Danish minister criticised for scrapping Great Belt Bridge run
Denmark

Danish minister criticised for scrapping Great Belt Bridge run

Event organisers and politicians have criticised a decision by Denmark’s Roads Agency to withdraw permission for sporting events on the 6.8-kilometre Great Belt Bridge.

Danish man remanded for child pornography offences
Denmark

Danish man remanded for child pornography offences

An 18-year-old man from the Danish island of Bornholm has been remanded for possession of child pornography, two months after police seized his computers.

Civil and church weddings in Norway almost equal
Norway

Civil and church weddings in Norway almost equal

Numbers of Norwegian civil weddings are catching up with church ceremonies, according to latest figures.

Man with diplomatic immunity accused of filming up woman’s skirt during town festival
Germany

Man with diplomatic immunity accused of filming up woman’s skirt during town festival

A man with a diplomatic passport is accused of filming up a woman's skirt during a town festival by Lake Constance.

Violent storms lash north west France as more extreme weather warnings issued
France

Violent storms lash north west France as more extreme weather warnings issued

Normandy and Dordogne are among the departments expected to be hit by violent storms.

Migrants make ‘first ever’ attempt to cross from France to UK by light aircraft
France

Migrants make ‘first ever’ attempt to cross from France to UK by light aircraft

The four, including two women and a child, were arrested along with the British pilot.

Stockholm waste collector strike finally comes to an end
Sweden

Stockholm waste collector strike finally comes to an end

Trash collection in Stockholm is finally back under way after a strike that lasted almost two weeks came to and end.

IMF raises 2017 growth forecast for Spain to 3.1 percent
Spain

IMF raises 2017 growth forecast for Spain to 3.1 percent

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday raised its 2017 growth forecast for Spain, citing strong exports, a rebound in consumer demand and a booming tourism sector.

Paris police chief plans crackdown on police sirens to ease stress levels of Parisians
France

Paris police chief plans crackdown on police sirens to ease stress levels of Parisians

Paris police chief says misuse of sirens is causing needless anxiety for locals.

Nuns have copyrighted Mother Theresa’s famous sari
Italy

Nuns have copyrighted Mother Theresa’s famous sari

The famous white sari with three blue borders worn by saint Mother Teresa has been copyrighted by nuns, and one of the Vatican's top cardinals is not pleased.

Turkish custody for German activist ‘unjustified’, says Merkel spokesman
Germany

Turkish custody for German activist ‘unjustified’, says Merkel spokesman

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman on Tuesday condemned the detention of a human rights activist, who has become yet another German swept up in Turkey's mass arrests amid President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ongoing crackdown on perceived opponents.

Brexit and the long history of the British buying property in France
France

Brexit and the long history of the British buying property in France

Will the passion endure after Brexit?

Bavaria introduces new pollution rules to try and save diesel cars
Germany

Bavaria introduces new pollution rules to try and save diesel cars

German regional economic powerhouse Bavaria agreed a slew of measures Tuesday designed to reduce harmful air pollution in cities without pulling diesel vehicles off its roads.

Active Swedes walk more than Brits and Americans, study shows
Sweden

Active Swedes walk more than Brits and Americans, study shows

A new study of smartphone data by Stanford University researchers shows that Swedes take more steps each day than Brits and Americans, and the Nordic nation has a corresponding lower obesity rate.

Ten things that make a visit to Gotland unforgettable
Sweden

Ten things that make a visit to Gotland unforgettable

The Local's contributor Nicole Zerrer has explored Gotland, and found ten things that makes this Swedish island stand out.

Italian woman sues hospital after unsuccessful abortion
Italy

Italian woman sues hospital after unsuccessful abortion

An Italian woman is suing a hospital for over 200,000 euros after undergoing an unsuccessful abortion.

Spanish football federation chief held in fraud probe
Spain

Spanish football federation chief held in fraud probe

Police raided the headquarters of Spain's football federation on Tuesday and arrested its president Angel Maria Villar as part of an anti-corruption probe.

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France

The mystery of the millions of yellow sponges colonizing France’s northern beaches

Bob l'éponge turns up on the beaches of northern France to the bemusement of locals.

‘Enormous rise’ in girls threatened with genital mutilation in Germany: report
Germany

‘Enormous rise’ in girls threatened with genital mutilation in Germany: report

There are currently more than 13,000 girls in Germany whose families plan to have them circumcised - an increase of 4,000 over last year - women's rights group Terre des Femmes claims.

Here’s where to catch Prince Will and Kate during their royal visit to Germany
Germany

Here’s where to catch Prince Will and Kate during their royal visit to Germany

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a whirlwind tour of Germany ahead of them as they arrive first in Berlin on Wednesday, with the little ones also by their sides. Here's where to see them in the capital, as well as in Heidelberg and Hamburg.

547 boys were abused at Regensburg Catholic choir school: lawyer
Germany

547 boys were abused at Regensburg Catholic choir school: lawyer

At least 547 boys at a German Catholic choir school fell victim to sexual and physical abuse in what some later compared to "prison, hell or a concentration camp", an investigator's report said Tuesday.

French police hunt ‘highway pirates’ who targeted motorists in south
France

French police hunt ‘highway pirates’ who targeted motorists in south

Police hunt masked men who targeted motorists and holidaymakers in their cars.

