Mo Farah to make farewell appearance at Zurich track event
Switzerland

Mo Farah to make farewell appearance at Zurich track event

Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah will delay his impending track retirement by a few days to compete at the Zurich Diamond League final.

Social Democrats evoke Obama election poster in campaign to back defence minister
Sweden

Social Democrats evoke Obama election poster in campaign to back defence minister

With a no-confidence motion looming, the Social Democrats have launched a social media campaign evoking Barack Obama's 'Hope' poster to back Defence Minister Hultqvist.

Danish teen struck and killed by train in front of his friends
Denmark

Danish teen struck and killed by train in front of his friends

A 17-year-old Danish boy was killed in the early hours of Friday when he was struck by a train on the island of Funen, police said.

One dead, six wounded in Hamburg supermarket knife attack
Germany

One dead, six wounded in Hamburg supermarket knife attack

UPDATED: One person was killed and six others were injured on Friday when a failed asylum-seeker brandishing a knife attacked shoppers in a Hamburg supermarket, shouting "Allahu Akbar" before being overpowered by passers-by, police and officials said.

Court rules that Stuttgart must ban diesel engines from city centre
Germany

Court rules that Stuttgart must ban diesel engines from city centre

An administrative court ruled on Friday in favour of Stuttgart banning old diesel cars to decrease pollution, much to the dismay of the state's auto industry.

Four arrested over Oslo shooting incidents
Norway

Four arrested over Oslo shooting incidents

A fourth person was arrested on Friday in connection with two separate shooting episodes in Oslo over the past week.

Watch your step! ‘One foot’ into Russia from Norway can lead to hefty fine
Norway

Watch your step! ‘One foot’ into Russia from Norway can lead to hefty fine

A 25-year-old man will have to pay thousands of kroner as punishment for crossing over to the Russian side at Treriksrøysa, a man-made stone mound where the borders of Norway, Finland and Russia meet.

Spain’s economy has nearly recovered to pre-crisis levels
Spain

Spain’s economy has nearly recovered to pre-crisis levels

Spain's economic activity is on the verge of recovering pre-crisis levels, official figures showed Friday, thanks to strong domestic consumption, an improvement in manufacturing and a tourism boom.

Sweden’s economic growth is ‘crazy strong’: analysts
Sweden

Sweden’s economic growth is ‘crazy strong’: analysts

Sweden's economy has grown at a pace that exceeded expectations to the extent that some analysts called it "crazy strong", leaving Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson rejoicing.

British hacker convicted of massive cyber attack in Germany
Germany

British hacker convicted of massive cyber attack in Germany

A British man was handed a suspended jail sentence by a court in Cologne on Friday for a massive cyber attack against Deutsche Telekom last year.

France’s oldest person, Honorine, turns 114 today
France

France’s oldest person, Honorine, turns 114 today

Happy Birthday, Honorine!

Germany warns US against Russia sanctions
Germany

Germany warns US against Russia sanctions

Germany warned on Friday that it would not accept any new US sanctions against Russia that targeted European companies at the same time.

Charges filed over vandalism of Norway’s ‘Troll’s Penis’ rock
Norway

Charges filed over vandalism of Norway’s ‘Troll’s Penis’ rock

At least one person has been charged with vandalism for lopping off Norway’s “troll penis” rock last month.

WATCH: 456 balloons take to the skies in France for world record flight
France

WATCH: 456 balloons take to the skies in France for world record flight

Hundreds of hot balloons filled the skies of eastern France.

Germany is ‘rejecting’ responsibility for WWII, Polish ruling party head claims
Germany

Germany is ‘rejecting’ responsibility for WWII, Polish ruling party head claims

The powerful head of Poland's governing conservatives, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has accused Germany of "rejecting" its World War II responsibilities, going as far as to suggest Berlin should pay reparations.

