Bilbao health authority in hot water over cocaine sniffing ‘kit’
Spain

Bilbao health authority in hot water over cocaine sniffing ‘kit’

Health authorities distributed plastic cards with advice for how to chop cocaine and sniff it safely.

France: Monet’s ‘secret’ art collection on show for first time
France

France: Monet’s ‘secret’ art collection on show for first time

"I am selfish. My collection is for myself only... and for a few friends," the master once told journalists.

Germany opposed to rapid expansion of passport-free Schengen area
Germany

Germany opposed to rapid expansion of passport-free Schengen area

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière on Thursday said he was opposed to the rapid admission of EU countries like Romania or Bulgaria to the Schengen area without border controls.

No-confidence motion against Sweden’s Defence Minister collapses as two opposition parties back out
Sweden

No-confidence motion against Sweden’s Defence Minister collapses as two opposition parties back out

Two of the four parties in Sweden's centre-right Alliance coalition have announced that they will not back a no-confidence motion the same group threatened to bring forward against Peter Hultqvist.

What you need to know to sound smart during German election season
Germany

What you need to know to sound smart during German election season

If you find yourself flailing for thoughts when friends and family back home ask for your analysis on the upcoming election, fear not, this article breaks it down for you.

Western Europe’s highest peak Mont Blanc shrinks (again)
France

Western Europe’s highest peak Mont Blanc shrinks (again)

Mont Blanc, Western Europe's highest peak, isn't quite as tall as it used to be.

Rome suspends blood donations after mosquito-borne chikungunya cases
Italy

Rome suspends blood donations after mosquito-borne chikungunya cases

The city of Rome on Wednesday announced it would carry out a fast-track anti-mosquito campaign after a string of suspected cases of the insect-borne chikungunya virus were detected in the region.

BlaBlaCar launches short-distance carpooling service in Paris
France

BlaBlaCar launches short-distance carpooling service in Paris

Carpooling service BlaBlaCar has just launched a short-distance car-sharing service in the French capital.

5 things to know about abortion in Germany
Germany

5 things to know about abortion in Germany

In Germany, abortion is not the lightning rod for liberal and conservative anger that it is the US or Ireland, where a referendum is being held Friday on the matter. But the fact that it is technically illegal under the constitution is just one issue that still stirs debate.

Italian town backs down on parking spots reserved for pregnant ‘EU’  women and mothers only
Italy

Italian town backs down on parking spots reserved for pregnant ‘EU’ women and mothers only

Freezing in September – when does your landlord have to turn on the heating?
Germany

Freezing in September – when does your landlord have to turn on the heating?

In light of a chilly end to the summer in Germany, here's everything you need to know about turning up the heat in your home.

‘I take my vote very seriously’: New Germans reflect on citizenship in run-up to election
Germany

‘I take my vote very seriously’: New Germans reflect on citizenship in run-up to election

Three million new Germans can vote in the federal election on September 24th. Here are four first-time voters reflecting on their paths to citizenship as well as on Chancellor Angela Merkel, international relations and social media.

French university introduces gender-neutral toilets in nationwide first
France

French university introduces gender-neutral toilets in nationwide first

The University of Tours in central-west France has become the first in the country to offer gender-neutral toilets, in an effort to make transgender students feel more comfortable.

Video: Animated genitals spread chlamydia awareness in Sweden
Sweden

Video: Animated genitals spread chlamydia awareness in Sweden

A new public information film from a Swedish county stars anthropomorphic genitals in the main roles.

Far-right leader denies illegally employing Syrian refugee as housemaid
Germany

Far-right leader denies illegally employing Syrian refugee as housemaid

The lead candidate for the Alternative for Germany (AfD), Alice Weidel, on Thursday denied a report in Die Zeit that she had employed a Syrian women to work in her house without reporting it to authorities.

Threat prompts Turkish Airlines flight evacuation in Cologne
Germany

Threat prompts Turkish Airlines flight evacuation in Cologne

German authorities on Thursday stopped a Turkish Airlines jet from taking off and searched it with sniffer dogs after Cologne airport received a threatening phone call, police said.

New Caravaggio museum aims to separate fakes from original masterpieces
Italy

New Caravaggio museum aims to separate fakes from original masterpieces

An institute dedicated to the work of the Italian artist Caravaggio, aimed particularly at identifying his genuine paintings, is to open in Rome.

Barry Foundation celebrates bumper crop of St Bernard puppies
Switzerland

Barry Foundation celebrates bumper crop of St Bernard puppies

Twelve St Bernard puppies were born at the Barry Foundation recently, bringing the year’s total to 32, well above the annual average of 20.

Catalonia to launch campaign for independence referendum
Spain

Catalonia to launch campaign for independence referendum

Catalan separatists will on Thursday officially launch their campaign for an independence referendum deemed illegal by Madrid, which has vowed to stop it at all cost.

OPINION: Why would anyone leave the happiest country?
Denmark

OPINION: Why would anyone leave the happiest country?

There is a growing trend of young Europeans -- including Danes -- applying for jobs abroad to broaden their horizons, writes The Local guest columnist Fanni Barsi.

Stuttgart was just named the world’s most relaxing city – here’s why
Germany

Stuttgart was just named the world’s most relaxing city – here’s why

Stuttgart was ranked this week as the least stressful city in the world, an honour many The Local readers felt was unearned. But Stuttgart native Melanie Buck says the city really is a place that calms the pulse.

Stockholmers gather for Gather innovation festival
Sweden

Stockholmers gather for Gather innovation festival

A new combined innovation, music and culture conference-and-festival kicked off in Stockholm on Thursday.

