Danish parties call for deal to block EU referendum
Denmark

Danish parties call for deal to block EU referendum

A group of Danish political parties plan to push for a parliamentary deal committing all the country’s pro-European Union parties never to put the country’s EU membership to an in-out referendum.

Congo’s president to free Norwegian prisoner: Minister
Norway

Congo’s president to free Norwegian prisoner: Minister

Congo's President has agreed to pardon British-Norwegian dual citizen Joshua French this year, Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba has said.

Norway man ‘abused 15 children in asylum centre’
Norway

Norway man ‘abused 15 children in asylum centre’

A care worker has been charged with sexually abusing 15 children in an asylum centre in southern Norway.

Dear Jim, you’re right, Paris isn’t what it was…it’s getting better
France

Dear Jim, you’re right, Paris isn’t what it was…it’s getting better

An open letter to Donald Trump's friend Jim, who reckons he wouldn't go to Paris anymore.

Prison sentence for axe attacker on Norwegian woman in Sweden

Prison sentence for axe attacker on Norwegian woman in Sweden

A man who almost killed a woman after attacking her with an axe in Sweden and subsequently threatened her husband has been handed a six-year prison sentence.

VIDEO: German stag ‘pretends’ to be cow to avoid being hunted
Germany

VIDEO: German stag ‘pretends’ to be cow to avoid being hunted

"He probably thinks he's a cow as well by now."

Stockholm academic who could face death penalty ‘refuses to eat or drink’
Sweden

Stockholm academic who could face death penalty ‘refuses to eat or drink’

A Stockholm-based academic who has been detained in Tehran for nearly a year on suspicion of espionage refuses to drink, his wife has told a Swedish news agency.

‘Lion’ Ibrahimovic could be successful ‘on Mars’, says agent
Sweden

‘Lion’ Ibrahimovic could be successful ‘on Mars’, says agent

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent has claimed the striker could be "successful on Mars" at the same time as the headstrong Swede compared himself to "a lion".

Why Italy is experiencing a surge in winter migrant arrivals
Italy

Why Italy is experiencing a surge in winter migrant arrivals

Nightmarish conditions in Libya are helping to drive a surge in the numbers of migrants attempting to reach Italy in the depths of winter, humanitarian officials and asylum seekers say.

Berlin court sentences street racers to life for murder in national first
Germany

Berlin court sentences street racers to life for murder in national first

A court in the German capital on Monday convicted two illegal street racers who caused a deadly high-speed car crash of murder and handed them life prison terms in a landmark ruling.

Concerns for desperate refugee kids ‘planning suicide online’
Sweden

Concerns for desperate refugee kids ‘planning suicide online’

Concerns have been raised that refugee children in Sweden are using online forums to plan mass suicides, and are not always receiving the adequate care they need for mental illness.

Four of five Danes support legalising medical cannabis
Denmark

Four of five Danes support legalising medical cannabis

More than 80 percent of Danes are in favour of legalising the medical use of cannabis, a new survey has found, increasing the chance that a pilot scheme planned for next year will lead to an end to prohibition.

IN PICS: German Carnival floats show Trump no mercy
Germany

IN PICS: German Carnival floats show Trump no mercy

The floats at Karneval parades across southern and western Germany are known for their biting satire. This year the main target of their derision was only ever going to be one man.

Yes, Marine Le Pen could become French president. Here’s how
France

Yes, Marine Le Pen could become French president. Here’s how

While she's far from the favourite, no one is ruling her out. And there are certain scenarios that will boost her chances.

Pensioner arrested after trying to electrocute his wife
Austria

Pensioner arrested after trying to electrocute his wife

A 74-year-old man from Upper Austria has been arrested on suspicion of trying to murder his wife on two occasions last year by giving her electric shocks.

Spanish coast guard rescues 257 migrants at sea
Spain

Spanish coast guard rescues 257 migrants at sea

The Spanish coast guard rescued 257 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe from Morocco in inflatable dinghies in an "intense weekend."

Brit sells ‘Swiss mountain air’ at $167 per litre bottle
Switzerland

Brit sells ‘Swiss mountain air’ at $167 per litre bottle

Is this the ultimate Swiss present?

