Picasso Museum overturns ‘art risk’ breastfeeding ban
Spain

Picasso Museum overturns ‘art risk’ breastfeeding ban

Breastfeeding was not allowed under regulations banning food and drink inside the galleries to avoid damage to the exhibits.

Eurostar launches new cross-Channel ‘gift app’
France

Eurostar launches new cross-Channel ‘gift app’

Are you missing the taste of good old-fashioned Yorkshire pudding? Good news.

Italy rescues 700 migrants and recovers four bodies
Italy

Italy rescues 700 migrants and recovers four bodies

The rescue attempt was made off the coast of Libya on Tuesday.

Italian mourners bid farewell to literary giant Umberto Eco
Italy

Italian mourners bid farewell to literary giant Umberto Eco

"Thank you Maestro for having spent your life looking out of the window for us."

Bavaria goes wild for butcher’s twist on fave food
Germany

Bavaria goes wild for butcher’s twist on fave food

Even US President Barack Obama couldn't resist the pallid allure of the Weisswurst, the delicious Bavarian speciality sausage that's eaten for breakfast with sweet mustard. Now it's available for the first time as a sausage roll.

Local reporter takes a bullet for his job
Germany

Local reporter takes a bullet for his job

It seemed like any other research assignment for a local journalist in northern Germany - until he took a bullet in the leg from a police officer's gun.

Belgium brings back border checks over Calais migrants
France

Belgium brings back border checks over Calais migrants

Belgium on Tuesday said it had temporarily reintroduced border controls with France to halt the arrival of migrants from the Calais "Jungle" camp, in a new blow to the EU's passport-free travel area.

Mars and Snickers recalled in Italy over plastic fears
Italy

Mars and Snickers recalled in Italy over plastic fears

Time to check your cupboards.

Fart sparks shoot out between rival Spanish gypsy clans
Spain

Fart sparks shoot out between rival Spanish gypsy clans

A gun battle broke out between feuding neighbours in southern Spain after one broke wind within earshot of another.

Germany blasts countries that won’t take back migrants
Germany

Germany blasts countries that won’t take back migrants

The German government has sent angry letters to the 17 countries most reluctant to take back their nationals who’ve had asylum applications rejected in Germany.

NSA ‘spied on Berlusconi and his close associates’
Italy

NSA ‘spied on Berlusconi and his close associates’

Italy has summoned the US ambassador over the WikiLeaks spying reports.

US firm closes $5.9bn deal with Swedish King
Sweden

US firm closes $5.9bn deal with Swedish King

One of the biggest gaming deals in recent years has been completed.

British in France: It’s the uncertainty that’s horrifying
France

British in France: It’s the uncertainty that’s horrifying

It's the uncertainty that is really horrifying for us Brits in France.

Mars and Snickers recalled in France over plastic fears
France

Mars and Snickers recalled in France over plastic fears

Check your cupboards...

Mars, Snickers and Milky Way bars recalled across Spain
Spain

Mars, Snickers and Milky Way bars recalled across Spain

Chocolate giant Mars on Tuesday ordered a massive recall of Mars and Snickers bars as well as Milky Way bars in Spain after plastic was found in a product.

Danish swimming pool bars asylum seekers
Denmark

Danish swimming pool bars asylum seekers

A public swimming pool in southern Denmark has expelled asylum seekers after continued complaints about their behaviour and will now only let them in during special hours.

Prince Ali calls for Fifa vote to be suspended
Switzerland

Prince Ali calls for Fifa vote to be suspended

Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will decide if FIFA's presidential vote, due to take place on Friday, should be delayed.

Has the quality of life really tumbled in Paris?
France

Has the quality of life really tumbled in Paris?

Did Paris deserve to see its position plummet in the latest quality of life global rankings?

Norway wants to deny all refugees if ‘it all breaks down’
Norway

Norway wants to deny all refugees if ‘it all breaks down’

Prime Minister Erna Solberg said that in certain situations Norway should be able to reject all asylum-seekers coming from non-conflict areas.

Milan court condemns Italian ‘jihadi family’
Italy

Milan court condemns Italian ‘jihadi family’

It is thought the family planned to join Maria Sergio, who described Isis as "perfect".

Danish police back online monitoring plans
Denmark

Danish police back online monitoring plans

Denmark's plans to watch residents' every move online gets the backing of nation's top cop.

Kurdish troops rescue Swedish girl held in Iraq
Sweden

Kurdish troops rescue Swedish girl held in Iraq

A 16-year-old girl from western Sweden apparently held by Isis militants in Iraq has reportedly been rescued by Kurdish forces.

