IN PICTURES: Italy lights up for Christmas
Italy

IN PICTURES: Italy lights up for Christmas

The start of the Christmas season has officially kicked off in Italy.

Man accused of sexually abusing 122 children online
Germany

Man accused of sexually abusing 122 children online

A man living near Osnabrück, Lower Saxony, faces years in prison after police say they discovered he had sexually abused more than 122 children online, across three countries.

Brussels ‘to fast-track offer’ for British nationals in Spain to remain EU citizens
Spain

Brussels ‘to fast-track offer’ for British nationals in Spain to remain EU citizens

The European Union’s Brexit negotiators will offer British people a chance to individually remain part of the EU, according to media reports in Britain.

Brussels ‘to fast-track offer’ for British nationals in France to remain EU citizens
France

Brussels ‘to fast-track offer’ for British nationals in France to remain EU citizens

Brits in France may be saved from the trauma of French bureaucracy.

New Atletico Madrid stadium to be named Wanda Metropolitano
Spain

New Atletico Madrid stadium to be named Wanda Metropolitano

Atletico Madrid's new stadium will be called Wanda Metropolitano after China's Wanda Group, shareholders in the Spanish giants, won naming rights.

Immigrant children see big improvements in school results
Germany

Immigrant children see big improvements in school results

Presenting a biennial report on integration on Friday, the government's integration commissioner painted a positive picture of improvements made in Germany in recent years.

Swedes should be on Mars by the 2030s: Liberals
Sweden

Swedes should be on Mars by the 2030s: Liberals

Sweden's Liberal party says a target should be set to get a Swede on Mars by the 2030s, and the only Swede ever to go into space thinks it's realistic.

9 things you miss about the University of Gothenburg
Sweden

9 things you miss about the University of Gothenburg

You might study at the University of Gothenburg for a year, or two, or three – but it stays with you forever!

Swiss air force to work weekends from January
Switzerland

Swiss air force to work weekends from January

The move comes two years after the Swiss air force was criticized for not scrambling jets to accompany a hijacked plane because it happened outside office hours.

French docs demand action over deadly pollution levels
France

French docs demand action over deadly pollution levels

Pollution kills 48,000 people a year in France, say doctors.

Rome blocks cars and scooters as Italy’s major cities fight smog
Italy

Rome blocks cars and scooters as Italy’s major cities fight smog

The iconic Vespa will disappear from Rome's streets on Sunday, along with other motor vehicles, as the city battles high levels of pollution.

Here’s where to find the fastest internet in Germany
Germany

Here’s where to find the fastest internet in Germany

Internet speed can vary greatly across the country, so if you're feeling tied down by a slow connection, perhaps it's time to consider a move.

‘Italians are often pessimistic, and some of the stereotypes are true’
Italy

‘Italians are often pessimistic, and some of the stereotypes are true’

Stef Smulders, the author of a book about starting a new life in Italy, tells The Local what he finds fun and frustrating in his new country.

Oops! Swedish news show reports fake study on banana phones as fact
Sweden

Oops! Swedish news show reports fake study on banana phones as fact

Morning news programme Nyhetsmorgon featured a segment reporting on research about the different kinds of fruit people use while pretending to receive a phone call.

Nobel prize was ‘tremendous push’ in Colombia peace: Santos
Norway

Nobel prize was ‘tremendous push’ in Colombia peace: Santos

Prize winner said Colombians "interpreted it as a mandate to persevere" in quest to end five-decade conflict.

ECB denies world’s oldest bank more time to raise funds
Italy

ECB denies world’s oldest bank more time to raise funds

The government is now under pressure to bail out the ailing bank.

The first Swedish astronaut – 10 years later
Sweden

The first Swedish astronaut – 10 years later

December 10th marks ten years since the very first Swede's adventure into space – but what has happened since then? A decade later, how has his legacy impacted Sweden and the space programme in general? And how is he celebrating?

‘Robocop’ filmmaker Verhoeven to head Berlin film fest jury
Germany

‘Robocop’ filmmaker Verhoeven to head Berlin film fest jury

The director of "Robocop" and "Basic Instinct" Paul Verhoeven will head the jury of next year's Berlin film festival, organisers said Friday.

