Paris guaranteed to host Olympic Games
France

Paris guaranteed to host Olympic Games

The Olympic Games are coming back to Paris, but will it be 2024 or 2028?

Police release photos of suspects behind two more Berlin U-Bahn attacks
Germany

Police release photos of suspects behind two more Berlin U-Bahn attacks

Berlin police are searching for suspects behind two new cases of people being knocked down U-Bahn stairs or escalators after the high-profile Hermannstrasse attack last year.

10 things you never knew about train travel in Germany
Germany

10 things you never knew about train travel in Germany

One of the greatest things about living in Germany is getting to use its first-class rail service. But how many of these curious facts were you aware of?

Ten words you (maybe) didn’t know came from the Vikings
Sweden

Ten words you (maybe) didn’t know came from the Vikings

Here's a list of English words you probably didn't know came from Old Norse.

Norwegian shipbuilder to take part in robot vessel project
Norway

Norwegian shipbuilder to take part in robot vessel project

Norway tech firm Kongsberg Maritime has signed up with French offshore services company Bourbon and Automated Ships Ltd. (ASL) of Britain in a scheme to build the world’s first fully-automated supply ship.

The Rote Flora: the iconic Hamburg squat right-wingers call a danger to the nation
Germany

The Rote Flora: the iconic Hamburg squat right-wingers call a danger to the nation

The Rote Flora is known throughout the European left-wing scene as a gathering place for activists and radicals. And now this venue is at the centre of debate about left-wing violence in Hamburg amid the G20 summit.

Six reasons why everyone should visit France’s ‘City of Kings’
France

Six reasons why everyone should visit France’s ‘City of Kings’

There's more to Reims than its stunning cathedral.

Norwegian osprey chicks wing it to Switzerland in conservation project

Norwegian osprey chicks wing it to Switzerland in conservation project

After over a century without the animal, Switzerland’s osprey population is about to take off again with an influx of Norwegian birds.

Swedish tourists ‘worry more about illness than terrorism’
Sweden

Swedish tourists ‘worry more about illness than terrorism’

Almost half of Swedish tourists worry about having their holiday abroad ruined by sickness, according to a new survey.

UK government announces crackdown on bogus holiday sickness claims
Spain

UK government announces crackdown on bogus holiday sickness claims

The British government has announced plans to crackdown on bogus sickness claims that have recently blighted the tourist industry in Spain.

‘No more faith in humanity’: A day in the life of Berlin Facebook moderators
Germany

‘No more faith in humanity’: A day in the life of Berlin Facebook moderators

For the first time, Facebook opened up its Berlin centre for deleting hateful or violent content, providing journalists with a glimpse into the workers' everyday dealings with decapitation videos, racist propaganda and child pornography.

Typical French jobseeker paid €1,000 a month in unemployment benefits
France

Typical French jobseeker paid €1,000 a month in unemployment benefits

France's unemployment benefits can be extremely generous, but most are paid around €1,000 a month.

A huge blaze has broken out at Mount Vesuvius
Italy

A huge blaze has broken out at Mount Vesuvius

Tourists and residents were reportedly evacuated from parts of Mount Vesuvius for the second time in a week on Tuesday, after several separate blazes broke out close to the volcano.

France vows to make €4.5 billion savings without hitting services or raising taxes
France

France vows to make €4.5 billion savings without hitting services or raising taxes

The French government says it has identified €4.5 billion worth of savings but where will the cuts be made?

Norway youth parties want free prescription contraceptives for under-16s
Norway

Norway youth parties want free prescription contraceptives for under-16s

Norwegian organisations and political party youth wings want free medical contraception to be available to people under the age of 16, bringing them into line with current provisions for 16-20 year-olds.

Bulletproof screens, snipers and haute cuisine: Paris prepares for Trump’s visit
France

Bulletproof screens, snipers and haute cuisine: Paris prepares for Trump’s visit

Trump is coming to town and the French want to show him that "Paris is still Paris".

French to hold (non-binding) referendum on England rejoining historical region of Anjou
France

French to hold (non-binding) referendum on England rejoining historical region of Anjou

Now Britain's leaving the EU, is it time for England to seek another union?

The Swiss regional comfort foods you just have to try
Switzerland

The Swiss regional comfort foods you just have to try

Swiss chef Ulrich Koepf takes us on a culinary tour of Switzerland, picking out the local dishes you should look out for.

