Questions remain after France’s tragic bus crash
France

Questions remain after France’s tragic bus crash

An investigation has been launched into the collision between a bus and truck that killed 43 on Friday in south western France, with several key questions needing answers.

Refugees plagued by sexual violence
Austria

Refugees plagued by sexual violence

The UN refugee agency said Friday it was concerned by "credible testimonies" it has received of sexual violence and abuse against refugee and migrant women and children on the move in Europe and called on authorities to take steps to ensure their protection.

Catalonia leader defends his govt in ‘witchhunt’ corruption probe
Spain

Catalonia leader defends his govt in ‘witchhunt’ corruption probe

Catalonia leader Artur Mas on Friday defended his ruling separatist Convergence party against graft allegations after a slew of arrests targeting current and former officials.

Miss Spain hopeful aims for beauty pageant history as first transgender
Spain

Miss Spain hopeful aims for beauty pageant history as first transgender

Transgender Ángela Ponce is looking to go home with the top prize in Sunday's Miss World Spain contest - and shake up the world of beauty pageants while doing so.

‘They were supposed to enjoy a great day out’
France

‘They were supposed to enjoy a great day out’

The tragic coach crash that left 43 dead in southern France has left scores of families and villages in the Bordeaux region in mourning after the loss of so many of their senior citizens.

Crunch talks fail to halt Syrian war
Austria

Crunch talks fail to halt Syrian war

Top diplomats from Russia, the US, Saudi Arabia and Turkey held talks in a frosty atmosphere Friday on how to end the Syrian conflict, with the sides sharply at odds on the future of Bashar al-Assad.

Canary Islands battered by fierce storms and torrential rain
Spain

Canary Islands battered by fierce storms and torrential rain

Severe weather warnings have been issued across the Canary Islands this weekend as torrential rain brings chaos and forced the closure of schools.

Italy’s startups lagging despite investment surge
Italy

Italy’s startups lagging despite investment surge

Italy's high-tech startups saw record investment in 2015 but financing for nascent tech entrepreneurs still lags far behind the rest of Europe, experts warn.

Putin’s approval soars as sanctions bite
Austria

Putin’s approval soars as sanctions bite

Western sanctions are the main reason Russian President Vladimir Putin has such a huge approval rating, and he can also blame those for the fact his economic policies are a miserable failure according to a leading economist.

Who was Sweden’s school sword killer?
Sweden

Who was Sweden’s school sword killer?

Swedish police shared details on Friday about a 21-year-old Hitler admirer with far-right sympathies who killed a teacher and teenager at an immigrant-heavy Trollhättan school.

Danish People’s Party defamed new citizens
Denmark

Danish People’s Party defamed new citizens

The Danish People’s Party (DF) was fined by the Copenhagen City Court on Friday for placing an advertisement that stated that listed the names of 685 new citizens and said that one of them was “a danger to Denmark’s security”.

Police evacuate last refugee camp in Paris
France

Police evacuate last refugee camp in Paris

More than 1,300 refugees were moved out of a disused Paris school on Friday, the last major camp in the French capital and where they had spent months in increasingly rough conditions.

France bus crash was like a ‘scene from a war’
France

France bus crash was like a ‘scene from a war’

Witnesses and those affected by the deadly bus crash in south-western France have described the horror of what they saw and the devastating impact the 43 deaths will have on the local region.

Adios ‘Jew killer’: Town named after massacre gets new roadsign
Spain

Adios ‘Jew killer’: Town named after massacre gets new roadsign

A tiny northern Spanish town that for centuries had been named after a Jewish massacre carried out during the Spanish Inquisition has now officially got its new name.

Driver faces charges after child left on bus
Italy

Driver faces charges after child left on bus

A driver and an on-board assistant are facing charges of child neglect after a three-year-old was left behind on a school bus.

Jewish extremists attack reporter and AFP in Paris
France

Jewish extremists attack reporter and AFP in Paris

Members of an extremist Jewish group attacked a prominent French journalist on Thursday, after trying to storm the offices of the AFP news agency in Paris, in protest over its coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Spanish schools have introduced chess class to boost maths learning
Spain

Spanish schools have introduced chess class to boost maths learning

An hour of chess a week can improve a pupil's performance in maths by 30 percent, as schools across Spain are finding out.

