Only 6%  of Danes want to cut top rate of tax
Denmark

Only 6% of Danes want to cut top rate of tax

Just six percent of Danes want to lower the top rate of tax, according to a new poll, underlining the remarkable level of support for one of the highest tax burdens in the world.

Out-of-control barge nearly trashes BP rig
Norway

Out-of-control barge nearly trashes BP rig

A large barge came within less than two kilometers of crashing into an oil platform in the Norwegian North Sea on Thursday afternoon, in the second dramatic incident to hit the industry in less than 24 hours.

Police fire shots to stop drug suspect
Austria

Police fire shots to stop drug suspect

On Wednesday afternoon, police patrolling the Danube Island in Vienna fired warning shots to force a drug suspect whom they were chasing to stop fleeing arrest.

Paris hotels report slump ahead of sober New Year
France

Paris hotels report slump ahead of sober New Year

Paris hotels, usually crammed with New Year revellers, have seen reservations plunge 30 percent in the wake of the November 13 attacks, the head of the regional hotel union said Thursday.

Denmark’s low road death toll ‘a reason to celebrate’
Denmark

Denmark’s low road death toll ‘a reason to celebrate’

The number of deaths from road traffic accidents in Denmark is estimated at 175 for 2015, but officials warn against getting too excited.

US planned to drop bombs close to Austria
Austria

US planned to drop bombs close to Austria

Recently-declassified nuclear targeting documents from 1959 describe how Washington planned to destroy cities in Eastern and Central Europe, including Prague, Budapest, Bratislava, and a former Soviet air base on the border with Austria.

Ten resolutions to make the most of life in Spain in 2016
Spain

Ten resolutions to make the most of life in Spain in 2016

Stuck in a Spain-sized rut? Need to add some sparkle to your life in 2016? The Local offers you ten easy-to-achieve resolutions that will make the coming year in Spain one to remember.

Woman throws away 1000s of euros in cash
Germany

Woman throws away 1000s of euros in cash

A woman in southern Germany got rid of an old handbag at a recycling centre, little knowing that her husband had been keeping the large sum of cash inside.

‘Our kids were banned from Madrid Magi parade for being Catholic’
Spain

‘Our kids were banned from Madrid Magi parade for being Catholic’

Parents at a Catholic school in Madrid are fuming after their children were barred from participating in a Christmas Parade.

Germans turn to Star Wars for baby names
Germany

Germans turn to Star Wars for baby names

Read on to find just what German babies were being named this year by hopeful parents.

Forty-four injured in Italy coach crash
Italy

Forty-four injured in Italy coach crash

Forty-four people were injured, three seriously, in a coach crash in central Italy in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Anne Frank diary to go online amid legal row
France

Anne Frank diary to go online amid legal row

A French academic and an MP have said they will publish the diary of Anne Frank online, despite protests from the charity set up by her father.

Lost Laurel and Hardy snap from Italy goes viral
Italy

Lost Laurel and Hardy snap from Italy goes viral

A long-lost photo depicting the comedic duo, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in Rome has delighted film buffs after coming to light and getting thousands of shares online.

Pregnant princesses join New Year greeting
Sweden

Pregnant princesses join New Year greeting

Not one but two Swedish royal babies are due in 2016 and Crown Princess Victoria and newlywed Princess Sofia have shown off their bumps in an official photo to mark the start of the new year.

Spain’s public holidays in 2016: Official list
Spain

Spain’s public holidays in 2016: Official list

Spain will have a total of eight national holidays, four regional holidays and two municipal days in 2016. So get organized and start planning some weekends away.

Hundreds of migrants sent back to Slovenia
Austria

Hundreds of migrants sent back to Slovenia

Police in Carinthia have sent hundreds of migrants back to neighbouring Slovenia this week after they lied about their nationality in an apparent attempt to improve their chances of being granted asylum, police have said.

Chaos as huge wave kills Norway oil rig worker
Norway

Chaos as huge wave kills Norway oil rig worker

A giant wave slammed into Norwegian oil rig COSL Innovator in the North Sea on Wednesday evening, killing one person. The rig is now heading toward the coast, with workers being evacuated.

Dunkirk migrant camp to get million-euro upgrade
France

Dunkirk migrant camp to get million-euro upgrade

France is to build a huge refugee camp near Dunkirk to improve conditions for thousands of migrants trying to reach Britain.

France sees threefold hike in anti-Islam crimes
France

France sees threefold hike in anti-Islam crimes

There has been an enormous spike in hate crimes against France's Muslim community this year, according to new figures.

Italy’s fizzy wine bursts champagne’s bubble
Italy

Italy’s fizzy wine bursts champagne’s bubble

Italy’s wine exports were up by six percent in 2015, setting a new record, with the country’s sparkling wine, especially Prosecco, being more popular ever.

Happy new year! Clear skies forecast as Spain rings in 2016
Spain

Happy new year! Clear skies forecast as Spain rings in 2016

Weather conditions will be perfect for watching fireworks this New Year’s Eve in Spain.

