Extremist violence ‘exploded’ in record year for refugees
Germany

Extremist violence ‘exploded’ in record year for refugees

It is now official: 2015 smashed all records for political violence, as the far right attacked refugee homes and the far left responded by attacking them in turn, Interior Ministry figures show.

Stan the man survives first round scare
Switzerland

Stan the man survives first round scare

Stan Wawrinka battles through five sets in his Roland Garros first round match.

Man facing trial over refugee worker’s ‘murder’
Sweden

Man facing trial over refugee worker’s ‘murder’

A man accused of killing a worker at a home for young refugees earlier this year has been charged with her murder.

Merkel: Turkey failing to meet EU terms for visa-free travel
Germany

Merkel: Turkey failing to meet EU terms for visa-free travel

The Chancellor warned that visa-free travel was unlikely to be granted to Turkey by July 1st, as originally planned, because Ankara was unlikely to fulfil the preconditions.

Pirlo and Balotelli missing as Conte finetunes Italy squad
Italy

Pirlo and Balotelli missing as Conte finetunes Italy squad

It now looks certain that neither Andrea Pirlo or Mario Balotelli will feature at Euro 2016.

Smombie Swedes hurt in smartphone accidents
Sweden

Smombie Swedes hurt in smartphone accidents

The injury count of Swedes' tech-addiction revealed.

Spanish cops issue fine over ‘All Cats Are Beautiful’ bag
Spain

Spanish cops issue fine over ‘All Cats Are Beautiful’ bag

What could be so offensive about this cat lover's bag?

Paris transport workers set to stage ‘indefinite strike’
France

Paris transport workers set to stage ‘indefinite strike’

Get ready for (more) strikes from workers on the Paris transport network. And there may be no end in sight.

Berlin facts – 23 things you never knew about the German capital
Germany

Berlin facts – 23 things you never knew about the German capital

Berlin is a place full of surprises and secrets. With its ever-changing life it's hard to keep up with even a fraction of what is going on in the city.

Cheesed-off Italy wants pay-out over US soap opera gag
Italy

Cheesed-off Italy wants pay-out over US soap opera gag

Grana Padano producers were cheesed off with the gag which was broadcast to hundreds of millions of people.

Left-winger van der Bellen wins Austrian presidential election
Austria

Left-winger van der Bellen wins Austrian presidential election

Austria has chosen the former Green leader Alexander van der Bellen to be the country's next president, in what was one of the tightest presidential election races seen in Austria.

Fearless gay couple stand up to neo-Nazis… with a kiss
Spain

Fearless gay couple stand up to neo-Nazis… with a kiss

A gay couple stood up to the homophopic and racist chants at a Madrid neo-Nazi rally in the bravest way imaginable.

Danish teen jailed for Facebook terror threat
Denmark

Danish teen jailed for Facebook terror threat

19-year-old Aarhus man found guilty of encouraging terror by posting an Isis video.

AfD meet with Muslim leaders breaks down in acrimony
Germany

AfD meet with Muslim leaders breaks down in acrimony

A meeting between far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) and Muslim leaders ended bitterly on Monday after just an hour of talks.

How Samir got a job teaching Swedish – after two years in Sweden
Sweden

How Samir got a job teaching Swedish – after two years in Sweden

Samir Ahmad fled Afghanistan after getting threats from the Taliban. Skip forward two years and he has just landed a job teaching Swedish — on the same day his residence permit came through.

‘My goal is to get Denmark eating pies’
Denmark

‘My goal is to get Denmark eating pies’

In the newest instalment of My Danish Career, The Local speaks with New Zealander Stuart Thrush, who traded out the corporate life for a Copenhagen pie adventure.

Sweden to launch its first state-funded imam course
Sweden

Sweden to launch its first state-funded imam course

A school in Stockholm suburb Kista will provide the course.

Militants release ‘final message’ from Norwegian
Norway

Militants release ‘final message’ from Norwegian

Islamist extremists have released what they call a "final message" from three hostages including Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad.

Vegans get naked and bloody at Barcelona anti-meat protest
Spain

Vegans get naked and bloody at Barcelona anti-meat protest

A group of animal rights protesters wrapped their naked bodies in giant meat packaging trays to preach the benefits of a meat-free diet.

