France’s feuding Socialist party left facing the end of the road
France

France’s feuding Socialist party left facing the end of the road

Some wounds just can't be healed.

This is how much you should earn for your age in Germany
Germany

This is how much you should earn for your age in Germany

Ever wondered how much people your age in Germany earn? A new graph released by Statista breaks down pay for professionals and business leaders throughout their working life.

Brexit sparks surge in Brits applying for Spanish citizenship
Spain

Brexit sparks surge in Brits applying for Spanish citizenship

The number of British residents applying for Spanish nationality has grown by 431 percent since the referendum on Brexit in June last year.

G7 culture ministers gather in Florence
Italy

G7 culture ministers gather in Florence

Culture ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) industrialised countries gathered in Florence on Thursday for two days of talks aimed at "putting cultural diplomacy on the agenda."

Norwegian Muslims plan replacement Islamic council
Norway

Norwegian Muslims plan replacement Islamic council

30,000 Norwegian Muslims could change membership to a new umbrella organisation set up to replace the controversy-hit Islamic Council Norway.

‘This is not Sweden’: reflections on the situation in Eastern Europe
Sweden

‘This is not Sweden’: reflections on the situation in Eastern Europe

IN MY VOICE: NFGL member Tony Snizhko shares his musings on the protests and events happening in Eastern Europe as a result of corruption, and how being in Sweden has given her hope for the future.

Gothenburg celebrates becoming a city of one million
Sweden

Gothenburg celebrates becoming a city of one million

The population of Sweden's second city has now reached one million, and its growth isn't a coincidence.

Where in France do drivers get the worst deal?
France

Where in France do drivers get the worst deal?

... and which is the priciest?

AfD leader Petry considers walking away from politics
Germany

AfD leader Petry considers walking away from politics

Frauke Petry has become the face of a growing far-right movement in Germany. But only months before a national election, she is considering quitting.

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France

How French motorists drive you crazy

The Local's readers share their ideas for how France should crack down on its rogue motorists (not to mention those rogue British drivers...).

Vatican confirms Pope’s Ireland visit
Italy

Vatican confirms Pope’s Ireland visit

Pope Francis plans to visit Ireland in August next year, the Vatican confirmed on Thursday, four months after Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny announced what will be a landmark trip.

Rating agencies cleared in Italian manipulation trial
Italy

Rating agencies cleared in Italian manipulation trial

Top managers at the financial rating agencies Standard and Poor's and Fitch were acquitted on Thursday of market manipulation charges brought after they cut Italy's credit ratings in 2011 and 2012.

Austria warns Turkish minority of crackdown risk in Turkey
Austria

Austria warns Turkish minority of crackdown risk in Turkey

Austria has warned its large Turkish minority about travelling to Turkey after a number were apparently caught up in a crackdown against suspected opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Norway authorities prepare for ‘mass slaughter’ of reindeer
Norway

Norway authorities prepare for ‘mass slaughter’ of reindeer

Norway’s minister for agriculture and food Jon Georg Dale has called for the Food Safety Authority to brace itself to cull thousands of reindeer after evidence of the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease was confirmed by experts.

Viral German supermarket ad reveals ‘true’ origins of Easter Bunny
Germany

Viral German supermarket ad reveals ‘true’ origins of Easter Bunny

How on earth did humans come up with the idea of a bunny laying eggs for a Christian holiday? This viral German advert has a compelling theory.

French people are less xenophobic but still wary of Islam
France

French people are less xenophobic but still wary of Islam

Despite jihadist terror attacks and the refugee crisis, tolerance towards minorities in France is actually on the up and racist incidents are falling, but there is still a lot of work to do.

Record numbers switch off to mark Earth Hour in Sweden
Sweden

Record numbers switch off to mark Earth Hour in Sweden

87 percent of Sweden's municipalities switched off their lights to mark the WWF's Earth Hour and raise awareness about climate change.

Piaggio shares drop amid fears Trump could slap tariffs on Vespas
Italy

Piaggio shares drop amid fears Trump could slap tariffs on Vespas

Another Italian brand on the hit-list is San Pellegrino mineral water.

Near record temperatures on Friday mean ‘it’s time to grill’
Germany

Near record temperatures on Friday mean ‘it’s time to grill’

One meteorologist says that with highs between 20C and 25C on Friday across the country, it may already be time to fire up the grill.

‘A true story of love and espionage in WWII Sweden’
Sweden

‘A true story of love and espionage in WWII Sweden’

In a guest blog for The Local, American author Pat DiGeorge explains how she retraced the mysterious activities of her parents in wartime Stockholm.

Palma de Mallorca wants to ban tourist apartment summer rentals
Spain

Palma de Mallorca wants to ban tourist apartment summer rentals

Authorities in Palma have announced moves to ban apartment holiday lets in the city from June in a bid to curb a practice that is pricing out local residents.

Hollande says no trade deal before Brexit as May pens letter to France
France

Hollande says no trade deal before Brexit as May pens letter to France

Hollande however does not have long left in charge of France.

Munich taxi driver jailed for driving over pedestrian – twice
Germany

Munich taxi driver jailed for driving over pedestrian – twice

A taxi driver in the Bavarian capital was sentenced to five years in jail on Wednesday for attempted manslaughter, after he "used his vehicle as a weapon" against a pedestrian.

