Syrian couple may start legal proceedings over illegal Støjberg directive
Denmark

Syrian couple may start legal proceedings over illegal Støjberg directive

A Syrian couple will seek legal aid after being forcibly separated by an unlawful directive by Danish immigration minister Inger Støjberg.

The figures that tell the story of the state of France’s jobs market
France

The figures that tell the story of the state of France’s jobs market

From average wages to the percentage of temporary contracts.

French gay couples win key surrogacy battle
France

French gay couples win key surrogacy battle

Gay couples in France have won a key victory in the surrogacy battle with a new ruling from the country's highest appeals court.

Good for meeting friends, eating and living: what Gothenburgers think of Gothenburg
Sweden

Good for meeting friends, eating and living: what Gothenburgers think of Gothenburg

The vast majority of Gothenburg residents would recommend moving to the city and believe it is a good place, according to a new study.

Erdogan accuses Germany of ‘political suicide’ after rally ban
Germany

Erdogan accuses Germany of ‘political suicide’ after rally ban

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at Germany on Wednesday, warning that it was "committing political suicide" on the eve of his expected meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Berlin named top city worldwide to earn money while travelling
Germany

Berlin named top city worldwide to earn money while travelling

A new report reveals why the German capital is the best place for "digital nomads" looking to travel the world while still making a living.

UK denies transfer to Rome hospital for terminally ill baby Charlie Gard
Italy

UK denies transfer to Rome hospital for terminally ill baby Charlie Gard

Britain's Foreign Minister Boris Johnson told his Italian counterpart on Wednesday that legal reasons prevented the transfer to Rome of a critically-ill British baby due to be taken off life support.

Airbnb sees strong growth in Norway
Norway

Airbnb sees strong growth in Norway

The number of Norwegian holiday homes rented on shared economy site Airbnb has increased by 58 percent over the last year, according to the company.

Kindergarten evacuated after child brings WWII bomb to class
Germany

Kindergarten evacuated after child brings WWII bomb to class

A child in Darmstadt sparked the evacuation of a kindergarten on Wednesday by unearthing a Second World War bomb and bringing it back to the classroom, police said.

French Property of the Week: Converted mill with stunning views over Charente river
France

French Property of the Week: Converted mill with stunning views over Charente river

Fancy owning a mill in the Charente?

‘Trump is banned’: Hamburg’s famed red-light district gears up for G20
Germany

‘Trump is banned’: Hamburg’s famed red-light district gears up for G20

While politicians, journalists and demonstrators descend upon Hamburg in the thousands for the G20 summit, the city's notorious red-light district isn't best pleased. And certain high-profile visitors certainly aren't welcome.

Malmö travel warning debate a ‘storm in a teacup’: travel agency
Sweden

Malmö travel warning debate a ‘storm in a teacup’: travel agency

A "storm in a teacup" has been made about a warning a travel company sent out to customers travelling to southern Swedish city Malmö, according to the CEO of the agency.

Three Syrians go on trial over alleged plot to bomb central Düsseldorf
Germany

Three Syrians go on trial over alleged plot to bomb central Düsseldorf

Three alleged Syrian jihadists went on trial in Germany Wednesday accused of plotting coordinated suicide bombings and shootings in the western city of Düsseldorf.

German investigators pay €5 million for Panama Papers to hunt global tax criminals
Germany

German investigators pay €5 million for Panama Papers to hunt global tax criminals

The German Federal Criminal Police Office said on Tuesday that it has purchased the vast amount of leaked data known as the Panama Papers, which revealed the legally dubious offshore activities of celebrities, politicians and sports stars last year.

The 11 vaccines set to become compulsory in France and why French doctors are firmly in favour
France

The 11 vaccines set to become compulsory in France and why French doctors are firmly in favour

Eleven vaccinations for young children will be made compulsory in France from 2018. A "short term evil for the long term good", doctors say.

Sardinian independence campaigner dies after hunger strike
Italy

Sardinian independence campaigner dies after hunger strike

One of the leading voices in the fight for Sardinian independence from Italy died in hospital on Wednesday, Italian media reported.

