FPÖ accuses officials of abuse of office
Austria

FPÖ accuses officials of abuse of office

Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) has brought charges against top government officials, accusing them of abusing their office by allowing tens of thousands of migrants to enter the country unrestricted.

Norwegians falling for Russian honey traps
Norway

Norwegians falling for Russian honey traps

Powerful Norwegians are increasingly being blackmailed into working for Russia's spy agencies after falling for Cold War-style honey traps involving vodka and beautiful women, Norway's Police Security Service (PST) has warned.

Man jailed 20 years for bus-stop murder
Switzerland

Man jailed 20 years for bus-stop murder

A district court on Tuesday sentenced a 46-year-old Spaniard to 20 years in prison for savagely stabbing his girlfriend to death at a bus stop in the city of Bern in the summer of 2013.

Norway to turn Afghans back at Russian border
Norway

Norway to turn Afghans back at Russian border

Norway's government has announced plans for emergency legislation allowing it to turn away asylum seekers at its northern border if they have the right to reside in Russia.

Sweden hands prize to child crime stoppers
Sweden

Sweden hands prize to child crime stoppers

Three researchers have been awarded the prestigious 2016 Stockholm Prize in Criminology for showing how parents can prevent a child from becoming delinquent.

Germany sends Syrians back to EU borders
Germany

Germany sends Syrians back to EU borders

Germany is once again sending Syrian refugees back to the EU country where they first arrived, in line with the so-called Dublin regulations, the government confirmed on Tuesday.

Swede defends anti-Nazi event without Jews
Sweden

Swede defends anti-Nazi event without Jews

An anti-racism event in northern Sweden has grabbed global headlines for failing to include a Jewish speaker, but the man who organized it has told The Local his own father fought against the Nazis and he's "devastated" by the way his city's been represented.

‘Black weekend’ for Spain as four women killed by domestic violence
Spain

‘Black weekend’ for Spain as four women killed by domestic violence

Four women have been killed by domestic violence in Spain since Saturday when tens of thousands of people marched through Madrid against violence against women, officials said.

A portrait of France 2015: How does it compare?
France

A portrait of France 2015: How does it compare?

From life expectancy to how happy the French people are, here are some figures that give a portrait of modern France and how the country compares to its European neighbours.

Nazi terror suspect ‘to break four-year silence’
Germany

Nazi terror suspect ‘to break four-year silence’

For four years, a Nazi terror suspect on trial for ten murders and two bomb attacks has held her silence. But Beate Zschäpe has suddenly decided to speak out for the first time.

More violence in Calais as refugees are moved
France

More violence in Calais as refugees are moved

UPDATED: Refugees and police clashed for the third night in a row in Calais. The violence comes as the French government steps up efforts to move refugees and migrants out of the New Jungle camp.

Italy scientist says Mr Punch had tuberculosis
Italy

Italy scientist says Mr Punch had tuberculosis

Mr Punch, who along with his wife Judy have featured in puppet shows across the UK for centuries, may owe his grotesque appearance to tuberculosis, according to an Italian researcher.

Refugees must learn to respect German values
Germany

Refugees must learn to respect German values

Immigrant to Germany and academic Ashley Nunes argues that refugees arriving in the Federal Republic must respect its values if the public's fears are to be overcome.

Migrants entered Italy as ‘acrobats and jugglers’
Italy

Migrants entered Italy as ‘acrobats and jugglers’

About 500 migrants each paid up to €15,000 to be smuggled into Italy as “employees” of the circus business, Italian police said on Tuesday.

German Facebook boss faces hate speech probe
Germany

German Facebook boss faces hate speech probe

Prosecutors in Hamburg have opened another investigation into a top German Facebook executive over complaints alleging that the site facilitates incitement of hatred, Der Spiegel reported.

Mystery purple slime coats Norway fjord
Norway

Mystery purple slime coats Norway fjord

A mysterious purple slime has emerged off the coast of northern Norway, coating millions of cubic meters of a picturesque fjord with a strange mucoid, margarine-like substance.

Spanish cement company in court over ‘sexist’ big boob adverts
Spain

Spanish cement company in court over ‘sexist’ big boob adverts

A cement company that uses big breasted women, often in bikinis, to sell its product has appeared in court accused of sexist advertising.

‘In Sweden we should all understand gay culture’
Sweden

‘In Sweden we should all understand gay culture’

The first club night for gay, lesbian and transgender people has just launched in the Swedish town of Falkenberg. But the venue's owner tells The Local he's already been threatened with violence, despite the Nordic nation’s reputation for promoting equality.

First refugees arrive in Spain under ‘desperately slow’ relocation plan
Spain

First refugees arrive in Spain under ‘desperately slow’ relocation plan

As the first group of refugees arrived in Spain from Italy, human rights charities branded the EU relocation scheme "slow and clearly insufficient".

