France launches new taxi apps to rival Uber
France

France launches new taxi apps to rival Uber

Would this persuade you to take traditional cabs instead of Uber?

Jean-Marie Le Pen: Sarkozy is more like me than Marine is
France

Jean-Marie Le Pen: Sarkozy is more like me than Marine is

Le Pen senior is more likely to vote for his former enemy than his own daughter.

‘It’s tough. Ericsson has been like a second home’
Sweden

‘It’s tough. Ericsson has been like a second home’

One in five Ericsson workers in Sweden will have to leave their jobs as a result of cuts announced by the telecoms giant on Tuesday.

Probe of satirist’s Erdogan ‘smear’ poem dropped
Germany

Probe of satirist’s Erdogan ‘smear’ poem dropped

It's a case that has stirred questions about Germany's freedom of speech and relationship with Turkey. Now prosecutors say they have scrapped an investigation into the comedian whose satire poem accused the Turkish leader of bestiality and paedophilia.

Incredible time-lapse video of Northern Lights in Stockholm
Sweden

Incredible time-lapse video of Northern Lights in Stockholm

Watch the Northern Lights make a rare and dazzling appearance in the sky over Stockholm.

‘I’m Chinese, I’m Italian – hug me as a human being’
Italy

‘I’m Chinese, I’m Italian – hug me as a human being’

A Chinese-Italian boy stood blindfolded in a Florence piazza, with a sign asking people to "hug him as a human being", as part of a social experiment in order to combat stereotypes and xenophobia.

Near ‘disaster’ in Calais as cops stumble into mock attack
France

Near ‘disaster’ in Calais as cops stumble into mock attack

If you're going to stage a mock terror attack then at least let the police know.

Plane delayed after crew member failed alcohol test
Sweden

Plane delayed after crew member failed alcohol test

An international flight from Malmö Airport was temporarily grounded after a member of the crew failed a breathalyzer test in the cockpit.

Teenagers killed by train while on tracks spraying graffiti
Germany

Teenagers killed by train while on tracks spraying graffiti

Two young men, 18 and 19, were run over and killed by a train around midnight Sunday night in Berlin.

Don’t miss your upcoming tax deadlines in France
France

Don’t miss your upcoming tax deadlines in France

The deadline for paying your income tax bill in France may have passed but there are other taxes that need to be paid tout de suite.

German Unity Day in pics: protests, parties and Pegida
Germany

German Unity Day in pics: protests, parties and Pegida

Nearly half a million people gathered in Dresden on Monday, most to celebrate the reunification of Germany in 1990 - and others to protest Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Central Rome park to be closed at night following rape
Italy

Central Rome park to be closed at night following rape

The Colle Oppio park will now longer be open at night after an Australian tourist was raped, beaten and robbed in the park last weekend.

Court mulls if online sex work counts as ‘working remotely’
Germany

Court mulls if online sex work counts as ‘working remotely’

German porn star Natalie Hot will appear in court on Wednesday to defend her right to work as a 'webcam girl', stripping and performing for erotic chat rooms.

New Danish political season opens under cloud of doubt
Denmark

New Danish political season opens under cloud of doubt

The 2016 parliamentary season opened on Tuesday after months of rumours of an impending election.

Who are the British winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics?
Sweden

Who are the British winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics?

A British trio based in the US are this year's winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics.

All you need to know about driving a scooter in Paris
France

All you need to know about driving a scooter in Paris

Always dreamed of driving a scooter around Paris? There are some things you should know first.

Carinthia looks set to avert bankruptcy
Austria

Carinthia looks set to avert bankruptcy

The Austrian state of Carinthia looks set to avert bankruptcy with the federal government saying it expects a sweetened debt buyback deal to go through.

19-year-old badly injured in crane support accident
Austria

19-year-old badly injured in crane support accident

A 19-year-old woman has been seriously injured after a crane support slipped off a truck and hit her in the village of Kritzendorf, just outside Vienna.

Tuifly and Air Berlin report flight delays and cancellations
Germany

Tuifly and Air Berlin report flight delays and cancellations

The struggling Air Berlin is undergoing extensive restructuring that has apparently led to cancellations and flight delays.

Tampon-tax protest turns Zurich fountains red
Switzerland

Tampon-tax protest turns Zurich fountains red

Thirteen fountains in the city of Zurich turned blood red on Tuesday.

French state orders 15 high-speed trains to save factory
France

French state orders 15 high-speed trains to save factory

The trains will reportedly serve the Marseille to Bordeaux line and help save the historic Alstom factory in the process.

Police criticized for wishing Pegida ‘a successful day’
Germany

Police criticized for wishing Pegida ‘a successful day’

Saxon police have rushed to distance themselves from a colleague's announcement wishing anti-Islam Pegida demonstrators "success" at a march in Dresden during German Unity Day celebrations.

Tax probe finds hundreds linked to Panama Papers
Switzerland

Tax probe finds hundreds linked to Panama Papers

The Swiss tax authorities have found 450 people with links to offshore entities.

How a boxing match turned into a political fight for Norway’s PM
Norway

How a boxing match turned into a political fight for Norway’s PM

After having worked for decades to remove Norway’s ban on professional boxing, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said it was only natural to celebrate a Norwegian victory in the country’s first pro fight in 35 years.

Vienna to start taxing income from Airbnb-style rentals
Austria

Vienna to start taxing income from Airbnb-style rentals

People in Vienna who rent out spare rooms or apartments for short-term stays on platforms such as Airbnb or Craigslist must now register with the city - or face a fine.

French presidential election gets new set of battle rules
France

French presidential election gets new set of battle rules

Let the battle commence. Now that the new rules of the contest have been laid down.

