International Women’s Day: Women in Spain urged to strike, march…  and dance the merengue
Spain

International Women’s Day: Women in Spain urged to strike, march… and dance the merengue

Women across Spain are being urged to down tools and strike at midday on Wednesday March 8th to mark International Women’s Day and make a stand for equal rights.

French tycoon ‘gave Fillon undeclared €50,000 loan’
France

French tycoon ‘gave Fillon undeclared €50,000 loan’

More trouble for troubled Fillon?

Here’s how many European patents Swedes filed last year
Sweden

Here’s how many European patents Swedes filed last year

Swedes are busy inventors, but not as busy as they used to be.

Avalanche rattles skiers at French Alps resort of Tignes
France

Avalanche rattles skiers at French Alps resort of Tignes

UPDATED: The avalanche hit one of the ski slopes and swept away several skiers. But authorities later confirmed there were no victims.

Zlatan banned for three games after admitting violent conduct
Sweden

Zlatan banned for three games after admitting violent conduct

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will have to sit out Manchester United's FA Cup quarter-final at Chelsea after accepting a charge of violent conduct, England's Football Association has said.

WikiLeaks claims US Frankfurt consulate is a ‘CIA hacker base’
Germany

WikiLeaks claims US Frankfurt consulate is a ‘CIA hacker base’

The whistleblower group's new report describes how the CIA reportedly hacked into iPhones, Microsoft Windows and even Samsung TVs around the world - and the German financial centre is reportedly a major hub.

Berlin rebuffs Trump attempt to start trade talks, saying ‘speak to EU’
Germany

Berlin rebuffs Trump attempt to start trade talks, saying ‘speak to EU’

The German government told Washington it had the wrong address, after the US administration tried to enter talks with Germany on trade.

Police launch double murder probe after incident in Stockholm suburb
Sweden

Police launch double murder probe after incident in Stockholm suburb

UPDATED: Police have launched a murder investigation after a man and a woman were found injured, and later died, in the Hallonbergen area of Sundbyberg, north of Stockholm.

Danish schoolboy finds buried German WW2 aircraft and pilot

Danish schoolboy finds buried German WW2 aircraft and pilot

A boy in the North Jutland town of Birkelse made an unexpected discovery when doing his history homework.

Court rejects Syrian refugee’s hate speech case against Facebook
Germany

Court rejects Syrian refugee’s hate speech case against Facebook

Facebook was handed a win on Tuesday by a German court in a case brought by a Syrian refugee whose selfie with Chancellor Angela Merkel made him the target of racist trolls.

Police arrest 18 ‘ultra’ football fans over drug-fuelled violence
Italy

Police arrest 18 ‘ultra’ football fans over drug-fuelled violence

Italian police announced on Tuesday the arrest of 18 'ultra' fans of Atalanta suspected of drug trafficking, extortion, robbery and acts of violence in and around the Serie A club's stadium.

Germany demands more ambition from EU partners over post-Brexit future
Germany

Germany demands more ambition from EU partners over post-Brexit future

Germany, the EU's most powerful state, said Tuesday it was dissatisfied with a declaration being prepared for a landmark Rome summit on the bloc's post-Brexit future later this month.

Eight rules for making friends in Germany
Germany

Eight rules for making friends in Germany

Struggling to form friendships is often one of expats' biggest complaints about life in Germany. So here are some tips to help you get started.

Danish minister: EU ruling would have left Europe “wide open”
Denmark

Danish minister: EU ruling would have left Europe “wide open”

Danish immigration minister Inger Støjberg says that, had the EU not ruled in favour of Belgium in a recent visa case, an increased flow of immigration would have been likely.

French air traffic control strike causes cancellations and flight delays in Spain
Spain

French air traffic control strike causes cancellations and flight delays in Spain

The strike by French air traffic controllers entered its second day on Tuesday causing delays and the cancellation of at least 28 flights to and from Spain.

How the ‘Fillon affair’ has changed the extraordinary French election race
France

How the ‘Fillon affair’ has changed the extraordinary French election race

Fillon looks set to fight to the very end, but his struggles have shaken up the race for the Elysée.