Mont Blanc’s Mer de Glace loses three metres
France

Mont Blanc’s Mer de Glace loses three metres

The most iconic, not to mention longest, glacier in France- Mont Blanc's Mer de Glace - lost three metres in depth this year as a result of global warming. Experts say the Alps could lose many of its glaciers by the time the century is over.

Rotating houses on Costa del Sol promise new spin on solar power
Spain

Rotating houses on Costa del Sol promise new spin on solar power

A startup in Marbella is developing solar-powered houses that will spin 360 degrees to follow the sun's light - the first of their kind on the European market.

Virtual Sweden recreated in Minecraft game world
Sweden

Virtual Sweden recreated in Minecraft game world

Users of hit game Minecraft will soon be able to build their own versions of Sweden as the Nordic country prepares to turn unique geodata into virtual reality.

Swedish expat misses generous paternal leave
Switzerland

Swedish expat misses generous paternal leave

Jonas Medin, who left Sweden to follow his wife to Basel, Switzerland, misses the generous paid paternity leave allowed in his home country and laments the fact more Swedish men do not take advantage of the benefit.

Santa’s post office opens its doors for 2015
Germany

Santa’s post office opens its doors for 2015

Is it too early to get excited about Christmas? Not if you live in the east German town of Himmelpfort – where, on Tuesday, Santa's official post office began sorting through thousands of wishlists from children across the world.

US launch fraud probe into Norway firm Sapa
Norway

US launch fraud probe into Norway firm Sapa

Norwegian aluminium company Sapa said on Tuesday that US authorities are investigating one of its subsidiaries for lying to customers, including Nasa, about its products.

Construction workers walk off Zurich job sites
Switzerland

Construction workers walk off Zurich job sites

Construction workers walked off 100 building sites in Zurich on Tuesday, following similar job action in the canton of Ticino the day before.

11,000 refugees came to Denmark in one week
Denmark

11,000 refugees came to Denmark in one week

The numbers of refugees and migrants crossing Denmark’s borders shows no sign of abating as winter approaches.

Crowdfunding success for Italian-born startup
Italy

Crowdfunding success for Italian-born startup

Bidtotrip, a luxury travel auction site and the brainchild of three Italians, has received almost double its fundraising goal on the crowdfunding site Seedrs.

Russia on agenda at Nordic Nato discussions
Norway

Russia on agenda at Nordic Nato discussions

Norwegian Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg is in Stockholm to meet Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and defence officials from across the Nordics, with Russian aggression in the region set to be a key talking point.

KEA Brings TED talks back to Copenhagen
Denmark

KEA Brings TED talks back to Copenhagen

Having hosted Denmark's first ever university TEDx event last year, the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA) is back again for a second round that features some big-name speakers.

Nine of the best Vienna Christmas markets
Austria

Nine of the best Vienna Christmas markets

Despite unseasonally mild temperatures for November, the Christmas spirit descends on Vienna this week with many of its advent markets opening. Use our list of the best markets in the city and surrounding area to cherry pick your festive shopping and socialising in the run up to Christmas.

Nato to step up military presence in Nordics

Nato to step up military presence in Nordics

UPDATED: Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg has said that the organisation is stepping up its military presence in the Nordics, following rising Russian aggression.

The German time capsule in the heart of Texas
Germany

The German time capsule in the heart of Texas

Germans are one of the largest immigrant groups in the USA, but their culture has almost entirely disappeared - except for in a small Texan town that is more German than much of Germany.

Infantino won’t fight Platini for top Fifa job
Italy

Infantino won’t fight Platini for top Fifa job

Uefa General Secretary Gianni Infantino vowed on Tuesday to withdraw from Fifa's presidential election if Michel Platini, the Uefa president who is serving a 90-day ban from all football-related activities, is allowed to stand.

Austria’s first ‘organic village’ wins award
Austria

Austria’s first ‘organic village’ wins award

The village of Seeham in the state of Salzburg has won an award for Austria’s most environmentally friendly place to live in a climate protection competition by state broadcaster ORF.

Swiss watch brand unveils new smartwatch
Switzerland

Swiss watch brand unveils new smartwatch

TAG Heuer, the Swiss watchmaker which is part of the French luxury goods group LVMH, showed off its first Internet-connected wristwatch Monday designed with Google and Intel.

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Sweden

Nov. 20 – 21: Swedish Network for International Health Conference – Healty Equity in an Unequal World (Karolinska, Stockholm)

Road safety: France bans tinted car windows
France

Road safety: France bans tinted car windows

France continues to roll out more laws in a bid to make driving safer, with tinted windows to be banned in French cars from the New Year. Drivers caught flouting the law will face a €135 fine.

