Merkel to stick to refugee policy despite election defeat
Germany

Merkel to stick to refugee policy despite election defeat

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stood firm Monday on her liberal refugee policy, despite a drubbing in regional elections described as a "debacle" in which disgruntled voters turned to the anti-migrant AfD.

A visit to the Schloss Hof Easter Market
Austria

A visit to the Schloss Hof Easter Market

Amateur shutterbug Jerry Barton visited one of Austria's traditional Easter markets at Schloss Hof.

My refugee ‘brother’ who lives illegally in our house
Germany

My refugee ‘brother’ who lives illegally in our house

A Berlin writer shares with The Local the story of how his family has taken in a refugee and how settling in hasn't always been easy.

Germany’s last travelling circus bear seized by police
Germany

Germany’s last travelling circus bear seized by police

There were hectic scenes in eastern Bavaria on Monday, as the circus which owns Germany's last travelling bear tried to hide the animal from police - but to no avail.

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Germany

The Bavarian men who buy breasts to feel like ladies

Bavarian men have a weakness for beer, Weisswurst, and Bayern Munich - and apparently also for dressing up like ladies. One Nuremberg store caters to their deepest desires.

Chilling video marks end of Swedish rockers’ careers
Sweden

Chilling video marks end of Swedish rockers’ careers

One of Sweden's biggest rock bands, Kent, has announced it is marching towards its last performance, with a very creepy video.

Under-fire French government waters down labour reforms
France

Under-fire French government waters down labour reforms

Under pressure from unions and student groups the French government has come up with a watered down version of its original labour reforms bill.

Prude Brits left red faced over French ‘porno’ TV drama
France

Prude Brits left red faced over French ‘porno’ TV drama

British politicians and family rights activists have slammed the new steamy TV series Versailles as "porn", but the French can't understand the fuss.

French regions’ name changes lead to mockery
France

French regions’ name changes lead to mockery

Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie now has a much snappier name, but that hasn't stopped it coming in for some ridicule.

Trial of ex-Nazi Auschwitz medic suspended indefinitely
Germany

Trial of ex-Nazi Auschwitz medic suspended indefinitely

The trial of a former Auschwitz medic for abetting 3,681 murders was suspended indefinitely due to the defendant's health, raising fresh questions whether the case can proceed.

Second World War explosives removed from Italian seabed
Italy

Second World War explosives removed from Italian seabed

The potentially deadly explosives had lain undiscovered for 70 years.

Child’s birthday party brawl ends in fatal stabbing in Spain
Spain

Child’s birthday party brawl ends in fatal stabbing in Spain

What began as an innocent child’s birthday party ended up in a free-for-all involving over 200 people.

Merkel admits Balkan route closure ‘benefits’ Germany
Germany

Merkel admits Balkan route closure ‘benefits’ Germany

The Chancellor admitted that Germany benefited from a closure of a Balkan route used by immigrants seeking to head north, even as she insisted that it was not a long-term solution.

Swede reels in record with this monster catch in Norway

Swede reels in record with this monster catch in Norway

The biggest cod fish catch by a woman for more than four decades has been pulled out of Norwegian waters a 35-year-old Swede.

Denmark sees record low week for asylum seekers
Denmark

Denmark sees record low week for asylum seekers

Only 80 people sought asylum last week, the lowest number since border control measures were implemented in January.

Careless footballer fined for leaving €75,000 behind in taxi
Germany

Careless footballer fined for leaving €75,000 behind in taxi

As if losing his loot in a cab wasn't bad enough, striker Max Kruse now also faces a fine of €25,000 from his own team for his carelessness.

Spain rejects EU-Turkey ‘one in, one out’ refugee deal
Spain

Spain rejects EU-Turkey ‘one in, one out’ refugee deal

Spain's acting Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo described the proposal between Brussels and Ankara as "unacceptable from the outset".

Woman killed after husband leaves her on Italy motorway
Italy

Woman killed after husband leaves her on Italy motorway

The pair had an argument on their way back home to Aosta.

Briton kicked off French flight after boarding with knife
France

Briton kicked off French flight after boarding with knife

"I could bring this plane down if I wanted," the passenger is alleged to have said. But was it all a misunderstanding?

