France shocked at iPhone X costing exactly French minimum wage
France

France shocked at iPhone X costing exactly French minimum wage

A French worker on the minimum wage would have to spend an entire month's salary to get the new iPhone.

Policeman stabbed to death in Valencia by Swede suspected of ‘body in suitcase’ murder

Policeman stabbed to death in Valencia by Swede suspected of ‘body in suitcase’ murder

A police officer was stabbed to death in Valencia as he attempted to arrest a man suspected of killing a man and leaving his chopped up corpse in a suitcase on a city street.

Police in Italy fight back against theft of art from churches
Italy

Police in Italy fight back against theft of art from churches

Most of the works of art were stolen from churches in southern Italy and some are nearly 500 years old.

Hit British reality TV series Love Island arrives in Germany
Germany

Hit British reality TV series Love Island arrives in Germany

To the bewilderment of anyone who isn't British, an incredibly generic-sounding reality TV show called Love Island took the UK by storm this summer. Will the format also be a success in Deutschland?

Elite Hamburg British club angers expats with men-only policy
Germany

Elite Hamburg British club angers expats with men-only policy

Set up after the Second World War, the Anglo-German Club in Hamburg claims to act as a bridge across the North Sea. But its male-only membership policy has led Brits in the port city to call it a “dinosaur”.

Spain prosecutors threaten to arrest pro-referendum mayors in Catalonia
Spain

Spain prosecutors threaten to arrest pro-referendum mayors in Catalonia

Spain's state prosecutor has ordered a criminal probe of Catalan mayors who cooperate with an October 1st independence referendum deemed illegal by Madrid and threatened to arrest those who do not comply.

Trains and ferries cancelled as Sweden braces for a storm
Sweden

Trains and ferries cancelled as Sweden braces for a storm

Ferries and trains have been cancelled in southern Sweden as the region prepares to be battered by a storm.

Egyptian authorities arrest lawyer linked to slain Italian student Regeni
Italy

Egyptian authorities arrest lawyer linked to slain Italian student Regeni

Authorities in Egypt have arrested a lawyer whose human rights group opposes enforced disappearances and is linked to one such case involving murdered Italian student Giulio Regeni, officials said on Wednesday September 13th.

Two go on trial for brutal ‘homophobic’ murder of 1990s pop star in Berlin hostel
Germany

Two go on trial for brutal ‘homophobic’ murder of 1990s pop star in Berlin hostel

On Wednesday the trial started of two men who allegedly sexually assaulted pop singer Jim Reeves so violently last year that he died a painful death due to the injuries.

France considers banning mobile phones in schools
France

France considers banning mobile phones in schools

Pupils might be asked to deposit their phones in secure boxes when arriving at school in a possible new move from the French government.

Italians show will to donate billions for the future
Italy

Italians show will to donate billions for the future

A survey by Italy's national association of notaries, which monitors charity donations in Italy, found that 32 million people donated to a cause in the last year.

Swedish government divided over young Afghan asylum seekers
Sweden

Swedish government divided over young Afghan asylum seekers

The two parties in Sweden's coalition government are divided over calls for an amnesty for young Afghans being deported from the country.

Famed German art show on brink of bankruptcy after running up millions in debts
Germany

Famed German art show on brink of bankruptcy after running up millions in debts

International art exhibition documenta in Kassel is on the brink of insolvency just days before it comes to a close on Sunday.

Exclusive: Libyan smuggler says human trafficking will continue despite Italian deal
Italy

Exclusive: Libyan smuggler says human trafficking will continue despite Italian deal

Correspondents for The Local Italy spoke to a people smuggler in southern Libya who said Italy's plans to pay people not to engage in human trafficking are working. But he expects the lull to be temporary.

Paris hires falcons to beat pigeon plague
France

Paris hires falcons to beat pigeon plague

A Paris district is resorting to birds of prey to try and chase off hordes of pigeons wreaking havoc on rooftops.

‘We won’t back down’ vows French government after tens of thousands protest labour reforms
France

‘We won’t back down’ vows French government after tens of thousands protest labour reforms

Tuesday's protests don't seem to have convinced the government.

