Sweden declares Holocaust hero Wallenberg died in 1952
Sweden

Sweden declares Holocaust hero Wallenberg died in 1952

Raoul Wallenberg is credited with rescuing 100,000 Jews from the Holocaust during World War II, and his death has been shrouded in mystery for years.

Ten Instagram shots that prove autumn in Italy is simply stunning
Italy

Ten Instagram shots that prove autumn in Italy is simply stunning

Changing colours, dramatic sunsets, atmospheric light... autumn is when Italy is at its most photogenic.

Govt confirms rescue of troubled Kaiser’s supermarket
Germany

Govt confirms rescue of troubled Kaiser’s supermarket

Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel confirmed on Monday that an agreement has been reached to save troubled supermarket Kaiser's Tengelmann, after the chain appeared to be heading for closure.

Paris tourism workers to get English lessons
France

Paris tourism workers to get English lessons

A €23 million plan to boost visitor numbers in Paris will include English lessons for those in the tourism industry.

How to discover Berlin through your stomach
Germany

How to discover Berlin through your stomach

Just like in love, sometimes the way to get to know a city's heart is through your stomach.

Germany searches soul after old man left to die in bank
Germany

Germany searches soul after old man left to die in bank

After four people ignored an 82-year-old man who had collapsed and would later die in a bank in Essen, Germans have been forced to ask if their society has become too egotistical.

Hollande’s woes grow as French PM breaks ranks
France

Hollande’s woes grow as French PM breaks ranks

Is French Prime Minister Manuel Valls fed up or finally sensing his opportunity?

Gareth Bale signs new bumper deal with Real Madrid
Spain

Gareth Bale signs new bumper deal with Real Madrid

Gareth Bale declared the lure of "the biggest club in the world" behind his decision to sign a new bumper six-year deal with Real Madrid which makes him one of football's highest paid players.

How the Gulf War brought Halloween to Germany
Germany

How the Gulf War brought Halloween to Germany

Halloween was unknown in Germany 25 years ago. But when the Gulf War cancelled Karneval, its organizers saw a gap in the market.

France ends military mission in troubled Central Africa
France

France ends military mission in troubled Central Africa

France has formally ended its peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic.

Police say Christiania cannabis trade decimated
Denmark

Police say Christiania cannabis trade decimated

Copenhagen Police said on Monday that the illicit cannabis trade in the alternative enclave Christiania is now just a shadow of its former self.

Picasso’s widow ‘hid 300 artworks from his son’
France

Picasso’s widow ‘hid 300 artworks from his son’

Picasso's widow hid nearly 300 artworks from his son, a court in southern France heard on Monday.

Beyond berry pickers and coders: Sweden’s overlooked migrant workers
Sweden

Beyond berry pickers and coders: Sweden’s overlooked migrant workers

With Sweden’s immigration debates focusing mainly on lucrative tech startups, exploited berry pickers, and an unprecedented influx of asylum seekers, migrant workers in the middle ground are grappling with their own problems but struggling to get their voices heard.

Up to 50 teens harass police officers in Munich train station
Germany

Up to 50 teens harass police officers in Munich train station

A group of teens and young people banded together to harass police at a train station in Munich, leading officers to evacuate part of the station at the weekend.

Lutheran Church kicks off Reformation anniversary year
Germany

Lutheran Church kicks off Reformation anniversary year

In the coming 12 months, hundreds of events will commemorate the reformer Martin Luther, hoping to bring the two Christian Churches closer together.

Harry Potter fans to open ‘Hogwarts’ at French chateau
France

Harry Potter fans to open ‘Hogwarts’ at French chateau

Tickets went on sale at midnight.

Football coach Löw extends Germany reign until 2020
Germany

Football coach Löw extends Germany reign until 2020

Germany's World Cup-winning coach Joachim Löw has extend his contract until 2020, the German FA (DFB) announced on Monday.

Calais ‘Jungle’ camp to be cleared out by end of day
France

Calais ‘Jungle’ camp to be cleared out by end of day

French authorities have said the last shacks in the Calais "Jungle" will be cleared by Monday evening.

