Teen migrant rescued trying to trek across French Alps
France

Teen migrant rescued trying to trek across French Alps

The migrant was rescued after spending a night in a snow tunnel, dressed in "casual gear".

Twelve families found living in Italian palace for €5 a month
Italy

Twelve families found living in Italian palace for €5 a month

Twelve families have been living like royalty for the past two decades.

Man seeks asylum after surviving flight in plane hold
Sweden

Man seeks asylum after surviving flight in plane hold

Staff at Stockholm's Arlanda airport discovered a 27-year-old man on board a plane arriving from Ethiopia on Monday.

Refugee boy thought to be dead finds family 1 year later
Germany

Refugee boy thought to be dead finds family 1 year later

A 10-year-old boy had an emotional reunion on Monday with his family, who thought he had drowned in their voyage from Turkey to Greece a year earlier.

Danish bus company slammed for nationalists’ ads
Denmark

Danish bus company slammed for nationalists’ ads

Four Copenhagen buses are currently carrying advertisements from the nationalist Danes' Party with the slogan "Your children deserve a Danish Denmark."

Swedish pool in hot water for ‘man-free’ swimming date
Sweden

Swedish pool in hot water for ‘man-free’ swimming date

Men and boys are being temporarily banned from a Swedish swimming pool, but the International Women's Day initiative is making a splash for all the wrong reasons.

WWF Italy sponsors school kids’ bid to buy paradise isle
Italy

WWF Italy sponsors school kids’ bid to buy paradise isle

The school children need to raise €3 million to buy Budelli.

Norway motorist killed in collision with tank
Norway

Norway motorist killed in collision with tank

One person died when a tank that was taking part in Nato’s Cold Response exercise collided with a passenger vehicle in Snåsa on Monday.

Merkel scuppers EU plan to close Balkan refugee route
Germany

Merkel scuppers EU plan to close Balkan refugee route

Chancellor Angela Merkel has refused to put her name to a joint EU statement declaring the Balkan route closed to refugees, as tens of thousands of asylum seekers remain stranded in Greece.

Black priest forced out of post by death threats and racism
Germany

Black priest forced out of post by death threats and racism

A Congolese priest in Bavaria has stepped down from his post after receiving death threats and being racially insulted by a local politician.

Sleeping Prince Oscar melts hearts in Sweden
Sweden

Sleeping Prince Oscar melts hearts in Sweden

The first close-up photo of Sweden's new prince has been released by the Royal Court.

‘Gibraltar is passionately British – that’s why we reject Brexit’
Spain

‘Gibraltar is passionately British – that’s why we reject Brexit’

Gibraltar's chief minister Fabian Picardo believes Brexit could pose a threat to the territory.

Plush French hotel turns away British royal family
France

Plush French hotel turns away British royal family

William, Kate and Harry might have to trawl Airbnb or heaven's above, bring a tent, when they visit France next summer.

Teenager killed on train tracks while trying to rescue dog
Spain

Teenager killed on train tracks while trying to rescue dog

The tragic accident happened on Saturday in northeastern Spain.

Swiss study reveals mortality ‘röstigraben’
Switzerland

Swiss study reveals mortality ‘röstigraben’

People in French and Italian-speaking Switzerland are more likely to die from alcohol-related liver diseases than their countrymen in German-speaking cantons.

Women given green light in Spanish equality drive
Spain

Women given green light in Spanish equality drive

Spain's third largest city has taken the fight against machismo to the streets.

Italian footballers ambushed by armed hooligans
Italy

Italian footballers ambushed by armed hooligans

The hooligans climbed abroad the team bus with baseball bats and iron bars and assaulted a player.

France opens its first respectable refugee camp
France

France opens its first respectable refugee camp

Here's what France's first refugee camp that meets international humanitarian standards looks like.

Hard right stuns with huge election gains in Frankfurt
Germany

Hard right stuns with huge election gains in Frankfurt

The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) and a small neo-Nazi raked in a surprising number of votes.

