Neo-Nazi Dane jailed for racist attack
Austria

Neo-Nazi Dane jailed for racist attack

A Danish citizen well-known in the Austrian neo-Nazi environment was behind a racially-motivated pepper spray attack on an Afghan family.

Danish unemployment benefit overhaul in place
Denmark

Danish unemployment benefit overhaul in place

The government reached an agreement with the Danish People’s Party and the Social Democrats on Thursday that entails significant changes to the unemployment benefit known as dagpenge.

Berlin NGO smuggles pirate radio into Syria
Germany

Berlin NGO smuggles pirate radio into Syria

A Berlin-based NGO has given an old technology a modern twist to ensure that independent journalism can fly under the government radar in the Syrian civil war.

Paris Beauvais named Europe’s worst airport
France

Paris Beauvais named Europe’s worst airport

The bosses of Paris Beauvais airport are unlikely to be raising their champagne glasses any time soon after their unloved facility was rated the worst in Europe.

French train hero left with massive scar
France

French train hero left with massive scar

The injuries of Spencer Stone, the American who was attacked in the US after foiling a terror attack on a French train, are worse then previously imagined as a new photo reveals an enormous post-surgery scar on his chest.

Man who beat a racehorse to death is jailed in landmark case for Spain
Spain

Man who beat a racehorse to death is jailed in landmark case for Spain

A man was put behind bars in Mallorca on Wednesday after being found guilty of beating his horse to death when it failed to win a race, marking the first jail term for animal abuse in Spain.

Italian conspiracies surround Pope’s tumour
Italy

Italian conspiracies surround Pope’s tumour

After a choppy few weeks for Pope Francis, a strongly denied report that he has a brain tumour has sent Vatican and Italian conspiracy theorists into overdrive.

Spain’s PM concerned over possible leftist government pact in Portugal
Spain

Spain’s PM concerned over possible leftist government pact in Portugal

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy expressed concern on Thursday over the possibility that a Socialist government backed by the hard left will come to power in neighbouring Portugal.

Chance of more QE peps Dax, troubles economists
Germany

Chance of more QE peps Dax, troubles economists

The European Central Bank (ECB) announced Thursday that it may continue buying eurozone governments' bonds into 2016, hoping to free up banks' cash to invest in business. The German stock market reacted excitedly – but economists aren't convinced.

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Sweden

Nov. 3: Ten things no one told you about the international job market (Jönköping)

Police arrest woman who faked own kidnap to get money from mother
Spain

Police arrest woman who faked own kidnap to get money from mother

A young woman in Sevilla has been arrested for pretending that she had been kidnapped and forced into prostitution in order to get money from her mother to pay off her debts.

Air gun delays Swedish Prince’s prize ceremony
Sweden

Air gun delays Swedish Prince’s prize ceremony

Sweden's Prince Carl Philip was delayed from arriving at the Swedish Medical Association where he was set to award scholarships on Thursday, after a "suspicious object" which turned out to be an airgun was found in the area.

Police hunt neo-Nazi who urinated on children
Germany

Police hunt neo-Nazi who urinated on children

Police are on the hunt for a 32-year-old man who allegedly urinated on an eastern European family in a racial attack on a Berlin local train last August.

French firm guilty over deadly weight-loss drug
France

French firm guilty over deadly weight-loss drug

UPDATED: Eight years after a scandal erupted over a diabetes drug linked to hundreds of deaths, a French court on Thursday found pharmaceutical firm Servier responsible of having left a "defective" drug on the market.

Sweden: Where cash will never be king
Sweden

Sweden: Where cash will never be king

Could Sweden become one of the first cashless societies in the world? Probably, says a researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology. Here's how, and why.

Frenchman sues Apple after iPhone leg burn
France

Frenchman sues Apple after iPhone leg burn

A man in eastern France is going on the attack against Apple after a burning iPhone left him with second degree burns to his leg.

