What we know about the ‘troubled’ pupil behind the France school shooting
France

What we know about the ‘troubled’ pupil behind the France school shooting

The teenager who opened fire at his high school was apparently obsessed by the 1999 Columbine school massacre in the United States.

Socialist Hamon reveals plan for France (including state-run fully legal cannabis shops)
France

Socialist Hamon reveals plan for France (including state-run fully legal cannabis shops)

Universal basic income, a new French Republic and legalising cannabis. Socialist party candidate Benoit Hamon has revealed what he would do if elected French president.

Sweden to modernize law on changing gender
Sweden

Sweden to modernize law on changing gender

Sweden's government wants to do away with the law in the country which says that a medical intervention is required for a person's gender change to be made official in legal terms.

Germany and China to ‘fight together’ for free trade, says Merkel
Germany

Germany and China to ‘fight together’ for free trade, says Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday stressed their commitment to free trade ahead of a G20 finance ministers' meeting set to be dominated by debate on protectionism.

Eight in ten Germans think the EU needs to be reformed
Germany

Eight in ten Germans think the EU needs to be reformed

What most Germans can agree upon is that the EU cannot stay as it is. But when it comes to how change should look, views differ sharply.

Mum fined for slapping four-year-old son on shopping trip
Sweden

Mum fined for slapping four-year-old son on shopping trip

A district court has fined a mum after she slapped her four-year-old son across the face.

Teenager sparks terror fears in France after opening fire in school
France

Teenager sparks terror fears in France after opening fire in school

Eight people were injured in a shooting at a high school in southern France on Thursday.

Lower asylum numbers leave Danish state 400 million kroner better off
Denmark

Lower asylum numbers leave Danish state 400 million kroner better off

Denmark’s government has been criticised after an incorrect estimate left 400 million kroner ($58 million) diverted to state coffers instead of being used to help developing countries.

Austrian venue cancels ‘political’ Turkish music concert
Austria

Austrian venue cancels ‘political’ Turkish music concert

The musicians "clearly belong to the Turkish nationalist and far-right scene", said the premier of Tyrol state.

Letter bomb explodes at Paris offices of IMF leaving one injured
France

Letter bomb explodes at Paris offices of IMF leaving one injured

One person has been injured when a letter bomb exploded at the IMF's Paris offices, according to reports.

Why winning the French presidential election could be a poisoned chalice
France

Why winning the French presidential election could be a poisoned chalice

Winning the presidential election might be the easy part.

Why a Swedish MEP took her baby to vote in parliament (and went viral)
Sweden

Why a Swedish MEP took her baby to vote in parliament (and went viral)

A viral image of an MEP taking her child to vote in Strasbourg shows the European Parliament is a far cry from parent-friendly Sweden.

Norway ranks 10th for international students, 2nd for careers
Norway

Norway ranks 10th for international students, 2nd for careers

A ranking of European countries based on their attractiveness for foreign students handed Norway a top ten spot, while the Nordic nation came second overall for career prospects.

Six reasons why I never want to drive on the Autobahn again
Germany

Six reasons why I never want to drive on the Autobahn again

Germany's Autobahn may be the most famous road system in the world, but that doesn't mean that it isn't sheer hell to drive on for a part-time motorist.

Dual citizenship ‘a mess’: Danish People’s Party
Denmark

Dual citizenship ‘a mess’: Danish People’s Party

The nationalist Danish People’s Party has criticised rules allowing dual citizenship in light of recent diplomatic rows over Turkish referendum campaigning in the EU.

Ten injured in volcanic explosion at Mount Etna
Italy

Ten injured in volcanic explosion at Mount Etna

One volcanologist said the incident was the worst he'd seen in his 30-year career.

Spanish parliament defeats government plan to deregulate hiring of dock workers
Spain

Spanish parliament defeats government plan to deregulate hiring of dock workers

Spanish lawmakers on Thursday defeated a decree that would deregulate the hiring of dock workers at the county's ports, in a blow to conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's minority government.

France high school shooting: Armed pupil arrested after opening fire
France

France high school shooting: Armed pupil arrested after opening fire

A 17-year-old pupil has been arrested after opening fire at his high school in the south of France, injuring several people and sparking a terror alert.

