FPÖ claims moral victory in defeat
Austria

FPÖ claims moral victory in defeat

Austria's Freedom Party is "stronger than ever" and ready to win the next general election after its candidate narrowly failed to become the European Union's first far-right president, party chief Heinz-Christian Strache said Tuesday.

Five sure-fire ways to impress Germans with your manners
Germany

Five sure-fire ways to impress Germans with your manners

Despite what stereotypes might have you believe, Germans aren't that different from the rest of us when it comes to social interactions. But these tips should at least help guide you through the minor quirks that come with your next dinner invitation.

Who is to blame for the fuel crisis in France?
France

Who is to blame for the fuel crisis in France?

With petrol stations quickly running empty and the protests set to rumble on, who can be held responsible for the growing crisis?

Paris unveils first stretch of ‘bicycle highway’
France

Paris unveils first stretch of ‘bicycle highway’

Could Paris be on the way to becoming the new Amsterdam for bikes?

French air traffic control unions call for June strikes
France

French air traffic control unions call for June strikes

Air traffic controllers and thousands of other workers could be set for a three day strike at the beginning of June.

And Lonely Planet’s 3rd ‘must visit’ Europe destination is…
Italy

And Lonely Planet’s 3rd ‘must visit’ Europe destination is…

Drumroll, please.

Thugs’ ‘dream cop’ in court for not investigating 100 cases
Germany

Thugs’ ‘dream cop’ in court for not investigating 100 cases

For three years a police officer in western Germany simply ignored many of the cases he was supposed to investigate. His trial started on Tuesday in Bochum.

Foreigners in Sweden still more likely to be unemployed
Sweden

Foreigners in Sweden still more likely to be unemployed

Unemployment is falling among native Swedes, but foreign-born citizens are struggling to keep pace.

Police in Spain baffled over ‘Se7en’ style double murder
Spain

Police in Spain baffled over ‘Se7en’ style double murder

The killer hoped to disguise the smell of the rotting bodies by hanging dozens of air fresheners in the room.

Police arrest suspect in murder of Chinese student
Germany

Police arrest suspect in murder of Chinese student

Police have made an arrest in the case of a Chinese student murdered while she was out jogging a week ago, media reported on Tuesday.

French labour reforms not going deep enough, says IMF
France

French labour reforms not going deep enough, says IMF

The International Monetary Fund has warned France to go beyond its already hotly contested job market reforms.

Plush Sardinian resort serves Harrods with eviction notice
Italy

Plush Sardinian resort serves Harrods with eviction notice

“Everybody, including Harrods, needs to obey the same rules."

Dordogne named among the ‘best places in Europe’
France

Dordogne named among the ‘best places in Europe’

Travel company the Lonely Planet calls the Dordogne "France's foodiest region".

Berlin thief shows heart in surprising act of kindness
Germany

Berlin thief shows heart in surprising act of kindness

Pickpockets are an ever more common phenomenon in the German capital. But sometimes they can surprise you.

‘Help! My name is Jihad’
Sweden

‘Help! My name is Jihad’

My name doesn’t make life easy for me, Jihad Eshmawi tells us.

Danish family reunification laws discriminate: court
Denmark

Danish family reunification laws discriminate: court

Denmark’s family reunification laws discriminate against those who achieve citizenship later in life, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday.

Spain launches campaign to stop English ‘invasion’
Spain

Spain launches campaign to stop English ‘invasion’

The Royal Spanish Academy is fighting against the anglicization of Spanish.

FPÖ failure shows opposition to rightward surge
Austria

FPÖ failure shows opposition to rightward surge

While far-right parties across Europe hailed the near-election of one of their own as Austrian president as a boost for their future prospects, his defeat shows that mainstream forces are still capable of rallying to keep extremists out of power.

‘Don’t panic when you hear my name’
Sweden

‘Don’t panic when you hear my name’

It’s one of the first words we learn as babies and one of our most fundamental identifiers - a first name. But for Syrian refugee Jihad Eshmawi, his also comes burdened with misconceptions and misunderstanding.

French fuel crisis: ‘A quarter’ of petrol stations run dry
France

French fuel crisis: ‘A quarter’ of petrol stations run dry

UPDATED: Over 3,200 petrol stations are now reportedly empty or running dry.

Monsanto takeover would be ‘diabolical’: environmentalists
Germany

Monsanto takeover would be ‘diabolical’: environmentalists

A proposed tie-up between Bayer and Monsanto has inflamed opinion in Germany where most people oppose genetically modified foods.

Brit visits Copenhagen on Brexit fact-finding mission
Denmark

Brit visits Copenhagen on Brexit fact-finding mission

The Local caught up with British expat Rebecca Sumner Smith when she stopped in the Danish capital as part of her mission to speak to fellow Brits across the EU.

Italian football hooligan gets 26 years for rival fan’s murder
Italy

Italian football hooligan gets 26 years for rival fan’s murder

Daniele De Santis, a Roma 'ultra' and right-wing militant, was on Tuesday found guilty of killing 31-year-old Ciro Esposito.

