France placed below US, UK and Australia in ‘Best Country’ rankings
France

France placed below US, UK and Australia in ‘Best Country’ rankings

A new grandly titled "Best Countries" ranking has seen France fall a place with the country scoring badly for "quality of life", which appears at odds with previous surveys.

The curious case of this Cold War map of Sweden found on a Soviet sub
Sweden

The curious case of this Cold War map of Sweden found on a Soviet sub

Maritime history experts have tracked down a mysterious nautical chart of the Swedish archipelago found on an old Soviet Union submarine from the Cold War.

French family murder: Body parts found on Brittany farm
France

French family murder: Body parts found on Brittany farm

Investigators on Wednesday found body parts at the home in northwest France of the man who has confessed to killing four relatives with a crowbar, the prosecutor in the case said.

Spanish politician who shut down misogynist wants EU to make an example of him
Spain

Spanish politician who shut down misogynist wants EU to make an example of him

The Spanish MEP who became an instant heroine when she stood up for women everywhere against a Polish MP who insisted women SHOULD earn less than men, has called the incident a perfect example of why we need International Women's Day.

‘I won’t serve Marine Le Pen’: French ambassador breaks protocol
France

‘I won’t serve Marine Le Pen’: French ambassador breaks protocol

French ambassadors are getting a little nervous about the prospect of working for Marine Le Pen.

Infamous kidnappers take secret of missing millions to grave
Germany

Infamous kidnappers take secret of missing millions to grave

The two men behind one of Germany's most high-profile kidnappings have both died, taking to the grave the question of what happened to missing millions in ransom money.

France’s ‘Pleasure Party’ presidential candidate arrested for ‘transparency’ stunt
France

France’s ‘Pleasure Party’ presidential candidate arrested for ‘transparency’ stunt

Cindy Lee bares almost all in quest for transparency, but is then arrested.

Why these Swedish trade union bosses wore pink pussyhats for gender equality
Sweden

Why these Swedish trade union bosses wore pink pussyhats for gender equality

A Swedish builders' union has been both praised and criticized after its all-male board donned 'pussyhats' and posed for a picture in support of gender equality.

These German jobs pay women the least compared to men
Germany

These German jobs pay women the least compared to men

On average in Germany women earn a fifth less than men, one of the worst rates in Europe. But what industries pay women the least compared to male colleagues?

Police discover Eta ‘explosives’ cache in northern Spain
Spain

Police discover Eta ‘explosives’ cache in northern Spain

Police have found a large stash of explosives in northern Spain which they suspect belong to the Basque separatist group Eta.

‘They ruined me’: Man ‘wrongly’ placed in special needs school for years sues
Germany

‘They ruined me’: Man ‘wrongly’ placed in special needs school for years sues

A man who claims he was falsely placed in special needs schools for years is now suing the state of North Rhine-Westphalia to the tune of €38,000.

Norwegian, Danish schools receive simultaneous bomb threats

Norwegian, Danish schools receive simultaneous bomb threats

Several schools in Norway and one school in Denmark received bomb threats at around the same time on Wednesday morning.

ANALYSIS: ‘Violence against women conditions every aspect of our lives’
Italy

ANALYSIS: ‘Violence against women conditions every aspect of our lives’

The Local Italy speaks to the organizers of the Italian Women's Strike, as well as one of the many women who are taking part.

How Turkey is using Germany to whip up nationalism at home
Germany

How Turkey is using Germany to whip up nationalism at home

Turkish politicians are using a spate of cancelled rallies in Germany to stir up nationalist feeling ahead of next month's referendum on boosting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers, analysts say.

Is it time the French finally ditched the word ‘mademoiselle’?
France

Is it time the French finally ditched the word ‘mademoiselle’?

On International Women's Rights Day it's time to look at a delicate question.

Danish foreign minister criticised for ’talking down’ migration
Denmark

Danish foreign minister criticised for ’talking down’ migration

Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen has been criticised by members of other conservative parties for naming globalisation as Denmark’s main foreign policy challenge, ahead of migration.

