Spain’s new generation puts world football summit in its sights
Spain

Spain’s new generation puts world football summit in its sights

Following a demolition job on Italy, Spain look to cement their status as one of the favourites for next year's World Cup with another thrashing of Liechtenstein on Tuesday.

Happy accident? Truck spills Sweden’s fave dish on highway
Sweden

Happy accident? Truck spills Sweden’s fave dish on highway

Traffic on an iconic bridge in Sweden was disrupted for hours on Saturday after a truck spilled one of Sweden's favourite potato dishes on a busy highway.

France goes back to school as reforms get underway
France

France goes back to school as reforms get underway

It's back to school for France's 12 million pupils. But what changes lie in store for them?

Political cheat sheet: Understanding Italy’s Democratic Party
Italy

Political cheat sheet: Understanding Italy’s Democratic Party

Everything you need to know about the origins, support, and key figures in Italy's ruling party.

Twelve Brits arrested in Magaluf drug bust
Spain

Twelve Brits arrested in Magaluf drug bust

In addition to the arrests, 3kg of cocaine and other drugs as well as €103,000 in cash were recently seized in resort hotspot Magaluf, British media reported on Sunday.

Irate customer shoots up Marseille kebab shop because service too slow
France

Irate customer shoots up Marseille kebab shop because service too slow

One worker was injured in the incident.

Catalonia unveils beefed-up tax agency ahead of independence referendum
Spain

Catalonia unveils beefed-up tax agency ahead of independence referendum

Catalonia's pro-separatist government said Monday it has set up its own tax agency that is ready for action if the pro-independence camp wins a contested October 1st referendum on secession.

‘Apartments in containers’ for Danish students set for approval
Denmark

‘Apartments in containers’ for Danish students set for approval

Permission for converted containers to be used as cheap accommodation for students is expected to be granted as Copenhagen Municipality begins its budget negotiations.

Poland calls for WWII reparations talks with Germany, mooting trillion dollar payment
Germany

Poland calls for WWII reparations talks with Germany, mooting trillion dollar payment

Poland and Germany should hold "serious talks" about World War II reparations, the Polish foreign minister said Monday, after his colleague said the figure could be as high as one trillion dollars.

Honeymooners pedalboat down River Seine from Paris to Normandy coast
France

Honeymooners pedalboat down River Seine from Paris to Normandy coast

A Parisian adventurer and his partner have embarked on a “honeymoon” trip by pedal boat.

Swedish stocks take hit from North Korea H-bomb test
Sweden

Swedish stocks take hit from North Korea H-bomb test

The Swedish stockmarket has taken a hit from North Korea's nuke bomb test over the weekend, sending its shares tumbling amid rising tensions between Pyongyang and Washington.

Police criticized for reaction to brutal rape of jogger in Leipzig park
Germany

Police criticized for reaction to brutal rape of jogger in Leipzig park

The mayor of Leipzig has condemned his police force for suggesting women run in twos after a jogger was raped in one of the city’s parks on Friday.

Inside the world’s oldest tattoo shop
Denmark

Inside the world’s oldest tattoo shop

The Local's Justin Cremer visits Tattoo Ole in Nyhavn, a 133-year-old tattoo shop threatened with closure. And yeah, he got a tattoo.

Turkey slams German ‘populism’ after Merkel shift on EU talks
Germany

Turkey slams German ‘populism’ after Merkel shift on EU talks

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman Monday accused German politicians of surrendering to populism after Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would seek to end talks on Turkey's accession to the European Union.

Politician steps down after using ‘terrorist bomber’ security alias
Sweden

Politician steps down after using ‘terrorist bomber’ security alias

A local politician has found himself in hot water after registering with the alias "The Terrorist Bomber" in the council's security system.

Total sells Norwegian assets to Kuwait
Norway

Total sells Norwegian assets to Kuwait

French oil giant Total said Monday it has agreed to sell its remaining stake in a Norwegian oil field to Kuwait so that it can focus on its recent acquisition of Denmark's Maersk Oil.

AirBnB Canadian renter does ‘€10,000 worth of damage’ to tiny Paris flat
France

AirBnB Canadian renter does ‘€10,000 worth of damage’ to tiny Paris flat

A Frenchwoman has taken to social media to boost her battle with AirBnB to recover €10,000 worth of damage done to her tiny studio apartment.

Stockholm’s Vasa Museum smashes visitor record
Sweden

Stockholm’s Vasa Museum smashes visitor record

Sweden's Vasa Museum has beaten its summer record of visitors, reaching an all-time high.

Satirical party ‘seizes power’ in far-right AfD’s secret Facebook strategy
Germany

Satirical party ‘seizes power’ in far-right AfD’s secret Facebook strategy

Members of Die Partei have taken over closed Facebook pages belonging to the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), and in the process shown how bots are running aspects of their election campaign.

Spectacular Northern Lights dazzle northern Sweden
Sweden

Spectacular Northern Lights dazzle northern Sweden

Spectacular Northern Lights lit up parts of Sweden over the weekend. Social media was awash with beautiful depictions of the dazzling show.

