France considers ban on cigarettes that are ‘too cool’
France

France considers ban on cigarettes that are ‘too cool’

Will France actually ban "cool" cigarettes?

In pictures: Tour de France ends Swiss trip in 35C heat
Switzerland

In pictures: Tour de France ends Swiss trip in 35C heat

Ilnur Zakarin won Wednesday's 17th stage of the Tour de France on its final day in Switzerland.

Calls for compulsory school Islam classes after axe attack
Germany

Calls for compulsory school Islam classes after axe attack

Local authorities are calling for classes on Islam to be brought in at schools across the country after a radicalized Muslim youth attacked passengers on a train with an axe on Monday.

Swedish police sent to the wrong destination once again
Sweden

Swedish police sent to the wrong destination once again

The latest mistake in the North region occurred only weeks after patrols were sent hundreds of kilometres away from their intended destinations.

South Tyrol braces for outcome of Austrian election

South Tyrol braces for outcome of Austrian election

The migrant situation at the Brenner crossing point is not as intense as it was in 2015, Arno Kompatscher, the governor of South Tyrol, said on Wednesday. But that could change if Austria’s right-wing Freedom Party claims victory in the country’s upcoming presidential election re-run.

Swedish thieves literally steal an aircraft load of candy
Sweden

Swedish thieves literally steal an aircraft load of candy

Anyone seen a gang of criminals with tummy aches and holes in their teeth?

‘I fled war in Syria. I never expected to be beaten in Sweden’
Sweden

‘I fled war in Syria. I never expected to be beaten in Sweden’

Muhammed is in shock after a brutal attack by a Swedish bus driver.

Chinese magnate sells Madrid landmark after feud with city
Spain

Chinese magnate sells Madrid landmark after feud with city

Plans to turn the Edificio España into a hotel and shopping centre have been shelved by Wanda.

Norway is the best at doing what the EU says
Norway

Norway is the best at doing what the EU says

Norway tops the Internal Market Scoreboard for the third year running.

‘France is creating the best marketing Isis could wish for’
France

‘France is creating the best marketing Isis could wish for’

"France is falling into a trap set by Isis," argues a leading critic of the government's response to the terror attacks.

Chemistry student breaks bad, analyses hard drugs in uni lab
Germany

Chemistry student breaks bad, analyses hard drugs in uni lab

The master's student used his university lab to test hard drugs for his dealers.

Summer events cancelled in Paris over ‘lack of security’
France

Summer events cancelled in Paris over ‘lack of security’

Another sad sign of the impact of the terror threat in France.

Berlin condemns Turkish crackdown after failed coup
Germany

Berlin condemns Turkish crackdown after failed coup

Erdogan's hardline response "flouts the rule of law", says Germany.

MP resigns after getting away with whopper lie for a decade
Germany

MP resigns after getting away with whopper lie for a decade

A politician managed to manipulate her way all the way up to the Bundestag and stay there for eleven years with a CV full of lies.

Five million Danish ID numbers sent to Chinese firm
Denmark

Five million Danish ID numbers sent to Chinese firm

If you lived in Denmark between 2010 and 2012, it’s almost certain that your personal identification number (CPR number) and health information ended up in the hands of a Chinese company.

Italian counterfeiters ‘crank out new €20 note’ in Naples
Italy

Italian counterfeiters ‘crank out new €20 note’ in Naples

The new banknote was reputed to incorporate the latest tricks to defeat forgers.

Bavaria axe attacker was not Isis fighter: interior minister
Germany

Bavaria axe attacker was not Isis fighter: interior minister

German authorities don't believe the young assailant killed on orders from Isis.

14 years’ jail for mother who murdered four of her babies
Germany

14 years’ jail for mother who murdered four of her babies

The bodies of eight babies were found in her home last year, but at least one was stillborn

Scientists and top chefs team up to explore science of taste
Spain

Scientists and top chefs team up to explore science of taste

High profile chefs and scientists are to gather in Spain to investigate some of the most burning questions to do with taste.

Heat and UV warnings for south and southwest Germany
Germany

Heat and UV warnings for south and southwest Germany

Wednesday was predicted to be the hottest day of the year in Germany so far.

Man, 34, charged over Stockholm metro ‘attack’
Sweden

Man, 34, charged over Stockholm metro ‘attack’

A 34-year-old man is facing trial for allegedly pushing another man in front of a train in central Stockholm.

What are the new emergency powers that France has?
France

What are the new emergency powers that France has?