Paris vs Trump: Mayor hits back at ‘unfriendly’ US president
France

Paris vs Trump: Mayor hits back at ‘unfriendly’ US president

The mayor of Paris slammed Trump's "unfriendly" comments.

Barcelona opens ‘Europe’s first’ sex doll brothel
Spain

Barcelona opens ‘Europe’s first’ sex doll brothel

A new brothel has opened in Barcelona that offers men the chance to fulfil all their fantasies – as long as their fantasies involve hyper-realistic silicone dolls.

German sailor beheaded by Philippine Islamists
Germany

German sailor beheaded by Philippine Islamists

Islamic militants in the Philippines have beheaded the German hostage they were holding for ransom, the government in Manila said Monday.

Police earn praise for taking down trolls after Heidelberg car attack
Germany

Police earn praise for taking down trolls after Heidelberg car attack

When a man drove a car into a group of pedestrians on Saturday, Twitter trolls demanded to know why police weren’t talking about his ethnicity. Cue a tirade from police on proper rules of investigation.

Penis ‘artwork’ costs Austrian teacher his job
Austria

Penis ‘artwork’ costs Austrian teacher his job

An Austrian teacher has been fired from his job at a secondary school after he let his 12-year-old students create an oversized model of an erect penis during an art and crafts class.

Italian DJ dies in Switzerland after government delays on assisted dying law

Italian DJ dies in Switzerland after government delays on assisted dying law

An Italian DJ has undergone assisted suicide in Switzerland, two days after criticizing Italy's government for postponing debate on living wills legislation.

In pictures: 15 times Stefan Löfven looked incredibly Swedish
Sweden

In pictures: 15 times Stefan Löfven looked incredibly Swedish

Sweden's prime minister isn't afraid of a silly photo-op. To prove it, The Local rounds up images of Stefan Löfven looking like the stereotypical Swede.

Denmark’s first Professor of Sexology dead, aged 89
Denmark

Denmark’s first Professor of Sexology dead, aged 89

Denmark’s first Professor of Sexology, known for his book and research on Christine Jorgensen, the United States’ first high-profile transgender woman, has died aged 89.

Turkey’s Erdogan ‘not welcome’ to campaign in Austria
Austria

Turkey’s Erdogan ‘not welcome’ to campaign in Austria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is "not welcome" to hold campaign events in Austria ahead of April's referendum on strengthening his powers, the foreign minister in Vienna said on Monday.

Man arrested for ‘refugee espionage’ in Sweden
Sweden

Man arrested for ‘refugee espionage’ in Sweden

"Information is suspected to have been passed on to intelligence operatives working for a foreign power."

Violent scenes in Bern as police clash with protestors
Switzerland

Violent scenes in Bern as police clash with protestors

Eleven people, including ten police officers, were injured in Bern on Saturday night in a clash between police and protestors demonstrating against the eviction of squatters from a building in the Swiss capital last week.

16 police officers hunt ‘escaped lion’ at Schönbrunn
Austria

16 police officers hunt ‘escaped lion’ at Schönbrunn

Austrian police locked down the grounds of Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace on Monday morning, after a jogger told them he’d spotted a lion which he believed must have escaped from the zoo.

Flood warning: France’s west coast set to be battered by massive waves and strong winds
France

Flood warning: France’s west coast set to be battered by massive waves and strong winds

Are you on the west coast? Stay informed.

Italian doctor sentenced to jail for sexual abuse
Italy

Italian doctor sentenced to jail for sexual abuse

A 64-year-old doctor from northern Italy has been sentenced to four years in jail for sexual abuse for touching female patients' genitals.

Florence invites would-be vandals to leave ‘digital graffiti’ at Duomo
Italy

Florence invites would-be vandals to leave ‘digital graffiti’ at Duomo

In a bid to stop visitors scrawling on the cathedral's walls, Florence authorities have installed digital tablets allowing them to leave their message in a less messy way.

Spain appoints ‘sex tsar’ to boost baby making and reverse population decline
Spain

Spain appoints ‘sex tsar’ to boost baby making and reverse population decline

Spain’s government has created a new post to encourage procreation to counter the nation’s plummeting birth rate.

