The weirdest ways to insult someone in French
France

The weirdest ways to insult someone in French

Use with caution.

Syrian jailed in Sweden over Facebook beating video
Sweden

Syrian jailed in Sweden over Facebook beating video

A Swedish court has jailed a Syrian for aggravated assault over a Facebook video of him beating a fellow rebel fighter.

These are some of Sweden’s new gay pride mailboxes
Sweden

These are some of Sweden’s new gay pride mailboxes

Swedish post boxes painted in rainbow colours are making a splash in Stockholm in a show of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

Sex scandals: Are French politicians really the worst?
France

Sex scandals: Are French politicians really the worst?

The world of French politics has been sullied by sex scandals once again. Will lessons be learned this time?

Frank Underwood trolls ‘undemocratic’ French PM
France

Frank Underwood trolls ‘undemocratic’ French PM

The official Twitter account for fictional president Frank Underwood trolled the French PM by saying his government's forced labour reform bill was undemocratic.

Volunteers fail to save baby whale beached in Spain
Spain

Volunteers fail to save baby whale beached in Spain

UPDATED: The three-tonne whale died after being washed up on a beach in southwestern Spain.

Why these women say wage transparency is not enough
Germany

Why these women say wage transparency is not enough

Women in Germany tell The Local that government plans to fight the country's male-female wage gap are far from enough.

Stars descend on Riviera as Cannes Film Festival opens
France

Stars descend on Riviera as Cannes Film Festival opens

The glitz and glamour of the Cannes Film Festival is back again.

Italy says ‘yes’ to gay civil unions in historic vote
Italy

Italy says ‘yes’ to gay civil unions in historic vote

The Italian government survived a confidence vote called by Italian Premier Matteo Renzi, in order to force the bill through.

Swedish PM to teach Obama about the ‘Nordic model’
Sweden

Swedish PM to teach Obama about the ‘Nordic model’

Stefan Löfven and the four other Nordic leaders will hold discussions with the US President on Friday.

1,000s of gay men in Germany still live with criminal records
Germany

1,000s of gay men in Germany still live with criminal records

Homosexuality hasn’t been a crime for decades. But thousands of men still have criminal records based on a law that was wiped from the books in 1969.

Tesco to bring British tea and biscuits to Spanish stores
Spain

Tesco to bring British tea and biscuits to Spanish stores

There is brilliant news for those Brits who just long for a traditional cuppa.

Tennis: Federer back on form with win in Rome
Switzerland

Tennis: Federer back on form with win in Rome

Last week's back pain proves a thing of the past for Roger Federer as he wins his first match at the Rome Masters.

Italy court acquits engineer sentenced for quake deaths
Italy

Italy court acquits engineer sentenced for quake deaths

The engineer had been given a jail sentence after a building he had restored collapsed during the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake, killing 13.

Explosions heard as fire rips through Berlin supermarket
Germany

Explosions heard as fire rips through Berlin supermarket

Fire services in the German capital described witnessing repeated explosions as they struggle against a huge blaze at an Asian supermarket.

Danish man faces terror charge over Facebook post
Denmark

Danish man faces terror charge over Facebook post

A 19-year-old Aarhus man is being charged with threatening terrorist acts for comments he made on social media.

Six Eurovision acts you just have to look out for
Sweden

Six Eurovision acts you just have to look out for

Introducing naked wolf dancing and a Frenchman who's been likened to Enrique Iglesias.

Norway’s Andersen new North Korea national coach
Norway

Norway’s Andersen new North Korea national coach

Norway native Jørn Andersen will lead North Korea's national football team.

Gallery: giant tortoise at Zurich Zoo is mother at 80
Switzerland

Gallery: giant tortoise at Zurich Zoo is mother at 80

A Galapagos giant tortoise at Zurich Zoo has become a mother again at the age of 80.

French teen broadcasts own suicide live on social media
France

French teen broadcasts own suicide live on social media

UPDATED: A French 19-year-old used the Periscope app to stream live footage of herself jumping in front of a train near Paris, after naming a man who she said had raped her.

Italy holds confidence vote on civil rights bill
Italy

Italy holds confidence vote on civil rights bill

Wednesday is a landmark day for gay rights in Italy.