French lawmakers voted on Tuesday to extend the state of emergency for a fourth time, but with a few changes. Here's what's new.

Do unaccompanied refugee kids get the care they need?
Germany

Do unaccompanied refugee kids get the care they need?

What is the process for looking after unaccompanied minors, and how great is the risk of radicalization?

Case dropped against French cops accused of tourist’s rape
France

Case dropped against French cops accused of tourist’s rape

A French judge has dismissed a rape case against two police officers who were accused of raping a Canadian tourist in Paris police headquarters two years ago.

Rome’s new mayor banishes photo gladiators
Italy

Rome’s new mayor banishes photo gladiators

Rome's gladiators are back, but not for long...

Catalan football star slammed for admitting ‘I’m Spanish’
Spain

Catalan football star slammed for admitting ‘I’m Spanish’

Former Barça player Carles Puyol has caused a stir among his Catalan fan base by referring to himself as Spanish in an advert on Chinese television.

Faithful dog guards murder victim’s body
Switzerland

Faithful dog guards murder victim’s body

A woman’s body was found in a forest near Biel/Bienne on Monday.

Swedish priests caught up in Pokémon Go craze
Sweden

Swedish priests caught up in Pokémon Go craze

Gotta catch 'em all.

Norway couple takes wedding photos to epic new heights
Norway

Norway couple takes wedding photos to epic new heights

Best wedding photos ever?

Austrian election investigation into abuse of office continues
Austria

Austrian election investigation into abuse of office continues

Investigators given the go ahead to investigate two politicians from Austria’s far-right Freedom Party regarding irregularities in the presidential election.

Study: grazing cows are worse for the environment
Switzerland

Study: grazing cows are worse for the environment

Cows reared outside eat more, and so produce more methane.

Tourist sparks bomb scare by locking suitcase to park bench
Spain

Tourist sparks bomb scare by locking suitcase to park bench

This is what not to do if you want to pop for a quick bite but don't feel like dragging your luggage with you.

Sweden’s tough new residency laws begin
Sweden

Sweden’s tough new residency laws begin

Asylum seekers in Sweden are now granted the minimum level of rights the EU requires of member states.

Hundreds protest in Hamburg against police violence
Germany

Hundreds protest in Hamburg against police violence

Several hundred people gathered spontaneously in Hamburg’s red light district on Tuesday evening to protest against racism and police violence.

Norway’s oil fund making a killing off Pokémon Go
Norway

Norway’s oil fund making a killing off Pokémon Go

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, the largest of its kind in the world, is earning good money off the Pokémon Go craze.

How the Brexit vote affects your British pension in France
France

How the Brexit vote affects your British pension in France

The result of the Brexit vote has made many expats in France question what will happen to their pensions.

Cemetery asks Pokémon players to hunt ‘piously’
Austria

Cemetery asks Pokémon players to hunt ‘piously’

Graveyard authorities in Vienna have pleaded with Pokémon Go players to act ‘piously’ and not to climb over graves while hunting pokémons around the holy sites.

Spain’s megalithic tombs win Unesco World Heritage Status
Spain

Spain’s megalithic tombs win Unesco World Heritage Status

A collection of ancient stone tombs in southern Spain has been granted World Heritage status by Unesco.

Trains and flights to be hit by national strike this weekend
Italy

Trains and flights to be hit by national strike this weekend

Nationwide strikes are set to affect travellers using Italy's airports and railways this weekend.

Reading the runes: Denmark’s tough citizenship test
Denmark

Reading the runes: Denmark’s tough citizenship test

"A test like this should not define if one can become a Danish citizen or not. It's about other qualities, such as humour and humanity."

France confirms troops in Libya after three die in combat
France

France confirms troops in Libya after three die in combat

The first official confirmation that France is operating in Libya.

Looking for love? Here’s how to date the Swiss
Switzerland

Looking for love? Here’s how to date the Swiss

With Valentine's Day coming up, The Local explores the particularities of the Swiss dating scene.

The shocking moment a bus driver beats up asylum seeker
Sweden

The shocking moment a bus driver beats up asylum seeker

UPDATED: A Syrian asylum seeker who was verbally and physically abused by a bus driver in Sweden has told The Local the incident has left him shocked and humiliated.

Danish Pokémon Go player finds dead body
Denmark

Danish Pokémon Go player finds dead body

A Pokémon Go player in Odense discovered more than he bargained for on Tuesday evening.

