Trump’s top EU pick warns German media of ‘seismic shift’ in ties
Germany

Trump’s top EU pick warns German media of ‘seismic shift’ in ties

Ted Malloch, President Donald Trump's reported choice of US ambassador to the EU, predicts "seismic shifts" in transatlantic ties and the bloc's disintegration, in comments to a German news weekly published Friday.

French student takes steps to block Breitbart’s move to France
France

French student takes steps to block Breitbart’s move to France

Could this stop Breitbart's move to France?

Police launch terror probe after machete attack on soldiers at Louvre
France

Police launch terror probe after machete attack on soldiers at Louvre

French PM says machete attack at shopping centre next to the Louvre museum on Friday was of a "terrorist nature".

When a ‘far right’ French town paid homage to Donald Trump
France

When a ‘far right’ French town paid homage to Donald Trump

The town of Béziers and its far right mayor held what was effectively an homage to Donald Trump this week.

WATCH: This is how Germany ‘introduced’ Trump to the country
Germany

WATCH: This is how Germany ‘introduced’ Trump to the country

A video by a German talk show comedian hopes to introduce the new American President to Deutschland, hoping he'll make his motto 'America first, Germany second'.

Red alert for western France as storm winds set to reach 160 km/hr
France

Red alert for western France as storm winds set to reach 160 km/hr

Residents in western France are being urged to stay inside after red alerts issued.

Mon Dieu! Paris snubs French and picks English slogan for 2024 Olympics bid
France

Mon Dieu! Paris snubs French and picks English slogan for 2024 Olympics bid

How has it come to this? Paris relies on an English slogan to help win Olympics bid.

Did VW’s CEO know of emissions scam all along? Yes, says his boss
Germany

Did VW’s CEO know of emissions scam all along? Yes, says his boss

Volkswagen's former supervisory board chief has told German investigators that ex-CEO Martin Winterkorn knew about the "dieselgate" emissions cheating scam well before the scandal broke, news weekly Der Spiegel reported Friday.

Sweden gives Brussels terror attacks evidence to Belgium
Sweden

Sweden gives Brussels terror attacks evidence to Belgium

A Swedish court decided on Friday to hand over evidence seized in the southern city of Malmö to Belgium in connection with the Brussels attacks last year, public prosecutors said.

The Swedes have made a jacket out of beans, wood and nuts
Sweden

The Swedes have made a jacket out of beans, wood and nuts

The award for 'most Swedish story of the week' goes to...

What we know so far about the Louvre machete attack
France

What we know so far about the Louvre machete attack

Everything we know so far.

Two men in Berlin accused of hundreds of child sex abuse acts
Germany

Two men in Berlin accused of hundreds of child sex abuse acts

Two men went on trial in Germany Friday accused of more than 400 counts of child sex abuse and running a paedophile ring in Berlin that targeted boys as young as six.

Lufthansa starts flying people on Trump travel ban into Boston
Germany

Lufthansa starts flying people on Trump travel ban into Boston

Germany's largest airline has resumed carrying citizens of countries named under an American travel ban into Boston until at least February 5th.

Victory for car-sharing as Spanish buses lose ‘unfair competition’ case against BlaBlaCar
Spain

Victory for car-sharing as Spanish buses lose ‘unfair competition’ case against BlaBlaCar

BlaBlaCar is not guilty of "unfair competition" as alleged by Spanish bus companies, a court ruled, in a first legal victory for the ride-sharing firm which has run into problems in the country.

EU migrant plan will ‘send children back to a living hell’, rights groups say
Italy

EU migrant plan will ‘send children back to a living hell’, rights groups say

Rights groups on Friday blasted EU plans to help Libya stem migrant departures as a recipe for children being sent back to squalid detention centres in the north African country.

German public trust in USA plummets to record low: study
Germany

German public trust in USA plummets to record low: study

A new poll shows that German trust in the transatlantic relationship has dropped to a level equatable to public trust in Russia since Donald Trump was elected US President.

