10 years for war crimes sentence in Linz
Austria

10 years for war crimes sentence in Linz

An Austrian court sentenced Wednesday a Bosnian Muslim man to 10 years in jail over the massacre of 16 civilians in a Serb village during the bloody 1992-5 Bosnian war.

Federer makes semifinal after astonishing comeback
Switzerland

Federer makes semifinal after astonishing comeback

Federer saved three match points to beat Marin Cilic in five sets.

Are the French falling out of love with their pharmacies?
France

Are the French falling out of love with their pharmacies?

There's been a steady decline in the number of pharmacies in France, and it looks like it's going to continue.

French exam markers asked to snoop on ‘radical pupils’
France

French exam markers asked to snoop on ‘radical pupils’

A teachers union in France claims school examiners were ordered to flag up any references in this year's baccalauréat tests that could suggest pupils have been radicalized.

Schäuble warns of ‘race to bottom’ after UK tax cut plans
Germany

Schäuble warns of ‘race to bottom’ after UK tax cut plans

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Wednesday he opposes a race of competitive tax cuts in Europe after Britain indicated it may slash corporate tax.

New €50 note is forgeable, claims German police union
Germany

New €50 note is forgeable, claims German police union

The European Central Bank (ECB) unveiled a new "state-of-the-art" €50 bill on Tuesday. A German police union said criminals would find a way to forge it.

Paris opens doors to English theatre festival
France

Paris opens doors to English theatre festival

A UK troupe has kicked off its second festival of British theatre in Paris, promising to be more even spectacular than the last one.

Norway closes Arctic asylum centre as numbers plunge
Norway

Norway closes Arctic asylum centre as numbers plunge

The once-busy border with Russia has seen no action since November.

Pamplona in pics: San Fermin bull fest kicks off with a bang
Spain

Pamplona in pics: San Fermin bull fest kicks off with a bang

Thousands of revellers wearing red and white sprayed each other with red wine in Pamplona's main square on Wednesday for the start of Spain's famed San Fermin bull-running festival.

Prosecutors raid Ryanair staff rooms at 6 German airports
Germany

Prosecutors raid Ryanair staff rooms at 6 German airports

State prosecutors in Koblenz raided Ryanair crew rooms in six airports across Germany, accusing the discount airline of tax evasion and unfair labour practises, it was reported on Wednesday.

Muslim woman brutally attacked in northern Germany
Germany

Muslim woman brutally attacked in northern Germany

A man is under investigation for assault after he allegedly beat a Muslim woman over the weekend in the northern city of Kiel.

‘Airbnb’ for electric cars launched in Sweden
Sweden

‘Airbnb’ for electric cars launched in Sweden

A new scheme has been launched in Sweden to boost the use of electric cars.

‘Sweden will be a Nato member in ten years’
Sweden

‘Sweden will be a Nato member in ten years’

Sweden will join Nato in less than ten years, its former foreign and prime minister Carl Bildt has predicted.

Could bottled Ibiza air be this summer’s best souvenir?
Spain

Could bottled Ibiza air be this summer’s best souvenir?

If you fancy taking home a more out of the ordinary souvenir this summer, how about some fresh air from Spain’s holiday isle?

Lions escape from enclosure in zoo south of Berlin
Germany

Lions escape from enclosure in zoo south of Berlin

Two lions broke out of their enclosure in a zoo south of Berlin on Wednesday morning, leading to all visitors being evacuated, local media report.

Brexit: France takes steps to lure businesses from London
France

Brexit: France takes steps to lure businesses from London

France’s quest to profit from the post-Brexit referendum economic uncertainty in Britain has begun.

Trapped teen uses phone GPS to escape would-be rapist
Spain

Trapped teen uses phone GPS to escape would-be rapist

A teen on vacation was able to lock herself in the bathroom and call police for help after a man tried to rape her. The only problem: she didn't know where she was.

Why Sweden is talking about immigration more than before
Sweden

Why Sweden is talking about immigration more than before

Is immigration and ethnicity being spoken about more openly in Sweden than in the past? The Local takes a closer look.

Dong Energy to build world’s cheapest offshore wind farms
Denmark

Dong Energy to build world’s cheapest offshore wind farms

The Danish company's project off the Dutch coast is "beyond even the most optimistic expectations in the market".

French driver badly beaten for ‘stalling at traffic lights’
France

French driver badly beaten for ‘stalling at traffic lights’

Not moving away quickly enough from traffic lights has led to a French driver being severely beaten.