Storms to bring abrupt end to France’s record heatwave
France

Storms to bring abrupt end to France’s record heatwave

It's nearly time to switch the beach towel for an umbrella.

Merkel chief of staff: refugees don’t pose higher terror risk
Germany

Merkel chief of staff: refugees don’t pose higher terror risk

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Chief of Staff Peter Altmaier said on Tuesday evening in response to the Würzburg axe attack that refugees are no more likely than anyone else to commit terrorist atrocities.

Tattooist jailed for drawing penis instead of Yin Yang sign
Austria

Tattooist jailed for drawing penis instead of Yin Yang sign

An Austrian woman who wanted a tattoo of a Yin Yang sign on her back was left in tears after a hobby tattooist decided to draw a penis and the word ‘Fuck’ there instead.

May to thrash out Brexit roadmap in Berlin, Paris talks

May to thrash out Brexit roadmap in Berlin, Paris talks

British Prime Minister Theresa May is heading to Berlin on Wednesday and Paris on Thursday to start thrashing out the roadmap for Britain's departure from the EU.

More than 3,200 boat migrants rescued: Italian coast guard
Italy

More than 3,200 boat migrants rescued: Italian coast guard

More than 3,200 migrants were rescued from the Mediterranean on Tuesday in 25 operations, the Italian coastguard said.

Nordea blocks 68 accounts in Panama Papers investigation
Sweden

Nordea blocks 68 accounts in Panama Papers investigation

The bank said the accounts require further analysis to assess whether they adhered to its policies on tax evasion.

Nearly half of Nice attack victims were foreigners
France

Nearly half of Nice attack victims were foreigners

The victims of the Nice attack came from all over the world.

Doubt cast on Bavaria axe attacker’s nationality
Germany

Doubt cast on Bavaria axe attacker’s nationality

German authorities have cast doubt on whether a teenager who went on an axe rampage on a Bavarian train was really an Afghan refugee, saying Wednesday he might have been from Pakistan.

Five things Americans should know about voting abroad

Five things Americans should know about voting abroad

The November 8th US General Election is quickly approaching. Want to make your voice heard? Here are five things Americans should know about voting from abroad.

Lucerne vandals break into barn and spray-paint pig
Switzerland

Lucerne vandals break into barn and spray-paint pig

Police are seeking (human) witnesses.

Hong Kong family reveals terror of Bavaria train attack
Germany

Hong Kong family reveals terror of Bavaria train attack

Relatives of a Hong Kong family injured in a brutal axe attack by an Afghan refugee on a German train have revealed details of the assault.

France votes to keep state of emergency for six months
France

France votes to keep state of emergency for six months

Lawmakers in the French parliament voted overwhelmingly to extend the state of emergency for a further six months.

Spanish court clears rapper who joked about Eta attacks
Spain

Spanish court clears rapper who joked about Eta attacks

A Spanish court has found the lead vocalist of a rap rock band not guilty of glorifying terrorism.

Italy hopes to reap €2bn from post service shares sale
Italy

Italy hopes to reap €2bn from post service shares sale

The money will be used to reduce public debt.

Train services resume at Paris Gare du Nord after blaze
France

Train services resume at Paris Gare du Nord after blaze

But Eurostar passengers face more cancellations on Wednesday.

IOC bans Putin ally from Rio Olympics
Switzerland

IOC bans Putin ally from Rio Olympics

The Lausanne-based IOC bans Russia's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko over a state-run doping programme.

Spanish football boss to run for UEFA top job
Spain

Spanish football boss to run for UEFA top job

Spain's football association said on Tuesday that its boss Angel Maria Villar would seek to replace the banned Michel Platini as the president of UEFA, the third official candidate for the top job.

Thousands of layoffs feared as Ericsson announces cuts
Sweden

Thousands of layoffs feared as Ericsson announces cuts

New efficiency measures put forward by Ericsson in response to weak sales could lead to thousands of job losses, a union fears.

Barcelona bans Segways from tourist clogged waterfront
Spain

Barcelona bans Segways from tourist clogged waterfront

Barcelona has imposed a ban on "personal mobility vehicles" along its bustling tourist waterfront in the Ciutat Vella this summer after a host of complaints from pedestrians.

VIDEO: Five parks you need to visit in Uppsala
Sweden

VIDEO: Five parks you need to visit in Uppsala

Whether you live in Uppsala or have just been accepted to its university, this list of the city's five finest parks is a great guide for the remaining summer weeks.