Austrian would-be teen jihadis get custody
Austria

Austrian would-be teen jihadis get custody

Three Austrian teenagers have been given custodial terms for trying to join the Islamic State extremist group in Syria.

Rajoy’s message to the Brits: ‘Keep calm and carry on’
Spain

Rajoy’s message to the Brits: ‘Keep calm and carry on’

Mariano Rajoy used his meeting with Theresa May to reassure Brits living in Spain and the British companies that invest here, that their rights would be protected post-Brexit.

Prosecutor quits Gotland rape probe after alleged threats
Sweden

Prosecutor quits Gotland rape probe after alleged threats

Two people are being investigated for unlawful conduct towards public officials following the unrest caused by the release of five rape suspects last week.

Red alert as violent storms pummel southern France
France

Red alert as violent storms pummel southern France

The storm has already battered southern France and it is predicted to get worse.

How Italy plans to rebuild its earthquake-damaged towns
Italy

How Italy plans to rebuild its earthquake-damaged towns

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi this week approved measures to rebuild the central Italian towns affected by August's earthquake - but what exactly will the recovery plan include?

A non-Dane’s guide to Culture Night in Copenhagen
Denmark

A non-Dane’s guide to Culture Night in Copenhagen

The best events for international residents on Culture Night in Copenhagen on Friday, October 14th.

How Germany’s plan to limit welfare could affect you
Germany

How Germany’s plan to limit welfare could affect you

On Wednesday the German government agreed on a draft law to severely curtail social benefits for EU citizens. Who does it apply to, and how does it differ from the UK's previous attempts to hinder immigration?

Homeowners in France hit by jump in property taxes
France

Homeowners in France hit by jump in property taxes

If you noticed that your property taxes have gone up, then you're not alone.

The man who discovered Bob Dylan on his Nobel Prize win
Sweden

The man who discovered Bob Dylan on his Nobel Prize win

'He should have gotten it 40 years ago.'

Ex-Catalan chief to stand trial for independence referendum
Spain

Ex-Catalan chief to stand trial for independence referendum

Catalonia's former separatist chief Artur Mas will stand trial for staging a symbolic independence vote, judicial authorities said on Thursday, just weeks after the Spanish region's current president promised a referendum.

Obituary: Dario Fo, master of satire and political farce
Italy

Obituary: Dario Fo, master of satire and political farce

Dario Fo was one of the leading figures in modern farce and political theatre, whose brilliant satire earned him both a rebuke from the Vatican and the literary world's highest honour.

Fifteen migrants lost at sea off Libya in nighttime horror
Italy

Fifteen migrants lost at sea off Libya in nighttime horror

The missing include a two-year-old boy, whose mother described seeing the toddler fall into the sea.

One dead as violent storms hit northeastern Spain
Spain

One dead as violent storms hit northeastern Spain

A 60-year-old man drowned when his car was swept away in a flash flood on the coast north of Barcelona.

Why the French should not be gloomy about the future
France

Why the French should not be gloomy about the future

It's about time the French started looking on the bright side.

EU court condemns Italy for neglecting victims of violence
Italy

EU court condemns Italy for neglecting victims of violence

The court ruled that Italy fails to offer "fair and adequate" compensation for victims of violence.

‘Poetic expression’ behind Bob Dylan’s Literature award
Sweden

‘Poetic expression’ behind Bob Dylan’s Literature award

The 2016 Nobel Literature Prize winner's work has bridged the gap between poetry and music. The Local spoke to the head of the Swedish Academy about their choice.

Rhine river’s low water levels causing ships to run aground
Germany

Rhine river’s low water levels causing ships to run aground

The Rhine river, a major shipping waterway through western Germany, is experiencing worringly low water levels, causing problems for vessels along the major shipping route.

Italy puzzles over how to save 700,000 people from wrath of Vesuvius
Italy

Italy puzzles over how to save 700,000 people from wrath of Vesuvius

The plan has been updated to cater for new areas experts believe to be 'high-risk'. But how do you evacuate 700,000 people in 72 hours?

Could Norway’s Rosenborg join new European league?
Norway

Could Norway’s Rosenborg join new European league?

According to a new report, Rosenborg is involved in talks that would see major teams from Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Belgium and Scotland form a new multinational football league.

FC Copenhagen reveals European league talks
Denmark

FC Copenhagen reveals European league talks

Could major teams from Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Belgium and Scotland form a new multinational league?

French are the ‘world’s most pessimistic’ about the future
France

French are the ‘world’s most pessimistic’ about the future

France is on the wrong track, say 90 percent of French people - which earns them the title of the world's gloomiest population.

