Wawrinka beats Murray to reach French Open final
Switzerland

Wawrinka beats Murray to reach French Open final

Stan Wawrinka became the oldest French Open finalist in 44 years after an epic win over the world number one.

Trump finally finds place to stay in Hamburg for G20 summit
Germany

Trump finally finds place to stay in Hamburg for G20 summit

US President Donald Trump reportedly struggled at first to find a place to stay on his first official visit to Germany. But the Hamburg city government has come to his rescue, German media report.

German soldier who ‘jokingly’ called for coup facing criminal charges
Germany

German soldier who ‘jokingly’ called for coup facing criminal charges

A German soldier who "jokingly" called for a coup against the Defence Minister is now facing charges of incitement to commit a crime, German media reported on Friday.

Spain honours London attack ‘skateboard hero’ with bravery medal
Spain

Spain honours London attack ‘skateboard hero’ with bravery medal

A Spanish man hailed as a "skateboard hero" after he died trying to defend a woman from one of the assailants during the London attack has been awarded a posthumous medal, Madrid said Friday.

Use music to help Swedish teens poo, urges politician
Sweden

Use music to help Swedish teens poo, urges politician

Are Swedish teenagers too afraid of embarrassing noises to go to the toilet at school?

Deutsche Bank snubs US demand for Trump family data
Germany

Deutsche Bank snubs US demand for Trump family data

Germany's Deutsche Bank said Friday it would not disclose any information on its links to US President Donald Trump and his family, rejecting a request from US lawmakers.

Here’s what you need to know about the French parliamentary elections
France

Here’s what you need to know about the French parliamentary elections

Here are key facts you need to know about the upcoming elections in France, including why on earth are there nearly 8,000 candidates?

France could ditch AZERTY keyboards (and replace them with BÉPO)
France

France could ditch AZERTY keyboards (and replace them with BÉPO)

Might be time to introduce yourself to the BÉPO keyboard.

Austria’s burqa ban kicks in this October
Austria

Austria’s burqa ban kicks in this October

New Austrian legislation came into force on Friday that will ban the full-face Islamic veil in public places from October 1st.

Techies take note: Snapchat to open German HQ in Hamburg
Germany

Techies take note: Snapchat to open German HQ in Hamburg

Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, told German media on Friday that it is currently building up its team for a brand new German headquarters in Hamburg.

Man tied up in car trunk was fetishist not hostage, police confirm
Germany

Man tied up in car trunk was fetishist not hostage, police confirm

When passersby saw a man tied up in the trunk of a Mercedes on Thursday, they immediately got in touch with the police. But the suspicion of a kidnapping proved unsubstantiated.

Berlin-Hamburg train line closed after horse gets hoof stuck in track
Germany

Berlin-Hamburg train line closed after horse gets hoof stuck in track

Authorities had to temporarily close down the high-speed train line between Germany's two largest cities on Thursday after a runaway horse got into a spot of bother.

Four reasons why the French parliamentary elections really matter
France

Four reasons why the French parliamentary elections really matter

The French presidential election might be over but here are four reasons why you need to keep a close eye on the make-or-break parliamentary elections that take place over the next two weekends, as explained by Professor Garrett Martin.

‘A less hard Brexit’: Brits in Spain react to UK election result
Spain

‘A less hard Brexit’: Brits in Spain react to UK election result

Brits living in Spain hope that shock election result might mean a softer Brexit.

WATCH: Video of boy running through ‘mini tornado’ in Cologne goes viral
Germany

WATCH: Video of boy running through ‘mini tornado’ in Cologne goes viral

A youth football team got a surprise last week when they got an unexpected visitor in the form of a "mini-tornado".

Football player jailed for raping and assaulting wife
Sweden

Football player jailed for raping and assaulting wife

A Ghanaian football player in Gävle, Sweden, has been sentenced to two years in prison for raping and assaulting his wife.

Three men on trial for sexually assaulting six-year-old girl 135 times
Germany

Three men on trial for sexually assaulting six-year-old girl 135 times

The trial of three men accused of assaulting a young family member more than 100 times started in Bochum on Thursday.

British father and 10-month-old baby killed in horrific road crash in northwestern France
France

British father and 10-month-old baby killed in horrific road crash in northwestern France

Tragic incident involving a young British family on holiday in Brittany.

How Germany’s ‘hate speech’ law will put control of free speech in private hands
Germany

How Germany’s ‘hate speech’ law will put control of free speech in private hands

A proposed German law designed to heavily penalize social media firms for 'hate speech' will scare Facebook and other social media giants into suppressing content that is legal, argues Nick Wallace.

Two men charged over refugee home blast ‘received military training in Russia’
Sweden

Two men charged over refugee home blast ‘received military training in Russia’

Two of three suspected neo-Nazis facing trial over Gothenburg bomb attacks on left-wing activists and a refugee home received military training in Russia shortly before the attacks, according to the prosecutor.

Collapse of electoral bill a ‘major failure’, says Renzi
Italy

Collapse of electoral bill a ‘major failure’, says Renzi

A deal on a new Italian electoral law unravelled on Thursday as a pact between the country's four major parties broke down.

Uber threatens to drive out of Norway
Norway

Uber threatens to drive out of Norway

Ride-sharing app Uber says it wants to continue operating in Norway, but will leave the country if authorities do not approve a number of proposals for changes to its trading conditions.

These are the German cities where the most people ride without a ticket
Germany

These are the German cities where the most people ride without a ticket

A new study shows the German cities where people are happiest with the service offered to them by their local transport company - and also where the most people admit to fare-dodging.

Revenge or racism? Report raises questions about Munich shooter’s motives
Germany

Revenge or racism? Report raises questions about Munich shooter’s motives

Nearly one year after an 18-year-old shot and killed nine people at a Munich shopping centre, a new report sheds light on his motives. But its interpretation is disputed.

