Five of Gurlitt’s art works proved to be ‘looted’
Switzerland

Five of Gurlitt’s art works proved to be ‘looted’

A German task force investigating the provenance of a spectacular Nazi-era hoard of hundreds of art works bequeathed to a Swiss museum says that only five had been proved to be looted thus far.

Norway to stop returning migrants to Russia by bike
Norway

Norway to stop returning migrants to Russia by bike

Expelled migrants will now have the more "dignified" option of crossing the border in a bus.

Avalanche: Teacher probed for ‘multiple manslaughter’
France

Avalanche: Teacher probed for ‘multiple manslaughter’

A French teacher is facing a formal "multiple manslaughter" probe after pupils he was with were killed in an avalanche on a closed ski run in the Alps.

Paris terror attacks: 51 victims still in hospital
France

Paris terror attacks: 51 victims still in hospital

The Paris terror attacks may have been two months ago but 51 of the 350 left injured remain in hospital battling to recover.

Alps avalanche: Why was school party on closed piste?
France

Alps avalanche: Why was school party on closed piste?

UPDATED: As France comes to terms with another fatal avalanche in the French Alps, questions are being asked as to why a group of 19 school children were skiing on a closed piste.

My My! This is what Sweden’s new Abba venue looks like
Sweden

My My! This is what Sweden’s new Abba venue looks like

The Local spoke to Swedish Abba legend Björn Ulvaeus and some of the stars behind his new Mamma Mia-themed entertainment venue at a sneak peek of Stockholm's newest attraction.

Briton spared jail for trying to smuggle Calais refugee girl
France

Briton spared jail for trying to smuggle Calais refugee girl

UPDATED: A British man has avoided a prison sentence after admitting he was "irrational" for trying to smuggle an Afghan refugee out of Calais and into the UK.

Mr. and Ms. Jensen no longer rule over Denmark
Denmark

Mr. and Ms. Jensen no longer rule over Denmark

For the first time ever, Jensen is no longer the most popular name in Denmark.

Why are experts worried about falling prices in the Nordics?
Sweden

Why are experts worried about falling prices in the Nordics?

It's getting cheaper to buy everyday items at the shops in Sweden and Finland but plenty of economists argue that's a bad thing.

Italy gay unions face defeat as left-wing Catholics rebel
Italy

Italy gay unions face defeat as left-wing Catholics rebel

Thirty senators from the ruling Democratic Party have opposed gay adoption as part of Italy’s civil unions bill, giving premier Matteo Renzi another hurdle in getting the landmark legislation passed.

Switzerland returns looted Etruscan treasures to Italy

Switzerland returns looted Etruscan treasures to Italy

Switzerland has returned to Italy 45 boxes of ancient Etruscan art stolen during illegal excavations and stashed away for more than 15 years, including two rare sarcophaguses, authorities said on Thursday.

Spanish lifeguards held over ‘people trafficking’ of refugees
Spain

Spanish lifeguards held over ‘people trafficking’ of refugees

Five Spaniards claiming to be NGO staff on the Greek island of Lesbos have been arrested on suspicion of people trafficking.

Denmark hopes to win ‘A War’ at Oscars
Denmark

Denmark hopes to win ‘A War’ at Oscars

Denmark’s ‘A War’ will compete for the Oscar in the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category

Spanish designer nominated for transgender costumes
Spain

Spanish designer nominated for transgender costumes

Paco Delgado is the Spanish designer behind the fabulous outfits that have earned The Danish Girl an Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design.

Spain’s mild winter is waking bears from hibernation early
Spain

Spain’s mild winter is waking bears from hibernation early

Go back to sleep bears, there's a cold front coming.

German live-action short takes student director to Oscars
Germany

German live-action short takes student director to Oscars

A German student filmmaker has been nominated for the "best live action short film" Oscar by the jury – placing his work in lights alongside blockbuster movies and A-list actors.

