King Carl Gustaf’s guards are under attack – from aggressive birds
Sweden

King Carl Gustaf’s guards are under attack – from aggressive birds

The guards at the Drottningholm Palace, home to the Swedish royal family, are under attack from aggressive terns – and the court has applied for permission to shoot the protected seabirds.

80 years on from the Guernica bombing and Spain is still struggling to honour historical memory
Spain

80 years on from the Guernica bombing and Spain is still struggling to honour historical memory

Spain has specific laws on protecting historical memory, and yet some would rather forget about them altogether.

The Battle of Amiens: Macron jeered by Whirlpool workers after Le Pen’s publicity stunt
France

The Battle of Amiens: Macron jeered by Whirlpool workers after Le Pen’s publicity stunt

Emmanuel Macron spent an hour being harangued by angry workers in northern France on Wednesday and just about managed to calm them.

Norwegian rejection of Afghan family reunification linked to sharia law: report
Norway

Norwegian rejection of Afghan family reunification linked to sharia law: report

Norway’s immigration authorities have denied an Afghan family reunification due to a lack of documentation which has its roots on the Asian country’s civil law, which is partly derived from Islamic sharia.

Three women could face jail over giant plastic vagina protest
Spain

Three women could face jail over giant plastic vagina protest

Three women, who carried a giant plastic vagina through the streets of Seville as part of a feminist protest mimicking the Easter processions, could face jail after the action was deemed a “religious hate crime”.

Paris woman declared dead by paramedics… then brought back to life by police
France

Paris woman declared dead by paramedics… then brought back to life by police

An Easter miracle?

Sweden’s asylum seeker forecast on track for 2017
Sweden

Sweden’s asylum seeker forecast on track for 2017

Tightened border controls in Europe, the EU's treaty with Turkey and Sweden's temporary asylum law means the Swedish Migration Agency's forecast for 2017 is on target so far.

Norway opposition demands answers over Saudi Arabia women’s commission vote
Norway

Norway opposition demands answers over Saudi Arabia women’s commission vote

Norway’s opposition parties have asked in parliament that the government confirm whether it voted for Saudi Arabia’s inclusion in a UN women’s rights commission.

Two jihadists linked to Islamic State arrested in Spain
Spain

Two jihadists linked to Islamic State arrested in Spain

Spanish authorities said Wednesday that they had arrested an Egyptian suspected of facilitating the return of jihadists from Iraq and Syria and a Spaniard who allegedly recruited people for the Islamic State group.

Parts of Italy to be hit by a month’s worth of rain in just 48 hours
Italy

Parts of Italy to be hit by a month’s worth of rain in just 48 hours

What happened to spring, Italy?!

How a school shooting 15 years ago changed Germany
Germany

How a school shooting 15 years ago changed Germany

On April 26th 2002 a 19-year-old took a gun into a high school in the eastern German town of Erfurt and shot 16 people dead. The event was the first of its kind in Germany and the impact was immense.

No state rescue on the cards for Alitalia
Italy

No state rescue on the cards for Alitalia

Italy's national carrier will be sold to the "highest bidder" after staff rejected a rescue plan.

Texting behind the wheel: Soon illegal in Sweden, too?
Sweden

Texting behind the wheel: Soon illegal in Sweden, too?

While most people would probably agree that texting and driving is a bad idea, using a handheld mobile phone behind the wheel is still pretty much perfectly legal in Sweden. But that could soon be about to change.

From Siberia to China to Sweden: reflections from a sustainability researcher
Sweden

From Siberia to China to Sweden: reflections from a sustainability researcher

I am Ivan Monich, a sustainable tourism researcher from Siberia. My time in Sweden has been exciting, full of amazing moments and unexpected good surprises.

Swedes like Trump less than any other world leader
Sweden

Swedes like Trump less than any other world leader

US president Donald Trump is the Swedes' least favourite among international leaders, according to a new survey.

This is how Marine Le Pen could become the next president of France
France

This is how Marine Le Pen could become the next president of France

There is a way she could yet shock Europe. Complacency could be her Trump card.

Sweden boasts second place in press freedom ranking
Sweden

Sweden boasts second place in press freedom ranking

Sweden is the second-best country in the world for press freedom, in spite of an overall trend for declining media freedom in the 'post-truth' era.

Danish Vikings ‘may have made their own wine’
Denmark

Danish Vikings ‘may have made their own wine’

New research suggests the Vikings indulged in a bit of viticulture.

Culture shock: How the British health service just doesn’t really compare to France’s
France

Culture shock: How the British health service just doesn’t really compare to France’s

A Frenchwoman's (pretty negative) experience of the NHS.

Is the special relationship between Germany and Israel in trouble?
Germany

Is the special relationship between Germany and Israel in trouble?

After simmering for months, a crisis between Israel and Germany has erupted into the open, putting serious strain on a special relationship painstakingly built up after the Holocaust.

Germany claims it is finally bringing down large trade surplus
Germany

Germany claims it is finally bringing down large trade surplus

The German government upgraded its economic forecast for 2017 slightly Wednesday, saying that strong domestic consumption would increase growth and bring down its much-criticised trade surplus.

This is what Italy’s population will look like in 50 years
Italy

This is what Italy’s population will look like in 50 years

The number-crunchers at Italy's national statistics agency have published their predictions for how Italy's population will change over the next 50 years.

