New bill proposes December election date
Austria

New bill proposes December election date

Austria's main political parties have proposed holding the country's presidential election re-run on December 4th.

Mum in Sweden picks up fine for speeding son
Sweden

Mum in Sweden picks up fine for speeding son

The mother of a 17-year-old trainee driver who drove at speeds of almost 200 kilometres per hour has been fined 4,750 kronor ($587) by a Swedish appeals court.

Rome ‘to drop Olympic bid’ unless mayor backs it
Italy

Rome ‘to drop Olympic bid’ unless mayor backs it

New Rome mayor Virginia Raggi is sceptical to the city's Olympic bid - which could prove fatal for its chances.

Shoe that lay in prof’s office is nearly 6,000 years old
Italy

Shoe that lay in prof’s office is nearly 6,000 years old

A snowshoe found in Italy’s Dolomite mountains and kept as a memento in a professor's office has been shown to be nearly six thousand years old.

Swedish politician hunts Pokémon during PM’s speech
Sweden

Swedish politician hunts Pokémon during PM’s speech

The opening of parliament, Prince Daniel, the Prime Minister and a Pokémon. Only in Sweden.

More of western France on alert as storms sweep in
France

More of western France on alert as storms sweep in

Batten down the hatches, there's a storm brewing in the west.

Are refugees really going back to war zones ‘on holiday’?
Germany

Are refugees really going back to war zones ‘on holiday’?

A major German newspaper reported this week that refugees are travelling back to their homelands "on vacation" and then coming back again to Germany. But experts tell The Local this isn't really the case.

Ecuador sets date for Assange’s questioning
Sweden

Ecuador sets date for Assange’s questioning

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will submit to questions in the presence of Swedish officials at Ecuador's embassy in London.

Berlin ballet angry at ‘political choice’ of new director
Germany

Berlin ballet angry at ‘political choice’ of new director

Dancers at Berlin's Staatsballett are challenging the appointment of choreographer Sasha Waltz as one of the company's new directors, rejecting the appointment as "insulting" and politically-tinged.

French weather girl says sorry after ‘ridiculing’ Jonah Hill
France

French weather girl says sorry after ‘ridiculing’ Jonah Hill

TV weather girl Ornella Fleury issued a humble apology to Hollywood actor Jonah Hill after mocking him last week.

Dog has puppies on train. Owner chucks them into bin
Germany

Dog has puppies on train. Owner chucks them into bin

When a sheepdog travelling on a high-speed train in central Germany gave birth to six puppies, its owner left the newborns to die.

EU ‘war’ looms as German leader tries to cling to power
Germany

EU ‘war’ looms as German leader tries to cling to power

Moves to let European Parliament head Martin Schulz extend his tenure are sparking fresh infighting in the crisis-hit EU, with his opponents warning it would be akin to a declaration of war.

Spectacular photos show stunning Sweden at night
Sweden

Spectacular photos show stunning Sweden at night

Fall in love with Sweden all over again through these incredible photos.

Isis suspects ‘linked to Paris attackers’ held in Germany
France

Isis suspects ‘linked to Paris attackers’ held in Germany

German police on Tuesday arrested three men with forged Syrian passports accused of being Isis militants and labelled a possible "sleeper cell" with links to the Paris attackers.

Swedish Riksdag opens – but what does it mean and why is the king there?
Sweden

Swedish Riksdag opens – but what does it mean and why is the king there?

Swedish Parliament opened a new session on Tuesday. But what does that mean?

5 reasons to hit Oktoberfest – and 5 reasons not to
Germany

5 reasons to hit Oktoberfest – and 5 reasons not to

The biggest beer festival in the world is just days away from being zapfed into life in Munich. But should you strap on your dirndl or run for the Alps?

Sweden’s king stands up for the EU in parliament speech
Sweden

Sweden’s king stands up for the EU in parliament speech

King Carl XVI Gustaf urged continued belief in the European Union as he reopened parliament on Tuesday.

Crowds clash over ban at Tordesillas bull festival
Spain

Crowds clash over ban at Tordesillas bull festival

It was the first year that the killing of the bull was outlawed at the notorious festival in Tordesillas, and taurino aficionados didn’t like it.

