Paris floods: Museums and train lines close as Seine rises
France

Paris floods: Museums and train lines close as Seine rises

A section of one of the French capital's main train lines has fallen victim to the floods as have several stations.

‘Stalker’ cop fired for stealing police cadet’s bras repeatedly
Germany

‘Stalker’ cop fired for stealing police cadet’s bras repeatedly

When his bosses found out he had been sneaking into his ex-girlfriend’s flat and pinching her underwear, they sacked the young police officer. So he took the decision to court.

Louvre and Musée d’Orsay close as waters rise in Paris
France

Louvre and Musée d’Orsay close as waters rise in Paris

The Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay on the banks of the River Seine in Paris have been forced to close in order to evacuate artworks as flood waters rise.

More six-hour work days for Swedish hospital
Sweden

More six-hour work days for Swedish hospital

A Gothenburg hospital has extended trials of a six-hour work day by a year.

Reports dead girl is missing 16-year-old asylum seeker
Sweden

Reports dead girl is missing 16-year-old asylum seeker

Several Swedish media are reporting that a female found dead in a forest area in southern Stockholm could be a 16-year-old girl who had sought asylum in the Nordic country.

France to welcome 400 refugees a month
France

France to welcome 400 refugees a month

France has taken in just 500 people so far since an EU agreement last year. But now it will speed things up.

Thieves caught trying to swim away in French floods
France

Thieves caught trying to swim away in French floods

One positive outcome of France's floods...

Stay in EU and keep your influence, Merkel tells Brits
Germany

Stay in EU and keep your influence, Merkel tells Brits

Germany hopes strongly that the UK will remain in the European Union and influence its future when its citizens vote in an in-out referendum on membership on June 23rd, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.

International guests boost Roskilde to early sell-out
Denmark

International guests boost Roskilde to early sell-out

Roskilde Festival has sold out at its earliest point in 15 years, spurred in part by an uptick in music fans travelling to Denmark from around the world.

Sweden’s lost forest language gets international recognition
Sweden

Sweden’s lost forest language gets international recognition

Elfdalian isn't the stuff of fantasy, it's a real language, and now the tongue has reached an important international benchmark.

More Air France pilots call for strike during Euro 2016
France

More Air France pilots call for strike during Euro 2016

UPDATED: Two more Air France pilots unions have backed a call for strike to coincide with the start of Euro 2016.

Why family reunification is about to get tougher in Sweden
Sweden

Why family reunification is about to get tougher in Sweden

Four out of ten people who get residence permits to live in Sweden cite family reunification as their reason for coming - but the laws are about to change. Lisa Monique Söderlindh from the Swedish Migration Agency tells The Local why they want to hear from people who have moved to be with someone already living here.

VIDEO: When Paris prepared for ‘flood of the century’ disaster
France

VIDEO: When Paris prepared for ‘flood of the century’ disaster

Earlier this year authorities in Paris held a preparation exercise in case they were hit by catastrophic floods. Here’s a timely look back at what happened.

You’ll never guess which beer was just crowned Spain’s best
Spain

You’ll never guess which beer was just crowned Spain’s best

The results might surprise you…

John Kerry to visit Denmark and Greenland
Denmark

John Kerry to visit Denmark and Greenland

The US Secreatry of State will come to Copenhagen last this month and visit Greenland to see the effects of climate change.

Danish MPs tell companies to avoid Africa’s last colony
Denmark

Danish MPs tell companies to avoid Africa’s last colony

The Danish parliament unanimously passed a motion on Thursday that urges Danish companies and the Danish public sector not to trade with Western Sahara.

Why Sweden is now the world’s ‘goodest’ country
Sweden

Why Sweden is now the world’s ‘goodest’ country

The latest Good Country Index suggests Sweden is at the top of the pile when it comes to thinking about the rest of the world.

‘I trusted my Dad’: Messi tells court in €4m tax fraud trial
Spain

‘I trusted my Dad’: Messi tells court in €4m tax fraud trial

Barça star Lionel Messi insisted he had no idea about how his wealth was managed.

Four arrested over alleged Isis plot to attack Düsseldorf
Germany

Four arrested over alleged Isis plot to attack Düsseldorf

Three men were arrested in Germany on Thursday on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack on the city of Düsseldorf under orders from Isis.

