsorship
Denmark

Saxo Bank ends elite cycling sponsorship

After eight years, Denmark's Saxo Bank will end its sponsorship of a cycling team that features Alberto Contador and Peter Sagan.