Giraffe dung to be used to heat homes in France
France

Giraffe dung to be used to heat homes in France

Manure from giraffes at a zoo in France will soon be warming homes in the local area.

Are these the ugliest buildings on the French Riviera?
France

Are these the ugliest buildings on the French Riviera?

Some of these eyesores have really ruined parts of the famous French Riviera coastline.

Trial begins of man who stabbed Cologne mayor
Germany

Trial begins of man who stabbed Cologne mayor

Germany on Friday put on trial a man accused of stabbing Cologne's mayor in the neck in a suspected violent protest against her welcoming stance towards refugees.

Russian intelligence distort meeting leaks
Austria

Russian intelligence distort meeting leaks

A high level meeting between Austria and Russia was secretly recorded by Russian spies, according to a report in the Kurier newspaper.

Swedish artist ‘deserved to die’ says suspect
Sweden

Swedish artist ‘deserved to die’ says suspect

One of the four men facing terror charges for allegedly helping the gunman in last year's Copenhagen shootings said that Swedish artist Lars Vilks "deserved to die" in the violence.

Spain is so proud of its tapas it wants Unesco to protect it
Spain

Spain is so proud of its tapas it wants Unesco to protect it

Spain wants Unesco to include tapas on its Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

Tenant to pay landlord €5k over illegal Airbnb subletting
France

Tenant to pay landlord €5k over illegal Airbnb subletting

For the first time in France a court has ordered a tenant to pay a landlord €5,000 for subletting his flat in Paris on Airbnb without the owner's permission.

Radicalised Swede on trial accused of building bomb
Sweden

Radicalised Swede on trial accused of building bomb

A radicalised Swede, who was arrested after his mother reported him to authorities, has gone on trial.

Dramatic day in Copenhagen terror trial
Denmark

Dramatic day in Copenhagen terror trial

One defendant said Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks "deserved" to die while another was thrown out of court for cursing at the judge.

Could Eurovision be threatened by TV staff strike?
Sweden

Could Eurovision be threatened by TV staff strike?

Around 80 staff at Swedish public broadcaster SVT could walk out during final Eurovision preparations if a union strike goes ahead.

German spies imply Snowden leaked files for Russia
Germany

German spies imply Snowden leaked files for Russia

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden could have been acting under the influence of the Russian government, the heads of Germany's foreign and domestic intelligence agencies said on Friday.

Global protests condemn ‘legal kidnapping’ in Norway
Norway

Global protests condemn ‘legal kidnapping’ in Norway

Activists in nearly 30 countries plan to protest the Norwegian Child Welfare Service on Saturday for what they say is the agency's practice of "kidnapping" children from their families.

Dutch queen’s ‘swastika’ coat raises eyebrows on state visit
Germany

Dutch queen’s ‘swastika’ coat raises eyebrows on state visit

A fashion faux-pas by Queen Máxima of the Netherlands on the second day of a royal visit to Germany led to consternation on social media on Thursday.

US leaders to Copenhagen for bicycling inspiration
Denmark

US leaders to Copenhagen for bicycling inspiration

The US Secretary of Transportation will visit Denmark on Monday to gather insight on the capital's successful bicycle culture.

Man stayed in 14 luxury hotels in Barcelona without paying
Spain

Man stayed in 14 luxury hotels in Barcelona without paying

The 26 year-old developed a taste for luxury accommodation without the means to pay for it.

Chinese make bid for Berlusconi’s AC Milan: reports
Italy

Chinese make bid for Berlusconi’s AC Milan: reports

Is Berlusconi about to sell up to the Chinese?

Swedish police chase German terror suspects

Swedish police chase German terror suspects

Police in southern Sweden are searching for three alleged robbers thought to belong to a German extremist group.

France goes wild as Renée, 78, attends first all-night rave
France

France goes wild as Renée, 78, attends first all-night rave

Better late than never. Read about 78-year-old Renée who has thrilled France by attending her first all-night rave party in the middle of a forest.

007: Giant James Bond exhibition comes to Paris
France

007: Giant James Bond exhibition comes to Paris

You’ll be able to feast your eyes on two Aston Martins driven by Daniel Craig, a golden mannequin, Monica Bellucci’s corset, and much more.

Spain ranks among worst for kids at risk of poverty
Spain

Spain ranks among worst for kids at risk of poverty

One in three children in Spain are at risk of poverty, one of the worst records of developed countries.

Crazy queues reveal French thirst for Starbucks coffee
France

Crazy queues reveal French thirst for Starbucks coffee

Images of French people queuing in their droves to get a coffee at a new Starbucks outlet reveal just how popular the American chain is in the home of le café.

