Uefa searched after Infantino named in Panama Papers
Switzerland

Uefa searched after Infantino named in Panama Papers

New Fifa president linked to deal with two businessmen since charged in the US with corruption.

Bavarian town finally strips Hitler of honorary citizenship
Germany

Bavarian town finally strips Hitler of honorary citizenship

Some may say it's too little too late. But 71 years after the end of the Second World War, a Bavarian town is taking a defiant stance against the Nazis - by revoking Hitler’s honourary citizenship.

Syrian arrested in Germany on war crimes charges
Germany

Syrian arrested in Germany on war crimes charges

German authorities on Wednesday arrested a Syrian national on war crimes charges, on suspicion of commanding a rebel militia in Aleppo that committed atrocities and plundered artefacts for sale.

The Local remembers Malcolm Curtis
Switzerland

The Local remembers Malcolm Curtis

The Local would like to pay tribute to its longstanding editor, Malcolm Curtis, who has passed away from cancer at the age of 61.

Police called in after 11-year-old brings live shell to school
Germany

Police called in after 11-year-old brings live shell to school

Teachers at a school in northern Germany scrambled to call the police when an 11-year-old boy brought an explosive shell from the Second World War to school on Tuesday.

Is it true ‘the French just can’t laugh at themselves’?
France

Is it true ‘the French just can’t laugh at themselves’?

What's the difference between French and English humour?

Italian island hits back at British anti-migrant headlines
Italy

Italian island hits back at British anti-migrant headlines

Lurid headlines on global websites claim Sardinia has been 'taken hostage' by protesting migrants. But locals have poured scorn on the reports.

Bataclan attack widower’s defiant words become a book
France

Bataclan attack widower’s defiant words become a book

"You won't have my hatred."

Italian town still empty seven years after deadly quake
Italy

Italian town still empty seven years after deadly quake

The Local talks to residents in L'Aquila, where the historic centre has become a ghost-town.

How Sweden wants to keep refugee numbers down
Sweden

How Sweden wants to keep refugee numbers down

Sweden's migration minister on Wednesday outlined an updated version of how the government wants to tighten asylum rules.

Banksy’s Naples Madonna placed under protection
Italy

Banksy’s Naples Madonna placed under protection

The graffito, showing the Madonna with a pistol for a halo, is a popular attraction for visitors to the city.

Earnings blues for Bang & Olufsen, but sales upbeat
Denmark

Earnings blues for Bang & Olufsen, but sales upbeat

Bang & Olufsen, the Danish maker of upmarket consumer electronics, on Wednesday reported a quarterly net loss but said its sales hadn't missed a beat.

Why France’s labour reforms bill is a ‘complete disaster’
France

Why France’s labour reforms bill is a ‘complete disaster’

If France doesn't reform its labour laws now, it may not dare to do so for a very long time.

Denmark to require more of high school students
Denmark

Denmark to require more of high school students

The Danish government presented a reform of its upper secondary education on Wednesday, highlighted by a new minimum grade requirement for entry.

Eight things you never knew about the German Autobahn
Germany

Eight things you never knew about the German Autobahn

Germany's Autobahns are the envy of the world, and are associated with one thing above all - speed. But here are eight things you never knew about the iconic German tarmac.

Santander bank plans to slash up to 1,200 jobs across Spain
Spain

Santander bank plans to slash up to 1,200 jobs across Spain

The Eurozone's biggest bank announced plans to cut the jobs in Spain on Wednesday.

Sweden becomes first country with its own phone number
Sweden

Sweden becomes first country with its own phone number

Here's what happened when The Local tried to call Sweden's new national number.

Ancient horse poo sheds light on Hannibal’s route to Italy
Italy

Ancient horse poo sheds light on Hannibal’s route to Italy

"It looks like we may just have cracked it, thanks to modern science and a bit of ancient horse poo."

Wish granted: girl meets Pope in Rome before going blind
Italy

Wish granted: girl meets Pope in Rome before going blind

As well as meeting the Pontiff, she also got to see the Rome's key sights.

Gibraltar and Falklands team up over ‘bullying’ tactics
Spain

Gibraltar and Falklands team up over ‘bullying’ tactics

The two British Overseas Territories accuse Spain and Argentina of "ganging up" on them.

Brit arrested for blowtorch attack on woman in Tenerife
Spain

Brit arrested for blowtorch attack on woman in Tenerife

The woman was lucky to survive after being burnt in the face with a blowtorch and beaten with a rock.

