Hoverboards permitted on Austrian streets
Austria

Hoverboards permitted on Austrian streets

Hoverboards may have yet to make the leap from the "Back to the Future" movies to reality, but Austria's transport ministry has given them the green light anyway.

Oslo brothers slit man’s throat with pizza cutter
Norway

Oslo brothers slit man’s throat with pizza cutter

Two Oslo brothers have been charged with murdering a 22-year-old Somali man by slitting his throat with a pizza cutter, simply because he owed them money.

Many back status quo federal government: poll
Switzerland

Many back status quo federal government: poll

The Swiss People’s Party (SVP) may have dramatically increased its representation in the lower house of parliament but many Swiss voters are not looking for a change in the federal government, according to a new poll.

Seven Swedish habits you get without trying
Sweden

Seven Swedish habits you get without trying

There are plenty of Nordic traits that might first seem unusual, but can quickly become part of everyday life if you move to Sweden.

Bankers worried about immigration accord
Switzerland

Bankers worried about immigration accord

The electoral success of the right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) will make an initiative curbing immigration from the EU more difficult to implement in a way that is favourable to Switzerland’s economy, a leading Swiss banker says.

Divorce of the century settled ‘amicably’
Switzerland

Divorce of the century settled ‘amicably’

Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev and his ex-wife Elena on Tuesday announced they had reached a deal in Switzerland to settle their divorce, which had been dubbed the costliest break-up of all time.

Russia protests over Swiss warplane incident
Switzerland

Russia protests over Swiss warplane incident

After first blaming France, Moscow on Tuesday lodged an official protest against Switzerland over a Swiss warplane that allegedly flew too close to a plane carrying Russian politicians.

Chinese activist to visit Stockholm for first time
Sweden

Chinese activist to visit Stockholm for first time

A jury led by Chinese activist Ai Weiwei is set to hand out one million kronor at this year's Stockholm Film Festival to a director who has made an impact in the world of movies.

Utøya survivor is Oslo deputy mayor at 27
Norway

Utøya survivor is Oslo deputy mayor at 27

A 27-year-old Utøya survivor is to become the new deputy mayor of Oslo, as Norway’s Labour Party and its Green and Socialist Left allies retake the city after eight years of Conservative rule.

France: 96 percent of asylum rejects stay
France

France: 96 percent of asylum rejects stay

France's asylum procedures have been slammed as too long and inefficient, with as many as 96 percent of refugees who are refused asylum not being deported, an official report found.

Italy lovers asked to help save crumbling treasures
Italy

Italy lovers asked to help save crumbling treasures

The decaying bedroom of a Pompeii home, including a graffito perhaps scrawled by Emperor Julius Caeser's second wife, could finally get the restoration it deserves. If enough people donate online, that is.

Cat hungover after seven week boozing session
Germany

Cat hungover after seven week boozing session

When pet cat Aljosha disappeared from his home in North Rhine-Westphalia for seven weeks, his owner feared the worst. But Aljosha hadn't gone far – he'd been holed up in a neighbour's wine cellar lapping up €40 worth of Riesling.

10 stunning autumn shots of Spain
Spain

10 stunning autumn shots of Spain

At this time of year Spain puts on a splendid show of autumn colours. Here are some of our favourite photos taken by The Local readers.

Cologne gang ‘stole from churches to fund Isis’
Germany

Cologne gang ‘stole from churches to fund Isis’

Eight young men appeared in court in Cologne on Tuesday charged with robbing churches and schools to finance Isis' religious war in Syria.

Greenpeace bids for Vattenfall coal takeover
Sweden

Greenpeace bids for Vattenfall coal takeover

Greenpeace applied on Tuesday to take over the German brown coal operations of Swedish energy giant Vattenfall, pledging to close them down to protect the climate.

France would be ‘chaos’ without its trade unions
France

France would be ‘chaos’ without its trade unions

While French trade unions have come under fire for blocking labour reforms, boycotting talks, ripping off executives' suits and are generally seen as doing everything possible to prevent change, experts say France would be a lot worse off without them.

Dumped Swede warms hearts with concert plea
Sweden

Dumped Swede warms hearts with concert plea

A heartbroken Swedish student has received thousands of offers after his social media appeal to find a date for a concert went viral – just a week after his girlfriend broke up with him.

Merkel mourns with Alps plane crash school
Germany

Merkel mourns with Alps plane crash school

Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the town of Haltern am See on Tuesday to mourn with the parents and other relatives of the sixteen schoolchildren and two teachers killed in the Germanwings plane crash in March.

