What’s on in France: Ten brilliant things to do in March
France

What’s on in France: Ten brilliant things to do in March

From bullfighting to cheese, and plenty of film and music festivals, there's a lot going on in France this month.

EU slams Italy for spending ‘imbalances’
Italy

EU slams Italy for spending ‘imbalances’

Italy's high levels of debt and unemployment are worrying the EU.

French rail strike set to cripple services across country
France

French rail strike set to cripple services across country

Widespread disruption among rail services in France is expected from Tuesday evening onwards. Passengers are advised to cancel travel plans.

Swede slapped with fine for ‘Hitler salutes’
Sweden

Swede slapped with fine for ‘Hitler salutes’

The 28-year-old man was convicted of inciting racial hatred by a court in Umeå in northern Sweden.

Photos help police nab New Year sex assault suspects
Germany

Photos help police nab New Year sex assault suspects

UPDATE: Cologne police have arrested two men suspected of being connected to the assaults on women on New Year's Eve, a day after releasing photos.

Fine dining French the world’s biggest scoffers of pizza
France

Fine dining French the world’s biggest scoffers of pizza

Isn't France, the home of fine dining, meant to turn its nose up at all kinds of foreign food? Well that certainly doesn't appear to be the case.

German student’s body found near Leaning Tower of Pisa
Italy

German student’s body found near Leaning Tower of Pisa

The youngster's body was discovered by a local dog walker.

Abengoa shares soar as creditors said to throw lifeline
Spain

Abengoa shares soar as creditors said to throw lifeline

Shares in Spain's stricken renewable energy giant suddenly took a turn for the better.

Woman judge asks rape victim if she ‘tried closing her legs’
Spain

Woman judge asks rape victim if she ‘tried closing her legs’

A female judge is facing calls to be suspended over her 'offensive' questioning.

Seven great ways to celebrate 400 years of Cervantes
Spain

Seven great ways to celebrate 400 years of Cervantes

The Local takes a look at some of the best ways to celebrate 400 years of Spain's most famous writer.

Fourteen Italian towns whose names will make Anglophones do a double take
Italy

Fourteen Italian towns whose names will make Anglophones do a double take

Can we tempt you with a trip to Purgatorio? How about a break in Bastardo?

Spain still doesn’t have a govt. So what happens now?
Spain

Spain still doesn’t have a govt. So what happens now?

Will the country's politicans display a capacity for compromise that has so far evaded them?

Fashion queen in trouble after her sick tree kills two men
Italy

Fashion queen in trouble after her sick tree kills two men

Two Egyptians were killed when a tree from the Pucci estate in Rome fell on their car.

Expats praise Denmark’s ‘progressive’ gender equality
Denmark

Expats praise Denmark’s ‘progressive’ gender equality

As the world celebrated International Women's Day on Tuesday, The Local spoke with international students about how Denmark differs from their homelands when it comes to gender equality.

German sailor shot dead by pirates in the Caribbean
Germany

German sailor shot dead by pirates in the Caribbean

A German national visiting Saint Vincent in the Caribbean was killed by pirates - in a cove where the movie Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed.

The controversial German street names in need of a new identity
Germany

The controversial German street names in need of a new identity

Despite Germany's reputation for being self-critical with its past, some German street names still pay homage to historical figures who left cruel and racist legacies.

Israel told: pay up for hapless spies who got stuck in mud
Germany

Israel told: pay up for hapless spies who got stuck in mud

A small town in northern Germany has sent the Israeli government a bill for €1,263 after it helped pull two secret service agents out of a muddy field they'd gotten stuck in.

Wacky Swedish town bids millions for tree
Sweden

Wacky Swedish town bids millions for tree

But will they be pipped to the purchase?

What was Kanye West doing visiting Ikea’s HQ in Sweden?
Sweden

What was Kanye West doing visiting Ikea’s HQ in Sweden?

UPDATED: The US rapper has made a mysterious appearance at Ikea's birthplace, Älmhult.