French police raid Google’s Paris offices in tax probe
France

French police raid Google’s Paris offices in tax probe

Around 100 French officials and police have raided Google's offices in Paris, reports say.

Why fewer Swedes are using condoms in 2016
Sweden

Why fewer Swedes are using condoms in 2016

Younger Swedes are better at protecting themselves than their older compatriots.

Norway teacher sexually assaulted 108 children
Norway

Norway teacher sexually assaulted 108 children

Gjøvik District Court on Tuesday sentenced a former teacher to 12 years behind bars for sexually abusing 108 children.

Defeated far-right call for calm amid ‘election fraud’ claim
Austria

Defeated far-right call for calm amid ‘election fraud’ claim

Defeated Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer asks Austria to refrain from arguing and “stick together” as some of his supporters complain that the presidential election was fixed.

Ten unspoken rules for fitting in with the Swiss
Switzerland

Ten unspoken rules for fitting in with the Swiss

New to Switzerland? The Local shows you how to navigate your way through the Swiss social minefield – handshakes included.

Swisscom fined millions for dominating sports TV
Switzerland

Swisscom fined millions for dominating sports TV

Switzerland's main telecomms group has been fined 71.8 million Swiss francs by the Swiss competition authorities.

EgyptAir: Human remains ‘suggest explosion on board’
France

EgyptAir: Human remains ‘suggest explosion on board’

New findings, if confirmed, would support the theory that a bomb may have brought down the plane.

How to avoid running out of fuel if you’re coming to France
France

How to avoid running out of fuel if you’re coming to France

There are far worse places to be stuck with no fuel than rural France, but here's some official advice on how holidaymakers can avoid becoming stranded.

Why Greece is top of Germany’s to-do list – again
Germany

Why Greece is top of Germany’s to-do list – again

Greece has been in the headlines more often this year for its front-line role in the refugee crisis than its finances – so just why is it top of Germany's agenda again all of a sudden?

Far-right AfD turns on itself over failed Muslim meeting
Germany

Far-right AfD turns on itself over failed Muslim meeting

The co-leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany party has criticized his party colleagues after talks with Muslim leaders collapsed after just an hour on Monday.

Special ops units to police Tour de France for first time
France

Special ops units to police Tour de France for first time

France is taking security at the Tour de France extremely seriously this year.

Spanish woman wrongly jailed for ‘murder that didn’t happen’
Spain

Spanish woman wrongly jailed for ‘murder that didn’t happen’

The Spanish Supreme Court ordered the government to pay a woman €60,000 after finding she had been kept in prison over a murder that judges said never happened.

Swedish economic growth ‘best in Nordics’
Sweden

Swedish economic growth ‘best in Nordics’

Sweden's economy is out-pacing its Nordic rivals, but high levels of household debt are still a problem.

Copenhagen touts ‘organic food revolution’
Denmark

Copenhagen touts ‘organic food revolution’

An impressive 88 percent of all food served in the City of Copenhagen’s public institutions is organic, according to new figures released by the city.

Inmate ran €30K fraud scheme from Austrian prison cell
Austria

Inmate ran €30K fraud scheme from Austrian prison cell

An inmate managed to commit fraud while under the watch of wardens in an Austrian prison by posing online as a doctor who needed money for aid work in Syria.

IN PICTURES: 8 of Sweden’s wondrous national parks
Sweden

IN PICTURES: 8 of Sweden’s wondrous national parks

It’s National Parks Day in Sweden. Who knew? A perfect opportunity surely to take a closer look at some of the country’s most amazing natural wonders…

Huge blaze burns down Swiss candle factory
Switzerland

Huge blaze burns down Swiss candle factory

A candle factory in Einsiedeln became a victim of its own creations on Monday afternoon when a major fire broke out.

GO! Italians asked to vote on coveted Monopoly locations
Italy

GO! Italians asked to vote on coveted Monopoly locations

The classic board game is getting an Italian makeover - and you can have a say in how the finished board looks.

Here’s why Munich is worth 20 times more than Berlin
Germany

Here’s why Munich is worth 20 times more than Berlin

The Bavarian capital leaves other German cities in the dust when it comes to where the highest-valued companies choose to plant their flag.

Meredith Kercher’s convicted killer gets 36 hours of freedom
Italy

Meredith Kercher’s convicted killer gets 36 hours of freedom

Rudy Guede, the man currently serving a 16-year jail sentence for the 2008 murder of 21 year old British exchange student Meredith Kercher, has been given 36 hours of temporary release from prison as a reward for good behaviour.

Norway woman killed by cow in ‘natural’ act
Norway

Norway woman killed by cow in ‘natural’ act

A cow who attacked an 80-year-old woman in Rødøy Municipality in Nordland over the weekend will be put down, its owner said.

