Marine le Pen backs father’s Norway comments
France

Marine le Pen backs father’s Norway comments

The head of France's far-right National Front party, Marine Le Pen, has said she "did not disagree" with the party's founder, her father Jean-Marie, when he blamed Norway's attacks on government "naivety."

Merkel talks euro rescue with France and Spain
Germany

Merkel talks euro rescue with France and Spain

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was set to hold an emergency telephone conference with her French and Spanish counterparts on Friday amid fears that jittery financial markets could threaten the eurozone and damage the global economy.

Berlin holiday apartments – worth checking out?
Germany

Berlin holiday apartments – worth checking out?

Staying in an apartment can make a trip to Berlin more fun and more economical. Here's how to go about it.

The changing face of Germany
Germany

The changing face of Germany

The definition of what it means to be German slowly appears to be changing – and that’s a good thing, according to The Local’s Marc Young.

Gothenburg tram driver charged for racial slur
Sweden

Gothenburg tram driver charged for racial slur

A Gothenburg tram driver has been charged with racial agitation (hets mot folkgrupp) for allegedly harassing a group of teenage boys with foreign backgrounds.

Hunt for double killer suspect goes nationwide
Germany

Hunt for double killer suspect goes nationwide

The hunt for the man who police say shot and killed two women and seriously injured a man in Berlin on Thursday, has gone nationwide, after authorities admitted they could not find him – and that he was still armed.

Markets hit by ‘buffalo herd’ mentality: Borg
Sweden

Markets hit by ‘buffalo herd’ mentality: Borg

Swedish finance minister Anders Borg attempted to reassure worried investors in the wake of stock market drops across Europe on Friday, but admitted that financial markets remained "turbulent".

Weekend set to remain wet, introducing a few days of autumn
Germany

Weekend set to remain wet, introducing a few days of autumn

After a brief respite of summery weather early this week, Germany is approaching another stormy, wet weekend - followed by a sharp drop in temperatures come Monday.

placeholder image
France

Top Paris law firm ‘fired workers for eating leftovers’

Two employees at a prestigious Paris law firm plan to go to an employment tribunal after claiming they were let go for polishing off the remains of uneaten office lunches.

placeholder image
Switzerland

Old people’s Swiss sex romps shock anglers

A retired Swiss-German couple have been arrested for allegedly having group sex at the Melezza river in canton Ticino, in what locals say is becoming a plague of elderly al-fresco friskiness.

Outcry over Amy Winehouse drugs poster
Switzerland

Outcry over Amy Winehouse drugs poster

A shock anti-drugs poster featuring recently deceased singer Amy Winehouse has caused an outcry in Switzerland.

Unseen eastern side of the Berlin Wall revealed
Germany

Unseen eastern side of the Berlin Wall revealed

One week before Germany marks the 50th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall, newly uncovered photos offer an unprecedented glimpse of the communist eastern side looking to the free west.

Salmonella scare shutters Swedish petting zoo
Sweden

Salmonella scare shutters Swedish petting zoo

Concerns about a salmonella outbreak have forced a petting zoo in southern Sweden to close its doors, after it was confirmed that at least one foal was infected with the highly contagious disease.

placeholder image
France

Councillor’s racist ‘joke’ falls flat

A politician with the centre-right UMP party near Nice found others didn't get the joke when he sent a 'humorous' email mocking the North African accent.

Champions League typo yields PR win for Malmö
Sweden

Champions League typo yields PR win for Malmö

An embarrassing spelling mistake on supporter scarves created ahead of Malmö FF's match against Scotland's Glasgow Rangers on Wednesday has turned into a public relations bonanza for the Swedish football club.

Young chef wows northern France with sensual cooking
France

Young chef wows northern France with sensual cooking

Eating at Alexandre Gauthier's restaurant should put customers in the mood for making love "otherwise it didn't work," said the young chef whose cuisine is luring foodies from far and wide to the north of France.

placeholder image
Switzerland

Rights groups file complaint against Sri Lanka diplomat

Two rights groups said Thursday they have brought to Swiss authorities a criminal complaint against a Sri Lankan diplomat and former general, Jagath Dias, over alleged war crimes.

Wacken heavy metal festival gets heads banging
Germany

Wacken heavy metal festival gets heads banging

Heavy metal fans have descended on a small town in Schleswig-Holstein for the 22nd annual Wacken Open Air. With Ozzy Osbourne, Motörhead and Judas Priest headlining, the three-day festival's 75,000 tickets have been sold out for months.

placeholder image
Switzerland

UBS banker ‘hid millions from US tax office’

A former UBS banker was charged Thursday for conspiring to hide more than $215 million for US taxpaying clients in undeclared Swiss accounts.

placeholder image
France

Last gay Nazi death camp survivor dies in France

Rudolf Brazda, last known survivor of the so-called "Pink Triangles" – gays interned in Nazi camps because of their homosexuality – died in France Wednesday aged 98, officials said.