Monkey survived six weeks on the loose in Denmark
Denmark

Monkey survived six weeks on the loose in Denmark

A Barbary macaque's sweet taste of freedom was apparently ended by a losing run-in with a car.

Why these Brits in Switzerland are worried about Brexit
Switzerland

Why these Brits in Switzerland are worried about Brexit

With the Brexit referendum looming, The Local spoke to Brits in Switzerland about what they want for their native land.

Italian firm’s brief asks you to design roof for ancient arena
Italy

Italian firm’s brief asks you to design roof for ancient arena

Do you have what it takes to design the roof for the world's biggest open-air opera venue?

Anger over politician’s pepper spray give-away
Austria

Anger over politician’s pepper spray give-away

Women left angry and empty-handed at politician's pepper spray event for International Women's Day.

Woman bus driver in Spain faces sack over toilet breaks
Spain

Woman bus driver in Spain faces sack over toilet breaks

A bus company has launched an investigation into one of its drivers for taking her bus off route... to answer a call of nature.

Norway leads ‘glass ceiling index’ but…
Norway

Norway leads ‘glass ceiling index’ but…

As the world celebrated International Women’s Day on Tuesday, Norway had both plenty to cheer and areas that could use clear improvement.

Killer spent two weeks planning school attack
Sweden

Killer spent two weeks planning school attack

UPDATED: The attacks that left three dead were racially motivated, police say.

President goes viral with sombre speech about laughter
Switzerland

President goes viral with sombre speech about laughter

Johann Schneider-Ammann makes everyone laugh - but not in the way he might have wished.

Fifty teens in violent brawl in Austria
Austria

Fifty teens in violent brawl in Austria

A fight between 50 teenagers that left seven people injured and five arrested is the latest incident in an ongoing feud between young Afghans and Chechens in Austria.

Police demand anti-spitting hoods for slobbering suspects
Germany

Police demand anti-spitting hoods for slobbering suspects

Officials in southwest Germany want their police protected from the dangerous dribble of saliva-spewing offenders after a rise in "spit attacks".

Volvo’s owner: We might make cars in Sweden
Sweden

Volvo’s owner: We might make cars in Sweden

Geely Cars is thinking of basing its European headquarters in Sweden.

Are these Spain’s ten most powerful women?
Spain

Are these Spain’s ten most powerful women?

To mark International Women's Day The Local celebrates Spain's most powerful women.

Highway patrol: Police deliver baby on Spanish roadside
Spain

Highway patrol: Police deliver baby on Spanish roadside

These Spanish police officers were on hand for some unusual roadside assistance.

Danish teen planned to bomb schools: police
Denmark

Danish teen planned to bomb schools: police

A Danish girl who is a recent Muslim convert planned to blow up two schools, police said on Tuesday.

Are anti-groping vigilantes patrolling Sweden’s pools?
Sweden

Are anti-groping vigilantes patrolling Sweden’s pools?

A swimming pool boss tells The Local the "groping guards" do not regularly patrol her leisure centre, despite media reports to the contrary.

Champagne loses battle to ban kids drink ‘Champin’
France

Champagne loses battle to ban kids drink ‘Champin’

Kids will be popping the "Champin" corks in celebration after a bid by Champagne industry chiefs to ban the fizzy drink went flat.

Refugee arrivals plunged by a third in February
Germany

Refugee arrivals plunged by a third in February

The number of people who arrived in Germany seeking asylum in February dropped by a third in comparison with January, new government figures show.

Prestigious French uni offers English courses to migrants
France

Prestigious French uni offers English courses to migrants

Prestigious French uni hopes to help migrants integrate in France,by offering them French and English courses.

Swiss swoop on fifteen alleged Italian mobsters
Switzerland

Swiss swoop on fifteen alleged Italian mobsters

The 'Ndrangheta mafia organization is described as the most active, richest and most powerful crime syndicate in Europe.

Thin-skinned minister gets spokesman to clap him on TV
Germany

Thin-skinned minister gets spokesman to clap him on TV

Why did a solitary audience member clap for everything the German Justice Minister said on the country’s most popular talk show on Sunday? The TV presenter didn’t take long to point it out.