Bye-bye locals: Tourists are taking over Europe’s city centres
Spain

Bye-bye locals: Tourists are taking over Europe’s city centres

Rising rental prices, noise and crowds jostling for space in the streets and the disappearance of traditional, everyday stores have all contributed to forcing locals out of popular city centres across Spain.

Norway man uses wheelbarrow as robbery vehicle, gets arrested
Norway

Norway man uses wheelbarrow as robbery vehicle, gets arrested

A 22-year-old man wearing a balaclava and carrying a knife has been arrested on suspicion of multiple break-ins in the town of Langesund in Telemark County.

‘Almedalen Week has the makings of a global event. Give it ten years’
Sweden

‘Almedalen Week has the makings of a global event. Give it ten years’

Almedalen Week could become a sought-after global platform to share new ideas. It has everything going for it, writes senior Indian journalist Rupali Mehra.

Five held in counter-terror raids in northern France and Belgium
France

Five held in counter-terror raids in northern France and Belgium

Raids linked to a group known as the "Kamikaze bikers".

Swedish neo-Nazis lose trademark battle with German deep-freeze firm

Swedish neo-Nazis lose trademark battle with German deep-freeze firm

A Swedish neo-Nazi group will no longer be able to use one of its trademarks on promotional material after a complaint was launched by a German firm.

France pays homage to its ‘most admired woman’ Simone Veil
France

France pays homage to its ‘most admired woman’ Simone Veil

France will on Wednesday pay its respects to women's rights icon, Simone Veil.

French women’s rights champion Simone Veil given coveted burial place in Pantheon
France

French women’s rights champion Simone Veil given coveted burial place in Pantheon

Simone Veil to be buried alongside other great French figures, the president announced.

Danish farmers want new plan as wolves breed
Denmark

Danish farmers want new plan as wolves breed

The chairperson of Denmark’s agriculture council says farmers should be allowed to hunt wolves, with the animal breeding much faster than expected.

One day after bailout, Italy’s BMPS says it will cut a fifth of jobs
Italy

One day after bailout, Italy’s BMPS says it will cut a fifth of jobs

Italy's troubled bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena (BMPS) said on Wednesday that it would close nearly a third of its branches and axe around a fifth of its workforce just a day after the EU approved a 5.4-billion-euro ($6.1 billion) bailout.

Armed Islamist gang terrorizing ‘immoral’ Chechen women in Berlin: report
Germany

Armed Islamist gang terrorizing ‘immoral’ Chechen women in Berlin: report

A group of armed Chechen men have beaten or threatened several women in Berlin in recent weeks for not abiding by their retrograde understanding of the Quran, Tagesspiegel reports.

At least 13 arrested as police swoop on Italian mafia in Spain
Italy

At least 13 arrested as police swoop on Italian mafia in Spain

At least 13 people were detained in Barcelona on Wednesday as part of a Europe-wide operation against members of Italy's Camorra crime syndicate, a Spanish police spokesman said.

In pictures: Swedish summer staple Allsång på Skansen
Sweden

In pictures: Swedish summer staple Allsång på Skansen

If you've spent a summer in Sweden you've heard of Allsång på Skansen. Photographer Micke Bayart was there and managed to snap some pictures for The Local's readers. Enjoy!

Rajoy calls for calm in face of ‘authoritan delusions’ in separatist Catalonia
Spain

Rajoy calls for calm in face of ‘authoritan delusions’ in separatist Catalonia

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called for calm Wednesday in the face of "authoritarian delusions" in the northeastern region of Catalonia, where an independence drive is in full swing.

Founder of Germany’s first ‘liberal’ mosque under 24/7 police guard after death threats
Germany

Founder of Germany’s first ‘liberal’ mosque under 24/7 police guard after death threats

The feminist founder of a new, "liberal" mosque in Berlin is now under police protection "around the clock" after receiving numerous threats, which she blames on Turkey.

Young man killed by Paris commuter train while peeing on tracks
France

Young man killed by Paris commuter train while peeing on tracks

A young man was killed by a commuter train as he lost his balance while urinating on the rails at a station outside Paris.

€10 a pack of cigarettes: Will price hike help the French stub out their smoking habit?
France

€10 a pack of cigarettes: Will price hike help the French stub out their smoking habit?