February date assured for Fifa presidency vote
Switzerland

February date assured for Fifa presidency vote

Fifa's executive committee reconfirmed Tuesday that they will hold the election for a new president to replace Sepp Blatter next February.

France’s disabled forced into ‘exile’ in Belgium
France

France’s disabled forced into ‘exile’ in Belgium

A group supporting France's disabled community has handed a "file of shame" to the French government as it has emerged that thousands are forced into "exile" in Belgium where facilities and support are considered far better.

Does it really pay to lie on your CV?
Germany

Does it really pay to lie on your CV?

It's been all over the news recently: politicians and other high-profile people putting a little extra gloss on their qualifications. Tom Ireland of StartupCVs investigates the extent of the problem - and how you can toy with the truth without feeling guilty.

Palestinian leader to address UN in Geneva
Switzerland

Palestinian leader to address UN in Geneva

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will next week address the United Nations' top human rights body in Geneva, the UN said on Tuesday, as a wave of violence in Israel continues despite international calls for calm.

Demand puts Ferrari on pole for Wall Street debut
Italy

Demand puts Ferrari on pole for Wall Street debut

Ferrari makes its stock market debut on Wall Street on Wednesday with owner Fiat Chrysler hopeful the luxury sports car maker will roar off the starting grid.

Denmark preparing harder residency rules
Denmark

Denmark preparing harder residency rules

The Venstre government is preparing its next round of tighter immigration laws, this time targeting those who want to obtain permanent residency.

Industry’s hearty refugee welcome begins to crack
Germany

Industry’s hearty refugee welcome begins to crack

German industry was initially eager to welcome the hundreds of thousands of refugees arriving into the country - but sceptical voices are being raised about the potential costs of the huge influx to Europe's biggest economy.

Germany’s castles are in danger, warns prince
Germany

Germany’s castles are in danger, warns prince

As experts worry about persuading noble heirs to take care of Germany's castles, The Local finds out what is takes to run these historical buildings – and why the pressure might be too much for the next generation of aristocrats.

Donald Duck reported to Danish police
Denmark

Donald Duck reported to Danish police

Proving that no one is immune to the long arm of the law, Donald Duck is at the centre of a police investigation for hidden advertising on behalf of the aquarium Den Blå Planet.

Death knell sounds for Eta four years after end of Spain violence
Spain

Death knell sounds for Eta four years after end of Spain violence

Four years after it renounced violence, the Basque terrorist group breathes its last without dissolving, while many hope a change in government in Madrid will finally turn the page on decades of conflict.

Exploring what makes Vienna a liveable city
Austria

Exploring what makes Vienna a liveable city

London-born Eugene Quinn is a founding member of culture group space and place, which this year is putting on creative events celebrating Vienna as a city to explore on foot - all part of Vienna’s Year of Walking campaign.

Slovenian army to help ‘manage’ refugee flow
Austria

Slovenian army to help ‘manage’ refugee flow

Slovenian soldiers will help police manage a surge of migrants and refugees from Croatia, the country's government said on Tuesday after an all-night emergency meeting. More than 4,280 people entered Austria from Slovenia on Monday.

Spanish surf dudes rule the waves with world’s first jet-powered board
Spain

Spanish surf dudes rule the waves with world’s first jet-powered board

A pair of surfers turned entrepreneurs are hoping to ride on the wave of popularity as they launch their invention worldwide.

Italian priest ‘preyed on asylum seekers for sex’
Italy

Italian priest ‘preyed on asylum seekers for sex’

Prosecutors in Sicily are seeking a 10-year prison term for a priest who allegedly extorted sex from asylum seekers in return for helping them to obtain residency permits.

Free Wi-Fi now offered to travellers at a dozen airports across Spain
Spain

Free Wi-Fi now offered to travellers at a dozen airports across Spain

From this week a dozen Spanish airports will offer travellers free Wi-Fi, a service that will be extended to all AENA operated airports by the end of the year.

Cycling: Tour de France 2016 stages
France

Cycling: Tour de France 2016 stages

The 2016 edition of the Tour de France will cover 3,519km starting from Mont Saint-Michel on July 2nd and finishing in Paris three weeks later.

Revealed: The route of the 2016 Tour de France
France

Revealed: The route of the 2016 Tour de France

The highest mountain in western Europe, Mont Blanc will take a starring role in the 2016 edition of the Tour de France, whose complete route was unveiled in Paris on Tuesday. The iconic Mont Ventoux will also feature once again.

