‘Jesus would back us on asylum’: Norway minister
Norway

‘Jesus would back us on asylum’: Norway minister

A minister for Norway's anti-immigrant Progress Party has raised eyebrows by claiming that Jesus himself might have agreed with her party's calls for draconian asylum laws.

Danish prisons separate radicalized inmates
Denmark

Danish prisons separate radicalized inmates

Responding to what has been described as a "huge problem" inside Denmark's prisons, the government has announced plans to keep radicalized inmates away from others.

Spilled beer shuts down Hanover motorway
Germany

Spilled beer shuts down Hanover motorway

A truck crash on the motorway outside Hanover on Wednesday afternoon led to thousands of cans of beer being spilled across the motorway - and the road being temporarily shut down.

J-Day: Denmark’s start to the holiday season
Denmark

J-Day: Denmark’s start to the holiday season

The nation's bars, pubs and discos will be jam-packed with drunken partiers decked out in Santa hats and elf costumes on Friday. Welcome to the strange Danish 'holiday' known as J-Day.

How Berlin became home to the Hunger Games
Germany

How Berlin became home to the Hunger Games

As stars and fans of The Hunger Games series flock to Berlin for the European premiere of its finale on Wednesday, The Local looks at what the city brought to the film - and how exactly Berlin became Panem.

Bishop: Refugee zones like concentration camps
Germany

Bishop: Refugee zones like concentration camps

A German bishop has compared planned 'transit zones' for refugees arriving in Europe to concentration camps, prompting a stinging backlash from conservative politicians.

Italian farmer killed by hormonal pet deer
Italy

Italian farmer killed by hormonal pet deer

A freak tragedy struck the Tuscan town of Serravalle Pistoiese on Tuesday morning when a man was gored to death by a stag he had hand-reared on his farm.

France: The baby-making champions of Europe
France

France: The baby-making champions of Europe

The French birth rate is now the highest in Europe, according to a new study, after it knocked Ireland off the top spot thanks to a number of reasons. But will it stay that way?

French police raid Le Pen’s home in tax probe
France

French police raid Le Pen’s home in tax probe

French police searched the manor house of far-right National Front (FN) founder Jean-Marie Le Pen on Wednesday as part of investigations into suspected tax fraud.

‘Solar storm’ grounds Swedish air traffic
Sweden

‘Solar storm’ grounds Swedish air traffic

Planes were grounded at some of Sweden's busiest airports on Wednesday afternoon because of a "solar storm" interfering with air traffic control radar systems, authorities said.

Spanish police arrest pair of ‘Pink Panther’ international jewel thieves
Spain

Spanish police arrest pair of ‘Pink Panther’ international jewel thieves

Spanish police announced on Wednesday they had arrested two suspected members of the notorious "Pink Panther" group of international jewel thieves.

Parties appeal to Spain’s top court to block Catalonia secession plan
Spain

Parties appeal to Spain’s top court to block Catalonia secession plan

Three Catalan anti-independence parties on Wednesday asked Spain's Constitutional Court to stop the regional parliament from formally launching a secession process next week.

12 signs you’ve mastered the German language
Germany

12 signs you’ve mastered the German language

How do you know when you've become a true master of the German language? Here are 12 sure ways of recognizing that your language skills make you as good as local.

Swedish store’s charity campaign in Isis mix-up
Sweden

Swedish store’s charity campaign in Isis mix-up

A Swedish grocery store's innocent campaign to raise money for a good cause is the latest to feature in a growing list of truly bizarre mix-ups linked to the radical Islamist group Isis.

Stockholm: epicentre of global leadership
Sweden

Stockholm: epicentre of global leadership

The Nobel Awards Ceremony may not be until December, but next week a new prize is taking the spotlight, as luminaries and dignitaries gather in Stockholm to see who will receive the prestigious Tällberg Global Leadership Prize.

Teens’ New York jaunt costs Berlin €40,000
Germany

Teens’ New York jaunt costs Berlin €40,000

A Berlin school shocked authorities when it applied for a subsidy of over €38,000 to take 15 pupils on a week-long class trip to New York to improve their English.

Elton John, Princess Leia and Bono honoured as Christmas crappers
Spain

Elton John, Princess Leia and Bono honoured as Christmas crappers

Spain's 2015 Christmas 'caganers' have been unveiled, a ceramic decoration that pays cheeky homage to some of the world's most famous faces - and bottoms.

