Danish police ‘stop-and-search zones’ have little effect
Denmark

Danish police ‘stop-and-search zones’ have little effect

Police in both Copenhagen and Aarhus have increasingly turned to so-called ’stop-and-search zones’ in an attempt to crack down on gang violence. But according to police data, not a single gun has been found.

Norway considers tourist tax to deal with its growing popularity
Norway

Norway considers tourist tax to deal with its growing popularity

Norway is currently enjoying a newfound level of popularity amongst tourists.

Wildfires: French locals help evacuated holidaymakers
France

Wildfires: French locals help evacuated holidaymakers

Locals are supporting displaced holidaymakers with camp beds, pizza deliveries and basic necessities.

France to nationalise its biggest shipyard after standoff with Italy

France to nationalise its biggest shipyard after standoff with Italy

France makes a stand in shipping deal.

Opposition pushes ahead with no-confidence motion against defence minister
Sweden

Opposition pushes ahead with no-confidence motion against defence minister

The opposition Alliance parties said on Thursday afternoon that they would push on with their no-confidence motion against the defence minister, despite Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's cabinet reshuffle.

Woman fired for eating co-worker’s chocolate bar wins back job
Germany

Woman fired for eating co-worker’s chocolate bar wins back job

A woman and her employer reached a settlement on Wednesday in a case over how she was fired without notice from her job of 30 years over eating a colleague's chocolate bar.

IN PHOTOS: Christmas comes early during Denmark’s annual Santa Claus congress
Denmark

IN PHOTOS: Christmas comes early during Denmark’s annual Santa Claus congress

While you certainly can’t count on July to deliver good weather to Denmark, you can be sure it will bring an early Christmas.

France bans MPs from hiring family members
France

France bans MPs from hiring family members

Will this help end the slew of corruption scandals in French politics?

Italy moving quickly on plan to deploy ships to Libya
Italy

Italy moving quickly on plan to deploy ships to Libya

An Italian government plan to deploy vessels in Libyan territorial waters to help fight human trafficking will be presented to parliament early next week, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Thursday.

Family of Holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg sues Russia’s security service
Sweden

Family of Holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg sues Russia’s security service

"This case isn't just about the possibility of restoring the memory of a remarkable person. It is also yet another attempt to fight the inacessibility of the FSB archives."

German court rules bosses can’t use keyboard-tracking software to spy on workers
Germany

German court rules bosses can’t use keyboard-tracking software to spy on workers

Are bosses going too far when they use spy software to track employees' every keystroke? Apparently yes, according to a ruling by Germany's highest labour court on Thursday.

Norway shopping centre stabbing victim dies, other in critical condition
Norway

Norway shopping centre stabbing victim dies, other in critical condition

A 17-year-old girl has died from wounds suffered during Wednesday’s stabbing incident at the Sørlandsenteret shopping centre in Kristiansand.

Danish war veteran charged with murdering his parents with axe
Denmark

Danish war veteran charged with murdering his parents with axe

The 43-year-old former soldier who was arrested last summer on charges that he murdered his parents and then stored their bodies in his car was formally charged with murder on Thursday.

Doubts over Macron’s plan for asylum checks in Libya
France

Doubts over Macron’s plan for asylum checks in Libya

Macron said asylum processing centres would be set up in Libya this summer, but aides have said he can't implement the scheme as he wished.

Four runaway camels have been tracked down in northern France
France

Four runaway camels have been tracked down in northern France

Yet more runaway animals in France.

Volkswagen to refit 1 million more cars in Germany after dieselgate scandal
Germany

Volkswagen to refit 1 million more cars in Germany after dieselgate scandal

Carmaker Volkswagen said on Thursday it would offer to refit almost a million more diesel cars in Germany to reduce harmful emissions, as the country's auto industry is racked by overlapping scandals.

Turkey reassures German execs after placing firms on ‘terror list’
Germany

Turkey reassures German execs after placing firms on ‘terror list’

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim met with German business executives on Thursday to reassure them following a bitter row between Ankara and Berlin that threatened to drag them into a terror funding crackdown.

Movie releases reflect growing German ambivalence towards refugees
Germany

Movie releases reflect growing German ambivalence towards refugees

Last year the biggest summer film release was a feel-good comedy about a refugee living with a German family. This year the theme is still refugees, but the mood is much darker.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjöström books place in 100m freestyle world semi-finals
Sweden

Sweden’s Sarah Sjöström books place in 100m freestyle world semi-finals

The Swedish swimming icon booked a place in the semis with the fastest time in the morning heats.

Thirty-six migrants detained outside Milan’s central station
Italy

Thirty-six migrants detained outside Milan’s central station

Thirty-six people have been detained by police following a blitz outside Milan’s central train station as the city grapples with new migrant arrivals.

Woman pushed into River Seine for refusing to buy drugs
France

Woman pushed into River Seine for refusing to buy drugs

One woman had a nasty shock on the banks of the River Seine.

Booming tourism helps put Spaniards back to work
Spain

Booming tourism helps put Spaniards back to work

Spain's jobless rate tumbled in the second quarter, official data showed Thursday, lifted by strong job creation in the services sector as the busy tourist season got underway.

