Swedish couple charged with burying woman’s body in cement block
Sweden

Swedish couple charged with burying woman’s body in cement block

The woman disappeared two years ago and her body was found almost three months later, buried in a block of cement.

Court bans zoo from letting children swim with crocodiles and alligators
Germany

Court bans zoo from letting children swim with crocodiles and alligators

At a unique zoo in Hesse, visitors can get up close and personal with deadly reptiles such as crocodiles and alligators. But on Thursday a court judge denied the zoo's appeal to be allowed to continue with these practices for children.

PODCAST: “You don’t have to be very successful to get into the AfD”

PODCAST: “You don’t have to be very successful to get into the AfD”

On this week's podcast we look at why Germany's far-right party is already upsetting the country's politics.

Eiffel Tower ticket prices skyrocket to fund renovations
France

Eiffel Tower ticket prices skyrocket to fund renovations

If you're planning to visit the Eiffel Tower, it might be time to crack open the piggy bank.

Danish immigration minister escorted from deportation centre as tensions boil over
Denmark

Danish immigration minister escorted from deportation centre as tensions boil over

Denmark’s minister for Immigration and Integration Inger Støjberg was hastily evacuated from the Sjælsmark deportation centre for rejected asylum seekers after tensions escalated during a tense visit to the facility.

Two suspected jihadists extradited to France
France

Two suspected jihadists extradited to France

Two suspected jihadists were extradited to France on Friday, where they were suspected of plotting to carry out separate attacks.

No, 30,000 migrants haven’t disappeared in Germany ‘without a trace’
Germany

No, 30,000 migrants haven’t disappeared in Germany ‘without a trace’

When Bild reported on Thursday that 30,000 rejected asylum seekers had gone missing without a trace in Germany it was soon picked up in the international media. The only problem? It isn’t true.

‘The arancino pact’: Berlusconi forms centre-right alliance ahead of Italy’s general election
Italy

‘The arancino pact’: Berlusconi forms centre-right alliance ahead of Italy’s general election

Leaders of three parties met in Sicily to agree on a right-wing alliance, dubbed “the arancino pact” after Sicily’s famous delicacy.

Setback for Swedish bill aimed at reducing deportations of skilled workers
Sweden

Setback for Swedish bill aimed at reducing deportations of skilled workers

A proposed amendment to Swedish law which would have reduced the number of foreign workers deported over technicalities or mistakes in their permits has been rejected by Sweden’s Council on Legislation.

Sweden introduces new road signs to help non-Swedish speakers
Sweden

Sweden introduces new road signs to help non-Swedish speakers

Up until now, some fairly important Swedish road signs, such as that warning of an accident ahead, has been illustrated with text.

Denmark’s hygge craze sparked foreign moves: relocation company
Denmark

Denmark’s hygge craze sparked foreign moves: relocation company

International hype over ‘hygge’ culture has led to an increase in people moving to Denmark, according to an industry analysis.

Turkey frees another German ‘political prisoner’: Berlin
Germany

Turkey frees another German ‘political prisoner’: Berlin

Berlin on Friday said Turkey had released another German citizen who had been held for "political reasons", leaving nine of its nationals behind bars there amid a festering bilateral dispute.

False alarm after man mistakes large courgette in garden for WWII bomb
Germany

False alarm after man mistakes large courgette in garden for WWII bomb

Police were alerted on Thursday when a man in a south German town called them and told them he had found a Second World War bomb in his garden.

Food in the nude: Paris gets its first naked restaurant
France

Food in the nude: Paris gets its first naked restaurant

Do you have an appetite for nude dining?

‘End this terrible situation’: Former Catalan business minister leaves jail after paying bond
Spain

‘End this terrible situation’: Former Catalan business minister leaves jail after paying bond

"Take action in the matter and take political initiative. This won't be solved in courts, it will be solved with politics."

22 cars in Oslo vandalised with fire extinguishers
Norway

22 cars in Oslo vandalised with fire extinguishers

A man and a woman, both in their twenties, have been arrested on suspicion of gross vandalism after spraying cars in the Norwegian capital with fire extinguishers in the early hours of Friday.

Organized crime casts long shadow over Sicily election, says anti-mafia prosecutor
Italy

Organized crime casts long shadow over Sicily election, says anti-mafia prosecutor

The mafia is more present in politics than ever, a veteran prosecutor says.