Few women bosses in Sweden’s private equity industry
Sweden

Few women bosses in Sweden’s private equity industry

A new report has shed light on the gender imbalance among Swedish risk capital firms.

What you need to know about Swedish military service and dual citizenship
Sweden

What you need to know about Swedish military service and dual citizenship

What will the return of the draft to Sweden mean for dual citizens in the country? The Local has cleared a few points up.

Norwegian theme park wants to be ‘Viking capital of the world’
Norway

Norwegian theme park wants to be ‘Viking capital of the world’

Theme park Thors Rike (Thor’s Kingdom) wants to attract Viking enthusiasts from all over the world.

Father of famously large family dies in Barcelona (leaving behind 15 children)
Spain

Father of famously large family dies in Barcelona (leaving behind 15 children)

The head of Spain's largest family has died, leaving behind a widow and 15 children.

Berlin polar bear cub Fritz dies, sending animal lovers into mourning
Germany

Berlin polar bear cub Fritz dies, sending animal lovers into mourning

First pictures of polar bear cub Fritz, born at the Tierpark zoo last autumn, already had animal-lovers swooning. But the Berlin zoo made a sad announcement on Tuesday.

What makes the French Alps so risky for avalanches?
France

What makes the French Alps so risky for avalanches?

Around 30 people die each year in deadly avalanches in the French Alps. But why are the Alps so risky, especially this winter?

Swiss are European patent champions once again
Switzerland

Swiss are European patent champions once again

Switzerland made more European patent applications per capita in 2016 than any other country, confirming its long-held status as a world-leading innovator.

Women across Italy are on strike today – here’s why
Italy

Women across Italy are on strike today – here’s why

The 'Day Without Women' strike will affect public transport, flights, schools, and other industries across the country. Women will even be striking from household chores.

Swiss police hunt person who abused calf
Switzerland

Swiss police hunt person who abused calf

Police in the canton of Aargau have launched an appeal for information after a calf was abused by an unknown person on a farm in Obermumpf on the weekend.

Dancing nuns go viral with Italian Eurovision parody
Italy

Dancing nuns go viral with Italian Eurovision parody

Italy's surreal Eurovision entry has inspired plenty of parodies - but this version with 'dancing nuns' is probably the most joyful.

Survey: Switzerland considered ‘best country’ in the world
Switzerland

Survey: Switzerland considered ‘best country’ in the world

Switzerland is seen as idyllic from the outside.

Ten Spanish ‘false friends’ you need to watch out for
Spain

Ten Spanish ‘false friends’ you need to watch out for

Spanish is full of false friends and can sometimes be a linguistic minefield. The Local takes a look at some of the worst (and most amusing) offenders.

French air traffic control strike causes more misery for passengers
France

French air traffic control strike causes more misery for passengers

Hundreds more flights to, from and over France have been cancelled on Tuesday.

‘Achtung! Fake news’: Germany rebuts Sweden travel warning

‘Achtung! Fake news’: Germany rebuts Sweden travel warning

The German Foreign Ministry has issued a warning over a "fake news" story being shared on social media, claiming they had issued a travel warning for Sweden.

Police hunt suspect who killed 9-year-old and bragged about it online
Germany

Police hunt suspect who killed 9-year-old and bragged about it online

Police in North Rhine-Westphalia are searching for the man believed to have killed his nine-year-old neighbour and then posted a video gloating about it online.

Rajoy backs ‘multi-speed’ Europe idea at EU ‘Big Four’ meeting
Spain

Rajoy backs ‘multi-speed’ Europe idea at EU ‘Big Four’ meeting

The heads of continental Europe's biggest economies, in a joint view of the European Union's future at a troubled time, on Monday endorsed the idea of a "multi-speed" EU in which some members could deepen their integration faster than others.

Copenhagen man had ‘half a million’ child porn photos
Denmark

Copenhagen man had ‘half a million’ child porn photos

A 62-year-old man from Copenhagen has been sentenced to eighteen months in prison for the possession of an extremely large amount of child pornography.