Migrants jump Spain-Morocco border fence in heavy rain
Spain

Migrants jump Spain-Morocco border fence in heavy rain

Some 100 African migrants managed to clamber over the fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla on Thursday under heavy rain, police said, in the latest rush onto the border system.

Spanish woman gives birth to ‘miracle’ baby at age of 62
Spain

Spanish woman gives birth to ‘miracle’ baby at age of 62

"I'm the happiest woman in the world," said the 62-year-old Spanish doctor who gave birth to a healthy baby girl on Monday.

Swiss wingsuit hotspot won’t impose ban
Switzerland

Swiss wingsuit hotspot won’t impose ban

Should Lauterbrunnen ban the extreme sport of wingsuit flying?

Norwegian skiing world champ Johaug fails drug test
Norway

Norwegian skiing world champ Johaug fails drug test

Norwegian cross country skier Therese Johaug, a seven-time world champion and former Olympic gold medallist, has failed a drug test, the Norwegian ski federation announced on Thursday.

Syrian terror suspect wasn’t deemed ‘acute’ suicide risk
Germany

Syrian terror suspect wasn’t deemed ‘acute’ suicide risk

Authorities at the Leipzig prison where a terror suspect committed suicide on Wednesday evening have said that they did not deem him to be at high risk of killing himself.

British PM flies to Madrid to discuss Brexit roadmap
Spain

British PM flies to Madrid to discuss Brexit roadmap

Theresa May has flown into Madrid to meet with Spain’s acting prime minister to discuss the impact of Brexit on relations between the two countries.

Police question parents of baby offered for sale on eBay
Germany

Police question parents of baby offered for sale on eBay

An ad posted on eBay purporting to be selling a month-old baby for €5,000 has sparked outcry and an official investigation.

Almost 8,000 refugees left Austria in 2016
Austria

Almost 8,000 refugees left Austria in 2016

Almost 8,000 refugees have left Austria so far this year, according to a report released by the Interior Ministry.

BLOG: Sweden’s Nobel Prize in Literature 2016
Sweden

BLOG: Sweden’s Nobel Prize in Literature 2016

Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. The Local reported live from the announcement in Stockholm.

75 years after theft by Nazis, Amber Room still not found
Germany

75 years after theft by Nazis, Amber Room still not found

Where exactly the 'Eighth Wonder of the World' is remains unknown. Many theories have been advanced, but none have discovered the treasure that enchanted Peter the Great of Russia 300 years ago.

Vienna police exercise prepares response to terror attack
Austria

Vienna police exercise prepares response to terror attack

Expect to see plenty of police and special forces officers in Vienna on Friday 14th, as a terror training exercise is planned.

Top court rejects case against Canada trade deal
Germany

Top court rejects case against Canada trade deal

Germany's top court on Thursday rejected a case brought by 125,000 co-plaintiffs against a controversial EU trade deal with Canada, giving a preliminary green light for approval to move forward.

Sardinia bans ‘sexist language’ from official communication
Italy

Sardinia bans ‘sexist language’ from official communication

Sardinia's council will now refer to women using the grammatically feminine form of their title - up till now, it has been common to use the masculine form, for example 'il ministro' and not 'la ministra' (minister).

How Nazi terminology is creeping back into politics
Germany

How Nazi terminology is creeping back into politics

Long-banished German words and phrases linked to the country's Nazi past have been revived by far-right politicians railing against the migrant influx, sparking comparisons to the 1930s.

Train ‘burns’ and cars collide in Øresund Bridge drill
Denmark

Train ‘burns’ and cars collide in Øresund Bridge drill

A drill involving members of the Danish and Swedish emergency services and 100 actors tested response times on the crossing between Copenhagen and Malmö on Wednesday.

Woman’s legs reattached after threshing machine horror
Austria

Woman’s legs reattached after threshing machine horror

A young woman whose legs were severed in an accident involving a threshing machine has had her limbs reattached in a long and difficult operation.

‘Swedish companies should embrace more newcomers’ talents – there’s nothing to fear’
Sweden

‘Swedish companies should embrace more newcomers’ talents – there’s nothing to fear’

Syrian programmer Samer Mlattialy got an IT job after just over a year in Sweden. His new homeland has all the ingredients to be a global startub hub, he believes, but it needs to embrace more foreign talent and fix a couple of serious bottlenecks.

French footballers hit back after Hollande lays the boot in
France

French footballers hit back after Hollande lays the boot in

"At least we don't steal money. We earn it honestly."

Terror suspect suicide ‘a tragedy’ say angry MPs
Germany

Terror suspect suicide ‘a tragedy’ say angry MPs

Politicians and lawyers have reacted in anger to the news that a terror suspect was able to kill himself while in police custody on Wednesday evening.