Could Denmark blank Trump in new foreign strategy?
Denmark

Could Denmark blank Trump in new foreign strategy?

A new strategic paper written by the Danish foreign ministry lays out ambitions for new consulates and increased diplomatic staff, but largely avoids mention of US president Donald Trump’s administration.

Swiss scientists: climate change raises CO2 emissions from alpine streams
Switzerland

Swiss scientists: climate change raises CO2 emissions from alpine streams

In a warm winter alpine streams release more carbon-dioxide than they absorb, according to an EPFL study.

Catalonia will hold October referendum on independence from Spain
Spain

Catalonia will hold October referendum on independence from Spain

The leader of Spain's Catalonia region, where a separatist movement is in full swing, on Friday announced an independence referendum for October 1st, in what will exacerbate tensions with Madrid.

‘In Sweden, everything just fell into place’
Sweden

‘In Sweden, everything just fell into place’

Find out why Sweden is this American's favourite country when it comes to investing and doing business abroad.

‘Hard Brexit is off the table’: Brits in France react to shock UK election result
France

‘Hard Brexit is off the table’: Brits in France react to shock UK election result

While the French Prime Minister says the UK election result, which say PM Theresa May fail to gain a majority will not alter Brexit, delighted British citizens living in France believe otherwise.

Chilling with Facebook in Sweden’s far north
Sweden

Chilling with Facebook in Sweden’s far north

Why exactly did this US tech giant decide to build a massive data center in frozen hinterlands in northern Sweden?

Two Swiss tourists die whilst hiking in Spain

Two Swiss tourists die whilst hiking in Spain

The bodies of two Swiss hikers were found on Wednesday in the Picos de Europa mountain range in Spain.

Here’s what you should know about having a baby in Denmark
Denmark

Here’s what you should know about having a baby in Denmark

Denmark, a country with one of the world's best public health systems, might be an ideal place to start a family, but that doesn't mean expats can be expected to know everything. The Local's guest columnist Melanie Haynes offers her advice.

Danish opposition party questions immigration minister Støjberg’s future over illegal order
Denmark

Danish opposition party questions immigration minister Støjberg’s future over illegal order

Denmark’s Social Liberal party has called for Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen to consider whether under-fire immigration minister Inger Støjberg should keep her job.

Macron’s fresh faces on march towards victory in French elections
France

Macron’s fresh faces on march towards victory in French elections

Macron's party is getting ready to topple France's old political guard.

Expat Financial Planning, made easy
Sweden

Expat Financial Planning, made easy

Financial planning. The words make sense, kind of – but what is it really? And who cares?

Mexico: so far from Trump, so close to Germany?
Germany

Mexico: so far from Trump, so close to Germany?

Mexico and Germany, which share the dubious honour of being targeted in some of Donald Trump's most furious tweets, will seek to strengthen trade on Friday when Chancellor Angela Merkel visits.

‘An earthquake’: How Norway reacted to UK election
Norway

‘An earthquake’: How Norway reacted to UK election

Norwegian politicians and commentators foresee an increasingly difficult Brexit after Britain’s governing Conservative Party lost its parliamentary majority in last night’s general election.

UK vote shows discontent over May’s Brexit strategy, says Merkel’s deputy
Germany

UK vote shows discontent over May’s Brexit strategy, says Merkel’s deputy

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Friday that the UK vote reflected popular discontent over Prime Minister Theresa May's hard Brexit strategy, which he said should be reconsidered.

8 European hotspots expats want to call home

8 European hotspots expats want to call home

Find out which cities in Europe are expats flocking to – and what they’re doing to make finding a home in their new city even easier.

Santander stronger after buyout but toxic assets threaten
Spain

Santander stronger after buyout but toxic assets threaten

Santander, the eurozone's largest bank, is expected to come out stronger from its rescue of smaller Spanish rival Banco Popular, though job cuts, "toxic" assets and legal challenges by disgruntled shareholders may make the process bumpy, analysts say.

Walker seriously injured after being attacked by Swiss cows
Switzerland

Walker seriously injured after being attacked by Swiss cows

The woman was left with broken ribs and vertebrae after she was attacked by a herd of cows in the Jura.

How Italy reacted to UK election shock
Italy

How Italy reacted to UK election shock

As Europe woke up to the news that the UK's snap election had led to a hung parliament, Italian politicians and members of the public had been watching the vote closely.

French ex-bishop charged with failing to report paedophile priest
France

French ex-bishop charged with failing to report paedophile priest

Investigators take action against the ex-bishop of Orleans.

‘Make human trafficking a crime against humanity’ say Europe’s police chiefs at Rome meet
Italy

‘Make human trafficking a crime against humanity’ say Europe’s police chiefs at Rome meet

European police and naval chiefs on Thursday called for migrant trafficking of the kind currently taking place in Libya to be declared a crime against humanity.

From taps to ancient erotica: Fifteen of the strangest museums in Italy
Italy

From taps to ancient erotica: Fifteen of the strangest museums in Italy

Bored of Roman vases and Renaissance artworks? Why not try one of Italy's more unusual museums instead...

Humanoid robot is star of Geneva conference
Switzerland

Humanoid robot is star of Geneva conference

The UN conference explores how artificial intelligence can be used to benefit humanity.

How Swedes reacted to UK election: ‘I hope they reconsider Brexit’
Sweden

How Swedes reacted to UK election: ‘I hope they reconsider Brexit’

Reactions from Britain's closest ally in the EU.

How to make Swedish elderflower ice cream
Sweden

How to make Swedish elderflower ice cream

Swedes are some of Europe's biggest ice cream eaters. Here's food writer John Duxbury's recipe for elderflower ice cream.