Spanish government survives confidence vote over graft
Spain

Spanish government survives confidence vote over graft

Spain's conservative government on Wednesday survived a vote of no confidence tabled by the far-left Podemos party to denounce rampant corruption after a day-and-a-half of lively, sometimes acrimonious debate.

More Danes than ever reaching 100th birthdays
Denmark

More Danes than ever reaching 100th birthdays

Increasing numbers of Danes are enjoying long lives with more years of good mental health, says a report.

History of Norway’s indigenous Sami and Kven people to get inquiry
Norway

History of Norway’s indigenous Sami and Kven people to get inquiry

A commission will be appointed to map out the history of Norway’s Sami and Kven people, after a proposal received parliamentary support Tuesday.

These are the German universities with the best global reputation
Germany

These are the German universities with the best global reputation

Six German universities are currently among the 100 most prestigious in the world, according to a reputed ranking released on Tuesday.

Adios roaming fees (but there is a downside)
Spain

Adios roaming fees (but there is a downside)

New EU legislation means that from June 15th mobile phone operators will no longer be able to charge you roaming fees when visiting other EU countries.

PayPal acts over French far-right group’s plan to thwart migrant rescue boats in the Mediterranean
France

PayPal acts over French far-right group’s plan to thwart migrant rescue boats in the Mediterranean

Paypal forced to act under pressure from the public.

An Italian man posed as a prince to get free luxury holidays – and meet Pamela Anderson
Italy

An Italian man posed as a prince to get free luxury holidays – and meet Pamela Anderson

Italian police said on Wednesday they had tracked down a man who posed as a Montenegrin prince in order to get free luxury holidays and meet influential figures.

Police hunt possible armed suspect in small town shooting
Germany

Police hunt possible armed suspect in small town shooting

In the small Ruhr Valley town of Oer-Erkenschwick, a fight between rival gangs turned violent, escalating in one man shooting two people. Now police are searching for the shooter, who they warn may be armed.

Sweden’s terror travellers: in stats
Sweden

Sweden’s terror travellers: in stats

Almost one in five is younger than 19, according to a new report.

Spelling mistake triggered terror alarm at Germany’s biggest music festival
Germany

Spelling mistake triggered terror alarm at Germany’s biggest music festival

German police admitted on Wednesday that they asked organizers to suspend the Rock am Ring festival earlier this month after two misspelled names led them to suspect radical Islamists were working there.

10 mouth-watering foods you have to try when in Germany
Germany

10 mouth-watering foods you have to try when in Germany

There is so much more to German cuisine than sausages - but the Wurst is still a good food to start with on this culinary tour through Deutschland.

French father of four ties wife to TGV tracks before jumping in front of train
France

French father of four ties wife to TGV tracks before jumping in front of train

An incident on the main TGV line between Paris and Nantes that was initially believed to have been a tragic accident turned out to be a much more disturbing scenario, according to investigations by French police.

After years of scandals, here’s how Denmark’s reformed tax authority will look
Denmark

After years of scandals, here’s how Denmark’s reformed tax authority will look

Denmark’s crisis-torn tax authority Skat will be dismantled and restructured as seven new agencies, the government announced Tuesday, after a series of scandals in recent times.

Spain’s dockers up fight for jobs with two-day strike
Spain

Spain’s dockers up fight for jobs with two-day strike

Spain's dock workers went on a two-day, nationwide strike Wednesday, stepping up a months-long fight to preserve their jobs after the adoption of an EU-triggered reform they say puts them at risk.

Outcry over politician’s tweet celebrating Munich policewoman getting shot
Germany

Outcry over politician’s tweet celebrating Munich policewoman getting shot

After a shooting at an S-Bahn station near Munich left a policewoman in critical condition, a Pirate Party politician's offensive tweet has caused shock and outcry.

Temperature highs of 33C predicted for the week ahead
Germany

Temperature highs of 33C predicted for the week ahead

Germany is in for a mixed bag of weather this week, though temperatures will mostly remain pleasant.

Paris: Teenagers endure three-day ordeal lost in catacombs
France

Paris: Teenagers endure three-day ordeal lost in catacombs

The skull-lined tunnels of the Paris catacombs are not the ideal place to spend three days.

GALLERY: Top ten tricks to survive the Spanish summer
Spain

GALLERY: Top ten tricks to survive the Spanish summer

The first heatwave of the summer is officially here and the mercury is rising - for those of you who can't get to a beach, The Local offers you our tips on keeping cool in the city.