Revolutionary French sex tech toy aims to break taboo
France

Revolutionary French sex tech toy aims to break taboo

An award-winning sex tech toy from France promises to revolutionize the erotic industry and break a few taboos along the way.

VIDEO: Why Malmö is the world’s 6th best city for biking

VIDEO: Why Malmö is the world’s 6th best city for biking

Malmö is known for a variety of things. Like falafel, Zlatan, and the Turning Torso. But did you know it's also been ranked the sixth-best city in the world for biking?

Plane forced to dodge THREE drones to land in Bilbao
Spain

Plane forced to dodge THREE drones to land in Bilbao

The plane was attempting to land at Bilbao airport in the Basque Country.

Farms in Swiss Jura to pilot refugee integration project
Switzerland

Farms in Swiss Jura to pilot refugee integration project

The pilot programme will offer refugees unpaid farming work to help them integrate.

Why Swedish football is introducing a green card
Sweden

Why Swedish football is introducing a green card

You’ve heard of the red and yellow cards, but how about the green card?

Five reasons Lille should actually be part of Belgium
France

Five reasons Lille should actually be part of Belgium

It's technically in France, but does it really belong there?

Largest show of Banksy’s works opens in Rome
Italy

Largest show of Banksy’s works opens in Rome

But will the elusive artist put in an appearance?

Watch: Brad Pitt saves little girl from crush on set in Spain
Spain

Watch: Brad Pitt saves little girl from crush on set in Spain

The actor turned real life Hollywood hero when he saved a young girl from being injured this week.

All you need to know about Austria’s new president
Austria

All you need to know about Austria’s new president

Fans affectionately call him "the professor", while his critics decry him as a haughty "green dictator".

Kygo sets all-time Norway record on US Billboard chart
Norway

Kygo sets all-time Norway record on US Billboard chart

Bergen native Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, better known as Kygo, is now the highest-ever placing Norwegian act on the Billboard 200 list.

Bavaria tries to coax migrants into police force
Germany

Bavaria tries to coax migrants into police force

Bavaria’s interior ministry has started a campaign to encourage more migrants to join up as officers of the law - whether they have a German passport or not.

Sweden won’t charge foreign minister over ‘queue jump’
Sweden

Sweden won’t charge foreign minister over ‘queue jump’

Sweden's foreign minister Margot Wallström will not be charged over claims she was given special treatment to secure an apartment in Stockholm.

WHO slams ‘policy failures’ for Zika crisis
Switzerland

WHO slams ‘policy failures’ for Zika crisis

The Geneva-based World Health Organization blames a lack of mosquito control in 1970s for the current Zika outbreak.

Over 2,000 stricken migrants rescued in the Mediterranean
Italy

Over 2,000 stricken migrants rescued in the Mediterranean

So far this year more than 34,000 people have been brought to the Italian coast after being rescued off Libya.

Alleged Portuguese, Russian ‘spies’ arrested in Rome
Italy

Alleged Portuguese, Russian ‘spies’ arrested in Rome

A source close to the case said the secrets allegedly passed on concerned the European Union and Nato, of which Portugal is a member.

SAS cancellations at Copenhagen to last days
Denmark

SAS cancellations at Copenhagen to last days

Technical issues with its flight of CRJ900 aircraft will leave SAS ten planes short through Thursday, causing the airline to cancel dozens of additional flights.

Swedes don’t want to join the euro – now or ever
Sweden

Swedes don’t want to join the euro – now or ever

We'll keep our krona, thank you very much.

Spanish journalist feared kidnapped by Colombia rebels
Spain

Spanish journalist feared kidnapped by Colombia rebels

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said his security forces had launched a sweeping operation to find the journalist.

Singapore boots out scandal-hit Swiss bank
Switzerland

Singapore boots out scandal-hit Swiss bank

Singapore's central bank is kicking out Swiss bank BSI due to its links to a global money-laundering scandal.

Don’t panic: What can the French do if there’s no fuel?
France

Don’t panic: What can the French do if there’s no fuel?

The French government is saying don't panic... but what ARE we supposed to do?

How the brutal murder of an anti-mafia hero altered Sicily
Italy

How the brutal murder of an anti-mafia hero altered Sicily

The assassination of Sicilian judge and anti-mafia campaigner Giovanni Falcone marked a turning point on the southern island.

Top Ten: Barcelona’s coolest rooftop bars
Spain

Top Ten: Barcelona’s coolest rooftop bars

After you have spent a day exploring Barcelona at street level, it's time to head to the skies and take in the view.

‘Bigotry is not dead in Sweden – we still need to talk’
Sweden

‘Bigotry is not dead in Sweden – we still need to talk’

Sweden still needs to do more to confront intolerance, argues columnist Paul Connolly.

Spotify gains listeners but it’s still bleeding cash
Sweden

Spotify gains listeners but it’s still bleeding cash

The Swedish streaming giant expanded rapidly last year but hasn't yet turned a profit.