Climate scientists forecast droughts, floods, heatwaves
Austria

Climate scientists forecast droughts, floods, heatwaves

By mid-century, pockets of southern Europe will face at least one severe climate hazard every year of the scale now occurring only once a century, according to a new study.

Merkel admits ‘mistake’ in satire poem affair
Germany

Merkel admits ‘mistake’ in satire poem affair

Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted on Friday that she had made a "mistake" in her initial reaction to the poem, but held that the investigation against the comedian should still be allowed.

Tight race likely to upset Austrian power
Austria

Tight race likely to upset Austrian power

Austria's presidential ballot on Sunday is expected to highlight the decline in the country's two traditional parties, which for the first time since 1945 look unlikely to produce a winning candidate.

Hanover preps for President Obama’s historic visit
Germany

Hanover preps for President Obama’s historic visit

Barack Obama's visit to Hanover on Sunday will be the first time ever that a US President has visited the Lower Saxon capital's fair. And officials are taking it quite seriously: banning waving out of windows and locking down roads.

Norwegian fighter jet helps save dying patient
Norway

Norwegian fighter jet helps save dying patient

Quick-thinking medical staff in Norway saved a patient's life by calling in an F-16 fighter jet to whisk life saving medical equipment from one hospital to another, media reports said on Friday.

Strikes to hit major German airports next Wednesday
Germany

Strikes to hit major German airports next Wednesday

Flight delays and cancellations are expected at several German airports, including the main hub Frankfurt, next Wednesday due to ground personnel strikes announced by a services union.

Minister denies ‘twanging French journalist’s knickers’
France

Minister denies ‘twanging French journalist’s knickers’

France's finance minister has found himself at the centre of what the French are calling "Knickers Gate" and facing calls to resign.

Spanish designers chosen to dress youngest British royals
Spain

Spanish designers chosen to dress youngest British royals

The Local speaks to the designer behind Princess Charlotte’s retro look and why it is proving a boon for Spanish clothing sales.

How the Green leaders have alienated almost everyone
Sweden

How the Green leaders have alienated almost everyone

Support for the two heads of the Green Party has slipped to an unprecedented low.

Shakespeare and Italy: A literary love affair
Italy

Shakespeare and Italy: A literary love affair

To mark 400 years since William Shakespeare's death, we look back at the Bard's particular fondness for Italy.

Young man ‘surfs’ on train after forgetting bag inside
Germany

Young man ‘surfs’ on train after forgetting bag inside

When a 20-year-old in western Germany noticed he’d left his luggage on the train he took swift action - jumping onto the coupling at the back as the locomotive rolled out of the station.

Snowden sues Norway to avoid extradition during visit
Norway

Snowden sues Norway to avoid extradition during visit

Fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has filed a lawsuit against the Norwegian government seeking a guarantee he will not be extradited if he visits to accept an award, a literary rights group said on Thursday.

Geneva broadcaster boots Romania out of Eurovision
Switzerland

Geneva broadcaster boots Romania out of Eurovision

Romania's 'Moment of Silence' just got a little longer.

‘I’m being deported for finding my Swedish job on LinkedIn’
Sweden

‘I’m being deported for finding my Swedish job on LinkedIn’

Syed Latif has been told to leave Sweden because he got his job via LinkedIn.

‘Fact: François Hollande is a great world leader’
France

‘Fact: François Hollande is a great world leader’

Time magazine thinks he's one of the 'greatest world leaders' around.

How a tiny French town has infuriated Azerbaijan
France

How a tiny French town has infuriated Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan wants to have a say over who a French village chooses to be friends with.

City installs floor traffic lights for smartphone addicts
Germany

City installs floor traffic lights for smartphone addicts

A German town has come up with an innovative way of saving the skin of slumbering ‘smombies’, by embedding traffic lights in the pavement.

Nine of the quirkiest things you can see in Paris
France

Nine of the quirkiest things you can see in Paris

Take a closer look at the more unusual side of Paris.

Why Romania is being booted out of Eurovision
Sweden

Why Romania is being booted out of Eurovision

The song we won't be hearing in Stockholm is called Moment of Silence.

