Is that a crêpe or a galette? The great Breton debate
France

Is that a crêpe or a galette? The great Breton debate

It might seem obvious, crêpes are sweet and galettes are savoury, right? But on February 2nd as France celebrates La Chandeleur an almighty pancake row broke out in Brittany.

Is this Barack and Michelle Obama’s long lost Paris love lock?
France

Is this Barack and Michelle Obama’s long lost Paris love lock?

Did Barack and Michelle Obama sneak onto Pont des Arts in 2009 and attach a love lock?

From best pals to rivals: Merciless duel rages over the future of Podemos
Spain

From best pals to rivals: Merciless duel rages over the future of Podemos

Podemos chief Pablo Iglesias and his deputy Íñigo Errejón have gone from best friends to rivals duelling over the future of the party.

Erdogan tells off Merkel for using phrase ‘Islamist terrorism’
Germany

Erdogan tells off Merkel for using phrase ‘Islamist terrorism’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday rebuked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for using the expression "Islamist terrorism", saying the phrase was not correct and saddened Muslims.

Frenchman dies in bath after being electrocuted ‘when he dropped smartphone’
France

Frenchman dies in bath after being electrocuted ‘when he dropped smartphone’

The phone was on charge at the time.

Being German isn’t about where you’re born, say most Germans
Germany

Being German isn’t about where you’re born, say most Germans

A new study shows about two-thirds of Germans say being "one of us" has nothing to do with being born in the country.

Naples police arrest 31 suspected mobsters, including ‘mafia daughters’
Italy

Naples police arrest 31 suspected mobsters, including ‘mafia daughters’

Two of the women are thought to have taken over from their jailed mafia boss father.

What happens to the French election race if François Fillon falls?
France

What happens to the French election race if François Fillon falls?

As François Fillon's struggles intensify it's the question everyone is asking.

Sweden presents new climate law and zero emissions goal
Sweden

Sweden presents new climate law and zero emissions goal

The new law is designed to ensure all future governments have a 'credible climate policy'.

Six million visitors: a record month for The Local

Six million visitors: a record month for The Local

Six million people read The Local's sites last month – more than in any month since it was founded in 2004.

Suspect confesses to rape in Munich university toilet
Germany

Suspect confesses to rape in Munich university toilet

A 25-year-old man confessed on Wednesday to the rape of a female student inside a bathroom at the prestigious Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. But police say he may have also been involved in another attempted rape.

Frankfurt takes early lead in race to woo over London’s banks
Germany

Frankfurt takes early lead in race to woo over London’s banks

As the prospect of a hard Brexit looms, Frankfurt is taking big strides in the competition among European financial centres to lure banks away from London.

Propeller plane crashes into wind turbine, killing pilot
Germany

Propeller plane crashes into wind turbine, killing pilot

For the first time in Germany, an airplane has had a collision with a wind turbine. The crash was tragically fatal for the pilot.

Italian coastguard: More than 1,400 people rescued at sea in 24 hours
Italy

Italian coastguard: More than 1,400 people rescued at sea in 24 hours

The people were rescued from 13 makeshift boats in the Mediterranean.

Italy halts planned wolf cull after howls of protest
Italy

Italy halts planned wolf cull after howls of protest

Italy on Thursday put on hold a controversial plan to cull five percent of its wolves, much to the relief of environmentalists and animal lovers who had mobilized across the country.

Why thousands of German teachers are striking this week
Germany

Why thousands of German teachers are striking this week

Public sector strikes began on Wednesday and were called for again Thursday, affecting numerous schools and classes. Here’s what you need to know.

World’s first 3D-printed bridge opened in Madrid
Spain

World’s first 3D-printed bridge opened in Madrid

A Madrid park made history with the installation of the first ever pedestrian bridge created from a 3D printer.

Coffee, cash and Eurovision: Eight differences between Germany and Sweden
Sweden

Coffee, cash and Eurovision: Eight differences between Germany and Sweden

Think Sweden and Germany are basically the same? German The Local contributor Christian Krug explains why he's still trying to adapt to the Swedish way of life.

Train services across France hit by rail strike
France

Train services across France hit by rail strike

And southern France has been particularly affected.

Denmark’s Dong Energy to ditch coal by 2023
Denmark

Denmark’s Dong Energy to ditch coal by 2023

Danish green energy giant Dong said on Thursday it was pulling out of coal use, burning another bridge to its fossil fuel past after ditching oil and gas.

