Denmark settles for silver after wild Japan rally
Denmark

Denmark settles for silver after wild Japan rally

Danes were just two points away from claiming the gold in the women's badminton doubles final.

US rapper Gibbs bailed in Austria sex abuse case
Austria

US rapper Gibbs bailed in Austria sex abuse case

US rapper Freddie Gibbs, who is charged with the sexual abuse of a female fan in Austria, was released on bail from a Vienna prison on Thursday, court officials said.

Disasters in East Germany: socialism was never at fault
Germany

Disasters in East Germany: socialism was never at fault

A new documentary sheds light on what East German officials were hiding from their citizens after accidents: poor work safety, old infrastructure and lousy organization.

‘World’s priciest home’ on sale in French Riviera for €1 billion
France

‘World’s priciest home’ on sale in French Riviera for €1 billion

Got a billion euros?

Rajoy agrees anti-corruption measures to end stalemate
Spain

Rajoy agrees anti-corruption measures to end stalemate

The corruption-hit PP has agreed to implement a series of anti-graft measures in a bid to break the political stalemate.

VW puts workers on part-time after dispute with supplier
Germany

VW puts workers on part-time after dispute with supplier

More trouble for Das Auto.

How the world is reacting to France’s burqini bans
France

How the world is reacting to France’s burqini bans

It's been a mixed reaction...

Holidaymaker held for leaving baby in hot car in Spain
Spain

Holidaymaker held for leaving baby in hot car in Spain

A German father was arrested in southern Spain after he left his nine-month-old baby in the back of the car while he popped to the supermarket.

Seven German cities you never knew were once capitals
Germany

Seven German cities you never knew were once capitals

Berlin is far from the sole centre of power in German history. Towering cathedrals in unexpected places attest to the historical importance of much smaller towns and cities.

Policeman uses kiddie’s bike to hunt down drunk fugitive
Germany

Policeman uses kiddie’s bike to hunt down drunk fugitive

Why chase down a suspect with blaring sirens and flashing blue lights when you can pursue him with a rather more unusual vehicle?

Volvo teams up with Uber in self-driving car race
Sweden

Volvo teams up with Uber in self-driving car race

Look, no hands!

Revealed: Sweden’s ten most popular brands
Sweden

Revealed: Sweden’s ten most popular brands

The results are in, and there's good news for chocolate and cheese lovers.

Secrets and lies: The life of an au pair in France
France

Secrets and lies: The life of an au pair in France

Thinking of au pairing in France for your gap year? Read this first.

English school threatens ‘future of Norwegian language’
Norway

English school threatens ‘future of Norwegian language’

An Oslo school’s plan to provide classes in English has the national language society worried about the future of Norwegian.

Argentine judge to probe murder of Spanish poet Lorca
Spain

Argentine judge to probe murder of Spanish poet Lorca

Almost eighty years to the day of his execution by firing squad, a judge has ordered an investigation into the death of Federico Garcia Lorca.

Burglars break into Swedish home to eat ice cream
Sweden

Burglars break into Swedish home to eat ice cream

Swedish police are investigating the cold case.

Where in France do drivers run the most red lights?
France

Where in France do drivers run the most red lights?

Forty-six percent of red and orange traffic lights are ignored across the country - but which city is worst?

RECIPE: How to make the tastiest ratatouille
France

RECIPE: How to make the tastiest ratatouille

Ratatouille: Here's how to make the delish dish from southern France.

More than half of Italians haven’t heard of Rialto Bridge
Italy

More than half of Italians haven’t heard of Rialto Bridge

And some believe that Sicily’s Valley of the Temples is in Egypt.

EU breathes down Denmark’s neck over bad air quality
Denmark

EU breathes down Denmark’s neck over bad air quality

The EU Commission could be preparing legal action to force the government to finally address Copenhagen's air pollution.

Vestas shares jump after raised revenue forecast
Denmark

Vestas shares jump after raised revenue forecast

The Danish wind turbine maker also announced a major share buy-back plan.

