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Latest news from: The Local in Italy »
Is Italy really a bad place to grow old?

Is Italy really a bad place to grow old?

Italy has long had an allure as a place to retire, with thousands of expat retirees choosing to settle here. But a study published on Wednesday said pensioners have better lives in the UK and US. The Local finds out if this is true. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Spain »
Ten ways Catalonia will change if independent

Ten ways Catalonia will change if independent

Many Catalans are fighting hard for the right to decide on whether to split from the rest of Spain. But what would an independent Catalonia actually look like? The Local gazes into the crystal ball. READ »

 
Latest news from: The Local in France »
EU tells France to allow unions in the military

EU tells France to allow unions in the military

The European rights court on Thursday ruled that a blanket ban on trade unions within the French armed forces was a violation of the rights of military staff. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Germany »
Train drivers vote in favour of strikes

Train drivers vote in favour of strikes

UPDATE: Germany's train drivers' union voted overwhelmingly in favour of widespread strikes on Thursday afternoon. READ »

 
Latest news from: The Local in Sweden »
Pupils find killer's rifle in Swedish sports lesson

Pupils find killer's rifle in Swedish sports lesson

Three teenage schoolgirls from southern Sweden were left gobsmacked after finding an AK-47 Kalashnikov that belonged to a convicted murderer, during a physical education class. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Norway »
King's speech urges change in Norway

King's speech urges change in Norway

King Harald of Norway read out his government's agenda for the year ahead on Thursday afternoon in Parliament at the 159th speech from the throne. READ »

 
Latest news from: The Local in Switzerland »
Helicopter crash in Doubs kills five Swiss

Helicopter crash in Doubs kills five Swiss

Five Swiss people died and two more were injured on Thursday when their helicopter crashed in France near the border with Switzerland, French officials said. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Austria »
Teenager (15) convicted of Nazi offences

Teenager (15) convicted of Nazi offences

A 15-year-old boy from Salzburg has been convicted of Nazi offences, libel, and attempted coercion. The judge gave him a ten month sentence, and said he must serve two months of that in prison. READ »

 
Latest news from: The Local in Denmark »
Danish police to wear ID numbers under new plan

Danish police to wear ID numbers under new plan

After years of discussion, a long-awaited plan to outfit Danish police officers with identification became one step closer to reality when a working group presented a well-received plan to the Justice Ministry. READ »

 
 
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