Insurer Allianz results bow to Greek losses
Germany

Insurer Allianz results bow to Greek losses

German insurance giant Allianz said Friday that its second-quarter net profit fell seven percent to €1.07 billion ($1.5 billion) after a large charge on the value of its Greek bond holdings.

placeholder image
France

France not bogged down in Libya: Juppé

The international military operation in Libya is not bogged down, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé said Thursday, insisting that rebel forces were making progress in the fight against Muammar Qaddafi.

Football: French channels to broadcast live women’s football
France

Football: French channels to broadcast live women’s football

Live women's football matches will be broadcast for the first time in France as of next season, the French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet said Thursday after selling the rights to France Television and Eurosport.

Strauss-Kahn: Air France denies special crew rules
France

Strauss-Kahn: Air France denies special crew rules

Air France Thursday denied issuing instructions on the composition of its air crews after a report said only males were allowed serve Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the ex-IMF boss accused of attempted rape.

Race is on to find escaped cow Yvonne before hunters kill her
Germany

Race is on to find escaped cow Yvonne before hunters kill her

Animal rights activists are racing to try to find an escaped cow before hunters do - after Bavarian authorities issued an order to get her dead or alive.

Operator sends neighbour, not ambulance, to help injured woman
Sweden

Operator sends neighbour, not ambulance, to help injured woman

Rather than send an ambulance to respond to a call from an injured woman in Borlänge in central Sweden, emergency services operator SOS Alarm elected to call on an elderly couple living nearby to check on her instead.

Dortmund kick off new Bundesliga season
Germany

Dortmund kick off new Bundesliga season

Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp is hoping for another impressive display from Japan winger Shinji Kagawa when the defending champions kick off the new Bundesliga season on Friday night.

placeholder image
France

France legalises 30,000 banned Internet domain names

French Internet authorities have been swamped by demands for domain names since a new law authorised the use of around 30,000 previously banned website addresses such as "islam.fr" and "internet.fr".

Sister forgives conductor who kicked girl off train
Sweden

Sister forgives conductor who kicked girl off train

Grace Kayenga, the older sister of the 11 year-old girl who was kicked off a train earlier this week is ready to put the incident behind her, she stated in an interview with daily newspaper Aftonbladet.

Swedish MMA star Alexander Gustafsson mauls his way to the top
Sweden

Swedish MMA star Alexander Gustafsson mauls his way to the top

Alexander Gustafsson, a hulking Swede known as “The Mauler” has risen to be one of the toughest fighters in mixed martial arts (MMA), contributor Ryan O’Leary discovers.

placeholder image
France

France to probe Apple tracking feature

France's technology watchdog said Wednesday it is investigating an iPhone feature that tracks and stores data on its user's movements, without the user's knowledge or consent.

placeholder image
Sweden

Stockholm stock market recovers lost ground

The Stockholm stock exchange dropped by 4 percent at the opening of trading on Friday morning, but had recouped the losses by the afternoon amid mounting fears about the the global economy..

placeholder image
France

Road deaths fall in July

After rising for most of the year, the number of deaths on French roads fell 21 percent in July compared to the same month last year.

placeholder image
France

50,000 French Catholics head to Madrid

France is expected to send the second largest delegation of young people to the global religious celebrations planned by the Catholic church in Madrid later this month.

placeholder image
France

Paris market hits two-year low

France's CAC 40 index dropped by 3.9 percent on Thursday, hitting a two-year low of 3,320, as stock markets fell across the world amid growing fears of another global recession. 

placeholder image
France

Fired football coach gets €975,000 payoff

The manager of the French national football team, who was sacked for gross misconduct after the team’s disastrous performance in the 2010 World Cup, has finally settled an employment dispute.

Swede speaks out about kitchen nuclear reactor
Sweden

Swede speaks out about kitchen nuclear reactor

A Swedish man police detained two weeks ago for trying to build a nuclear reactor in his kitchen said Thursday he had started the experiment "just for fun".

placeholder image
Sweden

Swedish teen held for man’s fatal beating

A 15-year-old boy is being held by police in Eskilstuna in central Sweden on suspicion of beating a middle-aged man to death.

Interior Ministry to probe ban of far-right NPD
Germany

Interior Ministry to probe ban of far-right NPD

Discussions surrounding a possible ban of Germany's neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD) have taken a major step forward after the Interior Ministry agreed to participate in a working group to look into the matter.

Sweden advances plan to combat extremism
Sweden

Sweden advances plan to combat extremism

In the wake of the terror attacks in Norway last month, the Swedish government is planning to present its own action plan to combat violent extremism.

VW making progress in tough US market
Germany

VW making progress in tough US market

Lower prices are helping Volkswagen make progress toward the German automaker's plan to quadruple sales in the US market, its top US executive says.

Economists worry as stock markets plummet
Germany

Economists worry as stock markets plummet

Economists are warning of the possibility of a new global financial crisis after stock markets around the world, including in Germany, crashed on Thursday.