Norway to accept its first EU refugees this week
Norway

Norway to accept its first EU refugees this week

The first of the 1,500 refugees that Norway has promised the EU to accept are due to arrive in the country this week.

Sweden can extend border controls, EU says
Sweden

Sweden can extend border controls, EU says

EU countries including Sweden should be granted permission to extend temporary border controls by a period of a further three months, the European Commission has decided.

Calais migrants given mixed reception in French towns
France

Calais migrants given mixed reception in French towns

Some in France have shown solidarity with their new guests, while others have made it clear they are not welcome.

Spain’s Rajoy says king has tasked him with forming govt
Spain

Spain’s Rajoy says king has tasked him with forming govt

Spain's king on Tuesday tasked Mariano Rajoy with forming a government, taking the acting conservative prime minister a step closer to power again after a 10-month political deadlock.

Austria ‘horror clown’ attacks leave several injured
Austria

Austria ‘horror clown’ attacks leave several injured

Several people have been injured in attacks by masked assailants dressed as 'creepy clowns' in the lead-up to Halloween.

Obama to visit Berlin in last presidential trip to Germany
Germany

Obama to visit Berlin in last presidential trip to Germany

The White House announced on Tuesday that US President Barack Obama will be paying one last unexpected visit to the German capital - his last before he leaves office.

Hostility towards minorities ‘widespread in Bavaria’
Germany

Hostility towards minorities ‘widespread in Bavaria’

Hate and hostility towards groups deemed to be different are not just sentiments felt by fringe extremists, a new report on Bavaria shows.

Lonely Planet says Bordeaux is world’s best city to visit
France

Lonely Planet says Bordeaux is world’s best city to visit

After The Local France, the Lonely Planet has followed suit by urging everyone to head to Bordeaux in 2017.

Hated RB Leipzig emerge as shock challengers to Bayern
Germany

Hated RB Leipzig emerge as shock challengers to Bayern

RB Leipzig's remarkable unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season has seen them suddenly emerge at the head of the pack chasing reigning champions and league leaders Bayern Munich.

Jungle shacks set ablaze and torn down as camp razed
France

Jungle shacks set ablaze and torn down as camp razed

IN PICTURES: The razing of the Jungle has finally begun.

Frenchwoman finds WW1 grenade among her spuds
France

Frenchwoman finds WW1 grenade among her spuds

It could have been a very explosive family dinner.

‘I’d say he’s arrogant but I’d be lying’: Swedes on Bob Dylan
Sweden

‘I’d say he’s arrogant but I’d be lying’: Swedes on Bob Dylan

Almost two weeks have passed since Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and he has yet to acknowledge the win. The Local asked Swedes what they think of the singer's silence.

What rights to a future in France for Calais migrants?
France

What rights to a future in France for Calais migrants?

What does the future hold for the migrants of the Jungle? Can they work or claim social benefits or travel freely inside Europe?

Bangladesh charges politician with Italian’s murder
Italy

Bangladesh charges politician with Italian’s murder

A Bangladesh court on Tuesday charged an opposition party leader with the murder of an Italian aid worker, drawing an angry reaction from the party which accused the government of trying to discredit it.

Munich taxi driver in hospital after attack by British tourists
Germany

Munich taxi driver in hospital after attack by British tourists

A taxi driver had to be hospitalized in Munich on Monday evening after three British tourists refused to pay their fare and then attacked him.

‘In the mouth of the wolf’: My one-way ticket to Italy
Italy

‘In the mouth of the wolf’: My one-way ticket to Italy

What happens when you ignore the naysayers and swap a stable desk job for a one-way ticket to Rome?

Sweden cuts 2016 refugee forecast by thousands
Sweden

Sweden cuts 2016 refugee forecast by thousands

The country has also slashed its prediction for 2017.

Danish film gets stores to drop South African wine
Denmark

Danish film gets stores to drop South African wine

The new Danish documentary 'Bitter Grapes' reveals apartheid-like conditions in the South African wine industry.

‘I dream of a world without borders’
Sweden

‘I dream of a world without borders’

Artist Nada Ali saw her creativity stifled by the trauma of Syria’s war, but relocating to Sweden to take part in a leadership programme helped put her career back on track.

