Five years for Nazi vandalism
Austria

Five years for Nazi vandalism

A homeless Austrian man who vandalised dozens of memorials to victims of the Nazis in Salzburg was on Friday sentenced to five years in jail.

This Italian newsagent fought off armed robber – with sweets
Italy

This Italian newsagent fought off armed robber – with sweets

Watch the frightening CCTV footage of the shopkeeper's bravery.

7 very German things you missed at ‘German Grammys’
Germany

7 very German things you missed at ‘German Grammys’

Educate yourself a bit about the mainstream music landscape in Germany where even the world-famous Adele is apparently no match for Schlager Christmas hits.

Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini ‘arrested’
France

Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini ‘arrested’

Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini was arrested on Friday, a police source told AFP after a Belgian television station said he was arrested in a Brussels suburb.

Frenchman runs naked to overcome complex and faces €15,000 fine
France

Frenchman runs naked to overcome complex and faces €15,000 fine

A student in northern France risks prison and a hefty fine after he ran naked through a local village "to overcome his shyness".

‘Hug a Brit to stop Brexit’ Europeans urged

‘Hug a Brit to stop Brexit’ Europeans urged

Can a surfeit of bodily contact persuade sceptical Brits to stay in the EU? These Europeans hope it might.

France retains title of world’s top tourist destination
France

France retains title of world’s top tourist destination

And that's despite two devastating terror attacks that scared off a lot of visitors.

Italian hostage released in southern Philippines: police
Italy

Italian hostage released in southern Philippines: police

The man was abducted by Islamic militants six months ago.

Ex-Sweden coach says sorry to Zlatan about doping claims
Sweden

Ex-Sweden coach says sorry to Zlatan about doping claims

A former Sweden coach has apologized to Zlatan Ibrahimovic for appearing to accuse the footballer of doping.

Parisian finds dead mouse in his half-eaten pasta salad
France

Parisian finds dead mouse in his half-eaten pasta salad

Talk about losing your appetite.

Swedes protest Pippi parrot’s ‘death sentence’
Sweden

Swedes protest Pippi parrot’s ‘death sentence’

Swedish bureaucracy vs this parrot actor.

History of the ATM: Sweden’s journey to being cash-free
Sweden

History of the ATM: Sweden’s journey to being cash-free

The world is quickly heading towards a cash-free age - and Sweden is getting there faster than most other nations. But it wasn't long ago that ATMs even came into existence. Did you know that the version of the ATM we find across Europe and the world today is Swedish?

France to give all police body cameras ‘to protect public’
France

France to give all police body cameras ‘to protect public’

France’s interior minister believes the move will protect both the police and the public.

Denmark seeks Syria travel ban after arrests
Denmark

Denmark seeks Syria travel ban after arrests

"It will simply be prohibited to set foot in certain areas," the justice minister said.

Norway won’t take any more refugees from EU
Norway

Norway won’t take any more refugees from EU

The Norwegian government will not take any additional refugees from the EU despite the bloc's new agreement with Turkey, Immigration Minister Sylvi Listhaug said on Friday.

‘More headlines to come’: Panama papers reporters
Germany

‘More headlines to come’: Panama papers reporters

Meet the German journalists who helped bring the biggest leak in history to light - and who are promising more huge stories in the days ahead.

VIDEO: Artists capture beauty of Zurich by night
Switzerland

VIDEO: Artists capture beauty of Zurich by night

This breathtaking video of Zurich by night will blow your mind.

Podemos scuttles hopes for tripartite coalition in Spain
Spain

Podemos scuttles hopes for tripartite coalition in Spain

It looks increasingly likely that Spain will be heading back to the polls in June.

French fashion label sells postal service shirt for €245
Germany

French fashion label sells postal service shirt for €245

Take a cheap shirt. Call it 'fashion'. Charge what you like.

First journalist punished over photos under Spain’s gag law
Spain

First journalist punished over photos under Spain’s gag law

Publishing photos of a police raid is now a crime in Spain.

French tourist arrested for Colosseum drone flight
Italy

French tourist arrested for Colosseum drone flight

The man was charged with violating Italian aviation rules and had his drone confiscated.

Is story of Hannibal crossing Swiss Alps just a myth?
Switzerland

Is story of Hannibal crossing Swiss Alps just a myth?

