Germany bomb plot suspect found dead in cell
Germany

Germany bomb plot suspect found dead in cell

A Syrian man arrested on suspicion of plotting a jihadist bomb attack on a Berlin airport was found dead in his cell on Wednesday after an apparent suicide, sparking outrage over a "judicial scandal".

The French ‘delicacies’ foreigners find hard to stomach
France

The French ‘delicacies’ foreigners find hard to stomach

À table! Just close your eyes, open your mouth and do not think about what you are eating.

Touch and feel a 3-D version of Klimt’s ‘Kiss’
Austria

Touch and feel a 3-D version of Klimt’s ‘Kiss’

Visitors haven't been allowed to reach out and touch Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss" at its home at the Belvedere museum in Vienna - until now.

Real Madrid relaunch bid to revamp their stadium
Spain

Real Madrid relaunch bid to revamp their stadium

Spanish giants Real Madrid on Tuesday relaunched their 400 million euro ($443 million) bid to modernize their Bernabeu stadium.

How Ikea ‘Hitler child’ is sparking online frenzy
Sweden

How Ikea ‘Hitler child’ is sparking online frenzy

An innocuous moustache... or a former German dictator?

Air France airline hit by scandal of ‘cockpit sex romps’
France

Air France airline hit by scandal of ‘cockpit sex romps’

Sex in the cockpit? Is that even possible?

Watch Norwegian pundits lose their minds as San Marino score
Norway

Watch Norwegian pundits lose their minds as San Marino score

San Marino’s footballers sparked incredulous and hilarious scenes in a Norwegian TV studio when they scored an unlikely equaliser in Oslo on Tuesday night.

‘Nazi Grandma’ sent to jail again for Holocaust denial
Germany

‘Nazi Grandma’ sent to jail again for Holocaust denial

An 87-year-old long-time right-wing extremist has been sentenced to jail once again for making statements denying the Holocaust.

Brit fined €3,000 for defecating in public at Italian airport
Italy

Brit fined €3,000 for defecating in public at Italian airport

A British tourist has been fined for 'obscene acts' after defecating at an Italian airport, just after disembarking the plane.

12 brilliant German words you won’t find in English

12 brilliant German words you won’t find in English

Unfortunately English let you down when you were trying to think of these things to say.

Why you should ‘grab a chair’ on Stockholm’s tech scene
Sweden

Why you should ‘grab a chair’ on Stockholm’s tech scene

Five weeks of paid vacation. Boat rides to work. More than a year of paid parental leave per child. Outstanding diversity. Too good to be true, right? Nope. It’s just life in Stockholm.

Eight face charges over Austria migrant truck deaths
Austria

Eight face charges over Austria migrant truck deaths

Hungarian police will seek charges against eight suspects after completing a probe into the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria last year.

They’re coming: French mayor’s ‘sick’ migrant posters
France

They’re coming: French mayor’s ‘sick’ migrant posters

French mayor's poster echos Nigel Farage's inflammatory "Breaking Point" pre-Brexit poster.

German courses, day labour: Syrian refugees’ first year
Germany

German courses, day labour: Syrian refugees’ first year

A year after Germany's mass influx of refugees peaked, many remain in limbo, hoping for a brighter future but forced to endure frustrating waits and crushing boredom.

Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
Sweden

Record numbers emigrating from Sweden

The number of people leaving Sweden is even higher than at the height of mass emigration to the US in the 1800s.

Syrian teen gets surprise visit from Game of Thrones star
Germany

Syrian teen gets surprise visit from Game of Thrones star

Liam Cunningham - better known as Ser Davos Seaworth - paid a surprise visit on Tuesday to his new friend, 16-year-old refugee Hussam Al-Heraki from Syria.

Italian mayor defends request for refugees to use separate buses
Italy

Italian mayor defends request for refugees to use separate buses

A mayor in northern Italy faced backlash after asking refugees to avoid using the same buses as local schoolchildren, with the regional representative of PM Renzi's democratic party likening the segregation to "apartheid".

Do the French really still eat frogs’ legs?
France

Do the French really still eat frogs’ legs?

French and their frogs' legs. Separating the fact from the fiction.

Construction begins on world’s tallest wooden skyscraper
Austria

Construction begins on world’s tallest wooden skyscraper

Construction work has started on a wooden skyscraper in Vienna that Austrian architects say will be the tallest of its kind in the world.