‘Tie down garden furniture and trampolines’: Police warn of storms in Denmark
Denmark

‘Tie down garden furniture and trampolines’: Police warn of storms in Denmark

Heavy winds with gale force gusts are predicted to hit Denmark on Wednesday.

North eastern France on alert for floods
France

North eastern France on alert for floods

It's time to batten down the hatches in north east France.

Swedish thieves steal eggs from rare owls worth millions
Sweden

Swedish thieves steal eggs from rare owls worth millions

"When animals and plants are endangered and threatened by extinction, unfortunately their value on the black market rises."

Italian Parliament votes to outlaw fascist propaganda
Italy

Italian Parliament votes to outlaw fascist propaganda

The production, sale or distribution of images or content related to fascism or nazism could now be punished with prison sentences.

Switzerland moves a step closer to voting on nationwide burqa ban
Switzerland

Switzerland moves a step closer to voting on nationwide burqa ban

The committee in favour of a ban has succeeded in gathering the required number of signatures to push the issue to a referendum.

Norwegian family arrested for suspected attempted murder of woman
Norway

Norwegian family arrested for suspected attempted murder of woman

Six people have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an 18-year-old women suffered serious injuries near Oslo on Tuesday.

Start school later so teens can sleep longer, Swedish researchers argue
Sweden

Start school later so teens can sleep longer, Swedish researchers argue

Swedish teenagers should be allowed to sleep longer in the morning and start school later, according to researchers, who point to evidence that students' health and performance would improve as a result.

Terror attack on Paris gay nightclubs thwarted: minister
France

Terror attack on Paris gay nightclubs thwarted: minister

French police have thwarted a dozen terror attacks since the start of the year, the interior minister claims.

How the north German home of Nazis’ V2 rocket is embracing the hard right
Germany

How the north German home of Nazis’ V2 rocket is embracing the hard right

The German town of Peenemuende, population 250, has no school, no supermarket and none of the refugees who have streamed into the country in the last two years.

‘French Banksy’ returns home for politically-charged project
France

‘French Banksy’ returns home for politically-charged project

After making headlines with his installation of a Mexican toddler on the US-Mexico border, French artist JR is going back to his roots.

Stop children from being sent to parents’ homeland: Støjberg
Denmark

Stop children from being sent to parents’ homeland: Støjberg

Denmark’s immigration minister Inger Støjberg says that parents of non-Western heritage who force their children to visit their home countries are “not committed to Denmark”.

Chaos at new airport pushes Berlin into divisive vote on keeping Cold War relic
Germany

Chaos at new airport pushes Berlin into divisive vote on keeping Cold War relic

Berlin's scandal-plagued BER airport project, now delayed five years with no opening date in sight, has become the laughing stock of Germany, but things are about to get more complicated.

Germany resumes Afghan deportations months after Kabul truck bomb
Germany

Germany resumes Afghan deportations months after Kabul truck bomb

Eight Afghans expelled from Germany arrived in Kabul on Wednesday as Berlin resumed deportations of rejected asylum seekers from the war-torn country months after a huge truck bomb hit the Afghan capital.

Number of migrants arriving in Spain soars: minister
Spain

Number of migrants arriving in Spain soars: minister

The number of migrants arriving in Spain so far this year has soared more than 88 percent from the same period in 2016, Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said onTuesday.

Polls show Swiss pension reform hangs in the balance
Switzerland

Polls show Swiss pension reform hangs in the balance

With only just over a week to go until the Swiss people vote on a significant reform to the country’s pension system, the polls are neck and neck.

Stuttgart is the least stressful city in the world, study finds
Germany

Stuttgart is the least stressful city in the world, study finds

Stuttgart is more relaxing than any other city across the globe, while Hanover is also pretty chill, a study released on Tuesday claims.

Search for French girl missing from wedding to wind down
France

Search for French girl missing from wedding to wind down

No sign has been found of Maelys de Araujo since she vanished last month.

