Tens of thousands take to the streets to protest Macron’s labour reforms
France

Tens of thousands take to the streets to protest Macron’s labour reforms

Macron put to the test on first day of protests against proposed labour reforms.

France: Strikes and protests against Macron’s labour reforms kick off
France

France: Strikes and protests against Macron’s labour reforms kick off

Protests against Macron's proposed labour reforms are under way across the country.

Police ordered to seize ballot boxes ahead of Catalonia vote
Spain

Police ordered to seize ballot boxes ahead of Catalonia vote

Prosecutors in Catalonia have ordered police to seize ballot boxes, election flyers or any item that could be used in a banned independence referendum called by the Spanish region's separatist executive.

Bittersweet election victory for Norway PM Solberg
Norway

Bittersweet election victory for Norway PM Solberg

After clinching a narrow victory in Norway's legislative elections, Prime Minister Erna Solberg will start out with a fragile second mandate, given her weaker majority and less conciliatory allies.

German police bust Portuguese-Nigerian sham marriage ring
Germany

German police bust Portuguese-Nigerian sham marriage ring

German police on Tuesday said they have broken up a fake marriage ring that paired Portuguese women with Nigerian men who paid thousands of euros for a chance to gain EU residency.

Bag-snatcher chased by crowd, beaten and stabbed on Paris street
France

Bag-snatcher chased by crowd, beaten and stabbed on Paris street

Alleged thief beaten by a dozen men, stabbed twice in the abdomen and left for dead.

Family killed in volcanic crater near Naples
Italy

Family killed in volcanic crater near Naples

Three members of the same family died in a volcanic crater in Pozzuoli, near Naples, Italian police said on Tuesday.

Denmark’s Alternative party wants to give tax breaks to cyclists
Denmark

Denmark’s Alternative party wants to give tax breaks to cyclists

A tax deduction for expenses incurred traveling to work should also be valid for shorter journeys, says Denmark’s eco-friendly Alternative party – provided those journeys are made by bicycle.

Air Berlin accuses pilots of ‘playing with fire’ after 100 flights cancelled
Germany

Air Berlin accuses pilots of ‘playing with fire’ after 100 flights cancelled

Insolvent Air Berlin was forced to cancel dozens of flights on Tuesday after "an exceptionally high number" of pilots called in sick, prompting the airline to accuse staff of sabotaging rescue talks.

German auto companies ‘at forefront’ on key electric car technology
Germany

German auto companies ‘at forefront’ on key electric car technology

Automakers in Germany are leading the way on electric car battery technology. But not everyone is convinced that German automakers need to produce their own costly e-car batteries.

King reminds MPs they represent ‘all of Sweden’, including immigrants
Sweden

King reminds MPs they represent ‘all of Sweden’, including immigrants

'Our country has over 10 million residents with varying backgrounds and experiences, and different dreams for the future,' King Carl XVI Gustaf noted at the opening of the 2017-18 Riksdag session.

Google steps up its game with new offer of cloud services from Germany
Germany

Google steps up its game with new offer of cloud services from Germany

Following in the footsteps of other big tech companies like Amazon and Microsoft, Google now plans to introduce cloud services from Germany.

Dirndls and Lederhosen – the traditional German alternative to online dating
Germany

Dirndls and Lederhosen – the traditional German alternative to online dating

The clothes worn at Oktoberfest contain a few useful hints to help you find love, if you know how to read them.

Five things to know about Norway’s election outcome
Norway

Five things to know about Norway’s election outcome

After Norway’s conservative parties won a majority in Monday’s general election, reelected PM Erna Solberg could now face a tricky negotiating task if she is to form an effective government.

24 hours on Stockholm’s streets with refugee protesters
Sweden

24 hours on Stockholm’s streets with refugee protesters

What drives someone to spend over a month sleeping outdoors in protest? The Local spent 24 hours with refugee youngsters on Stockholm's streets to find out why they are so strongly against deportations to Afghanistan.

