Two dead after stabbing at Norway primary school
Norway

Two dead after stabbing at Norway primary school

Norwegian police on Monday night were searching for the person or persons who killed a boy and a woman at a primary school earlier in the day in Kristiansand.

Renzi to resign once Italy’s budget is passed
Italy

Renzi to resign once Italy’s budget is passed

Renzi confirmed his resignation on Monday night, but will stay on to pass Italy's 2017 budget.

Manuel Valls faces uphill battle to be France’s next boss
France

Manuel Valls faces uphill battle to be France’s next boss

Valls officially announced his presidential bid on Monday evening, the first step in what will be his biggest battle yet.

French PM Valls officially announces he wants to be next president
France

French PM Valls officially announces he wants to be next president

PM Manuel Valls will resign on Tuesday in order to run for the country's top job.

The many things that can ‘only happen in France’ (according to Twitter)
France

The many things that can ‘only happen in France’ (according to Twitter)

You know you're in France when these weird and wonderful things happen.

Swedish festive ad pulled following racist abuse of child
Sweden

Swedish festive ad pulled following racist abuse of child

Department store Åhléns announced on Monday that it was removing an online ad after the child in the picture was targeted by racist trolls.

Temperatures rise as sunny winter weather continues
Germany

Temperatures rise as sunny winter weather continues

The days are sunny and the nights are cold across Germany, but weather forecasters predict higher temperatures as the week goes on.

Fritzl’s Austrian house of incest horrors sold
Austria

Fritzl’s Austrian house of incest horrors sold

The house where Austrian incest monster Josef Fritzl shut his daughter in the cellar for 24 years has been sold to a woman who runs a local strip club.

1,000 sprinting Santas take over small German town
Germany

1,000 sprinting Santas take over small German town

Nearly 1,000 bearded, red coat-wearing runners took over a small Brandenburg town on Sunday - here's why.

Swedish nationalists sack MP accused of anti-Semitic slur
Sweden

Swedish nationalists sack MP accused of anti-Semitic slur

Anna Hagwall has been slammed in Sweden for what was perceived to be an anti-Semitic attack on one of the country's media groups.

Populists celebrate ‘people’s victory’ as Renzi packs his bags
Italy

Populists celebrate ‘people’s victory’ as Renzi packs his bags

Renzi is expected to formally resign in a cabinet meeting set for 6:30pm on Monday.

What next for Austria’s Freedom Party?
Austria

What next for Austria’s Freedom Party?

Norbert Hofer has failed in his bid to become the EU's first far-right president, losing to Alexander Van der Bellen. But we shouldn't underestimate the FPÖ.

Six questions (and answers) after the Italian referendum
Italy

Six questions (and answers) after the Italian referendum

Why is the referendum so important, what's next for Italy and what does this mean for Europe?

Spain raises tax on fags, booze and sugary drinks in pledge to meet EU deficit target
Spain

Spain raises tax on fags, booze and sugary drinks in pledge to meet EU deficit target

Spain has laid out its budget plans, pledging to drop its deficit below a EU-stipulated three-percent limit after several failed attempts while also tackling unemployment.

Germany bucks global trend, sells more weapons
Germany

Germany bucks global trend, sells more weapons

Weapons sales around the world decreased last year, despite various ongoing military conflicts. But major German firms actually greatly increased their sales at the same time.

‘Refugees are not scary: rent out your free space to them’
Sweden

‘Refugees are not scary: rent out your free space to them’

Stockholm City recently launched a campaign urging residents to rent out free space to refugees. So why are so few locals heeding the call? Architect Karin Saler believes Swedes’ love of their personal space is at least as much to blame as any anti-refugee sentiment.

Extortionist arrested in Graz after murder threats
Austria

Extortionist arrested in Graz after murder threats

A 24-year-old man has been arrested after demanding that a woman in Carinthia pay him €310,000, or he would kill her two children.

IN PICTURES: The defining moments of Renzi’s time as PM
Italy

IN PICTURES: The defining moments of Renzi’s time as PM

From the highs to the lows, here's a look back over Matteo Renzi's time in office.

Kremlin praises Italy’s Renzi for boosting bilateral ties
Italy

Kremlin praises Italy’s Renzi for boosting bilateral ties

The Kremlin heaped praise on outgoing Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi following his resignation.

Viking gold discovered in Denmark – on live TV
Denmark

Viking gold discovered in Denmark – on live TV

1,100-year-old bracelet pulled out of the ground in front of rolling cameras.

