Is Swedish bosses’ ignorance keeping refugees out of jobs?
Sweden

Is Swedish bosses’ ignorance keeping refugees out of jobs?

Marketing manager Mouaddar Kouli had strong opinions about the way Sweden helped highly-qualified refugees into work. His ideas led to an innovative new programme to help people onto the right track.

Far-right AfD leader injured by flying frozen cake
Germany

Far-right AfD leader injured by flying frozen cake

The co-leader of the far-right AfD party was attacked with a cake while attending a political event on Monday. But the fact the dessert was frozen made the act "dangerous", according to the politician.

French PM suggests naked breasts represent France
France

French PM suggests naked breasts represent France

Just as the burqini ban furore was dying down French PM Manuel Valls has stirred things up again for suggesting naked breasts were a stronger symbol of the Republic than a Muslim headscarf.

Macron quits government before likely bid for Elysée
France

Macron quits government before likely bid for Elysée

France's rebel Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron stepped down on Tuesday as he looks set to concentrate on replacing his boss as president of France.

Ikea threatens to shelve Russia growth plans
Sweden

Ikea threatens to shelve Russia growth plans

Will the Swedish furniture goliath retract its rubles?

Emmanuel Macron: The story of the whizzkid who could shake up French politics
France

Emmanuel Macron: The story of the whizzkid who could shake up French politics

Underwater pensioner hunts boats on famed Bavarian lake
Germany

Underwater pensioner hunts boats on famed Bavarian lake

"I love chasing the ships, and what a great feeling it is when they sound the horn!" he gleefully exclaims.

What’s on: Ten exciting events across France in September
France

What’s on: Ten exciting events across France in September

Summer's not over just yet.

Swedish police brace for ‘unpredictable’ pope
Sweden

Swedish police brace for ‘unpredictable’ pope

Nobody knows quite what to expect when Pope Francis visits secular Sweden this autumn.

French police officer stabbed by knifeman in Toulouse
France

French police officer stabbed by knifeman in Toulouse

Attacker, believed to have mental health problems, targeted police officer "because he represented France", unconfirmed reports say.

Could this Swedish finding help cure alcoholism?
Sweden

Could this Swedish finding help cure alcoholism?

Scientists hope their findings will end the stigmatization of alcoholism.

French parents told to cover naked 18-month old at beach
France

French parents told to cover naked 18-month old at beach

An 18-month-old boy cannot bathe naked, at least according to authorities in southern France.

Human bones from ‘religious ritual’ found in the Med
Spain

Human bones from ‘religious ritual’ found in the Med

Police are investigating a series of bizarre discoveries by divers off Calpe that include human bones and items used in religious rituals in the Caribbean.

How we found each other through The Local Italy
Italy

How we found each other through The Local Italy

Orna O’Reilly had been widowed for over 20 years before she moved to Italy’s Veneto region from Ireland in March 2013. A few months later, she met her future husband – via The Local Italy.

Every fact you need to know about France’s ‘départements’
France

Every fact you need to know about France’s ‘départements’

So what's the most populated "département" if it's not Paris? Find the answer, as well as every other need to know fact about France's 101 departments.

England ‘keeper Hart jets in for Torino medical
Italy

England ‘keeper Hart jets in for Torino medical

England goalkeeper Joe Hart is set to become the first English goalkeeper to play in Italy's top flight since 1930.

Danish lawmakers denied access to Nauru migrant camp
Denmark

Danish lawmakers denied access to Nauru migrant camp

Delegation drops a planned visit to the controversial Australian immigration centre after two politicians who criticised the centre were denied access.

Man jailed for six years for asylum home arson
Sweden

Man jailed for six years for asylum home arson

A court in western Sweden has sentenced a 28-year-old asylum seeker to six years in jail for starting a fire at the asylum centre where he lived.

