Here’s how slow Sweden’s high-speed trains are getting
Sweden

Here’s how slow Sweden’s high-speed trains are getting

The high-speed rail journey between the three biggest Swedish cities is about to get longer.

Europe’s border force agency steps up effort to repatriate migrants
Italy

Europe’s border force agency steps up effort to repatriate migrants

Frontex is stepping up efforts to help EU countries repatriate migrants who have their asylum claims rejected, the director of Europe's border force agency said on Wednesday.

Long-vanished German car brand joins electric race
Germany

Long-vanished German car brand joins electric race

Cars bearing the stamp of once-defunct manufacturer Borgward will once again roll off an assembly line in north Germany from 2018, the firm said Wednesday.

Hesse hopes to set example by building Iraqi orphanages
Germany

Hesse hopes to set example by building Iraqi orphanages

The wealthy central German state of Hesse has set aside €1 million to build a school, family homes and an orphanage in northern Iraq, in an effort to help refugees there.

10 things you think about Germany that are very wrong
Germany

10 things you think about Germany that are very wrong

Whether it be efficiency, humourlessness or a love of a certain Baywatch star, there are many cliches stuck in the heads of foreigners about Germany. But how true are they?

Donald Trump won’t get new Ericsson head’s vote
Sweden

Donald Trump won’t get new Ericsson head’s vote

The new Swedish-American boss of telecoms giant Ericsson has revealed he will not vote for the Republican nominee in the forthcoming US presidential election.

Fake Germanwings victim relative convicted in Cologne
Germany

Fake Germanwings victim relative convicted in Cologne

A German court on Wednesday gave a woman a year's suspended jail sentence for posing as the cousin of a victim in last year's Germanwings plane crash and obtaining compensation offered by the airline.

Volatile trading in Italy’s troubled BMPS bank
Italy

Volatile trading in Italy’s troubled BMPS bank

Trading in ailing Italian bank Monte Paschi di Siena (BMPS) was repeatedly suspended on Wednesday amid highly volatile trading in Milan.

Russia withdraws request to refuel warships in Ceuta
Spain

Russia withdraws request to refuel warships in Ceuta

Russia has withdrawn a request for its aircraft carrier group to be refuelled at the Spanish port of Ceuta, authorities confirmed.

French claims that Jungle camp is empty are rubbished
France

French claims that Jungle camp is empty are rubbished

Reports from the scene say scores of migrants are still in the area of the Jungle despite French authorities claiming "mission fulfilled."

25 people found dead in Mediterranean migrant boat: MSF
Italy

25 people found dead in Mediterranean migrant boat: MSF

The migrants died on an inflatable dinghy, flooded with fuel and seawater.

Swedes named fourth most gender equal in the world
Sweden

Swedes named fourth most gender equal in the world

Sweden has closed 81 percent of its overall gender gap according to the World Economic Forum.

7-year-old Norwegian boy stripped, hung upside down and pelted with rocks
Norway

7-year-old Norwegian boy stripped, hung upside down and pelted with rocks

A second grade student at the Gakori school in Alta was subjected to extreme bullying on Tuesday when he was stripped from the waist down, hung up by the feet and then had rocks thrown at him.

Couple accused of torturing, murdering women go on trial
Germany

Couple accused of torturing, murdering women go on trial

A couple accused of luring women to their village home with personal ads started trial on Wednesday over charges that they tortured and killed at least two of their victims.

Kidnapped Riviera millionaire left tied up in car boot in Nice
France

Kidnapped Riviera millionaire left tied up in car boot in Nice

Head of luxury Cannes hotel has been found alive after being kidnapped in Nice on Monday.

Dong Energy eyes sale of oil and gas business
Denmark

Dong Energy eyes sale of oil and gas business

Denmark's Dong Energy, a major operator of offshore wind farms, said on Wednesday that it was eyeing a sale of its oil and gas business in the North Sea.

How to get a mortgage in Switzerland
Switzerland

How to get a mortgage in Switzerland

Ready to buy? Here’s what you need to know as an expat about Swiss regulations, how to finance your purchase, and why you should use a broker.

