Norway’s asylum policies ‘Europe’s strictest’
Norway

Norway’s asylum policies ‘Europe’s strictest’

Norway’s leading refugee charity has accused the government of “a race to the bottom” on asylum after a politician claimed that new asylum reforms gave the country “the strictest asylum policy in Europe”.

GPS sends tourists down road closed in 60s
Norway

GPS sends tourists down road closed in 60s

Two tourists driving in Arctic Norway had to be rescued by dog sled on Wednesday after their GPS sent them down a road that had been closed since the early 1960s.

Chechen jailed for Isis fight in Syria
Austria

Chechen jailed for Isis fight in Syria

A regional court in St. Pölten on Friday convicted a Chechen fighter to five years in prison for fighting with Isis in Syria.

Refugees facing bleak winter in Vienna
Austria

Refugees facing bleak winter in Vienna

More than 800 refugees, many of them women and children, are facing difficult conditions in Austria's 2nd-largest refugee camp, at Ferry Dusika Stadion.

‘Suspicious situation’ at Copenhagen stations
Denmark

‘Suspicious situation’ at Copenhagen stations

Armoured police were called out to Copenhagen's Nørreport and Østerport Stations on Friday night after receiving a report of three masked men.

Right-wing pol wants European ‘Guantanamo’
Austria

Right-wing pol wants European ‘Guantanamo’

The head of Austria's far-right Freedom Party, currently leading opinion polls, called Friday for European Islamic extremists to be incarcerated in Guantanamo-style island prisons, in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Multi-million Russian fraudster to be extradited
Austria

Multi-million Russian fraudster to be extradited

A Russian man accused of evading taxes worth 310 million rubles (€4.5 million) will be extradited from Austria to Russia after a court ruling on Friday.

Spain would adopt Swedish-style parental leave under Ciudadanos
Spain

Spain would adopt Swedish-style parental leave under Ciudadanos

Ciudadanos has proposed that Spain adopt a Swedish-style paternity leave policy that would allow give fathers to equally share time off with mothers after a new born baby.

The Paris jihadists who had little time for Islam
France

The Paris jihadists who had little time for Islam

Some of the Islamist terrorists who were involved in last week's Paris attacks were hardly the most devout Muslims, regularly enjoying drugs, alcohol, and rarely reading the Koran. And that's before they slaughtered innocent people of all faiths.

Shhh! Campaigners try to silence noisy Spanish restaurant diners
Spain

Shhh! Campaigners try to silence noisy Spanish restaurant diners

A Spanish charity has launched an initiative to ‘Dine Quietly’ in a bid to encourage restaurant-goers to not be so noisy in restaurants.

Two Germans caught in Mali hostage drama
Germany

Two Germans caught in Mali hostage drama

Two Germans were freed from a hostage-taking at a luxury hotel in Malian capital Bamako on Friday, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.

Italy’s masterpieces stolen in museum heist
Italy

Italy’s masterpieces stolen in museum heist

Masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto were among 15 artworks stolen 'to order' by masked robbers from a museum in Verona, the city's mayor said Friday.

Parisians forced to face up to fears one week on
France

Parisians forced to face up to fears one week on

Emotion and tension is still high in Paris almost exactly a week on since the massacres, but locals are putting aside their fears of venturing out and will mark Friday night's anniversary, not with silence but with noise and light.

German astronaut calls for ‘peace and tolerance’
Germany

German astronaut calls for ‘peace and tolerance’

German astronaut Alexander Gerst used a public appearance alongside Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday to urge children to care for the planet and for peace in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.

The ten most expensive cities in Germany
Germany

The ten most expensive cities in Germany

Where are rents most expensive in Germany? A new survey unearths the ten cities you're handing out the most cash to live in.

Search for ‘stolen babies’ continues forty years after Gen Franco’s death
Spain

Search for ‘stolen babies’ continues forty years after Gen Franco’s death

Up to 30,000 babies were stolen and adopted by families sympathetic to the Franco regime, both in Spain and abroad.

Swedish woman stuck in bathroom for a whole day
Sweden

Swedish woman stuck in bathroom for a whole day

A Swedish woman was left feeling flushed after getting herself trapped in her own bathroom – for 15 hours.

