Hungary cheesed off over food ‘double standards’
Austria

Hungary cheesed off over food ‘double standards’

Hungary on Monday announced an inquiry after a study by the food safety agency suggested many food products sold with identical packaging were superior in neighbouring Austria.

Norway bishop calls on churches to employ paperless migrants
Norway

Norway bishop calls on churches to employ paperless migrants

Christian organisations in Norway plan to join a campaign to employ undocumented migrants, despite the threat of fines and imprisonment.

Denmark launches X-ray vans to hunt drug smugglers
Denmark

Denmark launches X-ray vans to hunt drug smugglers

Denmark’s customs authority is pioneering the use of mobile X-ray vans to surprise and scan drug smugglers on the street.

Danish business celebs bet big on tattooing
Denmark

Danish business celebs bet big on tattooing

A pair of celebrity Danish entrepreneurs who hobnob with royalty and headline at business conferences are making a big bet on the most unlikely of industries: tattooing.

Six claims and facts about Sweden: a closer look at Ami Horowitz’ report
Sweden

Six claims and facts about Sweden: a closer look at Ami Horowitz’ report

When US president Donald Trump this past weekend mentioned events in Sweden, he was referring to a TV broadcast about Swedish migration policy. Several claims in the broadcast are questionable, and some downright wrong. Swedish news agency TT has looked at the facts.

‘I am ready to do anything to reach Europe and provide for my family’
Spain

‘I am ready to do anything to reach Europe and provide for my family’

Meet Adam, a 17-year-old from Guinea who tried and failed last week to enter one of Spain's north African enclaves.

‘If you have an open mind, people are all the same’

‘If you have an open mind, people are all the same’

John Andersen dropped out of high school to climb mountains. Decades later, the 73-year-old is still travelling the world - and it's been a priceless education.

Incoming storm: Hurricane-force winds on the way to Germany
Germany

Incoming storm: Hurricane-force winds on the way to Germany

Extreme weather is predicted across Germany in the coming week, with hurricane-force winds expected, and flood warnings put out across many states.

How German arms sales are shrinking, despite global weapons race
Germany

How German arms sales are shrinking, despite global weapons race

Berlin's arms sales compared to the rest of the world have fallen off sharply over the last five years, despite the global arms trade reaching a quarter-century high.

Another French cop faces charge of raping young man with baton
France

Another French cop faces charge of raping young man with baton

The 29-year-old victim was found with a wound to his anus following his arrest in a Paris suburb.

Analysis: Why Trump’s false claims are bad news for Sweden
Sweden

Analysis: Why Trump’s false claims are bad news for Sweden

Donald Trump targeted Sweden and then things got even weirder. The Local Sweden's editor takes a closer look at the story dominating the news in Sweden.

Amazon seeks 2,000 new techies in Germany – and they’re advertising in English
Germany

Amazon seeks 2,000 new techies in Germany – and they’re advertising in English

Online retail giant Amazon said on Monday that it would bring thousands of new jobs to Germany by the end of the year as part of its European expansion.

Syrian teen on trial in Cologne over Isis bomb plot
Germany

Syrian teen on trial in Cologne over Isis bomb plot

A 16-year-old Syrian refugee went on trial in Cologne on Monday accused of planning a bomb attack on behalf of the jihadist group Isis.

Rome ‘gladiators’ fined €800 for charging tourists for photos
Italy

Rome ‘gladiators’ fined €800 for charging tourists for photos

Dressing as a historical character in exchange for paid photo opportunities is banned in Italy's capital city.

Swedish Fox News cops hit out at filmmaker: ‘He is a madman’
Sweden

Swedish Fox News cops hit out at filmmaker: ‘He is a madman’

Two Swedish police officers interviewed in a news report referenced by US president Donald Trump about crime and immigration say their quotes were taken out of context.

German politics – 10 things you need to know
Germany

German politics – 10 things you need to know

If you live in Germany it’s important to understand the basics of its political system. We explain ten fundamental aspects of how the country’s democracy works.

Merkel’s trip to Algeria called off due to president’s illness
Germany

Merkel’s trip to Algeria called off due to president’s illness

Update: Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Algiers was called off on Monday because President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was "temporarily unavailable" due to "acute bronchitis", his office said.

