For sale: Last Austrian emperor’s bedroom
Austria

For sale: Last Austrian emperor’s bedroom

Imperial dreams are dark, lavish and now available online.

Nazis who killed hundreds of disabled children in Vienna kept their jobs, report shows
Austria

Nazis who killed hundreds of disabled children in Vienna kept their jobs, report shows

Almost all the staff at a notorious Vienna clinic where the Nazis killed hundreds of disabled children kept their jobs after 1945 and subjected other inmates to abuse and neglect.

Why people in the poor Paris suburbs don’t care about France’s election
France

Why people in the poor Paris suburbs don’t care about France’s election

Residents in the neglected suburbs around Paris are disillusioned and have more important issues than voting in the upcoming election.

Would Spain ever allow an independent Scotland to join the EU?
Spain

Would Spain ever allow an independent Scotland to join the EU?

Would Madrid punish Scotland to discourage secessionists within Catalonia? Or are the independence movements entirely different cases?

Royal elephant at Swedish zoo has deadly herpes virus
Sweden

Royal elephant at Swedish zoo has deadly herpes virus

Namsai the three-year-old calf was parented by elephants gifted to Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Denmark's Queen Margrethe II.

Union says ‘no strikes until Sunday’ after walkouts slash hundreds of flights
Germany

Union says ‘no strikes until Sunday’ after walkouts slash hundreds of flights

The union that called for three days of strikes, causing scheduling headaches for Berlin travellers over the past week, has said it will not hold another walkout until at least Sunday evening.

Students clash with police in protest at Rome university
Italy

Students clash with police in protest at Rome university

Dozens of student protesters clashed with police on Tuesday at Rome's La Sapienza University, some throwing eggs and paint at officers.

Trade with UK will be more difficult and expensive post-Brexit, Swedish government warned
Sweden

Trade with UK will be more difficult and expensive post-Brexit, Swedish government warned

"It can be assumed that other markets will be prioritized over the British one if the UK leaves the single market."

François Fillon charged with several offences linked to ‘fake jobs’ scandal
France

François Fillon charged with several offences linked to ‘fake jobs’ scandal

As expected François Fillon has been charged by magistrates investigating the "fake jobs" scandal.

German state bans foreign officials campaigning amid Turkey row
Germany

German state bans foreign officials campaigning amid Turkey row

The state of Saarland said on Tuesday it would ban foreign officials from holding election rallies on its soil amid a raging dispute with Turkey over campaigning for a pivotal referendum.

300 officers raid mosque and suspected ‘hotspot for radical Islamists’
Germany

300 officers raid mosque and suspected ‘hotspot for radical Islamists’

Police in Lower Saxony launched a major raid on Tuesday morning on the organization "German-speaking Islamic Circle", which officials believe to be a "hotspot for the radical Salafist scene".

Why do people think the French say ‘hon hon hon’ when they laugh?
France

Why do people think the French say ‘hon hon hon’ when they laugh?

Roll out the most grotesque caricature of a Frenchmen - stripey jumper, onions and beret in place - and before long he will utter a 'hon hon hon', but where did we get the idea that French people laugh like that?

Proposed law would fine Facebook up to €50 million for hate speech
Germany

Proposed law would fine Facebook up to €50 million for hate speech

The Justice Minister proposed a law on Tuesday that could see social networks such as Facebook slapped with heavy fines if they fail to wipe illegal hate speech from their sites.

Phony faith healers arrested for gang rape in northern Italy
Italy

Phony faith healers arrested for gang rape in northern Italy

Three men have been arrested in Turin for raping an underage girl under the pretext of carrying out sacred rites, local police said on Tuesday.

Danish prince dies at 82
Denmark

Danish prince dies at 82

Prince Richard of Berleburg, brother-in-law to Denmark’s Queen Margrethe, has died at the age of 82, the royal family has announced.

Want a new office? Here you can just plug in and play
Sweden

Want a new office? Here you can just plug in and play

What's the secret to taking a new business global? The Local talks to one Stockholm entrepreneur about how flexible office space became an 'integral part' of his company's international expansion.

What’s the secret to long life? Have children, Swedish experts say
Sweden

What’s the secret to long life? Have children, Swedish experts say

A new Swedish study suggests that people who have children live longer than those who do not.

Trial begins for farmer accused of murdering American pilgrim in Spain
Spain

Trial begins for farmer accused of murdering American pilgrim in Spain

A farmer from northern Spain has gone on trial for the murder of American Denise Thiem, who went missing as she walked the pilgrimage route to Santiago.

And the greenest city in France is…? No, it’s not Paris.
France

And the greenest city in France is…? No, it’s not Paris.

The number of parks in some French cities will have Parisians green with envy.

Who is the next Lisbeth Salander?
Sweden

Who is the next Lisbeth Salander?

Swedish Nordic Noir heroine Lisbeth Salander is returning to Hollywood and this time with an entirely new cast.

Sixth woman in Berlin attacked by cyclist with ‘unknown liquid’
Germany

Sixth woman in Berlin attacked by cyclist with ‘unknown liquid’

A sixth woman has reported being attacked in Berlin by a man on a bicycle with an unknown liquid after other women were similarly sprayed with acid. Now police have a more detailed description of the suspect.

