Pensioner dies after hospital machine squashes her
Germany

Pensioner dies after hospital machine squashes her

A 77-year-old woman from Osnabück has died in hospital after an examination machine weighing several tonnes fell on her.

Germany ‘pays African states to take asylum rejects’
Germany

Germany ‘pays African states to take asylum rejects’

If Germany can't deport a refugee back to the country they claim to be from, it gives financial incentives to other countries to take them in, a refugee organization claims.

Germany’s late ‘patent king’s’ five greatest inventions
Germany

Germany’s late ‘patent king’s’ five greatest inventions

The late Artur Fischer had more than 1,000 patents to his name when he died this week, putting him in a league with Thomas Edison. Here's what made him the "king" of inventions in Germany

VIDEO: See the Canal Saint-Martin in Paris in 1926
France

VIDEO: See the Canal Saint-Martin in Paris in 1926

Take a look at this 90-year-old video of daily life on the Canal Saint-Martin in Paris.

Is this Swedish school kids’ world map racist?
Sweden

Is this Swedish school kids’ world map racist?

This map caused a stir in Sweden on Friday.

EU austerity is putting brakes on Italy’s economy: Renzi
Italy

EU austerity is putting brakes on Italy’s economy: Renzi

Renzi said "austerity doesn't work on its own".

Denmark wants to watch everything you do online
Denmark

Denmark wants to watch everything you do online

The Danish telecoms industry is "shocked" by the extent of a new online surveillance plan from the government.

Swedish police file 5,000 migrant incidents
Sweden

Swedish police file 5,000 migrant incidents

"I fear that there may be even more trouble," says National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson.

Are these ‘the only streets in Paris’ you need to go to?
France

Are these ‘the only streets in Paris’ you need to go to?

If you had to pick one street in Paris, just one, what would it be? See what a group of Paris-based bloggers, authors and travel guides went for when we asked them.

Paris mayor to wipe three arrondissements off the map
France

Paris mayor to wipe three arrondissements off the map

The mayor of Paris wants to merge four Paris arrondissements together. Here's how.

Norway holds phone app contest for Syrian kids
Norway

Norway holds phone app contest for Syrian kids

Want to put your developer skills toward a good cause? Here's your chance.

VIDEO: Huge cargo ship lists dangerously off French coast
France

VIDEO: Huge cargo ship lists dangerously off French coast

A huge cargo ship is in trouble off the western coast of France.

Germany probes former SS men over French massacre

Germany probes former SS men over French massacre

German authorities said on Friday they had carried out raids at the homes of elderly former SS soldiers accused of war crimes, including involvement in a 1944 civilian massacre in France.

Turin mulls silencing feast-day fireworks to protect pets
Italy

Turin mulls silencing feast-day fireworks to protect pets

Councillors fear the load bangs are distressing for the city's four-legged inhabitants.

Take a trip inside the surreal mind of artist Salvador Dalí
Spain

Take a trip inside the surreal mind of artist Salvador Dalí

Renowned for his surreal masterpieces, art lovers now have the chance to explore Dalí's world - with the help of a little virtual reality.

Danes in ‘historic’ flight from Social Democrats over asylum
Denmark

Danes in ‘historic’ flight from Social Democrats over asylum

A new poll shows a “historic” drop in voter support for the Social Democrats, with eight of ten voters who jumped ship saying they left the party over its hard-line position on asylum and immigration.

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Switzerland

EU troops face new child abuse claims in Africa

The UN rights chief in Geneva is expressing alarm at new allegations of child abuse by foreign peacekeepers in the troubled Central African Republic, including cases involving European Union troops.

Swedish royalists up in arms over US politician’s blunder
Sweden

Swedish royalists up in arms over US politician’s blunder

Should a presidential candidate know that Sweden has a king?

Norway police to go back to being unarmed
Norway

Norway police to go back to being unarmed

Norwegian police officers will no longer carry their weapons, the Police Directorate has announced.

What makes Paris ‘the most admired city in the world’ once again?
France

What makes Paris ‘the most admired city in the world’ once again?

Was it ever in doubt? Paris has regained its crown as the “most admired city in the world”.

Is Austria underestimating the threat of radicalization?
Austria

Is Austria underestimating the threat of radicalization?

Extremism and integration experts are calling for special programmes in Austrian prisons to help prevent convicts becoming radicalized when serving time.