Rome’s zoo has opened an exhibition all about the history of poo
Italy

Rome’s zoo has opened an exhibition all about the history of poo

It includes ten different 'interactive sections'.

More than 100 evacuated from top of Spanish volcano after cable cars stall mid-air
Spain

More than 100 evacuated from top of Spanish volcano after cable cars stall mid-air

Dozens of tourists were evacuated by helicopter on Thursday from shelters at the top of a volcano on Spain's Tenerife island where they spent the night after being plucked from two cable cars that stopped mid-air.

Asylum seeker arrivals in Norway ‘lowest since 1997’
Norway

Asylum seeker arrivals in Norway ‘lowest since 1997’

3,460 people – the lowest number since 1997 – applied for asylum in Norway in 2016, according to Directorate of Immigration figures.

The four big security challenges facing Sweden today
Sweden

The four big security challenges facing Sweden today

Sweden's security police Säpo has a "bigger and more complicated task than ever". Here are four of their biggest security challenges.

French left outraged online over massacre of Camembert cheese
France

French left outraged online over massacre of Camembert cheese

More evidence of how seriously the French take their cheese rules.

Italy has already surpassed its renewable energy target for 2020
Italy

Italy has already surpassed its renewable energy target for 2020

Over 17 percent of energy in Italy comes from renewable sources, a figure which almost tripled over a ten-year period.

Why Swiss cows are set to lock horns this spring
Switzerland

Why Swiss cows are set to lock horns this spring

As the cow fighting season kicks off in Switzerland, The Local looks at the ins and outs of this longstanding Swiss tradition.

Suspected spies found working for Swedish agencies: report
Sweden

Suspected spies found working for Swedish agencies: report

Sweden's security police Säpo has investigated several suspected spies working for key Swedish agencies in the past year, the service has revealed.

VIDEO: See the latest eruptions at Etna, Europe’s most active volcano
Italy

VIDEO: See the latest eruptions at Etna, Europe’s most active volcano

A 'new phase of eruption' started yesterday morning at Mount Etna.

Survey: Swiss scoff triple the recommended amount of meat
Switzerland

Survey: Swiss scoff triple the recommended amount of meat

Switzerland is a nation of meat lovers, according to a national survey.

Why everyone should fly Qatar Airways Business Class at least once in their life
Norway

Why everyone should fly Qatar Airways Business Class at least once in their life

One Business Class to rule them all, and to bring you to new levels of in-air pleasure…even on the longest flight in the world.

Why everyone should fly Qatar Airways Business Class at least once in their life
Denmark

Why everyone should fly Qatar Airways Business Class at least once in their life

One business class to rule them all, and to bring you to new levels of in-air pleasure…even on the longest flight in the world.

Why everyone should fly Qatar Airways Business Class at least once in their life
Sweden

Why everyone should fly Qatar Airways Business Class at least once in their life

One business class to rule them all, and to bring you to new levels of in-air pleasure…even on the longest flight in the world.

Police storm Duisburg bank, as robbers steal huge pile of cash
Germany

Police storm Duisburg bank, as robbers steal huge pile of cash

A tense police operation lasting three hours ended on Thursday when officers stormed a bank and found a clerk bound inside. But there was no sign of the thieves.

Denmark set for warmest day so far this year
Denmark

Denmark set for warmest day so far this year

Mild weather will reach Denmark during the course of Thursday, making it the warmest day of the year so far.

Marine Le Pen tries to reassure worried Brits in France (but they’re having none of it)
France

Marine Le Pen tries to reassure worried Brits in France (but they’re having none of it)

Le Pen says as long as Brits in France "are not criminals and do not dispute our way of life" then they'll be fine to stay in France.

Berlin researcher warns: selfies can lead to head lice
Germany

Berlin researcher warns: selfies can lead to head lice

It might seem like a sweet idea to touch heads with your bestie to capture that perfect selfie, but according to researchers, it’s also a great way to spread lice.

Zut alors! The French phrases you learn but don’t really need
France

Zut alors! The French phrases you learn but don’t really need

Zut alors! Time to straighten out a few language learning myths.

Man on trial for raping 90-year-old on way back from church
Germany

Man on trial for raping 90-year-old on way back from church

After an elderly woman was raped and robbed on her way back from church in October, the trial started in Düsseldorf on Thursday of the 19-year-old suspect.

