US rapper denies rape charge
Austria

US rapper denies rape charge

US rapper Freddie Gibbs' lawyer said Tuesday that the musician "absolutely denies" rape allegations that saw him arrested in France last week, adding he will fight extradition to Austria to face the charges.

130 refugees rescued as home goes up in flames
Germany

130 refugees rescued as home goes up in flames

An entire 5,000 square-metre refugee home in Düsseldorf went up in flames while 130 people were inside on Tuesday.

Who will be Germany’s next President?
Germany

Who will be Germany’s next President?

Germany’s well-loved President, Joachim Gauck, announced on Monday he will not stand for renomination in 2017. Some of the most famous names in German politics are being discussed as potential successors.

Giampiero Ventura to coach Italy after Euro 2016: reports
Italy

Giampiero Ventura to coach Italy after Euro 2016: reports

The former Torino coach will take over the national side in July.

Italian man ‘turns French’ after brain injury

Italian man ‘turns French’ after brain injury

An Italian man has reportedly turned into a French man after suffering from brain damage.

Euro 2016: ‘If there are deaths everyone will leave France’
France

Euro 2016: ‘If there are deaths everyone will leave France’

Any deadly terror attack during Euro 2016 would bring about the end of the tournament, one French security official believes.

Sweden sees red over big business tax stunts
Sweden

Sweden sees red over big business tax stunts

Revealed: Sweden's multinational businesses that pay little or no corporate tax.

Why can’t Germany catch these washed-up terrorists?
Germany

Why can’t Germany catch these washed-up terrorists?

It's been nearly three decades, but these terrorists are still at large - and still committing armed crimes. So why can't Germany seem to catch them.

Crews battle wildfires blazing through Sweden
Sweden

Crews battle wildfires blazing through Sweden

Fire crews are fighting wildfires across Sweden, which has been left dry by an early-summer heatwave.

Meet the most powerful woman in Norway
Norway

Meet the most powerful woman in Norway

Kaci Kullmann Five is the only Norwegian on the Forbes global ranking of powerful women, but who is she?

Royals took advantage of Spain’s tax evasion amnesty
Spain

Royals took advantage of Spain’s tax evasion amnesty

There wasn't a lot of solidarity with the people of Spain from this branch of the royal family when it came to austerity.

‘Third choice’ Swiss coach battles low expectations
Switzerland

‘Third choice’ Swiss coach battles low expectations

Pre-Euro 2016, the public mood is sour and expectations are low for Switzerland's hopes.

French bank told to pay €450,000 to rogue trader
France

French bank told to pay €450,000 to rogue trader

The Societe Generale bank has been ordered to pay €450,000 in damages for firing a rogue trader in 2008.

Danish architect’s Sydney Opera House drama to be film
Denmark

Danish architect’s Sydney Opera House drama to be film

The story of the Sydney Opera House and its Danish architect Jørn Utzon is to be made into a movie, with the producer behind 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' on board.

Humble Zlatan? ‘I’m a man of the people’
Sweden

Humble Zlatan? ‘I’m a man of the people’

Then he said he should win the Nobel Prize.

German Post under fire for not accepting Brexit ballots
Germany

German Post under fire for not accepting Brexit ballots

Several Brits living in Germany have told The Local that they have had to pay extra to send their ballots in for the EU referendum. Others worry that their votes may now be stuck in the post.

‘UK show us the way’ say the French dreaming of Brexit
France

‘UK show us the way’ say the French dreaming of Brexit

Many in France are desperate for the UK to quit the EU, but not so the French can take advantage, but so the French can follow suit with a Frexit.

Norway aims to be climate-neutral by 2030
Norway

Norway aims to be climate-neutral by 2030

The Norwegian parliament on Tuesday agreed to push the country’s already ambitious climate goals ahead by 20 years.

Spain offers joint sovereignty over Gibraltar to beat Brexit
Spain

Spain offers joint sovereignty over Gibraltar to beat Brexit

It would allow the Rock to maintain access to the EU, Spain's foreign minister said.

Woman detained in Italy ‘wanted to be a terrorist’
Italy

Woman detained in Italy ‘wanted to be a terrorist’

The woman was allegedly radicalized by her husband.

Charity wants answer from US Navy over disappearing cats
Spain

Charity wants answer from US Navy over disappearing cats

An animal rights group is demanding to know why US authorities at Rota naval base in southern Spain are trapping dozens of feral cats and making them disappear.

Who loves to visit France most? Clue: It isn’t the Brits
France

Who loves to visit France most? Clue: It isn’t the Brits

The summer is here in France... so who can we expect on the doorstep (and where will they go)?

