Five things we learned about Merkel from her conference speech
Germany

Five things we learned about Merkel from her conference speech

Angela Merkel's popularity is no longer unbounded. Her speech to her party conference showed her strengths – but also exposed her weaknesses.

Swedish court jails Iraqi for war crimes after Facebook post
Sweden

Swedish court jails Iraqi for war crimes after Facebook post

The landmark ruling saw a Swedish court jail the man after he posted photos on Facebook of himself posing with dead bodies.

Italy to hold hearing on electoral law in January
Italy

Italy to hold hearing on electoral law in January

The move could mean fresh elections much sooner than anticipated.

IN PICTURES: See Paris cloaked in smog as air pollution spikes
France

IN PICTURES: See Paris cloaked in smog as air pollution spikes

Check out what Paris looks like when shrouded in air pollution.

Suspect arrested for sex attacks on Chinese students in west Germany
Germany

Suspect arrested for sex attacks on Chinese students in west Germany

Officials said on Tuesday that they had arrested a 31-year-old man living in a refugee home after two Chinese students reported being sexually assaulted in recent months near Bochum University.

Swedish Youtube giant PewDiePie threatens to close his channel
Sweden

Swedish Youtube giant PewDiePie threatens to close his channel

The person behind the world's most watched Youtube channel, Swedish video blogger PewDiePie, has accused YouTube of trying to "kill" his channel and threatened to shut it down once he reaches 50 million subscribers.

OPINION: ‘France is facing an emergency, the next election is decisive’
France

OPINION: ‘France is facing an emergency, the next election is decisive’

Two French business leaders tell The Local real reforms are now a matter of urgency and the next presidential election is the most important in decades.

Cancel my Christmas julbord? That’s akin to WWII persecution, claims Swedish nationalist
Sweden

Cancel my Christmas julbord? That’s akin to WWII persecution, claims Swedish nationalist

A local branch of the party thinks having a Christmas dinner booking cancelled is similar to the persecution experienced during World War II.

Merkel re-elected as CDU party leader with big majority
Germany

Merkel re-elected as CDU party leader with big majority

Chancellor Angela Merkel was re-elected as leader of the CDU at the party conference on Tuesday, meaning she will be their Chancellor candidate at next year's election.

OPINION: ‘Swedish Lucia ad racism is shocking and hypocritical’
Sweden

OPINION: ‘Swedish Lucia ad racism is shocking and hypocritical’

Journalist Edinah Masanga writes about the online abuse suffered by a child featured in a Swedish Lucia advert.

Germany among top European countries for education: PISA report
Germany

Germany among top European countries for education: PISA report

Germany was among the top ten European countries in a survey of student performance on Tuesday, but still showed larger than average achievement gaps in certain areas.

5 reasons UK expats should get healthcare help from home

5 reasons UK expats should get healthcare help from home

Navigating the health care system in another country can be tough, and even when it all works out, sometimes you just miss the comfort of the system back home. But there's a solution.

Public broadcaster: we didn’t cover up refugee rape suspect
Germany

Public broadcaster: we didn’t cover up refugee rape suspect

German public broadcaster ARD came under fire on Tuesday, accused of having ignored a rape-murder case in which an Afghan refugee is the top suspect for fear of fueling anti-migrant sentiment.

What the Pisa rankings actually tell us about Swedish schools
Sweden

What the Pisa rankings actually tell us about Swedish schools

The Local asked the experts what we can take from the improving performance of Swedish schools in international rankings.

Denmark reaches new heights in global education ranking
Denmark

Denmark reaches new heights in global education ranking

Danish students have shown signs of significant improvement in latest edition of the global Pisa education ranking.

Lego builds new company structure to grow brand
Denmark

Lego builds new company structure to grow brand

Danish toy maker Lego announced on Tuesday a management shake-up to develop the brand beyond its iconic plastic bricks under the leadership of its veteran chief who brought the company back from the brink of bankruptcy.

Battle over early elections grips Italy in limbo
Italy

Battle over early elections grips Italy in limbo

A fight over whether to hold early elections gripped Italy on Tuesday after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's resignation left the eurozone's third largest economy in political limbo.

Have you had a house hunt as hard as this?
Sweden

Have you had a house hunt as hard as this?

Newcomers, and especially refugees, are suffering as a result of Sweden’s housing crisis, Syrian journalist Alberto Salmoneh tells The Local.

Austria’s far-right puts brave face on election defeat
Austria

Austria’s far-right puts brave face on election defeat

The head of Austria's far-right Freedom Party says he is "optimistic" about the next general elections, even though official results showed the FPÖ lost a presidential runoff by 350,000 votes.