Swiss Post trials drone deliveries between hospitals
Switzerland

Swiss Post trials drone deliveries between hospitals

The Swiss postal service is to pilot a drone delivery service to shuttle laboratory samples between two hospitals in the canton of Ticino.

EU court rules workplace headscarf ban is legal
Denmark

EU court rules workplace headscarf ban is legal

The European Court of Justice has ruled that employers are entitled to ban workers from wearing headscarves in a move that could reignite Danish debate over the issue.

Disaster prone one-eyed matador Juan Jose Padilla is gored again
Spain

Disaster prone one-eyed matador Juan Jose Padilla is gored again

One-eyed bullfighter is gored twice causing his glass eye to pop out.

French firms told they can ban staff from wearing Muslim headscarves at work
France

French firms told they can ban staff from wearing Muslim headscarves at work

Could France open up a new front against the wearing of the Muslim headscarf?

Italian taxi drivers announce new day of strikes over Uber benefits
Italy

Italian taxi drivers announce new day of strikes over Uber benefits

An unofficial six-day strike in February led to widespread disruption and even violence.

What the EU Court ruling on headscarf bans means for Germany
Germany

What the EU Court ruling on headscarf bans means for Germany

The European Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday that employers may ban headscarves in the workplace in certain circumstances - an issue which has been heatedly debated in Germany in recent years.

Turkey hits back at Swiss tabloid for article calling president a ‘dictator’
Switzerland

Turkey hits back at Swiss tabloid for article calling president a ‘dictator’

Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn't appreciate Blick's call for Turks to vote no in the forthcoming Turkish referendum.

Swede among two UN experts kidnapped in DRC
Sweden

Swede among two UN experts kidnapped in DRC

A Swedish citizen is among two UN experts missing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Make torture a crime, Council of Europe tells Italy
Italy

Make torture a crime, Council of Europe tells Italy

A bill which would make torture a crime in Italy has been pending in parliament for over a year.

Storm Stella causes cancellation of Scandinavian flights to New York

Storm Stella causes cancellation of Scandinavian flights to New York

SAS cancelled all of its flights from Scandinavia to New York on Tuesday.

Denmark bullish on foreign investments
Denmark

Denmark bullish on foreign investments

The Danish foreign ministry says that it helped 68 foreign companies invest directly in the country in 2016.

Survey: Swiss cities offer world-leading quality of life
Switzerland

Survey: Swiss cities offer world-leading quality of life

Three Swiss cities offer expats a quality of life that ranks among the world’s ten best, according to a survey.

IN PICS: Costa Blanca floods as storms lash Spanish coast
Spain

IN PICS: Costa Blanca floods as storms lash Spanish coast

Riverbeds burst their banks, roads flooded, and rain poured through the roofs of many a structure during Monday night as the southeast of Spain was lashed by storms.

Spain ex-rail boss charged over Santiago train crash that killed 80
Spain

Spain ex-rail boss charged over Santiago train crash that killed 80

A former safety official for Spain's state railway operator has been charged with homicide over a 2013 train derailment that left 80 people dead.

VIDEO: Footprints of Italy’s largest dinosaur discovered in Abruzzo
Italy

VIDEO: Footprints of Italy’s largest dinosaur discovered in Abruzzo

The team used techniques inspired by Jurassic Park to reconstruct the prints.

Turkey accuses Merkel of ‘supporting terrorists’
Germany

Turkey accuses Merkel of ‘supporting terrorists’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused Chancellor Angela Merkel of backing terrorists, as new acrimony erupted between Turkey and its EU allies.

Norway for bookworms: A short travel guide for literature lovers
Norway

Norway for bookworms: A short travel guide for literature lovers

International festivals. Award-winning libraries. Picturesque book towns. There is plenty to appeal to book lovers visiting Norway, says our travel editor Marie Peyre.

Paris rolls out first modern news kiosk to replace iconic newspaper stands
France

Paris rolls out first modern news kiosk to replace iconic newspaper stands

The streets of Paris are about to look just a little different...

Norwegian teams set new record with 217-minute game
Norway

Norwegian teams set new record with 217-minute game

Two Norwegian ice hockey teams set a record early Monday for the longest ever match, playing for three and half hours with eight overtime periods.

Record drug bust at Öresund bridge: 600 kilos of hashish seized
Sweden

Record drug bust at Öresund bridge: 600 kilos of hashish seized

A truck transporting around 600 kilos of hashish was stopped after crossing the Öresund bridge between Denmark and Sweden on March 1st, regional newspaper Sydsvenskan reports.

Multiculturalism in Sweden: an Indian’s perspective
Sweden

Multiculturalism in Sweden: an Indian’s perspective

Joy Merwin Monteiro, an Indian post doc in Sweden, writes about his experience of immigration, integration and identity.

Thousands apply for jobs at new Ikea store
Sweden

Thousands apply for jobs at new Ikea store

Nearly 18,000 people have applied for 250 jobs. Something tells us they won't struggle to fill those positions.