French university admissions: Shake-up broaches selection taboo
France

French university admissions: Shake-up broaches selection taboo

A raft of new measures concerning university admissions are set to come in in France from 2018. Here's what's changing.

Mafia boss ordered hit job on daughter over relationship with policeman
Italy

Mafia boss ordered hit job on daughter over relationship with policeman

A Sicilian mafia boss ordered his son to kill his sister because she had a relationship with a policeman, investigators said.

Controversy, as Deutsche Bahn plans to name train after Anne Frank
Germany

Controversy, as Deutsche Bahn plans to name train after Anne Frank

The German state-owned rail company, Deutsche Bahn, intends to name the trains in its new high-speed ICE4 series after famous historical personalities. One proposal has met with criticism.

Brexit and Macron: Why the time was right to quit London for Paris
France

Brexit and Macron: Why the time was right to quit London for Paris

Has Brexit reversed the tides of French entrepreneurs leaving Paris for London?

‘World’s longest power cable’ to connect Denmark with UK
Denmark

‘World’s longest power cable’ to connect Denmark with UK

Denmark’s minister for energy and climate has given the green light to a 750-kilometre-long cable that will connect Denmark with the United Kingdom.

IN PICTURES/TIMELINE: The Catalan crisis in October 2017
Spain

IN PICTURES/TIMELINE: The Catalan crisis in October 2017

With new developments unfolding every hour in Catalonia, here's a brief review of the major happenings in the last month.

Spanish economy grows despite Catalan crisis
Spain

Spanish economy grows despite Catalan crisis

Spain notched up vigorous growth in the third quarter, prior to the current Catalan crisis, official data showed on Monday October 30th.

Sweden’s 65,000 nuclear bunkers aren’t enough: Civil Contingencies Agency
Sweden

Sweden’s 65,000 nuclear bunkers aren’t enough: Civil Contingencies Agency

Sweden's nuclear shelters are insufficient to protect the population from a potential attack, according to a new report from Sweden’s Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB).

Rome braces itself for ‘2000 hooligans’ ahead of Chelsea match
Italy

Rome braces itself for ‘2000 hooligans’ ahead of Chelsea match

Security will be in full force at Rome’s Olympic Stadium on Tuesday night over fears there could be trouble as an estimated 2000 Chelsea football fans travel to the city to see their team take on AS Roma in a Champions League clash.

‘For Air Berlin €1,400 is nothing, for me and my family it is a huge amount of money’
Germany

‘For Air Berlin €1,400 is nothing, for me and my family it is a huge amount of money’

People who booked with Air Berlin back in July thought they were saving themselves money by planning ahead. Now, they have been left with the cost of buying flights close to departure day with no compensation in sight.

Submarine owner Peter Madsen admits dismembering Swedish journalist Kim Wall

Submarine owner Peter Madsen admits dismembering Swedish journalist Kim Wall

Danish inventor Peter Madsen has admitted dismembering the body of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, whose body parts were found at sea after she interviewed him on board his homemade submarine, Copenhagen Police have confirmed.

Feminists to protest in Paris as Roman Polanski attends tribute (to himself)
France

Feminists to protest in Paris as Roman Polanski attends tribute (to himself)

The film director who has been accused of a string of sexual assaults is expected to attend a retrospective of his work in the French capital.

Deposed Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is apparently already in Belgium
Spain

Deposed Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is apparently already in Belgium

As Spain's attorney general filed charges for sedition, rebellion and embezzlement against Puigdemont, Spanish press reported that the former Catalan regional leader is already in Brussels.

Rare blue aurora over Swedish Lapland puzzles scientists
Sweden

Rare blue aurora over Swedish Lapland puzzles scientists

Sky-watchers believe the unusual sighting may have been caused by a Russian missile.

Norway’s quirkiest museums
Norway

Norway’s quirkiest museums

Discover another side of Norway visiting these unusual museums, handpicked by our travel editor Marie Peyre.

One year on: Norcia remembers powerful earthquake
Italy

One year on: Norcia remembers powerful earthquake

The Umbrian town of Norcia on Monday commemorated the year anniversary of a 6.5-magnitude earthquake which left much of its centre destroyed.

Muslim feminist activist in France details rape claims against Oxford professor
France

Muslim feminist activist in France details rape claims against Oxford professor

A Muslim feminist activist in France who has accused prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan of violent rape detailed her claims in a hard-hitting interview Monday.

Recipe: Beat the French butter shortage by making your own
France

Recipe: Beat the French butter shortage by making your own

A simple solution to France's butter shortage?

Celebrity surgeon falsely described synthetic trachea operations as successful, review concludes

Celebrity surgeon falsely described synthetic trachea operations as successful, review concludes

"The transplantations are described as successful, which is not the fact," a review of Paolo Macchiarini's research on synthetic trachea operations has concluded.

Rainy, football-free summer dampens German thirst for the amber brew
Germany

Rainy, football-free summer dampens German thirst for the amber brew

A rainy, mild summer lacking big sporting events to booze along to has put Germans off their world-famous beer, official data showed Monday, as consumption slipped in the first nine months.

