Sweden Opinion: The fakers’ little lies are eating our brains


File photo not related to the story. Photo: Berit Roald/NTB Scanpix Information is one of the biggest weapons in modern warfare, and as fake news sites lose their power, real news organizations risk being hijacked by the spread of little lies. Journalists and audiences need to fight back. The warning in a Cold War SwedishContinue reading “Sweden Opinion: The fakers’ little lies are eating our brains”

Swedish Nazi group hails Trump in largest demo yet


Swedish Nazis cross Stockholm’s Strömsbrön on their way to the parliament. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT Sweden’s neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR) mounted the biggest march in its history on Saturday, with its leadership saying the election of Donald Trump in the US marked the start of a world revolution. Five people were arrested and two wereContinue reading “Swedish Nazi group hails Trump in largest demo yet”

The 35 signs you’ll never be truly fluent in Italian


The moment when you realize you’ll never be mistaken for a native. Photo: Pexels. You may have lived here for years, read the textbooks, gone to the classes, even survived an Italian dinner party… but do you ever get the sinking feeling you’ll never be truly bilingual? By: Catherine Edwards/The Local You’re not alone. AchievingContinue reading “The 35 signs you’ll never be truly fluent in Italian”

So why do pasta-loving Italians live such long lives?


With its combination of pasta, pizza and cheese, the Italian diet might not seem the healthiest. But how do Italians manage to live longer? American writer Rick Zullo tries to get to the bottom of it.   If you’re like me, you’ve often asked yourself, “Why do Italians live longer and stay so trim whileContinue reading “So why do pasta-loving Italians live such long lives?”

Austria has go ahead to seize Hitler’s birth house


The Austrian cabinet has given the go ahead to expropriate the house where Hitler was born in the latest in a long-running dispute over the controversial building. The government began leasing the house in Braunau am Inn, a town near the German border, from its owner in 1972 and turned it into a center forContinue reading “Austria has go ahead to seize Hitler’s birth house”

Spanish town installs giant turd to deter bad dog owners


The town of Torrelodones has dumped an inflatable giant poo in a public square as part of a campaign to rid its streets of dog mess. By:Fiona Govan/The Local The blow up sculpture, which is three metres wide and over two metres high is designed to serve as a reminder to pet-owners to clean upContinue reading “Spanish town installs giant turd to deter bad dog owners”

Paris court rules it’s OK to call a gay hairdresser a ‘faggot’


According to a shock ruling by a Paris employment tribunal, calling a gay male hairdresser a “dirty faggot” is not a homophobic insult, because there are lots of gay male hairdressers. The ruling, which emerged this week in Metronews, has sparked obvious anger among the gay community, who have been left stunned, not only by theContinue reading “Paris court rules it’s OK to call a gay hairdresser a ‘faggot’”

The quirky Spanish habits you can’t help picking up if you live in Spain


If you’ve moved to Spain, chances are you have picked up some Spanish habits. How many of these do you do?   Kissing people – even strangers Photo: Simon Blackley/Flickr  Kissing as a form of greeting is an alien and often horrific concept for Anglos, who would much prefer a firm handshake or, even better,Continue reading “The quirky Spanish habits you can’t help picking up if you live in Spain”

France: The baby-making champions of Europe


The French birth rate is now the highest in Europe, according to a new study, after it knocked Ireland off the top spot thanks to a number of reasons. But will it stay that way? France has overtaken Ireland to reach the top of the birth rate league in Europe, according to a report released lastContinue reading “France: The baby-making champions of Europe”

Foreign students rank France ‘worst in Europe’


International students weren’t impressed with the offerings in France. Photo: AFP France has finished last in a ranking of international student satisfaction in Europe, marking this the third year in a row the French has ended bottom of the pile. By: Oliver Gee/Local A total of 17 European countries outshone France when students were askedContinue reading “Foreign students rank France ‘worst in Europe’”