Paris closes parks and gardens as city declares war on rats
France

Paris closes parks and gardens as city declares war on rats

The famous Champs de Mars by the Eiffel Tower will be closed as Paris deploys rat catchers.

Swedish soldier reports attack by unknown assailants during exercise
Sweden

Swedish soldier reports attack by unknown assailants during exercise

The soldier reported an incident to the police where he claims to have been scratched by two unknown assailants.

Düsseldorf hopes to pull other cities onto weed legalization plan
Germany

Düsseldorf hopes to pull other cities onto weed legalization plan

City authorities in the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia want to legalize cannabis. But to see the plan through they might have to get their neighbours on board.

Opposition parties condemn German defence plan with Saudi Arabia
Germany

Opposition parties condemn German defence plan with Saudi Arabia

The German Defence Minister was in Saudi Arabia on Thursday aiming to conclude a training deal for Saudi military officers, eliciting sharp criticism from German left-leaning parties.

France extends driving bans (but motorists don’t care)
France

France extends driving bans (but motorists don’t care)

Unruly drivers are undermining the pollution bans.

Why the French face a pricey Christmas dinner this year
France

Why the French face a pricey Christmas dinner this year

The French will have to fork out far more for Christmas delicacies this year.

Police draft in back-up to hunt down Sweden’s Christmas goat burner
Sweden

Police draft in back-up to hunt down Sweden’s Christmas goat burner

The goat hater behind the burning of this year's giant straw figure in Sweden is still at large.

These are Germany’s absolute best restaurants… and they’re not where you’d think
Germany

These are Germany’s absolute best restaurants… and they’re not where you’d think

German cuisine may not be as internationally renowned among gourmands as French fare, but the country still has its share of three-star bistos that can't be missed.

Nazi camp cash counterfeiter Adolf Burger dies at 99
Germany

Nazi camp cash counterfeiter Adolf Burger dies at 99

Adolf Burger, the last of the concentration camp inmates forced by Nazi Germany to churn out phoney British money, has died at the age of 99, media reports said Thursday.

Banksy Mouse? Mysterious mini art turns heads in Sweden
Sweden

Banksy Mouse? Mysterious mini art turns heads in Sweden

An incredibly detailed portrayal of a mouse-sized world featuring a restaurant, shop and more has brought smiles to the faces of Malmö residents.

Pollution: Cost of making Paris public transport free hits €16 million and counting
France

Pollution: Cost of making Paris public transport free hits €16 million and counting

Is it worth it?

These are the ten German districts with the richest residents
Germany

These are the ten German districts with the richest residents

An annual study of consumer purchasing power shows where the richest Germans live and just how unevenly distributed wealth is throughout the country.

Industrial giant ThyssenKrupp hit by ‘massive cyber attack’
Germany

Industrial giant ThyssenKrupp hit by ‘massive cyber attack’

German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp said Thursday it fell victim to a hacking attack in which the perpetrators sought to steal company secrets.

All you need to know about Geneva’s Escalade festival
Switzerland

All you need to know about Geneva’s Escalade festival

Geneva’s most popular and enduring annual festival, the Escalade, takes place this weekend. The Local tells you what it's all about.

Government spending figure worrying sign for Norway’s economy
Norway

Government spending figure worrying sign for Norway’s economy

For the first time in 20 years, Norway’s government spending exceeds 50 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Waiting in the wings: Who will replace Renzi?
Italy

Waiting in the wings: Who will replace Renzi?

Here are the most likely candidates.

Chinese firm scraps German tech deal after US block
Germany

Chinese firm scraps German tech deal after US block

Barack Obama didn't want this technology to end up in the hands of a Chinese government-backed company.

From PM to PlayStation: Renzi retreats to plot comeback
Italy

From PM to PlayStation: Renzi retreats to plot comeback

Despite his heavy referendum defeat, polls on Thursday showed a majority of voters saw Renzi as the best leader for his party.

‘Some Europeans can’t tell the difference between refugees and migrants’
Sweden

‘Some Europeans can’t tell the difference between refugees and migrants’

With Sweden taking in so many refugees in recent years, economic migrants have dropped down the list of priorities and are often ignored, business administrator Stuti Singh tells The Local Voices.

