Germany launches probe into ‘intolerable spying’ by Turkey
Germany

Germany launches probe into ‘intolerable spying’ by Turkey

UPDATE: German prosecutors announced an investigation on Tuesday into claims that Turkish agents are spying on alleged followers of exiled preacher Fethullah Gülen in Germany.

Uber halts services in Denmark after new taxi law
Denmark

Uber halts services in Denmark after new taxi law

Ride-sharing group Uber on Tuesday said it would temporarily withdraw its business in Denmark, where a new taxi law restricts cab services.

Campaign launched to highlight ‘everyday racism’ against Sami people
Sweden

Campaign launched to highlight ‘everyday racism’ against Sami people

"We need to have more Sami stories out there, yet it comes with risks."

Madrid to shower cash on Catalonia in bid to ensure the region remains in Spain
Spain

Madrid to shower cash on Catalonia in bid to ensure the region remains in Spain

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy pledged on Tuesday to invest €4.2 billion ($4.6 billion) in Catalonia by 2020 as a battle for hearts and minds rages between Madrid and regional authorities that want independence.

Islamic Council Norway hires woman in niqab as administrative officer
Norway

Islamic Council Norway hires woman in niqab as administrative officer

Norwegian Muslim umbrella organisation Islamic Council Norway has been criticised for hiring a woman who wears the full face-covering niqab as a communications officer.

Social Democrats fight to pass gay marriage bill before election
Germany

Social Democrats fight to pass gay marriage bill before election

Chancellor Angela Merkel's biggest rivals in the upcoming national election in September are set to put pressure on her conservative party to pass same-sex marriage ahead of the vote.

Struggling Ericsson spends billions in bid to turn things around
Sweden

Struggling Ericsson spends billions in bid to turn things around

The struggling Swedish telecoms giant has revealed it will fork out up to 15 billion kronor in costs during Q1 2017.

Hamon talks euro with German heads in Berlin
France

Hamon talks euro with German heads in Berlin

Hamon has headed to Germany for the day for some pre-election schmoozing.

Ground crews at Berlin airports reach pay deal to end strikes
Germany

Ground crews at Berlin airports reach pay deal to end strikes

Ground crews at airports in Berlin have reached a pay deal with employers after repeated strikes that have grounded flights in recent weeks, the two sides said on Tuesday.

These twelve companies pay the highest wages in Germany
Germany

These twelve companies pay the highest wages in Germany

Looking to earn big euros in Germany? Check out this list showing the companies with the highest average salaries in the Bundesrepublik.

Sweden the EU’s ‘climate leader’: report
Sweden

Sweden the EU’s ‘climate leader’: report

"When it comes to how seriously it takes the Paris Agreement, Sweden has the best position."

How Austrians learned to stop worrying and love The Sound of Music
Austria

How Austrians learned to stop worrying and love The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music is into its sixth season in Salzburg, but it took Austrians a long time to embrace the smash-hit musical, as lecturer Laura MacDonald explains.

An Italian shoemaker has made the world’s first 24-carat gold shoes
Italy

An Italian shoemaker has made the world’s first 24-carat gold shoes

Each 24-carat gold shoe is one of a kind and delivered by helicopter to the lucky customer.

Film buff? Here are the ten movie scene locations you MUST see in Paris
France

Film buff? Here are the ten movie scene locations you MUST see in Paris

Fancy feeling like you're in a movie?

Carlos the Jackal slapped with life sentence for 1974 Paris attack
France

Carlos the Jackal slapped with life sentence for 1974 Paris attack

A third life sentence for Carlos the Jackal.

Over 8 million women suffer psychological abuse in Italy
Italy

Over 8 million women suffer psychological abuse in Italy

In Italy, 8.3 million women have suffered psychological abuse, national statistics agency Istat said on Tuesday.

The 16 bridges you simply have to cross in Italy
Italy

The 16 bridges you simply have to cross in Italy

From the old to the new, and the beautiful to the quirky... these are the 16 bridges in Italy you should try to cross at least once in your life.

One in ten German firms to cut UK investments before Brexit: survey
Germany

One in ten German firms to cut UK investments before Brexit: survey

One in ten German firms present in Britain plans to stop investing in the island nation even before it definitively leaves the European Union, an industry group survey published on Tuesday found.

