Danish parliament rejects campaign to soften residence bill
Denmark

Danish parliament rejects campaign to soften residence bill

Denmark’s political parties rejected Thursday an amendment to a bill further tightening rules on permanent residency, despite a prolonged campaign by lobbyists.

Swiss spy ‘ran mole’ in German tax office: report

Swiss spy ‘ran mole’ in German tax office: report

A Swiss spy allegedly monitoring German finance officials who hunt cross-border tax cheats also ran a mole in a state finance ministry office, media reports said on Thursday.

Spanish court orders Barça’s Neymar to stand trial for corruption
Spain

Spanish court orders Barça’s Neymar to stand trial for corruption

Barcelona forward Neymar and his parents will stand trial over alleged corruption, making the Brazilian the latest football superstar to have to take the stand, a Spanish court ordered on Thursday.

Don’t give neo-Nazis space at annual politics week, Swedish parties urge
Sweden

Don’t give neo-Nazis space at annual politics week, Swedish parties urge

Sweden's parliamentary parties have urged the hosts of the annual Almedalen Week not to grant land to "anti-democratic and violence promoting organizations".

Unique music venues in Norway
Norway

Unique music venues in Norway

Fancy a concert in a listed property or a centuries-old fortress? A mausoleum or a snow amphitheatre, maybe? Norway is home to some very special music venues - our travel editor Marie Peyre rounds up some of the best.

France rejects rule forcing foreign builders to speak French
France

France rejects rule forcing foreign builders to speak French

The French government has rejected a regulation that forces foreign labourers in France to speak French.

Holocaust memorial stones at last allowed in Bavarian city
Germany

Holocaust memorial stones at last allowed in Bavarian city

The city of Augsburg has finally come to a compromise to allow the placement of Holocaust memorial blocks for victims, which have long been controversial for the local Jewish community.

Z6PO? How the French originally translated the names of Star Wars characters
France

Z6PO? How the French originally translated the names of Star Wars characters

May the 4th is Star Wars day ("May the Fourth be with you"). In its honour, here's how the Star Wars characters were given a French makeover for a French audience. Que la force soit avec toi.

Austria pushes EU to make it easier to extend border checks
Austria

Austria pushes EU to make it easier to extend border checks

Austrian ministers said on Thursday that they want to change the rules governing Europe's passport-free Schengen zone so they can extend border controls that expire later this year.

Why Sweden now has English and Arabic speaking digital doctors
Sweden

Why Sweden now has English and Arabic speaking digital doctors

A new digital doctor service offering appointments in English and Arabic hopes to provide healthcare fit for modern Sweden, its founder says.

At least 30 injured in warehouse blast in south of Madrid
Spain

At least 30 injured in warehouse blast in south of Madrid

At least 30 people were injured Thursday, three of them seriously, when an explosion hit a recycling plant for hazardous chemical waste near Madrid, forcing the evacuation of nearby schools, authorities said.

Architects in Italy can now use the profession’s female form – here’s why that matters
Italy

Architects in Italy can now use the profession’s female form – here’s why that matters

"Language is a factor that can help change patriarchal cultures."

VIDEO: Obama backs Macron ‘for the future of France’
France

VIDEO: Obama backs Macron ‘for the future of France’

A ringing endorsement for Emmanuel Macron from Barack Obama.

Online auctions 2017: design trends and insights from Barnebys

Online auctions 2017: design trends and insights from Barnebys

How has global demand for the most sought-after designers changed in last decade? A new report from leading art and auction search engine Barnebys reveals some surprising trends.

New evidence delays Danish Kundby girl terrorism case
Denmark

New evidence delays Danish Kundby girl terrorism case

The prosecution in the high-profile terrorism case of a 17-year-old Danish girl has broken standard procedure to ask for last-minute evidence to be presented before judgement.

Ford beats out VW for first time in years as Europe’s top car
Germany

Ford beats out VW for first time in years as Europe’s top car

For the first time since 2010, the VW Golf has lost its place as Europe’s best-selling car, dethroned by the Ford Fiesta.

Macron launches legal suit after Le Pen repeats ‘Bahamas bank account’ rumours
France

Macron launches legal suit after Le Pen repeats ‘Bahamas bank account’ rumours

French prosecutors have opened an investigation after Marine Le Pen repeated rumours that Emmanuel Macron had a hidden offshore bank account in the Bahamas during Wednesday night's live TV debate. Macron said her suggestion was "defamation".

