Could France really oust English as official EU language?
France

Could France really oust English as official EU language?

Guest blogger Dave Keating wonders exactly what would happen to the English language if Britain leaves the EU in June.

Attacks suspect can be sent to Belgium, Italy court rules
Italy

Attacks suspect can be sent to Belgium, Italy court rules

The man allegedly forged the documents used by the Paris and Belgian attackers.

French more supportive of a Brexit than the British are
France

French more supportive of a Brexit than the British are

Plenty of support for a Brexit in Britain, but even more in France it seems.

Fit for a king? Spain’s Palace publishes list of royal gifts
Spain

Fit for a king? Spain’s Palace publishes list of royal gifts

Just what do you buy for the man who has everything?

Spoof video proves just how gender equal Swedes are
Sweden

Spoof video proves just how gender equal Swedes are

One of Sweden's female party leaders has marked her return from maternity leave in a comedy video that oozes the country's unique approach to gender.

Far-right vigilantes could face terror charges
Germany

Far-right vigilantes could face terror charges

Several members of a far-right vigilante group from Saxony now face a federal investigation on suspicion of terrorism.

Top court rejects American’s appeal in ‘mercy killing’ case
Italy

Top court rejects American’s appeal in ‘mercy killing’ case

William Holmes turned himself in to the police after killing his wife in 2012.

Mafia boss’s €3.5m hospital stay funded by Italian taxes
Italy

Mafia boss’s €3.5m hospital stay funded by Italian taxes

A mafia boss sentenced to life imprisonment has spent 15 years in a luxury hospital room at the taxpayer's expense.

‘Balcony of Paris’ reopens to offer new view of skyline
France

‘Balcony of Paris’ reopens to offer new view of skyline

There is now another place for people to get a glimpse of famous Paris skyline.

Five arrested for rape on Nordic student booze cruise
Sweden

Five arrested for rape on Nordic student booze cruise

Police have arrested five men from central Sweden following reports of a gang rape on a student ferry trip.

What’s on in France: Ten fun things to do in April
France

What’s on in France: Ten fun things to do in April

Spring has finally sprung in France, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate up and down the country.

Higher food price gaps between Norway and EU
Norway

Higher food price gaps between Norway and EU

Food prices have risen far more in Norway than in the EU in recent years, new figures showed on Friday.

French turning away from meat towards vegetarianism
France

French turning away from meat towards vegetarianism

Steak tartare? "Non merci," say more and more French.

Vienna taxis protest Uber as ‘unfair’
Austria

Vienna taxis protest Uber as ‘unfair’

Hundreds of protesting taxi drivers brought much of Austria's capital city almost to a standstill on Friday afternoon, as part of protests against Uber.

Italy’s Renzi under fire as sleaze forces minister out
Italy

Italy’s Renzi under fire as sleaze forces minister out

"This fossil of a government needs to call it a day."

Oslo man steals electric car, gets caught when battery dies
Norway

Oslo man steals electric car, gets caught when battery dies

This car thief may need a crash course in how electric vehicles work.

El Clásico to honour Barça football legend Johan Cryuff
Spain

El Clásico to honour Barça football legend Johan Cryuff

Saturday's clash between FC Barcelona and Madrid will be an emotional occasion.

Five of the best German April Fools’ pranks
Germany

Five of the best German April Fools’ pranks

Everyone knows Germans aren't funny, right? Think again...

Highs of 26 degrees in Austria in April
Austria

Highs of 26 degrees in Austria in April

Temperatures as high as 26 degrees are expected in Austria in the coming days.

Huge gas explosion blows apart Paris apartment building
France

Huge gas explosion blows apart Paris apartment building

An explosion has destroyed part of an apartment building in central Paris, after an apparent gas leak. Five people were reportedly left injured.

Ten bizarre Spanish stories that are not April Fools’ jokes
Spain

Ten bizarre Spanish stories that are not April Fools’ jokes

These stories from Spain might all sound too strange to be true but actually are...

Ten bizarre stories from France that aren’t April Fools
France

Ten bizarre stories from France that aren’t April Fools

Here are the ten stories from France that could have been April Fools but weren't.

