Hungry polar bears spotted eating Svalbard sea bird eggs
Norway

Hungry polar bears spotted eating Svalbard sea bird eggs

Polar bears on the Norwegian Arctic Svalbard archipelago have eaten large numbers of eggs laid by eider and geese on parts of the islands, according to a report.

The dos and don’ts of taking your clothes off on French beaches
France

The dos and don’ts of taking your clothes off on French beaches

France is world famous for its nudist beaches and its topless sunbathers but there are some rules or customs you need to abide by when it comes to taking your clothes off this summer. Here's what you need to know about dropping your top (or bottoms) on French beaches.

Spain’s La Liga draw postponed after fraud arrests
Spain

Spain’s La Liga draw postponed after fraud arrests

The Spanish football federation has pushed back a draw for the upcoming football league calendar until Friday following the arrest of its president.

Thousands swarm to greet Prince William and Kate in Berlin
Germany

Thousands swarm to greet Prince William and Kate in Berlin

Die-hard fans of the royal family waited with anticipation for hours on Wednesday to catch a glimpse of Prince William and wife Kate Middleton as they kicked off their three-day German tour in Berlin.

Opinion: ‘The assumption that Sweden has reached complete equality is wrong’
Sweden

Opinion: ‘The assumption that Sweden has reached complete equality is wrong’

"People move to Sweden in the hope of a life lived out and proud, but the assumption that we have reached complete equality is wrong."

Macron comes under fire from all angles after French military chief quits
France

Macron comes under fire from all angles after French military chief quits

Macron is firmly to blame for the resignation of France's highly respected armed forces leader, according to French politicians.

Gender segregated school bus not discriminatory, Swedish Discrimination Ombudsman rules
Sweden

Gender segregated school bus not discriminatory, Swedish Discrimination Ombudsman rules

A Muslim school in Sweden that separated pupils by gender on a school bus did not break anti-discrimination laws in doing so, but the same could not be said about gender segregated sports lessons.

WW2 bomb found on beach near Danish lighthouse
Denmark

WW2 bomb found on beach near Danish lighthouse

A bomb thought to have been dropped by an aircraft during the Second World War has been found near the Rubjerg Knude lighthouse in northwest Jutland.

Germany summons Turkish envoy over detention of activist
Germany

Germany summons Turkish envoy over detention of activist

Berlin on Wednesday summoned Turkey's ambassador over the detention of a German human rights activist who was remanded in Turkish custody this week.

Radical left plot to assassinate opponents no longer unthinkable, Berlin warns
Germany

Radical left plot to assassinate opponents no longer unthinkable, Berlin warns

For years far-left activists in Berlin followed the strategy of attacking property, not people. But that is changing, the Berlin interior ministry claimed on Tuesday.

Violent storms set to lash central and southern France
France

Violent storms set to lash central and southern France

France's spell of extreme weather isn't over yet.

Nolan’s Dunkirk film accused of ‘rudely’ ignoring France’s crucial role in saving British
France

Nolan’s Dunkirk film accused of ‘rudely’ ignoring France’s crucial role in saving British

The crucial role played by French army in the 'miracle of Dunkirk' needs remembering (even if new Christopher Nolan film ignores it.)

British royal couple take Brexit ‘charm offensive’ to Germany
Germany

British royal couple take Brexit ‘charm offensive’ to Germany

Prince William and his wife Kate embarked Wednesday on a three-day visit to Germany billed as a "charm offensive" by local media as Britain begins thorny Brexit talks in earnest.

Scrap 1,000 krone note: Danish party
Denmark

Scrap 1,000 krone note: Danish party

Denmark’s left wing Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten) says it wants to abolish the 1,000-krone note, the largest available denomination of the country’s currency.

Five people face charges over Amatrice earthquake building collapses
Italy

Five people face charges over Amatrice earthquake building collapses

Five people are facing charges including manslaughter in connection with building collapses after the deadly earthquakes which hit Italy last year.

Summer travel: 26 things to do in Switzerland’s 26 cantons
Switzerland

Summer travel: 26 things to do in Switzerland’s 26 cantons

From Aargau to Zurich, we take a whistle-stop trip around the highlights for Switzerland's 26 cantons vising castles, lakes and mountains along the way.

Elderly Swede caught fire after hospital surgery
Sweden

Elderly Swede caught fire after hospital surgery

A Swedish university hospital has said a "miss in communication" is to blame after one of its surgeons accidentally set an almost 100-year-old woman ablaze in the operation room.

Drinking, fighting and lax training: What coaching Scotland is like, according to Swedish manager
Sweden

Drinking, fighting and lax training: What coaching Scotland is like, according to Swedish manager

"I got a call telling me that a girl had been hit after a match on the Sunday. Two girls had started quarrelling at the pub and one started to pound away at the other."