Strikes, fuel, security: France faces Euro 2016 headaches
France

Strikes, fuel, security: France faces Euro 2016 headaches

As the Euro 2016 football tournament approaches there are concerns that it could turn into a fiasco given the prospect of rail strikes, street protests, petrol shortages and security "failings" at the national stadium.

Say ‘au revoir’ to the Paris Metro ticket
France

Say ‘au revoir’ to the Paris Metro ticket

It will soon be the end of a very long era.

These are the best beaches within easy reach of Rome
Italy

These are the best beaches within easy reach of Rome

Desperate to escape the heatwave? You don’t have to venture far to find great beaches near Rome – and you don't even need a car to reach them.

Snow puts end to hottest weekend of year so far
Switzerland

Snow puts end to hottest weekend of year so far

Switzerland experienced a return to winter on Monday as snow fell in some places, a stark contrast to the weekend's warm weather.

New father’s tragic herpes warning touches 1000s online
Germany

New father’s tragic herpes warning touches 1000s online

Tens of thousands of people in Germany have shared a Facebook post in which a new father explains how dangerous the herpes virus can be to babies – as illustrated by the tragic case of his own son.

Here is where France is hit hardest by fuel shortages
France

Here is where France is hit hardest by fuel shortages

UPDATED: With 3,200 petrol stations across France reportedly empty or running out of fuel, here's a look at which parts of the country are the most affected.

EU waits with bated breath as Austria counts the votes
Austria

EU waits with bated breath as Austria counts the votes

Austria and the European Union were on tenterhooks Monday as they waited to see whether Norbert Hofer had won an election runoff to become the bloc's first president from the anti-immigrant far-right.

Swedes cheer arrival of summer’s midnight sun
Sweden

Swedes cheer arrival of summer’s midnight sun

For the next two months, the sun will never set in the stunning far north of Sweden.

Hillary Clinton wants to block Norwegian in US
Norway

Hillary Clinton wants to block Norwegian in US

Likely Democratic nominee for president says "too many questions have been raised" about Norwegian's Irish subsidiary.

Model goes on trial for murder of British expat millionaire
Spain

Model goes on trial for murder of British expat millionaire

A Slovakian model stands trial on Monday in Málaga, accused of murdering her millionaire ex-boyfriend.

Tragedy as Austrian mother found dead after killing baby

Tragedy as Austrian mother found dead after killing baby

A young Austrian mother who had gone missing while on holiday in Italy has been found dead along with her five-month-old baby, having committed suicide after killing the child.

Suspect in Swiss murder arrested in Spain

Suspect in Swiss murder arrested in Spain

The 59-year-old is wanted in connection with the murder of a woman in Switzerland.

Fury as mayor hopeful vows to give road fascist’s name
Italy

Fury as mayor hopeful vows to give road fascist’s name

The comments have angered Rome's Jewish community.

Spanish director wins Cannes prize for car park love story
Spain

Spanish director wins Cannes prize for car park love story

An unlikely contender triumphed at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday evening.

The Local’s ultimate guide to summer in Germany
Germany

The Local’s ultimate guide to summer in Germany

Whether you plan to pack your summer with extreme sports or spend it drinking beers in a Berlin park, we've got you covered in our comprehensive guide.

‘Inflatable refugee’ visits Copenhagen on a mission
Denmark

‘Inflatable refugee’ visits Copenhagen on a mission

A project meant to symbolize the journey refugees go through to reach Europe will arrive in the Danish capital on Monday.

‘Guilty’ penguin thieves return statue to Vienna cafe
Austria

‘Guilty’ penguin thieves return statue to Vienna cafe

A penguin stolen from a cafe in Vienna two years ago has mysteriously found its way back to the garden.

Swiss aerial accidents leave three dead
Switzerland

Swiss aerial accidents leave three dead

It was a deadly weekend in the skies over Switzerland.

Tornado rips off roofs as storm batters west Germany
Germany

Tornado rips off roofs as storm batters west Germany

Five houses had to be evacuated in Minden, North Rhine-Westphalia, after a tornado swept through the town on Sunday.

Migrants at Calais camp given dignity in death
France

Migrants at Calais camp given dignity in death

They fled hardship and war only to find misery and squalor, but migrants who met a gruesome end in northern France hoping to reach England are finally getting a touch of dignity in death.

