Norway teaches migrants about respecting women
Norway

Norway teaches migrants about respecting women

Sexual advances or just friendly gestures? In a bid to prevent violence against women, Norway is offering asylum seekers courses in how to interpret social mores in a country that may seem astonishingly liberal to them.

Pompeii begins gladiator domus restoration
Italy

Pompeii begins gladiator domus restoration

An elaborate restoration of a ruin once home to gladiators in the hours before they embarked on bouts to the death has got underway in Pompeii, five years after its collapse raised serious questions about the management of the famous Unesco site.

Police chief suspended after mayor’s final blow
Germany

Police chief suspended after mayor’s final blow

Cologne mayor Henriette Reker said police had failed to inform her fully about sexual assaults on New Year's Eve, in a final blow that has pushed police chief Wolfgang Albers to be suspended.

Southern Swedes cheer top 2016 travel ranking
Sweden

Southern Swedes cheer top 2016 travel ranking

At the end of a week when it dominated headlines for all the wrong reasons, Sweden's Skåne region has been rated the ninth best place on the planet in a viral travel list.

French daredevil plunges to his death from balloon
France

French daredevil plunges to his death from balloon

A French daredevil died when a mid-air acrobatic stunt went tragically wrong and he fell to his death from a hot air balloon, his colleagues revealed.

Owner of Spain’s biggest kayak firm disappears while kayaking off Ibiza
Spain

Owner of Spain’s biggest kayak firm disappears while kayaking off Ibiza

Alfred Milà went missing on Tuesday while kayaking off the coast of the Balearic island of Ibiza.

Museum staff ‘skipped work for betting shop’
Italy

Museum staff ‘skipped work for betting shop’

Nine workers at a museum in Rome have been suspended for a year for chronic absenteeism, with some clocking on each morning before heading to the betting shop.

Seniors’ Xmas ragout turns out to be dog food
Germany

Seniors’ Xmas ragout turns out to be dog food

Hungry pensioners received a shock when a local meal delivery service brought them dog food rather than ragout for Christmas.

‘Sky path’ flats could transform Stockholm
Sweden

‘Sky path’ flats could transform Stockholm

A plan for a new residential area in the heart of Stockholm includes roof terraces, courtyards - and a public 'sky walk'.

Swiss artist stages nude protest in Cologne
Switzerland

Swiss artist stages nude protest in Cologne

Swiss artist Milo Moiré took to the streets naked in 4C temperatures outside Cologne cathedral on Friday in a bid to show that women should not be molested under any circumstances.

Luck strikes twice for three lottery winning waiters in seaside resort
Spain

Luck strikes twice for three lottery winning waiters in seaside resort

They couldn’t believe their luck when their number was drawn in the Christmas lottery but just two weeks later the waiters were celebrating again with another win.

Artist protests naked at Cologne Cathedral
Germany

Artist protests naked at Cologne Cathedral

Artist Milo Moiré took to the streets naked in 4C temperatures outside Cologne Cathedral on Friday in a bid to show that women should not be molested under any circumstances.

Extremists abduct Swiss woman in north Mali
Switzerland

Extremists abduct Swiss woman in north Mali

Gunmen have abducted a Swiss woman in Timbuktu in northern Mali, where she had lived for several years and was previously held by extremists, official sources say.

Renzi and Putin discuss Syria and energy deals
Italy

Renzi and Putin discuss Syria and energy deals

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday discussed the situation in Syria and potential energy projects with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, the Kremlin said on Friday, after Rome briefly held up extending EU sanctions on Moscow last month.

D&G unveils abaya line amid Middle East boom
Italy

D&G unveils abaya line amid Middle East boom

Dolce and Gabbana, designers best known for womenswear inspired by the sultry sensualism of southern Italy, are attacking the booming Middle East market for high fashion with a collection of abayas and hijabs.

French losing out on jobs due to poor English
France

French losing out on jobs due to poor English

While the average French person is unlikely to speak advanced English, many aren't afraid to lie about their competencies, according to a new study.

Denmark’s royal twins celebrate fifth birthday
Denmark

Denmark’s royal twins celebrate fifth birthday

The Danish Royal House marked the birthday of Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine by releasing new photos taken by their proud mother, Crown Princess Mary.

How to be a mermaid: Spanish swim school makes a splash
Spain

How to be a mermaid: Spanish swim school makes a splash

A horrible accident inspired one Spanish woman to follow her lifelong dream... to become a mermaid and help others follow in her wake.

