Five injured in ‘axe attack’ at Düsseldorf train station
Germany

Five injured in ‘axe attack’ at Düsseldorf train station

An attacker wielding what appears to have been an axe injured around five people at the main train station in the west German city of Düsseldorf on Thursday evening, local police have confirmed.

Child murder suspect arrested, as one more body found
Germany

Child murder suspect arrested, as one more body found

Police on Thursday confirmed they had arrested the young man who is believed to be responsible for the murder of a nine-year-old boy on Monday. The suspect led investigators to a further dead body in an apartment.

Good news: France has just created more jobs than at any time since 2007
France

Good news: France has just created more jobs than at any time since 2007

Too late for François Hollande to throw his hat in to the ring?

France warns French-Swiss firm ready to help build Trump’s wall
France

France warns French-Swiss firm ready to help build Trump’s wall

France's government has fired a word of warning at the French-Swiss group LafargeHolcim which is ready to sell its cement to build US President Donald Trump's controversial border wall.

How Sweden handled the refugee crisis: report
Sweden

How Sweden handled the refugee crisis: report

Swedish authorities were unprepared for the large number of refugees who came to the country in the autumn of 2015, a report on how the situation was handled has determined.

AfD to fight for headscarf ban and mass deportations in election
Germany

AfD to fight for headscarf ban and mass deportations in election

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has released a draft campaign programme, outlining plans to ban all headscarves in public offices and schools.

Trial of gruesome Copenhagen triple murder begins
Denmark

Trial of gruesome Copenhagen triple murder begins

The trial has begun in Copenhagen of three men accused of a gang-linked triple murder in the neighbourhood of Frederiksberg in November 2015.

‘The atmosphere was joyous’: One woman’s experience of Italy’s Women’s Strike
Italy

‘The atmosphere was joyous’: One woman’s experience of Italy’s Women’s Strike

Wednesday saw women from Italy take to the streets to protest violence against women in all its forms. Writer Rachael Martin explains why she joined them, and what the day meant to her.

Berlin Schönefeld chosen as the worst airport in the world
Germany

Berlin Schönefeld chosen as the worst airport in the world

It is no secret that when it comes to air travel, Berlin isn't exactly known for quality. Now a survey has named both of its air hubs among the world's worst.

Italy passes law to tackle poverty: Five key points
Italy

Italy passes law to tackle poverty: Five key points

Italy on Thursday passed a law aimed at better fighting poverty and helping families with young children in particular.

Kista shooting linked to gang crime: police
Sweden

Kista shooting linked to gang crime: police

Police are stepping up their work to crack down on gang conflicts in the Stockholm area, after two men previously known to officers were shot dead in the Kista suburb last night.

Spanish royals to make rescheduled state visit to UK
Spain

Spanish royals to make rescheduled state visit to UK

King Felipe will address the UK parliament on Brexit in a state visit that will take place between June 6th - 8th according to sources cited in Spanish media.

Italy just recognized two gay men as adoptive fathers for the first time
Italy

Italy just recognized two gay men as adoptive fathers for the first time

In a landmark ruling for LGBT rights, an Italian court has recognized two gay men as fathers to their adopted children.

French Property of the Week – ‘Amazing’ 7 bedroom house near Charente (with a pool)
France

French Property of the Week – ‘Amazing’ 7 bedroom house near Charente (with a pool)

Looking to move to sunny western France?

Denmark’s Lego stacks up ‘supernatural’ record sales
Denmark

Denmark’s Lego stacks up ‘supernatural’ record sales

Lego on Thursday announced record revenues for 2016, but slow profit growth marked the end of years of boost for the inventor of the famous multi-coloured plastic bricks.

French told to avoid list of ‘toxic’ air-fresheners and essential oils
France

French told to avoid list of ‘toxic’ air-fresheners and essential oils

Bad smell at home? Be careful what spray you use to fix it?

Swiss bank deems Le Pen ‘biggest risk’ to Europe

Swiss bank deems Le Pen ‘biggest risk’ to Europe

The election of Marine Le Pen as French president would be a 'negative' scenario according to Credit Suisse.

