Stick-up? Swedish police probe chewing gum theft
Sweden

Stick-up? Swedish police probe chewing gum theft

You’ve heard of The Great Train Robbery, but how about the great chewing gum robbery?

Prosecutor wants 18 years jail for migrant disaster captain
Italy

Prosecutor wants 18 years jail for migrant disaster captain

It was the worst disaster in the Mediterranean since World War II.

France busts sailboat gang of migrant smugglers
France

France busts sailboat gang of migrant smugglers

French police caught the yachtsmen who were operating a lucrative people-smuggling business between France and the UK.

Security stepped up after radio mast sabotage
Sweden

Security stepped up after radio mast sabotage

Police are investigating if it was just a dangerous prank or something more sinister.

Is this the eco-solution to France’s wild-peeing plague?
France

Is this the eco-solution to France’s wild-peeing plague?

A box full of straw with some pretty flowers on top could just be the next big thing.

IOC looks to ban 31 drug cheats from Rio games
Switzerland

IOC looks to ban 31 drug cheats from Rio games

The 31 athletes from 12 countries failed doping tests after new analysis of samples taken from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Bavarians rush for non-lethal weapons licenses
Germany

Bavarians rush for non-lethal weapons licenses

In the first three months of 2016 the number of people who applied for so-called small weapons licences in Bavaria was already double the number for the whole of 2015.

More clashes as protests turn violent across France
France

More clashes as protests turn violent across France

Violent clashes took place in Paris, Nantes and Bordeaux as labour reform protests kicked off again.

Almodóvar fights back over Panama Papers ‘exaggeration’
Spain

Almodóvar fights back over Panama Papers ‘exaggeration’

The film director used his appearance in Cannes to slam the Spanish media over "exaggerating" his role in the tax haven leak.

The Parisian habits you’ll pick up ‘in an hour’
France

The Parisian habits you’ll pick up ‘in an hour’

The Local spoke to Olivier Giraud, the star of the hugely successful theatre show "How to be Parisian in one hour", to find out how to act like a local in the City of Light.

Keeping Denmark in Europol ‘maybe impossible’
Denmark

Keeping Denmark in Europol ‘maybe impossible’

Donald Tusk warned on Tuesday that Denmark will not face an easy road in establishing a ‘parallel agreement’ to remain part of the EU's law enforcement agency.

Paris mayor wants Seine to be ‘swimmable’ before Olympics
France

Paris mayor wants Seine to be ‘swimmable’ before Olympics

Seeing someone swimming in the Seine River of Paris soon might not be as impossible as it sounds.

Shy tenants take sting out of German rent controls
Germany

Shy tenants take sting out of German rent controls

With rents shooting up in Berlin, the government stepped in last year on the side of the tenant. But so far the measures haven’t worked.

Scandinavian players slam ‘modern day slavery’ in Qatar

Scandinavian players slam ‘modern day slavery’ in Qatar

Danish and Norwegian players on Tuesday criticised the "cruel" working conditions of labourers at Qatar's 2022 World Cup stadiums in a video published by world football players' union, FIFPro.

Löw names Euro 2016 squad with fresh new faces
Germany

Löw names Euro 2016 squad with fresh new faces

German trainer Joachim Löw looks to be taking some risks with his provisional Euro 2016 squad.

Unknown attackers rip heads off 40 chickens
Germany

Unknown attackers rip heads off 40 chickens

A farmer in central Germany woke up on Sunday morning to the horrifying sight of 40 of his chickens with their heads ripped off by brute force.

5 reasons why Spanish clubs dominate European football
Spain

5 reasons why Spanish clubs dominate European football

What makes Spanish football teams so much better than their European rivals?

Report reveals gender gap in Swedish learning
Sweden

Report reveals gender gap in Swedish learning

A gender gap may exist among those hoping to learn the Swedish language.

Austria swears in new chancellor as far-right looms
Austria

Austria swears in new chancellor as far-right looms

Austria will appoint its new Chancellor Christian Kern on Tuesday, with the ailing centrist government pinning its hopes on the ex-railway boss to help stem the surge of the far-right.

Sweden gets ready for Prince Oscar’s baptism
Sweden

Sweden gets ready for Prince Oscar’s baptism

European royalty, the arch bishop and spring water from a Swedish island. What more do you need for a royal christening?