Fearless ‘supergranny’ stands up to squatters in Barcelona
Spain

Fearless ‘supergranny’ stands up to squatters in Barcelona

Dubbed "supergranny", this retired Barcelona resident is the talk of Spain after being caught on film standing up to a group of protesting squatters.

Turkey recalls Berlin envoy after Armenia genocide vote
Germany

Turkey recalls Berlin envoy after Armenia genocide vote

UPDATE: Ankara called back its ambassador to Berlin in protest after German MPs voted through a resolution to call the killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire a genocide on Thursday, local media report.

Has a Brit expat saved the UK from Brexit with kebabs?
France

Has a Brit expat saved the UK from Brexit with kebabs?

If you want to read one clear analogy of what Brexit could mean, let it be this one.

Sex campaigns lead to Danish baby boom
Denmark

Sex campaigns lead to Danish baby boom

Remember those sexy ads telling Danes to ‘do it for mom’? Well, they seem to have worked.

‘Salafist’ Sikh temple bombers were known to police
Germany

‘Salafist’ Sikh temple bombers were known to police

There was no way of predicting a bomb attack on a Sikh temple despite two suspects being known to police, North Rhine-Westphalia authorities said on Wednesday.

The man behind Sweden’s biggest music festival
Sweden

The man behind Sweden’s biggest music festival

Festival season is just around the corner – are you ready? We spoke with Sweden's "king of live music" about the importance of live events, gender equality, and why festivals are going vegetarian.

Austrian steelmaker carves out profit in hard market
Austria

Austrian steelmaker carves out profit in hard market

Austrian steelmaker Voestalpine said on Thursday it had pulled off a slight increase in full-year profits despite a "negative" international economic climate that has hampered steel and oil prices.

Rajoy issued a Brexit warning. This is how you responded
Spain

Rajoy issued a Brexit warning. This is how you responded

Spain's acting PM warned that British expats would lose the right to live and work in Spain with a Brexit. A lot of readers think that is nonsense.

Unconditional basic income: what do you think?
Switzerland

Unconditional basic income: what do you think?

Have your say in The Local's poll.

Spanish unemployment drops ahead of general election
Spain

Spanish unemployment drops ahead of general election

The number of people registered as unemployed in Spain fell in May below four million for the first time since August 2010.

Austrian claims EU used photo of her dead husband
Austria

Austrian claims EU used photo of her dead husband

An Austrian woman whose husband died from non-smoking relating problems is claiming the EU are using without permission a picture of him on his deathbed as an anti-smoking warning on cigarette packets.

Italy’s ‘small, silent protest’ against femicide
Italy

Italy’s ‘small, silent protest’ against femicide

"Never again."

Ahoy! The Vikings are back in North America

Ahoy! The Vikings are back in North America

The world's largest Viking ship in modern times has reached Canada after a challenging journey across the Atlantic.

Vigilante group beat mentally-ill refugee and tie him to tree
Germany

Vigilante group beat mentally-ill refugee and tie him to tree

When an Iraqi refugee got into an argument with staff at a supermarket in Saxony, three men dressed in black dragged him out, beat him and tied him to a tree. Police let the men go.

Paris restaurants open up kitchens to refugee chefs
France

Paris restaurants open up kitchens to refugee chefs

Paris restaurants are giving chefs' hats to refugees in a bid to change attitudes to migrants.

Swiss lawyer warns of deadly threat from robots
Switzerland

Swiss lawyer warns of deadly threat from robots

Diverless cars that kill us, owners who abuse their robot home-help... international laws are needed to protect both humans and robots from harm, says a Swiss lawyer.

Kampusch loses bid to ban revealing book
Austria

Kampusch loses bid to ban revealing book

Austrian Natascha Kampusch has lost her legal battle to prevent a book that reveals she was filmed naked by her kidnapper from being published.

Poll: Swedes think PM is ‘sad man without ideas’
Sweden

Poll: Swedes think PM is ‘sad man without ideas’

A new survey suggests Stefan Löfven is struggling to inspire Swedes.

Are the French sick of all the strikes yet? Far from it
France

Are the French sick of all the strikes yet? Far from it

The locals are not ready to turn on the unions just yet, even if they can't get their trains.

