Austrian ‘gun smuggler’ freed from Cairo jail
Austria

Austrian ‘gun smuggler’ freed from Cairo jail

An Austrian has been released from prison in Cairo where he was held for almost five years, after being found guilty of trying to smuggle weapons into Egypt.

Juppé versus Sarkozy: A corrupt past or shady future?
France

Juppé versus Sarkozy: A corrupt past or shady future?

Mirror mirror on the wall who is the cleanest of them all? Tough question actually...

Police withdraw backup sent to stem Gotland unrest
Sweden

Police withdraw backup sent to stem Gotland unrest

The extra bodies were sent to the Swedish island last Friday in response to unrest caused by an alleged gang rape.

‘British view’ of German history goes on show in Berlin
Germany

‘British view’ of German history goes on show in Berlin

A new exhibition, originally shown in the British Museum, has opened in Berlin, displaying 'memories' of Germany through 200 different objects.

Innsbruck teen dies after fatal drug overdose
Austria

Innsbruck teen dies after fatal drug overdose

A 15-year-old girl has died in Innsbruck, a week after she was found slumped in a stairwell after a suspected cocaine overdose.

How the Syrian community worked to catch Isis suspect
Germany

How the Syrian community worked to catch Isis suspect

On Sunday evening three Syrian friends handed over a dangerous terrorist suspect to police. Thanks to a highly active Syrian refugee community on social media, they were able to catch him.

Deported LinkedIn job finder can return to Sweden
Sweden

Deported LinkedIn job finder can return to Sweden

Syed Latif, who had been living in Sweden for six years before he was forced to leave in April, has now been told he can return.

25 years on, Germany’s ‘two capitals’ causing headaches
Germany

25 years on, Germany’s ‘two capitals’ causing headaches

Few may realize that the federal government is still split between the former West German capital of Bonn and Berlin - and this continues to cause complications, a new report shows.

Austrian intersex person denied ‘third gender’ passport
Austria

Austrian intersex person denied ‘third gender’ passport

A court in Austria has ruled that an intersex person who applied to have ‘third gender’ entered into his passport has to identify as either female or male.

Video: Trump vs. Clinton – what do Germans think?
Germany

Video: Trump vs. Clinton – what do Germans think?

The Local ventured out onto the streets of Berlin to ask Germans for their opinions on the two major US Presidential candidates.

How to make France’s ‘most-loved’ dish: Magret de Canard
France

How to make France’s ‘most-loved’ dish: Magret de Canard

It has just been ranked as France's favourite dish - so here's how you can make your own duck breast.

Police arrest two Isis members in northern Spain
Spain

Police arrest two Isis members in northern Spain

Spanish police have arrested two men suspected of spreading propaganda and recruiting followers for the Islamic State.

Migrants nearly as valuable to Italian economy as Fiat
Italy

Migrants nearly as valuable to Italian economy as Fiat

A new study reveals that foreign workers in Italy contribute almost as much to the national economy as car manufacturing company Fiat, funding the pensions of 640,000 Italians.

Swedes up in arms over EU Christmas glögg ‘ban’
Sweden

Swedes up in arms over EU Christmas glögg ‘ban’

You can take our lives, but you'll never take our wine.

France sees first snowfalls of season as cold snap bites
France

France sees first snowfalls of season as cold snap bites

Wrap up tight, winter is here.

Activist tells 8-yr-old matador wannabe with cancer ‘just die’
Spain

Activist tells 8-yr-old matador wannabe with cancer ‘just die’

The parents of an eight-year-old boy suffering from a rare form of bone cancer are taking legal action after a spate of 'vile' messages by anti-bullfighting campaigners.

Danish security agency files charges against former boss
Denmark

Danish security agency files charges against former boss

The Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) reported its former director Jakob Scharf to the police on Tuesday for violating a confidentially agreement.

What French workers loathe most: Their smelly colleagues
France

What French workers loathe most: Their smelly colleagues

This survey won't do anything to help end the stereotypes of the French.

