Christmas: Security tight at churches in France
France

Christmas: Security tight at churches in France

It was a subdued Christmas Eve in Paris on Thursday, with tourist numbers down, security bolstered at shops and churches, and locals still on edge after last month's jihadist attacks.

Germany’s 10 biggest stories of 2015
Germany

Germany’s 10 biggest stories of 2015

How will 2015 be defined in Germany? The Local takes a look at the biggest stories that impacted the country this year.

Blind puppy and the brother that protected her find Christmas home
Spain

Blind puppy and the brother that protected her find Christmas home

An abandoned greyhound puppy who guided and protected his blind sister have been adopted by a family as a companion for their blind dog.

Italy court OKs landmark gay adoption case
Italy

Italy court OKs landmark gay adoption case

An Italian appeals court has upheld the right of a lesbian woman to adopt her partner's biological child, a gay rights group said on Wednesday, in a landmark case for the Catholic country as it considers granting rights to same-sex couples.

12 of the best food-based French idioms
France

12 of the best food-based French idioms

Do you know what it means to have the peach or why it might be really bad if your new love has a heart like an artichoke? We explain some of the many food-based idioms that pepper the French language.

Italy grants ex-CIA spies partial pardon
Italy

Italy grants ex-CIA spies partial pardon

Italy's President Sergio Mattarella on Wednesday reduced the sentences of two former CIA agents, including a station chief, over the kidnapping and extraordinary rendition of an Egyptian imam in 2003.

Ten dishes that make a French Christmas feast
France

Ten dishes that make a French Christmas feast

Christmas Eve marks the culinary highlight of the year for French families, when they settle down for "Le Reveillon", a marathon feast fit for kings which often begins AFTER midnight mass. Take a closer look here.

Domestic hits deliver box office highs as Spanish cinema booms
Spain

Domestic hits deliver box office highs as Spanish cinema booms

Watch out Hollywood! Spanish films are enjoying new popularity making 2015 one of best years at the box office.

Mali group says France killed four of its fighters
France

Mali group says France killed four of its fighters

A pro-government armed group in Mali accused the French military on Wednesday of killing four of its fighters during a weekend clash with an Al-Qaeda-linked movement in the country's restive north.

Porn star offers to teach sex in Italy’s schools
Italy

Porn star offers to teach sex in Italy’s schools

Porn star Rocco Siffredi, known as the 'Italian stallion', has launched a petition demanding sex education become mandatory in Italy's schools and offered himself up as a teacher.

Corsica latest European area to turn nationalist
France

Corsica latest European area to turn nationalist

The French Mediterranean island of Corsica has become the latest European territory to take a nationalist turn, with an unprecedented victory in regional elections that has put independence activists in the seat of power.

Helicopter crashes battling wildfire in northern Spain killing pilot
Spain

Helicopter crashes battling wildfire in northern Spain killing pilot

A helicopter battling a wildfire in northern Spain has crashed, killing the pilot, emergency services said.

How Germans joined in with Nazi-fied Christmas
Germany

How Germans joined in with Nazi-fied Christmas

Nothing was safe from the Nazis' attempt to infiltrate every corner of German life - right down to how people celebrated Christmas.

New Nordic Noir shows ‘true life of Swedes’
Sweden

New Nordic Noir shows ‘true life of Swedes’

In the latest Nordic thriller series to hit TV screens, a Stockholm mum takes over her late husband's marijuana business. The Local speaks to star and co-producer Alexandra Rapaport about Gåsmamman, which she hopes will go global.

The ultimate guide to Swedish Christmas traditions
Sweden

The ultimate guide to Swedish Christmas traditions

Merry Christmas from The Local!