Accused rapist rapper extradited to Austria for trial
Austria

Accused rapist rapper extradited to Austria for trial

US rapper Freddie Gibbs has been extradited from France to Austria, where he stands accused of rape, his French lawyer said Wednesday.

Harry Potter play in English tops France’s best-seller list
France

Harry Potter play in English tops France’s best-seller list

The French are under Harry's spell, it seems... even when the book is in English.

Man becomes wine queen after no blond beauties found
Germany

Man becomes wine queen after no blond beauties found

Forget the beautiful blonde girl in a dirndl - this guy is a very different kind of wine queen.

Italian customs seize huge haul of Roman artefacts
Italy

Italian customs seize huge haul of Roman artefacts

Oil paintings, statues and pieces of furniture from Roman times were among the haul.

Conservative leaders call for burqa ban to fight terror
Germany

Conservative leaders call for burqa ban to fight terror

Interior ministers from Germany's main conservative parties want stricter rules for Muslims living in Germany in the wake of recent Islamist-linked attacks.

In Numbers: How the tourists are deserting France
France

In Numbers: How the tourists are deserting France

France looks unlikely to hit its target of welcoming 100 million visitors a year by 2020 the way things are going.

Sweden comeback for legend coach Lagerbäck
Sweden

Sweden comeback for legend coach Lagerbäck

Iceland's Euro 2016 hero coach Lars Lagerbäck is returning to the Swedish national team, seven years after his departure, the Swedish Football Association has confirmed.

Assange appeals Swedish court’s arrest warrant ruling
Sweden

Assange appeals Swedish court’s arrest warrant ruling

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has appealed a Stockholm district court's decision to maintain a European arrest warrant against him.

German government breaks neutrality on US elections
Germany

German government breaks neutrality on US elections

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier believes Donald Trump becoming US president would be a "frightening" prospect for the world, his spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Renzi admits ‘mistake’ to bet leadership on crucial vote
Italy

Renzi admits ‘mistake’ to bet leadership on crucial vote

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised to resign if the public didn’t support the overhaul of Italy’s sclerotic political system.

See Sweden’s King and Queen pop out for pizza
Sweden

See Sweden’s King and Queen pop out for pizza

'I'll have two capricciosas in the name of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, please.'

This is how much the French are obsessed with cheese
France

This is how much the French are obsessed with cheese

It's no myth. The French really adore their fromage.

Top tips for watching the meteor shower in Switzerland
Switzerland

Top tips for watching the meteor shower in Switzerland

Get ready for the best Perseid meteor shower in years...

The things about the US that left a German exchange student feeling confused
Germany

The things about the US that left a German exchange student feeling confused

Max Bringmann, a student who did an exchange year in the US, found the people of Kentucky to be extremely warm hearted. Nonetheless there were some things about his stateside experience which he didn't enjoy.

Asylum seeker arrested after threatening to blow himself up
Denmark

Asylum seeker arrested after threatening to blow himself up

A 22-year-old man who threatened to blow himself up at an asylum centre on the island of Funen has been arrested, police have announced.

Don’t miss this spectacular meteor shower over Spain
Spain

Don’t miss this spectacular meteor shower over Spain

A very dark place, a cloudless sky, and a little patience is all you need for good stargazing and this year it promises to be spectacular.

Top tips for watching the meteor shower in Germany
Germany

Top tips for watching the meteor shower in Germany

Wrap up warm, head out of the city and prepare to be amazed by this spectacle in the sky.

‘Mock attacks’: How France will boost security at schools
France

‘Mock attacks’: How France will boost security at schools

France’s move to improve security in sensitive areas will include unprecedented measures being taken in the country’s schools from September onwards, including a mock attack exercise.

Survivors slam Norway police for dropping ferry fire case

Survivors slam Norway police for dropping ferry fire case

Danish and Norwegian support organizations will file a complaint over the Norwegian police’s decision to end a new investigation into the Scandinavian Star tragedy without filing new charges.

‘Norrland should vote on independence from Sweden’
Sweden

‘Norrland should vote on independence from Sweden’

Should Norrland in northern Sweden follow Scotland's example and demand a referendum on independence? Journalist Lotta Gröning tells The Local why she thinks so.

Woman dies after falling into a disused garage in Rome
Italy

Woman dies after falling into a disused garage in Rome

Local activists had been campaigning for safety in the area to be improved.

Doctor-patient trust at risk in new anti-terror proposals
Germany

Doctor-patient trust at risk in new anti-terror proposals

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière is set to publish a draft law on Thursday which would create fundamental changes to several aspects of citizen's rights in Germany.

Syrian makes it into Austrian second division football
Austria

Syrian makes it into Austrian second division football

A Syrian refugee has made it into the second division of Austrian women’s football despite never seeing women playing the sport until she fled to the country two years ago.

Genetic testing on animals in Germany tripled over decade
Germany

Genetic testing on animals in Germany tripled over decade

A new study reveals that genetic manipulation of mice, rats, cows and pigs has increased threefold since 2004.

Phew! Swedes show you CAN check your smartphone in bed
Sweden

Phew! Swedes show you CAN check your smartphone in bed

But hang on, it's not as simple as that.

Swiss farmers offered cat castration vouchers
Switzerland

Swiss farmers offered cat castration vouchers

An animal protection association will pay for 88 cats to be neutered in an attempt to cut down the growing number of strays in Switzerland.

Top tips for watching the meteor shower in Norway
Norway

Top tips for watching the meteor shower in Norway

The skies will be alive this week, but will the weather cooperate?

