9 German words to sum up your 20s perfectly
Austria

9 German words to sum up your 20s perfectly

Whether just graduated, just dumped or just now trying to figure yourself out, sometimes you're just at a loss for words in your twenties. But The Local is here to help.

‘This choir is incredible – they’re so brave and open to everything’
Sweden

‘This choir is incredible – they’re so brave and open to everything’

When coming from such distant lands, it can be hard to find a common language. But a new choir has found the solution in music.

IN PICTURES: France left drenched after more floods
France

IN PICTURES: France left drenched after more floods

Torrential rain has left much of France soggy, and some parts completely submerged.

Swiss Bacsinszky dumps out Venus Williams
Switzerland

Swiss Bacsinszky dumps out Venus Williams

Swiss eighth seed Timea Bacsinszky will play a second consecutive French Open quarterfinal after beating Venus Williams.

‘Italy has a big heart, but we can’t take everyone in’
Italy

‘Italy has a big heart, but we can’t take everyone in’

Interior Minister Angelino Alfano on Wednesday rejected a call to take in all migrants and refugees, saying that even though Italy has a big heart, “we can’t take them all”.

Trial begins over asylum worker’s stabbing death
Sweden

Trial begins over asylum worker’s stabbing death

The trial will attempt to establish the suspect's age.

Europe’s leaders stress ‘close ties’ at Gotthard opening
Switzerland

Europe’s leaders stress ‘close ties’ at Gotthard opening

President Francois Hollande voiced hope that Britons "will remember" their close ties to Europe when they vote in the Brexit referendum.

Republic Day wash-out as cyclone brings storms
Italy

Republic Day wash-out as cyclone brings storms

If you're in the centre or north of Italy, Republic Day could well be a washout.

Pro boxers given green light to compete in Rio
Switzerland

Pro boxers given green light to compete in Rio

Boxing's governing body has ruled in favour of the move in a landmark decision in Lausanne.

Germany to require ID for buying prepaid phones
Germany

Germany to require ID for buying prepaid phones

Those who prefer their mobile phone to remain anonymous are in for a shock in Germany, as ministers agreed on Wednesday to require anyone buying a pay-as-you-go SIM card to present ID.

Spain demands Unesco protection for famous snack
Spain

Spain demands Unesco protection for famous snack

Spain's acting Minister of Culture has called for tapas to be given World Heritage status.

Are you paying too much for your rent in Italy?
Italy

Are you paying too much for your rent in Italy?

A new website shows you if you’ve nabbed a bargain or are paying over the odds.

Lower Bavaria district declares flood ‘disaster’
Germany

Lower Bavaria district declares flood ‘disaster’

A district in Lower Bavaria has declared a natural disaster affecting three towns after heavy rain caused serious flooding, German media reported on Wednesday.

Three children are killed every week in Germany
Germany

Three children are killed every week in Germany

In 2015 negligent killing of children rose by 51 percent, while the overall number of victims also rose on 2014, figures published by federal investigators on Wednesday showed.

French navy picks up signals from plane’s black box
France

French navy picks up signals from plane’s black box

France's air accident investigation agency has confirmed that navy ship has picked up a signals from flight recorders of the doomed EgyptAir flight.

Paris transport strike: Metro spared but RER to be hit
France

Paris transport strike: Metro spared but RER to be hit

There will be a public transport strike in Paris on Thursday - here's how you'll be affected (or not).

Sweden extends border controls until November
Sweden

Sweden extends border controls until November

Sweden has extended its border checks for six months.

Merkel backs Armenia genocide bill, but won’t vote
Germany

Merkel backs Armenia genocide bill, but won’t vote

Angela Merkel agrees with her party that the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces should be branded a genocide but will not attend a parliament vote Thursday on the issue, her spokeswoman said.

Amnesty slams Spain over ‘obsolete’ asylum system
Spain

Amnesty slams Spain over ‘obsolete’ asylum system

The Spanish public want to welcome refugees but authorities are dragging their feet.

Postal service brings back express mail at huge mark-up
Denmark

Postal service brings back express mail at huge mark-up

Residents will have a new option for sending next-day mail if they are willing to pay 42 percent more than they do today.

‘Salvini who?’: Donald Trump snubs Italy’s far-right leader
Italy

‘Salvini who?’: Donald Trump snubs Italy’s far-right leader

“I didn’t want to meet him. I didn’t even know him.”

Ryanair: New tax ‘only reason’ for Norway airport closure
Norway

Ryanair: New tax ‘only reason’ for Norway airport closure

Irish no-frills airline Ryanair confirmed on Wednesday that it will shut down one of its Norway bases in protest against a disputed new tax.

Thousands of idyllic Italian villages risk dying out
Italy

Thousands of idyllic Italian villages risk dying out

“When a town dies we're not just talking about about the loss of 500 people, we're talking about the loss of unique cultures and traditions which are invaluable.”

