Russian teen footballers viciously attack Norway rivals
Norway

Russian teen footballers viciously attack Norway rivals

Several boys had black eyes and one had a possible broken rib.

OSCE monitors held at gunpoint in Ukraine
Austria

OSCE monitors held at gunpoint in Ukraine

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said Wednesday that one of its monitors was threatened at gunpoint in eastern Ukraine in an incident involving several armed and apparently drunk men of uncertain affiliation.

Robbed in Rio: Danish Olympic team hit by thieves
Denmark

Robbed in Rio: Danish Olympic team hit by thieves

The robbers even had the cheek to deprive Morten Rodtwitt, Denmark's Olympic boss, of his iPad.

Just how far can foreigners go in criticizing France?
France

Just how far can foreigners go in criticizing France?

Foreign expats criticising France is a touchy issue. But should it be?

Pakistani terror suspect captained Italy cricket team
Italy

Pakistani terror suspect captained Italy cricket team

A Pakistani man expelled from Italy for allegedly plotting an attack in the name of the Isis group used to captain the Italian youth cricket team, media reports said on Wednesday.

US ‘could use Italian bases for Libya air raids if requested’
Italy

US ‘could use Italian bases for Libya air raids if requested’

Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti said on Wednesday that the US could use Italian bases for strikes against the Isis extremist group in Libya if requested, but stressed that the action has not so far involved Italy.

What’s on in Germany: August 2016
Germany

What’s on in Germany: August 2016

From fireworks to festivals to films, there's something for everyone.

Cancer patient ‘sent home to die’ gets last-minute operation
Sweden

Cancer patient ‘sent home to die’ gets last-minute operation

Solbritt Björkstrand's original operation was cancelled by the University Hospital of Umeå a day before it was due to take place.

Spanish parents win battle to name their newborn son ‘Wolf’
Spain

Spanish parents win battle to name their newborn son ‘Wolf’

After a very public campaign, a couple from Madrid have been told they can name their son 'Lobo'.

German scientists prove birds can sleep while flying
Germany

German scientists prove birds can sleep while flying

This odd habit by our feathered friends has long been theorized, but now German scientists say they have definitive proof for the first time ever.

Study: Sweden Europe’s most positive on non-EU migration
Sweden

Study: Sweden Europe’s most positive on non-EU migration

Swedes have more positive attitudes towards immigration from non-EU countries than any other member state, a new study shows.

Over 2 in 3 Germans don’t blame Merkel for terror attacks
Germany

Over 2 in 3 Germans don’t blame Merkel for terror attacks

Since two violent attacks in Bavaria by Islamist fanatics, Chancellor Angela Merkel has come under pressure for her open-door refugee policy. But most Germans see things differently.

Yugoslav spy chiefs jailed for Munich murder of dissident
Germany

Yugoslav spy chiefs jailed for Munich murder of dissident

A German court Wednesday sentenced two former top Yugoslavian spies to life imprisonment for the 1983 murder of a dissident in then West Germany.

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France

Wine floods streets of French town after ‘act of sabotage’

Emergency services were left with 50,000 litres of wine to soak up.

Man arrested after woman set on fire in Lucca dies
Italy

Man arrested after woman set on fire in Lucca dies

The ex-colleague of a 46-year-old woman who died after being set on fire on Tuesday has been arrested in the Tuscany city of Lucca.

Refugees cycled 250 km to protest against Sweden’s new asylum laws
Sweden

Refugees cycled 250 km to protest against Sweden’s new asylum laws

Organizers and protestors told The Local Voices how the new laws will affect them.

Croquemon Go: Spain invents twist on game to ‘eat ’em all’
Spain

Croquemon Go: Spain invents twist on game to ‘eat ’em all’

If moving around the city hunting virtual monsters isn’t really your thing, but grazing on tapas on a bar crawl is, then Croquemon Go is quite possibly the game for you.

UniCredit’s second-quarter profits soar by 75 percent
Italy

UniCredit’s second-quarter profits soar by 75 percent

UniCredit, Italy's largest bank, said on Wednesday its net profit soared 75 percent to €916 million ($1.0 billion) on increased revenues and cost cutting measures.

