Danish populists hammered by EU expense scandal
Denmark

Danish populists hammered by EU expense scandal

Denmark's anti-immigration Danish People's Party (DPP) was reeling on Wednesday from a string of EU expenses scandals, including a trip to Brussels when European institutions were closed.

Danish archeologists find 5,000-year-old map
Denmark

Danish archeologists find 5,000-year-old map

A mysterious stone found by Danish archeologists might be a 5,000-year-old map showing the location of different fields in the nearby area.

Commuters argue Öresund ID checks violate their rights
Sweden

Commuters argue Öresund ID checks violate their rights

Commuters seeking damages over the problems ID checks in the Swedish-Danish Öresund region may have caused claim the controls violate their rights.

Denmark’s Queen to publish history of the nation
Denmark

Denmark’s Queen to publish history of the nation

Not content with being an artist, illustrator, and costume designer, Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II has become a historian.

Court fines man €1,200 for hoverboarding on pavement
Germany

Court fines man €1,200 for hoverboarding on pavement

The popular gift may now cost you even more if you're caught riding through the streets of Düsseldorf.

What are France’s most popular baby names?
France

What are France’s most popular baby names?

Can you guess?

Spain approves equal parental leave for fathers
Spain

Spain approves equal parental leave for fathers

Fathers will now be allowed the same parental leave as new mothers, under measures agreed by Spain’s parliament.

Cop turns car into cradle to lull trapped baby to sleep
Germany

Cop turns car into cradle to lull trapped baby to sleep

When a mother realized she had locked herself out of her car with her baby inside, she called police, who resorted to an unusual method to calm the crying child.

Emperor Nero returns to Rome in a rock musical
Italy

Emperor Nero returns to Rome in a rock musical

A rock musical about Roman's most controversial emperor, Nero, will give new life to the place where he once lived.

Sex, lies and Berlusconi: 23 face charges for lying under oath in bunga bunga trial
Italy

Sex, lies and Berlusconi: 23 face charges for lying under oath in bunga bunga trial

An Italian judge on Wednesday sent 'Ruby the heart stealer' and 22 others for trial on charges of lying under oath after being bribed to protect former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Third body found after BASF chemical plant explosion
Germany

Third body found after BASF chemical plant explosion

Divers on Wednesday found the body of a man at a BASF chemical plant in western Germany where an explosion occurred on Monday, police said, bringing the death toll to three.

‘Our true duty is to prepare students for a global world’
Sweden

‘Our true duty is to prepare students for a global world’

What is the difference between facts and knowledge? Why are international students so important to Swedish universities? And what makes Gothenburg, and Chalmers University of Technology, so special? We spoke with Chalmers Vice President Maria Knutson Wedel to find out.

How Germany remembers the Holocaust
Germany

How Germany remembers the Holocaust

The Local looks into how the Holocaust is remembered in the German capital.

Are we just going to let half the country die?
Sweden

Are we just going to let half the country die?

Small towns in Sweden, America and Europe are dying – and until we start to see this as a problem the populists will keep on growing, writes James Savage.

Bataclan survivors return to scene of terror attack
France

Bataclan survivors return to scene of terror attack

Psychiatrists were on hand as hundreds of Bataclan survivors returned to the concert hall.

Germany approves disputed nuclear waste deal
Germany

Germany approves disputed nuclear waste deal

Germany on Wednesday paved the way for nuclear power plant operators to pay €23.5 billion towards managing atomic waste, in a deal critics say lets firms get off too lightly.

Italy cracks down on exploitation of foreign farm workers
Italy

Italy cracks down on exploitation of foreign farm workers

Italy has moved to crack down on the widespread exploitation of farm workers with tough new penalties for abuses to which immigrants from Africa and South Asia are particularly vulnerable.

Napflix: Spaniards launch very boring TV channel for siestas
Spain

Napflix: Spaniards launch very boring TV channel for siestas

Do you have trouble sleeping? Then Napflix is the television channel for you.

800 crimes against refugee homes reported this year
Germany

800 crimes against refugee homes reported this year

The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) has recorded nearly 800 cases of crimes against refugee homes so far this year, German media reported on Wednesday.

