Denmark revokes 334-year-old blasphemy law
Denmark

Denmark revokes 334-year-old blasphemy law

Danish lawmakers on Friday repealed a centuries-old blasphemy law which forbid public insults of a religion, such as the burning of holy books like the Qur'an, cementing the country's attachment to freedom of expression.

Denmark announces investment in international green partnerships
Denmark

Denmark announces investment in international green partnerships

Denmark's foreign ministry announced Friday that it will invest 115 million kroner ($17 million) in a series of energy partnerships with China, Mexico, Vietnam and South Africa.

Moderate leader ditches party heavyweight as crisis rages
Sweden

Moderate leader ditches party heavyweight as crisis rages

Anna Kinberg Batra, leader of the Moderates, is replacing one of the party's most prominent figures amid an internal crisis in the centre-right opposition party.

7 unmissable events in Germany this June
Germany

7 unmissable events in Germany this June

The sun is shining, so this month there are lots of outdoor festivities to help you make the most of the glorious weather.

New opinion polls will cheer Macron in his quest for key parliamentary majority
France

New opinion polls will cheer Macron in his quest for key parliamentary majority

President Emmanuel Macron's new Republique en Marche party has stretched its lead in polls for this month's crucial parliamentary elections, according to a survey Friday.

Germany’s best beaches – The Local’s ultimate guide
Germany

Germany’s best beaches – The Local’s ultimate guide

While southern Germany is all about idyllic lakes, the north means white sands stretching as far as the eye can see. These ten beaches are perfect summer getaways.

French astronaut returns to earth after 200 days… and will find France has changed a little
France

French astronaut returns to earth after 200 days… and will find France has changed a little

What changes will the spaceman find on his return to France?

The Local’s Swedish film of the month: Zozo
Sweden

The Local’s Swedish film of the month: Zozo

Film writer Peter Larkin reviews Josef Fares' Zozo (2005).

The small political parties that risk obliteration under Italy’s new electoral law
Italy

The small political parties that risk obliteration under Italy’s new electoral law

Italy's four major parties have agreed on a new electoral law for the country, which would introduce a rule meaning that only parties receiving more than five percent of the vote would be represented in parliament.

Video-enabled Snapchat glasses drop into Berlin for popup event
Germany

Video-enabled Snapchat glasses drop into Berlin for popup event

The company behind Snapchat launched their camera-enabled Spectacles in Berlin on Friday through a bright yellow, popup vending machine.

Danish People’s Party votes against new citizenships
Denmark

Danish People’s Party votes against new citizenships

Denmark’s nationalist Danish People’s Party will vote against granting any citizenships to applicants for the foreseeable future – even if they fulfil criteria the party helped to set.

German youth football team rallies behind ‘star players’ facing deportation
Germany

German youth football team rallies behind ‘star players’ facing deportation

When some of their best players received a deportation notice to return to Afghanistan, a boys' football team in Hesse decided to step up to help them stay with their newfound "family".

Trump’s climate agreement withdrawal ‘deeply regrettable’: Swedish Deputy PM
Sweden

Trump’s climate agreement withdrawal ‘deeply regrettable’: Swedish Deputy PM

Sweden's Deputy PM Isabella Lövin, who famously once trolled Donald Trump, reacts with disappointment to his announcement that the US is withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement.

Norwegian Scandinavian Star inquest finds no evidence of sabotage in fire that killed 159 people
Norway

Norwegian Scandinavian Star inquest finds no evidence of sabotage in fire that killed 159 people

A Norwegian parliament investigation commission has concluded that there is no evidence of sabotage or financially motivated arson in the Scandinavian Star ferry fire.

How an anti-Islam speech in Austria is causing Geert Wilders legal grief
Austria

How an anti-Islam speech in Austria is causing Geert Wilders legal grief

Dutch investigators are probing firebrand MP Geert Wilders over alleged inflammatory remarks about Islam made in a speech in Austria two years ago, prosecutors said on Friday.

Spaniard accused over Instagram snap of photoshopped Christ
Spain

Spaniard accused over Instagram snap of photoshopped Christ

A 23-year-old man from Jaen has become the latest Spaniard to fall foul of religious authorities after angering them by posting a photoshopped image of his own face on a revered statue of Christ.

Summer is here now, right? Think again. Northern Sweden just had snow – in June!
Sweden

Summer is here now, right? Think again. Northern Sweden just had snow – in June!

June 1st means summer, right? Oh wait – this is Sweden after all. Bring on the snow and hail!

German parliament passes law ending child marriage
Germany

German parliament passes law ending child marriage

The German parliament passed a law ending child marriage late on Thursday night, officially raising the marriageable age to 18.

Germany ‘certain’ Trump would honour NATO pledges
Germany

Germany ‘certain’ Trump would honour NATO pledges

The German and French defence ministers said on Thursday they were certain about the US commitment to NATO despite President Donald Trump's recent failure to publicly endorse its collective defence pledge.

IN PICTURES: France as seen from space through the unique lens of an astronaut
France

IN PICTURES: France as seen from space through the unique lens of an astronaut

Here's a look at France from a different angle - through the lens of a French astronaut in space.

Valais businessman seeks to trademark Trump word ‘covfefe’
Switzerland

Valais businessman seeks to trademark Trump word ‘covfefe’

A Swiss businessman is seeking to protect the rights to the word “covfefe” coined by US President Trump.

