Italy debates fines and prison terms for people who spread fake news
Italy

Italy debates fines and prison terms for people who spread fake news

A bill which proposes imprisonment and fines of up to €10,000 for those who spread fake news has been widely criticized by experts in digital law.

Sweden’s wealth inequality exposed by new research
Sweden

Sweden’s wealth inequality exposed by new research

"Gaps in income have grown, and Sweden is no longer as different as it once was."

Not so supermarché? Why we either loathe or love French supermarkets
France

Not so supermarché? Why we either loathe or love French supermarkets

What is it about supermarkets in France that divides opinion among foreigners so much?

Nine migrants feared drowned off Spain’s Canary Islands
Spain

Nine migrants feared drowned off Spain’s Canary Islands

Dozens of migrants risking their lives to try to reach Europe were rescued off the Canary Islands Thursday, after nine others were missing and feared dead near the south of the Spanish mainland, the coast guard said.

Why Bavarians are serving up beaver with their beer
Germany

Why Bavarians are serving up beaver with their beer

Apparently there are too many beavers in Bavaria. But they're also simultaneously under protection status. Luckily those clever southerners have found a solution.

Nice idea or just bananas? Fierce debate over palm trees by iconic Milan Duomo
Italy

Nice idea or just bananas? Fierce debate over palm trees by iconic Milan Duomo

A group of palm trees which suddenly appeared in Milan have been described as 'kitsch', a 'folly' and 'brave'.

Officer convicted of assault after not taking emergency call seriously
Germany

Officer convicted of assault after not taking emergency call seriously

A police officer has been fined €6,000 and convicted of assault after he decided not to send help when a teen called needing assistance.

Employment increases among Sweden’s foreign-born population
Sweden

Employment increases among Sweden’s foreign-born population

An increase in employment among Sweden's foreign-born residents has led an overall increase in employment in the country.

Macron causes uproar by saying France’s colonisation of Algeria was ‘crime against humanity’
France

Macron causes uproar by saying France’s colonisation of Algeria was ‘crime against humanity’

Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron suggests it's time for France to apologize but those on the right are outraged.

The ten things I’ll miss most about living in Denmark
Denmark

The ten things I’ll miss most about living in Denmark

Justin Cremer, The Local Denmark’s editor since the site’s very launch, is saying goodbye as he prepares to move back to the United States. Here he reflects on what he’s most likely to miss after nearly seven years in Copenhagen.

Israel takes a swipe at Sweden over Israel-Palestine peace envoy
Sweden

Israel takes a swipe at Sweden over Israel-Palestine peace envoy

"We are deeply grateful for the decision to finally solve this region's illnesses."

Madrid and Barcelona issued EU ultimatum over pollution levels
Spain

Madrid and Barcelona issued EU ultimatum over pollution levels

The European Commission has given Spain two months to comply with EU air pollution standards or face a hefty face.

Sausage factory to be built on site of former Nazi forced labour camp
Austria

Sausage factory to be built on site of former Nazi forced labour camp

Plans to build a sausage and bacon factory on the site of a former Nazi forced labour camp in Austria have been heavily criticised by locals.

The Swedish towns where couples stay married
Sweden

The Swedish towns where couples stay married

Sweden may have a higher than average divorce rate, but there are some areas where couples tend to stay together – at least according to these official marriage stats.

Get ready: Up to 300 Starbucks stores are coming to Italy
Italy

Get ready: Up to 300 Starbucks stores are coming to Italy

Good news for frappuccino lovers. Bad news for Italian coffee purists.

Fillon’s troubles deepen as prosecutor says ‘fake job’ probe won’t be dropped
France

Fillon’s troubles deepen as prosecutor says ‘fake job’ probe won’t be dropped

Could François Fillon soon be charged over the Penelopegate scandal?

‘No spying among friends’: How Merkel’s NSA criticism came to haunt her
Germany

‘No spying among friends’: How Merkel’s NSA criticism came to haunt her

Angela Merkel famously said there should be no "spying among friends" amid the initial Edward Snowden NSA leaks. But then it emerged that Germany, too, had helped the NSA spy on its allies.

Swedish court hands life sentence to Syrian for war crimes
Sweden

Swedish court hands life sentence to Syrian for war crimes

The 46-year-old man has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a Swedish court for violating international humanitarian law through an execution-style murder in Syria.

Report: drink and drugs policy neglected by Swiss politicians
Switzerland

Report: drink and drugs policy neglected by Swiss politicians

The government is not doing enough to tackle addiction in Switzerland because economic interests take priority, according to a new report.

Bonkers Belleville: The 25 photos that could only be taken in Paris’s craziest neighbourhood
France

Bonkers Belleville: The 25 photos that could only be taken in Paris’s craziest neighbourhood

These photos could only have been taken in Paris's most chaotic, colourful and perhaps craziest neighbourhood.

Vienna fines increase for dog fouling and fag butt litter
Austria

Vienna fines increase for dog fouling and fag butt litter

Fines for throwing cigarette butts on the street and not cleaning up after your dog are set to increase in Vienna from March 3rd.

The end of an era? Norway no longer the promised land for young Swedes

The end of an era? Norway no longer the promised land for young Swedes

Recruitment agencies in Oslo estimate a 60 percent decline in Swedes working in the Norwegian capital.

Spanish mayor urged to call in exorcist over town hall haunting
Spain

Spanish mayor urged to call in exorcist over town hall haunting

The mayor of a small town outside Granada is facing calls to bring in an exorcist after workers became convinced that the council offices were haunted – and the ghost was even caught on camera.