The idea that Hannibal crossed the Swiss Alps on his way to Rome may be no more than a load of (very) old horse manure, a new study shows.

Norway’s Game of Thrones star lands major film role
Norway

Norway’s Game of Thrones star lands major film role

Nation's most famous red head will join Charlize Theron and others in the latest in the successful 'Fast & Furious' franchise.

Eagle patrol to battle drones over Spain’s Royal Palace
Spain

Eagle patrol to battle drones over Spain’s Royal Palace

A special bird patrol is being trained to protect the skies over Spain’s Zarzuela Palace, the official residence of the Royal Family.

The craziest French protests you’ll find hard to believe
France

The craziest French protests you’ll find hard to believe

Here's a closer look at some of the stranger French protests that will leave you asking: How on earth do they get away with that?

Caveman study reveals genes NOT passed to modern man
Spain

Caveman study reveals genes NOT passed to modern man

Men today cannot blame their Neanderthal behaviour on their genes.

Pope opts for status quo in Church view on gay unions
Italy

Pope opts for status quo in Church view on gay unions

"There are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God's plan for marriage and family."

Wrath of gods could see super telescope installed in Canaries
Spain

Wrath of gods could see super telescope installed in Canaries

Protests over a proposal to install a super telescope on the most sacred of Hawaiian peaks could see the Spanish island of La Palma chosen instead.

Why Stockholm smartphone zombies are worst in Europe
Sweden

Why Stockholm smartphone zombies are worst in Europe

UPDATED: Tech-addicted Swedish pedestrians pose the greatest traffic danger in these European cities.

Isis sympathizer who wanted to ‘behead Italians’ deported
Italy

Isis sympathizer who wanted to ‘behead Italians’ deported

Interior Minister Angelino Alfano made the announcement on Friday.

Tickets on sale for HIV Red Ribbon Concert
Austria

Tickets on sale for HIV Red Ribbon Concert

Tickets for the Red Ribbon Concert hosted by the Life Ball and taking place in Vienna in June have gone on sale this week.

Diesel cars could face ban from city centres
Germany

Diesel cars could face ban from city centres

A new system of emissions certificates could see diesel cars banned from parts of some German cities.

Smartphone zombies wreak havoc on cities
Germany

Smartphone zombies wreak havoc on cities

Pedestrians with their eyes glued to their smartphones pose a serious danger to traffic in European cities, according to a new study.

‘Switzerland can’t be more moral than everyone else’
Switzerland

‘Switzerland can’t be more moral than everyone else’

Rich people must be allowed to invest their money offshore, Switzerland's finance minister says.

‘In business we’re expected to do more and be superwomen’
Spain

‘In business we’re expected to do more and be superwomen’

This week The Local chats to Englishwoman, Natasha Mason Kennedy, a woman who moved to Madrid for love and then started her own successful business.

Vienna gang arrested for extorting bar owners
Austria

Vienna gang arrested for extorting bar owners

Eight members of a criminal gang suspected of extorting as much as half a million euros from bar owners in Vienna have been arrested.

Danish police to stop ‘deadly’ asylum treks to Sweden
Denmark

Danish police to stop ‘deadly’ asylum treks to Sweden

25 people have been caught trying to walk over the high-speed Øresund Bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden.

Why Italian bookshops are snubbing a mobster’s son
Italy

Why Italian bookshops are snubbing a mobster’s son

The controversial book, 'Riina Family Life', explains what it was like growing up with a mafia boss for a dad.

Eight amazing Swedish spring hits for your April playlist
Sweden

Eight amazing Swedish spring hits for your April playlist

A sparkling selection of Sweden's best tunes this month from The Local's music guru Paul Connolly.

Staff steal entire kitchen from refugee home
Austria

Staff steal entire kitchen from refugee home

Two men got a group of refugees to unknowingly help them steal entire kitchen from a refugee home so they could sell it to fund an addiction.

Norway charges foreign fighters for terror pact
Norway

Norway charges foreign fighters for terror pact

Two Norway men arrested last year for joining the Islamic State are now suspected of making a terror pact.

French health chief says ‘non’ to new boozy cooking show
France

French health chief says ‘non’ to new boozy cooking show

Drinking whilst cooking is no longer acceptable in France it seems, or at least not on television.

