Turkey escalates diplomatic row with recall
Austria

Turkey escalates diplomatic row with recall

Turkey has recalled its ambassador to Austria to review relations after a series of disputes with the European Union member state, the Turkish foreign minister said on Monday.

‘Big Three’ leaders insist EU not finished after Brexit
Italy

‘Big Three’ leaders insist EU not finished after Brexit

"Many thought the EU was finished after Brexit but that is not how it is."

Govt advice to stockpile food criticized as ‘scaremongering’
Germany

Govt advice to stockpile food criticized as ‘scaremongering’

The government's civil defence plan has been strongly condemned by the opposition party Die Linke, who say it could lead to people panic buying.

TV model found guilty of false rape claims in disputed case
Germany

TV model found guilty of false rape claims in disputed case

She reported being raped by two men who also filmed her as she said "stop" and "no". Now Gina-Lisa Lohfink has been found guilty again of false accusations in one of the most controversial sexual assault cases in Germany.

Third of Swedes unhappy with their sex life: survey
Sweden

Third of Swedes unhappy with their sex life: survey

The Swedes are much less happy with their sex lives than their Nordic neighbours, according to a new survey.

‘Who wants to buy a tank?’ asks French museum
France

‘Who wants to buy a tank?’ asks French museum

If you've always dreamed of having a World War II tank of your own, here's your chance.

Muslim teen banned from wearing face veil in school
Germany

Muslim teen banned from wearing face veil in school

An 18-year-old student at a night school in Osnabrück has been told by a court that she cannot attend her classes while wearing a niqab.

Meet the man paying off burqini fines in France
France

Meet the man paying off burqini fines in France

Fined for wearing a burqini in France? Don't worry, this man says he will pay your tab.

Nicolas Sarkozy announces new presidential bid
France

Nicolas Sarkozy announces new presidential bid

Former French leader Nicolas Sarkozy has said he is seeking his party's nomination to stand in next year's presidential election.

Government warns of dangers of vegan diet
Germany

Government warns of dangers of vegan diet

The German government has warned that in some circumstances a vegan diet can be harmful to a person's health, as the non-meat, non-dairy lifestyle experiences a boom in Berlin.

Autumn is cancelled in Sweden, fire up the barbecue
Sweden

Autumn is cancelled in Sweden, fire up the barbecue

Or postponed, at least.

Ten brilliantly useful words English ‘stole’ from Spanish
Spain

Ten brilliantly useful words English ‘stole’ from Spanish

The Local looks at ten fantastic words the English language 'borrowed' from Spanish — and won't be giving back.

Italy calls for reboot as EU big three mull Brexit wreckage
Italy

Italy calls for reboot as EU big three mull Brexit wreckage

"It is easy to blame Europe for everything - harder to try to build a different Europe."

French MP calls for schools to have compulsory martial arts
France

French MP calls for schools to have compulsory martial arts

A French politician hopes learning martial arts could help young people combat the culture of fear.

Germany bolsters Swiss border against refugees
Switzerland

Germany bolsters Swiss border against refugees

The number of refugees trying to enter Germany through Switzerland has risen significantly in 2016.

How cricket is helping refugees integrate in Sweden
Sweden

How cricket is helping refugees integrate in Sweden

Cricket representatives tell The Local why they think this very British sport could catch on in Sweden thanks to the country's record number of refugees.

German killed in Danish stone-throwing ‘murder’

German killed in Danish stone-throwing ‘murder’

A German family's vehicle was hit with a 30 kilo stone tile.

Severe fire risk in southern France as sun returns
France

Severe fire risk in southern France as sun returns

The sun is coming to France this week, but brings severe fire risks in the south.

In pictures: final day success takes Swiss to seven medals
Switzerland

In pictures: final day success takes Swiss to seven medals

Nino Schurter takes mountain biking gold on the last day of competition.

Five things to know about the Philippine peace talks in Oslo
Norway

Five things to know about the Philippine peace talks in Oslo

Can the talks in Oslo put an end to a nearly 50-year rebellion?

Norway talks spur hopes for Philippine peace deal
Norway

Norway talks spur hopes for Philippine peace deal

Norway-mediated talks aim to end one of Asia's longest insurgencies.

Bowie gets a memorial plaque at former Berlin home
Germany

Bowie gets a memorial plaque at former Berlin home

Berlin officials will commemorate David Bowie on Monday with a plaque in the district of Schöneberg, where he lived in the late 1970s.

Ten mistakes to avoid when dating a Frenchman
France

Ten mistakes to avoid when dating a Frenchman

Dating a French guy? Read this.

Why the Italian island of Burano is well worth the effort
Italy

Why the Italian island of Burano is well worth the effort

Burano, an island in the Venice Lagoon, is often overlooked by visitors to the famous canal city. But Orna O'Reilly tells us why the island - which last week came second in a Forbes "most beautiful places" list - is worth a trip.

Why Sweden’s asylum seeker cruise ship is now up for sale
Sweden

Why Sweden’s asylum seeker cruise ship is now up for sale

Originally planned to house 1,800 asylum seekers in Sweden, the Ocean Gala has now been put on the market.

British dad drowns saving daughter on red flagged beach
Spain

British dad drowns saving daughter on red flagged beach

A British father drowned on Sunday while swimming with his ten-year-old daughter on a beach in Torrox where red flags were flying.

Austria considers stripping asylum from criminal refugees
Austria

Austria considers stripping asylum from criminal refugees

The majority of Austrians are in support of the proposal that refugees should lose their right to asylum if they break the law.

