‘What is France?’: How Le Pen and Macron see their country very differently
France

‘What is France?’: How Le Pen and Macron see their country very differently

A look at the campaign speeches and interviews of Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron reveals they have very different notions for what France is.

French election: Jaded villagers in rural France turn to the far right as election looms
France

French election: Jaded villagers in rural France turn to the far right as election looms

Outside of France's big cities, many villagers are fed up with the political establishment and will be voting for the far right on Sunday.

Majority of minorities in Norway support Labour: report
Norway

Majority of minorities in Norway support Labour: report

Nearly 60 percent of immigrants with Asian, African of Latin American backgrounds vote for the Norwegian Labour Party, according to Statistics Norway.

Manchester United to visit Norway in pre-season
Norway

Manchester United to visit Norway in pre-season

Manchester United will travel to Norway as part of their 2017-18 pre-season tour, the Premier League giants announced on Wednesday.

‘Love locks’ to go under the hammer in Paris charity auction
France

‘Love locks’ to go under the hammer in Paris charity auction

Amorous couples, here's your chance to own a piece of the world's most romantic city: Paris is selling off the "love locks" that lovebirds attached to the city's bridges before officials cracked down on the practice.

Seven marvellous things to do in May in Spain
Spain

Seven marvellous things to do in May in Spain

With longer and warmer days, May is the month when Spaniards take to the streets to throw fiesta after fiesta.

German scientists to identify Nazi disabled victim remains
Germany

German scientists to identify Nazi disabled victim remains

A German network of leading science institutes will begin identifying thousands of brain specimens belonging to people killed by the Nazis because they suffered from a disability or were ill.

Google Maps error sends hundreds of tourists to quiet Norwegian village
Norway

Google Maps error sends hundreds of tourists to quiet Norwegian village

An error in Google Maps has sent hundreds of tourists on a narrow, winding detour that ends in the village of Fossmork.

These are the 10 ‘best’ cities in France to buy a property
France

These are the 10 ‘best’ cities in France to buy a property

Here are the smartest options if you're looking to buy a property in France, according to a new survey.

Israel summons Swedish ambassador over support of UNESCO resolution
Sweden

Israel summons Swedish ambassador over support of UNESCO resolution

The resolution, passed on Tuesday at the UN's Paris headquarters denounced actions taken by "Israel… to alter the character and status of the holy city of Jerusalem".

Police probe whether woman was stabbed to death for converting to Christianity
Germany

Police probe whether woman was stabbed to death for converting to Christianity

German police said Wednesday they were examining if there was a religious motive in an Afghan asylum-seeker's fatal stabbing of a compatriot, who had converted from Islam to Christianity.

Lazy Spanish 23-year-old told to get a job after suing parents for allowance
Spain

Lazy Spanish 23-year-old told to get a job after suing parents for allowance

It is a ruling that will strike fear in the hearts of grown up kids across Spain. A 23-year-old from northern Spain, who sued her parents after they refused to keep supporting her financially, lost her case because a judge ruled she was “too lazy to earn a living”.

Sweden’s ID checks were ‘not fun’: Danish PM Rasmussen
Sweden

Sweden’s ID checks were ‘not fun’: Danish PM Rasmussen

"Swedish ID checks have set the whole of the Öresund region back," the Danish PM said.

Italy will start taking bids for Alitalia in next two weeks
Italy

Italy will start taking bids for Alitalia in next two weeks

Anyone want to buy an airline?

OPINION: Why an afternoon at Starbucks shows the best of Danish multiculturalism
Denmark

OPINION: Why an afternoon at Starbucks shows the best of Danish multiculturalism

Is it really so bad to drink latte at Starbucks? The Local’s guest columnist Laura Maria Kjær argues that we are fortunate to live in a multicultural world – something we have done for longer than many think – and that life would be empty without it.

Could the live TV clash between Macron and Le Pen change the race?
France

Could the live TV clash between Macron and Le Pen change the race?

Can tonight's live TV arguing contest swing the election in Marine Le Pen's favour?

Jura’s separatist struggle: Why one Swiss village may vote to quit its canton
Switzerland

Jura’s separatist struggle: Why one Swiss village may vote to quit its canton

This Sunday the people of Moutier will vote on whether to remain in the canton of Bern or leave it to join the canton of Jura instead. Here's why.

Trial of coach accused of assaulting boys begins in Sweden
Sweden

Trial of coach accused of assaulting boys begins in Sweden

The 41-year-old is accused of 100 counts of crimes against a dozen teenage boys.

Sweden’s ID checks were ‘not fun’: Danish PM Rasmussen
Denmark

Sweden’s ID checks were ‘not fun’: Danish PM Rasmussen

Denmark’s prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen says that he is glad Sweden has decided to scrap ID checks on Øresund crossings between the two Scandinavian countries.

Switzerland faces ‘heightened’ terror threat in uncertain Europe
Switzerland

Switzerland faces ‘heightened’ terror threat in uncertain Europe

“The question isn’t if an attack will take place in Switzerland, but when,” said the Swiss defence minister in a press conference on Tuesday.

What will happen if Marine Le Pen is elected French president?
France

What will happen if Marine Le Pen is elected French president?

A look into the crystal ball to see what might happen in those first few months?

Tomb of Rome’s first emperor to be restored in €10 million project
Italy

Tomb of Rome’s first emperor to be restored in €10 million project

After decades of neglect, one of Rome's most significant monuments prepares to open once again to the public after a multi-million-euro restoration project.

