Violence at border injures policeman
Austria

Violence at border injures policeman

Hundreds of refugees on Monday tried to break through a border fence into Macedonia from Greece, where more than 7,000 people are stranded, as anger mounts over barriers to entry imposed on migrants flooding into Europe.

Balkan route may close with Austrian limit
Austria

Balkan route may close with Austrian limit

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov said in an interview Monday that, when Austria reaches its limit of 37,500 migrant entries this year, the Balkan refugee route will have to close.

Swedes among world’s biggest card users
Sweden

Swedes among world’s biggest card users

Swedes use their debit cards three times as frequently as the average European, a new study suggests.

Paris police to be equipped with assault rifles
France

Paris police to be equipped with assault rifles

The Paris police are soon to be heavily armed.

Italy’s Masterchef judge reported for cooking pigeon
Italy

Italy’s Masterchef judge reported for cooking pigeon

The Michelin-starred chef cooked the protected animal during an episode of Masterchef which aired in January.

UN rights chief attacks rising xenophobia
Switzerland

UN rights chief attacks rising xenophobia

Migrants worldwide are victims of xenophobia, UN rights chief says.

Germans love English adverts – but don’t understand them
Germany

Germans love English adverts – but don’t understand them

Most Germans don’t understand English phrases when they appear in advertising but find them cool and interesting anyway.

Bus driver attacked defending women from sexual harassers
Spain

Bus driver attacked defending women from sexual harassers

A bus driver tried to stop a group of men who were harassing female passengers. But then the men turned on him.

French government wobbles on key labour reforms bill
France

French government wobbles on key labour reforms bill

The threat of open rebellion among his own party has forced the French PM to retreat on controversial labour reforms.

Bandy: How Sweden’s little known sport is winning fans
Sweden

Bandy: How Sweden’s little known sport is winning fans

One of the biggest Swedish sports you've never heard of is starting to generate a global buzz.

What’s on: March 2016
Spain

What’s on: March 2016

From Holy Week celebrations to the Barcelona marathon, The Local takes a look at what's on in March.

Playing loud music in your car is a crime: Italy’s top court
Italy

Playing loud music in your car is a crime: Italy’s top court

If you didn't know this was a crime in Italy before, then you do now.

SBB caves in over rail card passenger data
Switzerland

SBB caves in over rail card passenger data

SBB to delete SwissPass travel data following complaints.

Ill health delays first day of ‘Auschwitz medic’ trial
Germany

Ill health delays first day of ‘Auschwitz medic’ trial

A German court Monday suspended the trial of former SS medic Hubert Zafke for aiding in 3,681 murders in Auschwitz after the 95-year-old defendant failed to attend over health problems.

Could technology be killing off Spain’s sociable mealtimes?
Spain

Could technology be killing off Spain’s sociable mealtimes?

A new study has revealed that an incredible 90 percent of Spaniards eat dinner in front of the television, while lunches are becoming shorter and lonelier.

Grapes sold with toilet bleach as Swede launches eco war
Sweden

Grapes sold with toilet bleach as Swede launches eco war

A Swedish supermarket has caused a stir after staff put grapes on the same shelf as cleaning products to highlight the use of chemical sprays on foods.

China stealing military information from Norway
Norway

China stealing military information from Norway

China has successfully extracted information from Norwegian companies that it is using for its own weapons technology.

10 ways you can burst with joy in German springtime
Germany

10 ways you can burst with joy in German springtime

With the first day of March comes - technically - the first day of spring. Make some German-style plans!

Asylum seeker rape case judge gets police protection
Austria

Asylum seeker rape case judge gets police protection

An Austrian judge who ruled that an asylum seeker who raped a pensioner must serve just 20-months in prison has been placed under police protection after receiving death threats.

We’ll take back rejected refugees, Morocco tells Berlin
Germany

We’ll take back rejected refugees, Morocco tells Berlin

Morocco assured Berlin on Monday that it will take back people who’ve had their asylum cases rejected after recent frustration from the German side.

