Immigration issues shape election battle
Austria

Immigration issues shape election battle

A Kenyan man was remanded in custody in Austria Friday for an alleged murder that has stoked an already ugly presidential election campaign dominated by the issue of immigration.

Turning a red city blue
Austria

Turning a red city blue

The district of Simmering is archetypal "Red Vienna", its imposing council housing blocks, named after workers' heroes of the past, testament to almost a century of state largesse under the left.

Migrant arrivals in Italy top 30,000 for 2016: navy
Italy

Migrant arrivals in Italy top 30,000 for 2016: navy

The figure is slightly above the total at this time last year.

Danish Euro MP to be charged for millions in misused funds
Denmark

Danish Euro MP to be charged for millions in misused funds

The European Parliament is expected to announce on Monday that Danish MEP Morten Messerschmidt must return 2.9 million kroner ($450,000) to EU coffers.

German spies want right to keep tabs on teens
Germany

German spies want right to keep tabs on teens

Spies should have the right to keep communications data relating to minors aged under 16, a senior member of Germany's domestic intelligence service has said.

‘My dream will come true – and I will make it happen here in Sweden’
Sweden

‘My dream will come true – and I will make it happen here in Sweden’

Heavy metal guitarist Usama Soliman has discovered a bright musical future in Sweden, thanks in part to fate, Facebook, and the kindness of strangers.

Event: Come and discuss Brexit in Stockholm
Sweden

Event: Come and discuss Brexit in Stockholm

Are you in Stockholm and want to talk about what Brexit could mean, for Britain, Europe, Sweden - and you?

Algerian man cleared of New Year’s sex assault in Cologne
Germany

Algerian man cleared of New Year’s sex assault in Cologne

A German court on Friday threw out sexual assault charges against an Algerian man stemming from New Year's Eve violence in Cologne after the victim said she could not identify the defendant.

Brit escapes hitmen after gun jams in Costa del Sol attack
Spain

Brit escapes hitmen after gun jams in Costa del Sol attack

A British expat survived an attack by two masked men at the door to his Spanish home after their weapon jammed.

Paris Fringe Festival to showcase English arts scene
France

Paris Fringe Festival to showcase English arts scene

Here's all you need to know about the newest and most unique arts and theatre festival that's on the way to Paris.

German Mother’s Day: Florists to Nazis and back again
Germany

German Mother’s Day: Florists to Nazis and back again

American Mother’s Day: started by a grieving daughter. British Mother’s Day: stemmed from Christian tradition. German Mother’s Day: started by some florists looking to sell more flowers.

Strange campaign says Uber is damaging Danish welfare
Denmark

Strange campaign says Uber is damaging Danish welfare

A bizarre campaign featuring a character named Uberman has targeted ridesharing app Uber with a website and YouTube video.

Germany ‘expects Turkey to stick to EU refugee deal’
Germany

Germany ‘expects Turkey to stick to EU refugee deal’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel expects Turkey to stick to a deal to limit refugee flows to the EU even after the announced resignation of its prime minister, her spokesman said Friday.

Danish ‘cult’ claiming ‘demons cause autism’ arrives in Spain

Danish ‘cult’ claiming ‘demons cause autism’ arrives in Spain

A controversial religious group that claims it can cure autism "by driving out demons" is set to take to the streets of Barcelona this weekend.

Blue flight: Swedish cops are quitting in droves
Sweden

Blue flight: Swedish cops are quitting in droves

And unions fear the situation is about to get much worse.

Sunday opening laws could get overhaul in Norway
Norway

Sunday opening laws could get overhaul in Norway

Norway's strict Sunday trading rules could get an overhaul, after supermarket bosses met with the government on Friday.

The voices who bring English movies to German ears
Germany

The voices who bring English movies to German ears

Expats often complain about dubbing at the movies in Germany. But one artist wants to make us all value their hard work.

Deutsche Bank targeted in Italian bond sale probe
Italy

Deutsche Bank targeted in Italian bond sale probe

The German bank is accused of selling "massive" amounts of Italian government debt between January and June 2011 while publicly stating that the Italian debt situation was "sustainable".

Why are the French shrugging their shoulders at Brexit?
France

Why are the French shrugging their shoulders at Brexit?

One thing has surprised author Stephen Clarke about the French attitude towards a potential Brexit - their sheer indifference.

Dig out your glitter: Sweden counts down to Eurovision
Sweden

Dig out your glitter: Sweden counts down to Eurovision

Here's how Stockholm is getting ready for a week of Eurovision madness.