Forgetful Bavarian couple leave $170,000 inheritance on plane
Germany

Forgetful Bavarian couple leave $170,000 inheritance on plane

A married couple who arrived at Munich Airport on Monday evening from Chicago were more than a little careless with their possessions. Luckily a thorough cleaner stepped in to help.

See what the Eiffel Tower’s bulletproof glass wall would look like
France

See what the Eiffel Tower’s bulletproof glass wall would look like

Take a look at what the Eiffel Tower's new three-metre high, anti-terror glass wall will probably look like.

Six things to know about women’s rights in Germany
Germany

Six things to know about women’s rights in Germany

For International Women's Day on Wednesday, The Local takes a look at how Germany stacks up when it comes to women's rights.

Italian startup defeats Facebook in David v Goliath court case
Italy

Italian startup defeats Facebook in David v Goliath court case

A court ruled that Facebook had copied an app created by a Milan start-up.

Earthquakes in Switzerland: how safe are we?
Switzerland

Earthquakes in Switzerland: how safe are we?

After Switzerland experienced its biggest earthquake in years on Monday night, The Local looks at the current situation regarding the country’s earthquake safety.

Court orders teens who raped boy to be deported
Sweden

Court orders teens who raped boy to be deported

Five teenagers convicted of raping a boy in Uppsala are to be deported, an appeals court has ruled, partially overturning a previous verdict which said they should stay in Sweden.

Spanish flights cancelled for third day as French air traffic control strike continues
Spain

Spanish flights cancelled for third day as French air traffic control strike continues

On Wednesday a total of 43 flights to and from Spanish airports were cancelled as a result of industrial action in France.

More Danish women than men receive social welfare
Denmark

More Danish women than men receive social welfare

More women than men in Denmark are living on social welfare payments, according to a report.

Sweden world’s best country for women: ranking
Sweden

Sweden world’s best country for women: ranking

Sweden is seen as the best place in the world for women, at least according to a new survey.

Saint Laurent ordered to remove ‘degrading’ porno chic ad posters
France

Saint Laurent ordered to remove ‘degrading’ porno chic ad posters

A victory for women on International Women's Rights Day.

Five reasons why Spain is still failing on women’s rights
Spain

Five reasons why Spain is still failing on women’s rights

Spain has a way to go to bridge the gender gap.

Police hunt nationwide for young man suspected of killing 9-year-old
Germany

Police hunt nationwide for young man suspected of killing 9-year-old

Police are now searching across Germany for a 19-year-old man suspected of killing his nine-year-old neighbour and then bragging about it online.

Two dead in French Alps as more avalanches hit skiers
France

Two dead in French Alps as more avalanches hit skiers

Another two skiers are missing.

Over 400 flights grounded due to French air traffic control strike
France

Over 400 flights grounded due to French air traffic control strike

The strike by French air traffic controllers forced airlines to cancel scores of flights once again on Wednesday.

Italy’s far-right Northern League is cosying up to Russia
Italy

Italy’s far-right Northern League is cosying up to Russia

Italy's far-right Northern League party signed a deal with Putin's United Russia party this week.

Vaud refuses to copy Geneva’s plan for legalizing illegal workers
Switzerland

Vaud refuses to copy Geneva’s plan for legalizing illegal workers

Vaud's parliament rejected a proposal to follow Geneva’s lead in legalizing thousands of undocumented immigrants working in the region.

Denmark’s ’wolf return’ in need of action: professor
Denmark

Denmark’s ’wolf return’ in need of action: professor

The time has come for authorities to act after the spread of wolves, back in Denmark for the first time since the 1800s, was proved, says professor Carsten Rahbek.

Spain insists fewer refugees need relocating in EU
Spain

Spain insists fewer refugees need relocating in EU

Spain said it wants to receive fewer refugees from European Union border areas than it had agreed, arguing the number of people needing relocation was far less than thought.

Poachers kill rhino and saw off its horn at zoo near Paris
France

Poachers kill rhino and saw off its horn at zoo near Paris

The rhino was found without his horn.

Italian region bans women in face veils from entering hospitals
Italy

Italian region bans women in face veils from entering hospitals

The regional president said the Islamic veil was "the worst symbol of the oppression of women".