Heat sensors to stop ‘deadly’ asylum treks to Sweden
Sweden

Heat sensors to stop ‘deadly’ asylum treks to Sweden

The move comes after 25 people were caught trying to walk over the high-speed Öresund bridge that connects Denmark's capital to Sweden.

How a Brexit would make life uncertain for Brits in France
France

How a Brexit would make life uncertain for Brits in France

Jobs, health, border checks...Life may not be as easy for future generations of Brits if the UK leaves the EU. One expat spells out the issues.

Historic house burns as fire brigade ‘runs out of water’
Switzerland

Historic house burns as fire brigade ‘runs out of water’

The house in central Switzerland has been left in ruins.

Ticks infest Italy’s most famous art gallery
Italy

Ticks infest Italy’s most famous art gallery

Museum workers must be ticked off about their parasite problem.

20kg of drugs seized on Vienna underground
Austria

20kg of drugs seized on Vienna underground

Police operation seizes 20 kilograms of drugs and arrests nearly 2,000 people in just a few weeks on one of Vienna’s underground lines.

Germany’s asylum requests plummet 66% in March
Germany

Germany’s asylum requests plummet 66% in March

The number of new asylum applications in Germany, Europe's top destination for refugees last year, dropped 66 percent in March to about 20,000, officials said on Friday.

Germany hits 10-year-high in home-building
Germany

Germany hits 10-year-high in home-building

The German housing market is booming, particularly for brand new flats.

Chinese tycoon raises stake in Bang & Olufsen
Denmark

Chinese tycoon raises stake in Bang & Olufsen

A Chinese billionaire is now the largest single shareholder of the Danish maker of upmarket consumer electronics.

Rajoy to face ‘crimes against humanity’ suit over EU deal
Spain

Rajoy to face ‘crimes against humanity’ suit over EU deal

A court complaint has been filed against Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for his support of an EU accord to send refugees back to Turkey.

French trade deficit widens to 20-month high
France

French trade deficit widens to 20-month high

France's trade deficit shot up €1.3 billion last month.

Munich police release suspects after terror probe
Germany

Munich police release suspects after terror probe

UPDATE: Police have released two men arrested in Munich on Thursday after they found no evidence of a terror plot.

Basques ban smoking and drinking at sports stadiums
Spain

Basques ban smoking and drinking at sports stadiums

A law passed on Thursday places tighter restrictions on tobacco and alcohol consumption, but actually opens the door a bit for more cannabis clubs.

Finmeccanica’s ex-boss jailed for corruption
Italy

Finmeccanica’s ex-boss jailed for corruption

The defence group's former chief was handed a sentence of 4.5 years.

Paris court rules it’s OK to call a gay hairdresser a ‘faggot’
France

Paris court rules it’s OK to call a gay hairdresser a ‘faggot’

Perhaps the most bizarre explanation for a court ruling you will ever read.

Zlatan wants a ten-part ‘Rambo’ movie of his life
Sweden

Zlatan wants a ten-part ‘Rambo’ movie of his life

Fancy watching Ibracadabra I, VIII or X?

Stockholm metro attacker deported to Denmark

Stockholm metro attacker deported to Denmark

A man who assaulted a mum trying to stop him from stealing from a woman in Stockholm's Old Town has been deported to Denmark.

Additional charges in Copenhagen Isis ‘recruit’ case
Denmark

Additional charges in Copenhagen Isis ‘recruit’ case

UPDATED: The number of people facing charges as a result of a Thursday police raid is now up to seven.

Two Swedes killed in attacks on Isis by US
Sweden

Two Swedes killed in attacks on Isis by US

The pair had travelled to the Middle East to fight alongside the radical Islamist group.

Why wine experts are excited about Bordeaux 2015 vintage
France

Why wine experts are excited about Bordeaux 2015 vintage

Those who know a thing or two about wine have hailed the Bordeaux 2015 vintage.

How to make Swedish cardamom mufffins
Sweden

How to make Swedish cardamom mufffins

A perfect addition to your fika.

Danes leaving the church in droves
Denmark

Danes leaving the church in droves

The Danish Atheist Society has used a new campaign to encourage members of the Church of Denmark (Folkekirken) to withdraw – and it's working.