Life sentence for killer driver judged to be sane
Austria

Life sentence for killer driver judged to be sane

A jury in the Austrian city of Graz has found a man guilty of killing three people in the southern city last year by driving his 4x4 at high speed down a crowded pedestrian street.

Denmark pays for Panama Papers data on own citizens
Denmark

Denmark pays for Panama Papers data on own citizens

Anonymous source given six million kroner.

Spain in eye of a perfect storm after 10 months without govt
Spain

Spain in eye of a perfect storm after 10 months without govt

Spain is going through one of the worst political storms in its modern history.

It’s official: France finally gets its new map
France

It’s official: France finally gets its new map

So, how well do you know the new map?

Sweden bad, Norway good, Trump better? I’m confused
Sweden

Sweden bad, Norway good, Trump better? I’m confused

Sweden is neither a socialist paradise nor an internationalist hell. The truth, argues The Local's reporter Lee Roden, lies somewhere in the middle.

Lion shot dead at Leipzig Zoo after breaking out of cage
Germany

Lion shot dead at Leipzig Zoo after breaking out of cage

A young male lion was shot dead at Leipzig Zoo on Thursday afternoon after he broke out of his enclosure.

EU takes Germany to court for ‘discriminatory’ foreigner toll
Germany

EU takes Germany to court for ‘discriminatory’ foreigner toll

The European Commission on Thursday said it is taking Germany to the EU Court of Justice because of the country's plan to impose a road toll that would mainly charge foreign drivers.

Sexism at the wheel: France wants more women drivers
France

Sexism at the wheel: France wants more women drivers

Because the men are causing all the accidents.

VIDEOS: France’s raunchiest TV commercials of all time
France

VIDEOS: France’s raunchiest TV commercials of all time

Two sexually-charged adverts have got people hot under the collar in France, a little strange perhaps given the history of the French for making raunchy adverts. Take a look back through time at these famously steamy ads.

Italy has Europe’s oldest population: Eurostat
Italy

Italy has Europe’s oldest population: Eurostat

13 of every 200 people in Italy are aged over 80 - the highest proportion in the EU.

After 3-year trial, suspected neo-Nazi terrorist speaks out
Germany

After 3-year trial, suspected neo-Nazi terrorist speaks out

Beate Zschäpe, the only living member of an underground neo-Nazi cell accused of murdering ten people, has spoken to the court in Munich after three years of silence.

Italy police get lunch for poor woman ‘forced to steal food’
Italy

Italy police get lunch for poor woman ‘forced to steal food’

The woman had stolen food worth €14 from a supermarket.

Why are foreign students in France ‘Europe’s unhappiest’?
France

Why are foreign students in France ‘Europe’s unhappiest’?

... for the fourth year in a row.

German court jails man who tried to smuggle guns to Paris

German court jails man who tried to smuggle guns to Paris

A Montenegrin man was handed a four-year jail sentence in Germany on Thursday for heading to Paris with assault rifles and explosives hidden in his car shortly before the November attacks.

Sweden loses fastest internet crown
Sweden

Sweden loses fastest internet crown

Worse still, the new European king is Norway.

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France

The troubles with French universities laid bare

Classrooms overflowing, a serious lack of funding, and a flailing reputation abroad... what exactly is wrong with France's university system? The Local's Oliver Gee takes a closer look.

How to survive Paris on a student budget
France

How to survive Paris on a student budget

With students from all over the world descending on Paris for the start of a new term, we take a look at the best ways to save money while living in the French capital on a shoestring.

Where to see the Northern Lights in Sweden
Sweden

Where to see the Northern Lights in Sweden

An unusually high level of solar activity means the spectacle could be visible from rare spots in the country.

These are the brands Swedes love the most
Sweden

These are the brands Swedes love the most

Revealed: Swedes' top-20 favourite brands.

Looters steal computers from quake town’s new school
Italy

Looters steal computers from quake town’s new school

The school had only been opened two weeks ago, after the town's existing two schools were left unusable by the earthquake.

