Festivals ditch Bataclan band over Muslim remarks
France

Festivals ditch Bataclan band over Muslim remarks

Eagles of Death Metal's lead singer claimed he saw "Muslims celebrating in the streets" after November's attacks.

Russia mocks Sweden over ‘James Bond’ conspiracies
Sweden

Russia mocks Sweden over ‘James Bond’ conspiracies

Suggestions that Russia could be behind the felling of a radio mast have been laughed off by the country's embassy in Sweden.

Ruhr nuclear plant ‘pumped radioactive waste into air’
Germany

Ruhr nuclear plant ‘pumped radioactive waste into air’

A former engineer at one of Germany’s nuclear reactors has made an astonishing claim: that the plant intentionally pumped radioactive waste into the atmosphere in 1986.

Brits have until June 7th to apply for Brexit proxy vote
Italy

Brits have until June 7th to apply for Brexit proxy vote

British expats who have been registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years have until Tuesday June 7th to apply for a proxy vote in the EU referendum.

Italy deports couple after terrorism probe
Italy

Italy deports couple after terrorism probe

A couple whose son was killed fighting for Isis in Syria are to be deported from Italy.

Keep shredding millions of male chicks, court tells farms
Germany

Keep shredding millions of male chicks, court tells farms

A German court said on Friday that there was no legal obstacle to the practice of shredding male chicks shortly after they are hatched, in a big setback for animal rights activists.

Brother of Belgian bomber wins gold in Switzerland
Switzerland

Brother of Belgian bomber wins gold in Switzerland

"You don't choose your family," says Mourad Laachraoui.

Get ready for France’s ‘Night of the Museums’
France

Get ready for France’s ‘Night of the Museums’

Prepare for behind-the-scenes access, shows and other special events at France's museums on Saturday.

Revealed: The ultimate sex map of France
France

Revealed: The ultimate sex map of France

Porn, Viagra, swingers' clubs... Here's the truth about the sex habits of the French, by region.

Fewer passengers ride Eurostar over terror fears
France

Fewer passengers ride Eurostar over terror fears

US and Asia travellers in particular are shunning the service.

Migrants try new route to UK through north German port
Germany

Migrants try new route to UK through north German port

A small number of migrants have started trying to reach the UK through Cuxhaven harbour in north Germany. Federal police say they are stepping up security.

Thirteen mouthwateringly delicious reasons to be a vegetarian in Spain
Spain

Thirteen mouthwateringly delicious reasons to be a vegetarian in Spain

Foodie experts, Devour Spain, share their tips for the best vegetarian food in Spain.

Man shot and injured in central Gothenburg
Sweden

Man shot and injured in central Gothenburg

UPDATE: Police were hunting the suspected shooter on Friday after he fled the scene.

Teen seriously injured when fifth-floor selfie goes wrong
Spain

Teen seriously injured when fifth-floor selfie goes wrong

An 18-year-old girl is in a serious condition after falling off a fifth floor balcony while taking a selfie.

Migrants help Italian police overcome poor English skills
Italy

Migrants help Italian police overcome poor English skills

"Behind news stories of statistics and tragedies there are unique and talented people."

Four killed as helicopter crashes in southwest France
France

Four killed as helicopter crashes in southwest France

The helicopter crashed in the Hautes-Pyrénées, the French army said on Friday.

French court jails woman for freezing her baby to death
France

French court jails woman for freezing her baby to death

A French court has sentenced a Belgian woman to seven years in jail for killing her baby by putting him in the freezer.

Danes and Norwegian make world’s worst car sale attempt

Danes and Norwegian make world’s worst car sale attempt

A Danish couple drove to Bjerkvik in northern Norway this week to buy a used truck. It didn’t go as planned.

Merkel party calls to punish Erdogan over power grab
Germany

Merkel party calls to punish Erdogan over power grab

The Chancellor has promises to "raise concerns" over democracy in Turkey. But conservatives are demanding tougher action after a law passed in Ankara threatens opposition MPs.

Top baby names: Spanish parents depart from tradition
Spain

Top baby names: Spanish parents depart from tradition

Spaniards are getting more and more creative with their baby names, opting more for Games of Thrones than Biblical, according to a new report.

