Genital herpes in pregnancy doubles autism risk: study
Norway

Genital herpes in pregnancy doubles autism risk: study

Women who are infected with genital herpes early in their pregnancy may face twice the risk of bearing a child with autism, a team of US and Norwegian researchers said Wednesday.

Stolen ‘arbeit macht frei’ gate returned to Dachau
Norway

Stolen ‘arbeit macht frei’ gate returned to Dachau

An iron gate with the infamous slogan "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work will set you free"), stolen from the former Nazi concentration camp of Dachau in Germany two years ago, was returned to the site on Wednesday.

Why Emmanuel Macron’s chances of becoming French president just went up
France

Why Emmanuel Macron’s chances of becoming French president just went up

Macron has been handed a boost by a veteran centrist just when he needed one.

Danish man who burned Quran charged with blasphemy
Denmark

Danish man who burned Quran charged with blasphemy

A man who filmed himself burning the Quran has become the first person to be charged under Denmark's blasphemy law in 46 years.

Stavanger sushi master wins first Michelin star
Norway

Stavanger sushi master wins first Michelin star

A restaurant in Stavanger which turns fish from the Norwegian Sea into Nordic edomae sushi has won a Michelin star.

In Italy, cloudy Milan outshines the capital
Italy

In Italy, cloudy Milan outshines the capital

The northern industrial hub is attracting record numbers of tourists, entrepreneurs and foreign investors.

‘A question of education’: What Rinkeby residents think about the riots
Sweden

‘A question of education’: What Rinkeby residents think about the riots

After Rinkeby in Stockholm made global headlines following a riot, The Local went to the suburb to find out what residents think.

Syrian migrant on trial in Austria over 20 murders
Austria

Syrian migrant on trial in Austria over 20 murders

A Syrian migrant went on trial in Austria on Wednesday for allegedly executing 20 wounded government soldiers in his home country.

Cologne Carnival – The Local’s essential guide
Germany

Cologne Carnival – The Local’s essential guide

As Cologne's week of Carnival festivities kicks off on Thursday, here's a guide to make sure you don't miss out on all the debauchery.

The Hamburg ‘coliving’ and ‘coworking’ space you never have to leave
Germany

The Hamburg ‘coliving’ and ‘coworking’ space you never have to leave

Is this the future of startup living?

This Malmö restaurant just got the city’s first two Michelin stars
Sweden

This Malmö restaurant just got the city’s first two Michelin stars

A Malmö restaurant has become Sweden's sixth eatery ever to be awarded two stars by Guide Michelin, and the first restaurant in the southern city to get the double nod.

Stolen ‘Work will set you free’ gate returned to Dachau
Germany

Stolen ‘Work will set you free’ gate returned to Dachau

An iron gate with the infamous slogan "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work will set you free"), stolen from the former Nazi concentration camp of Dachau in Germany two years ago, was returned to the site Wednesday.

Amnesty blasts France’s human rights record: ‘It’s at tipping point’
France

Amnesty blasts France’s human rights record: ‘It’s at tipping point’

Amnesty said it was "very worried" about the situation in France.

Ed Sheeran celebrates birthday with Austrian Schnitzel and beer
Austria

Ed Sheeran celebrates birthday with Austrian Schnitzel and beer

Down-to-earth English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran recently celebrated his 26th birthday in Austria. Not in a Michelin-starred restaurant, but in a rustic guest house.

Not a terrorist attack: Swede stole truck in Barcelona after wild night partying

Not a terrorist attack: Swede stole truck in Barcelona after wild night partying

A Swede who took police on a high-speed chase through Barcelona at the wheel of a stolen truck full of gas cylinders had partied hard the previous night, local authorities said Wednesday.

These are the German states with the most people waiting to be deported
Germany

These are the German states with the most people waiting to be deported

The German government agreed on new rules on Wednesday to speed up deportations of rejected asylum seekers. This map shows that over a quarter of failed asylum seekers who haven't been sent home live in one state.

