Five-Star flop: Euro liberals say no to Grillo
Italy

Five-Star flop: Euro liberals say no to Grillo

The liberal group in the European Parliament on Monday rejected a controversial application by Italy's biggest opposition party, the populist Five Star Movement, to join forces.

Weathermen predict rain and snow after weekend winter wonderland
Germany

Weathermen predict rain and snow after weekend winter wonderland

In pictures: After Germany enjoyed a white, wintery weekend, the weathermen are forecasting rainier weather but also more snow on its way for this week.

Green MP: German state should provide prostitutes for the disabled
Germany

Green MP: German state should provide prostitutes for the disabled

The suggestion that the state should fund 'sexual assistants' for the disabled has provoked fierce debate across the country.

Why 5,000 Jews emigrated from France to Israel last year
France

Why 5,000 Jews emigrated from France to Israel last year

The numbers continue a significant trend in recent years.

Paris mayor ramps up war on polluting cars
France

Paris mayor ramps up war on polluting cars

More bike lanes and tram lines for Paris.

No new record-low for road deaths in Sweden
Sweden

No new record-low for road deaths in Sweden

The number of deaths on Swedish roads went up in 2016, new figures reveal.

Despite quotas, Germany’s boardrooms still ‘male-dominated’
Germany

Despite quotas, Germany’s boardrooms still ‘male-dominated’

The boardrooms of Germany's top companies remain male-dominated despite a so-called "women's quota" imposed last year, a new report finds.

What’s on in France: Eleven things to do before spring
France

What’s on in France: Eleven things to do before spring

Spring is around the corner - here are some top things to check out before then.

‘Beer war’ brewing in Northern Norway
Norway

‘Beer war’ brewing in Northern Norway

A fight is brewing over space on the beer shelves of supermarket Rema 1000 in the northern part of Norway.

Italy’s Five Star Movement votes to leave Eurosceptics for Euro liberals
Italy

Italy’s Five Star Movement votes to leave Eurosceptics for Euro liberals

The populist party is toning down its Euroscepticism as Italy heads towards elections.

Spain proves it is more popular than ever with record number of tourists in 2016
Spain

Spain proves it is more popular than ever with record number of tourists in 2016

Spain hosted nearly 75 million foreign tourists last year, ten percent more than visited the world's third most popular destination in 2015.

Two Danish schools evacuated after bomb threats
Denmark

Two Danish schools evacuated after bomb threats

Two schools in Jutland were evacuated on Monday after an English-speaking woman phoned in bomb threats, police said.

The five biggest jewellery heists France has ever seen
France

The five biggest jewellery heists France has ever seen

French police made 16 arrests Monday over the armed robbery in Paris of US reality TV star Kim Kardashian when masked gunmen stole at least €9 million ($9.5 million) worth of jewellery.

Probe into Germanwings crash finds suicidal pilot solely responsible

Probe into Germanwings crash finds suicidal pilot solely responsible

A criminal probe into the crash concluded that Andreas Lubitz bore sole responsibility for the disaster that killed 144 passengers and six crew.

Fribourg Portuguese community shattered by coach crash
Switzerland

Fribourg Portuguese community shattered by coach crash

Four people died and some 20 were injured, many of them Swiss residents, when a coach travelling from Portugal to Switzerland crashed in France on Sunday morning.

U2 announce Barcelona gig for Joshua Tree album tour
Spain

U2 announce Barcelona gig for Joshua Tree album tour

Rock band U2 will play in Barcelona on July 18th, the only date in Spain on their Joshua Tree album tour.

Justice Minister wants ankle monitors for dangerous suspects
Germany

Justice Minister wants ankle monitors for dangerous suspects

Justice Minister Heiko Maas wants to strengthen security measures by tracking dangerous suspects with ankle monitors, as officials debate tough new protocols following the Berlin attack.

Austria’s Islamic Faith Community will open mosque doors
Austria

Austria’s Islamic Faith Community will open mosque doors

The president of Austria's Islamic Faith Community has a plan to show more transparency to the non-Muslim public.

Sweden PM ‘can’t rule out’ Russian interference in Swedish elections
Sweden

Sweden PM ‘can’t rule out’ Russian interference in Swedish elections

Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven told a defence conference that he "cannot rule out" that Russia could try to influence Swedish elections.

Gudrun Rógvadóttir: ‘We’re Nordic, and that’s a huge advantage’

Gudrun Rógvadóttir: ‘We’re Nordic, and that’s a huge advantage’

Ever heard of Faroese wool? Gudrun Rógvadóttir tells The Local about life on the Faroe Islands, tradition, and how a unique jumper epitomizes the Nordic-but-not nature of this isolated society.

Viennese doctor develops vaccine against the common cold
Austria

Viennese doctor develops vaccine against the common cold

A doctor at Vienna's general hospital (Wien AKH) has developed a vaccine that could effectively cure the common cold.

Over 100 firefighters called to extinguish blaze in freezing cold
Austria

Over 100 firefighters called to extinguish blaze in freezing cold

A house fire broke out under subzero conditions in Upper Austria due to a lit cigarette.

Video: Swedish puppies react to seeing snow for the first time
Sweden

Video: Swedish puppies react to seeing snow for the first time

Videos of rescue puppies playing in the snow have gone viral in Sweden and chalked up thousands of views in just a handful of days.

Berlin may not deport victims of far-right violence
Germany

Berlin may not deport victims of far-right violence

The capital city is considering allowing rejected asylum seekers the chance to stay in Germany if they are victims of far-right violence, as a way of sending a "strong signal" to perpetrators of racist crimes.

