French hiker found alive after five nights in Pyrenees hole
France

French hiker found alive after five nights in Pyrenees hole

A "miracle" survival story from the Pyrenees.

Turkey deal ‘on track’ as Austria preps for migrants
Austria

Turkey deal ‘on track’ as Austria preps for migrants

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday brushed off concerns about a landmark EU-Turkey deal designed to stem the flow of migrants to Europe after critical comments by her Turkish counterpart.

13 (even more) thrilling facts you must know about Berlin
Germany

13 (even more) thrilling facts you must know about Berlin

Berlin is just so gosh darn interesting, we couldn't fit it all into the first list on our website of infinite virtual space.

Sweden votes yes to controversial Nato deal
Sweden

Sweden votes yes to controversial Nato deal

A bid to stall the decision was voted down.

Green card holders in Denmark in race against time
Denmark

Green card holders in Denmark in race against time

Thousands of green card holders are desperately trying convince politicians not to force them out of Denmark and say that a recently-granted extension to the scheme is a hollow victory.

Wawrinka eases into third round in Paris
Switzerland

Wawrinka eases into third round in Paris

Swiss defending French Open champion Stan Wawrinka beat Japan's Taro Daniel.

How the fuel crisis is harming the French economy
France

How the fuel crisis is harming the French economy

Experts are saying the current fuel crisis will have "serious consequences" for French business. Here's how.

Norwegian ship rescues over 1,000 refugees
Norway

Norwegian ship rescues over 1,000 refugees

The Norwegian rescue vessel Siem Pilot on Wednesday came to the aid of more than 1,000 people off the coast of Libya.

Swedish pensioner ‘pulled fake gun’ on salesman
Sweden

Swedish pensioner ‘pulled fake gun’ on salesman

We know that many of you have probably had your patience tried by salespeople in the past. But don't do this at home, kids.

1000s of smashed beer bottles bring Autobahn to standstill
Germany

1000s of smashed beer bottles bring Autobahn to standstill

The main road artery between Munich and Berlin was completely shut down on Tuesday evening after a truck driver committed a cardinal sin.

France to see 90,000 security staff on patrol at Euro 2016
France

France to see 90,000 security staff on patrol at Euro 2016

France has vowed to do "everything possible to avoid a terrorist attack" at the Euro 2016 tournament.

List of French targets found in Adeslam’s home
France

List of French targets found in Adeslam’s home

Areas of Paris, Marseille and Toulouse were on the list of possible targets for an attack.

Police backtrack over fine for ‘All Cats Are Beautiful’ bag
Spain

Police backtrack over fine for ‘All Cats Are Beautiful’ bag

Police have admitted that perhaps the phrase "All Cats Are Beautiful" isn't quite as offensive as first thought.

Far-right leader Petry under investigation for perjury
Germany

Far-right leader Petry under investigation for perjury

Her right wing populist party’s electoral successes have struck the fear of God into the political mainstream. But Frauke Petry is now under investigation in Dresden for perjury.

Why you should attend an international job fair

Why you should attend an international job fair

If you want to work internationally, why would you waste your time at a domestic job fair? Bilingual People tells The Local about its international (and even virtual) recruitment fairs – and why job-seekers travel across Europe to attend.

Brit historian Mary Beard wins prestigious Spanish award
Spain

Brit historian Mary Beard wins prestigious Spanish award

The British academic is to follow in the footsteps of Sir David Attenborough, Bob Dylan and Margaret Atwood.

Italians petition to save paradise island’s hermit
Italy

Italians petition to save paradise island’s hermit

"Without him, the island's ecosystem would be severely compromised by now."

We’ll crush German airlines, boasts Ryanair boss
Germany

We’ll crush German airlines, boasts Ryanair boss

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has told a German newspaper that German rivals Air Berlin and Eurowings are doomed.

British holidaymakers flock to Spain to avoid terror threat
Spain

British holidaymakers flock to Spain to avoid terror threat

More British tourists are set to spend their summer holidays in Spain as demand for sunshine breaks in Tunisia and Egypt declines over fears of violence.

5 reasons why Extremadura should be on your bucket list
Spain

5 reasons why Extremadura should be on your bucket list

It may surprise you to learn that Extremadura has been tipped as one of Europe's top destinations for 2016.

Five migrants dead in shipwreck: Italian navy
Italy

Five migrants dead in shipwreck: Italian navy

UPDATED: The navy said at least 550 people had been pulled to safety but added that the rescue operation was still underway and that the death toll could rise.

