Chinese Lantern Festival delights and amazes
Austria

Chinese Lantern Festival delights and amazes

Making its Central European debut, the traditional Chinese lantern festival highlights music, dance, costumes and the amazing art of the illuminated lantern, opening September 1st on Vienna's Donau Insel.

Joe Biden to arrive in Sweden for refugee talks
Sweden

Joe Biden to arrive in Sweden for refugee talks

US Vice President Joe Biden will arrive in Stockholm on Wednesday evening ahead of talks with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven that are expected to focus on migration and refugees.

14,000 pregnant women in France took ‘birth defect drug’
France

14,000 pregnant women in France took ‘birth defect drug’

Health authorities have been criticized for their slow reaction to warnings that Dépakine can be dangerous during pregnancy.

President who pioneered Moscow ties dies aged 97
Germany

President who pioneered Moscow ties dies aged 97

Former West German president Walter Scheel, who helped pave the way for his country's rapprochement with the communist East, has died aged 97, his party's spokesman said on Wednesday.

Former East to lag behind West for years to come: study
Germany

Former East to lag behind West for years to come: study

Eastern Germany remains economically anaemic with little prospect of catching up with the rest of the country by 2030, a study published on Wednesday said.

As it happened: Italy earthquake death toll rises to 247
Italy

As it happened: Italy earthquake death toll rises to 247

At least 247 people have died after a powerful earthquake struck a remote area of central Italy on Wednesday, said Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, warning that the figure could still rise.

Spanish court bars top Eta figure from Basque elections
Spain

Spanish court bars top Eta figure from Basque elections

Arnaldo Otegi, once jailed for terrorism charges, has been barred from standing in Basque elections.

Turkey’s spy network in Germany ‘thicker than Stasi’s’
Germany

Turkey’s spy network in Germany ‘thicker than Stasi’s’

Turkey has around 6,000 informants working in Germany, which experts say means they're each monitoring more people than the Stasi did in West Germany during the Cold War.

Paris warned about high level of ozone pollution
France

Paris warned about high level of ozone pollution

Free parking on Thursday to fight the high pollution levels.

Boy who attacked goalkeeper ‘bet thousands’ on game
Sweden

Boy who attacked goalkeeper ‘bet thousands’ on game

A 17-year-old boy who stormed the pitch and attacked a goalkeeper in Sweden’s top division earlier this month has claimed he had placed a large bet on the result.

French Muslim body to talk burqini ban with government
France

French Muslim body to talk burqini ban with government

The French Council of Muslims has called an urgent meeting with the interior minister citing a "fear of stigmatization of Muslims in France".

‘We only heard their cats’: quake sorrow of Italian village
Italy

‘We only heard their cats’: quake sorrow of Italian village

Sitting with his brother on a bench in Illica, one of the Italian mountain villages devastated by a powerful earthquake on Wednesday, Guido Bordo clasps and unclasps his hands repeatedly.

Denmark aims for ‘first smoke-free generation’
Denmark

Denmark aims for ‘first smoke-free generation’

The Danish government on Wednesday released the details of what it called a “historic" plan to combat cancer.

Brilliant 10-year-old Reem: ‘I want to be a businesswoman but I don’t care about money’
Sweden

Brilliant 10-year-old Reem: ‘I want to be a businesswoman but I don’t care about money’

Everyone at her asylum centre knows Reem Edlbi as “the genius kid” with a head for numbers and a knack for talking to adults. She tells The Local about her love for pretty much everything and everyone, especially her sick brother and her dad back in Lebanon.

Where to go in France to find the best ice cream
France

Where to go in France to find the best ice cream

The tastiest way to get through the heatwave.

Norway PM hunts Pokémon in Slovakia
Norway

Norway PM hunts Pokémon in Slovakia

An avid gamer, Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg took a break from her official duties in Bratislava this week to hunt for Pokemon monsters in the Slovak capital's old town.

