Chiefs at troubled Volkswagen ‘refuse to forgo bonuses’
Germany

Chiefs at troubled Volkswagen ‘refuse to forgo bonuses’

Top executives at Volkswagen are refusing to forego their bonuses this year, despite prescribing belt-tightening for the carmaker's workforce Spiegel reported on Thursday.

Ex-Auschwitz guard dies a week before going on trial
Germany

Ex-Auschwitz guard dies a week before going on trial

A 93-year-old former guard at Auschwitz has died one week before he was to stand trial in Germany, the court due to hear the case said Thursday.

Italian man jailed for slowly killing noisy dog with nuts
Italy

Italian man jailed for slowly killing noisy dog with nuts

The man fed nuts - which are poisonous to dogs - to the animal every time it barked outside.

Italian beekeeper offers reward for 1.2m stolen bees
Italy

Italian beekeeper offers reward for 1.2m stolen bees

Experts say bee theft is on the rise nationwide.

Two more suspects in booze cruise rape probe
Sweden

Two more suspects in booze cruise rape probe

Their detention hearing is set to take place on Friday.

Sausage fight breaks out at Mercedes shareholder buffet
Germany

Sausage fight breaks out at Mercedes shareholder buffet

Police had to be called in after a quarrel over sausages spiralled out of control at Daimler’s AGM on Wednesday.

Heirs of dictator Franco named in tax haven leak
Spain

Heirs of dictator Franco named in tax haven leak

Heirs of General Francisco Franco are the latest names to emerge in leaked documents.

French told to avoid 107 supermarket foods
France

French told to avoid 107 supermarket foods

This new blacklist might make you think twice at the supermarket in France.

France to privatize legion of mobile speed cameras
France

France to privatize legion of mobile speed cameras

Motorists' groups in France have once again got the hump about speed cameras, this time it's about a plan to privatize mobile "radars".

Austrian museum returns Nazi plundered artwork
Austria

Austrian museum returns Nazi plundered artwork

Vienna's Leopold Museum settles long-running feud over five Nazi-plundered drawings by Austrian painter Egon Schiele with the descendants of the works' Jewish former owner.

Eurovision fans get their last chance to snap up tickets
Sweden

Eurovision fans get their last chance to snap up tickets

But you'll need to be quick...

The new app that gives you money for driving well
Germany

The new app that gives you money for driving well

Germany’s largest insurance company is offering an app which allows you to earn money back on your car insurance if it records you driving safely.

Spain’s budget deficit isn’t as bad as first thought
Spain

Spain’s budget deficit isn’t as bad as first thought

But it is still bad.

Panic after man fires shots near cafes hit in Paris attacks
France

Panic after man fires shots near cafes hit in Paris attacks

A drunk man reportedly fired shots from his window into the street near the site where terrorists hit two cafes on the night of the Paris terror attacks.

Locals first: Venice makes tourists wait for water buses
Italy

Locals first: Venice makes tourists wait for water buses

“Tourists sit with their suitcases in their arms while we are forced to stand.”

Three-way coalition talks start as clock ticks for Spain
Spain

Three-way coalition talks start as clock ticks for Spain

For the first time, three parties will sit down around the negotiating table to try and unblock the political paralysis preventing the formation of a government in Spain.

Why international researchers love to call Malmö home
Sweden

Why international researchers love to call Malmö home

Malmö's not that big of a city. And it's not world-famous, either. But researchers love it. The Local spoke to Italian researcher Silvia Galli to find out why.

Norway ‘best in Scandinavia’ at integration: report
Norway

Norway ‘best in Scandinavia’ at integration: report

A new report has found that Norway beats its neighbours on integration, with better results in education, employment and income.

Italians pour scorn on French attempt to reinvent carbonara

Italians pour scorn on French attempt to reinvent carbonara

Woe betide anyone who flouts Italian cooking rules.

Suspect ‘wanted to blow himself up in Sweden’
Sweden

Suspect ‘wanted to blow himself up in Sweden’

A 20-year-old teaching student in Stockholm is accused of planning to blow himself up in Sweden.

Lucerne hotel worker tied up by armed robbers
Switzerland

Lucerne hotel worker tied up by armed robbers

Two armed, masked men rob a hotel in Weggis on the shore of Lake Lucerne.