9-year-old ‘hostage’ sets off police hunt with paper plane cry for help
Germany

9-year-old ‘hostage’ sets off police hunt with paper plane cry for help

A concerned Munich resident immediately alerted police upon discovering a paper plane note, claiming the author was being held captive. But the actual "hostage" situation was much less dire than police expected.

Spain set to swelter as another heatwave hits
Spain

Spain set to swelter as another heatwave hits

Temperatures are set to soar again this week as the Iberian peninsula is gripped by yet another heatwave.

After century of dispute, the German alphabet just got a new character
Germany

After century of dispute, the German alphabet just got a new character

Have you ever been typing in German in a blaze of BLOCK CAPITAL anger, but been stopped short by the inability to write the next letter of the word SCHEI...? Help is finally at hand.

Statue of slain anti-mafia prosecutor decapitated in Palermo
Italy

Statue of slain anti-mafia prosecutor decapitated in Palermo

Unknown vandals in the Sicilian capital Palermo broke the head off a statue of murdered anti-mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone on Monday.

Denmark world’s 10th best country for immigrants: report
Denmark

Denmark world’s 10th best country for immigrants: report

Denmark rated tenth in a study that placed neighbouring Sweden as the world’s best country for immigrants.

‘German Atlantis’ emerges from lake amid dry spell
Germany

‘German Atlantis’ emerges from lake amid dry spell

The legendary city of Atlantis became known for disappearing into the sea. But Germany's own sunken "cities" are known for reemerging about once a year.

Sweden threatens to axe aid in response to Donald Trump’s abortion ‘gag rule’
Sweden

Sweden threatens to axe aid in response to Donald Trump’s abortion ‘gag rule’

Sweden will no longer offer aid to organizations yielding to an anti-abortion 'gag rule' which demands that health groups funded by the United States do not provide information about abortion.

Austria: Suspect in double-murder of elderly couple ‘was Isis supporter’
Austria

Austria: Suspect in double-murder of elderly couple ‘was Isis supporter’

But case is not being treated as a jihadist killing.

Switzerland ranked third best country to be an immigrant
Switzerland

Switzerland ranked third best country to be an immigrant

Do you agree?

Paris: Train and RER services at Gare du Nord hit by severe delays
France

Paris: Train and RER services at Gare du Nord hit by severe delays

Passengers at Europe's busiest station were facing delays after a train hit a passenger then an alert over a "suspect package".

Iberia airline fined for insisting new employees take pregnancy tests
Spain

Iberia airline fined for insisting new employees take pregnancy tests

Spanish airline Iberia has said it will stop asking new employees to take pregnancy tests after it was slapped with a fine of €25,000 for discrimination.

European regulators under fire over Italian bank bailouts
Italy

European regulators under fire over Italian bank bailouts

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble on Monday warned that eurozone banking rules required reform, amid criticism that recent rescues of Italian banks failed to heed the lessons of the financial crisis.

The founder of Italy’s Northern League has been convicted of fraud
Italy

The founder of Italy’s Northern League has been convicted of fraud

An Italian court on Monday jailed Umberto Bossi, founder and former chief of the anti-immigrant and anti-EU Northern League, for over two years after finding him guilty of fraud while he led the party.

IN PICS: Emmanuel Macron visits Lausanne
Switzerland

IN PICS: Emmanuel Macron visits Lausanne

French president Emmanuel Macron met with Olympic officials on Monday on his arrival in Lausanne ahead of a key vote likely to determine the hosts of the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games.

Swiss court throws out claim against tennis legend Becker
Switzerland

Swiss court throws out claim against tennis legend Becker

A Swiss court has rejected a 36.5-million-euro claim against tennis legend Boris Becker by a former business partner, according to a judgment published on Monday.

Swedish MPs file genocide complaint against Turkey’s Erdogan
Sweden

Swedish MPs file genocide complaint against Turkey’s Erdogan

A small group of Swedish lawmakers have filed a legal complaint accusing Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Interview: The stories behind Gotland’s 98 medieval churches
Sweden

Interview: The stories behind Gotland’s 98 medieval churches

The Local contributor Rupali Mehra interviews Swedish author Eva Sjöstrand about why she decided to tell the story of Gotland's fascinating medieval churches in English.