Pellegrini publishes phone number in Twitter gaffe
Italy

Pellegrini publishes phone number in Twitter gaffe

The Italian swimming champ received numerous tweets from people asking if they could add her on messaging app WhatsApp.

Vatican admits still ‘much to do’ to stop paedophile priests
Italy

Vatican admits still ‘much to do’ to stop paedophile priests

The Vatican says the public "have been given the wrong impression".

Sweden to get new US envoy after 9-month wait
Sweden

Sweden to get new US envoy after 9-month wait

Ted Cruz put the brakes on, but Azita Raji is finally ready to make the move to Sweden after she was sworn in as the new US Ambassador.

Germany demands France shut old nuclear plant
France

Germany demands France shut old nuclear plant

Germany claims the plant is "too old" but France saw "no reason for it to close.

Austrian police help catch Bulgarian burglars
Austria

Austrian police help catch Bulgarian burglars

Police pounced on a notorious band of burglars who had evaded the law in several European countries - after they were caught out by a cat camera.

Cologne celebrates its ancient Roman heritage
Germany

Cologne celebrates its ancient Roman heritage

Jesus was a toddler gingerly taking his first steps into the wider world when the Romans built the walls of their fortress in Cologne. 2,010 years later it’s still standing, and has just been given a makeover.

Jobless Italians bombard town with CVs after skivers fired
Italy

Jobless Italians bombard town with CVs after skivers fired

San Remo council has so far fired 32 work-shy staff.

Knife-wielder tries to force way through Eurostar security
France

Knife-wielder tries to force way through Eurostar security

Man brandished a 30cm kniofe and tried to get through Eurostar security at Gare du Nord.

Guns in France: Now security guards could be armed
France

Guns in France: Now security guards could be armed

Security guards and tourist spots, concert halls and sensitive locations in France could soon be armed, according to reports.

Spain ‘waiting to pounce’ if Gibraltar leaves the EU
Spain

Spain ‘waiting to pounce’ if Gibraltar leaves the EU

Spain's acting foreign minister told Spanish radio on Friday that if Britain left the EU he would "raise the question of Gibraltar" the very next day.

Swedish group wants ‘legal abortions’ for men
Sweden

Swedish group wants ‘legal abortions’ for men

Should only women get to decide not to be parents?

Game over? Italian clubs announce big losses
Italy

Game over? Italian clubs announce big losses

The Italian press have labelled the situation "Red Alert".

Kids invent robot to settle Germany’s dog poo wars
Germany

Kids invent robot to settle Germany’s dog poo wars

A vicious spat is cleaving Germany society in two, and politicians seem helpless to do anything about it - but two nine-year-olds from Bavaria reckon they have found the answer.

Swedes moved to tears by this adorable prank on old man
Sweden

Swedes moved to tears by this adorable prank on old man

Find out why these children are making Swedes smile (and cry).

Isis ‘storm trooper’ jailed for four years
Germany

Isis ‘storm trooper’ jailed for four years

A German court on Friday convicted an Islamic State "storm trooper" who helped track down deserters for the jihadist group in Syria, sentencing him to four-and-a-half years in prison.

Norway (finally) ready to welcome new US ambassador
Norway

Norway (finally) ready to welcome new US ambassador

Samuel Heins will arrive in Norway next week to fill a position that has been empty for nearly 900 days.

Italian teen swaps his dad’s lamb for cocaine
Italy

Italian teen swaps his dad’s lamb for cocaine

Police reportedly arrived just in time to save the lamb's bacon.

Now France insists it won’t open UK border to migrants
France

Now France insists it won’t open UK border to migrants

There are very mixed messages coming out of France regarding what would happen to the thousands of migrants in Calais if there was a Brexit.

Greek steps up at Swiss-based UEFA
Switzerland

Greek steps up at Swiss-based UEFA

Theodore Theodoridis becomes new general secretary.