We’re not about to go bankrupt, Air Berlin insists
Germany

We’re not about to go bankrupt, Air Berlin insists

Struggling German airline Air Berlin insisted Wednesday that it has sufficient cash to stay solvent despite suffering heavy losses and a string of flight cancellations.

Real Madrid have ‘full confidence’ in Ronaldo over tax
Spain

Real Madrid have ‘full confidence’ in Ronaldo over tax

Real Madrid backed star forward Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday after Spanish prosecutors accused the star player of evading €14.7 million euros in tax through offshore companies.

HRW retracts claim that deported teen was killed in Kabul: ‘There’s conflicting information’
Sweden

HRW retracts claim that deported teen was killed in Kabul: ‘There’s conflicting information’

Human Rights Watch on Wednesday afternoon retracted a report claiming an Afghan teenager was killed in a bombing less than a week after being deported from Sweden.

In Pictures: France crowns its ‘favourite village’ and you’ve probably never heard of it
France

In Pictures: France crowns its ‘favourite village’ and you’ve probably never heard of it

If there's one village in France you have to visit this summer, it's this one.

Italy’s northern regions are challenging a mandatory vaccine law
Italy

Italy’s northern regions are challenging a mandatory vaccine law

Several regions in northern Italy are challenging a recently passed law which made 12 vaccinations mandatory for children starting at state school.

Thurgau MPs vote to keep French on primary school timetable
Switzerland

Thurgau MPs vote to keep French on primary school timetable

In a surprise u-turn, the cantonal parliament in Thurgau has voted against a motion to banish the teaching of French from primary schools.

Norwegian Red Cross calls for security patrols at Trolltunga
Norway

Norwegian Red Cross calls for security patrols at Trolltunga

Bernt Apeland, general secretary of the Norwegian Red Cross, said things can not continue as they are today after visiting the vertigo-inducing tourist attraction.

Tales of the Midnight Sun – on the night train from Kiruna to Stockholm
Sweden

Tales of the Midnight Sun – on the night train from Kiruna to Stockholm

Travel writer Rossella Tatti on multicultural encounters on board the Arctic Polar Circle train to Swedish Lapland.

The new German slang that has older folks scratching their heads

The new German slang that has older folks scratching their heads

It's not a real German word. It's not grammatically correct. Basically, it's your German teacher's worst nightmare.

Munich considers banning diesel cars from city centre: report
Germany

Munich considers banning diesel cars from city centre: report

The Munich city mayor sees banning diesel engines as the only way of improving the city's air quality, the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) reports.

Swedish football coach Sven-Göran Eriksson sacked by Chinese club
Sweden

Swedish football coach Sven-Göran Eriksson sacked by Chinese club

Swedish football coach Sven-Göran Eriksson, former England manager, was shown the door at China's second-tier Shenzhen FC on Wednesday after a run of poor results.

Spanish architect spent 40 days in US jail over 2011 Syria holiday
Spain

Spanish architect spent 40 days in US jail over 2011 Syria holiday

A 32-year-old architect from Pamplona found himself jailed and then deported after declaring on a US visa application that he had taken a family holiday to Syria in 2011, before civil war broke out.

‘Negligent’ prosecutors must pay damages to family of woman stabbed to death
Italy

‘Negligent’ prosecutors must pay damages to family of woman stabbed to death

The woman had reported her abuser to police 12 times before he killed her.

VIDEO: Flying French car (hopes) to cross the English Channel to Britain
France

VIDEO: Flying French car (hopes) to cross the English Channel to Britain

Forget the Eurostar, could this be the future of cross-Channel transport?

Art Basel steps up security by bodyscanning attendees
Switzerland

Art Basel steps up security by bodyscanning attendees

Visitors to this year’s Art Basel will have to pass through full body scanners for the first time.

Do parents in Switzerland pay more attention to their smartphones than their children?
Switzerland

Do parents in Switzerland pay more attention to their smartphones than their children?

Some new fathers announce the birth of their child on WhatsApp before even taking their baby in their arms, according to a report.

Denmark’s Little Mermaid turns blue and white after latest vandalism
Denmark

Denmark’s Little Mermaid turns blue and white after latest vandalism

Last month she was splashed with red, now Copenhagen’s famous Little Mermaid statue has been painted blue and white in a new vandalism attack.