Klopp’s restored belief, says Liverpool star
Germany

Klopp’s restored belief, says Liverpool star

Liverpool FC's young German midfield star Emre Can has spoken of how Jürgen Klopp has lifted the team in his short time at the club.

Five crucial facts about attack at Swedish school
Sweden

Five crucial facts about attack at Swedish school

Swedes are in shock after a teacher and a pupil died and two others were injured in an attack at a school in western Sweden. The suspect also died. The Local looks at the key facts.

Life’s a beach: 3 in 4 skip work in Riviera town
Italy

Life’s a beach: 3 in 4 skip work in Riviera town

It is a well-known holiday destination and employees of the Italian Riviera resort of San Remo have been caught slipping into vacation mode a little too frequently.

Danish neo-Nazi jailed in Austria for racist attack
Denmark

Danish neo-Nazi jailed in Austria for racist attack

A Danish citizen well-known in the Austrian neo-Nazi environment was behind a racially-motivated pepper spray attack on an Afghan family.

Fifa questions DFB’s World Cup bribery story
Germany

Fifa questions DFB’s World Cup bribery story

World football organization Fifa said on Thursday that the version of events presented by the German Football Association (DFB) about a suspect €6.7 million payment it made to Fifa in 2005 was unlikely.

Milan clinic probed after pregnancy death
Italy

Milan clinic probed after pregnancy death

An investigation is underway after a 40-year-old pregnant woman and her unborn baby died nine hours after being discharged from a clinic in Milan.

Stag smashes through bus windscreen
Austria

Stag smashes through bus windscreen

A bus driver in Carinthia was lucky to walk away with just a few scratches after hitting a stag which hurtled through his windscreen and landed on the dashboard before running to the back of the vehicle in panic and eventually leaving by the rear door.

Ten bizarre but tempting non-Italian pizzas
Italy

Ten bizarre but tempting non-Italian pizzas

The arrival of Domino's pizza in Italy has raised a few eyebrows, not least because the company is no stickler for tradition when it comes to topping the country's most famous dish.

TV forecasters ‘ruining tourism in Normandy’
France

TV forecasters ‘ruining tourism in Normandy’

A tourism industry chief in Normandy has blasted negative TV weather forecasters for putting tourists off Normandy by giving people the impression it always rains in that part of northern France.

Swiss foundation helps children of alcoholics
Switzerland

Swiss foundation helps children of alcoholics

Addiction Suisse, an independent organization supporting addicts and their families, launched a new project on Thursday aiming to help the estimated 100,000 children in Switzerland who have an alcoholic parent.

Praterstern murder suspect hands himself in
Austria

Praterstern murder suspect hands himself in

A suspected killer has handed himself in to police in Vienna, confessing to stabbing an Algerian man last month in Praterstern who later died.

Central spire will make the Sagrada Familia tallest church in the world
Spain

Central spire will make the Sagrada Familia tallest church in the world

Plans have been unveiled that will make Barcelona's Sagrada Familia the tallest church in the world when it is finally completed in 2026.

Huge crowds and long queues as Madrid shoppers go Primark crazy
Spain

Huge crowds and long queues as Madrid shoppers go Primark crazy

Shoppers face restricted access to control crowds a week after the low-cost fashion chain opened its largest shop in mainland Europe.

Daimler defies gravity with big China sales
Germany

Daimler defies gravity with big China sales

Stuttgart-based car maker Daimler – owner of Mercedes-Benz – has bucked industry-wide trends for decreasing profits, in part by outdoing other German brands in China.

Bern proposes end to online gambling ban
Switzerland

Bern proposes end to online gambling ban

Online casinos and low-stakes private poker tournaments could be legalized under a new bill proposed by the federal government which would also make winnings from all gambling, including the lottery, exempt from tax.

Rival parties protest TV show with Marine Le Pen
France

Rival parties protest TV show with Marine Le Pen

Normally at loggerheads, the head of France's ruling Socialist party and his main opposition counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy have joined hands to protest the invitation of far-right leader Marine Le Pen to an influential political TV show for the fifth time.

