French take to streets to party after beating Germany
France

French take to streets to party after beating Germany

They were ready to celebrate and they did.

France beat Germany 2-0 to reach Euro 2016 final

France beat Germany 2-0 to reach Euro 2016 final

Only Portugal stand in the way of France and the Euro 2016 title.

Russia slams Swedish military ‘propaganda’
Sweden

Russia slams Swedish military ‘propaganda’

Russia has accused Sweden of spreading negative propaganda.

The 18 most annoying French ‘false friends’ of all time
France

The 18 most annoying French ‘false friends’ of all time

French is littered with pesky "false friends" - so don't just try and say English words in a French accent.

14 reasons why France will beat Germany
France

14 reasons why France will beat Germany

Only one team can win tonight and it's not Germany.

Spain’s ‘war of the beach umbrellas’ heats up
Spain

Spain’s ‘war of the beach umbrellas’ heats up

Yet another Spanish coastal town is declaring war on 'beach-hoggers' who stake their claim early on the sandy shores.

Brexit vote to shrink German exports to UK: industry survey
Germany

Brexit vote to shrink German exports to UK: industry survey

German firms expect exports to Britain to tumble five percent next year in the wake of the Britain's vote to quit the EU, an industry survey showed on Thursday.

Five reasons why Sweden’s Almedalen is like Survivor
Sweden

Five reasons why Sweden’s Almedalen is like Survivor

Struggling to understand what Sweden's Almedalen Week is? The Local's Lee Roden explains why it's basically a political version of reality TV show Survivor.

First guilty verdicts for sexual assaults at Cologne NYE
Germany

First guilty verdicts for sexual assaults at Cologne NYE

Two men were on Thursday pronounced guilty of sexual assault on New Year’s Eve in Cologne and handed probationary sentences.

EU moves closer to fining Spain for 2015 overspend
Spain

EU moves closer to fining Spain for 2015 overspend

The European Commission on Thursday declared Spain and Portugal in violation of EU rules on government overspending, the first step towards possible unprecedented penalties against member nations.

Journalists acquitted in Vatileaks trial: Vatican court
Italy

Journalists acquitted in Vatileaks trial: Vatican court

Two investigative journalists at the heart of a controversial leaks trial at the Vatican were acquitted on Thursday after judges ruled they did not have the authority to examine their cases.

With two games to go, Euro 2016 finally begins for France
France

With two games to go, Euro 2016 finally begins for France

The Euro 2016 football tournament is finally about to get underway for France tonight. Let's hope it doesn't end.

Interior minister spends five weeks on Interpol wanted list
Germany

Interior minister spends five weeks on Interpol wanted list

Germany's most wanted interior minister? This dubious title went to a state politician when a hacker exposed a security hole in Interpol's website and made a couple of additions.

That epic time Denmark and Sweden got into a Twitter war

That epic time Denmark and Sweden got into a Twitter war

The age-old rivalry between Sweden and Denmark took a surprising turn on Thursday.

Police arrest Isis suspect ‘close to Paris attacks planner’
Germany

Police arrest Isis suspect ‘close to Paris attacks planner’

German prosecutors said Thursday they had arrested an alleged Isis militant who had had contact with the ringleader of the November Paris terror attacks.

Five held over sexual assault after first day of bull run fest
Spain

Five held over sexual assault after first day of bull run fest

Five men were arrested in Pamplona in connection to a sexual assault after the week-long San Fermin bull-running fest kicked off on Wednesday.

Air France stewards threaten week-long summer strike
France

Air France stewards threaten week-long summer strike

Travelling with Air France this summer? There could be turbulence ahead.

What can newcomers learn about Sweden at Almedalen?
Sweden

What can newcomers learn about Sweden at Almedalen?

Thousands of Swedes gather each year on Gotland for Almedalen, a massive week-long political event. But how would a newcomer to Sweden interpret the events? The Local joined Mohsen, 24, to find out.

‘The best time to be smuggled to Europe is August 20th, 2015’
Sweden

‘The best time to be smuggled to Europe is August 20th, 2015’

When a Greek customer at the supermarket gave her tips on how to cross from Lebanon to Europe, Syrian refugee Anwar al-Kerdy thought it was a sign from God.

A day at Almedalen – through Lebanese eyes
Sweden

A day at Almedalen – through Lebanese eyes

Thousands of Swedes gather each year on Gotland for Almedalen, a massive week-long political event. But how would a newcomer to Sweden interpret the events? The Local joined Mohsen, 24, to find out.

Press freedom ‘at stake’ as Vatileaks verdict expected
Italy

Press freedom ‘at stake’ as Vatileaks verdict expected

A Vatican drama of sex, lies and press freedom was to peak on Thursday with a verdict in the trial of two journalists and sources accused of leaking details about financial mismanagement within the Holy See.

Italy set to sizzle as temperatures reach 40C
Italy

Italy set to sizzle as temperatures reach 40C

As if the country hasn’t sweltered enough over the past few days, it’s going to get even hotter by this weekend.