Spanish town warns against texting while crossing roads
Spain

Spanish town warns against texting while crossing roads

It might seem entirely obvious to most, but it seems some people need to be told that looking at your phone while crossing a busy road can prove dangerous.

Denmark takes small step towards medicinal cannabis
Denmark

Denmark takes small step towards medicinal cannabis

A trial programme gets the okay in southern Denmark.

Stockpile food in case of attack, Germany tells citizens
Germany

Stockpile food in case of attack, Germany tells citizens

Germany on Wednesday urged its population to stockpile food and water in case of terrorist or cyber attacks, as it adopted its first civil defence strategy since the end of the Cold War.

Austria’s refugee crisis: One year on
Austria

Austria’s refugee crisis: One year on

A look back on a year since 71 refugees and migrants were discovered in the back of a truck in Austria, having suffocated to death while being smuggled into central Europe.

French schools to ramp up security with ‘mock attacks’
France

French schools to ramp up security with ‘mock attacks’

French schools will soon be forced to stage simulated attacks in a bid to prepare children for potential terror attacks, among other measures.

Furious fireman lashes out at Malmö car arsonists
Sweden

Furious fireman lashes out at Malmö car arsonists

A fireman in Malmö has won praise across Sweden for calling out arsonists on the “bullshit” reasons behind a spate of car fires in the southern city.

Germany’s first ‘intelligent’ bridge to open in Nuremberg
Germany

Germany’s first ‘intelligent’ bridge to open in Nuremberg

An €11 million bridge, which is nearing completion in northern Bavaria, is set to include technology never seen before on the German Autobahn.

Western Norway braces for extremely heavy rains
Norway

Western Norway braces for extremely heavy rains

Residents requested to stay off the roads.

Geneva advises teachers on religion in school
Switzerland

Geneva advises teachers on religion in school

The secular canton of Geneva has issued guidelines for teachers on how to deal with religious issues in the classroom.

See Stockholm spectacularly change through the seasons
Sweden

See Stockholm spectacularly change through the seasons

In order to help her long-distance relationship, one Stockholm-based blogger produced a fascinating visual illustration of the Swedish capital throughout the seasons.

Norwegians conquer England in record time
Norway

Norwegians conquer England in record time

Another wacky record in the books for Norway's extreme travellers.

French police ‘force woman to remove burqini’ on beach
France

French police ‘force woman to remove burqini’ on beach

Pictures have emerged showing armed police officers in southern France apparently forcing a woman to remove her burqini.

Ten injured after platform collapses in Austria
Austria

Ten injured after platform collapses in Austria

Nine children and one adult have been injured in Austria after a platform they were standing on in a farm collapsed underneath them.

Déja vu? Familiar faces in France’s presidential race
France

Déja vu? Familiar faces in France’s presidential race

France is yearning for political renewal, but looks set to be stuck with familiar faces in the presidential race.

Police launch appeal for Costa Blanca hit and run driver
Spain

Police launch appeal for Costa Blanca hit and run driver

Do you recognise this car?

Groped woman had ‘gigantic breasts’ – player cleared
Sweden

Groped woman had ‘gigantic breasts’ – player cleared

A former prosector said the reasoning was "absurd" and "illegitimate".

Man wins ten-year court battle over €2.50 surcharge
Germany

Man wins ten-year court battle over €2.50 surcharge

An Austrian man has won a ten year court battle over an extra €2.50 he was asked to pay to get into a swimming pool in Bavaria a decade ago.

Gran Canaria: ‘So much more than beaches’

Gran Canaria: ‘So much more than beaches’

Gran Canaria may be best known for its beaches, but it’s got a lot more to offer than sand and surf. The Local spoke with an expert about Gran Canaria’s hidden gem: the countryside.

Austrian wins ten year court battle over €2.50
Austria

Austrian wins ten year court battle over €2.50

An Austrian has won a ten year court battle over an extra €2.50 he was asked to pay to get into a pool in Bavaria a decade ago.