Swiss report reveals drop in overweight school students
Switzerland

Swiss report reveals drop in overweight school students

A sixth of pupils in Swiss schools are still overweight, even though figures have fallen in the past ten years.

Danish parties ‘envious’ of Norway’s tough asylum bill

Danish parties ‘envious’ of Norway’s tough asylum bill

"No reason we shouldn't do the same," Danish support parties said of a plan that would allow Norway to reject asylum seekers at the border.

Norwegians to play elk hunting ‘lottery’
Norway

Norwegians to play elk hunting ‘lottery’

Permits for hunting Norwegian elk are in such high demand that applications are to be decided using a lottery machine.

Boy sued for €20K after stabbing ‘friend’ in back
Austria

Boy sued for €20K after stabbing ‘friend’ in back

A 15-year-old boy is being sued for €20,000 after stabbing his ‘friend’ in his back because he veered in front of him on the pavement.

Ten things you definitely didn’t know about Nice
France

Ten things you definitely didn’t know about Nice

Why is it called Nice? What's in the Monster's Lair? And how was the city saved by a laundry lady? Here are some of the best facts that even the locals probably don't know.

Why a Swedish director shot an anti-Nato film for his mum
Sweden

Why a Swedish director shot an anti-Nato film for his mum

Will this video stop Sweden from moving closer to Nato?

Fat man who crushed nativity donkey to death goes free
Spain

Fat man who crushed nativity donkey to death goes free

The case against an overweight prankster who sat on a donkey foal "as a joke" and killed it has been thrown out of a Spanish court.

What you need to know about France’s new prostitution law
France

What you need to know about France’s new prostitution law

The French parliament is set to finally rubber stamp a raft of measures aimed at cracking down on the “the oldest profession in the world”. Here are the main points.

School brings in legal expert over handshake issue
Switzerland

School brings in legal expert over handshake issue

A Swiss legal expert will decide on the validity of a decision by a Therwil school to allow male Muslim students to avoid shaking hands with female teachers for religious reasons.

German comedian could face jail for insulting Erdogan
Germany

German comedian could face jail for insulting Erdogan

Germany’s hippest young comedian faces a jail sentence of up to five years if Turkey decides to press charges over a poem he wrote insulting its head of state.

IMF ‘no longer necessary’ to stabilise Greece
Austria

IMF ‘no longer necessary’ to stabilise Greece

Head of Austria's central bank says IMF's engagement in Greece is no longer necessary.

Almodóvar cancels new film junket amid tax fraud scrutiny
Spain

Almodóvar cancels new film junket amid tax fraud scrutiny

Promotion of the Spanish director's new film 'Julieta' is called off as the Oscar winner faces scrutiny with 'Panama Papers'.

Thousands of tech jobs vacant as Italy can’t find talent
Italy

Thousands of tech jobs vacant as Italy can’t find talent

Italy's youth unemployment rate is 37.9 percent.

Norway duo’s smash hit irks Ibiza officials
Norway

Norway duo’s smash hit irks Ibiza officials

Ibiza's tourism industry wants people to know there is more to do there than take pills like in the Seeb hit.

Swiss company Glencore in billon-dollar deal
Switzerland

Swiss company Glencore in billon-dollar deal

Glencore will sell nearly half of its vast agriculture business to a Canadian pension fund for $2.5 billion.

Refugee job platform launches in Austria
Austria

Refugee job platform launches in Austria

A job platform connecting refugees and asylum seekers to employers has launched in Austria.

How minding your manners in a French café can save you money
France

How minding your manners in a French café can save you money

We all know the stereotype of the moody French waiter, but maybe its the customers who are at fault.

Court sides with convict over poor prison conditions
Switzerland

Court sides with convict over poor prison conditions

The heroin trafficker could see his sentence reduced after complaining about cramped prison conditions.

Spanish town fined for staging bizarre ‘slippery swine’ race
Spain

Spanish town fined for staging bizarre ‘slippery swine’ race

The pigs were covered in fat and let loose to be chased by local children.

Brandenburg faces wrath of Flying Spaghetti Monster
Germany

Brandenburg faces wrath of Flying Spaghetti Monster

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster in Brandenburg is suing the state over what they say is their right to post signs around town.

Mild winter puts pinch on Swedish H&M profits
Sweden

Mild winter puts pinch on Swedish H&M profits

Not all Swedes had reason to celebrate the warm winter.

‘It’s a dream to know Swedes will watch me in their pants’
Sweden

‘It’s a dream to know Swedes will watch me in their pants’

New Zealand comic Al Pitcher's spent seven years poking fun of Swedes on stage and his next show's set for Swedish television.