Italian drug-fuelled students ‘just wanted to kill someone’
Italy

Italian drug-fuelled students ‘just wanted to kill someone’

The naked body of Luca Varani was found in an apartment in the outskirts of Rome on Saturday night.

Mothers trained to tackle extremism in children
Austria

Mothers trained to tackle extremism in children

Muslim mothers in Austria are being trained to spot the signs their children are being radicalised.

Swiss trains pilot ticketless fare system
Switzerland

Swiss trains pilot ticketless fare system

SwissPass holders will be tracked through their card and billed afterwards.

Uproar as France ‘discreetly’ honours Saudi crown prince
France

Uproar as France ‘discreetly’ honours Saudi crown prince

The heir to the Saudi kingdom received France's highest honour in a very discreet ceremony - which has sparked anger.

US Berliners ‘feel the Bern’ at global primary
Germany

US Berliners ‘feel the Bern’ at global primary

Americans in Berlin turned out to vote in the “global primary” for Democrats on Sunday - most for Bernie Sanders - with even typically Republican voters switching to blue.

Denmark’s largest grocer to phase out cage eggs
Denmark

Denmark’s largest grocer to phase out cage eggs

The nation's largest chain of supermarkets will stop selling cage eggs by 2020.

Police blame rise in drug crime on refugee crisis
Germany

Police blame rise in drug crime on refugee crisis

Law enforcement have said that they are too stretched dealing with the refugee influx to effectively fight drug dealing, after figures showed a surge in drug-related deaths in 2015.

How dance helps young newcomers tell stories with their bodies
Sweden

How dance helps young newcomers tell stories with their bodies

An innovative programme at a school south of Stockholm uses dance to help refugee children learn Swedish. The Local voices find out how.

Seven famous Paris squares set for major makeovers
France

Seven famous Paris squares set for major makeovers

See how Paris is giving more power to the pedestrian at seven of the city's most iconic squares.

Austria compares EU to human trafficker
Austria

Austria compares EU to human trafficker

Austrian Foreign Minister compares the EU to a human trafficker and suggests closure of the Balkan route for refugees is imminent.

The sneaky tricks thieves in Paris use to steal your money
France

The sneaky tricks thieves in Paris use to steal your money

After police busted a pickpocketing ring which brought in over €1 million in six months, we take a closer look at the sneaky ways thieves steal your money and valuables - and how you can avoid them.

Two pupils in hospital after school bus flips over in snow
Sweden

Two pupils in hospital after school bus flips over in snow

The bus ended up on its side in a ditch after coming off a snowy road in Motala in central Sweden.

‘Anyone can become a wine taster with a little practice’
Spain

‘Anyone can become a wine taster with a little practice’

This week The Local chats to British wine expert, Anna Harris-Noble, about how best to enjoy the incredible wines Spain has to offer.

Norway’s mountains hit new peak of popularity
Norway

Norway’s mountains hit new peak of popularity

A record number of people sought an escape from their hectic daily lives in the Norwegian mountains last year, new tourism figures show.

Blue SOS sprayed in snow saves lost boarder
Switzerland

Blue SOS sprayed in snow saves lost boarder

Snowboarder who got lost in bad weather was rescued two days later after spraying a blue SOS in the snow.

It’s official: world’s best (and priciest) ham is from Spain
Spain

It’s official: world’s best (and priciest) ham is from Spain

How much would you pay for a mouthwatering taste of the best jamón in the world?

Italian pilot told wife he’d ‘crash plane’ if she left him
Italy

Italian pilot told wife he’d ‘crash plane’ if she left him

"If you leave me, I'll crash the plane."

Austrian policy is unrealistic, say volunteers in Greece
Austria

Austrian policy is unrealistic, say volunteers in Greece

Austrian volunteers in Greece write open letter to Austria, saying their policy is "counterproductive, unrealistic and irresponsible".