500-year-old town hall burns down in small Bavarian town
Germany

500-year-old town hall burns down in small Bavarian town

An historical town hall in the picturesque town of Dillingen on the Danube river burned down in a fire on Wednesday night. Luckily, no one was injured.

Constitutional Court rules deportation of suspected terrorists is legal
Germany

Constitutional Court rules deportation of suspected terrorists is legal

Germany's highest court on Thursday ruled in favour of deporting suspected terrorists back to their home countries after a man facing deportation argued this was not constitutional.

Coop’s bug burgers delayed due to lack of available insects
Switzerland

Coop’s bug burgers delayed due to lack of available insects

Swiss supermarket Coop has had to postpone the launch of its new insect-based food products due to a lack of approved bugs.

Paris wants Unesco status for its iconic rooftops
France

Paris wants Unesco status for its iconic rooftops

Are the world-famous Paris rooftops on course for the coveted Unesco status?

Swedish PM announces government reshuffle in response to no-confidence motion
Sweden

Swedish PM announces government reshuffle in response to no-confidence motion

Swedish PM Stefan Löfven has announced that Interior Minister Anders Ygeman and Infrastructure Minister Anna Johansson will leave their positions in response to a no-confidence motion by the opposition Alliance coalition.

How to convince German bosses to employ you… even without the language
Germany

How to convince German bosses to employ you… even without the language

German HR departments still haven't adapted to a world where people may live in three or four different countries throughout their careers. But all is not lost, an employment coach who works with expats tells The Local.

IN PICTURES: Switzerland’s 12 prettiest villages
Switzerland

IN PICTURES: Switzerland’s 12 prettiest villages

After these 12 villages were shortlisted in Switzerland’s annual ‘prettiest village’ competition, we take a closer look to find out why these little gems are well worth a visit.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic immortalised on giant ‘1,000 kronor’ note
Sweden

Zlatan Ibrahimovic immortalised on giant ‘1,000 kronor’ note

But it's not legal tender...

Friday rail strike promises chaos for holidaymakers in Spain
Spain

Friday rail strike promises chaos for holidaymakers in Spain

Spain's railway workers are downing tools on Friday, one of the busiest days of the year, as millions head off for their summer holidays.

Wildfires in southern France ‘under control’ as firefighters continue to battle blazes
France

Wildfires in southern France ‘under control’ as firefighters continue to battle blazes

The fires seem to be dwindling but authorities are still on high alert.

4,000-year-old lunch box found on Swiss alpine pass reveals Bronze Age cereal
Switzerland

4,000-year-old lunch box found on Swiss alpine pass reveals Bronze Age cereal

A Bronze Age wooden box uncovered in the Swiss mountains in 2012 has proved an exciting find for scientists as it sheds new light on the kind of food eaten by prehistoric settlers.

Three-year-old girl found dead on train tracks after parents lose sight of her during dinner
Spain

Three-year-old girl found dead on train tracks after parents lose sight of her during dinner

Lucía Vivar Hidalgo went missing on Wednesday evening while playing on a terraza where her parents were having dinner.

France set for ‘black’ Saturday on roads
France

France set for ‘black’ Saturday on roads

Bad news for motorists.

Rome begins crackdown on bad behaviour at Trevi fountain
Italy

Rome begins crackdown on bad behaviour at Trevi fountain

Tourists be warned: retired police officers are keeping check for anyone tempted to take a dip in or snack by Rome's famous Trevi fountain.

Catalan MPs vote disputed reform to pave way for referendum
Spain

Catalan MPs vote disputed reform to pave way for referendum

Catalonia's majority separatist lawmakers approved a reform on Wednesday to fast-track bills through parliament, a move they hope will pave the way to holding an independence referendum banned by Madrid.

Two German UN peacekeepers killed in Mali helicopter crash
Germany

Two German UN peacekeepers killed in Mali helicopter crash

Two German UN peacekeepers were killed on Wednesday when their helicopter crashed as they were monitoring clashes in northern Mali, German and UN officials said.

Property of the week: Luxury Sardinian villa with a pool
Italy

Property of the week: Luxury Sardinian villa with a pool

Dreaming of a new life in stunning Sardinia? Then this beautiful villa, complete with a pool that offers breathtaking views, might be the home for you.

Sweden left waiting for PM’s response to no-confidence motion
Sweden

Sweden left waiting for PM’s response to no-confidence motion

Sweden has been left waiting on a knife edge for Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s response to the announcement of a no-confidence motion against three of his government ministers by the opposition Alliance coalition.

Staff of boxing association barred from Lausanne office over dispute
Switzerland

Staff of boxing association barred from Lausanne office over dispute

International Boxing Association (Aiba) president Wu Ching-Kuo looks set to be ousted from his role.

Health risk alarm over water rationing in Rome
Italy

Health risk alarm over water rationing in Rome

Plans to ration water in drought-hit Rome could have serious consequences for public health, Italy's health minister warned on Wednesday.

Better treatment and education reduce dementia levels, Swedish study shows
Sweden

Better treatment and education reduce dementia levels, Swedish study shows

"It's a pretty dramatic decrease," the lead researcher noted.

‘Music can break boundaries, but it can also create borders’
Sweden

‘Music can break boundaries, but it can also create borders’

The Local contributor Rupali Mehra interviews musician and ethnologist Owe Ronström, who was recently given one of Swedish music's highest honours for his work preserving folk music.