Three injured in shooting at Islamic Centre in Zurich
Switzerland

Three injured in shooting at Islamic Centre in Zurich

A man burst into a Muslim prayer hall in Zurich on Monday and started shooting, injuring three men, according to police, who have launched a manhunt for the shooter.

LIVE: Twelve dead as truck hits Berlin Christmas market in ‘probable terrorist attack’
Germany

LIVE: Twelve dead as truck hits Berlin Christmas market in ‘probable terrorist attack’

Twelve people have died and 48 were injured after a truck drove into a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday night.

French government blasted for raising minimum wage by just nine cents
France

French government blasted for raising minimum wage by just nine cents

It might be Christmas but the French government is not giving away any gifts for those on the minimum wage.

Austrian police crack international people-smuggling gang
Austria

Austrian police crack international people-smuggling gang

Police in Lower Austria have busted an unscrupulous people-smuggling gang which raked in around €15m over the past decade by sending migrants to Vienna by boat, plane and overland - often in the most awful conditions.

Downpours, storms, and snow put parts of France on alert
France

Downpours, storms, and snow put parts of France on alert

All kinds of wild weather on the way for France.

VIDEO: Watch what happened when a real mouse visited Sweden’s world-famous mouse restaurant
Sweden

VIDEO: Watch what happened when a real mouse visited Sweden’s world-famous mouse restaurant

It has been quite the few days for Malmö's anononymous miniature artwork, which made an appearance on US TV and received a special visitor.

Snow in northern Italy… but will it be a white Christmas?
Italy

Snow in northern Italy… but will it be a white Christmas?

Will a white Christmas remain a dream in Italy?

This is how likely a white Christmas is in Germany
Germany

This is how likely a white Christmas is in Germany

Germany’s top weathermen have given their opinion on the likelihood of a snowy winter. If you're in the southeast you might want to start polishing your sledge.

Austria’s far-right Freedom Party signs Moscow pact
Austria

Austria’s far-right Freedom Party signs Moscow pact

Austria's far-right Freedom Party said it has struck a "cooperation pact" with the party of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is courting populist movements across Europe in an anti-EU campaign.

Why Rue des Martyrs is ‘the only street in Paris’
France

Why Rue des Martyrs is ‘the only street in Paris’

American journalist Elaine Sciolio says the Rue des Martyrs is the "only street" in Paris in her recent book. But why? And is she right?

Jogger sexually assaulted in Munich’s English Garden
Germany

Jogger sexually assaulted in Munich’s English Garden

A 45-year-old woman was attacked and sexually assaulted while out running in Munich’s central park on Sunday evening.

France rolls out new rules for ‘Happy Hours’ in bars and pubs
France

France rolls out new rules for ‘Happy Hours’ in bars and pubs

France has had enough of "le binge drinking".

This Swede can memorize hundreds of numbers in only five minutes
Sweden

This Swede can memorize hundreds of numbers in only five minutes

Marwin Wallonius just won two gold medals at the World Memory Championships, including one for memorizing 520 numbers in the correct order in just five minutes.

IMF chief Lagarde found guilty of negligence over €400m tycoon payout
France

IMF chief Lagarde found guilty of negligence over €400m tycoon payout

But the International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde won't be punished despite the court's judgement on Monday.

Norwegians set world record for longest gingerbread train – again!
Norway

Norwegians set world record for longest gingerbread train – again!

For the second time in five years, a Norwegian train station is home to the world’s longest gingerbread train.

Is globalization the real reason the AfD are so strong?
Germany

Is globalization the real reason the AfD are so strong?

The rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) has normally been attributed to popular anger at the government’s refugee policy. But a union leader has a different explanation.

Italy’s first female jihadist sentenced to nine years
Italy

Italy’s first female jihadist sentenced to nine years

The ruling is the first in Italy dealing with foreign fighters who are still located in war zones.

Refugee boys in Gothenburg selling sex to survive, charity says
Sweden

Refugee boys in Gothenburg selling sex to survive, charity says

Lone refugee boys and young men are supporting themselves by selling sex to older men on Gothenburg's streets, according to charity Gothenburg Rescue Mission (Göteborgs Räddingsmission).

