Czech meth gang busted
Austria

Czech meth gang busted

Austrian, Czech and German police have busted a 50-member gang that manufactured methamphetamine in the Czech Republic and sold it in Austria and Germany.

Sweden’s budget passes despite far-right opposition
Sweden

Sweden’s budget passes despite far-right opposition

The Swedish government's 2017 budget has been passed, despite the Sweden Democrats voting against it.

Court ruling to leave 1000s of Syrians divided from families
Germany

Court ruling to leave 1000s of Syrians divided from families

A federal court ruled on Wednesday that authorities do not have to give full refugee status to all Syrians, meaning thousands of families are likely to be kept apart.

Fillon praised in Russia but mocked in Germany
France

Fillon praised in Russia but mocked in Germany

Russia loves the French presidential hopeful, but Germany thinks he's living in the past.

Black Friday likely to smash all Danish spending records
Denmark

Black Friday likely to smash all Danish spending records

Virtually unknown just a few years ago, Black Friday is now "the king" of shopping days in Denmark.

Women with fake boobs can join police: German court
Germany

Women with fake boobs can join police: German court

A court in western Germany ruled on Wednesday that police were wrong to have rejected a female applicant because she had breast implants.

Six tips for job-hunting newcomers in Sweden
Sweden

Six tips for job-hunting newcomers in Sweden

Two years ago Marianne Nilsson co-founded a recruitment firm to match employers with foreign graduates. Here she shares her tips for finding a job in Sweden.

Terror plotters ‘planned to hit French theme park’
France

Terror plotters ‘planned to hit French theme park’

A terrorist network busted in France this week had plans for a series of attacks, according to new reports.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic to extend Man United deal
Sweden

Zlatan Ibrahimovic to extend Man United deal

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will stay put next season, his manager Jose Mourinho has revealed.

Italian region bans non-vaccinated children from public daycare
Italy

Italian region bans non-vaccinated children from public daycare

Children who haven't received their vaccinations will not be allowed to attend nursery in one of Italy's regions, following a ruling on Wednesday.

Finnish TV channel: ‘Sweden is crap’
Sweden

Finnish TV channel: ‘Sweden is crap’

That's what the caption on a Finnish TV channel's morning news bulletin said.

German police ‘are completely failed by justice system’
Germany

German police ‘are completely failed by justice system’

The head of Germany's second largest police union has harshly attacked the country's justice system, after a court in Wuppertal ruled that so-called "sharia police" are legal.

Man actually does bite dog, fulfills journalism cliché
Germany

Man actually does bite dog, fulfills journalism cliché

A thief trying to escape a police dog has fulfilled an old journalism maxim about what constitutes news.

Spanish court seeks two-year prison sentence for Neymar
Spain

Spanish court seeks two-year prison sentence for Neymar

Spanish prosecutors recommended that Brazilian star Neymar be handed a two-year jail sentence and a fine of €10 million for alleged corrupt practices in his transfer to Barcelona.

Fine-dining French go barking mad for ‘le doggy bag’
France

Fine-dining French go barking mad for ‘le doggy bag’

"Le doggy bag" has proven a surprise hit in a country where the idea of taking food home has long been hard to swallow.

New book aims to settle age-old question: Does spag bol exist?
Italy

New book aims to settle age-old question: Does spag bol exist?

Has there ever been a more controversial dish than spaghetti bolognese?

10 German words with simply hilarious literal translations

10 German words with simply hilarious literal translations

When you literally translate German words into English, you often get some pretty funny results. Can you guess what these ten direct translations really mean?

Controversial mag Charlie Hebdo to start German edition
Germany

Controversial mag Charlie Hebdo to start German edition

The famed French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo is starting up a German edition as soon as next month, the publication has confirmed.

Telenor risks €100m euro anti-competition fine
Norway

Telenor risks €100m euro anti-competition fine

Norway's telecoms operator Telenor risks a €100 million fine for abuse of a dominant market position, the country's competition authority warned on Wednesday.

The Nordic nations have gone to war… on Twitter

The Nordic nations have gone to war… on Twitter

They're at it again, and this time Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland are all involved.

Diplomats gone wild: Denmark unable to punish offenders
Denmark

Diplomats gone wild: Denmark unable to punish offenders

Public masturbation, drunk driving and threatening police officers are among the offences that foreign diplomats have gotten away with in Denmark.

French mayors take down HIV posters of men embracing
France

French mayors take down HIV posters of men embracing

"With a lover, with a friend, with a stranger..." but just not in my town, say some French mayors.

‘You can’t be minister if you’re pregnant’: Fillon told politician
France

‘You can’t be minister if you’re pregnant’: Fillon told politician

But he did apologise.

Norway can extradite wanted Islamist to Italy: court
Italy

Norway can extradite wanted Islamist to Italy: court

Mullah Krekar is suspected of being the mastermind of an international terror cell.

Attacks on asylum centres increase in Austria
Austria

Attacks on asylum centres increase in Austria

Attacks on asylum centres in Austria are increasing, particularly in the state of Styria in the southeast of the country.

Here’s what Sweden’s PM wrote to Donald Trump
Sweden

Here’s what Sweden’s PM wrote to Donald Trump

Or the parts of the letter that weren't censored, anyway.

Stairs from Eiffel Tower sell for over half a million euros
France

Stairs from Eiffel Tower sell for over half a million euros

... more than ten times the pre-sale estimate.

Merkel: public ‘manipulated’ by fake news and trolls
Germany

Merkel: public ‘manipulated’ by fake news and trolls

Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Wednesday against the power of fake news on social media to spur the rise of populists, after launching her campaign for a fourth term.