Thirsty Russians lift Carlsberg sales
Denmark

Thirsty Russians lift Carlsberg sales

"A solid start to the year" for the Danish brewer.

Campaigners demand opera drops bull from starring role
Spain

Campaigners demand opera drops bull from starring role

There is a new star at Madrid's opera house... unless animal rights activists get their way.

Northern France on high alert for storms this afternoon
France

Northern France on high alert for storms this afternoon

Much of France is set ot experience flashes of lightning and booms of thunder as storms sweep across the country. Weather warnigns are in place.

Paris turns up pressure on Airbnb cheats
France

Paris turns up pressure on Airbnb cheats

Here's how Paris wants Airbnb cheats to turn themselves in, or perhaps their neighbours will.

Austria struggles to improve gender equality at work
Austria

Austria struggles to improve gender equality at work

Austria is one of the worst performing countries in the OECD when it comes to equality for women in the workplace according to figures released last week.

Swedish star Zara Larsson sings summer football hit
Sweden

Swedish star Zara Larsson sings summer football hit

Europe will soon be hearing a lot more from Sweden's rising star of pop.

Munich knifeman had just left psychiatric care, say police
Germany

Munich knifeman had just left psychiatric care, say police

The man arrested on Tuesday for stabbing four people on the outskirts of Munich was released from psychiatric care two days before the attack, police confirm.

Italy busts network that held migrants hostage in Sicily
Italy

Italy busts network that held migrants hostage in Sicily

Italy has arrested 13 accused of being part of a network which held migrants hostage on their arrival in Sicily to extort money.

Je suis ‘troll’: More English words enter French language
France

Je suis ‘troll’: More English words enter French language

Internet "trolls" now officially exist in France as well.

Denmark arrests boyfriend of British mum missing in Spain

Denmark arrests boyfriend of British mum missing in Spain

The boyfriend went on the run after the disappearance of Lisa Brown, a British mother-of-one who vanished last November from her home on the Costa del Sol.

Geneva to vote on building bridge over lake
Switzerland

Geneva to vote on building bridge over lake

Should Geneva build a crossing over Lac Léman? Residents get their say on June 5th.

Cold front set to bring weather chillier than Christmas
Germany

Cold front set to bring weather chillier than Christmas

The skies above most of Germany remained clear on Wednesday morning. But that is set to change for the weekend, when it could be colder than Christmas 2015.

Why UberPOP is being scrapped in Sweden
Sweden

Why UberPOP is being scrapped in Sweden

Uber has announced it is ditching its low-cost car-sharing service in Sweden.

Norway city bans scantily-clad ads
Norway

Norway city bans scantily-clad ads

No more muscle-bound men or bikini models in Trondheim.

Anger as families sent tax bills for Paris terror attack victims
France

Anger as families sent tax bills for Paris terror attack victims

Families of the victims of the Paris terror attacks have been left furious after they were sent tax bills for their dead loved ones.

New law could let free Wi-Fi bloom in Germany
Germany

New law could let free Wi-Fi bloom in Germany

Germany's government is set to finally loosen restrictive rules that have turned businesses off offering free Wi-Fi, media reported on Wednesday.

Tuscany fights sex slavery with red light district race
Italy

Tuscany fights sex slavery with red light district race

The ultra-marathon will pass through the region's most notorious red light districts.

Klepto Leicester supporter nabbed by airport police
Austria

Klepto Leicester supporter nabbed by airport police

A hairdresser from Leicester who stole from duty free shops in Vienna airport to pay for flights to visit his girlfriend in Austria is now facing charges after he was caught by police.

Italian candidate puts naked bum on election poster
Italy

Italian candidate puts naked bum on election poster

“The photo is needed to attract your attention, otherwise you would never have read it.”

Denmark to beef up military presence in Afghanistan
Denmark

Denmark to beef up military presence in Afghanistan

Denmark will strengthen its military contingent in Afghanistan with both personnel and investments.

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France

Eight other sex scandals that rocked French politics

From ballerinas to Bangkok brothels.