America no longer first as Macron’s France ranked world’s top ‘soft power’
France

America no longer first as Macron’s France ranked world’s top ‘soft power’

"America First"? Mais non, not when it comes to a nation's global influence.

Muslim woman banned from divorcing husband while wearing headscarf
Germany

Muslim woman banned from divorcing husband while wearing headscarf

A court in eastern Germany has told a Syrian woman that she is not allowed to appear in court for divorce proceedings against her husband unless she takes off her headscarf, Tagesspiegel reports.

Swiss pharma Novartis sees drop in profits
Switzerland

Swiss pharma Novartis sees drop in profits

But the company said it was set to reach annual targets.

This Swedish Star Wars wedding looks unbelievably accurate
Sweden

This Swedish Star Wars wedding looks unbelievably accurate

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Also known as Halmstad.

Norwegians too slack with bicycle helmets: traffic agency
Norway

Norwegians too slack with bicycle helmets: traffic agency

Norway’s Safe Traffic agency says that 6 out of 10 of the country’s cyclists do not wear helmets enough.

Italy has EU’s highest level of youth unemployment, study shows
Italy

Italy has EU’s highest level of youth unemployment, study shows

Almost one in five young Italians are neither employed, job-seeking, nor in full-time study, according to an EU-wide report released on Monday.

Rare golden jackal spotted in St Gallen area
Switzerland

Rare golden jackal spotted in St Gallen area

A golden jackal has been sighted in the canton of St Gallen for the very first time.

Bodies of couple dead for 70 years found on Swiss glacier
Switzerland

Bodies of couple dead for 70 years found on Swiss glacier

Human remains dating from before World War Two were discovered preserved in the ice at Glacier 3,000 last week.

GALLERY: Spain’s most charming undiscovered towns
Spain

GALLERY: Spain’s most charming undiscovered towns

We all know Seville is stunning, Barcelona's beautiful and Oviedo's awesome but Spain has dozens of small towns that are just waiting to be discovered.

Italy wildfires: Homes evacuated in Rome and Naples as police arrest four suspected arsonists
Italy

Italy wildfires: Homes evacuated in Rome and Naples as police arrest four suspected arsonists

People were evacuated from their homes in Naples and Rome as wildfires continued to devastate the Italian countryside, while police have arrested at least four suspected arsonists across the country.

Ericsson to cut costs further following fourth consecutive quarterly loss
Sweden

Ericsson to cut costs further following fourth consecutive quarterly loss

Things aren't getting any easier for the struggling Swedish telecoms giant.

No space at Danish shelters for women: report
Denmark

No space at Danish shelters for women: report

Shelters in Copenhagen and on Zealand for women who have been subjected to domestic violence are almost full to capacity, according to a report.

France set for another scorcher as temperatures rise again
France

France set for another scorcher as temperatures rise again

Suncream and parasols at the ready!

‘Hero’ truck driver risks life to guide burning tanker away from town
Germany

‘Hero’ truck driver risks life to guide burning tanker away from town

When his cargo of diesel and petrol caught fire in a built up area of Bavaria on Monday, a truck driver was unable to put out the flames. So he risked his life to make sure others weren’t put in danger.

Immigration: fewer EU citizens are coming to Switzerland
Switzerland

Immigration: fewer EU citizens are coming to Switzerland

Immigration to Switzerland is slowing down, particularly from the European Union, according to new figures from the Swiss migration office (SEM).

Cooking with a conscience: Colombian chef wins top culinary prize
Spain

Cooking with a conscience: Colombian chef wins top culinary prize

Leonor Espinosa, a Colombian chef known for sourcing local ingredients and giving back to the communities that supply them, has won the Basque Culinary World Prize, a €100,000 prize for chefs who make a difference.

France eyes post-Brexit deal to keep fishing in UK waters
France

France eyes post-Brexit deal to keep fishing in UK waters

Brits might accuse the French of wanting to have their fish and eat it too.

Totti confirms he’s retiring for directorship role at Roma
Italy

Totti confirms he’s retiring for directorship role at Roma

Francesco Totti confirmed his retirement on Monday, the Roma legend announcing "a new adventure" in his storied career as he takes up a directorship role at the Serie A club.

US hits French banking giant BNP with $246 million fine
France

US hits French banking giant BNP with $246 million fine

US regulators have fined French banking giant BNP Paribas $246 million for the bad behaviour of its traders.

‘Tourism is killing Venice, but it’s also the only key to survival’
Italy

‘Tourism is killing Venice, but it’s also the only key to survival’

Venice has topped travellers’ bucket lists for centuries, but in recent years the city has struggled to cope with mass tourism, while tension has grown between visitors and locals.

More than 100 tech workers told to leave Sweden since January 2016
Sweden

More than 100 tech workers told to leave Sweden since January 2016

New figures from the Migration Agency show how many IT and tech workers have been told to leave the country in the past years.

Sweden satisfied with ‘crucial’ Euro opener
Sweden

Sweden satisfied with ‘crucial’ Euro opener

Sweden brought Germany to a goalless draw while underdogs Russia stunned Italy as Group B opened at the women's Euro tournament in the Netherlands.

Refugees welcome? How UK and Sweden compare on education for young migrants
Sweden

Refugees welcome? How UK and Sweden compare on education for young migrants

OPINION: The UK should learn from Sweden when it comes to educating young immigrants, argues Nottingham University's Joanna McIntyre in this opinion piece first published by The Conversation.