Geneva dentist treats wolf for toothache
Switzerland

Geneva dentist treats wolf for toothache

A dentist had the surprise of his life last Saturday when he was called to a zoo in Grand-Lancy to perform dental surgery on a wolf.

Teen troublemakers sentenced for violent assault
Austria

Teen troublemakers sentenced for violent assault

Five young people who beat up a 15-year-old girl last November in Vienna and broke her jaw have received prison sentences.

Danish man charged with ordering the sexual abuse of 346 Filipino children
Denmark

Danish man charged with ordering the sexual abuse of 346 Filipino children

A 70-year-old Danish man from the Copenhagen suburb of Brøndby is at the centre of what may be the world’s biggest case ever involving the on-demand sexual assaults committed over the internet.

150 hit by respiratory problems as ‘toxic cloud’ looms over Ruhr valley city
Germany

150 hit by respiratory problems as ‘toxic cloud’ looms over Ruhr valley city

Around 150 people have complained of respiratory problems as authorities tell locals to stay indoors due to a toxic cloud over the city of Oberhausen.

US will ‘moderate commitment’ to Nato if allies don’t spend more. Can Denmark deliver?
Denmark

US will ‘moderate commitment’ to Nato if allies don’t spend more. Can Denmark deliver?

US Defence Secretary James Mattis used his first Nato meeting to assure its allies of Washington's commitment to the alliance but he also delivered an ultimatum to American allies.

Clashes flare in Paris after alleged police rape in suburbs
France

Clashes flare in Paris after alleged police rape in suburbs

Riot police were on hand on Wednesday night as suburb protests came to the city.

Air pollution: France gets slapped with ‘final warning’ from EU
France

Air pollution: France gets slapped with ‘final warning’ from EU

It's just too smoggy in France, says the EU.

Football: Real Madrid bounce back to beat Napoli
Spain

Football: Real Madrid bounce back to beat Napoli

Real Madrid shrugged off conceding an early away goal to take a huge step towards a seventh straight Champions League quarter-final as goals from Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Casemiro sealed a 3-1 win over Napoli on Wednesday.

Swiss report over 100 homophobic attacks in three months
Switzerland

Swiss report over 100 homophobic attacks in three months

But they are currently not recorded as homophobia in official crime statistics.

What to expect in the US Secretary of State’s first visit to Germany
Germany

What to expect in the US Secretary of State’s first visit to Germany

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's G20 peers get their first chance on Thursday to hear direct from the top what President Donald Trump's foreign policy will look like.

This judge led Italy’s biggest ever corruption probe. Twenty-five years on, he warns the fight isn’t over
Italy

This judge led Italy’s biggest ever corruption probe. Twenty-five years on, he warns the fight isn’t over

Judge Antonio Di Pietro became an emblematic figure in the country's battle against corruption after leading the way in 'Mani Pulite', a probe which saw half of the country's lawmakers indicted.

US will ‘moderate commitment’ to Nato if allies don’t spend more. Can Norway hit the goal?
Norway

US will ‘moderate commitment’ to Nato if allies don’t spend more. Can Norway hit the goal?

US Defence Secretary James Mattis used his first Nato meeting to assure its allies of Washington's commitment to the alliance but he also delivered an ultimatum to American allies.

Earthquake recovery has cost Italy more than €23 billion
Italy

Earthquake recovery has cost Italy more than €23 billion

The cost includes damage to homes, businesses, monuments and farms.

Berlin braces for more airport strikes and flight cancellations
Germany

Berlin braces for more airport strikes and flight cancellations

Passengers should expect flight delays and cancellations at Berlin's two airports on Thursday due to a ground crew strike strike over pay, union officials announced.

Italy must step up reforms to tackle poverty and inequality: OECD
Italy

Italy must step up reforms to tackle poverty and inequality: OECD

Italy faces a set of daunting challenges including ramping up productivity, reducing child poverty, and addressing skill shortages.

Swiss ski instructors help boost ski industry in Iran
Switzerland

Swiss ski instructors help boost ski industry in Iran

A Swiss team travelled to Iran to select talented skiers to receive Swiss-style instructor training.

Austria to sue Airbus over alleged Eurofighter fraud
Austria

Austria to sue Airbus over alleged Eurofighter fraud

Austria says it will sue European aerospace giant Airbus over a $2-billion sale of Eurofighter jets that has long been plagued by allegations of kickbacks.

Tennis court-sized French flag unfurled at UK castle
France

Tennis court-sized French flag unfurled at UK castle

It will be the flag's first public showing in more than a century.

Meet the amateur baker making Swedish ‘fika’ hot in Israel
Sweden

Meet the amateur baker making Swedish ‘fika’ hot in Israel

Michael Rothschild opened up a Swedish bakery called Fika. Nothing out of the ordinary in Sweden. But this one is far away, in Tel Aviv. The Local spoke to him to find out more about his unusual passion for Swedish pastries.

Police called as sex game goes very, very wrong for a couple in Sweden
Sweden

Police called as sex game goes very, very wrong for a couple in Sweden

A Stockholm couple tried to spice up their sex life with the help of handcuffs. But it did not end in the release they had hoped for, as police had to be called in to free them after the key went missing.

Spotify expands with US headquarters move
Sweden

Spotify expands with US headquarters move

The Swedish streaming giant has revealed its US expansion plans.