Danish PM in ’embarrassing’ Faroes flag blunder
Denmark

Danish PM in ’embarrassing’ Faroes flag blunder

“There are many in the Faroes who also see it as a lack of respect," a Faroese politician, told the Politiko news site .

Bear family just hanging out on Swedish golf course
Sweden

Bear family just hanging out on Swedish golf course

A bear family has been roaming a Swedish golf course, and the best thing of all is that no one cares.

Beach closed after shark attack in southern Spain
Spain

Beach closed after shark attack in southern Spain

A man was bitten on the hand in a suspected shark attack at a beach on the Costa Blanca on Friday prompting authorities to ban swimming as a precaution.

Madrid ups ante against Catalan separatist lawmakers
Spain

Madrid ups ante against Catalan separatist lawmakers

Spain wants to nullify a text approved by Catalonia's parliament urging the region to push ahead with its independence drive, warning separatist lawmakers of severe consequences.

France braces for busiest day of traffic all summer
France

France braces for busiest day of traffic all summer

Thinking of driving this weekend? The French are being advised to think twice.

What do we actually know about the violence in Malmö?
Sweden

What do we actually know about the violence in Malmö?

International media have presented a "distorted" view of a spate of Malmö shootings and an explosion, a senior police boss has told The Local.

I’m ashamed of Germany’s refugee failure: Green leader
Germany

I’m ashamed of Germany’s refugee failure: Green leader

The head of the Green Party has responded angrily to Angela Merkel’s speech on refugees on Friday, saying he feels “ashamed at Germany’s failure".

‘Moving to northern Sweden was the best thing we’ve done’
Sweden

‘Moving to northern Sweden was the best thing we’ve done’

In his farewell column, The Local’s northern Sweden correspondent, Paul Connolly, looks back at his first four years in Sweden.

Ten reasons why Stockholm Pride is simply awesome
Sweden

Ten reasons why Stockholm Pride is simply awesome

Stockholm Pride 2017 kicks off in just a few days, and with everything from lectures to performances and the all important parade, there’s plenty to love. Here’s why we think it’s pretty amazing.

‘Topple Danish government to drive through Muslim ban’
Denmark

‘Topple Danish government to drive through Muslim ban’

Danish People Party's chief ideologue wants government toppled "without reflection".

German satirists mock Erdogan (and his penis)
Germany

German satirists mock Erdogan (and his penis)

Tempting fate?

The good, bad and the ugly of long distance relationships
Spain

The good, bad and the ugly of long distance relationships

Dating guru Sally Smith gives us the lowdown on what it is really like to endure a long-distance relationship.

Russian ‘terror suspect’ held at Swedish airport walks free
Sweden

Russian ‘terror suspect’ held at Swedish airport walks free

UPDATED: A 35-year-old man has been released from police custody after being arrested at Arlanda Airport in Stockholm on Friday morning.

Huge pro-Erdogan rally puts strain on Turkish community
Germany

Huge pro-Erdogan rally puts strain on Turkish community

Tens of thousands of supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plan to rally in Cologne on Sunday, as tensions over Turkey's failed coup have put German authorities on edge.

Gay civil unions finally become a reality in Italy
Italy

Gay civil unions finally become a reality in Italy

Italy's first civil union has been performed and will be registered in 10 days' time.

Norway youth ‘improves’ 5,000-year-old skier carving
Norway

Norway youth ‘improves’ 5,000-year-old skier carving

The 5,000 year-old carving is among the earliest evidence of stone age man's use of skis.

How the Berlin startup scene is wasting its potential
Germany

How the Berlin startup scene is wasting its potential

"The truth is, there really isn't a truly successful international Berlin startup."

Austria hands Paris attacks ‘accomplices’ to France

Austria hands Paris attacks ‘accomplices’ to France

Austria hands over to France two suspected members of the same Islamic State cell that massacred 130 people in Paris last November.

