A taste of Michelangelo in the heart of Vienna
Austria

A taste of Michelangelo in the heart of Vienna

Why go to Rome when the art of the Sistine Chapel can come to you in Vienna? Check out the new exhibition of Michelangelo's timeless frescos at the Votivkirche.

Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Germany

Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis

When a man swimming naked in a Bavarian lake felt a strange pain in his nether regions, he looked up to see a fisherman on the shore. "Don’t pull!" he shouted.

Study finds rival Rhineland beers ‘actually taste the same’
Germany

Study finds rival Rhineland beers ‘actually taste the same’

Cologne and Düsseldorf have a long established rivalry, not least over who has the better home brew. So the results of a new study might be more than they can swallow.

Rescuers search for 15 still missing in Amatrice
Italy

Rescuers search for 15 still missing in Amatrice

A team of specialist rescue workers from Shanghai is searching for 15 people unaccounted for in Amatrice, the Lazio town torn apart by Wednesday's devastating earthquake.

Eastern Europe pushes Germany for joint EU army
Germany

Eastern Europe pushes Germany for joint EU army

Eastern EU countries on Friday pushed for the bloc to create a joint army as they met with Germany for talks on sketching Europe's post-Brexit future.

Sweden’s Spotify hits 39 million subscribers
Sweden

Sweden’s Spotify hits 39 million subscribers

Spotify has grown by nine million paying subscribers in five months, fending off competition from rivals.

Milk price raised, but French farmers still unhappy
France

Milk price raised, but French farmers still unhappy

Milk prices have been raised by France's biggest dairy group to placate farmers, but unions say their demands have not been met.

France’s top court suspends burqini ban
France

France’s top court suspends burqini ban

France's highest administrative court has suspended a town's ban on wearing the full-body burqini swimsuit.

Merkel’s party mate wants to get rid of all Karl Marx streets
Germany

Merkel’s party mate wants to get rid of all Karl Marx streets

Hundreds of streets are named after the founder of communism, but this conservative politician wants to give Marx the boot.

One in four ‘on drugs’ in Oslo’s nightclubs
Norway

One in four ‘on drugs’ in Oslo’s nightclubs

City's nightclubs appeal to the police to help cut down drug use.

Burqini bans ‘dividing France’s Muslim women’
France

Burqini bans ‘dividing France’s Muslim women’

The burqini bans have divided France, but they have also left Muslim women in France in two groups, argues a professor who has spent years studying the impact of the burqa.

6 reasons why Berlin is now known as ‘the failed city’
Germany

6 reasons why Berlin is now known as ‘the failed city’

The Local looks at the poor side of Germany's "poor but sexy" capital city.

Italy’s museums offer takings to restore quake-hit region
Italy

Italy’s museums offer takings to restore quake-hit region

Italy's museums will donate all money raised from ticket sales on Sunday to help restore cultural treasures damaged or destroyed by Wednesday’s 6.0 magnitude in central Italy.

Prosecutor wants asylum stabber convicted of murder
Sweden

Prosecutor wants asylum stabber convicted of murder

The man was convicted of aggravated manslaughter for stabbing a worker to death at a home for young refugees in Sweden.

Danish politicians cleared on charge of housing migrants
Denmark

Danish politicians cleared on charge of housing migrants

The women had been charged with violating immigration laws by giving two African men a place to stay for the night.

Food the only comfort for Italy’s earthquake survivors
Italy

Food the only comfort for Italy’s earthquake survivors

"Because even in these dire cases it's important to give a good meal to those who have lost everything."

Buy your own Mediterranean island paradise for just €5m
Spain

Buy your own Mediterranean island paradise for just €5m

Got a spare €5 million? Then this Mediterranean island paradise could be yours.

Upstarts RB Leipzig plan to go right to top of Bundesliga
Germany

Upstarts RB Leipzig plan to go right to top of Bundesliga

RB Leipzig make their Bundesliga debut on Sunday, but the East German outfit, sponsored by energy drinks manufacturer Red Bull, are already far from popular in Germany's top-flight.

Pizza-delivery drones could be on their way to France
France

Pizza-delivery drones could be on their way to France

No more need to deal with grumpy French waiters...

Poland criticizes Germany’s ‘self-serving’ foreign policy
Germany

Poland criticizes Germany’s ‘self-serving’ foreign policy

The Polish foreign minister has said that Germany all too often follows its own interests at the expense of its partners, as Chancellor Angela Merkel prepares to visit Warsaw.

Foreigners in Switzerland surpass 2 million mark
Switzerland

Foreigners in Switzerland surpass 2 million mark

For the first time, there are now more than two million foreigners living in Switzerland.

Over 50 cats go missing in Austrian town
Austria

Over 50 cats go missing in Austrian town

Animal rescue services suspect there could be a serial cat-napper at work in the Austrian town of Frauenkirchen after more than fifty cats disappear in the region in under two years.

Heatwave drags on as France faces red-hot weekend
France

Heatwave drags on as France faces red-hot weekend

France will see searing temperatures on Friday and Saturday, as the heatwave warnings have been extended (once again).

In pics: Makeshift shelters house Italy’s quake survivors
Italy

In pics: Makeshift shelters house Italy’s quake survivors

An estimated 2,500 people have lost their homes following the 6.0 magnitude earthquake which hit central Italy on Wednesday.

Old Swedish cash worth billions still in circulation
Sweden

Old Swedish cash worth billions still in circulation

Hand in your invalid Swedish bills to the bank by the end of the month.