Spain’s ‘unfair’ labour reform creates jobs but erodes rights
Spain

Spain’s ‘unfair’ labour reform creates jobs but erodes rights

Spain's labour market reform is proving a dream for firms but a nightmare for short term workers.

Danish ‘Sharia council’ voluntarily disbands
Denmark

Danish ‘Sharia council’ voluntarily disbands

Documentary series has also led Aarhus's mayor to pull his support for a planned mega-mosque.

Norway’s massive wealth fund had historically bad month
Norway

Norway’s massive wealth fund had historically bad month

For the first time, Norway took more cash out from its sovereign wealth fund than it paid in.

EDF finance chief quits over British nuclear plant plan
France

EDF finance chief quits over British nuclear plant plan

The disagreement is reportedly down to an ambitious project to build Britain's first new nuclear power plant in decades.

9 international careers just a click away
Sweden

9 international careers just a click away

Have you secretly dreamed of becoming a pastry chef?

Retiring Swiss cyclist wins Italian hat trick
Switzerland

Retiring Swiss cyclist wins Italian hat trick

Swiss veteran Fabian Cancellara won the Strade Bianche race for the third time in Italy on Saturday.

Basque leader given a hero’s welcome on release from jail
Spain

Basque leader given a hero’s welcome on release from jail

Crowds gathered to give a tumultuous greeting to Arnaldo Otegi at a rally to celebrate his release from jail.

French nuclear plant near Basel to close
Switzerland

French nuclear plant near Basel to close

Fessenheim, near the Swiss border, is located on a seismic fault line.

Sweden’s nationalist party backs EU Brexit
Sweden

Sweden’s nationalist party backs EU Brexit

The leader of the Sweden Democrats, Jimmie Åkesson, told his country's biggest TV debate show that there was "nothing negative" about leaving the EU.

Kaiser pleads innocence in World Cup bribery scandal
Germany

Kaiser pleads innocence in World Cup bribery scandal

German football legend Franz "the Kaiser" Beckenbauer on Sunday insisted he is innocent in the 2006 World Cup scandal amidst allegations of corruption, pinning any potential blame on his now deceased lawyer.

Italian unions blast palace chief for ‘working too hard’
Italy

Italian unions blast palace chief for ‘working too hard’

The unions lamented the man for working "early mornings, evenings and weekends".

Thirteen fantastic songs for March in Sweden
Sweden

Thirteen fantastic songs for March in Sweden

New songs from Swedish acts Tove Lo, Icona Pop and YAST are rocking our world.

‘I don’t play by the rules – in Stockholm, that’s accepted’
Sweden

‘I don’t play by the rules – in Stockholm, that’s accepted’

An Irish artist speaks to The Local about integrating into Stockholm's art scene - and why the Swedish royal family are "too pretty" to paint.

Munich’s beloved car giant – BMW turns 100
Germany

Munich’s beloved car giant – BMW turns 100

One of Germany's greatest car companies turns 100 on Monday. We take a look at how BMW became the manufacturing giant that it is today.

French public ready to fight ‘ball and chain’ labour reforms
France

French public ready to fight ‘ball and chain’ labour reforms

The French government says labour reform must take place to help cut unemployment, but unions and much of the French public are ready for a fight.

Swedish supermarket recalls meat after salmonella scare
Sweden

Swedish supermarket recalls meat after salmonella scare

If you've bought minced beef or pork from ICA since February 28th you should not eat the produce.

France buys up Forbes’ mammoth Napoleon collection
France

France buys up Forbes’ mammoth Napoleon collection

French museums bought up much of the artefacts put up for auction by private collector, the US billionaire Christopher Forbes.

Two ‘radicalized’ teen girls return home after police hunt
France

Two ‘radicalized’ teen girls return home after police hunt

The disappearance of the two girls had prompted police to launch a nationwide appeal.