Pilot strike clips Lufthansa’s wings by €100 million
Germany

Pilot strike clips Lufthansa’s wings by €100 million

A six-day strike last month by pilots at German flag carrier Lufthansa cost the major airline big.

Fourteen facts you didn’t know about the streets of Paris
France

Fourteen facts you didn’t know about the streets of Paris

Just how short is the shortest street Paris?

Watch the adorable Italian Christmas advert made by Harry Potter director
Italy

Watch the adorable Italian Christmas advert made by Harry Potter director

Love it or hate it, the battle to produce the most heartwarming festive ad has become one of the surest signs that Christmas is on its way.

David topples Goliath: Danish man defeats Apple in court
Denmark

David topples Goliath: Danish man defeats Apple in court

Danish consumer David Lysgaard took American tech giant Apple to court and won.

Colombian President Santos arrives in Oslo for busy Nobel weekend
Norway

Colombian President Santos arrives in Oslo for busy Nobel weekend

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos arrived in Oslo on Friday for what will be three very busy days surrouding his acceptance of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Paris to get fresh air this weekend, but pollution could return
France

Paris to get fresh air this weekend, but pollution could return

Parisians should be able to get their heads out of the clouds (of pollution) this weekend.

How some Muslim refugees are converting to Christianity
Germany

How some Muslim refugees are converting to Christianity

Across Germany small numbers of Muslim refugees are being baptized. But the reasons for why they change their faith are complicated.

Parliament approves raising of health insurance excess
Switzerland

Parliament approves raising of health insurance excess

Are our medical costs set to go up even further?

Two teens arrested over suspected ‘Islamist motivated’ attack plot
Germany

Two teens arrested over suspected ‘Islamist motivated’ attack plot

Two German teens in southern Germany were arrested on Thursday, suspected of planning an "Islamist motivated" attack.

Number of potential female jihadists in Austria higher than expected
Austria

Number of potential female jihadists in Austria higher than expected

A recent survey conducted by Austria's Ministry of the Interior uncovered surprising facts about the number of women interested in joining the Islamic State.

Swedish expert advice: How to pick a perfect Christmas tree
Sweden

Swedish expert advice: How to pick a perfect Christmas tree

Struggling to find the right Christmas tree? Houzz.se's Lovisa Åkesson asks Swedish experts for their top tips.

US fast food giant opens burger battle with ‘McDo’ on Champs-Elysées
France

US fast food giant opens burger battle with ‘McDo’ on Champs-Elysées

Five Guys opens its biggest restaurant in the world on Paris's most famous street.

Schönbrunn Panda-Dad dead after tumour op
Austria

Schönbrunn Panda-Dad dead after tumour op

Father of five pandas, Long Hui has died during emergency surgery on an abdominal tumour at Vienna's Schönbrunn Zoo.

Here’s where the most stressed Swedes live
Sweden

Here’s where the most stressed Swedes live

New figures from Sweden's Public Health Agency suggest life is more stressful in the city than the countryside, and commuting may just be the most stressful part of all.

New threat to Merkel emerges: EU leader catches up in polls
Germany

New threat to Merkel emerges: EU leader catches up in polls

Outgoing European Parliament President Martin Schluz has gained tremendous ground in a new poll, emerging as a potential threat to Chancellor Angela Merkel in next year’s election.

Nearly 400 migrants storm border at Spanish enclave of Ceuta
Spain

Nearly 400 migrants storm border at Spanish enclave of Ceuta

Some 400 African migrants forced their way into the tiny Spanish enclave of Ceuta on Friday, authorities said, the biggest group in a decade to storm the walled city bordering Morocco in search of asylum.

Police detain man suspected of bombing Dresden mosque
Germany

Police detain man suspected of bombing Dresden mosque

German police said Friday they have detained a 30-year-old man suspected of having carried out bomb attacks that struck a mosque and an international convention centre in the eastern city of Dresden.

Austria chooses its Word of the Year
Austria

Austria chooses its Word of the Year

A jury at the University of Graz has decided upon a fittingly extra long word that elucidates the political events endured by the country over the past year.

Police call for witnesses after brutal Berlin U-Bahn attack
Germany

Police call for witnesses after brutal Berlin U-Bahn attack

Police on Thursday released a video of a shocking incident at a Berlin train station, hoping to find witnesses to the crime.

Is Geneva the worst place to live in Switzerland?
Switzerland

Is Geneva the worst place to live in Switzerland?