Stunning satellite images of France’s most famous sites
France

Stunning satellite images of France’s most famous sites

Satellite images of France offer a new perspective on some of the country's most famous sites.

Calais camp refugees defy relocation efforts
France

Calais camp refugees defy relocation efforts

The mood is tense at the camps in Calais as some refugees refuse to be moved into new metal shipping containers.

Woman grabs sex attacker and hands him over to police
Germany

Woman grabs sex attacker and hands him over to police

A young mother made a brave stand against sexual assault in Germany’s streets on Tuesday, when she grabbed her attacker and stopped him getting away until the police arrived.

Swedish star on Oscars list for hit transgender movie
Sweden

Swedish star on Oscars list for hit transgender movie

Alicia Vikander, 27, has been nominated for an Oscar for her role in transgender film 'The Danish Girl', alongside Eddie Redmayne.

Richemont sales dip as luxury spending slumps
Switzerland

Richemont sales dip as luxury spending slumps

Geneva-based Richemont, the world's second-biggest luxury goods group, on Thursday posted slumping quarterly sales, as luxury spending in Europe followed Asia in a downward spiral.

Firefighting helicopter pilot turned drug smuggler busted
Spain

Firefighting helicopter pilot turned drug smuggler busted

A helicopter pilot used to fight wildfires before finding a more lucrative and illict means to make a living.

Police less certain that boy, 3, was raped at asylum centre
Norway

Police less certain that boy, 3, was raped at asylum centre

South-West District Police said on Thursday that they feel less certain that a three-year-old boy was sexually assaulted at a Stavanger asylum centre but are continuing to investigate the case.

HIV transfusion scandal: Italy ordered to pay out millions
Italy

HIV transfusion scandal: Italy ordered to pay out millions

Italy must pay a total €10 million in compensation to over 350 people infected with HIV and hepatitis through blood transfusions, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

Paris Metro passenger dies after ‘coat gets stuck in doors’
France

Paris Metro passenger dies after ‘coat gets stuck in doors’

A passenger on the Paris Metro was killed in a horrific accident when his coat became caught in the doors and he was dragged along the platform, reports say.

Sperm thieving scandal throws Spanish greyhound race in a spin
Spain

Sperm thieving scandal throws Spanish greyhound race in a spin

Spain's most prestigious greyhound racing event is on the verge of being called off after DNA proved two finalists were the offspring of a legendary dog stolen for his sperm.

Woman watches helplessly as old couple poison her puppy
Germany

Woman watches helplessly as old couple poison her puppy

A dog owner in western Germany could only look on in horror as an elderly couple poisoned her six-month-old puppy.

Renault shares plunge after anti-fraud raids
France

Renault shares plunge after anti-fraud raids

Shares in French carmaker Renault have plummeted after raids on the company, which may be linked to emissions foul play.

Doctor in spotlight after refusing to treat refugees
Austria

Doctor in spotlight after refusing to treat refugees

A Viennese doctor who put up a sign on the door to his practise saying that he wouldn't accept asylum seekers as patients may face disciplinary action. He also announced his decision on Facebook, causing a storm of protest on the social networking site.

Fiat Chrysler says suit over ‘falsified sales’ unfounded
Italy

Fiat Chrysler says suit over ‘falsified sales’ unfounded

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) said on Thursday a US legal suit alleging that the company inflated monthly sales was unfounded and would be vigorously contested.

Man accused of abusing 100 Swedish kids goes on trial
Sweden

Man accused of abusing 100 Swedish kids goes on trial

Sweden's biggest online child abuse trial is under way with the suspect accused of mistreating almost 100 children.

Snowy Denmark brrr-aces for cold weekend
Denmark

Snowy Denmark brrr-aces for cold weekend

As residents on Thursday were digging out from another round of snowfall, forecasts for the weekend were calling for temperatures to drop as low as -11C.