Nice: The French capital of burqini fines
France

Nice: The French capital of burqini fines

It's one of only two of the 30 towns with a burqini ban in place to have actually given out any fines.

Top Danish tax official fired after scandals cost billions
Denmark

Top Danish tax official fired after scandals cost billions

The director general of Skat has been removed from his job with immediate effect as the agency tries to clean up at least a 12 billion kroner mess.

Spanish newlywed named as victim in Italy earthquake

Spanish newlywed named as victim in Italy earthquake

Ana Huete died in Wednesday's earthquake, crushed as she slept in the house of her new husband’s family in Illicia, a small town in the province of Rieti very near to the epicentre of the devastating quake.

Geneva runs out of permits for non-EU workers
Switzerland

Geneva runs out of permits for non-EU workers

Canton complains to the federal government after it reduced the number of permits available to third state workers.

Austrian minister describes Merkel as ‘irresponsible’
Austria

Austrian minister describes Merkel as ‘irresponsible’

Austria’s Defence Minister has criticised the German Chancellor’s handling of the refugee crisis last year, accusing her of irresponsibility.

How to make France’s famed Île Flottante dessert
France

How to make France’s famed Île Flottante dessert

France-based food blogger Laura Tobin shares her recipe for this delicious French dessert.

Philippine ceasefire deal reached in Norway
Norway

Philippine ceasefire deal reached in Norway

UPDATED: In Oslo, a "major breakthrough" in ending one of Asia's longest running insurgencies.

Vast majority of Germans in favour of burqa ban: poll
Germany

Vast majority of Germans in favour of burqa ban: poll

A survey found that the vast majority of respondents were in favour of Germany passing a ban on the full-body veil sometimes worn by Muslim women.

Will you ever be truly Swedish without trying these weird foods?
Sweden

Will you ever be truly Swedish without trying these weird foods?

The Local's contributor Saina Behnejad on her love-hate relationship with Swedish cuisine.

France’s top court set to rule on burqini ban
France

France’s top court set to rule on burqini ban

France's highest administrative court will decide this afternoon whether to overturn the burqini ban.

Norway’s Progress Party wants a burqini ban
Norway

Norway’s Progress Party wants a burqini ban

The party's leader in Oslo wants the "cloth prison" barred from Norwegian beaches.

Human skeleton found on abandoned farm in Sweden
Sweden

Human skeleton found on abandoned farm in Sweden

Police suspect human remains found in a well on an abandoned farm in rural Sweden belonged to a man who was murdered.

Beach party protest against burqini ban planned in Vienna
Austria

Beach party protest against burqini ban planned in Vienna

Vienna is to join London and Berlin in protesting against the introduction of a burqini ban on beaches in 30 seaside towns in France.

Italy prepares to mourn earthquake dead
Italy

Italy prepares to mourn earthquake dead

No survivors have been found since Thursday.

Scorchio! Late August heat breaks record in Geneva
Switzerland

Scorchio! Late August heat breaks record in Geneva

The mercury in Geneva hit 33.3 degrees, a record for the final week in August.

Danish city’s proposed burqa ban fails
Denmark

Danish city’s proposed burqa ban fails

A proposal to bar public workers from wearing burqas and niqabs was dropped after a deadlocked vote.

Corsica bushfire leaves 500 hectares scorched
France

Corsica bushfire leaves 500 hectares scorched

A massive fire left 500 hectares of bushland in Corsica ravaged.

Teacher convicted for holding kids back after class
Germany

Teacher convicted for holding kids back after class

A music teacher from North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has been found guilty of "holding people against their will" after he made some naughty stay kids back after class.

Czech police detain driver for harassing Merkel’s motorcade
Germany

Czech police detain driver for harassing Merkel’s motorcade

Czech police arrested a man on Thursday for attempting to drive into the motorcade of visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Prague, they said.

Strong aftershock rattles devastated Amatrice
Italy

Strong aftershock rattles devastated Amatrice

The small town of Amatrice was hit by another aftershock, measuring 4.8 in magnitude, on Friday morning, causing more damage in the centre of the town where at least 193 were killed in Wednesday’s devastating earthquake.

Three Britons among dead in Italy earthquake
Italy

Three Britons among dead in Italy earthquake

At least eight foreigners, including three Britons, a Spanish national, a Canadian and a citizen from El Salvador, were among the 250 people killed when a powerful earthquake struck central Italy this week, officials said, as rescuers continued the grim search for corpses on Friday.

US and Russia meet in Geneva for Syria talks
Switzerland

US and Russia meet in Geneva for Syria talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva on Thursday for a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

Expert says smuggling is as high as last year in Austria
Austria

Expert says smuggling is as high as last year in Austria

Human trafficking expert warns last year's refugee truck tragedy could happen again.

Sweden moves to battle high rate of drug deaths
Sweden

Sweden moves to battle high rate of drug deaths

Sweden has among the highest number of drug-related deaths in the EU despite its zero-tolerance policy. The government wants to find out why.

How to make this delicious Swedish crayfish pasta
Sweden

How to make this delicious Swedish crayfish pasta

Combine the Swedish favourite of crayfish with pasta to impress with this simple yet tasty dish.

Sweden’s Stenson pulls out of Barclays with injured knee
Sweden

Sweden’s Stenson pulls out of Barclays with injured knee

Henrik Stenson's injury throws doubt on Europe's chances at next month's Ryder Cup.