Magistrates to probe François Fillon over ‘fake jobs’ in latest French election twist
France

Magistrates to probe François Fillon over ‘fake jobs’ in latest French election twist

A gripping French presidential election race takes another twist.

Donald Trump badmouths Sweden, Germany and Paris in one go

Donald Trump badmouths Sweden, Germany and Paris in one go

US president Donald Trump intensified his verbal attacks on Sweden, France and Germany on Friday, painting swaths of Europe as a jihadist-infested hellscape.

Swedish PM seeks to cut inflow of foreign workers
Sweden

Swedish PM seeks to cut inflow of foreign workers

Sweden's prime minister wants to curb labour migration to the Scandinavian country to provide more jobs for its own unemployed, including refugees accepted in recent years.

Macron promises Nordic remedy for France’s economic ills
France

Macron promises Nordic remedy for France’s economic ills

Macron has finally cracked under pressure and set out his plan to turn around the French economy.

Carnival troop who ‘black up’ get police escort after racism row
Germany

Carnival troop who ‘black up’ get police escort after racism row

A carnival association has dropped any characters who "black up" from their parade amid accusations of racism. Worried the troop might be attacked, police will escort them during the parade.

Sweden warned of February wildfires. Yes, you read that right
Sweden

Sweden warned of February wildfires. Yes, you read that right

Forget about this week's snowy weather in much of Sweden. In other parts spring has already sprung, so much so that forecasters on Friday issued a warning for grass fires in the south.

Storm Thomas subsides, but snow and ice pose road danger
Germany

Storm Thomas subsides, but snow and ice pose road danger

The beginning of Carnival was hit by extreme weather, but conditions should slowly improve.

$672m raised for Lake Chad famine at Oslo donor meet
Norway

$672m raised for Lake Chad famine at Oslo donor meet

Donor countries have pledged $672 million (634 million euros) in emergency aid for people threatened by famine in the Lake Chad region.

Visiting the UN City in Copenhagen: two NFGL perspectives
Sweden

Visiting the UN City in Copenhagen: two NFGL perspectives

Nadia Nazarbaeva and Pamela Lozanoof the NFGL Local Network at Lund University share their reflections from their January visit to the UN City in nearby Copenhagen.

‘Strip new Somali PM of his Norwegian passport’: Progress
Norway

‘Strip new Somali PM of his Norwegian passport’: Progress

Norway's Progress Party wants to strip Somalia’s new Prime Minister of his Norwegian passport.

German intelligence ‘spied on foreign journalists’
Germany

German intelligence ‘spied on foreign journalists’

The Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Germany’s foreign intelligence service, spied on journalists from the BBC, New York times and Reuters, according to a report in Spiegel.

Teen cleared of killing homeless German in southern Sweden

Teen cleared of killing homeless German in southern Sweden

An 18-year-boy has been cleared of all murder charges after spending five months in custody suspected of killing a homeless German man at a railway station in Hässleholm.

NFGL update: What’s it like being a student at Karolinska Institutet?
Sweden

NFGL update: What’s it like being a student at Karolinska Institutet?

For many Karolinska Institutet is associated with the Nobel Prize in medicine. But Mihretab Abedom, chair of the NGFL Local Network at Karolinska, explains how studying there means much more.

Why France might just be the best country in the world to grow old in
France

Why France might just be the best country in the world to grow old in

Is there a better country to grow old in than France?

Marine Le Pen refuses to face police grilling in fake jobs probe
France

Marine Le Pen refuses to face police grilling in fake jobs probe

Is Marine Le Pen acting above the law or does she have a point?

Danish Police fine cars who flash to warn of speed checks
Denmark

Danish Police fine cars who flash to warn of speed checks

Mean-spirited Danish Police have started fining motorists who flash their lights at oncoming cars to warn them of speed controls.

Austrian court orders release of Ukrainian oligarch
Austria

Austrian court orders release of Ukrainian oligarch

An Austrian judge has ordered the release of Dmytro Firtash, one of Ukraine's richest men who was detained earlier this week over alleged links to organised crime in Spain.

Eight ways Germany is still stuck in the 1980s
Germany

Eight ways Germany is still stuck in the 1980s

For some it might be a beacon of progress and modern efficiency, but there are many ways in which Germany is stuck in the past. Here's a selection of ways it can't move on from the 1980s.

Italian media slam ‘ungrateful English’ for sacking Ranieri
Italy

Italian media slam ‘ungrateful English’ for sacking Ranieri

"Leicester have sullied the fairytale which enchanted the world."

Were Denmark’s Vikings economic migrants to the UK?
Denmark

Were Denmark’s Vikings economic migrants to the UK?

As many as 35,000 Danish Vikings moved to England to start a new life between 800AD and 900AD, a new study has estimated, with the researcher likening them to economic migrants today.