Italy’s first Neanderthal dates back 250,000 years
Italy

Italy’s first Neanderthal dates back 250,000 years

Neanderthal man arrived on the Italian peninsular some 100,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to a study set to be published this month.

Swede wins damages over ‘skeleton sex’ case
Sweden

Swede wins damages over ‘skeleton sex’ case

A 40-year-old Swedish woman has been awarded 70,000 kronor ($8,177) in damages after a long-running case which saw her falsely accused of using human bones as sex toys.

Four Italians contract deadly rat urine disease
Italy

Four Italians contract deadly rat urine disease

Four men, three of whom are in a critical condition, contracted a deadly disease spread by rat urine in water while picking mushrooms in the Vicenza area.

Strong franc eats into chocolate-maker’s profits
Switzerland

Strong franc eats into chocolate-maker’s profits

Swiss chocolate and cocoa giant Barry Callebaut on Wednesday posted annual sales sweetened by rising cocoa prices, but the impact of a stronger Swiss franc ate into its profit.

Paris woos commuters with new transport apps
France

Paris woos commuters with new transport apps

Paris transport chiefs are rolling out extensive upgrades to their traveller apps, including real time updates, new games, and an English-language audio tourguide for bus journeys.

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Sweden

Nov. 10: Building a more sustainable society (Malmö)

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Sweden

Nov. 9: Write it in your own words – a paraphrasing workshop (Umeå)

Woman found stabbed to death in Vienna
Austria

Woman found stabbed to death in Vienna

The body of a woman has been found in an apartment in Vienna’s 20th district. Unconfirmed media reports say that she was stabbed to death by one of her sons on Tuesday.

October set Denmark’s all-time refugee record
Denmark

October set Denmark’s all-time refugee record

UPDATED: Some 3,500 refugees and migrants applied for asylum in Denmark in October, an all-time record for a single month.

Another two jihadists arrested for recruiting for Isis in Catalonia
Spain

Another two jihadists arrested for recruiting for Isis in Catalonia

Spanish authorities detained two men suspected of being involved in the Islamic State group's "recruitment and indoctrination" drive, a day after they broke up a "terror cell" in Madrid.

Ex-Telenor CEO risks US corruption charges
Norway

Ex-Telenor CEO risks US corruption charges

Former Telenor chief executive Jon Fredrik Baksaas risks criminal charges in the US and elsewhere if Russian mobile firm Vimpelcom is found guilty of corruption, Norways NRK has reported.

Four-tonne fromage heist stuns French police
France

Four-tonne fromage heist stuns French police

It's not just perfumes and designer goods that thieves go for in France. French police are currently trying to sniff out about four tonnes of Comté cheese stolen by thieves in the east of the country.

Austria fails to make top tier for English skills
Austria

Austria fails to make top tier for English skills

Austria has narrowly missed out on making it into the top tier of countries scoring best for English proficiency levels, according to a new study by language training company Education First (EF).

Maersk Line to slash 4,000 jobs by end-2017
Denmark

Maersk Line to slash 4,000 jobs by end-2017

Maersk Line, the world's number one container shipping firm, said Wednesday it would cut 4,000 jobs by the end of 2017 and defer vessel investments to buoy up its dominant position in a falling market.

More Swedes go abroad to escape daily stress
Sweden

More Swedes go abroad to escape daily stress

Growing numbers of Swedes are planning to spend extra kronor on holidays abroad – to escape the stress of living in the country, known for enjoying the best work-life balance in the world.

Hungary takes Austrian death truck case
Austria

Hungary takes Austrian death truck case

Hungarian authorities have accepted an Austrian request to take over a probe into the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck on an Austrian motorway in August.

Police swoop on refugee smugglers nationwide
Germany

Police swoop on refugee smugglers nationwide

Police raided properties across the country on Wednesday as they sought to clamp down on criminal networks smuggling refugees into Germany.

Spanish deputy PM grounded after hot air ballooning stunt backfires
Spain

Spanish deputy PM grounded after hot air ballooning stunt backfires

The ruling Popular Party has seen its ratings in the polls plummet but the deputy Prime Minister literally took a downward turn when a TV show stunt came close to disaster.