Nudists lose battle to bare all on southern Spanish beach
Spain

Nudists lose battle to bare all on southern Spanish beach

Spanish nudists have lost a seven-year battle to gain access to a beach in Cádiz, southern Spain.

Swedish lay judge quits over Soldiers of Odin link
Sweden

Swedish lay judge quits over Soldiers of Odin link

UPDATED: A Swedish lay judge has stepped down after admitting he patrolled Stockholm with an anti-immigrant vigilante group.

Rampaging fans stab two in bar brawl after Italian Cup final
Italy

Rampaging fans stab two in bar brawl after Italian Cup final

The incident happened following Juventus' 1-0 victory over Milan in Rome on Saturday.

Austrian gunman may have been right-wing extremist
Austria

Austrian gunman may have been right-wing extremist

The gunman who killed two people when he open fired into a crowd at a concert in Vorarlberg on Sunday before turning the gun on himself may have been a right-wing extremist, according to media reports.

French insurer Axa to stop investing in tobacco industry
France

French insurer Axa to stop investing in tobacco industry

France's biggest insurance group Axa is pulling out of the tobacco industry as part of the fight against smoking.

Toy ‘arms race’ turning Lego violent: study
Denmark

Toy ‘arms race’ turning Lego violent: study

"The Lego company's products are not as innocent as they used to be."

Tourists leave hospital after Interlaken crash injures 17
Switzerland

Tourists leave hospital after Interlaken crash injures 17

A train crashed into a tourist bus on Friday night in Interlaken.

SAS cancels 40 flights over technical issue
Norway

SAS cancels 40 flights over technical issue

As of Monday morning, 17 departures and 22 arrivals at Copenhagen Airport had been cancelled, affecting departures out of Oslo and Stavanger.

‘Fika is a coffee break, with emphasis on break’
Sweden

‘Fika is a coffee break, with emphasis on break’

The Local speaks to Zürich-based budding filmmaker Fabian Schmid about why he decided to travel to Sweden to shoot a documentary about the unique Nordic 'fika' concept.

Hearing on Italian marine’s return home set for May 26th
Italy

Hearing on Italian marine’s return home set for May 26th

India’s Supreme Court is scheduled to hear Salvatore Girone's case on May 26th, the Italian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

SAS cancels flights in and out of Copenhagen
Denmark

SAS cancels flights in and out of Copenhagen

As of Monday morning, 17 departures and 22 arrivals at Copenhagen Airport had been cancelled due to a tecnical issue.

Swiss champ wins first title on home soil
Switzerland

Swiss champ wins first title on home soil

French Open champion Stan Wawrinka clinches the Geneva Open title.

Merkel meets Erdogan in Istanbul as critics growl
Germany

Merkel meets Erdogan in Istanbul as critics growl

Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday in a bid to keep alive a deal to limit the number of refugees arriving in the EU.

Barcelona edge out Sevilla in bad-tempered King’s Cup final
Spain

Barcelona edge out Sevilla in bad-tempered King’s Cup final

Barça raised the Copa del Rey for the 28th time on Sunday.

Why Sweden’s Nato deal could be delayed for a year
Sweden

Why Sweden’s Nato deal could be delayed for a year

A successful stay of proceedings could hold the planned HNSA agreement up for a year.

French petrol stations run out of fuel as blockade goes on
France

French petrol stations run out of fuel as blockade goes on

Some 1,600 petrol stations in France were running on empty on Monday as protesting workers continued to block oil refineries and fuel depots.

Police clash with violent protesters in Bern
Switzerland

Police clash with violent protesters in Bern

An illegal party in the Swiss capital spiralled into a violent protest march.

Lyon creates the world’s longest comic strip
France

Lyon creates the world’s longest comic strip

A chance to walk (1.6 km) and read a comic at the same time.

French gardener goes on trial for murder of British expat
France

French gardener goes on trial for murder of British expat

The remains of the 58-year-old British woman have never been found.

‘Sweden has some of the world’s best innovation help’
Sweden

‘Sweden has some of the world’s best innovation help’

Meet the Australian ex-firefighter helping foreigners navigate Sweden's startup scene.