Inclusion in Danish higher education ‘a tough task’: international students
Denmark

Inclusion in Danish higher education ‘a tough task’: international students

The Local’s Punvi Kalia spoke to past and present international students in Denmark about the challenges they faced trying to fit into life in the Scandinavian country.

Deutsche Bahn invests millions in Berlin ride-sharing startup: report
Germany

Deutsche Bahn invests millions in Berlin ride-sharing startup: report

German government-owned Deutsche Bahn is investing millions in a Berlin taxi and ride-sharing startup that has its sights set on expanding in the United States and Asia, according to a media report on Monday.

Rosier outlook for Italian economy as IMF ups forecast
Italy

Rosier outlook for Italian economy as IMF ups forecast

Italy’s economy received a small boost on Monday after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) upped its 2017 and 2018 growth forecast for the country.

Balearic Islands ban blood and death in the bullring
Spain

Balearic Islands ban blood and death in the bullring

The Balearic regional parliament has voted in a raft of new measures that overhaul bullfights and ensure that no animals are hurt in the spectacle.

Mixed nationality Norwegians reach record numbers
Norway

Mixed nationality Norwegians reach record numbers

More Norwegians have a parent with foreign nationality than ever before, according to figures from Statistics Norway (Statistisk sentralbyrå).

Children ‘as young as nine’ caught robbing people in Stockholm
Sweden

Children ‘as young as nine’ caught robbing people in Stockholm

Police have raised concern after groups of youths aged under 15 – one thought to be as young as nine – were caught robbing or trying to rob people in Stockholm last night.

In pictures: Swedish pensioner has giant dragon painted on her house for her birthday
Sweden

In pictures: Swedish pensioner has giant dragon painted on her house for her birthday

A pensioner from southern Sweden has marked her 80th birthday in style by having a giant mural of a dragon painted on her house.

France: Road deaths up 15.4 percent on previous year
France

France: Road deaths up 15.4 percent on previous year

The number of road deaths continues to rise in France.

‘I can’t breathe’: English-speaking ‘shoplifter’ held in chokehold at Berlin store
Germany

‘I can’t breathe’: English-speaking ‘shoplifter’ held in chokehold at Berlin store

A video seen by The Local shows an English-speaking suspected shoplifter being tackled to the ground and placed in a chokehold, screaming "I can't breathe". Police are now investigating a complaint of dangerous assault.

Protesters wall off access to French migrant shelter
France

Protesters wall off access to French migrant shelter

Tensions around migrants are rising in south west France.

Macron set for celeb-filled week as Bono and Rihanna visit Elysée
France

Macron set for celeb-filled week as Bono and Rihanna visit Elysée

Macron gets ready to welcome Bono and Rihanna to the presidential palace.

How the German car industry is trying to avoid a ‘total meltdown’ of its reputation
Germany

How the German car industry is trying to avoid a ‘total meltdown’ of its reputation

German carmakers faced a brewing scandal Monday as suspicions grew they colluded illegally for decades, further damaging the industry's image and exposing it to massive financial risks.

No island as important as Gotland, says US military chief
Sweden

No island as important as Gotland, says US military chief

Almost 1,500 US soldiers are set to join Sweden's largest military exercise in two decades.

Torrential rain causes road closures, evacuations and damage across Norway
Norway

Torrential rain causes road closures, evacuations and damage across Norway

Severe weather caused havoc across Norway on Sunday and Monday, with property and roads damaged and traffic delays in several areas.

Turkey backtracks on terror financing charge against German companies
Germany

Turkey backtracks on terror financing charge against German companies

Germany said the Turkey had informed it on Monday that it had dropped accusations of "terrorism" funding against major German companies amid a raging dispute between the NATO partners.

Ryanair makes ‘non-binding’ offer for Alitalia
Italy

Ryanair makes ‘non-binding’ offer for Alitalia

UPDATED: Ryanair has made a "non-binding offer" for its loss-making Italian rival Alitalia, the Irish no-frills carrier said on Monday.

How I went from clueless guiri to Madrid music sensation in just one year
Spain

How I went from clueless guiri to Madrid music sensation in just one year

Ben Gibson tells The Local about his extraordinary journey from new arrival in a city full of strangers to performing at a crowded music festival.