Roma coach: ‘Terrorism won’t stop us’
Italy

Roma coach: ‘Terrorism won’t stop us’

Defiant Roma coach Rudi Garcia called on the players affected by the Paris attacks not to give in to the terrorists who "attacked all the things we love".

Security guards beef up Zlatan’s protection
Sweden

Security guards beef up Zlatan’s protection

Security is being stepped up around Swedish star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic's property in Paris as his club PSG prepares to take on his home city Malmö next week.

Fear deters tourists from Rome amid terror threat
Italy

Fear deters tourists from Rome amid terror threat

Hotels in Rome reported a rise in booking cancellations in the days after the Paris attacks, while an FBI tip-off that jihadists are plotting attacks at Italy’s landmark sites, including the Vatican, has deterred tourists.

EU agrees to France’s urgent border demands
France

EU agrees to France’s urgent border demands

France vowed it will maintain beefed-up border controls until the terror threat subsides as EU ministers agreed to boost checks along the bloc's borders and as well as make major changes to Schengen rules.

Explained: Denmark’s crazy car registration tax
Denmark

Explained: Denmark’s crazy car registration tax

As part of its 2016 budget, the Danish government reduced the limit for registration tax on new vehicle purchases from 180 to 150 percent. The Local takes a closer look at why buying a car in Denmark is so expensive and what the tax reduction means for motorists.

Girl stabbed to death at Norway refugee centre
Norway

Girl stabbed to death at Norway refugee centre

A 17-year-old girl was stabbed to death at a refugee reception centre in Western Norway on Thursday night, in one of the worst examples of refugee violence yet seen in the country.

Family seeks to declare Swedish hero dead
Sweden

Family seeks to declare Swedish hero dead

The family of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved tens of thousands of Jews from the Holocaust only to languish in a Russian prison, have asked authorities to declare him dead.

Norway bank HQ evacuated in bomb threat
Norway

Norway bank HQ evacuated in bomb threat

More than 4,000 employees were evacuated from the headquarters of Norway’s DNB bank after a bomb threat on Friday morning, showing that, a week on from Friday’s brutal terror attacks in Paris, anxiety levels remain high.

Winter finally arrives in Austria
Austria

Winter finally arrives in Austria

After a period of unseasonably warm weather the weekend looks set to be a more wintry affair with a cold front arriving from the north on Friday, bringing rain and even snow to mountainous areas.

Danish female mutilation suspect denied bail
Denmark

Danish female mutilation suspect denied bail

A South African judge on Friday denied bail for a Danish man accused of mutilating women and storing pieces of their genitals in his freezer.

Was fugitive held for drink driving in Spain prior to the Paris attacks?
Spain

Was fugitive held for drink driving in Spain prior to the Paris attacks?

One of the jihadists involved in the Paris shootings and the subject of an international manhunt was held by police in Spain just weeks before the shooting, according to reports in Catalan media.

Third body confirmed as terror plotter’s cousin
France

Third body confirmed as terror plotter’s cousin

The third body found in the rubble of an apartment where the suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks was killed has been confirmed as his female cousin Hasna Aitboulahcen.

Air France staff caught up in Mali hostage drama
France

Air France staff caught up in Mali hostage drama

Twelve flight staff from Air France have been rescued safely from a hotel in Mali, where gunmen are currently holding a reported 170 hostages. Paris has sent an elite French unit to Bamako.

6 ways Germany cashes in at Christmastime
Germany

6 ways Germany cashes in at Christmastime

It's not just children who rejoice over all the presents, Lebkuchen and Advent calendars bought this time of year. These six numbers show just how much cash Germany rakes in during the season of giving.

‘Muslims feel oppressed’ after Paris attacks
Austria

‘Muslims feel oppressed’ after Paris attacks

The President of Austria’s Islamic Religious Community has spoken about the consequences of the Paris terror attacks for Muslims and how frustrated he feels that Muslims have to constantly distance themselves from terrorists.

How we view cities and countries: stories from Luleå
Sweden

How we view cities and countries: stories from Luleå

What shapes a country's reputation? Why is it that some nations are perceived in certain ways? What is it that makes places, regions, and entire nations attractive in the eyes of others, and what role does that image play on a society's development? This week Luleå was selected as the ”Placebrander of the Year”. But what does it mean, and what goes into branding a place?