How a unique International MBA helps women shatter the glass ceiling

How a unique International MBA helps women shatter the glass ceiling

Increasingly, the leaders of the international business world are female. And as more and more women are becoming entrepreneurs, one unique MBA programme is helping to give them the tools to succeed.

Sion ready to be Switzerland’s official bid for the 2026 winter Olympics
Switzerland

Sion ready to be Switzerland’s official bid for the 2026 winter Olympics

The joint Valais-Vaud bid will have to compete against Calgary, Sapporo and Innsbruck to become 2026 host.

Police arrest ringleader of massive ‘eat and run’ scam
Spain

Police arrest ringleader of massive ‘eat and run’ scam

The suspected ringleader of a group of baptism guests who did the conga out of a restaurant leaving a massive bill, has been arrested

Defiant Turkish FM tells Germany not to lecture in Hamburg speech
Germany

Defiant Turkish FM tells Germany not to lecture in Hamburg speech

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu asked Berlin not to preach about democracy and human rights amid a mounting row sparked by German cities refusing to allow meetings aimed at gathering votes to extend the Turkish president's powers.

Huge Maradona mural celebrates Naples’ ‘saint’ of football
Italy

Huge Maradona mural celebrates Naples’ ‘saint’ of football

Diego Maradona fans have another reason to make a pilgrimage to Naples: a new mural of the Argentine legend has gone up to mark 30 years since he led local club Napoli to its first Italian title.

Optimism prevails at Geneva Motor Show despite political uncertainty
Switzerland

Optimism prevails at Geneva Motor Show despite political uncertainty

Leading automakers expressed cautious optimism about the industry's prospects for 2017, as Europe's biggest annual car show gets underway.

French socialists ‘ready to back Macron’ as he vows to fight for middle classes
France

French socialists ‘ready to back Macron’ as he vows to fight for middle classes

It's been a good week for Emmanuel Macron the self-proclaimed "defender of France's middle classes".

French car giant Peugeot sees ‘very nice opportunity’ in Brexit
France

French car giant Peugeot sees ‘very nice opportunity’ in Brexit

A so-called 'hard Brexit' could be a "very nice opportunity" for French car giant PSA Peugeot Citroen, who have just bought Vauxhall and Opel.

Medal-winning Olympian quits IOC commission over corruption probe
Switzerland

Medal-winning Olympian quits IOC commission over corruption probe

Namibian former sprinter Frankie Fredericks faces a probe into money he accepted from a sports marketing chief accused of corruption.

Lawmakers to grill Merkel over role in VW’s ‘dieselgate’
Germany

Lawmakers to grill Merkel over role in VW’s ‘dieselgate’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces Wednesday questioning by lawmakers investigating if her government shielded Volkswagen from regulators despite knowing the auto giant was carrying out emissions cheating.

Swedish police fear for undocumented immigrants
Sweden

Swedish police fear for undocumented immigrants

Police in Sweden fear that there could soon be an increase in undocumented immigrants in the country, leaving them vulnerable to crime and exploitation.

Six inspiring Italian women who changed the world
Italy

Six inspiring Italian women who changed the world

Your new Italian feminist heroes.

Norway skier Johaug’s doping ban too short, says FIS
Norway

Norway skier Johaug’s doping ban too short, says FIS

The International Ski Federation (FIS) said Tuesday it had appealed a 13-month doping ban against Norwegian world champion cross-country skier Therese Johaug, which it judged too short, threatening her 2018 Winter Olympic bid.

International Women’s Day flash mobs planned in Swedish cities
Sweden

International Women’s Day flash mobs planned in Swedish cities

International Women’s Day 2017 is to be marked by a series of flash mobs in public places across Sweden.

Uma Thurman to shoot new Lars von Trier thriller in Sweden
Sweden

Uma Thurman to shoot new Lars von Trier thriller in Sweden

Shooting is underway in Sweden for a new Lars von Trier movie starring Hollywood actress Uma Thurman, producers have announced.

13 inspiring Swedish women whose stories you should know
Sweden

13 inspiring Swedish women whose stories you should know

From historical figures to contemporary icons, Swedish women have broken boundaries around the globe.