Hingis wins 12th Grand Slam with doubles win
Switzerland

Hingis wins 12th Grand Slam with doubles win

Switzerland's Martina Hingis and India's Sania Mirza added the Australian Open title on Friday to their 2015 US Open and Wimbledon crowns as they maintained their dominance of women's doubles.

Spanish court refuses to drop case against Princess Cristina
Spain

Spanish court refuses to drop case against Princess Cristina

A Spanish court refused on Friday to drop a case against King Felipe's sister, who is on trial charged for tax evasion.

Mastermind behind the Great Train Robbery dies in Spain
Spain

Mastermind behind the Great Train Robbery dies in Spain

Gordon Goody, the mastermind behind one of Britain’s most notorious crimes, has died aged 86 at his home in Southern Spain.

Girl at centre of rape row spent night by friend: police
Germany

Girl at centre of rape row spent night by friend: police

A young girl at the centre of cover-up allegations by Moscow against Berlin spent the night of her alleged rape at a friend’s house, Berlin prosecutors have revealed.

Morricone to receive Golden Globes statuette in Rome
Italy

Morricone to receive Golden Globes statuette in Rome

The Italian maestro scooped the gong for his soundtrack on "The Hateful Eight".

Swedes got on wrong bus and ended up in Belgium
Sweden

Swedes got on wrong bus and ended up in Belgium

These two Swedish politicians went on a rather unexpected road trip to the wrong country.

‘Having young children abroad is stressful’
Sweden

‘Having young children abroad is stressful’

What's it really like for a foreigner to raise children in Sweden? An American author shares her story with The Local.

Who is sending terror threats to Paris’s high schools?
France

Who is sending terror threats to Paris’s high schools?

Is there something more sinister behind the recent hoax bomb threats that have hit high schools in Paris, the UK, Scandinavia and now Australia?

Senior gets €12k in damages after slipping on orange
Germany

Senior gets €12k in damages after slipping on orange

Never judge an orange by its peel - they can be more dangerous then they look.

Linz gets its gay-themed traffic lights back
Austria

Linz gets its gay-themed traffic lights back

The city of Linz will get its gay-themed traffic signals back after the local council voted to overrule opposition from the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ).

‘I am not a runner’: Putting Danish resilience to the test
Denmark

‘I am not a runner’: Putting Danish resilience to the test

Columnist and parenting expert Jessica Alexander wonders if she can use the Danes' secret to success to turn herself into a runner.

Italy nabs mobster bosses ‘living like animals’ in bunker
Italy

Italy nabs mobster bosses ‘living like animals’ in bunker

The two bosses were members of the brutal and powerful 'Ndrangheta mafia.

Record tourism brings boost to Spain’s economic recovery
Spain

Record tourism brings boost to Spain’s economic recovery

Spain's economy rose 3.2 percent in 2015 bouyed by a healthy tourism sector that saw 68 million visitors.

Children told to speak German or pay ‘penalty’
Switzerland

Children told to speak German or pay ‘penalty’

Parents of children who do not speak German at all times at a school in the canton of Solothurn have been warned they will be forced to pay a financial penalty.

40% of Germans want Merkel to resign over refugees: poll
Germany

40% of Germans want Merkel to resign over refugees: poll

A newly published survey found that almost 40 percent of Germans are so angry with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refugee policy that they want her to resign.

Sweden mulls 16-year age limit for social media
Sweden

Sweden mulls 16-year age limit for social media

No Facebook without Mum and Dad's say so?

Disneyland: ‘I took guns after mum refused to have them’
France

Disneyland: ‘I took guns after mum refused to have them’

It appears a Frenchman's mum was the reason he had two guns concealed in a bag at Disneyland Paris hotel.

Danish water treatment plant makes history
Denmark

Danish water treatment plant makes history

Wind power isn't the only green solution making great strides in Denmark.

Kendall Jenner in racism row as face of Mango tribal range
Spain

Kendall Jenner in racism row as face of Mango tribal range

The Spanish fashion brand Mango has been slammed for racism after launching its new 'tribal' campaign in Barcelona using US model Kendall Jenner.

French taxi blockades lifted as Valls vows Uber crackdown
France

French taxi blockades lifted as Valls vows Uber crackdown

After days of taxi strikes, France's roads are finally starting to get back to normal.

