Danish tabloid pulls ‘racist’ migrant sex kidnap post
Denmark

Danish tabloid pulls ‘racist’ migrant sex kidnap post

Denmark’s leading tabloid newspaper has pulled down a post claiming immigrants were kidnapping Danish girls for sex slaves, after it became the country's second most viral story.

Danish police arrest hoaxer who shut down two airports
Denmark

Danish police arrest hoaxer who shut down two airports

Danish police have arrested a 28-year-old man they suspect of making bomb threats which shut down two airports, two shopping centres, two hospitals and a university.

Hitler’s birth house to be demolished
Austria

Hitler’s birth house to be demolished

The house where Adolf Hitler was born is to be torn down to stop it from becoming a neo-Nazi shrine after years of bitter legal wrangling, Austria's interior minister said Monday.

This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
Sweden

This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden

Exhibit A: Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Exhibit B: Sweden’s most successful football clubs.

The one German word English speakers need this winter
Germany

The one German word English speakers need this winter

Most English speakers understand Schadenfreude or Zeitgeist, but Gemütlichkeit should be added to the English lexicon too.

French civil servant paid to do nothing for 10 years
France

French civil servant paid to do nothing for 10 years

French civil servant was paid over half a million euros despite not having done a day’s work in ten years.

And Sweden’s worst mobile operator is…
Sweden

And Sweden’s worst mobile operator is…

3.

Silent Bob: Swedish Nobel crew can’t find Dylan
Sweden

Silent Bob: Swedish Nobel crew can’t find Dylan

The Swedish Academy says it has given up trying to reach Bob Dylan, days after it awarded him the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The ‘most dangerous’ animals you can find in France
France

The ‘most dangerous’ animals you can find in France

Welcome to France, watch out for the wildlife.

Mini baby boom continues with 33-year birthrate high
Germany

Mini baby boom continues with 33-year birthrate high

Germany's birthrate has increased to over 1.5 children per woman for the first time since 1982.

French school pupil told to ‘cut beard or go home’
France

French school pupil told to ‘cut beard or go home’

Headmaster says long beard is a sign of radicalization, according to reports.

Swap London fogs for Paris frogs: France woos the Brits
France

Swap London fogs for Paris frogs: France woos the Brits

"Tired of the fogs? Try the frogs!" read the billboards in London.

Real Madrid boss furious over Hollande’s Benzema jibe

Real Madrid boss furious over Hollande’s Benzema jibe

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane leapt to the defence of Karim Benzema after the striker's conduct was once again criticised in his homeland by French president Francois Hollande.

100 cops needed to break up teen’s viral WhatsApp party
Germany

100 cops needed to break up teen’s viral WhatsApp party

It started with a single message on WhatsApp. It ended with more than 100 police officers being called in and public transit and traffic being shut down.

Gomorrah writer Saviano tells mafia: you did not succeed
Italy

Gomorrah writer Saviano tells mafia: you did not succeed

The author of the bestseller about the the Camorra organized crime syndicate is marking the tenth anniversary of living under police protection in defiant style.

Police search 12 German schools after email threats
Germany

Police search 12 German schools after email threats

Police were searching at least a dozen schools across Germany after they received threats by email Monday, although officials said they didn't believe the messages constituted a serious danger.

One dead, six injured after chemical plant explosion
Germany

One dead, six injured after chemical plant explosion

At least one person has died, six have been injured and another six remain missing after an explosion on Monday at a chemical plant at BASF's headquarters in western Germany.

SAS flight delayed after pilot fails alcohol test

SAS flight delayed after pilot fails alcohol test

A Scandinavian Airlines plane to Copenhagen was delayed in Oslo on Monday morning after the pilot failed a blood alcohol test.

Spain says Brexit deal to be modelled on EU-Canada pact
Spain

Spain says Brexit deal to be modelled on EU-Canada pact

A troubled trade deal between the EU and Canada is the only model for a future pact between the bloc and post-Brexit Britain, Spain's Foreign Minister said on Monday.

Norway’s acrobatic royals show off horse skills
Norway

Norway’s acrobatic royals show off horse skills

Norway’s royal grandchildren showed off their acrobatic tricks on Sunday with a display of horseback dance and gymnastics at Oslo’s Telenor Arena.

10 reasons it’s awesome to be knocked up in Germany
Germany

10 reasons it’s awesome to be knocked up in Germany

Polish writer Olga Mecking tells The Local why Germany is so much better than neighbour the Netherlands when it comes to getting pregnant and bringing up kids.

Top Sweden Democrat goes on sick leave for burnout
Sweden

Top Sweden Democrat goes on sick leave for burnout

The Sweden Democrat’s migration policy spokeswoman Paula Bieler has gone on sick leave for exhaustion.

Thousands run with dogs in Madrid to fight against cruelty
Spain

Thousands run with dogs in Madrid to fight against cruelty

The streets of the Spanish capital on Sunday were filled with owners and their dogs in an event aimed at raising awareness of the abandoned pets waiting for homes in shelters across Spain.

Syrian asylum seeker in court on terror charges
Austria

Syrian asylum seeker in court on terror charges

A Syrian man is on trial in Salzburg, accused of having fought with the so-called Islamic State group (Isis), before coming to Europe to claim asylum.

‘We want people to realize it’s okay to think outside the box’
Sweden

‘We want people to realize it’s okay to think outside the box’

Carolynn Baker and Pearly Teo have opened their own café in Gothenburg, and it's nothing like traditional Swedish fika.