Refugees rescued trying to get to UK in inflatable dinghy
France

Refugees rescued trying to get to UK in inflatable dinghy

“England is straight ahead,” said the trafficker who sold them the boat.

Robber gives Austrian police the slip for 8 years
Austria

Robber gives Austrian police the slip for 8 years

Police thwarted by robber send his photo to 28,000 Vorarlberg homes along with offer of €10,000 reward for information.

Foreign minister who helped bring down Berlin Wall dead
Germany

Foreign minister who helped bring down Berlin Wall dead

Former West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher - the man who helped catalyze the fall of the Berlin Wall - has died at age 89, German media reported on Friday.

Denmark extends ID checks at German border
Germany

Denmark extends ID checks at German border

The Danish government on Friday extended random identification checks along the country's German border until May 3rd, saying they were needed to deter migrants from entering the country.

Italy’s fashion brands step in to save Milan’s cathedral
Italy

Italy’s fashion brands step in to save Milan’s cathedral

A charity auction of exclusive designer clothes will fund urgent restoration work on the city's famous Duomo.

April Fools’ Day: Did The Local manage to trick you?

April Fools’ Day: Did The Local manage to trick you?

Alright, we confess: not everything you read on The Local this morning met our usual standards of accuracy.

Swedish teen pop star Zara Larsson: ‘Men are swines’
Sweden

Swedish teen pop star Zara Larsson: ‘Men are swines’

Sweden's newest international music icon Zara Larsson has spoken out about online abuse.

Abandoned baby found in Danish rubbish bin
Denmark

Abandoned baby found in Danish rubbish bin

A newborn baby girl was found by a rubbish collector in Bagsværd on Friday morning, Copenhagen Vestegn Police said.

Broadcaster fees could jump to €19 per month: report
Germany

Broadcaster fees could jump to €19 per month: report

Those monthly fees all residents have to pay towards public broadcasting could get steeper in the next five years, officials say.

Boules habit blows cover of Swiss fugitive in France

Boules habit blows cover of Swiss fugitive in France

A Swiss man on the run for two years has been caught playing pétanque in the south of France.

Giant fireball streaks over Spain ‘turning night into day’
Spain

Giant fireball streaks over Spain ‘turning night into day’

A fireball ten times brighter than the moon lit up the Spanish skies.

Comedian goes viral with ‘Be Deutsch, Be Nice’ video
Germany

Comedian goes viral with ‘Be Deutsch, Be Nice’ video

Top German comedian Jan Böhmermann this week used a music video to trash his country's past and hail the liberalism, sandals with socks, and kebab-fervour of modern Germany.

Residents call firemen over ‘smelly Vienna’
Austria

Residents call firemen over ‘smelly Vienna’

It turned out the strange smell in Vienna yesterday was just the result of changing weather and a refinery's spring clean.

Italy’s Parmesan thieves nab €6m of cheese in two years
Italy

Italy’s Parmesan thieves nab €6m of cheese in two years

Italy has seen a huge rise in Parmesan cheese theft.

Norway teen loses licence over Facebook joyride
Norway

Norway teen loses licence over Facebook joyride

A young Norwegian probably thought he would gain a lot of ‘likes’ from his video of speeding through a tunnel at 160 kmh. Instead, it cost him his driving licence.

Swiss submit Basel Fasnacht to Unesco list
Switzerland

Swiss submit Basel Fasnacht to Unesco list

Basel’s famous Fasnacht carnival could feature on the Unesco intangible cultural heritage list.

France ‘to force language tests’ on expats post Brexit
France

France ‘to force language tests’ on expats post Brexit

If you're a British expat in France, it might be time to brush up on your French skills in case your country votes to leave the EU.

Grandad arrested for breaking up fight between 4-year-olds
Spain

Grandad arrested for breaking up fight between 4-year-olds

The elderly man is probably regretting wading into the scrap between two children at the school gates in Malaga, southern Spain.

Austrian etiquette explained to refugees
Austria

Austrian etiquette explained to refugees

A new pocket book explains the etiquette and cultural habits of Austrians for asylum seekers.

