More Danes applied for study programmes with best job prospects: ministry
Denmark

More Danes applied for study programmes with best job prospects: ministry

More Danes are applying to study subjects in areas where there is a shortage of labour, such as in IT, according to Denmark's Ministry of Higher Science and Education.

France on alert for roasting temperatures AND violent storms
France

France on alert for roasting temperatures AND violent storms

While parts of central and eastern France have been warned about the heatwave, the north of the country is on alert for violent storms.

Stockholm terror suspect subject of racial agitation investigation
Sweden

Stockholm terror suspect subject of racial agitation investigation

Rakhmat Akilov has been in custody since April after admitting to carrying out a terrorist crime.

Spain hit by deadly bacteria threatening olive trees
Spain

Spain hit by deadly bacteria threatening olive trees

A deadly bacteria that infected thousands of olive trees in Italy has been detected for the first time in mainland Spain, the world's top producer of olive oil, a regional government official said Thursday.

France foils seven terror attacks foiled since start of 2017 as state of emergency is extended once again
France

France foils seven terror attacks foiled since start of 2017 as state of emergency is extended once again

France has extended the state of emergency for one final time.

Macron’s outstretched hand to Trump is bid to keep US ‘in the circle’
France

Macron’s outstretched hand to Trump is bid to keep US ‘in the circle’

"We can either stop speaking because he hasn't been nice or we can reach out."

Stockholm waste collector strike continues as trash starts to pile up
Sweden

Stockholm waste collector strike continues as trash starts to pile up

Around 50 waste collectors risk being let go and a number of Stockholm districts left waiting for trash collection as a result of strikes in protest against changes to salaries.

Berlin again to be battered by storms on Friday
Germany

Berlin again to be battered by storms on Friday

After battling the "heaviest rain in a century" last week, the capital city is set to again face off against stormy weather on Friday.

Berlin ‘U-Bahn kicker’ sentenced to nearly three years in prison
Germany

Berlin ‘U-Bahn kicker’ sentenced to nearly three years in prison

A court on Thursday sentenced a man to nearly three years in prison for kicking a woman down the stairs of an U-Bahn station in an attack that sparked outrage inside and outside Germany.

Volkswagen recalls 770,000 cars due to braking problem
Germany

Volkswagen recalls 770,000 cars due to braking problem

Volkswagen confirmed on Thursday that it is recalling nearly 770,000 cars worldwide due to a problem with their braking control systems.

France’s new ‘climate plan’: Sales of petrol and diesel vehicles to end by 2040
France

France’s new ‘climate plan’: Sales of petrol and diesel vehicles to end by 2040

France has an ambitious new plan to make the country greener.

Denmark sports arena fire started by weed remover
Denmark

Denmark sports arena fire started by weed remover

A fire that caused significant damage to the Gigantium sports and cultural complex in Aalborg earlier this week was started by an employee using a weed torch, according to police.

Government to create up to 20,000 public sector jobs
Spain

Government to create up to 20,000 public sector jobs

The government, in collaboration with trade unions, has announced an ambitious plan to create 15,000 to 20,000 public sector jobs, according to various sources.

Court orders retrial of street racers let off jail after killing young cyclist
Germany

Court orders retrial of street racers let off jail after killing young cyclist

Two young drivers were convicted of negligent homicide after their spontaneous street race left a female cyclist dead. But now a higher court says their light punishments could send the wrong message.

Corsica’s wild and wandering cows leave beachgoers and authorities in a pickle
France

Corsica’s wild and wandering cows leave beachgoers and authorities in a pickle

Corsica has 10,000 cows and some are proving too wild for authorities.

Deutsche Bank shares gain on report it is ditching London for Frankfurt
Germany

Deutsche Bank shares gain on report it is ditching London for Frankfurt

Shares in Germany's biggest lender Deutsche Bank gained in morning trading Thursday, after Bloomberg News reported it would move investment banking activities from London to its Frankfurt headquarters in response to Brexit.

Here’s how to do the Italian cheek kiss
Italy

Here’s how to do the Italian cheek kiss

We tackle an eternal dilemma for awkward foreigners in Italy: how to do the Italian cheek kiss.

