Chinese carmaker Geely to be largest shareholder of Denmark’s Saxo bank
Denmark

Chinese carmaker Geely to be largest shareholder of Denmark’s Saxo bank

Danish bank Saxo said on Friday that Chinese carmaker Geely, the owner of Volvo, would become its largest shareholder by buying around 30 percent of its capital.

Solar plane aiming for stratosphere makes test flight
Switzerland

Solar plane aiming for stratosphere makes test flight

The first solar plane aimed at reaching the stratosphere made an initial low-altitude test flight over Switzerland on Friday.

14 standout moments of the historic 2017 French presidential election campaign
France

14 standout moments of the historic 2017 French presidential election campaign

How many of these do you remember?

10 incredible facts about Schleswig-Holstein, ‘the land between two seas’
Germany

10 incredible facts about Schleswig-Holstein, ‘the land between two seas’

On Sunday the state of Schleswig-Holstein will hit the voting booths for the local election, with polling predicting that the Social Democrats (SPD) could lose their power. How much do you know about Germany's northern-most state?

What’s with all the red? The explanation for Sweden’s colourful cottages
Sweden

What’s with all the red? The explanation for Sweden’s colourful cottages

Ever notice how common it is to see bright red buildings in Sweden? The explanation is an ingenious Swedish use of what others would discard as a by-product.

50,000 in Hanover prep for second biggest post-war bomb defusal
Germany

50,000 in Hanover prep for second biggest post-war bomb defusal

About one-tenth of Hanover’s population will be evacuated from their homes on Sunday as officials work to defuse multiple Second World War bombs - the second biggest operation in post-war German history.

French police find weapons near army base where ‘radicalized ex-soldier’ arrested
France

French police find weapons near army base where ‘radicalized ex-soldier’ arrested

French counter terror police investigating to see whether ex-soldier was plotting to attack a Normandy army base.

How Le Pen can (mathematically) still beat Macron, according to a French physicist
France

How Le Pen can (mathematically) still beat Macron, according to a French physicist

Mathematically it is possible, claims one French physicist who has done the maths.

Austria’s Hofer blasts French presidential favourite but expects his ally Le Pen to lose
Austria

Austria’s Hofer blasts French presidential favourite but expects his ally Le Pen to lose

Austria's defeated far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer has predicted that Marine Le Pen will suffer a similar fate in French elections on Sunday, while attacking Emmanuel Macron as "insecure".

7 events not to be missed in Germany this May
Germany

7 events not to be missed in Germany this May

May is going to bring you jazz, a city beach, and lots of green sauce.

Macron vs Le Pen: A look at whose side everyone is on (and who is on the fence)
France

Macron vs Le Pen: A look at whose side everyone is on (and who is on the fence)

People have come out in support of Macron and Le Pen both in France and abroad, while others remain firmly on the fence. Here's a breakdown of who's in whose camp.

Why France’s Muslim voters are not all panicking about a Le Pen victory
France

Why France’s Muslim voters are not all panicking about a Le Pen victory

Marine Le Pen, who wants to ban the Islamic headscarf, could still pull off a shock election win but that doesn't mean France's Muslim voters are all panicking over the far-right, National Front candidate taking power.

2016 saw a surge in neo-Nazi activity in Sweden: here’s why
Sweden

2016 saw a surge in neo-Nazi activity in Sweden: here’s why

2016 was a record year for neo-Nazi groups in Sweden, with over 3,000 activities carried out by them according to Swedish anti-racism foundation Expo.

Deaths and rescues continue in the Med as rescuers fight accusations of trafficking links
Italy

Deaths and rescues continue in the Med as rescuers fight accusations of trafficking links

"There's never a 'too soon' when you speak of rescues."

Are Parisians panicking about the possibility of Le Pen in power?
France

Are Parisians panicking about the possibility of Le Pen in power?

Parisians don't much like Marine Le Pen and they won't rest easy until Sunday night.

Norway wealth fund drops Indian group over environment concerns
Norway

Norway wealth fund drops Indian group over environment concerns

Norway's sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, has taken Indian industrial giant Bharat Heavy Electricals out of its investment portfolio due to environmental concerns, the Norwegian central bank said on Friday.

