Homeless man ‘freezes to death’ in sub-zero Paris
France

Homeless man ‘freezes to death’ in sub-zero Paris

A homeless man died in Paris on Thursday morning, as temperatures plunged below zero.

Bankers say ‘no’ to Kärnten
Austria

Bankers say ‘no’ to Kärnten

Austria's cash-strapped state of Carinthia edged closer to bankruptcy Thursday after creditors rejected its plea to forgive some of the debts owed by stricken state lender Hypo Group Alpe Adria (HGAA).

9 pics that show Germany is a magical winter wonderland
Germany

9 pics that show Germany is a magical winter wonderland

It's cold and looks set to stay that way for a while longer. To help thaw your pessimistically polar disposition, The Local reminds you with these photos just how magical a German winter can be.

Loren leads stars in tributes to late Italian director
Italy

Loren leads stars in tributes to late Italian director

A tearful Sophia Loren on Thursday led a string of Italian cinema luminaries paying their last respects to legendary film director Ettore Scola, who died this week.

Man tries to buy Kalashnikov for ‘Prussian police force’
Germany

Man tries to buy Kalashnikov for ‘Prussian police force’

A man in western Germany is to stand trial after trying to buy an AK-47 assault rifle using an identity card from the non-existent 'Free State of Prussia'.

France: Woman ‘stops gang rape by biting attacker’s penis’
France

France: Woman ‘stops gang rape by biting attacker’s penis’

A woman in northern France managed to fight off a gang of sex attackers by biting the penis of one the men until she drew blood.

Border ID checks are costing one million kronor a day
Sweden

Border ID checks are costing one million kronor a day

Photo identification checks introduced for people travelling between southern Sweden and Denmark by train earlier this month are costing millions of kronor a week.

‘Jeckyl and Hyde’ paedophile gets eight years in prison
Switzerland

‘Jeckyl and Hyde’ paedophile gets eight years in prison

The 80-year-old husband of a child minder was handed the sentence by a Geneva court after being found guilty of sexually abusing two boys.

Convicted rapist escapes during brewery visit
Germany

Convicted rapist escapes during brewery visit

A convicted rapist has escaped from his guards while on a visit to a brewery in Cologne and is on the run, police said on Wednesday.

Norway hopes for success at downhill’s ‘Formula One’
Norway

Norway hopes for success at downhill’s ‘Formula One’

Aksel Lund Svindal and his Norwegian teammates on Thursday put the finishing touches to their preparation for Kitzbuehel's World Cup downhill, the alpine skiing equivalent of the Monaco Formula One race.

Police fight rumours they hide truth on refugees
Germany

Police fight rumours they hide truth on refugees

"We report neutrally, transparently and actively about criminality - no matter what some so-called 'trusted source' claims."

Danish migrant bill blasted at UN
Denmark

Danish migrant bill blasted at UN

The UN's top human rights body took Denmark to task on Thursday over its treatment of asylum seekers, with diplomats voicing alarm over rising xenophobia and a plan to seize valuables from migrants.

Pressure piles on Sweden to join Nato
Sweden

Pressure piles on Sweden to join Nato

Sweden is considering cooperating with Nato's centre for strategic communications in Latvia to battle an 'information war' with Russia, but the director of the centre says the Nordic country should consider becoming part of the defence alliance instead.

France tells UK ‘the eurozone is more important than you’
France

France tells UK ‘the eurozone is more important than you’

France sent a stern message to Britain on Thursday with the president and his PM telling David Cameron that the eurozone is their priority, not the UK's demands to reform the EU.

Apple to bring 600 jobs to poverty-stricken Naples
Italy

Apple to bring 600 jobs to poverty-stricken Naples

Just weeks after the US tech giant said it would pay Italy millions of euros owed in tax, Apple is opening a product development facility in Naples, the company said on Thursday.

Spain: Baby contracts scurvy after vegan almond milk diet
Spain

Spain: Baby contracts scurvy after vegan almond milk diet

An eleven month-old baby in Spain has been diagnosed with scurvy after it was fed on almond milk alone.

Climb Mont Blanc from your armchair thanks to Google
France

Climb Mont Blanc from your armchair thanks to Google

Stay right where you are and allow Google's stunning new Street View project to take you to the very top of Mont Blanc.

Italy MPs want couples who use surrogate mums jailed
Italy

Italy MPs want couples who use surrogate mums jailed

Italy's upcoming parliamentary battle over gay civil unions has opened with a group of senators proposing prison terms for couples who use overseas surrogate mothers to have a child.

9 charming Spanish towns to visit before the tourists come
Spain

9 charming Spanish towns to visit before the tourists come

Nine Spanish towns have just been added to the prestigious list of the "most beautiful towns in Spain". So get your skates on and check them out before the hordes of tourists descend.

Tromsø residents see sun for first time in two months
Norway

Tromsø residents see sun for first time in two months

Residents of the far north Norwegian city of Tromsø celebrated the return of the sun over the horizon after two months of darkness as only they know how – by baking thousands of ‘sun-cakes’.