Tourist sues Airbnb after finding hidden camera in flat
Germany

Tourist sues Airbnb after finding hidden camera in flat

A “humiliated and angry” German tourist is suing Airbnb after a hidden camera secretly filmed her over several days at a rented apartment.

Farmer who hacked off right hand in insurance scam is jailed in Spain
Spain

Farmer who hacked off right hand in insurance scam is jailed in Spain

A Spanish farmer thought he came up with an ingenious way to pay off his debts.

Italian cashes in on millions of lire found in eBay chest
Italy

Italian cashes in on millions of lire found in eBay chest

An Italian woman is celebrating after being told she could convert 15 million lire into euros - just a few weeks short of a deadline to exchange the former national currency.

Germany’s big surplus to cover costs of refugees
Germany

Germany’s big surplus to cover costs of refugees

Germany's economy picked up speed and afforded the government a big surplus in 2015 - which will be put straight towards spending on refugees.

Breivik caught with weapons in Germany prior to massacre
Norway

Breivik caught with weapons in Germany prior to massacre

Norwegian authorities were never told that Anders Behring Breivik was caught with weapon parts and ammunition in Germany in 2009 – two years before his killing spree.

Swedish startup turns waste heat into clean energy
Sweden

Swedish startup turns waste heat into clean energy

Could the solution to the world's climate crisis be simpler than we think? A Swedish team is turning wasted heat into clean energy - in a sustainable and low-cost manner.

WHO declares end to Ebola virus epidemic
Switzerland

WHO declares end to Ebola virus epidemic

The Ebola epidemic that has ravaged west Africa for two years is over after Liberia, the last affected country, received the all-clear, the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Thursday.

How to avoid deadly risks of Alps avalanches
France

How to avoid deadly risks of Alps avalanches

The risks of avalanches in the French Alps are currently high, as seen by Wednesday's fatal snow-slide involving school children. The Local looks at why the risk is so high and how to avoid the dangers.

Man admits killing American woman in Florence
Italy

Man admits killing American woman in Florence

UPDATED: Ashley Olsen, the American found strangled and naked in her Florence flat, was killed by an illegal immigrant from Senegal she met in a nightclub, the prosecutor in charge of the case said on Thursday.

Pomp and fanfare set for Gotthard tunnel opening
Switzerland

Pomp and fanfare set for Gotthard tunnel opening

The opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel is still more than four months away but federal authorities have announced grand preparations for the “momentous occasion”.

Swede’s cardigan revenge against former hookup
Sweden

Swede’s cardigan revenge against former hookup

A Swedish woman who says she's had enough of male douchebags has caused a stir by posting a witty advert selling a former lover's jumper online.

Maddened local leader sends bus full of refugees to Merkel
Germany

Maddened local leader sends bus full of refugees to Merkel

A local politician in Bavaria is following through on a threat he made to Angela Merkel in October - by sending a bus full of refugees on a 550km journey to her office in Berlin.

Unique medieval foot prosthesis found in Austria
Austria

Unique medieval foot prosthesis found in Austria

A medieval skeleton found with the remains of a wooden prosthetic foot in Hemmaberg, Austria, is a unique find and the oldest example of prosthesis use in Europe, researchers have said.

Norway imam: Muslim kids should shun birthday parties
Norway

Norway imam: Muslim kids should shun birthday parties

Birthday celebrations aren't sanctioned by the Quran and therefore kids shouldn't attend parties, a Kristiansand imam said.

Single women in Sweden told they can soon get free IVF
Sweden

Single women in Sweden told they can soon get free IVF

UPDATED: Women living in Sweden will from April be allowed to apply for state-funded fertility treatment in order to become single parents.

Brrr! Italy braced for snow and hail as winter finally arrives
Italy

Brrr! Italy braced for snow and hail as winter finally arrives

A blast of freezing air will strike Italy this weekend sending temperatures plummeting and bringing snow to low-lying areas of central-southern Italy.

