Norway offers oil firms record number of Arctic blocks
Norway

Norway offers oil firms record number of Arctic blocks

Norway on Wednesday proposed to open up a record number of blocks in the Barents Sea to oil exploration despite protests from environmentalists and others fearing possible damage to the Arctic region.

Controversial Utøya memorial to be rethought
Norway

Controversial Utøya memorial to be rethought

Norway's government said Wednesday that a controversial memorial for the victims of Anders Behring Breivik's 2011 terrorist attack would be rethought, in order to avoid an embarrassing lawsuit by local residents.

Scientists to explore meltwater at Greenland Cold War camp
Denmark

Scientists to explore meltwater at Greenland Cold War camp

Scientists in Denmark plan an expedition to Greenland's remote northwest to measure how fast ice is melting around a Cold War-era US military base, which risks leaking toxic waste into the environment.

Start your bids now: 49-room central train station goes up for sale in Bavaria
Germany

Start your bids now: 49-room central train station goes up for sale in Bavaria

Anyone browsing through property websites for northern Bavaria on Wednesday may have come across an unusual advert posted by Deutsche Bahn.

France’s heatwave reaches peak as pollution spike hits Paris
France

France’s heatwave reaches peak as pollution spike hits Paris

As if Paris wasn't uncomfortable enough right now there is a peak in air pollution to add to the sweltering heat.

The whole of Paris to go completely car-free just for one day
France

The whole of Paris to go completely car-free just for one day

Imagine a day when Parisians were not allowed to drive.

France spells out four ways it plans to step up fight against terrorism
France

France spells out four ways it plans to step up fight against terrorism

Electronic tags for anyone suspected of being a potential threat is one possible measure.

‘The Danish job market is not the easiest – but once there, you have a solid foundation’
Denmark

‘The Danish job market is not the easiest – but once there, you have a solid foundation’

There are plenty of reasons to be positive about finding work in Denmark, says a Lithuanian business student in Copenhagen who started his own company and helped fellow students find jobs – all in his spare time.

Parents arrested over selling daughter for a van and €5,000
Spain

Parents arrested over selling daughter for a van and €5,000

The Spanish Civil Guard has arrested parents who are suspected of selling their 14-year-old daughter for €5,000 and a van.

Eight cars burn in latest suspected Oslo arson
Norway

Eight cars burn in latest suspected Oslo arson

Police in Oslo are investigating whether two fires involving eight cars in the early hours of Wednesday were started deliberately.

Orban, not Merkel, was supposed to speak at Kohl memorial: report
Germany

Orban, not Merkel, was supposed to speak at Kohl memorial: report

German media reported Wednesday that former German leader Helmut Kohl's widow sought to stop Chancellor Angela Merkel from speaking at a ceremony in Strasbourg where Kohl will lie in state.

Reports of violence against women rose by 20 percent at start of year
Spain

Reports of violence against women rose by 20 percent at start of year

The number of reports of domestic violence against women increased by 20 percent within the first three months of the year, compared to the same period last year, according to a new report.

Bavarian teens under investigation for ambushing Thai King with toy gun
Germany

Bavarian teens under investigation for ambushing Thai King with toy gun

Prosecutors confirmed on Wednesday they are investigating two Bavarian teenagers who shot plastic bullets at the King of Thailand as he holidayed in the town of Erding earlier this month.

Italian airport waives liquids limit for hand luggage – but only for pesto
Italy

Italian airport waives liquids limit for hand luggage – but only for pesto

Travellers to Italy often choose to take a taste of the country home with them by filling their suitcases with local food and drinks - only to be thwarted by airports' strict regulations on carrying liquids.

French bus drivers slip into skirts for work to denounce shorts ban amid sizzling heatwave
France

French bus drivers slip into skirts for work to denounce shorts ban amid sizzling heatwave

Bus drivers in France denounce restrictive working conditions during a punishing heatwave.

Sweden summons Russian ambassador over air incident
Sweden

Sweden summons Russian ambassador over air incident

Sweden's defence minister called it "unacceptable".

Clues link Nazi trove found in Argentina to German town of Solingen
Germany

Clues link Nazi trove found in Argentina to German town of Solingen

A large collection of Nazi artefacts found in Argentina this week may have come from the town of Solingen in North Rhine-Westphalia.

So… are they no-go zones? What you need to know about Sweden’s vulnerable areas
Sweden

So… are they no-go zones? What you need to know about Sweden’s vulnerable areas

The Swedish police have released a new report on vulnerable areas in Sweden. The Local takes a closer look at what that actually means.

Denmark has world’s best quality of life: study
Denmark

Denmark has world’s best quality of life: study

American thinktank Social Progress Imperative rates Denmark as the world's number one country on quality of life.

Spanish Congress expected to reject Catalan independence vote
Spain

Spanish Congress expected to reject Catalan independence vote

The Spanish Congress is expected on Wednesday to reject a planned independence referendum in Catalonia, where a separatist movement is in full swing.