Ex-DFB boss ‘certain’ of World Cup slush fund
Germany

Ex-DFB boss ‘certain’ of World Cup slush fund

Germany's former football chief Theo Zwanziger Friday said he was certain that there was a slush fund involved in the bidding process of the 2006 World Cup, as questions mounted over a murky €6.7 million payment to FIFA.

Broke Dortmund hosts new football museum
Germany

Broke Dortmund hosts new football museum

Dortmund is a city immensely proud of its football tradition. But by hosting the German national football museum, it may find the ground under its feet less sure than it hoped.

Saarland celebrates 60 years of ‘yes’ to Germany
Germany

Saarland celebrates 60 years of ‘yes’ to Germany

As Angela Merkel prepares to join celebrations marking 60 years since Saarland voted to become a part of Germany, The Local looks at what has changed for this tiny western border state over the decades - and how Germany's "little reunification" came about.

Stockholm boasts new network for women in tech
Sweden

Stockholm boasts new network for women in tech

Sweden prioritizes gender equality - in all sectors. SheTec is a new Stockholm community aimed at inspiring, informing and empowering women in technology.

Telekom takes aim at Amazon with China deal
Germany

Telekom takes aim at Amazon with China deal

German telecoms operator Deutsche Telekom said Friday it is to partner with China's Huawei to offer public cloud computing services in a bid to rival US behemoth Amazon.

Toddler among 43 dead in French coach crash
France

Toddler among 43 dead in French coach crash

A head-on collision between a bus carrying senior citizens and a truck left 43 people dead, including a three-year-old boy. Most of the victims were senior citizens on a day trip.

France struggles to stem rise in road deaths
France

France struggles to stem rise in road deaths

Friday's terrible bus crash that left 43 people dead, including a three-year-old boy, occurred at a time when the French government is under increasing pressure to stem a worrying rise in road deaths.

Brother tells of dead ‘hero’ school teacher
Sweden

Brother tells of dead ‘hero’ school teacher

The brother of teaching assistant Lavin Eskandar, 20, who was killed in the stabbing attack at a school in west Sweden has told The Local that his brother gave his life for his pupils.

Poste Italiane IPO to generate €3.4bn for Italy
Italy

Poste Italiane IPO to generate €3.4bn for Italy

The privatization of Italy’s post office, Poste Italiane, will generate €3.4 billion for the state’s coffers, Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan has said.

Danish jihadists pose ‘significant’ threat
Denmark

Danish jihadists pose ‘significant’ threat

At least 125 Danish citizens have left the country to fight abroad and those who have returned could carry out attacks, the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) said on Friday.

Spanish fashion tycoon overtakes Bill Gates to top world’s rich list
Spain

Spanish fashion tycoon overtakes Bill Gates to top world’s rich list

Zara co-founder Amancio Ortega surpassed Bill Gates as the world's richest man on Friday by nearly $2 billion, according to Forbes magazine's real-time calculator.

Slovenia mulls border fence in refugee crisis
Austria

Slovenia mulls border fence in refugee crisis

Slovenia says it is considering building a border fence to help stem a record influx of migrants and refugees, as thousands more people arrived from Croatia on Friday.

France’s deadliest coach crashes since 1973
France

France’s deadliest coach crashes since 1973

France has seen two fatal school bus this week, with eight pupils in total losing their lives. These accidents mark the latest in a long line of fatal crashes in recent years.

Opel rejects claims of diesel emissions fraud
Germany

Opel rejects claims of diesel emissions fraud

Car maker Opel on Friday rejected claims by environmentalists that its diesel-powered cars emit up to 17 times more NOx during normal driving than under test conditions.

Couple face losing home after nude swim row
Austria

Couple face losing home after nude swim row

An elderly couple who have lived in the same house for 44 years have received a demolition notice for their home after a dispute with their neighbour who likes to swim naked in her garden pond.

DNA testing begins in Lucerne rape case
Switzerland

DNA testing begins in Lucerne rape case

Police in the canton of Lucerne will carry out DNA tests on 372 men in an attempt to catch the perpetrator of a violent rape on a woman who was left paralyzed by her injuries.

Italy’s foreigners help pay 620,000 pensioners
Italy

Italy’s foreigners help pay 620,000 pensioners

Immigrants in Italy help pay the pensions of 620,000 people through the billions they contribute each year to the welfare system, according to a study published on Thursday.