Trump fires up German debate on military spending
Germany

Trump fires up German debate on military spending

US President Donald Trump's demand for NATO allies to boost defence spending is driving an election-year dispute between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and their centre-left challengers led by Martin Schulz.

Sweden: What’s the problem?
Sweden

Sweden: What’s the problem?

OPINION: Jim Walch, an American living in Sweden, reflects on immigration and his adopted country.

Lidl staff accused of racism after locking women in recycling container
Italy

Lidl staff accused of racism after locking women in recycling container

A video of two Lidl employees tormenting women they had trapped in a recycling container has sparked debate over racism in Italy.

Two Jewish brothers ‘assaulted with hacksaw’ in Paris suburbs
France

Two Jewish brothers ‘assaulted with hacksaw’ in Paris suburbs

Police have launched an investigation after two Jewish men, wearing kippas, said they were attacked with a hacksaw following a heated exchange with their attackers in the Paris suburbs.

Danish smartphone start-up ID2me flops after a year
Denmark

Danish smartphone start-up ID2me flops after a year

The Danish smartphone start-up which hoped take on Apple and Samsung with its ID1 phone has filed for bankruptcy just a year after launch.

If you thought France’s mobile internet was really slow… this confirms it
France

If you thought France’s mobile internet was really slow… this confirms it

France is in the stone age of mobile internet connections, at least by European standards.

Status of Brits in Germany up in the air, as Berlin makes no guarantees
Germany

Status of Brits in Germany up in the air, as Berlin makes no guarantees

A leaked EU document suggests that Brits across the EU will face fallout due to the UK's treatment of foreigners after the Brexit vote - and Berlin is stalling on its own position.

11 delicious Austrian dishes you need to try
Austria

11 delicious Austrian dishes you need to try

If you thought Austrian food was all Wiener Schnitzel and Sachertorte then think again. The Local takes you on a mouth-watering tour of some of the country’s not so famous but equally tasty culinary delights.

Naples hospital staff skipped work for tennis, shopping, and second jobs
Italy

Naples hospital staff skipped work for tennis, shopping, and second jobs

One doctor had a colleague clock in on his behalf while he worked a second job as a hotel chef, police video footage revealed.

Phone firms turn to artificial intelligence at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress
Spain

Phone firms turn to artificial intelligence at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress

Phone makers will seek to seduce new buyers with artificial intelligence functions and other innovations at the world's biggest mobile fair starting Monday in Spain.

Cross-border workers in Switzerland rise by a quarter in five years
Switzerland

Cross-border workers in Switzerland rise by a quarter in five years

There are now 318,500 people travelling in from other countries to work in Switzerland.

Spain eyes drone patrols to control border fences
Spain

Spain eyes drone patrols to control border fences

Spain’s interior ministry is considering using unmanned miniature aircraft to patrol weak spots along the border fence at its north African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla.

China overtakes US as Germany’s main trade partner
Germany

China overtakes US as Germany’s main trade partner

Last year China became Germany’s most important trading partner, knocking the US off the top spot.

Woman gives birth in car after maternity ward closure
Sweden

Woman gives birth in car after maternity ward closure

Less than a month after a maternity unit shut down in Sollefteå and inspired a course teaching women to give birth in a car, the first baby has been born on the roadside.

136 Turks with diplomatic status sought asylum in Germany since putsch
Germany

136 Turks with diplomatic status sought asylum in Germany since putsch

More than 130 Turkish diplomats, soldiers and their family members have sought refuge in Germany since last July's failed coup, according to German government data in documents seen by AFP on Friday.

Misheard word led to 20 years’ wrongful imprisonment for Italian man
Italy

Misheard word led to 20 years’ wrongful imprisonment for Italian man

A misinterpretation of a dialect word in a wiretap led to the wrongful conviction.

Gothenburg is the world’s ‘most sociable city’: study
Sweden

Gothenburg is the world’s ‘most sociable city’: study

People in Sweden's western hub like to party and socialize, according to a new study. Stockholm was a close second.

How to help your child adjust to life abroad

How to help your child adjust to life abroad

Moving abroad can be a big adjustment for anyone - and it's even harder when the move wasn't your choice. So how do you help your children settle in when your family makes the move? One Swedish startup is helping to answer this question.

Eight of the most ridiculous ‘fake news’ stories about France
France

Eight of the most ridiculous ‘fake news’ stories about France

Fake news in some form or another has been around for longer than we thought, it seems.

Scottish man killed by high-speed train in Vienna
Austria

Scottish man killed by high-speed train in Vienna

A 48-year-old man from Edinburgh was tragically hit and killed by an Austrian Intercity train as he waited on the platform at Grillgasse station in Vienna’s Simmering district.