Ten reasons why it’s great to be a parent in Munich
Germany

Ten reasons why it’s great to be a parent in Munich

Munich is a fantastic place to raise children, whether you are expecting a new baby or have a teenager in tow, writes Naomi Kaye Honova.

Lionel Messi donates €72,000 in damages to Doctors Without Borders
Spain

Lionel Messi donates €72,000 in damages to Doctors Without Borders

FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi has donated the more than €72,000 in damages he won from a libel case against a newspaper to charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

Denmark’s multi billion-kroner F35s may not be up to job: report
Denmark

Denmark’s multi billion-kroner F35s may not be up to job: report

Denmark’s national audit agency has revealed serious shortcomings in the decision-making process and calculations used as the basis for Denmark’s purchase of 27 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft.

Italian police seize €50 million stash of ‘Isis drugs’
Italy

Italian police seize €50 million stash of ‘Isis drugs’

Police in southern Italy have seized a stash of opiates that they believe Isis planned to sell to finance terrorist attacks.

EU and Germany back Spain over arrests of deposed Catalan ministers
Spain

EU and Germany back Spain over arrests of deposed Catalan ministers

"This is a matter entirely for the judicial authorities whose independence we respect fully."

Swedish companies in UK: ‘Brexit will be bad for business’
Sweden

Swedish companies in UK: ‘Brexit will be bad for business’

Flatpack furniture giant IKEA has already stated that the Brexit vote has been bad news for its UK business.

Paris carnival workers threaten to strike if Christmas market doesn’t go ahead
France

Paris carnival workers threaten to strike if Christmas market doesn’t go ahead

Fairground workers on the Champs-Elysees have promised to bring Paris to a standstill if the Christmas market doesn't go ahead this year.

Deported Russian plane hijacker jailed after returning to Sweden ‘for cat’
Sweden

Deported Russian plane hijacker jailed after returning to Sweden ‘for cat’

The man later changed his story, saying he had returned in order to carry out an attack in Stockholm.

Women workers in France urged to down tools at 11.44
France

Women workers in France urged to down tools at 11.44

Women across France were encouraged to leave work at 11.44am on November 3rd as part of a campaign highlighting the salary gap between male and female staff.

Why there are so few women in the Bundestag and what this could mean
Germany

Why there are so few women in the Bundestag and what this could mean

This is the least female German parliament since 1998. But why? In light of the recent Harvey Weinstein scandal which has highlighted issues such as sexism in the workplace across the globe, what could this gender imbalance mean for the Bundestag?

Italy’s gender gap is getting a whole lot worse
Italy

Italy’s gender gap is getting a whole lot worse

While the rest of Europe closes its gender gap, in Italy equality between men and women is becoming even further from reality.

Danish gang member in critical condition after Copenhagen shooting
Denmark

Danish gang member in critical condition after Copenhagen shooting

A 20-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot in the Tingbjerg district of Copenhagen in the early hours of Friday.

The Local’s Swedish word of the week – part 6
Sweden

The Local’s Swedish word of the week – part 6

Every week we ask a Swede, or a foreigner in Sweden, to explain their favourite word.

Series of arson attacks in western Switzerland pinned to one man
Switzerland

Series of arson attacks in western Switzerland pinned to one man

Prosecutors in the cantons of Vaud and Fribourg say they have evidence that one person laid a series of fires in the summer that resulted in the deaths of dozens of animals.

Could Frankfurt’s compact ‘cube’ housing be the student digs of the future?
Germany

Could Frankfurt’s compact ‘cube’ housing be the student digs of the future?

A new student living project in Frankfurt aims to revolutionise housing by cutting down space, energy consumption and with it, rent costs.

Jose Mourinho appears in Spanish court over tax fraud allegations
Spain

Jose Mourinho appears in Spanish court over tax fraud allegations

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was grilled by a judge in Spain on Friday over accusations of 3.3 million euro ($3.8 million) in tax fraud during his time in charge of Real Madrid in 2011 and 2012.

Despite being away, Munich man catches burglars by using smartphone
Germany

Despite being away, Munich man catches burglars by using smartphone

Police in Munich were able to catch two burglars in the act when the man whose house they broke into observed the break-in using his smartphone.