Piggy pets find new winter home in Sweden
Sweden

Piggy pets find new winter home in Sweden

Four adorable miniature pigs have found new homes over the winter after their owners' appeal for help went viral in Sweden.

Fifa presidential race gets French Champagne
Switzerland

Fifa presidential race gets French Champagne

Former French diplomat Jerome Champagne on Friday officially entered the running to succeed Sepp Blatter as president of football's scandal-hit governing body Fifa, based in Switzerland.

Denmark to get tough on rapists and abusers
Denmark

Denmark to get tough on rapists and abusers

The justice minister has proposed the first change to the nation’s rape laws in over a decade, which will increase prison sentences by one year.

Ticino job market study angers local politicians
Switzerland

Ticino job market study angers local politicians

There is no evidence that cross-border workers in the canton of Ticino are damaging the job market for Swiss workers, according to a new study, a conclusion which has angered local politicians and unions.

Is turning clocks back all a waste of time?
Germany

Is turning clocks back all a waste of time?

On Sunday Germany turns its clocks back to mark the end of Central European Summer Time. It's a tradition that's been part of German calendars for the past 25 years - but does it do us any good?

Swedish parties reveal temporary asylum plan
Sweden

Swedish parties reveal temporary asylum plan

UPDATED: The Swedish government and four opposition parties have agreed to introduce temporary residence permits for a number of refugees arriving in the Nordic country.

Isis teen brides in court on terror charges
Austria

Isis teen brides in court on terror charges

Two teenage girls are appearing in court in Salzburg on Friday, charged with participating in a terrorist group.

Swedish town mourns school sword attack
Sweden

Swedish town mourns school sword attack

Residents of Trollhättan have been paying tribute to the victims of an attack on a school which left a teacher and a pupil dead.

One fifth of Spanish potato crisps have too high levels of carcinogens
Spain

One fifth of Spanish potato crisps have too high levels of carcinogens

More than 17 percent of commercial potato crisps in Spain had higher levels of a certain carcinogen than recommended EU levels, according to a study presented by Spanish researchers.

Robbers ring the bells in Norway church
Norway

Robbers ring the bells in Norway church

A group of thieves robbing a church in Norway fled the scene apparently empty-handed after they accidentally set off an automatic bell-ringing system, alerting the entire village to what they were doing.

Austrian minister calls for ‘fortress Europe’
Austria

Austrian minister calls for ‘fortress Europe’

Austria’s Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner has called for “a fortress Europe” to protect the EU’s external borders as thousands of refugees continue to enter Austria from Slovenia.

Norway court ‘cannot deny Breivik attendance’
Norway

Norway court ‘cannot deny Breivik attendance’

A judge in Norway has said that she believes Oslo District Court has no choice but to allow Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik to attend his human rights trial next March in person, knocking back a request for him to be heard over a video link.

Swiss sign up to stop travel for terrorism
Switzerland

Swiss sign up to stop travel for terrorism

Switzerland joined 17 other countries on Thursday in signing a European protocol aiming to prevent people from travelling to join terror groups such as Isis.

Spain starts ambitious trial to cure HIV using umbilical cord stem cells
Spain

Spain starts ambitious trial to cure HIV using umbilical cord stem cells

Doctors in Spain have announced the world's first clinical trial to cure five HIV patients within three years using transplants of blood from umbilical cords.

Balotelli in trouble for leaking ex’s intimate pics
Italy

Balotelli in trouble for leaking ex’s intimate pics

Milan striker Mario Balotelli has hit headlines again after his 40-year-old ex-girlfriend pressed charges after intimate photos she sent the footballer ended up online.

Denmark to judge foreign spouses on integration
Denmark

Denmark to judge foreign spouses on integration

In the latest proposal to tighten immigration rules, the government is suggesting an overhaul to Denmark’s family reunification system that would result in two different sets of rules.

Retailers plan 20-cent charge on plastic bags
Germany

Retailers plan 20-cent charge on plastic bags

Forgetting your own bag when you head to the supermarket could become much more expensive from April 2016, as retailers have suggested that ordinary plastic bags should cost 20 cents each in advice to the government.

Spain’s left-wing Podemos runs out of steam ahead of general election
Spain

Spain’s left-wing Podemos runs out of steam ahead of general election

Two months before general elections, Spain's new anti-austerity party Podemos appears to be running out of steam, hit by political setbacks and a slump in opinion polls.