‘Mein Kampf’ sells out as publisher rushes to print more
Germany

‘Mein Kampf’ sells out as publisher rushes to print more

The publisher of a new critical edition of Mein Kampf has said that more copies of the Adolf Hitler manifesto will have to be printed due to enormous demand.

Basque nationalists admit link to terrorist group Eta…and avoid jail
Spain

Basque nationalists admit link to terrorist group Eta…and avoid jail

More than 30 Basque nationalists were spared jail on Wednesday, after signing a judicial deal in which they admitted their links to the armed Eta group.

Honduran Fifa VP pleads innocence in US court
Switzerland

Honduran Fifa VP pleads innocence in US court

A Honduran former Fifa vice president pleaded not guilty in New York on Wednesday just hours after being extradited from Switzerland over the Fifa corruption scandal rocking world football.

Former Danish PM Thorning to leave politics
Denmark

Former Danish PM Thorning to leave politics

Former Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt will leave Danish politics for London, where she will head up the international NGO Save the Children.

Now budget airline charges €60 for cabin crew job interviews in Spain
Spain

Now budget airline charges €60 for cabin crew job interviews in Spain

A low-cost airline in Spain has been slammed for illegally charging candidates to apply for jobs as pilots and cabin crew.

Istanbul bomb ‘not aimed at German tourists’
Germany

Istanbul bomb ‘not aimed at German tourists’

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Wednesday that a deadly bomb attack in Istanbul which killed ten Germans was not aimed specifically at German citizens.

Marseille man shot dead in Kalashnikov attack
France

Marseille man shot dead in Kalashnikov attack

A young man was killed early on Thursday by an unknown assailant with a Kalashnikov firearm, officials said.

Why looking good on the slopes has never been easier
Austria

Why looking good on the slopes has never been easier

Think of Austria and one image bound to pop into your head is skiers racing down pristine white slopes. If you love skiing, but like many people prefer to travel light, you can now rent top-of-the-range ski apparel online and have it delivered directly to your hotel or chalet.

500 cops raid Berlin far-left squat after attack
Germany

500 cops raid Berlin far-left squat after attack

Around 500 police joined a raid on a squat in east Berlin on Wednesday night after four unknown attackers beat up an officer.

Danish girl who converted to Islam arrested with explosives
Denmark

Danish girl who converted to Islam arrested with explosives

UPDATED: At initial court appearance suspect "looked more like a schoolgirl than a terrorist".

Hunter accidentally shoots rare golden jackal
Switzerland

Hunter accidentally shoots rare golden jackal

A hunter in the canton of Graubünden has admitted to killing a golden jackal, providing the first tangible evidence of the animal being in Switzerland.

Hollande: ‘Intolerable’ for France’s Jews to hide
France

Hollande: ‘Intolerable’ for France’s Jews to hide

President Francois Hollande on Wednesday rejected as "intolerable" the idea that fear of attack would prompt French Jews to "hide".

Ecuador: We’ll cooperate with Sweden on Assange
Sweden

Ecuador: We’ll cooperate with Sweden on Assange

Ecuador has said it will cooperate with Swedish prosecutors after they formally requested permission to interrogate WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at its embassy in London.

French road accident shows that pigs don’t fly
France

French road accident shows that pigs don’t fly

After almost 200 live pigs toppled from a truck on a French motorway, they showed little appetite for their sudden freedom.

The best places to warm up in Sweden this week
Sweden

The best places to warm up in Sweden this week

It's below fffreezing across most of Sweden at the moment so here are five toasty tips for things to do over the next week as well as our regular listings.

Swedish police avoid probe after sex ‘cover up’ at festival
Sweden

Swedish police avoid probe after sex ‘cover up’ at festival

The Swedish prosecutor's office has said it will not investigate whether police withheld information about a wave of sexual assault allegations at a popular teen music festival in 2014 and 2015.