Expats in Denmark get green light for driver licence swap
Denmark

Expats in Denmark get green light for driver licence swap

After years of lobbying and foot-dragging, Americans, Canadians and Australians will finally be able to simply exchange their driving licence for a Danish one.

Foreign born students ‘weaken’ school results
Sweden

Foreign born students ‘weaken’ school results

Record immigration to Sweden has played a role in national school test scores tumbling.

‘It was unspeakably beautiful’: Dortmund tribute to dead fan
Germany

‘It was unspeakably beautiful’: Dortmund tribute to dead fan

Dortmund football fans showed incredible respect for one of their own when he died watching the game on Sunday. Players said they'd never seen anything like it before.

Bern pharmacies gear up for pot pilot project
Switzerland

Bern pharmacies gear up for pot pilot project

Cannabis could go on sale in selected pharmacies in the Swiss capital under a pilot project.

Austrian Presidential candidate releases rap video
Austria

Austrian Presidential candidate releases rap video

Austrian businessman releases an unconventional video as part of his campaign to become Austria’s next President.

Have Norway scientists solved Bermuda Triangle mystery?
Norway

Have Norway scientists solved Bermuda Triangle mystery?

Researchers at the Arctic University of Norway believe that underwater bubble explosions could be behind a mystery that has confounded scientists for years.

Woman’s lucky escape after teen rape attack
Austria

Woman’s lucky escape after teen rape attack

A 16-year-old was arrested in Vienna at the weekend after he reportedly tried to drag two women into a cellar so he could rape them.

French prosecutor seeks eight years for butcher dentist
France

French prosecutor seeks eight years for butcher dentist

France's "dentist of horror" facing a long time behind bars.

Why German politics as we know it is crumbling
Germany

Why German politics as we know it is crumbling

Sunday's state elections have caused an earthquake in German politics. What does this mean for the future of Angela Merkel, her conservative party and the policy which will become her enduring legacy - welcoming refugees?

Madrid welcomes Indian stars with Bollywood flash mob
Spain

Madrid welcomes Indian stars with Bollywood flash mob

The stars of the Indian film industry descended on Madrid this weekend.

Paul McCartney to play Madrid concert in new world tour
Spain

Paul McCartney to play Madrid concert in new world tour

The former Beatle will play a concert at the Vicente Calderón Stadium in the Spanish capital on June 2nd.

Swiss say suspect in au-pair murder case can be deported

Swiss say suspect in au-pair murder case can be deported

A Swiss judge has ruled that a man suspected of killing a 25-year-old American au-pair in Vienna in January can be deported to Austria.

Pilot takes detour to draw secret sign in the sky
Germany

Pilot takes detour to draw secret sign in the sky

A pilot veered of course from his scheduled root in north-west Germany to steer his plane in a bizarre sequences of curves. But the end result made sense out of the apparent chaos.

Two Italians killed as they kept watch at Zimbabwe safari park
Italy

Two Italians killed as they kept watch at Zimbabwe safari park

"We understand it was a case of mistaken identity."

Injury forces skiers to build igloo to survive
Switzerland

Injury forces skiers to build igloo to survive

Trio teams up with rescue workers to construct shelter.

Italy migrant route must end, says Austria
Italy

Italy migrant route must end, says Austria

"It is clear the time of waving through refugees to central Europe has past."

Italy to pass new laws to fight €12 billion food waste
Italy

Italy to pass new laws to fight €12 billion food waste

New laws making it easier for Italian businesses to donate excess food to charity are expected to pass on Monday.

Spring fever hits hot Swedish housing market
Sweden

Spring fever hits hot Swedish housing market

Housing prices are once again rising in Sweden, after a cooling-down period in late 2015.

Italy migrant route must end, says Austria
Austria

Italy migrant route must end, says Austria

As border checks cause traffic chaos in Austria, the Foreign Minister calls for further controls to shut down the Italian route for refugees.

Gay teen forced into therapy ‘cure’ by Christian community
Switzerland

Gay teen forced into therapy ‘cure’ by Christian community

Ten-year ordeal aimed to "reverse" his homosexuality.

Three arrested after teenagers kidnapped in Gothenburg
Sweden

Three arrested after teenagers kidnapped in Gothenburg

Police are questioning the suspects after two boys aged 16 and 17 were bundled into a car on Sunday.