Police: Schaffhausen chainsaw attacker is a loner who lives in forests
Switzerland

Police: Schaffhausen chainsaw attacker is a loner who lives in forests

Police name the attacker as 51-year-old Franz Wrousis.

Italian hotelier warns guest: ‘We don’t accept gays or animals’
Italy

Italian hotelier warns guest: ‘We don’t accept gays or animals’

A homosexual couple were forced to cancel their holiday at a Calabrian guesthouse after the owner told them, via WhatsApp, that gays and animals are not allowed.

Danish ‘keeper Sørensen retires after 24 seasons
Denmark

Danish ‘keeper Sørensen retires after 24 seasons

Former Denmark international goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen said Monday he is retiring from professional football after a playing career spanning 24 years.

Suspect arrested for arson attacks that killed 24 horses
Switzerland

Suspect arrested for arson attacks that killed 24 horses

Police in the canton of Vaud have arrested a suspect over the series of fires in the Fribourg/Vaud border area on July 15th which resulted in the death of 24 horses at a riding school.

Bear chases flock of 209 sheep off a cliff to their death in Pyrenees

Bear chases flock of 209 sheep off a cliff to their death in Pyrenees

A bear is being blamed for the deaths of an entire flock of sheep which were found at the base of a cliff in the Pyrenees near the border between France and Spain.

German President ‘irritated’ with how Trump’s presidency is going
Germany

German President ‘irritated’ with how Trump’s presidency is going

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a TV interview that though he is "irritated" about a lot of things happening under US President Donald Trump, he still has hope for the transatlantic relationship.

Provence on maximum alert for forest fires
France

Provence on maximum alert for forest fires

The Mistral is returning to Provence and bringing the threat of forest fires with it.

Libya’s rival leaders due in Paris for talks
France

Libya’s rival leaders due in Paris for talks

Macron is set to welcome Libya's two rival leaders in a bid to 'to facilitate a political agreement'.

Rome faces water rationing as drought ravages Italy
Italy

Rome faces water rationing as drought ravages Italy

Some 1.5 million Rome residents are bracing themselves for water rationing as Italy grapples with a severe drought.

BMW denies colluding with rivals to cheat on diesel emissions
Germany

BMW denies colluding with rivals to cheat on diesel emissions

German luxury carmaker BMW on Sunday denied any collusion with industry rivals on emissions from its diesel engines, saying none of its models had been "manipulated" or violated industry regulations.

18 injured as Swiss bachelor party goes wrong
Switzerland

18 injured as Swiss bachelor party goes wrong

A bachelor party turned into a nightmare in Wohlen in the canton of Aargau on Saturday.

Denmark’s fireplaces pollute more than cars: report
Denmark

Denmark’s fireplaces pollute more than cars: report

Hygge in front of the fireplace may be a cornerstone of the Danish stereotype, but it’s more of a health hazard than many realise.

Growing number of Swedish women take up hunting
Sweden

Growing number of Swedish women take up hunting

More and more women are taking up hunting in Sweden, where every fifth new licence is taken by a woman according to new figures.

Football: England sink Spain to close in on quarters
Spain

Football: England sink Spain to close in on quarters

Fran Kirby and Jodie Taylor handed England a 2-0 win over Spain in a game marred by heavy rain in Breda on Sunday, to make it back-to-back victories at the women's Euro tournament.

Swedish cyber security slip-up ‘a complete failure’: PM Stefan Löfven
Sweden

Swedish cyber security slip-up ‘a complete failure’: PM Stefan Löfven

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has commented for the first time on a cyber security slip-up that made top secret police databases available to foreign IT workers.

Sarah Sjöström makes history with stunning new freestyle relay world record
Sweden

Sarah Sjöström makes history with stunning new freestyle relay world record

"I went all out for the first 50, and hoped for the best on the last 50. It wasn't really smart swimming, I was just chancing it."

‘One has to wait for a sober invitation from a Swede to make it really count’
Sweden

‘One has to wait for a sober invitation from a Swede to make it really count’

The Local contributor Nicole Zerrer spoke to Matthias Kamann, a German entrepreneur trying to explain Swedish culture to foreigners.