Norwegian ex-cop sentenced to 21 years for drug smuggling
Norway

Norwegian ex-cop sentenced to 21 years for drug smuggling

Oslo District Court sentenced on Tuesday former policeman Eirik Jensen to 21 years in prison for gross corruption and conspiracy to smuggle hashish.

Raoul Wallenberg’s family in Moscow court over Swedish diplomat’s death
Sweden

Raoul Wallenberg’s family in Moscow court over Swedish diplomat’s death

A Russian court has begun hearing a lawsuit from the family of Swedish Holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg, who are suing Russian security services in an effort to clarify the circumstances of his death.

Dozens of Spanish flights grounded in Ryanair cancellation chaos
Spain

Dozens of Spanish flights grounded in Ryanair cancellation chaos

The budget airline has announced plans to cancel between 40 and 50 flights every day for the next six weeks due to a shortage of pilots.

Find out which French mobile network you should really join
France

Find out which French mobile network you should really join

Depending on where you live...

Catalonia will face ‘brutal impoverishment’ as an independent state, warns Spain
Spain

Catalonia will face ‘brutal impoverishment’ as an independent state, warns Spain

Catalonia would suffer "brutal" impoverishment if it splits from Spain, with a deep plunge in its economic output, Spain's economy minister warned Monday ahead of a disputed independence referendum in the region.

How a German sauna taught a prudish American to relax at the sight of naked flesh
Germany

How a German sauna taught a prudish American to relax at the sight of naked flesh

When American writer Jessica Guzik arrived in Berlin, she wanted to rid herself of her American neuroses. But was the sight of people tarring themselves in salt a step too far?

Macron bombarded with texts after mobile number leaked online
France

Macron bombarded with texts after mobile number leaked online

What would you send the French president if you got hold of his phone number?

Multi-million data breach and fraud trial to get under way in Sweden
Sweden

Multi-million data breach and fraud trial to get under way in Sweden

A startup, four banks and a superstore are understood to be among a number of organizations hit by a Swedish hacking and fraud attack that has now led to trial.

Foreigners cast symbolic ballots in new initiative to give voting rights to all
Germany

Foreigners cast symbolic ballots in new initiative to give voting rights to all

Over the past week, 20 polling stations set up in central Berlin invited non-German citizens to cast a symbolic general election vote. Why is the right to vote important for these residents? The Local found out.

Lampedusa’s anti-migration mayor says the island is ‘collapsing’
Italy

Lampedusa’s anti-migration mayor says the island is ‘collapsing’

The Italian island of Lampedusa became a symbol for the country's welcoming culture towards migrants - but its mayor says the island is now "collapsing".

International students owe Denmark 123 million kroner: report
Denmark

International students owe Denmark 123 million kroner: report

Almost 40 percent of loans drawn from the Danish state by international students are yet to commence repayment, according to a report.

Hundreds of thousands more children at risk of poverty, official report shows
Germany

Hundreds of thousands more children at risk of poverty, official report shows

The Familienreport for 2017 shows an increase in child poverty rates to 2.8 million, with those from migrant backgrounds particularly affected.

Ten great reasons to visit San Sebastián
Spain

Ten great reasons to visit San Sebastián

As the San Sebastián film festival gets underway this week, here's a reminder why the northern coastal city is well worth a visit.

Court fines three people for ignoring dying pensioner in bank
Germany

Court fines three people for ignoring dying pensioner in bank

A German court on Monday fined three people for failing to help an old man lying unconscious on the floor of a bank, instead walking around and even stepping over him.

Ryanair cancels dozens of flights to and from France
France

Ryanair cancels dozens of flights to and from France

Here's a list of the flights grounded this week.

Germany’s ‘first wild bison in 250 years’ shot by authorities
Germany

Germany’s ‘first wild bison in 250 years’ shot by authorities

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced on Friday that it is filing charges against an official in eastern Germany who ordered hunters to shoot a bison he claimed was a danger to the public.

Far-right AfD go on attack against Islam, as their poll numbers jump
Germany

Far-right AfD go on attack against Islam, as their poll numbers jump

Germany's right-wing populist AfD party ramped up attacks Monday against immigration and Islam as its poll ratings jumped in the final stretch of election campaigning, while Chancellor Angela Merkel's party dipped.

Care home workers go on trial for murdering residents ‘out of boredom’
Germany

Care home workers go on trial for murdering residents ‘out of boredom’

Three care home workers went on trial Monday in Germany accused of killing two elderly residents and abusing a string of others, with prosecutors saying they acted "out of boredom".

French university cancels lectures after migrants set up home on campus
France

French university cancels lectures after migrants set up home on campus

Students have been told to avoid campus "until further notice".

French lorry drivers take action against government’s labour reforms
France

French lorry drivers take action against government’s labour reforms

Perhaps not a day to be driving in certain parts of France.

Danish PM pledges to help marginalised women, criticises Trump prior to UN summit
Denmark

Danish PM pledges to help marginalised women, criticises Trump prior to UN summit

Denmark’s government will give 315 million kroner (42 million euros) to support women in conflict and war zones, with US president Donald Trump having withdrawn American support in the area.

Police search for cyclist who filmed dying biker instead of helping him
Germany

Police search for cyclist who filmed dying biker instead of helping him

When a motorcyclist crashed in southern Germany on Sunday, a cyclist decided to film him instead of coming to his aid. Police are now investigating whether he committed a crime by not providing the dying man with help.

Police defend decision to let neo-Nazis march through Gothenburg
Sweden

Police defend decision to let neo-Nazis march through Gothenburg

Swedish police have hit back at criticism after a neo-Nazi group was allowed to march through the streets of central Gothenburg despite not having an official permit to demonstrate.

