Torrential rain swamps Berlin’s streets, stretches firefighters to limits
Germany

Torrential rain swamps Berlin’s streets, stretches firefighters to limits

Hours of monsoon-style rain in Berlin on Thursday flooded busy streets and led trees to collapse onto train lines.

Recently opened: Misfornøyelsesbar, Oslo’s worst bar – ever
Norway

Recently opened: Misfornøyelsesbar, Oslo’s worst bar – ever

So bad you might just want to go back, and take your friends next time.

Roskilde ‘is not just stages, but also the space between’
Denmark

Roskilde ‘is not just stages, but also the space between’

The Local went backstage at the Roskilde music festival to speak to three veteran volunteers about their roles and the culture behind the 46-year-old event’s workforce.

Police officer shoots deputy commander at work
Italy

Police officer shoots deputy commander at work

A police officer has shot and killed his deputy commander in San Donato Milanese, on the outskirts of Milan.

Norway police ban both right-wing and counter demos
Norway

Norway police ban both right-wing and counter demos

Having blocked a neo-Nazi demonstration in the town of Fredrikstad, police have now also vetoed a counter demonstration.

At Berlin summit, EU leaders vow to fight Trump on climate change
Germany

At Berlin summit, EU leaders vow to fight Trump on climate change

European leaders vowed Thursday to defend the landmark Paris climate pact at a G20 summit next week, setting them on collision course with US President Donald Trump at what is expected to be a stormy meeting.

Spanish company charged over Air Algerie crash in Mali
Spain

Spanish company charged over Air Algerie crash in Mali

Spanish plane leasing company Swiftair was charged Thursday in a French probe into the crash of an Air Algerie plane in Mali in 2014 in which 116 people died.

France ‘far off course’ in efforts to hit deficit targets
France

France ‘far off course’ in efforts to hit deficit targets

France is set to miss its deficit target.

Skateboard parks in Spain to be named in honour of London attack hero
Spain

Skateboard parks in Spain to be named in honour of London attack hero

The name of Ignacio Echeverria, the Spanish hero who was killed during the London Bridge attack, will live on at skateboard parks across Spain.

Macron unveils official presidential portrait and French tweeters had a field day
France

Macron unveils official presidential portrait and French tweeters had a field day

There's the official portrait and then there are the far funnier Twitter versions.

Demand for employees in Germany reaches record high
Germany

Demand for employees in Germany reaches record high

An official index on available jobs across Germany hit a record high in June, as strong economic growth continues to drive down unemployment, it was announced on Thursday.

Switzerland set to get its own centre for human rights
Switzerland

Switzerland set to get its own centre for human rights

A new human rights institution will soon be set up in Switzerland, according to a government statement on Wednesday.

Berlin McDonald’s branch evacuated after police find ‘explosive device’
Germany

Berlin McDonald’s branch evacuated after police find ‘explosive device’

A branch of the fast food chain McDonald's was evacuated on Thursday morning in Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighbourhood, after a gas canister with a probable detonator device was found inside.

EU urges Italy not to close ports and offers more funds
Italy

EU urges Italy not to close ports and offers more funds

The EU urged Italy on Thursday to allow more time to discuss its threat to suddenly stop vessels from other countries disembarking migrants in Italian ports, after rescuing them in the Mediterranean.

H&M profits boosted by new stores
Sweden

H&M profits boosted by new stores

Swedish fashion giant H&M reported stronger profits than expected in the second quarter thanks to better cost control and the opening of new stores.

Twenty-seven injured in serious tram crash in north Berlin
Germany

Twenty-seven injured in serious tram crash in north Berlin

Two trams collided head first on Thursday morning in the Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin, leaving 27 people with injuries and leading to suspensions on two lines.

Swiss border police to get reinforcements for busy summer months
Switzerland

Swiss border police to get reinforcements for busy summer months

Border forces in Switzerland will get reinforcements for the summer months, according to a police statement on Thursday.

Bosch managers come under investigation in ‘dieselgate’ probe
Germany

Bosch managers come under investigation in ‘dieselgate’ probe

German prosecutors said Thursday they were investigating three employees of car parts maker Bosch over involvement in Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheating scandal.

