IN PICTURES: Hurricane Irma leaves trail of destruction in French Caribbean
France

IN PICTURES: Hurricane Irma leaves trail of destruction in French Caribbean

Hurricane Irma - one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record - ripped through the Caribbean on Wednesday leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

Council of Europe warns Italy over crowded jails
Italy

Council of Europe warns Italy over crowded jails

Prisoners also made allegations of physical abuse including 'punches, kicks and blows with batons' while in custody.

Madrid toughens Catalonia stance as separatists push on
Spain

Madrid toughens Catalonia stance as separatists push on

Spain's top courts on Friday heaped fresh threats on Catalan separatists who have pushed on with their independence bid, passing a law outlining a transition to a possible independent republic.

Good news for travellers: Airport strikes called off as talks continue
Spain

Good news for travellers: Airport strikes called off as talks continue

Unions that called for 25 days of general strikes at airports across Spain starting on September 15th have delayed action pending further negotiations next week with airport authorities.

German job centres discriminate against people with foreign-sounding names: study
Germany

German job centres discriminate against people with foreign-sounding names: study

When dealing with inquiries, employees at job centres in Germany tend to discriminate against people with names that sound foreign, according to a report released on Friday.

Update: Nine dead, seven missing on French Caribbean islands in wake of Hurricane Irma
France

Update: Nine dead, seven missing on French Caribbean islands in wake of Hurricane Irma

The hurricane also left 112 injured and 60 percent of homes on the island were so badly damaged that they were uninhabitable.

Gym ad branded ‘most sexist in Germany’ uses bad press for good cause
Germany

Gym ad branded ‘most sexist in Germany’ uses bad press for good cause

Despite their "Hot, Hot, Baby" advert being named the most sexist campaign in Germany, a Hamburg gym aren't worried. They've used the attention to help out a colleague, they tell The Local.

Weirdly adorable sea creatures born in Sweden
Sweden

Weirdly adorable sea creatures born in Sweden

Two tiny, tiny, but extinct thornback rays have seen the light at a Swedish aquarium.

One in three refugees finding work in Denmark within three years: report
Denmark

One in three refugees finding work in Denmark within three years: report

Almost every third refugee is now finding work within three years of coming to Denmark – a huge increase, according to ministry figures.

Here’s a German culinary treat you can only enjoy over the next two months
Germany

Here’s a German culinary treat you can only enjoy over the next two months

With the leaves starting to change colour and autumn fast approaching, now's the time to take advantage of the short Federweißer (fermented young wine) season in Germany, traditionally paired with Zweibelkuchen (onion tart).

Macron MP comes under scrutiny for giving paid tours of parliament
France

Macron MP comes under scrutiny for giving paid tours of parliament

Danish police to investigate oil leak
Denmark

Danish police to investigate oil leak

Blue flags at a Danish beach near the town of Aabenraa have been removed due to pollution caused by an oil tank.

France: Rats attack paraplegic girl in bed
France

France: Rats attack paraplegic girl in bed

The girl suffered 225 wounds all over her face and body.

How rare lizards are holding up Stuttgart’s fancy new rail system, at a cost of millions
Germany

How rare lizards are holding up Stuttgart’s fancy new rail system, at a cost of millions

Stuttgart's S21 rail project has suffered from delays, spiralling costs and protests from the start. But one of the reasons behind the set-backs is much smaller (and scalier) than you'd expect.

Italian police officers investigated over alleged rape of US students
Italy

Italian police officers investigated over alleged rape of US students

Two Italian police officers are being investigated for the alleged sexual assault of two American students, Italian media reported on Friday.

Trump picks new US ambassador to Denmark
Denmark

Trump picks new US ambassador to Denmark

A new American ambassador to Denmark, chosen by US President Donald Trump, is expected to be approved by Congress.

Viking warrior found in Sweden was a woman, researchers confirm
Sweden

Viking warrior found in Sweden was a woman, researchers confirm

Have researchers finally discovered Sweden's real-life version of Lady Brienne of Tarth or Xena the Warrior Princess?