France could fine Apple €1m unless it hacks smartphones
France

France could fine Apple €1m unless it hacks smartphones

France could hit Apple and Google with €1 million fines if the tech giants fail to help authorities hack into terrorists' smartphones.

When is it right to address a colleague as ‘Du’?
Germany

When is it right to address a colleague as ‘Du’?

Do you worry about "duzen" and "Siezen" at work? Maybe you should apply for a job at Otto Group, where the boss wants to make things more intimate.

Thousands may have starved in Syria: UN
Switzerland

Thousands may have starved in Syria: UN

UN human rights chief warns famine may have claimed the lives of thousands in besieged areas.

Danish PM announces cabinet shake-up
Denmark

Danish PM announces cabinet shake-up

UPDATED: Embattled minister's resignation sets off a chain reaction of changes with the government.

Spain’s radical protesters to be commemorated in Madrid
Spain

Spain’s radical protesters to be commemorated in Madrid

They rocked the political establishment and spawned Spain's now-third biggest party. But not everyone is happy about the plans to honour Spain's "indignants".

Suspected jihadists hauled up before court
Switzerland

Suspected jihadists hauled up before court

The trial begins of four suspected members of a Swiss jihadist group.

Muslim preschools ‘linked to Islamist groups’
Austria

Muslim preschools ‘linked to Islamist groups’

A study into Islamic kindergartens in Vienna suggests that Islamist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and its Turkish counterpart Milli Gorus have links to some of the capital's preschools.

Copenhagen hosts Super Tuesday global primary
Denmark

Copenhagen hosts Super Tuesday global primary

US expats can cast in-person votes for the Democratic primary election in the Danish capital as part of Super Tuesday.

Watch a wild wolf caught on camera in southern Sweden
Sweden

Watch a wild wolf caught on camera in southern Sweden

Wolves are rare in southern Sweden but one of the sharp-toothed animals has been captured on video for the first time.

This language school’s secret? A good bottle of wine
Spain

This language school’s secret? A good bottle of wine

In this week's My Spanish Career, The Local chats to Brit Jane Spivey, founder of Two Birds Languages - a language school with a difference.

Migrants and police clash at Calais camp demolition
France

Migrants and police clash at Calais camp demolition

Clashes broke out between French riot police and migrants as the demolition of the Calais "Jungle" camp began.

Trump sparks furore for tweeting Mussolini ‘lion’ quote
Italy

Trump sparks furore for tweeting Mussolini ‘lion’ quote

Another gaffe from the man who wants to be president of America.

Norway to ride high-speed bike lanes to emissions cuts
Norway

Norway to ride high-speed bike lanes to emissions cuts

To halve transport emissions by 2030, Norway will invest heavily in bicycle expressways.

Austria rejects ‘absurd’ criticism of migrant policy
Austria

Austria rejects ‘absurd’ criticism of migrant policy

Austria's government hits back at "absurd" criticism of its tougher migrant policy, after coming under fire from Germany and Greece.

Voters give green light to new Gotthard road tunnel
Switzerland

Voters give green light to new Gotthard road tunnel

Voters approve a second bore to the traffic-clogged Gotthard road tunnel

Arrest after apartment ‘blown up’ in Gothenburg
Sweden

Arrest after apartment ‘blown up’ in Gothenburg

UPDATED: Police in west Sweden have arrested a 25-year-old man after a blast in the suburb of Hisingen.

Nine in ten Germans want limit on refugees
Germany

Nine in ten Germans want limit on refugees

An overwhelming majority of Germans believe that the country cannot continue to take in every asylum seeker who arrives at the borders, a new poll shows.

Panic as firecrackers thrown on Paris Metro carriage
France

Panic as firecrackers thrown on Paris Metro carriage

Imagine the panic with France and particularly Paris still fearing more terror attacks.

French tourists raped at knifepoint in Thailand
France

French tourists raped at knifepoint in Thailand

News of a shocking attack on French tourists in Thailand.

Economy is ‘stronger than experts’ wildest fantasies’
Sweden

Economy is ‘stronger than experts’ wildest fantasies’

UPDATED: Swedes are celebrating unexpectedly high economic growth that experts say is great news for everyone.