Dane dies after falling from hot-air balloon in Turkey
Denmark

Dane dies after falling from hot-air balloon in Turkey

A Danish tourist died on Saturday in a fall during a hot-air balloon sightseeing ride over a UNESCO world heritage site in central Turkey, Danish and Turkish officials said.

This couple had to sell their wedding rings to pay for food – so a priest had new ones made
Italy

This couple had to sell their wedding rings to pay for food – so a priest had new ones made

The priest told us that the response to his appeal for help shows that "Italy is a country of people with big hearts".

Mentally ill mother killed nine-year-old son
Austria

Mentally ill mother killed nine-year-old son

The community of Nussdorf, near Lake Attersee in Upper Austria, is in shock after a popular teacher (38) killed her nine-year-old son and then attempted to kill herself.

Thieves botch raid on luxury Paris flat belonging to Bin Laden family
France

Thieves botch raid on luxury Paris flat belonging to Bin Laden family

No luck for the would-be burglars of a swanky Paris apartment belonging to the Bin Laden family.

France teams up with McDonald’s to help fight youth unemployment
France

France teams up with McDonald’s to help fight youth unemployment

Merci McDo!

Nobel Peace chair Kullmann dies of cancer at 65
Norway

Nobel Peace chair Kullmann dies of cancer at 65

Kaci Kullmann Five, the chairwoman of the committee which selects the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, has died aged 65 after a long illness, the organisation said on Monday.

96 percent of movies on Netflix directed by men: Swedish study
Sweden

96 percent of movies on Netflix directed by men: Swedish study

It's 'high time' Netflix featured more films by women, according to the authors of a Swedish study on the streaming platform's content.

Interior Ministry wants unidentified refugees to give up cell phone data
Germany

Interior Ministry wants unidentified refugees to give up cell phone data

The Interior Ministry has proposed a new law that would allow authorities to more easily read the personal cell phone data of asylum seekers whose identities are hard to prove.

Skier dies in fall after leaving on-piste après-ski bar
Switzerland

Skier dies in fall after leaving on-piste après-ski bar

A skier died in the resort of Arosa on Saturday night after leaving an après-ski bar on the slopes and falling on his way down to the valley.

Four arrested for allegedly smuggling migrants into Switzerland
Switzerland

Four arrested for allegedly smuggling migrants into Switzerland

They are accused of illegally transporting more than 200 migrants across the Italian-Swiss border.

Happy ending for runaway cat Pepper
Austria

Happy ending for runaway cat Pepper

A cat who disappeared from her home in the Netherlands six months ago and was recently found in an Austrian village 950 kilometres away, has been collected by her Dutch owner.

Drivers in France beware: Private firms to take over fight against speedsters
France

Drivers in France beware: Private firms to take over fight against speedsters

France could a see a ten-fold increase in the number of speeding tickets slapped on motorists.

VIDEO: Italy’s firefighters win award for use of drones in earthquake recovery
Italy

VIDEO: Italy’s firefighters win award for use of drones in earthquake recovery

Drones helped with recovery efforts after the disasters in central Italy, as well as revealing the extent of the damage caused.

Trend for ‘home grown’ cannabis in Austria
Austria

Trend for ‘home grown’ cannabis in Austria

When it comes to drugs, Austrians are increasingly turning to cannabis and buying from ‘home growers’ based in Austria, according to a leading public prosecutor in Wiener Neustadt.

Trains cancelled after landslip on Vaud railway line
Switzerland

Trains cancelled after landslip on Vaud railway line

Some trains between Lausanne and Cully in the canton of Vaud were cancelled on Monday morning after a landslip caused an anti-noise wall next to the railway line to fall down.

Danish Isis fighters paid disability benefits in Syria
Denmark

Danish Isis fighters paid disability benefits in Syria

The Danish government is paying sickness and disability benefits to Danish citizens fighting in Syria for Islamic State, the Berlingske newspaper has reported.

‘Hitlerine’ who denied Holocaust given suspended jail sentence
Austria

‘Hitlerine’ who denied Holocaust given suspended jail sentence

A woman who denied that the Holocaust took place and displayed a sign over her toilet saying “This Hitlerine needs a clean latrine” has been found guilty of breaking Austria’s anti-Nazi law and given a seven month suspended jail sentence.