Two homophobic attacks reported in Geneva park
Switzerland

Two homophobic attacks reported in Geneva park

A gay rights association in Geneva has warned people to take care following two suspected homophobic attacks in a city park.

‘We won’t ban burqinis on our beaches’ insists Barcelona
Spain

‘We won’t ban burqinis on our beaches’ insists Barcelona

Barcelona City Hall has ruled out imposing a burqini ban on public beaches insisting that women must have the right to wear what they like in the sea.

Italian bishop says ‘diabolical’ Pokemon is like ‘Nazism’
Italy

Italian bishop says ‘diabolical’ Pokemon is like ‘Nazism’

An Italian bishop has threatened legal action against Pokemon Go, saying the "diabolical" game has turned its army of smartphone-wielding players into "walking dead", reports said on Thursday.

‘Sahara heat’ to bring summer back to Germany at last
Germany

‘Sahara heat’ to bring summer back to Germany at last

German weathermen predict a return of summer weather next week as hot Saharan air reaches Germany from southern Europe.

Austrian politician compares burqa to nuns habit
Austria

Austrian politician compares burqa to nuns habit

An Austrian politician provoked an angry reaction online after posting a photo of two nuns wearing habits and joking they were ‘oppressed women’ wearing burqas.

Nestle optimistic despite dip in profits
Switzerland

Nestle optimistic despite dip in profits

The Vevey-based company sees profits fall 9.1 percent.

Paris sees Europe’s biggest plunge in ‘liveability’
France

Paris sees Europe’s biggest plunge in ‘liveability’

Terror attacks meant that Paris joined the ranks of Detroit and Kiev as the world cities suffering the biggest declines in liveability, a new study has found.

Keep passports safe: Typical pickpocket scams revealed
Italy

Keep passports safe: Typical pickpocket scams revealed

Don't become a statistic. Be aware of these common pickpocketing ploys to keep your passports safe.

‘I don’t want to spend my twenties hunting Pokémon’
Germany

‘I don’t want to spend my twenties hunting Pokémon’

This young Berliner tells The Local how he's been working with an NGO to search for refugees on the Mediterranean - and will soon bring that quest to the skies.

Germany starts sending weapons to Kurds again
Germany

Germany starts sending weapons to Kurds again

The German army (Bundeswehr) has delivered a huge shipment of weapons to Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in Iraq after Germany broke off supplies earlier in the year.

Swedish store shamefaced over ‘racist’ receipt joke
Sweden

Swedish store shamefaced over ‘racist’ receipt joke

A Swedish supermarket chain has apologized after a joke printed on one of its receipts was criticized by customers.

The 12 bridges in France you just have to cross
France

The 12 bridges in France you just have to cross

In life, bridges have to be crossed and luckily some of the most beautiful are in France.

Neuchâtel looks to boost rights for foreigners
Switzerland

Neuchâtel looks to boost rights for foreigners

Neuchâtel could become the first canton in Switzerland to allow foreigners to stand in cantonal elections.

Ryanair gives away €8 flights to mark Italy investment boost
Italy

Ryanair gives away €8 flights to mark Italy investment boost

Be quick, the offer is only available until midnight!

Confirmed: The Bridge to return for fourth season

Confirmed: The Bridge to return for fourth season

But it will probably be the final season.

Vienna ranked second most liveable city – again
Austria

Vienna ranked second most liveable city – again

Vienna has once again come second place in an Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) poll of the most pleasant cities to live in.

France’s jobless rate (finally) drops below 10 percent
France

France’s jobless rate (finally) drops below 10 percent

It's the first time in four years that the rate has been below 10 percent.

Police ‘find Isis paraphernalia’ at terror suspect’s home
Germany

Police ‘find Isis paraphernalia’ at terror suspect’s home

Authorities are investigating whether a German man arrested over terror suspicions is connected to Isis, after they found multiple items at his home glorifying the terror group.