Plastic cups ban to hit picnics and kids parties in France
France

Plastic cups ban to hit picnics and kids parties in France

Soon picnicking in France will be a little more complicated although the environment should feel the benefit.

Jay-Z’s Tidal reportedly posts huge losses
Norway

Jay-Z’s Tidal reportedly posts huge losses

Music streaming service Tidal, owned by rap star Jay-Z, posted heavy losses last year and has had trouble making payments on time.

The strangest complaints tourists have made about Italy
Italy

The strangest complaints tourists have made about Italy

Some people are never satisfied.

New arrest tied to Christiania shooting
Denmark

New arrest tied to Christiania shooting

Copenhagen Police have arrested a man suspected of operating the cannabis stall where the gunman worked.

Fridge sharing takes off in Vienna
Austria

Fridge sharing takes off in Vienna

Vienna’s free-cycle economy just got a bit bigger - with a new scheme of ‘open fridges’ which enables people to share unwanted food - and take what they need.

Norway man ‘drugged girl for sex in child care home’
Norway

Norway man ‘drugged girl for sex in child care home’

A 19-year-old man is accused of having sexual relations with an underage girl in a child care institution in Akershus.

France: One killed in accident on world’s biggest cruise liner
France

France: One killed in accident on world’s biggest cruise liner

One person has been killed and four others left seriously injured in Marseille after an accident on board the Harmony of the Seas, the world's largest cruise liner.

Ikea cooks up strong sales with popular kitchens
Sweden

Ikea cooks up strong sales with popular kitchens

The Swedish furniture giant's sales are up to a whopping 34.2 billion euros ($38.3 billion) in the last year.

Telegram app complicates job of French anti-terror police
France

Telegram app complicates job of French anti-terror police

The tough job of French anti-terror investigators is being made far more complicated thanks to a smartphone app.

Summer is over: 24 provinces across Spain on storm alert
Spain

Summer is over: 24 provinces across Spain on storm alert

Temperatures plummeted across Spain on Tuesday bringing an end to a September heatwave that prolonged summer.

Here are the best and worst schools in Sweden
Sweden

Here are the best and worst schools in Sweden

A new study ranking Sweden's best and worst schools by municipality says that the gap between them is growing.

Austria’s Hofer wants broader Visegrad group
Austria

Austria’s Hofer wants broader Visegrad group

Austria's far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer says he wants a broader Visegrad group of central European countries.

Schoolkids uncover human skeleton in Winterthur woods
Switzerland

Schoolkids uncover human skeleton in Winterthur woods

Not what you expect to find when orienteering.

France to shift 12,000 migrants across the country
France

France to shift 12,000 migrants across the country

The French government has reportedly made plans to offer shelter to 12,000 migrants in towns across France by the end of the year.

Why Denmark’s chances for a Europol deal just got dimmer
Denmark

Why Denmark’s chances for a Europol deal just got dimmer

The EU’s incoming security commissioner said that the Danes’ rejection of a referendum to end one of their EU opt-outs makes Denmark’s continued participation in Europol highly unlikely.

Spanish pair forced to return ‘adopted son’ to birth mother
Spain

Spanish pair forced to return ‘adopted son’ to birth mother

A couple have vowed to take their fight to the European Court of Human Rights after they were forced to give up custody of a boy who had been in their care for three years.

French government fights to save historic TGV train factory
France

French government fights to save historic TGV train factory

French government vows to save historic factory but bosses insist it must close.

Fallen military pilot honoured in Payerne funeral
Switzerland

Fallen military pilot honoured in Payerne funeral

Colleagues honour pilot with flypass after funeral.

Sweden’s self-described witch hunter caught
Sweden

Sweden’s self-described witch hunter caught

The man who escaped from his psychiatric ward last week has been arrested in central Malmö.

Refugees draw fear, anger and generosity from Berlin voters
Germany

Refugees draw fear, anger and generosity from Berlin voters

Germany's massive influx of refugees has driven a sharp wedge through the electorate, and nowhere is the divide greater than in Berlin ahead of regional elections.

‘Lonely’ dolphin befriends local children in Baltic Sea
Germany

‘Lonely’ dolphin befriends local children in Baltic Sea

A dolphin has turned up at Kiel harbour and has become very friendly with the local children, taking them for rides on its fins.