Italy PM backs ‘multi-speed Europe’ at EU ‘Big Four’ meeting
Italy

Italy PM backs ‘multi-speed Europe’ at EU ‘Big Four’ meeting

The leaders of the EU's biggest economies have met to discuss the future of the union faced with populism and Brexit.

Germany no longer ‘world’s best country’ due to terror attacks
Germany

Germany no longer ‘world’s best country’ due to terror attacks

A ranking of 80 countries in the world to find out which is the very best handed Germany the crown in 2016. Alas, this year it could not hold onto the title.

Colosseum’s secret history revealed in a new exhibition
Italy

Colosseum’s secret history revealed in a new exhibition

Did you know that the Colosseum was once home to 400 species of plants, or that it was once used as a Roman family's fortress base?

Austria fumes at Hungary’s Kremlin-backed nuclear plant
Austria

Austria fumes at Hungary’s Kremlin-backed nuclear plant

EU authorities have approved a controversial nuclear expansion project in Hungary that is heavily backed by Russia.

Inside the travelling campervan that puts migrants in touch with loved ones
Italy

Inside the travelling campervan that puts migrants in touch with loved ones

A converted camper travels across Italy to offer migrants a three-minute phonecall home. Some use the time to catch up on news, others warn their nearest and dearest not to take the same risks in crossing the Med.

Pope asked to oust top cardinal over sex abuse row
Italy

Pope asked to oust top cardinal over sex abuse row

A church reform group claims that senior officials blocked pope-approved reforms aimed at curbing sex abuse.

Fourth German city cancels Turkish rally, citing safety issues
Germany

Fourth German city cancels Turkish rally, citing safety issues

Hamburg on Monday became the fourth city to call off a rally by a Turkish minister ahead of a referendum on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.

Switzerland shaken by biggest earthquake for 12 years
Switzerland

Switzerland shaken by biggest earthquake for 12 years

An earthquake of magnitude 4.6 on the Richter scale hit central Switzerland on Monday night, the Swiss Seismology Service (SED) has said.

IN PICTURES: Storm Zeus wreaks havoc across France
France

IN PICTURES: Storm Zeus wreaks havoc across France

The damage from storm Zeus.

Danish police officer left pistol in toilet
Denmark

Danish police officer left pistol in toilet

A police officer could be in hot water for forgetting to take his gun with him after visiting the lavatory.

Swedes are consuming more meat than ever: report
Sweden

Swedes are consuming more meat than ever: report

More meat was consumed in Sweden during 2016 compared to 2015, causing alarm in some quarters about the continued increase in consumption.

French cop in court after 50kg of cocaine vanishes from police HQ
France

French cop in court after 50kg of cocaine vanishes from police HQ

... and he is a drug squad officer.

Exploring the Sassi di Matera, southern Italy’s ancient cave dwellings
Italy

Exploring the Sassi di Matera, southern Italy’s ancient cave dwellings

Matera is "a place that can only be described as terrible in its beauty", writes Dave Thurmond.

France murder mystery: Brother-in-law killed family of four with crowbar
France

France murder mystery: Brother-in-law killed family of four with crowbar

The murder was over an inheritance dispute over gold coins.

Two killed and 220,000 homes without power as storm Zeus lashes France
France

Two killed and 220,000 homes without power as storm Zeus lashes France

Winds reached up to 193km/hr.

Discover Lyngen: Active adventures in stunning Arctic nature
Norway

Discover Lyngen: Active adventures in stunning Arctic nature

One of Arctic Norway's most exciting destinations, winter and summer alike.

Sweden begins new asylum seeker age assessment tests
Sweden

Sweden begins new asylum seeker age assessment tests

Teeth and knee joints can now be scanned to make the process of determining the age of asylum applicants more accurate.

Opinion: Would you dare to testify if you lived in Rinkeby or Rosengård?
Sweden

Opinion: Would you dare to testify if you lived in Rinkeby or Rosengård?

Neither "no-go zones" nor "particularly vulnerable areas" do justice to the problems in places like Rinkeby, argues Peter Santesson.