Podemos stick to their guns and suspend Socialist talks
Spain

Podemos stick to their guns and suspend Socialist talks

Are Socialist efforts to form a government "doomed to failure"?

EU’s future ‘at stake’ in migrant crisis talks
Austria

EU’s future ‘at stake’ in migrant crisis talks

Austria warned on Wednesday that the EU's future was at stake as it pressed Balkan states, in the absence of an effective common response by the bloc, to reduce the influx of migrants despite fears of a humanitarian crisis.

Almost half of Germans want legal maximum wage
Germany

Almost half of Germans want legal maximum wage

A survey published on Wednesday shows 44 percent of Germans want the government to set an upper limit on how much companies can pay their employees.

Watch these adorable kids have royal dreams come true
Sweden

Watch these adorable kids have royal dreams come true

A group of Swedish children got treated to a real-life fairytale and it may be the cutest thing that ever happened.

Netflix bets on German with first-ever original show
Germany

Netflix bets on German with first-ever original show

Video streaming giant Netflix said Wednesday it is making its first original German series, to debut in 2017.

PM threatens election at Denmark’s ‘hour of destiny’
Denmark

PM threatens election at Denmark’s ‘hour of destiny’

Could an agriculture bill really sink the Danish election?

Barcelona cracks down on ‘visual pollution’ of billboards
Spain

Barcelona cracks down on ‘visual pollution’ of billboards

Barcelona's left-wing mayor is throwing out one in five street advertisements to free the city of "visual pollution".

Five Swedish innovations that might just change your life
Sweden

Five Swedish innovations that might just change your life

Here are some of the coolest and strangest inventions coming out of Sweden.

Oslo’s Maaemo gets three Michelin stars
Norway

Oslo’s Maaemo gets three Michelin stars

The Norwegian capital can now claim to be home to one of the 100 best restaurants in the world.

Students allowed to kick out flatmate’s mum, judge rules
Germany

Students allowed to kick out flatmate’s mum, judge rules

Students won a court battle this week after fighting for their right to kick their flatmate's mother out of their home.

Italian panty liners found with traces of weedkiller
Italy

Italian panty liners found with traces of weedkiller

Some 3,100 boxes of the panty liners have been recalled in France and Canada.

Weedkiller found in ‘organic’ panty liners in France
France

Weedkiller found in ‘organic’ panty liners in France

Thousands of boxes of "organic" panty liners have been pulled off shelves in France after tests confirmed they contained weedkiller.

‘The idea that Brexit threatens Brits in France is ludicrous’
France

‘The idea that Brexit threatens Brits in France is ludicrous’

Not all British expats (or immigrants) in France are fretting over the possibility of a Brexit.

Swedish school starts elite training for gamers
Sweden

Swedish school starts elite training for gamers

How would you like to spend your days playing computer games and getting paid for it? Just head to Umeå in northern Sweden.

6 ways Donald Trump is nothing like Adolf Hitler
Germany

6 ways Donald Trump is nothing like Adolf Hitler

Many liberal commentators have been wringing their hands about US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump's alleged similarity to Hitler. We give you six reasons why you can sleep easy at night.

Italian adoption ruling deals blow to gay civil union camp
Italy

Italian adoption ruling deals blow to gay civil union camp

The request to legally recognize the child's US adoption was brought in 2013.

Rajoy achieves in hometown what Hitler and Stalin didn’t
Spain

Rajoy achieves in hometown what Hitler and Stalin didn’t

Being declared 'persona non grata' has hurt the acting Prime Minister's feelings.

Renzi struts his stuff at Milan fashion week opener
Italy

Renzi struts his stuff at Milan fashion week opener

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi attended the official opening lunch for the fashion week.

French farmers face booze crackdown at Paris show
France

French farmers face booze crackdown at Paris show

Organizers don't want to risk having drunken guests bothering the animals at this year's Paris agricultural show.

France ‘in secret war against Isis in Libya’
France

France ‘in secret war against Isis in Libya’

French special forces are carrying out covert operations in Libya and the government is not too happy that the secret has got out.

Expat workers ride bumpy Swiss job market
Switzerland

Expat workers ride bumpy Swiss job market

Rising unemployment and immigration concerns are balanced by job growth and a skills shortage, finds The Local’s Morven McLean.