Hollande: ‘Muslim women could be symbol of France’
France

Hollande: ‘Muslim women could be symbol of France’

... if they feel liberated enough to ditch the headscarf.

Jake Gyllenhaal to star in Swedish helicopter heist film
Sweden

Jake Gyllenhaal to star in Swedish helicopter heist film

A helicopter drop, explosives, a fake bomb and bags full of banknotes were all part of the 2009 robbery in Stockholm.

Winter is coming: first frost hits Swiss cities
Switzerland

Winter is coming: first frost hits Swiss cities

But the cold isn't going to last...

Nation joins hunt after micro-pig Rudi disappears in Hesse
Germany

Nation joins hunt after micro-pig Rudi disappears in Hesse

Police's search for 'pig-nappers' continues after theft over the weekend.

Four arrested for trying to cross Øresund bridge on foot
Denmark

Four arrested for trying to cross Øresund bridge on foot

Danish police have arrested four people attempting to cross the Øresund bridge to Sweden by foot, Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan reports.

Plague of wild boar ruin gardens in Eisenstadt
Austria

Plague of wild boar ruin gardens in Eisenstadt

Residents of Eisenstadt are complaining that a plague of wild boar are ruining their gardens and want hunters to be able to cull some of the pigs who roam the city.

The first ‘wine fountain’ just opened in Italy – and it’s free
Italy

The first ‘wine fountain’ just opened in Italy – and it’s free

It's what dreams are made of.

Ericsson shares in free fall on stock market
Sweden

Ericsson shares in free fall on stock market

Shares in Ericsson lost more than a sixth of their value on Wednesday morning.

The rise and rise of the pumpkin in Germany
Germany

The rise and rise of the pumpkin in Germany

Germany has experienced a "pumpkin boom" in recent years. Where has this Teutonic love for an all-American vegetable come from, and where will it end?

Govt urged to honour Syrians who nabbed Isis suspect
Germany

Govt urged to honour Syrians who nabbed Isis suspect

Calls grew on Wednesday for Germany to honour and reward three Syrian "heroes" who captured a compatriot suspected of plotting to bomb a Berlin airport.

Germany’s top court to rule on Canada free trade deal
Germany

Germany’s top court to rule on Canada free trade deal

In an expedited case, the German Constitutional Court will rule on Wednesday on whether the German government can support CETA, the EU's proposed free trade deal with Canada.

Risking it all on a referendum: Is Renzi bold or foolish?
Italy

Risking it all on a referendum: Is Renzi bold or foolish?

"Renzi is running a risk. The real question people will be voting on is: 'Do you still have more faith in Renzi than in his opponents?'"

Swiss to vote on passport rules for 3rd gen foreigners
Switzerland

Swiss to vote on passport rules for 3rd gen foreigners

The Swiss people will get the final word on whether the citizenship process should be made easier for the grandchildren of immigrants.

Four arrested for trying to cross Öresund bridge on foot
Sweden

Four arrested for trying to cross Öresund bridge on foot

Pedestrians are not permitted to travel over the crossing between Denmark and Sweden.

Pope Francis begs for immediate Syria ceasefire
Italy

Pope Francis begs for immediate Syria ceasefire

"I want to underline and reiterate my closeness to all the victims of the inhumane conflict in Syria."

Sister of woman killed by cop boyfriend speaks of grief
Austria

Sister of woman killed by cop boyfriend speaks of grief

The sister of a woman who was shot dead by her police officer boyfriend earlier this month has posted a moving message on Facebook.

Hells Angels bikers arrive in Germany to mourn dead boss
Germany

Hells Angels bikers arrive in Germany to mourn dead boss

The funeral for murdered Hells Angels boss Aygün Mucuk on Wednesday is expected to draw hundreds of fellow biker gang members from inside and outside of Germany, putting police on alert.

Italian beer Peroni officially turns Japanese
Italy

Italian beer Peroni officially turns Japanese

Italy's iconic beer, Peroni, officially became Japanese on Thursday following a year of talks.

Police officers injured in Stockholm football riot
Sweden

Police officers injured in Stockholm football riot

A man has been arrested, accused of leading a riot at a youth football match between Djurgården and Hammarby.

Police bodyguard for Van der Bellen after death threats
Austria

Police bodyguard for Van der Bellen after death threats

The independent candidate in Austria's upcoming presidential election, Alexander Van der Bellen, has been given a 24-hour police bodyguard.