Why French children’s books might keep grown ups awake at night
France

Why French children’s books might keep grown ups awake at night

Do French children's books give you the creeps?

This dancing grandad has become a viral star in Italy
Italy

This dancing grandad has become a viral star in Italy

You can't fight the rhythm.

Road deaths fall to lowest level in 60 years, but thousands still dying
Germany

Road deaths fall to lowest level in 60 years, but thousands still dying

The number of people who died on German roads in 2016 was the lowest in six decades.

Biarritz tops the rankings of France’s favourite beaches
France

Biarritz tops the rankings of France’s favourite beaches

But it was Corsica that dominated the top of the rankings. Here are the "top ten beaches" in the country.

Winterthur mosque presses charges against duo who reported imam for inciting murder
Switzerland

Winterthur mosque presses charges against duo who reported imam for inciting murder

The drama surrounding the An'Nour mosque takes another turn.

IN PICTURES: The Italian village being torn in two by a landslide no-one can stop
Italy

IN PICTURES: The Italian village being torn in two by a landslide no-one can stop

In Ponzano, a small hamlet in central Italy, a landslide is slowly tearing the ground in two, moving at a rate of about one metre a day but unstoppable, according to the experts.

Socialist Hamon gets new backing as French presidential race heats up
France

Socialist Hamon gets new backing as French presidential race heats up

Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon has picked up new backing in the rollercoaster French presidential race.

Catalonia to cull 17,000 ducks as virulent bird flu hits
Spain

Catalonia to cull 17,000 ducks as virulent bird flu hits

More than 17,000 ducks will be culled in Spain after a highly contagious bird flu strain that has affected poultry throughout Europe was detected at a farm.

Gunmen kidnap two Germans in northern Nigeria: police
Germany

Gunmen kidnap two Germans in northern Nigeria: police

Two German archaeologists have been kidnapped in Kaduna state, northern Nigeria, police said on Thursday, stoking fears of more abductions in a region hit by rising violence.

Switzerland breaks records with brief spring in February
Switzerland

Switzerland breaks records with brief spring in February

Thursday was exceptionally warm in Switzerland with many places across the country seeing temperatures of around 20 degrees, breaking previous records for the month of February.

Naples mayor shames Napoli chief over decrepit stadium
Italy

Naples mayor shames Napoli chief over decrepit stadium

The mayor of Naples has hit out at Napoli's president, claiming an upcoming Champions League clash against Real Madrid would not be possible without the city's commitment to repair the decrepit San Paolo stadium.

Two ex-bank chiefs at the Vatican handed prison terms over ‘dubious’ transactions
Italy

Two ex-bank chiefs at the Vatican handed prison terms over ‘dubious’ transactions

The pair have been convicted of failing to comply with anti-money laundering requirements.

UniCredit has almost completed its €13 billion rights issue
Italy

UniCredit has almost completed its €13 billion rights issue

Will this be enough to silence the doubters?

Berlusconi auctions off lunch date with himself to help earthquake victims
Italy

Berlusconi auctions off lunch date with himself to help earthquake victims

"I hope the auction bidding will go very high."

Spies have been identified in Sweden: Intelligence agency
Sweden

Spies have been identified in Sweden: Intelligence agency

"These are people we have been able to identify who can be linked to intelligence services of foreign powers."

Gut has surgery in Geneva after fall at World Champs
Switzerland

Gut has surgery in Geneva after fall at World Champs

Switzerland's Lara Gut's World Ski Championships on home snow in St Moritz were cut short because of a serious knee injury.

Topless woman disrupts Marine Le Pen speech and calls her a ‘pretend feminist’
France

Topless woman disrupts Marine Le Pen speech and calls her a ‘pretend feminist’

The protester yelled "Marine, Pretend Feminist".

‘Stop telling expat Remainers to come home – it’s not that simple’
Italy

‘Stop telling expat Remainers to come home – it’s not that simple’

Loving and living in another country doesn't mean you love your own any less, so why have expat voters been left without a voice, asks Pat Eggleton, a Brit in Sicily.

Austria’s health minister dies after battle with cancer
Austria

Austria’s health minister dies after battle with cancer

Austria's Health Minister, Sabine Oberhauser, has died after a long battle with cancer.

Storm Doris brings harsh winds and snow to Sweden
Sweden

Storm Doris brings harsh winds and snow to Sweden

The storm which rocked the UK earlier this week has finally made its way to Sweden, bringing fast winds and snowfall with it.

Impress your friends with this recipe for Swedish stuffed pork chops
Sweden

Impress your friends with this recipe for Swedish stuffed pork chops

If you love pork, you'll love this Swedish recipe for pork chops with apple and sage stuffing.