France hit by drought: What you need to know about water restrictions
France

France hit by drought: What you need to know about water restrictions

How are local authorities combating France's drought problem?

Swedish golfer Stenson has rental home burgled during British Open
Sweden

Swedish golfer Stenson has rental home burgled during British Open

"I am going to try not to let this spoil the week in any way".

Seven Swedish startups that help make your life better
Sweden

Seven Swedish startups that help make your life better

These seven Swedish startups could help to improve your daily life, as well as others.

Denmark police want nightlife ban on under 18s
Denmark

Denmark police want nightlife ban on under 18s

Police on Funen want under 18s to be completely barred from the island’s bars and nightclubs due to difficulties enforcing legal age limits.

Prosecutors file terror charges against ‘Isis ambassador in Germany’
Germany

Prosecutors file terror charges against ‘Isis ambassador in Germany’

Federal prosecutors filed charges on Friday against an Iraqi man and four associates who allegedly ran a recruiting network for the terror group Isis.

Prosecutor orders part closure of petrochemical facilities in Sicily, one of EU’s largest
Italy

Prosecutor orders part closure of petrochemical facilities in Sicily, one of EU’s largest

Refining facilities at the major Syracuse complex have been closed after a two-year investigation found they contributed to air pollution.

Tourists fed ‘pizza, ice cream and sausages’ to horses at Swedish farm
Sweden

Tourists fed ‘pizza, ice cream and sausages’ to horses at Swedish farm

A city farm in the south of Sweden has been forced to move its horses to a private enclosure after tourists made them fat with pizza and ice cream.

Briton faces court over Deutsche Telekom cyber attack that hit 1 million German homes
Germany

Briton faces court over Deutsche Telekom cyber attack that hit 1 million German homes

A British man admitted in a Cologne court on Friday to staging a large-scale cyber attack on Deutsche Telekom last year, saying he was acting for a Liberian client.

Take a virtual trip to iconic Aarhus open air museum
Denmark

Take a virtual trip to iconic Aarhus open air museum

It’s not quite the real thing, but a new online tour of iconic open air museum The Old Town in Aarhus makes it possible to virtually experience three epochs of Danish history.

German car giants formed cartel to secretly collude on diesel emissions: report
Germany

German car giants formed cartel to secretly collude on diesel emissions: report

German carmakers Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, BMW and Daimler secretly worked together from the 1990s onwards on issues including polluting emissions from diesel vehicles, news magazine Der Spiegel reported Friday.

Brit seeks asylum in Germany, claiming life in danger in UK
Germany

Brit seeks asylum in Germany, claiming life in danger in UK

A 41-year-old British man has requested asylum at Munich airport, saying that he no longer wanted to be a subject of the Queen, police reported on Friday.

German media failed to report refugee crisis honestly, study finds
Germany

German media failed to report refugee crisis honestly, study finds

An influential German institute has studied thousands of article published by daily newspapers during the refugee crisis. Their conclusion: journalists lost their objectivity and drove a wedge through society.

Paris: How did a ‘whale’ end up beached on the banks of the River Seine
France

Paris: How did a ‘whale’ end up beached on the banks of the River Seine

What's the story behind the Seine 'whale'?

Northern Norwegian islands in moratorium over fishing rights
Norway

Northern Norwegian islands in moratorium over fishing rights

Protests over the fishing rights of indigenous Sami people in the Tenojoki or Tana river region straddling the border between Norway and Finland are gaining momentum, with moratoria declared against new regulations.

Iconic Ferrari F40 turns 30 today
Italy

Iconic Ferrari F40 turns 30 today

Maranello, site of Ferrari's eponymous HQ, presented the Ferrari F40 to the world on July 21, 1987. The car was named F40 to commemorate 40 years since Ferrari was founded in 1947.

UK and France now more popular than Sweden for asylum applicants
Sweden

UK and France now more popular than Sweden for asylum applicants

Seven EU nations have received more asylum applications than Sweden during 2017, according to new figures from EU stats office Eurostat.

France’s far-right begin soul-searching talks as Le Pen looks for fresh start
France

France’s far-right begin soul-searching talks as Le Pen looks for fresh start

Le Pen and her troops meet to take stock.

More and more Italians migrating for economic reasons
Italy

More and more Italians migrating for economic reasons

About 40,000 Italians left their country in search of better fortunes elsewhere in 2015 alone.

Germany’s first same-sex marriages expected in October
Germany

Germany’s first same-sex marriages expected in October

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced on Friday that he had signed into law a measure allowing same-sex marriage in Germany, meaning the first official weddings could kick off in October.

What does it mean to be a ‘New Italian’? The question facing a divided Italy
Italy

What does it mean to be a ‘New Italian’? The question facing a divided Italy

Italy and its parliament are divided over the question of whether children born in the country but of foreign parents should be given automatic citizenship - a vote which is a litmus test for how the country will deal with its changing demographics, an expert tells The Local.

Man detained in Swedish security police ‘public devastation’ investigation
Sweden

Man detained in Swedish security police ‘public devastation’ investigation

A 38-year old resident of southern Swedish town Nässjö has been remanded in custody suspected of planning public devastation (allmänfarlig ödeläggelse).

How to protect yourself against cow attacks
Switzerland

How to protect yourself against cow attacks

In the summer months hikers strolling through meadows in Switzerland often underestimate the danger posed by cows.