How to decipher these odd Italian expressions
Italy

How to decipher these odd Italian expressions

It is fair to say that when people visit or move to Italy, they will probably come across some typical sayings and Italian expressions that may sound completely out of context, and sometimes even slightly weird.

Alicia Vikander tricks Swedes on ‘The Swedish Number’
Sweden

Alicia Vikander tricks Swedes on ‘The Swedish Number’

'Can I meet Alicia Vikander if I go to Sweden?' the Oscar winner asks one random Swede.

VIDEO: Drunk-driving elite French cop in ‘racist tirade’
France

VIDEO: Drunk-driving elite French cop in ‘racist tirade’

One elite Paris police officer is in hot water after an ugly incident.

German High Court: It’s OK to call lawyers ‘repulsive’
Germany

German High Court: It’s OK to call lawyers ‘repulsive’

The German Constitutional Court ruled on the side of expanded freedom of expression in regards to insults and slander on Tuesday.

Man tells HIV patient to use lavender instead of drugs
Switzerland

Man tells HIV patient to use lavender instead of drugs

‘Health worker’ fined for telling a patient to stop her treatment for the HIV virus and use essential oils instead.

Naked restaurant looks set to open up in Paris
France

Naked restaurant looks set to open up in Paris

Fancy some food in the nude?

This Swedish fireman rescued a sheep in his underwear
Sweden

This Swedish fireman rescued a sheep in his underwear

"It was nothing spectacular," the hero told The Local.

Turkish nationalists storm wrong party in Vienna
Austria

Turkish nationalists storm wrong party in Vienna

Turkish nationalists turned a birthday celebration into a surprise party when they stormed an event in Vienna after mistaking it for a Kurdish workers’ meeting.

Pokémon Go: Spanish man becomes first to ‘catch ’em all’
Spain

Pokémon Go: Spanish man becomes first to ‘catch ’em all’

A Spanish man from the coastal town of Elche, south of Alicante, has become the first player in the world to catch all 145 Pokémon.

These are Germany’s 10 most beautiful and iconic castles
Germany

These are Germany’s 10 most beautiful and iconic castles

From the splendour of Neuschwanstein, swathed in the mystery of “Mad Ludwig’s” sudden death, to Wartburg Castle, where Martin Luther translated the New Testament, you can learn a lot about Germany through its castles.

Start-ups: How to do business like the Swiss
Switzerland

Start-ups: How to do business like the Swiss

An American expat talks to The Local about the challenges and rewards of being an entrepreneur in Switzerland.

Malmö to host global skateboard championship

Malmö to host global skateboard championship

On August 20th skateboarders from around the world will visit Malmö for the Vans Park Series World Championship Final. The Local finds out how Malmö became a heaven for skateboarding.

What you need to know about Italy’s new food waste laws
Italy

What you need to know about Italy’s new food waste laws

Italy's upper house on Tuesday passed a raft of new legislation designed to combat food waste across the country. But what do the new laws mean for businesses and consumers in Italy?

Man ‘planning to join Syrian jihadists’ arrested in Italy
Italy

Man ‘planning to join Syrian jihadists’ arrested in Italy

A 23-year-old was arrested in Genoa on Wednesday on terrorism charges.

German flashmob sparks ‘terror attack’ panic in Spain
Germany

German flashmob sparks ‘terror attack’ panic in Spain

Holidaymakers in the Catalan beach resort of Platja d’Aro thought they were caught up in a terrorist attack on Tuesday evening after a group staged a flashmob.

Swedish bus driver fired for hitting asylum seeker
Sweden

Swedish bus driver fired for hitting asylum seeker

A Swedish bus driver who was caught on camera hitting and kicking a passenger has been fired.

Why I have fallen out of love with France
France

Why I have fallen out of love with France

She used to see France as a paradise that did everything right, but three years on, it's sadly all changed for one American blogger.

Cop acquitted after breaking woman’s nose with his fist
Germany

Cop acquitted after breaking woman’s nose with his fist

A court in Düsselfdorf has cleared the name of a policeman who punched a woman in the face for "being hysterical".

