Fresh attempt to seize Hitler’s birth house
Austria

Fresh attempt to seize Hitler’s birth house

Austria's government submitted Friday a law to seize the house where Hitler was born, in a bid to stop the building becoming a neo-Nazi shrine.

Which of France’s strikes could affect Euro 2016?
France

Which of France’s strikes could affect Euro 2016?

A series of ongoing strikes in France could continue to affect the country throughout the Euro 2016 tournament, which starts in just two weeks.

Dozens missing in fresh migrant shipwreck: rescuers
Italy

Dozens missing in fresh migrant shipwreck: rescuers

The Italian coastguard is searching for survivors after an overloaded fishing boat sank off the coast of Libya.

Dresden ‘most woman-friendly’ city in Germany
Germany

Dresden ‘most woman-friendly’ city in Germany

Sorry Berlin, you're not the most progressive city for women, according to a new report.

Fuel crisis eases as French police unblock depots
France

Fuel crisis eases as French police unblock depots

After a week of fuel shortages in France, things are improving in time for the weekend.

Transport authorities call for probe into tech glitch
Sweden

Transport authorities call for probe into tech glitch

But officials say it was not sabotage that caused last week's network failure, which knocked out large parts of Swedish air traffic.

The future belongs to these 10 German regions
Germany

The future belongs to these 10 German regions

A new study shows that one city above all will dominate the future of Germany, but if you're canny you might still want to think about moving to Leipzig or Erfurt.

‘Stop pissing everyone off’: French boss to union chief
France

‘Stop pissing everyone off’: French boss to union chief

In an open letter to the man attempting to bring France to a standstill, a business owner tells him to stop "living in the past" and stop "pissing everyone off".

London Olympic athletes fail new doping tests
Switzerland

London Olympic athletes fail new doping tests

The Lausanne-based International Olympic Committee reports 23 new doping failures from 2012 Games.

Murder-suicide in Braunau am Inn, birthplace of Hitler
Austria

Murder-suicide in Braunau am Inn, birthplace of Hitler

A small Upper Austrian town best known for being the birthplace of Adolf Hitler has apparently witnessed a murder-suicide on Friday afternoon.

‘Racist’ Chinese ad causes outrage…but Italy did it first
Italy

‘Racist’ Chinese ad causes outrage…but Italy did it first

A TV advert for a Chinese laundry detergent has been widely condemned, with commentators saying it’s the most racist ad to ever be screened. But hang on, a similar one was made in Italy...

Why northern Swedes get the hots for sex toys
Sweden

Why northern Swedes get the hots for sex toys

Where in Sweden do people buy the most sex toys? Kiruna in the far north, apparently.

Want a ’30-hour work week’? Move to Paris (or Lyon)
France

Want a ’30-hour work week’? Move to Paris (or Lyon)

Workers in Paris and Lyon put in the fewest hours out of 71 major cities around the world. Lazy or supremely efficient.

Model found guilty of murder of Brit millionaire ex-boyfriend
Spain

Model found guilty of murder of Brit millionaire ex-boyfriend

A Slovakian swimwear model has been found guilty for murdering her British millionaire ex-boyfriend at a court in Malaga.

Alicia Keys to sing live at Milan Champions League final
Italy

Alicia Keys to sing live at Milan Champions League final

The final will be held at Milan's San Siro stadium on Saturday.

Norway kids and parents tell each other to log off
Norway

Norway kids and parents tell each other to log off

Norwegian parents are critical of the amount of time their children spend online but their children feel the exact same way about them.

The nations the French love to make fun of the most
France

The nations the French love to make fun of the most

The British are not the French's top target, believe it or not.

Crew who sunk with WWII sub ‘wanted to be found’: relative
Italy

Crew who sunk with WWII sub ‘wanted to be found’: relative

People were stunned by the discovery of a body-filled, Second World War-era submarine off the coast of Sardinia earlier this week, not least Paul Denison, who told The Local his great-uncle was among the 71 who perished on board.

Fugitive ex-terrorists ‘on huge crime spree’ in north Germany
Germany

Fugitive ex-terrorists ‘on huge crime spree’ in north Germany

In their struggle against capitalism they once murdered businessmen and politicians. Now three ex-terrorists have taken to robbing supermarkets - and rather successfully, too.

Swiss supermarkets look to scrap free plastic bags
Switzerland

Swiss supermarkets look to scrap free plastic bags

Voluntary agreement may be the solution after a commission quashes idea of outright ban.