France to send wolves to the slaughter in bid to save sheep flocks
France

France to send wolves to the slaughter in bid to save sheep flocks

French government gives the green light to a wolf cull.

France lifts 30-year ban on embalming bodies of HIV deceased
France

France lifts 30-year ban on embalming bodies of HIV deceased

France has lifted a ban on embalming the bodies of HIV-positive people, ending three decades of discrimination in death against people infected with the AIDS virus.

French folk singer dies on stage from ‘electrocution’
France

French folk singer dies on stage from ‘electrocution’

A 35-year-old French folk singer died of a suspected electrocution while performing during a storm in a hilltop church, local authorities said Thursday.

French tobacconists rebel against plan to hike price of cigarettes to €10
France

French tobacconists rebel against plan to hike price of cigarettes to €10

Cigarette sellers are fighting back.

Keep migrants off mainland, Austria tells Italy
Austria

Keep migrants off mainland, Austria tells Italy

"Rescue missions in the Mediterranean cannot be seen as a ticket to central Europe," Austria tells Italy.

Top ten: Spain’s best natural swimming spots
Spain

Top ten: Spain’s best natural swimming spots

The best place to bathe isn't always at the seaside!

SMEs and startups behind industrial resurgence in southern Italy
Italy

SMEs and startups behind industrial resurgence in southern Italy

Southern Italian industry has continued to grow, registering a 0.9 per cent increase in 2016 according to a Confindustria report. Four out of five indicators however remain below pre crisis levels.

Walker discovers charred body in woods
Switzerland

Walker discovers charred body in woods

A woman walking in woods in the canton of Thurgau on Sunday made a grisly find when she came across the charred body of a man.

Turkey reminds me of communist East Germany, says veteran German finance minister
Germany

Turkey reminds me of communist East Germany, says veteran German finance minister

In an escalating war of words between Ankara and Berlin, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble compared Erdogan's Turkey with the former communist German Democratic Republic (GDR).

Carry on kissing? Spain’s Vuelta cycling race looks for lip service
Spain

Carry on kissing? Spain’s Vuelta cycling race looks for lip service

Is it sexist or even appropriate for podium girls to carry on kissing the winners of the classic cycling race?

Siemens to cut back Russia trade after generators end up in Crimea
Germany

Siemens to cut back Russia trade after generators end up in Crimea

German industrial conglomerate Siemens said Friday it would scale back its operations in Russia after confirming gas turbines it sold to companies there had been diverted to Ukraine's Russian-annexed Crimea region in breach of sanctions.

Villages vie to be named prettiest in Switzerland
Switzerland

Villages vie to be named prettiest in Switzerland

Twelve locations across Switzerland have been shortlisted in this year’s competition to find the prettiest village in the country.

More wet weather: meteorologist advises Danes to swap festivals for ‘a ticket south’
Denmark

More wet weather: meteorologist advises Danes to swap festivals for ‘a ticket south’

Plenty of rain is expected on a weekend during which summer festivals are scheduled to take place around Denmark.

Namibian tribe continue fight for German compensation over colonial genocide
Germany

Namibian tribe continue fight for German compensation over colonial genocide

On a thin strip of land at the bay of Lüderitz in southern Namibia are dozens of gravestones bearing the names of each German soldier killed during a largely forgotten colonial war.

France set for more weekend traffic misery
France

France set for more weekend traffic misery

Get ready for more traffic jams this weekend.

Austria tells Italy to keep migrants off mainland
Italy

Austria tells Italy to keep migrants off mainland

Austria's foreign minister Sebastian Kurz called on Italy Thursday to stop migrants from reaching the mainland by halting the ferry services from the islands where they first land.

Dalí exhumation: ‘His moustache remains intact – pointing in the ten-past-ten position’
Spain

Dalí exhumation: ‘His moustache remains intact – pointing in the ten-past-ten position’

When his tomb was opened, forensic experts found that Dalí's embalmed body remained perfectly intact, even his moustache was pointing upwards in the ten-past-ten position.

Swatch reports higher profits in first half
Switzerland

Swatch reports higher profits in first half

Swiss watchmaker Swatch says that its profits rose in the first six months, but its performance was dampened by the strength of the Swiss franc.

German business warns Turkey trade will plunge amid escalating diplomatic row
Germany

German business warns Turkey trade will plunge amid escalating diplomatic row

German business groups warned Thursday that economic ties with Turkey would go from bad to worse as a sharply escalating diplomatic row heightens uncertainty.

Bush fires stretching capacity of fire department
Italy

Bush fires stretching capacity of fire department

More than 50 fires have been registered in the southern province of Salerno alone, specifically in the towns of Agropoli and Cilento. But fires continue to rage across Italy.

Swede dies in earthquake in Greece and Turkey
Sweden

Swede dies in earthquake in Greece and Turkey

A Swedish man was one of the people killed when a violent earthquake hit Greek island Kos, Sweden's foreign ministry has confirmed.

IT workers in other countries had access to secret Swedish records: report
Sweden

IT workers in other countries had access to secret Swedish records: report

Two confidential police databases were made available to IT workers without security clearance, reports the DN daily.

Swedish recipe: How to make gooseberry and elderflower compote
Sweden

Swedish recipe: How to make gooseberry and elderflower compote

Both elderflower and gooseberries grow around Sweden in summer. Food writer John Duxbury explains how to turn them into a tasty compote.