Where has this Swedish triple murderer gone?
Sweden

Where has this Swedish triple murderer gone?

A global search has failed to track down 22-year-old Martin Saliba who went on the run before being convicted of three murders.

Denmark border controls get yet another month
Denmark

Denmark border controls get yet another month

The Danish government on Friday renewed border control measures for the fifth time since putting them in place at the start of January.

Priest with three kids is against marriage for clergy
Italy

Priest with three kids is against marriage for clergy

Priests should be "free from other obligations which may act as an obstacle", he says.

Costa Rica killers jailed over attacks on environmentalists
Spain

Costa Rica killers jailed over attacks on environmentalists

Four men have been sentenced to decades in prison for an attack in Costa Rica on a group that included one Spanish woman - and left a Costa Rican environmentalist dead.

Unwrapping Denmark’s first zero-packaging food store
Denmark

Unwrapping Denmark’s first zero-packaging food store

A new effort to cut down on wasteful packaging is set to open this summer.

Central Germany gets April Fooled with heavy snowfall
Germany

Central Germany gets April Fooled with heavy snowfall

Residents of the central states Hesse and Thuringia were surprised to find snow ringing in the start of April on Friday, and bringing a bit of chaos to the morning commute.

Paris marathon to take place amid tight security
France

Paris marathon to take place amid tight security

Security will be on everyone's mind when 50,000 runners pound the streets of Paris on Sunday.

Find out what changes in France from April 2016
France

Find out what changes in France from April 2016

The beginning of the month signals a new raft of changes in France, some may even leave you better off, if ever so slightly.

Ten wonderful things to do in Italy in April
Italy

Ten wonderful things to do in Italy in April

Stuck for things to do in Italy this month? Then look no further...

‘Mothers of courage’ expands across Europe
Austria

‘Mothers of courage’ expands across Europe

A closer look at the Vienna-based initiative fighting radicalisation by uniting mothers.

What Sweden is doing to crack down on terrorists
Sweden

What Sweden is doing to crack down on terrorists

New anti-terror legislation comes into effect in Sweden on Friday.

‘Cheese test’ for foreigners to go to public vote
Switzerland

‘Cheese test’ for foreigners to go to public vote

Migrants to Switzerland could be forced to take an exam on Swiss cheeses if a popular initiative is approved in a referendum in June.

How to make this delicious Swedish spring nettle soup
Sweden

How to make this delicious Swedish spring nettle soup

One of the easiest and cheapest spring recipes out there.

Sweden’s Abba reunite to save Mamma Mia island
Sweden

Sweden’s Abba reunite to save Mamma Mia island

UPDATED: Is this the moment fans have been waiting for?

Norway to tap oil fund to buy Shetland Islands
Norway

Norway to tap oil fund to buy Shetland Islands

Deal with UK will allow archipelago to re-embrace its Viking roots.

Zlatan won’t bid au revoir to Paris just yet, says agent
Sweden

Zlatan won’t bid au revoir to Paris just yet, says agent

Does this mean they decided to replace the Eiffel Tower with his statue?

Denmark banned from global ranking lists
Denmark

Denmark banned from global ranking lists

"Other countries should get a chance," the agency behind a long line of 'best of' lists said.

Germany creates beer ‘scare labels’ to fight binge-drinking
Germany

Germany creates beer ‘scare labels’ to fight binge-drinking

German health officials want to "scare" people into drinking responsibly.

Italians fear wine drought after Germans eat all the grapes
Italy

Italians fear wine drought after Germans eat all the grapes

Italy's winemakers complain that too many of their grapes are being munched by German wine tourists.

Spear of Destiny purloined by masked man
Austria

Spear of Destiny purloined by masked man

The ‘Spear of Destiny’ believed by many to have pierced the side of Jesus while he was on the cross has been stolen from a museum in Vienna.

Anti-sunburn drones to patrol Spanish beaches this summer
Spain

Anti-sunburn drones to patrol Spanish beaches this summer

Drone technology being introduced to Spanish beaches could put an end to nasty sunburn.