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France

VIDEO: Unamused French mayor reassures tourists after they’re told to ‘Go f***ing home’

VIDEO: Tourists on beaches in southern France were told in no uncertain terms where to go

Disgraced banker found dead on country estate after shooting himself with hunting rifle
Spain

Disgraced banker found dead on country estate after shooting himself with hunting rifle

Miguel Blesa, the disgraced former chairman of Spanish savings bank Caja Madrid was found dead at his country estate on Wednesday, where he reportedly shot himself in the chest.

Thunderstorms to sweep Germany from Munich to Berlin on Thursday
Germany

Thunderstorms to sweep Germany from Munich to Berlin on Thursday

The sunny weather on Wednesday is set to turn grey by Thursday as German forecasters predict thunderstorms across most of the country.

Summer is here: 30 degrees in Norway this week
Norway

Summer is here: 30 degrees in Norway this week

Large parts of southern and western Norway will enjoy temperatures of up to 30°C (86°F) on Wednesday and Thursday.

Third of French primary schools to return to a four-day week
France

Third of French primary schools to return to a four-day week

French primary school timetable is changing again for many schools.

Train crashes into car in Interlaken
Switzerland

Train crashes into car in Interlaken

Rail services were disrupted for several hours in the Interlaken region of canton Bern after a train hit a car stuck on a crossing point on Tuesday afternoon.

Italian footballer moves clubs, retires, and comes out of retirement, all within two weeks
Italy

Italian footballer moves clubs, retires, and comes out of retirement, all within two weeks

Former Italy international striker Antonio Cassano pulled a remarkable about-turn on Tuesday, backtracking on his decision to retire just hours after breaking the news to his Verona team-mates.

Housing prices keep roaring up in Germany, new study shows
Germany

Housing prices keep roaring up in Germany, new study shows

A new report by consumer watchdog Stiftung Warentest shows that housing prices rose even more rapidly in 2016 than in recent years, posing a problem for people looking to buy a home.

British newspaper ranks Naples alongside Raqqa in ‘dangerous cities’ list
Italy

British newspaper ranks Naples alongside Raqqa in ‘dangerous cities’ list

British newspaper The Sun labelled Naples as one of the world's ten most dangerous cities, alongside Isis-occupied Raqqa in Syria.

‘There were no explosives in the car. There was a dog!’: Police reveal details about Swedish superstore crash
Sweden

‘There were no explosives in the car. There was a dog!’: Police reveal details about Swedish superstore crash

A 65-year-old man is in compulsory psychiatric care after driving a car into the entrance of a popular Swedish discount store.

France’s top military chief quits after public bust up with Macron
France

France’s top military chief quits after public bust up with Macron

Macron has been dealt his first major crisis after head of country's armed forces quits amid row over budget.

Ryanair calls for yet another airport in Berlin
Germany

Ryanair calls for yet another airport in Berlin

As the capital city continues to struggle to complete its long-awaited new airport, Ryanair has chimed in to say that Berlin needs yet another hub for air travel.

Chinese navy sails through Danish waters
Denmark

Chinese navy sails through Danish waters

A Chinese military vessels are currently being escorted through Danish waters as part of a Chinese-Russian joint military exercise that will also see a Russian submarine and nuclear cruiser in Danish maritime territory.

Serving frozen food without telling customers is fraud, rules top Italian court
Italy

Serving frozen food without telling customers is fraud, rules top Italian court

Serving frozen food at a restaurant without explicitly labelling it as such is a crime, Italy's top court said in a ruling published on Monday.

Glacier bodies identified: ‘We spent our whole lives searching for them’
Switzerland

Glacier bodies identified: ‘We spent our whole lives searching for them’

UPDATED: The two bodies uncovered on a Swiss glacier last week have been formally identified.

Daimler announces emissions recall of 3 million diesel cars in Europe
Germany

Daimler announces emissions recall of 3 million diesel cars in Europe

German luxury car maker Daimler, which is being investigated for alleged emissions cheating, announced Tuesday a voluntary recall of more than three million Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles in Europe.

Fraud trial over Vatican cardinal’s luxury lodgings kicks off
Italy

Fraud trial over Vatican cardinal’s luxury lodgings kicks off

A trial against two former members of a Vatican foundation charged with embezzling charity money to refurbish the luxury apartment of a cardinal opened on Tuesday.

Controversial French anti-terror bill clears first hurdle
France

Controversial French anti-terror bill clears first hurdle

Plans to toughen France's anti-terror laws are on track.

Henrik Stenson promises new crazy stunt if he wins the British Open again
Sweden

Henrik Stenson promises new crazy stunt if he wins the British Open again

"I don't know which is going to be harder."

UN experts ‘spoke to clan leader’s family’ day before murder
Sweden

UN experts ‘spoke to clan leader’s family’ day before murder

New information has emerged in the case of murdered UN experts Zaida Catalan, from Sweden, and Michael Sharp, from the US.

In pictures: Your Swedish summer snaps
Sweden

In pictures: Your Swedish summer snaps

Some of the pictures The Local's readers have tagged us in on Instagram this summer.