Anger after presenter kisses woman’s breasts on live TV
France

Anger after presenter kisses woman’s breasts on live TV

French viewers were left outraged that a TV presenter kissed a woman's breast without her consent.

Seven things you’ll miss about Switzerland if you leave
Switzerland

Seven things you’ll miss about Switzerland if you leave

Former expats in Switzerland tell The Local what they miss about living here.

Sexy septuagenarians share secrets to enduring love life
Austria

Sexy septuagenarians share secrets to enduring love life

A 70-year-old couple from Vienna have written a book about reigniting their sex life after 46 years of marriage.

New centre for homeless in posh part of Paris hit by arson
France

New centre for homeless in posh part of Paris hit by arson

Local residents in the chic 16th arrondissement had strongly opposed the new accomodation for homeless people.

Is France finally set for a cold winter this year?
France

Is France finally set for a cold winter this year?

Winter is coming... surely it cannot be as warm as the last one? Don't bank on it.

Armed clown threatens two men in west Germany
Germany

Armed clown threatens two men in west Germany

The 'killer clown' scare has apparently arrived in Germany.

Protest bubbles up against bizarre Cologne street art ban
Germany

Protest bubbles up against bizarre Cologne street art ban

Crowds gathered in front of Cologne's famed cathedral on Sunday to protest against the "pettiness" of city authorities - by blowing soap bubbles.

Coldest winter in years predicted for Sweden
Sweden

Coldest winter in years predicted for Sweden

At least that's what the Danes think.

Swede proves you can teach a reindeer new tricks
Sweden

Swede proves you can teach a reindeer new tricks

Rudolf and Frost are not your average reindeer.

Axe-wielding clown chases Dane as craze spreads
Denmark

Axe-wielding clown chases Dane as craze spreads

A clown wielding an axe chased a 22-year-old Danish man down a street in Holbæk late on Sunday night.

Fury after kids told to bring their own loo roll to school
Spain

Fury after kids told to bring their own loo roll to school

Parents at an under-funded school in central Spain are outraged at being told their children should bring in their own supply of loo paper.

Tyrol Zillertal Alps avalanche claims life of 25-year-old
Austria

Tyrol Zillertal Alps avalanche claims life of 25-year-old

A 25-year-old man has died in an avalanche in the Hintertux Glacier area in Tyrol’s Zillertal Alps. A second man was injured but survived.

Holocaust survivor 1st woman to win top Frankfurt award
Germany

Holocaust survivor 1st woman to win top Frankfurt award

A 95-year-old woman who survived the Nazis' most deadly concentration camp became the first woman this weekend to receive Frankfurt's top accolade of honorary citizenship.

Zurich tram driver attacked in confrontation with biker
Switzerland

Zurich tram driver attacked in confrontation with biker

Police in Zurich are hunting a man who injured a tram driver on Saturday in an unprovoked attack.

French hikers end in hospital after hornets launch sting
France

French hikers end in hospital after hornets launch sting

Hiking in France does not come without its dangers.

Young Muslims at risk of radicalisation in Vienna
Austria

Young Muslims at risk of radicalisation in Vienna

A study by the City of Vienna shows that a high proportion of Muslim teenagers in the Austrian capital are at risk of being radicalised.

Jail for Geneva airport bomb threat joker
Switzerland

Jail for Geneva airport bomb threat joker

Six months in jail is no joke for him.

Gotland rape protests take place ‘according to plan’
Sweden

Gotland rape protests take place ‘according to plan’

Police had sent extra reinforcements to the Swedish island ahead of a weekend round of demonstrations, but the rallies took place as planned without major incidents.

Spain admits it will miss budget deficit targets… Again
Spain

Spain admits it will miss budget deficit targets… Again

The finance ministry said it informed the European Commission that it provisionally forecast its budget deficit at 3.6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) from a previous 3.1 percent target.

Explosives found at Naples home of Isis suspect
Italy

Explosives found at Naples home of Isis suspect

The man had posted a video supporting Isis – and had also posted statements in support of the local mafia group.

Paris bus driver flees on bus after fatal hit-and-run
France

Paris bus driver flees on bus after fatal hit-and-run

Bus driver reportedly cleans blood from his vehicle after fleeing the scene near Paris.

Paris to finally open first drug injection centre for addicts
France

Paris to finally open first drug injection centre for addicts

The "salle de shoot" will open near the Gare du Nord train station on Monday after a long legal fight.

Frankfurt fair shakes up book world with art, virtual reality
Germany

Frankfurt fair shakes up book world with art, virtual reality

The world's largest publishing event kicks off this week with books, 3D printing, and even virtual reality.

Woman killed in pile-up on Swiss motorway
Switzerland

Woman killed in pile-up on Swiss motorway

Two serious multi-vehicle accidents occurred on Saturday.

Anti-gay marriage protesters return to France’s streets
France

Anti-gay marriage protesters return to France’s streets

Protesters want the next president of France to overturn the law.

Could Swedish blood test solve ‘Making a Murderer’?
Sweden

Could Swedish blood test solve ‘Making a Murderer’?

Researchers are due to test controversial blood evidence used in the murder case that was the subject of the Netflix documentary.

Swedish golfer now among world’s best with Masters win
Sweden

Swedish golfer now among world’s best with Masters win

Alex Norén is now the first player since Rory McIlroy to win three events in a European Tour season.