Don’t worry Swedes, you can still get glögg this Christmas
Sweden

Don’t worry Swedes, you can still get glögg this Christmas

The European Commission has clarified that Swedish Christmas favourite glögg will not be impacted by any rule changes.

Hollande struggles to put out fires from new tell-all book
France

Hollande struggles to put out fires from new tell-all book

French President Francois Hollande is scrambling to contain the damage from a series of embarrassing claims in a new tell-all book.

French cops bust gang of luxury car thieves
France

French cops bust gang of luxury car thieves

Luxury car owners in France can breathe a sigh of relief.

Renewables costing German households ever more cash
Germany

Renewables costing German households ever more cash

Renewable energy companies have hiked up the prices consumers have to bear to cover their costs, leading to accusations the country's "energy transition" is running out of control.

Swedes don’t care about taxes but do worry about crime: poll
Sweden

Swedes don’t care about taxes but do worry about crime: poll

Despite its reputation for high taxes relatively few Swedes are worried about the subject, but they do fret over crime, a new Ipsos poll suggests.

Isis suspect was radicalized in Germany, brother claims
Germany

Isis suspect was radicalized in Germany, brother claims

The brother of the now deceased Syrian man arrested this week on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack was not radicalized until he made it to Germany, his brother told Der Spiegel.

Italy’s most famous pizzeria sets up shop in London
Italy

Italy’s most famous pizzeria sets up shop in London

The 'Da Michele' pizzeria has long been a favourite among Italians and was made famous in the film Eat, Pray, Love. Now, Londoners can have a taste of Naples.

Italy’s illegal and underground economy accounts for 13 percent of GDP
Italy

Italy’s illegal and underground economy accounts for 13 percent of GDP

The 'non-observed' economy - comprising both underground and illegal activities - was worth €211 billion in 2014, accounting for 13 percent of the country's entire GDP.

No response yet from Dylan on Nobel Prize win
Sweden

No response yet from Dylan on Nobel Prize win

Twenty-four hours after awarding Bob Dylan the Nobel Prize in Literature, the Swedish Academy has not managed to speak to the reclusive US singer.

Erdogan’s renewed attempt to punish German comedian fails
Germany

Erdogan’s renewed attempt to punish German comedian fails

Prosecutors have again dismissed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's attempt to have comedian Jan Böhmermann prosecuted over a poem he read on TV that insulted the Turkish leader.

‘What we learned in Luleå’
Sweden

‘What we learned in Luleå’

Didn’t make it on the study visit to Luleå this month? No worries, NFGL members Ahmed Abbas and Liudmila Vedernikova share their reflections so you can live vicariously.

Over 20 injured as tent collapses in Corsica storm
France

Over 20 injured as tent collapses in Corsica storm

Extreme winds have blown down a marquee tent on the island of Corsica to the south of France, injuring 23 people.

Tom Hanks calls Trump a ‘self-involved gasbag’ at Rome Film Fest
Italy

Tom Hanks calls Trump a ‘self-involved gasbag’ at Rome Film Fest

Tom Hanks, in Rome to receive a lifetime achievement award, took the opportunity to criticize US presidential candidate Donald Trump

Indigenous Namibians furious at German reparations ‘insult’
Germany

Indigenous Namibians furious at German reparations ‘insult’

Indigenous Namibians lashed out Friday at Germany for refusing to pay reparations for the genocide of their people a century ago, calling it a "phenomenal" insult to victims' descendants.

Conan O’Brien to host Nobel concert in Oslo
Norway

Conan O’Brien to host Nobel concert in Oslo

It has been announced that the American comedian and talk show host Conan O'Brien will host this year's Nobel concert in Oslo.

Hollande ‘deeply regrets’ remarks on ‘cowardly’ judges
France

Hollande ‘deeply regrets’ remarks on ‘cowardly’ judges

French President Francois Hollande has said sorry to judges for his critical remarks that were published this week.

Italy’s left pushes to speed up citizenship reform bill
Italy

Italy’s left pushes to speed up citizenship reform bill

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's party pushed on Thursday for the Senate to pick up its heels over a citizenship reform bill which would allow children born in the country to foreign parents to become citizens.

