Man jailed for murdering police officer over missing train ticket
Germany

Man jailed for murdering police officer over missing train ticket

A man has been given a life sentence for murder after he killed a police officer and seriously injured another when he was caught riding a train without a ticket on Christmas Eve last year.

Why this Norwegian plane crashed in Swedish mountains

Why this Norwegian plane crashed in Swedish mountains

A Norwegian plane crashed in Swedish Lapland because of a faulty instrument in combination with the dark Nordic winter nights, Swedish investigators have concluded.

Eleven men questioned over Nice terrorist attack
France

Eleven men questioned over Nice terrorist attack

The men are suspected of helping the perpetrator of July's attack that left 86 people dead.

France says Russia can’t stop lying about Syria
France

France says Russia can’t stop lying about Syria

France's foreign minister accused Russia of a "permanent lie".

Kazakh critic’s suicide in Austrian jail ‘was murder’
Austria

Kazakh critic’s suicide in Austrian jail ‘was murder’

New findings show that Rakhat Aliyev, a prominent opponent and former son-in-law of Kazakhstan's president, did not kill himself but was "murdered" in an Austrian jail last year.

Two paintings taken by Nazis returned to beneficiaries in Canada
Germany

Two paintings taken by Nazis returned to beneficiaries in Canada

Two valuable paintings of former Dutch masters, despoiled by the Nazis in the late 1930s, were returned to the beneficiaries of a German Jewish art dealer exiled to Canada, the Max-Stern Foundation said on Monday.

Germany insists on these 8 things, even though they’re rubbish
Germany

Germany insists on these 8 things, even though they’re rubbish

We're not saying our home countries get everything right - not by a long way. But we just don't get why Germany is too stubborn to admit that all these things are a bit crap.

Swedes and Brits unearth lost ancient city in Greece
Sweden

Swedes and Brits unearth lost ancient city in Greece

IN PICTURES: What did you do today? These guys discovered a 2,500-year-old unknown city.

Italy’s new PM Gentiloni races to form new cabinet
Italy

Italy’s new PM Gentiloni races to form new cabinet

Gentiloni will seek parliamentary approval of his new government on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Norway’s reindeer are shrinking due to climate change
Norway

Norway’s reindeer are shrinking due to climate change

If Santa Claus is recruiting his reindeer from Svalbard for this year’s gift deliveries, he may face a challenge.

Here’s what you need to know about Italy’s banking crisis
Italy

Here’s what you need to know about Italy’s banking crisis

The world's oldest bank is in crisis - so how did it happen, and what's it doing to fix it?

Kurz ‘will block’ Turkey’s EU membership talks
Austria

Kurz ‘will block’ Turkey’s EU membership talks

Austria wants the European Union to freeze membership talks with Turkey over Ankara’s massive crackdown following the failed coup.

Sex shop’s dildo nativity scene sparks controversy in Spain
Spain

Sex shop’s dildo nativity scene sparks controversy in Spain

This is what happened when a sex shop in Spain decided to celebrate the Christmas story.

Danish woman fought Isis, now she risks prison time
Denmark

Danish woman fought Isis, now she risks prison time

Joanna Palani, a Danish-Kurdish women who fought against the terror group Isis in Iraq and Syria, may have to serve six months in prison for violating Denmark’s so-called ‘foreign fighter’ rules.

How to unleash your anger over poor German package delivery
Germany

How to unleash your anger over poor German package delivery

Left seething by an important package that went undelivered despite you staying home? You're far from the only one, but help is at hand.

Sweden’s foreign minister to visit Palestine this week
Sweden

Sweden’s foreign minister to visit Palestine this week

Foreign Minister Margot Wallström is set to pay a three-day visit to Palestine this week, to discuss democracy, equality and its relations with Israel.

Berliners offer thousands of euros to find suspect in brutal U-Bahn attack
Germany

Berliners offer thousands of euros to find suspect in brutal U-Bahn attack

Two private citizens have come forward, each offering thousands of euros in reward money to whoever can identify the man who kicked a woman down the stairs of a Berlin U-Bahn station.

Armed thieves steal ‘€2.5 million in gold’ in central France
France

Armed thieves steal ‘€2.5 million in gold’ in central France

The thieves are still on the run.

How to apply to Malmö University: 6 simple steps
Sweden

How to apply to Malmö University: 6 simple steps

An international metropolis with a mild climate and incredible culture, Malmö is sure to impress you. University applications are open until January 16th - here's how to get started.

Traffic blocks in place as smog engulfs Italy
Italy

Traffic blocks in place as smog engulfs Italy

Italy's major cities have introduced restrictions on cars and other motor vehicles to combat dangerously high levels of air pollution.

Daredevil YouTube star goes on trial over killing pensioner
Germany

Daredevil YouTube star goes on trial over killing pensioner

A young motorcyclist who has gained tens of thousands of followers on YouTube for his biking stunt videos is now on trial after he hit and killed an elderly pedestrian.

Vienna Philharmonic to return Nazi loot painting to Jewish heirs
Austria

Vienna Philharmonic to return Nazi loot painting to Jewish heirs

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has said it will return a valuable French Neo-Impressionist painting looted by the Nazis to the relatives of its original Jewish owner.

10 words and phrases that’ll make you sound local in the Rhineland
Germany

10 words and phrases that’ll make you sound local in the Rhineland

You might not have heard of Rhenish before, but it's the regional dialect of The Rhineland. And by the end of this article you'll be able to astound western Germans with your knowledge of their lingo.

Madrid bakery closed after rats caught nibbling sandwiches
Spain

Madrid bakery closed after rats caught nibbling sandwiches

Several rats were caught on camera as they nibbled their way through some sandwiches.