2.2 million Italian families are without a job income: Istat
Italy

2.2 million Italian families are without a job income: Istat

Some 2.2 million families were without an employment income in 2015, Istat, the national statistics agency, said on Friday, as it slammed Italy for having “one of the least efficient” social security systems in Europe.

Two police raids on journos raise press freedom fears
Germany

Two police raids on journos raise press freedom fears

Police raided the Berlin homes of two photographers on Wednesday morning. One journalist said he was being treated "like an outlaw."

Christiania project serves up Japanese food with a twist
Denmark

Christiania project serves up Japanese food with a twist

During the month of June, head to Christiania for Japanese food made with expired, yet edible ingredients.

Savage crimes raise questions over Swiss DNA testing laws
Switzerland

Savage crimes raise questions over Swiss DNA testing laws

Should Switzerland lift restrictions on detailed DNA testing in criminal cases?

Austrian dairy startup pays back investors with cheese
Austria

Austrian dairy startup pays back investors with cheese

If you love cheese you might want to think about investing in a small Austrian company called Kaslab'n Nockberge - it pays back interest in the form of cheese.

Man gets the ‘most Swedish tattoo ever’ in tribute to King
Sweden

Man gets the ‘most Swedish tattoo ever’ in tribute to King

Imagine how this will look in 50 years.

Top doctor blasts Lufthansa over pilots’ mental health
Germany

Top doctor blasts Lufthansa over pilots’ mental health

The head of Germany's doctors' association has lashed out at Lufthansa for failing to prevent last year's Germanwings crash by allowing a pilot suffering from severe depression to fly.

Austrian police storm wrong apartment
Austria

Austrian police storm wrong apartment

Austrian special forces police broke down the door of the wrong apartment in Klagenfurt after a confused victim of domestic violence mistook left for right.

How good is security at Charles de Gaulle airport?
France

How good is security at Charles de Gaulle airport?

Flight MS804 took off from Charles de Gaulle airport, where dozens of workers had their "secure-zone" access revoked last year for "cases of radicalization". So how safe is it?

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France

What we know about EgyptAir flight MS804

As new evidence sheds more light on the EgyptAir flight that crashed en route from Paris to Cairo, we take a look at what we know so far.

Norway’s most spectacular road opens for summer
Norway

Norway’s most spectacular road opens for summer

As of Friday, parts of the Trollstigen mountain road will open for the summer – see the amazing video of how it got ready.

Reflections from the case-solving event on building sustainable, safe and inclusive cities
Sweden

Reflections from the case-solving event on building sustainable, safe and inclusive cities

Last week 50 young people gathered together at KTH and discussed cities, sustainability and the future. Daniel Ddiba reflects upon the event and how the world can handle growing numbers of people, giving them enough food, water, and energy while avoiding climate-related disasters.

Metro strike to cause chaos in Madrid this weekend
Spain

Metro strike to cause chaos in Madrid this weekend

Careful planning your weekend: this strike may cause some travel delays.

‘We’re screwed if Sweden doesn’t let us stay’
Sweden

‘We’re screwed if Sweden doesn’t let us stay’

Their families want them dead, but they don't know if Sweden will let them stay. Sirwan and Karwan tell The Local what it's like to be transgender Kurds on the run from rapists and killers.

Luggage and a body part found after EgyptAir crash
France

Luggage and a body part found after EgyptAir crash

UPDATED: Egypt's military said its search teams found wreckage and a body part from the EgyptAir plane from Paris that crashed in the Mediterranean with 66 people on board.

Swiss court vetoes wedding of couple with 50-year age gap
Switzerland

Swiss court vetoes wedding of couple with 50-year age gap

The 71-year-old Swiss great-grandmother and her 21-year-old Tunisian fiancé had their marriage application refused.

German smokers now faced with pics of rotting teeth
Germany

German smokers now faced with pics of rotting teeth

From Friday cigarette producers must print so-called 'shock images' on cigarette packets for sale in Germany as part of an EU-wide bid to cut smoking – but the public don't think it'll work.

Italy ministry tells town to take down ‘Christians only’ signs
Italy

Italy ministry tells town to take down ‘Christians only’ signs

The signs must be taken down within two weeks.

Tick warning for Austria after mild winter
Austria

Tick warning for Austria after mild winter

Medical experts are warning that this year ticks are particularly active in Austria, due to the winter having been the second warmest on record.