Why the French are right to go on strike
France

Why the French are right to go on strike

There are good reasons why the French go on strike a lot.

Refugees arrive in Spain (but really want to be in Germany)
Spain

Refugees arrive in Spain (but really want to be in Germany)

Spain welcomed 20 new arrivals this week but some admit they hope it is just a stepping stone to their prefered destination: Germany.

LATEST: Where in France the petrol shortage is biting
France

LATEST: Where in France the petrol shortage is biting

The latest estimates say some 4,000 of the country’s 12,000 petrol stations are now out of fuel or running low.

Austrian firm fires CEO after €50-million cyber scam
Austria

Austrian firm fires CEO after €50-million cyber scam

Austrian aircraft parts maker FACC said Wednesday that it has fired its chief executive of 17 years after cyber criminals stole some €50 million in a so-called "fake president" scam.

IN PICTURES: The fuel crisis around France
France

IN PICTURES: The fuel crisis around France

The fuel crisis in France has made for some striking photos.

Italy finds ‘body-filled’ wreck of WWII submarine
Italy

Italy finds ‘body-filled’ wreck of WWII submarine

Experts say the bodies of 71 servicemen are still sealed inside the airtight submarine.

Stockholm court upholds Assange arrest warrant
Sweden

Stockholm court upholds Assange arrest warrant

UPDATED: A Stockholm district court has maintained a European arrest warrant against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Far-right party in Villach files election complaint
Austria

Far-right party in Villach files election complaint

The local branch of Austria’s Freedom Party (FPÖ) in Villach have filed a complaint with the country’s corruption prosecutor over the suspected manipulation of votes in the presidential election.

Swiss solar plane continues historic trip
Switzerland

Swiss solar plane continues historic trip

Solar Impulse 2, piloted by a Swiss, successfully flew out of Ohio on Wednesday en route to Pennsylvania.

All aboard the €3,000 train ride from Berlin to London
Germany

All aboard the €3,000 train ride from Berlin to London

One imagines that there is more than one Londoner who has moved to Germany in pursuit of Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin. Now they have the chance to travel like him, too.

Foreign investment rises in all of Europe except France
France

Foreign investment rises in all of Europe except France

France is the only country in Europe to have seen a net drop in foreign investment this year...

Danish economy set for ‘historically’ low growth
Denmark

Danish economy set for ‘historically’ low growth

Reports from the Ministry of Finance and independent experts suggest that the Danish economy is likely to be one of Europe’s slowest growers over the coming years.

Why this Swedish handyman wore high heels to work
Sweden

Why this Swedish handyman wore high heels to work

Laying a floor in a fourth floor apartment turned out to be pretty difficult in high heels.

Kitesurfer speared through ankle by fish off Costa Blanca
Spain

Kitesurfer speared through ankle by fish off Costa Blanca

A kitesurfer got a nasty surprise after a freak encounter with a fish off Torrevieja.

Shareholders at Norway’s Opera accept Chinese bid
Norway

Shareholders at Norway’s Opera accept Chinese bid

Deal for the world's fight-biggest internet browser will now need US and Chinese approval.

SAS to increase winter capacity by half million

SAS to increase winter capacity by half million

SAS is expanding its network and will grow established flights across Scandinavia when it rolls out its 2016/2017 winter programme in October.

Adidas to bring production home with robot shoe factory
Germany

Adidas to bring production home with robot shoe factory

Adidas, the German maker of sportswear and equipment, announced Tuesday that it will start marketing its first series of sportshoes manufactured by robots in Germany from 2017.

Basel: Muslim schoolboys must shake hands or face fine
Switzerland

Basel: Muslim schoolboys must shake hands or face fine

Decision by Basel education authorities comes after two Muslim boys refused to shake their female teacher's hand on religious grounds.

Swedish PM shakes up cabinet in key reshuffle
Sweden

Swedish PM shakes up cabinet in key reshuffle

UPDATED: Will this turn a page on weeks of scandals for Sweden's coalition?

Austria steps up anti-migrant patrols at Italian border

Austria steps up anti-migrant patrols at Italian border

In total, 80 officers are patrolling the area.

Salzburg court sides with beggars over police fine
Austria

Salzburg court sides with beggars over police fine

An attempt by Salzburg police to claim saying ‘please, please’ amounted to aggressive begging has failed after four beggars took their case to court and won.

French unions to switch protests to electricity supplies
France

French unions to switch protests to electricity supplies

Are things about to get a lot worse for the French public?