Pampers nappies ‘contain carcinogenics’: French study
France

Pampers nappies ‘contain carcinogenics’: French study

The substances in the nappies are meant to prevent skin irritation but are cancerous, the study concludes.

Facebook bans Danish MP over nude photos
Denmark

Facebook bans Danish MP over nude photos

Alternative leader Uffe Elbæk says he was kicked off the social media network because of its "American puritanical morals".

Italian finds 37 million lire in her attic – but it’s worthless
Italy

Italian finds 37 million lire in her attic – but it’s worthless

The woman's joy at finding thousands of euros' worth of Italy's old currency in her attic was short-lived.

Swedish researchers plan new trucks for women drivers
Sweden

Swedish researchers plan new trucks for women drivers

Could vehicles adapted for women attract more female truckers to the profession?

France to scrap special prison wings for dangerous jihadists
France

France to scrap special prison wings for dangerous jihadists

The experiment has been ditched.

These stats show Swedish driving isn’t so gender equal
Sweden

These stats show Swedish driving isn’t so gender equal

A new survey shows that few Swedish women get behind the wheel when driving with their male partner.

German police carry out nationwide anti-terror raids
Germany

German police carry out nationwide anti-terror raids

Police forces in five German states carried out raids on Tuesday morning with the aim of tackling the financing of terror groups, police in Thuringia have reported.

10 ways learning German completely ruins your English
Germany

10 ways learning German completely ruins your English

So you've mastered German, but now it's time to learn English all over again.

Radioactive leak reported at Norway facility
Norway

Radioactive leak reported at Norway facility

Norway’s Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) said on Tuesday that its Halden facility emitted a small amount of radioactive iodine (Iodine-131) on Monday.

Iconic German church being eroded away by human urine
Germany

Iconic German church being eroded away by human urine

It will now cost you €100 to spend a penny. That’s if you get caught choosing to pee against the world-famous Ulm Minster.

Brunnenmarkt murder ‘could have been prevented’
Austria

Brunnenmarkt murder ‘could have been prevented’

The random murder of a woman in Vienna could have been prevented if the homeless and mentally disturbed man who killed her had been admitted to a psychiatric institution.

Iraqi family ask ECJ to help them stay in Austria
Austria

Iraqi family ask ECJ to help them stay in Austria

A group of people from Kumberg in Styria have asked the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for help in trying to stop the deportation of an Iraqi family.

German small arms ammo exports grow ten-fold
Germany

German small arms ammo exports grow ten-fold

The government has come in for criticism after new figures revealed that Germany exported ten times the quantity of small arms ammunition in the first half of 2016 as in the same period last year.

14-year-old stabs ‘creepy clown’ in prank gone wrong
Germany

14-year-old stabs ‘creepy clown’ in prank gone wrong

A 16-year-old in Berlin decided he wanted to scare some friends, but his plot backfired in a violent way.

Myth busting: Half of French adults are now overweight
France

Myth busting: Half of French adults are now overweight

Hold on, aren't the French all meant to be finely toned specimens with not an ounce of fat on them?

Two imams arrested in Ibiza resort over ‘Isis support’
Spain

Two imams arrested in Ibiza resort over ‘Isis support’

Two Moroccan imams at a mosque on the Spanish resort island of Ibiza were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of backing the Islamic State group and inciting jihad.

Revealed: Game of Thrones could be coming to Sweden
Sweden

Revealed: Game of Thrones could be coming to Sweden

The producers of the hit show have asked for three rounds of location pictures of Swedish island Gotland.

Villagers asked to help fund bridge renovations
Switzerland

Villagers asked to help fund bridge renovations

The crowdfunding campaign by the two communes is the first of its kind in Switzerland.

NorthSide: Radiohead to play first Danish gig in eight years
Denmark

NorthSide: Radiohead to play first Danish gig in eight years

The 2017 music festival season is already heating up thanks to Tuesday’s announcement that Radiohead will headline the NorthSide festival in Aarhus.

Balearic Islands choose to keep summertime forever
Spain

Balearic Islands choose to keep summertime forever

The Balearic Islands want to keep summertime when the rest of Spain turns the clocks back on Sunday.

Police discover body buried in Orbe house
Switzerland

Police discover body buried in Orbe house

Police have opened an investigation after finding a body buried in a house in Orbe, in the canton of Vaud, on Saturday.