Where in France has the cleanest and dirtiest air?
France

Where in France has the cleanest and dirtiest air?

No, Paris doesn't have the dirtiest.

Iraqi activist Yanar Mohammed wins Norway prize
Norway

Iraqi activist Yanar Mohammed wins Norway prize

Four previous recipients of the award have gone on to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Green party wants only e-cars on Autobahn by 2030
Germany

Green party wants only e-cars on Autobahn by 2030

The environmentalist Green party has an ambitious plan for German cars to be petrol- and diesel-free within the next 15 years.

High altitude ski resorts get less snowfall
Austria

High altitude ski resorts get less snowfall

Spring skiing in Austrian resorts like St. Anton or Ischgl could become a thing of the past if a long-term trend discovered by Swiss researchers continues.

Swiss helicopter crash: technical fault ruled out
Switzerland

Swiss helicopter crash: technical fault ruled out

Technical failure was not to blame for the crash involving a Swiss army helicopter on the Gotthard pass on Thursday.

Ten incredible Spain locations for Game of Thrones season 7
Spain

Ten incredible Spain locations for Game of Thrones season 7

Filming for Game of Thrones season 7 gets underway in Spain in October. The Local takes a look at the special places chosen for the next episodes in the epic HBO drama.

Commerzbank to make one in five staff redundant by 2020
Germany

Commerzbank to make one in five staff redundant by 2020

Germany's second largest lender Commerzbank said on Thursday it plans to cut 9,600 jobs by 2020 and withhold dividends to pay for a €1.1 billion restructuring.

International students say Norway is the best
Norway

International students say Norway is the best

Norway is Europe’s best destination for international students, according to a recently-released report.

Spotify launches new karaoke style streaming in Japan
Sweden

Spotify launches new karaoke style streaming in Japan

The Swedish streaming giant has taken inspiration from Japan's love of karaoke with its launch in the country.

Germany’s favourite smoker wins battle against eviction
Germany

Germany’s favourite smoker wins battle against eviction

How a pensioner with a serious smoking habit won a years-long fight for his right to keep his home - and his favourite pastime.

Turkey angry after Swiss tout ‘kebab ban’
Switzerland

Turkey angry after Swiss tout ‘kebab ban’

Turkish kebab chefs are up in arms after they misunderstood a spoof campaign to ban the kebab in Switzerland.

Could Sweden’s border controls soon be lifted?
Sweden

Could Sweden’s border controls soon be lifted?

The EU-approved six-month extension of controls in the south of the country will soon come to an end.

Here’s what Americans in Italy think about the US elections
Italy

Here’s what Americans in Italy think about the US elections

Four American expat voters from across the political spectrum talk about the issues which influenced their vote, and how it feels watching the elections from Italy.

Stuntman’s clutch fails after driving at 300 km/h
Austria

Stuntman’s clutch fails after driving at 300 km/h

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner has been criticised after boasting about how the clutch on his Ford GT sports car failed after he drove it for several hours at speeds of up to 300 km/per hour.

Thousands evacuated after WWII bomb found in Cologne
Germany

Thousands evacuated after WWII bomb found in Cologne

Several thousands people were being evacuated from a district of Cologne just north of the old town on Thursday morning, after a Second World War bomb was found in a parking lot.

Kidnapped German journalist and her baby freed in Syria
Germany

Kidnapped German journalist and her baby freed in Syria

A German woman who was kidnapped in Syria last year while she was pregnant has been freed along with her baby, the German Foreign Office said on Wednesday.

Oslo passes ‘climate budget’ to cut emissions
Norway

Oslo passes ‘climate budget’ to cut emissions

The Oslo City Council passed a ‘climate budget’ on Wednesday that lawmakers said would ensure that a number of green initiatives actually get implemented.

Court could give ‘depressed’ French nation right to smile
France

Court could give ‘depressed’ French nation right to smile

"Is it really responsible, in a depressed France, that the authorities forbid the French from smiling... (on their ID photos)"

Renzi: UK won’t get special treatment post-Brexit
Italy

Renzi: UK won’t get special treatment post-Brexit

Italian PM Matteo Renzi said the UK won't get more rights than other countries outside the EU after voting to leave the bloc.

