The ten best railway stations in Europe
Norway

The ten best railway stations in Europe

Travelling in Europe by train? Before you embark on exploring your chosen city, take a moment to savour its first port of call.

The ten best railway stations in Europe
Switzerland

The ten best railway stations in Europe

Travelling in Europe by train? Before you embark on exploring your chosen city, take a moment to savour its first port of call.

The ten best railway stations in Europe
France

The ten best railway stations in Europe

Travelling in Europe by train? Before you embark on exploring your chosen city, take a moment to savour its first port of call.

‘Tortured’ US Muslim seeks asylum in Sweden
Sweden

‘Tortured’ US Muslim seeks asylum in Sweden

A US citizen who claims he was imprisoned and tortured at the behest the American FBI is seeking political asylum in Sweden.

The ten best railway stations in Europe
Germany

The ten best railway stations in Europe

Travelling in Europe by train? Before you embark on exploring your chosen city, take a moment to savour its first port of call.

EPT Berlin – Massive Prize Pool Draws Marquee Names
Germany

EPT Berlin – Massive Prize Pool Draws Marquee Names

Some of the biggest names in poker and an armada of German players have flocked to Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz this week to play poker for big money.

Swedes Nominated for Prestigious Poker Award
Sweden

Swedes Nominated for Prestigious Poker Award

Three Swedish players have been nominated for the European Poker Tour Awards in the category of “Achievement of the Year.”

‘My aim was to kill entire government’: Breivik
Norway

‘My aim was to kill entire government’: Breivik

Anders Behring Breivik told a court on Thursday he meant to kill the entire Norwegian government, including the prime minister, in his bomb attack in the centre of Olso last July.

Minstrels and ministers make bad bedfellows
Sweden

Minstrels and ministers make bad bedfellows

Art installation or not, politicians have no business taking part in minstrel shows, argues Carmen Price, an American freelance writer based in Stockholm, in reaction to the 'racist' cake controversy involving Swedish minister of culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.

EU commission quashes snuff ban rumours
Sweden

EU commission quashes snuff ban rumours

The European Commission in Sweden has repudiated rumours in Swedish media that snuff will be banned as a result of a planned tobacco directive.

Chemical plant explosion brakes car makers
Germany

Chemical plant explosion brakes car makers

The explosion at a German chemicals plant two weeks ago which killed two workers, has thrown the global car industry into turmoil as manufacturers run short of a vital component, prompting an emergency meeting in Detroit.

Minister slams Salafism at Islam conference
Germany

Minister slams Salafism at Islam conference

German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich condemned domestic violence, forced marriage and the fundamentalist Muslim branch the Salafists at the latest Islam conference on Thursday.

Le Pen compares Sarkozy to Nazis
France

Le Pen compares Sarkozy to Nazis

French far-right champion Jean-Marie Le Pen put his party's rebranding campaign at risk, with an off-colour joke about Nicolas Sarkozy having the same initials as the National Socialist Party.

Norwegians cause splash with Titanic spoof
Norway

Norwegians cause splash with Titanic spoof

With more than 15 million views in less than two weeks, two Norwegian film students have scored a massive YouTube hit with their trailer for a “Super 3D” version of blockbuster movie Titanic.

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France

Twitter makes mockery of French election laws

Widespread use of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter is set to steamroller France's laws restricting the announcement of the results of Sunday's first-round presidential election.

German research centres face huge back-tax bill
Germany

German research centres face huge back-tax bill

Germany’s top scientific research centres could be slapped with a multimillion-euro tax bill after it emerged that they had wrongly claimed special tax status for years.

Russia ‘isolated’ due to Syria stance: Juppé
France

Russia ‘isolated’ due to Syria stance: Juppé

France warned on Thursday that Russia's refusal to support efforts to put pressure on Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime was plunging Moscow deeper into international isolation on the issue.

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France

‘French Shakira’ calls firemen 4000 times

A girl who makes 4000 calls a month to the French emergency service has been named one of the worst timewasters for the country's rescuers.

Swedish artist turns Carl Bildt’s tweets to cartoons
Sweden

Swedish artist turns Carl Bildt’s tweets to cartoons

The Local catches up with a Swedish illustrator Henrik Tomenius, who has captured the interest of the world through his tongue-in-cheek illustrations of tweets by Sweden's Twitter-savvy foreign minister Carl Bildt.

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France

Festival condoms cause contoversy in Condom

A festival in South West France has annoyed the local authorities by producing paraphernalia based on its host town’s namesake – a condom.

What fuels the American-German love-in?
Germany

What fuels the American-German love-in?

Americans like Germans more than much ever before, a new poll found this week. But why? It can't just be gratitude for sending troops to Afghanistan. And do Germans feel the same way about US citizens? Have your say.

‘Racist’ cake sparks new Brussels rebuke
Sweden

‘Racist’ cake sparks new Brussels rebuke

A Brussels-based anti-racism group has condemned Swedish culture minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth for cutting a "racist" cake at a Stockholm art museum, demanding the government issue a formal public apology.

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Sweden

Six convicted in ‘honour’ beating with metal rods

Six men in Hallsberg, central Sweden, have been convicted and sentenced to prison after the severe honour-related beating of a 19-year-old with metal rods at a gym.

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Norway

Norway deports Breivik’s German ‘lover’

A German woman expressing support for Anders Behring Breivik was denied entry to his trial and has been deported, police said on Thursday, amid reports she claimed to be his lover.