Tank convoy video provokes fears of imminent terror attack in Spain
Spain

Tank convoy video provokes fears of imminent terror attack in Spain

A train loaded with Spanish military tanks stoked paranoia that authorities are preparing to declare martial law against an imminent terrorist attack.

‘Reverse Robin Hood’ budget under fire
Denmark

‘Reverse Robin Hood’ budget under fire

Following the 2016 budget announcement on Thursday, opposition parties were quick to criticize cuts to education, the environment and developmental aid while Danish People’s Party leader Kristian Thulesen Dahl was accused of breaking election promises by his party’s supporters.

Ombud: Ladies’ nights ‘unfair to men’
Austria

Ombud: Ladies’ nights ‘unfair to men’

Austria’s Ombud for Equal Treatment has ruled that Ladies’ Nights - where nightclubs and bars offer women free admission and cheap drinks on certain evenings - discriminate against men.

Google reveals what Spain REALLY wants to know about its politicians
Spain

Google reveals what Spain REALLY wants to know about its politicians

Nevermind policies, Spaniards are more concerned with the personal lives of their political candidates if their Google searches are anything to go by.

French find heart to welcome ‘best’ Beaujolais
France

French find heart to welcome ‘best’ Beaujolais

While there was little of the cheer that normally greets the arrival of the new Beaujolais, many French did find the heart to raise a glass or two on Thursday, of what has been described as the best vintage in a life time.

Did hunted Paris gunman chicken out of suicide?
France

Did hunted Paris gunman chicken out of suicide?

French police admitted on Friday they are no closer to finding Salah Abdeslam, the man wanted in connection with the Paris terrace shootings, as speculation mounts that he may have decided against blowing himself up and is now on the run from both Isis as well as police.

Spotify rolls out parental leave benefits worldwide
Sweden

Spotify rolls out parental leave benefits worldwide

The music streaming service has said it will offer all staff up to six months' parental leave on full pay, to ensure international workers don't miss out on a similar benefit already enjoyed in the Swedish capital.

Austrians shun Paris for spas after terror attacks
Austria

Austrians shun Paris for spas after terror attacks

Austrian travel companies are reporting that around 30 percent of people who had booked holidays in Paris have cancelled their trips in the wake of last week’s deadly terror attacks.

Cop cleared after driving over and killing man
Switzerland

Cop cleared after driving over and killing man

A court on Friday acquitted a policewoman of wrongdoing for having driven a patrol car last year over 22-year-old Stéphane Chenaux who was lying on the A1 motorway in the canton of Fribourg, killing him.

Denmark to open refugee camp amid aid criticism
Denmark

Denmark to open refugee camp amid aid criticism

Denmark’s first tent camp for refugees is expected to open this weekend as the nation faces criticism for diverting international development funds to deal with asylum seekers within the country.

All you want for Xmas is a hybrid Swedish bun?
Sweden

All you want for Xmas is a hybrid Swedish bun?

A bakery's unusual twist on two of Sweden's best loved sweet treats has been causing a stir in the cake-loving Nordic country known for its fondness of annual traditions.

Berlusconi may face ‘bunga bunga’ retrial
Italy

Berlusconi may face ‘bunga bunga’ retrial

Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi could be put on trial again after evidence emerged that he allegedly bought the silence of witnesses during his so-called 'bunga bunga' sex trial.

Ten ways Spain has changed since the death of Gen Francisco Franco
Spain

Ten ways Spain has changed since the death of Gen Francisco Franco

It's been forty years since the death of Gen Franco brought an end to Spain’s fascist dictatorship and set the nation on the path to democracy. But how has Spain changed?

Germans overwhelmingly for tougher security
Germany

Germans overwhelmingly for tougher security

More than nine in every ten Germans support the government increasing security measures on German streets in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.

France plans national homage for terror victims
France

France plans national homage for terror victims

France has announced plans for an official ceremony to pay homage to the 129 victims of last week's terror attacks. Over 1,000 people will be guests of honour.

Sicily mafia ‘plotted hit job on interior minister’
Italy

Sicily mafia ‘plotted hit job on interior minister’

UPDATED: Italy has thwarted a mobster plan to assassinate the country's interior minister, arresting six mafia bosses in the Sicilian town of Corleone, police said on Friday.