Number of Danes accepted into higher ed falls for first time in years
Denmark

Number of Danes accepted into higher ed falls for first time in years

The first decrease in enrolment since 2008 is a sign that young people are focusing on their employment prospects, the minister for higher education said.

Boarding pass mishap sends Copenhagen-bound woman to Greece
Denmark

Boarding pass mishap sends Copenhagen-bound woman to Greece

Air France on Thursday said it was investigating how a passenger was put on the wrong plane, travelling with a boarding pass bearing the same name as another passenger on that flight.

Eastern German gym bans ethnic minorities from joining – out of fear of terrorists
Germany

Eastern German gym bans ethnic minorities from joining – out of fear of terrorists

A gym in the eastern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has come in for criticism after it posted a notice in its window telling ethnic minorities they weren't welcome anymore, German media reported on Thursday.

How two rejected asylum seekers spent a month living at a Stockholm airport
Sweden

How two rejected asylum seekers spent a month living at a Stockholm airport

"It's out of the ordinary for something like this to happen."

Libya denies accord for Italy ships to deploy
Italy

Libya denies accord for Italy ships to deploy

Libya's UN-backed unity government chief has denied that an agreement has been struck with Rome to deploy Italian vessels in Libyan waters to combat human trafficking.

What you need to know about France’s blazing forest fires
France

What you need to know about France’s blazing forest fires

Here's what you should know about the forest fires raging in France.

Three-year-old Lucía died after falling asleep on tracks and being hit by a train
Spain

Three-year-old Lucía died after falling asleep on tracks and being hit by a train

A post-mortem determined that three-year-old Lucía Vivar Hidalgo died from a head injury most likely received after she fell asleep on the tracks and was hit by the first commuter train of the morning.

Dead woman’s body found in Paris bin
France

Dead woman’s body found in Paris bin

The woman's body was found in a bin in the cellar of a residential building in the French capital.

This is how Germans think the state should deal with political extremism
Germany

This is how Germans think the state should deal with political extremism

Riots at the G20 summit in Hamburg and neo-Nazis giving the Hitler salute at a far-right festival in Thuringia have made headlines in July. But how do Germans think the state should react to political militants?

Swiss National Day: 20 key dates in Switzerland’s history
Switzerland

Swiss National Day: 20 key dates in Switzerland’s history

The Local takes a look back through the country’s long and fascinating history, starting with the date the Confederation was born.

If you’ve mastered these eight tricky skills, you’re truly now a German
Germany

If you’ve mastered these eight tricky skills, you’re truly now a German

Some people might say that becoming a German is about taking language classes, going through a citizenship test, and all that official nonsense. But we think the following things are a much better measurement.

British Telecom says profits tumble on Italy scandal
Italy

British Telecom says profits tumble on Italy scandal

British telecoms and television broadcasting firm BT Group on Friday posted a 42-percent slump in profits during its first quarter, rocked by fresh fallout from an Italian accounting scandal.

Man forgets kilo of gold under tree in Berlin as he locks up bike
Germany

Man forgets kilo of gold under tree in Berlin as he locks up bike

A rather forgetful Berliner had a slice of luck on Thursday. A very honest person found several bars of gold and a huge wad of cash that he had forgotten under a tree in the Neukölln district.

IN PICS: Central Germany begins clean-up effort after heavy flooding
Germany

IN PICS: Central Germany begins clean-up effort after heavy flooding

The continuous rain throughout this week has at last ended, but there are still visible signs of the serious flooding that ensued, especially in central Germany.

Analysis: Was Prime Minister Löfven’s cabinet reshuffle a smart move?
Sweden

Analysis: Was Prime Minister Löfven’s cabinet reshuffle a smart move?

There will be no new government formed ahead of schedule in Sweden after the PM instead opted for a cabinet reshuffle in response to an opposition no-confidence motion, but was it the right move?

France’s only deradicalization centre is closing
France

France’s only deradicalization centre is closing

The centre has been controversial since it opened in 2016.

