Danish MPs to visit Australia’s Nauru migrant camp
Denmark

Danish MPs to visit Australia’s Nauru migrant camp

One lawmaker vows to "ask some of the questions that the Australian government is preventing journalists from asking."

How did this bike end up on top of Berlin’s Molecule Man?
Germany

How did this bike end up on top of Berlin’s Molecule Man?

Berliners are still scratching their heads over how a bicycle ended up dangling from the capital’s iconic statue.

Top court set to probe France’s burqini ban
France

Top court set to probe France’s burqini ban

Is the burqini ban legal? France will soon find out.

Travellers stuck after dozy train driver forgets Freiburg
Germany

Travellers stuck after dozy train driver forgets Freiburg

It's one thing to miss a train - it's another when the train misses you.

Malmö police catch car arson suspect in the act
Sweden

Malmö police catch car arson suspect in the act

Malmö police have arrested a man after they caught him setting a vehicle alight in the Rosengård district as the city's spate of summer car fires continued.

Italian mafia fugitive found on family holiday in Benidorm

Italian mafia fugitive found on family holiday in Benidorm

Police posed as hotel staff to capture a fugitive who had been on the run since March, and was one of the most-wanted members of the Italian mafia.

Swedes find out how birth control affects your sex life
Sweden

Swedes find out how birth control affects your sex life

Swedish researchers have investigated whether or not contraceptives affect women's sex lives.

Berlin airport employee admits taking €150,000 bribe
Germany

Berlin airport employee admits taking €150,000 bribe

The German capital's long-delayed international airport has been haunted by claims of corruption and incompetency.

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Sweden

September 2: Bring knowledge to life

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Sweden

August 27-28: Kick Off Festival for all students

(Jönköping)

200 street signs in France mysteriously ‘blacked out’
France

200 street signs in France mysteriously ‘blacked out’

Town officials have come to a dead end.

Teachers’ union: school burqa bans only isolate girls more
Germany

Teachers’ union: school burqa bans only isolate girls more

A German trade union for teachers has warned of the consequences of banning certain religious attire in schools after a teen this week was told she could not wear a face veil to school.

Bayern ban big bags and bottles for Bundesliga opener
Germany

Bayern ban big bags and bottles for Bundesliga opener

Bayern Munich have tightened security measures at their stadium, banning spectators from carrying big bags and bottles, ahead of Friday's home match - the first of the new German league season.

Danish MP: EU a bigger threat than Russia
Denmark

Danish MP: EU a bigger threat than Russia

Danish People’s Party MP Marie Krarup is under fire for saying that the EU is “without a doubt” a bigger threat to Denmark than Russia.

Woman fined for wearing headscarf on Cannes beach
France

Woman fined for wearing headscarf on Cannes beach

Headscarves should not be included under the recent burqini ban, but one woman says she was fined and insulted for wearing the hijab.

Swiss Post trials robot parcel deliveries in Bern
Switzerland

Swiss Post trials robot parcel deliveries in Bern

Robots will be seen on the streets of the Swiss capital next month.

Gothenburg grenade blast is ‘part of a cycle of violence’
Sweden

Gothenburg grenade blast is ‘part of a cycle of violence’

The Local speaks to two crime experts about why an eight-year-old boy became the latest victim of gang-related conflicts in Gothenburg.

True cost of Spain’s balcony-jumping craze revealed
Spain

True cost of Spain’s balcony-jumping craze revealed

They're young, on holiday, drunk and sometimes high, and they decide to jump from their hotel or apartment balcony into the pool. But some miss and end up in hospital... or worse, dead.

Sudanese migrant killed in Calais clashes
France

Sudanese migrant killed in Calais clashes

A Sudanese man has died in Calais after a fight with other refugees.

Drugstore chain DM starts selling pepper spray
Germany

Drugstore chain DM starts selling pepper spray

One of Germany's largest drug stores has started selling pepper spray due to "increased requests" from customers.

Migrant travels 400km clinging beneath lorry in Italy
Italy

Migrant travels 400km clinging beneath lorry in Italy

The refugee was exhausted from the effort of holding onto the truck by the time he was found.

AfD accused of using neo-Nazi symbols on campaign car
Germany

AfD accused of using neo-Nazi symbols on campaign car

The Leipzig branch of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has come under fire for seemingly using Nazi symbols on a campaign car.

Denmark to get year’s ‘last summer weather’
Denmark

Denmark to get year’s ‘last summer weather’

Temperatures could reach as high as 30C by week’s end in what is likely summer’s final hurrah.

Three held in France for plotting terror attacks
France

Three held in France for plotting terror attacks

Authorities have arrested seven people this month with links to terrorist networks, three of whom were planning attacks.

Trump accuses Ericsson of bribing Hillary Clinton
Sweden

Trump accuses Ericsson of bribing Hillary Clinton

US presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke about the Swedish telecom giant at a campaign rally in Ohio.

Merkel wants migrant return deals with N. African states
Germany

Merkel wants migrant return deals with N. African states

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Tuesday on the EU and North African countries to do deals modelled on a controversial agreement with Turkey to stem migrant flows to Europe.

Spain sizzles in last heatwave of the summer
Spain

Spain sizzles in last heatwave of the summer

There is still time to work on your tan, enjoy refreshing gazpacho, or head for the pool.

New signs of life in the Norwegian economy
Norway

New signs of life in the Norwegian economy

Positive signals in Finance Norway’s quarterly expectations survey are being interpreted as yet another sign that the Norwegian economy is over the hump.