Four years of Germany’s worst neo-Nazi scandal
Germany

Four years of Germany’s worst neo-Nazi scandal

Four years ago, police finally uncovered the far-right group behind a series of grisly murders - but the story of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) is far from over.

Sweden steps up push for EU refugee sharing
Sweden

Sweden steps up push for EU refugee sharing

UPDATED: As the Nordic nation continues to take in record numbers of refugees, Sweden is sending a formal request to the European Commission asking for some of the arriving asylum seekers to be distributed to other EU countries.

Glencore sells silver output to cut debt
Switzerland

Glencore sells silver output to cut debt

Debt-laden Swiss mining and commodities giant Glencore is selling a share of its future silver output to help reduce its towering debt, as its copper production has taken a hit.

French fisherman ‘helped smuggle refugees to UK’
France

French fisherman ‘helped smuggle refugees to UK’

A young French fisherman has been accused of helping migrants cross the Channel to Britain. He's just one of an increasing number of French people tempted into people smuggling in exchange for large sums of money.

Karim Benzema held over sextape blackmail
France

Karim Benzema held over sextape blackmail

UPDATED: French football player Karim Benzema has been arrested over an alleged plot to blackmail fellow footballer Mathieu Valbuena with a sex tape, legal sources have said.

Are you facing higher tax bills in Sweden in 2016?
Sweden

Are you facing higher tax bills in Sweden in 2016?

From next year you could be paying more cash to your council – depending on where in Sweden you live – as local authorities including Stockholm plan to raise taxes levied on residents.

France ends ban on gay men giving blood
France

France ends ban on gay men giving blood

France will lift a ban on gay men donating blood, introduced in the 1980s to prevent Aids spread but heavily criticized by rights groups, the health minister said on Wednesday.

Spaniards launch campaign against teaching of bullfighting in schools
Spain

Spaniards launch campaign against teaching of bullfighting in schools

Thousands of Spaniards have shown their opposition to the plan, put forward by Spain’s Education Ministry, to introduce bullfighting courses in state schools.

‘Cavemen’ lovers found living in Italy mountains
Italy

‘Cavemen’ lovers found living in Italy mountains

An Italian couple, suspected of seeking to shun the modern world, were found huddled together on a bed of sticks under an overhanging rock on a mountain, having survived off berries for days.

Northern Lights spotted over Austrian Alps
Austria

Northern Lights spotted over Austrian Alps

A period of strong solar winds meant that the Aurora Borealis – visible evidence of particles from the Sun interacting with Earth's atmosphere – were visible in parts of the Austrian Alps and Germany overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday.

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema arrested over sextape blackmail
Spain

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema arrested over sextape blackmail

UPDATED: Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been arrested over an alleged plot to blackmail fellow footballer Mathieu Valbuena with a sex tape, legal sources have said.

France compensates US Holocaust victims
France

France compensates US Holocaust victims

France will pay $60 million to mainly American victims of the Holocaust who were transported by train from France to Nazi death camps during World War II, an affair that nearly cost French state rail company SNCF its US contracts.

Record numbers cross Norway’s Russian border
Norway

Record numbers cross Norway’s Russian border

A record 196 asylum seekers crossed Norway’s northern border with Russia on Tuesday, Norwegian police have reported.

Basel cops seize cocaine from coffee container
Switzerland

Basel cops seize cocaine from coffee container

Police officers from the canton of Basel-Country discovered bags of cocaine valued at 70 million francs ($70.6 million) while making a routine check of a shipping container containing Brazilian coffee.

Rare Norway coin fetches record amount
Norway

Rare Norway coin fetches record amount

A coin minted in Norway 1658 was auctioned off for 1.44 Norwegian kroner on Tuesday, becoming the most expensive coin ever sold in Denmark.

Winemakers promise Alsace red ‘revolution’
France

Winemakers promise Alsace red ‘revolution’

Long known for its top-of-the-range white wines, the northeastern French region of Alsace has begun touting its reds, which are rapidly becoming worthy rivals to the great Burgundies.

Oslo blood bank faces shortage of African blood
Norway

Oslo blood bank faces shortage of African blood

Oslo's blood bank is calling for donations from Norwegians with foreign parents after developing a shortage of African blood.

Northern Lights enchant in rare Germany showing
Germany

Northern Lights enchant in rare Germany showing

A period of strong solar winds meant that the Aurora Borealis – visible evidence of particles from the Sun interacting with Earth's atmosphere – were visible in parts of Germany and Austria overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday.

