Over 100 feared dead in new migrant boat tragedies in Med
Italy

Over 100 feared dead in new migrant boat tragedies in Med

Over 100 migrants were feared dead on Thursday after two crowded boats capsized off Libya in separate incidents, with one of the tragedies captured on video that shows dramatic rescues and desperate final moments.

Masked youths clash with police in Paris protest
France

Masked youths clash with police in Paris protest

Labour protests in Paris have turned violent, again.

How a Swedish rocker saved the life of this cute baby elk
Sweden

How a Swedish rocker saved the life of this cute baby elk

Probably the sweetest story you'll read today.

Raging ticket controller seizes Chinese traveler’s passport
Germany

Raging ticket controller seizes Chinese traveler’s passport

Germany's national rail operator is in hot water after a ticket controller reacted aggressively to a newly arrived Chinese traveler who made one of the most basic transit mistakes: forgetting to stamp her ticket.

Police raid McDonald’s French HQ in tax probe
France

Police raid McDonald’s French HQ in tax probe

French police have said that they raided the French headquarters of McDonald's in a tax probe.

‘You’re not welcome’: French police warn English yobs
France

‘You’re not welcome’: French police warn English yobs

French police tell English fans who might be heading to France to cause trouble: Don't bother.

Man sentenced over dinner party murder in west Sweden
Sweden

Man sentenced over dinner party murder in west Sweden

He stabbed his friend at a dinner party and attempted to kill two others.

Berlin politician crusades for health of skateboarding dog
Germany

Berlin politician crusades for health of skateboarding dog

Can a canine enjoy skateboarding? That's the question Berlin politicians are struggling to address in a row over a dog on four wheels.

Italian man lay dead in flat for 5 years before anyone noticed
Italy

Italian man lay dead in flat for 5 years before anyone noticed

"Nobody questioned his disappearance, nobody went looking for him."

Franco finally stripped of mayor title by Catalan town
Spain

Franco finally stripped of mayor title by Catalan town

Better late than never...

Police hunt Brits who Hitler-saluted in concentration camp
Germany

Police hunt Brits who Hitler-saluted in concentration camp

Authorities in Germany are searching for two British men who took a picture of themselves performing a Nazi salute in a torture chamber in Buchenwald concentration camp.

Danish MP cleared for ‘bomb civilians’ remark
Denmark

Danish MP cleared for ‘bomb civilians’ remark

Copenhagen Police have dropped proceedings against Danish People’s Party (DF) spokesperson Søren Espersen after he said that Denmark “should start” bombing civilians in Syria.

Why Nigeria is furious over Spain’s wasteful tomato fiesta
Spain

Why Nigeria is furious over Spain’s wasteful tomato fiesta

A small town in eastern Spain has become the object of derision from Nigeria for its shocking wastefulness of tomatoes for the sole pursuit of fun.

Why I’ve repaired 2,500 garments for free for my fellow refugees
Sweden

Why I’ve repaired 2,500 garments for free for my fellow refugees

Farid Chhab, from Syria, followed his two young children and his then wife to Sweden in 2014. He tells The Local about how he has found a way to use his skills to give back to the country that welcomed him.

Far-right tries to lure voters with own-brand gummy bears
Germany

Far-right tries to lure voters with own-brand gummy bears

Germany's far-right party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD), have come up with an unusual marketing strategy on their website.

Norway oil investments set to drop again in 2017
Norway

Norway oil investments set to drop again in 2017

Oil investments, one of the main drivers of Norway's economy, are expected to fall for a third straight year.

Paris property prices gone mad? €50,000 for 3m² ‘loft’
France

Paris property prices gone mad? €50,000 for 3m² ‘loft’

A sign of how mad property prices in Paris have become?

’20 to 30′ people dead in new migrant shipwreck
Italy

’20 to 30′ people dead in new migrant shipwreck

Between 20 to 30 people have drowned in the latest migrant shipwreck off Libya.

Denmark’s biggest IPO to be windfall for Goldman Sachs
Denmark

Denmark’s biggest IPO to be windfall for Goldman Sachs

The Danish wind farm group Dong Energy is valued at up to $16 billion, leading to renewed debate about its partial sale to the US investment bank.

Police sieze haul of elephant tusks from Madrid home
Spain

Police sieze haul of elephant tusks from Madrid home

The Spanish Civil Guard discovered 74 elephant tusks at a residence in Madrid.