Why Italy said ‘no’ to Renzi’s reforms
Italy

Why Italy said ‘no’ to Renzi’s reforms

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's crushing defeat in a constitutional reform referendum cost him his job. What went wrong?

Italy vote won’t trigger new euro crisis, ministers insist
Italy

Italy vote won’t trigger new euro crisis, ministers insist

"The problems that we have today are the problems that we had yesterday."

Paris plans to sell old love locks to raise €100,000 for refugees
France

Paris plans to sell old love locks to raise €100,000 for refugees

Something good could become of all that metal after all.

Is the Musée d’Orsay a victim of its own success?
France

Is the Musée d’Orsay a victim of its own success?

"It's the most packed museum in the world," apparently. Does that ruin it?

Danish doctors come out against circumcision
Denmark

Danish doctors come out against circumcision

The Danish Medical Association (Lægeforeningen) has recommended that no boys under the age of 18 be circumcised in Denmark.

British thrill seekers face charges for ‘surfing’ Paris Metro across Seine
France

British thrill seekers face charges for ‘surfing’ Paris Metro across Seine

Stunt could land the British freerunners in court.

Malmö arson attack claimed by Isis was not terror-related
Sweden

Malmö arson attack claimed by Isis was not terror-related

UPDATED: The man detained for a Malmö arson attack claimed by Isis did not commit a terror offence, a Swedish remand hearing has concluded.

Teen’s murder-rape arrest reignites refugee debate
Germany

Teen’s murder-rape arrest reignites refugee debate

The German government pleaded for calm on Monday after the arrest of a teenage Afghan asylum seeker for the alleged rape and murder of a German student triggered fresh criticism of the country's liberal refugee policy.

Busted: Gang that robbed tourists in Madrid by posing as police
Spain

Busted: Gang that robbed tourists in Madrid by posing as police

Spanish police have arrested a criminal gang that posed as police officers to rob tourists.

British student dies at French ski resort after ‘drunken night out’
France

British student dies at French ski resort after ‘drunken night out’

British student at Oxford University was found dead after a boozy night out, French media report.

China criticizes US for blocking sale of German firm
Germany

China criticizes US for blocking sale of German firm

The US is reportedly worried that China could use the firm's technology in its nuclear programme.

Germany should deport sick refugees: Merkel party mate
Germany

Germany should deport sick refugees: Merkel party mate

A top member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU party on Monday defended his proposal for Germany to deport sick refugees after receiving harsh criticism.

Bob Dylan writes speech for Nobel Prize ceremony
Sweden

Bob Dylan writes speech for Nobel Prize ceremony

And one of Bob Dylan's songs will be performed at the awards ceremony, but not by the literature laureate himself.

Six weird Swedish Christmas foods to try if you’re brave
Sweden

Six weird Swedish Christmas foods to try if you’re brave

From fish treated in acid to 'egg cheese', The Local looks at some of the weirder Swedish Christmas foods on offer.

Rail worker jailed over train crash that killed 12
Germany

Rail worker jailed over train crash that killed 12

A German rail dispatcher who admitted that his negligence caused a train crash that killed 12 people has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

Eurosceptics delight as defeated Renzi quits
Italy

Eurosceptics delight as defeated Renzi quits

"The people have won," said the head of Italy's far-right Northern League.

In pictures: Tour this unusal Swedish home at Christmas
Sweden

In pictures: Tour this unusal Swedish home at Christmas

Houzz.se's Amanda Strömberg looks inside a Swedish family's unconventional take on Christmas at their farm.

Why Germany is worried by Italy’s referendum result
Germany

Why Germany is worried by Italy’s referendum result

Chancellor Angela Merkel lost a key ally on Sunday night.

French pole dancers cause uproar at Brest Christmas market
France

French pole dancers cause uproar at Brest Christmas market

How did two pole dancers end up performing at a Christmas market in France, when there were dozens of children present?

Geneva airport workers ‘ready to strike’
Switzerland

Geneva airport workers ‘ready to strike’

Workers at Geneva airport could go on strike with only two hours advance warning after negotiations over pay with airport operator Swissport broke down.

‘Skam’ hailed for making Norwegian language cool
Norway

‘Skam’ hailed for making Norwegian language cool

The popular Norwegian series ‘Skam’ (Shame) was given the Nordic Language Award for 2016 on Monday for its ability to engage a young Nordic audience.

Swiss president to talk trade with Trump
Switzerland

Swiss president to talk trade with Trump

US President-elect Donald Trump and Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann will talk in the coming days.