French student backlash scuppers ‘Big Brother’ connected bed plans
France

French student backlash scuppers ‘Big Brother’ connected bed plans

University residence ditches plans to test beds that transmit data about activity in bed amid fears of misuse

Germany rejects Polish call for more WWII reparations, as clerics call for calm
Germany

Germany rejects Polish call for more WWII reparations, as clerics call for calm

Germany on Friday dismissed Poland's threat to demand new talks for World War II reparations from Berlin, saying the issue was already settled in 1953.

German woman stands trial in Turkey over failed coup attempt: report
Germany

German woman stands trial in Turkey over failed coup attempt: report

A 49-year-old German woman is standing trial in a Turkish court accused of having links to the alleged mastermind of last year's failed coup, German media reported Friday.

Drug smuggler caught at Munich Airport with 95 bags of cocaine in his stomach
Germany

Drug smuggler caught at Munich Airport with 95 bags of cocaine in his stomach

Customs officials at Munich Airport became suspicious when they spotted a nervous-looking man who had just arrived on a flight from the Netherlands. Further investigation showed he had swallowed an astonishing quantity of cocaine.

New strike promises pain in Spain for train travellers on Sept 29
Spain

New strike promises pain in Spain for train travellers on Sept 29

Unions have called a called a national strike for September 29th that will affect local regional and long-distance trains.

Analysis: Why Nordea is no Agent Smith but Commander Data
Sweden

Analysis: Why Nordea is no Agent Smith but Commander Data

What can Star Trek and The Matrix teach us about the row over banking giant Nordea's move, asks Ruben Brunsveld.

Swedish house prices have soared by 39 percent in five years
Sweden

Swedish house prices have soared by 39 percent in five years

Buying a house in Sweden has got more expensive, new figures show.

Teen admits to murdering child and school friend in case that shook Germany
Germany

Teen admits to murdering child and school friend in case that shook Germany

Six months after a brutal double murder in the western town of Herne, the trial began on Friday of a 19-year-old defendant.

Italy’s top court acquits homeless man who snuck into house to sleep
Italy

Italy’s top court acquits homeless man who snuck into house to sleep

Italy's top court has ruled that a homeless man should not be punished for spending the night in a private residence.

VIDEO: Police free 130 cats kept in one-room Paris apartment
France

VIDEO: Police free 130 cats kept in one-room Paris apartment

A neighbour alerted police after a kitten was flung repeatedly against a window.

French fashion tycoon and gay rights campaigner Pierre Bergé dies aged 86
France

French fashion tycoon and gay rights campaigner Pierre Bergé dies aged 86

The business brains behind the Yves Saint Laurent empire has died aged 86, his foundation said Friday.

Oil-rich Norway struggles to beat its ‘petroholism’
Norway

Oil-rich Norway struggles to beat its ‘petroholism’

For climate reasons as much as economic prudence, Norway is trying to cut its dependence on oil, a godsend that has made the small Scandinavian country rich beyond its dreams.

Widespread thunderstorms to batter Italy this weekend
Italy

Widespread thunderstorms to batter Italy this weekend

Autumn weather is set to arrive in Italy over the weekend, with thunderstorms forecast for large parts of the country.

First-time Swedish mothers reach average age of 29.15
Sweden

First-time Swedish mothers reach average age of 29.15

But there's a big gap depending on where they live, fresh statistics show.

France to boost defence budget by €1.6 billion
France

France to boost defence budget by €1.6 billion

The announcement comes just two months after Macron's very public bust up with the then armed forces chief.

Six authors who found inspiration in Switzerland
Switzerland

Six authors who found inspiration in Switzerland

European artists and writers have found inspiration among the hills, valleys and mountains of Switzerland -- and it's not hard to see why.

Two men charged over Paris ‘Space Invader’ mosaic thefts
France

Two men charged over Paris ‘Space Invader’ mosaic thefts

The men are believed to have posed as Paris city workers as they stripped the French capital's walls of the artworks.

Five things to know about Norway’s election
Norway

Five things to know about Norway’s election

Political issues, the parties involved and scenarios: here are five things to know about Norway's legislative election on Monday.