Creepy clown craze puts Norwegians on edge
Norway

Creepy clown craze puts Norwegians on edge

Stick-wielding boys in clown suits had police scrambling into action as an unsettling global trend reached Norway on Tuesday evening.

Six reasons Switzerland isn’t as boring as you might think
Switzerland

Six reasons Switzerland isn’t as boring as you might think

Switzerland is boring? Not so, according to author Clare O'Dea, who tells The Local why that reputation is a little unfair.

France opens Kardashian probe after DNA found
France

France opens Kardashian probe after DNA found

UPDATED: DNA has been found in the luxury apartment where Kim Kardashian was robbed.

Welcome to the flipside: ‘I’m not living the dream in France’
France

Welcome to the flipside: ‘I’m not living the dream in France’

"It's perfectly valid talking about the regrets. I'm sick to death of the Peter Mayle set who don't have genuine struggles..."

Meet the expat helping others adjust to a new life abroad
Denmark

Meet the expat helping others adjust to a new life abroad

We spoke with relocation expert and The Local contributor Melanie Haynes about her new book.

French pupils protest bans on ripped jeans and sweatpants
France

French pupils protest bans on ripped jeans and sweatpants

The French take their fashion and their protests seriously - and sometimes combine the two.

BMW debuts self-balancing motorcycle of the future
Germany

BMW debuts self-balancing motorcycle of the future

The motorcycle of the future is so safe riders can cruise sans helmet - all of the thrills with none of the danger - according to BMW.

Barents Sea could hold ‘billions of barrels’ of undiscovered oil
Norway

Barents Sea could hold ‘billions of barrels’ of undiscovered oil

There may be several billion barrels of undiscovered oil in the Barents Sea, including in areas that lie near the Norwegian-Russian delimitation border, an international oil expert said on Wednesday.

Fear in rural France erodes fraternity with migrants
France

Fear in rural France erodes fraternity with migrants

Fear of migrants, in particular groups of single men, means locals in villages around France are not ready to offer the kind of fraternity the country has built its history on.

Assisted suicide on the rise in Switzerland
Switzerland

Assisted suicide on the rise in Switzerland

More people than ever are ending their lives through assisted suicide in Switzerland, most often because they are suffering from cancer.

King to make last minute push to avoid third vote in Spain
Spain

King to make last minute push to avoid third vote in Spain

Spain's king will wait until late October before holding more talks with party leaders to resolve the political deadlock and avoid a third round of elections, the parliamentary speaker said Tuesday.

‘Ethnicity: Italian or Sicilian?’ UK schools provoke row with online form
Italy

‘Ethnicity: Italian or Sicilian?’ UK schools provoke row with online form

The choices offered on the enrollment forms from some UK school districts prompted the Italian Ambassador to intervene, reminding British authorities "Italy is a unified country".

Expert: German cars will be driving themselves in 5 years
Germany

Expert: German cars will be driving themselves in 5 years

A leading artificial intelligence expert predicts that within the next five years, German cars will only require their drivers to take the wheel occasionally.

Spain seizes drugs shipment destined to fund terrorism
Spain

Spain seizes drugs shipment destined to fund terrorism

Spanish police seized a boat carrying nearly 20 tonnes of hashish to Libya was seized as part of a global operation targeting the financing of armed groups in North Africa and the Middle East.

Denmark unveils new anti-radicalization measures
Denmark

Denmark unveils new anti-radicalization measures

Can "digital voices of reason" counteract extremists online?

Lawyers abandon chief Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam
France

Lawyers abandon chief Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam

Lawyers will no longer defend the surviving member of the terrorist teams who attacked Paris in November.

Ericsson earnings miss target as sales slump
Sweden

Ericsson earnings miss target as sales slump

Ericsson's results for the third quarter of 2016 will be significantly lower than expected, the trouble-hit company warns in a press release.

This is how much it costs to rent an apartment in Sweden
Sweden

This is how much it costs to rent an apartment in Sweden

The cost of renting a sublet apartment has soared in the past year, according to fresh statistics.

Nine times Swedes and Danes proved they’re totally different

Nine times Swedes and Danes proved they’re totally different

They may be separated by naught but a four-kilometre strait, but there's more than that keeping Danes and Swedes apart, as we often learn here at The Local.