Socks in sandals: Germans mock government ideals for immigrant integration
Germany

Socks in sandals: Germans mock government ideals for immigrant integration

The Interior Minister has come under fire for his statements explaining what Germany's 'Leitkultur', or "guiding culture", should be amid discussions of immigration and integration. Here's a taste of how his critics have responded.

Spain demands Brexit brings end to Gibraltar’s ‘unfair competition’
Spain

Spain demands Brexit brings end to Gibraltar’s ‘unfair competition’

A leaked report on Spain’s position regarding Brexit negotiations has revealed that Spain will demand an end to Gibraltar’s ‘privileged position’ that has “in practice turned it into a tax haven”.

Struggling Ericsson has credit rating slashed to ‘junk’
Sweden

Struggling Ericsson has credit rating slashed to ‘junk’

Leading ratings agency Moody's has slashed Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson's credit rating to the "non-investment" grade, also known as "junk".

Denmark makes deal to export millions of sausages to China
Denmark

Denmark makes deal to export millions of sausages to China

Denmark will on Wednesday announce a series of new bilateral agreements with China at a ceremony in Beijing, where Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen is currently on an official visit.

Austrian Greens teach women to pee standing up
Austria

Austrian Greens teach women to pee standing up

A local section of the Green Party in Lower Austria has invited women to a breakfast meeting where they will learn how to pee standing up.

Swiss study aims to dispel clichés about expat life
Switzerland

Swiss study aims to dispel clichés about expat life

Do you agree with this vision of expat living?

Assisted suicide does not violate right to life, Milan prosecutors rule
Italy

Assisted suicide does not violate right to life, Milan prosecutors rule

What's more, the court ruled that an activist had helped an Italian "exercise his right to human dignity" by accompanying him abroad to undergo assisted suicide.

In pictures: Seville celebrates sumptuous April Fair
Spain

In pictures: Seville celebrates sumptuous April Fair

The Feria d’Abril, the biggest event of the year in the southern Spanish city of Seville, is being celebrated this week, and the scenes are sumptuous.

Macron vs Le Pen: All you need to know about tonight’s live TV election debate
France

Macron vs Le Pen: All you need to know about tonight’s live TV election debate

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen square off on Wednesday night in a live televised debate - just four days before the election. Here's what you need to know.

Fillon claims ‘fake jobs’ newspaper report influenced result of France’s election
France

Fillon claims ‘fake jobs’ newspaper report influenced result of France’s election

French prosecutors are probing claims by failed conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon that a report about his "fake jobs" scandal had a direct impact on the election, sources said Tuesday.

Ronaldo hat-trick leaves Real Madrid on verge of Champions League final
Spain

Ronaldo hat-trick leaves Real Madrid on verge of Champions League final

Cristiano Ronaldo proved Atletico Madrid's Champions League destroyer once more with a hat-trick as Real Madrid took a commanding 3-0 semi-final, first leg lead on Tuesday.

Berlin ‘Good Bye Lenin!’ showing brings GDR back to life
Germany

Berlin ‘Good Bye Lenin!’ showing brings GDR back to life

Tucked behind 10-storey tower blocks in the heart of Berlin stands an imposing metal gate marked "Border zone, restricted area", guarded by a stern-looking Stasi officer.

Burundi princess wins Swiss court battle over late king’s remains
Switzerland

Burundi princess wins Swiss court battle over late king’s remains

The remains of Burundi's deposed king Mwambutsa IV, who died 40 years ago, will stay in Switzerland.

Germany asks Swiss envoy to clarify suspected spy case

Germany asks Swiss envoy to clarify suspected spy case

Berlin on Tuesday asked the Swiss ambassador to clarify the case of an alleged Swiss spy suspected of monitoring German finance investigators who pursue cross-border tax cheats.

Man dragged by S-Bahn train for 50 metres with hand stuck in door
Germany

Man dragged by S-Bahn train for 50 metres with hand stuck in door

A man's painful attempt to catch an S-Bahn train in Berlin is perhaps a cautionary tale for frequent public transit chasers.

Police order dozens of migrants to move from Milan station
Italy

Police order dozens of migrants to move from Milan station

Dozens of migrants were on Tuesday ordered by police to leave a square by Milan's train station where they had been camping out for months.

Merkel rebukes Putin on gay rights in frosty Sochi meet
Germany

Merkel rebukes Putin on gay rights in frosty Sochi meet

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Vladimir Putin insisted Tuesday that there was no alternative to a stalled Ukraine peace plan as they struggled to mask deep rifts during a first meeting in Russia since 2015.

Assange asks Sweden to drop arrest warrant now US has expressed intent
Sweden

Assange asks Sweden to drop arrest warrant now US has expressed intent

Assange should no longer be remanded in custody by Sweden 'in absentia' now that the US has openly expressed a desire to arrest him, according to the Australian's lawyer.

These are the Stockholm design gems you have to see

These are the Stockholm design gems you have to see

Scandinavian design, famous for its simplicity and quirky elegance, is taking the world by storm - we explore the capital to find out more.

AIK fined over transfer of Swedish wonderkid Isak to Dortmund
Sweden

AIK fined over transfer of Swedish wonderkid Isak to Dortmund

Stockholm club AIK have been fined for breaching FIFA transfer rules banning payments to agents for under-age players.

From giant beetles to a mini harbour: 11 of Stockholm’s best playgrounds
Sweden

From giant beetles to a mini harbour: 11 of Stockholm’s best playgrounds

From a miniature village to a world of giant stag beetles and mushrooms, here are eleven of the capital's best playgrounds that are guaranteed to keep the kids happy.