French ex-football star Ginola ‘improving’ after heart attack
France

French ex-football star Ginola ‘improving’ after heart attack

UPDATED: Former French international star David Ginola is reportedly "awake and improving" after undergoing a quadruple heart bypass.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Why Sweden will win Euro 2016
Sweden

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Why Sweden will win Euro 2016

The forward thinks Sweden will win the Euros... based on a song.

Woman attempted to set fire to Oslo mosque
Norway

Woman attempted to set fire to Oslo mosque

The World Islamic Mission may change security procedures after the arson attempt.

Spanish region bans bull killing in traditional festivals
Spain

Spanish region bans bull killing in traditional festivals

It is a partial victory for animal rights campaigners.

6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
Germany

6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever

Leaving Munich can be a heart-wrenching experience. No German city rivals it for extremities of kitsch, good taste, beauty, and unabashed pride in its roots.

Revealed: living in Switzerland could prolong your life
Switzerland

Revealed: living in Switzerland could prolong your life

Swiss men live on average the longest lives in the entire world, according to a report.

Spain court drops warrant for Putin associate in mafia probe
Spain

Spain court drops warrant for Putin associate in mafia probe

A Spanish court has thrown out an international arrest warrant issued for a top Russian lawmaker from President Vladimir Putin's party as part of a probe into an underworld gang.

Frankfurt serial killer struck up to 10 times, claim police
Germany

Frankfurt serial killer struck up to 10 times, claim police

After body parts were found in the garage of an apparently normal pensioner who died in 2014, police believe they are dealing with murders stretching back four decades.

Danish ‘pornographer of violence’ in Cannes spotlight
Denmark

Danish ‘pornographer of violence’ in Cannes spotlight

UPDATED: Denmark's Nicolas Winding Refn made waves in Cannes on Friday by firing pot shots at fellow Danish director Lars Von Trier.

Why these transgender Kurds fear deportation from Sweden
Sweden

Why these transgender Kurds fear deportation from Sweden

Sirwan and Karwan were both born male but now identify as women. They fled the Kurdish part of Iraq, where their families wanted to kill them. But will Sweden let them stay?

Swedish flight chaos caused by ‘network maintenance’
Sweden

Swedish flight chaos caused by ‘network maintenance’

UPDATED: Work on Telia's networks may have caused Thursday's issues.

Finland ends Denmark’s hockey dream – for now
Denmark

Finland ends Denmark’s hockey dream – for now

Danes' eighth-place showing at world championships is a sign that their best days on ice are ahead of them.

Star pizza maker/mafia boss nabbed in Dutch seaside town
Italy

Star pizza maker/mafia boss nabbed in Dutch seaside town

"Until recently the whole neighbourhood ate at Rocco's Pizzeria... which made the best pizzas, had the freshest meat and fish and where everything was prepared with love."

Abdeslam ‘arrives in Paris for questioning’ in terror probe
France

Abdeslam ‘arrives in Paris for questioning’ in terror probe

UPDATED: French anti-terror judges will on Friday begin their first questioning of Salah Abdeslam, a member of the jihadist cell which killed 130 people in a series of attacks in Paris in November.

Search for missing EgyptAir flight from Paris intensifies
France

Search for missing EgyptAir flight from Paris intensifies

The plane still hasn't been found, but an "intensified search" is underway.

Swedish authorities in crisis talks over telecom ‘sabotage’
Sweden

Swedish authorities in crisis talks over telecom ‘sabotage’

UPDATED: A series of crisis meetings are being held in Sweden to discuss radio mast sabotage and air traffic radar failure.

Will departing Zlatan sign off from PSG in style?
Sweden

Will departing Zlatan sign off from PSG in style?

Swedish star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will aim to lift one final trophy as the curtain comes down on his record-shattering Paris Saint-Germain career in Saturday's French Cup final.

Why Italians are falling out of love with the EU
Italy

Why Italians are falling out of love with the EU

A recent poll suggested almost half of the Italians surveyed would like to leave the EU. But why?

Swedish summer strawberries with elderflower parfait
Sweden

Swedish summer strawberries with elderflower parfait

Simple to make, delicious to taste. Here's our favourite summer dessert recipe.

Ten unique Basque words you need to learn right now
Spain

Ten unique Basque words you need to learn right now

The Local looks at some key unique words in Basque you can try out during your next visit to northern Spain.