Danish paedophilia kingpin gets six year sentence
Denmark

Danish paedophilia kingpin gets six year sentence

Prosecutors had pushed for an indefinite sentence for the man, who ran two websites catering to paedophiles from around the world.

Italy finally offers Neopolitan pizza for Unesco menu
Italy

Italy finally offers Neopolitan pizza for Unesco menu

But will it make the cut?

Bumper donation year for Swiss charity Caritas
Switzerland

Bumper donation year for Swiss charity Caritas

Swiss public step up to give 34 million francs.

‘Osterlamm’ and what it means to Austria
Austria

‘Osterlamm’ and what it means to Austria

Find out about the traditional lamb cake that features so widely this time of year.

Thousands of Spaniards fined for ‘disrespecting’ police
Spain

Thousands of Spaniards fined for ‘disrespecting’ police

A report confirmed by The Local shows that Spanish police raked in nearly €1 million from fines for "disrespecting police" under the controversial gag law.

Couple leaves cash stash on Basel tram
Switzerland

Couple leaves cash stash on Basel tram

The pair forgot about their bag containing 144,000 francs.

Podemos to block Socialist bid to form Spanish govt
Spain

Podemos to block Socialist bid to form Spanish govt

The Socialist's chances of forming a government are looking slimmer and slimmer...

Cat camera catches elusive cat burglars
Germany

Cat camera catches elusive cat burglars

Police pounced on a notorious band of burglars who had evaded the law in several European countries - after a they were caught out by a cat camera.

Switzerland tops invention table in Europe
Switzerland

Switzerland tops invention table in Europe

Switzerland made more European patent applications per capita than any other nation in 2015.

Denmark to send F-16s and troops into Syria
Denmark

Denmark to send F-16s and troops into Syria

UPDATED: Denmark to take the fight to Isis in both Syria and Iraq.

No Borders: Are extremists really causing a rumble in the Calais ‘Jungle’
France

No Borders: Are extremists really causing a rumble in the Calais ‘Jungle’

They have been described as "violent and extremist". But who are the No Borders activists?

Why refugee crisis could hurt Merkel in state elections
Germany

Why refugee crisis could hurt Merkel in state elections

Why is everyone suddenly paying so much attention to south-west Germany?

Thought Spring was coming? Think again
Austria

Thought Spring was coming? Think again

Austria prepares itself for stormy weather this weekend with hurricane winds of 120 km/h in some areas.

Two Italian hostages freed in Libya: local official
Italy

Two Italian hostages freed in Libya: local official

They were kidnapped last July.

Norway moves closer to allowing dual citizenship
Norway

Norway moves closer to allowing dual citizenship

The days of foreigners living in Norway having to give up their citizenship in order to become Norwegian may soon be over.

Swiss photographers help expelled refugee
Switzerland

Swiss photographers help expelled refugee

Iraqi photographer must leave the country despite being embraced by photojournalist community here.

Why lots of Swedes abroad won’t come back
Sweden

Why lots of Swedes abroad won’t come back

They love Sweden’s natural beauty but aren’t so keen on its high taxes and inclement weather.

Mum arrested for chaining up son while she was at work
Spain

Mum arrested for chaining up son while she was at work

The little boy was chained and padlocked inside of a room while his mother went to work.

‘The more they feel my will to engage, the more they want to help’
Sweden

‘The more they feel my will to engage, the more they want to help’

Rami Alkenayeh, 24, has found on an unlikely way to use his hands to engage with Swedes while waiting for a decision about his asylum application.

The top 5 quirkiest buildings in Austria
Austria

The top 5 quirkiest buildings in Austria

The most eye-catching examples of architecture in Austria.

An expat’s guide to making friends with Danes
Denmark

An expat’s guide to making friends with Danes

Relocation expert Melanie Haynes on cracking the tough nut of Danish friendship.

Elton John to rock Pompeii’s Roman amphitheatre
Italy

Elton John to rock Pompeii’s Roman amphitheatre

The Rocket Man will be donning silly glasses and belting out classics at the Roman ruins.

