A gift for Euroskeptics?
Austria

A gift for Euroskeptics?

Austria's presidential runoff, which could see a far-right candidate grab power this Sunday, is a test for the European Union as it battles the rise of eurosceptic and populist parties across the continent.

Swiss champ Federer pulls out of French Open
Switzerland

Swiss champ Federer pulls out of French Open

Is this the beginning of the end of Roger Federer's long career?

Rare wine expected to fetch millions at Geneva auction
Switzerland

Rare wine expected to fetch millions at Geneva auction

More than 1,400 bottles of grand crus from a renowned Burgundy wine estate will be auctioned off in Geneva on Sunday.

Police shoot man in front of Munich job centre
Germany

Police shoot man in front of Munich job centre

Officers in Munich shot a man after he threatened pedestrians with a pair of scissors, police confirmed on Thursday.

Ten naughty mistakes the French make in English
France

Ten naughty mistakes the French make in English

Yes, the English mess up the French language all the time. But when the French get English wrong it can sounds oh-so wrong.

‘The Exorcist’ maker says Vatican let him film real rite
Italy

‘The Exorcist’ maker says Vatican let him film real rite

"I was invited by the Vatican exorcist to shoot and video an actual exorcism."

Swedish church boss: ‘Homosexuality is a trend’
Sweden

Swedish church boss: ‘Homosexuality is a trend’

His comments are causing a stir in famously open and tolerant Sweden.

Germany sticks to ‘nein’ on debt relief for Greece
Germany

Germany sticks to ‘nein’ on debt relief for Greece

Germany is reluctant to give Greece any more help with its debt than it's already got - despite cries for help from Athens and the backing of the IMF.

IN PICS: Commuter trains in Paris get royal makeover
France

IN PICS: Commuter trains in Paris get royal makeover

Parisians, your carriage awaits.

Anger as Catalan flag banned from major football match
Spain

Anger as Catalan flag banned from major football match

Barcelona blasted a Madrid-imposed ban on Catalan flags being flown at Sunday's Copa del Rey final as an attack on freedom of expression on Wednesday.

Danes, it’s time to send n-word to scrap heap of history
Denmark

Danes, it’s time to send n-word to scrap heap of history

The Local's Allan Mutuku-Kortbæk says that just because the Danes' cherished value of free speech gives them the right to use a racist term, it doesn't mean they should.

Armed thieves hit Chanel store in central Paris
France

Armed thieves hit Chanel store in central Paris

Three robbers with pump-action shotguns raided a luxury Chanel boutique in central Paris on Thursday, police sources said.

Google invokes free speech in French fine appeal
France

Google invokes free speech in French fine appeal

"Local laws can't dictate what French Internet users can see."

German squad target for terrorists at Euro 2016: police
Germany

German squad target for terrorists at Euro 2016: police

Federal investigators have warned that the German national team could be the target of a terror attack at the European football championship this summer.

Norway won’t change plans for Utøya memorial
Norway

Norway won’t change plans for Utøya memorial

Despite the threat of a lawsuit from locals, the controversial 'Memory Wound' will go forward as planned.

The radical Italian who fought for the EU’s creation dies at 86
Italy

The radical Italian who fought for the EU’s creation dies at 86

Marco Pannella, the founder of the Radical Party and one of Italy’s longest-standing politicians has died, aged 86.

France’s state of emergency extended to cover Euro 2016
France

France’s state of emergency extended to cover Euro 2016

It's been confirmed... the state of emergency is far from over.

Austrians choose between Blue and Green this weekend
Austria

Austrians choose between Blue and Green this weekend

All eyes will be on Austria this weekend when it could become the first European Union member to install a far-right president, as the influence of populist parties spreads across the bloc.

Norway moves to reject Snowden lawsuit
Norway

Norway moves to reject Snowden lawsuit

Norway’s state attorney has requested that Oslo District Court reject a lawsuit brought that would prevent US whistleblower Edward Snowden from being extradited during a visit to Oslo.

Make Scandinavia one nation, says Norwegian tycoon
Denmark

Make Scandinavia one nation, says Norwegian tycoon

Norwegian billionaire Petter Stordalen has suggested that Denmark, Norway and Sweden would be better off as one unified Scandinavian nation.

Dog day afternoon: Swiss saint meets Pope in Rome
Switzerland

Dog day afternoon: Swiss saint meets Pope in Rome

A Swiss Saint Bernard dog met the pope in Rome on Wednesday on a visit to prepare the Great Saint Bernard region’s Unesco candidacy.

