Here are the top ten most prestigious universities in Germany
Germany

Here are the top ten most prestigious universities in Germany

The Times Higher Education ranking released its 14th annual edition of the most reputable institutions in the world on Tuesday, revealing that a number of German universities are among the very best.

Frenchman lassoes 2-metre tuna, surfs to shore
France

Frenchman lassoes 2-metre tuna, surfs to shore

Surfer grapples with 100 kilo fish and then uses waves to bring his catch to the beach.

Spain’s treasurer threatens to penalize companies that pay tax to Catalonia and not Spain
Spain

Spain’s treasurer threatens to penalize companies that pay tax to Catalonia and not Spain

Cristóbal Montoro's ministry released a statement on August 4th threatening sanctions, liquidation and harsh penalties against Catalan companies and executives that don't continue to pay taxes to Spain after the referendum.

New Google feature set to ease pain of parking in Cologne and Düsseldorf
Germany

New Google feature set to ease pain of parking in Cologne and Düsseldorf

Parking in the Rhine metropolitan area just got a lot easier after Google Maps introduced a feature which indicates parking availability around your destination.

Sweden’s top university Karolinska tumbles in global ranking
Sweden

Sweden’s top university Karolinska tumbles in global ranking

Sweden's reputed Karolinska Institute has tumbled in its international ranking, slipping a full 10 points year-on-year in the prestigious Times Higher Education World Education Rankings 2018 which was released on Tuesday.

Spanish clubs hope stadia upgrades will make difference in battle for supremacy
Spain

Spanish clubs hope stadia upgrades will make difference in battle for supremacy

The Spanish Primera Liga have targeted deposing the Premier League as number one in the world and one of their key pillars in this battle is to make the stadia welcoming for all.

France to start using armed drones
France

France to start using armed drones

France is joining a growing number of countries around the world in its move to introduce armed drones to its military.

Illegal demolition of historic Munich building angers city mayor
Germany

Illegal demolition of historic Munich building angers city mayor

After a building firm ripped down a protected building in Munich despite warnings not to, the city mayor has reacted with fury.

Kim Wall was killed by submarine hatch: Peter Madsen

Kim Wall was killed by submarine hatch: Peter Madsen

Submarine owner Peter Madsen's explanation of the events that caused the death of Kim Wall became public after Copenhagen City Court decided to open its doors to procedures on Tuesday.

Climate could be key for Norway’s conservative parties
Norway

Climate could be key for Norway’s conservative parties

Collaboration between Norway’s four conservative parties in the event of a majority in next week’s general election depends on several key issues.

Parisians feeling increasingly safe despite terror threat
France

Parisians feeling increasingly safe despite terror threat

People living in Paris and its suburbs feel increasingly safe despite the threat of terrorism, says major new survey.

19-year-old arrested for impersonating priest to visit Milan Duomo for free
Italy

19-year-old arrested for impersonating priest to visit Milan Duomo for free

Milan police have arrested a 19-year-old man who impersonated a priest in order to gain entry to an area of Milan's cathedral reserved for clergy.

French magazine must pay 190,000 euros over Kate Middleton topless pics
France

French magazine must pay 190,000 euros over Kate Middleton topless pics

It's time for the French magazine that caught Kate Middleton topless on camera to pay up.

Stellan Skarsgård shares his best tips on parenting
Sweden

Stellan Skarsgård shares his best tips on parenting

Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård isn't just an A-list Hollywood star, he's also the father of eight (!) children, and recently shared one of his best tips when it comes to good parenting.

July smashes historical records for tourist arrivals in Spain despite backlash
Spain

July smashes historical records for tourist arrivals in Spain despite backlash

More than 10 million tourists visited Spain in July 2017, setting an all-time record.

Tenth of world’s most reputable universities are in Germany
Germany

Tenth of world’s most reputable universities are in Germany

20 German universities are currently among the 200 most prestigious in the world, according to a renowned ranking released on Tuesday.