Hapless thief caught after FOUR hours trapped in hot car
Spain

Hapless thief caught after FOUR hours trapped in hot car

Police rescued a thief after a robbery went wrong and he spent four hours trapped inside a car parked in the heat of the day in Barcelona

Denmark wants it to be even harder to get residency
Denmark

Denmark wants it to be even harder to get residency

As part of the government’s so-called 2025 Plan released on Tuesday, a full 44 initiatives were introduced within the area of immigration.

What are Merkel’s chances for remaining Chancellor?
Germany

What are Merkel’s chances for remaining Chancellor?

She's already held the Chancellery for over a decade, but infighting with political allies as well as a rocky response to her refugee policies may put a damper on Angela Merkel's staying power.

Cat pulled alive from Italy’s quake rubble after five days
Italy

Cat pulled alive from Italy’s quake rubble after five days

There were rare scenes of joy in earthquake-hit Amatrice on Monday, when a fortunate cat was rescued from the ruins of a collapsed home and returned to its tearful owner.

Rain and records continue to fall in Bergen
Norway

Rain and records continue to fall in Bergen

The drenched city has set its third rain-related record of the summer and one more is likely.

Swiss prisons fear drone deliveries to inmates
Switzerland

Swiss prisons fear drone deliveries to inmates

Could drones be used to deliver weapons to prisoners?

Brexit: You’ve got till 2019 Hollande warns UK
France

Brexit: You’ve got till 2019 Hollande warns UK

For the sake of everyone the divorce needs to happen as soon as possible, says Hollande.

UN says French burqini bans ‘humiliating and degrading’
France

UN says French burqini bans ‘humiliating and degrading’

... and says the ban had fuelled religious intolerance in France.

Romania PM is first EU leader to visit quake zone
Italy

Romania PM is first EU leader to visit quake zone

Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos on Tuesday will become the first European Union leader to visit Italy since last week's earthquake, which left nearly 300 people dead including 11 Romanians.

United Nations weighs in on burqini ban debate
Switzerland

United Nations weighs in on burqini ban debate

Burqini bans "fuel religious intolerance" says a UN spokesman.

Volvo on hunt for 400 new engineers in Sweden
Sweden

Volvo on hunt for 400 new engineers in Sweden

Want to work in Sweden?

Ten ways France must fix its ‘failing’ school system
France

Ten ways France must fix its ‘failing’ school system

Longstanding issues in French school system have not been dealt with, argues journalist and author Peter Gumbel.

Police detonate WW2 bomb in Linz
Austria

Police detonate WW2 bomb in Linz

A 250 kilogramm bomb from World War Two was deliberately detonated on Tuesday after being discovered in Linz by two locals.

German EU commissioner doubts Brexit will happen
Germany

German EU commissioner doubts Brexit will happen

Germany's EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger raised doubts on Tuesday about whether Britain would leave the bloc, saying he wouldn't bet on "Brexit".

Swedish hearts fail on Mondays and at Christmas
Sweden

Swedish hearts fail on Mondays and at Christmas

July is Sweden's most heart-warming month.

Spain seeks return of Nazi gifts ‘proving’ Aryan origins

Spain seeks return of Nazi gifts ‘proving’ Aryan origins

In 1940, Spain wanted to prove to Nazi Germany the strength of its Aryan links. But now, 75 years later it wants its archaeological treasures back.

School holidays in France: The dates you need to know
France

School holidays in France: The dates you need to know

It's not the sheer number of school holidays that have caused a row this time, but the dates. Here's all you need to know.

Record numbers sign up for Swiss Erasmus replacement
Switzerland

Record numbers sign up for Swiss Erasmus replacement

More people than ever are taking part in Switzerland’s study abroad scheme, despite the fact the country is no longer a full member of the EU’s Erasmus programme.

Merkel offers Russia a lifting of sanctions – if it behaves
Germany

Merkel offers Russia a lifting of sanctions – if it behaves

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that she has "the very greatest interest in stopping sanctions" against Russia, Reuters reports.

Calls to smoking helpline rocket in Austria
Austria

Calls to smoking helpline rocket in Austria

New information printed on cigarette packets to deter people from smoking appears to be working in Austria.