New Turkey row brews, as Berlin bans Erdogan from speaking in Germany
Germany

New Turkey row brews, as Berlin bans Erdogan from speaking in Germany

Germany said Thursday it had rejected a request by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to address ethnic Turks in Germany next week on the sidelines of a G20 summit.

Silicon-on-Seine: World’s biggest tech incubator opens in Paris
France

Silicon-on-Seine: World’s biggest tech incubator opens in Paris

Paris takes a step closer on Thursday to fulfilling its ambition of becoming Europe's technology capital when President Emmanuel Macron inaugurates Station F, the world's largest start-up incubator on the banks of the Seine.

Are these the most desirable places in France to have a second home?
France

Are these the most desirable places in France to have a second home?

These are the top 10 places in France where the French dream of owning a second home.

WATCH: Munich security violently drag fare-dodger out of metro train
Germany

WATCH: Munich security violently drag fare-dodger out of metro train

Police are investigating the behaviour of security personal on the S8 metro line from Munich Airport to the city, after they dragged a fare-dodging passenger from the train.

Why watching French movies can be the best way to learn the language
France

Why watching French movies can be the best way to learn the language

The text books and the tiring conversations are necessary but the most relaxing, culturally eye-opening and simply enjoyable way to learn French is by going to the movies, with a note pad of course, writes Manon Kerjean from Lost in Frenchlation.

WorldPride: Madrid’s Prado museum celebrates LGTB art through the ages
Spain

WorldPride: Madrid’s Prado museum celebrates LGTB art through the ages

Gays, lesbians and transgender people have been a feature of art -- and life -- throughout the ages, from the ancient Greeks to the Renaissance, 18th-century Japan to Native American tribes.

Cyber attack ‘worst possible timing’ for Gothenburg port
Sweden

Cyber attack ‘worst possible timing’ for Gothenburg port

Trouble-hit Gothenburg harbour is still struggling to get its services up and running after shipping mammoth Maersk was hit by a cyber attack.

Securing G20 protests will be ‘biggest police operation in Hamburg’s history’
Germany

Securing G20 protests will be ‘biggest police operation in Hamburg’s history’

Hamburg has drafted in some 20,000 police to protect against terrorist attacks and street violence at the G20 summit, with the city police force describing it as the biggest operation the city has ever seen.

How European academics are feeling about life in Britain a year after Brexit vote
Spain

How European academics are feeling about life in Britain a year after Brexit vote

When the political becomes personal.

Paris unveils new bus network map for first time in 70 years
France

Paris unveils new bus network map for first time in 70 years

Good news for Parisians as the city's bus routes get their first update in 70 years.

Europe must speak to China with one voice, says Merkel
Germany

Europe must speak to China with one voice, says Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that she was considering how to protect "strategic" EU industries from Chinese investment, drawing closer to the position of French President Emmanuel Macron.

Two Swiss cantons get the go-ahead for online voting
Switzerland

Two Swiss cantons get the go-ahead for online voting

The Swiss government has given the green light to two cantons to resume online voting in time for the next set of referendums in September.

Two swanky new high rises to tower over east Berlin’s river bank
Germany

Two swanky new high rises to tower over east Berlin’s river bank

The boom in luxury apartment blocks on the banks of the river Spree in east Berlin divide opinion. Now two new high rises and a hotel have been given the green light.

Chaos at Oslo Airport as passengers forced to travel without luggage
Norway

Chaos at Oslo Airport as passengers forced to travel without luggage

Technical problems at Oslo Airport created long queues Thursday morning, with many passengers thought likely to miss flights and baggage left in the departure hall.

Drivers in parts of France now face €68 fines if they don’t have this car sticker
France

Drivers in parts of France now face €68 fines if they don’t have this car sticker

You’ll now be fined €68 in parts of France if you don’t have this car sticker

Child’s tetanus case is first in 30 years
Italy

Child’s tetanus case is first in 30 years

A 10-year-old boy in Sardinia has been diagnosed with tetanus.