Bornholm airport reopened after suspicious package turns out to be fine china
Denmark

Bornholm airport reopened after suspicious package turns out to be fine china

A package containing porcelain was reported as suspicious by a passenger at Bornholm Airport on Wednesday morning, resulting in a large area being closed off.

Bad weather kills two on Autobahn, with hurricane-force winds predicted in north Germany
Germany

Bad weather kills two on Autobahn, with hurricane-force winds predicted in north Germany

A series of crashes in western Germany were caused by a dramatic change in weather confusing drivers. In one of the pileups, two people died.

‘Returning life to normal is the absolute priority’: Macron visits Caribbean in wake of Hurricane Irma
France

‘Returning life to normal is the absolute priority’: Macron visits Caribbean in wake of Hurricane Irma

'Now is not the time for controversy,' Macron said. 'Returning life to normal is the absolute priority.'

Ukraine releases Austrian ex-judo champ suspected of child sex abuse
Austria

Ukraine releases Austrian ex-judo champ suspected of child sex abuse

Austrian former Olympic judo champion Peter Seisenbacher, wanted on charges of child sex abuse, was freed by Ukrainian justice officials pending an extradition hearing, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

A robot conducted Andrea Bocelli and an Italian orchestra in a world first
Italy

A robot conducted Andrea Bocelli and an Italian orchestra in a world first

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli's voice soars to the rafters of the Tuscan theatre, but all eyes are on the orchestral conductor beside him - a robot with an apparent penchant for Verdi.

VIDEO: ‘Nobody dies in Longyearbyen’
Norway

VIDEO: ‘Nobody dies in Longyearbyen’

Melting permafrost on Svalbard could trigger the release of a disease many believe to be long consigned to the past.

Austria finally agrees to extradite alleged Russian gang boss
Austria

Austria finally agrees to extradite alleged Russian gang boss

Austria will extradite the alleged boss of a Russian crime gang wanted by Moscow for a string of murders after a court rejected his appeal on Tuesday.

Swiss army plane crash: pilot found dead
Switzerland

Swiss army plane crash: pilot found dead

The pilot of the PC-7 military plane that crashed in the Swiss Alps on Tuesday has been found dead at the crash site.

32 Air Berlin flights cancelled on Wednesday after pilots call in sick (again)
Germany

32 Air Berlin flights cancelled on Wednesday after pilots call in sick (again)

Insolvent airline Air Berlin cancelled 32 flights on Wednesday due to numerous pilots calling in sick, leaving passengers affected by cancellations and delays for the second day in a row.

President talks up European Union ahead of tense Austrian election
Austria

President talks up European Union ahead of tense Austrian election

In an impassioned pro-EU plea, Austria's president Alexander Van der Bellen urged voters on Tuesday to "carefully consider" their choice in October elections, which look set to return the far-right to power.

Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia evacuated in ‘false alarm’ bomb scare
Spain

Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia evacuated in ‘false alarm’ bomb scare

Spanish police temporarily evacuated Barcelona's Sagrada Familia church and nearby businesses on Tuesday after a van parked nearby prompted a bomb scare which they said turned out to be a "false alarm".

Italian property of the week: Luxury living in Salerno
Italy

Italian property of the week: Luxury living in Salerno

Nestled between Calabria and the Amalfi coast lies Palinuro, a small seaside resort with beautiful coves and beaches. If you want to make it your home, our property of the week could be for you.

Swedish tourist held in Barcelona over alleged sex assaults

Swedish tourist held in Barcelona over alleged sex assaults

A Swedish man in his mid-20s is being held in Barcelona on suspicion of a series of sexual assaults.

Five perfect cafés for studying or working in Lund
Sweden

Five perfect cafés for studying or working in Lund

Lund in southern Sweden is home to the country's second-oldest university after Uppsala. If you're new to the town and to Sweden, find out where to study for your exams over a coffee and cinnamon roll.

YouTube star PewDiePie apologizes over racial slur
Sweden

YouTube star PewDiePie apologizes over racial slur

Swedish YouTuber PewDiePie has apologized for blurting out a racial slur while playing a livestreamed video game.