Touching photo project reveals love between Stockholmers and their pets
Sweden

Touching photo project reveals love between Stockholmers and their pets

"I felt these are love stories that often go unspoken and unheard."

Strawberry thieves steal tens of thousands of fruits from Swedish patch
Sweden

Strawberry thieves steal tens of thousands of fruits from Swedish patch

There's a shortage of Swedish strawberries at the moment, but this is desperate.

Tourists evacuated as fire rages close to Vesuvius
Italy

Tourists evacuated as fire rages close to Vesuvius

Firefighters were on Thursday morning working to tackle a blaze on the road leading to Vesuvius, which caused homes, hotels and restaurants to be evacuated.

Messi and Torres sign contract extensions
Spain

Messi and Torres sign contract extensions

Lionel Messi has agreed to stay at FC Barcelona until 2021 in a deal that all but commits the star striker to ending his top-flight career at the Spanish giants. Fernando Torres has also agreed to extend his stay at boyhood club Atletico Madrid.

Public in France warned over contaminated steak hachés
France

Public in France warned over contaminated steak hachés

Steak hachés are making headlines once again in France...and it's not for the right reasons.

Half a million Norwegians forced to save water
Norway

Half a million Norwegians forced to save water

Several counties in Norway’s south and east have brought in water restrictions after relatively warm weather saw usage increase.

AS IT HAPPENED: Cars burn after police break up first major G20 protest with water cannons
Germany

AS IT HAPPENED: Cars burn after police break up first major G20 protest with water cannons

On the eve of the G20 summit in Hamburg, protests are stepping up a gear. The "Welcome to Hell" rally kicked off on Thursday afternoon. The Local followed the events throughout the day live.

“Milestone” treasure of ancient Roman coins found at mining site
Spain

“Milestone” treasure of ancient Roman coins found at mining site

A treasure of gold and silver ancient Roman coins has been found at a mining site in Huelva, southern Spain.

Spanish energy firm lands huge wind turbine contract in Netherlands
Spain

Spanish energy firm lands huge wind turbine contract in Netherlands

Spanish-German renewable energy firm Siemens Gamesa said Thursday it has won a contract to supply and maintain 94 wind turbines for a wind power plant located off the coast of the Netherlands.

‘Strong feminist’ Zara Larsson should become a political leader: Swedish finance minister
Sweden

‘Strong feminist’ Zara Larsson should become a political leader: Swedish finance minister

"A strong feminist. I think she would be really good."

Denmark’s ten weirdest animal phrases
Denmark

Denmark’s ten weirdest animal phrases

We like idioms. And animals. And Danish. Here's a list that combines all three.

Volkswagen recalls 22,000 cars in Switzerland
Switzerland

Volkswagen recalls 22,000 cars in Switzerland

German car manufacturer Volkswagen is recalling 22,000 vehicles because of a fault with their ABS braking system, according to reports.

Paris faces ‘urgent’ mission to restore neglected Notre-Dame to its former glory
France

Paris faces ‘urgent’ mission to restore neglected Notre-Dame to its former glory

Headless gargoyles, crumbling pinnacles, missing balustrades... what would Victor Hugo say about the state of Notre-Dame Cathedral?

Milan Airbnb hosts to take in refugees in pilot project
Italy

Milan Airbnb hosts to take in refugees in pilot project

Accommodation rental site Airbnb on Wednesday launched a project in Milan allowing residents to offer their spare rooms or apartments to refugees.

This is how likely things are to get violent in Hamburg at the G20
Germany

This is how likely things are to get violent in Hamburg at the G20

The G20 summit of 20 leading world economies begins on Friday in Hamburg. Anti-capitalist demonstrators have already gathered in the city, and not all have peaceful intentions, police warn.

EU ministers discuss plans to ease pressure on Italy as migrant numbers rise
Italy

EU ministers discuss plans to ease pressure on Italy as migrant numbers rise

EU interior ministers met on Thursday to discuss plans to ease pressure on Italy, grappling with a rising wave of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa.

Opinion: Why Switzerland is a great place to do business
Switzerland

Opinion: Why Switzerland is a great place to do business

Javad Marandi, a Switzerland-based British entrepreneur, explains why Switzerland remains one of the most attractive countries for investors.