Sweden sees fivefold rise in people-smuggler arrests
Sweden

Sweden sees fivefold rise in people-smuggler arrests

Police have arrested 363 people smugglers in the past year.

Irishman shot in the back in gangland killing in Mallorca
Spain

Irishman shot in the back in gangland killing in Mallorca

A 41-year-old Irishman shot four times outside a Mallorca supermarket on Wednesday evening may not actually have been the intended victim.

OAP spends night alone on an Austrian mountain
Austria

OAP spends night alone on an Austrian mountain

An 82-year-old hiker survived a whole night in the Austrian mountains after getting lost while out for a walk on Tuesday.

The richest Florence families in 1427 are still rich today
Italy

The richest Florence families in 1427 are still rich today

Despite huge demographic and political changes over the past six centuries, if your ancestors were among Florence's wealthiest class in 1427, you're likely to benefit from their wealth today.

Home break-ins hit 20-year low in Denmark
Denmark

Home break-ins hit 20-year low in Denmark

Denmark’s status as a haven for home burglars may be on the wane.

British woman dies in French Alps avalanche
France

British woman dies in French Alps avalanche

UPDATED: A British woman was among three mountaineers who died while hiking the Alps of eastern France.

US rapper charged with sexual abuse in Austria
Austria

US rapper charged with sexual abuse in Austria

US rapper Freddie Gibbs formally charged with sexual abuse by Austrian prosecutors.

Merkel: ‘Terror did not come to us through refugees’
Germany

Merkel: ‘Terror did not come to us through refugees’

Chancellor Angela Merkel emphasized on Wednesday that the "phenomenon of terror" was not started in Germany by refugees.

Hollande to talk Brexit with EU leaders
France

Hollande to talk Brexit with EU leaders

French President Francois Hollande is set to meet EU leaders to discuss the EU's way forward after Britain's shock vote to quit the bloc.

Italian chef uses Olympics food waste to feed homeless
Italy

Italian chef uses Olympics food waste to feed homeless

Massimo Bottura's Modena restaurant was recently crowned the best in the world.

VIDEO: ‘Human sacrifice’ at Cern raises security questions
Switzerland

VIDEO: ‘Human sacrifice’ at Cern raises security questions

Cern has launched an investigation after a video was filmed at night on its Geneva campus depicting a mock ritual human sacrifice.

Swedish wrestler wins historic Olympic bronze
Sweden

Swedish wrestler wins historic Olympic bronze

Wrestler Jenny Fransson made history on Wednesday night when she became the first ever Swedish woman to win an Olympic wrestling medal.

Norway opens $1-billion credit line for Iran
Norway

Norway opens $1-billion credit line for Iran

But an Iranian opposition group warns that a visit from Norway's foreign minister is being used for "propoganda purposes".

EU leaders to meet on Italian island for Brexit talks
Italy

EU leaders to meet on Italian island for Brexit talks

Matteo Renzi chose the small island off Naples as the meeting place for the talks because of the role Ventotene played in the EU's founding history.

Wawrinka eyes London finals after Masters game
Switzerland

Wawrinka eyes London finals after Masters game

The Swiss star reaches the third round of the Cincinnati Masters.

Eight reasons to spend your gap year exploring Spain
Spain

Eight reasons to spend your gap year exploring Spain

Looking for somewhere to spend your gap year? The Local explores the wealth of experiences Spain has to offer.

Can Sweden upset Germany to scoop Olympic gold?
Sweden

Can Sweden upset Germany to scoop Olympic gold?

The battling Swedes have already dumped two of the world's best teams out of the tournament.

Five great events coming up in Sweden this week
Sweden

Five great events coming up in Sweden this week

Unsure what to do this week in Sweden? Here are five top events with an international flair.

Malmö police deploy drone to catch fire-starters
Sweden

Malmö police deploy drone to catch fire-starters

Police in Sweden’s third largest city have started using a drone to monitor activity in areas hit by a recent spate of car fires.