Sweden-Norway beer smuggling hits record levels

Sweden-Norway beer smuggling hits record levels

Norwegian customs officers at the Svinesund border between Sweden and Norway have seized more beer and spirits during the first half of 2017 than in the whole of last year.

WATCH: Spain’s King Felipe VI calls for Gibraltar dialogue in speech to UK parliament
Spain

WATCH: Spain’s King Felipe VI calls for Gibraltar dialogue in speech to UK parliament

King Felipe also called for a Brexit deal that would provide "stable living conditions" and "certainty" for hundreds of thousands of Spanish nationals living in Britain and Britons living in Spain.

France is still France whatever Donald Trump has said
France

France is still France whatever Donald Trump has said

Donald Trump has said he wouldn't come to France because "it's not what it was". But he's due to arrive on Thursday and he might be surprised.

Samsung picks Berlin over London for new HQ because UK capital ‘only fun for the rich’
Germany

Samsung picks Berlin over London for new HQ because UK capital ‘only fun for the rich’

The managing director of Samsung Next Europe told The Times on Wednesday that the Korean company chose Berlin as their European headquarters over London because of its famed affordability.

France to boost housing for migrants as mayor tweets shock images of camp’s child refugees
France

France to boost housing for migrants as mayor tweets shock images of camp’s child refugees

France is to take measures to provide more housing for migrants and not before time according to one French mayor.

Norway woman charged with murder of husband ‘withdrew restraining order’
Norway

Norway woman charged with murder of husband ‘withdrew restraining order’

A woman from Oslo who has been arrested and charged with the murder of her husband was granted a restraining order against him but withdrew it.

Health insurance told to pay for ex-prostitute to have tattoo removed
Germany

Health insurance told to pay for ex-prostitute to have tattoo removed

A woman who was forced by her pimp to get a tattoo bearing his name on her neck has won the right to have it removed at the cost of her health insurance company.

Exploding yacht injures 16 in west German harbour
Germany

Exploding yacht injures 16 in west German harbour

An explosion on board a yacht in Minden, North Rhine-Westphalia left one police officer and 15 firefighters injured, three seriously.

Why the French aren’t eating quite as healthily as you thought
France

Why the French aren’t eating quite as healthily as you thought

Eating habits in France are changing and not for the better.

Newborn baby among latest migrant arrivals to Italy
Italy

Newborn baby among latest migrant arrivals to Italy

The first of more than 3,500 would-be migrants picked up off the coast of Libya in recent days arrived Wednesday in Italy, as Rome pressures other countries into taking their share.

Husband clinging to wife’s car goes on wild ride after marital spat
Germany

Husband clinging to wife’s car goes on wild ride after marital spat

Police in Darmstadt had to intervene on Tuesday morning after several people alerted them to a man screaming for help as he clung for dear life onto the hood of a moving car.

Ex-judge in unsolved 1984 French toddler murder case found dead
France

Ex-judge in unsolved 1984 French toddler murder case found dead

The magistrate who first investigated the still unsolved murder of a four-year old-boy has been found dead just weeks after a dramatic development in the case.

How to be Swedish – in ten easy steps
Sweden

How to be Swedish – in ten easy steps

Matthias Kamann, the author of 'How to be Swedish: a quick guide to Swedishness in 55 steps' shares his ten best tips for Swedifying yourself.

Germany made more than €1 billion from helping out Greece: report
Germany

Germany made more than €1 billion from helping out Greece: report

Credit and bond purchases that benefited Greece also brought in revenues to Germany, to the tune of €1.34 billion, according to a media report on Tuesday.

In pics: Spanish royals on parade during state visit to London
Spain

In pics: Spanish royals on parade during state visit to London

Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia are on their first state visit to the United Kingdom.

Investment in Berlin startups jumped by €1 billion this year, study shows
Germany

Investment in Berlin startups jumped by €1 billion this year, study shows

Venture capital investments in German startups hit a record level in the first half of 2017, with Berlin seeing a huge rise in funding for its startup scene, a new report shows.

Spanish beach resort bans ball games, nudity, and peeing in the sea
Spain

Spanish beach resort bans ball games, nudity, and peeing in the sea

San Pedro del Pinatar in Murcia is the latest seaside town in Spain to bring in a raft of measures to control behaviour on its beaches.

Airlines sound alarm over ‘chaotic’ border queues at Paris airports
France

Airlines sound alarm over ‘chaotic’ border queues at Paris airports

A word of advice: Get to the airport early if you are taking a flight from Paris this summer.

40 percent of Italians don’t use the internet
Italy

40 percent of Italians don’t use the internet

Only 60 percent of Italians use the internet, according to a report from communications regulator Agcom which was presented to the government on Tuesday.

Topless feminist protesters disrupt Woody Allen concert in Hamburg
Germany

Topless feminist protesters disrupt Woody Allen concert in Hamburg

Topless activists interrupted a concert by Woody Allen in Germany, calling for an end to the "culture of silence" around sexual abuse allegations against the US director.

Swedish crime novelist Ekbäck writes women back into history

Swedish crime novelist Ekbäck writes women back into history

Cecilia Ekbäck has top billing at the Semana Negra, the crime-writing festival taking place this week in Gijón.

Stockholm waste collectors quit as strike hits one-week mark
Sweden

Stockholm waste collectors quit as strike hits one-week mark

Around 65 waste collectors in Stockholm quit their jobs on Wednesday, a week after they first walked out in a pay dispute and row over keys.

France to cut €11 billion in taxes next year
France

France to cut €11 billion in taxes next year

The "taxe d'habitation" residence tax is set to go for 80 percent of households.

