Train passengers enraged by German rail chaos
Germany

Train passengers enraged by German rail chaos

A signal failure in Hesse has wreaked havoc on passengers' travel plans for days. The Local spoke to one passenger about her nightmare journey.

The French food you love but should really steer clear of
France

The French food you love but should really steer clear of

Think all French food is all healthy? Think again.

‘If we could export the Swedish model, it would be a much better world’
Sweden

‘If we could export the Swedish model, it would be a much better world’

The OECD has released its Economic Survey of Sweden 2017. Here are five key points.

Video: This is what it’s like to race reindeer
Sweden

Video: This is what it’s like to race reindeer

A participant in the 2017 Jokkmokk Winter Market had the bright idea of filming it with a GoPro camera. The result is pretty amazing.

Drunk driving teacher busted after pupil crashes car into house
Germany

Drunk driving teacher busted after pupil crashes car into house

A driving teacher failed to stop a crash during a lesson because he was too drunk to brake in time.

Cheating Frenchman sues Uber for €45m blaming glitch in app for his divorce
France

Cheating Frenchman sues Uber for €45m blaming glitch in app for his divorce

Uber was responsible for the divorce, the man said.

VIDEO: Explosion at chemical works near Valencia
Spain

VIDEO: Explosion at chemical works near Valencia

A huge pillar of toxic black smoke was visible for miles across Valencia after a fire broke out at a chemical plant in Paterna on Wednesday morning.

Boring banlieues? Why you’ll regret choosing to live in the Paris suburbs
France

Boring banlieues? Why you’ll regret choosing to live in the Paris suburbs

Life in the "banlieues" ain't all it's cracked up to be, apparently.

Teen, 15, held after janitor shot in Malmö
Sweden

Teen, 15, held after janitor shot in Malmö

A janitor who was shot while clearing snow from walkways in central Malmö was fighting for his life in hospital on Wednesday afternoon.

Catalonia’s former separatist leader Artur Mas warns Madrid of backlash
Spain

Catalonia’s former separatist leader Artur Mas warns Madrid of backlash

On trial for holding a symbolic independence vote, Catalonia's former leader Artur Mas warned Madrid against implementing drastic measures to stop another such referendum - binding this time - from taking place as planned by his successor.

How Italy is getting asylum seekers to help out in their new communities
Italy

How Italy is getting asylum seekers to help out in their new communities

As US President Donald Trump's anti-Muslim decree fuels a tumultuous global debate, Italy is quietly experimenting with an integration project to better the lives of both asylum seekers and locals.

Spanish beachgoers asked to help protect holidaymakers from sunburn
Spain

Spanish beachgoers asked to help protect holidaymakers from sunburn

Spaniards have been called on to protect Danish holidaymakers from too much sun by asking them to cover up, wear a hat or offer to rub in some sunscreen.

German trust in Israel ‘deeply shaken’ by new settlement law
Germany

German trust in Israel ‘deeply shaken’ by new settlement law

The German Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that a law passed in the Israeli parliament retroactively legalizing settlements was damaging to Israel’s own wish for security.

Mother gets 4 years’ prison for forcing daughter into prostitution
Germany

Mother gets 4 years’ prison for forcing daughter into prostitution

A mother in Lower Saxony was sentenced to four years in prison on Wednesday for selling her 16-year-old daughter online for sex.

Volvo predicts record sales in 2017
Sweden

Volvo predicts record sales in 2017

Swedish carmaker Volvo, owned by Chinese group Geely, predicts a bright future after reporting a healthy profit rise in 2016.

Supermarket manager embezzled €20,000 ‘for his cat’
Austria

Supermarket manager embezzled €20,000 ‘for his cat’

The former branch manager of a supermarket in the Austrian capital Vienna has received a six month probationary sentence for embezzling €20,000. He said he urgently needed the money to be able to take care of his cat.

Maersk posts heavy 2016 loss as chairman resigns
Denmark

Maersk posts heavy 2016 loss as chairman resigns

Danish shipping and oil conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk registered a heavy loss in 2016 due to write-downs in its oil services division, the company said, as it announced the chairman would step down.

Swedish police officer causes controversy with Facebook post
Sweden

Swedish police officer causes controversy with Facebook post

The officer's post claiming most of the crimes he investigates are done by immigrants has led to a response from Sweden's PM.

Police investigate explosion at Norwegian asylum centre
Norway

Police investigate explosion at Norwegian asylum centre

Bergen Police on Wednesday were investigating the cause of an explosion at the Ytre Arna asylum centre the previous evening.

Why you should visit Switzerland’s Italian-speaking region of Ticino this year
Switzerland

Why you should visit Switzerland’s Italian-speaking region of Ticino this year

2017 is the time to visit Ticino. Here’s why.

Ryanair offers to fly Pope Francis on Ireland visit
Italy

Ryanair offers to fly Pope Francis on Ireland visit

Ryanair's CEO hopes the pontiff will ditch Alitalia for the budget airline on his next trip to Ireland.