Brexit strategies: How to become French via marriage
France

Brexit strategies: How to become French via marriage

Worried about losing your EU passport post-Brexit? Here's one possible solution.

This Swedish island promises shamans and psychedelic tea
Sweden

This Swedish island promises shamans and psychedelic tea

Shamans, psychotherapy, and psychedelic tea. Just another day in Sweden...

Norway PM: No deal with Britain until Brexit finalized
Norway

Norway PM: No deal with Britain until Brexit finalized

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has made it clear that the Nordic nation will not enter into any agreements with Britain until “a solution is in place with the EU”.

The top 10 priciest Spanish cities for summer travellers
Spain

The top 10 priciest Spanish cities for summer travellers

If you're vacationing on a budget, these cities might not be at the top of your list.

How to calm down: get off Facebook and start talking
Sweden

How to calm down: get off Facebook and start talking

In a world that's suffering a political nervous breakdown, getting off Facebook and arguing face-to-face could be the best way to calm us all down, argues The Local's managing editor James Savage.

Refugees ‘become German’ through voluntary fire fighting
Germany

Refugees ‘become German’ through voluntary fire fighting

Voluntary fire departments across Germany are desperate for recruits. More than a few are looking to refugees to stock up this 'very German' service.

France Telecom heads may be tried over worker suicides
France

France Telecom heads may be tried over worker suicides

Prosecutors have called for execs from telecommunications giant France Telecom (now Orange) to face trial over a wave of employee suicides.

Cramped Barcelona nudists call for more beach space
Spain

Cramped Barcelona nudists call for more beach space

Nudists in Barcelona complain they are being forced onto an ever smaller strip of sand.

Iceland’s football team slams Danish party’s racist post
Denmark

Iceland’s football team slams Danish party’s racist post

The Icelandic national team has requested that the nationalist Danes' Party take down a clearly racist post.

Swedish nationalists’ solution for suburbs? Folk dancers
Sweden

Swedish nationalists’ solution for suburbs? Folk dancers

Could folk dancing help stem unrest in Sweden's troubled suburbs?

Therapy dog on trial accused of ‘stressing sheep to death’
Germany

Therapy dog on trial accused of ‘stressing sheep to death’

A cute widdle doggy was before the courts in Düsseldorf on Wednesday, standing accused of killing 12 sheep.

Uber plans to revive Italian fortunes with pizza deliveries
Italy

Uber plans to revive Italian fortunes with pizza deliveries

US transport startup Uber is planning to roll out its food-delivery service, UberEATS, in Rome and Milan later this year.

Italian civil servants arrested over illegal passport ring
Italy

Italian civil servants arrested over illegal passport ring

Eleven arrest warrants have been issued for a group of people, including three civil servants, who have allegedly been involved in selling Italian passports on the black market, police said on Thursday.

Tractor plunges into river Aare in Bern
Switzerland

Tractor plunges into river Aare in Bern

The driver was only slightly injured.

€10 for a coffee on the terrace! French café takes a stand
France

€10 for a coffee on the terrace! French café takes a stand

A café owner in France is sick of customers enjoying one of the famed aspects of French café culture - the long, lazy coffee on a sun-soaked terrace.

Uber launches in French beach resorts for summer
France

Uber launches in French beach resorts for summer

With thousands of French people set to head to the beach, Uber will be there waiting for them.

Future of old Berlin airports to be decided Friday
Germany

Future of old Berlin airports to be decided Friday

With no opening date for Berlin's new international airport yet in sight, politicians will meet with planners on Friday to discuss what to do with the capital's existing airports.

Norwegian hires new pilots to address ‘terrible’ situation
Norway

Norwegian hires new pilots to address ‘terrible’ situation

Norwegian Air Shuttle owner and CEO Bjørn Kjos on Thursday apologized to all passengers who have had their holiday plans ruined by the airline’s recent cancellations.

Asylum applications continue to fall in Austria
Austria

Asylum applications continue to fall in Austria

The number of asylum applications received in Austria dropped by around 40% in May, compared to the same month last year.

Graubünden increases deer cull this autumn
Switzerland

Graubünden increases deer cull this autumn

Authorities will grant hunters permission to kill 5,200 deer this season after numbers have surged.

Ex-Spanish soldier faces jail over Isis bodysuits for babies
Spain

Ex-Spanish soldier faces jail over Isis bodysuits for babies

The garment for babies featured an image of a crossed sabre and a set of traditional bagpipes from the Spanish region of Galicia.

Slithery snake surprise rattles Swedish police
Sweden

Slithery snake surprise rattles Swedish police

Here's one thing worse to find in your apartment block than fluff in the dryer.

Church weddings ‘likely to be extinct in Italy in 17 years’
Italy

Church weddings ‘likely to be extinct in Italy in 17 years’

If current trends continue, in 2031 not a single couple will say "I do" in Italy's churches.

Police rescue UK teen trapped by dad in house for 2 years
Spain

Police rescue UK teen trapped by dad in house for 2 years

The malnourished and dehydrated young man sent a cry for help to police: "Help me. My father is going to kill me".

