Swedish boy breaks world record thanks to the help of strangers
Sweden

Swedish boy breaks world record thanks to the help of strangers

A Swedish boy is now a world record holder after thousands of strangers responded to his mother's online plea to help make her son happier following his grandmother's death.

Danish soldiers must be protected from Russian ‘fake news’: minister
Denmark

Danish soldiers must be protected from Russian ‘fake news’: minister

200 Danish soldiers scheduled to be posted in Estonia from next year as part of a Nato mission must be trained to deal with the threat of Russian misinformation, says Minister of Defence Claus Hjort Frederiksen.

6,000-strong neo-Nazi music festival sparks call for ban on far-right gigs
Germany

6,000-strong neo-Nazi music festival sparks call for ban on far-right gigs

More than 40 crimes were recorded at a far-right music festival in Thuringia over the weekend, including participants giving the Hitler salute. The state's left-wing leader now wants such festivals banned.

One in three Bavarians want independence from Germany, poll shows
Germany

One in three Bavarians want independence from Germany, poll shows

A new survey shows more Bavarians than previously thought want their own independent state, separate from Germany.

Paris canal swimming pool: Prepare for the algae and long queues
France

Paris canal swimming pool: Prepare for the algae and long queues

Part of the Paris canal has been transformed into an outdoor pool for the summer. The Local's Ben McPartland took the plunge on the opening day.

IMF hails ‘ambitious’ French reforms under Macron
France

IMF hails ‘ambitious’ French reforms under Macron

The IMF has praised Macron's programme of spending cuts and tax reforms.

‘No time to change sanitary products’: Swedish viral image shows tough side of being a midwife
Sweden

‘No time to change sanitary products’: Swedish viral image shows tough side of being a midwife

"Night shift midwife = had three childbirths. You don't have time to pee or change sanitary products."

Air France to create new lower-cost airline after winning pilots’ backing
France

Air France to create new lower-cost airline after winning pilots’ backing

Air France to create another new airline.

Copenhagen wants to cap Airbnb sublets
Denmark

Copenhagen wants to cap Airbnb sublets

Copenhagen politicians want to place a limit on the number of properties used in the city to provide accommodation through shared economy site Airbnb.

Paris canal swimming pool opens with a splash
France

Paris canal swimming pool opens with a splash

Parisians were queuing up the street to be among the first to try the new Paris canal swimming pool.

Passengers on Barcelona flight stage protest against deportation of migrant
Spain

Passengers on Barcelona flight stage protest against deportation of migrant

A group of passengers onboard a Vueling flight from Barcelona to Dakar staged a protest in solidarity with a Senegalese migrant who was brought on board in handcuffs for deportation.

How new fees for non-EU students could hurt German universities
Germany

How new fees for non-EU students could hurt German universities

Two states are set to introduce new fees specifically for students from outside the EU. But while local governments are eager to bring in the added revenues, critics say the price hikes could in fact hurt their universities.

Swedish authority handed over ‘keys to the Kingdom’ in IT security slip-up
Sweden

Swedish authority handed over ‘keys to the Kingdom’ in IT security slip-up

Criticism is mounting over IT security at Swedish government agencies after it emerged that millions of Swedes' driving licence data may have been leaked to other countries.

Jealous Danish man attacks wife with axe
Denmark

Jealous Danish man attacks wife with axe

A 31-year-old Danish woman was attacked with an axe by her husband during a domestic dispute in the town of Esbjerg.

Police launch manhunt after teen brings ‘gun’ to school near Stuttgart
Germany

Police launch manhunt after teen brings ‘gun’ to school near Stuttgart

Police in southwestern Germany launched a manhunt Monday after a teenager entered a vocational school reportedly armed with a gun, forcing a lockdown, authorities said.

How German discount supermarkets hope to help fight obesity
Germany

How German discount supermarkets hope to help fight obesity

Recent reports show Germans getting ever more obese, which poses an even greater public health problem to combat such illnesses as diabetes. But it's not just German nutritionists who are getting in on the push for better eating habits.

Sweden top in equality ranking – but there’s a catch
Sweden

Sweden top in equality ranking – but there’s a catch

Sweden has been ranked as the best country in the world when it comes to its commitment to reducing inequality.

The transport works set to disrupt your summer in Paris (and elsewhere in France)
France

The transport works set to disrupt your summer in Paris (and elsewhere in France)

These are the transport works set to disrupt the lives of commuters and tourists in Paris and other French cities this summer.

Could this be Switzerland’s hottest ever summer?
Switzerland

Could this be Switzerland’s hottest ever summer?

Summer 2017 in Switzerland is on course to be among the hottest on record, according to meteorologists.

Spain’s top ten best beaches for summer 2017
Spain

Spain’s top ten best beaches for summer 2017

Are you looking for the perfect beach?

Italy delays vote on citizenship rights for children of migrants
Italy

Italy delays vote on citizenship rights for children of migrants

Italy's government has delayed a parliamentary vote on a citizenship rights bill as tensions rise over the number of migrants arriving on the country's shores.

