Awkward! Swedish party boss ‘fired’ by parliament IT glitch
Sweden

Awkward! Swedish party boss ‘fired’ by parliament IT glitch

A computer hiccup prompted the Swedish parliament to announce the resignation of Liberal Party leader Jan Björklund on Thursday. The only problem was Björklund had no such intentions.

France to push for ‘no smoking November’
France

France to push for ‘no smoking November’

France has launched a new campaign to try to cut down the high smoking rate across the country - which is especially high among pregnant women.

Apple’s first European Academy opens in Naples
Italy

Apple’s first European Academy opens in Naples

Technology giant Apple opened its first European Academy in the southern Italian city of Naples on Thursday, a project it is hoped will provide opportunities for work and study to the city.

Recreated treasures from Syria and Iraq go on show in Italy
Italy

Recreated treasures from Syria and Iraq go on show in Italy

Exact replicas of three architectural treasures damaged or destroyed by the Islamic State group (Isis) in Syria and Iraq went on show on Thursday at the Colosseum in Rome.

Swedish MP accused of anti-Semitic attack on media
Sweden

Swedish MP accused of anti-Semitic attack on media

A member of the Sweden Democrats is being accused of anti-Semitism after she called for a ban on 'ethnic groups' owning more than five percent of media, singling out the Bonnier family.

Expats or immigrants in France: Is there a difference?
France

Expats or immigrants in France: Is there a difference?

So which are you? Or is there no real difference?

The English words pinched and reinvented by the French
France

The English words pinched and reinvented by the French

Want to come footing with us?

16 refugee kids hurt as bus hit by lorry in northern Denmark
Denmark

16 refugee kids hurt as bus hit by lorry in northern Denmark

UPDATED: Sixteen underage asylum seekers were injured when a bus bringing them back from language class was struck by a lorry in northern Jutland.

Anger as famed activist fined for altering anti-Merkel graffiti
Germany

Anger as famed activist fined for altering anti-Merkel graffiti

In a ruling condemned by German media, an award-winning anti-Nazi activist was convicted for changing the meaning of a piece of graffiti which called for Chancellor Angela Merkel to resign.

Blood-curdling screams alert police to exorcism in Oviedo
Spain

Blood-curdling screams alert police to exorcism in Oviedo

A young woman was rescued from a ‘cult exorcism’ taking place in the northern Spanish city of Oviedo after her "blood-curdling screams" were heard by neighbours.

German court rejects payout for Afghan airstrike victims
Germany

German court rejects payout for Afghan airstrike victims

Germany's highest court on Thursday rejected compensation claims by relatives of victims of an airstrike in Afghanistan seven years ago that killed dozens of civilians.

FIFA chief promises clean 2026 World Cup bid
Switzerland

FIFA chief promises clean 2026 World Cup bid

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has vowed that the 2026 World Cup bidding process will be free of controversy.

Ex-Isis fighter jailed for nearly 7 years by Düsseldorf court
Germany

Ex-Isis fighter jailed for nearly 7 years by Düsseldorf court

Two German courts Thursday jailed an Isis group jihadist and handed prison terms to four men for backing another Islamist militant group in Syria.

13 signs that you’ll never master Danish
Denmark

13 signs that you’ll never master Danish

Whether you've been in Denmark for ten months or ten years, some things just never get easier.

François Mitterand’s secret love letters to be published
France

François Mitterand’s secret love letters to be published

Love letters from a very smitten Francois Mitterrand - that the former president sent to his mistress - are set to be published 20 years on.

‘Sweden is crippling its ability to innovate’
Sweden

‘Sweden is crippling its ability to innovate’

Sweden's bureaucratic migration system could cripple its competitive edge, an American developer behind a new network to help bridge the gap between firms and foreign workers has told The Local.

Store shutdowns imminent as Kaiser’s supermarket on brink
Germany

Store shutdowns imminent as Kaiser’s supermarket on brink

As Kaiser's Tengelmann continues to see losses, it faces having to immediately shut down dozens of branches if a takeover deal doesn’t go through.

Merkel implies US trade deal opponents are anti-American
Germany

Merkel implies US trade deal opponents are anti-American

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that those opposed to the EU signing the TTIP free trade deal with the US wouldn't be half as loud if the negotiations were with Russia.

Italian lottery reimburses scratchcard fan who never won
Italy

Italian lottery reimburses scratchcard fan who never won

Never had any luck on scratchcards? In Italy, that could mean you're entitled to a payout...

