What the US warns about visiting France and vice versa
France

What the US warns about visiting France and vice versa

Some of these official government warnings from both countries might have you scratching your head, writes Katie Warren.

Four arrested in Paris over terror plot fears
France

Four arrested in Paris over terror plot fears

UPDATED: Four suspected jihadists were arrested in the Paris region on Wednesday over concerns at least one was planning a terror attack in the French capital.

Cologne police ‘fail to act’ as anarchy breaks out at school
Germany

Cologne police ‘fail to act’ as anarchy breaks out at school

Pupils and parents at the Humboldt-Gymnasium in Cologne have accused police of being too slow to react after a huge fight at the school involving 200 people led to students being hospitalized.

‘English words are invading French like never before’
France

‘English words are invading French like never before’

Moliere will be turning in his grave. The spoken French language has never sounded so English, according to a new study and experts

Germans surpass Brits in UN world happiness report
Germany

Germans surpass Brits in UN world happiness report

Germany leaped and bounded up the scale of happiness, surpassing the comparatively gloomy Brits for the first time in the UN report on Wednesday.

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Sweden

March 31: Do you want an international career?

(Lund)

Berlin car bomb ‘revenge for drug deal gone wrong’
Germany

Berlin car bomb ‘revenge for drug deal gone wrong’

The car bomb that killed a 43-year-old man in Berlin on Tuesday morning was revenge for a drug deal turned sour, Bild newspaper reports.

Spanish widow on hold for 56 hours in bid to find son a job
Spain

Spanish widow on hold for 56 hours in bid to find son a job

The lengths some Spanish mothers go to for the sake of their sons...

16th century castle unearthed in heart of Lille city centre
France

16th century castle unearthed in heart of Lille city centre

See what it looks like, and some of the treasures found inside.

Second doc charged over death of Brit mum in France
France

Second doc charged over death of Brit mum in France

A second doctor has been charged in France over the death of a British mum in a maternity ward in south west France. An anaesthetist who admitted downing vodka on the night, has also been charged.

Refugees at higher risk of schizophrenia: Swedish study
Sweden

Refugees at higher risk of schizophrenia: Swedish study

Fleeing war and seeking safety, refugees are three times more likely than most people to suffer from schizophrenia.

Two migrants dead as Italy rescues 2,000 off Libya
Italy

Two migrants dead as Italy rescues 2,000 off Libya

The figures represent a pick-up in the flow of migrants attempting to reach Italy via Libya.

No more kebabs: Florence forces shops to sell local food
Italy

No more kebabs: Florence forces shops to sell local food

At least 70 percent of the food sold in shops or served up in restaurants must be traditional Tuscan fare.

Lost forest language to be taught in Swedish preschool
Sweden

Lost forest language to be taught in Swedish preschool

UPDATED: A rare Viking language is getting a revival after local politicians agreed to build a new preschool in the forest community that still uses it.

Norway home to unlikely Arctic surfing hotspot
Norway

Norway home to unlikely Arctic surfing hotspot

Adventurous souls from around the world come to Lofoten, where they can ski and surf in the same day.

Eurostar could launch direct ‘wine line’ to Bordeaux
France

Eurostar could launch direct ‘wine line’ to Bordeaux

Eurostar's CEO has hinted that a direct line from Bordeaux to London could be on the way.

Norway is the world’s fourth happiest country
Norway

Norway is the world’s fourth happiest country

According to a new report only three nationalities are happier than Norwegians.

Scandinavian Star inspector: ‘I remember clearly’

Scandinavian Star inspector: ‘I remember clearly’

Retired Danish ship inspector Flemming Thue Jensen told the Copenhagen City Court on Wednesday that he can clearly recall clear details of the 1990 ferry disaster that claimed 159 lives.

Germany bans neo-Nazi group ‘White Wolves Terror Crew’
Germany

Germany bans neo-Nazi group ‘White Wolves Terror Crew’

Germany banned a neo-Nazi group called the "White Wolves Terror Crew" on Wednesday after police targeted its members in dawn raids in ten states.

Merkel: EU summit ‘first real chance’ to solve refugee crisis
Germany

Merkel: EU summit ‘first real chance’ to solve refugee crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that a Brussels summit this week would offer the European Union its first "real chance" to resolve the refugee crisis.

Italian police pin Verona art heist on Moldovan gang
Italy

Italian police pin Verona art heist on Moldovan gang

Police believe the Moldovan gang was helped by a museum security guard.

More and more French are moving abroad, but where to?
France

More and more French are moving abroad, but where to?

They can't all be going to London, can they?

