PM: Norway will not pursue border controls
Norway

PM: Norway will not pursue border controls

Norway is not considering following Sweden and imposing temporary border controls, the country’s prime minister said on Thursday, as parliamentary leaders met to discuss proposals to deal with the refugee crisis.

Norway worst in Nordics for gender attitudes
Norway

Norway worst in Nordics for gender attitudes

Norway has been ranked the least progressive Nordic country in a new world ranking of attitudes towards gender equality.

Like a virgin: how to spot fake Italian olive oil
Italy

Like a virgin: how to spot fake Italian olive oil

Olive oil has been a staple part of the Italian diet since time immemorial. But how do you tell the real deal apart from the cheap copies flooding the market?

Work begins on Calais migrant camp makeover
France

Work begins on Calais migrant camp makeover

Work got underway on Thursday to build heated shelters for migrants in the camp, though officials admit they are "behind schedule" on the improvements.

Italian firm bans email to reduce stress
Italy

Italian firm bans email to reduce stress

An Italian company has banned staff from sending internal emails for a week in a bid to reduce stress as well as encourage them to speak to each other in person.

Swedish police stop arrivals from Denmark
Denmark

Swedish police stop arrivals from Denmark

UPDATED: More than a dozen Iraqis were forced to turn back to Denmark on Thursday afternoon, as police carried out ID checks on people crossing into Sweden, after border controls were reinstated.

German army celebrates 60 years of service
Germany

German army celebrates 60 years of service

The German army has had a checkered history, to say the least – so much so that in 1955, it didn't actually exist at all. But 60 years ago on November 12th, the German Bundeswehr was born as a new kind of army for a new kind of state.

France cracks down on illegal Facebook posts
France

France cracks down on illegal Facebook posts

Data released by Facebook this week shows that there's been a meteoric rise in the amount of posts France blocks. The country is also ranked fourth in the world for the number of government requests made for info on users.

Danish mutilation suspect denies wife’s hit
Denmark

Danish mutilation suspect denies wife’s hit

A Danish man accused of mutilating women spoke publicly for the first time in a South African court on Thursday, requesting bail and shrugging off a charge he plotted to murder his wife.

Catalonia lawmakers reject Artur Mas leadership bid for second time
Spain

Catalonia lawmakers reject Artur Mas leadership bid for second time

Artur Mas has failed in his second attempt to win re-election as the region’s president after he was denied support from the anti-capitalist CUP party.

Airbnb ‘plagiarized’ Paris artist’s apartment
France

Airbnb ‘plagiarized’ Paris artist’s apartment

Parisian designer Zoé de Las Cases wants to take legal action against online accommodation service Airbnb claiming the company copied the design of her apartment for their own company headquarters without giving her the credit.

Police stop refugees at Swedish border checks
Sweden

Police stop refugees at Swedish border checks

UPDATED: More than a dozen Iraqis were forced to turn back to Denmark on Thursday afternoon, as police carried out ID checks on people crossing into Sweden, after border controls were reinstated.

Germany ‘more sexist than France and UK’
Germany

Germany ‘more sexist than France and UK’

Germans proved to hold less progressive ideas about gender equality than their European counterparts in the UK and France, but rose above the United States, according to a new report.

Tesla accused of trying to circumvent Danish tax
Denmark

Tesla accused of trying to circumvent Danish tax

The Danish government accused Tesla of using a bulk purchase of its own vehicles to shortchange the public purse of one billion kroner.

IN IMAGES: ‘Water wheel hotel’ planned for Paris
France

IN IMAGES: ‘Water wheel hotel’ planned for Paris

Plans are afoot to install a "water wheel hotel" on the banks of the River Seine that would see guests sleep in rotating pods that rise and fall above the City of Light.

France and US clash over Paris climate deal
France

France and US clash over Paris climate deal

France and the United States appeared to clash Thursday over the legal status of a global pact to be agreed in Paris in December to stave off dangerous climate change.

Facebook is spying on Spaniards for political views ahead of election
Spain

Facebook is spying on Spaniards for political views ahead of election

Facebook has admitted that it is tracking political opinions posted by Spaniards to gather data about the upcoming election.

France demands answer on German spying
Germany

France demands answer on German spying

French President Francois Hollande called Thursday for Berlin to supply all the information it had after reports Germany's foreign intelligence service spied on Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, saying it was not the kind of behaviour he expected between friendly countries.