Magazine must pay Schumacher €50,000 for claiming he could walk
Germany

Magazine must pay Schumacher €50,000 for claiming he could walk

The German magazine Bunte was ordered Friday to pay €50,000 in damages plus legal fees to Michael Schumacher for claiming the former five-time Formula One world champion could walk again.

Ash clouds, roadworks, and riot fears: G7 preparations cause turmoil in Sicilian hilltop town
Italy

Ash clouds, roadworks, and riot fears: G7 preparations cause turmoil in Sicilian hilltop town

"The town looks like its been bombed. It's pure madness. They are ruining the place."

Recipe: How to make a Swedish rhubarb crumble
Sweden

Recipe: How to make a Swedish rhubarb crumble

A classic Swedish rhubarb crumble, rounded with vanilla sauce or ice cream - what more do you need?

The changing face of the Mediterranean migrant crisis
Italy

The changing face of the Mediterranean migrant crisis

From waves of dinghies setting off from Libya to the appearance of privately-funded rescue ships, the face of the migration crisis in the Mediterranean has changed greatly over the past few years.

Elite runners attempt ‘impossible’ sub-two-hour marathon in Italy
Italy

Elite runners attempt ‘impossible’ sub-two-hour marathon in Italy

Can they do it? Experts are divided.

Le Pen jeered on final day of bruising campaign as Macron extends poll lead
France

Le Pen jeered on final day of bruising campaign as Macron extends poll lead

Marine Le Pen is given hostile welcome on final campaign trip.

Smoke clouds visible from Rome after rubbish depot blaze
Italy

Smoke clouds visible from Rome after rubbish depot blaze

Emergency services evacuated schools and advised residents to keep windows closed on Friday as smoke billowed from a large fire at a waste depot south of Rome.

The forgotten story of Sweden’s Chilean refugees
Sweden

The forgotten story of Sweden’s Chilean refugees

"When people ask me which group is best integrated in Sweden I say the Chileans."

Drones capture stunning images of rare whales in the Med
Spain

Drones capture stunning images of rare whales in the Med

Scientists are using drone technology to track and record endangered marine mammals in the Mediterranean.

Italy measles cases rise fivefold as vaccination argument turns political
Italy

Italy measles cases rise fivefold as vaccination argument turns political

Measles cases rose more than fivefold across Italy in April compared to the same month last year, according to National Health Institute figures which were released as the debate over the growing anti-vaccine movement heated up.

Problems afoot as Berlin plans to make central thoroughfare car-free
Germany

Problems afoot as Berlin plans to make central thoroughfare car-free

Berlin's local lawmakers have agreed to a plan to make the famous Unter den Linden street car-free, but not everyone is on board with the city's vision.

The average Italian won’t leave home until age 30
Italy

The average Italian won’t leave home until age 30

Italian men move out from home particularly late, typically waiting until 31.3 years old...

Greenpeace stage Eiffel Tower demo urging French voters to ‘resist’ Le Pen
France

Greenpeace stage Eiffel Tower demo urging French voters to ‘resist’ Le Pen

Greenpeace activists on Friday hung a giant banner saying "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity" and "#resist" from the Eiffel Tower in Paris in protest over the programme of far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.

Five Swiss folk festivals you just have to visit this summer
Switzerland

Five Swiss folk festivals you just have to visit this summer

Alphorn competitions, flag-waving, stone-throwing... it's all going on in Switzerland this summer.

Wolves walked 500 kilometres to return to Denmark
Denmark

Wolves walked 500 kilometres to return to Denmark

At least five wolves, including one female, travelled over 500 kilometres to return to Denmark for the first time in two centuries, a zoologist who has obtained DNA evidence said on Thursday.

Swiss train drivers to get chocolate as reward for being precise
Switzerland

Swiss train drivers to get chocolate as reward for being precise

The new project aims to ease pressure on station platforms and increase punctuality.