Fifa demands damages out of forfeited bribes
Switzerland

Fifa demands damages out of forfeited bribes

Fifa "wants that money back and we are determined to get it no matter how long it takes" says new Fifa boss Gianni Infantino.

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Sweden

March 30: Personal branding and career planning

(Jönköping)

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Sweden

March 20: Swedish picture book of the year

(Umeå)

German Rail records billion Euro loss after troubled year
Germany

German Rail records billion Euro loss after troubled year

German state rail operator Deutsche Bahn (German Rail) announced Wednesday that it posted a heavy loss in 2015, its first in 12 years.

Phone footage charts refugee flight from start to finish
Austria

Phone footage charts refugee flight from start to finish

Using only mobile phone footage, the film tells the story of refugees as they flee their countries and make their way to Germany.

Swiss no longer world’s happiest people: report
Switzerland

Swiss no longer world’s happiest people: report

Denmark snatches happiness top spot away from Switzerland in latest survey.

Austria asylum cap ‘unlawful and unconstitutional’
Austria

Austria asylum cap ‘unlawful and unconstitutional’

Austria’s new asylum cap declared ‘unlawful and unconstitutional’ by the head of the country’s Constitutional Court.

France removes 27 paedophile profs from schools in a year
France

France removes 27 paedophile profs from schools in a year

The figure shows a marked rise from 2014.

Spanish fathers demand legal right to equal parental leave
Spain

Spanish fathers demand legal right to equal parental leave

Less than two percent of Spanish fathers choose to take the ten weeks offered in place of their partners.

Germany tightens rape law in wake of Cologne assaults
Germany

Germany tightens rape law in wake of Cologne assaults

Currently, rape victims in Germany must demonstrate that they not only verbally declined sex, but also physically resisted. On Wednesday, the government took a big step to change that.

Pretty teacher sues church after being bullied and fired
Austria

Pretty teacher sues church after being bullied and fired

Austrian teacher sues the church after receiving comments about her good looks and then being sacked after she remarried following a divorce.

Danes regain ‘world’s happiest people’ title
Denmark

Danes regain ‘world’s happiest people’ title

All is once again right in the world as Denmark is back on top of the international happiness rankings.

Swedes drop to world’s tenth happiest country
Sweden

Swedes drop to world’s tenth happiest country

But here's why you shouldn't worry.

Welcome to Spain’s quirkiest clifftop house
Spain

Welcome to Spain’s quirkiest clifftop house

Part dragon, part hobbit cave, who would live in a house like this?

Berlin team shoots for moon in Google space mission
Germany

Berlin team shoots for moon in Google space mission

A German team is one of the final five teams in Google's space race project. But can they make it all the way to the moon?

Sweden speeds ahead with fast broadband
Sweden

Sweden speeds ahead with fast broadband

Sweden has cemented its reputation as one of the most connected countries on the planet, with super speedy fibre-optic broadband use on the rise nationwide.

Police hunt two fugitives after Brussels shoot-out
France

Police hunt two fugitives after Brussels shoot-out

Belgian police are still hunting two suspects after a counter-terror raid in Brussels on Tuesday led to a shoot-out.

French drivers urged to be more courteous to others
France

French drivers urged to be more courteous to others

It's "International Courtesy at the Wheel" week in France, and it's time French drivers changed their behaviour.

Mandatory broadcaster fees go before high court
Germany

Mandatory broadcaster fees go before high court

Thirty complaints have been launched against the €17.50 fee imposed for public broadcasters.

1,100 year-old Denmark crucifix ‘may change history’
Denmark

1,100 year-old Denmark crucifix ‘may change history’

A cross discovered by an amateur Danish archaeologist may date from before Christianity is thought to have reached Denmark.

British expats challenge voting block in EU referendum
Spain

British expats challenge voting block in EU referendum

Could the two million British expats who have lived abroad for over 15 years, including tens of thousands in Spain, finally get a say in the Brexit referendum?

Fake Swiss diplomat stopped for driving unlicensed Bentley
Switzerland

Fake Swiss diplomat stopped for driving unlicensed Bentley

Swiss man presented a fake diplomatic identity card when questioned about driving 200,000 franc Bentley without licence plates.

Police used state funds for hunting trips claims officer
Austria

Police used state funds for hunting trips claims officer

Police whistleblowers accuse supervisors of using state-funded border inspections as a cover to take their friends on hunting trips.

Swedes discover this boa constrictor in a banana box
Sweden

Swedes discover this boa constrictor in a banana box

The deadly reptile was found by two supermarket staff as they unpacked a box of bananas.

Northern Italian charged for insulting ‘a southerner’ online
Italy

Northern Italian charged for insulting ‘a southerner’ online

The man was charged with defamation and inciting ethnic hatred on Facebook.