Malmö is the location for ‘New York, I Love You’ follow-up
Sweden

Malmö is the location for ‘New York, I Love You’ follow-up

The makers of the hit international film series which includes "New York, I Love You" and "Paris, je t'aime" are about to create an ode to a new city – Malmö, in the south of Sweden.

Hundreds of Hurricane Irma survivors arrive in France, Netherlands
France

Hundreds of Hurricane Irma survivors arrive in France, Netherlands

About 400 exhausted and traumatised survivors of Hurricane Irma arrived in France and the Netherlands on Monday aboard military planes.

Setback for Five Star Movement in Sicily as court questions online vote result
Italy

Setback for Five Star Movement in Sicily as court questions online vote result

A court in Palermo has 'suspended' the result of the regional primaries of the Five Star Movement party, presenting a potential setback just two months ahead of the Sicilian regional elections.

Rafa Nadal speaks out against Catalan independence
Spain

Rafa Nadal speaks out against Catalan independence

The tennis champ has waded into the political row and slammed plans for a referendum.

Swiss price watchdog slams Booking.com for ‘abusive’ fees
Switzerland

Swiss price watchdog slams Booking.com for ‘abusive’ fees

The Swiss federal price watchdog has opened formal proceedings against hotel booking platform Booking.com for what it deems are abusive fees paid by Swiss hoteliers using the website.

Macron arrives in hurricane-hit Caribbean
France

Macron arrives in hurricane-hit Caribbean

Macron's visit to the islands of St Martin and St Barts comes almost a week since Hurricane Irma roared over the region.

Swiss army plane crashes in mountains
Switzerland

Swiss army plane crashes in mountains

The wreckage of a PC-7 plane belonging to the Swiss army was found on the Schreckhorn mountain on Tuesday afternoon after going missing that morning.

Prince George single-handedly boosts sales of Puy lentils
France

Prince George single-handedly boosts sales of Puy lentils

Sales of Puy lentils are on the rise in the UK, all because of Prince George's school lunch menu.

Catalan independence: ‘Politicians are acting like children with a box of matches’
Spain

Catalan independence: ‘Politicians are acting like children with a box of matches’

A new book provides valuable insight into how a surge of separatist feeling has gripped Catalonia and put it on a collision course with Madrid.

The ‘World’s Best Gelato’ has been crowned after a three-year contest
Italy

The ‘World’s Best Gelato’ has been crowned after a three-year contest

An Italian competition to find the best gelato in the world has come to the conclusion after three years of searching, that when it comes to perfect ice cream, there's no place like home.

One in ten road users in Sweden don’t stop at red lights: survey
Sweden

One in ten road users in Sweden don’t stop at red lights: survey

Almost one in ten road users jump red lights, according to a new survey.

Prosecutors demand life in jail for last surviving member of neo-Nazi terror cell
Germany

Prosecutors demand life in jail for last surviving member of neo-Nazi terror cell

German prosecutors on Tuesday sought a life sentence for the surviving female member of a neo-Nazi trio accused of a string of racist murders that targeted mainly Turkish immigrants.

Teen with Down Syndrome puts Merkel on spot over late abortions
Germany

Teen with Down Syndrome puts Merkel on spot over late abortions

During a meet-the-voter TV show on Monday night, an 18-year-old from Cologne asked Chancellor Angela Merkel a question on late abortion that hit on a sensitive ethical debate.

Denmark charges 26-year-old man accused of joining Isis
Denmark

Denmark charges 26-year-old man accused of joining Isis

A list of names obtained by Danish police has led to six men being accused of joining terror group Islamic State.

Banksy mural in Calais wiped out by house painters
France

Banksy mural in Calais wiped out by house painters

The mural was one of three the street artist made in the French town on the theme of migrants.

New hydrogen taxi service allows Hamburg to hail cabs guilt-free
Germany

New hydrogen taxi service allows Hamburg to hail cabs guilt-free

If you've ever regretted hopping into a cab because you can't face walking home in the rain then CleverShuttle have a ride-sharing solution which won't burn a hole in your pocket or the Ozone.