Five things you need to know about winter tyres
Austria

Five things you need to know about winter tyres

It’s that time of year when temperatures start to plunge and drivers are advised to switch to winter tyres to avoid being caught out by snow and ice on the roads.

Four Ku Klux Klan groups active in Germany, says govt
Germany

Four Ku Klux Klan groups active in Germany, says govt

The German government estimates that there are four Ku Klux Klan (KKK) groups currently active in the country, according to a report by the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) on Tuesday.

Italy’s crisis-hit BMPS bank to cut 2,600 jobs
Italy

Italy’s crisis-hit BMPS bank to cut 2,600 jobs

Italian bank Monte Paschi di Siena also plans to close hundreds of branches in an effort to resolve its troubles.

Brazilian had ‘uncontrollable desire to kill’: Spain police
Spain

Brazilian had ‘uncontrollable desire to kill’: Spain police

A Brazilian teenager accused of dismembering his uncle and aunt and killing their two young sons in a grisly crime that shocked Spain had an "uncontrollable desire to kill", police said on Monday.

Italy expects more migrants than ever before in 2016
Italy

Italy expects more migrants than ever before in 2016

Italy's coastguard said on Monday that another 16 people had died during operations in which 2,200 migrants were rescued off Libya, propelling both deaths at sea and the numbers arriving in Italy towards new highs.

Valais shaken by 4.2 magnitude earthquake
Switzerland

Valais shaken by 4.2 magnitude earthquake

It's the biggest earthquake to hit the country for two years.

Brrrrrr, Denmark has season’s first freezing temps
Denmark

Brrrrrr, Denmark has season’s first freezing temps

Winter is coming.

Migrant women forced to relocate following residents’ protest
Italy

Migrant women forced to relocate following residents’ protest

The women, who came to Italy fleeing war and poverty, will now be relocated to other towns after residents put up a barricade to protest their arrival.

Pope grants Venezuela president private audience
Italy

Pope grants Venezuela president private audience

The Vatican's intervention came at a time of high tension in the South American country, where the center right-dominated opposition is seeking to remove President Nicolas Maduro from power.

Ex-chancellor Schröder to mediate in supermarket row
Germany

Ex-chancellor Schröder to mediate in supermarket row

Can Gerhard Schröder bring an end to the Kaiser's Tengelmann saga?

France poised to send bulldozers into Calais Jungle
France

France poised to send bulldozers into Calais Jungle

As hundreds of migrants leave, the bulldozers are set to tear down the sprawling Calais shanty town on Tuesday.

Norway confirms US plans to deploy 330 Marines
Norway

Norway confirms US plans to deploy 330 Marines

The Norwegian government has confirmed reports that the United States will deploy over 300 troops in Norway, in a move set to upset neighbouring Russia.

UK to spend €40 million on securing Calais border
France

UK to spend €40 million on securing Calais border

Britain spending big on security in Calais.

Swiss Indoors kicks off without champ Federer
Switzerland

Swiss Indoors kicks off without champ Federer

Stan Wawrinka is top seed as injured Federer sits it out.

Millionaire Riviera hotel boss kidnapped in broad daylight
France

Millionaire Riviera hotel boss kidnapped in broad daylight

The millionaire head of a luxury hotel in the French Riviera resort of Cannes was kidnapped in Nice in front of shocked onlookers in the middle of the day on Monday.

IOC hires Russian doping whistleblower as consultant
Switzerland

IOC hires Russian doping whistleblower as consultant

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has hired Vitaly Stepanov as a consultant and is helping his runner wife Yuliya.

Prime Minister to meet Swedish troops in Iraq
Sweden

Prime Minister to meet Swedish troops in Iraq

Sweden's Prime Minister Löfven is set to meet Swedish troops in Iraq on Tuesday.

Swedish politicians wage war on winter time
Sweden

Swedish politicians wage war on winter time

Should Sweden stick with summer time all year round?

‘Don’t turn the Pope into a global teddy bear’
Sweden

‘Don’t turn the Pope into a global teddy bear’

It's time to hold the Pope to account and make sure he turns his words about reform into action, argues a minister of the Swedish Church ahead of Pope Francis' visit to Sweden.