Merkel allows Erdogan’s case against TV host to go ahead
Germany

Merkel allows Erdogan’s case against TV host to go ahead

The German government will allow state prosecutors to prepare a case against satirist Jan Böhmermann under a little-used law against insulting foreign heads of state, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday.

Sports halls empty as refugee integration enters new phase
Germany

Sports halls empty as refugee integration enters new phase

Many halls will soon be reopened for sports, as longer-term solutions are found for refugees.

Europe’s tallest skyscraper among six planned for Madrid
Spain

Europe’s tallest skyscraper among six planned for Madrid

The city's skyline could change forever with the construction of six new skyscrapers, including the EU's tallest building.

Austria’s policy ‘improving business for smugglers’
Austria

Austria’s policy ‘improving business for smugglers’

As Austria prepares to build fences to the east, smuggling appears to be on the rise again, sparking fears of a repeat of the tragic death of 71 refugees last year.

Gamei’s journey from Sudan to Sweden – without eyes
Sweden

Gamei’s journey from Sudan to Sweden – without eyes

It’s been more than five years since Gamei Nalouta lost his eyesight, but that hasn’t stopped him from looking toward a bright future in Sweden.

‘Six thousand migrant arrivals is not an invasion’: Renzi
Italy

‘Six thousand migrant arrivals is not an invasion’: Renzi

The arrivals are set to continue.

Bank blacklists Swiss travel agent for being named Isis
Switzerland

Bank blacklists Swiss travel agent for being named Isis

Having the name of an ancient Egyptian goddess doesn’t make for a smooth banking experience in Switzerland.

Jump around! Sweden finally axes historic bar dancing ban
Sweden

Jump around! Sweden finally axes historic bar dancing ban

Bars in Sweden will soon no longer need a special licence for 'spontaneous dancing'.

North Korean soldiers spy on Norway’s PM
Norway

North Korean soldiers spy on Norway’s PM

Erna Solberg said she felt like "an animal in a cage" as soldiers watched her every move at a border station.

Does Italy really produce finer wines than France?

Does Italy really produce finer wines than France?

The Italian Prime Minister may have had a little too much Chianti when he declared Italian wine was better than French wine.

Millions of boozy Italians at risk of alcohol problems
Italy

Millions of boozy Italians at risk of alcohol problems

Experts say Italy needs to do more to help heavy drinkers.

German town fights terror with ‘IS’ ban on numberplates
Germany

German town fights terror with ‘IS’ ban on numberplates

Have Isis corrupted one of the most important words in the English language for ever? One German town thinks so.

Inspectors faked safety checks at two nuclear plants
Germany

Inspectors faked safety checks at two nuclear plants

Workers at two nuclear power plants in western Germany submitted fake reports of their checks on radiation meters, it emerged this week.

Watch the PM talk to people calling ‘The Swedish Number’
Sweden

Watch the PM talk to people calling ‘The Swedish Number’

They thought they were calling a random Swede... and got the shock of a lifetime when the Prime Minister picked up instead.

Are Austrian teenagers the most boring in the world?
Austria

Are Austrian teenagers the most boring in the world?

Young Austrians prefer tap water to alcohol, like to get up early, and don't mind helping round the house, according to recent research.

Steven Spielberg and Jodie Foster top star-studded Cannes cast
France

Steven Spielberg and Jodie Foster top star-studded Cannes cast

Hollywood actors-turned-directors Jodie Foster and Sean Penn will premiere their latest films at Cannes next month, joining a star-studded cast at the world's most prestigious film festival.

Mexico unearths tomb of Spanish conquistador priest
Spain

Mexico unearths tomb of Spanish conquistador priest

The amazing discovery of an ancient tombstone of a Spanish priest was made by engineers installing lamp posts in Mexico City.

Police profiling passengers at Charles de Gaulle airport
France

Police profiling passengers at Charles de Gaulle airport

Police are profiling passengers look at Charles de Gaulle airport looking for "abnormal behaviour".

‘When can Sweden start being grateful to us?’
Sweden

‘When can Sweden start being grateful to us?’

The editors behind a new anthology about immigrants' battle to reconcile their background with life in Sweden tell The Local why they chose to focus on women.

Mystery killer wipes out half a million Swiss bees
Switzerland

Mystery killer wipes out half a million Swiss bees

Two Swiss beekeepers are reeling after half a million of their bees were killed in a suspected case of poisoning.

Spaghetti Monster church to keep legal case on the boil
Germany

Spaghetti Monster church to keep legal case on the boil

The church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster in Brandenburg lost its bid to hang signs advertising its masses around town, but refuses to put the case on the back-burner until they're served a helping of justice.