Tougher penalties for those who attack public transport workers
Austria

Tougher penalties for those who attack public transport workers

Anyone who attacks a bus-driver or a ticket-collector in Austria could face up to two years in prison from September.

No arrests after Rinkeby riots
Sweden

No arrests after Rinkeby riots

Police have responded to criticism that they did not do enough to stop riots in the Rinkeby suburb north-west of Stockholm on Monday night.

Seven reasons why Spain is failing on human rights
Spain

Seven reasons why Spain is failing on human rights

From police brutality, failure to meet refugee relocation quotas, and eroding the right to freedom speech, Spain still has a long way to go on human rights, according to a report by Amnesty International.

Switzerland’s ‘contract children’: study to examine dark period of Swiss history
Switzerland

Switzerland’s ‘contract children’: study to examine dark period of Swiss history

The Swiss government has launched an 18 million-franc research study to try and understand what led to the country’s controversial policy of placing thousands of children in abusive work placements.

Court deems state ‘women’s advancement’ law unconstitutional
Germany

Court deems state ‘women’s advancement’ law unconstitutional

A court ruled on Tuesday that North Rhine-Westphalia's "women's advancement" law was unconstitutional because it violates the principle of best selection for employment.

All the wacky things you never knew about France’s presidential candidates
France

All the wacky things you never knew about France’s presidential candidates

Which French presidential candidate threw tear gas at school and which one dreams of writing a romantic novel?

Not just Venice: Eight of the most spectacular Italian carnivals to visit
Italy

Not just Venice: Eight of the most spectacular Italian carnivals to visit

In Italy, carnival time injects colour, fun and festive spirit into the dreary month of February - and it's not only in Venice.

Berlin mayor sends condolences to terror victims – two months late
Germany

Berlin mayor sends condolences to terror victims – two months late

Only days after a young Tunisian drove a truck into a Berlin Christmas market, the city's biggest hospital has sent relatives of the dead a threatening bill. They also had to wait much longer for official condolences.

Swiss army wants to recruit more women
Switzerland

Swiss army wants to recruit more women

The suggestion could help the army offset falling numbers of male recruits.

Unbrielievable: Paris set to get its first cheese dairy
France

Unbrielievable: Paris set to get its first cheese dairy

Soon you'll be able to buy "Made in Paris" cheese.

Stockholm stock market climbs to record high
Sweden

Stockholm stock market climbs to record high

The Stockholm stock exchange notched up a new all-time high on Wednesday morning.

Macron tells French expats in London it’s time to come home
France

Macron tells French expats in London it’s time to come home

With Brexit fears among EU expats in London, Macron might just convince a few French that it's time to return home.

Rome public transport strike brings city to a standstill
Italy

Rome public transport strike brings city to a standstill

As a six-day taxi strike came to an end, Rome's public transport service was hit by another strike.

Danish police first to use bitcoin to jail drug traffickers
Denmark

Danish police first to use bitcoin to jail drug traffickers

Danish police have become the first in the world to hunt down internet drug traffickers by analysing their bitcoin transactions.

Far-right AfD sees worst poll results since 2015
Germany

Far-right AfD sees worst poll results since 2015

Good news for Angela Merkel, bad news for the far-right: New polls show the AfD falling below double digits for the first time in months, while Merkel's party still has its nose in front.

Swiss harness power of Nollywood for anti-migration campaign
Switzerland

Swiss harness power of Nollywood for anti-migration campaign

The Swiss government is funding a Nigerian television show in the hope of discouraging Nigerians from attempting to emigrate to Switzerland.

Ukrainian oligarch linked to organized crime in Spain is arrested in Austria
Spain

Ukrainian oligarch linked to organized crime in Spain is arrested in Austria

Austrian authorities say they have detained Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash on a European arrest warrant linked to organised crime and illegal money laundering allegations in Spain.