Following in Dante’s footsteps: Eight beautiful towns to visit in Italy
Italy

Following in Dante’s footsteps: Eight beautiful towns to visit in Italy

Follow in Dante's footsteps with this travel guide to Italy.

Italy officially abandons Rome Olympic bid
Italy

Italy officially abandons Rome Olympic bid

There's no going back now: Rome will not be hosting the 2024 Olympic Games.

SAS adds 15 new routes from Scandinavia

SAS adds 15 new routes from Scandinavia

For Scandinavians feeling bummed out by the approach of winter, there is already good reason to start planning an escape to warmer locales.

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France

The new Facebook challenge in France: Cook for migrants

Forget the ice bucket challenge or "neknominate" - a new "cook for migrants" challenge is gathering steam across Paris.

Swiss ‘need more time’ to close nuclear plants
Switzerland

Swiss ‘need more time’ to close nuclear plants

The government urges the public to vote against an anti-nuclear initiative which would see the closure of three of the country’s five nuclear reactors as soon as next year.

Øresund Bridge to shut for emergency exercise
Denmark

Øresund Bridge to shut for emergency exercise

Saga Norén not expected to take part.

Putin cancels Paris trip after France insists on Syria talks
France

Putin cancels Paris trip after France insists on Syria talks

Russian leader postpones trip to Paris after apparently being told he could only come if it was to talk about Syria rather than inaugurate the new Russian Orthodox church.

Öresund Bridge to shut for emergency exercise
Sweden

Öresund Bridge to shut for emergency exercise

Around 200 people will take part in a simulated accident on the bridge between Sweden and Denmark on Wednesday evening.

How I ditched London and became a writer in Berlin
Germany

How I ditched London and became a writer in Berlin

Former Berlin resident Sarah Kisielowski tells of how a move to the German capital provided the inspiration she needed to write her first novel.

Revealed: This is the best chef in Sweden
Sweden

Revealed: This is the best chef in Sweden

At least according to other Swedish chefs.

Elderly deaf and dumb couple face eviction over son’s debt
Spain

Elderly deaf and dumb couple face eviction over son’s debt

The proposed eviction of an elderly couple who are deaf and dumb and can’t read or write because they unwittingly acted as guarantors for their son’s bank loan has sparked public outcry in Spain.

Study: Swiss want to have cake and eat it too
Switzerland

Study: Swiss want to have cake and eat it too

New research reveals the gulf between desire and reality in Swiss life.

Border control wreaks havoc on Danish train service
Denmark

Border control wreaks havoc on Danish train service

Border controls at the southern border town of Padborg have delayed nearly half of all train passengers along the affected route.

Man threatens young people with gun over their music
Germany

Man threatens young people with gun over their music

A man riding a train between Düsseldorf and Dortmund was apparently so bothered by some youths' music and singing, that he pulled out a firearm.

Finland’s Stockholm embassy accused of peddling booze
Sweden

Finland’s Stockholm embassy accused of peddling booze

An investigation by Finland Swedish news agency Svensk Presstjänst (SPT) claims that employees of the embassy bootlegged thousands of kronor worth of alcohol and tobacco.

Norway’s longest-ever hospital strike to get even bigger
Norway

Norway’s longest-ever hospital strike to get even bigger

The trade union Akademikerne is threatening to take another 54 hospital employees off the job on Thursday in an escalation of a work stoppage that has lasted over a month.

‘Swedish media barely reaches 5% of the 160,000 refugees who arrived last year’
Sweden

‘Swedish media barely reaches 5% of the 160,000 refugees who arrived last year’

Two months after his arrival in Sweden in 2015, 31-year-old Syrian Zaher Barood was depressed and friendless. He questioned why he had moved here, and what he was doing to build a new life.

Report: Switzerland one of world’s best places for girls
Switzerland

Report: Switzerland one of world’s best places for girls

Switzerland placed ninth in the Save the Children study.