France readies for first national ‘motorway party’
France

France readies for first national ‘motorway party’

It's time to use France's motorways for something besides driving.

Fury over Franco and Himmler ‘tribute’ during Spanish fiesta
Spain

Fury over Franco and Himmler ‘tribute’ during Spanish fiesta

The faces of the two infamous men were projected onto the castle of Guadamur and now town authorities have been forced to apologise.

‘Beast of Rupperswil’ was local football coach
Switzerland

‘Beast of Rupperswil’ was local football coach

The village of Rupperswil is left reeling after police reveal background of quadruple murderer.

Negative Facebook reviews could benefit business
Austria

Negative Facebook reviews could benefit business

Negative reviews on social media could actually benefit businesses, a new study in Austria has shown.

Rome mulls ‘metro museum’ after new line unearths ruin
Italy

Rome mulls ‘metro museum’ after new line unearths ruin

The huge imperial barracks was found during construction work on a new underground station in the capital.

French Instagrammers remake iconic Paris art
France

French Instagrammers remake iconic Paris art

Check out this new exhibition, which has seen social media users take a fresh look at classic French art.

Pensioner claims to have found hidden Nazi nukes
Germany

Pensioner claims to have found hidden Nazi nukes

A hobby historian from eastern Germany says he has found Hitler’s nuclear bombs in an underground bunker. But did such a bomb even exist?

How a Syrian writer fled to Sweden after a torturer’s castration threat
Sweden

How a Syrian writer fled to Sweden after a torturer’s castration threat

Four years have passed since the Syrian writer Housam al-Mosilli was arrested and tortured. Now he lives in Linköping, after the Swedish city offered him sanctuary this year.

Why Italy’s facing a birth rate apocalypse
Italy

Why Italy’s facing a birth rate apocalypse

Italians love children, but the stereotypical image of parents surrounded by their large brood has been confined to history.

Why Danes are currently discussing ‘Our Denmark’
Denmark

Why Danes are currently discussing ‘Our Denmark’

An advertising campaign from the Danish People’s Party has been the talk of the nation and criticized for everything from poor Photoshop skills to a white-washing of the Danish population.

Lynx hurdles electric fence to escape Swiss animal park
Switzerland

Lynx hurdles electric fence to escape Swiss animal park

A wild lynx has escaped from an animal shelter near Nyon after breaching the park’s electric fences.

Shipment of cocaine found hidden within plastic bananas
Spain

Shipment of cocaine found hidden within plastic bananas

A shipment with a street value of €17m was found hidden within synthetic bananas at a port in southern Spain.

This Swede’s viral ad nails Stockholm’s housing crisis
Sweden

This Swede’s viral ad nails Stockholm’s housing crisis

Fancy having no toilet and washing in the local car wash? This is the place for you.

Spaniard faces jail over ‘kill the king’ Twitter joke
Spain

Spaniard faces jail over ‘kill the king’ Twitter joke

A Spaniard is facing up to two years in prison for making a joke about Spain's King Felipe on social media.

‘No better place’ than Vienna to bring up kids
Austria

‘No better place’ than Vienna to bring up kids

Expat parents in Vienna tell The Local Austria about the pros and cons of bringing up children in the city.

Berlin mall occupied by 1,000-strong ‘flashmob orchestra’
Germany

Berlin mall occupied by 1,000-strong ‘flashmob orchestra’

Hundreds of amateur musicians joined the German Symphony Orchestra to play Wagner, Verdi and Bizet pieces in a flashmob concert in the Mall of Berlin shopping centre on Monday.

France to be hit by week of transport strikes and protests
France

France to be hit by week of transport strikes and protests

Here's how you'll (probably) be affected.

Five reasons why Spain is a great place to be gay
Spain

Five reasons why Spain is a great place to be gay

The Local takes a look some of the major advantages for the LGBT community in Spain.

More syringes found stuck into train seats in Austria
Austria

More syringes found stuck into train seats in Austria

Second case of syringes left sticking out of a train seat in Vienna leaves woman in hospital.

Italian man killed in front of family by swarm of bees
Italy

Italian man killed in front of family by swarm of bees

The 58-year-old was not known to be allergic to bees.

Danish asylum centres under scrutiny after abuse report
Denmark

Danish asylum centres under scrutiny after abuse report

Reports of physical and emotional abuse in one of Denmark's asylum tent camps has led to calls for national action.