Newly-promoted Catalan side Girona inflict symbolic victory on Real Madrid
Spain

Newly-promoted Catalan side Girona inflict symbolic victory on Real Madrid

Real Madrid suffered a backlash on the field rather than from an expected hostile atmosphere amid political turmoil in Catalonia as they slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at Girona on Sunday October 29th.

Swedish guardian of refugee child stole thousands of kronor from him
Sweden

Swedish guardian of refugee child stole thousands of kronor from him

The woman transferred almost 100,000 kronor ($11,900) from the bank account of the boy, who received the money from a summer job, study grants, and social services.

The biggest challenges of moving to Germany
Germany

The biggest challenges of moving to Germany

Simple things are a mystery -- like knowing whether or not shops are open on Sunday (in Germany, they aren’t), or if dickmilch is edible (in Germany, it is).

Survey: Switzerland has mental health Röstigraben
Switzerland

Survey: Switzerland has mental health Röstigraben

People in French and Italian-speaking parts of Switzerland are nearly twice as likely to feel depressed as those in German regions, according to a report.

Norway sentences ‘homemade bomb’ teenager to nine months in prison
Norway

Norway sentences ‘homemade bomb’ teenager to nine months in prison

A 17-year-old Russian citizen who was arrested carrying a homemade bomb-like device in Oslo earlier this year has been sentenced to nine months in prison.

AS IT HAPPENED: Catalan administration overhauled amidst major changes
Spain

AS IT HAPPENED: Catalan administration overhauled amidst major changes

As the Spanish government enters its first working day following the Senate's granting of unprecedented powers to Prime Minister Rajoy to activate Article 155 of the Constitution and remove and replace Carles Puigdemont's pro-independence regional government and its officials, The Local Spain brings you live updates throughout the day.

600 evacuated as wildfires continue to rage in Piedmont
Italy

600 evacuated as wildfires continue to rage in Piedmont

Some 600 people have been evacuated from their homes in the Val de Susa area of Piedmont as firefighters continue to battle wildfires.

Luxury cars driven from Barcelona to Denmark in fraud and theft case
Denmark

Luxury cars driven from Barcelona to Denmark in fraud and theft case

Five men who hired luxury rental cars in Barcelona and Paris and drove them to Denmark are to go on trial in Copenhagen, accused of fraud and theft.

Marks & Spencer flagship Champs-Elysées store finally set to close
France

Marks & Spencer flagship Champs-Elysées store finally set to close

Upmarket British chain Marks & Spencer will close the doors of its Champs-Elysées store for the final time on Tuesday.

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France

French Alps shaken by 140 earthquakes in just over a month

They might not be knocking down buildings but they are worrying the locals.

Storm Herwart kills three, brings chaos to German rail system
Germany

Storm Herwart kills three, brings chaos to German rail system

Rail services were cancelled in seven German states on Sunday, as a fierce storm ripped up trees and cost at least three people their lives. Train delays are also expected Monday.

New dawn of uncertainty for Catalonia as Madrid takes control
Spain

New dawn of uncertainty for Catalonia as Madrid takes control

Spain enters uncharted and potentially perilous territory on Monday October 30th as Madrid moves to take over the running of Catalonia in response to the rebellious region's parliament unilaterally declaring independence.

Six injured on rides at Basel’s autumn fair
Switzerland

Six injured on rides at Basel’s autumn fair

Six people, one seriously, were injured in two separate accidents within the space of ten minutes at Basel’s Herbstmesse on Saturday evening.

Sexual harassment: Thousands of French women take to streets to say #MeToo
France

Sexual harassment: Thousands of French women take to streets to say #MeToo

"Metoo by a colleague", read a sign carried by one woman. "Metoo by a fellow activist" read another.

Sweden’s housing obligation to asylum seekers means other vulnerable groups go without: report
Sweden

Sweden’s housing obligation to asylum seekers means other vulnerable groups go without: report

A new report by Sweden's county administrative boards warns that vulnerable groups are struggling to find housing because homes are being allocated to asylum seekers. But the country's housing minister insists that the real problem is municipalities not building enough.

Federer scoops eighth Swiss Indoors title in Basel
Switzerland

Federer scoops eighth Swiss Indoors title in Basel

Home favourite Roger Federer claimed his eighth Swiss Indoors title on Sunday with a 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-3 final defeat of Juan Martin del Potro.

Olympic committee recognizes video games as sports
Switzerland

Olympic committee recognizes video games as sports

They may apparently require no more than a comfortable chair, decent knowledge of a computer screen and nimble mastery of controllers, but the International Olympic Committee insisted on Saturday that eSports are indeed...sports.

Storm Ingolf raises water levels in Denmark
Denmark

Storm Ingolf raises water levels in Denmark

Water levels were at high levels in Denmark late on Sunday after Storm Ingolf poured over the country.

Police investigate ‘sabotage’ at Swedish airport
Sweden

Police investigate ‘sabotage’ at Swedish airport

"The person gained access to the airport area and sabotaged the aircraft."

Suspected Swedish assault was just a man playing a computer game
Sweden

Suspected Swedish assault was just a man playing a computer game

"The person who reported it had heard banging, screaming and loud swearing and thought that someone was being assaulted in the apartment."