Civil Guard pilgrimage conga provokes storm in Spain
Spain

Civil Guard pilgrimage conga provokes storm in Spain

A bizarre video showing Civil Guard officers dancing a conga to “Que Viva España” on their way to the holy shrine at Lourdes has gone viral.

‘Earth to Trump – f**k you!’: How Germany reacted to Trump’s climate pact withdrawal
Germany

‘Earth to Trump – f**k you!’: How Germany reacted to Trump’s climate pact withdrawal

Germans had some creative ways of expressing their disapproval of the US President’s decision to pull out of an international agreement to fight climate change.

‘Our children should learn how to take the metro and queue’: Prince Daniel
Sweden

‘Our children should learn how to take the metro and queue’: Prince Daniel

Prince Daniel, the gym owner who married the Crown Princess, is celebrating seven years as a member of the Swedish royal family, but wants his children to learn how to use public transport just like everyone else.

Fire under control after smoke clouds visible from Vatican cause panic
Italy

Fire under control after smoke clouds visible from Vatican cause panic

The fire department on Friday said the fire was "under control".

French president’s trolling of Donald Trump delights the French AND Americans
France

French president’s trolling of Donald Trump delights the French AND Americans

Emmanuel Macron's chiding of Donald Trump has impressed the Twittersphere and the press on both sides of the Atlantic.

Switzerland lambasts US over climate accord decision
Switzerland

Switzerland lambasts US over climate accord decision

Swiss President Doris Leuthard regrets the United States’ decision to pull out of the Paris Accord.

All-electric ferry to navigate Norway fjords
Norway

All-electric ferry to navigate Norway fjords

An all-electric, emission-free ferry will navigate through Norway's famously stunning fjords from April 2018, the shipowner announced on Thursday.

Did Denmark’s immigration minister knowingly break the law with illegal directive?
Denmark

Did Denmark’s immigration minister knowingly break the law with illegal directive?

Danish immigration minister Inger Støjberg was grilled by opposition MPs in a parliamentary consultation on Thursday over an illegal order to separate asylum seeking couples.

Venice wants to ban new hotels from opening in its historic centre
Italy

Venice wants to ban new hotels from opening in its historic centre

The mayor's office has given the green light to a ban on new hotels and B&B's in the ancient lagoon city.

British Airways company launches low-cost trans-Atlantic airline in Barcelona
Spain

British Airways company launches low-cost trans-Atlantic airline in Barcelona

IAG, the parent group of British Airways and Spain's Iberia, on Thursday launched its new long-haul, low-cost airline Level with a flight from Barcelona to Los Angeles as it joined a growing trend of cheap, long-distance carriers.

Mountain village lifts photography ban after media storm
Switzerland

Mountain village lifts photography ban after media storm

The commune of Bergün/Bravuogn is repealing a two-day ban on photography.

VIDEO: ‘Make our planet great again’ – Macron rebukes Trump (in English) for ditching Paris climate deal
France

VIDEO: ‘Make our planet great again’ – Macron rebukes Trump (in English) for ditching Paris climate deal

Macron gives TV address in English so Trump and Americans get the message.

Six years after opening, Juventus’ new stadium finally has a name
Italy

Six years after opening, Juventus’ new stadium finally has a name

Six years after its inauguration, Champions League finalists Juventus's home stadium in Turin has finally been given a name: the Allianz Stadium.

24,000 Audis in Europe have emission-cheating gear, Germany finds
Germany

24,000 Audis in Europe have emission-cheating gear, Germany finds

German authorities have found emissions-cheating devices on 24,000 Audi vehicles in Europe, including some 14,000 cars in Germany, transport minister Alexander Dobrindt said on Thursday.

How Americans can move to France (and stay here)
France

How Americans can move to France (and stay here)

Whether you're nurturing a long-held dream or just planning to flee the country, here is everything you need to know about moving to France as an American.

Spain’s top anti-graft prosecutor quits over Panama link
Spain

Spain’s top anti-graft prosecutor quits over Panama link

Spain's top anti-corruption prosecutor resigned on Thursday as he faced mounting pressure over revelations he held a stake in an offshore company in Panama, a tax haven.

Finance minister makes new bid to reform company tax
Switzerland

Finance minister makes new bid to reform company tax

Finance Minister Ueli Maurer has presented his plan B for a new corporate tax.

Being the ‘too much’ family in ‘just enough’ Sweden
Sweden

Being the ‘too much’ family in ‘just enough’ Sweden

Being an international family in 'lagom' Sweden has its challenges, writes Victoria Martínez in her monthly family column.

‘A backwards step’: Italy criticizes US climate decision
Italy

‘A backwards step’: Italy criticizes US climate decision

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni joined other world leaders on Thursday in criticizing US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.

Spotify founder denies plans to enter the stock market
Sweden

Spotify founder denies plans to enter the stock market

A Spotify founder has denied rumours the world's most famous music startup is planning to go public on the stock exchange – but was later corrected by the company's own PR firm.

RECIPE: All you need this summer is this Swedish fish dish
Sweden

RECIPE: All you need this summer is this Swedish fish dish

Summer means light food and light food means fish. Luckily, food writer John Duxbury knows exactly what to do about that. Here is a great recipe for how to bake brill and since it's also asparagus season, this healthy vegetable would make a nice side dish.