Swiss 50 franc note named ‘banknote of the year’
Switzerland

Swiss 50 franc note named ‘banknote of the year’

It beat new notes from the Maldives, Argentina and Scotland.

80 years on, Picasso’s powerful anti-war Guernica still resonates
Spain

80 years on, Picasso’s powerful anti-war Guernica still resonates

Exactly 80 years ago, in a crowded market square, the small Basque town of Guernica was bombed by Nazi aircraft at the behest of General Francisco Franco.

Munich men ‘dared colleague to jump into river then let him drown’
Germany

Munich men ‘dared colleague to jump into river then let him drown’

Three men in Munich went on trial on Tuesday for not offering help to a dying man. According to prosecutors, they dared him to jump into the Isar river, then watched him drown.

Top ten expat complaints to their Swedish partners
Sweden

Top ten expat complaints to their Swedish partners

From ketchup to driving skills, when The Local once asked what expats complain about most to their Swedish partners, the responses were mixed.

Two dead after crash on Italy-Austria rail line

Two dead after crash on Italy-Austria rail line

The accident temporarily closed part of Italy's main rail line to Austria.

French police arrest ten suspects ‘for arming Paris terrorists’
France

French police arrest ten suspects ‘for arming Paris terrorists’

Anti-terror police have taken ten people into custody in a series of raids in France and Belgium, according to reports.

Spain’s gag law slammed in press freedom report
Spain

Spain’s gag law slammed in press freedom report

The restrictive 'gag law' is a threat to press freedom in Spain, warned Reporters Without Borders in its annual report on the state of the media across the world.

March tops April’s warmest day in Denmark for first time in 44 years
Denmark

March tops April’s warmest day in Denmark for first time in 44 years

A rare weather phenomenon has seen Danes shivering in a wintery April after a spring-like March.

Report: Swiss rents set to fall in 2017
Switzerland

Report: Swiss rents set to fall in 2017

Good news for apartment-hunters.

Seven little-known German museums with brilliant ideas
Germany

Seven little-known German museums with brilliant ideas

You've probably never heard of them, but these are arguably some of Germany's best museums.

Five Star Movement leader is a ‘threat’ to press freedom in Italy: Reporters Without Borders
Italy

Five Star Movement leader is a ‘threat’ to press freedom in Italy: Reporters Without Borders

The Reporters Without Borders organization pointed the finger at Five Star Movement leader Beppe Grillo for 'outing' journalists he personally dislikes.

This Italian celebrated his 96th birthday by jumping out of a plane
Italy

This Italian celebrated his 96th birthday by jumping out of a plane

"As soon as he touched the ground, he said he would have done it again immediately."

Here’s why Germany still lags behind Scandinavia on press freedom
Germany

Here’s why Germany still lags behind Scandinavia on press freedom

Germany stagnated in rankings of the world’s media released by Reporters Without Borders (RWB) on Wednesday, while the report claimed global media freedom in the ‘post-truth’ era is more threatened than ever.

Far right French mayor fined for ‘too many Muslim children in schools’ comments
France

Far right French mayor fined for ‘too many Muslim children in schools’ comments

A far-right French mayor has been fined for comments that include a claim the number of Muslim students in his city was a "problem".

Lost Velazquez painting fetches €8 million in Madrid
Spain

Lost Velazquez painting fetches €8 million in Madrid

A painting that had been in the same family for generations and was only recently credited to Spain's famed artist Diego Velazquez was sold in Madrid for €8 million.

Switzerland maintains press freedoms in ‘post-truth’ era
Switzerland

Switzerland maintains press freedoms in ‘post-truth’ era

But the global situation has deteriorated.

Car drove 15 km wrong way on Øresund bridge without crashing
Denmark

Car drove 15 km wrong way on Øresund bridge without crashing

A car drove around 15 kilometres in the wrong direction on the Øresund crossing between Sweden and Denmark before it was stopped by police.

Meet the locals: An interview with Tomasz Furmanek
Norway

Meet the locals: An interview with Tomasz Furmanek

His kayaking pictures have gone viral, and inspired many to go paddling in Norway. Our travel editor Marie Peyre interviewed Bergen resident and Norway enthusiast Tomasz Furmanek to talk kayak, photography and of course travel.

Pope Francis heads to Egypt to boost ties with Muslim community
Italy

Pope Francis heads to Egypt to boost ties with Muslim community

Egypt is home to the Middle East's largest Christian community.

Humiliated Fillon left to face the music and Penelopegate
France

Humiliated Fillon left to face the music and Penelopegate

Out of the presidential race and back to the fake jobs scandal...

Car drove 15 km wrong way on Öresund bridge without crashing
Sweden

Car drove 15 km wrong way on Öresund bridge without crashing

A car drove around 15 kilometres in the wrong direction on the Öresund crossing between Sweden and Denmark before it was stopped by police.

Things you didn’t know about Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron
France

Things you didn’t know about Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron

There are only two candidates left for the French presidency: Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron. Here are some things you probably didn't know about them both.

Linz puts Hitler’s gift back on display in ‘active effort at remembrance’
Austria

Linz puts Hitler’s gift back on display in ‘active effort at remembrance’

The Austrian city of Linz, where Adolf Hitler spent several years as a teenager, will once again display an Aphrodite sculpture offered by the Führer after keeping it in storage for years.

Swedes worry about climate change and terrorism but not about war: poll
Sweden

Swedes worry about climate change and terrorism but not about war: poll

A new poll has asked Swedes what they worry about the most.