Spanish bishop demands staff get ‘anti-paedo certificate’
Spain

Spanish bishop demands staff get ‘anti-paedo certificate’

The Bishop of Lleida has requested all staff, including priests and monks, prove they are not paedophiles.

Giant replica of Swedish 18th century ship up for sale
Sweden

Giant replica of Swedish 18th century ship up for sale

A replica of a doomed Swedish merchant vessel that sank in 1745 within sight of its home port of Gothenburg has been put up for sale.

‘Many Swedes think all refugees are under-educated. That’s not true’
Sweden

‘Many Swedes think all refugees are under-educated. That’s not true’

Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) has launched a new programme, RAMP, aimed at equipping highly educated refugees with the skills they need to thrive in the Swedish marketplace. Director Maria Frithz Warg gives us the lowdown.

Young Austrian millionaire dies after falling from window
Austria

Young Austrian millionaire dies after falling from window

The mysterious death of a 43-year-old Austrian millionaire is being investigated by authorities after he fell from a window of his luxury home in Monaco.

Renting a car in fuel-starved France? No need to panic
France

Renting a car in fuel-starved France? No need to panic

While France's fuel concerns have prompted holiday cancellations, car rental companies say travellers have nothing to worry about.

Weekend promises both hailstones and sunshine
Austria

Weekend promises both hailstones and sunshine

Depending on where you are in Austria this weekend, expect either thunderstorms or 31 degree sunshine.

Beach hogger fined in Spain for saving spot with umbrella
Spain

Beach hogger fined in Spain for saving spot with umbrella

Attempting to 'reserve' a spot on the beach of one Costa Blanca resort is being treated very harshly indeed.

First migrants make it from Denmark to Sweden on foot
Denmark

First migrants make it from Denmark to Sweden on foot

Dozens of attempts to cross the Øresund Bridge have been made, but this is the first successful crossing.

Scooter singer finally reveals how much the fish cost
Germany

Scooter singer finally reveals how much the fish cost

It is the question Germans have wanted to know the answer to for almost two decades - and now they have the answer, thanks to a US talkshow host.

Head-on crash leaves Swiss motorcyclist dead
Switzerland

Head-on crash leaves Swiss motorcyclist dead

A motorcyclist died in a head-on crash with a car on a mountain road in Vaud.

Seagulls 1, Aarhus 0
Denmark

Seagulls 1, Aarhus 0

Officials in Denmark’s second city declared an all-out war on seagulls earlier this year. They lost.

The top reactions to Swedish high heels handyman video
Sweden

The top reactions to Swedish high heels handyman video

What did The Local's readers think about this viral clip challenging sexist beauty ideals?

French soldier knifed by men ‘angry over Syria bombings’
France

French soldier knifed by men ‘angry over Syria bombings’

A French soldier was knifed by two men armed who he claimed reproached him for France's military intervention in Syria.

Superfast undersea mega-cable to link US and Spain
Spain

Superfast undersea mega-cable to link US and Spain

Your internet access is about to get a whole lot faster.

‘I’m definitely not a paedophile’: disgraced MP
Germany

‘I’m definitely not a paedophile’: disgraced MP

Former MP Sebastian Edathy quit his job and left Germany after videos of naked children were found on his computer.

Bern renews funding for controversial arts centre
Switzerland

Bern renews funding for controversial arts centre

The Reitschule has been granted a reprieve after authorities in the city agreed a 1.5 million franc grant to keep it going until 2019.

‘Sharing food has always been part of the human story’
Sweden

‘Sharing food has always been part of the human story’

Common Spoon, a team of students from Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya, were recently selected as finalists for the 2016 Ericsson Innovation Awards. Their idea is all about making the world a better and more sustainable place - through sharing food.

First migrants make it from Denmark to Sweden on foot
Sweden

First migrants make it from Denmark to Sweden on foot

Dozens of attempts have been made, but this is the first successful crossing since Sweden introduced ID and border checks.

Norway firm opens office in Minecraft
Norway

Norway firm opens office in Minecraft

The company behind the world's first ever live Minecraft concert has now set up shop within the popular gaming platform.

Austria’s ‘free sex’ brothel owner arrested in tax dispute
Austria

Austria’s ‘free sex’ brothel owner arrested in tax dispute

An Austrian brothel owner who made worldwide headlines in 2015 when he offered free sex to punters as a protest against paying tax has once again run into trouble with the taxman.

France is heading into a ‘summer of discontent’
France

France is heading into a ‘summer of discontent’

This isn’t 1970s Britain but France in 2016.