Germany bids farewell to oldest former Chancellor
Germany

Germany bids farewell to oldest former Chancellor

Former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt has died at home in Hamburg aged 96, his doctors told journalists on Tuesday afternoon.

Italy’s Indian summer set to linger
Italy

Italy’s Indian summer set to linger

The clocks may have gone back, but wintry weather will not be arriving in Italy any time soon.

Cow attempts great escape from slaughterhouse in northern Spain
Spain

Cow attempts great escape from slaughterhouse in northern Spain

A cow went on the run from an abattoir in the northwestern region of Galicia, making a last bid for freedom before meeting a tragic end.

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Sweden

Nov. 16: The Security Council vs Weapon of Mass Destruction (Stockholm)

Video: British free-runner scales Eiffel Tower
France

Video: British free-runner scales Eiffel Tower

A British free-runner has posted a spine-tingling video on YouTube that shows him scaling the Eiffel Tower in the dead of night and walking along the Iron Lady's thin iron beams way above the City of Light.

Mortensaften: Denmark’s goose-eating annual tradition explained
Denmark

Mortensaften: Denmark’s goose-eating annual tradition explained

Many Danes still keep the tradition of Mortensaften alive by gathering the family to eat goose or duck.

Madrid park awarded prestigious Harvard prize for best urban design
Spain

Madrid park awarded prestigious Harvard prize for best urban design

Madrid Río park is the recipient of this year's prestigious Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design by Harvard University.

Switzerland’s jobless rate increases in October
Switzerland

Switzerland’s jobless rate increases in October

Unemployment in Switzerland worsened in October, rising to 3.3 percent from 3.2 percent the previous month and 3.1 percent a year earlier, according to government figures released on Tuesday.

Real Sociedad sack ex-Manchester United manager David Moyes
Spain

Real Sociedad sack ex-Manchester United manager David Moyes

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes was sacked by Real Sociedad on Monday after a turbulent year in charge during which he failed to turn around the Basque side's fortunes.

Former Chancellor’s life hangs in balance
Germany

Former Chancellor’s life hangs in balance

Former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt is very ill, his doctors confirmed on Monday, and his family have raced to his side to be with him in what may be his final days.

French air strike hits Isis oil facility in Syria
France

French air strike hits Isis oil facility in Syria

France is continuing to bomb Isis targets in Syria with the government announcing on Monday that its air planes had hit an Isis oil facility.

Danish hiker discovers ‘floating’ Norway boulder
Denmark

Danish hiker discovers ‘floating’ Norway boulder

When a Danish national stumbled upon a precariously balanced 'floating' boulder on a recent hike, he was surprised to find no one seemed to have noticed it before.

Revamped Rodin museum reopens in Paris
France

Revamped Rodin museum reopens in Paris

A jewel of the Paris art landscape is ready to return. After getting a three-year long makeover the Rodin museum in Paris is finally set to reopen this week.

Italy struggles to identify shipwrecked migrants
Italy

Italy struggles to identify shipwrecked migrants

The shy children from a dog-eared photograph found in the pocket of a migrant drowned off Italy may never know what happened to the man who might have been their father.

Danish People’s Party wants ‘animal police’
Denmark

Danish People’s Party wants ‘animal police’

As part of political negotiations over police resources, the Danish People’s Party (DF) is lobbying for an increased focus on animal abuse.

136 Lufthansa flights cancelled over strikes
Germany

136 Lufthansa flights cancelled over strikes

Strikes by Lufthansa cabin crew will hit 136 flights and 27,300 passengers on Tuesday, with little hope of a negotiated solution to the week-long walkout.

Iran president to visit Italy and France
Italy

Iran president to visit Italy and France

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is to visit Italy and France from Saturday, becoming the first Iranian president to travel to Europe for a decade, state news agency IRNA reported.

Modigliani nude sells for record-breaking $170.4m
Italy

Modigliani nude sells for record-breaking $170.4m

A sumptuous nude by Amedeo Modigliani broke a world record at auction for the Italian artist, selling for $170.4 million (€154.60 million) at Christie's in New York on Monday.

Zlatan wins record tenth Golden Ball award
Sweden

Zlatan wins record tenth Golden Ball award

Sweden's star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic had cause to celebrate on Tuesday after claiming Sweden's prestigious Golden Ball award at the country's biggest annual football gala – his tenth such gong.

‘I do it for my children, not for feminism’
Sweden

‘I do it for my children, not for feminism’

Dads should take more advantage of Sweden's generous paternity leave, writes Jonas Medin, a Swedish expat who left the world's most gender equal nation to follow his wife to Switzerland.

Swede dies in beach shopping trolley crash
Sweden

Swede dies in beach shopping trolley crash

A Swedish man died and his friend was seriously injured on Tuesday after they rode a shopping trolley down a steep road in Sydney, reportedly travelling at 80 kilometres an hour.