MP: Switzerland should abolish roaming charges in Europe
Switzerland

MP: Switzerland should abolish roaming charges in Europe

The EU is doing it. Why can't Switzerland?

Two German archaeologists freed after Nigeria kidnapping
Germany

Two German archaeologists freed after Nigeria kidnapping

Two German archaeologists who were kidnapped while working at a dig site in northern Nigeria this week have been released and are doing well, officials in both countries said Sunday.

Police bomb squad investigates suspicious object found at Stockholm square
Sweden

Police bomb squad investigates suspicious object found at Stockholm square

Police bomb technicians are investigating a suspicious object found inside a bin in the centre of a Stockholm suburb.

Fed-up farmers await presidential runners at Paris farm expo
France

Fed-up farmers await presidential runners at Paris farm expo

The expo opened on Saturday - and the politicians are on their way this week.

Dumbphones make a comeback at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress
Spain

Dumbphones make a comeback at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress

Dumbphones - handsets that just make calls and send texts - were set to disappear as technology moved on, but they have survived in emerging markets and among nostalgics of simpler devices in the West.

Le Pen launches Trump-like attack on media as Macron surges in polls
France

Le Pen launches Trump-like attack on media as Macron surges in polls

The media is "campaigning hysterically" for Emmanuel Macron, says Le Pen.

Seven refugees attacked every day on average in Germany
Germany

Seven refugees attacked every day on average in Germany

Germany recorded more than 3,500 attacks against refugees and asylum shelters last year, according to new interior ministry figures, amounting to an average of nearly 10 acts of anti-migrant violence a day.

Five things we learned at Milan Fashion Week
Italy

Five things we learned at Milan Fashion Week

Flowers, foxes and feminism.

Francis becomes first ever pope to visit Anglican church in Rome
Italy

Francis becomes first ever pope to visit Anglican church in Rome

The historic visit is a sign of closer ties between the Catholic and Anglican churches.

Pussyhats on the catwalk as Milan Fashion Week gets political
Italy

Pussyhats on the catwalk as Milan Fashion Week gets political

The designer told the audience: "There is a bond between us that will keep us strong and safe."

America First? Trump’s US prepares to talk human rights in Geneva
Switzerland

America First? Trump’s US prepares to talk human rights in Geneva

The United States will on Monday claim its seat at the UN Human Rights Council under the new presidency of Donald Trump, whose election has provoked deep concern over the body's future.

Police probe driver’s motives after deadly Heidelberg car attack
Germany

Police probe driver’s motives after deadly Heidelberg car attack

Investigators are probing the motives of a 35-year-old German student who rammed his car into a group of pedestrians, killing one person and injuring two others, officials said Sunday, ruling out terrorism.

Ivrea Orange Battle: Annual food fight gets underway in Italy
Italy

Ivrea Orange Battle: Annual food fight gets underway in Italy

There's an interesting history behind Ivrea's juicy carnival tradition.

Aussie and Kiwi rugby union stars charged after cocaine bust in Paris
France

Aussie and Kiwi rugby union stars charged after cocaine bust in Paris

Former All Black Ali Williams and Australian international James O'Connor have both been charged.

US nearly deports French Holocaust historian
France

US nearly deports French Holocaust historian

The Egyptian-born French Jewish scholar was held for hours and nearly deported.

Zlatan on winning: ‘I keep doing it’
Sweden

Zlatan on winning: ‘I keep doing it’

Zlatan Ibrahimovic said he appreciates winning the older he gets, after celebrating Manchester United's League Cup final win.

Oscar winner’s emotional speech in Swedish
Sweden

Oscar winner’s emotional speech in Swedish

Cinematographer Linus Sandgren was the only Swede to win an Oscar last night, thanking his colleagues, wife and children in speech in English and Swedish.

‘Sweden has given me so much freedom to be a photographer’
Sweden

‘Sweden has given me so much freedom to be a photographer’

The Local speaks to Michelle Job, a photographer and blogger from India who recently relocated to Stockholm.