This is how unequal German society has become
Germany

This is how unequal German society has become

Over the past 25 years, German income disparity has increased markedly. New data traces this progression since German reunification.

Police mull helicopters, CCTV to fight New Year sex crimes
Germany

Police mull helicopters, CCTV to fight New Year sex crimes

As Cologne prepares for New Year's Eve a year after a spate of sexual assaults, officials are considering ramping up security with helicopters, video surveillance and restricted entry to certain places, according to a media report.

Russia hails Francois Fillon (as a worried Germany looks on)
France

Russia hails Francois Fillon (as a worried Germany looks on)

Francois Fillon's win on Sunday has got the Russians excited, but not so much the Germans.

Swedish oil bosses quizzed in six-year human rights probe
Sweden

Swedish oil bosses quizzed in six-year human rights probe

Bosses at Swedish oil company Lundin Petroleum are suspected of being complicit in alleged human rights abuses in South Sudan.

Germany’s misty and frosty weekend in pictures
Germany

Germany’s misty and frosty weekend in pictures

The warm weather was swept aside this weekend, bringing in chilly, clear skies and beautiful frost.

Spain arrests four suspected of Isis links to Paris attacks
Spain

Spain arrests four suspected of Isis links to Paris attacks

Spanish police on Monday arrested four men suspected of being part of an illegal immigration ring used by the Islamic State group to bring jihadists to Europe, including those involved in last year's Paris attacks.

‘My name is Sami and I am a proud Swede – it hurts when people say I’m not Swedish’
Sweden

‘My name is Sami and I am a proud Swede – it hurts when people say I’m not Swedish’

Sami Hotait, a 16-year-old high-school student from Malmö, is tired of being asked where he’s ‘really’ from. Here he tells The Local Voices why he won’t let his inquisitors define him.

Take a closer look at François Fillon’s manor in rural France
France

Take a closer look at François Fillon’s manor in rural France

He lives in a house, a very big house in the country. Take a look at Fillon's manor.

Danes made Black Friday the biggest shopping day ever
Denmark

Danes made Black Friday the biggest shopping day ever

Never before have Danes spent as much money in one single day.

Norwegians set an all-time transactions record on Black Friday
Norway

Norwegians set an all-time transactions record on Black Friday

A total of 8.1 million purchases were carried out with credit cards during the Black Friday shopping ‘holiday’.

‘White powder’ sent to Borås court house was cocoa
Sweden

‘White powder’ sent to Borås court house was cocoa

UPDATED: Mystery powder sparking a scare at the court house in Borås on Monday turned out to be cocoa powder.

Norwegian police involved in just fourth fatal shooting in 14 years
Norway

Norwegian police involved in just fourth fatal shooting in 14 years

Norwegian police shot and killed a 35-year-old man in Kristiansand early on Sunday morning, an incredibly rare incident in a nation where fatal police shootings are nearly non-existent.

Court upholds conviction for ‘Bookkeeper of Auschwitz’
Germany

Court upholds conviction for ‘Bookkeeper of Auschwitz’

A German federal court has upheld the conviction of a former Nazi SS officer known as the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz", his lawyer said on Monday, in a ruling welcomed by victims' representatives.

Italian banks weigh on European stock markets
Italy

Italian banks weigh on European stock markets

Worries about a 'No' vote in Sunday's referendum have sent shares falling across Europe.

Switzerland’s 11 newly-crowned Michelin-starred restaurants
Switzerland

Switzerland’s 11 newly-crowned Michelin-starred restaurants

Looking for some posh nosh this festive season? Try one of these restaurants, which all achieved their first Michelin star in the 2017 guide.

Swedes hope to rebuild burned-down yule goat
Sweden

Swedes hope to rebuild burned-down yule goat

Could Gävle town's giant arson victim rise from the ashes before Christmas?

Here is Denmark’s new coalition government
Denmark

Here is Denmark’s new coalition government

PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen presented his new 22-person cabinet on Monday.

Germany wants ‘any French president who’s not Le Pen’
Germany

Germany wants ‘any French president who’s not Le Pen’

Francois Fillon, frontrunner to become France's next president, has sparked unease in Germany with his friendly attitude toward Russia, but signs that he would beat Marine Le Pen are being welcomed.

Half of returning jihadists still devoted to cause: report
Germany

Half of returning jihadists still devoted to cause: report

A new government report shows that a quarter of those who return to Germany from fighting in Syria or Iraq cooperate with German authorities, while half remain loyal to their cause.

What has gone wrong for Barcelona?
Spain

What has gone wrong for Barcelona?

Barcelona are off to their worst La Liga start since Lionel Messi's debut season nine years ago.

Deadly tropical spider found in Lidl banana packaging
Germany

Deadly tropical spider found in Lidl banana packaging

A Brazilian wandering spider was discovered by a customer in a Lidl supermarket in Rotenburg, Lower Saxony on Saturday.

Could Pokémon Go tech teach immigrants Swedish?
Sweden

Could Pokémon Go tech teach immigrants Swedish?

It's hoped that a new app using similar tech to the Nintendo game will help foreigners take less time to learn Swedish.

Renzi: If referendum fails, technical government is ‘a risk’
Italy

Renzi: If referendum fails, technical government is ‘a risk’

What will happen if Matteo Renzi fails to get his reforms passed?

Two killed in separate hunting accidents in northern France
France

Two killed in separate hunting accidents in northern France

A teenager was among two killed in Normandy.

Is he certain to win? Three questions after Fillon’s victory
France

Is he certain to win? Three questions after Fillon’s victory

So is François Fillon the next president of France?