Norway man sexually assaulted 11 girls
Norway

Norway man sexually assaulted 11 girls

A 43-year-old man from Oppland was sentenced to twelve years in preventive detention for sexually assaulting a number of young girls. The man also had sex with animals and owned a number of illegal pornographic images.

Pool makes splash with gender jacuzzi split
Sweden

Pool makes splash with gender jacuzzi split

Stockholm's largest swimming centre, Eriksdalsbadet is making waves after deciding to introduce segregated jacuzzis, following reports of groping beneath the bubbles.

At least 200 kids abused in Regensburg choir
Germany

At least 200 kids abused in Regensburg choir

Fresh cases of abuse in Regensburg cathedral choir were revealed by investigators on Friday, who said at least 231 children have been abused by priests and teachers since the 1950s in a scandal that has rocked the Bavarian city.

Italy set to decriminalize illegal immigration
Italy

Italy set to decriminalize illegal immigration

The Italian government is set scrap a law criminalizing those entering the country without proper documents, a move which has been condemned by political opponents amid the ongoing refugee crisis.

Identity of Paris police station jihadist a mystery
France

Identity of Paris police station jihadist a mystery

UPDATED: A picture was emerging of the jihadist who attacked a Paris police station with a meat cleaver but on Friday investigators were still trying to determine his true identity.

Two arrested over NYE sexual assaults
Germany

Two arrested over NYE sexual assaults

Two people have been arrested in connection with the New Year's Eve mass sexual assaults in Cologne, media reported on Friday.

Fears for Spanish pilot as cargo plane crashes in remote Lapland
Spain

Fears for Spanish pilot as cargo plane crashes in remote Lapland

A pilot believed to be from Spain was on board a cargo plane that crashed in a remote area en route from Sweden to Norway, the aircraft’s operator has confirmed.

Priest sentenced for ‘rape and assault’
Austria

Priest sentenced for ‘rape and assault’

A Catholic priest from Lower Austria who had what he claims was a consensual love affair with a younger man has been sentenced to four years in prison for rape and sexual assault.

How France has changed since January’s attack
France

How France has changed since January’s attack

One year after France was rocked by the attacks in Paris The Local looks at how the country has changed.

Italian town shuts down Wi-Fi over health fears
Italy

Italian town shuts down Wi-Fi over health fears

The mayor of Borgofranco d'Ivrea, a town in Piedmont, has ordered Wi-Fi to be turned off in two schools over health fears.

Paris attacker had German sim card: police
Germany

Paris attacker had German sim card: police

The knife-wielding man who attacked a Paris police station on Thursday reportedly had a cell phone on him containing a German sim card, a police official said on Friday.

Losing faith: why Italians are spurning the Church
Italy

Losing faith: why Italians are spurning the Church

It may still have a reputation as a pious country, but a record number of Italian Catholics are thought to have defected from the Church in 2015.

Could late autumn leaf fall pose security problem in Madrid?
Spain

Could late autumn leaf fall pose security problem in Madrid?

The conservative opposition in the Spanish capital has complained that Madrid’s streets are so covered with leaves they pose a "security problem".

Asylum cases yo-yo after Danish border checks
Denmark

Asylum cases yo-yo after Danish border checks

UPDATED: After the first three days of new border controls led to a sharp increase in the number of asylum applications, the figures plummeted on the fourth day.

How to deal with the Cologne sexual assaults
Germany

How to deal with the Cologne sexual assaults

Berlin-based journalist Musa Okwonga argues that in the wake of the New Year's Eve chaos in Cologne, it's the fact of widespread violence against women - not the race of the attackers - that the response should focus on.

Paris attacks: Bomb belts found in Brussels
France

Paris attacks: Bomb belts found in Brussels

Police probing the November terror attacks have found three suicide vests in a Brussels flat and a fingerprint belonging to fugitive Salah Abdeslam.

Swedish police probe New Year sex assaults
Sweden

Swedish police probe New Year sex assaults

Fourteen women have reported being assaulted over New Year in the southern Swedish city of Kalmar, but police are playing down comparisons with the mass attacks in Cologne in Germany.

Six sensational Swedish songs for January
Sweden

Six sensational Swedish songs for January

The Local's music critic, Paul Connolly, has picked six songs to help you through this chilliest of winter months.

Sporty figures appear on Innsbruck traffic lights
Austria

Sporty figures appear on Innsbruck traffic lights

The winter sports city of Innsbruck now features pedestrian traffic lights with a sporty theme - inspired by the success of Vienna’s gay-themed lights which were introduced after the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

Jobless rate surges to highest level in five years
Switzerland

Jobless rate surges to highest level in five years

Swiss unemployment jumped to 3.7 percent in December from 3.4 percent in the previous month, according to figures issued from Bern on Friday that suggest the Swiss economy is continuing to weaken in the face of a strong franc.