‘I’m a victim of the earthquake, I saved lives – and they arrested me’
Italy

‘I’m a victim of the earthquake, I saved lives – and they arrested me’

A survivor of last year's earthquake tells The Local how he is "living a nightmare" after being arrested and banned from his hometown, simply because he refused to leave.

Schoolgirl’s backpack proves a lifesaver in icy water
Austria

Schoolgirl’s backpack proves a lifesaver in icy water

A nine-year-old girl who fell in a frozen pond when the ice she was walking on cracked was saved from drowning by her own school bag.

Austrian terror suspect ‘planned to bomb Ramstein Air Base’
Austria

Austrian terror suspect ‘planned to bomb Ramstein Air Base’

A 17-year-old suspected Islamic extremist who was arrested in Vienna planned to set off a pipe bomb near Ramstein Air Base in Germany but changed his mind because he didn’t want to “kill so many people”.

Video: What happened when Swedes were asked to jump from huge ‘Valhalla’ tower
Sweden

Video: What happened when Swedes were asked to jump from huge ‘Valhalla’ tower

Are the Swedes really fearless Vikings? This short film has the answer.

Denmark’s Novo Nordisk faces diminished profits and price-fixing lawsuit in US
Denmark

Denmark’s Novo Nordisk faces diminished profits and price-fixing lawsuit in US

Denmark's Novo Nordisk, the world's top insulin maker, said on Thursday its 2016 net profit was below forecasts due to falling product prices in the US, a huge market for the company.

What’s on in Spain: Ten brilliant things to do in February
Spain

What’s on in Spain: Ten brilliant things to do in February

February means Carnival season in Spain, but there are plenty of other fiestas from "devil dances" to flamenco fests.

‘I’ve never been his assistant’: New embarrassing video for Penelope Fillon
France

‘I’ve never been his assistant’: New embarrassing video for Penelope Fillon

Could this be the nail in the coffin for Francois Fillon?

‘Migrant shock’, a far-right website selling illegal guns, taken down
Germany

‘Migrant shock’, a far-right website selling illegal guns, taken down

A website which sells illegal firearms for the express purpose of "scaring off" immigrants is no longer available, Die Zeit reports.

Should crosses remain in Austrian court rooms?
Austria

Should crosses remain in Austrian court rooms?

The Christian cross will remain in Austrian court rooms, government ministers have said, despite a new programme of policies which says that state representatives must "present themselves as religiously neutral".

Residents of ‘noisiest city in Switzerland’ asked to record din
Switzerland

Residents of ‘noisiest city in Switzerland’ asked to record din

Federal technology institute EPFL has developed a new app for residents of the city and canton of Geneva to record the sounds they hear around them in order to help evaluate the region’s quality of life.

Raped and forced to sleep with 17 men a day: kidnapping trial starts
Germany

Raped and forced to sleep with 17 men a day: kidnapping trial starts

On Wednesday the trial started of a man who allegedly lured a woman into his car before holding her captive for weeks and forcing her into prostitution. But a big question mark surrounds whether he will be convicted.

5 times Germany’s new foreign minister has had a go at Trump
Germany

5 times Germany’s new foreign minister has had a go at Trump

Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel will be the first German official to meet Donald Trump's administration in Washington on Thursday - but he's also one its more outspoken critics.

Trump’s presidency sees Swedish interest in US trips halve
Sweden

Trump’s presidency sees Swedish interest in US trips halve

"The interest starts dropping when Trump's politics comes into focus, and then really dives when the executive orders start flying."

Aarhus bans popular women-only swimming session
Denmark

Aarhus bans popular women-only swimming session

The Aarhus City Council voted to scrap a nearly ten-year old gender-separated weekly programme at a public swimming hall, setting up a likely discrimination complaint.

From Les Arses to Poo-ee: 11 weird and wonderful Swiss place names
Switzerland

From Les Arses to Poo-ee: 11 weird and wonderful Swiss place names

To anglophones, these may not sound like the most attractive places in Switzerland. But delve beyond the name and you’ll discover there are plenty of reasons to visit.

Swatch optimistic despite sharp drop in profits
Switzerland

Swatch optimistic despite sharp drop in profits

Swatch group profits were nearly halved last year, but the Swiss company predicts "healthy growth" ahead.