Happy 70th Vespa! The history behind Italy’s famous scooter
Italy

Happy 70th Vespa! The history behind Italy’s famous scooter

Invented by the Piaggio company, the world's most famous scooter turns 70 on Saturday.

Car makers recall 630,000 vehicles over emissions
Germany

Car makers recall 630,000 vehicles over emissions

Major names in the auto industry found themselves caught in headlights of a global engine-rigging scandal on Friday as Volkswagen totted up the costs it faces so far.

Ten Vienna flea-markets to visit this weekend
Austria

Ten Vienna flea-markets to visit this weekend

With the sun tentatively shining again in Austria, the ‘Flohmarkt’ season as once more begun.

Fathers should share parental leave, says commission
Switzerland

Fathers should share parental leave, says commission

Switzerland should follow Scandinavia's lead by granting shared parental leave, says a commission.

Berlin craft scene’s challenge to ancient beer purity law
Germany

Berlin craft scene’s challenge to ancient beer purity law

Germany's best-known law worldwide is probably the ancient beer purity rule that's nearing its 500th anniversary. But Berlin is the home of a growing movement to challenge the Bavarian tradition.

France sees huge drop in anti-Muslim acts and threats
France

France sees huge drop in anti-Muslim acts and threats

The number of anti-Muslim acts in France has fallen, but community leaders fear things may take a turn for the worse once again.

Fresh elections almost certain but will results be different?
Spain

Fresh elections almost certain but will results be different?

Polls predict that if new elections are held, the results will be similar to those of December.

US air drop goes wrong as Humvees crash to earth
Germany

US air drop goes wrong as Humvees crash to earth

A practice air drop by the US military in Germany didn't exactly go according to plan when three expensive Humvees crashed to earth without their parachutes holding.

Three men jailed over gang rape on ferry
Sweden

Three men jailed over gang rape on ferry

The attack took place in February last year.

Unser Shakespeare: Germans’ mad obsession with the Bard
Germany

Unser Shakespeare: Germans’ mad obsession with the Bard

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the great Bard’s death, The Local looks into Germany's perhaps surprising obsession with Shakespeare.

How Prince had fond love for France and one Paris venue
France

How Prince had fond love for France and one Paris venue

Prince said he always wanted to live in France and had a favourite venue in Paris where he played secret gigs.

Zurich rents are most expensive in Switzerland
Switzerland

Zurich rents are most expensive in Switzerland

But you get more for your money than in Geneva.

How I went from teaching in Italy to working for the UN
Italy

How I went from teaching in Italy to working for the UN

Jonathan Moody came to Rome as an English teacher but now works for the UN.

Austria’s answer to Bonnie and Clyde arrested this week
Austria

Austria’s answer to Bonnie and Clyde arrested this week

Austria’s version of Bonnie and Clyde have been arrested this week accused of carrying out armed raids on five banks over a two year period.

Racist Inter Milan fans force partial stadium ban
Italy

Racist Inter Milan fans force partial stadium ban

Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly has been subjected to monkey chants.

The French village with more cannabis plants than people
France

The French village with more cannabis plants than people

Living the high life: A French village has been found to have been home to 900 cannabis plants compared to 800 people.

SI alumni share success stories and career advice
Sweden

SI alumni share success stories and career advice

SI NFGL alumni and current students gathered forces on Thursday to host a mingle event and panel in Stockholm, focusing on career development.

Women targeted in anti Muslim attacks in Austria
Austria

Women targeted in anti Muslim attacks in Austria

There were 156 assaults against Muslims in Austria in 2015, with the vast majority of incidents targeting women, according to the first ever anti-Muslim racism report.

Munich students predict Game of Thrones deaths with app
Germany

Munich students predict Game of Thrones deaths with app

Students at the Technical University (TU) of Munich have built an app that predicts which characters on legendarily bloody TV show Game of Thrones will be next to die.

Woman returns handbag full of cash found on metro
Spain

Woman returns handbag full of cash found on metro

Barcelona Metro has thanked a passenger who handed in a handbag containing over €8,500 in cash.