Air France denies ‘extremist staff sabotaged planes’
France

Air France denies ‘extremist staff sabotaged planes’

Radicalized staff sabotaging planes? Not true says France's national carrier.

Australian says Norway has left her ‘stateless’
Norway

Australian says Norway has left her ‘stateless’

Cecilie Myhre was born in Norway to a Norwegian family that goes back generations. She spent most of her life in the country before moving to Australia 14 years ago. Now she says that the country of her birth has left her stateless.

Swedish for programmers: ‘It changed my life’
Sweden

Swedish for programmers: ‘It changed my life’

One size does not fit all – not in shoes and not in Swedish lessons. The Local finds out more about “Swedish for Programmers”, an alternative to SFI which is helping get foreigners into new jobs quickly.

Morcote named loveliest village in Switzerland
Switzerland

Morcote named loveliest village in Switzerland

A picturesque hamlet nestled on the shores of Lake Lugano is Switzerland's most beautiful village.

Danish MPs kicked out of parliament for Syria shirts
Denmark

Danish MPs kicked out of parliament for Syria shirts

Four Danish MPs were on Thursday told to leave the chamber during parliament’s opening debate because they were wearing t-shirts urging action in Syria.

Migrants flee detention centre in Spain after staging ‘mutiny’
Spain

Migrants flee detention centre in Spain after staging ‘mutiny’

Spanish police are searching for 26 migrants who escaped from a detention centre in southern Spain after a "mutiny" in which five officers were injured.

Norway dips deeper into oil riches
Norway

Norway dips deeper into oil riches

Norway plans to spend a record amount of its oil riches next year -- an election year -- to stimulate its economy hit hard by oil price weakness, a budget bill presented on Thursday showed.

Racist and sexist trolls target Sweden’s Twitter account
Sweden

Racist and sexist trolls target Sweden’s Twitter account

Sweden's famous @Sweden Twitter account could close as a last resort after a wave of abuse directed against its curators.

Merkel rallies German industry to take tough line on Brexit
Germany

Merkel rallies German industry to take tough line on Brexit

Britain cannot be allowed access to the EU's single market without accepting free movement of people, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday, warning she would not allow a free-for-all.

Video reveals Kardashian thieves came and fled by bike
France

Video reveals Kardashian thieves came and fled by bike

CCTV footage is revealing more information about the puzzling robbery of US star Kim Kardashian.

8 times traditional German kids’ tales were way too brutal for Disney
Germany

8 times traditional German kids’ tales were way too brutal for Disney

Disney's endearing family movies drew heavily on the Grimms' fairy tales - but left out all the child abuse, cannibalism, and murder.

France to build 33 new prisons across the country
France

France to build 33 new prisons across the country

French PM announces plan to build 33 prisons to help ease the crisis of France’s bulging prison population.

We want a new tunnel, say Danes and Swedes
Denmark

We want a new tunnel, say Danes and Swedes

A proposed tunnel between Denmark and Sweden could at last see the light of day.

Lifeguards ignored drowning tourist ‘for not waving enough’
Spain

Lifeguards ignored drowning tourist ‘for not waving enough’

A British woman drowned off a Costa Blanca beach after lifeguards ignored her because "she wasn’t waving hard enough", claimed her heartbroken husband.

CS hit with US fine for misleading investors
Switzerland

CS hit with US fine for misleading investors

Switzerland’s second biggest bank, Credit Suisse is fined 90 million dollars.

German cruiser first to dock in Tunisia since 2015 Isis attack
Germany

German cruiser first to dock in Tunisia since 2015 Isis attack

A celebratory band played Thursday as a cruise liner docked in the port of Tunis for the first time since a March 2015 jihadist attack killed 21 tourists in the capital.

Young global leaders gather in Stockholm to change the world
Sweden

Young global leaders gather in Stockholm to change the world

You don't have to change the world in a big way. You can start small.

Pensioner conned out of €2.3m in fake share scam
Austria

Pensioner conned out of €2.3m in fake share scam

A pensioner from Carinthia has been conned out of around €2.3m after “investing” in fake shares for years.

Yes or no? Man asks public for clues to drunken proposal
Germany

Yes or no? Man asks public for clues to drunken proposal

A man got much more than just love drunk when he popped the question to his girlfriend. But now he’s enlisting the help of the public to remember how she answered.

Brain drain: More Italians than ever are moving abroad
Italy

Brain drain: More Italians than ever are moving abroad

More than 100,000 Italians moved abroad last year - and a third of them were aged under 35. Italy's President warned that this was often "a sign of impoverishment, not a free choice".