How I fled Isis and celebrated Christmas with a Swedish circus
Sweden

How I fled Isis and celebrated Christmas with a Swedish circus

How’s this for a quirky first Christmas in Sweden: Qutaiba Ad-Dagher tells The Local Voices how he escaped from Mosul and soon found himself baking saffron buns and learning tricks from circus artists.

Denmark’s asylum figures continue dramatic fall
Denmark

Denmark’s asylum figures continue dramatic fall

Denmark's total asylum numbers for 2016 are likely to end up at less than a third of what they were in the previous year.

Munich police under fire after mass arrest at tram stop
Germany

Munich police under fire after mass arrest at tram stop

Almost 50 people spent a night in police custody after they were rounded up by police at a tram stop in the south east of Munich.

How to make the most of Sweden’s 2017 holidays
Sweden

How to make the most of Sweden’s 2017 holidays

The Local looks ahead to Sweden's 'red days' to help you make the most of your vacation in 2017.

Ten Swedish Christmas hits for the festive season
Sweden

Ten Swedish Christmas hits for the festive season

With Christmas just around the corner, why not add a couple of traditional Swedish tunes to your playlist?

Norway implements new permanent residency rules
Norway

Norway implements new permanent residency rules

Foreigners seeking permanent residency in Norway must now pass an oral exam in Norwegian and civics test, the The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) has announced.

French Alps left green and grassy as snow shies away
France

French Alps left green and grassy as snow shies away

There's one key ingredient missing from many French Alps ski resorts this winter.

Father of murdered children speaks about his grief and anger
Austria

Father of murdered children speaks about his grief and anger

The father of three young children who were shot dead by their mother at the end of November has spoken of his grief and anger.

Emergency measures in place as downpour makes Spanish rivers overflow
Spain

Emergency measures in place as downpour makes Spanish rivers overflow

Torrential rain which started drenching Spain at the weekend has caused major problems in the south-east of the country, with rivers bursting their banks and roads closed to traffic.

German economy in ‘festive mood’ as business confidence jumps
Germany

German economy in ‘festive mood’ as business confidence jumps

German businesses rounded off 2016 with a stronger-than-forecast increase in confidence, a closely-followed survey showed Monday, despite fears for the future over Brexit and Donald Trump.

Free movement principle faces new Swiss attack
Switzerland

Free movement principle faces new Swiss attack

The Swiss parliament may have decided that the country’s bilateral agreements with the EU are more important than immigration controls, but the public may yet get to say otherwise.

Royals record their perhaps most Swedish Christmas video to date
Sweden

Royals record their perhaps most Swedish Christmas video to date

Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel and their two children Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar have wished everyone a Merry Christmas in the Swedish Royals' traditional Christmas video.

Man arrested for kicking woman down Berlin U-Bahn stairs
Germany

Man arrested for kicking woman down Berlin U-Bahn stairs

A man who is suspected of kicking a woman down a flight of stairs at a Berlin underground station has been arrested, after video of the crime spread around the world.

Swedish government proposes tax changes for startups
Sweden

Swedish government proposes tax changes for startups

The Swedish government has presented proposals for changes to the rules on employee share schemes following criticism from the likes of Spotify.

Will it be a White Christmas in Denmark?
Denmark

Will it be a White Christmas in Denmark?

Hmmm, keep dreaming.

Swiss scientists rejoice as Croatia gets free movement
Switzerland

Swiss scientists rejoice as Croatia gets free movement

Swiss scientists will once again be able to participate fully in the landmark EU research programme Horizon 2020, after Switzerland finally ratified the protocol extending free movement to Croatia.

Frenchman killed by stray bullet during wild boar hunt
France

Frenchman killed by stray bullet during wild boar hunt

It's the second death of its kind in the Dordogne area this season.

New S-Bahn train routes to make Vienna even better connected
Austria

New S-Bahn train routes to make Vienna even better connected

The Vienna Greens party has announced that a faster and more frequent train service will be in service between Vienna and Lower Austria - including on the S7 route to the airport - from December 2017.

How Italy’s tireless coastguard responded to busiest ever migrant year
Italy

How Italy’s tireless coastguard responded to busiest ever migrant year

It has been a record year for Italy's coastguard, with nearly 180,000 people rescued in the Mediterranean, longer days than ever before and, despite their efforts, thousands of victims.