Foo Fighters fulfill Italy pledge after viral video
Italy

Foo Fighters fulfill Italy pledge after viral video

Foo Fighters, an American rock band, have fulfilled their promise to perform a concert in a central Italian town after a video put together by Italian musicians performing the group’s “Learn to Fly” went viral.

American climber dies after Mont Blanc fall
France

American climber dies after Mont Blanc fall

An American died in the Mont Blanc Massif after falling 40 metres in front of his teenage son, who had to spend the night suspended on a cliff face before he was rescued.

Trial ends of mother accused of killing adopted Chinese daughter
Spain

Trial ends of mother accused of killing adopted Chinese daughter

A Spanish lawyer suffocated her 12-year-old adopted Chinese daughter in a plan hatched with her ex-husband, a public prosecutor told jurors on Thursday as the couple's high profile trial wrapped up.

New asylum law ‘to be in force by the weekend’
Germany

New asylum law ‘to be in force by the weekend’

Germany's government plans to begin enforcing a brand-new, tougher law on asylum and deportation from Saturday, Chancellor Angela Merkel's closest aide said on Friday morning.

Norway has used ‘texas’ for ‘crazy’ for 60 years
Norway

Norway has used ‘texas’ for ‘crazy’ for 60 years

Norwegians have been using the phrase 'totally texas' to mean 'absolutely crazy' for at least 60 years, the Norwegian Language Council has discovered.

Man’s leg ripped off in Danish train accident
Denmark

Man’s leg ripped off in Danish train accident

A man had his leg ripped off when trying to board a train at Middelfart Station on Thursday night.

Diplomats meet in Vienna over Syria crisis
Austria

Diplomats meet in Vienna over Syria crisis

Update: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks on the war in Syria with US counterpart John Kerry in Vienna on Friday after Moscow thrust itself into the heart of the crisis with its bombing campaign backing the Syrian president.

Thousands protest as Air France confirms cuts
France

Thousands protest as Air France confirms cuts

Thousands protested across France on Thursday as Air France confirmed it would axe 1,000 workers next year.

Police collar Nazis over refugee fire attack plan
Germany

Police collar Nazis over refugee fire attack plan

German police have foiled a far-right plot to torch migrant shelters, officials said on Thursday in the latest evidence of violence directed at refugee centres.

Italy’s Fendi sets up home in fascist folly
Italy

Italy’s Fendi sets up home in fascist folly

Luxury fashion company Fendi on Thursday unveiled its new headquarters in a long-abandoned, now renovated architectural folly created by the WWII fascist leader Benito Mussolini in Rome.

Norwegian orders 19 more Dreamliners
Norway

Norwegian orders 19 more Dreamliners

Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle has ordered 19 more Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, more than doubling its risky but so far successful bet on long haul budget air travel.

Swedish police: don’t wear Halloween masks
Sweden

Swedish police: don’t wear Halloween masks

UPDATED: Swedish police warned Halloween revellers not to use fake weapons as part of their fancy dress outfits as a country still shaken by a fatal school stabbing was trying to get back on its feet.

Jo Nesbø’s Snowman to be shot in Oslo
Norway

Jo Nesbø’s Snowman to be shot in Oslo

A big budget adaptation of Jo Nesbø's crime novel Snowman is to become the first major international film to be shot in the Norwegian capital Oslo.

Unexpected profits jump for Sweden’s Volvo
Sweden

Unexpected profits jump for Sweden’s Volvo

Truck maker Volvo reported a larger than expected operating profit hike of 75 percent on Friday.

Islamists ‘recruiting’ at Norway asylum centres
Norway

Islamists ‘recruiting’ at Norway asylum centres

Radical Muslims have been trying to recruit at reception centres for recently arrived refugees, Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) warns.

Why I can’t wait for a proper Swedish winter
Sweden

Why I can’t wait for a proper Swedish winter

As others break out the vitamin D supplements and start dreaming of next summer, our northern Swedish reporter Paul Connolly is excited about the prospect of a proper cold Swedish winter.

How to make a Swedish ‘pyttipanna’ fry-up
Sweden

How to make a Swedish ‘pyttipanna’ fry-up

Swedish meal 'pyttipanna' is a traditional comfort food, perfect for autumn. So we've dug out our favourite take on the dish, shared by food writer John Duxbury.