This young German is scared of making babies cry, so we sent him to a Swedish baby meeting
Sweden

This young German is scared of making babies cry, so we sent him to a Swedish baby meeting

The Local's contributor Christian Krug is a student, has no immediate plans to have kids, and doesn't know what to do around them. So we sent him to a meeting for people with new babies.

Louvre attack leaves Paris fearing new blow to tourism
France

Louvre attack leaves Paris fearing new blow to tourism

Friday's machete attack on soldiers at the Louvre was the first of its kind at a tourist landmark in Paris. What will this mean for falling tourist numbers in the French capital?

Here’s why Grumpy Cat is in Berlin – and absolutely hates it
Germany

Here’s why Grumpy Cat is in Berlin – and absolutely hates it

One of the most recognizable gloomy faces of the internet is making her debut in the hip German capital, but there will be no smiling selfies for this crabby kitty.

Norway bulks up on German subs after ‘unpredictable’ Russia stalks the border
Norway

Norway bulks up on German subs after ‘unpredictable’ Russia stalks the border

Norway has chosen Germany's Thyssenkrupp (TKMS) to deliver four new submarines.

How a drunken prank on an ex-boyfriend spiralled way out of control
Germany

How a drunken prank on an ex-boyfriend spiralled way out of control

At the end of a booze-fuelled night, two young women from Munich put a plan into motion to punish one their ex-boyfriends. But when he alerted the police, the prank spiraled way out of control.

Rain in Spain blamed for supermarket veg rations in UK
Spain

Rain in Spain blamed for supermarket veg rations in UK

Bad weather in Spain has devasted winter vegetable crops and sparked rationing at British supermarkets.

Austrian chancellor: Trump travel ban ‘highly problematic’
Austria

Austrian chancellor: Trump travel ban ‘highly problematic’

Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern has criticised US President Donald Trump's controversial migration curbs.

What’s going on in Gothenburg? Updates from the local NFGL network
Sweden

What’s going on in Gothenburg? Updates from the local NFGL network

"8am means exactly 8am,no give and take". What have you learned from studying in Sweden? The local NFGL Gothenburg reflects on what they've discovered and where they've been so far - and what is coming next.

Hollande tells Donald Trump to butt out and leave the EU alone
France

Hollande tells Donald Trump to butt out and leave the EU alone

It's unacceptable that Donald Trump should be constantly criticizing the EU, says the French president.

Armed robber turns out to be victim’s own son
Austria

Armed robber turns out to be victim’s own son

Police in Vienna have arrested an 18-year-old man who together with a friend robbed his own mother during an armed burglary in January.

Thousands of crimes against refugees recorded in 2016: report
Germany

Thousands of crimes against refugees recorded in 2016: report

Media reports on Thursday showed that more than 3,000 crimes were committed against refugees or their homes last year.

Bern MPs vote to accept 1,500 refugees
Switzerland

Bern MPs vote to accept 1,500 refugees

The Swiss capital could welcome 1,500 more refugees after politicians in Bern voted on Thursday to accept them.

Brace yourselves: It’s going to get very cold again in Sweden
Sweden

Brace yourselves: It’s going to get very cold again in Sweden

Thought winter was over? Not so fast.

Italian priest faces defrocking over orgies in the rectory
Italy

Italian priest faces defrocking over orgies in the rectory

An Italian priest will likely lose his role after allegations that he organized orgies on church property.

Record year for Ferrari as brand turns 70
Italy

Record year for Ferrari as brand turns 70

Italian luxury carmaker Ferrari said on Thursday it had achieved record profits in 2016, bolstered by strong demand for its supercharged 488 sports cars, a fillip to the "prancing horse" firm as it prepares to turn 70.

13-year jail sentence for attempted murder in Vienna asylum centre
Austria

13-year jail sentence for attempted murder in Vienna asylum centre

A 46-year-old Moroccan asylum seeker has been sentenced to 13 years in prison in Vienna for the attempted murder of his roommate at an asylum centre in Simmering.