Mysterious mummified and mutilated man found in Spain
Spain

Mysterious mummified and mutilated man found in Spain

A truck driver was startled to find the body of a man, apparently mutilated and partially mummified.

Three held for murder at Swedish asylum centre
Sweden

Three held for murder at Swedish asylum centre

A 19-year-old man was stabbed to death early on Friday morning at an asylum centre north of Lindesberg in central Sweden.

The expats (and one Italian) bringing comedy to Rome
Italy

The expats (and one Italian) bringing comedy to Rome

And there's not even a hint of slapstick...

Frenchman gets naked at ancient archeological site
France

Frenchman gets naked at ancient archeological site

Authorities in Peru on Thursday arrested a pair of European tourists who had stripped naked to take photos at the Machu Picchu ruins, media reported.

EU’s future in peril if we can’t help Greece says Sweden PM
Sweden

EU’s future in peril if we can’t help Greece says Sweden PM

Sweden’s prime minister, Stefan Löfven, says the EU might not survive if it fails to resolve the ongoing refugee crisis.

British man dies in Austrian ski accident
Austria

British man dies in Austrian ski accident

A British man has died following a skiing accident in the southern Austrian state of Carinthia.

American art student sexually assaulted on Paris Metro
France

American art student sexually assaulted on Paris Metro

The incident which left the female student suffering from shock happened in the middle of the day.

Another record year for Copenhagen Airport
Denmark

Another record year for Copenhagen Airport

A record 26.6 million passengers used Copenhagen Airport in 2015, the airport announced this week.

French wine makers rebel as Le Tour picks Chilean plonk
France

French wine makers rebel as Le Tour picks Chilean plonk

French wine producers were left spitting when a Chilean wine was chosen as the official wine of the 2016 Tour de France race.

Barcelona-Paris plane in scary near miss with drone
Spain

Barcelona-Paris plane in scary near miss with drone

An Air France plane came within a few metres of hitting a drone as it was about to land at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, it emerged on Friday.

Winter in France was warmest since 1900
France

Winter in France was warmest since 1900

Did winter just seem to pass you by? That’s probably because it was the warmest recorded in France for 115 years.

Far-right NPD ‘still in world of Nazis’: former leader
Germany

Far-right NPD ‘still in world of Nazis’: former leader

Is thinking like the Nazis enough to get the party banned?

Spain seizes 20,000 military uniforms destined for Isis
Spain

Spain seizes 20,000 military uniforms destined for Isis

The smuggled goods would have been "enough to equip an entire army," officials said.

Swedish troops train with Nato forces in northern op
Sweden

Swedish troops train with Nato forces in northern op

The exercise comes as Sweden debates its ties to the military alliance.

Breivik: I’ll take prison moans to higher court
Norway

Breivik: I’ll take prison moans to higher court

Terrorist committed to taking his prison complaints to the European Court of Human Rights.

Teen who stabbed cop ‘may have links to Isis’
Germany

Teen who stabbed cop ‘may have links to Isis’

German investigators said Thursday they were examining whether a 15-year-old girl who stabbed a policeman in the neck was motivated by Islamic extremism.

Air France plane has very near miss with drone above Paris
France

Air France plane has very near miss with drone above Paris

The co-pilot was forced to turn the plane as it came within five metres of a drone just as it began its descent towards Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.

French MPs back fines for Apple unless it hacks phones
France

French MPs back fines for Apple unless it hacks phones

French MPs back move to hit phone companies like Apple and Samsung with fines and jail terms if they don't help hack into terrorists' phones.

Swedes predict ‘death’ of cash in five years
Sweden

Swedes predict ‘death’ of cash in five years

Could the cashless society be here sooner than you think?

How to make traditional Swedish spelt bread
Sweden

How to make traditional Swedish spelt bread

Swedes love making bread, so join the nationwide cult and start kneading. Here's one of The Local's favourite recipes by food writer John Duxbury.