Embarrassing: PM admits to ‘wide-open diary’ in prank
Spain

Embarrassing: PM admits to ‘wide-open diary’ in prank

Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy embarrassingly admitted to having an "empty diary" when he was duped in a radio show prank.

Want to study abroad? Here’s why you should choose Spain
Spain

Want to study abroad? Here’s why you should choose Spain

Inexpensive compared to their northern European couterparts, why aren't more students choosing to take their degree in Spain?

VIDEO: It’s icy cold in Paris as waters of canal (almost) freeze over
France

VIDEO: It’s icy cold in Paris as waters of canal (almost) freeze over

It's teeth-chatteringly freezing in Paris right now, as The Local's Oliver Gee finds out on the (semi) frozen waters of the Paris canal.

China’s economic policy must improve: IMF chief
Switzerland

China’s economic policy must improve: IMF chief

Poor communication by China's economic managers has led to uncertainty and exacerbated market fears, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said Thursday at the annual Davos summit of economic and business leaders.

Czechmate: Wawrinka downs Stepanek in straight sets
Switzerland

Czechmate: Wawrinka downs Stepanek in straight sets

Former winner Stan Wawrinka maintained his dominance over Czech opponents with a straight sets win against Radek Stepanek to advance to the third round at the Australian Open on Thursday.

Why Denmark cares more than you think
Denmark

Why Denmark cares more than you think

Denmark has been on the end of some bad press recently, due in no small part to the loud voices of aggressive politicians and concerned citizens. But The Local's Michael Barrett argues that if you take a closer look – it’s not as bad as you think, even if you’re not a Dane.

Italian man faces charges for fabricating foiled Isis attack
Italy

Italian man faces charges for fabricating foiled Isis attack

An Italian man is facing charges for claiming that the hactivist group, Anonymous, had foiled a New Year’s Eve terrorist attack in Italy.

Gay club boss calls for top Italian players to ‘come out’
Italy

Gay club boss calls for top Italian players to ‘come out’

The gay president of an Italian fifth division club has called for Serie A players and officials to declare their homosexuality, as the furore over Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri's gay slurs continued on Thursday.

Swedish princess turns on beach paparazzi
Sweden

Swedish princess turns on beach paparazzi

Sweden's Princess Madeleine has published pictures of her family escaping the Nordic winter in the Maldives – while hitting out at paparazzi disrupting their beach holiday.

Switzerland had secret ‘peace deal’ with PLO
Switzerland

Switzerland had secret ‘peace deal’ with PLO

Switzerland signed off on a secret deal with the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1970 in a bid to prevent terrorist attacks on its soil, a new book suggests.

New massive snow penis made after small one cleared
Sweden

New massive snow penis made after small one cleared

The clearing of a snow penis carved into a frozen moat in Gothenburg angered many Swedes. So now the man behind the removal has created an even bigger one.

Have The Bridge and Frozen inspired Swedish parents?
Sweden

Have The Bridge and Frozen inspired Swedish parents?

Saga Norén is Sweden's coolest fictional detective, while Nordic-inspired cartoon Frozen's lead character is called Elsa. Now, both names are among the top five choices of Swedes with baby girls.

The 17 bizarre objects found in the waters of a Paris canal
France

The 17 bizarre objects found in the waters of a Paris canal

Apart from the thousands of beer and wine bottles and 100 Velib bikes, the cleaning of Paris's Canal Saint Martin has unearthed some far more bizarre objects, writes Katie Warren.

Germany takes refugees’ valuables ‘to pay for their stay’
Germany

Germany takes refugees’ valuables ‘to pay for their stay’

Germany's southern states are confiscating cash and valuables from refugees after they arrive, authorities in Bavaria confirmed on Thursday.

How Uber riled French taxi drivers ahead of Paris protest
France

How Uber riled French taxi drivers ahead of Paris protest

Uber's olive branch to French taxi drivers has been rejected as a "provocation" and it promises to spice up a planned protest next week.

Siena Palio snubs British Queen’s birthday invite
Italy

Siena Palio snubs British Queen’s birthday invite

Organizers of Siena's famous Palio horse race have declined an invite from the royal court of England to perform as part of Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday celebrations later this year.

Berlin U-Bahn killer had history of violence
Germany

Berlin U-Bahn killer had history of violence

A man who shoved a 20-year-old woman to her death under a Berlin U-Bahn train on Tuesday evening had a history of violence and drug abuse in Hamburg, media reports revealed on Thursday.

VIDEO: Drone takes you to the heart of Swiss glacier
Switzerland

VIDEO: Drone takes you to the heart of Swiss glacier

Ever wondered what the inside of a glacier looks like? Let this revolutionary Swiss-designed globe be your guide.

France could defy critics and extend emergency powers
France

France could defy critics and extend emergency powers

France looks set to ignore critics and extend its controversial emergency powers even further.