We want a new tunnel, say Swedes and Danes
Sweden

We want a new tunnel, say Swedes and Danes

A proposed tunnel between Sweden and Denmark could at last see the light of day.

F-18s scrambled to intercept Russian bombers off Bilbao
Spain

F-18s scrambled to intercept Russian bombers off Bilbao

Two Russian Blackjack bombers were intercepted by Spanish fighter jets and turned back off the coast of Bilbao.

Hotel lands internet hit with outdoor pool video
Switzerland

Hotel lands internet hit with outdoor pool video

A five-star hotel in central Switzerland has become an overnight internet sensation.

Salzburg removes benches from train station
Austria

Salzburg removes benches from train station

The benches in front of Salzburg train station have been removed in a move to discourage homeless people, beggars and drug addicts from congregating there.

Disgust as AfD leader likens immigrants to compost heap
Germany

Disgust as AfD leader likens immigrants to compost heap

AfD leader Frauke Petry has come under fire for predicting a sort of clash of civilizations and comparing Germany's multicultural society to a "compost heap".

Light aircraft crashes and catches fire in northern Italy, killing one
Italy

Light aircraft crashes and catches fire in northern Italy, killing one

A light aircraft crashed and caught fire in northern Italy on Wednesday, killing the one person on board.

Drunk birds cause massive tailback on Austrian road
Austria

Drunk birds cause massive tailback on Austrian road

A flock of drunken starlings caused chaos on an Austrian motorway earlier this week.

US envoy casts first ‘straw’ vote at Harry’s Bar in Paris
France

US envoy casts first ‘straw’ vote at Harry’s Bar in Paris

US Ambassador Jane Hartley was the first to cast a ballot.

Parisians feel the chill as swimming pools get colder
France

Parisians feel the chill as swimming pools get colder

In a bid to save energy and money the City Hall has ordered the temperature of pools to be dropped, while one pool is heated by the water from sewers.

Danish nationalist charged with racism for ‘refugee spray’
Denmark

Danish nationalist charged with racism for ‘refugee spray’

UPDATED: The leader of the Danes' Party says the charge is "political theatre".

‘No way, Jose! You’ll never get your hands on our Rock’
Spain

‘No way, Jose! You’ll never get your hands on our Rock’

Gibraltar reacted furiously as Spain outlined its plans at the UN for a proposal for joint sovereignty with Britain.

French police hurt in clashes with Corsican nationalists
France

French police hurt in clashes with Corsican nationalists

Violence flared in Corsica last night.

Spanish boy racks up €100K bill in bid for YouTube fame
Spain

Spanish boy racks up €100K bill in bid for YouTube fame

Fame came at a price for a Spanish boy who mistakenly racked up €100,000 ($112,000) in advertising fees with Google as he attempted to make his brass band famous online.

Norway seeks ban on burqas in the classroom
Norway

Norway seeks ban on burqas in the classroom

Norway's right-wing government on Wednesday announced plans to ban the full-face Islamic veil from classrooms and university lecture halls.

Olympic judo champion charged with sexual assault of pupils
Austria

Olympic judo champion charged with sexual assault of pupils

Austrian double Olympic judo champion Peter Seisenbacher has been charged with sexually abusing two young girls he was coaching.

Union boss: Ericsson cuts could be ‘expensive mistake’
Sweden

Union boss: Ericsson cuts could be ‘expensive mistake’

Cutting 3000 Swedish jobs could be a short-term solution with the potential to cause long-term damage to Ericsson, Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson argues.

Suicide chef’s restaurant keeps Michelin stars
Switzerland

Suicide chef’s restaurant keeps Michelin stars

The l'Hotel de Ville restaurant in Crissier has retained its three-star Michelin rating.

Police catch mafia fugitive ‘Mamma’ in secret room in his own home
Italy

Police catch mafia fugitive ‘Mamma’ in secret room in his own home

Italian police have arrested a mafia boss known as 'la mamma' (the mummy) who was hiding in a concealed room in the house he had lived in his whole life.

Shots fired at planned centre for refugees in France
France

Shots fired at planned centre for refugees in France

A building in western France, set to house a number of migrants and refugees from Calais, has been hit by gunfire.

Sweden taking years to grant family members residency
Sweden

Sweden taking years to grant family members residency

People wishing to bring a partner or family member to Sweden are waiting up to two years for a decision on whether they will be granted residency, according to a Swedish radio report.

Five nostalgia-inducing events across Sweden this weekend
Sweden

Five nostalgia-inducing events across Sweden this weekend

Fancy reliving the good old days? Whether you love the 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s, Sweden has you covered this weekend.