Italy scraps bid to host 2023 Rugby World Cup
Italy

Italy scraps bid to host 2023 Rugby World Cup

The move is a result of Rome's decision not to bid for the 2024 Olympics.

Catalan leader promises 2017 independence referendum
Spain

Catalan leader promises 2017 independence referendum

The president of Catalonia vowed to hold a referendum on independence next year, whether Spain allowed it or not.

Italy’s migrant centres in crisis amid money worries
Italy

Italy’s migrant centres in crisis amid money worries

The centres are fuller than ever - but the government has stopped paying.

Novo Nordisk to cut 500 jobs in Denmark, 1,000 overall
Denmark

Novo Nordisk to cut 500 jobs in Denmark, 1,000 overall

Historic firing round for the diabetes medicine giant.

Study: Swiss ski resorts are losing their snow
Switzerland

Study: Swiss ski resorts are losing their snow

Could spring skiing soon be a thing of the past?

Spain’s stricken Socialist party hit by ‘coup’ attempt
Spain

Spain’s stricken Socialist party hit by ‘coup’ attempt

Spain's Socialist party was hit by a "coup" attempt on Wednesday with half of its leadership quitting in a bid to oust leader Pedro Sanchez and unblock the country's political deadlock

Air Berlin to cut 1,200 jobs and halve airline fleet
Germany

Air Berlin to cut 1,200 jobs and halve airline fleet

Struggling Air Berlin, Germany's second-largest airline, announced on Wednesday a major restructuring plan that shrinks its fleet and cuts 1,200 jobs.

Austrian men tend to be ‘critical of working mothers’
Austria

Austrian men tend to be ‘critical of working mothers’

42 percent of under 45-year-olds in Austria are critical of mothers with small children who have a job, and believe “a preschooler suffers if his or her mother works”.

Berlusconi at 80: My regrets and future plans
Italy

Berlusconi at 80: My regrets and future plans

"Politics was never really my passion," says Italy's longest-serving post-war premier.

Danish nationalists’ ‘refugee spray’ draws ire
Denmark

Danish nationalists’ ‘refugee spray’ draws ire

A Danish far-right group faced criticism on Wednesday after courting criticism by handing out "asylum spray" to be used against violent migrants.

Is Hollande’s last budget target really credible?
France

Is Hollande’s last budget target really credible?

The president says the budget is "serious" but many would disagree.

China turns to Brittany cows to feed its babies
France

China turns to Brittany cows to feed its babies

Far east giant provides a boost for Brittany's beleaguered dairy farmers.

‘Homemade bomb’ on bus in Sweden was bike helmet
Sweden

‘Homemade bomb’ on bus in Sweden was bike helmet

A bicycle helmet sparked a bomb scare on a bus in Uppsala.

UBS fined $15m for misselling investments
Switzerland

UBS fined $15m for misselling investments

The Swiss private banking giant is accused of selling risky derivative investments to inexperienced investors in the US.

Germany’s 10 most Instagram-able places
Germany

Germany’s 10 most Instagram-able places

From stunning chalk-white cliffs to fairy tale castles, Germany has some breathtaking sights to see - perfect for social media.

France’s ‘fake tough guy’ wobbles in comeback bid
France

France’s ‘fake tough guy’ wobbles in comeback bid

The scandals are stacking up for Nicolas Sarkozy just at the wrong time.

US rappers’ gig ends in ‘bloodbath’ in Stockholm
Sweden

US rappers’ gig ends in ‘bloodbath’ in Stockholm

A man ran onto the stage during a concert by US rappers Ghostface Killah and Killah Priest in Stockholm.

Four don’t-miss festivals in Sweden this week
Sweden

Four don’t-miss festivals in Sweden this week

Arab cinema, Gay Pride, out-of-the-box art, whisky and craft beer – what more could a person in Sweden possibly need?