Five things to know about the battle to be Rome’s next mayor
Italy

Five things to know about the battle to be Rome’s next mayor

With the first round of voting in Rome's mayoral elections taking place on Sunday, it's time to brush up on why the elections matter.

Teaching student jailed over Sweden terror plot
Sweden

Teaching student jailed over Sweden terror plot

A 20-year-old former teaching student has been locked up for plotting a suicide attack in Sweden.

This might be the best drone footage out of Norway ever
Norway

This might be the best drone footage out of Norway ever

Video of base jumpers at Kjerag is enough to take your breath away.

Norway bans helicopter type after fatal crash
Norway

Norway bans helicopter type after fatal crash

Preliminary investigation revealed a crack in the model's gearbox.

Expert agrees Graz killer driver was schizophrenic
Austria

Expert agrees Graz killer driver was schizophrenic

The Graz driver who killed three when he forced his car down a busy pedestrian zone was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time, an expert has confirmed.

Man kills girlfriend at Seville airport over missed flight
Spain

Man kills girlfriend at Seville airport over missed flight

The woman had reportedly missed her flight, provoking a heated argument that ended in her death.

Turkey: vote on Armenia ‘genocide’ a ‘test of friendship’
Germany

Turkey: vote on Armenia ‘genocide’ a ‘test of friendship’

German lawmakers' vote Thursday on a resolution that recognises the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide.

IN PICS: See how high the River Seine has risen in Paris
France

IN PICS: See how high the River Seine has risen in Paris

The water level of the Seine is already 4.3 metres higher than usual and it's getting higher.

In pictures: the Gotthard opening’s best moments
Switzerland

In pictures: the Gotthard opening’s best moments

Review the day's events with our picture gallery.

Rome is on track to get its first ever female mayor
Italy

Rome is on track to get its first ever female mayor

"Rome has to first and foremost get back to being a normal city," she says.

‘British expats could lose right to live in Spain’ warns Rajoy
Spain

‘British expats could lose right to live in Spain’ warns Rajoy

Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has issued a dire warning to British expats; a Brexit vote could mean losing the right to live and work in Spain.

Fifth person confirmed dead in Bavarian flooding
Germany

Fifth person confirmed dead in Bavarian flooding

Rescue teams have found a fifth body in Simbach in Bavaria after deadly floods swept through the town on Wednesday evening. Authorities warn the number could rise.

Man facing court under Sweden’s new terror laws
Sweden

Man facing court under Sweden’s new terror laws

UPDATED: Sweden's new anti-terror laws are being tested for the first time. The trial of a 25-year-old man got under way on Thursday.

Concern grows in France as deadly flood waters rise
France

Concern grows in France as deadly flood waters rise

Floods continued to cause havoc in France on Thursday while authorities in Paris are growing increasingly concerned as the River Seine keeps on rising. And more rain is on the way.

IOC doubles anti-doping budget ahead of Rio
Switzerland

IOC doubles anti-doping budget ahead of Rio

International Olympic Committee steps up testing and doubles budget ahead of Rio.

Severe weather lashes central Europe
Austria

Severe weather lashes central Europe

Heavy rains lashing parts of France, Germany and Austria killed four people, cut roads, stranded others on rooftops and forced schools to close their doors on Wednesday.

French air traffic control unions call off planned strike
France

French air traffic control unions call off planned strike

Relief for thousands of air passengers in France as all five French air traffic control unions call off their strike planned for Friday.

Swedish King joins heated Nobel Prize row
Sweden

Swedish King joins heated Nobel Prize row

The King, the Nobel Prize and a huge row. Let the show begin.

Four ways to cheer Sweden this National Day weekend
Sweden

Four ways to cheer Sweden this National Day weekend

Get in the spirit ahead of Sweden's National Day with these four events.

The Spanish gum that cures hangovers AND boosts libido
Spain

The Spanish gum that cures hangovers AND boosts libido

This Spanish company claims its gum will do more than just freshen your breath.

Total returns second Danish shale gas licence
Denmark

Total returns second Danish shale gas licence

French energy group Total has returned the second of two shale gas licences to Denmark after disappointing test drilling results.

‘Life doesn’t have to stop because you’re paralyzed’
Denmark

‘Life doesn’t have to stop because you’re paralyzed’

Bruno Hansen has never been one to surrender. We spoke to the world adaptive surfing champion about his quest to earn a new set of bionic legs.