Merkel’s first meeting with Trump postponed due to snow storm
Germany

Merkel’s first meeting with Trump postponed due to snow storm

President Donald Trump's meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been postponed from Tuesday until Friday due to a major snow storm closing in on the US East Coast, the White House said.

Make Europe Great Again: Merkel’s anti-Trump opponent rallies youth support
Germany

Make Europe Great Again: Merkel’s anti-Trump opponent rallies youth support

Angela Merkel's aversion to social media may turn out to hurt her as the Chancellor's most serious challenger in this year's election fires up young, internet-savvy voters - who even gave him a "sexy" new nickname.

Spain welcomed more refugees than ever before in 2016
Spain

Spain welcomed more refugees than ever before in 2016

Close to 16,000 people sought asylum in Spain during 2016, more than six times the figure of a year earlier.

New report shows ‘Berlin is growing but crime is not’
Germany

New report shows ‘Berlin is growing but crime is not’

A new report by Berlin police on Monday revealed that homicides are at a historic low as the capital continues to take in more residents, but theft still remains a continued concern.

Man injured in shooting outside Malmö restaurant
Sweden

Man injured in shooting outside Malmö restaurant

The alarm was raised when shots were heard near a restaurant on Ystadsvägen.

Video: Diver releases footage of Tromsø killer whales
Norway

Video: Diver releases footage of Tromsø killer whales

A Tromsø-based photographer and filmmaker has released a video of rare interaction between humans and orcas off the coast of the Arctic Norwegian city.

Swedish kids to learn computer coding and how to spot fake news in primary school
Sweden

Swedish kids to learn computer coding and how to spot fake news in primary school

The Swedish school curriculum will soon include learning coding, and how to spot a trustworthy source in primary school.

Police to travel for free as Paris region boosts security on RER trains
France

Police to travel for free as Paris region boosts security on RER trains

Authorities want to improve security for passengers in the suburbs around Paris.

Danish government could end “one-fifth” behind green energy target
Denmark

Danish government could end “one-fifth” behind green energy target

Denmark risks falling some way short its goal of achieving 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030 unless new policies are put in place.

Foreign workers to form human chain to stop deportations
Sweden

Foreign workers to form human chain to stop deportations

An organization campaigning for the rights of work permit holders in Sweden is to form a human chain this weekend to protest against bureaucratic rules for foreign workers.

Fillon reaffirms his austerity plan for France… or is it a ‘purge’?
France

Fillon reaffirms his austerity plan for France… or is it a ‘purge’?

Fillon unveils project for France, but opponents have called it a "purge".

Does France really need some Thatcherism à la Fillon?
France

Does France really need some Thatcherism à la Fillon?

France has problems but is Thatcherism the right medicine?

Stockholm tied for world’s least polluted capital: WHO
Sweden

Stockholm tied for world’s least polluted capital: WHO

Data used to compile a pair of new reports by the World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that Stockholm is one of the cleanest capital cities on the planet.

Stockholm double murder suspect arrested in Denmark

Stockholm double murder suspect arrested in Denmark

Danish police have arrested a man in his thirties on suspicion of carrying out a shooting in which two men were killed in the Stockholm suburb of Kista.

Spanish police find migrants squeezed into dashboard and under car seat
Spain

Spanish police find migrants squeezed into dashboard and under car seat

Spain's National Police discovered two migrants close to suffocation after hiding in tiny spaces within a car in an attempt to cross into Spain from Morocco

The secret to a great quality of life in Stockholm
Sweden

The secret to a great quality of life in Stockholm

Think you know the key to achieving the ultimate quality of life in Stockholm? Think again.

Former Catalan leader Artur Mas given two-year public office ban over illegal referendum
Spain

Former Catalan leader Artur Mas given two-year public office ban over illegal referendum

Former Catalan president Artur Mas was banned from holding office for two years on Monday for his role in organising an illegal 2015 independence referendum.

Police free second suspect in Essen mall attack threat
Germany

Police free second suspect in Essen mall attack threat

Police said on Monday they have released a second suspect detained over an alleged Isis terror plot against a major shopping mall, citing lack of evidence.

Kidnapped girl returns to Italy from Syria after five years
Italy

Kidnapped girl returns to Italy from Syria after five years

A six-year-old girl has returned to Milan five years after being kidnapped by her Syrian father, the Italian foreign ministry has said.

British skier seriously injured in fatal collision in French Alps
France

British skier seriously injured in fatal collision in French Alps

A 52-year-old Italian skier died and a British holidaymaker was left seriously injured after a violent collision on a gentle blue piste in a French Alpine resort at the weekend, emergency services said.

Two-year jail sentence for Italian politician over sex toy expenses scandal
Italy

Two-year jail sentence for Italian politician over sex toy expenses scandal

A politician in South Tyrol has been handed a two-year jail sentence for buying sex toys using public money.

Paris clubs shock French rugby by revealing plan to merge
France

Paris clubs shock French rugby by revealing plan to merge

Paris will have just one rugby team next season.