Why your electricity bill is about to jump up at New Year
Germany

Why your electricity bill is about to jump up at New Year

Renewable energy subsidies and infrastructure costs will mean millions of Germans will be paying more for their electricity next year.

Rita Barberá dies of heart attack in Madrid hotel
Spain

Rita Barberá dies of heart attack in Madrid hotel

Veteran politican Rita Barbera died in a hotel room in Madrid of a suspected heart attack just two days after she appeared before the Supreme Court on charges of money laundering.

Posters appeal to save controversial Swiss mosque
Switzerland

Posters appeal to save controversial Swiss mosque

Should a mosque whose imam is charged with inciting violence be saved?

Hamburg dogs must be kept on leashes, as bird flu spreads
Germany

Hamburg dogs must be kept on leashes, as bird flu spreads

The northern city-state of Hamburg is now requiring all dogs to be kept on leashes, as authorities fear the continued spread of bird flu.

Six things I’ve learned after six months in Sweden
Sweden

Six things I’ve learned after six months in Sweden

Australian singer and writer Sheona Urquhart looks back at her first six months in Sweden in this guest blog for The Local.

Norway can extradite wanted Islamist to Italy: court
Norway

Norway can extradite wanted Islamist to Italy: court

Mullah Krekar is suspected of being the mastermind of an international terror cell.

Italy arrests 13 suspected migrant traffickers for ‘inhumane treatment’
Italy

Italy arrests 13 suspected migrant traffickers for ‘inhumane treatment’

Investigations into a trafficking ring culminated in a series of arrests on Wednesday morning.

Wiener Linien promises to solve mystery of stinky station
Austria

Wiener Linien promises to solve mystery of stinky station

For weeks, people using the Vienna metro network have complained of an unpleasant sewage-like smell at Reumannplatz station on the U1 line.

More Swedes think EU is good for Sweden: Poll
Sweden

More Swedes think EU is good for Sweden: Poll

The latest edition of a European Parliament study shows that the number of Swedes who think the EU is good for Sweden is increasing, and it's much higher than the EU-wide average.

Spanish shelter head on trial for ‘killing’ over 2,000 animals
Spain

Spanish shelter head on trial for ‘killing’ over 2,000 animals

The head of an animal shelter is on trial in Spain, accused of killing over 2,000 dogs and cats in a way that provoked a "slow and painful agony."

Bomb squad blows up Paris driver’s badly-parked Porsche
France

Bomb squad blows up Paris driver’s badly-parked Porsche

The lesson is don't park your Porsche in a Paris taxi rank.

‘No conflict of interests’ over Clinton donation: Bern
Switzerland

‘No conflict of interests’ over Clinton donation: Bern

No action will be taken over the Swiss government’s half-a-million-franc donation to the Clinton Foundation.

Two left injured in Danish department store shooting
Denmark

Two left injured in Danish department store shooting

Wounded female was a random shopper, police said.

Growing immigration will ‘keep Austria young’
Austria

Growing immigration will ‘keep Austria young’

Austria’s population is growing at a rate of around 1 percent each year and is expected to increase to 9.65 million people by 2040 (+12 percent) as a result of increased immigration.

Dane acquitted of raping child after lay judge falls asleep
Denmark

Dane acquitted of raping child after lay judge falls asleep

A Danish man convicted of raping his daughter had his sentence overturned on Tuesday after a sleeping lay judge prompted a retrial.

Ten-year-old donates pocket money to earthquake-hit town
Italy

Ten-year-old donates pocket money to earthquake-hit town

Her gesture has warmed hearts in the towns affected by destructive earthquakes earlier this year.

Grasping the umlaut: refugee kids adapt to German schools
Germany

Grasping the umlaut: refugee kids adapt to German schools

For young refugees, school is the first step back to a normal life. But it also comes with a difficult adjustment phase - for pupils as for teachers.

Montreux Christmas market beefs up security plan
Switzerland

Montreux Christmas market beefs up security plan

Montreux Noël has introduced extra security measures this year in light of recent terror attacks in Europe.

French rightwing presidential hopefuls spar on abortion
France

French rightwing presidential hopefuls spar on abortion

"I cannot approve of abortion," said Fillon.

Lufthansa scraps 900 more flights due to pilot strike
Germany

Lufthansa scraps 900 more flights due to pilot strike

Update: Germany's flagship carrier said it would cancel 912 flights on Thursday after nearly 900 flights were called off on Wednesday due to an ongoing pilot strike.

More weather alerts for south of France as storm heads west
France

More weather alerts for south of France as storm heads west

Residents have been told to expect "significant damage".

70 percent of young German men still live with mum
Germany

70 percent of young German men still live with mum

German youths are taking longer to leave the nest than 40 years ago, according to a new study, with strong differences between men and woman.

Mystery homeless girl in Rome ‘is Swedish woman’

Mystery homeless girl in Rome ‘is Swedish woman’

A Swedish man has said that a photo of a homeless girl in Italy, which went viral after some linked it to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, is in fact his daughter.

US names French Isis suspect as Paris attacks planner
France

US names French Isis suspect as Paris attacks planner

The man is a French veteran of the Foreign Legion.

Ericsson fends off new corruption allegations
Sweden

Ericsson fends off new corruption allegations

Another headache for the trouble-hit Swedish telecom giant.

Movies Swedish film buffs want you to watch right now
Sweden

Movies Swedish film buffs want you to watch right now

The Local brings you trailers for the three films that won the big prizes at this year's Stockholm Film Festival.