The Bridge creator reveals fourth season Halloween plot

The Bridge creator reveals fourth season Halloween plot

Saga Norén fans, it's time to get excited.

Paternity leave backers push for public vote
Switzerland

Paternity leave backers push for public vote

Fathers in Switzerland should get four weeks statutory paternity leave, say supporters of a new popular initiative.

Aarhus named ‘second best place in Europe’
Denmark

Aarhus named ‘second best place in Europe’

Denmark's second largest city was named among the best European destinations to visit in 2016 by influential travel guide Lonely Planet.

Ryanair departure will doom Norway airport
Norway

Ryanair departure will doom Norway airport

The board of directors at Moss Airport Rygge will shut down the airport's commercial operations if Irish carrier Ryanair makes good on its threats to abandon its base there.

Passersby spur on mob as they attack refugees
Germany

Passersby spur on mob as they attack refugees

When four refugees were attacked near a tram stop in a town on the German-Polish border on Monday evening, pedestrians egged on their assailants.

Squatters clash with police over Barcelona bank eviction
Spain

Squatters clash with police over Barcelona bank eviction

There were riots for a second night in a row in the Gràcia neighbourhood of the city.

200-metre sinkhole swallows cars in central Florence
Italy

200-metre sinkhole swallows cars in central Florence

The accident was probably caused by erosion from the River Arno.

Large roof fire causes traffic chaos in Vienna
Austria

Large roof fire causes traffic chaos in Vienna

Fifteen emergency vehicles and seventy firemen were called out on Tuesday to battle a large roof fire in Vienna that sent smoke across several districts in the city.

Paris: Street artist makes the Louvre pyramid disappear
France

Paris: Street artist makes the Louvre pyramid disappear

Now you see it, now you don't.

Pegida enraged by black children on chocolate bars
Germany

Pegida enraged by black children on chocolate bars

Members of anti-Islam group Pegida were outraged this week to see photos of black and Middle Eastern children on packets of Kinder chocolate bars – until they found out who the kids really were.

French strikes hit Swiss services once again
Switzerland

French strikes hit Swiss services once again

Expect more disruptions on train journeys to France every week into June.

Sweden sees dramatic rise in syphilis cases
Sweden

Sweden sees dramatic rise in syphilis cases

Syphilis is on the increase in Sweden, with the number of new cases more than tripling in some parts of the country.

Germany gets its way over fresh aid for Greece
Germany

Germany gets its way over fresh aid for Greece

Greece will get extra cash in the coming months to cover its debt repayments – but there'll be no cut to the total amount before the next elections in Germany.

Rome in €500m plea to restore historic icons to former glory
Italy

Rome in €500m plea to restore historic icons to former glory

"We need help to ensure Rome continues to be a reference point in terms of beauty for the whole world."

Italy says another 3,000 migrants rescued off Libya
Italy

Italy says another 3,000 migrants rescued off Libya

The overwhelming majority of those arriving in Italy so far this year have been from sub-Saharan Africa.

Two more journalists feared kidnapped in rural Colombia
Spain

Two more journalists feared kidnapped in rural Colombia

They were covering the suspected kidnapping of a Spanish journalist in the region.

France starts using strategic reserves as fuel runs dry
France

France starts using strategic reserves as fuel runs dry

French police are clearing the barricades around fuel depots but the shortages of petrol and diesel continue to hamper drivers and has forced the government to start using reserves.

How French rail services will be hit by this week’s strike
France

How French rail services will be hit by this week’s strike

Another tricky couple of days for rail travel lie ahead this week.

Why Sweden’s teachers have no time for their students
Sweden

Why Sweden’s teachers have no time for their students

Teachers in Sweden are drowning in paperwork and have insufficient time to properly plan lessons, a new report suggests.

Did a Nazi official save Ponte Vecchio from destruction?
Italy

Did a Nazi official save Ponte Vecchio from destruction?

Ponte Vecchio is one of the world’s most famous bridges. Rebuilt after a flood in 1345, it was the only bridge across the Arno that the escaping Germans did not destroy during the Second World War. Many put the bridge’s survival down to a Nazi official, as Stephen Caruso reports.

Madrid installs anti-diving dumpsters to thwart thieves
Spain

Madrid installs anti-diving dumpsters to thwart thieves

It is estimated that nearly half of all cardboard and paper deposited in the recycling points is stolen.

Ten ridiculous things Zlatan has compared himself to
Sweden

Ten ridiculous things Zlatan has compared himself to

Is it a Ferrari? Is it a shark? No, it's Zlatan Ibrahimovic.