Airtime for mafia boss’s son sparks fury in Italy
Italy

Airtime for mafia boss’s son sparks fury in Italy

"I am not the son of a supreme boss, I'm the son of Toto... an upstanding man who respects family and traditional values."

Anti-Semitism up by 82 percent in Austria
Austria

Anti-Semitism up by 82 percent in Austria

The number of anti-Semitic incidents in Austria has nearly doubled since 2014, according to a Jewish organisation in Vienna.

Compulsive hoarder crushed to death under huge trash pile
Spain

Compulsive hoarder crushed to death under huge trash pile

Police found the lifeless body of a 51-year-old man beneath piles of rubbish at his home in Galicia.

Are you paying too much to rent in France? Find out
France

Are you paying too much to rent in France? Find out

Find out if you're needlessly paying through the roof to rent an apartment in France and what you can do about it if you are.

Four Isis ‘recruits’ arrested in Copenhagen
Denmark

Four Isis ‘recruits’ arrested in Copenhagen

UPDATED: Four people were detained on Thursday on suspicion of joining Isis in Syria.

School with 163-year history named top ‘young’ university
Switzerland

School with 163-year history named top ‘young’ university

Lausanne’s federal technology institute EPFL was founded in its current form in the 1960s, but dates back far longer.

Traffic cops in the sky: Germany goes after drones
Germany

Traffic cops in the sky: Germany goes after drones

Drones are becoming an increasing blight on air traffic, private landowners and neighbours. In Lower Saxony authorities are going on the offensive with a new force of traffic cops for the skies.

Six hurt in ‘anti-refugee’ hotel arson attack
Germany

Six hurt in ‘anti-refugee’ hotel arson attack

Police report finding freshly-painted swastikas on the walls of a hotel housing refugees that was set on fire overnight.

Florence plans ‘mega-mosque’ for Muslim worshippers
Italy

Florence plans ‘mega-mosque’ for Muslim worshippers

The current mosque is so oversubscribed people are forced to pray on the street outside.

Why Swedes are in a huff about a giant penis on TV
Sweden

Why Swedes are in a huff about a giant penis on TV

Things got so bad that the Swedish broadcaster was forced to apologize.

British four-year-old drowns in Spanish holiday pool
Spain

British four-year-old drowns in Spanish holiday pool

The child tragically died on a family holiday in Torrevieja on Wednesday.

Danish police: Great year for drug busts
Denmark

Danish police: Great year for drug busts

Confiscation of cannabis was at a 16-year high and seizures of heroin, cocaine and ecstasy were also up.

Snack security hired in Vienna after thefts
Austria

Snack security hired in Vienna after thefts

Vienna's first snack security guard hired after spate of sandwich thefts.

Dancing queens: Sweden set to overturn ban on bar bops
Sweden

Dancing queens: Sweden set to overturn ban on bar bops

UPDATED: Bars in Sweden are supposed to ban people from dancing unless they have a special licence. But that finally looks set to change.

‘Refugees welcome’ in Spain: So where are they?
Spain

‘Refugees welcome’ in Spain: So where are they?

Just 18 Syrian refugees have officially arrived in Spain under the EU relocation scheme.

Austrian bank boss resigns over Panama Papers
Austria

Austrian bank boss resigns over Panama Papers

Head of a Austrian regional bank becomes latest casualty of the Panama Papers scandal, after announcing his resignation.

Man taken off easyJet flight in Pisa over ‘security concerns’
Italy

Man taken off easyJet flight in Pisa over ‘security concerns’

It is the second time in just over a week that the airline has asked a passenger to leave a plane that was about to leave Italy due to another passenger reporting "suspicious behaviour".

Norway soldiers fined for naked jogging prank
Norway

Norway soldiers fined for naked jogging prank

Three soldiers who made six young recruits jog unclothed in -20C temperatures last year were given civil fines but won't face military discipline.

Swiss soldier fined after ‘forgetting’ about gun in car
Switzerland

Swiss soldier fined after ‘forgetting’ about gun in car

A Swiss military service recruit has been fined 9,000 francs for accidentally smuggling his military-issue gun across the border.

France is ‘not prepared for a nuclear accident’, report says
France

France is ‘not prepared for a nuclear accident’, report says

France is dangerously ill-prepared to deal with a nuclear accident, according to a worrying new report which the Swiss and Germans will want to read with interest.