Ticket collectors attacked at Berlin station as crowd eggs on aggressors
Germany

Ticket collectors attacked at Berlin station as crowd eggs on aggressors

On Monday afternoon four men attacked two ticket collectors who had caught a fare-dodger at Hermannplatz U-Bahn station, police report. A crowd then gathered to encourage them.

Israel missed capture of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele twice, documents reveal
Germany

Israel missed capture of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele twice, documents reveal

Israel's vaunted Mossad missed at least two chances to capture Nazi fugitive Dr Josef Mengele, who sent hundreds of thousands of Jews to their death at Auschwitz, a former agent said Tuesday.

Why Sweden has more fatal shootings per capita than Norway and Germany
Sweden

Why Sweden has more fatal shootings per capita than Norway and Germany

Sweden has in recent years seen a sharp increase in the number of shootings per capita, with research suggesting that the Scandinavian country is statistically on par with southern Italy and parts of Ireland.

Woman dies in France after being dragged for 5 km underneath van
France

Woman dies in France after being dragged for 5 km underneath van

The driver finally stopped when he heard "bizarre noises" coming from the vehicle.

Lego to slash eight percent of workforce after sales drop in US, Europe
Denmark

Lego to slash eight percent of workforce after sales drop in US, Europe

Danish toy maker Lego, known for its iconic coloured plastic bricks, said on Tuesday that it would cut eight percent of its global workforce after a drop in sales in the US and Europe.

Mountaineer’s body found two weeks after deadly fall in German Alps
Germany

Mountaineer’s body found two weeks after deadly fall in German Alps

Mountain rescue crews have located the body of a climber who fell to his death while walking alone on Germany’s third highest mountain in mid-August.

This map shows Ancient Roman roads as a subway network
Italy

This map shows Ancient Roman roads as a subway network

Ever wondered how Italy's Roman roads would look reimagined as a subway map? Well, now you have an answer.

Aarhus orders anti-abortion group to remove stickers from city
Denmark

Aarhus orders anti-abortion group to remove stickers from city

Aarhus Municipality has given an anti-abortion protest group 48 hours to remove stickers from public areas in the city.

‘We had forgotten how lucky we are to live in Sweden… until we went abroad’
Sweden

‘We had forgotten how lucky we are to live in Sweden… until we went abroad’

OPINION: The Local contributor Paul Connolly writes about how a holiday abroad made him realize how lucky he is to be raising his daughters in Sweden.

Bavarian smashes world record by carrying 70kg of beer at historic festival
Germany

Bavarian smashes world record by carrying 70kg of beer at historic festival

A Bavarian man broke the world record for carrying the largest number of beer jugs over 40 metres at a beer festival in Abensberg on Sunday.

August unemployment increase highest for years in Spain
Spain

August unemployment increase highest for years in Spain

Figures released by Spain's Ministry of Employment and Social Security show the largest increase in August unemployment figures since 2011, despite the country registering a record number of visitors in the tourism industry in July.

Azerbaijan sues French reporters who called it ‘dictatorship’
France

Azerbaijan sues French reporters who called it ‘dictatorship’

Azerbaijan accused of trying to “export its censorship to France".

Trial starts over rape-murder of student that inflamed refugee debate
Germany

Trial starts over rape-murder of student that inflamed refugee debate

After a man who had come to Germany without papers was accused of raping and murdering a young woman in Freiburg last October, nationwide debate about the country's refugee policy came to the fore. The trial begins on Tuesday.

Mum enraged after teen son grasses her up to cops over cannabis crop in garden
Germany

Mum enraged after teen son grasses her up to cops over cannabis crop in garden

A teenager in southern Germany suspected his mum of growing weed in their garden. After doing a bit of internet research, he decided to alert the law.

Four-year-old girl dies of malaria in northern Italy
Italy

Four-year-old girl dies of malaria in northern Italy

A four-year-old girl has died of malaria in hospital in Brescia, near Milan, Italian media reported on Tuesday.

How to be a champion Swiss wrestler
Switzerland

How to be a champion Swiss wrestler

The Local talks to former 'king schwinger' Matthias Sempach.