Mars, Snickers and Milky Way recalled across Germany
Germany

Mars, Snickers and Milky Way recalled across Germany

Time to check those cupboards!

Zurich is world’s second best city for expats: report
Switzerland

Zurich is world’s second best city for expats: report

Zurich has once again rated highly in an international study of the best cities for expats to live in.

Prank leaves Facebook ‘Nazis’ red in the face
Germany

Prank leaves Facebook ‘Nazis’ red in the face

An anonymous trickster used a fake Facebook profile to name and shame anti-refugee posters on the social network.

How a call-girl and her Parisian lover were mistaken for terrorists
France

How a call-girl and her Parisian lover were mistaken for terrorists

How did a call-girl from Belgium and her Parisian lover end up being mistaken for a fourth terror cell?

Blatter biography gets March release date
Switzerland

Blatter biography gets March release date

An authorized biography of Sepp Blatter written by the shamed Fifa president's former spokesman will be released next month.

Two endangered Iberian lynx killed on roads within a week
Spain

Two endangered Iberian lynx killed on roads within a week

Cars pose the greatest threat to the Iberian lynx - one of the world's most endangered cats.

Denmark’s border controls extended for third time
Denmark

Denmark’s border controls extended for third time

UPDATED: As EU calls for "return to a normal situation as soon as possible" Denmark says its measures on the German border will remain in place.

Five royal reasons Sweden’s Estelle is the coolest princess
Sweden

Five royal reasons Sweden’s Estelle is the coolest princess

Happy birthday, Princess Estelle! These are your best moments.

‘In Spain I missed being able to buy decent birthday cards’
Spain

‘In Spain I missed being able to buy decent birthday cards’

Ever struggled to buy interesting greeting cards in Spanish shops? The predicament inspired one woman to launch her own business.

Secret video reveals cruelty at ‘humane’ French abattoir
France

Secret video reveals cruelty at ‘humane’ French abattoir

If you think eating meat from organically-reared animals will give you a clear conscience, this shocking video may force you to think again.

Is Venice really the world’s priciest commuter city?
Italy

Is Venice really the world’s priciest commuter city?

A recent study says commuting costs the average Venice resident over a quarter of their salary...

Berlusconi goes vegetarian over animal welfare concerns
Italy

Berlusconi goes vegetarian over animal welfare concerns

Silvio Berlusconi has reportedly become a vegetarian at the age of 79.

Here’s why German bosses are worried for the future
Germany

Here’s why German bosses are worried for the future

German business leaders' mood is at its worst since 2012 in a new survey – despite record-breaking news on jobs and tax income.

Anti-immigrant climate sparks citizenship rush
Switzerland

Anti-immigrant climate sparks citizenship rush

Swiss naturalizations rose by 20 percent in 2015, reversing a downward trend over the previous 10 years.

Austria rejects Balkans migrants conference criticism
Austria

Austria rejects Balkans migrants conference criticism

Austria has rejected criticism from Greece that Athens has not been invited to a conference in Vienna among countries along the west Balkans migrant route.

‘Great Balls of Fire’ whoosh through skies in south Spain
Spain

‘Great Balls of Fire’ whoosh through skies in south Spain

Spaniards near Badajoz got quite a surprise when they saw a 'spectacular' balls of fire flying above them at the weekend.

These 3 German cities are in the world top 10 for expats
Germany

These 3 German cities are in the world top 10 for expats

Germany swept the floor in a new survey of the best cities in the world to live in, with Munich the highest-ranked of three German cities in the top ten.

EU court blasts Italy over abduction of Egyptian imam
Italy

EU court blasts Italy over abduction of Egyptian imam

Abu Omar was abducted in 2003.

Norwegian fertility rate at historic low
Norway

Norwegian fertility rate at historic low

Longer educations and less certainty in the job market have pushed Norway's fertility rate to its lowest point in 35 years.

Border controls in Tyrol ‘major blow’ for tourism
Austria

Border controls in Tyrol ‘major blow’ for tourism

Will tougher border controls in Tyrol spell doom for tourism in the region?

‘Attractive ladies’ but not enough growth: Ryanair boss
Sweden

‘Attractive ladies’ but not enough growth: Ryanair boss

Low-cost airline boss Michael O'Leary has told The Local that Sweden needs to do more to attract European businesses.