Police ‘struggling’ with refugee crisis
Austria

Police ‘struggling’ with refugee crisis

Austria’s Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner has warned that police are struggling to cope with the influx of thousands of refugees now crossing the border from Slovenia and that the force urgently needs reinforcements.

Jobless rate drops to 4-year low in further sign of economic recovery
Spain

Jobless rate drops to 4-year low in further sign of economic recovery

Spain's unemployment rate fell to 21.2 percent in the second quarter, its lowest level in four years, official data showed on Thursday, in a further sign of recovery in the eurozone's fourth-largest economy.

Denmark increases Syrian residence permits
Denmark

Denmark increases Syrian residence permits

Syrians now receive more residence permits in Denmark than US citizens, although the number of the latter is also on the rise.

Key witness in Danish genitalia case murdered
Denmark

Key witness in Danish genitalia case murdered

The wife of the Danish man accused of cutting off women’s sexual organs and storing them in his freezer was to be the prosecution’s star witness but now she’s been shot and killed.

Netflix streams into Italy
Italy

Netflix streams into Italy

Good news for film and TV buffs across Italy: the on-demand service Netflix is now available across the country, with subscribers getting the first month for free.

Three dead, two hurt in Swedish school attack
Sweden

Three dead, two hurt in Swedish school attack

UPDATED: The suspect behind a stabbing spree at a school in west Sweden has been confirmed dead. A teenager and a teacher also died and two others remain in hospital.

Football referee launches legal complaint against ‘anti-Barça plot’
Spain

Football referee launches legal complaint against ‘anti-Barça plot’

A Spanish ref has lodged a formal complaint claiming he was told to favour Real Madrid over rivals Barcelona FC in the upcoming Clasico.

Sinkhole swallows car amid Sicily downpour
Italy

Sinkhole swallows car amid Sicily downpour

A parked car was swallowed up by a sinkhole that suddenly opened up on a road in Sicily after heavy rain on Wednesday evening.

Runaway French train travels 19km without brakes after hitting cow
France

Runaway French train travels 19km without brakes after hitting cow

An out of control train in northern France travelled for 19km after the brakes failed following a collision with a cow, leaving the driver unable to bring it to a halt.

Balloon memorial for US boy ends up in Denmark
Denmark

Balloon memorial for US boy ends up in Denmark

A heartbroken father in the state of Illinois released a helium balloon with a hand-written tribute to his dead son that was found this week in a Dane’s backyard.

Footballer suspended in Nazi symbol row
Austria

Footballer suspended in Nazi symbol row

Carinthia’s football association has suspended a footballer who wore socks with Nazi symbols on them during a match, allegedly gave a Nazi salute and insulted a player from the opposition.

Five family members found dead in France
France

Five family members found dead in France

Three children and their parents have been found dead at their home near the northern French city of Lille, a local prosecutor said late Wednesday.

Newer diesel engines didn’t cheat tests: VW
Germany

Newer diesel engines didn’t cheat tests: VW

UPDATED: Volkswagen said on Thursday that its most recent model of diesel motor was "definitely not manipulated" using software designed to defeat regulators' emissions testing.

Schweini gets Chinese Nazi doll doppelgänger
Germany

Schweini gets Chinese Nazi doll doppelgänger

A Hong Kong firm is selling plastic Nazi soldiers with a striking resemblance to one of Germany's most famous footballers - World Cup-winning captain Bastian Schweinsteiger. Pure coincidence, the company insists, as they believe "all Germans look like that".

Cologne braces for mass ‘hooligans’ Sunday demo
Germany

Cologne braces for mass ‘hooligans’ Sunday demo

Cologne police are gearing up for one of their largest deployments in recent years after it emerged a new demonstration by the "Hooligans against Salafists" (HoGeSa) group that caused havoc in 2014 would take place on Sunday.

Fifteen hurt as train hits truck in western France
France

Fifteen hurt as train hits truck in western France

Fifteen people were injured after a train crashed into a truck in south western France on Wednesday. The collision was so powerful that a nearby house was also damaged.