Everything you need to know about Switzerland’s strangest sports
Switzerland

Everything you need to know about Switzerland’s strangest sports

The Local takes a closer look at the unique Swiss sports that are the highlight of the Fédérale, or Eidgenössische, festival this weekend.

Danish police chase clues in motorway ‘stone murder’ case
Denmark

Danish police chase clues in motorway ‘stone murder’ case

Local residents and businesses have offered to put up rewards for information.

Düsseldorf swoons as Prince William comes for royal visit
Germany

Düsseldorf swoons as Prince William comes for royal visit

Prince William paid a visit to the Rhineland city of Düsseldorf on Wednesday to celebrate the state of North Rhine-Westphalia's 70th birthday. Here's a look at his royal stay.

Basel woman tied up and robbed in own home
Switzerland

Basel woman tied up and robbed in own home

The victim was attacked by three burglars in her home in broad daylight.

Heatwave warnings extended yet again as France bakes
France

Heatwave warnings extended yet again as France bakes

The national weather agency has issued orange alerts to a further 23 départements.

Ten injured after freight train crashes into bus in Osnabrück
Germany

Ten injured after freight train crashes into bus in Osnabrück

A freight train crashed into a bus in Osnabrück on Wednesday morning, leaving several people badly injured, local media report.

Italy earthquake: What we know so far
Italy

Italy earthquake: What we know so far

At least 247 are reported dead as rescuers work to save those trapped in the rubble.

Norway asylum centres report increase in teen prostitution
Norway

Norway asylum centres report increase in teen prostitution

Reports increased fivefold between 2014 and 2015 and officials fear there are more unreported cases.

What political deadlock? Spain economy forges ahead
Spain

What political deadlock? Spain economy forges ahead

Eight months without a government but is Spain really the worse for it?

Frenchman ‘kills Brit in stabbing rampage’ in Australia
France

Frenchman ‘kills Brit in stabbing rampage’ in Australia

A Frenchman allegedly killed a British woman and stabbed three others in an Australian backpacker's hostel.

Sweden’s high-speed trains the least punctual in Europe
Sweden

Sweden’s high-speed trains the least punctual in Europe

It seems the Swedes are not quite so efficient after all.

Frankfurt attempts to charm banks away from London
Germany

Frankfurt attempts to charm banks away from London

Germany's finance capital has spotted an opportunity with the Brexit-wary banking beasts of the Square Mile.

Swapping Austrian Alps for the Hollywood Hills
Austria

Swapping Austrian Alps for the Hollywood Hills

Austrian Cornelia Miedler writes about experience of leaving Austria and embarking on a new life in sunny California.

Swiss sports court upholds Russia ban from Paralympics
Switzerland

Swiss sports court upholds Russia ban from Paralympics

Russia has lost an appeal against a suspension issued over a vast, state-run doping programme.

Asylum seekers leaving Sweden in record numbers
Sweden

Asylum seekers leaving Sweden in record numbers

The large number of asylum seekers leaving Sweden in 2016 coincides with a dramatic fall in the number seeking asylum in the country compared to last year.

Ten fascinating museums in Spain you REALLY must visit
Spain

Ten fascinating museums in Spain you REALLY must visit

To mark International Museum Day, The Local takes a look at ten museums in Spain, you may not have visited. But should.

Long-term damage seen from brain injuries: Swedish study
Sweden

Long-term damage seen from brain injuries: Swedish study

A study carried out in Sweden suggests that youths who suffer traumatic brain injuries are more likely to experience long-term psychological and social problems.

30 of the best Swedish movies to watch at home
Sweden

30 of the best Swedish movies to watch at home

Film buff Christian Ekvall picks out 30 definitive Swedish movies you must see to understand the soul of the country's cinema.

At least 120 dead in central Italy earthquake
Italy

At least 120 dead in central Italy earthquake

A powerful earthquake that rocked central Italy on Wednesday left 120 people dead and the total is likely to rise, the country's civil protection unit said in the first official death toll.