Student leads criticism of sexist campaigning
Switzerland

Student leads criticism of sexist campaigning

Nineteen-year-old's sarcastic video ripost of the UDC's male-orientated campaigning for this Sunday’s referendum goes viral.

Vienna is top city for overall quality of life
Austria

Vienna is top city for overall quality of life

Vienna remains unbeaten as the best city for overall quality of life.

Aarhus declares war on seagull menace
Denmark

Aarhus declares war on seagull menace

Seagulls will find little welcome in the city of Aarhus as local authorities have given a green light to hunting the feathered nuisances.

Swedish doctor jailed in ‘secret bunker’ case
Sweden

Swedish doctor jailed in ‘secret bunker’ case

UPDATED: The man nicknamed 'Sweden's Fritzl' by global media has been handed a 10-year sentence.

Italy will let US armed drones fly from Sicilian base
Italy

Italy will let US armed drones fly from Sicilian base

The unmanned craft will carry out 'defensive' operations.

Mega budget surplus is Germany’s best since 1990
Germany

Mega budget surplus is Germany’s best since 1990

Germany ran up a record surplus in its public finances in 2015, with Europe's biggest economy showing "solid and consistent" growth last year, the federal statistics office said on Tuesday.

Vestas gets biggest order ever for massive Norway project
Denmark

Vestas gets biggest order ever for massive Norway project

Danish firm will provide turbines for Europe's largest onshore wind power plant.

French women warned about ‘toxic tampons’
France

French women warned about ‘toxic tampons’

Consumer group demands crackdown after study finds toxins in tampons and other sanitary products for women.

Norway to build Europe’s largest onshore wind plant
Norway

Norway to build Europe’s largest onshore wind plant

Coming project will produce more wind power than Norway's current total capacity.

Spain’s conservative party is ‘fed up’ with corruption
Spain

Spain’s conservative party is ‘fed up’ with corruption

As the conservative Popular Party is hit by yet more corruption allegations, a spokesman admitted a certain exasperation.

US artist’s message in a bottle found in France… by an artist
France

US artist’s message in a bottle found in France… by an artist

What are the chances? Four years, 5,700 kilometres, one message, two artists.

Berlin opens Germany’s first major gay refugee centre
Germany

Berlin opens Germany’s first major gay refugee centre

Germany will on Tuesday open a shelter for homosexual refugees with space for more than 120 people, the association behind the project said.

Why this town became Italy’s first to ban slot machines
Italy

Why this town became Italy’s first to ban slot machines

Italians gambled some €50 billion on slot machines alone last year.

New report: NSA did more than just tap Merkel’s phone
Germany

New report: NSA did more than just tap Merkel’s phone

New documents made public by Wikileaks reveal that the USA spied on Chancellor Angela Merkel's private conversations with world leaders.

Thai football boss faces further Fifa suspension
Switzerland

Thai football boss faces further Fifa suspension

Disciplinary committee bans Worawi Makudi for a further three months after breaching the conditions of a previous ban.

French court delays ‘Jungle’ migrant camp eviction
France

French court delays ‘Jungle’ migrant camp eviction

Judges decided on Tuesday to delay the evictions of hundreds of migrants from the Jungle, following stiff opposition from aid groups.

Renzi to give DVDs of Italian migrant film to EU leaders
Italy

Renzi to give DVDs of Italian migrant film to EU leaders

"After having seen it, it will be possible to discuss immigration in a different way."

Hollande almost says sorry for the 193 Pacific nuclear tests
France

Hollande almost says sorry for the 193 Pacific nuclear tests

The French President stops short of an apology for 30 years of nuclear tests in French Polynesia, but "recognised the impact".

Burglar snared after tripping on Frenchman’s accordion
France

Burglar snared after tripping on Frenchman’s accordion

Only in France could a burglar be foiled by an accordion.

How dangerous is it to use training apps in Sweden?
Sweden

How dangerous is it to use training apps in Sweden?

Exercise-mad Swedes have been warned that smartphone training programmes could be threatening their privacy.

‘Northerners don’t get the same services or respect’
Sweden

‘Northerners don’t get the same services or respect’

The Local’s northern Sweden correspondent, Paul Connolly, argues that southern Swedes too often take the north for granted.

French university voyeur filmed women for two years
France

French university voyeur filmed women for two years

After spending two years hiding mobile phones in women's toilets at a French university the peeping Tom was finally caught.

SAS walkout ends with deal on higher wages
Sweden

SAS walkout ends with deal on higher wages

UPDATED: A strike which saw staff at Sweden's largest airline walk out has ended.