Five things we learned from Italy’s telltale local elections
Italy

Five things we learned from Italy’s telltale local elections

At the weekend, almost ten million Italians went to the polls in the last major vote before a hotly anticipated general election. So what can we learn from the results? Here are five key points.

French journalists accuse Macron government of trying to ‘muzzle’ the press
France

French journalists accuse Macron government of trying to ‘muzzle’ the press

Macron's government and the French media are heading for a clash.

Why you are paying too much to send money abroad

Why you are paying too much to send money abroad

In a globalised world, transferring money abroad doesn't have to be costly and complicated.

Spanish prosecutors seek five years jail for ex-IMF head Rato
Spain

Spanish prosecutors seek five years jail for ex-IMF head Rato

Spanish prosecutors have asked for former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato to be jailed for five years over the failed 2011 listing of Bankia, a bank he led which later had to be rescued by the state.

Alcohol could soon be sold in Swiss motorway service stations
Switzerland

Alcohol could soon be sold in Swiss motorway service stations

The lower house on Tuesday voted in favour of overturning an old law that bans the sale the alcohol on motorways.

EU refugee relocation plan ‘has been a disappointment’, admits UN official
Spain

EU refugee relocation plan ‘has been a disappointment’, admits UN official

Europe's programme for relocating the influx of migrants to the continent has been a "disappointment," the UN's refugee agency said Tuesday, just as the EU began legal action against three eastern European nations for refusing to take in their share.

VIDEO: French fans join in with God Save the Queen in emotional tribute to terror victims
France

VIDEO: French fans join in with God Save the Queen in emotional tribute to terror victims

French and English fans were signing from the same hymn sheet on Tuesday night.

France sees worrying rise in the number of underweight teenage girls
France

France sees worrying rise in the number of underweight teenage girls

Nearly one in five French teenage girls are too thin.

Central France on alert for violent storms as man swept away in floods
France

Central France on alert for violent storms as man swept away in floods

More violent storms on the way in France.

Trump’s harsh trade talk on Germany worries Mercedes’ Alabama home
Germany

Trump’s harsh trade talk on Germany worries Mercedes’ Alabama home

President Donald Trump's harsh criticism of Germany's trade practices is sowing concerns in rural, Republican Alabama, where Mercedes-Benz has been an economic engine for two decades.

16 injured after trains collide in southern Italy
Italy

16 injured after trains collide in southern Italy

Sixteen people were reported injured on Tuesday afternoon after two trains collided in Puglia, southern Italy.

Italian cycling team given 30-day doping ban
Italy

Italian cycling team given 30-day doping ban

Italian cycling team Bardiani were banned from all competition for 30 days by the UCI on Tuesday, after a review of the case of two riders who tested positive on the eve of the Giro d'Italia.

In pictures: ‘Apocalyptic’ cloud spotted in southern Sweden
Sweden

In pictures: ‘Apocalyptic’ cloud spotted in southern Sweden

A spectacular wave-like cloud stunned spectators in southern Sweden.

German ambassador visits journalist Yucel in Istanbul jail
Germany

German ambassador visits journalist Yucel in Istanbul jail

Germany's ambassador to Turkey on Tuesday met in jail with Die Welt daily newspaper correspondent Deniz Yucel for the first time since he was imprisoned on terror charges earlier this year.

How an economic miracle transformed love and marriage in post-war Italy
Italy

How an economic miracle transformed love and marriage in post-war Italy

Italy in the 1960's was experiencing a whirlwind of change. The Second World War had left a legacy of acute poverty and a country suffering an identity crisis after years of fascism and occupation, but by 1964, the transformation was so stark as to be dubbed a 'miracle'.

Federer returns to tennis after two month break
Switzerland

Federer returns to tennis after two month break

Roger Federer will begin his grasscourt campaign at Stuttgart on Wednesday insisting that he's rested enough.

Man with alleged Nazi links admits driving his car into a refugee demonstration in Malmö
Sweden

Man with alleged Nazi links admits driving his car into a refugee demonstration in Malmö

Police are investigating it as hate crime.

‘Sweden is heaven for cloud computing’: Amazon Nordic chief
Sweden

‘Sweden is heaven for cloud computing’: Amazon Nordic chief

The head of Nordic operations for Amazon Web Services (AWS) has spelled out exactly why the US cloud computing giant chose to locate three state-of-the-art data centers in Sweden.