Macron’s government fires opening salvo in bid to reform labour market
France

Macron’s government fires opening salvo in bid to reform labour market

President Macron's bid to reform the French labour market using decrees is off and running.

Trump accepts Macron’s invitation to attend July 14th celebrations in Paris
France

Trump accepts Macron’s invitation to attend July 14th celebrations in Paris

The US president has RSVP'd yes to Macron's invitation to visit Paris on July 14th.

Kenyan author ditches Swedish book fair over far-right newspaper
Sweden

Kenyan author ditches Swedish book fair over far-right newspaper

Kenyan literary icon Ngugi wa Thiong'o, often tipped for the Nobel prize, has pulled out of an annual Swedish book fair in protest at the presence of far-right newspaper Nya Tider.

Elite French anti-terror police to follow Tour de France riders
France

Elite French anti-terror police to follow Tour de France riders

A crack unit of anti-terror police will be travelling with the Tour de France.

Eight unmissable events taking place across Germany this July
Germany

Eight unmissable events taking place across Germany this July

July is brimming with things to do to help you get into the spirit of summer.

Madrid metro drivers call strike during WorldPride
Spain

Madrid metro drivers call strike during WorldPride

Madrid metro drivers began a five-day strike Wednesday, threatening to create travel chaos during WorldPride, one of the biggest celebrations of lesbian, gay and transsexual rights

Italy threatens EU with closure of ports to rescue boats
Italy

Italy threatens EU with closure of ports to rescue boats

The Italian government has asked its ambassador in Brussels to formerly present a request for help and express its inability to cope alone with the current migration crisis, according to Ansa, Repubblica and several other news outlets.

Daring activist stunt delays first ever river shipment of nuclear waste
Germany

Daring activist stunt delays first ever river shipment of nuclear waste

Four activists from an anti-nuclear energy group have managed to temporarily prevent a boat carrying nuclear waste from carrying its cargo down the river Neckar in southern Germany.

The changing face of jihadism in Switzerland
Switzerland

The changing face of jihadism in Switzerland

A Swiss terror expert has warned that the jihadist threat is evolving, with more ‘homegrown’ terrorists and a total of around 1000 people in Switzerland thought to be linked in some way to terrorist organizations.

Sweden gets its first-ever cardinal: Anders Arborelius
Sweden

Sweden gets its first-ever cardinal: Anders Arborelius

Bishop Anders Arborelius has become Sweden's first-ever cardinal, in an historic appointment by Pope Francis.

Pope defrocks priest convicted of sex abuse
Italy

Pope defrocks priest convicted of sex abuse

Pope Francis has defrocked an Italian priest found guilty of the sexual abuse of minors, reversing an earlier decision to reduce his punishment, the diocese at the heart of the scandal said Wednesday.

This could be the best guide to taking the Paris Metro you’ll ever read
France

This could be the best guide to taking the Paris Metro you’ll ever read

"Searching for your ticket in front of the gate is not f**king OK".

Downpour warnings issued for Aarhus, Copenhagen… and Roskilde
Denmark

Downpour warnings issued for Aarhus, Copenhagen… and Roskilde

The Roskilde Festival is in the area of Denmark predicted to receive heavy rain over the coming days.

French MPs at each others’ throats over whether they should wear ties in parliament
France

French MPs at each others’ throats over whether they should wear ties in parliament

From France's revolutionary "Sans-Culottes" in 1789 to the "Sans-Cravates" of 2017.

Seven Swiss companies affected by global cyber attacks
Switzerland

Seven Swiss companies affected by global cyber attacks

At least seven Swiss companies have been affected by a major global ransomware attack, according to national security services.

Berlin clubs ‘put police on guest lists’ after wild G20 party causes scandal
Germany

Berlin clubs ‘put police on guest lists’ after wild G20 party causes scandal

Berlin's police department said Wednesday that its officers were "only human" after they were expelled from the security force for next week's G20 summit after hardcore partying that earned them hero status from the German capital's clubbing scene.

One in two failed Danish citizenship test
Denmark

One in two failed Danish citizenship test

Half of all naturalisation hopefuls that took Denmark’s citizenship test in June failed.

Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist’s life in pictures
Sweden

Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist’s life in pictures

Michael Nyqvist, the star of the original Millennium trilogy, has passed away in lung cancer. The Local looks back at his impressive career.

Mongolia to Malmö and back: one nomad’s tale
Sweden

Mongolia to Malmö and back: one nomad’s tale

Malmö may be a long way from the steppes of Mongolia, but recent Malmö University graduate Chantsalnyam Luvsandorj, found herself inspired by both places.

Norway finds counterfeits of new banknotes
Norway

Norway finds counterfeits of new banknotes

Norwegian police have confirmed that counterfeit versions of the country’s new bank notes have entered circulation.

French mayor reignites burkini row after banning Muslim swimwear at leisure park
France

French mayor reignites burkini row after banning Muslim swimwear at leisure park

Is France set for another summer of damaging burkini beach bans?

Police make arrests over lunchtime threesome at Madrid park
Spain

Police make arrests over lunchtime threesome at Madrid park

Police arrested two men and a woman after receiving complaints that they were involved in a sex session during broad daylight near a children’s playground.

French air force chief under fire for taking fighter jet for weekend trips to Provence
France

French air force chief under fire for taking fighter jet for weekend trips to Provence

Forget the TGV or the autoroute, take the fighter jet to get to Provence.

Sweden Democrat MP Kent Ekeroth fined over Stockholm brawl
Sweden

Sweden Democrat MP Kent Ekeroth fined over Stockholm brawl

Senior Sweden Democrat politician Kent Ekeroth has been found guilty of minor assault for striking another man in the face in the queue to a Stockholm nightclub last year.