Danish scientists behind ‘quantum leap’ blueprint for super-computers
Denmark

Danish scientists behind ‘quantum leap’ blueprint for super-computers

Global scientists have unveiled the first blueprint for a massive quantum computer that could be as large as a football pitch and offers hope of solving the world's most vexing problems.

Earthquake survivor arrested for refusing to leave his town
Italy

Earthquake survivor arrested for refusing to leave his town

A man whose house was destroyed in the central Italy earthquake last August was jailed for two nights after refusing to leave his hometown.

Frankfurt to get 24-hour public transport on weekends
Germany

Frankfurt to get 24-hour public transport on weekends

Germany's finance capital is to serve party-goers non-stop on the weekends. But don't get too excited - some of the changes could take a while.

Deaf protest over Switzerland’s early-warning siren system
Switzerland

Deaf protest over Switzerland’s early-warning siren system

The Swiss Federation for the Deaf staged protests in four cities yesterday as the government carried out the annual testing of the country’s 7,200 sirens, an emergency warning system that the federation finds “discriminatory”.

Roman Zozulya dropped after Rayo fans protest over ‘neo-Nazi’ links
Spain

Roman Zozulya dropped after Rayo fans protest over ‘neo-Nazi’ links

Ukranian international Roman Zozulya has been dropped by his new club after fans protested over his political affiliations.

Nobel watcher says this year’s Peace Prize could be rebuke to Trump
Norway

Nobel watcher says this year’s Peace Prize could be rebuke to Trump

As activists seethe over Donald Trump's first days in the White House, some experts say this year's Nobel Peace Prize may prove to be an emphatic call on the president to respect human rights.

Norway asks Russia to explain ‘unjustifiable’ denial of visas to MPs
Norway

Norway asks Russia to explain ‘unjustifiable’ denial of visas to MPs

Norway wants answers after two leading MPs were refused visas and a parliamentary delegation's trip to Moscow was called off.

Complaints over Swedish Migration Agency surge due to permit gripes
Sweden

Complaints over Swedish Migration Agency surge due to permit gripes

Complaints about long processing times for residence permit applications have led the surge.

What’s on in France: Eleven things to do in February
France

What’s on in France: Eleven things to do in February

Here are eleven events worth checking out in France this month.

WHO: No Zika vaccine before 2020
Switzerland

WHO: No Zika vaccine before 2020

No vaccine for the Zika virus is likely to be available for women of childbearing age before 2020, the World Health Organization has said.

Deutsche Bank hit by second year of huge losses
Germany

Deutsche Bank hit by second year of huge losses

Troubled German banking giant Deutsche Bank on Thursday reported a net loss of €1.4 billion for 2016 as it struggles with the impact of mammoth fines, lower revenues and restructuring costs.

Italy’s biggest bank to launch €13 billion rights issue
Italy

Italy’s biggest bank to launch €13 billion rights issue

Italy's banking sector is buckling under bad debts and weak economic growth.

Italian Muslims sign anti-extremism pact
Italy

Italian Muslims sign anti-extremism pact

The Muslim community promised to reject all forms of violence, and hold Friday prayers in Italian.

Merkel heads to Turkey to salvage battered alliance
Germany

Merkel heads to Turkey to salvage battered alliance

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Turkey on Thursday for the first time since the failed July coup, seeking to keep a key partnership alive after a series of crises.

The French town that’s fallen for the National Front
France

The French town that’s fallen for the National Front

Residents in the town are smitten with the far-right.

Volvo profits plunge due to North American sales decline
Sweden

Volvo profits plunge due to North American sales decline

Sweden's Volvo said on Tuesday that bottom-line profits fell sharply in 2016, hit by a decline in sales in North America.

Italy made easy: how to avoid bureaucratic pitfalls
Italy

Italy made easy: how to avoid bureaucratic pitfalls

Battling notorious Italian bureaucracy may be easier than you think...if you have the right resources.

Opinion: As a Swedish-Iranian, Trump’s travel ban makes me furious
Sweden

Opinion: As a Swedish-Iranian, Trump’s travel ban makes me furious

The Local contributor Saina Behnejad, who was born to Iranian parents in Sweden and grew up in the UK, has her say on Donald Trump's executive order.