Thousands protest Danish education cuts
Denmark

Thousands protest Danish education cuts

Tens of thousands of Danish university and upper secondary school students on Thursday demonstrated against cuts to Denmark's education budget by Copenhagen's right-wing government.

Not-a-fence planned to seal border
Austria

Not-a-fence planned to seal border

Austria's interior minister on Thursday reiterated the need for some kind of "barrier" at its Slovenian border to control the record migrant influx, but eased off her call for an actual fence.

Coastguard search for 39 migrants missing from boat en route to Spain
Spain

Coastguard search for 39 migrants missing from boat en route to Spain

Spain's coastguard said it rescued 15 migrants from a boat that was sinking off the coast of Morocco on Thursday, but 39 others who are onboard were missing.

Teen confesses to swastika graffiti
Austria

Teen confesses to swastika graffiti

Police in Vorarlberg have arrested a 17-year old male for vandalising Jewish and Muslim cemeteries in Hohenems and Altach.

Calais refugees to get vaccines and condoms
France

Calais refugees to get vaccines and condoms

The French government has announced further details of its medical plan to improve the sanitary conditions of the migrants living in the squalid camp in Calais, but aid groups say refugees need more than vaccines, condoms and a physiotherapist.

Rome mayor withdraws resignation
Italy

Rome mayor withdraws resignation

Rome's unpopular mayor Ignazio Marino on Thursday withdrew his resignation, which he had announced earlier this month in the midst of an expenses row, even though his own party has demanded he quit.

Refugees in bus protest accept new forest homes
Sweden

Refugees in bus protest accept new forest homes

UPDATED: Most of the asylum seekers who were refusing to move into a holiday village in west Sweden have accepted their new temporary homes, Swedish officials have confirmed.

Paris Opera union rep racks up €52k phone bill planning strike
France

Paris Opera union rep racks up €52k phone bill planning strike

A union representative working at the Paris Opera House has racked up a €52,000 phone bill after using his cellphone while on holiday to organise a strike.

Refugees to cost up to €16 billion: city leaders
Germany

Refugees to cost up to €16 billion: city leaders

The continued arrival of large numbers of refugees in Germany could cost the country's towns and communities up to €16 billion, far outstripping funds that have so far been allocated to deal with the crisis, a report suggested on Thursday.

Spain PM to meet Podemos leader over Catalonia independence drive
Spain

Spain PM to meet Podemos leader over Catalonia independence drive

Spain's conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will on Friday hold talks for the first time with the leader of new far-left party Podemos in a bid to craft a unified response to a Catalan separatist drive, his office said.

Police join EU-wide raids on smartphone hackers
Germany

Police join EU-wide raids on smartphone hackers

German police have searched the homes of 13 people as part of an international swoop on users of the mobile phone malware DroidJack, authorities said Thursday.

Second student survived school sword attack
Sweden

Second student survived school sword attack

Police in west Sweden have revealed that a second pupil survived being struck by the Trollhättan sword attacker last week, during the stabbings which killed another teenage pupil and teaching assistant and put two others in hospital.

Novo ups profit forecast as earnings jump
Denmark

Novo ups profit forecast as earnings jump

The world's largest insulin maker, Novo Nordisk, raised its annual profit guidance on Thursday after net profit jumped by 29 percent in the third quarter.

Expo wraps up but critics doubt social impact
Italy

Expo wraps up but critics doubt social impact

Dedicated to the problem of feeding the planet, the World Expo in Milan winds up Saturday amid celebrations and doubts over visitor numbers but doubts regarding its contributions to the global food debate.

Danish music festivals announce 2016 names
Denmark

Danish music festivals announce 2016 names

Roskilde, Northside and Tinderbox festivals announce headliners for 2016, including Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Beck and Rammstein.

Denmark wants foreign fighters jailed for life
Denmark

Denmark wants foreign fighters jailed for life

The Justice Ministry on Thursday announced plans to punish Danish foreign fighters as traitors, allowing for life imprisonment.

Santander profits surge as bank rides high on Spain’s recovery
Spain

Santander profits surge as bank rides high on Spain’s recovery

Santander, Europe's biggest bank by capitalisation, has posted a 4.7 percent rise in third-quarter profit as growth in Spain offset the impact of a drop in the Brazilian real.