Danish Grand Prix? Here’s Copenhagen’s proposed Formula 1 city race track
Denmark

Danish Grand Prix? Here’s Copenhagen’s proposed Formula 1 city race track

A 4.5 kilometre-long racing track, which would see Formula 1 cars racing through the heart of Copenhagen, has been developed by a consortium and approved by the motor sport’s bosses.

Macron blasted for comments on African women and their ‘seven or eight children’
France

Macron blasted for comments on African women and their ‘seven or eight children’

Were Macron's words just a gaffe taken out of context or old-fashioned racism from "the French elite"?

Two homes hit by lightning during Fribourg storm
Switzerland

Two homes hit by lightning during Fribourg storm

Two houses in Bulle in the canton of Fribourg were struck by lightning during a violent storm on Monday night, police have said.

Pilots with French airline set to strike over July 14th holiday weekend
France

Pilots with French airline set to strike over July 14th holiday weekend

Flying with Hop! this weekend?

Wildfires continue to rage across Italy as police blame arsonists for Vesuvius blaze
Italy

Wildfires continue to rage across Italy as police blame arsonists for Vesuvius blaze

The mayor of Naples on Wednesday called for Italy to declare a national state of emergency as firefighters, continued to battle a huge blaze on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, while almost 300 wildfires raged across the country as a whole.

German gvnt to toughen rules to protect German ‘know-how’ from foreign takeovers
Germany

German gvnt to toughen rules to protect German ‘know-how’ from foreign takeovers

Angela Merkel's cabinet agreed on Wednesday to tighten scrutiny on takeovers of companies in strategic industries by buyers outside the EU, the Economy Ministry said, reacting to Europe-wide disquiet over Chinese takeovers.

Swiss supermarket to start selling ‘legal cannabis’ cigarettes
Switzerland

Swiss supermarket to start selling ‘legal cannabis’ cigarettes

The hemp cigarettes are perfectly legal.

IN PICTURES: Fire rages at Italy’s Mount Vesuvius
Italy

IN PICTURES: Fire rages at Italy’s Mount Vesuvius

Dozens of firefighters were on Wednesday continuing to tackle a series of wildfires on the slopes of Italy's Mount Vesuvius.

Holidaymakers in France’s Brittany warned about skin cancer risks
France

Holidaymakers in France’s Brittany warned about skin cancer risks

Tourists in Brittany are being urged to take care in the sun this summer.

Venice bridge closed over fears of possible collapse
Italy

Venice bridge closed over fears of possible collapse

A bridge in central Venice was closed on Tuesday over fears that it could collapse.

Coffee and cake sales could roll back on board Danish trains
Denmark

Coffee and cake sales could roll back on board Danish trains

Denmark’s rail operator DSB could reintroduce a limited version of its now-defunct sales trolley after a successful trial period.

Police shoot and kill man who opens fire on them with assault rifle
Germany

Police shoot and kill man who opens fire on them with assault rifle

Police commandos in Saxony-Anhalt shot a man dead on Tuesday after he opened fire on them with "an automatic combat rifle", police report.

Museum guard among four arrested over stolen €1 million gold coin in Berlin
Germany

Museum guard among four arrested over stolen €1 million gold coin in Berlin

Update: Four men were arrested on Wednesday, including one museum security guard, accused of stealing a museum’s 100-kilo coin, worth nearly €1 million.

Foreign Minister accuses Merkel of ‘passing the buck’ on G20 riots
Germany

Foreign Minister accuses Merkel of ‘passing the buck’ on G20 riots

A blame game over ugly street violence that marred Germany's hosting of the G20 summit last week spilled into the national election campaign Tuesday as Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel attacked Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Trieste summit aims to strengthen ties and boost security in the Balkans
Italy

Trieste summit aims to strengthen ties and boost security in the Balkans

Seven EU and six Western Balkan nations hold an annual summit on Wednesday in Trieste, with leaders hoping to bolster security in one of the continent's more vulnerable flanks and forge closer ties.

The pope just made it easier for people to become saints
Italy

The pope just made it easier for people to become saints

Pope Francis on Tuesday added a new pathway to becoming a saint.

Far-right activists have hired a boat to ‘patrol’ the Mediterranean looking for migrants
Italy

Far-right activists have hired a boat to ‘patrol’ the Mediterranean looking for migrants

A group of far-right activists has hired a vessel to patrol the Mediterranean and prevent would-be migrants from reaching Europe, organizers said on Tuesday.

IOC agrees to award two Olympics at same time
Switzerland

IOC agrees to award two Olympics at same time

Paris and Los Angeles are likely to be the next two host cities - but in what order?

Spain’s King and Queen start state visit to UK amid Brexit tensions
Spain

Spain’s King and Queen start state visit to UK amid Brexit tensions

Spanish King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia begin a state visit to Britain on Wednesday, as the two countries attempt to strengthen ties despite tensions over Britain's plans to leave the European Union and the sovereignty of Gibraltar.

Meet the Italian physicist preparing to set sail for Antarctica
Italy

Meet the Italian physicist preparing to set sail for Antarctica

The world’s largest all-women expedition to Antarctica will set sail next year, with 80 scientists travelling to the globe's southernmost continent. Italian physicist Elena Joli tells The Local about the goals behind the mission to what she calls "a magical, iconic, wild and remote place".

Want to save the planet? Have fewer children, Lund University researchers say
Sweden

Want to save the planet? Have fewer children, Lund University researchers say

Researchers in Sweden have listed the top four things people can do to reduce their carbon footprint.