How to become best friends with your spouse
Austria

How to become best friends with your spouse

Feel like you and your partner are drifting apart? Marriage and Family Therapist Helen Rudinsky looks at how to revive a sense of friendship in your marriage.

Older siblings aren’t always smarter: study
Germany

Older siblings aren’t always smarter: study

Are firstborns more intelligent? Are the babies of the family the rebels? It's a theory that's dominated psychology since the 1990s. But new research by Leipzig and Mainz universities suggests there's little to support it.

Archives shed light on Nazi atrocities in Greece
Germany

Archives shed light on Nazi atrocities in Greece

From the number of Cretans to be executed for every dead German soldier to advice on which brothel to use, new research is shedding light on Nazi wartime atrocities in Greece.

Swedish ‘slaughter the Jews’ rally slammed
Sweden

Swedish ‘slaughter the Jews’ rally slammed

Israel's ambassador to Sweden has strongly criticised videos circulating of a pro-Palestinian rally in Malmö in which protestors appear to praise recent attacks in Israel.

Gran drives mobility scooter down motorway
Austria

Gran drives mobility scooter down motorway

An 89-year-old gran who was spotted driving her mobility scooter (maximum speed 10 km/h) down the hard shoulder of the A1 motorway in Lower Austria has received an official police warning.

Swiss hydro dam part of Tour de France 2016
Switzerland

Swiss hydro dam part of Tour de France 2016

Next year's Tour de France cycling race will have a spectacular itinerary amid the Swiss Alps with riders also zooming into the country's capital of Bern, organizers said on Tuesday.

Swedish ‘vampire’ on trial for killing gay lover
Sweden

Swedish ‘vampire’ on trial for killing gay lover

A Swedish man is on trial accused of attempting to cover up a homosexual relationship by killing his victim, drinking his blood and using it to draw a pentagram on his wall.

Le Pen goes on trial for Muslim prayers rant
France

Le Pen goes on trial for Muslim prayers rant

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right National Front, went on trial on Tuesday on charges of inciting racial hatred after comparing Muslim street prayers to the Nazi occupation.

Unicredit to award €50k for best new banking app
Austria

Unicredit to award €50k for best new banking app

Italian bank Unicredit will give €50,000 to the creator of the best mobile banking app as part of Appathon 2015, which takes place in Milan, Munich and Vienna in November.

Wife sentenced to jail for snooping on husband’s emails wins appeal
Spain

Wife sentenced to jail for snooping on husband’s emails wins appeal

Next time you are tempted to browse through your significant other’s emails or texts, be warned – you could end up being banged up in prison for breach of privacy.

Unicredit to give €50k for best new banking app
Italy

Unicredit to give €50k for best new banking app

Unicredit, Italy’s second largest lender by market value, will give €50,000 to the creator of the best mobile banking app as part of Appathon 2015, which takes place in November.

‘Dinner receipts were forged’: Rome mayor
Italy

‘Dinner receipts were forged’: Rome mayor

Rome's outgoing mayor, Ignazio Marino, has fiercely denied the expenses scandal that forced him out of office earlier this month, saying the dinner receipts were forged.

Deutsche Bank error hands client $6 billion
Germany

Deutsche Bank error hands client $6 billion

One Deutsche Bank customer got quite the surprise when they found $6 billion had appeared in their bank account. The error is the latest in a long line of bad headlines for Germany's largest bank.

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Sweden

Oct 29: A story of conversion – the reuse of coins in the Viking Age (Stockholm)

Swedish street artist reported to Danish police

Swedish street artist reported to Danish police

UPDATED: After Danish police determined that there were no grounds to charge controversial Swedish street artist Dan Park, he will get off with a fine for his flyers comparing refugees to terrorists.

Spanish woman, 22, held at Madrid airport on way to join Isis in Syria
Spain

Spanish woman, 22, held at Madrid airport on way to join Isis in Syria

A Spanish woman has been arrested at Madrid airport on her way to Turkey with the intention of crossing into Syria to join the Isis (Islamic State) terrorist group.

Get ready to binge watch: At long last Netflix has arrived in Spain
Spain

Get ready to binge watch: At long last Netflix has arrived in Spain

Popular streaming website Netflix will be available in Spain from Tuesday, eight years after it was launched in the United States.

Beauty queen dies after mountain fall
Austria

Beauty queen dies after mountain fall

Former Miss Austria Ena Kadic has died in hospital from injuries sustained after she fell down a mountain while jogging in her home state of Tyrol.