Why Shakira’s Spanish accent is making Colombians cringe
Spain

Why Shakira’s Spanish accent is making Colombians cringe

The Colombian singing star is being accused of turning her back on her roots now that she is resident in Spain.

Germany expects 100,000 migrants to leave this year
Germany

Germany expects 100,000 migrants to leave this year

Germany expects up to 100,000 undocumented migrants to leave the country in 2016, a number Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere Wednesday hailed as high but insufficient after last year's record influx.

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France

More strikes in France bring rail services to a halt

UPDATED: A rolling strike by French rail workers on Wednesday caused travel disruption for many as around half of train services were cancelled across the country.

World agog at bizarre Gotthard Base Tunnel opening
Switzerland

World agog at bizarre Gotthard Base Tunnel opening

Flying angels, tapdancing workmen, gyrating ibex... the Gotthard Base Tunnel is inaugurated in style.

Nazi memorabilia to go under the hammer
Austria

Nazi memorabilia to go under the hammer

A section of a rope used to hang Austrian Nazi Ernst Kaltenbrunner in Nuremberg in 1946 is set to go under the hammer in Munich along with other Nazi memorabilia.

Armenia: don’t let Erdogan bully you on genocide bill
Germany

Armenia: don’t let Erdogan bully you on genocide bill

Armenia's president Wednesday urged German lawmakers to not be intimidated by Turkey ahead of their vote on branding the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a "genocide".

Paris Metro trains to get modern makeover
France

Paris Metro trains to get modern makeover

Take a look at the designs for the new Metro trains.

American bionic scientist wins prestigious Spanish award
Spain

American bionic scientist wins prestigious Spanish award

Hugh Herr, a double amputee who has designed prosthetic limbs has been recognized with a Princess of Asturias award.

Why the Vasa is getting a makeover… and losing weight
Sweden

Why the Vasa is getting a makeover… and losing weight

The Local gets a rare chance to step on board Sweden's 17th-century warship and watch its painstaking makeover unfold.

Swiss village to make world’s biggest meringue
Switzerland

Swiss village to make world’s biggest meringue

Gruyères will attempt to make a 100 metre-long meringue as part of a festival celebrating its famous double cream.

Is the Dordogne worthy of ‘top places to visit in Europe’ title?
France

Is the Dordogne worthy of ‘top places to visit in Europe’ title?

Here's why Dordogne is one of the top destinations in Europe for 2016.

Italian falls off balcony while hiding from lover’s husband
Italy

Italian falls off balcony while hiding from lover’s husband

A sneaky afternoon tryst left a 36-year-old man in hospital after he fell from a balcony while trying to hide from his lover’s husband, who returned home unexpected.

Record number of foreign workers leave Norway
Norway

Record number of foreign workers leave Norway

Foreign workers are leaving Norway like never before, new figures show.

Austria may have world’s biggest gnome collection
Austria

Austria may have world’s biggest gnome collection

An Austrian woman who has spent over 25 years and €80,000 buying thousands of garden gnomes may have the largest gnome collection in the world.

North Germany beefs up ambulances for the obese
Germany

North Germany beefs up ambulances for the obese

The north German state of Schleswig-Holstein is introducing new heavy-duty ambulances designed to transport more generously-proportioned patients in emergencies.

Spanish teen killed crossing train tracks while texting
Spain

Spanish teen killed crossing train tracks while texting

The 14-year-old girl didn't hear the warning blast because she was wearing headphones while looking at her phone.

Supermarket giant Rewe ditches plastic bags for good
Germany

Supermarket giant Rewe ditches plastic bags for good

Rewe, Germany’s second largest supermarket chain, is banning plastic bags from its stores, a move it says will save 140 million of them from ending up in the trash each year.

What changes in France from June 2016
France

What changes in France from June 2016

No more cold calls from today, for starters.

Danish border control extended until November
Denmark

Danish border control extended until November

Denmark’s temporary border control has been extended for a seventh time and will now remain in place until November.

Arson destroys empty Austrian refugee centre
Austria

Arson destroys empty Austrian refugee centre

Arsonists were most likely behind a huge blaze which burnt down a newly-built but still empty refugee centre in northern Austria, police said on Wednesday.

Spanish police quiz suspect over boy missing since 2007
Spain

Spanish police quiz suspect over boy missing since 2007

Could investigators be about to make a breakthrough in the case of a boy who went missing nine years ago?

Technical troubles cause ‘chaos’ at Zurich airport
Switzerland

Technical troubles cause ‘chaos’ at Zurich airport

Travellers suffer long queues after the computerized check-in system broke over night.

‘Please God, don’t let anything happen’
Sweden

‘Please God, don’t let anything happen’

Swedish star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has spoken about the perceived terror threat against the upcoming Euro 2016 tournament in France – but insists he is not afraid.