Captain America inspiration behind Vienna Hyperloop
Austria

Captain America inspiration behind Vienna Hyperloop

Anyone who still holds on to their childhood dream of being a superhero will be delighted by the name of the state-of-the-art technology behind a transport system planned for Vienna.

Aarhus blocks plans for grand mosque
Denmark

Aarhus blocks plans for grand mosque

The sale of a plot of land for the construction of a grand mosque has been cancelled by Aarhus Municipality.

Swiss cantons team up to vie for winter Olympic games
Switzerland

Swiss cantons team up to vie for winter Olympic games

Valais and Vaud launch joint candidacy for the 2026 winter Olympics.

Slow design: How Nordic style can make your life better
Sweden

Slow design: How Nordic style can make your life better

The world has long been hungry for Nordic lifestyle, with its love of design, nature, and light. But this is about much more than painting your floorboards white or throwing a sheepskin on a chair – it’s a mindset that informs everyday life.

Ten reasons why Varberg is the best place in Sweden
Sweden

Ten reasons why Varberg is the best place in Sweden

Forget Stockholm, Gothenburg or Malmö, it looks like seaside town Varberg is Sweden's place to be.

Zlatan on his future: ‘I made my choice a long time ago’
Sweden

Zlatan on his future: ‘I made my choice a long time ago’

Go on then, Zlatan, tell us what it is.

French fuel strikes:  A tedious ‘tantrum’ or a ‘sacred’ duty?
France

French fuel strikes: A tedious ‘tantrum’ or a ‘sacred’ duty?

The nationwide strikes and the fuel crisis have left France divided. Here's what you have had to say.

Italians plea to adopt baby orphaned in migrant tragedy
Italy

Italians plea to adopt baby orphaned in migrant tragedy

After the baby girl's parents died at sea, hundreds of Italians have asked to adopt the baby girl.

Deadline for overseas Brexit voters looms
Austria

Deadline for overseas Brexit voters looms

British people living in Austria who are eligible to vote in the EU referendum have until Tuesday June 7th to apply for a proxy vote.

How your boss can still pay lower than the minimum wage
Germany

How your boss can still pay lower than the minimum wage

German workers are disappointed about the first-ever court ruling on the country's year-old minimum wage law.

The French fuel crisis for dummies: 27 key questions
France

The French fuel crisis for dummies: 27 key questions

Everything you need to know about the French fuel crisis.

Ticino beaches praised in European report
Switzerland

Ticino beaches praised in European report

More than 100 Swiss beaches have been rated as excellent for water quality in a European report.

Stunning cave paintings found 300 metres below Spain
Spain

Stunning cave paintings found 300 metres below Spain

The once in a generation find has been hailed as one of Spain’s most important prehistoric discoveries.

Purrfect: cat-filled beach is a top tourist spot in Sardinia
Italy

Purrfect: cat-filled beach is a top tourist spot in Sardinia

Visitors think the cat sanctuary near the tiny fishing hamlet of Su Pallosu is the cat's whiskers.

Denmark’s waters are cleaner than ever
Denmark

Denmark’s waters are cleaner than ever

Jump on in, the water's fine! In fact, it's cleaner than it's ever been.

Spain has 58 bathing spots that don’t meet EU standards
Spain

Spain has 58 bathing spots that don’t meet EU standards

But don't worry there are 1,821 bathing spots that meet the excellent quality standard.

Plan to open Berlin airport in 2017 finally (inevitably) dead
Germany

Plan to open Berlin airport in 2017 finally (inevitably) dead

Travellers are set to wait still longer for Berlin's much-delayed new airport to open, as city media report that a provisional opening date in late 2017 is no longer achievable.

Nooo! Rain and floods set to dampen Swedes’ summer joy
Sweden

Nooo! Rain and floods set to dampen Swedes’ summer joy

So, that was the Swedish summer? Nice while it lasted.

Syrian refugees sue Denmark over long family wait time
Denmark

Syrian refugees sue Denmark over long family wait time

A group of five Syrians are suing Denmark and Immigration Minister Inger Støjberg over the three-year waiting period for family reunification imposed on refugees.

Facebook on shaky ground after activist’s latest victory
Austria

Facebook on shaky ground after activist’s latest victory

Austrian data privacy activist achieves another legal victory in his bid to stop Facebook transferring European citizens’ data to the US.

Good news from France: Unemployment rate falls again
France

Good news from France: Unemployment rate falls again

Some much needed positive news for the French government

Five free smartphone apps to help you find petrol in France
France

Five free smartphone apps to help you find petrol in France

Looking for petrol in France? Here's how to find it with the help of your smartphone.