Anger as Italy fines women up to €10k for secret abortions
Italy

Anger as Italy fines women up to €10k for secret abortions

Critics say the hefty fines are putting women's lives at risk

Amnesty criticizes Swiss treatment of foreigners
Switzerland

Amnesty criticizes Swiss treatment of foreigners

Excessive use of force in deportations and lack of protection for foreign nationals suffering domestic abuse highlighted as concerns.

Egypt still probing brutal death of Italian student
Italy

Egypt still probing brutal death of Italian student

Giulio Regeni disappeared on January 25th and his badly mutilated body was found a week later.

Thousands of crows fair game for Austrian hunters
Austria

Thousands of crows fair game for Austrian hunters

Almost 20,000 ravens, crows, magpies and jays can be legally shot in Carinthia from July after the state government ordered a cull to protect farmland.

Spaniards’ AMAZING supercut of The Simpsons goes viral
Spain

Spaniards’ AMAZING supercut of The Simpsons goes viral

Two Spanish students responsible for an incredible video tribute to The Simpsons tells The Local what inspired them.

How this sex drive startup is building excitement in Sweden
Sweden

How this sex drive startup is building excitement in Sweden

Swedes might not be banging on about it in public, but a new e-health company claims it is boosting sex lives across the country.

Rural Swedish chef wins first two Michelin stars
Sweden

Rural Swedish chef wins first two Michelin stars

This is the man who cooks up Sweden's best food, according to the world's most prestigious culinary guide.

Italy’s top court rejects Lombardy’s ‘anti-mosque’ bid
Italy

Italy’s top court rejects Lombardy’s ‘anti-mosque’ bid

The region had wanted to effectively block the construction of any new place of worship.

Here are Germany’s 2016 Eurovision hopefuls
Germany

Here are Germany’s 2016 Eurovision hopefuls

Thursday is the big night for the ten contenders hoping to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. But who will win the public's heart with their song?

Six reasons why Spain is failing on human rights
Spain

Six reasons why Spain is failing on human rights

Amnesty International has blasted Spain in a new report for these six major human rights issues.

Denmark gets first three-star Michelin restaurant
Denmark

Denmark gets first three-star Michelin restaurant

It's probably not the one you think.

French Jewish teacher ‘made up’ knife attack by Isis thugs
France

French Jewish teacher ‘made up’ knife attack by Isis thugs

He's the second French teacher to be accused of lying about an Isis attack...

EU ‘freezes’ Swiss talks until Brexit outcome
Switzerland

EU ‘freezes’ Swiss talks until Brexit outcome

European source warns Switzerland to keep quiet on immigration for the time being.

Man gets one year for anti-Semitic postings
Austria

Man gets one year for anti-Semitic postings

A 23-year-old Afghan man who posted anti-Semitic and anti-Israel comments on his Facebook page has been sentenced to a year’s conditional sentence and ordered to pay a €720 fine.

France’s response to terror is ‘killing off freedom’: Amnesty
France

France’s response to terror is ‘killing off freedom’: Amnesty

Amnesty said that the post-attack security measures threaten human rights.

More arrests after attacks on Calais ‘Jungle’ migrants
France

More arrests after attacks on Calais ‘Jungle’ migrants

Four French people have been arrested over repeat attacks on migrants in Calais.

‘Sweden’s 200 years of peace is no coincidence’
Sweden

‘Sweden’s 200 years of peace is no coincidence’

But the country shouldn't join Nato, says its Foreign Minister.

Policewoman ignored €36,000 parking fine bill
Austria

Policewoman ignored €36,000 parking fine bill

A policewoman in Vienna who ignored hundreds of parking fines and amassed a debt of €36,000 has had to face disciplinary proceedings but will not lose her job.

Berlin ‘neglecting refugees’ human rights’: Amnesty
Germany

Berlin ‘neglecting refugees’ human rights’: Amnesty

Germany's refugee policy is "losing sight of human rights" and too focused on showing toughness, a report from NGO Amnesty International warned on Wednesday.

LOL: Look at this list of new Italian words
Italy

LOL: Look at this list of new Italian words

"Lollare" and "friendzonnare" are just two of a long list of words which Italians are hoping to get into the dictionary.

Fatal cucumber sex game lands man in court
Germany

Fatal cucumber sex game lands man in court

A man in southern Germany faces five years in prison after his lover died in a sex accident involving an edible dildo and a burnt piece of meat.