Berlin bolsters Swiss border as more refugees arrive
Germany

Berlin bolsters Swiss border as more refugees arrive

The number of refugees trying to enter Germany through Switzerland has risen significantly in 2016, with the government reacting by increasing its border presence.

Lithuania signs major German arms deal over Russia fears
Germany

Lithuania signs major German arms deal over Russia fears

Lithuania on Monday signed its biggest ever arms deal for German-made armoured vehicles, as it seeks to allay concerns of a military resurgence of Russia on its doorstep.

The ten best pictures of Sweden’s Olympic stars
Sweden

The ten best pictures of Sweden’s Olympic stars

The Local's favourite snaps (and a video) of Sweden's Olympic champions celebrating at a big homecoming party in Stockholm.

Two straight nights of car fires in Copenhagen
Denmark

Two straight nights of car fires in Copenhagen

Has Sweden's spate of car fires now spread to Denmark?

Survey: Swiss optimistic about Brexit effect
Switzerland

Survey: Swiss optimistic about Brexit effect

Most Swiss now think Brexit will have a positive effect on Switzerland, according to a new survey.

OAP kills room-mate in care home for being too loud
Austria

OAP kills room-mate in care home for being too loud

An OAP has been arrested by police in Austria after attacking and killing her room-mate in an old people’s home because she was being too noisy.

Paris prison ‘dismantles suspected radical network’
France

Paris prison ‘dismantles suspected radical network’

Ten prisoners in Paris have reportedly been relocated after officials found that they were trying to form a 'radical network'.

Why German babies cry differently to Chinese ones
Germany

Why German babies cry differently to Chinese ones

German researchers found that the way a newborn cries surprisingly has a lot to do with their mother tongue.

Renzi vows 2018 elections regardless of vote outcome
Italy

Renzi vows 2018 elections regardless of vote outcome

Polls indicate that the outcome of the referendum on constitutional reform is too close to call.

Scenes for next Star Wars film could be filmed in Norway
Norway

Scenes for next Star Wars film could be filmed in Norway

May the Force be with us.

Referee stops Spanish league match over ‘monkey chants’
Spain

Referee stops Spanish league match over ‘monkey chants’

A referee was forced to halt play during Sunday's Spanish league match between Sporting Gijon and visiting Athletic Bilbao because of racist chants aimed at Bilbao player Iñaki Williams.

Italy’s food purists rage over America’s ‘white bolognese’
Italy

Italy’s food purists rage over America’s ‘white bolognese’

"It might be good, but please don't call it Italian."

German learning cafe opens in Vienna
Austria

German learning cafe opens in Vienna

A cafe where people learning German can go to practice the language with native speakers has opened in Vienna’s 9th district.

Maverick Montebourg enters French presidential race
France

Maverick Montebourg enters French presidential race

This effectively signals the start of the campaign season.

Chinese march in Paris to demand better security
France

Chinese march in Paris to demand better security

Almost 2,000 members of the Chinese community marched in a call for better security following a deadly robbery earlier this month.

Two French volunteers ‘murdered off Madagascar’
France

Two French volunteers ‘murdered off Madagascar’

Two young French volunteers were found dead on Sunday, with authorities saying they were likely murdered.

Romanian faces €38,000 fine for begging in Austria
Austria

Romanian faces €38,000 fine for begging in Austria

A beggar in Austria is being fined €38,000 for repeatedly begging with a child, despite critics saying the heavy fine is “unlawful” and unrealistic.

IN PICS: Record crowd shows its Pride in Copenhagen
Denmark

IN PICS: Record crowd shows its Pride in Copenhagen

The biggest ever Copenhagen Pride peaked in grand style over the weekend as the annual parade worked its way through the heart of the city.

Sweden could call in police to evict failed asylum seekers
Sweden

Sweden could call in police to evict failed asylum seekers

A new government proposal would allow Sweden's migration authority to request police assistance in evicting failed asylum seekers from their accommodation.

Refugee stabbed and killed at asylum centre
Switzerland

Refugee stabbed and killed at asylum centre

A 43-year-old died after he was stabbed by another asylum seeker.

Per capita, Denmark is Europe’s Olympic champ
Denmark

Per capita, Denmark is Europe’s Olympic champ

Only four countries in the world had a better per capita medal haul than Denmark.

Italy prison island, birthplace of European dream
Italy

Italy prison island, birthplace of European dream

Known in Roman times as Pandataria, the island was first famed for housing emperor Augustus's daughter Julia the Elder after she was charged with adultery, before emperor Nero exiled his wife Octavia here.

Boy, 8, dies in Swedish hand grenade blast
Sweden

Boy, 8, dies in Swedish hand grenade blast

UPDATED: Police are investigating if an explosion which killed a child in Gothenburg suburb Biskopsgården on Monday morning is a revenge attack.

Big three tackle EU future on symbolic island
Italy

Big three tackle EU future on symbolic island

Europe's economic outlook, jihadist attacks, the refugee and migrant drama, the Syrian conflict, and relations with Russia and Turkey will all be on the table on the lush Italian island of Ventotene.

‘I found the American dream in Swedish Lapland’
Sweden

‘I found the American dream in Swedish Lapland’

Aurora photographer Chad Blakley from the US tells The Local how the Northern Lights made Sweden his home.

‘I didn’t want to see my children die before my eyes’
Sweden

‘I didn’t want to see my children die before my eyes’

64-year-old Hayat Ibrahim al-Sidawi turned to embroidery to battle boredom and horror during the Syrian civil war, and wants her work to offer a message of hope to others.