Italians rally to rescue Denmark death-row dog

Italians rally to rescue Denmark death-row dog

It took the intervention of politicians, a renowned pop singer and a petition with hundreds of thousands of signatures to ensure the happy ending.

Swiss chocolatiers vow to make industry more sustainable
Switzerland

Swiss chocolatiers vow to make industry more sustainable

Switzerland's chocolate-makers on Wednesday launched a new initiative aiming to improve conditions for workers in the industry and make Swiss chocolate more sustainable.

‘Believers in protectionism terribly wrong’: Merkel fires warning shot at Trump
Germany

‘Believers in protectionism terribly wrong’: Merkel fires warning shot at Trump

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Thursday against protectionism and isolationism at a time when the world faces global challenges such as climate change and the threat of terrorism.

WorldPride celebrations kick off in Madrid
Spain

WorldPride celebrations kick off in Madrid

Thousands of revellers, many draped in rainbow flags, packed a Madrid square on Wednesday for the official launch of WorldPride festivities, one of the biggest celebrations of lesbian, gay and transgender rights.

Why are the French feeling more optimistic than they have in a decade?
France

Why are the French feeling more optimistic than they have in a decade?

Is it the Macron effect?

Cyberattack blocks Maersk terminals, new orders
Denmark

Cyberattack blocks Maersk terminals, new orders

Danish shipping mammoth Maersk said Wednesday it had shut down some of its computer systems after a global cyberattack disrupted operations at its terminals and hindered it from taking new orders.

Why the attempt to legalize gay marriage in Germany could still fail
Germany

Why the attempt to legalize gay marriage in Germany could still fail

On Friday the Bundestag (German parliament) is set to vote on whether to legalize same-sex marriage. Despite large public support, a change in the law is still far from certain.

European leaders meet in Berlin to plot united front ahead of crunch G20 summit
Germany

European leaders meet in Berlin to plot united front ahead of crunch G20 summit

"Merkel has called a summit between Europeans because there is a problem with the relationship with Trump."

Summer travels in Denmark: Skagen
Denmark

Summer travels in Denmark: Skagen

When you think about travel in Denmark, long journeys are probably not the first thing that springs to mind. But when you take them, they are well worth it.

How the spectre of Yugoslavia looms over EU’s handling of the refugee crisis
Italy

How the spectre of Yugoslavia looms over EU’s handling of the refugee crisis

With peak season approaching for refugees making treacherous journeys to and through Europe, don’t be surprised if we are told again that this is unprecedented.

Cyprus peace talks get off to ‘positive start’ in Swiss Alps
Switzerland

Cyprus peace talks get off to ‘positive start’ in Swiss Alps

Rival Cypriot leaders resumed efforts on Wednesday to solve one of the world's longest-running conflicts, as the United Nations hailed the "positive atmosphere" at talks aimed at bringing lasting peace to the Mediterranean island.

Swiss lawyers to help Qataris sue over Gulf blockade
Switzerland

Swiss lawyers to help Qataris sue over Gulf blockade

A top Qatari human rights group said on Wednesday it will employ Swiss lawyers to seek compensation for those impacted by the decision of Gulf countries to cut ties with the emirate.

Baby dies after c-section delayed at Swedish hospital
Sweden

Baby dies after c-section delayed at Swedish hospital

A baby died at a hospital in Västerås after medical staff waited too long to carry out an emergency caesarean section, according to Sweden's watchdog the Health and Social Care Inspectorate.

Key pope aide charged with multiple sex abuse offences
Italy

Key pope aide charged with multiple sex abuse offences

Cardinal George Pell, one of the most powerful figures in the Vatican and Australia's most senior Catholic, was Thursday charged with historical sex offences, which he "strenuously denied".

Freed Swede Johan Gustafsson sends message of hope to dad of fellow captive Stephen McGown
Sweden

Freed Swede Johan Gustafsson sends message of hope to dad of fellow captive Stephen McGown

Stephen McGown's father Malcolm said he had spoken twice to Johan Gustafsson, who was detained alongside Stephen, since his release earlier this week.