Paris mayor launches clean-up blitz
France

Paris mayor launches clean-up blitz

The Paris mayor has ordered a cleanliness blitz.

Norwegian student fears being expelled for topless photos
Norway

Norwegian student fears being expelled for topless photos

A Norwegian student who earns money by selling revealing photos of herself could be asked to leave her school after a file was opened to assess her behaviour.

How Saarland could show that the far-right AfD are finished
Germany

How Saarland could show that the far-right AfD are finished

On Sunday the Alternative for Germany (AfD) barely scraped into the state parliament in Saarland. One expert told The Local that this could mark the beginning of the end for the upstart party.

Most Germans think Trump won’t last four years in office
Germany

Most Germans think Trump won’t last four years in office

Early on in Donald Trump's American presidency, Germans still hold relatively negative views of the US leader, a poll released on Monday revealed.

Who is Sweden’s next Zlatan Ibrahimovic?
Sweden

Who is Sweden’s next Zlatan Ibrahimovic?

Sweden is still waiting for their next Zlatan, writes AFP's Hugues Honore. Will they ever find him?

What’s on in France: Nine things to do in April
France

What’s on in France: Nine things to do in April

Easter holidays, sorted.

Danish Integration Minister Støjberg: I won’t repeat cake photo
Denmark

Danish Integration Minister Støjberg: I won’t repeat cake photo

Denmark’s minister for integration Inger Støjberg has said that she was surprised by the reaction to a picture she posted on Facebook that celebrated immigration curbs with a cake and that she was unlikely to make a similar public post in future.

Pakistani jailed in Germany for spying for Iran
Germany

Pakistani jailed in Germany for spying for Iran

A Pakistani man was convicted in Germany on Monday of spying for Iran to search out potential attack targets for the Revolutionary Guards.

Malmö ‘Isis member’ accused of terrorism for fire at Islamic centre
Sweden

Malmö ‘Isis member’ accused of terrorism for fire at Islamic centre

A prosecutor has charged a Syrian man with terror offences, alleging that he started a fire at a Malmö community centre in order to spread fear in the name of Isis.

Panel tells Vatican to react ‘directly and compassionately’ to sex abuse victims
Italy

Panel tells Vatican to react ‘directly and compassionately’ to sex abuse victims

A panel advising Pope Francis on child protection has called on the Vatican to react "directly and compassionately" to letters from victims of clerical sex abuse, reviving an issue that unleashed a storm just weeks ago.

Spain’s beautiful mountain wilderness hits the silver screen
Spain

Spain’s beautiful mountain wilderness hits the silver screen

Cantábrico, a new feature-length nature documentary, is released in cinemas across Spain on Friday and it promises to show you Spain as you have never seen it before.

Muslim daughter of terror victim: I fear Isis and racists in France
France

Muslim daughter of terror victim: I fear Isis and racists in France

"When I take the metro in Paris, I stay away from the edge. I'm terrified someone might give me a push."

Why strikes in French Guiana are fast becoming a pre-election hot topic
France

Why strikes in French Guiana are fast becoming a pre-election hot topic

France's presidential candidates quick to chime in on the matter.

€1 million gold coin stolen from iconic Berlin museum
Germany

€1 million gold coin stolen from iconic Berlin museum

Thieves stole a gold coin with a face value of almost €1 million and weighing 100 kilograms from Berlin's Bode Museum on Monday.

Five reasons to take Spanish nationality (And five reasons not to)
Spain

Five reasons to take Spanish nationality (And five reasons not to)

Are you considering whether to take Spanish citizenship?

Hollande says his last fight will be against populism
France

Hollande says his last fight will be against populism

Hollande said the final mission of his term would be to ensure that "populism, nationalism and extremism cannot win".

Danes want to make life better for pigs with new food label
Denmark

Danes want to make life better for pigs with new food label

A new label on Danish meat products will encourage consumers to choose more animal-friendly, if expensive, products, industry representatives hope.

French town terrorised by pack of cow-killing dogs
France

French town terrorised by pack of cow-killing dogs

Pooches are turning deadly in Brittany.

Made in Germany rated most loved country brand worldwide
Germany

Made in Germany rated most loved country brand worldwide

A report on the most reputable "made-in-country" brands around the world shows that Germany comes out on top as most trusted.