Le Pen wants to end free education for children of ‘illegal immigrants’
France

Le Pen wants to end free education for children of ‘illegal immigrants’

"Play time is over," says the leader of France's far-right National Front party.

Here are the richest Swedes of 2016
Sweden

Here are the richest Swedes of 2016

More Swedish billionaires have been added to the ranks this year, but who is the richest of them all?

Russia: ‘We have no plans to invade Sweden’
Sweden

Russia: ‘We have no plans to invade Sweden’

Only question is: will the Swedes believe that?

Geneva hospital tells visitors they must don face masks
Switzerland

Geneva hospital tells visitors they must don face masks

Anyone visiting Geneva University Hospital must now wear a face mask, under new rules to combat the spread of flu.

How ex-minister Cahuzac became a political pariah for tax fraud
France

How ex-minister Cahuzac became a political pariah for tax fraud

Former Budget Minister Jérôme Cahuzac's was jailed for three years on Thursday. Here is a look at how he became a political pariah in France after being charged with tax fraud and kicked out of the government in 2013.

France’s tax fraud tsar handed jail term for tax dodging
France

France’s tax fraud tsar handed jail term for tax dodging

He was supposed to be cracking down on tax dodgers not joining them.

Husband arrested for burning wife to death on street
Germany

Husband arrested for burning wife to death on street

A 41-year-old man had been detained on suspicion of murder, after he is believed to have set fire to his wife on a street in the northern town of Kiel on Wednesday.

Here’s why no one really understands Danish immigration laws
Denmark

Here’s why no one really understands Danish immigration laws

With nearly 70 significant changes to the rules over the past 15 years, foreigners in Denmark have a hard time following along.

Hitler’s Mein Kampf a surprise entry in Italian schoolkids’ top books list
Italy

Hitler’s Mein Kampf a surprise entry in Italian schoolkids’ top books list

An initiative intended to promote reading among young people showed the enduring popularity of classic tales - but ten schools submitted a rather worrying choice.

Need to confess sins? New app in Spain finds nearest priest
Spain

Need to confess sins? New app in Spain finds nearest priest

Catholics seeking to confess their sins to a priest in Spain can now turn to a new app to find the nearest available cleric.

Coveted Picasso paintings sell for a fortune in Sweden

Coveted Picasso paintings sell for a fortune in Sweden

It was the first time that four paintings by Pablo Picasso had been auctioned in Sweden, and buyers paid a premium.

Muslim girl loses case to be exempt from co-ed swim classes
Germany

Muslim girl loses case to be exempt from co-ed swim classes

Germany's top court shot down the case of a young girl who had argued she should not have to take part in swim classes with both boys and girls due to her religion.

Banks in UK ‘plan possible Paris move on Brexit’
France

Banks in UK ‘plan possible Paris move on Brexit’

International banks have enquired about switching operations from London to Paris following Britain's vote in favour of exiting the European Union, according to a senior official at France's markets regulator.

EU to sue Germany over Volkswagen emissions scandal
Germany

EU to sue Germany over Volkswagen emissions scandal

The European Commission is preparing a legal case against the German government for failing to properly impose regulations on diesel emissions on its car manufacturers.

Moody’s downgrades Italy outlook following referendum
Italy

Moody’s downgrades Italy outlook following referendum

The Moody's ratings agency on Wednesday downgraded its outlook for Italy's sovereign debt to negative from stable, citing the failure of the constitutional referendum, but kept the debt rating unchanged.

Tight security (and a drone) to greet revellers at Lyon’s Festival of Lights
France

Tight security (and a drone) to greet revellers at Lyon’s Festival of Lights

The annual Fête des Lumières is going to be a tightly guarded and scaled-back affair this year.

Supporters of ‘gay culture’ can’t become priests: Pope
Italy

Supporters of ‘gay culture’ can’t become priests: Pope

A new guide on training for priests emphasizes sexual abstinence, the barring of gay people and supporters of 'gay culture' from holy orders, and daily social media use.