Strong reactions in Norway to hijab discrimination verdict
Norway

Strong reactions in Norway to hijab discrimination verdict

The fine given to a Norwegian hairdresser for turning away a Muslim client has led to Nazi comparisons and conspiracy theories.

Zurich named ‘greenest’ city on the planet
Switzerland

Zurich named ‘greenest’ city on the planet

Zurich takes the top spot in a new survey examining sustainability.

Italian hospital in Libya will help anti-Isis soldiers
Italy

Italian hospital in Libya will help anti-Isis soldiers

Italy will build a field hospital in Libya to help care for government forces fighting Isis in the country.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic invests in Swedish games company
Sweden

Zlatan Ibrahimovic invests in Swedish games company

Could the Swede's latest investment make an entire game dedicated to Zlatan possible?

Merkel chastises Berlin mayor for ‘not taking responsibility’
Germany

Merkel chastises Berlin mayor for ‘not taking responsibility’

Shortly before the Berlin elections next weekend, Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Berlin's mayor for his refugee policies, while defending her own.

The ancient underground shells flavouring France’s Champagne
France

The ancient underground shells flavouring France’s Champagne

In caves deep underground in France's Champagne region lie thousands of shells that are 45 million years old, a site researchers describe as "rare and exceptional" -- and which may have influenced the flavour of the local bubbly.

Wild boar and piglets share French beach with bathers
France

Wild boar and piglets share French beach with bathers

See the wild boar and her little family that have become the unofficial mascots of a local beach in south western France.

German police hold 3 refugees ‘linked to Paris attackers’
Germany

German police hold 3 refugees ‘linked to Paris attackers’

German police on Tuesday arrested three men with forged Syrian passports accused of being Isis militants and labelled a possible "sleeper cell" with links to the Paris attackers.

Italians in civil unions face bureaucratic woes
Italy

Italians in civil unions face bureaucratic woes

A complication in Italian law means gay couples may find themselves facing a bureaucratic nightmare.

Three women and teenage boy charged over Paris terror plots
France

Three women and teenage boy charged over Paris terror plots

Three women and a 15-year-old boy charged over separate terror plots in Paris.

Five reasons Real Madrid can win the Champions League
Spain

Five reasons Real Madrid can win the Champions League

Can defending champions Real Madrid conquer Europe for the 12th time?

Spain has no govt but its economy is still growing
Spain

Spain has no govt but its economy is still growing

Spain's economy is expected to grow by 3 percent this year despite political paralysis leaving the nation without a government.

Cars set on fire yet again in Copenhagen suburbs
Denmark

Cars set on fire yet again in Copenhagen suburbs

For the third consecutive night, firefighters had to respond to burning vehicles in the western suburbs.

Obama to roll out red carpet for Renzi next month
Italy

Obama to roll out red carpet for Renzi next month

The refugee crisis, the EU's future and a state dinner will be on the agenda for Renzi's second visit to the White House.

Brawl over seats forces Swiss to abort flight
Switzerland

Brawl over seats forces Swiss to abort flight

The fully boarded plane from Geneva to Algiers had to be cancelled after passengers got into a fight about where they were seated.

Man dies in car crash with horses on Autobahn
Germany

Man dies in car crash with horses on Autobahn

Horses running across the Autobahn caused a horrible collision on Monday morning, leaving one driver dead.

Boys, 11 and 12, tried to rob victims at knifepoint
Sweden

Boys, 11 and 12, tried to rob victims at knifepoint

Two 11-year-old boys and a 12-year-old are said to have threatened two teenage girls at knifepoint in Eskilstuna, Sweden.

Hail storms, wild fires and heatwave put France on alert
France

Hail storms, wild fires and heatwave put France on alert

France was a divided country on Tuesday, at least when it comes to the weather.

Police hunt man who rammed his car into crowd in Sweden
Sweden

Police hunt man who rammed his car into crowd in Sweden

A driver escaped after running his car into a crowd of foreign seasonal workers in Sweden, injuring a woman and her adult son.

‘Swedish politics not immune to grassroots movements’
Sweden

‘Swedish politics not immune to grassroots movements’

Swedish parties should look at political shakeups abroad and take heed, warn two representatives from high-profile democracy thinktanks on the opening day of parliament.