Train ‘burns’ and cars collide in Öresund bridge drill
Sweden

Train ‘burns’ and cars collide in Öresund bridge drill

A drill involving members of the Swedish and Danish emergency services and 100 actors tested response times on the crossing between Malmö and Copenhagen on Wednesday.

Crimes by foreigners in Denmark have doubled
Denmark

Crimes by foreigners in Denmark have doubled

The increase comes as other crime stats have fallen.

Bern dishes out more permits for non-EU workers
Switzerland

Bern dishes out more permits for non-EU workers

Switzerland will be able to recruit more non-EU specialist workers next year.

Terror probe leads to raid in Costa Blanca resort
Spain

Terror probe leads to raid in Costa Blanca resort

Spanish police raided a halal butcher shop in Altea, a popular resort on the Costa Blanca in an operation against jihadist cells linked to Isis.

Pregnant woman had cocaine worth €100,000 in underwear
Austria

Pregnant woman had cocaine worth €100,000 in underwear

A pregnant woman was arrested with 75 packs of cocaine stashed in her underwear in Vienna’s Meidling district on Sunday.

Drunk gunman sparks panic in Nice on eve of memorial
France

Drunk gunman sparks panic in Nice on eve of memorial

Gunfire on eve of memorial Bastille Day attack victims sparks panic.

Berlin airport employee jailed for taking huge bribe
Germany

Berlin airport employee jailed for taking huge bribe

A former department head at Berlin-Brandenburg Airport (BER) was jailed on Wednesday after admitting in court to taking a huge bribe from a subcontractor at the long-delayed air hub.

Nobel Prize-winning Italian playwright Dario Fo dies at 90
Italy

Nobel Prize-winning Italian playwright Dario Fo dies at 90

The playwright and actor is known as a left-wing political campaigner as well as former winner of the Nobel prize for literature.

Norway: EU must accept extended border controls
Norway

Norway: EU must accept extended border controls

Norwegian Justice Minister Anders Anundsen said on Thursday that the EU must allow Norway to continue with its temporary border controls for as long as the nation deems them necessary.

Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections

Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections

Election Day in the U.S. is less than a month away, and time is running out for Americans living overseas to vote absentee. Here's what to do before it’s too late.

Church to compensate 100s of choir child abuse victims
Germany

Church to compensate 100s of choir child abuse victims

Victims of child abuse at the hands of Regensburg cathedral choir priests and teachers are set to receive compensation ranging between €5,000 to €20,000 by the end of next year.

Study: most Swiss workers are cynical about employer
Switzerland

Study: most Swiss workers are cynical about employer

Swiss employees are less than impressed with their employers, according to new research.

Schools closed as violent storms lash southern France
France

Schools closed as violent storms lash southern France

Parts of France's south coast remain on alert as violent storms more across the region.

Germany to impose strict welfare curbs for EU migrants
Germany

Germany to impose strict welfare curbs for EU migrants

The German government on Wednesday approved a new law to curb social benefits for EU citizens who arrive in the country without a job, as it responds to pressure to get tough on migrants.

Rivals Sarkozy and Juppé set for televised showdown
France

Rivals Sarkozy and Juppé set for televised showdown

The race to be the centre-right candidate for the presidential elections will heat up tonight, live on French television.

French lawmakers demand price of milk is regulated
France

French lawmakers demand price of milk is regulated

France is producing too much milk, say MPs.

Danish woman arrested in Kenya on terror charge
Denmark

Danish woman arrested in Kenya on terror charge

Dane with Somali background was arrested alongside a British man and a Kenyan woman.

Armed clowns threaten woman in Sweden
Sweden

Armed clowns threaten woman in Sweden

A pair of knife-wielding clowns threatened a woman in a small town in Sweden in the early hours of Thursday.

Charities in last-ditch bid to block razing of Calais jungle
France

Charities in last-ditch bid to block razing of Calais jungle

Charities say bulldozing the Jungle migrant camp is against the fundamental rights of thousands of refugees.

Ecuador prosecutor: Assange interrogation postponed
Sweden

Ecuador prosecutor: Assange interrogation postponed

The interrogation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on a Swedish rape accusation has been postponed by a month at his request, Ecuadoran prosecutors have said.

Stockholm metro station evacuated after fire
Sweden

Stockholm metro station evacuated after fire

A metro station in central Stockholm had to be evacuated on Thursday morning after a fire.

Four hot events to help you forget the autumn chill
Sweden

Four hot events to help you forget the autumn chill

You don't have to curl up on the couch with a blanket to feel warm. Here are our top event picks to help you enjoy this autumn weekend in Sweden.