Two dead and thousands lose power in Spain snow storms
Spain

Two dead and thousands lose power in Spain snow storms

Two hikers were found dead and thousands have been hit by blackouts due to strong winds and snow storms across Spain.

Man stabbed to death in Berlin party district
Germany

Man stabbed to death in Berlin party district

Despite an increased police presence aimed at violence and drug dealing, the latest knife attack cost a man his life.

Father took 12-year-old son on robbery tour
Austria

Father took 12-year-old son on robbery tour

A 46-year-old man who took his 12-year-old son with him when he committed a string of thefts and break-ins in Upper Austria has been released from police custody.

What changes in France from March 1st
France

What changes in France from March 1st

Paris taxi fares, gas prices, and changing clocks... Here's what's new in the month of March.

Five people dead as storms batter Italy
Italy

Five people dead as storms batter Italy

A train was also derailed as heavy rainfall created havoc across the country on Sunday night.

This Norwegian family has an amazing Leap Year record
Norway

This Norwegian family has an amazing Leap Year record

Three siblings were born exactly four years apart on February 29th.

Frothing up Italian coffee: Starbucks is on its way
Italy

Frothing up Italian coffee: Starbucks is on its way

The rumours have had Italians in a froth for months but Starbucks finally confirmed on Monday that it is coming to Italy.

Paris airport taxis now subject to flat rate fee
France

Paris airport taxis now subject to flat rate fee

Good news for travellers, bad news for Paris taxi drivers...so they say.

Why this Spaniard wants Britain to stay in the EU
Spain

Why this Spaniard wants Britain to stay in the EU

Spanish author Alberto Letona tells The Local why Britons would be denying their entire history if they voted for Brexit.

‘I will do my damn duty’ on refugees, says Merkel
Germany

‘I will do my damn duty’ on refugees, says Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted that her chosen course in Germany and Europe's refugee crisis was the right one in a TV interview on Sunday night, despite admitting to moments of doubt.

Swiss reject proposal to expel criminal foreigners
Switzerland

Swiss reject proposal to expel criminal foreigners

The proposal would have resulted in deportations for minor offences.

Imam at Danish mosque: Stone women to death
Denmark

Imam at Danish mosque: Stone women to death

UPDATED: Controversial Aarhus mosque in the spotlight again after hidden camera reveals "Stone Age" beliefs.

Church ‘mucked up’ with paedophile priests: Pell
Italy

Church ‘mucked up’ with paedophile priests: Pell

Cardinal George Pell said the Church has made "grave errors".

Man found dead after Malmö suburb shooting
Sweden

Man found dead after Malmö suburb shooting

A man was shot dead in the suburbs of Malmö in the early hours of Monday.

British expats in France face years of limbo: Brexit report
France

British expats in France face years of limbo: Brexit report

An official UK government report has concluded what many British expats have long feared.

Italian maestro Morricone finally wins an Oscar
Italy

Italian maestro Morricone finally wins an Oscar

The 87-year-old Rome-born maestro has created music for some 500 films.

Swede Alicia Vikander wins Oscar for ‘Danish Girl’ role
Denmark

Swede Alicia Vikander wins Oscar for ‘Danish Girl’ role

'The Danish Girl' netted a best supporting actress Oscar while Denmark came up empty in the best Foreign Language Film category.

Everything you need to know about Sweden’s Oscar winner
Sweden

Everything you need to know about Sweden’s Oscar winner

Three years ago you had never heard of her and now she's Hollywood's sweetheart. But who is Alicia Vikander?

Shock as PSG finally lose a game in Ligue 1
France

Shock as PSG finally lose a game in Ligue 1

So PSG are human after all.

Swede Alicia Vikander wins Oscar for ‘Danish Girl’ role
Sweden

Swede Alicia Vikander wins Oscar for ‘Danish Girl’ role

The Swedish star plays the wife of a pioneering transgender Danish artist.

‘I gave up Canadian Idol to pursue my dreams’
Sweden

‘I gave up Canadian Idol to pursue my dreams’

But Toronto-born Kevin Lee says he's found his happy place in a country obsessed with Eurovision.