Spain is continuing to beat expectations on unemployment
Spain

Spain is continuing to beat expectations on unemployment

Spain's unemployment rate will fall below 17 percent by year end, Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said on Tuesday, bettering previous government forecasts.

Skype’s Sweden office to close
Sweden

Skype’s Sweden office to close

The video chat giant was co-founded by a Swede, but Microsoft has now decided to close its Stockholm office.

Spain’s economy minister rules himself out of the running for Eurogroup presidency
Spain

Spain’s economy minister rules himself out of the running for Eurogroup presidency

Spain's Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said on Tuesday he was not in the running to head up the Eurogroup, whose current chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem is facing calls to resign.

Meet the matchmaker hooking up US soldiers with German women
Germany

Meet the matchmaker hooking up US soldiers with German women

With thousands of American military members and personnel in the Wiesbaden community, there is certainly a market for foreign singles looking to settle in. And that's where matchmaker Jessica Dreyer steps in.

Sales of commuter tickets between Denmark and Sweden drop
Denmark

Sales of commuter tickets between Denmark and Sweden drop

The number of commuter tickets sold for the Øresund Bridge crossing between Malmö and Copenhagen dropped significantly in the first two months of 2017 compared to the same period the previous year.

Um, about that Nobel Prize… No word from Bob Dylan ahead of Sweden gigs
Sweden

Um, about that Nobel Prize… No word from Bob Dylan ahead of Sweden gigs

Bob Dylan is coming to Sweden this weekend, but will he use the opportunity to collect his Nobel Prize?

Danish auctioneer sold stolen painting
Denmark

Danish auctioneer sold stolen painting

Danish auction website Lauritz.com unintentionally sold a painting that is included in a list of stolen works.

Swiss insurer: global disaster bill doubled in 2016
Switzerland

Swiss insurer: global disaster bill doubled in 2016

Global disaster costs reached $175 billion (161 billion euros) last year, reinsurer Swiss Re said on Thursday.

More computers, less crime for young Swedes
Sweden

More computers, less crime for young Swedes

New figures show that youth crime has dropped in Sweden since the 1990s. Could computers and social media be the cause?

Young guns take charge of mafia clans – with deadly results
Italy

Young guns take charge of mafia clans – with deadly results

How social media, economic worries, and even Isis are influencing Italy's new generation of mafia clan leaders.

Fillon scrambles to shift focus as French election nears
France

Fillon scrambles to shift focus as French election nears

He says the outgoing administration is trying to hang on to its privileges.

China tells France to protect its citizens after fatal police shooting
France

China tells France to protect its citizens after fatal police shooting

China calls on France to step up.

9 must-see Swedish design destinations

9 must-see Swedish design destinations

Swedish design: It's beautiful. It's unconventional. And it's everywhere. The Local takes you on a roadtrip through nine of the best design destinations, from north to south - you've got to see it to believe it.

Time capsule from 1900 discovered in Lausanne wall
Switzerland

Time capsule from 1900 discovered in Lausanne wall

Construction workers restoring walls at Ouchy found a glass bottle containing 117-year old documents hidden in the concrete.

Seven aspects of learning Spanish that really baffle English speakers
Spain

Seven aspects of learning Spanish that really baffle English speakers

Learning a language is a minefield of embarrassment, frustration and potential rudeness – heaven forbid! Matt Mills, a Barcelona-based Briton, examines the perils.

Danish minister: ‘We will not pay more’ to EU after Brexit
Denmark

Danish minister: ‘We will not pay more’ to EU after Brexit

Minister of Finance Kristian Jensen says he is determined that Britain’s imminent exit from the EU will not mean more expensive membership for Denmark.

Sales of commuter tickets between Sweden and Denmark drop
Sweden

Sales of commuter tickets between Sweden and Denmark drop

2017 has brought a slump in Swedish sales of commuter passes for the trains across the Öresund Bridge compared to last year.

‘I feel less British now’: The Brits becoming German after Brexit
Germany

‘I feel less British now’: The Brits becoming German after Brexit

Local authorities say there are growing numbers of Brits applying for German citizenship as Brexit becomes more of a reality.