Identitarians storm stage in Vienna during refugee play
Austria

Identitarians storm stage in Vienna during refugee play

Right-wing extremists stormed a stage in Vienna last night where asylum seekers were performing a play, in what was the second protest from the anti-Muslim group in two weeks.

Spanish industry minister resigns over Panama Papers
Spain

Spanish industry minister resigns over Panama Papers

After a week of speculation since José Manuel was named in the Panama Papers, the acting Industry Minister has resigned.

Copenhagen gunman shot 29 times by police
Denmark

Copenhagen gunman shot 29 times by police

New information about the shoot-out that ended last year's terror attack in Copenhagen has been revealed.

‘Love-making couch’ unveiled at Geneva inventions show
Switzerland

‘Love-making couch’ unveiled at Geneva inventions show

A capsule-like sofa designed for intimate encounters is among the centrepieces at this year's Geneva inventions show.

Death toll rises to seven in Tenerife building collapse
Spain

Death toll rises to seven in Tenerife building collapse

UPDATED: Spanish authorities said on Sunday they had pulled more bodies from the rubble of a four-storey building that collapsed on the popular Canary Island resort of Tenerife, bringing the death toll to seven.

Da Vinci’s relatives found by Italian history buffs
Italy

Da Vinci’s relatives found by Italian history buffs

Some of them were still living in the Tuscan town of Vinci.

Michael Moore ‘invades’ Norway in latest film
Norway

Michael Moore ‘invades’ Norway in latest film

Norway's prison system has been a source of interest for many international news agencies, and now it features prominently in a film hitting theatres on Friday.

From Russia with love: Italy recovers priceless jewels
Italy

From Russia with love: Italy recovers priceless jewels

The €3 million heist was arranged by a wealthy Russian woman with a penchant for gold.

Swiss tennis ace Bencic pulls out of Fed Cup tie
Switzerland

Swiss tennis ace Bencic pulls out of Fed Cup tie

The 19-year-old is injured and cannot play against the Czech Republic in Lucerne this weekend.

Mona Lisa’s Tuscan villa on sale for more than €10 million
Italy

Mona Lisa’s Tuscan villa on sale for more than €10 million

The beautiful home once belonged to Lisa Gherardini, who is thought to have been the model for Da Vinci's portrait.

Here’s how Paris costs much more than the rest of France
France

Here’s how Paris costs much more than the rest of France

Hint: the rental prices have a lot to do with it, according to a new study.

Police raid Berlin mega-brothel linked to Hells Angels
Germany

Police raid Berlin mega-brothel linked to Hells Angels

More than 900 German police, tax and customs investigators raided Berlin's biggest brothel, charging it is linked to the Hells Angels biker gang, and making six arrests, authorities said on Thursday.

Tickets on sale for Montreux Jazz 50th birthday bash
Switzerland

Tickets on sale for Montreux Jazz 50th birthday bash

Neil Young, Deep Purple, PJ Harvey and Quincy Jones on the bill of the 50th Montreux Jazz Festival.

Terror suspect’s phone password ‘was jihad’
Sweden

Terror suspect’s phone password ‘was jihad’

UPDATED: The former teaching student's trial got under way on Friday.

Denmark’s Henrik gets new title (but not the one he wants)
Denmark

Denmark’s Henrik gets new title (but not the one he wants)

Consort no more. Queen Margrethe’s husband, who for years has been known as Prince Consort Henrik, has now simplified his name.

‘Firecracker’ cuts short Zlatan’s visit to Malmö
Sweden

‘Firecracker’ cuts short Zlatan’s visit to Malmö

A video has emerged showing chaotic scenes when Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic visited his old neighbourhood Rosengård.

Two refugees almost cross English channel in dinghy
France

Two refugees almost cross English channel in dinghy

Two Iranian men have been hauled to safety after almost crossing the English Channel in an inflatable dinghy.

Hollande vows to decide on presidency bid at end of year
France

Hollande vows to decide on presidency bid at end of year

Hollande has said he'll tell us at the end of the year if he is going to run for presidency in 2017.

5 practical things Brits abroad can do to keep UK in the EU

5 practical things Brits abroad can do to keep UK in the EU

If you're a pro-EU Brit living abroad, there's plenty you can do to keen Britain 'in', explains Laura Shields from the Brits Abroad: Yes to Europe initiative.

How to make Swedish smoked salmon and asparagus tart
Sweden

How to make Swedish smoked salmon and asparagus tart

Spring is the season of asparagus in Sweden. Try this delicious tart with smoked salmon.