Fewer migrants cling to trucks to reach Sweden
Denmark

Fewer migrants cling to trucks to reach Sweden

A new government report sheds light on the number of people trying to skirt ID controls by hiding on ferries and trucks.

Palace of Versailles gets giant waterfall to ‘hold up the sky’
France

Palace of Versailles gets giant waterfall to ‘hold up the sky’

The artist says the waterfall will obscure the sun when it sets on Midsummer's Day.

Asylum applications in May up 100 percent on last year
Germany

Asylum applications in May up 100 percent on last year

The number of people who applied for asylum in Germany this May rose by 100 percent over the same month last year, according to government figures.

EU rejects Austria’s ‘asylum islands’ suggestion
Austria

EU rejects Austria’s ‘asylum islands’ suggestion

The EU has rejected a controversial suggestion from Austria’s foreign minister that asylum seekers should be kept on islands rather than be allowed direct access to the continent.

Why Ramadan fasting is a challenge in northern Sweden
Sweden

Why Ramadan fasting is a challenge in northern Sweden

Fasting between dawn and dusk isn't straightforward in cities where the sun never sets.

Fewer migrants cling to trucks to reach Sweden
Sweden

Fewer migrants cling to trucks to reach Sweden

A new government report sheds light on the number of people trying to skirt ID controls by hiding on ferries and trucks.

Switzerland’s breathtaking Unesco World Heritage sites
Switzerland

Switzerland’s breathtaking Unesco World Heritage sites

Switzerland celebrates its 11 Unesco sites with a special event this weekend.

La Poste takes action after Brexit envelope confusion
France

La Poste takes action after Brexit envelope confusion

Yes, it definitely is free to send your referendum postal vote from France to the UK. Don't take no for an answer.

New Danish festival: Music, art and talks in castle setting
Denmark

New Danish festival: Music, art and talks in castle setting

Heartland Festival, the latest entry on Denmark’s long list of summer festivals, will debut this weekend on the island of Funen.

Italy proposes overturning smartphone ban in schools
Italy

Italy proposes overturning smartphone ban in schools

Italy's Education Ministry outlawed mobile phones in schools in 2007.

Spanish study proves fat really ISN’T bad for you
Spain

Spanish study proves fat really ISN’T bad for you

Forget calorie counting, the best way to lose weight is with a high-fat Mediterranean diet.

Silvio Berlusconi hospitalized for heart condition
Italy

Silvio Berlusconi hospitalized for heart condition

The 79-year-old underwent heart surgery in 2006 to correct an irregular heart rhythm, a few weeks after collapsing at a political rally.

Drunken Austrian thief attempts getaway on tractor
Austria

Drunken Austrian thief attempts getaway on tractor

Drunk thief runs out of luck after attempting to flee the scene of the crime on only a tractor.

Celeb violinist: porn star ex blackmailing me over fetish
Germany

Celeb violinist: porn star ex blackmailing me over fetish

World-renowned musician David Garrett told German media that his porn star ex-girlfriend is "blackmailing" him in a lawsuit that claims he had bizarre, at times abusive, sexual fetishes.

Six steps for finding your new Copenhagen home
Denmark

Six steps for finding your new Copenhagen home

Relocation expert Melanie Haynes offers her best tips for finding your first – or next – place to live in the Danish capital.

Italian teacher sacked for killing two rabbits in class
Italy

Italian teacher sacked for killing two rabbits in class

The teacher killed the two rabbits with a hammer.

Spain sizzles as temperatures soar across the country
Spain

Spain sizzles as temperatures soar across the country

Make sure you stock up on sunscreen!

Swiss spend millions to patrol skies outside office hours
Switzerland

Swiss spend millions to patrol skies outside office hours

The defence department wants to buy a road that passes through Payerne air base as part of a plan to police Swiss air space 24/7.

Is it true Abba reunited to sing together on stage?
Sweden

Is it true Abba reunited to sing together on stage?

Have Abba reunited? The Local takes a closer look at rumours grabbing global headlines.

Wife pushes husband out window twice after dispute
Austria

Wife pushes husband out window twice after dispute

Domestic gets out of hand after wife pushes husband out of flat window twice.

Teacher takes pupil to court for calling him ‘retarded’
Germany

Teacher takes pupil to court for calling him ‘retarded’

A teacher in Düsseldorf has taken a student at a special needs school to court over a Facebook post which he said made him look ridiculous.

