Five key ways Macron wants to change France’s labour code
France

Five key ways Macron wants to change France’s labour code

Macron's overhaul of the labour code has been seen as controversial. But what does he actually want to do?

Sweden’s lost forest language now has international speakers
Sweden

Sweden’s lost forest language now has international speakers

Why travel to Sweden to learn an ancient Viking language that's on the brink of dying out? The Local spoke to one of the international students at a new course to find out.

Father charged for deaths of six teenagers poisoned in his garden hut
Germany

Father charged for deaths of six teenagers poisoned in his garden hut

Seven months after six teenagers were found dead in a garden shed in north Bavaria, the father of two of the youths has been charged with negligent homicide.

Spanish authorities arrest members of global credit card fraud network
Spain

Spanish authorities arrest members of global credit card fraud network

Six men were arrested across the country as part of an international crack down on a gang that stole millions of euro and operated in half a dozen countries.

In pictures: Stockholm Fashion Week 2017
Sweden

In pictures: Stockholm Fashion Week 2017

More pics from fashion week.

In pictures: Stockholm Fashion Week 2017
Sweden

In pictures: Stockholm Fashion Week 2017

Here's how it looked this week when throngs of fashionistas descended on Stockholm.

In pictures: Stockholm Fashion Week 2017
Sweden

In pictures: Stockholm Fashion Week 2017

In pictures: Stockholm Fashion Week 2017

6 events from around Germany you can’t miss in September 2017
Germany

6 events from around Germany you can’t miss in September 2017

There are a slew of varied events taking place all across the country this month that you have to put in your diary.

Spain turn to Asensio to conquer old foe Italy
Spain

Spain turn to Asensio to conquer old foe Italy

Spanish football's golden boy Marco Asensio will carry the expectation of a nation as La Roja seek revenge against bete noire Italy at a packed Santiago Bernabeu with World Cup qualification on the line on Saturday.

10 things to know about refugees and asylum in Germany
Germany

10 things to know about refugees and asylum in Germany

Two years after the German government opened its borders to asylum seekers, leading to the arrival of over a million people, we look at the key facts and statistics on refugees in Germany today.

Mussolini’s granddaughter to visit ‘fascist forest’ burned down by wildfire
Italy

Mussolini’s granddaughter to visit ‘fascist forest’ burned down by wildfire

A forest in Italy where the trees spelled out 'DVX', Benito Mussolini's Latin title, has been severely damaged by wildfires.

Police detain parents of two-year-old who tested positive for cocaine in Spain
Spain

Police detain parents of two-year-old who tested positive for cocaine in Spain

Spanish authorities have arrested the mother and father of a two-year old boy who had traces of drugs in his urine.

Swedish media paint unfairly negative image of young refugees, researcher argues
Sweden

Swedish media paint unfairly negative image of young refugees, researcher argues

The image of lone refugee youngsters painted by Swedish media is unbalanced and unfairly negative, a researcher at a Swedish college argues.

Essential vocabulary to help you get dressed (and undressed) in Swedish
Sweden

Essential vocabulary to help you get dressed (and undressed) in Swedish

Clothes. We all buy them, we all wear them, and we pile on seventeen layers when the winter comes. But can we pepper our Swedish conversations with the right wardrobe lingo?

Couple who left Germany after Nazi persecution donate $22 million to Cologne Zoo
Germany

Couple who left Germany after Nazi persecution donate $22 million to Cologne Zoo

A 93-year-old widow from the United States has donated $22 million to the zoo in Cologne, Germany, saying she wanted to give back to the city where she and her husband met during the Second World War, German media reported on Friday.

Plan secures Danish companies 35,000 extra heads: DI
Denmark

Plan secures Danish companies 35,000 extra heads: DI

The Confederation of Danish Industry has presented its own budget package with 50 specific proposals for the political autumn.

Berlin: Two more Germans arrested in Turkey ‘for political reasons’
Germany

Berlin: Two more Germans arrested in Turkey ‘for political reasons’

Two more German citizens have been arrested in Turkey "for political reasons", Berlin said on Friday, bringing the total number of German political prisoners in Turkish custody to 12 amid badly frayed ties between the countries.

Works begin to clean Spain’s ‘killer lake’
Spain

Works begin to clean Spain’s ‘killer lake’

The lake holds 80,000 cubic metres of CO2 and is the only such potentially devastating body of water in Europe.

University of Copenhagen to offer Beyoncé class
Denmark

University of Copenhagen to offer Beyoncé class

Copenhagen uni students now have the chance to be Crazy in Love, after the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies introduced a class on American superstar Beyoncé Knowles.

France warns North Korea could nuke US, Europe ‘within months’
France

France warns North Korea could nuke US, Europe ‘within months’

"We see a North Korea whose objective is to have missiles capable of transporting a nuclear weapon tomorrow," said France's foreign minister.

Italian employment figures rise to pre-recession levels
Italy

Italian employment figures rise to pre-recession levels

The number of Italians in work rose to pre-recession levels in July, according to figures from national number-crunching agency Istat.

Quick-thinking of passer-by saves girl from attacker in canton Bern
Switzerland

Quick-thinking of passer-by saves girl from attacker in canton Bern

Every parent’s nightmare was narrowly averted on Wednesday afternoon after a young girl was saved from an attacker by a passer-by.

Spain tells North Korean embassy to reduce staff
Spain

Spain tells North Korean embassy to reduce staff

Spain told the North Korean embassy on Thursday to reduce its staff in the country in protest against Pyongyang's repeated missile launches and nuclear weapons tests.