Madrid hairdressers offer free haircuts for the homeless
Spain

Madrid hairdressers offer free haircuts for the homeless

A group of Spanish hairdressers are using their Sundays to give free haircuts to the homeless along with a chance to tell their stories.

Migrants: Norway ‘sending us to death’ in Russia
Norway

Migrants: Norway ‘sending us to death’ in Russia

A Christian Syrian family with small children is among those waiting to be sent to Russia without having their asylum applications considered – “inhumane,” say refugee activists.

Royal pair’s ‘scandalous’ Saudi Arabia plans slammed
Denmark

Royal pair’s ‘scandalous’ Saudi Arabia plans slammed

Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary have been sharply criticised for their alleged involvement in a proposed Danish visit to Saudi Arabia.

Swede was ‘shoved’ under train by man with ‘violent past’
Sweden

Swede was ‘shoved’ under train by man with ‘violent past’

A 20-year-old who died after being pushed in front of a train on the Berlin underground has been identified as a woman with Swedish citizenship. Her alleged killer was captured by fellow travellers.

Italy’s top court just ruled that bribing a police officer is legal
Italy

Italy’s top court just ruled that bribing a police officer is legal

Italy’s top court has ruled that a drunk driver did absolutely nothing wrong when he tried to bribe a police officer.

Italy tries to calm investors amid banking turmoil
Italy

Italy tries to calm investors amid banking turmoil

Italy's prime minister said on Thursday that the country's banking system was "much more robust" than investors thought after three days of meltdown of banking shares on the Milan stock exchange.

Google honours flamenco icon Lola Flores with doodle
Spain

Google honours flamenco icon Lola Flores with doodle

Google has immortalized the Spanish icon today in its Google Doodle. But who was she?

Under fire, Denmark moves ahead on hard-line migrant bill
Denmark

Under fire, Denmark moves ahead on hard-line migrant bill

UPDATED: Spurning scathing international criticism, Danish lawmakers on Thursday gave a final nod to drastic reforms curbing asylum rights as legal and human rights experts castigate Copenhagen for turning its back on its international commitments.

Welcome to San Sebastian: City of culture… and peace
Spain

Welcome to San Sebastian: City of culture… and peace

Few cities have savoured peace in recent times as much as Spain's San Sebastian, which becomes European culture capital just a few years after Basque separatist group Eta ended decades of killings and kidnappings.

German brewers cheer 500th birthday of beer purity law
Germany

German brewers cheer 500th birthday of beer purity law

German brewers will be clinking glasses this year to the 500th anniversary of their "purity law", even as craft label designers complain the decree is cramping their style.

Ten strange things you never knew about Dante

Ten strange things you never knew about Dante

Italy is very proud of Dante Alghieri - so proud, in fact that it declared March 25th its national Dante Day. Who was he and how much do we actually know about him?

Meet Dante Alighieri’s stargazing Italian descendant
Italy

Meet Dante Alighieri’s stargazing Italian descendant

To honour the 750th year since the birth of Italy's most famous poet, Dante Alighieri, The Local met his great-great-great-great (you get the idea) grandson.

Underwear-clad Norway man foils theft in -17C
Norway

Underwear-clad Norway man foils theft in -17C

A car thief in Norway got more than he bargained with when the vehicle's owner, dressed only in his underwear, clung heroically to the vehicle's roof in temperatures of -17C to foil the theft.

German trial of Isis ‘storm trooper’ begins
Germany

German trial of Isis ‘storm trooper’ begins

A German court on Wednesday began the trial of an Islamic State 'storm trooper' who allegedly helped track down deserters for the jihadist group in Syria.

Five super trouper Abba things to see in Sweden
Sweden

Five super trouper Abba things to see in Sweden

Sweden's gone Abba-crazy after the newest Mamma Mia! attraction opened in Stockholm. The Local picks the five greatest hits the capital has to offer for Abba fans alongside our regular listings.

Should EU sanction China over Swede’s TV confession?
Sweden

Should EU sanction China over Swede’s TV confession?

A detained Swedish activist's 'confession' on television in China has prompted a journalism advocacy group to call on the European Union to impose sanctions on Chinese state media.

Families of two Paris jihadists sue France for their ‘murders’
France

Families of two Paris jihadists sue France for their ‘murders’

The families of two jihadists shot dead by French police are suing France for murder, believing they were wrongfully killed.

Why France could run out of foie gras next Christmas
France

Why France could run out of foie gras next Christmas

France's foie gras industry has taken a hit from both animal right's groups and more worryingly, from the ongoing bird flu scare, which has led to a massive drop in production.

Ecuador: Sweden to question Assange ‘soon’
Sweden

Ecuador: Sweden to question Assange ‘soon’

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could face questions from Swedish prosecutors “in the coming days” at his hideout at the Ecuadoran embassy in London, the President of Ecuador has said.

British woman jailed for trying to sneak refugee boy in to UK
France

British woman jailed for trying to sneak refugee boy in to UK

A French court on Wednesday sent a 41-year-old British woman to jail for attempting to sneak a young Syrian migrant into Britain.