Sweden’s ‘man-free’ festival now has a name
Sweden

Sweden’s ‘man-free’ festival now has a name

New details have been revealed about the "man-free" festival proposed by a Swedish comedian in response to sexual assaults.

Are you one of the 80 percent about to stop paying council tax in France?
France

Are you one of the 80 percent about to stop paying council tax in France?

Will you be among the lucky 80 percent of people living in France who no longer have to pay council tax?

Denmark to propose changes to Schengen to enable extended border control
Denmark

Denmark to propose changes to Schengen to enable extended border control

Denmark is hoping to change the rules of the Schengen agreement to allow border control to continue.

Strong winds cause chaos for Swiss roads and airports
Switzerland

Strong winds cause chaos for Swiss roads and airports

Stormy weather and strong winds proved hazardous across Switzerland on Thursday, with planes struggling to land and trucks swept off the roads.

How Die Linke’s election hopes are being held back by a glamorous but unloved leader
Germany

How Die Linke’s election hopes are being held back by a glamorous but unloved leader

A recent poll shows that the left-wing Die Linke could once again be the third biggest party in Germany after the election. But their leader is the least popular in the country.

Standard of living in France still below 2008 levels
France

Standard of living in France still below 2008 levels

The standard of living in France has seen a slight rise, but remains below the levels seen before the financial crisis, new figures show.

Spain to spend big at borders tightening defences to stop migrants
Spain

Spain to spend big at borders tightening defences to stop migrants

Spain’s interior minister has announced plans to spend €12million fortifying border fences at its north African enclaves after a surge in migrant arrivals.

Germans have right to squeeze sand between their toes for free, court rules
Germany

Germans have right to squeeze sand between their toes for free, court rules

The Federal Administrative Court ruled on Wednesday that charging entrance fees for two German North Sea beaches was illegal, a ruling which is set to have change the rules of the game all along the German coastlines.

Italian police bust Sicilian-Colombian cocaine racket
Italy

Italian police bust Sicilian-Colombian cocaine racket

An investigation by Italy's police and the anti-drugs squad found several representatives of Colombian drug barons selling cocaine across Sicily with the help of the local mafia.

Five acts you simply can’t miss at this year’s Düsseldorf Festival
Germany

Five acts you simply can’t miss at this year’s Düsseldorf Festival

What makes the Düsseldorf Festival so special? The fact that it is not bound by a single concept. Fiona Leonard gives insider tips on how to make the most of this most eclectic of events.

Five international architectural masterpieces by Danish design icon Arne Jacobsen
Denmark

Five international architectural masterpieces by Danish design icon Arne Jacobsen

2017 marks the 90th anniversary legendary Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen’s very first architectural project.

This is how Switzerland elects a new federal councillor
Switzerland

This is how Switzerland elects a new federal councillor

This Wednesday, the Swiss parliament will vote in two new members of the federal government. Here are ten things you need to know.

Video: Cat squares off with reindeer in Sweden
Sweden

Video: Cat squares off with reindeer in Sweden

An incredible video from northern Sweden has captured the moment a lonely reindeer met a cocky cat – but the latter decided it wasn't in the mood to play.

Real Madrid star benched over infected pimple from shaving legs
Spain

Real Madrid star benched over infected pimple from shaving legs

Rising star Marco Asensio missed out on his club’s Champions League opener on Wednesday due to an infection caused by shaving his legs.

SAS pilot strike action called off as last-minute agreement reached
Norway

SAS pilot strike action called off as last-minute agreement reached

Some flight departures on Thursday remain affected by the now called-off pilots' industrial action.

Paris 2024 Olympics: A ‘victory for France’, says Macron
France

Paris 2024 Olympics: A ‘victory for France’, says Macron

President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday hailed the decision to award the 2024 Olympics to Paris as a 'victory for France'.

Storm and hurricane-force winds kill three people across Germany
Germany

Storm and hurricane-force winds kill three people across Germany

Windstorm Sebastian killed at least three people in Germany on Wednesday as hurricane-force winds of up to 150 kilometres per hour were recorded in the north of the country.

French court bans couple from using Breton letter in baby’s name
France

French court bans couple from using Breton letter in baby’s name

The court ruled that the "n with a squiggle over it" was incompatible with national law.

British PM to make Brexit speech in Florence in charm offensive to Italy
Italy

British PM to make Brexit speech in Florence in charm offensive to Italy

British Prime Minister Theresa May will travel to Italy next week to make a major speech on Brexit, Downing Street said on Wednesday September 13th.

A beginner’s guide to healthcare in Sweden
Sweden

A beginner’s guide to healthcare in Sweden

Everything you need to know in case you accidentally eat a bad herring!

Which of the smaller parties is Merkel going to take to the ball this time?
Germany

Which of the smaller parties is Merkel going to take to the ball this time?

Chancellor Angela Merkel is the clear frontrunner in general elections 10 days away, but a sleepy campaign is now heating up as other parties jostle to rule with her.

Suspected child sex offender caught thanks to alert train attendant
Sweden

Suspected child sex offender caught thanks to alert train attendant

A 40-year-old man is suspected of child sex offences after he was seized at a train station in Landskrona in the company of a tearful seven-year-old boy, thanks to train staff who called the police.

Sweden escapes worst of storm battering Europe
Sweden

Sweden escapes worst of storm battering Europe

Trains have started running again.

Nine unexpected things that happen when you (try to) learn Swedish
Sweden

Nine unexpected things that happen when you (try to) learn Swedish

Learning Swedish will teach you a lot – but not necessarily the things you thought it would. Here are nine of the strange things that happen once you start studying the language.