Italy gets first hint of summer with a hot, perfect weekend
Italy

Italy gets first hint of summer with a hot, perfect weekend

The whole of Italy will be drenched in sunshine this weekend as temperatures creep up to as high as 29 degrees Celsius.

Swedish beaches are cleaner, but these are still too dirty
Sweden

Swedish beaches are cleaner, but these are still too dirty

Nine Swedish public swimming spots have failed EU water quality tests.

Delays after IT problems halt Stockholm air traffic
Sweden

Delays after IT problems halt Stockholm air traffic

UPDATED: A computer problem which led to the closure of Stockholm airspace has been fixed, according to Swedish air traffic control.

‘Severe jellyfish stings’ end Brit’s Spanish swim feat
Spain

‘Severe jellyfish stings’ end Brit’s Spanish swim feat

A British endurance swimmer was set to become the first person to complete the Balearic Island Challenge on Thursday, but had to cut the charity mission short to go to hospital for jellyfish stings.

Desperate wife laced husband’s coffee with rat poison
Austria

Desperate wife laced husband’s coffee with rat poison

A 67-year-old woman from Styria tried to murder her dementia-suffering husband by lacing his coffee with rat poison.

German chemical giant in talks to buy Monsanto
Germany

German chemical giant in talks to buy Monsanto

Bayer are in talks to buy controversial US biotechnology firm Monsanto, in an acquisition which could create an agro mega-firm.

Almodóvar proves Cannes favourite with latest film
Spain

Almodóvar proves Cannes favourite with latest film

The Spanish film director's latest film is competing for the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

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France

Terror attack ‘likeliest cause’ of missing EgyptAir plane

Several scenarios could explain the mysterious disappearance of the EgyptAir flight between Paris to Cairo, but experts say a terrorist attack is the most likely.

Survey: tighten borders but keep EU accords, say Swiss
Switzerland

Survey: tighten borders but keep EU accords, say Swiss

A new survey shows the Swiss remain conflicted over the issues of immigration and its relationship with the EU.

Cyclists’ ‘Ride of Silence’ launches bid for safer streets
Germany

Cyclists’ ‘Ride of Silence’ launches bid for safer streets

A huge crowd of cyclists gathered at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday evening for a 'Ride of Silence' in memory of those killed on the capital's streets.

How Arthur the jungle dog ‘opened doors and minds’
Sweden

How Arthur the jungle dog ‘opened doors and minds’

The Local speaks to Swede Mikael Lindnord, on the day he releases a book about the rescue of stray dog Arthur from the Ecuadorian rainforest – a story which warmed hearts across the globe.

Summer weather for Austria’s presidential runoff vote
Austria

Summer weather for Austria’s presidential runoff vote

Summer weather will make a brief appearance in Austria this Sunday - in time for the runoff of the presidential election - which sees the far-right Freedom Party’s Norbert Hofer up against the Green-backed candidate Alexander van der Bellen.

After 100 years, British WW1 sailor identified in Denmark
Denmark

After 100 years, British WW1 sailor identified in Denmark

A British sailor will finally get a proper gravestone after dying in a sea battle off the Danish coast in 1916.

‘Not knowing what happens next makes you unlimited’
Sweden

‘Not knowing what happens next makes you unlimited’

NFGL member Bohdana Kozubenko is preparing to graduate and preparing her speech for the SI Diploma Ceremony - and she feels the adrenaline already. But she's ready for whatever may come next.

Spaniards most accepting of refugees worldwide
Spain

Spaniards most accepting of refugees worldwide

The Spanish government may be way behind in actually taking in refugees, but the Spanish population is the most willing to help out, according to a new report.

Strangest political story in Denmark just got stranger
Denmark

Strangest political story in Denmark just got stranger

UPDATED: The heated debate surrounding an advertising campaign by the Danish People’s Party has now ripped open old wounds about the n-word and may result in a lawsuit – over a font.

Swedish police shoot armed man in Malmö
Sweden

Swedish police shoot armed man in Malmö

UPDATED: The suspect had locked himself into an apartment, reported Swedish media.

China beats Germany in readiness to help refugees
Germany

China beats Germany in readiness to help refugees

Amnesty International’s Refugees Welcome Index shows that China is the country where people are most willing to take in refugees. Germany comes a close second.

Foreigners ‘finance Austria’s pension system’
Austria

Foreigners ‘finance Austria’s pension system’

Foreigners living in Austria who pay social security contributions are propping up the pension system, and paying more in than they get back in terms of healthcare and benefits.

Brits: Why vote away your right to move in Europe?

Brits: Why vote away your right to move in Europe?

The right to move around Europe is an incredible privilege. Brits about to vote in their referendum should know that this right is at risk, says The Local's Managing Editor James Savage.