Candidate wins mayoral election by one vote, after voter falls for prank
Germany

Candidate wins mayoral election by one vote, after voter falls for prank

The election of a new mayor in the Hessische town of Bad Karlshafen will have to be held a second time, after a silly joke decided the election by a single vote.

Tennis: Game, set and match for AC Milan legend Maldini
Italy

Tennis: Game, set and match for AC Milan legend Maldini

Five-time European Cup-winning footballer Paolo Maldini's tennis career ended abruptly on his debut on Tuesday when the AC Milan legend lost 6-1, 6-1 in a first-round doubles match.

Germany refuses to release Swiss spying suspect
Switzerland

Germany refuses to release Swiss spying suspect

A German court on Tuesday rejected a request to release a Swiss man being held on suspicion of spying.

Chinese firm takes over Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta
Switzerland

Chinese firm takes over Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta

ChemChina has completed its $43 billion takeover of Swiss pesticide and seed giant Syngenta, the companies said, in the biggest overseas acquisition so far by a Chinese firm.

Gay marriage bill to be voted on Friday, despite government feud over timing
Germany

Gay marriage bill to be voted on Friday, despite government feud over timing

Germany's parliament can vote on a bill to legalise same-sex marriage Friday after the lower house legislative committee put it on the agenda, its chairwoman said.

Scandal in the Alps: up to 20 politicians caught up in casino fraud
Italy

Scandal in the Alps: up to 20 politicians caught up in casino fraud

High-ranking current and former members of the Aosta council are accused of deliberate fraud in the management of a casino.

French police want to stop guarding Marine Le Pen’s home
France

French police want to stop guarding Marine Le Pen’s home

French police angry over "unacceptable working conditions" of guarding Le Pen's home... even when she's not there.

In a Norwegian wood, a 22nd century library grows
Norway

In a Norwegian wood, a 22nd century library grows

Every year for 100 years, a different author will contribute to Oslo's "Future Library", a collection of works to be published only in the next century.

Isis suspect arrested in Germany as part of Europe-wide raids
Germany

Isis suspect arrested in Germany as part of Europe-wide raids

Six suspected members of the Isis terror group were arrested in Spain, Britain and Germany on Wednesday in an operation led by Spanish authorities investigating a jihadist recruiting network, the Spanish interior ministry said.

Six suspected Isis jihadists arrested in Spanish police swoop
Spain

Six suspected Isis jihadists arrested in Spanish police swoop

Six suspected members of the Islamic State group were arrested in Spain, Britain and Germany on Wednesday in an operation led by Spanish authorities investigating a jihadist recruiting network, the Spanish interior ministry said.

Spanish left-wing parties team up in bid to oust Rajoy
Spain

Spanish left-wing parties team up in bid to oust Rajoy

Once fierce rivals, the leaders of Spain's two main left-wing parties have agreed to attempt to form an alternative to conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's minority government.

Anti-Nazi expressionist masterpiece sells for record sum at auction
Germany

Anti-Nazi expressionist masterpiece sells for record sum at auction

Max Beckmann's Hölle der Vögel (Birds' Hell) painting sold at Christie's impressionist and modern art sale for £36 million (€40.8 million) on Tuesday, a new auction record for German expressionism.

Geneva residents report feeling much safer as crime levels fall dramatically
Switzerland

Geneva residents report feeling much safer as crime levels fall dramatically

Crime figures in Geneva have returned to the same level as 20 years ago, cantonal police said on Tuesday, while a survey of residents showed they feel significantly safer.

Merkel hopes to breathe new life into free trade talks with Washington
Germany

Merkel hopes to breathe new life into free trade talks with Washington

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday she wanted to resume talks between the European Union and the United States on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

France urged to allow lesbian couples access to fertility treatment
France

France urged to allow lesbian couples access to fertility treatment

French President Emmanuel Macron's proposal to let single women and lesbian couples receive fertility treatment received a boost Tuesday with an ethics body recommending they be given the same access as heterosexual couples.

Insulation on German homes is fire risk, Frankfurt firefighters warn
Germany

Insulation on German homes is fire risk, Frankfurt firefighters warn

Firefighters say that Germany needs to learn the lessons from the Grenfell tragedy in London and implement better fire safety standards.

Denmark ‘gives back to the people’ with beer made using recycled urine
Denmark

Denmark ‘gives back to the people’ with beer made using recycled urine

The Danish Agriculture and Food Council let it all out in front of its headquarters at the Axelborg building in Copenhagen on Tuesday as it launched a new beer produced using recycled urine.

France’s Macron invites Trump to Bastille Day parade
France

France’s Macron invites Trump to Bastille Day parade

Are relations getting friendlier between the two leaders?

Fifa finally releases damaging report on Qatar’s World Cup bid
Switzerland

Fifa finally releases damaging report on Qatar’s World Cup bid

FIFA on Tuesday released a long-withheld report on alleged corruption in awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar after more leaks deepened the controversy surrounding the vote.

Did Salvador Dalí father a secret love child?
Spain

Did Salvador Dalí father a secret love child?

His biographer insists the surrealist preferred watching rather than having sex. But one woman is convinced Dalí is her father.

Sweden mourns death of ‘Millennium’ star Michael Nyqvist
Sweden

Sweden mourns death of ‘Millennium’ star Michael Nyqvist

Michael Nyqvist, one of Sweden's most beloved actors and the star of the original Millennium trilogy, has died at the age of 56.