So far, only 34,000 refugees have found jobs in Germany
Germany

So far, only 34,000 refugees have found jobs in Germany

In the last two years 1.2 million people have arrived in Germany seeking asylum. New government figures show that getting into work takes time.

France and Australia to sign submarine ‘contract of the century’
France

France and Australia to sign submarine ‘contract of the century’

France and Australia will sign a multi-billion dollar deal -- which Paris has billed as the "contract of the century" -- for 12 state-of-the-art submarines, their defence ministers said Monday.

Ten astounding German paintings you have to see before you die
Germany

Ten astounding German paintings you have to see before you die

From distorted skulls to abstract strokes, this list compiles ten of German art's most famous and influential pieces.

Online auctions: 10 tips to avoid being ripped off

Online auctions: 10 tips to avoid being ripped off

Think you’ve just spotted a potential treasure at an online auction site? Be sure to read this before you bid.

Norway and China to normalize relationship after Nobel rift
Norway

Norway and China to normalize relationship after Nobel rift

Norway and China announced on Monday the resumption of diplomatic relations, six years after Beijing froze ties with Oslo over the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to a Chinese dissident.

This is what it’s like to win the world’s richest lottery
Spain

This is what it’s like to win the world’s richest lottery

With the El Gordo draw only a few days away, here's some insight into what it's like winning the world's richest lottery.

Swiss supermarket to start selling bug burgers
Switzerland

Swiss supermarket to start selling bug burgers

Swiss supermarket giant Coop will sell products containing insects, such as burgers and meatballs, from next spring, it has confirmed.

Eiffel Tower opens again after five days of strike action
France

Eiffel Tower opens again after five days of strike action

You can climb the Iron Lady again.

After techno and street art, Berlin tackles graphic novels
Germany

After techno and street art, Berlin tackles graphic novels

Better known for its electronic music and street art, Berlin is now also home to a budding graphic novel scene in a country that has treated illustrated stories as children's literature.

Denmark passes ‘education cap’ despite protests
Denmark

Denmark passes ‘education cap’ despite protests

UPDATED: The Danish parliament on Monday passed a bill that will bar students from taking a second university degree.

Rome’s Five Star Movement mayor stripped of power to make ‘important choices’
Italy

Rome’s Five Star Movement mayor stripped of power to make ‘important choices’

After one of Virginia Raggi's close aides was arrested for suspected corruption, she received a stern warning from the leader of the populist party.

The food and drink you need for an Italian Christmas feast
Italy

The food and drink you need for an Italian Christmas feast

Here's how to do Christmas, Italian style.

Berlin outraged at Christmas ‘ban’ at German school in Istanbul
Germany

Berlin outraged at Christmas ‘ban’ at German school in Istanbul

Berlin voiced outrage Sunday over an alleged decision by a German-backed international school in Istanbul to scrap Christmas festivities, although the claim was swiftly denied in Turkey.

Italy’s Renzi admits referendum mistakes
Italy

Italy’s Renzi admits referendum mistakes

"We lost, we ultra-lost."

How to survive an Italian Christmas party
Italy

How to survive an Italian Christmas party

Being invited to a Christmas party in Italy is a sure sign you're settling in. But be careful – festive gatherings can be a minefield for foreigners new to Italian etiquette.

Gut notches up second win of the season
Switzerland

Gut notches up second win of the season

Swiss ski star Lara Gut won Sunday's women's super-G at French resort Val d'Isere to move to within five points of absent World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin.

Revealed: This is how much overtime you may have to work in Sweden
Sweden

Revealed: This is how much overtime you may have to work in Sweden

What happened to the work-life balance?

Spotify staff could lose work permits: report
Sweden

Spotify staff could lose work permits: report

Dozens of Spotify workers may be forced to leave Sweden because of an error that could lead to authorities rejecting their work permit extension, according to a Swedish broadcaster.

How this Brit used chronic pain to inspire her new career in Sweden
Sweden

How this Brit used chronic pain to inspire her new career in Sweden

The Local meets Faith Clements, who used the chronic backpain that ended her previous job to launch a new career in Sweden.