France probes Isis video featuring ‘two French children’
France

France probes Isis video featuring ‘two French children’

Paris prosecutors have launched an inquiry into a new Isis video that suggests two French children took part in the killing of Syrian prisoners.

Stockholm makes it easier for refugees to meet startups
Sweden

Stockholm makes it easier for refugees to meet startups

Sweden has had record levels of immigration in recent months – and the booming Stockholm tech sector is in need of employees. The situation has the potential to be a match made in heaven.

Smoke in cockpit forces pilots into emergency landing
Germany

Smoke in cockpit forces pilots into emergency landing

A Germanwings flight from Dresden to Düsseldorf was forced into an emergency landing on Monday evening after smoke appeared in the cockpit.

Dog walker finds suspected murder victim in river Rhine
Switzerland

Dog walker finds suspected murder victim in river Rhine

The body of a woman was pulled out of the river Rhine near the German city of Konstanz on Sunday.

No more sashimi: Castaways survived ten days on raw fish
Spain

No more sashimi: Castaways survived ten days on raw fish

A Spanish couple survived on raw fish after being lost at sea in shark infested waters off Borneo.

Pope weighs in on French church’s paedophilia storm
France

Pope weighs in on French church’s paedophilia storm

Pope Francis has ruled out seeking the fast-track resignation of a French cardinal accused of failing to inform the authorities about an alleged paedophile priest.

Convicted neo-Nazi terrorist attends AfD Munich meeting
Germany

Convicted neo-Nazi terrorist attends AfD Munich meeting

A convicted neo-Nazi terrorist was among the audience at a high-profile speech by Alternative For Germany (AfD) leader Frauke Petry on Sunday, with the right-wing populist party scrambling to distance itself.

Hollande ‘won’t back down’ on labour market reform
France

Hollande ‘won’t back down’ on labour market reform

French President Francois has ruled out withdrawing the labour market reforms which have sparked street protests for weeks and led to a vote of no-confidence in the government.

London mayor ‘bomb’ joke bares crisis in Grillo party
Italy

London mayor ‘bomb’ joke bares crisis in Grillo party

"Beppe has always brought the news into his stand-ups. And seeing as in Italy there's rhetoric about Muslims blowing themselves up, he cracked the joke."

Dubai a ‘transit hub’ for drug smugglers as Italy arrests two
Italy

Dubai a ‘transit hub’ for drug smugglers as Italy arrests two

The street value of the recent cocaine seizures in Rome was put at around €441,000.

Police hunt Stockholm metro station gunmen
Sweden

Police hunt Stockholm metro station gunmen

Police have launched an investigation after several gunshots were fired at a metro station in southern Stockholm.

1,800 jobs to go as part of Italian bank merger
Italy

1,800 jobs to go as part of Italian bank merger

The merger between Banco Popolare and BPM will create Italy's third-largest bank.

UN: weedkiller ‘unlikely’ to cause cancer
Switzerland

UN: weedkiller ‘unlikely’ to cause cancer

The controversial weedkiller glyphosate, used in herbicide Roundup, is "unlikely" to cause cancer, a United Nations finding has said.

Norwegian’s Islamist captors set new ransom deadline
Norway

Norwegian’s Islamist captors set new ransom deadline

Extremists in the Philippines say they will kill another Western hostage if a multi-million dollar ransom is not paid within four weeks.

Norway sovereign fund to sue Volkswagen
Norway

Norway sovereign fund to sue Volkswagen

The world's largest sovereign wealth fund will reportedly sue the German carmaker over its emissions-cheating scandal.

World powers meet in Vienna to save Syria peace hopes
Austria

World powers meet in Vienna to save Syria peace hopes

Senior envoys from world and regional powers are to meet once again in Vienna on Tuesday in an effort to salvage stumbling efforts to halt Syria's bloody civil war.

‘Swedes, ditch meat on the barbecue this summer’
Sweden

‘Swedes, ditch meat on the barbecue this summer’

Should Swedes abandon meat on the barbecue this summer and go vegetarian instead?

Swedish parents caught faking kids’ sick leave
Sweden

Swedish parents caught faking kids’ sick leave

Record number of parents are being caught cheating the Swedish benefits system, which allows them to get paid for looking after sick children.