Four of Rome’s public buses have burst into flames this month
Italy

Four of Rome’s public buses have burst into flames this month

A total of 19 buses in the capital have caught fire over the past year, with four incidents this month alone.

Two people rescued after being stuck in Swedish mountains
Sweden

Two people rescued after being stuck in Swedish mountains

Two people were stuck on a mountain in Abisko near the border with Norway.

Valais investigates claims of  fraud in recent cantonal election
Switzerland

Valais investigates claims of fraud in recent cantonal election

Three claims of fraud relate to the election that saw right-winger Oskar Freysinger sensationally ejected from his seat.

Survey shows more Muslims help refugees in Germany than Christians
Germany

Survey shows more Muslims help refugees in Germany than Christians

A new report on Monday found that Muslims living in Germany were about twice as likely to say they had helped refugees than Christians.

Porta potty almost floods Augsburg’s historic old town
Germany

Porta potty almost floods Augsburg’s historic old town

A portable toilet nearly led to an unsightly mess in the beautiful old town of Augsburg, after a group of youths caused an almighty blockage.

Carnival float runs over teen in northern Italy
Italy

Carnival float runs over teen in northern Italy

A 19-year-old woman has been hospitalized in serious condition after being run over by a carnival float in northern Italy.

Spring finally arrives as France to get soaked in sunshine
France

Spring finally arrives as France to get soaked in sunshine

...but you can expect a rainy weekend.

Have you walked ‘the world’s most dangerous’ footpath?
Spain

Have you walked ‘the world’s most dangerous’ footpath?

Tickets go on sale this week for the Caminito del Rey.

This Swedish town just had its hottest March day in at least 278 years
Sweden

This Swedish town just had its hottest March day in at least 278 years

Several towns basked in the weekend sunshine, but temperatures are about to drop again.

Norwegians are polite – in their own special way: researcher
Norway

Norwegians are polite – in their own special way: researcher

They may not say hello on the bus or make small talk in supermarket queues, but Norwegians have their own way of being polite, say researchers.

How to survive information overload and create positive change
Germany

How to survive information overload and create positive change

Want to make an impact? Find out how with Raleigh International...

EPFL photo-mapping project reveals 1960s Switzerland
Switzerland

EPFL photo-mapping project reveals 1960s Switzerland

Researchers at Lausanne technology institute EPFL are calling for the public’s help to geo-locate archive photos of Switzerland in the 1960s.

Ivanka Trump to attend women’s business summit in Berlin
Germany

Ivanka Trump to attend women’s business summit in Berlin

The daughter of the US President announced on Sunday that she will be attending a women’s economic summit in Berlin, along with Chancellor Angela Merkel in April.

Macron makes geography gaffe about troubled French Guiana
France

Macron makes geography gaffe about troubled French Guiana

French Guiana may be in trouble, but it's definitely not an island...

Woman arrested for damaging Pantheon’s ancient candelabra
Italy

Woman arrested for damaging Pantheon’s ancient candelabra

Police said it was unclear what the woman's motive was.

Two arrested in Spain for smuggling cocaine in fake bananas
Spain

Two arrested in Spain for smuggling cocaine in fake bananas

Spanish police have arrested two men suspected of smuggling cocaine hidden inside fake bananas made of resin.

Survey: Swiss support bilateral agreements with EU
Switzerland

Survey: Swiss support bilateral agreements with EU

A majority of Swiss think the country’s bilateral agreements with the European Union are important and should be maintained, according to a new survey.

IN PICTURES: Politicians and protesters over the weekend in Rome
Italy

IN PICTURES: Politicians and protesters over the weekend in Rome

Some of the most striking photos from the weekend.

Danes want to make bicycle helmets the law
Denmark

Danes want to make bicycle helmets the law

Most Danes want it to be illegal to cycle without wearing a helmet, says a new survey.

Tragedy as soldier dies during military exercise in northern Sweden
Sweden

Tragedy as soldier dies during military exercise in northern Sweden

A soldier has died after an armoured recovery vehicle fell through the ice during a military exercise in northern Sweden.

‘What I love about Sweden is they say things straight, which isn’t the case in many other countries’
Sweden

‘What I love about Sweden is they say things straight, which isn’t the case in many other countries’

The Local speaks to Francois Mauraisin, who organizes international markets on squares across Sweden.