Monkey ‘gymnast’ on Autobahn stumps cops
Germany

Monkey ‘gymnast’ on Autobahn stumps cops

Police had some trouble luring a capuchin monkey after someone reported that it was "doing gymnastics" next to the Autobahn in west Germany.

Italy quells cancer fears with giant ham sandwich
Italy

Italy quells cancer fears with giant ham sandwich

Angry Italian farmers made a gigantic sandwich stuffed with cured meat and sausages in a bid to stop alarmist concerns over the alleged link between processed meat and cancer.

Gothenburg university provides refugee ‘haven’
Sweden

Gothenburg university provides refugee ‘haven’

Two academics from Syria and Pakistan have been given the first research posts in Sweden created specifically for threatened scholars. They'll be based at Gothenburg University which has told The Local it's working to expand the programme nationwide.

Child corpse found in abduction suspect’s car
Germany

Child corpse found in abduction suspect’s car

Berlin police have arrested a man believed to be linked to the abduction of Mohamed Januzi, a refugee child missing since early October. The body of a child was found in the man's car.

Dong to build world’s biggest wind farm
Denmark

Dong to build world’s biggest wind farm

State-owned Dong Energy is proceeding with plans to construct the world's largest offshore wind farm in 2018.

Danish driver gets new chance with Porsche
Denmark

Danish driver gets new chance with Porsche

After being dropped from McClaren's Formula 1 team, Kevin Magnussen has been signed on as a test driver for Porsche in Barcelona next month.

Horse-trading begins in fight for final cabinet seat
Switzerland

Horse-trading begins in fight for final cabinet seat

The battle between left- and right-wing politicians for the seventh seat in the Swiss federal government has begun in earnest following Wednesday's resignation of finance minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf.

Air France pulls in €480m net profit in three months
France

Air France pulls in €480m net profit in three months

Air France revealed on Thursday it had made €480 million profit in three months - €400 million more than for the same period last year. Nevertheless the company has vowed it will go ahead with plans to cut 1,000 jobs.

Man plunges onto metro rails when Madrid cycling stunt goes wrong
Spain

Man plunges onto metro rails when Madrid cycling stunt goes wrong

A young Spaniard has had a lucky escape after plummeting off a metro platform onto the tracks in Madrid.

Revealed: France’s most desirable cars for thieves
France

Revealed: France’s most desirable cars for thieves

A motoring group has revealed exactly which cars are the most commonly pinched in France with thieves apparently having a penchant for French made automobiles.

Swedish twin dad loses bid to reject fatherhood
Sweden

Swedish twin dad loses bid to reject fatherhood

A Swede who tried to have his paternity revoked after his wife gave birth to twins, rather than the one child he was hoping for, has lost his case in the country's highest court.

The real-life crime played out across 3 days of TV
Germany

The real-life crime played out across 3 days of TV

One of the most notorious criminals in Germany post-war history felt his first taste of freedom last week after 27 years in jail. During a wild three-day crime spree in 1988 his infamy spread across the nation.

French industry workers cheaper than Germans
France

French industry workers cheaper than Germans

France has long been considered far more costly than Germany when it comes to labour costs, but times are changing. When it comes to industry France is now cheaper, new figures show.

Madrid ranked most segregated city in Europe between rich and poor
Spain

Madrid ranked most segregated city in Europe between rich and poor

Segregation between rich and poor has grown more in Madrid than any other European city, according to a recent study.

Spaniard who starved dog to death sent to prison in ‘message to others’
Spain

Spaniard who starved dog to death sent to prison in ‘message to others’

It is only the second prison term issued in Spain for animal abuse and comes in the wake of the sentencing last week of a man who beat his horse to death with a metal rod.

Swiss village to rule on nude cemetery statue
Switzerland

Swiss village to rule on nude cemetery statue

Authorities in the canton of Neuchâtel are to bring in new regulations over the size of tombstones and memorials after a two-metre high statue of a naked woman erected in a cemetery in the spring ruffled feathers in the local community.

No end in sight to record low unemployment
Germany

No end in sight to record low unemployment

Unemployment in Germany remains at record low levels, as recovery in Europe's biggest economy remains on track and no fallout is apparent yet from the Volkswagen scandal, economists said on Thursday.