Eni sells a third of ‘supergiant’ field to Russia’s Rosneft
Italy

Eni sells a third of ‘supergiant’ field to Russia’s Rosneft

The Italian energy giant announced the discovery of the 'supergiant' field last year.

After Nobel no-show, Dylan announces gigs in Sweden next year
Sweden

After Nobel no-show, Dylan announces gigs in Sweden next year

He wasn't at the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm... but it has now been confirmed Bob Dylan is coming to Sweden next year.

Sweden beats China to win Santa world cup
Sweden

Sweden beats China to win Santa world cup

The Swedes were just too good for the Chinese in the 2016 Santa Winter Games, which took place in Arctic town Gällivare.

In pictures: Switzerland’s fabulous Christmas lights
Switzerland

In pictures: Switzerland’s fabulous Christmas lights

Beautiful Switzerland is all lit up this Christmas!

British bank Barclays sells off French retail division
France

British bank Barclays sells off French retail division

British bank Barclays on Monday announced the sale of its French retail division in a move which marks its exit from continental European retail banking.

Brittany earthquake: ‘I thought my house would collapse’
France

Brittany earthquake: ‘I thought my house would collapse’

Another earthquake struck north western France last night.

43 habits you pick up living in Switzerland
Switzerland

43 habits you pick up living in Switzerland

Do you take the prices in your stride, tut when the trains are late and dismiss that incredible mountain view with a shrug because you’ve seen it all before? Then you’ve definitely been living in Switzerland a while....

Drunk Norwegian man goes on umbrella rampage
Norway

Drunk Norwegian man goes on umbrella rampage

Bergen Police had to send several patrol cars to corral an aggressive man who was attacking people with an umbrella on Sunday night.

‘No cuts’ to child benefits for EU-migrants
Austria

‘No cuts’ to child benefits for EU-migrants

An internal paper from the EU Commission suggests there will be no measures to reduce the amount of child benefit payments paid to EU migrants whose children are resident in their native country - something Austria wanted.

Norwegian teen stabbed at Christian boarding school
Norway

Norwegian teen stabbed at Christian boarding school

UPDATED: A 17-year-old girl was stabbed by a fellow student at the Christian high school in Bygland Municipality in the Setesdal valley on Monday morning.

Dinosaur skeleton sells for over €1 million in France
France

Dinosaur skeleton sells for over €1 million in France

A nearly complete dinosaur skeleton sold for more than one million euros at auction in the eastern French city of Lyon late Saturday, the Aguttes auction house said.

How much can you transport on the roof of a car?
Switzerland

How much can you transport on the roof of a car?

A scooter, two baby strollers and 15 bicycles, proved one driver stopped by police over the weekend.

Cologne to have 10 times more police for New Year’s Eve party
Germany

Cologne to have 10 times more police for New Year’s Eve party

City officials plan to have more than ten times the number of officers that they did last year on patrol for the upcoming New Year's Eve celebration, hoping to prevent the spate of crimes committed last year.

Paolo Gentiloni: who is Italy’s new prime minister?
Italy

Paolo Gentiloni: who is Italy’s new prime minister?

A workaholic and former journalist, Gentiloni was plucked from obscurity to become foreign minister in 2014. Now he has been named as Italy's new prime minister.

Danish second graders find dead body on field trip
Denmark

Danish second graders find dead body on field trip

A group of second graders in the northern Copenhagen suburb of Hillerød received a shock when they took a recent field trip to the gardens near Frederiksborg Castle.

Parents of sick girl accused of spending appeal money on themselves
Spain

Parents of sick girl accused of spending appeal money on themselves

The parents of an 11-year-old girl with a rare disease are accused of spending much of the almost €1 miilion raised in public appeals for treatment for their daughter, on themselves.

Prized violin worth millions stolen on Swiss train
Switzerland

Prized violin worth millions stolen on Swiss train

The violin, made in 1747 and worth more than 1.5 million francs ($1.47m), was stolen from Sion Festival artistic director Pavel Vernikov on a train passing through Geneva.

What makes an Italian Christmas?
Italy

What makes an Italian Christmas?

With Christmas just around the corner, The Local spoke to some Italians to find out what Christmas is really about for them.

Danes define their national values in online vote
Denmark

Danes define their national values in online vote

The official list of Denmark's ten most important values was released to great fanfare on Monday.

Six dead in new Med migrant tragedy
Italy

Six dead in new Med migrant tragedy

2016 has been a record year for both migrant arrivals and deaths at sea.

IMF chief Lagarde on trial over tycoon case
France

IMF chief Lagarde on trial over tycoon case

This risks tarnishing Christine Lagarde's stellar career.

Russia biggest source of cyberattacks on Sweden: Intelligence head
Sweden

Russia biggest source of cyberattacks on Sweden: Intelligence head

Russia is the biggest source of cyberattacks and influence operations against Sweden, according to the head of the Swedish Military Intelligence and Security Service (Must).

No government bailout for Italy’s troubled BMPS
Italy

No government bailout for Italy’s troubled BMPS

The world's oldest bank announced it would instead seek a private sector-led rescue.

Anti-fur activists bare all in Barcelona
Spain

Anti-fur activists bare all in Barcelona

Animal rights defenders stripped down Sunday in the Spanish tourist hub of Barcelona to draw attention to the cruelty of the fur industry.

Snow and ice disrupt flights and roads in Sweden
Sweden

Snow and ice disrupt flights and roads in Sweden

A weekend chill saw snow and ice play havoc with travellers in parts of Sweden, causing trouble for motorists and stopping planes from leaving an airport serving capital Stockholm.

‘The toy industry has to understand the world has changed’
Sweden

‘The toy industry has to understand the world has changed’

Mexican entrepreneur Leslie Alfredsson founded her Malmö startup after a trip to buy a birthday present for her niece turned out to be an eye-opener.