Dominatrix convicted for customer’s strangulation death
Austria

Dominatrix convicted for customer’s strangulation death

An Austrian prostitute was convicted Monday over the death of a sadomasochist client left to die with a noose and a shoelace around his neck in a Vienna hotel room.

Why Sweden could deport hundreds of refugee children
Sweden

Why Sweden could deport hundreds of refugee children

Several hundred lone refugee children could now be sent home from Sweden due to a change in how the rule on exceptional circumstances is applied when making asylum decisions.

Americans abroad: get off the fence, stop Trump

Americans abroad: get off the fence, stop Trump

If you're an American in Europe, don't let high-minded queasiness stop you using your vote - there's too much at stake, says Laura Shields of Democrats Abroad.

Socialists lose support but still refuse to back Rajoy govt
Spain

Socialists lose support but still refuse to back Rajoy govt

Spain's Socialist leader is standing by his refusal to let conservative acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy form a new government.

‘If Sweden really wants startups, drop the red tape’
Sweden

‘If Sweden really wants startups, drop the red tape’

Swedish politicians are keen to talk up the country's startups – but their migration rules threaten to strangle them, argues The Local's managing editor James Savage.

Aussie TV show accused of staging French burkini row
France

Aussie TV show accused of staging French burkini row

Was an Australian TV report about France's burkini ban a set up to portray the French as "anti-Muslim"?

Neuchâtel votes no to foreigners running for office
Switzerland

Neuchâtel votes no to foreigners running for office

Neuchâtel voted on Sunday against an initiative that would have made it the first Swiss canton to allow foreigners stand in cantonal elections.

Rare and horny ox spotted looking for ladies in Sweden
Sweden

Rare and horny ox spotted looking for ladies in Sweden

Unfortunately he isn't likely to be successful.

Swiss voters say no to higher pensions
Switzerland

Swiss voters say no to higher pensions

Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a plan to increase pension payments by ten percent.

Five ways Paris is better than it was 15 years ago
France

Five ways Paris is better than it was 15 years ago

Here's how one man says Paris has changed for the better over his last 15 years in the city.

Italians enraged by Ticino foreign worker vote
Switzerland

Italians enraged by Ticino foreign worker vote

The leader of Italy's Lega Nord is plotting "adequate counter-measures".

Man in 60s wounds two in France supermarket shooting
France

Man in 60s wounds two in France supermarket shooting

A police SWAT team has surrounded gunman's apartment.

EU warns Swiss over vote to curb cross-border workers
Switzerland

EU warns Swiss over vote to curb cross-border workers

The EU warned Switzerland on Monday over a vote by one of its cantons backing curbs on migrants, an issue being closely watched in London as a possible template for Brexit negotiations.

The 10 worst German cities for students to find digs
Germany

The 10 worst German cities for students to find digs

It's the start of autumn, which means the start of the university year. But along with the excitement comes the stress of finding housing - and in some glamorous locations this can be a nightmare.

Outcry in Italy over Swiss vote to ban foreign workers
Italy

Outcry in Italy over Swiss vote to ban foreign workers

The Ticino region borders Italy, with 63,000 jobs there held by cross-border workers.

German broadcaster sues Turkey over confiscated video
Germany

German broadcaster sues Turkey over confiscated video

German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle said Monday it had filed a civil complaint after a Turkish minister's office confiscated a taped video interview with him.

Paris makes ‘history’ by banning cars on river bank
France

Paris makes ‘history’ by banning cars on river bank

The French capital is going green with a vengeance.

Migrant documentary to represent Italy at Oscars
Italy

Migrant documentary to represent Italy at Oscars

The film looks at the thousands of arrivals on the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Russian bombers spook Sweden-bound flight
Sweden

Russian bombers spook Sweden-bound flight

A flight bound for Stockholm from Reykjavik got a nasty surprise last week when its pilot spotted two Russian bombers from his window.