Honeymooners complete pedalboat journey from Paris to Normandy coast
France

Honeymooners complete pedalboat journey from Paris to Normandy coast

The couple pedalled furiously for 12 days to reach the pretty port town of Honfleur.

French and US troops head to Gothenburg as Sweden’s biggest military drill in 20 years kicks off
Sweden

French and US troops head to Gothenburg as Sweden’s biggest military drill in 20 years kicks off

The biggest Swedish military exercise in over 20 years has started in Gothenburg, with French and US air defence units as well as other overseas troops joining the Swedes in a drill of more than 20,000 military personnel.

Insurance giant Chubb picks Paris as post-Brexit EU headquarters
France

Insurance giant Chubb picks Paris as post-Brexit EU headquarters

The company, which employs 31,000 worldwide, says moving to Paris makes sense as the city is already a major base for Chubb.

Ceuta and Melilla: the Spanish enclaves at the centre of the fight against terrorism
Spain

Ceuta and Melilla: the Spanish enclaves at the centre of the fight against terrorism

Tensions are mounting along the EU's only land borders with Africa on the Moroccan coast.

Hostility towards Muslims on the rise in Switzerland
Switzerland

Hostility towards Muslims on the rise in Switzerland

Hostility and discrimination towards Muslim people in Switzerland is on the rise, the Federal Commission against Racism (FCR) said on Monday during a conference at the University of Fribourg.

Police evacuate Copenhagen airport terminal after ‘incident’
Denmark

Police evacuate Copenhagen airport terminal after ‘incident’

Danish police temporarily evacuated and blocked off a terminal at Copenhagen airport early Tuesday as they investigated a suspicious piece of luggage, police and airport officials said.

Italy floods: Death toll rises to eight as body of final missing person found
Italy

Italy floods: Death toll rises to eight as body of final missing person found

Search teams on Tuesday morning found the body of a 67-year-old man killed in heavy flooding in the Tuscan city of Livorno over the weekend.

Norway’s red-green parties won popular vote, lost election
Norway

Norway’s red-green parties won popular vote, lost election

The red-green parties in Norway are reported to have gained 7,000 more votes overall than their conservative opponents, who nonetheless won the parliamentary majority.

Schoolchildren among those injured in Andermatt, none critically
Switzerland

Schoolchildren among those injured in Andermatt, none critically

Many of the 33 people injured on Monday when a train engine collided with carriages at Andermatt station were schoolchildren, police and media reports said.

Catalan youths drive push for independence from Spain
Spain

Catalan youths drive push for independence from Spain

Catalan youths, who have grown up during a time of surging support for independence, turned out in droves for a huge rally on Monday to demand their region break away from Spain.

Roma legend Totti returns to club for ‘new adventure’ as director
Italy

Roma legend Totti returns to club for ‘new adventure’ as director

A whole new challenge awaits former AS Roma legend Francesco Totti as the Serie A club return to the Champions League group stage on Tuesday against Atletico Madrid.

Record summer of call-outs for Swedish mountain rescue teams
Sweden

Record summer of call-outs for Swedish mountain rescue teams

Sweden's mountain rescue services were called out 133 times this summer to help hill walkers in need.

Teenager dies after gym attack in Ängelholm
Sweden

Teenager dies after gym attack in Ängelholm

A 17-year-old boy who was stabbed at a gym in southern Sweden has died from his injuries.

Abba plot virtual reality ‘reunion’ tour
Sweden

Abba plot virtual reality ‘reunion’ tour

We long gave up hope for a full Abba reunion concert, but maybe this is the second-best option?

Norway’s PM Solberg claims victory in close election
Norway

Norway’s PM Solberg claims victory in close election

Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg claimed a narrow victory in Norway's legislative elections on Monday, saying voters had given her "a mandate for four more years".