Amazon launches same-day delivery in Germany
Germany

Amazon launches same-day delivery in Germany

Subscribers to Amazon's Prime service can now receive deliveries from the online retailer on the same day they order in 14 cities across Germany – putting pressure on local competitors.

Spanish pair get 18 yrs for murder of their adopted Chinese daughter
Spain

Spanish pair get 18 yrs for murder of their adopted Chinese daughter

An estranged Spanish couple have been sentenced to 18 years in prison for drugging and suffocating their 12-year-old adopted Chinese daughter, in a case that has drawn the attention of Beijing.

Police victory against Burgenland drug ring
Austria

Police victory against Burgenland drug ring

Police in Burgenland have busted a gang of drug dealers who sold ecstasy tablets, speed and cannabis worth a street value of €1.4 million this year.

Ex-abbott ‘spent charity cash on ecstasy parties’
Italy

Ex-abbott ‘spent charity cash on ecstasy parties’

The former head of Italy's famous Benedictine Abbey of Montecassino is being probed for allegedly fleecing some €500,000 of abbey funds, and squandering some of it on “dream holidays and ecstasy parties”.

Austrian police smash people smuggling gang
Austria

Austrian police smash people smuggling gang

Austrian authorities said they had smashed a people smuggling gang on Thursday, which they believe has transported 1,800 migrants to Vienna since February.

Danes among world’s top fans of gender equality
Denmark

Danes among world’s top fans of gender equality

Denmark was ranked third in a new world ranking of attitudes towards gender equality but a newly-launched Nordic database suggests that the Danes are well behind their neighbours in some areas.

Swiss to spend less this Christmas: survey
Switzerland

Swiss to spend less this Christmas: survey

The Swiss are tightening their purse strings this festive season according to a new survey which found Swiss consumers will spend an average five percent less on Christmas presents in 2015 than last year.

UN alarmed by Denmark development aid cuts
Denmark

UN alarmed by Denmark development aid cuts

The United Nations has voiced alarm over moves by European countries, including Denmark, to cut development aid in a bid to free up funds to support the large influx of refugees.

Hollande demands ‘all info’ on German spying
France

Hollande demands ‘all info’ on German spying

French President François Hollande has demanded "all the information" on the reported spying by German intelligence services on his French foreign minister.

France is ‘Europe’s most innovative country’
France

France is ‘Europe’s most innovative country’

France can consider itself Europe's most innovative nation and the third in the world after a new study published on Thursday looked at the number of patents lodged in each country.

Travel the world at the UNWG Festival Bazaar
Austria

Travel the world at the UNWG Festival Bazaar

An annual highlight in Vienna’s social calendar in the run-up to Christmas is the United Nations Women’s Guild (UNWG) International Festival Bazaar. The Local caught up with UNWG President Diana Oyugi to find out more about the charity event.

Swiss refugee total to ‘clearly’ exceed forecast
Switzerland

Swiss refugee total to ‘clearly’ exceed forecast

The original forecast of 29,000 asylum seekers arriving in Switzerland in 2015 will be "clearly exceeded" according to the Secretary of State for Immigration.

EU border agency struggling with less than half the requested guards
Spain

EU border agency struggling with less than half the requested guards

EU countries have provided the bloc's Frontex border agency with less than half the personnel it has requested to deal with a record influx of migrants, the agency's deputy head has said.

Police foil suicide plot to free Mullar Krekar
Norway

Police foil suicide plot to free Mullar Krekar

Italian police on Thursday announced a swoop on a European jihadist network that was allegedly planning to try to spring its leader out of detention in Norway.

Madrid cuts speed limit for the first time ever in bid to reduce pollution
Spain

Madrid cuts speed limit for the first time ever in bid to reduce pollution

Madrid’s city hall has cut the speed limit for vehicles on the city’s roads in an attempt to cut pollution, which has soared above recommended levels in recent days.

Swedes world’s most keen on gender equality
Sweden

Swedes world’s most keen on gender equality

Sweden has come out on top in a new world ranking of attitudes towards gender equality.

Is Sweden closing its borders? (no, it’s not)
Sweden

Is Sweden closing its borders? (no, it’s not)

Global media attention turned towards Sweden after it implemented border controls on Thursday to cope with rising numbers of asylum seekers. The Local explains what's actually going on.