Ten facts you probably didn’t know about Spanish wine
Spain

Ten facts you probably didn’t know about Spanish wine

As the wine harvest gets well underway across Spain, The Local celebrates the nation's favourite tipple with some little known facts.

Some deodorants could cause breast cancer: Swiss study
Switzerland

Some deodorants could cause breast cancer: Swiss study

The study suggests a link between aluminium salts and breast cancer.

Danish nationalists hand out cans of ‘refugee spray’
Denmark

Danish nationalists hand out cans of ‘refugee spray’

The nationalist Danes’ Party elicited strong reactions went it took to the streets of Haderslev to hand out cans of what it called ‘refugee spray’.

How a Swedish hotel reunited this bear with his best friend
Sweden

How a Swedish hotel reunited this bear with his best friend

A Gothenburg hotel's attempt to track down the owner of this lost teddy bear turned into something much bigger.

France’s hospital doctors stage strike to highlight crisis
France

France’s hospital doctors stage strike to highlight crisis

Unions have called for a "massive" walk-out among hospital doctors.

Germany’s ‘James Bond’ goes on trial over tax evasion
Germany

Germany’s ‘James Bond’ goes on trial over tax evasion

Germany's former top spy, Werner Mauss, went on trial on Monday accused of hiding millions of euros from authorities.

Norwegian tourist bites chunk off man’s ear in Berlin train

Norwegian tourist bites chunk off man’s ear in Berlin train

Police arrested a Norwegian tourist after he reportedly bit off part of the ear of a man who tried to break up a fight.

Italian doctors remove wrong kidney from sick man
Italy

Italian doctors remove wrong kidney from sick man

Doctors wondered why the man wasn't recovering after having his kidney removed...

France’s last ‘real Camembert’ cheese fights for survival
France

France’s last ‘real Camembert’ cheese fights for survival

It's a cheese maker's take on David and Goliath.

Germany holds first national ‘mermaiding’ championship
Germany

Germany holds first national ‘mermaiding’ championship

Ariel would be proud.

Norwegian police charge German man for friend’s death

Norwegian police charge German man for friend’s death

Police are trying to determine exactly what happened after three friends' fishing trip turned fatal.

15 pics that prove Germany is totally enchanting in autumn
Germany

15 pics that prove Germany is totally enchanting in autumn

As summer fades into a distant memory and you start to begrudge trading Birkenstocks for boots, these pictures may help change your perspective on the new chill in the air.

Startup heavyweights back tech ace told to leave Sweden
Sweden

Startup heavyweights back tech ace told to leave Sweden

Major names in the tech community have rallied behind a developer who was told he must leave Sweden within a month due to an admin error made by his former employer.

PSG’s Serge Aurier sentenced to jail for attack on policeman
France

PSG’s Serge Aurier sentenced to jail for attack on policeman

PSG player had attacked a police officer outside a night club on the Champs Elysées.

Italy’s migrant centres are running out of money
Italy

Italy’s migrant centres are running out of money

Housing, food and health care for migrants is expected to cost Italy over €1 billion this year.

Two jihadists held in Spain for plotting terrorist attacks
Spain

Two jihadists held in Spain for plotting terrorist attacks

Spanish police have arrested two men accused of plotting to carry out an Isis-inspired attack in Europe.

Metallica to open new Copenhagen arena
Denmark

Metallica to open new Copenhagen arena

Copenhagen’s coming multi-purpose arena will be opened in grand style with two nights of shows with the legendary band.

Ticino votes to favour local workers over foreigners
Switzerland

Ticino votes to favour local workers over foreigners

Voters in Ticino on Sunday strongly backed an initiative giving preference to local workers over foreigners.

Copenhagen police arrest teen as car fires continue
Denmark

Copenhagen police arrest teen as car fires continue

UPDATED: A 17-year-old has been charged in connection with one of the 11 new fires over the weekend.

Cat rescued after 32 days trapped in quake rubble
Italy

Cat rescued after 32 days trapped in quake rubble

Rocco the cat survived 32 days in the ruins in Amatrice.