Things you should NEVER do when dining in France
France

Things you should NEVER do when dining in France

Avoid these dining faux pas!

Italy’s earthquake-hit towns are bidding for Unesco status
Italy

Italy’s earthquake-hit towns are bidding for Unesco status

Italy will be putting forward two bids for Unesco World Heritage status from the central Italian region devastated by recent earthquakes, the national Unesco committee said on Monday.

What to consider before you move to Switzerland
Switzerland

What to consider before you move to Switzerland

Switzerland is one of the world’s best expat countries, with some of the highest living standards and a sophisticated, multilingual population. Yet moving to Switzerland can still be stressful and difficult if you don't do it right.

Who to choose in France’s election? 40 percent of voters still not sure
France

Who to choose in France’s election? 40 percent of voters still not sure

There's just a month to go until the first round of France's presidential election - and still 40 percent of voters don't know who to choose.

Swiss bank looks to the future with smartphone-enabled ATMs
Switzerland

Swiss bank looks to the future with smartphone-enabled ATMs

Lucerne cantonal bank is the first in Switzerland to launch new high-tech cash dispensers that will eventually enable customers to withdraw money using a smartphone.

‘Cursed’ north German sports club mourns two shock deaths
Germany

‘Cursed’ north German sports club mourns two shock deaths

A sports club is mourning the deaths of two amateur sportsmen who suffered heart attacks on successive days, leaving team-mates wondering if the club is cursed.

Spain probes Syrian intelligence chief over alleged torture
Spain

Spain probes Syrian intelligence chief over alleged torture

A Spanish judge on Monday ordered an investigation into the alleged torture and execution of a Syrian man after a case was filed by his sister, a Spaniard of Syrian origin.

How Stockholm University helps shape Europe’s startup hub
Sweden

How Stockholm University helps shape Europe’s startup hub

With more tech ‘unicorn’ companies per capita than any other city other than Silicon Valley, it’s safe to say Stockholm is one of Europe’s most important tech hubs.

Turks in Germany divided as voting begins in Erdogan referendum
Germany

Turks in Germany divided as voting begins in Erdogan referendum

Turkish voters in Germany, as deeply split as those in their ancestral homeland, started casting early ballots on Monday in a referendum that could vastly boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.

Paris police arrest dozens in protest over death of Chinese man
France

Paris police arrest dozens in protest over death of Chinese man

The Chinese man was shot dead by police on Sunday night.

‘Brits abroad could face catastrophic consequences of Brexit, but I’m cautiously optimistic’
Italy

‘Brits abroad could face catastrophic consequences of Brexit, but I’m cautiously optimistic’

On Saturday, as EU leaders met in Rome to celebrate the bloc's 60th birthday, thousands of British citizens joined Marches for Europe across the continent, to show their support for the union.

Switzerland investigates Kurdish rally over ‘kill Erdogan’ banners
Switzerland

Switzerland investigates Kurdish rally over ‘kill Erdogan’ banners

Swiss and Turkish authorities have opened separate probes into protesters in Bern who called for the assassination of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Sweden boosts maternity care in new budget proposal
Sweden

Sweden boosts maternity care in new budget proposal

Concerns have been raised in recent years over Sweden's maternity care.

Big, bold and a bit bonkers: Norway’s large-scale sculptures
Norway

Big, bold and a bit bonkers: Norway’s large-scale sculptures

These unusual, larger-than-life attractions double up as fun selfie spots, says our travel editor Marie Peyre.

Scary pictures of Eddie Läck stretchered off ice after violent collision
Sweden

Scary pictures of Eddie Läck stretchered off ice after violent collision

Swedish goalie Eddie Läck ended up in hospital after being sent sprawling as the Detroit Red Wings' Andreas Athanasiou scored a game-winning goal with 3:01 left in overtime.

Learning the language: The perils of poor Swedish prawn-unciation
Sweden

Learning the language: The perils of poor Swedish prawn-unciation

Just when you think you've mastered Swedish, you open your mouth. Stockholm-based English teacher David Ashby describes the moment he realised his Swedish pronunciation scares small children.