Ryanair boss: Bad Danish press sells seats
Denmark

Ryanair boss: Bad Danish press sells seats

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary says that the hammering the company has taken in the Danish press has boosted the budget airline, with ’90 per cent’ of seats full on flights.

Humanitarian fears hang over Balkans migrant talks
Austria

Humanitarian fears hang over Balkans migrant talks

Austria is hosting talks with countries along the well-trodden migrant path through the western Balkans to northern Europe, as tighter border controls raise fears of a humanitarian crisis.

Norway journo gets under the skin of Al-Qaeda fighters
Norway

Norway journo gets under the skin of Al-Qaeda fighters

One is a devout and cheery Saudi, the other a British convert overcome by doubt, the third a Syrian fascinated by the promise of 72 virgins: a new documentary unveils the shadowy world of Syria's would-be suicide bombers.

Austria frees alleged Russian crime boss on bail
Austria

Austria frees alleged Russian crime boss on bail

An Austrian court has freed on bail the alleged head of a Russian crime gang wanted by Moscow for a string of murders, in a new twist to a long-running legal saga.

What’s the best way for expats to transfer money abroad?

What’s the best way for expats to transfer money abroad?

Finally we know.

Contentious ag bill creates Danish government crisis
Denmark

Contentious ag bill creates Danish government crisis

An agriculture bill expected to pass parliament on Thursday has set off a major political drama within the Danish government.

Spain’s Socialists announce end to political deadlock
Spain

Spain’s Socialists announce end to political deadlock

Spain's socialist party have struck a deal hopefully ending more than two months of political deadlock in Spain

Six months suspended: first verdict in Cologne NYE trials
Germany

Six months suspended: first verdict in Cologne NYE trials

The first man found guilty in connection with the crime wave in Cologne on New Year’s Eve has been given a six-month suspended sentence and a €100 fine.

Italy ready to scrap stepchild adoption from gay unions bill
Italy

Italy ready to scrap stepchild adoption from gay unions bill

Gay rights group say the bill is worth little without the adoption rights.

Wawrinka battles back to win first match in Dubai
Switzerland

Wawrinka battles back to win first match in Dubai

Wawrinka returns to the Dubai Tennis Championships after an eight-year break.

Former Guantanamo detainee among jihadists held in Spain
Spain

Former Guantanamo detainee among jihadists held in Spain

Four people suspected of recruiting jihadists for Isis have been arrested, one of whom was a former Guantanamo prisoner who received military training in Afghanistan.

Woman hiker killed as another avalanche hits French Alps
France

Woman hiker killed as another avalanche hits French Alps

The French Alps have claimed yet another victim.

One in three firms plan to hire a refugee
Germany

One in three firms plan to hire a refugee

More than a third of German companies want to hire at least one refugee, a survey showed on Wednesday.

Teen Swedes get hammered on hand gel
Sweden

Teen Swedes get hammered on hand gel

Pharmacies in south west Sweden have stopped selling it on shop floors, after police warned them about the new teenage trend.

Air France’s Transavia named ‘best budget airline in Europe’
France

Air France’s Transavia named ‘best budget airline in Europe’

Air France's low cost airline beats the likes of easyJet and Ryanair to title of "Europe's best". Agree?

Six gems from Sweden’s independent cinema scene
Sweden

Six gems from Sweden’s independent cinema scene

The Oscars take place this weekend, so where are the coolest spots in Sweden to watch the world's best movies?

Swedes told they shouldn’t use surrogate mothers
Sweden

Swedes told they shouldn’t use surrogate mothers

Surrogacy puts too much pressure on women, top experts advising ministers have concluded.

France: Common drug caused birth defects in 450 babies
France

France: Common drug caused birth defects in 450 babies

France says a common drug used to treat epilepsy has caused birth defects in 450 babies.

Soldiers of Odin create political poison in Norway
Norway

Soldiers of Odin create political poison in Norway

A Progress Party MP set off a firestorm by saying that groups like the Soldiers of Odin should be applauded.

Danish paedophile locked up indefinitely
Denmark

Danish paedophile locked up indefinitely

A 35-year-old man was found guilty of raping small boys and filming the attacks.

Ford targets Danes with most depressing car ad ever
Denmark

Ford targets Danes with most depressing car ad ever

Company's latest ad eschews traditional tricks to instead focus a struggling divorced family.