Ex-Sweden coach fined in Zlatan ‘doping’ defamation lawsuit
Sweden

Ex-Sweden coach fined in Zlatan ‘doping’ defamation lawsuit

A Swedish court has fined a former national athletics coach over comments that appeared to accuse Zlatan Ibrahimovic of doping.

Eight dead after freezing weekend in Italy
Italy

Eight dead after freezing weekend in Italy

Six of the victims were homeless.

Danish ‘Skam’ fans invade Oslo school in hopes of seeing stars

Danish ‘Skam’ fans invade Oslo school in hopes of seeing stars

Just how popular is the Norwegian youth series ‘Skam’ in Denmark? Enough that the Hartvig Nissen school in Oslo that serves as the show’s setting has been overrun by Danish fans.

Cyber attacks on French election campaign ‘can’t be ruled out’
France

Cyber attacks on French election campaign ‘can’t be ruled out’

With France's presidential election less than four months away, political parties have been urged to practise "digital hygiene" to avoid cyberattacks, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Sunday.

‘Annoying’ anti-cowbell campaigner denied Swiss passport
Switzerland

‘Annoying’ anti-cowbell campaigner denied Swiss passport

A Dutch woman has seen her request for Swiss citizenship refused for the second time by local residents who object to her media campaigning against cowbells and other Swiss traditions.

After a weekend of snow chaos, more winter weather on the way for Italy
Italy

After a weekend of snow chaos, more winter weather on the way for Italy

It's been a snowy start to 2017, and the wintery weather is set to continue.

Danish director Bier’s ‘The Night Manager’ a big winner at Golden Globes
Denmark

Danish director Bier’s ‘The Night Manager’ a big winner at Golden Globes

Susanne Bier may not have left Sunday night’s Golden Globe awards with a statue in hand, but three actors in her miniseries 'The Night Manager' did.

In pictures: Spanish village welcomes 2017 with crazy costume carnival
Spain

In pictures: Spanish village welcomes 2017 with crazy costume carnival

La Vijanera carnival took place in Spain on the first Sunday of January as thousands of people gathered in the Cantabrian town of Silió to bid farewell to winter.

Germany’s Islamist scene growing: security chief
Germany

Germany’s Islamist scene growing: security chief

Germany's domestic security chief warned on Sunday that the country's radical Islamist scene is not only growing, but becoming more decentralized, posing greater challenges to surveillance operations.

Police arrest 17 over Kim Kardashian Paris robbery
France

Police arrest 17 over Kim Kardashian Paris robbery

Three women and 14 men were arrested on Monday, police sources say.

French actress wins big at Golden Globes
France

French actress wins big at Golden Globes

France's Isabelle Huppert wins best actress.

Russian tourists killed on icy Swiss road
Switzerland

Russian tourists killed on icy Swiss road

A Russian couple died and their two children were seriously injured when their car came off the road in Switzerland on Saturday.

Germany threatens aid cuts to countries over asylum seeker return
Germany

Germany threatens aid cuts to countries over asylum seeker return

Germany threatened on Sunday to end development aid to countries that refuse to take back rejected asylum seekers, a response to failings which kept the suspected Berlin attacker from being deported.

Norway court to review Breivik’s ‘inhumane’ treatment ruling
Norway

Norway court to review Breivik’s ‘inhumane’ treatment ruling

A Norwegian court will on Tuesday examine the state's appeal against a ruling that right-wing extremist and mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has been treated inhumanely since being jailed for killing 77 people nearly six years ago.

Italy’s Five Star Movement leader urges split from UKIP in European Parliament
Italy

Italy’s Five Star Movement leader urges split from UKIP in European Parliament

The head of Italy's populist Five Star movement (M5S) has said he wants to abandon a eurosceptic alliance in the European Parliament with Britain's UKIP party, which will leave the legislature after Brexit.

Twelve epic festivals in Spain to attend in 2017
Spain

Twelve epic festivals in Spain to attend in 2017

If there is one thing the Spanish know how to do it is throw a great party. Here is a list of our favourites for 2017.

US arrests VW executive on fraud charges: report
Germany

US arrests VW executive on fraud charges: report

FBI agents have arrested a Volkswagen executive on conspiracy charges in relation to the 'dieselgate emissions-cheating scandal, The New York Times reported on Monday.

Cyprus peace talks resume in Geneva
Switzerland

Cyprus peace talks resume in Geneva

Rival Cypriot leaders resume UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva on Monday billed as a historic opportunity to end decades of conflict on the divided island, but the outcome is far from certain.

In pictures: Swedes celebrate ‘no pants’ subway ride in freezing cold
Sweden

In pictures: Swedes celebrate ‘no pants’ subway ride in freezing cold

Train travellers in Stockholm were met with an unusual spectacle at the weekend when the city’s subway was filled with bare-legged 'no pants' enthusiasts.

Norway’s Kristoffersen wins slalom in foggy Adelboden
Switzerland

Norway’s Kristoffersen wins slalom in foggy Adelboden

Henrik Kristoffersen, reigning world champion in the discipline, won Sunday's slalom at Adelboden, pushing Italian Manfred Moelgg into second spot.

Teen dubbed ‘next Zlatan’ now youngest Sweden player in 106 years
Sweden

Teen dubbed ‘next Zlatan’ now youngest Sweden player in 106 years

Alexander Isak is only 17, but he has now made his debut for Sweden.

Volvo reveals plans for first ever US plant
Sweden

Volvo reveals plans for first ever US plant

Swedish automaker Volvo said Sunday that it expects to export half of the cars produced at a future plant in the United States.

Five inspiring career stories to read in 2017
Sweden

Five inspiring career stories to read in 2017

Every Monday The Local interviews an international worker about the ups and downs of their lives in Sweden as part of our My Swedish Career series. Here are our most-read interviews in 2016.