Gotthard base tunnel: what you need to know
Switzerland

Gotthard base tunnel: what you need to know

The longest tunnel in the world will be inaugurated in Switzerland amid great fanfare on June 1st. The Local takes you through it.

Huge sinkhole in city centre will cost Florence €5 million
Italy

Huge sinkhole in city centre will cost Florence €5 million

The accident is thought to be down to human error.

Hero bin man saves child from 2nd storey plunge
Germany

Hero bin man saves child from 2nd storey plunge

A young boy had a miraculous rescue in western Germany on Wednesday when a bin man happened to see him hanging from the window ledge and managed to catch him just in time.

Bern pulls plug on lakes after heavy rain forecast
Switzerland

Bern pulls plug on lakes after heavy rain forecast

Authorities are reducing the water level of three Swiss lakes this week so they can cope with heavy rain to come.

The French union in a ‘fight to the death’ with government
France

The French union in a ‘fight to the death’ with government

The hardline CGT trade union is gambling all on bringing the French government to its knees. Can it win?

Report: Swedish information security ‘not good enough’
Sweden

Report: Swedish information security ‘not good enough’

Low levels of security could lead to significant consequences, the state auditor warned.

Fleet of jets take Madrid fans to Champions League final
Spain

Fleet of jets take Madrid fans to Champions League final

More than 200 charter flights have been laid on to take fans to Milan for the all-Madrid final of the Champions League.

App-surd! Norwegians read app terms for 32 hours
Norway

App-surd! Norwegians read app terms for 32 hours

In a live-streamed 'readathon' Norway consumers read the "very bad" terms and conditions of popular smartphone apps.

Norway firm to buy portion of Finland defence company
Norway

Norway firm to buy portion of Finland defence company

A portion of Finnish state-owned defence manufacturer Patria will be privatized through a sell to Kongsberg, a partially state-owned defence company in Norway.

India allows accused Italian marine to go home
Italy

India allows accused Italian marine to go home

Under his new bail conditions, Salvatore Girone must return to Delhi within one month if the PCA rules that he face trial in India.

French fuel crisis latest: 5,100 petrol stations run dry
France

French fuel crisis latest: 5,100 petrol stations run dry

UPDATED: Some 40 percent of petrol stations have run dry in France.

DNA from ancient Phoenician shows Iberian ancestry
Spain

DNA from ancient Phoenician shows Iberian ancestry

The man likely came from modern day Spain or Portugal, researchers have revealed.

‘Historic’: McDonald’s agrees to contain Arctic cod fishing
Norway

‘Historic’: McDonald’s agrees to contain Arctic cod fishing

For the first time ever, major players in the seafood industry have voluntarily imposed limitations on industrial fishing in the Arctic.

Church hides refugees from state in Bavarian beauty spot
Germany

Church hides refugees from state in Bavarian beauty spot

The Catholic Church in southern Bavaria is offering religious asylum to refugees who fled Isis, and who the state now wants to deport.

Striking pictures capture moment of migrant shipwreck
Italy

Striking pictures capture moment of migrant shipwreck

The operation wound up late on Wednesday without finding any further survivors or victims.

German firm fights years-long battle to crack Rubik’s Cube
Germany

German firm fights years-long battle to crack Rubik’s Cube

A German toy manufacturer is nearing success in its long battle to be able to make a Rubik's Cube all of its own.

Two men jailed in Italy for social media terror threats
Italy

Two men jailed in Italy for social media terror threats

The two men had downloaded an online "manual" which covered the production of home-made explosives, carrying weapons and operating clandestinely on the internet.

Man arrested in Malmö after armed attack on car
Sweden

Man arrested in Malmö after armed attack on car

The incident occurred in the south of the city.

France hit by fresh strikes as nuclear workers join protest
France

France hit by fresh strikes as nuclear workers join protest

Trains, flights, nuclear power, fuel depots and oil refineries are all hit by a new round of strikes.

Four fantastic foodie events across Sweden this weekend
Sweden

Four fantastic foodie events across Sweden this weekend

Are world foods your thing, or do you prefer a banquet with beer? Either way you're covered in Sweden this weekend.

Pole dancer from Spain makes bid for British stardom
Spain

Pole dancer from Spain makes bid for British stardom

Saulo Sarmiento got pulses racing during his audition for Britain's Got Talent, but who is the man behind the moves?