WWII bomb find brings ‘traffic chaos’, mass evacuation to Düsseldorf
Germany

WWII bomb find brings ‘traffic chaos’, mass evacuation to Düsseldorf

Builders stumbled upon an unexploded bomb close to Düsseldorf Airport on Wednesday evening, meaning that 8,000 people had to leave their homes on Thursday morning while several major roads were closed.

The need-to-know rules of the French presidential election
France

The need-to-know rules of the French presidential election

Candidates are at least meant to follow the rules.

Travel turmoil expected as Berlin airport crews launch yet another strike
Germany

Travel turmoil expected as Berlin airport crews launch yet another strike

Berlin's two airports will both be hits by strikes on Friday, as ground crews protest labour conditions. Delays and cancellations are expected.

Is Sweden really the best place in the world for women?
Sweden

Is Sweden really the best place in the world for women?

We asked women from other parts of the world how they feel their lives have changed since moving to Sweden.

Why the #%!&# do Swedes swear in English so much?
Sweden

Why the #%!&# do Swedes swear in English so much?

English swear words are used freely by Swedes in a way that can seem strange to native speakers. The Local asked an expert to explain why.

Life expectancy of Norwegian men goes up again
Norway

Life expectancy of Norwegian men goes up again

The life expectancy of Norwegian men increased again last year to 80.6 years.

Intelligence chief warns: Germany increasingly a target of Isis
Germany

Intelligence chief warns: Germany increasingly a target of Isis

The head of Germany's domestic security agency, the BfV, said on Wednesday that Germany has become a priority target for terror group Isis over the past year.

Swiss senate refuses nationwide burqa ban
Switzerland

Swiss senate refuses nationwide burqa ban

The upper house of parliament has rejected the idea of a nationwide ban on the Islamic face veil and other face coverings.

Schoolboy swipes gran’s €10,000 life savings and shares it with classmates
Spain

Schoolboy swipes gran’s €10,000 life savings and shares it with classmates

It could have been an incredible act of generosity or a misguided attempt to win friends but it certainly tested even the most doting of grandmother’s love.

Macron leads Le Pen for first time but his voters are far from sure
France

Macron leads Le Pen for first time but his voters are far from sure

There's good news and bad news for Emmanuel Macron.

Thousands march in Women’s Day demos in Germany
Germany

Thousands march in Women’s Day demos in Germany

Several thousand protesters gathered in Berlin and other German cities to march on International Women's Day on Wednesday, with Donald Trump's presidency being a recurring theme.

Geneva agrees to name more streets after women
Switzerland

Geneva agrees to name more streets after women

The bill was discussed and agreed on International Women’s Day.

Italy’s overcrowded migrant centres leave children vulnerable: Council of Europe
Italy

Italy’s overcrowded migrant centres leave children vulnerable: Council of Europe

Delays in processing asylum applications lead to unsanitary conditions, potential corruption, and an increased risk of illegal immigration, the report warned.

US expats: don’t let the IRS put you in a bad mood this tax season

US expats: don’t let the IRS put you in a bad mood this tax season

Check out these simple ways to avoid the US taxpayer blues while living abroad.

IN PICS: International Women’s Day in Madrid draws 40,000 protesters
Spain

IN PICS: International Women’s Day in Madrid draws 40,000 protesters

Around 40,000 protesters took to the streets of Madrid on Wednesday to mark International Women's Day and call for an end to domestic violence.

Berlusconi eats at McDonald’s, goes viral
Italy

Berlusconi eats at McDonald’s, goes viral

The ex-premier appeared to be receiving table service at the fast food chain.

Reaction: Spanish press hails Barcelona ‘legends’
Spain

Reaction: Spanish press hails Barcelona ‘legends’

The Spanish press Thursday hailed Barcelona as "legends" for their 6-1 triumph over Paris Saint Germain in which they overcame a four-goal first-leg deficit to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Denmark, Germany, Netherlands want to create ‘artificial power island’

Denmark, Germany, Netherlands want to create ‘artificial power island’

Three western European countries have revealed plans to build a giant artificial island in the middle of the North Sea where wind farms would create power for 80 million people.