FC Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano admits to two counts of tax fraud
Spain

FC Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano admits to two counts of tax fraud

Barcelona's Javier Mascherano admitted to two counts of tax fraud totalling just over €1.5 million ($1.64 million) before a judge on Thursday.

Hugh Grant snaps up luxury Swedish home
Sweden

Hugh Grant snaps up luxury Swedish home

UPDATED: Hollywood actor Hugh Grant has bought a villa in Torekov in southern Sweden. The Local has seen documents which confirm the Briton co-owns the property with Swedish TV producer Anna Eberstein, with whom he has a child.

Danish royals slam Daily Mail’s ‘family feud’ claim
Denmark

Danish royals slam Daily Mail’s ‘family feud’ claim

The Danish Royal House press office has criticised a news outlet for the second time this month, this time refuting the Daily Mail for its insinuation that Princess Mary is "embroiled in a bitter family feud".

Outrage after Varoufakis nets €24k for Rai slot
Italy

Outrage after Varoufakis nets €24k for Rai slot

Italy's national broadcaster, Rai, is in the spotlight after it emerged it paid €24,000 to former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis for giving a 22-minute interview.

Teen ‘shot mum dead over confiscated phone’
Italy

Teen ‘shot mum dead over confiscated phone’

A 17-year-old girl has been arrested in Calabria after allegedly killing her mother because she confiscated her mobile phone and computer.

Lawyer opens fire on colleague in French court
France

Lawyer opens fire on colleague in French court

A lawyer facing suspension in France shot and critically injured a senior colleague in his office before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide, sources close to the investigation said on Thursday.

Norway hunter shoots rare white elk
Norway

Norway hunter shoots rare white elk

A Norwegian vet was this weekend forced to shoot a rare white elk he spotted on a hunting trip, after seeing that one of its horns had nearly snapped off leaving an infected wound.

France to ban vaginal exams without consent
France

France to ban vaginal exams without consent

France has moved to ban vaginal and rectal exams on unconscious patients after a study found that many were being performed without patient consent.

Star chef helps startup make posh ready meals
Switzerland

Star chef helps startup make posh ready meals

Top French chef Anne-Sophie Pic, who runs a Michelin-starred restaurant at Lausanne's Beau-Rivage Palace, is collaborating with a Swiss start-up to create a line of gourmet ready-meals.

German police kill robber who stabbed two cops
Germany

German police kill robber who stabbed two cops

Police in a small town near Leipzig have shot a man after he attempted to rob a betting shop and stabbed three people when confronted.

Denmark apes Norway’s refugee sex training
Norway

Denmark apes Norway’s refugee sex training

A sex training programme for refugees pioneered in Norway could now be launched in Denmark.

Justin Bieber walks out of painfully awkward live interview in Madrid
Spain

Justin Bieber walks out of painfully awkward live interview in Madrid

The Canadian singer walked out during a Spanish radio interview on Wednesday after a series of questions got lost in translation.

Danish MP: Swedish asylum fires ‘expected’
Denmark

Danish MP: Swedish asylum fires ‘expected’

A member of parliament from the anti-immigration Danish People’s Party has been slammed for her remarks that put the blame for Sweden’s rash of asylum centre fires on the Swedish government’s liberal policies.

Sacked priest accuses Vatican of making life ‘hell’ for homosexuals
Spain

Sacked priest accuses Vatican of making life ‘hell’ for homosexuals

A high-ranking Polish Catholic priest who was sacked after he came out as gay and now lives in Barcelona has accused the Vatican of making the lives of homosexuals "a hell", in a letter sent to the pope.

Families pay for truck dead to be flown home
Austria

Families pay for truck dead to be flown home

Some of the relatives of the 71 migrants who were found dead in a truck on an Austrian motorway in August have had to foot the bill to have their loved ones bodies flown home.

Swedish car tech to help save Aussie kangaroos
Sweden

Swedish car tech to help save Aussie kangaroos

Swedish auto giant Volvo Cars has announced it is developing technology designed to stop Aussies crashing into kangaroos, following research involving reindeer and elk in the Nordic nation.

Risk of refugees freezing to death: Bavarian police
Germany

Risk of refugees freezing to death: Bavarian police

Police near Passau, on the Bavarian border with Austria, have warned that there are no places left in emergency accommodation centres as crowds wait to cross into Germany in plummeting temperatures.