This is where Emmanuel Macron hopes to celebrate his election win on Sunday night
France

This is where Emmanuel Macron hopes to celebrate his election win on Sunday night

Centrist Macron hopes to celebrate in central Paris.

French election: Nervous Brussels ‘crosses fingers’ for Macron
France

French election: Nervous Brussels ‘crosses fingers’ for Macron

The EU has its money on Macron.

133 flights cancelled due to lightning danger at Frankfurt airport
Germany

133 flights cancelled due to lightning danger at Frankfurt airport

Officials at Frankfurt airport on Thursday were forced to cancel 133 flights due to strong rain and concerns about lightning strikes.

South African visual artist wins top Spanish arts prize
Spain

South African visual artist wins top Spanish arts prize

South African visual artist William Kentridge, best known for his animated films of shape-shifting charcoal drawings, won on Thursday Spain's top arts prize, the Princess of Asturias award.

Narcos in southern Spain grow increasingly brazen
Spain

Narcos in southern Spain grow increasingly brazen

Attacks on police, unloading drugs in broad daylight... Drug traffickers in southern Spain are operating in an increasingly brazen manner that has authorities worried.

Disgruntled French voters urged to stay away from polling stations until 5pm
France

Disgruntled French voters urged to stay away from polling stations until 5pm

A petition urging the French to vote late on Sunday has gathered tens of thousands of signatures. Emmanuel Macron could be in for a shock.

Locals consider naming part of Eiger mountain after Ueli Steck
Switzerland

Locals consider naming part of Eiger mountain after Ueli Steck

Would this be a fitting tribute to the late climber?

Italian cyclists suspended for doping on eve of Giro d’Italia
Italy

Italian cyclists suspended for doping on eve of Giro d’Italia

Italians Stefano Pirazzi and Nicola Ruffoni tested positive to a banned growth hormone.

Sweden needs more police officers, union says
Sweden

Sweden needs more police officers, union says

A lack of adequate staff numbers is preventing more crimes from being solved, accordng to the Swedish Police Union (Polisförbundet).

The future of flying: inspired by nature

The future of flying: inspired by nature

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s...kind of both.

German ‘refugee’ soldier case lays bare asylum chaos
Germany

German ‘refugee’ soldier case lays bare asylum chaos

The bizarre case of a German soldier who registered as a Syrian refugee has exposed failings in Germany's handling of a mass influx of over a million asylum-seekers since 2015.

Italy’s PM hails migrant rescuers amid probe into trafficking links
Italy

Italy’s PM hails migrant rescuers amid probe into trafficking links

Prime Minister shrugged off a prosecutor's claim that some NGOs carrying out rescue missions are colluding with people traffickers.

Donald Trump sets a date to meet the pope
Italy

Donald Trump sets a date to meet the pope

The leaders will meet in late May, despite months of barbed exchanges via social media.

Spain probes Swiss banking executives over alleged money laundering

Spain probes Swiss banking executives over alleged money laundering

Seven former executives of HSBC's private Swiss bank are under investigation by a Spanish court.

France rejects ‘intersex’ option on official documents
France

France rejects ‘intersex’ option on official documents

Intersex people born in France cannot hold official documents identifying them as gender neutral, the country's highest appeals court ruled Thursday.

‘Flawless’ diamond and Liz Taylor’s jewels under the hammer in Geneva
Switzerland

‘Flawless’ diamond and Liz Taylor’s jewels under the hammer in Geneva

The largest ever "flawless" heart-shaped diamond to appear at auction will go under the hammer at Christie's sale of precious jewels in Geneva this month, and is expected to fetch up to $20 million.

Guidetti: We can come back against Man United and reach Stockholm final
Sweden

Guidetti: We can come back against Man United and reach Stockholm final

"We won 2-1 at the Bernabeu this year and they are almost in the Champions League final."

Russell Howard: ‘Brexit gave legitimacy to rabid nationalism’

Russell Howard: ‘Brexit gave legitimacy to rabid nationalism’

Ahead of a run of Scandinavian tour dates, British comedian Russell Howard speaks to The Local about his thoughts on the world, the Nordics, Brexit and getting angrier.