How often do Swedes have sex? Authorities about to find out
Sweden

How often do Swedes have sex? Authorities about to find out

Are the Swedes happy with their sex lives, and how often do they do it? The government is about to find out as it launches one of the most extensive surveys of its kind, reaching out to some 50,000 Swedes.

Precious cheese rescued from landslide-hit Graubünden valley
Switzerland

Precious cheese rescued from landslide-hit Graubünden valley

The Granito cheese was at risk of being lost to the landslides.

France pledges support to solve crisis in Libya
France

France pledges support to solve crisis in Libya

The French Foreign Minister has pledged his country's support for efforts to resolve Libya's political and security chaos.

40 years after ‘the German Autumn’: who were the RAF terror group?
Germany

40 years after ‘the German Autumn’: who were the RAF terror group?

On September 5th 1977 left-wing terrorists kidnapped industrialist Hanns Martin Schleyer. The abduction kicked off “the German Autumn” - six weeks of hostage-taking, murder and intrigue.

Amatrice and L’Aquila tremble again in 3.9 magnitude quake
Italy

Amatrice and L’Aquila tremble again in 3.9 magnitude quake

A 3.9 magnitude earthquake hit in the central Abruzzo region of Italy in the early hours of Tuesday morning, Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (Ingv) said.

Will Timo Werner be Germany’s next record-scoring football legend?
Germany

Will Timo Werner be Germany’s next record-scoring football legend?

With six goals in eight internationals, Timo Werner seems to be the answer to Germany's quest for a world-class striker, yet the fleet-footed forward remains unpopular with some German fans.

Aid group pushes for enquiry into suspected migrant deaths near Morocco
Spain

Aid group pushes for enquiry into suspected migrant deaths near Morocco

A medical aid group on Monday called for an independent enquiry into the suspected deaths of seven African women in the waters between Morocco and Spain, a route increasingly used by migrants trying to reach Europe.

Macron says he’s ‘not interested in journalists’
France

Macron says he’s ‘not interested in journalists’

French journalists are "too interested in themselves", says Macron.

Brussels gives Berlin green light to temporarily rescue insolvent Air Berlin
Germany

Brussels gives Berlin green light to temporarily rescue insolvent Air Berlin

The European Commission on Monday approved Germany's plans to grant insolvent Air Berlin a €150 million loan to allow it temporarily to serve passengers while selling off its business.

Migrant aid group MOAS quits rescue operation in the Mediterranean
Italy

Migrant aid group MOAS quits rescue operation in the Mediterranean

The organization said Italy's efforts to close the route have created "increasing complexities".

Valais man wins over a million francs on the horses… with a 2.50 franc bet
Switzerland

Valais man wins over a million francs on the horses… with a 2.50 franc bet

That's one lucky bet...

Norway suffer heaviest defeat for 45 years in World Cup qualifying
Norway

Norway suffer heaviest defeat for 45 years in World Cup qualifying

Germany routed Norway 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Monday in the heaviest defeat suffered by the Norwegian national team since the 1970s.

First same-sex overseas adoption takes place in Sweden
Sweden

First same-sex overseas adoption takes place in Sweden

A couple in Sweden have become parents after the country's first same-sex international adoption.

Federer sets up quarterfinal showdown with Del Potro
Switzerland

Federer sets up quarterfinal showdown with Del Potro

Eight years after losing to Juan Martin del Potro in the US Open final, Roger Federer will lock horns again with the giant Argentine in this year's quarterfinals after beating Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Seven reasons autumn is the best time to visit Italy
Italy

Seven reasons autumn is the best time to visit Italy

Say goodbye to the hordes of tourists and hello to wine season, stunning colours and regional food festivals.

Danish submarine inventor Peter Madsen to appear in court over Swedish journalist’s death

Danish submarine inventor Peter Madsen to appear in court over Swedish journalist’s death

Danish submarine owner Peder Madsen is to appear in a Copenhagen court on Tuesday over the death of Swedish journalist Kim Wall on board his homemade underwater vessel UC3 Nautilus.