Italian celebrity surgeon faces sack for ‘secret’ operation
Italy

Italian celebrity surgeon faces sack for ‘secret’ operation

The surgeon is also alleged to have fudged his CV.

Swedish police join probe into bookseller’s disappearance
Sweden

Swedish police join probe into bookseller’s disappearance

Did Chinese authorities abduct Swedish national Gui Minhai?

American au pair ‘died from suffocation’
Austria

American au pair ‘died from suffocation’

Police are still hunting for clues in the mysterious death of an American au pair whose body was discovered in her apartment in Vienna.

South German refugee home attacked with hand grenade
Germany

South German refugee home attacked with hand grenade

A refugee home in southern Germany was assaulted on Thursday night when unknown assailants attacked it with a hand grenade.

Protestant church loses pull among Swiss
Switzerland

Protestant church loses pull among Swiss

The protestant church, once dominant in Switzerland, is continuing to lose members to other faiths and the growing appeal of atheism, new figures show.

Norway braces for wrath of mighty storm Tor
Norway

Norway braces for wrath of mighty storm Tor

UPDATED: Large parts of Norway are bracing themselves for the storm dubbed Tor that’s set to hit the coast on Friday afternoon.

French court orders Eric Clapton to pay up for ‘Layla’ album cover
France

French court orders Eric Clapton to pay up for ‘Layla’ album cover

British musician Eric Clapton has been told to cough up €15,000 to a French family for his choice of cover on a new album.

Italy police find €300k stashed by arrested tax judge
Italy

Italy police find €300k stashed by arrested tax judge

The judge was arrested in December on charges of corruption.

Could celeb star surgeon face sack for ‘secret’ operation?
Sweden

Could celeb star surgeon face sack for ‘secret’ operation?

Is Sweden-based Professor Paolo Macchiarini a medical genius, a serial fabulist, or a bit of both?

Spanish cop suspended after demanding freebie in brothel
Spain

Spanish cop suspended after demanding freebie in brothel

This Spanish policeman seemed to think a freebie at the local brothel was a perk of the job.

‘I’m no cheat’: Arruabarrena of Spain denies matching fixing
Spain

‘I’m no cheat’: Arruabarrena of Spain denies matching fixing

Lara Arruabarrena, one half of the Spanish mixed doubles team accused of throwing a match at the Australian Open, has said she is prepared for a full investigation to prove her innocence.

French economy sees fastest growth in years
France

French economy sees fastest growth in years

Finally - some good news for the French economy.

US museum gives Italy back looted head of Greek statue
Italy

US museum gives Italy back looted head of Greek statue

The head had been illegally excavated in the 1970s and sold to the J.Paul Getty Museum for half a million US dollars.

Police ‘arrest partner of armed man at Disneyland Paris’
France

Police ‘arrest partner of armed man at Disneyland Paris’

A woman believed to have been with a man who took two guns into a Disneyland hotel on Thursday has been arrested, according to reports.

Sweden’s EQT ‘best suited’ to take over Kuoni
Switzerland

Sweden’s EQT ‘best suited’ to take over Kuoni

Swiss travel group Kuoni says it considers Swedish investment fund EQT the best suited to take it over, but that no final decisions about a buyout have been made.

Coalition leaders agree on tough new refugee rules
Germany

Coalition leaders agree on tough new refugee rules

Leaders of the German coalition government agreed tough new restrictions for asylum seekers on Thursday evening.

French companies jump to sign deals with Iran
France

French companies jump to sign deals with Iran

Companies including Peugeot, Airbus, and Total signed deals in Paris on Thursday to mark "a new relationship" with Iran.

Swedish PM reported for slow refugee response
Sweden

Swedish PM reported for slow refugee response

Now the blame game begins.

Death-defying Norwegian scientist is viral star
Norway

Death-defying Norwegian scientist is viral star

Whether he’s shooting himself underwater or setting himself on fire, YouTube viewers can’t seem to get enough of Norwegian physicist Andreas Wahl.

How to make homely Swedish flatbread from Hönö island
Sweden

How to make homely Swedish flatbread from Hönö island

These traditional Swedish flatbreads will improve your breakfast by miles.

‘We heard that people were nice in Denmark’
Denmark

‘We heard that people were nice in Denmark’

In the second part of our series, The Local speaks with a Syrian refugee family in Aarhus about their impressions of Denmark.