Berlin clubs – the ten most famous and notorious
Germany

Berlin clubs – the ten most famous and notorious

There is perhaps no other city in the world as famous for its nightlife and clubs as Berlin. We give you the lowdown on the Berlin clubs everyone has to visit - if you can get in that is.

What makes someone Italian? Language, not birthplace, say most Italians
Italy

What makes someone Italian? Language, not birthplace, say most Italians

Desperate to be considered 'truly Italian'? Here's what you need to do.

Bouncer convicted of killing customer of Geneva bar
Switzerland

Bouncer convicted of killing customer of Geneva bar

A bouncer at a Geneva bar who caused the death of a customer has been sentenced to 18 months in prison -- but will be out in six weeks.

Did Sweden’s deputy PM just troll Trump with a women-only parody picture?
Sweden

Did Sweden’s deputy PM just troll Trump with a women-only parody picture?

"We are a feminist government, which shows in this photo. Ultimately it is up to the observer to interpret the photo," Isabella Lövin explained.

Olof Palme at 90: ‘He matters more than ever’
Sweden

Olof Palme at 90: ‘He matters more than ever’

To mark what would have been the 90th birthday of assassinated Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, SI News speaks to Anna Sundström, Secretary General of the Olof Palme International Center, about the man, his impact, and what he means today.

Northern Spain on red alert as storms batter coast
Spain

Northern Spain on red alert as storms batter coast

Spain’s northwestern coast was battered by waves reaching 11 meters high as fierce storms swept in from the Atlantic.

Swiss MP: foreigners ‘should renounce citizenship to become Swiss’
Switzerland

Swiss MP: foreigners ‘should renounce citizenship to become Swiss’

Question posed in parliament ahead of February 12th referendum on third generation foreigners.

Was German FM’s first Washington visit a success or failure? Still not clear
Germany

Was German FM’s first Washington visit a success or failure? Still not clear

The German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister was the first Berlin official to meet the new Donald Trump administration. But whether he managed to solidify transatlantic ties depends on who you ask.

Swedish far-right MP to face assault charge over Stockholm brawl
Sweden

Swedish far-right MP to face assault charge over Stockholm brawl

Sweden Democrats (SD) MP Kent Ekeroth has been charged with minor assault over an incident outside a Stockholm nightclub in November.

Madrid is determined to stop Catalonia’s independence referendum. How far will it go?
Spain

Madrid is determined to stop Catalonia’s independence referendum. How far will it go?

Catalonia's separatist government hit out at reported plans by Madrid to close schools in the northeastern region and even take control of the police to stop a contested independence referendum.

Congestion in Vienna centre during right-wing ball
Austria

Congestion in Vienna centre during right-wing ball

Part of Vienna’s 1st district will be off-bounds to the public this evening, as demonstrators gather to protest against the controversial Akademikerball (Academics Ball) taking place in the Hofburg palace.

Over 1,750 saved at sea as Italy prepares for summit on stemming migrant flow
Italy

Over 1,750 saved at sea as Italy prepares for summit on stemming migrant flow

Meanwhile, EU leaders are preparing for a summit on how to stem the flow of boats from North Africa.

Brittany and Normandy on alert as violent storms roll in
France

Brittany and Normandy on alert as violent storms roll in

Brittany was hit by 12-metre waves overnight - and it's not over yet.

Everything you need to get through Swedish winter
Sweden

Everything you need to get through Swedish winter

Back home you always know what to buy to address common winter ailments. But how do you know what to buy abroad? We asked Sweden's largest pharmacy chain for help.

Coldest January gives way to spring-like February
Switzerland

Coldest January gives way to spring-like February

After the coldest January for 30 years, temperatures across Switzerland rose dramatically on Thursday, reaching 16 degrees in some parts of the country.

Central Italy shakes in new 4.4 magnitude earthquake
Italy

Central Italy shakes in new 4.4 magnitude earthquake

A series of 25 earthquakes, two over 4.0 magnitude, hit the Central Italian region on Friday morning. The area was rocked by major, deadly quakes in 2016 and January of this year.