Five reasons to visit Montreux —  jazz aside
Switzerland

Five reasons to visit Montreux — jazz aside

Montreux is famed for its summer jazz festival but expat resident Marianne Burkhardt says there are five great reasons to visit this Swiss town with its spectacular lake-meets-mountain scenery — in the winter.

France says EU must tighten border controls
France

France says EU must tighten border controls

France joined other EU countries in crucial talks on Friday, with Paris to push for tighter border controls around the Schengen area in the light of the terrorist attacks. "Terrorists are crossing EU borders," said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

On this day in 1975: Spain’s dictator General Francisco Franco died
Spain

On this day in 1975: Spain’s dictator General Francisco Franco died

It was forty years ago today that General Francisco Franco died, ending a 36-year-long fascist dictatorship and ushering in a new era of democracy.

‘Cancer is a battle I’m convinced I’ll win’ insists ex-Barça star Cruyff
Spain

‘Cancer is a battle I’m convinced I’ll win’ insists ex-Barça star Cruyff

Johan Cruyff is "convinced" he will come through his fight against lung cancer, the 68-year-old Dutch great said on Thursday.

Attackers ‘used migrant crisis to get into EU’
France

Attackers ‘used migrant crisis to get into EU’

Some of the suspects in the Paris attacks took advantage of Europe's migrant crisis to "slip in" unnoticed, the French premier said on Thursday, warning the EU needed to "take responsibility" over border controls.

Franc still too high: new SNB board member
Switzerland

Franc still too high: new SNB board member

Despite the introduction of negative interest rates and willingness by Switzerland’s central bank to intervene in the foreign exchange market, the Swiss franc remains “significantly overvalued”, Andréa Maechler, new member of the bank’s governing board, said in Geneva on Thursday night.

Sweden: Denmark must do border checks too

Sweden: Denmark must do border checks too

UPDATED: Denmark said on Friday that Sweden will have to live with the "consequences" of its immigration policies after the Swedish migration minister called on his Danish counterparts to “take responsibility” by implementing border controls.

‘I won’t back down’ after attack: Cologne mayor
Germany

‘I won’t back down’ after attack: Cologne mayor

Cologne's new mayor Henriette Reker said on Friday that she would stick to her principles during her term in office, despite a vicious knife attack by a man angry about her refugee-friendly policies that left her in a coma.

Security toughened for Juventus vs AC Milan
Italy

Security toughened for Juventus vs AC Milan

Authorities in Turin said tough new security measures will be introduced for the Juventus vs AC Milan Serie A fixture on Saturday following the failed attempt by suicide bombers to gain entry to Paris's Stade de France.

Paris terror plotter ‘took Metro after attacks’
France

Paris terror plotter ‘took Metro after attacks’

The man believed to have been the commander of the Paris terrorist attacks on November 13th was caught on CCTV entering a Metro station shortly after the massacre, suggesting he may have taken part in the bloodshed.

German suspect ‘behind Hanover bomb plot’
Germany

German suspect ‘behind Hanover bomb plot’

The leader of a five-person group believed to be behind the bomb threat against the Germany-Netherlands friendly in Hanover on Tuesday is a German citizen, local media reported on Friday.

Refugees sleep outside amid bed crisis in Malmö
Sweden

Refugees sleep outside amid bed crisis in Malmö

Up to 30 refugees spent the night outdoors in southern Sweden as the country’s third largest city, Malmö, said it was unable to offer them any shelter, following 600 arrivals in just three hours.

Man hunted by Danish police seized in Sweden
Denmark

Man hunted by Danish police seized in Sweden

A suspected Isis terrorist sought across Scandinavia was being questioned by Swedish police on Friday after being apprehended at an asylum seeker accommodation centre.

What should you do during a terror attack?
Sweden

What should you do during a terror attack?

The likelihood of ending up in the middle of a terror attack remains low in Sweden. But if the worst should happen, what can you do to boost your chances? The Local asked experts for advice.

Italy arrests Syrians with false passports: report
Italy

Italy arrests Syrians with false passports: report

Italian police have arrested two Syrians trying to travel to Malta on false passports who had Isis-related images on their phones, local media reported on Thursday.

Buffon celebrates 20 years in Serie A
Italy

Buffon celebrates 20 years in Serie A

Gianluigi Buffon celebrated 20 years of playing in Serie A on Thursday as the Juventus and Italy goalkeeping great was hailed by his fellow professionals.