Two drown in flash floods as torrential rain hits southern Spain
Spain

Two drown in flash floods as torrential rain hits southern Spain

A weekend of torrential rain across southern Spain caused the worst flooding in thirty years and claimed the lives of two people.

8 fascinating programmes at the University of Gothenburg
Sweden

8 fascinating programmes at the University of Gothenburg

Did you know the University of Gothenburg offers 60 master's programmes in English? And some of them may surprise you.

Denmark drops plans to send migrants to Hungary
Denmark

Denmark drops plans to send migrants to Hungary

Around 350 asylum seekers who were told they'd be sent back to Hungary will now have their cases processed in Denmark.

No, Italy’s referendum is not the same as Trump or Brexit
Italy

No, Italy’s referendum is not the same as Trump or Brexit

Italy's referendum has been framed as the third 'anti-establishment' revolt of 2016 - but the reality is different.

Van der Bellen vows to be president for all Austrians
Austria

Van der Bellen vows to be president for all Austrians

Alexander Van der Bellen, Austria’s president-elect, has said that he wants to be a president for all Austrians and promised to press the government on issues such as labour reform.

How Matteo Renzi fell as swiftly as he rose
Italy

How Matteo Renzi fell as swiftly as he rose

In the end, Matteo Renzi's fall was even quicker than his remarkably rapid rise to the summit of Italian politics.

France’s first urban cable car runs into trouble after two weeks
France

France’s first urban cable car runs into trouble after two weeks

Operators have pulled the plug after a few near misses.

Shooter killed her family then lay down to die beside mother
Austria

Shooter killed her family then lay down to die beside mother

An Austrian woman who shot and killed her mother, brother and her three young children, afterwards lay down beside her dead mother and shot herself, the police investigation has revealed.

Norwegian Air gets long-awaited US approval
Norway

Norwegian Air gets long-awaited US approval

But will Donald Trump intervene and reverse it?

These are Berlin’s seven most exquisite restaurants
Germany

These are Berlin’s seven most exquisite restaurants

The capital city still hasn't managed to snag three stars in the new 2017 Michelin guide released on Thursday, but it still boasts seven two-star eateries. Here's a look at what they have to offer.

Two dead as over 700 migrants rescued in Mediterranean
Italy

Two dead as over 700 migrants rescued in Mediterranean

"We are heartbroken, again," said medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres.

In pictures: 1,200 Santa Claus ski in Verbier
Switzerland

In pictures: 1,200 Santa Claus ski in Verbier

It wasn’t an everyday sight: 1,200 skiers dressed as Father Christmas, or St Nicholas, took to the slopes of Verbier on Saturday.

Austrian vote a ‘good omen for Europe’: German minister
Germany

Austrian vote a ‘good omen for Europe’: German minister

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Sunday said that the far-right defeat in Austria's presidential election was "a good omen" for Europe.

French town ordered to remove statue of Virgin Mary
France

French town ordered to remove statue of Virgin Mary

No room in the park for the Virgin Mary this year.

Swiss champ Gut wins season’s first super-G in Canada
Switzerland

Swiss champ Gut wins season’s first super-G in Canada

World Cup overall champion Lara Gut claimed the season opening women's super-G race at Lake Louise on Sunday.

Italian referendum: What happens now?
Italy

Italian referendum: What happens now?

Here are three of the most likely scenarios.

No fire, but: Gävle’s baby yule goat run over by car
Sweden

No fire, but: Gävle’s baby yule goat run over by car

Not a great Christmas tradition, guys.

Euro hit by fears of uncertainty after Italian referendum
Italy

Euro hit by fears of uncertainty after Italian referendum

Prime minister Matteo Renzi's defeat in Italy's referendum has sparked fresh uncertainty.

Hollande pays tribute to Italy’s Renzi after referendum defeat
France

Hollande pays tribute to Italy’s Renzi after referendum defeat

French president says Matteo Renzi has all his sympathy.

Swedes give low marks to pupils’ performance
Sweden

Swedes give low marks to pupils’ performance

Less than a fourth believe that Swedish pupils learn what they need to in school, a new poll suggests.

‘Hats off to the Swedish, I’ve learned a lot from them’
Sweden

‘Hats off to the Swedish, I’ve learned a lot from them’

The Local speaks to Daniel Guest, head chef at Stockholm's Hotel Miss Clara about working in Sweden, Swedish Christmas food, and why he has strong opinions on sugar.