Cold front to move across Austria after All Saints’ Day
Austria

Cold front to move across Austria after All Saints’ Day

After some pleasant mild and sunny autumn weather Austria can expect to experience a cold front, with rain and snow forecast after All Saints' Day on November 1st.

Five facts on Protestantism as the Pope visits Sweden
Sweden

Five facts on Protestantism as the Pope visits Sweden

Know your Lutherans from your Calvinists with this handy companion guide to the Pope's visit to Sweden.

Son faked his own kidnap to get €600 from his mother
Spain

Son faked his own kidnap to get €600 from his mother

A 21-year-old Spaniard has been arrested for faking his own kidnapping to extort money from his mother to pay a debt.

Christmas crisis: Sweden set for a winter butter shortage
Sweden

Christmas crisis: Sweden set for a winter butter shortage

Panic on the streets of Stockholm?

Police attacked as they try to close down illegal rave
Austria

Police attacked as they try to close down illegal rave

Six police officers were injured when they tried to shut down an illegal rave in Vienna’s Simmering district.

French students invent smartphone-blocking boxers
France

French students invent smartphone-blocking boxers

Here's a potential happy ending for the men who like to keep their smartphone in their pockets.

Eight Spanish films to truly terrify you this Halloween
Spain

Eight Spanish films to truly terrify you this Halloween

Looking for something to give you goosebumps this Halloween? The Local looks at eight Spanish films that are sure to have you cowering beneath the covers.

Italy quakes leave 15,000 homeless, ‘soul of the country’ damaged
Italy

Italy quakes leave 15,000 homeless, ‘soul of the country’ damaged

Italian authorities said on Monday they were taking care of more than 15,000 people left homeless by the country's most powerful earthquake in nearly 40 years.

Swiss politician fined over crash that injured 17-year-old
Switzerland

Swiss politician fined over crash that injured 17-year-old

Prosecutor finds Philipp Müller guilty of negligent driving after a head-on collision with a scooter last September.

PICS: 11 utterly adorable dog breeds with German heritage
Germany

PICS: 11 utterly adorable dog breeds with German heritage

You may not realise it, but many of our favourite dog breeds have German names and were developed in Germany before they became our pets. Here are 11 of the most popular.

Five scary Italian horror movies to watch at Halloween
Italy

Five scary Italian horror movies to watch at Halloween

Italian cinema is famous around the world - but there's much more to it than La Dolce Vita. This Halloween, why not try out a few classic Italian horror films?

Police probe extremists in own ranks after fatal shooting
Germany

Police probe extremists in own ranks after fatal shooting

Two weeks after a self-proclaimed "Reichsbürger" killed an officer during a police raid, German police are investigating within their own ranks for links to the extremist movement.

Asylum seekers save pensioner from drowning
Austria

Asylum seekers save pensioner from drowning

Two Afghan asylum seekers rescued a pensioner who had fallen in a river in Upper Austria and was in danger of drowning.

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Spain

Happy 115th Birthday to Spain’s oldest woman ever

Ana Vela Rubio had an awful lot of candles to blow out this year.

Portuguese women hit back at Swiss stereotyping
Switzerland

Portuguese women hit back at Swiss stereotyping

A new photography exhibition aims to debunk common stereotypes about Portuguese people.

‘Norway will suffer’: Russia makes nuclear threat over US Marines
Norway

‘Norway will suffer’: Russia makes nuclear threat over US Marines

A key Russian defence figure says the deployment of US Marines at Værnes is part of a US buildup to go on a "global blitz" and warned that Norway may make itself a target for a potential nuclear attack.

Pope calls for ‘revolution of tenderness’ towards refugees
Sweden

Pope calls for ‘revolution of tenderness’ towards refugees

BLOG: The Local followed the Pope's visit to Sweden live from Malmö and Lund.

Homeless Brit killed by fellow tramp after row over food
Spain

Homeless Brit killed by fellow tramp after row over food

The British homeless man found dead tied to a bench near Malaga airport with ham on his buttocks and his genitals in a tuna can may have been killed by a fellow tramp in a row over food.