FC Barcelona fans to defy Uefa with massive show of independence flags
Spain

FC Barcelona fans to defy Uefa with massive show of independence flags

Separatist groups will distribute 30,000 Catalan independence flags during the Champions League match tonight to protest against a Uefa fine for using the flags at other matches.

Rare Danish coin fetches record sum at auction
Denmark

Rare Danish coin fetches record sum at auction

A coin dating back to 1658 was auctioned off for 1.15 million kroner on Tuesday, making it the most expensive coin ever sold in Denmark.

Spain’s craziest feats revealed in new Guinness Book of Records
Spain

Spain’s craziest feats revealed in new Guinness Book of Records

It's not for the biggest ever tortilla or even the largest paella, but Spain boasts a fair few entries into the 2016 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.

PSG unlucky in narrow defeat to Real Madrid
France

PSG unlucky in narrow defeat to Real Madrid

Despite a strong effort from Paris Saint Germain on Tuesday night, the French side went down 1-0 to Real Madrid.

‘Spying’ on the pope: leaks show dirty dealings
Italy

‘Spying’ on the pope: leaks show dirty dealings

Wiretaps of the pope's private conversations allegedly recorded by a racy social climber and a Spanish prelate are rocking the Catholic Church after confidential information including claims of theft and debauchery was passed to investigative journalists.

Norway worst at English in Scandinavia
Norway

Norway worst at English in Scandinavia

Norwegians are the worst English speakers in Scandinavia, lagging behind their Swedish and Danish peers, according to a new ranking of language ability.

VW ‘manipulated’ 100k petrol cars: minister
Germany

VW ‘manipulated’ 100k petrol cars: minister

Around 98,000 Volkswagen-produced cars with petrol engines had the results of emissions tests 'manipulated', Transport Minister Alexander Dobrint told the Bundestag (German parliament) on Wednesday.

Roma sleep on streets after Malmö eviction
Sweden

Roma sleep on streets after Malmö eviction

UPDATED: Around 40 Roma migrants forced to leave a shanty camp for health and safety reasons spent the night outside Malmö city hall and said they planned to continue protesting against the decision.

800,000 ‘irregular’ EU entries in 2015: Frontex
Germany

800,000 ‘irregular’ EU entries in 2015: Frontex

The head of the European Union's border agency told Bild on Wednesday that more than 800,000 people had entered the EU illegally since the beginning of 2015.

Jeb Bush sorry for jibe on ‘French work week’
France

Jeb Bush sorry for jibe on ‘French work week’

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush has informally apologized to France for accusing a rival of only showing up for "a French work week."

Danish PM: No asylum for ‘criminal’ Snowden
Denmark

Danish PM: No asylum for ‘criminal’ Snowden

Any thought of Denmark offering asylum to US intelligence whistle-blower Edward Snowden has been effectively killed by Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen.

15 refugees saved from refrigerated truck
France

15 refugees saved from refrigerated truck

Fifteen migrants suffering from hypothermia were found alive in the back of a refrigerated lorry in northern France after a blind search by emergency services triggered by a call from one of the trapped men.

Mafia trial puts black soul of Italy in the dock
Italy

Mafia trial puts black soul of Italy in the dock

The alleged ringleaders of Italy's newest mafia go on trial on Thursday in a landmark case set to highlight systemic corruption in Rome and serve as a litmus test of the country's battle against organized crime.

Swedish anti-Isis troop mission to be extended
Sweden

Swedish anti-Isis troop mission to be extended

UPDATED: Around 35 Swedish soldiers who have been helping to train Kurdish forces in Iraq to tackle Isis fighters could stay on until December 2016, Sweden’s Defence Minister has said.

Philippine jihadists want $21m for Norway hostage
Norway

Philippine jihadists want $21m for Norway hostage

Philippine Islamic militants are demanding one billion pesos (180m kroner, $21 million) for the release of a Norwegian marina manager kidnapped six weeks ago, according to a new video of the captives.

Roma’s De Rossi fined for ‘offensive’ gesture
Italy

Roma’s De Rossi fined for ‘offensive’ gesture

Roma's Daniele De Rossi and the Serie A club were issued fines of €7,500 each on Tuesday after the midfielder made an "offensive" gesture to Lazio fans after victory in the city derby last May.