Revealed: Sweden’s best chef named in prestigious competition
Sweden

Revealed: Sweden’s best chef named in prestigious competition

The finest chef in Sweden has been named after a gruelling five-hour cooking competition in Malmö.

Fresh allegations emerge as Rome’s Five Star mayor questioned in corruption probe
Italy

Fresh allegations emerge as Rome’s Five Star mayor questioned in corruption probe

Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi, once a rising star of the anti-establishment Five-Star movement, was questioned by prosecutors on Thursday in an abuse of office probe as fresh allegations of corruption emerged.

The godfather: Church fumes in Sicily as mobster’s son gets offer he can’t refuse
Italy

The godfather: Church fumes in Sicily as mobster’s son gets offer he can’t refuse

Who better to ask to be the godparent to your child than the son of a genuine Sicilian mafia godfather?

British expats join forces across Europe to tackle Brexit

British expats join forces across Europe to tackle Brexit

A coalition of groups representing Britons living in EU nations joined forces Thursday to defend their rights as Britain readies to pull out of the bloc and thousands of expats worry about their future.

Switzerland toughens up rules for Eritrean asylum seekers
Switzerland

Switzerland toughens up rules for Eritrean asylum seekers

Switzerland has slammed shut its open-door policy toward Eritreans which had automatically granted them refugee status.

Germany extradites Tunisian linked to Berlin attacker
Germany

Germany extradites Tunisian linked to Berlin attacker

Germany has extradited to Tunisia a man linked to the slain suspect of the deadly Christmas market attack in Berlin, the prosecution in the North African country said Thursday.

France’s film academy to honour George Clooney
France

France’s film academy to honour George Clooney

Congratulations are in order for Mr Clooney.

Fraudsters posing as France’s Defence Ministry rob man of millions
France

Fraudsters posing as France’s Defence Ministry rob man of millions

If you get an unexpected letter from France's Defence Minister - think twice before responding.

21 mildly interesting facts about the Italian language
Italy

21 mildly interesting facts about the Italian language

Here are a few things you probably didn't know about the Italian language.

Swedish neo-Nazis held over Gothenburg refugee centre blast
Sweden

Swedish neo-Nazis held over Gothenburg refugee centre blast

Three suspected neo-Nazis have been arrested in Sweden after a home-made bomb attack on an asylum-seeker centre last month left one person seriously injured.

Former Norwegian prime minister stopped by new US entry controls
Norway

Former Norwegian prime minister stopped by new US entry controls

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik was stopped by US border control agents at Washington Dulles Airport on Wednesday and questioned for roughly an hour before being granted permission to enter the country.

Austrian pensioner terrorizes German motorists with fake police stunt

Austrian pensioner terrorizes German motorists with fake police stunt

German police faced one of their more unusual call-outs on Thursday when reports emerged of an Austrian pensioner causing mayhem on the motorway - with fake police equipment.

A record number of asylum seekers left Denmark voluntarily last year
Denmark

A record number of asylum seekers left Denmark voluntarily last year

Many cited long waiting times in Danish asylum centres, ill family members in their home countries and false expectations as the primary reasons for leaving.

Recipe: Roast partridge with chanterelle sauce
Sweden

Recipe: Roast partridge with chanterelle sauce

Want to try a Swedish recipe fit for royalty? John Duxbury details his recipe for roast partridge, which has been served at Nobel Banquets in the past.

Norway’s Labour Party was hacked by Russia: report
Norway

Norway’s Labour Party was hacked by Russia: report

The extent of the hack is uncertain but reports have indicated it was carried out by the same actors who interfered with the US election.

Denmark’s world class science centre Experimentarium reopens better than ever
Denmark

Denmark’s world class science centre Experimentarium reopens better than ever

After three years of renovation and a temporary relocation to Paper Island, the new Experimentarium science and technology museum has officially reopened in its permanent Hellerup location north of Copenhagen.

Norwegian hotel tycoon has big plans in Denmark

Norwegian hotel tycoon has big plans in Denmark

Norwegian billionaire Petter Stordalen has announced plans to take over the Hilton Hotel at Copenhagen Airport.