Police say new begging law is ‘too strict’
Austria

Police say new begging law is ‘too strict’

Green politicians and even the police have expressed concern that a new draft law on begging in the Austrian state of Styria is too draconian.

Five pass ‘integrity tests’ for Fifa leader race
Switzerland

Five pass ‘integrity tests’ for Fifa leader race

Fifa on Thursday approved five candidates to stand in February's vote to replace Sepp Blatter as president of world football's governing body, but Michel Platini has not yet made the list.

Rome declares war on 12k-a-month gladiators
Italy

Rome declares war on 12k-a-month gladiators

The city of Rome is ready to take action against the legions of tacky gladiators making a tax-free fortune by posing for photos with tourists in front of the city's most famous monuments.

‘Racist and sexist’ Müller pin-ups spark backlash
Germany

‘Racist and sexist’ Müller pin-ups spark backlash

German dairy company Müller has caused a storm on social media by selling its flavoured milk bottles with pictures of semi-naked women on them. Critics claim the artwork contains a double whammy of racism and sexism.

New search for oil in Upper Austria
Austria

New search for oil in Upper Austria

Austrian oil and gas prospecting firm RAG has said it will drill for oil in Pfarrkirchen near the Upper Austrian spa town of Bad Hall. This comes as the company finds itself under pressure with oil prices having dropped this year.

Italy announces swoop on ‘jihadist network’
Italy

Italy announces swoop on ‘jihadist network’

UPDATED: Italian police on Thursday announced a swoop on a European jihadist network that was allegedly planning to try to spring its leader out of detention in Norway.

Government pushes for ‘balanced’ smoking law
Switzerland

Government pushes for ‘balanced’ smoking law

The sale of e-cigarettes with nicotine in Switzerland could be authorized under a new government-backed bill which would tighten smoking laws in the country, including bringing in a national age minimum for the very first time.

Germany can’t impose its values on refugees
Germany

Germany can’t impose its values on refugees

Lawyer Christina Lee argues that Germany shouldn't treat refugees harshly in the name of teaching them the country's 'values' - and that the crisis could be a learning opportunity for Germans themselves.

Lost whale calf spotted swimming alone off Barcelona beach has died
Spain

Lost whale calf spotted swimming alone off Barcelona beach has died

UPDATED: A young whale that appeared off the beach in Barcelona had to be put down by vets on Friday after becoming so weak because it had lost its mother.

Repsol in the red as Spanish giant hit by losses on lower oil prices
Spain

Repsol in the red as Spanish giant hit by losses on lower oil prices

Spanish oil giant Repsol said on Thursday it swung into the red in the third quarter due to lower oil prices and one-off provisions caused by its decline in North America.

‘I bleed, the state wins’: Paris tampon tax protest
France

‘I bleed, the state wins’: Paris tampon tax protest

Men and women - some dressed as giant vaginas - gathered in Paris on Wednesday to protest against a French tax on tampons, as anger grows among women worldwide over high taxation of the essential items.

Balding French jihadist arrested at beauty salon
France

Balding French jihadist arrested at beauty salon

A French jihadist fighting with Isis has reportedly been held in Turkey after he popped into a beauty salon for a hair transplant and another procedure to make him "look better".

Northern Spain sees launch of world’s first ‘poo powered’ home
Spain

Northern Spain sees launch of world’s first ‘poo powered’ home

A startup based in northern Spain has developed the first house in the world to be entirely heated by its own waste products. The Local talks to Meghan Sapp, the woman behind the innovative project.

A third of Swedish toddlers use net daily
Sweden

A third of Swedish toddlers use net daily

Swedish two-year-olds can't get enough of the net, 70 percent of Swedes use Facebook, and the average Swede uses the internet for 21 hours a week, according to a new study.

France sells iconic Vienna palace to Qatar

France sells iconic Vienna palace to Qatar

France has sold an iconic Neoclassical palace in Vienna with a large park to Qatar following a belt-tightening drive.

Austria and Bavaria settle bank dispute
Austria

Austria and Bavaria settle bank dispute

Austria has agreed to pay the German state of Bavaria €1.23 billion ($1.07 billion) to end a bitter and long-running dispute over a bank deal that went disastrously sour.