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to quake-hit towns
Italy

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to quake-hit towns

UPDATED: Pope Francis on Tuesday made a surprise visit to Amatrice, the small Italian mountain town that bore the brunt of the August 24th earthquake that killed nearly 300 people.

Oktoberfest sees lowest number of visitors in 15 years
Germany

Oktoberfest sees lowest number of visitors in 15 years

The world’s most famed beer fest experienced its lowest turnout since the September 11th 2001 attacks, but at the same time had an increase in sex crimes reported.

BLOG: Sweden’s Nobel Prize in Physics 2016
Sweden

BLOG: Sweden’s Nobel Prize in Physics 2016

Three British scientists based in the US have won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics. The Local reported live.

Spain: Brexit Britain must pay for expats’ healthcare
Spain

Spain: Brexit Britain must pay for expats’ healthcare

Britain will have to reach a deal to pay for the healthcare of its citizens in Spain once the country leaves the EU, Spain’s foreign minister has said.

Thankful mum seeks Lausanne toddler rescuer
Switzerland

Thankful mum seeks Lausanne toddler rescuer

A Swiss mother is looking for the teenager who rescued her toddler in Lausanne.

French Alps see more tragedy as wingsuit death toll adds up
France

French Alps see more tragedy as wingsuit death toll adds up

Eight people have died in fatal wingsuit accidents in France this year alone.

Norway has warmest September in 116 years
Norway

Norway has warmest September in 116 years

Last month was the warmest September since 1900 according to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.

Rest areas on the A7 motorway closed after becoming ‘sex hotspots’
Austria

Rest areas on the A7 motorway closed after becoming ‘sex hotspots’

Two rest areas on the A7 autobahn have been closed after becoming popular hotspots for people to meet and have sex in public.

Ex-Catalan chief faces public office ban over referendum
Spain

Ex-Catalan chief faces public office ban over referendum

Spanish prosecutors have called for Catalonia's former separatist chief Artur Mas to be handed a 10-year ban on holding public office ahead of his trial for staging a symbolic vote on independence.

Why Cinnamon Bun Day is an enduring Swedish success
Sweden

Why Cinnamon Bun Day is an enduring Swedish success

Could the success of Sweden's Cinnamon Bun Day be down to a national identity crisis? One expert thinks so.

Ericsson confirms plans to cut thousands of jobs in Sweden
Sweden

Ericsson confirms plans to cut thousands of jobs in Sweden

Ericsson has confirmed reports that it intends to cut 3000 jobs in Sweden.

Spain’s PP under spotlight at start of huge corruption trial
Spain

Spain’s PP under spotlight at start of huge corruption trial

Spain's ruling Popular Party will come under intense scrutiny from Tuesday as some of its former lawmakers and high-ranking officials stand trial in one of the country's biggest corruption scandals.

Swiss youth are most optimistic: study
Switzerland

Swiss youth are most optimistic: study

Swiss young people aged 16 to 25 are more optimistic than their counterparts in other countries.

Cinnamon Bun Day: Six sticky facts about Sweden’s beloved bun
Sweden

Cinnamon Bun Day: Six sticky facts about Sweden’s beloved bun

On October 4th, Swedes celebrate National Cinnamon Bun Day in honour of their favourite sweet treat, but why have a special day dedicated to a sugary snack? The Local has got its teeth into six scrumptious facts about the nation's most popular pastry.

German MPs to visit base after Turkey lifts ban
Germany

German MPs to visit base after Turkey lifts ban

Six German lawmakers will visit a key airbase in Turkey on Wednesday, a Turkish official told AFP, as the NATO allies seek to move on from a bitter diplomatic row.

The Italian farmers cultivating an ancient Jewish tradition
Italy

The Italian farmers cultivating an ancient Jewish tradition

There's less than a month to go until the Jewish festival of Sukkot, and New Yorker Hershel Mann is feeling the heat under the broiling sun of southern Italy.

Danish policies threaten Baltic fishing communities
Denmark

Danish policies threaten Baltic fishing communities

The vice chair of the Baltic Sea Advisory Council for fisheries argues that Denmark's opposition to a Baltic sea cod quota could wipe out future stocks.

Show of support for tech talent told to leave Sweden
Sweden

Show of support for tech talent told to leave Sweden

Politicians, entrepreneurs and supporters gathered at Stockholm's Chamber of Commerce on Monday to throw their weight behind Tayyab Shabab, the developer told to leave Sweden due to an admin error.

France taken to court for rat and cockroach-infested prison
France

France taken to court for rat and cockroach-infested prison

Rats, cockroaches, bedbugs... a prison in France is not fit for use, say campaigners.

Calais mayor fails in bid to stop anti-migrant wall
France

Calais mayor fails in bid to stop anti-migrant wall

The anti-migrant wall is fiercely opposed by the mayor of Calais.

Ericsson to cut up to 4,000 jobs in Sweden: report
Sweden

Ericsson to cut up to 4,000 jobs in Sweden: report

More bad news from the Swedish telecoms giant.

‘It’s time to stop painting all Muslims with the same brush’
Sweden

‘It’s time to stop painting all Muslims with the same brush’

Swedish society needs to recognize that Muslims are not a collective, but rather a mosaic of different faiths, religions and backgrounds to have a serious debate on radical Islamism, argues Magnus Ranstorp from the Swedish Defence University.

Queen Margrethe: Denmark ‘not a multicultural country’
Denmark

Queen Margrethe: Denmark ‘not a multicultural country’

Queen Margrethe II says Denmark has become more diverse and that she represents “all people who are citizens of the Danish nation”.