Vienna iron bar murderer declared mentally ill
Austria

Vienna iron bar murderer declared mentally ill

A man who randomly attacked and killed a 54-year-old woman with an iron bar early one morning in May in Vienna this year has been declared mentally disturbed.

Concrete blocks aim to protect Geneva festival
Switzerland

Concrete blocks aim to protect Geneva festival

Concrete blocks will be erected in Geneva during its annual summer festival this year to prevent a Nice-style attack.

Number of refugee children arriving alone quadruples
Germany

Number of refugee children arriving alone quadruples

More child and teen refugees traveled to Germany on their own last year than ever before.

French ministers ordered to stay home for holidays
France

French ministers ordered to stay home for holidays

The summer holidays are here, but not for France's top politicians.

Frozen effect bringing ‘too many tourists’ to Norway
Norway

Frozen effect bringing ‘too many tourists’ to Norway

Can tourism be too much of a good thing?

Flashmob prank sparks ‘terror attack’ panic in Spanish resort
Spain

Flashmob prank sparks ‘terror attack’ panic in Spanish resort

Holidaymakers in the Catalan beach resort of Platja d’Aro thought they were caught up in a terrorist attack on Tuesday evening after a group staged a flashmob.

Renzi vows to win vote on which he staked leadership
Italy

Renzi vows to win vote on which he staked leadership

"Our strategy in the next weeks will be (to promote the fact that) this is not Renzi's referendum. This is a referendum."

Sweden delays sending back Erdogan dissenters
Sweden

Sweden delays sending back Erdogan dissenters

The Swedish migration authority says it needs further information on the political situation in Turkey before assessing asylum seekers with ties to the opposition from last month's failed coup.

Mystery woman’s body found on Austrian road
Austria

Mystery woman’s body found on Austrian road

Austrian police are struggling to establish the identity of a woman who was found dead on a motorway in Lower Austria at the weekend.

Survey: Swiss fear for safety since July terror attacks
Switzerland

Survey: Swiss fear for safety since July terror attacks

Some 75 percent of Swiss fear more for their safety following the recent attacks in France and Germany, according to a new survey.

Hollande on Donald Trump: ‘He makes you want to retch’
France

Hollande on Donald Trump: ‘He makes you want to retch’

France's President has offered harsh words about Trump's most recent "hurtful and humiliating comments".

Just find another way: Paris tells lovers to ditch love-locks
France

Just find another way: Paris tells lovers to ditch love-locks

'Find another way to show your love', Paris tells besotted tourists.

Armed French sea marshals deployed on UK ferries
France

Armed French sea marshals deployed on UK ferries

Armed French police are patrolling ferries to and from the UK in response to recent atrocities and a heightened fear of further terror attacks.

‘Deal with mafia not my son’, Erdogan tells Italian judges
Italy

‘Deal with mafia not my son’, Erdogan tells Italian judges

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's war of words with the West got personal on Tuesday when he told Italian judges investigating his son they should be pursuing the mafia instead.

Swedish questions over Russia summit invitation
Sweden

Swedish questions over Russia summit invitation

Russia reportedly wants Nato, including non-Nato members Sweden and Finland, to come to a meeting in Moscow. But Sweden says it has received no invitation.

Wawrinka joins Federer on Rio sidelines
Switzerland

Wawrinka joins Federer on Rio sidelines

The Swiss star has withdrawn from the Olympics with a back injury, in another blow to Swiss tennis.

Danish students put up in emergency portacabins
Denmark

Danish students put up in emergency portacabins

Would you be happy to live in one of these?

‘If Donald Trump wins I’m moving back to Sweden’
Sweden

‘If Donald Trump wins I’m moving back to Sweden’

Swedish Hollywood actor Joel Kinnaman may have starred in House of Cards. But if Donald Trump becomes president, the actor said he will quit the US.

Roller-skating flasher strikes again in Denmark
Denmark

Roller-skating flasher strikes again in Denmark

The pervert appears to be using roller skates to overtake his victims.

18 mistakes foreigners make when first moving to Sweden
Sweden

18 mistakes foreigners make when first moving to Sweden

So you think you can handle Sweden?