Denmark still the best in Europe for business
Denmark

Denmark still the best in Europe for business

And third best in the world.

Bulls replace guard dogs at scrap yard in Valencia
Spain

Bulls replace guard dogs at scrap yard in Valencia

Guard dogs were not proving enough of a deterrent to thieves at a car breakers yard in eastern Spain so the owner has brought in a pair of fighting bulls.

After July attacks, govt drafts new video surveillance law
Germany

After July attacks, govt drafts new video surveillance law

The Interior Ministry is drafting a law which will enable public spaces to be filmed for surveillance purposes as a reaction to deadly attacks in July, according to a newspaper report.

Eurowings cabin crew union to strike all day Thursday
Germany

Eurowings cabin crew union to strike all day Thursday

UPDATE: A union representing cabin crews on Lufthansa's budget airline Eurowings has announced that strikes will last all day Thursday as ongoing contract negotiations continue to falter.

Paris landlords still charging illegally high rents
France

Paris landlords still charging illegally high rents

... and it's tenants in the smaller apartments that get hit the hardest. Could you be paying too much?

Sweden: Russian warships in the Baltic ‘worrying’
Sweden

Sweden: Russian warships in the Baltic ‘worrying’

Two Russian warships equipped with long-range missiles have entered the Baltic Sea after passing Denmark.

Russia criticizes US troop plans in Norway
Norway

Russia criticizes US troop plans in Norway

Russia has criticized plans to deploy more than 300 American troops in Norway, saying it would do nothing to make northern Europe safer.

Merkel: murky internet giants distort perception of reality
Germany

Merkel: murky internet giants distort perception of reality

Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Tuesday for internet giants to make public their closely-guarded algorithms, claiming that they are not giving people diverse enough information.

Autumn in Switzerland: ten stunning Instagram photos
Switzerland

Autumn in Switzerland: ten stunning Instagram photos

Switzerland is beautiful in all seasons, but as these photos show, autumn is a special time in the alpine country.

Italy’s oldest theme park reopens after eight years
Italy

Italy’s oldest theme park reopens after eight years

The amusement park in Rome has had a child-friendly makeover and is set to open on October 27th.

Pegida leader ‘paid court costs with group’s money’
Germany

Pegida leader ‘paid court costs with group’s money’

The leader of the anti-Islam movement reportedly used money from Pegida's coffers to pay for two personal court cases, German media reported this week.

Two-headed shark born in Spanish laboratory
Spain

Two-headed shark born in Spanish laboratory

Scientists at the University of Malaga found the embryo of a shark with two heads and just one body.

Why businesses are worried about Sweden’s drone ban
Sweden

Why businesses are worried about Sweden’s drone ban

The Local investigates what Sweden's new drone ban could mean for businesses in the country.

Mads Mikkelsen highlights packed CPH PIX line-up
Denmark

Mads Mikkelsen highlights packed CPH PIX line-up

Denmark's largest film festival is back in cinemas and beyond.

France takes baby steps to make life simpler
France

France takes baby steps to make life simpler

... including extending the ridiculously short time limit for registering a new baby.

Italian researcher creates a gelato that makes you better at sport
Italy

Italian researcher creates a gelato that makes you better at sport

An ice cream a day could be the key to good health and better sport performance, an Italian study shows.

Report: Swiss progress slows on gender equality
Switzerland

Report: Swiss progress slows on gender equality

Globally, it will take 170 years to achieve gender equality, according to the World Economic Forum.

Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon reveals extent of his wealth
Norway

Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon reveals extent of his wealth

The Norwegian public has known little about Crown Prince Haakon's private fortune, but now the heir to the throne has lifted the veil a bit after being questioned by Dagbladet.

Pope aide interviewed by Australian police over sex abuse claims
Italy

Pope aide interviewed by Australian police over sex abuse claims

Vatican finance chief George Pell has been interviewed by Australian police in Rome over sexual assault claims, authorities said on Wednesday, but no charges have yet been laid.

IN PICTURES: Calais Jungle camp goes up in flames
France

IN PICTURES: Calais Jungle camp goes up in flames

Migrants leave behind a scorched camp as they are moved to locations across France.