IN PICTURES: 160,000 pro-immigration protesters hit the streets of Barcelona
Spain

IN PICTURES: 160,000 pro-immigration protesters hit the streets of Barcelona

Tens of thousands of people marched through Barcelona on Saturday urging the Spanish government to immediately meet its pledge to take in thousands of refugees.

French music festival cancelled after ‘bloodbath’ terror threats
France

French music festival cancelled after ‘bloodbath’ terror threats

A series of anonymous calls threatened a "bloodbath".

Germany demands answers after Swiss nuclear reactor is restarted… and then shut down again

Germany demands answers after Swiss nuclear reactor is restarted… and then shut down again

The incident has worried authorities in nearby Germany.

Magnitude 4.0 earthquake shakes L’Aquila
Italy

Magnitude 4.0 earthquake shakes L’Aquila

The tremors were also felt in the Marche region.

More than 350 migrants successfully storm Spain border fence
Spain

More than 350 migrants successfully storm Spain border fence

More than 350 migrants stormed the border between Morocco and Spain at Ceuta on Monday, officials said, days after one of the largest rush of arrivals over the frontier in more than a decade.

Hitler’s phone sells for more than $240,000
Germany

Hitler’s phone sells for more than $240,000

Adolf Hitler's personal telephone, which the Führer used to dictate many of his deadly Second World War commands, sold at auction on Sunday for $243,000, the US house selling it announced.

IN PICTURES: ‘Flying angel’ kicks off Venice Carnival
Italy

IN PICTURES: ‘Flying angel’ kicks off Venice Carnival

Italy's most famous carnival got off to a flying start.

Swedish embassy offers to ‘inform’ Trump after ‘last night in Sweden’ explanation
Sweden

Swedish embassy offers to ‘inform’ Trump after ‘last night in Sweden’ explanation

Sweden has offered to "inform the US administration" about the country’s immigration policy after Donald Trump explained his comments about a non-existent incident in the country were provoked by something he saw while watching the news.

Vandals burn Milan Duomo palm trees as row turns racist
Italy

Vandals burn Milan Duomo palm trees as row turns racist

The freshly planted trees went up in flames as the row over the non-native plants took on a racist tone.

Mike Pence pays somber visit to Nazi concentration camp
Germany

Mike Pence pays somber visit to Nazi concentration camp

US Vice President Mike Pence paid a somber visit to the former Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, Germany on Sunday, against the backdrop of concerns about a surge of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States since Donald Trump was elected president.

Renzi quits as party leader, triggering leadership battle
Italy

Renzi quits as party leader, triggering leadership battle

Renzi has been calling for an early general election, but others in the PD said the party and even the country could be "heading for a crash".

Protests in France over ‘fake jobs’ and ‘corrupt’ politicians
France

Protests in France over ‘fake jobs’ and ‘corrupt’ politicians

Protesters took aim at presidential hopefuls Francois Fillon and Marine Le Pen on Sunday.

Hungarian slaughterhouse love story wins Berlin fest Golden Bear
Germany

Hungarian slaughterhouse love story wins Berlin fest Golden Bear

Hungary's "On Body and Soul", a tender love story set in a slaughterhouse, won the Golden Bear top prize Saturday at the Berlin film festival, Europe's first major cinema showcase of the year.

Spotify slams ‘ridiculous’ deportation threat faced by staff in Sweden
Sweden

Spotify slams ‘ridiculous’ deportation threat faced by staff in Sweden

The streaming giant says it is losing key people due to Swedish migration rules, calling it a risk to their operations in Sweden.

Donald Trump explains ‘last night in Sweden’ comment
Sweden

Donald Trump explains ‘last night in Sweden’ comment

The US President has revealed the source of his much-mocked comments which insinuated a non-existent serious incident had taken place in Sweden.

Meet the Barcelona coach turning this into Sweden’s best football club
Sweden

Meet the Barcelona coach turning this into Sweden’s best football club

Sergi Angulo from Barcelona talks to The Local about why he thinks that the Spanish school of football will help new team Nacka FC go all the way to the top.