New hotel squashes Berlin U-Bahn tunnels
Germany

New hotel squashes Berlin U-Bahn tunnels

Trains running through Berlin's busy Alexanderplatz station have been forced to slow to a crawl after hotel construction above ground caused a tunnel roof to subside.

PM: Denmark will not pursue border controls
Denmark

PM: Denmark will not pursue border controls

Despite pressure from his right-of-centre support parties, PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen said that Denmark will not follow Sweden’s lead and introduce border controls.

Spain’s Constitutional Court blocks Catalonia independence process
Spain

Spain’s Constitutional Court blocks Catalonia independence process

Spain's Constitutional Court on Wednesday suspended a resolution passed by Catalonia's parliament that declared the start of a secession process, at the request of the central government in Madrid.

Lufthansa strike grounds another 900 flights
Germany

Lufthansa strike grounds another 900 flights

Lufthansa announced that 933 services would be cancelled on Thursday as cabin crew entered their sixth day of strikes, leaving 107,000 passengers scrambling to find alternate transport to their destinations.

Tycoon spends $48m on ‘Blue Moon’ for daughter
Switzerland

Tycoon spends $48m on ‘Blue Moon’ for daughter

An exceptional 12.03-carat diamond dubbed "Blue Moon" was sold in Geneva for 48.6 million Swiss francs ($48.4 million) on Wednesday, setting a new world record, auction house Sotheby's said.

Schäuble warns of refugee ‘avalanche’
Germany

Schäuble warns of refugee ‘avalanche’

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has warned that the flow of refugees into Germany and Europe could turn into an "avalanche" if not managed properly.

Eurostar eight hours late after hitting wild boar
France

Eurostar eight hours late after hitting wild boar

The Eurostar service was hit by delays on Wednesday night and early Thursday morning after a train hit a wild boar in northern France. Passengers arrived in Paris eight hours late.

Police investigate triple murder in Frederiksberg
Denmark

Police investigate triple murder in Frederiksberg

UPDATED: The three victims of a presumed triple murder had gang ties, media reported on Thursday.

Four Norway glaciers ‘too small to measure’
Norway

Four Norway glaciers ‘too small to measure’

Four of Norway’s glaciers have shrunk so dramatically that they can no longer be meaningfully or safely measured, Norwegian researchers have announced.

Snail caviar a delight for Sicilian startup
Italy

Snail caviar a delight for Sicilian startup

It has an earthy taste with hints of grass and mushroom: snail caviar is a growing trend in Europe, the delicate white eggs sprinkled on everything from canapes to beef dishes and beetroot.

Italian journalists probed in Vatileaks scandal
Italy

Italian journalists probed in Vatileaks scandal

The Vatican said on Wednesday it has launched a probe into two Italian journalists over confidential documents that were leaked to the media revealing gross financial mismanagement at the heart of the secretive city-state.

Stockholm population to top 2.5 million by 2024
Sweden

Stockholm population to top 2.5 million by 2024

The Swedish capital continues to be one of the fastest growing regions in Europe, with the population in Stockholm county expected to swell by 17 percent in the next nine years.

Four fab cultural events in Sweden this week
Sweden

Four fab cultural events in Sweden this week

Whether you're into international cinema, music or exhibitions, there's something for you in Sweden this week. We've picked out our favourite events alongside The Local's regular interactive calendar.

Italy’s Filippo Grandi to be new UN refugee chief
Italy

Italy’s Filippo Grandi to be new UN refugee chief

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday announced the appointment of Italian diplomat Filippo Grandi as the new UN refugee chief, tasked with handling the world's worst refugee crisis.

Telenor suspends four execs over Vimpelcom
Norway

Telenor suspends four execs over Vimpelcom

Telenor on Wednesday suspended its finance director, legal head, and two other executives, as part of its deepening internal investigation into possible complicity with alleged corruption at VimpelCom, the Russian telecoms group.

UN alarmed by Swedish development aid cuts
Sweden

UN alarmed by Swedish development aid cuts

The United Nations voiced alarm on Wednesday over moves by European countries, including Sweden, to cut development aid in a bid to free up funds to support the large influx of refugees.

Thorning passed over for top UN post
Denmark

Thorning passed over for top UN post

Denmark's strict refugee policies were cited as a reason for not naming Helle Thorning-Schmidt UN High Commissioner for Refugees.