St Gallen school sports day cancelled due to over-competitive parents
Switzerland

St Gallen school sports day cancelled due to over-competitive parents

An annual running race for primary school children at a St Gallen school has been cancelled this year after the authorities felt parents were too competitive about their children’s performance.

Rare chance to see Northern Lights possible across Germany this weekend
Germany

Rare chance to see Northern Lights possible across Germany this weekend

Dress warmly and hope for clear skies because it may be possible to spot the Northern Lights from Germany on Friday and Saturday night.

Austria halts anti-terror wall plans after outcry
Austria

Austria halts anti-terror wall plans after outcry

Austria's chancellery on Thursday halted the construction of anti-terror walls outside its office in Vienna after critics slammed the government for failing to provide similar protective measures in main tourist areas.

Macron outlines plans to ‘rebuild’ Europe on Greece trip
France

Macron outlines plans to ‘rebuild’ Europe on Greece trip

Macron spelt out his plans to fix the European Union on his visit to Greece, with the brightly lit Acropolis as his backdrop.

Dealing with Hurricane Harvey as a Texan expat living in Hamburg
Germany

Dealing with Hurricane Harvey as a Texan expat living in Hamburg

When Sarah Lopez saw her hometown of Houston submerge under water last month, she felt the sense of despair and helplessness that comes with living thousands of kilometres from home when tragedy strikes.

Challenging what it means to be German: Meet the hip hop party running for election
Germany

Challenging what it means to be German: Meet the hip hop party running for election

The Local sat down with Raphael Hillebrand, founder of “Die Urbane - Eine Hip Hop Partei.” Find out why the artist supports immigration and more voting rights for foreigners in Germany yet rejects nationalism.

Man who fled taxi without paying sparks major police operation in Zurich
Switzerland

Man who fled taxi without paying sparks major police operation in Zurich

Police on Thursday afternoon finally arrested a man who fled from a taxi on Wednesday night without paying his fare from the Italian city of Milan to Zurich.

Paris: Suspected ‘narco-torpedo’ drug ring on trial
France

Paris: Suspected ‘narco-torpedo’ drug ring on trial

Thirteen people went on trial near Paris suspected of concealing huge quantities of cocaine in "narco-torpedos".

Mafia love story musical shows a different side to Naples
Italy

Mafia love story musical shows a different side to Naples

"It's a film about crime, but it's also a story about a Naples made of feelings, of families, of colours," said actress Claudia Gerini.

14 addictive things to binge watch in Sweden this fall
Sweden

14 addictive things to binge watch in Sweden this fall

You're going to want to bookmark this list - it'll come in handy over the next few months!

Deposed Spanish football federation chief ordered to resign
Spain

Deposed Spanish football federation chief ordered to resign

Suspended Spanish FA chief Angel Maria Villar was ordered to resign by the federation on Wednesday to pave the way for an election to find his successor.

Rajoy brands Catalan referendum an ‘intolerable act of disobedience’
Spain

Rajoy brands Catalan referendum an ‘intolerable act of disobedience’

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy vowed Thursday to block an independence referendum in Catalonia slated for October 1st which he branded an "intolerable act of disobedience".

Netflix goes Nordic Noir with new Swedish thriller
Sweden

Netflix goes Nordic Noir with new Swedish thriller

Are you a fan of Scandinavian crime series? You're in for a treat.

Danish court rejects submarine builder’s custody bid

Danish court rejects submarine builder’s custody bid

A Danish court of appeal has rejected a bid by Peter Madsen, accused of murdering a Swedish journalist aboard his homemade submarine UC3 Nautilus, to be released from custody.

Seven cosy cafes for studying or working in Bologna
Italy

Seven cosy cafes for studying or working in Bologna

Bologna is home to Italy's oldest university, where many students will be heading this September ready to experience the culture and - of course - the food that the city has to offer.

Mushroom recipe: How to make chanterelle pesto
Sweden

Mushroom recipe: How to make chanterelle pesto

This recipe mixes the Swedish and Italian cuisine and comes up with something absolutely delicious.