WATCH: Germans tell us where relations with the US are headed
Germany

WATCH: Germans tell us where relations with the US are headed

In light of recent clashes between German politicians and Donald Trump, German trust in the the US has plummeted. We took to the streets of Berlin to ask locals where they think the relationship will be in 12 months' time.

French president visits man ‘raped with police baton’ as suburban tensions simmer
France

French president visits man ‘raped with police baton’ as suburban tensions simmer

President Hollande visited the man in hospital following three nights of trouble in the Aulnay-sous-Bois.

Airbnb limits rentals in Barcelona attempting truce with city authorities
Spain

Airbnb limits rentals in Barcelona attempting truce with city authorities

Homeowners in central Barcelona will only be able to rent out one place on Airbnb as part of new rules announced by the home rentals website, which has been at loggerheads with local authorities.

Guns and Hitler portraits found in burnt down farm
Austria

Guns and Hitler portraits found in burnt down farm

Police investigating a fire at a farm in Thalgau in the state of Salzburg say they have found several weapons as well as portraits of Adolf Hitler in the burnt-out building.

Italy’s music festival honours firefighters – and rescue dog
Italy

Italy’s music festival honours firefighters – and rescue dog

The Sanremo Music Festival is a highlight of Italy's cultural calendar, usually drawing attention for the celebrities, established singers and newcomers who take to the stage in glitzy attire.

New stats on asylum homes torched in Sweden in 2016
Sweden

New stats on asylum homes torched in Sweden in 2016

Police believe that the majority of fires at housing centres for asylum seekers in Sweden last year were deliberate.

Trump says he WILL back NATO in call to Spanish PM
Spain

Trump says he WILL back NATO in call to Spanish PM

President Donald Trump told Spain's leader Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday that the United States is committed to NATO, despite his past criticism of the transatlantic military alliance.

Danish security agency warns that fake news can spur terror attacks
Denmark

Danish security agency warns that fake news can spur terror attacks

Misinformation "could lead certain mentally unstable or very impressionable people to commit violent acts in the nature of terrorism", a new terror assessment warns.

Engineers battle to fix Swiss plane stranded in icy northern Canada
Switzerland

Engineers battle to fix Swiss plane stranded in icy northern Canada

The Boeing 777 made an emergency landing in Iqaluit after engine failure.

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

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

A video by Austrian-German comedy duo Stermann & Grissemann hopes to introduce the new American President to the delights of Austria, in a bid to persuade him that his motto should be ‘America first, Austria second’.

Calais: Five hotel managers arrested for ‘smuggling Albanians to Britain’
France

Calais: Five hotel managers arrested for ‘smuggling Albanians to Britain’

The network charged up to €10,000 for a "safe passage" to the UK, according to reports.

Two asylum seekers charged with abusing girls in swimming pool
Germany

Two asylum seekers charged with abusing girls in swimming pool

Two young men have been charged for molesting teenage girls in a swimming pool in a small town in North Germany.

More than 100 flights scrapped in Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart airport strikes
Germany

More than 100 flights scrapped in Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart airport strikes

Ground crew workers at four major airports are on strike on Wednesday, leading to dozens of flight delays and cancellations.

Pompeii protest march banned by Naples police
Italy

Pompeii protest march banned by Naples police

Police in Naples on Tuesday banned a protest march which had been planned by employees of archaeological site Pompeii.

Ceneri rail tunnel moves closer to completing new alpine rail link
Switzerland

Ceneri rail tunnel moves closer to completing new alpine rail link

The Ceneri is as important to this massive Swiss engineering project as the Gotthard base tunnel.

‘A great loss for Sweden and the world’: tributes pour in for Hans Rosling
Sweden

‘A great loss for Sweden and the world’: tributes pour in for Hans Rosling

International figures including Bill Gates and Chelsea Clinton have paid tribute to the Swedish stats icon.

Merkel calls for EU to maintain good relations with Washington
Germany

Merkel calls for EU to maintain good relations with Washington

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that good ties based on shared values with the United States were in the interest of the European Union.

In Norway, everyone’s tax info is just a click away
Norway

In Norway, everyone’s tax info is just a click away

How much does my neighbour, my colleague, the leader of my country or his wife earn? In Norway, a champion of transparency, that information is available to all, just a few clicks away.

Danish jazz violonist Svend Asmussen dies aged 100
Denmark

Danish jazz violonist Svend Asmussen dies aged 100

Danish jazz violinist Svend Asmussen, whose long career included collaborations with Stephane Grappelli, Josephine Baker and Duke Ellington, died on Tuesday at the age of 100, his family said.

Finally! Tourists are flocking back to France
France

Finally! Tourists are flocking back to France

The tourists are back, a new report says.

Why these Americans ditched their cars for Stockholm’s public transport
Sweden

Why these Americans ditched their cars for Stockholm’s public transport

In this guest blog post, American Kevin Buckley sums up his family's experience of ditching their cars for public transport after moving to Stockholm.