Paris city chiefs ready to let nudists hang out in park
France

Paris city chiefs ready to let nudists hang out in park

A nudist park in Paris? "We're going to do it," says City Hall.

Voter posts christening gift instead of ballot paper
Spain

Voter posts christening gift instead of ballot paper

A voter from Galicia mistakenly posted a €200 christening gift in the ballot box instead of his voting slip.

Fake Norway ‘apology’ video angers Israel
Norway

Fake Norway ‘apology’ video angers Israel

See the video that the Israeli Foreign Ministry wants "removed from every site" on the internet.

Suspicious wife travelled to Graz with husband’s entrails
Austria

Suspicious wife travelled to Graz with husband’s entrails

Customs officers at an Austrian airport were taken aback to find human entrails in the bag of a Moroccan traveller, who said they belonged to her dead husband.

Tourists fined €900 for drinking on Rome’s Spanish Steps
Italy

Tourists fined €900 for drinking on Rome’s Spanish Steps

The steps had been open less than 24 hours when the first fines were handed out...

Left politician who smuggled refugee could lose immunity
Germany

Left politician who smuggled refugee could lose immunity

Die Linke (Left Party) politician Diether Dehm could lose his immunity as an elected official after he admitted to smuggling a refugee into Germany.

Ex-IMF boss Rato goes on trial over bankers’ luxury sprees
Spain

Ex-IMF boss Rato goes on trial over bankers’ luxury sprees

Former IMF chief and 64 other former bank executives go on trial for racking up huge expenses while in charge of a bailed out bank.

Hollande calls on UK to help solve Calais migrant crisis
France

Hollande calls on UK to help solve Calais migrant crisis

The French president knows that immigration is a key issue of the presidential election battle.

Spain’s regional elections boost acting PM’s party
Spain

Spain’s regional elections boost acting PM’s party

Regional elections in Spain have strengthened acting Prime Minister's Mariano Rajoy's conservatives and weakened the Socialists.

France demands 45,000 Swiss accounts in tax hunt
Switzerland

France demands 45,000 Swiss accounts in tax hunt

France is tracking down UBS account holders.

Air France plane dumps fuel ‘over Fontainebleau forest’
France

Air France plane dumps fuel ‘over Fontainebleau forest’

The mayor of the famous town near Paris is furious.

IN PICS: Walkers and cyclists take over Paris streets
France

IN PICS: Walkers and cyclists take over Paris streets

Did you make the most of the car-free day in Paris on Sunday?

An end to fashion elitism? Not in Milan…
Italy

An end to fashion elitism? Not in Milan…

The city's mayor argues that the public should be able to participate more in Fashion Week.

Melting Greenland ice could expose Cold War waste
Denmark

Melting Greenland ice could expose Cold War waste

A snow-covered former US army base in Greenland -- dubbed "a city under ice" -- could leak pollutants into the environment as the climate changes, raising difficult questions over who is responsible for a clean-up.

Europe sends Sweden home from World Cup
Sweden

Europe sends Sweden home from World Cup

Sweden was kicked out of the World Cup of Hockey after losing to Team Europe in overtime.

Poetry can ‘save Arab world’ says Nobel Prize hopeful
Sweden

Poetry can ‘save Arab world’ says Nobel Prize hopeful

Speaking at the Gothenburg Book Fair, Syrian poet and possible Nobel Prize contender Adonis said that religious fanaticism is 'destroying the heart of the Arab world', but sees salvation in poetry.

‘As long as you hook Swedes on the first try, they’ll be back’
Sweden

‘As long as you hook Swedes on the first try, they’ll be back’

The Local speaks to a Kiwi expat who took on the tricky world of microbreweries in Stockholm and won.

One dead after Malmö drive-by shooting
Sweden

One dead after Malmö drive-by shooting

UPDATED: One of the four men injured in a drive-by shooting in Malmö has died, police confirmed on Monday.