Italy willing ‘to keep troops in Afghanistan’
Italy

Italy willing ‘to keep troops in Afghanistan’

Italy is willing to keep its troops in Afghanistan “at current levels”, it was reported on Monday.

On-street parking rates zoom in Swiss cities
Switzerland

On-street parking rates zoom in Swiss cities

The cost of parking is increasing in many Swiss cities as municipalities struggle to deal with rising traffic and clogged roads, resulting in visitors and residents paying higher prices to leave their vehicles in busy urban centres.

DFB mull reporting ex-boss to police
Germany

DFB mull reporting ex-boss to police

The German Football Federation (DFB) are considering reporting ex-president Theo Zwanziger to police in connection with allegations Germany bought the 2006 World Cup.

John Oliver skewers Denmark for dissections
Denmark

John Oliver skewers Denmark for dissections

In a segment for ‘Last Week Tonight’, comedian John Oliver joined the international criticism of the Odense Zoo’s lion dissection by painting Danes as blood-thirsty brutes with silly accents.

Madrid city hall considers court challenge to interest-rate swaps
Spain

Madrid city hall considers court challenge to interest-rate swaps

Madrid's left-wing city government has said it may challenge its costly interest-rate swap agreements in court, just days after it announced it would drop the services of credit rating agencies.

The forgotten refugee camp in northern France
France

The forgotten refugee camp in northern France

As the “New Jungle” at Calais reaches breaking point with the number of refugees hitting 6,000, many refugees now head to other camps in northern France. The Local reports from a squalid settlement near Dunkirk whose population has exploded but the aid has not followed.

French banking giant to pay US €700m in fines
France

French banking giant to pay US €700m in fines

French bank Credit Agricole has agreed to pay €700 million ($800 million) to the US to settle charges it conducted illegal business in Iran and other sanctioned countries, reports have claimed.

Inside Pegida’s bellowing and bitter Dresden rally
Germany

Inside Pegida’s bellowing and bitter Dresden rally

In Dresden on Monday thousands of people at a Pegida rally cheered after a speaker said, half in jest, “it's a shame the concentration camps aren't up and running”. It was a moment that showed how far the anti-Islam movement has slid over its year in existence.

Freezing migrants cry foul as cold bites
Germany

Freezing migrants cry foul as cold bites

As the thermometer dips towards zero in Germany, thousands of asylum seekers spending their nights in tents are pleading for authorities to find them alternative housing.

Juve must eclipse domestic woes again
Italy

Juve must eclipse domestic woes again

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has demanded his side forget their domestic woes with a Champions League win over Borussia Monchengladbach that would put them within sight of the last 16.

Zlatan sets eyes on first Golden Ball footy prize
Sweden

Zlatan sets eyes on first Golden Ball footy prize

Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been nominated for one of the most prestigious awards in football, FIFA's Ballon d'Or or Golden Ball prize.

Danish paedophilia suspect to stand trial
Denmark

Danish paedophilia suspect to stand trial

The trial of a Danish man accused of being behind an online paedophilia network gets underway on Tuesday.

France reveals plan to search rail passengers
France

France reveals plan to search rail passengers

Rail security guards will be able to search suspicious passengers at train stations and on the Paris Metro under new plans to boost security on public transport put forward by the French government this week.

‘Innovative companies benefit most from TTIP’

‘Innovative companies benefit most from TTIP’

Five years ago, cyclists across the world rejoiced to discover that European innovation had made nearly-invisible helmets a reality. Yet the Hövding helmet is still unavailable in its largest market: the US. CEO Fredrik Carling tells The Local how transatlantic bureaucracy is stifling small businesses, and how the freetrade agreement TTIP would help.

Five Star Movement sets its sights on Rome
Italy

Five Star Movement sets its sights on Rome

Italy's Five Star Movement, the populist faction led by former clown Beppe Grillo, believes it is on the verge of transforming itself from protest vehicle to party of government, starting with a tilt at claiming control of Rome.

‘LGBTQ Eurovision fans need a safe zone’
Sweden

‘LGBTQ Eurovision fans need a safe zone’

As Sweden prepares to host Eurovision 2016, the City of Stockholm should offer visiting LGBTQ people a safe meeting place where they can party without worrying about their safety, argues LGBTQ rights campaigner Julle Bergenholtz from RFSL Stockholm.

PM: ‘This is not the Sweden we want to see’
Sweden

PM: ‘This is not the Sweden we want to see’

UPDATED: Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on Tuesday condemned a series of suspected arson attacks on asylum accommodation as The Local spoke to officials planning Sweden's first tent camp for refugees.