Nobel Laureate moves to Stockholm: ‘It’s magical’
Sweden

Nobel Laureate moves to Stockholm: ‘It’s magical’

It's Nobel Week and this year's winners are in town to celebrate. And another old laureate has decided to stay and join the research team at Stockholm University...

These are the Spotify hits Danes listened to in 2016
Denmark

These are the Spotify hits Danes listened to in 2016

Want to build an end-of-year playlist Danish style? Here are 2016's most streamed tracks in Denmark.

Clash as teenagers face off against Krampus
Austria

Clash as teenagers face off against Krampus

Things got a little more exciting than usual at the annual Krampus parade in the small town of St. Johann in Pongau when a group of teenagers attacked the demonic mountain spirits.

These are the Spotify hits Norwegians listened to in 2016
Norway

These are the Spotify hits Norwegians listened to in 2016

Want to build an end-of-year playlist Norwegian style? Here are 2016's most streamed tracks in Norway.

Italy asks for more time to save world’s oldest bank
Italy

Italy asks for more time to save world’s oldest bank

Investors are reluctant to commit funds due to the instability created by Renzi's resignation.

SVP won’t call referendum on mass immigration initiative
Switzerland

SVP won’t call referendum on mass immigration initiative

The right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) says it will not call on Swiss voters to decide on how its mass immigration initiative should be implemented.

How Renzi’s flying start slowed to a limp
Italy

How Renzi’s flying start slowed to a limp

Renzi once promised to make Italy stronger and more competitive in 1,000 days. But his reforms didn't quite take off.

Norwegian man gets eight years for the sexual abuse of 62 children
Norway

Norwegian man gets eight years for the sexual abuse of 62 children

A 66-year-old man was sentenced to eight years in prison on Thursday for a series of online sexual assaults perpetrated on children in Norway and the Philippines.

One killed as light aircraft crash lands at eastern France airport
France

One killed as light aircraft crash lands at eastern France airport

One person was killed when a light aircraft crashlanded at an airport in eastern France on Wednesday, airport managers said.

Pope compares scandal-seeking media to lovers of excrement
Italy

Pope compares scandal-seeking media to lovers of excrement

He also described readers as faeces lovers.

Spain smashes another fake police ring that robbed tourists
Spain

Spain smashes another fake police ring that robbed tourists

Spanish police have smashed a criminal gang of Iranians and Pakistanis who preyed on tourists in Barcelona by posing as police, just days after dismantling a similar ring in Madrid.

Danish People’s Party MP: ‘Shoot at migrants’
Denmark

Danish People’s Party MP: ‘Shoot at migrants’

UPDATED: After massive criticism, Kenneth Kristensen Berth walked back his remarks by saying he meant "warning shots"

Pollution: Paris imposes driving restrictions for third day, but do they work?
France

Pollution: Paris imposes driving restrictions for third day, but do they work?

Do the Paris driving restrictions really help improve the quality of the air?

Malmö shooting victim dies in hospital
Sweden

Malmö shooting victim dies in hospital

A man who was found with gunshot wounds in Malmö has died in hospital.

US and UK spies ‘targeted Air France passengers’ mobiles’
France

US and UK spies ‘targeted Air France passengers’ mobiles’

French media reports claim American and British spies intercepted data from plane passengers' mobile phones.

Swiss unveil stratospheric solar plane
Switzerland

Swiss unveil stratospheric solar plane

A Swiss adventurer has unveiled a solar plane aimed at reaching the stratosphere.

One dead in light aircraft crash at Basel airport
Switzerland

One dead in light aircraft crash at Basel airport

One person was killed when a light aircraft crashed at the EuroAirport Basel on Wednesday evening.

Viola Beach crash victims did not suffer, inquest hears
Sweden

Viola Beach crash victims did not suffer, inquest hears

An inquest into British indie band Viola Beach's tragic car accident in Sweden has established the causes of death.

16 traditions you need to follow to fake being a Swede at Christmas
Sweden

16 traditions you need to follow to fake being a Swede at Christmas

The Swedes have no shortage of quirky traditions. Here are 16 to follow to help you fit in around Christmas.