Google agrees to pay Italy €306 million in taxes
Italy

Google agrees to pay Italy €306 million in taxes

The agreement ends a dispute which has dragged on for over a year.

Studying in Umeå: ‘It’s more than its coldness’
Sweden

Studying in Umeå: ‘It’s more than its coldness’

"To us, Umeå is more than just its coldness. Umeå is one of the fastest growing cities in Sweden..."

The Vatican has established full diplomatic relations with Myanmar
Italy

The Vatican has established full diplomatic relations with Myanmar

The Asian state will open an embassy at the Vatican.

Norwegian Statoil results far better than expected
Norway

Norwegian Statoil results far better than expected

Norwegian oil giant Statoil has announced results of $3.31 billion dollars for the first quarter of 2017, quadruple the profit for the same period last year.

Meet Manel Navarro: Spain’s Eurovision hopeful for 2017
Spain

Meet Manel Navarro: Spain’s Eurovision hopeful for 2017

Spain is hoping for a score above nul points in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest by presenting a youthful surfer dude who writes his own music and plays guitar.

The new French words we learned thanks to Macron and Le Pen’s verbal joust
France

The new French words we learned thanks to Macron and Le Pen’s verbal joust

It may have given French voters little, but the debate was an eye-opener for language learners.

Number of partridges, other birds have dropped by 80 percent: report
Germany

Number of partridges, other birds have dropped by 80 percent: report

Germany and Europe overall have seen a "dramatic" drop in bird populations since 1990, largely due to farming practices, according to new government figures.

How Amazon was convinced to come to Sweden
Sweden

How Amazon was convinced to come to Sweden

How was Amazon convinced to set up its first Nordic data centres just outside of Stockholm? The Local spoke to Sweden's enterprise minister and other key figures to find out.

Amazon brings online supermarket to Germany, stirring up worries for competition
Germany

Amazon brings online supermarket to Germany, stirring up worries for competition

Online retail giant Amazon launched its virtual supermarket, AmazonFresh, in Germany on Thursday, which could mean trouble ahead for its stiff competition.

Is this cow celebration Sweden’s weirdest tradition?
Sweden

Is this cow celebration Sweden’s weirdest tradition?

It's spring in Sweden, which means its 'kosläpp' time – the celebration of the first day of the year that cows are let loose after winter. The Local attended one in person.

21 photos that could only be taken in Italy
Italy

21 photos that could only be taken in Italy

These pictures will only make sense if you know and love Italy.

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France

How the unforgiving Twittersphere judged France’s brutal presidential debate

The best judges of the debate, or at least the most humourous, were on Twitter, as always.

Danish skydiver survives dramatic landing after getting tangled under aircraft
Denmark

Danish skydiver survives dramatic landing after getting tangled under aircraft

A parachute jump near Holstebro in West Jutland almost ended in disaster when the skydiver became caught underneath the aircraft.

Swiss-German canton pushes to banish French teaching from primary schools
Switzerland

Swiss-German canton pushes to banish French teaching from primary schools

The teaching of French at primary school level in German-speaking areas of Switzerland received a further blow this week as the Thurgau cantonal government voted to banish it from the timetable.

Italy gives go-ahead to self-defence law
Italy

Italy gives go-ahead to self-defence law

UPDATED: The bill will extend people's rights to self-defence, after a homicide charge against a man who fatally shot a robber sparked controversy across the country.

Belligerent Marine Le Pen fails to convince the French she should be president
France

Belligerent Marine Le Pen fails to convince the French she should be president

Marine Le Pen's constant aggression towards Emmanuel Macron (who was no means passive) was not the right way of showing the French she was ready to be the country's president.

Young women convicted for causing trauma in ‘killer clown prank’
Germany

Young women convicted for causing trauma in ‘killer clown prank’

In one of the first trials in Germany against so-called "killer clowns", two young women were convicted on Wednesday for aggravated bodily harm after they scared a mother late at night.

Why you should go to Zagreb this summer
Sweden

Why you should go to Zagreb this summer

Zagreb is a favourite summer getaway for sun-and-fun loving Swedes. But they're not alone. Here are 8 great summer events that will have you booking a ticket!