Italy’s ‘most wanted mafioso’ arrested in Uruguay
Italy

Italy’s ‘most wanted mafioso’ arrested in Uruguay

An Italian wanted for more than 20 years for drug trafficking and mafia activities has been arrested at a hotel in Montevideo, the Uruguayan Interior Ministry announced.

Four arrested over gang rapes in Italian seaside town
Italy

Four arrested over gang rapes in Italian seaside town

Italian police arrested a man on Sunday suspected of involvement in two rapes last week.

Prince Gabriel: New Swedish royal baby’s name revealed
Sweden

Prince Gabriel: New Swedish royal baby’s name revealed

The newest member of Sweden's royal family will be called Gabriel Carl Walther, his grandfather King Carl XVI Gustaf has announced.

‘I think people in Sweden are very scared to dream’: rising pop star Nova Miller
Sweden

‘I think people in Sweden are very scared to dream’: rising pop star Nova Miller

The Local's contributor Eugenia Tanaka sat down with teen pop singer Nova Miller, poised to be the country's next big music export.

Complications during bomb disposal cause delay in massive Frankfurt evacuation
Germany

Complications during bomb disposal cause delay in massive Frankfurt evacuation

Over 60,000 residents of Frankfurt were finally allowed to return to their homes late on Sunday evening after the defusing of a giant Second World War bomb took longer than expected.

Polish grandpa arrives in France after conquering Atlantic in third kayak odyssey
France

Polish grandpa arrives in France after conquering Atlantic in third kayak odyssey

A Polish grandfather on Sunday completed his third solo trans-Atlantic kayak crossing, arriving on the French coast 111 days after dipping his paddle into the waters off the US state of New Jersey.

Swiss resident dies after running into bonfire at Burning Man festival
Switzerland

Swiss resident dies after running into bonfire at Burning Man festival

A man who died after running into a flaming pyre at the Burning Man festival in Nevada on Saturday was a Swiss resident, the sheriff’s office said.

The easiest way to drive in style while living abroad — and back at home

The easiest way to drive in style while living abroad — and back at home

Moving abroad? Nothing helps you feel at home faster than having a new luxury car to zip around in. And it's easier to get one than you think.

Unemployment climbs in Spain after busy tourist summer season ends
Spain

Unemployment climbs in Spain after busy tourist summer season ends

Spain is still the second-worst performer in the European Union after Greece where employment is concerned. Now nearly 3.4 million people in Spain are officially registered as being out of work, new statistics show.

Norway’s Conservatives cheer as opposition poll slide continues
Norway

Norway’s Conservatives cheer as opposition poll slide continues

A week ahead of Norway’s general election, latest polls show support for the opposition Labour Party slipping even further, while the governing Conservative Party continues to gain.

Suspect charged over French girl’s wedding disappearance
France

Suspect charged over French girl’s wedding disappearance

The man has been charged with "kidnapping, illegal confinement or arbitrary detention of a minor of less than 15 years".

Trump nominates new ambassador to Switzerland
Switzerland

Trump nominates new ambassador to Switzerland

Edward McMullen Jr has been named the new ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Macron’s popularity slips (again), says poll
France

Macron’s popularity slips (again), says poll

Macron has suffered a fresh slump in popularity.

Merkel ahead as rival Schulz fails to land sucker punch in TV showdown
Germany

Merkel ahead as rival Schulz fails to land sucker punch in TV showdown

Three weeks before elections, Angela Merkel appeared to powering ahead on Monday to a possible fourth term as chancellor of Germany, after her rival Martin Schulz failed to halt her advance in a crucial televised debate.

Merkel pledges billion euros to help cities fight pollution from diesel cars
Germany

Merkel pledges billion euros to help cities fight pollution from diesel cars

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday pledged a billion euros to help German cities fight air pollution caused by diesel cars, as a scandal threatened to engulf politicians at the height of the election campaign.

Italian Grand Prix: Alonso accuses stewards of drinking beer instead of watching race
Italy

Italian Grand Prix: Alonso accuses stewards of drinking beer instead of watching race

The stewards at Sunday's Italian Grand Prix were 'having a Heineken' instead of watching the race properly, according to a furious Fernando Alonso.

Merkel to push for end to EU membership talks with Turkey
Germany

Merkel to push for end to EU membership talks with Turkey

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that she would ask the European Union to call off membership talks with Turkey, amid escalating tensions between Berlin and Ankara.

Flagship Copenhagen furniture store suffers fire after rooftop event
Denmark

Flagship Copenhagen furniture store suffers fire after rooftop event

A fire at Scandinavian design furniture store Illums Bolighus in central Copenhagen has been estimated to have caused millions’ worth of damage.

Swedish police shoot armed man on the E4 motorway
Sweden

Swedish police shoot armed man on the E4 motorway

A man who brandished a weapon at police in Jönköping is in hospital after the officer fired his gun.

The day Sweden switched to driving on the right
Sweden

The day Sweden switched to driving on the right

Drivers in Sweden celebrated the 50th anniversary of 'H Day' on September 3rd – the day when everyone in the country switched from driving on the left-hand side of the road to the right.