Pirate bullfighter provokes a storm with Franco-era flag
Spain

Pirate bullfighter provokes a storm with Franco-era flag

A Spanish bullfighter has provoked a storm of controversy after parading around a bullring draped in the Franco-era flag of Spain.

Air on Paris Metro system ‘ten times dirtier than outside’
France

Air on Paris Metro system ‘ten times dirtier than outside’

"When workers in the tunnels blow their nose, it's completely black."

Italy’s Five Star Movement gets ready to choose its candidate for PM
Italy

Italy’s Five Star Movement gets ready to choose its candidate for PM

Italy's Five Star Movement has launched primaries to choose its candidate for prime minister in the upcoming general election.

US students – get your master’s for free at a top Swedish university

US students – get your master’s for free at a top Swedish university

Think getting a master’s degree from a top university will cost you a fortune? Think again.

Sharp rise in asylum appeals leaves court system struggling to cope
Germany

Sharp rise in asylum appeals leaves court system struggling to cope

The opposition has accused the government of overstretching the courts and endangering the integration of refugees, after a rise in appeals on rejected asylum cases.

Boy killed by his grandfather on opening day of France’s hunting season
France

Boy killed by his grandfather on opening day of France’s hunting season

France's hunting season has already been marred by tragedy.

Geneva University launches new course to help imams integrate in Swiss society
Switzerland

Geneva University launches new course to help imams integrate in Swiss society

The new programme has come out of discussions with the cantonal authorities.

Driver under suspicion after Flixbus from Berlin to Hamburg crashes on Autobahn
Germany

Driver under suspicion after Flixbus from Berlin to Hamburg crashes on Autobahn

Two people were left seriously injured when a long-distance coach crashed into a car on the Autobahn in eastern Germany on Sunday, pushing the vehicle 650 metres up the road. Police suspect the bus driver of a crime.

Norway electronics retailer to sell solar panels in stores
Norway

Norway electronics retailer to sell solar panels in stores

Solar panel units for the roofs of Norwegian homes are to be sold in-store for the first time by electronics retailer Elkjøp.

Homeless man held over shocking murder of pregnant Frenchwoman
France

Homeless man held over shocking murder of pregnant Frenchwoman

The woman, who was eight months pregnant, was found naked, tied up and blindfolded.

Italian navy divers find and detonate two American Second World War bombs
Italy

Italian navy divers find and detonate two American Second World War bombs

10,000 people had to be evacuated from their homes while the "delicate and complex operation" was carried out.

Alexander Skarsgård thanks his mum in Emmy speech (and kisses Nicole Kidman)
Sweden

Alexander Skarsgård thanks his mum in Emmy speech (and kisses Nicole Kidman)

Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgård kissed Nicole Kidman and thanked his mother after winning his first Emmy for his role in HBO's drama series 'Big Little Lies'.

US tourists injured in random acid attack in French city
France

US tourists injured in random acid attack in French city

Two young female American tourists were sprayed in the eyes with hydrochloric acid in a train station in Marseille.

Swiss ski resorts wake up to September snow
Switzerland

Swiss ski resorts wake up to September snow

It appears the summer hiking season may be over for another year as many Swiss alpine resorts saw fresh snow over the weekend.

Freak weather cuts short Copenhagen half marathon
Denmark

Freak weather cuts short Copenhagen half marathon

Not all participants made it to the finish line of Copenhagen’s half-marathon event – and two were taken to hospital – after a torrential downpour of rain and hail resulted in the race being stopped.

Spanish police seize pro-Catalan referendum pamphlets
Spain

Spanish police seize pro-Catalan referendum pamphlets

Spanish police on Sunday seized 1.3 million pamphlets and posters supporting Catalonia's independence referendum, the latest move to try to block the vote.

Two Bern villages vote against following Moutier to canton Jura
Switzerland

Two Bern villages vote against following Moutier to canton Jura

Three months after the town of Moutier voted to leave the canton of Bern and join the Jura, two neighbouring communes have rejected a plan to follow suit.

Spike in arrivals of migrants across the Mediterranean to Italy
Italy

Spike in arrivals of migrants across the Mediterranean to Italy

The past week has seen 2,000 migrant rescues by Italy.

Sweden’s church election sees highest turnout since 1950
Sweden

Sweden’s church election sees highest turnout since 1950

More than 900,000 people voted in Sweden's 2017 church election, producing the highest turnout since 1950.

Pro-business FDP set to bounce back in election, seeking to stall EU reform
Germany

Pro-business FDP set to bounce back in election, seeking to stall EU reform

A week before German elections, the storied Free Democratic Party looks set to recover from a historic 2013 defeat and return to parliament - where it could make Berlin a much more awkward partner for its European neighbours.

In pictures: Storm floods basements and shops in Malmö
Sweden

In pictures: Storm floods basements and shops in Malmö

Heavy rain over Skåne in southern Sweden caused basements, garages and shops to flood while hail also proved a nuisance.

‘I grew up in Sweden, I’m used to playing in bad weather’: Nordqvist beats hail and fever to win second major
Sweden

‘I grew up in Sweden, I’m used to playing in bad weather’: Nordqvist beats hail and fever to win second major

Sweden's Anna Nordqvist overcame glandular fever and terrible weather to claim her second major title with a play-off win over American Brittany Altomare at the Evian Championship on Sunday.

What lessons can Sweden learn from its Yugoslavian refugees?
Sweden

What lessons can Sweden learn from its Yugoslavian refugees?

In the 1990s thousands of refugees fled war in Yugoslavia and made Sweden their home, where today they are a well-integrated part of society. The Local explores what Sweden can learn from that experience.