Sweden’s Social Democrats to propose limits on migrant labour
Sweden

Sweden’s Social Democrats to propose limits on migrant labour

The Greens, who are in coalition government with the Social Democrats, oppose the move.

‘Choose Freedom’: EU passport campaign launched across Europe
Spain

‘Choose Freedom’: EU passport campaign launched across Europe

Imagine a post-Brexit scenario whereby Brits will be issued with EU passports to secure the right to freedom of movement across the 27 member states of the European Union.

‘Hitler please come back’: new Nazi controversy rocks troubled AfD
Germany

‘Hitler please come back’: new Nazi controversy rocks troubled AfD

There is more trouble brewing for the Alternative for Germany (AfD), as it was confirmed the party is investigating a regional chairwoman for circulating a photo of Adolf Hitler, apparently calling for his return.

Here’s what Swedes say it takes to be truly Swedish
Sweden

Here’s what Swedes say it takes to be truly Swedish

Trying to integrate in Sweden? A new survey has revealed what Swedes think it takes to be considered truly Swedish.

Italy sentences Isis-linked kickboxer who ‘considered Vatican attack’
Italy

Italy sentences Isis-linked kickboxer who ‘considered Vatican attack’

The competitive kickboxer was allegedly recorded saying he would be willing to mount an attack on the Vatican, which Isis propagandists have regularly threatened to do.

Italian police celebrate Valentine’s with anti-violence campaign
Italy

Italian police celebrate Valentine’s with anti-violence campaign

"If love is hurting you, get out."

Tesla driver ‘saves lives’ with amazing Autobahn rescue maneuver
Germany

Tesla driver ‘saves lives’ with amazing Autobahn rescue maneuver

The driver of a luxury Tesla car showed incredible speed of thought to perform a controlled crash when a nearby car starting swerving across the road.

France to recruit a new generation of tech savvy spies
France

France to recruit a new generation of tech savvy spies

France is recruiting a new legion of spies, but they won't be like James Bond.

Ten new (and old) Swedish films to add to your bucket list
Sweden

Ten new (and old) Swedish films to add to your bucket list

Irish film writer Peter Larkin lists his top picks of movies screened at this year's Gothenburg Film Festival.

Mass sexual assaults by refugees in Frankfurt ‘completely made up’
Germany

Mass sexual assaults by refugees in Frankfurt ‘completely made up’

Prosecutors in Frankfurt are investigating two people for making up a crime, after they claimed in a national newspaper that dozens of Arab men rioted and sexually assaulted women at New Year.

Austria rejects murder theory in Kazakh critic’s death
Austria

Austria rejects murder theory in Kazakh critic’s death

Austrian prosecutors have ruled out reopening a probe into the death of a prominent Kazakh government opponent whose apparent jail suicide in Vienna had been called into question by a German expert.

Hollande wants justice over alleged police rape while Le Pen ‘pours fuel on fire’
France

Hollande wants justice over alleged police rape while Le Pen ‘pours fuel on fire’

Hollande tries to calm the violence in the Paris suburbs while Le Pen is accused of pouring oil on the fire.

Acknowledge your partner’s housework or prepare for divorce, Swedish study warns
Sweden

Acknowledge your partner’s housework or prepare for divorce, Swedish study warns

Some Valentine's Day advice courtesy of new research from Sweden.

Strauss’s Blue Danube keeps waltzing at 150
Austria

Strauss’s Blue Danube keeps waltzing at 150

Born out of defeat, initially not that popular and dedicated to a river that's more greeny-grey, the beginnings of "The Blue Danube" 150 years ago this week were inauspicious.

Kurz ‘understands’ why Trump promised to build a wall
Austria

Kurz ‘understands’ why Trump promised to build a wall

Austria’s Foreign and Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) has said that in principle he understands why US President Donald Trump has promised to build a wall between the US and Mexico.

Gang transformed old Toyotas into fake Ferraris using bodyshell and stickers
Spain

Gang transformed old Toyotas into fake Ferraris using bodyshell and stickers

Police in Spain busted a gang who transformed beaten up Toyotas into fake Ferraris and Lamborghinis and sold them on to unsuspecting buyers on the internet.

Why this Italian restaurant gives parents a discount for polite children
Italy

Why this Italian restaurant gives parents a discount for polite children

The restaurant owner told The Local he doesn't often see well-behaved children at his eatery, and wanted to reward the family.

French urged to have more sex by country’s top heart specialists
France

French urged to have more sex by country’s top heart specialists

"Faire l'amour not war" - and lots of it. That's the message from French cardiologists on Valentine's Day.

Geneva hospital encourages ‘shy’ Swiss to talk about sex
Switzerland

Geneva hospital encourages ‘shy’ Swiss to talk about sex

Just in time for St Valentine’s day, the University Hospital of Geneva (HUG) has produced a cartoon-style brochure to encourage people to talk to their doctor about their sexual health.

Elderly German couple found dead in Australia’s outback
Germany

Elderly German couple found dead in Australia’s outback

An elderly German couple have been found dead in Australia's outback after becoming disorientated and wandering from the official path, police said Tuesday, following a record-breaking heatwave in the country.

UK and Sweden agree ‘everybody should be able to stay’ after Brexit: EU minister
Sweden

UK and Sweden agree ‘everybody should be able to stay’ after Brexit: EU minister

Sweden's EU affairs and trade minister Ann Linde met the UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis in Stockholm on Tuesday.

Is a new political alliance forming in Denmark?
Denmark

Is a new political alliance forming in Denmark?

