Denmark ‘potentially most affected’ by Brexit: PM
Denmark

Denmark ‘potentially most affected’ by Brexit: PM

The leaders of the Netherlands, Ireland and Denmark stressed the need for "unity" Friday as the three northern European countries seek to minimise the impact of Britain's divorce from the EU.

UK ambassador: we want to guarantee rights of Brits in Germany ASAP
Germany

UK ambassador: we want to guarantee rights of Brits in Germany ASAP

On Friday The Local exchanged emails with British Ambassador to Germany Sir Sebastian Wood about future ties between the UK and Germany, and concerns of Brits in the Bundesrepublik over Brexit.

Violent and sexual crimes rose, break-ins fell in 2016: media reports
Germany

Violent and sexual crimes rose, break-ins fell in 2016: media reports

German media reported this week that government figures to be released on Monday will show increases in violent and sexual crimes, as well as that the the number of break-ins dropped for the first time in a decade.

What impact will Champs-Elysées terror shooting have on the French election?
France

What impact will Champs-Elysées terror shooting have on the French election?

As expected Marine Le Pen blames previous governments for another terror attack.

Marine Le Pen accused of ‘exploiting’ Champs-Elysées attack
France

Marine Le Pen accused of ‘exploiting’ Champs-Elysées attack

Le Pen blasts previous governments and is accused of trying to gain votes of the back of the Champs-Elysées police killing.

Neo-Nazis to attend iconic Swedish political festival
Sweden

Neo-Nazis to attend iconic Swedish political festival

A Nazi organization is set to attend Sweden's annual political festival for the first time.

Local Norwegian choir behind ‘Frozen’ soundtrack set for global album launch
Norway

Local Norwegian choir behind ‘Frozen’ soundtrack set for global album launch

They inspired one of the biggest films in box office history, and now the women of Cantus – the Norwegian choir who sang the opening track to Disney’s animated hit 'Frozen' – are releasing their first album.

France’s biggest offshore wind farm gets the go-ahead
France

France’s biggest offshore wind farm gets the go-ahead

French authorities have authorised plans for France’s largest offshore wind farm. The company behind the project, Ailes Marines, will build off the coast of Brittany and has set the construction date for 2020.

More than 1,000 migrants have died en route to Italy this year
Italy

More than 1,000 migrants have died en route to Italy this year

Around 100 migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean according to shipwreck survivors, raising the death toll for the perilous crossing to Italy to over 1,000 victims in 2017, the UN's refugee agency said on Friday.

The mobile Berlin brewery made out of shipping containers
Germany

The mobile Berlin brewery made out of shipping containers

Part pop-up, part up-cycling, this new brewery in the German capital is using some of the city's most distinct traits of reuse and re-purposing to create something new.

French winemakers come up with spectacular show to beat the frost
France

French winemakers come up with spectacular show to beat the frost

This week's cold spell nearly devastated vineyards in Burgundy and Champagne, and has posed a severe threat to the annual harvest, winegrowers warn.

Sex, lies and spies in the Vatican: Vatileaks scandal to become a TV drama
Italy

Sex, lies and spies in the Vatican: Vatileaks scandal to become a TV drama

The Vatileaks trial rocked the Catholic church with the revelations of salacious details including secret meetings, corruption, and sex at the heart of the Vatican.

Ikea’s cheeky response to the Balenciaga bag that looks suspiciously like another bag
Sweden

Ikea’s cheeky response to the Balenciaga bag that looks suspiciously like another bag

Ikea does not seem to mind the attention it has received after Balenciaga launched a new high-fashion tote bag seemingly inspired by the furniture giant's iconic crinkly blue bag.

‘In a refugee home, right and wrong don’t always go hand in hand with the law’
Italy

‘In a refugee home, right and wrong don’t always go hand in hand with the law’

Swiss actress Katja Meier came to Italy to pick olives, and ended up running a refugee home. She tells The Local how the experience shaped her views on the migration crisis, and why the real challenges in working at a refugee home weren't the ones you might expect.