Why Sweden’s King changed his name after a night out
Sweden

Why Sweden’s King changed his name after a night out

Stockholm's second most-famous King spoke to The Local about his royal title.

Danish scientists turn to ancient crops to save planet
Denmark

Danish scientists turn to ancient crops to save planet

A team at the University of Copenhagen thinks ancient grains can provide an answer to climate change and food shortage.

Gerard Pique wants to be president of Barcelona
Spain

Gerard Pique wants to be president of Barcelona

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes he can take the unusual route into club politics rather than management when his playing career comes to an end by becoming Barça president.

Paris thieves pinch Qatari tourist’s €50K watch
France

Paris thieves pinch Qatari tourist’s €50K watch

A Qatari tourist has been mugged of her €50,000 watch near the Champs Elysées in Paris.

French churches plan day of prayer for sex abuse victims
France

French churches plan day of prayer for sex abuse victims

French churches have announced plans for a day of prayer for victims of sex abuse within the Catholic Church.

Disney announces plans for Don Quixote action movie
Spain

Disney announces plans for Don Quixote action movie

A film based on Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes’ classic tale of a knight errant and his portly sidekick, Sancho Panza, is under development by Disney.

Crown Prince Frederik injures neck on trampoline
Denmark

Crown Prince Frederik injures neck on trampoline

Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik suffered a neck injury on Friday while jumping on a trampoline, the Danish Royal House said.

12 brilliant German words you won’t find in English
Austria

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.

Germans least concerned about unemployment globally
Germany

Germans least concerned about unemployment globally

A new global comparison shows that while the rest of the world is still generally wringing their hands about unemployment, the overwhelming majority of Germans are kicking up their heels.

Swiss Post ‘bribes’ junk mail haters with free muesli
Switzerland

Swiss Post ‘bribes’ junk mail haters with free muesli

Will the promise of free samples sway householders to accept junk mail?

Migrant killed by passing train in northern France
France

Migrant killed by passing train in northern France

A train in northern France hit three migrants on Friday morning, killing one.

Vienna to host EuroPride event in 2019
Austria

Vienna to host EuroPride event in 2019

Vienna is once again to host the ‘EuroPride’ event in 2019, lasting for several weeks in May or June.

Hans Rosling slams false UN ‘post-fact era’ stats
Sweden

Hans Rosling slams false UN ‘post-fact era’ stats

Figures cited by the UN and policy makers on maternal mortality are 'fourfold inaccurate' according to the Swedish statistician.

EU reduces clam size restrictions to help Italian fishermen
Italy

EU reduces clam size restrictions to help Italian fishermen

Good news for fans of 'linguine alle vongole'.

Hate speech flourishes on Norwegian ministers’ Facebook pages
Norway

Hate speech flourishes on Norwegian ministers’ Facebook pages

In the comments on the Facebook pages of two government ministers from the anti-immigration Progress Party, immigrants are called monkeys, Africans are “birthing machines” and there is implied support for “civil war”.

Swiss politician slammed for scoffing protected shark
Switzerland

Swiss politician slammed for scoffing protected shark

Photos of Reto Schmid with a shark steak on a plate did not go down well on Facebook.

Austrian glacier serves as study for future life on Mars
Austria

Austrian glacier serves as study for future life on Mars

A glacier in western Austria - known mostly for its surrounding ski slopes - has played an important role in making a manned mission to Mars a reality.

French court says widow can’t keep her husband’s sperm
France

French court says widow can’t keep her husband’s sperm

A Toulouse tribunal on Thursday rejected the request of a French widow to preserve her deceased husband's sperm.

Three Swedes accused of murder in Norway stabbing

Three Swedes accused of murder in Norway stabbing

UPDATED: Two women and one man were arrested and hit with preliminary murder charges for the stabbing death of a man in Kristiansand on Thursday night.

Immigrant in Germany, or expat: is there a difference?
Germany

Immigrant in Germany, or expat: is there a difference?

Are we expats or immigrants? Foreigners living in Germany are often divided into two camps as to how they refer to themselves.