Spanish artist to draw controversial Millennium spin off comic books
Spain

Spanish artist to draw controversial Millennium spin off comic books

Stieg Larsson's Millennium books are reported to be getting a second alternative ending in a set of new comic books inspired by the Swedish trilogy.

Sweden doubles refugee arrival forecast for 2015
Sweden

Sweden doubles refugee arrival forecast for 2015

UPDATED: Up to 190,000 asylum seekers are expected to arrive in Sweden in 2015, more than twice as many as previously predicted, the country's Migration Agency announced on Thursday morning.

B Movie: Spanish ruling party slush fund scandal hits the silver screen
Spain

B Movie: Spanish ruling party slush fund scandal hits the silver screen

An unusual film based entirely on testimony by a former treasurer of Spain's ruling party who admitted running a slush fund has opened in cinemas ahead of a year-end general election.

German football great under Fifa suspicion
Switzerland

German football great under Fifa suspicion

Fifa lifted a new corner of its veil of secrecy on Wednesday by revealing that German football great Franz Beckenbauer and the current most senior Uefa official Angel Maria Villar Llona have been investigated.

Wanted Colombian DJ arrested in Italy: police
Italy

Wanted Colombian DJ arrested in Italy: police

A Colombian DJ popular with the stars but wanted by Interpol for alleged drug trafficking has been arrested in Italy, Colombian police said on Wednesday.

Politicians in danger from far right warn police
Germany

Politicians in danger from far right warn police

The Federal Office of Criminal Investigations (BKA) has warned that not only refugees but also people who work with them are under increasing threat from violent far-right groups.

Heated tents and more cops to be sent to Calais
France

Heated tents and more cops to be sent to Calais

France is to supply heated tents for women and children living in the slum-like refugee camp in Calais, where one doctor said sanitary conditions were even worse than in a war zone.

Comic books to draw new Millennium spin off
Sweden

Comic books to draw new Millennium spin off

Stieg Larsson’s Millennium books are reported to be getting a second alternative ending in a set of new comic books, months after David Lagercrantz published a controversial sequel to the Swedish trilogy.

Allegri slams ‘selfish’ Juventus players
Italy

Allegri slams ‘selfish’ Juventus players

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri slammed the selfish players whose misses heaped unwelcome pressure on the Italian champions following a scoreless draw with Champions League rivals Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday.

PSG and Ibrahimovic disappoint against Real
France

PSG and Ibrahimovic disappoint against Real

PSG hardly suggested they are ready to win the Champions League as the French champions and their talisman striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic struggled to make any impression against an injury-hit Real Madrid side in Paris on Wednesday.

Palestinians not behind Holocaust: Merkel
Germany

Palestinians not behind Holocaust: Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday reiterated Germany's inherent responsibility for the Holocaust after visiting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu stirred controversy over his claim a Palestinian leader gave Hitler the idea of exterminating Jews.

Fresh arson fears as refugee home burns
Sweden

Fresh arson fears as refugee home burns

UPDATED: Emergency services were called to a former retirement home in southern Sweden overnight to tackle the latest in a string of fires at temporary facilities for refugees.

Danish troops wanted for dangerous Mali mission
Denmark

Danish troops wanted for dangerous Mali mission

The United Nations has asked Denmark to send 250 troops and up to 30 armoured vehicles to its "very dangerous" mission in Mali.

Five frosty facts about our next ‘extreme winter’
Norway

Five frosty facts about our next ‘extreme winter’

Start knitting that woollen scarf, go out and buy thick sweaters and stock up on canned goods – international weather forecasts are predicting an "abnormally cold" winter in Norway.

Five retro spots to time hop in Sweden this week
Sweden

Five retro spots to time hop in Sweden this week

As the world celebrates the 80s Back to the Future 2 movie, set in October 2015, here are five fun retro places where you can experience a blast from the past, as well as our usual interactive guide to the best events and activities across Sweden.