French workers fear their poor English is harming their career chances
France

French workers fear their poor English is harming their career chances

One in three French workers feel their lack of English has cost them job opportunities, a survey has found.

Warmer weather finally coming to Norway as May begins
Norway

Warmer weather finally coming to Norway as May begins

The cold spring just got a bit better.

French media slam Le Pen lockout while Macron bans Russian news sites
France

French media slam Le Pen lockout while Macron bans Russian news sites

French journalists are being denied access to Marine Le Pen and Russian media have been barred by Macron - and neither are taking it lying down.

This is officially Sweden’s best city for students
Sweden

This is officially Sweden’s best city for students

Is it Lund or Uppsala? Stockholm or Gothenburg, perhaps? Nope...

Govt could block Turks from voting in Germany on death penalty
Germany

Govt could block Turks from voting in Germany on death penalty

If Turkey decides to hold a referendum on reinstating the death penalty, Germany could legally block Turks within its borders from voting, according to an official government assessment.

What’s on in France? Ten top things to do in May
France

What’s on in France? Ten top things to do in May

With all those public holidays in May you'll need to get some of these events in your diary.

The comeback kid: Matteo Renzi hot favourite to lead his party again
Italy

The comeback kid: Matteo Renzi hot favourite to lead his party again

Former prime minister Matteo Renzi is widely expected to regain leadership of Italy's Democratic Party (PD) in a vote set for Sunday.

Young men drive over Egyptian student then mock her as she lies dying, witnesses say
Germany

Young men drive over Egyptian student then mock her as she lies dying, witnesses say

In a case of shocking heartlessness, two men in eastern Germany are accused of racially abusing a young Egyptian woman moments after their friend drove over her. Three days later, the woman died of her injuries.

Italy claims to break up Berlin terror cell linked to Christmas market attacker
Germany

Italy claims to break up Berlin terror cell linked to Christmas market attacker

Italian police said Friday they had helped their German counterparts neutralise a Berlin-based Islamist terror cell with links to Christmas market attack suspect Anis Amri.

France’s wartime past intrudes into presidential election race
France

France’s wartime past intrudes into presidential election race

Marine Le Pen is scrambling to stamp out a controversy over Holocaust remarks while Emmanuel Macron visited the site of a Nazi massacre.

Scooter-sharing: Rome unveils fleet of scooters for rent
Italy

Scooter-sharing: Rome unveils fleet of scooters for rent

Finally, you can see Rome as the Romans do.

From Vikings to Bedouins: Six Swedes driving Innovation in the Middle East
Sweden

From Vikings to Bedouins: Six Swedes driving Innovation in the Middle East

Stockholm has been labelled as the 'Unicorn Factory'. Find out why!

Madrid on ‘high risk’ security alert for European derby
Spain

Madrid on ‘high risk’ security alert for European derby

More than 2,000 security officers will oversee Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final, first leg with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Rome’s costumed ‘gladiators’ are now allowed back to tourist spots
Italy

Rome’s costumed ‘gladiators’ are now allowed back to tourist spots

Costumed 'gladiators' will be allowed to return to Rome's major tourist spots after a regional court overturned a ban put in place by city authorities.

New Danish immigration law could lead to discrimination: experts
Denmark

New Danish immigration law could lead to discrimination: experts

Denmark’s government wants to make it easier for high-earning foreign-based Danes to move to the country with spouses.

Spain notches up steady economic growth
Spain

Spain notches up steady economic growth

Spain's economy grew at a steady pace in the first quarter, official figures showed Friday, as the country continues to recover from a damaging crisis marked by sky-high unemployment.

Everything you need to know about the Swedish murder case that’s stranger than fiction
Sweden

Everything you need to know about the Swedish murder case that’s stranger than fiction

Fraud, forgery, bribery, threats, drowning and stabbings: The Local picks apart the new allegations from a complicated Swedish murder case.

In pictures: Get a sneak peek of Stockholm’s Viking museum
Sweden

In pictures: Get a sneak peek of Stockholm’s Viking museum

"We will crush the myths about the Vikings."

Paris gives green light to mass rollerblading rallies after lifting ban
France

Paris gives green light to mass rollerblading rallies after lifting ban

And they'll be out en masse on Friday night.

Germany urges EU not to break off Turkey accession talks
Germany

Germany urges EU not to break off Turkey accession talks

Germany on Friday urged fellow EU nations not to end membership talks with Turkey despite deep misgivings over its rights record because the country is key to European interests.

Italy expels terror suspect linked to Berlin truck attacker
Italy

Italy expels terror suspect linked to Berlin truck attacker

UPDATED: Italian police said on Friday they had helped their German counterparts neutralize a Berlin-based Islamist terror cell with links to Christmas market attack suspect Anis Amri.

Erdogan opponents ‘monitored’ by embassy in Denmark: report
Denmark

Erdogan opponents ‘monitored’ by embassy in Denmark: report

An advisor at the Turkish embassy in Copenhagen has confirmed that it collected information on suspected supporters of the Gülen movement based in Denmark.

Young people demand Switzerland rejoin Erasmus
Switzerland

Young people demand Switzerland rejoin Erasmus

The youth arms of several Swiss political parties are petitioning the government to resume negotiations for Switzerland to rejoin the Erasmus+ student exchange programme.