VW reaches supplier deal to resume production
Germany

VW reaches supplier deal to resume production

German car giant Volkswagen said on Tuesday it has reached a deal with suppliers to begin deliveries again after a stoppage that forced the group to halt production at several plants.

Mia and Noah are top Swiss baby names – again
Switzerland

Mia and Noah are top Swiss baby names – again

Name choices have varied little over the past few years.

Majority in France against immigration
France

Majority in France against immigration

A new survey shows the French have some of the most negative views towards immigration worldwide.

Italian teenagers get €500 ‘culture bonus’ starting today
Italy

Italian teenagers get €500 ‘culture bonus’ starting today

Italians who turn 18 this year get €500 for 'cultural items' - starting today.

Austrian pleads not guilty to carving swastikas onto body
Austria

Austrian pleads not guilty to carving swastikas onto body

An Austrian who police say carved swastikas on to his own body as part of a bizarre neighbourly dispute has pleaded not guilty in court this week.

Merkel calls for ‘loyalty’ from Turkish-Germans
Germany

Merkel calls for ‘loyalty’ from Turkish-Germans

Those who have lived in Germany for many years should actively show a "high level of loyalty", the Chancellor said.

Car fires in Oslo as burnings reported across Scandinavia
Norway

Car fires in Oslo as burnings reported across Scandinavia

No indication that the two car fires in the Norwegian capital are connected to a series of suspected arson attacks in Sweden and Denmark.

Venice and the perennial woe of unruly tourists
Italy

Venice and the perennial woe of unruly tourists

"One or two fools do not represents everyone," the city's councillor for tourism told The Local.

Govt paper mulls bringing back army conscription
Germany

Govt paper mulls bringing back army conscription

In its new concept paper on civil defence, the federal government discusses the concept of conscription, five years after it was abolished.

Valais battles to save famous apricots from fruit fly
Switzerland

Valais battles to save famous apricots from fruit fly

The suzukii fruit fly has destroyed up to 20 percent of this year’s luizet apricots.

Heatwave warnings extended as France keeps sizzling
France

Heatwave warnings extended as France keeps sizzling

UPDATED: Summer is back, and Paris is among the areas hit the hardest.

Ibiza flight scare after police officer accidentally fires gun
Spain

Ibiza flight scare after police officer accidentally fires gun

A police officer’s gun accidentally fired in the cabin of a Vueling passenger jet on the runway at Ibiza causing alarm among passengers.

Copenhagen vehicle fires continue for third night
Denmark

Copenhagen vehicle fires continue for third night

For the third night in a row, Copenhagen Police reported that vehicles in the city had been torched by unknown arsonists.

Drunk driver damages ten cars in 400 metres
Austria

Drunk driver damages ten cars in 400 metres

Drunk driver damages ten cars and injures bystander on one street in Vienna.

Sorrow for boy killed in Gothenburg gang attack
Sweden

Sorrow for boy killed in Gothenburg gang attack

The eight-year-old killed when a grenade was thrown into the window of an apartment is reported to be a resident of Birmingham, England.

Paris tourism has lost €750 million since terror attacks
France

Paris tourism has lost €750 million since terror attacks

A Paris tourist chief has called it "an industrial catastrophe".

Rome wants to send its rubbish to Austria
Italy

Rome wants to send its rubbish to Austria

Austria has received a request from Rome authorities to help them deal with the Italian capital’s ongoing rubbish crisis by taking some of it off their hands.

Welcome, new SI NFGL members! Here’s your survival guide
Sweden

Welcome, new SI NFGL members! Here’s your survival guide

Welcome to Sweden and congrats on joining the NFGL network of SI scholars! Now what? What about learning the language, finding a job, meeting Swedes, surviving the winter, and even dating? We've got all the answers.

Rome wants to send its rubbish to Austria
Austria

Rome wants to send its rubbish to Austria

Rome asks Austria for help dealing with an ongoing rubbish crisis.

In pictures: eight of Sweden’s most colourful homes
Sweden

In pictures: eight of Sweden’s most colourful homes

Tired of Scandinavian black and white design? Houzz.se's Amanda Strömberg guides you to some inspiring colourful homes in Sweden – because they do exist.

Stockholm airspace to close for Joe Biden visit
Sweden

Stockholm airspace to close for Joe Biden visit

Along with traditional aircraft, drones, paragliders and even model airplanes will be banned from the skies while the US Vice President is in Sweden.

French tribunal confirms burqini ban as ‘necessary’
France

French tribunal confirms burqini ban as ‘necessary’

A tribunal has upheld a burqini ban in a Riviera resort, describing it as "necessary, appropriate and proportionate".

US approves Chinese mega deal with Swiss company
Switzerland

US approves Chinese mega deal with Swiss company

ChemChina's takeover of Syngenta would be by far the biggest-ever overseas acquisition by a Chinese firm.

Merkel backs ‘courageous’ Renzi over EU budget rules
Italy

Merkel backs ‘courageous’ Renzi over EU budget rules

"I am doing everything in my power to support him with this."

Why Sweden could change its pre-trial detention laws
Sweden

Why Sweden could change its pre-trial detention laws

"We have received strong international criticism over a number of years," Interior Minister Anders Ygeman commented on the much-criticised current system.

Italy sees surge in number of visitors from Saudi Arabia
Italy

Italy sees surge in number of visitors from Saudi Arabia

The number of tourists from Saudi Arabia visiting Italy in June and July increased by a whopping 63 percent on the same period in 2015, according to new figures.

‘Integration is about more than a language and a job’
Sweden

‘Integration is about more than a language and a job’

Learning the local language and finding a job is not enough to become fully integrated in a society, argues Abdulalim Alkatea, a Syrian architect living in Sweden.