Three run over and killed by train in Hanover
Germany

Three run over and killed by train in Hanover

A freight train in Hanover hit and killed three people late on Monday. The circumstances are still unclear.

Spain’s long summer to end with rainy bank holiday
Spain

Spain’s long summer to end with rainy bank holiday

The Indian summer will finally come to an end across Spain on Wednesday when rainfall is expected over much of the peninsula and temperatures will plummet.

Norway world’s third best country for girls: report
Norway

Norway world’s third best country for girls: report

Only two countries in the world are better for girls than Norway, according to a new global report.

Parisians have ‘best access to public transport in the world’
France

Parisians have ‘best access to public transport in the world’

Paris has "perfect access" to public transport, but it's a different story for the outer suburbs, a new study shows.

Child contracts TB from infected paediatrician in northern Italy
Italy

Child contracts TB from infected paediatrician in northern Italy

A child in Trieste, northern Italy, has tested positive for tuberculosis (TB) after coming into contact with a paediatrician infected with the disease.

SBB to save millions by closing first-class lounges
Switzerland

SBB to save millions by closing first-class lounges

Hardly any passengers are using them.

South sees first snowfall of season as cold bite sets in
Germany

South sees first snowfall of season as cold bite sets in

It seems like just days since we were lapping up glorious summer sun, but on Monday residents of southern Germany were strolling through the snow.

Isis bomb suspect planned to target Berlin airport
Germany

Isis bomb suspect planned to target Berlin airport

A Syrian refugee arrested in Germany on Monday after being tied up by three compatriots was plotting to bomb a Berlin airport in the name of Isis, the head of domestic intelligence said.

UK and France close to deal on Calais child refugees
France

UK and France close to deal on Calais child refugees

Hundreds of unaccompanied child refugees stuck in the Calais Jungle camp should soon be transferred to the UK.

Italy PM Renzi battles to avoid party split over referendum
Italy

Italy PM Renzi battles to avoid party split over referendum

Prime Minister Renzi's future is riding on the upcoming referendum. But not only are all the opposition parties campaigning against him, some members of his own party are also in the 'No' camp.

Denmark world’s sixth best nation for girls
Denmark

Denmark world’s sixth best nation for girls

But other high-income nations performed worse than expected, according to Save the Children.

Telefonica issues 2-bln-euro bonds after IPO flop
Spain

Telefonica issues 2-bln-euro bonds after IPO flop

Telefonica said on Monday that it had issued bonds worth €2 billion ($2.2 billion), less than two weeks after the debt-burdened Spanish telecoms giant cancelled the listing of its subsidiary Telxius over weak investor demand.

Merkel announces security and aid package for Niger
Germany

Merkel announces security and aid package for Niger

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday announced a €27-million aid package for Niger, her second stop in a three-nation Africa tour aimed at fighting terrorism and stemming the migrant influx to Europe.

Second Swiss bank shut down in Singapore
Switzerland

Second Swiss bank shut down in Singapore

Falcon private bank is accused of failing to prevent money laundering.

Austrian police dog finds woman’s missing thumb
Austria

Austrian police dog finds woman’s missing thumb

A police sniffer dog was able to locate a woman’s thumb after she severed it with a circular saw when she was cutting up wood and lost it in tall grass.

Solar Impulse team reveals plans for unmanned plane
Switzerland

Solar Impulse team reveals plans for unmanned plane

The groundbreaking Swiss pilots unveiled their new project.

Sweden world’s best country for girls: report
Sweden

Sweden world’s best country for girls: report

But some high-income nations perform worse than expected, according to Save the Children.

Suicide bomber dies in attack on Swedish troops in Mali
Sweden

Suicide bomber dies in attack on Swedish troops in Mali

UPDATED: Swedish soldiers in Timbuktu were caught up in a suicide attack late last night.

‘Superficial positivity dominates our lives’
Sweden

‘Superficial positivity dominates our lives’

We live in a world where social media and fancy values hide our flaws. But this functional idiocy is the road to ruin, argues professor Mats Alvesson.