Copenhagen’s ‘stinky penis’ flower rises again
Denmark

Copenhagen’s ‘stinky penis’ flower rises again

Amorphophallus Titanum, also known as Titan’s Penis, is blooming again at the Botanical Gardens of Copenhagen.

Man bites motorist in Zurich road rage incident
Switzerland

Man bites motorist in Zurich road rage incident

A 63-year-old man was left with bite wounds after a dispute with a van driver.

Austria corrects wrongly interpreted asylum figures
Austria

Austria corrects wrongly interpreted asylum figures

Just days after Austria’s Interior Ministry announced the country received 19,000 asylum applications between January and April in 2016, the Chancellor has corrected the figure to 11,000.

Norway’s wolf population nearly doubled
Norway

Norway’s wolf population nearly doubled

A record number of litters were also registered.

French team engulfed in race row on eve of Euro 2016
France

French team engulfed in race row on eve of Euro 2016

A race row threatens to overshadow France's build-up to Euro 2016, just when the country should be uniting behind its team.

Model jailed for 15 years for ‘crime of passion’ murder
Spain

Model jailed for 15 years for ‘crime of passion’ murder

A Spanish court sentenced a former Slovakian swimwear model to 15 years in jail for the murder of her British millionaire ex-boyfriend.

British Battle of Jutland victim honoured 100 years later
Denmark

British Battle of Jutland victim honoured 100 years later

Royal Navy Able Seaman Harry Gasson was properly laid to rest a full century after being killed in the biggest naval battle of the First World War.

The German smithies forging cut-throat razors for the world
Germany

The German smithies forging cut-throat razors for the world

They used to beat swords and daggers out of steel, now the craftsmen of Solingen provide the global hipster community with cut-throat razors.

Spanish widow wins right to use dead husband’s sperm
Spain

Spanish widow wins right to use dead husband’s sperm

A Spanish woman has won the right to use frozen sperm from her dead husband and continue the in vitro treatment the couple had started before he died.

Political and religious leaders gather for Gotthard opening
Switzerland

Political and religious leaders gather for Gotthard opening

The Gotthard Base Tunnel is to be blessed by a priest, a reverend, a rabbi and an imam on Wednesday morning as part of an inauguration that is being treated as an opportunity for diplomacy.

Sweden’s wild wolf numbers going down
Sweden

Sweden’s wild wolf numbers going down

A licensed cull earlier this year is the main reason behind the decline, say experts.

Floods cause chaos in France as River Seine rises in Paris
France

Floods cause chaos in France as River Seine rises in Paris

Motorways closed, prisons evacuated, the River Seine bursts its banks...

12 Zika virus cases registered in Germany in a month
Germany

12 Zika virus cases registered in Germany in a month

In the month since authorities introduced a compulsory registration for people infected with the Zika virus 12 cases have been recorded, local media report.

Motta and De Rossi get nod for Italy in Euro 2016
Italy

Motta and De Rossi get nod for Italy in Euro 2016

"The choices are made, we reflected a great deal and picked the best at our disposal."

Italy court upholds 16-year jail term for Concordia captain
Italy

Italy court upholds 16-year jail term for Concordia captain

Florence's appeals court on Tuesday upheld the 16-year jail term for Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that sank off Italy in 2012 leaving 32 people dead.

A collection of the best ‘re-invented’ franglais ‘ing’ words
France

A collection of the best ‘re-invented’ franglais ‘ing’ words

By adding "ing" to the end of words, the French have taken "franglais" to another level...

Denmark moves to rein in ‘hate preachers’
Denmark

Denmark moves to rein in ‘hate preachers’

Denmark will punish preachers who give their approval to criminal acts such as violence and bigamy, and will ban foreign "hate preachers" from entering the country.

Swedes sweat on this year’s hottest day yet
Sweden

Swedes sweat on this year’s hottest day yet

Gothenburg on the west coast has observed the hottest day of the summer.

France won’t sacrifice famous cheeses and Champagne for US trade deal
France

France won’t sacrifice famous cheeses and Champagne for US trade deal

France will never sacrifice its labels such as Champagne and Roquefort as part of any future trade deal between the European Union and the US, says the country's president.

Seven wonderful things to do in Italy in June
Italy

Seven wonderful things to do in Italy in June

Stuck for things to do in Italy this June? Then look no further...

French minister ‘owes taxes after undervaluing fortune’
France

French minister ‘owes taxes after undervaluing fortune’

The French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron had far more money than thought, it seems.

Police hold man linked to Stockholm metro ‘attack’
Sweden

Police hold man linked to Stockholm metro ‘attack’

UPDATED: Police are questioning a man in connection with an attempted murder investigation launched after a man was struck by a train at Stockholm's central underground station.

Six great things to put on your Swedish summer bucket list
Sweden

Six great things to put on your Swedish summer bucket list

There's no summer like a Swedish summer. Here's how to make the most of it.