Turkey rows with Sweden over child sex allegations
Austria

Turkey rows with Sweden over child sex allegations

Turkey said on Monday it has summoned Sweden's ambassador in an escalating row after Stockholm accused Ankara of legalising sex with children.

Man faces fine after assaulting car with jumbo sausage
Germany

Man faces fine after assaulting car with jumbo sausage

When a 49-year-old from northeastern Germany lost his temper, he inflicted damage on his adversary's car with the only thing he had to hand - a 30 cm-long sausage.

Nine held in alleged rape of German tourist
Austria

Nine held in alleged rape of German tourist

Austrian police arrested nine Iraqis for a New Year's Day rape in Vienna.

German Federal Bank wants to raise retirement age to 69
Germany

German Federal Bank wants to raise retirement age to 69

As Germans live longer and lower birth rates mean fewer workers are available to replace retirees, the Bundesbank says people will need to work longer in order to meet pension demands.

Swedish police ‘arrest’ kids at birthday party
Sweden

Swedish police ‘arrest’ kids at birthday party

The children were found running around and behaving irrationally.

Far right in uproar after police break up ‘political’ BBQ
Germany

Far right in uproar after police break up ‘political’ BBQ

Local officials say the group hid their political reasons for meeting from the city in order to rent out a space to grill.

Driver takes passengers captive after using wrong bus
Germany

Driver takes passengers captive after using wrong bus

This bus journey really wasn't worth the €19 price tag.

Philippine rebels optimistic ahead of Norway talks
Norway

Philippine rebels optimistic ahead of Norway talks

Maoist rebels waging a decades-old insurgency in the Philippines expressed high hopes for peace Monday before talks in Norway next week, with guerrilla leaders set to be freed within days.

Someone in Norway stole a giant dinosaur leg
Norway

Someone in Norway stole a giant dinosaur leg

"Is there someone out there who woke up from a party with a dinosaur leg in their bed?"

Turkey summons Swedish envoy over child sex tweet
Sweden

Turkey summons Swedish envoy over child sex tweet

Turkey has hit out at Sweden's foreign minister Margot Wallström after she took to social media to accuse Ankara over a court ruling which she claimed legalized sex with underage children.

Denmark offers to remove chemical weapons from Libya
Denmark

Denmark offers to remove chemical weapons from Libya

The Danish government said it will heed the call of the OPCW and the United States.

‘Nightmare’ as man locks up his stepson, 7, for a month
Sweden

‘Nightmare’ as man locks up his stepson, 7, for a month

The boy had just a bucket for a toilet.

Why Denmark’s PM may have to call a new election
Denmark

Why Denmark’s PM may have to call a new election

Hint: it has to do with taxes.

‘Pray for France’: Catholics rally at Lourdes shrine
France

‘Pray for France’: Catholics rally at Lourdes shrine

"We've come to pray for peace in the world, which seems to be in chaos."

Experts debate rail security following Swiss train attack
Switzerland

Experts debate rail security following Swiss train attack

Should there be tighter security on Swiss trains?

Flats more affordable as rents rise slower than salaries
Germany

Flats more affordable as rents rise slower than salaries

A new study by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) shows that living space is becoming more affordable in Germany, as income increases outpace rent rises.

A third French mayor is banning the burqini
France

A third French mayor is banning the burqini

The swimsuit has now been banned in Corsica following violent clashes between residents.

Armed robbers take Swedes’ ‘snus’ and hair wax
Sweden

Armed robbers take Swedes’ ‘snus’ and hair wax

A young couple in Ystad were robbed at knifepoint of their quark, hair wax, moist snuff and sweaters.

‘It is important for Norway that Hillary Clinton is elected’
Norway

‘It is important for Norway that Hillary Clinton is elected’

Norway’s foreign minister and the head of parliament's foreign affairs committee have taking the unusual step of speaking out against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Global list ranks Karolinska university best in Sweden
Sweden

Global list ranks Karolinska university best in Sweden

Karolinska is one of 11 Swedish universities in the top 500.

Backlash over Italy’s proposal to punish vegan parents
Italy

Backlash over Italy’s proposal to punish vegan parents

A proposed law to punish parents for raising children on restrictive diets has provoked outrage from the vegan community.

Berlin fires refugee home firm after jokes about killing kids
Germany

Berlin fires refugee home firm after jokes about killing kids

The emails published by Berlin media reveal that refugee home managers pondered setting up a "child guillotine" and giving certain jobs to the "maximally pigmented".

Police rescue drunk man trapped by own speedboat
Switzerland

Police rescue drunk man trapped by own speedboat

A man narrowly avoided being hit by his own speedboat when he fell into Lake Zurich.

‘Firecrackers’ cause stampede at French Riviera resort
France

‘Firecrackers’ cause stampede at French Riviera resort

Dozens were injured as the noise was mistaken for gunfire.

‘Swedes are not racists – they are just confused’
Sweden

‘Swedes are not racists – they are just confused’

When Sweden struggled to cope last year with an unprecedented influx of asylum seekers Emil Julin felt he had to act. He tells The Local Voices why he started working at an accommodation centre for refugees, and why he thinks more Swedes should do what they can to help.

Drunk knight in armour detained in Stockholm
Sweden

Drunk knight in armour detained in Stockholm

His helmet and sword gave him away.

Man injured in ‘knife and gun’ attack in Cologne
Germany

Man injured in ‘knife and gun’ attack in Cologne

A fight between several people resulted in one man being sent to hospital with serious injuries on Monday morning.

Chur cleans up after storm floods city
Switzerland

Chur cleans up after storm floods city

The eastern Swiss city was left flooded on Sunday night after a violent storm hit the area.

Deadly weekend for extreme sports in the French Alps
France

Deadly weekend for extreme sports in the French Alps

The French Alps are a popular location for extreme sports lovers.

Tensions high in Corsica after clashes injure five
France

Tensions high in Corsica after clashes injure five

Corsicans rallied on Sunday after clashed saw five people injured and three cars burned.

Refugees create app to crack German bureaucratic maze
Germany

Refugees create app to crack German bureaucratic maze

This might come in handy for many more people than just refugees.

Witness speaks of Salez train attack horror
Switzerland

Witness speaks of Salez train attack horror

"I keep asking myself if I did enough to help"

Police break up asylum seekers’ bus protest
Sweden

Police break up asylum seekers’ bus protest

Some asylum seekers initially refused to leave the bus taking them to their new temporary home in rural Sweden.

Uni of Copenhagen ‘second best in Continental Europe’
Denmark

Uni of Copenhagen ‘second best in Continental Europe’

School has its highest ever position in the so-called Shanghai Ranking.

Teen suspected of murdering homeless German in Sweden
Sweden

Teen suspected of murdering homeless German in Sweden

The man's body was found near a train station in southern Sweden.

‘There’s something for everybody in Malmö’
Sweden

‘There’s something for everybody in Malmö’

Could authentic fish and chips take off in Malmö and the rest of Sweden? Restaurateur Jonathan Luck tells The Local how he hopes to make it happen.