Champs-Elysées: An ode to the world’s most famous avenue
France

Champs-Elysées: An ode to the world’s most famous avenue

The Champs Elysees, scene of the fatal shooting of a police officer Thursday night, is the beating historic heart of Paris, its elegance and prestige earning it the sobriquet of "the most beautiful avenue in the world".

Champs-Elysées gunman: An unstable criminal who ‘hated French police’
France

Champs-Elysées gunman: An unstable criminal who ‘hated French police’

Here's what we know about the Champs-Elysées gunman.

Sadly, tourists will again ask themselves if it’s safe to visit Paris
France

Sadly, tourists will again ask themselves if it’s safe to visit Paris

Will tourist figures take another plunge? Or will visitors be defiant as they were on Friday morning?

French police mourn Xavier, another colleague killed in the name of terrorism
France

French police mourn Xavier, another colleague killed in the name of terrorism

The shooting of a French police officer on the Champs-Elysées has once again left France's forces of law and order in mourning. Here's what we know about the victim who has been named as Xavier Jugélé.

OPINION: My humbling journey into a surprising Scandinavian life
Denmark

OPINION: My humbling journey into a surprising Scandinavian life

Integration is a two-way street, even if cultural appropriation isn’t, argues The Local’s guest columnist Judy Wanjiku Jørgensen, who moved to Denmark from Kenya in 2013.

Malmö fire was not terrorism: court
Sweden

Malmö fire was not terrorism: court

A fire started at a Malmö Islamic community centre did not constitute an act of terrorism, a Swedish district court has ruled.

Austria arrests 26 leaders of a group that rejects the country’s laws
Austria

Austria arrests 26 leaders of a group that rejects the country’s laws

Austrian police arrested 26 people on Thursday in nationwide raids targeting what the government said is a growing and potentially dangerous problem of people refusing to recognise the state's authority.

Italian version of Mein Kampf ‘can help us avoid making the same mistakes again’
Italy

Italian version of Mein Kampf ‘can help us avoid making the same mistakes again’

A new version of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf published in Italy this week is not merely a historical study, but a "political work which can help us avoid making the same mistakes again", its editor told The Local.

Tourists name baby daughter after Swiss mountain village
Switzerland

Tourists name baby daughter after Swiss mountain village

A couple from America have given their newborn daughter the middle name Murren after the Swiss mountain village where they believe she may have been conceived.

Norway’s reindeer at risk from Arctic hot spell
Norway

Norway’s reindeer at risk from Arctic hot spell

Winter temperatures in Norway's Lapland could rise dramatically this century, with potentially devastating consequences for the region's reindeer and the indigenous Sami people who make their living herding them.

Chancellery investigated in hunt for WikiLeaks sources: reports
Germany

Chancellery investigated in hunt for WikiLeaks sources: reports

German media reported on Thursday that Angela Merkel's Chancellery has been included in an ongoing investigation into a recent WikiLeaks release of confidential documents.

Spain bumps up its growth forecast as tourism and exports thrive
Spain

Spain bumps up its growth forecast as tourism and exports thrive

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday lifted his government's economic growth forecast for 2017 to 2.7 percent from 2.5 percent due to a stronger than expected performance in the start of the year.

Here’s when spring will return to Sweden
Sweden

Here’s when spring will return to Sweden

It's been an unusually cold April in Sweden, but don't despair: there's light on the horizon.

Trump says Italy is ‘key partner’, but contradicts Gentiloni on Libya
Italy

Trump says Italy is ‘key partner’, but contradicts Gentiloni on Libya

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni spoke about terrorism, North Korea, and the Pope during a joint press conference with US President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday - the first time the two leaders have met.

Stuffed frogs and sewing machines: Switzerland’s strangest museums
Switzerland

Stuffed frogs and sewing machines: Switzerland’s strangest museums

These places are definitely out of the ordinary.

Thai court sentences Spanish man to death for grisly murder
Spain

Thai court sentences Spanish man to death for grisly murder

A Thai court sentenced a Spanish man to death on Friday for the grisly murder of a fellow Spaniard whose dismembered body parts were discovered in Bangkok's main river last year.