The Danish People's Party and the Social Democrats have always overlapped on a number of issues but now they're flirting openly about joining forces.

François Fillon in free fall as party rebels turn the screw
France

François Fillon in free fall as party rebels turn the screw

Falling polls and rebel MPs who want him to quit spell more bad news for under-fire Fillon.

Two thirds of Germans want Merkel out at next election: poll
Germany

Two thirds of Germans want Merkel out at next election: poll

Up until recently it seemed a very safe bet that Angela Merkel would win another term as Chancellor in September’s election. But more and more polling suggests otherwise.

Swiss banking giant slashes more jobs in cost-cutting exercise
Switzerland

Swiss banking giant slashes more jobs in cost-cutting exercise

Credit Suisse, Switzerland's second-biggest bank, intends to cut more than 5,500 jobs during 2017.

Valentine’s Day in Austria: Everything you need to know
Austria

Valentine’s Day in Austria: Everything you need to know

Here’s our A to Z guide to dating in Austria, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

This is why our readers love living in Switzerland
Switzerland

This is why our readers love living in Switzerland

On St Valentine’s Day, readers and contributors to The Local reveal the diverse array of things – large or small – they love about this nation of mountains, cow bells and washing rotas.

Venice Carnival celebrates ‘beauty, the sea, and vanity’
Italy

Venice Carnival celebrates ‘beauty, the sea, and vanity’

This year the carnival opened in spectacular fashion with a water show.

EU ‘disappointed’ in Swiss rejection of corporate tax reform
Switzerland

EU ‘disappointed’ in Swiss rejection of corporate tax reform

It's another blow to EU-Swiss relations.

Tunisian PM bluntly rejects blame for Berlin truck attack
Germany

Tunisian PM bluntly rejects blame for Berlin truck attack

Tunisia's prime minister on Tuesday rejected German claims that his country has been blocking the return of rejected asylum seekers including the key suspect in the Berlin attack, hours ahead of talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Germany’s new President – who he is and what he does
Germany

Germany’s new President – who he is and what he does

As Germany gets a new President-elect, we've put together a guide on the new man and his new job.

Why the French banlieues are ripe for repeat of 2005 riots
France

Why the French banlieues are ripe for repeat of 2005 riots

Analysis published on the tenth anniversary of the 2005 riots showed France's poor banlieues were ready to explode once again.

Romanian woman charged with raping 12-year-old boy in Norway
Norway

Romanian woman charged with raping 12-year-old boy in Norway

A Romanian woman will appear in a Norwegian court in March to face accusations of having raped a 12-year-old boy.

Fewer than one in seven terror suspects convicted in Sweden: report
Sweden

Fewer than one in seven terror suspects convicted in Sweden: report

Only five people have been convicted of terror related crimes in Sweden of a known 34 arrested or detained, according to a study done by radio station Sveriges Radio.

Spanish PM’s ex-minister testifies in corruption case
Spain

Spanish PM’s ex-minister testifies in corruption case

Spain's ex-health minister Ana Mato took the stand Monday in a major corruption scandal, the first time that a former member of Mariano Rajoy's conservative government has appeared in court.

Lucerne police: rapist who left victim paralyzed revealed a name
Switzerland

Lucerne police: rapist who left victim paralyzed revealed a name

Police are appealing to the public to find a man named Aron or Aaron.

The five most romantic French films of all time
France

The five most romantic French films of all time

If you are looking for a romantic French film to watch then choose one of these French classics.

Germany delays Israel meet ‘due to anger at settlement policies’
Germany

Germany delays Israel meet ‘due to anger at settlement policies’

Germany said Monday that a summit with Israel planned for later this year had been delayed, with Israeli media reporting it was due to the Jewish state's controversial new settlements law.

Norway and EU lock claws in crabbing dispute
Norway

Norway and EU lock claws in crabbing dispute

The EU and Norway are locked in a dispute over their different interpretations of a nearly 100-year-old treaty.

This 70-year-old Italian holds the world record for number of uni degrees
Italy

This 70-year-old Italian holds the world record for number of uni degrees

"Thanks to books, I feel free, dammit," says 70-year-old Luciano Baietti.

Former Italian PM Renzi launches comeback bid
Italy

Former Italian PM Renzi launches comeback bid

Italy must hold elections by next February, but they will likely come much sooner.

Cow attempts great escape from slaughterhouse near Hudiksvall
Sweden

Cow attempts great escape from slaughterhouse near Hudiksvall

A cow destined for slaughter made a last-minute mad dash for freedom in rural Sweden.

Disney drops YouTube star PewDiePie after anti-Semitic jokes
Sweden

Disney drops YouTube star PewDiePie after anti-Semitic jokes

Disney has cut ties with Swedish YouTube star PewDiePie after he posted several videos with anti-Semitic content.

A British take on hygge and happiness in Denmark
Denmark

A British take on hygge and happiness in Denmark

Hygge may be a relatively new trend in the UK, but British expat Alexia Kühn has been experiencing it firsthand for over two decades. Here's what she thinks her countrymen could learn from the Danes.

Why we must stop seeing far-right terrorists as lone wolf offenders
Sweden

Why we must stop seeing far-right terrorists as lone wolf offenders

OPINION: Our cognitive bias makes us view Islamist and far-right terrorists differently, writes Swedish researcher Christer Mattsson.

Why more Danes are living past 100 than ever before
Denmark

Why more Danes are living past 100 than ever before

A record number of people celebrated their 100th birthday in 2016, new figures from Statistics Denmark show.