Madrid’s Prado museum gets first new boss in 15 years
Spain

Madrid’s Prado museum gets first new boss in 15 years

The new boss has big boots to fill.

An Italian teen model made toilet paper out of social media abuse
Italy

An Italian teen model made toilet paper out of social media abuse

"Clean yourself with decency" she said.

Sweden plans to crack down on gang crime
Sweden

Sweden plans to crack down on gang crime

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven met the government's council on security politics on Thursday morning.

Two Swiss hotels named among world’s 100 best
Switzerland

Two Swiss hotels named among world’s 100 best

Two Swiss hotels have been named among the 100 best in the world by Canadian travel agency Flight Network.

Prince William heads to Paris 20 years after Lady Diana’s death
France

Prince William heads to Paris 20 years after Lady Diana’s death

Paris is set for a royal visit on Friday.

French couple charged after ‘rocking’ baby in a washing machine
France

French couple charged after ‘rocking’ baby in a washing machine

Doctors saw the baby's bruises and suspected foul play.

France to close another sprawling migrant camp on north coast
France

France to close another sprawling migrant camp on north coast

France takes another step to keep migrants away from Channel coast, but is it working?

VIDEO: Italians top the podium in alpine ski world cup
Italy

VIDEO: Italians top the podium in alpine ski world cup

Italy's Peter Fill overtook Norway's Kjetil Jansrud to win the season downhill title on Wednesday by finishing second to countryman Dominik Paris in the opening race of the World Cup Finals.

Greek militants claim parcel bomb sent to German ministry
Germany

Greek militants claim parcel bomb sent to German ministry

Update: A Greek far-left group on Thursday claimed it sent a parcel bomb to the German finance ministry, over six years after waging a similar campaign against European officials.

Alitalia reveals dramatic cost-cutting plan
Italy

Alitalia reveals dramatic cost-cutting plan

The airline has pledged to cut costs by €1 billion over the next three years.

France’s National Front suspends top official over Holocaust denial
France

France’s National Front suspends top official over Holocaust denial

He was secretly filmed denying the extent of the Holocaust.

Berlin and Paris plan European centre to fight radicalism
Germany

Berlin and Paris plan European centre to fight radicalism

Paris and Berlin are looking to create a European centre for the fight against religious radicalisation, the French and German interior ministers said on Wednesday.

Renault ‘cheated on 25 years of pollution tests’
France

Renault ‘cheated on 25 years of pollution tests’

The entire chain of management has been implicated in "fraudulent strategies".

Cutting jobs is a ‘very serious sin’, says pope
Italy

Cutting jobs is a ‘very serious sin’, says pope

Francis has been branded the 'Marxist pope' in some quarters for his defence of labour rights.

OPINION: Italians might just hold the secret to a more productive workday
Italy

OPINION: Italians might just hold the secret to a more productive workday

Foreigners in Italy often complain about the lack of urgency when it comes to deadlines and working hours. But could Italians actually hold the secret to productivity?

Swiss duo through to Indian Wells quarterfinals
Switzerland

Swiss duo through to Indian Wells quarterfinals

Federer and Wawrinka both booked places in the Masters tournament in California on Wednesday.

Clean-sheet masters Atletico Madrid reach Champions League quarter-finals
Spain

Clean-sheet masters Atletico Madrid reach Champions League quarter-finals

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone lauded his side's determination to keep making their mark on the Champions League after they reached the quarter-finals for a fourth consecutive season.

Spaniards flock to watch Sunday mass on TV amid political bid to get it taken off air
Spain

Spaniards flock to watch Sunday mass on TV amid political bid to get it taken off air

Audience figures for Sunday Mass on Spanish public television have soared after a far-left party tried to eliminate the weekly broadcast.

Brexit causes anguish on Gibraltar
Spain

Brexit causes anguish on Gibraltar

With Gibraltar far down the British government's list of priorities, locals are deeply worried about their future, writes sociology professor Andrew Canessa.

Sweden fifth best country in Europe for foreign students
Sweden

Sweden fifth best country in Europe for foreign students

A ranking of European countries based on their attractiveness for international students handed Sweden a spot in the top-five.

Ten ways being an international student in Sweden changes you
Sweden

Ten ways being an international student in Sweden changes you

And you thought you just came here to study...