National Gallery of Denmark removes ‘Negro’ from art titles
Denmark

National Gallery of Denmark removes ‘Negro’ from art titles

The National Gallery of Denmark will replace potentially offensive words like 'Negro' and 'hottentot' with more neutral terms, its head of collections said on Tuesday.

Hopes raised that French rail strikes may be called off
France

Hopes raised that French rail strikes may be called off

After 19 hours of tense negotiations there are hopes that the rail strikes that have caused widespread travel chaos can be called off.

La Roja fans branded ‘Spanish whores’ in Barcelona attack
Spain

La Roja fans branded ‘Spanish whores’ in Barcelona attack

Supporting the Spanish football team in independent-minded Catalonia proved dangerous for these two fans.

IN PICS: The Paris flood of 2016 vs the 1910 ‘flood of the century’
France

IN PICS: The Paris flood of 2016 vs the 1910 ‘flood of the century’

Now the Paris floods are receding, here's a look at how they compared to the great flood of 1910.

French trains ARE still running despite the strikes
France

French trains ARE still running despite the strikes

Trains are being cancelled but it's still possible to travel across France by rail, write The Local's Oliver Gee (after his train was cancelled twice).

Austrian reported for ‘forgetting’ dog in hot car
Austria

Austrian reported for ‘forgetting’ dog in hot car

With temperatures steadily climbing in Austria, an animal rescue charity is warning pet owners not to leave their dogs alone in cars under any circumstances.

Suspected arson attack closes train line to Zurich airport
Switzerland

Suspected arson attack closes train line to Zurich airport

UPDATE: Train line to Zurich airport still closed at 3pm after a fire on the line 12 hours earlier.

Millennium producer set to launch new movie
Sweden

Millennium producer set to launch new movie

One of the figures behind the Stieg Larsson adaptations has unveiled a new project in collaboration with a Swedish-Australian producer.

Surprise, surprise: Angie still world’s most powerful Frau
Germany

Surprise, surprise: Angie still world’s most powerful Frau

The magazine for the business elite, Forbes, has named Angela Merkel the world's most powerful woman for the sixth year running. But will she hold on to the title next year?

Will Obama be running with the bulls in Pamplona?
Spain

Will Obama be running with the bulls in Pamplona?

Could the US president follow in the footsteps of Hemingway and visit the famous running of the bulls during his trip to Spain in July?

Norwegian diplomatic car ‘used for contraband’ in Israel
Norway

Norwegian diplomatic car ‘used for contraband’ in Israel

Ancient coins and statuettes were found in a Norwegian diplomatic vehicle as it tried to cross into Jordan.

VIDEO: Bungled police floods rescue mission has French in fits of laughter
France

VIDEO: Bungled police floods rescue mission has French in fits of laughter

We're going to need a bigger boat!

Italy’s ‘too full of Unesco sites’ to bother bidding this year
Italy

Italy’s ‘too full of Unesco sites’ to bother bidding this year

Italy has not submitted a candidate for the 29-country shortlist for the first time in 16 years.

Fake Spanish football kits seized in France
Spain

Fake Spanish football kits seized in France

A cache of 1,200 fake Spanish Euro 2016 jerseys and shorts were seized by French customs officials in Dunkirk on Monday.

French special forces down Big Macs to foil McDo heist
France

French special forces down Big Macs to foil McDo heist

French robbers chose the wrong McDonald's at the wrong time.

US and Canada reject Sweden’s call for lobster ban
Sweden

US and Canada reject Sweden’s call for lobster ban

Sweden has asked the EU to block the import of live American lobsters, but the US and Canada say the animal isn't invasive.

VIDEO: Blaze in Paris suburb leaves five dead
France

VIDEO: Blaze in Paris suburb leaves five dead

Another deadly blaze near Paris.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic promises ‘bombshell’ announcement
Sweden

Zlatan Ibrahimovic promises ‘bombshell’ announcement

Will Ibrahimovic finally end months of speculation about his future on Tuesday? The striker has promised something big.

Taxes and Brexit: the worries of Italy’s expat entrepreneurs
Italy

Taxes and Brexit: the worries of Italy’s expat entrepreneurs

Taxation and bureaucracy are the veritable banes of doing business in Italy. But the looming UK referendum on the EU is also worrying foreign entrepreneurs. Emma Cuthbertson speaks to six businesswomen to get more insight into the challenges faced.

‘Ban smoking at outdoor restaurants in Sweden’
Sweden

‘Ban smoking at outdoor restaurants in Sweden’

It is high time for Sweden to stub out smoking in public places, write Swedish campaigners Mona Wahlgren and Maritha Sedvallson.