Messi to appeal 21-month jail term for tax fraud in Spain
Spain

Messi to appeal 21-month jail term for tax fraud in Spain

UPDATED: Barcelona star Lionel Messi will appeal and vowed to clear his name after a court in Spain on Wednesday sentenced him and his father to 21 months in jail for tax fraud, the player's lawyers said.

World’s oldest bank could become EU’s newest problem
Italy

World’s oldest bank could become EU’s newest problem

An Italian banking crisis also risks rippling throughout the eurozone.

How Brexit might affect you in France and how to react
France

How Brexit might affect you in France and how to react

If you've got British/French connections, then here's our guide to how the Brexit vote might affect you and some guidance on options you might want to explore.

British pound falls again and heads for parity against euro
Italy

British pound falls again and heads for parity against euro

The pound keeps tumbling, and it doesn't spell good news for those in Italy's tourism industry or property business.

Denmark returns stolen gold cart of Etruscan prince to Italy

Denmark returns stolen gold cart of Etruscan prince to Italy

A whole host of looted Etruscan treasures, including a prince's golden carriage, will begin arriving back in Italy after spending the last forty years on display at a Danish museum.

Border controls cause row between Austria and Hungary
Austria

Border controls cause row between Austria and Hungary

Hungarian authorities have come under fire from Austria’s Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka after they began checking people crossing the border from Austria into Hungary.

Remain supporters eye move to Spain after Brexit vote
Spain

Remain supporters eye move to Spain after Brexit vote

The number of British citizens looking to move abroad has increased by 30 percent since Britain voted to leave the EU, with Spain one of the top destinations.

Rome autopsy reveals American student drowned
Italy

Rome autopsy reveals American student drowned

The teenager's body was found on Monday after he disappeared in the early hours of Friday following an evening out in the hip Trastevere district near the Tiber with fellow foreign students.

Pamplona on alert for sexual assaults at bull run fest
Spain

Pamplona on alert for sexual assaults at bull run fest

The city of Pamplona is taking extra measures this year to combat sexual assaults as the week-long bull running fest kicks off on Wednesday.

Nordic businessman accused of buying sex from Thai girl

Nordic businessman accused of buying sex from Thai girl

The man is accused of sexually abusing the 13-year-old girl and fathering her child.

Right-wing AfD splits apart in anti-Semitism row
Germany

Right-wing AfD splits apart in anti-Semitism row

Anti-semitic comments made by a politician for the Alternative for Germany (AfD) have led to infighting at the top of the party, with one the party leaders splitting from his faction in a state parliament on Tuesday.

French plan to keep extremist inmates together in doubt
France

French plan to keep extremist inmates together in doubt

How should France deal with its scores of radicalized prisoners? A new report has criticized the scheme of housing them together, separate from other prisoners.

Six things I learned while living in Denmark
Denmark

Six things I learned while living in Denmark

The Local recently said 'farvel' to our Venezuelan intern, Juan Franco. Here are the lessons he's taking with him as he leaves Denmark.

Bed bug attack puts Swiss soldiers in ‘quarantine’
Switzerland

Bed bug attack puts Swiss soldiers in ‘quarantine’

These soldiers haven't fared well in their battle against bed bugs.

Why Italy might be the next big threat to the EU’s future
Italy

Why Italy might be the next big threat to the EU’s future

Italy has its own referendum coming up in October, one which premier Matteo Renzi has staked his leadership on. But why might this vote have a worse impact on the EU than Brexit?

Map bungle sends Swedish police 200km from break-in
Sweden

Map bungle sends Swedish police 200km from break-in

There's a hard day on the job, and there's turning up at a suspected burglary in progress, only to realize it's almost 200km away.

Adults lead 50 kids under dangerous railway crossing
Austria

Adults lead 50 kids under dangerous railway crossing

Austrian police are searching for three adults who were spotted leading fifty schoolchildren under a level crossing and across railway tracks seconds before a train hurtled past.

‘Record number’ of human trafficking victims in Denmark
Denmark

‘Record number’ of human trafficking victims in Denmark

UPDATED/CORRECTED: The number of registered trafficking victims has increased fivefold in just eight years.

Get your kit off! Madrid to host ‘no swimsuit day’ in city pools
Spain

Get your kit off! Madrid to host ‘no swimsuit day’ in city pools

Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena has given her blessing to a no swimsuit day in the Spanish capital, after a petition from nudists.

Salamander robot helps Swiss scientists in spinal research
Switzerland

Salamander robot helps Swiss scientists in spinal research

EPFL's new robot could aid the development of therapies for paraplegics and amputees.