Geneva has more burglaries, air and noise pollution, crowded apartments and road accidents than other Swiss cities, according to a new study monitoring the quality of life in Switzerland.

Förskola to Systembolaget: How I survived moving to Sweden with kids
Sweden

Förskola to Systembolaget: How I survived moving to Sweden with kids

Victoria Martínez moved to Sweden with her Spanish husband and their two children this year. Little did she know she would be in for the ride of a lifetime.

3,000 evacuated after ‘British’ WWII bomb found near Paris
France

3,000 evacuated after ‘British’ WWII bomb found near Paris

Quite the scare for this French town.

Rare 1,500-year-old Odin amulet found in Denmark
Denmark

Rare 1,500-year-old Odin amulet found in Denmark

An exceptional year for Danish archaeologists just keeps getting better.

Here’s when Swedish Youtube star PewDiePie will delete his channel
Sweden

Here’s when Swedish Youtube star PewDiePie will delete his channel

The Swede, who is the most-watched on Youtube ever, has set a time for closing his channel in protest against the video network.

Switzerland sees drop in asylum seekers
Switzerland

Switzerland sees drop in asylum seekers

The number of people seeking asylum in Switzerland has fallen considerably from last year, according to new figures.

4.0 magnitude earthquake felt in northern Italy
Italy

4.0 magnitude earthquake felt in northern Italy

The quake was felt shortly after 8am on Friday morning.

Ronaldo publishes details of €225m income denying accusations of tax fraud
Spain

Ronaldo publishes details of €225m income denying accusations of tax fraud

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has published his financial records showing he declared income of more than €225 million in 2015 as he battled accusations of tax evasion

Italy’s president starts quest to form new government
Italy

Italy’s president starts quest to form new government

The Italian president has begun consultations aimed at averting a political crisis in Italy

French astronaut watches Lyon’s festival of light from space
France

French astronaut watches Lyon’s festival of light from space

A little far from the action, but by far the best of view of the spectacular light festival in Lyon.

Norway’s hit show ‘Skam’ to be remade for US audience
Norway

Norway’s hit show ‘Skam’ to be remade for US audience

American version will go into production already in 2017.

Germany launches €150 million aid package for returning immigrants
Germany

Germany launches €150 million aid package for returning immigrants

Germany has pledged to spend €150 million helping failed asylum seekers and immigrants return home, the minister of development said in an interview published on Friday.

Italian tourist killed in Rio after GPS misdirection
Italy

Italian tourist killed in Rio after GPS misdirection

The tourist and his companion strayed into a slum in Rio de Janeiro by accident.

Police offer 10,000 francs reward to catch a killer
Switzerland

Police offer 10,000 francs reward to catch a killer

The reward is offered for information leading to the arrest of a killer who murdered a 49-year-old man in Olten.

IMF tells Italy to push on with economic reform
Italy

IMF tells Italy to push on with economic reform

Earlier in the day, ratings agency Moody's had said the failure of Italy's referendum could delay its economic growth.

EU offers Denmark partial Europol deal amid terror warnings
Denmark

EU offers Denmark partial Europol deal amid terror warnings

"It's not as good as if we were a full member, but it's an agreement that could work," the PM said.

France to unveil stunning copy of landmark prehistoric art cave
France

France to unveil stunning copy of landmark prehistoric art cave

It's a real work of art.

Where to go to find Swedes abroad: top travel destinations revealed
Sweden

Where to go to find Swedes abroad: top travel destinations revealed

Fresh statistics from a travel agency have revealed the Swedes' favourite holiday destination, and it turns out that Swedish tourists are indeed creatures of habit.

France blames Brexit as economy looks set to suffer
France

France blames Brexit as economy looks set to suffer

The uncertainty around Brexit has had a negative impact on this side of the Channel.

Swedish neo-Nazi group recruits new members: report
Sweden

Swedish neo-Nazi group recruits new members: report

A Nazi organization that drew hundreds of supporters to a demonstration in Sweden earlier this year appears to be mobilizing, according to a new report.

RECIPE: How to make a traditional saffron wreath
Sweden

RECIPE: How to make a traditional saffron wreath

Saffron buns are popular around Lucia and Christmas in Sweden. Here instead is a wreath filled with all things yummy.