Record numbers of migrants leave Milan’s centres struggling
Italy

Record numbers of migrants leave Milan’s centres struggling

The city is struggling to cope with ever increasing requests for accommodation, as the number of migrants in the city reached an all-time high over the weekend.

Three boys chased by axe-wielding clown in Denmark
Denmark

Three boys chased by axe-wielding clown in Denmark

Three young boys in Denmark were chased by a clown wielding an axe late on Tuesday afternoon, as the “killer clown” craze continued to rage in the country.

Freedom Party leader may face hate speech charges
Austria

Freedom Party leader may face hate speech charges

The leader of Austria’s Freedom Party may face charges of “hate speech” for posts made by other users on his Facebook page.

Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens
Sweden

Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens

Ratiba Hanoush, 28, left Syria for Turkey in 2012 before arriving in Sweden last year. She admits that she still feels like an outsider, but explains why she is happier here than at home.

Eurostar to cut jobs as traffic slows by 10 percent
France

Eurostar to cut jobs as traffic slows by 10 percent

Eurostar blames the terror attacks in France for a drop in passenger numbers.

Norway champion Johaug gets two-month doping ban
Norway

Norway champion Johaug gets two-month doping ban

Norwegian ski world champion Therese Johaug has been given a two-month suspension after testing positive for the anabolic steroid clostebol.

France to get its first ‘Down Syndrome restaurant’
France

France to get its first ‘Down Syndrome restaurant’

France's most "extraordinary" restaurant yet.

Can this badge prove Swedes want to help refugees?
Sweden

Can this badge prove Swedes want to help refugees?

Swedes have a reputation for being cold, but one of them wants to show that they sympathize with new arrivals in the country.

Renzi tells Michelle Obama: Your speeches are better than your tomatoes
Italy

Renzi tells Michelle Obama: Your speeches are better than your tomatoes

Outgoing US president Barack Obama and Italian PM Matteo Renzi took the opportunity to praise each other at Obama's final state dinner on Tuesday. But Renzi also made sure to compliment the First Lady's speeches - and her tomato-growing skills.

US marines to establish Norway ‘base’ by January
Norway

US marines to establish Norway ‘base’ by January

The US Marine Corps is to establish a new base in northern Norway as early as January, as Nato forces work to improve their ability respond rapidly to Russian aggression.

France forced to close several nuclear reactors for checks
France

France forced to close several nuclear reactors for checks

There's no risk to the public, authorities insist.

Armed clowns rob pizza joint outside Berlin
Germany

Armed clowns rob pizza joint outside Berlin

Another unnerving "killer clown" incident has occurred in Germany - this time with the masked men engaging in full on criminality.

Women in Spain will ‘work for free’ from October 21st
Spain

Women in Spain will ‘work for free’ from October 21st

Spain's gender pay gap effectively means women won't get paid for the rest of the year, according to a new report.

Sweden gets its first cemetery free of religious symbols
Sweden

Sweden gets its first cemetery free of religious symbols

A new graveyard in Borlänge in central Sweden is the country’s first ever burial place completely free of religious symbolism.

Five Austrian films we promise won’t make you depressed
Austria

Five Austrian films we promise won’t make you depressed

With the Viennale film festival opening on Thursday, we thought it’s time to take a look at the best of Austrian cinema.

Vegan wins battle to be accepted by Swiss army
Switzerland

Vegan wins battle to be accepted by Swiss army

A Swiss man who was told he would not be accepted for military service because of his strict veganism has finally succeeded in making the army change its mind.

Endangered Italian bear killed in suspected hit-and-run
Italy

Endangered Italian bear killed in suspected hit-and-run

The subspecies of the European brown bear is unique to the national park in Abruzzo - but its existence is threatened by urbanization, poaching and traffic accidents.

80 migrants leave Calais ‘Jungle’ camp for university
France

80 migrants leave Calais ‘Jungle’ camp for university

Eighty migrants have left the Calais Jungle camp behind for studies at the University of Lille.

Clown scares passengers at Vienna’s Praterstern station
Austria

Clown scares passengers at Vienna’s Praterstern station

The first “scary clown” has been spotted in Vienna - at the Praterstern train and metro station which is a known hotspot for crime and addicts.