Police move in on swelling migrant camp in Paris
France

Police move in on swelling migrant camp in Paris

The temporary migrant camp in Paris is now home to over 2,000, but not for long.

Survey: 40 percent of Austrians voted FPÖ at least once
Austria

Survey: 40 percent of Austrians voted FPÖ at least once

Seven out of ten Austrian voters believe that the government does not have the country’s problems under control - but the majority would still not want to see the right-wing FPÖ in government.

Syrian refugee and daughters found dead in Danish freezer
Denmark

Syrian refugee and daughters found dead in Danish freezer

Man sought by police after the bodies of his wife and two young daughters were discovered.

Swiss entry bans triple over terror fears
Switzerland

Swiss entry bans triple over terror fears

Swiss federal police (Fedpol) has banned nearly 100 people from entering Switzerland this year.

‘Swedes can be quite shy – be curious and ask questions’
Sweden

‘Swedes can be quite shy – be curious and ask questions’

This week we put Jönköping University in the spotlight, as President Anita Hansbo tells us about the school's intimate but international atmosphere and gives advice on how to get along with Swedes.

Norwegian man charged with abusing 62 children in Norway and Philippines
Norway

Norwegian man charged with abusing 62 children in Norway and Philippines

On Monday morning, a 66-year-old Norwegian will appear in Bergen District Court to face charges of child sexual abuse, including having ordered the abuse of Filipino children that was live-streamed over the internet.

German EU leader defends Chinese ‘slitty eyes’ comment
Germany

German EU leader defends Chinese ‘slitty eyes’ comment

He's done it again. Germany's gaff prone European Commissioner Günther Oettinger, has been recorded putting his foot in his mouth. Not for the first time.

It’s official: Mariano Rajoy sworn in as prime minister
Spain

It’s official: Mariano Rajoy sworn in as prime minister

After ten long months of political deadlock, conservative leader Mariano Rajoy has been officially sworn in by King Felipe VI as prime minister of Spain.

Paperwork delay leads to fatal bridge collapse in Italy
Italy

Paperwork delay leads to fatal bridge collapse in Italy

A pensioner was killed at the weekend when a road bridge collapsed - despite the highway agency having "repeatedly requested" its immediate closure".

Man pleads not guilty after explosives found in Aarhus
Denmark

Man pleads not guilty after explosives found in Aarhus

Large-scale police action after man refused to leave his residence.

Former British soldier charged over Nice kidnapping plot
France

Former British soldier charged over Nice kidnapping plot

A British man is among those charged over the kidnapping of a millionaire in Nice.

Herd of cows killed in fire on Swiss farm
Switzerland

Herd of cows killed in fire on Swiss farm

Twenty-eight cows died in the incident.

Emma Morano, world’s oldest person, shares her secrets for a long life
Italy

Emma Morano, world’s oldest person, shares her secrets for a long life

As her 117th birthday approaches, Emma Morano and her doctor share the secrets to her longevity.

Would you dare visit? These are Italy’s five most haunted places
Italy

Would you dare visit? These are Italy’s five most haunted places

Would you dare visit?

Hey Swedes, let’s salvage our lost sub together, says Russia
Sweden

Hey Swedes, let’s salvage our lost sub together, says Russia

Russia wants to team up with Sweden to salvage a submarine wreck, in a move to improve relations between the two countries.

Croatian tennis ace Cilic triumphs in Basel
Switzerland

Croatian tennis ace Cilic triumphs in Basel

Marin Cilic defeated Kei Nishikori to lift the Swiss Indoors title.

Majority of Stockholmers want to ban begging: survey
Sweden

Majority of Stockholmers want to ban begging: survey

Support for banning begging in the Swedish capital has gone up in the past year, according to a fresh survey.

‘Dancing is about finding your own way and using your body’
Sweden

‘Dancing is about finding your own way and using your body’

The Local speaks to British writer and dancer Rebecca Rosier about how she and her partner one day decided to pack their bags and move to Sweden.

Pope takes his Christian unity bid to Protestant heartland
Sweden

Pope takes his Christian unity bid to Protestant heartland

Pope Francis flies to Sweden today on the latest leg of his mission to promote reconciliation and unity within the wider Christian family.