Spain under pressure to stop refuel of Russian warships
Spain

Spain under pressure to stop refuel of Russian warships

Spain is facing international pressure to refuse permission for a Russian warship flotilla to refuel in Ceuta en route to continuing airstrikes against the Syrian city of Aleppo.

European Commission: Italy’s budget is a ‘real problem’
Italy

European Commission: Italy’s budget is a ‘real problem’

The European Commission on Tuesday demanded "clarifications" from seven eurozone countries over their draft budgets, including Italy.

Denmark’s feminist mosque founder challenges norms
Denmark

Denmark’s feminist mosque founder challenges norms

The founder of Scandinavia's first female-led mosque is a soft-spoken "imama" who has riled conservatives with her views on marriage but others say her project is not progressive enough.

French expats in UK suffer Brexit abuse
France

French expats in UK suffer Brexit abuse

French nationals no longer feel at home in the UK, ambassador says. But Brits in France have been greeted with sympathy since the referendum.

Brothers go to court to stop suicide of sibling
Switzerland

Brothers go to court to stop suicide of sibling

Two men have filed a legal bid to prevent the Swiss assisted suicide association Exit from helping their older brother to kill himself.

This is the new top boss of Swedish Ericsson
Sweden

This is the new top boss of Swedish Ericsson

Telecoms giant Ericsson has appointed a new CEO after a turbulent year for the company.

Renzi to EU: If you build walls against migrants, don’t expect Italian money
Italy

Renzi to EU: If you build walls against migrants, don’t expect Italian money

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has threatened to veto the EU's budget over a lack of solidarity from European neighbours as it struggles with a huge influx of migrants.

Vatican tells Catholics not to scatter ashes of the dead
Italy

Vatican tells Catholics not to scatter ashes of the dead

The Vatican on Tuesday urged Catholics not to scatter the ashes of the dead after cremation and instead to store them in places approved by the Church.

Anger as Berlin scraps Turkey concert on Armenia genocide
Germany

Anger as Berlin scraps Turkey concert on Armenia genocide

Germany's foreign ministry Tuesday scrapped a planned symphony performance on the Armenian "genocide" in its Istanbul consulate, sparking accusations that it was caving in to Turkish pressure.

Most wanted: Fugitive rapist arrested in Tenerife
Spain

Most wanted: Fugitive rapist arrested in Tenerife

Mohammed Jahangir Alam, one of Britain's most wanted fugitives, who fled the country in 2008 after allegedly raping a woman, was found working in Tenerife.

Italian ‘heroes’ probed for manslaughter over 2013 Lampedusa shipwreck
Italy

Italian ‘heroes’ probed for manslaughter over 2013 Lampedusa shipwreck

Naval officers hailed as heroes for saving migrants at sea are now under investigation for manslaughter.

Six to go on trial in France over topless Kate photos
France

Six to go on trial in France over topless Kate photos

The topless pics sparked fury among the royals.

Wawrinka snubs past form to reach Basel second round
Switzerland

Wawrinka snubs past form to reach Basel second round

US Open champion Stan Wawrinka has reached the second round in Basel after going out in the first round for the past four years.

Swedish pharmacies restrict paracetamol sales for teens
Sweden

Swedish pharmacies restrict paracetamol sales for teens

Sweden's pharmacies are banning teens under 18 from buying more than one pack of pills at a time.

France sees biggest drop in jobless rate for 20 years
France

France sees biggest drop in jobless rate for 20 years

Good news at last. But it's unlikely to keep President François Hollande in his job.

These are Sweden’s best universities: ranking
Sweden

These are Sweden’s best universities: ranking

At least according to this global ranking, which picks 12 Swedish universities among the top-1000.

12 Swedish words with just awesome literal translations
Sweden

12 Swedish words with just awesome literal translations

One of our favourite things about the Swedish language is its wonderful compound words, which range from being utterly bizarre to making perfect sense.

Rwandan genocide suspect held in Sweden
Sweden

Rwandan genocide suspect held in Sweden

A man has been arrested in Sweden suspected of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide which claimed 800,000 lives.