The French government wants to raise the price of a pack of cigarettes to €10, but will the price rise really help the nation ditch a habit that kills 80,000 each year?

Free movement with EU has boosted Swiss job market: report
Switzerland

Free movement with EU has boosted Swiss job market: report

Fifteen years of free movement has benefited the Swiss economy, according to a Swiss report.

Italy set to relax its controversial child vaccine law
Italy

Italy set to relax its controversial child vaccine law

The Italian Senate has proposed a more relaxed version of a controversial law on vaccines for school children, with fewer vaccinations considered compulsory and reduced penalties for those who don't comply.

Thirteen arrested as Barcelona police swoop on Italian mafia
Spain

Thirteen arrested as Barcelona police swoop on Italian mafia

At least 13 people were detained in Barcelona on Wednesday as part of a Europe-wide operation against members of Italy's Camorra crime syndicate.

France set for more scorching weather as the mercury rises once again
France

France set for more scorching weather as the mercury rises once again

The hot weather is back...but not for long this time.

The EU commission has unveiled a migrant ‘action plan’ for Italy
Italy

The EU commission has unveiled a migrant ‘action plan’ for Italy

The European Commission on Tuesday unveiled a new plan to help Italy cope with a massive fresh influx of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea, mostly Africans setting sail from Libya.

Turkey condemns Berlin ‘kill dictatorship’ artwork featuring Erdogan
Germany

Turkey condemns Berlin ‘kill dictatorship’ artwork featuring Erdogan

Turkey protested officially to Germany on Tuesday that an artist had been allowed to set up an installation in central Berlin, apparently offering a car as a prize in exchange for killing world leaders including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Clashes in Puglia as the last of 200 ancient olive trees are moved for pipeline
Italy

Clashes in Puglia as the last of 200 ancient olive trees are moved for pipeline

Protesters clashed with police in Puglia over the removal of ancient olive trees to make way for a controversial pipeline.

Five key issues that’ll mark Hamburg’s stormy G20 summit
Germany

Five key issues that’ll mark Hamburg’s stormy G20 summit

Leaders of the world's top economies will gather Friday in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade.

Major art collection loaned to Spain for 15 years
Spain

Major art collection loaned to Spain for 15 years

Cuban-American multimillionaire Roberto Polo will loan his collection of 7,000 contemporary paintings, sculptures and photos to Spain for 15 years, the country's biggest cultural deal in over 20 years, officials said Tuesday.

Paternity leave initiative in Swiss parliament’s hands
Switzerland

Paternity leave initiative in Swiss parliament’s hands

Supporters of a popular initiative to give fathers four weeks paternity leave were jubilant yesterday as they lodged the initiative with parliament.

Some 50 migrants lost at sea off Spain after rubber boat sinks
Spain

Some 50 migrants lost at sea off Spain after rubber boat sinks

Around 50 migrants are missing and feared drowned at sea, Spanish coastguards said Tuesday, after they rescued three "exhausted and disorientated" men from a rubber boat that had initially held many more people.

Hamburg police break up unauthorized G20 demos with water cannons
Germany

Hamburg police break up unauthorized G20 demos with water cannons

Riot police used water cannon overnight Tuesday to disperse several gatherings of protesters ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg.

‘Are we really the problem?’ Migrant aid groups challenge ministers over response to crisis
Italy

‘Are we really the problem?’ Migrant aid groups challenge ministers over response to crisis

"We are facing a tragedy of incredible dimensions... (but) the solution is not at sea."

Locarno film fest honours US actor Adrien Brody
Switzerland

Locarno film fest honours US actor Adrien Brody

Brody will receive the prestigious Leopard Club Award when the Locarno Film Festival kicks off next month.

More rush-hour trains and shorter journey times promised for Öresund Bridge commuters
Sweden

More rush-hour trains and shorter journey times promised for Öresund Bridge commuters

The lives of rail commuters between Sweden and Denmark are set to become easier.

Volvo reveals plans to go all electric… and it’s going to happen sooner than you think
Sweden

Volvo reveals plans to go all electric… and it’s going to happen sooner than you think

The decision makes Volvo the first traditional car maker to pull the plug on cars powered only by a combustion engine.