French parents ‘pretended to be victims’ of both Paris and Nice attacks
France

French parents ‘pretended to be victims’ of both Paris and Nice attacks

The couple spent terror victim compensation on cars which they then sold on.

Armed and dangerous ‘most wanted’ British fugitive arrested in Benidorm
Spain

Armed and dangerous ‘most wanted’ British fugitive arrested in Benidorm

A fugitive who appeared on a “most wanted” list of British criminals has been arrested in Benidorm after almost a year on the run, after he was recognised from a wanted poster.

MPs reject Turkish election campaigns in Denmark
Denmark

MPs reject Turkish election campaigns in Denmark

MPs from two Danish parties have said that they oppose election campaigning in Denmark by the Turkish government.

What you need to know about Sweden’s new Eurovision hopeful
Sweden

What you need to know about Sweden’s new Eurovision hopeful

With Eurovision about to get going, The Local has everything you need to know about this year's Swedish hopeful Robin Bengtsson.

Five unmissable on-piste music festivals in Switzerland this spring
Switzerland

Five unmissable on-piste music festivals in Switzerland this spring

Spring skiing in Switzerland means sunny days, blue skies and slopeside music festivals. Put these in your diary.

Italy deports terror suspect linked to Berlin attacker
Italy

Italy deports terror suspect linked to Berlin attacker

This is the 21st deportation for reasons related to religious extremism since the start of the year.

Hundreds of flights cut as Berlin airport strike extends to Wednesday
Germany

Hundreds of flights cut as Berlin airport strike extends to Wednesday

Workers at two airports in Berlin on Monday said they would extend a walkout over pay that has grounded almost all flights out of the German capital.

Winter is back: All of Spain on alert as storms hit
Spain

Winter is back: All of Spain on alert as storms hit

Every region in Spain (except Melilla) has been issued weather warnings for Monday as the warm weather ended with storms across the peninsula.

Swiss cancels flights to Berlin during strike action
Switzerland

Swiss cancels flights to Berlin during strike action

Flights between Switzerland and Berlin were cancelled on Monday as ground staff at Berlin’s two airports went on strike.

Applications for Swedish passports from Brits increased threefold in 2016
Sweden

Applications for Swedish passports from Brits increased threefold in 2016

More than three times as many Brits applied for Swedish passports in 2016 than the year before, and the trend is showing no sign of slowing.

Spain reports isolated case of mad cow disease
Spain

Spain reports isolated case of mad cow disease

A farm in Salamanca has detected a rare case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly called mad cow disease.

‘Crap’ Hitler painting goes on show in Italian Museum of Madness
Italy

‘Crap’ Hitler painting goes on show in Italian Museum of Madness

"It's a piece of crap; a painting by a desperate man," said the exhibition's director.

New airline to launch ski flights from UK to Sion airport
Switzerland

New airline to launch ski flights from UK to Sion airport

A brand new airline plans to launch direct flights between the UK and Sion airport in the Swiss canton of Valais from next December.

Norway opens doors to dual citizenship
Norway

Norway opens doors to dual citizenship

Norway’s Høyre (Conservative) Party, the largest party in the governing coalition, voted at its annual conference in favour of a proposal to allow dual citizenship in the country.

Turkey has ‘no business here’ campaigning in Germany: minister
Germany

Turkey has ‘no business here’ campaigning in Germany: minister

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Sunday he was against Turkish ministers holding political rallies in Germany, and signalled that there are legal ways to stop such campaigns.

Macron urges respect after ‘anti-Semitic’ caricature row
France

Macron urges respect after ‘anti-Semitic’ caricature row

France demands better of its politicians than 'anti-Semitic' cartoons to smear candidates, Macron says.

Four years as pope: Has Francis delivered his promised reforms?
Italy

Four years as pope: Has Francis delivered his promised reforms?

Elected in 2013 with a brief to reform a scandal-hit Vatican, Pope Francis has launched numerous initiatives but, four years later, he is still struggling to deliver real change.

How Merkel will try and win over Trump in Washington
Germany

How Merkel will try and win over Trump in Washington

On her first face-to-face meet with Donald Trump at the White House this Friday, Angela Merkel will seek to talk the President's language, argues Jörg Luyken.

Turkey cancels Swiss rally to Zurich’s ‘great relief’
Switzerland

Turkey cancels Swiss rally to Zurich’s ‘great relief’

Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu cancelled his planned visit to Switzerland on Sunday, despite his Swiss counterpart backing his right to come.

Why Sweden did NOT block Turkish visit
Sweden

Why Sweden did NOT block Turkish visit

Turkish politicians have been stopped from campaigning in several other EU countries.

‘Sweden is such an advanced digital society, there are infinite opportunities’
Sweden

‘Sweden is such an advanced digital society, there are infinite opportunities’

The Local speaks with two dads who gave up their Indian citizenship to become Swedish and now want to give something back to Sweden.

‘King Henrik’ could miss up to 11 Rangers games
Sweden

‘King Henrik’ could miss up to 11 Rangers games

Swedish New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will miss two to three weeks with a lower-body injury as the team fights for a National Hockey League playoff berth.