Man called police to let cats out: faces €600,000 fine
Spain

Man called police to let cats out: faces €600,000 fine

He told police his "daughters" were trapped... little did they know that's what he called his cats.

Naples brings pizza record home with 1.8km margherita
Italy

Naples brings pizza record home with 1.8km margherita

The giant pizza was baked according to Neapolitan tradition, of course.

French PM urges ‘harsh’ penalties for anti-cop violence
France

French PM urges ‘harsh’ penalties for anti-cop violence

Those attacking the French police need to be dealt with harshly, the French prime minister has said.

Foreign, female and a self-made success in arduous Italy
Italy

Foreign, female and a self-made success in arduous Italy

From an architect and dentist to a hotel owner and wedding planner, we chat to eight entrepreneurial women about the challenges (and joys) of running your own business in Italy.

Plan to give Danes direct say in parliament hits roadblock
Denmark

Plan to give Danes direct say in parliament hits roadblock

A plan to allow residents to present their own proposals to parliament if they can gather enough signatures would violate the constitution.

Church tower Wi-Fi ‘Godspots’ to bring word from on high
Germany

Church tower Wi-Fi ‘Godspots’ to bring word from on high

The Protestant Church in Berlin and Brandenburg has an unusual plan to attract the faithful to its thousands of steeples.

Reward money for Swiss murders goes to investigators
Switzerland

Reward money for Swiss murders goes to investigators

The 100,000 francs reward offered in the Rupperswil quadruple murder case will now go to the investigators who solved it.

Spain wins reprieve on deficits from EU
Spain

Spain wins reprieve on deficits from EU

Spain and Portugal, in the EU's spotlight for failing to meet deficit targets, won a reprieve on Wednesday as Brussels delayed a decision to slap fines on the rule-breakers until July.

Who was on board the EgyptAir flight from Paris?
France

Who was on board the EgyptAir flight from Paris?

A passenger plane that took off from Paris last night has crashed with 66 people on board. Here's what we know about them.

Italy makes headway in bid to close Libya migrant route
Italy

Italy makes headway in bid to close Libya migrant route

Africa nations are backing plans to close the migrant route, but are concerned about the creation of a "fortress Europe".

Volleyball player from Sierra Leone ‘missing’ in Switzerland
Switzerland

Volleyball player from Sierra Leone ‘missing’ in Switzerland

Athlete fails to return to home country after a competition in Lucerne.

Norway opens new Arctic zones to oil exploration
Norway

Norway opens new Arctic zones to oil exploration

Environmental groups bemoan the decision to open up an unexplored part of the Barents Sea.

Is neo-Nazi activity decreasing in Sweden?
Sweden

Is neo-Nazi activity decreasing in Sweden?

Swedish neo-Nazi groups were less active in 2015, at least on paper, according to a new report.

Erdogan takes ‘indignation’ out on German diplomat
Germany

Erdogan takes ‘indignation’ out on German diplomat

A top German diplomat was in the firing line in Turkey on Tuesday after he reportedly criticized Ankara's behaviour in negotiations over refugees.

Catalonia moves ahead slowly with independence plans
Spain

Catalonia moves ahead slowly with independence plans

Catalonia is pushing ahead more slowly than expected with its independence plan as separatist leaders change tactics and avoid direct confrontation with Madrid in their bid to break away from Spain.

Uefa plans September presidency election
Switzerland

Uefa plans September presidency election

Uefa looks to replace banned Michel Platini, who quit over an ethics scandal with Fifa.

France a ‘clear target’ for Isis bombing
France

France a ‘clear target’ for Isis bombing

France's intelligence agency has warned that France is the "country most threatened" by Isis bombers.

Hundreds of refugee children have gone missing in Sweden
Sweden

Hundreds of refugee children have gone missing in Sweden

More than 300 refugee children have disappeared in Sweden in the first four and a half months of the year, according to the most recent figures.

Four things to do, look at, eat and listen to in Sweden
Sweden

Four things to do, look at, eat and listen to in Sweden

Can't think of anything to do in Sweden this weekend? Here are some great ideas!

Grandson auctions Joan Miró paintings to help refugees
Spain

Grandson auctions Joan Miró paintings to help refugees

The proceeds from the auction at Christie's will go to help refugees because Miró "always wanted to help the most disadvantaged."

Wreckage found ‘from crashed EgyptAir flight from Paris’
France

Wreckage found ‘from crashed EgyptAir flight from Paris’

Wreckage has been found from an EgyptAir flight from Paris that crashed into the Mediterranean sea with 66 people on board, according to EgyptAir.