Swiss central bank to post massive loss
Switzerland

Swiss central bank to post massive loss

The Swiss National Bank said on Friday that it expects to post an annual loss of 23 billion francs ($23 billion) for 2015 due largely to foreign exchange transactions.

Jacques Cousteau’s iconic ship to sail again
France

Jacques Cousteau’s iconic ship to sail again

Celebrated French marine explorer Jacques Cousteau's iconic ship the Calypso - out of commission after an accident 20 years ago - will sail again in a few months, its owners said on Thursday.

Angst as ‘Mein Kampf’ hits German bookstores
Germany

Angst as ‘Mein Kampf’ hits German bookstores

New copies of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" will hit bookstores in Germany on Friday for the first time since the Second World War, unsettling Jewish community leaders as the copyright of the anti-Semitic manifesto expires.

Espanyol reported over ‘monkey chants’ against Barça’s Neymar
Spain

Espanyol reported over ‘monkey chants’ against Barça’s Neymar

Espanyol has been reported to the anti-violence commission over racist 'monkey chants' aimed at the Brazilian player.

€2.4 million Stradivarius left on train by violinist
Germany

€2.4 million Stradivarius left on train by violinist

German police on Thursday said they managed to locate and return a Stradivarius violin worth millions to a young musician who forgot it on a train.

Norway might hold the answer to beating the winter blues
Norway

Norway might hold the answer to beating the winter blues

Some 300 kilometres above the Arctic Circle, Tromsø residents largely avoid seasonal depression – what's their secret?

Revolutionary teaching: Immersion at Phorms
Germany

Revolutionary teaching: Immersion at Phorms

Aristotle used the immersion method of learning – why shouldn’t children? A network of bilingual schools in Germany is using a revolutionary education method, introducing English and German on a native level from day one.

Cologne police face fresh NYE cover-up claims
Germany

Cologne police face fresh NYE cover-up claims

Cologne authorities face building pressure over the mass sexual assaults committed against women in the city on New Year's Eve, with some calling for the police chief to step down after reports he hid asylum seekers' alleged involvement in the crimes.

Iceman’s bugs shed light on human migration
Austria

Iceman’s bugs shed light on human migration

The gut microbes of the Iceman, a 5,300-year-old mummy found frozen in a European glacier in 1991, have shed new light on the history of human migration, scientists have said.

Man died while in custody of Danish police
Denmark

Man died while in custody of Danish police

An independent review board will investigate how a man in his 40s died while in the presence of seven officers from the Copenhagen Police.

Iceman’s gut bug sheds light on human migration
Italy

Iceman’s gut bug sheds light on human migration

The gut microbes of the Iceman, a 5,300-year-old mummy found frozen in a glacier on the Austrian-Italian border in 1991, have shed new light on the history of human migration, scientists said on Thursday.

Snoop Dogg won’t face drug charges in Sweden
Sweden

Snoop Dogg won’t face drug charges in Sweden

Swedish police have dropped an investigation into Snoop Dogg despite saying final tests showed the US rapper was under the influence of drugs when he was arrested in Sweden.

Vatileaks suspect will not plead for pope pardon
Italy

Vatileaks suspect will not plead for pope pardon

A former PR consultant to the Vatican on trial along with four others for leaking or publishing secret papers said on Thursday she would not ask Pope Francis for a pardon.

Security stepped up at nurseries in Paris
France

Security stepped up at nurseries in Paris

The mayor of Paris announced that from January 2016, creches and nurseries in the capital will be covered by the city's counter-terrorism operation to help prevent attacks.

Denmark raises repo rate to defend euro peg
Denmark

Denmark raises repo rate to defend euro peg

Denmark's central bank on Thursday said it had increased its repo rate a notch to defend its currency peg to the euro which has been rising against the krone.

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France

Tens of thousands of fish moved from Paris canal

Paris authorities have moved tens of thousands of fish to clean up the Canal Saint-Martin, a popular waterway commissioned by Napoleon that attracts hordes of tourists and revellers.

How to make crunchy Swedish winter salad
Sweden

How to make crunchy Swedish winter salad

Still in a food coma after the holidays? Culinary writer John Duxbury shares his favourite recipe for a Swedish winter salad, which uses raw kale to create a lovely light meal full of flavour.

Nordic plane rescue team stop survivor search

Nordic plane rescue team stop survivor search

Emergency services have said it is unlikely they will find survivors of a crash in Swedish Lapland, which happened as a plane was transporting mail on the northern Norwegian border.