Cabin of crashed military helicopter found as search continues for crew
Spain

Cabin of crashed military helicopter found as search continues for crew

Searchers have found the cabin of a Spanish military helicopter that crashed in the Atlantic off the coast of Africa with three crew members on board.

The Danish Halloween: pumpkins and ‘hygge’
Denmark

The Danish Halloween: pumpkins and ‘hygge’

Light the jack-o-laterns! Danes give the American Halloween a 'hygge' twist with their love of pumpkins.

‘I’m football’s medieval knight,’ says Platini
France

‘I’m football’s medieval knight,’ says Platini

European football supremo Michel Platini insisted on Thursday that he remains the best man to lead scandal-hit Fifa despite currently being suspended from the sport. Platini compared himself to a medieval knight.

Deutsche axes 15,000 jobs after huge loss
Germany

Deutsche axes 15,000 jobs after huge loss

Deutsche Bank, Germany's biggest lender, said on Thursday it would cut 15,000 jobs and 200 German branches in the wake of the company's biggest-ever quarterly loss.

Italian PM visits Cuba in a historic first
Italy

Italian PM visits Cuba in a historic first

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi arrived in Cuba on Wednesday for the first-ever visit by an Italian head of government, seeking a trade foothold as the communist island renews ties with the US and Europe.

4,000 refugees spend night in Spielfeld
Austria

4,000 refugees spend night in Spielfeld

Four thousand refugees spent the night in Spielfeld in Styria, after crossing the Slovenian border into Austria. All the women and children were accommodated in heated tents, but 300 men had to sleep out in the open.

Pensioners get biggest ever boost for 2016
Germany

Pensioners get biggest ever boost for 2016

German seniors are expected to enjoy the biggest-ever raise in the state pension in 2016 – somewhere in the range of four to five percent.

White House race stoops to French bashing, again
France

White House race stoops to French bashing, again

Once again the race the race for the White House has descended into French bashing. This time Republican hopeful Jeb Bush mocked a rival for working as little as the French. But at least he doesn't speak the language.

‘Rome can’t fight crime’: Anti-corruption chief
Italy

‘Rome can’t fight crime’: Anti-corruption chief

Italy's anti-corruption chief warned Wednesday that Rome lacks the "antibodies" necessary to fight crime, after a series of scandals including the infiltration of city hall by mafia gangsters.

Three to hospital after fire at Malmö asylum hub
Sweden

Three to hospital after fire at Malmö asylum hub

Three people were taken to hospital after a blaze at a centre in Malmö for refugees arriving in Sweden, just hours before a suspected arson attack on a home for minors in nearby Höör.

Pope ‘reinforced Roma and Sinti stereotypes’
Italy

Pope ‘reinforced Roma and Sinti stereotypes’

The Catholic Church's attempts to reach out to the Roma and Sinti communities have been widely praised. –But far from ending years of prejudice, their efforts merely show how deep-rooted certain prejudices are, Romani activist Jud Nirenberg argues.

No tricks, only treats: Swedish Halloween fun
Sweden

No tricks, only treats: Swedish Halloween fun

It's Halloween season! The Local lists the six most spooky, ghastly and above all entertaining festivities, alongside our interactive guide to the best events in Sweden that don't require fancy dress.

Donadoni new Bologna boss after Rossi sacked
Italy

Donadoni new Bologna boss after Rossi sacked

Former Italian national coach Roberto Donadoni was named as Bologna's new manager on Wednesday to succeed Delio Rossi who was sacked by the Serie A strugglers earlier in the day.

A couple’s windy adventures on Lofoten
Norway

A couple’s windy adventures on Lofoten

If you've ever wondered whether you should visit Norway’s far-flung Lofoten Islands, this video diary of a young couple's (very windy and rainy) week in the archipelago will provide the answer.

Pregnant Swedish teen freed from Isis captivity
Sweden

Pregnant Swedish teen freed from Isis captivity

A 15-year-old pregnant Swedish teenager seized by extremist Islamist fighters in Syria earlier this year has been freed, anonymous sources have told Swedish broadcaster TV4 Nyheterna.

Swedish extremism hotline prepares to open
Sweden

Swedish extremism hotline prepares to open

A Swedish helpline for families worried that a loved one may be on the path to radicalization will open on November 16th, said the Red Cross.