Norwegians have gloomiest financial outlook in decades
Norway

Norwegians have gloomiest financial outlook in decades

Norwegians’ confidence in the economy is at a low point not seen since the banking and housing crisis of the early 1990s.

Swedish Democracy: Interview with politician Hillevi Larsson
Sweden

Swedish Democracy: Interview with politician Hillevi Larsson

What exactly is "the Swedish model"? What is unique about Swedish democracy? How do Swedes even get involved in politics in the first place? We decided to ask a few politicians. First up, Hillevi Larsson, a Social Democrat from Malmö.

Sexism row: French minister admits ‘inappropriate’ move
France

Sexism row: French minister admits ‘inappropriate’ move

France's Finance Minister Michel Sapin admitted to an "inappropriate action" to a female journalist, who claimed he twanged the elastic of her knickers.

Volkswagen: where Germany’s two great passions are united
Germany

Volkswagen: where Germany’s two great passions are united

Known worldwide for its popular Beetle camper van and, of late, its engine-rigging scandal, German car maker Volkswagen also has another slightly lesser-known speciality: the curry sausage.

Hero soldier rescues OAP from burning house
Austria

Hero soldier rescues OAP from burning house

A young soldier in Austria has been hailed a hero after breaking down a door to a burning building and rescuing an 87-year-old woman trapped inside.

Police investigating 40 refugees for terror links
Germany

Police investigating 40 refugees for terror links

Federal investigators have opened cases against dozens of people who have arrived in Germany seeking asylum, suspecting Isis connections.

44-year-old refused fertility treatment on insurance
Switzerland

44-year-old refused fertility treatment on insurance

A woman in her 40s has taken her health insurer to court after it refused to cover the cost of her infertility treatment because of her age.

Disabled refugee starts new life thanks to Spain campaign
Spain

Disabled refugee starts new life thanks to Spain campaign

Osman can finally get the medical care he so badly needs.

Denmark climbs up Europe’s ‘gay friendly’ rankings
Denmark

Denmark climbs up Europe’s ‘gay friendly’ rankings

The Nordic country jumped from ninth to fourth place in a review of how LGBTI people experience human rights across the continent.

SPD push for women to be able to see men’s salaries
Germany

SPD push for women to be able to see men’s salaries

The Social Democratic Party (SPD) want to introduce a law allowing women to see what their male colleagues earn, in an attempt to level the gender pay gap.

Heavier is now healthier: Danish study
Denmark

Heavier is now healthier: Danish study

Surprising new study doesn't mean you can eat whatever you want, though.

Paris mayor races to meet London counterpart Khan
France

Paris mayor races to meet London counterpart Khan

Anne Hidalgo wasted no time by becoming the first foreign dignitary to meet London's new socialist mayor Sadiq Khan.

Spanish journalist freed from Syria feared being sold to Isis
Spain

Spanish journalist freed from Syria feared being sold to Isis

Three journalists spent almost a year held hostage in Syria by an Al Qaeda-linked group fearing that they could be sold to the Islamic State group, which regularly kills captives.

Paris to Rome in one hour: France backs the Hyperloop
France

Paris to Rome in one hour: France backs the Hyperloop

It could be quicker to go from Paris to Rome than to go to work in the French capital via the RER and Metro.

First semi-final winners revealed for Eurovision finale
Sweden

First semi-final winners revealed for Eurovision finale

The first ten countries to qualify for Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest final have been announced in Stockholm.

Strikes called as government faces new no-confidence vote
France

Strikes called as government faces new no-confidence vote

Anger at the French government's decision to force unpopular labour reforms through parliament has prompted calls for more strikes.

Six signs Sweden takes Eurovision too seriously
Sweden

Six signs Sweden takes Eurovision too seriously

For Swedes, the annual pop pageant is no laughing matter.

Startups: ‘Housing is a hurdle if you’re coming to Stockholm’
Sweden

Startups: ‘Housing is a hurdle if you’re coming to Stockholm’

UPDATED: The Local spoke to startup workers taking part in a protest over Stockholm's housing crisis on Wednesday.

Eataly fined €50k for misleading wine labels
Italy

Eataly fined €50k for misleading wine labels

The high-end Italian supermarket has been fined for encouraging customers to assume its wines were free from sulphites.