‘Get nude or get lost’: Nudists fight youths on French beach
France

‘Get nude or get lost’: Nudists fight youths on French beach

Rule number one on a French nudist beach: No staring.

Denmark’s asylum numbers hit new low
Denmark

Denmark’s asylum numbers hit new low

The number of people claiming asylum in Denmark has reached its lowest point since border controls were implemented in January.

Woman told she’s not Swedish enough for a job
Sweden

Woman told she’s not Swedish enough for a job

Sweden's discrimination watchdog is on the case.

Some 6,500 migrants rescued off Libya: coastguard
Italy

Some 6,500 migrants rescued off Libya: coastguard

Around 6,500 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Monday, the Italian coastguard said, in one of its busiest days of life-saving in recent years.

Expats rank Austria as best country for healthcare
Austria

Expats rank Austria as best country for healthcare

Expats have ranked Austria as one of the best countries in Europe to live in according to a global survey of expat life.

‘Idiot’ youth lets regional train drive over him as dare
Germany

‘Idiot’ youth lets regional train drive over him as dare

In a stunt police have described as "incomprehensible idiocy," a drunk young man from Munich lay down on the tracks in front of a fast-moving train and let it ride over him.

Italian basejumper ‘live streamed own death’

Italian basejumper ‘live streamed own death’

A wingsuit flyer who jumped to his death in Switzerland last week reportedly broadcast the tragedy live on Facebook.

Christmas Day elections loom as opposition blocks govt deal
Spain

Christmas Day elections loom as opposition blocks govt deal

Spain could be heading for the polls on Christmas Day if Mariano Rajoy fails to win a confidence vote in Parliament today.

Facebook donates €500,000 to quake-hit Italy
Italy

Facebook donates €500,000 to quake-hit Italy

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has told Italian students how the social media site gave €500,000 to the Italian Red Cross following Wednesday's devastating earthquake in central Italy.

Norway double murder: Victim wanted to leave husband
Norway

Norway double murder: Victim wanted to leave husband

The woman who was shot and killed along with her 12-year-old son in Kirkenes was in the process of leaving her husband but was worried about her son's immigration status.

‘Unfriendly’ Germans make expat life harder: report
Germany

‘Unfriendly’ Germans make expat life harder: report

Expats in Germany generally find it great for families and starting a career, but were turned off by the language barriers and "unfriendly" Germans upon arrival, according to a new report.

France hopes to open new chapter in Muslim relations
France

France hopes to open new chapter in Muslim relations

Can the creation of a new Islamic foundation sow the seeds of more positive relations between France's Muslim population and the state?

More cars torched as Copenhagen fires continue
Denmark

More cars torched as Copenhagen fires continue

UPDATED: A new round of vehicle fires for the second night in the row brings the total over 30.

Ghost of Austria’s ‘last monarch’ still looms large
Austria

Ghost of Austria’s ‘last monarch’ still looms large

Even a century after his death, Austria's mutton-chop whiskered emperor Franz Joseph still looms large in the national consciousness.

Really hungry elk wreak havoc in Swedish forests
Sweden

Really hungry elk wreak havoc in Swedish forests

"It's an emergency situation."

France to demand an end to EU-US trade deal talks
France

France to demand an end to EU-US trade deal talks

French president says no free trade deal between EU and US possible before Obama leaves office as a minister says Paris wants an end to negotiations.

Search underway for pilot of Swiss jet missing in Alps
Switzerland

Search underway for pilot of Swiss jet missing in Alps

The jet is believed to have crashed while taking part in a training exercise.

Swedish hotels cash in on business travellers
Sweden

Swedish hotels cash in on business travellers

Business travellers have been flocking to city hotels in Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm this summer.

‘More men must stand up against abuse in Sweden’
Sweden

‘More men must stand up against abuse in Sweden’

Sweden's equality minister Åsa Regnér on why the government is introducing a new strategy on male violence against women.