Miracle at the Nou Camp: Barça make history with 6-1 comeback
Spain

Miracle at the Nou Camp: Barça make history with 6-1 comeback

Neymar hailed the best game of his career after Barcelona pulled off the greatest comeback in Champions League history by scoring three times in the dying minutes against a stunned Paris Saint-Germain.

VIDEO: Swiss scientists spark massive avalanche
Switzerland

VIDEO: Swiss scientists spark massive avalanche

It was the biggest in 11 years - and all in the name of research.

Police admit blunder led them to link neo-Nazi killer to child murder
Germany

Police admit blunder led them to link neo-Nazi killer to child murder

German police admitted Wednesday they had falsely linked two high-profile crimes - an unsolved child murder and a neo-Nazi cell's killing spree - because investigators accidentally contaminated DNA evidence.

Can we trust banks to keep our money safe?
Sweden

Can we trust banks to keep our money safe?

Advances in IT have made mobile banking in Sweden a breeze. Most of the time. But do banks have what it takes to keep customers and their money safe from cyberattacks and IT meltdowns?

Police seize guns, shoot dog in raids on far-right Reichsbürger scene
Germany

Police seize guns, shoot dog in raids on far-right Reichsbürger scene

German police Wednesday made two arrests, seized guns and shot dead a Doberman attack dog in coordinated raids against the far-right "Reichsbürger" or "Citizens of the Reich" movement, they said.

The contemporary American artist embracing Renaissance roots in major new exhibition
Italy

The contemporary American artist embracing Renaissance roots in major new exhibition

Florentine Renaissance masters inspired Bill Viola's modern artworks - now he calls his exhibition in the Tuscan capital a 'homecoming'.

More flights cancelled as French air traffic control strike rumbles on
France

More flights cancelled as French air traffic control strike rumbles on

Flying today? Check with your airline first.

Italy brings in new tax breaks to attract wealthy foreigners
Italy

Italy brings in new tax breaks to attract wealthy foreigners

A new flat tax is intended to act as an incentive to draw wealthy foreigners to Italy.

Merkel: I learnt about VW ‘dieselgate’ scandal through media
Germany

Merkel: I learnt about VW ‘dieselgate’ scandal through media

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday denied having any prior knowledge that auto giant Volkswagen was running an emissions cheating scam, saying she first learnt of the scandal through the media.

Activists’ fury over Norway hunt of pregnant whales
Norway

Activists’ fury over Norway hunt of pregnant whales

Animal rights activists expressed anger on Wednesday after reports emerged that a large majority of whales harpooned each year in Norway are pregnant.

WATCH: Swedes mark International Women’s Day with flash mobs
Sweden

WATCH: Swedes mark International Women’s Day with flash mobs

Flash mobs took place in some of Sweden’s biggest cities on Wednesday as International Women’s Day was marked by mass sing-alongs.

French conservations raise alarm after slaying of rhino in zoo
France

French conservations raise alarm after slaying of rhino in zoo

More animals will be killed if nothing is changed, one group says.

Zurich wants to cancel Turkish foreign minister’s Swiss visit
Switzerland

Zurich wants to cancel Turkish foreign minister’s Swiss visit

Zurich has security concerns after several local authorities in Germany blocked rallies by Turkish ministers.

Johnny Hallyday: ‘I have cancer, but it’s not life-threatening’
France

Johnny Hallyday: ‘I have cancer, but it’s not life-threatening’

The French Elvis has announced that he has cancer... but that his life is not in danger.

Two men killed in Stockholm shooting
Sweden

Two men killed in Stockholm shooting

Two men have died after being found with gunshot wounds in a car in Stockholm suburb Kista.

Could Zlatan Ibrahimovic be on his way to the US?
Sweden

Could Zlatan Ibrahimovic be on his way to the US?

A reported LA Galaxy bid for the Swede would make him "easily" the highest-paid player in MLS history.

10 of the best Swedish games everyone should try
Sweden

10 of the best Swedish games everyone should try

An estimated one in every 10 people on the planet has played a Swedish video game. Find out what the fuss is about with our list of 10 of the best.