Ebola nurse loses lawsuit against Spanish authorities over ‘execution’ of pet dog Excalibur
Spain

Ebola nurse loses lawsuit against Spanish authorities over ‘execution’ of pet dog Excalibur

The Madrid nurse who became the first person outside West Africa to contract ebola has been denied compensation for the "execution" of her pet dog.

‘Totally insensitive’: Israel fires back at Germany over cancelled meeting
Germany

‘Totally insensitive’: Israel fires back at Germany over cancelled meeting

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Bild newspaper on Friday that German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel was "totally insensitive" to meet rights groups on a recent trip to Israel.

Airlines to overturn two-person cockpit rule, two years after Germanwings crash
Germany

Airlines to overturn two-person cockpit rule, two years after Germanwings crash

German airlines now say they no longer need a rule created for security purposes after a co-pilot deliberately crashed a Germanwings flight while alone in the cockpit in 2015, killing all 150 people on board.

France’s defiant abstainers: ‘I won’t be an accomplice to this disaster’
France

France’s defiant abstainers: ‘I won’t be an accomplice to this disaster’

Defiant abstainers tell The Local why they will refuse to heed the many calls to block Marine Le Pen’s path to the presidency.

Venice introduces radical measures to crack down on tourist numbers
Italy

Venice introduces radical measures to crack down on tourist numbers

Venice's city council on Thursday passed a set of measures aimed at reducing tourist numbers in the northern city's most popular areas.

Swiss removes rule requiring two people in cockpit at all times
Switzerland

Swiss removes rule requiring two people in cockpit at all times

The rule was adopted after the Germanwings tragedy in 2015.

Spaniard born and raised in Switzerland faces deportation

Spaniard born and raised in Switzerland faces deportation

A 55-year-old Spaniard who was born in Switzerland and has lived in the alpine country all his life is at risk of being deported after failing to change his criminal behaviour.

Onlookers abroad titillated by age gap between Macron and his wife
France

Onlookers abroad titillated by age gap between Macron and his wife

French people may have shrugged it off, but the age gap is making headlines abroad.

Acting National Front chief steps down amid accusations of Holocaust denial
France

Acting National Front chief steps down amid accusations of Holocaust denial

Embarrassment for the National Front on Friday after its acting president steps down for alleged comments he made about the gas chambers.

Two alleged jihadists arrested in Barcelona admit being at Brussels airport during attack
Spain

Two alleged jihadists arrested in Barcelona admit being at Brussels airport during attack

Two suspected jihadists arrested in Spain have admitted being in Brussels airport at the time of the deadly March 2016 attack but deny involvement.

Danish, EU parliaments agree on Europol deal
Denmark

Danish, EU parliaments agree on Europol deal

The Danish and EU parliaments both voted Thursday for a special agreement that will allow the Scandinavian nation continued participation in the EU's international policing organisation Europol.

Swedish local politician dies from Stockholm terror attack injuries
Sweden

Swedish local politician dies from Stockholm terror attack injuries

The number of people killed in the April 7th Stockholm terror attack has risen to five after a woman who was a local politician in western Sweden died in hospital.

German parliament passes partial burqa ban for officers, soldiers
Germany

German parliament passes partial burqa ban for officers, soldiers

German lawmakers on Thursday approved a partial ban on the full-face burqa Islamic veil and a package of security measures aimed at preventing extremist attacks.

Central Italy shakes again with series of quakes up to 4.1 magnitude
Italy

Central Italy shakes again with series of quakes up to 4.1 magnitude

A series of earthquakes rocked Italy's central region on Thursday evening, the most powerful measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale.

‘Pilgrim of peace’ Pope Francis heads to Egypt
Italy

‘Pilgrim of peace’ Pope Francis heads to Egypt

The visit is aimed at fostering reconciliation with the Muslim world against the backdrop of recent jihadist attacks on the Middle East's biggest Christian community.

Italy prosecutors call for Mafia Capitale boss to be jailed
Italy

Italy prosecutors call for Mafia Capitale boss to be jailed

Prosecutors on Thursday requested a 28-year prison term for a one-eyed, far-right extremist who was the alleged kingpin of a mafia gang that preyed on Rome's City Hall.

Litter levels rising in many Swedish towns and cities: survey
Sweden

Litter levels rising in many Swedish towns and cities: survey

One billion cigarette butts are tossed on the street every year, according to Keep Sweden Tidy.

UBS announces big leap in profits
Switzerland

UBS announces big leap in profits

Swiss banking giant UBS said Friday that it booked "very strong first-quarter results", driven largely by its investment banking and wealth management activities.

Tour de Romandie stage shortened due to snow
Switzerland

Tour de Romandie stage shortened due to snow

Switzerland's Stefan Kung battled wintry conditions to claim Thursday's shortened second stage.

Girl snatched in Cyprus, sparking manhunt for Norwegian father
Norway

Girl snatched in Cyprus, sparking manhunt for Norwegian father

Cyprus police said on Friday they have made four arrests in connection with the abduction of a four-year-old girl from outside a nursery school as they pressed a widening search.

Football fans attack Swedish police in ‘violent riot’
Sweden

Football fans attack Swedish police in ‘violent riot’

More than two dozen football supporters attacked police after a home game in Norrköping.

Recipe: How to make Swedish cloudberry soufflé
Sweden

Recipe: How to make Swedish cloudberry soufflé

The best dessert ever?