How ‘urban explorers’ are flocking to Berlin to discover its abandoned ruins
Germany

How ‘urban explorers’ are flocking to Berlin to discover its abandoned ruins

With its deserted bunkers, abandoned barracks and ghostly hospital ruins, Berlin is a magnet for urban explorers who seek out abandoned places and time-travel through the German capital's Cold War past.

Oops! Passenger ends up on wrong Air France flight from Paris
France

Oops! Passenger ends up on wrong Air France flight from Paris

Up, up and away..?

Banker gets 17 years in prison for murdering prostitute in Swiss luxury hotel
Switzerland

Banker gets 17 years in prison for murdering prostitute in Swiss luxury hotel

An investment banker who killed a Polish prostitute in Zurich’s Dolder Grand hotel in 2014 was on Thursday sentenced to 17 years in prison by a Swiss court.

Commuter train slams into Barcelona platform injuring 54 people
Spain

Commuter train slams into Barcelona platform injuring 54 people

A commuter train slammed into the end of the platform during the morning rush hour at a busy station in Barcelona on Friday, leaving 54 people injured, emergency services said.

French economy expands but business investment drops
France

French economy expands but business investment drops

The French economy saw growth even as investments in business dipped during the second quarter of 2017.

German carmakers face class action lawsuits in US over price-fixing
Germany

German carmakers face class action lawsuits in US over price-fixing

German auto giants Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler were hit with lawsuits this week charging the companies colluded illegally to drive up the prices of their cars.

Thrillers to terrorise Venice in Golden Lion bid
Italy

Thrillers to terrorise Venice in Golden Lion bid

The oldest film festival in the world is going big on nail-biters this year with thrillers dominating the race for Venice's coveted Golden Lion award, organisers said on Thursday.

Germany orders recall of 22,000 Porsches over emissions cheating
Germany

Germany orders recall of 22,000 Porsches over emissions cheating

Germany on Thursday ordered luxury car brand Porsche to recall 22,000 vehicles across Europe over emissions test cheating amid a widening election-year scandal.

Italian wheelchair hopes to bring users freedom
Italy

Italian wheelchair hopes to bring users freedom

After nearly 20 years working with wheelchair-bound youngsters, Mario Vigentini wanted to revolutionise their quality of life, inventing a device that raises up users so they are face-to-face with those standing.

Profits of Swiss bank UBS exceed expectations
Switzerland

Profits of Swiss bank UBS exceed expectations

Swiss banking giant UBS on Friday posted higher profits for the second quarter as improved investor confidence led to growth in its wealth management units.

Woman in Sweden calls out mountain rescue helicopter because she was tired
Sweden

Woman in Sweden calls out mountain rescue helicopter because she was tired

"Mountain rescue should be for when there is a danger to life or health. If you have food and a roof over your head, maybe it's better to wait a bit so you're feeling stronger later."

Spanish football chief resigns from Fifa and Uefa over fraud probe
Switzerland

Spanish football chief resigns from Fifa and Uefa over fraud probe

Angel Maria Villar, in custody on corruption charges, has resigned as vice-president of the two Switzerland-based governing bodies.

Police in Örebro investigate attempted rape of nine-year-old girl
Sweden

Police in Örebro investigate attempted rape of nine-year-old girl

Update: Police investigating an attempted rape of a nine-year-old girl in Swedish city Örebro have arrested a man suspected of the crime.

Sarah Sjöström out to break more records at World Championships
Sweden

Sarah Sjöström out to break more records at World Championships

The Swede has already broken one record in the last week, and she's out for more.

Recipe: How to make a delicious Swedish spiced berry compote
Sweden

Recipe: How to make a delicious Swedish spiced berry compote

Looking for a way to preserve all of those berries that seem to be everywhere in Sweden during the summer? Try food writer John Duxbury's recipe for delicious Swedish spiced berry compote.