10 essential inventions you didn’t know were German
Germany

10 essential inventions you didn’t know were German

Germany is renowned for its technological and mechanical prowess, but did you know that Germany is also responsible for these ten inventions?

Austria faces ‘heightened danger’ of terror attack
Austria

Austria faces ‘heightened danger’ of terror attack

The head of Austria’s federal anti-terrorism unit (BVT), Peter Gridling, says that Austria faces a heightened danger of a terrorist attack.

Suspect in Spain graft trial ‘gave gifts’ to conservatives
Spain

Suspect in Spain graft trial ‘gave gifts’ to conservatives

One of the main defendants in a major Spanish graft trial involving the Popular Party said giving "gifts" to ex-officials of the PP party was "usual practice".

Finally! French fans go mad for Harry Potter translation
France

Finally! French fans go mad for Harry Potter translation

Harry Potter fans queued up all night to get their hands on the translated version of the newest book, two months after it was released in English.

Mass job losses await as Kaiser’s stores to close
Germany

Mass job losses await as Kaiser’s stores to close

Attempts to save the troubled supermarket chain Kaiser's Tengelmann have failed, with the company's owner saying a "large number" of jobs are to go.

Milan mayor: ‘Only fair’ that city bid for 2028 Olympics
Italy

Milan mayor: ‘Only fair’ that city bid for 2028 Olympics

Italy said goodbye to its 2024 Olympic dreams earlier this week, after mayor Virginia Raggi refused to back Rome's bid.

Neo-Nazi killer’s DNA found near bones of missing girl
Germany

Neo-Nazi killer’s DNA found near bones of missing girl

In a surprising twist linking two of Germany's most high-profile criminal investigations, the DNA of a deceased neo-Nazi terrorist was found near the remains of Peggy K., whose disappearance 15 years ago rocked the country.

14,000-year-old rock paintings found in Spanish resort town
Spain

14,000-year-old rock paintings found in Spanish resort town

Rock paintings dating back about 14,000 years have been found in a cave in a northern Spanish seaside resort town..

Southern France on alert as rough sea storms continue
France

Southern France on alert as rough sea storms continue

UPDATED: Southern France had a wet and windy night, and the wild weather isn't over yet.

Man makes Geneva airport bomb threat ‘for a joke’
Switzerland

Man makes Geneva airport bomb threat ‘for a joke’

An Aeroflot plane was grounded on the tarmac at Geneva airport on Thursday after a man told authorities there was a bomb on board.

Denmark is alienating its needed foreign workers
Denmark

Denmark is alienating its needed foreign workers

The head of the Danish Green Card Association argues that Denmark is shooting itself in the foot by constantly making life more difficult for skilled foreigner workers.

Kardashian files complaint in France over crime scene video
France

Kardashian files complaint in France over crime scene video

Kim Kardashian has lodged a formal complaint in France after she was filmed in Paris following her robbery.

Italy’s largest bank raises €550 million through asset sale
Italy

Italy’s largest bank raises €550 million through asset sale

UniCredit is Italy's largest banks - and one of the worst performers in stress tests.

Sarkozy defensive in first French presidential debate
France

Sarkozy defensive in first French presidential debate

Nicolas Sarkozy's legal woes came back to haunt him in last night's debate.

This is Stockholm calling: Where are you, Bob Dylan?
Sweden

This is Stockholm calling: Where are you, Bob Dylan?

Almost the whole world is talking about Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize win. Everyone, but the legendary songwriter himself.

In pictures: Six questions about Scandinavian style
Sweden

In pictures: Six questions about Scandinavian style

Interior designer Jesper Laursen shares his six best tips for adding a Scandinavian touch to your home.

Teen injured in clown craze attack in Sweden
Sweden

Teen injured in clown craze attack in Sweden

A young man had his shoulder slashed by a clown-mask-wearing knifeman in western Sweden.

How to make Swedish-style venison with blackberries
Sweden

How to make Swedish-style venison with blackberries

This is a simple but delicious autumn recipe that always tastes like a special treat, says food writer John Duxbury.