Spanish fizzy pop trumps French Champagne in court
Spain

Spanish fizzy pop trumps French Champagne in court

Spain's supreme court has thrown out a claim by the Champagne industry that a Spanish soft drink is too similar to the famous French bubbly.

Swiss attack bouncer at Austrian nightclub

Swiss attack bouncer at Austrian nightclub

Group turned on bouncer after he refused them entry to the club.

Norway man finds 325,000kr in new home’s fireplace
Norway

Norway man finds 325,000kr in new home’s fireplace

And then he gives it away!

Italy mayor hands out pepper spray to ‘protect women’
Italy

Italy mayor hands out pepper spray to ‘protect women’

Forget flowers...

Nine German ‘Powerfrauen’ you should know about
Germany

Nine German ‘Powerfrauen’ you should know about

From footballers to Frau Merkel, Germany's zealous women have made it far in a man's world. We look at seven of the most renowned on International Women's Day.

Swiss arrest fifteen suspected Italian mobsters
Italy

Swiss arrest fifteen suspected Italian mobsters

They were all Italian citizens whose extradition has been requested by Rome.

France to stage mock terror attack on Euro 2016 fanzone
France

France to stage mock terror attack on Euro 2016 fanzone

France is taking no chances with security in the run up to Euro 2016.

Third Catholic teacher admits to sexual abuse in Barcelona
Spain

Third Catholic teacher admits to sexual abuse in Barcelona

A school run by a Roman Catholic order in Barcelona is at the centre of Spain's biggest paedophile scandals.

Robbers use pepper spray on their own faces by mistake
Austria

Robbers use pepper spray on their own faces by mistake

Two men trying to carry out a mugging in Vienna were left in tears after spraying pepper spray on themselves instead of their victims.

Merkel welcomes Turkey’s plan to take back migrants
Germany

Merkel welcomes Turkey’s plan to take back migrants

Chancellor Angela Merkel and other EU leaders hailed a "breakthrough" plan for Turkey to take back immigrants who cross into Europe.

Florence’s secret passage may soon be open to all
Italy

Florence’s secret passage may soon be open to all

The Vasari Corridor contains works of art dating back to the 16th century.

Swiss extradite football chief on bribery charge
Switzerland

Swiss extradite football chief on bribery charge

Ex-Venezuelan football federation president Rafael Esquivel will face corruption charges in the US.

Police defend warning for solo women in northern Sweden
Sweden

Police defend warning for solo women in northern Sweden

Police in Östersund in northern Sweden have defended warning women about being out on their own after dark, after the city's mayor trashed the idea.

Copenhagen attacker’s alleged helpers go on trial
Denmark

Copenhagen attacker’s alleged helpers go on trial

Four Danish men go on trial on Thursday accused of aiding a Copenhagen gunman who killed a filmmaker and a Jewish security guard in twin attacks last year.

Doctors: Breivik not suffering in solitary confinement
Norway

Doctors: Breivik not suffering in solitary confinement

Prison's medical staff say there is "no fundamental change" in the mass murderer's mental health.

‘Horror dentist’ stands trial in France for mutilating patients
France

‘Horror dentist’ stands trial in France for mutilating patients

"He pulled out eight teeth in one go. I was gushing with blood for days."

Swedish police seek witness in UK band’s fatal crash
Sweden

Swedish police seek witness in UK band’s fatal crash

UPDATED: Swedish police are seeking a taxi driver who saw the car of British indie band Viola Beach plunge off a canal bridge.

80-year-old ‘revolutionary’ steals 3,000 church objects
France

80-year-old ‘revolutionary’ steals 3,000 church objects

The 80-year-old had very strong anti-clerical views and a penchant for stealing crucifixes.

Why these Brits in Sweden are stressed out about Brexit
Sweden

Why these Brits in Sweden are stressed out about Brexit

In four months' time the UK could vote to leave the EU. Here's why it's worrying expats (even the ones who like the idea).