Dangerous air quality throughout much of Norway
Norway

Dangerous air quality throughout much of Norway

The air quality in ten locations in southern and eastern Norway was declared a health hazard on Monday morning.

82 percent of tech cash goes to male entrepreneurs
Sweden

82 percent of tech cash goes to male entrepreneurs

A new report sheds light on a gender divide in the Swedish startup world.

Swiss village that refused refugees has change of heart
Switzerland

Swiss village that refused refugees has change of heart

Oberwil-Lieli, which voted to pay a hefty fee rather than take its share of refugees, will now accept a Syrian family of five.

Refugee in hospital after beating by Berlin home staff
Germany

Refugee in hospital after beating by Berlin home staff

A 28-year-old Afghan refugee in Berlin was taken to hospital by helicopter after two guards at the home he had lived in assaulted him on the street.

Hamburg cop missing without trace since Wednesday
Germany

Hamburg cop missing without trace since Wednesday

A 22-year-old police officer disappeared last week in Hamburg. Despite extensive searches, her colleagues have failed to locate her.

Anger as sex offenders in French prison package dildos
France

Anger as sex offenders in French prison package dildos

It's disrespectful to the victims, says one union head.

Renzi calls blast at Bologna police station ‘attack on the state’
Italy

Renzi calls blast at Bologna police station ‘attack on the state’

The explosion caused damage to the building, but no injuries.

Voters refuse to back a second Swiss national park
Switzerland

Voters refuse to back a second Swiss national park

Switzerland will not get a second national park after eight communes affected by a proposed park voted against it.

Victory for hardline Fillon is not all bad news for Le Pen
France

Victory for hardline Fillon is not all bad news for Le Pen

François Fillon's hardline views on identity and Islam may weaken Marine Le Pen's chances of becoming president next spring. But his liberal economic reform plan could actually help her.

Dutch and British skiers die in Tyrol avalanche
Austria

Dutch and British skiers die in Tyrol avalanche

A British man and a Dutch man have died after being caught in a huge avalanche in Tyrol in western Austria.

This app is helping refugee children speak Italian
Italy

This app is helping refugee children speak Italian

One in three migrant arrivals in Italy is a child, and many have no knowledge of Italian.

Hackers suspected as 900,000 hit by internet outage
Germany

Hackers suspected as 900,000 hit by internet outage

Update: German Telekom is now looking into evidence of a hacker attack after 900,000 internet, phone and television clients were hit by a massive outage starting on Sunday and going into Monday.

Light, water and heat become a luxury for millions in Spain
Spain

Light, water and heat become a luxury for millions in Spain

Last year more than four million people in Spain could not afford to properly heat their homes.

Spanish hometown of Fidel’s father pays tribute to leader
Spain

Spanish hometown of Fidel’s father pays tribute to leader

Historians will debate Fidel Castro's legacy for years, but the remote Spanish village of Lancara is proud to be the birthplace of the late Cuban president's father.

Two dead after heavy storms across northern Italy
Italy

Two dead after heavy storms across northern Italy

Heavy rains that pounded Italy for days have left at least two people dead.

Five-year-old crushed under fiaker wheels in Vienna
Austria

Five-year-old crushed under fiaker wheels in Vienna

A five-year-old Czech boy who fell out of a horse-drawn carriage in Vienna’s first district is being treated in hospital for life threatening injuries.

Pilots’ strike pushes Lufthansa to cut 1,700 flights
Germany

Pilots’ strike pushes Lufthansa to cut 1,700 flights

Update: A renewed pilots' strike will ground around 1,700 flights at European aviation giant Lufthansa on Tuesday and Wednesday, the group said, as a long-running and costly battle over pay drags on.

Swede wakes up with neighbour’s roof in his garden
Sweden

Swede wakes up with neighbour’s roof in his garden

'Is anyone missing a metal roof after last night's storm? I have an extra one in the garden.'

Danish supermarket offers fresh take on expired food
Denmark

Danish supermarket offers fresh take on expired food

It may be past its sell-by date, but for many Danes it's a tasty proposition: A supermarket in Copenhagen selling surplus food has proved to be so popular it recently opened a second store.

What holiday story do YOU want to read on The Local Voices?
Sweden

What holiday story do YOU want to read on The Local Voices?

We're inviting you, our readers, to help us create our year-end holiday feature story. Find out how.

How an ‘extreme’ winemaker from Japan made it in France
France

How an ‘extreme’ winemaker from Japan made it in France

The story of the Japanese chemist who went to extremes in a quest to make the best natural wine in France.

Swiss voters reject early nuclear withdrawal
Switzerland

Swiss voters reject early nuclear withdrawal

Switzerland's ageing nuclear reactors will keep running after voters rejected a call to speed up nuclear phaseout.

French minister denounces policeman’s ‘heinous’ death
France

French minister denounces policeman’s ‘heinous’ death

Convicted criminal runs over and kills French policeman.

Austria’s presidential rivals clash in TV debate
Austria

Austria’s presidential rivals clash in TV debate

The two candidates in Austria's longest ever presidential race clashed over the European Union, Donald Trump, and migrants as they faced off in a TV duel.

Sweden’s Christmas goat burned down on opening day
Sweden

Sweden’s Christmas goat burned down on opening day

2016's edition of the famous Gävle goat is no more, after it was burned down on inauguration day.

Introducing… The Local’s new design
Switzerland

Introducing… The Local’s new design

You may have noticed that a few things have changed around here.

‘I created this Stockholm podcast because I needed it’
Sweden

‘I created this Stockholm podcast because I needed it’

Meet Erin Bonnier, 34, who runs the website and podcast Stockholm Lokal about the capital, culture and being an American in Sweden.