This ancient reptile patrolled the river beds of the Spanish Pyrenees, scientists believe
Spain

This ancient reptile patrolled the river beds of the Spanish Pyrenees, scientists believe

Scientists have discovered a fossilised footprint from about 247 to 248 million years ago in the Pyrenees mountains in Spain which they believe was made by a previously unknown species of reptile.

Two northern Italian regions to hold referendums on autonomy this year
Italy

Two northern Italian regions to hold referendums on autonomy this year

Two of Italy's wealthiest regions, Lombardy and Veneto, have announced plans for referendums aimed at obtaining greater independence.

Teenage Danish terror suspect: Isis was ‘exciting’
Denmark

Teenage Danish terror suspect: Isis was ‘exciting’

The 17-year-old girl accused of planning terror attacks against two schools in Denmark said during her trial that she found Islamic State ‘exciting’.

Controversial Swiss bishop set to retire
Switzerland

Controversial Swiss bishop set to retire

Vitus Huonder has previously provoked controversy with his comments about homosexuality.

New suspect hunted by France turned himself in to Belgian police
France

New suspect hunted by France turned himself in to Belgian police

A second suspect has turned himself over to Belgian police, after France was alerted about a potential accomplice to Thursday night's attack.

Berlin postcard finally arrives at destination – 53 years later
Germany

Berlin postcard finally arrives at destination – 53 years later

If you've ever complained about old-fashioned snail mail, this story may just give you another reason to stick to more modern communication methods.

Italian prosecutors call for Costa Concordia shipwreck captain to be jailed
Italy

Italian prosecutors call for Costa Concordia shipwreck captain to be jailed

Italian prosecutors called on the country's highest court on Thursday to drive home a guilty verdict against Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that sank in 2012 leaving 32 people dead.

Mobile phones can cause tumours, Italian court rules
Italy

Mobile phones can cause tumours, Italian court rules

"For the first time in the world, a court has recognized a causal link between inappropriate use of a mobile phone and a brain tumour."

Police arrest man for ‘bombing Borussia Dortmund bus for money’
Germany

Police arrest man for ‘bombing Borussia Dortmund bus for money’

Police commandos on Friday arrested a German-Russian suspect behind a bomb attack on Borussia Dortmund's team bus, prosecutors said, indicating the motive was financial and not terror-related.

Swedish personal data and ID documents being sold online: report
Sweden

Swedish personal data and ID documents being sold online: report

Swedish personal identity numbers and ID documents are being sold and rented out online via Russian-language forums in Sweden, according to a report by Sveriges Radio's Ekot.

Champs Elysées terror shooting sees shoppers, diners and tourists flee in panic
France

Champs Elysées terror shooting sees shoppers, diners and tourists flee in panic

Thursday evening's terrorist attack on the famous Champs Elysées took place at time when the famous boulevard and surrounding streets were packed with shoppers, diners and tourists.

‘I didn’t consider anywhere else’: studying at top culinary school Ferrandi Paris

‘I didn’t consider anywhere else’: studying at top culinary school Ferrandi Paris

A career in the culinary world is a pipe dream for many. But for those with the passion and determination to make it a reality, Ferrandi Paris is a clear choice.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic injury mars Man Utd’s Europa progress
Sweden

Zlatan Ibrahimovic injury mars Man Utd’s Europa progress

The Swede's right knee bent the wrong way after landing from an aerial challenge against Anderlecht.

Sweden summons Russia envoy over reports of Chechnya anti-gay violence
Sweden

Sweden summons Russia envoy over reports of Chechnya anti-gay violence

Sweden's foreign ministry has summoned Russia's ambassador for talks following reports of a brutal campaign against gay men by authorities in Chechnya.

Recipe: How to make Swedish wild garlic soup
Sweden

Recipe: How to make Swedish wild garlic soup

This recipe for wild garlic soup from food writer John Duxbury is the perfect way to make use of an underrated Swedish spring crop.