China is winning war of the worlds in giant Paris art show
France

China is winning war of the worlds in giant Paris art show

Monumental modern art doesn't come much more spectacular than this.

‘KKK’ flag mishap messes up Swedish pump makeover
Sweden

‘KKK’ flag mishap messes up Swedish pump makeover

Today’s lesson: Don’t put three K flags in a row.

Spain smashes Nigerian ‘CEO swindle’ scammer network
Spain

Spain smashes Nigerian ‘CEO swindle’ scammer network

The scammers duped senior company executives into parting with personal details which were then used to empty their financial accounts.

Swiss banker resold cheap HIV drugs meant for Africa
Switzerland

Swiss banker resold cheap HIV drugs meant for Africa

A former Swiss banker illegal earned over €1 million by selling HIV medication meant for poor people in southern Africa to customers in Europe, authorities say.

Eleven fantastic Swedish summer songs for May
Sweden

Eleven fantastic Swedish summer songs for May

The Local's music writer, Paul Connolly, offers up the fab fresh Swedish songs to see you through the month.

Jubilant Italian, 93, finally overturns athletics ban
Italy

Jubilant Italian, 93, finally overturns athletics ban

An athletics association stopped the retired police officer from competing two years ago on the grounds he was 'too old.'

Beheaded lamb mystery leaves police stumped
Austria

Beheaded lamb mystery leaves police stumped

Police in Austria have been left stumped by the gruesome discovery of a beheaded lamb in a field near the small city of Waidhofen an der Ybbs.

Universities dismiss ‘lottery’ for Paris medical students
France

Universities dismiss ‘lottery’ for Paris medical students

University authorities have denied claims that Paris medical students will be selected at random.

ETH Zurich rides high in key uni reputation poll
Switzerland

ETH Zurich rides high in key uni reputation poll

Swiss federal technology institute ETH Zurich is the highest rated university in continental Europe, a prestigious new survey shows.

Denmark wants to stay out of EU asylum distribution plan
Denmark

Denmark wants to stay out of EU asylum distribution plan

Denmark has vowed not to join a scheme to distribute asylum seekers more evenly around the EU.

Brit in critical condition after driving on wrong side of road
Germany

Brit in critical condition after driving on wrong side of road

A British man is in life-threatening condition in southwest Germany after he caused an accident by mistakenly driving on the left side of the road.

Bomb threat from man refused beer on Ryanair flight in Spain
Spain

Bomb threat from man refused beer on Ryanair flight in Spain

The man said he would detonate a bomb because "they won't serve me beer".

Right-wing AfD leader verboten in Munich beer hall
Germany

Right-wing AfD leader verboten in Munich beer hall

The manager of a Bavarian beer hall said he's had enough with the "right-wing mindset".

The winner of our ‘Hidden Vienna’ photo competition
Austria

The winner of our ‘Hidden Vienna’ photo competition

See the photos from the winner of The Local Austria and Visual Hub photo competition 'Hidden Vienna'.

Decapitated cat shocks residents of Swiss town
Switzerland

Decapitated cat shocks residents of Swiss town

The gruesome discovery of a cat's head on a street in northern Switzerland has left residents uneasy.

It’s official: Spain has the best beaches in the whole world
Spain

It’s official: Spain has the best beaches in the whole world

Spain can safely hold onto its title as the country with the most top beaches in the world.

Paris love lock tour group: ‘We don’t hang any locks’
France

Paris love lock tour group: ‘We don’t hang any locks’

A love lock tour group that's been slammed by an outraged public has said they don't actually hang padlocks on Paris bridges.

French mechanic finds ‘long-lost Renoir’ online for €700
France

French mechanic finds ‘long-lost Renoir’ online for €700

Authentic works by Renoir have reached up to $78 million at auction... so is this one for real?

This old Swiss army bunker is now an incredible new pool
Switzerland

This old Swiss army bunker is now an incredible new pool

A former military bunker in the canton of Zurich has given an amazing facelift and now houses a state-of-the-art swimming pool.

How Sweden is getting to grips with ‘sleeping rapists’
Sweden

How Sweden is getting to grips with ‘sleeping rapists’

'Sexsomnia' is a relatively new problem for Sweden's courts.

Police hold crisis talks after brutal murder in Vienna
Austria

Police hold crisis talks after brutal murder in Vienna

Police held a crisis meeting about tackling "foreign criminality" and the Interior Minister announced they will introduce new measures following the brutal murder of a woman on her way to work this week.