German pencil makers cash in on adult colouring craze
Germany

German pencil makers cash in on adult colouring craze

German companies are working round the clock to meet demand for colouring pencils and books as the stress-management craze sweeps Germany.

Dozens of foreign fighters back in Denmark
Denmark

Dozens of foreign fighters back in Denmark

A new international report shines a light on Denmark's foreign fighters.

F1 star Rosberg ‘was paid through offshore firm’
Germany

F1 star Rosberg ‘was paid through offshore firm’

Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg has become the latest celebrity sportsman to be linked to the Panama Papers leak of millions of documents relating to murky offshore business dealings.

Casino evacuated after penis ring causes terror alert
Germany

Casino evacuated after penis ring causes terror alert

When an employee of a gambling hall in eastern Germany heard strange mechanical noises coming from a bin on Tuesday evening she feared the worst.

Paris to roll out more CCTV on public transport
France

Paris to roll out more CCTV on public transport

Will more CCTV make you feel safer travelling around Paris?

Austria’s smoking culture is ’30 year time machine’
Austria

Austria’s smoking culture is ’30 year time machine’

Researchers encourage anti-smoking measures in Austria, ranked the worst country in Europe in the European Cancer League tobacco tables.

Teacher fired over doggy daycare dilemma
Switzerland

Teacher fired over doggy daycare dilemma

A primary school in Bern has dismissed a popular teacher for continuing to bring her blind dog into class.

Ibiza fury as song suggests party island has drug culture
Spain

Ibiza fury as song suggests party island has drug culture

A song about taking drugs in Ibiza has brought a downer to tourism authorities.

Three arrested in Spain over passenger jet bomb hoax
Spain

Three arrested in Spain over passenger jet bomb hoax

A bomb hoax that caused a plane to return to Madrid airport escorted by an air force fighter jet.

Roskilde Festival reveals final 2016 line-up
Denmark

Roskilde Festival reveals final 2016 line-up

Denmark's largest festival released its full roster of 179 acts on Wednesday.

Swedes face medicine delays as e-prescriptions service fails
Sweden

Swedes face medicine delays as e-prescriptions service fails

Swedish efficiency went out of the window when the country's electronic prescription service broke down.

Germany ‘could lift border controls in May’
Germany

Germany ‘could lift border controls in May’

Germany could lift temporary border controls brought in last year to help stem the migrant flow by mid-May if the number of arrivals continues to dwindle, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Tuesday.

Finmeccanica in ‘biggest ever’ warplane deal with Kuwait
Italy

Finmeccanica in ‘biggest ever’ warplane deal with Kuwait

The oil-rich Gulf state is part of the anti-Islamic State coalition.

France seeks €50 million bite out of Apple
France

France seeks €50 million bite out of Apple

France wants €50 million from US tech giant Apple, whom it accuses of unfair trade practices, according to reports.

The weirdest Swedish eating habits that have nothing to do with meatballs
Sweden

The weirdest Swedish eating habits that have nothing to do with meatballs

Ok, just a little bit about meatballs.

Swedish bank ‘loaned billions’ to oligarch using tax havens
Sweden

Swedish bank ‘loaned billions’ to oligarch using tax havens

UPDATED: Nordea, the Swedish bank linked to this week's global tax evasion scandal, is accused of helping an oligarch close to Kazakhstan's dictator president.

French farmers’ wine dumping sparks anger in Spain

French farmers’ wine dumping sparks anger in Spain

Spain is not happy after French farmers emptied the contents of two trucks carrying Spanish wine all over the motorway.

Germany may lift border controls
Austria

Germany may lift border controls

Germany could lift temporary border controls brought in last year to help stem the migrant flow by mid-May if the number of arrivals continues to dwindle, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Tuesday.

Panama to retaliate if France puts it on ‘tax haven’ list
France

Panama to retaliate if France puts it on ‘tax haven’ list

France and Panama could end up in a tit for tat spat if France puts the Central American country back on the blacklist of tax havens.

PSG fear over-confidence more than Manchester City
France

PSG fear over-confidence more than Manchester City

English club Manchester City are in Paris to play PSG on Wednesday but will the French club be over-confident?

Italy ups pressure on Egypt over student’s murder
Italy

Italy ups pressure on Egypt over student’s murder

Giulio Regeni disappeared in central Cairo on January 25th, and his body was found nine days later on the side of a motorway, badly mutilated and showing signs of torture.