Five years’ jail for German darknet weapons dealer
Germany

Five years’ jail for German darknet weapons dealer

He had sold weapons to known Isis-sympathizers and far-right extremists.

Prison for woman who faked Swiss airport bomb threat
Switzerland

Prison for woman who faked Swiss airport bomb threat

The 41-year-old French mother of four provoked a massive security scare at Geneva airport.

Norway man in hospital after Pokémon brawl
Norway

Norway man in hospital after Pokémon brawl

Another victim falls to the Pokémon peril.

Thousands hunt Pokémon Go in Madrid to break record
Spain

Thousands hunt Pokémon Go in Madrid to break record

It may only have been officially launched in Spain two weeks ago but already Pokémon Go already has so many fans here that Madrid set a world record.

‘France has problems but it’s not on brink of civil war’
France

‘France has problems but it’s not on brink of civil war’

While certain French politicians and security chiefs have openly talked of the nightmare prospect of civil war in France, one expert tells The Local the country is too resolute to go down that path.

Mussolini’s region votes to criminalize fascist souvenirs
Italy

Mussolini’s region votes to criminalize fascist souvenirs

The sale of trinkets and souvenirs bearing the image of Benito Mussolini has been outlawed in the region of Italy where the fascist dictator was born and raised.

First poll predicts Austrian far-right to win election re-run
Austria

First poll predicts Austrian far-right to win election re-run

The first poll taken ahead of the repeat of the Austrian presidential election in October has put the previously defeated far-right candidate a few percentages ahead of his rival.

Hot weather causes forest fire fears in Valais
Switzerland

Hot weather causes forest fire fears in Valais

National Day fireworks and bonfires should be staged with caution, says the canton.

Prickly Bavarian calls out cops on hedgehogs’ noisy sex
Germany

Prickly Bavarian calls out cops on hedgehogs’ noisy sex

Caught in the act.

Teen found safe and abducter arrested after Spain manhunt
Spain

Teen found safe and abducter arrested after Spain manhunt

A 15-year-old girl who went missing from her home in East London with a man nearly twice her age was spotted in Madrid.

What’s on: Ten cool things to do in France in August 2016
France

What’s on: Ten cool things to do in France in August 2016

August is almost here - and we've got you covered for events.

New rescue plan sends shares Italy’s oldest bank soaring
Italy

New rescue plan sends shares Italy’s oldest bank soaring

Shares in Monte Paschi di Siena (BMPS) soared on the Milan stock exchange on Friday, boosted by a possible new lifeline tabled by a veteran Italian banker and Swiss giant UBS.

Franco-Swiss tension stirs up trouble at Geneva airport

Franco-Swiss tension stirs up trouble at Geneva airport

Some 200 French workers recently hired by Geneva airport can’t start work because France is refusing to give Switzerland information vital for security checks, according to reports.

International or German state school – which one’s best?
Germany

International or German state school – which one’s best?

Deciding between sending your child to a German state school or a private international school isn't easy. Max Bringmann has experienced both.

French PM: ‘France needs new relationship with Islam’
France

French PM: ‘France needs new relationship with Islam’

As France struggles to get to grips with an increasing number of terror attacks the French PM says the country needs a new relationship with Islam.

In pictures: Why is Nordic design so hot right now?
Sweden

In pictures: Why is Nordic design so hot right now?

Design agency Studio Esinam investigates together with Houzz.se why the world is falling in love with Nordic style.

13 mortifying mistakes German learners always make
Germany

13 mortifying mistakes German learners always make

Sure-fire ways to get off on the wrong foot in the German language.

FBI hack 50 computers in Austria in criminal operation
Austria

FBI hack 50 computers in Austria in criminal operation

A mass hacking carried out by the American FBI in 2015 as part of an international child pornography investigation affected 50 computers in Austria with a virus.