The Italian doctor giving hope to thousands of migrants
Italy

The Italian doctor giving hope to thousands of migrants

Dr Pietro Bartolo has assisted the more than 250,000 migrants who have arrived on the the southern Italian island of Lampedusa over the past 25 years. He talks to The Local about his harrowing, but rewarding, work.

This 104-year-old just saw the sea for the first time
Italy

This 104-year-old just saw the sea for the first time

Her reaction was priceless, but Maria Bernacchi still has two wishes she hopes to fulfill...

Top tips for watching the meteor shower in Denmark
Denmark

Top tips for watching the meteor shower in Denmark

Look up! We could be in for a delight (if the weather cooperates).

Ciudadanos sets terms in bid to break the political deadlock
Spain

Ciudadanos sets terms in bid to break the political deadlock

Spain's upstart Ciudadanos party has demanded electoral reform and anti-corruption measures in return for helping acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy form a new government after months of political limbo.

Tourist, aged 8, victim of sex attack on French campsite
France

Tourist, aged 8, victim of sex attack on French campsite

The young holidaymaker was reportedly sexually assaulted as she slept in her tent on a campsite in the south of France.

Cow destroyed for attacking Davos hiker
Switzerland

Cow destroyed for attacking Davos hiker

The mother cow attacked a hiker on Saturday.

Stargazing: Top tips for watching the Perseid meteor shower in Sweden
Sweden

Stargazing: Top tips for watching the Perseid meteor shower in Sweden

Let's just hope the skies stay clear.

‘Moving’ Norway mountain puts residents on red alert
Norway

‘Moving’ Norway mountain puts residents on red alert

Part of the mountain Mannen in Romsdalen has moved as much as 10 centimetres per day due to heavy rainfall, leading to a ‘red alert’ and evacuations as officials predict an impending landslide.

Learn to yodel on an Austrian mountaintop
Austria

Learn to yodel on an Austrian mountaintop

One of Austria’s most popular tourism destinations has added another attraction to its belt with the addition of summer yodelling workshops.

Antonio Banderas launches his own fashion label
Spain

Antonio Banderas launches his own fashion label

Today on his 56th birthday the Malaga-born actor launches his new fashion label.

London cat turns up in France… eight years later
France

London cat turns up in France… eight years later

The mysterious tale of Moon Unit the moggy.

10 great apps for exploring Switzerland this summer
Switzerland

10 great apps for exploring Switzerland this summer

Download these free apps to make your Swiss trip go swimmingly.

Praise for Austria’s tough anti-Turkey stance
Austria

Praise for Austria’s tough anti-Turkey stance

Praise for Austria’s controversial tough stance against Turkey has come from Germany via the former Minister President of Bavaria Edmund Stoiber.

Child pornography ring busted in Spain with 7 arrests
Spain

Child pornography ring busted in Spain with 7 arrests

Spanish police they have broken up a child pornography ring, arresting seven people suspected of exploiting at least 80 minors over a 15-year period.

Italy’s banking sector to shed over 16,000 jobs by 2020
Italy

Italy’s banking sector to shed over 16,000 jobs by 2020

This comes after 11,988 roles within the country’s banks, which between them are saddled with over €350 billion in non-performing loans, were cut over the last three years.

Disneyland Paris sees sales hit after attacks and strikes
France

Disneyland Paris sees sales hit after attacks and strikes

Disneyland Paris has not been spared by the fall in tourism in France.

Syrian presenter: Swedish media should make more shows in Arabic
Sweden

Syrian presenter: Swedish media should make more shows in Arabic

She fled for her life after getting death threats in Syria. Now journalist Rowa Alkhatib has landed a plum job as a talk-show host with Sweden’s national radio broadcaster. She tells The Local Voices how she’s now helping quench Arabic speakers’ thirst for knowledge about their new home.

Pokemon site stripped from WWI memorial in France
France

Pokemon site stripped from WWI memorial in France

The gaming giant has stopped Pokemon fans from battling one another at the historic French site.

Will Ferrell feels the wrath of a Swedish chimney sweep
Sweden

Will Ferrell feels the wrath of a Swedish chimney sweep

The moral of the story is: don't cross a Swedish chimney sweep.

Blatter to appear at Lausanne appeal court
Switzerland

Blatter to appear at Lausanne appeal court

Former Fifa president is appealing against his ban from football.

Eurostar rail workers announce seven-day strike
France

Eurostar rail workers announce seven-day strike

Eurostar rail managers want a better work-life balance.

Proposed Italian law could jail ‘reckless’ vegan parents
Italy

Proposed Italian law could jail ‘reckless’ vegan parents

Even if the child does not become ill, parents could be imprisoned for up to two years.

German police arrest Isis suspect, cite football plot
Germany

German police arrest Isis suspect, cite football plot

German special forces have arrested a Syrian suspected of being a member of the Isis group, local authorities said Tuesday.

Danish ‘favela’ survivor plots Brazil’s downfall
Denmark

Danish ‘favela’ survivor plots Brazil’s downfall

"I'm a bit of a dirty player," says Denmark's Ediegerson Gomes, who hopes to help his club derail Brazil's Olympic aspirations.

Malmö sees spike in summer car burnings
Sweden

Malmö sees spike in summer car burnings

As many as 64 vehicles have been set alight in Malmö between June 1st and August 9th, with the figure higher than normal according to rescue services.

How to survive a Swedish crayfish party
Sweden

How to survive a Swedish crayfish party

Feeling anxious about your first ever crayfish party? Fortunately, The Local can help you survive the bizarre fixture in the Swedish summer calendar.