Lufthansa plane emergency lands due to smoke in cockpit
Germany

Lufthansa plane emergency lands due to smoke in cockpit

The pilot of a Lufthansa jumbo jet decided to perform an emergency landing in Canada on Tuesday as the plane was on its way from Frankfurt to Florida.

Geneva terror suspects to receive compensation
Switzerland

Geneva terror suspects to receive compensation

The Swiss public prosecutor has dropped the case against them.

Policeman dies after shooting by far-right gunman
Germany

Policeman dies after shooting by far-right gunman

One of the police officers shot by a self-declared "Reichsbürger" extremist on Wednesday has since died due to his injuries, Bavarian officials confirmed on Thursday morning.

Oliver, 8, jumps from balcony to escape scary clown
Sweden

Oliver, 8, jumps from balcony to escape scary clown

A terrified eight-year-old boy in western Sweden leapt from a balcony to get away from a man dressed as a clown.

Up to 90 percent of failed asylum seekers ‘not deported’
Austria

Up to 90 percent of failed asylum seekers ‘not deported’

Up to 90 percent of failed asylum seekers are not being deported from Austria because their countries of origin will not agree to readmit them.

Paris aims for free canal swimming pool for summer
France

Paris aims for free canal swimming pool for summer

Summer in Paris next year already sounds like a good one.

Fan violence mars Real Madrid win against Legia
Spain

Fan violence mars Real Madrid win against Legia

Holders Real Madrid edged towards the last 16 of the Champions League, but disturbances between visiting Polish ultras and the police marred their 5-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Women in Germany ‘have not been paid in a week’
Germany

Women in Germany ‘have not been paid in a week’

And they essentially won't be paid for the rest of the year due to the country's gender pay gap, according to a new report.

Spontaneous French police protests spread amid anger
France

Spontaneous French police protests spread amid anger

French police are suffering the strain.

Migrants stage rooftop protest at Madrid detention centre
Spain

Migrants stage rooftop protest at Madrid detention centre

Dozens of migrants were staging a protest at a detention centre in Madrid on Wednesday after climbing onto the building's roof and smashing furniture, police said.

Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sweden

Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post

'I saw a man sitting on the lamp post while an angry elk stood below and looked at him. It was quite comical,' a witness explained.

Ticino firefighters rescue cow from swimming pool
Switzerland

Ticino firefighters rescue cow from swimming pool

The cow was at risk of drowning after falling into the private pool.

Renzi: Losing the referendum wouldn’t be a ‘major disaster’
Italy

Renzi: Losing the referendum wouldn’t be a ‘major disaster’

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Tuesday he did not anticipate any "major disasters" if a December 4th referendum on constitutional reform were to fail.

Syria now on the table as Putin comes to Berlin
Germany

Syria now on the table as Putin comes to Berlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin will face Western pressure over Ukraine and Syria at talks in Berlin on Wednesday, on his first visit to the German capital since the Ukrainian conflict erupted.

Russia opens new cathedral in Paris, but without Putin
France

Russia opens new cathedral in Paris, but without Putin

Paris will officially have a new building added to its skyline today, just a stone's throw from the Eiffel Tower.

Channel Tunnel rail services resume after power cut
France

Channel Tunnel rail services resume after power cut

Eurostar trains between Paris and London were back running on time on Wednesday morning after Tuesday's power cut.

Basel ‘ready for battle’ in Champions League clash
Switzerland

Basel ‘ready for battle’ in Champions League clash

Swiss champions Basel fancy their chances of springing a surprise when they face Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.

Vast majority of Swedish MPs support Hillary Clinton
Sweden

Vast majority of Swedish MPs support Hillary Clinton

A Swedish newspaper survey of Riksdag members of parliament produced overwhelming backing for Clinton, while only two percent said they want to see a Donald Trump victory.

Sweden slams EU deficit ‘rule benders’
Sweden

Sweden slams EU deficit ‘rule benders’

Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson has criticized several EU states for finding 'inventive ways' to avoid hitting EU deficit targets.

Top six things to do in Stockholm in the autumn
Sweden

Top six things to do in Stockholm in the autumn

Autumn in Sweden might seem dark and gloomy, but Stockholm has lots of attractions to make it easier to enjoy the changing weather.