Italy has expelled 35 Islamist terrorists in 2016: Alfano
Italy

Italy has expelled 35 Islamist terrorists in 2016: Alfano

Italy's Interior Minister Angelino Alfano on Thursday told Parliament that 35 Islamists had been expelled from the country so far in 2016.

Captain Schweinsteiger retires from international football
Germany

Captain Schweinsteiger retires from international football

He has won a World Cup with Die Mannschaft and captained them at Euro 2016. On Friday Bastian Schweinsteiger announced his retirement from the national team.

Danish Pokémon corpse named as violent killer
Denmark

Danish Pokémon corpse named as violent killer

The grim discovery made by a Danish Pokémon hunter just got darker.

Woman accused of false rape allegation at Cologne NYE
Germany

Woman accused of false rape allegation at Cologne NYE

According to latest reports, the woman was not even in Cologne on New Year's Eve.

France’s Muslims urged to attend mass in solidarity
France

France’s Muslims urged to attend mass in solidarity

A leading Muslim group in France has called on its community to attend a church mass this Sunday to show solidarity with Christians after the recent jihadist killing of a priest.

Govt argues over using army inside Germany
Germany

Govt argues over using army inside Germany

After a string of violent rampages in one week, an argument has broken out in Germany’s coalition government over whether the army (Bundeswehr) should be deployed inside the country.

Hollywood dominates Venice film fest line-up
Italy

Hollywood dominates Venice film fest line-up

Just three Italian films are in the running for the Golden Lion.

Salzburg Festival: ‘soul food in troubled times’
Austria

Salzburg Festival: ‘soul food in troubled times’

The Salzburg Festival kicked off on Thursday, with organisers hoping the classical arts extravaganza would give visitors some respite from the "troubled times" Europe is facing.

Statoil blows $2.5bn on Brazil oil field stake
Norway

Statoil blows $2.5bn on Brazil oil field stake

Norwegian oil giant has made a big ticket acquisition despite cost cuts, staff reductions, and a recent unexpected loss.

Italy energy giant boosts 2016 profit forecast
Italy

Italy energy giant boosts 2016 profit forecast

Italian energy giant Enel on Thursday revised upwards its profit forecast for 2016 after first-half net profit remained stable despite a sharp fall in revenue.

Swiss National Day: five traditions all expats should try
Switzerland

Swiss National Day: five traditions all expats should try

Celebrate Swiss National Day on August 1st by learning these proud Swiss traditions.

Cashless Swedes sitting on old bills worth billions
Sweden

Cashless Swedes sitting on old bills worth billions

Old Swedish bank notes worth 1.4 billion kronor are still circulating, according to the country’s central bank, despite them having been declared invalid a month ago.

Barcelona unveils ‘shame counter’ of refugee deaths
Spain

Barcelona unveils ‘shame counter’ of refugee deaths

The counter will update with each refugee victim who drowns at sea.

Hopes hit as France reports ‘disappointing’ zero growth
France

Hopes hit as France reports ‘disappointing’ zero growth

Hopes of small economic growth in France were hit on Friday when the latest GDP figures were announced.

Spain’s King Felipe VI tasks Rajoy with forming new govt
Spain

Spain’s King Felipe VI tasks Rajoy with forming new govt

Can Rajoy do it or will there be third elections in Spain?

Air France strike affects 30,000 passengers each day
France

Air France strike affects 30,000 passengers each day

The week-long Air France cabin crew strike continued on Friday with some 30,000 passengers hit by cancellations each day.

Swiss bank bounces back from losses
Switzerland

Swiss bank bounces back from losses

Credit Suisse is back in profit following a first quarter dip.

Stockholm one of world’s best places to live: magazine
Sweden

Stockholm one of world’s best places to live: magazine

Stockholm is the tenth best city in the world to live in, reckons this British magazine.

How to make Swedish ‘Dream’ cookies for fika
Sweden

How to make Swedish ‘Dream’ cookies for fika

Want to fika but think cinnamon buns are too complicated? Try this recipe for a simple but yummy Swedish cookie.