Swiss to allow genetic testing of in-vitro embryos from September
Switzerland

Swiss to allow genetic testing of in-vitro embryos from September

The testing of in-vitro embryos for serious hereditary conditions will finally be allowed in Switzerland from September 1st.

The 18 best music festivals to go to in France this summer
France

The 18 best music festivals to go to in France this summer

There is something for everyone here, starting with today's Fête de la Musique.

It’s about to get even hotter in Italy
Italy

It’s about to get even hotter in Italy

If you're already sweltering in the Italian summer temperatures, we've got some bad news: the heatwave is just getting started.

A petrolhead’s guide to driving Swiss mountain roads
Switzerland

A petrolhead’s guide to driving Swiss mountain roads

The Local recently asked its readers why they love living in Switzerland. My answer? Because it's paradise for petrolheads, writes contributor Ross Bennie.

Merkel could build coalition with liberals, new poll suggests
Germany

Merkel could build coalition with liberals, new poll suggests

After soaring up in polling at the start of the year, the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) are on the way back down, opening up the prospect of a "black-yellow" coalition after the national election.

Man arrested in Geneva suspected of being recruiter for terror groups
Switzerland

Man arrested in Geneva suspected of being recruiter for terror groups

The man arrested in Geneva last week is being held on suspicion of supporting terror groups.

Italian foreign minister meets David Davis to discuss individuals’ rights post-Brexit
Italy

Italian foreign minister meets David Davis to discuss individuals’ rights post-Brexit

Italy's Foreign Minister, Angelino Alfano, said Italy was working "with conviction" to guarantee the rights of Brits in Italy and Italians in the UK post-Brexit.

Police arrest man who ‘fits profile of jihadist terrorists in Europe’
Spain

Police arrest man who ‘fits profile of jihadist terrorists in Europe’

Spanish police have arrested three suspected jihadists, one of whom has alleged links to Isis and a similar profile to perpetrators behind recent terror attacks in Europe.

Pamela Anderson invites Macron to her new ‘sexy’ Saint-Tropez restaurant
France

Pamela Anderson invites Macron to her new ‘sexy’ Saint-Tropez restaurant

Will Macron RSVP?

Man United boss Mourinho refutes tax fraud accusations in Spain
Spain

Man United boss Mourinho refutes tax fraud accusations in Spain

Jose Mourinho's advisers have hit back at accusations that the Manchester United manager failed to pay millions of euros in taxes to the Spanish authorities during his time in charge of Real Madrid.

Key Macron ally Bayrou becomes latest minister to quit Macron’s government
France

Key Macron ally Bayrou becomes latest minister to quit Macron’s government

Two more of Macron's ministers bite the dust on Wednesday over fake jobs allegations.

The Vatican’s auditor general has resigned without explanation
Italy

The Vatican’s auditor general has resigned without explanation

The move throws a question mark over Pope Francis's reform efforts for the Holy See's finances.

Experts uncertain on cause of Greenland disaster
Denmark

Experts uncertain on cause of Greenland disaster

The underlying cause of the landslide which has caused floods, missing people and evacuations in western Greenland remains uncertain, three days after the event.

EU to host Helmut Kohl memorial ceremony in Strasbourg on July 1
Germany

EU to host Helmut Kohl memorial ceremony in Strasbourg on July 1

The EU will hold a memorial ceremony in the eastern French city of Strasbourg on July 1st to remember former German chancellor and European "visionary" Helmut Kohl, a statement said Tuesday.

Eleven men go on trial over the horrific deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria
Austria

Eleven men go on trial over the horrific deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria

Eleven men go on trial on Wednesday over the horrific deaths of 71 migrants found in an abandoned truck in Austria nearly two years ago, in one of the most disturbing cases marking Europe's migration crisis.

Heatwave puts June on course to be among hottest on record in Switzerland
Switzerland

Heatwave puts June on course to be among hottest on record in Switzerland

But it won't quite beat June 2003.

Four cardinals are challenging Pope Francis’ authority in a row over reforms
Italy

Four cardinals are challenging Pope Francis’ authority in a row over reforms

Four conservative cardinals who have publicly challenged Pope Francis over his reforms of Catholic Church teaching have published a letter escalating the row.

Italy arrests man suspected of torturing and killing migrants
Italy

Italy arrests man suspected of torturing and killing migrants

A Nigerian human trafficker known as "Rambo" has been arrested in Italy on charges of torturing and killing migrants held captive in Libya, Italian police said on Tuesday.

Analysis: Are NGOs responsible for the migration crisis in the Mediterranean?
Italy

Analysis: Are NGOs responsible for the migration crisis in the Mediterranean?

Two sociology professors analyse the question of whether NGOs bear responsibility for the migration crisis which has seen thousands perish en route to Italy.

5,000 criminals in Sweden’s vulnerable areas: police
Sweden

5,000 criminals in Sweden’s vulnerable areas: police

Sweden's national police chief has presented a new report about the country's problem areas, increasing the number of districts classified as vulnerable or especially vulnerable.