Man can pay ex-wife’s alimony with pizza, Italian court rules
Italy

Man can pay ex-wife’s alimony with pizza, Italian court rules

Every family's needs are different...

Weekend promises storms, humidity – and a bit of sun
Germany

Weekend promises storms, humidity – and a bit of sun

The forecast for the coming days isn’t the pristine blue skies many of us are longing for. But, in among the storms, the sun will still peek out.

Austria’s super rich are becoming ‘poorer’
Austria

Austria’s super rich are becoming ‘poorer’

Austria’s richest people are not quite as rich as they used to be - although the country’s wealthiest family are still worth €35 billion.

Travel chaos looms as Easyjet workers call strike in Malaga
Spain

Travel chaos looms as Easyjet workers call strike in Malaga

Thousands of holidaymakers could be affected by the strike...

French petrol prices rise as companies profit from crisis
France

French petrol prices rise as companies profit from crisis

French petrol companies are taking advantage of the fuel crisis by putting up the prices of fuel.

Russia lashes out at ‘hostile’ Denmark
Denmark

Russia lashes out at ‘hostile’ Denmark

Russia’s ambassador to Denmark accused the Danes of being “hostile” and “anti-Russian” in an interview published on Friday.

Neighbours’ day: Swiss cities join growing European party
Switzerland

Neighbours’ day: Swiss cities join growing European party

St Gallen becomes the latest Swiss town to take part in European Neighbours’ Day.

Interactive map: Where to find petrol in France
France

Interactive map: Where to find petrol in France

This interactive map should help you find petrol in France.

79-year-old Norwegian lands plane with no propeller
Norway

79-year-old Norwegian lands plane with no propeller

The veteran pilot said the air traffic controllers were "more flustered than me” when he told them he was coming in for a crash landing.

Spanish capital gripped by Champions League fever
Spain

Spanish capital gripped by Champions League fever

Madrid's two biggest teams will face off against each other in Saturday's Champions League final.

Royal baptism day for Sweden’s Prince Oscar
Sweden

Royal baptism day for Sweden’s Prince Oscar

UPDATED: Royalty, dignitaries and other esteemed figures took to Stockholm's Royal Chapel for the ceremony.

Iconic photos of Hiroshima horror go on show in Rome
Italy

Iconic photos of Hiroshima horror go on show in Rome

It is the first time the works have gone on display outside Japan.

Prosecutors take aim at unedited Hitler book
Germany

Prosecutors take aim at unedited Hitler book

German prosecutors said on Thursday they were investigating whether to bring charges against a publisher who has promised to print a version of Adolf Hitler's anti-Semitic manifesto "Mein Kampf" without annotations.

VW bets on battery factory for electric car dominance
Germany

VW bets on battery factory for electric car dominance

Scandal-hit car giant Volkswagen is set to sink huge sums into building a factory for batteries to power its future electric cars, German media reported on Friday.

Colombia blames guerrillas for missing journalists
Spain

Colombia blames guerrillas for missing journalists

The Red Cross has joined the search for three journalists missing in Colombia whose disappearance the government blamed on a leftist rebel group.

Swiss boffins create cannabis e-cigarette
Switzerland

Swiss boffins create cannabis e-cigarette

"Cannavaping" for medical use is safer than a joint and better than a pill, say Lausanne scientists.

‘Don’t worry, France is far from running out of fuel’
France

‘Don’t worry, France is far from running out of fuel’

French petroleum industry chiefs try to calm fears but trade unions have called for protests and strikes to be stepped up.

Why the average ancient Roman worker was dead by 30
Italy

Why the average ancient Roman worker was dead by 30

The average Roman worker suffered several broken bones, had arthritis at 20 and was dead by 30.

Poll: Swedes are worried about Brexit consequences
Sweden

Poll: Swedes are worried about Brexit consequences

Swedes are worried about what may happen both at home and abroad if Britain votes to leave the EU in June.

Mass brawl at Calais migrant camp leaves 20 injured
France

Mass brawl at Calais migrant camp leaves 20 injured

A huge brawl in the Calais migrant camp leaves 20 people injured, including volunteers.

‘Magical mystery tours’ among top Spanish startups to watch
Spain

‘Magical mystery tours’ among top Spanish startups to watch

A company that organizes surprise trips for people who don’t find out where they are going until 48 hours before departure could be one of Spain’s most interesting new startups.

Fend off the bad weather with a Swedish beetroot salad
Sweden

Fend off the bad weather with a Swedish beetroot salad

Rain, rain, go away.