Merkel blames Russia for breakdown of trust with NATO
Germany

Merkel blames Russia for breakdown of trust with NATO

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that Russia's actions in Ukraine had eroded mutual trust with the West, speaking on the eve of a major NATO summit in Poland.

Who are the top ten richest people in France?
France

Who are the top ten richest people in France?

While you might not be on the list, find out how these ten people made their fortunes.

Escaped kangaroo on the run in Austria
Austria

Escaped kangaroo on the run in Austria

Police in Styria are being given the run-around by a kangaroo that escaped its enclosure two weeks ago and refuses to go back in captivity.

Autopsy finds Italian victims of Dhaka attack were tortured
Italy

Autopsy finds Italian victims of Dhaka attack were tortured

Autopsy results reveal the nine Italian victims of last Saturday's terrorist attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh, suffered slow and agonizing deaths at the hands of their attackers.

The quirkiest places to stay in Switzerland
Switzerland

The quirkiest places to stay in Switzerland

Fancy holidaying in a wine barrel, a silo or a cow barn?

Price war opens in skies for Paris to New York flights
France

Price war opens in skies for Paris to New York flights

Getting from the City of Light to the Big Apple is getting remarkably cheap.

M&M’s chocolate war continues in Sweden
Sweden

M&M’s chocolate war continues in Sweden

Sweden's battle over M&M's is set to continue after Mars launched an appeal against a court ruling which banned them from selling the product in the country.

Up to 50 pilot whales killed in Faroes: activists
Denmark

Up to 50 pilot whales killed in Faroes: activists

The annual whale hunt is underway in the Faroe Islands, once again bringing condemnation from animal rights activists.

Barack Obama to meet king of Spain in long-awaited visit
Spain

Barack Obama to meet king of Spain in long-awaited visit

Barack Obama will be the first US president to make an official visit to Spain in 15 years when Air Force One touches down in Seville on Saturday.

10,000 franc reward to catch suspect on the run
Switzerland

10,000 franc reward to catch suspect on the run

Zurich police post a reward for information on the murder of a man in Seefeld and the whereabouts of a principal suspect.

Charges filed in ‘Denmark’s largest ever media scandal’
Denmark

Charges filed in ‘Denmark’s largest ever media scandal’

Eight people face charges of breaching Danish laws on cybercrime and confidential business information.

Fed-up Mallorca calls time out as mass tourism takes toll
Spain

Fed-up Mallorca calls time out as mass tourism takes toll

Locals on the popular holiday isle are becoming increasingly frustrated with the huge numbers of tourists who visit.

Lightning strike kills 18 cows in Austria
Austria

Lightning strike kills 18 cows in Austria

A cow called Lucky is the only survivor of a lightning strike that killed 18 other cows at once in alpine meadow in Austria.

Man arrested in Italy over migrant race-hate murder
Italy

Man arrested in Italy over migrant race-hate murder

UPDATED: The 36-year-old was brutally beaten after defending his wife from racist abuse. A man has been arrested on charges of murder.

Schweinsteiger fit for start in semi
Germany

Schweinsteiger fit for start in semi

Captain Bastian Schweinsteiger will make his first start of Euro 2016 in Thursday's semi-final against France, coach Joachim Löw has confirmed.

Swiss architect considered for prestigious Unesco accolade
Switzerland

Swiss architect considered for prestigious Unesco accolade

Should the works of Le Corbusier be given World Heritage status?

Why France is better than Germany (off the pitch)
France

Why France is better than Germany (off the pitch)

Some pre-match banter ahead of France versus Germany tonight, but let's face it we're right.

Swedes have a change of heart on Nato once more
Sweden

Swedes have a change of heart on Nato once more

Public opinion in Sweden on Nato membership appears to be shifting again.

Germany toughens rape law after NYE assaults
Germany

Germany toughens rape law after NYE assaults

After five years of debate, the German parliament voted unanimously to bolster national rape laws and broaden the definition of sexual assault.

Accidental pregnancy leads to payout
Germany

Accidental pregnancy leads to payout

A family in Munich reached a €90,000 settlement on Wednesday with their gynecologist after a birth control failure resulted in a twin pregnancy.

Is Paris best-placed to attract business from London?
France

Is Paris best-placed to attract business from London?

The French capital has a reputation that might put businesses off, rather than pull them in.

Sweden ditches plan to host asylum seekers on cruise ship
Sweden

Sweden ditches plan to host asylum seekers on cruise ship

Plans to turn a luxury cruise vessel into housing for asylum seekers have been ditched after Sweden's migration authority said the owner did not secure the necessary permits.

The story of Italy in 15 handy maps
Italy

The story of Italy in 15 handy maps

You can learn a surprising amount about Italy by looking at these maps...

Five exciting sports events in Sweden this summer weekend
Sweden

Five exciting sports events in Sweden this summer weekend

It's the height of the Swedish summer, and that's the perfect opportunity to enjoy some outdoor sports. Whether you're keen on watching or participating, The Local has you covered.