Spy arrested in Germany did work for Swiss intelligence: MP

Spy arrested in Germany did work for Swiss intelligence: MP

A Swiss MP has confirmed that the spy who was arrested in Germany last week was working for the Swiss federal intelligence service (FIS) at the time of his surveillance activities.

Reflections on the integration workshop
Sweden

Reflections on the integration workshop

Sweden has one of the largest immigration populations, and while it is incredibly welcoming, there are still things to consider. NFGL member Kyaw Zay Ya reflects on the recent workshops on this topic.

Offshore gas storage plant caused hundreds of mini earthquakes across Spanish coast
Spain

Offshore gas storage plant caused hundreds of mini earthquakes across Spanish coast

Spain will not reopen a giant underwater gas storage facility in the Mediterranean because of the risk that it could trigger earthquakes if it resumes operations.

Salām Sverige – Sweden’s newest podcast, by young refugees
Sweden

Salām Sverige – Sweden’s newest podcast, by young refugees

Taking the world of radio and the lives of young refugees by storm is Salām Sverige…

French presidential debate: The top quotes from Macron vs Le Pen
France

French presidential debate: The top quotes from Macron vs Le Pen

Here are the best quotes from the fiery evening.

Protests in Rome over street vendor’s death following police clampdown
Italy

Protests in Rome over street vendor’s death following police clampdown

Rome police denied any connection between the man's death and an operation targeting illegal selling.

Denmark to command Nato fleet in north Atlantic
Denmark

Denmark to command Nato fleet in north Atlantic

Russian military build-up in the region means that Danish presence in the Baltic Sea is increasingly necessary, says defence minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen.

Austria fails to grant visa in time for Kurdish journalist to receive award
Austria

Austria fails to grant visa in time for Kurdish journalist to receive award

A Kurdish journalist awarded an Austrian press freedom prize was unable to receive it in person after failing to obtain a visa, Austria's Concordia Press Club said on Wednesday.

Last Swiss winter was one of least snowy on record
Switzerland

Last Swiss winter was one of least snowy on record

But at least that meant fewer people lost their lives in avalanches.

Swedish soldiers injured in Mali mortar attack
Sweden

Swedish soldiers injured in Mali mortar attack

Several Swedish soldiers stationed in Mali as part of a UN peacekeeping mission have been injured in a mortar attack.

Why you should go to Zagreb this summer
Norway

Why you should go to Zagreb this summer

Zagreb is a favourite summer getaway for sun-and-fun loving Norwegians. But they're not alone. Here are 8 great summer events that will have you booking a ticket!

Roma icon Francesco Totti to retire at end of season
Italy

Roma icon Francesco Totti to retire at end of season

The club veteran will then take on a management role.

How a far-right ‘terror plot’ is rocking the German army
Germany

How a far-right ‘terror plot’ is rocking the German army

The bizarre case of a racist soldier allegedly plotting an attack while posing as a Syrian refugee and several abuse scandals have sparked a war of words between Germany's defence minister and the military.

Climbers gather for funeral of Ueli Steck at monastery in Nepal
Switzerland

Climbers gather for funeral of Ueli Steck at monastery in Nepal

The legendary Swiss climber was cremated on Thursday at a Buddhist monastery that lies in the shadow of Everest.

Swiss extend detention of Gambia’s Sonko over torture probe
Switzerland

Swiss extend detention of Gambia’s Sonko over torture probe

Switzerland said on Wednesday it has extended the detention of former Gambian interior minister Ousman Sonko after "progress" in a crimes against humanity probe.

10 incredible facts about the Teufelsberg spy station in Berlin
Germany

10 incredible facts about the Teufelsberg spy station in Berlin

New plans have been announced to redevelop the derelict spy station at Teufelsberg in Berlin. We look back at the bizarre and secretive history of the site.

The Local’s Swedish film of the month: My Life as a Dog
Sweden

The Local’s Swedish film of the month: My Life as a Dog

Film writer Peter Larkin reviews classic Academy Award-nominated Swedish movie My Life as a Dog, directed by Lasse Hallström.

As it happened: Macron and Le Pen repeatedly clash in final French election debate
France

As it happened: Macron and Le Pen repeatedly clash in final French election debate

French presidential candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen went head to head in a televised debate on Wednesday night. Here's what happened.

Le Pen and Macron trade insult after insult in fiery final French election debate
France

Le Pen and Macron trade insult after insult in fiery final French election debate

Who landed the biggest blows?