Meet the transgender model ‘fighting for a better world’ at Milan Fashion Week
Italy

Meet the transgender model ‘fighting for a better world’ at Milan Fashion Week

Valentina Sampaio, the first transgender model to make the cover of French "Vogue", will be flying the flag for the LGBT movement at Milan fashion week.

After six days of disputes, Italy’s taxi drivers call off strike
Italy

After six days of disputes, Italy’s taxi drivers call off strike

The strike had left commuters stranded across the country, but taxi drivers have reached a deal with the government.

Tens of thousands of babies were stolen during Franco era in Spain. And now the first case is heading for trial.
Spain

Tens of thousands of babies were stolen during Franco era in Spain. And now the first case is heading for trial.

A former doctor will stand trial in Madrid for allegedly stealing a newborn from her mother and giving her to another woman, a practice thought to have affected thousands of families during Spain's dictatorship.

Swedish-Swiss ABB uncovers $100 million fraud
Sweden

Swedish-Swiss ABB uncovers $100 million fraud

Swiss-Swedish engineering giant ABB has uncovered significant embezzlement at its South Korean subsidiary, which it warned would heavily impact its 2016 earnings.

Modern art: Frenchman to spend a week inside a rock then hatch chicks
France

Modern art: Frenchman to spend a week inside a rock then hatch chicks

Those who suffer claustrophobia - look away now.

Italy rescued hundreds of people off the Libyan coast last night
Italy

Italy rescued hundreds of people off the Libyan coast last night

Around 630 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya as they tried to cross the Mediterranean.

An ex-CIA agent convicted of kidnapping an imam will finally be extradited to Italy
Italy

An ex-CIA agent convicted of kidnapping an imam will finally be extradited to Italy

Portugal will extradite to Italy within days a former CIA agent convicted over the 2003 abduction of a radical Egyptian imam, ending a long legal tussle, her lawyer said on Tuesday.

Vatican to showcase Jewish menorahs in ambitious exhibition
Italy

Vatican to showcase Jewish menorahs in ambitious exhibition

The menorah is an ancient symbol of the Jewish faith, and will be celebrated in the Vatican museums as part of an ambitious exhibition.

Russian domestic violence law ‘problematic’: Swedish foreign minister
Sweden

Russian domestic violence law ‘problematic’: Swedish foreign minister

Margot Wallström was asked about recent Russian changes to domestic violence laws after meeting with human rights organizations in Moscow.

Danish euthanasia group ‘has helped ten patients to die’
Denmark

Danish euthanasia group ‘has helped ten patients to die’

Doctors in Denmark are risking prison by helping terminally ill patients die as they push for progress on euthanasia laws.

Germany to boost troops to 200,000 as US urges more defence spending
Germany

Germany to boost troops to 200,000 as US urges more defence spending

Germany will increase its military to nearly 200,000 troops over the next seven years, the defence ministry said Tuesday, a day after US Vice President Mike Pence urged European allies to boost their defence spending.

Federer has no plans to retire until at least 2019
Switzerland

Federer has no plans to retire until at least 2019

Roger Federer may be 35 but he showed retirement is far from his mind by committing to play at the Swiss Indoors for another three years.

Will a new French film scupper Marine Le Pen’s election hopes?
France

Will a new French film scupper Marine Le Pen’s election hopes?

Neither scandal, police investigations nor expert warnings have knocked Marine Le Pen off course, but can a new controversial film?

Electric cars tested by police in Sweden
Sweden

Electric cars tested by police in Sweden

The police have to get green just like everyone else in Sweden.

One dead and several injured in Swedish pile-up
Sweden

One dead and several injured in Swedish pile-up

One person died and several more were left injured following a multi-vehicle accident during a foggy night in Sweden.

Six sticky facts about Sweden’s Fat Tuesday
Sweden

Six sticky facts about Sweden’s Fat Tuesday

The Local rounds up six facts about Sweden's equivalent of Pancake Tuesday, Fat Tuesday (Fettisdagen).