Norway man confesses to 1993 murder
Norway

Norway man confesses to 1993 murder

Man said the ghost of his dead mother convinced him to admit to his crime – but police can't find a body.

‘It can be difficult to find the correct bra size in Spain’
Spain

‘It can be difficult to find the correct bra size in Spain’

For this week's My Spanish Career, The Local chats to Lucy King, the British owner of Lottie Lencería, a specialist lingerie shop in Madrid.

This sex is on fire: Love-cheat Italians leave car in flames
Italy

This sex is on fire: Love-cheat Italians leave car in flames

The car tryst not only exposed their affair, but has left the couple facing charges.

Could France fund new mosques by a ‘tax on halal’?
France

Could France fund new mosques by a ‘tax on halal’?

French MP argues that the tax would allow for "an autonomous French Islam".

Boy drowns in attempt to stow away on boat to reach Spain
Spain

Boy drowns in attempt to stow away on boat to reach Spain

A 15-year-old Moroccan boy was found drowned after attempting to stow away on a ship in the port of Melilla.

French victims of paedophile priest demand Pope talks
France

French victims of paedophile priest demand Pope talks

The victims say they want to "understand" why the priest remained in office despite the church being aware of his abuse.

Famous Paris monument to reopen to public after 30 years
France

Famous Paris monument to reopen to public after 30 years

The public will once again be able to visit one of the most famous landmarks in Paris.

The Bridge’s fourth season ‘almost’ promised to fans

The Bridge’s fourth season ‘almost’ promised to fans

Swedish-Danish crime drama The Bridge could return to our television screens, its creator has hinted.

When will it finally feel like spring in Denmark?
Denmark

When will it finally feel like spring in Denmark?

The answer depends largely on what part of the country you're in.

Vatican braced for fresh drama leaks trial resumes
Italy

Vatican braced for fresh drama leaks trial resumes

The spicy courtroom drama has already served up claims of sexually charged scheming, blackmail and computer hacking.

Thousands march in Spain to support bullfighting tradition
Spain

Thousands march in Spain to support bullfighting tradition

While towns across Spain consider banning the "cruel spectacle" thousands came out onto the streets calling for their "cultural heritage" to be protected.

Romanian police ordered thefts in Denmark
Denmark

Romanian police ordered thefts in Denmark

Danish officials where not informed of the plan.

Tennis star Rafa Nadal to sue former French sports minister

Tennis star Rafa Nadal to sue former French sports minister

"I gonna sue her" says Rafael Nadal about France's former sports minister.

21-year-old woman shot dead at wedding brawl in Hanover
Germany

21-year-old woman shot dead at wedding brawl in Hanover

A tragic end to a wedding celebration in Hanover.

Primark set to open in Italy’s fashion capital in April
Italy

Primark set to open in Italy’s fashion capital in April

But how will the cheap clothes chain sit alongside the likes of Muccia Prada?

French police warn public after rumours of Paris attack
France

French police warn public after rumours of Paris attack

"Avoid area around Place de Clichy, Opéra and Pigalle at all costs" The terror attack rumour that caused online panic in Paris at the weekend.

Goethe Institute head killed in Ivory Coast terror attack
Germany

Goethe Institute head killed in Ivory Coast terror attack

UPDATE: The German language institute confirmed on Monday that the German woman killed in the Ivory Coast terror attack was the director at the Goethe Institute in the area.

Man dies in crash with fellow skier on Alps piste
France

Man dies in crash with fellow skier on Alps piste

Another tragic incident in the French Alps.

Swedes get ready to soak up spring sunshine
Sweden

Swedes get ready to soak up spring sunshine

On your marks... get set... bask!

PSG score nine to seal French league title in record time
France

PSG score nine to seal French league title in record time

Was it ever really in doubt?

You’ll never guess why Zlatan wants to stay in France

You’ll never guess why Zlatan wants to stay in France

Actually, if you're familiar with the confident Swede... you probably CAN guess.

‘I invite Swedes to become more open’
Sweden

‘I invite Swedes to become more open’

US-born Jane Ruffino loves helping companies to shape their brand identities. But the 40-year-old says that's sometimes a challenge in Sweden, a nation famed for its shyness.