‘Queen Nefertari’s legs’ found in northern Italy
Italy

‘Queen Nefertari’s legs’ found in northern Italy

A pair of legs on display in Turin's Egyptian Museum likely belonged to Ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertari, according to a new archaeological study.

Merkel says she is for burqa ban where legally possible
Germany

Merkel says she is for burqa ban where legally possible

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday to party members that she was for a ban on the full-body veil wherever legally possible, receiving applause from her conservative CDU party.

Ten of the most ‘Instagram-able’ places in Sweden
Sweden

Ten of the most ‘Instagram-able’ places in Sweden

The Local picks out ten of Sweden's most Instagram-able places. It wasn't easy!

France’s man for fighting terrorism becomes new Prime Minister
France

France’s man for fighting terrorism becomes new Prime Minister

New French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is a safe pair of hands who as interior minister had to deal with a series of jihadist attacks which were unprecedented in France.

Statoil ditches Super Puma helicopters after deadly crash
Norway

Statoil ditches Super Puma helicopters after deadly crash

Norwegian oil group Statoil said on Tuesday it will not use Airbus' Super Puma helicopters even after European authorities lifted a flight ban imposed following a deadly accident in April in Norway.

Stark inequality causes France to fall again in global education rankings
France

Stark inequality causes France to fall again in global education rankings

Gaping inequality between rich and poor French pupils has caused France to slide in a new education report.

Norwegian teens over the hump in global school rankings
Norway

Norwegian teens over the hump in global school rankings

Norwegian 15-year-olds have made clear improvements in the latest edition of the global Pisa education ranking.

Half of southern Italians at risk of poverty: report
Italy

Half of southern Italians at risk of poverty: report

Sicily is the area with the highest poverty rate, with 55.4 percent of people there facing poverty or social exclusion.

Danish arsonist done in by his need to masturbate
Denmark

Danish arsonist done in by his need to masturbate

A 41-year-old man who is standing trial this week for a string of arsons in Odense may have gotten away with his crimes if he hadn’t stopped to pleasure himself in public view.

Why the ‘ugly Christmas sweater’ is making waves in Deutschland
Germany

Why the ‘ugly Christmas sweater’ is making waves in Deutschland

The holiday garment that became cool for being anything but cool has now crept into German culture from overseas. But does that make it uncool once again?

Swiss schoolkids are Europe’s best at maths
Switzerland

Swiss schoolkids are Europe’s best at maths

Swiss school students are better at mathematics than any other young people in Europe, according to an international study.

Frenchman dies after friends leave him outside naked ‘for snoring’
France

Frenchman dies after friends leave him outside naked ‘for snoring’

What was meant to be a prank ended in tragedy.

Trains between Paris and Charles de Gaulle airport suspended
France

Trains between Paris and Charles de Gaulle airport suspended

Airport passengers beware.

World’s longest tunnel prepares for first scheduled services
Switzerland

World’s longest tunnel prepares for first scheduled services

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) has received the green light to start operating scheduled train services through the Gotthard Base Tunnel this Sunday..

Hollande names Bernard Cazeneuve as new Prime Minister
France

Hollande names Bernard Cazeneuve as new Prime Minister

Hollande names trusty interior minister as PM.

Sweden recovers in global school rankings
Sweden

Sweden recovers in global school rankings

Sweden's schools have showed signs of recovery in the latest edition of the global Pisa education ranking.

Victims identified, but no suspects in Norway school deaths
Norway

Victims identified, but no suspects in Norway school deaths

As of Tuesday morning, police in Kristiansand had not arrested or charged anyone with the the stabbing attack that killed two people at the Wilds Minne primary school on Monday.

Germany must pay nuclear firms compensation: high court judges
Germany

Germany must pay nuclear firms compensation: high court judges

Germany's Constitutional Court on Tuesday ruled that energy companies have a right to compensation after the government ordered the shutdown of all the country's nuclear power plants in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

Girls’ rights and integration in Sweden
Sweden

Girls’ rights and integration in Sweden

How should Sweden handle girls' rights, when many girls have moved to Sweden from countries with very different laws? The Hunger Project and the Association of Foreign Affairs in Malmö hosted a seminar on this topic at Malmö University. Rushina Ansari from The Hunger Project told us about the event.

Officer shot in the head at Danish police station
Denmark

Officer shot in the head at Danish police station

UPDATED: One suspect arrested after an officer was shot in the head in Albertslund.