Putin more popular than Trump (at least with the French)
France

Putin more popular than Trump (at least with the French)

Nine in ten French people have an unfavourable opinion of Donald Trump, according to a recent study. And that's even worse than their view of Putin.

Watchdog calls for medicine prices to be slashed
Switzerland

Watchdog calls for medicine prices to be slashed

Generic medicines cost twice as much in Switzerland as in some other European countries, according to the Swiss price watchdog.

‘Nothing says democracy like jailing everyone the people elected’: Colbert mocks Catalan independence crisis
Spain

‘Nothing says democracy like jailing everyone the people elected’: Colbert mocks Catalan independence crisis

The Catalonia crisis made it to the American late-night circuit on Thursday after comedian Stephen Colbert took a satirical look at the situation in Spain on The Late Show.

Norwegian hydropower threatens local trout species
Norway

Norwegian hydropower threatens local trout species

A species of trout that his lived in the Bandak lake in Norway’s Telemark county since the Ice Age is under threat due to development.

Convicted Knutby pastor offered job by church
Sweden

Convicted Knutby pastor offered job by church

A deacon has voiced support for the former pastor's life sentence to be converted to a fixed term so that he can embark on 'future projects'.

Scottish First Minister Sturgeon condemns detention of Catalan separatist leaders
Spain

Scottish First Minister Sturgeon condemns detention of Catalan separatist leaders

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has criticised the detention of eight Catalan ministers over their role in the region's independence drive, calling for a democratic resolution to the crisis.

French couple and child killed at ‘unprotected’ rail crossing
France

French couple and child killed at ‘unprotected’ rail crossing

A tragic story from Normandy.

Insults and slurs: parties posture in coalition talks with little progress made
Germany

Insults and slurs: parties posture in coalition talks with little progress made

Threats, name-calling and a whole lot of dramatic posturing: talks among four fractious parties to form a new government under German Chancellor Angela Merkel have proved more fiery than fruitful so far.

Man sentenced to 16 years for St Gallen mosque killing
Switzerland

Man sentenced to 16 years for St Gallen mosque killing

A man who opened fire in a St Gallen mosque in 2014, killing one person during Friday prayers, has been sentenced to 16 years in jail.

Brother of French Jihadist who killed Jewish children handed 20 years for terrorism
France

Brother of French Jihadist who killed Jewish children handed 20 years for terrorism

The older brother of a French jihadist who shot dead seven people in Toulouse in 2012 has been given a 20-year jail sentence for being part of a terrorist conspiracy.

What you need to know about Sicily’s election this weekend
Italy

What you need to know about Sicily’s election this weekend

Sicily heads to the polls on Sunday for a regional vote seen as a bellwether for Italy's general elections next year.

Catalonia at risk of recession if crisis drags on, Bank of Spain warns
Spain

Catalonia at risk of recession if crisis drags on, Bank of Spain warns

Spain's central bank warned that Catalonia risks recession if the crisis over its secession drive continues.

Whisky sold for $10,000 a shot at Swiss bar proven to be fake
Switzerland

Whisky sold for $10,000 a shot at Swiss bar proven to be fake

A shot of Macallan whisky purportedly made in 1878 that a Chinese man paid $10,000 for at a Swiss hotel was actually distilled between 1970 and 1972.

Spain detains eight members of Catalonia’s deposed government
Spain

Spain detains eight members of Catalonia’s deposed government

Carles Puigdemont's deputy and seven other deosed regional ministers spent Thursday night behind bars pending a potential trial.

Recipe: How to make Swedish gin-cured salmon
Sweden

Recipe: How to make Swedish gin-cured salmon

Food writer John Duxbury shares his recipe for gravad lax with a twist.

Malmö nightclub damaged in explosion
Sweden

Malmö nightclub damaged in explosion

It's the second time in just over a year that the popular venue has been damaged by a blast.

Football: Napoli hope for Serie A success as European hopes fade
Italy

Football: Napoli hope for Serie A success as European hopes fade

Leaders Napoli turn their focus back to Serie A after a bruising Champions League defeat.

Swedish research reveals why most mammoth fossils are male
Sweden

Swedish research reveals why most mammoth fossils are male

Scientists from the Swedish Museum of Natural History have solved the mystery of why the overwhelming majority of mammoth fossils are male, according to a report published on Thursday in the journal Current Biology.