Frankfurt police bust online child porn ring with nearly 90,000 members
Germany

Frankfurt police bust online child porn ring with nearly 90,000 members

Frankfurt prosecutors said on Thursday they had shut down a major online child pornography platform, used by more than 87,000 members to organize sexual abuse of children.

DNA test confirms Julio Iglesias has secret son
Spain

DNA test confirms Julio Iglesias has secret son

A DNA test has confirmed that singer Julio Iglesias is the father of a 40-year-old man from Valencia.

Swiss government slams SVP’s self-determination initiative
Switzerland

Swiss government slams SVP’s self-determination initiative

The Swiss People’s Party (SVP) proposal to put Swiss law above international law would weaken Switzerland and threaten human rights, the Federal Council has said.

First Syrian refugees arrive in France under deal with Christian groups
France

First Syrian refugees arrive in France under deal with Christian groups

Sixteen refugees have arrived in France where they will settle under the "humanitarian corridor" scheme.

Italy hit by nationwide public transport strike
Italy

Italy hit by nationwide public transport strike

Several nationwide transport strikes brought delays and disruptions to journeys across Italy on Thursday.

Soldiers told to hide uniforms for fear of attack by militant G20 protesters
Germany

Soldiers told to hide uniforms for fear of attack by militant G20 protesters

The German military (Bundeswehr) has warned its soldiers not to wear their uniforms when traveling to and from their stations in the Hamburg area due to concerns about violence during the G20 summit.

One million people expected in Pamplona for bull run
Spain

One million people expected in Pamplona for bull run

The Basque town of Pamplona has readied its bulls; 16,000 runners, according to the municipality, are expected to be chased through its streets in the next eight days, amidst a week of festivities.

France identifies 100 registered gun owners on terror watchlist
France

France identifies 100 registered gun owners on terror watchlist

France has discovered 100 people who legally own firearms despite being on the anti-terror watchlist.

Morrissey claims Rome police ‘terrorized’ him at gunpoint
Italy

Morrissey claims Rome police ‘terrorized’ him at gunpoint

Alternative rock icon Morrissey said on Wednesday that he was "terrorized" by a police officer in Rome who held him at gunpoint for half an hour on a busy street.

Sheep poo makes Norwegian cyclists sick
Norway

Sheep poo makes Norwegian cyclists sick

Dozens of mountain bikers in a race in Norway have fallen sick most likely due to spray from sheep droppings on their path, Norwegian media reported Wednesday.

Torture has finally been criminalized in Italy
Italy

Torture has finally been criminalized in Italy

Italian lawmakers on Wednesday finally passed a bill making torture a crime under national law, after years of parliamentary back-and-forth.

Man drowns during Zurich lake swim
Switzerland

Man drowns during Zurich lake swim

A man's body was found floating in the water during the Seeüberquerung.

The Local’s Swedish film of the month: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared
Sweden

The Local’s Swedish film of the month: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared

Film writer Peter Larkin reviews 'The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared' (2013), directed by Felix Herngren.

Swiss feather thief gets three years in jail
Switzerland

Swiss feather thief gets three years in jail

He stole more than 10,000 valuable bird feathers from European museums.

Summer travel: Ten of Italy’s most beautiful lakes
Italy

Summer travel: Ten of Italy’s most beautiful lakes

Stretching from Valle d'Aosta and South Tyrol to Umbria and Lazio, Italy has some of Europe’s most beautiful lakes.

Cashless Swedes still sitting on old kronor worth billions
Sweden

Cashless Swedes still sitting on old kronor worth billions

Only 35 percent of Sweden's old coins have been handed in, despite having been declared invalid.

No need for border controls with Italy, says Austria

No need for border controls with Italy, says Austria

Austria has sought to dampen a row with neighbour Italy after it prompted outrage from Rome by threatening to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering.

‘Islamist motive’ suspected in murder of elderly couple in Austria
Austria

‘Islamist motive’ suspected in murder of elderly couple in Austria

Austria's interior minister Wolfgang Sobotka said a Tunisian man suspected of murdering a couple in their home in Linz, Austria, is believed to have acted with an Islamist motive.