Police ‘shocked’ by violence as youth riot at small town fair
Germany

Police ‘shocked’ by violence as youth riot at small town fair

Authorities in the town of Schorndorf in Baden-Württemberg have expressed shock after police and bystanders were attacked by members of a group of around 1,000 youths.

Series of fires leaves horses dead at Swiss equestrian centre
Switzerland

Series of fires leaves horses dead at Swiss equestrian centre

Police suspect a criminal act after seven fires break out in the Fribourg/Vaud borders.

Two dead in ‘igloo-sauna’ collapse at Spanish hippy commune
Spain

Two dead in ‘igloo-sauna’ collapse at Spanish hippy commune

Two people died and one was seriously injured after the roof collapsed in a hut made of reeds and mud where 15 people were taking a sauna.

Macron enters into open war with France’s armed forces chief
France

Macron enters into open war with France’s armed forces chief

French President Emmanuel Macron is in a very open conflict with the chief of the French armed forces, who may be forced to resign in what would be an unprecedented crisis.

International crime networks up their game in Sweden
Sweden

International crime networks up their game in Sweden

International crime networks are increasing their presence in Sweden in order to further target households for break-ins, according to a new police report.

Fight over order of chips at Berlin fast-food joint leaves two in hospital
Germany

Fight over order of chips at Berlin fast-food joint leaves two in hospital

Two men were taken to hospital in Berlin on Sunday after a fight broke out over whether a young woman wanted to order a portion of chips or not.

OSCE mulls monitoring German election, as far-right complains of ‘massive interference’
Germany

OSCE mulls monitoring German election, as far-right complains of ‘massive interference’

The intergovernmental OSCE organization is considering whether to send a monitoring mission to the upcoming German election after speaking with each of the parties, Spiegel reports.

Rome’s costumed ‘gladiators’ forced out of city centre
Italy

Rome’s costumed ‘gladiators’ forced out of city centre

The costumed 'gladiators' who pose for pictures with visitors in return for tips have been banished from Rome's historic centre with a new regulation from mayor Virginia Raggi.

Five Spanish authors you should read this summer
Spain

Five Spanish authors you should read this summer

Looking for some holiday reading? These five Spanish prize-winners are a great place to start.

Cigarette butt likely cause of huge wild fire in southern France
France

Cigarette butt likely cause of huge wild fire in southern France

A tossed cigarette butt appears the likely cause of the massive forest fire that destroyed 800 hectares of land in the south of France at the weekend.

Basejumper dies in Swiss mountains
Switzerland

Basejumper dies in Swiss mountains

A man died on Saturday after basejumping from a mountain in the Lauterbrunnen area in central Switzerland.

Lazio region calls for state of emergency over wildfires
Italy

Lazio region calls for state of emergency over wildfires

The president of the central Italian region of Lazio said on Sunday he would ask the government to call a state of emergency over a spate of fires which have devastated hundreds of hectares of land.

Spanish police smash Europe-wide dodgy horsemeat racket
Spain

Spanish police smash Europe-wide dodgy horsemeat racket

A Spanish-led European police investigation has broken up an organised crime group that allegedly sold horsemeat across Europe that was "not suitable" for human consumption.

High-speed TGV train hits concrete block on tracks between Paris and west coast
France

High-speed TGV train hits concrete block on tracks between Paris and west coast

French rail chiefs describe it as a "malicious act".

Rioting disturbs last night of Montreux jazz fest
Switzerland

Rioting disturbs last night of Montreux jazz fest

Four police officers were injured and 15 people arrested when riots broke out during the final night of the Montreux Jazz Festival on Saturday.

Germany must be legally bound to invest in infrastructure, says Schulz
Germany

Germany must be legally bound to invest in infrastructure, says Schulz

Germany should be legally bound to invest in infrastructure, the centre-left challenger to Chancellor Angela Merkel in September elections said Sunday.

Stockholm airport gains on rival in busiest airport ranking
Sweden

Stockholm airport gains on rival in busiest airport ranking

Stockholm's Arlanda Airport is slowly catching up with the top-performer.

Ten golden rules for cooking pasta like the Italians, from an artisan pasta maker
Italy

Ten golden rules for cooking pasta like the Italians, from an artisan pasta maker

A very good way to lose friends in Italy is to mess with pasta.

Nightmare start for Norway in women’s Euro opener defeat
Norway

Nightmare start for Norway in women’s Euro opener defeat

Shanice van de Sanden's bullet header handed hosts the Netherlands a 1-0 win against Norway in the women's European Championship opener on Sunday.

Girl found after missing for 13 hours at the edge of Sweden’s bear country
Sweden

Girl found after missing for 13 hours at the edge of Sweden’s bear country

A six-year-old girl who went missing for 13 hours in the forest in the Blacksås nature reserve in Hudiksvall municipality has been found safe.

Norway opposition leader has nothing in common with Macron: Brende
Norway

Norway opposition leader has nothing in common with Macron: Brende

Norway’s foreign minister Børge Brende has downplayed opposition leader Jonas Gahr Støre's comparisons of his policies with those of French President Emmanuel Macron.

Denmark win women’s Euro opener
Denmark

Denmark win women’s Euro opener

Denmark beat Belgium as the women's Euro tournament kicked off with two Group A games on Sunday.