Austrian activist arrested after refugee river drama
Austria

Austrian activist arrested after refugee river drama

Austrian volunteer arrested in connection to dangerous river crossing undertaking by thousands of refugees, three of whom died in the process.

Prosecutor says mother of dead girl has suffered enough
Switzerland

Prosecutor says mother of dead girl has suffered enough

Mother who left her daughter in a car in scorching temperatures will not be punished.

Norwegian ‘witch’ books stolen by Nazis found
Norway

Norwegian ‘witch’ books stolen by Nazis found

Former SS leader Heinrich Himmler took thousands of books from the Norwegian Order of Freemasons as part of his obsession with witch hunts.

Dutch football fans filmed humiliating beggars in Madrid
Spain

Dutch football fans filmed humiliating beggars in Madrid

The PSV Eindhoven fans "taunted the beggars like animals" while they looked on and laughed.

Long-term Brits in Italy challenge Brexit voting block
Italy

Long-term Brits in Italy challenge Brexit voting block

Could the two million British expats who have lived abroad for over 15 years, including thousands in Italy, finally get a say in the Brexit referendum?

Egypt vows to shed light on ‘tortured’ Italian student death
Italy

Egypt vows to shed light on ‘tortured’ Italian student death

Some believe Giulio Regeni was killed by elements of the Egyptian security services.

Growing pains hit Podemos as internal rifts damage party
Spain

Growing pains hit Podemos as internal rifts damage party

Rifts and tensions are starting to bruise the far-left party's image of watertight unity.

Palestinian firebomb child to meet Real Madrid heroes
Spain

Palestinian firebomb child to meet Real Madrid heroes

Ahmed Dawabsha, who lost his entire family in a firebombing, is set to meet his hero, Cristiano Ronaldo.

UK expats challenge voting block in EU referendum
France

UK expats challenge voting block in EU referendum

Could the 2 million British expats who have lived abroad for over 15 years, including tens of thousands in France, finally get a say in the Brexit referendum?

AfD party compares itself to Holocaust victims
Germany

AfD party compares itself to Holocaust victims

A branch of the hard right AfD party compared their own experiences of hostility to the treatment of Jewish people during the Second World War.

Vatican PR ‘vowed to destroy priest’ over leaks
Italy

Vatican PR ‘vowed to destroy priest’ over leaks

"I will destroy you in the press and you know I can do it."

Danish children: Low obesity rate but a lot of time alone
Denmark

Danish children: Low obesity rate but a lot of time alone

A WHO report shows that Danish children aged 11 to 13 are the least overweight among countries surveyed, but they are also among the worst at socializing with their peers.

IOC: past Olympians to be retested ahead of Rio
Switzerland

IOC: past Olympians to be retested ahead of Rio

Programme aims to prevent cheating athletes who "got away with it" in London and Beijing from competing in Rio.

Albania seeks Italian help to prevent migrant surge
Italy

Albania seeks Italian help to prevent migrant surge

"Albania cannot cope with a wave of migrants by itself."

Breivik says he’ll fight ‘to the death’ for Nazism
Norway

Breivik says he’ll fight ‘to the death’ for Nazism

UPDATED: Terrorist makes his first public statements in four years on Wednesday.

Paris terror attacks: What we know of Brussel’s shoot-out
France

Paris terror attacks: What we know of Brussel’s shoot-out

One gunman was killed and four officers, including a French policewoman were injured, but who were counter-terrorism investigators looking for in Tuesday's raid?

Swedes are Europe’s third best baby-makers
Sweden

Swedes are Europe’s third best baby-makers

The Swedes are apparently pretty good at making babies.

‘Discrimination’ stopping foreigners getting jobs
Sweden

‘Discrimination’ stopping foreigners getting jobs

Sweden's Minister for Employment, Ylva Johansson, tells The Local readers that most employers are "positive to newcomers", but admits "discrimination" remains a key problem.

Cardinal Barbarin: A hardliner at centre of sex abuse scandal
France

Cardinal Barbarin: A hardliner at centre of sex abuse scandal

A closer look at the French cardinal accused of covering up sex abuse by priests.

French woman, 91, finally gets PHD after 30-year thesis
France

French woman, 91, finally gets PHD after 30-year thesis

After spending one third of her life so far on her thesis, she'll be relieved it's finally over.

The Local launches site for newcomers in Sweden
Sweden

The Local launches site for newcomers in Sweden

Learn more about The Local's newest channel, The Local Voices, and how it's giving a voice to newly-arrived refugees and asylum seekers.

Five reasons we love Skåne (and why you should too)
Sweden

Five reasons we love Skåne (and why you should too)

Can you think of any other reasons?