Renewable energy giant given 7 months to restructure debt
Spain

Renewable energy giant given 7 months to restructure debt

Abengoa owes a whopping €9.4 billion but hopes to trim it down by October.

Brrrrr! Spain shivered in coldest March in 12 years
Spain

Brrrrr! Spain shivered in coldest March in 12 years

You weren't alone huddled under your blankets last month - this March was the coldest March in the past 12 years.

Air France launches special discount cards for under 25s
France

Air France launches special discount cards for under 25s

Good news for travellers in France between the ages of 12 and 25.

No minister with headscarf says presidential hopeful
Austria

No minister with headscarf says presidential hopeful

Presidential candidate of Austria’s right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ) would not swear in women wearing headscarves as ministers or judges.

Zlatan’s agent hits back at ‘doping’ accusation
Sweden

Zlatan’s agent hits back at ‘doping’ accusation

UPDATED: Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent has told Swedish media the star is taking legal action after a former national manager appeared to accuse the striker of doping.

What do young newcomers think of Sweden – and themselves?
Sweden

What do young newcomers think of Sweden – and themselves?

Some of the answers might surprise you. And some are sure to make you smile.

Spanish king’s aunt admits she had company in Panama
Spain

Spanish king’s aunt admits she had company in Panama

Pilar de Borbon insists she always complied with Spanish law.

Is France’s cassoulet set to take over the world?
France

Is France’s cassoulet set to take over the world?

Cassoulet, the stick-to-your-ribs staple of French cooking combining beans and duck -- at least in the original recipe -- is spreading its wings as makers in southwestern France look to conquer the world palate.

Denmark’s ‘spitting man’ accepts racism fine
Denmark

Denmark’s ‘spitting man’ accepts racism fine

A man who rose to national infamy agreed to pay a 5,000 kroner fine for spitting on migrants.

Syrians in Germany ‘want upper limit on refugees’
Germany

Syrians in Germany ‘want upper limit on refugees’

Syrians living in Germany share many of the same concerns about refugees as the population at large, a poll has found.

Stolen Munch recovered in Norway, two arrested
Norway

Stolen Munch recovered in Norway, two arrested

Stolen work was likely too well-known to get sold off, experts said.

I did not have sex with that priest, Vatileaks trial told
Italy

I did not have sex with that priest, Vatileaks trial told

Instead, Francesca Chaouqui claimed the priest had a relationship with a male astrologer.

Minister accused of cover-up in Cologne sexual assaults
Germany

Minister accused of cover-up in Cologne sexual assaults

Police say they received phone calls from the North Rhine-Westphalia interior ministry ordering them to delete the word 'rape' from police reports.

Tortured Syrian takes to the stand in Sweden
Sweden

Tortured Syrian takes to the stand in Sweden

A man who was tied to a chair and severely beaten by a Syrian who is now living in Sweden is set to testify against his captor.

Consulate reveals weirdest requests from Brits abroad
Spain

Consulate reveals weirdest requests from Brits abroad

"How do I avoid nudists?" and "where can I buy English bacon?" are just some of the weird questions Brits in Spain hope their Embassy can answer.

France gives up on bid to name gay envoy to Vatican

France gives up on bid to name gay envoy to Vatican

After a year France has abandoned its attempts to appoint a gay man as ambassador to the Vatican after he was snubbed by the Holy See.

PSG face uphill task after slapstick night in Paris
France

PSG face uphill task after slapstick night in Paris

PSG may have left themselves too much to do after conceding two goals at home to Manchester City.

Is France’s whizzkid minister ‘on the move’ for the Elysée?
France

Is France’s whizzkid minister ‘on the move’ for the Elysée?

Has France's fresh faced economics minister just made his first surprise move for the presidency?

Who is Sweden’s new national football boss?
Sweden

Who is Sweden’s new national football boss?

Janne Andersson is Sweden's new football coach. Never heard of him? Well, at least he's got Zlatan's vote.

France passes law that makes paying for sex a crime
France

France passes law that makes paying for sex a crime

After over two years of political wrangling France has made it illegal to pay for sex.

Four fun music events to put a spring in your step
Sweden

Four fun music events to put a spring in your step

Sweden's spring concert calendar is jam packed. Here's our pick of this week's gigs.