Sweden needs immigrants to solve labour shortage: employment agency
Sweden

Sweden needs immigrants to solve labour shortage: employment agency

Both the public and private sector in the country are going to suffer from a lack of labour, Arbetsförmedlingen predicts.

Vienna auction house sells undelivered parcels
Austria

Vienna auction house sells undelivered parcels

A Viennese auction house is holding a sale of undelivered parcels, including items which could make great Christmas presents - such as drones, tablets, and smartphones.

Paris makes public transport free to battle pollution spike
France

Paris makes public transport free to battle pollution spike

Half of drivers will have to leave their cars at home on Tuesday, but buses and trains are free.

Switzerland’s immigration dilemma: what you need to know
Switzerland

Switzerland’s immigration dilemma: what you need to know

How can Switzerland implement immigration quotas without damaging its relationship with the EU? As parliament debates the issue, The Local examines how this situation came about... and what could happen next.

2,000-year-old teeth show malaria existed in Roman Empire
Italy

2,000-year-old teeth show malaria existed in Roman Empire

Malaria likely caused widespread death in ancient Rome, according to DNA analysis of the teeth.

Why Denmark is suffering a branding crisis (and what can be done about it)
Denmark

Why Denmark is suffering a branding crisis (and what can be done about it)

Danish brands are hardly known beyond our nearest neighbours and it's hurting companies' ability to attract talent.

John Kerry in Berlin: ‘we are going to be OK’
Germany

John Kerry in Berlin: ‘we are going to be OK’

US Secretary of State John Kerry warned on Monday that "anxieties" were sweeping Western democracies and stressed the need for strong transatlantic ties as Europe nervously awaits Donald Trump's start in the White House.

Italian banks on edge as Renzi resigns
Italy

Italian banks on edge as Renzi resigns

Renzi's resignation leaves the fate of key Italian banks up in the air.

France bets on Bollywood to lure Indian tourists
France

France bets on Bollywood to lure Indian tourists

As France contends with a drop in tourist numbers following a series of deadly attacks, the government is hoping that a new Bollywood romantic comedy can help it lure Indian visitors.

Bertolucci responds to Last Tango rape row
Italy

Bertolucci responds to Last Tango rape row

Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci said accusations of abuse in a notorious sex scene in Last Tango in Paris were due to a "ridiculous misunderstanding".

Coastguard: 1,300 migrants rescued, 16 found dead
Italy

Coastguard: 1,300 migrants rescued, 16 found dead

Despite winter weather, the number of migrants making the perilous journey has remained steady.

Swiss bishops to pay reparations to sex abuse victims
Switzerland

Swiss bishops to pay reparations to sex abuse victims

Catholic bishops have created a fund to help people sexually abused by clergy members in the past.

Former Fifa boss Blatter loses appeal over football ban
Switzerland

Former Fifa boss Blatter loses appeal over football ban

Sport's highest court on Monday rejected the appeal of former Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

Merkel’s new election bid ‘more difficult than any before’
Germany

Merkel’s new election bid ‘more difficult than any before’

Chancellor Angela Merkel is due on Tuesday to outline her battle strategy to counter a wave of populism that has consumed key allies abroad, as she launches into campaign mode for next year's elections.

La Liste: Swiss restaurant remains among world’s best
Switzerland

La Liste: Swiss restaurant remains among world’s best

Restaurant de l'Hotel de Ville at Crissier near Lausanne slipped slightly to fourth, after taking the top spot last year.

UK police search for missing man in Switzerland
Switzerland

UK police search for missing man in Switzerland

Maurice Batey, 65, has not been seen since flying to Geneva in May.

OPINION: Does Dylan realize what his Nobel snub is doing to musicians?
Sweden

OPINION: Does Dylan realize what his Nobel snub is doing to musicians?

An American author writes an open letter to the Nobel Prize committee about this year's hotly debated literature prize.

This is how many times Facebook got mentioned in Sweden in 2016
Sweden

This is how many times Facebook got mentioned in Sweden in 2016

A new survey has measured which brands and political parties have featured the most in Swedish media so far in 2016.

‘I heard screams, then I saw people jump from the balcony’
Sweden

‘I heard screams, then I saw people jump from the balcony’

Several people were taken to hospital after a blaze tore through an apartment block north of Stockholm.

Introducing… The Local’s new design
Germany

Introducing… The Local’s new design

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

Introducing… The Local’s new design
Sweden

Introducing… The Local’s new design

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

Introducing… The Local’s new design
Austria

Introducing… The Local’s new design

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

Introducing… The Local’s new design
Denmark

Introducing… The Local’s new design

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