Oh no, not the prosecco! Brits will have to pay more for favourite Italian tipple
Italy

Oh no, not the prosecco! Brits will have to pay more for favourite Italian tipple

Italian producers of sparkling wine are also hugely reliant on the British market, where sales surged by 33 percent in 2016, bringing them over €600,000 in revenues.

‘Report pizzerias where Danish isn’t spoken’: integration minister
Denmark

‘Report pizzerias where Danish isn’t spoken’: integration minister

Denmark’s integration minister Inger Støjberg says that citizens should contact authorities if they witness “many people walking around in the back, not speaking Danish at all” in pizzerias.

New photo project will show Trump what really happened ‘last night in Sweden’
Sweden

New photo project will show Trump what really happened ‘last night in Sweden’

"This is the perfect tool for anyone who wants to contradict lies about Sweden. Just put this book in the hands of the people who are saying these things."

IN PICS: Mario Botta inaugurates latest creation in Switzerland
Switzerland

IN PICS: Mario Botta inaugurates latest creation in Switzerland

The Swiss architect's ‘stone flower’ restaurant opened on the summit of Monte Generoso in the canton of Ticino on Wednesday.

Why Emmanuel Macron faces a huge problem if he becomes French president
France

Why Emmanuel Macron faces a huge problem if he becomes French president

How will Macron be able to run the country?

VIDEO: Two drown after being swept into the sea by giant wave in Tenerife
Spain

VIDEO: Two drown after being swept into the sea by giant wave in Tenerife

A man and a woman drowned after being swept out to sea by a powerful wave while bathing at a natural swimming pool on the Canary Island of Tenerife on Wednesday.

Another Swiss train derails a week after Lucerne incident
Switzerland

Another Swiss train derails a week after Lucerne incident

A regional train derailed just outside Bern station on Wednesday afternoon, the second such incident in a week.

Two German firms interested in building Trump’s border wall
Germany

Two German firms interested in building Trump’s border wall

The Mexico border wall was one of the most controversial elements of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, but that hasn't stopped two German companies from registering an interest in building it.

Danish PM: ‘First and foremost I want a good meeting’ with Trump
Denmark

Danish PM: ‘First and foremost I want a good meeting’ with Trump

Denmark’s prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen said that reinforcing good relations with the United States will be a priority as he meets President Donald Trump Thursday.

The British expat couple bringing an historic train station back to life
Germany

The British expat couple bringing an historic train station back to life

An English couple has taken on the ambitious task of bringing back to life a century-old east German train station that has been left largely abandoned for more than 20 years.

How will the Brexit negotiations affect Switzerland?
Switzerland

How will the Brexit negotiations affect Switzerland?

That’s the question preoccupying the Swiss media this week as Britain on Wednesday finally kickstarted the two-year Article 50 process of leaving the EU.

Swedish fashion giant H&M launches new upmarket brand
Sweden

Swedish fashion giant H&M launches new upmarket brand

The new "ARKET" stores will include Nordic kitchen-inspired coffee shops.

Frenchman handed jail sentence after wife finds him sexually assaulting a chicken
France

Frenchman handed jail sentence after wife finds him sexually assaulting a chicken

Fowl play in Normandy.

Domino’s Pizza to start robot delivery in Germany
Germany

Domino’s Pizza to start robot delivery in Germany

The American pizza chain is about to launch its first deliveries via robot for its customers in Germany - no tipping required.

Italian police foil plot to blow up Rialto Bridge in Venice
Italy

Italian police foil plot to blow up Rialto Bridge in Venice

Three men from Kosovo and an unidentified minor have been arrested in Venice on suspicion of plotting to blow up the city's celebrated Rialto Bridge, Italian police said on Thursday.

Spain to host southern EU leaders Brexit meeting in April
Spain

Spain to host southern EU leaders Brexit meeting in April

Spain will host a gathering of southern European Union nations on April 10th to discuss Britain's negotiations to leave the bloc.

Russia ‘actively interfering’ with French elections, warns US senator
France

Russia ‘actively interfering’ with French elections, warns US senator

"The Russians are actively involved in the French elections," he said.

Denmark to apply for relocated London EU agency: minister
Denmark

Denmark to apply for relocated London EU agency: minister

Denmark will apply for the European Medicines Agency - currently based in London - to be relocated to Copenhagen following Brexit, foreign minister Anders Samuelsen confirmed.

German reporter held in Turkey appeals for release
Germany

German reporter held in Turkey appeals for release

Lawyers for a German-Turkish journalist detained by Ankara on terrorism-related charges have lodged an appeal for his release with Turkey's highest court, his employer said on Wednesday.

Man dies after Stockholm City Hall car crash
Sweden

Man dies after Stockholm City Hall car crash

A man has been killed after a car crashed into Stockholm's City Hall during the early hours of Thursday morning.

Did the Cannes film festival airbrush this actress’s thighs to make them thinner?
France

Did the Cannes film festival airbrush this actress’s thighs to make them thinner?

This photo has been getting a hostile reaction in France.

Theresa May says Sweden an ‘important partner’ for post-Brexit Britain
Sweden

Theresa May says Sweden an ‘important partner’ for post-Brexit Britain

The British prime minister said she valued the friendship between the two countries.

‘Do your research!’: tips on applying for residence in Sweden
Sweden

‘Do your research!’: tips on applying for residence in Sweden

American Kevin Buckley explains his experience of applying to become a Swedish resident after moving from the USA.