Record-breaking 13,000 asylum seekers arrive in Spain in 2015
Spain

Record-breaking 13,000 asylum seekers arrive in Spain in 2015

A record 13,000 asylum seekers were expected to arrive in Spain in 2015 but that figure is still less than 1 percent of the European Union total.

Northern Lights hopes dashed after ‘hype’
Sweden

Northern Lights hopes dashed after ‘hype’

UPDATED: Swedes hoping to see the Northern Lights on Wednesday night were disappointed after barely a shimmer appeared, with one enthusiast website denouncing "record hype" that falsely predicted an intense experience across the nation.

500 police to patrol Vienna for New Year
Austria

500 police to patrol Vienna for New Year

Security in Vienna will be high as residents and visitors gather to celebrate New Year’s Eve, after police received a warning last week of possible terror attacks during the holiday season.

‘No end in sight’ for Nazi crime investigators
Germany

‘No end in sight’ for Nazi crime investigators

Investigators can't foresee an end to their work uncovering evidence of Nazi crimes – despite the more than 70 years that have passed since the end of the Second World War.

Gynecologist faces court over intimate photos
Germany

Gynecologist faces court over intimate photos

A doctor in western Germany is accused of using cameras hidden in a chair and in pens to take invasive photos of women in his care, as well as carrying out examinations "solely for sexual arousal".

Italy police find cocaine among spicy sausages
Italy

Italy police find cocaine among spicy sausages

Police in the Sicilian city of Catania have sized 1.3 kilograms of cocaine that was being transported in a bag containing the popular spicy Calabrian sausage,'nduja.

France opens Vichy files to face its painful past
France

France opens Vichy files to face its painful past

France is to release thousands of files relating to its World War II collaboration with Nazi occupiers.

Will Danish skies clear in time for fireworks?
Denmark

Will Danish skies clear in time for fireworks?

The last day of the year in Denmark is set to be changeable with conditions possibly less than optimal for midnight fireworks.

‘No intention’ to leave France says star Swede
Sweden

‘No intention’ to leave France says star Swede

Sweden's star stricker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has left fans confused after suggesting he has no plans to leave his Paris club in 2016, after previously hinting he might move on.

Belgium charges tenth suspect over Paris terror
France

Belgium charges tenth suspect over Paris terror

UPDATED: Belgian prosecutors said Thursday they have arrested a tenth suspect over the attacks in Paris last month and charged him with terror offences.

Refugees flee ‘haunted’ Swedish migration centre
Sweden

Refugees flee ‘haunted’ Swedish migration centre

A group of Syrians have fled in terror from a refugee centre in southern Sweden after a succession of strange, inexplicable happenings left them convinced it was haunted by ghosts.

Five great last-minute New Year’s eve ideas
Sweden

Five great last-minute New Year’s eve ideas

Still looking for something to do on New Year's eve? Fear not, there are plenty of cheap or free outdoor events around the country.

Former Catalan chief to go to court over alleged money laundering
Spain

Former Catalan chief to go to court over alleged money laundering

A judge has summoned former Catalan regional premier Jordi Pujol for questioning as a suspect in alleged money laundering and tax fraud relating to a personal fortune his family hid in Andorra.

Amazon donates Pegida profits to refugees
Germany

Amazon donates Pegida profits to refugees

Online retailer Amazon has said it will donate its profits from selling anti-Islam movement Pegida's Christmas 'hymn' to refugees in Germany, taking a stand in the country's battle over the influx.

The Swedish stories that made us smile in 2015
Sweden

The Swedish stories that made us smile in 2015

It's been a turbulent year for Sweden and the world. But to put a smile on your face as we leave behind a gloomy 2015, we bring you some of our favourite articles from the past 12 months.

The year in photos: Spain 2015
Spain

The year in photos: Spain 2015

The Local's readers have taken some amazing photographs from around Spain this year. Here are some of our favourites.

Charlie Hebdo to print attack anniversary issue
France

Charlie Hebdo to print attack anniversary issue

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday said it would release nearly a million copies of a special issue to mark a year since jihadists killed a dozen people in its Paris offices.

Merkel calls for unity and openness in 2016
Germany

Merkel calls for unity and openness in 2016

Chancellor Angela Merkel in her New Year's address Thursday asked Germans to see a record refugee influx as "an opportunity for tomorrow" and urged doubters not to follow racist hate-mongers.

Swedish man arrested in Turkey for Isis links
Sweden

Swedish man arrested in Turkey for Isis links

UPDATED: A twenty-year-old Swedish man, believed to be the son of an al-Qaeda leader, has been arrested in Turkey on suspicion of being involved with the terror group Isis.

Buffon blew €20 million in bid to save Italian jobs
Italy

Buffon blew €20 million in bid to save Italian jobs

Italy's World Cup-winning goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, reportedly lost €20 million after investing in an Italian textiles company in order to save its workers from losing their jobs.

Nine record-breaking Italians of 2015
Italy

Nine record-breaking Italians of 2015

From breakdancing and baking to building towers out of lego, Italians have been smashing all sorts of world records this year. The Local looks back over some of our favourites.