VW dodges bullet in two ‘dieselgate’ court cases, leading to jump in share price
Germany

VW dodges bullet in two ‘dieselgate’ court cases, leading to jump in share price

Volkswagen shares gained on the Frankfurt stock exchange Friday, as two favourable court decisions related to the car giant's long-running "dieselgate" emissions scandal comforted investors.

Norwegian farmers suspect sheep thieves after unexplained disappearances
Norway

Norwegian farmers suspect sheep thieves after unexplained disappearances

Farmers in Norway’s Aust-Agder region suspect sheep thieves are on the loose after several of the animals disappeared without any natural cause.

No, a man was not convicted in Sweden for ‘eating bacon’
Sweden

No, a man was not convicted in Sweden for ‘eating bacon’

A story making headlines in some media outlets claims that a man was convicted in Sweden for 'eating bacon' in front of women wearing veils – but there is much more to it than that.

Spanish au pair who went missing in Switzerland ‘has amnesia’ says father

Spanish au pair who went missing in Switzerland ‘has amnesia’ says father

The father of a Spanish au pair who disappeared for three days in Switzerland has told the Spanish press that his daughter has amnesia and doesn’t know what happened.

Valentino Rossi treated for broken leg after training accident
Italy

Valentino Rossi treated for broken leg after training accident

Italian motorcycling legend Valentino Rossi broke his leg in a crash in training on Thursday to dash his hopes of a tenth world title this season.

Charlie Hebdo shocks (once again) with cover portraying Hurricane Harvey victims as neo-Nazis
France

Charlie Hebdo shocks (once again) with cover portraying Hurricane Harvey victims as neo-Nazis

Charlie Hebdo's in hot water yet again.

Let it all out! This is what changes in Germany in September 2017
Germany

Let it all out! This is what changes in Germany in September 2017

What better way to kick off a new month than introducing more rules and regulations? Here's a look at the new laws.

Heavy rain pummels eastern Switzerland
Switzerland

Heavy rain pummels eastern Switzerland

More than 200mm of rain fell in Locarno on Wednesday, bringing summer in the Italian-speaking city to a very wet end.

Ai Weiwei showcases major documentary on the global refugee crisis in Venice
Italy

Ai Weiwei showcases major documentary on the global refugee crisis in Venice

An impatient toddler chides his mother for not being quick enough in getting him into his pair of newly-acquired boots. Finally they're on and he wriggles free to put the new footwear to good use: kicking his siblings and friends on the shins.

Italians fined €3,300 for urinating in the sea
Italy

Italians fined €3,300 for urinating in the sea

The police surprised the partygoers relieving themselves in the sea at night in the north of the country.

Can you solve the mystery of this giant wooden penis found in Sweden?
Sweden

Can you solve the mystery of this giant wooden penis found in Sweden?

'Sure enough, there it was. Over a metre long, and very well made.'

What changes about life in France from September 2017
France

What changes about life in France from September 2017

Life in France is changing ever so slightly. Stay up to date here.

What’s on: Ten events across France this September you won’t want to miss
France

What’s on: Ten events across France this September you won’t want to miss

September in France means back to work, school or university for most people - but there are plenty of events taking place across the country to help you get over the 'rentrée' blues. Here's our pick of ten that you won't want to miss.

Five things you have to do before Swedish summer ends
Sweden

Five things you have to do before Swedish summer ends

Make sure you savour the last taste of Swedish summer. You've got time - even if you don't realise it!

How to take the next step in your Swedish career
Sweden

How to take the next step in your Swedish career

Getting your Executive MBA could help you to land your dream job.

Storm sparks another big landslide, Bondo hit again
Switzerland

Storm sparks another big landslide, Bondo hit again

Another major landslide sent rocks and mud towards the beleaguered village of Bondo in the canton of Graubünden on Thursday night.

Denmark’s 2017 summer had ‘least sun for 17 years, most rain in six’
Denmark

Denmark’s 2017 summer had ‘least sun for 17 years, most rain in six’

Summer 2017 in Denmark was officially a drab and wet affair.

Cool Merkel to go head-to-head with fiery Schulz in TV debate showdown
Germany

Cool Merkel to go head-to-head with fiery Schulz in TV debate showdown

Angela Merkel, Germany's cool and collected chancellor, will go head-to-head Sunday with her fiery challenger Martin Schulz in their only television debate before this month's general elections, in a crucial match that could sway millions of voters.

Federer toils through another five-set match at US Open
Switzerland

Federer toils through another five-set match at US Open

Roger Federer reached the third round on Thursday with a win over fellow veteran Mikhail Youzhny of Russia.

Swiss drink driver drives to police station…whilst drunk
Switzerland

Swiss drink driver drives to police station…whilst drunk

A Swiss man caught drink driving without a licence seems set in his errant ways...

Five easy Norwegian hikes you’ve probably never heard of
Norway

Five easy Norwegian hikes you’ve probably never heard of

Love hiking but not keen on exhausting yourself in the process? Here are five easy hikes in less travelled destinations in Norway. All tried and tested by our travel editor Marie Peyre.

Teen held over attack on police officer in Stockholm
Sweden

Teen held over attack on police officer in Stockholm

A 17-year-old boy is being held over a knife attack on a police officer in central Stockholm on Thursday.

Saab to partner India’s Adani in major fighter jet deal: reports
Sweden

Saab to partner India’s Adani in major fighter jet deal: reports

The contract is said to be worth several billions.