Migrant busted trying to sneak into Switzerland in a suitcase

Migrant busted trying to sneak into Switzerland in a suitcase

Border guards at a Swiss train station were shocked to find an Eritrean migrant trying to sneak into the country from Italy crammed inside a suitcase.

British pound falls again and heads for parity against euro
France

British pound falls again and heads for parity against euro

The pound keeps tumbling, and it doesn't spell good news for those in France's tourism industry or property business.

Norway’s hard-line integration minister might quit
Norway

Norway’s hard-line integration minister might quit

Integration Minister Sylvi Listhaug of the anti-immigration Progress Party is considering giving up politics for the sake of her family.

Austrian charged for carving swastikas onto own body
Austria

Austrian charged for carving swastikas onto own body

An Austrian accused of carving swastikas onto his chest and forehead and then blaming it on his neighbours has been charged by prosecutors.

Sweden tears up plans to raise interest rates after Brexit
Sweden

Sweden tears up plans to raise interest rates after Brexit

Sweden's central bank, the Riksbank, has kept its record-low interest rate unchanged, and hinted on Wednesday that it could be dropped further.

Over a third of single-parent families depend on welfare
Germany

Over a third of single-parent families depend on welfare

Children growing up in single-parent households are nearly five times more likely to depend on welfare payments, a study revealed Wednesday.

Germany may wait 100 years for nuclear waste storage site
Germany

Germany may wait 100 years for nuclear waste storage site

Germany may not have a final storage facility for its nuclear waste up and running until the next century, an expert report released on Tuesday suggested.

New investigation opened into fatal balloon crash company
Switzerland

New investigation opened into fatal balloon crash company

The federal aviation office (BAZL) is to investigate whether Gstaad Fly had authorization to offer commercial flights.

Paraglider left dangling from edge of crane
Austria

Paraglider left dangling from edge of crane

A paraglider trying to land ended up being rescued by fire services in Austria after being left dangling 30 metres off the ground on the edge of a crane.

Tourist fined after drone crashes in St Mark’s Square
Italy

Tourist fined after drone crashes in St Mark’s Square

The man flouted strict Italian laws when it comes to flying drones.

Topless protesters get bloody over Pamplona bull run
Spain

Topless protesters get bloody over Pamplona bull run

Activists from animal rights group PETA doused themselves in fake blood in protest of Pamplona's famous running of the bulls - taking particular aim at foreign revellers.

Ten of the most beautiful doors in Paris to walk through
France

Ten of the most beautiful doors in Paris to walk through

Or if you can't walk through them, at least take a picture.

Thousands of asylum seekers lose assistance from Sweden
Sweden

Thousands of asylum seekers lose assistance from Sweden

A recent amendment to asylum laws in Sweden has resulted in a number of asylum seekers living homeless after access to assistance was cut off, Sveriges Radio reports.

Brexit, budget keep Merkel away from football
Germany

Brexit, budget keep Merkel away from football

Chancellor Angela Merkel, an avid football fan, will not attend Die Mannschaft's Euro 2016 semi-final match against France this week due to a busy schedule.

Plan to conquer Paris ring road for bikes and pedestrians
France

Plan to conquer Paris ring road for bikes and pedestrians

Could pedestrians and cyclists ever take over the famously polluted peripherique ring road around Paris?

Roma occupy Regensburg Cathedral to win right to stay
Germany

Roma occupy Regensburg Cathedral to win right to stay

Around 40 failed asylum seekers have taken to occupying the Regensburg Cathedral to fight their deportation.

Saint-Exupery’s Spanish civil war press pass found
Spain

Saint-Exupery’s Spanish civil war press pass found

An amateur historian has found the press pass issued to French writer and pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupery when he covered Spain's civil war.

Over 4,500 migrants rescued off Italy
Italy

Over 4,500 migrants rescued off Italy

The Italian interior ministry said last week that a total of 70,930 people landed between January and June - almost exactly the same number as the same period in 2015 and only slightly higher than in 2014.

Google to create virtual tours of the Loire Valley chateaux
France

Google to create virtual tours of the Loire Valley chateaux

If you can't make it to see the jewels of the Loire Valley in person then at least you can visit them via your laptop.

Swedish PM promises to tackle segregation
Sweden

Swedish PM promises to tackle segregation

Stefan Löfven unveiled a new government programme at Almedalen designed to tackle segregation, which he warned could fracture Sweden if not dealt with.

14 strange things that surprise French people in Sweden
Sweden

14 strange things that surprise French people in Sweden

French exchange student and The Local contributor Marie Zafimehy is after a year in Sweden still getting to grips with some of the Swedes' peculiar ways.