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PODCAST: Germany’s cannabis law explained, immigration rule changes and Berlinale backlash
on 1 Marzo 2024 at 8:24
This week we’re talking about the new cannabis law, the anti-Semitism accusations at the Berlinale, the ‘Red Army Faction’ arrest, changes in March including to immigration rules, visas and events in Germany this March.
Sweden cuts state funding for Russian church after intelligence warnings
on 1 Marzo 2024 at 5:22
A Swedish agency for grants for faith institutions said Thursday it was cutting support to the Russian Orthodox Church, after Sweden’s intelligence service warned the church was used for intelligence activities.
Why do they pour cider like that in Spain’s Asturias?
on 29 Febbraio 2024 at 13:40
The green northern region’s drink of choice is cider but it’s the method waiters have of pouring it from a great height that catches the attention of ‘out-ciders’.
OPINION: Switzerland faces two pension votes but neither offers a solution
on 29 Febbraio 2024 at 11:50
Switzerland’s two public votes on Sunday March 3rd offer Swiss voters two different versions of reality – the elderly as vulnerable versus the elderly as strong. Clare O’Dea asks whether pensioners need protection or a push.
Which French figure has the most streets named after them?
on 29 Febbraio 2024 at 10:14
In French town after French town, you’ll see famous names from history honoured on street signs – but who wins the prize for the biggest number of streets, avenues and boulevards bearing their name?
Is it legal for hotels and Airbnb owners in Spain to take a photo or scan your ID?
on 29 Febbraio 2024 at 7:14
If you’ve ever stayed at hotels, serviced apartments or Airbnbs in Spain, you will be aware that receptionists and hosts usually ask either for your passport when you check in or another type of ID card.
PODCAST: Macron breaks war taboo, why Lyon is the place to move to and French language test tips
on 29 Febbraio 2024 at 6:55
The team at The Local have a new series of the Talking France podcast, looking at all the latest news in France and the realities of French life, from Emmanuel Macron’s military plans to tips for passing your French language test, via moving to Lyon and why the French taxman might be spying on your social media.
LISTED: The visa options Americans can apply for to live in Spain
on 28 Febbraio 2024 at 13:55
Moving to Spain is a dream for many US nationals who have fallen in love with the country, but which Spanish residency visa should Americans opt for depending on their circumstances?
Stockholm in crisis mode after hacker attack on major hospital
on 28 Febbraio 2024 at 11:02
Stockholm’s regional authority is stepping up security after one of the major hospitals in the Swedish capital was targeted by unknown perpetrators in a cyber attack.
Hotels, tickets and scams: What to know about visiting Malmö for Eurovision 2024
on 28 Febbraio 2024 at 9:18
As excitement mounts for Eurovision in Malmö in May, many are thinking about where they should stay, how much they should budget, and how to avoid scams. Here’s The Local’s guide for visitors to the southern Swedish city.
Ten things you probably didn’t know about Andalusia
on 28 Febbraio 2024 at 8:15
In order to celebrate Andalusia Day on February 28th, we’ve unearthed 10 surprising and fascinating facts about perhaps Spain’s most beloved region.
EU lawmakers slam brakes on plan for medical exams for all drivers
on 27 Febbraio 2024 at 15:34
EU lawmakers on Wednesday put the brakes on plans to force drivers to pass medical exams to keep their licences, although they backed bringing in digital permits.
UFC champion Topuria promised Spanish citizenship by PM
on 27 Febbraio 2024 at 10:39
Spain’s newest sports star and UFC featherweight champion Ilia Topuria had just one achievement missing from his growing resumé: Spanish citizenship. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez vowed to make “his dream” come true.
UPDATED: What happens next for Sweden’s Nato application?
on 27 Febbraio 2024 at 5:00
Hungary on Monday ratified Sweden’s Nato application, and now only a few steps remain before the country can become a full member of the defence alliance.
Two years later, two Berlin residents from Ukraine on how war affects their lives
on 26 Febbraio 2024 at 15:12
When Russia invaded Ukraine two years ago, a wave of refugees fleeing from the conflict landed in Germany. The Local speaks with people who were directly affected – how their lives have been changed by the war, and how they’re moving forward.
Hungary votes through Sweden’s Nato application
on 26 Febbraio 2024 at 14:27
Hungary’s parliament on Monday afternoon voted through Sweden’s Nato application, clearing the final hurdle before the Nordic country can join the military alliance.
How will Sweden’s Nato membership affect Baltic Sea security?
on 26 Febbraio 2024 at 12:02
Sweden’s Nato membership is expected to be ratified by Hungary – the last holdout – on Monday, which adds a final puzzle piece to the alliance around the strategically important Baltic Sea.
OPINION: Which side would Le Pen be on in World War III? French history gives a clue
on 26 Febbraio 2024 at 9:03
When I interviewed Marine Le Pen a decade or so ago – writes John Lichfield – I asked her a would-be clever question: ‘If you had been alive in June 1940, who would you have supported, Charles de Gaulle or Marshall Pétain?’
Seville to charge entry to iconic Plaza de España
on 26 Febbraio 2024 at 8:07
Authorities in the Andalusian capital have announced they will charge visitors to access one of Spain’s most famous landmarks in a bid to preserve it.
Macron seeks to rally European support for Ukraine
on 26 Febbraio 2024 at 7:43
French President Emmanuel Macron is due to host European leaders on Monday for a conference aimed at strengthening Western support for Ukraine, two years into the Russian invasion.