‘Mobile-free’ classrooms give Danish schoolkids focus
Denmark

‘Mobile-free’ classrooms give Danish schoolkids focus

Schools in both southern Denmark and Copenhagen say that banning mobile phones in class has helped pupils to become more focused and relaxed in class and more sociable outside it.

Sweden set to sizzle with weekend highs of 23C
Sweden

Sweden set to sizzle with weekend highs of 23C

Sweden's capital was the first spot in the country to formally shake off the spring on Thursday, while warm weather is set to stick around across the country.

Refugee with cerebral palsy could start new life in Spain
Spain

Refugee with cerebral palsy could start new life in Spain

Spanish officials are hoping to bring the seven-year-old boy to Spain where he could finally find the medical care he needs.

Italian firm wrong to not hire hijab-wearing woman: court
Italy

Italian firm wrong to not hire hijab-wearing woman: court

After sending a photo of herself wearing the headscarf, the company asked if she would be willing to remove it, to which she responded ‘no’, explaining that she wore it for religious reasons.

Catholic Church told to pay up over fake members
Norway

Catholic Church told to pay up over fake members

The Church in Oslo is accused of claiming people as members without their knowledge.

Activists destroy copies of far-right leader’s new book in raid
Italy

Activists destroy copies of far-right leader’s new book in raid

The protests came as Northern League leader, Matteo Salvini, visited Bologna on Thursday.

First in Europe: Spain reports Zika-related birth defects case
Spain

First in Europe: Spain reports Zika-related birth defects case

Spain has detected its first known case of the microcephaly birth defect in the foetus of a pregnant woman infected with the Zika virus.

VIDEO: Outrage after French police humiliate amputee
France

VIDEO: Outrage after French police humiliate amputee

A man has captured on camera what he called "unprecedented brutality" by police.

Most Germans don’t have any Muslim friends
Germany

Most Germans don’t have any Muslim friends

Almost two-thirds of non-Muslim Germans don't know any Muslims personally, a new survey has showed, casting light on increasing unease over the religion's place in society.

Spain hunts Russian officials close to Putin in mafia probe
Spain

Spain hunts Russian officials close to Putin in mafia probe

Spain has issued arrest warrants against several high-ranking Russian officials as part of a probe into a powerful underworld gang.

Renzi blasts ‘anachronistic’ Austria over border plan

Renzi blasts ‘anachronistic’ Austria over border plan

With Austria planning to reinstate border controls at the Brenner pass in the Alps, a key transport corridor, Rome fears it could be stuck hosting masses of new arrivals.

Innocent ‘terrorist’ shocked by paltry payout from Sweden
Sweden

Innocent ‘terrorist’ shocked by paltry payout from Sweden

A man falsely accused of terrorism has reacted with disbelief at how little Sweden will pay him in compensation.

Frankfurt police hunt gunmen after broad-daylight shooting
Germany

Frankfurt police hunt gunmen after broad-daylight shooting

Police are hunting for unknown gunmen who shot and seriously wounded two men in broad daylight in central Frankfurt on Thursday.

French Muslim sent home from school over long skirt
France

French Muslim sent home from school over long skirt

Her skirt was deemed to be "conspicuously religious".

Austria’s far-right candidate seeks to soften image
Austria

Austria’s far-right candidate seeks to soften image

The man most likely to be Austria's next president, Norbert Hofer from the far-right Freedom Party, said Thursday he believed the integration of migrants was "possible", in an apparent bid to woo more mainstream voters.

Gender equality: Why it’s important and why Malmö’s so good at it
Sweden

Gender equality: Why it’s important and why Malmö’s so good at it

Equality is one of the most important Swedish values, in focus in all parts of life. And after a recent visit to Malmö for an event specifically about gender equality, the topic is in the spotlight more than ever for SI students. So how equal is Sweden, really, and how do we define equality?

Now AC Milan is named as option for Sweden’s Zlatan
Sweden

Now AC Milan is named as option for Sweden’s Zlatan

Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic could consider a return to AC Milan, according to the Sweden striker's agent.

The Swedish strawberry drink that’s perfect for summer
Sweden

The Swedish strawberry drink that’s perfect for summer

The sun's out! Here's our favourite refreshing Swedish drink.

Sweden’s Greens tumble towards open trapdoor
Sweden

Sweden’s Greens tumble towards open trapdoor

A crisis in confidence in Sweden’s Greens has put the junior coalition partner in freefall, a new poll shows.