Daimler shares fall as firm opens US emissions probe
Germany

Daimler shares fall as firm opens US emissions probe

Shares in German carmaker Daimler, owner of Mercedes-Benz, fell sharply on Friday after the group announced a steep drop in profits in the first quarter and a probe into the emissions values of its cars.

Seven surprising Italian food rules foreigners fall foul of
Italy

Seven surprising Italian food rules foreigners fall foul of

Yes, Italian food is delicious. But before you dine out with Italians, you'll need to know some rules.

Aussies hail Swede as hero after train-track rescue
Sweden

Aussies hail Swede as hero after train-track rescue

This Swede's bravery may have saved another man's life.

Nine reasons why Cervantes is better than Shakespeare
Spain

Nine reasons why Cervantes is better than Shakespeare

In the battle for greatness, could Cervantes beat Shakespeare?

Italian footballer banned over sexist insults on Facebook
Italy

Italian footballer banned over sexist insults on Facebook

He told a female referee to "stay at home and iron".

Here’s why the French struggle with English so much
France

Here’s why the French struggle with English so much

And you thought French was hard?

Happy book day! Top ten Spanish literary gifts
Spain

Happy book day! Top ten Spanish literary gifts

To mark Spanish book day, The Local gives you the ultimate list of Spain-related books that make excellent gifts.

VIDEO: Jewellers in southern France raided by… swarm of bees
France

VIDEO: Jewellers in southern France raided by… swarm of bees

See the moment 15,000 bees swarmed the entrance of a French jewellers.

Survey: Could Brits in Europe put the brakes on Brexit?
Austria

Survey: Could Brits in Europe put the brakes on Brexit?

How will Brits abroad vote in the "Brexit" referendum? The Local surveyed more than 2,700 people across Europe to find out.

Merkel party at weakest point since 2011
Germany

Merkel party at weakest point since 2011

Polls published on Friday morning showed Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) at its lowest level of support since 2011.

Could Brits in Europe put the brakes on Brexit?
France

Could Brits in Europe put the brakes on Brexit?

Most British expats in Europe surveyed by The Local believe Britain has to remain in Europe.

Swedish pupils accused of Nazi salute in school photo
Sweden

Swedish pupils accused of Nazi salute in school photo

Five boys in southern Sweden have been charged with inciting racial hatred.

Peugeot raided by fraud squad in emissions probe
France

Peugeot raided by fraud squad in emissions probe

The premises of the French carmakers behind Peugeot and Citroen have been raided as part of an emissions probe.

Austrian bishop refuses refugee fence on Church land
Austria

Austrian bishop refuses refugee fence on Church land

An Austrian bishop refused on Thursday to allow parts of a planned anti-migrant fence on the country's southern border with Hungary to be built on Church land.

How to make Sweden’s posh potato cakes at home
Sweden

How to make Sweden’s posh potato cakes at home

Known as 'Råraka' in Swedish, this dish is common in luxury restaurants, but it's easier than you might think to make at home.

Canadians snap up Swedish children’s digital gaming toy
Sweden

Canadians snap up Swedish children’s digital gaming toy

Swedish hit app Toca Boca is moving to Canada.

Survey: Could Brits in Europe put the brakes on Brexit?
Italy

Survey: Could Brits in Europe put the brakes on Brexit?

The Local surveyed 2710 people across Europe to find out what expats are thinking about the upcoming Brexit vote.

Survey: Could Brits in Europe put the brakes on Brexit?
Germany

Survey: Could Brits in Europe put the brakes on Brexit?

How will Brits abroad vote in the "Brexit" referendum? The Local surveyed more than 2,700 people across Europe to find out.

Could Brits in Europe put the brakes on Brexit?
Switzerland

Could Brits in Europe put the brakes on Brexit?

The Local's survey discovers what expats are thinking about the forthcoming British referendum.

Survey: Could Brits in Europe put the brakes on Brexit?
Spain

Survey: Could Brits in Europe put the brakes on Brexit?

How will Brits abroad vote in the "Brexit" referendum? The Local surveyed more than 2,700 people across Europe to find out.

Could Brits in Europe put the brakes on Brexit?
Sweden

Could Brits in Europe put the brakes on Brexit?

Here's what The Local's readers told our survey.