German woman: I was Breivik’s lover
Germany

German woman: I was Breivik’s lover

A German woman expressing support for Anders Behring Breivik was denied entry to his trial and has been deported, police said Thursday, amid reports she claimed to be the Norway gunman's lover.

Bumper bodies can only burn in Bern
Switzerland

Bumper bodies can only burn in Bern

Swiss crematoriums are increasingly facing the problem of what to do with overweight corpses – only Bern has the facility to deal with the obese deceased.

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Germany

German sex tax men tackle prostitutes

Stuttgart tax men are facing the daunting task of measuring the floor space in all the southern German city's brothels, after a new “per square metre” tax was introduced on the oldest profession.

‘We are Sweden’s <i>true</i> royal family’
Sweden

‘We are Sweden’s true royal family’

With Sweden still basking in the royal glow of the birth of Princess Estelle, The Local’s Peter Vinthagen Simpson talks to a US architectural conservationist who claims that his family, and not the “immigrant” Bernadottes, should be on Swedish throne.

Tabasco maker: Saucy DJ must change name
Switzerland

Tabasco maker: Saucy DJ must change name

DJ Tabasco has been warned by the makers of the hot sauce of the same name that he must call himself something else or risk prosecution for violation of trademark laws.

German words – great ones you just don’t find in English
Germany

German words – great ones you just don’t find in English

For our latest Local List, we came up with Germany's best untranslatable words. It was a long list, but we whittled it down to our favourites. Any words you think we should've included?

What’s on in Germany:  April 19 – 25
Germany

What’s on in Germany: April 19 – 25

This Week's Highlights: Museum night in Frankfurt, Brian Blade in Munich, and burlesque in Berlin.

Swedish girls’ desire for beauty ops spikes
Sweden

Swedish girls’ desire for beauty ops spikes

Interest among Swedish women in beauty-enhancing plastic surgery operations has ballooned dramatically in the last two years, especially among those aged 15-29, according to a new survey.

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Sweden

Swedish teens in shock child rape reversal

A 19-year-old woman from central Sweden who accused a 13-year-old boy of raping her has instead been convicted for sexually exploiting a minor.

EU irked as Swiss clamp down on immigration
Switzerland

EU irked as Swiss clamp down on immigration

European leaders expressed consternation on Wednesday as Switzerland re-introduced quotas for immigrants from eight Central and Eastern European countries.

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France

Man steals yacht to ‘escape CIA sex attack’

A man was arrested after stealing an 18 meter yacht in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, 10km from Nice, apparently to escape from the CIA, who he said wanted to sexually exploit him.

‘I don’t want to be a prosecuting machine’
Norway

‘I don’t want to be a prosecuting machine’

Inga Bejer Engh has friendly blue eyes and a ready smile but behind that exterior lies a dogged prosecutor who is unfazed despite Norway gunman Anders Behring Breivik's refusal to answer questions.

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Norway

Breivik planned to behead ex-prime minister

The gunman behind Norway's massacres told court on Thursday he had planned an even bigger killing spree, with three car bombs, the beheading of an ex-prime minister, and more shootings on Utøya island and at targets across Oslo.

Hollande still favourite as election day nears
France

Hollande still favourite as election day nears

France votes in the first round of a presidential election Sunday with Socialist Francois Hollande the favourite over incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy, whose personal style and handling of the economy alienated many voters.

Women slam ‘their’ minister for new book
Germany

Women slam ‘their’ minister for new book

German Women's and Family Minister Kristina Schröder faced a storm of outrage as she presented her new book, "Danke, emanzipiert sind wir selber!" ("Thanks, we're emancipated ourselves!") in Berlin this week.

Switzerland pledges billions to IMF crisis fund
Switzerland

Switzerland pledges billions to IMF crisis fund

IMF director Christine Lagarde has welcomed pledges from Switzerland, Poland and other countries to provide some $34 billion in additional funding for the world lender.

Real’s boots on other feet after Bayern clash
Germany

Real’s boots on other feet after Bayern clash

Munich police are investigating the theft of several pairs of boots belonging to Real Madrid's stars which were stolen from Bayern Munich's stadium before their Champions League clash.

Government advisor stripped of doctorate
Germany

Government advisor stripped of doctorate

A high-profile professor and former advisor to the German foreign minister has been stripped of her doctorate after it was found to be largely plagiarised.

Coca-cola joins forces with Swedish Spotify
Sweden

Coca-cola joins forces with Swedish Spotify

Spotify and soda superstar Coca-Cola on Wednesday joined forces in a move that promises to put a global spotlight on the internet music darling.

Minister apologizes over ‘racist’ cake cutting
Sweden

Minister apologizes over ‘racist’ cake cutting

A public apology by Sweden's minister for culture on Wednesday didn't stop calls for her to resign after she carved up a cake depicting a naked black woman, sparking an onslaught of criticism.

Student chokes principal over slow computer
Sweden

Student chokes principal over slow computer

A student at a school Malmö, in southern Sweden, who was angry that he couldn’t get his computer to work, went berserk on Monday, throwing furniture around and trying to strangle the principal.

Learning to teach Berlin’s Holocaust lessons
Germany

Learning to teach Berlin’s Holocaust lessons

A group of British teachers were in Berlin recently to gain new ideas for teaching children about the Holocaust. Andrew Pendlebury, a British teacher who was on the trip, wrote for The Local about his experience.